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Donor starts college fund for FGHS student

An anonymous donor has started a college fund for Roshawn Lemkau, a 15-year-old Forest Grove High School student who stopped an attack on a man Feb. 17 in downtown Portland.

Lemkau has always wanted to go into law enforcement and said he didn’t have time to be scared when he approached the attacker. Because his adoptive father, John Lemkau, suffers from severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and has to live in a Portland care facility, Roshawn Lemkau currently lives in a foster care home in Forest Grove.

Donors can help make Roshawn’s journey to college a little easier by donating to the Roshawn Lemkau college account at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.

Hagg Lake opens with additions

Henry Hagg Lake near Gaston is now open for the season, and in the future will no longer close for the winter.

The cold season brought some improvements to the lake, including new grass, beach access and a playground near boat ramp C. There are also plans to add 80 overnight campground sites near ramp A within the next year.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies are reminding lake-goers of a few safety precautions:

n All children younger than 13 years old must wear a life jacket when on a boat. There must also be a life jacket for each adult on board. Fines for not being properly equipped with life jackets are $260. Inexperience, drinking and exhaustion have been common causes for past drownings in Hagg Lake.

n Fishing licenses are required and cost about $33. The fine for fishing without a license is $110. Fines for this unclassified misdemeanor charge, if left unpaid, result in a mandatory arrest warrant. Hagg Lake has been stocked by the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Department.

n Hull inspections are necessary for the boat registration process. Inspections are free. Flag down a deputy at the lake or call 503-629-0111 and a deputy will come to you.

n Boat ramp A is temporarily closed because the dock has broken loose.

Come paint the whale!

Forest Grove High School students are inviting local residents to help paint a mural at the school. The community painting session will be from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the high school, 1401 Nichols Lane. Refreshments will be provided.

Dam improvements inching through Congress

A bill that would help pay for seismic improvements to Scoggins Dam at Hagg Lake will soon come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, following a Feb. 27 hearing before a subcommittee. Washington County Commission Chair Andy Duyck flew to Washington, D.C., to testify on Senate Bill 1946, which would extend the Bureau of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams program.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who is sponsoring the bill along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, said the bill would “provide communities with assurances that federal facilities like Scoggins Dam get the safety upgrades they so badly need.”