Gales Creek books to stay, say district officials

After determining over the summer they would distribute books from the former Gales Creek Elementary School to other buildings, Forest Grove School District officials have decided to leave the shuttered school's library intact. "We thought it was a good solution that was a win-win for both the community and the district," said spokeswoman Connie Potter, who added that several Gales Creek residents had asked Superintendent Yvonne Curtis to keep the library intact and open it up to children in that rural community one or two nights a month. The reversal is a victory for the residents, who in recent weeks have lobbied the district to keep the books — many of which were donated by former students or funded in part by the school's Parent-Teacher Organization — in the building, which now houses the Gales Creek Therapeutic Day School. Gales Creek Elementary closed in 2011, a victim of school district budget cuts.

CALC facilities project off the ground

Community residents satisfied their craving for pizza Sept. 10 and helped the Forest Grove School District at the same time. Pizza Schmizza donated 30 percent of its proceeds to the Forest Grove Education Foundation from sales during a three-hour period to the Community Alternative Learning Center. The money, which totaled $251, will be used for the ongoing CALC Renovation Project, organized by volunteers in the Forest Grove Ford Institute Leadership Program. Key aspects include painting the school's entryway, hallway and reading room, installing a new sink and food warmer in the lunch room, placing new bookshelves, tables and chairs in the reading room, refurbishing the surface of the basketball court and kicking off an interactive student mural project. Further donations to the "CALCulate The Possibilities" campaign can be mailed to: CALC Enhancement Project, via Mayor Pete Truax, 3131 Forest Gale Dr., Forest Grove, Ore., 97116.

Event highlights Hispanic heritage

The public is invited to Pacific University on Saturday, Sept. 22 to take part in "Hispanic Heritage and Activism in Oregon," an interactive forum that will provide a historical context of the Latino community in Washington County and highlight issues facing the area's fastest-growing ethnic population.

Hosted by Centro Cultural of Washington County and Pacific's Office of Diversity, the forum begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m.

There's no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required and may be done online at or by calling 503-359-0446.

Gaston’s Gum on color guard team

Ella Gum of Gaston, Ore., was among four Oregon Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) color guard members who presented the colors at the University of Oregon’s home football game against Tennessee Tech Sept. 15 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,000 cadets since its inception in 1994. OYCP is one of 33 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. Cadets work through two phases beginning with an intensive 5 1/2-month residential phase during which they cultivate life-coping skills, perform community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets also develop life plans to outline clear and organized steps for continuing along the path of success after graduation.

This phase of the program is followed by one year of mentoring with an adult who is trained by the program and selected by the cadet. During this time, the cadets receive encouragement and support in implementing their life plans as they re-enter their home environments.

Pacific professor awarded $91,800 by National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has awarded Pacific University physics assistant professor Andrew Dawes, Ph.D., a three-year grant to better understand the quantum state of multimode light before and after storage in an atomic vapor. Funding from the NSF Research at Undergraduate Institutions Award will provide equipment, supplies and stipends for two undergraduate researchers.

Dawes and the university received $91,885 for the first year of his initiative, "Multimode Quantum State Tomography of Stored Photons." Additional funding is expected in each of the following two years. Because information carried by a light beam can be stored in an atomic cloud or vapor, Dawes' work may be of considerable value in developing quantum memory processes for advanced computing.

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