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Local briefs for Sept. 14

State offices close Friday for furlough

Because of budget reductions for state agencies, most state offices will close Friday, Sept. 16, requiring 26,500 state employees to take a mandatory unpaid day off work.

Customers can still do business with DMV and some other state agencies online, even though the offices are closed. Certain state employees who provide essential services in public safety will remain on the job as usual. The next state furlough day is Nov. 25.

Remember loved ones at Mt. Hood Hospice event

Each year, Mt. Hood Hospice in Sandy hosts a memorial event for the community to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. 

The Time of Remembering will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Sandy Baptist Church, 33495 S.E. Jarl Road. Staff and volunteers, families and friends will gather to share memories and offer support through music, a reading of names, a lighting of candles and a memorial video. Refreshments will be served.

Participants can send a photo of their loved one for the video by Nov. 16. Photos can be sent by mail to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055; or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All photos will be returned.  

For more information, call Emilie Cartoun at 503-668-5545.

Grant to help pay for work on Division Street

Gresham's Transportation Division has received an $832,640 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help make Northwest Division Street a 'complete street.'

The Division Street Corridor Complete Street project includes a new multi-use path on the north side of Division Street between the Gresham-Fairview Trail and Northwest Birdsdale Avenue to provide direct trail access, as well as access to transit; new pedestrian and bicycle facilities on both sides of Division between Birdsdale and Northwest Wallula avenues; and a new mid-block pedestrian crossing at 179th Avenue with a refuge island and rapid-flashing beacon.

The $1.3 million project is designed to promote community livability, safety and alternative ways of getting around by providing new pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Society plans museum trek

The Troutdale Historical Society invites the public to go on the Oct. 1 'Close to Home Trek' to tour the Oregon Historical Society storage facility and the Gresham Historical Society museum.

The day includes a no-host lunch at Francis Xavier's Restaurant in Gresham. The only cost for the day (other than lunch) is a donation to the Gresham Historical Society for visiting the museum.

For more information or to sign up, contact Troutdale Historical Society at 503-661-2164 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

County libraries expand nonfiction e-book collection

Multnomah County Library has expanded its e-book collection with 8,500 new nonfiction e-books on economics, science and technology topics.

Each title can be viewed online and downloaded for up to seven days. To view a title, a library cardholder can click on the title in the library catalog and enters his or her library card number (no PIN required). There is no limit on the number of people who can access an e-book simultaneously, or to how many times an e-book can be viewed.

Downloading the e-books requires Adobe Digital Editions. The new e-books are searchable and printable, and offer tools such as note taking and citation assistance.

Super Kids Resale moves to Portland

Super Kids Resale, a biannual sales event for families to shop or sell off gently used children's clothing and toys, will be held Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 22-25, at its new location at Plaza 205 in Portland.

Organizers said the sale, which started in Gresham in April 2008, will have more than 70,000 children's items - sold at a big discount from retail prices - coming from more than 400 participating families. In addition to clothing and toys, bargain hunters can shop for maternity items, cribs, swings, strollers and more.

The event hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit superkidsresale.net or call 503-866-1875 for information.