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 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...

 

Looking ahead, looking back - Chronicle Columnist

As you read this you are probably in that strange zone of crumpled Christmas wrappings and thinking about a new year in front of you. With both Christmas and New Year’s falling on the first of the...

 

Light at the end of the tunnel

In Cottage Grove, there was dismay and immediate inconvenience in September of 2016. A right of way that has been open for over 100 years was, without warning, boarded up, closed and posted “No...

 

A Rotary Christmas comes to Bohemia

Christmas came a little early last Thursday, thanks to the Cottage Grove Rotary Club, local businesses and a host of volunteers. When the doors at Bohemia Elementary School swung open at 6 p.m., the c...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    December 6, 2018

Alas Slabtown, where art thou?

When you think of a ghost town usually it conjures up dusty, bleached out buildings with flapping doors and maybe some tumbleweeds blowing through. Cottage Grove has a sort of ghost town that looks...

 

Happy birthday, Opal

Opal Whiteley looms large in Cottage Grove - namely about 18 feet tall - smiling down from the newly restored mural in the Opal Whiteley Park on Main Street. She is one of the area's most interesting...

 

Cerro Gordo – Vision & Reality

There seems to be some doubt as to exactly how the highest butte in these parts got the Spanish name "Cerro Gordo." The mountain is clearly visible from Main Street in downtown Cottage Grove. Local...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    November 8, 2018

Warm hearts, warm beds

If you are lucky enough to have a warm dry place to live, it is probably easy to forget that there are folks who have it pretty rough when the mercury drops and the rains set in. Ten years ago, a...

 

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