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To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers’ lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.

Memo Pad submissions for the April issue are due by Monday, March 16. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.

Straight-A student athlete picks up award
Amanda Paulson, a senior at Reynolds High School, is recognized as Gateway Elks Lodge February Teenager of the Month.
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Amanda Nicole Paulson, a Reynolds High senior with a 4.0 grade point average, was honored as the Gateway Elks Lodge February Teenager of the Month. A member of the National Honor Society, Paulson is also active in sports, her school, her church and her community. She is the daughter Steven and Rebecca Paulson.

She is captain of the Reynolds Raiders Soccer Team and has participated in swimming and track and field as well, earning the Most Inspirational award on all three teams at various times throughout her high school years.

Paulson was junior class president last year and is active in the student body this year—a representative to the senior council and a member of the athletic leadership council. She is a member of Link Crew, helping new freshmen transition to the high school setting. She is also a Big Sister to an elementary age girl, whom she mentors and provides a positive role model for. In addition, she interns in a math class at Haughton B. Lee Middle School.

Paulson devotes much of her time to Young Life—a national Christian youth organization. She participates in weekly meetings as well as group projects and trips.

She enjoys playing games and going on trips with her family. Together, they attend the Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring. She also likes spending time with friends, playing guitar and reading. Paulson is hoping to pursue a career in teaching.

Please visit to learn more about the Teenager of the Month program or to download an application. You may also call the lodge office at 503-255-6535.

Hill now a Pepperdine star
Kim Hill, a PCHS grad, averaged 1.11 blocks and 2.14 kills for the Pepperdine Waves volleyball team this season.
Kim Hill, former Portland Christian High School standout, has been recognized as one of the top 16 freshman volleyball players in the country. Collegiate Volleyball Update has named her one of the sport’s rising stars. Not only did Hill excel in her first season at Pepperdine University, but she is expected to achieve great things in the future.

Hill was named the West Coast Conference’s Freshman of the Year and earned All-WCC honorable mention and All-Freshman team honors. Hill led the WCC in blocks (1.11) and was fifth in hitting percentage (.353).

SnowCap fete reaches new high
The seventh annual Valentine Dinner and Auction fundraiser for SnowCap Community Charities started on an optimistic note when the auctioneer announced that the event wait staff from Old Chicago and Mt. Hood Community College were donating their gratuities to the cause.

“Their selfless donation really set the tone for the evening,” said Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director, who reported the Feb. 7 fundraiser collected more than $68,000 dollars, an increase of more than $20,000 over last year’s total.

Alley called the new level of community support extraordinary, particularly given the current economic constraints.

The Rev. Charlie Ross, retired pastor of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, and SnowCap Board Chair Carlene Weldon admire the vast array of silent auction items at the seventh annual SnowCap Community Charities Valentine Dinner and Auction. More than $68,000 was raised.
For the first time, the event was held at Mt. Hood Community College. Alley noted that this move helped hold down expenses. She said SnowCap “is experiencing the greatest need we’ve ever seen in our community. These challenging times bring out the best in our thoughtful and caring supporters.”

Funds raised will be used to continue SnowCap programs for needy families and individuals, including food boxes distributed at the agency’s main office, delivery of food boxes to elderly and shut-ins, summertime community garden plots, children’s clothes closet, English language instruction and other advocacy services.

In 2008, SnowCap provided 31,000 food baskets, 11,400 items of children’s clothing, school supplies for 1,600 students and more than 3,300 children’s books.

For more information on SnowCap, please visit

Rose Festival seeks culturally diverse performers
Celebrating culture, diversity and ethnicity, amateur performance artists are sought for open volunteer slots on the Portland Rose Festival’s Waterfront Village World Rhythms stage and in the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade. Opportunities to perform all types of unique or eclectic routines are available for both children’s and adult groups at the Waterfront Village. The KeyBank Grand Floral Parade welcomes all students and people of diversity to showcase their ethnic and vintage costuming in two parade segments.

Performances on the World Rhythms stage should be approximately 45 minutes. Cultural groups performing on the World Rhythms stage highlight Portland’s diverse ethnic heritages and important cultural traditions. Past performances have showcased Irish, German, Latvian, Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Hawaiian-style dancing. Music groups have played folk, bluegrass, Cajun, African, Caribbean and other genres. In addition to cultural music groups and dance troupes, storytellers, theater groups, jugglers, magicians, comedians, clowns and cheerleading groups are encouraged to apply.

Application forms may be obtained by contacting Laura Mears at or calling 503-227-2681. Entry deadline is Friday, April 17.

For more information on how to join the largest spectator event in the Pacific Northwest, the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade, contact Ashley Sider at 503-227-2681 or

East Portland parks additions due
As you may have noticed, the new East Portland Community Aquatics Center has been open since mid-February, but the official grand opening is set for 10 a.m. on March 14 at the center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman, present and past commissioners of Portland Parks & Recreation, will speak, and attendees will enjoy refreshments and tours of the new facility.

On March 18, the Portland City Council will review and presumably adopt master plans for the proposed Beech, Park Lane and Clatsop Butte parks. There will be no money in the City General Fund to carry out these plans, but funds might be available through fundraising, grants or the anticipated federal stimulus packages. Master plans are a prerequisite for improvements through any such funding.

Station area plans at open houses
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is holding a series of open houses on March 14 to present proposals for the Parkrose-Sumner, 122nd, 148th and 162nd light rail stations and to take public comment on them. The intent of the process is to identify improvements—and remove obstacles—in order for the stations to run efficiently and safely, for people to reach them easily and safely by foot or bicycle, and for the sort of high-intensity development city policy calls for near transit stations. The sessions are set for 9 a.m. for Parkrose-Sumner, 10:30 a.m. for 148th and 162nd, and noon for 122nd. All workshops will be at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Hoop shoot champs
The members of Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 hosted a lodge competition of the Elks national free-throw contest, or Elks Hoop Shoot, in mid-January. This event is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks lodges throughout the country.

The winners are:
Boys’ age group 8-9: Second Place, Marguel Fletcher; First Place, Zachary Baugher
Girls’ age group 8-9: Second Place, Savannah Proske; First Place, Demilyn Guild
Boys’ age group 10-11: Second Place, Phillip Tropets; First Place, Anthony Ross
Girls’ age group 10-11: Second Place, Caitlin Nguyen; First Place, Rayana Brown
Boys’ age group 12-13: Second Place, Michael Koza; First Place, Nathan Mumford
Girls’ age group 12-13: Second Place, Danica Roady; First Place, Sterling Swift

These very gifted boys and girls then went on to compete in the Metro District competition on Jan. 31, where Guild placed first in her age group and Mumford placed first in his.

Guild went on to win the state title in her division and will compete in the regional competition at Concordia University on March 14.

To learn more about the Gateway Lodge Hoop Shoot program, please visit or call the lodge office at 503-255-6535.

Gateway Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Russ Muma (far left, back) and David Ott, Gateway Elks Hoop Shoot chairman (far right, back), present Hoop Shoot winners with trophies and certificates following a lodge competition in January. Front row, left to right: Anthony Ross, Demilyn Michelle Guild, Savannah Proske, Zach Baugher and Marguel Fletcher. Back row, left to right: Sterling Swift, Danica Roady, Nathan Mumford, Michael Koza, Rayana Brown.
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