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Brought to you by Dr. Kristen Hardinge - Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic - VETERINARY INSIDER -


WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeBuying a new puppy is a major endeavor, and choosing a breeder is a very important decision. There are numerous things that you can do as the new pet’s owner to ensure that you are choosing an ethical breeder, increasing the chances that you will purchase a healthy puppy.

First, ensure that the breeder performs all the requisite health testing recommended for your breed. Each breed has different health conditions that affect it, some of whose presence can be tested for.

The breeder should encourage you to come visit their kennel, to see the dogs’ temperament and the environment in which the puppies will be raised. The breeder should engage in active socialization practices for the puppies starting at birth and continuing through weaning.

The breeder should spend a great deal of time interviewing you as the new puppy owner. This often includes completing a questionnaire to try to match each puppy with the best owner, based on its temperament and the activity level that the puppy will have. Breeders should do temperament testing, have health exams, deworm and vaccinate the puppies before they go to their new homes.

Breeders should also make themselves available to the new owners for the life of the pet – to answer questions, assist with problems, and ensure that, if the puppy or adult dog needs to be surrendered for any reason, it will go to an appropriate home and not end up in a shelter.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

Brought to you by Dr. Laura LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoie In a recently released report, the American Heart Association studied existing evidence surrounding the link between sitting and health. Their findings have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns.

When you sit for a prolonged period, your body is affected in a number of different ways. The calories you burn while sitting drops to just one calorie per minute, causing your muscles to burn less fat. Your abs and glutes go unused, your hips become tighter, and your shoulders can slump, leading to back pain. Your spine can become inflexible and prone to injury during everyday activities like tying your shoe.

Having to sit for extended periods of time can make staying healthy and at a proper weight feel like a constant battle. If you have to sit all day for work or school, try to get up and get moving more. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch, and that you alternate sitting and standing at your work station.

If you can’t stand at your work area, get up and walk every 30-60 minutes to increase circulation and raise your metabolic rate, and spend a few minutes each day stretching your back and hip flexors to maintain mobility.

Sitting to the spine is like sugar to the teeth. It is imperative to see your chiropractor to keep your spine in optimal health. Joy of Life is your best choice, call (503)-682-9596 for an appointment today.

Be healthy by choice, not by chance.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

Brought to you by Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors - REALTY INSIDER -


THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettAs a homeowner, when the time comes to sell, you may be tempted to list your house “For Sale By Owner”, or FSBO. Listing your home by yourself carries the obvious benefit of saving you a commission that would normally be paid out to your real estate agent. With the right listing price and a little marketing know-how, it appears FSBO homeowners can pocket thousands of dollars more on a sale, simply by not paying out a commission.

There are, however, numerous issues that homeowners will face when listing a home themselves. For starters, they are not home sale experts. Realtors understand the current market for your home and can recommend home improvements and set effective listing prices and strategies that help your home sell more quickly and at a higher price.

An agent knows the right questions to ask potential buyers, their extensive networks mean a larger pool of potential buyers, and a network of professionals needed throughout the transaction makes for a smoother sale. Once your home has an offer, agents are experienced negotiators who can get you the maximum value for your home.

The greatest value a realtor provides, however, is as an ally. Selling your home can be an emotional ordeal. A realtor can steer you away from mistakes such as overpricing your home or giving in too easily during a negotiation, and their ability to put a positive spin on negative feedback about your home is invaluable.

If you’re ready to list your home for sale, contact me today to get started!

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Dr. Kristen Hardinge - Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic - VETERINARY INSIDER -


WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeTraditionally in the US, veterinarians have advocated for spaying or neutering dogs prior to their first heat cycle or the onset of puberty to prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, recent research is proving that this may not be the best approach in every breed or for each individual pet. One of the most important factors in making this decision is understanding the home environment, which requires an in-depth discussion with each individual owner. Lifestyle, attendance at doggy day care, exercise routines, types of family members (children vs adults) and other pets in the home should all be discussed. Other factors to be considered include breed and disease prevalence in that breed.

For cats, spaying or neutering at or around 6 months of age is still recommended in most cases as there seem to be far fewer potential benefits of leaving them intact and there are numerous behavioral and reproductive consequences of not neutering or spaying prior to the onset of the first heat or puberty.

This is an ever evolving field, with new research being published regularly, which makes it very important to ensure that your veterinarian is up to date on the most recent research and is willing to entertain a discussion about what is best for your particular pet. There should no longer be an across the board recommendation that a dog is spayed or neutered. Please see the Reproductive Revolutions website ( www.reproductiverevolutions.com/ ) for more information on this important topic.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

Brought to you by Dr. Laura LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieDr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic loves to see great activity out of her patients, especially her child patients.

“With P.E. cut to two days a week at local elementary schools, and confined to just one semester a year for middle schoolers, it is especially important that kids are active and moving during the summer, too” says LaJoie. Summer is a terrific time to improve your overall fitness for the coming year.

If you’re going to be active by hiking, swimming, or playing outdoor sports like soccer or golf, you’ll want to do a few things to protect your joints and muscles. It’s always important to stretch before and (especially) after activity in order to enjoy more strength and flexibility.

It is also a great idea to do activities that use both sides of the body in order to maintain symmetry in movement and minimize injury.

“Any time you’re performing a side-specific movement, such as a golf or baseball swing, you want to also perform the same motion with the other side of your body,” notes LaJoie. “At Joy of Life Chiropractic, we offer performance assessments that examine each person’s body mechanics, and offer fitness and sport specific programs that work to correct asymmetry.”

In addition to performance assessments, Joy of Life offers sports physicals for student athletes at the middle school and high school levels. The deadline is coming up fast; WHS sports physicals are required by Monday, August 15th.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

Brought to you by Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors - REALTY INSIDER -


THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettIn a competitive market like the Portland metro area, I’m often asked if buying a house now is smart. After all, according to realtor.com the median list price of homes in the area has jumped 17.5 percent in the last 12 months. It’s clear that Portland is a hot market for housing right now; and that is exactly why the time to buy a home is now.

Expected growth in the housing market means the median list price of homes will continue to rise in the coming year. Veros Real Estate Solutions, a company specializing in real estate collateral valuation management, predicts that Portland properties will appreciate at an 11.1 percent rate within the next twelve months, driven by a growing population. As demand continues to rise, the median list price of homes is sure to follow.

In addition to the expected appreciation of properties, mortgage rates are also likely to rise in the coming year as well. The Federal Reserve expects inflation rates to be at 1.4 percent by January, still well below the Fed’s stated goal of 2 percent by the end of 2018. As inflation rates increase, mortgage-backed securities (MBS) drop in value. Mortgage rates are determined by the value of MBS’s; the greater the MBS value, the lower the mortgage rate. It’s simple math: Increasing inflation=Lower MBS value=Higher mortgage rates.

So don’t be left out of the equation, call me today to start your search!

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Dr. Laura LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieDr. Laura La Joie, owner of Joy of Life Chiropractic clinic, overheard a set of parents telling their kids that they were going kite surfing. Then they asked the kids, “What are you guys doing?”

Most likely, spending time indoors, La Joie mused.

She noted that kids are sitting more than they did 20 years ago.

“How many kids these days ride a bike to their friends, skate, or walk places?”

Additionally, in the summer, parents reward their kids with free time, and for many of those kids, their choice is to be inside.

On the computer, playing X-box, watching Netflix.

While she understands the digital draw, she encourages families to be intentional with their extra time.

“Summer is the opportunity to get kids off their chairs and move to improve their balance and the function of their body,” she said.

A key focus of Joy of Life Chiropractic is family wellness.

And, while many kids do have too much screen time, they are also at various sports camps in the summer.

“Young athletes are calling on their bodies to do a lot of different activities.”

She says it’s important for kids to have a chiropractic performance evaluation and risk assessment. Through this, she is able to identify issues before they become a problem.

La Joie noted that her practice is for all ages.

“I see kids from four days old to 98 days old.”

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

Brought to you by Eric Anderson - Canby Ford - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


CANBY FORD - Great deals can be yours at Canby Ford!Whether you are an outdoor adventurer or an urban explorer, the return of summer means it’s time to get back out there and discover what you’ve been missing. The newly redesigned 2017 Ford Escape, with its fuel-efficient engine, stylish body, and seamlessly integrated tech features, is the perfect vehicle for your perfect summer!

Offering up to 30 highway miles per gallon (MPG), the 1.5 Liter (L) EcoBoost engine features Auto Start-Stop technology to help save fuel and limit emissions. Looking for a little more punch in your driving? The 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost boasts 245 Horsepower while still giving you a combined 25 MPG, a seamless blend of power and fuel-efficiency.

The Escape is not only powerful and efficient, but stylish as well, offering tons of customizable features. The foot-operated lift gate makes trunk access a breeze, and available technology can alert you to lane drift, point out vehicles in your blind spot, and alert you to potential collisions with the vehicle ahead of you.

Perhaps best of all, the available Enhanced Active Park Assist feature helps you say goodbye to parking anxiety. The Parallel Parking and Reverse Perpendicular Parking modes ensure your Escape can fit into a space, then help steer your Escape into the spot.

The 2017 Ford Escape is available now at Canby Ford, visit today to learn more and check it out.

Canby Ford

24315 Hwy 99E, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 266-2097

www.canbyford.com

Brought to you by Dr. Kristen Hardinge - Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic - VETERINARY INSIDER -


WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeBuying a new puppy is a major endeavor. Choosing a breeder is a very important decision and there are numerous things that you can do as the new pet owner to ensure that you’re choosing an ethical breeder. This increases the chances that you will purchase a healthy puppy.

First, ensure that the breeder performs all the requisite health testing recommended for your breed. Each breed has different health conditions that affect it, some of which can be tested for.

The breeder should encourage you to come visit their kennel, to see the dogs’ temperament and the environment in which the puppies are raised. The breeder should engage in active socialization practices starting at birth and continuing through weaning.

The breeder should spend a great deal of time interviewing you. This often includes completing a questionnaire, in order to try to match each puppy with the best owner, based on its temperament and the activity level that the puppy will have.

Breeders should do temperament testing, have health exams, deworm and vaccinate the puppies before they go to their new homes. Breeders should also make themselves available to the new owners for the life of the pet—to answer questions, assist with problems and ensure that if the puppy or adult dog needs to be surrendered for any reason, that it will go to an appropriate home and not end up in a shelter.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

Brought to you by Lisa Willet - The Hasson Company Realtors - REALTY INSIDER -


THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettIf you’re buying a house, you probably need a loan. And if you want a loan, you’re going to need a trustworthy credit score. Read on to learn about five credit errors that can put your dream home permanently out of reach.

Making late payments. It’s not exactly shocking to learn that lenders expect to be repaid on time. But regardless of your overall financial situation, late payments can lower your credit score by up to 30 percent.

Applying for another loan. If you’re good enough for one loan, a second should be no problem, right? Wrong. Creditors see more loans as a sign that you may default soon. If you’re already buying a home, take a pass on that new car.

Maxing out credit cards. Another classic sign of an irresponsible borrower, many banks may penalize you for making the minimum payment on your credit card bills, no matter how timely you are.

Disputing credit report items. It’s usually a good idea to correct errors on your credit report, as it may raise your score. But it’s crucial that you do so before applying for a loan, otherwise, the banks may think you’re gaming the system.

Having no credit history. Shakespeare advised “neither a borrower nor a lender be,” but unfortunately most lenders demand a reputable credit history. Paying for groceries and gas with a credit card is a good way to build up a bona fide history.

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Dr. Todd Wilson - Wilson Orthodontics - ORTHODONTIC INSIDER -


WILSON ORTHODONTICS - Dr. Todd WilsonIf you want to play like the pros, you need to wear the same specialized equipment that keeps professional athletes safe and performing at their peak.

But here’s a hint—I’m not talking about their shoes or jerseys. I’m talking about mouthguards.

That’s why Wilson Orthodontics has provided free custom mouthguards to student athletes for the past 14 years. This year, we’ll distribute roughly 500 protectors to football and lacrosse athletes in Sherwood, Newberg and the surrounding communities.

But mouthguards are important for athletes in every sport. So here’s a breakdown that will help you choose the best option.

Ready Made. A ready made (or “stock”) mouthguard is fine, especially if practice is in 20 minutes. But they’re the least safe, least effective and least preferred option. In your mouth, one size really doesn’t fit all.

Mouth Formed. “Boil and bite” mouthguards are probably the most common out there. When heated in boiling water, they become pliable, allowing you to bite down and mold them. Unfortunately, the process isn’t perfect, and these still tend to shift during play.

Custom Made. Hands down, this is the best option. At Wilson Orthodontics, we can make a custom molded mouthguard, and can tailor your mouthguard to your dental history and chosen sport. These are the safest option, and it’s what the pros use too.

Wilson Orthodontics

17680 S.W. Handley St., Suite 202, Sherwood, OR 97140

3100 Haworth Ave., Suite 210, Newberg, OR 97132

(503) 925-1566

www.smilebywilson.com

Brought to you by Eric Anderson - Canby Ford - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


CANBY FORD - There's always something new at Canby Ford. Stop by today!The Ford Mustang is America’s original pony car, and consumers have long admired the iconic muscle machine for its dynamic styling, elegant chassis and powerful engine options.

None of that has changed—but the 2016 Ford Mustang now comes with more standard features, bold color options and a range of hands-free technologies.

One big change is the return of hood vent-integrated secondary turn signals. Fans are calling it a throwback from Mustang’s history, and this heritage feature now comes standard for buyers of the 2016 Mustang GT.

Ford also unveiled a few new color schemes, including over-the-top racing stripes and jet black roof paneling.

When it comes to the engine, the 3.7-liter V6, 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5-liter V8 all provide the force and fire necessary to conquer the open road. That being said, keeping up with technological change has become (almost) as important as what’s under the hood, and Ford aficionados have plenty to look forward to on that front.

Engineers have been touting SYNC 3’s voice recognition system, as well as the smartphone-like touchscreen and graphic interface.

It’s also worth noting that the Mustang is one of Ford’s safest cars ever, earning five-star ratings for frontal, side and rollover collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mustang a five-star crash test rating overall.

The 2016 Ford Mustang is available now at Canby Ford. Stop by today to learn more.

Canby Ford

24315 Hwy 99E, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 266-2097

www.canbyford.com


Wilsonville's Education

Lauren Burns
September 24, 2016

Shakespeare stands the test of time, especially at WHS

by Lauren Burns
Like waking up from a long nap, we’ve found ourselves back at the beginning of another school year. And as another academic year turns a corner, thus begins another theatre year, full of tap…
September 23, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS student named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist Wednesday, Sept. 14 officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists…
September 21, 2016

Board adopts goals for 2015-16 school year

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville School Board meeting Sept. 12 marked the first such meeting of the 2016-17 school year. Though board members and staff displayed a wealth of optimism for the coming school…


September 19, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Free and reduced meals program taking applications The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is now accepting applications for the Free & Reduced meals program. Reduced lunch and reduced…
Keaton Whittaker
September 16, 2016

It's easy to boast about Hood to Coast

by Keaton Whittaker
Every Oregonian should run Hood to Coast once. Not only is it an event that raises funds to cure cancer, but it is an event like no other. From the starting line at historic Timberline Lodge to…
September 09, 2016

WL-WV welcomes tidal wave of new hires

by Andrew Kilstrom
As can be expected for a district that includes 15 schools, there are a quite a few new teachers in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District this year, in addition to returning staff changing…
Daisi Faville
September 08, 2016

The great smartphone debate

by Daisi Faville
Before I knew smartphones were addictive, I was addicted to books. Of course I wasn’t always addicted. In the third grade I remember sitting in math class looking at “The Mouse and the…
September 08, 2016

WL-WV scores stable in second year of Smarter Balanced state testing

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District remains stable in terms of student academic achievement on standardized tests, according to Smarter Balanced Consortium tests released to the public…
SPOKESMAN PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Kindergartener Madison Schmidt with her mom, Heidi, is greeted by kindergarten teacher Laura Flach.
September 07, 2016

Is it that time of year already?

by Andrew Kilstrom
Students flocked to their respective schools throughout the West Linn-Wilsonville School District last week for a barrage of back-to-school events. Lowrie Primary enjoyed a meet-and-greet event…
September 07, 2016

WL-WV concludes water lead testing

by Andrew Kilstrom
Students and families of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District can breathe a sigh of relief as WL-WV’s district-wide testing of drinking water is finally complete. Wilsonville High School…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Rosemont Ridge sixth-grader Nolan Price triumphantly approaches the eNRG dock on his paddle board Aug. 24.
September 01, 2016

WL-WV kids tackle aquatic activities

by Andrew Kilstrom
Summer is winding down and kids are beginning to turn their attention to the inevitability of the coming school year. Settling in is the harsh realization that the leaves will soon change colors…
Jackson Shavere
August 31, 2016

High schoolers are beginning to pay attention

by Jackson Shavere
It cannot be denied that this election season is bringing many interesting political spectacles around the country which, depending on who you are, are either frighteningly sickening or…
Lauren Burns
August 29, 2016

Slowing down can be better than speeding up

by Andrew Kilstrom
Planners, Priuses, packed lunches — three words governing the life of a typical American suburbanite. Whether those words evoke a sense of cool determination to conquer the day, or a wild panic,…
August 28, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Local students awarded Workers’ Memorial Scholarships Workplace deaths and life-changing injuries send shockwaves through families, including throwing into doubt their capacity to finance higher…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - West Linn-Wilsonville teachers flocked to the district office last week for cutting-edge professional development.
August 26, 2016

Teachers turn students during workshop

by Andrew Kilstrom
School is back in session, at least for a few West Linn-Wilsonville teachers and volunteer students that is. All last week, from Aug. 15-19, kindergarten, first grade and second grade primary…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Contractors work on the water retention portion of the new Three Rivers Charter School on Ek Road in West Linn.
August 24, 2016

Three Rivers quietly awaits long-desired new school

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn charter school expands, gets new site with amenities Three Rivers Charter School has been keeping a rather large secret for the past few years — a 10,400-square-foot secret to be…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - CREST campers showoff their newly caught crawdads during last weeks EnviroCamp.
August 22, 2016

CREST EnviroCamp catches crawdad fever

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville’s CREST (Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies) held its EnviroCamp last week, Aug. 8-12, for students across the district. Students spent most of…
August 21, 2016

School Notes

by Andrew Kilstrom
Patterson wins study abroad scholarship Wilsonville resident Grey Patterson was recently named a recipient of the 2016-17 James G . Stemler Study Abroad Scholarship. Patterson, who studies…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Brayden Arsenault gears up for a day of selling berries with his grandpa at Canby's First Friday Street Faire.
August 17, 2016

BRAYDEN ARSENAULT MAKES GOOD ON GOAL - AND THEN SOME

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville Cub Scout Brayden Arsenault spent the majority of his summer in the same place — behind his berry and lemonade stand selling tasty treats to the Wilsonville community. But unlike…
Katie Trese
August 19, 2016

The bittersweet nature of senior year

by Katie Trese
Senior year comes with a plethora of mixed emotions. Although the term is far too simplistic, bittersweet is the best way to describe it. Every year comes with first experiences, but this school…

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Aug 18, 2016

WL-WV administrators aimfor growth during retreat

by Andrew Kilstrom
Students might be enjoying their summer vacation but the West Linn-Wilsonville School District is hard at work, with school administrators taking part on the district’s administration retreat…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Simon Ackermann learns how to dust for fingerprints.
Aug 20, 2016

Junior sleuths solve murder mystery

by Andrew Kilstrom
A murder mystery enveloped Wilsonville last week, but thankfully not the type of murder that anyone should be worried about. The crime was a fictional part of Wilsonville Parks and Rec’s latest…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Angela Freeman comes to Boones Ferry Primary from the Beaverton School District where she served as a K-8 principal.
Aug 17, 2016

Freeman brings breadth of experience to Boones Ferry

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District has finally solidified the principal position across all 15 of its schools with the recent hiring of Angela Freeman as Boones Ferry Primary’s next…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - All the groundwork is complete meaning construction on Meridian Creek Middle School can now begin.
Aug 12, 2016

WL-WV enjoys district-wide facility improvements

by Andrew Kilstrom
More than two years after receiving an $84.5 million bond — which now totals $98.5 million thanks to a $14 million bond premium — the West Linn-Wilsonville School District can finally utter a…
PMG PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The West Linn-Wilsonville School District's Steve Matthias takes out a classroom sink fixture at Inza R. Wood Middle School on Aug. 2.
Aug 10, 2016

Results show elevated levels of lead at 3 more schools

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District recently received drinking water results for Lowrie Primary School and Stafford Primary School and Athey Creek Middle School. Test results indicated…
Aug 08, 2016

Doernbecher Days shows WHS students care

by Tate Ericson
When you think of high schoolers you don’t think generous donors. But at Wilsonville High School, think again. In the second-to-last week of the school year earlier this June we had a fundraiser…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Campers intently listen to Robinwood Station member Nancy Muniz during a tour of the community garden. From left, Kiera Taylor, Lindy Kirsch, Aidan Sauer and Ethan Chan.
Aug 03, 2016

CREST camp sprouts budding gardeners

by Andrew Kilstrom
Don’t be surprised if little gardens start popping up all over West Linn and Wilsonville this summer. If local schools and neighborhoods become overrun with plants and vegetables it will…
Aug 10, 2016

Boones Ferry tabs Freeman as next principal

by Andrew Kilstrom
With about a month remaining before school starts the West Linn-Wilsonville School District has all of its school principals in place. In the past couple weeks the district announced it had…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Callen Wilson, 10, of West Linn works on his agility Thursday, July 21, during the tackling camp.
Jul 30, 2016

Kids tackle safety with local Heads Up football camp

by Andrew Kilstrom
Kids from Wilsonville, West Linn and surrounding areas came together for the 2016 Ron Chappell Tackling Academy at West Linn High School last week. Prospective football players worked on their…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Patrick Minor will take over as principal at Willamette Primary. Minor worked previously as an instructional coordinator at Sunset Primary in 2015-16 and at Stafford Primary before that.
Jul 28, 2016

WL-WV pieces together administration puzzle

by Andrew Kilstrom
When former West Linn-Wilsonville Superintendent Bill Rhoades retired at the end of June, his departure set off a chain reaction of changes within the district’s administration. Kathy Ludwig was…