From Our Files (Dec. 1, 2021)

Dec. 2, 1971

Those who braved the recent “Oregon mists” no doubt noticed a decided difference in the appearance of the South Santiam above Foster Reservoir. Records of the Foster office of Corps of Engineers show a sharp rise in water of over 19 thousand cubic feet during a 24-hour period.

Surface water became a problem for some homes and businesses as the heavy rainfall saturated the ground, measuring one foot deep in some areas. Al’s Market on East Long Street had about two inches of water inside the store, and Lakeside Market reported water was running into their store.

Mary J. Hodge was sworn in as postmaster of Foster Post Office last week. Hodge, 46, received her appointment under the new merit selection basis established for eh Postal Service in legislation recently passed by Congress and signed by President Nixon.

She assumes her new duties after extensive postal experience since entering the service at Foster in 1964 as postal clerk.

New owners of the Plaza Laundry and Cleaners are Alvie and Nora Leach, who purchased the business from Johnie and Helen Fagan. The laundry and cleaners had just been moved from the east end of the Plaza Shopping Center to a new location next to the Sears store on the west end of the center.

Mrs. Avery (Lucille) Hash is home from a 28-day ‘round-the-world tour. Hash, a recently retired nurse, brought home souvenirs from Greece, Japan, India, Thailand and Israel. Her tour group passed through the area in East Pakistan only a week before a devastating hurricane, and a planned trip to Egypt was canceled due to unrest.

August 11, 12 and 13 are the dates selected for the annual Sportsmans Holiday in 1972.

The new officers have been elected. They are: Gene Collins, president; Franny Carpenter, vice president; Clint Rice, treasurer; and Corean Morgan, secretary.

There has been an offer of $20 for the theme chosen, to be paid to anyone suggestin an appropriate one, after its selection and approval.

The Sea Hags are assuming responsibility for publicity and promotion. The Kiwanis Club will sponsor the main parade.

Nov. 27, 1996

Willamette Industries announced plans for a multimillion dollar expansion at its Foster plywood plant in Sweet Home. The project, which will expand the plant’s veneer drying capacity, is part of Willamette’s plan to utilize a greater amount of hemlock logs for plywood production.

Two 120-foot jet dryers, an eight bin stacker and metriguard machine will be installed, and about 50 people will be added to the payroll.

Commercial business owners generally took a larger hit this year on their tax bills than did residential property owners. Property assessments increased 20-40 percent for commercial and light industrial property, while properties with multi-family dwellings increased 19-20 percent.

Based on activity from the past fiscal year, assessments increased primarily because the market for commercial property has become stronger, inducing a rise in value.

Fitness Plus owner Bill Cutshall placed second in the novice lightweight division at the Washington Ironman Natural Body Building Competition in Seattle. The win earned him a Muscle Man Trophy.

Cutshall has been an avid bodybuilder for seven years and was inspired by former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl. For judging, he had to perform a 60-second routine of poses set to music and a set of seven mandatory poses.

Students in preschool through sixth grade at Crawfordsville Elementary and Head Start program celebrated Make a Difference Day with several activities in the community. Projects included yard cleanup and wood hauling for elderly neighbors, cleaning up the fire station, and cleaning up trash and planting daffodils at the school.

Students then presented their neighbors with apple pies they baked the previous day, using apples from a recent field trip to Detering’s Orchards.