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letters - Feb. 23, 2012

Scout seeks help in restoring park in Tualatin Saturday

To the Editor:

I am seeking volunteers for a project to restore Little Woodrose Nature Park in Tualatin from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Snacks and drinks will be provided to volunteers who sign up at www.facebook.com/events/295969103792696/ or cas

sat33aol.com by Feb. 23. All are welcome - with or without RSVP.

I am a senior at Lake Oswego High School, and I am bringing together area residents to restore a Tualatin park to its natural state for my Girl Scout Gold Award Service project. On Feb. 25 we will eradicate invasive species and remove trash at Little Woodrose Nature Park at the corner of Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Southwest Killarney Lane in Tualatin.

We will plant native species at the park on March 17.

Chanda Stone, city of Tualatin volunteer specialist said, 'Many people love to volunteer to plant trees. Just as important is to remove the non-native invasive plants first. While that is not the glamour work, it is very important to do before planting the trees or other native plants. I highly commend Hannah Cutts in taking on this hard, but critical, work for her Gold Award Project.'

Interested volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, work clothes and gloves if they have them. Additional information is available at www.facebook.com/events/295969103792696 . Remember to RSVP on Facebook or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by (today) Feb. 23 so plenty of supplies and refreshments are available when this volunteer opportunity starts.

Hannah Cutts

Lake Oswego

Many thanks for help with Super Plunge

To the Editor:

The following is an open letter to friends and family of Becca Kantor:

On Feb. 11 and 12, I flew home from UConn for a very special charity event.

I participated in the second annual Super Plunge benefiting Oregon Special Olympics. I joined 14 exceptional teammates and jumped into the 38-degree Columbia River once an hour for a full 24 hours. After two years of spending a grueling 24 hours with this incredible team, I cannot help but think of them as lifelong friends and family. We are all united for a very special cause.

My success with the Super Plunge could not have been accomplished without the overwhelming support of my friends, family, community, Lake Oswego Rotary Foundation, Mr. Allan Englemeyer and his very special daughter, Grace, my mom, dad and sister, Allison. The Voo Doo doughnuts, Fun Dip, Hot Chocolate and RockStar gave my team energy and my sponsors and teammates offered me the much-needed inspiration, strength and encouragement to make it through this awesome challenge.

I simply could not have done it without you, and for that I offer thanks and gratitude from the bottom of my heart.

Becca Kantor

UConn Class of 2015

Storrs, CT

Foundation makes the 'amazing' LO education possible

To the Editor:

While some people look at me like I'm insane when I say I'm taking a full schedule as a senior, I couldn't imagine it any other way.

In the past month alone, I learned about court case procedure from local attorneys, constructed and subsequently destroyed actual trusses, perfected the art of crêpe making and acted out 'Hamlet' with my English class.

My days are filled with worthwhile classes led by the most dedicated of teachers. Even my school administrators greet me with a smile every morning as I walk through the doors. I, along with my peers, am so fortunate to have small classes to enhance my learning environment.

In AP Spanish, for instance, much of our time is spent conversing and doing interactive assignments as our class contains less than a dozen students.

I have treasured my four years at Lake Oswego High School, and I want to thank the Lake Oswego School District Foundation for making it all possible. I know that without the millions of dollars raised every year by the foundation to support our teachers, reduce class sizes and expand programs, my education would not have been as amazing.

As a person who views education as invaluable, I hope the foundation will continue fulfilling its mission to maintain the excellence of our schools for years to come.

Lauren Beltrone

Lake Oswego

Kudos to Linda Yu for thoughts

on language in Laker Notes

To the Editor:

I thoroughly enjoyed the Laker Notes (column) by Linda Yu (in the Lake Oswego Review).

Why do so many Americans think knowing more than one language is negative?

Mary Vaillancourt

Lake Oswego

Proposal to open up lake has merit

To the Editor:

As a city, Lake Oswego is long overdue in resolving the communitywide issue of public access to Oswego Lake. The debate over public access has come up repeatedly over our 44 years of living in Lake Oswego.

When we first moved here in 1968, we asked folks at city hall where we could get on the lake. We were told the city's lake was private. Of course, we believed them and accepted that unwelcome and surprising statement.

Now we read in the newspapers that the water in Oswego Lake is a state-owned resource and the city's hands-off approach is a dereliction of duty. Further, we are told that 'state law reads that public access is available for bodies of water that are floatable by watercraft.' (Oregonian, Feb. 12, 2012)

We feel (that planning) Commissioner Todd Prager's proposal has merit. We support his proposal to provide and enhance low-impact recreational access including swimming, canoeing, and kayacking from city-owned waterfront properties on Oswego Lake.

We encourage interested citizens to weigh in with written comments to the planning commission via e-mail to Iris McCaleb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well as to attend the Monday, Feb. 27, planning commission meeting at city hall at 6:30 p.m.

Wilma and Joel McNulty

Lake Oswego

Councilor Gudman thanked for trying to help with tax rate

To the Editor:

I want to thank Lake Oswego City Council member Jeff Gudman for working to lower our local tax rate per thousand dollars of assessed value.

With the costs of government (water, sewer, road maintenance, interest on bonds, etc.) reaching stratospheric levels when they're all added together, it's nice to know Mr. Gudman is trying to help the average taxpayer.

John Bosshardt

Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego might borrow an idea from Canby Area Transit

To the Editor:

If TriMet cuts back (on buses) No. 36, No. 37 and No. 38, then Lake Oswego should step up and do what Canby is doing with its Canby Area Transit (and) offer free shuttle service to a TriMet bus stop. 

The Lake Oswego shuttle could loop around the lake, go to lower Boones Ferry (Road), Mountain Park and also have a Riverdale/Dunthorpe shuttle.

(For more, view www.ci.canby.or.us/transportation/CATho

mepage.htm ).

Wendy Morean

Lake Oswego



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