Etcetera - 08/04/10

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For the past 41/2 years, Milton-Freewater Public Library Librarian Bob Jones has entertained folks on the first Friday of each month with his Oldies Night at the Library gig. He spoke about this program during the July 27 Milton-Freewater Rotary Club meeting, reported member Robby Robbins.

Bob assembles 3 hours of entertainment, featuring varied artists and musical styles. For the meeting, he brought along the Billboard lists of the Top 10 songs from seven different years and the music of the No. 1 song that week.

Bill Haley & His Comets topped the chart on July 30, 1955, with "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock." Haley was 30 at the time of the recording, Bob said.

Other hits include Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" on July 25, 1960, when she was 15; The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on July 31, 1965, and the first take was recorded at Chess Records in Chicago; the Carpenters' "(They Long To Be) Close To You" on July 25, 1970, and Bob said while Karen and Richard Carpenter are commonly referred to as "The Carpenters" their record labels and album covers did not show the "The" in the name; Van McCoy's "The Hustle" on July 26, 1975, which was written to the rhythm of the popular dance of the era, and was a throw-away album track that became a monster hit single; Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" on July 26, 1980, which became his first No. 1 hit single and was his effort on the album he made to prove he wasn't just a "pop crooner"; and Paul Young's "Everytime You Go Away" on July 27, 1985. Young was another British performer who did well on the American market and this hit was a remake of a Hall and Oates LP track. "All around the room you could see toes tapping to the music. Lots of memories as we looked over the lists of songs from each of those years. A few of us could even remember back to those days. Lots of smiles as we completed the meeting and went back to work." For more about Bob's musical programs, contact him at 541-938-8246 or www.mfcity.com/library.

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A recent article about the College Place Wastewater Plant winning a major award prompted a "But wait! There's more!" from Bill Putnam, the plant's environmental systems director. The facility has won the Department of Ecology's "Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant" award, but while the news release from Ecology cited himself, chief operator Bob Jamison and Paul Hartwig, city public works director, it failed to list the remaining plant staff, Putnam said in an e-mail.

The missing names are Duane Delph, operator, Bob Fowler, operator and lab, and Bryan Moso, operator and collections.

"It took the work of the entire staff to achieve this distinction," Bill said. This was the first time the city has won the award, which recognizes one year of perfect compliance with state requirements.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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