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Meyers also said that he hoped the combining of the departments
would increase collaboration. "I hope the reorganization will not
only save money but create several opportunities to improve ser-
vices for the citizens of Cottage Grove."
Currently, staffi ng will be left to Stewart according to Meyers.
City planner Amanda Ferguson, who applied for the position, is
expected to stay on, but according to Meyers, Stewart will deter-
mine how the departments will run.
"I'm envisioning division managers for the different departments
and Amanda would be the planning division manager but that's
something Faye will determine," Meyers said.
Stewart was chosen from a list of nine applicants which was nar-
rowed down to six.
Stewart currently serves as a Lane County Commissioner for
District 5 and as of press time was expected to make an announce-
ment during the Tuesday, March 21 county commission meeting.
No announcement in regards to his replacement at the county
level was made as of press time. His current term is set to expire
For a complete story and updates regarding Stewart's announce-
ment, please see the Cottage Grove Sentinel website at cgsentinel.
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uke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald are eight-year-old
Cockapoos siblings, (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle.) who
Mary and Jim, inherited from their daughter, Megan.
Megan's love for music motivated her to name the dogs after jazz
band leader Duke Ellington and the "Queen of Jazz" Ella Fitzger-
ald. When Megan moved and her musical buddies went with her-
she soon realized that two dogs were one too many in an apartment.
"Getting a dog was not on our agenda," said Mary, "but we did
when Megan asked us to take Duke so she and Ella could see him
A few weeks after Duke's arrival, Megan and Ella returned to
have Ella spayed. After surgery, Ella was too exhausted for the
drive back to San Francisco, so she stayed on the condition that
Megan would return for her. After three months, it was evident that
Mary and Jim had inherited both dogs!
Duke and Ella don't sing, but they love barking at every imag-
inary outside activity. Ella especially likes teasing their next door
dog. She barks until he comes to the fence and then she turns her
back, and struts back and forth, ignoring him. Then he goes banan-
as. Whereas, in turn, another neighbor's cat gleans great satisfaction
from causing both dogs to go wild. The cat attracts their attention
and then smugly paces back and forth, letting the wind blow her fur
while swishing her tail to keep the excitement going.
Duke plays "keep away" with any sock he fi nds and looks ador-
able as he cocks his head from side to side, as if he is intently lis-
tening, innocently trying to fi gure out what the couple are saying.
"We give our dogs the directive," said Mary, "No barking! No
jumping!'. But they ignore us.
Duke is an accomplished jumper. If he spots food on the counter,
he jumps up and grabs it. We diligently push food as far back as
possible, but he is determined and succeeds on his counter' mission.
Once he pulled down a fi ve pound bag of potatoes!
Ella is the dominant dog, a real sweetheart, but when she gets
upset at Duke she gets in his face and gives him a good chewing
out. Once she must have been furious. She was barking in his
face while backing him into a corner. To protect himself, he raised
a front leg in front of his face, as if to shield himself, just like we
would have done.
Our dogs have become our exercise assistants from which we
are all benefi ting. One of the advantages of dogs is that they get
you out weather' you want to or not. After a long walk, they arrive
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home with a burst of excited playful energy barking and chasing
We had never slept with a dog, and because Duke was accus-
tomed to sleeping with Megan, he assumed that he should sleep
with us. We tried breaking him of the habit. Every time he jumped
on our bed we put him back in his bed. Duke won the argument.
After three sleepless nights we gave up. He's small but what a bed
hog! He starts at the bottom of the bed, then works his way up to
our pillows. It's startling waking up to a dog staring you in the face.
He trained' us so well, that consequently, we are now sleeping with
Mary and Jim relate to a cartoon of a man and woman sleeping
in their dog's bed, as the dog peacefully sleeps, stretched out in their
bed. The caption reads, "We wish we had not said out loud how
comfy our bed was!"
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"To help dogs remain calm when you are not home," said Mary,
"turn your radio on a talk show station to provide white noise. Our
dogs haven't indicated that it has added quality to their life, but they
are well-informed about current events."
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