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llllllllJl rill: SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAHINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 Katula Herbs Kate Parker grows 90 varieties of medicinal and culinary herbs on her Brightridge Farm. --NEWS, 10 Setting the pace Sheridan and Willamina cross coun- try runners conquer "monster" course at Silver Creek Falls meet. --SPORTS, 8 i County offers flu shots Yamhill County Public Health will offer seasonal flu vaccination clinics on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and l:30to4p.m. Clinics will be held on a walk-in basis at the Public Health building, 412 NE Ford St., McMinnville, across from the courthouse. Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insur- ances can be billed; people un- der those plans will not need pay up front. For those that will be paying full fee for the flu shot, costs have increased this year to $29.50 for Fluzone and $30.25 for preservative-free flu vaccine. The pneumonia shot costs $56.95. People without insurance or unable to pay may be able to receive the flu vac- cine for a reduced fee of $15.19 or less. Some children may be eli- gible for low cost flu shots and nasal spray for children under the Vaccines for Children pro- gram. Children ages 6 months through 18 years are eligible if they have no insurance, are on the Oregon Health Plan or are Native Alaskan or American Indian. Supplies of HlNl(Swine flu) vaccine are expected in mid to late October and will be dis- tributed throughout the county. Health care providers, pharma- cies as well as Public Health will be offering the vaccine to people at risk for complications from the flu. There will be a limited amount at first but enough will be produced for anyone who wants the vaccine. There are enough supplies locally of seasonal flu vaccine. "If you can, get your seasonal flu shot now," said Sarah Bates, health educator. "Even though we are working hard on HIN 1, seasonal flu isn't going to slow down this year." "We especially encourage families with young children to get vaccinated," said Dr. Bob Moore, health officer. "In ad- dition, school-aged children should be vaccinated because they are the main source of dis- ease for other family, mem- bers". For healthy people between the ages of 2-49 the live flu vac- cine is a good option. This vac- cine is a nasal spray, called FhiMista. "Studies have shown that the live vaccine is signifi- cantly more effective than the injectible," Moore said. Both seasonal and HIN1 vaccine are produced the same way. To help stay healthy during the upcoming flu season health workers offer this advice: cover your cough, wash your hands frequently throughout the day, stay home when you feel ill, get plenty of rest, dlink plenty of fluids and cut back on smok- ing. These methods are effec- tive at preventing not only the flu, but other colds and illnesses as well. For more information about vaccination clinics call 503- 434-7525 or 554-7842. City mulls 'No Smoke,' zone Mayor says its top complaint in city By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun There's no buts about it -- the laws enacted to protect the public from second- hand smoke have created some unfore- seen problems that have angered local citi- zens. Sheridan Mayor Val Adamson told the council Monday night he has received more calls about people smoking on side- walks outside of local bars than any topic in the last 10 years. "It can't continue the way it is. It's got to stop," he said. When the state law expanded in Janu- ary to ban smoking in enclosed areas and within 10 ft. of building entrances, exits, windows and ventilation intakes, it chased people outside and often into the pathway of nonsmoking citizens. Pedestrians must now either cross busy streets or walk through a cloud of smoke outside local taverns. Neighboring busi- ness owners must deal with damage caused by smokers, and the city is deal- ing with cigarette butts littering the side- walk and being swept into the storm drains. "I don't find it very acceptable," Ad- amson said. It's not just the smoke that is bother- ing local residents. In some cases people are being intimidated by the bar patrons. "People don't like the intimidation," the mayor added. The city does have the right to control the usage of the sidewalks, City Attorney Walt Gowell told the council. The city al- ready prohibits skateboarding on side- walks and conducting business in the pe- destfian space. "You can make it a no smoking zone," Gowell suggested. Painting a light white 10 ft. "No Smok- ing" square outside of the bars would only force smokers to move farther down the block in front of other businesses, the council agreed. A better solution might be to make the main streets of the down- town core non-smoking, forcing people to go around the comer onto side stleets to light up. Gowell offered another nugget of ad- vice: Don't regulate smokers to the point that they have no place to smoke. The council asked the staff to get in- put from the businesses and come back with a recommendation for remedying the problem. Local businesses also have the right to petition the city asking for a no smoking zone to be declared in front of their business, Gowell said. Farm teaches valuable lessons WHS valedictorian heads off to top college back East By George Robertson Correspondent, The Sun Anna Smith has leamed some valuable lessons working on her family's cattle ranch in Wdlamina since she was a young- ster. She has excelled in school, achieving a perfect 4.0 average and was named vale- dictorian of Willamina High School's 2009 graduating class. She also has re- ceived dozens of awards in FFA and 4-H for her championship beef and swine, public speaking, forestry, floriculture and agricnltural sales. With such a successful track record it was no surprise that many of the top ag colleges including Texas Tech, Purdue, Cal-Poly and Oregon State -- offered Smith an application. After weighing the choices she picked Comell University in Ithaca, New York, which has a prestigious college of agriculture. She plans to major in applied econom- ics and management and after two years focus on ag business. "I don't know exactly what I want to do but a business background will be good for a variety of jobs," Smith says. She has received several scholarships, including a $2,000 national FFA grant and $1,000 awards from the local Kiwanis Club and Oregon Farm Bureau but they don't come close to covering Comell's $52,000 annual tuition. "Yes, I plan to work. There are several farms on the campus and near the college plus there are some ag labs. including Genex," Smith points out. After graduation, she plans to return to the Northwest, providing she can find a suitable job. "Although I don't have a specific ca- reer goal yet I want a job where I can edu- Photo by George' Robertson Anna Smith, valedictorian of the Class of 2009 at Willamina High School, is attending Cornell University in New York, majoring in agriculture. cute people about the importance of agri- culture," she says. "I want to address the misconceptions about fanning like some of the animal rights people. I also want to stay connected to the production end of farming rather than work in a big city." Smith also wants people to become more aware of the technological advances that have been made in fanning. 'q'hese advances include genetically engineered crops and modem ways to improve cattle. Agriculture is not just sit- ting around doing things the way they were done in the past. There's so much science. I'm passionate about helping people understand how important agricul- ture really is" Smith work this summer on her family's 240-acre spread Gold Creek Ranch. The family puts up 200 tons of hay in the barn during the summer to feed the 50 head of Hereford and Angus cattle that are now grazing in the fields. 'Tll be doing everything from buck- ing hay, feeding the cattle and moving ir- rigation pipes," Smith says. Her parents work full-time off the ranch. Her dad, Ron, who worked on ranches in Klamath Falls, is the log qual- ity manager for Forest Capital Parmers in Monmouth. Her mother, Barbara, who grew up on a ,dairy farm, is manager of the garden department at Wilco in Mc- Minnville. Smith, 18, also worked this summer with her 14-year-old brother, Nolan, to raise hogs. They have sold 16 weiner pigs to youngsters competed in county and state fairs this summer. They also com- peted at the fairs with two gelts that they planned to sell as breeding hogs. It's their third year in the hog business, and Smith says she has enjoyed working with pigs. "I did goats before this, showing at the Polk County Fair and the state fair. I did SMITH I Page 3 Swine flu shots on way The HINI (swine flu) vaccine is ex- pected to be available throughout Oregon in early October. "As soon as the vaccine is received in Oregon it will be distributed to clinics in every comer of the state," says Dr. Mel Kohn, Oregon Public Health Director. Once the H1N1 vaccine arrives in Or- egon, public health officials are urging the priority groups to get vaccinated right away. 503-843-2384 "in other parts of the word we have seen three or four times more illness from the H1N1 flu compared to the seasonal flu. We expect increased numbers of ill people from this flu here in Oregon als0," Kohn said. The priority groups that should get their H1N1 flu shot as soon as possible: Anyone six months to 24 years old. Pregnant women. People caring for or living with in- i i H iJl *Arrangement Conference Wisitation *?he Eulogy *The Commital Service *The Gathering 108 NW Lincoln St. Sheridan OR 97378 503-843-252 5 ValAdamson@gMail.com www.adamsonssheridanfuneralhome.com fants under six months of age. People aged 25 to 64 with medical conditions such as asthma, immune defi- ciencies, etc. Health care workers. The H1N1 vaccine will be given as a shot or a nasal spray. It may require only one vaccine application for an adult. For children it is expected to be one initial shot and a booster about four weeks later, but SWINE FLu I Page 2 School merger proposal gets nod By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun With a slight.nod of the head, Sheridan school board members consented last week to moving forward with the next baby step toward merging with the Wil- lamina school district by form- ing a committee to investigate what exactly is involved in con- solidating the two districts. 'There's people in the com- munity who think it could be a wonderful idea'," said Board Chair Larry Deibel. "I don't think it hurts to con- tinue -- talk," added board mem- ber Mary Leith. Even if the two districts should decide to pursue a merger, Superintendent A. J. Grauer estimates that it would take five to seven years befo[e the two districts could be united. She recommended finding out what all is involved in tile lengthy procedure. 'q'here would be a log of pro- cesses to step through," she said, Before a merger could take place the districts would have to align their curriculum, work with the tmions in both districts and establish a common calendar. 'qhey're on a different cal- endar," Grauer added, noting that as a big road block. Cost is another factor. When the dislrict looked into the pos- sibility of merging after the Faulconer fire, the state told them that both school districts would lose $250,000 from small school grants. That stopped them from proceeding. Since then the money from the small schools grant has been phasing out and might not be the obstacle it once was. Still there are other concerns. Will a merger save money? How would the tribal land -- which is not subject to taxation -- factor into the equation? Who would pay for the surveys, site visits and experts needed for a merger? 'There are no funds for this process," Grauer said. In 1993 it was recommended that the school districts not merge unless they planned to build a joint high school -- something that would take a minimum of 10 years. "That would be the only rea- son," Grauer added. Will Sheridan need a new high school in 10 years? "Ours can last a little longer," Grauer said. Another obstacle is the district's bond debt. It will be 14 more years before the Faul- coner-Chapman School bond is paid off. ''We're bond heavy," Grauer said. Larry Deibel and Judy Breeden agreed to serve on a committee to look into the merger. Kathryn Mueller, direc- tor at the Sheridan Japanese MERGER I Page 2 I I IIIII I I II I I I I WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS Sheridan Community Blood Drive: 1-6 p.m. Wednes- day, Sept. 23, Open Door Church, 339 NW Sherman St. Call Donna Hulett at 503-843-2834 to schedule an appointment. The Sheridan Booster Club meets on the second. Wednesday each month at 6 p.m. in the Sheridan High School library. Deadline for Community Calendar Items: 6 p.m. Friday, Please submit community calendar items for this space to First Federars Sheridan office at 246 S. Bddge Street. First Federal =z=,H m www.FlrlltgedWeb.com