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On one full page in every issue of the 11 remaining editions this anniversary year, photos from the past 20 years will be featured. Displayed in this four page photo spread are photos by Executive Editor Rich Riegel from the 1990's.

From the Gateway arches falling to the ground in February 1991 to a feature story on 92-year-old Simplicity Tool founder Gus Berliner. Riegel's photos span the 1990s and gives a window to what was happening in Mid-County.



Mid-county Memo celebrates 20-year anniversary

RICH RIEGEL
THE MID-COUNTY MEMO

The Mid-county Memo is 20 years old this month.

For the past two decades, the community newspaper has served the bustling residential and business neighborhoods in Northeast Portland known as Gateway and Parkrose.

The Memo published its first edition 20 years ago this month.

The “Mid-county” in the name Mid-county Memo stands for Mid-Multnomah County.

Tom and Marcia Pry, then owners of Pry Publishing, founded the Memo in 1985. At that time, Pry Publishing, along with operating a commercial printing business, published several newspapers in Portland, including the St. Johns Review, the Sellwood Bee and the Hollywood Star.

In 1991, Tim Curran, who had been working as an advertising account representative with the Memo, purchased the Memo from the Prys.

Since 1991, the Memo has continued to evolve into a newspaper that gives those working and living in Gateway and Parkrose a venue for news and information pertinent to the area.

Among the improvements to the paper over the decades, publisher Curran now has over 13,000 newspapers mailed directly to readers, with another 2,500 delivered to local area gathering places. Direct mail was a move that entailed extra expense, but ensured readers received their paper on time and in good condition. It’s a move Curran has not regretted. In addition, the paper began to add color to its look.

“I am proud that the Memo has been of service to the community,” Curran said. “It’s been a great feeling to be an important part of the business and residential neighborhood.”

“But we’re not resting on our accomplishments,” Curran emphasized. “We’re constantly acting on suggestions from readers on how to improve our community newspaper.”

In particular, Curran wanted to thank the advertisers that have supported the newspaper over the years. As a free publication, the Memo depends on advertising for its existence, and Curran recognizes that fact.

“Without those occasional and loyal advertisers, we’d be nothing,” Curran commented. “I thank them all.”

The Memo is one of a handful of lifetime members of the Parkrose Business Association. Additionally, the Memo is a member of the Gateway Area Business Association and the Portland Community Newspaper Association.

Among its accomplishments as a promoter of what is great and good in the area, in 1988 the Memo created the Mid-county Memo Community Awards to give recognition to the people and organizations who make the Gateway and Parkrose neighborhoods tick.

The Mid-county Memo Community Awards were also held in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994 and 2000. This year, plaque and certificate winners will be announced at an awards event on Tuesday, May 10 at the Gateway Elks Lodge, located at 711 N.E. 100th Ave. There’ll be a reception at 6 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

For more information on the Mid-county Memo or the Mid-county Memo Community Awards, call 503-287-8904 or visit www.midcountymemo.com.

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