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Local students don't let COVID stop their volunteerism


November 25, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL students who volunteered at the Blue River Relief Center are, from left, Maren Weld, Brooke Burke, Natalie Rodgers, Sicily Neuschwander, Savannah Hutchins and Treyson Smith.

It was the chimneys, most of all, that left an impact.

"The number of chimneys – that's all that's left of the houses right now, chimneys lining the riverside," said Sweet Home High School senior Treyson Smith of the devastation left by the Holiday Farms Fire, which he witnessed on a trip he took with fellow students to Finn Rock and other communities along the McKenzie River to help with fire recovery efforts.

"You get to the point that you just see chimneys, all along the road," fellow senior Maren Weld said.

"It's very somber."

They were among a group of six Sweet Home students –...

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