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Parkrose Class of '52: friends forever
Forest of tree regulations confusing
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Growing supper at Fir Ridge Community Learning Center
Sheriff's deputies killed in line of duty honored
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Deal done for FBI headquarters at Cascade Station
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To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers' lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.

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Reynolds student named Teen of the Year

Gateway Elks Teenager of the Year Allison Rae Dazey is shown with mother Deborah Dazey and Gateway Lodge Exalted Ruler Ralph Hartmann.
Each month during the school year, the Gateway Elks Lodge recognizes a student from an area high school as its Teenager of the Month. The February honoree, Allison Rae Dazey of Reynolds High School, has risen to the top of this exemplary group as the Teenager of the Year. She was awarded a certificate from the Elks Grand Lodge, a $250 U.S. savings bond and a trophy last month.

Dazey will graduate as valedictorian of her class. She is the chapter president of the National Honor Society, a violinist, captain of the water polo team, an active volunteer and a Girl Scout.

She hopes to be accepted into the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., where she plans to prepare for a career in law. Allison is the daughter of Brian and Deborah Dazey.

For more information about this program or the Elks in general, please contact the Gateway Elks Lodge at 503-255-65 35 or

School newspaper rated superior
Members of the Bronco Blaze, Parkrose High School's student newspaper, walked away with 21 awards at the state high school newspaper competition recently. Parkrose High web editor Ashley Cha and photo editor Alena Staigle earned best in competition honors. Cha won for best Web site and Staigle for best sports photo. The paper as a whole was rated superior.

Other staffers to win awards are Bre'Shay Barnes, Tom Crawford, Elena Curtin, Forest Feazle, Evan Huynh, Jessica Lawrence, Elizabeth Lee, Noah McLaughlin, Dora Marchand, Ian Robinson and Caesar Santizo.

Copies of the paper are available at the high school, or visit the online version,

DDHS athletes finish first in the class room
Each season, the Oregon School Activities Association compiles its Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Teams. David Douglas High School had six teams or activities finish in the Top 10 statewide.

The boy's golf team finished first among all golf teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.80. The high school band finished second with a GPA of 3.60.

Girl's golf was seventh with a 3.64 GPA. The speech team also finished seventh with a GPA of 3.74. Boy's tennis and the DDHS orchestra both finished eighth with GPAs of 3.64 and 3.66 respectively.

Finishing just out of the Top 10, but still cited for cumulative GPAs of above 3.0, were girl's tennis (3.63), girl's track and field (3.51), boy's track and field (3.25) and choir (3.16).

Congratulations to all these fine students, their coaches and teachers.

PHS grad to Russia with love
Parkrose grad Jessica Houston is the recipient of a Fulbright award. She will spend the 2010-11 academic year as a teaching assistant in Russia. Houston completed her undergraduate studies at Lewis & Clark College this spring with a degree in international affairs. She will teach English at a Russian university. Intended to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges, the Fulbright Program was established in 1946.

Houston credits her time at Lewis & Clark with offering experiences to engage with different worldviews and perspectives. For one semester during her junior year, she studied in Vladivostok, Russia. She said she chose the Russian Far East “because I wanted to see a part of Russia that most westerners don't get to see. Studying with international students from Korea, Japan and China appealed to me especially. I learned about the great diversity between East Asian cultures and languages and even about the diverse indigenous populations of the Far East and Siberia. I especially appreciated learning more about Russia's relations with its neighbors and the region's complex sense of nationality, ethnicity and identity.”

Houston grew up in Parkrose Heights attending Sacramento Elementary, Parkrose Middle School and Parkrose High. She is the daughter of Maydean Houston and Hans Wolfe. She has one brother, Shawn. She plans to pursue a career in teaching and will continue seeking to promote and enhance intercultural exchange.

PCS student takes solo title, again
John Church recaptured his state title as the top euphonium soloist at the recent OSAA solo music championships. The Portland Christian High junior won the euphonium competition this year and placed second in trombone.
John Church, a junior at Portland Christian High School, is the two-time state euphonium champion. Church bested the competition at the Oregon School Activities Association solo music championships held last month at Linfield College in McMinnville. He also placed second in trombone.

This talented young musician has been a member of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the PYP Chamber Orchestra and the PYP Wind Ensemble. He was an Oregon all-state selection in 2008 and 2009 and a biennial all-Northwest selection in 2009. Church has participated in the Wallowa Lake Band Camp and been a counselor at the Reynolds Band Camp.

As a pitcher on the PCS baseball team, Church once played the national anthem to begin the game and went on to throw a no hitter in the same game. He was a member of the 2008 state championship team.

Church carries a 3.25 GPA and is the son of Tim and Shelly Church of Parkrose. He would like to someday perform with a prestigious orchestra and plans to teach kids how to play the trombone and the euphonium.

Airport firefighters honored as heroes
On Saturday, May 22, the Oregon Fire Service honored citizens and fire rescue professionals for acts of bravery and excellence. Mike Spina, firefighter/paramedic, and Karyn Barr, firefighter/paramedic of Portland Airport Fire & Rescue, were among the honorees. They were cited for their actions on Christmas Day 2009.

Portland Airport Fire & Rescue firefighter Mike Spina (center) receives recognition for saving the life of a potential drowning victim last winter. With him are Oregon State Fire Marshall Randy Simpson (left) and Oregon Fire Chiefs Association President Mark Prince.
Spina and Barr responded to a possible drowning call at the Columbia River Sea Scout Base. Upon arrival they learned that a victim was in the water down at the floating Sea Scout marina. Donning equipment and necessary EMS kits, they headed down the icy gangway. They found the female victim with her head just out of the water, clinging to a heavy chain which held a houseboat to the dock. She was pinned against the log floats by the swift current. Lying across the dock, Spina attempted to grab hold of the victim; however, due to the icy dock conditions and swift current, he was only able to hold her in place. At this point, Barr jumped from the dock to the protruding log float, a distance of about three feet, in order to gain hold of the victim from the other side. Together they lifted the victim to the dock. With assistance from other responders, she was transported to the hospital, where it was learned that she had a core temperature in the 80s and had likely been in the water for 20 to 30 minutes. Without the swift and decisive actions of these firefighters, this victim may not have survived.

Busy Prescott parent added to school board
Parkrose resident and PHS grad Adair Fernee has been named to the Parkrose Board of Education. She replaces Katie Larsell in position #2.

Fernee recently served the district on the budget committee, the parent advisory committee, the bond committee and Prescott Elementary School site council. She is a Reed College graduate and holds an MBA from Portland State University. She has been an accountant for 15 years.

She has three children, two currently attending Prescott Elementary, her third to start kindergarten next year. During free time, Fernee and her family enjoy participating in neighborhood and school events.

Journalism students earn spots at workshop
Eight Parkrose High students have been selected to attend a summer journalism program at Oregon State University. They will live and work on campus for a week while learning from professional journalists. At week's end, they will produce a 40-page newspaper.

Bryanna Phillips, Taylor Grady, Tameeka LeRay, Paulina Liang, Osman Omar, Musbah Abasham, Altrenia Littleton and Erikka Potts were awarded full-ride scholarships to participate. Only 22 students statewide are invited to attend.

Coach honored by peers
Evan McFadden of Parkrose High School is the 2010 Northwest Oregon Conference Girls Tennis Coach of the Year. His team finished third in the league and Hannah Brent qualified for state.

Community volunteers honored
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Office of Emergency Management honored community volunteers and partners in public safety at a recognition event last month.

“This is an opportunity to highlight the great work being done by community members who donate their time and energy to create a safe and livable city, as well as a way to recognize the partnerships resulting in stronger neighborhoods,” according to Crime Prevention Program Manager Stephanie Reynolds.

For his hard work and dedication in addressing crime and livability issues on the 82nd Avenue of Roses, Fritz Hirsch received recognition for a crime prevention program that included active participation on the Prostitution Advisory Council and working with the owners of a nuisance property to make significant changes to the area.

Cherry Blossom Estates was recognized for its work and dedication to enhancing the safety and livability of Cherry Blossom Estates including hosting an annual National Night Out event, proactively addressing any issues that arise at the complex and innovative solutions to safety issues.

Carol Moseley and Laurie Farrar of Powellhurst Gilbert Neighborhood Emergency Team were honored for volunteering to assist with the Portland Office of Emergency Management outreach at the 2009 and 2010 Fix-It Fairs and the 2009 East Portland Fair.

Additionally, POEM recognized the following NET members for volunteering to take the Multnomah County Department of Health training to assist with the 2009 fall and 2010 winter H1N1 vaccine points of dispersal:

Jacob Benton, Hazelwood; Freddy Lou Barneburg, Argay; Cecil Gabriel, Wilkes; Laurie Farrar, David Miller, Sally Miller and Carol Moseley, Powellhurst Gilbert; Johanna Juhnke, Russell; Edward Mathis, Mill Park; Pete Plassaras, Montavilla; and Jean Richard, Roseway.

City opens Spirit of Portland Award nominations, adds new category
Since 1985 the city has been celebrating individuals and groups who make our city a better place to live. If you know someone who fits this description, consider nominating them for one of the 2010 awards.

With 16 categories available, it is likely you know someone who deserves this recognition. Nominees will be evaluated for participation in outstanding projects, enrichment of our community and neighborhoods, providing a special service to the community, demonstration of responsiveness, creativity and civic values, and raising cross-cultural awareness.

Nominations are due in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement by Monday, Aug. 16. Nomination forms are available at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, 1221 S.W. 4th Ave., Room 110, Portland, or from the seven neighborhood district offices including the East Portland Neighborhood Office 1017 NE 117th Avenue, or via

A new category this year, honoring the late Sandy Diedrich, will honor Environmental Stewardship. In addition each member of City Council may make an award.

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony in November. The time, date and place of the ceremony was unavailable at press time.

For more information call 503-823-4519. They can also be downloaded from the Web at Spirit of Portland 2010,

More information about criteria and eligibility for each award can be found on the nominating forms. Call 503-823-4519 for more information.

2010 MHCC Community Partner and Patron Saint Award Winners

Mt. Hood Community College President John J. Sygielski (far left) and MHCC District Board Chair Beverly Russell, flank three of the 2010 Mt. Hood Community College Patron Saint Award winners. All are retiring superintendents from area school districts: Barbara Rommel, David Douglas; Robert McKean, Centennial; and John Miner, Gresham-Barlow.
Mt. Hood Community College announced the 2010 recipients of the prestigious Community Partner and Patron Saint Awards. The recipients are honored for their contributions to the college and the community and were nominated by MHCC faculty, staff and students. The awards were presented at the MHCC District Board of Directors meeting on May 12.

The Community Partners for 2010 are Todd Felix, emergency manager for the city of Gresham and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

The Patron Saint Recipients for 2010 are four retiring school district superintendents. They are Pat Evenson-Brady of Hood River; Robert McKean, Centennial; John Miner, Gresham-Barlow; and Barbara Rommel, David Douglas.
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