Internment survivor George Nakata: 'In America, freedom is fragile'

Internment survivor George Nakata: 'In America, freedom is fragile'

At Clackamas Community College's campus in unincorporated Milwaukie, he will tell his story in a...

Peter Franc of Oregon Ballet Theatre soars into Milwaukie Ledding Library Pond House

Peter Franc of Oregon Ballet Theatre soars into Milwaukie Ledding Library Pond House

Franc will play Prince Siegfried in the OBT production of 'Swan Lake,' opening Feb. 18 at the...

Rex Putnam High School's Kelley Marchant takes on many roles in Fertile Ground productions

Rex Putnam High School's Kelley Marchant takes on many roles in Fertile Ground productions

Among the characters that she plays are Simone Fabrikant, a therapist attempting to help a young...

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mark Perlman, conductor, leads the Willamette Falls Symphony in concert at Mt. Angel in November 2014. The symphony's concert on Feb. 19 in Oregon City features Gustav Holst's 'The Planets.'
February 15, 2017

Willamette Falls Symphony presents 'The Planets and Heavens'

by Ellen Spitaleri
At the Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 S. South End Road, the concert will be conducted by Mark Perlman, on 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Lynn Papazian, art director for the Exceed Enterprise's Emerge Arts Program, watches as David Herzog puts the finishing touches on a watercolor painting, while Kristina Detton also works on a watercolor painting.
February 15, 2017

Exceed Enterprises' Emerge Arts Program encourages artists to…

by Ellen Spitaleri
Milwaukie-based Exceed Enterprises has been providing vocational and personal development services for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities since 1968
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Amber Duncan will be featured in a multi-page spread in the March issue of Woman's Day; she was chosen as one of five women to participate in the Live Longer & Stronger Challenge.
February 08, 2017

Woman's Day magazine names Gladstone's Amber Duncan a health hero

by Ellen Spitaleri
When she began the challenge in June, Duncan weighed 250 pounds; she subsequently lost 45 pounds, following the guidelines sent to her by her health coach.


PHOTO BY BUD NODURFT - Caterwauling cats Spit, Dennis Kelly, far right, and Spat, Jayne Stevens, left, sing their hearts out while embracing Jennifer Whitten in CRT's 'Wing It,' opening Feb. 11.
February 08, 2017

'Wing It' and 'Doubt' open Clackamas Repertory Theatre season

by Ellen Spitaleri
'Wing It' starts with a catfight, of sorts, but in the end, works out all for the best
COURTESY PHOTO - Annie must outsmart the mob of Russian, Irish and Italian mobsters her in-laws have hired to kill her in HART Theatre's production of 'My Inlaws are Outlaws,' opening Feb. 10.
February 04, 2017

HART Theatre brings on the laughs with 'My Inlaws are Outlaws'

by Michael Sproles
First play of 2017 comes from New Zealand native Devon Williamson.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Artist David Mayfield chose specific local landscapes to appeal to residents who come into Milwaukie City Hall to see his current exhibit there. Left is a painting featuring mossy rocks and tree trunks, and right is a view of Mt. Hood on a cloudy day.
February 01, 2017

David Mayfield captures local landscapes at Milwaukie City Hall

by Ellen Spitaleri
David Mayfield has lived in Milwaukie for 19 years and has a master's degree in art from San Francisco State University.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Dr. Russell Lieblick said Christina Mercier's new smile is awesome and heartwarming, while Mercier describes the dental procedure as amazing.
February 01, 2017

Christina Mercier gets second chance for a beautiful smile in…

by Ellen Spitaleri
Mercier, a St. Helen's resident, is the first of the recipients to complete the program.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Raquel Edwards was recently given a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to continue her work in encaustic painting.
January 18, 2017

Oak Grove encaustic artist Raquel Edwards gets RACC grant to…

by Ellen Spitaleri
'Since leaving the darkroom and a world of black and white photography in 2009, I've been focused on learning the technical aspects of being a painter, concentrating on how painters use color…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tim Hohl, far right, leads Andy and Nancy Busch on a beer-tasting tour at his Coin Toss Brewing Company, located in Oregon City.
January 18, 2017

Oregon City's Weinhard Grill, Coin Toss Brewing Company…

by Ellen Spitaleri
Newly released beer is the result of a partnership between Busch, co-owner of Weinhard's Grill, and Tim Hohl, founder of Coin Toss Brewing Company, a brewery and taproom in Oregon City.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clackamas County teens in 1980's Teen Musical include Carson Welker, left, in striped shirt, Sydney Heim, far right in denim shirt, and Celia Straub, second from right in white T-shirt.
January 17, 2017

Clackamas County youth pay tribute to John Hughes film decade in…

by Ellen Spitaleri
All three students from Clackamas County schools are in the Staged! Conservatory, a pre-professional training program for goal-oriented young people ages 15 to 19.

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PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Wendy Jensen, left, and Sue DePaolo, co-owners of NW Ferments, check out starters for several products at their site in Red Soils in Oregon City.
Jan 11, 2017

Oregon City's NW Ferments sells DIY starter culture kits for…

by Ellen Spitaleri
New Oregon City business sells starters for yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sourdough bread, rather than the finished food items themselves.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Dan Strong, left, counts the gulls, coots, ducks and geese on the pond at the Giadanj Estates just off King Road, while Ron Myers records the numbers, during the Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 31.
Jan 10, 2017

Bird numbers up; Christmas counters record 90 species

by Ellen Spitaleri
More than 64 bird counters fanned out over the Southeast Portland and Milwaukie areas during the Christmas Bird Count, held Dec. 31.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Fellows appears as Lou Henry Hoover, wife of Pres. Henry Hoover, in 'First Lady Lou.'
Jan 04, 2017

Jane Fellows to portray powerful women

by Ellen Spitaleri
Fellows has been performing 'The Belle of Amherst' since 1985, and characterizes the show as a personal visit for tea in Emily Dickinson's family home in Amherst, Massachusetts.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Bethany Nemec points out details in the mural in the entry hall at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center to Jerry Herrmann, center, and Adam Doty.
Jan 04, 2017

Reliving history at the End of the Oregon Trail

by Ellen Spitaleri
The center has partnered with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, has added displays about Oregon's female and black pioneers, and currently is featuring new exhibits that allow visitors…
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