Send the News-Times your nominations for people you think represent the best the Forest Grove community has to offer.

In these times, we can all use a hero or two (or three).

Not Superman, or Spider-Man or Wonder Woman, but real-life people (without capes!) who work every week to make our communities better — whether they foster sustainability, help folks who are homeless or come up with an idea that benefits hundreds who live in western Washington County.

The 2016 Hometown Heroes featured in the News-Times last year and honored during the annual Corn Roast event at Pacific University were Linda Taylor, Brian Schimmel and Marcia Andrew-Camacho.

Taylor is a retired Forest Grove librarian who now helps spread the joy of reading through her bookmobile. Schimmel is the community outreach coordinator for Sonrise Church. And Andrew-Camacho, an educator, has worked tirelessly as an advocate for Latino students.

Now it's your turn to nominate a hero. We're looking for a volunteer or community servant who has made a significant contribution to Forest Grove. The official News-Times Hometown Hero ballot is out, and nominations are due Wednesday, Aug. 9.

This year we have asked a panel of heroes to act as our judges for the Hometown Hero awards, including Forest Grove Police officers and firefighters who will review nominations and select our honorees for 2017.

You can nominate a hero by visiting our Facebook page,, or by filling out the ballot that appears in the paper today on Page 18 and sending it to: 2038 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove OR 97116. Be sure to include your contact information on the form so we may contact you for additional information.

We're looking forward to learning about the heroes in your life!

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