Letters to the Editor

Honor leader's effortsto save Plaza trees

I have been reading with interest the debate about the Plaza remodel. I went to Ashland with both Alan Pardee, who is one of the architects, and Lisa Alexander, who has led the opposition to the remodeling and removal of the trees.

I am so proud of both of them even though their opinions have been opposed. Last Friday, Lisa followed the trees that were removed, and passed away. Though Lisa slipped away, the battle is far from being over regarding the trees and the redesign.

Please endorse and support both sides by asking the City Council to place a memorial under the Japanese maple tree that is being removed and relocated to an area of Lithia Park which would acknowledge this piece of Ashland history and the woman who fought to keep them alive.

Ashland is a melting pot of ideas and cultures, and it seems appropriate to remember this as a piece of Ashland history. It seems like a small conciliatory gesture to those who were not in support is appropriate and kind to those who opposed this redesign. Visitors should never forget Lisa's dedication to remembering our town the way it was while we were growing up.

Alan will be remembered by his design that will welcome residents and tourists to the Plaza. It seems appropriate to commemorate the struggle and acknowledge Lisa Alexander in the process. I would be happy to assist in coordinating donations to support this brave and courageous woman who fought so hard for our hometown. In her final days, Lisa watched the trees get cut down as this was the last respectful thing she could do. Please respect her now with giving her a place in the history of our little town.

— Kim Summerhays, Eugene

Tree recycling effort was a success

This past Saturday, Ashland Boy Scout Troop 112 collected approximately 1,100 Christmas trees from all around the city of Ashland. These trees would have ended up in our landfill or burned. Instead, they were recycled into chips by the Ashland Parks Department to be used as mulch on the city's park trails.

Thanks go to the Ashland Parks Department for use of the Senior Center as a base of operations, Jeff McFarland and his crew for providing and operating the chipper, volunteers from the Ashland Lions Club and Scouts and adults from Pack 112 and Troop 112 for covering the town picking up trees, the kitchen crew for a day of keeping us fueled, Darryl Grupé for his overall coordination of the project and the people of Ashland for participating in this recycling effort.

The generous donations by Ashlanders to Troop 112 for this service will help to fund this year's summer camp and future high-adventure treks. More importantly, all of the Scouts who worked that day learned the value of community service.

If we picked up your tree and you would like to donate to Troop 112 for this service, please send a check to: Troop 112, P.O. Box 839, Ashland, OR 97520.

— John Engelhardt, scoutmaster, Troop 112, Ashland

Thanks for help after sledding mishap

I would like to thank all the nice people who helped me after my sledding accident on Saturday, Dec. 29, at Union Creek.

The names Zach and John are a couple of names that I remember helping me. They did exactly the right thing by not allowing me to move, and keeping me calm. I am so lucky to not be seriously injured. My back should heal completely in about six weeks. I was told at the hospital that they see more sledding accidents than any other snow-related activities.

Please, everyone, be careful. It can be dangerous. Thank you again to all the nice people who helped me in my time of need.

— Vicki Brombacher, Ashland

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