Sept. 18, 2013

MHS Robotics thanks the community for its help with the FIRST Tech Challenge

To the editor:

The Molalla High School Robotics Club and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) members, Team 5565, The Doctors, and Team 6560, The Doctor’s Companions, wish to send a big THANK YOU to the many community partners and individuals who helped make our state-wide robotics tournament kick-off event hosted at MHS such a big success.

Thank you to Molalla Communications Company for your generous donation of money for concessions and for posting information about the event on your reader board.

Thank you, Molalla Pioneer, for publishing a great article about the event. Many community members saw the announcements and were able to attend with their children thanks to you!

Thank you, Molalla River School District, for your support with the press release and color printing for our school flyers.

We appreciate Mr. Dalton, principal of Molalla High School, and Daniel Haworth in technical support, who generously offered their time running errands to make the event go smoothly.

We especially wish to thank the newest addition to robotics in Molalla, our middle-level team competing in FIRST Lego League, the Molalla Minions! They brought their robotics competition table and robots to the event and spent the entire day sharing their skills with the community.

In a demonstration of our league’s core value of gracious professionalism, Washington County 4-H FTC Team 4855 Batteries in Black, World Championship Finalists and Edison Division Winners drove out to Molalla to set up the live-streaming for the kick-off to be viewed throughout the state.

Without the many team members, parents, and volunteers our robotics event would not have been possible.

We appreciate the support of the event organizers from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) and For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) who chose Molalla as one of three kick-off event hosts in the state!

For more information, please see:

Emily Briley

MHS Robotics Coach

Molalla paramedics gave courteous service

To the editor:

Just a heartfelt “Thank you for being there” to our Molalla Fire Department and paramedics, who came to our rescue Sept. 11, at our home.

Molalla paramedics arrived within minutes, providing prompt and courteous service. They responded with care, concern and companion, second to none. All the young men were professional, clean-cut and well-mannered. They worked as a team to resolve the situation enough to make for a much safer drive to the emergency room at the hospital. Just the peace of mind, knowing needed help was located in our town, made all the difference to us at day.

We are all very blessed to have such necessary professionals here in our small community, that otherwise would have us relying solely on outside sources much farther away.

Thank you, Molalla, for keeping and supporting our local fire department and paramedics so that they may always take care of all of us when needed. They are the “everyday heroes” who deserve our applause and recognition whenever we see them in town.

Julie A. Larsen


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