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Letters to the editor July 27, 2011

Sandy Kiwanis grateful for help with annual Fly-in Cruise-in

One of the brightest spots on the summer calendar is the annual Sandy Kiwanis Fly-In Cruise-In Breakfast. On July 24, we celebrated our 54th anniversary with huge success and beautiful weather.

We served more than 2,550 breakfasts, looked at and longed for more than 400 cars and marveled at more than 50 modern and antique airplanes.

This event could not have been made possible without the support of spouses, children, and extended families of every Kiwanis member. There are the countless friends and neighbors from the Sandy Fire District, volunteers from the CERT Team, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, Fisher Mill Supply, US Meats, Baskin Robbins, Farmers Bros Coffee, Sandy Optimists, Tom TenEyck, FFA, Key Club, 4-H and The Over the Hill Gang Car Club.

We also rely on the generosity of our sponsors to help defray the costs of putting on the event. We appreciate them all: Clackamas County Bank, Les Schwab, Suburban Auto Group, BI-MART, Web Steel, the Sandy Post, Connie Knittel and A.E.C.

Our everlasting gratitude goes to the Reese family for its generous use of its beautiful property at McKinnon Airport. We look forward to many more years at this facility. Thank you for your support.

Kimberley Nelson

president-elect

Sandy Kiwanis

Transit center a sign of questionable city planning

I read your piece on the Sandy Transit Center ('Chamber, city knock heads,' July 13). It is interesting how this plays out with my complaint that the city should be more concerned about spending money on a bypass of Sandy rather than a transit center.

As you said, a transit center at Centennial Plaza would cause more congestion, and it is bad enough already.

The city fathers seem to be poorly qualified when it comes to wise government planning.

Ralph Sandercock

Sandy

Help appreciated with fundraising

I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to our local Taekwondo family, community members and local business owners that have supported our efforts to compete at Nationals/Junior Olympics this year.

The event is the largest in the history of the USA Taekwondo, with more than 3,000 competitors registered. This week-long event was held from June 27 through July 3 at the San Jose Convention Center in California.

A special thank you goes out to Mike O'Leary of pre-paid legal for his efforts and desire to put together several fundraising events that made it possible for me to take my daughter, Torri, to this national competition.

Through his efforts and the generosity of our wonderful community we were able to raise $600 of nearly $2,000 needed to make this trip.

Additionally, I would like to extend a big thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations:

• U.S. West Coast Taekwondo - Sandy and Gresham schools

• Pre-paid Legal - Mike and Imelda O'Leary

• Ever Fresh Fruit Company

• Elk Mountain Construction, Inc.

• Mt. Hood Cleaners and Laundry

• Rita's Place

• Mountain View Golf - Pat Akins

• Sandy Chamber of Commerce

• Les Schwab

• Juice Plus - Marie Castaneda

• Kenway Benefits Group - Geoffrey Kenway

• L2K

• Eagle Eye General Contractors

We feel so fortunate to be part of the Taekwondo family here in Sandy and Gresham. What a great feeling to be loved and supported by so many families.

Seana Bennett

Sandy