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Volume 12, Issue 1
January 2014


January 2014 Community News

1Wire Band

Rock the Grange!

Come to Leedy Grange Hall on Saturday, January 18, for a rock’n’roll dance party with live music provided by the “1WiRe Band,” a local group playing classic Rock and Pop from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and today.

Music will begin at 8 pm. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided, donations to cover the cost of refreshments are welcomed.

Portland Police History program

The Beaverton Historical Society’s January program will bring Jim Huff to present an overview of the Police Museum, a unique place and one of just a few in the nation. Jim will talk about a history of the Bureau starting in the 1820s, and will cover some of the highlights in law enforcement in Portland from 1851 to the present day. Learn about the City Marshals, Metropolitan Police Force, the Department and the Bureau, including: crimes, equipment, uniforms, innovations, stories and firsts.

Jim retired at the end of 2008 after a 33-year career with the Federal Government. He worked for the Forest Service, Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management as a wild land firefighter, fire tower lookout, personnel clerk, dispatch supervisor, law enforcement ranger and ended up as a regional law enforcement ranger over Oregon and Washington. Along the way Jim became a historian for the law enforcement program. He has been the museum director since early 2009.

The event will take place Tuesday January 14, 7-8 pm at the Beaverton History Center on SW Broadway Street. Admission is free and donations are welcome! For questions call (503)430-0106 or visit

Free training on child protection

Child sexual abuse is a problem that has plagued us for decades. The overwhelming majority of child victims are abused by someone they know and trust, someone most parents would never suspect. No one can protect your children but you. Educate yourself and your family about child sexual abuse.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Christ United Methodist Church, will offer a 90-minute seminar on recognizing the common characteristics and traits of child molesters. This class will be held on Thursday, February 6, 7-8:30 pm at the Christ United Methodist Church on NW Dogwood Street. Childcare will be provided.

The class will cover the following: Child sexual abuse defined; The extent of the problem; How child molesters select and engage their victims; The “grooming” process; The impact on victims and families; Why traditional prevention programs don’t work; Better strategies to protect children.

This is not an easy topic for people to comprehend or talk about, but the days are over when child sexual abuse was a family secret. The organizers ask people to register prior to the event for planning purposes. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 503-846-2579 or e-mail Jessica at to reserve your spot.

Legislative Town Hall

Meet our two local state legislators at an evening session at the Cedar Mill Library upstairs meeting room, on Tuesday, January 28 from 6-7 pm. State Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward and State Representative Mitch Greenlick will discuss the upcoming legislative session with constituents, answer questions and update us on recently-enacted state laws.

Cedar Mill Little League


Reigning state champion Cedar Mill Little League has opened registration for the 2014 Spring Baseball season, through Sunday, February 9. Go to for more information and to sign up today!

Cedar Mill Little League is a 500+ player league with baseball programs for players ages 5-13. Teams are formed at the T-Ball, Rookie, A, AA, AAA, Majors and 50/70 Intermediate levels. Descriptions of each level and age requirements can be found on CMLL’s website.

CMLL is a non-profit organization and relies heavily on its volunteers. They are actively looking for managers for all levels of play. If you are interested in being a team manager or assistant coach they highly encourage you to volunteer. It is a greatly rewarding experience. You can sign up online at If you have any questions regarding registration, contact Collin Davis, CMLL’s Player Agent at

Transportation Open Houses

The county needs your help creating a future vision for the transportation system. The transportation system of roads, sidewalks, bikeways, trails, transit, and all the other elements necessary to move people and goods efficiently throughout the county represents a huge public investment. Planning the future transportation system is critical to achieving local and regional goals over the next 20 years. The county is updating the long-range Transportation System Plan that establishes the framework for future decisions about how we invest in our transportation system. The goal is to create a well-connected, highly livable, sustainable community that provides a range of transportation choices, and addresses important transportation issues in our region. They need your help to do it.

Get Involved! Attend one of the  open houses in January to learn more about the project and give them your feedback.

  • January 15: west county—Hillsboro/Forest Grove/Cornelius area. 4-8 pm, Public Services Building (cafeteria) 155 N. First Avenue.
  • January 21: south county—Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood area. 4-8 pm, Tigard Christian Church 13405 SW Hall Blvd.
  • January 30: east county—Central Beaverton/Aloha/Metzger/Garden Home area. 4-8 pm, St. Mary's Valley Catholic High School 4275 SW 148th Avenue.

For more information visit or contact Dyami Valentine, Sr. Planner, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation, at or 503-846-3821.

Can Your Ashes

ashcanWith the cold temperatures outside, a lot of people are using their fireplaces and woodstoves. Each winter, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responds to fires that are caused by improperly disposed hot coals or ashes from fireplaces and woodstoves. To avoid such fires, we urge community members to “can your ashes” even when they may appear to be cold.

To be safe, simply treat all ashes and coals as hot, even when you think they had time enough to cool. To properly dispose of ashes or coals we recommend the following:

If possible, allow ashes and coals to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These devices are designed to contain their heat safely. When it is time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down. Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away. DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.

Enjoy your fireplaces and woodstoves this winter; just remember to can your ashes! For tips on other winter safety topics, visit the website at

Cedar Mill Garden Club


The January 15 meeting of the Cedar Mill Garden Club will include slide show and talk on Japanese Maples and Companion Plants, presented by Norm Jacobs, owner of Arbutus Garden Arts, He will also bring plants. “All interested gardeners, novice or experienced, are welcome to attend,” said Barbara Cushman, Cedar Mill Garden Club President, adding, “This is one of many interesting and informational monthly programs provided for the community.” The Club will be holding their meetings at the Beaverton Activities Center 12500 SW Allen (Allen and Hall,) at 12 pm. This is a change of time and venue for the club.

Meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday from September - May with a Picnic in July. The club also holds an annual plant sale to raise money for scholarships and community projects, takes many field trips and tours, and is sponsoring a youth gardening group at a local elementary school. For additional information, call 503-649-7741, email, or visit their website.

Washington County Forum

The Washington County Forum will offer several programs before they kick off the important elections season. Programs are recorded and available on YouTube and local cable access channel 21, Tualatin Valley Community Televison,

The group meets at the Peppermill Restaurant in Aloha, 17455 SW Farmington Rd. NOTE: this is a new location! Meetings start with an “order your own” lunch (optional) and time to mingle from 11:30-noon. Programs run from noon-1 pm.

The upcoming schedule includes:

AARP Driving Class

The AARP will offer a Smart Driver Class on Friday, Feburary 7 from 9 am-4:30 pm in the Upstairs Meeting Room of the Cedar Mill Community Library. The class will also be offered on May 2, August 1, and November 7. This is a one-day class with a break for lunch and only costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for others! They ask that you pay at the class and prefer a check made out to AARP. To register, call Tom Wilson at 503-286-9688 or email him at For more information visit

Review the County Transportation Study Draft Approach

Note: This study is a separate effort from the Transportation System Plan (TSP) update.

Washington County has developed into a vibrant urban metropolitan area that also retains a thriving rural community and economy. A safe and functional transportation system is critical to our economy and quality of life. At the close of its 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature provided funding for the Washington County Transportation Study (WCTS) to evaluate the long-term transportation strategies and investments needed to sustain the county's economic health and quality of life in the coming decades. This study provides the opportunity to:

  • think big and look 20-50 years ahead—far beyond the Transportation System Plan's 20-year horizon;
  • study the county's evolving demographic and economic conditions, development trends and travel patterns;
  • evaluate pros and cons of alternative multi-modal transportation investment scenarios in relation to community values;
  • help policy makers understand the opportunities and challenges facing the County;
  • help inform future decisions about transportation funding needs and priorities; and
  • position Washington County for continued success in the future.

We've released a Draft Study Approach for this two-year effort. We're interested in getting public comments on this draft approach between now and January 28. We'll consider public comments as we begin drafting a more specific work program, developing a broad and inclusive public engagement strategy, and beginning our consultant selection process.

Visit the website for more information and to submit your comments. 

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