This Week's Community Announcements

• Congratulations to…

▪ CG High School Football Team for winning last Saturday’s semi-final game 54-35 with Mazama High School. The Lions now advance to compete for the state championship against Marshfield H.S. on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Hillsboro Stadium. Call 541-942-3391 about transportation options. For additional info: GO LIONS GO!!!

▪ PayneWest Insurance “One Can Make a Difference” Event, for collecting food for Community Sharing this month.

▪ Happy 11th Birthday Axe & Fiddle! Two days of celebration are planned to observe the milestone. (see details in calendar)

 ▪ City Planner Amanda Ferguson received an appointment from Gov. Brown to serve on the Historic Assessment Review Committee (HARC) for a four-year term. This committee meets quarterly & assists historic property owners in finding solutions that work for their buildings and businesses while preserving the best of their historic resource.

▪ City Water Crew received an A+ management review from the Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Program.

• The Grove is growing! According to Portland State University’s Population Research Center, its preliminary 2017 population estimate our population is now 9,920. The U.S. Census reported our 2016 population as 10,109. According to City Manager Richard Meyers, The US Census methodology uses less community specific information and is a rougher estimate of the population. PSU uses the same data but also pulls in specific information such school enrollments, building permits, housing demolitions and other community or county specific data to attempt to generate a much more accurate estimate. Population estimates are used to calculate City/Sate revenue sharing.

• “Giving Tuesday” is Nov. 28. In response to Black Friday shopping madness, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Day is designated to give back to the community. It’s a day devoted to helping others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice. Locally, the CG Family Relief Nursery is offering a sexual abuse recognition and prevention training to protect children by preventing future abuse from 5:30-8 pm at the FRN Center. [#metoo] CG Habitat for Humanity is asking for special donations on Nov. 28 to help them complete Home #13 for Brian & Lindsey Parsons. The Oregon Secretary of State’s office has nearly 100 nonprofit organizations registered in Cottage Grove, providing Grovers with plenty of opportunities to give back next week. For more info:

• City Leaf Pickup is underway with city crews picking up leaves only (no limbs or debris) piled in the right-of-way next to the curb. They are used by city crews for projects throughout the year. Removing the leaves helps keep the storm water system clean and prevents backups when the major storms come.

• CG Museum offers a wonderful glimpse into “the attic of our community” revealing all kinds of historical treasures. Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm on the corner of H & Birch. Current exhibit: The Camera Counter. Many cameras from 1900 -1990 are on display. Many of these cameras were owned by long time local pharmacist, Paul McCoy.

• Swinging Bridge Restoration fundraising opportunity for City water users to round up to the nearest dollar of your water bill or make a larger donation to the project. Funds are placed in a City trust fund dedicated to the swinging bridge repair costs. For more info call the Friends of the Swinging Bridge organizer Dana Merryday at 541-942-7037.

• Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel are busy restoring a vintage carousel donated to the people of Cottage Grove. For a peek at the restoration process and learn how you can get involved in the project, call Don Williams at 541-942-4752, email or visit their Facebook page. Learn more: #cottagegrovecarousel Fundraising buttons are now available for $1 at The Bookmine and the Cottage Grove Sentinel office.

• CG Genealogical Society seeks new members eager to begin an interesting journey to discover who your ancestors are. Join before 12/31 and receive a $5 discount off the $20 annual membership fee.The meetings are in the group’s library in the CG Community Center. For more info call: 541-942-9570.

• City Councilor Bob Ehler needs bikes to repair for Christmas gifts for youth and adults. For details call: 541-968-8841.

• South Valley Athletics Soccer Field Improvements $10K GoFund-Me Campaign now underway to improve the field next to LCC-CG Center that would pay for leveling, irrigation, fertilization, seed and drainage improvements to create two additional practice fields and an alternative game field for youth sports activities. Help our kids stay active!