Did you hear that train a comin' Tuesday?
It was hard to miss the sound of a steam locomotive powering through Lake Oswego on Tuesday. Turns out it was the Southern Pacific 4449, rumbling through town to honor the retiring chairman of Portland & Western Railroad's parent company.
Mortimer B. Fuller III, the president and chairman of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., was on board the train as it headed to Tigard, where the Fuller Yard was dedicated in his honor.
Fuller became CEO, president and chairman in 1977, when he purchased a controlling interest in G&W's corporate predecessor, the original Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, which his great-grandfather founded in 1899. He served as CEO for 30 years and chairman for 40 years.
The SP 4449 is one of several cool trains on display at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center (2250 S.E. Water Ave., Portland), which is open to the public from 1-5 p.m.Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.
For years, the 4449 was on display at Oaks Amusement Park. In 1974. it was restored to operation for use in the second American Freedom Train, which toured the 48 contiguous United States for the American Bicentennial celebrations. It continues to be maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers called Friends of SP 4449.
Sustainability event features 'The Organic Life'
The Lake Oswego Sustainability Network and the City's Sustainability Advisory Board are teaming up to host a dinner and screening of the film "The Organic Life" later this month.
The event will be held at the Lake Theater and Cafe on May 23, with dinner from 6-7:30 p.m. and the one-hour movie screening beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guests can register to pre-purchase pizza and salad by visiting http://www.dinner-and-an-eco-movie.eventbrite.com; other cafe menu items will be available at regular prices. The movie itself is free.
"The Organic Life" follows a small-scale organic farmer though a year of successes and challenges as he pursues his passion for growing the very best produce possible. The independent film won Best Feature Documentary at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in 2013.
The Lake Theater and Cafe is located at 106 N. State St. For more information, call 503-970-5858.
LOPD arrests 10 for impaired driving in April
Lake Oswego Police officers arrested 10 drivers for DUII incidents in April as part of a nationwide enforcement operation conducted during regular-duty patrols, the department said this week. All of the arrests were for alcohol-related offenses.
LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said the next national DUII enforcement event is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, when officers all across the Portland metro area will be on the lookout for distracted and impaired drivers who may have overindulged.
Drivers arrested for DUII can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.
"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."
— The Review