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COURTESY OF DIANE CARLSEN - Local hauling company Deans Delivers assisted Eastmorelanders in storm cleanup, free of charge.

Grateful to business for cleanup help

Editor, I live near 29th and Lambert [in Eastmoreland]. During our ice and snowstorm, trees' large limbs fell in a neighbor's yard and into the street. Some individuals helped by cutting the large limbs and taking them away for firewood; the homeowner raked and cut the smaller limbs. There were piles like this throughout the neighborhood. "Deans Delivers" is a company owned by a neighbor – they deliver rock, wood chips, and soil, etc., I understand – Nigel Dean is the President. The owners and employees generously and so helpfully volunteered their time and equipment [after the storm], stopping at several locations to clean up and haul the debris away. It was a big help to my neighbor, who had been filling his green bin every week, and could only clean up a small portion at a time this way. When Dean's equipment left here, they were going to another location in the neighborhood. Very grateful to Deans Delivers for helping the neighbors!

Diane Carlsen via e-mail

Appreciated 'cult' article

Editor,

Thank you for running a much-needed report [in the March BEE] on the work of Ashlen Hilliard [of Woodstock], and the International Cultivar Studies Association. As someone who has worked in the field of helping former cultists return to the non-cult world for 45 years, I can attest to the need for these services right here in Portland. Ashlen Hilliard and ICSA are doing sterling work in this field. I am grateful that you have underscored both the need and their presence here. Kent Burtner online comment Editor, Thank you for the wonderful article about Ashlen Hilliard, the local woman who works with people harmed by cultic groups. I always enjoy Paige's view on Southeast Portland, especially her feature on Country music, despite that being my least favorite genre.

I grew up in Sam Fife's Move of God in S.E. and N.E. Portland. Many of the former elders still live and work across this city. Many of the former children continue to suffer due to a lack of education, nurturing, and interaction with mainstream society in their formative years.

Although I spent a lot of time in the Buckman, Hawthorne, and Lents neighborhoods, I was isolated in enough ways to leave me ignorant and floundering in my 20s. Awareness of the issues faced by those in and from coercive groups is helpful to prevent and heal the damage done.

The interview with Ms. Hilliard was illuminating. Thank you for making us all aware that this is a local as well as a global phenomenon.

Lisa

5th generation Oregonian

Enjoying 'Southeast History' articles

Editor,

I want you to know just how much I enjoy reading "Southeast History" in THE BEE every month. It never fails to amuse and educate. This month hits the mark once again –particularly the photo asking for my support by voting for a new bridge to replace the ferry then used to cross the Willamette. I'm pretty sure that no one in Clackamas County voted for the bridge. I'm also pretty sure that once it was built with little or no support from our neighbors to the south, these Clackamanians found plenty to complain about. Why would it be any different? Keep up the good work.

Chris Wilson S.E. Linn Street Editor, Just a note to let you know that I enjoyed reading "Before the Bridge: A brief account of the Sellwood Ferry" [March BEE]. I have gotten extra copies for friends and relatives, because John F. Caples is my Great-great grandfather. Many thanks to Eileen Fitzsimons who wrote this article. Charlene Oliver via e-mail

This drawing shows placement of the proposed custom storage container.

'All Saints' needs community's help

Editor, At the start of the pandemic, the "Woodstock Pantry" formed at All Saints Episcopal Church as a neighborhood response to rising food insecurity. Thanks to neighborhood volunteers, partners like New Seasons, Laughing Planet, Safeway, and the Oregon Food Bank, it now serves over 300 people a week. 

What we've learned from this amazing effort is that it was needed before the pandemic, and will be needed thereafter. The cost of living in Portland far exceeds average wages. As the Oregon Food Bank reports, one in nine of our neighbors faces food insecurity, about a third of them being children. What's more, Woodstock, Reed, Eastmoreland and Westmoreland are a food pantry desert. The need is clearly there, especially for immigrant families, single parent families, people on fixed incomes, and people with changing circumstances.

Food insecurity is a real threat for many. But it doesn't have to be. Through a neighborhood based, community supported Food Pantry, we can organize and maximize our efforts to get food to those who need it and help families make ends meet. Which is why we would love to see the Woodstock Pantry get a permanent home. For the past year, it has been run out of the worship space of All Saints, while services have been online. Recently, however, the food pallets broke up the flooring in the Chapel, which proved to be of asbestos tile. We now have a pressing need to re-house the pantry, and find it a long-term, sustainable location that also allows for increased capacity. 

Please consider helping the Woodstock Pantry in raising $30,000 for its permanent home on the north side of the All Saints parking lot. In looking at other food pantries and working with an architect, we have determined that a custom storage container will be the most flexible, cost-effective strategy. The cost includes the refurbished container, doors, electrical work, permitting, refrigerator, and freezers. $15,000 has already been raised, so if 500 people (a small fraction of our collective neighborhoods) gave just $30 each, we could easily make it. Not only will this create a sustainable, efficient location, it will help expand the number of people the Food Pantry can serve, and ensure its existence until the day that food insecurity in our neighborhood is no longer an issue.

I have seen the way our neighborhood has come together to help one another in the pandemic, and more recently in the winter storm. Together we can eliminate food insecurity in our neighborhood. 

Tax deductible donations can be made at – http://www.allsaintspdx.org/give – and select "Woodstock Pantry" in the dropdown menu. We are open to accepting in-kind material donations as well. To learn more about the Woodstock Pantry and/or to volunteer, please go to – http://www.allsaintspdx.org/pantry

The Rev. Andria Skornik

Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church Woodstock

Deputy Chief Chris Davis' Southeast appearance

Editor, Thank you for your editorial/report on the visit from PPB Chief Chris Davis. Open dialogue between stakeholders and the police has the potential for furthering our understanding. I am hoping before conclusions are drawn about how police resources are allocated and how City Hall is to blame, that the role of the District Attorney in prosecutions is considered and people of color in our community are included who can add another dimension to the conversation among others. I noticed that the [Deputy] Chief was not asked about the brutal behavior toward protestors last summer, including mothers holding hands in yellow shirts and a passive older veteran who was beaten. How does he account for this? How does he do the difficult work of distinguishing vandals and thugs from Americans protesting the murder of George Floyd? What is being done within PPB to ensure racism is not a factor in those who "protect and serve". Being a cop is a terribly difficult job and I appreciate having police, but I am white. I want to be sure the voices of the whole community are consulted before conclusions are reached about the path forward. Thank you for bringing the discussion forward. It is needed in my view.

Elizabeth Luthy

via e-mail

Eastmoreland student in competition for journalistic excellence

Editor,

Eastmoreland resident Maddie Khaw is a senior at LaSalle Prep in Milwaukie, and one of two editors-in-chief of the student-run news site at the school, called "The Falconer". This publication is produced weekly when school is in session by English Teacher Miles Kane's "Journalism" and "Advanced Journalism" classes – and The Falconer staff has just received the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's "Silver Crown Award", and has just been named one of 43 national high school news sites, and the only one in Oregon and Washington, that are finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association's "Pacemaker Award". The winners of the Pacemaker Award – considered the most prestigious in high school journalism, because it recognizes ongoing quality – is to be named on April 10. Just wanted BEE readers to know about this honor!

Lisa Daniels

Via-email

Welcome to "My Sober Girlfriends"

Editor, This is Naomi Veak. I moved to the Reed-Kenilworth area last April. I've lived in Portland for over 15 years, and it's my first time as a home-owner, as I've always rented. Little did I know when we closed on the house that we'd be moving in during such strange times! 

Even though I'm in a new neighborhood, I've actually made a whole new group of friends this year. You see, I'm the founder of a friendship community for sober women called "My Sober Girlfriends", and we've been having online social events for the entire year!

 

Most of the community lives in the Portland area, and last weekend a group of us met up for roller skating at Oaks Park. The last time we'd seen each other in person was in July, at a socially-distanced event at Westmoreland Park – but, because we'd kept in touch through the Zoom events, it was easy to hang out. 

 

I'd like to invite other sober women in the area to join our online community, which you can sign up for here – http://my-sober-girlfriends.mn.co You can also e-mail me with any questions – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  

Naomi Veak

via e-mail

Praise for Eastmoreland business

Editor, I would like to share a recent experience I had with Vu Car Care (on the corner of S.E. Ceasar Chavez Blvd. and Knapp). We have routinely used Vu for our car repairs and have always been impressed with the service and fair pricing. Recently, the passenger side seat belt of our Jeep became stuck in the locked position. Surprisingly, this turned out to be a much more complicated fix than I anticipated. So, I turned to Vu. He, in turn, informed me that my Jeep should still be under a 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and recommended I call the dealership – and then call him if the fix was not covered. Sure enough, he was correct, and I was able to get the seat belt fixed with no cost. Based on prior experience with Vu, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless impressed with the integrity of this local business. 

Jennifer Holcomb 

via e-mail

CORRECTION

THE BEE inadvertently printed the website address of an unrelated business, in the article about the Creston-Kenilworth virtual pet bakery "The Better Barkery", in the March business section. The correct web address is – http://www.thebetterbarkery.com – and, contrary to a statement in the article, there is no telephone number. We regret the errors.

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