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Page 4 :tr i"ea, 'ra - December 5, 2012 ,j first time in the council's 15 years From of existence that a man has been : elected to in the office of Our serve presidency. " December 2, 1987 Files  The annual Singing Christmas t Tree will be presented in the Sweet t a Looking back on more than 80 years of Home High School Auditorium on ' 0 - coverage in east Linn County... Dec. 4-6, under the direction of  Paul Rowton. The choir this year O December 6, 1962 has 60 people. 0 The recreation board has re- cently taken over park advisory One final obstacle lies in the functions, path of the Sweet Home High Hus- are plans to a gaining state high There build kies their first fence between the wading pool and school football championship-the } 14th avenue, and renovating the surprising Ontario Tigers. band stand. The Tigers surprised everyone t -'O by defeating the defending state .,X/  The new Crawfordsville champion, Dallas 14-10. Neither  bridge is under Construction across Sweet Home nor Ontario have ever the Calapooya River. won a state championship. The existing bridge, a covered timber truss, will be left as a his- The 9th annual Christmas Pa- torical monument. The new bridge ride will be held rain or shine this will be opened before the summer Saturday. of 1963. The parade grand marshals will be the Capital Conference Richard H. Fidler was recently football champion HUSKIES and "''9,1h 3( a[  o : tte'-'\\; C...\\;- elected president of the Santiam the SHHS Green Regiment March- Girl Scout Council. This is the ing Band. Trees for Scholarships I uction won't be forgotten Last week, whenI wrote alittle N F covers the really high-quality finger and they are fancy. Some of the the front row and sat down next to colufnn encoura_ging people to par- " otes rom food (and desserts) served up by the most talented local artists and deco- his wife. ticipate in local holiday activities, I The News ever-capable district food service raters go full-bore on these babies, Whew. That was a little ark- had to cut it short due to space, so room specialists, led by Millie Horton. which are all decorated according ward. We all exhaled slightly. Then, I: never got around to mentioning But that's just the beginning, to themes. They're all works of art from the corner of the room, from the Christmas Tree Auction in any There is always a really interest- and are worth the price of admission where Mike Melcher was sitting, depth.  ing array of silent auction items to just to see them and watch them get we heard: "We'll buy the pants!" The annual auction, held last browse through and maybe throw auctioned off. Wow, talk about seeing the Saturday night, was quite an affair, out a bid on. I attend a lot of events This year the 12 decorated trees whites of people's eyes. I missed the auction the first Scott that include silent auctions and went for a combined $6,625, two of Larry marched back out in front couple of years after we arrived in Swanson they're always interesting, but this them for $1,000 each. of everybody and started taking off Sweet Home because of other en- i Publisher one includes a lot of hand-made But the biggest item this year his belt and shoes, to startled, ner- gagements, but when I did finally items that, you can tell, were pre- was new and different-Larry John- vous laughter. A few folks looked a get a chance to attend, I quickly re- pared especially for this purpose, son's pants. Yep, that was pants, little flushed. alized I was the loser. It's a geat to send Sweet Home kids, particu- I won't list the craftsmen and Larry, the retired high school Then he stripped off his Dock- event and apparently my wife and lady some who might not otherwise women because I'll forget someone, athletic director and assistant prin- ers, revealing a set of red and green I aren't the only ones to figure that have the incentive or opportunity, to but they represent a cross-section of cipal, arrived .with a plan to wring velvet Christmas, er, elf shorts. He out. It's grown each year we've at- college, some of the more skilled folks we some cash out of the crowd, marched over to the Melcher table tended, I think, and this year it was College isn't for everyone, but have in Sweet Home. It's always Midway through the auction, and handed over the khakis. simply sizzling, it certainly can be an eye- and door- fun to see what they've brought to he stood up to deliver a little speech. As Larry returned to his seat, in Before I go any further, it's im- opener for someone who's grown sell for the kids. on the importance of college, pretty red and green velvet glory, Powell, po(tant to remember the auction's up in a small town and for whom There are usually also other much what I said above, and how the auctioneer, mentioned that he'd purpose: to raise money for schol- the forests may not hold much of a goodies for sale too- this year there crucial it is for some of the local had a premonition that something arships. It's put on by the Sweet future, were a winter-blue Christmas tree kids to get the help provided by was up when he and Larry had ar- Home Alumni Foundation for the This is a worthy cause, and a snowman created as foyer these scholarships. Then Larry kind rived at the auction and a bell had express purpose of raising money It costs $15 to get in, which decorations by Tom and Sharon of off-handedly mentioned that he'd fallen out of Larry's pants. Wall, for instance. They got auc- go so far to raise money for these He'd returned the bell, with tinned off for $275 each - the deco- kids that he'd sell his pants, a cautious remark, and Larry had 00ra rations, thatis. The auctioneer eaChyear "His what?" Things g0t a little said, "I've got more of those. I'm i I've been there has been Jer- quiet, hopingI get to show you." emy Powell, who grew up here in Yeah, for $2,000 he'd strip Well, he did. A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Sweet Home. He knows what this those puppies off fight in front of I have to say that the auction Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers whole thing is about and he always us and hand them over to the lucky is usually much more sedate - but does a great job, cajoling the bid- . buyer.  Larry's little stunt brought in an ex- ders to give a little more. Since he Ahem. tra $2,275 to send kids to college, www.sweethomenews.com knows many in the crowd, he can Now, Larry's a good man, re- after someone else bid the extra Office: 1313 MainSt,, Sweet Home, Oregon apply a little personal pressure if sponsible, not the type to do a strip cash to buy his pants back for him. Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, necessary., tease, so this sounded strange. Pen- Like I said, it's quite a night. Sweet Home, OR, 97386 The actual trees that are the pie were kind of averting their eyes Maybe more so than usual, this time Phone: (541)367-2135 Fax: (541)367-2137 center of this whole thing are real as Larry strolled back to his seat in around. All for a good cause. WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, EditorlCo-Publisherscott@sweethomenews.com LETTEI00S TO TtiF_. 00JblTOP,. Seen C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson,Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com ChristyKeeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Same old story the wealthy did not pay enough in deficit. taxes. Again, I say, it will not reduce Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethmenews'cm The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. from Democrats moneyIt willwe takent matterfrom thehWrichmUChun- thetakePoVertYfrom therate'richAllandit punishWill dOtheiS Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Editor: der the guise of helping the poor. achievers in America. P0stmaster: Please send address changes t0 We have spent $207 billion It will not improve my income or By the time the Affordable The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 since Democratic President John- cure poverty. Healthcare Act goes into effect in son declared war on poverty in President Obama is seeking 20i4, all of the American people SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn C0unty:$32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 1965. more than $1 trillion in new taxes will be subjected to a dozen or This year, we set a record high from the rich. This also will not more new taxes. Presidem Obama NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS for poverty. I am pretty sure Presi- help my income and probably will Call (541) 367.2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com dent Johnson also complained that not go to reduce the federal debt or See Letters, page 5