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Pages 8 & 11 New teachers profiled Sheridan, VOLUME 91, NO. 36 Page I n I Page 3 Footl Willamina and Grand Ronde- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1991 vote on ballot i I II I 50 CENTS PER COPY Post Office ity upholds dy appeal a new Willamina post are back in the hands of authorities, sent there a split Willamina city a 3-2 vote at a public 29, the council upheld of the site plan filed by raayor Francis Eddy, who that the city's planning failed to consider all about traffic flow in the tff the site at Barber and commission had calling for exits only Street border of the Maple Street, to flow on Barber, had by engineers part of the plan, said lives across the street post office. A council agreed. decision, the latest four-year wrangle site, voids approved plans the post office with according to city plan- Givens. office may appeal the the Oregon Land Use (LUBA), or sub- one recommended putting an exit onto Maple Street," Wooden said. But Eddy displayed a letter to the city, received July 25, 1990, in which a traffic engineer stood behind an April 1989 study, paid for and accepted by the state highway department, calling for two-way access on Maple Street to reduce traffic impact on Barber. The study, Eddy said, was never considered by the post office nor the planning commission. It is the only traffic engineer's study of the site, Eddy argued, adding that the rules require a decision to go to "prepon- derance of evidence given on an issue." Eddy said one of the entrances on Barber Street would face directly into the main entrance of his truck- ing business across the street, and the main entry to the post office lot would conflict with a second entrance to his business. Traffic officials have calculated that the new post office will gener- ate more than 50 additional vehicle trips to the site daily. Because Eddy's 60-foot wood chip and lum- her trucks must swing wide to turn from South Main Street onto Bar- ber, his drivers have to wait until the street and intersections are clear, to the city, Givens Eddy said. Additional traffic will folJowing the_. disrt hitmsines.% he argued. "An exit on Maple Street would it's entirely their City Recorder Char- spoke with Givens officials weren't available Friday. two-hour hearing a review and summary by acting mayor Unfolding a 12-foot- printout of the sun- invited members of to read it. ladies and gentlemen, record." Wooden said. of improve- Main Street and Wooden said, but the and Maple Street resi- opposed an exit all the evidence I have, f'md evidence that any- break up traffic and let my trucks move," Eddy said. "I've been there 30 years; all I want is a chance to operate my business." Property owner Alice Propes of Dallas sought dismissal of Eddy's appeal, claiming that he had given up his right by not appealing earlier in the process. Propes also charged Eddy with improper participation in deliberations about the site after declaring his conflict of interest as a member of the planning commis- sion: Willamina druggist Bob Burr, whose Maple Street residence faces the post office site, reminded city councilors of testimony by residents opposed to an exit because of an adjacent playground and the narrow, unimproved nature of the street. See POST OFFICE, Page 11 Year fair levy mail-in ballot voters will decide three-year tax levy for in a mail-in ballot this week in mail to vote is 8 p.m. commissioners this year during to place the tax If approved, the would receive $99,999 taxes for three WOuld cost 5 cents per assessed value. It would of a home valued at additional $2.50 per taxes. sample ballot arguments in favor of none in opposi- don to the measure. Tony Browne of the Fairgrounds Future Committee said in his ballot statement that the tax levy would provide funds to match a state grant to install a fire sprinkler system in the indoor arena. He also pointed out that the state's Fairs Commis- sion awarded YamhiU County its lust Gold Medal last year, showing how much the fairgrounds has improved and is used year-round for events. Voters in WiUamina will also cast ballots in a recall election involving two city council members, Leon Alger and Gary Wooden. (See related stories on the recall vote.) Voters are encouraged to return their ballots early and to make sure they have signed them. BM2 Vaughn Mamer of Sheridan, holding son Michael, and yellow ribbons were wife Donna and son Bn Kinslow. returned Aug. 24 from six-month absence that Included four Marner Is crew member on the carrier USS Nlmltz. Bryan months in the Persian Gulf. Welcoming him with signs, flags Kinslow boarded vessel In Hawaii, sailed back with dad. Local woman tracks family" By Lawrence Monlcal Staff Writer, The Sun Until she was 20 years old, Joy Shepherd's family kept a secret from her. It wasn't the disgraceful sort. It was more a painful turn in family history, the result of divorce, a death and The Depression. It was best forgotten, the family thought; done and over with, noth- ing but pain could come of talking about it. So until she was 20 years old, Joy Davis (Shepherd's maiden name) didn't know she had an older half brother and sister, children of her father's In'st marriage in the 1930s. Her grandmother on her mother's side finally told her. "Grandma Casey couldn't keep a secret," Shepherd, now a Sheridan resident, said. "She thought I should know before someone else told me." What Shepherd learned was that her father, Earl Davis, a native of Yamhill County and former resident of the West Valley, had been married earlier and had two children. When he divorced he gave up custody, and when the mother died shortly there- after the children, then two and four years old, were placed for adoption with a family living on Rock Creek Road. Earl Davis wanted his children but couldn't care for them, Grand- mother Casey said. When none of his family could take them either, he reluctantly signed their adoption papers. It was an enormously painful experience for him, Shepherd learned from her mother and her father's sister. He knew where and with whom his children were, but it hurt too much to talk about, the family said. None of the family would tell her anything more. Earl Davis left Oregon for Idaho. "Dad tried to get the kids, and it wa too late," Shepherd said. "But he knew people around here and I'm sure he kept tabs on them as they grew up." Shepherd kept the knowledge to herself as long as her father lived, vowing to find her brother and sister when the time was right. "I didn't want to confront Dad and I didn't want to have him tell me not to look," Shepherd said. "But I decided that when the time was right, I'd find them. I didn't know what the circumstances would be, but I knew I would do it." Earl Davis died June 11, 1990. Joy Shepherd began her search in March and by early April was in regular, happy contact with her unknown sister Sallie and looking forward to meeting her brother Gary. The search, it turned out, was uncommonly easy. "It was like having an angel to guide me," Shepherd said. "I just walked right to them." A clue provided by her father's sister, who had been five when the brother was born and still had his baby pictures, proved all that was necessary, Shepherd said. "She told me they were raised in Yamhill County and their names were Gary and Sally," Shepherd said. "She didn't know their last names, but that one clue was enough." Shepherd first went to the Sheri- dan library, where she performed some elementary detective work. "I went through the old high school annuals," Shepherd said. "I knew they had to have graduated in the 50S, and I looked for a Gary and Sally who were brother and sister." Finding no Sheridan match, She- pherd struck gold at Willamina High School. "I found Sallie--that's how she spells it--in the 1954 book and Gary in 1953. Their last name was Lenocker," Shepherd said. "I Joy Shepherd sits with copies of Willamina yearbook pages that led her to half brother and sister she had never met. The siblings were finally united last month in Wilsonvllle. turned to the page with Gary's picture and it just hit me. I said 'That's him. Doesn't he look just like Dad?' " The librarian and a teacher who were looking on happened to know one of Gary's old girlfriends, who still lived in town. They called her immediately, and with her informa- tion, Shepherd was able to find the Lenockers, now living in Tillamook. "It took me two days to get the nerve to call," Shepherd said. When Shepherd called, Mrs. Len- ocker offered the addresses and phone numbers of both her children, then asked how Shepherd happened to know them. "I said I might as well tell you everything," Shepherd recalled, "and when I finished, she said 'You're the first one to look for them. But let me tell Sallie and let her call you.' " Sallie Nicoli of Portland, a busi- nesswoman and mother of four, called the next night and the sisters See REUNION, Page 2 " I II I ,ask o,, h=, 3,o- ...--. : first FederM some old-fashioned b Wedding $awngs and 10an t attentton... 11003\\;:' Invitations Stcrte Farm health insurance. IliadS,., Many colors and designs Rebekah Hall, 143 SW Monroe St. Special Feature: V"lodan Lamp Shades.  II I  /LRU ,"" " i  to choose from. Music: Steve & Cadene Blanchard, Wdlamina, Special Speaker: Judilh CyI, Area, II I ./f \\; Announcements and CA. Nursery at Nazarene Church, 917 S. Bridge. $1 per molher. 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