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Page 8 Vc t ID A41 JNIITV - October 3, 2012 ~' ~ , Elks donate to schools Sweet Home Elks held a Back to School Fair Tuesday, Sept. 18, at their lodge for dozens of children and parents - and some curious teachers - representing Sweet Home's four elementary schools, Central Linn and Sweet Home Charter School. Loyal Knight Ron Sharrah said the event, in which youngsters could win prizes for their schools by playing games, was funded by two Elks grants totaling $3,000. The Elks also served hot dogs and other refreshments. Above, Roger Conner cooks dogs while Bri- an Carroll prepares buns. Above right, Patricia Sharrah em-cees a card game in which children stood on a card and, if Sharrah called their card, they could pick up a prize for their school. Below, Phyllis Heimbuck, pres- ident of the Elkettes (lodge auxiliary), congratulates Thatcher Clarno, 3, of Little Promises as he scores in a beanbag toss game. Sharrah said the Elks got contributions for the fair from McDonald's of Sweet Home, A& W of Sweet Home, the Rio Theater, Taco Time of Sweet Home, Thriftway of Sweet Home, Dairy Queen of Sweet Home, Franz Bakery of Albany, Pepsi Co., Costco and Walgreens of Lebanon. Sharrah said the lodge gives away school supplies each year but this was the first in which it tried the fair idea. The response exceeded expectations. "We're real excited," he said. "It was a great turnout." Photos by Scott Swanson Not all clinics provide all the "listed services. Call for details about what services are availabe in you local area. Our staff will refer you to the clinic closest to you that will have the services that you need. No Confidential services-low fees one refused service for inability to pay. Albany Lebanon 315 4th SW 1600 S. Main 541-967-3888 541-451-5932 Sweet Home 799 Long St. 541-367-3888 Visit our website: www.co.linn.or.us/health From page 1 he was feeding it to get it back into shape. The horse, which stood at 17 hands, had been ill and weighed about 950 pounds. Day said it needed to weigh about 200 pounds more, so he wanted to control its feed. He also keeps three miniature- horses, a Shetland pony, two larger horses and a llama in a field behind his house, in the 1000 block of Northside Drive. They were unharmed. Day had fed the horse, a paint named "Cash," at about 10 a.m., he said. "I came out and fed him and then went back inside and was watching football games." About 30 minutes later, Day and his wife, Jan, went outside, about the same time their neighbor was yelling that Cash was in his yard. Day found the horse in his neighbor's yard wounded and bleeding, he said. The horse had claw marks on the left flank and lower right leg, where the cat may have grabbed at the horse with both paws. The horse did not have any bite marks. The claw marks were wider than Day's hand, he said, and a veterinarian said they must have been caused by a large cat. The horse had run behind a nearby building and crossed a fence and stone wall, nearly severing a front leg, to reach the neighbor's yard. "He was still alive, so we put him down and buried him," Day said. He took photos of the horse and sent them to a veterinary surgeon at Oregon State University, but the cost of surgery was high and the chances of success were low. "We're nervous. I've got three little tiny horses," Day said, adding that he's got two granddaughters who have been staying with him. Day said he-has lived there for the past eight to nine years, and had never seen any cougars or signs that one was in the area, he said. "Every once'in aWhile, we'd see a fox or a raccoon." The area has a lot of deer, and this year, they're especially thick, he said. He doesn't usually see bucks, but he's been seeing a lot of them Photos by Scan C. Morgan Robert Day stands in the field where his horse "Cash, "pictured below on a registration form, was when the cougar arrived. In rear, trapper Jim Schach, t looks for sign of the intruder. this year too. they will often return to it and can Schacht said it unusual for be trapped. In this case, he doesn't a cougar to attack a horse, but he know whether the cougar will return has seen it before, for the horse. The cougars will go where theDay said there had been two deer and water are this tune of year, recent sightings in the area, one he said. near Pleasant Valley School. "I found a coyote track, but Inside the city limits, two that's about it," Schacht said after sightings have been reported walking the property, but he didn't recently, one on Main Street near expect to find tracks this time of the old Sweet Home Ranger District year. He did find a tiny tuft of cougar office and two were spotted on belly fur on a barbed wire fence, the rodeo grounds, 4000 block of "There's not much I can really Main. do because of all the houses (with "Day got his first horse pets and children)," Schacht said. three years ago. He promised "It's a pretty tough situation. All his granddaughter, who lived in I can say here is keep your rifle Arizona with her parents, that if handy, but you've got to be careful she could convince her parents to where you shoot. He could jump in move back and he'd buy her one. (from) anywhere." They moved back, and he followed Schacht said he didn't knowthrough. He has since gotten horses what this cougar might do. They're for his other granddaughters, while unpredictable. If they have a kill, his grandsons have received racing