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Coats, blankets needed in Sandy

Windermere Real Estate offices are conducting their annual “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drives to help the less fortunate during the winter months.

The Sandy office is among the 30-plus Windermere offices serving as collection sites in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

In the Portland area, Transition Projects will distribute the coats and blankets to men and women living on the streets of Portland and in local shelters.

In addition to Transition Projects, other organizations will benefit from this coat and blanket drive, including Rita’s Place in Sandy.

Until Dec. 19, local residents can bring new or gently used and laundered child and adult-size coats and twin-size blankets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to the Sandy Windermere office, 38720 Proctor Blvd.

Food collections to help the poor

The Sandy Lions Club has finished a portion of its food collection drive, this part at the Bi-Mart, Grocery Outlet and Ace Hardware stores.

While the club appreciates all of those donations, club member John Taylor says the organization will continue to support the Sandy Community Action Center by conducting additional collections at Safeway and Ace Hardware through Thanksgiving Day.

For more information, call Taylor at 503-668-8287 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jobs available at local ski areas

Skibowl is partnering with AntFarm to provide jobs for youths in AntFarm programs in Sandy.

AntFarm is conducting interviews in Sandy to place youths at Skibowl. The Sandy organization will drive those who are hired to the job site on the mountain, coaching them as well as providing Skibowl the support it needs to conduct this educational program.

In a press release, a spokesperson for AntFarm said the organization’s goal is to build strong employees, citizens and future leaders for Sandy and the mountain.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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:

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

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

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

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

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

Sandy Lions Club invites visitors

The Sandy Lions Club invites members and non-members to its quarterly dinner meeting, where the speaker will be Aaron Bayer, superintendent of the Oregon Trail School District.

Sandy resident and Lions Club member John Taylor says Lions is an organization dedicated to community service for local, national and international causes.

The dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the Tollgate Inn Restaurant’s Overflow Room, 38100 Highway 26.

For more information, call Taylor at 503-668-8287 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit lionsclubs.org.

Collectible postmark series continues

The next in a series of collectible Mount Hood area postmarks will be issued in Rhododendron.

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 the spring of 2013. Oregon artist Gary Randall created the Rhododendron Postmark America design.

The postmarks feature unique images of Mount 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 at post offices in the following communities: Government Camp, Welches, Brightwood, Sandy and Mount Hood Parkdale.

Elias Hernandez benefit dinner

To cover funeral and burial costs for Elias Hernandez, a benefit dinner will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Sandy Vista Apartments, 40747 Highway 26. The dinner will include fajitas, rice, beans, chips and dessert. People can dine in or take the food home. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Memorial donations can be made to the “Elias” fund at Clackamas County Bank. Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Holiday comes early in Boring

Christmas will arrive at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Boring. Festivities include caroling around the community’s tree in the center of the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

Santa will arrive at the Grange Hall in the Boring Fire and Rescue’s antique fire truck at 4:45 p.m. and walk down to the park to light the tree.

Then the throng of local residents gathered in the village circle will follow Santa back to the Grange Hall to enjoy cider, cookies, a personal visit with the jolly old man and other activities for children.

Event organizers are asking participants to bring non-perishable food items and an unwrapped toy for a child of any age from birth through 18 years old.

People also may choose to take a name off a giving tree and purchase a gift for a specific child.

The food and gifts are part of the Boring Fire Department’s Christmas Giving Tree program, which helps many local families in need.

Poverty summit focuses on partnerships

The fifth annual KEY Poverty Summit will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17,at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham.

This year’s summit focuses on partnerships. Lunch will be provided between noon and 1 p.m.

To register, visit mvclive.com or call 503-907-2918. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .