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- December 17, 2008 VouR COMMUNITV Page 9 ,I By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Sweet Home's Dr. Tim Hindmarsh was honored Wednesday, Dec. 10, for his work in promoting and supporting educational outreach for diabetics. Hindmarsh was presented with a 2008 Fitness Leadership Award by the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Ken Toombs. mayor of Lebanon, nominated him last summer. Hindmarsh has completed a personal decathlon each July since his 40th birthday in 2005, raising more than $9.000 in this year's event alone to pay for diabetes education for east Linn County residents. The decathlon, which has taken on the moniker "Act Alive." last year included snow and water skiing, snowboarding, windsailing, wakeboarding, motocross and cycling from Sweet Home to Lebanon. skydiving and a 5K run. Over the last few years Hindmarsh has begun inviting members of the public to join him in "'Act Alive" and has garnered media attention beyond Lebanon and Sweet Home. His campaign centers on getting people to exercise as a way to improve their health and enjoy life more fully. "'He's a busy guy who found a way to contribute." said Becky Pape, chief executive officer of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She noted that Hindmarsh's efforts have extended into the hospital staff, including herself. "'I was a person who couldn't even run a lap three years ago," Pape said. "Now I feel like when Plann" I run four miles I haven't run far enough." She added that a group of workers in her office started walking together and recently completed a full marathon. "Dr. Hindmarsh, our cholesterol is better, we are fitter and we're proud of the maladies we have now," she said, listing "road rash" (from bicycle crashes), callouses and other athletic-related trophies. Pape told a gathering of Lebanon and Sweet Home city and Samaritan officials at an official presentation of the award Wednesday that Hindmarsh's efforts have also had some "unintended consequences" last summer. "Some people in our office decided to get on a plane with Dr. Hindmarsh and jump," she said. Hindmarsh told the crowd he was "speechless, even though I'm the first to admit I was born with a performance gene." He said he was already planning next year's decathlon, in which he wants to keep as many events as possible local so area residents can participate with him. "I want to try to open up the running, walking and cycling events to more of the community," he said. He said the g0al of his campaign has been simply to enjoy their lives more by being healthier, noting that Americans' lifespans are decreasing and they are becoming more unhealthy as life has gotten more convenient and "'we don't do anything." He said his brother recently finished a video project that started 10 years ago when he interviewed ds 'ide Photos by Scott Swanson Dr. Tim Hindmarsh, above, gets a hug from Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation Director Betty Koehn, while hospital CEO Becky Pape congratulates him on his Governor's Fitness Leadership ~4ward, which Hind- marsh is holding below. their grandparents, who were in their 90s, who had immigrated to Canada from the Soviet Union, seeking religious freedom. They moved onto the plains of Saskatchewan. where there were no trees, so three families lived in a sod dugout through winters in which temperatures fell to 20 degrees below zero. "My brother asked them, 'Didn't you think of going back?' and they answered, 'No. we found religious freedom here,'" Hindmarsh said. "We've made it in life. Now we're starting to choke on it. "I've always told patients that we might decrease your risk of heart attack or stroke and you might live longer, but that's not the point." 1 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home Area Revitalization Effort Planning Committee is seeking people who want to be involved in the hands- on part of revitalizing the city's commercial district. The initial Planning Committee chairman resigned his chairmanship to become a regular committee member, and a couple of other members have resigned, said Torn Hammons. co- chairman of the SHARE Steering Committee. He's looking to replace them. "We have now. as SHARE, a strategic plan if you will. We've got a mission statement out there. but we're looking for volunteers for the Planning Committee." he said. "The Planning Committee will have a major role in the revitalization effort of Sweet Home." It needs "idea people." who can identify processes and programs that help facilitate long- term revitalization. Hammons said. They'll be key players in the master planning of the downtown area. The city is exploring whether it should develop an urban renewal district, he said. "This Planning Committee will be involved in the planning of that." An urban renewal district takes property tax revenue growth and uses it for redevelopment of infrastructure and projects within its boundaries. The tradeoff is that government agencies do not receive that growth to fund their services. The Planning Committee also will be involved in figuring out what to do with the Chamber of Commerce Building and" the property next door to the chamber office that has been purchased by Sweet Home Economic Development Group (SHEDG), Hammons said. They will be used to develop a sort of community hub facility. The committee also -is responsible for figuring out plans for facade improvements and how to develop them on Main Street. he said. "Planning will be a major challenge, and there is sufficient work to keep them going." The committee primarily serves as a sort of research and development committee, bringing ideas to the Steering Committee, which coordinates with the Finance and the Programming and Marketing committees, he said. The Planning Committee has eight or nine members right now. Hammons said, but it has enough fufictions that it can easily use upward of 20 members. The Planning and Marketing Committee is running at 20 members, he said, and it is active and moving forward. The more people who are involved, the more people are talking to other people and getting things going, he said. "The quicker things will happen.'" Hammons said he is excited about SHARE's work. he said. He has seen similar efforts work in other communities, including Estacada; Culver City, Calif.; and Priest River. Idaho, which was a logging town similar to Sweet Home. The Planning Committee meets once a month, on the third Tuesday, he said, but that can be changed based on the needs of committee members. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should call the city manager's office at 367- 8969. Administrative assistant Wendy Younger will take names and contact information. an ;Julie Dedman Julie Dedman, 47, of Sweet Home volunteers with the Sweet Home Se- nior Center and Sweet Home Church of Christ activities. She also vol- ;ednWith the Obama She volunteers "be- cause there is a need," she said. "My folks instilled in me that you always give back to the community in which you resie, so I am carrying on their legacy." She enjoys reading, church, politics and getting together with friends. She has lived in Sweet Home for five years after X ,previously living in Sweet Home for 13 years. y She likes the small-town feel, she said. Today, /~ I still run into people I went to elementary school ]~[ with. and I like that." "Our People Make the Diflference" 250 Hansm~ Lebanon, ~ 259-3901 i