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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MAY 23, 2018
Local VFW in search of coffee cart
outreach programs it puts on but now, it’s
asking for help to continue collecting that
spare change, those crumbled bills and may-
be, a few more checks.
“We’re looking for something that, it can’t
be too big. Maybe 15 or 16 feet,” Twite said,
describing the trailer the post needs. Th e
trailer the group uses now is a few decades
old and was re-designed and fi xed up by the
men at the post but according to Twite, it’s
showing its age.
New travel RVs or trailers can cost thou-
sands of dollars, money the post doesn’t
have but it does have a budget for a used
trailer it can renovate by taking out the di-
nette set, adding shelves and making a few
By Caitlyn May
When the local VFW gives out free coff ee
at the rest stop on Interstate 5, they usual-
ly get a donation from every customer; the
spare change in their pockets or a few dollar
“But we had one lady, once, she asked us
what our biggest donation had ever been
and I told her it was probably $20 or $25
dollars,” said VFW post commander Dennis
Twite. “Well she went to her car and came
back with a check she wrote out for $100.”
Th e donations the post garners on its
weekends at the rest stop on I-5 go toward
scholarship programs and other charitable
Th e VFW post volunteers at least one
weekend a month to hand out coff ee for do-
nations so that it can fund scholarships for
local high schoolers and awards for teacher
of the year. Without the trailer, the group
can still raise funds by serving coff ee but it
doesn’t yield the same profi t.
“On the southbound side they put in
a construction trailer, I call it, it has two
rooms in it, one is an offi ce and one is for
the coff ee cart,” Twite said. “We’ve tried that
a couple times in there but it sits back quite
a ways so I don’t know if people see it but we
don’t get too many people.”
To donate funds or a trailer for the VFW’s
coff ee cart, please contact Twite at (541)
Cottage Grove Retrospective
A look back at Sentinel stories from 30 and 60 years ago
Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council
invites public to weekend events in June
Th e CFWWC and Willamette
Water Ouzels invite the
community to join the annual
clean up fl oat of the Row and
Coast Fork Willamette Rivers
on Saturday, June 2.
Participants can collect trash,
view wildlife and enjoy the
river landscape while helping to
improve river conditions locally
Th is year will be the 12th
year of the Water Ouzel Clean
Up Float. Th e fl oat covers six
river miles starting at the Row
River boat launch and ending
at Lynx Hollow State Park.
Last year, approximately 300
pounds of trash was collected
from the rivers. Residents with a
boat, paddling skills and all the
required gear, are also welcomed
Th e event is free and open
to the public. Participants
must provide their own boat,
gear, safety equipment, water
and food. Meet at the Row
River Nature Park boat launch,
located at 33301 Row River Rd.,
Cottage Grove, at 8 a.m. Shuttle
arrangements to Lynx Hollow
State Park will be available if
needed. Lynx Hollow State Park
is located at 80998 Davisson
Rd., Creswell (Saginaw).
Please note that Lynx Hollow
State Park vehicle access will
only be available for the morning
car shuttle and at approximately
4 p.m. when the Clean Up Float
is complete. All non-motorized
Art Walk this Friday
watercraft greater than 10 feet
in length is required by the State
of Oregon to have an invasive
species permit. For questions
and to RSVP, please contact
Doug Garletts at 541-315-1604
or fl firstname.lastname@example.org
and leave your name, phone
number, number of people
in your party, gear status and
age of any children coming
along. Event information is
also available on CFWWC's
Also on the schedule,
CFWWC will conduct red-
eared slider (and potentially
snapping turtle) trapping in
Cottage Grove at Row River
Nature Park with CFWWC
Projects Coordinator, Reilly
Newman. We will remove the
non-native red-eared sliders
and snapping turtles from the
ponds, and collect scientifi c
data from the native Western
pond turtles before release.
We are looking for reliable
volunteers who can accurately
collect scientifi c data in the
fi eld, handle live turtles and
who can commit to at least 3-5
days of trapping. Th e trapping
will occur every day from May
21 - June 8 including weekends.
We anticipate the time involved
each day will be about 2.5 hours.
For more information or to sign
up, please call the CFWWC
offi ce 541-767-9717 or email
Dinner mystery at
the library Saturday
Friends of the Cottage Grove Library is presenting Dinner
Mystery Th eatre, a play revolving around a funny madcap trip to
Mynute, Alaska for Mother Mabel’s Pie Baking Competition. Th is
play has ample servings of motive, and all the right ingredients
for murder with big laughs, outrageous characters, and audience
participation. Dinner is chicken marsala or roasted vegetable
lasagna with a complimentary glass of wine and a real pie auction
at the end of the play. Murder at the Pie Auction is Saturday, May
26 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center. Tickets are available at the
LUCAS DAVEY/COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL
ART WALK-A couple takes in sights during April's Art Walk.
Th e Art Walk returns this Friday, May 25.
Downtown businesses including Th e Craft y Mercantile, Imag-
ine it Framed, Delight, Five Flying Monkeys and Ambrose Col-
lectibles among others, will remain open between 6 and 8 p.m. so
visitors and residents can enjoy local artists and buskers.
Th e self-guided tour of downtown Cottage Grove is held the last
Friday of every month. Th is month, a special performance from
the local branch of the international group DanceAbility, will be
featured at the Opal Center. Th e group, which focuses on includ-
ing all dancers, including those with physical disabilities, will be
performing some of its latest pieces.
For more information on the Art Walk, call Michele at 541-514-
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Crow HS Honor Society is hosting a blood drive at the school
this Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Th e Mariachi Band will play at the high school at 2 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 23.
Th is is Memorial Day weekend with no school on Monday, May
28. Please be safe and remember those we honor and have lost.
Events ending the school year:
Tuesday, May 29 - all school awards 9:15 to 11 a.m. Parents and
family may attend.
Wednesday, May 30 -Senior Recognition night at 7 p.m. Every-
Th ursday, May 31 - Spring Band/Choir concert at Crow Grange-
Sunday, June 3, Baccalaureate at Crow/Applegate Nazarene
Church at 6 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Crow High Graduation, Friday,
June. 8 at 7 p.m. Again, all are welcome to share the seniors big
day and cheer them on.
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essages warning youngsters about the dangers
involved with drugs and alcohol normally carry
an aura of gloom and doom about them.
Th ose who have seen the eff ects of drugs on
abusers oft en have a diffi cult time describing the situation any
Activities surround the Cottage Grove’s Drug Awareness
Week sponsored by the Drug Action Council found upbeat,
fun ways of getting a serious message cross.
Th e message was clear: don’t use drugs. Th at message was
delivered in a variety of ways.
Some messages were as subtle as green ribbons distributed
to area businesses by local service organizations. Th e ribbons
signifi ed their support of Drug Awareness Week.
Wednesday was designated as Wellness Day. Students
participated in a host of activities including a nature hike, a
3-on-3 basketball tournament, wind-surfi ng and sidewalk
Former professional basketball player Les Harrison spoke
to captive audiences at Cottage Grove High School and
younger students during the week. He demonstrated several
unusual exercises with a basketball and did his best to teach
volunteers how to perform them.
Harrison kept the mood light and cheerful while still
urging kids to avoid drugs. He told a group at the high school
that he visits friends back home in mental institutions, prison
and cemeteries because of drugs.
Law enforcement offi cials and local students participated in
panel discussions regarding the problems of drugs and alco-
hol. Athletes from the University of Oregon sat on the similar
panels to discuss goal setting.
Th e week concluded with a rally at Coiner Park where a
raﬄ e was held. State Sen. Bill Frye was on hand to present a
check to contribute to the cause.
Mayor Jim Gilroy also participated in the rally. He got the
week-long activity rolling Saturday, May 14 during opening
ceremonies at McDonald’s.
Drug Action Council Vice President Bill Th ompson called
the e vent a success although he admitted crowds at many of
the activities were relatively small. “Th ey key is that some-
body realizes there is hope, that something is being done,”
Th ompson said.
Th ompson said Drug Awareness Week will help people
realize help is available for the hose who fi nd themselves in
trouble because of drugs or alcohol.
“If here’s such a thing as prevention, it comes in K through
six (kindergarten through sixth grade,)” Th ompson com-
mented. “You’ve got to give them a reason not to use.”
Th ompson said the community’s youth holds the key to
positive changes in the area.
Community support for the event encouraged Th omp-
son. “Th e neat thing about it was the community got behind
it,” Th ompson said. He pointed to service clubs and other
community members who manned the council headquarters
in Gateway Plaza. “It was a well backed community project,”
Th ompson said.