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12 The Sun, Wednesday, May 11, 1994 in By George Robertson Editor, The Sun Hank Vredenburg, a veteran Woodburn teacher, is making his first bid for political office in next Tuesday's primary election. He's running for the Democratic party's nomination for Oregon House District 38 which includes Sheridan. The district is currently held by Republican Patti Milne. Vredenburg faces Lujean Smith of Amity in the primary race. Smith is a public information assistant at Western Oregon State College. Vredenburg, 46, is campaigning hard for the election. He has gone door-to-door to meet voters and has an active group of volunteers in the Sheridan area, headed by fellow teacher Rex Brown. Vredenburg says education should he the state legislature's top priority for tax funds. Currently, he said, the schools "get what's left" of the state budget. Oregonians want education funded adequately, Vredenburg con- tends. "We may disagree on what's adequate," he added. Measure 5, the property tax limit approved by voters several years ago, has "disinfranchised" citizens from their local schools because more state funds now go to balance school budgets, he said. "People can't vote more money for their schools even if they want to," he noted. Vredenburg said he opposes rais- ing taxes to handle financial short- falls. "We know what the problem is, Now we need to come up with the solution and it's not more taxes." Turning to the issue of crime, Vredenburg said he favors creating a juvenile detention facility for youngsters who have committed ser- ious crimes. He also favors changing state law so youngsters convicted of serious crimes like murder are not automatically released at age 21. The state could help reduce juve- nile crimes by promoting alternative schools, financing more counseling and community service programs, Vredenburg said. "More responsi- bility must be. placed on parents--- perhaps even require community service for parents (of youth often- ders)." As a teacher, Vredenburg said he sees a lot of problems that start in the home. More attention needs to he spent helping parents raise their children and dealing with issues such as abused children and teen- age parents, he added. Vredenburg said he favors using state lottery funds for education and the criminal justice system rather than economic development. He also favors changing the wel- fare system. "If you want welfare as a young mother you have to go back to school," he said. Vredenburg, 46, has worked as a teacher and coach at Woodburn High School for 22 years. He has served as president of the teachers' union in Woodburn for three terms and has been active in many com- munity activities. His challenger, Smith, 25, has lived in rural Amity most of her life. In her statement for the Voter's Pamphlet, Smith said she would strike "the proper balance between land use management and freedom of ownership." She also said welfare reform is needed to end a system "that traps users for a lifetime." Smith said she would work to help children "receive the education deserved, while facing budget cuts and educational reforms." Smith served on the public infor- mation committee for the Oregon State System of Higher Education in 1993. PGE pays franchise fees to cities Sheridan, Willamina and Amity received financial boosts this month from Portland General Electric Co. (PGE). PGE paid $63,964.71 to Sheridan; $22,766.88 to Willamina; and $17,419.16 to Amity. The payments--a 2 percent increase over last year for Sheridan, up 21.6 percent for Willamina, and an increase of 8.7 percent for Amity--were paid by PGE as pan of its 1994 franchise agreements allowing it to operate within the three city's boundaries. "PGE has been making annual payments to cities for the right to conduct business since the 1920s," says Art Krueger, PGE government affairs representative. "In some cases, PGE's franchise payment is a vital part of a ciff's budget." "PGE has presented checks total- ing nearly $22 million to 54 cities 1 f Senior court The 1994 Phil Sheridan Days Senior Court includes, from left, Alice Curwick, Lucille Belleu and Pauline Jordan. The court will be honored Thursday at West Valley Chamber of Com- merce luncheon in The Green Frog.--Photo by Corinne Ivey. By Travls Moore Staff Writer, The Sun At an age when most teen-agers are thinking about taking their first solo drive behind the wheel of a car, a Sheridan girl was taking her first solo flight behind the wheel of an airplane. Sheridan High School student Sarri Tate took her first solo flight April 24, the day she turned 16. "rate said her father had a plane when she was little and that was when she got interested in flying. "When I was little we flew a lot," Tate said. "A couple of years ago we started flying again. The past few months I've taking a lot of lessons to get ready for the solo flight." She made the flight on her 16th birthday because she said that is the minimum age to fly solo. Tate said many of her lessons were dominated by landings. "That weekend I must have done 60 or 70 landings," she said. Tate took her first lesson in Sep- tember 1992 when she was 14. Her solo flight came in a 1946 Aeronca champ, a small propeller-driven plane. Much of her practice came in an open cockpit 1937 plane. When Tate turns 17 she can get her pilot's license and if it is up to her she probably will. To get the license she needs 20 hours of solo flying and 20 hours of instruction. Tate said she will proba- bly get much more. A 300 mile cross-country trip is also required. Tate isn't so sure about that requirement right now. "I don't know if I'm ready for that right now," she said. "I don't know if my mom is ready for that." Tate said her family has mixed feelings about her hobby. "My family is proud of me," Tate said. "But at the same time they are worried about me." Tate also said she thought the solo flight was easier than she thought it might be. "It wasn't that bad," she said. "I try to stay really calm. I don't want to get nervous and kill myself. I concentrate until I get the plane parked." Tate said she wanted to get signed off at the Sheridan airport. She has lived in Sheridan all of her life. Sarri Tate Wild Cheetahs trio at Linfield Wild Cheetahs, the popular new voice and percussion trio from Port- land, will be featured at the Linfield Chamber Ensemble concert at 8 p.m. Friday in Melrose Hall at Linfieid College. This is the final concert for the season. Tickets are $12 for the main floor and $7 for the balcony. For reservations, call 434-2256. If avail- able, a limited number of rush tickets will be sold at the door "This string and percussion extra- vaganza will be a delightfully unconventional evening of music, theatre, poetry, dance and comedy," Sylvain Fremaux, music director, said. on crime Authorized by Hank Vredenburg for State Representative 900 Wilson, W0odburn, OR 97071 Square dance on Saturday The Braids and Braves Square Dance club will hold a dance from 8:30 to 11:30 Saturday at the McMinnville Grange, i 72 ! SW Old Sheridan Rd., McMinnville. Guest caller is Don Marshall Connie Clark will cue rounds. 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