Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


News briefs

Benefit Luncheon

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a spaghetti lunch from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

The event is a fundraiser for the Jensen family, whose son, Grant, lost his left leg in 2012 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. In January, the family learned Grant’s disease has metastasized despite his chemotherapy treatments.

Grant’s mother, Erin, is a dental assistant at the Gresham office of the Multnomah County Health Department.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. The event will include live music, a raffle and face painting.

For more information, call 503-988-4910.

Golf tournament held for triple amputee

Registration is open for the second annual Cpl. Jon Schumacher Golf Tournament at Mountain View Golf Course in Boring on July 13.

Schumacher grew up in Gresham, graduated from Centennial High School in 2002 and became a triple amputee in October 2011 during his second deployment to Afghanistan. He was profiled in a two-part series in The Outlook last summer.

The tournament is a fundraiser for Schumacher and his family’s ongoing needs. He, his wife and their two sons, ages 1 and 6, live in Southern California.

Those who don’t golf also are encouraged to attend the tournament’s dinner.

Dinner costs $25, golf with dinner is $125, and sponsoring a hole costs $150. To register, go to www.SchumacherGolf.com.

Earth Day a success in Gresham

About 1,060 cars dropped off hard-to-recycle items during the city of Gresham’s 12th annual Gresham Earth Day Recycling Collection event April 20.

The event was organized by the Recycling & Solid Waste Division and garnered 110 volunteers from various schools and organizations.

“I’m always impressed with how many people stop by to bring us their materials and make a difference,” Tristan Whitehead, business recycling coordinator for the city, said in a press release. “We also want to make sure folks know they can make a big impact year round by reducing waste, such as bringing durable bags for shopping.” 

The city’s Earth Day Recycling Collection Event is held annually in April. Metro’s Recycling Information Line, 503-234-3000, offers year-round assistance with how and where to recycle non-curbside collected items. For more information, visit GreshamOregon.gov/Recycling.

Tour highlights gorge gardeners

The public is invited to experience the beauty of nearly a dozen gardens in the Columbia River Gorge during the fourth annual Eastside Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.

“Sun Drops” is a self-guided tour, directing participants to scenic points along the Historic Columbia River Highway, and includes a peek into the private gardens of residences from Gresham to Cascade Locks. The event is a fundraiser for the West Columbia Gorge Consortium, which conducts programs to promote the art, culture and heritage in communities in and near the West Columbia Gorge.

Tickets for the tour are $20 per adult. There is no charge for children.

For ticket and tour map pick-up locations, or to buy tickets online, visit EastsideGardenTour.com.

Hospital seeking volunteers for cancer research study

Adventist Medical Center invites local residents to participate in a new long-term study that has the potential of changing the face of cancer for future generations.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) needs men and women, ages 30 to 65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer. Volunteers will be asked to complete a comprehensive survey about their lifestyle and health, as well as provide a small blood sample during an event Wednesday and Thursday, June 12-13, at the hospital, 10123 S.E. Market St., Portland. Upon acceptance into the study, participants will receive follow-up surveys they can complete at home over the next 20-30 years.

Interested men and women can enroll in the CPS-3 online at cancer.org/cps3 or by calling 1-888-604-5888.

For more information, visit adventisthealthnw.com.

Local politicians host town hall

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, and Rep. Greg Matthew, D-Gresham, are hosting a Healthy Communities Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Gresham Council Chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

It's a chance to hear about more of the work being done in Salem, ask questions or give suggestions.

"We will discuss a whole range of issues affecting East County, from community safety to health and wellness," Monnes Anderson said. With the Legistature well into its 2013 session, Monnes Anderson said the town hall is an opportunity to be updated on how local representatives are trying to funding public education and career training, champion the n

eeds of small businesses and stand up for the middle class. "And as a nurse and chair of the Senate Health Care and Human Services Committee, I am also focusing on protecting vulnerable Oregonians and improving health care delivery," she added.

Model home gets addition for building safety month

The city of Gresham's Building Division recently received a second-floor addition for its educational, small-scale model home from the students at ACE Academy for Architecture, Construction and Engineering Charter School. The gift and installation kicks off May, which is Building Safety Month.

Building Safety Month raises awareness about creating safe and sustainable structures by focusing on the need for modern building codes, a strong and efficient system to enforce codes and a well-trained workforce to ensure public safety, said Laura Shepard, Gresham's spokeswoman.

This is the second year ACE and city of Gresham inspectors worked together on the model home. Last year, ACE students constructed the roof trusses for the model home. The small-scale home offers residents a chance to peek inside the walls, and under the floorboards of a typical home to see hidden pipes, wiring and other systems and to learn more about when and why building codes and inspections are required for safety.

City inspectors will be at the Gresham Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, with the model home to demonstrate how building codes and permits safeguard public safety. Visit GreshamOregon.gov/BuildingSafety for weekly tips on building safety.

Auction to benefit local gallery

Residents are invited to attend the Soaring Hearts Silent Auction, to be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Infusion Gallery, 305 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, in Troutdale.

The event is a fundraiser for the gallery, which provides art instruction, workshops and events to help support artists with developmental challenges.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on bird houses designed and crafted by gallery clients. The evening will also include food, wine and live entertainment.

For more information, call the gallery at 503-489-6595.

Improvements begin on Halsey Street

Construction on street improvements for Northeast Halsey Street in Wood Village is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13.

The project completes improvements that were added in 2009 and 2010 between Birch Avenue and Northeast 244th Avenue.

Traffic will be limited to a single lane at times, with flaggers directing traffic in both directions. No road closure is planned during construction, but drivers should expect occasional delays on work days. On-street parking will be closed at times. Typical work hours will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Alternative east-west routes for through traffic include Northeast Glisan Street/Cherry Park Road and Interstate 84. Access will be maintained on Halsey Street for residences, businesses and emergency vehicles.

The project includes constructing sidewalks and curbs on both sides of the street, building out three traffic lanes (including a center left turn lane) and parallel parking on both sides, adding bike lanes and constructing retaining walls on the north side of the street.

Fairview expects the $474,000 project ,funded by Multnomah County, will be complete in August, depending on weather conditions.

Visit multco.us/roads for more information.

Gresham High Class of 1993 reunion coming July 13

The Gresham High School Class of 1993 will celebrate its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham.

For more information about the reunion, contact Classic Reunions, Inc. P.O. Box 80455, Portland, OR 97280; visit classicreunions.com; call 503-626-3669; or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

David Douglas celebrates 40-year reunion

The David Douglas High School Class of 1973 will celebrate its 40-year reunion 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sheraton Portland Airport.

The cost is $40 per person if paid before July 20. To register or for more information, contact Ann Brant Caingcoy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-810-9592.

Local filmmakers air commercial benefiting Human Solutions

A 30-second commercial produced by a group of local filmmakers will be shown as a benefit for Human Solutions at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at East Burn, 1800 E. Burnside St., Portland. 

The Holy Rascals produced the commercial, “Occupy Love,” to promote their message of justice and political awareness. Admission is free, with donations for Human Solutions accepted during the screening.

For more information on the event, call Sara Fisher at Human Solutions, 503- 548-0283, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Human Solutions promotes self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income families and individuals in East Portland and East Multnomah County, sheltering and housing more than 700 homeless people each night.

For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.

Prime Timers Dining Club to meet June 5

The Prime Timers Dining Club will meet Wednesday, June 5, at Francis Xavier’s Restaurant, 1933 N.E. 181st Ave., Portland.

Social time begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is Dutch treat.

For more information, call Pat Ruters at 503-936-5861, email Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit PrimeTimersDiningClub.com.



Local Weather

Cloudy

62°F

Gresham

Cloudy

Humidity: 78%

Wind: 5 mph

  • 30 Aug 2014

    Showers 73°F 56°F

  • 31 Aug 2014

    Partly Cloudy 75°F 54°F