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Thoughtfulness will never be forgotten

To the Editor:

I just wanted to send you a good Samaritan story that happened to me in February.

My mom was going through lung cancer treatment and ended up in the hospital for the whole month of February. She had acrylic nails and hadn't had them filled or trimmed since the first of December because of her illness. I personally had my nails done a couple of times at La Belle Nails Too. So I stopped in there one day after visiting my Mom at Providence and asked if there was anyway someone could go up to the hospital and trim mom's nails. They were so long she could hardly push the buttons on her phone or change the channels on the TV remote.

Ann Lam asked me where Mom was and said she would go up there that evening. I asked her how much it would cost and should I pay her now or wait until she'd been up there to see what needed to be done. She said don't worry about it now, the important thing was getting her nails done.

I called my Mom and said Ann was coming and to call me after she had been there. At about 8:30, Mom called and was so pleased. Ann trimmed her nails and polished them, enjoyed talking with Mom, hugged her and left. Mom was thrilled.

I called Ann the next day and asked her what I owed her. She said 'I didn't do it for money. I could tell you cared for your Mom and wanted to help her.' When I got off the phone I sat and cried. I knew how much it meant to Mom and to me. She went up to help my mother, who she didn't know, after a long day at work. She really didn't know me either. She just did a kind deed.

I stopped into the shop the next day, gave her a hug and cried some more. I did give her a gift certificate because I wanted Ann to know how much I appreciated her efforts. It did give me faith in the human race again. Especially after one hears so much negative news.

I will never forget Ann and her thoughtfulness. My mom passed away on May 24th.

Lori Kollas

Lake Oswego

Be aware of the streetcar plans

To the Editor:

The citizens and business owners of Lake Oswego should be aware that Metro and our city council have proposed two alternative endings/terminals for the inevitable streetcar route from Portland. One proposal would end the line around Albertsons on State Street. The other proposal suggests a route for the streetcar crossing State Street, proceeding up A around Safeway and back down B. This latter route would provide for a parking structure or structures accommodating 200 to 400 cars in the Safeway area. While the need for a streetcar is debatable, I am willing to concede its utility. However, if the route is to invade downtown Lake Oswego with the related shutdown of the downtown during construction, traffic issues, security concerns and the obliteration of the atmosphere and character of our 'village' forever, I cannot agree and believe that common sense dictates a complete rejection of the proposed Safeway route.

Citizens and business owners must immediately contact our city leaders and send comments to Metro (no later than July 18). Metro comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The planners like the Safeway route and see this as their legacy to our city. Most of them do not live and work here. For the last 30-plus years our city has fought hard to create and preserve strict development, planning and environmental standards, all of which have worked. Running a streetcar through our downtown would cast much of that out the window and permanently destroy what has been accomplished for downtown and First Addition.

I encourage residents to become informed about this issue and send your comments soon. Again, the period for public comment ends July 18.

Jon Harnish

Lake Oswego

It's time to reopen the LO to WL trail

To the Editor:

Leaders in Lake Oswego seem to have gone AWOL. Early this year a small landslide prompted city officials to close the trail from George Rogers Park south along the river front. Much to the disappointment of many hundreds, if not thousands of us who regularly walk, run, or ride our bikes, this trail remains closed.

(Recently) thousands visited the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and many would have enjoyed using this recreational jewel had it been available. This morning we walked, as we often do, from the Robinwood area of West Linn, along River Road up to the entrance to the park. Along the way we encountered other walkers and the topic of discussion was disgust with Lake Oswego city officials. All complained about being forced up to Highway 43 to get around the closed section. The highway is noisy, dirty and much less safe than the trail along the river. Two women we encountered said they worried about their children who are now forced up to the highway.

At the entrance to the park we spoke with a West Linn police officer who was similarly disgusted with the lack of action. The explanations we have been given for the inaction is the 'potential danger from falling rocks and trees' and a disagreement with a bordering property owner over responsibility for making repairs to the bluff. To put it politely, both defenses are … well, disingenuous at best. Whatever happened to leaders with spines? Here are two actions that trail users have mentioned.

1. City officials need to acknowledge that life is not without risks. Reasonable people, that is most of us, understand this and accept this fact of life. A tree, tree branch or rock can fall on us at any time and almost any place that's scenic. The city should post signs at each end of the trail acknowledging that the stability of the bluffs and the vegetation growing on them is not well understood and that those using the trail do so at their own risk. Then open the trail.

2. City officials can't let a disagreement about whether the city or a bordering property owner is responsible for making repairs paralyze them and prevent them from taking the needed action. They have a responsibility to promptly make this asset once again available to the public. Fix the problem and 'go the mat,' later if necessary, about who pays for what.

Peter Lang

West Linn

How about parking instead of a park?

To the Editor:

So, the city thinks we need another park, a stone's throw from Millennium Plaza Park and just blocks away from Foothills Park and George Rogers Park? We have already won enough awards for trees and gardens, so can we now please concentrate on what our downtown area really needs: More parking!

How nice it would be, particularly in rainy weather, to have enough parking for our charming movie theater. With the Albertson's lot dedicated to 'customers only,' more parking is definitely needed for our beloved annual events like the Lake Run, Festival of the Arts and July 4th festivities, as well as our increasingly popular weekly Farmer's Market and concerts. A parking area, nicely landscaped, would still offer everyone the coveted bay view. Let's think 'practical' for a change, shall we?

If the city really wants to improve our view along State Street, perhaps they could take a look at the former State Street Station property next to George Rogers Park. What a horrible eyesore! Wouldn't it make a great refreshment stand? Couldn't we all sink our teeth into a fabulous hot dog once in awhile? Downtown needs more than two kid-friendly eateries anyway. 'Grandma, buy me some peanuts and cracker jack!'

Please, city Fathers and Mothers, whatever your plans, at least ask the caring citizens of our tremendous town first before starting up that bulldozer.

Martha Helmandollar

Lake Oswego

Relay for Life will

celebrate survivors

To the Editor:

It is said that every minute of every day someone in the United States loses a life in the battle against cancer. What we often fail to recognize is how often one survives it.

On July 12 and13, the Lake Oswego Relay for Life will take over District Stadium at LOHS. This event is a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised here go to patient programs and cancer research. The Relay is a fun-filled festival and carnival-type event. At the start of each Relay, survivors of all types of cancer take to the track and are celebrated. As they walk a portion of the track, participants cheer for them to honor the fight against the disease that they have so bravely overcome. Survivors truly are the heartbeat of this event. Survivors are the proof that what we as team members and participants are doing is making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Survivors are the end result we all want.

After the survivor walk there is reception ceremony where they will be honored with music, an inspirational message and a light brunch. This is a chance to meet, share stories and draw strength and inspiration from one another.

The Relay event is fun for the entire family. There will be live music, booths with games, sporting competitions, a bounce house, food, and much more.

If you would like more information or would like to register as a survivor you can go to http://events.cancer.org/rfllakeoswegoor and click on 'survivor lap.' You may also contact me for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Each and every one of us has been touched by cancer in some way, whether it is a family member, a colleague, a teacher or friend. And maybe it was you. Please come and take part in this life-changing event where we celebrate those who are winning the battle against cancer, remember those who have lost their lives and fight back to eliminate the disease for good.

Stephanie Barton

Lake Oswego, Co-chair for the

Lake Oswego Relay for Life