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HomePlate fundraiser set for March 13

A fundraiser for HomePlate Youth Services will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro.

The social hour and dinner is sponsored by the PSI Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Tickets are $15 and reservations must be made by today, Friday, March 8. To make a reservation, email roberta.hutton313@gmail.com or donalenbiller@gmail.com.

HomePlate serves homeless and disadvantaged youths up to age 24. Among other things, it provides free meals on Mondays and Thursdays in Hillsboro, and on Wednesdays in Beaverton. For more information, visit homeplateyouth.org.

Legislature, campaign work keep Unger busy

New state Rep. Ben Unger is finding that the 2013 Oregon Legislature and upcoming May 21 special election are keeping him extra busy. Unger, a Washington County Democrat, is a political consultant specializing in grassroots organizing. In addition to serving in the Oregon House, he is currently working on the campaign in support of fluoridating Portland’s water supply.

“I believe in the cause. Improving the health of children by preventing cavities is a lot like some of the things I’m trying to accomplish in Salem. But it makes for long days and busy weekends,” said Unger, who worked on numerous campaigns before being elected to House District 29 last November.

The committee supporting Measure 26-151 is called Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland. It recently reported paying Unger’s firm $5,000 and still owes him an additional $5,000. Unger’s firm is called TallFir LLC.

Hillsboro man wins $80K Keno prize

Neal Ewing of Hillsboro played a hunch and wound up the winner of an $80,295 Keno prize Thursday at the Forest Grove Elks Lodge.

Ewing, 74, isn’t a regular Keno player, but last week he purchased a Quick Pick ticket, and the rest is history. He said he plans to buy a “newer,” but not new, car with his Oregon Lottery winnings.

The Elks will receive an $802 bonus for selling the winning ticket, according to lottery officials.

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