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Local news briefs for Aug. 10

Paving starts in Gresham neighborhoods

Gresham road crews began applying a micro-surfacing maintenance treatment to some streets in Gresham on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and will continue through August.

The first two street sections to receive the treatment are Northwest Civic Drive from Division Street to Burnside Road (side streets 11th, 12th, Northwest Council Drive and Northwest Shattuck Way will remain open) and Northeast Cleveland Avenue from Division Street to Burnside Road. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 10, Northeast San Rafael Street from 181st Avenue east to the railroad tracks and Southwest Binford Lake Parkway from Pleasant View Drive to Towle Avenue will also receive the treatment.

These street sections will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. while work is under way.

Vehicles parked in the areas will be towed. Notices were mailed to local businesses and residents and an additional notice delivered 24-48 hours prior to work beginning.

The work is part of the Gresham's $3 million investment in residential streets. One of the driving factors behind the push to repave roads is residents' concern about the condition of residential streets.

City crews will also focus on pothole repair this summer. Call 503-618-2626 to report a pothole in need of filling.

Hospice training class begins Sept. 27

Registration has opened for Mt. Hood Hospice's fall "Introduction to Hospice" training course. The 21-hour program is for people interested in the hospice idea and volunteering for Mt. Hood Hospice. Topics include medical aspects of end-of-life care, psychosocial aspects of terminal illness, spiritual care giving, grief and bereavement, and the role of the volunteer.

The course is free and there is no obligation attached to attending. Classes will run 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Sept. 27 and Oct. 18 at the Mt. Hood Hospice offices at Scenic Pointe, 39641 Scenic St. in Sandy. Call 503-668-5545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for more information.

Senior center hosts trip to Mount St. Helens

The Gresham Senior Center is hosting a trip to Mount St. Helens from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

The group will start at the Silver Lake Visitor Center, which has displays of cultural and historic significance and a chronology of events leading up to the volcanic eruption May 18, 1980. The group will then head to the Johnston Ridge Observatory to see the volcano.

The cost is $35 and covers transportation, admission and escort. Attendees should bring their own lunch. Call 503-492-8724 for information.

Clackamas County offers small grants

For the third year, Clackamas County Commissioners have announced plans to distribute $200,000 in small grants to organizations providing services to vulnerable populations in Clackamas County.

The money was set aside by the budget committee as part of the recently approved 2011-12 fiscal budget.

This is a continuation of a program that last year distributed grants to 20 local nonprofit organizations for programs ranging from a local Meals on Wheels program for seniors to a dental care program for young students.

The goal of the small grants program is to assist organizations whose purpose is to help the most vulnerable residents of Clackamas County. The grants are intended to fund small projects that would aid these organizations in serving larger populations.

The programs must show they can be self-supporting or that the grant is a one-time expense. And they must meet the following guidelines:

• Help most vulnerable families, seniors, and others meet their basic needs

• Prevent occurrence of larger, more dire problems later

• Save money later through early intervention

• Serve people throughout the community.

Organizations interested in being considered for funding must submit completed application forms by 6 p.m. Sept. 15.  The county will announce the awards this fall, with funds awarded by the end of 2011. Organizations receiving funding will be required to show how the grant was used, including service level and performance measures.

For more information please contact Caroline Hill at 503-655-8621 or visit clackamas.us.

Donated school supplies needed

The Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership is working with the Center for Family Success, Metropolitan Family Services and the Police Activities League to gather school supplies for needy students.

The most-needed supplies are lined-notebook paper, binder and spiral notebooks, calculators, colored pencils and rulers. Donations of school supplies can be dropped in collection barrels at the following locations: Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway; Gresham Ford, 1940 E. Powell Blvd.; and the Center for Family Success, 229 S.E. 181st Ave.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, a Back to School fair will be held at the PAL Youth Center to distribute supplies to the students who have been selected and pre-screened through SUN programs. Supplies that are not distributed at the fair will be provided to local school counselors the first week of school.

Troutdale plans groundbreaking

A ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of construction at the new Troutdale police facility, 234 S.W. Kendall Court, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Police Chief Scott Anderson will give an update on the project and Mayor Jim Kight will deliver a brief message to the community. The ceremony will include an introduction of the members of the City Council, political action committee, the Public Safety Advisory Committee, Police Facility Management Group and the project team.

The actual construction on the new building will start in the next few weeks.

Clothing store, bar fundraise for breast cancer detection

Elegantly Funky, a clothing boutique in historic downtown Gresham, and Duke and #700;s Country Bar and Grill in East Portland are hosting an evening of fashion and entertainment to raise funds for 'Fight With Elegance.'

The event will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Duke's, 14601 S.E. Division St. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the fashion show starts at 6 p.m. with Cloverdayle starting its performance at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21 and older event. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Elegantly Funky, 101 N. Main Ave., or at fightwithelegance.org.

Proceeds from ticket sales will provide payment vouchers for mammograms to local women and men who cannot afford them. Fight With Elegance has teamed with Snow-CAP Community Charities and a local imaging company to provide the mammograms, which are critical for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Dina and Kerry Parmenter, co-owners of Elegantly Funky and the co-founders of Fight With Elegance, have felt the seriousness of this disease firsthand: Dina lost her mother to breast cancer and Kerry has lost close family members to the disease. For more information, call 503-665-9545 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .