Sunday, June 11, 2006

Spanning the State--au revoir to Max and Hildy's edition

So far this weekend I've been able to indulge myself in two of my favorite pass times: gardening and talking politics on blogs. With the weather briefly offering a reprieve from the rain I made a stop at Max and Hildy's Garden Store in Beaverton--one of the best places around to immerse myself in my passion for plants.

Sadly, Max and Hildy's is closing their doors. The land under their feet has been sold to a developer who rumor has it is planning to build a Whole Foods market. The owners don't want the hassle of relocating. Yesterday's visit was very sad as I said goodbye to a beloved place where I've often visited just to enjoy being in their peaceful surroundings.

Silver lining: I scored a beautiful hosta, a nice asparagus fern and a few well-priced pots.

Au revoir Max and Hildy's, I'll miss you.

Alright..enough of the sackcloth and ashes..let's Span the State!


Liberal Christians are demanding that their voice be heard. The local Interfaith Alliance is a group of about 1800 members from various faiths. Lynn Hanson of the IA has helped organize a visit by author Dan Wakefield who wrote The Hijacking of Jesus--How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate. Wakefield is preaching today at 9AM and 11AM at Tualatin United Methodist Church, 20200 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

Out in Bend, the mess of Measure 37 continues to put Oregon's land use laws into the crapper.

How many all-nite Grad parties have a mechanical bull? I guess that depends on whether or not you live in Burns:

Jacob Cunningham takes a spin on "El Toro" during the Burns High School all-night senior party last Friday. Seniors spent the night celebrating their graduation with food, music, games and one last evening as a class.

State School Superintendent Susan Castillo approved a plan by the Oregon School Activities Association to realign high school athletics based on school enrollment. The plan is controversial as it would require a more rigorous travel schedule for some of the affected schools. OSAA says that the plan is the most fair way to assure a competitive balance in high school athletics.

Two new seal pups were born this week at the Seaside Aquarium. Mothers and babies are doing well. A raffle is being held at the Aquarium for the opportunity to name the pups. Tickets can be purchased at the Seaside Aquarium Gift Shop at 200 N. Prom in Seaside for $1 each. You need not be present to win.

Grant County is finally catching the wave of the real estate boom. While other areas of the state are starting to report a wane in their markets, Grant County is on a definite upswing.

An effort to recall three school board members in Lebanon has failed miserably.