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Little free dog library

BONNIE KOEHLER - Little Free Dog LibraryEditor,

With all the "little free libraries" around in front of homes in Southeast Portland, it had to happen – now there's at least one for dogs. My sister Bonnie found this one at the corner of S.E. 32nd and Knapp in Eastmoreland – where there are lots of dogs.

Kimberly Koehler

via e-mail

City Commissioners, and problems needing solutions

Editor, In the March 2022 edition of THE BEE, [City Commissioner] Mingus Mapps is quoted as saying, "Many of the issues we struggle with are those that cross the Bureaus' lines of authority". Which is a mouthful.

Here's a thought – perhaps the Commissioners could actually sit in a room together, with the Mayor, and decide who is going to do what to solve the trash, graffiti, and camping situations in the city, rather than implying the problems don't belong to any one Commissioner.

The human problems in the city have been exacerbated [made worse] by COVID, not caused by COVID. While I have compassion for my brothers and sisters on the street, it makes me angry that overt criminal activity is not punished or resolved. I pay good (tax) money, on time, every year to the county & city (and an arts tax??? Please!), but I am not seeing a return on my "investment".

A brief Internet search brings up City Commissioners' salaries – ranging from $55,000 to $150,000 annually. For that amount of money, the Commissioners should be working night and day to clean up the city, solve the housing problem, get police to answer calls for help, et al (can you imagine if the fire department responded like the police? "Sorry, we are understaffed. Your fire is not as important as other fires in the area. Please hold.")

If Mr. Mapps and the rest of the Commissioners need a crash course in collaboration, let me know. After a long teaching career I know a thing or two about gathering together talented people (colleagues, administrators, parents, community advocates, etc.) to solve problems, none of which include the words, "Sorry it's not my student/grade level/area of expertise." I'd be happy to provide my two cents.

Michelle Myers

via e-mail

Editor, I enjoyed David Ashton's article regarding the online meeting with Mingus Mapps. The article was informative and well written. Mr Mapps seems to understand the gravity of Portland's "situation".

Would THE BEE consider investigating what Portland's vagrant population is costing the taxpayers? Assuming that one percent of the population, or 6,500 people, are causing the mess, what percentage of the police, fire, etc., resources and funding are spent dealing with them? I'm certain it's not equitable or fair to the taxpayers. That money could be spent on schools, parks, roads, etc.

Gary Charles Adler via e-mail

Details of the Winter Light Festival

Editor, Hello and thank you for the wonderful write-up of the Portland Winter Light Festival 2022 in the March issue of THE BEE. We have a dedicated team that works tirelessly each year to bring this festival to the community. We also strive to give credit to all the amazing artists and organizations that make it possible.

On that note: The Image mapped projection on the Nova Building at the Electric Blocks was titled "Wabi Sabi" by artist Mark Johns; The Live event was a silent Disco by "Fun Luvin Silent Disco". Several other artists were present at the Electric Blocks including "Immersive Panting: Here & Now" by Kendall Cottrell, and "Kaleidoscope 4ever" by AJ Langley & Audrey Ricewicz.

The Pixel Matrix display at Rose City Coffee, "Action Potential" by Josh Kottler and curated by Sean Batson, was made possible by a grant from Northwest Market Events, LLC.

The lights at "Save the Giants Park" were presented by Oregon Tree Care.

Those interested in more such detail about this year's festival and its artists will find it readily available online –

Sean Batson, Operations Manager

Portland Winter Light Festival

Brooklyn neighborhood

Likes new Holgate housing development

Editor, I am very excited about the Young Black Professional Workforce Housing planned for S.E. 38th and Holgate [reported in March BEE]. Such a creative response to an old problem! I strongly support the goals of Self-Enhancement Inc, and the other partners. Plus, bringing in young people will add excitement and energy to the neighborhood.

As for the parking situation that worries people; relax! We're talking about students and young people beginning their careers. Most probably don't have cars. And, they will quickly realize that it is very easy to get around car-free in this neighborhood. I specifically bought a house on Cesar Chavez because I don't have a car.

I look forward to seeing how this project and the young people involved transform and elevate the architecture, engineering and construction fields. Annie Capestany.

Reed neighborhood

About the "history of Woodstock"

Editor, Regarding the "Southeast History" article by Dana Beck in the March BEE: That service station below the photo of Dieringer's Grocery Store [in the print version of THE BEE] is "Tom Kreuder's Garage". It was a Union Oil Service Station. In about 1963 I bought a seal for the end of the Torque Tube on my 1953 Buick Special from Tom Kreuder. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was shocked when Tom had that part. At the time I thought a part like that would only be carried by a Buick dealer. I even remember following Tom back to the location behind the counter where he had that bearing stored on the sheIf. Tom knew exactly where it was. Tom owned almost all, if not all, of the entire block facing Woodstock between 46th and 47th. At the west corner of that block was Hampton's 5 and 10 cent store.

Tom Kreuder's Garage was torn down and that property became a First National Bank branch, which later became Wells Fargo. That branch was shut down, and now we have "Key Bank", and the "Sunday Farmer's Market" in Key Bank's parking lot.

Tom Kreuder's garage, as it was always called by us, had a great big potbelly stove in front of the counter, as you went in the door to pay for your gas. Tom suffered badly from what I believe was arthritis, but he was still able to repair cars in his shop. Regarding the Phillips 66 service station sign shown [in the distance] in that picture: That property is now the Chase Bank.

A guy named Pat Mahoney worked for Tom Kreuder not long before his property was torn down and replaced by the First National Bank. Tom Kreuder and Pat Mahoney ran an auto parts operation for a while, after the service station was torn down, without a retail storefront. Pat Mahoney opened his first auto parts store on Harold Street just east of 52nd on the north side of the street. He named it "Mike's Auto Parts". From that location he moved to a spot directly across the street from Bi-Mart, where I believe a pizza restaurant now exists. That location was once "Miller's Furniture Store". From there Mike's Auto Parts moved to the southeast corner of 52nd and Woodstock until it was destroyed by fire. I believe an Edward Jones office is in what is now a multi business complex on that corner. I believe that corner is owned by the people who own Marion's Carpets.

Don Wolf

via email


[In the March "Woodstock History" article:] About that body shop where you stated the owner's last name as Sonnard – his last name was actually Skonnard. His son, Ben Skonnard, was the treasurer for the Woodstock Track Club during the days that our son and daughter attended Woodstock. Also, that bus you mentioned that ran along 41st Street and on through Easmoreland was called the "Eastmoreland Bus". I rode that bus many times. And it was, for a time, an electrified bus line. I've lived in the Woodstock neighborhood for 72 years!

Don Wolf via email

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