Save Newberg High School’s music program from cuts

To the editor:

Gwen Gilbertson took her final bow last week in front of a standing room only crowd at Newberg High School. The audience was blessed with the usual excellence that has come from Gwen’s string program for the past 33 years.

But while the audience was being gifted with the Newberg High School orchestra’s rendition of a Vivaldi piece, there was uneasiness in the air amidst rumors that the string program that Gilbertson has built and loved might soon be downsized or even cut.June 11 letters to the editor

Music is a part of the lives of these gifted students. For some, it is who they are. They do not deserve to not know the future of their passion.

There is an unnecessary scramble and an uneasiness surrounding the future of the music program as a whole. It is said that the “powers that be” are only interested in numbers. So in that interest, here are a few: More students involved in their high school music programs go on to college and higher learning than any other organization on campus. Students involved in their high school music programs have a higher grade-point average collectively than any other organization on campus. Students involved in their high school music program receive more college scholarship money than any other organization on campus. And the final number is that there are far more supporters of the Newberg High School music program than the “powers that be” have anticipated, and I believe with an awareness of this travesty, the parents of these passionate musicians and the community of Newberg will finally take a stand and say “let the music play!”

Scott Roberts, Newberg

Come out and support Newberg Relay for Life

To the editor:

Newberg’s Relay for Life is fast approaching. It’s on June 21 and 22 and is again being held at Newberg High School.

This is truly our biggest community event to fight cancer, while also celebrating the lives saved and the gains that have been made toward cancer’s cure.

I am encouraging everyone to turn out on June 21, enjoy all of the events that have been planned for you, and help support this amazing cause.

Kicking off this event is our cancer survivors’ breakfast, Relay’s first amazing car show, entertainment by Corral Creek Bluegrass with other groups to follow as the day progresses, assorted foods and hamburgers from Jem 100 for purchase, many baskets upon which to bid at the silent auction, and all of the walking that you’d like to join in on, be it one lap or 100. And this is only the beginning.

If you have any questions, contact Marty or Kathy Brown at 503-538-4439 or 503-538-9663 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I do hope that everyone will bring the family and take the time to come out to support this awesome cause.

See you at the high school on June 21.

Jan Bortnem and the Relay for Life team

CYFS staff thankful

To the editor:

Chehalem Youth & Family Services would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the 2014 Rubies & Roses Benefit Ball.

The generosity of this fine community continues to amaze us. The culmination of efforts produced a memorable fundraiser at beautiful Legacy Farms with The Rogue Gourmet catering, the Jack Quinby Band entertaining and Ken & Daughter Jewelers donating a ruby necklace made in house valued at $2,000 for the mystery box winner.

Please go to to see the generous sponsors and photos of the event. It was an evening to remember.

Deborah Cathers- Seymour, executive director,

Lori Anderson, development manager

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