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Lake Oswego honors duo for their volunteer work to help create the Hazelia Agri-Cultural Trail

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Karen Davis (left) and Ann Culter were each presented with an Historic Preservation Merit Award on Tuesday by Mayor Kent Studebaker and HRAB Chair Kasey Holwerda.Lake Oswego residents Karen Davis and Ann Culter were honored this week with the city's 2018 Historic Preservation Merit Award for to their work on the Hazelia Agri-Cultural Trail.

Davis and Culter were honored at a City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, with several members of the Historic Resources Advisory Board in attendance.

"Karen Davis's contribution to Luscher Farm has been exemplary," HRAB board chair Kasey Holwerda said.

The award recipients are selected each year by HRAB. On Tuesday, the City's staff liaison to the board, Paul Espe, was on hand to present the awards and tell councilors about the trail.

Described as the "untold second half of the story" of Lake Oswego's pioneer days, the trail chronicles the exploits of some of the city's early families who transitioned to farming in the Stafford basin after the town's iron boom ended.

The four-mile trail includes 10 informational placards installed last June along Stafford and Rosemont roads between Cooks Butte and the Whitten Farmstead. It is intended to complement the Iron Heritage historical trail through Lake Oswego's Old Town and downtown areas.

"This project was a culmination of three years of volunteer work," Espe said.

Davis and Culter were both instrumental in bringing the idea of the trail to fruition, and Davis was also lauded for her volunteer work establishing garden plots at the City-owned Luscher Farm, one of the sites on the trail.

Also on Tuesday's council agenda:

The council awarded a $410,000 construction contract to Northeast Electric LLC to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Jean Road and Bryant Road. The T-intersection currently functions as a three-way stop with turning lanes on all approaches; it was considered the highest priority on the City's list of candidate intersections to be signalized.

The new intersection will include left-turn signals, new striping and crosswalks with ADA ramps and landscaping changes to improve visibility and sight distance, which have been cited as a common complaint about the intersection.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Anthony Macuk at 503-636-1281 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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