School board candidates announced

Lori Bell, Tim Behrens, Lynn Skinner and Sarah Ford have applied to the vacant Colton School Board position.

The position opened after Ben Parker resigned due to a possible conflict of interest, as he is applying for a coaching job in the district.

The board will decide on the date for the open session interviews during the monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Want to know more about Common Core education?

There will be a presentation to the Colton School District board of directors on the Common Core standards by Carol Middleton, Director of School Improvement and Instruction at Clackamas ESD (CESD) and Linda Vanderford, School Improvement and Instruction Specialist from CESD

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the district office 30429 S. Grays Hill Road starting at 7 p.m.

Veterans’ Assembly

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Colton High School students acknowledged local veterans with an all-school assembly. Each veteran who attended was introduced and given a thank you present by the students.

The choir sang the National Anthem and a keynote speaker, one who was kept a secret until the day of, was introduced.

“My father, Norris Hazelton, he served in the Air Force for 16 years, including two tours to Southeast Asia during Vietnam and four years at the U.S. Pentagon,” announced CHS social science teacher, Tori Hazelton

“It was very inspiring having Mr. Hazelton speak about adventures he had through his life. As always, it was an emotional assembly and made people stop and think about what they want their future to be,” said CHS sophomore Kassandra Lovenburg.

“I know he really enjoyed being asked to speak at this year's assembly and was very impressed with our student audience,” Tori Hazelton said. “He made it clear that he got a lot out of being in the military, but also pointed out that it's not for everyone. I was really proud of him.”

The freshman class planned the assembly and the veterans were served breakfast by the school’s Culinary I students.

Colton High School plays a “dramedy”

The drama club at Colton High School will present an updated version of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play “Enemy of the People.” Ibsen himself was uncertain whether to call it a comedy or drama—because it is a serious premise presented with much humor and comic exaggeration. The plot concerns big money and private money creating “baths” in a small struggling town. Just as the venture is completed and becomes popular, generating jobs and bringing in tourism, a local doctor discovers toxicity in the waters. He tries to warn the town about the dangers, but the prospering town does not want to hear the doomsayer, and so the plot thickens.

One of my favorite lines in the play is: “The majority is never right until it does right,” CHS teacher and play director Allan Bruner.

The play will be held in the multipurpose room of Colton High School. Dates and times are Nov. 16, 17, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Forms, food and help for Colton Aid Network

Forms for Thanksgiving food boxes need to be submitted by Thursday, Nov. 14. If you or anyone you know is in need of a box you can pick-up and return forms to any of the schools, Coltontel or the Colton Fire Department. You can drop off food or monetary donations at these sites. All donations are tax deductible.

Boxes containing turkeys, fresh produce, dairy, bread and non-perishable staples will be delivered on November 23. For more information or to volunteer call 503-824-4150.

Water District needs board member

There is an open seat on the Colton Water District board of directors. Anyone who is interested in serving should contact the office at 503-824-2500. A letter of intent can be sent to PO Box 171, Colton, Oregon, 97017.

The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month and last about one to two hours, said Jan Kaforski, office manager.

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