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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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Scholarship pays tribute to fallen soldier
Family, friends, teachers and other community members honored the life of Army Sgt. Chase Haag last year by establishing a scholarship fund to honor the 2002 graduate of Parkrose High School and recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Haag died in Iraq on Oct. 1, 2006. He was serving with the 1st Battalion-4th Infantry Division when an improvised explosive device detonated under his patrols Humvee.
Parkrose faculty chose two members of the class of 2007 Anna Supa and Evin Carr to receive $750 each for their post-secondary expenses. We chose video production students as a way to really honor (Haag). He was Mr. PCTV, said Career Counselor Meg Kilmer. Like Haag, Supa and Carr were both leaders at Parkrose Community Television (PCTV), the schools television studio. Supa is now a freshman at Portland State University. Carr is taking classes at both Mt. Hood Community College and Portland Community College. He also works for William Carr Enterprises, the family home remodeling and repair business.
Tax-deductible donations for the 2008 scholarship fund may be directed to Chase Haag Scholarship Fund c/o Jan Clemmer, Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., Portland, OR 97220.
Preserve your history
The David Douglas Historical Society is working to update the recorded history of the community. The History and Folklore of the David Douglas Community, published in 1989, is a widely used source of information for this mid-county district. For the updated version, the society is soliciting individual recollections, family stories and feature articles from residents, past and present. Folks who have articles in the first book are invited to update their stories as well.
David Douglas neighborhoods are bounded generally by Northeast Halsey Street on the north, the Clackamas County line on the south, Northeast 92nd Avenue on the west and Northeast 146th Avenue on the east.
Visit the society Web site at http://histsoc.ddouglas.k12.or.us to learn more. Submissions may be sent from a link at that site or via the postal service to David Douglas Historical Society, 1500 S.E. 130th Ave., Portland, OR 97233. Joanna Klick, society president, can be reached at 503-658-4892.
Gethsemane Lutheran installs new pastor
Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Southeast Portland welcomed its new pastor, Tom Hiller, with a special installation service on Sunday, Nov. 11. Bishop David Brauer-Reike, the newly elected Bishop of the Oregon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presided.
The new Gethsemane pastor has 30 years of experience, including serving in four full-time calls and six interim calls. Hiller began his ministry at the Lutheran Compass Center in Seattle, working with people on Skid Road. In Oregon, he has served Pilgrim Lutheran in Portland, Colton Lutheran in Colton and Good Shepherd Lutheran in Madras. His interim assignments included a three-point parish in Heppner with Hope Lutheran, Valby Lutheran and All Saints Episcopal; Our Savior Lutheran in Prineville; St. Marks Episcopal in Hood River; Christ Lutheran in Walla Walla; Emanuel Lutheran in Cornelius and Immanuel Lutheran in Silverton.
In addition to his pastoral work, he has provided chaplain and crisis services for several fire departments and emergency services in Oregon.
The installation service included pastors from other area congregations and was followed by a spaghetti dinner. Hillers work at Gethsemane began Oct. 15. The church is located on 11560 S.E. Market St. The congregation encompasses residents of East Portland and Gresham.
Portland Lutheran senior nabs award
Christopher is the son of John and Lori Scheck and a member the Portland Lutheran School class of 2008. He carries a 4.0 grade point average. In addition to his academic excellence, Scheck excels in sports and is involved with his school, church and community.
Scheck is a member of his schools Leadership Council, has been on the Principals Honor Roll since 2004, has had perfect attendance for the last two years and is a current member of the National Honor Society. He and his team placed first in the 2006 and 2007 Intramural Knowledge Bowls. He especially enjoys applied science, geography, history, German language and culture, and aviation.
Scheck is a double varsity letterman in sports. He is a member of the Portland Lutheran Schools track team, specializing in javelin, discus and shot put, and is captain of the soccer team. He was also honored as Homecoming King this fall.
Outside of school, Scheck volunteers at St. Michaels Lutheran Church as a group leader during vacation bible school. He also participates as a group leader on kids days throughout the year. In addition, he and the St. Michaels Youth Group volunteer their time at the local food bank and help elderly neighbors with their yard work.
In his leisure time, Scheck enjoys coin collecting, stamp collecting, studying World War II, billiards, water skiing, snow skiing, knee boarding, swimming and flying. He has taken a few flight lessons and is building an experimental aircraft with his father in their garage.
Scheck is considering the aviation program at the University of North Dakota in pursuit of a career in aviation or air traffic control.
Drivers and warm clothing needed
Volunteer drivers are needed for a variety of food basket deliveries and food donation pickups at SnowCap Community Charities.
We especially need volunteers to meet needs for seniors and shut-ins and also to help us prepare for the demands of holiday season, said Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director.
In addition to providing essential nutrition for seniors, the volunteer driver program helps to connect people and builds community unity. Drivers develop relationships and help ease the isolation of seniors and disabled persons, Alley said.
Pre-screened drivers are needed on the last Wednesday of each month between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. to pick up food boxes at SnowCaps facility at 17805 S.E. Stark St. In addition, drivers are needed to retrieve food donations from area restaurants and grocery stores to deliver them to the SnowCap warehouse and distribution center. Hours and frequency of these trips will vary.
The agency is also looking for some old-fashioned help to continue its mission to assist needy families and individuals with warm clothing this winter. High on the list are blankets and jackets. Kari James, social services coordinator at SnowCap, said new blankets would be nice, but are not necessary. Gently-used blankets are perfectly acceptable. We would like them clean and unstained. Our clothing room also needs warm hats and gloves for youngsters, she added.
Clothing and blankets may be dropped off at Snowcaps donation door at 17788 S.E. Pine St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To help out, call 503-674-8785, ext. 10, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green building hotline launched
In a collaborative effort, Metro, the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, and Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties have launched a new region-wide Green Building Hotline. As part of the new Green Development Resource Center, the hotline provides a wealth of information about green building strategies and resources, as well as financial incentives for new and existing commercial and residential projects.
Through telephone and e-mail exchanges, individuals and business can find answers to questions about green materials, renewable energy, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, sustainable site development and storm-water management, along with strategies to improve the environmental and financial performance of a building.
The Green Development Resource Center will be invaluable as more people build green and need all the information that they can get, said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Based on their questions and comments, well get a sense of what more we can provide and how we can continue to support green building.
The hotline is available to residents, businesses, developers, builders, contractors and government agencies. The center eventually plans to offer a library, a mobile workshop and an expanded Web site with solutions and strategies to help inform current practitioners and to inspire those who have ever contemplated green building.
I certainly would have appreciated having one place to call for green information when I was remodeling my house, said Metro councilor Rex Burkholder. Now people anywhere in the region can find the information they need for green do-it-yourself remodeling in one phone call. At the same time, businesses can use the hotline to find the newest green products, learn how to manage storm water runoff and otherwise make their projects more sustainable.
The hotline enhances Metros recycling information hotline and other regional sustainability programs such as the City of Portlands Recycle at Work and Greshams GREAT Business Recycling programs. The launch of this centralized resource accelerates the regions continued ability to be a pioneer in the field of green building.
The hotline is available to callers Monday through Friday during regular business hours at 503-823-5431 or online at www.portlandonline.com/osd/greenbuilding.
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