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OTE Spring 2013 E-news

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Madeline MacGregor in Newsletter | No Comments

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Tillamook Eagle Scout brings rest area veterans memorial back to life

Oregon Travel Experience Tillamook rest area

In 2012, OTE held a grand Tillamook rest area “re-opening” event and invited the community to celebrate with us. However, many of the attendees that same day may have glimpsed a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker hidden beneath a thorny field of wild blackberry vines.

What happened in the days following OTE’s grand clean-up was nothing short of amazing, thanks to the volunteer efforts of one young Eagle Scout-to-be, Jesse Exton.

Learn how Jesse and his veteran grandfather rescued this important memorial and brought it back to life for all to enjoy.

2013 Deep Roots

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Our annual heritage publication, Deep Roots, is now available. Request a copy for your organization by calling 1-800-574-9397 or read the issue on our website.

The newsletter includes in depth articles about our 2013 Class of Heritage Trees and new community historical marker projects.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget about our handy glove compartment heritage travel guide. The “Guide to Oregon Historical Markers and Heritage Trees” features regional maps and locations of our heritage tree and historical markers.

Customer spotlights

Our highway sign and travel information center customers help motorists find unique and local Oregon attractions and essential services.

OTE’s “Places to Stop” feature these local businesses in our e-news and our website. We hope you enjoy reading about (and visiting) the three spotlight locations below.

Yamhills Gallery

From jewelry and pottery to wines and chocolate, gallery owner Dean Herst talks about how the business has evolved to become Newberg’s premier specialty shop.


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Turtle Rock RV Resort

The search for an inexpensive Oregon Coast stay has ended! RV resort and conference center owner Kachina Starr talks about the affordability and beauty of Gold Beach.

OTE highway sign customer Turtle Rock RV Resort

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Monarch Hotel and Conference Center

Monarch’s Tammy Thompson highlights the hotel’s prime amenities and its convenient conference location near the Clackamas Town Shopping Center.

Oregon Travel Experience highway business sign customer

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Calling all business highway sign customers

Remember to call our office and arrange for your business to be spotlighted on our website and in our E-news. It’s easy and is a free service as a part of your sign permit with OTE. Call 1-800-574-9397, or email us for more information.

Image credits for this issue:

OTE staff; OTE highway sign customers; Shore Acres: Gunta Norman

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Spring forward into improvements

Consider your own home improvement projects and repairs. Is the list longer than your arms and legs combined? At OTE, our public rest area improvement project list is not only miles long—it stretches all the way across our great state.

Government Camp turns one

Oregon Travel Experience Government Camp teamOTE’s Government Camp rest area supervisors recently celebrated their first anniversary at the chalet-styled rest area on Mt. Hood.

John Garmon and Barry Reed (pictured with their hammers) have discovered that a public rest area is difficult to keep clean and updated when over 3,000 visitors a day pass through the facility doors.

Learn what kinds of changes have been made and how accessibility has been improved during OTE’s first year at Government Camp.

News team at Baldock renovates restroom near PGE solar array

oregon travel experience baldock rest area and PGE and ODOT solar arrayGood news for those on the road—more restrooms are now available at the Baldock rest area on I-5 near Wilsonville. Oregon Travel Experience rest area team members have renovated an unused restroom building shuttered for nearly a quarter of a century.

The newly refurbished restroom is located opposite the PGE solar array in the northbound rest area back parking lot.

In addition, a new team leader is helping steer OTE to some of its best customer service ever, and you can learn more about John Jamieson by reading his employee spotlight.

Go on a Field Trip with OTE

FT-icon-512x512-Square (1)It’s easy as one, two, three! Just click on the Google Field Trip icon (the binoculars pictured to the left) and download the mobile app for free.

It’s available for both Android and iOS platforms: simply opt to receive push-notifications about OTE’s heritage sites as you travel around Oregon. The app makes it fun to learn more about Oregon history, culture, and heritage.

Learn more about how we connected with Google…

Peter McDonald 1940 – 2013

p_mcdonaldOTE was grieved to lose Peter McDonald, a longtime heritage program associate. Only 72 years young, Peter valiantly fought a grave illness for several years.

As an original charter member of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee, Peter had served enthusiastically since 1995.

Peter was an advocate of trees (for his own sustainable hazelnut orchards as well as historic trees) and had a great affinity for Oregon history— making him an invaluable asset to the committee. He was a man of many talents, serving on boards such as 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon Historical Society.

Fellow tree committee member, Molly McKnight, observed Peter’s spirit and presence over the years. “He truly was a person who served his family, community, state, and the world in a fine fashion,” said McKnight. “I will miss his sense of humor and steady voice at our functions.”

Peter’s work with 1,000 Friends of Oregon earned him the McCall Legacy Award shortly before his death this March. A tribute can be read on the organization’s website.

You may also read the obituary by Peter’s family, published in the Oregonian.

OTE and the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee want to thank Peter’s family for sharing him with us all these years. Their support for Peter’s work preserved some of Oregon’s most amazing living treasures. Peter helped steer the program into the success that it is today, and he will be sorely missed.

Meetings and events

Travel Information Council Meetings

July 10, 2013Ontario; details to be announced.

October 9, 2013The Dalles; details to be announced.

For more information about Council meetings, please contact us by email or telephone 1-800-574-9397 to speak with the Council Coordinator Jenn Smith.

OTE Heritage Program meetings and events

Oregon Travel Experience Heritage Programs

  • Friday, June 28, 2013: A dedication ceremony for the Shore Acres Monterey Pine Heritage Tree will be held in the main area of the Shore Acres Botanical Garden State Park, at 2:00 p.m., 89814 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, OR 97420.
  • The public is invited to a combined Heritage Tree and Historical Marker Programs committee meeting which will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Coos Bay. Time and location TBA. 
  • Saturday, June 29, 2013: A dedication for a new series of historical markers in Coos Bay is supported by the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians; Three Rivers Foundation; and a grant from the City of Coos Bay. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. at 100 South Empire Blvd. in Coos Bay, Oregon, 97420.
  • On August 13, 2013, a meeting of the Historical Marker committee and a volunteer appreciation event will take place at Salemtowne Retirement Center. Time and building location TBA.

For more information, contact Annie von Domitz at 1-800-574-9397, or email Annie.


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