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Road work to start on Country Club Road; Wagner to chair Senate Education Committee; Local Boy Scouts will recycle your tree

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - Closures and traffic pattern changes will impact a busy stretch of Country Club Road during a construction and repaving project expected to begin during the week of Jan. 7.

Road work to start on Country Club Road

Construction for utility and pavement improvements on Country Club Road between 10th Street and the Six Corners intersection of Iron Mountain Boulevard, C Avenue and Bayberry Road is scheduled to begin next week and is expected to take six to eight months to complete.

Not only is the pavement on Country Club Road in need of repair, City officials say, but all of the major utilities from 10th Street to the Six Corners intersection are beyond repair and need replacement or upgrading. Fire protection is also substandard along that section of Country Club Road, so fire hydrants will be installed to bring it up to current code.

The project will cause significant traffic changes 24/7 in the heavily traveled corridor through at least early summer, City officials say:

-- Country Club Road will be reduced to two lanes of traffic — one travel lane in each direction — and traffic will be shifted;

-- Stop signs will be temporarily removed for eastbound and westbound traffic on Country Club Road at both Six Corners and 10th Street;

-- Tenth Street, C Avenue and the northbound leg of Iron Mountain Boulevard will be closed at Country Club Road; and

-- Traffic speed will be reduced to 25 mph.

Drivers should expect significant delays while the work is underway, City officials say, and use alternate routes if possible. For more information, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-534-5299.

Wagner to chair Senate Education Committee

WAGNERState Sen. Rob Wagner of Lake Oswego has been named to chair the Senate Education Committee by Senate President Peter Courtney.

In addition, Wagner will serve on the budget-writing Joint Committee on Ways and Means and co-chair the Ways and Means SubCommittee on General Government (which sets budgets for a variety of government functions) when the Legislature convenes later this month in Salem.

"This is an exciting time in Oregon's history to chair the Senate Education Committee," says Wagner, who is also a member of the Lake Oswego School Board. "It's not good enough to fix a few things in education and call it good. We are looking for nothing short of an educational transformation in this state. We have a Student Success Committee that's been touring the state and talking to people in all kinds of communities about supporting students."

Wagner was appointed in early 2018 to replace Sen. Richard Devlin in Senate District 19 and was easily elected to his first full term in the November general election. Before running for office, he spent a decade lobbying on behalf of Oregon teachers, faculty, health care workers and academic support professionals. Most recently, he served as associate vice president of college advancement at Portland Community College, overseeing community outreach and working to secure student scholarship funding.

Local Boy Scouts will recycle your tree

Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Lake Oswego Boy Scout Troop 230 announced this week that Scouts will recycle those trees Jan. 5-6 at a drive-up operation in the Yakima Products parking lot at 4101 Kruse Way.

Trees will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Tree recycling is the primary fundraiser for Troop 230. Donations support troop activities, upgrades to worn-out equipment and summer camp scholarships for Scouts in need. The suggested donation is $8 per tree and $6 per wreath. Cash and checks made out to Troop 230 will be accepted.

"The annual fundraiser is a win-win for our troop and the community," said Tom Lofton, scoutmaster of Troop 230. "Scouts improve their teamwork skills and learn the importance of funding for the troop. Recycling with Troop 230 reduces the number of dumped trees on public land in Lake Oswego and reduces fire danger from dried-out trees."

For more information about Troop 230, visit

— The Review

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