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Local grad makes President's List
Lauren Johnson, a 2012 Parkrose High graduate, has earned a spot on the Cottey College President's List for the 2013 spring semester. In order to be on the President's List, the student's grade point average must be between a 3.75 and 4.0 with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.
Johnson is attending Cottey College on a volleyball scholarship. At Parkrose, Johnson was a member of the Debonaires, the A Choir and the National Honor Society. She plans to become a nurse and is the daughter of Norma and David Johnson.
Website design wins trophies
Meng and Pham first won the website design competition at the state conference to advance to the national competition. After moving through a qualifying round at nationals, these soon to be Parkrose seniors claimed the 10th best website design project in the nation. The girls were presented their trophies on stage in front of 8,500 other FBLA competitors. Theirs was one of nearly 500 projects developed and submitted from across the country.
According to the Parkrose FBLA Advisor, Mike Verhulst, the girls are already at work on a project for next year, with the goal of returning to nationals.
Abandoned cats need home
The shelter at Multnomah County Animal Services is offering a Name Your Price adoption fee special to help find homes for the cats flooding the shelter this kitten season.
Just as the special suggests, adopters can name the adoption fee of any cat in the cattery at the shelter, 1700 W. Columbia River Hwy., in Troutdale. This offer will run until the cat population returns to manageable levels at the shelter.
All but a few of our cages are full, said Ann Potter, the shelter's senior program specialist. Our foster homes for cats are filled. And the multi-cat colony rooms in the shelter are so full that there are even rolling cages with more cats in the center of the room.''
During kitten season from now through early autumn, the community shelter can get as many as 30 cats a day. As the region's only open-door shelter that accepts all stray animals, the shelter was at about 105 percent of capacity as of Thursday, July 11, and was caring for 125 cats and kittens.
We really need the public to step up and adopt,'' Potter said. These are cats that were owned by your neighbors, your friends, your family members. And now they need our community to help care for them.
Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, a first set of shots, a health exam, a microchip and a license.
If you can't adopt right now, there are other ways to help. If you find a cat, try to find its owner by listing it on the shelter lost and found page, posting flyers, and using Craigslist. A cat is 13 times more likely to be reunited with its owner through these means than by bringing it to the shelter.
Also consider finding a home for found or abandoned cats by connecting with friends and family through Facebook. Consider the trap, neuter, return option for feral cats.
You can also help by becoming a foster owner for a cat or donating canned or dry cat or kitten food to the shelter.
Contact Potter at 503-789-4561 to adopt a cat, provide a temporary home or to donate food.
Open garage doors invite residential burglars
Homeowners are reminded to lock doors and windows when leaving their homes unattended for any period of time.
The point of entry for many summertime burglaries is often an unlocked entrance, unlatched sliding glass door or an open garage door.
Summer is indeed the time to catch up on work inside and outside your home. It is easy to leave the garage door open to access ladders and mowers, for example, but it also exposes your home to easy entry while you may otherwise be distracted.
An open garage door also advertises to passersby all of your stored valuables that may seem too good to pass up to a would-be criminal.
Warm summer weather causes some residents to leave windows and sliding glass doors open. Remember to lock them or use a slider lock system that allows for air passage, but keeps a thief from getting inside.
Be vigilant of suspicious activity and report anything out of the norm to the police. If this activity is in progress, dial 9-1-1.
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