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*Enforce illegal fireworks laws*Customer service kudos for MINET*Many helped make PCL event a big hit*County keeps rural park looking great

July 09, 2013

Enforce illegal

fireworks laws

Another Fourth of July has come and gone and in my neighborhood it would certainly appear that the economy is swiftly on the mend, if one can assume that the amount of money the neighbors spent on illegal fireworks for the occasion is any indication.

I love the Fourth. It's a time when families get together to celebrate our nation's freedom, a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather in the great Northwest.

What I do not like is the fact that the fireworks laws are neither complied with nor upheld by the police department. For a week prior to the big day, my neighbors were setting off illegal fireworks. I reported them to the police department two different times, but nothing happened.

I have since learned that one of Dallas' finest lives on the very street where the illegal activity was prevalent. I suppose when one of their own is harmed by an illegal firework or their own home catches fire from such, they might start to take the law more seriously.

I would think the potential revenue from fines might prompt the Dallas Police Department to enforce the laws it's sworn to uphold?

Jessie Rice


Customer service

kudos for MINET

Not being addicted to technology, there wasn't a feeling of being disconnected from reality when we found ourselves without a dial tone. The fastest Internet connection in the county is not infallible when Murphy's Law takes over and systems fall short of everyday taken for granted expectations.

The success of MINET cannot be measured in broadband capability. A multimillion dollar infrastructure pails in comparison to simple customer service when the dominoes fall.

Within a brief period of time, telephone connections were ringing and malfunctioning equipment was replaced.

Thank you to Stormy (customer service), Chad Nelson (technical services supervisor) and Marilyn Morton (marketing director) for making us feel special and restoring normality as quickly as your team could.

One of the best reasons yet to "buy local."

Ron Smith


Many helped make

PCL event a big hit

On June 22, Partnerships in Community Living (PCL) hosted its 17th annual Summer Solstice Benefit Auction. This evening of art, food, wine and fun was held at the beautiful Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall and hosted 200 people.

PCL has been in the business of supporting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities for more than 25 years with homes, jobs and life experiences. This important event not only raises money for PCL to do that, but also raises awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.

This year, through the generous contributions of attendees, we were able to raise almost $35,000.

PCL is thankful for the support received from the communities it works in. These generous people help them to meet the mission to "Expand the horizons and enhance the quality of life of those we support."

Heartfelt thank yous go out to the sponsors who made this wonderful evening possible: Bliss Sequoia Insurance; Mark Nelson Oil Products -- MNOP; Eola Hills Wine Cellars; OSU Credit Union; MaPS Community Credit Union; Boldt, Carlisle & Smith; and R & J Mobility. A very special thank you goes out to KPTV 12's meteorologist extraordinaire, Andy Carson, for once again MCing the event. PCL always has such a great time with Andy.

We also want to thank members of the event committee who spent all those hours planning.

If you are interested in supporting PCL as a community partner or volunteer, contact us at or call me at 503-838-2403.

Kevin Priest

need hometown

County keeps rural

park looking great

I want to thank Polk County and its parks department for keeping the little park in Ballston looking so great.

We had our "Back to Ballston" picnic there on June 30. As a child I played in that park many days.

Alice Down


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