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Lake Oswego is made up of many amazing people who give of themselves to make our community a wonderful place to live.

A way to recognize these incredible people who contribute to our community is through the city's Community Service Award, 'Unsung Heroes.' This event was started 10 years ago by city council members who recognized our lives and the quality of life in Lake Oswego are greatly enhanced by the generous nature of the people of Lake Oswego and the positive difference these amazing people make to our city.

Since 2001, more than two dozen community volunteers have been recognized with the 'Unsung Hero' Award at special presentations of the city council in early December before family, friends and the community. Each year a committee of community members, past 'Unsung Heroes' and a council member accept nominations and choose those they feel best exemplify selfless community service. There are years when the committee has selected two or three, other years where as many as six heroes have been awarded. The names of all these 'Unsung Heroes,' recognized with the award, appear on a plaque which is displayed at Lake Oswego City Hall.

These are the people who work quietly, often behind the scenes, those folks that rise up and take action, making our community an awesome place to live and raise our families. These are the people who when you ask for help, raise their hand, step up or quietly make things happen. They get things done without motive other than helping their neighbors and their community.

Do you know a person who has those qualities? Nominate your 'Unsung Hero!' Send a letter to: City of Lake Oswego, Unsung Hero Committee, P.O. Box 369, Lake Oswego OR 97034 or visit our website at www.ci.oswe

go.or.us/documents/UnsungHero2011.pdf . Deadline for nominating a worthy candidate is Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

Take a moment to recognize your volunteers, chairpersons, coaches, board members or the volunteers who do the grunt work and don't often know just how much they are appreciated. Because of them, we have one of the best communities in the region we get to call home!

Thank you to all of our local heroes with or without an award, you are wonderful!

Diana Smith-Bouwer is a project specialist for the city of Lake Oswego in the Public Affairs Department and has lived in Lake Oswego for more than 20 years.