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Local briefs for July 30

Nesbit hosts book launch Aug. 3

Longtime Gresham Outlook columnist and reporter Sharon Nesbit will launch her new book with a party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at The Outlook, 1190 N.E. Division St.

'Sharon Nesbit's Outlook: Sunny with Occasional Tirades' features 100 of Nesbit's columns, selected by editor Len Otto to mark the centennial of The Outlook, where Nesbit worked for more than 40 years. All are invited to attend.

Roadwork will impact East County traffic

Road surfacing projects will impact traffic on several rural roads in the Corbett area next week.

The projects will apply chip seals, which are a cost effective surface treatment for low traffic roads in rural areas. Asphalt paving is scheduled for several busier roads in September. Work is scheduled Mondays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is weather dependent. The roads and schedules for next week in the Corbett area are the following:

• Aug. 1: Gordon Creek Road (Gordon Creek Bridge near Milepost 1 to Milepost 2) and Larch Mountain Road (Milepost 1 to Milepost 2);

• Aug. 2: Larch Mountain Road (Historic Columbia River Highway to Milepost 1);

• Aug. 3: Gordon Creek Road (Bridge to Milepost 2, second layer) and Hurlburt Road (Littlepage to Historic Columbia River Highway); and

• Aug. 4: Woodard Road (Historic Columbia River Highway to Ogden) and Hurlburt Road (Littlepage to Historic Columbia River Highway).

Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid delays, which could be as long as 20 minutes. Motorists should watch for 'loose gravel' signs and flaggers and drive cautiously.

Other East County roads scheduled for resurfacing this summer include Clatsop Street (chip seal); Lusted Road (chip seal); Pleasant Home Road (chip seal); Northeast 223rd Avenue between Glisan and Halsey streets (paving); and Troutdale Road between Strebin Road and Division Street (paving).

Camp Collins receives Walmart grant

YMCA Camp Collins in Gresham recently received a $5,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its summer feeding program.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated $260,000 in grants aimed at filling the gaps created in Oregon when schools close for the summer, as well as to expand nutrition, learning and employment services for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the summer months.

The grants will also go to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Portland Parks and Recreation, Central Douglas County Family YMCA, Family YMCA of Baker County and YMCA of Klamath County.

For more information, visit walmart.com/fightinghunger.

Expect delays at Stark and Cleveland

The city of Gresham will perform pavement maintenance in the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and Northeast Cleveland Avenue between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 2-3.

Crews anticipate traffic delays and encourage drivers to use alternate routes around the intersection. A flagger will direct traffic.

For more information, call 503-618-2626.

Marine Drive closed during triathlons

A portion of Northeast Marine Drive between 33rd and 223rd avenues will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-July 31, during two triathlon events. Multnomah County will close the section of Marine Drive between Interlachen Lane and 223rd Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Through traffic should use alternate routes such as Northeast Sandy Boulevard or Interstate 84. Access to Marine Drive will be maintained for local residents and emergency vehicles at all times. 

Glendoveer's future topic of open house

Metro Regional Government is looking at ways to improve East Portland's Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail, and residents can learn about those options at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

The open house will be held at the Glendoveer fitness trail parking lot, located at Northeast 148th Avenue and Halsey Street. Metro councilors and staff will be there to listen to community ideas, answer questions and provide information about next steps.

Metro's final plan for the site will result in a competitive bidding process this fall, calling for proposals to operate the facility beginning in 2013. Visit oregonmetro.gov for information.

Grant-writing workshop offered

People who are interested in learning how to plan and write a successful application for a grant to fund a project can take a free online course from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The workshop will emphasize the heritage and preservation-related grants offered by Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, but the information can be applied to any grant. Heritage Programs grants are offered for building preservation, museum projects, heritage tourism, historic cemeteries and more.

For more information and to register, email Kuri Gill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-986-0685.

Underage veterans group welcomes new members

Anyone who enlisted and served in the military when they were 17 years old or younger is invited to join the Veterans of Underage Military Service, which meets for breakfast the first Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmhouse, 3612 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland.

Membership is open to anyone who served underage in any branch, including the Reserves.

For more information, call Willie Paradise at 503-665-1739 or toll free 1-888-653-8867, or visit oldvums.com.