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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL APRIL 12, 2017
Cottage Grove Retrospective
A look back at Sentinel stories from 30 and 60 years ago
Volunteers are an American Tradition: 1987
Volunteers have been the lifeblood of the
United States since it was formed more than
two centuries ago.
That tradition has been carried down
through the years, in towns and cities of
varying sizes and people. Cottage Grove is
a town that depends a great deal on volun-
“When I came to Cottage Grove, I
couldn’t believe the number of volunteers
involved,” said Donna Vasquez, volunteer
coordinator for Community Sharing. “This
town should be glad for the volunteer sup-
port it gets.”
Being a volunteer doesn’t mean not re-
ceiving benefi ts for performing a service.
A better defi nition of volunteer is one who
enters into any service of his, or her, own
“It’s a good way to spend my time and
I really enjoy doing it,” smiled Elva Add-
ington, one of the many volunteers at Com-
munity Sharing. “I like being around people
and helping others.”
Vasquez, who has been in her current po-
sition since November, estimates about 450
volunteers lend their assistance to Commu-
nity Sharing throughout the year. The num-
ber increases during the holiday period with
the Tree of Joy and various food drives.
Vasquez gets paid for a half-time position,
which sometimes to her seems like full-time
work. She schedules the volunteers’ hours,
and makes sure everything runs smoothly.
“If it weren’t for the volunteers, Commu-
nity Sharing probably wouldn’t fi ll the role
it does now,” Vasquez said.
An example would be the various food
drives Community Sharing is involved
with, like the ongoing “Let’s Bag Hunger in
Oregon” campaign. Last year, Community
Sharing distributed nearly 1,200 food bas-
kets, feeding more than 3,750 people.
Most volunteers, like Addington, work
three hours per week, the most that is ex-
pected of them. However, many will work
A juvenile male was taken into custody
for shoplifting at Safeway, charged with
theft in the third-degree.
A man reported to Cottage Grove Police
that he was riding his bicycle when some-
one hit his back tire and began to chase him.
The incident began near Killion's Market
and proceeded to the ranger station on Ce-
dar Park Rd. The man declined medics.
CGPD assisted the Lane County Sheriff's
Offi ce when a victim reported having been
assaulted and carjacked near Bennett Creek
Rd. The suspects obtained the victim's ve-
hicle and infl icted injuries. Suspected to be
armed with a knife and pepper spray.
A complainant reported several teenag-
ers coming out of vacated apartments on S.
8th St. The teenagers were reportedly not
carrying anything or engaging in any other
CGPD took a noise complaint on S. 6th
Ave. for loud music.
An elderly resident complained to police
that two individuals had knocked on his
door. He reported the male was not speak-
ing clearly but mentioned his parents had
recently passed away. He was in his mid-
30s and said he had all of his belongings
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CGPD fi elded a
911 call from a res-
ident who asked for
a ride to her vehicle
which had been left
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An alarm was activated at 2332 E. White-
• The legislature continues
to cram their schedule prior
to the April 18 deadline for all bills to make it out
of their committees if they hope to become law.
From the legislature
The senate was set to discuss Senate Bill 374 on
Monday which called for identifi cation in the state
of Oregon to comply with the federal Real ID Act
passed in 2005. Oregon obtained an extension but
without another moved deadline, Oregon residents
will no longer be able to use their state-issued IDs
as proof of identity in U.S. airports.
The “Planned Parenthood” bill, or House Bill 3391
will also see discussion in chambers this week. The
potential law requires Oregon health plans to cover
abortions, birth control and other reproductive care
at no extra cost. It would allow for religion-based
plans to be exempt from the mandate.
Duel-lovers may soon be allowed to run for public
offi ce again in Oregon. The legislature is debating
on whether or not to strike the 170-plus year con-
stitutional ban on the practice which would, tech-
nically, allow lawmakers to partake in the age-old
custom of settling disagreements.
Senators from the state legislature chose the osprey
over the western meadowlark as the new state bird.
The house will likely vote on the issue next month
before it becomes offi cial.
A called advised CGPD that a "tweaker"
was inside Walmart and said the suspect
might have been "seeing things" but did not
actually steal anything.
CGPD conducted a prison transport.
A tree was reported as down on a trailer in
the backyard on Ash Ave. It reportedly took
the power pole and hot lines down as well.
Two adults and two children were trapped
inside but were uninjured.
CGPD took a call regarding a father re-
fusing to return the child to the mother. No
custody order was in place.
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A wind storm that swept through the valley Friday
afternoon had more than 10,000 customers without
power in Linn, Lane, Washington, Yamhill, Clacka-
mas, Multnomah and Polk counties.
The chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
wrote a letter last week asking that U.S. ICE of-
fi cials stop arresting individuals in and around
courthouses. The letter comes after several reports
of victims of domestic violence and other crimes
being detained by ICE when they arrive at court to
fi le a complaint or testify against their attackers.
A motorist reported large debris in the
road just east of Village Green Resorts.
A traffi c stop was conducted in Little
Caesar's parking lot.
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On April 3 at 8:54 p.m., Cottage Grove Police report a robbery at
Safeway on Main St. in Cottage Grove. The suspect was armed and
targeted the pharmacy but no injuries were reported.
Offi cials are looking for a white male, approximately 5'7" to
5'10" weighing 170lbs. Anyone with information concerning the
incident is asked to call detective Shawn Branstetter at (541) 942-
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• A plane crash in Har-
risburg this week killed a
family of three, along with the pilot. The California
residents were on their way to Eugene for a tour of
the University of Oregon for their only child, Bren-
den, who also died in the crash.
From around the state
A K-9 unit was deployed to Adams and
News from the state legislature
and around Oregon
that police do not give cab rides.
A resident told police a bicycle had been
outside his resi-
dence for fi ve hours.
He noted he took the
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more if necessary.
“I’ll come in sometimes if someone is
sick or can’t make it in at their scheduled
time,” noted Addington.
Vasquez estimates that volunteers gave
close to 11,000 hours of their time last year.
At the average wage of $5 per hour, that
comes to $55,000 worth of labor. That fi g-
ure is more than half of the program’s re-
This week is being celebrated as Nation-
al Volunteer Week throughout the country.
Community Sharing scheduled a small par-
ty for the volunteers.
Despite that there are already 40 or so
volunteers, Vasquez said more are always
“The one thing you can never have
enough of is volunteers,” she said. “We can
always use more help.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can
call Community Sharing at 541-942-2176.
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PO Box 11511
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Salem, OR 97301
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