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DEQ hits Ananda Center with $1,500 fine

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $1,500 fine earlier this month to the Ananda Center in Laurelwood for wastewater permit violations at its retreat and conference center in Gaston.

In June 2013, Ananda Center caretakers failed to monitor effluent from its wastewater treatment facility for coliform bacteria. The company's wastewater permit requires regular monitoring of wastewater to help protect Oregon's water quality. Effluent limits are set to protect aquatic life and human health.

Library inches closer to public-art goal

The Forest Grove Library Foundation raised $1,719 last Thursday, Jan. 16, during its Books 'n Buns fundraiser. The total is about $400 less than the Books 'n Buns event in 2011, which was held during the World Series that year and featured special World Series meals.

Library Director Colleen Winters thinks the cold weather and different time of year were some of the factors that might have influenced this year's lower take.

The money will help fund a public-art project to be created by renowned glass artist Ed Carpenter, whose mother volunteered at the Forest Grove City Library for years. Carpenter is donating his time and design work, but still needs money for materials and installation costs, among other things.

Maggie Pike, owner of Maggie's Buns, caters the event, which began several years ago.

There was no Books 'n Buns in 2012.

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