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Page 10 VoLJR ..i'ltMt INITV 1 T 'ra - December 19, 2012 Photo by Sean C. Morgan A fallen tree blocks Highway 228 just west of the Holley Store. A power line is tangled in the tree. Power was knocked out to the area after the tree fell and tore the wire down around 9 p.m. I Storm From page 1 in the mid-valley, according to Liana Ramirez, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. A gust recorded in Albany reached 54 mph. Corvallis had a gust of 44 mph. Corvallis recorded 1.03 inches of rain Sunday, she said. "It wasn't as strong as we anticipated." The position of the low pressure area was exactly what forecasters predicted, but it just wasn't as strong. The storm also pushed through faster than expected. This week, forecasters were looking for snow, Monday and Wednesday, Ramirez said. She expected it to hit the valley floor, and most sites would have a dusting, with one to three inches above 500 feet. The snowfall is likely to be scattered, with some locations clear. Past Wednesday, she said the forecast calls for wet, cool and breezy weather, with top gusts at 20 mph. Police Chief Bob Burford said that police officers saw a lot of fallen limbs, a basketball hogp had been blown over and there were several burglar alarm activations in Sweet Home. Pacific Power reported no substantial power outages in the Sweet Home area. Lebanon Pacific Power customers had 1,000 customers out of power at about 11 p.m. Sunday, with just 13 left after 4 p.m. Monday. Kendall Holmes Lebanon, OR 541-451-5777 022012-01782AC i FINANCIAL At Weyerhaeuser we give thanks for the community around us and wish you a happy, joyous and peaceful holiday and a prosperous new year ahead. gk Weyerhaeuser I Cyclone From page 1 A few days after his initial ap- pearance, the big tom was back and, within a few days, Miller managed to trap him - after he'd sprayed a row of garbage bags full of raked leaves. She took him to a veterinary clinic to get him neutered. Back home, she tried to imple- ment the vet's instructions that the cat remain quiet for the next week. "No one informed him of this rule," she said. "The minute the trap opened, he exploded into the room. Bouncing off tables, knocking over chairs and racing up the wall, he started running repeated laps over my head near the ceiling! I was amazed that he didn't stroke-out on me. I backed out of the room." -Miller named him Cyclone. "I think what made himstand out was his wild ways when he first arrived," she said. "He was the first cat in all the years of my rescuing that ran up the walls and started run- ning frantically just under the ceil- ing, like a track star on an Olympic track ! "Some cats will hit the walls repeatedly in their fright, but he has been the only one who actually ran the laps over my head." Cyclone lived up to his name. ""Any time I entered the room, he became a whirling dervish; cap- tivity was not to his liking," she said. Eventually, he pried off a plas- tic trellis the Millers had protecting the window screen, and escaped over the rooftops. He reappeared threeweeks later severely injured. "He crawled on his belly under o-gate and laid there," she said. "He'd been in a serious confronta- tion. I nursed him back to health. '? By that September, a calmer Cyclone joined the other house cats, but even though he was neutered, he was still a "formidable, very al- pha" cat, she said. "He was a pretty unique boy. "The other cats were scared of him. One look from him would send most of the others scattering to the wind." Then, a month later, Cyclone simply vanished. Cyclone in 2003, left, and in bad later, right. " I posted flyers, rang door- bells, flashed photos, yet no one claimed to have seen him," Miller said. "He was gone." Fast-forward to last month when he reappeared out of the night. "The distinct markings on his face and the patterned coat gave him away visible even under his gaunt and dirty appearance," she said. Approaching him, she said she spoke to him softly. "I couldn't believe my eyes," Miller said. "I'd given him up for lost. "Raising his head slowly, he gave one silent meow then col- lapsed. I gathered him into my arms, his loose skin hung off the sides of his body." Alarmed, she took him inside and gave him an examination. "Every bone onhis back bulged against his almost transparent skin. His tailbone protruded awkwardly. No visible fat or muscle appeared anywhere on his body." Miller set-him up in a large cage with blankets, a heating pad, food and kitty litter, and began giv- ing the cat subcutaneous fluids to correct or prevent dehydration. "I turned him quickly into a sprinkler every time," she said. "Ev- ery piece of food I offered to him he gobbled up eagerly, so I added wa- ter with every morsel." A veterinarian the next day diagnosed Cyclone with anemia, dehydration and a severe upper re- spiratory infection. The vet, who had performed Cyclone's neutering operation in 2003, was amazed when Miller told condition upon returning nine years him it was the same cat. In three weeks he shot up from four pounds to nine as she fed him several times a day - canned cat food, dry food and "safe" human food. Cyclone has calmed down considerably, Miller said. He now spends his days sleeping, eating and hanging out on her porch in an enclosure that Miller said she and friends hastily constructed to give him space away from other cats. He enjoys snuggling up next to her on the "sacrificial" sofa ("also known as the main scratching post") that he grudgingly shares with some of the other cats. His face is battle-scarred and he has age spots on his nose. She figures he was 3 when they first met, so that makes him about 12 now. He's also very concerned when he sees a broom. "People often use brooms or hoses to scare away stray cats," she said. But otherwise, Miller said, the cat "is really doing well." "His body is slowly transform- ing to the cat I know him to be." she said. "My Prodigal Cyclone has.- turned. "What I feel honored about in talking about Cyclone is that he re- membered ME," she said. "He knew he was in trouble and he came back to a home he remembered that treat- ed him with kindness. That makes what I do so worthwhile, to earn the trust of such a stubborn stray. "I just want to give cat owners hope this holiday season that you should never give up when it comes to cats being outside." Cat rescuer followed dad's example By Scott Swanson Of the New Era Mary Anne Miller runs CATS, Inc. (Caring About The Strays), a feline sanctuary on Highway 20 about three miles west of Sweet Home. She is a certified rescue spe- cialist in traumatized, abused and abandoned strays and feral cats. At last count, she said, she had 32 cats, many saved from various dire circumstances. A sparsely fur- nished (other than cat platforms) but clean adjoining structure is where the cats live, though they can access her house through a tunnel system made of culvert pipes. Miller, 57. said she has no @SHING YOU A HEAVENLY HOLIDAY We hope that your holiday is harmonious in every way, and that your home echoes with the sounds of laughter as you celebrate Christmas. Thank you for your loyal business this past year. We look forward to seeing you in the new year. Main Street, Sweet Home, . idea how many she's helped over the years - she quit counting back in 1980, when the total was ap- proximately 500. "I know that some rescuers are about numbers, but I am about the lives and improwng them - putting these cats and kittens into homes where people value them and don't just think they are dis- posable," she said. "I keep index cards on all my rescues and my at- tic is full of those stored boxes, but I have never counted them. I take the cats no one else wants to take - the abandoned and neglected, the ones who need love the most. She got her start in the cat- rescue field while living-in South- em California in the 1970s. Her father, a postal clerk in Westmin- ster for years, had to cross a big field when he walked to work and would find cats and bring them home. "Most of the pictures of me See CATS, page 11