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View from the mountain From the publisher’s desk

View from the mountain From the publisher’s desk

Hello, Mountain Timers,
Welcome to our “almost spring” issue. I say almost spring because it is snowing while I type this letter, and more than likely snow will be on the ground when this comes to you in the mail — at least that’s what the weather experts tell me.

I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the helpers on the Mountain who have taken the time to help their neighbors and friends this winter season. Folks who live in the area year-round are used to windstorms, ice storms, snowy weather and loss of power but not necessarily all at once. To get through this challenging time of year, many folks who’ve been able to take care of themselves for the most part, had to ask for help; while many folks found themselves in a position to help — even though they might not be used to being the one who heeds the call. To all you helpers, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude. Because of people like you, our community is stronger for it.

When I first started with the paper, one of the first groups I connected with were folks who are full-time helpers, the men and women of the Hoodland Fire District #74. I have always been a big fan of fire departments for personal reasons.

My grandfather, Art Nelson, was instrumental in starting up the Summit Fire Department in Woodinville, Washington, in 1947. He served as the first fire chief for the area from 1947 to 1972. My grandmother, Aileen Nelson, was the department dispatcher from 1974 to the mid-1960s. My father, David Nelson, got his start with the Summit Fire Department as a volunteer in 1960, and in 1964, he started with the Beaverton Fire Department. He became the fire marshal in 1972 and retired in 1999 after that department became what is known today as Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

To say I have a soft spot for those providing public service is an understatement. I know that I am not alone with my feelings on the Mountain. Many of you have expressed your gratitude to me for the fine job done by the fire district to help keep everyone safe and know that should we need help for any reason, we will be in good hands.


Sincerely,
Matthew Nelson
Publisher, The Mountain Times.
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