Creswell, Finns solidify bond at open house

BOBBY STEVENS / CHRONICLE PHOTOS-Members of the Finnish National Team watch speeches at Creswell's open house.

 CRESWELL – Years of effort and planning culminated Friday night with an open house celebration of the Finnish track and field team in Creswell. The community-wide event, held at Creswell High School’s football field, made an impression on the Finns.

“We all have traveled quite a bit around the world,” Finnish team leader Jani Tanskanen said. “At least for myself, I can tell you that never, nowhere in the world, have I been . . .