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‘Live a purpose-driven life and invest in success’

Donate to the foundation campaign — success is no accident. I believe in American exceptionalism and that education is one of the keys to our country being the most exceptional. Our community is also exceptional and a very unique and special place where we support each other in many meaningful ways.

Schools have been underfunded by our state for a long period of time yet with support from the community and strategic moves by our school district we have weathered the stress. We have done that while also maintaining the lowest class sizes in (the) Portland (area) and many of the highest achievements in SAT and ACT scores, and over achievement in state testing at all grade levels.

This year we have 14 seniors that have been named National Merit finalists, a recognition bestowed on approximately 1 percent of those who take the PSAT and we have 10 of the 44 Oregon Presidential Scholar candidates who are from Lakeridge or Lake Oswego high schools.

Our educational achievements have surpassed that of most private schools nationwide. We have done this with a community effort by all and our great teachers. Teachers inspire and challenge children.

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation funds additional teachers into the classrooms for our kids. The result: lower class sizes, more individual educational attention, reading and math specialists in the elementary grades, more core and elective classes including the important science, technology, engineering and math offerings but also social studies, art and music.

Our students need educational opportunities to prepare them well for college and life. Donate to this year’s annual campaign and also to the endowment, which is our permanent fund and solution for those who want their donations to work for this and every generation of our students. Live a purpose-driven life and invest in success.

Kevin Robertson

Former Lake Oswego School Foundation board member

Lake Oswego

Support foundation and, therefore, education

I am writing this letter in support of the Lake Oswego School Foundation.

We are a community which values education and lifelong learning. The foundation gives all of us, whether we currently have students in school or not, a chance to support and affirm our belief in education.

We have a tradition of supporting our schools, the children and teachers and all the staff. Please make a contribution to the foundation.

Marci Nemhauser

Former Lake Oswego School Board member

Marylhurst

LOHS track team helps cut new trailby: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Nehalem Kunkle-Read, left and Samarra Watson, both members of the Lake Oswego High School track team, help create a new trail last Friday in Springbrook Park. Behind them is Jim Evans a board member of Friends of Springbrook Park and neighbor and far left is Kohl Nicoll, also a member of the LOHS track team.

A special thanks to the 18 LOHS track team members and their coach Eric Lider for creating a new trail Friday morning. There also were another seven students not on the team who showed up to help.

Over the past couple of years our track and cross country students have rebuilt the existing two miles of trails in Springbrook Park. The trails have been updated with gravel to meet Oregon State Parks’ standards.

This new 500-foot trail is on the north end of the park, which has had limited access. Once finished,the trail will connect the sidewalk along Country Club Road near Boones Ferry Road to the 52 acres in Springbrook Park. The students worked hard to remove English ivy and debris for the new trail. They dug up dozens of native plants and moved them off the trail. Their hard work and generous spirit is greatly appreciated.

Paul J. Lyons

Lake Oswego

Board member, Friends of Springbrook Park ‘Invest in Success’ with foundation

Over the past 10 years I have enjoyed being a member of many boards in our community.

Two years ago I joined the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board where we raise money in order to hire more teachers. I cannot recall a board that I have participated in that has such drive, energy, creativeness and life.

This is the most fun that I have had raising money, and it’s for our schools. When I contemplate why this is so, it’s an easy answer. We are raising money for our children, we are investing in their future, which is our future. We are investing in building community and building the foundation for strong real estate values by having the most competitive school environment in the state.

We all need to donate, we need to invest, it’s worth it to everyone in our community whether you have kids in school or not. Invest in Success!

Justin Harnish

Lake Oswego

West End Building should be kept by city

(The following is an open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council.)

I recently had an opportunity to tour the West End Building. Not all of it, but enough to convince me once again that that city would be making a grave error if it chooses to sell that building. It can solve some pressing problems Lake Oswego is currently facing, ie. relocating our beloved but vastly overcrowded library and replacing the rapidly-deteriorating city hall.

1— The WEB, just off Boones Ferry and Kruse Way, is at the center of the city’s population, easily accessible by car or bus to all neighborhoods.

2 — There is ample parking in place for both city and library activities.

3 — The 14-acre site provides abundant land for future expansion, if needed, as well as the proposed facilities building.

4 — Retrofitting and upgrading the WEB for city use would seem to be less expensive than purchasing suitable property and replacing both the city hall and library facilities.

In addition, selling the strategically located property currently occupied by city hall — and the library — could certainly help offset the cost of purchasing the WEB and bringing it up to code.

Barbara Eden

Lake Oswego

Hazardous trees on Old River Road

I’ve been running, walking and biking on Old River Road in Lake Oswego for (more than) three decades. Lately, I’ve become concerned about the number of trees dying due to the ivy infestation.

Ivy now engulfs the majority of these trees. Many are smothered in ivy, which has grown to or very near their tops. They will eventually die, rot and fall. This creates a serious hazard for the large number of people that use this route for their daily exercise.

There is a very tall tree with a dead top right at the curve in the road. I also saw an ivy-choked tree top which had recently fallen at the edge of the road.

I do not use Old River Road on windy days. I hope this situation will be remedied before someone is seriously injured.

Jerry Andersen

West Linn

Tree wasn’t invasive

After an eight-year wait I finally succeeded in getting a white oak and white European birch on the Heritage designation.

Recently I have had to write about the breakdown of Lake Oswego Tree City values.

For Arbor Week, please allow me to memorialize a recent tree event. My hope in telling this true story is that Oswegans will be more attentive and vocal as to what’s happening to our diminished verdant landscape.

First Addition welcomes Trooper, my beagle, and I each weekend and holidays for our memorial walk, one of those pleasant reminders of days past when Mom enjoyed it. Near the library’s roundabout entry at Fourth and C next to house 606, the villainy occurred.

On the lot stood a healthy, ancient maple and an evergreen. Signs posted by the city indicated an evergreen removal. But some righteous soul in the city decided to furtively change things. A maple was invasive, who cared if it was growing centuries ago? So this fine specimen became the victim. In its place, hogging the entire lot is a huge architecturally distinct home. The operative word is huge.

Each time I pass by I mourn the tree. Why? Aside from its aged beauty it signifies a self-righteous mentality. The species that’s invasive isn’t the maple or even my beloved birch. It’s humans like the individual who subjects us to their blindness.

Ann Lackey

Lake Oswego

Help given on a rainy dayby: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Arthur Martin and Bill Patton helped stage a clean-up event in the Red Fox Hills near Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

We had 12 neighbors from Red Fox Hills participate in a yard cleanup on Saturday, April 5.

One of our neighbors recently passed away and after being ill for a while, her yard was in desperate need of some tender care. Despite a rainy dreary morning, several people from the neighborhood worked a couple of hours and made some great progress.

Arthur Martin donated his truck and trailer so we could get the debris off the property. (My wife) Marcy (and I) planned the event and provided coffee food and water.

Bill Patton

Red Fox Hills (near Tryon Creek State Natural Area)

Parkinson Awareness Month is in April

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, helping bring much-needed attention to this chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects movement, speaking and cognitive function. Between 500,000 and 1.5 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, myself included, and it is important that we use this month to celebrate, commemorate and educate the public and our officials about Parkinson’s and the need for better treatments and a cure.

I want to encourage Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer to support biomedical research that can lead to better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s. Their leadership is important to me and the entire Parkinson’s community.

Yesterday, the Senate, led by Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), passed S. Res. 408, declaring April Parkinson’s Awareness Month. We are thrilled that the Senate continues to support Parkinson’s awareness and PAN’s mission to find better treatments and a cure.

I would like to thank the following mayors for proclaiming their towns (acknowledge) Parkinson’s Awareness Month:

Shane T. Bemis, mayor of Gresham

Charlie Hales, mayor of Portland

Tim Knapp, mayor of Wilsonville

Jeff Gudman, council president of Lake Oswego

Doug Neeley, mayor of Oregon City

Kevin Mansfield

Oregon State Director for Parkinson’s Action Network

Portland

‘Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in nation’

From April 7 to 9, more than 800 people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and advocates from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 26th-annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. Representing millions of people impacted by Alzheimer’s across the country, they will appeal to members of Congress for action on Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and 15.5 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate, it is my honor to play a role in addressing this rapidly growing health crisis.

Why am I participating in Alzheimer’s advocacy? Both my parents died of Alzheimer’s disease, my father in July 1998 and my mother in November 1999. I can tell you from first-hand experience that losing loved ones to Alzheimer’s is heartbreaking for the family.

After my father, Don Brewsaugh, died, my mother, Esther Brewsaugh, could barely grasp the fact of his death, much less retain this knowledge. Some people thought it was a kindness for her to forget that her husband of 60 years had died. To me it seemed the worst cruelty. Mom would look at Daddy’s empty chair and ask us, “Where’s Don? Did Don die?” then dissolve into inconsolable weeping — only to go through the same process maybe an hour later. And again. And again. All day, every day, over and over again, for months and months, Mom was forced to go through the acute grief and shock of learning — as if for the first time — of daddy’s death. We, her four daughters, were powerless to comfort her.

And as the daughters of two Alzheimer’s sufferers, my three sisters and I are, of course, also very anxious about what the future may hold for us.

In addition to the human toll, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive condition in nation, costing $214 billion a year. Nearly one in every five dollars spent by every year.

It is only through adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

To learn how you can get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s, visit alz.org.

Christy Brewsaugh

Eagle Creek



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