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*City 'meet and greet' is Wednesday *Scout's project will aid firefighters *Grant writing workshop scheduled *Winters honored by elder advocates

November 06, 2012

City 'meet and greet' is Wednesday

DALLAS -- Residents will have an opportunity to meet the three finalists for the Dallas city manager position Wednesday (tonight) at a "meet and greet" reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

The three finals are: Ellen Barnes, of Molalla, the current city manager for city of Molalla. However, The Oregonian reported that Barnes has reached an agreement with Molalla to leave the post within 30 days or until an interim city manager can be found; Ronald Foggin, of Lehi, Utah, the former assistant city administrator of Lehi; Aaron Palmquist, of Bend, the former community manager of Crooked River Ranch near Terrebonne.

The candidates are scheduled to speak briefly about themselves and why they are seeking the position. Residents are welcome to offer feedback on the candidates via comment cards that will be provided. Light refreshments will be served.

The Dallas City Council and three panels consisting of community stakeholders will be interviewing the candidates Thursday.

For more information: 503-831-3502.

Scout's project will aid firefighters

DALLAS -- City Hall has recently received many calls and questions regarding the blue dots in the streets of Dallas.

These dots were installed to help firefighters locate the closest hydrant to a fire incident and are a standard method of identification throughout the U.S., noted Dallas Fire Chief Bill Hahn.

Hahn said the thanks for the project goes to Cooper Noack of Dallas, who is working to attain his Eagle Scout rank through the Boy Scouts and wanted to complete a project that would help his community.

Cooper contacted the city in July and began the process of approval, obtaining maps of hydrant locations, and determining the number of blue dots he would need to place to identify each hydrant. Through his efforts, Cooper was able to raise the $1,800 needed to complete his project using no city funding.

Cooper recruited volunteers to assist him in placing the blue dots and despite the uncooperative weather, Cooper has been able to complete his project.

Dallas Volunteer Firefighters and SW Polk Co. Rural Fire Protection District provided vehicles to warn people on busy streets as the volunteers placed the dots.

Grant writing workshop scheduled

DALLAS -- The Dallas Community Foundation will hold a free grant writing training workshop Nov. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas.

This informal, one-hour brown-bag lunch session is geared toward those who are new to grant writing or have limited experience. This is an opportunity for smaller non-profit organizations to learn how to secure funding for their programs and how to diversify their funding streams.

By the end of this training, you will have a better understanding of the grant writing process, how to scope your project, and how to submit successful grant applications to a variety of funders.

For more information or to RSVP: Dallas Community Foundation, 503-798-7847; email to

Winters honored by elder advocates

SALEM -- Elder housing and service organization LeadingAge has awarded State Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem) its "Best Friends of Oregon Elders" award.

The award is given to individuals who have stood up on behalf of older Oregonians.

"I consider it a privilege to serve as an advocate for Oregon's elderly," said Winters, whose district includes parts of Monmouth, Independence and West Salem. "Sometimes Oregon's most vulnerable need someone who can stand up for them, when they can't stand up for themselves. I am honored to fill that role for Oregon's elderly."

LeadingAge is a statewide association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed providers of housing and services for the elderly.

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