As my 8-year old daughter would say…summer is so over.  And OP is hitting the ground running while the leaves are starting to drop and the rain gives us a good excuse to whine about the weather for the next six or seven months.

But hey, on the last sunny day in Portland, OP supporters last week had a ball at the Bell-Blazers Classic Golf Tournament at the Reserve.  A whole lot of former Blazers and present Blazer Steve Blake hit the links, not to mention various local celebrities.

All proceeds – for the second consecutive year – will go to Oregon Partnership alcohol and drug prevention programs. 

 Blazers front office dude, Kerry Nelson, scored a hole-in-one on the 142-yard 14th hole.  Kerry’s group was the first at the 14th tee for the shotgun start, and yours truly was a witness, busy taking golfers’ money for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Portland State and Chop House if they landed on the green.  Unfortunately, Kerry didn’t sign up.  Next year!

Coach Nate McMillan spoke at the dinner following the tournament, saying the Blazers are going to run this year, and predicted Greg Oden will come back stronger than ever.  And with the exception of Brandon Roy, no one has cinched a starting spot.  That’s what training camp is for.  And yeah, McMillan seemed very upbeat.

Meanwhile, OP is taking care of last minute details for next Tuesday’s airing of “Crystal Darkness.”  TV stations up and down the state will be showing the program about the dangers of meth.  Showtime: 7:30 p.m.  OP will be handing the phone lines – for viewers who call in with questions and ask for help and guidance.

And on Thursday of this week, I’ll be moderating an OP-sponsored “Conversation with the Media” at Montgomery Park from 10 a.m.-noon.  Call 503-244-5211 to register. We’ve got a dynamite panel, with some of Portland media’s heavy hitters. 

– Pete Schulberg


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