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Thousands of names appear in our pages each year, often attached to memorable quotes. These were our favorites of 2018.

"I just like the idea of people really living their passions. And that's what I love the most about small towns and small businesses is that these people are living their dreams, and to have a part in making their dreams happen, I treasure that." — Rae Gordon, Historic Willamette Main Street manager manager.

"What we're really trying to do is bring a lot of awareness to the fact that beavers are back." — Ken Worcester, Parks and Recreation Director, describing a new beaver education program.

"It was 'Take your life in your hands and a pint of blood and clear it out,'" — Sandy Carter, resident and volunteer, remembering the process of clearing the area out for the mosaic sign at West Linn's gateway.

"Many people are in this for the scholarship money but I am in this because I want to make a change in the world." — Emily Fogg, WLHS student discussing efforts to raise funds for cancer research.

"I got very exhausted during that song so I was trying to keep breathing; trying to make sure I don't weeze; trying to just sing the song out." — Brice Brown, Karaoke Friday participant at WLHS.

"She may not live in West Linn, but she is a part of it." — Susan Rafetto, on a fundraising effort for fellow bus driver Lorrie Watts.

"I believe the community deserves to know the truth about their elected officials and the lack of accountability over serious misconduct." — Emily Smith, local resident who accused city councilor of harassment.

"I'm thinking drug use may have been involved because he couldn't stay still in the bushes and we saw him." — Officer Jeff Halverson describing the arrest of metal scrappers in West Linn.

"I'm hoping, just let us old people just die and blow away, and maybe the young people will take over and change it." — Ike Wilkenfeld, resident who attended racism talk hosted by West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community.

"This is a monument; this is a story within itself." — volunteer Mike Watters describing an antique piano donated to the McLean House.

"Are we really going to come to a time where not only do we think our kids need to have their own phones, but our kids also need to have their own cars?" — City Councilor Teri Cummings, on the student parking issue at WLHS.

"We will stand for those who have fallen." — WLHS student Shay Hicks at a walkout to raise awareness of gun violence.

"Wake up and take notice, because this is like a runaway train," — City Council President Brenda Perry on tolling.

"I wear shorts, I drive the tractor and I have a well-behaved poodle.That combination makes me stand out." — Don Kingsborough, winner of the 2017 Robert Moore Award for community service.

"It's a mystery to me as well as to you." David Emami, former developer describing apartments in West Linn that had yet to open.

"It feels like walking into a dark room, applying to colleges, and you really don't know what to expect." — WLHS student Anisha Arcot, who was accepted at six of eight Ivy League schools.

"They were speaking a little condescending to us, and not taking us as seriously as they should." — Noah Juarez, Youth Advisory Council member describing City Council liaisons.

"Sometimes you saying hello to that one kid in class who's always in the back corner, having a conversation with them and actually caring about them — not just making it seem like you care about them — can make a difference tenfold of what is ever going to happen to them in high school." — Anthony Varga, 2018 Amazing Kid from West Linn.

"I hope that whoever replaces me will remember that their responsibility is to all of West Linn and not just their supporters." — Brenda Perry, announcing she would not seek a second term.

"You've got memory threads, documentary threads, picture threads — as you put them all together, they just create this person." — Marla Gaarenstroom, volunteer who has spent years researching the famed Maddax family.

"She's got three brothers; we've been tattin' them all over."

"Slime is all the rage."

— Elizabeth Orth, parent describing the Stafford Primary marketplace

"I can tell you that taking another person's life is not a normal thing to do. It's not. It's not fun. It doesn't just go away. That's not something you ever forget." — new Police Chief Terry Kruger responding to community concerns about officer-involved shootings.

"It's like, 'Finally I don't have to sit on the sidelines anymore.'" — Laura Schwerin, volunteer describing reaction to girls being allowed to join local Boy Scout troop.

"She'd want goodness to be connected to this whole thing that happened to her, instead of leaving this big pain." — Lesley Arle, mother of woman who was killed in murder-suicide incident, reflecting on a blueberry sale held in her daughter's honor.

"It's not a partisan issue — it's a checkbook issue." — House Rep. Julie Parrish on tolls.

"I wanted little white-haired old ladies who could prove how great they really are." — Travis Ferguson, writer and director who filmed a 'sizzle reel' teaser for his sitcom at West Linn Adult Community Center.

"Are you kidding me, you want to have a vote on whether we put a flyer out?" — Mayor Russ Axelrod expressing frustration to another city councilor.

"We can learn by reading and listening, but we will fully understand so much more if we experience what we learn; if we involve our eyes, ears, mouths and hands in the learning process." – Todd Jones, WLHS teacher who was runner up for 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year award.

"God will call me soon enough but I don't plan on making it easy for Him." — resident Alice Richmond after suffering a stroke.

"I have a strategy and my strategy is to hide." — Sean Shevlin, WLHS teacher who participated in a Fortnite tournament.

"I saw police lights ahead of me, and all of a sudden I saw galloping feet." — Patti Obana describing the scene when a horse escaped its home and ran down Willamette Falls Drive.


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