Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One Person CAN Make a Difference!

Last year, Karen Johnston of All About Automotive spearheaded a local School Supplies Drive that has encompassed the whole community. Under the umbrella of the GBEF (Gresham Barlow Education Foundation) she began a campaign that raised $10,000 worth of school supplies and roughly $1,200 in cash donations. And that was just the first year. Going into the second year, there has been $27,000 worth of school supplies, $1,500 cash donations and it’s still coming in! The outpouring of generosity has just been overwhelming.

The businesses that participated in housing the drop off bins;, Gresham Family Chiropractic, US Bank on Powell, Riverview Community Bank, Keybank (both Gresham & Troutdale locations), Gresham Ford, Origin’s Coffee & Tea House, Burns Feed Store, Cascade Athletic Club (both locations) and ReStore –Habitat for Humanity. Donations were also received from SnowCap Community Charities who distributes 600lbs of school supplies to each school district every year.

It took just one person, with a huge heart, to make a difference in our community for our kids! Thank you Karen Johnston and all the businesses and organizations for giving our kids a much needed boost into their school year. Now Karen is off to her next project and we’re proud to partner with her for the 2014 Fall Drive 4 UR School event which will benefit Gresham Gopher Spirit Club, Barlow Girls Basketball and Barlow Varsity Baseball! Mark your calendars; September 20th; 10am-4pm right here at Gresham Ford!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thank you and Keep Them Coming!

Just got off the phone with Susan Bowker aka Nana and there have been nearly 7,000 Post Cards
received that express happy thoughts, hope, joy and love for all the students, staff and teachers at
Reynolds High School. Yesterday, prior to school starting, some of these Post Cards were read for the first time by some teachers and staff and their response was “Keep them coming!”.

There are some great stories involved in these cards:
• A High School in North Dakota that wrote out a bunch of Post Cards and then laid them out on
the football field spelling HOPE and took an aerial photo to share with Reynolds HS.

• Local business Stamp Connection’s staff took special time to make each of their Post Cards a
work of art.

• Local High School Student Cezanne inspired 300 others to mail cards!

• They have come in from all over the country from young and old alike.

But this is the deal. We need to keep them coming – so in case you missed the article on the front of the Outlook on Tuesday, please go online to the Outlookonline.com and read the story about Susan’s (Nana) plan to shower Reynolds High School with “Happy Thoughts” – then send this story on to friends and family far and near and encourage them to send a Post Card – if you do not have a Post Card just write your thought on an envelope and mail it to: HOPE, P.O. BOX 9, TROUTDALE, OR 97060!!!

P.S. Thanks to all that participated in the ALS challenge at Gresham Ford – your efforts will provide 8 new wheel chairs to local ALS patients!  If you missed it check out the Gresham Ford Youtube channel.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ice Buckets on Wheels...

So, everyone, I’m sure, has seen the millions of videos of people drowning themselves with ice water and challenging others to do the same, right? It has been amazing to see this epidemic circle the whole country and how everyone has come together to promote research for those suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Well, Gresham Ford has accepted this challenge as well, but we decided to do things a little differently. Trying to keep things local, we’re giving and accepting donations that will go directly to people in our area that are suffering from this disease in the form of wheel chairs. So far, we’ve collected $200, which at our discounted rate of $150 per chair; we’ve purchased 1 and 1⁄4 chairs! Through our good friends at Adventist Hospice, we are targeting people right here so if you’ve seen all the icing going on but not really sure how you can help, here’s how! Come on down to Gresham Ford, make your check payable to “Adventist Hospice” and partner with us, keeping it local once again, helping the ALS sufferers right in our own back yard.

On another note, the first day of school is right around the corner. Don’t forget our Reynolds High students that are returning for the first time since the shooting. Sending that Happy Thought to give them encouragement and hope, will make the best of a bad situation possible. Write just a word or phrase on an envelope, or come by Gresham Ford and pick up a card that we’ve made especially for this, and send to; HOPE, P.O. Box 9, Troutdale, OR 97060, or go online to; http://www.prayersforreynolds.com/.

Remember as Peter Pan says, “Happy Thoughts make you fly”!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coffee Fair at Origins Coffee House in Gresham

Just noticed that the “Try Local Tuesday” is going to be at “Origin’s Coffee House” (Located in the Gresham Town Fair Shopping Center/Eastman Parkway & Division) - as we all know “Try Local Tuesday” promotes shopping and dining at local businesses. There are lots of reasons for this but the location of the Tuesday -September 2nd who has taken the time to give back to the Community in a way that will benefit and inform all those who visit this establishment.

Adam Reid and his wife Maria have done lots of research with the help of the Gresham Historical Society to locate pictures of the Fairgrounds that were located on the current “Fair” Shopping Center. They have them beautifully displayed in their establishment and even if the coffee, tea, chocolates and gelato were not some of the best in town, these historical photographs in themselves, would truly be a reason to visit this business. Adam and staff are happy to describe a few interesting facts about each display.

For you old-timers, a great chance to reminisce and for those a little not so old, a chance to glance back in history!  In addition, there is a large map of the world on the wall and pictures in conjunction with it describing where the coffee’s served “originated”! Thus, “Origins”!! Origins of the history of our colorful and unique community and origins of unique and specialized products carefully raised to ensure fair-wages, sustainable practices, educational opportunities, healthcare, and business development.

Bring a friend and stop by “Origins” anytime but would love to see you on “Try Local Tuesday”!  4:30—6:00 p.m. is a grand example of a small business owner

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You are in our “Happy Thoughts!” Reynolds High School Staff and Students



Puppies, smiles, cookies, laughter, babies, mom, dad, son, sunshine, flowers, music, fresh baked bread, joy, peace, peaches, kisses, hugs, freedom, church, friends, family, brother, sister, teacher, birds, singing, rain, dancing, fishing, bowling, tennis, golf, pie, Christmas, grand-daughter, cousin, sailboats, cheerful , apple, games, blue, Ford, chocolate, Santa, birthday, Smurfs, Thanksgiving, poems, jokes, good, raspberries, faith, Easter, swing set, yellow, butterfly, husband, jokes, swim, driving, letters, pink, daughter, grand-son, aunt, uncle, hearts, bubbles, hula hoops, records, Elvis, running, walking, balloons, jewels, piano, grandmother, grandfather, breakfast, horse, football, basketball, train, bicycle, charms, notes, tea, Valentines, gifts, garden, lawn, house, home, pets, caretaker, goodwill, angels, miracles, marshmallows, flying, wind, giving, sharing, snow, waterfall, Mt. Hood, sushi, velvet, glitter, Pepsi, vacation, Hawaii, purple, Sesame Street, ........
Susan Bowker AKA Nana

Those are a hundred or so of my happy thoughts....my dear friend Susan Bowker a.k.a. Nana has come up with a great “happy” idea. The Students at Reynolds High School will soon be returning to classes and we would like to encourage you to share a happy thought with them. It’s simple. Write a “Happy Thought” on a postcard (or if you do not have one just write it on the back of an envelope) and mail it to HOPE, P.O. Box 9, Troutdale, OR 97060. We have lots of postcards at Gresham Ford so stop by and pick some up - we will even mail them for you. While we can’t change what happened – we can make every student, teacher and support staff know they are valued and that they are in our “happy thoughts”.

Click Here to read Susan's article that was published in the Gresham Outlook.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Something to Sink Your Teeth Into

Are you hungry yet? Well’ here’s something to “Bite” into!! The 2nd

Saturday, July 26th

OR). The Bite of East County is a fun celebration of East County, its culture, its food, its people and its

extraordinary quality of life. There will be seating and tables, but you are welcome to bring a blanket to

spread on the ground if you wish.

A vast variety of food vendors this year featuring, Alexander, Bumper’s Bar & Grill, Corbett Country

Market, G Goodies, Joy Teriyaki, La Mixteca Taqueria and Nicholas. With desserts by J Gelati Italian

Ice and Frozen Custard and Liberated Bakery, just to name a few!! And of course Skyland Pub will

managing the Beer Garden serving Coors Light, Raspberry Wheat and Blue Moon for the unfiltered

wheat beers....Mirror Pond and RPM IPA or Hop Venom (from Boneyard) for the microbrews.

This year Bite of East County will feature Midlyfe Crisis and several local bands.

The best part is that the Bite of East County is a fund raiser for Zarephath Kitchen & Pantry. Zarephath

serves hot meals 6 days a week and provides food boxes for families in need in East County. Last year

the Pantry and Kitchen served over 180,000 meals.

So, come on down to Gresham Ford tonight (and we’re open until midnight), bring a jar of peanut

butter, non-perishable food item, or cash donation and you’ll receive two, that’s right, TWO tickets ($10

value) to this family friendly, summertime fun. It’s tomorrow! Bring family, friends, neighbors, even co-
workers for a fabulous evening in the park. Together we can help feed the hungry here in East County!

 Annual Bite of East County is this

 from 11:00am to 7:30pm at Columbia Park (1900 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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