December 2021 Issue

Road News December 2021

• Barnes/CHB intersection improvements
• Upper Saltzman—another PAC meeting, Open House, BCC briefing

Douglas firs: they’re for more than Christmas

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Care to bet on the types of trees Cedar Millers are strapping to the roofs of their cars this holiday season? Chances are pretty good that they’re Douglas firs, the most popular for Christmas trees in the United States since the 1920s. They are beloved for their soft needles and sweet scent.

Are you getting our emails?

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It has come to my attention that some people who are on our mailing lists have not been seeing our messages. Apparently some corporate or agency mail portals are marking them as spam or junk, even though you signed up to get them. This includes the monthly publication announcement and the reminder emails I send to advertisers and content providers.

CPO 1 News December 2021

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• December meeting: Why our water rates must go up
• CCI requests Planning Commission changes
• Development Applications: West Union gas station; Leahy Estates
• Neighborhood Meeting online rules
• CPO 1 November Meeting Notes

Business News December 2021

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• 12 Kegs of Christmas is BACK at Cascadia Taphouse
• Canine influenza outbreak in southern California
• Village Gallery of Arts
• Help make the holidays better for those in need
• Aging well
• Do you want to become an Energy Healer?

A Short History of the Thompson-Saltzman Road Intersection

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The corner of NW Thompson Road and NW Saltzman Road historically had a curious offset configuration, probably due to quarter section allotments when the property was homesteaded by the family of Laurence Lehman and other early settlers. In the course of time, it became necessary to upgrade the disjointed four-way stop to be safely aligned and controlled by traffic lights.

Holiday News December 2021

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• Terra Linda Arts & Craft Fair
• Big Horn Brass Holiday Concert Returns
• THPRD announces Holiday Giving Drive
• Lightopia—An Illuminated Journey
• Pamplin Bazaar list
• KGW Great Toy Drive local drop-off location
• Skyline Grange Artisan Holiday Fair cancelled but artisan info online
• Tree Recycling
• Cedar Mill Christmas Tree!

Garden News December 2021

• Delightful winter color in my garden
• The Real Dirt
• Washington County Master Gardener program

WashCo News December 2021

• New anti-vaping law
• Juneteenth adopted as a paid county holiday
• Rental assistance continues in Washington County
• Chair Harrington’s 2021 End of Year Address
• eBooks are now available through Law Library
• Current and new WIC participants will receive extra fruit and vegetable benefits through March 2022

Ridwell in Washington County


We had planned to do a roundup of news about the efforts of Ridwell, a small northwest company, to offer a service to collect hard-to-recycle items and materials from our doorsteps. We ran out of time and space for this month, and things are still in flux.

Community News December 2021

• Street tree mapping project needs volunteers
• Washington County Public Affairs Forum
• Sunset grad party fundraising
• Gently-used children’s items welcome at Northwest Children’s Outreach
• Arts & Communication Magnet Academy fundraising and more…
• The Legacy Project: End-of-life workshop series
• PEARLS: Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives
• The ArtPass Card: a perfect gift
• Ask WSCO: How can I avoid holiday scams?
• Sunset HS Marching Band Can & Bottle Drive
• Viva Village Monthly Calendar
• TVF&R Offers Holiday Safety Tips
• 55+? Join the Friendship Circle!
• Winter term PCC Community Ed non-credit class registration now open!
• Cedar Hills Ready! survey open now
• Chehalem Ridge Nature Park opening soon
• Using COVID-19 home tests

Library News December 2021

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• ARPA grant
• Winter Reading
• Oregon Battle of the Books Trivia for grades 3-5
• Winter 2021/2022 Storytimes
• 1,000 books before kindergarten
• Annual Kids’ Books Fundraiser
• Teens
• Adults
• Monthly Groups
• Second Edition Resale—New Hours, Themes and Sales!