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Hoodland Fire’s accolades, Mountain glass and mustards posted on 07/01/2020

Hoodland Fire earns citation for big night

The Hoodland Fire Dept was presented with a Unit Citation by The Oregon Fire Chiefs Association for service above and beyond their normal responsibilities to their community.

The honor was bestowed on the unit for the heroic rescues and aid given to the community on the never-to-be-forgotten night of Jan. 2, 2009, referred to as the “big night,” when torrential rain, accompanied by high water and rapid snow melt caused the Sandy and Salmon Rivers to overflow their banks, resulting in devastating flooding in the community. It was considered a 100-year flood event.

Hoodland Fire, which normally responds to one or two calls a day received 21 calls in 24 hours on the first night. State Fire Marshall Randy Simpson and OFCA President Mark Prince handed out the well-earned citation, and Explorer scouts were also given district citations for their volunteer work with sandbagging.

Mt Hood Museum

The Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum landed a $25,000 contract from Clackamas County Tourism Development and Cultural Affairs after it turned in the top request for proposal for providing tourism information services in the Mount Hood corridor.

“I'm pleased, especially that they approved the amount we asked for,” said Lloyd Musser, curator of the museum.

The three other applicants were The Mt. Hood Adventure Park in Gov't Camp, Wy'east Book Shoppe and Gallery in Welches and the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.

Diana's Trading post

Diana Jones, a member of the Portland Rain of Glass, opened Diana's Trading Post in the Rendezvous Center in Welches for business and gave residents a blast from the past with her unusual wares. Jones offered antiques, curious oddities and collectibles, estate sales, gently used and vintage clothing, and promoted Native American and western art and artists in her store. The grand opening featured glassblower Joshua Marc Kehrberg of Portland, and the store often hosted free classes with guest historical speakers.

Native Plants

The fifth in the series of native plants to the mountain in the Mountain Times featured the invasion of the garlic mustards. The nasty, persistent plant had been spotted on the Salmon River in Welches.

“Garlic mustard produces chemical compounds that inhibit the growth of nearby plants,” said Russ Plaeger, then with the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council. “It's a threat to our native wildflowers.” This shady character can be found in moist areas in the forest and along streams, roads and hiking trails where the seeds have hitched a ride on people or deer. When found, pull the plants by hand, put them in bags and dispose of in the trash because the plants can still produce seeds after pulling. To avoid confusion with native fringecup and piggy-back plants, crush a few leaves and the garlic mustard will give off a strong garlic odor.

And in other news...

The Oregon Trail School District took its third shot at securing a principal for Welches Schools, after a 10-year hiatus Jason Stoller returned to Timberline Lodge as its chef and it was reported The Bite was a huge success raising more than $8,000 for local businesses with The Hoodland Senior Center netting a $600 donation.

By Frances Berteau/MT

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