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Academy offers free cop's-eye view

Applications for the Forest Grove Police Department’s Citizens Academy are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 23. The free educational sessions explore patrol procedure, criminal investigation, forensics, mental health issues and more.The Academy will run from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday (except during Spring Break) from Feb. 13 to April 17 in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. Its 25 slots are open to anyone who lives or works in Forest Grove and is 18 or older, with an exception for high school seniors who want to attend as part of their senior project. People with felony convictions or more than one misdemeanor are excluded. Applications can be picked up at the police station or downloaded from the city website at forestgrove-or.gov. For more information, call Mike Herb, the department’s public information officer, at 503-992-3260.

CPO meeting addresses highway concerns

Safety concerns while crossing Highway 47 will be the central focus of a Citizens Participation Organization (CPO) 15 meeting next Wednesday, Jan. 16. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Forest Hills Golf Course, 36260 S.W. Tongue Lane, Cornelius.

Chairwoman Peggy Harris says the group will host Lili Boicourt, community affairs coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation's Region 1, and Larry McKinley, area manager of Region 2, who will discuss possible mitigations at various north and south junctures with Highway 47 in Forest Grove, particularly Maple Street, Elm Street and Fern Hill Road.

A second topic at the meeting will be disaster preparedness, with Cynthia Valdivia of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services speaking about what citizens can do do develop a plan and be ready in case of a local emergency or disaster.

For more information, call 503-359-0798.

Veterans Memorial Park vandalism cleaned up

Before Cornelius police officers could respond to the reports of graffiti in Veterans Memorial Park on 19th Avenue late last month, it was cleaned up.

Interim Chief Ken Summers received word of the graffiti tagging the park Dec. 28, but locals Thomas Clough, David Gardner and Amber Gilley decided to clean it up as soon as they saw it.

Zack Gallinger-Long, who spearheaded the renaming of the park after his brother was killed during military service in 2011, said he was “grateful they took the initiative to get it cleaned up. Before anyone even heard of it, it was gone.”

An officer is currently investigating the vandalism.

PCC hosts winter 'powwow'

More than 1,000 people from all over the Northwest plan to partake in Portland Community College's "Wacipi" ("They dance") Winter Powwow to celebrate Native American culture and tradition.

The powwow, which is free and open to the public, is from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Health Technology Building, Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., in Portland This cultural event features drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children, and raffle prizes. Other attractions include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., a college fair from noon to 4 p.m. and a free community dinner at 5:30 p.m. This event is alcohol and tobacco free.

Bob Tom of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde will serve as master of ceremonies, Ed Goodell (also with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz) is the whip man and the Northwest Indian Veterans Association is once again the powwow's color guard. Proceeds from the annual Winter Powwow support the college's Native American Student Scholarship, which helps to increase access and retention of Native American students.

For additional information, visit pcc.edu/powwow/.

City fetes advisory boards at dinner

The Forest Grove City Council will host and recognize advisory board members for their contributions to the community Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. A social time will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and a program at 6:45 p.m. Annual reports from each board and commission also will be presented. For details, visit forestgrove-or.gov.

Red Cross blood drive set

Forest Grove will host a Red Cross blood drive Friday, Jan. 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org. The code is forestgrovecity. Or, call the American Red Cross at 503-528-5568.

Parking permits required at wildlife areas

Wildlife viewers, anglers, walkers and others headed to any of nine Oregon wildlife areas are now required to have a parking permit displayed on their vehicle’s dashboard. Daily permits cost $7 and annual permits are $22.

As of Jan. 1, these ODFW Wildlife Areas will require a parking permit: Klamath Wildlife Area, Klamath Falls; Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Eugene; White River Wildlife Area, Tygh Valley; and Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area, Dayville.

These ODFW Wildlife Areas already require a permit: Denman Wildlife Area, Central Point; E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area, Monmouth; Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, La Grande; Summer Lake Wildlife Area, Summer Lake; and Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, Sauvie Island.

Parking permits are transferrable between cars, but each vehicle must have a permit while parked at the wildlife area. Revenue from the Parking Permit Program will be used to improve habitat and infrastructure and to enhance wildlife viewing opportunities at wildlife areas.

For more information, go to ODFW’s website, dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/parking.asp.

'Tackle the Toilet' and save water

The Regional Water Providers Consortium — a group of 22 local water providers plus the regional government Metro — wants you to "tackle the toilet" this winter. With toilets using more water than any other appliance in the home (nearly 27 percent of indoor water use, say consortium officials), addressing toilet troubles is the first step toward conserving water, saving money and protecting the environment.

Use the "four Rs" to start saving water and money right away:

n Remember to check your toilet for leaks twice a year.

n Repair leaks. A how-to video is available at conserveh2o.org/how-to-videos-water-conservation.

n Retrofit your older toilet so that it uses less water. Two options include installing a toilet tank displacement bag or a fill cycle diverter.

n Replace older toilets with a WaterSense high-efficiency toilet. Older toilets use up to four times more water per flush. Contact your local water provider at conserveh2o.org/consortium-members to learn more.

As an added resource to help save water, the RWPC is offering free indoor water saving kits to customers who reside in the Consortium service area. The kits include a bathroom faucet aerator, kitchen faucet aerator, showerhead, shower timer, toilet leak-detection dye tablets and a toilet fill-cycle diverter.

To request a free kit, send an email after Feb. 1 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your mailing address and the name of your water provider.