Goodbye Mrs. Chips

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

Retiring Parkrose School district teachers and classified employees were recognized and honored in a ceremony before last month’s school board meeting. They are, from left, Parkrose Middle School’s Patti Bourgeois (19 years); Sacramento Elementary’s Sue Fylan (19 years), Judi Soloway (10 years) and Sherri Brown (31 years); Parkrose High School’s...
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The man who brought McDonald’s to the Pacific Northwest celebrates retirement

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

JACK RUSHALL The MID-COUNTY MEMO As Little Big Burger and Killer Burger multiply their Yelp dots around Portland, let us not forget Stumptown’s—and the Pacific Northwest’s—original burger chain: McDonald’s. Indeed, the man responsible for the first McDonald’s in the Pacific Northwest was of a different time, a time where early marketers of cow...
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Middle school teacher receives top honors

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

When he taught at Ron Russell Middle School in the David Douglas School District, Craig Topolski received the coveted K–8 Teacher of the Year Award (“David Douglas educator K–8 teacher of the year” MCM June 4, 2015). Now a teacher at Floyd Light, DDSD’s other middle school, Topolski has received a prestigious national award from Houghton Mifflin...
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Rossis/Giustos get Comp Plan change

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

Later this month, the final version of Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) is set to be approved by City Council and then forwarded to the State’s Land Conservation and Development Commission for review. The most sweeping plan to guide the growth of Portland in the city’s history, the Comp Plan must be approved first by the State, and...
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Owens-Brockway inspection overdue

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

An on-site inspection of the Owens-Brockway glassmaker adjacent to the hottest part of the known arsenic hotspot in Parkrose is now nine months overdue. DEQ spokesman Keith Johnson told the Memo in an earlier interview that he believed the Owens-Brockway plant in Parkrose is subject to annual inspections, but he could not say when the last DEQ...
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Rose Festival Court promotes in Parkrose

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

Last month, after hours serving hungry customers, the 2016 Rose Festival Court posed for a picture in front of Elmer’s. The 15-member court was at the Parkrose restaurant promoting the Rose Meal, a collaboration between Elmer’s and the Rose Festival, which raises money for the Festival’s foundation. See story in Business Memos...
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Groundbreaking held for new park

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in 2016, June 2016 | 0 comments

On a sunny May morning, more than a hundred people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony at Gateway Discovery Park, the new park off Northeast Halsey at 106th Avenue in the Hazelwood neighborhood. A boy rode in on his father’s shoulders. A girl was cradled on her mother’s chest. Heavy yellow earth-moving equipment dotted the landscape of the...
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Oregon solons hug trees on Earth Day

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in 2016, May 2016 | 0 comments

As part of their Earth Day appearances, Oregon’s U.S. Senate delegation planted trees on the Fir Ridge school campus in the David Douglas School District last month. They weren’t just going through the motions. Ron Wyden, Oregon’s senior senator, was ebullient. After brushing off a question about a rumor that he’s not running for re-election,...
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Pump Track gets face-lift, parks get fenced off

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in 2016, May 2016 | 0 comments

The day after the volunteer crew rebuilt the bicycle pump track at Ventura Park, it was new and dusty, thirsty for a settling Portland rain. Northwest Trail Alliance Jason Van Horn marshalled a dozen able bodies and a little earth-moving Cat into primping the pump track into shape. After a long day, Van Horn managed a few all-pump (leveraging the...
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Church and state collaborate

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in 2016, May 2016 | 0 comments

According to New Greater Hope M.B Church minister and New Greater Hope Family Services–NE Campus founder and leader Dr. Alvin Ellerby, the first crew of hopeful souls who started his program in mid-November 2015 have transitioned to permanent housing as of April 3. According to René Duboise, Oregon Department of Human Services’s (DHS) Multnomah...
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Elementary garners grants to grow garden

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in 2016, May 2016 | 0 comments

Elizabeth Archodominion, who moved to Portland in July is a botanist, a new Menlo Park Elementary School student teacher and a mother of two MPE kids, one in kindergarten and one in fourth grade. As a garden coordinator, she is also the creative force behind the school’s grant-funded, student-worked, biodiverse school garden that literally...
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