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Knights donate 48 coats for at-risk youth; History series to look at 'Oregon's Iron Pioneers'; Library offers 'Food for Fines' program

SUBMITTED PHOTO: DICK GOODWIN - Members of the Knights of Columbus get coats ready for donation to Transitional Youth, from left: Knight Dan Boone; Grand Knight Jon Brumbaugh; Rhona Mahl, executive director of Transitional Youth/Braking Cycles; Knight Phil Barr; and Knight George Vogelsang.

Knights donate 48 coats for at-risk youth

Our Lady of the Lake Council 3818 of the Knights of Columbus announced Friday that it had given 48 coats for teenagers to the Transitional Youth program in Portland. It's the latest donation from an international organization that has given away nearly 400,000 coats in the U.S. and Canada since 2009.

Transitional Youth provides support and housing to homeless and at-risk youth through a series of outreach programs in downtown Portland and housing options at several locations in Oregon and Washington.

The nonprofit also operates the Braking Cycles Coffee and Bicycle Shop in Southeast Portland, where young people can learn everything from bike maintenance, repair and sales to barista, customer service and hospitality skills. Youth can also use recycled bike parts to create jewelry, art and housewares.

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney. Its charitable efforts include international partnerships with Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity, as well as its own Food for Families and Coats for Kids projects.

History series to look at 'Oregon's Iron Pioneers'

Local historian Susanna Campbell Kuo will talk about "Oregon's Iron Pioneers" next week in the third installment of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society's Speaking of History series.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at the History Center & Museum (40 Wilber St. in Lake Oswego).

Eleven years after it was founded, the tiny village of Oswego was transformed into a mining and manufacturing center. Suo, who has spent 15 years researching the Oregon iron industry, will discuss how life changed in Oswego after iron was discovered in 1861 and why industrialists like Northern Pacific Railroad baron Henry Villard and Pacific Rolling Mills founder Darius Ogden Mills invested in Oswego.

For more information about the lecture series, go to www.lakeoswegopreservationsociety.org/speaking-history-lecture-series.

Library offers 'Food for Fines' program

Have a few overdue library books sitting on your shelves? This week might be the perfect time to return them.

The Lake Oswego Public Library is joining libraries throughout Clackamas County in waiving fines from April 8-14 as part of the fourth-annual "Food for Fines" promotion. For every nonperishable food donation brought to the libraries through Friday, $1 will be waived in overdue fines.

During last year's drive, the libraries collected more than 11,500 pounds of donations for local food banks, resulting in the removal of more than $11,400 in fines.

"During last year's National Library Week drive, the Lake Oswego community brought in 704 pounds of food. Food donations benefit the Tualatin School House Pantry, which serves residents of Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and Durham," says Lake Oswego Library Director Bill Baars. "The Food for Fines program is a great way for us to give back to our local community, while also helping library members to reduce their fines. It's a win-win!"

— The Review

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