■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
Yard of the Week Winner: 720 N. “O” Street Weekly winners receive a one month credit on the water portion of their City utility bill, a Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, and a year’s subscription to the Cottage Grove Sentinel. When you’re out and about make a note of yards that are worthy of this award. To make a nomination call 541.942.5501 or 541.942.2411. See photo on City website www.cottagegrove.org
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fire Restrictions: Currently the South Lane County Fire & Rescue district fire danger is: HIGH Between 10 am-8 pm the following outdoor restrictions are in place: No mowing dry grass, No power saws, cutting, welding or grinding, & no off-road driving. Smoking and campfires in designated locations only. For a complete list of current 2020 Fire Season restrictions visit: http://southlanefire.org/entry/fire-danger-restrictions
Blood Donations Needed Now! Bloodworks Northwest, 2211 Willamette St. in Eugene. More than 35 mobile blood drives (60% of donations) have been canceled due to COVID-19. The blood supply is critically low, please donate and save lives! All August donors are entered in a drawing to win an Apple i-Pad Pro! To schedule an appointment call 541.484.9111
Statewide Mandatory Face Covering Changes as of July 24:
Masks, face shields or face coverings are required statewide for indoor public spaces.
Face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.
Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
Face covering is recommended but not required for three and four-year-olds if they can remove it themselves.
Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.
People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
Other COVID-19 Changes: Restaurants and bars must close at 10 p.m. statewide. The maximum indoor capacity limit is capped at 100 for all venues, such as larger restaurants, bars, community centers, churches or other houses of worship, movie theaters and gyms.
Beware COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scam! Official contact tracers will identify themselves as from a local or tribal public health authority. It will not be an automated recording – contract tracer calls will always be a real person. A contact tracer will never ask for your: Social Security number, bank account, credit card number or immigration status.
COVID-19 Business Loans Available from the City of Cottage Grove and Lane County. Call CG Chamber of Commerce Director Shauna Neigh for details at 541.942.2411.
Lane County Business Office Hours: Lane County Community & Economic Development staff hosts virtual office hours every other Thursday from 3-4 pm for Lane County businesses to allow business owners to ask questions. The virtual office hours will be every other Thursday from 3-4 pm. (August dates are: Aug 6 & 20). To register for office hours, attendees need to go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2155275195652933903
Recycling: For up-to-date information visit these two Facebook pages: Recycling in the Grove & EcoGeneration Next Plastics Recycling Take Back: This Saturday, (8/8) from Noon-2:30 pm at CG Community Center
Rehab4Addiction offers this useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Free Wood Chips Provided by the City of Cottage Grove to anyone on a first come first serve basis. The pile is located near 12th & Main Street behind the Dari Mart. The chips must be loaded and hauled from the site by the individual taking them.
City Parks Update: Play structures have re-opened. Bring your own sanitation supplies. Because of the close contact nature of basketball, the courts will remain closed. Beginning Aug. 2, Jani-King will disinfect play ground equipment and tables at all the City Parks daily from1-4 pm throughout August. It is safe to be present when the disinfecting is taking place and the equipment can be used immediately following the disinfecting. Jani-King staff will ask playground users to stop playing on the equipment for several minutes during the spray disinfection process. The disinfecting continues until the rainy seasons starts and is paid for with State COVID-19 funding. City crews are now replacing fall protection wood chips around play structures.
Do You Want To Help Others? This City of Cottage Grove website provides information on local nonprofit needs and how our community can help them. www.cottagegrove.org/community/page/community-center For further information please contact Teresa at 541.942.1185 ext. 2.
Cottage Grove Mutual Aid Hotline Are you looking for help and want to know what programs and services are available to assist you? Call or text 541.649.2460 or email CottageGroveCommunityCares@gmail.com to get connected to a volunteer who can help.
Spay & Neuter Your Pets! The Humane Society of Cottage Grove’s This & That Corner Thrift Shop at 33 N. 8th St. is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm. All sales benefit animals in our community. HSCG offers discount spay & neuter coupons accepted at veterinary clinics in CG & Creswell.
Have you submitted your 2020 Census? Go to 2020Census.gov to complete it online. For assistance by phone call 844.330.2020. Federal law compels Americans to submit their form to determine accurate distribution of tax dollars back to communities for the next decade.
Interested in Running for City Council? In the Nov. 3 election, the offices of Mayor, Ward 2 City Councilor, Ward 4 City Councilor and Councilor at Large will be on the ballot. Mayor Jeff Gowing is running for re-election. The Ward 2 City Councilor seat is vacant. Ward 4 City Councilor position is currently held by Greg Ervin and the Councilor-at-Large position is currently held by Kenneth Michael Roberts. The Mayor is a two year term and the City Councilor positions are four year terms. The deadline to apply is August 25. If you are interested in running or for more information, please contact the City Recorder Trudy Borrevik at 541.942.5501
CG Library now open for computer access only On weekdays at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am, five people at a time can use the computers for 30 minutes. There will be no restroom access, all patrons must wear a mask and they will be screened for fever of 100.4 or more before entering. After thirty minutes of computer use all patrons must leave. The next stage of re-opening will provide take-out service of library materials. For more information call 541.942.3828.
Food for Lane County Summer Lunch Program offers free to-go lunches to youth up to 18-years-old. Meal sites: Monday-Fri day from 11 am-Noon at Bohemia, Harrison & CG High School.
South Valley Resource Alliance (SVRA) needs volunteers to assist with the twice a month food box distribution on the first and third Fridays at The Health Hub (Main & 11th St.) Email email@example.com for more information.
Share your garden bounty! Donate your extra harvest to our local food pantries: Community Sharing Food Pantry, 1440 Birch Ave. 541.942.2176
Dorena Food Pantry at Child’s Way Charter School, 37895 Row River Rd. 541.913.9586
City of CG’s North Regional Park & Disc Golf Course Survey #2 is now available to take online at this website: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bILZmcyHKt3ao9D
LCC-Cottage Grove Center Wants to Hear from You! With remote delivery of classes becoming necessary, the local center staff seeks your input to help them provide useful and valuable classes. The survey takes a few minutes and gives essential information about your needs and expectations during this unusual time in our lives. Click on this link to take it: https://forms.gle/ozcmkYWpzhsdWzSD7 (It’s on the Center’s Facebook page also)
Flags on Main Program Explained: On the 11th of each month American Legion & Veterans of Foreign Wars members post American and POW/MIA flags on Main Street. The purpose is to honor all veterans and to show support for our great country. Since Veterans Day is Nov. 11, local veterans use the 11th of each month to honor our veterans, whose sacrifices have made it possible for everyone to voice their opinions and to live in a free country. The City of Cottage Grove installed the holes in the sidewalk to post the flags and the American Legion members are marking and maintaining the holes. Local vets say it is an honor and privilege to provide this service to our community.