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Bringing the Rose Fest to sailors

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JUNE C. HUSSEY - Courtyard Fountains resident Kathey Gregory (left) and a Girl Scout member (right) display a finished box at an intergenerational work party Saturday, June 1.

The Navy had to cancel its annual appearance at Portland Rose Festival’s Fleet Week, but that didn’t stop volunteers from bringing the Rose Fest to sailors.

An intergenerational group of volunteers packed 50 boxes to send to young sailors heading to Afghanistan on Saturday, June 1, at Courtyard Fountains, a senior community in Gresham.

The project drew volunteers from the Rose Festival Court; local Girl Scouts; participants in Molly’s Adopt a Sailor Project; and residents of Courtyard Fountains.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JUNE C. HUSSEY - Girl Scouts, Rose Court princesses and Mollys Adopt-a-Sailor volunteers join residents at Courtyard Fountains in Gresham on Saturday, June 1, to prepare more than 50 boxes of letters, comfort items and necessities for sailors leaving for Afghanistan.

Because of the effects of federal sequestration, this year the Navy was unable to send its vessels to Fleet Week, a Rose Festival tradition dating back to 1907.

On its website, the Rose Festival wrote a statement that “it values its longtime relationship with the U.S. Navy and looks forward to the resumption of the Navy’s participation in Fleet Week in the future.”

Fleet Week was created as a way to celebrate and thank active and reserve military personnel and all veterans.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JUNE C. HUSSEY - Girl Scout member (far left), Rose Court Princess (left), Courtyard Fountains residents Beth Clark, Toodie Butts, Lorraine Shewbert and Esther Snider pack books and Girl Scout Cookies.



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