The women at Ain't Ms-B-Haven hair salon, 1121 N.E. Division St., are indeed behaving pretty well: This week they completed their mission of purchasing a van capable of being equipped with a wheelchair lift for 12-year-old Wryleigh Hillbrecht.

The 'Wheels for Wryleigh' drive benefited a Parkrose Middle School student who suffered a stroke to her spinal cord a week before her birth. The benefit was launched last fall at the salon. Staff members and customers held car washes, an auction, a speed-dating night and sold entertainment books to raise $13,000. They spent $12,000 of that amount last week on a used van in good condition.

The state of Oregon will pay for installation of a lift in the vehicle, and Kari and Michael Hillebrecht can once again get all three of their children, including Wryleigh and her 300-pound wheelchair, in one vehicle.



Beyond the walls of the hair salon, the community's generosity is in full bloom in other ways this spring. The Mt. Hood Community College Foundation has tallied results from its March 31 auction and reports it raised a whopping $186,000 for student scholarships. That makes this auction 'one of the best ever,' says College President Bob Silverman.

Leading the list of donors was the Riverview Restaurant in Troutdale, which not only was the presenting sponsor but also kicked in $10,000 - via owners Junki and Linda Yoshida - during a special-appeal fund-raiser in the middle of the auction.

Meanwhile, final results from the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation's fourth annual phone-a-thon weren't too shabby either. Foundation Director Vynette Arnell says the total this year came in at $55,000. Hundreds of student volunteers made phone calls back in February to raise the money - which will be used to help struggling readers in elementary school to improve their skills.



Another charitable rite of spring in East County is the annual bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, event is organized by ERA Freeman and Associates, where broker Doug Freeman says he's aiming to raise $35,000 this year. The money pays for children with muscular dystrophy to attend a camp near Welches.

'We're planning on filling up the bowling alley,' Freeman says, adding that he expects 125 to 130 bowlers.

Watch The Outlook for more information on the bowl-a-thon, which will be held at Rockwood Lanes.



Outlook reporter and Troutdale historian Sharon Nesbit drew an audience of about 100 last Sunday to hear about her upcoming centennial history of Troutdale, 'It Could Have Been Carpdale.'

The event included a surprise presentation to Nesbit of the Troutdale Historical Society's Preservationist Award - Mike McMenamin, creator of McMenamins Edgefield, did the honors.

But the occasion was also a sad one. In her book, Nesbit uses many of the reminiscences of Walter Nasmyth, who grew up in Troutdale as the youngest of eight children. Nasmyth, a veteran of World War II, was the perfect 'old guy,' Nesbit said, because he had a great memory, a fund of wonderful stories and the ability to master a computer so that he could sit down, write a story, add a photo and send it by e-mail.

Nasmyth was to have been at Sunday's program, but was diagnosed the week before with liver cancer and by Sunday was too ill to attend. He died Wednesday in Portland. A memorial service is planned Sunday, April 29, in Glenn Otto Community Park.

As for Nesbit's book, there's still time to get the early-bird price. Just call The Outlook's front desk at 503-665-2181 and reserve your copy today.

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