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Inner Southeast residents dedicated bricks to loved ones, pets, jokes, memorials, and to themselves

DAVID F. ASHTON - SMILE Board President Joel Lieb, with Board members Kim Borcherding and Kevin Palmer, examined the newly engraved bricks in the SMILE Brick Pathway - while the engraving was still underway, at far left.  Hundreds of families, individuals, and even pets, became part of Sellwood-Westmoreland history on August 8, as their names were engraved on bricks making up the pathway leading from the 13th Avenue sidewalk to the Sellwood Bridge remnant on display at SMILE Station in Sellwood.

"We're really enjoying the day, watching this take place," smiled Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) Board President Joel Lieb.

The "SMILE Brick Pathway" project kicked off when they started taking reservations for engraved bricks in November of 2017, Lieb recalled. "And on August 5, at 'Sundae in the Park', we ended the drive with a total of 230 bricks reserved for the names and sayings of those who have contributed to make this happen."

As Leib spoke with THE BEE, Lenny Huiras of "On the Rocks Engraving" used a product called "Green Diamond" – nickel slag with the correct grit – to sandblast names and slogans through a durable stencil into the face of the bricks.

Some of the money raised in the project paid for installing the bricks and the engraving. Excess funds from the project will be used to maintain the historic SMILE Station owned by the neighborhood association, and to fund events and projects in Sellwood and Westmoreland, Lieb said.

If you bought a brick, go by SMILE Station at S.E. 13th and Tenino, and admire it!

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