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Utility payment fee eliminated, Latino small business expo today, gardening workshops at fair

Forest Grove online utility payment fee eliminated

The Forest Grove City Council is absorbing the $1.25 fee that is assessed to customers every time they pay their bill online.

The online utility billing and payment system was launched in July of last year and with it came the fee, which is used to maintain the website's security.

A first-time user needs to set up an online account through the city's website in order to pay their bill. To get started, visit the city's website and click the 'I Want To' tab on the right and from the drop-down menu that will appear select 'Pay For' and then 'Utility Bill Online.'

The current amount due, any past due amounts, two years of electric and water consumption history and up to 10 years of historical transaction information will be available to online customers. Online account users can also choose the amount they wish to pay using VISA or MasterCard, but cannot pay more than what is owed.

For customers who want to pay over the phone, a $3.00 'convenience fee' will continue to be charged at the time that payments are processed.

Latino small business expo today

Adelante Empresas will hold a small business expo for those participating in their business development network at the Forest Grove Farmers Market today from 4 to 9 p.m. The expo will provide information about participating businesses, information about joining the network and about how to volunteer.

Adelante Empresas is a small business development program of Adelante Mujeres, a non-profit founded in 2009 and based in Forest Grove. The organization partners with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and provides Latino-owned small businesses with support and a variety of resources.

For more information about the event visit www.adelanteempresas.org or contact Director Ali Brown at (503) 992-0078 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Gardening workshops and resources at Washington County Fair

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners will hold a variety of gardening workshops and demonstrations for gardeners of all ages and skill levels this Thursday through Sunday at the annual Washington County Fair.

Garden Thyme at the Fair will feature clinics and self-guided garden tours between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day with trainings scheduled in between on topics such as composting, growing tomatoes, vegetable landscaping, growing carnivorous plants and building eco roofs. Master gardeners will be on hand in the gardens and at clinic booths to answer questions.

For program descriptions and a full schedule of events visit www.washingtoncountymastergardeners.org.