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Albertsons to celebrate return to LO on Aug. 3

Albertsons will celebrate its return to Lake Oswego next week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other special events at the store on Boones Ferry Road.

The store has been operating under the Albertsons name since early June, but company officials delayed their grand-opening ceremony until the conversion from a Haggen Food & Pharmacy was complete. The ribbon cutting now is planned for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

In addition to cake and product samples, the event will include a check presentation to the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation and comments from Mayor Kent Studebaker.

The Lake Grove market became a Haggen in 2015 after the Federal Trade Commission ordered Albertsons to sell off some of its locations as part of a merger with Safeway. But things didn’t go well for Haggen in the following months, and the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2015.

The Lake Grove store was one of 33 “core” locations that Haggen planned to auction off earlier this year before reaching an agreement to sell most of them — including the supermarket at 16199 Boones Ferry Road — back to Albertsons.

Company officials say the Lake Oswego store has received a variety of ugrades, including new paint and lighting, a kombucha station and a second loading dock. The service deli, bakery, specialty cheese section and Starbucks seating area all have been expanded, and the store now has an increased focus on natural and organic items in the produce area.

County commissioners to host Town Hall

Two tax measures on the November ballot will be the focus when Clackamas County commissioners host a Town Hall on Aug. 3 at West Linn High School. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room F201 at the school, which is located at 5404 West A St.

Discussion is expected to center around two ballot measures proposed by commissioners for the November election: a 6-cents-per-gallon fuel tax to pay for road maintenance projects and a 3-percent sales tax on recreational marijuana.

If enacted, the fuel tax would be collected countywide for seven years; revenue would be split with participating cities in the county, including Lake Oswego – 60 percent would go to the county and 40 percent would go to the cities. The sales tax would just apply to recreational marijuana items sold in unincorporated Clackamas County; the 3-percent tax would add to the 17-percent state tax already in place.

Wednesday’s Town Hall is being billed as an opportunity for all county residents and stakeholders to pose questions directly to commissioners.

A chance to brush up on CERT skills

Clackamas County will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) summit on Sept. 24 in Boring to give area residents who are already certified a chance to refresh and practice their emergency response skills.

More than 1,600 people have undergone extensive training in Lake Oswego, where the fire department conducts CERT classes twice a year. The September event will include a series of 10-minute “skill stations” where participants will review what they've learned and then practice specific activities, including search and rescue, medical triage, fire suppression and disaster sanitation.

The all-day event includes a provided lunch, but participants will need to bring boots, gloves, hardhats, protective eyewear and sunscreen.

The event will be held at the Boring Fire Station at 28655 SE Hwy 212 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Space is limited, so attendees must RSVP online at https://2016cccertsummit.eventbrite.com.

For questions or additional details, call or email LOFD Deputy Fire Marshal David Smith at 503-635-0378 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— The Review