One lane of Delta Waters Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Thursday, March 21, at the intersection with Springbrook Road.

One lane of Delta Waters Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Thursday, March 21, at the intersection with Springbrook Road.

Pacific Power will be working on the right of way, and traffic control will be in place. Motorists in the area should plan for delays or consider alternate routes, officials said.

For more information, contact Medford Public Works at 541-774-2100.

Medford Fire-Rescue has received a $1,000 stipend from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to offer demonstrations of how home sprinklers stop fires.

The demonstrations will show two similarly furnished rooms, one protected by fire sprinklers and one without. People can see how quickly a fire can become deadly and how quickly a sprinkler can stop a blaze, officials said.

One demonstration will be for the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and one will be given during the department's open house in October.

The coalition selected 25 fire departments nationwide to receive money to educate people about fire sprinklers.

The John Muir School is now accepting enrollment applications for fall 2013. Enrollment is open to current Ashland School District students. John Muir School is an award-winning, nationally recognized K-8 magnet school focused on academic rigor, outdoor education and the arts. For more information, visit the Ashland School District website, or call 541-482-8577. Applications are due Thursday, March 21.

Anyone approaching a 65th birthday, or people new to Medicare, are invited to attend a free class about Medicare coverage.

The class, organized by Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA), will start at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Room 330 at Medford City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.

To register, call 541-857-7780 or email

SHIBA volunteers will answer questions about Medicare parts A, B, C and D, supplement and advantage plan comparisons, savings programs, prescription drug plan comparisons, limited income subsidies, billing statements and filing claims.

Rogue Community College will start a new physical therapy assistant program in the fall.

The program is a partnership between RCC and Lane Community College and prepares students to work as an entry-level physical therapy assistant and to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, school officials said.

PTAs work with physical therapists and help give care to patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses and surgeries.

The program will combine laboratory and clinical sections locally and in Eugene. RCC will provide program prerequisites, general education and related coursework, but students completing the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree from LCC.

The application process for the class starts May 24 and closes June 20. Up to 10 students will move through the two-year program as a cohort.

Compiled from staff reports