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2 The Sun, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 ? (- 1 PINION I In Other Words I Come for breakfast, bring a friend ping for gifts or buying groceries for Christmas dinner. West Valley residents are great at supporting their neighbors, that is evident by the amount of food and monetary donations made to the local food bank, but we're not always as local minded when shopping. Last week I was looking for a gift for my sister-in- law. I found what I was looking for at a McMinnville bicycle shop downtown and then later found the same thing for a few bucks cheaper at Walmart. My first in- stinct was to save some money, but my wife quickly reminded me that shopping locally is always much better. In this case it was in McMinnville, but still that's much more local than Walmart. This weekend a West Valley Clinton Vining business is asking for help. Last summer ODOT put up a cement wall between High- way 18 and three roadside businesses in Fort Hill in an attempt to make the highway more safe. A multi-mil- lion dollar interchange was built a mile east of the prior Fort Hill Road intersection, but many passerbys have stopped stopping. Six months later the gas station closed its doors. The Fort Hill Restaurant and the Fort Hill Lounge--two different businesses operated in the same building-- are still open for business, but they are struggling. The Goforth family, owners of the Fort Hill Restau- rant, are inviting everyone to their establishment on Saturday, Dec. 12 to eat and sign another petition to ODOT to tear down the wall. Sheridan Baptist. Church Pastor Joel Boyce said in an email, "So what would happen if everyone who loves the Goforths showed up for eats on the same day... In such numbers ... that it was on TV ... newspapers ... maybe radio ... And what would happen if the mes- sage was clear ... to ODOT. 'We love this restaurant ... we love this business ... we love this family,' 'ODOT, tear down this wall.' I wonder how many people would show up for a meal.., would there be a line? Dec. 12... And how about if we invite the media there to see, and politely ask ODOT to tear down this wall?" Organizers are asking that anyone and everyone show up for a meal and invite everyone they know who is willing to show their support for a local business. This is a perfect opportunity for the generous, sup- portive folks of the West Valley to show their support for an excellent cause--a struggling local business. Fort Hill Restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. - We will see you there. Bring a friend. Where to write your lawmakers U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 230 Dirksen Senate Office Build- ing Washington, DC 20510. Phone 202-224-5244 U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, B40B Dirksen Senate Office Build- ing, Washington, DC 20510. Phone 202-224-3753 U.S. Rep. David Wu - Oregon-lst Dist., 2338 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone 202-225-0855 District Office: 620 SW Main Street, Suite 606, Portland, OR 97205. Phone 503:326-2901 or 1-800-422-4003. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon-5th Dist., 1419 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515-3705. Phone: 202- 225-5711 Governor Ted Kulongoski, 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: sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us Rep. Jim Thompson - Dist. 23; 900 Court St. NE, H-388, Salem, OR 97301. Phone 503-986-1423. E-mail: rep.JimThompson@state.or.us Rep. Jim Weidner - Dist. 24; 900 Court St. NE, H-387, Salem, OR 97301. Phone 503-986-1424. E-mail: rep.jimweidner@state.or.us. 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: Ron Dodge, Tom Richey, Mike Propes. Polk County Courthouse, Dallas, OR 97338- 3174. Phone 503-623-8173. Letters to The Sun The00Sun -O1 493-940 Clinton Vinlng 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-maih news@sheridansun.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Sun, RO. Box 68, Sheridan, OR. 97378. Buying a real Christmas tree is better for the environment By Anne Marie Moss Guest Columnist The delight of gazing at a light-strewn, decorated live Christmas tree and the festive feeling its evergreen aroma in- spires does not need to be ac- companied by a nagging sense of guilt. The Oregon Farm Bureau wants to inform consumers that despite what they may have heard over the years, buying a fresh Christmas tree is a better environmental choice than buy- ing a plastic tree. Why? Live trees from Or- egon are local, renewable, re- cyclable, are not made from petroleum, nor did they use the energy to be shipped half way around world from China. " 'Y)regonians should feel good about purchasing an Oregon- grown Christmas tree this holi- day season," says Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue, a nursery operator in Boring. "Live frees are sustainably pro- duced by family farmers and are 100 percent recyclable. Besides knowing they are supporting lo- cal agriculture, consumers can also enjoy the fragrance and beauty thatonly a fresh Christ- mas tree can bring." Some people mistakenly believe that Christmas trees are clear-cut en masse from forest- land. Not so. Like wheat or corn, farmers grow Christmas trees in fields, or nursery plots. But instead of an annual harvest, the trees typically take 5 to 6 years be- fore they are ready for sale. Christmas tree growers have rotating plots with trees of vary- ing ages to ensure that each year there are enough mature trees by November and December. After a crop of trees is har- vested, another is planted. There are around 720 li- censed Christmas tree growers in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Agricul- ture. The. climate of the Wil- lamette Valley is perfect for raising evergreens, and the al- most 8 million trees harvested in Oregon are of exceptional quality. Oregon's trees are so preferred, in fact, that our state is the number one producer of Christmas trees in the nation. Last year Oregon's Christmas tree production was valued at an impressive $122.8 million, making it the eighth largest out of 220+ agriculture products raised in the state. And of course fresh Christ- mas trees are biodegradable. Many communities publicize Christmas tree recycling pro- grams soon after New Years. Anne Marie Moss works for the state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), which is a vol- untary, grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization repre- senting the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the pub- lic and .po. ]icymaking arenas. Blood drive draws three first-timers By Donna Hulett Guest Columnist On Nov. 18 a Red Cross blood drive was held at the Open Door Community Church. There were 46 folks who regis- tered and 42 were successful at donating a pint of blood. Lois Levy and Louise Th- ompson registered the donors. First half of the drive, which started at 1 p.m., water and pins were handed out by Janice Stewart. The second half Loila Zook took over while Janice donated a pint of bloo'd. Escorts the first half were Cris Darr and Pamela Hylton and June Latham and Barbara Leisman finished the evening. The drive ended at 6 p.m. Three first time donors were April Johnson, Clinton Vning and Mary Morris. They each received the little red drop of blood pin. Michael Grith was given a six-gallon p There were no school stu- dents this time as Sheridan High School senior Olivia Hamilton will be having a blood drive at the high school Dec. 9 as her senior project. Edna and Elsa Simonson were in charge ofthe canteen the firsthalfwith Bev and Bill Mon- roe finishing the evening chores. Sheridan Rotary Club always donates doughnuts for the can- teen. The Red Cross furnishes juice, tea, coffee, cookies and snacks such as trail mix and little boxes of raisins. Each donor first drinks another glass of water before having another liquid of some kind and the snacks. Roger Epps had helped put out the sandwich boards down- town before the drive started and picked them up in the" evening. The signs help direct folks to Open Door Church at 339 NW Sherman Street. John Volman of Open Door Church makes sure tables and chairs are set out before the Red Cross Truck arrives. After do- nation blood he is there to put the tables and chairs back in place. The donation of the building and the work getting things ready by Open Door Church is really appreciated. Junior Girl Scout Troop 10453 puts out posters in Wil- lamina under the direction of their leader Amanda Baker. In Sheridan Cub Scout Pack 215 takes care of the posters with their leader Leigh Ann Michelson. This is a great help getting the news of the blood drive out to the communities. The Sun always has notices in the newspaper along with the frontpage box with information provided by First Federal. Donor phone calls are made by Bev Monroe and Donna Hulett. Phone calls are the best way to get signed up for each blood drive and so necessary for a smoothly run drive. The next drive in Sheridan will be Jan. 20, 2010 with times for appointments in 15 minute segments starting at 1 p.m. The last time for an appointment is 5:45 p.m. Drives are always at Open Door Community Church at 339 NW Sherman Street, just three blocks down Lincoln Street as you turn offWest Main SWeet. Watch The Sun for news about the drive as time draws near. Please call Donna Hulett for an appointment. Her home phone number is 503-843- 2834. She welcomes calls for folks wanting to sign up. Get- ting an appointment helps make the wait time much less and the drive runs smoothly. Donate blood and save several folks lives. It's a good thing to do. On the farm To the Editor: During these troubled times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and this time it is not the impending train wreck. The City of Sheridan is con- sidering a bold step, encour- aged by a recent letter to the editor in The Sun. Move to Sheridan and enjoy the good old days again and cut your living cost way down. Buy your home now and begin this great savings program. Please note the following features: 1. No more grass mowing, the goats will take care of this. 2. No more frantic trips to the grocery store. For milk sim- ply go out and milk the cow that is either in the front yard or was it the back yard? And those calves butcher up real nice. 3. Cut fuel cost. Merely saddle up the horse that is tied to the garage and amble downtown to do your shopping. Horse poop is not illegal on the city streets. 4. Talk about the price of eggs going up, not to worry, those chickens lay lots of them and those flyers, yum, yum. 5. Like bacon, worry no more,just take a trip to the back yard or was it the front yard and take a gander at those porkers- Macon-Bacon at its finest mo- ment. In case your kids like to make mud pies, there will be plenty of it. 6. For those of you that pre- fer lamb chops (they are so tasty), they do quite well. You have to hose the manure once in awhile offthe patio, but did you notice how it turns the grass to that pretty green? 7. Now for the really exotic, have you tried raising a pack of wolves lately? Now there is a real challenge for some of you real men. Anyway, the list goes on and on. I hope I sparked your inter- est enough to come to our great town and live the truly good life. A side note: You might no- tice a slight dip in the price of your present home, especially if you live on what we call the "down wind side." Have a nice day. Bob White Sheridan Fighting back To the Editor: Regarding the Dec. 2 article entitled "County files lawsuit against Old Karz Museum," it will hopefully be rewritten to say "Non-tribal taxpayers file lawsuit against Polk County Commissioners" before Jan. 5. Their resolution in 1995 that the tribe should not have to pay in- come tax on their casino in- come because they are going to help the community with their income was totally incorrect. Help the "tribal commu- nity" yes, but screw the non- tribal community, and with Polk County's help. A class ac- tion lawsuit is needed and an honest lawyer is needed to of- fer to do it pro bono or on con- tingency. A class action that sues the State of Oregon for violation of our Constitution. Regarding Gene (Bill) Austin's Old Karz Mttseum alone, soon after the casino opened in Oct '95, Bill got a call from neigh- bors telling him that there were men with power washers on the west end of the roof of his Old Karz Musetma and a truck with a crane powering it (full of cans of green paint). Bill drove an hour and a half to get to his musetan and asked what they were doing. He was told that the tnq or ca- sino CEO had hired them to re- move the words and then repaint the roof green etc. Bill told them to cease. That end of his museum roof was damaged, leaked from then on and he has witnesses to it all. Then the weight of the snow and ice and the wind took that same area of the roof in '08. The claim about inoperable cars is absolutely untrue and, in my opinion, being that claim is from Polk, is an attempt to make Bill get rid of his vehicle parts that he could sell; and now that Polk County, without a word to Bill, has changed his property to commercial zone, Bill has every right to his busi- ness use of it with the old cars. The claim of "solid waste" that comes diabolically from Polk-that problem came straight from the tribe. They inadvert- early cut offhis sewer pipe. T&L Septic was hired by the tribe to provide a porta potty and also pump out Bill's tank regularly. The sewer situation is still perking and they need to compen- sate Bill for all the damages. There is still much more. Kathy Thole Sheridan