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2 The Sun, Wednesday, June 1, 1994 Homespun Humor Non-flush signs should be allowed in downtown Sheridan, period. The city council did the right thing last week in sending a proposed sign ordinance back to the planning commission after hearing some strongly worded objections from several local business owners. Frankly, we can't quite figure out how this sign ordinance was generated. The first we heard of it was the first-draft version which included the ban on non-flush signs. (Non-flush signs are the ones that stick out from the front of buildings to identify the stores.) Members of the Sheridan Business Group sever- al months ago were asked to comment on the proposal and almost unanimously opposed the ban on non-flush signs. The planning commission then eliminated the ban in the second draft. But for some reason in the third version the ban was back in place and the commission did a big flip-flop. Sure, it would help clean up the appearance of the downtown business district to ban non-flush signs. But it would also make it more difficult to find stores--especially for motorists as they drive down Bridge or Main Streets. Business owners have invested lots of money in downtown. Their opinions should not only be heard but followed when it comes to pocket-book issues like signs. We applaud the Sheridan city council for finally listening to their concerns and we suggest the city planning commissioners take notes. II Every year at graduation time we congratulate those who have taken the effort to pass their required courses to earn a diploma. The hugs, pats on the back and presents given to our graduates are well deserved. We are all caught up in the moment and share in the smiles, tears and laughter. The joy of graduation, however, ends quickly for some--those who are maimed or killed in auto accidents after the parties. That's why we applaud those parents and other individuals who are helping put on the alcohol- free graduation parties. The strong support from the local businesses shows again how much everyone cares about our youngsters. We'd also like to ask graduates to make sure they are physically able to drive before they get behind the wheel. It's not just alcohol we're talking about. Many of you are operating on little sleep and, naturally, you're in a somewhat excited condition. Here's a sobering statistic: 7,000 teen-agers are killed every year in the United States in traffic accidents. In Oregon, 31 teen-age drivers were killed last year in traffic accidents. The highest number of accidents occurs, of course, in the summer. "May has long been the starting line for a race with death and injury on our highways for young people. Graduation traditionally has been the starting gun," warns Marianne Macina of the Western Insurance Information Service. Even though the life expectancy has gone up in the U.S., the death rate among teen-agers today is higher than 20 years ago, mainly due to auto crashes, Macina adds. Some last words of advice. Don't drink and drive. And buckle up. Now, let's get back to those presents... By Linda Fink If I'd talked to Gladys earlier, I wouldn't have driven myself crazy trying to remember the word for "a diagnostic obstetrical procedure." I would have known how to access the information from my own brain. I knew the word perfectly well. It just wouldn't come out when I needed it for a puzzle. Later, Gladys, a friend who is in her 90's, mentioned that she couldn't recall the word "cycla- men" a few days before, a word she knows as well as her own name. Gladys has been raising cyclamens, as well as many other flowering plants, for more years than most of us have been alive. But for some reason, "cyclamen" just wouldn't appear in her brain. "But I finally got it out," she told me. "How?" "I told my brain 'Now you just let go of that word. I know it's in there, so you may as well let it out.' " "Does scolding your brain work?" I asked. "Oh, yes. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, but it always lets go eventually." When I went home, I picked up the puzzle and told my brain, "Give me the word for a diagnostic ob- stetrical procedure." Nothing hap- pened. I felt a little silly. When Johnny came home, I told him about Gladys's method for recalling forgotten words. "'I tried it for the diagnostic obstetrical proce- dure I couldn't remember, but it didn't work. I said, 'Brain, now tell me that word.' Amniocentesis! Of course!" "I thought you said it didn't work." I think the trick is getting outside your brain, looking back in and then having faith that you have control over your own mind. After all, your brain is your personal storage device. Certainly you have the right to look at whatever material is stored within. (However, in a room full of people you might want to carry on the conversation with your brain silently, unless you're 90 plus, in which case you may do anything you like.) I'm not saying that Giadys's method will work for everyone all the time. Gladys herself uses other methods when necessary, such as word association. The point is, I never would have thought about being firm with my brain. That's because I haven't lived long enough to think of all the possibilities. Everyone should have friends who are over 90. They've had a long time to learn about life. If you don't happen to know any very old peo- ple, borrow the Delany sisters. They have conveniently set down their thoughts in a book called Having Our Say, The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. "When you get real old, honey," says Bessie Delany, "you lay it all on the table. There's an old saying: Only little children and old folks tell the truth." In Having Our Say, Bessie, age 101, and her sister Sadie, age 103, speak their minds. They are well worth listening to. The sisters grew up in the South in a family of ten children. Their father was born into slavery; their mother was of mixed racial paren- tage, born free. The children ranged in color from fairly light to fairly dark but were all considered "col- ored" and therefore, to many white people, inferior. Bessie and Sadie had different ways of dealing with racial preju- dice. When the Jim Crow laws went into effect, the Delany children were relegated to the back of buses and stores. They couldn't use the white folks' drinking fountains or .P I'TH I>11::> HAVE F O I "I- I UILDIN" AN" NINJA FIC_ I-rrlN'... a restrooms. Bessie felt the insult to her core and is still angry about it. "Now, Sadie doesn't get all agitated like this. She just shrugs it off. It's been a little harder for me, partly because I'm darker than she is, and the darker you are, honey, the harder it is. But it's also been harder on me because I have a different personal- ity than Sadie. She is a true Chris- tian woman! I wish I were more like her but I'm afraid I am a naughty little darkey! Ha ha! I know it's not fashionable to use some of the words from my heyday, but that's who I am! And who is going to stop me? Nobody, that's who! Ain't nobody going to censor ME, no, sir! I'm a hundred-and-one years old and at my age, honey, I can say what I want!" Bessie railed against the injus- tices (once nearly getting herself lynched), and later joined every march and demonstration that came along. Sadie never liked protests. She had a different style. 'TI1 tell you how I handled white people. There was a shoe store in Raleigh called Heller's. The owner was a Jewish man, very nice. If you were colored, you had to go in the back to try on shoes, and the white people sat in the front. It wasn't Mr. Heiler's fault. This was the Jim Crow law. I would go in there and say, 'Good rooming, Mr. Heller, I would like to try on those shoes in the window.' And he would say, 'That's fine, Miss Delany, go on and sit in the back.' And I would say, 'Where, Mr. Heller?' And he would gesture to the back and say, 'Back there.' And I would say, 'Back WHERE?' "Well, I'd just worry that man to death. Finally, he'd say, 'Just sit anywhere, Miss Delany!' And so I would sit myself down in the white section and smile. "Now, Bessie thinks that I ! shouldn't play dumb like that. says he must've thought I was dumbest nigger alive. But I don't care. I got to sit in the whi section." The Delanys were anything but dumb. Bessie and Sadie's father, Henry Beard Delany, once a slave, eventually became the first elected "Negro" bishop of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A. All ten of his chil- dren were college-educated profes." sionals at a time when few Amen- cans--black or white--ever went beyond high school. Bessie became Dr. Delany, DoctOr of Dental Surgery, Columbia UniV" ersity 1923, the second black woman licensed to practice detV tistry in New York. Sadie, B.A., Columbia University 1920, MaS" ter's in Education, Columbia 1925, became the first Negro teacher i~ the New York City system to teach domestic science on the high level. (In typical Sadie style, tricked the district into hiring "colored" woman.) We each deal with life on terms, according to our own alities, but we can all learn those who have been dealing life longer than we have. Glad, taught me that I am in charge of own brain. Sadie and Bessie pearls of wisdom that come their unique viewpoints. Says Bessie, "It took me hundred years to figure out I change the world. I can only Bessie. And, honey, that ain't either." "Life is short," says Sadie, it's up to you to make it sweet." The next time I'm driving crazy over one of life's little lems, I'il look to someone who had time enough to solve it. Linda Fink is a Grand resident and raises cham goats. Where tO write.., U.$. Sen. Mark O. Hatfleld, 322 Senate Office Bldg., Washington, 20510. Phone (202) 224-3753. District office: Room 107, Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., land, OR 97204. Phone 326-3386. U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, 259 sell Senate Office Bldg., D.C. 20510. Phone (202) District office: Suite 240, 101 Main SL, Portland, OR Phone 326-3370. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Fur=e, 316 non HOB. Washington, D.C. 3701. Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 860 2701 NW Vaughn, 97210. Phone 326-2901 or 4003. U.S. Rep. Mike Kopetskl, gworth House Office Bldg., ton, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 5711. Dis~ct office: Suite 340 Center Bldg., 530 Center St Salem, OR 97301. Phone (503) 9100. Yamhlll County Dennis Goecke, Ted Lol Debl Owens, Yamhill County house, Filth & Evans, 97128. Phone 472-9371. Polk County Commissioner=: I Propel, C. Ralph Blanchard, Dodge, Polk County las, OR 97338-3174. Phone or 370-2500. Gov. Barbara Roberts, State tel, Salem, OR 97310-0370. 378-3111. The Sheridan school district's budget committee showed leadership last week by keeping $44,000 in the budget to train elementary school teachers this summer. Such training will help teachers, especially those at Chapman Grade School, deal with disci- pline problems. And that will mean students will have a better opportunity to learn and succeed. II George Robertson EDITOR and PUBLISHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Second class postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATES (one year): Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde postal addresses, $19.00; all other U.S. postal addresses, $26.00. Payment must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday for subscription to start with the following Wednesdays edition. DEADLINES: Noon Friday - Letter to Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general. 5 p.m. Friday - Legal Notices, Display. Noon Monday - Classified Ads, Classified Display. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. I IIIII IIIII II ~lJl I THANK YOU On April 30, the Yamhill County Master Gardeners held their most successful Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale ever. While many Master Gardeners put in countless volun- teer hours to provide both educa- tional exhibits and reasonably priced plant material to the garden- ers of Yamhill County, the event would not have been such a success without the significant support of Yamhill County businesses and individuals. We would like to thank the county news media (News-Register, Sheri- dan Sun, Newberg Graphic, KLYC Radio and TCI Cablevision) for their publicity efforts. The staffs of the Oregon National Guard Armory (McMinnville), the Education Ser- vice District and the Extension Service were most helpful. Our commercial vendors and many other merchants in town permitted us to post flyers and, in general, strongly supported our efforts. A special thanks to Ray Horowitz at The Book Shop on Third Street for bringing Des Kennedy to the fair, ProGro of Sherwood for won- derful potting soil, Mac Rental for our sign and Jim Ledger of Macore Plastic Products for all the labels. The money raised at this fair will remain in Yamhill County, providing support for on-going educational programs for home gardeners. We encourage everyone to watch for plant clinics, monthly meetings and special events, and to plan to attend next year's fair. Gall Larkin, vice-president, Yamhill County Master Gardeners A TRIBUTE TO 'MISS BEVERLY' For several years, I have thought I should share my thoughts about Bey Williams. If I have missed any of her recitals in 22 years, it can only be two or three. After each one, I come out breathless and truly astounded at what that lady accom- plishes. It over awes me that she never takes her eyes off her performers and she never misses a note while she is playing the piano for each act. This is a greater accomplishment than rubbing your tummy and pat- ting your head. The little dancers, precious as they are, certainly must be a challenge, but Bev is right on top of every situation. I know that she keeps in touch with each one of them during the dances. I think what is most wonderful about Bev Williams is her love of children, her patience with them and her compassion. If one falters or even fails, she keeps smiling and never scolds or demeans a little one. It must take infinite patience to train and exhibit so many children. It is no easy task. I look back on her latest concert of the dance and can hardly deal with the thought of the endless hours it took to train, organ- ize, costume and produce such an extravaganza as the i 994 production was. And what does all this mean to the kids? They have learned an important skill, grace, through the growing years. They have learned how to dance and they can be pflaud of themselves. They were beautiful in their costumes. They were giving joy to many people. The memories will last a lifetime. What does "Miss accomplish--what is her "Miss Beverly" is love If she couldn't give this love many, many children she have to find some other way away that energy, which I Twenty-two years children poise, grace, how joy to others and the great plishment of the dance. I words to say it all, but I dear "Miss Beverly" know plays a very, very the lives of all of those her. Fern SUPPORT FOR The membe of the Wi Grand Ronde-Sheridan Club would like to thank community for their annual Fun Fest and The money raised spent on college local youngsters and activities throughout the Fun Fest