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2 The Sun, Vednesday, February 1,1989 ion is rl IUS its It's interesting to see the kind of reactions to the plans for a proposed $2 million community center-swimming pool that would serve the 10,000 residents of the West Valley. On the one hand, we hear those who are completely in support of the project and think it's just what is needed for our children, our families, our senior citizens--in brief, all of US. On the other hand, we hear those who are against the idea--primarily because it will increase their property taxes. (One person at last week's public meeting at which the architect presented a revised preliminary plan said he wouldn't support the project if it was given to the communities because he didn't think the West Valley could even support operating a center much less build one.) For the record, we'd like to present some of the background about this project. First, through the efforts of Sheridan Mayor Art Hebert and a few other local community leaders enough money ($5,000) was raised by local donations among businesses and industries to hire an architect. Second, for the past few months the architect (Alan Costic of Carkin Associates of Salem) has been working on a preliminary plan, using a dozen or so local residents as a "focus group" to review the plans and develop a list of priorities for the proposed facilities. Third, that list was narrowed from about three dozen items to just a few. A swimming pool topped the list as the No. 1 recreational item the West Valley could use and doesn't now have. Next on the list came meeting rooms (for senior citizen lunches, service club meetings, etc.) and a day-care room or nursery. That's how the project has been moving forward. Now there are still a few more essential steps that need to be taken before West Valley voters will be asked to support creation of a recreation district and elect a board of directors to run the district. The first step is relatively easy. The architect will hire an artist to draw a rendering of the entire facility so it can be shown around the West Valley. That should be done in a few weeks. Second, the architect and the steering committee will review the estimated costs for the various items included in the community center. Perhaps some costs can be trimmed. They will also look at possible funding sources such as private or government grants. Third, the steering committee will place on the ballot the question of whether or not voters in the West Valley want to form a recreation district. Plans are to use both the Sheridan and Willamina school districts as the boundary for the new district. Voters will also be asked to select a board of directors from among local residents nominated for the positions. It's unlikely voters will be asked to finance anything at all at that time. Fourth, if voters approve, the elected board will then proceed to work on the project. The board will probably spend a year or more researching other facilities and looking into financial packages to build the center. Finally, voters will be asked to help finance the facilities. Members of the local steering committee hope to come up with at least 50 percent matching grants for the project. We've heard some criticisms about pursuing this expensive dream with the recent announcement of layoffs in local mills. Others have pointed out the No. 1 project needed for Sheridan was defined at a meeting recently and it was to clean up the city rather than tackle a community center- swimming pool. Despite mill layoffs and cleanup campaigns we still think a family-oriented West Valley community center-swimming pool should be considered. It will take a tremendous amount of work to do it, of course, but we think there just might be enough people willing to roll up their sleeves and do just that! --G.R. HAMPTON .... Continued from Page I But Hampton warned that federal legislation is required to keep the logs on federal lands from being ex- ported in an effort to protect local jobs. Big companies like Weyerhau- ser, however, are fghting a log ex- port bill. Timber supply will be pretty good this year, Hampton said, but it will continue to tighten up. "But 1990 will be challenging, to say the least," he added. Hampton said community involve- ment is the key to turning around the supply problem and countering claims of environmental extremists led by the Audubon Society and Wildlife Federation among others. "Somehow we got to get this mes- sage to them...we have to start at home. We are starting with the wor- kers and you need to start with your neighbors," Hampton said. He concluded by clarifying a head- line in The Sun which said he cut 150 jobs with the reduction of 110 jobs at Fort Hill Lumber and 40 jobs at Wil- lamina Lumber's veneer mill. He said the Fort Hill layoffs are a conse- quence of the sale of the mill. He noted his company cannot exceed 500 employees and still be eligible for small business set-aside timber but added that Fort Hill will operate on a single shift because of a lack of timber supply. On a positive note, Hampton said he hopes to lease the veneer opera- tion and find work for 28 of the 40 employees. He explained that the company will install a new planner-sorter at W~ina Lumber that will do the tan~ work that has been done at Fort~ Lumber at half the operat- ing Choking back tears, Hampton concluded by saying the most diffi- cult decisions he makes deal with personnel and layoffs. "I hate it," he said. He praised his employees for their productive output, saying "they work their buns off..." With that he sat down, apparently upset at showing his emotions, and received a standing ovation. The last time he had a crowd on its feet in the West Valley was in 1982 when he told a chamber of commerce au- dience he had just purchased the empty Champion Plywood mill and planned to see it reopened; Conifer Plywood has been operating out of the mill ever since. FORT HILL .... Continued from Page I loss of self-respect that accompanies unemployment. "I was on unemployment eight months and went to job training," he said. "I worked awful hard looking for a job and I got one and I thought it was going to last...now I don't know what's going to happen. "I want to be self-dependent. I don't want to have to go back on wel- fare and stuff like that. I think the government ought to do something about situations like this. A lot of people are going to run out of money and be put back on the programs. You pay taxes for welfare and food stamp programs. Why don't they have programs so that when guys have jobs, they keep them?" But those facts are little benefit to the mill workers at Fort Hill who may have nothing more to look forward to this winter than an unemployment check. The layoffs at Fort Hill and WiUa- mina Lumber's veneer mill are part of a regional story, however. Dozens of other mills are closipg in Oregon and Washington state as a variety of factors impact on the industry--from the spotted owl to higher interest rates that may slow housing con- struction. Homespun Humor I I By Linda Fink You will probably be as happy as I was to learn that rules for setting formal tables are not as strict as they used to be. No longer must we have specific glasses for specific drinks. Red wine and white wine can both be served in an all-purpose wine glass. And we can use the same glass to serve Scotch and soda.., or cold aperitifs with ice! What a relief! Letitia Baldrige, authority on manners and former White House social secretary during the Kennedy years says, "If you don't have a brandy snifter, use your smallest white wine glass and make do. The important thing is to have people over to your house and not use glasses as an excuse not to entertain." I have used many excuses for not having people over, but glasses have never been one of them. Goat milk tastes delicious in any sort of glass. Goodness, we even drink it out of mugs sometimes--especially when we turn it into hot chocolate. Harriet Lembeck, an expert on wine and beverage, has a theory on why glass rules are looser than in the past. "People are more mobile," she says. "They move from city to city. Couples break up and move on and nobody wants to lug around 5,000 glasses. They have enough excess baggage." 5,000 glasses? Let's see, if you had service for 16 people in each set of glasses, that would be 312t/2 different types of glasses. Are there that many kinds of beverages? Well, maybe people who have formal dinners have service for 50. That would give them just 100 different types of glasses No wonder Congress is crying for higher wages--the poor devils are going broke just moving their glassware around. Someone should let them know it's no longer necessary. In fact, if they would buy certain brands of dog food, they can get plastic mugs for free. I have enough of those ugly yellow mugs to supply the whole Senate--and I'd be glad to donate them. Some rules for formal dining, however, still apply, according to the experts. "Water still goes in a water glass, martinis go in a martini glass, and sparklers deserve the flute." Water I understand, and martinis I've heard of, but sparklers? I thought sparklers were something you lit on the 4th of July, and a flute was something that makes music when blown through. I consulted my dictionary, which agreed with my definition of sparkler, but listed "diamond" as another possibility. This is a puzzlement--must formal dinners have flute players to entertain the diamond-studded guests? I thought we were talking about glasses. Back to the dictionary. Ahal A flute can be a tall slender wineglass, as well as a musical instrument. Do guests at formal dinners their diamonds in the wine so, I think I'll start dinners. I don't have type flutes, but if I paste musical flutes on my mugs, guests might Alas, I don't know flaunts diamonds, other than wedding rings, and I can't friends tossing their into plastic mugs--not on serve, anyhow. (It's tough drunk on goat milk.) A "sparkler" must be other than a diamond. shortened version of s Goodness, this confusing. Just think simpler life would be if no martinis or sparklers. We have to worry about 100 types of glasses. And could forego their raises---milk is lots chea booze. WHEN YOUR ANCESTORS CAA E T" THE E P, AR'TS/THEY TIP-J VEL'I> OH FOOT, ;LEEPIN" OIJ TH" GROUND ANt SCROUNSIN" FOR ANY FOOD THEY COULD FIIMI::>,,, DAI PYs AREN'T YOU GLA> PEOPLE I;)ON'T HAVE T" LIVE LIKE 7 AFT- AN YA DRE Where to U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hart Senate Office Bldg., ton, D.C. 20510. 224-3753. District office: Room 107, Courthouse, 555 S.W. Portland 97204. Phone U.S. Sen. Bob Russell Senate Office ington, D.C. 20510. 224-5224. District office: Suite 240, | Main St., Portland, OR Phone 221-3370. First District AuCoin, 2519 Rayburn Bldg., Washington, Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 2701 N.W. Suite 860, Portland, Phone 1-800-422-4003. YtumhlU County David Bishop, Dennis Lopuszynsld, Yamhill house, Fifth & Evans, OR 97128. Phone 472-9371. State Senator John R-Newport, 2780 N.E. Newport, OR 97365.Phone State Representative man, R-Cloverdale, Dr., Cloverdale, OR 97112 965-6004. LETTER TO THE EDITOR As your newest county com- missioner, I throughly enjoyed being with the folks of Sheridan last Thursday evening at the "Stake- holders" meeting on economic development given by the Oregon Business Council. The willingness of West Valley leaders to make this effort under the guidance of the OBC Oregon Communities effort says a lot about the community and your under- standing as to what is necessary to bring economic development to the area. As we worked together to determine the assets, liabilities, and potential opportunities/projects for the greater Sheridan area, it became apparent that there is a lot to offer as the community works together. Thanks again for the invitation. I will do my best to see that reasonable progressive concepts are supported by county government as you work through the planning to implementation stages. Dennis Geeclm, YamhiH County Commissioner MOTEL NEEDED Although I am stuck here in Sacramento for another three to four weeks, my heart and mind are never far away from Sheridan. With that in mind I have taken the liberty to enclose a newspaper clipping from the San Francisco Chronicle dated Jan. 26, 1989. As you will see, the subject is the federal prison system. Both my husband, George Gebrayel, and myself have high hopes for Sheridan's future. The town has for too long been dependent on the ups and downs of the timber industry. Now, for the first time, Sheridan has a permanent, full-time, year-round facility that can generate large amounts of income into the community. The potential for increased business and an upward climb in property values is there. This prison facility could be the life-saving transfusion Sheridan has so desperately needed. The article I have enclosed which was written by Jack Anderson indicates that the federal prison system has "54 critically over- crowded prisons." As an example, the Federal Correctional Institute at Tucson, Ariz., is housing 623 prisoners in the space originally designed for 196. I think it is reasonable to assume that the Sheridan facility which is designed for approximately 800 will soon have at least double that number--:if only to alleviate the overcrowded conditions that exist elsewhere. I also believe it is safe to assume that 80% of those inmates will come from outside of the State of Oregon. This means that 1600 inmates (more than half the population of Sheridan) will receive visitors, the majority of which will have traveled a long distance to get here. I raise these points because I understand there has been a study which indicates there is no need for a motel in Sheridan. I would like to point out that any time there exists a destination-type facility (meaning people will drive or fly long distances to get there) there is not only a need for a place to stay, but also a need for restaurants and other service- oriented businesses. These busi- nesses are full-time, year-round businesses also and can provide jobs for adults and for teen-agers. Sheridan stands on the threshold of a great opportunity. Not stepping forward now will ultimately result in a giant step backward. Judy Cadaelo, Sheridan ELLEN HORN Such a bright and sunny January day ought not to mark the sad homecoming of my very dear friend, Ellen Horn. Death walks in so softly and steals away some one we care for, leaving us shocked and without the ability to cope. Truly, death is an extension of life, a promised reward for the act of living. We should celebrate the step that Ellen has taken, the glorious meeting with her blessed Lord and her loved ones, I have treasured memories of a very beautiful lady, a talented lady who was truly a deflicated Christian and a faithful friend. 1 remember Ellen in her very beautiful home, at ease as a hostess, the coffee ready and an easy chair inviting a friendly chat. There was so much to talk about--work in the church, the well being of family and friends, our concern for one another, or the beauty of our flowers. Somehow, I associate beauty with Ellen. The surrounded her life with beauty and it radiated through her home, her person and her association with her many friends. My memory catches a delicious whiff of something delightful emanating from her kitchen-- cinnamon rolls perhaps? Can it possibly be Phil Sheridan Days nudging my mind? My mind's eye sees beautiful flowers decorating tables or lovely fabrics being created into lovely garments, or needle-works. My ear hears an infectuous laughter, a bright sound of shared fun. My heart hears and feels the wealth of love Ellen had for her family, her beloved Ray and her very dear friends. What a gift she gave us. I sorrow-deeply that I could not have touched her with my love in a face-to-face farewell; but I am sure she knows that her dear friends, family and 1, mark her leaving with very sad hearts. She has gone ahead of us but we will recall her tireless work for Our Lord, her church, and for all of us. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and grant you peace, Ellen. Fern Eberhart, Sheridan BOY' Sheridan boys would say bored," They wanted something to A group of people got to And we found this to 1 We had a couple And talked to folks w We put it all in motion, And started with just a few. Have you guessed what we i done, Well here is another clue, Dads, think back to, Your son knows the "Do Your Best" is what we teach, And yes our pack is new, We're working hard with SONS, To show that this is true. If you still can't fi What I'm describin Maybe learning to tie Will bring it in to view. I guess it's time to let you know, So nobody has to stew, CUB SCOUTS started here, Now everyone can say Committ (USPS 493-940) EDITOR and PUBLISHER NEWS - CORRESPONDENTS - PR Mike Petrovsky Floy Blair Toni Doris McKellip Mickey Barber Kalhy Norm Rant Myrtle Barber PR, ADVERTISING - Leslie Newberry Paula Necas PHOTO TECHNICIAN - Tern Rite Kremer Corinne Ivey POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Slreet, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Rondo postal addresses, $17; all other postal addresses, $26. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letler to Editor, Society & Church releases, general. 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