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Don Newell shares about Grace Church's longtime generosity and current need, while Paul Ylvisaker says football games are not about 'your boom booms.'

Grace Church needs community help

To the editor:

With Grace Church, (originally named Molalla Conservative Baptist Church) shortly celebrating their 50th anniversary, many of us have attended at least one event there due to the openness to our community.

With wide-open doors, the aging facilities have served well numerous times the needs of our families and friends. Not just the multiple weddings, funerals, baptisms, and church celebrations, but youth sports including T-ball, base/ softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer as well. Other community youth groups served with no fee charged include the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Frontier Girls, Awana, piano recitals, day-care graduations and small schools; even the High School Singing Christmas Tree props have been built at Grace.

Family reunion and party events readily occur as well as special community meetings, homeowners' associations, community exercise classes, and Community Choir rehearsals. Clackamas County Emergency Management and the Red Cross have also used the Church's gym as a resource for disaster relief and drilled recovery exercises for our community.

And the public is invited to use the spacious grounds as a day-time park at will.

The congregation is committed to continue supporting our broader South Clackamas County neighbors and to be available for many community needs, but with our current much smaller congregation, we need your help in keeping the aging buildings dry and warm as we address the cost of integrating new energy efficient technologies.

[If you missed the Raise the Roof Fest, but would like to contribute], contact the church office at 503-829-5568, stop by, or visit GraceChurchMolalla.net.

Don Newell

Molalla

Football games are not about the 'boom booms'

To the editor:

I'm quoting the core value statements from our city, school district, and mine. The City of Canby "adheres to the highest standard of honesty, ethical conduct and accountability." "We are committed to" … "outreach to engage all segments of the community." The "School District promotes nondiscrimination and an environment free of harassment based on an individual's" … "disability" … "or age in its programs and activities." I believe in the Golden Rule.

Our City Administrator sent a letter to our School Superintendent requesting that the district stop using fireworks that have "an explosive component," but suggested fireworks "without the percussive component" might be better. Our mayor called this request an "appropriate ask." The School District ignored the request. This seems to negate their core values. They do not have a variance from mine.

The school district said "though it is not a complete solution," … "Western Fireworks already donated" … "the least percussive fireworks available." These are the same fireworks from last year that disrupted our neighborhood and still does. The district members I met with said that they will try to find a less percussive firework. The next home game will tell.

The event is a football game. It's because of a coach and a team that has worked hard and earned their place on the team. It isn't about more of your boom booms. It is about pride in a school and the students, not more of your boom booms. Take your boom booms that seem to be "more on" for you and make them "more off" for us. They stink!

The City Administrator and our Mayor made the right call. I have faith that the city council agrees with them. Stand firm in your statements.

I've heard enough platitudes.

Paul Ylvisaker

Canby


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