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Hats off to volunteers for Concours' success

Once again, sincere and deep thank yous are the order of the day from Rotary of Forest Grove to all the volunteers who helped staff the 41st Concours d'Elegance. Without your help, the event would not have been the success it was on Sunday, nor would it have been around for those 41 years if you hadn't helped in previous years.

Specifically, though, the undersigned would like to make sure that the Forest Grove Viking football team is duly mentioned for their work with the campus set-up committee. With the onset of time, some Rotarians (not all, but some) have a little less spring in their step and moving all the furniture necessary for the event is not the easy task it once was. The Viks stepped in, as they have done for so many years, and made a tough job a lot easier.

Their sense of service helped out Rotary a great deal this weekend, and Rotary wants to return the favor by urging all of us to attend the Viking football games this season — specifically, the first game of the season on the road at Marshall High School field on Aug. 30. That night, at 7 p.m., the Viks will meet Benson of the Portland Interscholastic League. The first home game of the year will be on Friday, Sept. 13 against Tualatin, and kickoff is also set for 7 p.m.

By the way, the mascot for Benson is the Engineer. Now, would you want your kids to go to a school where they teach you to drive a train, or would you much rather go to a school named for those who discovered America? And Tualatin's mascot is the Timberwolf, a scraggly four-legged animal that is the subject of Jack London books. Again, that or a school named for Norse gods such as Thor, Odin and Hagar the Horrible? Your call, but as for us ... remember, above all, GO VIKINGS!

And thanks for the volunteerism.

Mike Hundley, chairman

Pete Truax, co-chairman

Campus set-up committee

Concours d'Elegance

Fireworks show was a big hit

I would like to publicly thank a number of people for making the Forest Grove Firefighters Association’s community fireworks show such a great success.

First, the fireworks show would not have been a success without the tireless volunteer efforts of members of the Forest Grove Firefighters Association; the community members who support us; and additional members of the Cornelius Firefighter Association. I also want to thank our partners in presenting the show, the Forest Grove School District, Forest Grove Police Department and Public Works Department, Miracle Sign Co., Boy Scout Troop 213 and our band, Trask River Redemption.

I am pleased to announce that the fireworks show was a success, and the Forest Grove Firefighters Association has committed to providing this community event again next year! Next year, we are planning to have more toilets, a food option, a more concentrated fireworks display, and more options in concessions. If you have additional ideas, please share them on our Facebook page.

The fireworks display is entirely funded by the donations we receive at the event. If you didn’t get a chance to donate, we are still taking donations at the fire station.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the citizens who attended. The fireworks display had a true community feel because we had so many people participate. We appreciate the support you have shown the Forest Grove Firefighters Association both at this event and in our future endeavors. We are proud to be part of this community and proud to be one of the reasons that Forest Grove is a great place to live.

Robert Hutchens


Forest Grove Firefighters Association

Family grateful to firefighters

We would like to thank Forest Grove Fire & Rescue for their fast response to our call for help.

Us three old codgers are thankful for you guys and gals. We at 1504 Limpus Lane appreciate you.

We are 100, 84 and 79 years old and need all the help we can get. Thanks again.

Loula Wells Wiggins, Walter Cochran and Laretta Cochran

Forest Grove

Driver cards law should be repealed

In May, the Oregon Legislature and Gov. John Kitzhaber passed a law, Senate Bill 833, granting "driver cards" to illegal immigrants.

Oregon voters, however — right from their home computers — can help keep that law from taking effect.

A group of Oregonians operating as "Protect Oregon Driver Licenses" is working to put a referendum onto the November 2014 statewide ballot that would give voters a chance to annul the driver-card law. To do so, the group needs to collect 58,142 signatures of registered voters this summer.

Why should Oregonians sign the referendum petition? Because illegal immigrant driver cards would: a) undermine the rule of law; b) better enable illegal immigrants to take and keep jobs from Oregonians; and c) aid and abet the drug cartels that rely heavily on illegal immigrants to transport their products.

Moreover, notes Oregon state Rep. Sal Esquivel — one of the referendum effort's chief sponsors — the driver-card law "was rammed through the Legislature so quickly that most Oregonians barely got the chance to scrutinize it and weigh in with their opinions."

The referendum, he says, aims to "provide for a sustained and informative public debate, and include rank-and-file Oregonians directly in the decision-making process."

Getting your petition is easy. Go to ProtectOregonDL.org, print a single-signature petition sheet, sign it, and mail it to the listed address. By doing so, you can help repeal "driver cards" for illegal immigrants.

Richard F. LaMountain

Cedar Mill

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