Heesacker wins local electrician award, application for student senate program, Banks citizenship nominations open, host a Japanese student

Heesacker wins local award, aims for national

Klein Tools, an Illinois-based designer and manufacturer of hand tools for the electrical industry, has selected Forest Grove resident Brent Heesacker as the Northwest regional winner in its annual Electrician of the Year contest.

Heesacker was selected from among hundreds of applicants because of his "outstanding professional achievement, commitment to safety excellence and community dedication," company officials said.

Heesacker, a general foreman for On Electric Group in Portland, is "a problem-solver, mentor and leader at work. He constantly demonstrates ingenuity when approaching problems and finds unique solutions that can help save his customers thousands," according to a press release from Klein Tools.

A foreman by day, Heesacker is a farmer by night. Forest Grove's Heesacker Farms raises beef cows to provide meat to the local Portland community, and also participates in various blood drives and at the Oregon Food Bank.

Members of the public will have a chance to vote online for their favorite Electrician of the Year finalist until Sept. 15 on Klein Tools' Facebook page. The grand prize winner will be announced Sept. 27 via Klein Tools' Facebook Live.

Applications for student Senate Page program due Sept. 22

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced he'll be accepting applications to the U.S. Senate Page Program, which provides students with first-hand experience of Senate operations.

From now until Sept. 22, students who will be juniors during the 2017-18 school year can apply to be part of the program in spring 2018.

Those accepted into the highly competitive program play a critical role in the daily work of the U.S. Senate by helping to deliver correspondence, legislative material, amendments and bills around the Congressional complex and during Congressional proceedings.

"My message to young leaders is this: Get informed and get involved in the political process to create the change you wish to see in the world," Merkley said.

Senate pages must be appointed and sponsored by a Senator. Unlike interns, who work in the Senators' offices, pages work for the Senate as a whole. Pages receive a stipend, live in a dormitory near the Capitol, and attend classes in addition to performing their page duties.

Interested participants should apply online and must upload the following items:

- An official copy of your high school transcript(s)

- A current resume

- A cover letter explaining why you wish to be a Senate page;

- A letter of recommendation from one of your teachers;

- A letter of recommendation from a supervisor familiar with your work on a job or in volunteer service

- A 250- to 500-word essay responding to the question, "Describe one major problem that the United States is currently facing and — if you were a U.S. Senator from Oregon — how you would try to fix that problem."

Contact Merkley's office at 202-224-3753 with questions.

Support Valley Art through online auction

Valley Art is holding an online auction through 11:11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Works by Forest Grove artists are up for auction to fundraise for Valley Art's new storefront.

Visit the event page on Facebook at Those making bids can leave their bid in the comment section under the photo of each artwork.

Contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-929-4088.

Nominate your favorite Banks citizen

The city of Banks is accepting nominations for the annual Banks Citizenship Award.

Nominations are due Thursday, Oct. 5. Award presentations will be made at the Nov. 7 Banks City Council meeting.

Each year, a selection committee chooses one nominee based on community involvement and service.

Nominators should choose candidates based on whether they meet the set criteria:

- Exemplifies a life dedicated to the Banks' way of hard work, self-improvement and community service.

- Embodies the spirit of philanthropy while showing a remarkable commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improving the city of Banks.

- Preserves, celebrates and promotes richness of history, tradition and values of the city, while working to create a better world for all in the future by the work they do today.

- Shares gifts with the community to boost recognition of the city of Banks.

Nominees should live in Banks or the surrounding area. Past recipients, city employees and elected officials are not eligible. Jim Hough won the award in 2012, Jim Lucas and Kathie Jackson in 2013, Raymond Deeth in 2014, Mark Ward in 2015 and Marion Steinbach in 2016.

Host a Japanese student

The Forest Grove Sister Cities Committee is seeking local host families for the upcoming Student Delegation Exchange from Nyuzen, Japan, Forest Grove's Sister City. The students arrive in the afternoon on Saturday, Oct. 28, and depart in the morning the following Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Those able to host students can submit a Host Family Exchange Form. Contact City Recorder Anna Ruggles at 503.992.3235 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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