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Hometown Newspaper of Darrell Larsen Sr. Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 48 "75 Cents New portable sawmill allows SHHS students to learn across curriculum By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Construction trades teacher and Forestry Club adviser Dustin Nichol has connected forestry to construction at Sweet Home High School. Nichors timber cruising and log scaling Forestry Club and nat- ural resources class has sparkedan interest in the construction side of timber, he said. In response, thanks to grants and private donations, the school has purchased the sawmill to allow students in the programs to take timber on through the pro- cess. "We had the opportunity to go over to Logs to Lumber over in West Albany," Nichol said, refer- ring to a milling project conducted by Albany schools during Arbor Week each year. "We participated in that for two years." That sparked the idea of in- stalling a sawmill at Sweet Home / Student Cody Coulter runs a log through center, and Elric Benson watch. Photo by Scott Swanson Sweet Home High School's new portable sawmill as EJ Nichol, High School. treated lumber and items like doors volved in the process from natural Milt Moran of Cascade Tim- and windows, resources to lumber. ber Consulting donated a lot of The flooring, structure andThe program teaches across hardwood to the program to get siding are all milled by high the high school curriculum, partic- things rolling, Nichol said. school students, Nichol said. Logs ularly in applied math and science, "The Construction II senior and materials are donated by local Nichol said. In Forestry Club, stu- project is to build a structure they timber interests, dents give speeches, write, and have machined from logs to lum- "The main reason was to trylearn to interview for jobs, as well bet," Nichol said. The only materi- to be self-sustaining," Nichol said. als being purchased are pressure- About six students are in- See Mill, page 12 jail, Former Sweet Home Police Office Randy Gill was sentenced to two days in jail and 18 months of probation on Nov. 20 in Linn County Circuit Court after pleading no contest to second-degree theft. and official misconduct, both misdemeanors. He must pay $514 in fines and fees and forfeit his Department of Public Safety Standards and Training certification, which is required to work as a police "officer in the state of Oregon. Gill, a seven-year veteran of the Sweet Home Police Department, was arrested in Klamath Falls in August following an Albany Police Department investigation. In October 2011, Sweet Home police officers contacted Police Chief Bob Burford regarding possible misappropriation of funds from December 2010 to October 2011 involving Gill, who was the president of the local AFSCME union chapter, which represents police officers and dispatchers. The funds have been paid back. SHPD turned the case over to the Albany Police Department for investigation. Later the same day, Gill resigned from the department. gram picking up Huskies 2012-13 Winter Sports Preview Inside By Sean C. Morgan Not counting the impact of the $15,000. SHARE spent. Of The New Era Keesecker Building in 2010, the In 2011, the program generated The grants arr made by SHARE Ending the third year of the annual return on SHARE grants about $47,000 on 13 projects, while from Oregon Jamboree proceeds Commercial Exterior Improve- in 2012 was the biggest it has ever SHARE paid $18,300. provided by the Sweet Home Eco- ment Program, the Sweet Home been. This year, SHARE spent rtomic Development Group, under Active Revitalization Effort and In 2010 the program gener- $8,300 on nine projects, while total whose umbrella SHARE operates." local building owners have spent ated about $91,500 on 14 proj- projects were worth about $29,700, $168,462.41 on improvements, ects. SHARE contributed about more than three times the amount See CEIP, page 9 Christmas weekend.expands into multi-week calendar of events By Scott Swanson Dec. 14-15 and visits with Santa and Beautification Committee. She said Of The New Era Mrs. Claus on Dec. 22. Throughout the museum decided to forego its Sweet Home's holiday season the season, 17 large hand-painted bazaar this year and was looking will kick off this weekend with Christmas cards will be on exhibit for an alternative. It came up with a Christmas lighting events, a down- at various spots around town. dis- Christmas in the Parlor theme, and town shopping extravaganza and playing Christmas-related themes, developed an old-fashioned parlor the annual Trees for Scholarships Chamber of Comme[ce Man- display in the museum that will be Auction. ager Sherri Pagliari said the ex- open for viewing on weekends. In a" change from recent years tended calendar is a result of some Gregory, a retired high school holiday events that have been aggressive community efforts,art teacher, helped create the confined to the first weekend of the "We did it through individual"postcards," which are painted on month, will continue over the next people," she said. "We didn't really 4- by 8-foot sheets of plywood four weeks, with the annum Christ- attend meetings to sit down. We and will be displayed on the mu- mas Parade and Singing Christmas started asking people to call us." seum grounds, at the Chamber of Tree events on the weekend of Dec. Gail Gregory, a board member Commerce and "a couple of other 7-8, along with the traditional holi- at the East Linn Museum. said a lot places." The "postcards" will be lit. day bazaars, followed by carriage of the additional events are due to a rides and a live Nativity scene on collaboration with the Sweet Home See Holiday, page 3 Photo by Scott Swanson City employees Don Sullivan, in rear. and Leon Vineyard place wreaths on a median lightpost along Main Street Monday, Nov. 26. j,lll01!!!lll!i!!!l![