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Letters to the Editor for Dec. 31

Local food market needs our support

I have recently become a regular shopper at Lillian's Natural Marketplace in downtown Gresham.

It has an excellent location with public parking directly across the street. The market is clean, attractive, well organized and stocked with a fine selection of food, beverages and household supplies.

Lillian has an extensive background in specialty food marketing and she has worked hard to include a wide variety of food to accommodate gluten-free and vegan diners as well as patrons with conventional diets.

She and her employees are always available to help shoppers find items and she also does special orders.

In spite of her efforts it seems that Lillian is not receiving community support and may indeed have to close the market if business does not improve. I hope residents of the area who value high-quality merchandise will find the time to visit Lillian's Marketplace and see firsthand all that this little jewel of a market has to offer our community.

Don't wait until lack of business forces the doors to close.

Kathleen Forrest

Troutdale

Book events support Reynolds schools

The Reynolds Education Foundation, Reynolds School District and Lloyd Center Barnes and Noble hosted a four-day fundraiser book fair Dec. 1-4 to benefit the students and teachers of the Reynolds School District.

Teachers submitted 'wish lists' from which shoppers could make selections, or they could do their own personal shopping for the holidays. Overall, shoppers spent just over $18,500 in sales, a percentage of which will be returned as books for classrooms.

The foundation, the school district and Barnes and Noble wish to thank all those who participated in the event as shoppers, gift wrappers, spelling bee participants and supporters.

As a 'thank you' event, the same groups will host a one-day book fair Friday, Jan. 13, at the Lloyd Center Barnes and Noble for those folks holding gift cards purchased at the recent event. The same wonderful percentage of purchases will be returned to our schools. The value of the two events continues to grow, so hang onto your gift cards and shop Jan. 13. Thank you.

Claudette Naylor and Diane Kelley

co-chairwomen, Reynolds Education Foundation