70th reunion produces elementary emotions

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018

Reunions are about emotion and reconnecting with old friends. The 70th anniversary of Prescott Elementary School in the Parkrose School District was no different. When Prescott Elementary principal Sam Maranto went to unlock the doors Saturday, May 19 for the 70th anniversary open house, he was taken aback to see a line of people waiting to...
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SnowCap hosts pop-up BBQ for clients, donors

Posted by on Jul 15, 2018

For more than 50 years, SnowCap Community Charities has been feeding and clothing their neighbors in east and mid-Multnomah County, often without anyone even noticing or being aware of their existence. They took a step to change that on a cloudy Friday afternoon this past month, holding a pop-up barbecue to thank their volunteers and donors as...
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Glisan Street Safeway to close Aug. 18

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018

The Safeway, 221 N.E. 122nd Ave., is closing in August.   The Safeway store in the Glisan St. Station is set to close next month. The store’s pharmacy closes Thursday, July 26. Pharmacy staff is being transferred to the Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard Safeway. The grocery store closes Saturday, Aug. 18. “Like all retailers,...
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“Windscape” redesign hosts second open house

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018

Parkrose residents will have a say in the remodeling effort for “Windscape” –– the roundabout island at Northeast 102nd and Weidler Street––after all. At least, this is what appeared evident at the project’s latest, and likely last, open house held Thursday, June 21.  As previously reported (“Updates to ‘Windscape’ roundabout draw strong...
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Parkrose’s Kiara Johnson crowned Queen of Rosaria

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

Before graduating this year, Johnson was a varsity volleyball player as well as captain of the track and field team. She was the sports editor for the Bronco Blaze, the school’s paper, and works part-time at the Shilo Inn near the airport. In July 2017, she participated in the High School Journalism Institute at Oregon State University. Each Rose...
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What happens to the Kmart site after it closes?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018

The Kmart in Parkrose is not long for this earth. What comes next is still very much in the air, but Peter Finley Fry, a land-planning consultant working on the property, spoke to the Parkrose Neighborhood Association meeting on June 19 to help fill in the blanks.  Congregated at the Russellville Grange, just a stone’s throw from the site in...
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Spring quarter student academics, athletics, arts achievements

Posted by on Jul 7, 2018

At the end of each quarter, the Mid-county Memo marks the successes of area students and athletic teams. If we missed someone, let us know—e-mail editor@midcountymemo.com or call 503-287-8904. When you encounter young people in this community, know you are meeting some of Portland’s best and brightest. ACADEMICS OSAA Academic All-Stars The Carl’s...
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Mixed-use community proposed for 10.5-acre site in Gateway

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

If you ask developer Ted Gilbert about the future of Gateway, he’ll remind you that the east Portland transportation hub was given its name with reason. Preceding the construction of the I-84, the region was brainstormed to evolve into Portland’s “front door” to the west and “gateway” to the east. And if Gilbert has anything to say about...
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Queen of Rosaria Kiara Johnson speaks to her Parkrose subjects

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018

The Mid-county Memo asked Kiara Johnson, Parkrose High School’s first Queen of Rosaria, to tell us how she plans to use this platform to promote her school and the Parkrose community. In addition, we asked her what has surprised her about the experience; what has been the greatest difficulty she overcame on her journey to being queen, and whom...
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Hipster cocktail lounge set for summer opening in Parkrose

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018

A guy walks into a bar … to find a photo booth, a rotating crop of up-and-coming live musical acts, craft cocktails, karaoke and shuffleboard tournaments. The punchline? This bar is in the Parkrose commercial district.  Out of the ashes of the mismanaged disaster that was Gilhooligans Bar & Grill (10810 N.E. Sandy Blvd.), a vivacious cocktail...
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Posted by on Jun 18, 2018

Larry Harvey 1948–2018 Larry Harvey, whose whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as “Burning Man,” has died. He was 70. Harvey died at a hospital in San Francisco surrounded by family, Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell said. The cause...
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PBOT has plans for east Portland

Posted by on Jun 16, 2018

While Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews jump into the 2018 construction season, the planning and design of future projects continues as the bureau looks toward 2019. One such project is the East Portland Access to Employment & Education (EPAEE) project. EPAEE is a comprehensive, Metro-funded project dedicated to improving east...
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