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May 11_ 2012 - St. Johns Review


									50th AnnuAl St. JohnS PArAde: SAt. MAy 12 @ noon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PARA List of
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                                                                 Arbor Lodge * Bridgeton * Cathedral Park * Hayden Island * Kenton * Linnton * Overlook * Portsmouth * St. Johns * University Park

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By Jim Speirs

                                                           ake Benshoof is no joke. This   incredible group that imagined, in-       we owe him a debt of gratitude might     the understanding that omissions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          St. Johns Review Historical Editor
                                                           year’s Grand Marshal is the     spired, and created the St. Johns’        be the understatement of the year.       will be made, and errors inadvert-
                                                           last remaining member of the    parade 50 years ago. To say that          What Jake and his friends accom-         ently introduced, I’ll try and briefly
                                                                                                                                     plished staggers the imagination,        re-introduce the community to a few
                                                                                                                                     and even after all these years their
Thank You Parade Committee                                                                                                           undertakings remain wondrous.
                                                                                                                                                                              folks who allow us to enjoy our Pa-
                                                                                                                                                                              rade. I’ll also let Jake himself ad-
                                                                                                                                       I’ve recalled the origins of the St.
                         W      here to begin telling the story
                                about a dedicated group of
                         people, who (for the benefit of North
                                                                                            YES, indeed they do!
                                                                                              Planning for this year’s parade
                                                                                           actually began last year as the 49th
                                                                                                                                     Johns parade in previous editions
                                                                                                                                                                              dress how and why he feels the pa-
                                                                                                                                                                              rade was successful, and to offer his
                                                                                                                                     of the Review. There is no need to       suggestions for the future.
                         Portland) have spent endless hours                                parade ended in May. As you can see       rehash the minutia of everything in-        In 1961, and early 1962, the
                         and the last year planning for this                               by the lengthy list of entrants on page   volved, but rather we need to update     wheels of creativity and anticipation
                         special 50th annual St. Johns Parade.                             8 (of this issue) many people realized
                         Just try and imagine the work and
                                                                                                                                     the highlights of the activities and     were spinning in St. Johns. While
                                                                                           what a special Parade this is, and has
                         pressure the all-volunteer Parade                                 been, since 1962 when it first began.
                                                                                                                                     to profile those folks who can no        the Dovell’s introduced us to the
                         Committee have felt as the days ticked                               So, as you see the people in the       longer be with us. Sadly, there is not   Bristol Stomp, Elvis was making
                         down to Saturday noon on May 12,                                  following photograph around the           time nor space to do justice to all      girls ogle in Clam Bake. The Ed
                         2012. Every little detail (and there are                          neighborhood, be sure and take a          those participants.                      Sullivan Show was the event of the
                         many) needed to be attended to. Did                               minute to thank them for their efforts     Additionally, the “roll call” of dig-   week and Chubby Checker invited
                         they sleep at night? No! We’re they                               in bringing you this year’s Parade. Or,   nitaries has faded, memories lost,       us to Twist Again…like we did last
                         excited? YES! Do they expect Kudos?                               send a thank you note to: St. Johns                                                                                          This years Grand Marshal, and one
                                                                                                                                     and identities misplaced. So, with       Summer while a Marine named John           of the original Parade organizers,
                         No! Do they deserve the same                                      Parade Committee, PO Box 83162,
                         recognition they are giving to others?                            Portland, Oregon 97283.                                                                   1962                     G l e n n is Jake Benshoof. Wave to him in
                                                                                                                                                                                                              b e - thanks for helping to create one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the best events in St. Johns.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the first American to travel in space and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chevy had introduced its legendary 409. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                              place called the Bay of Pigs was dominat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ing the news, and the Orlons told us the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Continued on Pages 4 & 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Grandest Marshal”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “A rest period was taken by the leaders of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the big week-long clean-up committee for
                                                                                                                                                                                                              coffee and their picture. Standing, back
                                                                                                                                                                                                              row (left to right), Dan Keane, Booster
                                                                                                                                                                                                              president and general chairman; Perry
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Miller, Clean-up chairman; Jake Ben-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              shoof, area director for Western Paraders
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Association; Terry Moore, president of
                                           The Parade committee along with a few helpers includes: (not in order                                                                                              Roosevelt student service club, “Rams”;
                                           of appearance) Barb Legge, Lila Estes, Florence Ivie, Betty Drenkhen,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Gene DeSylvia, Roosevelt football
                                           Bud Suckow, Brain Giblin, Betty Smith, Gary Boehm, Trudy Bushard,
                                           Jeanine Sinnott, Ian Legge, Noreen Schoff and Joe. Not pictured who
                                                                                                                                                                                                              coach and interested clean-up spectator.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1962-photo courtesy Jake Benshoof
                                                   have helped are: Rachel Banks, Starr Lara, Ann Wolf.

             list on Page 8
                                               • Parade Entrants                               This year the Parade honors two CITIZENS OF THE YEAR
          • More news inside
                                                                                             JIM SPEIRS:                  By Gayla Patton/Review
                                                                                                                                                                               KENN GRITZMACHER:                                       By Pat Jewett/Review

                                                                                             Nominated for his historical                                                     Nominated for being a long standing business
                                                             MOVING?                         connections to, and writings                                                     owner with a fun and supportive disposition.
    Send your CHANGE OF                                                                                                                                                        Nominated by: Lora
                                                                                             about, North Portland.
                                                                                                                                                                               Schachtili who said,
                                                                                              Nominated by: Diane Soares-Gordon, Mgr
                                                             DON’T LET YOUR                                                                                                    “Ken is a warm, fun, fun-
                                                                                              of Heavens Archives who said, “He is so
                                                          SUBSCRIPTION EXPIRE!!                                                                                                ny and supportive man
                                                          Expiration date is above          . knowledgeable about St. Johns and keeps it                                       and I always enjoy his
                                                                                              alive through his writings and involvement
                                                                 your name                                                                                                     witty and welcoming de-
                                                                                              in the growing community”
 The Review-PO Box 83068-Portland Or 97283 May 13, 2012

                                                                                            Jim Speirs is currently the Histor-      published a novel, “Death in              His place is inviting and
                                                                                            ical Editor for the St. Johns Review.    Spades” which is available at se-         everyone is his friend.”
                                                                                            As such, he enjoys writing stories       lect locations.
                                                                                            that weave a historical connection         He is planning on releasing sev-          Step into Peninsula Station and       War II.
                                                                                            to our neighborhood. Jim’s writ-         eral more books before the year is        you will discover why Kenn                 Peninsula Station may just be
                                                                                            ing style and subject matter have        out, and will release a new book,         Gritzmacher was nominated for           the hub of St Johns. It’s a busi-
                                                                                            been widely enjoyed by the read-         Flood of Change within days of            St John’s Citizen of the Year. He       ness service center and so much
                                                                                            ers of the Review since 2006 and         this article. North Portland will         greets his customers on a first         more. He has photo albums donat-
                                                                                            the increase in the paper’s circula-     enjoy this intriguing tale about          name basis and has a smile that         ed by a customer of previous St
                                                                                            tion has confirmed his popularity.       four animals stranded from their          warms your heart. If you come           Johns Parades and there is a rack
                                                                                              Jim has written four books from        owners by the Vanport Flood and           into the Station feeling rushed or      of note cards made by local art-
                                                                                            his Review articles called Tales of      the formation of an unexpected            stressed about mailing a package        ists from the neighborhood. He
                                                                                            North Portland; Histories, Myster-       bond of friendship as they strug-         or having to FAX something his          has mailboxes, sells stamps, does
                                                                                            ies, & Stories of our Peninsula that     gle for survival. The book is clas-       wit and friendliness has you leav-      Fed Ex, makes copies, sends and
                                                                                            are currently on sale and have           sified as a children’s book, but          ing the shop with a smile. He takes     receives faxes and has fliers and
                                                                                            proved to be the most popular            adults will also enjoy this tale, es-     the time to talk to each customer.      posters of just about every upcom-
                                                                                            books ever released and read in our      pecially those who have Vanport           People often open the door just to      ing event or meeting in St Johns.
                                                                                            area. Additional Tales of North          city and flood connections.               poke their head in and say hello.       Kenn says St Johns is a little like
                                                                                            Portland books are planned for the        A 1965 graduate of Roosevelt, Jim        Kenn says he really enjoys his          being in Mayberry.
                                                                                            immediate future. Jim also has                        Continued on Page 2          customers who served in World                        Continued on Page 2
                                                                                                                                           “Speirs: Citizen of the Year”                                                     “Kenn: Citizen of the Year”
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                                                                                                                       Welcome to the 50th Annual
 SPECIAL PARADE WORSHIP                                                                                                    ST JOHNS PARADE
  SUBSCRIPTION OFFER        DIRECTORY                                                                                 By Gayla Patton
                            H C  C                                                  OLY      ROSS ATHOLIC             St. Johns Review

 $10 FOR 1 YEAR (26 ISSUES)    C                                                             HURCH
                                                                                 “In the Spirit of Unity, Welcome!”
                                                                                                                        Leading off the Parade again this
                                                                                                                      year will be Station 22 firefighters
                                                                                                                                                                for $25; and the beautiful collectible
                                                                                                                                                                Parade Pins (designed by Gary Boe-
                                                                                                                      in their magnificent red apparatus-       hm again this year) are available for
           $18 FOR 2 YEARS (52 ISSUES)                                            5227 N
                                                                                 Bowdoin                              es. Close behind will be Grand Mar-       $4 each at: Portland Rose, Anna
                                                                                   (503)                              shal Jake Benshoof, who was one of        Bannana’s, Patties Home Plate,
           $25 FOR 3 YEARS (78 ISSUES)                                            289-2834                            the original organizers of the parade     Man’s Shop, Tulip Bakery, Peninsu-
                                                                                 Sun: 8:00am & 10am
                                                                                                                      back in 1962. And, following close        la Station, Port Way Tavern, Proper
           North Portland’s Community                                            Sat Mass: 5:00pm
                                                                                 Spanish Mass: Sunday Noon            behind Jake will be the two Citizens      Eats, & U.S. Bank. A limited num-
             Newspaper for 109 years                                             Daily Mass: Mon-Fri, 8:30am          of the Year, Review Historical Writ-      ber of hoodies are also available for
                                                                                                                      er and North Portland author, Jim         sale at the Man’s Shop. Sinnott said
                                                                                 Portsmouth Trinity
  Yes, I would like to subscribe for:                                             Lutheran Church
                                                                                                                      Speirs and popular Peninsula Station      all items are selling fast!
  (fill in the blank below)                                                                                           owner, Kenn Gritzmacher.                    She also pointed out there will be
                                                                                     “Where All Are Welcome”            Other dignitaries in the Parade will    many people in the parade (and also
                    $10 for 1 Year____ (26 issues)                                   Worship & Sunday School:
                    $18 for 2 Years____ (52 issues)                                    10:00am each Sunday
                                                                                                                      include city/state officials, horse       sitting along the street as spectators)
                    $25 for 3 Years____ (78 issue)                                                                    teams, school bands, local business-      who are third and fourth generations
                    $35 for 4 Years____ (104 issues)                                                                  es, various groups, and of course po-     of St. Johns. “Many families have
                                                                                                                      litical candidates. (See Page 8 for a     their favorite viewing spots where
                    $44 for 5 Years____ (130 issues)
                                                                                                                      complete list.)                           they meet each year,” she said.
    This is a RENEWAL _____     This is a NEW____ Subscription                                                            Parade Co-Chair Jeanine Sinnott       “There are groups that sit by Bax-
                This is an ADDRESS CHANGE _____                                 7119 N. Portsmouth (503) 289-6878     said donations from the community         ter’s, a group by the Man’s Shop, and
                                                                                                                      the last two years have been so good      at the St. Johns Christian Church.”
   Name:______________________________________________                                Interstate Bible                they did not apply for any parade             Sinnott said she heard there are
                                                                                          Chapel                      grants. “We are so appreciative of all    former RHS classmates meeting this
   Address:____________________________________________                              Non-Denominational
                                                                                    8036 N. Interstate Ave.           the support we got from our commu-        year to sit together and another one
                                                                                            Portland Or.              nity,” said Sinnott.                      from Sitton who are going to try and
                                                  EXPIRES                              Sunday: 11:00am                    The Parade Committee designat-        be in the parade. She then shared that
                                                 MAY 24, 2012                     1st Friday of Each Month,           ed Gold, Silver and Bronze donations      her mom marched in the parade with
                                                                                 fellowship meal & video @6:30        with Gold sponsors riding in con-         her and her sister and their Camp
                                                                                                 2 Timothy 2:15       vertibles. Be sure and wave to them       Fire group from Sitton, when they
                                                                                              BRING YOUR BIBLE        in support of their generous dona-        were young and in later years her
   Yes, I would like to subscribe for:                                                                                tions.                                    daughter volunteered as a “runner.”
   (fill in the blank below)                                                       Worship Directory ads are:            Available for sale this year are T-
                               $10 for 1 Year____ (26 issues)                             $240 for 13 ads                                                       “There are more examples of this in
                               $18 for 2 Years____ (52 issues)
                                                                                $315 for 18 ads     $390 for 26 ads   Shirts and Parade Pins. T-Shirts are      our great community,” she proudly
                                                                                  Ad information can be changed
                               $25 for 3 Years____ (78 issue)                         throughout the ad’s run         available in five different colors at     added. The Review would like to
                               $35 for 4 Years____ (104 issues)                                                       the Man’s Shop for $15 each or two        highlight some of these dedicated
                               $44 for 5 Years____ (130 issues)                                                                                                 groups and/or your parade stories.
                                                                                Continued from Page 1                 really misses it and has resource         Please call the office (503-283-5086)
   This is a RENEWAL _____     This is a NEW____ Subscription                   Gritzmacher - Citizen of              materials and is willing to help          or email
               This is an ADDRESS CHANGE _____                                                                        anyone who is interested in coach-
                                                                                the Year
                                                                                                                      ing. Soccer is a passion for Kenn.
                                                                                  Lora Schachtili, who nominat-       He continues to play indoor and           Continued from Page 1
                                              OFFER                             ed Kenn for Citizen of the Year,      outdoor soccer. He said it is a           Speirs - Citizen of the Year
                                             EXPIRES                            said “Kenn is a warm, fun, funny      healthy outlet. He also enjoys            first became aware of his writing
  City/St/                                  MAY 24, 2012
                                                                                and supportive man and I always       watching children play soccer on          skills and talents while studying
                                                                                enjoy his witty and welcoming de-     the new field across the street at        under the schools legendary and
                                                                                meanor. His place is inviting and     James John Elementary School.             venerable Robert Ford. It was Mr.
                   Mail payment with forms to:
                                                                                everyone is his friend.”                Something that people may not           Ford who first encouraged Jim to
        The St. Johns Review PO Box 83068, Port. 97283
                                                                                   When told he was nominated         know about Kenn is that he sang           write.
                                                                                Citizen of the Year Kenn said he      with the Francis Street Choir in the        Upon graduation, he joined the
                                                                                was flattered and the nomination      fall of 2010 and 2011. It is some-
                                                                                                                                                                Marine Corps and served in South
                                                                                “hit him totally sideways.”           thing he says he really enjoys.
                                                                                                                                                                Vietnam from 1966 until early
                                                                                   Kenn lives in SE Portland with       Kenn is deeply grateful to all of
                                                                                                                                                                1968. After his active duty period
                                                                                his wife Barb and they have three     his customers for their continued
                                                                                                                                                                ended in 1969, he returned to
                                                                                children, two Labrador Retrievers     business over the years.
                                                                                and a cat. He chuckles and says                                                 school and graduated from PSU
                                                                                he and Barb are often referred to                                               in 1972 and received a Masters
                                                                                as “Ken and Barbie.”                                                            Degree from that school in 1974.
                                                                                  Kenn grew up in Menlo Park in                                                 From there, Jim taught school at
                                                                                Northeast Portland and graduat-                                                 PCC and Chemeketa Community
                                                                                ed from Marshall High School in                                                 College, teaching political sci-
                                                                                1971. He attended the University                                                ence, economics, constitutional
                                                                                of Oregon to study Sociology and                                                law, and developing courses on
                                                                                History. While in College he met                                                the histories and politics of World
                                             Gayla Patton
                                                                                Barb and they dated but it wasn’t                                               War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
                                                                                                                                                                  In 1980, Jim moved to San Di-
                                             The Review                         until many years later that he pur-
                                                                                sued the relationship and it blos-
                                                                                                                      CLASSIFIEDS:                              ego, where he worked for a local
                                                                                somed into a marriage that still         CLASSES/LESSONS                        school district, offering curricu-
                                                                                brings him great joy. He worked                                                 lum development, and then work-
                                                                                                                      YOGA CLASS - 55 & OVER                    ing for Publishers Development
                                                                                for ten years before he decided
                                                                                                                      Revitalize mind & body. Improve fo-
                                                                                that he wanted to do something        cus, release stress while increasing
                                                                                                                                                                Corp., where he was senior editor
                                                                                different.                            strength & flexibility. Class is ongo-    for “Guns” magazine, and associ-
                                                                                  In 1989 Kenn decided to start a     ing - join anytime. Thursday 9:15-        ate editor for “American Hand-
                                                                                business in St Johns and decided      10:15am at the University Park Com-       gunner.”
                                                                                he wanted to open a business ser-     munity Center. 9009 N Foss Ave. Call      During that time, Jim worked with
                                                            Distribution Mgr.   vice center. He talked to the busi-   503-823-3631 for more information.        the Marines at Camp Pendleton
                                                             Ginger Harris      ness owners in the area and de-        ============================
                                                                                                                      =============================             offering classes on small arms his-
                                                                                cided there was a need for this       VOICE & PIANO LESSONS
                                                                                                                                                                tory and occasionally writing for
                                                                                                                      Jensen’s Voice & Piano Studio offers
                                                                                kind of business in St. Johns. Pen-                                             The Marine Corps Gazette and
                                                                                                                      lessons with college credits available.
                                                                                insula Station opened in May          For an appointment or more informa-       Leatherneck magazines. During
                                                                                1989. Fifteen years ago Kenn          tion call Pauline at 503-286-1168.        that time, he also contracted with
                                                                                hired his employee, Sherri, who       =============================
                                                                                                                       ============================             the Marines to develop field man-
                                                                                has remained with him ever since.     FOR SALE                                  uals and to write histories of mod-
                                                                                  Kenn donates paper and other        YUCCA, handsome sword leaf yard           ern firearms evolution and war-
                                                                                supplies to a lot of schools in       plant of the chaparral, grows well in     fare.
                                                                                Southeast and North Portland in-      the area. $10 each. Call 503-803-7113.      In addition to his writing activi-
                                                                                cluding James John and Sitton                                                   ties, Jim works part-time at Don
                                                                                schools. He has coached kids in       CLASSIFIED INSTRUCTIONS:
                                                                                                                      30 words for $15, 15 cents for each       Lee Motors on N. Lombard,
                                                                                basketball and soccer but in 2009     word over 30. Send payment with ad        which is one of the oldest and
        Jim Speirs, Historical Editor; Patricia Jewett, Reporter;               he decided he needed to take a        to: The Review, PO Box 83068, Port-
                                                                                                                      land, Or., 97283. CC payments ac-         most respected car dealers in the
                  Ginger Harris, Distribution Manger                            break and catch up with work. He
   Gayla Patton, Editor, Advertising.                                                     cepted over phone.                        state.
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                                                                                                                         Second protest held at future 7-11 site
      St. Johns Bizarre returns on Parade day
                 with 70+ vendors
   The popular “Bizarre” is return-     painted prints, photography, and         and a showcase by the Rock and
 ing on Parade day for its 6th year.    much more.                               Roll Camp for Girls and the Kid’s
 The street festival will run from        There will be music on the Plaza       Creation Station will give children
 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.             Stage which is in the center of the      a chance to get crafty while mom
   Included in this year’s event will   Bizarre. The lineup includes: The        and dad enjoy other activities.
 be a stellar lineup of bands, doz-     Corin Tucker Band, AU, Old Light,          Occidental Brewing will be
 ens of local artists and craft mak-    Grandparents and the Dusu Mali           sponsoring “Ye Olde Der Bier
 ers, and locally-brewed beer in a      Band.                                    Garten,” and will feature their
 beer garden.                             Several St. Johns venues will also     brews alongside Ninkasi, Lom-
   It has been named “Bizarre” for      feature music throughout the after-      poc, and Lauelwood breweries.
 the quirky and crafty people who       noon and evening, including Anna            Philadelphia and Leavitt Ave-
 “keep Portland weird and St. Johns     Bannana’s Cafe, Plew’s Brews,            nues will be closed from 8:00 a.m.
 Bizarre.”                              Proper Eats Vegan Cafe, Slim’s           until 8:00 p.m. Lombard will be
   Over 70 local arts and craft ven-    Cocktail Bar, and an outdoor stage       closed between Leavitt and Bal-
 dors will highlight the juried mar-    at the Fixin’ To later in the evening.   timore starting at 2:00 p.m. (im-
 ket selling incredible handmade           For children, morning will kick       mediately following the parade)         Occupy St Johns held another protest of the 7- Eleven store at 8157 N Lom-
 items such as jewelry, clothing,       off with the fantastic Mo Phillips       until 8:00 p.m.                         bard on Saturday April 28. About 35 people walked in front of the locked prop-
                                                                                                                         erty holding signs and waving at passing traffic. The 7- Eleven Corporation
                                                                                                                         plans to build 14 more stores in other neighborhoods. Their plan is to main-
                                                                                                                         tain the abandoned building with a fence surrounding it and build the 7- Elev-
 St. Johns Farmers Market opens June 2                                               Mobile Health                       en store on the remaining property, which follows zoning obligations.

 By: Gentiana Loeffler
                                                                                  Screening Unit comes
   It is only a matter of weeks until the   Vendors:                                   to St Johns

                                                                                                                                 Et cet er a
 opening day of the St. Johns Farmers       Able Farms                             On Saturday, May 19 from 9am-
 Market Saturday, June 2.                   Baird Family Orchards                4pm, the St Johns Lions Club and
   The excitement is palpable at every      Black Sheep Creamery                 Grocery Outlet are sponsoring
 board meeting and in every conver-         De Martini Family Farms              free health screenings. The Mo-
 sation as we prepare for our fourth        Deck Family Farm                     bile Health Screening Unit will be
 season of bringing neighbors and           Duycks Peachy-Pig Farm
 friends the best produce, agricultural     Florio Bakery
                                                                                 parked in the US Bank parking lot
                                                                                 located on Lombard between
                                                                                                                               HOME FURNISHINGS & GIFTS
 products, entertainment and educa-         Food Works
 tional opportunities our community         Fujii Farms
                                                                                 Leavitt and Philadelphia.                      featuring locally handcrafted items
                                                                                   The free five point screenings
 has to offer.                              Hot Mama Salsa                       include sight, hearing, glaucoma,
    In the coming weeks the St. Johns       Mama Tee’s Farmstead                 blood pressure and diabetes. For                    Gifts for your Mom
 Farmers Market will be visible             May’s Produce and Flowers            diabetes screening people will                We ve got just the thing to put a big
 throughout the neighborhood by             Mickelberry Gardens                  need to fast for three hours prior
 walking in the St. Johns Parade, ta-       Micro-Mercantes                      to the test. At the end of the test-                  smile on her face!
 bling at the St. Johns Bizarre, hang-      Miss Zumstein Cakes and              ing, results will be given to pa-
 ing market posters in our neighbor-        Desserts
                                                                                                                          Now in our new location in the center of downtown St. Johns
                                                                                 tients. For those with health prob-
 hood businesses and gathering spac-
 es, and making final preparations in
                                            Morgan’s Landing Farm                lems who don’t have insurance, a           8621 N. Lombard -- 971-279-2473
                                            Nature’s Wild Harvest                list of low cost or free clinics will           Open Tues Sat 10am to 5:30pm and Sun 11am to 4pm
 the plaza. We encourage you to join        P & P Apiary                         be given to them for a follow up                      Open until 7pm for Last Friday Artwalk!
 us. Come out to lend a hand to show        Pine Mountain Ranch                  visit.
 your support, or just ask us about the     Russell’s Bread                       The Screening Unit always wel-
 upcoming season. We have so many           Sharpening4u                         comes the donation of old eye-
 exciting things to share!                  Sina Baking                          glasses, hearing aids or cell
     Please join me in welcoming the        So Cold Shaved Ice                   phones. All personal data will be
 vendors of the 2012 St. Johns Farm-        South Barlow Berries                 erased from the cell phone which
 ers Market. We have many of your           Split River Growers                  is then given to a battered wom-
 favorite vendors returning and some        St. Johns Cellars                    en’s shelter to be used to call 911
 new ones too. Visit and shop with all      St. Johns Coffee Roasters            in an emergency.
 of them on opening day or read about       Urban German                             Pamphlets about the MHSU
 them on our website,                       Valley Berry Farm                    will be available at the St Johns                                                       Parade or on the day of the event.

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 revision of Rates and Other Charg-
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Grandest Marshal of them all...Continued from Page 1                                                                        on our own. There were never more
                                                                                                                            than 15-20 active members of our
                                                                                                                                                                       for those inventive parade commit-
                                                                                                                                                                       tee members who have passed on. He
Wah…Watusi was the dance “made for romance.” But in St. Johns           know that Midge is at his side…her spirit for-      group.”                                    wanted to leave a road map for the
there was a small group of leaders making monumental plans for          ever a part of our community.)                        “But Schrunk was the mayor,” I re-       future of our neighborhood.
its community. As most citizens went about their daily chores, this        Darrell Dunn, Dan Keane, Ron Scott, Bob          plied. “He would naturally personi-          His advice is self-reliance, imagi-
robust and determined collection of locals imagined an idea so rad-     Irish (Owner of the St. Johns Review, and a man     fy the local government, so why            nation and innovation.
ical and so innovative that the entire assemblage was dismissed as      who Jake referred to as the fighting Irishman,)     would he emphasize avoiding gov-              Jake ran for State Representative,
dreamers at best and totally insane at worst.                           Bob Hazen, Bob Katrenos, and Mayor Terry            ernment supervision?”                      knowing he could not win. Part of         sh
  These forerunners decided they wanted to clean up the communi-        Schrunk, were to join forces and set out to ac-         “Any involvement with federal,         the reason for his defeat was because
ty, and then throw a St. Johns Day Parade.                              complish the impossible. To clean up a St. Johns    state, or local money has strings at-      he would not accept political contri-     ni
  Jake and Midge Benshoof led this crowd of incredible visionar-        that closely resembled a garbage dump, (cities      tached,” Jake said, as he got serious.     butions. But he also knew that by
ies.                                                                    from as far away as Woodland Washington were        “Terry Schrunk knew this better than       running for that office, he’d get rec-
   (Sadly, Midge left us recently, but her contributions to St. Johns   invited by the City of Portland to dump their       anyone, and he put St. Johns before        ognition and vicarious favorable at-
remains without equal. As you greet Jake in the parade this year,       garbage in St. Johns) and at the same time to       politics. He was truly our mayor.”         tention directed at St. Johns.
                                                                        organize a parade that was unique to North            “So…” I started to say before Jake         “If you sleep with your neighbors
                                                                        Portland; a celebration that would forever put      continued his story. “That’s why the       wife, eventually there’s gonna’ be
                                                                        a stamp of history and authenticity on our com-     various new organizations in St.           trouble,” Jake smiled broadly. “If you
        R                                                               munity.                                             Johns never seem to get much done,”        sleep with bureaucrats, don’t expect
    COLO                                                                 The parade and the community clean up have
                                                                        been covered in considerable detail in several
                                                                                                                            he said. “They spend all their time
                                                                                                                            looking for government funds, and
                                                                                                                                                                       anything but trouble and frustration.”
                                                                                                                                                                       He thought for a minute then added,
   Business & Service                                                   previous issues of the Review; This brief arti-
                                                                        cle will be used to reintroduce the community
                                                                                                                            they act like nothing can ever get
                                                                                                                            done without the financial support
                                                                                                                                                                       “and if you allow government mon-

            Directory                                                   to the last remaining hero of that era, and to      from ruling agencies.”
                                                                                                                                                                       ey in, you must play by their rules, if
                                                                                                                                                                       not, they de-fund you. That’s why the
                                                                        allow him to observe the differences between          “Well, they can’t just start at zero,”   majority of community organizations
                                                                        what occurred in 1961-62, and to the St. Johns      I said.                                    are mostly prostitutes, with the gov-
                                                                        of today.                                              “Like hell,” Jake shouted, “that’s      ernment as their pimps.”
                                                                           “How did you do it…how could so few peo-         the problem; these new folks think            I asked him, “Did you ever imag-
                                                                        ple accomplish so much?” I asked Jake recent-       the government is there to help, when      ine the parade would evolve into
                                                                        ly. It didn’t take long for his sincere and poi-    it’s almost always the source of the       what it’s become?”
                                                                        gnant answer.                                       problem. If you accept government              “Yeah, we sure did,” was Jake’s
                                                                          “First,” he said grinning, “we did it without a   money, then you have to fight the          reply. “Actually we were planning
                                                                        single penny of any type of government sup-         very people who fund you! You’re           the second parade before the first one
                                                                        port or funding…you know, grants and the like.      sleeping with the enemy. Bureaucrats       was ever complete! We worked with
                                                                        That was the key. That was the secret. We did       descend on your organization, and          the Western Parade’s organization
                                                                        it ourselves; we had a real community back          pretty soon all you have is another        and tried to get their commitment for
                                                                        then; a St. Johns that was rough and tumble,        government agency that makes a lot         a second and third year before we
                                                                        but a tight knit group that really identified as    noise, and little else. I think of what
                                                                        St. Johns. The St. Johns of today is much dif-      we accomplished, and how we did
                                                                        ferent than the community in 1962. To do some-      it, and I look at today’s overlapping
                                                                        thing like we did back then would be more dif-      feel good groups, and I don’t know
                                                                        ficult because many in St. Johns today don’t        whether to laugh or cry. They pro-
                                                                        have any connection to the community like back      duce fancy brochures, spend other
                                                                        then. Most just don’t get involved. They would      people’s money, form lots of commit-
                                                                        never become part of a volunteer group.”            tees, then sub-committees, give out
                                                                          Jake waited for a moment as he gathered his       impressive titles and waste their time
                                                                        thoughts. “What I mean is if the parade had to      looking for government monetary
                                                                        be hatched from scratch today, it would be very     donations! They remind me of home-
                                                                        difficult, but I don’t want to suggest that the     less vagrants on the freeway exits,
                                                                        current St. Johns Parade Committee doesn’t do       always looking for someone to give
                                                                        a tremendous job. People don’t normally un-         them more, while never figuring out
                                                                        derstand how much effort goes into something        how to make it on their own.”
                                                                        like that, and the volunteer committee of today       I didn’t know how to respond, ex-
                                                                                                                                                                        Above: St. Johns Booster flyer listing Par
                                                                        must have to work nearly year around to pull it     cept something stupid, “times have
                                                                                                                                                                                            and sponsors.
                                                                        off. If you haven’t walked in their shoes, you      changed,” I said as I shrugged my
                                                                                                                                                                          Below: A NW Parade Association flyer
                                                                        have no idea of how much work they do. I don’t      shoulders.
                                                                                                                                                                                  organizers and the Parade’s th
                                                                        think I know any of them, but what they ac-           Jake didn’t answer me directly. “If
                                                                        complish each year is incredible. Look at the       we’d accepted any outside help, we’d
                                                                        size of the parade…it grows every year. It’s a      still be planning the parade…50
                                                                        lonely job, and I hope they get more hands-on       years later,” he said as he laughed.
                                                                        help. The committee members need to be rec-         “Nothing would have gotten done.”
                                                                        ognized and applauded. What they do, and what       We’d have committee after commit-
                                                                        they sacrifice is hard to measure, but I think      tee, and then having to produce an-
                                                                        that I can relate.”                                 other committee to get funding to
                                                                           I mentioned the various community groups         reproduce the last committee! Don’t
                                                                        that have sprung up in St. Johns, and asked Jake    you see…look what the various gov-
                                                                        how he would compare and contrast them to           ernment programs have done to St.
                                                                        the group that organized the parade and the         Johns since the 60’s…we’re diverse,
                                                                        clean up. (In later years, Jake was also instru-    all right, but look at the price we’ve
                                                                        mental in getting the St. Johns landfill closed.)   paid. He paused, and rubbed his chin,
                                                                          “We started the St. Johns Development Cor-        “hey, how about the Columbia River
                                                                        poration,” he commented slyly. “It included         Crossing…$170 million in ‘commit-
                                                                        Mayor Schrunk, who correctly pointed out that       tee studies’ and what have we found
                                                                        if we were to achieve anything, we would be         out? We need more committees to
                                                                        well advised to avoid any government                study the findings of the first 10-12
                                                                        involvement…we needed to “boot-strap” this          committees! Government in action,
                                                                                                                            your tax dollars at work!”
                                                                                                                              The folks who originally surround-
                                                                                                                            ed Jake were a proud and determined
                                                                                                                            lot. They didn’t know the meaning
                                                                                                                            of entitlement or welfare. If anything,
                                                                                                                            they were the embodiment of James
                                                                                                                            John proper…self-made, confident,
                                                                                                                            independent, and not the least bit pli-
                                                                                                                            ant. Jake felt as if he were speaking

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                                                                                           these people do to insure the parade
         Right:                                                                            is a success. Their work is monumen-
 This picture                                                                              tal, and normally unappreciated. Ig-
 from a 1963                                                                               nore the critics. Become united; the
     St. Johns                                                                             various local organizations always
       Review                                                                              seem to be in a cat fight with each
   newspaper                                                                               other…that must stop. We need one
howing some                                                                                voice to speak for St. Johns. Don’t
  of the orga-                                                                             be afraid to offend anyone, and nev-
izers meeting                                                                              er back down. St. Johns has rolled
   to plan the                                                                             over too many times, and look what
  2nd Annual                                                                               it’s brought us. We should be the envy
       Parade.                                                                             of all Portland, not a third world
                                                                                           dumping ground. Our area needs
                                                                                           prosperous businesses, not handouts
                                                                                           in order to grow; more thriving en-
                                                                                           trepreneurial types needs to infect our
                                                                                           neighborhood. We need to promote
                                                                                           self-reliance. In a word…we need
                                                                                           PRIDE. We must cast off the yoke of
                                                                                           dependence and show the world what
                                                                                           we can do. We need to say it and be-
                                                                                           lieve it.
                                                                                              “Any other thoughts,” I asked.
                                                                                            “Yep…think of what the parade and
                                                                                           the community could be like 50 years
                                                                                           from now, when it’s 100! It can be a
                                                                                           far better parade and a great commu-
                                                                                           nity, but don’t be afraid to be bold;
                                                                                           the community needs and deserves
                                                                                           real leaders, not government depen-
                                                                                           dent talkers. We’ve got plenty of
                                                                                           them, and just look at what it’s
                                                                                           brought us.”
         ever broke ground on the first one.     ping us. Bob Katrenos, (Katrenos              With that, I concluded my inter-
         Our group (The St. Johns Develop-       Electric) Bob Irish and the Irish fam-    view with Jake.
                   ment Corp.) would not         ily from the Review worked tireless-         This is the last remaining member
                   take no for an answer and     ly to insure that it happened. Our        of a group far different than the myr-
                   we would not compromise       North Portland cops were helping          iad of organizations that dot the land-
                   on any point. If we had to,   everywhere, manning booths, setting       scape of St. Johns today.
                   we’d ‘go down swingin’.       up stands, and making sure of the           To say Jake is a treasure is inade-
                   We were going to have a       security and setting. Mayor Shrunk        quate at best. Jake Benshoof made
                   parade…period! If there       was a constant visitor, and he helped     St. Johns better. He represents the
                   were only two cars in it,     with daily planning. The police sta-      spirit and determination that resem-
                   then so be it…but we’d        tion buzzed with activity…it was a        bles an incarnate of James John him-
                   have a parade, no matter      much different St. Johns back then.”      self. He’s a throwback to a time that
                   what.”                         “What additional advice would you        can only be wistfully remembered.
                     “You guys had a lot of      have for folks who would like to fol-     However, it’s Jake Benshoff types
                   guts,” I said.                low in your footsteps?” I asked.          that can lead St. Johns to a brighter
                     “No…we had St. Johns,         “You’re kidding,” Jake laughed out      light. So, when you see Jake in this
                   and we had a tight com-       loud. “In my footsteps, who’d want        year’s parade stop and think, for
 rade organizers    munity. We had volun-        that?”                                    without this man there would be no
                    teers, and once the mo-        “Well,” I said, “the community des-     parade, and St. Johns would be a far
r highlighting      mentum shifted in our fa-    perately wants and needs the police       different community.
heme.               vor, there was no stop-      station reopened, how would you go
                                                 about it?”
                                                   “That would be hard,” he said. “But
                                                 it’s our North Portland station, and
                                                 we should have it as the beacon of
                                                 the community. It was always the
                                                 heart and soul of St. Johns and the
                                                 community revolved around it…our
                                                 cops were the best. Again, the prob-
                                                 lem becomes that the only people
                                                 who could insure the building is re-
                                                 opened are the same people who lied
                                                 to us through the years promising to
                                                 keep it open, and all the while plan-
                                                 ning to close it. That’s the paradox
                                                 in government. It’s like trusting a
                                                 bank robber to make deposits for you
                                                 with your cash. Elected government
                                                 officials always promise whatever is
                                                 necessary to get them elected then
                                                 they forget your name. Mayor Ad-
                                                 ams is in charge of the police, and        House Not Selling?
                                                 therefore the police station, so that
                                                 kinda’ sums it up.”
                                                   “So what do we do here, in 2012?”
                                                  “Get the real leaders of the commu-
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                                          Wooden Carousels that you may
 LETTERS                                  want to join. Thanks,
                                                                                       In the past, this information was
                                                                                    very public, including where it was                           Personals
                                          Heather                                   going for its past renovations, per-
 TO THE EDITOR                                                                      haps you can help me understand              OBITUARIES
                                          Dear Editor,                              this and know a bit more of where it
                                             A friend forwarded me your arti-       is going for its clean up? Any other
Long time reader                          cle in the St. Johns Review about the     information besides “look for it
                                                                                                                                               Robert Raymond Reischman
                                          C.W. Parker carousel at Jantzen           again in 2013” would be very much             Bob died peacefully at the home        coached CYO football for many
Dear Editor,
  Enclosed is our three-year renew-       Beach. I enjoyed the article very         appreciated to help this citizen and         of his daughter, Nancy, in Scap-        years at Holy Cross Catholic
al for the Review.                        much and found it to be very posi-        other north Portlanders actually feel        poose, on April 22, 2012. He was        School. He was one of Notre
   We got our first copy in a Wel-        tive. There are a lot of rumors fly-      relieved about the fate of the histor-       born in Portland Or-                                  Dame’s biggest fans.
come Wagon gift basket in 1969            ing about that the carousel will not      ic C.W. Parker carousel.                     egon on November 9,                                      He and Bonnie
when we moved into our very first         return when the remodel is done....           I have read the press release by         1925 to Charles R.                                    looked forward to
home here in North Portland. I won-       and I certainly will look for it after    Edens Reality, who owns the carou-           and Marguerite (Cal-                                  their annual trips to
der if the Welcome Wagon ladies           the remodel is done in 2013, as your      sel and mall, and the press release is       houn) Reischman.                                      Kauai until she
with their welcoming baskets are          article suggests in closing.              positive- stating they will be renam-           Bob attended As-                                   passed away in
even still around. Perhaps it’s a topic     The article also mentions how the       ing mall streets after the carousel and      sumption        Grade                                 1984. He continued
our residential historian, Jim Speirs,    previous tenets of the Island were re-    other iconic rides of the past but it        School and graduat-                                  his yearly trips to
can check into next!                      moved to make way for progress,           doesn’t actually state “come ride the        ed from Columbia                                     Hawaii until this
  We enjoy each and every issue.          amusement rides being dismantled          carousel again, Fall of 2013.” Nor           Preparatory School                                   year.
Thank you for keeping the paper           for the construction of a new shop-       does the brief article in the Orego-         in 1943. He and his                                     Bob was a member
alive.                                    ping center. I cannot help but think      nian that was featured in the busi-          brother Bill danced                                  of Holy Cross Cath-
Jana and Vince Ripley                     that this may be the case too for the     ness section on April 4th. It simply         as “The Reischman                                    olic Church for over
                                          carousel who has made a home here         states that those who are worried            Brothers” with Uncle                                 60 years. He was pre-
Jantzen Beach Carousel                    for more than 80 years. I am hoping       about the carousel not coming back,          Nate’s “Stars of To-                                 ceded in death by his
Concerns                                  very much that you can tell me if you     should worry more about the future           morrow”.                                wife, Bonnie, and two sons Ric
Dear Editor,                              heard it from Eden’s Reality or some      shopping to be done at the new and              He served in the Navy during         and Bobby. He is survived by his
   I’m a longtime Portland resident.      other important, reliable source con-     improved mall. But why isn’t the in-         World War II and was honorably          son Randy (Debi) Reischman, and
I worked at Wunderland on Hayden          nected to the carousel that it is actu-   formation about the carousel return-         discharged on May 14, 1946. He          daughters Nancy Tousignant, Su-
Island during high school and col-        ally going to be staying at Hayden        ing, or where it is going for “refur-        attended Vanport Extension Cen-         san (Don) Rodich, and Melissa
lege. My daughter loves the Jantz-        Island?                                   bishing” made more public? Edens             ter (Portland State University).        Reischman (John Kovac), seven
en Beach Carousel.                          Page 4 of your article states to look   Corp has many posts on their Face-              Bob married Bonnie Wayt on           grandchildren and seven great
   I just heard about your April 13,      for “more information” at the end of      book page and Jantzen Beach mall,            December 27, 1947 and they              grandchildren.
2012 article about the carousel. Do       the article, and perhaps the online       and all of which say “We understand          raised six children.                       Mass of Christian burial is at
you have a source that actually com-      version jumbled it up a bit, because      the important history of the carou-            He was employed as a Portland         10:00 a.m., Friday, May 18, 2012
mitted to returning the carousel to       I do not see any people or sources        sel and hope for its return after the        firefighter for over 25 years. Most     at Holy Cross Catholic Church,
the island? Everything I’ve seen so       cited as to why the certain outcome       remodel.” That doesn’t sound very            of his service was at Engine House      5227 N. Bowdoin St., Portland.
far leads me to believe that the de-      of the carousel would be its return       hopeful to me that they have a per-          3 in downtown Portland. His last        There will be a reception follow-
veloper does not actually have a          to the island. Here is what I am re-      manent spot for it picked out. Nor is        years of duty were as a dispatcher      ing the service at the school hall.
plan for the carousel - it’s not even     ferring to in the article:                there much room for it on the cur-           in the alarm office. He retired on      Private internment.
on the plans on their web site.           “Whether it was outrage about it be-      rent blue print plans.                       July 3, 1980.                              In lieu of flowers, memorial
   If you know of a plan, I’d really      ing removed from its longtime                Perhaps this is just another sign             Bob was an avid golfer and          contributions may be made to
like to know. I’d feel a lot better       “home”, or the lack of funds to move      that the island is changing, but I do        loved Salmon fishing on the Wil-        Holy Cross Catholic School c/o
knowing the carousel will have a          it, the North Portland community is       hope for the carousel to return and          lamette River. .Football was his        Athletic Fund, 5202 N Bowdoin
home and be in use.                       relieved that it will stay on Hayden      am hoping you will also reply with           main passion. He officiated at the      St. Portland. OR 97203.
  In the meantime, there is a Face-       Island and receive yet another res-       any hopeful information about it re-         high school and college levels and
book group Friends of Portland’s          toration. (See end of this article for    turning.
                                          more information.)”                       Thank you,
                                                                                    Robin                                        Ted Perez
                                                                                                                                    Ted Perez, 75, died April 29,       proud to be a Longshoreman and
                                                                                    Dear Editor,
                                                                                                                                 2012, at his home in the presence      a member of ILWU. He retired
                                                                                       I am deeply troubled by your pa-
                                                                                                                                 of his wife and                                    from the ILWU after
                                                                                    per’s April cover story on the Jantz-
                                                                                                                                 three children. He                                 22 years.
                                                                                    en Beach Carousel. It is my belief
                                                                                    that the carousel is still endanger. I       was born in Deer-                                   After retiring in 2003,
                                                                                    could tell from your article which           field, Kansas, on                                  Ted enjoyed attending
                                                                                    honored this icon of a bygone era,           April 4, 1937 to                                   pensioner meetings
                                                                                    that you were convinced the carou-           Rita and John Perez                                and still enjoyed call-
                                                                                    sel is safe. In fact, the carousel no        and raised in Hum-                                 ing the hiring hall to
                                                                                    longer has historic protection. The          bolt, Kansas, along                                stay up to date on the
                                                                                    1921 carousel was de-listed from the         with his eight sib-                                current jobs.
                                                                                    National Register of Historic Plac-          lings.                                               Ted was a man who
                                                                                    es during the attempt to move the                Ted attended                                   enjoyed every day of
                                                                                    carousel to The Children’s Museum            Humbolt       High                                 his life and spending
                                                                                    by the property owner at that time.          School and gradu-                                  time with his family.
                                                                                    The Children’s Museum did not                ated in 1955. He married Frances                   He was an avid walk-
                                                                                    have the ability to raise the two mil-       Miranda in 1960 in Coffeyville         er, enjoyed numerous activities,
                                                                                    lion dollars needed to house the car-        Kansas, and they started their         and was fond of bowling and
                                                                                    ousel. Ian Jackson and the State His-        young family in 1961. He worked        woodworking projects. He spent
                                                                                    toric Preservation Office has offered        for Ash Grove Cement Company           many days helping his sons work
                                                                                    to update the 1980s nomination that          and was transferred to Portland to     on various projects and watching
                                                                                    could facilitating re-listing. Eden has      work at their new automated lime       his grandson’s football games. He
                                                                                    not followed up on that offer. The           plant. He worked for Ash Grove         also enjoyed the latest addition to
                                                                                    National Carousel Association as-            for 20 years.                          his family, his granddaughter.
                                                                                    sures me that no Carousel has been
                                                                                                                                    While working for Ash Grove,          Ted is survived by his wife, two
                                                                                    broken up since 2000; that the mar-
                                                                                                                                 Ted was also a casual Longshore-       sons Ed (Lisa) and Richard (Mar-
                                                                                    ket for individual horses is saturat-
                                                                                                                                 man for ILWU Local no. 8 for 12        ia), daughter Teresa (Gina), two
                                                                                    ed. The April 2012 vision by Eden
                                                                                    was never shared with Hayden Is-
                                                                                                                                 years before becoming a full-time      grandsons (Dan and Matt), and
                                                                                    land’s Neighborhood Association,             registered Longshoreman. He was        granddaughter (Lucia).
                                                                                    HINooN. The community on the is-
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          St. Johns Parade Entrants
2012your favorite parade participant from the following list. Unfortunately, It’s not possible to list in order of appearance because that isn’t
Watch for
decided until Parade Day. Also, some last minute entrants may not be on this list.
Categories Include: DIGNITARIES; BANDS; BIKE GROUP; BUSINESSES; FIRE DEPARTMENT; FLOATS; GOVERNMENT;                                                   2012 Parade Donors:
GROUPS; HORSES; PEOPLE; POLITICAL; SCHOOLS; PARADE SPONSORS; AND VEHICLES                                                                                   Gold Sponsors - $500 - $749
                                                                                                               Columbia Fair & Rodeo Court
                                                                                                                                                             Holy Cross Catholic Church
Dignitaries:                                                    Floats:                                        Columbia Fair & Rodeo Pooper Scoopers
Grand Marshal: Jake Benshoof (Original 1962 Parade Organizer)                                                  Hooves & Hugs Therapy Mini Horses                   Kohlhoff & Welch
                                                                Ver Leu - 1931 St Johns Bridge Parade
Citizens of the Year: Jim Speirs and Kenn Gritzmacher           Oregon Jobs Daughters                          People:                                             St. Johns Boosters
High School Scholars: Jovany Romero-Carrazco (Roosevelt) and    Government:                                    Bat man Eddie Danielson                         St. Johns Grocery Outlet
     Christine Trinh (DeLaSalle)                                Metro                                          Miss Oregon US International 2012                        US Bank
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz                                  Multnomah County Sheriff                       Peyton Riley Oshley                          Silver Sponsors - $300 - $499
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman                                  Bureau of Environmental Services Water         Paul Bishop                                  American Metals Corporation
Mayor Sam Adams                                                 Bureau of Parks & Recreation                   Tristie Ann Christian                                 Columbia Steel
Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen                               Groups:                                        Political Candidates:
                                                                                                                                                                  Harvest Homes, Inc
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith                     BSA Cub Scout Pack 52 & Troop 120              Mary Nolan - City Council
Congressman Earl Blumenauer                                                                                    Multnomah County Democrats                    James V Frohnmayer DMD
                                                                PDX Danes
State Representative Tina Kotek                                 Royal Rosarians                                Scott Fernandez for Mayor                    Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc
Senator Chip Shields                                            Roosevelt High School Cheer Squad              Charlie Hales for Mayor                                Thai Cottage
Fire Chief John Klum                                            Portland Saints Pop Warner                     Brad Perkins for Metro                       Bronze Sponsors $100 - $299
Multnomah County Sheriff Staton & Chief Gates                   Pirates of Portlandia                          Howie Rubin for Mayor                            St. Johns Tire Factory
Rose Festival Princesses                                        Willamette Little League                       Schools:                                        Anna Bananas St. Johns
Bands:                                                          Northwest Critters                             James John SUN Community School                 Columbia Inspection, Inc
Conestoga Middle School                                         Peninsula Lodge 128 Odd Fellows                Cathedral Park Pre School
                                                                                                                                                                      David Myers
Highland Park Middle School                                     Moving Energy to 21st Century                  James John Elementary School
Chief Joseph Marching Band                                                                                     Holy Cross Area School                               Echo Tech LLC
                                                                Sitton School PTA
Chief Umtuch Middle School Band                                 Rose City Steampunks                           Divinci Middle School                                    Evraz Inc
Roosevelt High School Band                                      Cub Scout Pack 417                             Sponsors:                                       Lloyd and Florence Ivie
Gorden Russell MS Thunderbird Marching Band                     Blue Collar Wrestling                          Holy Cross Catholic Church                           John Street Café
Meadow Park MS Band                                             Miss Oregon American Teenager                  Kohlhoff & Welch                                 Kennedy Dental LLC
Unknown Band                                                    Russellville Grange                            St. Johns Boosters                                  Mei-Charlton, Inc
Astor Screaming Eagles Dirll & Drum                             St Johns Christian Church                      St. Johns Grocery Outlet                      North Portland Orthodontics
North Thurston High School Marching Band                        Lombard the Tears of Joy Dragon                US Bank
                                                                                                                                                                      Leisure LLC
DaVinci Middle School Marching Band                             Vose Unicycle club                             Vehicles:
Floyd Light Middle School Band                                                                                 Mama’s Toy                                           Leo Kahn, CPA
                                                                Village Gardens
Whitford MS Marching Band Thunderbirds                          St Johns Bachelor Club                         Mike Bailiff II                                           NAPA
Bike Group:                                                     Interstate Bible Chapel                        Robert L. Greiner                            Peninsula Family Acupuncture
The Belligerante                                                Peninsula Children’s Center                    Or Electric Vehicle Assoc                  Pioneer United Methodist Church
Businesses:                                                     American Legion St Johns Post #98              The 40/8                                             Proper Eats LLC
Harvest Homes Retirement Home                                   Peninsula Optimist Club                        Paul & Joanne Russell                         Red Sea Community Church
Big Johnson Towing & Recovery                                   Boy Scout Troop 52                             Stephanie Hernandez                             St. Johns Bachelor Club
Papa Murphy’s Pizza                                             Bethel Lutheran Church 100 years               Jeff Hogg
                                                                                                                                                            Stubblefield Custom Painting
St Johns Bank of America                                        Friends of Trees                               George Morin & Char
Leisure Public House                                                                                           Norman Gustafson                              Stephen Waldram DMD PC
                                                                Assumption Village
Farrell & Associates                                            The Kings Navy                                 Loans by Troy                                    The St. Johns Review
Bluebird Tavern                                                 Boy Scout Troop 71                             Chris Peterson                                  Tom and Jeanine Sinnott
St Johns Library                                                Girl Scout Troop 45497                         Larry Hogg                                   Two Rivers Physical Therapy
Ronald McDonald - St Johns                                      VFW Peninsula PEP Post 1325 & Auxiliary        David Kindrick                                     Vinyl Resting Place
One with Heart Tulen Center                                     Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit             Ray & Pearl Unger                        Voss LLC/Century 21 Peninsula Realty
St Johns Farmers Market                                         St Johns Scooter Club                          Mike & Brenda Bailiff                            Wayne’s Barber Shop
McMenamins ST Johns Pub & Theatre                               Patties Home Plate Deli                        Susan Teeter
                                                                                                                                                              Zimmers Grooming Salon
Bahama Mamas                                                    DOA Pro Wrestling                              Donald Ratliff
Teeter Roofing inc                                                                                             Sam Ratliff                                    Other Parade Supporters
                                                                Salvation Army Moore St.
Napa Auto Parts                                                 St. Johns Community Ballet Folklorico          Chris Ratliff                                         Rhonda Ensley
Tre Bone                                                        The Montessori House                           Tom Janicki                                           Leonard Crale
Schwans                                                         Horses                                         Ticknor Family & Friends                  E & M Maytag Home Appliance Ctr
Anchorage Launch Service Co                                     Tillamook Co. Rodeo Queen Katie Born           Andy Williams                                New Portland Rose Restaurant
Fire Department:                                                Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo                  Rose City Model T Club
Station 22                                                      Pacific Wild Horse Club                        Loren Ragan
                                                                                                               Phil Schmalle

                                                                                     Two student scholars selected to be in the parade
                                                                                Each year the Parade Committee selects two ex-       munity. When I complete my education, I want to work
                                                                              ceptional students to be in the parade from local      in underserved urban areas of Portland and help dis-
                                                                              high schools and honors them with a scholarship to     advantaged minority children receive proper health-
                                                                              help with upcoming college costs. This year they       care.”
                                                                              selected Christine Trinh from De La Salle North          Jovany and five other students created a writing cen-
                                                                              Catholic who has a cumulative GPA of 4.0, and          ter during their summer vacation last year. “During
                                                                              Jovany Romero-Carrasco from Roosevelt who has          the summer we interviewed people from St. Johns who
                                                                              a cumulative GPA of 3.14.                              were doing things to fight social issues,” he said. “We
                                                                                Christine participated in many activities at De La   then created an exhibit to showcase their work and it
                                                                              Salle and won the Dean’s List Summa Cum Laude          was shown in various locations in St. Johns.”
                                                                              Society Award as well as many others awards. Her          He is a student leader at the Writing Center and his
                                                                              volunteer work is also extensive and includes          plans are to attend Western Oregon University and ma-
                                                                              Loaves and Fishes. She hopes to attend Georgetown      jor in Engineering, Business with a minor in Spanish.
                                                                              University’s graduate school after completing un-      He wants to also take engineering classes at Oregon
                                                                              dergraduate courses and specialize in pediatric med-   State University. “I want to make my family proud of
                                                                              icine. “I’ve always had a fascination with human       me,” he said.
                                                                              anatomy, cell and muscle formation, and biology,”        Watch for these two outstanding students in the pa-
                                                                              she said. “I want to use my passion for the sciences   rade and give them a thumbs up for their accomplish-
                                                                              as a way of becoming an active member of my com-       ments.

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