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Hometown Newspaper of Grace Ford Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 | Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Vol. 79, No. 53 75 Cents Local store aids Tibetan orphans By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sylvia Fireman has opened a new store to raise funds for Manjushree Vidyapith Orphanage in Tawang, located in the foolhills of the Himalayas in northeaster India. The all-volunteer store, at 2252 Hwy. 20, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday each week, offering merchandise crafted by refugee Tibetans. Fireman's sister. Nancy Fireman. established the nonprofit Tibetan Living Communities, which is dedicated to helping Tibetan refugees fleeing persecution, and opened a store in downtown Corvallis during the Christmas season. Nancy Fireman is busy now helping her father, Sylvia Fireman said, so she asked the TLC board and has opened the store in Sweet Home, with plans to keep it open indefinitely. "We did very well in Corvallis last year," Fireman said. Seventeen children were sponsored while the store was open. and more were added later. TLC is committed to finding sponsors for eight more children. Another organization in the Midwest is committed to another group of children. Everything in the store was made by Tibetan refugees and Photo by Sean C. Morgan Sylvia Fireman talks about the Tibetan products her nonprofit shop is selling to support an orphanage. brought to Oregon by monks, she said. Everything the store makes will be sent to the orphanage, which is in the process of building a new structure, including a kitchen, dining hall, a study hall and cultural center. Merchandise includes every- thing from Tibetan flags and t-shirts to "singing bowls" and wall hangings. TLC has also funded projects at the Rabgayling Tibetan Refugee Settlement in southern India. including a solar hot water system, an electricity generator for the hospital, a playground for the preschool and medical supplies. It also has funded See Tibet, page 11 [00:ecallin00 :2008 news and phi)to s January The Sweet Home City Council appointed Greg Mahler to the council after the resignation of Bob Mclntire. Other candidates were Daniel Holman and Donald Austin. Two men, Darren Fay Jacobsen, 39. of Toledo and Kevin Scott Napolitano. 44. of Albany, See Review, page 8 Snow delays city water bills The snowy weather over the past two weeks has created a delay in local residents' water billing, according to city officials. Residents will get bills for December covering 35 days instead of the normal 30, but will see only 26 days on their bill for January, said Cindi Robuck. an administrative clerk in the Public Works Department. "We're expecting the bills to be a little higher this month," Robuck said. Sweet Home's water meters are read by a company called Meter Readers, located in Lake Oswego. Meter Readers employees ride scooters -around town and read the meters. Robuck said that because of last week's heavy snow to the north, the local meter reader couldn't get to Sweet Home. "Typically, we have the data by now." Robuck said last week. "They just started reading the meters (Tuesday)." She said that one reader made it to Sweet Home Tuesday and another joined in midway through the day. Usually, she said. it takes one reader on a scooter three days to do all of Sweet Home. Computer expert seeks PC's for researcn By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Local computer technician Garth Tomic is recruiting local residents to help fight Alzheimer's - and a host of other maladies - with their computers. Tomic is challenging residents of Sweet Home and other Linn County communities to contribute to research into Alzheimer's disease and other projects by plugging in and letting Stanford University borrow their unused computer processing power. He says computers that sit idle could be put to better use. Tomic, who owns and operates Santiam Computers in Sweet Home, says that even when in operation, a computer processor still spends much of its time idle. and that unused power could be applied to good causes. He wants to see Sweet Home computer owners step up and join Team Sweet Home, Oregon to contribute their excess computer power to Stanford research programs. He would also like to see Lebanon, Albany and other communities do it too as a form of friendly competition based on per capita performance. It's a way for someone who can't donate cash to contribute to the cause, he says, and it doesn't limit the computer's ability to function. Stanford University Photo by Sean C. Morgan Garth Tomic displays the Folding@home program that helps disease research at Stanford. uses unused processor time, either on the "central processing unit" or the video card in personal computers in what is called "distributed computing." Computer owners, including Playstation 3. download and run software to help create one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project, called Folding@home, closer to its goals using novel computational methods coupled with distributed computing to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than it had previously achieved. Tomic joined the Folding@home project about six weeks ago. "It was something other guys were See Stanford, page 7 news@sweethomenews.com or www.sweethomenews.com I