From The Editor

Broadsheet BEE: Issue number two; the adventure continues

It has been quite an adventure for us to reassemble THE BEE that you’re used to into its new size and configuration, and so far the comments we’ve received informally are positive.

Now that we’re a full-size “broadsheet” newspaper, after many decades as a “tabloid”, the new BEE offers a bit more color – albeit in different places – and, it’s worth noting, on sturdier pages of paper. We’re bigger: We used to have 16 inches of vertical space available on each page; now it’s 21.5 inches.

Practically every aspect of how we develop page content technically has changed in the very recent past, and our challenge has been to adapt to the new size while still giving you the same experience in reading it – and continuing to meet and exceed the expectations you have for THE BEE, as a reader. So far, we think we are succeeding. If you disagree, let us know, and tell us how we might better serve you.

It’s worth mentioning that driving this change, and making it work, is a major renovation of the Pamplin Media press facility, which is located in Gresham. The press has been upgraded to produce all of our Oregon newspapers, some of which were previously printed in Salem. So, while other newspapers may be selling their presses, we have invested in upgrading ours.

And, of course, while other newspapers are shrinking, we are growing. Not just THE BEE, but all of the newspapers in the Community Newspapers and Pamplin Media group.

By the way, there has been an upgrade at the new BEE website as well – but you may find any bookmarks you may have set to it no longer work. If so, rest assured the site is still there; delete any old inoperative bookmarks for it, and then type the address into the address bar of your browser: – and, when the site appears, set a new bookmark for THAT.

The upgrade, other than the slight change in the address, is that stories are pushed to that website all month – not only short-term Southeast Portland stories that will not appear in our newspaper, but also from other newspapers in our group, putting stories there from time to time during the month that are not specific to Southeast Portland, but that they think you might want to see.

Some readers tell us that want they really want to see is our published Inner Southeast stories, and these new stories will displace most of those pretty quickly on our new website shortly after we publish the newspaper.

But, we do have a way you can review all of our current newspaper’s content online all month long: It’s our original website, which was the first one established in our 24-newspaper group of Oregon newspapers some 18 years ago, still is updated monthly, and carries mostly just the stories you see in the paper until the next issue is published – and you can refer to those without difficulty all month long at: – so you might want to bookmark that site too.

Thanks for your continuing support!

Free local television options continue to grow

When the “digital transition” ended a decade ago, and local television stations began using a digital transmission platform that delivered perfect pictures and sound to local viewers for free just from the use of an antenna, most local viewing was done through a paid provider – cable TV and satellite systems primarily, although today significant viewing is done through fiber-optic systems and via streaming services.

Only 15% of viewing of local TV stations then was done through an antenna, directly, for free.

That has changed. The new digital signals gave an instant reason to go back to the antenna, since the pictures were then even better than a paid provider could offer, and the slide in direct viewing ended, and viewers began hooking up antennas to their new flat-screen digital TVs.

But what has really propelled that growth is the capability of digital signals to be split to provide more channels! When we came to Portland in 1975, there were only five local TV stations. Today, counting those multiple channels per station, the TV signals you can receive with an antenna, particularly with a properly-installed and aimed outdoor antenna, approach 50, and counting. It’s no wonder direct local viewing, free, from an antenna, is becoming more and more popular.

But the “daily” newspaper in Portland, whose TV coverage used to concentrate on local broadcasting, today seems intent on ignoring it completely. So from time to time we step in to inform you of what is available to you – for free – right off an antenna, in Inner Southeast Portland.

Local stations have refined the transmission process, and several stations now are providing at least two high-definition signals in the space once assigned for one; notably, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s channel now offers both the main OPB service and its new OPB-plus service in high definition, while also transmitting PBS Kids 24 hours a day in standard definition, and a complex audio signal which brings you most of their associated radio signals switchable from a single channel with your remote control.

Also notable are two new digital subchannels in the local mix that respond to two reasons some people maintain a subscription to a paid television service: Sports, and programs of the sort distributed by the Discovery cable networks.

“Stadium” is the name of the new 24-hour all-sports channel broadcast on Channel 2-4, a subchannel of KATU, which also has upgraded the leading nostalgia network, MeTV, to high definition (when high definition films of old TV shows are available) on Channel 2-2.

“Quest” is the name of a new 24-hour channel that seeks to give the same sort of viewer experience as programs on the various Discovery networks, as well as National Geographic Channel. It’s on KGW-TV’s Channel 8-4. Its thrust, and type of programming, makes sense, given that the former President of the National Geographic Channel is running it.

Meantime, if you’re missing the old TV shows you loved in the past, you’ll find them on MeTV on Channel 2-2, Antenna TV on Channel 32-2, and Cozi TV on Channel 12-2. Some old TV shows run in weekend marathons on Decades (Channel 6-3), which otherwise has many excellent documentaries, drawn from CBS News archives. Laff is a comedy channel with both old TV comedies and moves – on Channel 12-3. Men’s action movies are on Grit (Channel 49-4) and Women’s movies are on Escape (Channel 49-2).

Looking for kids’ shows? Channel 22-2 and Channel 10-3. Science Fiction? Channel 2-3. Movies? Channel 6-2 and Channel 32-3, and occasionally on lots of other channels. Programming directed to the Black community? Channel 49-3.

There are several Spanish language channels, a number of religious channels, and – not to be overlooked – of course the primary network channels for the ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, Ion, and CW networks, all of which transmit in high definition fulltime. The range of choices you have now are similar to what you’d find on cable and satellite TV, and it’s all free.

Since you aren’t likely to learn about any of this from the “daily” newspaper, THE BEE tries to keep you informed about the free information and entertainment available to you on TV – right off an antenna, in Portland.

Letters to the Editor

Proposes a special city income tax


THE BEE in February published an article about the proposed closures of the Sellwood and Woodstock community centers. The proposed closures are in response to a 5% requested reduction to the [city] budget. Portland is currently seeing unprecedented prosperity. Housing prices are accelerating at a rate far outpacing wage growth. And those who are getting the largest cut of this prosperity just had their taxes slashed at the federal level. And yet, here in Portland, we are facing the same damaging austerity that has been the norm for the past few years. Cuts to community centers, education, parks, and basic social services are now the expected outcome, despite the massive expansion of wealth in The City.

It is time for Portland politicians and citizens to put their foot down and demand that we Tax The Rich to fund our wonderful city. State laws preempt our ability to generate revenue through property taxes. And for working class Portlanders, property and sales taxes are regressive in nature, making the burden greater on those who earn the least. It is time for Portland to take the bold step to levy taxes on the income of the wealthiest Portlanders to fund our schools, our streets, and our programs.

Juan Cummings
S.E. Pardee Street, Woodstock


About those lost family photos


As the current occupants of the Tenino house mentioned in Eileen Fitzsimons’ fascinating article “Our Christmas Wish Granted – Lost Family Photos Returned”, we loved learning about the history of our 102-year-old house, and the former occupants, the Rev. Thomas and Dessie Elkin. We are so pleased that the descendants now have their family photos.

How the photos turned up in the Dumpster remains a mystery, and the author suspected that “the photos may have been left in the Elkin home on Tenino Street possibly in a forgotten attic space – and the school Dumpster, just a block from the former Elkin home, presented a convenient disposal site when the house changed ownership.” Both of us come from families who value family history and photographs, and would never dump such a special find in the trash.

The article states that “two scrapbooks, dating from the late 1880s to the late 1930s, were retrieved from a Dumpster at Sellwood Middle School in 2000.” We moved into the house in 2013, shortly after a property management company did some updates, but kept many of the elements that give it the “character” we love about an older house.

We cannot speak for previous owners, or the intrigue of a forgotten attic, but what seems most important here is the fortunate trail of inquiries and answers that helped the photos find their rightful place in the hands of family.

Beth and Andrew Elliott

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rest assured we were not trying to find somebody to blame for the discarding of those historic family photos – just trying to speculate upon some plausible way they would have been found in the school Dumpster when there were no children from that family attending the school at that time. As you say, it remains a mystery.


Rite of Spring: Community Center plant sale


The Woodstock Neighborhood Association reminds everyone of the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale – Saturday, May 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue. Proceeds from this sale always go into the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund, and support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Center, including custodial service and supplies – part of an agreement with Portland Parks that has helped keep the Center open and available for community use since 2004.

The plant sale depends primarily on donations from generous gardeners in the community. If you are a gardener, we encourage you to contribute to this sale by potting (in March or early April) divided perennials or seedlings that have volunteered from previous years’ plantings. You can also contribute healthy plants that you intend to replace. In addition to many varieties of perennials, we are looking for vegetable starts, herbs, ground covers, native plants, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrubs.

Contributions for the plant sale can be dropped off at the Woodstock Community Center on May 11th, between noon and 7 p.m.  In you need empty pots or an alternate drop-off time, call me at 503/771-0011, or Sandy Profeta at 503/771-7724. Thank you!

Terry Griffiths
|via e-mail


Moreland Woods Public Survey open thru March 9


I am a member of the SMILE Friends of Moreland Woods committee, recently formed to try to organize neighborhood support and possible community ownership of the almost two-acre parcel of land that runs along 14th street between Wilhelm’s Memorial and Llewellyn School in Westmoreland. Over twenty mature Douglas Firs grow on the property, which slopes down on its western side to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge bluff trail. It is an altogether unique and beautiful place with an interesting history, well placed to serve a variety of neighborhood interest groups.

Our small but scrappy band of volunteers, armed only with enthusiasm for our community, have met with overwhelming support for the goal of protecting and maintaining Moreland Woods for our community and for future generations of Sellwood-Moreland residents. With that in mind we have created an online survey to help us hear the wishes of the community.  The survey is open now through March 9. Now is the time to get online and share your opinion! What we learn from you this month will help guide our next steps.

Now is a crucial time for the neighborhood to get involved in envisioning what Moreland Woods could be. I encourage everyone to take the survey at –and remind your neighbors to do the same. Let’s get the word out!

Lise Petrauskas
via e-mail

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Laurie Levich
Laurie Levich

Laurie Levich
July 15, 1930 - January 13, 2018

 Laurie Ann Levich, born to Edward and Jenny Lake on July 15, 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, January 13th, 2018, at age 87. She was a Woodstock resident for over sixty years.

Laurie was married for 62 years to Marvin Levich, professor emeritus of philosophy and humanities, and former provost, at Reed College. She and Marvin met at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She then went to the University of Wisconsin where she graduated with a major in art. After college, she and Marvin ended up in New York, he at Columbia University, she working for an advertising art firm. Then Marvin left New York to take a job in Portland at Reed College, and Laurie followed him; and Portland was where they were married and raised their family.

Woodstock neighborhood, Portland, Oregon, street banner, Laurie Levich
One of the Woodstock street banners, the design for which was donated by Laurie Levich.

A gifted and respected graphic artist, Laurie continued her professional art career in Portland in the advertising field, as a graphic designer for Reed College, as a book illustrator, and a contributor of graphic art to the Woodstock neighborhood. She created the logo of the tall Douglas fir trees and the cityscape on the neighborhood banners above the boulevard sponsored by the Woodstock Community Business Association, a few of which are still hanging.  She also designed the Woodstock Boulevard gateway sign on the median island at S.E. 41st for the WCBA as well, and generously contributed artwork for the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, and to help promote the Woodstock Community Center. All of her artwork for the Woodstock community was donated.

Laurie’s friends say that she will be remembered for her social and political activism, love of culture and the arts, and selfless care for her family. She is survived by her husband Marvin Levich, her sister Linda Lake, children Jacob Levich and Jenny Westberg, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her brother Edward Lake and her daughter Naomi Levich.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 20th, at the Portland Buddhist Priory in Southeast Portland.


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