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Last year, Clay High School freshman Ally Hommel was asked to paint the names of 45 soldiers who died in battle.

For her, it became much more than painting names of fallen heroes.608ClayFallenHeroes

The 45 names, who all attended Clay, went next to the Freedom Shine mural and plaques on the wall across from social studies teacher Chris Klosterman’s room.

It took Hommel 18 months, but with the help of art teacher Kristin Wamer, Ally not only painted their names in a color coded serif font, she took the project further.

Hommel decided she wanted to know more about these soldiers, so she began researching their lives. She says it changed her “in a positive way.”

It wasn’t until 300 people showed up for the Annual Clay Alumni Memorial Concert on May 21 that Klosterman realized how much Hommel’s research affected her. Ally, who just completed her sophomore year at Clay, was a guest speaker.

Although it’s months away, the Oregon City Schools District is rallying community support of a 3.95-mill levy that will be on the November ballot.

Voters have rejected three previous attempts by the district to get an operating levy passed The financially strapped district would collect $1.9 million annually if the levy passes. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $138 annually.

Voters have rejected three previous attempts by the district to get an operating levy passed The last time voters approved an operating levy was in 2008 when a 5.9-mill levy was passed.

If the 3.95-mill levy is approved by voters this fall, the revenue would provide the district’s 3,800 students continued access to elementary art and the fitness club, intermediate school 6th grade camp, junior high Washington, DC trip, high school musicals, athletics, and marching band, according to Superintendent Hal Gregory.

Oregon police have applied for a grant from the 2015 Bulletproof Vest Program to replace four bullet-proof vests. Oregon road patrol are required to wear the armored vests, according to Police Chief Mike Navarre.

The grant provides a 50 percent match for the purpose of purchasing the vests for officers this year and in 2016.

The Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) was created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance administers the BVP program.

The city has annually applied for, and received, grant funding under the program since 1999 for the replacement of bulletproof vests. Last year, the city received $4,796. The maximum grant amount the city could receive this year is $9,900. Grant awards previously received by the city ranged from $811 in 2000 to as high as $6,300 in 2011.

Cliff Hangers. Check Out. Switcheroo. Plinko. Game show fans will likely recognize the games from among the 70-plus pricing games on “The Price is Right” – the long-running game show.

Jamey Burson, of Oregon, knows just about all the games. A diehard fan of the show, the teen sets his alarm in the summer and during school vacations so he can get up and watch (yes, it’s on at 11 a.m. on WTOL but he is, after all, a teenager).

His dream has always been to go to California and see the show live – and maybe even get a chance to make it to Contestant’s Row, to spin the Big Wheel and compete in the fabulous “Showcase Showdown.”

In April, that dream came true.

“Jamey was a senior this year from Toledo Christian School, and because he’s such true fan, we decided it would be a super fun graduation trip to go to California, do some fun things and go see ‘The Price is Right,’ too,” his mom, Cathy said.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elmore will celebrate its 150th anniversary June 14 with a worship service at 10 a.m. followed by a dinner and social hour.

The celebration caps off a yearlong observance that included five celebratory worship services held during the last year, with former Trinity pastors and congregation members who became ministers officiating. Many long hours and willing hands helped organize the anniversary celebration, which included special collections which went to support community needs.

Rev. Harold Avers, a former trinity member, will preach the sermon June 14.

Trinity has four other “sons of the congregation” who entered professional church work, including the late James Dittman, who was a lay minister and pastors Gordon Smith, Derek Paetow and Leo Deitemeyer. The current pastor, Stephen Lutz, has served the church since 1998.

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