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Swinging Bridge benefi t planned
By Caitlyn May
City crews close-off access to the Swinging Bridge late last year after a report from the city's engineer detailed disrepair, making the bridge unsafe for
public use. A benefi t will be held on March 24 to raise funds for the bridge's repair.
By Caitlyn May
It’s been more than a year since the city
closed the iconic Swinging Bridge due to a
report from the city engineer that the struc-
ture was no longer safe for public use. And
while various fundraising and grant-writ-
ing efforts have been underway for nearly
as long, the Friends of the Cottage Grove
Swinging Bridge have upped the ante.
The group will be hosting a benefi t on
Saturday, March 24 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
at the armory to raise awareness of the
bridge’s disrepair and possibilities for a re-
The city has estimated the cost of a new
bridge to be around $250,000. In October,
the city learned that it had not been select-
ed for a grant through the state’s park com-
mission which would have earned between
$135,000 and $150,000 for the bridge’s re-
pair. Three different options for a replace-
ment have been presented to the board and
several other ideas for designs have since
been added to the list.
The event on Saturday will allow dona-
tions. Also on the schedule: local bands
Flies with Honey, the Huckleberrys and
Rock ‘n Reveleers. Community members
will also be invited to share their memories
of the Swinging Bridge, write letters in sup-
port of additional grant efforts by the city
and view a display created by the Cottage
Grove Historical society on the bridge’s his-
tory in the community.
Advanced tickets ($10) are available at
the BookMine. A sliding scale price for
tickets at the door will be observed. No one
will be turned away due to a lack of funds.
For more information, contact Dana Mer-
ryday at
Police ask for public's help in search
Randal Jernigan-Wynn
Just after 5 p.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 24, local law enforcement
agencies issued a search war-
rant on the 100 block of N. 2nd
St. in Creswell. According to a
statement released by the Lane
County Sheriff's Offi ce (LCSO),
authorities were searching for
Randal Jernigan-Wynn, 58.
Jernigan-Wynn is a person of
interest in multiple investiga-
tions by various law enforcement
jurisdictions. He was not locat-
ed at the residence in Creswell
Saturday night.
"... evidence indicates he was
in the area shortly before the
arrival of law enforcement,"
the sheriff's offi ce reported.
"The Special Response Team
was used to execute the search
warrant due to information
Jernigan-Wynn has access to
fi rearms and has threatened to
have an armed confrontation
with law enforcement."
Last Chance
According to county records,
Jernigan-Wynn has previously
been charged with illegal pos-
session of heroin and metham-
The Lane County Sheriff's
Offi ce is requesting the public's
assistance in locating Jernigan-
Wynn. If anyone has informa-
tion about his whereabouts,
they are asked to contact their
local law enforcement agency
or the LCSO tippling at (541)
Due to the nature of this case,
it is possible Jernigan-Wynn
has been captured prior to The
Sentinel hitting stands. As of
Monday, Feb. 26, he was still at
large and LCSO still requested
the public's assistance.
For up-to-date information
on this case, visit cgsentinel.
com throughout the week
where the latest details will be
It started in 1990.
Non-profi t organizations were prevalent in Cottage Grove but
had no way of keeping track of one another or utilizing the band of
volunteers within the city. Fast-forward to 2014 and TEAM Cottage
It stands for Together Everyone Achieves More and embodies the
group’s mission: to bring volunteers together to more practically
serve the community while lending support to non-profi t and com-
munity organizations dedicated to improving life in Cottage Grove.
To accomplish this, TEAM Cottage Grove established three goals.
The fi rst is to work with the state of Oregon to pinpoint how many
non-profi t groups work in the city and create a data base that is
updated annually. The second is to be a resource for the non-profi t
community and the third is to spearhead an outreach effort which
includes a weekly newsletter and as of last year, a gathering.
Gathering in the Grove brought together non-profi ts from around
the community to a standing-room only event. It provided the
groups a networking opportunity and for TEAM Cottage Grove, an
insight into what these organizations need to move forward.
Now in its fourth year, TEAM Cottage Grove intends to continue
putting on Gathering in the Grove but has moved away from an an-
nual schedule. Instead, the group with move to a biannual schedule
and host workshops on off years.
The fi rst workshop will be held on March 7 and center around the
art of communication.
“It’s going to be half a day at the Healing Matrix and we’re look-
ing to have a full house,” said Cindy Weeldryer, a TEAM Cottage
Grove board member and editor of the group’s weekly newsletter,
Around the Grove.
The Non-Profi t Association of Oregon is providing a facilitator
for the event which will also feature a meal and continued network-
ing opportunities. Registration is $15 at the door and the group asks
that those planning to attend, reach out prior to the event.
Those who attend the event will be given the running list of vol-
unteers available in the community; a move TEAM Cottage Grove
says will help organizations garner the help they need during events.
Several events have had issues collecting enough volunteers in-
cluding Bohemia Mining Days--a four-day festival held at the end
of July each year. The festival board visited the Cottage Grove City
Council last year ahead of the event pleading for volunteers to help
erect the props for the event as well as other tasks related to Bohe-
mia Mining Days.
“I was willing to give any non profi t two to three hours on their
project if they were willing to give me two to three hours on my
project,” said TEAM Cottage Grove’s Jon Rudolph.
Likewise, board member Don Williams noted that volunteers did
not need to be married to one particular cause in the city.
“When Habitat for Humanity isn’t building a house, maybe some
of those nail-drivers would be willing to help on other things,” he
As for celebrating the fourth anniversary of the group, Weeldrey-
er said those who attend the workshop on March 7 may fi nd some
For more information or to RSVP for the TEAM Cottage Grove
workshop, please contact the group at teamcottagegrove@gmail.
com or Weeldreyer at (541) 942-2360.
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