by: JEFF MCDONALD  - Gabriel and Maggie James of Woodburn lead off the Mount Angel Bike Rodeo Friday. Mount Angel Telephone’s Customer Appreciation Day on Friday turned out to be fun for the whole family.

Kids and adults got their faces painted, rode in the Bike Rodeo, won prizes and got a free lunch served up by John F. Kennedy High School football players to boot.

“We wanted to raise awareness of nonprofits in the area and let customers know what they mean to us,” said Debbie Jewell, vice president of operations for the city’s telephone company.

Verna Van New Kirk, 75, took advantage of free blood, eye and hearing screenings offered by the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation at the JEFF MCDONALD  - Heaven Karúo, 6, of Mount Angel, gets her hearing tested as part of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Mobile Screening program Saturday in Mount Angel. Karúo is one of dozens who had their vision, hearing and glucose levels screened free-of-charge for possible health risks.

“My hearing was perfect,” Van New Kirk said after the screening. “I did it mainly to see what my blood glucose level was. They do a finger stick and I like to compare this to the blood draw I get from my regular doctor.”

The free screenings were offered this month both in Mount Angel and at the Salud Medical Clinic in Woodburn, said Brad King, mobile health screening kit coordinator, based in Portland.

“We want to reach those folks who don’t have access to routine medical care,” he said.

They will be offered in Mount Angel and Woodburn schools in the upcoming school year, he said.

King also pointed people toward the Lions Eye Glasses Assistance Program, where they could obtain a free eye exam and free lenses, and ROAR, a program that includes a free comprehensive hearing exam and hearing aids. More information about the programs is available at

by: JEFF MCDONALD - Sgt. Jeff Charpilloz of Mount Angel Police Department gives Gabriel James, 6, instructions during the Bike Rodeo event last weekend in Mount Angel. The department gave out about 70 free bike helmets as part of the event. The turnout was twice what it has been in previous years, said Sgt. Jeff Charpilloz of the Mount Angel Police Department. The MAPD gave out free bicycle helmets and a road safety test to kids at the event.

Safety training included basics on hand signals, turning, balance, breaking and railroad safety, Charpilloz said.

“We started doing this program 18 years ago and give out 40 to 50 helmets per year,” he said. “We’ve got a great turnout this year and should give out about 70 helmets.”

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