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Retiring police officer Mark Koeppe shares a story during his retirement event on Nov. 30. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

A career in Philomath law enforcement to remember

Mark Koeppe’s service to the community celebrated as he retires after 28 years on the beat

On the local police beat full-time for the past 28 years, Mark Koeppe has one of the most recognizable faces in Philomath. Many folks will always remember him as the police officer who taught Safety Town for more than a quarter century — the program that teaches incoming kindergarten students everything from gun safety to stranger danger. Inside the police station, his fellow officers, superiors and other co-workers will miss the stories, the sense of humor and perhaps most of…

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Kyah Weeber, seen here at last season’s district meet, won a thrilling 500-yard freestyle by two-tenths of a second over teammate Allison Neelands on Thursday in the team’s season opener. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Swim teams open season with sweep over Sisters

Hirte showing good form in first meet; several other swimmers with promising start

Philomath High senior Carrson Hirte appears to be picking up right where he left off last season. In the state meet up in Beaverton this past February, Hirte touched the wall in the 100-yard freestyle in 52.40 seconds and missed placing by one-tenth of a second. On Thursday at Clemens…

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By Kevin Ahern
Horn Guy
Herbie the Love Bug’s gotten old
A bunch of rusting chrome
He lives with other Beetles now
Down at the old Volks home

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A nose has entered the raffle
Cuz something inside just “clicked”
He saw that by buying tickets
There was a good chance he’d be picked
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