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Build it and they will win
Last spring, the Portland Christian High School baseball team made the state playoffs even though they did not have a true home field. The high school baseball teams have played on the middle school fields since moving to the former Parkrose Heights Junior High building on Northeast 124th Avenue and San Rafael Street in 1981.

Athletic Director Dana Larson, the players and their families, decided a new baseball field was long overdue, and it is now under construction. The facility will include dugouts, a press box and a concession stand and will be used for a variety of outdoor events, including elementary relays, track meets and soccer games.

Nearly $39,000 of the $45,800 needed to complete the project has been raised through outfield sign sponsorships and direct donations.

Businesses that would like to be promoted on the outfield fences or neighbors wishing to make a direct donation are encouraged to contact Larson at 503-256-3960, ext. 268, or Jodie Rossi at 503-936-3434.

Community stalwart sponsors essay contest
Longtime Parkrose resident Jerry Guthrie is a man with a plan. He intends to engender the spirit of volunteerism, to recognize academic merit and to increase writing skills by sponsoring a student essay contest.

The owner of Guthrie Machinery Co., a construction equipment firm in the Parkrose area, is the principal benefactor in the inaugural essay competition for Parkrose high school and middle school students. SnowCap Community Charities and the Parkrose School District are co-sponsors.

The Guthrie Family Essay Contest honors the memory of Guthrie’s late wife, Betty, and recognizes the community activity of his family, which has a distinguished record of volunteerism and philanthropy in the Parkrose community as well as with the Nature Conservancy and other organizations.

Appropriately, the competition theme is, “Why is volunteering in my community important?”

Guthrie is providing $900 in cash prizes for winners to initiate the project.

High school entrants will compete for a $250 first prize, a $150 second prize and two $50 third prizes. Middle school contestants will be offered $150 for first place, two $75 second place awards and four $25 third place prizes.

High school entries must meet a minimum of 1,000 words, and middle school students must submit an essay of not less than 500 words. Entries may be typed or hand-written, if penmanship is clear, neat and legible.

Completed compositions must be submitted to respective school offices on or before Friday, April 13. Entries will not be returned after judging.

Guthrie will award cash prizes at school assemblies in May, and every essayist will receive a certificate of participation.

The two winning essays will be published in the June Mid-county Memo along with the names of all participants.

Guthrie hopes the contest will attract a large number of entries and stimulate an awareness of neighborhood volunteerism, especially amongst students in the community and their families.

Century farm & ranch application available
Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 award year of the Century Farm & Ranch Program, a statewide recognition program honoring farming and ranching families who have worked the same land for at least 100 years. The program, now in its 49th year, is administered through the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation in Salem and is partially funded by the Oregon Farm Bureau, the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State Parks, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and individual contributions.

Family farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon are encouraged to apply by the June 1 deadline.

Successful applicants receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgement by the governor of Oregon and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. A durable metal road sign to identify the family’s farm or ranch as having historic Century status is also available. Each family will be honored during a special ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair in September.

Since the start of the program in 1958, more than 1,070 farms and ranches across the state have been registered. Oregon has one of the oldest agricultural heritage programs of this type in the entire nation.

A formal application process is required for properties to be considered for the program. To qualify as a Century Farm or Century Ranch, the family must meet a total of nine criteria, including the following:

The farm or ranch must have been operated continuously in the same family for 100 years or more. If the farm or ranch has ever been rented or leased, it may not qualify. Documentation is required.

The farm or ranch must have a gross income from farming or ranching activities of not less than $1,000 per year for three out of five years immediately preceding application.

Family members must live on the property or actively manage and direct the farming or ranching operations.

Application materials are preserved in the manuscript collections of the Oregon Historical Society library and provide useful information for research on the history of agriculture and farm families in Oregon.

To receive the application guidelines and the official form, please contact Glenn Mason, Oregon Century Farm and Ranch program coordinator, at 503-297-5892 or orcentury@juno.com or you may download the application guidelines on the Oregon Farm Bureau Web site: www.oregonfb.org/programs/century_farm_ranch.shtml.

Oregon family-owned farms and ranches that have stayed in the family for 150 years will now be eligible for the Oregon Sesquicentennial Farm & Ranch Award. Call 503-297-5892 for additional information on this new award.
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