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 By Dana Merryday    News    July 18, 2019 

'Houston, the Eagle has landed'

Purists will complain that the title of this column is an abbreviation of the first words spoken from the moon's surface. I grant that claim and wish to point out that this condensation has become an...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Ride 'em, COWBOY

The 71st Annual Cottage Grove Rodeo was jam-packed full of action last weekend as riders from far and wide descended on the Riding Club just south of town...

 
 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 Aliya Hall    News    July 4, 2019

"Splash down" in sight for new aquatics center

A bond measure passed three years ago is coming to fruition in the form of a renovated public pool and competitive aquatics center for Cottage Grove residents. Renovations to the Warren H. Daugherty...

 
 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...

 

IF YOU GO: Thoughts from the desk at Kalapuya Books

What: An Afternoon with Shannon Applegate, author of “Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Family’s History and Lore.” When: Thursday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m. Where: The Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main Street, Cottage Grove Thoughts from the desk at Kalapuya...

 

School's out for summer: Now what?

South Lane School District had their last day of school on Tuesday, and students said their goodbyes and headed home for the summer. When I was a kid I couldn't wait for the summer break from school....

 
 By Ben Deatherage    News    June 20, 2019

Miller continues dominance on 'Dad's Night'

Despite only two classes on the card for the Friday, June 14, event at Cottage Grove Speedway, fans were treated to exciting racing. The Interstate Sprint Car Series opened up its 2019 season after...

 

Grand marshal chosen

Costumed members of the Bohemia Mining Days (BMD) Board and its festival coordinator recently dropped in and surprised Banner Bank Cottage Grove branch manager, Jim Gilroy with the announcement that...

 
 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"...

 

Carousel Corner

Master Woodcarver Ken Means offered to paint this carousel horse, bringing it to life for a CG resident, Nadine Kelley, who had "adopted" a carousel horse. Pictured are the before (top) and after...

 

Wings & Wheels is June 29

The Sixth Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels is June 29 at Jim Wright Memorial Field in Cottage Grove from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Modern and vintage aircrafts and automobiles will be on display and...

 
 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 Don Williams    News    May 30, 2019

The Carousel Corner - Carousel is about 98 percent complete

The carousel is about 98 percent complete. The work remaining is the electronics on the drive mechanism and some lighting. Master Woodcarver Ken Means offered to paint the horse for a local resident,...

 
 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...

 

Thoughts from the desk at Kalapuya Books

Our small town is surrounded by a larger, always changing world. Sometimes the events of that world impact our community personally as they did in 2009 when the national news shared the story of...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    May 23, 2019

Leaps and Bounds: Young driver finding success

When Keegan Bounds first started box stock kart racing at five years old, he was the slowest car on the track. It wasn't until his fifth race, when he hit the wall and flipped his kart, that he was ab...

 
 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 Staff Reports    News    May 16, 2019

Grove bank to be rehabbed with grant money

Cottage Grove recently was awarded $200,000 to rehabilitate the 1903 Bank Building on the corner of Main and Sixth streets granted by Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The division awarded 29 other...

 
 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...

 

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