From Our Files (Aug, 24, 2022)

Aug. 27, 1972

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality informed City Manager Michael Gleason that continuance of the city’s sewer discharge permit is hinged on meeting DEQ requirements.

Gleason said the present plant is operating at capacity and plans submitted three years ago by the city’s engineering consultants are now obsolete per DEQ standards.

The city has two choices: it can pay for the construction of a plant to serve 7,000 plus an anticipated 20-year growth and then be faced with a similar problem within the next two decades, or it can operate a regional facility for Sweet Home and the Foster-Midway area that opens the door for federal grants.

An informational program will be made on the matter for those residing in Sweet Home and Foster-Midway.

Six juvenile boys, ages 12-15, were arrested on first-degree burglary and curfew charges.

They allegedly ransacked the Strawberry Heights area, letting air out of car tires, causing disturbance, and taking food from two deep freezers in garages, and discarding food wrappers along their route home.

A fund-raiser carnival held in a Liberty neighborhood raised $33.05 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

William Dugger hosted the event, with his boys taking on the role of ringmaster and activity directors. The Duggers hope to do bigger and better next year, and raise more money by making their prizes instead of buying them.

Twenty-four foreign diplomats and their families arrived for an overnight stay with host families during a tour of the western states.

Each rode in a Winnebago Travel Home, and Sweet Home was one of only two cities in the tour that hosted the guests overnight. The other city was in Montana.

A letter from Kris Klosterman, Sweet Home American Field Service student, indicated there were some challenges to spending time in Colon, Panama, but he wasn’t ready to go home yet.

An interesting tidbit was that the host family he stayed with installed their second bathroom while he was there, which included a bathtub, and they dedicated the new restroom to Klosterman.

Aug. 20, 1997

Linn-Benton Bank’s fourth office opened for business in Sweet Home in the former Busy Bee Restaurant. The bank’s board of directors chose to open a branch in Sweet Home because it believed the community was under-served.

Sweet Home City Council agreed to pay Webmaster Rollin Schaleger for services to the City’s official Sweet Home On-Line website. They will pay $25 an hour for creation and maintenance, $15 per picture processing and $25 for online forms.

The council voted to maintain Sweet Home On-Line as its official website on the World Wide Web at its regular meeting last month, where the council denied a motion by Councilman Robert G. Danielson to pay Schaleger $1,500 this year for his work on the web page.

The council made SHOL the city’s official website last year with the understanding it would cost the city nothing, as Schaleger hoped to cover his costs through advertising. He said it cost up to $250 a month for access to three servers, film processing and replacing computer equipment, but he denied most outside advertisers because of what they wanted to put on the ad, but he had 12 local businesses paying $5 a month for advertising.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will install gates on Highway 20 this fall in preparation for winter’s landslides.

The gates, to be located east of the Mountain House Restaurant and west of the Highway 20/126 junction, will be permanent structures that can be closed in the event of a landslide or washout.

Don Schliske, who lived in Sweet Home in the 1960s during the construction of Foster and Green Peter dams, returned three years ago and now wants to build an Eagles Aerie here.

The retired heavy equipment operator for the Army Corps of Engineers became an Eagles member in 1968 and became more involved after retirement. He hopes to sign at least 100 charter members who would be “people serving people” by supporting numerous civic and social causes.

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce requested $3,500 at the City Council meeting for use in 1997 and a percentage of the city’s occupancy tax revenue to help with financial difficulties it now faces.

The chamber received $500 from the city’s 1996-97 budget, a cut from $4,000. The city budgeted $5,000 for 1997-98, which is to be used by the Chamber in 1998. The Chamber had to lay off its manager, and the requested funds would keep the visitor’s information center open.

Yvonne Lenart, also known as Joey Muffin, will take her newly-learned skill as a ventriloquist to the Holley Fair this weekend. Lenart was at a business dinner last fall when she met a man from Boston who performs as a clown, and that meeting led her down a path to learn how to clown and do magic tricks.

Her husband bought her a puppet and a book about ventriloquism. Later she was able to practice on her brothers as well as a crying child. The Holley Fair will be her first big performance.

Linn County Fair Board Chairman Terry Plaggman said he will resign following an unexpected move by the Linn County Commissioners.

He alleged that the commissioners re-wrote the job description for Fair and Expo Center Director position, which placed the fair board in an advisory role to the director, with the director being under the direction of the Linn County Board of Commissioners.

Summer steelhead fishing is at a high this year with July counts at its highest since 1993, and the total count for the year at its highest since 1990.

Victor Shawe of the South Santiam Fish Hatchery said they have more fish than they need, so they haul them back down the river to give the anglers another shot at catching them.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife introduced steelhead to the South Santiam River in the 1960s, so they are not natural to the river and the ODFW prefers they be caught.