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Articles from the October 27, 2021 edition

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'Call the Dog' a treat for Halloween

"Call the Dog," a short play lasting only a few minutes, will be staged on a repeating basis from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the alley park between The New Era and Figaro's Pizza buildings on...

 

Group considers interim fix for homeless population

With colder weather and proposed “sleep center” plans for Sweet Home’s homeless population in flux (Linn County has not weighed in on its intentions and the Sweet Home city council hasn’t voted on it yet), officials and citizens gathered...

 

Firefighter takes leave over mandate

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era A top Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District volunteer has taken a six-month leave of absence in response to the state’s requirement that he be vaccinated to serve as a firefighter or medic. Cascadia Station No. 24...

 

Outreach event for homeless teens Thursday, Oct. 28

Kids in Sweet Home who don’t have their own place to go home to at night will get a boost Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Sweet Home Skatepark. Jackson Street Youth Services, which operates two 24-seven shelters for homeless youth in Albany and...

 

Bridget Montgomery

Ann Bridget Montgomery, 82, of Sweet Home, passed away Oct. 22, 2021. Bridget was born in London, England, on Oct. 28, 1938 to Kenneth Wood Barter and Sheila Dorothy Wood. On July 4, 1940, Sheila and... Full story

 

Michael Giddings

Michael “Mike” R. Giddings, 63, of Eugene, formerly of Sweet Home and Lebanon, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Mike was born April 27, 1958, in Lebanon to Charles W Giddings and Vergie A Giddings (Corson).  He... Full story

 

Thomas J. Philpott

Tom passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Samaritan Evergeen Hospice House. He was 92.   He was born in Holley on June 4, 1929 to Justin Byron and Edith Leola (Cross) Philpott. The... Full story

 

Vernon Simpson

Vernon Simpson, 78, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 6, 2021. He was born Dec. 28, 1942 in Copperas Gap, Ark., to Fay Robert and Stella Elizabeth (Wilson) Simpson. His family moved to California in 1950. He... Full story

 

Roy Edwin Vallad

Roy Edwin Vallad, 76, of Sweet Home passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. He was born Nov. 3, 1944 in Lebanon to Len and Ethel Belle (Lutton) Vallad. Roy was a family man first, God-loving and... Full story

 

Patricia Volkers

Patricia "Pat" Deane Volkers, 81, of Sweet Home died Sept. 30, 2021, with her family by her side. She was born June 27, 1941 in Battlecreek, Mich., to Alfred Ebert and Jean Elise (Vanmiddlesworth)... Full story

 

Death Notices (Oct. 27, 2021)

John C. Asbury, 70, of Sweet Home, died Oct. 22, 2021. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Gilliland Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For... Full story

 

Corrections (Oct. 27, 2021)

A story in the Oct. 20 issue about the City Council’s consideration of an ADA ramp project in the area of Main Street and Highway 228 should have stated that the council heard a presentation on Oct. 12 from an Oregon Department of Transportation...

 

East Linn County Fall Fun (Oct. 27, 2021)

Here are upcoming events in the Sweet Home and Lebanon area: October: Pumpkin Patch Tennessee Thunder Stand & Railroad’s pumpkin patch, scavenger hunt and train ride is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at 37672 KGAL Drive, Lebanon. P...

 

Fire district receives funding from grants

The Sweet Home Fire District recently received helpful funding from grants offered by the Special Districts Association of Oregon and the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund. Historically, the fire district has provided rural address posts and...

 
 By Cory Frye    Opinion    October 27, 2021

Ex-colleague departure revives memories

Photographer Mark Ylen shocked multiple zip codes earlier this month when he announced he was leaving the Albany Democrat-Herald after 26 years to take a position with Samaritan Health. I couldn’t let his momentous departure pass sans comment, bein...

 

From Our Files (Oct. 27, 2021)

Oct. 28, 1971 A group of 40 or 50 young people from all Christian denominations are planning a “Free Store” for those in need. “They are wanting to do this as a Christian service,” said Susy McCubbins, spokesman for the group. The group is...

 

Letter: Thanks, Sweet Home, for helping students

Editor: Sweet Home P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter DD, wishes to sincerely thank the Sweet Home community for your continued support of our organization and our annual Flash Frozen Berry Sale and gigantic yard sale. Our local...

 

Letter: Charter School appreciated too (Oct. 27, 2021)

Editor: I would like to say thank you and show my appreciation to the principal at the Sweet Home Charter School, Mrs. Audrey Richards. It’s October and National Principals Month, so Sweet Home Charter School also needs to be included with the...

 

Letter: COVID resistance doesn't make sense (Oct. 27, 2021)

Editor: “COVID is the No. 1 killer of law enforcement officers in 2020 and 2021,”  according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, www.odmp.org. Yet police unions across the country are pushing cops to defy the Covid vaccine mandate. We pay them...

 

Around Town (Oct. 27, 2021)

Thunder Mt. train rides available Fall family fun and train rides are being held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October at the Tennessee Thunder Stand & Railroad, 37672 KGAL Drive, Lebanon. Activities include a pumpkin patch,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 27, 2021

A bountiful journey, page by page

One of Angeline Kieper Fischer's most vivid memories stems from when she and her husband Denny were living with their two daughters in Wisconsin, where the state's Green Bay Packers football team...

 

Cattle tracks through history at the East Linn Museum

As we meander through the East Linn Museum, we likely don't have cattle in mind until we come across lariats, saddles, mohair chaps and a branding iron in its tack room. Although some of the branding...

 

Public Safety (Oct. 27, 2021)

Oct. 18 9:08 a.m. - Caller reported that a log truck had tipped its load over in the 24200 block of Brush Creek Road/Childers Drive. The truck’s rear trailer caught the shoulder and tipped, causing its logs to spill into the ditch. The involved...

 

Second suspect arrested in Albany shooting

Albany Police detectives have arrested a second man in connection with the Oct. 10 shooting death of Joshua Johnston-Partain at Timber Linn Park in Albany.  Abel Sanchez-Anaya, 18, was arrested...

 

Autumn Palette (Oct. 27, 2021)

It's been a wonderful fall season, color-wise, and our photographers had a great time getting outdoors last week to see some of the displays. In the first photo, North River Drive winds its way...

 

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