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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde VOLUME 94, NO. 45 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY Moore The Sun ~e results of a structural analysis ~the Sheridan High School gym is ~, and it doesn't look good. Large cracks were found in the and bottom cords in the two over the gym floor last home games and practice at Chap- man School. Hostetler will discuss the situa- tion concerning the gym at a board meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in the Structural engineers looked at the a few weeks ago and turned findings over to district head Arnold Hostetler Thurs- initial recommendation of the is to replace the entire roof ceiling of the gym. Hostetler that the report said the gym use some seismic upgrading. l'lostetler said the district will be the analysis to an architect, give the district some type figures on what the cost. also confirmed that the ready for use any time t the winter sports season, which basketball and wrestling, not be done by the end of Current school year. The Spartan teams will play their The Sheridan school board approved a three year contract extension with the teachers' union Thursday night. Superintendent Dr. LeRoy Key said the contract was basically the same as the old contract. "They'll get a two-and-a-half percent raise next year, and three percent the next two years," he said. The new contract will insure PERS benefits for the three-year term with the same language as the old contract. Key also said the extension will include "a few more dollars" for Ivestigation continues ravis Moore Writer, The Sun bomb threat at Sheridan High morning turned out to Quick action by thg high staff allowed students to miss one hour of class ,time. high school received the call at 7:10 a.m. Friday The caller recorded the ; message on the school's mail line. district superintendent Key was one of the first to the message after the secretaries. sounded like a youthful he said. "He said there was in the building set to go off 1:30." said the caller went on to $1 million be put in a trash can or the bomb be detonated. Yamhill County Sheriff's Department was called immediately after the call was received. Two deputies came out to the school. With the help of high school office staff and two custodians, the deputies completed a complete search of the building by 8:40 a.m. Students coming to 'the high school were told to meet at Chap- man School's gym. The students were bussed back down to the high school minutes after the search was completed, and missed just 50 min- utes of class time. High School principal Craig Prough said the caller tried to dis- guise his voice. But he added that the voice was distinctive enough to give them a suspect. Several teachers and office per- sonnel listened to the message and most said it sounded like the same student. The suspect was questioned Fri- day afternoon but wasn't arrested. high school library. Hostetler ~id the district hasn't received much input from the com- munity on what they would like to do with the gym. head coaches that have been at the helm for several years. The top salary for a season will now be $2300. "These were pleasant negotia- tions," Key said. "All of the ses- sions were open and there were no attorneys present." He added, "Both sides did a good job. It was good to be a part of a thoughtful problem solving process. Both sides were genuinely con- cerned with staying within the budgets. It was a smooth negotia- tion." The investigation continues. "It sounded like the student because of the inflections he used and the speaking style," Prough said. "But we don't want to falsely accuse anyone." He added that the call was obvi- ously poorly plaimed and "a nateur- ish." "But we weren't going to take any chances," Prough said. "When it concerns the health, safety or wel- fare of the students, we don't take the situation lightly." He added, "We have plans in place for these type situations. We just put them in action when they actually happen. After the thorough search, the students missed less than an hour of classes." The principal also added that the school would be installing a caller identification system to its phone line and voice mail to prevent any further problems. i Linda Dill, left, and Carlene Blanchard sort through their hundreds of coupons.--Photo by Brenda Butterfield. By Brenda Butterfield Correspondent, The Sun Can you imagine spending about $100 for a month's grocery bill, without government assistance, even with a large family? It's entirely achievable, if you follow the advice of two local money-saving experts, Sheridan's Linda Dill and Willamina's Carlene Blanchard. These two women, both the wives of Assembly of God pastors, are masters at the art of coupon- clipping, and responsible for saving their families hundreds of dollars. Like most American families, "about 37 percent of our income is gone because of taxes," Dill said, causing many to struggle to make ends meet. "We have to find other ways to save." Becoming adept at using coupons is one sure way to cut costs. Although each coupon may seem insignificant, "the dollars and pen- nies add up," she added. For Bianchard, the money she saves using coupons is equal to the income she'd earn if she worked outside the home. "I look at it as my part-time job, and that's how my husband sees it, too. I'd rather be at home with my kids," she said. Blanchard said she used to try to save money by buying off-brands, but the savings didn't really add up. "Then I realized I could get things cheaper if I bought name brands and used a coupon." Now, both women have their sys- tems down to a science. They know exactly which stores have the best prices, and which have in-store and double coupons. Blanchard uses a notebook and Ziplock bags to keep her savings straight, while Dill car- ries her coupons in a file. "My goal is to save 50 percent" off the retail price of an item, "and if I include sales prices I can save more than that," Blanchard said. So, what's the secret behind the savings? Dill and Blanchard have tips that will make it easy for anyone to start cashing in on cou- pons. First, buy a Sunday paper that includes a section of manufacturers' coupons. Clipping them each week will build up your collection quickly. Then, check the ads for individual stores: their weekly insert% their in-store specials and their coupon books. Match up their sales and coupons with your manufacturer's coupons. Locate the double coupons that some stores offer. These are cou- pons that will double the savings of a manufacturer's coupon, up to 50 cents. "Many people don't realize that they can use a double coupon, with a store coupon, with a manufac- turer's coupon," Dill said. "In a store such as Safeway, you can use up to three coupons for one item." Using this method, Blanchard said, "sometimes the store will even pay me to take the items." Stock up on sale items whenever possible, which will save a lot in the long run, Dill suggested. She said she doesn't buy anything unless it's on sale, and her kitchen cupboards are stocked for months to come. "I don't make a menu and then buy what I need for it. I buy what's on sale, and plan my menu around that," she said. Careful planning before a shopping trip is a key to successful savings. "Be organized. Have those coupons ready before you go," Blanchard said. "The thing that saves my sanity is doing it all at home, laying it all out so that when I get to a store I know exactly what I need." Dill, who files the coupons that will expire soonest in the front of her collection, suggested going through the stack once a month to get rid of expired coupons. Clipping the UPC symbols off of labels is another way to add up the savings. Many labels have point values, which means the manufac- turer most likely has a catalog of free items available to send for. "Any product with points has you collecting them for a reason," Blan, chard noted. With enough UPC's, you can send for free books, toys, and watches, among other things. Koolaid, Gerber and Jolly Time Popcorn are just a few of the companies that have such offers. "1 have a whole drawer full of free offers and UPCs," Blanchard said. "We get nearly all our birthday and Christmas presents from those," Dill added. Both women admitted that all that clipping and planning can be time- consuming--and a bit overwhelm- ing at first. They suggest starting gradually, with even one coupon such as a "buy one, get one free" coupon. "Start small, then build your muscles up to two coupons, then three. It doesn't take long; in one to two months someone could be doing the same thing as we are," Dill said. "It's the most fun for me when I get a large grocery bill down to $1, and the clerk stops and says: 'How did you do that?' Then I really feel good, and know I've done some- thing," Blanchard said. For anyone who wants to learn more about the art of saving money, call Blanchard at 876-4424 or Dill at 843-3277. ;h iiF' ,i,i,i!i!i~i~? '!i,i ,,:c County Sheriffs Deputies search through a classroom after a bomb threat was made over Phone Friday morning. The call turned out to be a hoax.---Photo by Travis Moore. Begin the holiday celebration with a trip to the Coastal Hills Art Tour in Willamina from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Visitors can wander down Main Street and enjoy the work of several local artists in community store fronts and private galleries, or take a step back in time with a ride aboard a horse drawn wagon to downtown destinations. Once again you can enjoy the simple pleasure of a leisurely tea in the historic Andrew Kershaw House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while you sample fine pastries from Piontek's Bakery. Be sure to take time to see the second story where you can talk with local published authors who will be on hand for autographed book sales. The art tour is sponsored by the Willamina Business Group. For more information, call 876-2242 or 879-5563. Do I e, Only about two cents per day per prescription. But what's really important is not what you save, but what you give up by using mail order. Mail order doesn't offer you the prompt, personal service we can. It also doesn't let you talk face-to-face with your pharmacist who can explain your prescription and answer your questions~ And when it comes to your health, we think that's more important than a couple of pennies. * DRUGS 212 NE Main Street Phone 876-2112 Monday-Saturday 9-6 Pharmacy 876-8652 You can get a continuing stream of Income from your retirement fund, enjoy flexibility In the size of the stream and protect the balance from immediate taxation. SAFECO's Systematic Withdrawal Income Plan gives you flexibility, the financial security of a high-quality company and an IRS-approved program. Call us. 130 SW Monroe Sheridan 843-2384 INSURANCE Gary Hampton SAFECO" LIFE INSURANCE CHAMBER FORUM NOV. 10: Speaker Bob Schutte of Hampton Affiliates. (Northwest Operations Manager) will give an overview on Hampton Affiliates and the state of the timber and lumber industries in the Northwest. For more information call Carol or Harold Martin. REBEKAH LUNCH: Nov. 10th & t lth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Soup, sandwich & dessert. 143 S.W. Monroe, Sheridan. Across from Huntley Insurance. BUELL GRANGE CHILI FEED: Nov. 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music by the Old Time Fiddlers. SHERIDAN FLEA MARKET: Thursday & Friday, November 10th & 11th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rabekah Lodge, 143 S.W. Monroe St., Sheridan. Vendors wanted, 843-3784.