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14 The Sun, Wednesday, January 25, 1989 Uni OU ines plons e QreQ service By Mike Petrovsky Two cups and a string, that's all it takes to run a telephone company. That's like saying all it takes to run a newspaper is a sheet of paper and a pencil or an ax and a carving knife would do just fine for a timber mill. United Telephone, a company that has made it big nationwide by serv- ing small towns like Sheridan, Grand Ronde and Willamina, has ditched the cup and string approach and de- cided instead to pour $200,000 in im- provements this year into the three local communities it serves. Sure, $200,000 would be more than enough to buy enough cups and strings to replace the existing West Valley telephone system but United Telephone officials seem relentless in their desire to give its Sheridans, Willaminas and Grand Rondes Port- land-like telephone service. "United Telephone brings state of the art service to small, rural com- munities," said Tom Yates, public relations director for the company's Northwest region based in Hood River. But to some customers, those liv- ing in the outlying areas of Sheridan who have four-party lines, for exam- ple, and Willamina customers who don't have the calling options that even Sheridan customers are offer- ed, "state of the art service" means a step above cups and strings. "It takes time for us to upgrade our system," said Jim Nelson, the company's new Oregon Coast dis- trict customer service manager. Nel- son replaces Mark Christel who was transferred to the company's west Washington district at the beginning of the year. Christel was area man- ager since October 1985. United Telephone representatives are the first to admit they can't please everyone of the 20,600 cus- tomers in its Oregon Coast district because, afterall, they are a tele- phone company and people expecL more from them. Yates explains: "Unlike cable TV, people think they should have a phone provided at a reasonable cost." Telephone service an basic right? Hmmmm. Perhaps a constitutional amendment is in order. Due primarily to relaxed deposit procedures for new customers, Yates said in recent years United custom- ers have been growing in number at three times the rate his company had predicted. Last year the company in- stalled 235 new access lines, approx- imately 100 of those new lines were installed to customers who shied aw- ay from telephone service before the company lifted its requirement that new customers pay an $80 deposit if they had no prior record of phone service. And how were those new access lines distributed? The company in- stalled 143 new access lines in Sheri- dan last year, 75 in Willamina and 17 in Grand Ronde. The company ex- pects that rate to drop off this year, predicting ll7 new access lines in Sheridan (that projection would be between 50 and 75 access lines if it weren't for the federal prison); 23 new lines are predicted for Willa- mini; and another 8 lines are what the company is predicting for Grand Ronde. To let its West Valley customers know they have not been forgotten, United compiled a list of the $200,000 worth of improvements slated for Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde this year and present- ed that list to The Sun earlier this month. The following is that list: Sheridan: Additional telephone ca- ble will be placed along Yamhill Street from Bridge Street to Western Avenue. Company officials believe the extra cable is needed to handle the additional growth in that part of town, Sheridan: New cable will be instal- led in the rural area southwest of town (Gooseneck, Buell, Mill Creek and Harmony Roads) to begin to pro- vide more one-party service to that area. Sheridan: A new cable will be in- stalled at Bellevue up Muddy Valley Road to replace line expansion facil- ities. Sheridan: Buried cable will be in- stalled to replace the existing cross- country cable along Cherry Hill Road. Sheridan: Who can talk about any- thing in Sheridan these days and not mention the federal prison? United is no exception as the company reports its crew finished taking out the old telephone line and poles and instal- led new cable to the prison at the end of last year. Service to the warden's office is now on order and will be the first hookup made, according to Un- ited officials. Wiilamina: The company plans this year to add approximately one mile of cable along Highway 22 start- ing at Wallace Bridge and extending to the southeast part of the ex- change to offer more one-party ser- vice to its customers. Willamina: In 1990 the company plans to install equipment that would give Willamina customers the same calling options as their Sheridan friends receive. One such service called "measured service" gives the customer the option of paying one monthly rate for unlimited local calls or paying by the call. Grand Ronde: The company plans to install more cable in the Rock Creek-Hideout area to offer more one-party service. Yates also expects his company to reduce Sheridan's four calling zones to two. The calling zones are deter- mined by how far a customer's tele- phone is from the main switching of- rice downtown. The further a cus- tomer lives from downtown the more he or she pays for monthly service. By reducing the number of zones, Yates expects customers living furth- est from Sheridan will have their rates reduced from $18 per month to $5 per month. Such restructuring, however, would mean customers liv- ing closer to town would see an in- crease in rates, Yates said. Twoioin council in ;heridon Two new members joined the Sheridan city council Jan. 17 when Darol Funk and Bob Jordan were sworn in along with Winer Melonuk who was re-elected to another four- year term. Funk received the largest number of votes in November's election fol- lowed by Vii Adamson but Adamson had to give up his seat because he used his business address on his vot- er registration form rather than his home. So Jordan, who finished behind Adamson, was named the winner of the election. In other matters, the council: Annexed the Seventh-day Advent- ist Church property on West Main Street. The church has built a new facility on the site. Approved a city planning commis- sion recommendation to change the zoning on the Haenny property at 145 NE Hill St. The storage building will be used for commercial--a glass shop. Approved a wage increase for Bert Stone, the city building inspector. Tabled action on Duane Grifflth's request to place a mobile home on a substandard lot on West Main GRAlqD RONDE By Mlekey Barber 879-5060 Wiilamina Primrose Rebekah Lodge met Thursday evening for their regular meeting with Noble Grand Shirley Jacobson in the chair. There were 14 members present. Ernestine Sumpter, May Shipley and Edith Littlejohn were appointed on the new finance committee, and Mickey Barber was appointed for publicity. Edith Littlejohn and Eileen Hols- claw entertained Saturday afternoon at Edith's home with a shower for Michelle Littlejohn and baby Brit. Present were Michele's mother Janet Murray of Carlton, Dana Schmitz and daughter Casey, Mary Stuck and Melissa Kidd of Sheridan, Caroline and Dawn Littlejohn and Pare Legitt of Salem, Debbie Glass with daughters Christina and Stephanie, Connie Graves of Willamina, Violet Zimbrick, Marlene and Ann Littlejohn and Brandi, Mickey Barber, Eileen's daughters Amber, Katie and Shalise. Lewis Littlejohn has been chosen president if the Oregon Athletic directors association. Lewis and Caroline attended the annual conference at Newport last weekend. Harlan Hanz, Elwin and Edith Littlejohn enjoyed a dinner with Harland's cousins Rollin and Cleo Margaret Fischer, Lucie and Ann Lindberg and Karen Sylvera attended the funeral of Margaret's aunt, Myrtle Bosworth in McMinn- ville Saturday. Myrtle was 98 years old. On Jan. 14, Jim and Lucie Lindberg visited Marie Swanson at Manzanita. Bill Lindberg enjoyed a trip to Mt. Hood with Emanuel and Karen Sylvera on Sunday. Jim and Barbara (Walker) Clark returned to Fairbanks Saturday after visiting relatives in the community about ten days. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hartwell of Taft visited Inez Tietjen Sunday. Eunice Gustafson returned home Sunday after visiting her daughter and family Darlene and Ben Otjen in Eugene a few days. Her grandson Daren had emergency surgery Wednesday evening but came home Sunday and is improving. Dick and Anita Houston attended the graduation of their son Dean from the Marine boot camp in San Diego last week. Dean is home for 10 days, after which he will be going to Texas. Saturday evening Dick and Anita entertained at their home in his honor. Bob and Dot Houston, Dennis and Chris and Robyn Houston and Pat Winkler enjoyed the time together. Autos for Sale I I '58 ~ -ton pickup. 270 6 cyl. Runs good. $700, 876-4965. 5c FOR SALE 63 Chev Impala, 2 dr. Some front end damage. Make offer. 87%5487. 611 Food Items FOODS Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Campers bftx, Beans, Nfillet and Mare. Sunshine Nature Foods. open Man., Wed., & Fri., afternoons. 4s M isc. for Sale THE BARI~ARD Barkdust, sawdust, shavings. By the scoop or units delivered. For prices call 843-4117. Sheridan. lrb FIREWOOD $80 a cord. Cut and delivered. Call 876-3886. Matheo Ministries. trs FOR SALE: One automobile engine analyzer, one antique wood cookstove, (me spinning wheel. 879-5344. 7d SUZUKI RiS0 racing dirt bike. Runs good. Great for older children. $200 firn~ Call 843-4877. lra CHIMNEY CRICKETS of McMinnville CLEAN AS A WHISTLE! I A clean chimney is safer and more efficient! Call Us! 472-0591 or 72-6010 Operated By McMinnville Concrete Products I Illlllll I Garage Sales MOVING SALE Sat. Jan 28, 10-4, 421 N.E.E. St., Willamina. 41 QUEEN SIZE BEDROOM suite with accessories. Blond dining room suite and lots of old usable items. Fri., Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. to S p.m. 1030 W. Main, Sheridan. 4r Want to Buy WE BUY USED GUNS. Coast to Coast, 136 S. Bridge St., Sheridan. 843-3242. Ire Street. The council wants him to clean up the property first. Tabled a performance evaluation of Joe Miller, chief of police. Learned that the Buell-Red Prairie Water Association has agreed to spend $1,500 for a regional water study. Bruce Peet, city manager, told The Sun the city engineer has recommended focusing first on a re- gional water source (perhaps an earth-filled reservoir) and then con- centrate on how to interconnect the five area water districts. Perrydale Water District has also agreed to help fund the study but no word has been received from Grand Ronde Water District or the City of Willa- mini, Peet said. Agreed to seek citizen input on an economic study prepared by the city's planning consultant. The study recommends against developing a motel in town. Willamina city council to meet The Willamina city council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in city hail. Agenda items include discussion of a traffic program, action on helping to finance a regional water system stu- dy and a request from the West Val- ley Chamber of Commerce to use city hall as a visitor's center for the Wil- lamina-Grand Ronde-Sheridan area. i ..... t WANTED--EXERCISER Schwinn Air Dyne Call 876-4371 4w Appliance Repair II I ql II BUD'S APPLIANCE CENTER Buy, sell, trade. Service all models. 142 E. Main St., Sheridan. 843-2534. lrb CARS '75 PORSCHE 914 #89047A was $4880 N '72 LTD 4-DOOR #9108B was $390 $ ! O I '85 ESCORT SW #970P was $4490O'q '87 ALLIANCE 2-DR. #8529B2 was $45904Oxbl $2999 '87 TEMPO GL 4-DOOR #8553A was $8550O'44 $6999 '88 TEMPO GL 4-DOOR #915 P was $10,990 $9 1 38 Metro Stock # P-927 LSI 2-dr. Hatchback A real package of fun & economy. 50 mpg highway est. Blue metallic, 5-speed trans. 251 S. Bridge St., Sheridan 843-2512 "YOUR HOMETOWN CHEVROLET DEALER" VYVV Hanz in McMinnville Thursday Glennys Wright accompanied DO IT NOW!l! evening. Harlan's daughter Carlota Phyllis Posekany to a dog show at Gas/Oil Furnace BUY OF THE of Missouri was a special guest at the Jantzen Beach on Sunday. Pulse-type conversion dinner. Phyllis Posekany hosted the for less than $200!! 1977 Cadillac Seville - Dale and Jean Barber and executive committee of the Christian loaded, new 350 fuel in- granddaughter Heather Warner of Women's Club at her home on Can pay back in ]jection, new Turbo 400, MoUala visited the Leroy Barber Tuesday for their business meeting. ONE SEASON! I new rear car is Attending were Wilma Nisly, More comfortable, even Jl=hut off family and Mickey Barber on Blanche Kilmer, Debbie Johnson, heat. 20-40% Fuel Saturday. Carol Crites and daughter Christi Sharon Mahe, Denise Pelzer, Carol Savings GUARANTEED! 4 [the V .77cl drive the were part of about 20 family Neal, Edith Littlejohn, Helen Innovations West Inc. [real thing. Attention members who enjoyed a family Donicht, Ellen Ojua, Linda Bird and ,~84~ gathering and dinner at Carol's MickeyBarber. ,4~ CARPE~, DRAPERY CLEANING. Con- suiting-specialist. See Lloyd at Sunshine Oeaners, open Man., Wed., & Fri. afternoons. 843-2505. 4s AT WORK Log skidding, road building, excavatin0, etc. also do backhoe and dump truck work Jon Hemstreet #57250 TRUCKS '80 CHEV 1-TON 3 + 3 #936P was $7990 '84 FORD F250 #9096A was $9290 '85 FORD F150 #8538C1 was $8990 oxlq$ '85 F350 DUALLY #89030A $14 was $15,990 '86 NISSAN XCAB 4X4 #875D was $10,490 '87 F250 '460' $ #905P $1 2 was $15,990 1925 N. Hwy. 99W, McMinnvil 472-6124 90 Cars in Stock! From $199 Financing Avail on Approved 1976 Toyota Landcruiser 6 cyl., 4 spd., custom wheels, nice solid $, vehicle, local owner, only 80,000 miles ......... parents home Kenny and Barb Rich in Willamina on Sunday. The affair was in honor of Carors uncle Allen Rich who is leaving with Monty Bowman to go back to Nebraska Tuesday. Most of the group visited relatives in Salem Saturday. Among those from this area who attended a Super Bowl party at Lincoln City Sunday were Roy and Joyce Zimbrick, Dana Fagundes, Van and Cristi Scholten, Marie Scott, Keith Paulson, Bill and Rena Barnes, Dick and Violet Zimbrick, Vicki and Brian, Bob and Brad Bishop, Connie Graves, DeAnn and Russ Risseeuw, Dennis McMillan, Dennis and Carrie Zimbrick and Vince and Julie Righettini. After church Sunday evening Russell Jahn arranged a surprise birthday party for his parents Alvin and Gerrie Jahn at their home. Attending were Vanita Buswell, Barbara, Bob, Chris and Alicia Rupp, John Andrew, Pastor Duane and Peggy Slocum. Melvin Jahn is doing nicely now and expected to go home from the hospital this Monday. The same with Ernie Fischer in Hawaii. SHERIDAN SCHOOL DISTRICT LUNCH MENUS Chapman Jan. 30th thru Feb, 3rd Monday: Sloppy Joes, green beans, pears, cookie, milk. Tuesday: Sausage & olive pizza, corn, salad, ioe cream, milk. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, rolls, peaches, milk. Thursday: Baked beans, corn- bread, salad, apples, milk. Friday: Enchiladas, corn, vege- table sticks, pears, milk. Fauleoner Jan. 30th thru Feb. 3rd Monday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, fruit dessert, milk. Tuesday: Pizza burger, tossed salad, trail mix, peaches, milk. Wednesday: Poor Boy sandwich, lettuce & pickles, tater tots, apple- sauce, milk. Thursday: Hot Dog in bun, celery w/peanut butter, potato chips, pears, milk. Friday: Chili, vegetable sticks w/dip, orange smiles, maple bars, milk. I 1974 VW Bus 7 passenger, 4 cyl., 4 spd., radial tires ........... 1980 LUV 4X4 .. 231 Buick V6, AT, PS, new rubber .............. 1964 Ford PU New 289 VB, 4 spd., chrome wheels, runs strong, needs paint .................................. 1965 Chov 1/2 PU 6 cyl., 4 spd., good rubber, runs strong ......... 1968 Chev Suburban V8, 4 spd., new rubber, looks edgy but runs strong ................................................... 1965 Ford PU 6 cyl., 3 spd., canopy, talk about dependable, this is the one! ......................................... 1964 Chev Flatbed 6 cyl., 3 spd., runs strong, good work horse ....