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Hometown Newspaper of Roger Emmert Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 51 75 Cents ]he Cat Who Came florae for Christmas After disappearing in 2003, tough tom crawls back into rescuer's life By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Mary Anne Miller was feeding her cats one night in late October when an emaciated gold-and-white tom crept to the feeder. He looked vaguely familiar and, as she took a closer look, she could scarcely believe her eyes. The ct was one she had tried to adopt niine years ear- lier, which had then disappeared without a traace. "I figured the coyotes or raccoons had gotten him," she said. "We'd given up hope." Miller operates CATS, Inc. (Caring About The Strays), a feline sanctuary on Highway 20 about three miles west of Sweet Home (see page 11). The big tom first snuck into Miller's back yard at feed- ing time in October 2003. He took over. "He successfully drove the other cats away from the food, leaving him to eat his fill undisturbed," Miller said. "Afterwards, he slipped off into the night." See Cyclone, page 10 Photo by Scott Swanson Mary Anne Miller holds Cyclone, a stray tomcat who disappeared after she tried to adopt him nine years ago, then reappeared last month. School zone stays for now, council says By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The City Council declined on Dec. 11 to remove a school zone designation on Seventh Avenue and directed staff to gather information about whether the city is required to remove the zone. The request originated with Public Works, which maintains signs, said city Senior Engi- neering Technician Joe Graybill. It no longer meets legal minimum required distances for a I See Council, page 5 Jamboree signs Yoakam The Oregon Jamboree has signed Dwight Yoakam and three other art- ists forits 2013 festival. Page 11 Community By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Despite a large recent donation that nearly doubled the Sweet Home Community Foundation's endow- ment, foundation President Bob Burford is reporting that donations are generally down and the amount of money available for grants is low. The foundation is asking for Foundation experiencing pinch a:rer big community support as it approach- es the upcoming grant cycle. "Our fall giving campaign is where we go directly to the commu- nity and seek support for not only our annual grant campaign to sup- port our local organizations but to also build the long-term community endowment to meet Sweet Home's future needs. "Up until about two years ago, with the help of the Oregon Jambo- ree and the local giving campaign, we were able to distribute between $15,000 and $25,000 back into the community annually and add into the long-term endowment." The past two years, the Jam- boree has not been able to directly support the foundation, Burford said. "They have worked with us on some associated fund-raising projects, such as the meet-and-greet with Neal McCoy." The Neal McCoy event raised about $1,500 this year, and the Jamboree facilitated a donation of $2,500 from Safeway last year. The Jamboree has historically provided 10 percent of its annual proceeds to the foundation. "Frankly, most of the money we received from the Oregon Jamboree contribution we turned around and distributed it back into the community," Burford said. "Without that revenue source last year, the number of grants and the amount of the grants were sig- nificantly reduced. :'We're hoping to be able to grant at a little higher level this year, but that will depend on support from See SHCF, page 11 First winter windstorm drops power lines, precipitation By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The big storm proved to be a lot smaller than expected, locally, Sunday night and power stayed on throughout most of the Sweet Home area. Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to six calls for downed wires, said Fire Chief Mike Beaver. In two cases, trees completely blocked roadways, including Whiskey Butte Road and Highway 228, just west of the Holley Store. Power was out in both areas, Beaver said. His crews didn't notice power outages anywhere else. Most of the calls were between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., Beaver said. Wires were reported down on the Upper Calapooia a little after 7 a.m. on Monday. A couple of trees had small fires that went out when the power was cut. "As hard as it was blowing, I thought it was going to be an all-nighter," Beaver said, estimating gusts at up to 40 to 45 mph. Sustained winds reached 20 to 30 mph See Storm, page 10 Page 9: Our list of best Christmas lights Photo by Sean C. Morgan Following a wind storm Sunday, snowfalls on Main Street at about lO p.m. on Monday.