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Bringing Art to the Streets for Gresham

Have you heard of Gresham Outdoor Public Art? It is a nonprofit formed by a group of dedicated citizens to bring public art to our community. The first undertaking of the Gresham Outdoor Public Art organization was to commission a plaque to be placed with a sculpture that has been at the skate park in Main City Park since 2012, “without anybody knowing where it came from,” said Judy Han, a longtime force in the Gresham art community. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, GOPA added a plaque that names the sculpture “Crash,” and the sculptor, Michael DeSimone.” The plaque was unveiled on November 11th, 2015.

GOPA has also commissioned a sculpture of a guide dog, a meaningful choice given that “Guide Dogs have been in Gresham for years,” Han said. The national group, “Guide Dogs for the Blind”, which has campuses in San Rafael, Calif., and Boring, brings the dogs from Boring to train on Gresham city streets. Cascade Locks artist Heather Soderberg will create the sculpture. Han is also in contact with art students at Mt. Hood Community College to see if some of them would be interested in creating public art for the city. These quotes come from an article by Teresa Carson published in The Outlook. To view the full article: portlandtribune.com

The next project for GOPA is commissioning Don Gray, a nationally renowned muralist, to bring his sketch to life this July on the Jazzy Bagel building wall, corner of Powell Blvd and Main in Gresham. This building originated as Gresham Drug Company's Gresham Rexall Drug in the early 1900's and truly was the heart of our community.

YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS GREAT CAUSE STARTING TODAY, Friday May 20th at their "Funky Junque" Sale behind the Gresham Post Office at 121 NW First Street from 8am-6pm both Friday and Saturday!

Be a part of bringing art to the streets of Historic Downtown Gresham!

Vote Local

It is the Season to Vote and we as citizens of this great Country are so lucky to have this freedom. As a huge proponent of “Try Local First” I always like to remind folks that each day you get a chance to vote with your dollars. Spending money with local businesses and at local “Farmer’s Markets” makes such a huge difference in our local economy and enhances public services such as fire and police thru increased funding.

In our schools for instance, this week we were fortunate enough to present Centennial High School with a check for a little over $4,000 from Ford Motor Company from our “Drive One 4 UR School” Event. We are just one of many local businesses that provide funds to local schools and non-profits. The Gresham Barlow Education Foundation this week provided over $4,000 to Powell Valley Elementary for nine Chrome Books and other related technology products. Much of the funds from these grants come from local businesses which, at the end of the day, rely on local customers. When you shop local, you support local!

On another voting matter, we as an industry (automotive), are in desperate need of qualified trained service personnel to meet the demands of the technology of this century’s vehicles. The proposed construction via the current bond measure for Mt. Hood Community College will accomplish this for our industry and provide training for other skills so young people in our community will have livable wage jobs. This is a good thing!

Take me out to the Ball Game!

Batter up! Can you believe Gresham has its very own baseball team? And we couldn’t be prouder to be one of their sponsors! Right here in our backyard we’ll be rooting for the home boys! And if you’re looking to get involved, here’s a great way to get up close and personal with some of the county’s best and brightest!

As the inaugural season of the Gresham GreyWolves Baseball approaches, nearing a June 3rd Opening Day, the club is searching for interested community members to take part in the GreyWolves’ host family program. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of these player’s lives as they strive for their athletic goals.

The GreyWolves are hosting an “Informational Meeting,” and invite you to attend. Monday, May 2, Origin’s Coffee House, 600 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Team owners Jerry & Lisa Walker along with head coach Justin Barchus will be in attendance to explain the process, answer any questions, and give an overview of the upcoming season as a “Host Family.”

For more information about the team, the players and their summer schedule, please visit GreshamGreyWolves.com.

On another note, have you noticed all the portraits on the windows of the businesses in downtown Gresham? Elementary school students participate in this annual event by creating portraits of their mothers which are displayed in the windows of merchants throughout Historic Downtown Gresham. Portraits are judged and mothers of the winners are awarded prizes from Historic Downtown merchants. This is an amazing example of community involvement and such a fun event to look forward to every year! For more of what’s going on, please visit ExploreGresham.com! Lots of summer fun to come!

Automotive Technology-The Way of the Future

The Automotive Technology – Light Repair and Maintenance (LRM) certificate program at Mt Hood Community College, is designed to provide the skills necessary to perform basic repairs such as replacing light bulbs, drive belts, coolant pumps, wheel bearings, engine sensors, suspension components, filters and spark plugs. It also focuses on performing necessary periodic maintenance, usually scheduled at 10 or 15,000-mile intervals and that involve the various fluids in the vehicle as well as relatively basic components with finite life spans.

Dealerships and/or independent auto repair facilities see the students in this program as their “light repair and maintenance technicians of the future.” The instructional facilities at MHCC are equipped with some of the finest and most up-to-date equipment available. Being accepted to this program means learning the latest in automotive technology.

Gresham Ford has two individuals that have completed this certificate program, Fernando Saldivar and Brian Cortez. They are truly an example of the professionalism, work ethic and skill set that this training offers. We are so proud of them and what they’ve accomplished and that they now have skills and training that ensures they will have a job no matter where life may lead them.

The Light Repair and Maintenance (LRM) program is an automotive training curriculum with the goal of training individuals to be ready to step into "Express Service" light repair and maintenance positions at dealerships and independent repair shops.

Safest Pick-Up on the Road!

Only one pickup truck tested has received a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Ford's F-150.

That rating was issued after the small overlap crash test, which approximates one corner of a vehicle clipping a tree or utility pole. This was the first time most pickups had been subjected to this difficult test. The results of the test indicated that the F-150 SuperCab not only did well in the small overlap test but also in the other tests -- moderate overlap front-end crash, side collision and rollover accidents. That combination earned it the Top Safety Pick. For the first time in 2016, the F-150 offers a system aimed at preventing front-end crashes. The F-150 SuperCab is alone in getting a Good rating for occupant protection.

And in addition to the safety, how about some of these features – did you ever think you would see them on a truck? Remote tailgate release and lower with your key fob! Or how about voice activated technology so you can keep your eyes on the road. Make a call, search for your favorite music, Bluetooth audio to stream your favorite content or navigate to your favorite restaurant all with a simple push of a button and the sound of your voice.

Wow! We couldn’t be prouder! Ford, great products, great company! So, if you’re in the market for a pickup, come take one of these Top-Rated pickups for a spin! The friendly, knowledgeable sales staff at Gresham Ford would be glad to help you out!! Sales hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm and Sundays 10am-7pm! And remember, for every vehicle purchase, Gresham Ford will give $100 to the church, charity or non-profit of your choice! All you have to do is ask after you have negotiated your best deal!

No Boundaries!

So, last week we began a journey with our own Tam Driscoll, the selected Oregon representative All Star candidate competing at a national level to put Oregon on the map for LLS. The funds raised through this campaign will be used in many ways:

  • Continuing research and development of breakthrough therapies.
  • Free blood cancer information, education and support
  • To support patients in their communities through the 61 chapters across the US and Canada
  • To drive policies that accelerate the development and approval of new treatments and ensuring that they have access to quality, affordable and coordinated care.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year All Stars campaign is a fundraising competition among select group of MWOY alumni. One former Man and one former Woman of the Year candidate may be chosen to represent their local market as the All Star Alum for that fiscal year. While each All Star conducts their own campaign with their personal campaign team, All Stars are united by one goal: to use their leadership skills to raise funds to help blood cancer patients live longer and more fulfilling lives.

    Tam’s goal in this year’s fundraising campaign is to secure a donation from every state and continent as cancer is a world-wide issue that “knows no boundaries”! So far, she has reached her goal of gaining a donation from every continent, “Way to go, Tam!”, but there are a few states still remaining. The states remaining are: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming!

    If you know anyone living in one of these states, please help Tam reach her goal by sending them this link, www.tamdriscoll.com and asking them to donate today. No amount is too small! In raising these funds, we will move the needle closer to our ultimate goal – a cure for cancer.

    It's All About Being Green!

    Here at Gresham Ford we are very conscience of the environment and strive to do all that we can to create and operate in the “green”. From waste water from washing cars, to scrap metal and even our coffee cups. We place high value on being a responsible business owner when it comes to the resources available to us and the changes we can make to leave as little a carbon footprint as possible.

    One of these incredible resources is the Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance To (GREAT) Businesses program helps businesses conserve natural resources, protect the local environment. They create environmental strategies tailored to your business's needs in these areas: recycling, waste reduction, composting, water conservation, energy conservation, pollution reduction of local streams and rivers, wastewater services, alternative transportation options, food donations, Small Business Grants and Waste Free Events. To see more about this amazing program please visit http://greshamoregon.gov/greatbiz/

    Something else to consider is what to do with all the stuff you’d like to repurpose as you embark on your spring cleaning. Here’s an idea! Let Gresham Outdoor Public Art help you dispose of your clean and gently used items by donating them to their Funky Junque Sale! They have some exciting street art in the pipeline for this Spring and early Summer so clean those drawers, closets and garages! For more information, please leave a message at 503-661-9255 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    As Henry Ford said, “Vision without execution is just hallucination”, so let’s think “green” this spring and as a community, make a difference for generations to come!