Weed Warriors break records

By Mary Kinnick   Friends of Mt. Tabor Park (FMTP) Weed Warrior volunteers had another banner year removing invasive plants and planting natives. In collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and many other organizations (Hands on Portland, SOLVE, Warner Pacific College, The Nature […]

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Challenges Facing our Seniors

By  Don MacGillivray   Every day 10,000 people in the United States turn 65 and Oregon is seeing a migration of seniors from all over the nation. 52% of seniors are economically insecure. Almost half own their own homes and many still have mortgages. Many over 65 already have chronic […]

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Talking about technology

By Nancy Tannler   The Belmont Library recently invited the public to attend a TED talk with a group discussion afterwards. The TED talk presenter was Sherry Turkle, an MIT technology and society specialist. Her recent book “Alone Together” was compiled from information gathered over the past fifteen years exploring […]

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Affordable housing dilemmas

By Don MacGillivray   An estimation by federal housing and census report that the need for low-income housing is between 20,000 and 22,000 units.  If people cannot afford housing they will be homeless. What is affordable housing? In the 1950s, housing cost 25% of a families income. In the 1980s […]

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Sustainable lumber business moves to new location

Left to right: Ian, Terry, Tamra, Ryan and Mike

By Michelle Frost   Sustainable Northwest WOOD is the for-profit branch of the parent company, Sustainable Northwest. Established in 2008,  they work to bring together people, ideas, and innovation so nature, local economies, and rural communities can all thrive. WOOD supports the non-profit effort to grow the lumber business in […]

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Grand Ave Floral Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Back row from left: Carissa, Jim, Sharon, Tracy, in front Kristi and Zoe the dog.

–with an invitation to an Open House Party  By Michelle Frost Tracy Kimberling, manager of Grand Ave Floral, began her career in flowers as early as high school. While still a student at Grant High School, Kimberling remembers taking the bus after classes to work in her parents’  flower shop.  […]

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