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Howdy, neighbor

Volunteers canvass Forest Grove neighborhoods to try and sell newcomers to their own city
by: Chase Allgood, Volunteer Linda Taylor (right) welcomes Glenn Perrault at the door of his home. With him are his children, Landon and Makenzie, along with their dog Bailey.

Linda Taylor went knocking on the doors of strangers last Saturday, well aware that they might think she was trying to sell something.

Already, phone books and religious tracts littered many of the doorways.

'They were pleased, no doubt, that it was neither of the above,' Taylor said. 'I think it surprised people.'

While Taylor wasn't trying to open their wallets or convert them, she was trying to sell them on something: the City of Forest Grove.

Taylor and a host of volunteers went door-to-door in Forest Grove's new neighborhoods Saturday on a mission to get newcomers involved in the community. They handed out copies of the News-Times, as well as fliers inviting them to an event Saturday, April 14 at the library.

The event will showcase the city's offerings, from social services to entertainment opportunities.

Taylor, a reference librarian at the library, organized the event to combat a trend she's noticed: many people have owned a house in Forest Grove for a year or more but still don't know what the city has to offer.

On Saturday, Taylor and crew brought papers and fliers to 192 houses in Ridgepoint, Lincoln Park Village, Elm Meadows and part of Oak Hill. Some handouts were simply left at the door, but 140 of them got a knock-knock-knock.

The volunteers will be out again this weekend, knocking on doors in Summit Point, Bolma Estates, Chantel Hamlet and the rest of Oak Hill. For more information, call the library's reference desk at 503-992-3337.

Newcomers to Forest Grove are invited to the city library, 2114 Pacific Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 14 to get the lowdown on all the city's offerings and amenities. Call 503-992-3337 for details.