Thank you to the ‘Johnny Appleseed of safety vests’

There is a wonderful man in Lake Oswego who gives out reflective safety vests to walkers. I was walking with my daughter and grandson on Upper Drive last week, when an approaching walker stopped, smiled and handed me a brand new reflective safety vest to wear over my dark coat. He also gave one to my daughter earlier this fall.

What a wonderful example of caring for one another. We are blessed to live in a place where someone would take the time and personal expense to make sure that others are safe.

Many thanks to whoever you are. You inspire others with your compassion and help keep us safe.

Nancy Tongue

Lake Oswego

Thanks for participation, keep involved

I want to express my thanks to all the citizens of Lake Oswego who in one form or another participated in the recent election. My participation in city government has left me with a sincere appreciation for the high level of commitment many people share toward our city.

I especially want to thank the individuals and organizations who supported my campaign. The support given to my family and me during the campaign was truly appreciated.

Our new mayor and city council face big challenges. I know they would appreciate our support as they navigate the many issues and decisions facing our city.

Fortunately, our city is home to many residents with talent and expertise. I encourage anyone who feels they have something to contribute to get involved by contacting our elected leaders, testifying before council and considering applying for a committee position. I can tell you from experience, your voice does make a difference and by getting involved, you will likely grow personally.

Congratulations to (elected) Mayor Studebaker and councilors Bowerman, O’Neill and Gustafson on their victories. I thank Greg Macphers, Bill Tierney and Terry Jordan for their sacrifice of time, energy and resources. I enjoyed getting to know each of you, and appreciate your desire to serve our city.

I have been busy since the election working with the NeighborLink board on how we can continue to reach seniors and disabled Lake Oswego residents with transportation assistance. We face challenges, but look forward to expanding service as resources allow. We continue to need volunteer drivers. You do not need a CDL, and we will provide all needed training. I encourage anyone who is interested in driving to contact our operations manager, Jill Erwin, at 503-686-1141 or visit our website

Get involved. Your community needs you.

Dan Williams

Lake Oswego

Now about the name of that tree ...

It’s a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree.

Wayne Finley

Lake Oswego

It is still a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree

Lake Oswego’s holiday tree is just beautiful and our city council should be applauded, but wouldn’t it be nice if they had a little bit more money (and guts) to let us have a Christmas tree at Christmas time?

Tom Beckwith

Lake Oswego

You’re invited to a surprise unveiling in Lake Grove

(The following is an open letter to local residents:)

Citizens of Lake Oswego and Lake Grove:

The Lake Grove Business Association, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and the city of Lake Oswego invite you to join us at the presentation and unveiling of a holiday present to Lake Grove.

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m.

Where: Babica Hen Restaurant, 15964 SW Boones Ferry Road. (Former site of La Provence Restaurant)

Light refreshments will be provided and live musical entertainment is planned.

Please join us in a celebration of the season and to welcome this fun “jumbo” new addition to our community.

Nancy LaBonte

Promotions/marketing director

Lake Grove Business Association

Opportunities exist to brighten holidays for others

(The following is an open letter to local residents:)

Lake Oswego business and community leaders:

I am writing to offer our location as a place to help your organization connect resources with those in our community who are in need. Hope Sparrow Services is the compassionate arm of Hope Church, which is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.

In the past we have enjoyed working with school counselors and others to provide families in need with resources that make a difference. These resources have been both seasonal (warm coats, toys, holiday food boxes) and year-round (nonperishables from our food pantry).

This year, the need in our community and region is great enough to merit intentional collaboration to be effective in this endeavor. Our philosophy is simple: First connect local resources with local needs and then share any remaining surplus with families throughout the region.

Here is our invitation to you:

1. Conduct a collection for one or more of the following: nonperishable foods, new toys or gently used coats.

2. Bring your collection to Hope Community Church between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15 or 17 or call our office to schedule a day that is better for you.

3. Invite those you know who may benefit from a warm coat and/or toy to our distribution day on Wednesday, Dec. 19, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Here they will be welcomed with refreshments, shown this year’s list of community partners and share in your organizations’ generosity.

If your charitable plans are already in place, that’s wonderful. Feel free to join in another time.

Finally, if we can be of service in any way or answer any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-635-4880.

Keith Dickerson

Pastor, Hope Community Church of Lake Oswego

Football team’s behavior called into question

I am writing to say I was embarrassed by the behavior of the Lake Oswego football team at Saturday’s playoff game against Tigard. The players were constantly yelling at and taunting the Tigard players and had four unsportsmanlike contact or personal foul penalties. This included one where the Lake Oswego player dove into the end zone and did a flip to show off about getting a touchdown.

The Lake Oswego team practices and plays hard, they are also very successful on the field, but it is behavior like this that gets the LO team the reputation for being snotty rich kids. Now we can add obnoxious and unsportsmanlike to the label also.

I was embarrassed to see this behavior and the LO coaches should be embarrassed too.

Please, go out, play hard, respect the other team and walk away proud, win or lose. Let’s represent Lake Oswego in a respectful manner and show good sportsmanship at all times.

Sue Mills

Lake Oswego

(Editor’s note: Bruce Plato,  principal  of Lake Oswego High School, responds:

“I was very surprised to hear that a spectator was embarrassed by the behavior of our Laker football players during last Saturday’s state semifinal football game. As principal of Lake Oswego High School, I attended Saturday’s game and watched from the sideline near our team and coaches (as I have all season). While it is fair to say that youthful exuberance in the end zone after the final touchdown was an excess of celebration, never once did I hear our players yell or taunt the opposing team. What I witnessed was both teams playing with intensity and passion, helping each other up after hard hits, and respecting the integrity of the game. I also witnessed two spirited student sections supporting their teams. I have the utmost respect for coach Steve Coury and am extremely proud of our Laker football program. Our coaches place a great emphasis on character and hold our student athletes to the highest level of behavior both on and off the field.”)

Fall theater

Rain has dropped a curtain on summer

And drums through the downspouts.

Wind plasters leaves to a wall

Like posters of coming attractions.

It’s the season’s grand finale,

Lavish, gaudy, overdone,

Building to a grand finale.

Trees are painted backdrops

For a stage covered with casualties.

James Fleming

Lake Oswego

Avoid the fiscal cliff?

Follow the mandate

“If there’s a mandate coming out of the election, it’s a mandate for both parties to work together,” says Congressman Greg Walden in a recent series in the Oregonian on the “fiscal cliff.” Yes, voters want our elected officials to cooperate in solving our nation’s pressing issues, but the notion that this is the takeaway from the election is wishful thinking on Walden’s part. Obama was decisively re-elected. Democrats gained seats in the Senate and in Congress, with Republicans only retaining their majority thanks to 2010 Congressional redistricting.

So there was indeed a mandate and that was to implement Obama’s campaign promises: to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, to protect the safety nets of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to strengthen and provide opportunities for the middle class instead of continuing policies that protect the wealthiest Americans and contribute to the growing income inequality in our nation.

Anne Talbott

Lake Oswego

Will Congress listen and follow the president’s lead?

Enough is enough. Reading that Congress will not follow the President’s lead for a long-term solution to job growth, employment and debt reduction makes me sick.

As a senior citizen on a fixed income, I will first be hit by the Alternate Minimum Tax (ATM) that will cost me $2,000 more in taxes with my 2012 filing if we go over the “fiscal cliff.”

Next, my taxes will rise because my representative is using my family as a bargaining chip to try to get more tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country.

We elected Barack Obama to a second term because we support his priorities and leadership.

Will Congress listen and be ready to stand up for seniors on a fixed income and follow the President’s lead?

Ted Ricks

Lake Oswego

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is indeed wonderful

My husband, Mark, and I attended Stumptown Stage’s musical production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” this weekend and highly recommend it as a “must see” for all this holiday season.

I’ve enjoyed watching Frank Capra’s film version every year for as long as I can remember and always am filled with that warm feeling for all mankind at the end of the film. Stumptown’s production delivers more than a warm feeling — perhaps it’s the music? With the music and lyrics written by mega-talents Michael Allen Harrison and Beit Haverim’s Rabbi Alan Berg, I knew the music would be good. Well, it was great! The acting was top notch too. Jared Michael Brown as George Bailey and Chrissy Kelly-Pettit as his dear wife, Mary, were an endearing couple to whom you can relate. Clarence the angel, played by Matthew Barnett, was a delight and John Branch made it very easy to dislike his character, money-grabbing Mr. Potter.

This production will tug at more heartstrings than the TV version ever could — you will laugh and cry and want to see it again and again.

Another mega-talent, Corey Brunish, who is very involved in Lakewood Center Theatre productions, directs the production and Lake Oswego’s Kirk Mouser serves as Stumptown Stages’ artistic director, so there are plenty of local connections. Janet Mouser, Kirk’s mother, wrote the adaptation of the book.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” runs through Dec. 23 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Brunish Theatre in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range in price from $15 to $30. Buy them online at or by phone at 503-946-7272.

This is sure to become a new holiday tradition.

Barb Randall

Lake Oswego Review reporter

Lake Oswego

Pipeline construction can be well managed

A small band of West Linn citizens is in overdrive putting a scare into us about what the Lake Oswego and Tigard water project means for Highway 43 motorists and businesses. You’d think that, reading those anonymous mailings, the world will end when this large but perfectly ordinary project moves its first shovel of dirt.

The truth is that unless you make a steady habit of driving the Highway 43 between 8 at night and 5 in the morning, you may not notice much of a difference once pipeline construction begins. If your business is open during those hours, the construction crews will make sure customers have access to your property at all times. And let’s not forget that this is pipeline construction. The pipe will be laid at a rate of 50 feet or more per night.

In addition to nighttime construction, ODOT requires that all equipment and supplies be stored off the road during the day. This means that all lanes will be unobstructed during the day.

So how about daytime traffic from the water plant construction itself?

Yes, over the life of the project thousands of trips will be made, but during the most intensive few months of construction, traffic will add only one third of 1 percent to existing traffic loads on the state highway.

We should not kid ourselves. Pipeline construction will be a temporary inconvenience for residents. Construction of the water treatment plant will be a headache for the closest neighbors. This is why we should insist that the city of West Linn enforce every promise made by the LO Tigard Water Partnership in its construction management plan.

The doomsday language used by opponents is irresponsible and simply out of proportion with the facts.

Brian Hawkins

West Linn

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