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Mayor-elect says thanks, looks to the future

To the citizens of Lake Oswego, I want to say congratulations to them all for their participation in this election, and thank them for their high level of engagement in our local issues. To my supporters and volunteers, I also say thank you, and please reach out to those who may not have voted for me.

To Greg Macpherson, I want to say how much I admire his commitment to public service and congratulate him on the energetic debates we had about the future of our great city.

I now look forward to serving all of Lake Oswego. All opinions will be heard and respected and the rights of all citizens will be honored. We will join together, so that our city of Lake Oswego will be known throughout the region as a dynamic city with great character, a stable fiscal future and a sustainable population and environment. We will mature as a city that will attract businesses and jobs and our schools will be second to none.

Lake Oswego’s future path to greatness will no doubt stir up differing opinions and preferred choices. Its greatness will need the combined judgment of many. I know that by working together we will have a strategic plan and a clear idea of costs of projects and where they fit into our collective vision for Lake Oswego.

I am excited to be part of the choices that will move this city forward.

Kent Studebaker

Lake Oswego mayor-elect

John Gray’s legacy includes Toastmasters Club

The breadth and depth of John Gray’s legacy is almost unbelievable. A previously unmentioned part of his living legacy is that in 1952 he was a founding member of the Lake Oswego Toastmasters Club, an organization that is still active today. I and literally hundreds of others have profited from this Toastmasters Club as it has helped us develop our speaking and leadership skills through practice in a mutually supportive group setting. Without this club, our members past and present would not have had the skills they needed to advance in their careers and contribute to their community groups with their new skills and confidence.

On behalf of all the current, past and future members of our Lake Oswego Toastmasters Club, thank you, John Gray, for helping establish a local club that continues to help others achieve their full potential.

Bruce Rottink

Lake Oswego

What has happened to the city of Lake Oswego?

When Jack and I moved here 62 years ago after his graduation from Oregon State, there were 3,000 people in the whole area. There were a lot of young families in modest houses and a great feeling of community.

I learned from a citizen’s view column (in the Lake Oswego Review) by Alice Seeger who owns my favorite bakery (Upper Crust Bread) that she’s closing because some ill-advised person or persons at city hall won’t renew her lease.

It seems that the city of Lake Oswego no longer values the small-business people that made Lake Oswego a great place to live.

I’m so very sad for Alice and her staff. Her wonderful products are in all the upscale grocery stores.

Helen Lundeen

Lake Oswego

‘A Curious Savage’ works for adults, children

I had the opportunity to see “A Curious Savage” recently by the New Century Players (at the Rex Putnam High School Blackbox Theater in Milwaukie). I had seen the play previously, so knew that it was a serious theme with many comedic moments thrown in to provide relief.

Mrs. Savage (played by Virginia Kincaid of Lake Oswego) has been left a $10 million bond by her late husband and has plans to use it to create a memorial fund to pay for average people to have “fun.” Her three spoiled stepchildren want the money for themselves and try desperately to get the bond from her, not knowing where it has been placed.

The children put their stepmother in an institution with five other “inmates,” each with a reason to fear and doubt society. Each character has a lighthearted personality in spite of (his or her) circumstance and comedy ensues from each. The actors portraying the inmates (including Jeremy Southard of Lake Oswego as Hannibal) and the Savage family members do a remarkable job delivering the action and playing off of each other.

I took my three children, ages 11, 9 and 7, along and was not quite sure how they would receive the story. Although they missed out on some key moments, the slapstick comedy kept them entertained and they were enthralled with the performance the entire time. Yes, I said the entire time.

I would recommend seeing this delightful show with children of all ages.

Mary Hagood

Tigard



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