Sunday, December 08, 2013
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November 06, 2012
Local VFW post
steps up for DHS
Dallas High School's athletic department and football team would like to thank Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Oregon Post 3203 members for the color guard presentation at every varsity home football game.
The members of VFW Post 3203 are: Dirk Levy, Denny Fryrear, Bob Doll, Dave Christian and Joe Sillman. These men performed flawlessly as Dallas High School's band played the national anthem before each home varsity football game.
Thank you for this opportunity. Many people in attendance remarked how wonderful it was to see the color guard perform.
History of the color guard: In the military of the United States, the color guard (where the word color is referring to the national flag) carries the national color and other flags appropriate to its position in the chain of command. Typically, these include a unit flag and a departmental flag (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard). In addition to the flag bearers, who are positioned in the center of the color guard, there are two or more individuals who carry rifles and/or sabers.
Again, thank you to local VFW Post 3203.
Tim Larson, athletic director
Dallas High School
from great support
Thanks to the boosters and community, coaching high school athletics is fun and rewarding.
It's a chance to impact lives in a way that would be difficult to describe in the space provided. At Dallas High School, we have the opportunity to focus more on the enjoyable aspects of coaching. With support from our boosters -- more than $35,000 raised for DHS athletics at the recent auction -- and our community as a whole, coaches are able to work on the thing they enjoy the most: shaping young people's lives.
Thanks to all spenders and donors. Pay attention to your investment. We've got big plans.
quickly provide aid
I would like to thank the good Samaritans who stopped to help my wife after she was hit by a car on Oct. 23.
Thank you for shielding her from the rain and staying with her until the ambulance arrived. She is home recovering now.
Collecting box tops
makes a difference
Dallas Area Seniors have been helping out our local schools by collecting Box Tops for Education from products such as Betty Crocker, General Mills cereals, Pillsbury, Ziploc bags and Scott paper products.
Thus far this year, the seniors have donated more than 900 box tops. At 10 cents per box top, that's more than $90 for the school kids. We've also given the schools more than 2,500 Campbell's points this year that the schools can redeem for athletic equipment or various books.
Now, this may not seem to be a lot of money, but it helps young students with some of their school activities and only requires scissors and a bit of cutting on our members' part.
We are not the only Dallas organization involved in this, as Dallas Rotary Club members also save box tops for the Dallas schools and have been doing so for several years.
So, if anyone reading this doesn't already save their box tops, why not start now? You can drop them off at any of the elementary schools, the Dallas Senior Center or the Dallas Public Library.
City needs to repay
The city of Dallas should reimburse the sewer System Development Charges (SDC) that were illegally transferred to the operating budget.
These capital funds are needed for sewer improvement projects, to replace broken sewer lines, and for major emergency replacements and repairs. These projects may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take years to accumulate sufficient funds to pay for.
If the city diverts these funds to solve shortfalls in the operating budget instead of making the necessary cuts or savings to reduce ongoing costs, both the capital and operating budgets will suffer in the long run. In addition, the interest earned on sewer SDC funds should remain in the capital fund and not be transferred to the operating budget. Such a transfer may be legal but is shortsighted.
In the last decade the cost of construction index in Oregon has increased by almost 50 percent. The interest income from the sewer fund can help pay for such inflationary increases in steel, cement and other building materials needed to complete these expensive projects.
Finally, the practice of allocating to the general fund restricted sewer, water, street and fleet funds should be discontinued. The balance in these restricted funds must be allowed to accumulate over several years in order to have enough money to buy new vehicles, make repairs to sewer and water systems and keep the streets in decent condition. The funds are collected for those utilities and should only be spent on them. These utilities never have enough money and so to divert funds away from them to the operating budget will lead to their deterioration over time.
Auto business a hit
with this customer
I started taking my truck to Tim's Automotive Specialties a few years ago and I have always been extremely happy with the excellent work they do.
Tim is honest and hard working. There have been a few times I have gone to him with concerns about my truck, only to have him tell me the problem was not as bad as I originally thought. If something didn't need to be repaired, he'd tell me rather than take advantage of my mechanical ignorance.
Friday afternoon I was driving home on Highway 22 when my steering and brakes began to fail. I had to have my truck towed to Tim's shop. We didn't arrive there until almost 6 o'clock. Tim and his crew were still there finishing some jobs before the weekend. Tim looked at my truck and quickly figured out my water pump went out, which then destroyed my serpentine belt and a few other things.
Expecting to be without my truck until at least Tuesday, I was shocked when Tim told me he'd get it back to me by 10 o'clock Saturday morning. He told me he didn't want to see me stuck without a vehicle. As promised, Tim had my truck done Saturday. He had everything fixed and I paid much less than I expected to.
It is really nice to have such a reliable person to be able to count on in tough times. I may only be a customer, but every time I go to Tim he treats me like a close friend. He treats people right.