This month marks the 77th anniversary of a World War II milestone few people know about. It’s the story of a Polish army captain named Witold Pilecki.
At the conclusion of World War I, for the first time since 1795, Poland was reconstituted as an independent nation, but it was immediately embroiled in war with Lenin’s Russia. Pilecki joined the fight against the Bolsheviks when he was 17, first on the front and then from behind enemy lines. For two years he fought gallantly and was twice awarded the prestigious Cross of Valor.
In August 1939, Hitler and Stalin secretly agreed to divide Poland between them. On September 1, the Nazis attacked the country from the west, and two weeks later, the Soviets invaded from the east. The world was at war again — and so was Pilecki. Continue reading
Position yourself for prayer by reading Scripture first.
“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years” (v. 2).
2. Follow Scripture’s lead toward what you should pray for. (If prayer’s the train, make Scripture the rails.)
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition…” (v. 3) Continue reading
“Prayer is to the spirit what breath is to the body. We treat prayer as though it were the spice of life, but the Bible prescribes it as the vital staple in our diet.” David Hubbard
One of the best ways to learn to pray is opening the Word of God and studying the prayers of others. The Apostle Paul is a great one to follow. His prayer for the Ephesians in Chapter 3 is a prayer for strength and power through the Holy Spirit. Paul is imprisoned for the gospel and realizes the Ephesians are discouraged and their faith weakening because of the persecution surrounding them. He knows they need strength and courage to carry on so he intercedes for them in Ephesians 3:14-21. Continue reading
Local animal advocates suggest that you have a plan in place for your pets before an emergency strikes. In Oregon, the most likely emergency threats are wildfires, winter ice/snow storms, flooding, earthquakes or even volcanic eruptions.
Prepare a 72-hour shelter-in-place pet emergency supply kit
If you and your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, be prepared with adequate supplies (i.e. food, litter, water, medication).
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you
Occasionally, what is expected to be a brief evacuation can turn into days or weeks. Plan ahead for a safe place to take your pets. Evacuation shelters may not allow pets. Continue reading
As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you?
A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10% from its previous high. A correction, by definition, is short-term in nature and has historically happened fairly regularly – about once a year. However, over the past several years, we’ve Continue reading
As students across most of America enter the classroom this month, they will be met with the latest technical assistance for learning – personal computers, large video screens, calculators, audio headsets, well-lighted classrooms and indoor restrooms. There will be comfortable facilities and equipment for just about any sport desired. Even young children will have a cell phone with internet connection so that Google is one voice command away.
As I reflect on this, and then ponder the scene of my early days in school, I wonder how we learned anything at all. At that time, we did not have even one of the items listed above. Continue reading
State economists have confirmed that individual Oregon income taxpayers will receive kicker refunds next year. Based on the May revenue forecast, more than $463 million will be returned to taxpayers as a credit on their 2018 tax bills, with the average refund being $227.
But with the news that the coming refunds will reduce our tax liabilities, some are criticizing the way the kicker law works, while others argue the money really belongs to the state, not the taxpayers. They argue that as long as any group of Oregonians—or any state government budget item—has a “need” for that money, then the money should go to them instead of back to the individuals who earned it. Continue reading
The Stevenson Volunteer Firefighters Association hopes to move forward as planned with Walking Man Brewing’s 15th Annual Hoptoberfest. The event is scheduled for this Saturday, September 9th from noon to 10pm on the brewery grounds in Stevenson, WA. Partnering in early 2017, Walking Man Brewing offered to dedicate a portion of the event’s proceeds to help the Association in its mission to serve the community of Stevenson. In light of the fires still threatening the Columbia River Gorge, the hope is to find needed relief and an outlook of optimism and gratitude. Continue reading
Current Evacuation Levels for Eagle Creek Fire as of 09/07/2017 10:30am
Evacuation levels remain unchanged. Please continue to monitor MCSO for any changes.
MCSO is in constant communication with fire officials to determine when it is safe for residents to return to their homes. As soon as it is deemed safe, the evacuation levels may be downgraded or lifted allowing residents to return to their homes.
Warrendale – Level 3 GO!
Dodson – Level 3 GO!
Larch Mountain- Level 3 GO!
Latourell- Level 3 GO!
Bridal Veil – Level 3 GO!
Corbett, East of the 38700 block of Columbia River Highway – Level 3 GO!
Corbett/Springdale, West of 38700 block of the Columbia River Highway to the Sandy River – Level 2 Be Set.
Troutdale, East of 257th, North of Stark, West of the Sandy River — Level 1 Get Ready
Evacuation shelter is established at Mt. Hood Community College located at 3691 NE 17th Drive, Gresham OR.
As I sit here at my computer in Troutdale the night air is heavy with smoke. My eyes burn, the yard and cars are covered in a very thick ash from the forest fire raging out of control in the Columbia Gorge. It started as a small fire apparently due to a young 15-year-old boy playing with fireworks. It has grown to over 10,000 acres and the fire has jumped the Columbia River and started a forest fire in Washington. The fire is still not contained but fortunately because of the firefighters from Gresham and Portland the iconic Multnomah Falls Lodge has been saved. Continue reading