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Two more local Eagle Scouts!

The two new Eagle Scouts.Editor, Two Boy Scouts from Troop 113 have been honored for completing the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. An individual "Eagle Court of Honor" was held for each of them on May 22 and on June 14 at the Sellwood meeting house of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friends, family, and supporters from the community gathered to honor Hyrum Yeates, who just completed his sophomore year at Cleveland High School, and Hunter Key, a graduating senior from Cleveland High School. Hunter Key was also nominated to the Air Force Academy in Colorado and has already begun his training there.

Yeates joined scouting in Seattle in 2011 while in third grade, and has continued in Scout Packs and Troops ever since. He continued with Cub Scouts in Salt Lake City, and then joined Pack 113 in Portland. He transitioned into Troop 113 in 2014. In addition to earning 29 merit badges, Yeates completed his Eagle Scout project in March 2018 at Camp Kilowan outside of Dallas, Oregon [just west of Salem]. He organized an effort to rebuild dilapidated bleachers at the camp.

Key has been a member of Pack and Troop 113 since he joined scouting in 2009. In addition to earning more than 30 merit badges, Key completed his Eagle Scout project in February 2019 at Winterhaven School in the Brooklyn neighborhood. A graduate of Winterhaven School himself, Key recruited a crew to construct a large trellis for the school's learning garden.

Celeste Yeates

via e-mail

Maintaining Westmoreland Park

Editor,

Westmoreland Park is a jewel in our neighborhood. How many neighborhoods can claim a park with a stream in which you can see beavers, river otters, and salmon? Never mind the athletic fields, walking trails, play area and picnic facilities! Although the city has neither the money nor the personnel to keep up with all the maintenance demands of such a large heavily used park, there has been no organized neighborhood group to lend a hand ... until now.

Last August, with the help of SMILE and the Sellwood-Moreland Natural Amenities Committee [SNAC], Friends of Westmoreland Park was created. If you enjoy pulling invasive plants to help restore the Crystal Springs watershed, or raking the sand of the playground to keep it safe, or just picking up litter, please join us! We meet on the last Tuesday of every month, May through October, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Join us at the picnic table nearest to the playground. Bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, and your favorite gardening tool. (Actually tools are not really necessary, as we will provide several.)

The neighborhood is remarkably blessed with easy access to parks and natural beauty that would be the envy of any city. Help preserve that blessing while getting a little sun, a little exercise, and a lot of good company. Join us at the park!

Ruth Kaser

S.E. Marion Street

Eastmoreland events on YouTube

Editor:

Our Eastmoreland neighborhood has recently had a couple of fun events, and we've captured them on video on YouTube for everyone's enjoyment.

At the "Save the Giants" celebration [see article in this issue of THE BEE], organizer Arthur Bradford recited the story of how the of the mighty Sequoias were saved from destruction, and neighbors celebrated with food and music. Go online to – youtu.be/JXQyAt6Fyg8

That same weekend, the annual Eastmoreland Garage Sale was taking place, with nearly 100 households participating. We looked at dozens of sales, and maybe you'll see yours in the video – youtu.be/sgLJRfUKxZM

Presented and produced by your Eastmoreland neighbors, at www.eastmoreland.org

Bert Sperling

via e-mail

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