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In 1914, a group of Volga Germans purchased the lot at NE 9th and Fremont, and built a church for their newly formed congregation. Services at the Zion German Congregational Church were held in German until 1958. Over time, the younger generations, who did not understand German, began to move away in search of newer housing and English-language church services. During the 1960s, the church merged with other dwindling Volga German congregations and in 1972, they sold the building and moved to a new facility in outer east Portland.
In 2009, the Greater Gresham Baptist Church purchased the old Zion church, with plans to renovate the building and "change the lives of the people in this community." As they noted, the old building is "within a 3-mile radius of 250,000 people, ninety-five percent of whom are not actively involved in a church."
When the renovation did not progress as quickly as planned, Greater Gresham formed a partnership with Door of Hope, a church that was seeking to establish a ministry in inner northeast Portland. Door of Hope is currently renovating the church and plans to open for Christmas Eve services.
More details about the church history are available on volgagermans.net.
Interesting report from Al Jazeera America - watch the video here.
Starting Sunday, March 2, 2014, TriMet will bring back 15-minute service throughout the day on weekdays for it's Frequent Service lines, including line 8, which runs through Sabin. From Neil McFarlane, General Manager at TriMet:
"Thanks to an improving budget outlook, we are happy to begin restoring 15-minute service—which had been cut over the last few years due to the recession—starting with mid-day hours on weekdays... For riders, this means less waiting, shorter travel times and better connections.
Before the recession, “Frequent Service” meant that buses and MAX came every 15 minutes or better throughout the day, every day. We had to temporarily reduce frequency on these and other lines due to budget shortfalls. Today, we are in a position to begin restoring service, due to increased revenue from advertising, and lower health insurance costs for non-union employees.
Restoring Frequent Service has been a top priority for me, and improving mid-day service is just the first step. It will probably take a few years to get back to 15-minute frequency all day, every day—meaning evenings and weekends, too—but that’s our goal."
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This year, instead of holding our fall General Meeting at Sabin School, we decided to organize a family-friendly community potluck at Clay and Endre's home. Many newcomers joined long-time residents on November 11 to share a delicious meal and get to know each other. Some of the memorable dishes included Josh's roast chicken over Brussels sprouts and Clay's African-style lentil stew. The potluck was such a success that we're thinking about making it an annual event, possibly hosted at a different home each year. If you missed it this year, we hope you can make it next year!
Wondering about the police cars parked in front of your neighbors house? This site shows the most recent 100 incidents on a map with date, time, type of call and address.
Want to know how many burglaries and car thefts were committed in Sabin in the last few months? Check out the Crime Stats site.
To see crimes within a half mile of your home, visit the Crime Mapper and enter your address. Click on the link and you'll see the stats broken down in 7 different ways.
Another option is crimereports.com, which is a private company, not associated with City of Portland or the Portland Police Bureau.
A year ago, the old church at NE 8th and Failing was nearly sold to a developer who planned to demolish it and replace it with upscale houses. The deal fell through for financial reasons. Neighbors breathed a sigh of relief. A year later, the outlook for the historic building seems brighter. The new buyer, Hope Presbyterian Church, plans to preserve the building and use it for services, after the sale closes in late December.
from the Oregonian
"The Oregon Department of Agriculture has placed restrictions on two types of pesticides implicated in mass bee die-offs in Wilsonville and Hillsboro this summer. Pesticides containing dinotefuran and imidacloprid can no longer be applied to linden trees, basswood and other trees of the Tilia genus."
Not everyone is happy about the new restrictions. Scott Dahlman, a lobbyist for the pesticide industry, said that pesticides "pose no harm to the environment" as long as they are properly applied.
What can you do to help save bees? Plant bee-friendly flowers and avoid using pesticides. Also, buy organic food. Read more here.
"We're happy to report that PBOT has taken delivery of a new sweeper that is specifically designed to fit inside narrow bike paths. Their new RAVO 5-Series sweeper has only been in service since last month, but it's already gotten a lot of action. PBOT spokeswoman Diane Dulken said it can sweep the new bikeways on NE Cully Blvd, SW Broadway, and NE Multnomah thanks to its narrow profile and agile handling."