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by: Carole Archer, Troutdale’s Jim Merhar and his wife Jane picked up their custom Orange County Chopper at the Oregon Lottery office in Salem on Friday, Sept. 22.

Troutdale man wins Orange County Chopper

Troutdale resident Jim Merhar recently won a custom Orange County Chopper through the Oregon Lottery's second chance drawing.

Between June 6 and Sept. 1, players could enter their non-winning 'Orange County Chopper' Scratch-it tickets in a drawing to win the custom motorcycle.

Of the more than 41,000 entries, Merhar entered 30 tickets into the drawing to win the prize. The prize package - valued at 92,989 - includes delivery, license, title and registration fees, and state and federal taxes.

Merhar received the motorcycle at a special presentation Friday, Sept. 22, at the Oregon Lottery's Salem office.

'I can't believe all this,' Merhar said. 'I'm still in shock over the whole thing.'

Ironically, Merhar and his wife, Jane, had their photo taken with the Chopper he won when it was on display at the Oregon State Fair this summer.

The couple has the photo displayed on their refrigerator.

Troutdale student receives scholarship

Jessica Nomie of Troutdale has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship as part of the U.S. Bancorp Educational Awards Program.

Nomie, who will study at the University of Portland, was selected based on academic performance, participation in school and community activities and leadership potential.

These scholarships have been awarded to qualifying children of U.S. Bancorp employees. Initiated in 1982, the program aims to expand educational opportunities and encourage academic achievement.

Jothen joins KMO, Inc. real estate company

KMO, Inc., commercial and residential real estate, welcomes new agent David Jothen to the company.

Jothen lives in Damascus and plans to be actively engaged in community growth and development.

Jothen serves as co-president of the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association, is a board member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and the Center for the Arts Foundation. Civic involvement includes membership on Gresham's Transportation and Police Advisory Committees and service as a classroom advisor for Junior Achievement at Centennial Learning Center.

A graduate of Parkrose High School, Mt. Hood Community College and University of Oregon with a degree in communications, Jothen brings local knowledge and marketing skills to serve the east metro real estate marketplace.

Cruise-in winners announced by Snow-CAP

Marilyn Wagner of Damascus drove off with the Best of Show trophy at the inaugural Cruise-in Against Hunger Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Snow-CAP Community Charities campus.

Her 1947 Ford two-door coupe was one of 50 vehicles entered in the event, which was hosted by the Fords of the Fifties amateur auto group and sponsored by Gresham Ford.

People's Choice award went to Gordon Holbrook of Portland, who hand-polished his 1934 Mercedes for the showing.

Other top winners were Parkrose resident Jerry Guthrie with his 1954 Buick Skylark, as the Most Nostalgic entry and Fred Reynolds of Clackamas, whose 1931 Model A Ford was cited as Most Outstanding Ford.

Trophies were sponsored by Courtesy Ford, Bob Brown Tire Company and Uncle Vinny's Restaurant.

Fifteen other autos were cited for excellence in their respective classes, including a 1941 Willys, 1936 Ford Phaeton and a 1923 T Touring car.

'Each entry is a piece of automotive history,' said Judy Alley, Snow-CAP executive director, 'There are examples of early air-conditioning, touring cars for when road travel was an athletic event, the elegance of the early Mercedes and the rugged handsome lines of the Morgan.'

Alley said the event raised more than $2,000 and 300 pounds of donated canned food that will be used to help meet Snow-CAP's mission to feed and clothe low-income families and individuals.

Plans are already underway for next year's cruise-in, Alley said.

Wood Village Council honors students

Wood Village City Council honored two students from the Reynolds School District at the Tuesday, Sept. 12, City Council Meeting.

Mica Parke and Isaac Parke took second and third place respectively in the 2006 League of Oregon Cities 'If I Were Mayor, I Would' essay and poster contest.

The statewide competition was judged based upon creativity, clarity and sincerity of thought, proper use of grammar and subject relativity.