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Corn Maze's, Hay Rides, Pumpkins and Old Fashion Fun! Now thru October

Corn Maze's, Hay Rides and Pumpkin Patches, Now thru October. Celebrate the Fall season with some old fashion fun! Info here!<br />
Krugers Farm Corn Maze. Click to enlarge

Kick-off Fall With Some Great Family Fun -- Explore a Corn Maze!

There's no mistaking that harvest-time feeling. The brisk air, the warm drinks and the sight of children climbing over large pumpkins in a field.

There's another tradition worth exploring this year - the corn maze! So grab a jacket and the kids and head for one of these locations. You're sure to find plenty of family fun, food and even some warm apple cider.

Check websites for schedules, details and discount coupons!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!    More info below this break.

Wilkes East, Summer 2012 newsletter now available for download

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

Wilkes East Summer 2012 newsletter has arrived. Find out what's happening in your neighborhood. Inside this issue: New Public Safety Facility Coming; Meet Reynolds New Superintendent; Nadaka Community Festival, Aug 11; Reflection: Reynolds Teachers Strike; Nadaka & Garden Project Update; Free Outdoor Movies for the Family. Click here!
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Find out what's happening
    in your neighborhood



  • New Public Safety Facility Coming
  • Meet Reynolds New Superintendent
  • Nadaka Community Festival, Aug 11
  • Reynolds Seeks Superintendent
  • Reflection: Reynolds Teachers Strike
  • Nadaka & Garden Project Update
  • Free Outdoor Movies for the Family

Download the full-color edition here. Now with clickable links!

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

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Got a story to share?
Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300 words and may be subject to editing. Send articles by email to: info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Neighborhood Connections: May 2012

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections, May 2012. Find Out What's Happening in and Around Your City. Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham
Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

Neighborhood Connections is Back
The City is pleased to resume production of Neighborhood Connections. Thank you for your patience in April while staff transitioned management of the e-newsletter to the City's Communications Department.

We’re looking forward to continuing to provide you with useful information and reconnecting with our subscribers and many new readers to come. It’s good to be back.

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Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project gets a boost with Metro funding award

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project gets a boost. Regional Funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden. Info here!

Friday May 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

Regional funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden

On May 17th the Metro Council awarded $238,000 in capital funding to the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, building momentum to this community-driven garden and nature park project in West Gresham. The competitive Metro grant award comes from capital bond funds approved by voters as part of the 2006 Regional Natural Areas Bond Measure and will support new park features like a nature based-play area, rain garden, community garden and more. The new funding adds to over $150,000 in existing financial support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Meyer Memorial Trust and the City of Gresham.

Garden Fresh Produce Returns! Local Farmer's Markets Reopen for 2012

Local Farmer's Markets reopen. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Find farmer's markets here!

Stretch your grocery dollars at the farmer's market

Enjoy the best produce, flowers, and plants starts direct from the garden.

Healthy and fresh
Farmer’s markets are a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal, locally produced foods and artisan products. Plus, you'll find great activities and fun for the whole family. Come experience the markets. Meet the vendors. Meet local cooks. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Make your own statement in support of local food.

Want to grow your own vegetables?
Check out Portland Nursery's 12-month "Veggie Calendar" planting guide here.

Portland's east side Farmer's Markets

(Complete details on these area markets below)

Interactive Map of Local Farmer's Markets
Here's a handy interactive map showing farmer's market locations throughout the Portland area. Click of the red dots for market details.

You'll find plenty of root vegitables, braising greens and lettuces, and of course plant starts for your own vegetable garden.

Bring your reusable shopping bags and plenty of small bills, though some of the markets will trade you a credit/debit card for wooden tokens that all vendors accept, which can be easier to handle than cash. We've indicated those markets that accept EBT or other food assistant coupons - more access to good food for all.

Aircraft traffic to increase this spring over Wilkes East neighborhood

Aircraft traffic to increase this spring over Wilkes East neighborhood. Seasonal traffic pattern change ahead. Info here!
PDX Seasonal Traffic Flow Change Ahead

Get ready for increased air traffic noise as PDX makes its seasonal traffic flow change

Semi-Annual Pattern Change
Wilkes East residents will notice a change in aircraft flight activity as Portland International Airport begins its seasonal traffic flow change. This is an annual event that occurs every fall and spring due to changing weather conditions, particularly wind direction and speed.

As a result of this change, residents of Wilkes East neighborhood may experience variations in aircraft noise exposure.

East County Courts in Rockwood Nears Completion, Doors Open Late April 2012

After decades of delays and missteps the new courthouse receives the finishing touches as it prepares to open for business.

A long-awaited East County Courts project in the heart of Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood could be just what's needed to jumpstart the town center's redevelopment.

Completion of the project represents a commitment to an area left behind long ago.

East County Courts in Rockwood Nears Completion, Doors Open Late April 2012. Info here!
East County Courts Bldg, 185th & SE Stark St. Opening April 2012. Click to enlarge

The new $19.6 million 40,000-square-foot three-floor facility will have three courtrooms, with room for future expansion to six, an office for the district attorney, a sheriff's department security office, court business office, a data center in the basement and a drop-in child care facility for visitors.

The courthouse will serve people being adjudicated for misdemeanors, violations, small claims, landlord and tenant actions, ex parte hearings and document filing for all civil and domestic relations actions - many of which were previously filed at the overcrowded downtown Portland courthouse. The new courthouse is only for civil matters. It will not include a detention facility, nor will felony cases be heard.

Funding for the new courthouse includes $15 million from Recovery Zone Economic Development (stimulus) Bonds. The remaining portion will be funded from the 2008 sale of the South Edgefield property.

MedCure Prepares To Open New Facility in Gresham Oregon


Body Donation Business For Medical Training and Research Expands

Spring Vegatable Garden; Easy, Fun & Rewarding. As winter transforms into early spring, there are many fantastic vegetables that grow best in cooler seasons. Info here!

MedCure Inc, a 6-year old Portland company that arranges body donations for medical training and research will soon move into their new headquarters at 181st & NE Sandy Blvd in Gresham Oregon.

The 20,000 square foot West Gresham facility with administrative offices features a 1,300 square foot surgical training center with six stations, classrooms and a small auditorium.

Construction of the new building began in early October 2011.

The company also has two other training facilities in Nevada and Rhode Island, and a donor center in Florida.

MedCure is a clearinghouse for families focused on donating a body to science - and medical researchers needing a body for their work.

Gresham to Build Rockwood Public Safety Facility at Former Kasch's Garden Center Site

City to Build West Gresham Police Precinct at Former Kasch's Garden Center Site. Info here!
Site of new police station. Click to enlarge

Site acquisition for Rockwood public safety facility approved. New facility will improve police presence and services in Rockwood / West Gresham area.

On Feb 21, 2012, the Gresham Redevelopment Commission approved the acquisition of 2.3 acres at 675 NE 181st, 1-block north of Glisan for the future site of the Rockwood Public Safety Facility. Get Map!

Approval of the $775,000 property acquisition will allow design and construction of the project to proceed on schedule for completion by the end of 2013. At the same meeting an award of business was given to Group Mackenzie, Inc. to provide architectural services for the project.

"This important step in the process demonstrates the City’s commitment to improving public safety and enhancing police presence in Rockwood," said Mayor Shane Bemis. "It is very exciting to see work begin towards delivering on this vital urban renewal goal."

The 10,000-12,000 sq. ft. Rockwood Public Safety Facility will create a welcoming and highly visible police presence in Rockwood, improving public safety and encouraging new investment in the area.

Once completed the facility will house a range of police functions, including support for patrol officers serving Rockwood and other special units and programs.

Hurry! Take Advantage of Solar Energy with 'Solar Gresham': April 1 to July 31, 2012

Solar energy is one of Oregon's most abundant resources. Hurry! Take Advantage of Solar Energy with 'Solar Gresham': April 1 to July 31, 2012.<br />
 Info here!

Now, This is a Bright Idea!

Excited about solar?
Would you like to join the efforts in increasing solar power in Gresham? Become a volunteer.

Solar Gresham is an exciting new program promoted by the City of Gresham. It offers homeowners solar at up to 80% off the cost with ease of installation and financing. In addition to providing solar at a great price, Solar Gresham will be offering free workshops and assistance with incentives. They'll also help residents find resources to make their homes more energy efficient, therefore reducing utility costs.

Program Available for a Limited Time – April 1 to July 31

Imagine Energy and City staff will guide you through the entire process, from home assessment to installation to ongoing monitoring of your energy production. They will also assist you with obtaining all available incentives.

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