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Pageant story brings back memories

Your article, “Polk Museum hosts pageant display,” sent to me by my niece Sue Irick brought back many wonderful memories.

It was so much fun working with family, friends and neighbors to bring the Christmas story to life. My dad (Joe Harland) was Joseph, brother (Bill Harland) was narrator, sister-in-law (Joann Harland) played Mary, and I was an angel all of my grade school years.

Sue said I was “a retired angel” and yes, I have your article to prove it. Thank you.

Barbara Harland Mathiesen

Marysville, Wash.

Vote yes to health care for everyone

I urge everyone to vote yes on Measure 101 to protect accessible health care for one in four Oregonians, including up to 350,000 kids, and hold down costs for all of us.

It protects Medicaid, which provides health care for Oregon’s most vulnerable, and provides funding to ensure every child in Oregon has a doctor and receives the regular check-ups they need to stay healthy.

Measure 101 is supported by over 120 organizations like AARP and the nurse’s association.

Health care should be a right, not a privilege for selected people.

I’m voting yes on 101, and I hope you will, too.

Michael Cairns


Thanks for another ‘warm, fuzzy’ year

We wish to express our gratitude to everyone who brought clothing and other warm articles to our “Warm and Fuzzy” clothing drive this year.

This marks our 26th year of collecting for the “Warm and Fuzzy” clothing drive. A big thanks goes to Starlite Lanes Bowling Center in Dallas for again allowing us to use their business as a drop site.

God blessings to all.

Deb Darr and family

Falls City

Bottle drop fundraiser reaches goal

The Dallas Booster Club “Turf and Track” project is the premier fundraiser for the Bottle Drop Program.

The company issued us a one-month challenge to bring in $5,000 of bottles and cans.

If we met the goal they would give us a $2,000 bonus. Let me tell you how schools and community stepped up.

Each classroom was given a bag to fill. Bottles and cans were collected at Les Schwab on Saturdays in December. Students contacted neighbors, grandmas, grandpas, and collected bottles and cans at sporting events.

As the deadline loomed ever closer, students and community members were checking in regularly on our progress. It’s amazing to be a part of a community based project where anyone can get involved in working for a common goal.

We exceeded our goal by $126. Our hard work has paid off. As of Dec. 29, we had collected over $11,000.

Special thanks to the following for making this happen: Les Schwab, Dallas High Leadership class, Buchanans, and the bottle and can crew.

Dallas, we are so proud of your support for this “Turf and Track” project.

We still need your continued support by bringing cans and bottles to Les Schwab the last Saturday of each month between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Look for neighborhood pick-up programs to begin in January. Let’s fill up more bags.

David and Kathy Voves


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