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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MARCH 1, 2017
HIGH SCHOOL SUCCEEDS AGAIN WITH R&B REVUE
It was the
I had the priv-
ilege of attend-
Grove High School’s Rhythm and Blue Revue,
and a privilege it most certainly was.
The jazz and blues production featured 21 dif-
ferent numbers performed by students, teachers
and even CGHS alumni.
All-time favorites from musicians such as Ste-
vie Wonder, "Tears for Fears," The Beatles and
even Elvis made up this montage of powerful mu-
Laurie Hammond started the fi rst wave of
goosebumps by performing "Walking in Mem-
phis" by Marc Cohn. The soothing and upbeat
tempo was a strong warm-up for what was to
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" followed Ham-
mond’s performance. The Beatle’s hit song was
performed by Chloe Leczel while Josh Ireland
played the guitar. Leczel’s voice was reminis-
cent of the fi lm Across the Universe, the Beat-
les-themed musical featuring Jim Sturgess, such
that Leczel’s performance could’ve fi t somewhere
in the fi lm itself.
Perhaps one of the more epic performances
came from the CGHS vocalist group Micro-
phonics, consisting of Corra Branstetter, Larah
Mueller, Josef Pifer, Tanner Howe, Alex Istudor,
Sadirah Sheffi eld, Alicia Humphries and Kyle
Wilson. The group performed Queen’s Bohemian
Rhapsody, which stirred the audience with such a
popular and familiar tune.
To end the fi rst set, student Matthew Goes
teamed up with music educator Keith Kessler to
By Sam Wright
perform "Soul Man" by The Blues Brothers. The
duo gave a hilarious performance that resurrect-
ed the late John Belushi and paid tribute to Dan
Aykroyd. The dancing of Goes caused a laughing
riot in the audience.
An extremely well-chosen song for the start of
the second set was performed by Neil Thurston
who was backed by the CGHS dancers and the
entire ensemble. Thurston sang "Some Kind of
Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad. Thurston’s
voice fi t beautifully with the band and put the
audience in the mood for another round of great
Kyle Carrillo-Enders, a familiar face around the
Cottage Theatre, burst onto the stage to perform
"Hound Dog" by the King himself. While I expect
it’s diffi cult for any teenager to replicate the deep
voice of Elvis, Carrillo-Enders left everything on
the stage, including his rhythmic skill and pas-
The Jazz Band, along with Ian Miller, Reid
Center and David Richards, performed the instru-
mental epic "Moanin’" by Charles Mingus. Quite
possibly the longest song of the performance, the
band displayed instrumental prowess and great
The penultimate performance (which quite pos-
sibly stole the show) came from the fi ngers of Josh
Ireland on the guitar. Cora Branstetter brought the
fast-paced lyrics, but it was Ireland who outdid
himself on the guitar for Chuck Berry’s "Johnny
This was the 16th annual performance for the
music department at Cottage Grove High School.
If this performance gave any indication of what
is to come, there should be no end in sight for the
Rhythm and Blues Revue.
Lorane County News
Submitted by Lil Thompson
This week, February 27 to March 3, is Read great learning environment, you might consider
Across America in conjunction with Dr Seuss Crow-Applegate-Lorane school district as the
Birthday. Volunteers are still needed to read right place for your child. Band and music are
with Applegate Elementary students. If inter- a part of the curriculum, interesting high school
ested, call Megan Leturno at school, 541-935- electives and all the classes meet state require-
ments for graduation and college. Just go to the
Congratulations to all "Panthers in the Spot- District offi ce to fi nd out more information or
light", Elly June Nix, Caden Cooper, Aubreann call 541-935-2100.
Hardegger, Nancy Ramirez, and Jade Beaver for
Lots of fun at the spaghetti dinner & bingo
exceptional work in grades 1-5 respectively.
evening last Saturday. No one won the pro-
RAC/Lorane Grange Talent Show is coming gressive blackout, so the amount grows. There
in April. Contact either Lisa Livelybrooks or Lil were actually more people for bingo than din-
Thompson to sign up.
ner. Next dinner & bingo is Saturday, March
Lorane Grange meets this Thursday, March 2 18 due to a Crow Teen Dance country club "66"
at 7:00 pm. Several items on the agenda.
Reunion at Crow Grange. Also, that is the be-
March is open enrollment month. If you like ginning of spring break.
small class size with more student attention in a
The Metropolitan R&B Revue was held for the 16th time at Cottage Grove Theatre. The event is the high school
performing arts' department's only fundraiser throughout the year and expects to earn approximately $8,000.
Homes Continued from A1
Square One has completed a similar project in
Eugene aimed specifi cally at the homeless pop-
ulation. According to Cottage Village Coalition,
the partnership allows the local group to operate
under Square One, a deal that has seen a $200,000
grant into fruition.
“We are very excited to be working with the
Cottage Village Coalition in Cottage Grove on
this project,” said Dan Bryant, Executive Direc-
tor of Square One Villages. “This will not only
benefi t residents of Cottage Grove who need af-
fordable housing, it will also help us to develop
our model for rural communities around Oregon.”
The developing model raised eyebrows at the
community meeting held by Cottage Village Co-
alition. Representatives from the nonprofi t noted
that, while they were happy to take questions,
some concerns raised by audience members could
not be answered due to the fl uidity of the situation
and the unprecedented project.
Because Square One's previous development
was focused solely on homeless individuals,
the rules did not directly translate to the village
planned for Cottage Grove.
Ideal residents for the local development, ac-
cording to the coalition, are individuals at risk
of becoming homeless because they cannot raise
both fi rst and last month's rent or who rely on SSI
benefi ts to get by.
However, because of the difference, exact poli-
cies concerning rent, eviction, policing, electrici-
ty, sewer and other items have not been hammered
out. The application process for the village has
yet to be completed as well, but coalition mem-
bers told residents it would be a diffi cult process
that would involve a background check. A press
release on the matter stated, "A site on Madison
street has been under consideration but the group
has decided to keep the search open. The terms of
the grant require a site to be secured by August
with construction to be completed by the end of
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