Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Periodically, the Newberg Graphic likes to weigh in on issues and happenings that have occurred over the past week or so. Here are a few of particular note this week.

– A big thumbs up to Krohn's Appliance and its annual effort to gather diapers that will be distributed through A Family Place in Newberg. This year the local business broke its own record, collecting more than 30,000 diapers.

"It's about the community," said Krohn's owner Brian Love. "All I do is make the awareness and tell people where to bring the diapers."

We think Brian is being a bit too modest and deserves a little more recognition for his effort. So here's a healthy 'Huzzah' in his honor.

– A somewhat reluctant thumbs down to the Oregon Court of Appeals for remanding a decision on Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery's application to hold 18 events on its property each year back to the Land Use Board of Appeals.

This business has run a gauntlet of regulatory agencies over the past several years – including the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, LUBA and others – all to get approval to host some small events at its facility on Benjamin Road.

Now the issue, at least part of it, will likely be remanded back to the county again, lengthening the interminable process this business has had to endure in order to do something that is in line with county statutes.

– Thumbs up to Newberg High School grad Quentin Comus and others who have worked long and hard to create an environmental education proposal to the Newberg School District. This group has created a roadmap for the school district to inject environmental curriculum into its schools while giving students the tools to either enter careers in the field or be good stewards of the environment.

At this time when the environment, our world in essence, is under increasingly grave attack, it's encouraging that the generation who will inherit what the older generation has left behind is taking positive steps at the local level.

Congrats to this group for formulating this plan and keep up the good work!

– An enthusiastic thumbs up to the city of Newberg for trying to maintain and highlight Newberg's history via an effort to uncover and document historical sidewalks in the city.

Thanks to a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service, the city has hired a consultant to inventory sidewalk markers scattered throughout the town – some that date back more than a century.

But the inventory created by the consultant isn't limited to sidewalk stamps.

It also features horseshoe rings, mail posts, curb stamps and rail lines such as the Red Electric that once ran down what is now First Street downtown.

"A project like the Historical Sidewalk Inventory invites residents to feel more connected the streets and sidewalks they use every day," the report said.

We couldn't agree more and we're excited that these organizations are doing their best to recognize and preserve the historical flavor of Newberg.

Our hope is that these efforts will continue as well.

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