East County News Briefs - Slow down for students
Slow Down: School is back in session
Drivers across East Multnomah County need to slow down and be vigilant as students make their way back to in-person learning for the start of the new school year.
Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds, Centennial and Corbett schools are all back in session, so drivers need to be alert to children walking or biking. And in school safety zones, marked by signs and sometimes flashing lights, be sure to slow down and follow all rules of the road.
Gresham VFW Auxiliary lays wreaths across America
A new partnership in Gresham will allow local residents to honor fallen soldiers across the country.
The Gresham VFW Auxiliary Post 180 has become a local sponsor of Wreaths Across America. By going online to wreathsacrossamerica.org/OR0064P or by visiting the VFW booth at the Gresham Farmers Market on Saturdays this month, people can purchase wreaths to be laid on veterans' graves at Willamette National Cemetery or any of the other 2,500 participating cemeteries.
A basic wreath is $15. They can also be purchased in pairs — one for the cemetery and one as a gift to be sent to someone.
Calling all Wood Village vets
Wood Village veterans are invited to a ceremony next week celebrating the grand unveiling of the new City Hall and Civic Center.
The veterans will specifically dedicate the newly planted Veteran's Garden at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at City Hall, in Donald L Robertson Park, 24300 N.E. Halsey St.
The garden is a way to celebrate the city's past — Wood Village was initially built to house aluminum factory workers during World War II.
Gresham extends fireworks ban
The Gresham fireworks ban has been extended again to ensure the dry conditions and hot temperature don't spark a devastating wildfire.
The ban now runs through Friday, Sept. 17. It was initially enacted on July 1.
Because the ban is done via emergency declaration, it must be reviewed every two weeks by Gresham City Council. Report fireworks by calling the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333. Gresham Police may issue fines up to $2,500 for violating the ban.
Gobbling turkey in Wood Village
Wood Village is bringing back a tasty event thanks to its popularity last year.
The city is hosting its second-ever Turkey Drive, which will offer food boxes to those in need based on an application process.
Applications will open in October on a first-come, first-serve basis, and Wood Village residents will be given priority. Non-residents will be placed on a waitlist and will be contacted based on supply.
Visit WoodVillageOR.org or follow @WoodVillageOR on Facebook for updates.
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