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The 'Spirit of Christmas' is Here!

The 24th annual Spirit of Christmas tree lighting- one of the community’s most popular events-rings in Gresham’s holiday season with a free, family-friendly program. From phone calls to the North Pole, cookie decorating, crafts, and business open houses, family fun is planned from 2-4pm in Historic Downtown before the tree lighting event.

Here’s a quick rundown of the day’s events:

2-4pm Downtown business holiday activities and treats for youth; open houses.

4:30pm Join Santa’s Parade to the Arts Plaza. Meet at 4:15pm at the Gresham History Museum, 410 N Main Ave.

5pm Music, refreshments and activities on the Arts Plaza.

6pm Don’t miss it! Help Santa countdown and light the Christmas tree.

For a complete list of all the businesses activities for the day, visit www.exploregresham.com or contact Shannon Chisom at 503-750-3785.

Also, Gresham Ford will be there with a van to drop off donations for the Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap. Help the City and local businesses reach the goal of collecting 500,000 pounds of food by December 31st. Did you know? A pound of food can be purchased for 5 cents; or 20 pounds of food for $1? Bring food or a monetary donation to the Spirit of Christmas and look for the van with “Fill-A-Bag” on the side. Or you can donate directly at www.snowcap.org. Or you can drop off donations at Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Ford, The Outlook or Stamp Connection.


Thanksgiving what a wonderful holiday……family, food, football!!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I just can’t get my mind off the horrible attacks in Paris this last week. The whole thing seems too awful to be real and makes giving Thanks this Thanksgiving even more special. There is so much for us here at Gresham Ford to be thankful for…..

Our Great Customers!!

Our Wonderful Employees!!

Our Families!!

Our Friends and Neighbors!!

Our Beautiful Community!!

Our Country!!

Our Men and Women Who Serve in the Armed Forces!!

Our Community Volunteers!!

Our Community Paper – “The Outlook” that distributed the bags and envelops for “Fill-A-Bag”!

And there is so much more thanks to be given….please make your list and say prayers for those that have been injured in Paris before you enjoy your holiday meal. We can’t change what has happened but, we can all work together to make each day a little brighter for somebody. So don’t forget to clean out your pantry “Fill Your Bag” or envelope that will provide nutrition for a neighbor in need. Thanks and giving are the true meaning of the Holiday Season and doing both will make your heart happy!

Wishing everyone a safe, peaceful, and loving Thanksgiving!

Fill'er up!

For the past several years, we’ve participated in the Fill-A-Bag Food drive for SnowCap Community Charities. And this year is no different!

Last week we kicked it off with the bag folding party so be looking for those bags in the Outlook newspaper as of the 17th. Next, we have a few dates you might want to remember:

November 1st-30th- Pay it Forward at Gresham Family Chiropractic, 575 NE 2nd St, Gresham, will donate $20 to SnowCap for every patient that comes in with a Fill-A-Bag filled with non-perishable items.

November 28th-The Spirit of Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with many fun activities for the kids during the day, Historic Downtown Gresham. There will be a parade from downtown to the Center for the Arts Plaza at 4:30pm with the tree lighting at 5pm. For more information please call, Event Coordinator Shannon Chisom at 503-750-3785.

December 3rd & 17th-10% of Sales between 5-8pm at Burgerville, 2975 NE Hogan Dr, Gresham, going to SnowCap. Bring your families out for a great dinner and 10% will go to helping our neighbors right here in Gresham.

December 9th-Annual Fill-A-Bag Auction & Dinner at Riverview Community Bank, 225 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, 6pm. Please contact Larry Schwartz for more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (503) 912-5400.

December 11th-SnowCap Breakfast at Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 N.E. Division St., 7am. Hosted by the Gresham Chamber of Commerce, the proceeds from this event will benefit SnowCap, My Father’s House and Human Solutions. For more information please contact, Julie Hamatake at the Gresham Chamber of Commerce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-665-1131.

January 7th-Casino Night at Balance Health & Injury Clinic, 1217 NE Burnside Rd #301, Gresham. Details to follow. For more information please contact, Caterina Robertson at 503-492-2625.

If anyone has any other events related to this food drive, please contact Bess Wills at Gresham Ford, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 503-665-0102

You can also stop by many locations and drop off non-perishable food items or donate cash in the donation jars. For a complete list please contact Kirsten Wageman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 971-235-4504.

Neighborly Thoughts!

The Holidays are right around the corner and it is the time of the year we reflect on Thanks and giving…and for both those reasons we are excited to again be a part of “Fill-A-Bag” or “Fill-An-Envelope”. This effort benefits SnowCap our local Food Pantry for those needing a “hand”. Local is the key word here….these are our friends and neighbors…working single moms that just need a little extra “food” resources to make it thru the month, a Senior Citizen whose winter utility bill makes it necessary for them to have to choose food or warmth.

While cleaning out your pantry and giving extra staples and canned items to this food drive (bags will be inserted into the newspaper the week of November 17th) are always welcome. However, if you are going shopping to “fill the bag” you might want to consider putting money in the attached envelop or going online to SnowCap.org and make a donation. The reason being is that SnowCap as a charter member of the Oregon Food Bank and because of the corporate generosity (Ford Motor Company is one of them) to the Oregon Food Bank they are able to purchase a pound for food for $.05. You cannot duplicate that at your local market so even a $1 given to SnowCap will provide a family in our community 20 pounds of food.

One hundred years ago we would have put a basket of food together and taken it to the widow the next farm over who was unable to gather crops the previous summer because “giving” is a way to show “thanks” for being blessed. Today we do not always know who our neighbors in need are but SnowCap does and they get almost 100% of the resources given them into the hands of those that need a good neighbor! Watch for the “Fill-A-Bag” or “Fill-An-Envelope” in this newspaper soon and when you do please share if you can!

P.S. If you are reading this before 4:00 p.m. today please come down to Gresham Ford and take a “no pressure” test drive and $20 will be donated to SnowCap on your behalf! That’s 400 pounds of food!

Did you know...?

As times are changing, the automotive industry has to find innovative ways to keep up and if you think about the evolution of the automobile, it’s pretty amazing how far we’ve come! Can you imagine (especially as a women) riding in those first vehicles? No windows, seats as hard as stone, no heat and while they did have springs of sorts, I would imagine you still got the wind knocked out of you if you hit a pothole too fast.

Well, we all know about gas vehicles, we know about hybrids and we know about electric powered vehicles. But did you know Ford has a vehicle that has the best of everything in the electric/battery/gas operated world? Meet the Hybrid-Energi! Full electric, fully gas and everything in between. This special vehicle will hold a charge for approximately 20 miles of driving before kicking into the gas powered engine. What that means is, if you only drive five miles to work everyday, you will never use a drop of gas!!! So, you could drive to work, drive to the grocery store or maybe some other in town shopping and drive home! Plug it into your cozy garage at night, and then drive right by all those gas stations smiling and waving!

So, to put this to the test, I have recently purchased a Ford Fusion Hybrid-Energi. I filled it with gas, documented the miles and I plan to see how long it takes me before I need to get fuel again. I will be doing updates so stay tuned here to find out how it’s going!

Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe out there!

No tricks, Just Treats!

Are you looking for some safe and fun Halloween activities for you and your kids this Jack-O-Lantern season? Well here are some local ideas you might want to check out.

Come enjoy some "boo-tiful" classical music, dress in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for some "Spooktacular" kid-friendly fun. Riverview Community Bank proudly presents The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra's Symphonic, “Safari Goes Halloween”, October 25th at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland at 3pm. Engage in hands-on pre concert arts, crafts, and activities. And watch as the, “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” comes to life with puppets from Tears of Joy. Don’t miss this fun for the entire family!

Then you can head to downtown Gresham where every year The Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association blocks off the Gresham downtown Main Ave between 1st and 5th for a safe trick-or-treat event to celebrate Halloween. Bring the kids and join other families on Main Ave, Saturday October 31st from 4pm-6pm and and get candy from local merchants who are staying open to hand out tricks and/or treats.

And from there venture on over to Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 8848 NE Division, Gresham, for their “No Tricks, Just Treats” event, 6pm-8pm. With games and cupcake decorating, hot cider, hot chocolate and coffee too, you’re sure to find something for the whole family.

“It's late and we are sleepy, the air is cold and still. Our jack-o-lantern grins at us upon the windowsill. We're stuffed with cake and candy, and we've had a lot of fun, but now it's time to go to bed and dream of all we've done. And we'll dream of trick-or-treating on this happy Halloween”.-Author unknown

Training Without Debt!

When something good happens in our community it is reason to celebrate and while this celebration directly affects businesses like ours that rely on well trained auto technicians, we have a little more reason to celebrate. However, if self–driving cars are in our future then I would think we would all want the best trained technicians possible. So HURRAH! to Mt. Hood Community College for implementing a yearlong general automotive training class in addition to the Factory Specific classes that continue to grow and provide well trained automobile technicians.

In our Industry we have seen a decline in interest in these “livable” wage jobs in the past several decades. As a matter of fact, for every seven Senior Diesel Technician retiring only one is coming on board. There has been great emphasis in our high schools on getting a four year degree and while that serves some students well, there are plenty of livable wage jobs whose skills are better served from vocational (not sure if that is the politically correct term) training.

Anyhow, the class at Mt. Hood College is being taught by Steve Johnston (he and his wife own All About Automotive in downtown Gresham). So not only does he have the skills to train young people to be good auto technicians he has the business acumen to give them sound skills in that area as well. So if you know of a young person that has an interest in mechanics - please have them investigate what Mt. Hood has to offer. It is way more affordable than the private IT schools and getting skills locally without student debt is a win/win!!

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