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for Aug. 22, 2014


Volunteers drive success of community events

The eighth annual Fairview on the Green is over, but the memories will live on. This year was such a resounding success because of all the great businesses and volunteers that worked tirelessly to create a community festival that the city of Fairview and its residents can be proud of.

Thank you Brasher Auto, Quality Diesel, Allwood Recycling, Leathers Oil, Georgia Pacific, Five Star Storage, PGE, 12 mile Disposal, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Dirt and Aggregate, Comcast, Village Pilates, Larry Cooper and an extra special thanks to Wood Village Fred Meyer and the city of Fairview for going above and beyond.

A festival is only as good as its volunteers. I am proud that the Friends of Fairview are exceptional and passionate people.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to Darren Riordan, Ginell Cooper, Keith Kudrna , Kathy Kudrna, Steve Kaufman, Ted Tosterud , Valerie Tewksbury, Cory Tewksbury, Lauri Kreamier, Theresa Davis, Francis Doo, Barbara Jones, Tami Riordan, Steve Marker and Diane Kilwein.

Youth volunteers were Jackson Arnold, Jordan Convery, Brianna Riordan, Lily Linder and Bailey Cooper.

Festivals are an essential part of a community. They boost the economy, bolster community pride, provide new experiences, encourage physical activity and strengthen community relationships. Fairview on the Green does this and much more.

We are already looking forward to next year’s festival and invite people to engage in their community via the Friends of Fairview or other civic groups that provide positive influence on the community.

I hope to see everyone at next year’s Fairview on the Green.

Brian Cooper, Director, Fairview on the Green

Marijuana is not medicine

I was part of the graduating class of 1969. The hippie scene was in full bloom. Many parents were very discouraged because high hopes for their children would never reach fruition. Many parents saw their once compliant students with good grades become dumbed down and defiant.

Their children’s good friends were replaced by fellow stoners who lived by the theory of the Bob Dylan song, “Everybody Must Get Stoned.”

These young people became their worst enemies. They were always searching for someone in authority to say that marijuana was not bad, that it does no harm. Words like fidelity, morality, virtue and sanctity seemed to disappear from society. If you ever had to work next to a stoner, they always felt as if they were being exploited, but the reality was that their ability to be a constructive employee was gone.

Many people I knew that became caught up in the marijuana scene have never been able to live a normal life without some kind of assistance. They were never able to make it on their own.

Now I hear about getting a certificate for medical marijuana. There isn’t anything beneficial for a person indulging in this practice and it’s time to realize just how much harm has been done.

Don’t dare call it medicine.

Tom Mackey, Damascus




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