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Fourth Annual  Blues Build Benefit

Fourth Annual Blues Build Benefit

Posted on 10 July 2012 by admin

Big Monti, The Vipers and Gaye Lee Russell perform
July 22 at Pfeiffer Winery

JUNCTION CITY — Big Monti will headline the 4th Annual Jerry’s Home Improvement Center Blues Build Benefit for Junction City/Harrisburg/Monroe Habitat for Humanity at Pfeiffer Winery west of Junction City on Sunday, July 22 from 2:30-7:30pm. Proceeds will support Habitat’s home construction projects. Also performing will be The Vipers with special guest Skip Jones, and Gaye Lee Russell and Her Bad-Ass Band.
Drawing for a $1,000 Jerry’s Home Improvement Center gift card will be held at the conclusion of the Blues Build Benefit. Raffle tickets are on sale for $10 each or three for $25 and are available at the Habitat for Humanity Office, 585 Greenwood in Junction City and from Habitat volunteers. Raffle tickets will also be available at the Blues Build Benefit.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.daistickets.com/bluesbuild. Advance tickets for $15 are also available at Pfeiffer Winery, in Eugene at CD World, House of Records and the Museum of Unfine Art and Record Store, in Corvallis at the Benton Habitat for Humanity Restore, Junction City at Citizens Bank, Emerald Valley Compounding Pharmacy and the Habitat for Humanity office located at 585 Greenwood St. and in

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A challenge of excellence

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photo by Vera Westbrook
Harrisburg High School Leadership students Garrett Sims (left) and Phoenix Null present a summary of 2011-12 school achievements at a June 11 school board meeting that earned the class a Grand Prize certificate from the Oregon Association of Student Councils.

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune
HARRISBURG – Teamwork is a powerful tool for success. Eighteen students of the Harrisburg High School Leadership Class experienced success during the 2011-12 school year after proving that school size is insignificant when achieving goals amidst effective teamwork.
After earning a maximum of 245 points during the year for accomplishing a set of daunting goals, the leadership class applied for the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC) High School Student Council/Leadership Recognition award, considered ‘the challenge of excellence.’ Harrisburg High won the highest certificate offered—the Grand Prize.
“We received the highest award and we are the smallest school to receive that,” out of nine Oregon schools, said leadership student Phoenix Null during a presentation at the June 11 school board meeting.
Usually larger schools in the Portland and Salem areas earn points for goals achieved within the school setting; but Harrisburg received the highest award for the most points earned for goals accomplished outside the school as well as within.
Leadership instructor Ray White was particularly pleased with an April prom organized for students with severe disabilities sporting a ‘Springtime in Paris’ theme. About 120 students attended complete with formal gowns, a DJ and corsages.
“We had an Eiffel tower that was 8-feet tall; the leadership kids volunteered and did it all,” White said. “If you walked into the room as an outsider, it would have brought tears to your eyes to see the joy!”
Other activities included the Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive, where students raised enough food to fill eight baskets for needy Harrisburg families. For the first time last year, the students entered a float in the annual Light Parade. They also participated in a holiday tree decorating competition and then donated the trees to local families.
The students also helped with the Community Emergency Response Team and the Grassroots Garden. In addition, they also worked with foster children through ‘A Family for Every Child.’

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Scandi Fest Association open house

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Daughters of Norway looking for festival costumes


JUNCTION CITY – The Scandinavian Festival Association is hosting an open house at Fletchall two Saturdays, July 14 and July 28 from 10am-1pm. The open house is an opportunity to learn more about the festival association, join or pick up pins. There will also be a fun learning opportunity by watching the ladies bake Scandinavian treats for the festival.
In addition, The Daughters of Norway are looking for festival costumes (aprons, vests and full dresses) and will be on hand. Anyone with no-longer-needed costumes, either finished or unfinished can bring them. Those who are looking for costumes are invited to come and talk to others who have costumes to sell. A seamstress will be there for those who may be interested in having a costume made.
The events are free.

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Coffee with Cops

Posted on 10 July 2012 by admin

Come by for an electrifying evening learning about Tasers

By Steve Rowland
For The Tribune
COBURG – Everyone is invited to the Coburg Grange on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30pm to learn the truth about Tasers – why the police use them, what the dangers of their use are, and if you should carry your own for personal safety.
The Coburg Police Department is sponsoring a presentation put on by Lane County Sheriff Sgt. Steve Weir. Weir is an expert in the application of Taser technology, which Coburg Police Chief Larry Larson says is rapidly improving.
“A Taser is an important tool for a police officer,” said Larson. “It gives us another option when choosing how to apprehend a suspect. It is helpful in subduing individuals that are irrationally influenced by drugs and/or alcohol. We’ve also used a Taser to control raging dogs. Given a choice, I would much rather use a Taser than fire a bullet, especially with the chance of hurting other people.”

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A hidden treasure

Posted on 10 July 2012 by admin

photos by Steve Rowland
The gorgeous falls, created by the South Fork of the Alsea River, are just a short hike from the campground. They can be reached on foot only, and can be enjoyed by day trippers or campers alike. The river was named after the Alsi Indians and offers a cool, peaceful retreat from the summer sun.

by Sayde Moser
for the Tribune

If you are looking to get away this summer, but don’t have the time or money to go too far, you might be interested to know of a quiet, tranquil campsite no more than 25 miles from Junction City.
It is just a quick drive north into Monroe, turning left at Alpine Cutoff Road. Continue left onto Alpine Road and follow it all the way to the top.
As you leave the hustle and bustle of Junction City, the world outside your car transforms from perfectly patterned farmland to striking Oregon forests. The smooth blacktop winds its way up into the Oregon Coast Range, weaving between Douglas fir and vine maple trees, which every now and then give way, offering a stunning view of the valley and little hills covered in baby trees.
Purple and lavender foxglove decorates the side of the road, shivering in the wind. Honeysuckle, Oregon iris and other wildflowers are also easily spotted, offering a splash of color to the mostly green backdrop.
Nearby ridges host forests of old-growth Douglas fir and Western red cedar. The old-growth is home to woodpeckers, owls, hawks, squirrels and other forest animals. Deer and elk can often be seen grazing in some of the more recently replanted open areas where there is more grass and shrubs. Hikers along the falls might even see a beaver or two.
The forest floor is covered with a plethora of ferns and other plants hiding from the sun, which peeks through the canopy above, creating awesome shadows on the road. It is easy to forget you are only a stones throw from Monroe.

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Introducing the new Olympic event: The Backyard Pentathlon

Introducing the new Olympic event: The Backyard Pentathlon

Posted on 10 July 2012 by admin

Photo courtesy of Maureen McGee
Even those with no access to a backyard can hold their own Backyard Pentathlon with a quick trip to a local park. Most city parks receive regular maintenance during the summer months, making for ideal conditions to play bocce (pictured above), croquet and other popular yard games.

By Phil Hawkins
Sports Editor

As we descend into the depths of July, three things come to mind. 1) Its hot. 2) At least it’s not as hot as it is elsewhere in the country. 3) The 2012 Summer Olympics are just around the corner!
The Olympics is great in so many ways, but I always appreciate that it breaks up the monopoly that major league baseball has on the summer months. Above all else, I crave variety in sports, and the months between the end of the NBA season and the beginning of college football is the only time of the year in which only one every-day sport is available to follow.
But once every four years, the Summer Olympics comes along and gives us two weeks of solid entertainment in sporting events that typically aren’t broadcasted to a national audience very often.
The only problem with the Olympics is that unlike the major professional sports in America, Olympic events are not easy to translate into a backyard game. It’s easy to organize a pickup game of basketball or play a game of catch with a football or baseball. It’s not so easy to pick up fencing, diving, gymnastics or the decathlon with a group of buddies.
Until now.
In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Games, I’ve put together the Backyard Pentathlon, a grueling endurance test pitting friends and family against each other in the five signature yard games of our time. It’s silly. It’s childish. It’s fun.
1. Bocce – The first event is one of my personal favorites, but it is not widely popular because of its reputation as a sport for only old greasy Italian men. That’s unfortunate, because bocce is fun, easy to learn and even easier to play. It’s really nothing more than tossing a small ball into the lawn and then rolling larger balls toward it to see who can get the closest. And if you can’t afford a $30-$50 set, a golf ball and a few baseballs are cheap alternates.
2. Croquet – Probably the signature event in the Backyard Pentathlon. When someone says ‘yard game,’ I instinctively think of croquet because it’s so synonymous with youthful fun in the back yard. Believe me, there’s nothing quite like seeing a child’s eyes light up the first time you hand one a mallet and tell them to go whack the bejesus out of wooden ball.

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State qualifier: Sheela Deskins

State qualifier: Sheela Deskins

Posted on 10 July 2012 by admin

photo by Phil Hawkins
Harrisburg senior Sheela Deskins qualified to compete in four events at the OHSET State Championships in May. She went on to place first in the Keyhole event one day after competing in the track and field state championships.

By Phil Hawkins
Sports Editor

HARRISBURG – Over the past three seasons, Harrisburg senior Sheela Deskins has been the Eagles’ most consistently talented athlete on the track. The skilled hurdler and high jumper made a name for herself in 2010 when she qualified for the state championships in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump.
She went on to place in the top six in all three events at state to cap a season in which two of her personal records managed to go unbroken through Deskins’ junior and senior seasons. As if that wasn’t enough, Deskins also happens to be one of the top equestrian riders in the state.
The logistics of Deskins’ duel spring sports is especially difficult in May when both sports host their annual state championship competition over the same weekend. In the past, Deskins has been forced to choose between competing in the track championships in Monmouth over the equestrian championships in Redmond.
But in her final year of high school competition, Deskins couldn’t pass up her last chance to compete at the equestrian state championships, so she chose to participate in both events.
On May 18, Deskins competed in the high jump and the 100 hurdles. The following day, she was three hours away competing in the OHSET State Equestrian Meet where she placed 40th in Pole Bending, 31st in Barrels and ninth in Figure 8. In her best event, Keyhole, Deskins went on to set a personal-record time of 7.09 seconds to win the state championship in her final athletic competition wearing a Harrisburg uniform.
It was a remarkable achievement for the senior equestrian, though not entirely unexpected. Since her sophomore year, Deskins has placed first in five out of seven meets in which she recorded a time. In the two meets she did not win, Deskins finished second.

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