Love your highway with Historical Society

The Troutdale Historical Society is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, inviting sweethearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day while helping to fund a highway exhibit.

The “Love the Highway” dinner and auction will raise funds for the society’s upcoming exhibit, “King of Roads — By Way of the People,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The American Society of Civil Engineers named the highway one of the top 25 engineering feats of the world, including the Panama Canal.

The auction-dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, with the silent auction, followed by dinner and the live auction at 7 p.m. at The Troutdale House, 411 E. Columbia River Highway in Troutdale (next to the big yellow caboose at the Depot Museum). A program will feature stories of the highway.

Tickets are limited, with ticket reservations recommended through the Troutdale Historical Society, 503-661-2164. Prices are $60 per person or $110 per couple. A table for eight costs $400.

Money for tickets may be mailed to Troutdale Historical Society, 219 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, 97060, by Feb. 7.

Howatt advocates for education in Washington, D.C.

Gresham-Barlow School Board member Kris Howatt and other members of the Oregon School Boards Association are in the nation’s capital this week to meet with members of Oregon’s congressional delegation and urge support for education priorities.

In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4, the board members will stress the importance of renewing Oregon’s No Child Left Behind waiver, the need for a long-term solution to ensure county timber payments continue to support public schools and the importance of funding programs that provide support and services for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students.

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