Former Mayor Vernon Rathman dies

Vernon Rathman, a former mayor of Troutdale and longtime community activist, died Friday, Feb. 17, his family announced. He was 84 and a resident of Sandy.

A celebration of his life is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at First Baptist Church, 224 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Vern served as mayor from 1960 to 1964 and was involved in several civic organizations, including the Troutdale Lions and the Troutdale Historical Society. He was an excavating contractor and served on the city's first planning commission.

Vernon and his wife, Martine, co-founded the Windy Whirlers Square Dance Club, which first met in members' homes and later moved into Troutdale City Hall.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

Law firm to host free legal seminars

Wand Maddoux Preston LLC of Gresham is hosting a series of free, specialized legal seminars throughout March on subjects ranging from wills to business and construction issues.

The seminars are intended for businesses, community leaders and the general public. The first seminar, 'Ten Questions About Wills,' will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at St. Luke Episcopal Church, 120 S.W. Towle Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.

The next seminars will be held on Tuesdays at Bumper's Bar and Grill, 21935 N.E. Halsey St., Fairview. Menu service will be available.

For more information visit, its Facebook page or email [email protected]­ or call 503-666-7114.

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