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2 The Sun, Thursday, January 31, 1980 'ii II en ennial, erl QR The Sun's "Centennial Edi- tion" appears in today's news- paper as a 40-page special sect ion. Publication of this edition was in the planning stages for the past six months when Phyllis Turner, a local correspondent and pro- duction department employee at The Sun, agreed to write the history of the city and its early residents. To compile the stories that appear in the Centennial publi- cation, Mrs. Turner read virtually every edition of The Sun in the newspaper's files -- dating to the 1910's. In the process she uncovered many interesting an- ecdotes and events that happened to pioneer families. Putting together the edition took the efforts of every member of The Sun's staff. The articles were set on our computer typesetter by Crystal Sorensen and Cheri Stevens. The photos were taken by Margaret Henkels. Advertising salesman Virgil Mahaffey designed most of the ads in the edition and Stella Gallagher turned them into the finished products you see in the edition. To make our Monday press deadline the entire crew worked all day Sunday -- plus most of last week -- putting together the finishing touches on this project. The "Centennial Edition" is the largest special publication printed by The Sun in recent memory. In the 40 pages there are dozens of news stories plus historic photographs loaned by local residents and the Yamhill County Historical Society. This also is the first edition in which three different colors have been used, two on the front page cover. We think the effort was worth it, and we hope all our readers enjoy the special edition. Addi- tional copies will be available at The Sun's office on a first-come, first-serve basis. Finally, to mark the publication of this project and the city's 100th anniversary, The Sun will hold a birthday party-- with 100 candles on the cake -- from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday. Coffee and fruit punch also will be served and everyone's invited. --G.R. Correc ion In last week's editorial on the City of Willamina's police car bidding we mistakenly reported that a bid was accepted two hours after the deadline to submit them. According to the minutes of the meeting, the bids were actually accepted until 10 minutes BEFORE the deadline. We regret the error.--G.R. in view e- cenes By Phyllis Turner George Robertson, our editor and publisher, likes to think symbolically, so his first idea for a Centennial edition was to have 100 pages. When he gave me the assignment of writing it, my immediate reaction was, that's a book! How can I fill up that many pages with Sheridan's history in six months? Ultimately the problem was reversed. How could I get it all in only that many pages? As with any pursuit, I soon found out how much I didn't know. Each new bit of information led to a whole new side issue that could be a book in !tself. One of the greatest finds was that The Sun owns many of the previous issues published since 1927, all bound together by year, some years a lot better bound than others. Some were so fragile that just looking at them seemed to make the yellowed pages crumble. I hauled them all home, a place that definitely did not need 58 more books, especially when each was half a yard wide and 23 inches long. Their dust still pervades the house. Now I have never been a nostalgia nut, but I found it fascinating to read a week-by- week, intimate account of the area in which I live. At first it was all unfamiliar, since I am a relative newcomer, but gradually I began to recognize names and the present locations of past places. I relived the 20's, the 30's until I got to the 70's and occasionally saw the faces of my own family staring back at me from pages of The Sun. Even such recent history had a peculiar grab. Meanwhile the pages of this edition halved, then reduced still further. The same thing hap- pened to my time. Procrastina- tion, a writer's worst enemy, my own worst habit, had eaten up my first two months on this project. During the last two days of writing when I found myself writing 12 hours and sleeping four and getting up to write again, I tried to remember my good reasons for not having written anything in August and Septem- ber. Really, I didn't know any Sheridan history then. When George relieved me of all other duties last week so I could do nothing but write, I was delighted. The third day of such pure activity, I thought, "1 really like this, doing absolutely nothing but writing." By the sixth day it was getting a bit much and I would just as soon have been doing something else--almost anything else. On the last morning, just as I had completed two lines of the final typing of my last story, my IBM Selectric typewriter started doing funny things. First it spaced erratically. Then it would make only vertical marks. I had typed two more lines before I realized what I had typed looked like cuneiform writing. I stopped typing but the typewriter didn't. The letter ball continued to bob in place, striking the paper hit and miss. Then a long wire sprang out of the casing. My little robot gave out before I did. For better or worse, the first of our two-part Centennial Edition is now part of our history. I still don't know what to do about a typewriter. :Tn th is ,dw aus tlw stn lcst ar 14mott_- 5 /uc/es Nora Htalbb, ZIIL Xl vaxn M=s a,y, Published every Thursday by the Sheridan. Publishing Co., Sheridan, Oregon 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan. I I II fl I I "~ By Margaret Henkels A new fairgrounds design, a community service center and new landfill site are some of the major projects that Yamhill County plans to tackle this year. How- ever, the success of these plans largely de- pend upon the county's financial resources. County commissioners Colin Armstrong, Ted Lopuszynski and John Macaulay have the cat- bird seat on what 1980 and the coming decade could bring for Yamhill County residents. In order to give county taxpayers a clearer pic- ture of the direction of county development in the 1980's, we put some questions directly to each of the commission- ers for their viewpoint on the issues. While each commis- sioner speaks from his own vantage point, all agree that one of the most critical concerns is money. In 1978 the county operated on a total budget of $9 mil- lion; of this, only $2 million resulted from local taxes, the rest being comprised of fed- eral and state grants, plus a few miscellaneous sources. Despite obvious cost increases due to infla- tion, the county is ex- pected to continue offer- ing services for its residents. "We all want to reduce taxes, but everyone wants to have services, too," Lopu- szynski observed. He added that the citizen feedback at a county corivention held a year ago indicated that local residents want increased social services on a county level. The county is not adverse to providing such services but as Armstrong noted, "We have enough money to run on until June." The solution is one which county residents have resisted for at least a few years--an increase in the county tax base. "We must either cur- tail services or raise taxes," Macaulay re- marked. One attempt to bridge the growing economic gap was the county's 8 .'* "t ' efforts to pass a three year serial levy for the sheriff's department in 1979. Although Mc- Minnville did not need more protection, the city supported the levy, while outlying areas which needed more police co- verage rejected the levy. . Another county--at- tempt to edonomize was by cutting 10 positions. Positions in the road department, veterans', surveying and the health department were among those who got the axe in 1979. "But residents indi- cated that no services should be cut; they wanted us to expand and create new services," Lopuszynski explained. "Yamhill County will be more and more involved with the social services, we are required to do so by the government and the residents," he con- tinued. "Filling the gap" may cost county taxpayers an increase of 50 cents per $1,000 per year on assessed value of their home. One interesting point to our system is that the more tax a county collects, the more revenue it gets from the federal government. The less collected, the lower the federal revenues. Grants are no help to general deficits since usually the money is earmarked for a special project. The key to eco- nomic freedom remains paying the whole tab on your own. "If you want to make your own priori- ties, you must come up with your own funds;" Lopuszynski stressed. Money is not the only major issue facing the county this year, though. Another pressing prob- lem is that the county landfill is quickly reach- ing its limit. Well aware of this, the commission. ers have already solicited bids for neW franchises. Two applications Were received and the decision is expected to be reached in February. One site is near Highway 18, three miles southwest of McMinn- ville. This site Would last 25 years, with all gar- bage being accepted. , There may alSO be some Drovision for Yamhill /alley Recycling working with the recyclable por- tion of the solid waste. Actual conversion to the new franchises may be a 10 month process. A facelift for the county fairgrounds is also in the works for the new decade. defined property lines for the different groups," Armstrong noted. "Landscapers and architects have de- veloped a large overall plan and specific details for the fairgrounds, there will be an active recreation program 365 days a year," he con- tinued. There is an 18 person committee to study and discuss the new fair- ground plans. "We hope to separate the fair from the road department and change it from a U-shape into a rectangular shape through a trade-off with the road department," Macaulay commented. The arena and the new ADEC building will be the focal point of the new grounds. "The county will research out avail- able federal grants, but some Yamhill County tax dollars will be needed," he added. Also on the agenda is a new Community Services Center building which is planned adjacent to the courthouse. The building will furnish alcohol and drug problem services also. "The architect just finished plans and specs for the building, bids will be in by February," Armstrong said. The building will be staffed by county employees and will also house proba- tions officers and correc- tions counselors. The establishment of a Community Action Pro- gram (CAP) for Yamhill County residents was accomplished at the end of 1979. CAP is a private, non-profit agency funded partially with federal funds which serves to inform and assist the community. The new building will also include an activity center, meet- ing rooms and counsel- ing rooms. opinions on the effec- tiveness of energy fund- ing. "we have an energy office way ahead of many counties," Lopuszynski said, referring to the workshops sponsored, weatherizing programs and exploration of gaso- the comprehensive and policies. The use of resources is the county since county is federal Armstrong sees government timber cutting as With energy looming large in perspective for the 1980's, commission- ers Macaulay and Lopu- szynski both offered "We .h, ve ...... hob rials to the health took a different view- uur un.os ti ,, [Re amoum point. The $10 billion spent by the Federal Department of Energy could have been better spent; Oregon people have done well with conservation," he com- mented. "Whether the energy office can con- tinue to be the thrust in Yamhill County that it was will have to be seen," he added. Another county project intended to save energy is the Yamhill County Transportation SyStem. The van runs throughout the Small cities, such as Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde several times weekly and pro- vides inexpensive, reli- able service to those persons who do not drive. The continuation of the transit system depends on the contin- uation of funding sour- ces. All commissioners ex- pressed optimism con- cerning Yamhill Coun- ty's Comprehensive Plan being approved by the state Land Conservation Development Commis- sion (LCDC). "We're looking for- ward to being able to comply and the LCDC said they would work with us in doing so," Armstrong noted. The plan was granted a 120-day continuance re- quested by the county; the county hopes for acknowledgement in early sprin . The future develop- ment of Yamhill County remains a controversial issue. It is a question of normal vs. lesser growth, according to Armstrong. The Yamhill County Economic Growth Committee,. has put emphasis on forestry products and agricultural products, which are the two natural resources of the area. "The Economic De- velopment Committee is trying to keep the growth of the cities in line with cut, if we didn't money, we'd be in shape," he The installation computers to the processing of mation at the courthouse is project underway. computers have alp been purchased but conversion will be a process. "This should improve services," merited Lo "We can't keep up state laws without puters," he added. "County is maturing; we bursting at the we must look possible exl: courthouse or else someone out," szynski said. He also sees a as a top priority 1980's. The jail, presently inside courthouse, comply with standards. Di: have been initiated Marion and Polk ties concerning jail and they have some backup su Development of ty public parks is gresslng well. County has a total parks, two of leased. Recently, county received from the State Board which spent to extend Newberg boat ram put in sanitary for seasonal use park. The Newberg Ramp Park is the used park in the "We've alreadY tracted on the boat extension and crete pads are air put in for spring Macaulay said. The county is putting money and into developing Creek Park, out@ Sheridan. A ball planned for the park.