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2 The Sun, Wednesday, February 8, 1989 un We're pleased to.see Yamhill County commissioners agree to add a $60,000 funding request for improvements to the Sheridan rodeo grounds to a long list of projects that are being considered for state lottery money. Even though it appears that chances are slim that the rodeo will receive the grant this year the county's approval shows a concern for the West Valley and Its residents. The rodeo request is the only project in the entire West Valley that has been submitted for lottery funds as part of a regional tourism promotion strategy. The amount is insignificant against funding requests for projects in McMinnville and Newberg where there are full-time chamber executives andrlarge city hall staffs to help churn out grant applications. In other words, the rich will probably get richer with this program as happens with most government incentive olans. We hope the Sheridan rodeo promoters, members of the Kiwanis Club and others interested in keeping the 50-year-old event alive, learn that the $60,000 request clears the regional tourism panel and, indeed, they get a check to build a beer-garden hall and develop an RV park. So far, improvements to the rodeo (estimated at more than $40,000) have been paid by local "angels" who don't want to see part of the area's heritage die. We think it's time the lottery funds help in this effort--especially considering the fact that West Valley residents contribute quite a bit to keep the lottery afloat. One estimate places local bets at more than several million dollars a year! We urge local residents to write or call county commissioners and express thanks for their help. ---G.R. HAMPTON CRITICIZED Re: Your article on John Hampton and his sorrow at the job losses in his mills. I have worked in the veneer plant since start-up, so I have some experience as his employee. Since the veneer's inception, we have had a succession of enemies, according to Mr. Hampton. The labor union was the source of our troubles, if we would just resign from, or vote it out, we could "trust John" to treat us fairly. For a time it was the Indian reservation, low wage southern competition, high cost of logs, unfair Canadian competion--now it's the spotted owl, log exports environ- mentalists and even the SBA. It seems the scenario is replete with scapegoats. Mr. Hampton is right about us "working our buns off." Many of us were as dedicated as employeeg could be, yet there hasn't been a shred of security or stability in that eight years. Management changes, shift addings and lay-offs, hours of work changes were made almost continually. We were laid-off for 13 months--never once offered or allowed work at the sawmill. Now we may work there, at yet another cut in pay--this one 30% We were assured last year, after the swing shift was eliminated, that the day shift would continue by peeling spruce logs. About 6 months ago a fellow worker's relative reported Mr. Hampton had stated in Tillamook that the veneer mill was slated for closure. After checking with Mr. Hampton, top management Affiliates' artful use of the system. One could reasonably expect that the original intent of the program would have been to enhance employment and business opportunity. The workers at Fort Hill are understandably resentful, because the "lucky" ones who are rehired will lose the vacation time they've earned with their years of work. Perhaps Mr. Hampton choked with emotion over their plight. There is a harvest of bitterness at our workplace. One wonders if it would have been different had the owner not become so big that he couldn't have some personal contact with his employees--seeing how hard we worked to make the place viable. He could then understand our resentment at having a glib "hired gun" tell us we are welcome to seek employment elsewhere. Through all the maneuvering there seems to be one constant. One can expect this operator to act exclusively in his own interest regardless of the cost to his employees or the community while, by virtue if superior resources, convincing many outside of his employment that he is a benefactor. I, and many of my fellow workers at Hampton Veneer, are tired of being treated as tgnorant bumpkins. We are disillusioned. We feel betrayed. Karl Klym, Wiilsmina THREE CHEERS Three cheers to my daddy, uncle Tom Stuck, for being so brave while Homespun Humor By Unda Fhdk By the time you read this, 1 trust our weather will have returned to normal. I certainly hope so, anyway. I'm feeling very guilty for always wishing for snow. "Wouldn't it be neat," I kept telling the family, "if we could cross-country ski in our back yard instead of driving all the way to the mountains?" Well, we can today.., and yesterday.., and probably tomorrow. The back yard is under a foot of the stuff, but I'm too tired to ski. By the time I'm through hauling hay and warm water to all the animals, I don't have enough energy left to put on skis, let alone use them. For some reason, it never occurred to me that "enough snow for skiing" would mean several days of freezing temperatures. If I had thought about it at all, I would have thought about 32 degrees, not 10. And the weatherman says the worst is yet to come. I'm certainly glad this arctic wave is not really my fault. If we had genies popping out of teapots and granting wishes, I'd be in big trouble. Every time a wish goes through my mind now, I stop and say, "Are you SURE?" ...like my lifetime fantasy of having snow so deep you have to tunnel through it to get outdoors. A snow tunnel would be fun. But I don't want to build it. I especially don't want to build it all the way to MOTEL ISSUE Our firm provides planning services to the City of Sheridan and has done so for the past eight years. Like many area residents, we too worked hard to bring the prison to the city. We were recently asked by the city council to examine the potential economic benefits the prison may bring to the city. The purpose of our assessment was to suggest strategies, public improve- ments, and promotional projects the council might consider to assure these economic benefits accrue to the citizens of Sheridan. As we all know, the city's financial resources are very limited and one of the purposes of our work was to suggest where available resources could be spent to maximize their value to the city. Our job then, was to provide the council with a range of projects and strategies that Will help capture the greatest economic benefit for the residents of Sheridan. We concluded that projects supporting the construction of new homesand apartments and projects and activities sunnortive of existin~ and the goat barn, sheep sheds, and horse shelter. Hauling sloshing buckets of water through a snow tunnel doesn't sound so romatic either. And my sheep, if they had any say in the matter, would definitely veto snow deep enough to tunnel through. In fact, they'd veto snow, period. My sheep don't mind the cold--they're covered with wool coats. But they' hate snow. They can't walk through it--their legs are too short. I though I could save myself some water-toting by having the sheep walk down to the stream to drink. Hah. I might as well have asked them to go drown themselves. The response would have been no more indignant. "US? Walk through that white stuff?. Don't be ridiculous. It's 'cold, for heaven's sake. And deep. We'd rather stay in this shed and die of thirst. Which is what we'll do if you don't bring us water." So I'm hauling water to the sh~eep. Never once, in all my dreams of snow, did I envision hauling bucket after heavy bucket of water to thirsty animals. Dreams are like that. Impractical. The dreaming mind doesn't take into consideration all the ramifi- cations of its fantasies. My mind never went from "snow" to "cold" to "frozen water pipes"--until the snow fantasy became reality. team work and belonging. Girl Scouting has been a vital part of our community for many years because adults have been willing to give their time as leaders for girls. There is a list of girls in Sheridan who are waiting for Girl Scouting to be re-established in Sheridan. Leader qualifications include caring about kids, sense of humor, patience, willingness to try new things and a desire to have fun. Applications are available from Phyllis Mendenhali, 876-6562. Come join the 53 girls and 17 adults who are Girl Scouting in Willamina. Grand Ronde and Sheridan in 1989. Rosalie Smith, Service Team Leader Wlllamina REPORT CLARIFIED First of all. "Thank you" to anyone who had a part in choosing me as Willamina's "Citizen of the year" and to all who have congratulated me and supported me,. I am very touched by all. The reason I am writing this letter is to correct the article that came out Our electricity was off overnight at the start of this cold spell. As a direct result, I made an interesting scientific discovery--heat tapes don't work without electrons racing back and forth, (or doing whatever electrons do to make electricity). When heat tapes don't work, water pipes freeze. The water in the barn is dependent on heat tapes so the pipes have been frozen since the temperatures plunged. Fortunately, we still have water in the house--particularly along the path between the bathtub, where we fill the animal water buckets, through the kitchen, laundry room, and out the back door. This pathway has led to more interesting scientific discoveries. Water spilled on the floor of a warm house does not freeze. However, when boots that have been outdoors in very cold temperatures enter the house and step on warm water, the water freezes instantly and becomes very slippery. Having discovered slippery water, I picked myself off the floor and filled more buckets. When I went back outside, sloshing water on myself and everything else, I learned another interesting thing. No matter how many layers one is wearing, when they are soaked, they, and the person under them freeze. This week has been full of discoveries. Did you know that, at these temperatures, an ungloved hand, even slightly moist, will become At the time we purchased the home in 1979, we observed that it had an empty lot across the street. The building that is adjacent to the lot was fairly well painted at that time and there was no trash littering the lot. We were so proud and happy to become the owners of this wonderful and beautiful old home. This stately home is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the State Inventory of Sites of Merit. It has been featured in the Salem Statesman, McMinnvilie News Register, Visitors Guide to Yamhill County, and The Sun. It is one of Sheridans' finest assets. Since 1979, the harder we have worked, and the more money we have spent on our home, the more the situation across the street has deteriorated. There has been absolutely no maintenance of any kind and the paint that looked O.K. in 1979 is now a faded, peeling mess. Broken, rotting blinds hang in the filthy windows. The empty lot has slowly become a iunk yard, There is a rusty solidly attached to touches? So will aw anatomy. Don't ever let you into licking an from the eaves. Getting and your head under faucet to thaw your easy. Have you noticed nose drips in They turn into thank goodness tears don't freeze easily, or my ! have been frozen foolishly tried to pluck a off without first thawin nose-hair removal is So much for my Fantasies are like in the I have enjoyed some the snow. It's pretty. good ice cream. Just in that cold, white stuff this column comes out,! recipe for is quick and easy and more fun than hauling to livestock. Gather a huge 6-( dry, fluffy, white be sure it's whi together 1 egg, !/2 milk or cream or (we use goat milk), vanilla. Stir in the snow until the right it plain, but you can syrup or whatever. En time to tend the animals protected under the Clause." If so, can't we kind of regulation required to adhere to minimal standards of civic pride? If people eyesore, can't they required to screen it view? You know, we all get seeing things, that we notice how bad they But think of the first that people must have, our town for the impression of decay and one right across some of the first thin we really want to coming here to possibly t buy homes? Most largest purchase in their their home. People will 1 invest here and McMinnville to spend where their property more protected. We've worked to build our property heartbreaking to this havpen. We % | I ........ % .= .... I S