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2 The Sun, Wednesday, December 28, 1994 I | 9 Homespun Humor Yes, 1994 was a big year for local news. Here's a brief recap of our "Top 10" stories: Summer Jam '94 at Willamina High School results in charges against several volunteer fire- men; Willamina school district superintendent Larry Audet loses his job; Sheridan mayor Val Adamson loses write-in campaign; drug needles found in Grand Ronde Elementary School play- ground; Congress changes law to allow tribe-run casino in Grand Ronde; youth crime soars and voters approve kids jail levy; federal jail opens in Sheridan; school board and teachers' union ap- prove new contract in Sheridan; city council in Sheridan drops sign ordinance; Sheridan High School gym closes after crack found in roof. We can hardly wait for 1995 to begin? By Linda Fink Johnny says that the next time he wants the seats back in the van, he'll do it himself. Johnny's work van doubles as a passenger van when the bench seats are in it. They're heavy and hard to move. Also bulky and difficult to store. They were stored in his shop, under rugs, when he asked for my help. "Isn't this the new carpet we bought for the bedroom?" I asked. "Yeah." "It's going to get wrecked out here. Why don't we take it inside?" That simple little suggestion led to a week of tearing the house apart and putting it back together-- ~ . ~: shortly before Christmas. That's why Johnny rues the day he asked me to help move the van seats. There's no room in our house to THANK YOU To those who participated in First Federal's holiday boot drive: thanks for your outstanding contribution[ A total of 237 pairs of boots and high top shoes (along with many pairs of gloves, scarves and hats) were delivered to Yamhill Commun- ity Action Program (YCAP). YCAP is dedicated to providing services to those in need, and your contribution is helping to make this possible. Your support in this project is very much appreciated. Agnes Bradford, Roxanne Acuff, Myrna Dade, Maria Halverson, First Federal, Sheridan CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE AWESOME Every year my family and I like to go around the West Valley and look at lights. While doing this, you usually pick your "favorite" house. I agree that Rich and Shirley Mabens house is awesome. I also think that the others on the list are deserving, too. However, we would like to know if the judges viewed David and LeAnn Keysers house on Oak Lane (Corbett Acres, Willa- mina)? Thanks David and LeAnn for your totally spectacular display every Christmas. My family and I look forward to seeing your house every year. Van, Cristi, Chris & Max Scholten, Willamina COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS GOODBYE It's come time for me to sit down and write this letter in the closing days of my term in office as county commissioner. Let me first say, it's been an extreme pleasure and an honor to serve the constituents of this county and to work with one of the finest organizations I've every had the pleasure to meet. When I came into office four years ago, people who did not know me assumed a lot of things. I feel I have demonstrated that I am a free-standing individual who just wanted to do my part in contributing back to the community I live in. I believe I have represented the con- stituents well and can safely say I gave 100 percent effort in fulfilling my responsibilities. My reason for not running again is simple. I think serving in the role of commissioner requires absolute dedication and commitment by an individual. I also believe you can become complacent in serving if you don't go back to the "real" world and get a reality check. I don't want to serve in a position of this nature if I'm not willing or able to give it my "all." And for those of vices and the parks/corrections work crew. Each of these were done for different reasons, but they all had one thing in common---to pro- vide a more effective and user- friendly system. I believe they have been very successful in all aspects. We also implemented a better "capital improvement" plan which allows funding to be generated inter- nally to address not only the issue of remodels and purchases, but also a more stable base to fund on-going maintenance on an annual basis. This was accomplished by imple- menting rental charges on all departments, so everyone shares in the burden of future space cost and the preventative maintenance of the facilities. We were able to negotiate a long- term contract with Riverbend Land- fill which not only gives the consti- tutents reasonable rates and guar- anteed capacity on a long-term basis, but I believe we have estab- lished stable funding for the future in the area of solid waste manage- ment for our county. I spent a great deal of time and energy revamping the regional strat- egies program into what it is now. Counties, or regions, are allowed to promote up to three industries at a time; the cost to operate the pro- gram no longer is funded from general fund dollars, the participants or grantees pay the cost, and bench- marks have been implemented to measure success and effectiveness. We have made a strong effort to make investments in new technol- ogy in the data processing field and now approach decision making by service team, rather than individual departments moving ahead of the others. One last thing that I am very proud of during my tenure was to implement the Deming philosophy and total quality management. I believe that the answer to becoming a great organization is to utilize all the talent and expertise you have. Some of the best recommendations for change, in any organization, come from the bottom up. Top down management is not an effective means to manage this many people with so many different services. The service team concept we have implemented is very effective. My wish is that the management team continue to implement TQM and self-directed work teams in the future. If everyone takes part in decision-making, forming recom- mendations for change and the responsibility to manage the organi- zation, you form a team that can accomplish anything that comes before them. I'm sure there are some things I have failed to mention that were you that know me, it's "all or above and beyond my regular duties nothing"---I don't do anything half as commissioner, but I just wanted way or mediocre--not intentionally, to say I truly enjoyed serving Yam- I wanted to take the time to recap for you my activities and special projects that I accomplished during my tenure. We completed the reor- ganization of human services, tax/ treasurer and administrative ser- hill County in this position. I found it to be challenging, yet very reward- ing. Thank you again for having the faith in me to serve you in this position. Debt Owens, Yamhill County Commissioner store a rug, so it had to get laid. You can't lay a carpet until the furniture is out of the room you intend to lay it in. The only place the bedroom furniture would fit, other than the bedroom, was the living room. Meanwhile, we stashed the carpet in the hall. Then we noticed that the north wall in the bedroom had mildewed. So the wall had to be scrubbed and repainted and the old carpet I -- ii Postal # 493-940 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 start 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. removed and taken to the shop for the time being. (We piled it on top of the van seats.) The carpet we'd bought on sale (of course) was an odd size. There was enough for the bedroom and hall--if Johnny cut and pieced. All this cleaning and painting and figur- ing where to cut and cutting and piecing took considerable time, especially since it had to be inter- spersed with earning a living. For a week, we slept in the guest room. Naturally, unexpected company arrived in the midst of the operation. They squeezed into the living room between two dressers. I would have offered them chairs but the chairs were buried under dresser drawers. (The dressers were too heavy to move with the drawers in.) I had not yet dusted the dressers. The backs, hidden for years, were covered with cobwebs. My guests, having just squeezed between the dressers, were now covered with cobwebs. I hoped no one noticed. "Come see the Christmas cactus blooming in the kitchen," I sug- gested. Gamely, they followed my lead as I climbed onto the dining room table, walked across, and jumped down to the kitchen floor, which was furniture free, thankfully. The kitchen has a door to the outside, so the guests didn't have to walk the table when they left. They did, however, have to go through the mud room which was, well, muddy. Oh well, people who show up unexpectedly deserve what they get. At my house, they're apt to get a mess. (People who show up expect- edly at my house often get a mess, too, but a lesser mess.) Eventually, the carpet was laid and the furniture moved back in-- some of it. We rearranged the furni- ture to keep it away from the damp north wall. That meant the rectangu- lar table at the head of our bed where we keep night reading mate- rial no longer fit in the triangular space created with the new furniture arrangement. We needed a triangu- lar table. So Johnny built one. The bedroom looks lovely. All this was finished barely a week before Christmas. We had a list of projects to do before the kids came home for the holidays, since we knew nothing would get done once they arrived. Laying a rug and its accompanying complications were not on the list. We were now one week behind schedule. Thanks to great determination, much hard work and Johnny's study HERE WE SIT oN NEW EVE DRINKINO OUR I OAF --I'D SAY THAT G;k>OWIN(~ OLD LEAV SOME'rilING TO BE DIESIRED... YEP--I LIT IT BEATS TH' ON LY OTHER ALTEPJ, IATIVE / By Ann Schauber 'It takes a whole village to raise a child." More and more we are beginning to realize the profound truth in this African proverb. It is not just the parents or the teachers who raise our children. It is the responsibility of the whole community. When we look at the statistics on the kids who commit crimes, or have crimes committed against them, we no longer can shake our heads and say that is the fault of the parents and the schools. We must instead ask what we need to change in our communi- ties to create an environment that is safe and supportive for our children. The question is overwhelming and very difficult to answer until we begin to break it down into manageable parts. If most of our children are in a family, the place where they learn those fundamental life skills, then what does the community do to support families to enable them to do their jobs well? We begin by taking a look at the jobs of a family in our society today. I suggest nine jobs. You may think of more. Families today are responsible for. Providing nutritious food for its members. Providing adequate clothing for its members. Providing safe shelter. Transferring values and communication skills. Raising and nurturing its children. .- Maintaining individual and family health. Managing resources such as finances, time and skills. Caring for aging members, and Participating in the community. Once we agree that these are the jobs of a family, we can take the next step. That is to sit down together as a community to look at each one of these jobs individually. We ask ourselves, what does a family in our community need to be able to do this job well. Once we have answered these questions, we can begin to look at whether or not our community provides the support to enable all families to do these jobs well. What does our community currently provide for family members? What is missing? What are the priority needs for families in our community? How can the community provide resources to help our families do a better job of adequately fulfilling their responsibilities? For example, if we believe that in order to maintain family health all children need to be immunized, we ask ourselves if all the children in our community have the availability of immunizations. This might include free clinics in areas where families cannot afford to pay for immunizations. These questions are not easily answered, but they provide a framework for building safer, stronger communities. This is the current work of the Yamhill County Commission on Children and Families. This work is important, because it is a major beginning toward putting our community resources into pre- venting problems rather than intervening after a problem has arisen. It is much less expensive to provide a caring environment for a child to grow into a responsible adult rather than to pay to keep that same adult in a prison for years. What we want are communities where it is safe for our children to play. We want communities where you can trust your neighbor and where its members are happy and healthy. Strong, healthy communities begin with strong families who are doing their nine jobs well. Ann Schauber is an Oregon State University agent for Yamhill County. Her work involves supporting families through educational information. Where to write members of Congress U.S. Sen. Mark O. Haffleld, 322 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washing- ton, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224- 3753. District office: Room 107, Pioneer Courthouse, 555 S.W. Yamhill St., Portland, OR 97204. U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, 259 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Wash- ington, D.C. 20510. Phone (202) 224-5244. District office: Suite 240, 101 S.W. Main St., Portland, OR 97204-3210. Phone 326-3370. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse, 316 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515-3701. Phone (202) 225-0855. District office: 860 Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland, OR 97210. Phone 326-2901 or 1- 8O0-422-4003. (it's stuffed with unfinished projects and everything else we didn't know what to do with), we finished the major items on our list, things like "get Christmas tree," "decorate Christmas tree" and "earn money." While the kids are home, Johnny won't have to ask for my help when he puts the seats in the van. I don't know where he'll put the old bed- room rug that we threw on top of the seats. It probably should go to the dump. Wherever it goes, the carpet out of the boys' room should go with it. I'd like to remodel the boys' room into a music room so I can move the piano out of our tiny living room. But the floor in one corner of the boys' room is sinking. I think we need a new foundation under that corner of the house. After the boys leave, Johnny will once again need my help when he has to move the van seats. I'll mention the music room project when we try to decide what to do with the old bedroom carpet that's piled on the seats. But Johnny swears he'll never ask for my help again. I wonder why? Linda Fink is a Grand Ronde resident and goat breeder. BIBLE QUIZ TEAMS ARE GOOD FOR KIDS There is a lot of talk going around about teen gangs, shootings, vio- lence, vandalism and discipline do's and don'ts. I would like to take this opportu- nity to point out a teen gang in Willamina of 20 or more partici- pants who are not likely to be involved in gang shootings, violence or vandalism. In fact, I would like to thank all the people involved in the Willa- mina Free Methodist Bible quiz team for the influence they have had on the two of my kids that have been involved with them. The quiz team has taught them how to study, how to get good grades in school and how to be team players. They have enjoyed the competition and they have scarcely had time to watch TV. The team has gone to nationals for the last three years and haS placed in the top three in the nation each time. They are regularly involved in state-wide Bible quiz team competitions and meet with a lot of other kids who share their values of morality and ethics. Several of the churches in our area have started Bible quiz teams and I urge parents who are con cerned about their kids to get them involved and get involved them- selves. I believe that the responsibil- ity for our kids rests with the parentS and not with the government, taxes or juvenile detention centers. By giving our kids good moral and ethical instruction through this and other church programs we can actually make a difference in the teen problems in our area. Robert Goodwin, Sheridan OCA DIRECTOR NEEDS A NEW JOB For years now the OCA has been talking about the "will of the peo- ple" being served. They have put a discriminatory initiative on the bal- lot twice now and both cases, MeaS- ure 9 (in 1992) and in this electiola Measure 13, both were defeated by the "will of the people." Now the OCA has stated that this time they will have two initiatives, one for the primary and one for the general election in 1996. I realiz~ that Lon Mabon and his family are making good money running the OCA. In fact, it is the only job Lon Mabon has had that he has been able to keep! However, it is curious that the "will of the people" doesn't hold much weight with the OCA unless it is the "will of their people." I hate to think how much haS already been spent here in Oregon but it is well into the millions already, and here we go again spending money that we don't have on an initiative that has been put on the ballot twice. John TallerinO, Sheridan