At the city council meeting on May 20th, we learned that the theme of General Canby Day this year is “Creatures Under the Sea.” They expect about 20,000 people to attend the festivities this year. That’s more than the entire population of Canby (16,000)! You may register your float now. Visit: http://www.generalcanbyday.org/images/paradeapacket.pdf.
Our last Youth Running Club practice was May 21st. THANK YOU to all of our coaches this season: Ron Kimmel, David Dewar, and Robb Milano. And thank you to our special guests that day, Coach Milbrooke and Mark and Morgan Webber, for assisting with the official timing of our race. It is a fun way to end that we’ve taken to ending the season: with a race and award ribbon for the top kid in each age group.
In order to continue the fun tradition of a big 4th of July fireworks show (held at Baker Prairie Middle School), the community needs to chip in with donations. Western Fireworks isn’t able to donate $1000s in fireworks this year, which they have graciously done for several years, so we the people will need to step in to make it happen! Donations are accepted at Canby Fire, City of Canby Developmental Service, Canby Herald, and Columbia Bank.
This I learned from a City staff report: “One fifth (20.5%) of Canby businesses have 76-100% of their employees residing in Canby, while approximately 16% have none of their employees residing in Canby” (according the the results of the March 2015 Canby Business Survey Report). This illustrates our commuter town nature.
I enjoyed being a part of the discussion at the Canby Center on May 21st with several Latina women, April Lesher, who teaches an English class with these women, Tim Lesher, the director of the Canby Center, and Superintendent Trip Goodall. We talked about what the school district can do to better serve the Latino population’s needs and how they are concerned that the rental prices in Canby are gradually pricing them out. This situation–a lack of affordable housing–bothers me.