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To the Editor:

Kudos to the organizers of the Aug. 20 Multnomah Days Parade! The Wilson Area Arts Council (WAAC) marched in our first-ever parade. We had an amazing group of musicians of all ages playing 'When the Saints Come Marching In' and were surrounded by avid supporters of the arts in the schools. We are already planning for next year! Thank you to those that made it happen! Thank you Multnomah Village! To see what fun events WAAC is planning in the next few weeks and the next couple of months, visit www.wilsonarts.org/events.htm.

Linda Doyle, Carolyn Grill, Liz Garnand - Wilson Area Arts Council

To the Editor:

I send this letter to you to publicly thank the German-American Society of Portland for its generous gift of $20,000 to Wilson High School. The German program at Wilson was slated to lose years one and two because of budget issues. Thanks to this incredibly generous donation, and the swift time with which the organization made the decision and provided the funding, German 1 and 2 have been reinstated.

As a society, we need to recognize the value of languages to our children. The Germans do and will continue to have a large footprint in the world economy. Our children, especially those pursuing business ventures (like my son, who had the wonderful experience of four years of German at Wilson) are well served by the availability of this language in our local school.

It is my fervent hope that this program will continue for many years to come.

Sincerely, Rosanne M. Keller

To the Editor:

Young and John Lee of Gabriel Park Cleaners have been my neighbor since I started working in this Edward Jones office more than five years ago.

For the past 17 years, John and Young have owned and operated the cleaners, located at 4397 SW Vermont St. I have always admired how hardworking they are; they work 11 hours each weekday and most of Saturday. They have never been closed for more than a couple of days at a time for vacation. They put their son through Stanford University, who is now employed with Weiden and Kennedy, thanks to his hardworking parents. The Lees always have a smile for everyone and have become quite well known and liked in this community.

On Sept. 15 (the one time John wasn't there), a loyal customer came into the cleaners and found Young unconscious on the floor. He called 9-1-1, and the paramedics transported her to OHSU, where it was learned Young had suffered a massive stroke. She has had two surgeries, is paralyzed on her left side and will most likely go to a nursing home upon discharge from OHSU. This is a woman who hasn't even reached retirement age. John, her husband, is devastated beyond words.

The Lee's don't have health insurance. John can't run the cleaners alone. Young is the seamstress, and a lot of their business is tailoring. John might have to walk away from the business, as no one is interested in buying it in this economy.

I know many people in this area of town want to know what they can do to help the Lees. An account has been set up at Edward Jones at 4399 SW Vermont St. for people wishing to donate toward getting these people through an extremely difficult time. If anyone would like more information, please contact Laura O'Donovan or Jeff Albright at Edward Jones: 503-245-7063.

Laura O'Donovan - Edward Jones