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April 09, 2014

First aid should be a priority

by Julian Uselman, D.O.
Unless we are particularly accident-prone, first aid kits are usually an afterthought. Most of the time, they sit in the bathroom or kitchen, collecting dust and expiring. Then, on the rare…
April 10, 2014

No desire to return to the lights of Vegas

by Phil Hawkins
There’s a famous saying-turned-advertising-slogan that goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but I’m going to tempt fate and break that rule today. I recently traveled to Sin City for…
April 02, 2014

Tulip Fest gives Woodburn a chance to shine

by Independent staff
The 30th annual Tulip Festival at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is now underway and will continue until the first weekend in May. As people who live and work in Woodburn, it is easy to get disgruntled…
April 02, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Don’t be discouraged by street naming To the editor: In regards to the democratic process to name a street in the city of Woodburn: I hope the only “no” vote on the council brought forth by the…
April 02, 2014

Session takes strides to protect seniors

by Sen. Peter Courtney
Looking out for the interests of our senior citizens is one of the jobs I take most seriously in the Legislature. In the 2014 session, we passed several key pieces of legislation that will…
April 02, 2014

Well-maintained school buildings linked to student achievement

by Chuck Ransom, Superintendent of Woodburn School District
Many of you know that the Woodburn School District will ask voters to decide upon a school bond on the May 20 primary election ballot. Ballots will be mailed May 6, and in anticipation of that…
April 02, 2014

Lenten season a time to reflect on nature, repent

by Rev. Jaime Sanders, St. Mary's Episcopal Church
As the Tulip Festival opens, and the plum trees bloom, ironically, in my church there are no flowers on the altar. Like someone who fasts before a banquet, we delay celebrating spring until…
April 02, 2014

Do I have asthma or is it just allergies?

by Dr. Warren Okuns
Living in the Northwest, we suffer through months of dark skies and blustery rain, only to look forward to spring, with the weather warming and sun shining. However, with the arrival of spring…
April 01, 2014

This story is about you, Woodburn, not me

by Tyler Francke
I’m sure a certain level of anxiety accompanies the start of any new job, but it seems there is something particularly nerve-wracking about joining the staff of a community newspaper. At the…
March 26, 2014

Session focused on improving education

by Rep. Betty Komp
It has been my honor to represent Woodburn, Brooks, Gervais and North Salem in the Oregon House of Representatives for the past 10 years. I’ve worked with many wonderful people in the…

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Mar 26, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Woodburn Independent readers
Support Barbara Jensen in House District 25 race To the editor: Barbara Jensen will provide positive support and solid representation throughout the district as a member of the Oregon House of…
Mar 26, 2014

A second mural is a welcome addition

by Independent staff
We were excited to hear the news last week when the good folks at First Presbyterian Church of Woodburn submitted their application to erect a mural along the south side of their church wall…
Mar 26, 2014

A tail of dogged determination

by Lindsay Keefer
My husband and I have been given the opportunity to move — downstairs. We live in the upstairs of a 70-year-old craftsman-style home, and when the tenant downstairs moved out last month, we…
Mar 26, 2014

Getting back to 'even ground'

by Boyd Keyser, North Marion superintendent
Getting Back to “Even Ground” I ran into a friend the other day I hadn’t seen in a number of years. After a few minutes of reminiscing he told me how things had been going for him and his…
Mar 19, 2014

Introducing the Independent's sports Twitter account

by Phil Hawkins
In March of 2006, Lord Byron Tweet needed a new medium with which to communicate all his wants and needs to the people of Twittervania, of which he governed with absolute rule. And thus Twitter…
Mar 19, 2014

Letters to the editor

by Independent readers
Investment in schools gets big return To the editor: I am a senior citizen who graduated six children from Woodburn schools, and I now have grandchildren in the district. Each of my children was…
Mar 19, 2014

Lent is about building a closer relationship with God

by Rev. David Miller, Immanuel Lutheran pastor
Greetings and blessings in the name of God our Father, and through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have a time in our congregational lives each year called Lent. This special time in the life of a…
Mar 19, 2014

Let's say adios to Bienvenidos Court

by Independent staff
At the March 10 Woodburn City Council meeting, the idea to name a new street was presented. The street leads to the new transit center, which will be named the Woodburn Memorial Transit Center,…
Mar 19, 2014

Pets can improve senior health and happiness

by Patrick L. Paradis, DVM
Many people have experienced the pure joy a pet can bring to their lives. However, have you ever considered the actual physical and emotional benefits pets can give our bodies? Studies have…
Mar 12, 2014

Chip in and help clean up Woodburn

by Independent staff
Saturday is Woodburn Proud Clean-Up Day. Participants are asked to meet at City Hall at 8 a.m. for orientation. People will disperse into groups, with a finishing time around noon. This annual…

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