The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, February 29, 1984, Page 6, Image 6

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    Senior Companion Program aids the aged
must be 60 years or older, they
must have a low income and
they must attend an orienta-
Senior citizens through­ tion/training program which
out the county who are victims consists of 40 hours,” Traci
of solitude can receive Major, director of the Senior
help—the Senior Companion Companion Program, said.
There are 12 stations in
Program, partially supported
by Clackamas Community Clackamas County out of
which the volunteers work.
College.
Three of the major ones are
Initiated in 1981, the pro­ the Senior Center, Loaves and
gram offers help for senior Fishes and Social Services.
“The volunteers receive
citizens in Clackamas County
through providing compa­ good benefits from the pro­
nionship. The program is non­ gram and in return they are
profit and is made up entirely helping other senior citizens,”
Major said.
of volunteers.
The federal government
“We presently have 15
volunteers in the program, provides the volunteers with a
who work 20 hours a week. tax-free $2 per-hour salary and
The volunteers must have reimbursement for mileage
three qualifications: They and meals.
By Heather C. Wright
Of The Print
The Senior Companion
Program receives other aid
from the College in the form
of telephones, office space and
postage.
“The Senior Companion
Program enables senior
citizens to stay in their homes.
It is a very useful program to
the volunteers and the senior
citizens. It gives the volunteers
the chance to help other senior
citizens in the community, and
the volunteers have a much
brighter attitude on life. The
volunteers are giving to those
less fortunate, which helps
them feel needed. Both the
senior citizens and the
volunteers gain,” Lanna Ray,
coordinator of the Retired
Senior Volunteer Program,
said.
return they are helping other- senior citizens.” Traci Major,
Senior Companion Specialist.
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Photo by Joel Miller
College offers low-cost driver education course
By Shelley Ball
Of The Print
Students or other community
members wishing to earn a driver’s
license at a reasonable cost may be in­
terested in signing up for Clackamas
Community College’s Driver Educa­
tion program.
The course will be offered Spring
term and will commence April 2.
Registration for the driving course
begins March 26, and the 10-week pro­
gram will cost $20 (full-time College
students pay nothing).
Kit Youngren, continuing educa­
tion director, said other driver educa­
tion courses will on the average cost
around $120, and since the state reim­
burses the College’s program up to
$100 for each student who passes the
driving course, Youngren stated this
enables the College to offer driver
education at a lower price.
The College’s driving course has
been in existence for more than four
years and is taught in three sections,
with 30 students in each section, during
fall, spring and summer terms. The
winter term driver education course is
taught in two sections with a total of 60
students involved.
Each course consists of 30 hours
class time, plus six hours spent in
behind-the-wheel training. Although
most of the students who take the class
are high school students, Youngren
said there are many other community
members who for some reason haven’t
learned to drive. However, due to a
change in their lives, such as taking a
job, the need for them to acquire a
driving skill has arisen.
Anyone signing up for driver
education needs to have a valid
learner’s permit. Besides the possibility
of getting reduced insurance rates
through taking the course, Youngren
said most participants also learn to
become better drivers.
“Students who take driver educa­
tion courses usually have a better driv­
ing record. They’re more aware of the
things they need to know to become
better drivers,” he said.
Youngren also said the demand
for the driver education courses at the
College has risen over, the years.
“There is a tendency in parents to be a
little busier, and there is a renewed
awareness of the problems teenagers
have had (learning to drive) in the
past,” he said.
The courses are taught by College
instructors Tom Wittfoth and Richard
Whelan, and through a leasing agree­
ment with Kellum Datsun, two cars
(one automatic, the other a standard
transmission) are available to par­
ticipants for the behind-the-wheel
training. The success rate of the course
has also been good. “It’s (driver
education) and awareness type of
course. We do a lot of self-help in the
class, which we back up behind the
wheel,” Youngren said.
In addition to having driver
education courses on campus,
Youngren said the College teaches
classes at local high schools for those
who find the College is out of the way.
Youngren said it can be “quite a com­
mitment” for some people to make an
average of two trips per week to the
College in a 10-week period. Courses
are being taught at North Clackamas,
Gladstone and Oregon City Schools.
District candidates get chance to discuss issues
By DeAnn Dietrich
Of The Print
Five candidates from the
fifth congressional district ad­
dressed a list of questions on
the issues of peace at a forum
hosted by the Clackamas
County Peace Network on
Sunday, Feb. 26, in Oregon
City.
The candidates on the
panel included Senator Ruth
McFarland-D (who will be ap­
pearing at Clackamas Com­
munity College March 8), Jim
Beall-D, John Reese-R,
Senator Walt Brown-D, and
Peter Courtney-D. The forum
began with questions prepared
by the eight-member Peace
Network. The facilitator re­
quested that the candidates
limit each of their answers to
two minutes.
The first question posed
to the panel concerned the
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candidates’ dedication to the
pursuit of peace in their cam­
paigns. All of the candidates
attacked the nuclear arms race
in their responses, beginning
with Sen. McFarland, who
said, “Bigger and better will
not work when talking about
nuclear weapons.”
Reese, the only Repub­
lican to attend the forum,
cited technical experience he
gained as a marine colonel as
an asset in his campaign
against nuclear weapons.
Reese briefly ran through a list
of measures he proposed for
U.S. peace keeping policies.
After each candidate
answered four questions
primarily concerning nuclear
technology, the floor was
opened to the audience. One
of the questions asked by a
congressional candidate from
another district involved U.S.
policies toward Central
America. Sen. Brown’s reply
placed responsibility on the
U.S. to “bring democracy
elsewhere in the world.”
Courtney’s response to
the Central American issue
emphasized a recurring theme
in his answers, which was the
importance and key strategy i
of peace talks and negotiations
between the U.S. and the
Soviet Union. Courtney said
that he didn’t agree with sen­
ding foreign aid unless there
was a guarantee that it would
reach the people in need, and
not end up in “Swiss bank ac­
counts.”
The forum, which was
scheduled for 6:30, was con­
cluded after two hours. A final
question was posed to each
candidate as to why he or she
would be most capable of
defeating incumbent Denny
Smith-R. Jim Beall, the
youngest of the candidates at
the forum, attributed to
himself a successful campaign
of organization, money and
knowledge of the issues. He
said his primary campaign
issues included peace and the
economy. He emphasized the
need for a stable economy in
earlier questions, citing the
growing federal deficit. .
Each of the other can­
didates related experience in
the government as a focal
point. Reese referred to
himself as offering “alter­
natives to Republicans.”
The forum was held in
Oregon City at the United
Methodist Church and was
almost filled to its 60-seat
capacity. The Clackamas
County Peace Network of­
fered free literature concern­
ing military spending and in­
ternational policy issues.
The network’s philosophy
was described on their han­
dout as a devotion to “non­
violent political action in a
non-partisan approach to
peace through education and
direct involvement in the
political decision-making pro­
cess.”
Local contacts in the net­
work are Gerry Bellavita
655-2379, Tom Moore
657-5343, and Gail Parker or
Roger Redfern at 657-9950.
Clackamas Community College