Should Waluga have been Swan Lake Junior High?

The renaming of Waluga Junior High School to Lakeridge Junior High School prompted the Lake Oswego Preservation Society to look into the word “Waluga.” It is often said that “Waluga” means wild swan and that this was the Native American name for the place that became Oswego and later Lake Oswego.

An article titled “Notes on Native American Place — names of the Willamette Valley Region” was published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. The author, linguist Henry Zenk, states: “Waluga Park/School. I am at a loss to identify this old name of Lake Oswego, said to be ‘an Indian name for wild swan.’ /wa‚¬’/ (or /a‚¬’/) is a marker of the feminine singular in the Upper Chinook dialects, including Clackamas, the best-documented of the vicinity. While /wa‚¬’/ appears in Chinookan names of plants and animals, the available noun lists offer no obvious matches. The Clackamas word recorded for ‘swan’, /iqilúq/, shows the masculine singular marker /i‚¬’/. The same Chinookan noun-stem is the source of the usual Chinuk Wawa word for ‘swan’, [qilúq]. The Kalapuyan word for ‘piliated woodpecker,’ recorded as Tualatin /háÚ”luk/ and Santiam /aÚ”lúk/ and /aÚ”lúku/ is suggestive, albeit most likely only coincidentally so.”

For now, the name “Waluga” will remain another one of Lake Oswego’s history mysteries.

Marylou Colver

President, Lake Oswego Preservation Society

Making a ‘bad situation worse’

Several articles and letters have appeared in the Lake Oswego Review in recent weeks regarding the inadequate parking at Lake Grove Village shopping center. Neighborhood association officers claim to have seen this situation coming. Creation of a by: SUBMITTED - This car took up four parking spaces at the Lake Grove Village shopping center, even though parking is at a premium.“green zone” for grocery and drug store customers seems mostly to have only added to the traffic problems as people drive around looking for a legal place to park.

Everyone in the community seems to be aware of the problem, and many are trying to deal with it.

I was surprised, then, to note on Saturday, July 14, at 6:15 p.m., the height of restaurant traffic flow, one (unconcerned driver was) trying to occupy as much space as possible by parking near the center of a grid of four spaces.

What level of mentality does it take for one individual to try to make a bad situation worse?

Please post this picture in the hope that, where common sense fails, shame may triumph. (But somehow I doubt it.)

Jim Lewis

Lake Oswego

LO track and field has plenty to offer

Last week the Review ran an article concerning high jumping at Lake Oswego High School.  I would like to point out other factors at LOHS that go into making successful track athletes and track teams. 

First, we have a terrific coaching staff.  Coach (Eric) Lider has 30-plus years of experience. We have a variety of expert assistant coaches whose collective knowledge and experience goes into planning workouts. They are valuable assets that athletes can learn from. 

Second, our philosophy is to develop athletes first. A result of raising the athletic level, you will develop track skills and be better prepared for other sports. We focus on functional movements, mechanics, balance, and mobility in progressions appropriate for an athlete’s training age.

Third, we have great resources available. Ron Moore is an expert athletic trainer and goes through a lot of tape and bags of ice on our behalf. We have a supportive booster club that helps stretch our limited budget.  Volunteers help meets run smoothly. And Mark Horak is the hardest-working athletic director I have seen.

Bottom line, the track team has the philosophy, coaching staff and support to help all athletes improve and compete at a high level regardless of event.

Want to be quicker, stronger, avoid injuries and improve other sports? Come out for track. Year round single sports result in overuse injuries, joint problems and other issues.  Sitting in a weight room will get you real good at the bench press. Shooting free throws everyday will make you a good FT shooter, but track will make you a better athlete.

Touch the rim? Good. Come out for track and you will dunk.Think you are fast?  Track will make you faster.  Better yet, you may earn the opportunity to join us at historic Hayward Field.

Steve Collett

Assistant coach, Lake Oswego High School track and field

Javier Rodriguez of Growco is a good Samaritan

When you are panicked and in need, you assume others will heed your need — as I found out, not necessarily so, until you find the right person. 

On the morning of July 10, my teenage daughter, Nellie Kay, got out of bed at 6:45 a.m. and drove me to the train station in Oregon City for what I envisioned as a work-filled leisurely train ride to Seattle. She waited until just before the train arrived and then departed for home. 

A few minutes later, just as the train was pulling in, I received a cell phone call from On Star connecting me with my daughter. She was hysterical. She said, “Daddy, someone hit me!” 

You can imagine my panic as I looked around for a ride to the accident and my daughter. The first person I asked was the Portapotty guy, who said his boss wouldn’t let him give me a ride. I called a taxi company but they said it would be 15 minutes. 15 minutes! I can’t wait 15 seconds! 

As I frantically looked around, I saw to the right the offices of Growco Landscaping. The guys were filing out, headed for their rigs on their way to work. I approach them, asking for a ride. The first person kind of shuffled and referred me to his boss, Javier Rodriguez, who was just stepping out of the office. When I explained my situation, he said “jump in, I’ll take you there.” We drove through traffic to the accident scene.  On the way there he said that he understood my panic as his daughter is 19. When he dropped me off, he said good luck.

My daughter collapsed into my arms, sobbing. She had been stopped in traffic when she was hit by a driver who didn’t even slow down. Thank God for Acura, she’s alive today. As a father, I’m thankful for Javier. He took the time to be a good Samaritan. Thank you to Growco Landscaping for hiring such a great guy. 

As I reread this it seems pretty tame. Let me tell you, it takes a special person to immediately see a situation for what it is and to act accordingly. I am sure the 15 minutes Javier spent for me created inefficiency for him and his crew. The impact on the life of my family was priceless. 

Bruce Kerr

Lake Oswego

Thanks for a great two years in LO

When we started planning to open our small business, The Oilerie, one of the key things we hoped and planned for was that the experience would allow us to get more involved in our local community, that our store would be more than a just a business, but also an integral part of the community. We looked far and wide for the right location for our little store and it quickly became apparent that we wanted to be in a location with a hometown feel.

By design and with a little luck, a location (438 First St.) opened up in downtown Lake Oswego and we opened our doors on July 22, 2010.  From that first week onward, the local support has been amazing.  We love it when you come in with a tip or a recipe that we just have to try, or how you told your friends and family that they simply have to come and visit our store themselves. 

From individuals to Lake Oswego institutions such as Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, our fellow downtown business owners and the Lake Oswego Economic Development team, we have never felt alone in our journey.

We didn’t know just how great this journey would be when we opened our doors almost two years ago, and we are profoundly thankful for the overwhelming support you’ve given us, and we would like to invite everyone in town to celebrate our two-year anniversary with us this coming weekend, July 20 to 22 — please come celebrate with us in the best way we know how — with food and fun.

Blake and Marta Zoglman

Owners, the Oilerie in Lake Oswego

Intention was not to provide ‘targets’

Thank you for the July 6 Lake Oswego Review article on the Riverdale School District highlighting the funding challenges that we and the other school districts in Oregon face.  While we are fortunate to have resources other districts do not, we make difficult decisions each year regarding how to best allocate resources across our district.

I would like to clarify one point made in the article. The article states that “The school district raised average class size targets to 25 at the first and second grade, 26 at third and fourth grade and 27 at fifth through eighth grade.” 

This is not accurate, and to clarify, the board provided direction on class size maximums that would trigger the opening of an additional class in the grade(s) affected.  For example, if enrollment in one of our two 1st/2nd grade blended classes exceeded 25 students, an additional class would be added, creating three classes of 17.  The direction provided by the board was intended to create clarity and predictability for parents, teachers, and the administration, not to establish “targets.”

Thank you for your article.

Michael B. Gunter

Chair, Riverdale School Board

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