Colton scouts earn honors

by: CINDY FAMA - At the Colton Boy Scout Court of Honor, Colton Scouts received rank advancements, merit badges and awards last week. Local Boy Scout troop 257 held their Merit Badge weekend at the Colton Foothills Grange where their service project included trimming and clearing the shrub and brush around the grange hall.

“We are helping the grange look a little better,” said Colton Eagle Scout Okehmos Olsen.

Following the project and before the sleep-over, the troop held its fall Court of Honor. A Boy Scout Court of Honor is a troop activity that includes scouts and their families, as scouts receive rank advancements, merit badges and awards.

Senior patrol leader, Brandon Parker, and senior assistant patrol leader, Toby Armas, led the ceremony.

Receiving rank advancements were: Boy Scout: Race Beatty, Jason Houck, Donald Hammock and Dusty Hood; Boy Scout Second Class: Justin Derrick and Connor Bouck; Boy Scout First class, Connor Bock; Eagle Rank, Okehmos Olsen and Matt Fenstermacher.

Merit Badge recipients: Justin Derrick—first aid, rifle and cooking; Dusty Hood—geocaching; Eddie Shoop—personal management; Matt Fenstermacker—rowing; Mo York, Reece Mahlum and Connor Bouck—environmental science, kayaking, canoeing and first aid. Bouck also received his fire safety CINDY FAMA - Troop members work on a recent service project.

Earning the Paul Bunyan Award, which includes safety training and the ability to demonstrate the value of proper woods tools use and to have completed a two hour service project using the tools were: Cameron Stansfield, Okehmos Olsen, Matt Fenstermacher, Brandon Parker, Justtin Muilenburg and Reece Mahlum.

The troop, led by Gary Dumholt, meets in the Molalla Methodist Church.

Helping your neighbors

Colton Aid Network has begun its Thanksgiving food drive. The local-non-profit will be providing food baskets that are delivered throughout the Colton community to those who can use a little help stretching their budgets, especially during the holiday season. The Thanksgiving food boxes include turkeys, fresh produce, dairy, bread and non-perishable staples.

You can donate non-perishables or monetary contributions at Colton Fire Department 20987 S. Highway 211 or ColtonTel, 20983 S. Highway 211.

If you or someone you know can use help, sign-up forms are available at the schools, the fire station and phone company.

The announcement

Colton FFA Alumni and Friends will be holding a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Colton Foothills Grange Hall, 20237 S Hwy 211.

The why: The purpose of the Colton FFA Alumni and Friends is to support the Colton FFA chapter and ensure the future of agricultural career and technical education through the support of students and advisors.

The who: We are inviting all parents of students in career and technical education(welding, woods, metals, computers) to join the Colton FFA Alumni and Friends as we seek to build a strong support organization in Colton.

Why can’t I take my dog to the CHS games?

“Our risk management team has deemed it as dangerous,” said Principal Tom Crane. “Not just because of the threat of dog bites but because some owners do not clean up after their animals which has a potential to spread disease and also because of pet allergies.”

So for now, leave your animals home and just show them videos of their “kids” playing.

The exception is for service animals, which are allowed on campus.

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