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:11  r-- November 21,2012 Your COMMUNITV Page 11 i Fish From page 1 prudent alternatives" for the Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency to help fish get past the dam to spawn in streams up the river. The project addresses two South Santiam River species list- ed under the Endangered Species Act, spring Chinook and winter steelhead, Budai said. Among them is upgrading fish facilities to decrease stress on adult, fish trav- eling upstream to spawn. The goal is to reduce the fac- tors leading to pre-spawn mor- tality, Budai said. A fish friendly facility to get them over the dam should help. The fish will travel up the existing fish ladder, then over a structure that will cross in front of the powerhouse and carry fish west to the park, where they will wind up in short- and long-term holding ponds and a sorting area, Budai said. The fish can be redi- rected to the river or taken down a flume to a waiting biologist. The biologist will likely han- dle the fish briefly, sorting native fish to a holding pond for transpor- tation upstream and hatchery fish to a holding pond for transporta- tion to the South Santiam Fish Hatchery on the other side of the river. "It minimizes the amount of handling," Budai said, but there will probably be some handling. "The ones that go to the sorting area have to be sorted." If the biologist is quick enough, the fish can be sorted through a series of gates without handling them at all, Budai said. From the holding ponds, fish will be placed in hoppers that will An excavator prepares space at Wiley Creek Park for a new fish transfer facility. be set on top of trucks already car- rying water, she said. Then they will be released into the truck. In recent years, the fish ale lifted in a hopper inside the dam where they are sorted by hand and slipped down tubes into waiting trucks. In the past, they were lift- ed inside the dam to Foster Dam Road and sorted. The funding for the project comes from the Columbia River Fish Mitigation Fund, Corps-ap- propriated dollars, which is used Photo by Sean C. Morgan to fund construction projects. A similar project is under way in the North Santiam River, about four miles west of Big Cliff Dam. It is scheduled for completion in March and expected to be opera- tional in April. tt Theater From page 9 kids, most of them have never seen a play before," Handman said. A lot of students are interested in the arts, but not all of them are exposed to much. "Sometimes, it ignites a pas- sion they never knew they had," she said. As the actors work with stu- dents, they also work with teachers to more effectively teach Shake- speare, she said. Gone are the days of reading Shakespeare's entire plays. Rather, the teaching staff is learning to break up the plays and incorporate group performances of passages. The teacher's workshops stress physical movement, Handman said. The body language helps illustrate the meaning of the dialogue. A team from the Shakespeare Festival compiles scenes and stitch- es together a script for the programs, Albright said during a question and answer session following the public performance. She and Carr tweaked the script to fit their needs before they set out on their school tour, visiting mostly high schools and some middle schools throughout the year. The team doesn't work at el- ementary schools very often, but she has been to three, Albright said. "It's great to see those kids engage in Shakespeare. You think, 'they're 6, 7 or 8;' but they get it." Albright said the lines aren't really that hard to remember. Shake- speare has a rhythm, and it "sticks with you." She has performed in "A Mid- summer Night's Dream," three times, though she never played Hel- ena before developing the school performance. She didn't need to learn the part. She already knew it from hearing it so much. Shakespeare is easier to re- member than contemporary plays, Albright said. Albright said her favorite role wasn't Shakespearean. It was a character from the play "Up" in 2006 when she played opposite of her husband. That's how they met. She said she plans to leave act- ing after the next season to teach at the festival and Southern Oregon University in an attempt to marry her love for teaching and acting. Carr's career includes teach- ing at schools in New York, and he has appeared in European indie films. This is his first year with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared on the "Chappelle's Show" and had a small part in "The Wire." How well he enjoys his roles i ACT From page 1 of the program through age 21, she said. The ACT program started with 27 2012 graduates this year, she said. Five more are joining during winter term, but this is the last year students can join late. "They were going to but they just didn't get around to it," Stineff said. For one reason or another, they missed registering on time. Those who put off joining the program count against the school's gradua- tion rate if they don't sign up with the ACT program. A couple of students in the program are planning to move on to four-year schools, she said. "I think it's going very well," Stineff said. "A lot of the kids are getting really good grades." Most are getting A's and B's, and some are getting straight A's, she said. "What I'm really pleased about is - I've talked to several - it's amazing the maturity I see from last summer to now," Stineff said. There are a few who don't keep good contact and haven't reported, she said. Some of that may not be the students' faults because the pro- gram has had an e-mail problem, something Stineff discovered last week. The program is providing an opportunity to attend college for several of the students, she said. "I know that not all of them would be because they just couldn't afford it or they didn't have the support." The program complements other programs at the school, in- cluding the College Now program along with the Career Center, AS- PIRE and GEAR-UE "We just want them to go to school," she said. The ACT pro- gram isn't for everyone, but it is free education for those who'use it. Even transportation is free on Linn Shuttle with a student ID card, she said. Students should start thinking about whether to enter the program next year, she said, She will hold a parent meeting in February, and around April, she will issue vouch- ers to next year's ACT students to take placement tests in reading, writing and math at LBCC. The program is also available to home-schooled students, and Calhoon, RPH ECONOMY DRUBS Man. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. -1 p.m. 367-6777 Located inside Thri00ay there are options for dropouts and people with GEDs. Applications for the program are available now, Stineff said. Students who have not paid all of their fees from high school are not eligible for the program or to walk in the graduation ceremony this year, she said. Last year's se- niors still owe more than $6,000 in fees, which are incurred for labs, sports, student body cards and lost textbooks, among other items. One girl owed more than $700 and never paid, she said. Generally, not counting sports, students incur less than $50 and about $100 at the high end, she said. Most people pay the fees. "I'm really excited about this program," Stineff said. "It's a great program. It's helping a lot of kids." For more information, contact the Career Center or the office at (541) 367-7142. often depends on whom he is work- ing with, he said. "I typically enjoy what I'm do- ing at the moment," he said. tttst uun Roofing, lea. 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