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Deadline approaching for health award nominees

Nominations for the 14th annual Public Health Recognition awards are due Friday, March 4.

Since 2003, the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services has honored outstanding public health efforts by providing awards to individuals, organizations, youths or youth-related groups, and Washington County staff members who have stood out as pioneers of awareness for public health issues that affect the local community.

The awards will be presented during National Public Health Week on April 5 at Washington County’s Public Services building, 155 N. First Ave. in Hillsboro.

Nomination forms can be found at co.washington.or.us/HHS, or by calling Gwyn Ashcom at 503-846-4544.

Cornelius Library names campaign manager

To help The Friends of the Cornelius Public Library raise $2.4 million in matching funds for the city’s new library space, the Cornelius Public Library announced the appointment of Encore Fellow Claire Lematta as the Cornelius Place project capital campaign manager Feb. 9.

The Encore Fellows program, hosted by Social Ventures Partners, matches the talent and expertise of civic-minded people with nonprofit organizations to address specific needs.

“After a long business career, I felt it was time to substantially make a difference to my local community — and this is a great way to do it,” Lematta said.

Lematta brings 25 years of communications, public relations and business development experience the city, the Friends of the Cornelius Public Library, and non-profit housing developer Bienestar to construct the new three-story building Cornelius Place project, which will house the new library, a youth recreation center and 41 affordable apartments for adults 55 and older.

Spanish-speaking town hall set Feb. 27

In partnership with Centro Cultural of Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Cornelius will host its 11th Spanish-speaking Town Hall on Feb. 27.

In response to recent questions from Latino parents who asked for help to identify illegal drugs they believed were in their children’s possession, Deputy Micah Akin will bring in a drug display case and provide a drug-search demonstration with the assistance of Stark, his K-9 partner, pictured above.

The event will be held at Centro Cultural’s offices at 1110 N. Adair St. in Cornelius at 11 a.m.

A bilingual volunteer will provide translation. Residents of Forest Grove and Hillsboro are also invited to attend.