Community Features

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Rick Lachney, Andy's Auto Repair, Brooiklyn, Powell Boulevard, autos, 20th Century, Southeast Portland, History, Oregon
This 1947 photo is of the Texaco Station at 21st and S.E. Powell in Brooklyn – which is still in business, although no longer selling gas, and is now known as Andy’s Auto Supply and Repair. (Courtesy of Rick Lachney)

Changes wrought by cars to our lives over the last 100 years

Special to THE BEE

Styles and trends change every few decades. In the 1950’s and 60’s fast-food drive-ins were the craze. At the turn of the 21st Century it was coffee shops – and on practically every corner you could find a Starbucks, Dutch Brothers, or Coffee People shop. During the past five years it’s been surprising to see the influx of cannabis shops and all the new condo/apartment high-rises replacing what were once small single-level homes.

But in this issue of THE BEE, we’re going back further in time – to 1908.

It was Henry Ford who changed the fabric of the land in 1908; he produced the first car affordable for the common man, the Model T Ford, still the second most produced car model of all time. (Number one is the VW Beetle.) And that innovation introduced the car culture that was a dominant theme in the Twentieth Century in America – and certainly was, here, in Inner Southeast Portland. Let’s browse through the decades…

While $800 for a Model T still seemed an exorbitant price for the average wage earner a century ago, it was an attainable goal. Every head of the household dreamed of one day owning an automobile for faster travel to work, visits to relatives far away, and taking the family on weekend excursions.

Following Henry’s lead, car repair shops and gas stations soon proliferated across the land, and were to be found along major intersections and many busy street corners, and Inner Southeast was no exception.

More than 122 gas stations were scattered around Portland in the mid 1920’s, with the east side of Portland being the most advantageous spot to put one. Commercial property was less expensive here, and vacant land was more readily available for oil companies to acquire. Huge gasoline tanks had to be buried underground to build a gas station, and the sparse countryside was a more convenient place to build one than in the crowded downtown. 

Weekend excursions to Mt Hood or along the newly opened Columbia Gorge River Highway were favorite pastimes for motorists, and a stop at the local service station on the east side of the river was a must, before starting out.

Besides dispensing fuel, “service stations” were equipped with a host of other necessities for motorists. Services included tire inspection, headlight adjustments, battery charging, welding, free water for the radiator, storage for your car and towing any vehicles stuck in the mud, since most roads were unpaved at the time. Some repair shops and gas stations even had cans of paint to offer do-it-yourselfers who wanted to touch up their car (in most cases, they only had to have black paint on hand). Cars were constantly breaking down along the roadside, and since few motorists knew how to care for their car – let alone know how to drive them – trained mechanics were ready to drive out to the countryside to rescue stranded motorists.  

Early service stations, while owned and run by independent dealers, were often known by the company name or product they represented. In the Woodstock neighborhood, there was the Signal Station at 41st and Woodstock Boulevard, or the Mobil Station across the way. Carl’s Texaco was at 42nd, and Fred’s “Flying A” was on 44th. The Texaco Oil Company was identified with the slogan, “You can trust your car to the man with the star”. There were many gas stations along a ten block section of Woodstock Boulevard.

Other service stations and repair shops were identified by the name of its street or the neighborhood: The Sellwood Garage, at 17th and Tacoma; Tacoma Auto Electric. “Westmoreland Service Station” was on Milwaukie Avenue at Rex Street.

Once the owner of a service station gained the trust of the community by the quality of his work or his longevity in the area, his place of business could be identified by his own name. Neighbors might suggest to others that if you needed good tires you should stop by “Phil’s Texaco” on Tolman. Or, “we only patronize ‘Hatch’s Chevron’ at 13th in Sellwood.”

In Sellwood, the intersections at 17th and 13th along Tacoma Street had numerous car repair shops and service stations for the traveler’s desire. Those living in Eastmoreland and Westmoreland often stopped at the Auto Community Station at Bybee and Milwaukie; or Lee’s Union Service Station at the corner of Glenwood.

Powell Boulevard in the Brooklyn community was a busy throughway that many commuters used even in the 1920’s. Traffic along Powell was sparse, until the opening of the Ross Island Bridge in 1926 suddenly connected residents to the west side and gave access to amenities downtown. The Brooklyn Auto Garage and Wiebe and Miller Auto Company were a few of the first auto specialty shops to open in the area then.

Travel increased trifold along Powell due to the bridge – but, in the tradeoff, the Brooklyn neighborhood suffered the loss of a quarter of its residential housing. Entire houses had to be moved or razed to accommodate the extension of Powell west to the new bridge. Brooklyn’s city central (a major stop on the streetcar line) was completely lost as Powell was constructed down the middle of the commercial district.

New car repair shops were opened along Milwaukie Avenue on both the north and south sides of Powell. Commuters had their choice of gas stations when they were stuck in traffic at the Southern Pacific Railroad crossing at 17th street. Before the underpass was installed and Powell Street widened in the 1970’s, motorists spent minutes, if not occasionally hours, delayed on both sides of the street by passing (or completely stopped) freight trains.

Longtime Brooklyn residents might still remember the Golden Eagle Station, the Richfield Station, or – a tad further east – the porcelain sign of the Flying Red Horse, signifying Mobil Gas.  

In 1930, Repp J. Horner opened a Texaco Station at 21st and Powell, on the south side of the street. Located next door to a Chuck’s Diner (which is now the Lottsa Luck Tavern), Repp was able to gather business from late night drivers. The Texaco Station stayed open quite late to accommodate patrons leaving after dining, or workers starting their night shift at the Brooklyn streetcar and railroad shops.

The streetcar garages were built at the end of Center Street and 17th, and many employees in the industrial section of Brooklyn worked around the clock. Repp was a mainstay of the community for twenty years – pumping gas, repairing carburetors, and fixing the crankshafts on numerous vehicles – until he turned the business over to Andy Meshke in the 1950’s. That was the start of what many may recognize today as Andy’s Repair Shop, but back then it was known as Andy’s Super Service.

Auto shop owners in those days had to cater to the major oil companies from which they leased their property. These companies encouraged station owners like Andy’s to offer as many automotive products to customers as possible. Shell, Texaco, Union 76, and Standard manufactured their own brands of motor oil with the company logo on the side of the can, and these were usually stacked, pyramid style, within view of customers when they pulled in for gas.

Other services included free street maps and, sometimes a set of glasses or dishes if you filled up your tank with their special high-performance gas. It was all a part of the marketing effort to attract motorists in what was then the very competitive gasoline business.

S & H Green Stamps were offered by many service stations to motorists who bought gas or other products; customers would paste the green stamps they collected into paper booklets, for redemption in exchange for household goods and small appliances at the nearest S & H Green Stamp Store.  

Ads in the local paper reminded consumers to visit their local service station and have their brakes checked or the oil changed regularly.  Billboards showed the smiling face of a gas attendant servicing a vehicle while wearing a company hat and logo, starched white overalls, and sometimes even a bow tie.

When you drove into a gas station you were often treated like royalty! Old-timers might remember the sound of the bell when they drove over a rubber cord stretched across the entrance to a gas station – that was what alerted a gas attendant that you’d arrived, and they’d rush out to to fill the tank, check the water level in the radiator, and then show the driver the thin metal oil dip stick from their car to decide if they needed another quart of oil. They usually washed the customer’s windshield after all of the checkups, too. Young drivers might think I am making all this up, but older readers know that I am not.

In an interview with the current owner of Andy’s Repair Shop on Powell, Rick Lachney told me of the skill his uncle once showed him as an auto mechanic: White uniforms were still being issued to gas attendants, and while working under the mentorship of his uncle, Larry Campbell, Rick proudly boasted that, “My ‘Uncle Boots’ helped me with my first brake job. After he was finished, there wasn’t a spot of grease on his clean uniform!”

Rick, like many other young men growing up in the 1970’s learned how to maintain a car by taking classes at his local high school. In his case, that was in Redding, California. He spent most of his free time under the hood of his green 1957 Chevy V6 in those days. This was the golden era of fast and powerful cars, when teens were on the hunt for vehicles with big size and big power for big fun. Rick replaced his 6-cylinder engine with a V8, and headed out up the road to Vancouver, Washington, after graduation.

So it was here that he teamed up with Uncle Boots (an appropriate nickname for a mechanic who spent most of his time working underneath cars) to operate the Union 76 station on S.W. Jefferson in downtown Portland. That experience hooked Rick for life on troubleshooting engines and solving difficult breakdowns that baffled most novice repairmen.

When Chuck Greenough purchased Andy’s Gas Station and Repair Shop in Brooklyn, he hired ace mechanic Rick in 1983, and it wasn’t long before Rick worked up to head foreman, and eventually became the owner of Andy’s Auto Repair. Fuel was still available from the gas pumps in front until the 1990’s, but the profit margin on selling gas was low, and hiring responsible gas attendants took up too much of Rick’s time and patience. He decommissioned the gas tanks, and had then filled with concrete.

During the weekends, and sometimes after high school, Rick’s daughter Stephanie occupied the vacant chair in front of Rick’s desk at the shop. Bored with watching the mechanics dashing about the station looking for parts or crawling around the garage floor, Stephanie volunteered to answer calls, make appointments, and drive over to auto supply shops to pick up spare parts for the crew. As Stephanie puts it, “I just wanted to help out, and I did a little bit of everything.”

One afternoon Stephanie confronted her dad about her frustration with the office job. “You know, I have all of these people calling in and asking what’s wrong with my car, and I don’t have an answer!” She told her father, “You need to teach me how to work on cars.”

Just like Uncle Boots was to him, Rick became a mentor to his own daughter, and he started by giving her the first toolbox he had when he started working his way up to an auto expert. Stephanie has spent the last 3½ years working at the auto shop, learning the ropes, and slowly filling up the tool box. She quit her job at Providence Hospital, and her dad Rick convinced her to work full time at Andy’s Auto Supply and Repair Shop. With a dab of grease as makeup on her face and nose, Stephanie sums it up best with, “This is my time with my dad.”     

It’s been said that to be happy in life you need to find a good doctor, dentist, hairdresser, plumber, and auto mechanic. As the independent repair shops begin to fade away, Rick and his daughter Stephanie and the crew at Andy’s Auto Supply and Repair Shop still provide dependable service and will for years to come.

And what of the car culture itself? Times change. And today there are many who say the new generation is not interested in cars – viewing them only as expensive transportation, and completely optional. Apartment houses in Southeast are allowed by the city to be built with little or no parking available, for this reason. Public transportation and rentals of various types of vehicles are thought now to be the way to go. And indeed they have their value.

But, around those new apartment houses we regularly see cars parked on the street with new-car stickers. Despite the convenience of being able to rent cars, bicycles, and even electric scooters at the curb, personal vehicles are everywhere, and they are still selling. There are far fewer gas stations these days, and the services they competitively offered have dwindled also, but there are still gas stations.

Times change, but the convenience and joy of owning your own vehicle, and the personal freedom of having your own car to go where you want, when you want, does not seem yet to have disappeared, and remains part of life here in Inner Southeast Portland.

Maker Faire, OMSI, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Here building an electronic circuit together are Brentwood-Darlington residents (and family members) Thomas Schoenborn, and budding engineer Laurel. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Creative ideas again on display at OMSI ‘Mini Maker Faire’


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) – on the east bank of the Willamette River just north of the Ross Island Bridge – closed off its north parking lot as it hosted its seventh annual “Portland Mini Maker Faire”, a family-friendly showcase of sometimes-peculiar creativity and fascinating technology for two days, September 15 and 16.

“Maker Faire is at the heart of what makes Portland unique; that is, it’s a gathering of out-of-the-ordinary, inquisitive folks who enjoy learning and then sharing what they can do,” smiled OMSI Interim Events Manager Melony Beaird, as visitors swirled around, visiting one exhibit after another.

“Our visitors will find exhibiting here craft enthusiasts, artists, and engineers – part of what’s called the ‘Maker movement’ – who enjoy showing off their ‘passion projects’, and like to help others learn how to experiment,” Beaird told THE BEE.

Exhibitors were showing off their robots, 3-D printers, and a lightning simulator. “But, most-popular are the hands-on activities. Here, you can learn how to embroider, make electric circuits, or go very low-tech and learn how to make fire by rubbing two sticks together,” observed Beaird.

Along the rows of canopies were 125 exhibitors, featuring 140 makers – explaining their exhibits, and giving talks, demonstrations, and performances bridging many fields – arts, crafts, science, engineering, and even pirate life!

“Our ‘Maker Faire’ fulfills the mission of OMSI because it gets people learning about, and working at, do-it-yourself projects and new technologies – while interesting them in STEM education,” Beaird explained.

For those wondering about the legality of OMSI using the Maker name: “The Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.,” acknowledged Beaird. So, yes, it’s legal.

Franklin High School, Theater, Almost Maine, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Rehearsing their roles for the Franklin High School Theater Arts Department’s fall presentation – “Almost, Maine” – are student actors Aubrey King, playing Pete, and Tali Hastings, playing Jeanette. Here she confesses her love to him as: “New, awkward love!” (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Almost, Maine’ comes to Franklin High’s stage


Taking a season off from the Portland area Shakespeare Festival, the Franklin High School Theater Arts Department’s fall presentation is the play, “Almost, Maine”.

“This play, by John Cariani, comprises nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine,” explained Franklin High Theater Instructor Joshua Forsyth, who also directs the play.

“These are all stories about love, relationships, and how they play out over time,” Forsythe continued. “For some of the couples, their love is just beginning, others are in the middle of being in love, and for some, love is at its end; the audience sees how love differently affects a relationship between the two people.”

In professional small theater companies, a handful of actors play all of the 19 roles in this play; but in the FHS production, Forsythe observed, each role is actually played by a different student actor.

In addition to the actors, about fifty student theater technologists are involved in the various aspects of the production – from lighting and sound, to costuming and makeup, publicity, and stage management.

This production will appear on the main stage of Franklin High’s beautiful new theater.

The show runs November 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.; on November 4 there’s a 2 p.m. matinee; and the play concludes its run on the evenings of November 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors – and will be available at the door.

Cartooinist, Aron Nels Steinke, Woodstock Elementary School, Southeast Portland, Mr Wolf, Portland, Oregon
Sitting at his desk in his Woodstock Elementary School classroom, after his students have left for the weekend, award-winning cartoonist Aron Nels Steinke sketches his alter ego, “Mr. Wolf”, for THE BEE. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock teacher is also award-winning comic book creator


In addition to being their teacher at Woodstock Elementary School, the fourth and fifth grade students in the classroom of Aron Nels Steinke knows their teacher has a side job: being a lauded comic book author.

The day before being interviewed a Powell’s City of Books by Barry Deutsch – another Inner Southeast Portland comic book author, profiled in THE BEE’s November, 2013 issue – Steinke talked about his latest book, “Mr. Wolf’s Class”, and about his two professions, in his classroom after school.

“I’ve been a published author and a school teacher, concurrently, having been a full-time teacher for about eight years; and, I started getting published nine or ten years ago,” Steinke told THE BEE.

Asked whether he preferred being called an author, a cartoonist, or an illustrator, Steinke told us, “I like the word cartoonist, because I make cartoons; but the genre, in general, is that of a 60-page ‘graphic novel’.”

“I’ve always been a cartoonist; I’ve loved drawing and telling stories in pictures,” Steinke grinned.

Early on, he was creating autobiographical stories, more for adults. “Then, once I started teaching, I started making these comic strips about teaching; and began to anthropomorphize myself as a wolf – that’s when I become ‘Mr. Wolf’, the title character of this book.

“In this way, I can hide my identity a little bit, and that of my students, allowing me to use real-life things that happen in the classroom – and then fictionalize them for the story,” explained Steinke.

His students enjoyed his comic strips, the artist said. “Sometimes I would do a comic strip for students, but without text – and allow them to write in their own narrative captions and dialogue – and they loved it!”

Although he now has a three-book deal with Graphix, an imprint of educational books trade publisher Scholastic Inc., Steinke said he isn’t about to quit teaching.

“Teaching is a career that will always be part of my life. I might be able to find some success in creating books – but typically, just like being a musician or actor, it just doesn’t last forever.

“Here at Woodstock Elementary, I have a great Principal, and a school district that gives me some creative freedom to teach our fantastic students. I feel like teaching is a way that I can serve my community instead of working at a job, in a cube at some office,” Steinke said.

On Monday afternoon, September 15, on Burnside Street, Steinke looked both surprised and pleased that a standing-room-only crowd had gathered in the presentation area at Powell’s Books.

The winner of a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award – given for creative achievement in American comic books, and sometimes referred to as the comics industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards – Steinke smiled shyly when being introduced by his friend and fellow author Barry Deutsch.

With a projection system, Steinke showed some of early drawings, took a Venn diagram poll, and demonstrated his illustration technique.

More important than the fame that comes of being a recognized award-winning author, Steinke said modestly, “It’s helping me pay off my student loans.”

You won’t see Mr. Wolf coming out of the school at recess, but if you look carefully, you will see Mr. Steinke, watching his students.

To learn more about this educator and cartoonist, go online:

Oktoberfest, Holy Family, Eastmoreland, Woodstock, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Nothing says Oktoberfest like fresh warm pretzels, and volunteers Elizabeth Richard and Liz Goodell had them! (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland’s Oktoberfest draws families widely


By early afternoon on Saturday, September 22, the grounds of Holy Family Catholic School on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th) were turned into an Oktoberfest celebration especially for Eastmoreland and Woodstock residents.

“While we focus on hosting this Oktoberfest for our neighbors – many families walk here from home – any and all are welcome to come and enjoy the day and evening with us,” smiled co-organizer, and Holy Family Parish Development Coordinator, Rebecca Brandt.

“And, because it’s a walkable event, people can come and go to our free Oktoberfest as they please, which makes it great fun for people in our neighborhoods.”

A hundred youngsters were in the gymnasium playing carnival games and having their faces painted, while outside parents were enjoying live music and entertainment, and dining on local Germanic food and beverages for sale from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, Zoiglhaus Brewery, New Seasons Markets, Kona Shave Ice, and Burnside Brewery.

In mid-afternoon, a brief light rain shower chased many people under the large dining tent and into the biergarten, but soon the sun came out, and so again did the attendees.

In total, about 150 volunteers worked to put on the celebration. “This, our third annual Oktoberfest, is only a modest fundraiser for our parish,” Brandt told THE BEE.  “Here on our campus, we have this large space, and this is a way to invite in everyone in our area, in addition to our school parents or parishioners, to celebrate community with us.”

If you missed it, don’t make the same mistake next year!

Errol Park Plan, Portland Parks, Brentwood Darlington, Southeast Portland, Oregon
“It’s coming along well,” says Errol Heights Park CAC member Brett Bolstad, who looks at the plans with his daughter, Saule. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Big funding upgrade will fulfill ‘Errol Heights Park’ plans


Neighbors near the soon-to-be developed Errol Heights Park got good news late in the summer. As one of her last acts as Parks Commissioner, Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced additional money available, from Service Development Charge funds, to take the park project from a $5.3 million upgrade to a $12.7 million to build-out of the park’s complete Master Plan.

When completed, the 16-acre Portland Parks & Recreation site – which will offer both developed park space and a natural area – will bring to the 1,200 households in its service area:

  • A playground, with inclusive and sensory play elements for kids of all ages and abilities
  • “Portland Loo” restrooms and drinking fountains
  • A basketball court
  • Trails and improved access to, and within, the natural areas of the park
  • Environmental restoration and educational outdoor classrooms
  • Flexible lawn area and picnic facilities
  • Street, sidewalk, and stormwater improvements
  • A permanent home for the Errol Heights Community Garden

This Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood park’s original Master Plan was created back in 2005, recalled PP&R Project Manager George Lozovoy. “We’ve listened closely to members of the park’s CAC – comprised of neighbors and representatives of organizations, such as the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

“What people have told us about the concept designs and proposed programming for the park really does count,” Lozovoy remarked. “For example, we heard that the two proposed soccer fields weren’t appropriate for the plan, so we’ve made that adjustment.”

On September 9, officials closed off S.E. Tenino Street just west of 52nd Avenue to set up a “mini street fair” where they held an outdoor open house, showing off the revised Master Plan.

Although the sky threatened rain showers, many people turned out to see the progress for building out this Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood park.

“We’re pleased we’ve had so many neighbors come by, take a look at the plans, and comment on the progress,” Lozovoy said to THE BEE at the open house.

PP&R and CAC-guided trail walks helped those attending to learn more about the natural areas in the park. Many chose to look at the exhibits posted under canopies, and to indicate their favored options by posting stars on the posters.

“It’s been a really inclusive process; getting a variety of different views on the park’s design,” commented CAC member Brett Bolstad at the open house.

Enthusiastic about how the CAC has helped shaped the project, Bolstad told how they worked with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to revise their plans to put a new road through the long-standing Errol Heights Community Garden.

“And, we’ve made some of the major choices between preserving the natural areas, and providing areas for people to recreate; I believe we’ve struck a good balance to prioritize what our local residents will actually use in those recreational areas,” Bolstad said.

Lozovoy added they’ll use the comments gathered at the open house to further refine the park’s master plan.

Follow the progress Errol Heights Park’s plans and construction at their website:

Moon Festival, Mooncakes, Woodstock Library, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Aliya Fu-Wen Kobus, and mom Amy, enjoyed slices of traditional mooncakes at the Woodstock Branch Library’s “Moon Festival” celebration. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Chinese ‘Moon Festival’ again celebrated in Woodstock


As has been their tradition for several years, families came to the Woodstock Branch Library to celebrate the Chinese “Moon Festival” on Saturday afternoon, September 22.

“This time of year, the moon looks larger than during any other season,” remarked the library’s Chinese Library Assistant, Sally Li, as people gathered for crafts in the building’s activity room.

“The ‘Moon Festival’ is a time for families to get together,” Li told THE BEE. The moon, in Chinese beliefs, is in fact the symbol for a family reunion, she explained.

The Chinese have celebrated the harvest during the autumn full moon since the Shang dynasty, about 1600–1046 BC(E). Also called the “Mid-Autumn Festival”, this time is also celebrated notably by the Vietnamese people.

Sharing “mooncakes” – special round pastries – is a significant part of the celebration, and these treats may be either savory or sweet. “That’s why we have mooncakes for our guests today,” Li explained.

Another of these traditions is making lanterns, she said. “This craft of creating or decorating colorful lanterns is a happy activity for children and their parents.”

The room soon filled with celebrants, mooncake slices in hand, making crafts, while the youngsters learned about ancient Chinese cultural traditions.

Cleveland High School, students, search and rescue, Powell Boulevard, Southeast Portland, Oregon
These Cleveland High School students trained with Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue, and helped with this Mt. St. Helens rescue. Shown from left: Bella Mounsey, Gabriel Chatkupt, Ella Jones, Austin Denning, Rosa Christen. Not pictured: Mac Arnold, Coleman Neher, Julia Rehmann, and Alexander Taylor. (Courtesy of CHS Search & Rescue)

CHS students help in Mt. St. Helens Search & Rescue


On Tuesday, August 14th, a call-out reached the Cleveland High School students who are a part of Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue (MCSOSAR) program.

Search teams had already been looking for days for an Ohio man lost on Mt. St. Helens, and backup was needed.

Five of the nine CHS students who deployed by that request to Mt. St. Helens at that time got together recently at a neighborhood café near the high school to discuss what it’s like to be part of the search-and-rescue team, and how they were instrumental in the final rescue effort.

Ella Jones, CHS Team Leader of the group, reported, “A sheriff’s deputy who works with MCSOSAR called me [on August 14th at about 4 p.m.], and then I called the CHS team president Bella Mounsey. Nine of our team made it out to the regional MCSOSAR office on S.E. 122nd Avenue in approximately 30 minutes.” The team then left immediately for Mt. St. Helens.

At one point, out in the field, the team of CHS student volunteers was asked to clear a space for a rescue helicopter to land after the lost man was located by MCSOSAR. “We were at the trailhead. Another team found the hiker, and we hiked to be there with him. We were asked to clear a space for a helicopter landing, but it was very rocky, and we couldn’t make it big enough,” recalled Mounsey.

“When the helicopter finally landed about a third of a mile from where we were, we had a litter and were well rested, so we carried him down the trail on the litter to the helicopter,” added Austin Denning, a CHS team member. The MCSOSAR adults were impressed.

CHS member Rosa Christen commented, “It was very gratifying when he was found.” 

There were evidently a great many bees in the area, and the lost man ate bees after he killed them, in order to survive six days. In the end, however, he had fifty bee stings because there were so many flying around. Berries provided water, and the man’s parents said they thought their 40 year-old son’s old Boy Scout skills, physical fitness, and training as a nurse, helped him survive.

Approximately 55 youths and 45 adults throughout the region comprise the multiple teams that take part in the non-profit MCSOSAR volunteer program. All MCSOSAR high-school-aged teams operate independently of their school, and are youth-led.

At Cleveland High, Bella Mounsey oversees the training year and the missions. Student Gabriel Chatkupt tells THE BEE that “very few other organizations allow students to have as much responsibility as does the MCSOSAR program.” Participating students can be as young as fourteen – but all CHS students on the Mt. St. Helens rescue were seventeen-year old seniors.

All certified unit members start by taking a nine-month training program beginning each September. Weekly classroom-style meetings are followed by field-training outings, held one weekend every month. Members learn 48-hour survival skills in addition to navigation, medical, communication, and search skills. They take part in eight training outings a year. Building self-confidence and leadership skills is a key part of training and deployment.

These Cleveland High students go on approximately fifty searches a year, both wilderness and urban. Sometimes they’re given some notice, by being called out the night before, to show up at 7 a.m. – but sometimes there’s no notice, and they may be called at 2 a.m. to deploy immediately.

Recruitment of new members is on hold for this year, but training is ongoing. Any student wanting to learn search-and-rescue skills is encouraged to contact MCSOSAR.  The students report that they tell other students that if they are passionate about volunteering, being outdoors, learning survival skills, and finding out more about themselves – they will find this program challenging and fulfilling.

If you want to know more, contact Mark Herron at 503/988-6788, or via e-mail – . . . or go online –

Recycling cart, Portland, use of, Southeast Portland, Woodstock, Oregon
Bonita Davis, a Metro Master Recycler, attended the August Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting to clarify “recycling Do’s and Don’ts”. Don Snedecor (at left), a Woodstock resident and Master Recycler, assisted in the presentation. (Photo by Elizabeth Ussher Groff)

Confused? What does, and does NOT, go into your blue recycling cart


Are you continually confused about what you should put into your blue recycling cart and what you should not? Well, join the club.

At the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s August 1st meeting, Bonita Davis, a Metro Master Recycler, gave a presentation to try to clarify recycling in general – but, as a result of audience interest, she put an emphasis on what can be recycled in the blue cart, and what cannot.

First, Davis gave a little background on why it has become even more difficult recently to figure out just what can be recycled. “Recently China has rejected loads of recycling sent to them for processing from the United States, due to contaminated loads. That could mean contamination from food, plastic mixed in with paper, or any other type of unwanted material in the load.”

The consensus in the recycling community is that now it is more important than ever to pay attention to recycling details, even though it might be annoying. We do not want our recycling to go away completely!

Things that CAN be put into the blue cart are:

  • PLASTIC: Bottles with necks that are 6 oz. or larger, tubs 6 oz. or larger, plant pots (not crinkly) 4” or larger, buckets 5 gallons or smaller, milk jugs rinsed well. The plastic allowed in blue carts is decided by the shape and size of the container. The numbers on the bottom are no longer relevant. And do NOT recycle tops and lids! They get stuck between sheets of paper in the sorting process, and so the plastic contaminates the load of paper.
  • METAL: Aluminum, tin and steel food cans, empty dry metal paint cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminum foil (clean and bunched up), scrap metal smaller than 30 feet and less than 30 lbs.
  • PAPER: Newspapers, magazines, catalogues, phone books, flattened cardboard boxes, rinsed cartons (milk, juice, soup), scrap paper, shredded paper in a paper bag.

 Things that should NOT be put into the blue cart:

  • NO PLASTIC BAGS OF ANY KIND SHOULD GO INTO THE BLUE CART. Plastic bags can melt into a sticky gum in the sorting machine, and must be manually removed. You can recycle those at many supermarkets, though.
  • Refrigerator and freezer boxes; paper that is plastic coated; to-go-coffee cups; food pouches (e.g., Kids’ yogurt); tubes of any kind; plastic clamshells; plastic lids; photographs; diapers; food contaminants.

Regarding coffee cups, there is a new push to encourage people to follow the slogan, BYOC  (“Bring Your Own Cup”).  There are approximately 50 million disposable one-time-use coffee cups, all non-recyclable, used each year in the Portland metro area alone, according to – (Oregon’s oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle).

Concerning the dime-deposit bottles and cans Davis says, “If possible, it is best to use the ‘Bottle Drop Program’ to recycle or donate your deposit bottles and cans, rather than to place them in mixed recycling. These materials are highly recyclable, and this allows them to be processed as one ‘like group’ of material.”

Some people in the audience at the Woodstock presentation said they prefer to leave deposit containers beside their blue bins for anyone who salvages the dime deposits.

If you are still in doubt, find out more about what can be recycled at the curb online --

Recycle electrical devices with a cord at: Free Geek, Best Buy, or Goodwill.

The motto from the “Portland Çurbsider” is: WHEN IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT. That is – put it in the garbage! But calling for information is encouraged.

You can also ask questions about recycling at the Metro Recycling Hotline 503/234-3000.

Dahlia Festival, Oaks Park, regional dahlia competition, Sellwood, Southeast Portland, Oregon
Judges spread out to inspect and award the multitude of dahlias on display at the 90th annual “North Willamette Region Dahlia Show” at Oaks Amusement Park on August 25th. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Oaks Park again hosts regional Dahlia show


After holding their annual eventg in various locations over the last 90 years, the “Portland Dahlia Society and Show” returned to historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park on Saturday, August 25.

The Dance Pavilion was filled with some 2,000 blooms, brought by forty exhibitors to be judged, admired by the public, and offered for sale to support the organization.

“Considering the wicked, hot summer – some were calling it ‘dahlia hell’, because of the heat and the dry, smoky weather – we’ve still filled the room with amazing-looking flowers here today!” beamed Portland Dahlia Society President Larry Smith.

Known officially as the “North Willamette Region Dahlia Show”, exhibitors came from as far as Gold Beach, on the far southern Oregon coast, and Puget Sound to the north.

Some people came just to see the splendidly colored, unique flowers of the plants; serious growers examined new varieties brought in to show off.

Even after a “brutal” summer for these flowers, both the society members and those viewing them enjoyed the unique blooms and arrangements at this big regional show in Sellwood.

Southeast Events and Activities

Cardboard Costume Creation for kids and families in Sellwood:
Every hero or heroine needs a great costume. Create your own costume out of unexpected materials like plastic, cardboard, wire, felt, LED lights, switches, and electric buzzers. Come to the Sellwood Branch Library prepared with your imagination and a tinkering spirit, and leave with a hat, mask, or arm band that you can use on your next adventure. (Or at Hallowe’en!) Free, but tickets required due to space limitations – and the tickets are available starting at 10:00 a.m. this morning. The three-hour session starts at 10:30. The Sellwood Library is on the corner of S.E. 13th Avenue and Bidwell Street.

Famous “Moreland Monster March” at 3 this afternoon:
The Sunday before Hallowe’en this year is today – October 28th – and the March starts promptly at 3 p.m., sponsored by the merchants of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. Whether you come to watch or come in costume to march, this is open to all. Starts at Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 S.E.14th Avenue in Westmoreland at 3, proceeding east to Milwaukie Avenue, south to Bybee, and back north on 14th to Llewellyn, where there will be treats for all, courtesy of local merchants. There are so many marchers that the front of the parade usually completes the circuit before the end of it even leaves the school. Free.

“Spooky Organ Concert in Woodstock”: All Saints’ Episcopal Church invites the community to a “Spooky Organ Concert” this afternoon at 4 p.m., featuring the work of Music Director Jim Denman alongside several talented members of its church family. Immediately following the concert, there will be a Hallowe’en party in the Parish Hall, with snacks, candy, games, and more! Everyone is invited, and costumes are welcome. The church is at S.E. 40th and Woodstock Boulevard.

Not So Spooky Stories this afternoon in Woodstock:
Once again, the Woodstock Branch Library invites you to enjoy stories and songs for Hallowe’en, and make something fun. Wear your costume, if you like. Free, 4 to 4:45 p.m. The library is on the corner of S.E. 49th and Woodstock Boulevard.

St. Anthony Church’s Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle:
Today and tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. both days, St. Anthony Church offers its annual Bazaar, Bake Sale, and Raffle. Tables available. Open till 5 p.m. today and 3 p.m. tomorrow. The address is 3720 S.E 79th Avenue, two blocks south of Powell Boulevard. For more information, call 503/504-1204.

“Beneficial Insects” seminar and workshop today in Woodstock: This morning, 9:30-noon, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District presents a seminar and workshop at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 S.E. Steele Street, in Woodstock. “Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings, and other invertebrates that provide free pest control; you’ll discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive.” Registration requested. To register, or for more information, call 503/222-7645.

Weatherization Workshop this morning at Sellwood Library: Anyone can make weatherization improvements at home. Whether you own or rent, whether you’re in an apartment, mobile home or house – you can make basic improvements to make your home more comfortable by saving energy and money. Learn how to implement simple measures to lower home energy use by installing effective weatherization materials using basic tools, such as scissors and a screwdriver. The two-hour workshop starts at 11 a.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. Bidwell at 13th in Sellwood. Free – and each participating income-qualified Multnomah County household will also receive a free kit of materials. Please register online with the Community Energy Project –

Christmas Community Choir forming: Like to sing? Join in this afternoon, and every Saturday in November and early December, to prepare for a Christmas performance! All ages are welcome, and no experience necessary. Practice will be 1:00-2:30 p.m. this afternoon and each Saturday. Performance is Sunday, December 16, 10 a.m. All rehearsals and performance will be at Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church, S.E. 73rd and Harold Street. Questions? E-mail:

New “Storytime” tradition begins in Woodstock: This afternoon, 1:30-2:30 p.m., families are invited for a new twice-monthly “Storytime” for children at the Mustard Seed Book Store & Thrift Shop, in the basement of All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.  “Storytime” takes place at the same hour on the first and third Saturday of every month, led by a retired elementary school teacher. Browse the books in the store while your youngster listens to a story.

Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities:
At an illustrated talk at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9:30-noon this morning, learn which species do well together, and get tips to help them thrive! A slideshow highlights their unique features and desired growing conditions, so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard. Free, but registration requested online – – or call 503/222-7645. The church is situated at 3915 S.E. Steele Street.

125th Anniversary of the Reedwood Friends Church: Come this morning and celebrate this propitious anniversary, at S.E. Steele and 29th. Worship begins at 10 a.m., followed by fellowship and sharing time, and there’s a celebratory meal as well, to which all are invited: The meal will consist of pork roast, baked vegetables, tossed green salad, and chocolate cake. In order to make sure there is enough food for all, please RSVP on the Reedwood website –

“South Reach River Plan” discussions continue:
This evening, 6-8 p.m., everyone is welcome to come to SMILE Station (S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood) for the sixth and penultimate session conducted by the City of Portland to come up with a plan for the “South Reach” of the Willamette River – and this evening, the focus is on “Integration of Eastside-Related Issues and Opportunities.” (The finale will be the South Reach River Plan Open House, at a location to be determined, in the morning of December 1, 9-11:30 a.m.)

Westmoreland Union Manor annual Holiday Craft Fair
: Today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, the residents of nonprofit Westmoreland Union Manor present their annual Holiday Craft Fair. Vendors show off handcrafted original artwork, small drums, magnets, crocheted items, beaded jewelry and other objects, warm stocking caps, hair barrettes – “you name it, we have it”. Food service will be available; coffee and tea are available all day. Free parking on the street only. “Our building has finally been totally remodeled, and it looks grand, just waiting for you to come and explore.” 6404 S.E. 23rd Avenue in Westmoreland – on the west side of MacLoughlin Boulevard, just north of Fire Station 20 on Bybee.

“Friday @ 4 Recital” is free at Reed College: In Eliot Hall Chapel at Reed College this afternoon at 4 p.m., “Collegium Musicum” performs music of the French Baroque era, including works by Charpentier, Rameau, and Lully. The chapel is located in the center of campus on the third floor of Eliot Hall.

Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Agatha’s:
The Altar Society of St. Agatha Church is offering its annual Christmas Bazaar today from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Arts, crafts, baked goods, local vendors, “Thrifty Cottage” treasures, and “treats for hungry shoppers”. The bazaar takes place in St. Agatha Parish Hall, 7959 S.E. 15th Avenue, in Sellwood.

Families – make your own Luminarias: At the Sellwood Branch Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, join artist Kathy Karbo as she leads workshop participants in transforming simple materials into stunning luminarias for your home or garden. Take yours home to enjoy! Free. Space limited so come a bit early to be sure of seating. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Reed College Orchestra’s annual fall concert tonight:
The annual Reed Orchestra’s fall concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. this evening in Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium under the direction of David Schiff – open to the public, and admission is free. Kaul Auditorium is located adjacent to the college’s Performing Arts Building, and can be most easily accessed by parking in the west parking lot off S.E. 28th Avenue.

“Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden” at OMSI:
Today, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District presents a seminar and workshop on “Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden” in the OMSI Parker Room, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), at 1945 S.E. Water Street, under the Marquam Bridge on the east side of the Willamette River, and a short distance north of the Ross Island Bridge. Registration requested. To register, or for more information, call 503/222-7645.

Reed College Music Recital this evening:
Reed College’s private music instructors present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. this evening, open to the public. These are the musicians that teach and train Reed’s young musicians. Represented will be instructors of piano, flute, trombone, viola, cello, and voice. The chapel is located in the center of the Reed campus, on the third floor of Eliot Hall.

Legos @ the Woodstock Library this afternoon:
Kids, bring your mad Lego skills to the Woodstock Library and let your imagination flow. The group will build a new structure to put on display. Bricks and supplies provided. Free. Donations welcome. For kids ages 5-11. It’s at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Kids and families – make decorative dcoupage boxes:
Decoupage is a fun and easy craft for the whole family; if you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved. Artist Shanon Schollian will show you how to decorate small boxes for keepsakes or gift-giving. Free. It’s this afternoon, 2-4 p.m., at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th.

Christmas Bazaar and soup luncheon in Woodstock:
Trinity United Methodist Church, S.E. Steele Street at Chavez Blvd. (formerly 39th), offers its annual Christmas Bazaaar and soup luncheon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Enjoy a bowl of homemade chicken noodle or vegetarian soup, roll, coffee, and pie. The bazaar features quilts and quilting supplies, jewelry, needlework, and unique gifts, homemade cookies and bars for the Holidays, and more. Local vendors invited to participate. For more information, e-mail to –

“Rogue Pack” theater offers open house today: Rogue Pack, “theatre for young people”, has opened its doors today at the Sellwood Playhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet” event. Free and open to the public. The location is 901 S.E. Spokane Street in Sellwood. For more, go online –

Annual Holiday Gala and Wreath Auction at Oaks Park: The Southeast Portland Rotary Club presents its annual Holiday fundraiser and party, its Wreath Auction – featuring a selection of hand-decorated wreaths – at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a supper catered by Sellwood’s famed “a Cena” restaurant, and live music. Tickets available online – – and from any Southeast Portland Rotarian, or at the door as available. Go north on Oaks Park Way from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street, just west of the railroad crossing. Plenty of free parking.

“Sing Along Messiah” at Reedwood Friends Church this evening:
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., come to the Reedwood Church at S.E. Steele Street at 29th to sing along with the Messiah! Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Selected choruses and solos with piano accompaniment. Light refreshments following the concert. Please bring canned food donations for the Oregon Food Bank. More, online, at –


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