From Our Files: April 3, 2024

Casual fashion is the theme of the 1974 American Field Service banquet, as Anita Lewis, chairman of the fete, sports a muu-muu. She encourages attendees to dress informally or in native attire.

April 4, 1974

Heavy rains closed the Porta Via Motel on Long Street after the sewers in the area backed up and forced sewage up through the toilets and showers, and flooded all 15 units and three apartments. Elpie Poe said this was the fifth time since January that sewage has flooded the motel during heavy rain, but this time was the most serious.

Fred and Darlene Naeve purchased Mid-City Market and began operating it this week. The couple, with their son Robert, will be dividing responsibilities based on their past experiences. Fred will be in the meat department, Darlene will manage the books, and Robert will handle the produce and grocery departments. The Naeves met in high school in Sweet Home and recently returned from Portland.

A community multi-purpose center may be established in the city as numerous interested groups and agencies met together for that purpose. Funding for the center might be available through the Benton-Linn Community Service Agency (CSA) from county revenue  sharing in a cooperative effort with local groups and the city. Three committees have been set up to determine which clubs and organizations would be interested in utilizing such a facility.

In special session, city councilmen authorization for a $49,500 sewer project along Tamarack Street. The 2,030 feet of sewer line will be placed between 12th and 18th avenues. Residents on the north side of Tamarack will not be able to hook into the new line because they are outside city limits. 

April 7, 1999

Oak Heights teacher Donna Roniger felt the support of the community as she battled breast cancer. She teaches first and second grade. She went in for surgery on Nov. 13 and just recently returned to her classroom on a part-time basis.

The city is planning to remove sediment buildup at Sankey Dam prior to completion of repair work to the dam. The dam was opened and the pond drained following the flood of February 1996. Grants were used to build a spillway to relieve runoff across the high school lawn onto Long Street. An engineer is making a report on how to use the rest of the funds, including considering building a fish ladder or alternate fish passage. Groups working on the Ames Creek Restoration Project requested a fish ladder be included at the dam because cutthroat trout and steelhead have been identified in the creek.

The Highway 20 waterline contractor plans to work during the night in the portions of the road that will require detours. This will prevent detours during the day, which had some business owners concerned. This will be the waterline near the median strip in the westbound lanes from 15th Avenue to just west of Dairy Queen, then it turns north and travels the rest of the way under the outside lane near the curb.