Page 14 The INDEPENDENT, November 20, 2008 Help a soldier and “give thanks” by becoming a military pen pal Can you imagine celebrating Thanksgiving in the blistering desert heat or bone-chilling mountain cold? These are just a few of the challenges that face members of our Armed Forces on a daily basis. This is the sixth year Americans will celebrate the holidays while troops are stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Manhat- tanville (NY) My Soldier office reports that soldiers tell them that around the holidays, “the need for mail and emotional support is greatest.” The Manhattanville My Sol- dier pen pal program offers the opportunity for Americans to “give thanks” by giving the gift of friendship and support to the brave men and women of the military who are deployed in hardship areas. The goal of the program is to show support for troops serving in hardship ar- eas by establishing pen-pal re- lationships with them. Partici- pants also get something in re- turn...the warm feeling that comes from making a differ- ence and in the process, maybe even a new friend. Richard Berman, Manhat- tanville president and co- founder of the My Soldier pen pal program suggests that, “Civilians coping with the de- mands of everyday life often forget the sacrifice of our sol- diers. As we pay the rent and go shopping and raise our chil- Rue sworn in as new Banks law officer From page 13 the economy and a slowdown in production, foreign compa- nies are not packaging as many goods, Weitzel ex- plained, so Swatco is experi- encing a decrease in revenue and, instead of being paid for recycling, Swatco is now pay- ing FarWest $10 a ton to dis- pose of recyclable products. “Recycling right now has is- sues” he noted. Jim Rue was sworn in as a City of Banks law enforcement officer. Rue has been with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for seven years, and Banks is located within his reg- ularly assigned area. He is also a member of the search and rescue team. October law en- forcement activity in Banks in- cluded 25 calls for service, eight arrests, 28 traffic stops and seven citations. Council adopted a Resolu- tion opposing development of liquified natural gas terminals on the Columbia River. Coun- cilor Craig Stewart opposed the resolution as written. Although he supports the “No on LNG” position pertaining to the pro- posed Bradwood Landing and Warrenton liquified natural gas terminals, Stewart said that he thinks the pipeline to Central Oregon is necessary. Council approved the first reading of an ordinance estab- lishing the procurement of goods and services for the City and the disposal of surplus property. City Attorney Jim Lu- cas requested that council read through the ordinance because of additions to the proposed property disposal ordinance. During Round Table discus- sion, Council endorsed a holi- day decoration contest con- ducted by the Banks Chamber of Commerce. Chamber repre- sentative Raymond Deeth agreed that the chamber will Super Quiet Portable Power judge the contest and will match funds with the city. There will be first, second, and third place prizes, with all prizes to be purchased from local busi- nesses. More information will be provided in the water bill. In other business, Council: • Approved an intergovern- mental agreement (IGA) with the Oregon Department of Transportation for Public Works Emergency Response Cooper- ative Assistance; • Approved an IGA for mutu- al aid for Emergency Services Related to Water and Waste- water Utilities through the Ore- gon Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (OWARN); • Approved a Construction Excise Tax (CET) IGA with the Banks School District. The next Banks City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Banks City Hall. dren, we take for granted our relative security and prosperity compared to the rest of the world. Soldiers, however, know all too well the chaos and tur- moil of trouble spots because they witness it firsthand. By writing letters and sending oc- casional care packages, civil- ians show how grateful we are for everything our soldiers and marines do to protect our free- dom and liberties.” He adds that joining the My Soldier pro- gram as a family can be a meaningful holiday activity. “We have had every scenario of family participating imagina- ble.” Individuals and groups from different generations have participated. Writers get to know soldier, establishing friendships. Children learn the values of service and commu- nity. To participate individually, with a group or as a family, sign up at www.mysoldier.com. Within a week registrants will receive a starter kit with guide- lines for contacting their “adopt- ed” soldier, a bracelet to wear as a show of support for their soldier until he or she returns home safely, and a special em- broidered hat to send to their soldier with first correspon- dence. The My Soldier office notes that the United States Post Service (USPS) an- nounced that December 11 is the deadline to guarantee holi- day delivery for letters and packages being mailed first class to APO/FPO military ad- dresses. For more information, visit www.mysoldier.com or call 914- 323-5172. The program is free, however for those who can af- ford it, a voluntary donation is requested to counter the costs of postage and operating ex- penses. VMS Honor Roll members, cont. From page 10 Summer Snow, Winter Snow, Dylan Taylor, Logan Titus, Tay- lor Titus, Sarah Wagner, Jalin Wilson, Brittany Young. 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