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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 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...

 

Creswell-Cottage Grove Kiwanis clubs sponsor part-carousel chariot

Creswell and Cottage Grove Kiwanis clubs recently signed up to sponsor a portion of the handicapped bench, or "chariot" on the Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel, of which there are four. On the...

 
 By Erin Tierney    News    April 18, 2019

Cascade Chorus, Social Insecurity show is May 19

The Cascade Chorus and quartet Social Insecurity will be performing on May 19 in Cottage Grove as a fundraising effort for the Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel's building fund. The event will be...

 
 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 Aliya Hall    News    April 4, 2019

Singing Creek Education Center moves to Cottage Grove

For those interested in Oregon and Oregon Trail history in Cottage Grove: There is good news. The Singing Creek Education Center is moving from Junction City's old granary to the Dr. Snapp House in...

 

Bridal Tasting Open House at The Village Green is April 7

The Village Green will host a Bridal Open House The Village Green on Sunday, April, 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be onsite at The Village Green, 725 Row River Road. Guests at the Bridal Open...

 
 By Don Williams    News    March 28, 2019

The Carousel Corner: Business After Hours a success

I would like to thank the wonderful citizens of Southern Lane County and Chamber members who participated in Business After Hours at King Estate Winery and the temporary home of the restoration of...

 
 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...

 

Thoughts from the desk at Kalapuya Books…

Store owner Hal, in his days as a legendary Hoedad, planted almost half a million trees while Betsy homesteaded with family on land miles from the nearest neighbors. They invested their love of the land in the naming of Kalapuya Books, an intention...

 
 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 Don Williams    News    February 7, 2019

Ken Means works carousel wonders

Renowned artist Ken Means is considered to be a master woodcarver and painter of carousel animals, and many other bigger than life sculptures carved out of wood, as well as finishing details. He has...

 
 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 Staff Reports    News    January 31, 2019

Carousel news: Supporters receive awards

On Dec. 19 at the Cottage Grove Chamber Banquet Awards Dinner, supporters of the Cottage Grove Carousel Project were honored. The Kimwood Corporation, a major machine manufacturer in the lumber and...

 

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