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Hometown Newspaper of Judy Keller Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 45 75 Cents Pumpkin City Tony Webb, left, and his son, Noah Webb, enjoy the Elm Street front yard they covered with Jack o' lanterns for Halloween. They turned a side yard into a cemetery, with headstones evenly spaced out on the lawn. Pumpkin Brooklyn Logan, at right, meets the A&W Bear with her mom, Alyssa Logan, and Keven Orr during the annual downtown trick- or-treat event. Holley Community Church hosted a trunk and treat event at the Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club, and the Community Chapel held a harvest festival. Residents, like Webb, decorated their yards and tantalized throngs of children who spent the evening trick-or-treating their neighbor- hoods. "Halloween" serial killer Michael Myers haunted a bench at the bottom of a busy Oak Ter- race near Long Street. For more Halloween pho- tos, see page 20. Photos by Sean C. Morgan Dan Desler s ;lq.00:enced By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Dan Desler, who at one time had big plans to create commercial and housing de- velopments in Sweet Home, was sentenced on Oct. 31 in the U.S. District Court in Eugene to serve five months of home detention, three years of probation and 300 hours of probation for the negligent release of a hazardous air pollutant. Desler, 68, also must pay $1.59 mil- lion in restitution for cleanup costs incurred See Desler, page 14 Luke Bryan JaJnt00,00ree signs LuKe Bryan By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Oregon Jamboree Thursday named Luke Bryan as its second headliner for 2013, and announced that Neal McCoy will return for his seventh appearance at the country mu- sic festival. Bryan will headline on Aug. 4. The two new signees join Toby Keith on the 2013 line- up. See Bryan, page 14 Board OKs raises for administrators; Classifie :l "il i,:izes cuts By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board approved raises for administrators Monday night by adding five new steps to the administrators' salary schedule. Meanwhile, classified employ- ees filled the audience in the requested arbitration, and Supt. boardroom to send a message that the Don Schrader said that process will district is heading the wrong direction " probably begin in March. with a four-day school week that has The board has cut and combined left their paychecksand healthcare administrative duties to help save benefits smaller and with cuts that money, andSchraderisprojectingthat leave children un'derserved, the four-day school week will save The classified employees have about the same amount he originally projected - about $430,000. Administrators, such as Tim Porter, are working multiple jobs. Porter is full-time vice principal at Sweet Home High School and half- time curriculum director. With the extra duties, the board is considering stipends for the administrators. Administrative salaries The salary increases granted Monday night in a 5-3 vote will amount to about $13,500, said Business Manager Kevin Strong. The first five steps, which See School, page 15 Community Foundation receives $202,000 donation A Lebanon man donated $202,000 to the Sweet Home Community Foundation in honor of his wife, a Sweet Home teacher. SHCF Vice President Tim McQueary announced the donation Monday. "Lou Blaser of Lebanon has made a $202,000 gift in honor of his deceased wife, Alice Blaser," McQueary said. "Alice taught in the Sweet Home School District from 1957 until 1965 when the family moved to Eureka, Calif. ,Until her passing Alice continued to have LOu Blaser, left, presents a $202,000 dona- tion to Foundation President Bob Burford. fond memories of her students, the people she worked with and the community as a whole. Mr. Blaser felt that it would be fitting to make a gift in her name to the permanent endowment of the SHCF." In early October, Lou Blaser presented his gift to SHCF President Bob Burford and McQueary. Funds in the Long Term Endowment are to remain untouched, but future earnings will See Blaser', page 13 news@sweethomenews.com ,,,,,, www.sweethomenews.com