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Looking back on my nine terms in the Oregon State Legislature

I moved out of my office in the State Capitol in Salem a few days ago. Just before Christmas Marty Wilde, the new state representative, moved into his office there. During my nine terms much has...

 

Focus on shopping locally; supporting established, new businesses

Recently there was a Facebook post on the Creswell Community Connections page asking, "What store or business does this town need to add? (Looking for suggestions.)" There were over 200 comments in...

 
 By Don Ehrich    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Kiwanis Club of Cottage Grove and Creswell to merge and form new Coast Fork Kiwanis Club

Two local Kiwanis Clubs have recently agreed to combine their resources and merge into a single area club to increase service to youth in the Southern Willamette Valley. In the upcoming months, the Kiwanis Club of Cottage Grove and the Kiwanis Club...

 

10 gift ideas for the gardeners in your life

Whether a gift giver who enjoys splurging or staying within a budget for the gift-giving season, Oregon State University Extension Service has everyone covered. Extension Service experts stepped up...

 

Veterans Day 2018

Editor's note: Printed here is the speech written and read by VFW Dept. of Oregon State Commander Rick Higgins at the Veterans Day Memorial Celebration in Creswell last weekend. It is my great honor...

 

Guest Viewpoint - Growing Up in the Digital Age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have had challenges growing up. In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The Washington Post conf...

 

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE: Food Pantry grateful for community support

The volunteer staff at the Creswell Food Pantry would like to thank the entire Creswell community for the incredible outpouring of support these past two months. It all started with a Creswell Food Pantry Facebook post, announcing that our shelves...

 

Let's bring STAR Voting to Lane County!

Frustrated by politics? Remember, democracy has always been a work in progress. Oregon has long been a pioneer in that progress, from the initiative and referendum a century ago to the mail-in ballots and “motor voter” registration of today. Now...

 

City hall, from the inside, part two

I hear people wonder what we do all day here at City Hall. So, I thought that from time to time it might be worthwhile to give you a snapshot of what is keeping us so busy. Last week, I wrote about...

 

City hall, from the inside, part one

I hear people wonder what we do all day here at City Hall. So, I thought that from time to time it might be worthwhile to give you a snapshot of what is keeping us so busy. Jennifer is the nice lady...

 

Do we remember other fires in faraway places?

The other night it was hot. Hot during the day, hot at night. Heat seems to define summer for us, in many ways. In spite of that, after a day in the outdoors, we built a fire. A small fire. A "hat"...

 
 By Marti Gaitor    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Find me, where I have 'Ben' An introduction to Ben Gaiter at the end of his life

Hello Creswell and Southern Lane County. Martin Gaiter, aka Marti Gee, is here to discuss the things that make you go, "Hmmm!?" The first question you may have is, "I just started to get used to...

 
 By Slim Randles    Opinion    July 5, 2018

A very private American moment

We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. A great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the...

 
 By Finn J.D. John    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Oregon was John F. Kennedy's make-or-break state in 1960 primary

As the 1960 Democratic presidential primary neared, Sen. John F. Kennedy was looking at Oregon with increasing apprehension. At that time, Oregon was the first Western state to hold a mandatory...

 
 By Gini Davis    Opinion    June 21, 2018

A Fond Farewell - To everything, a 'season'

In the words of author Gregg Levoy, “When you’re on the right path, the universe winks and nods at you from time to time, to let you know.” After 11 years and three months, this will be my...

 
 By Martin Gaiter    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Pondering the complexities of SLAs

Good Day! I was so ready to answer some recent questions I have received for Week Two. You have reached out to me about relationships, work conflicts, networking tips, how to get past annoying sales p...

 
 By Bill Barker    Opinion    June 7, 2018

One white hat over the cuckoo's nest

Our world is crazy. You might even call it a gigantic cuckoo's nest. But every once in a while, one of us up and flies off it in such a spectacular way that when you look up afterwards, the escapee has somehow totally transmuted themselves into somet...

 
 By Martin Gaiter    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Chronicle welcomes new columnist, Martin Gaiter Here to discuss all the things that make you go 'Hmmm!?

Hello Creswell and southern Lane County. Martin Gaiter, a.k.a. Marti Gee is here to discuss the things that make you go Hmmm!? I have spent my life building experiences in the military, the media,...

 

MAY IS NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH

Over 100 years ago, a Creswell resident discarded a two-ounce druggist bottle filled with a distilled elixir, likely a chloroform compound for toothache, produced by A.G. Andersen, a well-regarded pha...

 
 By Carol Campbell    Opinion    May 10, 2018

Preserving Old Schoolhouse links Creswell's past, present, future

Creswell Public Library and Civic Improvement Club Clubhouse, locally known as the “Old Creswell Schoolhouse,” located on South 2nd Street here in Creswell, is our only community site on the National Historic Register. When I was a Creswell high...

 

Please vote in the 2018 Primary Election Calling all Oregon voters!

Please remember to vote in Oregon’s 2018 Primary Election and encourage your friends and family to vote, too. Historically, voter participation has been relatively low in non-presidential primary elections, which means that the voters who do turn...

 
 By Verlean McCoy    Opinion    May 3, 2018

May is National Historic Preservation Month

The story in last week’s Creswell Chronicle entitled “Students tour town’s history at Creswell Museum” was a timely prelude to the recognition of May as National Historic Preservation Month. It highlighted the fact that Creswell is fortunate...

 

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