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Local briefs for July 20

Sept. 11 flag arrives in Portland

The National Sept. 11 flag, which survived the fall of the World Trade Center towers, will make its way to Oregon on Wednesday, July 20. Gresham firefighters will take part in a ceremony at 10 a.m. to sew the Oregon restorative patch onto the flag at the US Bancorp Tower, 111 S.W. 5th Ave., Portland. Service men and women in all 50 states are stitching the tattered flag back to its original format using pieces of fabric from American flags destined for retirement in each state.

Gresham model flyers host qualifier

The Sky Knights Radio Control Flying Club, which organizes radio-control model aircraft competitions in Gresham and Sandy, is sponsoring the U.S. Scale Masters Evergreen Qualifier, which will be held Aug. 5-7 at Sharp's Green Acres in Molalla.

The event gives participants a chance to show their skills in radio-control flying and craftsmanship. The three days of competition will include competitions and awards, raffle prizes and food. It is a locally sanctioned event toward the 32nd annual U.S. Scale Masters Championship in Fresno, Calif., in October.

Admission for the public is free. To learn more about participating in the event, call Dale McDonald at 503-761-3109. For more information about the Sky Knights, visit sky-knights.org or call President Mike McKay at 503-970-4985 or Vice President Gregg Marshall at 503-789-5488.

Lutheran church offers Bible school

St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14500 S.E. Powell Blvd., will hold its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, July 24-28.

Dinner will be provided, and the school is open to children in pre-school through fifth grade. Camp Lutherwood staff leads sessions.

Registration is required by a parent or guardian on the first night a child is able to attend.

For more information, call 503-761-8202.

Website helps first-time homebuyers

A new national website was launched with the goal of helping first-time homebuyers learn about and access local, state and federal programs available from government agencies and mortgage lenders throughout the United States. FirstHomeAdvi

sor.com educates consumers so they can make better-informed decisions about purchasing and financing their first home.

Falling trees close popular campground

Recreation managers at Mount Hood National Forest closed a popular campground Friday after shallow-rooted hemlock trees fell within the grounds.

'Indian Henry is a very special place for so many people,' said Brad Siemens, acting district ranger. 'It is one of our largest and most popular campgrounds; however, we must err on the side of public safety.'

Recreation services staff planned to call campers with future reservations at Indian Henry and find them reservations at other suitable campgrounds along the Clackamas River if they desire.