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 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... Full story

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    November 1, 2018

The trains are in town

On entering the Cottage Grove Armory, the magic sound of wheels on track of model trains was intoxicating. The timbre is so familiar, having trains regularly passing through the Grove, yet...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 25, 2018

Walking down Main Street in Cottage Grove

"Walking down Main Street getting to know the concrete, looking for a purpose from a neon sign." Those opening words to the Son Volt song "Tear Stained Eye" often come to me as I stroll down the Main...

 

The road to Cottage Grove

1990 was a pivotal year in my life and it was time for a change. I left my native Florida in a painted-up Ford van a la Ken Kesey, which I had rigged out to live in. Having had the “On the Road” e...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 11, 2018

Home again

Two editions ago I dropped into The Creswell Chronicle without as much as "by your leave" and maybe left you wondering, "Who is this person? Why are they taking up space in the Creswell paper talking...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 4, 2018

Miss Kitty, a community staple

Progress is not all it is cracked up to be, and although change is inevitable it doesn't always leave a good taste in your mouth. I often think that as I pass by the little "Cottage Grove Answering Se...

 

Celebrate our two towns, celebrate 'Creswellgrove'

Guests entering Cottage Grove's historic Armory this past Saturday were greeted by bundles of corn stalks, fresh cut flowers, apples and locally grown produce. The bounty was a sign of a gathered...

 

Harvest Moon Benefit Concert is Sept. 22

Do you know what the Harvest Moon is and how it got its name? The full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox gets this title, usually by being the September Full moon. Due to the equinox, the moonrise...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 14, 2018

Shop, dance, network Saturday at Swinging Bridge Fundraiser

This Saturday you have an opportunity to have a great time shopping while learning all about local businesses and services and supporting Cottage Grove’s much loved ¯¿“Swinging Bridge....

 

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