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Wiewel takes helm at Lewis & Clark; Program offers free rain boots to kids; World of Speed offers free winter driving class

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wim Wiewel kicks off his first day as president of Lewis & Clark College on Monday with a ceremonial bike ride, accompanied by faculty, students and staff from the private liberal arts school.

Wiewel takes helm at Lewis & Clark

Wim Wiewel kicked off his first official day as president of Lewis & Clark College on Monday with a ceremonial bike ride that started at Cooley House (the presidential residence), wound through a slice of Dunthorpe and concluded about one mile away on the school's South Campus.

Wiewel, who started the tradition nine years ago when he was named president at Portland State University, was joined on the ride by faculty, students and staff from Lewis & Clark's College of Arts and Sciences, Law School and Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is Lewis & Clark's 25th president and the first to have served as president at another college or university.

Wiewel led PSU during a difficult time, negotiating the economic downturn during the 2007-09 recession and guiding the university through a period of growth. During his tenure at PSU, the university renovated or constructed 10 buildings.

Lewis & Clark College is a private liberal arts school in Southwest Portland with about 2,000 students. The college's Law School and Graduate School of Education and Counseling together enroll 1,200 students in graduate professional programs.

The school, originally founded as Albany College in 1867, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

Program offers free rain boots to kids

The Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County launched its "Make a Splash!" initiative this week to provide free rain boots to children ages 3-6 who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Rodney Cook, the county's Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division director, said officials from the Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County believe the rain boots will provide children an increased opportunity to participate in outdoor play. "We encourage children to enjoy the outdoors not only for the physical benefits, but for cognitive, social and emotional development," Cook said.

The boots are available for families with children ages 3-6 who live in Clackamas County and qualify for any income assistance program, including the Oregon Trail card, OHP/CHIP, Section 8, WIC-eWIC card, free/reduced school lunch, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Head Start.

For more information, contact CYF's Kimberly Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-650-5680.

World of Speed offers free winter driving class

A free winter driving class is planned for Saturday, Oct. 7, at the World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville.

The class, which is presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and will include information on safe winter driving habits, emergency preparedness tactics and how to install and remove snow chains. Organizers say it's a perfect way for teens or adults who are unsure about driving in the snow and rain to learn how to best cope with winter weather on the road.

Attending the course also gives participants free entry into the World of Speed Museum, which is located at 27490 S.W. 95th Ave. in Wilsonville.

For more information, contact Katie Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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