The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, December 01, 2005, Page Page 9, Image 9

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    The INDEPENDENT, December 1, 2005
New website helps with energy costs and bill paying
Nearly $12 million in grants
was announced last month by
Governor Ted Kulongoski and
Attorney General Hardy Myers
for home weatherization and
bill paying assistance for low in-
come Oregonians. Additionally
a new website has been estab-
lished to help Oregonians ac-
cess information about energy
assistance programs, energy
saving, and cost-saving strate-
gies.
The new website, www.war-
moregon.org, is a product of
the Oregon Department of En-
ergy. It is designed to provide
Oregonians with an array of re-
sources to help contain energy
costs both at home and at
work. The site includes infor-
mation on weatherization, bill
paying, energy use reduction,
and offers many other impor-
tant energy-related tips de-
signed to save Oregonians
money and preserve re-
sources.
Above, Seth Brock performs on November 18 at the Hands
on Art Variety Show held at Washington Grade School as a
benefit for hurricane Katrina victims. More on page 28.
JUST JANIE’S
Welcomes You to the
Annual “Christmas in the Country” Bazaar
at Vernonia Middle School Cafeteria
Sat. December 3, 10am – 5pm
Sun. December 4, noon – 5pm
Featuring Handmade:
•KITCHEN TOWELS •SCRUBBIES
•CHRISTMAS CARDS •BRACELETS
•DRIED FLOWER ART •LOW SUGAR BAKING
And NEW This Year
***SCOTTISH SHORTBREAD***
Holiday Bucks drawing will take place at noon
Come join the fun and
support the local Booster Club
The grants secured by the
Attorney General through utility
settlements are expected to as-
sist about 15,000 Oregon
households with bill payments
and weatherize the homes of
more than 1,000 families. The
grants provide $5.5 million to
help pay the energy bills of low-
income households through
Oregon HEAT, a non-profit
company committed to raising
and coordinating resources to
help low-income Oregonians
meet their household energy
needs and move them toward
energy self-reliance, and Ore-
gon Housing and Community
Services (OHCS). Such assis-
tance has amounted to about
$300 per household in a typical
heating season in the past;
however costs are expected to
rise significantly during the
coming winter months. Another
$4.5 million is being allocated
to weatherize low-income
dwelling units, including exist-
ing housing and new, energy-
efficient housing yet to be built
through programs conducted
by OHCS.
“This winter Oregonians will
be faced with record heating
bills,” said Attorney General
Myers. “These grants will have
an immediate and lasting im-
pact on the Oregonians most
victimized during the price
spikes of 2000 and 2001.”
See page 19
Page 9
Bits & Bites
By Jacqueline Ramsay
Ye p ,
it’s get-
ting on
to
the
H o l i -
days.
I ’ v e
b e e n
wearing
my win-
ter caps in and out of doors
lately, it’s keeping my brain
cells warm so I can mull things
over faster.
I see they have new signs
posted along the school cross-
ings. Good. While on this sub-
ject – how long has it been (or
was there ever) since there
was a flashing light at or over
the school area?? I’ve been
here since ‘86 but a friend in-
sists it’s there.
Those of you that stayed
away from the Hands on Art
Variety Show (for whatever rea-
son) missed a very enjoyable
evening. Singing, dancing, act-
ing, readings, recitations, gui-
tar, violin, spoons and Sally’s
Hat Parade. But, now I must di-
gress to say Vernonia needs a
Community Stage Building all
on the ground floor where all
can go without going up or
down stairs. We have a jewel
or two in this town that need to
be heard. Yes, for one, I am
speaking of Cindy Ball. She is a
singer’s singer. I, for one, think
she could sell tapes. Why isn’t
there a place for folks to keep
alive or hone their talents? I un-
derstand Hands on Art wants to
make their talent show a yearly
event but, if forced to be held
where the incapacitated can’t
easily get, it will be under-at-
tended as it was on the 18th.
I’m not alone in this thinking.
You don’t think so, call for a
vote.
Now – how come the lake is
allowed to be so low?? There is
water in the river. The sun is re-
generating the silt and algae
and lilies are growing when
they should be dying. Fix the
pipe and fill the lake. Please.
We advertise our lake and
walking paths. Out-of-towners
are jealous of it and our quiet
walks in the wooded areas. A
suggestion – Stop blowing
leaves on the paths, fix the pipe
and protect it with an outer cov-
er. Homeowners wrap pipes to
keep them from weather dam-
age. You used to see asbestos
(or some such stuff) wrappings
on culvert-type pipes or am I
too old to recall seeing it in out-
of-the-way places like a ranch
house in the hills?
Ok, I’ll hush now with a tip
from a 1927 cook book – to
cook strong flavored vegeta-
bles such as cabbage, cauli-
flower, etc., they should be
cooked uncovered, so it won’t
permeate the house.