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April 2017 meeting announcement for Oak Lodge History Detectives

Join us on April 13th for what promises to be an informative and interesting evening.

April 13, 2017
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove

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March 2017 Meeting

Weather permitting!

With a little bit of luck Old Man Winter will not interrupt our meeting in March!

At our last meeting we spent a fair amount of time discussing At Risk Historic Houses and the things that can lead to their ultimate demolition.

We will be continuing that discussion at our March meeting, focusing on things that OLHD might realistically do to promote interest and pride in our community’s historic homes, with the ultimate goal of encouraging stewardship in these houses – preserving them into the future.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Joyce Allmon, Willamette View Manor director of Communications and Community Relations, speaking about the History of Willamette View Manor.

1970 newspaper advert for Willamette Methodist Hospital

Update on Oatfield House Demolition Hearing: March 9th is also the date for the hearing pertaining to the proposed demolition of the Phil Oatfield House. And as luck would have it, the hearing will be at the EXACT SAME TIME as our OLHD meeting! The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, Room 118, 150 Beavercreek Rd.. in Oregon City. (map)

You now have a choice: Attend the hearing in person and testify if you wish , OR you can attend the OLHD meeting and provide WRITTEN testimony to the demolition hearing by emailing Linda Preisz at prior to March 9th, citing ZOOO9-17, Demolition of Oatfield House.

You can also write Linda Preisz at Linda Preisz, Senior Planner, Clackamas Co. Planning Division, 150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045.

Join us on March 9th for what promises to be an informative and interesting evening.

March 9, 2017
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
February 2017 Meeting

Weather permitting!

They say “Try, try again”. And so we shall attempt to dodge Old Man Winter’s wrath this month and hold our first meeting in several months – cancelled previously due to unusually wintry weather.

The proposed demolition of the Philip T. Oatfield house has highlighted weaknesses in Clackamas County’s Historic Protection ordinance, sometimes rendering protection of some Historic Landmarks impotent. The State of Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (very) recently adopted changes to its rule guiding protection of historic resources pertaining to the National Register of Historic Places. According to Peggy Moretti of Restore Oregon:

“these revised rules present a modest yet meaningful baseline of protection for our irreplaceable historic resources – something which has been sorely lacking.”

OLHD will be discussing these issues at our meeting, and considering how we might best move forward with proposing to Clackamas County more meaningful tools that would help to preserve historic resources in our community.

As OLHD voted some time back to support the effort to preserve Concord School we will be updated on the status of The Concord Partnership’s final concepts for the re-purposing this building and its grounds.

And for our evening’s program we will be hearing from OLHD member Mary Bailey presenting on the history of the “Portland Open Air Sanatorium“.

Join us February 9th for what promises to be an informative and interesting evening.

Feb 9, 2017
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove
January 2017 Meeting

UPDATE: Cancelled for inclement weather!!

See you in February.

We surrender!!!!!  Old Man Winter is being RELENTLESS.  Even if we don't get any more snow, what moisture remains on the roads will freeze tonight, and stay frozen tomorrow.  So will parking lots, sidewalks, bike paths and driveways.  It's just not worth the risk. Stay home, stay warm, and stay SAFE.

Stay tuned for future announcements.  Our next regularly scheduled meeting is set for February 9th, at the Oak Lodge Water District Office ( now the Oak Lodge Water Services ) offices on River Rd. @ Maple St.


Greetings and Happy New Year:

Old Man Winter has been relentless thus far this winter. Our December meeting, at which we had planned to present “Bricks and Mortar Chapter Two” had to be canceled due to snow and ice. Two weeks later the Friends of Oak Lodge Library celebration was held at Rose Villa amidst a significant snow event, resulting in a poor turnout. And now we’re heading into a significant cold spell with the possibility of some snow. Though it is too early to predict with any degree of confidence this weather pattern suggests that our January meeting could get snowed out again.

After the December snow-out OLHD had planned to postpone “Bricks and Mortar Chapter Two” until the January meeting. But in light of the wintry weather we’re having it has been decided to postpone that indefinitely until we are assured of decent weather – probably spring. We don’t want anyone missing this great presentation due to inclement weather. And we don’t want people venturing out into bad weather just so they don’t miss this presentation.

So our January meeting will be held January 12th – – – – Weather Permitting – – – – the evening’s program “To Be Announced”. The postponement of “Bricks and Mortar Chapter Two” means yours truly has a short window to come up with a backup program.

Please keep an eye out on our OLHD website, and Facebook page, for cancellation notices if that becomes necessary. An attempt will also be made to send out a general cancellation announcement via email.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Old Man Winter gives us a break, and we’ll see you January 12th.

Mike Schmeer –
Chairman, Oak Lodge History Detectives

Jan 12, 2017
7:00 pm
Oak Lodge Water District Offices
14496 S.E. River Rd. @ Maple St.
Oak Grove