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About that missing crossword puzzle in June…

When people began to receive their June BEE in the mail, or take it from one of our many free newsstands or business and library distribution points, the phone calls and e-mails began. It was not about a news story, or even an ad, although there were a few of those missing in the issue also. It was about the missing crossword puzzle.

Yes, it wasn’t in the paper. There’s nothing like leaving a feature out to learn that there are people who enjoy it! That was good information for us, and we appreciated that several callers commented that they thought our crossword puzzle was better than the ones they find in other newspapers. But we didn’t leave it out on purpose.

The dust has barely settled at the Pamplin Media newly expanded and updated press facility in Gresham, and a snafu or two can be expected, but this one was a beaut: Somehow our 22-page print order was overlooked, and so was the fact that we submitted a 22-page fully composed newspaper file for printing. And only the first 20 pages were printed. The mishap did not come to our attention until after the paper had been printed and mailed.

Mark Garber, President of Community Newspapers Inc. and Pamplin Media, has looked into the error and set new failsafes in place to make sure it doesn’t ever happen again to any of our 23 local Oregon newspapers; but the deed by then was done. The crossword puzzle had been on Page 21.

In view of so many readers having missed it, we present it below. And the two stories that were not printed, “‘Friends’ continue making Multnomah County Fair a hit” and “Hula class for seniors draws widely at Woodstock Community Center” have been featured all month on both BEE websites – www.TheBeeNews.com, and www.ReadTheBee.com – and can be searched for on the former website. The ads that were missed appeared without additional charge in the Portland Tribune, and also on the www.ReadTheBee.com website.

We’ve been looking forward, though, to having the complete JULY issue in the hands of our print readers!

Here’s the June crossword puzzle. Click here and enjoy (you will want to print it out).

Letters to the Editor

Activate that crossing signal

Editor,

What is up with the crosswalk at 19th and Bybee? It was put in 2.5 months ago, and the lights still aren't working. Very disappointing.

Derek Rasheed
S.E. 22nd Avenue

Courtesy of Scott Kelly, Chair of the SMILE Transportation Committee, THE BEE has the answer from the Portland Department of Transportation, provided by Winston Sandino to committee member Will Henderson:

“I completely share your frustration, as I also want to get this project done. Unfortunately, there are only two companies for the entire state of Oregon that can do striping and, as you may know, they are extremely busy. They could not do the striping [in late May] and now there is a moratorium for two weeks for the Rose Parade. They have it scheduled to do it the 25th, 26th and the 27th of June, unless there is a cancellation – then they could do it the 18th. At this point, that’s all I can say, but as soon as we have the striping, we will turn on the flashing beacons.”

Winston Sandino, PMP
PBOT Capital Project Manager


More on Eastmoreland Historic District

Editor,

Derek Blum and his wife decided last month to sue the State over its conclusion that Eastmoreland didn’t meet the requirements for listing on the national register of historic places. Eleven months earlier, Derek published a letter in this paper, urging everyone in the neighborhood to “accept” and “respect” the impending outcome of the State's “comprehensive process” for assessing historic-district nominations, however it turned out, “[a]pproved or denied.” He also said that he was “troubled by the active legal action [then] underway against the State,” filed by an HD opponent, and what he saw as “threats of additional lawsuits.” And he decried the willingness of what he called “well-heeled and well-connected individuals” to “drag our community into a drawn out legal process” that “will only delay or irreparably harm our healing process, not to mention cost[ing] a whole lot of money to individuals and taxpayers.”

Since Blum published those comments, the State has determined that a majority of affected property owners, as defined by state law, oppose an historic district in Eastmoreland, a finding that should prevent the National Park Service from creating one there. But, instead of accepting and respecting that outcome, as he admonished everyone else, Derek is now bringing his own lawsuit to try to overturn it.Apparently, he’s now willing to do what he warned us against before: Drag our community into a “drawn-out legal process” and delay the “healing process” that so many of us are hoping for. I wish he would have kept his own counsel.

Tom Christ
Eastmoreland

Editor,

In the June issue of this newspaper in Letters to the Editor, Tom Christ complains that the ENA board did not allow for debate and amendments regarding the new bylaws at the annual meeting in May. Where has he been?

The Bylaws Committee began meeting in January and spent countless hours revising our antiquated bylaws. There was discussion regarding the process and changes at board meetings in February, March and April. Neighbors were asked to submit their comments for review on both Facebook and the ENA website as well as in the Spring ENA newsletter. In other words, there was plenty of opportunity for neighbors to weigh in on the proposed changes and to offer their suggestions. As for amending the bylaws at the annual meeting – how can that happen if they haven’t been passed? This is all moot since the bylaws did not receive the 2/3 vote needed for passage. I’m sure Mr. Christ will have plenty of opportunity to offer his suggestions in the coming year.

As for the election of board members – once again Mr. Christ complains that only proponents of the historic district were put forward on the ballot although the “neighborhood is less supported than opposed.” Mr. Christ is wrong on two accounts here. The process of nomination of board members is open to all members of the Eastmoreland neighborhood as evidenced by the fact that two opponents of the HD were on the ballot this year and over ten opponents were on the ballot last year. None of them won. And, secondly, 5,000 bogus opposition trusts filed by four families do not count as a representation of the will of the neighborhood. What it represents is that four families feel their interest to oppose the historic district is more important than the desire of the 2,000 families who live here.

I think Mr. Christ may be the pot calling the kettle black – maybe he’s the one that should begin focusing on matters of consensus rather than disagreement.

Beth Warner
Eastmoreland

Harassed at construction site

Editor,

I wanted to share a harassment situation I just experienced as I walked by a demolished home/new build site at 7516 S.E. 39th (across from Holy Family), in hopes other women who may run or walk this route by themselves can be made aware.

I am a woman who lives in this neighborhood and walk by this construction zone each day to walk my blind, ancient dog. I now feel totally unsafe going past there on my own and will need to alter my route due to the owner of this business and his two employees yelling at me and harassing me as we slowly walked by – all because someone else in the world buys the same type of dog poop bag and happened to have lost theirs at the edge of the sidewalk at the construction site. He asked me if it was mine, and I said no, it wasn’t. It was about 15 feet behind me, and I guess he expected me to drag my old, blind dog back to pick up someone else’s litter.

He then proceeded to point out it was the same type of bag I had so it obviously had to be mine – and I said that I brought exactly one bag that was now in use, and showed him the full bag. Then he told me not to litter anymore and I said he didn't need to lecture me – I was not the type of person who litters – at which point he started yelling that I obviously am a litterer, and just kept yelling – and his employees I believe joined in, as I tried to get away from them as briskly as I could with my very slow dog.

This is not the type of experience that leaves me feeling comfortable in my own neighborhood – having to walk by verbally abusive people.

(Name disclosed to THE BEE; withheld by request)
Via e-mail

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is astonishing that if this reader had been holding a full dog waste bag, someone would think another one on the ground nearby would be hers too! Why would you pick one up and not the other, then? This does bring up a point made in previous letters, however – that some folks carry a bag for this purpose, fill and close the bag, and then drop it on somebody else’s property or even put it in somebody else’s bin. And then somehow feel virtuous for having picked it up before littering with it! We found one of these in our yard debris bin recently on collection day – which broke the rules for yard debris in two ways (plastic bags and pet waste are both prohibited in that bin; both go only in the garbage can). Fortunately we found it and moved it to our garbage can before the collection truck came by – it would have been within the rules for our bin not to be collected that week because of that bag. To those who litter this way, we urge that when you pick pet waste up (good for you) and put it into a sealed bag (good for you), you should take it home and put it in your own garbage can. It’s the mark of a responsible pet owner. And if you are one – good for you!

 

Postal mishap mutual

Editor,

I read with outrage Bill Henderson’s letter [June BEE] about the Sellwood-Westmoreland Post Office failing to deliver mail [on April 12]. Bill’s statement is correct: he’s not the only one affected. I, too, dropped off my checks to the various government taxing agencies on April 12. I always drop off important mail in the post office lobby, thinking that it's the safest, most secure, way for my tax payments and other important mail to be sent. The US Post Office not only needs to issue an apology for their incompetence, but also a signed letter to all whose mail sat there undelivered for a month. This occurred at the worst possible time, when people are mailing their tax returns just ahead of the deadline. I'm now on the hook for $212 for state and federal interest penalties. You bet I’m mad.

Mark Humpal
S.E. Cesar E Chavez Blvd

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Henderson determined that the post office had stamped a courtesy cancellation, with the April 12 date, on all the affected envelopes, before the mail in the misplaced collection bin was sent downtown for the official later cancellation and mailing. Thus, any agency seeking a penalty for delayed payment should be advised to closely examine the envelope in which the payment was received – for the courtesy postmark showing that it had indeed been mailed before the deadline.




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Obituaries
Jacob Robert Ham
Jacob Robert Ham

Jacob Robert Ham

February 24, 1995 – June 12, 2018

Jacob Robert Ham, age 23, died on the evening of June 12, 2018. His death arose from the mishandling of a loaded firearm.

Jacob was born at Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, Oregon, on February 24, 1995, at approximately 9:30 pm. Jacob was later proud that he was the biggest baby born that evening, at 9 lbs 5 ounces, 21.5 inches; but mom Lisa Ham was not so thrilled with his size.

Jacob grew up in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, attending Llewelyn Elementary School, Sellwood Middle School, and graduating from Cleveland High School in 2013.

From the time he was little, Jacob was very agile. He walked at 11 months, and could ride a bike at age 3. Jacob loved playing sports – soccer, basketball, golf, football, and baseball. By the time he reached his senior year at Cleveland, he had narrowed his sports down to baseball. He was the starting shortstop for the school team, and even though his hitting was not a match for his fielding, he had a good glove and a great arm to throw runners out.

After graduation, Jacob went to work for UPS, often riding his bike down to Swan Island. He worked hard loading boxes, and as it turned out, he met the love of his life there – Katherine Frahm, with whom he spent the past three years.

After his three years at UPS, Jacob decided to get a job in the construction trade. He was able to work for a masonry contractor; he built stone fences, fireplaces, and walkways, and even traveled as far as the Bend area for a week of work. He really enjoyed working with his hands and being able to create something. He was so proud of his work that he would show pictures of it on his phone when he visited his parents.

Jacob is survived by his mom Lisa Ham, dad Marc Ham, sister Megan Ham, grandparents Bob and Evelyn Rogers, and Grandma Barbara Ham, along with Katherine Frahm and all his relatives and friends.

There will be a remembrance celebration for Jacob on July 14 from 1-4 p.m. at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood. This is an open house, giving people time to come and share their stories about Jacob. This will not be a formal event; the family asks that visitors come when they can during that time period, and stay as long as they like. And they add, “Please feel free to wear your favorite sneakers in honor of Jacob.”



Dr. Margaret Irene “Peggy” McNichol
Dr. Margaret Irene “Peggy” McNichol

Margaret Irene “Peggy” McNichol 

November 18, 1955 – May 18, 2018

Her patients at Northwest Primary Care in Westmoreland were saddened when Dr. Peggy McNichol announced that she would retire on June 30. But they, and her colleagues at the practice, were shocked and upset when she suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on May 18.

Margaret Irene “Peggy” McNichol was born in Detroit, Michigan, on November 18, 1955, to Dr. Lawrence J. and Florence McNichol, the second of six children. She attended Immaculate Heart of Mary grade school and Mercy High School, and then the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Her career began with the occupation of Pediatric Nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and continued in Oakland, California, where she began to consider enrolling in the University of California San Francisco Medical School, which she did. She continued her graduate medical education at Thomas Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, from which she graduated in June of 1996. She completed her residency in a family practice at OHSU in Portland in 1999, and at that point joined Northwest Primary Care as a family physician.

Peggy was predeceased by her father and her brother Kevin. In addition to her spouse, Sue Sell, she is survived by her mother, four sisters, brothers and sisters in law, seventeen nieces and nephews, and seven grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service was held on June 16 at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, on N.W. Irving Street in Portland, with interment to take place at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupville, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to the First Immanuel Lutheran church Steeple Fund, or to Operation Smile at 888/677-6453.



 


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