VOLUME 4, NUMBER 243
Friday, November 10, 2023

Good afternoon. In the newsletter today: The construction of Paul J. Cochran Veterans Memorial Park is coming along with concrete poured and flag poles up. We have the latest on that project. Also, in the spirit of Veterans Day, Love of Learning columnist Eric Niemann’s father shares the experience in words of an Honor Flight.

Thanks for reading!
Brad Fuqua, publisher/editor


Top Stories

Progress seen at site of veterans park in Philomath

If all goes as planned, the hope is that Paul J. Cochran Veterans Memorial Park could be open by sometime this spring

While the nation pays tribute Nov. 11 to America’s soldiers in recognition of Veterans Day, the construction of a special park dedicated to those who served continues on the corner […]

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Love of Learning: A veteran’s insight on the Honor Flight experience

Love of Learning column: The Honor Flight program flies veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam to Washington, D.C. Here is the story of […]

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Mount Union Stories: James P. McGee (1849-1906)

In this week’s Mount Union Stories, read the obituary for James P. McBee, who died at age 58 a week after lifting a heavy object […]

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Children’s literacy volunteers needed in schools

SMART Reading, a statewide children’s literacy nonprofit, is seeking volunteers in Philomath, the organization announced. SMART Reading provides support for young readers such as individualized […]

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Veterans’ health care coverage expanded by Biden administration

Ahead of Veterans Day, Biden administration officials said Friday the Department of Veterans Affairs will expand health care coverage for certain groups of veterans and […]

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FBI investigating suspicious mail sent to elections offices in Oregon, other states

The FBI is investigating a piece of suspicious mail that caused the elections office in Oregon’s fourth-largest county to shut down the day after Tuesday’s […]

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Transportation issues are making students miss school

Over half of all American public school students—more than 24 million as of 2019—use school-sponsored transportation. But transportation woes, namely the increasingly smaller ranks of […]

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Philomath in Photos

FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2023: This painting from Gregg Pfarr is among those currently on exhibit at Philomath Museum. (Photo by Eric Niemann)

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Philomath youth pause to celebrate community’s veterans

In a patriotic presentation in Philomath Middle School’s gymnasium Thursday morning, students, staff and visitors listened to a guest speaker who touched on his own […]

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Disoriented driver stranded in drainage ditch near Philomath

A 72-year-old woman driving from Riddle to Depot Bay ventured off course somehow and ended up stuck in a Mary’s River Estates area drainage ditch […]

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Gallery: Veterans Day Assembly at Philomath Middle School (Nov. 9, 2023)

A collection of photos from Philomath Middle School’s Veterans Day assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023.

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Gomberg files for reelection in House District 10

State Rep. David Gomberg filed for reelection in House District 10, the longtime representative announced Thursday. “I’m deeply concerned about the state of politics today,” […]

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Community Calendar

• Friday, Nov. 10: Bingo at the Grange, 6-8:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 11: Benton County Genealogical Society Program, 11 a.m.
• Monday, Nov. 13: Philomath TOPS meeting, 9 a.m.
• Monday, Nov. 13: Philomath Fire & Rescue Board of Directors Meeting, 3 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 13: Philomath City Council Meeting (and “Veterans Day Reflections,” 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 14: Philomath Rotary Club Meeting, 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 14: Community Meal, 6 p.m.