Walterville

Ron TompkinsWALTERVILLE: Like many of his generation, Ron Tompkins answered the call to arms for the armed services in World War II. Age for him wasn’t an issue, getting his mother to sign off on his enlistment papers when he was nine months shy of his 18th birthday.
Time, however, did have an effect. Coming into the Navy in 1945 he sailed out of San Francisco and arrived for duty in the Philippines. In the Marshall Islands his ship, the USS Petrof Bay, a 7,800 ton aircraft carrier, was part of a fleet being put together for the invasion of Japan. Those plans came to a halt soon after the sailors saw a strange bomber fly over their ship escorted by two fighters.
Ron says that at the time, they had no idea of the significance of what they’d seen, only remembering that the heavy bomber had what looked like a “big torpedo” slung underneath. Another clue that made sense later was chatter on the radio at the time telling people to expect some weird weather.

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McKenzie River Reflections

River Stop basketsBy Ada Weeks
WALTERVILLE: We know summer is over when the spectacular floral hanging baskets are taken down from their custom metal supports on light poles at the Walterville Shopping Center. These beauties have delighted both local folks and Highway 126 travelers, from May through October, with their massive display of flowers.
Greg and Tamara Clift, owners of the McKenzie River Nursery, are the dedicated providers and caretakers of the baskets. Greg recalls, “Tamara and I had been to Victoria, BC, on our honeymoon, and marveled at the bayfront hanging baskets. In 2002, I contacted the local Walterville merchants to ask if they would ‘mind’ if we put baskets up on the light poles at no cost to them or the community. Of course, they said yes, as long as we also took care of them.”

 

Barrel trainThe 2015 Walterville Community Fair’s theme is “Shake Waddle and Roll To The 65th Walterville Fair.” It will start with the 5K Waddle at 8AM and continue with vendors, displays of garden produce, canning, baking, sewing, arts and antiques.  The parade will be at 11AM, chicken Bar-B-Q full d

Lavender worldThe McKenzie River Lavender Festival got off to a good start today for the first of a 3-day event held this weekend at 40882 McKenzie Hwy., just east of Walterville. The free festival at the McKenzie River Lavender is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shallow 4.2 magnitude earthquake near Walterville this morning

Earthquake
14km (9mi) ENE of Springfield, Oregon
19km (12mi) E of Eugene, Oregon
51km (32mi) S of Lebanon, Oregon
63km (39mi) SSE of Corvallis, Oregon
97km (60mi) S of Salem, Oregon

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.21

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-07-04 08:42:18
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.889 km

Streambank poolsWALTERVILLE: A campground at Hendricks Wayside?  The rumor caused several people to contact the Lane County Parks Dept. to check it’s accuracy.
It is a future possibility, according to Parks Division Manager Mike Russell. Constructing from 20 to 30 tent and RV sites has been part of a county-wide capital improvement plan for the last four years, Russell notes. Every year the $1.1 million Hendricks campsite proposal goes to the end of the list, due to a lack of funds.

 

 

Flying toiletModular restroom swings into Hendricks Wayside

WALTERVILLE: Passersby may have been surprised last week if they noticed a big crane set up in the parking area at the Hendricks Bridge Wayside Park. Those who timed their passing right got to see parts of a building being hoisted high in the air. The work involved workers from Lane County Parks who tore down an old building and constructed a new restroom facility, along with replacing sidewalks at the popular site. The project, in cooperation with the Oregon State Marine Board, was the first phase of improvements to the Hendricks Bridge Wayside. That initial work was part of grant financed improvements fueled by the Oregon State Marine Board with funds provided by boat registrations. The second phase, according to Mike Russell, Parks and Animal Services Division Manager, is hoped to be completed by the end of 2016. It is designed to expand the parking lot and reconfigure the boat ramp into the McKenzie River. The reconfiguration would orient the ramp at more of a downstream angle to help make it a bit more “maintenance friendly,” Russell noted.

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