African Children’s Choir concert comes to Colton

The Colton community is invited to enjoy the African Children's Choir on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the Colton Middle School, 21580 S. Schieffer Road, starting at 7 p.m.

Part of the children's mission on tour is to raise awareness of the plight of the needy children in Africa. They are part of a promotion of the Asante Sponsorship Program.

They explain it: “Asante, which means ‘thank you’ in Swahili, is an organization which educates, feeds, and provides health insurance for more than 2,000 children—mostly orphans—in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The Asante Children's Choir is made up of 24 children from these underprivileged countries. The choir was formed originally in order to bring Africa to our sponsors to say ‘thank you.’ It has grown as a way for the kids to express their deep appreciation of God, God's love, and the support that so many show to underprivileged children and families around the world. The testimonies of the children inspire audiences by showing them that, despite the desolate circumstances the children come from, they have beauty, dignity, hope and unlimited potential. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, dance, and sweet voices demonstrate their incredible joy in the Lord.”

Colton’s Canyon Creek Bible Fellowship Church is hosting the event. They will be providing a dessert fellowship following the performance.

“The concert is free but a love offering will be taken. This is an event the whole family can enjoy,” said Tim Behrens, pastor at Canyon Creek.

The weather year in review

John Webb, co-owner with his wife Cori, of the Colton personal weather station Sasquatch Station has submitted the recorded weather data for December 2013.

December 2013 weather summary:

A few all-time Sasquatch Station (established Jan. 1, 2011) records were set in the month of December. On Dec. 8 at 6:32 a.m. the new low and wind chill of 2.9 F was set as well as a low dew point of 0.9 degrees. These record lows came during a five-day cold spell, Dec. 5-9, when the thermometer never rose above 32 F.

The high temperature for the month came on Dec. 1, when it reached 55.1 F at 1:56 p.m. The maximum wind gust speed of 28.8 mph was recorded the same day at 9:28 a.m. Measured rainfall for December was 2.968 inches.

Colton weather summary for 2013:

The high temperature 2013 reached 94.1 F on Sept. 10. The record low was 2.9 F on Dec. 8.

The average maximum temperature for 2013 was 60.6 F and the average minimum temperature was 39.0 F, both statistics are within one degree of 2012. There were three days last year with temperatures higher than 90 F and 102 days with lows below 32 F, including seven days when the thermometer did not read above freezing.

The highest wind gust for the year was 37 mph on Sept. 29.

The driest month of 2013 was July when no rainfall was recorded and the wettest was September with 7.79 inches. There were 188 days with measurable rain of .01 inches or more. Total rain fall for the year was 43.98 inches compared to 65.42 inches in 2012, a difference of 21.44 fewer inches of rain.

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Blood Drive

The Oregon Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Colton Fire Station, 20987 S. Hwy 211 on Wed. Jan. 8 from 2-7 p.m.

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