See our tribute to all the things we love about our communities inside the April 26 issue of the West Linn Tidings

We are Hometown ProudThere's a lot about West Linn Historical Society's Living History Tour that makes board member Danny Schrieber proud. The widespread community involvement, the unique nature of the event and the accolades given to everyone involved, to name just a handful.

For Marla Gaarenstroom, little Goat Island in the Willamette River offshore of West Linn's Maddax Woods Park was inspiration for an annual event she's very proud to be a part of — a Heron Watch celebrating a large and unique great blue heron rookery.

There are myriad reasons why West Linn and the neighboring communities of Lake Oswego and Wilsonville are special places to live, work and play. All are remarkable communities, with distinctive features that make every resident, in turn, proud to call it home: vibrant business districts, beautiful parks and open spaces, best-in-the-state schools, unique cultural events and more.

Today, we pay tribute to some of those organizations, places and people — in our annual Perspective magazine, which you'll find inside today's newspaper. It's just one more reason, we believe, to feel "hometown proud," and we think you'll agree.

— The Tidings

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