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Alumni Bash began a great tradition

To the Editor:

The first ever Alumni Bash began a great tradition this past Saturday night (Aug. 18) at Millennium Plaza Park.

Hundreds of Lake Oswego School District alumni, spanning six decades, came together and viewed memorabilia, reconnected with classmates and were entertained by the 'Big Blind Band' (made up of district employees). We would like to thank our sponsors, the Lake Oswego Review and The Bank of Oswego as well as all the vendors, volunteers and city of Lake Oswego for their support with this event. Specifically, thanks to:

The Bank of Oswego (Dan Heine)

The Lake Oswego Review (Brian Monihan)

Dave Working, owner of Cinematouch Systems

Baskin Robbins

Big Blind Band (featuring district employees)

Blue Coyote

Brooklyn Park Pub

Deno's Pizza

KettleKorn

Laker Cheer

Laker Senior Men

Laker Spirit

Lazerquick

Lake Oswego School District Foundation Board

National Charity League

Oswego Hills Winery

Pacer Spirit

The Lake Oswego Park District

Tuna Tom

Wizers

More information about the Lake Oswego School District Alumni Association can be found at: http://www.losdalumni.org/

Thanks again, everyone!

Alumni Bash Committee

Don Burdick, Kelly Calabria, Pamela Cook, Liz Denecke, Cap Hedge, Candee Mumm, Jena Novotny, Chip Pierce, Mary Puskas, Pete Stidd

Thanks to city for Luscher Farm

To the Editor:

Kudos to the city for keeping this valuable community resource (Luscher Farm) open.

How many communities can claim their own functioning farm within arm's reach? Many will say that we need soccer fields but there is room for both. As this farm develops we will see it as a place where children can learn so much about their connection to Mother Earth. My friends in West Linn, Beaverton and Tualatin are jealous that we have such a fantastic gem in the midst of our city. Thank you, city of Lake Oswego, for supporting this beautiful project.

Kathleen McElderry

Lake Oswego

Notice how often WEB is mentioned

To the Editor:

Now that everyone has received their fall 2007 Parks and Recreation catalog in the mail, make sure you read through it and notice all the times WEB (West End Building, aka Safeco) is mentioned.

Seems we have a new teen center there and many classes are now being offered there.

Apparently the city has decided to give us a new community center whether we want one or not.

Karla Nielsen

Lake Oswego

Either finish the project or get rid of it

To the Editor:

(An open letter to Lakeridge High School-area neighbors):

Is it just me, or has anyone else had very bad thoughts about the transplanted house being moved and retrofitted to the Pioneer Cemetery?

Having dealt with the building department in the past, I find it hard to believe they don't have some rule protecting us from this disaster. If every three-inch scrub maple and dying dogwood is protected and controlled to assure the beauty of our town, how is it that the 1960s-era starter house placed on a six-foot-tall foundation and an ultra long garage door has been allowed to linger, fester, and overgrow for this long? Please - we are begging you! It reminds us of the amazingly inefficient Rosemont Circle project.

Finish it and get the flowers and shrubs in, or get rid of it - pretty please!

Jeff Martin

Lake Oswego

Log on to donate life so that others can live

To the Editor:

Even though more than 90 percent of people support organ and tissue donation, the number of people who need transplants has been growing about five times faster than the rate of donations. Indeed, more than 2,000 individuals in the Pacific Northwest are awaiting an organ transplant, while thousands more are waiting for a tissue transplant. Yet, according to the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank, there were only 103 deceased donors in Oregon and Washington in 2006.

Yes, 1.5 million Oregonians have a 'D' on their driver's licenses. But that designation only provides intent to become an organ donor. Under these circumstances, the deceased's family members ultimately make the final decision.

What's even more problematic is that only 15,000 organ donors a year nationally die in circumstances -such as brain deaths resulting from head trauma - that even make them suitable for transplants. And only half of those deaths actually result in organ donations due to consent issues.

So what's the solution? The bigger the pool of consented organ donors becomes, the better chance someone on the waiting list receives an organ.

To make consent easy - and to increase the donor pool - Donate Life Northwest recently launched an online donor registry. Those who wish to become organ and tissue donors and take the burden off their families can simply log onto a secure and confidential Web site to document their decision. Further, the registry serves as a central database for donation information, allowing organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies to quickly identify donors.

As a potential organ recipient, I believe the online registry is an important step in helping people like me receive a life-saving transplant. And although the driver's license 'D' designation is commendable, it is only considered intent to donate. Signing up on the registry is considered informed consent to donate. Please visit www.donatelifenw.org to donate life.

Susan Hassett

Lake Oswego, is a heart patient in likely need of a future transplant. Her brother died in a hospital while waiting for a heart transplant.

Make young people aware of various dangers

To the Editor:

Parents be aware that your children may be in danger.

Young people enjoy skateboarding and bicycling more than ever. We see them on sidewalks, streets and sometimes places they should not be. For their safety and the safety of others, they need to be aware and alert to hazards in their way and the way of others. Skateboards travel very fast, especially on hills. Those in their path sometimes find them difficult to avoid.

I have found that it is extremely difficult to back out of a driveway when the skateboarders, especially, are traveling quickly down a sidewalk or street not looking ahead, and not thinking of what may suddenly appear in their path. Cars and people may be in their pathway. Bushes, trees, and walls block cars slowly backing out of driveways and people (possibly with their dogs), coming out of a house, or around a corner.

For the safety of the teens and children, please make your sons and daughters aware of these dangers … it could prevent them and others, from being injured.

Diane Marconi

Lake Oswego

Legacy: Leave a better city for the future

To the Editor:

When we moved to Lake Oswego in 1972 we had three children in college out of state and three who attended grammar and high school here. The school system brought us here. The entire community seemed to be defined within the individual school boundaries and downtown was not much of an attraction.

Mountain Park and Lake Grove district were orphans, often ignored in the planning process and priorities. We felt abandoned on this side of town. We and our neighbors griped about it and complained to what appeared to be no avail.

This last year the city took (and probably made) the opportunity to acquire the Safeco property for future development. Our great library system has no room to grow and better serve us - the Mountain Park pool (which was available to 25/30 percent of the city's population is history) - the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center needs to better serve seniors and soon-to-be 'boomer seniors.' My wife and I came to Lake Oswego in our 40s - that was 35 years ago - (age is only a number and ours is unlisted!)

While many may complain about change, we want to continue to live in this mixed and diverse community - with young families and children around - in the absence of our own - and we will continue to support our schools, public and private, as well as our merchants and services - all of whom have served us well for these 35 years (and counting.)

We think that the Safeco purchase was a bold move. If the council had been timid or tepid, it would not have happened. We citizens elected them to make bold decisions and so we support them and those citizens who will take the time and contribute the thorough effort to make and implement wise plans for the fullest use of this valuable asset entrusted to the city.

I'd like to think that this short letter would contribute to a reasonable assessment of what many of us believe could be a legacy for all - to leave for the future a better Lake Oswego.

J.H. Schick

Mountain Park

Pay attention to the weight of backpacks

To the Editor:

I would like to have all of the Lake Oswego parents that have kids that carry backpacks to school know the real weight that they should be carrying.

I went to www.WebMD.com and found out the kids that wiegh 50 pounds should be carrying 5 pounds of weight in their backpacks. And kids that weigh 75 pounds should be carrying 7.5 pounds and kids that weigh 125 should be carrying 12.5 pounds. And kids that weigh 150 should be carrying 15 pounds in their backpacks.

The parents can also go to Walgreens.com and then go to where it says kids health and it will say the same thing!

You can even ask a back doctor about this, too.

Jennifer Kilpatrick

Lake Oswego