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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 July issue are due by Monday, June 15. 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.

DDHS student will spend senior year in Korea
As part of the National Security Language Initiative Program, David Douglas high School junior Katie Ham will spend her senior year in Korea attending high school in a total language immersion program.
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Katie Ham, a David Douglas High School junior, has been accepted into the National Security Language Initiative program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. After a very rigorous application and interview process, Ham was invited to spend her senior year of high school in a total language immersion program in Seoul, South Korea. She will attend high school there, taking math, science and social studies all taught in Korean. She will leave for training in Washington, D.C., on July 2 and depart from there for South Korea, returning June 15, 2010.

Ham has been very active at DDHS, serving in leadership roles on the student council and various school clubs. She is also a youth chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a library volunteer and a former member of the DDHS dance team.

Centennial students step up
In a unique move to meet increased client demand, SnowCap Community Charities has announced expanded hours for food box and clothing distribution. Students from Centennial Learning Center, an alternative school in the Centennial School District, will provide a team of high school student-volunteers to help fill the additional hours and to assist with interviewing clients, pantry operations and clothing distribution.

SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley said the agency, located at 17805 S.E. Stark St., is now open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

“This is a win-win-win,” said Centennial Evening Program Coordinator Rusty Simms, who will supervise the weekly outing for 10-12 students. “SnowCap can meet added demand, the students learn work ethic and skills and more about their community, and SnowCap clients receive much-needed food and clothing.” He said his students are eager to participate and expects they will learn valuable practical skills like inventory control, customer service, database management, safe food handling and community service.

Alley said SnowCap’s extended service hours are in response to the current economic downturn. “We simply are facing a 25 percent increase in clients. Many have never faced the need to ask for assistance. We also need to find an additional 25 percent in food donations.”

Eventually she would like to extend hours to every day of the week. That will require increasing the number of volunteers by 25 percent as well.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, call 503-674-8785 or send an e-mail to

Community garden project underway
The Parkrose Heights Community Garden is taking shape at Parkrose United Methodist Church, 11111 N.E. Knott St. In recent weeks, fence posts have been set and sod has been lifted. The plan is to create a garden consisting of 16 raised beds, 8 in-ground garden plots and a small gathering area on a plot adjacent to the church.

The raised beds will be made available for a small fee to residents of the Parkrose neighborhood, with focused outreach to low and fixed income individuals and families, people of color, immigrants and people with disabilities. Project organizers will welcome volunteers willing to help out.

By providing a venue for community members to grow their own food while also establishing partnerships with local neighborhood organizations, PUMC hopes to create the opportunity for diverse populations within the community to work together toward a common mission and to fulfill a basic human need for food.

For more information, please contact Pastor Bill Gates at 503-253-7567.

Gateway Elks select Teen of the Year
Gateway Elks Lodge Teenager of the Year and Reynolds High senior Kristin Baldwin (center) is flanked by her parents, Pam and Dave Baldwin.
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Each month during the school year, the Youth Activities Committee at Gateway Elks Lodge selects a high school student from one of the area schools as Teenager of the Month. Criteria for selection includes scholastic achievement, school involvement and community assistance. The students are nominated by peers, parents, teachers or friends. The Youth Activities Committee reviews the nominations. Toward the end of the school year, one of the students is selected to be the Gateway Elks Lodge Teenager of the Year.

As is common when selecting from the best of the best, the committee was faced with a real challenge when tasked with choosing this year’s honoree, but one candidate rose to the top. She is Reynolds High senior Kristin R. Baldwin.

Baldwin carries a 4.0 grade point average, has taken numerous advanced placement classes and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays the violin in the Reynolds High orchestra, is a cheerleader and plays softball.

Volunteer activities have included stints at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, organizing a Red Cross blood drive and assisting at a community bicycle helmet clinic.

She enjoys camping with her family and is active in her church.

Already a certified nursing assistant, Baldwin will pursue a nursing degree at Concordia University and plans to become a registered nurse specializing in neonatal care.

To learn more about Gateway Elks youth programs, please visit or call 503-255-6535.

Add your story to local history
The David Douglas Historical Society is preparing an updated version of a community history. Your input is requested. If at any time you lived, worked or went to school in the area served by David Douglas School District, please submit your story to Joanna Klick at 24475 S.E. Strawberry Drive, Damascus, OR 97089 or

Business and church entries, as well as personal submissions and photographs, will be welcomed. The deadline for submissions is July 4.

DDHS looking for Site Team members
The David Douglas High School Site Team needs your volunteer help. Parents, community members and business leaders are welcome. The Site Team meets every other week for half an hour before school. The first meeting is in September. This is a democratic body composed of teachers, parents, community members and administrators that allocates professional development dollars and creates the school improvement plan. It is one of the school’s mechanisms for community voice and involvement. It is a real way for you to make a difference and have a voice in the way the school is run. Major agenda items for the next year include continued professional development process improvement, parent involvement and support to improve academic performance, and many other important issues. Make a difference: Join the Site Team. For more information, please contact Michael Givler at
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