From Our Files: April 17, 2024

April 18, 1974


Electric engraving pencils are available for loan through the library in an effort to help residents  “burglar-proof” their belongings. The crime prevention officer of Linn County Sheriff’s Department believes the number of burglary cases will decline if residents mark their items with the pencils.


A special TV presentation of the Foster “Open Door” demonstration school library program will air this week. The school district put the special together in honor of national library week. Foster School’s librarian Mrs. Milodene Bolen taped the program at the school’s media center. Viewers will see how students use the library’s equipment and materials for study and recreation.


The Parks and Recreation Board is expected to recommend to City Council that the city register as a bicentennial city. If the city is designated as a participant in the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Sweet Home could be eligible for federal matching funds for projects such as historical preservation, park development, youth employment, festival and education programs.


April 21, 1999


At $166 per pie, Larry Blem said he’s going to cut them into tiny slices. Blem, Mike Melchar and Gerald Cochran bid $2,000 each to have a pie baked and delivered each month for a year by Mary Betts. The $6,000 proceeds was a small piece of the total pie of $97,000 raised during the annual Boys & Girls Club auction this year.


City Councilman Robert G. Danielson is not convinced that merging the ambulance and fire districts with city fire services is the best thing for the city. He noted the committee involved in the discussions has not yet touched on the question of how the consolidated district is going to acquire city-owned equipment and facilities.


Members of the Sweet Home Genealogical Society broke ground for a 2,500 square foot library and research center located southwest across the street from the public library. Richard Lillich said the need for the center has grown in recent years, especially with the amount of research material (5,009 books) the group has collected since forming. Funds for the project were provided by Jerry Mealey, a long-time member who passed away in 1997.