The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Carvings reflect SH heritage, ‘community’


June 28, 2016

AUDIENCE members, including Diane Gerson, right, and Milton Dodge, on the scooter, carver of the original statues at Shea Point, applaud after Bill Baitinger, left, announces the completion of the Shea Point statues project. Below, right, Baitinger talks with artist Tom Castaneda, who created the statues.

Bill Baitinger’s first impression of Sweet Home came in 2003 as he drove west from Bend and passed two carved wooden statues of loggers standing at Shea Point, beside Foster Lake.

“We were looking for a house,” Baitinger said. “The first thing I saw was the two statues up there at Shea Point.”

Several years later, the statues were gone – victims of decay.

Baitinger, a retired landscape contractor who had joined the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, decided to make an effort to get them replaced. He talked with Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks director, who worked w...

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