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2 The Sun, Wednesday, January 2, 2013 PINION Slices of life A tale of war, destruction and toilets By Jill Pertler Guest Columnist Before reading any further, be forewarned: this is not a story for the weak of heart. It is filled with snakes, destruction, filth, war and loss. But every word is true. I know. I lived it. The other day my 8-year-old called me into the bathroom. With a frown, he pointed downward. My eyes followed his path to the toilet bowl, which was filled with yellow water and a bright red Matchbox car. When I asked how the car got in the toilet, he motioned toward his sweatshirt pocket- bulging with little metal cars - and I gave silent thanks that only one vehicle had made its way into the water. I wasn't about to put my unprotected hand into the sea of yellow, so I left the room to grab my toilet-scooping tool. (Some of you may be thinking it's a little weird to have a toilet-scoop- ing tool. You're probably right. However, you know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention - or boys with Matchbox cars in the bathroom.) The next few moments are a blur- one of those instances where events pan out in slow motion and you're moving even slower. Sort of like a dream, but not a good one. Apparently the 4-year-old needed to use the restroom right then. I heard his distraught cries regarding the fact that a toy car was in the toilet• Before I could yell, "Mommy's coming," I heard the un- mistakable sound of flushing. When I got to the bathroom, it was too late. "I flushed it down, Mama," he said, pride overflowingin his voice. I looked into the toilet, and sure enough it was true. The car was gone. My scooping expertise no longer needed, I turned for help from the family toilet installation specialist- my husband. He entered the scene armed and ready for action with the plunger in his right hand. I got out of the way just in time. He began plunging like a man without morals. Water splashed out from the toilet in ev- ery direction, hitting the walls, sink and floor - without gain. The water was coming up and out, but it was not going down. The car clog remained intact. My husband dropped the plunger. He bent and examined and peered into the cavity where the car had disappeared. Af- ter several moments he declared, "we need a snake." When one is referring to toilets, a "snake" isn't a creepy crawly lizard without legs. It is a long, flexible tool used to dislodge objects from tight, wet, watery pipes• when you live in a house with small children, hundreds of Matchbox cars and one or more toilets, a snake is not an optional piece of equipment. It is a necessity. With the prowess of a near professional, my husband inched the snake down into the water and up through the winding pipe• He poked and prodded and did everything he could to hook the car and bring it back toward daylight. Nothing worked• With every move, the tiny car moved further into the abyss. After minutes that seemed like seconds, he put the snake down and stood, facing the toilet• His jaw clenched with raw determination. He would not let the toilet beat him. I knew *dais was war. . He grabbed forhis wrench, removed the toilet from its perch and within minutes was maneuvering and manipulating the metal snake once more• The battle continued for half an hour - man against porcelain- with neither side gaining any ground. Finally, he sighed, left the bathroom and grabbed his car keys. When I asked where he was going, I got a succinct, five- word response, "To get a new toilet." That's what he did. The new model installed easily and quickly, and it wasn't long before the kids noticed the new piece of porcelain gleaming in the bathroom. The three boys all wanted to be the first to use it. "Go ahead," I said to no one in particular. They started to make a group entrance. "Wait a minute," my husband called out. "Before anyone goes in there, empty your pockets!" Letters to The Sun Obituaries Follow Slices of Life on Facebook and hit Like (please). Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, play- wright and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self- Syndication'" Email her at pertmn@qwest.net," or visit her website at http://marketing-by-design•home.mchsi.comZ Obituary policy The Sun will publish free of charge a basic death/funeral notice for persons who are (or have been) a resident of the West Valley. The notice will include the name, age, birth date, death date, city of residence, and time, date and location of the fu- neral service. A photo may be added for a $5 fee. The charge for a more detailed obituary is $25 per 10-inch incremen t. A photo may be added for an additional $5. For more information, email us at news@sheridansun.com, or fax The Sun at 503-843-3830• The00Sun -N 493-940 Clinton Vining EDITOR and PUBLIsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Periodicals postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATE (one year): $29 in Yamhill/Polk County. $50 out o( area. Payment must be received by noon Friday for subscription to start with the following Wednesday's edition• DEADLINES: Letters to the editor, society and church news, press releases, general -- Noon Friday. Legal notices, display -- 5 p.m. Friday• Classified display -- Noon Monday. Classified ads -- 5 p.m. Monday. Phone: (503) 843-2312. Fax: (503) 843- 3830. E-mail: news@sheridansun.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO• Box 68, Sheridanl OR. 97378. Thanks for book donations To the Editor: I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the commu- nity for their support of the third annual Reading for All Holiday Book Drive! Thanks to the gen- erosity of the community, • we exceeded our regional goal of "12,000 books in 12 days" by more than 5,000 books! It is so wonderful to see how people have responded. Since Reading for All began in Yamhill County in 2009 we have been able to distribute over 45,000 books to children and families and we couldn't have done it without the type of support we saw in this event. Happy Holidays! I hope you have the chance to read a good book! Michele Bergeron Reading for All Coordinator Willamina lit up To the Editor: WOW Willamina! You re- ally lit up the town with your Christmas decorations. It made the "Light 'em Up" contest hard to judge. So many pretty choices. Thank you residents of Deer Meadows, who helped do thejudging. We had a lot of fun this year finding addresses and then "Ooohhhing and Awwwing" at them. A special thank you to Julie for doing a great job driving us around. The winners are 1st place: 132N.E. D St.; 2nd place: 217 S.E. Spruce; and 3rd: 334 S.E. Ivy. Do go by these addresses and take look• I'm willing to bet you'll "oohh and aww" too. Thank you everyone. Mary Jane Hollinger Coastal Hills Chamber of Commerce Thanks for food donations To the Editor: Thank you to all who do- nated to the Grand Sheramina Food Bank this hofiday season. We received donations from many organizations: employees of Hampton Lumber donated 3862 pounds of food as well as $2,400 cash and the Boy Scout food drive netted 1798 pounds of food. Other organizations or businesses that donated food or money were Kiwanis mem- bers, Sheridan Rotary, Sheridan Extension, Ray's Grocery Store in Willamina, and Spirit Moun- Rose Marie Revis Feb. 26, 1940- Dec. 26, 2012 Rose Marie Revis, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2012, at the age of 72, sur- rounded by her loving family• She was preceeded in death by her loving husband, Walt Revis; and her mother and fa- ther, Lizette and Jacob Planck. Marie was born February 26, 1940 to Jacob and Lizette Planck. She was the oldest of her three siblings, Richard Planck, Vernon "Planck, and Shirley Calhoun. Marie met Walt at the old skating rink in McMinnville. They were married on Aug. 8, 1956 and were married for 55 years until Walt's passing last spring. They lived in Carlton for many years, then moved to Willamina. Marie was a house wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, niece, friend and neighbor• She worked for the swimming pool in Carlton, Sams Custum Cut- ting, Chahelem Care Center, Imperial Fabrics, and Rock of Ages• She also was a volunteer at the food bank in Willamina. She was a lifetime resident of Yamhill County. In her youth, Marie enjoyed roller skating and spending time with her grandmother, Grandma Nuckles. Later in life she enjoyed sight seeing, sew- ing, cooking, baking, and be- ing with her family, grandchil- dren, and great-grandchildren. Marie is survived by her six loving children, Jd Revis of Dayton, Ore., Dean Revis (Shirley) of Iowa, Park Texas, Frank Revis (Becky) of Grand Ronde, Ore., Patti Potter (Rick) of Dayton, Ore., Kay Sanchez of Phoenix, Ariz., Susan Revis ofPhoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchil- dren, and 19 great-grandchil- dren. Sevices will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at McMinville First Assembly of God Church at 930 NE 3rd St., McMinnville, OR 97128 Phone: 503-472-2217. Arrangements are with Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home• To leave on-line condo- lences go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. mmm Charles W. "Chuck" Bailey Jan. 27, 1945-Dec. 24, 2012 Charles W. "Chuck" Bailey, a former resident of W'lllamina, died on December 24, 2012 in McMinnville. Graveside ser- vices will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Wil- lamette National Cemetery in Portland. To leave private online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.co m. !, tain Casino employees donated turkeys and canned goods. Many of our area schools col- lected food as well• We re- ceived donations from Chap- man-Faulconer, the Delphian School, and Sheridan Japanese School. We also received do- nations from many of our area churches: Willamina Emman- uel Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Willamina Christian Church, United Methodist Church, New Hope Christian, and Sheridan Nazarene Church. Many indi- viduals also reached deep into their pockets and donated some much needed cash to purchase perishable food. We also grate- fully acknowledge Ray's Gro- cery in Willamina for monthly donating about 200 pounds of food. Because of the generosity of these organizations and many other individuals, 298 children had a present to open on Christ- mas. And thanks to Sheridan and Willamina FFA students, the Food For All program, and community donations, 177 Sheridan families received a Christmas Dinner food basket. Thank You to our Generous Community Donors! Sharon Kulick Grand Sheramina Food Bank Clifton R. (Cliff) Hensley April 5, 1925 -Dec. 24, 2012 Clifton R. (Cliff) Hensley, 87, died Dec. 24 in Willamina. age 87 He was born April 5, 1925 in Jonesborough, Tenn. to Okla and Montie (Broyles) Heusley. Cliffstarted his military ser- vice at age 17joining the US Navy in 1943. He was stationed at many locations and ships where he worked launching air- craft and as an aircraft me- chanic. He was also later trained as a jet mechanic and a SCUBA diver. Later he worked for the government and United Airlines as a jet mechanic and a test pilot. He then went to McClellandAFB where he was a jet mechanic instructor and a test pilot for the USAF. He worked for more than 30 years for the government and the US Navy retiring in 1980. He met and married Jennie in 1989 and moved to Roose- velt, Utah. While in Utah they owned and operated a 500 acre ranch with Black Angus cattle and other animals. Git Er Done They later moved to Wil- lamina, joining the VFW and Auxiliary, remaining active members and also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His hobbies were wood- working, fishing and flying. He also loved to play many differ- ent stringed instruments. Survivors include his wife, Deanna Jean Hensley of Wil- lamina; children, Clyde Ben- jamin Hensley, Teri Katch, Nettle Patterson, Pansy Davies, Angle Amis, John Tryon, Bill Tryon and Peggy Chambers; brothers,: Lindey, Bill and Ray Hensley; sister, Shirley Hadley; 21 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 1 at VFW Post 4211 in Willamina. Arrangements are with Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home. To leave on-line condo- lences go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. mmm Mary M, White Oct. 10, 1935-Dec. 28, 2012 Mary M. White, 77, of Me: Minnville, formerly of Sheri- dan, died Dec. 28, 2012. She was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Adams, Neb. She married Bob White on'Aug. 10, 1981 in Vancouver, Wash. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the United Methodist Church in Sheridan. Arrangements are with Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home. To leave on-line condo- lences go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. To the Editor: In The Sun article, "City council discusses response to derelict building ordinance" on Dec. 19, it stated that current city ordinances only allow the city to step in and do something if the buildings are declared dangerous. During a special council meeting in May 2010, a Council Member stated that the Masonic Lodge was a haz- ard and danger to the city and needed to be torn down. Not one council member, the Mayor or the City Manager disagreed with that claim. Yet the build- ing still stands as a testament to the cities lack of code and ordinance enforcement. Its past time for the City Council to stop talking and get on with passing the new proposed der- elict building ordinance, the way it is currently written, and enforce it. Then maybe all our property values will increase and maybe all the vacant rental homes and commercial build- ings in town will get repaired and rerlted. There are ways for a community to come together and help homeowners who are truly unable to afford repairs. I hope every one had a very Merry Christmas. Terry Davis, Sheridan 2 The Sun, Wednesday, January 2, 2013 PINION Slices of life A tale of war, destruction and toilets By Jill Pertler Guest Columnist Before reading any further, be forewarned: this is not a story for the weak of heart. It is filled with snakes, destruction, filth, war and loss. But every word is true. I know. I lived it. The other day my 8-year-old called me into the bathroom. With a frown, he pointed downward. My eyes followed his path to the toilet bowl, which was filled with yellow water and a bright red Matchbox car. When I asked how the car got in the toilet, he motioned toward his sweatshirt pocket- bulging with little metal cars - and I gave silent thanks that only one vehicle had made its way into the water. I wasn't about to put my unprotected hand into the sea of yellow, so I left the room to grab my toilet-scooping tool. (Some of you may be thinking it's a little weird to have a toilet-scoop- ing tool. You're probably right. However, you know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention - or boys with Matchbox cars in the bathroom.) The next few moments are a blur- one of those instances where events pan out in slow motion and you're moving even slower. Sort of like a dream, but not a good one. Apparently the 4-year-old needed to use the restroom right then. I heard his distraught cries regarding the fact that a toy car was in the toilet• Before I could yell, "Mommy's coming," I heard the un- mistakable sound of flushing. When I got to the bathroom, it was too late. "I flushed it down, Mama," he said, pride overflowingin his voice. I looked into the toilet, and sure enough it was true. The car was gone. My scooping expertise no longer needed, I turned for help from the family toilet installation specialist- my husband. He entered the scene armed and ready for action with the plunger in his right hand. I got out of the way just in time. He began plunging like a man without morals. Water splashed out from the toilet in ev- ery direction, hitting the walls, sink and floor - without gain. The water was coming up and out, but it was not going down. The car clog remained intact. My husband dropped the plunger. He bent and examined and peered into the cavity where the car had disappeared. Af- ter several moments he declared, "we need a snake." When one is referring to toilets, a "snake" isn't a creepy crawly lizard without legs. It is a long, flexible tool used to dislodge objects from tight, wet, watery pipes• when you live in a house with small children, hundreds of Matchbox cars and one or more toilets, a snake is not an optional piece of equipment. It is a necessity. With the prowess of a near professional, my husband inched the snake down into the water and up through the winding pipe• He poked and prodded and did everything he could to hook the car and bring it back toward daylight. Nothing worked• With every move, the tiny car moved further into the abyss. After minutes that seemed like seconds, he put the snake down and stood, facing the toilet• His jaw clenched with raw determination. He would not let the toilet beat him. I knew *dais was war. . He grabbed forhis wrench, removed the toilet from its perch and within minutes was maneuvering and manipulating the metal snake once more• The battle continued for half an hour - man against porcelain- with neither side gaining any ground. Finally, he sighed, left the bathroom and grabbed his car keys. When I asked where he was going, I got a succinct, five- word response, "To get a new toilet." That's what he did. The new model installed easily and quickly, and it wasn't long before the kids noticed the new piece of porcelain gleaming in the bathroom. The three boys all wanted to be the first to use it. "Go ahead," I said to no one in particular. They started to make a group entrance. "Wait a minute," my husband called out. "Before anyone goes in there, empty your pockets!" Letters to The Sun Obituaries Follow Slices of Life on Facebook and hit Like (please). Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, play- wright and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self- Syndication'" Email her at pertmn@qwest.net," or visit her website at http://marketing-by-design•home.mchsi.comZ Obituary policy The Sun will publish free of charge a basic death/funeral notice for persons who are (or have been) a resident of the West Valley. The notice will include the name, age, birth date, death date, city of residence, and time, date and location of the fu- neral service. A photo may be added for a $5 fee. The charge for a more detailed obituary is $25 per 10-inch incremen t. A photo may be added for an additional $5. For more information, email us at news@sheridansun.com, or fax The Sun at 503-843-3830• The00Sun -N 493-940 Clinton Vining EDITOR and PUBLIsHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Periodicals postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATE (one year): $29 in Yamhill/Polk County. $50 out o( area. Payment must be received by noon Friday for subscription to start with the following Wednesday's edition• DEADLINES: Letters to the editor, society and church news, press releases, general -- Noon Friday. Legal notices, display -- 5 p.m. Friday• Classified display -- Noon Monday. Classified ads -- 5 p.m. Monday. Phone: (503) 843-2312. Fax: (503) 843- 3830. E-mail: news@sheridansun.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO• Box 68, Sheridanl OR. 97378. Thanks for book donations To the Editor: I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the commu- nity for their support of the third annual Reading for All Holiday Book Drive! Thanks to the gen- erosity of the community, • we exceeded our regional goal of "12,000 books in 12 days" by more than 5,000 books! It is so wonderful to see how people have responded. Since Reading for All began in Yamhill County in 2009 we have been able to distribute over 45,000 books to children and families and we couldn't have done it without the type of support we saw in this event. Happy Holidays! I hope you have the chance to read a good book! Michele Bergeron Reading for All Coordinator Willamina lit up To the Editor: WOW Willamina! You re- ally lit up the town with your Christmas decorations. It made the "Light 'em Up" contest hard to judge. So many pretty choices. Thank you residents of Deer Meadows, who helped do thejudging. We had a lot of fun this year finding addresses and then "Ooohhhing and Awwwing" at them. A special thank you to Julie for doing a great job driving us around. The winners are 1st place: 132N.E. D St.; 2nd place: 217 S.E. Spruce; and 3rd: 334 S.E. Ivy. Do go by these addresses and take look• I'm willing to bet you'll "oohh and aww" too. Thank you everyone. Mary Jane Hollinger Coastal Hills Chamber of Commerce Thanks for food donations To the Editor: Thank you to all who do- nated to the Grand Sheramina Food Bank this hofiday season. We received donations from many organizations: employees of Hampton Lumber donated 3862 pounds of food as well as $2,400 cash and the Boy Scout food drive netted 1798 pounds of food. Other organizations or businesses that donated food or money were Kiwanis mem- bers, Sheridan Rotary, Sheridan Extension, Ray's Grocery Store in Willamina, and Spirit Moun- Rose Marie Revis Feb. 26, 1940- Dec. 26, 2012 Rose Marie Revis, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2012, at the age of 72, sur- rounded by her loving family• She was preceeded in death by her loving husband, Walt Revis; and her mother and fa- ther, Lizette and Jacob Planck. Marie was born February 26, 1940 to Jacob and Lizette Planck. She was the oldest of her three siblings, Richard Planck, Vernon "Planck, and Shirley Calhoun. Marie met Walt at the old skating rink in McMinnville. They were married on Aug. 8, 1956 and were married for 55 years until Walt's passing last spring. They lived in Carlton for many years, then moved to Willamina. Marie was a house wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, niece, friend and neighbor• She worked for the swimming pool in Carlton, Sams Custum Cut- ting, Chahelem Care Center, Imperial Fabrics, and Rock of Ages• She also was a volunteer at the food bank in Willamina. She was a lifetime resident of Yamhill County. In her youth, Marie enjoyed roller skating and spending time with her grandmother, Grandma Nuckles. Later in life she enjoyed sight seeing, sew- ing, cooking, baking, and be- ing with her family, grandchil- dren, and great-grandchildren. Marie is survived by her six loving children, Jd Revis of Dayton, Ore., Dean Revis (Shirley) of Iowa, Park Texas, Frank Revis (Becky) of Grand Ronde, Ore., Patti Potter (Rick) of Dayton, Ore., Kay Sanchez of Phoenix, Ariz., Susan Revis ofPhoenix, Ariz.; 12 grandchil- dren, and 19 great-grandchil- dren. Sevices will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at McMinville First Assembly of God Church at 930 NE 3rd St., McMinnville, OR 97128 Phone: 503-472-2217. Arrangements are with Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home• To leave on-line condo- lences go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. mmm Charles W. "Chuck" Bailey Jan. 27, 1945-Dec. 24, 2012 Charles W. "Chuck" Bailey, a former resident of W'lllamina, died on December 24, 2012 in McMinnville. Graveside ser- vices will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Wil- lamette National Cemetery in Portland. To leave private online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.co m. !, tain Casino employees donated turkeys and canned goods. Many of our area schools col- lected food as well• We re- ceived donations from Chap- man-Faulconer, the Delphian School, and Sheridan Japanese School. We also received do- nations from many of our area churches: Willamina Emman- uel Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Willamina Christian Church, United Methodist Church, New Hope Christian, and Sheridan Nazarene Church. Many indi- viduals also reached deep into their pockets and donated some much needed cash to purchase perishable food. We also grate- fully acknowledge Ray's Gro- cery in Willamina for monthly donating about 200 pounds of food. Because of the generosity of these organizations and many other individuals, 298 children had a present to open on Christ- mas. And thanks to Sheridan and Willamina FFA students, the Food For All program, and community donations, 177 Sheridan families received a Christmas Dinner food basket. Thank You to our Generous Community Donors! Sharon Kulick Grand Sheramina Food Bank Clifton R. (Cliff) Hensley April 5, 1925 -Dec. 24, 2012 Clifton R. (Cliff) Hensley, 87, died Dec. 24 in Willamina. age 87 He was born April 5, 1925 in Jonesborough, Tenn. to Okla and Montie (Broyles) Heusley. Cliffstarted his military ser- vice at age 17joining the US Navy in 1943. He was stationed at many locations and ships where he worked launching air- craft and as an aircraft me- chanic. He was also later trained as a jet mechanic and a SCUBA diver. Later he worked for the government and United Airlines as a jet mechanic and a test pilot. He then went to McClellandAFB where he was a jet mechanic instructor and a test pilot for the USAF. He worked for more than 30 years for the government and the US Navy retiring in 1980. He met and married Jennie in 1989 and moved to Roose- velt, Utah. While in Utah they owned and operated a 500 acre ranch with Black Angus cattle and other animals. Git Er Done They later moved to Wil- lamina, joining the VFW and Auxiliary, remaining active members and also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His hobbies were wood- working, fishing and flying. He also loved to play many differ- ent stringed instruments. Survivors include his wife, Deanna Jean Hensley of Wil- lamina; children, Clyde Ben- jamin Hensley, Teri Katch, Nettle Patterson, Pansy Davies, Angle Amis, John Tryon, Bill Tryon and Peggy Chambers; brothers,: Lindey, Bill and Ray Hensley; sister, Shirley Hadley; 21 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 1 at VFW Post 4211 in Willamina. Arrangements are with Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home. To leave on-line condo- lences go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. mmm Mary M, White Oct. 10, 1935-Dec. 28, 2012 Mary M. White, 77, of Me: Minnville, formerly of Sheri- dan, died Dec. 28, 2012. She was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Adams, Neb. She married Bob White on'Aug. 10, 1981 in Vancouver, Wash. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the United Methodist Church in Sheridan. Arrangements are with Adamson's Sheridan Funeral Home. To leave on-line condo- lences go to www.Adamsons SheridanFuneralHome.com. To the Editor: In The Sun article, "City council discusses response to derelict building ordinance" on Dec. 19, it stated that current city ordinances only allow the city to step in and do something if the buildings are declared dangerous. During a special council meeting in May 2010, a Council Member stated that the Masonic Lodge was a haz- ard and danger to the city and needed to be torn down. Not one council member, the Mayor or the City Manager disagreed with that claim. Yet the build- ing still stands as a testament to the cities lack of code and ordinance enforcement. Its past time for the City Council to stop talking and get on with passing the new proposed der- elict building ordinance, the way it is currently written, and enforce it. Then maybe all our property values will increase and maybe all the vacant rental homes and commercial build- ings in town will get repaired and rerlted. There are ways for a community to come together and help homeowners who are truly unable to afford repairs. I hope every one had a very Merry Christmas. Terry Davis, Sheridan