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Election Season Survival Kit

This election season has made for lots of debate and controversy so, thought you all might want to put an “Election Season Survival Kit” together.

The kits include:

Toothpick… to remind you to pick good qualities in everyone, including yourself.

Rubber band…to remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.

Band-Aid…to remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else’s

Eraser…to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn by our errors.

Candy Kiss…to remind you everyone needs a hug or compliment every day.

Mint…to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family and friends.

Bubble Gum…to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.

Pencil…to remind you to list your blessings every day.

Tea Bag…to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings, that is what makes life worth living every day.

Winter Fun Super-Duty Style!

The winter is coming! Are you ready to head to the hills for some fun in the snow? Or do you like to stay in the valleys pulling a boat or horse trailer for your weekends? How about just needing that heavy duty work truck to get the job done? The new Super-Duty is just the truck to get you where you want to go! The 2017 Super Duty is the toughest and most capable Ford full-size pickup truck ever. All-new high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy slashed the weight of the body reinvesting it where it counts the most. The all-new fully boxed frame built of over 95% high-strength steel, stronger axles, beefier steering and chassis components. The result is a pickup that’s stronger than ever before, yet up to 350 pounds lighter.

The 2017 Super Duty is more than just the most capable heavy-duty Ford pickup ever built. This all-new Super Duty beats the competition hands down in maximum payload, as well as in conventional and 5th wheel/gooseneck towing. And it has the highest gross combination weight rating!!

What about technology and comfort? New available cameras, up to seven in all and the Trailer Reverse Guidance make backing a trailer a breeze. Not to mention Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake support just to name a few!

If you’re in the market for the best truck ever, now’s the time! Until October 31st, 2016 there’s a special 0% for 72 months on ALL F-150s and Super Duty trucks! Come on down to Gresham Ford and ask one of our professional sales people for all the details!

You Meet the Best Clowns at a Parade!

Parades are always fun and this past week-end we had a great time at the “Summerfest” Parade in beautiful historic downtown Troutdale! The best part of a Parade is the fun people you meet - some of them are even Clowns! Cha Cha the Clown came rolling up on her super cool bicycle and gave us a warm welcome – she could make the coldest heart melt!

Cha Cha’s real name is Regina Wollrabe and she has been working with children since 1980 (how can that be because in the clown attire she looks like she is 22 at best- but I am just stating the facts from her website www.chachatheclown.com). She has won numerous awards for “clowning around” but her true gift is her wonderful, warm, positive soul that enjoys spreading her wonderful loving message from here to as far as Latin America and Aruba. It is a gift to bring joy and smiles to those around you and she is all that with a red clown nose. She is also a great mentor. Her four sons have joined her in the family business of entertainment. Can’t wait to have an event or party that needs a clown - now that I know who to call! Cha Cha at 503-807-2584 or e-mail her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Then after the Parade with my grandkids in tow we had the best shopping experience at “Chase Me Again” in Historic Downtown Gresham. They found some clothing treasures and I some décor. Sue and her organization have donated over $150,000 to local charities – so the more you spend the more you pay it forward!

Hope you are having a great summer!


“They said it could not be done!” That was the general consensus of the local population when, over a hundred years ago, visionaries proposed to build a highway through the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Not only was it completed, but it was spectacular and is still considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque drives in all America. So please come celebrate this historic occasion at the Troutdale “Summerfest” this Saturday, July 23rd. There is a pancake breakfast at 7:15am, downtown Troutdale and Parade starts at 10:45am and the celebration continues at Glen Otto Park as well as in Historic Downtown Troutdale. This is a full day of family friendly activities!

If you haven’t spent some time in Downtown Troutdale lately – please do so. Sometimes the best things in life are free and this weekend “Summerfest” is at the top of the list. The kids can gather some candy at the parade, you can take a stroll through the Troutdale General Store - you may be tempted to buy a thing or two but shopping local is always good for the community.

Speaking of Visionaries! Just want to give a shout out to the local Breakfast Lions Club who raised funds and paid for one-half the cost of the beautiful bronze statue of Driscoll, who was trained locally by “Guide Dogs for the Blind”. This Lion’s Club is always doing some special community service project and they were most interested in participating in this project as the mission for Lions around the world is sight and hearing. This was their way of showing their pride in their community and honoring the many “Driscolls” that have made so many vision impaired lives more productive. Thank you Lions!! If you want to thank them yourself they meet weekly Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. at the M& M Restaurant in Gresham.

Look At That!

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

The free, family friendly Gresham Arts Festival will be held, July 16th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in addition to more than 140 artist booths and a dozen musical acts, the Kids' Village will set up shop at the Arts Plaza. Cool off in the Children's Fountain, unleash your inner snowboarder, be a martial arts master and break some boards, and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank and more.

The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to smash a new Guinness World Record following last year's successful Chalk of Fame. Families, businesses, community groups and visitors will paint 14,400 wooden blocks to form a beautiful mosaic designed by local artist Guy Edwards with Brainjar Media. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and paint a set (or more) of 25 wooden blocks. Drop in on July 16th, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts Plaza on Third Street between Hood and Kelly Avenues, or reserve your blocks online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. For more information please call Shannon Chisom 503-750-3785 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

So, mark your calendars for July 16th and head to Historic Downtown Gresham for the 15th Gresham Arts Festival, a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.


Over two hundred years ago, our nation was founded upon the ideal of creating a land where freedom would be available to each and every one of its citizens. Every day, citizens across the country experience the advantages and obstacles to American freedom.

“What does Freedom Mean to Me? A term defined freedom in three distinct ways. (1) As the absence of external restraint; (2) as the capacity to do what one wishes: (3) as the capacity to do what one ought. Literally, freedom means “not in bondage”, as stated by Rachel of North Carolina. But that’s exactly it! And how privileged we are to live in a country where we are “not in bondage”, where we can do what we want and what we ought!

“Yesterday I was going to watch some TV, but instead, I rode my bike over to the mall and saw a movie. I thought about getting some popcorn, but got a big Kit Kat instead. When it was over, I met some friends and hung around Spencer’s Gifts. That’s freedom!” says Steve from Missouri.

So, here at Gresham Ford, we’re going to do what we ought and give our customers, “Freedom to save, Freedom from Interest and Freedom to Choose”! Starting June 24th and running through September 6th, 2016, Ford is offering 0% PLUS Ford Smart Bonus Cash! Come in anytime and have a chat with one of our sales professionals to find out all the details! Save, pay no interest and choose from our great selection of new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs!

Happy 4th of July and don’t forget to reflect on ALL our freedoms here in the good ‘ole US of A!!

Join Our Team!

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Gresham is coming to town! And it’s not your ordinary, get a team together, stay up all night doing continuous laps. They’re going for something totally different! Saturday, June 25th at the Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham 12 noon to 11pm come on down and join the “CARNIVAL” fun! Get ready, because it’s going to be a blast!! Lots of celebrating, guest speakers, silent auction, balloon man, clown, Gresham Fire Department on site, live entertainment, fundraising at each team booth, and how about this? A Zumba class at 2pm! That’s right, celebrate, donate and shake your bootie!! They sure put a totally different spin on, what we’ve come to understand as a “Relay for Life” fundraiser. Of course, there is a walking path, which is about 1/8 of a mile, so eight times around equals your 1 mile, and if you have a team and you are still of the mind to do the laps, that counts too!

So, get a team together, decide on a theme, game, or be creative as to what your team is all about. Set up a booth and join in the fundraising fun!! Contact Karen Taylor at 503-795-3989 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

If you aren’t sure about the whole team thing, you can join our team. Just go to www.relayforlife.org, type in the zip code, 97080 and click on “sign up”, “join a Team” then look for Gresham Ford Chamber AM team! And, Gresham Ford will donate $5 for each person that joins the team! Win! Win!

Mark your calendars, June 25th, 12pm, Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham and set your taste buds for popcorn and snow cones and head to Downtown Gresham for a fun way to help find a cure!