'Best Of Lake Oswego' great way to start the holidays

To the Editor:

It is Wednesday evening on Nov. 14; and the Lake Oswego downtown Village Center 2007 Celebration is in full swing.

Street trees are brightly lit and the boutique shops are pouring out their festiveness, each offering superb merchandise along with their hospitality trays laden with deliciously prepared hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wines and confectionaries, etc.

The merchandise in the stores is absolutely an 'I've got to have it' temptation and then there is this immense tent set up by the lake, which is a beehive of mingling humanity enjoying the entertainment.

Raffle items were displayed to tease anyone's lucky draw, in anticipation of being the winner. I had my hopes on a huge basket packed full of wonderful goodies. I was so elated to win it!

Oh, boy! What a sweet surprise! Yes, I'm a winner!

The great basket was donated by the Lake Oswego Review newspaper. Thank you, thank you, to Brian Monihan and the Review for their contribution on this promotional event which is sponsored by Gramor, the Review, Lake View Village shops and Lamb's Palisades Market. These businesses make a difference in their community.

This brings me to wish everyone a winning Happy Holidays and a marvelous 2008.

Let peace reign!

Alice Richmond

West Linn

Remember coyotes are wild animals

To the Editor:

This is a foot note to the excellent 'Well-fed coyotes on the prowl' article by Cliff Newell in the Nov. 22 Review, which contained useful and accurate information based on my experience in a rural Southern California area.

I don't know that coyotes mate for life, but they do hunt in pairs. One will jump or dance around with a 'come and chase me' demeanor and if your doggie is lose and does chase the coyote, there is the second one waiting in ambush. Good-bye, doggie!

A neighbor of mine was walking her dachshund when she saw a coyote about 50 feet in front of her. The coyote made a dash for the dog, which was being scooped up by its owner. The coyote jumped up several times trying to snatch the dachshund out of her raised hands. Only by her shouting and moving aggressively did the coyote retreat into the bushes. The coyote was not after the owner, nor was she hurt, it just wanted a meal.

If you plan to build that 12-foot fence to keep the coyotes out of your yard, don't forget to entrench the bottom part of the fence at least 18 inches deep. They are great diggers.

Coyotes are nocturnal hunters and are seldom seen during the day, at least where I lived. If they are running in the streets during daylight, it indicates they are hungry or looking for water. They also tend to migrate when the local food supply dries up. Always remember, they are wild animals.

John Beau

Lake Oswego

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