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    Illinois Valley News, Cave Junction, OR Wednesday, June 2, 2004
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WWII Memorial established at lake
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LI’L LAMBS FIRE SAFETY - Certificates for completing a fire awareness course were
presented to students at Li’l Lambs Preschool at Bridgeview Community Church on
Wednesday, May 26. De Spellman (left), an Illinois Valley volunteer firefighter who is
the fire district’s fire prevention coordinator and who conducted the course, was
accompanied by ‘Rainie’ Rich (right), wife of Chief Harry Rich. Receiving their
graduation certificates were (front, from left) Grace Drevenstedt, Annabelle Dre-
venstedt, Charity Richardson, Steven Martinson and Liana Murphy; and (at rear) Asa
Martinson, a school helper, holding Joseph Martinson.
BLM sets road closures, delays in Selma
Various temporary
road closures and delays,
some of them in the Selma
area of Illinois Valley, are
planned by the Bureau of
Land Management.
Four culvert projects
are to begin on Tuesday,
June 15.
Two culverts on
Crooks Creek Road (BLM
Road 37-7-35.2) near mile-
Shining Stars Festival
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joyment of a band while
relaxing by a campsite, or
dancing close to the main
stage. The entire grounds
are wired, so no one
misses the incredible
“Shining Stars Festival
offers an eclectic mix of
workshops, ethnic food
booths, and quality ven-
dors from a wide spectrum
of local and regional arti-
sans. Primitive campsites
are available with drinking
water and outhouses.
“Children under 12 are
admitted free with an adult
and will enjoy the engag-
ing Kids Village. It hosts a
wonderland of opportuni-
ties for youthful tastes - a
safe place for children to
explore and create on a
grand scale that will satisfy
all their senses. This year’s
Kids Village will include
planned arts-and-craft pro-
jects; as well as snacks,
storytelling and perform-
ances, juggler extraordi-
naire and more.
“The children will cre-
ate costumes - then present
a parade of their own de-
sign throughout the festival
grounds Sunday afternoon.
Kids Village works for
parents too; providing wa-
ter, snacks, shade and quiet
areas among the trees, with
the fully staffed first aid
station nearby.
“Everyone involved
blends into a giant family
for the weekend. Band
members, artists, vendors,
festival attendees and vol-
unteers equally enjoy the
“Under the universal
umbrella of music and love
of children, Shining Stars
Festival creates the social
benefit of bringing people
together from many differ-
ent cultures, political view-
points and economic back-
grounds. What started as a
small, grassroots effort has
quickly expanded into a
major music festival, as
well as a not-for-profit or-
“The Shining Stars
Board of Directors in-
cludes parents, musicians,
artists, puppeteers and
small business owners,
who share the common
goal of enriching the lives
of children in Illinois Val-
ley with access to arts, mu-
sic and recreation.
“Producing an annual
music festival helps bridge
financial and social gaps
affecting youth in the im-
poverished Illinois Valley.
post 0.5 and 0.7 are sched-
uled to be replaced with a
“fish friendly” arch. The
road will be closed to all
through-traffic until ap-
proximately Aug. 15.
Also, the culvert on
Crooks Creek Spur Road
(BLM Road 38-7-3) near
milepost 0.1 is to be re-
placed with the same type
arch. It will be closed to all
through-traffic for the
same period as above.
A culvert on White
Creek Road (BLM Road
38-6-18), off Deer Creek
Road east of Selma near
milepost 1.5, is to be re-
placed with a fish-friendly
Traffic will be re-
routed via BLM Road 38-
7-13.4 until about Aug. 15.
Art, music
fest goals
This year’s Shining
Stars Festival will raise
money for increased art
and music opportunities
for youth in the valley.
A few of the governing
board’s current projects:
*On May 13, members
participated with an Artist-
in-Residency Program to
present an African Dance
workshop to 25 seventh-
graders at Lorna Byrne
Middle School.
“Introduced were the
dance and drumming, ex-
planations of the meaning,
and learning and practicing
with the kids, before they
presented the perform-
ance,” said Shining Stars.
*“Also, we were
pleased to sponsor a natu-
ral history presentation at
the Illinois Valley Chil-
dren’s Fair at Jubilee Park
in Cave Junction on May
15,” said the group. “It
included a natural history
display demonstrating
practical tools such as ar-
rowheads, spoons, weav-
ing, and hunting equip-
ment used by the ancients.
*“We have recently
taken up the Skate Park
Project at Jubilee Park.
This entails cleaning, re-
pairing and rebuilding
some of the skate park fea-
*“The Child ren’s
Mask and Theater Program
is being developed with a
valley artist and talented
volunteers. This multifac-
eted project involves art
and music.”
For more information
or volunteer opportunities,
contact: The Shining Stars,
P.O. Box 1225, Cave Junc-
tion OR 97523; or (541)
5 9 2 - 2 2 3 6 . O r
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“When World War II
ended,” said Ellis, “the
generations of forces that
ended the tyranny, neither
asked for a memorial nor
did they expect a memo-
rial. They came home and
they went to work. They
built a nation that remains
the world’s most powerful
example of democracy and
The event featured
honored guest speaker
Teedie Cowie Woodcock,
who was held in a Japa-
nese prison camp for three
years during the war.
Wookcock talked of
her harrowing ordeal as a
POW in a camp located in
the Philippines; known as
Santo Tomes.
“We had a 6-foot by 4-
foot area for our bed and
possessions,” said Wood-
cock. “Food was our pri-
mary concern. One of the
signs of starvation was a
constant fantasy about
food; you think about it all
the time.
“We would share reci-
pes, talk about food, and
salivate over pictures in
magazines. The Japanese
permitted us to open a gar-
den at one point to help
Former POW Teedie Woodcock (Shane Welsh photo)
raise some food, but it cer-
tainly wasn’t enough for
3,600 people.
“Bed bugs were a con-
stant problem,” she said.
“The room my mother and
I were in had a line down
the middle where we at-
tached our mosquito nets.
If the lady next to you did-
n’t keep her bed bugs out
of her bed, they would
walk up the line and end
up in your bed.”
She said that there
were nearly 3,600 prison-
ers in her camp when it
was liberated.
Junior American Le-
gion Auxiliary Unit 70
member Pam Stafford pre-
sented, “I Am The Flag,”
and junior member Katrina
Grove presented, “It Is The
Veteran.” Members of the
Merlin National Guard
were also present.
More than 45 veterans
were honored during the
ceremony with a certificate
of appreciation for their
service to our nation.
A chicken barbecue
was offered before the
main event, which ended
with a raffle drawing of a
16-foot drift boat. It was
won by U.S. Navy veteran
Marvin E. Haynie, Cave
Junction resident.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
- President John F. Kennedy -