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Colton Corner April 16


Letter to Colton High School

“We are longtime residents of West Salem. We were at (restaurant) in West Salem on the evening of March 21. A bus load of ball players from Colton High School were eating there, too. They were such a ‘well mannered,’ polite and patient group of young people, we couldn’t help but notice. Our applause goes to the school, the coaches, teachers and parents. Keep up the work.”

Weather summary for March

Colton had 22 rain days in March for a total 8.67 inches. This brought the total for the year to 19.77 inches, nearly an inch above average. March is historically the wettest month of the year averaging 7.76”.

The warmest day of the month was 68.0 degrees recorded on March 24. Temperatures dipped below freezing on 12 days with 23.6 degrees being the monthly low temperature on March 22.

The high wind gust speed was 33.4mph measured on March 5.

What to look for in the April night sky

April 15 - Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

April 22- 23 the Lyrids Meteor Shower will be visible. The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of April 22 and morning of March 23. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. The second quarter moon will be a slight problem this year, blocking the less bright meteors from view. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Press Release from FFA

The Colton Future Farmers of America chapter has been awarded $2,500 as part of the Food For All program.

The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.

The Colton FFA plans to help fight hunger by developing an educational garden at Colton High School that will be utilized to teach the community about sustainable gardening practices while providing food for the Colton Helping Hands Food Pantry and the Colton School District Food Service Program.

Students in the FFA will be developing a three-part workshop series on raised-bed gardening. The first workshop, “Building Your Raised-Bed Garden,” will be on Friday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Colton High School. It is open to the public and will be held in the shop area beside the football field.

Auction time

The Colton Firefighters Volunteer Association is having its annual auction on Saturday, May 17. This is the big fundraiser that allows the volunteers to fund the Justin Fraijo Memorial Scholarship and help purchase some needed safety equipment and training aids.

Donations for the auction can be dropped off at the station 20987 S. Highway 211 or call 503-824-2545 to arrange a pickup. In the past they have received big and little items -- everything from household furnishings, farm and ranch equipment, and lawn equipment, as well as boats, cars, and miscellaneous items.

The day starts at 7 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the auction at 10 a.m. and lunch served at noon. Support your first responders and donate. Be sure to mark your calendar and attend the event. Help the volunteer firefighters help the community.