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 By Dana Merryday    News    July 11, 2019 

50 years of psycho-spiritual rejuvenation for all

As you read this I will be camped out and ready for the opening of the 50th Oregon Country Fair. For the past 27 years, the second weekend in July has been indelibly marked on my calendar as an "I...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    July 4, 2019

The Swinging Bridge is coming down

While it is a bit sad to see something that has been standing since 1965 slowly coming apart, the promise of what is to come tempers that feeling. Crews from Hamilton Construction Company moved in...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 27, 2019

'Water Ouzels' are keeping our Coast Fork clean

On Saturday, an intrepid group will assemble at the Row River Boat Ramp with an assortment of watercraft, life jackets, paddles and plastic garbage bags. These volunteers are named for a tough little...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 13, 2019

'Color Their World' Tie-dye creations to be on display, for bid at Mining Days

Bohemia Mining Days board members and volunteers last weekend worked with retired hotel bed sheets and encouraged the public to create mind-expanding creations at Coiner Park. The "Color Their World"...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 6, 2019

Through the Grove-Vine - A busy groove in the Grove

It was one of those weekends that I kind of dread in Cottage Grove. Everything at once! You want to do it all but there is only so much time available. The nice weather didn't help either. Although I...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 30, 2019

Hats off! Special exhibition on display at Cottage Grove Historical Museum

Up until the late 1950s and early 60s, no self-respecting man would think about going out in public without a hat. I am not talking about the ubiquitous ball cap of today, but a real solid affair of...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 23, 2019

We love you, Latham School - Community celebration is May 31

Latham School's long story has reached its last chapter. The current building dates back to 1922, but the large cost to bring the deteriorating building up to grade, along with declining student...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 16, 2019

Remembering Erica Caridio: A community staple

Saturday afternoon I spent a bittersweet time around the iconic round table at the Axe & Fiddle. Just on the other side of the glass, blurred by the large Axe neon sign, the bustle of Main Street...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 9, 2019

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

You have probably seen the bumper sticker that reads, “It will be a great day when schools get all the money they need and the Air Force will need to have a bake sale to buy a bomber.” While that...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 2, 2019

Waving a sad goodbye to Clarence Kreamier

It takes all kinds of people to make up a community. Some people like to blend in and remain anonymous, others like to strut their stuff, loud and brashly. Some are bad, some good and some are just...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    April 25, 2019

Celebrate May with South Valley Farmers' Market

I am glad I don’t really have to depend on the weather to make my living. This past week went from cold, rainy, 40 degree temperatures to downright balmy by the week’s end. Farmers do have to...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    April 18, 2019

The Spring events are underway

Even though it is still grey, cold and rainy, the time to get out and do things fun has come to the Northwest. And a little rain has rarely slowed down Oregonians. Ken Kesey in “Sometimes a Great...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    April 11, 2019

Opal Whiteley in the 21st Century

Cottage Grove and Opal Whiteley have a long and somewhat complicated relationship. She grew up in nearby Walden, Star, and other logging towns and camps and was undoubtedly a savant, the likes of...

 
 By Dana Merryday    Opinion    April 4, 2019

April is Earth Month

April showers bring May flowers, is something I learned in school. And after all of that snow it is a welcome relief to see spring really budding out. April is also the month we celebrate our one...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    March 28, 2019

A peek into the past

For a town that is only 122 years old, Cottage Grove sure has packed a lot of history into that time. Not only has a lot of water flowed under its covered bridges but the folks here take their...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    March 21, 2019

Out of this world!

If you haven't taken advantage of the excellent exhibition, NASA's Discover Exoplanets at the Cottage Grove Public Library yet, time is slipping through your fingers. It will be at the Cottage Grove L...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    March 14, 2019

Swap yer seeds 'n' scions

When you look at a seed catalog, everything looks good. It is like a dream book! But what grows well in one place may not flourish where you happen to live. That is why it is best to get your seeds...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    March 7, 2019

Snow daze

It is hoped that by now everyone has power. This piece in no way wishes to make light of people who suffered losses, and are still dealing with the aftermath from last week’s snow storm. I have...

 

Cottage Grove bridges: pardon our dust

There are currently four out of five ways open to cross the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Things are about to be a little more complicated for travelers in the present, but in the future all...

 

Kalapuya Roots – Still Blooming

Before the settlers began following the Oregon Trail, and Hudson Bay traders and trappers found their way into what was to become Oregon, Native Americans scratched out a pretty decent living. The...

 

Musical notes jazz style

Cottage Grove, the covered bridge capital, might not come across as a place for innovative jazz, but at the Cottage Events Venue each fourth Tuesday, the magic happens. The Jazz Jam is a...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    February 7, 2019

The Western Oregon Opry Part II -'Touch a Hand, Make a Friend', the Opry onstage Expo 86

Last week in this column, you were either introduced to or were reminded of a Cottage Grove cultural institution: The Western Oregon Opry. This week we learn how the Opry went international, represent...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    January 31, 2019

The Western Oregon Opry, part 1

I spent a delightful rainy afternoon at the home of Annie Manning and Neil Fain surrounded by newspaper articles, photo albums and golden memories. Additionally, Larry Barkemeyer, Bob and Sharon...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    January 17, 2019

The coat that proved unsinkable

Cottage Grove, being a small town out in the sticks, doesn't usually come to mind when you think of the drama and tragedy associated with the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage. At the time...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    January 10, 2019

Do something different this weekend

If you made a New Year’s commitment to do something that you haven’t done before, then I have a couple of suggestions that are happening this weekend. One possibility is to participate in the...

 

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