Articles from the December 1, 2021 edition

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Virtual Logging Training

On a Wednesday afternoon, Sweet Home High School senior Bailey Womack, a teaching assistant in Blake Manley's wildlife course, uses two joysticks and a computer in the instructor's forestry and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 1, 2021

Singing Tree performances cancelled due to 'safety'

What would have been the 40th performance of the Singing Christmas Tree this weekend has been canceled. Ben Mattheisen, president of the organization, said that the choir was already smaller than usual this year and then several members have been...

 

Yon announces retirement as sheriff

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon told Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker on Tuesday, Nov. 23, that he will end his 28 years with the Sheriff's Office as of Dec. 31, with one...

 

Historic steam engine back on track

One of 62 surviving steam locomotives in Oregon will ride the rails between Lebanon and Sweet Home for the foreseeable future. On Friday, Nov. 19, the Santa Maria Valley 205, a fully restored 1924...

 

John Earle

John "Jack" Lawrence Earle, 85, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 9, 2021, in Salem following a brief illness. He was born in 1936 in Brockton, Mass., to Robert D. and Olive I. Earle. He grew up in East Bridge... Full story

 

Robert Grissom

Robert “Bob” Leon Grissom, 78, of Sweet Home died Nov. 19, 2021. He was born Dec. 31, 1942 in Tucson, Ariz., to Fred and Violet (Lang) Grissom. He came to Oregon with his family as a child and grew up in Sweet Home. He served in the United... Full story

 

Marjory 'Margie' Virlea Kikel

Marjory "Margie" Virlea Kikel, 91, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 24, 2021. She was born Jan. 26, 1930, in Atascadero, Calif., to Edward and Zelma (Groves) Cardwell. She has lived in Sweet Home since 1939.... Full story

 

Eric 'Ric' Jon Olson

Eric "Ric" Jon Olson, 72, of Sweet Home passed away Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. He was born Feb. 12, 1949 in Kenosha, Wis., to Walter R. and Margaret Erna (Kuehn) Olson. He was drafted into the United... Full story

 

Alice Nicklasson

Alice Faye Nicklasson, 79, of Lebanon, formerly of Sweet Home, died Nov. 22, 2021. She was born March 13, 1942 in Eugene to Glen Franklin and Leola Varian (Jeans) Burnett. She married Bernt Nicklasson Aug 22, 1964. They had no children. Mrs.... Full story

 

Mark Pace

Mark C. Pace, 71, formerly of Sweet Home, died unexpectedly Nov. 20, 2021, in his home in Indiana. He was born Feb. 23, 1950 in Loudon County, Tenn., to Lush and Tina (Johnson) Pace. Mr. Pace earned... Full story

 

Sonia Romero

Sonia Haydee Romero, 71, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 22, 2021. She was born June 18, 1950 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Emma Rosa Herrera Martinez and Jose Edmundo Meza Azurdia. She was raised in... Full story

 

Helen Louise (Fields) Ray

Helen Louise Ray, 89, of Crawfordsville, passed away Nov. 25, 2021, in Lebanon. Helen was born in Oakridge on Oct. 24, 1932, to James Fields of Oregon and Ethel (Moore) Fields of Montana. Her mother passed away when she was very young, and she spent... Full story

 

Death Notices (Dec. 1, 2021)

Carol Alice Andrews, 82, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 25, 2021 A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Lewis Cemetery Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. For updated information, visit www.s... Full story

 

School staffing in state a 'real, emergency situation'

By Alex Baumhardt Oregon Capital Chronicle At a Senate Education Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, superintendents and representatives from school boards and teachers associations detailed dire...

 

Holiday Activities Opportunities (Dec. 1, 2021)

Following are some of the holiday events scheduled in the surrounding area over the next month: December -- Christmas Storybook Land welcomes people of all ages to its 45th presentation from Dec. 3-17 at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox...

 

Corrections (Dec. 1, 2021)

Credit for photos in the Nov. 24 issue of Linn-Benton Community College’s run to the Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball championship should have been to Justin Lamb.  The caption accompanying a photo of a two-car crash at 15th Avenue and...

 

Commentary: Child care proposals don't reflect real needs (Dec. 1, 2021)

By Rich Lowry President Joe Biden wants to bring the same discerning, common-sensical governing style to American child care that has his job approval rating in the low 40s. In other words, look out below. The child care proposal that House Democrats...

 

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...

 

Around Town (Dec. 1, 2021)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays. Suggested donation is $3.50....

 

Public Safety (Dec. 1, 2021)

November 22 1:22 a.m. - Patrick John Ward, 41, was arrested on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree theft, Corvallis Police Department. 8:31 a.m. - A two-vehicle crash with injuries and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 1, 2021

La La Land aims to bring Sweet Home to stage

Shirley Austin and Karen Craig are busy, the day before Thanksgiving, doing what they love: outfitting teenagers who will serve as ushers at the Christmas Gala concert Austin is producing on...

 

Scraps reveal plenty about local history

If we want to be impressed by the transitory nature of history at the East Linn Museum, we can examine notes and newspaper clippings about our area compiled by Lois Rice about 50 years ago. Rice, of...

 

Ralph the cat and the Einstein stove

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute." Einstein's quote came to mind every fall in Sweet Home. The...

 

Record Rocky Mountain elk antlers recorded

The antlers of a Union County bull elk have been officially scored at 406 6/8, which would make it the second-place record for a typical Rocky Mountain elk in Oregon. The bull's skull and antlers...

 

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