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January 25, 2013 | Back to: Opinion

Editorial: Roses & thorns


Winter succor

No sooner were we bemoaning the fact that Douglas County warming centers could only be open on the coldest of nights, meaning the shelter was unable to operate at times when the need was still great, than pillows were being fluffed more frequently in Roseburg and Sutherlin.

Low-down temperatures drove the need, but stepping-up volunteers made it possible. Starting Jan. 11, two centers operated by the Douglas County Housing and Homeless Coalition were open seven consecutive nights, a record for the service.

Warming center organizers estimated between 25 and 30 people turned up each night seeking a warm place to sleep, also getting a hot meal. Numbers were large enough at Unity Church in Roseburg that up to 15 people on a given night were taken to the bigger of the two centers, Neighborhood Church of Christ in Sutherlin.

None of it would have happened without the efforts of volunteers ready to keep the shelter staffed from nightfall to the wee hours of the morning and beyond. People are serious about ensuring that others can stay toasty this time of year. We think that’s pretty cool.


Garden shed discovery

An incident reported Wednesday gives new meaning to the familiar phrase: buyer beware.

New homeowners on Mary Ann Lane in Roseburg discovered you never know what you will find when you buy a home and all it contents. You’d expect to find plenty of junk to haul the dump. But you might not expect to call in the bomb squad.

That’s exactly what the homeowners had to do, however, after discovering two grenades in a garden shed on the property.

Fortunately for the newcomers, Oregon State Police said neither grenade proved to contain explosives and no one was hurt in the discovery.

They must be scratching their heads at the find, though. They’d purchased the home and its contents after the previous owner, an elderly woman, had died.

That’s not what one would usually find in Grandma’s house.

It appears she may have some secrets she carried to her grave.


Voices that soar

Children like super heroes, so they should adore opera singers.

The singers have a super power, confided the manager of an opera troupe that visited Winston schools this week.

They can fill a room with sound.

Portland Opera To Go swelled McGovern Elementary School and Winston Middle School with sound. Its adaptation of the “The Magic Flute” featured colorful costumes, acting, a fairy tale, Mozart’s music and the aforementioned super power.

After the performance, students questioned the singers. At least one myth was shattered: The human voice can’t break glass.

But it doesn’t have to. The power of an opera singer is smashing enough.

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The News-Review Updated Jan 28, 2013 09:18AM Published Jan 25, 2013 03:34PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.