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The OSU Extension Service is offering free well water nitrate screenings for well owners

Posted on 30 May 2013 by admin

Submitted by Chrissy Lucas

A portion of the Southern Willamette Valley has been designated as a Groundwater Management Area by the Department of Environmental Quality due to elevated nitrate levels in well water. While it is especially important for households with pregnant women or newborns to test for nitrate because of a rare type of blue-baby syndrome, all homes with private wells should be aware of their nitrate level.

For a free nitrate screening, bring ½ cup of untreated well water in a clean, watertight container. You may either wait for your results (the test takes 5 to 10 minutes if the well water clinic is not busy), or leave your contact information for the results to be delivered after the clinic date.

Clinics are currently scheduled for:

June 6 at the Benton County Sunset Building Sustainable Living Clinic, 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, from 1pm to 5pm.

June 23 in Monroe, across the street from the fire station at the corner of 7th and Commercial Streets, from 11am to 3pm

For more information, contact:

Chrissy Lucas


OSU Extension Service

4077 SW Research Way

Corvallis, OR 97333


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Deadline Approaching for Enrollment in Ford Institute Leadership Program for Junction City/Harrisburg

Posted on 30 May 2013 by admin

This fall, the Ford Institute for Community Building will return to Junction City/Harrisburg for a second Leadership Program class.  The Ford Institute for Community Building promotes vitality in rural communities as part of The Ford Family Foundation from Roseburg, Oregon.

The Leadership Development training consists of 48 class hours held over four Friday–

Saturday sessions spread out on a monthly basis. The classes focus on developing the community leadership capacity of individuals.   The Institute covers the cost of the program and materials, and provides food and beverages. Participants are responsible for travel to and from the trainings.

The training emphasizes an interactive and facilitative style rather than lectures. It draws on the knowledge and skills of those in the room, augmented by the lessons in the curriculum.

A typical class consists of about 25 individuals, high-school students to retired seniors, with leadership experience ranging from emerging to seasoned. This training is designed for a diverse mix of citizens representing business, government and non-profit sectors.

Curriculum concepts include community capacity and social capital, personality types and leadership styles, community development models, Catalytic Leadership Model, asset mapping, group development, models for group decision-making, communication strategies, and volunteerism.

Each class selects a project that they work on together, for example, a local park improvement. The project helps focus the course content on a real-world situation. The Institute provides up to a $5,000 match in support of the project. Participants are expected to volunteer outside the class to complete the project within one year.

Community members who are interested in finding out more about the Leadership Program or who are interested in nominating themselves or others for the cohort, should visit The Ford Family Foundation’s website at or contact Regional Program Coordinator, Jess Hampton at or 503-801-2513(cell) for more information.  The deadline for submitting an application to the Leadership Program is June 15th.


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21st Annual Frontier Heritage Fair

Posted on 06 February 2013 by admin

LANE COUNTY – The 21st annual Frontier Heritage Fair will be held at the Lane County Fairgrounds Auditorium, 796 W. 13th Avenue, in Eugene on Saturday and Sunday, Feb.16 & 17.
The focus of the fair is pre – 1898 America, including the Mountain Man, Civil War and Old West eras. The event features artifacts and replicas of the period, on display and for sale.
There will be a kid’s activity comer and demonstrations of historic skills. Including spinning, basketry, arrow making and a foot powered wood lathe.
Show times are Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4. Admission is $3 for age 12 and over; kids under age 12 are free.
The Frontier Heritage Fair is sponsored by Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders and the Lane County Historical Society and Museum. For more information call Melody Morrell 541-689-4281 or James Hayden 541-746-1819

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