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Auction benefits area rehab center

A silent auction is scheduled to benefit R&R New Options Equine Inc., a rescue group that ministers to the needs of youths and horses at the ranch just south of Sandy.

Among the items for auction are four tickets to Disneyland, a show saddle trimmed in silver, a trail saddle, two tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows, a gaming saddle and area floor rugs.

Only volunteers operate the New Options ranch, so all proceeds of the auction will aid in the care of the horses, and indirectly in the rehabilitation of disadvantaged youths.

The auction is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall, 17115 S.E. Foster Road, near 172nd Avenue in southeast Gresham.

For information, call 503-312-1440 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit rrnewoptions.com.

CPO considers area flood risk

The Eagle Creek Barton Community Planning Organization will play host to what CPO leaders are calling a “Flood Night.”

At the meeting, an expert will speak on flood insurance regulations and their effect on the value and future sales of area homes.

Jay Wilson, hazard mitigation coordinator for Clackamas County Emergency Management, will offer a short talk and then answer specific questions.

“(Wilson) will bring information on the new flood insurance regulations and how they affect us,” said CPO Chairwoman Charlene DeBruin, who said the “rates will have far-reaching consequences.”

The meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Eagle Creek Fire Department, near Highway 211 and Judd Road.

For more information, visit www.eaglecreekbarton.com-a.googlepages.com.

Students invited to enter essay contest

The Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 invites high school and middle school students from Sandy, Boring, Damascus, Estacada and the Welches area to enter its annual essay competition.

The deadline for entry is midnight Nov. 1. The competition offers a $30,000 scholarship for the high school winner, and a $5,000 cash award for the middle school winner.

High school entrants will write and record a 3 to 5 minute essay on the theme, “Why I am optimistic about our nation’s future.” Middle school students will write and record an essay on the theme, “What patriotism means to me.” All entries will be submitted to the VFW through the schools from which the students compete.

For more information on these programs, visit www.vfw.org-community-programs.