NEWS BRIEFS: Vandals strike Gresham Main City Park baseball field
The baseball stadium at Gresham's Main City Park was once again vandalized during a youth baseball tournament last weekend.
Upon arriving for the tail end of the tournament, Sunday, July 9, teams discovered the damage. Parts of the flagpole were damaged and stolen, tarps were burned and the equipment lockers had been flooded. Money from the concession stand also was gone.
This is the second time in the past month the park, 219 S. Main Ave., was targeted. In May, the American flag behind the baseball field was stolen, prompting Gresham Ford and Weston Kia to fund a replacement. The nearby Tsuru Island Japanese garden, also located in Main City Park, has had its own share of vandalism as well.
The continual damage is becoming a problem for the Gresham-Barlow Youth Baseball and Softball League, which hosts many games and tournaments at the site, because of the steep bill to repair and replace everything.
The league plans on replacing the equipment and installing additional security measures.
Join Gresham history conversation
Memories surround us in the historic landmarks and architecture of Gresham's houses and buildings, and the city wants to invite the community to join in a conversation centered on preserving those special moments.
"How do you save Memories," a historic preservation conversation, is a free event that will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Gresham City Hall conference center, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.
Attendees will hear about Gresham's historic places and local projects, what Oregonians are saying about historic properties and what's happening around the state. The event will include open panel discussions, short lectures, refreshments and a raffle.
"How do you save Memories" is hosted by the city's Historic Resources Subcommittee, and is funded with grant support from the State Historic Preservation Office.
RSVP online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/Historic-Preservation-Conversation, or call 503-618-2235.
Gopher grads to gather
Alumni from Gresham Union High School's classes of 1940 through 1967 are invited to a 50-year-plus reunion Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Holiday Inn, Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd.
Pre-registration is required.
For more information, or to register, call Shirley Johnson at 503-317-0941.
River Rescue receives life jacket donations
The Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805 recently donated 20 life jackets to be used by first responders on the Sandy River at Glenn Otto Community Park in Troutdale.
Todd Rutschow, Loyal Knight with the Elks, made the presentation to Justine Kilsby, American Medical Response program coordinator for River Rescue personnel with Clackamas and Multnomah counties.
Local scouts honored for achievement
The following young men recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout through the Thunderbird District of the Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council.
The Eagle Scout award is scouting's highest honor.
From Gresham: Jacob R. Byrne, Zachary C. Pohrman and Aaron M. Soderquist.
From Boring: Porter L. Thomas.