August 2016

Mike Antonelli
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Last month, I asked for feedback and you didn’t disappoint. I want to take a moment to thank all the people that took the time to call, email or check-in on our Facebook Page or website. Tualatin Life strives to be the voice of Tualatin so I encourage you to reach out if you have something to say or there’s something we could be doing better. I personally respond to phone calls, email and Facebook messages.

This issue is jam-packed with what I hope you’ll agree is a great selection of stories and a few new advertisers. It’s never easy to approach someone about a story idea after a tragedy, and over the last several weeks, we’ve had more than our fair share. By now, most Tualatin residents are familiar with the Clark Lumber True Value Hardware fire. We were grateful that members of the Clark family agreed to sit down with us and give us an update to share with our readers. It was heartwarming to see that they’re back at it already, conducting business out of a small trailer on the property. They remind us of the resilience of the human spirit… a theme that seems to play out repeatedly in this issue.

Past publisher Jonathan Crane makes a return to the pages of Tualatin Life with an interview with Tualatin residents Dale and Claudia Lembke, who graciously agreed to share their story on page 8. Through the loss of their son, a scholarship fund benefitting TuHS students continues to keep his name alive.

With the fifteenth anniversary of 9-11 around the corner, it’s timely for local resident John Beaulieu to share his involvement with rebuilding after another tragedy. John played a crucial role in the building of the Freedom Tower on the site of the destroyed World Trade Center buildings.

And on page 4, you’ll read how one family honored their daughter’s spirit and love of horses and through Cindy’s House of Horses. It was great meeting so many of you at the Crawfish Festival and the various National Night Out events throughout our city. We took a lot of photos, so many that we decided to publish them on our website. Be sure to check them out at

Finally, A big thanks you to our advertisers that make Tualatin Life possible. Please continue to support them.

Michael Antonelli – Publisher