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Help a local family, Chehalem Ridge, Book sale, Chiles, tomatoes and squash - oh, my!, Big boots filled
by: Photo courtesy of Forest Grove Fire & Rescue NW Gales Creek Road was closed to traffic in both direction just east of the Gales Creek community early Monday afternoon as crews from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue used heavy equipment to extract the driver of a car involved in a single-vehicle crash. Firefighters removed the doors of the vehicle so they could safely remove a woman without making her condition worse. She was transported by Metro West Ambulance to the Trauma Center at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland with possibly serious injuries.

Buy a sub sandwich, help a local family

Phil's 1500 Subs will host a fundraiser for longtime Forest Grove residents Phil and Kay Miller from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Owner Phil Carow has agreed to donate 25 percent of the proceeds from sales during that time period to the Millers, according to their friend, Rachel Sandage.

Several years ago, the Millers sold their business, Oregon Coffee Roasters in North Plains, planning on retirement to 'do all the things they love,' Sandage said. Phil Miller was riding his dirt bike on June 4 near Bend and his cycle's handlebar snagged a tree, causing him to be paralyzed from the neck down.

Since then, Sandage noted, Miller has made 'an amazing recovery,' returning home from Portland's Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon on Aug. 2.

'He can sit up, walk with a special walker and some assistance, and he's even gone swimming,' Sandage reported.

Insurance is covering most of Phil Miller's medical bills, but costs for home care, a motorized wheelchair and therapy equipment are piling up. The fundraiser is Sandage's way of aiding her friends. Phil's is located just a few doors south of Safeway.

For more information, call 503-357-1324.

Take a hike along Chehalem Ridge

Join Metro's in-house birding expert and natural resource specialist to explore the forests of Chehalem Ridge Natural Area, near Gaston 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

Chehalem Ridge features views of five Cascade peaks, streams that flow to the Tualatin River, rare oak habitat and beaver ponds.

Be prepared to walk three miles at a moderate pace over uneven terrain. The event is free, but registration is required. Go to www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar, find the event and follow the instructions. If you have questions or prefer to register by phone, call 503-797-1545. Location details will be provided to registered participants.

Book sale to benefit Cornelius library programs

Friends of the Cornelius Public Library's semi-annual used book sale will be held Thursday, Oct. 6.

All proceeds from this fundraiser are used to support special library programs. Friends of the Cornelius Public Library works to promote early reading, supports a summer reading program, and weekly story times in both English and Spanish.

The used book sale is the group's largest fundraiser. Popular fiction, cookbooks, mysteries, cassette audio books, children's and young adult books will be on sale. Also available are VHS movies, jigsaw puzzles, and more. Most items are $1 or less.

The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Cornelius Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St.

Chiles, tomatoes and squash - oh, my!

It's harvest season, and organic farmers associated with Adelante Mujeres, the Forest Grove nonprofit aimed at empowering low-income Latinas with job and parenting skills, have veggies to sell.

If you're looking for naturally grown chiles, tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplant, squash, corn and more, La Esperanza Farm - managed by Adelante Agricultura, an arm of Adelante Mujeres - is the place to go.

For a full list of produce and prices, or to place an order, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-992-2041.

Adelante Agricultura supports Hispanic farmers in establishing independent farm businesses by supplying land and resources through its micro-enterprise program.

For more information on the group see the story on page 1A.

Big boots filled

Last Friday, Forest Grove Firefighters collected $4,922.14 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during their 'Fill the Boot' fundraiser. The association funds research into a number of debilitating muscular diseases.

Matt Johnston, a spokesman for Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, said firefighters were pleased with the public's response to the annual event, in which they solicit contributions from passing drivers.

'All of us here at Forest Grove Fire, want to give a huge thank you to all those that stopped and helped last week,' Johnston wrote.