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Sandy DMV office closing Nov. 5-12

The Sandy office of the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles will close for six weekdays, beginning Monday, Nov. 5.

Interior remodeling of the office, which has not been done for about 13 years, will require the office to close the week of Nov. 5-9. The following Monday, Nov. 12, is Veterans Day, a national holiday, and the Sandy DMV office also will be closed.

The local DMV office will reopen after the holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with its current business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The office is located at 37395 Highway 26. Anyone in the Sandy area who needs to visit a DMV office in person during the closure can check OregonDMV.com for the locations and hours of nearby DMV field offices.

Boring soldier in parade spotlight

Marine Cpl. Keaton Coffey of Boring, who died May 24 in Afghanistan during his second deployment, will be honored in an unusual way on Veterans Day, Nov. 12.

Marine Corporal Keaton CoffeyFor the first time in 38 years, a deceased soldier’s family will serve as grand marshal at the annual Ross Hollywood Veterans Day parade in Portland’s Hollywood District.

The parade begins at Northeast 40th Avenue and Northeast Hancock Street and travels east on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Northeast 48th Avenue, where a memorial flag raising ceremony will be held.

A memorial presentation will follow the parade at the Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 N.E. Thompson St. Guest speakers will include Coffey’s family and local and state officials.

All veterans, active military, and their families are honored during the parade, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

For more information, visit veteransdaypdx.org or call 503-729-2143.

Tree and bough permits available

Personal use Christmas tree cutting permits are available weekdays at the Mt. Hood National Forest ranger district offices, visitor centers and many other local vendors.

Permits sell for $5 each (cash or check only), and there is a limit of five permits per household.

Each permit allows cutting a Christmas tree up to 12 feet tall. Permits for trees taller than 12 feet are available for additional cost.

The Mt. Hood National Forest also offers free bough permits for up to 25 pounds of boughs.

Also available are commercial bough permits for larger quantities. Bough permits are only available at Mt. Hood National Forest District offices.

Among nearby permit vendors, besides the Mt. Hood National Forest District office in Sandy, are:

Clackamas River Ranger District, 595 Industrial Way, Estacada, 503-630-6861.

Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 Highway 26, Zigzag. 503-622-3191.

Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 Highway 224, Estacada. 503-630-7424.

Ace Heritage Hardware, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. 503-668-8731.

Hoodland Thriftway, 68280 Highway 26, Welches. 503-622-3244.

Welches author holds book signing

Heather Nelson, a Welches children’s author, will hold a book signing 9-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Welches Elementary School, 24901 E. Salmon River Road.

Her book, “Daisy the Protector Dog,” is about a dog who loves protecting her human friend Buddy and teaches children lessons about protection, safety and friendship.

For information, call Traci Jones at 888-361-9473 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Collectible postmark series continues

The next in a series of collectible Mt. Hood area postmarks will be issued at the Rhododendron Post Office Friday, Nov. 30.

The Postal Service is continuing its series of “Postmark America” designs by offering a special Rhododendron postmark beginning Friday, Nov. 30, at the Rhododendron Post Office.

This is the third in a series of seven postmarks that will be unveiled through spring of 2013. Oregon artist Gary Randall created the Rhododendron Postmark America design.

The postmarks feature unique images of Mt. Hood and will be available at customers’ request indefinitely for use on envelopes or cards bearing required First-Class postage stamps.

The first in the series of postmarks was issued at Timberline Lodge Post Office on Sept. 28. The other postmarks in the series will be issued approximately one per month between October and March of 2013 at Post Offices in the following communities: Government Camp, Welches, Brightwood, Sandy and Mt. Hood Parkdale.

Hospice gets November spotlight

November is National Hospice Month. No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone will have to face.

The team at Mt. Hood Hospice provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones, said Lindy Blaesing of Mt. Hood Hospice.

The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps family members with the duties of being caregivers. The team also provides support for families.

Hospice is covered by Medicare (included in Part A), Medicaid and by most private insurances, Blaesing said. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult foster homes.

Hospices provide pain management, symptom control and psychosocial support to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Last year, Mt. Hood Hospice served more than 230 people and their families in this community and the outlying areas.

By focusing on the individual, not the illness, Blaesing said, hospice care honors life’s final journey, leaving a legacy of compassion and caring.

For more information, call 503-668-5545 or visit mthoodhospice.org.