Men’s basketball alumni tournament

Still got game?

Estacada High School men’s basketball alumni will have the opportunity to relive their glory days during the first Estacada men’s basketball alumni tournament Saturday, Nov. 24.

The gym will open for warm-ups and a shoot around at 4 p.m., with tipoff at 4:30 p.m.

Afterward, participants are invited to a sneak peak of the Ranger basketball teams during the annual green versus white basketball game.

The four teams will be composed of classes from different graduating years:

2009-2012, 2004-2008, 1996-2003,and 1995 and earlier.

Visit to register or call coach Kevin Kirchhofer at 503-630-8515 ext. 2837 to get more information.

Apply for Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards

Application are available to nominate individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon’s heritage for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award.

Special consideration will be given to new ideas, approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities.

The awards are intended to draw public attention to important heritage efforts in Oregon and to raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities. The awards will be presented in spring 2013 at the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 11. Award information and the nomination application is available online at or by contacting Cara Kaser at(503-986-0670 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Honor all veterans Sunday, Nov. 11

The veterans of foreign wars Post No. 4273 in Sandy will help the community honor veterans during a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Sandy’s Centennial Plaza.

VFW Commander Merle Stewart said the observance is different than Memorial Day, which honors the country’s war dead.

“Veterans Day,” he said, “is largely intended to thank living veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. It is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free.”

While inviting the community to the ceremony Nov. 11, Stewart said there would be a potluck lunch after the event at the VFW Hall, 38452 Proctor Blvd.

Boring soldier in parade spotlight

Marine Cpl. Keaton Coffey of Boring, who died May 24 in Afghanistan during his second deployment, will be honored in an unusual way on Veterans Day, Nov. 12.

For the first time in 38 years, a deceased soldier’s family will serve as grand marshal at the annual Ross Hollywood Veterans Day parade in Portland’s Hollywood District.

The parade begins at Northeast 40th Avenue and Northeast Hancock Street and travels east on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to Northeast 48th Avenue, where a memorial flag raising ceremony will be held.

A memorial presentation will follow the parade at the Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 N.E. Thompson St. Guest speakers will include Coffey’s family and local and state officials.

All veterans, active military, and their families are honored during the parade, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

For more information, visit or call 503-729-2143.

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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