Community News

90th birthday

party Saturday

A 90th birthday party for Raymond Atkinson will be held October 7, from 1:30-4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church fireside room.

The presence of your company is the only gift desired.

Concert series

is cancelled

The Lebanon-Sweet Home Concert Association Board of Directors has elected to cancel the 2000-01 concert series.

Further information will be sent to Association members.

Call Bill Keenan at 258-2435.

Children’s commission seeks applicants for board

The Linn County Commission on Children and Families is currently seeking applicants for four vacant layperson positions on the commission.

The LCCCF is responsible for public policy, planning and management issues relating to the wellness of children ages prenatal to 18 years and their families.

The commission works with communities and organizations to improve health and welfare of children and their families. It also conducts local planning and serves as a policy adviser to the Board of County Commissioners on a range of children’s issues. The commission promotes citizen involvement, volunteerism, public and private partnerships and local decision making within communities.

Applicants need to have a strong interest in and knowledge of child and family issues. Prior experience serving on boards or committees also is desirable. This persons’ primary income may not be derived from either offering direct service to children and youth or being an administrator for a program for children and youth. Regular attendance at a monthly evening meeting and a separate specialized work group meeting are expected. Individuals are recommended for membership by the LCCCF, and the Linn County Board of Commissioners makes final appointments.

Linn County residents interested in serving on the LCCCF may call (541) 967-3823 for an application packet.

LB Bank appoints new chairman

Linn-Benton Bank announced Sept. 22 that Wayne L. Forslund has been appointed chairman of the board.

Forslund, 54, president of Forslund Construction, Inc., in Albany, has served as a board member since 1992 and as vice chairman since 1999.

Following a practice to periodically rotate the chairmanship among board members, Forslund succeeds Stanley L. Starr, who served as chairman of the board since 1997. Starr will continue in active service as a board member.

Succeeding Forslund as vice chairman is Richard J. DeLano, president of Albany General Hospital and a member of the Linn-Benton Bank Board since 1990.

Linn-Benton Bank, based in Albany, operates an additional four offices in Corvallis, Lebanon, Sweet Home and Tangent and a loan production office in east Portland.

Linn campgrounds closing for winter

Whitcomb Creek Park Campground on the Green Peter Reservoir and John Neal Memorial Park Campground on the North Santiam River at the City of Lyons were closed for the winter season on Sept. 25. They will reopen in April.

Sunnyside Campground on Foster Reservoir will close on Nov. 6 and reopen on April 6.

Waterloo Campground located on the South Santiam River upstream of Waterloo will be open through the winter.

For additional information, persons may write to the Linn County Parks and Recreation Department, 3010 SW Ferry, Albany, OR 97321 or call (541) 967-3917.

CSC receives Youthbuild funding

The Community Services Consortium, a nonprofit organization, will receive a Youthbuild Implementation grant in the amount of $494,061. This is the second time the organization has received Youthbuild funding.

CSC will recruit applicants for the Youthbuild program from the Lebanon-Sweet Home community. The recruitment efforts are targeted to attract a group of young persons between the ages of 16 and 24, 75 percent of whom are high school dropouts and are members of “very low-income” families.

The program will provide a comprehensive and integrated effort to increase the academic, leadership and vocational skill level of trainees. The 22 selected participants also will be learning on-site construction skills by working to construct two single residences.

The total cost of the Youthbuild program is $844,471. Cash and in-kind leveraging resources total $350,410 in support of this program.

Key partners include Linn County Health Department, Linn-Benton Housing Authority and Lebanon and Sweet Home public schools.

The funds are a portion of about $40 million released last week by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

DMV to issue eight-year licenses

Beginning this month, Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services will begin issuing some Oregonians driver licenses that are valid for eight years. That means that Oregonians won’t need to visit DMV as frequently and will help reduce the number of persons who visit DMV field offices.

Conversion to an eight-year cycle will take eight years. For the first four years, DMV will issue both four-year and eight-year licenses. After Oct. 2, DMV will issue only the eight-year license.

“To know if you’ll get an eight-year license, just remember how you renewed last time,” ODOT Deputy Director Lorna Youngs said. “If your last renewal was done by mail, you’ll get an eight-year license. If this is your first license in Oregon or if your license has been expired for more than a year, you’ll need to go into a field office and get an eight-year license.”

Printed renewal notices tell if a driver is eligible to renew by mail. Persons who are will be issued a four-year license regardless of whether they renewed by mail or go into the local DMV field office. Persons will not have the option to choose when their licenses expire.

Persons with questions may call (503) 945-5000.

The per-year fee will remain the same. To renew a regular Class C license, the most common, for four years, it costs $17.25. An eight-year license would cost $34.50.