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Ice, snow delay work on Waluga reservoir; Lininger, Devlin to host town hall in Lake Oswego; Red Cross issues plea for blood donors

PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY  - An aerial photo taken in December shows the progress so far on construction of a new roof at the Waluga 1 reservoir in Lake Oswego.

Ice, snow delay work on Waluga reservoir

Work on the new roof at Lake Oswego's Waluga 1 reservoir was stalled last week after freezing rain shut down the concrete plants that had been supplying the raw material.

About half of the support columns and three-quarters of the footings have been poured for the roof, but officials with the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership say continuing snowy conditions have prevented any further progress. The remaining pours will take place as soon as the weather permits, they say, and installation of the roof decking is now expected to take place in February.

Neighbors can expect to continue to hear noise from the site as the crane operates, trucks carry material to and from the site and the concrete pouring continues. There is no pedestrian access to the site, and all trails through it have been closed until the completion of the project in the spring.

Lininger, Devlin to host town hall in LO

State Sen. Richard Devlin and State Rep. Ann Lininger are teaming up to host a town hall meeting in Lake Oswego to discuss issues in the upcoming legislative session.

The town hall is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at City Hall, 380 A Ave.

As the 2017 Legislative Session approaches, the state faces urgent budgetary challenges and several other pressing issues. Devlin, D-Tualatin, and Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, are asking constituents what they would like to see accomplished in the upcoming session, which begins on Feb. 1. Those in attendance are encouraged to provide comments and ask questions about issues that are important to them.

The event is free and open to the public.

Red Cross issues plea for blood donors

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets after a critical drop in donations over the past couple of months.

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed, the organization says, and severe winter weather continues to impact donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.

To make up for that, the Red Cross has added nearly 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks, including:

9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19: Kruse Oaks (5300 S.W. Meadows Road in Lake Oswego); and

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24: at WE Communications (3 Centerpointe Drive in Lake Oswego).

To find other nearby donation opportunities and schedule an appointment, visit www.redecrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

— The Review