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New CD offers look at Review's police blotter

The Lake Oswego Police Department has gone down a musical road.

And part of the reason is courtesy of Lake Oswego Review police reporter Lee van der Voo and her predecessor, former reporter Scott Hammers.

'If You're Happy in Oswego, Call the Cops,' is a song included on a compact disc produced by Dan Clark. Contributors include Bob Miller and Warren Dexter. Both Clark and Miller work for KPAM-radio, which is owned by Pamplin Commun-ications, the same company that owns the Review. Dexter is musician from Lake Oswego.

Several years ago, Miller began reading the Review's police blotter - then written by Hammers and for the past two years by van der Voo - over the KPAM airwaves each Friday morning.

It was his idea to turn some of the blotter's more interesting items into a song. The blotter, one of Review readers' favorite parts of the paper, often includes a light-hearted look at some of the more ordinary things reported to police: Racoons and peacocks roaming around, toilet-papered houses and the like.

The lyrics are sung to the tune of 'If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands.'

Sales from the CD, which sells for $8.60 at Shari's restaurants in the metro area, aid families with relatives in the military.