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April 27, 2016


April 27, 2016

Student Exchange seeks host families

NorthWest Student Exchange is seeking families in the Sweet Home area to host international exchange students.

Hosting a student can supplement educational and personal growth opportunities for children of the host family. For the exchange students, benefits include improved English language skills, learning about our educational system, American family culture and making lifelong friendships.

Host families also learn about another culture and its values, and can view America through

another’s eyes gaining a broader understanding of our own country and make lifelong


Families can be couples with young or teenaged children, no children, empty-nesters,

elderly couples, or single-parent families with or without children in the home.

NorthWest Student exchange students are screened for motivation, academic and language

skills and maturity.

NWSE offers solid support seven days a week for students and host families!

For more information about hosting, without obligation, contact Cynthia Burgeson, regional manager,

NorthWest Student Exchange, at (541) 207-3897.

Foster Dam Road closed Wednesday

The road over Foster Dam will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, to move stop logs to raise the fish weir.

This work was postponed from its originally scheduled date of April 20.

For more information, call (541) 942-5631.

Chamber offers free lunch to learn

Learn about Linn-Benton Community College’s online iLearn college degree program. The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce will hold a lunch forum at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the City Hall annex, 1140 12th Ave.

Free lunch will be provided. The public is welcome.

For more information, call the chamber at (541) 367-6186.

Super Hero run this Saturday

Senior Alcohol-Free Entertainment Party planners are concocting a "Be a Super Hero for SAFE” run in and around Sankey Park on April 30.

Runners and volunteers are needed.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Senior Alcohol-Free Entertainment party to be held following this year’s Sweet Home High School graduation. Race participants will navigate some 15 obstacles that will include a steep hill climb, balance beam, tire flips, wall climbs, culverts, a straw-bale pyramid, a sand bag carry and a water hazard.

Cost is $45 for adults 18 or older and $35 for 13- to 17-year-olds. before April 28. Group discounts are available. Proceeds will help fund the all-night party folowing graduation on June 3.

For those who don’t want to scale the heights, volunteers are needed to help with checking in, registration, awards and goodie bags, and monitoring obstacles. Volunteers will be given safety vests to wear during the event, recognized as Super Hero Sidekicks and granted access, along with competitors, to the Nacho/Taco Bar and Root Beer Garden following the event.

To register, or for more information, visit or

Volunteer waivers are available at City Hall, 1140 12th Ave.

CASA offers info session May 4

The next orientation class for becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer for CASA of Linn County will be from noon to 1 p.m. on May 4 at 2730 Pacific Boulevard SE, Suite 201, Albany, Oregon 97321.

The local CASA is one of a network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates, empowered directly by the courts, offer judges information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

For more information, visit, or call (541)-926-2651.

S.A.F.E. Duck Race fund-raiser May 7

The Sweet Home S.A.F.E. Committee will hold a Duck Race Saturday, May 7, as a fund-raiser for the 2016 Senior Alcohol Free Entertainment party following graduation.

Participants do not have to be present to win. Actual race time has yet to be determined.

Cost is $5 per duck, with a limit of 800 to be sold. First-place winner will receive $400, if all 800 ducks are sold, or 10 percent of sales. Second-place winner will receive $250 or 6 percent, and third-place winner will receive $150 or 4 percent of the total sales.

There is no limit on purchases, as long as ducks are available.

To purchase or for more details, contact Amy Wingo at (541) 401-0868.

Search and Rescue seeks volunteers

The Linn County Sheriff Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team. You should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life-saving organization.

Applicants must attend a recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s Office on May 9 at 7 p.m. to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be trained in an 11-day program June 17-27.

The application process includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. The 11-day Search and Rescue Training Academy will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics. There will also be a three-day field exercise in the Cascades that include a 20-mile hike.

For more information about the program or to apply, contact Staff Sgt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, (541) 812-2272, or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at

Downtown Block Party vendors

Downtown Sweet Home businesses will host a Sweet Home Outtasight Block Party on Saturday, May 14, and they are recruiting.

The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Organizers aim to bring activity downtown for local businesses and to offer something fun for the entire community.

The event will include the grand opening of one new local business and an anniversary celebration for another.

Activities include vendors selling food and goodies, door prizes, hula hoop and other contests, a photo booth and music from local artists. There will also be a Best Hippie Costume contest, with prizes for adult woman and man and children.

Organizers are Nancy Patton of Trash to Treasure, Amanda Spurlock of Hippie Hollow and Andrea Culy, community volunteer and former chamber director.

Businesses are encouraged to offer special indoor or sidewalk sales, games and other fun. Patton is also offering free vendor spaces behind her store in the large parking lot. Vendor applications are available from Andrea Culy at (541) 401-3631 or at Trash to Treasure, 1023 Main St.

For more information, contact Patton at (541) 409-4276 or Spurlock at (541) 818-8901 or visit the Outtasight Facebook page.

Judging is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Trophies are awarded at 3 p.m.

Meals on Wheels weekly menu

Meals on Wheels, also known as Your Table or Ours, offers 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.

First-time diners are invited to come in and have a free lunch to give it a try. Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk, coffee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request.

The lunch menu on Friday, April 29, is diced beef stew or zucchini lasagna with country trio vegetables, cream of broccoli soup, a bran wheat roll and a fresh orange.

The menu for Monday, May 2, is beef tomato macaroni or scalloped potatoes and ham with cut green beans, country coleslaw, a cracked wheat roll and mixed fruit cup.

The menu for Tuesday, May 3, is ground beef stew or chicken lo mein with broccoli cuts, garden vegetable salad, a wheat roll and chilled peaches.

For more information, call (541) 367-8843.


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