January 2010
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Happy New Year Corbett!
"We love it here"

My husband and I moved to Corbett 10 years ago as "DINKS" ( dual income no kids ). We enjoyed many things immediately; the short drive to outstanding hiking, great local fishing and we were always amazed by the kindness of our neighbors.  We bought a home, improved our property and tended to our garden. Since that time we have had two boys and have been hanging on by the mane ever since.

We find ourselves ever thankful for our choice to live in Corbett. It isn't just the jaw dropping natural beauty of this part of the country, it is that the Corbett community is one of the most connected, concerned and involved communities of people I have ever known. And I say that with a bit of perspective since I come from a military family that lived in 13 states in the U.S. and I also lived overseas for a few years. I just needed to make quick mention that I am grateful even when the wind howls for days at a time. I am thankful for Corbett, the people, the farms, the animals, the forests, the rivers, the community dedicated to families and the people dedicated to making things better and better all the time.
Schmidt Family in Corbett Oregon
New Years family hike - 2010 ( And, yes, if you were wondering, that is Indiana Jones ).
Thank you Corbett. Happy New Year!
"We love it here!"  Mindy Schmidt - ]
Springdale School Needs Your Opinion
Please take a moment and take their online survey

Springdale Community Center

The Springdale School Community Association is continuing to maintain the historic Springdale School for community use while in the process of purchasing it from the Corbett School District by the end of May 2011. Community support of our mission is very important and we would like your thoughts and ideas on what activities and events should take place at YOUR Community Center. Please take a few minutes to complete the SSCA Survey. You can fill out the survey on line our download it at our website!

Local Happenings
News from Deputy Joe Graziano
"Rocky's Corner"

Our detectives are seeking help in locating the owner of a recovered stolen military medal.  It's a purple heart with the name "Leonard B. Cox" etched on it. If you know of this person or his family, please have them contact me.

Crime Logs: I had a rare chance to talk with a young burglary suspect a few weeks ago.  I can't give all of the details because the cases are still being investigated.  In general, this young man stated that he and some others burglarized about 100 homes in the Portland-metro area this past summer .... including Corbett. He was captured as the result of a burglary investigation originating in Corbett. Some interesting points in our converstation that may help home owners . For this and more visit here!

100 MPH Winds at Vista House
Local reporter faces off with mother nature, and loses

Winds reach 100 MPH in Corbett Oregon

While reporting on high winds at Crown Point in the Columbia River Gorge, KGW's Keely Chalmers learns the hard way why you shouldn't tape a "standup" at the top of the stairs. Watch the video.

Family mourns the loss of their son
" Max was assassinated over a few thousand dollars"

Max Chamberlin

Max Chamberlin, 22, of Corbett was shot and killed in a parking lot in Manta, Ecuador, on Nov. 2. He grew up in Corbett and fell in love with Ecuador while there as a high school exchange student. As a young adult, he returned and was building an apartment complex for himself, his girlfriend, former host parents and others. His family reportedly suspects the killing was related to the development.

" We ask our friends and Max's to consider donating to Worksystems, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Portland Oregon in Max's memory. The contribution will be tax deductible and will be used to provide internships in communications and technology for your people who struggle with school and have a keen interest and aptitude for technology... Mail to: Worksystems, in care of Andre McGough, at 111 SW 5th Avenue Portland OR 97204 " John Chamberlin ( Max's Father ) may be reached via email here.

“He loved to help people,” said his father. “He lived to help people. He was kind and sweet to his core.”


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Share the web site

The Corbett web site is on the books for a new look soon and will allow more involvement from site visitors, including a blog that will allow for community posts. Check back soon and have a great 2010!

How often would you like e-newsletters?
Quiz Results are in!

The large majority of those that took the online poll would appreciate a newsletter every month from I have tried to do my best to send out occasional newsletters, but unfortunately my children, our 4-H club and my other day job ( MSIS ) take priority. So I am simply finding it harder and harder to collect the information to put these things together.

Are there any willing community members that would like to step up and help? It could be writing a human interest article about something local or maybe your son or daughter could write something about their Corbett grandparents for submission. It could be a recap of local events presented at the Grange for the community.

All these things would be great to submit to the web site. It is easy to get involved! Submit your ideas/content to You will, of course, receive credit on anything submitted. Also remember that anything posted on the forum can be included in these newsletters too. Together we can make these newsletters better and better for everyone.

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Healthy Kids Program
Healthy Kids Learn Better!

It’s now official. Oregon’s new Healthy Kids Program will reach out to every child in Oregon to make sure all children have health insurance. In addition, Kaiser Permanente has expanded its zero-premium children’s health insurance program to enroll Multnomah County public school children who meet income and age requirements. In addition, the Healthy Kids Program, including the Oregon Health Plan, are adding opportunities for low or no-cost health insurance.

These new programs begin October 1, 2009 and will be phased in over the next 6 – 9 months. MESD is ready for this new opportunity. It’s easy to become enrolled: Multnomah ESD’s staff of experienced, multi-lingual specialists (English, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese) is certified to quickly and confidentially facilitate the enrollment process. MESD staff screen for any free or low-cost health care available to meet our students’ needs.

Who Can Be Covered:
Oregon’s new Healthy Kids programs benefit uninsured or underinsured children in families with incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level – currently $5,514/month for a family of 4. Citizenship is required for all government-sponsored programs. More families than ever before will qualify. Kaiser Permanente coverage starts with enrolling uninsured children in grades K-6 regardless of citizenship status. If they qualify, their siblings, age 3 through 12th grade, can be included.
Call Multnomah ESD: 503-257-1732
Email to:
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New Links
New web sites or links at are listed below, check them out!

Mia Frama, Custom Framing Located in the Springdale School Cherise Miller is one of our community's hidden treasures.

Mia Frama Custom Framing

Parenting with Empathy. Becoming a Love and Logic® Parent, classes facilitated by Jennifer Prince. Classes to be held in the Springdale School. Registration going on now!

Parenting with Empathy

Corbett Water District

Corbett Water District
Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale

Online pre-orders have begun! It's time for our annual native plant sale here at the District.  Bare-root trees and shrubs are an inexpensive way to populate your yard with great native plants. This year we will have about 37 wonderful native species to choose from. Find out more here!


Corbett Moles, WE LOVE IT HERE

" I know the moles are getting out of control when my father asks " What are you doin? Feeding them? " I think the moles are having a family reunion in our yard, myself. " - M. Schmidt
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McGinnis Animal Cam

The McGinnis Animal Cam supplies paparazzi style shots of local wildlife.
About this newsletter and the web site

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