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Historical society names members of the year

The Troutdale Historical Society announced that longtime member Adrienne Clausen and Sweetbriar Elementary student Elliott Demain were chosen as members of the year.

Clausen, society member and volunteer coordinator for more than 13 years, will represent the historical society in the SummerFest Parade on Saturday, July 16.

Elliott was selected as the first-ever junior member of the year by the society's board of directors.

Students from Troutdale and Sweetbriar elementary schools were invited to write an essay about growing up in Troutdale. Elliott's essay was chosen out of more than 30 received by the historical society. Elliott and his family will be guest hosts at the new Edgefield Exhibit in the Barn Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16

For more information, call the historical society at 503-661-2164.

Girl memorializes grandmother with poem

On Father's Day, Myra Arlint gave her dad, Ty Arlint, a packet all about herself - but the contents included a poem about someone else, too: Her grandmother, Kathy Arlint, who died in November of complications from diabetes at the age of 64.

In August 2001, Ty gave Kathy his kidney after she had been struggling with diabetes for many years. Before having the kidney transplant, Kathy had been on dialysis for three years, which Ron said was very draining for her. In 2007, The Outlook ran a feature about the dramatic improvement the transplant made in Kathy's health.

'As soon as she had the transplant, she was better immediately,' Ron said. 'Just being unhooked from the dialysis machine was quite something.'

Myra, now 12, and Kathy became very close, Myra visiting her grandmother often on the weekends in Kathy's home in Gresham. When Kathy died, Myra was away with her mother, which was difficult.

'I remember the tears that rolled down my cheeks, and how I didn't get to say goodbye,' Myra's poem reads. The poem is entitled 'Remember Poem.'

To make the situation even more difficult, Kathy was found a few days after she passed away.

'We did know she'd been dead for a couple of days because her blood sugar monitor hadn't been touched for two days,' Ron said. 'It was a shock to all of us.'

In the face of Kathy's death, Ron, Ty and Kathy's other two children, Ron Arlint Jr. and Kecia McLaughlin, move forward with a positive memory of the extra time they got to spend with her.

'But I knew you still loved me,' Myra said in her poem.

Lauren Gold