Last month we featured two stories about Kyle Kuch, the 18 year old pedestrian hit by a car while crossing Boones Ferry. The stories were both tragic, yet positive at the same time. The one from his mother, Deborah, was so touching that I made a wager with Police Chief Barker that if he welled up while reading it he’d owe me a Starbucks. He paid his debt the next day. The emotion was not only due to the depth of empathy he felt for Kyle and his family, but also the pride he felt in the highly compassionate manner his department handled the situation.
The other story, of community members rallying behind the family to not only offer comfort, but also the several contractors who gave materials and their labor to retrofit Kyle’s home to be compatible with his wheelchair, also hit a nerve with many readers. My friend, electrician Gregg Walther, mentioned that people saw him at Fred Meyer and thanked him for his efforts. This is what a tight knit community does and it’s gratifying to see.
Many thanks to local freelance writer and friend Mary Andonian for her Earthquake Talk article. It will open your eyes to the need for planning.
Another story came in that I really enjoyed, about local UPS driver, Steve Whitaker, releasing first full album. That someone can hold down a demanding day job, yet have an entire world of music going on in his spare time is utterly impressive to me. So many have dreams, but also have a mortgage, so the dream gets cast aside. Steve shows that you can actually do both if you have the will and determination.
Last month we began a series about Tualatin’s Aging Task Force which has a mission to engage Seniors and Active Older Adults with community events designed to embellish their lives with a huge assortment of activities, opportunities to volunteer, and now are looking at means to assist with their transportation issues. They are hosting a Transit workshop tomorrow (the 24th) at the Juanita Pohl Center and they’d like your input if you would care to voice your thoughts.
In October the City of Tualatin hosts the Pumpkin Regatta event at the Commons along with the Regatta Run, a major fundraiser for the Matthew Lembke Memorial Scholarship. These events embody Tualatin’s uniqueness and are a great deal of fun as well.
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