Atiyeh Brothers' Rug Cleaning receives "Peace Pole": The Southeast Portland Rotary Club has been participating in a worldwide Rotary International project to bring thoughts and aspirations of peace to the forefront by installing white multi-language "Peace Poles" in prominent locations. Among those already installed are poles at Southeast Portland Fire Stations #20, #25, and #9; Moreland Presbyterian Church, Abernethy Elementary School on Division Street, and Holy Family School on S.E. Chavez Blvd (39th). Now added to the list is the Atiyeh Brothers Rug Cleaning facility at 1516 S.E. Division Street, managed by Brian Marantette. The pole was installed on August 7. The Southeast Rotary Club meets on Monday noons in the meeting room at Moreland Presbyterian Church, on S.E. 19th just south of Bybee Boulevard. Visitors are always welcome. More information is available online – www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com
"The Joinery" prepares departure – gives one last tour: In late August, The Joinery announced that it is well involved in its move to a new factory in the St. Johns neighborhood in North Portland, but added, "Throughout our 22 years in our Woodstock manufacturing facility, we have given hundreds of tours of our Shop. Now, as we are planning our move to St. Johns, we are scheduling our final one" – and sought RSVP's for the tour on the late morning of Sunday, August 25th. THE BEE has not heard how many local residents learned of the tour in time to take it, but apparently there will be no more opportunities to see the facility that will soon be torn down for a full-block apartment building on Woodstock Boulevard.
Elmcroft Senior Living grants residents' wishes: THE BEE is informed by Stephanie Simmons, "Healthy Lifestyle Director" at Elmcroft Senior Living at 8517 S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood, that one of the tasks she undertakes in her position involves the "Second Wind Dream Program". She explains, "I find out my residents' dreams, and I grant them with the help of the Second Wind Dreams Company. On August 16th at 10:00 a.m., [a resident named] Carrie realized her dream to take a glider ride, even though she is wheelchair bound; she was able to get into a glider and fly! The flight took place thanks to the Willamette Valley Soaring Club located in North Plains. Several residents were there to see Carrie glide through the sky!" She adds, "I try to grant one wish a month."
Eastmoreland author publishes "Western Waters": In his new book "Western Waters", Eastmoreland author Tom Alkire blends how-to, where-to, and natural history, with deep insight based on his experience in flyfishing the rivers of the western United States. From rainforest rivers to desert rivers, from tidal rivers to those along the Continental Divide, he tells THE BEE that he has waded and fished these waters over the decades. Alkire has written about rivers and fly-fishing for many years and his work has been published widely in magazines and three books. While retired as a news correspondent for Bloomberg/BNA, he continues to write about the outdoors. The new book details fishing adventures, but also looks at the rivers themselves – their geography, their early explorers, and the modern-day impacts on those rivers. Published by Stackpole Books, the new book is now available at bookstores and online.
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