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2 The un, Wednesday, March 15 II Levi I I Yamhill County voters will be receiving a mail-in ballot soon that includes two levy requests--for money to help finance van service for senior citizens and the other to help pay for classes for handicapped students. We think both measures deserve approval. First, the senior transportation levy. It's a great buy. For just a few cents a year property taxpayers can fund a bus service that is used by the elderly who are unable to drive their cars anymore to the doctors or to go shopping or visit friends. Seniors in the West Valley use this service on,a regular basis. From what we have seen we think it's a well-run service and it deserves our support. Second, the levy for handicapped students to receive classes under the operation of the Yamhill County Educational Service District. This is also a good buy. If Sheridan or Willamina schools had to pay for holding handicapped student classes locally the cost would be much more--perhaps 5 or 10 times the cost of the ESD levy. That's because the local school districts would have to hire specialized teachers for only a few students but by sending these students to McMinnville under the ESD program the cost is lowered with more students in each class. The ESD levy is also needed to keep local school districts in line with federal and state mandated programs for handicapped students. We think the ESD is doing a good job in this area, too. Sure, we don't like to vote for tax levies any more than the next person. The options however, are worse. In the case of the senior transportation levy it would mean that local elderly will not be able to get to the doctors or visit a friend in the hospital in McMinnville unless someone drives them there. In the case of the ESD levy it would mean the local school districts would need to spend lots more money to teach the handicapped. --G.R. HELEN GRAHAM A soft, barely audible voice whispered "Ken," and Helen Graham slipped into that dimension which we name death. Helen was a dear and valued friend of mine and countless other friends who are saddened by her leaving. Helen came from a time when the word "lady" carried great impor- tance. If I could name first one person to epitomize that title it would be Helen Graham. She was like a fine jewel, always lovely, always gracious, always gentle. I see her on every occasion beautifully dressed, a bit of lace here, a lovely pin, perhaps, a dainty blouse, or an eye-catching gown, but always a picture of loveliness. Helen appeared to be fragile but she posessed an inner strength which allowed her to be a wonderful mother, a steadfast and loving wife, as well as a true-blue sister. Helen was an immaculate housekeeper and a dedicated gardener. Beauty surrounded her inside and out. Great capacity for joy was one of Helen's greatest attributes. She loved music and played the organ and piano with perfection. She and Alice made harmony together through their years of shared widowhood. Together, they took great pleasure in sharing a mutual love of both of their families, their beautiful home, their yard, which was a showplace, and their wonderful circle of friends. There was a radiance in Helen faith in the Lord. She was steadfast and determined in her walk toward salvation, neither doubting or questioning her role as a Christian. At the care center where she spent her last days, each day demanding to be dressed properly and looking like a Dresden Doll, she was referred to as the "little queen." I will remember her pride in her beloved children, grandchildren and her dear sister. She was always quick to give me a report which radiated her special love for all of them. I see her loveliness, her look of a )recious heirloom, a lady of the bygone days when there was a special distinction in being known as a lady. Her beauty, dignity and friendliness will remain in the keepsake-lavender of memory, always. Fern Eberhm't, SheHdan FAIR SUPPORT Let's look at the new Yamhill County Fair. New you say? Yes newl Not too long ago the county commissioners took a bold new step and appointed a completely new board of directors. That was one of the best things that has happened to the fair in years. Now they are beginning to move forward. A new plan for the fairgrounds will be unveiled soon, and I am sure you are going to be very pleasantly surprised. Instead of the eyesore that it now is you are going to see a very beautiful and functional facility. Something for the county to be proud of. The fair has been mismanaged, mistreated, misaligned and any other "mis" you can think of. But, that will be the last criticism that will come from me. That was yesterday. What about today and tomorrow? With the new board of directors that is sincere, hard working, knowledgeable and have a burning desire to carry out this plan, we cannot fail. We will not faiH However, they cannot do it alone. They need our help and support. If you can't help any other way just tell them what a good job they are doing. That's help. And remember no more criticism, no more yesterdays--only todays and tomorrows! Bernie Brothers, MeMhmville Got a gripe ? Got a gripe? Or do you have a compliment to share? Or would you simply like to share your thoughts on any particular topic? TheSun welcomes letters to the editor. Letters to the editor must be printed or typed and must contain a signature, address and weekday telephone number. i= -== (USPS 493-940) - O~ellon Newspe~r ONPA ~u=~=rs ~oc'-uon .......... ~ ~ ~ NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER NEWS - CORRESPONDENTS - PRINTING - Mike Petrovsky Floy Blair Toni Rose Doris McKellip Mickey Barber Kathy Olson Myrtle Barber PRODUCTION - ADVERTISING - Leslie Newberry Chris Higginson Peula Neons PHOTO TECHNICIAN - Terry High Rita Kramer Corinne Ivey JoAnn Asheroit POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 249 S. Bridge Street. Sheridan. OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde postal addresses, $17; all other postal addresses, $26. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society & Church, press releases, general, 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display, Noon Monday -Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number 8~3-2312 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, PO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. Homespun Humor ! e in By Linda Fink When I first started gardening, I planted everything from artichokes to peanuts--never mind that our growing season is short and cool. Over the years, I've learned which varieties mature and which just sit around making leaves. However, when seed catalogs start filling my rural mailbox, good sense goes out the window. I begin wondering if watermelons just might ripen here this year. Actually, we did eat watermelons from our garden once. I planted them under glass frames and watered them with warm water daily. Considering the care and time I spent on each water- melon, they must have cost $50 each. Dwarf fruit trees are hard to resist, too. Just a few miles away and several hundred feet lower, peach trees flourish. But on our foothill farm, late frosts wipe out peach and apricot blossoms year after year. Still, I'd love to grow my own peaches. Maybe if I built a greenhouse around them. One Oregon seed company pro- duces excellent varieties of vegetables that are hardy in this area. Every year I swear I will buy nothing but seed from this outfit, (Territorial Seed Co.). Their catalog is marvelously helpful and says sensible things like, "The quixotic summers of the maritime Northwest make reliance on heat-demanding crops foolish." Oh how right they are, and yet... 1 love sweet potatoes. So what if they're tropical. Why not try them one more time? Territorial doesn't carry sweet potatoes, but two "back East" companies do. And they have varieties that mature in only 100 days. Shoot, we sometimes go 120 days between frosts here in Grand Ronde--in the good years. However, one catalog does caution that sweet potatoes "do best in the southern states but will grow well in the north IF PLANTED AFTER THE WEATHER IS WARM AND SETTLED." Let's see, warm and settled--that's mid-July. A hundred days later is late October. Our first frost is usually mid-September. Oh well, I can always hope. I've tried sweet potatoes several different times. Instead of the "light, sandy soil" that the 16 page book of instructions called for, mine were plunked into our heavy, wet, clay soil. They didn't thrive. In fact, they curled up and died. (Anything that requires 16 pages of structions is not likely to survive in my garden.) Some things, however, do well for me--zucchini, for example. Zucchini requires no instruction at all. I've tried instructing zucchini plants to STOP growing, but they don't listen. They just keep spreading and setting little half-inch fruits that grow into three feet long zucchinis in approxi- mately half an hour. Leaf lettuce and bush beans love my soil, too. One row of bush beans provides enough green beans for canning and eating for our family for several years. That could be because nobody except me likes green beans. This year I'm considering pole beans. They supposedly have better flavor. I just wonder if I'll ever get around to giving them poles to climb on, or if I'll end up with pole beans all over the ground. You see, not only do I have to consider climate when planting vegetables, I also must consider my personality-- which is strong on procrastination. Procrastination is the reason I never have a winter garden. Procrastination and poultry, that is. Summer and fall are busy times for me, so I don't think about planting for fall and early spring harvest until it's too late. Anyhow, in the fall and early spring my chickens are still running loose, eating every green sprouting thing they can find. I don't like to lock them in the chicken yard until summer. But I feel guilty every time I read the Territorial catalog. "It is saddening to think of all the gardens that could be growing spring greens--and aren't. Es- \ il ! ren By Gov. Nell Goldsehmidt The Legislature has begun to grapple with how Oregon can best build a Children's Agenda. The debate that is taking place is not so much about whether a Children's Agenda is needed or not. There is a strong consensus that one is. Instead, the discussion is focused on whether a community-based effort should be started or whether existing state government programs should be expanded. I spent three months last year traveling the state looking at the problems and opportunities facing our children and what communities were doing to address them. I came back convinced more than ever before that a children's Agenda built solely on government will fail. It is easy to look to government for all the answers to the problems that threaten our children's future. But government doesn't have the tools to effectively solve them all. It can't buy commitment, sacrifice, love or understanding. Government can't be a family. I believe our children's future depends on all of us stepping forward. It requires the commitment of individuals, communities, churches and synagogues, com- munity groups, businesses and parents. The state creating a program and cutting a check does not buy what is needed most--strengthened rela- tionships among families, com- munities and children. Commitment where people live is what's needed. pus Commitment is the citizens of Columbia County organizing before and after school programs for latchkey children. It's citizens in Lincoln County using local com- munity service tax dollars to start up an after school program run by the school, which is now self-supporting. Commitment is a monthly baby weigh-in and development clinic in Wallowa County that checks the growth and screens motor, language and cognitive skills of children between 3 and 36 months--free to every child in the county. It's a small farming community like Harrisburg, that cut its school dropout rate to 2 percent because their superin- tendent said, "No more throwaway kids." Continued on Page 16 e ire Sheridan volunteer firefighters may get involved in helping the Clean-Up Committee to get the moss washed off the bridge. "If the volunteers want to do it, fine," said Larry Eckhardt, fire chief. "But it's not something we can mandate." Darol Funk, representing the Clean-Up Committee, met with the fire board at their regular meeting Monday. He asked the board to use equipment to hose moss and dirt off the concrete sections of the bridge. "The city street sweeper can fin- ish clearing up the debris, once it's loose," Funk said. Although Eckhardt could author- ize use of the equipment without go- ing to the board, Funk said he want- ed to "let the chief off the hook." "Our fire volunteers are dedicated people who already give a lot of their free time to the community," Funk pointed out. "Where do you quit asking them to give up still more time? I think what we're looking at could entail quite a bit of work." Eckhardt said that the volunteers leanup can't give up any more of their train- ing time. Sessions are already sche- duled around Phil Sheridan Days and the Christmas holidays so volunteers can help. And new rules and regula- tions (such as the current hazardous material training requirements) make Wednesday night training more important than ever. "Volunteers are getting to be a pretty scarce commodity," said Ray Rice, chairman of the board. "I've got no problem with Phil Sheridan Days and Christmas, but as far as taking more training time .... " "Let's give the request to the vo- lunteer committee and let them de-~ cide," said Gary Hampton, board member. "I don't think we should take a training night, but if four or five want to volunteer for a Saturday, good." Hampton pointed out that as a re- sult of a very hard winter there is "more gravel on the streets than there is on the river bank." He said the streets are terrible and need flushing. Funk said the moss and dirt should pecially during April greens are some of the climate can produce, customers buy seed for! vegetable." Next year I may be a also persistent. keeps me replanting chokes even though plants freeze or rot out few survive--and divided to produce more Sometimes, I even before they're 3 ft. tall divide--demonstrating for globe artichokes persistent tendency tination. Well, it's time to about it and start Tomatoes and started in the (And maybe a few have already Do you think those companies will stop catalogs if I don't order? I'd better send off for 1 potato plants. And I in from somewhere, things don't like my have sand.., and plastic... I could try Well, you never grow until you try it, times. School plan By Rep. Paul The House March Bill 2137, the goal of provide state school districts in Ore Under a complex one-third of the school some additional thirds do not. The effort was educational with further assistanC districts. The assumption spending districts education to studentS' research shows necessarily true. The distribution include Western to support education (ESDs). In one district, the county rate actually is greater for the school itself. services of ESDs discussed by the Finance Committee. In the fin,' analysis, school-districts in mY county House district for any relief--and the very small. Those Yamhill-Carlton 4, Yamhill Grade Gaston 511J. All the others Sheridan; WillaminP Grand Ronde); Nestucca Union High; and Cloverdale Tillamook and After all, HB 2137 nothing except give something to talk get home. The frightful aspca money spent on this could result in a school-support later in tive session. ues come off the bridge fairly easily. "There's a film of mud with moss ac- tually growing in it. I don't think it's rooted in the cement at all," he added. The board approved the use of fire equipment for cleaning the bridge. But volunteers will still be needed to help the Clean-Up Committee on a Saturday or Sunday. Val Adamson, a local business- man, spent last Wednesday morning with a high-pressure hose to test how easy it would be to clean up the bridge and sidewalks. Adamson said he plans to ask the county for permits to work on the bridge during the next few weeks. "We can't do this in one day. It's a one month project," he said of the bridge cleanup. Sheridan Mayor Art Hebert wrote a letter to county commissioners last month, asking the county to give the bridge a facelift and also conduct a safety inspection. Hebert said Monday the county commissioners had not responded to his letter. But Bill Gille, road department, has sioners that owned bridge would $200,000. The county, not afford that kind of Gille also told structure is good years. It was built pression era in 1939 al Works Project The county bridge to the city they wouldn't be fer unless the county money on the local residents, cerned the count, the span and come like which was closed in after it was declared But it will take any money into the budget for the the spending plan is be reviewed by the committee. #,