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Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. The Mid-county Memo offers this section to our business neighbors for news, advancements, promotions, expansions and other noteworthy events to be shared with the community at large. Business Memo submissions for the November issue are due by Thursday, Oct. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Mall 205-area spa pampers clients
Oregon Cosmetic Laser, formerly Oregon Laser Center at 555 S.E. 99th Ave, Suite 201, offers cosmetic laser treatments and skin care right here in the Memo's backyard. Featuring the latest in skin care technology and a highly trained staff of licensed technicians, spa services include laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, cellulite and fat reduction, leg and facial vein treatment, microdermabrasion, waxing, European facials and permanent cosmetics.

Call 503-252-5557 to treat yourself to a visit today; you will emerge stress-free and refreshed.

Assistant Executive Director Lorie Wageman, retiring after 23 years at SnowCap Community Charities, returns to volunteer seven days a month at her beloved east county nonprofit agency.
SnowCap right hand heads for life outside pantry
Lorie Wageman is going softly into that good retirement. Wageman has been the assistant executive director at SnowCap Community Charities for 23 years. She has been a key player in the operation of SnowCap's award-winning program to help feed, clothe, educate and otherwise assist low-income individuals and families in east Portland, Gresham, Wood Village, Troutdale and Fairview.

“It's difficult to up and leave,” Wageman said. “The staff, the volunteers, the clients: all (have) become part of a large, extended family. You cannot simply say goodbye.” As a result, she plans to return to her desk seven days a month. She is a Fairview resident.

Wageman joined SnowCap in 1986 after working in finance for J. C. Penney Co. and Willamette Western Corp. A native of Fort Morgan, Colo., Wageman contemplated relocating to New Orleans, Los Angeles or Portland after completing school. “I was fascinated with the timber industry, so Portland was the final choice.”

Her assignments at SnowCap have been a series of challenges; the biggest was helping move the operation from a leaky church basement to its own building on Southeast Stark Street.

“We are always trying to find new ways to meet our mission to assist the poor,” Wageman said. “Because of budget constraints and ever-changing economic factors, we've had to be unusually creative to continue to provide our much-needed service, especially providing food boxes. Most recently our biggest task is finding a way to meet the increased demand as the economy has slumped and people's lives have been dramatically altered.”

Still, she has confidence SnowCap will continue to be a refuge for neighbors in need. In recent years, special emphasis has been placed on serving seniors and shut-ins who aren't always able to come to the pantry and carry their own food box.

Wageman hopes to have an influence on any additional expansion at the SnowCap facility. “We are pretty much at capacity now and we are seeing many more people who need food and clothes.”

Her initial attraction to the Pacific Northwest's timber industry currently manifests itself in a woodworking hobby, a pastime she will continue in retirement. Adept with a Skill saw, Wageman builds candle boxes as well as chairs and picnic tables for children. She then paints each to produce the final product.

With five grandchildren, Wageman also plans to work on her grandma skills, which she says will include woodworking.

“Lorie leaves her indelible imprint on SnowCap,” SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley said. “The fence in the pantry, shelving in the copy room, overall efficient utilization of our building has been shaped by her hands. Her heart has defined the program. Lorie is a large part of why SnowCap is what it is today.”

Charter school touts successes, industry support
The Academy of Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE Academy), 4222 N.E. 158th Ave., has one school year under its belt. An independent evaluation has concluded that ACE is making the grade in delivering its innovative, credit-by-proficiency learning model. The report found that ACE demonstrated an unusual level of implementation of the school design for a first-year new school. Students rated their educational experience a 4.0 and their career preparation a 4.1 on a 5-point scale, noting that ACE was more rigorous than their home high school programs. Student GPAs were higher than their cumulative incoming GPAs as well. Students love this school, and the hands-on contextual learning has reengaged their individual learning. The staff is dedicated, committed and capable of implementing the school's vision for a hands-on, project-based career charter school; parents gave ACE high ratings for its first year.
On the heels of this report comes news that ACE Academy has received full certification for its Project Lead the Way program, a high school math, science, technology and engineering curriculum offered throughout the nation. The primary purposes of the certification program are to recognize schools which have successfully demonstrated a commitment to the quality national standards of the Pathway to Engineering program, and to provide an opportunity for students to apply for college credit for selected PLTW courses.

A $20,000 Intel grant will support start-up classroom materials and supplies, software and consumables needed to offer five PLTW courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principals of Engineering, Civil Engineering/Architecture, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development.

The combination of traditional math and science courses with innovative PLTW courses prepares students for college majors in engineering and related fields while offering the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.

To learn more about ACE Academy, go to

Cassie McVeety, former vice president for University Relations at Portland State University, is the new vice president for college advancement at Mt. Hood Community College and executive director of the MHCC Foundation.
MHCC plucks executive from PSU
Mt. Hood Community College has selected Cassie McVeety as its new vice president for College Advancement. McVeety will also serve as the executive director of the MHCC Foundation. She comes to MHCC from Portland State University where she served as vice president for University Relations.

“Cassie McVeety has the proven experience, knowledge and skills necessary to successfully assist us (to) reach new heights in resource development in the greater Portland area and beyond,” MHCC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski said. “The college community, the college foundation board and I are eager to work with Cassie, a nationally known and respected professional, to identify resources necessary for us to remove and move mountains, ensuring success for our employees and, most importantly, our students.”

McVeety brings more than 20 years of development experience to this position. Since 2004, she has guided PSU's marketing and fundraising efforts. She not only implemented successful brand and marketing campaigns, she also secured the largest gift in PSU's history: a $25 million investment in sustainability. She also orchestrated PSU's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which raised $114 million. Before PSU, she was the director of Campus Advancement for Washington State University, Vancouver, and has also held leadership positions at the University of Portland and Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, Wash. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in public affairs from Washington State University.

McVeety serves on a variety of local, regional and national boards, including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, where she is chair of the international board of trustees.

McVeety is excited about her new position at MHCC and the opportunity to contribute to the future of the college as it continues to become a leading educational institution in the Portland area.

New Subway franchise opens in shopping center
Bill Lynch and Jim Miller have opened a Subway Restaurant at 1740 N.E. 122nd Ave. They have converted the old Skipper's Restaurant on the edge of the WinCo parking lot into one of the popular franchise sandwich shops.

The 2009 Zagat Fast Food Survey has rated the Subway brand as the number-one overall provider of healthy options, with the best service as well as being the most popular.

This location will be the first 24-hour drive-through Subway in the area. Call 503-257-4309. Your order will be ready when you arrive.
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