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Wednesday, April 5, 1989, The Sun 13 .... .... i ...... i~ i!ii,~i~'~ ~ .... ~iii!~ iii ~:!i~:~ ~ j411 i'i' iiiii!iiii!iiiiiiii!!! i !i~ ~iii .... ~i~! ~,, ;~ f~ .... High School Junior J.J. Aalto explains assignment to a Grand Ronde student. Aalto is member of a group of high school students who are taking the time to instruct youngsters on the dangers of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs as part of Pipeline Program initiated by the Willamlna school district last year. Heather DeForest helps s Grand Ronde kindergarten student find safe and unsafe things in magazine ads. Photos, story by Mike Petrovsky kindergarten student searches for pictures unsafe things. ool CIC, youngs ou 'They understand a lot more than we think they do' It helps to show five year olds the difference between safe and unsafe things and three Willamina High School students set out to do just that at Grand Ronde Elemntary School last week. "We avoid using the words 'good' and 'bad' because some kids have parents who drink and smoke and we don't want those kids to go home and condemn their parents," said J.J. Aalto, a high school junior. Aalto is taking part in the instructional phase of the Willamina school district's Pipeline program for the first time this year. Now in its second year, the Pipe- line and Ossom programs under the direction of drug and alcohol abuse counselor Jeff Claybaugh has made its presence felt in all grades from kindergarten through high school with events like dances and instruc- tional programs for younger students like the ones taught in Grand Ronde and Willamina last week. The OSSOM group Friday night put on a high school dance, inviting students from the West Valley Lea- gue high schools who had teams competing in a track meet at Willa- mina that afternoon. But studies into drug and alcohol abuse conclude that by the time youngsters hit their teens, abuse prevention is less effective. Those studies are the reason for the high school students' visits to the dis- ctrict'selementary schools last week. "They understand a lot more than we think they do," said Heather De- Forest, another Willamina High School junior helping out with the in- struction. On Thursdsay the elementary stu- dents were instructed to paste ma- gazine cutouts of safe things on paper silhouettes of themselves and to paste cutouts of unsafe things on a poster with the word "no" written on it in big orange letters. The poster was hung at the front of the class- room. The students made some ob- servations after the exercise was fin- ished. "It's okay for my brother and my dad to use them, but not me," said one little boy who hung up a magaz- ine clipping advertising shotguns on the 'no' board. His action sparked a debate among him and two of his classmates who said guns were safe as long as they "were used to kill animals." Other students hung pictures of cigarette advertising. One depicted a sailboat skimming over a body of water. The ad proved one of the mes- sages the OSSOM group passes on to the students, namely the powerful symbols advertisers use to get peo- ple to buy their products. In this case, the pleasure of sailing a boat is linked to the use of cigarettes, the No. 1 cancer killer. J.J. Aslto helps youngsters read the pages of magazines for pictures. the ground, yet," the growers will always do." ,~rOwers try to do the last early March, Extension by April 15, said. "Any later, like around the 30th, and you're looking at a both a lower qual- ity and lower yield." Pirelli said there's been enough dry weather for farmers with well- drained soil to do some fertilizing and spraying. Those with heavy wet soil will have a "tougher time get- ting started," Pirelli added. "Our crops are only a week or so behind schedule, so if it dries up this week, there won't be any pro- blems," Pirelli said. "But another wet month and we're in trouble. But it really is too early to foresee any problems." Fruit and nut orchards aren't get- ting much attention just now. The planting of young fruit trees at E&E Orchards on Red Prairie Road is "on hold," said Ken Piontek. "The rain is keeping our equip- ment out of the orchards," Piontek said. "But apple blossom time isn't until the end of this month." Jan Wepster said that the rain is making things happen a little later than usual in the filbert orchards, but the weather hasn't hurt this year's crop yet. Yoder pretty much summed up the farmer's frustration with the weather: "This year just isn't nor- mal," he said. "But, really. What is?" Willamina lists public meetings The City of Willamina has announ- ced its meetings for the month of April. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall unless otherwise indicat- ed. All meetings are open to the pub- lic and citizen participation is en- couraged. Agendas for city council meetings are available two days prior to the meetings. April 6: Police Committee. April 10: Library Board, Library. April 13: Council meeting. April 18: Public Affairs. April 19: Budget Committee. April 25: Utility Committee. April 27: Council meeting.