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To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase 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 along with opportunities to participate in the community. When you send submissions, please include all details that apply: full names of any individuals mentioned, details of the milestone and everyone impacted by the event, and a contact name and phone number or email address. Send a photo if you have one. Please identify each individual from left to right (large group shots can simply be identified by the group name) and provide the name of the photographer so we can give proper credit. Memo Pad submissions for the October issue are due by Monday, Sept. 16. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.

PC teacher participates in aid trip
Stacy Kozlowski, daughter of Portland Christian teacher Gayle Kozlowski tends to a sick Filipino child while on aid mission.
Portland Christian elementary teacher Gayle Kozlowski and her daughter Stacy spent a portion of the summer helping underprivileged children in the Philippines. They participated in a short term aid trip through On the Rock Ministries based in Boracay, Philippines. Known as a popular resort destination, Boracay was ranked number one on Travel and Leisure's 2012 list of most beautiful islands in the world. While more than a million and a half tourists visit the island each year, many of the native people live in poverty. Public schools average 65-75 students in each elementary classroom.

Kozlowski's mission team tutored students and helped distribute food and medicine. Team members were also involved in building a new elementary school. “I have been challenged by seeing the need and want to respond in the ways I can,” Kozlowski said. She and Stacy hope to return next summer to participate in additional aid projects.

Memorial donation spurs larger project
Eagle Scout candidate Austin Cash has acquired thousands of dollars in donations of labor and materials to design and create a flagpole plaza at Portland Christian High School.

To earn Eagle Scout ranking Austin Cash, a junior at Portland Christian /Jr/Sr High School, supervised the design, construction and installation of a flag pole at the school.
Cash, a junior at PCHS, pitched the project earlier this year to school administrators, who were impressed with his professionalism and well-thought out design.

Cash originally got the idea for the project after a fellow student's grandfather died last year in a motorcycle accident. Members of the community donated $1200 to Portland Christian Schools for a memorial project. That was enough to install a new flagpole and flag.

Cash expanded on the idea with landscape designs for a flagpole plaza to make it more prominent to students. He contacted several local construction companies who agreed to contribute materials and free labor. Coffman Excavation provided a large share of the donations.

Eagle Scout projects usually benefit a school or a nonprofit organization. There are no rules for how large or small the project must be, however, the Eagle Scout candidate must demonstrate leadership over the project. Cash has showed up daily to the school, making decisions about the design and taking charge of the construction.

Cash hopes his project will leave a legacy among the Portland Christian student body. “I hope this will bring a little more patriotism for the school,” Cash said. “That was the purpose of the flagpole.”

Parkrose Junior League earns district title
Lakeside/Parkrose Little League and Hollywood/Rose City Little League combined talents to field a boys' team at the Junior League level. Manager John Schlichting, Coaches Ron Weeks and Jim Klinger led their charges to a 15 win, 5 loss regular season that catapulted this group of 12-to-14 year olds to the Oregon District 1 tournament in July. There they faced all star teams from Wilshire/Riverside, Interstate-Kenton/Willamette, Peninsula, Scappoose, St.Helens, Rainier, and Clatskanie and emerged District 1 champs.

Parkrose all-stars show off district title banner. Front row left to right: Antonio Cano (3B), Cody Dyer (RF), Darryke Lamkey-Spry (LF), Chuck Rivera (RF) Back row left to right: Coach Jim Klinger, Manager John Schlichting, Elias Hardman (2B), Gunnar Schlichting (P), AJ Ertel (CF), Tabor Bosco (1B), Leyson Farmer (2B), Zack Thomas (C), Marc Weeks (SS), and Coach Ron Weeks.
A trip to Bend for the state tournament came next. Sadly, they lost to eventual state champ Parrish in a first round game and were eliminated by perennial standout Murray Hill in their second game to end an otherwise successful season.

If you run into any of these kids wearing their all-star hats, be sure to congratulate them on the district title. To support this team or to inquire about playing on this team next year, contact Lakeside/Parkrose Little League President Desiree Mihalak at

City to sell infamous Water House
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced that the Portland Water Bureau is selling the Water House at 1616 N.E. 140th Ave. in the Russell Neighborhood.

In June, Commissioner Fish directed the bureau to sell the house after being assigned the Portland Water Bureau by Mayor Charlie Hales.

Through a competitive bidding process, H&H Real Estate has been selected to serve as the seller's agent. H&H has recommended an asking price of $475,000.

In January 2011, Commissioner Randy Leonard and Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff speak at the official opening of the Water House in the Russell neighborhood of east Portland.
The Portland Water Bureau invested close to $950,000 in hard and soft costs to build the house. The bureau expects to take a loss on the sale of the property.

“The Water Bureau is under new management,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “We are committed to stabilizing rates and to high levels of accountability and transparency. We are going to sell this house and use the proceeds to stabilize rates. My focus is on delivering the best water in the country to over 900,000 Oregonians.”

The Water House was a demonstration project highlighting water conservation practices through an innovative local green building partnership. It was built on vacant surplus property-the site of two decommissioned groundwater wells. The project was a public-private partnership with over 40 local partners and sponsors.

About 2,500 people have toured the house since January 2011. The house was included in the Build It Green! Home Tour twice and was also on the Ultimate Open House Tour. It has hosted workshops and classes on greywater use, low-use irrigation, and other water efficiency practices.

The house is Earth Advantage Platinum, Energy Star certified, and is the first WaterSense certified home in Oregon. Water-friendly landscaping features include a rain garden, eco-lawn, and plants from the Portland Nursery. The floor of the home is made of wood re-claimed from a school gym.

Letters causing some concern
The Portland Police Bureau has been made aware of dozens of letters being distributed in various Portland neighborhoods that are concerning to people with disabilities.

The letters claim that some residents of the neighborhood receive disability payments and the letter states that names of people on disability are being posted publicly so others in the neighborhood can see them.

While the letters are not overtly threatening, many people are reporting feeling insecure in their neighborhoods after the letters have been distributed.

While distributing these letters may not constitute a crime, the Portland Police Bureau would like to remind residents that two Oregon laws address hate crimes specifically and include the person's perception of disability.

These crimes are defined in Oregon Revised Statutes 166.155 (Intimidation in the Second Degree) and 166.165 (Intimidation in the First Degree).

If you receive one of these letters and you would like to file a police report, you may do so by visiting the Portland Police Bureau website and filing the report online.

Visit and click the "Police Report: Submit Online" tab, then follow the listed instructions.

If you do not wish to file a police report, the Portland Police Bureau encourages residents to dispose of or recycle unwanted letters.

Anyone with specific information about the person or persons distributing these letters may provide it by email to:

Community residents are encouraged to become involved in their neighborhood watch programs and neighborhood associations and can learn more by visiting

Community residents with disabilities can contact the Disability Program by calling (503) 823-9970 or the Commission on Disability at (503) 823-4432 to learn how the commission is organizing around this issue. Additional information can also be found at

2013 Barn Bash numbers are in
More than 1,400 people came to the annual Barn Bash at Rossi Farms, said Joe Rossi, right, posing at this year's party with Bob Brown, one of the event's sponsors. Rossi's non-profit, the Parkrose Community Foundation, produces the event.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
We received an email from Joe Rossi with a breakdown for the 2013 Barn Bash, the annual event Rossi produces through his non-profit group, the Parkrose Community Foundation. Since the community funds the event through its purchase of tickets to, and beer and wine at the party, Rossi wants everyone to know how much their support matters.

After paying expenses, Rossi said he has a little more than $10,000 to distribute between 10 community groups (see below).

“The donation amounts to each will be decided shortly and vary a little, but all will fall close to the even math of $1,000 each,” Rossi said in his email. “I can't say enough how much I enjoyed working with everyone and the community's continuing support.”

More than 1,400 people attended this year's hoedown, and Rossi said nearly 100 people volunteered before, during or after the event (clean up).

Youth Groups:
Aldo Rossi youth football
Parkrose Water Polo
PDX Boxing
Fisticuffs Boxing
Parkrose Young Life
Parkrose Baseball
Parkrose Elite Dance Team

Community Improvement Groups:
Historic Parkrose
Saint Rita Community Supper
Parkrose Farmers' Market

Saying good bye
A memorial for Lee Perlman, who for decades reported for the Mid-county Memo and many other neighborhood newspapers, is Sunday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m., in the Lorenzen Conference Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. In April 2006, at a Parkrose Neighborhood Association meeting, Perlman, far right, takes notes for his report.
The community is invited to attend a remembrance and memorial event for Lee Perlman Sunday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m., in the Lorenzen Conference Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave. Perlman covered many Eliot Neighborhood Association meetings at this venue.
This will be a very simple remembrance event-others are encouraged to have more celebrations of Lee all across the town he covered so thoroughly. Please post your remembrances and reflections at

Rosses celebrate 55 years
Charlie and Gloria (Tennyson) Ross met on a blind date in 1956 in St. Louis, Mo. Charlie claims Gloria didn't open her eyes until after they said 'I do.' They married after college graduation on Aug. 9, 1958. Charlie had three years of seminary school remaining while Gloria worked on her PHTS degree-'Putting Hubby Through School.' The Rosses served churches in Belleville and Morton Grove, Ill. in the 1960s before coming to Parkrose Community United Church of Christ in in October of 1970. Charlie retired from PCUCC in 1999 and is Pastor Emeritus at the church. During her working years, Gloria was a secretary for Bethel United Church of Christ and Portland Public Schools before her retirement in 1999.

Gloria Ross tempts husband Charlie with an ice cream cone on a recent outing to Oaks Park. Grandson Angus Ross Testa hopes for a lick as well. In August, the Rosses marked their 55th anniversary.
During their 29 years at PCUCC, Charlie and Gloria were both involved in community activities, including Parkrose Little League (girls' softball), Russellville Kiwanis, SnowCap Community Charities and Human Solutions' DayBreak Family Shelter. Charlie was a member of the Parkrose Board of Education and Parkrose Ministerial Association, and many other community programs and scholastic activities. Since 1970, the Rosses have lived in Parkrose; have two daughters, Tammy and Valerie, who both matriculated through Parkrose schools, and six grandchildren.
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