Illinois Valley news. (Cave City, Oregon) 1937-current, May 26, 2004, Image 1

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    I.V. grads
ceremony
set June 3
I.V. Lions might lose
park storage facility
To add a picnicking
area for handicapped per-
sons, it appears that a
building used by Illinois
Valley Lions Club at Jubi-
lee Park will have to go.
Cave Junction city
councilmen agreed by con-
sensus during their meet-
ing in city hall on Monday
night, May 24 to begin
negotiations on the matter
with the club.
City will propose
sharing 50-50 the
cost of a new
storage building.
Although expressing a
certain trepidation at the
topic, because of a recent
tiff about park use fees,
Mayor Ed Faircloth indi-
cated he believes that the
proposed change has more
overall positive than nega-
tive aspects.
The structure in ques-
tion is a lath house, appar-
ently built more than 40
years ago by I.V. Garden
Club. I.V. Lions Club has
used it since around 1960
to store material for its
annual Labor Day Festival
in the park.
Members have said in
the past that it’s conven-
ient to have the items on-
hand to readily erect the
Lionburger booth and beer
garden. The mayor said
that the city does not have
access to the building.
The city will propose
to share 50-50 the cost of
putting up a new storage
building. In addition, the
city wants to specify the
location, a bit farther back
in the park.
Funding is available
for a concrete slab, a cover
and tables especially de-
signed for handicapped
persons, said City Re-
corder Jim Polk.
The city would find
funds somewhere to share
the cost of a new storage
facility with the I.V. Lions.
The mayor said that
besides benefiting handi-
capped persons, the
planned new area would
increase safety. He said
that the location of the cur-
rent structure blocks the
view from the parking lot
to the rear of the park, and
that deputies can’t see
back far enough.
There is also a feeling
by the council that the
building might be unsafe
because of its age.
The council, with
member Tony Paulson ab-
sent, agreed to arrange a
negotiation meeting with
the club. If the session is
rejected by the club, the
council plans to proceed
with a vacation order, giv-
ing the club 30 days to re-
move items before the
building is torn down.
I.V. Lions Club Presi-
dent Steve Lyons was un-
available for comment in
time for this issue.
Richardson ‘canceling’
CJ postmaster position
By CHRISTINA HILL
Correspondent
Robert “Bob” Richard-
son’s postal career and
demeanor have stamped
him a winner.
And on Friday, May
28 the Cave Junction post-
master will “cancel him-
self” by retiring; leaving
the post office and its cus-
tomers, a loss that will be
difficult for them.
He’s known as a genu-
ine nice guy by co-workers
and patrons alike.
Richardson has been
employed by the U.S.
As a prelude to Memorial
Day on Monday, May 31,
an All Veterans Field at
Lake Selmac was dedi-
cated on Saturday, May
22. The Color Guard is
from the Rogue Valley
Marine Corps League.
(Photos by Shane Welsh)
Vets memorial dedicated at Selmac
By SHANE WELSH
Staff Writer
“ F r ee do m al wa ys
comes at the expense of
others.
“We owe our freedom
to the men and women of
every generation who have
chosen to lay down their
lives to ensure our free-
doms and our way of life.”
So said Dwight Ellis
during his speech dedicat-
ing an “All Veterans
Field” memorial on Satur-
day, May 22 at Lake Sel-
mac Boy Scout Area.
Ellis, executive direc-
tor of Grants Pass Cham-
ber of Commerce, is a
Vietnam veteran. He also
is a candidate for Jose-
phine County commis-
sioner in the November
general election.
The memorial was
dedicated as “All Veterans
Field” to commemorate the
following:
*The U.S. Navy/U.S.
Marine Corps Redwood
Grove planted in Novem-
ber 2000 and dedicated on
Dec. 7, 2000 by Fred
Schotte, Clarence Baker
and members of Southern
Oregon Amateur Radio
Club.
*A marble stone do-
nated by Marble Mountain
Quarry with a plaque.
*Twenty-one coastal
Redwoods planted as a
salute to U.S. Navy/ U.S.
Marine Corps veterans.
It was noted that each
tree symbolizes a major
military event, outstanding
ship or individual.
Some 106 trees were
planted for U.S. Army/
U.S. Air Force veterans
and called “Freedom Row”
by home-schooled chil-
dren; and a 4-H club stand,
“Just Kidding Around.”
Trees were also
planted for Jessica Lynch,
who was a prisoner of the
Iraqi Army, and David
Bloom (NBC reporter).
Included in the 106 trees,
21 Deodara Cedars were
planted as a salute to U.S.
Army/U.S. Air Force vet-
erans and two cedars for
all Vietnam veterans.
Along with the field
dedication, members of the
Rogue Valley Chapter of
the Marine Corps League
presented a flag, donated
by the U.S. Navy, which
was raised during the cere-
mony.
Postal Service for the past
38 years, 19 of them as the
Cave Junction postmaster.
“It’s time to retire,” he
said. “I’ve really enjoyed
my career, but it’s time to
do something different.
“I’m in the process of
building a house right now,
and I’m going to spend
more time with my wife
and my church.”
Richardson also has
plans for visiting his 89-
year-old mother in Mon-
tana after he retires.
(Continued on page 8)
Kerbyville development
gaining additional land
A quitclaim deed for
land adjacent to the
planned Kerbyville devel-
opment across from Ker-
byville Museum is among
agenda items for the Jose-
phine County Board of
Commissioners.
Commissioners were
to consider the matter dur-
ing their meeting in Grants
Pass Wednesday morning,
May 26.
The parcel under con-
sideration measures 50-by-
100 feet at the southeast
corner of Sixth Avenue
and Holton Street, said
Phil Killian, county prop-
erty manager.
Illinois Valley resident
Bill Pfohl, of Kerbyville
Industrial Center LLC, bid
$3,700 for the property,
Killian said. The assessed
value is the same.
Killian said that the
county foreclosed the
property in 1995, and that
it was put up for auction in
2000 with a minimum bid
of $3,800, but was not pur-
chased. It has been for di-
rect sale since, he said.
Pfohl and his associ-
ates are planning a devel-
opment similar to Old Sac-
ramento. The main site
comprises the former loca-
tion of the defunct Cabax
Mill, and the former mill
pond is nearly filled in.
(Editor’s Note: A
special graduation page,
co-sponsored by Fire
Mountain Gems, Home
Valley Bank, and Shop
Smart Food Warehouse,
is on page 9).
With views to the fu-
ture, the Illinois Valley
High School Class of 2004
will go through com-
mencement exercises on
Thursday, June 3.
Approximately 78 sen-
ior students will go
through the graduation
ceremonies beginning at 7
p.m. on the football field at
the high school.
The valedictorian is
Te s s An a wa lt . Co -
salutatorians are Alice We-
ber and Kelsi Snook. All
three will address their
classmates, parents and
guests.
The class motto is:
“What lies before us and
what lies behind us are
small matters compared to
what lies within us.”
Daniel Clausnitzer, a
junior who is president of
the Associated Student
Body, will be master-of-
ceremonies. He also will
conduct the closing.
The processional, “The
Star-Spangled Banner” and
other music will be per-
formed by the IVHS Band
directed by T. Lund.
There will be a special
introduction by Principal
JoAnn Bethany. Introduc-
tion of the Three Rivers
School District Board of
Directors will be by Super-
intendent Dave Burgess.
Guest speaker will be
Wayne Dudley, a retired
teacher who was at IVHS
for many years. Instructor
Steve Morgan, selected
faculty speaker by students
for numerous years, again
will speak.
The class song is,
“Here I Go Again,” by
“White Snake.”
Names of those gradu-
ating will be read by class-
mates Kim Hamilton and
Brandy Ruiz. District di-
rectors will help present
the diplomas.
All graduates are in-
vited to attend the annual
all-night alcohol- and
drug-free party, sponsored
by a special committee.
The intent, which has been
realized through the years,
is to help avoid some of
the tragedies that have
plagued other schools on
graduation night.
Want to make
money? Here are
two special
opportunities:
ON TO STATE! - Illinois Valley High School’s softball team unhorsed the Douglas
Trojans 4-0 in the opening round of the 3-A state playoff games in Cave Junction on
Monday, May 24. With the victory the Cougars (21-5) proceed to the second round
against Taft (19-2) in Lincoln City on Wednesday, May 26. With a win there, IVHS
likely would play Thursday either in Baker or Tillamook. Against Douglas, Cougar
pitcher Kim Hamilton allowed one hit; struck out 13 and had no walks. She also had
2 hits; with Erika Riley and Ricci Coultas among other major players.
*The popular, annual
‘Valley Visitor’ with
a deadline for ad
copy of Friday,
June 11.
*The well-received
Father’s Day spread
also with a Friday,
June 11 deadline.