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Clarkes-Highland News March 19

Fire safety at Clarkes Elementary

by: LIZ WELLE-OEDELL - Clarkes Elementary Students line up to give Smokey the Bear hugs and high fives.First and second graders at Clarkes Elementary learned lessons in fire safety on Monday, March 10.

Kari Shanklin, from Clackamas Fire District #1, gave a presentation geared toward fire safety inside the home. She covered everything from matches to smoke alarms and having a plan for emergencies. One of the key components of her speech was the saying, “Don't hide, get outside.” When she asked students if they had a meeting place, many students said they did, such as at the end of their driveway or at the neighbors tree.

Next, Jesse Batson from the Department of Forestry spoke. He told the kids about campfire safety and showed a video about being safe while camping and becoming a junior forest ranger. Soon after the video ended, Smokey the Bear showed up to give the kids hugs and high fives.

An inspiring moment of the presentations was when Shanklin asked if the students knew what “prevention” meant. Multiple students raised their hands, and the first child called upon gave the perfect definition. Living in a community like ours, it is great to know that our kids are on the right track when it comes to fire safety. The community should be very proud!

A weekend of music at Clarkes Eatery

by: LIZ WELLE-OEDELL
 - Ron Zabudsky (far right) and other members of the Old Time Fiddlers playing at Clarkes Eatery.Two music-filled events gathered musicians and music lovers at Clarkes General Store and Eatery the weekend of March 8 and 9.

On Saturday, March 8, almost a dozen musicians performed during “Open Mic Night.” Community members who played included “Dan the Garbage Man” and a 9-year-old singer.

On Sunday, March 9, members of the Old Time Fiddlers played music for two hours of enjoyment.

“We came and checked out [Clarkes Eatery] and decided we wanted to play here,” said Old Time Fiddlers secretary, treasurer, and event coordinator Ron Zabudsky. Each month, the Old Time Fiddlers play what they call “jams” at local venues. More than 20 musicians showed for this event, with ages ranging from 90 all the way down to just 7 years old. At one time, 16 musicians were playing in harmony, with instruments ranging from fiddles to guitars, and even one artist playing a saw.

The Old Time Fiddlers represent the Portland-area as part of a 10-region group. In all, there are roughly 80 members of the association. They play monthly “jams” as well as other small shows at area events and senior centers. They even hold contests for local fiddle players to show off their skills. It is a time for the musicians to get together, play their instruments, and revel in history.

“We are trying to maintain the same spirit the pioneers had years ago,” said Zabudsky.



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