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Community grants available, golfers raise funds, Gresham city manager sought and more

COURTESY PHOTO: MORGAN DAVID DE LOSSY FOR UNSPLASH - A recent gold tournament raised almost $60,000 for Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center cardiac services.

Gresham seeks city manager

There's still time to apply for the job as Gresham City Manager. The human resources firm handling the search is accepting applications through Monday, Nov. 30. They're looking for someone with at least 10 years of experience in municipal government, with at least seven of that as an administrator.

The job, which pays between $185,000 and $225,000, manages Gresham's 588 full-time regular employees among other duties. For more information, or to apply, visit bit.ly/2IMSGI3.

Spooky fun hits history museum

Visit the Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave. from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, for a sweet treat and a peek at what Halloween has been like over the last 100 years in Gresham. There will be a DJ to give folks a sample of radio programs over the last 100 years and guide folks through the exhibits. Face coverings required and safety measures will be in place.

Community enhancement grants open

The city of Gresham is now accepting applications for Community Enhancement Grants, with $50,000 in grants funds available for projects throughout Gresham.

The funds, available through Metro, are for projects that improve the quality of life for the Gresham community. Eligible projects include those aimed at improving the appearance of a neighborhood, preserving the natural environment, enhancing public safety, providing recreational opportunity or benefiting under-served populations.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit and charitable organizations, neighborhood associations, schools and institutions of higher learning, faith-based groups, and government advisory committees, departments and special districts.

The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 15, and the form can be found at greshamoregon.gov/Community-Enhancement-Grants/.

Senior living may come to Burnside

An assisted living facility is being discussed for 17932 E. Burnside St. in Gresham. Architects at BAMA Architecture have submitted documents and had exploratory discussions about the project with the Gresham Design Commission.

The proposed project would be a three story building of about 54,000 square feet. It would have 30 to 60 rooms.

"At this point we're just at the feasibility stage," said Auryn White, an architect at BAMA. "We're just starting a dialog with the city."

Murdock awards grants

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded $3.1 million to Oregon nonprofit organizations, with two local groups receiving more than $270,000. Birch Community Services, received $142,000 to hire new staff to build capacity to serve the community. Leach Garden Friends, got $130,000 for program expansion to enhance the visitor experience of the garden.

All told, the Vancouver, Washington-based trust made 65 grants to entities in the Pacific Northwest totaling $12.2 million.

Legacy golfers have heart

The Mount Hood Medical Foundation annual golf tournament raised close to $60,000 to support the expansion of cardiac services at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was changed from a one-day outing to a six-week long event so golfers could maintain social distancing. Players from 15 sponsoring companies played at Oregon City's Stone Creek Golf Club from Sept. 1 through Oct. 16.

Funds from the golf outing will support a separate $600,000 campaign for health education, nutrition counseling, exercise equipment and assistance for patients.

This year's "double eagle" tournament sponsor was Portland's Sonderstrom Architects.

Scholarships for high school orators

To develop a deeper knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and to grow leadership abilities and the capacity to think and speak clearly, all local high school students are invited to participate in a scholarship oratorical program.

Hosted nationally by the American Legion, the scholarship competition is open to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12. The local portion is hosted by American Legion Post 30, and rules and regulations can be found online at legion.org/oratorical.

The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with an emphasis on a citizen's duties and obligations to the government.

Scholarships are offered at the state level — first place receives $5,000; second place, $3,500; third place, $2,500; and fourth place, $2,000. Entrants can also move on to Nationals, where they have a shot at a $25,000 scholarship.

Overall the American Legion has awarded more than $3 million through the program.


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