Giving thanks in a season of red, green … and pink

Scouts held a Spookoree event at Rasmussen’s Farm to publicize Scouting fun. There was donut bobbing, ring toss, boat races, marshmallow shooting, pumpkin balance and s’mores. In photo at right, front row: Dollie Rasmussen and owner Julie Millings. Second row: Aiden Marquez, Nick Arenas, Seth Millan and Ethan Warner. Third row: Aileen Marquez, Austin Marquez, Dameon Solorzano, Matthew Collett, Bryce Stanton and Emilio Castaneda. Fourth row: Alyssa Stanton, I’sis Solorzano, Larry Collett, AJ Carron and David Virgin.

Lois Vance writes: “I make small craft items that hold candy for the 40 residents of Brookside Assisted Living. I want to thank the following individuals and businesses that have made donations to help me with this project: Lorraine and Carroll Davis, Les Schwab Tires, Odell Methodist Church, Church of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Tum-A-Lum, Rosauers, Walgreens, Print-It, Betty DeHart, family of Bud and Veda Harvey. Many thanks to all of you.”

On this 60th Anniversary year of the Christmas Ships on the Columbia and Willamette rivers in 2014, there will be a new color on the mast of one ship: pink. Owners Chris and Denise Boucher have outfitted their sailboat with the logo of the local non-profit organization Pink Sistas. The pink ribbon and embellished heart logo are aglow as the annual Christmas Ships set sail this holiday season.

The Pink Sistas, a 501(3)c non-profit established in 2013 in the state of Oregon, offers retreats and services for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in the Columbia River Gorge. Pink Sistas works to provide much needed resources, camaraderie and care where fewer services are available for patients during treatment and recovery. Though the annual Pink in the Gorge and Pink Sistas annual golf tournament, the organization raises funds to keep the awareness of proper health and early detection in the forefront for all women.

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