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Page 4 - November 28, 2012 - --------C--- _ _-_________-___ _ . MRC.org/BMI Zt Cot ?[TcSCE. ted bids to rehabilitate the Sun- nyside school building, including From ~3 grounds and utilities, four miles Our east of Foster. It will be used as the Resident Files Engineer office for the Green Peter- Foster dam projects. Green Peter dam is under construction on the Looking back on more than 80 years o[ Middle Santiam river, and Foster coverage in east Lion County.., will be built on the South Santiam. November 29, 1962 November 25, 1987 Twenty students at Sweet Some $16.000 in allegedly sto- Home Union High School were re- len electronic items was recovered cently selected for membership in by Sweet Home Police officers Fri- the National Honor Society. day afternoon. Formal initiation of new mem- Two men are wanted for the bers is slated for Dec. 4. Selections crimes, but no names have been are made based on grades, leader- released yet. Numerous items were ship, and character, found, most of them being elec- tronics. The importance of an airport has recently been stressed to the A Sweet Home sixth-grader's Sweet Home- East Linn Countyartwork is being featured in the Chamber of Commerce and city1988 calendar published by the Planning Commission. Ronald McDonald house. The estimated minimum land- Cory Coulter started drawing ing strip needed for Sweet Home when he was just 3 years old, and would be 250 feet wide, 1,900 feet grew up watching his mother draw. long and 28 acres in size, plus clear The picture to be featured shows a approach zones, piece of heavy equipment loading a logging truck while another truck Two contracting firms submit- at the right waits to be loaded. ! S S, Though the Christmas holi- Notes F think, added to the momentum. day has been secularized to the rom This year most of the eve]ts extent that many have little or no ho ~JP were at least reported to the Chan- appreciation for what it originally ,,,~wsroom ber of Commerce, and that's a big was intended to commemorate step toward organization. - the birth of Jesus Christ, even One of the organizers, whom in its secularity this season brings g I'll only identify here as a veteran people together, in these kinds of activities, told And that's why I'm enthusi- me that she couldn't believe "how astic about the eruption of energy Scott smooth it's gone." People "came from some of our local residents, Swanson out of the woodwork," to make some of them well beyond re- 1 this happen. I've heard similar Publisher tirement age, but still thinking reactions from others. up ways to make things better in To put all this in perspective, a Sweet Home. year ago the Christmas parade was If you've looked over our report - as much as we were able in danger of being cancelled and front page today, you no doubt no- to cobble together, anyway. There a few citizens roused themselves tice that there is quite a sequence has definitely been much more and others to form a committee to of events planned over the next coordination this year, which has keep it alive. They pulled it off, several weeks - starting Friday helped not only our reporting ef- and it was a success. with the fighting of three separate forts (sometimes we have to spend I can't say what happened in displays in town. an inordinate amount of townthe interim, but by all appearances I won't go into the nittty grit- simply trying to determine who's a lot of people have gotten fired ty here, since it's all laid out in our in charge of what) but also has, I up. Remember that there is no A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367-2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com central committee putting these events together, but they comple- ment each other quite well and stretching them over the next sev- eral weeks means that it's not a one-and-done deal. Other communities have learned these lessons. Browns- ville. Albany. Lebanon. They know that having a sequence of events creates interest in the com- munity, brings shoppers down- town and generally contributes to good will and all of that. And that brings me to a point we should all seriously consider: If we're a community, let's try to act like one as the events take place. That means we need to par- ticipate. I know, if you don't have small children and there's a "hon- ey-do" list on the refrigerator, go- ing to a parade might not be ex- actly what you'd put high on your list of things to do on a Saturday morning - particularly if the weather's not cooperative. Espe- cially with all those mega-stores beckoning with bargains and that free coffee. But participation is both the price and the pay-off for these ef- forts to create some holiday spirit. These people are going far out of their way to paint Christmas scenes on oversized "postcards" to make the season warm and bright. I'm sure they all have lists of projects to get done that don't involve standing out in the cold. Participation also helps our lo- cal merchants. Yes, we don't have the shopping we'd all like, but it's kind of a chicken-and-egg deal. If we want merchants to stock items we want to buy, they see some de- mand for those products. We have some specialty stores that are well worth a stop for a gift or two. Yes, you're not go- WRITE A LETTER 11 We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor I on matters of public interest. Letters should be typed and may be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era office. E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethomenews.com. ..... Please include a telephone number in case we need to contact yru ~so; we require that you include your name and city of !esidence or your letter will not be published. ...... .......... There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited iength all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or bus nesses on a eve Asol letters containing comments on topics deemed by the edito ia! to have been exhausted in previous letters will be ing to beat big-box prices, but do you think the folks at Whatever- Mart care that you just spent your money there? Only to the extent that they got their fingers on your money. In a community like Sweet Home, it goes further than that. Check out those paintings on dis- play in local galleries. Stop in and browse the knick-knacks. B.uy that hammer or those Christmas lights locally, even if it costs you a few pennies more. As we've pointed out before, your money stays home when you spend it here and you build re- lationships that you'll never get at some giant concern where the large marjority of what you spend goes out the door to Arkansas or Chicago. Your money just left on a truck there and the clerk, let's be honest, could really care less that you invested in their store. Obviously, most of us can't do all our shopping locally. But I consider spending money in Sweet Home as investing in Sweet Home. Buying it here instead of Eugene or Albany is one more step toward building our local economy. This is about more than just spending money, though. I'm certainly not saying we all have to go to every event and visit as many stores as we can. But if you like to walk or run, do the mile before the parade. If you need a family photo, think about doing it at the museum. If a big crowd shows up for, say, the parlor photos at the mu- seum, that might be a real incen- tive for the organizers to take this a step further. I don't know what that step would be, but lots of other communities around us do lots of different things and there's no rea- Son why we can't - if we want to. - The people who decided to take this thing to the next level should be commended. The best way to do that is to show up.