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In Memoriam Ron Anderson

Ron AndersonIt is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of our long-time Board Member and Treasurer, Ron Anderson. Ron served on the Waluga Neighborhood Association Board for many years and was always a source of sage advice and level-headed thinking.

Ron was always ready to jump in and volunteer to pull ivy anywhere at a moments notice. He helped with picnic and meeting tasks and he served as Treasurer for many years, taking good care of our neighborhood funds. He also took great interest in community affairs. He regularly attended the Lake Grove Village Center Advisory meetings, trying to keep abreast of plans that would impact Waluga Neighborhood. His faithful attendance at monthly LO Neighborhood Action Coalition meetings left many LONAC members saddened by his loss.   

The Board has decided to honor Ron’s years of service with a plaque somewhere in our neighborhood. Details are still being worked out.

Fellow Board Member and Ron’s partner, Gene Parks, wrote the following tribute:

Who was Ron Anderson? He was a good and gentle man. He was born in Spokane, July 12, 1930 at Sacred Heart Hospital and was an only child. His father Wilfred, apparently a distant and hardworking man, was a WWI veteran. He worked for Washington Water Power, maintaining the generators, etc. He left the raising of his son to his wife.

Ron’s mother would have been better suited to having been a part of the late 20th and 21st century. She would have shattered corporate glass ceilings. As it was, she knew the IBM card sorters, a predecessor of the computer. During the war she traveled wherever her expertise was needed. She outranked generals and admirals and could bump them for travel.

Ron loved to relate the story of how his mother needed to get back to Spokane from Portland and got a ride in the back of the cockpit of a P38 fighter.

I met his mother shortly after Ron and I met and we became fast friends. She thoroughly vetted me one day when I had taken her to a doctor’s appointment.

Ron needed to go to Seattle on business, so we decided to bundle his mother into the 1953 Packard with us. We’d first go over to see my mother and sister at Shelton and then Ron and I would go on to Seattle. We returned to my mom’s to find my sister thoroughly disgruntled. She said those two hadn’t shut up one minute and she couldn’t get a word in edgewise. I wonder if they were even aware that we had gone to Seattle.

She had sold her house and was living in an apartment on the South Hill. Shortly after that she called us saying she thought she was having a heart attack. We rushed to her and got her into hospital. Then more medical problems required surgery and it was found that she had cancer.

When I met Ron, he had just gotten his divorce. He had three daughters, who I met when the youngest was getting ready to be married. I had come into Spokane from the ranch to continue my flight training. A few months prior, I had ended a bad relationship in San Francisco. When Ron and I met, we started talking and never did shut up.

Ron was an executive with the People to People World Exchange Program, which Eisenhower had set up to allow students to go to other countries and for foreign students to come and stay with American host families. This meant that he traveled a lot. He used to brag that the only continent that had never set foot on was Antarctica.

During our 43 years together, we became well off, went broke, and got back on our feet. We had a good life together but it ended all too soon.

-Gene Park

Annual General Meeting – Oct. 8, 2014

You are cordially invited you to the Waluga Neighborhood annual general meeting!!

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. for an hour and a half of neighborhood happenings and ice cream!

“Our Neighborhood Character is Changing”

Come and hear about the latest projects that will impact the livability of Waluga Neighborhood. Learn from representatives of the Boones Ferry Refinement project while trying to envision a more pedestrian friendly “main” street. We will also welcome our newest business neighbor, The Parkview Veterinarian Hospital, by hearing from it’s owner, Gregg Takashima.

A new slate of officers for the election of board members and board members-at-large for 2014-15 will be presented. Please consider getting more involved with your neighborhood association by serving on our board.

Our meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Lake Grove Elementary School Library.     



5th Annual Picnic – Aug. 3, 2014

Picnic in the Park

The Waluga Neighborhood Association’s fifth annual neighborhood picnic was a lot of fun. Many volunteers came together to provide food and an opportunity to learn CPR anytime and get up-close with the Lake Oswego Fire Department. Many thanks to our sponsors and guests!

Tryon Creek’s 34th Annual Trillium Festival

34th Annual Trillium Festival and Native & Hardy Plant Sale


Saturday and Sunday, April 5 – 6, 2014

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

*9:00 am plant sale opening on Saturday for members.

Spring is near and we are ready to welcome it with our Annual Trillium Festival!  Each year the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are thrilled to share the beauty of our awakening forest with visitors as they enjoy this wonderful community event.  Visitors may enjoy our native and hardy plant sale, guided nature hikes, nature discovery openhouse and exhits, local craft and garden art vendors,  and native gardening and nature presentations at the only all-urban state park in Oregon!  This exciting event supports the education and restoration programs of the Friends of Tryon Creek State Park, and is a great place to find all the native plants you’ll need for your yard this Spring. Hope we’ll see you there!

Festival Parking with FREE Shuttle Service at Lewis & Clark’s Griswold Stadium

Rep. Schrader to Hold Town Hall Event in Lake Oswego

Posted on behalf of Lake Oswego’s U.S. Congressman, Representative Kurt Schrader 

Dear Fellow Oregonian,

I am writing to invite you to attend one of my upcoming town hall events taking place in Salem and Lake Oswego at the end of January and early February. Town hall events are excellent opportunities for you to ask me questions about issues pending in Congress or your community. 

Saturday, February 8th
Noon to 1:00 PM
Lake Oswego City Hall, Council Chambers
380 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

I hope to see you there, and I look forward to your feedback.


Kurt Schrader
Member of Congress

Council Open House & Community Reception – Jan. 8, 2014

You are invited to an Open House & Community Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Willamette Room at the West End Building on Wednesday, January 8. 

Drop in and visit with Council members in a relaxed setting at round tables, have a cookie, and share your thoughts for the upcoming year.

  • What do you want the Council to focus on in 2014?
  • What can Council do to help foster the things that make Lake Oswego great?
  • What issues or opportunities should Council keep in mind as it sets goals for 2014 and beyond?

If you can’t make the Open House & Community Reception, please share your input via email to City Council.

In the week following the open house, Council will meet to set goals for 2014.

Annual General Meeting – Oct. 24th

You are cordially invited you to our annual general meeting!!

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 24th at 7pm for an hour of information and ice cream!

“Do you want to know what is going on around us that could change the character of our neighborhood?”

Come and hear about the latest projects and development that will impact the livability of Waluga Neighborhood. Learn from City staff about the latest plans for the hotly debated topic of the Lake Oswego/Tigard Water Agreement Project that includes a new water pipe installation through our streets and a new water reservoir.

We will present a new slate of officers for the election of board members and board members-at-large for 2013-14. It’s not too late to consider serving on our board.

Following our brief meeting, everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious pumpkin ice cream while socializing with your neighbors

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at Lake Grove Elementary School Library.      

For More Information:

•       Check our new website:

•       Email:

•       Phone: 503-635-4131


Neighborhood Picnic – August 4, 2013

Our fourth annual “Meet Your Neighbors for a Picnic in the Park” was a big success. Over 75 people showed up to enjoy burgers, salads and some outstanding desserts! We also had some special visitors from the Lake Oswego Fire and Police departments. 

Thanks to everyone for coming and to our volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success!


Dick Benedetti Honored by Chief of Police

Dick Benedetti, a Waluga Neighborhood Association Board Member-at-Large, was recently honored by the Lake Oswego Chief of Police, Don Johnson. Benedetti was honored with a Chief’s coin and a certificate of appreciation for his work with the Lake Oswego Police Department. He was presented the Chief’s coin by Chief Johnson.

Congratulations to Dick for his superb efforts to advocate WNA’s interests before the LO Police Department. We really appreciate you!

Dick Benedetti Honored

Dick Benedetti recognized by LO Police Chief, Don Johnson

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Work Party – June 22nd

A Huge Success!

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped our neighbor in need! Please see the slideshow for all you did!


We’ve all heard and seen this commercial saying many times. The Waluga Neighborhood has a neighbor who hasn’t fallen, but who has had a stroke and can’t go out to work his yard. He definitely needs our help.

Anyone who can bring a rake, gloves, shovel, clippers and a bit of energy to help our neighbor, Larry Kuchar, at 15650 SW Quarry Rd. is invited.

When:  Saturday, June 22nd at 8:30 am – we’ll work till done or 2:00 pm

Come whenever you can, if you can’t help for the entire time

 Where:  Meet at East Waluga Park covered picnic shelter off Quarry Road Then we’ll move to Larry’s yard across the street. 

Click here for more details: WNA-help-flyer

The Douglas Way STARBUCKS has graciously offered to lead the corporate leg of this effort by providing coffee and volunteers to work. 

MAC’S DELI on Bangy Road will deliver sandwiches and water for workers during the lunch hour.

Waluga Neighborhood Association has arranged for a drop box to collect yard debris.

So all we need is YOU!

Please R.S.V.P. to the Waluga Neighborhood Association


Call Larry Baker for more information at 503 635-7929.