On Tuesday, Aug. 6, families from Colton and surrounding areas attended the Colton Volunteer Fire Department's National Night Out. During the event. Attendees had the chance to meet the local volunteer firefighters, explore fire trucks, talk with Lonny Johnson and Chris Hansen of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service-Clackamas Division to learn how communication will be provided during emergency situations.
Children had a chance to use a fire hose to "extinguish" fires. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K-9, Urban, and his handler, Deputy McCafferty, were there to interact with the public and give instruction on how the K-9 unit works.
The barbecue area was popular with everyone. After a trip to the food table, people gathered around the outdoor tables to eat and visit.
National Night Out is a community awareness movement that has been celebrated across America for over thirty years. It was founded to promote neighborhood watch and crime prevention, and has grown to promote overall community safety and neighborhood camaraderie.
"There has been a nice turnout," volunteer firefighter Geri Fraijo said. "Everyone is having a good time."
Fuji-Fest is coming
The Colton Volunteer Firefighters' Association is hosting the fourth annual Fujifest at the Colton Fire Station, 20987 South Highway 211 on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 6-10 p.m. Three bands, Mike Jordan and Virgil Lee with John VanO, Sinners Like Us and Trent Beaver will perform .
There will be plenty of food, games and raffle prizes. Seating is limited so the firefighters' association is asking that you bring your own chairs if you can. The event is free but donations will be accepted to fund the Justin Lee Fraijo Memorial Scholarship Fund a scholarship that is awarded to graduating high school students who are planning to enter emergency services or the health care fields.
This year the association is adding a new scholarship to help the volunteers of the Colton Fire Department continue educational pursuits in emergency services and healthcare.
Elwood serves up fun
The Elwood area of Colton hosted the Elwood Annual Picnic on Sunday, Aug, 12. The Colton Volunteer Firefighters brought the fire engine from the Elwood Fire Station and taught the children about the apparatus firefighters use.
The potluck table was filled with food as Elwood residents and friends filled their plates and took time to visit.
"We are a tight-knit community," event organizer Chelsea Skogan-Boyd said. "But our annual picnic is one of the only times we can all plan to get together and catch-up"
Many of the Elwood residents took the time to walk through the cemetery, which is adjacent to the picnic area, to get a little closer to the history of the area.
"Our neighbors up here respect each other," Don Newell said. "It is quiet living at its best."
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