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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MARCH 15, 2017
Lincoln Middle School staff bands together for student
Teachers raise funds for student's family after cancer strikes, insurance won't cover needs
When Lisa Sherman noticed a student acting differently and inquired as to why, she did not expect
The student revealed that a parent had recently been diagnosed with cancer and it was taking a toll.
"I actually called home to ask if I could take the student to lunch to talk and I verifi ed the informa-
tion," Sherman said. It was then that Sherman was informed that the diagnosis was true and the family
had several children in South Lane School District Schools.
According to a press release issued by the school, the parent noted that they would be undergoing
radiation treatment later this month and as a result, would need to isolate themselves from the rest of
the family. To do this, they would need to be in a hotel room that, unfortunately, the family could not
"They also told the teacher that they did not have money to pay for a hotel and that insurance
wouldn't cover the cost of the hotel either," the release said.
Sherman told The Sentinel that she immediately reached out to the school's resources to see if exist-
ing programs could aid the family with the cost of the hotel room.
"We have a homeless coordinator here and other programs but they didn't work out," Sherman said.
"So, I emailed staff and asked if there was a way that we could raise the money ourselves."
Lisa Clark, a teacher at Lincoln, was part of the group that was tasked with fi nding a hotel partner
willing to offer a discount for a six-night stay.
"That was the part I played," she said.
The staff raised enough money for the hotel stay in Eugene and noted, " We would like to publicly
thank the Eugene Springfi eld Marriot for their generosity and willingness to work with our school and
this family in providing a room for one of our community.
On March 12, 2013 at 23:55 hours PST, SLCFR units responded to a house fi re in the 800 block of
Kings Row in Creswell, OR. Arriving units found the attached garage fully involved. The occupants
of the house were three adults, two children, a dog, and a cat, were all safely evacuated and assisted by
the American Red Cross. The fi re in the garage was brought under control and extinguished soon after
by the fi rst due Engine Company from the SLCFR Creswell station. The roof of the attached garage
collapsed during suppression efforts. The manufactured home suffered minor smoke and fi re damage
while the garage and a Dodge pick-up were a complete loss. Fire damage was estimated at $50,000.
The fi re cause and determination investigation revealed an electrical outlet in the garage was the likely
cause and the fi re has been ruled accidental. SLCFR crews were assisted in extinguishing the fi re by
units from Goshen/Pleasant Hill Fire Districts. There were no civilian or responder injuries as a result
of the fi re.
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Tiny houses Continued from A1
Village, a homeless development in Eugene and
is working on Emerald Village in the same city.
The village planned for Cottage Grove, howev-
er, has not settled on its target resident, rent, util-
ities, building plans, parking, bylaws or eviction
Original plans discussed at the initial commu-
nity meeting called for rent to be approximately
$250 per month and for the target rental group to
be those living on Social Security or those who
were unable to raise fi rst and last month’s rent.
The plan also called for the village to “self-gov-
ern” and create a sense of community.
However, plans for the village are fl uid with
rent having since increased and several ideas for
the target rental audience suggested.
According to the latest press release, “The
plans for Cottage Village call for 13 tiny homes to
be built on the property which then will be rented
to the residents for under $400 a month. In addi-
tion, a four-bedroom house on the property will
be renovated and rented while the project is under
development. Cottage Village is being modeled
after Emerald Village Eugene, a project of 22
tiny homes scheduled to be built this summer by
Under the terms of the grant, issued by Meyer
Memorial Trust to SquareOne Villages, the proj-
ect must secure land by the end of August and
must be com-
pleted by the
end of 2018.
noted in a
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Memorial Foundation, EPUD,
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press release that she and CVC were looking
forward to working with neighbors as the proj-
ect progressed. The group holds a meeting every
Thursday in Cottage Grove and invites the pub-
lic to attend the last meeting every month to ask
questions and bring their concerns to the group.
While the purchase has progressed CVC's goals
for the property, the March 8 purchase has not
secured the future of the proposed village but,
instead, secured land for CVC and SquareOne
Villages to research the possibility. Before the
tiny homes can be built, the groups must go be-
fore the city and contend with the planning board
to ensure the project is in line with existing laws
and codes. The village will have to include plans
for parking, utilities, water, sewer, occupancy and
several other areas as mandated by the City of
Cottage Grove. All plans must be approved by the
city before construction can begin.
City planner, Amanda Ferguson has answered
several residents' concerned emails noting that
the city has control over specifi c elements of con-
struction and cannot dictate who is able to rent
from a development or what kind of application
process must take place. The city is able to man-
date sewer, water, building codes and other as-
pects as written into city code.
The issue of affordable housing in Cottage
Grove and Oregon overall has been in the head-
lines recently with several agencies citing the low
inventory of housing and the high demand.
St. Vincent de Paul recently announced that
it had purchased the Saginaw Trailer Park just
outside of Cottage Grove to create housing for
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