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Column: Clanking on the Keyboard (Dec. 4, 2019)

Column: Clanking on the Keyboard (Dec. 4, 2019)

Have you noticed anything different on Main Street over the past few weeks? How about North 13th?

If not, take a close look at the lampposts and you’ll see various banners that have gone up honoring our local veterans. As of this past weekend, the “Philomath Salutes” banners included 12 individuals and if this initial effort sees success, there should be more to come.

Becki Goslow deserves to be saluted herself for helping bring this project to Philomath’s streets. Goslow, a former longtime teacher at Philomath Middle School, has done plenty to help people remember and recognize who have served in uniform.

Goslow served as a past president of the Benton County Veterans Memorial over in Corvallis — an effort founded by her father. The memorial includes Benton County citizens killed in the line of duty with their names inscribed on a granite wall (11 in World War I, 78 in World War II, three in Korea, 20 in Vietnam, four in Iraq and one (Philomath’s Cody Patterson) in Afghanistan.

Goslow approached Mayor Eric Niemann and the City Council earlier this fall about the idea, which took hold after a similar effort in Sweet Home. As of this past weekend, 12 veteran banners were up on Main Street and 13th Street — Zach Leonard, Jennifer Neuman, Jessy Lakin, Megan Williams, Dwight Grass, Keith Boggs, Francis Gerding and Paul Cochran are up on Main, and banners for Lionel Snyder, Clyde Marshall, Roger Fowler and Justin Thompson are on 13th.

Question: OK, the boys cross-country team just won the Class 4A state title. In which sport do you think Philomath will win its next state title? At this point in time, I’d say the strongest contenders from the current academic year would be girls basketball or track and field (by the way, I’m not putting band into this category — to me, that falls under activities and not athletics). If not one of those teams, it just might be another banner year for cross-country next fall.

Online: I came across a story on about Eagles quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who trains with Philomath native Kevin Boss at Boss Sports Performance over in Bend. An excerpt: “Sudfeld was living in a cottage — he actually called it a ‘casita,’ and he described the space as a loft, a single bedroom complete with a kitchen, couch, television and fireplace — at the behest of former Giants tight end Kevin Boss, his personal trainer.” Seattle tight end Jacob Hollister is also part of the story; he’s another player that Boss trains. Here’s the link:

Life with a 2-year-old: With each passing day, my son learns more and more words. However, when he gets a certain idea in his head, it’s difficult to steer him in a different direction. Whenever he sees a picture of a fish, he calls it “cracker.” We went to the pediatrician for his 2-year-old checkup a few weeks ago and in the lobby is an aquarium full of “crackers.” Where did that come from? His favorite fish-shaped snack, Goldfish.

Thumbs-up: Levi Miller, who is turning a former mill site into a housing development, registered the Millpond Crossing subdivision with the Department of Environmental Quality Cleanup Program. The DEQ program provides oversight to property owners wishing to investigate and clean up hazardous materials sites in a voluntary and cooperative manner. According to the city’s latest newsletter, Miller reported that no hazardous materials were found in the development’s Phase I. If future phases uncover any environmental issues, the DEQ will step in to help.

Thumbs-down: Tailgaters. It’s dangerous because it reduces reaction time, makes drivers nervous, makes you want to pray that the person behind you isn't on a cellphone and often leads you to simply exceed the speed limit. It’s a topic that’s even been brought up at City Council meetings by a local resident whose wife had a bad experience with tailgaters. This is an easy thumbs-down to throw out there, but at the same time, it's a part of driving that I'm sure all of us have experienced.

City Hall: During the Nov. 25 City Council meeting, a “Happy Thanksgiving” display greeted those in attendance at City Hall with the statement, “I’m grateful for ...” The responses included: Family, safe city, public input, city staff, sunshine and of course, pizza.

Observation: A pie for $400? If you slice it eight ways, that’s $50 per serving. What a great fundraiser for the boys basketball program.

Number: 0.35 — With weather forecasts suggesting some challenging conditions early last week, the Philomath area received 0.35 of an inch of rain Nov. 25-27 followed by a nice Thanksgiving. Snow had been mentioned among the possibilities during that stretch. Unlike most of the rest of the country, the southern Willamette Valley avoided any major issues.

Brad Fuqua is editor of the Philomath Express. He can be reached at


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