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Thanks for positive thoughts after guide dog’s death

I want to thank all the citizens of Lake Oswego for their good thoughts and wishes for my guide dog, Mary, who recently passed away. She had loads of love and personality.

I would also like to thank the vets and staff at the Lake Oswego Veterinary Hospital. They were great going through this whole process. They even donated a tree to be planted in Mary’s name in the Superior National Forest (in northern Minnesota).

I would also like to clarify one point in the newspaper article about us — Lori Brown, a training supervisor at Guide Dogs for the Blind, gave me the Great Squirrel Hunter T-shirt. Thanks Lori for teaming me up with Mary in the first place.

It is hard to put into words what it is like to have a dog like that.

So the search is on to get a dog similar to Mary. I need a dog with a strong drive, a lot of personality and likes to be a working machine.

You don’t just pick one of those off the shelf, so I have to be patient and wait for the right one to come along.

Once again, thank you to all who supported us through this ordeal.

Patrick Bloedorn

Lake Oswego

‘A radical move in the wrong direction’

There is rarely a time I feel the urgent importance to speak out about a project such as the Wizer block redevelopment.

My first reaction was total disbelief that the city would even consider their current proposal as Lake Oswego has always maintained its integrity and high quality of design. Over the years great care and proper use has been given to the downtown development and to the appropriate scale and density of what is built.

I have attended two community meetings and my overall impression is this development is all about revenue.  What has been forgotten are our Lake Oswego citizens and their needs. An apartment complex of 228 units, as of the last meeting, is over the top even if all codes and zoning have been met. There are concerns about traffic, noise, pollution, transit concerns and parking. 

Our town is at capacity during the summer months and no matter how the experts want to slice, dice and chop up the statistics on how this will work, common sense says their project belongs in the Pearl District.

It is plainly clear to see this is a radical move in the wrong direction. We have a proposed building on steroids that simply put has no place being located in our town square.  Growth is important for any community but to give what appears little thought to what is best for the citizens of Lake Oswego is irresponsible.

Lita Schiel Grigg 

Former Miss Lake Oswego and former Miss Oregon 1966

Lake Oswego  

Renew our school levy for a strong Lake Oswego 

This is an open letter to Lake Oswego citizens: 

It is time again for us to support the renewal of our Lake Oswego school levy to keep our schools strong. This levy must be renewed every five years. We will vote on the renewal in the Nov. 5 election.

A yes vote on Nov. 5 will continue the community support of our excellent Lake Oswego School District. This is a renewal of an existing levy, not an increase.

We all understand how important our schools are to our community. This is why we have passed this levy three times since 2000. Our home values are tied to our outstanding schools. The quality of our children’s education is certainly dependent on the renewal of this levy.

Our community is very lucky to have both the Lake Oswego School Foundation and the school levy to help fund our schools at the levels we have all grown to expect.

Please join us in voting yes on Nov. 5 to renew our school levy for a strong Lake Oswego. 

Beth and Mitch Taylor  

Lake Oswego

Opportunity is being missed with Wizer block plans

Here we go again, another lost opportunity to do something special in planning.

Worse, this mistake could haunt us for decades. The news that city planners and a developer plan a 228-unit apartment complex on the Wizer block at ground zero, steps from Millennium Plaza Park is enough to make you wonder what could they be thinking?

Just because an architect and a developer want to polish their resumes — and bank accounts — with a design at the center of Lake Oswego that “meets all design requirements” doesn’t mean it should be done.

For those citizens who are ambivalent about the proposal, or perhaps taken in by the arguments that our village needs to “grow up into a city” that attracts young unmarrieds, let me offer this perspective. If a developer wanted to build a similar complex on Ocean Avenue one block from the beach in Carmel by the Sea, Calif., would their city fathers allow it? Obviously, to anyone who has visited that village, the answer would be a resounding no way.

So, I offer this test to the LO decision makers. If it isn’t an appropriate fit on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, why should it be an appropriate fit on A Avenue at the heart of Lake Oswego’s civic center?

Frank Lloyd Wright once said that a house should not be on the hill, but rather of the hill. Meaning the house should be an extension of, compatible with and sympathetic to its environment. So the question is: Will the development on the Wizer block be of the site or simply, uninspiringly, on the site?

Roger Rollins

Lake Oswego

‘I wonder if a DNA test will reveal the user?’

I have lived in Lake Oswego for approximately 15 years. My mother had lived here 17 years prior to that. This has been a nice community, but I have noticed that over the years many residents seem to consider other people responsible for picking up their debris.

People are not picking up after their dogs despite the fact that the city provides baggies at many convenient locations throughout the town.

I live near the railroad tracks and I have always felt that it was my responsibility to pick up trash along those tracks so it didn’t look like a Third World country. In doing so I was surprised to find, not only an abundance of paper trash, but also empty of bottles of tequila, whiskey and beer among many other things, like condoms, etc., discarded in the brush.

I certainly remember being a teenager myself and doing all kinds of things I would prefer my parents not know about, but we always picked up after ourselves and our dogs if only not to get caught.

(Monday) morning was the last straw, someone decided to park across from my house, use a condom and just chuck it out the car window and leave it on the street for children, dogs or merely for the viewing of the remains of last night’s activities. Really!

Have we become so narcissistic that we believe it is someone else’s place to pick up after us? Frankly I thought that this, of all communities, was a little more educated, thoughtful and civilized than others. Obviously not.

I wonder if a DNA test will reveal the user?

Mary R. Franklin

Lake Oswego

LO has strong resources for the elderly

I would like to make Lake Oswego residents aware of two great resources for the elderly.

The first is Oswego Cottage Adult Care Home. My mother has been there for more than a year and I can’t say enough about how much happier she and our family have been since she moved there.

She also lived in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, and while her care there was what she needed at the time, there is no comparison to the amount of personal attention and care offered in a good home setting.

Besides providing a lovely home, Oswego Cottage offers a great balance of professionalism, caring and experience with the elderly.

At first I didn’t even consider adult homes but as I learned more about how much better a home setting is for longevity in the elderly, I looked into it and can honestly say that my mom’s time at Oswego Cottage home has far exceeded our family’s expectations.

The second wonderful resource is Housecall Providers, a nonprofit organization of doctors, nurses and medical staff who offer medical care to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities. Not only do they work exclusively by making house calls, they can also prescribe medications, offer hospice care when needed and accept payment from many insurance companies.

Housecall Providers is a wonderful organization staffed with caring, attentive people who only want to help their patients get well and/or live comfortably. They have been my mother’s primary care provider since January. Her nurse comes regularly to Oswego Cottage and calls me with updates. We have long chats about my mother, and I feel her needs are well understood.

For anyone caring for an elderly or disabled relative, I strongly recommend you consider these two wonderful resources.

Ellen Recko

Lake Oswego

Some of local beauty can be linked to garden center

If you stop for a moment to consider the number of flowers, shrubs and trees sold by Lake Grove Garden Center over 56 years, you quickly realize Lake Oswego is better because they were here.

K.D. Swails

Lake Oswego

This is a plea for common courtesy

This note is a plea for basic common courtesy when bikes and runners/walkers mix.

Last Sunday while I was on my long weekend run on the George Rogers paved trail between the park and Old River Road I had to quickly move to the right when somewhere between 12 and 15 bikes flew by me, weaving in and out of the pedestrian traffic. After around the 10th bike I called out, “Hey, you should not even be on the trail.”

Luckily, one of the last guys stopped (my age: older!) and proceeded to inform me that they, in fact, do have the right to be on that trail as decreed by the city of Lake Oswego. I informed him I was not concerned with the rules but more with common courtesy. Back and forth we went with the same message in a somewhat heated exchange.

Look ... I run, I bike, I hike, I row and all I am asking is a respect for the safety and concern of others when road biking. I know that road bikers have a tough time with the cars and such that don’t give them the respect they need for their safety, but to hide behind a rule in the face of a potentially serious accident that could of been avoided with at least two other options (primarily, just slow down and have the lead rider warn people of the pack size) is just not necessary.

Please road bike community, talk with each other and don’t let this type of pedestrian interaction deepen the poor reputation the biking community is often subjected to.

Matt Murray

Lake Oswego

‘Do the right thing at Willamette Falls’

I was appalled to learn that a California commercial developer is the apparent high bidder on the Blue Heron Paper Mill site practically under Willamette Falls, a place that has had more than enough “commercial development” in the last 170 years thank you very much.

It is the single most significant historical, cultural, geological and scenic treasure left in Oregon that is not in someway protected in perpetuity for the citizens of Oregon and our guests. The thought of condominiums, stores and restaurants on this site turns my stomach. It needs to be cleaned up, restored and returned to the hallowed ground it was for Native Americans in the area for millenniums. 

If the state has already set aside $5 million for Willamette Falls that trumps the $4.1 million from California, by eminent domain if necessary. Oregonians should be happy to contribute to a foundation dedicated to the improvement of this site for the education of our youth, to honor the real natives who depended on it for food and for spiritual strength, a place to interpret and better appreciate the history of our state and region, and for the enjoyment of all.

Come on Gov. Kitzhaber and legislators, do the right thing at Willamette Falls.

James A. Kronenberg

Lake Oswego

Alzheimer’s event is tonight (Aug. 15) in Portland

Alzheimer’s disease is, in a word, devastating. It robs you of your memories, intellectual abilities and cognitive functions. And eventually, it robs you of your life.

Alzheimer’s is also expensive. It’s estimated that by the end of this year “the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society will total an estimated $203 billion,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The disease also takes a toll on caregivers. Most often these are friends and family members of those who have Alzheimer’s. In addition to the tremendous emotional stress and strain, the disease adversely affects caregivers’ health and job productivity.

Right now there are nearly 80,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s. By the year 2050, it’s estimated that there will be 14 million Americans suffering from this disease. A dramatic increase is on the horizon and the Alzheimer’s Association is preparing for it. We would like your help.

If you have been impacted by Alzheimer’s, care for a loved one with the disease or work with people who have, I encourage you to attend our town hall meeting (tonight) in Portland. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at our office at 1650 NW Naito Parkway.

We want to share the important work we’re doing in your community and present our plans for the future. More importantly, we want to hear your suggestions about what still needs to be done. I hope you will join us tonight for this important conversation.

Kathleen Cody

Portland

Make-A-Wish needs donations to make dreams come true

Millions of frequent flier miles are wasted each year by travelers who let their miles expire. Those airline miles can be used to help grant local children’s wishes through Make-A-Wish Oregon’s Wishes in Flight program.

Every traveler holds the ticket to a child’s wish — a wish like Ellen’s, whose adventure to Hawaii was filled with pleasant surprises, including an up-close encounter with a sea turtle while snorkeling. For an active young lady battling cancer, this trip gave her a chance to have fun and relax with her family.

About 75 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish in Oregon and Southwest Washington involve traveling — whether it’s to meet a celebrity, go to their favorite theme park or reconnect with a close friend who moved away. You can be part of a life-affirming wish of child with life-threatening medical condition by helping Make-A-Wish Oregon raise 8 million miles in the month of August.

Donating airline miles through Make-A-Wish Oregon’s Wishes in Flight is easy — and the miles never expire once they’re in the organization’s account. Help fulfill a child’s dream. To make a donation, visit oregon.wish.org.

Tracey Lam

Make-A-Wish Oregon’s communications manager

Portland




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