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October 25, 2013
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


History springs to life

A pioneer cemetery is again emerging as an educational tool at Winchester Elementary School.

The school and Roseburg Alliance Church, which some school staff members attend, are cleaning up and building a wrought iron fence around the Lane Family Cemetery on school grounds.

The graves of three relatives of Oregon’s first territorial governor, Gen. Joseph Lane, are buried there.

Fourth-grade teacher Steve Sheldon said the neglected cemetery looked “ratty.” He and others are restoring a piece of history. “From a historical standpoint, every grade level will be able to write lesson plans around it,” he told News-Review reporter Jessica Prokop. “Why is there a cemetery at our school, and who are the people buried there?”

Interestingly, a Winchester Elementary fourth-grader in 2004 saw the headstones behind a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and asked the same questions.

Jessica Dresdner, then 9 years old, and her mother, Laura Dresdner, did research and presented the answers to Jessica’s classmates. The joint effort between the school and church are bringing the answers to light again.


Criminal activity

Homicide is not a word associated with Douglas County very often. When four homicides occur within the county’s boundaries in four days, anyone might feel a little spooked.

The scenario is highly unusual, however, and shouldn’t lead county residents to feel like we’ve become a crime-ridden region. There isn’t a serial killer on the loose, but there were three separate conflicts that became so heated that those involved resorted to deadly force.

We feel for the family members and friends of the deceased for they’ve lost loved ones in shocking and violent ways.

We recognize the Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been saddled with difficult work. With only one suspect arrested so far in the three homicidal incidents, the members have much investigative work to do if justice is going to be served.

We hope anyone with information about the circumstances of these crimes will contact the sheriff’s office at 541-440-4471.


Magnanimous melodies

The generosity of the Glide High School pep band is admirable. Tonight, band members will pack up their musical instruments and head to the rival field of the Sutherlin Bulldogs.

They won’t be there for a band competition, but rather to lend their talents to a school district that has lost its musical performance programs. Because the Bulldogs’ homecoming football game would be lacking in enthusiasm without some live music, the Wildcat band is tuning up to play the Sutherlin school song and other peppy anthems.

It’s a kind gesture on the part of Glide students, who’ve been busy enough playing for their own home football games. But it was also time to repay a favor.

When Glide’s band had dwindled to 13 members back in the mid-1980s, Sutherlin invited those members to sit in with its then-larger band.

Kudos to Glide band director Gale Graham and his students for filling Sutherlin’s need. Let’s hope Glide’s performance sparks a return to music classes in the Sutherlin district.

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The News-Review Updated Oct 25, 2013 06:23PM Published Oct 25, 2013 12:08PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.