Health, Our Greatest Asset!

Sometimes, we don’t really value what we have until we don’t have it. This is true with our health as well. As long as we’re able to get up and around, tie our shoes and put on our face, we don’t really think about it. The hardest part of this whole health issue, for some, is thinking about it and maybe realizing that there needs to be a lifestyle change or one day we may wake up and the getting up and around, got up and went.

If you’re one of those that this speaks to and you’re just not sure what to do, or where to start, the East County Health & Wellness Festival may be the place. Locally, this is one of the biggest events centered on the wellness of our community. From health and wellness vendors, with a wealth of information, to live entertainment and much more, this family-friendly event kicks off with the City of Gresham’s only running events, a 5K Fun Run and a Children’s 1K. But you don’t have to be a runner to come and get some ideas on what to do and where to start to change those habits that could rob you of that “get up and go”.

The event will be June 27th, 2015 in the historic Downtown Gresham area at the Gresham Arts Plaza. If you’d like more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/EastCountyHealthandWellnessFestival. It’s never too late to start caring for our greatest asset. Our Health!


We’d like to take a moment to recognize a “changing of the guard”, so to speak! Vicky Moen, as of April 1st, has taken the position of Executive Director for the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation. Having been on the board of directors for the foundation for the past 10 years, she is aptly qualified. She held positions on the board as secretary and president. And being one of four generations in her family to graduate from Gresham High, she is very connected to the foundation and this community on a grass roots level. She and her husband, Greg Moen are owners of Moen Machinery on Hogan right here in Gresham so they understand the strength of community ties and buying, shopping and participating locally. We, as fellow partners in a sustainable Gresham community, welcome Vicky and look forward to her insight and direction creating a foundational springboard for our future generations.

That being said, the saying “it takes a village….” was never truer than it is today. It takes all of us pulling together to sustain our economy for the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners. Organizations like the Gresham Barlow Educational Foundation need our support. If you’re so inclined, go to www.gbefkids.org and make a donation today. Or, if you come to Gresham Ford, 10% of your service bill, up to $100, or $100 per vehicle purchase can be donated to the GBEF on your behalf. All you have to do is ask! Every little bit helps!

To put it in perspective, if every family in the U.S. spent an extra $10 a month at a locally owned, independent business, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy. It doesn’t take much, but it does take all of us!

King of Roads ~ Byway of the People

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway and to celebrate this incredible “mile” stone in our local history, a new exhibit by Troutdale Historical Society will be opening on July 18th, 2015.

With over 150 historic photos, maps and documents from private and public collections, text contributed by road historians and experts on early road building. Telling in words, pictures and artifacts the story of the dreamers and the men with picks and shovels who built the nation’s first paved scenic highway. Our own Henry Ford was a great proponent of this project and the Ford vehicles were the first to travel its finished surfaces.

A one of a kind introduction to the people who built the Historic Columbia River Highway, the people who saved it, and the people who have restored large sections to its original glory await at this grand unveiling. A twenty foot long basalt wall mirroring the guardrails along the highway, complete with arches is being constructed as well.

The Center for Advanced Learning in Gresham, Oregon, has partnered with the Troutdale Historical Society to create a website and stunning promotional materials; www.troutdalehistory.org and wwwkingofroads.org. Donations are still being accepted at these sites as well and your contributions to this historic event are most appreciated.

So, mark your calendars for July 18th at Troutdale Historical Society’s Barn Exhibit Hall, 726 E Historic Columbia River Highway and take a trip back in time. Also, plan to visit the Gresham Art Festival, downtown Gresham on that day as well. It’s a happenin’ day here in East County!

Life is messy...

“Like a weaver, I look to the landscape, relationships, spirituality and work to find the threads…”, as penned by Jane Kirkpatrick. Writer and rattlesnake fighter, Jane has produced 27 bestselling and award-winning books. Reviewers and readers alike acclaim Jane’s work as unique in a world of storytellers. “Kirkpatrick’s books enfold the reader. They find a secret place in each of us and bring it gently to the surface.” The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon.

Creating stories from the lives of actual historical women or events, Jane’s focus is on telling stories that inspire as she helps people from the distant past to step from their generation into our own to teach us and touch us with their lives. Her goal is to weave a story to help readers reach within and find peace, love and grace and to look at their lives with new eyes, no matter how messy it might be.

For an inspirational evening filled with tears, laughter and everything in between, join us at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St, April 23rd at 7pm. Enjoy a great lecture with dessert, book signing and sales and an opportunity to bid on becoming a character in an upcoming book of Jane’s. Space is limited so reserve your space today by calling 503-766-0008 or go online at www.gbefkids.org/events.

After all, “It’s the obstacles in life that carve out our character,” and things always get messy along the way. We could all use a little help finding that thread to unravel our mess and see the beautiful story that is in each of us.

The "Hunt" is On!

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.

So, after our brief history lesson, if you’re looking for some fun things to do this Easter Season, there’s quite a few around the area! For the Wood Village area, April 4th at Donald Robertson Park, 24300 NE Halsey, the Easter Bunny arrives at 9am, (by helicopter!!) with festivities beginning shortly after that. Over 15,000 eggs with hunt areas for kids ages 3-9. For more information; http://www.ci.wood-village.or.us/events/27th-annual-easter-egg-hunt-saturday-april-4th/.

The Fairview celebration will be held at the Fairview Community Park, April 4th beginning at 10am. There will be lots of candy eggs, some for prizes, and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Egg hunts by age group, ages 1-10. For more information; http://fairvieworegon.gov/index.aspx?NID=415.

And for everyone after all the Easter Egg Hunts, there’s the Eggstravaganza, April 4th at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St, 11am-1:30pm. For families with children birth-6th grade. Baskets, Burgers, Peter Cottontail will be there, plus games, prizes, candy, eggs, crafts, coffee & j Gelati!! For more information call 503-667-1515.

Enjoy this wondrous time of new life and celebration with friends and family. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!

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