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Around Town Jan. 31, 2018


January 31, 2018

Foster Dam Road

closures ahead

Foster Dam Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, to allow removal of the old fish weir from the dam spillway.

The road will then be closed Tuesday, Feb. 13, and possibly on Feb. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow divers to install underwater antennas on the dam.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, the road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to install a new fish weir and stop logs in the spillway.

For more information, call (541)968-9915.

New judge to speak

to local Democrats

New Linn County Circuit Court Judge Fay Stetz-Waters will be the guest speaker Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Linn County Democrats’ monthly general meeting in the Albany Public Library meeting room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.

A social time with light refreshments starts at 6 p.m. The meeting begins at 6:30.

Stetz-Waters brings experience as a Marine, 911 dispatcher, Legal Aid attorney, administrative law judge and hearings officer to her work as a circuit judge.

Gov. Kate Brown appointed Stetz-Waters last October as District 23 (Linn County) Circuit Court Judge, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol Bispham.

Stetz-Waters has announced that she will seek election as Circuit Court Judge, a non-partisan position, in the May 15 election. Linn County Deputy District Attorney Michael Wynhausen has also filed for the position.

Also on the Feb. 1 agenda will be nomination and election of the Linn County delegates and alternates to the Democratic State Platform Convention, set for March 16-18 at Parrish Middle School and North Salem High School in Salem.

Participants will also hear the first reading of proposed Linn County Democratic Central Committee by-law amendments.

For more information about the meeting and the Linn County Democrats, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury at

Coastal art on

display at OSU

Oregon State University is hosting a Sea Grant art exhibit titled “An Ocean of Impact,” in support of the OSU’s 150th anniversary and the upcoming OSU150 Sea Grant Festival in February.

The exhibit runs Feb. 1 through March 5 in The LaSells Stewart Center on the Corvallis campus. An opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Giustina Gallery.

Art work will exemplify the work of the coastal community, Oregon Sea Grant scholars and faculty, the waters and lands where they work, as well as the relationships of harvesting and protecting our oceans and the sea life.

Mediums include painting, wood block, sculpture, glass and even fish-print (gyotaku). Featured artists include Jerri Bartholomew, Kevin Clark, Heather Fortner, Analee Fuentes, Jeff Goldberg, Humberto Gonzalez, Chi Meredith, Becky Miller, Michael Rangner, Erik Sandgren, Nelson Sandgren and William Shumway.

For more information, visit

Small Woodlands

tree sale Saturday

Linn Small Woodlands Association will hold its annual Tree Seedling Sale Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Linn County Expo Center, Albany. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon, or while supplies last.

The seedlings are fresh from local nurseries and many are Oregon natives. Conifer varieties will include Douglas-fir, Willamette Valley ponderosa pine, noble fir, grand fir, western red cedar, coast redwood, giant sequoia and incense-cedar. Hardwoods and shrubs will include Oregon grape, Oregon ash, vine maple, nootka rose, mockorange, red-flowering currant sword fern and Douglas spiraea. Most seedlings will be 2-year-old bare root or plugs, directly from the nursery.

An information table will be available to view samples, see pictures and read information about the seedlings. An Oregon State University Extension-trained master woodland manager will be present to answer questions and provide information on which trees are best suited for a particular planting site.

Also, a local wood products fair and sale will be held. The event will provide an opportunity to connect with craftsman and business owners who produce products and materials from local woodlands and forests.

For more information, contact Jody Einerson at OSU Extension Service, (541) 766-6750 or e-mail


Genealogists to

talk land records

Keith and Darlene Pyeatt will speak on “U.S. Land Records: The Public Land States or Homage to the Square” at the Linn Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting, at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. SE, Albany.

This will be an introduction to public land states and the Public Land Survey System, a uniquely American creation. When you discover that your great-grandfather owned the NE1/4, Sec. 5, T3W, R12E of the 6th P.M., understand what it means. Learn how land records can solve genealogical problems.

Keith Pyeatt is a fifth-generation Oregonian while Darlene is a native of Indiana. Both are graduates of Brigham Young University. Keith is currently pursuing ICAP Gen accreditation

As a professional genealogist, is a past member of the board of directors of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon and is chair of the Italian Special Interest Group of that organization. Both serve as family history consultants.

For more information call the LGS Library at (541) 791-1618 or visit

Mary’s Peak orchid

show Saturday

Mary’s Peak Orchid Society is holding its annual orchid show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Garland Nursery, 5470 NE Hwy. 20 between Albany and Corvallis.

Dozens of blooming orchids will be on display, and numerous vendors will be selling orchid plants, materials and books. Repotting will be available for a small fee. Admission and advice are free.

Squarenaders offer

dance classes

Sweet Home Squarenaders will offer weekly square dance classes starting Sunday, Feb. 4, at Oak Heights school gym, 6th Avenue and Elm Street, in Sweet Home.

Classes will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The first two classes will be free. Suggested donation after that is $5 per adult and $4 for youths. Casual dress is recommended.

Square dance caller will be Jim Voll.

For information, call (541) 401-3600 or (541) 409-0345.

Genealogy lectures

free next Monday

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society will show three 30-minute video lectures by Professor John Philip Colletta, a genealogist. This will be the last three videos of the series, and will cover the following topics: searching your ancestors’ backyards, assembling an account of your discoveries, and extending your family tree overseas.

The lectures will begin at noon and again at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the Genealogical Society Library, 1223 Kalmia St. Each class is free. For more information, or to find out about viewing missed videos, call (541) 367-5034.

College night open house Friday

Linn-Benton Community College will hold College Night Open House from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at in Takena Hall, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Register online at For special needs or accommodations, call (541) 917-4789, or Oregon Relay TDD at 1-800-735-2900.

B&G Club to hold

Ladies Night Feb. 7

A fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam will kick off with a champagne toast at 5:30 p.m., followed by an auction starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Boulder Falls Event Center.

This Ladies Night Out Purse Auction will help fund girl-centric programs at the clubs. Tickets are $35 in advance, or $45 at the door. For more information, call (541)258-7105.

Meals on Wheels

weekly menu

Meals on Wheels, also known as Your Table or Ours, offers lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays.

First-time diners are invited to come in and have a free lunch to give it a try.

Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk, coffee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request.

The menu on Friday, Feb. 2, is chicken stew or beef Spanish rice, Oregon bean medley, creamy coleslaw, bran rye roll and chocolate orange pudding.

The menu on Monday, Feb. 5, will be Super Bowl themed: spicy sloppy Joe or buffalo chicken sandwich on a bun, dilled carrots, potato salad and poke ’n’ pour cake.

The menu on Tuesday, Feb. 6, is chicken patty or roast pork, both with gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, mixed veggies, bran wheat bread and cranberry fluff.

For more information, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.


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