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SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE Winter Sports Preview 1881 New coaches and new athletes make up the list of new faces of the West Valley in this week's preview of WHS and SHS hoops and mat teams. --INSERT r" By Herb SWett Correspondent, The Sun Judy Breeden, chairman of the Sheridan School Board, has received the Bronze Leadership Award from the Oregon School Boards Association. The leadership awards, of- fered through OSBA's Leader- ship Institute, indicate leader- ship development from com- pleting workshops on specific subjects. The bronze award re- quires classes in data, ethics, public meetings, school fi- nance, and roles and responsi- bilities. The awards were presented at the OSBA's November con- vention in Portland. Further classes are required for silver and gold leadership awards. Breeden said board mem- bers are not required to take classes that lead to the awards. Tribe breaks ground on new elder By Ron Karten Special to The Sun The Grand Ronde Tribal Housing Authority expects that the new development of 23 El- der homes, which have designs making new units easier to use and more comfortable to live in, will be completed next summer. The build-out has started between the existing Elder housing units and the Gover- nance Building, displacing some of the trees there, but keeping a country feel in the new neighborhood. The project is funded with '~aaximum development costs" of $5.6 million in federal Indian Housing Block grants, accord- ing to Housing Authority Ex- ecutive Director Carina HOUSING [Page 7 Willamina light parade is Dec. 3 Santa Claus is coming to Willamina for the annual light parade on Dec. 3. Registration for parade participation begins at 5 p.m. at the old Conifer Mill parking lot. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Prizes awarded will be $100 for first, $50 for sec- ond and $25 for third place. The Christmas tree lighting will be at 5 p.m. at the Garden Spot Park. Everyone is invited to see Santa at Coyote Joe's after the light parade, followed by cider and cookies. The event is spon- sored by the Coastal Hills Chamber of Commerce. 1 Alcohol likely played a role; Miner still in a coma By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun Twice in the early morning hours of Black Friday the whoosh of helicopter blades slashed through the crisp air rattling windows in the quiet neighborhood as LifeFlight 1 and LifeFlight 5 landed at Sheridan High School. Each helicopter transported an in- jured passenger from a single- vehicle crash on Cherry Hill Road to a trauma center. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office gave the fol- lowing account of the crash: At approximately 3:41 a.m. on Nov. 25 Patrick Croskey, a local newspaper delivery man, was traveling along Cherry Hill Road when he discovered a car that appeared to have left the road and crashed head-on into a tree. Inside the crumpled 1996 Mercedes sedan were two Sheri- danmen, JohnM. Brodniak, age 26, and Levi M. Miner, age 21. Both men--brothers--were trapped inside the vehicle and appeared to have serious life- threatening injuries. The wooded terrain near 20499 N.E. Cherry Hill Rd. made it difficult to secure the car and remove the men. Realizing the need for more manpower, commanding officer Walt Eden called for rescue crews from the Ballston and Buell fire stations along with two ambulances and a fire engine from the West Val- ley Fire District. Contributed Photo Firefighters work to extricate two Sheridan men from a Mercedes sedan that collided with a tree off of Cherry Hill Road early Friday morning. The two men, brothers, were both transported by helicopter to trauma centers. Photo from Facebook John Brodniak (left) and Levi Miner. As firefighters worked to McMinnville stood by to cover free the men by cutting open any other calls for Sheridan. the roof of the car, paramedics It was an hour after rescue assessed their medical condi- and EMS crews arrived on the tion and provided initial care. scene before the first of the two Other firefighters set up a land- men, Brodniak, lifted offin the ing zone at Sheridan High air ambulance enroute to Salem School and a medic crew from Hospital. As Lifeflight 1 pre- pared for takeoff, Lifeflight 5 tinuing its investigation. circled above. On Monday afternoon It would be another 28 min- Jewell Miner provided an up- utes before the second man, date on the condition of her Miner, was brought from the sons. Johnney, she said, had crash site, loaded into surgery on his left leg and left LifeFlight and headed to Or- foot which had been totally egon Health and Sciences Uni- shattered in the crash. His left versity Hospital in Portland. leg had been reconstructed and "It was just a difficult ex- he was awake and eating. He trication," Eden said. did have an allergic reaction to After the second patient was the medication he was given. taken from the scene, emer- Levi was still in a coma. gency personnel began looking The family was meeting with for a possible third victim. It the doctors at 4 p.m. on Mon- was determined that there was day to discuss his condition. not a third person in the vehicle. Sheriff Jack Crabtree cred- According to the Yamhill its Croskey for his quick re- County Sheriff's Office, the spouse to this incident which preliminary investigation re- led to expedited medical atten- vealed that Brodniak was be- tion that both men needed. lieved to be the driver and A bank account has been Miner the passenger and that established under Levi Miner's alcohol was a possible contrib- name at US Bank for donations uting factor in the single-ve- to help with medical and re- hicle crash. TheYCSO is con- lated expenses. When local residents get ning the food drive grew. their holiday food boxes, com- Last year 210,000 pounds plete with fresh produce, they ofproduce were packaged and probably don't realize that lo- shipped to families throughout cal students have been busy for Oregon with students from weeks orchestrating an event Amity, Dayton, Perrydale, that benefits people across the Sheridan, Willamina andYam- state as well as local residents, hill Carlton participating in the The annual Food For All food drive. food drive started 14 years ago Preparation begins early. On when Kirk Hutchinson, Nov. 14, Sonja Clark, Taylor former FFA advisor at Perry- Hendricks, Nolan Smith and dale High School, received Mitchell Clark from the Wil- 1,000poundsofpotatoesffom lamina FFA traveled to Port- Kettle Chips. From that begin- land, Canby and Sherwood to contact suppliers. Students gave information about what schools and students were do- ing to prepare, package and distribute produce to make this year's food drive a success. During the food drive many chapters in- vite their whole school to help package the pro- duce. At Willamina High School, FFAmembers work in cooperation with elementary classes to bag the produce. "This is a great activity that unites our community and stu- dents," said Wil- lamina FFA member Marisa Mode. The public is invited to join students as they bag the produce be- tween the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 through 9 and Dec. 12 through 15. A 53-foot truck donated by Ruan Tracking will be loaded on Dec. 16 at Perrydale School. It will make a stop in Newport before traveling on to Coos Bay where 800 families will receive 40 pounds of fresh produce each. Students hope to take a bus of participating school FFA partners to deliver to the Knights of Columbus in Coos Bay, FFA's largest partner. Anyone interested in donat- ing to the project or helping supervise the packaging of pro- duce, should contact Roy Whitman at 503-687-1798 or 503-876 2545 extension 2798. commission By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun The Willamina Planning Commission is going to meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6. even though city staff will not be present. The meeting was called, not by city staff, but by members of the commission. "Under the code, they can do that," said City Recorder Sue Hollis. The work session, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Coyote Joe's, will be a pub- lic meeting. It must comply with public meeting laws, Hollis added. "It is not my intention to turn this disagreement into a power struggle," said J. W. Millegan in an email to the city recorder. He cited two reasons Willamina Planning Commission to meet Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. at Coyote Joe's. Open to the public. for holding the meeting. Three "Armed with these two or more members wished to facts, we will have a meeting hold the meeting and city code with your assistance or not," requires the planning commis- Millegan said. sion to meet at least once a The agenda for the meeting month, will include going over educa- tional materials, establishing a set of procedural guidelines and a general discussion of what the commission feels its goals should be in the future. Earlier this month a conflict between Millegan and the city planner surfaced during the Willamina City COuncil meet- ing. It centered on the way the city handled a land use request. PLANNING [Page 3 tgRGRN NRNLLTION |esur~nce ser~l(es Beth Acevedo Life & Health Agent Specializing in Employee Benefits [ Medical [ Dental [ Vision l DisabUity [ Life [ Long Term Care Call today for information on a comprehensive benefit package for your employees. 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West Valley Women's Choir Christmas Concert: ~loyfully We Sing" 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10 and 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 11. Sheridan Church of the Nazarene, 917 S. Bridge St. The Victorian Carolers, directed by Solveig Holmquist: Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 11. Donations accepted for SHS music program. Holiday Banket & Book Drive: First Federal offices will accept blankets and childrens books for YCAP Dec. 1-15. First Federal ,,x,Bz IIFIIIIII I I II