Car wash will benefit dance team, Alzheimer's

Sandy High School's dance team, The Elevations, is joining forces with Marquis Care-Centennial to host a benefit car wash in Gresham from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

The Elevations will wash cars at Marquis Care at Centennial on Southeast 202nd Avenue between Southeast Stark and Northwest Burnside Road. Donations will go toward a fund to pay for the team to attend a dance camp in Gresham, as well as to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Red Cross needs blood

The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.

This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year. All blood types are needed to meet patient demand this summer.

"We need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met," said Steve Stegeman, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region, serving Washington and Oregon. "Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life."

Fire guts apartment

Fire caused $88,000 worth of damage to a Gresham apartment early Saturday, June 23.

Portland and Gresham firefighters responded to the 12:24 a.m. report of a fire at the Meadow Park East Apartments in the 17000 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Crews extinguished the two-alarm fire, which began in a second-story unit, and stopped it from spreading to five adjacent apartments.

The apartment where the fire started is a total loss. Another unit sustained water damage from the fire-fighting effort.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Summer road work begins

Gresham's transportation crews will begin four paving projects this week, as part of the city's annual summer road maintenance. Projects include:

• North Main Avenue from Division Street to Burnside Road - closed to through traffic at 7 a.m. Monday, June 25. Access limited to local residents and business owners. Alternate routes include Eastman Parkway to the west or Northeast Kelley Avenue to the east. This project may continue through Tuesday, June 26.

• Sections of Southeast Hogan Road from the Springwater Trail to Gresham's city limits will be repaired in preparation for a surface treatment Monday, June 25 to Thursday, June 28.

• Northeast 172nd Avenue between Glisan and Halsey streets on Monday, June 25.

• Southeast Butler Road in front of Butler Creek Elementary School on Tuesday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 27.

• Repairing sections of Southeast Powell Valley Road from 282nd Avenue to just east of Kane Drive on Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28.

About 28 lane miles will be repaired over the summer. For a list of road updates, call the Gresham Maintenance Hotline at 503-618-2888.

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