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2 The Sun, Wednesday, September 28, 1994 III I I II II Homespun Humor With the record-setting heat wave we've been having the fire danger remains extremely high. That's why we urge hunters---and anyone else using the local woods---to take extra care this fall. The drought conditions mean that the forests and fields are tinder dry. A wildfire, fanned by wind, could wreck havoc in the West Valley. Due to the high fire danger, the following restrictions are in place for stated-protected forest land in northwest Oregon: No smoking: All smoking is prohibited except in closed vehicles on improved roads or while camped at designated campgrounds. No open fires: All open fires are prohibited except in designated campgrounds. No chainsaws: All non-industrial use of chain- saws is prohibited except as waived by the forester. No driving on unimproved roads: Improved roads are those built for auto use and maintained clear of debris. Firefighting equipment: If-you use forest roads--unpaved roads--you must carry one water container with at least one gallon of water or a 2 1] 2 lb. fire extinguisher and one shovel. We also urge hunters to take extra care when they take aim. Make sure that the "deer" isn't someone's cow or horse and don't shoot in the direction of any homes or outbuildings. By Linda Fink I couldn't write this column with- out my husband's help. He provides most of the material. The other day while I was milking goats, Johnny ran into the milk room without any pants on. Startled, I asked, "What are you doing?" "I came to help," he said, as he pirouetted around the room, swat- ting at something. "What sort of help did you have in mind?" I asked as, still dancing, my spouse stripped off his sweat- shirt. Then I saw the yellow jackets. "Good heavens, bees are after you! Why are you taking off your clothes?" "Because bees are inside them." Slowly I realized that Johnny had come FOR help, not TO help, but always the wiseacre, he couldn't just say so. I squished one yellow jacket and he killed two. No more were visible. He'd outrun the others. While I resumed milking, Johnny sat on the chair in the milkroom, stark naked, picking mangled bees (wasps, technically) out of the folds of his clothes. "The little buggers crawled up my pants legs and through the holes in my sweat shirt." Red welts were beginning to appear all over his body. "How many times did you get stung?" "Probably a dozen." Johnny had been shaking plum trees along our driveway onto a black tarp spread underneath. "I think the edge of the tarp was over their nest. After I jumped up and down on the comer a few times, a couple yellow jackets crawled out and stung me." "So did you move the tarp?" "No, I wasn't done shaking that tree. But pretty soon the whole nest was after me so I had to leave." "You can hardly blame them if you insisted on stomping on their house." After Johnny finished picking wasps out of his clothes, he pulled his pants back on and headed out the door. "Where are you going?" "To pick up the rest of the plums." "Are you crazy? They'll sting you again. Why don't you wait until evening?" "Because I'm doing plums this morning and there's still a bunch on the tarp. I'm not going to let those little buggers have my plums. They didn't pick them, I did." And off he went. After a few minutes, I followed and peeked up the driveway to see if my stalwart and brave, stubborn and foolish husband was still alive. There was Johnny, at the far end of our 500' long driveway, walking up and down as though looking for something. Pretty soon, he started backing up fast while shaking his head and brushing wildly at his thick, blond hair. Never one to retreat for long, Johnny advanced again, swatting at something in front of him. The counterattack was apparently suc- cessful, as he stopped swatting and went back to picking plums off the tarp. Later, I asked what he'd been doing when he was walking back and forth. "I was trying to find the nest. I couldn't remember exactly where it was after I pulled the tarp off." "I saw you swatting bees out of your hair." "That's when I found the nest." The next morning, while the wasps were still sleeping (or doing whatever wasps do inside their nests), Johnny poured a small amount of gasoline down the hole and set a bucket upside down over it to keep the fumes inside. That's the last we've seen of that particular hive. I've read that it's more environ- mentally correct to use wasp spray than gasoline to kill underground nests. But I think that's because some people pour copious quanti- ties of gasoline down the hole and then light it. That is not only environmentally incorrect, it's medically incorrect, since such peo- ple end up dead and/or hideously disfigured. We use about the same amount of gas that we spill when we overfill the lawnmower. It doesn't take much to gas a yellow jacket. In spite of Johnny's heroic effortS, we still have wasps from other hives feasting on the downed apples and pears. However, as long as we respect their space, (i.e., don't try to eat the same pear they're eating), they don't bother us. You can't really blame yellow jackets for get- ting cranky when people bite into them or stomp up and down on their homes. Johnny suffered few ill effectS from his wasp adventure, other th~ several days of intense itching from the stings. And he did help, as he said he would, when he showed uP in the milk room with his pants off, He helped me write this column. I can hardly wait to see what my dent husband comes up with next. Linda Fink is a Grand Ronde resident and goat breeder. We'd really like to run letters submitted for publicatio but all letters must be signed. Just week we received an interesting--but unsigned--letter about write-in candidates in the Sheridan mayor's race. Unfortunately, that letter will not be published since it's our policy--and the policy of virtually all newspapers--to require signatures on letters so everyone will know whose opinion they are reading. Also, our deadline for letters is 5 p.m. day: .... Any letters turned in after that time cannot be published until the following week's edition. As we enter into another election season, we remind readers that short letters have a better chance of being printed. No election letters will be published after the Oct. 26 edition. West Valley Weather Report Weather for Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Monday, Sept. 26, 1994 Sheridan Willsmina High Low Prec, High Low Prec, Tuesday: 93 56 0.00 90 53 0.00 Wednesday: 96 53 0.00 94 51 0.00 Thursday: 102 56 0.00 99 51 0.00 Friday: 87 50 0.00 82 51 0.00 Saturday: 85 56 0.05 84 52 0.05 Sunday: 95 50 0.00 92 49 0.00 Monday: 95 50 0.00 88 52 0.05 Monthly: 0.24 NA Outlook: Wednesday: Partly cloudy, chance showers late. Thursday: Cool, showery all day long. Friday: Cloudy morning, afternoon clearing. Saturday: Beautiful day, partly cloudy, nice. Sunday-Tuesday: Cloudy, possible warming trend. NA = Not Available Grand Rondo High Low Prec. 91 55 0.00 94 52 0.00 98 58 0.00 82 47 0.00 83 51 0.05 92 48 0.00 91 51 0.00 0.90 High Low Prec. 76 54 15% 70 57 5O% 70 52 10% 77 49 1 0% 75-8545-5625% Information compiled by Quentin Calder Continued from Page 1 reasons. First, the clay soil in the Sheridan area doesn't allow flood waters to percolate into the ground. Second, the low elevation of the ground in relation to the South Yamhill River places almost the entire city within the 100-year flood plain designated by the federal gov- ernment. That's why Bridgeway Estates's developer is hauling in truckloads of fill to raise the site's elevation by 12 to 18 inches so the property lies above the flood plain. Such obstacles to development, however, don't seem to worry Anderson who has been building homes in Sheridan for nearly two decades. But Anderson is frustrated that city residents seem unwilling to accept the need for a better drainage system. He offers little comfort to those who worry about flood waters destroying their homes and property, however. "If that really bothers people, they shouldn't live here," he says. The city council next Monday night will consider an appeal filed by Elm Street residents to stop Anderson's newest subdivision. Residents say the 30-unit housing project will add to drainage prob- lems in the north side of town even though Anderson's plans include construction of holding ponds to reduce water runoff during the rainy season. I II III I oStrN 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 star with the following Wednesday's edition. DEADLINES: Letters to the Editor, Society and Church, press releases, general - Noon Friday. Legal Notices, Display- 5 p.m. Friday. Classified Display - Noon Monday. Classified - 5 p.m. Monday. Phone number (503) 843-2312. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, Oregon 97378. IIIII I I THAT HUNTER DOWN THERE/vtus' BE IN I"IK'OUI LE "S 44AKIN" SO/ E .T S)RT OF SIGNAL WITH ROCKS... WHAT/LL I KIDS NEED SOME FACILITIES Friends of mine and schoolmates of mine all think that we should get something for kids and their fami- lies to do. Like a pool or skating rink, for instance. Parents who work have kids who just sit and watch TV, but instead of having kids sitting they could do something positive. We as a class really think that this town needs something like this. We are hoping that you will help us fight to get this. Rachel Zander, 6th grade, Chapman School This letter was signed by 26 students. PALS THANKFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT In regard to the Chicken Barbecue and Kid's Fun Fair held at the Sheridan City Park on Aug. 14, the PALS organization wishes to thank all of those who helped to make it so successful with their generous donations and support: Sheridan Fire Department, Sheri- dan High School, Hi-Way Market, Wayne Potter, Pepsi-Cola Co., Dr. Jim Molloy, Diane's Foods, Marilyn Porter, Lisa Prough, Jenni Ashcroft, Boy Scout Pack #215, Girl Scout Cadette Troop #467, Davison Auto and Copeland Lumber. Kim Ekstrom, PALS, Sheridan GAYS ARE JUST PEOPLE As you all know, the battle over gay rights rages on. But what you don't know is how much the OCA lies. For instance, the OCA says that if you're around gays that they will try to make you gay. Not True! Most gays can act as a normal person all day. It says in the Declaration of Independence, "All men are created equal." Why do they have to go against the Declaration? I think they have no right to try to take away their rights like that. Gays aren't freaks, they are just unique, that's all. I don't walk around town and say stuff like "He's a gay, get away from him," or in an elevator I don't back off to another end of the elevator. I just treat them with the respect they deserve. On the cartoon "X-Men," people don't like mutants because they look ugly, so they try to get rid of them. The point is we just can't take away their rights so they can't do what they want to do, if they want to become teachers and doctors, or whatever else they want to do. This is like the Salem witch trials and the OCA doesn't know what gays are like because they don't want to be kissed by them or stuff like that. Some may think I was paid to say this but I wasn't. I'm just speaking out on what I think is right. Ryan Noel, age 12, Sheridan FEWER PARKING SPACES IS PROBLEM FOR ELDERLY I have just been told by city hall that the solid yellow line in front of First Federal Savings has always NIFjaUN ;... been there, which means I have been parking illegally for over 10 years. And how about the yellow line across the street in front of the old Texaco gas station where I also used to park? .Isn't Sheridan interested anymore in getting people to shop locally? Because I can't think of a better way to discourage them than by elimi- nating parking spaces in the busi- ness district, particularly with a growing number of elderly citizens finding it harder to walk that extra couple of blocks to reach a given store. I know because I am one of them. So why not just go on to McMinnville? It isn't that much farther and it has more stores and parking places. Phyllis D. Mueller, Willamina THANKS FOR PASSING JUVENILE CRIME LEVY First of course, I want to thank the voters of Yamhill County, not only for their generous support of the juvenile crime levy but for the clear commitment that they have demon- strated to the youth in our commun- ity. Secondly, I want to acknowledge and express my deepest apprecia- tion to the members of the Sheriff s Citizen Ad-Hoc Committee who once again came forward and gave so generously of their time, their energy and their knowledge to this critical project. Without the vision, integrity and commitment of the citizens represented in this commit- Wh ere to write... U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfleld, 322 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washing" ton, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224" 3753. District office: Room 107, Pion( Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill Portland, OR 97204. Phone 326" 3386. U.$. Sen. Bob Russell Senate Office Bldg., ington, D.C. 20510. Phone 224-5244. District office: Suite 240 101 Main St., Portland, OR Phone 326-3370. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth 3' Cannon HOB, D 20515-3701. Phone District office: 860 Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, OR 97210. Phone 326-2901 or 800-422-4003. U.S. Rep. Mike Kopetskl, Longworth House Office Washington, D.C. 20515. PhOne (202) 2255711. District office: Suite 340 E( Center Bldg., 530 Center St. Salem, OR 97301. Phone 9100. Yamhlll County Dennis Goecke, Debl Owens, house, Fifth & Evans, OR 97128. Phone 472-9371. Polk County Mike Propes, C. Ralph Ron Dodge, Polk house, Dallas, OR Phone 623-8173 or 370-2500. tee, this project would not become reality. I would also like to thank elected officials who came in public support of this effort. I want to ask once again for who opposed it to join us with ideas and suggestions. It is through coming together as a cemed community we make a positive" needs of our children and youth,i the passage of the juvenile levy signal the beginmng d expanded coalition of citizenS, business community and officials of this county. Our work is just beginning; lfI! get on with it. Lee Yamhill County Monday: Cranberry juice, beef turkey parmesan, Lima beans & peppers, pickled beets, rye wedges Tuesday: Pineapple juice, chicken, meatloaf, whipped gravy, green beans & tomatoes, bread, strawberry mold Wednesday: Apple juice, ham beans, zucchini bake, herbed garden salad, French bread, rocW pudding Thursday: Orange juice, country I: w/dumpling, broccoli Normandy, cheese salad, p-nut butter cookie Friday: Grape juice, diced pork sloppy joe on a bun, tossed salad, wheat roll, apricot The "Mid-Vl~llamelfe Valley vices Agency offers noon meals dan at the American Legion Hall,