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 DEndicott@aol.com.

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 www.corbettoregon.com 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. :)