Local news briefs for Feb. 4
Barlow club collects jeans for teens
The Barlow High School Key Club is hosting a Teens for Jeans drive in which it is accepting donations of new and used jeans that will go to homeless teens in the area.
Jeans can be dropped off at the Barlow office, 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave., during regular school hours until Friday, Feb. 10.
If you don't have any jeans to donate, cash donations are accepted to purchase jeans. Send donations to Sam Barlow Teens for Jeans, P.O. Box 1931, Gresham, 97030-0569.
Orchid sale at Mount Hood hospital
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Volunteer Guild at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is hosting an orchid sale Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8-9, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital main lobby, 24800 S.E. Stark St.
AJ Floral Farms provides one of the largest selections of orchids in the region. Three-inch pots are $10 each or two for $15; 4- to 5-inch pots are $15 each or two for $25.
All proceeds benefit patient and family projects.
City to flush water system
Don't be surprised if you see discolored water flowing from your faucets and from fire hydrants next week.
The Gresham Water Division will start its annual water quality and system maintenance flushing program Monday, Feb. 6, in Gresham's northeast region around Grant Butte to remove built-up sediment that settles in waterlines.
Flushing will take place from February through April in both residential and some commercial districts. Crews will flush between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays in neighborhoods and between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in high-activity and commercial areas to limit inconvenience to businesses and customers.
If customers noticed discolored water in their private systems during flushing in the neighborhood, officials recommend turning on each cold-water faucet and allowing the water to run until it's clear again. Call the operations center at 503-618-2626 if there's still a problem.
Three apply for vacant council spot
Three people have applied for the vacant Fairview City Council position previously held by Larry Cooper, who died in December.
The city received applications from Tami Tlustis-Arnold, a registered nurse and owner of Village Pilates; Dr. Steven Prom, owner of Springwater Chiropractic Clinic; and Brian Cooper, Larry Cooper's son.
The City Council is planning to interview the three candidates at a special meeting Monday, Feb. 13, and also make a decision. Whoever is selected will serve until the next general election in November 2012.
Salvation Army offers tax prep help
To help assist low-income residents in East Multnomah County in preparation of their taxes, The Salvation Army in Gresham/East Portland Family Services and Youth Center programs will be partnering with the AARP Foundation starting Feb. 11.
This free service will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 14 at The Salvation Army, 473 S.E. 194th Ave. The assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will assist at minimum 120 individuals/families.
For more details about this or another Tax-Aide site, or to learn how to volunteer, go to aarp.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).