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Early recommendations include meals at Cafe Broder, Interurban, Olympic Provisions, Tabor Tavern, Salty's on the Columbia, Besaw's, Screen Door, Tasty n' Sons/Alder, The Heathman, Cafe Zeus and Bijou Cafe.
Keep 'em coming!
Click here to tell us your favorite Portland-area brunch, whether it's your usual saturday morning at the cafe around the corner from home or for a special outing with the whole family. On Wednesday, we'll serve up your suggestions as a poll. The winners will be announced Friday, then included in a Reader's Choice section in this year's Diner.
Madison High School named senior Amie Whipple, 17, its 2014 Rose Festival Princess on Monday. She's a varsity cross country runner, was Madison's 2013 homecoming queen, and is the Key Club vice president.
Madison High School named senior Amie Whipple, 17, its 2014 Rose Festival Princess on Monday. Here are some fun facts about Whipple:
Messages of hope are abundant in this ministry that takes the form of African dance and inspirational Christian songs.
Their smiles radiate joy. The flurry of traditional dance movement is breathtaking. You forget the trauma these orphans have experienced, as you watch them. And when the children tell you they want to be a teacher or actress when they grow up, after never knowing their parents, you know they will succeed. Their confidence suggests they are in safe hands. These orphans are part of Watoto Childcare Ministries in Uganda, living a life complete with assigned parental figures, meals, education and healthcare in a village-based community.
They are also part of a 7-month-long tour as Watoto Children's Choir. The choir acts as an energetic ambassador for the work of Watoto as well
as a ministry that sings inspirational Christian songs, performs African dance and shares
their personal stories. On Sunday they were invited to Champions Church in Gresham. The day before, they had been at Living Savior Lutheran Church
in Tualatin and plan to be at Newberg Christian Church
on Tuesday, March 11, and Longview Community Church on Wednesday, March 12.
Sybille Trombi, who founded Champions Church with her husband Bob Trombi in 2002, has been enthralled by these charismatic kids from Africa for years. Their church has hosted Watoto Children's Choir three times.
The self-proclaimed mother of three thinks there's a stark contrast between the values of American children and these orphans.
"Just seeing what kids expect these days and how down they can be on their lives in America, where they have everything," the mother of three says wistfully, adding that the Ugandan orphans had nothing and now are functioning and are full of hope. "We are so futureless here."
The orphans are "inspiring." Trombi says the emotions evoked by their well-choreographed performances are identical whether they're at a Lutheran or Baptist church.
"The message of love is the same and does good to the heart," she says.
Brian Nasala, one of the kids' caregivers and fellow performer, tries to describe what he feels on stage.
"Having all these children around you when you are dancing with them, singing with them, and seeing how beautiful their smiles are on their faces, that just reflect hope and give you the feeling of God is in charge of everything. It's just amazing. That's how I feel. It's just alot of joy that I cannot explain."
PDC officials explain the deal to help bring a family friendly brewery and brewpub to Lents.
The Portland Development Commission is preparing to spend more than $1 million in taxpayer money -- $450,000 of it through loans, almost $650,000 in building improvements -- to bring a brewery and family friendly brewpub to Lents.
Residents of the outer Southeast Portland neighborhood have complained for years about a lack of basic services, and though the city’s urban renewal efforts have helped make the community feel safer and more accessible, retail and restaurant options have been slow to arrive.
The team behind Z. Haus Brewing initially approached the PDC hoping to get help finding a location in St. Johns. Instead, they’re opening on Southeast 92nd Avenue in a 25,000-square-foot building bought by the city in 2009 and briefly home to Ararat Bakery, which the city helped relocate to Lents but eventually evicted after bakery owners stopped paying rent. The city wrote off its Ararat loans.
The brewery expects to bring 24 new jobs to Lents. PDC commissioners will vote on a lease for the building -- Z. Haus will sign on for 10 years with two five-year extensions -- at their meeting Wednesday. In the interim, I talked with two PDC officials, Trang Lam and Bruce Wood, about the deal and why leaders of the city’s urban renewal arm thinks it makes sense.
Their comments have been edited for space and clarity.
First, Lam talked about how the brewery fits into the broader plan for Lents; a five-year “action plan” for the neighborhood will be made public in April.
Lam: What we found through our work with both the community and other bureaus it hat 92nd Avenue is the main street or commercial corridor for Lents Town Center. It has storefront improvements that have already been made. The brewing project adds an anchor that the town center needs to continue to build.
We’ve been working with this group for over two years. They originally came to us looking for something in North Portland, and they were also looking in Hillsboro. We brought them to Lents.
We’ve created what we call a “brewpub desert map.” It showed a lack of brewpubs, more so in the family oriented/restaurant brewpub category. This is family oriented, kids can come. It’s more a Laurelwood or McMenamins. This is something the community wanted. There is a lack of this amenity in Lents.
This team has a lot of experience. They already run a brewpub in Old Town. They know this kind of business. We have confidence that they can make it work.
Bruce Wood, who joined the PDC last year to focus on commercial real estate, talked about the particulars of the deal. In addition to $450,000 in loans, the PDC will spend $250,000 on tenant-specific improvements and another $389,808 on “life/safety improvements” to the building at 5716 SE 92nd Avenue.
Wood: The building itself is going through a change of use in order to support this tenant. There were other deficiencies within the building, so the total cost is not just about this tenant. There are some fundamental things that have to be done to occupy the building. This building was not sprinkler-ed. The water lines were deficient. The electrical panels were deficient. The $389,000 in improvements is for anyone to occupy with this kind of use.
We’re very comfortable that they know what they’re doing, and that this is going to be money well invested. It’s a great chance to be successful because of the people coming in, and because we’re making very practical and reasonable enhancements to the building.
And then it will go back on the tax rolls. You’ll have a successful business, bringing in customers, paying back the loans and contributing to the tax base.
-- Anna Griffin
Below is a list of all reported high school boys and girls basketball scores from Saturday, March 8. If you see a score missing for your team, or would like to report a score to us, please send it to email@example.com. Class 6A boys Round 2
Below is a list of all reported high school boys and girls basketball scores from Saturday, March 8. If you see a score missing for your team, or would like to report a score to us, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class 6A boys Round 2
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 59, Tigard 40 recap CLACKAMAS 51, Lake Oswego 46 recap JESUIT 53, Reynolds 41 recap SHELDON 67, South Eugene 52 SOUTH MEDFORD 69, Southridge 55 recap SOUTH SALEM 59, Thurston 55 recap SUNSET 83, McMinnville 71 recap WEST LINN 76, Grant 51 recap
Class 5A boys
BEND 66, Liberty 45 CHURCHILL 88, Cleveland 48 recap EAGLE POINT 55, Crescent Valley 53 recap JEFFERSON 82, Springfield 78 recapvideo Madison 58, MOUNTAIN VIEW 55 SHERWOOD 41, Silverton 31 recap WEST ALBANY 73, Hermiston 55 WILSONVILLE 37, Wilson 36 (OT) recap
Class 4A boys
COTTAGE GROVE 57, Sutherlin 56 HENLEY 63, Cascade 60 LA GRANDE 74, Yamhill-Carlton 55 LA SALLE PREP 52, Newport 37 North Valley 48, MARSHFIELD 38 PHILOMATH 73, Sweet Home 51 Seaside 42, CENTRAL 38 TILLAMOOK 61, Brookings-Harbor 56 recap
Class 3A boys
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 50, Creswell 45 PORTLAND ADVENTIST 62, Harrisburg 48 VALLEY CATHOLIC 62, De La Salle North Catholic 50
Class 2A boys
IRRIGON 42, Oakland 21 recap STANFIELD 61, Regis 57 WESTERN MENNONITE 55, Central Linn 39
Class 1A boys
COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN 68, Horizon Christian (HR) 49 recap Crosshill Christian School 60, POWDER VALLEY 54 recap Ione 56, IMBLER 51
Class 3A girls
CRESWELL 75, Corbett 44 VALE 52, Valley Catholic 36 recap Willamina 49, NYSSA 32
Class 2A girls
LOST RIVER 57, Santiam 38 REGIS 36, Western Mennonite 29 recap UNION 36, Portland Christian 29
Class 1A girls
Condon/Wheeler 57, DAMASCUS CHRISTIAN 52 recap DUFUR 46, Prairie City 38 St. Paul 46, TRIANGLE LAKE 45
In a contest that at times glaringly pointed out their weaknesses, the fifth-seeded Jesuit Crusaders also showed on Saturday the patience, persistence and defensive intensity that has made them a state title contender. Jesuit (17-8) beat No. 21 Reynolds 53-41 in the second round of the Class 6A boys basketball playoffs a Jesuit High School, a victory that sent the Crusaders to...
In a contest that at times glaringly pointed out their weaknesses, the fifth-seeded Jesuit Crusaders also showed on Saturday the patience, persistence and defensive intensity that has made them a state title contender.
Jesuit (17-8) beat No. 21 Reynolds 53-41 in the second round of the Class 6A boys basketball playoffs a Jesuit High School, a victory that sent the Crusaders to the state quarterfinals for a sixth straight year.
As to those weaknesses, after Crusader senior Jack Nadelhoffer connected on a free throw in the game’s first minute, Jesuit did not score for nearly six more minutes of action.
The Crusaders began the game 0 for 7 from the field before a pair of steals by substitutes Collin Landry and Ryan McEvoy led to layups in transition that knotted the game at 5-5 with 1:18 remaining in the first.
Reynolds’ interior and perimeter length stifled Jesuit’s half-court offense for a majority of the first half, exposing the team’s lack of overall size. Drew Eubanks, the Raiders’ junior 6-9 center, provided stellar rim protection and the team’s long and athletic guards made life difficult for the Crusaders’ array of three-point shooters.
“We knew their length was going to give us issues and it’s really hard when you’re not a long team to simulate that in practice,” Jesuit coach Gene Potter said. “We shot some about 16 feet in the air to get it over the top of them.”
Reynolds (16-8) took a 12-5 lead with 5:49 to play in the second quarter as Jesuit could not find an answer to spur on the team’s stagnant offense.
The solution finally arrived with 3:21 remaining in the half when Daniel Nelson corralled an offensive rebound and found Reid Bucy for a three-pointer that tied the game at 12-12 and gave Jesuit the opportunity to employ its full court press.
The very next play resulted in a steal.
After a series of misses by both teams, the press finally gave the Crusaders the points they could not consistently muster in their half-court offense. They took the lead with 1:13 remaining in the second quarter when Landry made a steal off the press and fed Bucy for a three-pointer that gave Jesuit a 17-15 edge. On the following play, Landry stole the ball and, once again, fed Bucy, who was fouled on a made jumper from the left elbow.
“We broke down … when they went on a 5-0 run and that kind of shifted the whole momentum of the game,” said Reynolds senior guard Jaylen Edwards, who finished with 12 points.
With the lead in the their grasp and no longer needing to fight from behind, the Crusaders effectively set the game’s tempo in the second half.
Even though Jesuit lost senior post Henry Mondeaux to foul trouble for much of the half, the team neutralized its size disadvantage by taking time to find the open shot and eventually poking holes in Reynolds' zone.
“We changed our zone offense a little bit and we started knocking down shots,” said Nelson, who scored 10 points. “We got into our full-court pressure right away as opposed to only on makes, which I thought was really effective.”
After spending much of the first half on the short end of aggressive defensive pressure, Jesuit flipped the script on the upstart Raiders, whose 16 wins this season doubled their total from the year before.
Reynolds never took another lead as Jesuit smothered the Raiders in the second half with aggressive traps in both the half and full court. Reynolds made just six field goals in the final two quarters.
“Our defense is just something we can rely on and we have all year,” Nadelhoffer said. “Defense you can always go back to and defense can create offense.”
The Crusaders took firm control in the fourth when a Nadelhoffer steal led to a Nelson layup in transition that put them up 39-25 with 5:31 to play. It was Jesuit's biggest lead of the evening and Jesuit never led by fewer than nine points in the fourth quarter.
Nadelhoffer and Bucy led Jesuit with 14 apiece, followed by 10 from Nelson. Eubanks had 16 for Reynolds, complemented by 12 from Jaylen Edwards.
Jesuit will play fourth-seeded South Medford on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at the Moda Center. The Panthers beat 13-seed Southridge 69-55 Saturday.
The city of Gesham will compete for a state grant worth up to $750,000 that would pay for designing and constructing the first phase of a park on Hogan Butte at the southern edge of Gresham.
Hogan Butte may one day rival the region's best viewpoints, but for now it's a
tangle of trees and patchy meadows with no developed public access.
start to change later this year, when the city competes for a state grant worth
up to $750,000 that would pay for designing and constructing the first phase of
a park on the butte at the southern edge of Gresham.
City Council voted March 4 to apply for a 2014 Local Government Grant through
Oregon State Parks & Recreation. A decision on grant applications is
expected in September.
Butte Nature Park has been many years in the making. The city started acquiring
land nearly a quarter century ago, using money voters approved with the passage
of a 1990 city bond measure and two later Metro bonds. With last year's
purchase of another parcel using Metro dollars, the city now owns 61.5 acres on
top and around the butte.
adopted a master plan for the proposed park six years ago, but it hasn't had
the money to build an access road, trails, viewpoints, picnic facilities and
other amenities that would transform the undeveloped hilltop into what Steve
Fancher calls the "crown jewel" among Gresham's city parks.
city's environmental services manager, estimated the total park cost at about
$3.5 million in his recent report to the council. If the city is awarded the
grant, it not only would enable construction to begin but also could help the
city qualify for additional matching grants, potentially through Metro's Nature
in the Neighborhoods program, Fancher told the council.
Steve Sullivan's interactive search program helps you track down wildflower blooms by location, elevation, color, bloom time, size and shape.
Oregon hiking guru William L. Sullivan sends along a recommendation on how to locate blooming wildflowers. It seems that his brother recently retired from a career at Tektronics and had some time to develop a website.
Here's what Bill says: "Check out the astonishing wildflower search engine my retired Tektronics brother created _ it's a link on www.oregonhiking.com, that shows you which of 4,000 flowers are blooming on any trail for any week of the year _ in four seconds. Technology for hikers.''
Bill Sullivan is the author of five hiking guide books to Oregon (and parts of neighboring states), among his many published works. He says he has converted his "100 Hikes'' books to ebooks, calling them "pretty cool with hundreds of color pix and link.''
His brother is Steve Sullivan. This is what Bill says about his brother's wildflower search program: "What's that wildflower you saw on the trail? Steve Sullivan's
interactive search program helps you track it down by location,
elevation, color, bloom time, size, and shape. The program incorporates
botanic data from the West's greatest research herbariums."
Here's the little bit that I know about it, but I hope to learn more as spring progresses:
To begin, open the website, wildflowersearch.com. Look closely at the bar at the top, which offers a "click here for instructions.'' It's easy to miss because of what's below.
The instructions are simple: pick a location from a map that can be enlarged (or use latitude-longitude coordinates), pick a time of year and pictures of flowers will appear. Click on the one you're looking for, which brings up more photos and link.
I zeroed in on The Dalles, Oregon. A click brought up the time frame, first week of March, but I changed that to third week of March (when I am more likely to go). It looks like poet's shooting star should just be beginning to bloom.
Here are more Northwest wildflower websites:
A community resource for wildflower and
photography enthusiasts to share information on where and when to visit Oregon's best
wildflower spots: oregonwildflowers.org.
U.S. Wildflower's data base for the wildflowers of Oregon: uswildflowers.com.
Pacific Northwest Wildflowers contains 16,235 wildflower photographs by Mark Turner, pnwwildflowers.com.
Currently blooming wildflowers in Oregon and Washington, science.halleyhosting.com.
Wildflowers hikes by Eileen Garvin on traveloregon.com.
If you need someone to hike with, Friends of the Columbia Gorge key their hiking season to gorge's 'Histories & Mysteries', gorgefriends.org.
And, my favorite top 10 wildflower hikes in the Columbia River Gorge.
Let the bloom begin!
-- Terry Richard
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