This is the third in a four-part series of articles reviewing news that occurred in 2022. This third installment breaks down the period of July 1 to September 30.

Grand marshals Dale Collins, front seat, left, and Tom Wright, back seat, enjoy the ride in Jerry Williams’ 1965 Ford Mustang while waving to people at Saturday morning’s Frolic & Rodeo Grand Parade. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


• July 2 — Dirt Road Brewing brought back its street party for a second year to begin the Fourth of July weekend.

• July 7-9 — The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo staged its annual community celebration despite the challenges of 10 days earlier when the organization lost part of the rodeo arena grandstands to a fire.

• July 9 — The community lines Applegate Street to watch the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo Grand Parade. Longtime volunteers Dale Collins and Tom Wright served as the grand marshals.

• July 9 — The Philomath Classic Car Show hosted its summer event at Philomath City Park.

• July 9 — The Philomath Frolic & Rodeo wrapped up its third night of rodeo action with one of its best years ever. The board of directors in the coming months would need to discuss the future of the arena.

• July 10 — Philomath Fire & Rescue helped two preteens reach shore during a water rescue response to the Marys River.

• July 11 — Philomath Fire & Rescue helped a 78-year-old man off Marys Peak after he slipped and fell.

• July 11 — The Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors met for its monthly meeting and expressed the hope to see results of a third-party review of allegations into retaliatory actions by the fire chief by the end of the month.

• July 11 — The Philomath City Council listened to information from its legal team on whether or not to send to voters a measure that would prohibit psilocybin-related operations within the city limits.

• July 13 — Anton Grube resigned from the Philomath School Board so he could return to coaching.

• July 14 — Local musician Yvonne McMillan announced a series of events at Marys River Grange Hall in Philomath, including country dancing, bluegrass music and a “Talk Like a Pirate” Day event.

• July 14 — The design process for the new Paul J. Cochran Veterans Memorial Park continued during a Philomath Park Advisory Board meeting.

• July 23 — A ceremony for a new historical marker honoring Reuben Shipley, the former slave who donated land to help establish Mount Union Ceremony, occurred near Newton Creek Park along Main Street on the eastern edge of Philomath.

• July 23 — Family Day at the Museums staged its annual event in Philomath and Corvallis with a theme of animals, insects, birds and plants.

• July 23 — In its 11th year, the Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual downtown tasting tour took place under a new name — Sip & Stroll Philomath.

• July 27 — The union representing professional staff members at Philomath Fire & Rescue the previous week filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the fire district with Oregon’s Employee Relations Board.

• July 30 — In a summer tradition that dates back at least six decades and routinely attracts 150-plus people, the Philomath High School All-Class Reunion took place at Philomath City Park.

• July 31 — Philomath Fire & Rescue broke its call volume record in a single month with 102 calls for service in July.

Christopher McMorran is sworn in by chair Rick Wells Tuesday night to fill a vacancy on the Philomath School Board. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


• Aug. 2 — The Philomath Police Department hosted a National Night Out event at Philomath City Park.

• Aug. 6 — The Rex and Ethel Clemens, the Clemens Foundation and several others that helped establish the Philomath Scout Lodge were honored as part of a free community celebration.

• Aug. 8 — Philomath City Council unanimously approved a plan to purchase materials in advance for the upcoming water treatment plant and reservoir project.

• Aug. 9 — The Philomath School Board filled a vacant seat by choosing and swearing in 23-year-old Christopher McMorran, a local graduate who attended the University of Southern California and now works as a staff member in the Oregon State Legislature.

• Aug. 11 — The Philomath City Council unanimously approved of the city’s portion of a $2.5 million budget overrun on Downtown Safety and Streetscapes Project construction costs. The Oregon Department of Transportation will pay $2.2 million of the amount over the estimated construction budget with Philomath committed to paying $326,024.

• Aug. 16 — The U.S. Postal Service points to staff shortages as the reason for mail delivery issues that many residents in the community had been experiencing for much of the year.

• Aug. 16 — A male logger in his 50s suffered serious injuries west of Philomath after he was struck in the head by a falling limb in an area 2-1/2 miles off Woods Creek Road.

• Aug. 16 — With conditions just right for a wildfire to break out, eight Benton County fire agencies were dispatched to an area east of Blodgett to knock down a blaze that had ignited in grass and brush.

• Aug. 17 — Two parents with children in the local school district approached the School Board to oppose the availability of a book that they described as inappropriate and pornographic. The school district responded at the September School Board meeting. The board itself did not take any sort of vote on the matter.

• Aug. 20 — The Summit Summer Festival returned after a two-year absence.

• Aug. 22 — The Philomath Fire & Rescue District and Philomath Firefighters International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4925 reached an agreement on an unfair labor practice complaint that the union had filed in July against the district with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.

• Aug. 23 — In an investigation that’s been ongoing for nearly four months, the Philomath Police Department connected items stolen from a Mount Union Avenue residence to a suspect who is currently facing felony charges on other alleged burglaries and is jailed in Lane County.

• Aug. 26 — Nine candidates submitted applications to run for a City Council seat and two more put their names in for mayor. All six incumbents were seeking to retain their seats on the council — Jessica Andrade, Catherine Biscoe, Ruth Causey, Matt Lehman, David Low and Teresa Nielson. Three others were challenging for a seat at the table with Diane Crocker, Christopher McMorran and Peggy Yoder turning in their paperwork. Measures to renew the Philomath School District’s K-12 operating levy and place a two-year moratorium on the establishment of psilocybin facilities also were to appear on the ballot.

• Aug. 27 — Marys River Grange hosts its annual Amazing Grange Day fundraiser.

• Aug. 28 — A worker at a construction site on North 19th Street in Philomath reportedly suffered serious injuries after falling through an opening in the roof.

Public Safety Chili Cook-Off 2022. The Samaritan Health Services’ “The I.V. Leaguers” team. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)


• Sept. 5-6 — Philomath, Kings Valley and Blodgett students headed back to school.

• Sept. 6 — The Philomath Community Meal, organized by several churches in the community, launched at the College United Methodist Church. Plans were to offer the free meal weekly on Tuesdays.

• Sept, 8 — The Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors came out of a 32-minute closed meeting and unanimously passed a motion to delegate two board members to “work through employment issues with the fire chief.” Board members Doug Edmonds and Daphne Phillips were authorized to enter into the discussion with Tom Miller, the local district’s fire chief since February 2016.

• Sept. 9 — Philomath Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Tom Miller was placed on “paid nondisciplinary administrative leave.” The board planned to appoint an interim chief at its Sept. 12 meeting.

• Sept. 9 — The Philomath Connection bus system announced the suspension of its Saturday runs but on a positive note, planned to expand its weekday schedule to fill in gaps that in the past had kept commuters waiting.

• Sept. 10 — The construction of a three-level storage facility and a warehouse complex for light industrial tenants was expected to see significant progress in the coming months if anticipated timelines remained in place. Developer Scott Lepman said the goal is for both of those projects to be completed in 2023.

• Sept. 11 — The Public Safety Chili Cook-Off returned to the rodeo grounds for the first time since 2019 with 20 teams vying for top tasting honors.

• Sept. 12 — Philomath Fire & Rescue’s board of directors officially parted ways with Tom Miller as the fire chief with its approval of a “separation agreement” and the appointment of Chancy Ferguson to fill those responsibilities on an interim basis.

• Sept. 12 — Councilor Catherine Biscoe planned to go over a list of 20 talking points that she had compiled related to a wide range of issues at the Millpond Crossing housing development but the city attorney advised the council to move the discussion into an executive session meeting. Five Millpond Crossing residents testified and a sixth person’s views were read into the record during public comments with various concerns and frustrations aired, many requesting for the city to intervene.

• Sept. 15 — Mayor Chas Jones gave a “State of the City” address and City Manager Chris Workman provided an update on the streetscapes project at a Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

• Sept. 17 — In an interview with the Philomath News, new fire chief Chancy Ferguson said, “It’s my job to lead that group and build out of all those past struggles that we’ve had. Really, right now, my 100% focus is building relationships back up and taking care of my people.”

• Sept. 19 — A Talk Like a Pirate Day celebration, organized by Yvonne McMillan, took place at Marys River Grange Hall.

• Sept. 21 — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded the city of Philomath $18,000 through its Local Government Grant Program to assist in the planning efforts for a new skate park.

• Sept. 22 — Four games in, the Philomath High boys soccer team still hasn’t allowed a goal. The Warriors’ latest victim was Cascade in what served as the Oregon West Conference opener for both teams. Philomath’s Silas Pittman and Mateo Candanoza both scored in a 2-0 victory.

• Sept. 22 — The Philomath High girls soccer team rolled to a 5-0 victory over Cascade. Kamilla Grimmer and Bailey Bell each scored two goals.

• Sept. 22 — The PHS volleyball team put in a dominating performance in a sweep over Newport, 25-18, 25-14, 25-9.

• Sept. 23 — Philomath High’s football team dropped a 40-26 loss at Junction City.

• Sept. 24 — Philomath High’s roster depth went on display with both the boys and girls cross-country teams easily winning the Cottage Grove Bramble Scramble.

• Sept. 24 — The Philomath High School volleyball team won two matches in bracket play at the North Marion Invitational with victories over Cottage Grove and St. Helens.

• Sept. 28 — The Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors signed an 18-month interim contract for Chancy Ferguson to serve as fire chief. The board also promoted Rich Saalsaa to deputy fire chief.