Arta Potties... An American Tale
Verena Wessel, Rebbeca Courtney,
Janet Parker, Pamela Watson,
A free public documentary premiere shows
the story of 5 women taking on the need for
Together, women from the Faith, Services,
Business and Art Community take on the
daunting task of dealing with politics, proceeding
independently to addressing both
human and environmental dangers
and human dignity, while
creating a uniquely artistic way
to inspire others into affordable
options in the dilemma of horrific
homelessness and a lack
of toilet facilities in downtown
The five Salem women joined
forces to establish art-decorated
porta potties in Salem's downtown
and the first of these startlingly
beautiful 'Arta Potties'
appeared just days ago in the
alley behind the historic Reed
Two Portland TV stations already
covered this unique story
and attention has been drawn
from Oregon cities like Eugene
and Newberg, and as far away
as Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. The images
and stories are circulating in social media,
and the GoFundMe page for the Arta Potties
has already received a few donations.
Those who wish to support this unique project
can make a donation and receive $150 in
free advertising from the Salem Business
Journal. The Arta Potties is a community
funded project to give people the dignity of
having somewhere to relieve themselves in a
safe and sanitary way.
Please see the links below to learn more.
This is a humble project inspired by a raw
human need. The women leading the project
hail from the art and business, faith and
homeless services communities.
Come see what the buzz is about at the upcoming
theater release of the half-hour documentary
produced by local journalist Tim
King: Arta Potties...An American Tale
Upcoming 2016 Green
Awards Serve As
Minto Island Growers
It’s time for individuals, businesses, and
organizations in the Mid-Willamette Valley
The Straub Environmental Center, Marion
County Public Works, and Capitol Subaru,
want to hear your tales of waste reduction,
energy savings, and innovative practices.
Speak up about the mounds of paper no
longer used at your business; the energy efficient
lighting that saves thousands of dollars
a year; or a teacher who motivated dozens of
students this year to bike to school.
These stories will make up the nominations
for the sixth annual Mid-Valley Green
Awards, which will be held at the Elsinore
Theater at 7 pm, on Saturday, March 12th.
Amy Estrin did not nominate her mother
for a 2015 Green Award to heap praise on
Millie Estrin, 91, doesn’t work hard to teach
people how to recycle, reduce and reuse so
that she can earn rewards. She does “the
right thing for the right reasons, not to receive
accolades,” Amy said.
But nominating Millie for the Green Award
served a much greater purpose—encouragement
for others in the community.
“When you know someone who is so productive
in their community and does so
much for others, you want those people recognized
so that others will be inspired by
them,” Amy said. “I went to the awards and
I was inspired. There are a lot of different
ways you can contribute and work in your
community. I think sometimes people think
you have to do things in a grand way, but you
Millie took home a special award—the
Green Bookend Award for her education
work, including more than 250 hours as a
Master Recycler in Marion County.
It was the perfect way to celebrate her inspiration.
The Green Bookend Award paired
Millie with 8-year-old Logan Blanco, who
initiated his own bottle cap recycling program.
“She wants the next generation to be inspired,”
Amy said. “She wants someone to
take her place.”
Marion County receives about 40 nominations
for the nine categories of Green Awards
each year. Nominators are friends, co-workers,
business owners and relatives of the
nominees. Even nominees who don’t win are
inspirations to the community—their stories
are told at the Green Awards ceremony attended
by more than 400 people.
Nominators also hope to make sure credit
is given where it is deserved.
Jim Green, a Straub Environmental Center
board member, nominated CB2 Architects
for Sustainable Business of the Year. The
firm built a LEED Platinum green building,
WaterPlace, as their business’ office. CB2
Architects’ focus for all of its projects is on
efficiency and sustainability.
“Part of the beauty of the Green Awards
is to get the word out about the great work
green businesses are doing,” Green said.
“Hopefully, it connects people to work with
Green Award categories include:
Recycler of The Year: With separate awards
for an individual and a business
Sustainable Organization of the Year: Small
and large business categories
EarthWISE Certified Business of the Year
Green Product/Service of the Year: Organizations
that offer products/services with social,
environmental, and economic benefits
over traditional alternatives
Green Apple Award: An educator who
leads in teaching environmental/sustainable curricula
Sustainable Brewery/Wine or Cider Producer of the Year
To nominate a person or business for the
Green Awards, visit www.mcrecycles.net.
“Tales of green do-gooders are ubiquitous
in the mid-Willamette Valley,” said Bailey
Payne, waste reduction coordinator for Marion
County. “Now we just need folks to tell
us more.” Through the steps to earn certification. A
business with any level of green practices is
welcome to apply. EarthWISE staff will focus
on recycling, waste reduction and prevention,
environmentally preferable purchasing,
energy efficiency and conservation, water
pollution prevention, and outreach and
For more information about the Earth-
WISE program, go to www.mcEarthWISE.
net or call 503-365-3188.
Sperry Van Ness Announces Two Additions
Andrea Harris, Andy Ottolia.
Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisors,
LLC is pleased to announce the additions
of Andrea Harris and Andy Ottolia to their
Andrea Harris is the listing and transaction
coordinator. She is a 2013 graduate of Willamette
University and went to Central Linn
High School in Halsey, OR. A student athlete,
Andrea played varsity basketball while
at Willamette and is a volunteer coach on the
high school level.
Andy Ottolia joins the company as an Associate
Advisor specializing in multi-family
properties. He was previously with Marcus
& Millichap in Portland. Andy, a native of
Silverton, is a graduate of the University
of Portland and of Blanchet Catholic High
School in Salem where he won six state titles
for the schools swim team.