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Brought to you by Chris and Victoria Garfield, REAL ESTATE INSIDERS


Drive until you qualify. That is the saying going around in our office right now, and it definitely describes the state of our current housing market. First-time homebuyers are priced out of a commute of less than 40 minutes, and at this pace, it could exceed an hour before the end of the year.

It seems like yesterday that Forest Grove was the affordable community at the west end of the Portland metro area. Now it is reported as the most popular suburban community in Oregon. It was only a couple years ago Forest Grove hosted the “Street of Affordable Dreams.” But affordability is no longer what buyers are talking about with respect to our town.

In 2012, I paid $100 per foot for my home in an unfinished Pacific Crossing. Today there are nine new homes being built in my neighborhood, priced at an average of $167 per foot.

And suddenly the solution dawns on me. Everyone with a 1,500 square foot home needs to sell and upgrade to a 2,500 square foot home. Here is some simple math: In 2012, a 1,500 square foot home sold on average for $111 per foot. Today they are selling for $191 per foot. Homes 2,500 to 3,000 square feet are selling for $150 per foot. You can upgrade, and your principal and interest on average will be less than $300 more per month. There is not enough room here to explain more, but call to discuss further!






Brought to you by Janet Peters, owner of Janet Peters Allstate Insurance, INSURANCE INSIDER


We all make silly comments from time to time. But what if you're sued for something you say, or something you write? That may sound like a far-fetched concept, but consider a scenario where you write a negative online review of a business, or you post an unfavorable comment about a person on social media ~ and you’re sued as a result.

It does happen. And that’s where a personal umbrella insurance policy may help. This optional coverage provides liability protection that may help protect you in a number of situations, such as if you’re sued over alleged libel or slander.

An umbrella policy typically kicks in once you've reached the liability limits on an underlying policy, such as homeowners or auto insurance. So, for instance, if a visitor was injured at your home and you were sued as a result, umbrella coverage may help cover legal expenses if they exceed the limits of your homeowners policy. In other cases, such as a libel or slander lawsuit, it may provide liability protection for situations that may not be covered by other types of insurance. Most insurers will want you to have at least $300,000 in homeowners liability coverage before they'll sell you an umbrella policy.

While you probably don't expect to face an accusation of libel or slander, mistakes can happen and the repercussions can be costly. An umbrella policy may help give you peace of mind, knowing you have extra liability protection in place, just in case.






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Brought to you by Nate Boyd, owner of The Gym, FITNESS INSIDER


Warm weather is upon us. Summer is coming along with longer days and more time to do all kinds of different stuff. While you think about all the chores and fun on tap for this summer, just remember that everything can benefit from a little exercising.

Let’s say you head up to the lake for a little action on the water. The boards on the boat are ready to be put to use. You know your abs, shoulders, knees, and neck are going to get put to the test. With a few good exercises and proper form training at The Gym, your 70 seconds of being pulled now turns into a few solid minutes of gliding and spinning gracefully across the water, cutting and carving all the way.

Or let’s say you have been trimming and primping your yard for hours, and you have many more hours to go. Your lower back, knees, feet, hands, and neck are going to be stressed and fatigued. With some good workouts and some rejuvenating physical exercise, your long day of yard work turns into a much more enjoyable day in the sun.

Summer is a great season to get started at The Gym. There is something that can help almost anyone with virtually any summertime task or adventure. Summer memberships are available, and the staff is always ready to help get you started on any goal you care to tackle. It’s in your hands, and, as always: Stay strong, my friends.






Brought to you by Holly Witte, owner of A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery, WINES INSIDER


We were remembering a wedding gift from a good friend, a bottle of 1973 Rothschild Bordeaux that Jim made us wait to drink until our fifth wedding anniversary. Guess he wanted to be sure about our marriage!

When the Sommelier opened it at a favorite restaurant, the cork broke into three pieces and its nose was a little funky. After it decanted for 30 minutes, it was sensational. A year later, the same friend brought us a 1980 vintage from the same vineyard and, frankly, it was just about undrinkable.

So, what to do? Some wines ~ Merlot, Cab Francs, Cab Sauvignons, Italian Barolos ~ have big tannins that are also anti-oxidants that protect the wines but may be harsh to taste in the early years. Those tannins do soften over the years, which may make the wine taste better as they age.

Pinot noir grows here with soft and mild tannins, so the wine can be enjoyed now or held. We tell people in the Tasting Room that if they find a wine they really like, buy some to drink now and some to put away for future savoring. In fact, that’s what the Oregon Wine Press said about our 2014 Pinot “Trouble,” when it became a May Cellar Select ~ drink now or hang on to it!

Some people like to look at their bottles of big tannin reds aging and mellowing on their shelves. Personally, we like to look at empty bottles of wine we’ve just enjoyed with a good meal.






Brought to you by Conley Lynch, M.D., at Maple Street Clinic in Forest Grove, HEALTH CARE INSIDER


Are you suffering from seasonal allergies? While most of the medications for seasonal allergies are now available over the counter, here at Maple Street Clinic in Forest Grove we still have many options to offer for those suffering from seasonal allergies.

While the mainstay of treatments for seasonal allergies are over the counter, non-sedating antihistamines such as Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec, there are still some prescription medications that we can use to augment the effects of these antihistamines. We can prescribe nasal steroids such as Flonase or other oral medications ~ Singulair, for example ~ to help stop the itching and sneezing. There are also several eye-drops available, both over the counter and by prescription, for people suffering from watery, itchy eyes. 

For people who continue to suffer with seasonal allergies, we can refer a person to an allergist for skin testing and other modalities of treatment. Once a person has had skin testing, a serum is developed and injected once or twice a week to help prevent allergies. We can administer those shots right here at Maple Street Clinic.

In the past, some people who work outside and are plagued by seasonal allergies have received systemic steroid shots once a year to keep their allergies at bay. This is a somewhat controversial treatment with serious potential complications and should not be taken lightly. However, for some people it may be a viable option, and we can discuss that with you at Maple Street Clinic.






Brought to you by Kevin Kuntz, owner, Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning, HEATING and COOLING INSIDER


You deserve to be comfortable. You’ve been working hard at your job all day, or perhaps you’ve been toiling in your garden in the midday heat. Either way, when you return to the sanctuary of your home, you deserve to feel comfortable. Your indoor space shouldn’t be a stuffy hotbox, and it should not be just as hot as the outside temperature.

In recent weeks, our area has had a number of cool, rainy days, but we’ve also seen hot sun with the thermometer climbing well over 80 degrees. With heat this intense this early, it makes you wonder what July and August might be like! But whether the temperatures turn hot or cool, Hybrid Heating & Cooling ~ located at 230 W. Baseline in Cornelius ~ stands ready to help.

Kevin Kuntz, owner of Hybrid Heating & Cooling, focuses on providing reliability, energy-efficiency, and comfort for his customers. The brand Kevin recommends most highly is Carrier, perhaps the most trusted name in the heating and cooling industry.

Hybrid Heating & Cooling is a factory-authorized dealer of Carrier equipment, and to demonstrate its confidence in the Carrier brand, Hybrid provides a 100% guarantee of its work ~ in writing. If within one year of the installation of your heating and/or cooling equipment the system does not live up to your expectations, Hybrid and Carrier will repair and resolve issues at no cost to the homeowner or refund the full cost. And that is a very comfortable deal!






Brought to you by Michael Doherty, owner of Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center in Forest Grove, AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER


Forest Grove’s new “Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center” is now open and ready to serve. Located on the Doherty Ford property, the service it offers is yet another demonstration of the Forest Grove auto dealership’s commitment to the automotive needs of the surrounding area.

Michael Doherty, owner of the Forest Grove business, said the investment was made for one basic reason: to offer better automotive service for the local community, “so people can get their cars in, out and get back on the road.”

The innovative Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center specializes in oil changes, vehicle maintenance, brakes, batteries, and tires for all makes and models. And customers can get service with no appointment necessary.

“It’s service without waiting, and we offer great deals on brakes, batteries, tires, and maintenance,” said Michael. “We can meet all your maintenance needs for all seasons, and there are five service bays, so no waiting.”

Michael said the response from the dealership’s customers has been gratifying.

“We are getting lots of positive feedback,” he said. “It’s a huge investment into the community and is reflective of the quality of the business climate in western Washington County.”

Right now, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center is offering a special deal on tires, with up to $120 in rebates on virtually all tires through the end of June.

The Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

   Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center

4223 Pacific Avenue

Forest Grove, OR 97116



Brought to you by Scott Palmer, artistic director, Bag&Baggage, THEATER INSIDER


One of the hallmarks of a Bag&Baggage show is our commitment to breathing new life into classic stories; whether it be Herman Melville’s Moby Dick or Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, B&B has an iron-clad commitment to telling familiar stories in new and innovative ways.

Our current production doubles down on that commitment, bringing great literature to life in our own unique style: Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma is, without question, of one the most popular and beloved of all English novels. Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen’s greatest inventions; a smart, sassy, strong female character who finds joy only in meddling in the love lives of others; that is until her own love life becomes tangled up with her matchmaking! Emma was Austen’s favorite heroine, but one that she felt would not be popular for long; how wrong she was! Emma has grown to be one of Austen’s most enduring creations.

B&B’s production, which runs until May 29, is an original adaptation of Austen’s novel by acclaimed British playwright Michael Fry. A delightful, charming, sparkling vision of the story that highlights the comedy and the romance that are hallmarks of Austen’s greatest prose.

As a theatre company, B&B has a reputation for excellence and accessibility. We work hard to ensure that all of our plays are of the highest standards, featuring professional actors who are supported in their work by some of the region’s most talented designers.

These great works of literature from our past have important messages for contemporary audiences, for young and old alike, and we are proud to be able to present these works for our community. Join us at The Venetian Theatre in downtown Hillsboro for an evening of charm, humor, and good old-fashioned English romance at Jane Austen’s Emma!

Tickets are on sale now at:







Brought to you by Tim Marble of Marble Law Office, LEGAL INSIDER in Forest Grove


Tim Marble, who started his own law practice and has served as an attorney in Forest Grove since 1998, is running for the office of Washington County Circuit Court Judge. The election will be decided in Oregon’s May 17 primary election.

Tim’s philosophy is mirrored in a quote he features on his “Tim Marble For Judge” Facebook page: “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” ~ Albert Einstein

Tim graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1980, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Willamette University. He has served as Washington County Circuit Court Judge Pro-Tem since 2009, and is ready to work for the citizens of Washington County.

Tim said he looks at serving the public as an honor, not as a career, and his decision to run for the office comes from his desire to make a difference in how people’s voices are heard. His love for the community drives him, and his solid background makes him a great choice to serve as Circuit Court Judge.

“I am honored and grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone who has responded on Facebook and otherwise,” Tim said. “I am anxious to serve the voters of Washington County to the best of my abilities.”

For more information on Tim’s candidacy, please go to:


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2013 19th AVENUE

Forest Grove, Oregon 97113



Brought to you by Victoria Webster, owner of Tory's Place, FASHION INSIDER in Forest Grove


I’m excited about this first monthly column on fashion. I cut my teeth on fashion in the 1990s working for Nordstrom, and have always had the idea that a few helpful tips can make it easier to look great! Also, it shouldn’t cost a fortune to look fabulous for less and getting the most out of your wardrobe dollars. So let’s talk about spring fashion with Capri Pants, and how to wear them.

“Capri Pants” have a hem from one to several inches below the knee. They typically come down to between knee and mid-calf, almost to the ankle. They are meant to be worn in warm weather, and are a fun, chic, but still casual alternative to shorts.

The name “Capri Pants” originates from the Italian Isle of Capri, due to the influence of Princess Grace Kelly, who wore this style of pants while vacationing on the island. Capri pants subsequently gained popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the United States because of the movie star’s influence and many 1960s television shows.

Capris show off more of the leg than ankle-length pants, so if you want to show off your calves, capris are the way to go. If you don’t wish to highlight your calves, opt for ankle length. The most flattering length is one that ends at the narrowest part of your leg. For capris, this is above the swell of the calf; for ankle, this is above the ankle. Either way, avoid pants that end midway, at the widest part of your calf. Keep in mind that cuffs and pleats are usually best avoided. Cuffs make the leg look shorter. Wear cuffs only if you have long legs. Pleats create the appearance of a larger midriff, which most people want to avoid!

In order to get the most out of your pants, you want to have the right shoes on hand. In cooler weather, flats or loafers are a good shoe option, and as the weather warms up bring out your sandals, wedges, or sling backs (yes, lots of options!). Remember, it's never "in fashion" to wear Capris with any type of nylons, and socks almost always look out of sync as well.

The difference between Capris and an ankle length pants is subtle. The key here is that the hem is at ankle length, allowing the entire bridge of the foot to be shown but not exposing any of the calf. You can go a bit higher than this and still be in ankle-length territory as long as the hem is no higher than the narrow part of the lower calf.

The choices of hem lengths and the rules for wearing them are loosely written and broader than ever. The best choice is the one that makes you feel most comfortable and shows off your body type to its best advantage. Choose the style that makes you smile the most when you look into a mirror!


2015 19th AVENUE




Brought to you by Barb Colter, Practice Administrator for Maple Street Clinic, HEALTH CARE INSIDER in Forest Grove


Maple Street Clinic, located at 1825 Maple Street in Forest Grove, is a physician-owned, family practice medical clinic that has expertly served the community since 1964. 

“We specialize in patient care for those 2 years of age and older,” said Barb Colter, practice administrator at Maple Street Clinic.

Three highly experienced doctors base their practices out of Maple Street Clinic: Douglas Holmes, D.O; Roger Reynolds, D.O.; and Conley Lynch, M.D. Two dedicated physician assistant ~ Joy Gephart and Nell Rafalovich ~ round out the provider roster.

Tragedy hit about a year ago, when beloved PA Michelle Stewart passed away suddenly.

“Mickey had a very loyal patient base. We knew it would take a special provider to fill the void created by her absence.” Colter reflected. “Since joining our team in September, Nell Rafalovich has far surpassed our expectations.”

Colter, who came to Maple Street Clinic last December, has been in health care administration for more than 10 years. Previously, she served as Director of Pacific University’s College of Optometry. Throughout her career in health care, assuring patients are taken care of has been Colter’s passion.

“My goal at Maple Street Clinic is to achieve the very highest level of patient satisfaction and to make certain our clinic and providers are well-known throughout the community,” Colter said. “We are working to make the facilities shine as the excellence-center we strive to be.”

To contact Maple Street Clinic, call 503-357-2136.



FOREST GROVE, OREGON 97116 503.357.2136


Brought to you by Nathan Boyd, owner of The Gym, FITNESS INSIDER in Forest Grove.


We all started somewhere. This can be said in almost any walk of life, particularly working out. It does not matter how old you are or where you are at in life, you can start. The benefits of physical activity will always help.

This leads us to the question, how do you get started? First, if and when you have the inclination to workout, act on it. Acting on it may be as simple as getting up and walking. It may be doing a few pushups a day. Or it may even be summoning the courage to walk through the door of a workout facility. Anything is great because that means you just took the first step to doing something you weren’t doing before.

Second, keep pushing when the going gets rough. On those days when you just don’t feel like doing your workout, those are the days your body needs it the most. The physical activity will promote circulation, delivering fantastic nutrients and oxygen through your body, helping you revitalize and energize.

Third, by joining a workout facility, you are joining a club of peers that have already or are in the process of “starting somewhere.” You’re not alone in this.

As always, it is in your hands and you have the ability to make the changes you want. The tools are out there waiting for you when you’re ready. It’s never too late, and it can always help. Keep exercising and stay strong, my friends.






Forest Grove's Features

COURTESY PHOTO - After a three day program, Music in Mays final concert will happen in Pacific Universitys Stoller Center on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m.
May 25, 2016

Music in May features talent of young musicians

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Pacific University’s annual Music in May Festival, celebrating its 68th anniversary as the only college-sponsored high school music…
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: MICHAEL SPROLES - 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,' directed by Peter Stein, premieres at HART Theatre this Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through June 19.
May 25, 2016

Two minor 'Hamlet' characters debut at HART

by Michael Sproles
'Rosencrantz' engages with The Bard through visual cues, quotations Audiences can learn a thing or two about the incomprehensibility…
May 25, 2016

Free concert features jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban music

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The Portland Community College Rock Creek Chamber Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, in the Forum Theater, Room 114 in…

May 18, 2016

Guitar protégé offers workshop, concert in FG

by Michael Sproles
Richard Smith will be at Vic's Guitar Cave Saturday to share expertise Once Richard Smith started to learn playing the guitar at the…
COURTESY PHOTO - Guitarists and Portland Community College faculty Pam Beaty and Peter Zisa will perform a concert inspired by Brazil at 7:30 p.m. May 25 on the PCC Rock Creek Campus.
May 18, 2016

Guitar duo plays music inspired by Brazil

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The Portland Community College Rock Creek Music Program will present a concert and lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, by guitar…
May 18, 2016

Reading in Hillsboro features poet, essayist

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Every month, Conversations With Writers invites writers to read and tell audiences about their work and their writing methods. It’s…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: DEAN BAKER - Mike Heuser of Witness Tree Studios shows his wood works. Some of his works can sell for up to $5,000.
May 18, 2016

Go natural with your furniture this spring

by Dean Baker
Natural furnishings made from reclaimed waste have a broad appeal Reclaimed wood is the taproot of Michael Heuser’s business at…
May 18, 2016

Spring cleaning

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Take the daunting task of a thorough housecleaning one step at a time Renewal, emergence, starting anew, cleansing ... all themes of…
CHASE ALLGOOD - Faire in the Grove will be back on the McMenamins Grand Lodge lawn this Saturday and Sunday in the form of Fairegrove.
May 11, 2016

Medieval fair returns to Grand Lodge lawn

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Residents in Forest Grove can step back in time for a day of revelry at the Faire in the Grove this Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May…
May 11, 2016

Free family day at museum celebrates innovation

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Washington County has been home to many innovators, and to celebrate, the Washington County Museum, 120 East Main St. in Hillsboro, is…
COURTESY PHOTO - The 9th Annual Oyster Fest at SakeOne will feature three Pacific Northwest oysters from Washingtons Hama Hama Oyster Farms on May 7.
May 04, 2016

SakéOne hosts annual Oyster Fest this weekend

by Michael Sproles
SakéOne will host the 9th Annual Oyster Fest on Saturday, May 7, at 820 Elm St. in Forest Grove. The event features careful pairings…
May 03, 2016

Hear original poetry, Adelante Mujeres-style

by Michael Sproles
Fifteen Hispanic women will tell their stories at the Forest Grove UCC tonight at 6:30 p.m. As part of Pacific University’s Hispanic…
May 03, 2016

Pair of spring concerts debut

by Michael Sproles
Western Washington County residents have the opportunity to choose between two unique concerts this week. The Westside Community &…
COURTESY PHOTO - The students in the new Devised Theatre course at Pacific University will present six vignettes about gender identity in 'Much Ado About Gender,' produced by Jacob Coleman.
April 27, 2016

Pacific play cut from community interviews

by Michael Sproles
Professor, class members create original production on gender identity politics A montage of different voices — experiences, fears,…
Two sibling find they have a lot to work out in Theatre in the Grove's new production.
April 27, 2016

Dark comedy lights up downtown Forest Grove

by Tina Arth
'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' runs through May 1 at TITG Anton Chekhov is inarguably one of the key figures of 19th century…
COURTESY PHOTO - Tony Furtado will bring an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, rock, blues and more to the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro May 6.
April 27, 2016

Multi-instrumentalist brings banjo, slide guitar to Walters stage

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Portland’s Tony Furtado will take the stage with his band at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St. in Hillsboro, Friday,…
April 27, 2016

Orchestra concert features epic movie themes

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The Westside Community & Youth Orchestra (WCYO) will present a spring concert, “Epic Oscar Legends,” at Liberty High School in…
April 21, 2016

Accordion celebration benefits youth scholarships

by Michael Sproles
Accordion celebrations in Forest Grove have become a venue for amateur players and professionals alike. This year’s Spring Accordion…
April 21, 2016

April 'Conversations' focus on activist writing

by Michael Sproles
Every month, Hillsboro Library’s Main Branch at 2850 Brookwood Parkway features Conversations with Writers, an event that invites…
April 21, 2016

Musical recaptures magic of best-selling book series

by Michael Sproles
I recall flipping through the pages of “Junie B. Jones” when I was a mere first-grader 17 years ago. Barbara Park’s book series about…

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COURTESY PHOTO: FRANK HUNT - The cast of Junie B. Jones The Musical will take the stage at HART Theatre for the productions first show at 7 p.m. on April 15.
Apr 13, 2016

Follow Junie B. Jones to the HART stage

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STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy will premiere a production of “Junie B. Jones The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at HART…
Apr 13, 2016

Choral, jazz concerts come to Pacific

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Pacific University is ringing in the spring season with two concerts this weekend. The Spring Choral Concert will be choral conductor…
COURTESY PHOTOS: THEATRE IN THE GROVE - Masha (Jodi Harry) discusses her acting career with her brother Vanya (Aaron Morrow) in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, premiering at Theatre in the Grove April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Apr 13, 2016

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' hits TITG

by Michael Sproles
Tony Award-winning comedy takes sharp, witty look at unhappiness Theatre in the Grove is continuing its 46th season with the comedy…
Apr 13, 2016

Art briefs

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Affordable Art for Everyone seeks artists Affordable Art for Everyone, a sale of fine art and fine crafts priced under $100, is now…
MICHAEL SPROLES - Business partners George Womack and Jack Vu opened Thai House in November of last year. The restaurant closed on March 5, 2016.
Apr 06, 2016

New diner to open Monday in downtown Forest Grove

by Michael Sproles
The Great Northwest will replace Thai House on Main Street In early March, partners Jack Vu and George Womack closed down the Forest…
COURTESY PHOTO - The Fine Beauty of the Island, written by Patrick Ball, details the storytellers journey to discover the origins of an old, enchanting Irish tune. Ball will perform it at the Forest Grove Library tonight.
Apr 06, 2016

Celtic storyteller performs at FG library tonight

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As part of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services’ “Art of the Story” storytelling festival, Forest Grove Library will…
Apr 06, 2016

Hawai'i Club's 56th luau slated Saturday; sold out

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Pacific University’s Hawaiian Club, Na Haumana O Hawai‘i, will present its 56th annual luau at the Forest Grove campus on Saturday,…
COURTESY PHOTO - Gus Wachline proclaimed his innocence to the moment of his public death by hanging in 1898, an incident that weighed so heavily on Qashington County Sheriff William Bradford (pictured here) that he claimed it drove him to insanity.
Mar 31, 2016

The last public hanging in Washington County involves a saga of a sheriff, a fugitive, mayhem…

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The last public hanging in Washington County involves a saga of a sheriff, a fugitive, mayhem and two unmarked graves. Local author…
Mar 30, 2016

Washington County libraries host storytelling festival

by Kathy Fuller
Most shows geared toward adults with a few family-friendlies thrown in Buckle up, Washington County, and get ready to experience the…