Portland Tillamook Cooperative Preschool is Looking For a New Home

For 25 years, Portland Tillamook Cooperative Preschool has called the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst home. That history is about to change. Last October, the Tillamook Preschool board of directors received notice that the school must vacate its classroom at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. The preschool is seeking help to find a new space to lease.  

“We are saddened and truly grieving the loss of our amazing location,” said Tillamook Preschool’s board president, Anne Lagasse. “As a small nonprofit, we are now looking to build a strong relationship with an organization that has a space well suited to support the needs and minds of young children.” Started in 1973 in a house on NE Tillamook Street, the preschool has evolved into a mixed-age, play-based preschool enrolling 38 children and families each year. 

Please visit TillamookPreschool.org to learn more and contact Anne Lagasse, Tillamook Preschool Board President at [email protected] if you have any leads!

The Scourge of Gas-powered Leaf Blowers

Is your quality of life enhanced by the sound of gas leaf blowers or the fumes those blowers emit?

Quiet Clean PDX (QCPDX) is a coalition of concerned Portlanders working to eliminate gas leaf blowers locally and beyond. We have over 1,800 subscribers to our monthly newsletter and you can find the organizations that endorse us—including 15 Portland neighborhood associations at www.quietcleanpdx.org. 

Gas leaf blowers:

  Create high-intensity intrusive noise    that disturbs neighborhood residents, passersby, and shoppers and can lead to permanent hearing loss for the operator

  Create health risks with the emissions of toxic substances that can cause cancer, heart and lung disease

  Cause air pollution with the emission of smog-forming chemicals

  Require fossil fuels (gas and oil) for operation and thereby emit carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change.

QCPDX is hopeful that the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association will endorse our goal of transitioning to alternatives including battery-operated leaf blowers and manual tools like rakes. We hope to encourage a healthier and simpler approach to lawn and garden care that reduces the need for gas-powered equipment.  

Thank you for your consideration- The Quiet Clean PDX Steering Committee

Note: The SNA will be voting at our General Meeting on January 12th about whether or not to endorse Quiet Clean PDX’s mission.