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Labor shortages plague farmers, a holly orchard goes under the bulldozer and City Council approves a large ampitheater east of Wilsonville

WILSONVILEE-BOONES FERRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Wilsonville's first general storeJune 3, 1987

The Wilsonville City Council unanimously voted to support an outdoor performing arts center to be located off Stafford Road at the Elligson exit. The project was to be sited on Washington County land and thus needed approval at the county level. The project was to have 2,800 parking spaces and a large, bowl-shaped ampitheater.

And local strawberry growers, faced with one of the largest crops in many years, were facing a labor shortage. The berries had ripened early and the farmers' normal go-to labor — teenagers — were still in school. In addition, recent immigration reform caused a large reduction in the amount of migrant workers available in Oregon.

May 28, 1997

Faced with the possibility of a major state prison sited within city limits — and requiring infrastructure to supoort it — the City of Wilsonville was discussing a possible building moritorium to protect its water system. To that end, the City was trying to enlist the support of developers wishing to build in town to oppose the prison locating in Wilsonville.

In addition, 50-plus acres of a former holly farm located just south of Wilsonville Town Center was going under the bulldozer to make way for a vast mixed-use development, The Village at Main Street.

May 30, 2007

In preparation for the Wilsonville Festival of the Arts, a mural artist was planning a moveable mural that would eventually hang in the Wilsonville Visitor's Center. The mural was set to depict Native Americans, river steamboats, the Frog Pond Church and views of Mt. Hood and was set to involve festival-goers in the painting.

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