Cedar Mill News election endorsements

After listening to the candidates and spokespeople for the measures at our October CPO 1 meeting, and reading and reflecting on the literature, here are my views on the local, regional, and state choices on the November 3 election.

Election security in Washington County

With all the confusion and controversy surrounding the national election, we wanted to check with Washington County about how they are ensuring the safety of our own voting process.

October 2020 Road News

auto zone

• Temporary paving at Murray/Cornell
• Walker/Murray appeal denied
• Cornelius Pass reopens
• Comment on Metro projects

Heritage trees at JQA Young House

JQAY apple tree

In the earliest photo we have of the John Quincy Adams Young House on Cornell, you can see a fruit tree with a ladder propped up against it. That pear tree, and the apple tree next to it, still stand next to the house!

November 2020 Election notes

Cedar Mill News has compiled information on key measures and positions on the 2020 general ballot for those in the Cedar Mill area.

October 2020 CPO 1 News

We're Ready! Vote!

• October meeting
• September recap
• Proposed gas station
• Partition on Rainmont

Saltzman project update

Saltzman West Plan

A public involvement process is underway to collect community opinions on the proposed alternatives for improving the north end of Saltzman, between Bayonne at the top of the ridge, to Laidlaw.

THPRD proposes pedestrian bridge to cross Highway 26, link segments of Westside Trail

THPRD bridge

When it is completed, it will connect the Westside Trail from SW Greenbrier Parkway to NW Cornell Road through the BPA powerline right-of-way behind the industrial area on Science Park Drive.

October 2020 Development News

CVS front

• CVS opening next month
• Karla Heights ready to build

OHS and Immigrant Story collaborate to share immigrant experiences

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and The Immigrant Story (TIS) are proud to announce that a series of oral history interviews with local immigrants are now publicly available through the OHS Digital Collections website.

Business News October 2020

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Wine tastings at The Wine Cellar
Season ending at the Cedar Mill Farmers Market
CMBA meeting
Free Small Business Training & Resources
Holistic Pet annual sale
Village Gallery of Arts

Community News October 2020

tuned tube bench

Cedar Mill Elementary Chipotle Fundraiser
Drive-thru COVID-19 and flu testing site at Convention Center
Washington County Forum
Inside WashCo Radio
Writer’s Mill
Beaverton & Merlo Station School-Based Health Centers are open
Viva Village calendar of events
“Beyond Voting: Elections and Campaign Financing” workshop
The Constitution: Fulfilling Democracy’s Promise?
PDX Concierge
Musical Benches
THPRD resumes opening
Westview Red Cross Blood Drive
Naturescaping Workshops online
Washington County Democrats
TVF&R Seeks Chief Examiner for Civil Service Commission

Road News September 2020

Cornelius Pass news
Saltzman solution?
Walker-Murray intersection project is appealed by Beaverton Councilors
Springville Road construction

Saving what’s left—efforts to protect the remaining natural areas and wildlife habitats in Washington County

As Significant Natural Resources (SNRs) and wildlife habitats in Washington County diminish, community members have become more vocal in trying to protect what is remaining. This article is just a brief overview of some of the activities presently in progress in Washington County.

THPRD News September 2020

Park maintenance in a pandemic
Volunteer Opportunities
Conestoga and Athletic Center reopening

CPO News September 2020

Murray-Cornell intersection

September CPO 1 meeting
August meeting recap
Fairly quiet on the development front

Election news

We asked Lisa DuPre, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator at the Washington County Administration Office, about the county’s ballot collection boxes.

Update on the 2020 Census

Once per decade, the United States Constitution mandates that all current residents of the US and territories must be accounted for in the US Census. The datasets derived from census-obtained information provide opportunities for additional state funding, business investments, Congressional apportionment, and the creation or adaptation of public policies.

Development News

The (Cedar) Rumor Mill
Milltowner updates
Cedar Grove affordable housing nearing completion
185th gas station
Columbia Sportswear new building

Library News September 2020

No more appointments!
Conversation About Oregon’s Racist History
Second Edition Resale Sidewalk Sale
For Kids
For Teens
For Adults

BSD News September 2020

Middle School Boundary Adjustment Process
First Day of School

Community News September 2020

PCC Music Information Session
Washington County Forum
Prevent car break-ins!
“Socially Distanced Inspiration” written and illustrated by 12-year-old
Inside WashCo Radio
Project Lotus supports Asian American mental health
Civics for Adults virtual sessions: Misinformation, Fake News and Political Propaganda
Project-Based Rental Assistance
Viva Village public events
Five Oaks Museum Call for Artwork
Get There Oregon Rewards
Sunset High School Teacher Receives Prestigious Award
Connect Oregon Students offers tutoring help
Young Life
THPRD opens two major facilities!
TVF&R Offers Tips to Prevent Window Falls
Girl Scout collects pet supplies for Silver Award

Business News September 2020

tomatoes at farmers market

Support our first responders and get a free coffee drink!
Village Gallery of Arts
Cedar Mill Business Association
Cornell Farms hosts Harvest for F(all)
Honey Acres launches business quilt trail
Great Notion Beaverton Tap Room
Cedar Mill Farmers Market is filled with fall produce
Great Portland resource for your “Staycation!”

August 2020 COVID-19 update

At the July meeting of the CPO Leadership group, CCI,  we had a valuable presentation by Adrienne Donner, Washington County Public Health Branch Director, on the current state of things in the county and its response.  We have permission to share the PDF version of her PowerPoint presentation here. The links should be active.

BSD News August 2020

School plans for fall 2020
District seeks applicants for Long Range Facility Plan Community Advisory Committee

Road News August 2020

Upper Saltzman Road project
Springville: Kaiser to Joss
143rd & Science Park curb cuts
112th culvert
West Union shoulder widening
West Union sidewalks
Oregon Transportation Survey
Multnomah County’s Cornelius Pass project

Development News August 2020

Gas station next to a wetland? County hearing continued
Development gets new name, model home under construction
No news from commercial developments

CPO News August 2020

CPO 1 August meeting: COVID-19 updates
July meeting recap
Neighborhood Meetings
Ped and bike improvement proposals

Gardening News August 2020

Jenkins companion plants

Gardening with Pacific Northwest Native Plants: An Ecological Approach
OSU Extension has the information you need!
Master Gardener demonstration gardens

THPRD News August 2020

THPRD Announces Refunds on Deluxe and General Passes
Facilities Reopening
Further staff reductions

Community News August 2020

Reach for the Stars to support Washington County Kids
Washington County Kids holds free virtual Care Expo
Civics for Adults free online sessions
New! Online Police Reports from Washington County Sheriff
PCC Rock Creek music department info session for fall term
Virtues Card
Tualatin Valley Creates presents Parenting a Creative Child (Webinar Workshop)
Viva Village
CWS delays rate increases
Blood Drive
Solid Waste & Recycling update
SOLV Forest Park Cleanup
County Commissioners seek public input on community needs
Community Placemaking applications open August 3
MLK and the Voting Rights Act
Consensus: Cybersecurity and Privacy
Enjoy the health benefits of swimming! It’s never too late to learn!

Business News August 2020

Sunset CU helps over 100 local businesses with PPP Loans
Village Gallery
Cedar Mill Farmers Market is bursting with fresh produce!
Inside Out policy helps businesses meet physical distancing requirements
Open Air Beaverton Program
Fieldstone Cornell Landing hosts August events online
Great Notion Timberland
Adult watercolor classes at Catlin Gabel
World of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

John ‘Buz’ Walker III, October 18, 1932 – July 15, 2020

Walker Garbage Service has served Cedar Mill businesses and residents since 1948. Buz Walker’s parents were in the dairy business with his mother’s Egger family. John Walker Jr., a German immigrant from the Volga River region in Russia, entered the garbage hauling business and bought what would later become Walker Garbage and Recycling, Inc.

Proposed 2020 Land Use Ordinances

The following brief summaries of the “2020 Ordinance Season” are from the Land Use and Transportation newsletter. We will follow up next month with more information on the ordinances that affect Cedar Mill.

Library News August 2020

Storytime at Home
Simple Summer STEM and Crafts for kids
Angel Ocasio’s Virtual Comedy Show
Three on a Theme Book Talk
Writers’ Mill
Voices in Verse
Owl Book Group

John Fox, 1939-2020

On July 12, 2020, Cedar Mill lost an impactful member of our community. A lifelong liberal, John Foz coped with the 2016 passing of his wife Carol by throwing himself into political activism in his community, Cedar Mill.

Local artist working as contact tracer

Chris Kondrat is a popular local artist and long-time member of Village Gallery. We learned that she joined the team of contact tracers working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the county, and wanted to bring you her story.

July 2020 COVID-19 in Washington County

Face Coverings Required Statewide Effective July 1st
Governor extends state of emergency to September 4
Testing sites
Washington County offers a second grant opportunity for small businesses
Washington County funds Business Recovery Centers
Employment in Washington County

WCSO email hack

On June 11, someone sent out an email to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office newsletter email list. The message contained a reference to an incident at the jail in 2018, along with a video clip.

CPO News July 2020

CPO July meeting
Changes proposed for County Charter would remove “Ordinance Season” and change how Commissioners are paid
Leadership changes at county

CMN News

You may not know this, but the Cedar Mill News is put together using the help of amazing community volunteers and student interns. This month, in the spirit of graduation, CMN would like to share a little bit about our student interns!

Development News July 2020

McDaniel commercial property sold, plans unknown
Development proposed for home site in Bonny Slope West
Construction beginning for Kirkland development

Were Portland’s founders drunk when they laid out the Multnomah/Washington County border?

Since lockdown, I’ve been using Google Earth to take virtual tours of the world. In so doing, I noticed that Multnomah County’s western border is quite odd. Zigzaggy, if that’s a word. Were our founders drunk when they laid it out or what? —Desktop Globe-Trotter

­­Cedar Mill and Bethany Library news

Holds service turned on
A new system for contactless pickup
Library programs and events

History in the News

The Cedar Mill Historical Society has a treasure trove of local stories, photos, and even a few artifacts, and we have wonderful plans for bringing them to the community. What we need are a few good folks—like you?—to join our Board of Directors to help us achieve our goals.

ODA continues multi-year effort to eradicate Japanese beetle

The Japanese beetle is an invasive insect that has been causing large-scale destruction to garden plants and agricultural crops in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. If this beetle establishes in Oregon, it would be a serious threat to our thriving nursery, turf grass, and specialty crop industries.

New Beaverton City Charter approved by voters

Beaverton voters approved a new city charter during the May 19 election. The Beaverton Charter of 2021 went into effect on June 18 and becomes operational on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

Helen Fohl 1920-2020

Helen Lorrine Fohl was in her 100th year, just two months shy of celebrating her first century, when she passed away. Her loss to the Ackerly left empty shoes just too large to even try to fill. Her wonderful wit, her wise insight were blessings to us all, noted one neighbor. She added, “I shall miss you more than anyone could know.”

Community News July 2020

Cedar Hills Ready says know your neighbors
Looking for an After School Care Provider for School Re-Opening?
TVF&R burn ban in effect
Red Cross Blood Drive
Catlin Gabel and partners improve habitat
Inside WashCo Radio
TVC helps theater groups, shares online arts and culture events
PCC Music
Viva Village news
Census update
Gender Euphoria virtual exhibit

Business News July 2020

Second Edition opens for Sidewalk Sales!
Cedar Mill Farmers Market
Is your business affected by COVID-19?
Catlin Gabel offering adult craft programs
Village Gallery of Arts News
Cedar Mill Business Association
Ohana Luau at Fieldstone Cornell Landing
Explore The Ackerly from home

Sunset BSU moves community to peaceful demonstration march

by Andrew Bitans, CMN contributor Today’s BSU Sunset march. Today’s march to honor the lives of African Americans that have been needlessly lost to police violence was well supported by our community. Quite a large turnout, probably around 2000 people. It started raining shortly before we left the high school and ultimately dumped buckets for

Postal service in Cedar Mill

For several months, we’ve noticed posts on NextDoor from people who were unable to deposit mail into the blue collection boxes at Safeway. Some people assumed it was because the Post Office wasn’t collecting mail often enough.

June 2020: COVID-19 in Washington County

• State approves Washington County for Phase I starting June 1
• House cleaners and other home services
• Face coverings guidance for businesses and transit
• Reporting violations
• FAQs now available on OHA website
• Safety advice from WCSO
• Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter update

State Land Use Commission issues enforcement order against Washington County

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has issued an enforcement order against Washington County for its lack of compliance with statewide land use planning goals designed to protect significant natural resources.

CPO News June 2020

• CPO 1 June meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Ordinance 854

Road News June 2020

Butner Detour Map

• Butner Road culvert construction
• Culvert replacement and waterline at Autumn Creek

Development News June 2020

Milltowner Saltzman site

• Life Time Fitness and City of Beaverton;
• Milltowner update;
• Proposed Chase Bank to replace Shari’s;
• 185th gas station

Results of Oregon’s May 19 primary election

Washington County’s 46% voter turnout closely mirrored statewide voter turnout.

Japanese beetle eradication continues

We’ll get an update next month from the Oregon Department of Agriculture on our progress in eradicating the terribly destructive Japanese beetle that landed in Cedar Mill a few years ago (we are winning!), but for now, we wanted to share this important information about yard debris.

Cedar Mill Library plans a gradual return

Dear Friends, we know that you are eager to come back to your libraries. We are just as eager to welcome you back—with your health and safety in mind.

Cedar Mill Cider Festival on track for September 20!

We have received word from Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) that it’s likely that we can hold the Cider Festival on September 20, as planned!

Mitch Greenlick, 1935-2020

Mitch Greenlick

I have been reading and appreciating the many heartfelt tributes to Mitch Greenlick from legislative colleagues but wanted to give some background to Mitch’s careers—four that I have seen.

Appointing a replacement to complete Greenlick’s term

Following the death of our District 33 State Representative Mitch Greenlick on May 17, Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno selected Kathryn Harrington, Chair of Washington County Board of Commissioners, to serve as Chair of Appointing Authority for the vacancy appointment.

Community News June 2020

Life Jackets

Viva Village: Online Age Cafe;
Inside WashCo radio;
Folk Dancing Zoom Lessons;
The Music Continues at PCC Rock Creek!;
Domestic Violence Resource Center;
Writers’ Mill;
Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries;
Wildfires Can Happen Here! Take Steps Now to Reduce Risks;
No price increase from Clean Water Services;
THPRD Life Jacket Program;
OSU Ext. Pressure Canner Testing;
Key to Oregon;
Register your child for Kindergarten at Terra Linda;
Tualatin Valley Creates;
Washington County Forum;
THPRD Update;
Doreen Rivera retires from WCSO

College this Fall? It’s not too late to apply for Portland Community College

As an academic and career advisor, I have been working with students that are preparing for college this fall. With the anticipation that many colleges and universities will be providing online-only classes for the fall 2020 term and perhaps into winter/spring 2021, some of my students are now seeking alternatives to paying higher tuition.

Business News June 2020

Village Gallery of Arts;
Cedar Mill Business Association;
Cedar Mill Farmers Market;
Staying active at home;
Bethany Family Pet Clinic continues “concierge” service;
American Sign Language Class;
ReStore is open to shop and donate, and resumes donation pickups;
Win a Nintendo Switch from SSPFCU;
Art classes for kids, watercolor for teens and adults

COVID-19 in Washington County

According to Wendy Gordon, Lead Public Information Officer, Washington County Emergency Operations Center, Washington County will follow the governor’s plan on when and how to reopen. On April 14, Brown’s office introduced a “Framework for Reopening Oregon” that outlines the prerequisites for the safe way to move forward.

Development News

Milltowner update
Chase Bank to replace Shari’s
New subdivisions
Gas station hearing

On the May ballot

by Shawna Muckle, CMN intern Would you like to know more about the choices on the ballot for the upcoming May 19 election? Here are some of the critical bonds, primary elections, and charter amendments to carefully weigh your vote for: Metro Housing Services Bond:  Summary: As many voters will likely recall, in 2018, voters

CPO News

We don’t have an exact schedule yet, but we’ll have information on a sidewalk project near Bonny Slope Elementary that will improve Safe Routes to School; updates on several development proposals for the area; a presentation on the Thompson Road project; and a chance to hear from our Public Safety providers.

Gardening & Environment

While you’re weeding and seeding and planting and pruning, there’s one more thing to put on your plate: dividing.

Road News

Thompson Road/Kenny Terrace Project Online Open House
ADA ramps being rebuilt
Multnomah county road project rankings

Unsung heroes, these days and always! Walker Garbage and COVID-19


We are practicing social distancing and frequent sanitizing, and our office is closed to the public. Our drivers are also closed to public approach.

Deputy Spotlight

Deputy Brown

Meet Deputy Tom Brown, who has patrolled Cedar Mill, Bethany and north of Highway 26 area for the last five years.

Behavioral Health Resources

In these challenging times, you may be experiencing new mental health challenges or have increased difficulties managing an existing illness. Many of the support meetings normally held face-to-face are postponed. There are online resources to help anyone who needs new or added support at this time. Oregon Recovery Network: Online directory for a variety of

Helpers making a difference

Grocery concierge

We are a group of a few volunteers and our goal is to help those at-risk of COVID-19 who need essentials. I have done about 30 deliveries with 200+ items and hope to do more!

Recycling during the COVID-19 crisis

bag recycle receptacle

Goods are moving in and out of our homes in different ways now that we are following COVID-19 guidelines. Here are some ideas about receiving household materials and disposing of their packaging. As always, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in that order!

Cedar Mill News News

One of our diligent volunteer editors, Anne Lawrence, has updated and expanded this section of the website with loads of useful information for when you need to find an expert or an agency to help with a problem.

Neighbors share personal COVID-19 experiences

My wife and I ran low-grade fevers and had worse-than-expected chills and aches based on how low the temps were. We ran fevers for ten days. Exhaustion was major; we slept as much as our parenting of four children would allow, and still were extremely tired!

History in the News

Job 1 is a plan to mobilize still more community support. We’ll be launching Friends of Cedar Mill History, our membership program, in the coming weeks. The goal? With your help in the form of membership dues, we intend to build a virtual museum over the next few months.

2020 Senior blues

No one knew that March 13 would be the seniors’ last day of high school. From the commencement ceremony to sitting down in a classroom, there are many normalities that seniors will miss due to the COVID-19 school closures.

Community News May 2020

story time

Viva Village update
Remainder of THPRD spring term cancelled
ODOT opens Safe Routes to School project applications
Inside WashCo Radio…

Business News May 2020

Allen Greene art

The Cedar Mill Farmers Market opens! Sana Reiki offers remote Reiki sessions Bethany Family Pet Clinic update Habitat for Humanity ReStore is online Stride Strong Physical Therapy offers a free workout video Cedar Mill Business Association News The Wine Cellar has options for your Happy Hour The Village Gallery keeps the art available Grand Central

COVID-19 in Washington County

COVID graph

Most of us are aware that Washington County is leading the state in the number of confirmed cases of the virus. People have been speculating on the reason, so we have included what seem to be some good clues. We have compiled this article from a variety of sources, and links to them are in each section. We’ve also included information about Washington County response and resources…

Business News April 2020

Sunset Credit Union
Sana Reiki
Western Oregon Dispensary
Stride Strong Physical Therapy
World of Smiles
Bethany Family Pet Clinic
Helvetia Farm Market and Marion Acres
Village Gallery News
Tire Factory closes
Refinish First closes
CK Hoffman Design
Dennis 7Dees
DuFresne’s Auto Service
Cedar Mill Business Association
Cedar Mill Farmers Market
Cornell Farm Nursery & Café

Allies, friends and givers offer support and fun

Without question, we are all living in uncertain and challenging times that have upended normal routines. While the news seems to grow grimmer each day, it becomes ever more important for all of us to focus on the things we can control in our lives…

TriMet schedule changes

Starting on April 2, no more than 10-15 riders can be on a bus at one time—10 individuals, or up to 15 if people are riding together (such as couples or parents with children). TriMet is also closing off some seats—there will be a sign that says you can’t sit there…

Community News April 2020


Community Warehouse
Help for people in recovery
Library resources and more from home
Weed Watcher Workshop Update
Naturescaping Basics
Viva Village
THPRD Summer Camps Delays
THPRD Closures
Cedar Mill Bible Church
Inside WashCo Radio
Writers Mill
Washington County Public Affairs Forum Suspends Meetings

A closer look at Zoom

Zoom image

Yearning for more than FaceTime for visiting with your family and friends? Craving a platform more cohesive than Skype? With Oregon public schools closed until at least April 28, students are at a loss of their daily communication with peers and teachers…

Road News April 2020

Butner culvert location

Butner Road culvert will include pedestrian improvements; Roadside spraying will start soon…

Meet the candidates for our State Representative

Four Democrats have filed in the H.D. 33 Democratic primary: Andy Saultz, Maxine Dexter, Servin Bussell, and Christina Stephenson. Meanwhile, one Republican, Dick Courter, has filed in the H.D. 33 Republican primary, making him the presumptive nominee to run against the Democrat winner in the November’s general election…

Soil Building: an investment in your garden

In the midst of these unprecedented times, Oregonians are finding themselves with little to do at home other than watching television or using their phones. Some people have been thinking about vegetable gardening. It’s a great time to get started, and learning the principles and methods of soil building will help you have success…

CPO 1 News

No meetings scheduled; Gas station in a wetland?; Development news; Board of Commissioners meetings available for live-streaming…

Getting your dose of nature

While being stuck at home is a current necessity for the health and well-being of our community, it can be extremely stressful and boring for many people. Nature lovers everywhere who are now forced to stay inside are restless and getting creative in how they feed their passion…

Pharmacies and other shopping

Most patients can get their prescriptions by mail order, although this may be less flexible and take longer than using a local source. The following local pharmacies offer free prescription delivery or have drive through prescription windows…

It is NORMAL to be anxious

In these times of conflicting and unclear advice about this virus, and as we learn more day to day, we may be able to reduce some of the uncertainty and fear…

Grocery shopping in the virus era

COVID-19 has pushed us to find our new normal. Unfortunately, that means our local grocery stores must accommodate our dramatically changing circumstances as well. Health and safety of shoppers is most important to our grocery stores…

We’re all doing what we can

Once we realized that there would be NO events to list in this month’s paper, I put out a request on our Facebook page to find out what people wanted to read about. A bunch of great suggestions came in, along with some offers to help work on the stories…

Hungry for something different?


Many of our local restaurants are still open for business. Just place your order, pay with a credit card, pick up your meal and enjoy at home. Most of them also offer delivery, either with their own people or through one of the meal delivery services…