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LO poet’s work featured in art installation

An art installation featuring the words of Lake Oswego poet and writer Ronald Talney was unveiled last week in Beaverton’s Greenway Park. One of Talney’s poems is engraved in the moveable granite blocks created by Portland artist Adam Kuby and commissioned by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.

Talney’s poem, along with poems by Judith Barringon and Bonnie Minder Ward, was selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in the artwork.

“There are actually three installations, at various points along the path, each with one of the poems engraved,” Talney says. “The idea is that these granite blocks, with young trees planted with them, will shift and move over time as the trees grow and their root systems branch out.

“The poems are very short,” he says. “Rather haiku-like.”

Talney, who authored the official dedication poem for the Portlandia statue in downtown Portland, is the author of six books of poems. His most recent, “A Secret Weeping of Stones, New and Selected Poems,” is available from Plain View Press.

Greenway Park is located in south Beaverton along the Fanno Creek trail, between Scholls Ferry Road and Hall Boulevard.

Surprises await on National Night Out

Thirteen Lake Oswego neighborhoods have already registered with the city to hold National Night Out parties on Aug. 4, which means they’ll get a visit from firefighters or police officers bearing gifts.

National Night Out is a nationwide initiative to promote public safety and community partnerships in addition to neighborhood camaraderie. Neighbors gather in driveways, front yards, cul-de-sacs or local parks for barbeques, potlucks, ice cream socials — and in Lake Oswego this year, a special surprise.

The first 20 neighborhoods to register with the city will receive a visit by a fire truck or police squad car — and maybe even a K9 unit. In addition, first responders will come bearing gifts.

To register for one of the city’s seven remaining National Night Out spots, go to ci.oswego.or.us/community/webforms/lake-oswego-national-night-out-registration. For more information about the celebration, contact Tammy DePhillip at 503-675-2543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trail in Tryon Creek Natural Area closed

The South Creek Trail linking Iron Mountain Trail and Red Fox Trail in Tryon Creek State Natural Area will be closed for approximately two months.

Park Manager John Mullen says the closure is due to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the trail and the Rocking Horse Drainage. The drainage has been severely down-cut, which has in turn destabilized the upper slopes and washed out the South Creek Trail.

The City of Lake Oswego, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, has begun a project to stabilize the upper slopes of the drainage, reconstruct the drainage bottom so that it doesn’t continue to be down-cut and redirect storm water to reduce the velocity of the water, all of which will reduce erosion and the movement of silt into the main stem of Tryon Creek.