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Love INC thanks supporters

To the editor:

Love In the Name of Christ of Woodburn would like to thank all who supported our second annual dinner auction held Aug. 15. A special thank you goes to Woodburn Health Center, Billy and The Rockets and Country Cottage for their second year of support in venue, entertainment and catering. Thank you to members of the Recreation and Parks Youth Advisory Board who served refreshments and supported the catering staff.

Both silent and oral auctions were a huge success with the net proceeds continuing the gap ministry of Love INC.

Our valued donors and supporters are numerous and Love INC encourages you to express your appreciation to these businesses, churches and individual donors (in addition to those already mentioned): Mariner Square, Oaks Park, Portland Children’s Museum, Wildlife Safari, Daniel’s Photography, Pittock Mansion, OMSI, Al’s Garden Center, Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, Lime Berry, Bauman Farms, Willamette Heritage Center, Carla Coleman, Pendleton Roundup, Woodburn Radiator and Glass, Les Schwab Tires, Woodburn Dairy Queen, Sherwood Ice Arena, Wheeler Dealer, Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, Denny’s Restaurant, Karin Meacham, Ken’s Auto Body, Abby’s Pizza, Every BODY Fitness, Maryhill Museum, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Flomer Furniture, Beverly Boland, Long Bros. Building Supply, Bob Rhoades, Jerry’s Rogue Jet Boats, Clackamas Aquatic Park, Agnes Kelly, Mount Hood Meadows, Woodburn Veterinary Clinic, Mo’s Restaurant, Pat’s Acres Racing, NW Children’s Theatre, Hitz Farm, Webb Chiropractic, Woodburn Premium Outlets, Teresa Sisto, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Pioneer Mercantile, Don and Rhonda Judson, Jon and Debbie Betts, Darrell Mendenhall, Valley Pacific Floral, Lakewood Theatre Company, Garden Gallery, Robert David, Kim Johnston, Nelson Financial, Voget Meats, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Wolfer’s Heating and Cooling, Senior Estates Quilting, Church of Christ, Myra Vogel, Warpaint International, Hoodview Church of God, Woodburn United Methodist Church, Aurora Presbyterian Church, Woodburn First Presbyterian Church.

Rosetta Wangerin

Love INC auction organizer

New board member wants to engage with community

To the editor:

Recently, I was appointed to serve our community as a member of the Woodburn School Board. I am honored to be selected for this position.

After 40 years in education, I retired in 2011 as superintendent of North Marion School District. When I started my career as a teacher I had a passion for educating students to become our future leaders and for making a difference in their lives that continued throughout my career. That passion for educating students is still as strong today.

Following my retirement, I began volunteering in the Woodburn School District by serving on the Strategic Planning Committee, the Bond Preparation Committee and the Budget Committee. The knowledge I’ve gained in these volunteer roles have assisted me as I enter a new role of service on the Woodburn School Board. I will enjoy continuing to learn.

One of my goals as a school board member will be to talk to our community members and engage them in the school district. Our Woodburn students are achieving so much and I want to be sure that our community knows about their accomplishments. My “door to listening" will always be open and I welcome the opportunity to hear any thoughts on the school district or board policies from Woodburn residents. Please feel free to contact me at 503-981-7221.

I look forward to continuing to serve our community and the students of Woodburn.

Linda Reeves

Woodburn School Board

Why kill a pet over broken leg?

To the editor:

I, too, read the article on the local vet Dr. Patrick Paradis (Aug. 20 edition “Random act of kindness”). I felt the same as Arnold Ponce, who wrote in (Aug. 27 letter to the editor).

How can a doctor put an animal down just because it had a broken leg? I would think he would have tried to make other arrangements.

I’m thankful to the person who stepped forward to pay it. It’s hard to see your pet hurting and money standing in the way of you being able to help him.

Susie Carr


Vet responds to criticism

To the editor:

Mr. Ponce (letter to the editor, Aug. 27 edition) obviously has no clue about running a business in today’s world.

At our practice, we have three doctors and 10 other employees all working to support families. Every person supports the common goal of providing for the needs of people and their pets.

As a business, we must pay fair salaries to all employees. In addition to those salaries, there are bank loans, clinic supplies, drugs, taxes, dues, licenses, repairs, utilities and much, much more. If we offered free care for every pet in need, regardless of ability to pay, there would not be a business that supported those families. We simply would not survive.

For 30 years, I have supported the needs of people in this town by being available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To say that “today’s vets have no compassion for injured animals they pretend to administer to” is a blatant insult.

Some of the activities that Woodburn Pet Hospital has done over our 40-plus years in the Woodburn community, that demonstrates our compassion for animals include:

— An annual dog wash, where all proceeds go to the Humane Society of the Willamette Valley;

— Low cost spays and neuters on certain days of every week;

— Half-price vaccinations for all pets one day of every month;

— Donations to Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in honor of deceased pets;

— Rescuing countless litters of orphan kittens, performing spays, neuters and vaccinations and then finding them loving homes;

— Providing no-cost pet food for the pets of homeless people;

— Offering no-interest payment plans for those who cannot pay a balance all at once;

— Offering quality procedures such as orthopedic surgery at a fraction of the cost of some other Portland area pet clinics and hospitals.

Mr. Ponce, before you criticize the entire veterinary profession, realize one case of possible euthanasia does not define the beliefs of all. We simply cannot render care to all injured animals and expect to survive as a business.

In many cases, euthanasia is an act of compassion because we are relieving suffering.

Tell me this, when you visit your doctor or dentist and ask for free care for someone who is down and out, do you accuse the professional of lacking compassion and caring only about “cha-ching?”

Patrick L. Paradis, D.V.M.

Woodburn Pet Hospital