Graduation jubilation

Lebanon graduates celebrate at the end of their commencement ceremony on June 10, 2008. Although dreary, the weather held out for Lebanon High School’s graduation ceremony, which took place in Heath Stadium. The Lebanon High School class of 2008 included 235 students.

From 10 years ago, Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Local housing market favors buyers

Right now the Lebanon real estate market is a smorgasbord for buyers with decent credit and a little cash. Homes are selling for several dollars less per square-foot compared to last year and are lingering longer on the market before selling – creating motivated sellers.

From Jan. 1 to June 1, 2008, the average selling price for new homes was $118 a square-foot, down from $134 a square-foot for the same time in 2007. Prices for existing residential properties – houses on an acre or less – fell from $115 a square-foot to $110. The number of existing and new residential homes sold in the first five months is half of what it was last year.

From 25 years ago, Wednesday, June 16, 1993

Rains don’t affect some berries

At least one local strawberry grower says heavy spring rains haven’t really had a negative impact on his production.

“I think you’d be crazy to criticize this as a bad crop,” David McCready said Friday as he leaned over a row of plants in his field and popped a huge red berry in his mouth.

“The crop is fine, it’s just that people aren’t coming out to U-pick because of the weather.”

From 50 years ago, Monday, June 17, 1968

Picker Shortage Reported

Due to cool weather conditions, the strawberry harvest has been starting slowly, the Rural Manpower weekly farm labor report said recently. However, shortages of strawberry pickers now exist in the Albany area, short 175 pickers, in the Hillsboro area, short 100 pickers and in the McMinnville area, short 200 pickers.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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