On Memorial Day, my brother, his wife and I made our yearly rounds to a few local cemeteries to decorate the graves of our late relatives. When we arrived at the Central Point Cemetery, I was proud of how wonderful it looked.
I participated in a few of the groups that worked there many days in May. We mowed, cut berry bushes, raked, swept, cleaned up trash, pulled weeds, etc. It was a lot of work but well worth it. I hope this will continue each year.
None of this would have happened if it hadn't been for Dirk Siedlecki. He saw the need and stepped up, and with his great leadership and organizational skills he managed to pull us all together. He was always out there working with the rest of us and thanking us continually for our work. He is the one who really deserves a big Thank You.
As soon as the grave markers are repaired, I am hopeful the city of Central Point will take over care of the cemetery. It only seems right. Thanks, Dirk, for all your help in getting everyone motivated to see what needed to be done and then doing it! — Jan Bailey, Medford
On June 8, the town of Mt. Shasta celebrated the dedication of Parker Plaza, a newly developed piece of downtown real estate, bringing to life a neglected dirt parking area.
The dedication also celebrated Dr. Jim Parker's 33 years of service which has benefited the Mt. Shasta area communities, especially his leadership of the Mountain Runners and their sponsorship of the annual Fourth of July Run/Walk and the city-improvement funds it has produced since 1982. Next time you are in Mt. Shasta, the newly beautified space will be hard to miss.
Also hard to miss will be an automatic comparison with the newly renovated Ashland Plaza. Mt. Shasta's is so artistic and pleasing to the eye. The striking difference is a tribute to the concept of total community involvement in planning, financing, designing and creating an area which will enrich the heart and soul of Mt. Shasta for years to come. www.mtshastarunners.com/parker-plaza.htm — Donnelly Fenn, Ashland
Oregon's economy has been in the tank for a number of years despite many of our senators saying that they are working on correcting it. I browsed the Oregon Legislative Information Service for all the bills having Sen. Alan Bates as a principal sponsor. I may have missed one, but despite his talk about being concerned with boosting employment, I did not see a single bill — as in none, meaning "not any" — from Senator Bates that would boost this economy. Apparently his columns in the MT expressing concerns for the economy are talk with no action. — Peter K. Norvell, Ashland