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Page 2 VctJn C.thmmUNltV he ea, "ra - September 26, 2012 ThE NLw ERa ON Tnr_ Roab CROSSWORD KEY Today's puzzle is on Page 18 SUDOKU KEY Today's puzzle is on Page 18 On the road at Yellowstone The New Era went with Claud and Carol Leinbach on their first trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. "What a fantastic two-week trip to an American National Park treasure! Two hundred of the world's 500 gey- sers are in Yellowstone!" the Leinbachs said. Here are Claud and Carol (holding paper) with Carol's sister, Kathleen Arnold. Where are you going? Taking a trip some- where (significant)? Pack along a copy of The New' Era, get a picture of yourself with the newspaper in front of a landmark, and send us a photo (good quality, please)with appropriate explana- tory information to The New Era, P.O. Box 39, Sweet Home, OR 97386, drop it by our office at 1313Main St., or e-mail it to news@ sweethomenews.com. We'll publish it as soon as possible, generally in the order that sub- missions arrive. Please include a phone num- ber in case we need to contact you. 95643'8 !/ 712 31729568 28416.735 52384697 49857126 67192384 83275419 i 14966253 76531942 GI]IR nflll00 liP.;' Call (541) 367-2135 VOUR COMMUNITV t00riday Boys and Girls Club menlbers get tc00,:h training Editor's note: This is the third of a series of articles focusing on efforts by local organizations to provide Friday activities to keep youngsters active due to Sweet Home's four-day school week. By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Boys and Girls Club is working to provide a fun way to keep the educational process flow- ing on Fridays this school year. Sweet Home students attend school four days a week this year, typically with Fridays off. Organi- zations around the community are providing a variety of activities for them. "I'm really, really excited about it," said Andi Casteel, director. The club is calling its Friday program "FLASH," Friday Leaming Acad- emies in Sweet Home. "My vision - this started way back a long time ago - was what could we offer kids to supplement their needs on Fridays," Casteel said. The club will have drama, and in the new year, it'll have music too, she said. Breakfast and lunch are free, and students can get help with their homework. They'll also par- ticipate in classes on technology and science with certified teachers. Certified teachers will provide help in junior high and high school math, and they'll pro.vide PE class- es. The morning session, from 7 a.m. to noon, cosfs $5 and is highly structured. Afterward the club is open to members, and math tutoring will be available. "It was really important to me to have the junior high and high -school math tutors available in the afternoon, so they're available to everyone," Casteel said. School District 55 Supt. Don Schrader has agreed to allow teach- ers to volunteer for a couple of hours as tutors during their in-service time on Fridays, Casteel said. Schrader also volunteered, teaching a science class on.the program's first Friday. Teaching assistants also will spend time tutoring. On days the club doesn't focus on math, it will focus on technol- ogy, Casteel said. Most students know how to do the things they like to do with computers, but they often don't really know much about them or how to use them. The club will teach them how to use a computer as a tool. Eventually, she would like to build Lego robots. Casted said the club has a dra- Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home School District 55 Supt. Don Schrader helps children make chicken cluckers during the first week of FLASH activities. ma major to teach drama, and she is working on bringing in a music teacher. "I expect it to be a quality pro- gram," she said. "I really believe everything we do will be quality. We're basically working hand in hand with the school district." None of the tutoring staff is re- quired to do it, she said. They'll be there because they want to be. She said that last week Lisa Canaday, a math teacher from the junior high, volunteered after school to tutor children. It'll let them do fun things they might not be able to do.with their classes during school, she said. That will make the lessons exciting for the students. "It's still science," Casteel said. "It's still learning. We're doing it to help our kids so they can become responsible citizens. In the long run, we'd like it to pay off economically in our community. This is where we're going to start, but we defi- nitely want to go bigger and better." For more information, contact the club at (541) 367-6421. .Largest gift ever to fund LBCC transportation techlt009log ! cenr00'r The Linn-Benton Community College Foundation has received the largest single private gift in the 45-year'history of the college from an anonymous donor. The $2 million dollar dona- tion is to be used as a matching gift to support the construction and development of LBCC's new Ad- vanced Transportation Technology Center. LBCC finalized the purchase of an 11-acre site in Lebanon last week that will become home to its auto and diesel programs, and al- low space to add hands-on training on alternative fuel technologies. The Lebanon site is the former home of PACE Manufacturing, and includes a 35,000-square-foot industrial building. The gift, in addition to support from the Lebanon Urban Renewal District, the Lebanon Industrial Development Council, and state lottery funds, brings money raised for the project to $4.3 million. The total cost of opening the center is estimated at $6.85 million. Plans call for the ATrc to pro- vide training that involves applica- tions, development and adoption of alternative energy in biofuels, electric vehicles, compressed nat- ural gas (CNG), propane, hydro- gen, hybrid, and new technologies in addition to industry-specific and contracted training for people already in the auto and diesel me- chanics field, and first-responder training to enable them to respond safely to incidents involving alter- native fuel vehicles. When the auto and diesel pro- grams move from their current homes on the Albany campus, the project will also create room to expand programs in welding, ma- chine tool technology and mecha- tronics.