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Learn about Gresham's first librarian; Music Mondays soars with cellos; Easter Treats are drive-thru

COURTESY PHOTO: METRO REGIONAL GOVERNMENT - Greshams first female postmaster, Iona McLaughlin Linnemann McColl, established a library for residents in a room above the post office in the late 1800s.Celebrating Gresham's first librarian

One of the most prominent women in Gresham's early history was the first female postmaster and the unofficial town librarian.

Iona McLaughlin Linnemann McColl was a force during the formation of the city, contributing her expertise to numerous fields. In 1898, she was appointed as postmaster, an office she held for nearly 16 years — most of her predecessors only lasted a year or two. She oversaw the development of a rural delivery service and an international money-order business, as well as the distribution of Gresham's local newspaper at the time, the East Portland Vindicator.

While serving as postmaster, McColl organized Gresham's first library in a vacant room above the post office. She served as the town's first unofficial librarian until 1912, when the growing collection necessitated a larger space. A new library was funded by the Carnegie Foundation, and is currently the home of the Gresham Historical Museum.

Learn more about McColl at bit.ly/38NFjBQ

Fairview adds housing

About 550 new homes are being added in Fairview with five apartment complexes either under construction or in the process of getting permits.

Nolan Young, city manager of Fairview, speaking to the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce discussed new developments in Fairview, including the apartments and the recently announced food cart pod.

"A lot is happening in Fairvew," he said.

Guide Gresham's Redevelopment Commission

The Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee is seeking applications to fill a vacancy.

The seven-seat committee advises the Gresham Redevelopment Commission on all issues related to the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Plan. The group meets as needed on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

There is one vacancy on the committee. For more information on how to apply, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Music Mondays soars with cellos

Cello Jam, a string duo, will play a free, live, online concert from 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 5, as part of the Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation's Music Mondays. The concert can be heard and viewed on the Center for the Arts YouTube channel or on Facebook at bit.ly/3sw84KN.

Easter treats are drive-thru

The traditional Easter Egg hunts will be altered again this year, due to pandemic safety protocols. Kids won't be dashing about hunting for eggs, but the bunny will come, nonetheless. These local events are being held Saturday, April 3, the day before Easter.

— Fairview's 2021 Easter Drive-Thru will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3, at Reynolds Middle School, 1200 N.E. 201st Ave. Treat bags will be handed out. Questions? Contact Devree Leymaster at 503-674-6224.

— Wood Village is also having a drive-thru event from 9:30 a.m to noon Saturday at the Wood Village Baptist Church, 23610 N.E. Arata Road in Wood Village. Like the others, this will only run as long as supplies last.

– The Gresham Elks Lodge is holding a drive-up/walk-up Easter Egg Event from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 3, at the lodge at 3330 N.E. Division St., in Gresham. Festive goodie bags will be handed out to each child while supplies last.

— The Kiwanis Club of the Columbia Gorge will have it's annual fundraising pancake breakfast and Easter egg event on Saturday, April 3. Funds raised at the breakfast go to scholarships for local high school students. The pancake breakfast will be from 8-11 a.m. Adults are $6, children 4-12 years old are $5 and children under 4 years old eat free. The breakfast is at the Sam Cox Building in Glenn Otto Park, 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. The breakfast will follow all pandemic protocols for social-distancing and limits of six people per table.

Kids can get candy goodie bags from 9-11 a.m., but the traditional egg hunt is paused for the pandemic. There will be 150 food boxes for struggling families available from 9-11 a.m. courtesy of SnowCap Community Charities.

Locals graduate from Idaho

The University of Idaho, Moscow, said three Gresham area students graduated from the school in a winter virtual commencement.

Rachel Bolt earned a degree in public relations and Shannon Gebhardt a degree in architecture. Both are from Damascus.

Gresham's Patience Miles earned a general studies degree.

The college had 568 graduates in the winter 2020 commencement.


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