Still plenty of questions swirling around library project

To the editor:

With the latest "snag" in a new library and talks of refurbishing and growing the current library vertically, I have some questions.

Since we are dealing with an older building is the foundation strong enough to support going up? What about seismic upgrades? Has the library been checked for asbestos? Older buildings used asbestos as fire retardant and it can be found in ceilings and backing of old floor tiles. Asbestos abatement is expensive requiring the whole building be shut down temporarily.

Other options like siting a new library in an industrial park should not even be considered. The library is the heart of a town, especially a small town. The children's story time, book clubs, music, art and classes all become the pulse of the community.

Studies have shown that children learning to read prefer a book to an E reader. We need to encourage all to maximize use of the city library.

The best plan for a new library was the one so cavalierly rejected by the current mayor and city council.

Pam Judy


Main Street doing good work in Canby’s downtown

To the editor:

It was good to see that Jamie Stickel and the Main Street Program are involved in the downtown so strongly. I know that when they proposed this Main Street thing, there were some eye-rolls and head-shaking going on – “It’s just another city program that won’t do anything,” was the feeling among many, I believe.

But I think that Main Street has done some of the things it was intended to do and is having a positive effect on Canby. It was interesting to hear Stickel talk about what has been and what they hope will come during 2014. It’s always interesting to get a read on what people in the city, or city-related agencies, are thinking for the future.

For now, I think Main Street is an effective part of the Canby downtown movement and hope that they get the volunteers and support they need and that they will work effectively with the city and Canby Area Chamber of Commerce to help downtown businesses survive.

Becky Shannon


Thanks offered for help with Pennies for Presents

To the editor:

The Brawner and Hahn families would like to thank everyone who helped with the Pennies for Presents fundraiser this holiday season.

A very huge thank you to the Canby Les Schwab for donating all of our toys. With your help we were able to make Christmas much better for 15 children and five families. We would also like to thank the local businesses who helped. Big thanks to Rounders Bar, Puddin’ River Chocolates, Wilco, Studio 103, Fultano’s Pizza, Pappy's Greasy Spoon, Rainbow Hair Design, Dr. David Mitchell's office, Canby Music, Red Door Antiques, Canby Liquor and Ace Hardware.

We especially want to thank Marie, Jeanna Buxton, Neona, Kimberly and David and others who made personal contributions. Your generosity allowed us to help families in need, it’s what makes this all so wonderful. Also a big thanks to Devin Erwert and Steven Morris for helping wrap 62 presents and being a great addition this year.

Without the community support this wouldn't be possible. Thank you for helping us make a child and their family’s Christmas a happy one.

Wyatt and Jake Brawner and Loren Hahn

Pennies for Presents

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