Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Michelle Abramson was born in Redlands, CA and is the oldest of five children born to her parents. Her mom passed at age 90 and her father is still alive at 98 years of age! Michelle's father was a pilot in the Air Force, flying in WWII, the Korean War and in Vietnam. Michelle and her siblings lived internationally as a result of her father's position with the USAF. When she was five, Michelle's family moved to Japan for three years. They then moved stateside to Tacoma, Wash., then to Germany. Later it was off to Michigan and then back to Tacoma. As a child, Michelle said she was very quiet and yet confident. She loved being in the outdoors and was mischievous. Michelle attended all four years of college at Western Washington Univ. in Bellingham, WA., earning her Bachelor's degree in English and minoring in Art. College was a positive experience for her and she made lifelong friends. Upon graduation, Michelle began teaching on an Indian Reservation near Yakima, WA. After teaching for a year, she then taught Art and English on the high school level in Oregon for two years. The next stop was teaching for four years in Germany for the Dept. of Defense at a high school where she again taught both English and Art. Michelle and Al Abramson had been platonic friends for ten years and when Michelle moved back to the states from Germany, love blossomed in Boston! Michelle went back to school at Boston Univ. to get Master's degree in English and her and Al married in Boston in 1972. Together they moved to Mississippi for a year where Al was a ship fitter and Michelle taught Art. After Mississippi, they moved to Portland where Michelle again taught Art and English at Roosevelt High School. Each and every summer they commercial fished in Alaska. When son Gunnar was born, he was born three months premature. He was well loved and cared for! Gunnar was a quiet child who started writing at age seven and would read whenever possible. He also loved target shooting, cars and military history. He is currently in Japan, looking to teach English. During his growing up years, he also went to Alaska with his folks each summer. When Gunnar was 13, they sold their fishing business. Al and Michelle not only went to Alaska with Gunnar, but also to Australia, India, Europe and all over the Western U.S.. In 1990, they moved to Corbett, wanting to get out of an increasingly busy Portland. Michelle taught nine years at Mt. Hood Community College after moving to Corbett, then suffered a bout with cancer. As she was recovering, both she and Al became involved at the Corbett Grange and the Helping Hands program. They also became involved with the Corbett Historical Society and the Columbian Garden Club. Michelle has always loved the rural aspect of Corbett, living just "close enough" to town! Al passed on his birthday in 2017 at the age of 74. Michelle continues to live in Corbett and has no plans to move anywhere else. Having lived and traveled the world, this is HOME.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Beginning this blog in 2010, I have personally interviewed nearly 400 folks that live in Corbett or work for the Corbett School District. I have a PASSION for this little community that helped raise my children. After volunteering extensively in many facets of the community, I came to realize that the people of Corbett are beyond amazing. My friend Clarence Mershon (author of numerous Corbett history books) encouraged me to start writing down some of the conversations I had with the people of Corbett. The Corbett Connector Blog was born!
Since the blog, I have also birthed the Corbett Business Directory to support LOCAL shopping for everything from needing an attorney to purchasing firewood! All folks in my directory must be a Corbett resident. Copies are updated every year and are FREE in both Corbett markets, Liz's Coffee Cabin and at the Grange. They are also available online.
This summer was busy for my real estate business, so it has taken me a bit longer to get started again with my interviews. Get ready to read about older residents that have lots of interesting thoughts to share about their lives!
Two years ago I moved out of the community during a very sad period of my life. I am SO HAPPY to announce that I am moving back in October. Corbett truly is my HOME. I cannot wait to start running the roads of Corbett again! ;)
(The Portlandia Marathon is next weekend and I am ready).
Please let me know if you have any particular friend or relative you wish for me to interview! #971-221-9655.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Corbett residents Ryan and Emily Domingo first met at a July 4th BBQ in Brooklyn, NY despite both having Oregon roots. Together they share a passion for food, hospitality and connecting with people. Emily's mom was an avid gardener and Emily grew up being exposed to numerous vegetables and home grown meats. She worked in several restaurants as a teen, and later attended culinary school in Portland. She continued working in a variety of restaurants after school and was even on the Iron Chef! Ryan has a college background in Marketing and Advertising. He transitioned to a career in restaurants in 2006, managing numerous restaurants in several different states including Ned Ludd in Portland. Both Emily and Ryan have a deep love for nature and the outdoors, so having their first brick and mortar building located just off the Scenic Highway is a dream come true! Next month they are bringing their delicious comfort foods with a seasonal spin to the banks of the Sandy River. The Sugarpine Drive-In will be the new commercial kitchen for their upscale Larch Provisions catering business. Located at milepost 0 on the Scenic Highway, they are located in the snack shack that is over 100 years old and rich with history. Their plan is to offer high quality organic soft serve ice cream, sandwiches, refreshing beverages, soups, salads and more. One can drive through or walk up to the window to order. Multiple picnic benches will be available on their spacious deck to sit and enjoy either a snack or meal. They will be open year round, as they will still offer catering services as well. Hours at the Drive-In will be 11 am to 6 pm Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 11 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday. They will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. More information can be found at www.sugarpinedrivein.com. Currently Ryan and Emily are looking to raise needed funds to get started and you can be a part of that by making a donation via their website or at kickstarter.com
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Born in Portland, Or., Kathleen went home with her parents to Seaside, Or. When Kathleen was just six months old, her mom was hospitalized with TB. Kathleen moved in with her grandparents and did not see her mom for three years. Kathleen was very loved and cared for by both sets of grandparents as they lived so close to one another. When her mom healed, she and her mom joined her dad in Elsie, Or. Two brothers eventually joined the family and then the family moved to Vernonia when Kathleen was in the third grade. The family lived there until Kathleen finished her freshman year of high school. During 7th grade, her parents decided to help a child in need and adopted Bruce to join the family. He is 10 years younger than Kathleen and he fit right in! When her dad got transferred again with Crown Zellerbach, Kathleen was 14 and the family moved to Seaside. Her dad was promoted from logger to assistant manager. She graduated from Seaside High School and attended Seattle Pacific College, which is now Seattle Pacific University. She then transferred after two years to Oregon State Univ. and majored in Elementary Education. Kathleen says she learned many life lessons in college and as a result, chose to make some changes and joined a campus ministry in San Jose. After this, she was hired to teach special education on an Indian reservation in Montana for one year. This was a very positive experience. Later she got a job as an aide in a behavior classroom in Park Rose. Here she learned a tremendous amount. Kathleen's grandmother found her a husband during this time. Dave Shelman attended the same church as her grandmother and introduced them. It was love at first sight! They dated just nine months and then married in her parent's wheat field in Molalla. Kathleen got her first full-time teaching job as a reading specialist, teaching three years. She gave birth to a daughter and then two years later, a son. Dave was transferred to Colorado as an architect and they lived there for four years. Kathleen taught nursery school during this time. In 1986, they moved back to Oregon. In 1988 Kathleen began working in the Reynolds School District as a kindergarten teacher, part-time. She later taught first grade. Both her kids went to Corbett Schools K-12 and graduated. She retired in 2013 and has subbed in both the Reynolds and Corbett School District ever since. She mostly volunteers now. She loves to garden, do yard work, hike, kayak and travel. Her and Dave are happy at home with their one dog and two ducks.