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2 The Sun, Wednesday, January 12, 1994. I Isn't anyone interested in running for the Sheridan school board? As of Tuesday morning, nobody had filed for either of the two board positions on the March mail-in ballot. One of the two incumbents, Myna Deck, has indicated she probably will seek anoth- er four-year term, but Mike Eisele, whose two- year term is also on the ballot, is undecided. No matter what Deck or Eisele decide to do it seems there should be others interested in serving on the Sheridan school board. Yes, it can be a thankless and demanding job. Board members deal with tough issues like salary negotiations and bus routes. And they may be asking voters to approve a $750,000 bond measure to repair school buildings in the next year. The one board position on the WiUamina board which will be on the ballot had attracted two candidates as of Tuesday morning. Perhaps that's because the incumbent board member, Jude Leh- ner, plans to move out of the district at the end of his term in June. We hope the interest in the Willamina position doesn't demonstrate that there is a greater interest in education in that district compared to Sheridan. There's still time to file for the school board positions---but you better hurry. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. If you're interested in kids and are willing to give up a few nights of television each month, you qualify to run for one of the board positions. But please make sure you probably will be able to serve out the four-year or two-year term of office before you file. It's unfair, we think, to resign in mid-term and have board positions filled by appointment. As a school board member you'll learn a lot. You'll learn what it takes to oversee multi-million dollar budgets and develop policies for teachers and staff. You'll learn about new reading and math programs and how local schools help young- sters with learning disabilities and handicaps. It's an exciting time to be involved in public education. The 21st Century School Reform bill approved by the Oregon Legislature two years ago wilt 'eshape the way teachers work and studen :,,. learn. Many new programs will be offered both iS and ut of the classrooms to help students develo . skills to work in the next century. As a school board member, you can be part of these changes and help shape the state laws to fit our local communities. The quality of our local schools is directly related to the quality of those who serve on our school boards. With tighter and tighter budgets, the decisions made by local school boards will have perhaps even greater impacts on our stu- dents. We know there are many qualified and talented people in our area who could serve as school board members. We leave them with this question: What are you waiting for? YOUtVE PUT ON POUNDSSINCE THE WINTER' E GAN .,, Homespun Humor iii iiii i ill By Linda Fink When our family gets together we take a hike. This is better than telling another family member to take a hike. Our hiking tradition probably stems from the days when the kids were small and the days were rainy and my patience short. It was safer to take them for a walk than to stay inside and let them tear the house apart. The tradition persisted as the boys grew older, although as teenagers, they did not always respond when their father or I said, "Let's go for a hike." Especially since they couldn't hear us over the stereo blasting rock "music." Johnny and I hiked by ourselves, which was fine...and quiet. ' Sunday afternoons and holidays wecoaxed the boys into hikingwi$ us. Hiking was something we could afford to do, even when we could afford little else. It's also an educational tool. We would identify the plants and ani- mals we encountered along the way. This gave each member of the family the chance to be a leader. When we hiked in the woods, I identified birds for everyone while Johnny identified trees and shrubs. When we hiked along the road, Kevin and Steve took turns identify- ing the road kills. "Look at this, Morn, a smashed snake. Oooh, look at the guts!" "Look over here! A flat frog!" "Gross," I would say. "Nah, this isn't gross. You want to know gross?" Then they would launch into their grosser than gross jokes, which I will not repeat. Identifying road kills had its educational moments. "Whadaya think this one is?" one kid would ask. "It's too old and stiff to tell. Must have been run over a hundred times," replied the other. "Haht It's a mammal. There's hiked from South Lake to North Lake on the Pioneer Indian Trail. This is an easy hike on a well- maintained trail, or would be if you hiked with normal people. I define normal people as those with legs the same length as mine or shorter, which leaves out everyone who went hiking with us. As four long-legged young men (our sons and two of their friends) strolled along the path, I trotted behind in an attempt to keep up. Johnny kindly stayed with me. Maybe because I was carrying the food. I trotted past elk hoofprints, dead snags where pileated woodpeckers some smashe !ofur." had been drilling, huge squirrel Now~tla~liid'ffd~ a~ aWdy no~ nests high" in the trees, but there was,~ of the year, Johnny and I still hike, no t~me to-stop anit investlga~, . albeit mostly around our own prop- erty. We hike along the fence line, repairing it as we go. We hike to the neighbors to retrieve the calves and/or sheep that have gone visiting. We hike back and forth from the barn to the garden with wheelbar- row loads of manure. When the boys come home, they like to drive somewhere to hike. I suspect this is because it keeps them away from the non-recreational hik- ing common on our farm. This past Christmas vacation, we "Why," I asked the young men later when I finally caught up, "do you hike?" "To get somewhere," was the answer. All these years, I thought we were hiking to learn about nature, to commune together as a family, to get exercise and fresh air. Instead, our sons were hiking so they could get their mom off their back, go home and play computer games. This could be why one of our sons has conveniently had other Where to write... U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfleld, 322 i Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washing- ton, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224- 3753. District office: Room 107, Pioneer Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97204. Phone 326- 3386. U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, 259 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Wash- ington, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224-5244. District office: Suite 240, 101 S.W. Main St., Portland, OR 97204-3210. Phone 326-3370. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Fume, 316 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515-3701. Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 860 Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland, OR 97210. Phone 326-2901 or 1- 800-422-4003. U.S. Rep. Mike Kopetskl, 1520 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 255-5711. District office: Suite 340 Equitable Center Bldg., 530 Center St. NE, - Salem, OR 97301. Phone (503) 588- 9100. Yamhill County Commissioners: Dennis Goecks, Ted Lopuszynski, Debl Owens, Yamhill County Court- house, Fifth & Evans, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone 472-9371. Polk County Commlsslonem: Mike Propee, C. Ralph Blanchard, Ron Dodge, Polk County Court- house, Dallas, OR 97338-3174. Phone 623-8173 or 370-2500. things to do far away from home for the last two New Year's Days, when we traditionally hike to the top of Spirit Mountain. Spirit Mountain is just outside our door, give or take a few kilometers. We invite friends every year and most years some come, although seldom the same people who came the year before. In fact, very few of our friends ever hike the mountain twice. I think that's because most of them do not routinely take hikes to fix fences, retrieve roaming animals or wheel wheelbarrow loads of manure. They exercise their fingers on computer keyboards or do some- thing else worthwhile but not very strenuous. They are, in other words, out,of i~ha~,: ........ YliIie t/ak[ng 6ut-of-slaape friends ' up Spirit Mountain. I can keep up with them. While the long-legged young men saunter at their long- legged pace and disappear quickly out of sight, I saunter at my shorter- legged pace and enjoy the sound of labored breathing coming from my friends instead of me. It's delightful. Hiking is a great way for Johnny and me to share our love of the outdoors with friends and family. I just hope we don't run out of friends. The Polk County Board of Commissioners seems to be in the difficult position of having to decide which project in Grand Ronde deserves to be ranked No. 1 for grant funds. But commissioners appear to be handling the probl, ,m in a wise way. They're asking the various partie to sit down and talk things over. The ummit is planned for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in The Bonanza Restaurant, and officials from local water and sewer districts along with the Confed- erated Ti-ibes of Grand Ronde are being invited. With only a few grants available each year some agencies have started battling each other for them. We hope the summit will result in a fair approach to deal with these requests so the Grand Ronde community can begin to grow and prosper. While we're on the subject of Grand Ronde, we hope top officials in the U.S. Department of Interior decide soon the fate of the tribe's proposed gambling casino. It's been on "hold" for too long. George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main ~treet, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. Payment must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday for subscription to start with the following Wednesdays edition. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Fdday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday- Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. III I FAREWELL TO RUTH THOMSON "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." So it was with the first people on earth and ever is to this day. Two gifts He gave us--life and death. The first brings us great joy and the latter brings us sorrow. Somewhere in our own crossing of the bridge into tomorrow we will see the joy which awaits us. Life is very precious, even filled as it may be with happiness and 8orrow, and we meet each day with expectation and hope. This was the miracle of my 'dear friend, Ruth Thomson. Almost 99 years she spent among us---almost a century! This, in itself, is a miracle. I felt I was knowing someone special when first I knew her. There were attributes which she possessed which set her apart. There was an aura of love which somehow radi- ated from Ruth Thomson even at almost 99 years of age. One sensed Ruth was a person with tremendous moral strength. She lived her life doing what was right. Ruth seemed to have a tre- mendous capacity for truth. I dare- say her family could attest to her never failing love of honesty and right living. Oh, there was another facet to this charming life. Ruth loved a chal- lenge and she found great joy in the challenge of pinochle. She was good at it, believe me. She was sharp, but never vicious or ugly. She played for the joy of the game. It was fun to play with her. I knew her in her little home on Evans Street. Tidy as a pin, it always was. It was the kind of home in which one can feel the love. Pre- cious things here and there, bespoke treasures of a happy past. We enjoyed some afternoons just talk- ing over memories of "early days." Ruth was an educated lady, she had no problem defending what was right in our world. Ruth Thomson was "love." She gave it unsparingly and she received it in abundance. I feel very certain that the angels are singing with joy that she has come "home." Fern Eberhart, Sheridan THANK YOU In some way or another during the past 25 years, I've come in contact with almost everyone who has had a child enrolled in the Sheridan school system. I can't begin to tell you how the memories have come flooding back as I now enter retire- ment. Faulconer, Chapman, Sheridan High School--they've all been a part of my work life at some time in those years. I've seen many children go from the playground to the high school football field for graduation. And I treasure the memories of all those students. I want to thank all of you who came to the retirement reception given by the school district on my last day of work, Dec. 17. I wish I could have thanked each of you in person but there were just so many there and so little time. It was wonderful to see you all. Thank you again for the cards and good wishes. Donna Hulett, Sheridan THANK YOU FROM PALS "Christmas is my favorite time of year..." and once again the wonder- ful citizens of Sheridan have come through to help make it our favorite time of year. Sharon and Pam, of the PALS Tree of Giving, would like to thank everyone involved in the "Tree" process. First of all, the members of PALS deserve a big thank you for all their help. We couldn't do it without you, from the wrapping, sorting and delivering to the lovely lunch, com- plete with music and hot chocolate. Our Santa deserves a big hug. He devotes the whole day to us and the kids. The elves appreciate his sense of humor and his noble show of gallantry as he's always a gentleman and opens the door for us. But we won't mention what happens when he sees a dogt The wonderful ladies at First Federal Savings and Loan deserve a big hand. They give of themselves and their time to make our Tree a huge success each year. Everything always goes so smoothly, it's a big relief for us. We want to thank Eugene Carson and Holiday Tree Farms for the beautiful tree. And a big thank you to Dale, who once again chose a perfect tree. copied all our forms this year. What a great help! Mrs. Mona Case and Faulconer students once again entertained PALS club members with a special musical program. The children brought the presents their class had purchased to put under the tree. The music was great and the kids were wonderful. It was definitely the highlight of this year! Mr. Gary Meyer's FFA class once again made great wooden toys and the inmates at FCI donated a woo- den Santa and candy to each family. It always is such a wonderful and welcome surprise to receive mone- tary donations. They enable us to purchase gifts for the last minute names and buy extra things for the kids. Santa hugs to West Valley Citizens for Timber, Raymond Mor- gan, Ethel Rebekah Lodge #162, FL Club of Sheridan, Sheridan Rotary Club, Three Way Crushing and Laughlin Trucking. Thank you all, we sincerely appreciate it! As you can see, there are many people involved in making the Tree a success. And the most important are the citizens of Sheridan who, at The art class of Mrs. Ritchiethe busiest time of the year, choose a Burkes, Sheridan High School,name from our special tree and buY [ deserves special recognition for the a gift for that child. PALS has the[ window paintings. They were won- fun job of delivering the gifts and[ derfully done and just what we were seeing the happy faces of the chil" [ hoping for. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Potter once again donated the candy canes. They are so appreciated, as it gives Santa a little something extra to give to each child, not to mention little ones who are frequently visiting some of "our kids." Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Nisly deserve hugs and more hugs for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Tree and food baskets. Wilma sorted and dren; the ones who come bounding[ down the stairs, the ones whosl faces are pressed to the window i0 amazement as they mouth the word, "Santa," the embarrassed always grateful teenagers and parents who never hesitate to us. This is what makes it all while. Pam Sharon L