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Academy scrambling to secure site for school.

Byline: CITY BEAT/SPRINGFIELD By Jack Moran The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD - It's down to the wire for Cascade Military Academy officials, who as of Friday afternoon still did not know where they would be holding classes come Tuesday, when students are set to return from a two-week winter break.

School leaders have been scrambling to find a new home for the academy since Dec. 16, when a Springfield city fire marshal inspected an office building on Judkins Road in Glenwood and determined it did not meet fire-safety standards for a school. The fledgling academy moved into the Glenwood building in early December, after Eugene fire officials refused to grant the academy an occupancy permit for a warehouse on Highway 99 where it had been holding classes since opening last September.

During the past two weeks, Springfield officials have tried to help the academy secure a new location, with no luck.

Tim Webb, a former Marine gunnery sergeant who co-founded and teaches at the private alternative program, said Friday he wasn't ready to give up just yet.

"We're waiting for a phone call right now," he said. "We're still hopeful."

If a site isn't located by Monday, Webb said he will contact students' parents to let them know what's next. More than 40 students in grades 6 through 12 attend the school. About half of them are former students of the Willamette Leadership Academy, a military-style charter school in Veneta where Webb taught until last year.

Book lovers' time to shine

If you're one of those folks who believes that curling up with a good book is the perfect wintertime activity, then January is the month for you.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District's Adult Activity Center is the place for bookworms to be next week. The district's "Book Lovers Celebration" kicks off at 10 a.m. Tuesday with a book-club preview day where people are invited to discuss their favorite books with fellow bibliophiles while enjoying refreshments.

Activities continue at 1:30 p.m. Friday when "Gertie," a 30-foot-long bookstore on wheels, stops off at the center. Anyone 65 or older will get a free book just for visiting Gertie. During that same time, people will be able to sign up to receive a free library card for use at the Springfield Public Library.

Also at 1:30 p.m. Friday, local author Morley Young will read from his book "Tales Both Short and Tall." Preregister for the reading by calling the center at 736-4444. The Adult Activity Center, which serves people 50 and older, is at 215 West C St.

Something new for the kids

The name Hong Kil-dong may be unfamiliar, but his tale is not.

Similar to Robin Hood, Hong Kil-dong is a Korean character who steals from the rich to give to the poor. His story is a famous Korean folk tale, and it's one of the newest additions to the children's book collection at Springfield's library.

Nineteen new books recently were donated to the library by the Eugene Korean Association. They include several folk tales, books about Korean culture and a Korean/English dictionary. Most are written in both languages. The new texts augment the library's collection of children's books from countries and cultures around the world.
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Date:Dec 31, 2005
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