From Our Files (Oct. 13, 2021)

Oct. 14, 1971

Lester Shingle Co. began installation of its new chipper and chip storage bin, which will replace the mill’s use of a wigwam waste burner for wood byproduct waste.

An injunction was ordered against the mill due to the wigwam’s polluting effects.

The burners were banned earlier this year, but Lester Shingle Co. was granted variances that expired July 30. The Mid-Willamette Valley Air Pollution Authority filed the court complaint charging air pollution regulation violations.

Once the mill’s wigwam burner is shut down, it will mark the last of the burners to operate in the Sweet Home area.

The City Council decided to sell a small parcel of city-owned property at 313 10th Ave. following considerable discussion.

The land was appraised at $1,000, but it was felt the appraisal would include a house though there is no building on it now, but it could be used for an addition to adjoining homes.

The city manager will place the property up for sealed bids with a minimum price of $600. It was noted that the city charter doesn’t require city property be advertised for sale, but that it can be sold at appraisal or a negotiated price.

Oct. 9, 1996

The Aid Association to Lutherans announced it will match funds up to $20,000 raised for Treasa Fowler for the purchase of a specially equipped van to provide her transportation.

Fowler, a 1979 Sweet Home High School graduate, was diagnosed with lupus in 1982, which has ultimately led to kidney failure and multiple amputations. The van will not only help her get to Eugene for dialysis treatment, but it will also afford her more freedom because she cannot go to the store or even leave home without assistance.

The van will cost about $40,000.

A committee for a new teen court decided to present a proposal to the District 55 Board of Education and the Sweet Home City Council. Sweet Home Municipal Judge Jad Lemhouse volunteered to serve as judge for the proceedings.

The court would place first time juvenile offenders who plead guilty before a jury of their peers for sentencing, which could include community service, restitution, a target grade-point average, essays, and other ideas. If the juvenile successfully serves their sentence, the first-time offense could be expunged from their record.