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Thank you, Josh Kulla

I belong to a couple of community groups in Wilsonville and have had several occasions to interact and work with Josh Kulla on promoting community events. He is professional, thorough, truly interested in the projects and accurately reports the activities. He is available to answer my questions and returns calls and emails quickly.

Thank you, Josh Kulla, for capturing the essence of our community. I’m sure there are others out there who would agree with me.

Mary Ann Creason


Thank you, Albertsons

Last week the Wilsonville Spokesman published an article (Oct. 16, “Albertsons hopes to find stability in corporate shuffle”) about Don McNeely and his new management of the Wilsonville Albertsons.

I would like to commend the Albertsons organization for their wise decision in moving Don from our West Linn Albertsons, where he was manager, to strengthen the Wilsonville store, though I must whine a bit as I miss seeing Don at my store down the street and I miss the relationship we’d built around his willingness to contribute to his community.Over the years, as a volunteer in numerous West Linn nonprofit organizations, I’d come to depend on Albertsons to offer everything from flowers for the MOMS Club to give to the elderly to ice cream sundae parties for middle school classes to supplies for school-wide events.

Don’s ability to meet the needs of his community and give as much as he could with a smile was comforting and, though I’ve been working with Albertsons for many years, he is by far the most community-minded grocer I’ve encountered. He even makes time for him and some staff members to read to children at the local school’s annual Read to Us Week, with cookies in hand, of course. He even organized an Easter egg hunt at a local park.All this said about Don, I’m pleased to find that Kerry, our new manager at the Albertsons on Blankenship Drive, is working to keep the same community spirit. What’s the best way to say “thank you” to these stores? Plenty of notice on what donations are needed and a nice thank you note is important, but the most effective way of thanking these hardworking grocers is to complete the surveys at the bottom of those receipts. These give the store the necessary feedback they need to improve and it’s always nice to get a compliment. Thank you Albertsons!

Erika Vincent

West Linn

Three Rivers challenges, supports students

Three Rivers Charter School (TRCS) consistently ranks as one of the top schools in the state. The care, effort and methods provided by the staff are exemplary. This school has supported and challenged our children both academically and socially.

Our children (now 15 and graduated from TRCS and 12) have attended TRCS for a combined eight years, completing eight independent projects (IPs). The IP process has played a key part in preparing our kids for high school and beyond.IPs encompass the greater part of spring term of every year and are focused on a subject of the student’s choosing. The subjects are generally benign in fourth grade (chinchillas and buffaloes for our children), but grow in complexity and abstraction. Our son studied sushi as a sixth-grader and our daughter studied honor killings in eighth grade. Students learn that topics are multifaceted and are challenged to produce a detailed and thoughtful presentation of their topic through multiple disciplines (writing, science, art, social studies, math, interactive media, etc.). Students must write a multipage formal paper (four-eight pages) and present a PowerPoint presentation and speech to their classmates. IPs challenge students to be resourceful, requiring multiple sources for references (library, Internet, community experts, etc.). At the end of the term, the efforts of the students are celebrated with a showing of all projects to the community. On IP night, the students interact with the community as experts in their field. We strongly believe that the methods used at TRCS allow the staff to customize the academic experience to the student and, through the process of IP, develop lifelong confident learners. We feel very lucky to be a member of this community.

Sharon McFadden

West Linn

Support Wilsonville Community Sharing

What would you do if your husband abused you and your child and you had no place to go and no one to turn to?

Here in Wilsonville you can call Wilsonville Community Sharing. WCS does much more than run our local food bank.  There are families with children (yes, more than one) right here in Wilsonville dealing with homelessness that Wilsonville Community Sharing helped in October.   

Elderly neighbor who can’t keep up with utility bills? WCS has helped them too. 

Lani at WCS provides a lifeline to connect people to the social services that are available to help. WCS helped almost 400 people in October, and that is typical of most months.

Please don’t let the controversy surrounding the board of WCS stop you from donating to this essential service.  Donations are down at a time when the need is greater than ever. Please put Wilsonville Community Sharing on your charitable contribution list so Lani and Leigh can continue to do their good work.

You can donate from their website or mail your tax-deductible contribution to Wilsonville Community Sharing,

P.O. Box 205, Wilsonville, OR 97070.

Michelle Labrie-Ripple


WCS is getting back on track, new site still needed

Wilsonville Community Sharing seems to be getting its board in order. The board of the WCS welcomed three new members, increasing the number from two to five members. The new members seem eager and ready to continue supporting the wonderful work of this organization. And it looks like they will welcome an additional member next month.

The WCS provides help to individuals and families with housing, utility costs, medication expenses and food. Wilsonville residents and businesses have been generous in support of this work.

What remains in question is whether the new board members will support the location decision to build at the same address but farther back from the street. The decision to remain at the edge of Wilsonville was made prior to the addition of the new board members. The site recommended by the architect was a central location with better access to public transportation. Such transportation is needed by many WCS clients. This site may still be available. This would require one of the new members willing to re-establish communications with the alternate site and handle the negotiations. It would seem wise to explore this possibility prior to spending any money.

Marilyn Watson