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Fern Ridge Barbeque promises lots of beef

VENETA - The 48th Annual Fern Ridge Barbeque will be held today at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 25181 E. Broadway. A thousand pounds of beef was placed in the ground Saturday and cooked all night long.

Dinner will be served at noon today. The event will feature a raffle and door prizes, a silent auction, games for kids and live music also will be available.

For more information call 935-6741 or 935-1806.

Documentary subject:

history of logging

The Cascadia Wildlands Project will sponsor two presentations this week of "Natural Timber Country," a documentary about the history of logging in the Pacific Northwest. The film, by independent filmmaker Ron Finne, features original footage of logging in the early part of the 20th century and interviews with old-time loggers. Finne also will discuss the current state of logging in Oregon.

The free presentations will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 110, Willamette Hall, University of Oregon; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Art of Everything, 513 Main St., Cottage Grove.

For more information, call 434-1463.

'Speedfest' to display

race cars, dragsters

SPRINGFIELD - It's called "Speedfest," and it's at the Gateway Mall from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

The second annual free event, which benefits the Children's Miracle Network, is all things racing: Visitors get an up-close-and-personal look at local and national race cars, dragsters and more.

You can even get behind the wheel and race at 200 mph in the Indianapolis 500 - sort of. The event will feature a virtual reality racing game, said Jeremy Werner, a co-producer who works in NASCAR marketing for sponsors of teams working for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

A product drawing will be held to raise money for the network. Werner is counting on a big turnout not just because racing is a fast-growing sport in America, but because the event is being held on a Monday.

"Our slogan is, `What else are you going to be doing on a Monday?' ' he asked, chuckling.

For more information, visit

Ribbon of Promise

to share larger space

SPRINGFIELD - The Ribbon of Promise National Campaign to Prevent School Violence will move its office from downtown to larger offices in Eugene, at 1410 Orchard St.

The organization, which was formed in the wake of the 1998 shootings at Thurston High School, will share space and services with HeartCore International, publisher of a magazine for teens called Teens Under Fire.

The groups will work together on violence prevention efforts.

For more information, visit

Special election to decide

fate of Measure 29

COQUILLE - A special election will be held Sept. 16 in Coos County with one item on the ballot - Measure 29.

The measure amends the constitution by authorizing the state to incur general obligation debt for savings on pension liability.

The regular vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to Coos County residents between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2, with overseas, military and out-of-state ballots mailed earlier.

DeFazio talks economy

at town hall meetings

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is hosting a series of town hall meetings in cities on the Oregon Coast.

The hourlong meetings will focus on the economy, but he'll also discuss prescription drug benefits, wildfires and forest health, electricity deregulation and education.

On Tuesday, he'll start in Reedsport at 10 a.m., at the Discovery Center meeting room at 409 River Front Way. Next is a noon meeting at city council chambers in Coos Bay, 500 Central Ave. He'll visit the Port Orford Senior Center, 1536 Jackson St., at 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, DeFazio begins in Brookings at 9:30 a.m., at the Chetco Senior Center, 550 Chetco Lane. At noon, he'll be at the Gold Beach City Hall, 29592 Ellensburg. At 2 p.m., he heads to Bandon for a meeting in the east room of the Bandon Community Center, 1100 11th St.

Class reunions

Eugene High School Class of 1953 will gather Aug. 8-10. Alumni from University High School are also invited to attend the festivities. A reception will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Town Club in Eugene. A banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Valley River Inn in Eugene. The cost for both events is $60 per person. A picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Armitage Park in Eugene. For more information call Nancy Gilmore at 688-3274 or Dorothy Seiple at 463-8382.

Junction City High School Class of 1958 will hold a picnic beginning at noon Aug. 9 at the Montgomery Tree Farm at 22179 Highway 126 in Noti. The classes of 1957 and 1959 are also welcome to attend. The cost is $10 per person. Call David or Judy Montgomery at 935-2982 for more information.

Pleasant Hill High School Class of 1973 will gather Aug. 15-16. For times and locations, call Lynn Strader Marcus at 746-1844, Marcia Barton Miller at 503-253-3779 or Bonnie Dworshak Wiegman at 756-6822.

Reedsport High School Class of 1978 will hold events Aug. 9-10 in and around Reedsport that will include a catered picnic, a night-time concert and a crab feed at the beach. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 206-297-0438 or e-mail to make a reservation.

Springfield High School Class of 1958 will meet Aug. 15-16. A drop-in ice-breaker will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Roaring Rapids Pizza in Eugene. Dinner and visiting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Springfield Country Club. The cost for the dinner is $26 per person. Call Mary Murr Schaufler at 726-5747 to make a reservation.

Military news

Michael C. Williams has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. 2nd Lt. Williams, the son of Sherrie Famm of Yoncalla, is a communications and information officer assigned at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. He graduated from Yoncalla High School in 1992.

Rolly G. Cooper has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. 2nd Lt. Cooper, the son of Rodney and Kristy Cooper of Veneta, graduated from Elmira High School in 1998.

Joshua M. Page has graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., with the authorization to wear the Ranger Tab. A graduate of the Ranger course is considered to be the epitome of the U.S. infantryman. 2nd Lt. Page, the son of William and Cynthia Page of Springfield, graduated from Thurston High School in 1996.

Officer installations

The Republican Women of Lane County have selected their board of directors for 2003. The newly installed officers include Carole Sherbina, president; Doris "Dody" Loeffler, vice-president; Peggy Taylor, secretary; Mary Kay Lomax, chaplain; and Muriel Adler, Susan Hamlin, Evelyn Hile, Dolly Hoffman, Carolyne Kennedy and Yvonne Webking, trustees. The group's monthly lunch meetings will resume in September. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 686-0634
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Date:Jul 27, 2003
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