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Is there a time capsule at Joseph Gale School?

As history gets set to raze one Joseph Gale Elementary School building and open another in Forest Grove's Old Town neighborhood, Principal Melissa Carter has a particular question on her mind.

'Rumor is there is a time capsule buried somewhere on the school property,' located at the corner of 18th Avenue and Maple Street, Carter said. 'At this time, we can't confirm the location of it ... no one knows exactly where it's buried.'

Carter noted that she and others connected to the old school building, which will come down this summer to pave the way for the opening of a new Joe Gale in September, are 'doing some searching,' but are hoping for help from the wider community.

Anyone who has information about a time capsule buried at the school can call 503-358-2482.

Local students grab farm bureau scholarships

A number of graduating high school seniors from the local area have received scholarships from the Washington County Farm Bureau scholarship committee. The two $500 vocational scholarship recipients are Mathias Schmidlkofer of Banks High and Nick Vanaken of Forest Grove High.

College entrance scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to George Saul of Gaston High, Eric Evers of Banks High, Christopher Jansen and Kelsey Brown of Forest Grove High and Logan VanRoekel of Glencoe High in Hillsboro.

Five local students currently studying agriculture at Oregon State University received $3,000 each in scholarship money: Christina Bernards, veterinary science; Patrick Duyck, forest management; Hunter Zimmerman, agricultural sciences; Kelsey Irish in rangeland management; and Jessica Budge in agricultural sciences.

Forest Grove residents earn degrees

The following Forest Grove area residents recently graduated from the University of Portland: Carrie Turrell, bachelor's degree in elementary education; Michelle Gabica, bachelor's degree in engineering management; Sherri Bowyer, bachelor's degree in nursing; John Krebsbach, master's degree in pastoral ministry; Janna Lee, bachelor's degree in nursing; and Traci Vanaken, bachelor's degree in mathematics.

University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp conferred a record 803 bachelor's and 207 master's degrees during commencement exercises May 5 and 6 in the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on the UP campus in Portland.

Golladay feted in Lovin' Compassion Awards

Forest Grove High School student Hannah Golladay earned an honorable mention in the annual Lovin' Compassion awards program sponsored by Seattle-based Lovin' Scoopful ice cream company, which donates 25 percent of its profits to the Special Olympics.

The awards program recognizes youth who 'embody strength in character, leadership and compassion for those with differences,' according to a press release from the company.

Smoland earns law degree

Dain Smoland, who attended K-12 schools in Forest Grove, recently received a juris doctorate degree from Vermont Law School in Royalton, VT.