Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, July 13, 2016, Page 3A, Image 3

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County recommends
closure of rural waste
transfer stations
Cottage Grove's 57th
Bohemia Mining Days
begins Thursday
The 57th Annual Bohemia Mining
Days Festival is just a day away.
Visit the BMD website at www. for details
on what to do and see this year.
The Carnival returns to Bohemia
Park. Save $5 on ride bracelets
and help pay for the festival’s
operational costs. Advance tickets
are on sale now at Bi-Mart (Cot-
tage Grove and Creswell) and The
Bookmine through July 14 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are redeemed for a bracelet
at the Carnival. Thursday is the
Carnival’s “Buddy Day” with 2 for
1 deal. Buy a pre-sale ride ticket
and and receive a second one free
at the ticket booth. The all-day ride
bracelets will be $27 each during
the four days of the festival.
Last call for BMD applications.
Grand Miners’ Parade deadline is
tomorrow. (Entries registering on
Saturday morning will pay a higher
fee.) Volunteers are still needed
to staff welcome information and
treasure hunt checkpoint booths.
Sign up with a friend for a two-hour
shift. Non-food vendors will be ac-
cepted through tomorrow (Thurs-
day) at 3 p.m. Download applica-
tions from the BMD website under
the “Join In” menu (top right) to get
Creswell, Sharps Creek and London
recommended for closure
the application you need or call the
BMD Offi ce at 541-942-5064.
Register now for this event or-
ganized by the Cottage Grove
Jogging Club. Run or walk through
beautiful Cottage Grove on Friday
at 9 p.m. Registration includes
drink ticket for Brewstation and
glowstick fun. Staging is near the
Brewstation on Sixth and Washing-
ton. For more information and to
register, visit:
Producing a four-day festival is
expensive. To cover these costs
BMD is selling T-shirts for $10,
Buttons for 25 cents, and serving
two fundraising meals: Thursday’s
Miners Steak and Beans Dinner
on Thursday for $15 and Saturday
morning’s Chuckwagon Breakfast
for $6.
Saturday is Dress-Up Day. Get your
costume ready and create a story to
go with it. Contest begins at noon
on the gazebo stage. Cash awarded
for best man, woman and child.
New BMD Historical Treasure
Hunt offers daily $100 drawing
among completed treasure maps.
Former BMD queens to be honored
Bohemia Mining Days plans to honor two former queens from
the mid-1960s, Amelia Dunnavin Blowers and Carolyn Cutts
Rippy, as the Grand Marshals of the Grand Miners Parade and
with a special presentation on the Main Stage on Saturday night
at 8:15 p.m. Pictured above is the coronation of Reba Wolfard by
Amelia Dunnavin Blowers in July of 1966.
Cottage Theatre one of six venues nationwide
chosen to host a brand-new play
he Cottage Theatre an-
nounced last week that it is
one of only six venues nationwide
that has been chosen to host a new
play as part of the American As-
sociation of Community Theatre’s
NewPlayFest 2018.
According to a release from the
AACT, the production aligns with
its mission of providing support
and resources to community the-
“Many theatres have new-play
contests, but few produce the win-
ning scripts beyond staged read-
ings,” the release stated.
The AACT program offers the
chance for winning playwrights
to see their play published in an
anthology by Dramatic Publish-
ing Company and see it produced
by an established theatre. As a
producing theatre, the release
states, Cottage Theatre will have
the chance to choose the play it
produces from the list of winning
scripts. Playwrights are scheduled
to submit their work this fall, after
which winners will be chosen.
Many theatres nationwide apply
to produce these plays, and AACT
Executive Director Julie Crawford
said that “it is a high honor to have
been selected.” As a producing
theatre, CT will receive national
recognition and the experience of
working directly with the play-
wright. The winning plays will be
produced between June of 2017
and December of 2018. Other the-
atres chosen to produce a play are
located in Cloquet, Minn., Bristol,
Ind., Lincoln, Neb., Casper, Wyo.
and Albuquerque, NM.
Cottage Theatre produces about
six plays during its season and
serves an audience of about 10,000
annually. It boasts humble begin-
nings under an Army tent in the
lawn of the Village Green in 1982,
and it now hosts performances
in its own 150-seat facility that
was built in 1998 and expanded
in 2006. All of Cottage Theatre’s
personnel save its Executive Di-
rector are volunteers.
wo rural Cottage Grove area waste transfer stations
can be found on a list of those considered for closure
by Lane County’s Waste Management Division in what the
County says is an attempt to balance revenue and expenses
within the Division.
The County said last week that Waste Management is
facing a $1.5 million imbalance between the revenue it
generates and the cost to ensure the continued and future
operation of Short Mountain Landfi ll, which is Lane Coun-
ty’s only permitted landfi ll for household and commer-
cial wastes. The Waste Management Division operates as
an enterprise fund, meaning it must generate enough rev-
enue to sustain its operations through user fees – it receives
no General Fund (property tax) revenue.
In an attempt to correct this fi scal imbalance, the County
contracted with a professional solid-waste consulting fi rm
to evaluate the current Lane County Waste Management
system and identify options to reduce costs.
Recommendations in the report include eliminating the
senior discount and recycling discount programs and re-
quiring commercial haulers in the metro area to travel di-
rectly to Short Mountain Landfi ll rather than the Glenwood
Transfer Station.
The report also recommends the closure of eight of Lane
County’s 15 rural transfer stations: Creswell, London,
Mapleton, McKenzie Bridge, Rattlesnake, Sharps Creek,
Swisshome and Walton. The Cottage Grove station is not
recommended for closure.
The consultant’s report, a full copy of which can be
viewed at, states that “the Division’s
16 transfer stations service a smaller square mile service
area (i.e., provide a higher level of “convenience” to the
County’s residents) than any other county in the state.” It
adds that the County could close many of its rural trans-
fer stations and still provide a level of convenience to the
County’s residents greater than that of the majority of other
counties in Oregon.
The report states that, with the exception of the Glen-
wood Transfer Station and Short Mountain Landfi ll, none
of the Division’s transfer stations cover their costs. It es-
timates that the County could save $570,000 by closing
the stations, and it states that there are only approximate-
ly 2,400 total users of those facilities, with the majority
of those users (~1,800) associated with the Creswell and
Rattlesnake sites, both of which are relatively close to a
number of other transfer station sites.
The County will host meetings to detail the proposed
changes and hear from the public. Dates and locations are:
Wednesday, July 13, 5:30–7 p.m. at Upper McKenzie
Community Center (54745 McKenzie River Drive, Rain-
Wednesday, July 20, 5:30–7 p.m. at Walton Fire Station
(Highway 126 and Nelson Mountain Road, Walton)
Wednesday, July 27, 5:30–7 p.m. at Creswell Commu-
nity Center (99 S. 1st Street, Creswell)
Thursday, July 28, 5:30-7 p.m. at Harris Hall (125 E. 8th
Avenue, Eugene)
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