PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. Postage Paid Vernonia, OR 97064 Permit No. 37 Vol. 24, No. 23 “Voice of the Upper Nehalem River Valley” December 3, 2009 Town Hall tonight will update info on schools and post-flood status Thursday, December 3, the Vernonia School District and the City of Vernonia will spon- sor a Town Hall Meeting from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Vernon- ia Middle School cafeteria. The meeting will acknowledge the second anniversary of the 2007 flood and there will be a shar- ing of both dessert and status report information. The latest information about the new schools design and the evolving funding strategy will be shared. The school district will discuss a potential partner- ship with the city concerning the sewer system upgrade and the district’s need for wetland mitigation, and finally there will be some timely information on emergency preparedness and how the city is preparing for an- other winter. Vernonia Christmas Bazaar this weekend This season’s first hard frost decorated leaves at Vernonia Lake with delicate silvery accents. Join 97106 Holiday Fund raising dinner, Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Banks JHS bazaar on Saturday Lighting Contest Light up your home and en- ter to win the Banks 2009 Holi- day Lighting Contest, spon- sored by the City of Banks and the Banks Chamber of Com- merce. Enter by Friday, December 11, at 1:00 p.m at Banks City Hall, 120 S. Main St. Every home in the 97106 zip code area is eligible to enter. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Judg- ing will take place the week of December 14-18. Winners will be notified by phone and can claim their prize at the January 12 City Council meeting. Banks High School holiday program Banks High School Band and Choir will present a holiday program on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The 68th annual Banks Cemetery Dinner and Bazaar will be held this Saturday, De- cember 5, at Banks Elemen- tary School. The Bazaar starts at 10:00 a.m. and continues until 7:00 p.m., while the dinner starts at noon and ends at 7:00 p.m. The dinner cost is $10.00 for each adult, $8.00 for seniors and $6.00 for children 5 to 12 years of age. Children 4 and under dine free. All proceeds benefit the Banks Union Point Cemetery care and maintenance. Come to Santa’s Breakfast, Saturday, December 12, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Banks El- ementary School cafeteria (note: new location). Breakfast is $4.00 and includes a cinna- mon roll, sausage links, scram- bled eggs, orange wedges, and beverage. Photos with Santa are avail- able for purchase. The event is sponsored by Banks Jr. High Parents Organization to benefit Jr. High extracurricular activi- ties. Vernonia Schools holiday programs The Vernonia schools Holi- day Programs will start off with the Middle School/High School program on December 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Mist School program will be on December 18, at 6:00 p.m. This year’s annual Booster Christmas Bazaar will be held at the Vernonia Middle School cafeteria on Saturday, Decem- ber 5, from noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll find holiday crafts, foods, gifts and raffle items at the Bazaar. On Saturday, after the bazaar, enjoy the Lighted Christmas Parade, the lighting of the City Christmas Tree at City Hall, and a visit with Santa. Then, have your tickets in hand for the 204th Army Band con- cert starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Vernonia High School gymna- sium. Tickets are free at area stores, pick one up and enjoy a full day of festivities to kick off the Christmas season in Ver- nonia. Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday Pictures with Santa will aid Vernonia Head Start Vernonia’s lighted Christ- mas parade will start staging at 5:30 p.m. on December 5 on Washington Ave. (Country Kitchen). It will turn right onto Bridge Street and proceed to City Hall. Santa will then be available to children at City Hall. Get your picture with Santa at the 3rd annual Pictures with Santa fund raiser at Vernonia Head Start. Santa will be available for pictures this Saturday, Decem- ber 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A 4x6 photo is $5.00, or four for $15.00. Churches combine for “The Light Has Come” People from eight area churches have combined to present “The Light Has Come,” a Christmas musical with choir, drama, and children’s choir. Performances are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, De- cember 12, and Saturday, De- cember 19, with refreshments to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Both performances will be held at Sunset Park Communi- ty Church, 174 Sunset Blvd. in St. Helens. The participating churches include Sunset Park Communi- ty Church, Yankton Community Fellowship, Columbia Christian Center, Calvary Lutheran Church, Warren Baptist Church, New Life Fellowship, Scap- poose Foursquare Church, and Grace Baptist Church. For more information, call 503-397-0535.