Local news in brief
Whooping cough reported at WLHS
On Nov. 7 the Clackamas Community Health Division released a statement citing a case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, at West Linn High School.
A highly contagious respiratory infection, pertussis is spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat and symptoms develop within seven to 10 days after contracting the illness, according to CCHD.
Health officials warn that anyone is susceptible to pertussis, even if they have been vaccinated against the infection because the vaccination loses its potency over time, requiring reimmunization through a booster shot of "T dap" later in life.
For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis.
Speakers address climate crisis
An evening of speakers addressing the climate crisis will be held Dec. 2 at Unitarian Church, 710 6th St., Oregon City. The keynote speaker is Linda Blue, a trained climate reality leader.
Adopt a slice of Oregon beach
SOLVE, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, has launched a new Oregon Adopt-a-Beach program on the Oregon coast to support ongoing beach cleanups throughout the year. SOLVE currently is seeking groups or individuals who would like to adopt their favorite stretch of beach and serve as volunteer caretaker of it.
Adopt-a-Beach allows for community members to step up and take care of an area that is special to them. The Adopt-a-Beach program is an effort to keep beaches clean of litter and marine debris, which threatens coastal communities year-round. Program participants choose a beach, clean their adopted stretch at least three times a year for at least two years, and report their results back to SOLVE.
SOLVE support includes free cleanup supplies, a leader handbook, ongoing project guidance, and disposal assistance. All participants will receive a certificate of adoption and recognition on the SOLVE website.
Republican announces candidacy
Ron Garcia of West Linn announced his candidacy for the the Representative of District 37 in Oregon's House of Representatives. District 37 covers West Linn and parts of Tualatin. Garcia, a republican, is a Portland area property manager, owning the Garcia Group, which oversees about 600 rental properties in Metro area. He is also president of the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon, which represents around 2,000 landlords Democrat Rachel Prusak currently serves as the representative for District 37 and has since she was elected in 2018. "I am eager to address the needs of our West Linn and Tualatin communities and I want you to know that I am willing and able to add your voice to the greater dialogue of decency in public policy," Garcia stated in a press release. District 37 will be up for election again in 2020.
Training program comes to Rosemont
Providence's Heart to Start 5K training program is coming to West Linn. Starting Nov. 26, runners and walkers are invited to Rosemont Ridge Middle School for weekly group workouts every Tuesday. The workouts are free and led by a Providence Heart Institute clinicians. The 12-week program leads up to a goal race for each participant, a half marathon, 10K or 5K. To learn more about the program, visit www.hearttostart.org.
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