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    4A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL June 15, 2016
O PINION
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
An amazing group
Dog and cat issues
The students from the class of 2016
at the Cottage Grove High School and
Kennedy Alternative School are an
amazing group who have accomplished
much and have much to offer in the
years to come. As the coordinator for
the Cottage Grove Community Foun-
dation scholarship program, the com-
mittee and I read over 50 applications
from graduating seniors and almost 30
applications from previous recipients
who were eligible for our renewable
scholarships. This group overcame
incredible issues, contributed to the
needs of this community and has great
promise.
The other group that needs to be
congratulated and celebrated are those
who have established endowments
which support scholarships for all the
years to come and our annual con-
tributors. We hold 18 endowments for
scholarships and this year had 12 major
direct donors. This year the foundation
will provide $103,300 in scholarship
awards. The awards vary from $500 to
$2000 with one $10,000 award. Since
the program began we have provided
700 awards totaling $672,050! This is
a great little town.
But there is much more to do! Our
goal is to provide a scholarship award
to every student continuing their edu-
cation in the South Lane School Dis-
trict and to increase the value of the
awards. To accomplish that we need
more donors who want to establish en-
dowments and more donors who are
willing to funds awards yearly. Check
In the “Pet Tips & Tales article of
May 25, there was a story about a stray
cat in the area. One night, the neigh-
bors heard a lot of barking, and the
next day they found the cat in very
bad shape – obviously the object of the
dogs’ activities. Thankfully for the cat,
one neighbor took the cat to the vet,
and this person now has a very loving
companion.
This situation brings up several is-
sues:
1. Dogs running loose. It is against
the law for dogs to be unrestrained.
Obviously the cat in the story paid a
pretty tough price of terror, pain and
suffering. Dogs running loose not only
go after cats and wildlife, they can go
after people. What if a child had been
playing with her kitty in the yard?
Cats running loose. It is far safer for
cats to be kept indoors, although there
is no law requiring it. There are ways
of keeping your outside cats on your
property, such as secure fence with cat
netting at the top, or a cat enclosure.
If your cats do roam, a microchip can
help your kitty get back home if it is
found, as can a breakaway collar and a
tag. But collars do come off.
If, in the case mentioned above, the
dogs were in their own yard and the cat
wandered into their space, it illustrates
why cats are safer indoors and what
dogs are capable of.
The feral/stray cat problem is caused,
not by the cats, but by people who ei-
ther:
a. don’t get their cats spayed/neu-
out our website at CGCFoundation.org
to see more about our donors and learn
how giving helps our great kids.
Kathryn Porter
CGCF Scholarship Committee Chair
Please keep trees on
Main Street!
I love walking down the cool shaded
sidewalks in the summer, and I love the
colors of the leaves in autumn. Even in
winter the bare branches are beautiful
— especially in snow.
While upstairs at Jack Sprats or in
the loft at the Axe and Fiddle, I appre-
ciate the ambience and cooling shade
of the tree outside. Out at the tables
Offbeat Oregon History
UFO cult lured away 20 Oregonians,
thoroughly creeped out others
BY FINN J.D. JOHN
For the Sentinel
I
n the Fir Room at the Bayshore
Inn in Waldport, some 200 people
waited expectantly for something to
happen.
None of them knew quite what
that something would be — all they
knew was that it was something about
UFOs.
It was Sept. 14, 1975 — a quiet Sun-
day afternoon. The crowd — “mostly
hippie types,” the hotel’s manager
would later recall — had come to the
hotel in response to the mysterious
posters that had been plastered up all
over Portland and the Willamette Val-
ley.
“UFOs: Why they are here. Who they
have come for. When they will leave,”
the posters had proclaimed, with entic-
ing crypticality. And they had invited
all the curious to come and have their
questions answered on that day at the
Bayshore.
The conference room had been paid
for by a man identifying himself as
“Mr. Simons.” He’d laid down $50 in
cash for the room, and no questions had
been asked or answered.
Now it was 2 o’clock – the appointed
hour – and a man appeared. He was
dressed in a very ordinary fashion;
but several witnesses later recalled
there was something about his eyes, a
“strange, shiny look, almost as if they
were sightless,” as one woman later
told the Portland Oregonian.
“When he went to the front of the
room and began talking — no one in-
troduced him, nor did he give his name
— the eerie feeling became more pro-
nounced,” the woman recalled. “His
speech sounded as if it were being
played on a machine and was turned on
on the sidewalk, I appreciate it even
more! Buster’s Main Street Café has
that classic old town charm and a ma-
ture tree outside adds to that feeling.
The trees on Main are an extra touch
of color and texture, and they keep
the street and sidewalks cooler in the
summer. Our lovely Main Street is
also host to a number of upstairs apart-
ments, art studios and meeting places,
and the trees provide that extra bit of
privacy screening from the street.
If some trees need to be removed
because they are the wrong variety, I
hope they get replaced soon! I love the
trees!
Peggy von Bargen
Cottage Grove
and off automatically.”
“He didn’t seem to blink his eyes at
any time except to tip his head back at
regular intervals and half-close both
eyes,” she added. “A robot was the only
comparison I could make.”
Then a woman joined the strange
man on stage. Witnesses said her eyes
held the same strange, shiny, fi xed look
as his.
The couple told the members of the
audience that they were actually mil-
lions of years old, and had come to
Earth in the footsteps of their fellow
cosmic traveler, Jesus Christ. The op-
portunity to follow them, as had been
the opportunity to follow Jesus, would
likely not knock again for a millennium
or more.
They were, they assured the riveted
audience, the two witnesses foretold of
in the Book of Revelation (11:3). They
would be upon the Earth for 1,260 days
gathering together ambitious souls
who were ready to be transformed into
“children of the Next Level.”
To reach the Next Level, and en-
joy deliverance from human suffering
and the spiritual corruption of a fallen
world through the beings who were vis-
iting the Earth in UFOs, the audience
members were invited to abandon or
give away all their worldly possessions
and follow The Two. As aspirants to the
Next Level, they would be expected to
live a life of near-heroic asceticism, ab-
staining from all tasty or intoxicating
food and drink and sleeping as little as
possible and strictly avoiding sex — in
other words, following the old Gnos-
tic doctrine of turning away from all
worldly pleasures so as to open oneself
up to celestial ones.
The Waldport meeting, although
large, went mostly unnoticed by me-
dia outlets. But that all changed about
three weeks later, when people started
disappearing.
It started with a newspaper article
that sounded straight out of an H.P.
Lovecraft story:
“NEWPORT — Reports in Lincoln
County of at least 20 local residents
disappearing at the bidding of occult
beings are supported by no hard evi-
dence, law offi cials said Saturday.”
But it was true. Reports started pour-
ing in. People who had been in that au-
dience were quitting their jobs, giving
all their things away and leaving town
with nothing. They would follow The
Two to a special camp in Colorado from
tered.
b. dump unwanted cats instead of
being responsible and taking them to
appropriate shelter/rescues.
And so the cats, and the responsible
people in the community, pay the price
– cats suffer and die.
4. There are people who do not like
cats, may be allergic to them, do not
want their footprints on their vehicles,
or their using fl ower beds and gardens
as litter pans. There are things you can
do to keep cats out of your yard:
a. Purchase deterrents such as blood
meal. Havahart Cat and Dog granular
animal repellent is one that has been
recommended to us as working.
b. Put down chicken wire or net-
ting in your garden and fl ower beds,
then cover with a shallow layer of soil/
mulch. Cats
don’t like the
feel of the wire when they dig a hole.
There are many resources available,
both for fi nancial spay/neuter assis-
tance, and rescues and shelters to fi nd a
new and loving home for your pets.
Be a part of the solution, not part of
the problem. The cats, dogs and com-
munity thanks you!
Humane Society of Cottage Grove
Board of Directors
Janetta Overholser, Board president
which, through the intercession of the
beings who fl y UFOs, they would be
carried to the Next Level. One of them,
Robert Rubin of Newport, had given
away four houses and a 10-acre farm
to follow The Two. Others had handed
off small children to family members
before leaving.
These new UFO apostles were spe-
cifi cally instructed that they could
have no two-way conversations with
the family members they’d left behind
— the best they could do was send
postcards. Naturally, there was consid-
erable concern about this, especially
because many of the postcards were al-
most identically worded, as if the writer
were taking dictation. Reports from the
Waldport meeting, after many retell-
ings, started metastasizing into rumors
that wouldn’t have been out of place
in a Lovecraft novella. People remem-
bered seeing a weird nimbus of light
playing about the heads of the glassy-
eyed man and woman, whom no one
seemed to be able to identify or even
fully describe. One audience member
claimed he sensed “an aura of death” in
the meeting. Others reported that The
Please see OFFBEAT, Page 5A
Five healthy grilling tips
BY JOEL FUHRMAN, MD
For the Sentinel
H
ot weather and outdoor
living means fi ring up
the outdoor grill in many homes.
Yet, before you throw that burg-
er or steak on the barbecue, be
aware research has shown that
turning up the heat on meat can
cause potentially cancer-caus-
ing substances to form.
Meats contain several harm-
ful elements including animal
protein,
arachidonic
acid
and
heme iron.
W h e n
grilled
or
even
cooked at
high tem-
peratures,
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carcinogenic compounds are
also formed.
Heterocyclic amines (HCAs)
are formed in hamburger, steak,
chicken and fi sh as a reaction
between creatinine amino acids
and glucose. Higher tempera-
tures and longer cooking times
increases HCA production.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocar-
bons (PAHs) are formed from
fl ames and smoke; when meat
juices drip and fl ame hits meat.
N-nitroso compounds (NOCs)
are formed in the stomach from
nitrate/nitrite
preservatives,
which are found in processed
meats.
To minimize these harms, lim-
it your portions consistent with
a high-nutrient (Nutritarian)
diet. Use only small amounts of
meat mixed in with a bean burg-
er and some mushrooms and
onion. The phytates in the beans
sop up the hydroxyl radicals
and excess iron from the meat,
reducing its toxicity. Also, anti-
cancer foods like onions, garlic
and cruciferous vegetables may
help the body detoxify some of
the HCAs.
Processed meats such as hot
dogs and sausages should be
completely avoided. NOCs are
potent carcinogens. There is
convincing evidence that pro-
cessed meats (and red meats)
are a cause of colorectal can-
cers, and high intake of pro-
cessed meat is also associated
with heart disease, stroke and
diabetes.
Fortunately, you don’t have to
throw away your grill. Marinat-
ed vegetables, mushroom and
bean burgers are safe and deli-
cious choices. For those who
choose to grill meat, do it with
caution and only do it occasion-
ally.
Here are fi ve ways to enjoy
foods on the grill while reduc-
ing your exposure to harmful
substances:
Vegetables are especially de-
licious when grilled. All kinds
of vegetables can be grilled and
with the warm weather there is
a wonderful variety. So make
veggies your main dish. Fill a
grilling basket with your favor-
ite sliced vegetables, or make
vegetable skewers. Mushrooms,
onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes,
zucchini, and summer squash all
combine well, but get creative
with your top picks or seasonal
harvests. Toss with a little wa-
ter, balsamic vinegar, and some
fresh or dried herbs such as ba-
sil, oregano or rosemary for a
robust and nutritious dish.
Try blending spices with
walnuts and a bit of your favor-
ite vinegar and brush it on the
veggies frequently while on the
grill. When grilling any starchy
vegetables soak or marinate
them fi rst in a water-vinegar
mix to add to their water con-
tent to minimize the production
of acrylamide, which is a cook-
ing-related carcinogen formed
when starches are cooked at
high temperatures. Avoid eating
the blackened portions of grilled
vegetables.
Make your own nutritious
veggie burgers. Redefi ne the
meat burger with bean or veg-
gie burgers! Store-bought burg-
ers often have added salt and
concentrated soy protein. Try
the recipe for Better Burgers in
my new book, The End of Heart
Disease.
Portabella mushrooms are a
delicious and satisfying alterna-
tive to burgers. Try marinating
in your favorite vinegar. Serve
on a toasted whole grain pita
with sliced tomato, raw onion
and a pesto dressing made from
basil, avocado and pine nuts.
Grill corn on the cob in the
husk or make party corn cobs by
husking, spraying lightly with a
mix of extra-virgin olive oil and
water and sprinkling with your
favorite herbs. Place on the grill
for 6-10 minutes, rotating fre-
quently to minimize browning.
Dr. Fuhrman is a #1 New
York Times best-selling author
and a board certifi ed family
physician specializing in life-
style and nutritional medicine.
Visit his informative website at
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