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June 19, 2014
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Banner day

Boy Scouts and good deeds make a natural pair. So do Boy Scouts and the U.S. flag. Mix those three elements, and you can make an educated guess as to how a handful of Scouts spent Flag Day, June 14, at a Dillard residence.

The six boys retired 20 flags, most of them tired Old Glories, by consigning them to a bonfire. That’s the method recommended by the National Flag Foundation and followed by the armed services as well as veterans and civic groups.

If they didn’t already know, the boys learned that American flags too worn and tattered to be displayed deserve a respectful disposal. That does not mean tossing flags into the trash or transporting them to the landfill or stripping them down to remnants for the rag bag.

The boys took part in a ceremony hosted by Rob Shepard, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9745 in Winston. The Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient delivered an opening prayer before participants witnessed a Color Guard posting of flags, heard a brief history of the national banner and watched flags be fed into the fire.

Salutes all around to those honoring national emblems of democracy.


Closing chapter

Last week contained the last day of classes for many students, teachers and other school employees. For teacher Lyn Biethan, June 17 marked the end of a 26-year career educating kindergartners at Hucrest Elementary School in Roseburg.

Biethan estimated she’s taught about 1,000 students preparing for first grade. That’s a lot of little hands to keep busy and little heads to fill with new ideas.

Most of us would find it daunting to ride herd on a roomful of 5- to 6-year-olds, many of them experiencing group lessons for the first time. Biethan described kindergartners as creative, curious and eager to learn. No doubt Biethan shares many of those qualities. She’ll now be putting them to use in other ways.

Happy retirement, Ms. Biethan.


Still a looker at 97

If you put a price tag on the work done last weekend at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, that total would be about $10,000. Such was the estimate of Umpqua Valley Arts Association Executive Director Andrew Apter. Volunteers offered their time and businesses provided materials, with two days spent power washing and painting the 1917 building on the National Register of Historic Places.

The project was spearheaded by association board member Betti Manfre. The benefactors are too numerous to name here, but their efforts were appreciated. Also timely. The arts center will host the 46th annual Summer Arts Festival from June 27-29.

Now the grand old building will present a clean and fresh face to visitors attending one of Roseburg’s signature warm-weather events.

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