November 24, 1955

Volunteer firemen, hampered by a lack of toys to repair, sent out a “four alarm” signal to area residents for aid to their Christmas toy repair program.

Bill Reed, paid fireman, urged area folk to turn in toys at Hoy’s Hardware, Surry Electric, Fire Hall, City Hall or the police department so the community’s 30-plus fire volunteers can get busy on repairing and painting toys for needy families.

Littercans for city streets have arrived, City Manager Roy Eames announced Tuesday.

The green swing-top cans with removable liners, a project of Sweet Home’s Anti-Litterbug group, will be placed around downtown streets, with the names of local sponsoring groups stenciled on the cans.

Chester Lloyd Berg, Sweet Home, was in critical condition at Langmack Hospital after an auto accident Tuesday night just outside the city limits.

Berg, driving east from town, collided with a truck and trailer rig in front of Tom and Jerry’s Motor service shop about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

A group of 13 speeches have been named to the semifinals of the “Voice of Democracy” contest at Sweet Home Union High School.

Finalists will be named in the contest, sponsored by Sweet Home’s Jaycees, after Thanksgiving, Robert S. Bailey, SHUHS English teacher and Junior Chamber of Commerce speech chairman, announced.

Speakers chosen for the semifinals are Barbara Munroe, Phyllis Barnes, Pat Ward, Donna Smith, Joan Saubert, Mavis Everette, Sharon Hough, Carol Bowser, Francis Vinson, Joan Wright, Fred Krogh, Janice Calvert and Chrissie Dayton.

November 20, 1980

The world’s largest and longest candy log will lead Sweet Home’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” parade Dec. 6 when Santa Claus comes to town in style, for the opening of the Sweet Home holiday festivities.

The candy log, brainchild of Chamber of Commerce manager Mary Nickell and parade co-chairpersons Dawn Drago and Christy Cooper, will set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records and will be officially entered in the Guinness book after the parade.

The log, depicting Sweet Home’s lumber industry and the city’s sweet name, will be at least 21 feet long and 18 inches wide. It will be made of caramel corn with a chocolate glaze on the outside. After the parade and official picture-taking, parade participants and onlookers will get to satisfy their sweet tooth in a gigantic way by consuming the log. So far, four community groups are scheduled to participate in the construction of the mammoth confection.

Acting on directions from Sweet Home City Council in a meeting Oct. 27, Philip Schermerhorn, owner of The Point Restaurant, three miles east of Sweet Home, presented the council on Nov. 12 with a list of 60 people living near his restaurant who want cable TV.

Sweet Home apparently is going to have an FM radio station, but there is some confusion over who will operate it and when it will begin broadcasting. Two firms, KFIR Radio, and a new corporation called Sweet Home Stereo, are presently competing for control of a new frequency at 107.1 megahertz.

Cascadia residents will have an opportunity tonight (Thursday) to air their views on the possibility of incorporating their community.