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Located in Milwaukie

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By Bryan J. Dorr

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe, and fun New Year festivities. A few things I’ll be working on for 2015 are more photos, more writing, and more bicycling. I do need to get out more often and shoot more photos and post more blogs. In 2014, I rode a ...

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Two lanes and no fog lines. That’s my kind of road. The kind that goes off the beaten path. I traveled out of town to central Oregon for Christmas this year. Heading over was a straight shot over without any stops. After the festivities were done and it was time to leave, I took the ...

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I am looking. I am surprised. What I am seeing is the charred remains of the century-old Madras Hotel in Madras, Oregon. The three-story hotel at the corner of SW C st. and SW Third St. was destroyed in a fire on the morning of October 24, 2014. The adjacent motel was unscathed. Google Street ...

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Here’s to everyone for a joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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Maintaining several websites can be a tedious task and a bit time consuming. There are content to update, photos to load and comments to respond or moderate. Then there is the task of updating the applications and plug-ins. I don’t know why I need two websites just for my writings and photography. I am just ...

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The Oregon Craft Beer Fest at Portland Meadows happened again this year. Despite the sunny weather, it was a little on the cool side with the typical clear day east wind. patrons hunkered down inside the tent until the races went to post time. The people shuffled out, watch the race, then shuffle back inside ...

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Sunday’s Bike Milwaukie turned out nice. A clear and calm sunny day made this short trip quite enjoyable. It couldn’t have been better for the most part. Well, like I said, “the most part.” As soon as we left Milwaukie City Hall, I ended up with a flat tire. A piece of glass punctured into ...

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Check out this excellent video by John Gussman. It is nearly two and a half minutes of the recently undammed Elwha River in Washington State raging at flood stage on December 9, 2014. The grayish water is from the sediment that collected nearly a century in the former Glines Canyon. You can see some logs ...

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The 4th Annual Milwaukie Watershed Event opens the 2015 Milwaukie Film Series with award-winning DamNation. If you haven’t seen DamNation, it is a well-produced presentation on removing obsolete dams and restoring waterways for fish and wildlife. (You can read more about it on my post, DamNation).  On the same ni

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Bike Milwaukie is leading its final ride of 2014 to OMSI and back via Springwater Trail. Like most of the rides, this ride begins at Milwaukie City Hall on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 9:30 a.m. Majority of the ride takes place on the Springwater Trail to OMSI and back. Riders may ride along side the steam-powered ...

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Typically the Davis Graveyard private party I’ve been invited to falls right on my workweek’s “Friday.” There’s very little time to come home on an 18-mile commute and then changes. Usually, I go as something simple and without a mask (one year I did appear as a werewolf). This year I went as t

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American moviegoers are long overdue for a decent werewolf movie. A movie with a reasonable werewolf, graphic effects, and story. Dark Sky Films Late Phases just may be the solution for lycan fans. From what I have seen in the trailer, this doesn’t look like a teen-targeting, beefcakes, or cuddle dog werewolf movie. I

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Davis Graveyard “grave masters” Jeff and Chris Davis were on Oregon Public Broadcasting “Think Out Loud” with Dave Miller on Wednesday to talk about the Davis Graveyard. You can listen to the full interview at “Milwaukie’s Davis Graveyard is not for Faint of Heart.”

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A late afternoon rainbow over Milwaukie, Ore., on Oct. 20, 2014.

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Davis Graveyard does like to share it’s visitor’s comments on its Facebook page. On Sunday night, Davis Graveyard posted an image of the hand-written note from an anonymous, unhappy visitor on their publicly available Facebook page. The note read: 10/18/2014 To Whom It Concerns: You shut this down too early. We

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October’s Bike Milwaukie ride happened on a very gorgeous fall day. About a dozen riders met up at Milwaukie City Hall this morning for a short, 90-minute ride through a few of Milwaukie’s neighborhoods. Matt Menely and Greg Barrtz-Bowman led the ride. One feature stop on today’s ride was Milwaukie’s

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A night at the Davis Graveyard when the lights go out.

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The sun casts a warm glow off the clouds above Bend, Oregon. In the background is the cool blue sky. A good mix between a warm and cool feeling.

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The upcoming Bike Milwaukie ride will be a simple one. On Sunday, October 19th, Bike Milwaukie riders will ride the “Neighborhood Ride” on a 8 to 10-mile loop through multiple Milwaukie neighborhoods. Ride starts at Milwaukie City Hall at 9:30 a.m. and returns to city hall and Milwaukie Farmers Market about one-

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As reported by WUSA 9, a man wearing a werewolf mask robbed a convenient store in Fort Washington, Maryland. Apparently, the alleged lycan suspect and another accomplice hit two stores Sunday night. Looking at the typical potato-quality surveillance image, the large-eared, slender pointy-snout “ratboy” hit the s

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The Davis Graveyard has risen from the year-long sub-subterranean slumber. The home haunt display of Jeff and Chris Davis returns for another month-long showing to entertain visitors at 8703 SE 43 Ave. (SE 43rd. Ave. and SE Johnson Creek Blvd.) in Milwaukie. Between October 1 and October 31, the display will be lights only

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As Liz’s Creative Cafe’s name implies, the tiny Ardenwald coffee shop does inspire to be creative in an artistic way. Sitting at the windowside bar with my breakfast burrito, cup of mocha and tablet in front of me, I flipped open an available sketchbook to a blank page. I picked out a semi-dull No. 2 pencil from

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Last night I had the enjoyment to watch the original RoboCop (1987) movie at Hollywood Theatre in Portland (which ended up selling out). I’ve seen the movie when it first came out in theaters (and the recent reboot).  Well, I’m not here to today to compare the 1987 and 2014 movies. Instead, my RoboCop experienc

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With three months remaining in 2014, three Bike Milwaukie ride events remain. Sunday, October 19, 2014 ride route is yet to be determined. Please stay posted for this event. Sunday, November 16, 2014 ride route is yet to be determined. At the end of September’s ride, it was announced that this ride may head to Oregon

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Ardenwald’s newest coffee shop-deli-art class, Liz’s Creative Cafe is now on Twitter! Twitter users can follow Liz’s Creative Cafe at @LizCreativeCafe.

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Okay, the moment I have been waiting for: who will I pick for Milwaukie City Mayor and Council. Here we go. Mayor PICK! Jeremy Ferguson: Running uncontested, he’s been supportive of community projects such as the Walk Safely Milwaukie Program, Milwaukie Main Street and later Moving Forward Milwaukie, public transit, a

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The average 34.5-mile round trip Milwaukie-Boring bike spin on the Springwater Corridor Trail. The weather was much more tolerable with cloudy sky and temperatures in mid to upper 60s. Signs of fall is evident as leaves begin changing color and dropping onto the trail. Most equestrians continue to fail cleaning up after the

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Following the Bike Milwaukie “Tour de Murals”, our trip finished at Milwaukie City Hall. Today being Sunday, the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market is happening. Milwaukie’s favorite wine bar, Wine:30, served up some refreshing mimosa for a Sunday special price of $5 per glass. This certainly was a fabtastic

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Today’s Bike Milwaukie event is a preview of what Milwaukians might see soon. Milwaukie City Council unanimously approved the code changes at its regular meeting back on June 4, 2014. This code passage opens the door for new murals within the Milwaukie city limits. I supported the ordinance. When it passed, I joined t

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Somewhere in the midst of today’s Bike Milwaukie bicycle ride, the discussion of the diagonal intersection at SE Johnson Creek Blvd. and SE Bell Ave. came up. Activated on May 22, 2012, the diagonal intersection allowed bicyclists to cross the intersection in one pass instead of two via pedestrian crosswalks. Placing

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