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July 24, 2024

Parks & Recreation

City Government

Parks foundation raises more than half of Butler-Perozzi Fountain restoration project cost

In 1915 at the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, Ashland civic leaders Gwin Butler and Domingo Perozzi purchased a large marble fountain created by noted Florentine sculptor Antonio Frilli and donated it to the city of Ashland. Ashland Parks Foundation launched a campaign on July 4 to raise $800,000 to restore and preserve the park’s centerpiece.

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City Government

Parks commission picks commissioner as interim director

Southern Oregon University instructor Leslie Eldridge has been appointed interim director of Ashland Parks and Recreation starting full time on Aug. 21. Eldridge, a member of the Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission, was appointed by the commission last week to fill the vacancy left by Michael Black, who resigned July 14.

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Art

Juneteenth and fathers celebrated, fundraiser launched Sunday

About 150 people attended the Juneteenth “Crystallizing Our Call” Celebration Picnic at Ashland Creek Park on Sunday. The three-hour outdoor community event served as celebration of Father’s Day as well as Juneteenth, and also as the official fundraising launch for the permanent public art installation, “Ancestor’s Future: Crystallizing our Call,” a sculpture slated for installation at the park.

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Latest news

Seven koi fish added to Ashland Japanese Garden pond

One of the missing pieces of the new Ashland Japanese Garden in Lithia Park was put in place Tuesday as seven large koi were brought to Ashland by Jeff Mangin. His family gifted more than $1.3 million to create an authentic Japanese garden for the people of Ashland.

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City Government

Measure 15-214: Ashland voters asked to amend food and beverage tax

Measure 15-214 asks Ashland voters to amend the city’s food and beverage tax: “Shall the ordinance be amended to dedicate revenues to city parks, open space, recreation and senior service purposes?” Measure 15-214, to be voted on in the May 16 special election, would allow for more of the funds to be spent on parks and not be limited to capital improvements.

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Events

This day will be one for the birds

A day devoted to learning about birds that might live in your own backyard will be held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13, at the North Mountain Park Nature Center. 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, according to a news release.

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Art

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument seeks next Artists-In-Residence

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument officials are accepting applications for the annual Artist-In-Residence program through April 17. Selected artists receive a residency at the monument during the early summer months, where they will spend time creating art while surrounded by the monument’s natural beauty.

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Latest posts

Obituary: Patricia Ann Wixon

Obituary: Patty Wixon, 89, passed away peacefully July 17 at home with her children and Vince Wixon, beloved husband for nearly 50 years, by her side. She asked that those remember her by doing something kind for someone else in her name — from giving food to a homeless stranger to volunteering at an organization in your community or donating to a scholarship fund at a favorite school.

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Butler-Perozzi Fountain work moves ahead

The fundraising campaign for the restoration of the historic Butler-Perozzi fountain in Lithia Park is nearing completion following a $20,000 grant awarded by the State Historic Preservations Office’s Preserving Oregon Grant Program.  

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Poetry Corner: Where we’re from, where we live

Poetry Corner: Both of today’s poems speak to the importance of community and identity. Louise M. Paré’s poem tells how the connection to her ancestral homeland of Ukraine continues to shape her persona. Seth Kaplan’s recent move from the Applegate to Talent describes how he has easily become attached to his new place and discovered the “us” in his community.

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