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1F T,, r,, - September 12, 2012 VouR COMbtUNITV Page 9 Photos courtesy of Gina Swanson Bridge Day Bridge Day, on Aug. 27 in Crawfordsville, brought out neighbors and friends of Crawfordsville Covered Bridge to check out the vendors' offerings and reminisce. Above, from left, Leroy Silvester, Terry Fields, Chris Jensen and Phyllis Jensen look over a display of historical photos while, at right, Judy Taylor looks over photography by Jessie Russell. 1 Seabees From page 1 grader, bulldozer, shovel and back- hoe and a dump truck provided by Melcher to remove the top few inches of soil on the property in preparation for excavation and running utility lines, which Dalton said he expects to happen when the Seabees visit next. This particular group is from Mobile Naval Construction Battal- ion 18, headquartered at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Like last weekend's, those vis- its will not be announced. Follow- ing the excavation the Seabees will build forms and pour concrete, he said. Cascade Timber Consulting placed engineering stakes on the property before the Seabees got there, which helped get things roll- ing as well, Dalton said. He noted that most of the Sea- bees are contractors, heavy equip- ment operators or otherwise in- volved in the construction field in civilian life. "They're excited to be here," he said. "They're thankful to have this opportunity instead of doing Seabees talk with Sunshine Industries'Bob Dalton, second from right, as their colleagues work in 'the background. administrative work. A lot of these guys are equipment operators." Dalton said the biggest chal- lenge right now is to come up with funding to keep the Seabees and the project's general contractor, A2 Construction of Corvallis, moving forward. He said Sunshine is waiting to hear on several grant apllications and Weyerhaeuser's Santiam Mill (formerly Bauman Mill) is donat- ing the lumber to construct the of- rices and entrance to the second building and Foster Mill has do- nated some materials as well. "Volunteer labor and dona- tions are making this happen," he Photo by Scott Swanson said. For more information on the project, call (541) 367-7404 or vis- it www.sunshineindustriesunlim- ited.com and click on the "Capital Campaign" button. Fire season not over, by a long shot, ODF official warns By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era East winds are expected to keep the Sweet Home area dry this week, and fire officials warn that people need to be careful. Despite the light rain that fell Monday and cool weather, which often give people a false sense of security abo sut the fire risk of fire, danger levels remain high. "So far, Labor Day was pretty active for us," said Chad Calder- wood, fire protection supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit. "We had several unattended camp- fires." There also were several fires spread by vehicle emissions, he said, and the U.S. Forest Service Sweet Home Ranger District re- sponded to a small fire on the Soda Fork. Private individual's, the For- est Service and the Sweet Home Unit extinguished that fire, which was caused by an abandoned campfire. It burned one-tenth of an acre. A two-acre fire on Sept. 3 off Highway 228 west of Holley was the largest so far this season, Calderwood said. It was caused by target shooting. He added that no one was breaking the law there. The Sweet Home Unit has had 34 fire runs so far this sea- son, nearly all of them unattend- ed campfires, he said. It also has responded to a handful of illegal debris burns - much fewer than typical. The Highway 228 fire and the Soda Fork fires are the only fires of significance this season, he said. Last week, the Sweet Home area had hot, dry east winds with low humidity, he said. The hot weather tapered off over the weekend through Monday, even bringing a little moisture in themoming. With cooling trends, people begin feeling safe, Calderwood said, but it's too early. This week, the ODF is antici- pating a substantial east wind and dry weather, which will keep the fire danger high. As of Friday, the fire danger remained high, just a few points below extreme, he said. The in- dustrial precaution level remained at level II, which prohibits use of power saws, cable yarding, blast- ing and welding or cutting of metal on work sites between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. "We're monitoring that close- ly," he said. In the meantime, forests protected by the Sweet Home Unit remain in regulated use. Calderwood said that campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds. The Sweet Home Ranger District remains outside of regulated use, but people still need to use extreme caution when" using a fire. "Our live fuel moisture is dropping quickly;" he said. Mois- ture is down critically right now, and this weeks east winds will dry it out more. Any recovery over the week- end won't be enough, he said. The values for determining fire risk are already higher than they were for the Canal Creek fire of 2009. Sunday, it was 72 days since the Sweet Home Unit recorded measurable rainfall. m Schools From page 8 Enrollment is up a little, from 2,277 to 2,329. Schrader anticipates that enrollment numbers will fluctuate a little. High School enrollment is up, from 706 to 741, Schrader said, while Holley Elementary is down from 149 to 133. Holley's decrease was due to a wide variety of factors, he said. "That was a big surprise," Barton said. "But our class sizes are nice." The classes range from 22 to 25 students, she said. Foster Elementary had the two largest classrooms in the district, with a third- and fourth-grade blend at 33 and a third- and fourth-grade blend at 32, DeSouza said. Overall, Foster enrollment is up, 280 from 266. The school has a lot of third graders this year, she said,,and the first grade is large. "We are down a little bit," Dargis said. "But our numbers are better than projected." The junior high is down to 314 from 352. Free Pregnancy Tests I 367-2447 I V v OpenMon.&Wed. 12-5 www.possiblypregnanton i