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2 Thq Sun, Wednesday, "7 ....] -I November 30, 2011 Letters to The Sun 3. L -:.~ ii : On his way home from work, the night before I was bom, my dad watched a shooting star fall from the sky, coming down over our home. That was me, he says. Well, I didn't see any shooting stars the night my oldest son was born, but the sky was full of ram drops falling to Earth. It was four years ago and I didn't know it at the time, but Sheridan was on its way to being flooded. Like the ram that night, there have been some storms under our roof in past four years, but I like to remember that with rain comes life. Carter started preschool this year, which scares me a little. Sure, I'll ad- mit his first day brought a tear or two to my eye, but mostly it's scary to imagine how smart this kid might be- come. Since before he could even crawl, he's been fascinated with taking things apart--and, occasionally, putting them back together. Now, he remem- Clinton Vining bars everything. To the delight of Airplane Grammy--I will explain that one in a second---he's.becoming a singer. It's great to hear the Itsy Bitsy Spider or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I'm even okay when he squeaks out the lyrics to one of his favorite cartoons, but trying to sing a commercial jingle? If 4-year-olds had buying power, our nation would not be in a recession. Seriously, this kid would buy every toy, every cereal, everything he sees on a Saturday morning commer- cial, whether he knows what it is or not. "I want, I want, I want!" Well, I can certainly say that over the past year, my son has further developed his wants and not wants. Since February, maybe January, he's been telling us what he wanted for his birthday. First, it was a skateboard, and that idea hung around for a long time until sometime this summer he found one at the Tina Miller Thrift Shop. Oh, well, except then he decided he wanted a puppy and a kitty. Oh, No! If you want to know what he doesn't want, just show up at dinner time. A pretty good guess is that if it doesn't have pea- nut butter and jelly on it, he doesn't want it. The good thing about him taking a serious liking to com- mercials is that we have a digital video recorder (DVR). You can bet that the day before his birthday he's going to get to watch one very specific commercial all he wants. Oh, I almost forgot: Airplane Grammy!?! Yes, our sons decided they'd differentiate their grandmothers by the mode of transportation they use to come visit. Airplane Grammy visits from Colorado and we pick up Choo Choo Grammy at the tram statiorl in Salem. Happy fourth Birthday, Carter. I'm very proud of you. Where to write gour lawmakers U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 223 Dirksen Senate Office Build- ing, Washington, DC 20510-3703. Phone (202) 224-5244. Local office: 911 NE 1 lth Ave, SuRe 630, Portland, OR 97232. Phone (503) 326-7525. Website: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Office 107 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510. Phone (202) 2243753. Salem Office: 495 State St., SuRe 330 Salem, OR, 97301. Phone (503) 362-8102. Website: U.S. Rep. David Wu - Oregon-lst Dist., 2338 Raybum HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 225-0855. Portland Office, 620 SW Main, Suite 606, Portland, OR 97205. Phone (503) 326-2901. Toll Free (800) 422-4003. Website: U.S. Rap. Kurt Schrader, Oregon-5th Dist., 314 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone (202) 225-5711. Salem District Office, 494 State Street, Suite 210, Salem, OR 97301. Phone (503) 588-9100. Website: http:// Governor John Kitzhaber, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Phone: Governor's Citizens' Representative Message Line 503-378-4582. Sen. Brian Boquist - Dist. 12; 900 Court St NE, S-305, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1712. E-mail: Rap. Jim Thompson - Dist. 23; 900 Court St NE, H-388, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1423. Emaih Rap. Jim Weidner - Dist. 24; 900 Court St NE, H-387, Salem, OR, 97301. Phone 503-986-1424. Emaih rep.jimweid Oregon Legislative Information and Citizen Access: Phone 1-800-332-2313. Yamhill County Commissioners: Kathy George, Leslie Lewis, Mary Stern, Yamhill County Courthouse, 535 NE Fifth Street, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone 503-434-7501. Polk County Commissioners: Mike Ainsworth, Craig Pope, Jennifer Wheeler. Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas, OR 97338-3174. Phone 503-623-8173. i~--~---~-~ ~ O Postal # -~:~.~ 493-940 Clinton Vining EDITOR and PUBLISHER POSTAL NOTICE: Published weekly by The Sun, 136 E. Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378. Periodicals postage paid at Sheridan, OR 97378. SUBSCRIPTION RATE (one year): $29 in Yamhill/Polk County. $39 out of area. Payment must be received by noon Friday for subscription to start with the following Wednesday's edition. DEADLINES: Letters to the editor, society and church news, press releases, general -- Noon Friday. Legal notices, display -- 5 p.m. Friday. Classified display -- Noon Monday. Classified ads -- 5 p.m. Monday. Phone: (503) 843-2312. Fax: (503) 843- 3830. E-mail: POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR. 97378 Why l protest so much To the Editor: I lived in a town where a busi- ness owner, in the middle of town, painted his building a Hid- eous color. There were no City Codes telling him the colors he could or could not use. The City Council, Chamber of Com- merce, and a group of motivated residents worked together and forced the bus'mess owner to re- paint his building respectfully to conform to the city look. I lived in another city where commer- cial building owners were told to conform to a look the city wanted. Respecting the wishes of the city and residents and show- ing appreciation for the business from the residents, they did as they were asked. Letting your property deteriorate shows lack of respect for those around you and it should not be tolerated by anyone. Motivated people can accomplish anyflting. Those who accept the change accomplished by motivated people, but do not get involved, should thank us, not condemn us. The problem in Sheridan is that too many people use the CAN'T word and accept Mediocrity. Terry Davis Sheridan Thanksgiving blessings To the Editor: I have been sharing a meal every Sunday with the Nite Court kids for the past couple of months. With Thanksgiving coming up, I was thinking about preparing a full-on Thanksgiving feast for the youth. But then I thought, "I wonder if the youth would be willing to prepare and serve a meal to the disadvantaged Gary Alan Stephens Aug. 8, 1954-Nov. 18, 2011 Gary Alan Stephens of Mc- Minnville died on Friday, No- vember 18, 2011, at his home, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He passed just one month after reaching his goal to dance with his daughter at her wedding. The son of Dave and Laveme Stephens, Gary was born on August 8, 1954, in Moline, Illinois. He spent his younger years in Illinois until his family moved to Amity in 1971.Gary graduated from Amity High School in 1972 and always loved watching AHS football. He remained in the in our community." First, I prayed about it and then I sent a message out over Facebook. I felt good about the response I got, so I made the decision to go ahead with the feast. We only had two weeks to plan it. That didn't in- timidate me because I tend to do things spur-of-the-moment any- way. Nomaally my creative juices would start flowing and I would be planning and organizing up a storm in preparation for the feast. But for some reason, I just couldn't seem to "make' things happen." Four days before the big event, I was nervous about the lack of preparation on my part. So once again I went to the Lord in prayer, looking for reas- surance that I hadn't made a mis- take in deciding to do this feast and for help in pulling it off, be- cause it was too late to turn back now. I really felt like God was saying, "Kathie, I want you to do this and I don't want youto worry about where the provisions are going to come from. I just need you to do what I have told you to do...and Irust me." I also felt like He was saying, '~And Kathie, there will be many more limes in the future that I will ask you to do things where you won't have all the answers, but I need you to do what I'm asking and Imst me to provide." So I said, "Okay, but please send helpers." By Friday I had received $42 in donations, I had a menu planned and I met with a friend who helped me work out the logistics of how things were going to work. Now all we needed was the food! On Saturday, a couple of friends asked how the planning was go_ ing and I shared with them the message I felt I had received from God to just keep planning and not worry about where the food was going to come from. As soon as I left my friends, I called the guy who helps me with Nite Court, Izak Monroe, to talk about some Nite Court business. In the course of the conversation, Izak says, Yamhill County area through- out his adult life. He worked as a saw-filer in both Willamina and McM'mnville. Gary was a very kind- hearted, out-going, fun-loving man with a great sense of hu- mor and ability to make any situ- ation a good time. He was very social, enjoyed camping, fish- ing, sports, and spending time with his friends and family. Throughout his illness, Gary demonstrated great strength and bravery- fighting until the very end. He remained upbeat and positive, and was very ap- preciative of the love and care he received. Gary has touched many hearts and lives and will be greatly missed. Gary is survived by his daughter, Megan Aldrich (Dale) of P~co, Wash.; his par- ents, Dave and Laveme of Mc- Minnville; brothers, Ronnie (Peggy) of Texas, Brian (Trish) of Amity, Mike (Carol) and Jeff (Tracey) of McMinnville; sis- ters, Cheryl Hopkins of Mc- Minnville, Brenda of Beaver- ton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Neil, and his brother, David. "By the way, I don't know if you can use these or not, but I have a couple gift cards that are prob- ably worth about a hundred dol- lars. Maybe you could use them for the cookie dough supplies or the Thanksgiving community dinner. I don't know." Before he could finish his thoughts, I knew exactly what those gift cards were for. I said, "Izak, you are not going to believe what just happened!" And I proceeded to tell him the story. So we took a group of kids and went shopping that aftemoon and were able to get the majority of the food we needed for the feast. After that, the Nite Court kids started texting me throughout the day on Satur- day and on Sunday asking what they could bring to the feast. The Nite Court kids provided the rest of the food we needed. By Sun- day at 3 p.m. we had more than enough food to feed 100 people, including 65 pounds of turkey, 75 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of carrots, 10 packages of stuff- ing, 12 cans of com and green beam, 100 rolls, 3 pumpkin pies and a 13x18 pan of cherry cob- bler!! The kids prepared a deli- cious feast and we served ap- proximately 50people, including eight meals that were delivered by the youth to the elderly who could not leave their homes due to age or illness. I hope you were blessed by this story and I hope you will give thanks this Thanksgiving to the one who truly is a boun- tiful supplier. Kathie Byers Sheridan Story not quite correct To the Editor: I guess misquotes sell papers too. In regards to the tension ar- ticle written last week in the pa- per, the quote "That's nor' was A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at The Assembly of God Church in Amity ( 118 Maddox Avenue). A potluck reception will follow the memorial ser- vice; please bring a dish to share. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Sharon L, Agee Aug. 16, 1932-Nov. 18, 2011 Sharon L. Agee of Wil- lamina, Oregon passed away on November 18 after a brief ill- ness. She was 79. Sharon was an avid gardener, painter of landscapes, and, with her mother, was proprietor of Riv- erside Greenhouses in Sheri- dan, Ore. for 20 years. correct partially. The 'q-Iow to read a meter" wasn't said. What was said, was in response to the "Dog and Pony Show" Frank Sheridan displayed for the audi- ence. Was it on the agenda? I don't think so, but the mayor gave him lots of time to voice his vendetta anyway. He did get about 70 percent of the facts cor- rect. The other 30 percent was a bit erroneous as he likes to say. Then there was the part in the article that said I made a motion. Well, again almost correct. I did intend to make a motion on the ordinance in question, but was cut short by coun(dor Quinones. Something about Roberts Rules, hmm. Well, the ordinance wasn't technically on the agenda. Frank had already read through halfofChapter 13 in the Charter which is all about water ordinances including the billing and who is liable. I kind of fig- ured if the mayor and city man- ager make the agenda and the door had pretty much been swung wide open, then why not suggest an ordinance that was worth having. As the ordinance is written now I question the le- gality and the constitutionality of it. Not to mention the lack of morality or integrity it implies. Another part of the article talked about a request by coun- cilman Qninones on dos and don'ts of councilors. Handouts and training were suggested for elected officials. Not a bad idea, but I probably would have gone in another direction such as paid employees. Things like "public relations" come to mind. Then there was the use of the bill the past renters had. Frank used it for the sample bill on the meter reading presenta- tion. Might be a pricey law vio- lated there? Not sure, but I doubt he got their consent prior to the meeting. I know he hadn't gotten mine. Chris Ehry Sheridan Born in Salem, Ore. she moved during elementary school to Grande Ronde, Ore. Her parents were Lois and Bob Gilstrap. Graduating from Wd- lamina High School, she mar- ried August Baunach of Grande Ronde and was widowed the same year. She was re-married to Raymond Agee for 54 years--Raymond preceded her in death in 2006. Sharon is survived by sisters Bobbie Hendrickson of Wash- ougal, Wash., and Donna Voltin of Lyons, Ore. (A third sister, Lynn Wakkure, passed away in 2004.) Sharon is also survived by her three children - Susan Lovette of Vancouver, Wash., RobertAgee of Willarnina, and August Baunach of Corvallis, Ore.--and their families. A celebration of Sharon's life is planned for January 2012 in Willamina. Public no- tice of this event will be posted in the newspapers and through extended family members. Updates will also be available at, where you may go to leave online condolences for the family. Dallas Mortuary Trib- ute Center is handling the ar- rangements. -4