Good Afternoon. It’s Wednesday, March 15, 2023

For those who might’ve seen the early version of Francis Gerding’s death notice published yesterday morning, the incorrect day of his service appeared. Those services will be on Friday. Today, we have a full obituary for Mr. Gerding.

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Brad Fuqua, publisher/editor

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Season preview: Young, raw talent dominates PHS baseball roster

Warriors return a handful of experienced starters but coach sees high ceiling for large group of underclassmen

Finishing last season with an 8-2 record in May, an outright league title and advancement to the Class 4A semifinals, the Philomath High School baseball program wouldn’t mind picking up right where it left off. But the Warriors return only a handful of starters on a roster dominated by underclassmen. Veteran coach Levi Webber sees […]

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Middle schoolers to present ‘Moana Jr.” over 4-show run

Students to perform on stage three evening shows and a matinee from Thursday through Saturday in the high school auditorium

Moana, Maui, Tamatoa, Te Fiti and the rest of the characters made famous by the 2016 Disney movie will be coming to the local stage this week with Philomath Middle School students to perform four shows. A musical adaptation of the popular animated film, the performances will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday […]

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From the Past: Too much noise for a Tuesday evening in 1923

Plus, other miscellaneous Philomath news and sports items from 150, 125, 100, 75 and 50 years ago

Train whistle sticks to ruin a quiet evening in Philomath. That news along with items on the “Philomath student” in 1873, a job in Chitwood in 1898, PHS seniors in 1923, daylight savings opinion in 1948 and a track victory in 1973 in this week’s From the Past.

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Gallery: ‘Moana Jr.’ Tea Party (March 9, 2023)

A collection of photos from Philomath Middle School’s “Moana Jr.” Tea Party on March 9 in the high school auditorium.

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Obituary: Francis Gerding (1921-2023)

Francis Gerding, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 101 on March 12, 2023 surrounded by his family.  He was […]

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Defending state tennis champs hold off PHS girls

In a major early-season test for the Philomath High School girls tennis team, the Warriors pushed defending state champion Catlin Gabel to the limit on […]

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Lebanon downs Philomath in softball season opener

The Philomath High School softball team finally saw live pitching and finally played on its home field. And it came against one of the better […]

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Gallery: PHS softball vs. Lebanon (March 14, 2023)

A collection of photos from Philomath High’s 15-0 softball loss to Lebanon on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

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Gov. Kotek urges state lawmakers to back literacy initiative 

Gov. Tina Kotek kicked off her first term this year with an especially big goal – to revamp the way Oregon teaches children to read […]

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Oregon farmers tell Chavez-DeRemer to advocate for their needs in farm bill negotiations

As Congress negotiates a new five-year farm bill, farmers from around Oregon asked U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer to make sure their needs aren’t overlooked. Chavez-DeRemer, […]

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Here are the places where air pollution levels could soon be considered dangerous by the EPA

The average healthy person takes about 22,000 breaths per day. But depending on where you live in the United States, going outside for a few […]

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Philomath in Photos

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2023: A game of limbo during last week’s Moana Jr. Tea Party. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

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Council OKs purchase of property on Main Street

The Philomath City Council gave its stamp of approval Monday night to purchase a half-acre property on the corner of Main Street and North 20th […]

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Season preview: Softball team enters spring with new approach

Slipping to its first sub-.500 record since 2016 last spring, the Philomath High softball team finds itself at a bit of a crossroads. So heading […]

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Community Calendar

• Wednesday, March 15: Brown Bag Book Club, noon
• Wednesday, March 15: Dementia Warriors Support Group Meeting, 2:30-4 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 15: PHS boys tennis vs. Lebanon, 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 15: PHS girls tennis at Lebanon, 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 15: PHS baseball vs. Taft, 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 16: Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.
• Thursday, March 16: PHS softball at Junction City, 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, March 16: Philomath Middle School’s ‘Moana Jr.’, 7 p.m.
• Friday, March 17: PHS boys tennis at Silverton, 4 p.m.
• Friday, March 17: PHS girls tennis vs. Silverton, 4 p.m.
• Friday, March 17: Philomath Middle School’s ‘Moana Jr.’, 7 p.m.