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Letters - Sept. 22, 2011

The former Cheryl Brooke: An Aussie seeks you

To the Editor:

I am trying to find a person I met at Multnomah Junior College in 1961 and 1962. This person's name is Cheryl Brooke and she lived on Northshore Road near the intersection of Lake Shore Road on the east side of the lake in Lake Oswego.

I have limited information that I can remember as I lived at 550 Northshore Road for a short while with my parents before I moved to Australia in 1966. Cheryl graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1960, her older sister's name was Heather and I believe that her mother had some English heritage. Her stepfather, I believe was a doctor, an anesthetist, with the surname of Campbell.

It is my understanding that she was married to a person named David, which was a high society wedding in Lake Oswego.

I appreciate that this was a long time ago but for the last 12 months she has been in my dreams and I have decided to attempt this search. If you have any information which will allow me to continue, please contact me.

David Carson

Postal address: P.O. Box 273, Concord West, NSW, Australia, 2138

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Backyard certification was wonderfully helpful

To the Editor:

The recent opinion by John Beau completely misses the point and benefits of the Backyard Certification program. Our yard received this certification a few weeks ago. The process was very helpful, practical and educational.

Several years ago, we removed a large wooden deck that surrounded an above-ground pool. All were at the end of life so we tore them out. About a third of our backyard was smothered by laurel hedges, so we dug them up to give us space and more light. We directed our downspouts into below-ground cisterns and the help we received from the city of Lake Oswego on reducing water use has had a big impact on lowering our consumption.

The south property line has large Douglas firs, so sun is a challenge. So we reached out for information and opinions on what the best solutions might be. The 'Landscaping for Conservation' program at Tryon Creek was terrific and educational. Folks from Friends of Tryon Creek visited our yard and made suggestions on what plants would do best in the various areas. That help and guidance proved essential to rebuilding our backyard. We also learned about invasives that we did not know.

Now, we enjoy our yard aesthetically and with the knowledge we are enhancing bird activity. We are proud of the work we did, and appreciate the knowledge and professional help we received from many folks. This certification process just added another dimension of satisfaction.

Paul J. Lyons

Lake Oswego