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Quilt garners notice
Firwood Gardens resident, Dorothy Beal, with her award winning quilted wall hanging entitled “Christmas Star.”
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Quilting has been a lifelong interest for 89-year-old Dorothy Beal, a resident of Firwood Gardens Residential Facility in Gateway. It is believed she has made over 600 quilts over the years. With her first a baby quilt, Beal went on to fashion larger pieces that would take as much as four weeks to complete.

While family members have all been presented with one of these works of art, Beal was often asked to complete pieces that others had started.

Beal views quilting as an art form and says the work allows her to express herself with color and design. In addition to bed quilts, she has created throws, table runners, placemats and wall hangings. Beal entered one of her wall hangings in the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services 2004 Ageless Art Contest. In all, 130 pieces were submitted; Beal came away with the Judges Choice Purple Ribbon Award. Her work was on display in the State Capitol building in Salem this fall.

Gateway Elks teen of the month
The Gateway Elks Lodge has selected David Douglas High School Senior Kristi Calhoun to be honored this month. Calhoun described as a mature, competent and vivacious young woman has a cumulative GPA of 3.74.

With the goal of continuing her education at the University of Oregon, she has filled her high school schedule with advanced classes such as Health Science I, Anatomy and Physiology, Spanish III and Math Analysis with Trigonometry. She is on track to earn her health sciences Certificate of Advanced Mastery upon graduation in June.

Calhoun has been on the Honor Roll for three years, a member of the National Honor Society for two years and on the Student Council for one year. In addition, she is the student body vice president this year. A well-rounded young woman, she is also active in athletics playing soccer and participating on the cheerleading squad.

To support her goal for an advanced education, Calhoun has worked as a hostess, a cashier and as a childcare provider, always setting aside a prescribed amount to her tuition fund.

Active in the community, she teaches classes at local elementary schools and helps with vision screening for elementary students. As part of her health science work she helped to coordinate an American Red Cross Blood Drive and as a Link Crew Leader, she mentors and supports incoming freshmen.

Kristi, who plans to become a physical therapist, lives with her parents, Kathy and Gary Calhoun.

Gordly named chairwoman of Public Safety Subcommittee
State Sen. Avel Gordly, who serves Multnomah County voters in District 23, was named to serve on the Joint Ways and Means Committee for the next legislative session. The committee, considered the most powerful in Salem, will be responsible for crafting the 2005-2007 state budget.

Gordly was also named chairwoman of the subcommittee on Public Safety, which will create the budgets for the state police, corrections, the judicial branch and other agencies.

“I am delighted the Senate president has asked me to take on this assignment,” said Gordly. “I am ready to get to work with my colleagues on the committee on behalf of all Oregonians and their public safety.”

With another budget shortfall and other problems facing the state, Gordly’s previous experience in public safety and on the Ways and Means Committee will be an asset.

“There will be a number of issues before us,” Gordly said. “We must do what we can to get in front of the methamphetamine crisis that is impacting communities all over Oregon. And we have to address the expanding gang problem, which has grown beyond Portland and into other areas of the state.

“I am also very concerned about securing funding for the Oregon State Police,” Gordly said. “It continues to operate with numbers far below national standards, and that could affect their ability to protect Oregonians. I have serious reservations about expanding the lottery to pay for more state troopers and I will work hard during the upcoming session to find another source of funding. But we absolutely need to have these officers on the road.”

The senator described her colleagues on the committee as very talented and steeped in the issues, and said she is looking forward to serving with all of them.

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