Tuesday, September 16, 2008

OK - politiks time

Several of my friends are getting worried..I'm not - but it never hurts to have more money for a campaign.

So if you can - use this post to contribute....

Join me in supporting Barack by making a donation to my personal fundraising page:


Or go to myobama and start your own fundraiser....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tree Memorial


Due to rain - this is rescheduled for September 28th - same location

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Neighborhood Meeting - September 17th


The Port of Portland’s new Deicing Program and how it could affect us

Crime Prevention Issues with Havilah Ferschweiler
(Crime Prevention Program Coordinator-North Portland) and Officer Steve Jacquot

Discuss the Fall Clean-up/possible Tree Planting Day – October 25

Reminder—there will be a Tree Celebration scheduled on September 21 at 7 PM

Thoughts from Leslie Sawyer, chairman, BNA

With mitigation from losing trees, we have an opportunity to start making Bridgeton into “Portland’s Other Waterfront”. Plans are in place to widen the levee near the school which will allow us the chance to build a great little park. We also want to put up a neighborhood entry of some kind at Gantenbein and Bridgeton and work on the Bridgeton Trail and our streetscape plans. We probably will not have time to discuss this at this meeting but would love to get creative design input and funding ideas. Send your ideas to bridgeton.neighborhood@comcast.net

Sam Rodriguez of Trammell Crow Residential just called to say that they are finishing their Planning Commission presentation for an apartment complex west of Bridgeton Road. They will want to meet with us soon, but will not be ready by the 17th.

Columbia School 716 NE Marine Dr 7 PM to 9 PM

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Slough Doings



Click here to find out more Aquifer Adventure
Saturday, September 13th

Ahoy thaar matey! Join the Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a swashbuckling good time at Aquifer Adventure, a pirate-themed treasure hunt and learn how to protect groundwater on your way to a hidden treasure!

Aquifer Adventure is a FREE, family-friendly afternoon of pirate-guided canoe rides, treasure hunting, live music by Sky in the Road (1-3pm), hands-on educational activities and games, prizes and more! Treasure hunters receive a free event t-shirt. The treasure that is sought will not be gold or silver but groundwater, a vital resource that flows under yer feet!

No registration neccessary, just show up! All ages are welcome! Be prepared to walk, canoe and explore. This is a great event to get you ready for "Talk Like a Pirate Day!"

View Event Flyer

Aquifer Adventure 2007 Higlights

12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch
NE 166th & Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230 Map

Dress: Like a Pirate!!!

For event information contact: Katie Meckes at katie.meckes@columbiaslough.org or call 503-281-1132

Arrrr....Volunteers are Still Needed!
Seadogs and landlubbers alike are needed to volunteer as activity assistants, parking greeters, registration takers, treasure guardians, and more! We'll provide lunch (to avoid scurvy), T-shirts, and training. Last year over 400 people attended this great event - we need your help to make this year another huge success. So come volunteer… or walk the plank! Arrr!

Click here to learn about volunteer shifts and job details.

To volunteer, please contact Melissa at volunteer@columbiaslough.org

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Click here to find out moreWant to increase your Pirattitude? Wishing to become savvy in your Pirate Speak? Click here to learn more about International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Goodbye to the Cottonwood :-(

If you have any feelings for the old cottonwood at Gantenbein - today is the day to say goodbye - it is now being taken down.

On days when its cotton is in my food, mouth, and eyes....I go yuck! [or went yuck]

But on the many more other days - when it was alive with birds and their singing - well that made up for eating cotton...

But after today - no more. It's a tree I have a view of from my house - it will be odd to look out and not see it and I can only hope that what seems like millions of birds - find new homes.

And as a cynic who has no trust in an administration that disses real science - I ask - what if as soon as next year when we have real scientists back in the administration of government agencies [you know the ones who don't alter finding of their subordinates] - what if they then decide that old trees on levees are a good thing?

Addendum - beware - if you walk near the tree - a chorus of tree cutting idiots will wonder aloud what would happen if a tree limb were to fall on you...I walked by with my dog [the road is blocked off at the other end so the tree direction was about it for dog walking] and we were way outside the orange cones. A bicyclist also went by with his 2 kids. We all got called stupid and we were all wished damage done to us by falling tree limbs... [nice people]

I went back with my camcorder and they were silent- easier to be stupid when there is no video around!