Posts Categorized: Community

Eugene’s Summit Bank helps local businesses with critical loans

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When the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opened, Summit Bank was ready.

The bank’s SBA team members and leadership team prepared their clients and reviewed applications ahead of time, submitting them in the wee hours of April 3, at the first moments they could. By the time Summit Bank finished processing the loans, they […]

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Community spotlight: C & K Market’s efforts help protect customers, assist students

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At Ray’s Food Place in Veneta and 37 other markets located in small communities throughout Oregon and northern California, customers can count on clean stores, a variety of safety features and – for students new to digital learning – excellent WiFi connections.
Clearly, this isn’t a typical time for any of us as the world deals with COVID-19. […]

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Local restaurants, farmers market adapt to social distancing

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Find fresh Italian meals and locally grown produce at three CAWOOD favorites.
Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria and La Perla Pizzeria are now filling Eugene-area diners’ cravings, just like they did before the state’s social-distancing order – but with a twist.

All it takes to get fresh handmade fettucine, meatballs and Neapolitan-style pizza is a phone call. Then, customers just drive […]

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Let’s talk about wildfire safety

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NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

With the recent burning ban in effect throughout Lane County and last weekend’s 75-acre Dowens Fire near Cottage Grove, it’s clear that the time to talk about wildfire safety is right now.

Though, for Oregonians who suffered through two years of late-summer smoky, dangerously poor-quality air, it may always seem like a […]

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Let’s build community vision together

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Building community vision through open inquiry. That’s City Club’s mission and has been since the beginning. It speaks to a place where all are welcome and can explore various opinions and options and seek a vision that strengthens our community.
It was a good idea in 1990. It’s still a good idea. Several early on decisions were especially important. One, there was […]

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Do you know rising business stars? Nominate one!

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Scan through the list of 20 Under 40 winners for the first 10 years of the program. They share some common traits.
Through hard work, positive attitudes and being open to new ideas, these professionals achieved success early in their careers. Committed to the community, they prove it through volunteerism. These go-getters are proficient jugglers, managing […]

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Reflections after being named Eugene’s First Citizen

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I’m Eugene’s First Citizen. I join a relatively short list of people who’ve helped shape our community. I feel proud and humble. I was honored at the Eugene Chamber’s Celebration of Business just a month ago.
So many people reached out to share my joy and say “thanks.” Flowers, plants, chocolate, hand-written notes, email and social media posts. Plus, […]

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Catching the eclipse enthusiasm

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Of course, you’ve heard there’s going to be a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, a rare event with the “path of totality” stretching across Oregon in a narrow swath, including Newport, Corvallis, Salem, Madras and Baker City.
It would be difficult to miss the news stories about people’s excitement over this astronomicalTotal Eclipse phenomenon or the headlines declaring an “apoc-eclipse” with cautions about major traffic congestion and the possibility of markets running […]

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A fledgling – and fun – stop at the Oregon Country Fair

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It seems like most people have strong opinions about the Oregon Country Fair. In the short time I’ve lived in Eugene, I’ve heard so many stories – some good, some bad, but all of them strange. I had to find out for myself what it was like. My girlfriend and I decided to go on Friday, hoping to […]

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