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 By Sarah Brown    News    November 11, 2020

Local director brings stories of service to life in 'Veterans' Voices'

As a storyteller and eight-year volunteer on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Leigh Matthews Bock has found "the perfect marriage" through her new project at the Majestic Theatre in...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 28, 2020

Retired dentist stays active with interests ranging far and wide

When Henry Wolthuis retired from his dentistry practice in Sweet Home in 2014, he found himself waking up with little to do. "I probably did a lot of sitting around," he said, as if recalling a former...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 30, 2020

Women on Weddle: Seniors decide they're done with sitting

Editor's note: The New Era's policy is to not promote individuals on our staff in our news coverage unless there's more to the story than just their involvement. That is the case here. This story is a...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 16, 2020

Cascadia resident's Ghost Towne awakens memories of past

What started out as a means to keep Terry Lahodny's pets safe and teach his grandchildren a lesson has turned into an attraction that draws people from all over to see the mock western town he's...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Sr. Center director stepping down – figuratively, at least

In the early mornings, while most people are still asleep or just beginning to wake up, Ken Bronson will be listening to the patter of his feet on the ground, or the quiet splash of water as his arms...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 26, 2020

Lebanon complex to have 48 units

Applegate Landing broke ground on its new veterans housing project in Lebanon Friday, Aug. 21. The 48-unit complex will house veterans, low income and those transitioning out of rehab. “With our current and ongoing housing shortage in Oregon, we...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    August 12, 2020

Old craft gets new life

Of The New Era There's an old Scout song and a movie about Steamboat Bill, but this is a story about Steamboat Phil, who went to Foster Lake to see if his old craft could ride the waves still. Phil...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    July 1, 2020

At 83, age hasn't slowed Howard Crover much as he's still haulin' logs

Some people are so married to something that the phrase, "It's in their blood," rings true for them. That could be said of Howard Crover, who's likely got splinters and fuel in his blood because he's...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    May 27, 2020

Seniors devote seamstress skills to maskmaking efforts

More people are stepping into the public sphere as Phase 1 of Gov. Kate Brown's reopening plan for Oregon gains momentum, but if you do, the Jolly Stitchers at the Senior Center have you covered....

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 29, 2020

Local man saved by cutting-edge cardiac technology

In the aftermath of the ice storm of 2017, Dennis Eggers set to work cutting up and moving 20 of the cedar trees he and his wife lost that winter. Little did he know, his effort would set into motion...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 29, 2020

Meals on Wheels deliveries ongoing, with some coronavirus precautions

While much of its senior clientele is sheltering-in-place due to coronavirus restrictions, Meals on Wheels continues to provide meals three days a week, just in a little different format. Meals...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 22, 2020

Samaritan unveils new STARS inpatient drug treatment center

The new facility for Samaritan Treatment and Recovery Services, at 111 N. Main, at the intersection with Tangent Street in Lebanon, is complete and nearly ready for occupancy, except for a few obstacl...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    April 1, 2020

Rock club members on lookout for treasures – and for next generation

Though the 72nd annual Sweet Home Gem and Mineral Show had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 lockdown, that hasn't cooled local rockhounds' ardor for minerals. Ed Anderson, president of the Sweet Hom...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    March 11, 2020

Community support helps owner retrieve missing shepherds

For someone who teaches Tai Chi and Qigong, Jim Adamik was surprised to find his patience running thin last week, in the days after his two dogs went missing. "I'm usually a calm, peaceful, get-along-...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    February 26, 2020

From SHHS track to Venice Beach and beyond, life's been challenge for Pam Walker

Pam Walker would tell you she started her athletic career when she was in the third grade, while she attended Holley Elementary. "I was out there runnin' around on the playground and was discovered...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    February 5, 2020

Camp Tadmor hosts how-to for outdoor schools

Outdoor School providers from across Oregon converged at Camp Tadmor in late January to build opportunities for improvement of Outdoor School programs through the Oregon State University Extension...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 29, 2020

Carver uses scroll saw to create intricate wood designs

Like many kids growing up in impoverished circumstances, Ray Maynard had to use his imagination and a little ingenuity to stay entertained. The only things he played with were things he could make,...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 15, 2020

Timber Unity gearing up for legislative session

Timber Unity members are warming up their trucks for another rally at the capitol on Thursday, Feb. 6, to put pressure on the legislature regarding a successor to House Bill 2020 that is expected to b...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 27, 2019

World War II an unforgettable experience for local veteran, 95

Edward "Ted" Stilson has one of those stories that perhaps only a few others in the world's history can claim as their own. While fighting in World War II, a small Bible in the left breast pocket of...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 27, 2019

Operation Happy Hearts aims to help families of deployed parents in service

The holiday season is a time for inspiration, and inspiration can come in many forms. For Trisha Van Eck, it was the Hallmark movie "Operation Christmas," a story about a single mother who did...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    November 13, 2019

Runner's 100-mile trek takes him through Sweet Home

What does a long-distance runner squirrel away in his pack before setting off on a two-day run? For Trevor Spangle, it's Oreos, Top Ramen, Chef Boyardee ravioli, gels and chews. "Lots of sugar, lots...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 30, 2019

Local couple finds excellent retirement occupation in art

Everybody has talents in one way or another, and it is a gift from the Lord. That's how Sweet Home resident Elda Miller explains her artistic ability, which recently was recognized with a People's Cho...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    October 23, 2019

USFS planning Quartzville project

Interdisciplinary staff of the Sweet Home Ranger District took a caravan of timber producers, public interest groups and the general public on a field trip through the Willamette National Forest...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 25, 2019

New program offers reading help

A new program geared toward native English speakers who need help learning to read and write will be available at the Sweet Home Library by November. Linn-Benton Community College, Linn County...

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    September 25, 2019

Local man has yet to visit castle, so he builds them

Leo Fernandez says he didn't have many toys to play with when he was a child, so he used his imagination to stay entertained. "What I played with was a sardine tin can. I used it for a car and I made...

 

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