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Editorial: Roses & thorns

ROSE: Herd instinct

It’s probably a safe bet that not so many fourth-graders are researching bovines with an eye to launching a breeding project. Yet Days Creek Charter School junior Emily Hopfer was doing just that eight years ago, when she joined 4-H and decided to start hanging out with Gelbvieh cattle.

She now has a purebred herd totaling 28 beasts and a first-place plaque for Beef Entrepreneurship Proficiency. She picked up the award at a recent Oregon State FFA convention in Corvallis.

Her prize brings a little more recognition to a breed not much seen in these parts. Imported to the U.S. from Germany in 1971, Gelbvieh stock is noted for easy growth, quick maturity and docility. The latter quality was particularly important when Hopfer was smaller and working with animals capable of knocking her over. Now she’s in the running for a national FFA competition.

Meanwhile, she has plans to expand her herd to 60 cows capable of giving birth to more easygoing Gelbviehs. She also hopes to take a couple of her heifers to a national stock show early next year in Denver.

We wish Hopfer even greater success. Clearly, she’s not one to be cowed by hard work.

THORN: In and out of hot water

You can’t leave 90 people without hot water for three days and not expect a stink.

The Forest Glen Senior Residence in Canyonville lost hot water Friday afternoon.

Things happen. Equipment breaks. It’s news when it leaves that many seniors without hot running water for that long.

Instead of being open about the problem and what it was doing to restore water, Forest Glen kept mum.

The operators of the assisted-living center and retirement home refused to be interviewed. Worse, they apparently didn’t feel any urgency in alerting state or county officials who monitor the health and well-being of seniors.

The manager of community-based care for the Oregon Department of Human Services learned about the problem from a reporter and said Forest Glen should have let her department know.

The Douglas County Health Department also would have been interested to know that a large assisted-living center and retirement home didn’t have water to clean and sanitize plates, glasses and utensils.

The whole thing left a bad smell.

ROSE: Give a pint, save a life

If you like the idea of helping save lives by offering something readily available within you, then it’s time to consider giving blood.

We commend Sutherlin Police Sgt. Justin Marquis for making his first blood donation recently. A story in Wednesday’s News-Review followed Marquis step-by-step through the process so others who’ve yet to give it a try know what to expect.

If you’re in good health and have an hour to spare, it’s a tremendous way to help others in your community. Without an adequate supply of donated blood, hospitals can be forced to cancel elective surgeries. Or worse yet, someone in need of a transfusion could die.

Donating blood is a gift people can give repeatedly. Donations are accepted every 56 days. Blood drives are offered throughout the county, as many as 360 per year, to make it convenient for donors to find a location near them.

If you’ve been meaning to schedule an appointment, why not do so today. Call 800-723-2767 to set up a time that works for you, or plan to drop in at any of the upcoming blood drives listed in Wednesday’s News-Review.

You’ll be glad you did.


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The News-Review Updated Apr 5, 2013 02:02PM Published Apr 5, 2013 09:46AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.