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    COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL February 10, 2016
Slow Ponies
galloping into town
Avoid any monkey
with a pet Chihuahua
ocal favorites the Slow Ponies will be playing a show at
the Axe and Fiddle on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8:30 p.m.
The Slow Ponies are an all-woman group that plays classic
cowgirl music from the silver screen era.
The band is comprised of a veritable who’s-who of regional
folk artists: Acclaimed author Shannon Applegate, renowned
visual artist Susan Applegate, Kalapuya elder, story-teller and
educator Esther Stutzman and area and internationally touring
musicians Linda Danielson, Liz Crain and Melissa Ruth.
The group has headlined numerous events including the Ore-
gon Coast Music Festival and performs about six times a year.
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Fun Fly
The Cottage Grove Armory
will be the venue for a “Fun
Fly” scheduled Friday, Feb. 19
from 4-6 p.m., an event that
aims bring electric helicopters
and planes and their fans to-
The South Lane RC Modelers
and Cottage Grove’s Youth Advi-
sory Council will host the event,
and the public is encouraged to
bring small electric aircraft to
fl y in the Armory. Participants
under 12 must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian.
More information can be ob-
tained by contacting Marvin
Goins at 541-942-0530.
Learn fi rst aid
A First Aid class is being of-
fered on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at
5:30 p.m. at the Cottage Grove
Seventh-day Adventist Church,
820 S. 10th St. The course is
free; however, there is a $20
fee for those who need a course
completion card. Books will be
available for student use at the
class. Those interested must call
541-942-6943 to pre-register for
a spot in the class.
New 2-1-1 hotline
in operation for
pesticide incidents
Oregonians involved in pesti-
cide incidents impacting people,
animals or the environment can
now report those incidents to a
telephone hotline seven days a
week, 24 hours a day. By call-
ing 2-1-1, concerned or affected
individuals will receive imme-
diate information and referral
service regarding a pesticide
incident, no matter what time
or day.
The free referral and informa-
tion helpline was funded by the
2015 Oregon Legislature as part
of House Bill 3549, relating to
pesticides. The Oregon Depart-
ment of Agriculture provided
training to Oregon-based 2-1-1
staff on what to do upon receiv-
ing pesticide related calls from
the public.
phone number generally pro-
vides information and referrals
to health, human and social
service organizations. Persons
in Oregon calling 2-1-1 are
immediately offered a menu of
choices that includes options for
reporting pesticide incidents or
asking for pesticide informa-
tion. At that point, they are
connected to a person. Call-
ers asking for information are
referred to appropriate agen-
cies and organizations. Callers
involved in pesticide incidents
will be asked to provide basic
information. Within one hour of
completion of the call, all infor-
mation recorded by 2-1-1 will
be forwarded to the Pesticide
Analytical and Response Center
(PARC) for further referral and
response within one business
Information about PARC can
be found
at <http://www.or-
In the event of a medi-
cal emergency related to pesti-
cide exposure, people need to
call the Oregon Poison Control
Center at 1-800-222-1222 or 9-
1-1 directly.
‘Parallel Lives’
The Opal Center for Arts and
Education announces its up-
coming production of “Parallel
Lives” directed by Peg Major,
which runs Feb. 18, 19, 20, 25,
26 and 27. Doors opening at 7
p.m., and the show starts at 7:30
p.m.. Tickets are $12 each and
are available at opalcentercg.
org or at The Crafty Mercantile
in Cottage Grove.
This show is rated R for adult
content and is not intended
for anyone under 16. “Parallel
Lives” is not a play, but a se-
ries of mostly unrelated comic
sketches written by Mo Gaffney
and Kathy Najimy. This produc-
tion of Parallel Lives stars Mir-
iam Major and Nikki Pagniano,
who will portray a variety of
characters in a series of satiric
Blackberry Pie So-
ciety hosts School
Bond Presentation
The Cottage Grove Blackber-
ry Pie Society will host a pre-
sentation by South Lane School
District Superintendent Krista
Parent on the District’s school
bond proposal from 6:30-8 p.m.
on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the
Healing Matrix, 632 E. Main
Street in Cottage Grove.
Superintendent Krista Parent
will share information and an-
swer questions about the school
bond, which will appear on the
May 17 ballot. The bond aims
to replace Harrison School,
provide safety and security up-
grades to all district schools and
for Dogs’
Dogs, like people, are
living longer thanks
to advancements in
preventative health care.
That means that illnesses
and parasites that once
were the culprit behind
a short life span are no
longer the threats they
once were. Now oral health
care issues have become a
leading problem for dogs.
Fortunately, such problems
are largely preventable.
While it’s largely believed
that eating and gnawing
on bones is enough to
keep plaque and tartar
build-up at bay, this isn’t
the case. Dogs need
routine brushing of their
teeth for optimum health.
Failure to do so opens
dogs up to the build-up of
food and bacteria, which
can contribute to tartar and
gum disease.
Research indicates as
much as 85 percent of all
dogs have some form of
gum disease. In addition
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renovate the existing Warren
Daugherty Aquatic Center. The
bond would also tackle major
deferred maintenance projects
and improve technology access
for all students in the district.
The event is free and open
to the public, and refreshments
will be available.
For more information about
this event, contact: Blackberry
Pie Chairperson Leslie Rubin-
stein at 541-521-2887 or black-
Damm promoted
to manager
Damm has
been pro-
moted as
manager of
Wells Far-
go’s bank
branch at
Main St. in Cottage Grove.
In her new position, Damm
is responsible for the customer
service, sales, professional de-
velopment and community in-
volvement efforts of fi ve team
Damm initially joined Wells
Fargo in 2007 as a teller in Cen-
tral Point. She later served as
a lead teller, customer sales &
service rep and service manager
before being promoted to her
current position.
Wells Fargo has recognized
Damm in the past for her supe-
rior service. She was also nomi-
nated for and completed a Wells
Fargo leadership training pro-
gram last year for future branch
“Doggy breath”
could be a sign of
periodontal disease.
remains the single
best way to prevent
tartar buildup.
A new puppy comes home
full of life and with sweet
breath. As a dog ages,
however, foul breath can
become the norm and
make interacting with a pet
an undesirable affair. Bad
breath is one of the key
signs of poor oral health
and an indication that
owner should take action.
• Consult with a
veterinarian if the problem
is bad. He or she may have
to perform a professional
Ideally, a dog’s teeth should dental cleaning, which is
conducted while the dog is
be brushed at least once a
under anesthesia.
day. But many people do
• There are many bones
not take the time to brush
and other dental-health
dogs’ teeth. At the very
products that can help
least, the task should be
remove plaque scaling from
done once a week. This is
the teeth.
the single best way to help
keep periodontal disease
• Observe a dog’s behavior
at bay and prolong a pet
and look for problems that
companion’s life. There are could indicate mouth pain,
other steps to take that can such as pawing at the
reduce tartar build-up and
mouth or trouble eating.
i ght bad “doggy” breath.
As in people, periodontal
• Use antibacterial wipes
disease can lead to other
(found at the pet supply
issues, including heart
store) to reduce the amount disease, and should be
of bacteria in a dog’s
taken seriously. Maintaining
mouth that can contribute
healthy teeth and gums is
to plaque.
an easy task and one that
• Routinely inspect the
can greatly prolong the life
gums and teeth to check
of a furry pal.
for discoloration or tartar
s a journalist, I’m trained to recognize the most subtle
signs of trouble.
A misspoken word.
A reluctant glance.
A gang of monkeys destroying a library.
Thanks to my training and experience, and several high-
lighted newspaper clippings sent in by concerned readers, I
have painstakingly pieced together what I, as a member of
the conservative media, believe is undeniable evidence that
animals are planning to take over the world.
We will begin in eastern India, where scores of monkeys
have overrun Loreto College in Darjeeling, an institute of
higher learning that had once taken great pride in its slogan:
Unlimited tea and monkey-free.
“That has all changed now,” said one student, who refused
to be identifi ed out of fear of monkey reprisal. “They inter-
rupt my classes, steal my lunch, hassle me and the other stu-
dents. It’s like high school all over again.”
According to the article, which was fi rst reported by the
Indo-Asian News Service and sent to me by Norman Buck-
ner of Atlanta, Ga., the biggest problem is that the monkeys
have no fear of humans. This in spite of repeated threats by
angry school offi cials to “fail each and every student without
an opposable thumb.”
As unsettling as that article was, it wasn’t until reading this
next piece from the New York Post that I began to consider
canceling my PETA membership. This story was frighten-
ing for two reasons. First, because it involves rats (which,
as many of you know, I would recall from Earth given the
proper authority), and second because the thought of rats
popping up in a toilet has caused me to consider switching to
a full-time liquid diet.
According to the link sent to me by Tammy Ruger of
DeSoto, Texas., a Brooklyn woman heard splashing in her
commode one night and, after lifting the lid, was startled to
fi nd...
You guessed it: A monkey!
Okay, not really.
It was a rat. Possibly experiencd in pearl diving. The wom-
an, who has since moved to a fi fth-story apartment in Idaho,
said that upon seeing the rodent swimming in her commode,
she immediately dropped the lid and called the city’s Pub-
lic Works Department, where she was told she wasn’t alone,
and that there were rats everywhere! Emerging from the
sewers and consuming people in SLOBBERING, RABID
This was followed by screaming, laughter and a dial tone.
Public Works offi cials later explained that sewers in many
larger cities have rats, and that they can sometimes scurry up
a pipe and into someone’s toilet bowl, leaving residents “a
little shaken.”
Or, in the case of one humor columnist who asked not to
be identifi ed, too traumatized to sit on anything other than a
Our fi nal piece of evidence comes from Doreen Kimble of
Santa Clara, Calif., who called my attention to an incident
in which hawks, specially trained to keep pigeons from do-
ing what pigeons do on visitors to the Boston Public Library,
were grounded after one raptor scooped up an unsuspecting
The dog’s owner, who asked not to be identifi ed for fear
of reprisal (mostly from his Chihuahua), said he believes his
dog was mistaken for a rat — which seems strange since they
weren’t anywhere near a commode…
(Ned is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corpo-
ration. His book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available
online at Port Hole Publications, Amazon Books and Barnes
& Noble. Write to him at
to bad breath and tooth
loss, periodontal disease
can increase a dog’s risk of
heart disease.
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