Cottage Grove cadet to be in White House ceremony
Army ROTC Cadet Peter Gilroy, a native of Cottage Grove, will be among 23 Army cadets selected to participate in a White House ceremony on Thursday.
President Bush will participate in the joint commissioning ceremony involving 55 ROTC cadets and midshipmen from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
Gilroy is a recent graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane.
Well water testing, classes offered this month
CORVALLIS - The OSU Extension Service will offer free water testing - and free classes on wells and septic systems - through the OSU Extension Well Water Program this month. Many residents of South Benton and Linn counties live in areas where groundwater contains high nitrate levels. The contaminants are associated with a type of blue-baby syndrome and other health problems
`Rural Living Basics: Well Water and Septic Tanks,' will be offered twice at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 N. W. Monroe St.: from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday or from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 23. Register by calling (541) 766-3556 or chrissy.lucas@ oregonstate.edu.
Class participants may bring half a cup of untreated well water in a clean, water-tight container for nitrate testing. Those attending the class can obtain coliform bacteria tests of their drinking water at a discount rate of $20. To participate, pick up a specimen bottle at the Benton or Linn County OSU Extension office; at Linn Benton Community College's Lebanon Center; at the Oregon Forestry Department in Philomath; or at Dari-Mart stores in Monroe and Harrisburg.
For more information, visit www.wellwater.oregonstate .edu.
State to honor EWEB for worker safety program
Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will honor the Eugene Water & Electric Board for its worker safety program at a ceremony today at EWEB headquarters, 500 E. Fourth Ave.
EWEB is among 112 regulated employers in Oregon, out of 91,000, to have met the benchmarks of the agency's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, or SHARP. The certification recognizes commitment to safety, ongoing training, accountability, employee involvement, controlling hazards, investigating accidents and evaluating results.
EWEB last year had an injury rate with time lost from work that was 10 percent below the industry average for power utilities.
Today's ceremony begins at noon.
County seeks members
for health advisory panel
The Lane County Board of Commissioners seeks applicants for the Lane County mental health advisory/local alcohol and drug planning committee.
The committee advises on mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug abuse by reviewing major policies of the community mental health program.
There are two lay member positions for those with a specific interest and knowledge in children's mental health. The terms are four years; the deadline to apply is June 15.
Applications are available in the commissioners office, Public Service Building, 125 E. Eighth Ave., Eugene. Call 682-4203.
Zumwalt Park closing
subject of meeting
VENETA - Lane County Commissioners Bill Fleenor and Peter Sorenson, and County Parks Director Todd Winter will meet with area residents tonight to talk about the planned closure of Zumwalt Park on Fern Ridge Lake.
The park - popular with bird watchers, picnickers and dog walkers - is among a dozen county parks and boat landings slated to close because of financial constraints. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Fern Ridge Library, 88026 Territorial Road. Area residents fear that, in addition to lost recreation opportunities, tourism-related local businesses will suffer with the closure of Zumwalt and two other Fern Ridge parks: Orchard Point and Perkins Peninsula. For information, call Mary Monette at 683-6836.
Veneta's tree code
is topic of open house
VENETA - An open house is planned Thursday night to help the city take another swing at its tree preservation and removal code.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Konnie Room of the Fern Ridge Library, 88026 Territorial Road. City staff members will present information on the code update and hear comments on trees, development and how to improve the management of Veneta's urban forest.
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