Business owner thanks community partners

To the editor:

I have been living in Woodburn for more than 40 years and it has become my home away from home.

Becoming a citizen of the United States and being a small business owner has always been my dream. My business was established in 1988, 25 years ago.

I wish to publicly thank all those merchants who have advertised with me throughout the years: Abby’s Pizza, Theodore Ahre, Flomer’s Furniture, Webb Chiropractic Clinic, Woodburn Vision, Legacy Financial, Woodburn Ambulance, Long Bros. Building Supply, Purdy’s Car Wash, Hubbard Chevrolet, Voget Meats, Ferrier Creek, Smiles Dental, Case Automotive, Yes Graphics, Topaz Bistro and Donavant Massage.

I also wish to thank The Estates, Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce and Hallmark Realty.

Without their help, I could not have succeeded. Thank you and happy holidays.

Traudel Krausche

Woodburn Welcome Service

Lack of Veterans Day participation not a race issue

To the editor:

This is a response to last week’s letter to the editor regarding the Veterans Day Celebration at Belle Passi (“Belle Passi not too belle on Veterans Day”).

I believe that the whole overview of this letter should have been to inform people of how we have to come together as a community. I was very disappointed with how the writer turned this situation into a race issue. We live in the 21st century, so terms like “of dark skin” should no longer be used. It sounds racist, period.

Second I was enraged that the writer tried to place blame on the Hispanic people in Woodburn for not coming out to show support. There is a diversity of people in Woodburn — there was no need for putting down Hispanics when overall as a community we have to come together and support all of our local causes and events.

All I ask is that next time the writer realizes that when we want to bring together a community the worst thing is to point out people because of their race.

Maybe next time let’s promote and encourage our community to be more involved, especially because most times people don’t always realize there are events going on that we can all support.

It doesn’t help to just place blame on Hispanics and people who work for the city.

Judy Baltazar


Local auxiliary asks for support of VA Hospital gift shop

To the editor:

Rather than running off to do early gift-shopping this Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a plan to show real thanks to the men and women who have defended our country but consequently needed to be hospitalized.

At the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Portland, Saturday signals the first day of the Gift Shop for patients who can’t get away to Christmas shop for their family members and loved ones. Since 1939, the Oregon American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored this shop to thank our injured veterans.

At noon, the State Legion Commander Mike Morris and Department of Oregon American Legion Auxiliary President Ginny Williams together will “cut the ribbon” to the entry of the auditorium: the Gift Shop opening! That’s where unit members from throughout the state have donated hundreds of gifts from which the patients may select three gifts for family members and one for themselves to celebrate Christmas.

More than 400 shoeboxes have already been pre-wrapped by Aurora Unit #110 members, especially Vie Anderson, Beverlee Koutny, Tonya Mathias and Suzy Mulbey, as well as other auxiliary members in the greater Portland area.

When a veteran selects his family gifts, they are placed into pre-wrapped shoeboxes, tied up and handed to the vet in a bag.

If some gifts need to be mailed, the volunteers do that, too.

Christmas of 2012, Anderson lamented that volunteers ran out of the pre-wrapped boxes, which took time away from assisting the 500-some patients and outpatients who shopped.

Oregon’s American Legion Auxiliary members provide this free shopping week through next Thursday to say how grateful we are for your defense.

Merry Christmas!

Mary Lou Burke

PR chair, Aurora Unit 110, American Legion Auxiliary

VFW spaghetti dinner a success

To the editor:

The Canby-Aurora VFW 6057 Post/Auxiliary wishes to thank the Woodburn Independent for all the announcements of our very successful Spaghetti Dinner last Saturday.

“Thankful for our veterans” and honoring the Korean War veterans on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the cease fire agreement were our themes for the dinner.

Old friends and new came from the Woodburn area and everyone had great fun winning raffle and door prizes, singing happy birthday to the September, October and November celebrants and eating cake during the evening.

Our veterans were honored and remembered as they all stood up to be recognized according to their branch of service.

Everyone was reminded by these veterans that freedom is not free and it is they that should be thanked for our freedoms we have today.

For these blessings, we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

John Lance, commander

Lisa White, auxiliary president

Canby-Aurora VFW 6057 Post

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