■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
Mayor Jeff Gowing for a great State of The City speech last week that highlighted the challenges and opportunities our community faced last year. Grovers are blessed by the dedication to public service embodied in our local Elected Officials and City Staff. They daily seek to do their best to serve us by keeping our little town safe and strong as we begin this new year with hopeful hearts amid continued uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring.
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Blood Donations Needed Now: The blood supply in our county has remained critically low since the onset of the coronavirus. Please donate and save someone’s life! For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus. To make an appointment, visit BloodworksNW.org or call 800-398-7888.
STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED: On December 17, Governor Kate Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until March 3, 2021. The previous executive order was set to expire on Jan. 2, 2021. The state of emergency declaration is the legal underpinning for the executive orders the governor has issued to keep Oregonians healthy and safe throughout this crisis, including orders regarding the risk level framework that establishes essential health and safety protections for Oregon and orders around childcare, schools, and higher education operations. Extending the state of emergency declaration allows those orders to stay in effect. The Governor reviews and re-evaluates each emergency order every 60 days to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified or rescinded.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) now has a new Risk Level Framework for determining COVID-19 risk by county and will be used until vaccines successfully end the pandemic. The system encourages counties to curtail the spread of the virus and the weekly results from each county will determine its risk category. Lane County is remains in the EXTREME RISK category.
Here are our restrictions:
Social Get-Togethers: (indoors and outdoors) Limited to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households
Faith-based Organizations: (Includes funeral homes, mortuaries, and cemeteries) Limited to a maximum of 25% of
capacity or 100 people indoors (whichever is smaller) or to 150 people outdoors
Restaurants & Bars: Limited to a maximum of 50 people for outdoor dining only with only six people per table Take-out is strongly encouraged
Gyms and Fitness Organizations: Indoor Gyms remain closed outdoor recreation, fitness and entertainment activities
are allowed up to 50 people
Indoor recreational facilities: Indoor entertainment activities Indoor pools and sports courts museums CLOSED
Outdoor Entertainment Activities: Zoos, Gardens, & Aquariums Outdoor entertainment activities Outdoor Pools
Allowed up to 50 people
Grocery Stores & Pharmacies Retail Stores & Malls: Limited to a maximum of 50% capacity Curbside pickup encouraged
Offices: Work from Home Required (to the greatest extent possible)Public-Facing Offices closed to the public
Long-Term Care Facilities: Outdoor visits only
COVID-19 Vaccination Update: As of Jan. 17, the Oregon Health Authority reports 11,951 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 8,409 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 17. Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 216,925 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs). To date, 335,075 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon. These data are preliminary and subject to change.
Public Health officials caution it will take until next spring or early summer until the vaccines will have widespread use and allow the current state of emergency to end.
Lane County Public Health Officials ask community members to "KEEP YOUR BUBBLE SMALL"
Take extra measures to limit contacts and modify daily activities to increase safety and reduce personal exposure
& practice good hygiene For more detailed info: www.lanecounty.org
The City of Cottage Grove will implement the following changes:
City buildings closed to the public (except by appointment for issues that can't be done online)
Planning, Zoning & Building issues: Call 541.942.3340
Water or sewer service assistance: Call 541.942.3346
Library Services: Call 541.942.3828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for curbside pick-up of library materials. Access the library card catalog: www.cottagegrove.org/library. Computer access suspended
Meetings: No public in-building attendance for meetings Meeting link information is on City webpage: www.cottagegrove.org
Staffing: Some City staff will work from home to reduce risk of exposure & One City employee in City vehicles
Lane-Douglas Connector New Bus Service connecting Eugene & Roseburg offers public, accessible transportation to veterans and the public in rural communities for better access to healthcare services and shopping opportunities.
HOURS: Tuesdays & Thursdays between 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
STOPS: Roseburg - V.A. Hospital, Drain - Ray’s Food Place, Cottage Grove - Walmart & PeaceHealth Medical Center & Eugene - V.A. Clinic. For an introductory period, service will be free to the general public. LDC is an Umpqua Public Transportation District service operated by South Lane Wheels. For more information or to schedule a ride, call UPTD dispatch toll-free (888) 232-8121.
LTD Bus Fares Reinstated on Feb 1: Methods of payment are the TouchPass mobile phone app, TouchPass Card, Cash or by a ticket vending machine on EMX platforms. Lane Transit District’s Customer Service Center reopens today (1/11) from 7 am-6 pm.
Wipes Clog Pipes: It is very important that city residents hooked to the City sewer system not flush items down the toilet that don't belong in the sanitary sewer system. The wastewater treatment plant is designed to treat pee, poop, and toilet paper only. Do not flush paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, diapers, baby wipes, fats, grease and or oils even if they are marketed as flushable. By not flushing items that can't be treated it will ensure the sewer treatment plant can operate as designed and meet DEQ requirements.
Warming Shelters are Ready: Community Sharing’s Warming Shelter will be activated when the evening temperatures drop to 29 degrees or lower, and will open from 7 pm to 8 am through March 31. To learn more about or to volunteer to help with the Warming Shelter project visit the Community Sharing website at: https://communitysharing.org They are currently accepting donations and looking for volunteers to help support the functions of this vital service.
Catholic Community Services Virtual Clothing Drive: Due to COVID-19 quarantine guidelines and its clothing room remodel CCS requests cash donations for its annual winter clothing drive. The money received will purchase clothing vouchers at local thrift stores and local clothing stores as well as basic items such as socks, hats, gloves, & sweatshirts to have on hand at its two service centers. To donate to to: www.ccslc.org/winter2021
Eugene YMCA Child Care offered now at Latham School, School-age students can attend for half or full day on Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Fee: Half-Day, $540/mo & Full-Day, $725/mo Scholarships are available so no one is turned away. For specific info: email@example.com or 541.686.9622
You Are Not Alone Physical distancing required by COVID-19 creates increased concerns and there is help. The Oregon Department of Human Services invites you to visit: www.oralert.gov/not-alone
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.
Recycling: For up-to-date information visit these two Facebook pages: Recycling in the Grove & EcoGeneration The next Plastics Recycling Take Back is Saturday, February 13 from Noon-2 pm at the CG Community Center, 700 E. Gibbs Ave.
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-4 pm. All sales benefit animals in our community. HSCG offers discount spay & neuter coupons, which are accepted at veterinary clinics in CG & Creswell.
Support Downtown Businesses -- Buy a T-Shirt! Show your community spirit and financial support for local businesses, especially those economically hard hit by the pandemic. Cost: $25 Available only online at this time: www.hyva.co/good-shirts/cottage-grove
Local Businesses Send Out SOS! Hey! Remember all the local small businesses that you’ve asked for years to donate and/or sponsor your sports clubs, school events, organizations, etc.? They’re now calling in a favor so please answer the call! The CG Chamber of Commerce has a list of businesses that need your support on its website: www.cgchamber.com
Online Shoppers can support local nonprofits on Amazon Smile! Go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose an organization. Every time you buy a qualifying item, the organization gets free money. There are a lot of local places on the list- just make sure you find Cottage Grove, OR (not TN, WI, or MN)
Low Income Rural Home Repair Loans Available from Lane County and managed by St. Vincent de Paul. The loan can be used for roofs, foundations, dry rot, plumbing, siding, heating systems, windows, doors, insulation, paint, and much more. For more information please contact Andy Clay at (541) 743-7128.
City provides free notary service since local businesses that provide this service have not been able to do it due to COVID-19 restrictions. The notaries do not notarize anything that does not contain the notary block, Last Will and Testaments or anything that requires a witness. Call 541.942.5501 to make an appointment.
Hearts on Main Fundraiser Returns: The Main Street Program invites you to order a big red heart with a personalized Valentine’s Day message that will hang on Main Street utility poles between River Road and Gateway Boulevard for the month of February. One side Fee $25; Two side Fee: $40. To place an order go to: https://donorbox.org/hearts-on-main-2 to place an order. Please call Molly at (541) 767-4129 if you have any questions.
City of Cottage Grove Website New Address: To increase online security, in 2021, city staff is changing its website address from cottagegrove.org to www.cottagegroveor.gov
DMV COVID-19 Backlog Extends Grace Period for Expirations: If your driver license, permit or vehicle registration expires between Nov 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, you have until Dec 31, 2021 after the expiration date to renew without being cited. DMV offices are open by appointment. Visit www.oregondmv.com for a list of services available by office. Some services are available online at dmv2u.oregon.gov.
Statewide Eviction Moratorium Extended to June 30: With limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July. Renter protection is not automatic. Renters must fill out and sign a sworn declaration of financial hardship and provide it to the landlord. More info at www.lanecounty.org
Eugene's Dizzy Dean Donuts are now available in The Grove: Buster’s Main Street Café Owner Paul Tocco invites all donut lovers to pre-order a pre-set ½ Baker’s Dozen (7 donuts) for $8 or a pre-set Baker’s Dozen (13 donuts) for $13.50. Available Wednesday – Sunday. Must order online 12 hours in advance to enjoy these sweet treats made fresh daily in Eugene. www.bustersmsctogo.com
■ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cottage Theatre Update: CT remains closed until large gatherings are permitted. They need your financial support to complete the expansion project on its mandated construction schedule that begins in early 2021. For donation information visit www.cottagetheatre.org or call 541.942.8001 CLOSED
Local Museums are closed until further notice. 🙁
Pickleball Anyone? Open play Pickleball every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 am- Noon-ish at the Coiner Park Tennis Courts, Free activity all are welcome. For more info call Ken at 503-318-8915 or Chris at 541-914-5937.
Lights at The Village Green, 5-7 pm, 725 Row River Rd. HELD OVER through January 31. Tickets: Ages 11+ $5 & Under 10-year-olds get in free. For more information: www.villagegreenchristmas.com
■ CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
LCC Cottage Grove Center: Winter Term offers both online and in-person classes. There’s even a free Zoom 101 class to help you learn how to participate with confidence in a virtual class! For class information call 541.463.4202 or visit: www.lanecc.edu/cottagegrove
South Lane School District Update: Due to the significant increases in positive COVID-19 cases in Lane County SLSD students in all grades continue to receive CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning) instruction. South Lane School District Update: Due to the significant increases in positive COVID-19 cases in Lane County SLSD students in all grades continue to receive CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning) instruction.
Superintendent Yvonne Curtis said in an email to families, “We are now making concrete plans for returning students to in-person school in a phased-in approach beginning with the youngest students. We look forward to the information we will receive on January 19 from the Oregon Department of Education about how to apply the science regarding the metrics to our local zip code area. This will help us make a decision about when it is safe for more students and staff to return to school. Some students have already come to each of our schools for supplemental interventions based on their needs. This has enabled us to utilize our health and safety protocols. The good news is that we have proven on a small scale, that we can stop the spread. While we want to bring students to school as soon as possible, we also want to make sure that we will be able to keep them in school. We don’t want to find ourselves in a place where we have to return to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). That would be even more detrimental to students and families than moving slowly and cautiously.”
On Monday, January 25, the School Board will listen to public comment beginning at 5 pm. During the Board work session that follows, Board members will discuss with district administrators the ODE information and community feedback and make the final decisions including timelines for starting in-person instruction for more students.
More detailed info is posted on the School District website and social media platforms: Webpage: www.slane.k12.or.us; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southlaneSD/ Instagram: @southlane_sd & Twitter: @southlane_sd
CG Historical Society Weekly History Mini-Lessons are offered on its website and Facebook page. In addition to the standard lesson there are links to an easy to print student version of each lesson. Student versions include discussion points and vocabulary. They are planning to continue to offer these lessons until they can safely return to their monthly Saturday presentations. https://cghistory.org/index.php/history/mini-lessons
Singing Creek Educational Center: SCEC is a local nonprofit providing historically-based learning for kids aged 6 and up. History Homeschool is online this Fall with stories, games, worksheets, videos and recipes for you and your child to do at home. Cost is only $15 per session per child. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: https://www.singingcreekcenter.org Check out the new Opal Whiteley video on their website.
Student Drop-in Learning Center: Weekdays (except Wed), 8 am-3:30 pm, Riverside Community Church, 1255 S. River Rd. Provides a free, safe, clean & fun atmosphere with Internet Wi-Fi for Middle & High School students to learn & participate in their classes and complete their schoolwork. Space is limited so arrive early. Masks required and COVID-19 safety protocols are followed.
Lane County 4-H Enrollment Open to youth 4th Grade thru 19-year-olds. For more information and enrollment forms go to: www.extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/lane/get-involved.
Local Weekday Youth Programs: CG Bible Church’s AWANA program [Wednesdays from 6:30-8 pm at 1200 E. Quincy Ave.] offers a fun program for children, ages 3 years through 6th grade, that includes games, Bible memory, refreshments and Bible lessons. Call 541.942.4771 for more information. Living Faith Assembly offers Royal Rangers, a faith-based scouting program for youth K-12 on Mondays from 6:30-8 pm at 467 S. 10th St. Call 541.942.2612 for more information.
■ MEETINGS (If your organization meets virtually or in-person and wants to be listed here send email to email@example.com)
Rotary Club, Thursday at Noon To participate in the virtual meeting call 541.554.6946
■ COMMUNITY MEALS & FOOD GIVEAWAYS:
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY: Community Sharing Food Boxes Available on Monday, 1:30-6 pm; Tue-Fri, 11 am-3:30 pm, 1440 Birch Ave. The number of food boxes offered has increased. For eligibility requirements call 541.942.2176
TUESDAY: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5:15-6:15 pm (Doors open at 5 pm) FREE, Sixth & Quincy Ave. Take Out Only
FRIDAY: VFW Community To-Go Dinner from 4-6 pm at 3160 Hillside Dr. Menu: Beef Brisket, soup, salad, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea. Cost: $9 Sodas are 50 cents extra. A hot dog meal for kids includes chips, fruit cup, and juice box. Soup, salad and dessert available for $5.
VFW Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast To-Go: 8-10 am, VFW Hall, 3160 Hillside Dr. Cost: $5 Menu: Biscuits & Gravy with Sausage Links
Soup's On, 4:30-6 pm, ROP Building, 632 E. Main St. (former Healing Matrix Bldg). Free to-go meal. Pet food & fresh produce also provided. Site is wheelchair accessible.
■ MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Burns Night at Coast Fork’s Brew Station, Monday, Jan 25, 5:30-8 pm, 106 S. 6th St. Enjoy a Scottish dinner with pipes and Celtic music. It’s the Brew Station’s 6th Annual Celebration of Scottish Poet Robert Burns. Due to COVID safety protocols seating is limited and will be outdoors. Tickets are $20/seat and go on sale this Thursday (1/14). For more information call 541.942.8770.
■ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Student Drop-in Learning Center needs volunteers to support youth who need Internet access and help with homework at Riverside Community Church. Contact Richard New via Facebook for details.
Humane Society Thrift Store needs volunteers to help staff the This-N-That store at 33 N. 8th St. If you love animals and you’re a people person, stop by and pick up an application. Shop's Winter Hours 10 am-4 pm
Community Sharing Pantry Front Counter For additional information contact Glenn Trujillo Pantry Manager at 541-942-2176 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org