The new Colton Christmas CD
A Colton Christmas 2013 is out! The music is great. The selections run the musical genre gamut from choral, folk and country to instrumental, gospel and jazz. All the music is by local musicians including the Molalla Community Choir, the usual Colton Cronies, Don Newell, Eric Cline, John Abraham, John Baker, Vern Sides, Dennis Stafford, Benaiah Cline along with Darlene Kenagy, Hank Petrich, Mike Terleski, Ross Wescott, The Patrick Sisters aka Crushed Rose, and featuring 11-year-old pianist Grace Taylor and 15-year-old Shelby Petreny and more. The featured cover photo is Stacked Wood in Wintertime by Cindy Fama (wait, thats me, and I am thrilled it was selected to be a part of such a great community project). The cost for the CD is only $10 and all proceeds go to benefit the Colton Aid Network. You can buy them at the Colton Café, Coltontel, Colton Fire Department or call 503-824-3744 for more information.
From grease paint to camo paint
Jordan Vicars graduated from Colton High School in 2008he played football and he starred in many of the plays and musicals. In 2010 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has served in combat in Afghanistan and traveled around the world visiting ports that included Hong Kong, Dubai and Amman, Jordan.
According to his father, Don, Jordan was drawn to the marines because he wanted to do the hardest thing he could think of and because military service is a family tradition.
This really is amazing to me, said the elder Vicars. Jordan was the guy most figured would head for southern California and Hollywood Well it turned out to be southern California all right but instead of Hollywood he opted for the U.S. Marine Corps and Camp Pendleton.
According to his father, Jordan, a corporal, recently became a martial arts instructor for the Marines. The instructors class is considered one of the hardest classes the Marines offer. It is only offered on two bases, Quantico, Va., and Pendleton, Calif. The failure rate is approximately 90 percent. Jordan now has two primary functions in his military service, the other being senior machine gun operator and trainer. He is also a squad leader.
Corporal Vicars recently re-enlisted for four more years and married his longtime friend (since they were three) Jessica Bemel. Hes part of the Marine Corps Riders, a motorcycle club, and in his off-duty time he enjoys riding his Harley Night Train in sunny southern California.
His mother, Lori, and I are so proud, his father said. He is serving and accomplishing many personal goals and going beyond the limits he thought he could. He will be home for Christmas this year and I am thrilled.
Be prepared to give
On Thursday, Dec. 19, starting at 6 p.m. the Colton volunteer firefighters will be going door-to-door in the district to collect non-perishable foods and monetary contributions for Colton Aid Networks Christmas food baskets. So if you see the flashing lights, head outside with your donations and help your neighbors during the holiday season.
CAN needs your help
Colton Aid Network needs some last minute help. There are still children who might go without gifts this season. You can pick up a Gift of Giving tag at Coltontel, 20983 S. Highway 211, but it needs to be returned with a gift almost right away. Toys are being readied for delivery with the food baskets this next weekendso they would like gifts to be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 18.
CHS November SOM
Colton High School announced their November students of the month: Dylan Martinez and Okehmos Olsen, chemistry; Faith Franz, government; Brent Fine, English II; Alyssa Ferguson, English III; Elizabeth Warren, writing tutor; Cadie Blackman, geometry; Jessee Vernes, physical science; Hunter Poet, algebra I; Madalyn Spitzer, U.S. history, Adia Buchanan, exploring CTE; Katelyn Schneider, read 180; McKayla Buchanan, health; Makayla Johnson, Spanish II; Toby Armas, band; Mikaela Shelton, teaching assistant; Melanie Collaco, art II; Alyssa Ferguson, art IV; Martyn Chubay, yearbook; Cole Anderson, work ethic; Alex McCorkle, enthusiasm.