6A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 8, 2015 Polk County News Grant could bring life to old mill site By Jolene Guzman The Itemizer-Observer PHOTO COURTESY OF LOU HOLT/for the Itemizer-Observer Playing old-time music can appeal to musicians of any age during the old-time fiddlers convention. Old-time fiddling not just for old folks Itemizer-Observer staff report RICKREALL — The Ore- gon Old Time Fiddlers Asso- ciation will hold its annual state convention at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Rickreall Thursday through Saturday. The longstanding theme for the convention is “You don’t have to be old to be an old-time fiddler.” The convention this year will feature many of Ore- gon’s young fiddlers as the association celebrates “51 years of Old Time Music 1964- 2015.” The public is invited to at- tend the Fiddle and Variety Show on Friday. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with a group of fid- dlers, young and old, start- ing the show. At 7, the fiddle show will begin with fiddlers and spe- cial entertainment from fid- dlers from throughout Ore- gon. The show concludes at 10. Tickets are available at the door: Adults $6; 6- through 12-year-olds $3; and those 5 and younger are free. A coupon for a $1 discount will be available in the Ore- gon Old Time Fiddlers Asso- ciation ad. For more information: Lew Holt 503-391-5377 or Roland White 541-647-4789, or email fiddlplay- @icloud.com. DALLAS — The city of Dallas is hoping to keep a $300,000 grant it received for rail improvements on the former Weyerhaeuser mill site connected to a project that never come to fruition. T h e grant was originally meant to facilitate Foggin railroad upgrades to accommodate a transloading import-ex- port operation involving trains and trucks. That plan fell through when a deal between White’s Hauling and mill site owner North- west Demolition couldn’t be reached, said Dallas City Manager Ron Foggin at Mo n d a y ’s Da l l a s C i t y Council meeting. White’s Hauling moved its expansion site to Independ- ence. However, since the grant was not awarded to ei- ther business, but to the city, Dallas may be able keep the money, provided by Oregon Regional Solu- tions. The catch is it has to City Council be used for a similar project for rail system improvement at the former Dallas mill. “We are looking at an- other project for the grant,” Foggin said. He said the city has sub- mitted information to re- gional solutions to have another project approved for the funding. In other business, the council: • Approved an ordinance revising the first chapter of the Dallas Comprehensive Plan, outlining citizen in- volvement in the planning process. The subject of a public hearing in February, the first-chapter revision is the beginning of an update of the entire comprehensive plan. • Approved a series of budget transfers among departments to cover addi- tional staffing costs at the Dallas Aquatic Center. OBITUARIES Arvelia Wenger Sept. 13, 1919 – March 31, 2015 Arvelia Wenger, 95, of Dal- las died March 31. She was born in Ord, Neb., to William and Ida (Locker) Snyder. Arvelia, a longtime resi- dent of Dallas, graduated from Dallas High School in 1937, and worked at P o l k County S t a t e Bank. She married Joseph Wenger on Ju n e 1 2 , 1937, in Vancouver, Wash., and together they had three children. Joseph died in March of 1985. Arvelia was a makeup artist for the Cinderella School of Modeling. She also volunteered her time doing makeovers for the inmates at the Oregon State Peniten- tiary. She was concerned about good health, not only for herself but for others as well and would promote an herbalist way of life. Arvelia enjoyed helping people, especially through the Jehovah’s Witness Con- gregation in Dallas where she would visit the commu- nity and go out into service. Her hobbies included golfing and bowling with her husband Joe, spending time with her family, gardening and growing her flowers and tomatoes and canning the goods she grew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Joyce; and g r a n d c h i l d re n , A n g e l a Phillips-Horrell and Joseph Alan Wenger. Survivors include her daughters, Janet and Judy; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Salem 412 Lancaster Drive NE Salem, OR 97301 Private family graveside service is Saturday at Dallas Cemetery. Public memorial service is April 18 at 3 p.m. at the Jehovah's Witness King- dom Hall in Dallas. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrange- ments. To send an online condolence: www.dallastrib- ute.com. Lillian Spady Aug. 11, 1917 – April 4, 2015 Lillian Spady, 97, of Dallas died Saturday in Salem. She was born to Mikkel and Caroline Mikkelson at the Mikkelson Ranch in Pleasant Valley, Mont. Lillian graduated from high school in Stanford, Mont., in 1934, where she met her future husband Melvin Spady. They were marr ied in Vancouver, Wash., on April 11, 1938, and had four children. The fami- ly had lived in the Dallas area since Melvin was dis- charged from the Navy in 1946. After the children were grown, Lillian worked sever- al years at Dallas City Clean- ers doing all of their alter- ations. After the business closed, she continued to do alter- ations for individuals in and around the Dallas area for many years until she moved into assisted living at Dallas Retirement Village. She had resided there since February 2005. Lillian was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards with her children, grandchildren and her friends at the retire- ment village. She was preceded in death by her hus- b a n d , Melvin and son, Gary Spady. S u r - vivors include her son, Rus- sell Spady (Sandy) of Salem; daughters, Shirley Ashley (Kenneth) of Goldendale, Wash., and Bonnie Frazier (Andy) of Dallas; nine grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Viewing is Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment will be at Dallas Cemetery. Contributions are sug- (503) 581-6265 Low Cost Cremation & Burial Funerals & Memorials Simple Direct Cremation $495 Simple Direct Burial $550 Traditional Funeral $1,975 Discount priced Caskets, Urns and other Memorial items. Privately owned cremation facility. Locally owned and operated by Oregon families. www.ANewTradition.com Introducing BrainHearing ™ technology. Give your brain exactly what it needs to hear. Call now for your Free Trial. Joyful Sound Hearing 312 Main Street 503-623-0290 I N D A L L A S gested to the Juvenile Dia- betes Foundation and Kids, Inc. Dallas. To send an online condo- lence: www.dallastribute .com. Harvey Hermann Feltmann April 15, 1927 – April 2, 2015 Harvey Hermann Felt- mann, 87, of Dallas died Thursday. He was born in Young America, Minn., in 1927 to Fred and Bertha (Bach- mann) Feltmann. Harvey entered the Army and served during the Kore- an War. He m a r r i e d D o ro t h y Klinepier in Hopkins, Minn., on April 26, 1952. They owned and operated a dairy farm in Nor- w o o d , M i n n . , until they moved to Da l l a s i n 1972. Har- vey worked for West- w o o d Products in S a l e m making cabinets until he re- tired in 1990. After retiring, he moved to Lebanon and then returned to Dallas in 2009. Some of the things Harvey enjoyed were making bird houses, watching birds, gar- dening and playing cards. He attended Grace Commu- nity Church where he was baptized at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; sister, Alice Kroells; and brother, Fred Feltmann Jr. Survivors include his chil- dren, Allen (Nina) Feltmann, Janice ( Jason) Fast and Howard (Patricia) Feltmann; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. G ra v e s i d e s e r v i c e i s Thursday at 1 p.m. at Rest- lawn Memory Gardens in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday (today) at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Contribution are suggest- ed to The Portland Rescue Mission. To send an online condo- lence: www.dallastribute. com. Terry Joe Staats Oct. 8, 1936 – April 4, 2015 ~ Polk County’s ONLY Family Owned Funeral Homes ~ Terry Joe Staats, 78, of Salem died Saturday. He was born in Dallas to Joe and Sally Staats. Terry graduated from Central High School and served in the National Guard. In recent years, he had de- livered blood for the Ameri- can Red Cross and was a custodian for Salem/Keizer School District. Terry really loved the Lord. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping and the outdoors. Survivors include his sis- ters, Sandra Sparks and L i n d a ( J a c k ) Scheirman, all of Mon- mouth; d a u g h t e r, Teri Lynn ( R i c h ) Williams of Knight's F e r r y , Calif.; son, C h r i s (Karen) Staats of Turner; three grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and a large extended family. Memorial service is Satur- day at 10 a.m. at Howell, Ed- wards and Doerksen, 1350 Commercial St. SE, Salem. Cornelia ‘Corkie’ Colen Nov. 3, 1932 – Jan. 3, 2015 Memorial service for Cor- nelia “Corkie” Colen of Bend, a former longtime Monmouth and Independ- ence resident, is Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episco- pal Church in Salem. Survivors include her chil- dren, Eric Oppliger of Bend, Leslie Byrne of San Leandro, Calif., and David Oppliger of Monrovia, Calif.; and ex- tended family. Contributions are sug- gested to the Alzheimer’s As- sociation, St. Hilda’s Church or the Friends of the Mon- mouth Library. Obituary Information Obituary information must be submitted by 4 p.m. on the Monday before publication to be included in the newspaper. Most funeral homes handle obituary information and pro- vide it to the newspaper. How- ever, information can also be submitted directly from family members. Color and black-and-white photos can be submitted, but photos will only be published in black and white. The Itemiz- er-Observer uses a flag logo in the obituaries of people who served in the armed forces. Obituaries — like all infor- mation submitted to the news department — are subject to editing for style, content and length. 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