Resident and former superintendent thanks School Resource Officer Rick Puente for his years of service

No doubt, many of us have moved from one job to another, or retired from one with little or no fanfare. Woodburn is a dynamic community and I am certain it happens here all the time. There are individuals, however, whose impact and influence on a community should not be dismissed lightly when they choose to move on; who deserve our appreciation for the service they provided. One such individual is Rick Puente.

For me, it is difficult to imagine Woodburn without Rick. For many of us, he was the face and the heart of the Woodburn Police Department.

His approachable, down-to-earth style, his sense of humor and most importantly, his unflinching dedication to making our community a better and safer place to live will be sorely missed.

As the school resource officer at Woodburn High School, his connection with students was unparalleled. From the hallways during the day to the gym and ball fields at night he was there, ensuring a safe environment for students and adults.

Rick was also active in the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce and ran the Citizen's Police Academy for small business owners. He emceed community events and was a sought-after speaker.

Rick deservedly received his share of awards and honors for the work he did, but now, when he is moving on to work in another community, is not the time to simply let him walk away without thanking him for all that he has done for this community.

So, for what it's worth: Thank you Rick. It was a pleasure knowing and working with you.

Walt Blomberg

Former Woodburn School District Superintendent


Resident thanks local emergency responders

Woodburn has a very talented group of people working for us as EMTs.

I am a fat 70-year-old man with COPD and had a terrible scary event last week. My wife called 911 and these talented and dedicated people took me and elevated me to ambulance with IV drip and O2 without tearing out my nipple rings before we knew what planet we were on!

Great job, plus my wife said they were very cute!

Thanks for being in our town.

Steve and Norma Clark


Don't forget service of veterans and wear a paper poppy

Aurora Unit #110, American Legion Auxiliary members not only look to Memorial Day but the week prior to May 29, as well. That's when Chairman Vie Anderson has arranged with Woodburn's Bi-Mart to greet shoppers from Monday to Saturday, May 22-27.

At the exit will be a table on which are small, red paper poppies, one of which Anderson and her Aurora Unit members distribute and ask you to wear in honor of U.S. military veterans.

In memoriam, it was last century following World War I that the U.S. military buried its fallen heroes near Belgium and saw, at springtime, red poppies blooming there in Flanders Fields!

By Thursday, May 25, weather permitting, the next Aurora "decoration" will be the placing of small red, white and blue American flags at the gravesites of former military who are buried at the Aurora Cemetery, just off Ehlen Road. Unit members Diane Anderson and Jan Egli will both place the flags and then remove them on Monday or Tuesday, following Memorial Day.

Back in Woodburn's Belle Passi Cemetery, Vie Anderson and unit members will once again distribute the paper poppies before American Legion Woodburn Post #46 presents its annual 10:30 a.m. service May 29, under cover, accompanied by a previously arranged fly-over.

At the finale, their Honor Guard will signal the last rites after names are read of those veterans placed to rest.

Mary Lou Burke, PR Chair

Aurora Unit #110, ALA


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