Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spaces by Design

For over 15 years, Spaces by Design has been creating customized interior spaces and outside facades for residential and commercial projects. Corbett resident, Catherine Dishion truly enjoys helping people but she especially loves to help them with their building and remodeling project.  She will always schedule a free consultation to determine what the customer is looking for.  She said that the majority of the time, clients have ideas but are not sure how to accomplish them.  After consulting with them, she can offer numerous options or zero in on exactly what the customer is looking for.  Whether it is a minor remodel, whole house remodel, or brand new construction, she can offer her expertise to make the job easier on the homeowner or business owner.  She loves houses of all shapes and sizes, old and new, from Contemporary to Tuscany.  No job is too small.  Because she is detailed orientated, she will make sure the remodeled area of the house will tie in with the remaining structure.  Her biggest concern is that the remodel appear as if it was originally part of the house.  She will also take care to make sure the interior remodel will not negatively affect the exterior of the property, such as the placement of a new window that does not tie in with the existing windows and doors.  She can provide interior floor plans, lighting specs, and color palates.  Catherine has extensive experience working with Contractors, Designers, Architects and municipalities for the permit process.  Therefore, she can contract to be the liaison with the Contractor, Designer or Architect and handle the necessary Building Permits.  She is happy to provide references upon request. Catherine can be reached at:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Is Santa bringing YOU a puppy for Christmas??

By chance is Santa going to bring a puppy to your home for a Christmas gift for you and your family? If so, Dawn is READY to help you!!  "I live in Corbett, but travel to clients in Multnomah and Clackamas counties, east of the Willamette River."

Positive Solutions Dog Training works with pet owners to transform untrained animals into attentive, responsive pets and focused performance dogs.  Providing private, in-home training in the Portland Metro Area, owner Dawn Gilkison is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and is committed to using force-free training methods. The benefits of positive reinforcement training include rapid and long-lasting learning and an enhanced relationship - based on trust and cooperation - with your dog.  Whether you are adding a new puppy to your family, or you need to teach your older dog to walk politely on leash, Dawn will work with you one-on-one with a training and management plan that will meet your needs.

Dawn Gilkison
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Positive Solutions Dog Training, LLC
Portland Oregon Metro Area -  971-255-7466
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Landscapes in Living Color

My name is Elaine Hutson and I am a consultant who has lived in Corbett for 40 years. My 

business name is Landscapes in Living Color, which pretty much describes what I do. I first

consult with the client as to what their lifestyles actually are (busy and rarely home or

do you enjoy spending weekends in the yard?). I then sort out where the structures should go,

whether it is a shed, pathway or pergolas. Next I lay out the beds and paths and I help with

choice of plants. First choosing for hardiness, then scale, color and year round beauty.  I have

put in a landscape that covers 1 and 3/4 acres at my own Corbett residence, so have learned

from first hand knowledge and experience what works here in Corbett and.... what does not!! 

I also have done work as far as Newberg to Camas. I purchase the plants and then deliver and

place them where they are to be planted. I have men who will do a lot of the hard work of

roto-tilling, planting, hardscape and sprinklers, or the home owner wishing to save money can

do it themselves. I also come once a year if you wish, to show you how to prune and take

care of your investment. For further info. check out my web site at:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bedhead Rustic Headboards - Our Story.

Ben and I recently embarked on a new journey together. He and I met just under three years ago, and have been inseparable ever since. We were married this past May in the Springdale Bible Chapel and celebrated at a fun and heartfelt reception with all our friends and family at the Historic Columbia Grange Hall. What a wonderful day!

From the start, Ben and I realized what a good team we made. We are active and always on the go, forever working on something new together. We have remodeled our home, refinished and revitalized many old and well-loved or rediscovered items along the way. We have designed and built flower trellises and arbors, outdoor log furniture (which is Ben’s background. He built and sold custom log furniture for over fifteen years). In the course of all our pursuits, we kept envisioning and building beautiful things, whether to keep or to sell, all the while hoping to springboard our vision into something we could nourish into a viable business venture together.

The catalyst. Space is at a premium in our Corbett home. Ben designed and built a custom platform captain’s bed equipped with lots and lots of storage. He also built custom closets and a dresser embellished with rustic birch and twig accents. We lived in our space for several months before deciding what it still needed. A beautiful headboard!

Ben said, “You design it, and I’ll build it.” And we did just that. We came up with a wall-mounted, “shabby chic” headboard, adorned with three upholstered panels to coordinate with our d├ęcor. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. We looked at each other and just knew. We had found our niche. So was borne Bedhead Rustic Headboards.

A headboard is the “crowning jewel” to a bedroom. It defines and sets the tone for that space. We have come up with three classic, elegant designs: Frontier (a western original), Thomas (classic wood, three-panel) and the Carolina (upholstered three-panel). They are at once rustic, charming and stylish. For each design, we have three beautiful wood stains to choose from, Ebony, Early American and Shabby Chic. With literally dozens of fabrics to choose from ~ from Burlap to faux Leather and everything in between ~ the sky is the limit! Modify a single design feature (or two), and we can take your headboard in any direction. We also have several children’s designs from basic to frilly, yet always timeless.

Why a wall-mounted headboard? A bed with a headboard, foot board and side rails can be extremely cost-prohibitive. And more often than not, the foot board and side-rails go unseen. Our wall-mounted headboards are an affordable way to get the look and feel of a high-end bed, but without the price tag. Compare our designs and see! Affordably transform and beautify the look of any room in seconds. Our wall-mounted headboards are sturdy yet lightweight. All mounting hardware is included. Prices start at only $59.99 and go up to $149.99.

Bedhead Rustic Headboards are perfect for children’s rooms, young adults, college students, guest rooms, master suites, as well as second homes or hunting lodges. There is a design to suit every taste. We also have an “Edgy” collection, which is more modern and industrial, geared for young adults and the urban crowd - embellished with cool metal and rough worn leather elements. Finally, for “Man’s Best Friend” we also build dog beds (by Bonehead). Available in 3 standard sizes, or we will build to suit.

Support your local small business! We design and hand-build all of our headboards right from our own woodshop here in scenic Corbett, Oregon. How can you get one? Call us today! Please visit our website Select your size, wood finish and fabric, and leave the rest to us! Have an idea? We also happily do special orders. You can order online or call or text Ben or Rena at 503.867.4715, 503.810.9032 or email Most orders are available for pick up or delivery within 2 days. We accept cash, Visa and MasterCard.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BRRRRRRR........ HOW can I stay warm this winter in Corbett??!

Staying Warm This Winter:

Corbettites keep their wood stove going 24/7-

but one can also consider.....

  • Changing your furnace filter can save between 5-15%
  • Use a draft stopper at the bottom of doors leading outside
  • Keep curtains open during the day and closed at night for extra insulation
  • Seal windows that leak with plastic sheeting
  • Close off little-used rooms
  • Seal foundation cracks, door and window frame gaps, attic entrances, and places where pipes and utilities
  • Replace worn weather stripping
  • Eliminate drafts around electrical baskets with foam gaskets.  They can be purchased for just over a $1
  • Install a programmable thermostat and set it according to the times that you will be home
  • Buy a portable heater and turn down the furnace

Corbett Residents- Do you want me to feature YOUR NO charge??


Over a year ago I started a blog about Corbett. Since then, I have interviewed over 200 residents, both young and old and have also done several blogs on the history as well as current information on our little community. At this time, I am going to write a paragraph about some of the 175 PLUS businesses that are represented by residents of this area. If you are interested in me writing about YOUR business, please send me an email at: So far, I have received over 50 THOUSAND "hits" on my blog site.
Michelle Smith

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WHY do people choose to live in Corbett???

1. Here one can have not only cats and dogs as pets, but also pigs, sheep, goats, cows, alpacas or anything else that can be fenced.
2. In Corbett you can take the same exact school bus ride for thirteen years, as kids can get their entire education on ONE campus.
3. Most every Corbett kid fully understands what it means to have/do "real" chores, not just taking some garbage can to the curb once a week.
4. "Going into town" means Troutdale/Gresham, going into the CITY of course, means Portland.
5. Nobody cares if you are Yale educated and make $250K a year. The REAL question is- Do you have a road named after your family??
6. Everyone loves everyone and is nice- until there is any type of an election.
7. Grocery shopping at the Grange or picking up your mail at the post office is a social outing.
8. No matter how frustrated you may get with your neighbor, if they need help on any level, you are the FIRST to respond.
9. July 4th is the BIGGEST holiday celebration of the year.
10. Chances are, when you meet someone, their cousin lives here too.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Winter Driving in Corbett

Winter Driving Tips
As we get ready for winter driving, here are a few tips to keep in mind to keep your trips safe.

Any safe winter travel starts with a bit of prior planning:

1. Is your vehicle ready?

Did you follow your manufacturer's recommendations regarding operating systems, fluids, and care? How about other winter specific needs like tire chains, a shovel, or the regular emergency breakdown essentials like blankets, flashlights, flares/reflectors, etc?

2. Are you ready for your vehicle?
Do you know how your vehicle will handle in adverse weather? Drive very defensively, anticipate well ahead, and stay off the brake when you can.

3. Do people know what you are doing?

Whenever you travel in winter weather, let someone know where you are going, how you are going to get there, when you should arrive, and any emergency pre-plans. Keep your "safety" contact informed of any deviations from the plan and always check in when you arrive.

As a reminder, like bundling up in added layers of clothing, here are a few items to add to your vehicle's emergency supplies for winter travel:

-Tire chains that fit (practice putting them on if you can)
-Snow shovel (full sized or collapsible)
-Airtight container of ice melter (plastic coffee can works well)
-Leather or work gloves, spare warm gloves/mittens, plus consider extra warm clothing.
-Small tarp or closed foam pad (to lie down on the snow without getting too wet)
-Blankets or sleeping bags
-Emergency food (don't snack on it as you drive, its for emergencies).
-Flashlights with fresh batteries
-Cell phone car charger. Keep your cell phone plugged in unless its an emergency


Plan ahead, stick to your plan, and let somebody know what you are doing. Especially if traveling when winter conditions are forecast, stick to main highways and roads where possible. Finally, make sure you call your contact to let them know you've arrived safely. Just as important, before setting off make sure your contact knows what to do if they do not hear from you by your estimated time of arrival.


Whether due to weather or backed up traffic, count on at least double the time to reach your destination as you would take in non-winter conditions. Take it nice, easy, slow, and anticipate well ahead of time when accelerating, braking, turning, or otherwise changing the direction or movement of your vehicle.

Check the weather forecasts prior to leaving, and stay tuned to a station that has weather information if traveling any distance in winter conditions, especially if they are forecast to worsen as you go. Keep alert for signs that tell you to tune into a radio channel to get localized weather advisory information. Especially in the dark, if conditions worsen to the point where you are having trouble seeing or staying on the road, it may be advisable to find lodging for the evening and give it another go in the morning.

Most importantly, HEED ALL WARNINGS. If a roadway is closed DO NOT attempt to travel on it regardless of how you are equipped or how experienced you are in driving in adverse conditions. Roadways are closed because travel on them has reached such a hazardous level that it is dangerous for emergency responders to attempt.


If the unforeseen happens and you either break down or find yourself unable to proceed, there are two main issues that you will need to address sooner than later:


Put out a flare behind your vehicle, put up your reflective triangles, tie something bright and reflective onto your antenna, do whatever you can to be seen by other traffic and any potential rescuers. If you can run your vehicle intermittently, keep your emergency flashers on while your vehicle is running.


Decide early on whether your problem is mechanical or environmental. Unless you know how to fix a mechanical problem with your vehicle, don't waste your time. If you are simply stuck in the snow you may have the ability to dig yourself out, put on chains, or otherwise take measures to get yourself going again.


If you have cell reception, being stranded in extreme winter conditions with a non-functioning vehicle is a life threatening situation; call 911 for assistance. If your vehicle runs but you are stuck, call non-emergency. If you do not have cell reception, you will need to be able to take care of your situation until your contact person initiates an emergency response to find you because you have not arrived as anticipated.


If you cannot move your vehicle, in most circumstances, you are better off staying with it and sheltering in place even if your vehicle is not running. If your vehicle does run, as a rule of thumb turn on the motor for 10 minutes for every hour you are stuck. If you are forced to leave your vehicle, make sure to leave a prominent note in it as to who you are, who is with you, and what direction you intend to travel. Stay on or near the roadway and be visible.

Monday, November 25, 2013

This Corbett Home has been listed "For Sale" for 11 YEARS straight!

Hard to believe that a home as beautiful as this could still be without a buyer....even after ELEVEN years on the market! The home is located at 31031 NE Lampert Road and first went on the market Sept. 5, 2002. There have been five different Realtors over the years that have tried to list and sell the home and property, some of them the most "elite" Realtors in the Portland area. Why such a challenge to find the ideal buyer? The home and property consist of 14,000 sq. ft. on 96.69 acres. Not your average family home out in the country. :) There are two 7,000 sq. ft. levels, with an additional heated parking garage for NINE cars. There is also an 8,000 sq. ft. barn, an outdoor pool overlooking vast views of the city of Portland and the Columbia River Gorge and more. There are six full bathrooms and two half baths.The home was custom built in 1995 and includes numerous fireplaces as well as a heat pump and air conditioning. There is even an interior elevator and living quarters for a mother-in-law! Currently the property taxes on this home and property are $34,216.20 per year and the current asking price? $3,995,000. The highest asking price over the years was in 2007 when they had it listed at $7,950,000. Anyone interested in making an offer???!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Corbett Thanksgiving at the Grange Hall- RSVP

NOT everyone gets to go to Grandma's house for the yearly Thanksgiving holiday. If you want Grandma's home style cooking, a beautifully set table and fabulous company to chat and share a meal with, head to the Grange! All residents are invited to a NO COST homemade turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thursday, November 28th at 2 pm. The only requirements are to be a Corbett resident, and bring a side dish to share. ALL ages are welcome and wanted. I personally have enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at the Grange in the past and it is better than fantastic!! Everything is made from scratch and the tables are all very nicely set. The best part is- no hassle, local and you get to meet new community members. If you and your family are interested, you NEED to RSVP- ASAP to Jeri Yoder at the Grange. #503-695-6674.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Larch Mtn. Road to Close Winter Gate Today!

The upper section of Larch Mountain Road in east Multnomah County will close for the winter on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Mike Pullen, spokesman for Multnomah County, said the road is closed each year about this time for the winter by installing a snow gate near mile post 10.  

Pullen said in a news release that the closure is designed to protect members of the public from from getting in trouble in adverse weather conditions and also reduces maintenance costs related to snow removal. The gate is opened in the spring.

Pullen said that Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County, reaching an altitude of 4,055 feet.   For more information, visit

Photo Credit: Barry Smith (My husband!)

Monday, November 18, 2013

WHO keeps Corbett SAFE???

Multnomah County Deputy Joe “Rocky” Graziano has earned himself an award for leading two major community safety efforts over the past year in Corbett.
Every year the Oregon Peace Officers Association recognizes police officers who have distinguished themselves through bravery, heroism and exemplary public service.
On Friday, Nov. 8, the police organization held its 44th annual awards banquet at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde.
by: OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Deputy Joe Rocky Graziano
by: OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Deputy Joe Rocky Graziano
There Graziano was one of four officers who received the Oregon Peace Officers’ Public Safety Award, for his exemplary leadership within the state police department.

The Public Service Award is awarded to officers who distinguish themselves by unusual acts in the performance of police duties or acts that rise above the expected norms of police or community service.
A 20-year veteran police officer, Graziano has served as Corbett’s community resource officer for the past four years. His most recent efforts to enhance safety and security for Corbett residents and visitors, and reduce crime in the area, were recognized.
“It is evident that ensuring community safety is the heart of Deputy Graziano,” read the Oregon Peace Officers Association’s awards announcement.
“His determination and continued efforts demonstrate the high quality of service the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office places on its outlying communities and the citizens they serve,” the announcement said.
Citizen’s Patrol
As the entryway to the Columbia River National Scenic Area, the small community of Corbett attracts more than 2 million visitors per year, but the police presence is minimal.
Harnessing local resources to ensure greater safety coverage in the area, Graziano created the “Corbett Volunteer Citizen’s Patrol.”
The group’s goal is to deter criminal activity by acting as a visible presence in the community.
Graziano established the groups’ mission, wrote the proper protocol and coordinated the training program for the Citizen’s Patrol.
He helped organize and train the 30 or so citizen volunteers who make up the patrol group.
Citizens were trained in parking enforcement, patrol tactics, interactions with the mentally ill, trauma prevention and disaster preparedness.
School safety response plan
The second project Deputy Graziano is recognized for involves school safety.
Following two highly publicized shootings locally and nationally, Graziano met with school officials in Corbett as well as other members of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and public safety partners to discuss their concerns related to security at the school.
In response, Graziano developed a safety response plan and held trainings for school staff.
He also helped develop and instruct an “active-shooter” response simulation for deputies and school staff at the school, and he conducted several two-hour trainings for community groups, public schools, summer camp facilities, community colleges and public safety agencies.
A problem solver
and good friend
Graziano received positive feedback from the community for his instruction.
Capt. Monte Reiser of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office wrote in Graziano’s nomination for the award, “Deputy Graziano’s personalized service delivery has established him as a well-respected problem solver and good friend to many citizens and visitors to the Corbett area.”
Reiser continued, “The development of these two separate programs has already had a positive impact and will continue to positively improve the quality of life to our community in the future.”
Founded in 1968, membership in the Oregon Peace Officers Association is open to all law enforcement-related professionals of any rank. It is one of Oregon’s largest law enforcement associations with nearly 1,500 federal, state and local members.
Communications Supervisor Ronda Griffin of the La Grande Police Department, and Communications Specialist Tina Holt and Senior Officer Larry Shryer of the Salem Police Department also received Public Safety Awards at the banquet.

According to its website, the Oregon Peace Officers Association is the only statewide organization to hold an annual awards ceremony specifically honoring those law enforcement professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dave Dahl Visits Corbett Grange Hall

It all started a few years back. I was already volunteering at the Corbett Grange Hall to serve seniors in the Corbett community a free hot meal every Monday for lunch. Dave's Killer Bread donated such an abundance of bread to our Helping Hands food program, that there was enough for me to also share with my church and some needy families in Corbett not able to make it to the grange on a regular basis. Each Saturday I would pick up bread from the grange and then would deliver bread from my Subaru station wagon. Everyone treated me like I was delivering GOLD as the bread was THAT good. Never one for eating bread filled with healthy nuts and grains, I wondered what all the fuss was about. I finally took my first bite. Insane. BEST. BREAD. EVER. Fast forward. I am in Clackamas Costco picking up a few items. I see a Dave's Killer Bread booth. I walk up to get a sample and end up telling the kind folks that I am thrilled to share the bread with others and someday would love to "actually meet this Dave guy." They laughed and told me to turn around. There was Dave, leaning up against a display of green beans or something. I smiled at him and he returned the gesture. We ended up talking at least 20 minutes, and exchanged business cards. I walked away thinking he was one of the MOST down to earth and authentic people I had ever met. In my line of work, I meet a variety of people on a regular basis. I came home and told my husband about the encounter. He laughingly said I should invite him to lunch at the Grange with all my senior friends. I thought- "Why not? Nothing to lose." Both he and his fiance, Michelle came a few weeks later- all the way out to Corbett just to meet my friends and have lunch with us. He brought everyone a fresh "Sin Dawg" and sat and talked for a long time with everyone at the grange, engaging and sharing bits of his life and struggles and hearing also about theirs. Dave and I continued to stay in touch, and one of the seniors there that day invited him to his home for dinner. Dave CAME and so did some of his friends. I also was invited, with my husband. After dinner, Dave and friends played guitar and talked into the night about life. Dave continued to be very open about his struggles with depression and addictions, wanting to reach out to others and also help them. When I saw Dave in the news for the recent incident, I was pretty shocked at how rude and judgemental some folks were being - without even knowing him or the facts of his struggles. Personally struggling with depression myself for years, it is really unsettling that people choose not to better understand, but to be harsh and judge. No matter where Dave lays his head at night, I KNOW him to be one of the kindest, most generous and most authentic people I know.

Friday, November 15, 2013

WHO would buy a home in Corbett in the winter?!

This coming spring will mark seven years of my selling real estate- mostly in Corbett, Oregon. Being a rural property specialist has taught me MANY things and there is still so much more that I will continue to learn as I face new challenges and opportunities on a regular basis. Here are some fun facts that I want to share about real estate in Corbett.
Did you know???
1. There are several homes/properties in Corbett that have a Troutdale address? (Cabbage Hill)
2. There are also several homes with a Corbett address and yet they are located in the Sandy school, water and fire district.
3. EVERY home in Corbett has a septic tank (of SOME sort!!)
4. There is NO NW natural gas line to ANY home in Corbett. If you want gas heat or appliances, you need to either rent or own a propane tank.
5. Folks are either on Corbett water or have their own well or spring! Corbett water is NOT available to all homes, as their lines do not extend out far enough.
6. Currently, there are just 18 homes actively listed For Sale in Corbett.
7. The most expensive listing is $3,995,000.00 and has 14K sq. ft. on 96.69 acres.
8. The median list price is $369,000.
9. The median house size is 2,268 sq. ft.
10. The MOST popular time to list a home is between Spring Break and Halloween.
11. Corbett averages just 24-27 homes SOLD each YEAR.
12. Every single property in Corbett has it's own zoning and possible tax deferrals. Each are unique!
13. Currently, average days on market are 108 for Corbett homes and properties.
14. I have been in EVERY single home that has come on the market in Corbett (except TWO) in the past almost seven years. That means walking the acreage and going into every single outbuilding on site.
15. Because we are unincorporated in Corbett, Multnomah County is our "Big Brother" with zoning, permits, tax and land use issues. I know the planners all by name. :)
16. Does anyone purchase a home in Corbett in the winter? Very few. We average no more than ONE Sold home per month during November- February.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Grocery Shopping in Corbett?!

Helping Hands
The Columbia Gorge Helping Hands Food Salvage Program is a 501c(3) non-profit community outreach program. Run by volunteers, it is an outreach program that gathers salvage food and personal items for families in the rural communities east of the Sandy River. The tenets of the program are family and community. The program started over a decade ago with a conversation between neighbors. Today there are well over 100 volunteers and serves more than 900 families. Volunteers travel up to 2800 miles per week to collect, offload, clean, organize and provide the personal items- usually store overages- donated by grocery stores and other businesses throughout the Portland and Gresham areas.
Shopping days for community members are each Monday and Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Located in the basement of the Grange Hall at 37493 Grange Hill Road, the cost is just $10 to fill two cloth shopping bags. Enjoy organic produce, dairy products, packaged and bagged food, bakery items and other products.

There are FRESH fruits and vegetables available on a regular basis-in abundance!! NO reason not to shop and eat healthy!! Stop by to try it out. Cloth shopping bags are available for purchase at $1 each. They can be used over and over again each week. Must show photo ID that you are a local resident.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Corbett Children's Theatre

The Sound of Music: Directed by Angel Williams and a choreography/musical direction team.

Dates: November 15, 16, 17 (Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm and Sunday at 3 pm) November 21, 22, 23 (Thursday at 7 pm, Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7pm)

Location: The Chapel, located at 27132 SE Stark Street in Troutdale, Oregon.

To reserve seats, please visit our website at:

Corbett Children’s Theater was founded in June 1998. Musicals, stories from classic literature and comedy are all part of CCT’s continuous repertoire.

The mission of the Corbett Children’s Theater is to provide entertaining, professional quality theater, performed by children for audiences of all ages. We educate, challenge and inspire youth, support the learning environment, and build strong community values.


CCT seeks to be a model of excellence in theater. We provide a professional quality performance arena encompassing all aspects of theater, both technical and artistic. We develop the skills of teamwork, self confidence and collaboration in members. We seek out funds that allow us to improve our programs and facility.

Core Values
  • The educational power of the arts encourages teamwork and communication skills and allows participants to experience the pride of accomplishment.
  • High expectations of our members performance and behavior encourages them to reach their full potential and become both strong team players and confident leaders.
  • It is the responsibility of the all adults at CCT to create a positive, supportive, nurturing environment in which we assist young people as they face life’s challenges.
  • By providing a positive environment, we foster the innate creativity and curiosity of youth while encouraging critical and independent thinking.
  • We embrace the fundamental attributes of young people: curiosity, risk taking, candor and imagination and we strive to foster that creativity and encourage critical and independent thinking.
  • All who pass through our doors deserve equal respect, courtesy and care.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Original Columbian Garden Club

Columbian Garden Club- "Preserving our past secures our future"

Organized in 1949.
Federated in 1950 with the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

Conservation Pledge- I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet earth, and promise to promote education so we may become caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife.

Club Purpose- To provide educational opportunities for member and the general public in the area of home gardening, landscaping and horticulture, while promoting interest and activity in the conservation of our natural resources, the beautification of our communities, and creation of sustainable environments.

The Columbian Garden Club is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, charitable corporation. We meet at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Corbett Fire Hall. 36930 EHCRH, Corbett. All meetings are open to the public.

Club Officers:
President- Gary Simone
Vice President- Chris Witka
Secretary- Debby L. Simone
Treasurer- Gary Law

State Theme for 2013-2014
"Growing for the Future, Planting in Special Places"

Holiday greens fund-raiser
Annual Spring Plant Sale fund-raiser
Tours of member and special gardens

Fundraisers have been used to support:
Corbett Head Start, The Oregon Garden, Corbett High School landscaping, Historic Springdale School landscaping, Scholarships for Corbett High School, Renovation of Corbett Fire Hall, Support of Blue Star Memorials, Install/maintenance of Multomah Falls Blue Star Memorial Marker Landscape,  4H, Jeff Lucas Memorial, Columbia Grange for ADA ramp, Corbett Post Office landscape.

A typical meeting begins at 10 a.m. with flag salute and conservation pledge, followed by short "spotlight" and "Audubon" presentations. Then we have the business meeting consisting of approval of minutes, treasurers report, discussion of old and new business. Around noon, we brake for lunch, hosted by a rotation of club members. After lunch we have a special program. Finally we share horticulture- samples of what's blooming in our gardens for each to see, touch and smell.

Spotlight- "Winter storage of Dahlias" by Sandy Cartisser
Program- "Soil preparation methods; composting and cover crops" by Gary Law

Spotlight- "Attracting hummingbirds year round in Corbett" by Inga Winters
Program- Holiday Party!!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Corbett Weather- From Springdale to the top of Larch Mountain

Corbett weather is different than the Portland metro area due to elevation and our location at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.   First, almost the entire area is above the 500 ft. elevation, with some homes as high as 1,800 ft.  That means temperatures run 5-10 degrees cooler than Portland year-round.  As a result summers are perfect with very few hot days and overnight temps that drop off quickly.  Hardly a need for air conditioning here!  In the winter that means harder freezes and a better chance for snow at times, especially once you get east of "Downtown Corbett" up around 1,000 ft. and above.  

Of course Corbett is known for THE EAST WIND.  The most common misconception Portlanders make is thinking the wind blows all the time out here.  Not true; it's generally a cold season wind.  It's caused by cooler air east of the mountains moving through the Gorge, then accelerating out the west end.  East wind tends to ramp up after Halloween, gradually increasing in strength and occurrence through November. During the peak of the "wind season", in December and January, it can blow for many days in a row without letting up.  Meanwhile if you go a few miles south or west it'll often be calm!  Then in early March it suddenly disappears.  During that 3-4 month period, Corbett is often the windiest place in the Pacific Northwest.  When the wind is accompanied by temperatures below freezing (Brrr!), the liquid rain we normally see in the winter falls through this thin layer of wind and cold.  It freezes on contact into an icy glaze that covers anything outside.  It's beautiful, but slippery!  The Corbett area gets more of this freezing rain in the winter than any other part of the Pacific Northwest.  Eventually the wind goes back to a warmer southerly direction, the ice melts, and we're just getting plain wet like the rest of the Portland Metro area.  This cycle of east wind, freezing rain, and then warming sometimes happens only once per winter, but in cold winters can show up several times.

Mark Nelsen
Chief Meteorologist KPTV/KPDX

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Columbia Grange #267

The Columbia Grange- also known as the Corbett Grange, was built in 1898. It has been used as a community center for many years and was once used to house Columbian High School students after their school burned to the ground in 1922. The "new" Columbian High School is now the current Corbett Middle School building. The Grange Hall is located at 37493 Grange Hall Road in Corbett. Currently it is a building that is community centered, welcoming all. The building itself has undergone a nearly TOTAL refurbishing in the past ten years. The organization is supported through private rentals of the building as well as fundraisers and donations. The Corbett community has seen the need and taken care of the needed upkeep and maintenance of the building and grounds. The well cared for building is now supporting programs such as the FREE senior lunch each Monday at 11 am (for those age 55 and older) and a Helping Hands Food Salvage program open to the community on Monday and Thursday from 2-6 pm. This is a 501c3 organization that began as a Grange Program. Fundraisers have included car washes, Arts and Crafts Shows, Christmas Bazaars, barbecues, bake sales, dances and rummage sales. The Grange has promoted community sponsorship through the Albert Kimbley Scholarship, Gales Creek Diabetic Camp for Children, Dictionaries for Third Graders, Clothing Exchange, 4th of July Booths, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and Christmas Food Baskets. The Grange Hall is available, free of charge, for community meetings for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Club, and other community-related events. The Grange continues to award scholarships and grants to groups and individuals in the community. The Columbia Grange, a 501c8, is part of the Oregon State Grange and the National Grange. Meetings are open to the community on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. Telephone: 503.695.6674.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Leaving a Legacy in Corbett

This week I did something out of the ordinary- I purchased a burial plot for my husband Barry and I. Over the last seventeen years I have been to the Mt. View Cemetery numerous times with my children and by myself. I find it to be a most beautiful spot to reflect on the short life time we are granted here on earth. This past week I made the commitment with Barry to invest in a spot that will  represent the legacy we hope to leave in our little community that we have grown to love and cherish.
Mountain View Cemetery was originally owned by Thomas Evans, a Corbett pioneer. Evans farmed produce and planted prune orchards as well as served as the first president of The Columbia Telephone Company. Located between Smith and Evans Road in Corbett, this small cemetery is now managed by Metro. The cemetery was founded in 1888.
The cemetery is open each day of the week from 7 am until sunset. Photography and videography is restricted to scenes of the landscape, nature and architectural designs. There is no tobacco, illegal drugs or alcohol consumption allowed on site. There are no pets allowed, even on a leash. One is not allowed to burn incense or candles at any time and artificial flowers are not allowed between March 1 and Nov. 15 except for the three weeks of Memorial Day remembrance.
Many infants, young children, teenagers, men and women are laid to rest in this little cemetery. What I find to be interesting is the fact I have been able to recognize numerous names of folks that have gone before me. What I want to ask myself is, what kind of a legacy can and WILL I leave behind in this fabulous community that my family has the privilege of calling home?

Friday, October 18, 2013

A library in Springdale (Corbett) for ALL to enjoy!

A "funky little house" that is currently filled with about a dozen books has taken root in the yard of Corbett resident, Donnie Endicott. The little library was built from recycled items found in her barn. Being a voracious reader most of her life, and more recently, a fiction writer of mysteries and children's stories, Donnie wanted to share and connect with other readers that are local. "Reading has been a passion, an addiction and sometimes a form of therapy for me" says Donnie. Located at 30225 NE Hurt Road, she is hoping readers will "take a book and leave a book." So far the response has been somewhat limited, but Donnie believes this is only due to the fact word has yet to "get out" to the community. Her hope is to get and then continue a lively exchange of a variety of books. Next month the library will be officially entered into the National Little Free Library registry. For more information, you can contact Donnie at

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shop/Hire/Work "Local" within Corbett!!

Are you involved in a volunteer group within our community? Do you belong to a local Corbett club or church? Do you LIVE in Corbett and want to advertise your business? Are you a Corbett child or adult looking to offer a service for pay? We want YOU to be included in our 2014 Corbett Connector Directory!!
All listings are free and welcomed! You may purchase advertising, IF you wish. We had nearly 175 responses last year......BE INCLUDED this year.

NEW Citizen's Patrol Patrol Car

You may happen to see this "new" vehicle cruising around the roads of Corbett! The car is used by the volunteers of the Corbett Citizen's Patrol. It was a donation that is being put to great use. Not only do the volunteers patrol the Gorge Area, they can be seen in the mornings and afternoon up at the Corbett Schools helping with traffic control. Deputy Joe "Rocky" Graziano would love to have you join the Patrol, and can be reached at #503-251-2502.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Corbett's Own Citizen Patrol

Citizen Patrol History: Citizen Patrols or similarly named programs have been in existence for many years. During WWII, the nation lost many of its police officers due to being drafted into military service. This gap was filled with some of the first Citizen Patrols who augmented law enforcement agencies in non-enforcement functions. Corbett's agency's purpose began in 2010 with the main purpose of deterring car break-ins in the Columbia River Gorge. Members of the Citizen Patrol act as extra "eyes and ears" for law enforcement and work under the VIPS (Volunteers in Policing) Program. The Mission: The mission of the Citizen Patrol program is to help reduce crime and the fear of crime. This is done by providing a visible presence as a deterrent to criminal activity. Patrols are aimed at deterring criminal activities and vehicle break-ins in the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Application Process: The Citizen Patrol is made up of volunteers who have undergone screening, training and background checks by the Multnomah County Sheriff''s Office. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Expectations: Volunteers must drive their own vehicles during patrols, have access to a cell phone and have the ability to receive training updates via email. Members work with a partner during their patrols and attend the training meetings which are held three times per year. 48 hours of volunteer work are required on a yearly basis. Members do not carry weapons and confrontation is avoided. Members observe suspicious activities and report as necessary. If anyone is interested, they can go to and click on the "Citizen Patrol" tab.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall is here, and I am back in the saddle! Be prepared to get lots of Corbett information about activities, people and real estate. Stay tuned, folks. :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

What Makes Corbett a Destination for Many

Here we go again! Last year I needed to do the same exact thing- Put the pen away for a short time. It is once again "that time." I am fascinated by this place we get to call "home." Corbett is by far one of the most unique and amazing places I have ever gotten to live. I have moved literally across the country in my my nearly 50 years, moving 14 times! When our boys were just 4 and 6 years old, we found a home advertised in the the Gresham Outlook that seemed "promising" and yet we had no real idea just where the heck Corbett was located! Turns out the home and property needed an enormous amount of love and attention. But! for the last 16 years my life has never been the same as a result of "taking a chance." When I moved here, a gal named Dorthy Larson walked up to me and said "Who are you?" and that is how it all began! Being a stay at home mom, I poured myself into the community as a volunteer, trying to meet as many people as possible because I felt so isolated and lonely on our little property. I began meeting people that began to actually impact and shape my life into what it is today. One of the most beautiful things about this community is the diversity- the only thing we really "lack" is color! When I grew to learn to LISTEN to others rather than talk AT them, my heart opened to hear, learn and understand that we all have much more in common than not. After becoming heavily involved as a parent volunteer at the school, spending hours and hours helping with recess duty, washing dishes in the cafeteria, going on field trips, creating and dreaming up the idea of the reader boards, cutting and sending in the Box Tops, helping with PTA efforts, etc. I came to comprehend the CULTURE of our school system here in Corbett. It is not just about education. That is why it is not easily "copied" by others. I grew to understand teachers like Michelle Dawkins, Lori Luna, Susan Handy, and others were not here to collect a paycheck. They lived IN our community and cared deeply about the children and families they served, as well as the culture that was being shaped at the school. When I found that folks were willing to create a food program at the Grange Hall and serve a hot meal for our seniors each week, I immediately jumped on board. THAT made an enormous impact on yet another "layer" of our community. The "older" generation having an opportunity to gather for a meal and fellowship. I have spent literally hours and hours of time HEARING what our founding family community members have to share about their memories and experiences of shaping Corbett to be just what it is today. Our history here is RICH and Clarence Mershon has gifted us all with his recordings of it within his published books. He was a major inspiration for me interviewing over 200 folks in our community for my blog. Six years ago the gal that cut my hair heard me saying that waitressing very part-time for seven years at Tad's Chicken and Dumplings on the Sandy River was fabulous, but I was getting old and tired! She laughingly suggested selling real estate in the community that I was always talking non-stop about. Real estate? That was certainly never my dream or plan. Just as life has it, I realized that if I wanted to help our boys get through college, we needed a bit of a plan. I started my career in the WORST real estate market of the past 80 years. That was propably the best thing that ever happened to me. Chris Tymoshuk was my very first client, and she BELIEVED in and trusted me. I remember sitting on her living room floor with her husband Paul, laughing nervously as I tried to "figure out" exactly how to write their offer in the very best way possible. What a journey selling homes and properties in Corbett has been as I have previewed nearly EVERY home ever listed "For Sale" in the past six years to have a better understanding of just WHAT the home and acreage were "all about." I am loving this adventure, and it has grown beyond my wildest dreams. This is why I am putting up my pen up for a few months. I want to again devote my full time and energy to serving my clients as I help the "newcomers" of Corbett better understand the culture of what the long time residents have literally created over the years. I will be back to the blog come fall, when things tend to slow down a bit in the real estate arena.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thank you, Clarence Mershon

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Clarence Mershon who passed away on May 10, 2013. Services will be held on Monday, May 20th at 11:00 am at Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel in Gresham.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Portland Women's Forum- Dedication of the New Water Fountain!

May 2, 2013 was a celebration and ceremony to dedicate the new water fountain at the Portland Women's Forum. What exactly IS the Forum, and why celebrate a new water fountain? Gertrude Glutsch Jensen was the very first chairwoman of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, from 1953-1969. She was also the Portland Women's Forum "Woman of the Year" in both 1963 and 1964. Gertrude was born in May 1903 and attended first Lincoln and then Franklin High School before heading to Reed College, studying Political Science. Gertrude had one son, Fredric Jr. and was an active writer for the Oregonian, and a Realtor. She succeeded at most everything she attempted. When Gertrude visited the Columbia Scenic Gorge with her son, she fell in love. She also noticed that there was a great deal of logging and was afraid that too many industries were wanting to "set up shop" in the Gorge. Gertrude was a leading environmentalist that was "unrelenting, ferocious and constant" in her attempt to preserve the beauty of the Gorge. She was known by many as the "Angel of the Gorge" and also known to wear many, many hats. Literally. She had a huge variety of different styles of head coverings and was often sporting one at events. In May 1970 she was honored for all her efforts to preserve and limit building in the Gorge by a monument with a drinking fountain. It was created in her honor. The fountain was often frozen in the winter months, came into disrepair and eventually landed in the workshop of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. for several years. Today a brand new ADA drinking fountain has been created and a new capstone for the original monument was rededicated, just days shy of what would have been her 110th birthday. Active since 1946, The Portland Women's Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and beautification of the Columbia River Gorge, and is made up of the principle women's organizations of Portland. The organization was founded by and is comprised of individual women. The original 3.71 acre tract for the scenic viewpoint was purchased by the Portland Women's Forum in 1956, using proceeds from fundraisers; it was donated to the state of Oregon in 1962. The original tract was the site of the old Chanticleer Inn restaurant. An additional 3.55 acres was purchased after litigation in 1970. More than 265,000 visit the viewpoint each year. Gertrude passed away from heart troubles on Dec. 27, 1986 and was responsible for preserving over 3 thousand acres in the Gorge during her lifetime.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Recent Corbett Fire Burns the Home of Charles Post!

Charles Post built his family home to enjoy the beautiful Gorge area and the lifestyle it offered. Many say that he put in an overabundance of windows in the three story home to capture as many views as possible. After several years, the Sprague family purchased the home and property on Wand Road from the Post family. In the early 1970's, Paul and Ethel Tomlin's son who had grown up just across the road purchased the home from the Sprague family. Eventually Paul and Ethel sold their home and property to Phil "Big Bear" and his wife, Judy DuFresne and they bought the the original home of Charles Post from their son. Paul and Ethel grew older and their daughter Starla and husband Thomas Daniels moved in and raised their four children in the home. On Valentine's Day this year, the home had a chimney fire during the day. The family immediately called 911, but the fire spread rapidly and burned most everything. It was a devastating loss for Starla and Thomas as well as their daughter and two grandchildren who were living with them. Soon the Daniels family will be able to rebuild. Starla's nephew will be charge of the re-build and they will keep a historic look to the exterior but will create more spacious rooms on the interior. Hoping they could salvage some of the framing, they were recently told by experts that this will not be possible, and they will use just the foundation.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Who was Charles Post??!

Charles Post purchased 10 acres of land on "Cabbage Hill" in 1910. He and his son then built a family home. In 1912, he set up a portable studio close to the Chanticleer Point Inn in the Gorge. Fortuituously, for the historian, Mr Post's photos and sketchings provide an unequalled pictorial record of the Gorge before, during and after the construction of the Columbia River Highway, which commenced in the fall of 1913 and was completed in the fall of 1915. Charles W. "Wes" Post was born in Portland on Jan. 2, 1915. He had a sister nearly five years older, and his mother gave birth to another child in 1918. Edith died during the delivery and so did the baby. Father Frank decided to let his young children, Lillian and Wes now live with their grandparents on the acreage that they had purchased for $500.00 in the Corbett area. They named their homestead "Mayview" after the daughter that had died shortly after they made the move to the Gorge from Illinois. Wes Post's grandfather was a renowned artist that had completed artwork for the Chicago World's Fair in 1896. Together Wes and his grandfather traveled extensively up and down the Gorge, sketching and taking photos of the Gorge. Wes' grandfather died unexpectedly at age 64 and the children were left under the sole care of their aging grandmother, Rosa Post. Wes graduated from Corbett High in 1932 and his grandmother died shortly thereafter. His sister Lillian had already graduated and married by this time. This information comes from "Living East of the Sandy, Volumes 1 and 2" by Clarence Mershon.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Telephones in Corbett

Elizabeth Benn was born in South Dakota and married Roland Morgan in Idaho. Together they had four children and moved to the Corbett area in the late teens of the 1900's. All of the children attended the Corbett schools, the youngest graduating high school in 1936. Elizabeth (known as "Mrs. Morgan" to most) spent 20 years as the telephone operator for the Columbia Telephone Company in Corbett until her retirement in 1957. Mrs. Morgan was the lone switchboard operator and "central" to a system that served 300 people. There were a profound number of duties involved at the little telephone office located next to Settlemier's grocery store, now known as the Corbett Market. The wires set up to carry messages back and forth were known as "party lines" with folks having to "share" the lines. There was a momentous change in Corbett in February 1957 when the Columbia Telephone Company replaced the old system with a dial system. Mrs. Morgan was happily able to retire. It was in July 1945 that Vern Lucas died and Raymond and Wilma Smith took over the operation of the Columbia Telephone Company. They later purchased the company from Laura Lucas. Raymond experimented with several different types of overhead lines, due to the severe east wind causing problems. Eventually underground cable was used. Using a government sponsored program, Leroy hired Basil Lampert in 1957 so that he could help manage the increasing growth of the business while Raymond logged and created the revenue to continue keeping the telephone company afloat financially. Basil spent 17 years with the phone company. In 1972, Columbia Telephone merged with Cascade Utilities, Inc. During the time Leroy and Wilma oversaw the telephone company, the number of customers rose from 138 to over 1,100. This information was found in "Living East of the Sandy, Volume 1" by Clarence Mershon.