Local Issues



Gertz & Vancouver Way

Persistence Pays Off

Check out the newly improved intersection of N.E. Vancouver Way and N.E. Gertz Road. As of March 14, it now has four stop signs instead of two, plus four striped pedestrian crosswalks. How did this four-way stop come to be? People power!

Eight years ago, East Columbia residents Dick Towle, Gyrid Hyde Towle, Maryhelen Kincaid, Lorna Baxter and Carolyn May started lobbying the Portland Bureau of Transportation to include this corner in their Transportation Improvement Plan. The ECNA board at the time joined them in working with TriMet, Jubitz Travel Center, Deltawood, Fox Run, FedEx, Oak Harbor Freight Lines and PBOT.

Every year, the polite but firm public testimony of East Columbia neighbors continued. So much time went by that Dick passed away and Carolyn moved to another area. But now, PBOT has made the changes and that intersection is much safer—proof that persevering citizen involvement gets results.



Local Type Foundry

March News
from the C.C. Stern Type Foundry
Museum of Metal Typography Open Hours
3rd Saturdays

March 16th
March 30th *special open house
April 20th
May 18th

We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.

Admission is $5 (suggested donation). A variety of printed ephemera, printers aprons, books, and keepsake type ornaments are also available for sale at the museum and online.
Special AWP Open House
March 30th, 2019

From March 27 through 30, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is gathering at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for their annual conference and book fair. It’s a big event for writers, readers, academics, and blbliophiles, as it provides a venue for making connections, poet to publisher, reader to writer, bookseller to buyer, as well as between writing teachers and prospective employers. In fact, AWP is now the nation’s largest literary conference, drawing over 12,000 attendees for the four-day event. The book fair alone, open to the public on Saturday, March 30, pulls together over 700 exhibitors, from small press publishers to university presses and writing centers.

To connect with all of that interest in the printed word, the C.C. Stern Type Foundry will be hosting special open hours from 11:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, March 30. We’ll demonstrate the process of making metal type with a hand-held mold and with the Monotype “Orphan Annie” sorts caster. We’ll also have our tabletop platen press set up so visitors can print a letterpress keepsake from the foundry. The working museum highlights the history of metal type and its use in contemporary book arts, with examples from Jim Rimmer and, of course, Chris Stern, for whom the foundry and museum are named. Anyone can visit during open hours, so we hope to see you at the foundry.
NW Letterpress Network Meeting
March 9th
at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry

Hosted by Bernie Smith & Ivan Snyder

Printers, artists and other free spirits interested in letterpress printing are invited to join this discussion group. Meetings are hosted at the C.C. Stern Foundry on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to noon, and are followed by a short type and equipment swap. All are welcome.
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Double Dagger No. 3 Pre-Order
On the heels of our last Type Jam with Pat Randle we are taking pre-orders for the forthcoming issue of Double Dagger. Issue No. 3 is expected to ship in April. The C.C. Stern Type Foundry will purchase directly from Mr. Randle and bundle shipping costs. Reserve yours in person at the Foundry between now and the end of March for $20.

Our exhibit showing work from Whittington Press, Nomad Letterpress, and Double Dagger will remain on display through April, so come by to take a look at it if you missed the opportunity in February.
Upcoming Print-related Events
and Information
Friends of OCAC
The Friends of OCAC is an informal group that was started in December of 2018 by instructors, students, alumni and longtime friends of OCAC who were concerned about the future of the college and of the community craft school. Our beloved 112 year-old institution is undergoing major changes.

As most of you know, the school has announced that this graduating class will be its last. Students who are not graduating this term are transferring to other colleges. The future of the campus and the community school is not known. Official OCAC information can be found here.

The need for confidentiality during this transition has lead to frustration over the perceived lack of transparency by the Board. The aim of The Friends of OCAC is to help the school gracefully move into its next phase. We seek to bring clarity, civility and thoughtfulness during this time of transition.

With this goal, we organized a day of open studios and craft activities at OCAC on February 2nd, called "Passport to Creativity" to bring positive energy to the campus and the community. The event was attended by over 200 people, some visiting the campus for the first time. We created a petition asking for a Town Hall Meeting with the Board that received 1,167 signatures.

For news, you can "follow" Friends of OCAC on our Facebook page. You can join our mailing list on our website www.friendsofocac.org. We'd love to know your thoughts.

S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose
April 27, 2019
10 AM to 3 PM

San Jose, California
Tacoma Wayzgoose
April 27 & 28th, 2019
11 AM to 4 PM

King's Books
Tacoma, Washington

Please consider supporting the C.C. Stern Type Foundry programming:

Copyright © 2019 C.C. Stern Type Foundry, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 2556, Portland, Oregon 97208


Native Tree Thinning Project at Columbia Children's Arboretum

Good Afternoon All,

I want to let you all know of a special project we are conducting at Columbia Children’s Arboretum this winter that we hope won’t affect your use of the park. PPR will be removing native trees to improve the overall forest health at CCA in the next week or two.

As you know, thousands of trees, shrubs and ground covers have been planted at CCA to restore the ecological functions of the site.  However, several dozen of those trees have become so dense that in some areas of the forest they are choking each other out.  Most of the trees are so crowded that only the very top of the tree has any green canopy.  Additionally, the more complete shade under the trees has prevented native shrubs and ground covers from establishing, leading to reduced habitat value for animals, poor water quality in the nearby slough channels, and higher rates of homeless camping on the bare soil.

In the coming 2 weeks, some trees will be girdled so that they die slowly, providing snag habitat for the hundreds of bird, mammal and insect species that are found at CCA.  Other trees will be completely cut down and the wood will remain on the ground to enrich and de-compact the forest soil.  In Winter/Spring 2019, community members and school groups will be planting hundreds of shrubs and ground covers in the newly thinned areas.

Special care has been taken to select trees that are less than 12” dbh for removal and that are of varying sizes and species.  The goal is to have a forest with a diversity of tree species and ages.

This project is being conducted and monitored under a Type 1x Land Use permit (#LU 18-251306EN; attached).

Please share this information with anyone else you know who uses Columbia Children’s Arboretum and let me know if you/they have any questions.

Laura Guderyahn (she, they (either))
Ecologist | Lands Stewardship
Portland Parks & Recreation

Office Location: 8931 SE Flavel St, Portland, OR

Mailing Address: c/o Laura Guderyahn @ CNE (B-460)

Mt Tabor Yard, 6437 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97204
503-823-6736 (mobile)
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