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CANBY FORD - There's always something new at Canby Ford. Stop by today!The Ford Mustang is America’s original pony car, and consumers have long admired the iconic muscle machine for its dynamic styling, elegant chassis and powerful engine options.

None of that has changed—but the 2016 Ford Mustang now comes with more standard features, bold color options and a range of hands-free technologies.

One big change is the return of hood vent-integrated secondary turn signals. Fans are calling it a throwback from Mustang’s history, and this heritage feature now comes standard for buyers of the 2016 Mustang GT.

Ford also unveiled a few new color schemes, including over-the-top racing stripes and jet black roof paneling.

When it comes to the engine, the 3.7-liter V6, 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5-liter V8 all provide the force and fire necessary to conquer the open road. That being said, keeping up with technological change has become (almost) as important as what’s under the hood, and Ford aficionados have plenty to look forward to on that front.

Engineers have been touting SYNC 3’s voice recognition system, as well as the smartphone-like touchscreen and graphic interface.

It’s also worth noting that the Mustang is one of Ford’s safest cars ever, earning five-star ratings for frontal, side and rollover collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mustang a five-star crash test rating overall.

The 2016 Ford Mustang is available now at Canby Ford. Stop by today to learn more.

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieStudent athletic programs are changing. The multi-sport student athlete—once a common sight on primary and secondary schoolyards—is being replaced by single-sport adolescent athletes.

More kids are specializing in one sport at an earlier age, and with longer seasons.

Though their dedication and hard work are to be applauded, these kids are putting themselves at increased risk for repetitive strain, fractures and other debilitating injuries, according to Wilsonville chiropractor Dr. Laura LaJoie.

The owner of Joy of Life Chiropractic says the shift from multi- to single-sport athletics reduces the amount of variety in students’ exercises and training programs. It also creates less balanced physical development.

A multi-sport athlete may run track and play basketball, soccer or tennis. In contrast, the disciplined single-sport athlete performs the same actions over and over, honing their skills but also increasing their risk.

To keep your child healthy, Dr. LaJoie recommends scheduling an immediate biomechanical evaluation to check for potential imbalances, trouble spots—and develop solutions.

“Summer is the perfect time to come in and learn about our personalized strength and conditioning programs,” says Dr. LaJoie. “We can help your athlete maintain their strength and flexibility, recover from a previous injury and minimize their risk for future injuries.”

Joy of Life Chiropractic is dedicated to providing optimal health to everyone, regardless of age or stage. So be healthy by choice, not by chance, and schedule a visit at Joy of Life Chiropractic today.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

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THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettThe home inspection is a crucial part of the house-buying process, but how you react to what’s uncovered can mean the difference between big savings, and a big headache. Use these bargaining table tips to ensure you get the best deal.

Tour problem spots. Any home inspection agent will offer to provide a written or verbal summary of their findings, but if at all possible, ask to be shown the problems in person. Seeing things firsthand will give you a better sense of how serious these trouble areas really are, and improve your bargaining position.

Ask for credit. Once your home inspector has identified potential trouble spots, approach the seller and ask them to deduct the estimated price of these repairs from their asking price. You can put these savings toward the repair costs—or use them for something more pressing.

Try for closing costs. Some sellers can be hesitant to cover the cost of repairs, but may relent to paying your closing costs. The fees charged by the lender, title company, land surveyor and local government often cost just as much as the necessary repairs.

Loose lips sink savings. If the seller knows you plan to completely renovate a problem area, they’re far less likely to offer a repair credit or pay for the needed construction themselves. Keep your poker face on, and never discuss your renovation plans within earshot of the seller or their agent.

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15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeFleas, ticks and mites are dreaded in pet-friendly households, and with good reason.

Not only can these bloodsuckers cause itching and skin problems in the short term, they can also transmit more serious diseases. Rashes and inflammation (as well as the associated scratching) increase your pet’s risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection.

Identifying and preventing fleas, ticks and mites is the key to effective parasite control. Persistent itching, and signs of skin infection (ranging from redness and raised irritation to open sores and bleeding) may indicate the presence of external parasites.

You can treat pet parasites through a number of products, including orally-administered medication, topically-applied products and flea collars. It should be noted that not every product is equally effective, and using the wrong product can be extremely harmful, even fatal, to your pet.

If you aren’t sure what parasite your pet has, or what the most effective treatment option is, consult your local veterinarian for options.

Remember that parasites can travel from pet to pet and to people within your household; if you discover an infection in one animal, it’s best to treat the whole “herd” as potential hosts. Parasite larvae can survive in the atmosphere, in your carpet—even in your pet’s bed; treating the pet’s environment is key to preventing reinfection.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

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WILSON ORTHODONTICS - Dr. Todd WilsonHave you heard about the latest DIY (do it yourself) trend? It’s dangerous, foolhardy—and completely legal.

It’s hard to believe, but according to this consumer alert put out by the American Association of Orthodontists, some people are starting to use DIY methods to self treat their crooked or gap teeth.

A quick search online pulls up hundreds of references to these so-called “quick fix” projects. Some of these solutions use things like rubber bands or dental floss, but the most outrageous involve constructing faux braces out of paper clips, or a retainer out of modeling clay.

Folks, this is crazy. You can cause extensive (and very expensive) damage to your teeth, bone and soft tissue by messing around with dental experiments.

Why? Well, for starters, orthodontists don’t just align your teeth based on aesthetics. In fact, the functionality and long-term health of your teeth is our primary concern; style always comes second. Trying to self treat misaligned teeth could very easily result in loss of the supporting tooth root, gum recession or, in the worst case, loss of teeth altogether.

Moreover, orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists with over 10 years of rigorous education. We’re professional, reliable and safe.

So take it from me: don’t experiment on your teeth. You get what you pay for, and without the help of a dental professional, you could be causing your teeth serious (if not irreparable) harm.

Wilson Orthodontics

17680 S.W. Handley St., Suite 202, Sherwood, OR 97140

3100 Haworth Ave., Suite 210, Newberg, OR 97132

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CANBY FORD - Buy American! Support Canby Ford.After a two-year hiatus, the Ford F-150 Raptor is back—with enhanced capabilities and all-new technology that make the 2017 Raptor even more of an off-road powerhouse than ever before.

It only takes a minute inside the cab to understand why the F-150 Raptor is considered to have the “DNA of a Baja race truck” by weekend racers and professional drivers alike.

The Raptor is powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine technology, which produces more thrust than the older 6.2-liter V8 engine. A 10-speed transmission ensures optimal efficiency when shifting.

A new transfer case manages power distribution between the front and back wheels, ensuring force on demand for the Raptor’s four-wheel drive. The 2017 Raptor also comes with a brand new Terrain Management System, allowing the driver to optimize engine output depending on driving conditions.

Military-strength steel and high-grade aluminium-alloy body construction allowed Ford’s engineers to shave an amazing 500 pounds off previous iterations of the Raptor. In fact, the leaner frame and increased engine capacity give the Raptor its best weight-to-power ratio ever.

The 2017 Raptor is available as both a SuperCrew and SuperCab truck. The four-door SuperCrew comes with an expanded 145-inch wheelbase, providing more legroom for passengers and storage space for gear.

The 2017 Raptor will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Sales to the public are slated to begin this fall.

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THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettThe home buying market is heating up—and fast. Chances are, your new dream home is someone else’s too. Here are five ways to distinguish your offer from the rest.

Be pre-approved. Being pre-approved is stronger than being pre-qualified. It demonstrates to the seller that you have the ability to turn your loan into a “virtual” cash offer.

Strengthen your offer. The easier the process is for the seller, the better your chances are of being accepted. You can strengthen your position by offering more than the asking price, increasing the amount of earnest money or adapting closing dates that accommodate the seller.

Address inspections and contingencies differently. Instead of waiting 15 days for a home inspection, try decreasing that time to show you are eager to move through the process. Agreeing to absorb any difference between the sale and appraisal price can also calm a nervous seller.

Consider an escalation clause. In the case of multiple offers, an escalation clause is designed to edge out competing bids by automatically raising your offer when another bid comes in. This also eliminates the risk of unnecessarily paying too much.

Write a letter. Try to make a personal connection with the seller. Let them know how special their home is to you and relate the importance of becoming the next owner. Sellers love to know who will inhabit the space they’ve called home.

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15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieLifelong health can sprout from just a few healthy choices—and those seeds can be planted today, according to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic.

She says too many people think attaining a healthy lifestyle means abrupt changes and a radical makeover. In reality, small, incremental steps are the keys to optimum health. Daily health care “maintenance” is more effective (and easier) than planning a massive switch.

Dr. LaJoie recommends starting simple: Drink more water, add a few veggies to your diet and increase your activity with a daily walk or light exercise.

Most importantly, make sure to take stock of your nervous system. If you’re suffering from continual or habitual pain that other doctors may describe as “normal,” you need to schedule an adjustment at Joy of Life Chiropractic. Headaches, back pain and the like are all common—but they are NOT normal!

“The biggest problem facing our health care system today is that the system is designed to treat problems that already exist versus obtaining and maintaining optimum health,” Dr. LaJoie explains.

Be healthy by choice, not by chance. Dr. LaJoie can help you achieve optimum health, regardless of age or stage. Call to GET CHECKED TODAY and plant more seeds for your healthy life! Call (503) 682-9596 for more info.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeThere are many reasons why it’s a great idea to bring your cat to the vet. For starters, cats are notorious for not communicating with owners when they’re feeling sick. Your vet can notice signs and symptoms that you might miss.

At the same time, early detection of a disease is paramount to a longer, more comfortable life for your feline friend. Veterinarians can help manage a cat’s pain and nutritional needs, improving their quality of life. A trip to the vet is also an opportunity to discuss your cat’s behavior, nutrition, litterbox habits, potential for parasite infections, as well as any current underlying disease they may have.

You should schedule a cat’s vet appointment at least annually for those pets that are under 10 and have no known health concerns. For elderly cats (or those with a chronic disease), we recommend scheduling an appointment at a minimum of every six months. These recommendations apply to both indoor and outdoor cats.

At Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic, we make these visits less stressful by using calming pheromones, padded tables, treats (for those who like them) and towels to hide under for shy cats.

It is important to socialize your cat from a young age so they become confident and comfortable in new surroundings. Kitten socialization classes are becoming more popular, and can be a great boon to your pet!

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

"Quick Grandpa, Bring The Money"


Diane EdwardsAs a new Nana, I understand the desire to make fun memories and give special gifts to the grandchild(ren). I also understand the world our grandchildren are growing up in is not the world we grew up in and the need for higher education and/or vocational training is almost a given.

Most parents intend on saving for their child’s college education, but with many couples starting their families later in life, they are challenged to choose between their retirement or funding college.

Check out the 4 plan options a grandparent can consider when contributing to a college fund in this month’s Money Chat article at www.eafsi.com.

Q: My husband and I are older and want to help fund our grandchild’s college fund. We are not on a tight budget but we are frugal. What are our options?

A: One idea is if you are required to take your annual required minimum distribution (RMD), and you don’t need it for your own budget, it could fund a 529 Plan. As the account owner you retain control of the account and the Plan beneficiary can be changed at any time should there be a need to do so. You can learn more at www.eafsi.com under this month’s Money Chat!

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieWater matters to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic. The Wilsonville chiropractor is celebrating proper hydration during her annual Water Week, running from April 18 to 23 next month.

Why water? Of the billions of cells that make up our bodies, each one is more than 70% water. Drinking water allows the brain to fully function, while dehydration has been linked to many challenges, such as cramping, headaches and difficulty concentrating, to name a few. For senior citizens, symptoms of dehydration are often confused with early-onset dementia.

The standards are to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water or half your body weight in water a day. Highly active individuals need to drink more than that. Coffee, soda, energy drinks and alcohol are not a substitute for a good glass of water.

If you’re not absorbing the water, Dr. LaJoie recommends adding just a pinch of sea salt to a full glass of water. Sea salt adds extra minerals without the corresponding overload of sodium chloride found in regular table salt.

“There’s a big distinction between being healthy and being ‘NOT sick,’” says Dr. LaJoie. “I’m interested in my patients’ overall health, and encouraging hydration is a big part of that.”

So remember to stay healthy by choice, not by chance. To learn more about the importance of drinking water, LIKE Joy of Life Chiropractic’s Facebook page, or visit Dr. LaJoie for an in-person consultation.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

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CANBY FORD - Stop on by Canby Ford today!Finally! America’s hardest-working men and women now have a truck that works as hard as they do—the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, available this fall from Canby Ford.

Certainly the most exciting thing about the 2017 F-Series is its all-new, military-grade backbone. The Super Duty’s fully-boxed, aluminum-alloy frame is now up to 24 times stiffer than older models, making it the market leader in towing and payload. America’s work truck is smarter and safer than ever before as well. The 2017 Super Duty can now come with as many as seven cameras, providing a truly 360-degree view of the work site, the campsite or the parking lot.

If you’ve ever struggled with hook-up of gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers, you’ll be sure to appreciate the high-mounted stop lamp camera, which Ford added to improve visibility into the cargo box. There’s also an attachable trailer camera for improved sightlines while backing up, another first for the Ford F-Series.

The 2017 Super Duty brings an array of technological upgrades too. Highlights include a blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and automatic collision warnings, as well as brand new communication and entertainment system features.

There are several options under the hood, including the 6.2-liter and 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 engine.

Canby Ford will offer the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty in 550, 450, 350 and 250 models, with pricing and financing assistance available. For more information, visit Canby Ford today!

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24315 Hwy 99E, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 266-2097

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Wilsonville's Education

May 25, 2016

Budget committee votes on 2016-17 budget

by Andrew Kilstrom
It took some time and a heated discussion, but the West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s budget committee eventually approved a proposed budget for recommendation to the school board at its…
May 24, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
CREST offering weekly veggie shares CREST is also looking for those interested in purchasing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the 2016 season. A weekly share includes many fresh…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - May 26, 2016
May 24, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - May 25, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sarah Briggler and Tristan Briggler from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…


Hanna Hartt
May 20, 2016

Sometimes goodbye is actually goodbye

by Hanna Hartt
When you think of high school seniors, you probably think of the laziness, the entitled attitude and the restlessness as June approaches. And that’s completely accurate. But most people don’t…
(Image is Clickable Link) WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - May 18, 2016
May 17, 2016

Inza R. Wood Middle School - Student All Stars - May 18, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Anthony Saccente and Cheyenne Thelaner from Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wilsonville Robotics Team 1425 Error Code Xero took second place in the Hopper division April 30 in St. Louis, Mo.
May 16, 2016

Error Code Xero makes it to quarterfinals at international championship

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville Robotics FIRST Team 1425 Error Code Xero saw its season end April 30, but not before the group of Wilsonville and West Linn high school students left their mark at the FIRST…
May 13, 2016

Wilsonville Spokesman seeking student columnists

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Wilsonville Spokesman is seeking four high-school columnists from Wilsonville High School for the 2016-2017 school year. Columnists will write columns on a rotating schedule — about once…
Lauren Burns
May 13, 2016

Sometimes studying for AP tests means taking a break

by Lauren Burns
In the midst of AP season, cramming for calculus mock exams, finishing poetry timed writes, trying to remember a year’s worth of biology, buying study books, checking grades and pulling…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Lowrie's Vegas Night was a hit with parents, who got a fun night of fun away from the kids.
May 13, 2016

Vegas Night gamble pays off for Lowrie

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Lowrie Primary PTA spent the past two years planning for the school’s “Vegas Night,” which doubled as a night of fun and the biggest fundraiser the organization has held during that span.…
Trese
May 12, 2016

Family history means something different for everyone

by Andrew Kilstrom
Editor’s note: Student Writers Advisory Group (SWAG) is made up of high school students from Wilsonville, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Riverdale High Schools. They meet once a month to…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Boeckman Creek's Baile Folklorico dancers perform a number of excited onlookers.
May 12, 2016

EVERYONE DANCES FOR CINCO DE MAYO

by Andrew Kilstrom
Cinco de Mayo was cause for celebration this past week at Wilsonville High School. Students and their families joined with teachers and community members to honor Mexican-American culture while…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - All the action of 'You Can't Take it With You' takes place in the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael family home.
May 11, 2016

WHS theater takes the stage one last time

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville High School theater students have dazzled audiences this year with performance after performance. There was “Seussical” in the fall, a fantastical trip into the various whimsical…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - May 11, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sophia Lochner and Caden Mormon from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is…
May 10, 2016

Proposed budget, bond projects highlight meeting

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville School District Budget Committee met for the first time May 2 and got its first look at the upcoming fiscal plan. This year’s West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s…
May 10, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Science fair winners The 33rd annual Intel Northwest Science Expo was held at Liberty High School Saturday, April 23, where 402 middle school students across the state competed for 256 awards.…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From left, Abby, Madi and Lisa Humphrey checkout the art work at Friday's spring show at Wilsonville High School.
May 16, 2016

WHS art department culminates year with spring showcase

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville High School hosted its first ever department-wide art spring showcase Tuesday, April 26. The event spread across the entire school, including performances from Soul’d Out, the band…
(Image is Clickable Link) WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - May 4, 2016
May 06, 2016

Inza R. Wood Middle School - Student All Stars - May 4, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Lauren Fornof and Justin Pena from Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is…
Tim Harper
May 04, 2016

The highs and lows of AP testing

by Andrew Kilstrom
It’s a beautiful day outside. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming. On days like these, kids like us shouldn’t be burning in AP Hell. Yeah. It’s about that time again, folks. The time when…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - A professional dance troupe from Mexico was a highlight of the event.
May 04, 2016

Boeckman Creek travels around the world

by Andrew Kilstrom
The inspiration for Boeckman Creek’s International Night first sprouted nearly two years ago when parent Hisako Lam noticed some differences between her children’s schooling and the education…
Derek Feldman
May 03, 2016

The wait is finally over

by Derek Feldman
All through the months of March and April, anxious seniors have been waiting to hear back from colleges. But the wait is over — decisions have been released and made. May 1 is the deadline for…

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SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Sarah Petersen says she isn't afraid to revisit an old piece, especially if she feels she's learned a new technique since that could add to an artwork.
Apr 29, 2016

Wilsonville student artist rakes in accolades

by Andrew Kilstrom
When Sarah Petersen sits down to start an artwork she doesn’t dawdle. She’s not exactly sure what will become of the canvas in front of her, but she’s confident she’ll get somewhere worthwhile…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Jennifer Reinmuth-Birch, left, identifies an invasive species for ORCA students alongside her son, Jack Haldeman.
Apr 29, 2016

ORCA students clean up Mary S. Young

by Andrew Kilstrom
Mary S. Young Park hosts hundreds of people every day during the spring and summer months, whether it’s those utilizing the dog park or others taking advantage of the nearly eight miles of…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - April 27, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Arts and Technology High School - Student All Stars - April 27, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Dylan Walker and Kim Waldman from Arts and Technology High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kohlby Liles and the rest of the Wilsonville High School Jazz Band were among the performers at Friday's Springfest
Apr 27, 2016

SPRINGFEST BRINGS TRADITION TO LIFE

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville High School enjoyed numerous performances from its talented students during its 2016 edition of Springfest. Friday, April 22, the entire Wilsonville community joined together to…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Evie Dunn, left, and Amanda Tufts analyze some compost Friday, April 22.
Apr 27, 2016

CREST, McDonald's team up for Earth Day

by Andrew Kilstrom
When Randi Ray came to CREST Director Bob Carlson about a potential partnership with her local McDonald’s restaurant he immediately jumped at the idea. While the pairing might seem somewhat…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - The WL-WV District-wide art show had something for everyone, including a room dedicated to poetry, hanging from the ceiling.
Apr 26, 2016

WL-WV District Art Show wows

by Andrew Kilstrom
The third annual West Linn-Wilsonville District Art Show was arguably the best edition yet, with perfect, sunny weather, delicious food, great music and of course impressive student artwork.…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: OREGON CONNECTIONS ACADEMY - From left, ORCA seventh-grader Mike Haldeman is joined by his learning coach and mother Jennifer Birch-Reinmuth from Wilsonville, while seventh grade advisor Kris Brown from Gresham oversees assembly of personal care kits for the homeless. Around 50 students, parents and teachers attended the event.
Apr 26, 2016

Oregon Connections Academy hosts ORCA Cares Day

by Andrew Kilstrom
Thursday, April 14, Oregon Connections Academy middle schoolers throughout the state banded together to creater personal care kits for donation to local homeless shelters. Many students…
Apr 26, 2016

WL-WV bond projects remain on schedule

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville Long-Range Planning Committee held its quarterly bond oversight meeting Wednesday, April 20 in preparation of its first quarter bond report at the May 2 school board…
Hanna Hartt
Apr 23, 2016

Sick and tired of stress

by Andrew Kilstrom
Well, I’m officially over being stressed. It probably happened a while ago, but I’ve waited until now to formally acknowledge it. Maybe the hectic nature and unwanted adrenaline of stress was…
Apr 19, 2016

West Linn-Wilsonville holds budget informational session

by Andrew Kilstrom
As the West Linn-Wilsonville School District and the State of Oregon approaches the end of the first year of their biennium, the district’s 2016-17 budget is expected to be relatively…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Part of the Wood Middle School Community and Beyond leadership team poses for a picture. From left, Caleb Wilde, Emilia Bishop, Kellym Flores, Gabriele Leon and Peyton Tolboe.
Apr 22, 2016

Seventh-graders promote community at Wood and beyond

by Andrew Kilstrom
Middle school can be a challenging time in a kid’s life. Between new school curriculum and structure — multiple classes, lockers, passing periods and letter grades among other things — and big…
Apr 21, 2016

Education Notes

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS hosts Spring Arts Showcase Tuesday, April 26, Wilsonville High School will hold a Spring Arts Showcase, with something for all types of art lovers. The Wilsonville art department is…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - The Springfest Court has worked for months to prepare their two dances for the Friday, April 22 festivities.
Apr 20, 2016

Springfest court honors past traditions

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS's Springfest takes place this Friday, April 22 @ 7:30 p.m. The Springfest court is practiced and ready to dance. pic.twitter.com/wHVQXdEcUF— WilsonvilleSpokesman (@wspokesman) April 19,…
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Apr 20, 2016

Inza R. Wood Middle School - Student All Stars - April 20, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Natalie Amay and Sam Blohn from Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
Lauren Burns
Apr 18, 2016

Wilsonville Drama Club draws inspiration for future

by Lauren Burns
Two weeks ago, Thursday, March 31, the Wilsonville Drama Club attended a three-day long theater convention in Salem for Oregon Thespian State. With five Wilsonville musical numbers qualifying…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: LILYDOODLE PHOTOGRAPHY - Wilsonville Robotics team 1425 Error Code Xero finished second at the Pacific Northwest District Championships Saturday, April 9, earning them a spot in the 2016 FRC World Championships later this month.
Apr 16, 2016

Wilsonville Robotics heads back to nationals

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville Robotics Team 1425 Error Code Xero, despite some tense moments during the Pacific Northwest District Championships, is going back to St. Louis, Mo., for the 2016 FRC World…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Students sift through a Lake Oswego creek looking for critters.
Apr 14, 2016

WL-WV students explore nature on 'safari'

by Andrew Kilstrom
While students throughout the West Linn-Wilsonville School District had April 4 off because of an inservice day, that didn’t stop many from continuing their learning with a “safari” throughout…
Apr 13, 2016

School briefs

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wood Middle School to host free document shredding event Community members are invited to bring up to 10 boxes of documents to a free and secure community-wide document shredding event sponsored…
SPOKESMAN PHOTOS: ANDREW KILSTROM - Aimee Jo Bartholomew, middle, moved into the CREST Farm site home in February. Here, CREST volunteers Andy Schrank, left, and Helena Kreb, right, help with vegetables in the greenhouse.
Apr 12, 2016

CREST Farm manager brings unique background

by Andrew Kilstrom
In true Oregon spirit the weather spent the past couple weeks teasing Oregonians with 80 degree temperatures. While the sunny days have since been replaced with traditional April showers, the…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - April 11, 2016
Apr 12, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - April 11, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sarah Frechette and Morgan Miller from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…