Longtime Outlook columnist honored for numerous East Multnomah County contributions

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Sharon Nesbit was celebrated during a Gresham City Council meeting in which May 1 was proclaimed as Sharon Nesbit Day. Sharon Nesbit, East Multnomah County's most famous historian and journalist, was recognized by the Gresham City Council, which proclaimed May 1 a day in her honor.

During the recognition Nesbit made a point to remind the room she is a resident of Troutdale, leading Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis to quickly note that the Council also would name her as an honorary citizen.

"We get to recognize one of our longtime East County residents," Bemis said. "But anytime you get Sharon near a microphone, buckle up."

Nesbit, a longtime Outlook columnist who delights readers with her musings in "Just the other Day," also recently accepted the prestigious Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. She has made many monumental contributions to the region — from preserving the former Multnomah County Poor Farm, researching and naming the buttes dotted around Gresham, and penning "It Could Have Been Carpdale," the definitive history of Troutdale.

"It has been great fun telling stories of this community," Nesbit said. "I thank you very much. I will take this proclamation back to Troutdale and they will be astounded."

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