A meeting of the Clarkes-Highland Community Planning Organization is set for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Clarkes Grange, 19396 S. Unger Road, Beavercreek. All Clarkes-Highlanders are encouraged to attend any resident can vote after having attended two meetings.

The purpose of the CPO is to involve local citizens in land use planning and to advise county staff on local issues affecting unincorporated parts of the county. For questions, call Ralph Gierke at 503-632-4625.

Holiday music program coming

The annual holiday music program is coming to Clarkes Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 19. Students in all grades will be performing two shows, one at 10:30 a.m., and one at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Organizers are still asking for help with the program, including a donation of two Christmas trees, and volunteers to decorate the school’s gym at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17. For more information, or to volunteer, call 503-632-3290.

The school is at 19100 S. Windy City Road, Mulino.


Thank you again to all who’ve been reading the Clarkes-Highland News in the paper and online since I took over from Vera Erickson in 2010. Vera was the best at reaching out to the community, and getting people to open up. She has been an incredibly hard act to follow.

The Pioneer has gone through many changes since Vera’s passing, but its core mission remains the same: provide the best local news coverage to residents of the Molalla area, including the communities of Clarkes and Highland.

As reported in the Nov. 13, 2013, edition of the Pioneer, this Clarkes-Highland column is my last. But it won’t be the last time the Pioneer carries news from our area.

Editor Peggy Savage is committed to continuing to carry our local news. She needs your help to do it, however. Please help Peggy, and fellow community members, by reaching out whenever you have news to report. Peggy can be contacted at 503-829-2301, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local news also will still be available at, a Facebook site that carries a variety of news exclusively for the Clarkes-Highland area. The site also allows users to share thoughts and photos directly with one another.

Thanks again for reading. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and holiday season. –Craig

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