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2 The Sun, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 PINION In Other Words Introducing a new Editor My sons are at the age that when I tell them that I'm off to work to make money they grab for sheets of paper and their crayons and offer to help. Unforttmately, here at The Sun, making a coin or two isn't as easy as the U.S. Treasury makes it seem. All jokes aside, the economy has continued to take a toll on all newspapers across the country-----our little weekly, too. Advertising dollars are slimmer now than they've ever been in the past, but myself and my staff are working diligently to continue to bring you the top-notch commu- nity journalism you deserve. In doing so, it is my privilege to announce that longtime local cor- respondent Marguerite Alexander will take over as the Managing Editor of The Sun. Marguerite shares my enthusiasm for small town journalism and she'll do a wonderful job leading the news- room. With all openness in mind, it's Clinton Vining only fair to announce that my wife Hawley and I, with our three boys, will be mov- ing out of state. We will maintain ownership of the paper and I will continue to work as the Publisher, man- aging the business aspects of the newspaper from out of town. We will greatly miss the West Valley, and already can't wait tovisit, but it's important to note that we are making this move in order to save The Sun and save jobs for our employees. How can you help? Keep reading The Sun. Buy a sub- scription for yourself or buy one for your neighbor or a friend who has moved away. Businesses, give us a call to see how we can help you grow. You know, The Sun is a key ingredient to growing most things. Any and all questions are invited. Please stop by the office and say hello to Marguerite---or goodbye to my- self, before I leave. Please contact me at publisher@sheridansun.com. Where to write your lawmakers U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 223 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510-3703. Phone (202) 224-5244. Local office: 911 NE 11th Ave, Suite 630, Portland, OR 97232. Phone (503) 326-7525. Website: http://wyden.senate.gov/ U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, 313 Hart Senate Office Building Wash- ington, D.C., 20510. Phone (202) 224-3753. Salem Office: 495 State St., Suite 330 Salem, OR, 97301. Phone (503) 352-8102. Website: http://merkley.senate.gov/ U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon-5th Dist., 314 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 225-5711. Salem District Office, 544 Ferry Street, S.E. Suite 2, Salem, OR 97301. Phone (503) 588-9103. Website: http://schrader.house.gov/ U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamid, Oregon-lst Dist., 439 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515. Phone: (202) 225-0855. Fax: (202) 225-9497. Oregon Office: 12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 220, Beaverton, OR 97005. Phone 503-469-6010. Website: http:// bonamici.house.gov/ Governor John Kitzhaber, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Phone: Governor's Citizens' Represen- tative Message Line 503-378-4582. Sen. Brian Boqulst - Dist. 12; 903 Court St NE, S-305, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1712. E-mail: sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us Sen. Arnold Roblan - Dist. 5; 900 Court St NE, H-295, Salem, OR, 97301. phone 503-986-1300. E-mail: rep.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us Rep. David Gomberg - Dist. 10; 900 Court St NE, H-371, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-98&.1410. Email: rep.DavidGomber.or.us Rep. Jim Thompson - Dist. 23; 900 Court St NE, H-388, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1423. Email: rep.JimThompson@state.or.us Rep. Jim Weldner - Dist. 24; 900 Court St NE, H-387, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1424. Email: rep.JimWeidner@state.or.us Oregon Legislative Information and Citizen Access: Phone 1-800-332-2313. Yamhill County Commissioners: Kathy George, Mary Stern, Allan Springer, Yamhill County Courthouse, 535 NE Fifth Street, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone 503-434-7501. Polk County Commissioners: Mike Alnsworth, Craig Pope, Jennifer Wheeler. Polk County Court.house, 850 Main St., Dallas, OR 97338-3174. Phone 503-623-8173. City of Shertdan - City Council: Vai Adamson (Mayor), Harry Cooley (Council President), Roxie Acuff, Larry McCandless, Chris- topher Ehry, Rene Quinones, Sue Cain. 120 SW Mill Street, Sheri- dan, OR 97378. Phone 503-843-2347. Fax 503-843-3661. www.cityofsheridanor.com CRy of Willamina - City Council: Corey Adams (Mayor), Rita Bailer, Allan Bramall, Ila Skyberg, Laurie Toney, Gary Hill. 411 N.E. C Street Willamina, OR 97396. Phone 503-876- 2242. Fax 503-876-1121. Sheridan School District Board of Directors: Larry Deibel, Ja- son Alexander, Harvey Hall, Judy Breeden, Robin Rawiings. 435 S6uth Bridge St., Sheridan, OR 97378. Phone 503.843-2433 FAX) 503-843-3505. SheridanSD-48J@sheridan.k12.or.us Wlllamina School District Board of Directors: Daniel Heidt, Clinton Coblentz, Loren Wasson, Craig Johnson, Ron Smith. 324 SE Adams St., Willamina, OR 97396. Phone 503-876-4525. Fax 503- 876-3610. Obituaries The Sun -J. 493-940 Clinton Vinlng 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): $32 in Yamhill/Polk County. $50 out of 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, PO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR. 97378. REWg:, ITEM: THE coot.t) IAII00 #, O00IE-TRILLto00I-t00oLL00 Pt.k%lUt4 Life's Outtakes We are all God's children By Daris Howard Guest Columnist I was with the youngest chil- dren at church last Sunday when something happened that made me think about Civil Rights Day and the challenges this country has faced. One of the teachers was trying to help the children understand that God loves every- one no matter who they are, and that we should be kind to every- body even.if they are different from us. She showed a picture of a little Downs Syndrome girl and asked the children if they could see any differences be- tween her and themselves. One little girl raised her hand. "Yes," she said. "She's smiling." "Yes, she is smiling," the teacher replied. "But can you see anything else that makes her different from you?" The children looked and looked and strained to see a dif- ference. Finally, another little girl raised her hand. When the teacher called on her, she said, "She's dressed in summer clothes instead ofbig, thick win- ter clothes." No matter how long the teacher asked them about difference, the children could not see anything of importance. I smiled as I thought of an experience with my own little daughter, Elliana. When she was five years old, she was in- vited over to play at the home of a family that was new to the area. The mother, father, and their four biological children were all Caucasian, blue-eyed, and very blond. They also had a sweet little African American daughter that they had adopted. My wife, Donna, had grown up in Los Angeles, and had lots of friends from other races and nationalities. I lived in New Yorke for a time and grew to love people from almost every religion and region of the world. But our chil- dren had not had any such op- portunities. The culture here in Idaho is not very diverse. Donna was concemed that our daughter might be surprised at the mix in the family, and innocently say something she should not. So she simply told her that one child in the family was adopted. "What does'dopted mean?" Elliana asked. "Well, when a child is adopted into a family, they are not born to the mother of that family, but to another mother," Donna replied. "But if that child's mother can't take care of them, the other family takes the child into their home and loves them as their own." This was not really a new con- cept to Elliana, as we had been foster parents before, so she smiled and said, "Ihat is so nice." Elliana went over there and played most of the day. There were four girls and one boy in the family. The girls played dolls with Elliana and did lots of girl things, but when they all playedTsoceer in the back yard, the little boy joined them. They had lunch, and cake for dessert, and all sorts of good things. When Elliana arrived home, we asked her how it went. "It was the most fun ever," she said. "They have real pretty dolls, and we played soccer in their great big yard." Then Elliana stopped and looked at her mother. "Momma, which one in their family was 'dopted?" "Well, did you notice that one child was a bit different from the others?" Donna asked. Elliana thought for a moment, and then she smiled. "Oh, yes, there was one that was different." "And what was the differ- ence?" Donna asked. Donna hoped to make this a teaching moment, sharing with our daughter about how won- derfully diverse people are. But instead, we were the ones that learned. We learned that chil- dren aren't bom with ideas of differences, but it is something we build in our hearts as we grow older. For, in answer to the ques- tion, Elliana just laughed and said, "It's obvious, Monuna. One was a boy." Daris Howard, award-win- ning, syndicated columnist, playwright, and author, can be contacted at daris@daris howard com; or visit his website at www.darishowardcom. Leon Higginbotham Nov. 1, 1941 -Dec. 5, 2012 Freddie Leon Higgin- botham, 71, a resident of Sa- lem, Ore. and a former resident of Willamina, Ore. and Leaven- worth, Wash., died Dec. 5, 2012 at his home in Salem. Leon was born at Old Joe, Arkansas to Everett and Zelia (Cox) Higginbotham on Nov. 1, 1941. He moved with his fam- ily to Leavenworth in 1949, Willamina, Ore. in 1952 and it was there that he graduated from high school in 1959. In June of that year, he enlisted in the United States Navy and became a jet engine mechanic. Leon served aboard the Aircraft Car- riers, the Homet and the Kitty Hawk during the Viet Nam War. While in the Navy in San Di- ego, he met and married Jerrolyn Bordelon. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1966, he continued working as a jet en- gine mechanic for several years. In the early 70's, he moved back to the North West, spending time in Coos Bay, Ore. and Wil- lamina. He later returned to Washington, spending his time between Seattle and the Wenatchee Valley working in the apple-orchard industry, and as a logger. In 1999 he made his final move to Salem where he lived until his death. Leon is survived by his daughters, Julia Collins of Paso Robles, Calif., Betsy Higgin- botham of San Diego, Calif.; and son, Michael Higginbotham of San Diego, Calif.; brothers, Owen Higginbotham of Peshastin, Wash., Paul Higginbotham of Cashmere, Wash.; sister, Carolyn Howard of Salem, Ore.; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his par- ents, Everett Higginbotham and Zella Higginbotham-Merrill- Hiebert; brother, Dan Higginbotham; sisters, Doris Weyer, Muriel Krehbiel and Verlee Miltenberger. A gathering of family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Peshastin American Legion Hall, Post 85, located at Main Street and Pine Street. Flow- ers and cards may be sent c/o Owen Higginbotham, 9290 Saunders Road, Peshastin, WA 98847 for delivery to the ser- vice. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Carol Heckadon July 18, 1931 -Jan. 13, 2013 A private family service and private interment will be held for longtime Willamina resi- dent Carol Heckadon. She was born July 18, 1931 in Nevada, Missouri, daughter of Samuel Mansfield and Helen Gertrude Rabon Cox. Mrs. Heckadon moved to Oregon in 1956. She and Charles Heckadon married May 22, 1956 in Wil- lamina. Mr. Heckadon passed away April 12, 2004. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Carol Scott and Ellen Lou Mathis, both of Willamina; a brother Donald Cox of Nevada, Mo.; six grand- children and nine-great grand- children. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Macy & Son. To leave private online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com. Trixie Franklin Aug. 10, 1946-Jan. 2, 2013 Trixie Luretta Franklin passed away peacefully Jail. 2, 2013, with her husband at her side, at age 66, after a coura- geous prolonged battle with scleroderma. Trixie was born Aug. 10, 1946, in McMilmville, Ore., to Benjamin Franklin Bryant and Ona (Hinshaw) Bryant. She spent considerable time in her early childhood with family in Oklahoma, and later attended Willamina High School in Or- egon where she was a thespian and Best Actress. Trixie moved to Central Or- egon in 1969, where she mar- fled the love of her life, Greg Franklin, in 1982. She worked as a secretary at the Opportu- nity Center and for Deschutes County Community Develop- ment Department for 14 years advancing to Director of Coor- dinated Services. She was a member of the Jayceettes, As-- sistance League of Bend, Deschutes County Historical Society and various sclero- derma support groups. Trixie enjoyed family and friends, reading, gardening, ski- ing, whitewater raring, operas, art and she was an avid Oregon Ducks football fan. Trixie will be fondly remembered by her friends and family as a beauti- ful and loving woman who al- ways thought of others first. She will be greatly missed forever. Trixie is survived by her hus- band, Greg Franklin of Bend; her children, Travis and Kevin Shore of Portland, Ryan Franklin of Bend andApril Bex of Hillsbom; and six grandchildren. We love you, Trixie. Rest in peace. A Celebration of Life will be held m the spring. Deschutes Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family, www.desc.hutesmemor- ialchapel.com. "Mike" Michael J. Larsen Aug. 6, 1948-Jan. 14, 2013 '!Mike" Michael J. Larsen, 64, a resident of Wdlamina, died Jan. 14 at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMiunville. He was bom on August 6, 1948. Services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Grand Ronde Tribal Gym. Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas, is handling the arrange- ments, www.dallastribute.com.