Sunday, November 4, 2018
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
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
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.