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Bombs bursting in air? Just fireworks!

Wondering about all the noise and commotion around Oswego Lake on Friday night? You’re not alone; the Lake Oswego Police Department received nearly 120 calls from concerned residents who reported hearing everything from gunfire to explosions.

But it turns out that the real story is far less dramatic: The hubbub around 9 p.m. was actually a permitted fireworks display used to celebrate a surprise party, according to Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk.

“The applicant worked with the fireworks vendor and the Lake Corp to obtain the permits, which were issued through the State Fire Marshal’s Office,” Zoutendijk said.

Fireworks permits cost about $100, he said, and both the police and fire departments review them to make sure they meet minimum safety standards.

“The Lake Oswego Fire Department did an inspection of the barge, just like we do for the 4th of July display,” said Zoutendijk, who added that the Lake Corp was named as part of the event’s safety plan but was not the applicant for the permit.

“In my history with the department, we have not had any displays except the 4th of July one,” Zoutendijk said. “But there are no rules or laws against a permitted fireworks display, as long as it meets all the safety requirements.”

LO mothers, daughters honored

The Lake Oswego Chapter of the National Charity League received the Northwest Pilot Project’s highest award at the agency’s April 7 volunteer appreciation luncheon.

The Community Service Award was established to recognize, inspire and encourage outstanding achievement and service to Portland’s elderly, homeless and poor. Members of the Lake Oswego branch were honored for assembling and donating more than 300 client care kits with bedding, kitchen, hygiene and cleaning items.

The group has also provided holiday party favors and Christmas stockings for Northwest Pilot Project’s clients for two years.

Four officers from the Lake Oswego chapter represented the organization at the awards luncheon: Vicki Moreland, chapter president; Tricia Wimmer, vice president of philanthropy; and Julie Bissett and Ravae Wilson, liaisons between National Charity League and Northwest Pilot Project.

Northwest Pilot Project is a nonprofit social service agency that helps poor and homeless seniors ages 55 and older. The agency helps clients find safe, affordable housing and provides a variety of support services. National Charity League members include girls in seventh through twelfth grades and their mothers.

Mary’s Woods to host health fair

Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst will host a free Health & Wellness Fair on April 24 that will include free screenings, chair massages, a yoga demonstration and more.

The fair, which is scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will offer an overview of health programs at Mary’s Woods that are available to all Portland-area residents. Mary’s Woods nurses and representatives from Providence Health, Infinity Rehab, the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, POLST and other organizations also will be on hand.

Participants will be able to choose from a variety of screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index and diabetes. The day will also include chair massages, acupuncture, yoga demonstrations and the chance to meet one-on-one with a staff nurse or health care provider.

Healthy snacks will be provided and a raffle for prizes is planned.

Mary’s Woods is located at 17400 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego. For more information, call 503-697-6434 or go to maryswoods.com.


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