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The "Gone to Ghana" story


I have an additional comment to make regarding the February BEE article about the Sellwood couple who goes to Ghana for volunteer work. I, too, am a Better Bone and Balance class participant who attended Lisa Revell and David Stone's presentation.

I am deeply grateful to make donations to this small local nonprofit, as 100% of the donation goes directly to people in need, and the value of a dollar is many, many times more in Ghana.

I had been looking for such an organization that worked in collaboration with a local African community to meet basic needs. Three years ago, when I learned of the Yakote Women's Farmers Association through Lisa's calendar, I became an annual contributor. As the community has regular needs, I have a regular privilege to make a difference.

I encourage all to enjoy this opportunity. Donations can be sent to Yakote Women Farmers, 1110 S.E. Flavel Street, Portland, OR 97202. You may use Paypal or a credit card online –

Sandy Hall-Behrens

via e-mail

Multnomah County Fair – Memorial Day weekend!


Local gardeners, photographers, cooks, artists, and craftspersons – all are invited to show their work at the upcoming Multnomah County Fair. The Fair will be held three days only – on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, once again at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood.

Competitions will again be offered in art, crafts, floral and garden, foods, needlecraft, and photography categories. Exhibits will vie for ribbons and monetary awards. Youth exhibits will be judged based on age of the participant. Entries in all these categories will be accepted from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, in the historic Oaks Park Dance Pavilion.

For additional information regarding the fair and to access the exhibitor handbook, go online – – or phone 503/737-4921

Larry Smith, President

Multnomah County Fair Board

Another local product distributed widely


Hello, read the article by David Ashton on "Bee Balm", great team. We're another local story, owned by a local home-grown Oregonian with an international reach called "Camamu Soap" in Sellwood. I also grew up on a house boat below Oaks Park! Check us out –

Stu Bailey

Owner, Camamu Soap – "By hand, with heart"

via e-mail

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