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1T, - December 26, 2012 Page 3 BIBLE ,mAil/STOVEs I.. 541-928-4986 / LMAN C Almanac sponsored by Albany Stoves Inc. [ Fc reca 7"oeverythingthereisaseas0n, High Low PrecipPa d dythrough atime for every purpose Dec. 18 43 30 .65 the beginning of the week, with un&r heaverL.. Dec. 19 38 32 30 highs in the low 40s and lows in a time to weep, the 30s. and a time to laugh; Dec. 20 53 41 .07 Weather information courtesy of the U.S. Corps of Dec. 21 43 39 .88 Engin ..... Call 367-5132 for updated stream flow a time to mourn, information. Dec. 22 44 41 .12 and a time to dance.., I , Dec. 23 48 40 .23 I CCT ESIA< IES 3:1,4 Precipitation to date: 66.08 Foster Reservoir: 616.52 0he Flower cere on Dec. 28, 2011:45.84 Green Peter Res.: 923.54 Temperatures Forecast 5erzin~ Oregon e Wood, Gas, since ~ I~ Pellet Stoves i Sales 8: Service Sweeps Installations i Inspections Lake Levels From page 1 perience with the world. He's work- ing on a series of short documen- tary videos about unique people he's found in Sweet Home that he's post- ing on the Internet on a site called Jackscoffeetalk.com. Starting in his teens, Bright ap- peared in TV commercials - for cli- ents such as McDonald's, Wendy's, insurance companies and Miracle Whip and also appearing in bit parts in some TV shows in the 1980s while working a variety, of other jobs, in- cluding railroad conductor, driving a bus, teaching and running a farm. He also attended UCLA, where he majored in history. In his 30s, he moved to a small town south of Austin, Texas, where he ran a repertory theater company for three years before deciding to switch his attention to filmmaking. Bright has produced six inde- pendent feature films which, he said, are in distribution globally. He is working on two more. They range from a comedy en- titled "Theft" to science-fiction films "Altitude Falling" and "Goliad Up- rising." "These movies are not being made by Hollywood studios," he said. "The advantage I have in mak- ing these indie films is they are all made from the perspective of a rural lifestyle. "What I find in Hollywood films is they tend to tell stories they think of sitting in their offices. They are not authentic. They are not what most people experience in their lives.Fans of smaller films can identify with the characters in these films." Bright moved to New York City two years ago, where he was cast in a pilot for CBS TV, which did not pick up the show, did some more com- mercials and appeared in more films, including "Paranormal Asylum," produced by Meridien Films. He said he and his partner de- -cided they preferred a rural commu- nity and decided on Oregon. "We wanted out of Texas be- cause the weather is miserable there,'~ he said. "We were looking for a place where we think the future environ- ment will be sustainable. It rains here. The air is clean. In terms of the long-range forecast of what might possibly happen, this is an ideal place." They happened to visit Sweet Home and they liked it, he said. They arrived in 2011 on the Foui'th of July in a 24-foot moving truck. "We snuck our four cats into the motel and found a house on the fifth of July and made an offer," Bright said. It didn't take long for him to re- alize he was in a unique place. "We were moving from a town in Texas where volunteers were very contentious and could not accom- plish anything at all without a great deal of infighting. This was a huge transformation in our experience. We've been extremely impressed - extremely impressed with how wel- coming people are." Bright said he decided to sh~ire some of what he found by making some short documentary films that highlight people he finds particularly interesting. Using a simple Pentax single lens reflex camera that shoots high-definition video, equipped with a microphone, he cut loose on the project this fall. As of last week he had seven videos posted. Ranging from three to just over six minutes, the early postings include: "Alice of the Flow- ers," which features Alice Grovom, leader of the Main Street median flower project, as she works on the flowerbeds; U.S. Senate candidate Jay Westly explains the winemaking process employee Brinden Sanders, rear, listens in. Xavier Small, who ~s running on a marijuana reform platform; Sweet Home's Singing Christmas Tree and U.S. Forest Service botanist Al- ice Smith as she leads a mushroom hunt. All are posted on jackscof- feetalk.com. Bright filmed a wine-bottling operation at Marks Ridge Winery on Dec. 15, which he posted within a few days. Planned episodes include an in- terview with Cascade Timber Con- Santiam Feed and Garden 13fl~ & I on~ \cross fi'om the Posl ()fr]cc 367-5134 Photo by Scott Swanson as Bright films and winery suiting President Dave Furtwangler at the company's tree nursery. "Because I have friends all over the world and this is such a unique culture and environment to any- where else I've been in the world, I wanted to share that," Bright said. "The original focus was to show jobs that people do that other people never see. "An example is Trevor at the movie projector. People rarely see that." He talks about how changes in the industry will likely impact the theater, Bright said. "I followed that up with Alice Smith's mushroom hunting tour. Fas- cinating. The feedback I'm getting from that experience is most people have no experience hunting mush- rooms They're incredibly fascinat- ed by that whole process of hunting for mushrooms in the wild." Bright said the process of mak- ing the videos has been interesting and he's learned some lessons. "This is all live-action and peo- ple are just doing their thing, and the equipment I have has a very narrow range of focus," he said. "The real challenge is trying to keep the action I'm trying to record in focus. "The first one, with Alice Gro- vom, had a lot of street noise. But that is life for her, in the middle of a two-lane street with log trucks roll- ing behind you while you're bent over." ,/TLb SEEb 10# $4.99 25# $10.99 50# $19.99 Sorseths mark 70 years of marriage AMf GHEAT PEOPLL SAMI GI AI S E R V IC L Alain "Tyke" and Arlene Sportsman Sorseth celebrated their 70th an- niversary Tuesday, Dec. 24. Both are graduates of Sweet Home Union High School, Class of 1939 -which still gathers for annual reunions. They were married Dec. 24, 1942 in Jacksonville, Fla. after plans to wed in Sweet Home fell through due to Tyke's commitments as a Navy pilot in World War II. His leave was cancelled, "so Arlene carried her wedding gown for six days and nights on a cross-country train ride, sitting up the entire way. They were wed in a "'beautifully decorated Christian Church" with no one present excdpt the pastor's wife, who sat in th.e back pew, and the organist whose participation the pastor had arranged. Four months later Tyke left for an overseas assignment and Arlene returned to Sweet Home and her job at the Bank of Sweet Home. After Tyke's retirement from the U.S. Forest Service, the Sorseths continue to live in Eugene, but maintain a home on their "Small Woodlands Tree Farm," the property where- Arlene was born, on top of the hill on Old Holley Road outside of Sweet Home. Greg Beisner, CPA HOZU ?HLdCF ' t!? ~C~' ?ldPT/d FINANCIAL