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Hoodenpyl resigns from Gaston council

Gaston City Councilor Randy Hoodenpyl resigned at the city council meeting last Wednesday, March 9.

He cited time contraints as his main reason. He has young children, a demanding job and volunteers as a Little League coach.

He also said serving on the council has gotten to be almost embarrassing because of the usually tense and often hostile nature of many of the discussions at monthly meetings.

During his stint on the council in the last year, Hoodenpyl helped establish the city’s first Park & Recreation Committee, on which he’ll still consider serving.

Take part in Take Care of Cornelius Day

Those who are interested in helping plan Take Care of Cornelius Day are invited to attend a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Cornelius City Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St. City Council President Dave Schamp and Councilor Harley Crowder will lead the meeting. Attendees will discuss flyers, outreach and event organization. The cleanup day is Saturday, May 14. The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 20.

Adopt-a-Park Program gains new volunteers

As part of the city of Forest Grove’s Adopt-a-Park Program, the Holbrook Masonic Lodge has taken over maintaining the landscaped triangle near Tom McCall Upper Elementary School from the Forest Grove Kiwanis, which kept the space beautiful for many years. New Seasons Foods has adopted Fernhill Wetlands and will work in partnership with the city and Clean Water Services to pick up litter and plant seasonally.

The Adopt-a-Park Program recruits volunteers to keep Forest Grove’s parks and green spaces beautiful, safe, clean and environmentally sustainable. For more information, call 503-992-3302.