Sunday, November 4, 2018

Did You Vote? Jonny Hotnuts for Corbett Mayor!

Have you voted yet? Jonny Hotnuts is hoping you will re-elect him for Mayor of Corbett!
Chris Gilinsky was born in Lakeview, Oregon- the highest city in the state of Oregon. Chris is the youngest of three children and says he was outgoing, loud and funny as a child due to moving around so often. His mom was a school teacher and his father an executive with Weyerhaeuser. They moved from Lakeview to Keno, Oregon and then to Hot Springs, AK. While in high school, the family moved to Springfield, Oregon. When his father got transferred to Mississippi, he agreed to let Chris stay behind to finish high school and be with the girl he loved. They ended up breaking it off and he ended up getting his GED in Mississippi! Chris has had many job experiences. He began as a fleet maintenance manager for US West Communications as a teenager. He later began working for Weyerhaeuser where he began with an entry-level position and advanced quickly. Chris also had the experience of being a professional paintball player! It was during this time that his son Brenden was born. Chris also lived in Reno, Nevada with his brother and worked in radio on-air as Jonny Hotnuts! The name came from a club in Mexico that his father had visited and told him about. Chris liked the name so much that at one point he almost legally changed his name. In 2002 Chris moved to Portland to get into a larger radio market. While waiting for this opportunity, he began working alongside his father who had retired from Weyerhaeuser and was now doing handyman work for property managers. He did this for a year when out of the blue, they received a call from UPS wanting to know if they could build a countertop. Chris has now worked for UPS for 14 years as an engineering consultant. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine that the phone call for a countertop would turn into his golden ticket. He not only has a dream job, but he was also able to work at it with his father for 12 years before he passed. He also met his wife Lori as a result of his job! When he met Lori, he immediately knew she was "the one" and they were engaged after one month of dating. They married in 2005 and their son Neal was born in 2010. They lived in Portland and then moved to Corbett in Dec. 2015. Friends encouraged them to move to the area and they now absolutely love the community! Brenden came to live with them in May 2018 and the family of four have a dog named Ginger that is almost 13 years old. Chris began playing the guitar at age 15 and now loves to design his own guitars in his spare time! The family enjoys watching movies at home and traveling. They have been to Spain, France, Portugal, England and Rome. Next trip? Australia and New Zealand.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Man Has a Road Named After His Family!

Roger Christensen's grandfather Christian "Cook" Christensen settled his family in Springdale in 1894. The extended family is still here! Roger was born in 1946 and grew up on Northway Road in Springdale. He is the youngest of four children, with two girls and two boys in the family. Roger attended Springdale School until the 5th grade and then came to Corbett to attend the now burned down Corbett Grade School. He attended Corbett High School from 9-12th grade, graduating in 1966. Roger was raised on a dairy farm and worked hard both before and after school doing farm chores. When Roger was in the 7th grade, he wrapped himself in a sheet and jumped out of the family's barn loft. He said he wanted to see if the sheet would act as a parachute. It did not work so well. He broke his left hip and was put into a full body cast for six months. Roger had to be homeschooled for two years! He also ended up with a permanent limp and was not able to play any sports. Roger chose to be a manager of the wrestling team and for three years in high school he supported and traveled with the team. Roger says he did not excel academically because he would rather be outdoors, fishing in the creek or playing. After high school graduation, Roger went to work for the US Forest Service as a Surveyor Aide. He lived at home for two years and then moved into an apartment with friends. Roger also took classes at Mt. Hood Community College. Roger met Fran Aquino in 1972 at a shop in Fairview that Roger visited for his job. They married and lived in Portland. A short time later, Roger injured his right hip while on the job. He had the hip replaced and now has two artificial hips! After this incident, Roger went back to school to earn his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering. He then began working with the Oregon State Highway Dept. as a Materials Inspector and was an employee for 25 years before retiring. Roger and Fran have four children. Josh, Brad, Becky, and Curtis. They were all raised in Corbett as Roger and Fran moved to Corbett in 1979, just before Curtis was born. They both wanted their children to be raised in the same small community where Roger grew up, giving them a rural upbringing. Instead of raising them on a dairy farm like Roger had been, they instead raised beef cows. They also leased out part of their land for raspberry crops. Roger retired in 2005 and now enjoys volunteering in the community as well as traveling. He and Fran have been to Jamacia, Hawaii, and Mexico. They have also taken their RV from Corbett to New York and back! Together they have two granddaughters and one grandson.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

From Florida to Corbett

Lorraine Newell's arrival into this world was expedited by a motorcycle ride. Her father was drafted into the Army and her mom wanted her to arrive prior to his departure for Germany. The answer? A bumpy motorcycle ride to start labor. It worked! Lorraine arrived before her father left and then she and mother eventually joined her father in Germany for a two year period. The family later moved to Florida where her only sibling was born. Her brother and parents lived with her in many locations within Florida until Lorraine was 15 years old. Her father was a pastor and was interested in attending Multnomah Bible College in Portland, so they decided to move across the country! Lorraine began as a sophomore at Park Rose High School and it was not easy for her. Quiet and compliant as a child, she was also artistic and played the piano. The move to Portland rocked her world and she didn't start off on a good foot. She literally BROKE her foot just before school started and had to hobble around her new high school! The following year she transferred to Portland Christian High School and met a friend there who lived in Corbett. That was the first time she was aware of the Corbett community. After high school graduation, Lorraine was in a bad car accident and needed time to recoup. She began college in 1989 at Azusa Pacific University in CA. After two years, she moved back to Portland and met her husband Gene. Her parents had moved back to Florida, so Lorraine lived in an apartment and began dating Gene. After eight months, they became engaged and then got married in 1992. Lorraine was working for Multnomah County and today is still employed with the county but has a different position, working as an analyst in Human Resources. Over the years she was able to take time off when her daughters were born and still at home. In 1995, Gene and Lorraine purchased their first home and then the babies started arriving! Together they have three daughters. Madeline is 21 and attending college in Seattle, Katie is 18 and Emma is 15, both attending school in Corbett. In 2003 the family moved to Gresham and then relocated to another Gresham home before finding a forever place to live in Corbett in 2018. Lorraine's parents are back in Portland now and they will eventually live with her family, so Lorraine and Gene wanted to find "the perfect spot" for multi-generational living when it comes time to join them on the property. Lorraine says the family loves to laugh a lot and vacation together. They make several trips to Seattle to see their oldest in college and are also big Seahawk fans. They have been to Mexico, Disneyland, and Hawaii. Currently, Lorraine is the president of CHAMPS, involved with the Site Council at the school and is a member of the Corbett Ladies Who Read book group.