Africa in the house

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Last month, as part of a trip arranged by the U.S. State Department, 15 students and three chaperones from the Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and Niger visited Washington D.C., Chicago and Portland where they were hosted by the World Affairs Council for nine days. The students visited Grant High School and Africa House, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s community center for African refugees and their families on Northeast 102nd...
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Correction

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The Mid-county Memo strives to be accurate and thorough in its coverage and corrects significant errors of fact. If you find an error, please call 503-287-8904 or e-mail department editor Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. In the October Calendar item headlined “Making music happen,” we got the date of the Michael Allen Harrison’s Back Home concert date wrong. It’s Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in the Parkrose High School Community Center...
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Vandalism blows Windscape away

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We got a call last month from reader John Chinakos. He wanted to know what happened to the array of red poles in the jug handle at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Weidler Street that city workers removed recently. Chinakos’ call was not unique. Despite a half-dozen Lee Perlman reports of its evolution beginning in 2005, and a front-page feature when it was being constructed (“Living sculpture adorns improvement project” MCM November 2008), we get at...
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Argay Terrace neighbors, developer approach rapprochement with Developer

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“If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is partly because that is the road they generally start out on.” — Stephen Garrard Post The day after Al Brown’s election to the Argay Neighborhood Association board and chair of its Land Use Committee, he moved quickly. He got to work on his plan to bring city planners and developer Chet Antonsen closer to the group’s ideals of what they want to see in Antonsen’s three-acre development of...
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Community Builders Shape Our Neighborhood

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For more than 30 years, Romie Thompson of Ron Tonkin Toyota has kept us on the road With our profile on Ron Tonkin Service Advisor Romie Thompson this month, we continue our occasional series profiling Mid-county Community Builders who give our area its character by lending us some of theirs. Their decades-long sedulous work at hundreds of businesses in east Portland builds our area’s identity. Their competent, professional and reliable...
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