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Page 4 __- --_.. _ - -_- -__ COMMUNITV OPINION i :tT , ra - December 31,2008 I ?,Jumbers loot: good for-2008 I often tell people, half jokingly, that I'm not much of a numbers guy. 1 can remember, in specific detail, other things people have told me months ago. But I can barely remember my phone number. Numbers. though, are very important to what we do here in the newsroom (which is why I usually have a notebook to write them down). Many times, when we cover a story, the heart of the matter is in the numbers. That's why we tell readers about how many students are registered each fall in Sweet Home schools, how many positions will be cut (or won't be cut) due to budget constraints in some local Notes From The Newsroom i Scott Swanson Publisher agency, how many yards the tailback gained in the football game. I've covered a lot of sports over the years and it's surprising A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27. 1929. Scott and Miriam Swanson. Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 Editorial Staff Contacts Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Advertising Staff Contacts Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100) is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore., 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 Subscription rates In Linn County: $30 Elsewhere: $38. Snowbird: $35 [ how you can miss out on a great performance by an athlete, unless you look at the numbers. For instance, if you don't know much about track and field. you may not realize when you're sitting in the stands at the state track meet that that third-place finish by a Sweet Home athlete is key to the team winning the state title. Sure, third is more disappointing than first or second to the runner, but the numbers tell the story. Same principle applies to that tailback. If he hasn't broken away for a spectacular "big" play during the game, you may not realize that he has actually had a great performance as he carries the ball 30 times for three or four yards each. Doesn't look like much on the field, but 100-plus yards in a game is significant. The numbers tell the story. When you look at the numbers. 2008 has been a good year for Sweet Home. While things have taken a bad turn economically for the United States. and many of us know people who have lost their jobs or are suffering because of that downturn. when we look at the past year we can see some marked steps toward the warming of our city's economic climate - particularly its retail climate. One indication that things are looking up is the number of new businesses in the downtown core area. along Main and Long streets between Highway 228 and the Chamber of Commerce office just east of the corner of Main and 15 t. These new businesses have started since last Jan. 1: Funky Munky clothing and fumiture store. Green for All Seasons clothing store/Melody for Facials, S&J Thrift variety store, the new Laughing Moose antique store. John Glossa Jewelry. Mr. Lucky's Deli. Lorene's Diner and Little Joe's Snack Shack. There are also South Santiam Salon and Sonia's Salon Essentials. I Believe I Can Dance studio, and. north of town. Marks Ridge Winery, as well as. east of downtown, new ownership at Sweet Home Auto Body. I have to confess I haven't personally visited all of these businesses, but I'm surrounded by people who have and I'm impressed by a lot of what they tell me. It's clear that we have some business people in town who have good ideas and the wherewithal to carry them out and that's a big plus. But we're just getting started. As you may recall, last year at this time we were awaiting a visit from downtown revitalization experts who were going to give us a frank assessment of where our retail district stood. We were also hoping to get a matching grant to get assistance from these experts in turning things around downtown. Well. the experts did come - on a cold. gray day in which dirty snow lay piled on the curbs. Thev were frank and they were unimpressed. They called our downtown "blighted." "unhealthy," "cheap and tacky" and then they awarded their grants to other cities - Lebanon. Philomath. Newport and Toledo. That ticked a lot of us off and certain city leaders decided that this time we weren't going to lie down. They called a meeting and invited anyone interested in seeing in Sweet Home's retail district change. It drew 125 people and led to another meeting, which drew even more participants. That was the beginning of Sweet See Notes, page 5 FFom Our Files Looking back on 79 years covering the Santiam Playground. January 1, 1959 Fred Smith. 80, drowned in the Kell Lumber company mill pond early Tuesday morning after wandering away from his home about a mile from the mill. Smith, Rt. 1, Lebanon, was discovered floating in the pond by his brother, Claude G. Smith, at around 11 a.m. after he had been found missing about 9 a.m. Claude Smith went to his brother's home at that time and found furnishings of the house tom up. He called the Sheriff's Department and then began the search. The elderly man had last been seen by the watchman of Two by Four Lumber company at 3:30 a.m. when he wandered in and asked how to get to his brother's place. The watchman did not know either of the Smiths and asked him to leave. John W. Phillips, 97. an east Linn County pioneer, died Monday at Langmack Hospital. Phillips was born March 19. 1861 at Bloomfield. Iowa and came to Oregon by ox team with his parents in the late 1860s. The family came to Oregon in a 32- wagon caravan, of which eight wagons traveled over the old Santiam toll road. which is now Highway U.S. 20. to get to the Willamette Valley. The Phillips family settled in the Mountain Home area (Liberty), about eight miles from Sweet Home. January 4, 1984 Fire completely destroyed the trailer home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kyriss at 26773 Rowell Hill Road on Dec. 31 at 9:57 p.m.. according to Sweet Home Assistant Fire Chief Ron Fogle. The 20x60-foot trailer was completely engulfed in flames by the time Sweet Home volunteer firemen could reach the scene. approximately 3 1/2 miles from the fire station. The City Council is determined to go ahead with a proposed Local Improvement District (LID) for water line construction in east Sweet Home and Foster. Council learned a total remonstrance of 46.6 percent had been received following a public hearing on the line construction in early December. Sweet Home's first baby for 1984 was almost late, said her mother. Kirsten Nichole Myronenko was born at Lebanon Community Hospital on Monday, Jan. 2. at 6:50 p.m. to Kathy and Larry Myronenko of 27148 Rowell Hill Rd. She weighed in at 6 pounds. I1 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.