Foundation calls: Hard work and fun

To the Editor:

I've never as much fun while working so hard as I did during the Lakeridge calling nights for the Lake Oswego School District Foundation Campaign!

Lakeridge students turned up in force to volunteer for the foundation. The many students who took their time to volunteer were an inpiration to all of us there. These students were hard-working, polite, respectful and a lot of fun to work with. They came with their athletic teams, ASB and with friends to call for donations.

Lakeridge staff Mike Lehman, Jennifer Schiele, Jason Wold, Ian Lamonte, Andrew Stoltenberg, Joe Schloetter and Ken James cheered the students on while making some calls themselves.

Of course, we had our dedicated parent callers working the phones as well. And a huge thank you to all of the people who have answered those calls and donated to this year's LOSD Foundation campaign! Our students appreciate this community's support of our excellent schools.

Thank you for making Lake Oswego such a wonderful place to live.

Sally Moncrieff

Lake Oswego

Public input is a key part of process

To the Editor:

Homes in Lake Oswego's First Addition are selling at record prices because homeowners there can walk to downtown and all that it has to offer, including city hall and the library.

In fact, our downtown has been viewed as a model town center because of its mix of business, office, and government services, all in close proximity to residential areas.

Why, then, would the mayor and city council be thinking about removing city hall and the library from this mix and relocating them to the West End Building? If this is the current thinking, I would ask that they plan on including the public's voice in the process and in the final decision.

Last year the Department of Parks and Recreation was moved to the West End Building, taking a service that should be part of the downtown mix and putting it somewhere else.

With the possibility that city hall and the library may follow, it begins to look like the healthy downtown that serves the needs of citizens is beginning to be dismantled; that would be very sad.

And speaking of service to citizens, moving Parks and Recreation cost us about $80,000 and was done while the public was still in the process of voting on whether or not to keep the building. If the vote had gone the other way, would we then have to spend another $80,000 to move the department back?

The process that will determine the fate of city hall and the library and how the West End Building will ultimately be used must include public input.

Marilyn Katcher

Lake Oswego

Restaurant didn't handle this well

To the Editor:

I want to share with anyone and everyone who will listen to my story.

My mother and I recently ate at the Village Inn restaurant near Bridgeport Village. I found about a four-inch sliver piece of plastic wrap in my mashed potatoes.

I asked the manager how he would handle this incident. Rather than being apologetic and giving me normal customer repect, he ended up telling me it looked like I was just trying to get a free meal.

This was after I got rather perturbed at him for telling me their policy in such a situation was to take $2 off of our bill.

I then called the owner. She totally agreed with how I was treated by the manager. I think this would have cost them a lot more than a measely $2 if I would have choked on or swallowed this plastic wrap.

I have told a number of my friends about this incident and most are more appalled than I am with how I was treated.

Mark Henry

Lake Oswego

Thanks for backing scout cookie sale

To the Editor:

Cookie time is over, and the Girl Scouts of Dunthorpe, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville want to thank our communities for another year of supporting our annual cookie sale. We had nearly 80 troops selling cookies in your neighborhoods and on the premises of many community businesses. So there should be no surprise if you found yourself greeting a neighbor in a Girl Scout uniform some time in the last two months!

The cookie sale is not just a fund raiser for the girls. It is an important part of the Girl Scout program for a wide range of ages, and contributes to the girls in our communities and across the region. Because of cookie sales, girls at the troop level develop skills in budgeting, goal setting and understand the accomplishment of achieving those goals. Many troops travel or go on extended outings with their cookie proceeds, and the girls learn how to plan these activities as well. Aided by cookie funds, girls have performed wide range of community service projects, attended camps and other outdoor activities, participated in Lego Robotics, been 'backstage' at the zoo and OMSI, and broadened their horizons by traveling around the world. This year, a number of troops have also devoted part of their cookie proceeds into retaining Camp Arrowhead, our resident camp in the Columbia River gorge, which will be offering summer resident camp again this year. The more than 1,068,084 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold in 2008 from Seaside to The Dalles support six program sites and a wide range of programs in both troop and non-troop settings.

In this way, and with your help, Girl Scouts continues to build 'girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.'

Thank you.

Anne MacDonald

Chair for Dunthorpe/ Lake Oswego/ West Linn/ Wilsonville Girl Scouts

Barb Weiser

Cookie Manager for Dunthorpe/ Lake Oswego/ West Linn/ Wilsonville Girl Scouts

Goodwill offers its thanks Lake Oswego

To the Editor:

Every year Goodwill can count on the Lake Oswego community for Goodwill's Good Turn Day. This year was no exception.

Area Boy Scouts collected 3,429 pounds of clothes and housewares. The sale of these items will help provide jobs and training for people with barriers to employment in the community.

Material donations create a win-win situation. You, the donor, win because you get to recycle items you no longer need, make extra room in your closet or garage, lower your disposal costs, take a tax deduction and provide jobs and training for people with barriers to employment.

We, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette, win because we get the opportunity to turn your donations into revenue for our services and programs.

Goodwill employees and program participants win because they become more self-sufficient. And the community wins because our programs take people off the tax rolls and turn them into productive, taxpaying citizens.

Hundreds of volunteers played an important role in the year's event by collecting and transporting the donations. We could not have accomplished this feat without the help of local Scouts, the East Portland Rotary Club and volunteer trucking companies.

Thank you.

Michael M. Miller

President of Goodwill Industries

City needs more indoor tennis courts

To the Editor:

In an active community like Lake Oswego, whose motto is 'live where you play,' why has it become so difficult to do that very thing?

Our lake is crowded and dirty, our sports fields are booked to capacity and our public tennis courts are, frankly, impossible.

With our community graying, we need to make options available to keep our adults fit and active, and tennis is a sport that you can play and enjoy well into your twilight years. (If you have ever attended an over-70 tennis match, you know that many senior players have a crafty game that is frustatingly unbeatable.) Many of the adults that are using the Lake Oswego Tennis Center are the same ones that have spent years playing adult soccer and adult softball. They are now looking for an activity that is a little easier on their bodies, and tennis is a great option - but only if you can get a court time.

If you are thinking that you might get on the court by signing up for a lesson, just forget about it. Adult classes fill up the first day, and youth lessons are full in 15 minutes. If you try signing up on line, you can't fill out the form fast enough to secure yourself a spot.

If you are thinking you might get on the court by signing up for a league of some sort, that is almost laughable. There is no court time for new teams, and the existing teams, particularly at beginning levels, are full to capacity. This includes Fun Flights, City League and USTA.

For working-folk in Lake Oswego, there is rarely unreserved court time during non-working hours - unless you feel like playing tennis at 6 a.m. on Saturday, or maybe 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lake Oswego Tennis Center is one of the few city-run sports facilities that is actually a moneymaker. So doesn't it make sense that Lake Oswego, the city that 'lives where it plays,' should respond to the growing demand for tennis, and build more indoor courts?

Marjie Brinck

Lake Oswego

Setting priorities make a difference?

To the Editor:

As Mayor (Judie)Hammerstad and her city councilors attempt to add yet another tax to the multitude of optional taxes that currently populate the property tax and utility bills of Lake Oswegans, it seems appropriate to evaluate their primary reason for acquiring the Safeco property.

If one researches the current number of city employees being supported by Lake Oswego tax payers, one finds that there are 344.4 full-time equivalent employees being paid a total of $31.469 million in annual salaries, health care benefits and early retirement/PERS contributions. Of this multitude, whose annual compensation averages over $90,000 per employee, only half are employed in police, fire, municipal court, and utility positions.

Perhaps if city government was manged by individuals who prioritized public safety and public works over incessantly increasing the legions of highly compensated public employees, the citizens of Lake Oswego would not be asked to pay additional taxes for a larger building to house city employees. Instead, our existing tax dollars would be used to maintain public infrastructure such as sewer upgrades and street maintenance.

Eric V Carlson

Lake Oswego

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