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Wednesday, May 2, 2007, The Sun 7 A ceremonial golden spike will be driven into a new rail line in Ballston on Friday to mark the start of a major upgrade to the state's railroad lines. State and federal officials will join Pacific and Western Railroad (P&W) at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the intersection of DeJong and Ballston Roads. The project is one of the first private railroad upgrades to be un- dertaken with funds from the Con- nect Oregon Initiative launched in 2005, according to a press release. The new rail line replaces cen- tury-old track. "Many critical lines of Oregon's shortline rail system are old and outdated, Significant repairs like these are critical to keeping freight moving and our economy on track," the press release noted. "Plus, freight rail helps allevi- ate congestion from Oregon's al- ready overcrowded road system and provides a cost-effective means for businesses to transport goods to mark. Plus, moving freight by rail is more environmentally friendly." Hampton Lumber is one of the major users of the shortline railroad. The company fills dozens of car- loads per day with lumber for ship- ment to California and other mar- kets. Willamina High School students, with the help of Charlynn Pranger and Ila Skyberg, have started a program to help senior citizens. In their first outing they cleaned up a garden for Dudley and Genevive Carson. Students are Christine Buswell, Nicole Hadley, Amanda Woodward, Brenna Wasson, Ashlee Richardson and Ariell Bailey. Photo by Shelley Herman Willamina holds annual roundup for kindergarten .; ~ -. - Willamina Elementary School will be hosting its annual kinder- garten roundup May 15 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents of children who will be five years old on or be- fore Sept. 1 are invited to come with their child to the roundup. This year's roundup is a drop in session, and parents may comeat any time during the hours listed above. The children will have ac- tivities.in one room while parents meet teachers and other staff and complete registration packets in the adjoining room, Wdlamina offers full day kin- dergarten with three teachers; 2 tra- ditional classrooms and one Chinuk language classroom. Parents are requested to bring their child's immunization records and proof of age so that registra- tion can be completed. Parents who cannot attend the roundup can reg- ister their child at the office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. now was s597 Four Burner LP Gas Grill 45,000 BTUs =942 sq. in. cooking area .includes 18,000 BTU infrared searing burner -Stainless burners #242608 Im a=mml NEW! ONLY AT LOWE'S PAYMENTS & INTEREST FOR p- Community garden seeks donations The new community garden in Sheridan is seeking donations of garden tools, starter plants, seeds and wood for raised beds. The garden is being developed by students at Opportunity House, Sheridan's alternative high school. It is located at the end of Sheridan Road near the River Crest apart- ments on city-owned property. Candace Pelt, Opportunity House director, told the Kiwanis Club last week that she has received donations of compost and starter plants but still needs shovels, gar- dert hoses, pruners, trimmers, rakes, shears and gloves. Donations may be delivered to Opportunity House at 437 SW Bridge St. or call Pelt at 503-843-2687. Pelt said the community garden will allow local residents to plant and harvest their own plot of land. "The Growing Place (the name of the garden) will cultivate com- munity spirit and personal growth," she added. rees25-s2ooo, CARD Four Bumer Gas Gdll 52,000 BTUS "12,000 BTU cast brass side burner #63033 Total price for 5-piece set includes 4e-inch Square Tile Top Dining Table and 4 Cushioned Dining Chairs Freeport Patio Collection NEW! 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