Well-known Lane dies in Gresham

A memorial service for Timothy Allen Lane, once a widely recognized Forest Grove resident, was held Saturday at the United Church of Christ, whose leaders and parishioners had befriended him in years past.

Lane, a native of Seattle, had three sisters and four brothers and was the sixth child in his family. He studied martial arts, enjoyed music and played the piano almost daily.

Lane, who struggled with mental illness, was living in a Forest Grove apartment in 2005 when he started a fire in his wastebasket and was arrested for arson. Pleading guilty except for insanity, he was sent to the Oregon State Hospital in 2006. He was released several years ago and moved to Pendleton. He most recently was living in a Gresham apartment, where he died Sept. 5 of natural causes.

Lane was welcomed by members of the Forest Grove UCC, where he sometimes sat in the back of the sanctuary, talking aloud to himself. Then-pastor Dick Kroll would sometimes pause during Sunday morning services and explain to parishioners that Lane was not to be feared; that he was talking to his personal demons and trying to live a good life — and that people shouldn’t be alarmed.

Lane, son of the late Glenn D. Lane and Diana Pleasant, was 53.

Blumenauer brings ‘new urbanism’

Longtime U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) will take part in a free forum on new urbanism at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Pacific University’s Marsh Hall. Blumenauer, who helped craft the state’s landmark “urban growth boundary” in the 1970s, has been working on the issues of livability and transportation since then and is currently working on new urbanism with his colleagues on Capitol Hill.

New urbanism is a design movement that promotes walkable neighborhoods with many different types of housing and jobs. Blumenauer will discuss how this relates to environmental concerns, quality of life, transportation issues and public health.

A question-answer session will follow. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited.

Banks swears in new councilor

Michael Nelson was sworn in at the Banks City Council meeting last week. Nelson is replacing former councilor Craig Stewart, who resigned in July.

There are currently four open positions on the Budget Committee, one on the Planning Commission and two on the Park, Recreation and Tree Board.

Upgrade closes path temporarily

A 1,400-foot section of the asphalt pathway running south from Elm Street along Highway 47 in Forest Grove will be closed for nearly a month as contractors upgrade the surface. The work will start Wednesday, Sept. 18, and will continue for three to four weeks, according to Public Works Director Rob Foster.

The city is replacing the more “flexible” asphalt with more rigid concrete, which is a much smoother walking surface, Foster said. Even a one-quarter-inch variation in a sidewalk surface can cause people to trip, he said, especially elderly people whose feet barely leave the pavement surface when they walk. “Rigid pavement eliminates trip hazards,” Foster said.