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A royal court, and old couch, a bent fender, a summer spent reading (and drawing!) and, of course, the state of our city

Old Time Fair Court open house set

Do you know an eighth-grade girl who stands out in the community and loves tradition? An open house for West Linn teens interesting in finding out more about the West Linn Old Time Fair Court program will be held Jan. 27, from 6-7 p.m. at the Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Road. If you are unable to attend but want more information call Terri Jones, 503-742-6045.

Don't forget your 2018 free trash pick-up

Got junk? Don't forget that residents of West Linn are allowed one scheduled extra pickups in every calendar year. Use yours to dispose of appliances, mattresses, carpet or up to five cans of trash. Customers do have limits, including two appliances or two large bulky items or five e-waste items. Call 503-557-3900 to schedule a pickup at least week in advance.

New Oregon driver laws in place

Beginning Jan. 1 Oregon implemented several new laws affecting drivers. The damage threshold was raised to $2,500, fender benders with damage under that amount do not need to report it, unless there is an injury or damage to other property.

Drivers are now required by move over to another lane or slow down by at least five miles per hour for any vehicle stopped next to the road displaying hazard lights or any sign of distress.

Also, drivers are allowed to black out the address on their registration card and proof of insurance carried in their vehicle, to ensure privacy.

And a licensed Oregon driver will not need to take a drive test to receive an endorsement on their license to drive some three-wheeled motorcycles. Under Senate Bill 36, this change applies only to three-wheeled vehicles that operate much like a four-wheeled car.

Teen library art contest launches

Teens ages 12-18 can enter LINCC Summer Reading Program art contest through Feb. 11. They can create up to two entries using the theme "Libraries Rock!" Entries must be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, with no words. The winner will receive a $100 prize and have their image on all promotional material. Go to westlinnoregon.gov/library/2018-lincc-teen-art-contest to find submission guidelines.

West Linn State of the City

Mark your calendars for Feb. 26, when Mayor Russ Axelrod welcomes the community to the State of the West Linn Address. The event will be held at West Linn Public Library, beginning at 6 p.m.

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