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    COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL September 30, 2015
3A
Planning Commission
to review Arby's, dog
park plans
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photo by Sam Wright
Capone, a two-year old Dachshund, easily won the fi nals of Saturday's Wiener Dog Races and Pet Fest.
Wiener dog races make impressive return
BY SAM WRIGHT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
A
wet morning turned
into a sunny day on
Saturday, Sept. 26 for all dog
lovers attending the Wiener
Dog Races at Coiner Park.
The races, which had tak-
en a year off due to a lack of
sponsorship, proved to be a
great and adorable success,
with a large amount of partici-
pants and spectators ready to
watch the dashing dachshunds
of Cottage Grove race for a
trophy and a whole lot of love
and attention.
“We’re really happy with
the turnout this year; it’s great
that we got to bring this back
because it seems like every-
one is having a great time,”
said Celia Gowing, organizer
of the event.
Please see WIENERS, Page 10A
t a special public hearing
scheduled
Wednesday,
Oct. 14 at the Council chambers
at City Hall, the Cottage Grove
Planning Commission will review
plans for two new additions to the
community.
Many local dog owners are ex-
cited about a public dog park that
Steve Nisewander hopes to build
in a vacant lot behind his car wash
on Main Street. The plan calls for
a park in the 120x250 square foot
tract between Lulu’s Car Wash
and the Row River Trail, and the
Planning Commission’s review of
the plan has been held over from
the Commission’s September
meeting at Nisewander’s request.
He has stated that an article in the
Sentinel alerted him to the need
for a dog park in Cottage Grove.
The City of Cottage Grove has
offered to cover the dog park un-
der its liability insurance and will
also furnish signage.
The Planning Commission will
also review the site design for an
Arby’s restaurant in a vacant lot
across from Walmart on Row
River Road. Eugene-based busi-
nessman Doug Mortimore of The
Howling Coyote, Inc., recently
told the Sentinel that the current
Arby’s restaurant on Gateway
Blvd. will be moved to the new
vacant lot.
Mortimore built the structure
in the Bi-Mart shopping center
that currently houses Arby’s in
1989, the year he founded Howl-
ing Coyote, though the building
originally hosted a Taco Time
franchise. Arby’s opened there in
2000; currently Howling Coyote
operates fi ve Taco Time restau-
rants and three Arby’s restaurants
in the Eugene/Springfi eld area.
City Planner Amanda Ferguson
said the City expects to see per-
mits for another restaurant at the
current Arby’s location, though
Mortimore told the Sentinel it
would be “premature to com-
ment” on the plans for that site.
The Planning Commission
will also deliberate on a com-
prehensive plan amendment for
half of a .89-acre parcel of land
on Gateway Blvd. The applicant
is seeking to change the zoning
and comprehensive plan designa-
tion on the land from Community
Commercial to Single-family
Residential on part of a vacant
parcel of land and an adjacent
residence.
The Wednesday, Oct. 14 meet-
ing begins at 7 p.m., and the pub-
lic is welcome to attend.
As Pope's American visit ends, his message fi nds a local audience
Cottage Grove priest
calls visit "a great big
shot of hope'
BY JON STINNETT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
P
ope Francis wrapped up
a historic six-day, three-
city visit to the United States
with a fl ight back to Rome Sun-
day evening, and his trip made
an impact here as well, where
the visit fi gured prominently
into the Sunday sermon at Our
Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic
Church in Cottage Grove.
Francis, the Catholic church’s
266th pope, was born Jorge Ma-
rio Bergoglio, and his election
in March of 2013 marked many
fi rsts — he is the fi rst pope
from the Jesuit order, which is
dedicated to apostolic ministry
and evangelization throughout
the world. He is also the fi rst
pope from the Americas and the
Southern Hemisphere, and his
papacy already appears to have
invigorated a Catholic church
wracked by scandals of sexual
abuse in recent decades.
On Sunday, parishioners in
Cottage Grove gathered to hear
Father Roy Antunez — himself
a Jesuit whom parishioners say
also lives quite simply as does
Pope Francis — speak about the
historic visit.
“He put things in a really
good perspective,” one attendee
of Sunday’s mass said, though
the stance Francis has taken
on political matters appears to
make many leery of comment-
ing openly on his teachings.
“Everybody has an opinion,
and people can put any type of
spin they want on what he says,”
said Betty Krumlauf, who works
at the OLPH Parish Center. “But
he preaches helping the poor
and the need to care for our en-
vironment.”
On Sunday, Antunez took care
to point out that all decisions are
political and add that the Pope is
simply “putting Jesuit spiritual-
ity into practice.”
“They try to say he’s liberal or
that he’s conservative,” Antunez
said. “They try to politicize
everything he says, especially
with regard to the economy. But
popes have been writing about
Catholicism since the 1900s,
and they have pointed out its
dangers. Jesus himself said to
beware of wealth.”
The bigger question empha-
sized by the Pope’s visit, An-
tunez said, is ‘what are we do-
ing about the poor?’
“Are we marginalizing or giv-
ing them our help?” he said.
“The Pope’s message is the Gos-
pel message. Who did Christ go
to visit? He went to see the poor.
This is what Jesus Christ taught,
and as Catholics, we should try
to mirror him, to be like him.”
Antunez said the Pope’ visit
has been good for Catholicism,
particularly as it moves on from
the sex abuse scandals that have
found many of its priests and
laypeople implicated in wrong-
doing.
“It’s given a great big shot of
hope to people to reinforce their
belief in who the Pope is,” he
said. “There are signs he sends
by the way he lives.”
Antunez said that in Cot-
tage Grove, the church, which
shares his services with St.
Philip Benizi Catholic Church
in Creswell, is doing quite well
but has a lot of older parishio-
ners, which he surmises is due
to the lack of opportunities for
young people here. He has been
in Cottage Grove for four years
and said he fi nds Our Lady of
Perpetual Help “a very gener-
ous parish.”
“If someone wants help, they
usually call the Catholic church,”
he said, pointing out its sup-
port for initiatives like Beds for
Freezing Nights and Christmas
food drives as examples of local
generosity. The church hosts a
Spanish-language mass on the
third Sunday of each month and
a bilingual mass on the fourth
Sunday, which parishioners say
has brought a new energy and
vitality to the church.
New in 2015: Now on Thursdays, too!
Cottage Theatre presents
2015
The soul-stirring rock musical about the Passion of Christ
HOMESTEAD FURNITURE
and Neighboring businesses
Will be holding a
“DOWNTOWN
NEIGHBORHOOD
GARAGE SALE”
Friday & Saturday
October 2nd & 3rd
(times vary for each business)
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Tony Rust
Music Direction by Jim Reinking
Choreography by Lanny Mitchell
Sponsored by:
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Tickets available online, by phone, or at the door one hour before performance
Thursday−Saturday 8:00 pm; Sunday 2:30 pm. $24 Adult, $20 Youth (age 6−18)
www.cottagetheatre.org • 541-942-8001 • 700 Village Drive • Cottage Grove
Any business wanting to
participate, put a
“Garage Sale Sign”
on your window or door.
Homestead will have items in the store
and in the back alley.
615 Main St. Cottage Grove
541-942-8711
homesteadcg.com