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Local briefs for March 26

Families needed to host foreign students

The Gresham Sister City Association is looking for local families who would be interested in hosting students from the sister city of Sokcho, South Korea, between July 22 and Aug. 5.

Ten students are expected to visit. For information on hosting a student, contact board President Kim Ell by calling 503-703-6811 or email presi

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In addition, the sister city association is hosting an event for residents to learn about exchange opportunities and cultural programs and to meet local students who have participated in exchange programs.

It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Rip Caswell's Gallery, 101 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. There will be Japanese and Korean food and entertainment, wine tasting and a no-host bar. Dignitaries from the Japanese and Korean communities will be in attendance, as well as Gresham students who have studied abroad. Mayor Shane Bemis will talk about how sister city exchanges are important for the city. Dress is business casual.

People who would like to attend should RSVP to Ell.

New CO alarm law takes effect in April 1

A new state law goes into effect Friday, April 1, requiring carbon monoxide alarms be installed in houses and multi-family residences.

Gresham Fire and Rescue representatives will be at the Lowe's store in Wood Village, 1000 N.E. Wood Village Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 26, to distribute information and answer questions about carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is toxic in high quantities.

Lowe's and First Alert have also donated 500 alarms to area fire departments.

Promote Easter egg hunts

Are you and your school, church, business or organization planning to host an Easter egg hunt? Then let The Outlook know about it. The Outlook will list all local Easter egg hunts in the April 16 edition. Send all information by mail to P.O. Box 747, Gresham, 97030; drop it off at the office at 1190 N.E. Division St., Gresham; or email chall@theout

lookonline.com. Remember to include all the relevant information: the location, the time and date, a description of what's going on and contact information. The deadline for submissions is April 13.

Loaves and Fishes adopts fresh produce policy

Beginning Friday, April 1, Loaves and Fishes Centers will replace prepackaged and frozen fruits and vegetables in its 34 dining rooms with fresh produce.

The change was prompted by requests from recipients as well as a change in how Meals-On-Wheels meals are prepared.

The organization has recently switched to a pre-plated meal system using a compostable tray made from corn. Meals are now prepared and packaged at the organization's central kitchen and delivered to meal sites, ready for heating.

Fresh vegetables will be grilled, steamed or stir fried, depending on the menu of the day. Seasonal fruit will replace canned fruits in salads and desserts. In addition, entree salads will be added as an option in all dining rooms. It is anticipated that 300 to 400 pounds of fresh produce will be used weekly. The cost for fresh produce, rather than frozen or prepackaged, is about the same.

Loaves and Fishes Centers serves about 2,000 seniors every weekday in 34 locations throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties, which includes the Gresham Senior Center. Another 3,000 meals are delivered to homebound seniors through the Meals-On-Wheels program.

USS Ranger gains lawmakers' support

The USS Ranger Foundation and key state senators and representatives will host a press conference at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Oregon State Capitol to talk about the recent passage of a Senate resolution that supports efforts to bring the USS Ranger to Fairview.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, co-sponsored by Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, and Rep. Matt Wand, R-Troutdale, supports the foundation and the city of Fairview's plan to dock the USS Ranger, a decommissioned supercarrier, in the Columbia River at Chinook Landing Marine Park.

Potential plans for the Ranger include a museum for all branches of the military, a memorial to honor veterans, a community and civic meeting space, an emergency preparedness center and an educational training facility. For more information, visit ussranger.org.