Following the flow of history

Business leaders hear stories of life along Foster Lake


September 7, 2022

Scott Swanson

Cascade Gateway Leadership participants chat on the shore at Calkins Boat Ramp last week as other participants return from a tour of the lake, rear. See more photos at

Bobbing along on a pontoon boat on Foster Lake Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1, local business people weren't really watching the water.

Instead, their heads were turned toward Glenda Hopkins, a longtime volunteer with the East Linn Museum, who was telling stories about the lake and people who used to live under its waters – before the South Santiam River was dammed in the late 1960s.

This was the inaugural session of the 2022-23 Cascade Gateway Leadership program, organized by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses and their staff become more ingrained into the east Linn...

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