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Page 8 Mot I1 COMMUNITV [le e "r - December 31,2008 II Review From page 1 were arrested for robbing Wells- Fargo Bank. Robert Shamek of Sweet Home witnessed the robbery, reported it to police and followed the suspects, helping police apprehend them. In March. the city gave Shamek a Public Service Award for his help. • Lorene's Caf6 opened at the site of Mollie's Bakery. • Ambulance calls were down to 1.917 in 2007 from 2,001 in 2006. • A snowslide trapped eight commercial and one sport utility vehicle on Highway 20 at Santiam Pass until they could be cleared out with help from Oregon Department of Transpox'tation crews. • Comedian Steve Mittleman performed in Sweet Home as a fund- raising event for the Oak Heights PTC. • The South Fork home of Kathleen Spillman-Seaunier, Lloyd Thompson and Katherine Ferrarese was destroyed by fire. • Cera Kem was named 2008 Sweet Home Rodeo Queen. • Six girls. Larissa Bjornsen. Tracy Smith. Ella Butler. Alyssa Logan, Dany Petermen and Allison Rice. were named to the Sportsman's Holiday Court. Bjornsen later dropped out due to other commitments, and McKenna Burnett was selected to succeed her. • The owners of View Villa. 4610 Hwy. 20. were cited for city permit violations, which carried a fine totaling nearly $300.000. They were convicted and sentenced to a lesser fine later in the year. • Bill Inman, of Lebanon, completed a trip across America by horseback when he reached Hendersonville. N.C. • The Oregon Jamboree announced record net proceeds of $350.000 from the 2007 event. • Sweet Home was treated to about 6 inches of snow at the end of the month. February • Criticism from two downtown renewal experts sparked a community discussion about how to revitalize the downtown business area. The experts spent a day in Sweet Home performing an assessment on a grant. Their report included a number of criticisms and advice that boiled down to "just do it." The ensuing discussion eventually led to the creation of the Sweet Home Area Revitalization Effort. • Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital opened a new clinic accros the street from the hospital in Lebanon to serve east Linn County residents who are underinsured or who have no insurance • Holley Farmers Dick and Carroll Rice received a state Sesquicentennial Award for their Upper Calapooia farm. which had been in operation for 150 years. • Sherrie Sprenger was appointed to succeed Fred Girod as representative for state House District 17. Girod was appointed to succeed Roger Beyer for Senate District 9 after Beyer resigned. • High school boys won the district swim title. They placed second at state. Girls came in third at districts. Husky wrestlers also Police officers and firefighters work around the scene of a crash at Foster Post Office in late February. Neither the driver nor the passenger were injured when the car hit the buildilg. won their district title. They finished third at state. • Jayce Calhoon won two state titles in swimming, including 500 free and 100 back. Kris Newport led the wrestlers by winning the 119- pound title at state. • Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Dsitrict added two new engines, an ambulance and a ladder truck to its fleet using money from a bond measure passed by voters in 2006. • A teenage girl. Nicole Street. survived a hostage situation at a Brownsville gas station when the kidnaper was shot and killed by Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Lawler. • School District 55 officials reported that the flu hit the district and community unusually hard, with a high percentage of students and staff staying home in late February. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the flu season had peaked. March • Police evacuated and closed the Linn County Courthouse after finding a note indicating that anthrax was inside two envelopes left at the courthouse. • Steve Houston located a diamond ring lost in the snow for Ladona Gardner of Sweet Home. The ring had been given to her by her husband before he left for Iraq. • The New Era changed its format, from a broadsheet to a tabloid. • The boys high school basketball team defeated Seaside in the first round of state playoffs before losing to Hidden Valley in the second round. • Sweet Home Economic Development Group anff the city hired John Morgan to help start the downtown revitalization process in response to February's assessment. He held a pair of community meetings that led to the creation of the SHARE committees. Each meeting drew a crowd of about 125. • OMI and the city completed a filter to help reduce an odor problem at the wastewater treatment plant. It seemed to work after a couple of weeks, but the odor problem soon reasserted itself. • Chamber of Commerce award winners were Distinguished Citizen Chuck Thompson; Junior First Citizen Steve Thorpe; Billie Weber, Distinguished Service Award; Vicki and Dave Bauer, Business of the Year; and Leita Seiber-Barr, BPW Woman of the Year. • Jacob Alguire was named the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Firefighter of the Year. • The Sweet Home Rock and Mineral Show celebrated its 60th anniversary. April • Kellie Kern and Craig Martin were elected to the SHEDG Board of Directors, succeeding Scott Weld and Linda Garcia. • Ashley Danielson set the SHHS javelin throwing record at 116-3, beating 111-7 set by Nicole Burnside in 2002. • Gibe Kauffman was named to second team all-state in high school basketball. Dr. Ula McQueen, PHD. & Assodates Clinical Psychologists • Psycho therapy for adults, children &families. • Attention Deficit Disorder • Emotional • Cognitive ° Learning Disabilities i • The city and OMI installed a new dome over the odor-causing basin, which had been causing an odor problem. Still, the problem was not solved. • A late snow pack had cabins at Clear Lake buried under a mountain of snow and affected travel in the passes. • Mona Waibel released a self- published collection of her monthly column detailing Sweet Home history. • Brinden Sanders was named Mr. Husky. • The Department of Environmental Quality ordered Western Renewable Resources to stop operating, alleging the business was operating a waste transfer station. WRR operated on Western States Land Reliance Trust property located at the north end of 24th Avenue. The material includes cardboard fibers, and Managing Partner Dan Desler says it is inventory, not waste. • Construction of a new Cedar Shack, destroyed by fire several years ago, continued although a goal of opening during the summer was not met. • Jamie Lynn Miller got a big surprise when she gave birth to a daughter, Rebecca, after not knowing she was pregnant and believing something was wrong with her. • Sweet Home teachers and District 55 opened negotiations for a new contract. Their contract expired on June 30, and the two are now in mediation. • While baseball and softball seasons were in full swing, Sweet Home had one of its latest snowfalls in recent years. • Elementary PE teachers were added into the School District 55 budget for the 2008-09 school year. • Valerie Eastin was named Sweet Home Elks exalted ruler. She is the first woman to hold the position in Sweet Home. May • The developers of Edgewater RV park and the homes along the southwestern shore of Foster Lake outlined their plans for a marina at Foster. Army Corps of Engineers officials said a public hearing and comment period would be held within about a month, but the Corps has yet to set a date. • Marcus DeLong and Brittany Trahan were May Court king and queen. Call for appointment: (541) 367-8220 (after 12/29) 1195 Main St. Suite E. • Sweet Home Insurance Accepted! • See Review, page 9