City plays a key partner role with Neighbors Helping Neighbors

To the Editor:

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is an example of a community project that keeps giving. The city of Lake Oswego is again a partner with NHN to assist residents in need.

The next event is Sept 17. The yard debris/garbage hauling service is made possible through the franchise agreement between the city and Allied Waste, where a limited amount of free Dumpsters/services are available to aid community clean-ups. Each year, as has been done for NHN and other events, the city and Allied Waste partner to provide free service to community groups for clean-ups. Often, this service is what makes an event possible.

The city supports Allied as a partner and is appreciative of its continuous efforts for the betterment of the Lake Oswego community, both as a private business and also as a city contractor. In clarification to the concern presented in Mr. D'Haeze's Sept. 1 letter, the city has no authority and is not involved in determining what Allied donates beyond the requirements of the franchise agreement. Regardless of whether it is a private donation or through the franchise agreement, assistance is there to make sure that not-for-profit efforts, such as NHN, can do so without the added financial expense of hauling away debris or garbage.

For more information on accessing the free Dumpster/services go to .

Christine Kirk

Public Affairs Manager for the city of Lake Oswego

Help support Crohn's, colitis research by supporting local resident's fund raiser

To the Editor:

I am about to embark on a fantastic journey and I need your help.

I will walk the 13.1-mile race at the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Dec. 4, 2011, to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million Americans have IBD; however, many more suffer in silence due to potential embarrassment and alienation. Crohn's disease may occur in people of all ages, but it is primarily a disease of adolescents and young adults, affecting mainly those between 15 and 35. On average, people are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in their mid-30s, although the disease can occur at any age.

I am very excited to be a member of the Team Challenge for Crohn's and Colitis. I feel in my heart for those young people who don't even know they have the disease, so I am walking the half marathon not only for myself but to help find a cure for Crohn's and colitis.

Together, we can make a difference! As a member of Team Challenge, I have a coach, a training program, and teammates to support me. I have committed to a tough training schedule and I've committed to raise $3,600 in donations to The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

By now I hope you agree with me about the importance of this cause. Please help support me by visiting my webpage at

VEGASPO/tcAWolnez to donate online or mail your donation directly to me at Alyce Wolnez, P.O. Box 775, Lake Oswego, Ore., 97034. Make checks payable to CCFA. Donations should be received by Oct. 15.

Of course, your good wishes and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted.

Alyce Wolnez

Lake Oswego

My thoughts on 9-11? We have a saying now: 'We will never forget'

The airline I work for.

Most of us still can't talk about it.

Lost my pilot friend.

Nicest guy you could ever meet.

Flight attendant that traded the trip at the last minute.

She's alive, her friend is dead.

We have a saying now.

We will never forget!

Trust me, we never will.

Susan Small-Steck

Lake Oswego

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