March 2017 cover, Tualatin Life

Stories From Our Latest Publication:

Severely damaged, the B-17’s aircraft nose cone destroyed by direct hit by German 88 anti-aircraft shell, miraculously made it back to England; Tualatin man’s father received Distinguished Flying Cross as Navigator

George Abbot LeDoux

BY DALE POTTS No one could believe it was still flying as the B-17 Flying Fortress came down onto the runway. It was making unearthly screeching noises as the wind blew through twisted medal and wires. After successfully dropping its bombload onto its Cologne, Germany target on October 15, 1944, the plane’s nose cone section […]

TuPD Partners with Marquis Assisted Living for Valentine’s Day Ball

Tualatin Police Department, Marquis

The residents of Marquis Tualatin Assisted Living and Post-Acute Rehab were delighted to have the Tualatin Police Department as their Valentines this year! The Police Department reached out to Marquis Tualatin Activity Director, Alyson Hackelman to collaborate on a “Police Officer Ball” inside the assisted living. At the very beginning there were admittedly many wall-flowers, […]

Tualatin Police ‘Raid’ Old Haggens Store… in a training exercise

Tualatin Police Department, Haggens

Guns at the ready, nearly the entire Tualatin Police Department has swarmed through the abandoned Haggen Food and Pharmacy building at the intersection of Boones Ferry and Tualatin-Sherwood Road. But don’t worry. There were no bad guys on the loose. Instead, the building was provided to the police department for training. “We are very appreciative […]

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times Tualatin During the Great Depression

Tualatin during the Great Depression

BY LOYCE MARTINAZZI The Great Depression of 1929 to 1939 couldn’t have come at a worse time for the village of Tualatin. The sawmill and brickyard had already been closed and jobs were few and far between. Reasons for the 10 year global depression are complex. By 1933 unemployment was at 25% and wages had […]

Autoimmune Disease: When “Self” is no longer Safe

autoimmune disease

BY DR. WENDY ROGERS, TRUE HEALTH MEDICINE PC The human body never ceases to amaze in what it does on a daily basis without us ever thinking about it. The immune system is one example. Through a complex and brilliant process, it learns to recognize “foreign invaders”, cells behaving badly such as bacteria, viruses, and […]

Registration for the City of Tualatin’s Summer Camps is Now Open!

summer camps

BY JULIE LUDEMANN, RECREATION SUPERVISOR, CITY OF TUALATIN Kids can imagine, create, explore, and discover this summer with the City of Tualatin’s popular day camps. With sessions for kids ages 4 through high school, there’s something for everyone. Registration is now open, and many sessions filled early last year, so don’t wait! Why sign your […]

Sammy’s Story

Samantha Hatting

BY REID IFORD, TUALATIN LIFE In many ways, Samantha “Sammy” Hatting is a typical little Tualatin second-grader. She just turned eight years old, and her bedroom is filled with Barbie dolls. But in some way she’s little different. Instead of the usual Disney princesses, her bedspread is adorned with monkeys. Sammy loves monkeys. And while […]

Feeling Stoppers and Feeling Encouragers

passport to parenting, march 2017

BY KIM DEMARCHI Many adults as children were not allowed to express their feelings. You might have been told “Don’t cry, or I will give you something to cry about.” Today, however, most parents want to invite their children to express their feelings. They want to have a communicative relationship with their children. Even with […]

A Royal Send-Off for Packy


For many people in Tualatin, it felt like losing a family member when Packy the Indian elephant passed away last month. Many of us grew up with Packy, who was born at the Oregon Zoo in 1962, and younger generations of Tualatin residents have never known a world without the beloved pachyderm. Packy was a […]

Free Garden: Just Add Water!

Nourishing neighbors

BY CHAD DARBY, NEIGHBORS NOURISHING COMMUNITIES Last year over one-third of students in Tualatin elementary schools qualified for free and reduced price lunches. Nearly 15% of residents in Tualatin live below the poverty level. The I-5 corridor in Tualatin is a designated Oregon Poverty Hotspot with the 7th highest poverty rate among all Oregon hotspots, […]

Mayor’s Corner

Mayor's Corner, Lou Ogden

Your 2017-18 City Council has hit the ground running. While nearly half of the council are newly elected, they certainly are not newly connected. Each of them has experienced considerable engagement in the community and our city government through their other volunteer efforts. Together, we spent two days last month in a biennial planning retreat […]

Mask & Mirror Community Theatre to Open Pulitzer Prize Winning “Crimes of the Heart”

SUBMITTED BY: GARY ROMANS Mask & Mirror Community Theatre will open their winter production – Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning “Crimes of the Heart” – on March 4. The show plays Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm until March 26 on “The Stage” at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard (no Friday shows due […]

The Figurative and Abstract Art of Internationally Recognized Amalya Nane’ Tumanian at the Tualatin Public Library

Library Art

BY ANGELA WRAHTZ People living in the Portland area sometimes take for granted the rich artistic and cultural environment they live in. Sometimes they don’t realize how accomplished the artists are who call themselves neighbors. Consider Amalya Nane’ Tumanian who lives in Tualatin, a fantastic artist whose interesting life has come full circle. Literally. To […]

Regatta Run Presents Check to Timberwolf Support Organization

Lembke Scholarship

On Feb. 7, the Regatta Run Event Team presented the $16,780.70 proceeds check from the 2016 Run to the Timberwolf Support Organization(TSO). The TSO is just as its name implies: a tax-exempt support organization for Tualatin High School. The TSO has a long history of doing what’s best for kids. “Their support of students and […]

Linda’s Inspiration

Garden Corner

BY JONN KARSSEBOOM It’s funny I suppose that after selling so many varied hummingbird feeders and nectars for close to two decades that I’d actually try hanging a feeder myself. I swear I’ve seen them all. I’ve traveled to far away places like Birmingham England and Guangzhou China and Baltimore and Boston and Chicago to […]

Mayor Ogden Proclaims the Week of January 10th Future Business Leaders of America Week


BY DANIEL SHELL, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, TuHS FBLA Tualatin High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) attended the January City Council Meeting at the Juanita Pohl Center. At the meeting, Tualatin FBLA received a Proclamation from Mayor Lou Ogden, declaring that the week of January 10, 2017 through January 16, 2017, Future Business […]

Retirees Turned Volunteers Extraordinaire

Steve and Brenda Fivecoat

Some people wonder what to do when they retire, but not Steve and Brenda Fivecoat. These wonderful people devote time each week at Tualatin Elementary school in various volunteer capacities. The pair volunteers as Reading Buddies – helping kids learn to read. They build relationships through Lunch Buddies – having lunch with students. For some […]

Tualatin CIO

Tualatin CIO

BY CATHY HOLLAND, COMMERCIAL CIO PRESIDENT As President of the Tualatin Commercial Citizen Involvement Organization (CCIO), I am pleased to give you an update on our progress of helping prepare our community for all emergencies but specifically for a catastrophic event. On December 5, 2015, CCIO invited community leaders, businesses, and government planners to discuss […]

March Events

Enjoy these upcoming events in our hometown, compiled by Tualatin Tomorrow, the citizen long-range vision committee where arts and culture-related goals identified by residents are monitored. To submit an item, email SUPPORT OUR YOUNG PERFORMERS TUALATIN HIGH SCHOOL SPRING PLAY: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday March 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18, all at […]

Tualatin Native Britta Hall Selected to Allstate WBCA Good Works Team

Britta Hall

Utah Valley University Guard (and Tualatin native) Britta Hall was just named to the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® – one of the most prestigious off-the-court honors in college basketball – after being nominated on Nov. 30, 2016. Only 10 players from the 97 nominees were selected for their distinguished community service. Hall has […]

Are We In Another Housing Bubble?

Amy Savage

BY AMY SAVAGE, PRINCIPAL BROKER, A GROUP REAL ESTATE One of the questions I get most often is “Are we in another housing bubble?” It was just a decade ago that the U.S. housing market reached a bubble of epic proportions. There were too many homes being built and too many people willing to pay […]

Aging in Place

aging in place

BY SUSAN NOACK, CHAIR, TUALATIN AREA AGING TASK FORCE The first two columns for 2017 spoke to the goals of the Aging Task Force and our long term interest in making sure affordable housing is addressed by the City staff and City Council. We are concerned about any new and/or amended programs and policies which […]

STEM Education: Fun for Kids and Good for Tualatin


At Lam Research, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are at the heart of the technologies we develop, so we know first-hand their significant business value. We have also seen the positive impact STEM education offers communities: students discover exciting and rewarding careers, develop a lifelong love for learning and giving back, and some […]


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