The Northwest Connection

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Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt? And with kids involved, the delight of adventure is intensified. Maybe you have heard of a certain world-wide activity that blends creativity, clues and observation, and exploring the outdoors, all in one. It is called letterboxing. It’s a lower-tech version of geo caching, if you will.
According to one letterboxing website, the tradition began in 1854 when a man put his calling card in a bottle, leaving it in a remote pool or pond in England. Adventurers who made it to this nearly inaccessible site left their own calling cards in the bottle, and eventually in a tin box. Visitors began to leave self-addressed post cards so the next person to find the post card would mail it back from his or her hometown. Continue reading

May’s official flower, one of the most beautiful, delicate, and fragrant spring flowers, the Lily-of-the-Valley, was mentioned by John Lawrence in “The Flower Garden” (1726) as having the “sweetest and most agreeable perfume.”
Also known as May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, and fairy ladders, Lily-of-the-Valley is a low-growing perennial plant that makes an excellent ground cover. It usually has two large oblong leaves and small, bell-shaped flowers, making it a popular choice for bridal corsages, bouquets and centerpieces. Continue reading

Sign of the times: a new Elmer’s restaurant in East Portland

Come on down to 1933 NE 181st!

A longtime Portland family tradition continues with the addition of Elmer’s Restaurant to the East Portland community. “We are very excited to be growing in the Portland area in order to serve more local families! Everything we do at Elmer’s is done to support our three word mission statement – Delight Our Guests,” said Jerry Scott, President/CEO.

The newest addition to the Elmer’s Restaurants, Inc. family is a conversion of the former Francis Xavier’s Restaurant on 181st & San Rafael (near Halsey). Francis Xavier’s was opened in 1999 by brothers Frank and Keith Gaudette, who both had previously worked for Elmer’s. Continue reading

If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England may have good news for you.

They have found that phytochemical-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory, according to a study published in the science journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Continue reading

By Jim Kight, NW Connection

The Navy needs you

Sometimes you find nuggets of gold in your own backyard. In Troutdale, not only did I find gold nuggets but the mother lode. If you have a graduating high school senior in your family (and I am including you grandparents) or if you would like to go on to a master or doctoral degree this article is for you. If you are 34 years of age and up to 39 years of age and are looking to have retraining in a trade or a new profession this may be your ticket. If you are 60 plus years old and have a medical specialty and would like to continue in your medical field you may be surprised at who would like to see you join them.

The following is an interview of PO2 Alex Salinas, and PO1 Jose Morris, U.S. Navy. Continue reading

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Captain Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was raised as a slave in Charleston, South Carolina, where he learned about steamboats – including how to pilot large vessels along the Atlantic seaboard. He earned a reputation for exceptional navigational skills, and at the outbreak of the Civil War was forced into service for the Confederacy as quartermaster on the Planter, a 300-ton side-wheel steamer. As quartermaster, Smalls was in charge of the ship’s steering, thus making him the de facto pilot of the Planter; but he did not hold that title, for such an important post was not allowed a black slave in the Confederate south. Continue reading

Vera Badsky: Finding beauty in the Columbia Gorge

Troutdale’s historic Harlow House museum will offer a summer exhibit of the art work of the late Vera Badsky, a native Oregonian, who began painting when she was 14. Upon moving to Dodson, she painted more than 100 scenes of the Columbia River Gorge.

The display can be seen each Sunday afternoon, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Harlow House, 726 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Admission is by donation. Continue reading

Steven Lyazi is a student and day laborer in Kampala, Uganda.

African families and hospitals cannot rely on limited solar power, instead of electricity

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

A month ago, I was present at a regular meeting of concerned citizens that takes place at the Boring Fire Station on the first Tuesday of each month. I only meant to stay for the social hour prior to the meeting. However, the speakers who were from Clackamas County law enforcement, and they were very interesting, so I stayed for the entire evening.

The subject was criminal activity and/or supposed criminal activity in our neighborhoods and how we, as residents, can handle it. Much stress was put on well-run systems of Neighborhood Watch. As most of us know, gone are the days of blissfully trusting all of our neighbors and assuming that the people going in and out of the house a block away – the one with the For Rent sign – are redecorating it! Continue reading

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