Dancers seek donors

After more than 40 years of dance, including five state championships in the last two decades, the Banks High School dance team lost its budget to boogie.

The Lady Braves dance and drill team lost school funding in recent cuts and is reaching out to local businesses for financial support. Sponsors would help defray the cost of competition fees, travel expenses and costumes in 2013-14. The team competes across Oregon in hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, kick-line and novelty categories.

Following a dance camp, the team practices for eight months leading up to the OSAA Dance and Drill State Competition in late March. The Lady Braves have placed in 15 of the last 19 championships, and brought home second place for their hip-hop routine at the 2013 Scappoose Happy Feet Competition.

Help shape your city

The Forest Grove City Council needs citizens and students (high school and college) to help fill advisory boards, committees and commissions.

The volunteer advisors provide perspective and direction to the council on various issues.

There are 13 openings spread across six different groups: two on the Committee for Citizen Involvement, two on the Community Forestry Commission, one on the Economic Development Commission, two on the Historic Landmarks Board, two on the Library Commission and four on the Public Safety Advisory Commission.

Some of these positions are for at-large members, some are specifically for students, some require residence within city limits or within the rural fire district. They also vary in terms of how long the commitment lasts — from a Citizen Involvement seat that lasts through 2013 to public-safety and historic-landmarks positions that extend through 2016.

For applications and information on the various positions, go to and click on the Citizen Boards link under “Latest News.” Applications are due at 5 p.m.

July 31 and may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., dropped off at City Hall or mailed to City Recorder, second floor; 1924 Council St., Forest Grove, OR 97116. For more information, contact the city recorder at 503-992-3235.

Soldiers and veterans sought for celebration, stories

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for individuals who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. The association’s annual reunion will be held in Columbus, Ga., from Sept. 17 to 21. For more information about the reunion, contact secretary treasurer, Bob Haynes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 244-225-1202 or go to

In a separate effort, the U.S. Army seeks veterans to share their stories with them to celebrate the end of the draft’s 40th anniversary.

“Your stories of courage, service and sacrifice inspire new generations of Americans to follow in your footsteps,” said Maj. Gen. David Mann of Army Recruiting Command. “As Army ambassadors in your communities, our Soldiers for Life, we urge you to continue to share your Army Story wherever you go.”

Those who served since 1973 are encouraged to share why they volunteered for the Army, what they got out of the service and what they think they contributed to the nation. Answers may be sent to Gary Stauffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scout volunteer honored

Norman Royce of Forest Grove never earned a Boy Scout merit badge. But last month, he earned the Cascade Pacific Council’s top volunteer award.

Out of 13,000 adult mentors from the council’s 1,334 scouting units and 19 districts, Royce was one of only 26 to receive the Silver Beaver this year at a May 30 ceremony.

Unlike many of his peers, Royce was never actually a Boy Scout. But when he was in college (in California), a local troop asked him to teach a firearm-safety lesson. They asked him back again to teach wilderness survival skills. At lesson number three — fishing equipment — the scouts asked him to be their assistant scoutmaster.

Now, years later, Royce is currently a committee member for Troop 213 in Forest Grove.

While the Silver Beaver is the most prestigious award he’s received, it is far from the first. He also received the Wood Badge 2005, the District Award of Merit in 2006, the Powder Horn in 2007 and the Vigil in the Order of the Arrow in 2009.

His own son is a member of Venturer Crew 207, a co-ed division of Boy Scouts that includes 14-20 year olds.

Over his Scouting career, Royce has served as a scoutmaster, district trainer, roundtable commissioner, camp-master and merit badge counselor. He’s become known in the Tuality District for his Dutch oven cooking and initiated the December Dessert Dutch Oven Contest, now a mainstay.

“A lot of people focus on maybe one or two roles,” said Todd McDonald, of the CPC. “He’s highly involved.”

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