Peter Wickliffe performs his “Lord of the Rings”-themed song. (Screenshot from Peter Wickliffe’s “Darkness & Light” on YouTube)

Last summer, we published a feature story about Peter Wickliffe, who lives with his family in the Summit area, and has directed and produced various short films in recent months. Last week, Peter reached out and told me that he had written a new “Lord of the Rings”-themed song and wanted to encourage locals to sing or do their own take on it.”

Wickliffe’s song is called “Darkness & Light.” (Watch and listen here).

“I would encourage all singers and storytellers to do their own version and I then will happily share it on our YouTube pages,” Wickliffe said. “I think it would be great to get ‘The Lord of the Rings’ creators looking our way and recognize that we appreciate J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.”

Wickliffe’s recent works include:

• “The Cabin” — Country living and returning to our roots – All while building a cabin in the woods (2022).

• “The Fairfield Boys” — This independent, faith-based, Western series follows characters as they seek redemption and survival in the Old West. (2020-22).

• “Cut It Out” — Hank has had a bad day, centered around his own decisions, and now he must confront them. This faith-based thriller leaves us all with a terrifying reality (2021).

• “Field of Death” — An eerie intrusion on a man’s country field sparks a confrontation from a mysterious guest (2021).

• “Speculatin’” — Joe spends most of his days out on his porch “speculatin”, lost in thought. Carson doesn’t understand his father’s seemingly senile ways. A perspective change though might bring the two generations closer together. (2021).

For other titles, see his page on

Linn-Benton Community College will host its Career Fair in person for the first time since 2019. (File photo provided by LBCC)

2. Career opportunities

Linn-Benton Community College’s Career Fair returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2019. It’s scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 on LBCC’s Albany campus in the Activities Center Gymnasium.

The latest list shows 92 employers plan to be on hand for the Career Fair. A full list of participants is available in this spreadsheet.

“We are excited to finally have this event back in person,” said Marci Johnston, LBCC Career and Advising support specialist and the event organizer. “This is an awesome opportunity for anyone in our community to meet with local employers who are hiring.”

Among those from the immediate area signed up to participate are Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Citizens Bank, Miller Timber Services, Oregon State Credit Union and Philomath Fire & Rescue.

LBCC teams up with WorkSource Oregon to put on the event.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will participate in this year’s Armed Forces Day-Peace Officers Memorial Day event again this year. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

3. Event at cemetery

The Armed Forces Day-Peace Officers Memorial Day event is taking shape, organizer Eric Niemann said last week. This year’s ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Mount Union Cemetery.

This event has expanded in recent years to incorporate Armed Forces Day and Peace Officers Memorial Day. The event’s lineage goes back to 2015 when Niemann organized the first one while leading a local Cub Scouts pack. At the time, it primarily focused on those who had served our country and featured Cub Scouts and other volunteers placing American flags and carnations on the grave sites of veterans.

The program has changed a little bit over the past few years and the number of those attending has grown. The event will begin with a ceremony before breaking into small groups to place flags on the grave sites. Besides the peace officer and military components, the event also pays tribute to Reuben Shipley, who donated land to help establish Mount Union Cemetery in 1861.

More on this event will be published as the date gets closer.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at

Brad Fuqua

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.