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American Legion Post 10 Continues To Build
By Louie White Post 10 Member July fourth, 2010 started out like any day. Reality sat in about the time I turned off Pacific Boulevard in Albany to go to the Lions Club Breakfast at Eleanor Hackleman Park. I watched the home of American Legion Post 10 and Unit 10 Auxiliary settle into a pile of ashes at the hands of an arsonist. Inside that building were historical items and artifacts that were hard won by those Veterans that helped to keep us free for all of our lives. Hopefully, we will now complete a new home and begin the process of documenting once again the rich history of service that is the American Legion. Throughout the years, Post 10, along with the Unit 10 Auxiliary, have been an incredible team. Together we have provided much needed services to the community and to the Veterans in the hospitals in Roseburg and White City. We hosted numerous banquets and parties for local veterans and their families, worked to instill patriotism in our schools, and honor local law enforcement officers, firefighters and of course our local Veterans. With the completion of our new post home, we will have a banquet capacity of 500 and will be able to host multi-gatherings at the same time. We will have the potential to provide services to the community we never thought possible. The realities of the fire that deprived us of our home begin to set in very early on. The hoops we had to jumped through began to consume our insurance settlement. The delays as we waited decisions were expensive delays. Throughout all of this, we have been able to occupy a temporary home on First & Lyon in downtown Albany in order to have a “command post” for our membership. Over the years of our existence here in Albany, Post 10 has been a leader in the development of the community. We brought the first stoplight to town. The first ambulance. We brought about the Albany Municipal Airport, and the list goes on. We were on the cutting edge of the Armistice Day observance which began with a handful of WWI Veterans and a very few onlookers. That event eventually grew into and continues to be the biggest and best Veterans Day celebration in the nation. The Legionnaires and the Post 10 Auxiliary and the community as a whole are the victims here. We have come a long way towards completing our new home. Unfortunately, we are about $400,000 short of the funds needed for completion. Until that goal is achieved, we will have an empty shell. We deserve better than this, as does the entire community. Please help us to make Post 10 the command center once again come Veterans Day 2012. Donations can be made to Umpqua Bank in the name of the American Legion Post 10 building fund or sent to American Legion Post 10, First and Lyon, Albany Oregon 97321.
Kids and adults had a great time during last years Procession of the Species parade.
Photo by Oliver J. Anderson
Procession of the Species By Heather Slocum How will you celebrate Earth Day? The fifth annual “Procession of the Species Parade” in Albany on Saturday, April 21st is a perfect event for children and adults to have fun and celebrate the natural world. The Procession brings families, neighbors, businesses, schools, organizations, and all interested people together in a colorful parade that will serpentine in downtown Albany for several blocks. People of all ages will dress up as their favorite animal, tree, flower, or other natural element. The Procession of the Species Parade originated in Olympia, Washington, in January 1995 when a group of local residents wanted to organize an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. In 2007, Albany residents Tiah Swanson and Patty Evans were looking for a way to unite people in Albany and the outlying communities with an event to honor and respect the natural world. They were impressed by the success of the Olympia Procession and in 2008 the Albany Procession began bringing hundreds of people together. Participants are asked to use art and music avenues when creating their “species”. Think of your favorite
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animal, creepy crawly insect, wiggle-waggle fish, picturesque plant or colorful bird. Create a costume, mask, puppet, flag, musical instrument, or whatever you might imagine. You can even take part in a fabulous pre-parade workshop on Saturday, April 14th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Albany Public Library at 2450 14th Avenue S.E. This FREE family workshop is sponsored by the Willamette Valley Puppeteers and will provide materials and assistance to prepare for the Procession Parade. The only guidelines are: No written words, motorized vehicles, or live animals Come celebrate and enjoy the activities on Saturday, April 21st starting at 10:00 a.m. beginning at 4th Avenue and Broadalbin in front of the Linn County Courthouse. The parade will end at the Albany Senior Center with snacks and a puppet show called “Cool, Clean, Water” performed by Central Elementary students. This year’s event is a partnership of the Albany Downtown Association, City of Albany, Community Before and After School Program, The First Christian Church, and the Willamette Valley Puppeteers. For more information, contact Heather Slocum at email@example.com or visit www. albanyprocession.wordpress.com.
Photo by Oliver J. Anderson
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Times Fun Events For April Job
April showers bring May flowers. But rain or shine there are still a lot of activities this month. Each month you will find a list of specially selected educational and entertainment events for you to enjoy. Keep this list handy so you can check it throughout the month.
• FARMERS MARKETS start getting underway in mid-April in both Albany and Corvallis. Other surrounding communities start their markets in May. - ALBANY — Starts every Saturday beginning April 14 from 9AM until 1PM at the corner of Fourth and Ellsworth in downtown Albany. - CORVALLIS — Starts every Saturday and Wednesday beginning April 14 from 9AM until 1PM along the downtown waterfront. • CHEF’S SHOW OFF will take place April 1 from 2-5PM at Linn Benton Community College in Albany. Call: 541-6027279 • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “Beyond Therapy” with performances April 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21. The theater is located at 111 W. First Ave. in downtown Albany. Ticket and information are available at: www. albanycivic.org. • FIRST FRIDAY RENAISSANCE LECTURE SERIES will be held at 7PM on April 6 at the Oregon Language Center, 237 S.W. Third Avenue in downtown Albany. The topic is “Viva La France”.`Seating is limited. Call: 541-928-8975 to reserve a space and get more information on this month’s program. • OREGON PAINT HORSE CLUB SHOW is scheduled for the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany on the weekend of April 6, 7 and 8. For more information call: 541926-4314; or go online to: www.lcfairexpo.com. • BROWNSVILLE EASTER EGG HUNT will take place on Saturday, April 7, in the city’s Pioneer Park. For details call: 541-928-0831; or go online to: www.historicbrownsville.com. • ALBANY DOWNTOWN EGG ROLL AND BUNNY TRAIL starts at 10AM at Monteith Riverpark and features a kid’s scavenger hunt and more. Call: 541-928-2469; or go to: www.albanydowntown.com, for more details. • LEBANON SQUARECIRCLERS MAINSTREAM SQUARE DANCES will be held at the I.O.O.F. Hall, Main and Ash Streets, at 7:30PM on April 7 and 14. For more info call: 503-949-7197.
• GREATER ALBANY COUNCIL PTA FUNDRAISER at Burgerville in Albany from 5-8PM on Tuesday, April 10. For more info go online to: firstname.lastname@example.org. • ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10IS on Wednesday, April 11, at Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant. All women are welcome. The brunch will feature a special inspirational speaker Matilda Novak talking about her life’s journey. To get more details and reservations call: 541-926-7288. • CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a no-host breakfast. There is no additional charge for attending. The next Christian Chamber meeting will be on the morning of April 12 and features a special guest speaker. Great networking opportunity for Christian business owners. Go online: www.cccnw.org or call: 541-791-2901 for more info. • HEREFORD SHOW AND SALE will be held at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany on April 13, 14 and 15. More details are available by calling: 541-926-4314; or go online to: www.lcfairexpo.com. • OREGON SCOTTISH SOCIETY FESTIVAL will be held on April 14 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Get information by calling: 541-928-4314; or go online: www. lcfairexpo.com. • CRAFTERS’ MARKET AND HOME-BASED BUSINESS EXPO will come to the Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main St. in Lebanon from 9AM until 4PM on Saturday, April 14. Call: 541-259-4255; or go to: www.santiamplace.com for details. • CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP SPRING BANQUET will be held starting at 5:30PM on April 14 at the Fairview Mennonite Church, 35100 Goltra Road in Albany. A freewill offering will be taken and a silent desert auction will be held. Get more information at: 541-258-1527. • “SPREADING RHYTHEM AROUND”, an all tap dance show will be presented by the Pacific Tap Dance Company at 2PM on April 14 at the Majestic Theater in downtown Corvallis. For ticket and other information go online to: www. email@example.com; or call: 541-928-2382. • TIMBER TWIRLERS BIRTHDAY DANCE will take place at the Albany Senior Center in downtown Albany beginning at 1:30PM on Sunday, April 15. For info call: 541-974-4978.
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• TRAVEL AT THE TRIPP will present “Burma and Cambodia: Lands of Conflict” at 2PM on March 11 at the Russell Tripp Performance Center on the Linn Benton Community College campus in Albany. More information is available at: www.linnbenton.edu; or by calling: 541-917-4531. • LEBANON BIZ EXPO will take place at the River Center in Lebanon from 11AM until 6PM on Tuesday, April 17. Call 541-258-7164 or visit www.lebanon-chamber.org to get details. • AGAMEMNON will come to the Russell Tripp Performance Center at Linn Benton Community College in Albany at 7:30PM on Thursday, March 15. Get more info at: www. linnbenton.edu; or call: 541-917-4531. • ALLIANCE PLUS SQUARE DANCE featuring dancers from clubs throughout the valley will be held at 7:30PM on April 20 at the I.O.O.F. Hall, Main and Ash Streets in Lebanon. Call: 541-949-7197 for more information. • FLEA MARKET AND TACK SALE will be held from 9AM until 4PM at the Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main St. in Lebanon, on April 21. Go online to: www.santiamplace.com for details. • FIDO AND FLUFFY’S FLEA MARKET, a benefit for the Safe Haven Humane Society, will take place from 10AM until 5PM on April 21 at SafeHaven’s offices, 32220 Old Highway 34 in Tangent. To get more information about the sale or vendor space call 541-928-2789. • OREGON PINTO BREEDERS SHOW will take place on April 27, 28 and 29 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. You can get more info by calling: 541-926-4314. • ALBANY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AUCTION will be held at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center on April 28. Call: 541-926-6666 to get more information. • ALBANY NOSH TOUR, otherwise known as A.N.T, will be held April 28 starting at 4pm. Take part in tastings at many of Albany’s finest restaurants. Get ticket and other info. By calling: 541-928-0911; or go to: www.albanyvisitors.com.
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Job A Pet’s Best Friend Health
By Jackie Saling, SafeHAven Humane Society
This month we give a special salute to Dena Burian Blacklaw. Dena came to SafeHaven Humane Society as a volunteer over 2 years ago. I am not sure how we survived without her prior to her joining our volunteer team. She has been an amazing addition. Dena goes above and beyond when it comes to helping within the community; especially SafeHaven. She is often the first one to arrive to help (even before staff) and typically doesn’t leave until the last person is gone. She helps with all of the Community Outreach and Adoption events and our big fundraisers. Dena is the coordinator for the Senior Meals on Wheels delivery program. She also delivers pet food to the Albany, Brownsville, Sweet Home, Lebanon and Mill City Senior Meal Sites, as well as the Lebanon Soup Kitchen site as needed. Dena recently took over the pet therapy visits. She travels with her dog “Spirit” and other SafeHaven dogs to several nursing homes in the area. Dena owns Unique Property Management and has a
great rapport with all of her owners and tenants as well. She is well respected in her business and community alike. She puts in countless hours at SafeHaven (over 100 every month) and is always helping strangers on the street. I have seen her secretly pay for someone’s meal at a nearby table at a restaurant, (usually an elderly person or a soldier) just because she knows it would make their day. She is the first one to donate to a charity, food bank or holiday coat drive. I have literally seen her take the coat off of her back and hand it to someone on a winter evening and not think twice about it. Most people have good hearts and posses one or two of these traits. Dena has them ALL. She is the most amazing person you will meet. If you haven’t had the pleasure of knowing her, this is someone you want in your life. She will make your day, EVERY DAY! She is just that kind of woman! Thank you Dena for your big heart! (Editors note: If you have someone you would like to nominate for a Good Job column, please type up 300 to 350 words about your nominee and email along with a photo of the individual or group to: rrogers@ inspiritmarketing.com.)
Good Job Nominees Sought
In the past we have saluted someone from the community, or a group, who has gone far beyond the call of duty to help out their neighbors or the community in general. We are now asking for your help. If you know of some person or group you feel deserves special recognition for outstanding service to the area please let us know. To nominate someone, or some group, for this recognition, please write a short essay about them and why the deserve to be saluted in 300 to 350 words and email it to: email@example.com. If you have a photo of this person you could email, that would be great. Let us know who you think deserves a special pat-on-the-back. Thank you — Rick and Karen Rogers, High Points Co-editors
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Chickenpox & Shingles In the United States, 99.5% of adults over the age of 40 years had chickenpox as children and recovered without incident. However, they are vulnerable to a shingles outbreak later in life. Interestingly, the virus that causes chickenpox, herpes zoster, remains in the body even after the disease has resolved. The virus goes “underground” and resides in our nerve cells. While we are young and healthy, the body’s immune system keeps the virus in check. You may think of the virus as being “contained” by our immune system’s “troops”. As we age, our immune system becomes less robust; we experience a gradual “troop” drawdown. This process usually goes unnoticed unless our immune system is presented with a challenge, (i.e. illness, injury, surgery, chemotherapy etc.) We now have a new battlefront that “troops” must respond to, which leaves fewer “troops” in the rear to “contain” the herpes zoster virus. The virus breaks free causing a characteristic rash (shingles). This is a simplistic explanation for why shingles occur most often in the elderly and typically shortly after some sort of other medical issue has arisen. It also helps one understand why a person may experience multiple herpes zoster outbreaks in their lifetime.
The severity of a shingles outbreak is unpredictable. Symptoms may range from merely an irritating rash to excruciating pain. Keep in mind Pamela that the virus is Becker, RpH associated with Rice’s nerve tissue, so the Pharmacy, pain may travel or Gifts & Wine “shoot” along nerve pathways. The pain A “Pill Box has been described Pharmacy” as: burning, throbbing, sharp, or stabbing, and can persist for months or even years after the rash resolves. Up to 25 per cent of patients will have ocular involvement. The virus can cause chronic eye disease and or vision loss. An outbreak of herpes zoster can greatly affect one’s quality of life. The severity may be such that you can no longer drive, or properly care for yourself. Fortunately, a vaccine has been developed to help prevent the life-changing effects of shingles. The vaccine does not rid the body of the zoster virus; rather it fortifies our defensive “troops” to keep the virus under control. Even if you have already had the shingles, you may be immunized to help prevent a future outbreak. The US Center for Disease Control now recommends being vaccinated against Chickenpox continued on page 16
Pains in Your Neck
Every neck has a natural curve which is vital to the overall health of your spine. In the good old days there was there was only one common way to lose this curve and that was through a trauma like whiplash. Now there is a new high tech way to lose this curve and it is probably sitting in your pocket right now. That’s right…. It’s your phone. According to a Pew Internet study performed in September 2011, 83% of American adults own cell phones and 73% of them send and receive text messages. Those 18-24 years old average as many as 100 text messages per day! Some people even prefer texting to talking on the phone. All of this texting, Facebooking, and Angry Birding happen with the phone down around navel level. To see the screen the neck must be flexed. Flexing the neck and holding it in that position straightens the curve in your neck over time. Ligaments and muscles become stretched and don’t just snap back to their normal shape and length. Basically you are left with a neck sprain which is caused by postural stress. Losing the curve in the neck also increases the compressive forces on the mid and low
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back. The new term that has been coined for this condition is called “Text Neck”. It seems silly but the damage can be serious and carry lasting implications. Some common symptoms include: Neck Dr. Jason Pain, Upper Back Young Pain, Headaches, Numbness/Tingling to the arms or hands, Arm Pain, Elbow Pain, and more. Ultimately this condition can lead to an early onset of arthritis in the spine, nerve damage and damage to the discs between the vertebrae in the neck. The best way to prevent Text Neck is to limit the amount of sustained neck flexion you are doing every day. This may mean talking more and texting less. Limit the amount of time you spend using apps on your smart phone. Another useful practice is to hold your phone up in front of your face to keep from having to flex your neck. Sadly, this means you may have to stop texting while you drive so that you are not blocking your view of the road with your phone (hint, hint). Texting while laying on your back or stomach is a good way to avoid needing to flex your neck excessively.
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What is Your Most Finds Valuable Asset? Your Ability to Earn and Income What would happen to your lifestyle if you were sick or hurt for a year or more and could not work? Can you afford to retire right now? Most of us do not want to think about being sick or hurt. Do you know anyone who has had a heart attack? Cancer? Or diabetes? These are leading causes of disability in the United States. They are also main causes of partial disability or limitations in daily living for almost 1 in every 10 Americans today. A disability isn’t always caused by a devastating accident or illness. It can mean a health crisis that takes away your ability to earn a living as you always have. At Life Happens web site Alysia Lim’s father, found out how Disability Insurance protected him. Dr. Lim had an aneurysm and after surgery he was no long able to continue working as an emergency room physician. Dr. Lim had prepared for the unforeseen with adequate amounts of insurance including disability insurance. Now Dr. Lim works as a professor at a local college, but his drop in salary has not changed the way the Lim family lives. His disability insurance has supplemented his income, allowing the Lim’s to stay in the dream house they built
and to maintain their lifestyles. Bill Reid was 32 when a horrific car accident nearly claimed his life. He had to relearn how to walk and talk and shortterm memory loss had made it impossible for Donna R. him to return to work. Green Fortunately, Bill had Northwest purchased individual disability insurance financial and had additional coverage through work, which has enabled him to maintain the same lifestyle ha had before the accident. A disability can strike at any age. At 24, Ashley Tew was just beginning her dream job as a pediatric nurse when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and went on disability leave. Disability insurance helped pay for her medical bills and other expenses. Since Ashley couldn’t be on her feet for long periods of time, she couldn’t return to her previous job. Through the return-to-work program that her insurance company offered, Ashley got vocation-rehab services as well as job-seeking assistance, which helped her land a desk job with her previous employer. If you wait until something happens and do not prepare, you may already have Asset continued on page 16
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Car Buying 101
Every year when spring rolls around the auto industry typically enjoys a surge in business that lasts well through the summer and into the fall. Of course people buy cars year round, but it’s much more enjoyable to shop for cars and test drive them when the sun is shining. Some people enjoy the experience of finding a vehicle and negotiating the purchase of said vehicle…others not so much. If you’re somebody that isn’t comfortable with the process or would like to minimize your trepidations before shopping here are some simple things you can do to prepare yourself: Use your computer: it’s much more effective in terms of cost and time to shop online. You can look at specific manufacturer’s websites, dealerships, or other sites such as Autotrader.com. Use a search engine such as Google or Bing to assist your search if you know specifically what you want. Once you have narrowed your search to vehicles that you like, find out what you should be paying for any particular vehicle by visiting edmunds.com, nada. com or kbb.com. These sites will allow you to familiarize yourself as to what price ranges you can expect to pay whether you are purchasing through a dealership or a private party.
If you have a trade-in, make sure you know the book value of your own car so that you know what to expect a dealership to give you for a trade credit. Utilize people Darin that do this all the Klarr time: Visit your credit SELCO union or bank and Community get pre-approved. CU Branch I recommend this Manager before you start looking at vehicles so that you know exactly what price range you should be looking in according to a payment you can afford. You’ll also know exactly what interest rate you qualify for and you can also pick an ideal date for your monthly payment. You can rely on the dealership to find financing but you’ll avoid, potentially, multiple inquiries to your credit and financing with an unfamiliar financial institution by getting pre-approved. Once pre-approved you can expect the process of purchasing to be expedited…all you have to do is pick out the car and come to an agreement on the price with the dealership. Know that you can purchase through a private party with a pre-approval as well. Talk to your loan officer and they will explain the process. Buying a vehicle can and should be a fun, rewarding experience! To avoid buyer’s remorse make sure to utilize Car Buying 101 continued on page 13
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Finding A Sofa That Can Need a Water Heater? Let’s examine some options. Stand Up To a Decade of Sitting Down Companions Travel Michelle Johnson Servco
A living room sofa is likely to outlive a lot of things-from the family car and microwave to the kids’ trendy hairstyles. Most people keep a sofa from six to 15 years before buying something new. In a recent survey by Furniture/ Today, a leading trade publication, more than half of consumers in the market for a new sofa were replacing one that was ten years old or more. If you are one of those consumers-or soon will be-here are some tips on how to choose your next sofa wisely.
Read the fine print Before you buy, be sure to read the fine print in the warranty. Note what is included and how long the company guarantees the product. The duration of this warranty reflects the collection’s quality craftsmanship. Mainstream furniture manufacturers are bringing the fashion-forward looks consumers see in magazines and designer showrooms onto retail floors-but at much more affordable prices.
used in pillows and seat backs adds a desirable “crinkle” effect upon sitting. Choosing down-blend seat cushions will provide an even more luxurious sit. Soft padded outside arms and back also add to the overall comfort of the piece.
Note what’s on the outside If you want a sofa to make a great visual impression for years to come, look for the following cues: Deep decking (the fabric under the seat cushions) to ensure that only the sofa’s primary fabric is revealed when sitting. Six inches is ideal. Welting (the cotton cord covered with fabric that is sewn along the seams of the upholstered frame and cushions) that is straight and free of puckers. Skirts that hang smoothly with crisp corners. Fabric patterns that are matched seat to cushion to back to frame.
Know what’s on the inside There are a number of high-end standards that mean more than just good looks. Down, for instance, is a great indicator of quality and comfort. Down-proof ticking
Replacing a water heater is not as easy as it used to be. The choices used to be electric or gas and how many gallons. Now, it can take some research to choose the best investment. Some options use less energy, or may qualify for tax credits or energy rebates, some provide limitless hot water, and some have special requirements. The water heater options explored below are standard upright, tankless, and heat pump. The standard high-efficiency upright water heater is designed to hold water in a tank and heat it to a set temperature. Energy saving technology has been incorporated into the unit to increase its operating efficiency, like a control board that can “learn” when there is no hot water demand (middle of the night) and it will let water cool during these times. Then, before times when hot water is normally used (morning showers), it will heat water up. These units are available in electric or gas and are about 7% more efficient than standard water heaters. A tankless gas whole house water
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heater will only heat water on demand. This unit is about 30% more efficient than a standard gas water heater. However how much energy is saved depends on how the family uses water. Studies have shown when hot water is limitless there is a tendency to use more hot water, and no energy is really saved. If consumers regulate the use of water they can see a return on investment in four to five years. These units often last ten years or more and require very little maintenance. Tankless can be a very good investment in the right situation. Heat pump water heaters use electricity to heat water the same way a heat pump heats air in the home. It functions as a standard water heater, heating a tank of water to a set temperature. It also uses a control board for timing hot water demand like the high efficiency unit. The heat pump technology makes operating this unit about 55% more efficient than a standard water heater. It does have space requirements and venting requirements, but even with the added costs of installation, the return on investment is 2-3 years. This solution
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Ten Tortured Words
One of the best selling books on our shelves lately has been “Ten Tortured Words” by Stephen Mansfield and at the next Christian Chamber meeting we will review this book and discuss its importance today especially with the upcoming election.
From the book’s jacket: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
Few Americans understand the miracle in world history these ten words represent. For the first time in human experience, the legislative power of a nation was forbidden from legislating the conscience of man. For over 150 years, religion flourished, institutions of faith multiplied, and revivals transformed whole communities. The elected representatives of the people often called for days of prayer, recognizing that religion is essential to national character. So what happened? Why is it that today a cross-shaped memorial
or a religious symbol in a city seal is considered a violation of the Constitution? Why are pastors threatened if they speak out Kevin about politics and Ferguson children kept from Regional even asking about religion in the public Manager, Tree of Life schools? Ten Tortured Christian Words separates Outlet historical fact from fiction, illuminating the events and personalities that shaped the writing of the Establishment Clause. In his straightforward, award-winning style, cultural historian Stephen Mansfield interprets the societal shifts that have led to the current rift between religion and politics, and takes a surprising look at what lies ahead for freedom of religion in American. Special Promo: A Free copy of Ten Tortured Words Valued at $25.99 will be there for every one that attends the next Christian Chamber meeting at Novak’s on April 9 starting at 7:30am!
Kevin Ferguson Regional Manager Tree of Life Christian Outlet
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Continuing with our Sweet Temptations theme for spring, March’s releases are sure to put a smile on your face! The bold designs and sweet details will definitely tempt you to add one of these delicious shells to your Miche collection. Farrah and Riley are great neutrals with light details that are the sure to go with any colorful outfit. These neutrals also give the right amount of balance to the spring’s bright color palette. There are prints and then there are PRINTS! All caps are necessary to describe the vibrant bold floral pattern of Katy and Ivy. These fun shells will surely call attention where ever you go! Isn’t it great that you can just change your shell out for something less attention grabbing whenever you want? Whether you “go big” with Katy (Prima size) or go somewhere in between with Ivy (Demi size), you can’t help but smile when you carry one of these delights on your arm. Wear with pink, red or yellow to really
stand out! The color teal in Margaret and the sweet little Petite Margo were designed to put a SPRING in your step! What a beautiful rich color Shawn to have on your arm. Nevin, With their swooping Magnetic lines and delicate PURSEpective bows, we feel these ladies’ designs live up to their lovely unique coloring. There are not many things more delightful than Nicole and her matching counterpart—Cole. The fuchsia pink color and bold candy-cane stripes will be turning heads and dropping jaws as you step out in this spring’s latest fashions. Don’t have fashion sense? No worries, let all of our Miche shells do that for you! Want one of these lovely spring shells? Please let me help you get all of the shells on your Miche Wish List! Consider having a Miche Home Party and receive FREE and half price shells. I still have openings for April give me a call right away and I will add a half price shell when you hold your show!
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Mother’s Day Memories... News Information Two Scoops, Please!
I remember when we were kids and would get so excited for Mother’s Day because it meant we would be eating creamy, sweet homemade ice cream! The excitement would begin as soon as I knew that we were stopping at a local family’s farm that sold cream. No electricity, no phone, but the best cream in the world! They skimmed it right off the top of the fresh milk and sold it to my folks in a mason jar. Buying that cream meant we were going to make ice cream (for Mom of course)! We would go home or to my grandparents farm and my mother would get out the hand held mixer and begin beating the eggs (she loved to help). She would pour the wonderfully thick creamy mixture into the tub of the ice cream maker and then it was my dad’s and my turn! I was a very important part of making ice cream, you see. My dad would pack the ice and salt around the tub and then he would put a folded up towel and a folded up quilt over the top of the cranking mechanism. My job was to sit on that and keep it in
place while he cranked. At some point we got an electric ice cream freezer. I was probably too old to be interested in “helping” any more but eating ice cream continued to Jenna be a Mother’s Day tradition! What I can Dieker tell you for sure is Owner, that I love ice cream Coldstone and so does Mom! Creamery So this year when Mother’s Day rolls around, make it special by taking her to your local Coldstone Creamery where we make ice cream the old fashioned way! Ice Cream is more than a food, it’s a feeling, it is memories it draws families together and it makes your heart soar! If you can’t make it in on Mother’s Day, come on in and we’ll make you a special Mother’s Day cake or get some of her favorites made up and take it home! Being a Mother myself I can tell you I LOVE it when my husband and kids remember the little things and the main thing I love to do on Mother’s Day is spend time with my family and what better than to add a little Coldstone to that picture! I can’t wait and from my house to yours Happy Mother’s Day Moms!
By Karen Rogers
to double. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into pieces about the size of a small apple. Form I love Kaiser rolls! More than 50 into smooth rounds and let rise about 10 years ago, my beloved Grandpa would minutes. Flatten the dough and roll out take me to a little European bakery on a about ¼ inch thick. Using the diagram side street in New Brunswick, N.J. And start folding from the give me a choice- a left side. First fold-left buttered Kaiser roll side to center. Press or a dozen chocolateat center. Second tipped spritz cookies. fold-place your finger The Kaiser roll won at the X on the fold hands down every and bring the dough time. Besides, I knew over your finger to he’d buy the cookies the center and press. anyway. Continue to fold and As a classic baker Photo by Caryl Young, In The Lens Photography press firmly until the I have to say: real Karen’s Kaiser Rolls are a great last triangular fold Kaiser rolls are NOT addition to any meal. is in place. Trace the stamped, as in most diagram onto a piece bakeries, they are of paper and practice a few times, it gets FOLDED! easier. Kaisersemmel originated over 500 Place the folded rolls onto a piece of years ago and were made to resemble parchment paper, upside down, to rise. the Germanic crown of Frederick V. This helps keep the folds together. Let They are made from a lean dough, no fat rise about 30 minutes and transfer to and very little sugar and do not last well, a lined baking sheet. I like to give the a one-day bread like French baguettes. center one more good press just before However, they freeze perfectly, so you baking. Glaze with 1 egg white beaten are only 30 seconds from a treat. with 1 tbsp water and sprinkle with Proof 2 tsp yeast in 2 C warm water poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in a with 1 tbsp sugar about ten minutes, or pre-heated oven at 350 degrees about 20 until very foamy. Add 2C flour and 1 tsp salt and mix well. Add enough flour Kaiser continued on page 17 to make a medium dough and let rise
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Stuff Travel Prior to the 16th century, cauliflower was available exclusively in Italy. It eventually made its way to other European countries and was brought to North America in the late 1600s. Almost all cauliflower that is grown in the Ruby United States LEwis, comes from the Pizza Salinas Valley King in California. It usually is white in color but can actually be orange, green, or even purple. Cauliflower is a member of the cabbage family - in fact the name cauliflower actually means “cabbage flower”. It is available year-round, but is especially plentiful in the spring and fall. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Just 1 cup of cauliflower a day will provide you with 70% of your daily vitamin C requirements. Enjoying raw cauliflower will give you the highest nutritional benefits. If you choose to serve it cooked, lightly steaming it is the best way to retain the maximum nutrients. When purchasing cauliflower, look for a creamy white color. A cauliflower head should feel heavy and compact. Be on the look out for brown spots on the florets (the
edible flowering portions of the cauliflower head) which indicate it is beyond its nutritional peak. Also, avoid heads with smudging or speckling which is caused by insects. It is best to use cauliflower promptly after purchasing it. By wrapping cauliflower loosely in a paper bag, it can last 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. To prepare cauliflower to eat, fill a bowl with cold water and add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Remove the outer leaves and discard. Use a knife to cut around the underside of the head to remove the core. Detach the florets where they join at the center. Submerge the florets in the lemon water for at least 10 minutes and then rinse. A common Italian way to serve cauliflower is to first clean and then dry the florets. Place a large skillet on the stove top on medium heat. When the pan is warm, add a little olive oil. Once the oil is warm, add 2 smashed cloves of garlic and cook until the garlic are fragrant, approximately 30 seconds. Quickly add the cauliflower florets to the pan and cook until they are nicely browned. While it is cooking, mix together 3 tablespoons of tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of water, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a small bowl. When the florets are finished cooking, add the tomato paste mixture and toss with the cauliflower in the skillet until the sauce is warm and evenly distributed. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese (if desired, a little crushed red pepper can be added to taste). This is an easy and delicious Italian dish. Cauliflower is a vegetable that is often overlooked
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
• 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion • 2 cups diced Yukon gold potatoes, with peel • 2 cups fresh cauliflower florets
• 4 large whole garlic cloves, peeled • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock • 1 cup tomato juice • ½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425˚F. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower, potatoes, garlic, and onions together with the oil. Place the vegetables on one or two baking sheets. There should be a generous amount of room around each vegetable for the roasting process. If they are crowded on the baking sheet, they will not develop the delicious depth of flavor that roasting creates. Stir the vegetables once or twice during the roasting process so that they cook evenly. Remove the vegetables from the oven just as they begin to brown. To a large stockpot, add the roasted vegetables, broth, tomato juice, and pepper flakes. Simmer for 35 minutes. Remove from the heat and purée half of the soup in a blender. Fill the blender half full and allow the soup in the blender to cool for 10 minutes. Always use caution with hot liquids in the blender; place the lid on and place a folded towel on top of the blender lid so that the hot steam will not burn your hand. Pulse the blender a few times before puréeing. Add the puréed vegetables to the stock pot and warm. When ready to serve, adjust the salt and add pepper to taste. Serve in warmed soup bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese and croutons.
because of its mild flavor, but it pairs with many other foods. Flavors that best compliment cauliflower are those of parsley, garlic, lemon, hollandaise sauce, butter (especially brown butter), bread crumbs, and Cheddar, Gruyère or Parmesan cheese. One of my favorite ways to serve cauliflower is to enjoy it roasted. It brings out a sweet and caramelized flavor. The amazing soup recipe below is from my cookbook, A Taste of Italy… My Favorite Soups, which can be purchased at Pizza King.
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Perennial Herbs By Karen Rogers Once again, I’m bringing out my high horse and climbing on. This is the perfect time to plant a perennial herb garden. Fresh herbs are a huge flavor boost to any good recipe. Once established, the plants are practically care free and they last nearly forevermy herb garden was established 22 years ago and it’s still going strong. First, I recommend a good upright rosemary. Tradition says that when planted by a doorway, it keeps out evil. Over the years, mine has grown so large I occasionally have to chop my way to the house, but my neighbors all appreciate the bounty. At least one Mammoth sage plant. Your turkey and family will thank you. A good English or French thyme. Check that it is a culinary variety, as there are many ornamental types that aren’t tasty. Look for small lavender flowers. At least two oregano plants. Make sure they are Greek or Sicilian whiteflowered varieties. They have the best flavor. Horseradish- one plant. The root is best in fall and winter, but the leaves, finely chopped add zest to salads. There are beautiful variegated types available.
As many chives as possible! Plant regular and garlic chives. Garlic chives have flatter stems and white flowers, instead of the usual purple. The flowers are edible and they look cool. Remember, eggs love chives! Saffron, the most expensive spice, is ridiculously easy to grow. The corms are available in August and September and they will have flowers the following year. I have never had any pest or disease problems, but you do have to beat the slugs to the flowers! And of course, parsley. You can never grow enough parsley. Parsley is a biennial so it just edges into a perennial garden because it does reseed readily. Now that the long-timers are taken care of, you can start the annual list. Don’t forget basil, cilantro, borage, tarragon and angelica! The list could go on for pages, but it’s your garden, so plant to your cooking style! Check that the plants are sturdy, compact and not too pot-bound. With these guys up and producing, you will never have to resort to expensive packets in the produce section, and the taste they will give to ordinary dishes will have you hooked. Happy Herbing!
Spring Lawn Care Tips Kids Business
Tips for Successfully Overseeding a Lawn Now is the best time to seed or over seed a lawn in the Pacific Northwest. If you have decided that your lawn needs help this year, but maybe you don’t believe you need to replant an entirely new lawn, overseeding may be just what you need. Overseeding a lawn can be an effective technique in achieving healthier grass. Here are some tips will help your lawn project be successful.
Preparing your Lawn for Overseeding • Mow the grass as short as your mower will cut. Almost scalp the grass. • If you have time, aerate the lawn. Aeration will improve oxygenation, which will help the new grass seed grow faster and more robust. • Top-dress the yard with a compost/topsoil blend. This will help incorporate organic matter into the lawn, improving soil structure, which will, in turn, improve grass germination and long-term health.
• Water the grass thoroughlygiving it at least one inch of water a day after top-dressing. This will put water into the soil so that as the grass seed Word starts to germinate, From it has the necessary moisture to do well. WILCO How to Achieve Even Coverage of Brian Seed Coons, Once the yard Wilco is prepared for overseeding, use these techniques to achieve even coverage of the lawn with the grass seed. • Calibrate your spreader-you do this to set the spreader drop rate according to your stride. How fast you walk will influence the coverage. Your spreader will have instructions for doing this. • Then, fill the spreader with half of the seed and spread the seed evenly walking in one direction. Next, fill the spreader with the other half of the seed and overseed walking perpendicular to the previous direction. Whether you overlap each row slightly depends on whether you are using a drop spreader or a broadcast spreader. With drop spreaders, you do not overlap-but you do precisely line up with your row. Broadcast spreaders require overlapping the throw pattern by
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We are in full swing into another year and we are very excited to welcome back those of you that continue to keep Points for Profit strong and thriving! We are blessed to be working with so many wonderful business members and to be giving back to so many incredible non-profit organizations. Points for Profit, because of all of our members, has been able to help to build a stronger community through giving back over $ 193,900 to local nonprofit organizations! Our goal is to give back $100,000 in each program every year! We are headed in the right direction! If you have any questions about Points for Profit or how you can get involved please call Kathy Dennis at 541-791-2901 or visit www. pointsforprofit.org.
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Points for Profit meeting is April 24th from 6-8pm at the Albany Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St NW, Albany. The theme is ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers.’ Dinner is $8 for adults, children five and under are free. If you would like to reserve a dinner please RSVP by 5pm April 23rd to email@example.com or call (541) 791-2901
Points For Profit has scheduled its first ever “progressive” On Location” event giving participants a chance to earn up to 15-million points for their favorite non-profit organization in the program. It all gets underway starting at 11:30AM on Saturday, March 31st, at Pizza Hut adjacent to Heritage Mall in Albany. Anyone and everyone coming into Pizza Hut and placing a food order between 11:30AM and 1PM will earn five-million points! After that, its time to head across the parking lot to Coldstone Creamery for dessert. Anyone placing an ice cream order will earn another five-million points! What goes better after a delicious Coldstone ice cream than a movie? Anytime on Saturday, March 31st when you attend a movie at any of the seven nearby
Regal Cinemas and save your ticket stub…you get ANOTHER five-million points! Don’t forget to get some movie snacks for additional points! Grand total: 15million points all in one day! This is your chance to have a great fun day with the family while earning points for everyone in the family who participates! Our Points for Profit non-profit participants will thank you while you have a great day of fun. We will also have great prizes given away randomly at each location so you won’t want to miss a minute! There will be a “secret” envelope given at each location for the non-profit with the most members present! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 31, and wonderful experiences at Pizza Hut, Coldstone Creamery and Regal Cinemas in Albany!
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A Lot More Than Pancakes by Rick Rogers
including Melinda Butler who manages the front of the house and Jeffrey Barksdale who manages the kitchen. She credits them with helping the Albany restaurant in When Walt and Dorothy Elmer opened their first restaurant in 1960 it was a pancake house featuring their receiving three 100-percent health inspections in a row. Besides the complete full menu with something to own special batter made from the family’s secret recipe. please everyone, Elmer’s also offers some of their most The legend goes that the batter recipe was so secret it popular items on a “lighter fare” menu for children and was kept locked away in a safe. Since those early days, seniors who want smaller portions. Shelly points out that Elmer’s has expanded throughout the northwest and features an extensive menu. Elmer’s came to Albany about Elmer’s goes out of the way to use Northwest products in their kitchen keeping everything as fresh and local as 30 years ago and has become a local institution serving possible. Shelly says that everything from steaks to besides offering great the traditional breakfast food, Elmer’s is also on served all day long. That the forefront in helping includes those famous out with fund raising pancakes still from Walt efforts for local schools and Dorthy’s secret batter and other non-profit recipe from all those years groups. Located at 2802 ago. S.E. Santiam Highway, Two years ago the they are open from 6AM Albany Elmer’s franchise until 9PM on Sundays was taken over by through Thursdays, and David and Doneta until 10PM on Fridays Thomason of Grants Pass, and Saturdays. owners of several other Now, the Albany Elmer’s franchises. They and Corvallis Elmer’s immediately set out to Restaurants are proud to update the look and feel be a part of the Points for of the Albany restaurant General Manager Shelly Matteson proudly shows off Elmer’s Profit program, so save which is now operated extensive menu at the Albany Restaurant. those receipts and turn under the watchful eye them in to your favorite of general manager and participating non-profit organization. You’ll be rewarded long-time employee Shelly Matteson. Shelly says the twice, once by being served delicious food in the best extensive remodeling of the restaurant gives it a homey, restaurants in Oregon; and with the knowledge that welcoming family feel and the friendly staff is ready to serve you no matter what time of day you visit. Shelly also you have helped out a worthy cause by turning in your receipt. credits her management team for the restaurants success
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Adhesives For TasteThe Hobbiest
Cyanoacrylates, (CAs) have become the adhesive of choice for most hobby and household applications. High quality CAs such as INSTA-CUREâ„˘, when used properly, form bonds that in many cases are stronger than the material that is being adhered. INSTACUREâ„˘ is a highly refined CA which, combined with its freshness, gives a guaranteed 2 year shelf life. CAs are reactive monomers that chemically link (polymerize) when pressed into a thin film. The very thin layer of water moisture present on most surfaces acts as an alkali, or weak base, which is the catalyst that results in bonding; however, the presence of detectable amounts of water usually degrades the performance of CAs. INSTA-CUREâ„˘ has a water-thin viscosity that wicks deep into joints by capillary action and cures in a matter of a few seconds. Surfaces to be bonded must be tight fitting and should be held together while you apply the CA around the edges of the seam. At the moment CAs cure, they give off a vapor that can irritate the nose and
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eyes, so be prepared. Thin CAs work very well on balsa since they penetrate into the wood and form more than just a surface bond. INSTACURE+â„˘ is a higher viscosity Glenn CA for loose Pullar, fitting joints owner, A Step Above in which the adhesive must Hobbies bridge gaps. Normally, the thicker CA is applied to one surface and then the parts are held tightly together for about 5 to 15 seconds. For large surface areas, including those with close fitting joints such as laminations, INSTA-CURE+ â„˘ should also be used. To prevent premature curing, donâ€™t spread the glue into a thin film. Lay down a serpentine bead with about 1â€? separations on one surface, and then assemble the parts, letting the pressure spread the CA out. This is just a small sampling of adhesives we have in stock. Come see us at Step Above Hobbies at 1193 Santiam Rd Albany or call us at 541-926-5075 and let our experts answer any questions you might have. Remember to save your receipts for the Points for Profit program.
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Sleep Apnea And Glaucoma? People who work in sleep medicine have always been troubled by the public’s lack of awareness about sleep apnea. If you ask your average person about sleep apnea, you’re likely to get a response like “Oh, I think my uncle used to sleep with some kinda machine but he hated it!’ While the public is still largely unaware of the dangers that sleep apnea (a disorder characterized by persistent pauses in breathing during sleep) poses, awareness about the disorder has been slowly building within the community of healthcare professionals. But while sleep apnea is normally associated with disorders such as obesity and hypertension, there is also a growing awareness of the association between sleep apnea and glaucoma. “Glaucoma is not just one eye disease, but a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage, which causes loss of vision. Abnormally high pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure) usually, but not always, causes this damage.” (MayoClinic.com, 1998-2012, pp.01) Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and can be very difficult to
detect before the damage is irreversible. New studies have found that there may be a correlation between Glaucoma and sleep apnea. One such study Ann found that out of 83 Turner, randomly selected A Turning OSA patients, 33% LEaf Home suffered from some kind of glaucoma MEdical (Harby, 2003). 33% is an extremely significant number, especially when compared to glaucoma’s prevalence in the general population of just 1.5% to 2.5%. “Our study rationale looked at OSA because it causes profound changes in oxygenation, circulatory hemodynamics, and inflammatory factors” says Dr. Rick Bendel of the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, Florida. “All of these may influence optic nerve integrity and possibly intraocular pressure, as well.” Dr. Bendel recommends that all sleep apnea patients be screened for glaucoma. “OSA may be a modifiable risk factor that is easily treatable,” he told an audience at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Since some forms of glaucoma can be so insidious, screening sleep apnea Sleep Apnea continued on page 18
A Great House Warming Buys Going Gift Idea For Every Budget Eventually, someone you know will move to a new house — and this idea will come in very handy indeed when you want to come up with a house warming gift that is a little bit more meaningful and interesting than just handing over a pot plant. There is an old Celtic tradition which involves the humble snail. Now the snail carries its house on its back and so it is never homeless; but more, the spiral design of the snail shell was always very special to the Celtic people, so it makes perfect sense that any kind of snail makes the perfect house warming present. To be warm, safe, snug and protected inside one’s own home is a wonderful idea and the snail symbol, or the more abstract spiral, lends itself to all manner of wonderful house warming gifts. You can make a card very easily by cutting out a spiral and affixing it with glue; any snail motif on a greeting card or a picture of a snail drawn or
cut out from another source will make the house warming card special. Snails are very popular as ornaments, so you can get an enormous variety Nancy of all sizes of snail Kruse figurines, from Keller small brass snails Williams to large garden REalty ornaments made from marble and they’re all easily found, online and off. An exotic snail shell, or the shell of a sea snail is an extension of this idea and particularly good for beach front properties. As the basic snail/ spiral shape is natural and easy, you can even just find a beautiful stone and paint a spiral on it for a superb and extremely personal and lovely house warming present; further, it is the type of gift that the recipients will treasure and keep, and that will remind them of you and your good wishes every time they see it. There are many other ways in
House Warming continued on page 18
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Flea Market To Raise Money For SafeHaven Humane Society
By Marti Cersovski SafeHaven Humane Society SafeHaven Humane Society will host its second annual Fido & Fluffy’s Flea Market on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 400 people are expected to attend the one-day event benefitting SafeHaven Humane Society. So if you’re doing some spring cleaning at your house, consider purchasing a vendor space where you can sell anything from garage sale items to handcrafted merchandise. Home-based businesses like Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, just to name a few, are welcome to participate. All vendor spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet and are available for $35 with electricity or $25 without electricity. The event will be held at the future home of SafeHaven Humane Society at 32220 Old Hwy 34 in Tangent. For anyone interested in being a vendor at the event, call Jackie Saling at 541.928.2789. A vendor registration
Adorable Lamar is a one-year-old terrier mix who is super sweet and gentle. His quiet nature makes him a perfect fit for a quiet, adult only home. This little fella is ready to go home today. Could your home be Lamar’s forever home?
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form is also available to download at www.safehavenhumane.com. Admission for the event is $5 for early birds between 8 and 10 a.m. and $2 for admission after 10 a.m. All admission and vendor registration fees benefit SafeHaven Humane Society. SafeHaven Humane Society is a private non-profit organization that has been serving Linn County and surrounding communities for more than 35 years. In that time, SafeHaven Humane Society has helped to find forever families for 25,000 animals. In 2011, more than 1,500 animals were adopted. SafeHaven Humane Society is not affiliated with any other local or national humane society organization nor does it receive any government funding for its operation. SafeHaven Humane Society is located at 33071 Hwy 34 SE in Albany. The shelter is open noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. They can be reached by calling 541-928-2789.
Dental Care Does your pet have breath so bad it could eat the rust off the bumper of a ’57 Buick? In the majority of cases bad breath is the result of periodontal disease, which starts with the inflammation of gums known as gingivitis. Your regular veterinarian can confirm the presence of dental disease and rule out a few other causes of bad breath also known as halitosis. Dental disease starts with the adherence of bacteria to tooth enamel where they produce a thick film known as plaque. Over a period of days the plaque mineralizes and becomes the rock hard material known as tartar. When plaque and tartar contact the gums it causes inflammation known as gingivitis. Plaque that covers the enamel can be removed by brushing the teeth once every one to two days and will prevent it from mineralizing into tartar. The tongues of cats and dogs are actually pretty good at removing plaque from the inside surface of their teeth so we need to focus on the outsides. Using pet friendly toothpaste, with flavors like chicken or beef, can help to get pets to accept brushing. It does take time and patience to train pets to accept this practice. Let’s face it, some pets; especially cats will never accept a good brushing. That’s where other products are helpful. Your Vet can provide you with water additives that help to reduce the number of bacteria that cause plaque. Gels and pastes can also be applied to help reduce oral bacteria. Dental treats like Greenies, Dentabone, and rawhide chews infused with anti-plaque additives are available at pet stores and veterinary offices. When shopping for dental treats look for the
VOHC logo. This is the seal of approval from the Veterinary Oral Health Council. Bones should not be used to help clean teeth. We have seen too many broken teeth in dogs fed bones whether they were raw or cooked. Once formed tartar can only be adequately removed through ultrasonic scaling, especially when it accumulates under the gums and begins to cause gingivitis. Only your veterinarian can adequately scale and polish the surface of the teeth that lies under the gums. So, home care should be guided towards reducing the rate plaque and tartar form on the teeth and thus reduce their chance of progressing under the gums. One thing you can depend on is the smaller the dog the bigger their risk is for developing periodontal disease. Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers and many other small breeds are notorious for having dental disease. Small breed dog owners need to begin training their pets at a young age to accept tooth brushing. This is where flavored toothpaste can be helpful. Keeping your pet’s teeth clean will help reduce the chances of bacteria moving under the gums causing gingivitis and progressing to the loss of bone that holds teeth in their sockets, eventually progressing to tooth loss. As periodontal disease progress bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause significant damage to the filters of the kidneys and the valves of the heart. In short there are two things that will go farther than anything else in helping your pet live a longer and healthier life: Maintaining a good clean mouth through combining home care with regular visits to your veterinarian and helping your pet maintain a lean body mass.
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The Titanic On Film By Rick Rogers In the cold morning hours of April 14, 1912, The RMS Titanic slipped beneath the waves of the mid-Atlantic Ocean carrying over 1,500 of its 2,223 passengers and crew to a watery grave. This April 14th will mark exactly 100 years since that tragic night. Since then, the Titanic has been the subject of dozens of movies on both the big theater screen and on TV; some good, some terribly distorting the facts. It is my belief that if you are going to make a movie about a historic event, you should stick to the facts. Otherwise, as future generations see the film, what is fiction in the story telling is then interpreted as fact. I’m sure that if you talk to young people now, their only exposure to one of the most tragic events of the 20th century is James Cameron’s 1997 spectacular “Titanic”. Instead of concentrating on the facts of the event, Cameron tells a love story about a thirdclass passenger running up and down the stairs to romance a first-class passenger. NOT HARDLY! The third-class passenger would have probably been clapped in irons as soon as he tried to get up the stairs. At that time, there was no such thing as a mixing of immigrant classes with the hoi-poli rich. The first film versions of the sinking were made as silent documentaries
starting as early as late 1912. The first sound movie is the British “Disaster at Sea” released in 1929. Although it was based on the sinking of the Titanic, it was a highly fictionalized version. The good news is that it survives and is available on DVD. You may have to look for it but it’s out there, I have it in my collection. Again, it would take up this entire paper if I were to list all the Titanic related movies made over the last 100 years. One of the most well remembered films is “Titanic” made in 1953 by 20th Century Fox and starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck. Again a fictionalized story about a couple getting a divorce but meeting on the ship. In the 1960’s even the musical “Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Debbie Reynolds featured the Titanic. After all, Molly Brown was a real person and did survive the sinking. For a real “hoot” try the 1980 film, “Raise the Titanic” Its a fullfledged drama that is so ridiculous its good. For my money the best and most accurate version is the British “A Night to Remember” released in 1958, based on the Walter Lord book and with a great cast headed by Kenneth Moore. Forget onboard romances and classes intermingling with each other. This is pretty much the real story of the heroes Movie Review continued on page 18
The Tenth Justice By Brad Meltzer A customer recently told me that The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer had one of the most intricately worked plots of any thriller he had read in at least a decade. So when the chance arose to read a copy of Meltzer’s first novel, The Tenth Justice, I thought it worth the chance. The title refers to the legal clerks who work in the Supreme Court: their collective effort is sometimes referred to being as powerful as a tenth Supreme Court justice. Our hero is Ben Addison, a clerk who prematurely reveals a major Supreme Court decision to someone who takes advantage of the inside information to make a fortune. When Ben finds out, he panics because his seemingly harmless breaking of the Court’s ethical code could get him into serious trouble. In an effort to protect himself, he proceeds to try to track down the bad guy, Rick Fagan. Unfortunately for Ben, Rick not only does not appreciate Ben’s efforts to find him, he also tries to bribe, blackmail, and threaten Ben into revealing more Court decisions. The real story here is the breaking up of the lifelong friendship Ben has had with his three roommates:
as his suspicions mount about his friends (could they be leaking information to Rick?), their relationships quickly deteriorate. This is one of those books in Scott which the hero Givens, is a thoroughly Browsers unlikeable character. Book Stores Unlike most books Albany & of this ilk, however, Corvallis I don’t think Meltzer intended for us to dislike Ben. However, Ben proves himself to be petty, egotistical, dishonest, whiny, and disloyal. Not the kind of friend for me! The book is dark, and even though there’s a sort of patched-on happy ending, it is little better than a Band-Aid on a broken arm. This kind of broodiness could make for good future stories; the plot was not amazingly intricate, as The Book of Lies is reported to be; the writing was acceptable if unimaginative, though the main flaw was the admonition of some character to another to “Relax!” or “Calm down!” every third page. So, I failed to become so enthralled that I had to go right out and read the next one, but for a first book, this is a winner, with enough strong points to make it believable that his most recent ones are excellent!
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The Full Cup
This morning as my lovely Toodle Gretchen woke me enthusiastically leaping onto my face and dancing around upon me it reminded me to write. As I told myself to breathe in and then slowly out ….what to write about this month came to mind…Taking time out for ourselves and personal self care. A list so long of what we are and what we do everyday came to mind so long that my editors strict word limit simply will not allow me to list all of them. Careers, parenting, relationships, are core yet do not even begin to list or describe the obligations and drains to our energy and spirit. Let’s think of the analogy of the full cup. The fuller our cup is, the happier and more authentic we are. The more we give to life and those around us. Sadly the emptier the cup becomes the more harried and empty we become. Ultimately having less to give in every way in all we do. With each time we “give” our cup becomes a little bit emptier. Every day, many times a day, maybe all day long we are “giving” from our cup. Soon as we peer over the rim what do you see? The bottom……. Gasp! You may ask yourself as I do at times… What now? Deadlines are approaching family is crying out for their needs to be meet and you are simply empty. Time to brew another cup boys and girls and it is up to you to grind the beans and brew it. No
one else can do that for you. How? Make time for self care everyday in small ways daily, and weekly in even larger ways. Daily add a bit more to your cup in Lindie M. small ways. Have a list maybe folded in your Truex, wallet or bag of at least Boulevard Boutique Spa ten things you can do. Some of mine include: & Skin Care have a cup of tea, give Clinic or get a hug, smile a 541-791-2800 lot! Weekly fill up your cup and put yourself on your schedule. I do mean write yourself in! Schedule a massage or relaxation treatment, get a new haircut, take a walk, ride your bike in the sun, schedule a coaching session, have a pillow fight with your spouse or kids. Occasionally I must admit that stopping in to see Marianne at ReStyle in North Albany has been a favorite or a glass of wine at a great place like Novak’s. It can be light hearted and fun or so relaxing it puts you to sleep. Just make sure YOU decided and make it what YOU need to fill up your cup each week. If you are feeling overbooked and overwhelmed and really do not know where to start give me a call this month. We are planning a workshop retreat at the coast and local workshops focusing on practicing self care and self improvement. Yet also as an overbooked Mother of five with three in the military I will be taking notes and lots of deep breathes with you all. Pouring into a cup now……. Hugs to you all!
Manners By MaryLou Estes Custom eyes of Albany
Age group 6-10 years: • Trouble with phonics and spelling • Completing homework is more difficult • Usually best grade is in math • Difficulty finishing timed multiple page exam • Poor penmanship • Prolonged concentration is difficult and usually results in poor comprehension • Often short attention span and hyperactive • Often introverted personality • Difficulty writing horizontally in a straight line (lined or unlined paper)
Astigmatism is a vision condition that occurs when the front surface of your eye, the cornea, is slightly irregular in shape. This irregular shape prevents light from focusing properly on the back of your eye, the retina. As a result, your vision may be blurred at all distances. Most people have some degree of astigmatism. The following are my own thoughts from over thirty years experience of observing visual development in children. Unaided vision of children who have astigmatism can have the following complaints while performing concentrated tasks: • Burning and stinging of the eyes • Loss of place on the page • Blurred vision • Sleepiness • Frontal headaches
All of the above symptoms are similar of a dyslexic child but may be vision related (not organic)
Age group 11-18 years: • Studies by writing notes and rewriting notes; uses tactile senses to learn • At home prefers video games • High incidence of high school drop out • Females reach their performance maximum in near work by age 12-14 years: males 14-16 years
Teachers and parents can observe the following: Age group 3-5 years: • Trouble staying within the lines while coloring • Trouble drawing a straight line • Grips pencil tightly and presses hard, often breaks pencil and crayon tips • Trouble learning left from right hand • Trouble with reversing letters
I know there are other important learning factors in a child’s development. However, I feel strongly that a child with visual deficiencies that are not aided suffers greatly. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please give me a call.
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herpes zoster beginning at age 50 years and up. (This is a recent change from the recommendation that one be immunized after age 60 years.) Call Rice’s Pharmacy today to schedule your shingles shot. Most insurance companies pay for the immunization, and you do not need a prescription. Be sure to ask if you qualify for the co-pay REBATE being offered through June 2012! Neck continued from page 4
War on Pests Now that spring is upon us, insects and unwanted wildlife are waging war on our homes and businesses, which may feel like a losing battle. Many of us are simply caught off guard by the surge of Sean insect, rodent Meiner and wildlife Healthy activity that Home Pest is typical this Control, LLC time of year. (541) 570-0095 Because one of the biggest investments you may make is purchasing a home, an often over looked way to protect your home is to have a pest control program in place. Not only can a good pest control program protect your home, it can protect your family. Insects, rodents and nuisance wildlife can damage your home and if left untreated can end up costing you the homeowner hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repairs. These unwanted guests could do more than damage your home; they often carry diseases that can be spread to you or your pets. When people think of pest control programs they tend to think of harmful chemicals being sprayed throughout their home and what affects this may have on their family and the environment. Spraying tons of chemicals around your home should be a thing of the past. A good pest control company should follow the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach or what we like to refer to as Intelligent Pest Management in solving pest problems. In short, they search out the source of the problem, treat it and set up protective barriers. This allows for less chemicals and longer results.
If you find that you have symptoms that you feel are a result of Text Neck Chiropractic care can help you to recover from the problem and address the root cause of your symptoms. It is a safe, drug-free treatment for this increasingly common condition. If you or your child may have Text Neck contact Body of Health Chiropractic and Wellness Center. We can help you reverse this problem and relieve the symptoms before the damage becomes serious. Reach us by phone at (541) 753-1287 or visit our web site www.yourbodyofhealth.com. Asset continued from page 5 a health concern that may make the approval process difficult or no approval. Be prepared. The average cost of disability insurance could mean 2-4% of your income. If you are Dr. Lim, or Bill Reid, or Ashley Tew, you would be thankful that you prepared for the unexpected with disability insurance. Ask me today how I can help you. Car Buying 101 continued from page 5
the tools that exist online for you to make yourself an educated consumer. If you still have questions after doing your own research pick up your phone and call your local credit union or bank. Don’t be afraid to help dealerships find you a vehicle as well…typically they have more vehicles available to them than just the ones sitting on the lot. Given the current economic conditions it’s a great time to buy both new and used vehicles so one can expect to find a number of great deals!
To Know Here are just few tips to help minimize unwanted pests in your home this Spring. 1 Trim back all hedges and trees around your home about a foot or more from the structure. Plants and shrubs touching your house can provide a super highway for bugs to enter and encourage infestation. 2 Patch any openings in your home that may serve as a bug’s entrance. Check the gaps around doors and windows and make sure they are sealed tightly. Replace or repair torn screens in windows or doors to ward off bugs from coming in. Check other openings in your home as well such as around dryer vents, exhaust vents, and around utility openings and make the necessary work to repair these holes. 3 Store pet foods in a sealed container. Do not let them sit out in the open as flies, moths, rodents, skunks, opossum and raccoons are attracted to the pet food. 4 Make sure to clean up promptly. Food particles lying around as well as beverage spills draw the attention of bugs. Cleaning up the mess right away discourages insects from coming in and stop them form infesting your home. 5 Stack firewood off the ground, outside and away from the home.
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Tips For Camping Beginners Spring has officially arrived and even through when this article is being written there is still snow on the ground…it doesn’t stop us from planning our camping outings! This Good Travel is to help beginners with camping. It would always very difficult for anybody to do anything for the first time. This is what a new service or work tends to give headache to them who are not used to them. Camping for beginners would no different from others. There remains always a fear factor which reflects in our work. The camping experience would be fun filled and enjoyable provided you are prepared for it. For novice campers there are some tips which make them beginner to advanced camper in real time. Before setting for camping know other people who are with you and about the services or facilities they require for that duration. Think yourself what facilities you need with an outhouse. If your children are with you, think about their needs. You can choose campsite that fulfill those needs. Always go to camping with someone else who has prior experience of camping. You could learn from their experience every moment. For your camping trip plan very early. Popular destinations are always reserved months in hand. You can also choose destinations that are close to your home. For you it would be better to arrive at the campsite before darkness arrive in order to get all
your gear organized. Ensure that you take your tent before you leave for the destination. Check that you have poles, stakes and other items which are required for assembling the tent. While packing for the camping use checklist. If you need something extra during camping you can write those in your checklist so that you can use them in your next camping trip. Always consider the weather before leaving for camping. Pack clothes and footwear according to the weather. If you have checked it prior to leaving there, you could know what to take there with yourself. Food is an important thing during your camping duration. You need food that should be energetic for body. You should bring food that will be easier for you to prepare and serve. Also make sure you have other modes for preparing food such as matches, firewood and others. You can make some plans for your activities for your trip. During camping you can opt for biking, hiking, river rafting, boating, swimming, fishing or horse back riding. All this depends on how you can utilize your time in the campsite. Always keep your campsite clean. This is because a lot of groups will come there to enjoy and they definitely appreciate your work. Whatever it may be, you never want something will spoil your fun.
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custom touches. “With the wide array of optional accents available today, consumers can create one-of-a-kind designs.” Try before you buy You should put your furniture to the “sit” test before you buy. This test is the best and simplest way to judge the overall comfort of any sofa or chair. If your at-home seating style includes sprawling, flopping and stretching out- and whose doesn’t?- then these should be part of your test. Finally, buy products with brand names you know and trust. Also, buy from a reputable furniture dealer, one that has been recommended by colleagues, family or friends. Rife’s professional staff can work with you to select the perfect sofa to work with your budget and space. Call them today at 541-758-2020.
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does not provide limitless hot water. If you have any questions about water heater options please call us at SERVCO, 541-451-5090. We are ready to serve you! We are now open on Saturdays! Kaiser Rolls continued from page 8
minutes or lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. For best results, freeze as soon as they are cool. Of course they smell so good you will not be able to wait ‘til they are cool, but it is acceptable to eat individual rolls while warm. That taste transcends time and space and I can easily believe I’m a kid again. Warm fuzzies abound!
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about 1/3 on the next pass. • To keep the seed coverage even, top-dress the grass seed with a light compost mix. You only want to just barely cover the seed. This is more of a dusting of material. It will help keep moisture near the seeds as they begin to germinate. Follow-up Care Once you have successfully completed lawn overseeding, you need to care for it properly to ensure that it thrives. Here are the best ways to ensure good germination rates and healthy growth of your lawn-overseeding project. • Protect the lawn from foot traffic from people and animals. • Water the lawn gently several times a day. Let the seed just barely dry between watering. • Once the grass seed has germinated well, switch the watering schedule to deeper and less frequent watering. Wilco Checklist • Planting Compost, Steer Manure • Calpril Lime for reducing acidity (balance the soil Ph) • Wheelbarrow • Spreader, rake and other miscellaneous tools • Atlas coated gloves (model 300) • Earth Carpet Lawn Seed (choose the variety best for your specific condition) Movie Review continued from page 14
and villains on that fateful night. It is available on DVD, as are the other films I have mentioned here. As a side note to all of this, many years ago I had the interesting job of interviewing one of the few surviving third-class passengers. He was there and heard the band playing as the ship sank. If it had not been for two men who picked him up as a young teenager, strapped a life jacket on him and threw him overboard, he would not have survived. Wow! That’s the real story of the Titanic.
Easter Collectables How did eggs and cute baby animals become symbols of Easter? It is said that Ancient Persians presented eggs as gifts in the springtime to be No matter your age it is hard to resist soft fluffy a symbol of new life. When eggs became more bunnies, sweet little chicks and brightly decorated plentiful the people began to decorate them in bright eggs in the springtime. colors to mark the end of When it comes to the long hard winter. whimsical and colorful Some believe that Easter collectibles most the “Easter Bunny” items are from the more actually originated as a secular celebrations that hare. Ancient Egyptians happen around springtime. fittingly considered the Favorites among hare a sacred symbol of collectors include paper fertility. It took until the mache and glass candy 19th century for the word containers, paper eggs, tin hare to be translated eggs, celluloid toys, small into “rabbit”. It was porcelain Easter themed also about this time that figurines and postcards. German candy factories The oldest and most began producing collectible Easter items chocolate bunnies, were made in Germany eggs and chicks for the Collectable Easter Eggs from the Albany Antiques Mall. from the 1830’s through Easter celebrations. This the 1950’s. Collectors can tradition was brought to also find items made in Japan beginning from the the United States by German immigrants. mid 1930’s. The staff at Albany Antique Mall would like Here is a guideline for determining the age of to wish you a Happy Easter and invite you to our Easter collectibles from Germany. Pieces marked “Customer Appreciation Sale” on Saturday, April German were generally produced before 1918. Items 7th. Everything in the store will be 10% to 50% off, with a German Republic stamp can be dated between no exceptions. This sale is to say “Thank You”, to 1918 and 1933. East Germany, German Democratic all our loyal customers who make this antique mall Republic, West Germany and Federal Republic of possible. We appreciate your patronage. Germany marks all date after World War II. Shop at Albany Antique Mall to find your favorite Older German Easter collectibles generally hold vintage Easter collectibles. Open daily and located at more value than those from other parts of the world. 2nd & Ellsworth in downtown Albany. by Sharon Anderson Albany Antique Mall
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which the snail design can be used for house warming gifts. If you really need to give a pot plant, you can decorate the pot in which it comes with a spiral. Any budding artist can make and paint a basic snail from self hardening clay; snail and spiral mobiles are easy and always fascinating, too. You can make a small painting that can be hung in a hallway and depending on the recipient, grandchildren
can get involved, just the same as famous interior designers, artists and goldsmiths — it only depends on your budget. I think that the idea of the Celtic house warming snail is a wonderful way to convey good wishes to someone in their new home, and to give them your intention that they should always be snug, happy, well cared for and safe.
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