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Balloons Over the Mid-Valley
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Up, Up and away over Albany’s Timberlinn Park.
More Fair Fun! BENTON COUNTY FAIR JULY 31 – AUGUST 3
at noon each day. Admission is $8 at the gate with a $5 parking fee. Kids under 12 are free all day on Wednesday, July 31, sponsored by Pioneer Telephone. Thursday, August 1, is American Heroes Day with free admission until 5pm for senior citizens 65 and over, emergency responders, and active military with ID.
KEZI presents the Benton County Fair and Rodeo celebrating “100 Years of Ribbons, Rides and Rodeos!” Besides the great, “Funtastic Shows” carnival rides, a huge fair food court, displays and exhibits, you will find all kinds of activities to delight every member of the family. Enjoy “Wool Busters mutton Bustin”. Walk on the Wild Side with exotic animals and pony rides, all sponsored by Les Schwab Tires. Other family oriented events include: Dr. Solar’s Sunshine Medicine Show, sponsored by Consumer’s Power, “Puzzlemania” by the Super Science Company, and performances by popular Oregon magician, Hart Keen. Two additional entertainment stages are sponsored by Coastal Farm and Ranch and Alyrica. The Peak Internet Main Stage entertainment is sure to please with Glorianna, sponsored by Linn-Benton Tractor, on Wednesday, July 31, at 8PM. Thompson Square sponsored by Child Fund International and Diamond K, is on Thursday, August 1, at 8PM and Blue Oyster Cult on Friday, August 2, at 8PM. Saturday, August 3, the Main Stage will be busy with performances by The Trail Band at 3PM and Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, sponsored by Fitzpatrick Painting, with shows at 7 and 9PM. Rodeo lovers can watch the 4D Barrel Race on Wednesday at 5PM and then get into the NPRA Sanction Rodeo on Thursday and Friday at 7PM and Saturday at 2PM. The Friday night rodeo performance has been designated the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night with donations benefiting the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, “Women’s Cancer Coalition” and The Corvallis Clinic Foundation, “Project H.E.R.” The Benton County Fairgrounds is located at 110 S.W. 53rd Street in Corvallis. The Fair opens
POLK COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 8 – 11
Those heading to the Polk County community of Rickreall, on Highway 99W north of Corvallis, for the annual Polk County Fair will find a great example of old-time fair fun. This year’s theme is “Farm Fresh Family Fun”. The fair opens at 10AM each day. Thursday is Senior Day with entertainment by the Old Time Fiddlers, a Youth Talent Showcase, Billy and the Rockets and the Glen Tadina Swing Street Band. Friday is Senior Grandparent Day with entertainment from the Rockhounds, Cale Moon, an Adult Talent Showcase, Carrie Cunningham and the Twisty and Friends Magic Show. Saturday will bring the Home Depot Family Day to the fair with a list of entertainment and events including: a BMX Freestyle Demonstration, Chris Tardoff and Showdown, a Beautiful Baby contest, a show by France School of Dance, the 4-H Fashion Show and performing Arts and a performance by Cascade Rye. Activities on Sunday include the FFA and 4-H Awards Ceremonies. Carnival lovers can enjoy the Cascade Amusements Carnival all four days. There are exhibits and strolling performers to delight the family throughout the entire fair. Admission is $7 for those 16 and over, $3 for juniors 11 through 15 and seniors 62 and over, children 10 and under are free. Those with active duty military ID are free every day.
By Rod Porsche, Albany Visitors Association The arrival of August means it’s time for the ATI Northwest Art and Air Festival, happening in Albany August 23-25th. It’s three days of art, balloons, great music, unique food vendors, airplane rides, a wine and microbrew garden, a huge car show and an enhanced family zone. And the best news of all? Admission to the Timber Linn Park site, next to the Fair and Expo is free! Once again event organizers have outdone themselves securing big name musical talent. Legendary rock band Foreigner is the headliner. Foreigner enjoyed amazing success in the 70s and 80s with chart topping hits such as “Juke Box Hero”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, Head Games”, “Say You Will“, “Dirty White Boy”, “Long, Long Way From Home”, and the worldwide #1 hit, ”I Want To Know What Love Is.” With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner’s total album sales now exceed 75 million. There are changes this year regarding how to acquire your wristband to make sure you can see Foreigner up close and personal. To find out how to gain entry into the concert and for more event details, including parking information and a complete festival schedule, go to the Northwest Art and Air Festival’s official website at www. nwartandair.org or call the Albany Parks and Recreation department at 541-917-7777. Watch over 30 colorful balloons lift off all three mornings at the south end of Timber Linn Park. Get there early though, as they typically take flight between 6:30-7:00 a.m. It’s fascinating to watch the balloon pilots and crew go through the process of filling the balloons and lifting off right before your eyes. Be sure to hit the enhanced Family Zone! Reptile Man will give kids a close up look at lizards, snakes and even a crocodile! Pedal karts, a punching machine, and more have been added this year. Visit the Family Zone each day to see what new things are in store. The Northwest Art and Air Festival is fun for the entire family.
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Times Fun Events For August 2013 Job
In the warmth of Summer, the mid-valley offers a wide variety of fun, interesting and educational events for the whole family. Each month you will find a list of specially selected educational and entertaining events for you to enjoy. Keep this list handy so you can check it throughout the month.
• FARMER’S MARKETS are underway in the mid-valley - ALBANY – Every Saturday, 9AM-1PM, corner of Fourth Ave. and Ellsworth Street - CORVALLIS – Every Saturday and Wednesday, 9AM-1PM, First and Jackson Streets - LEBANON – Every Thursday, 2PM – 6:30PM, corner of Main and Grant Street - SWEET HOME – Saturdays, 10AM – 2PM, Thriftway parking lot - BROWNSVILLE – Saturdays, 9AM – 1PM, Main at Park St • SQUARE DANCES are held at locations throughout the midvalley: - ALBANY: First and third Fridays, 1OOF Hall, 738 E. Fifth Ave. For info: 541-926-3138. - CORVALLIS: Second and fourth Saturdays, 1st Congregational Church. For info: 541-758-0955. - LEBANON: First and third Saturdays, Lebanon IOOF Hall. For info: 541-258-7769. - SWEET HOME: Second and fourth Saturdays at Oak Heights School. For info: 541-367-4151. Square dance lessons are provided at different times in all four cities. Please call the number for the city you are interested in to get the details. • FREE SUMMER CONCERTS are held at various times throughout the week. - Mondays at Monteith River park in downtown Albany, 7PM. • Aug. 5 The Cheeseburgers - River Rhythms Thursday nights at Monteith Park, downtown Albany. 7PM • Aug. 1 Stone in Love • Aug. 8 Foghat - Lebanon Concerts at Ralston Park, 6PM, • Aug. 6 My Hero • MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT free classic movie series presented by the Albany Downtown Association in the Parking lot behind Cappies Restaurant. Shows at dusk. - Aug. 2 “Dressed to Kill”, a Sherlock Holmes classic - Aug. 9 “Nothing Sacred”, a classic romantic comedy - Aug. 16 “House on Haunted Hill” with Vincent Price - Aug. 23 “National Velvet”, a family classic
• BENTON COUNTY FAIR, July 31-Aug. 3 at the fairgrounds in Corvallis. Please see the front page story in this issue of High Points for details. • OREGON JAMBOREE in Sweet Home, Aug. 2-4. For ticket and other information go online to: www.oregonjamboree.com. • SWEET HOME ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL is scheduled Aug. 2-4 Get more info by calling: 541-367-2919. • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with performances Aug. 2, 3, 9-11, 15-18, 22-24. The theater is located at 111 W. First Avenue in downtown Albany. Ticket and info is available at: www.albanycivic.org. • BROWNSVILLE ANTIQUE FAIR, Aug. 3, 9AM-4PM, throughout historic Brownsville. Information is available online at: www.historicbrownsville.com. • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST to benefit the That’s My Farmer SNAP Incentive Program will be held from 8:30-11AM on Aug. 3 at the Oddfellows Hall, 223 S.W. Third St. in Corvallis. For more info call: 541-224-6735. • NORTHWEST FAMILY MOTORCOACH ASSOCIATION RALLY will be held Aug. 5-11 at the Linn County fair and Expo Center in Albany. Details online at: www.lcfairexpo.com. • POLK COUNTY FAIR takes place Aug. 8-11 at the fairgrounds in Rickreall on Highway 99W north of Corvallis and West of Salem. Please see the front page article in this issue of High Points for more information. • 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 August 8 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. • MID-VALLEY CRUISE-IN, classic car show, will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Teen Challenge Pacific Northwest Men’s Center, 31700 Fayetteville Drive in Shedd, south of Albany on Highway 99E. For more information go online to: www. teenchallengepnw.com. • SILVER FALLS STAR PARTY will be held from 9PM until Midnight on Aug. 10 at Silver Falls State Park, 20024 Silver Falls Highway, east of Salem. Call: 503-874-0201 for details. • DOG DAYS OF SUMMER will take place on Aug. 10 in downtown Albany. More info online at: albanydowntown.com. • POP-UP ART ACTIVITY sponsored by the Albany Arts Commission, Aug. 11, 1PM, at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Streets in Albany. More details at: www.heritagemall.com. • ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Comfort
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Suites Hotel, 100 Opal Court N.E. Speakers are Captain Joe Smith with Search and Rescue, and Par Smith and her adventures from suburbia into the wilderness. Music by Amy Hansen. All women are welcome. For details and reservations call: 541-258-7782. LET’S GO CAMPING in Cascadia State Park east of Sweet Home. Find out more about this event by calling: 503-872-5324. BI-MART WILLAMETTE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held Aug.16-18 near Brownsville in south Linn County. Many great county stars will appear. Ticket and other info at: www.willamettecountrymusicfestival.com. KID’S ADVENTURE CLUB “It’s a Jungle Out There” will be held at 11AM on Aug. 17 at heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Sts. in Albany. More info at: www.heritagemall.com. GOOD NEWS IN THE PARK sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship will take place at Swanson Park, next to the Cool Pool, in Albany from 11AM until 2PM on Aug. 17. Great activities for children. STROLL TO YESTERYEAR will offer visitors a chance to visit some of the historic homes, buildings and churches in Jefferson, north of Albany. The event is sponsored as a fundraiser for Friends of the Jefferson Library. Get ticket and other info by calling: 541327-2423. ATI NORTHWEST ART AND AIR FESTIVAL coming Aug. 23-25 at Albany’s Timber Linn Park, adjacent to the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. Please see the front page story in this issue of High points for complete details. VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA BREAKFAST will be held from 8-11AM on Aug. 25 at the American Legion Hall, 480 Main St. in Lebanon. Call: 541-451-1351 for info. POINTS FOR PROFIT MONTHLY DINNER is scheduled for 6PM through 8PM on Aug. 27 at the Albany Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St. N.W. For more information about the Points for Profit program linking local businesses with local non-profit organizations call InSpirit Marketing at: 541-791-2901. AMERICAN STOCK HORSE ASSOCIATION HORSE SHOW will take place Aug. 29-Sept 1 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Get more information online at: www. lcfairexpo.com
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High Points Helper Health Cathy Bradford
her parents. Cathy loves the mid-valley area and is very knowledgeable about the area and its schedule of events and attractions. She is also a bird lover and This month’s Good Job kudos goes to Cathy Bradowns two cockatiels. Albany Visiford, Executive Assistant at the tors Association director, Jimmie Albany Visitors Association Lucht, says that Cathy is great a where she has worked since keeping the shelves stocked with 1997. Cathy goes above and reading material about sights, not beyond the call of duty to help only in the local area, but around with the day-to-day operation the entire state. Lucht says Cathy of the visitor’s center located is the first to raise her hand when on the corner of Third Avenue there is extra work to be done. and Lyon Street in downShe also works closely with town Albany. In addition she the High Points staff to make sure schedules the volunteers and we have all the latest informaoversees the operation of the tion about upcoming events for visitor’s kiosk at the Santiam our Good Fun page (see opposite Rest Area on Interstate Five page) and provides us with a north of Albany and is a key “heads up” when there is someorganizer of the ATI Art and Cathy Bradford thing we ought to be covering. Air Festival each August. DurShe is a real asset to the Albany ing the event she schedules hot Visitor’s Association and High air balloon rides and works Points. All of us at High Points and the Points for with the balloon pilots to make sure everything goes Profit program take this opportunity to salute Cathy off as planned. Bradford for her contribution to making the Mid-WilCathy was raised, as she says, as an “Army brat”. lamette Valley a great place to live. She grew up traveling to spots around the world with
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Grillin’ for Health!
One of my favorite things about this time of year is that it’s prime grilling season. At my household we fire up the grill a couple times a week. Recently as I was basting some chicken I thought of what a great analogy this popular cooking art is for maintaining good health. The first consideration when it comes to grilling is the fuel. I like charcoal. It adds great flavor to whatever you are cooking and it burns easily and for a long time. A fuel source like paper burns easily but the flames don’t last long enough to get anything done on the grill. Your body needs good fuel as well, and like charcoal, it should be something that burns easily and for a long time. Whole grains burn like charcoal and are a great source of nutrition and flavor. Refined grains and sugary foods burn fast and only provide energy for a short amount of time. Timing is important when it comes to cooking on the grill. You need to keep the food on long enough to cook it completely. If you leave it on too long it can burn and ruin everything. Timing is important in health as well. Quick fixes like fad diets, boot camps, and other gimmicks are the equivalent to microwaving your meal. Lasting health is like slow cooking a rack of ribs on the grill. It takes time, hard work, commitment and patience. You also need to know when you’ve been over to coals for too long. Your body requires good rest
to keep from becoming overworked and burned out. Grilling allows for a great variety. Most people think the only thing you can grill is some sort of meat. That’s not true! There are all kinds of fruits Dr. Jason and vegetables, even Young desserts that you can cook on a grill. As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.” Spice up your life by trying something new. New challenges and experiences are an important part of your psychological health. Get out and do something you never thought you could do this summer: Write a story, go skydiving, volunteer, go camping for the first time, or get yourself a pet. Finally one of the best things about grilling is that it usually means that some friends are coming over for a BBQ or picnic. It feels pretty awesome to have somebody comment on the quality of your chicken and ask for your secrets. As you get healthier and happier invite your family and friends to the party. In my experience, nothing will motivate somebody to get and stay healthy better than support from a peer or loved one. Go on a bike ride or a walk with your family. Sign up for a race with your co-workers and train together. Maybe you can have a weekly healthy food potluck in your neighborhood. One of the challenges with maintaining good health is Grillin’ continued on page 15
Are You Keeping Pace?
In the US, approximately 25% of women over the age of 65yrs need thyroid hormone supplementation. Thyroid hormone can be thought of as the body’s “master pacesetter”. A reduction in thyroid hormone can affect: heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature regulation, skin and hair health, and the body’s metabolic rate among myriad other things. One suffering from insufficient thyroid hormone may experience: thinning hair, skin dryness, fatigue, decreased muscle strength, weight gain, etc. The symptoms usually surface very gradually. Keeping in mind that most patients are over the age of 65yrs, you begin to understand why the syndrome is under-diagnosed. We fail to seek medical attention, because of a tendency to dismiss the symptoms as “just signs of getting old”. Physicians commonly screen for thyroid deficiency in patients aged 50yrs and older with a simple blood test, but you need to be in the habit of having an annual check-up! Thyroid hormone replacement is easily accomplished by taking an oral tablet once daily. The supplement must be taken for a lifetime, but the benefits are far-reaching. Remember, the thyroid hormone is the body’s master pace-setter, so “picking up the pace” usually translates into improved vitality. If you are on a thyroid hormone replacement therapy, it is important to take your medication in a routine manner. Most providers will ask you to take the dose first
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Supplement Insurance – Finds Do I need this? (For individuals under 65)
Health insurance premiums are rising and more and more employers are increasing deductibles on their group health insurance plans. The premiums are becoming unaffordable and employers want to provide health insurance for their employees. What is the solution? Increase the deductibles on the group insurance. Do you have money in the bank to cover the high deductibles? We cannot ignore that accidents or illnesses happen when we least expect it. When an illness or accident happens, a higher deductible health insurance plan may create a financial hardship for you and your family. Just last month my cousin, in his 40’s, had a stroke. He is now going through rehabilitation and physical therapy. This is causing financial hardship for him and his family. There are different types of supplement insurance that will help with your health insurance deductible. Supplement insurance can be purchased through your employer group or individually and can provide cash for the insured if they were just diagnosed with a critical illness. It can provide customizable protection for the insured to fit your budget. You can elect $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $30,000, $40,000,
$50,000 or $60,000. Supplement insurance is meant to compliment your existing health insurance – especially if you have a large deductible plan. The plan will pay cash directly to you in Donna R. the lump sum that you Green Northwest elected and not pay your doctor or hospital. financial This helps you to focus Services on your recovery and not on your finances. There are plans that will pay you cash for an accident, ambulance, diagnostic exam, emergency treatment room, physical therapy and overnight stays in the hospital. Accidents can result in serious injuries that require hospitalization or extended treatment and recovery. When these events happen having medical insurance is just one part of being protected. For example, for a small employer group of four employees; a combined quote for accident protection and critical illness can be as low as $58 per month, per employee. The plan is portable so employees can take the plan with them if they leave employment. You can reduce the premium by having a lump sum critical illness plan for $10,000 instead of the higher options.
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Consider a Home Equity Loan Idea to Refinance Your Mortgage
If you’re considering refinancing your home to take advantage of the low loan rate environment, you should consider a home equity product in addition to any conventional mortgage options. There may be some advantages to you. The basic rule of thumb is, you should shop around and look at least two or three options prior to making a decision regardless of which route you take. This piece doesn’t necessarily pertain to anybody who wants to finance for 30 years or more (yes, longer terms are available if you can believe it). If you are in a good equity position (with at least 20% equity or more) and can afford the monthly payment on a 15 year (or shorter) loan because your balance is nominal, then I recommend looking at your credit union or bank for a home equity loan. The advantages could be many: • Expedited process- You likely will be doing your entire loan at the lending institution of choice instead of finishing paperwork at a title company. The process from start to finish should be quicker overall.
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Water Heater Bombs? By Michelle Johnson SERVCO 541-451-5090
Do you realize every home has a piece of equipment used daily, that if not properly maintained, it could become a bomb? Unfortunately, at SERVCO, we see situations where the economy has forced people to pick and choose which household needs take priority and occasionally someone takes it too far. Everyone is trying to make funds stretch a little longer, but there are some things that just shouldn’t wait. For example, if your water heater leaks, fix it immediately! One customer had a water heater with a slow minor leak at the top of the tank. They knew it should be replaced, but for the time being, they used a towel to absorb the extra water. By the time they called for a replacement, the water heater was “super-heating” where the temperature was high enough to cause the T&P valve to release. When plumber arrived, he realized the danger, shut off the power and evacuated the residents from the house. This customer had no idea they were moments away from potential disaster. Upon inspection, he found the water heater leak from the top was inside the insulation and outside the tank. The leak soaked the insulation around the thermostats and caused one of them to short out so it would no longer shut off. Fortunately correct installation
and properly functioning safety valves had allowed the pressure to be released before the water heater exploded. Another example: a recent water main maintenance created a significant amount of sediment in one neighborhood and everyone had been told to run the water until it ran clean. However, water heater design lets sediment pool in the bottom, and this older water heater had so much sediment that the bottom thermostat was completely covered. This prevented the temperature sensor from correctly sensing the real water temperature. The sensor continued to send heat signals even though the water was well above safe temperatures. When the customer called with water too hot, we advised her to shut off the water heater and we had a plumber out within the hour. Our plumber was able to simply resolve the problem with a water heater maintenance in which we drain the tank, flush out the sediment, check the thermostats and the safety valve and then refill the tank and turn it back on. If you have a water heater that leaks, don’t wait! Move it to the top of your priority list and get it fixed! If you don’t have a plumber in the family, call SERVCO at 541-451-5090. Spend your money wisely; use a licensed, bonded contractor. If you have any doubts about the damage a “super-heating” water heater can do, check out the Mythbusters exploding water heater video on youtube. com or the Discovery channel. This myth was confirmed.
Five Tips to Create Style and Elegance in Your Home
Creating the perfect home requires a lot of time and energy. There are so many things you need to take into account, especially if you are new at it. There are some very basic things to get you started. 1) The first thing to look at is the personalities that are in the house. If you are single then you only need to look at your own personality. For couples, the personalities are very often opposites. One may be outgoing and the other conservative. Be prepared to compromise when making decisions on design and color. 2) Browse through magazines and design books to get an idea of what you really like and what makes you comfortable. This really gives you the visual you need to think with when it will come to designing your own rooms. If you’ve never designed a room before, it can be intimidating staring at those blank white walls trying to figure out what you are going to do in there. Magazines can really help a great deal there by helping you choose an inspiration room as a guide. 3) The color of the walls will set the tone for the room so really take your time on that one. First start with the colors you like. If you already have furniture or have some in mind, look carefully at the colors in them. You can draw upon some of the colors in fabrics
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“Good News” Comes to theGoing Christian Chamber Remember the “Good News” “Good News” clubs have been held clubs in your neighborhood when in public schools nationwide since you were young? They are gearing a landmark U.S. Supreme Court up for a new year of Christ centered ruling in 2001. The ruling confirmed activities for the coming school year. the freedom of access to elementary David Becker with public schools. Child Evangelism After the ruling, CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Fellowship will be “Good News” clubs meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday joining the next have been opening of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a no-host breakfast. gathering of the nationwide, Mid-Willamette including in school Christian Chamber districts that had of Commerce set originally denied for 7:30AM on permission for August 8 at Novak’s years. Don’t miss Restaurant, 2306 this incredible Heritage Way speaker and find out S.E. David will be what C.E.F. has in talking about how store for our area God has influenced This meeting is his life through designed to help you David and Jennifer Becker with Child Child Evangelism build your network, Evangelism Fellowship. Fellowship and the wherein you will be programs they are invited to introduce planning for the coming year. yourself & your organization during Child Evangelism Fellowship is the meeting, as well as meet with other the world’s largest mission agency guests & members before & after the to children. Here in the mid-valley, meeting. There will also be a short C.E.F. operates out of offices in presentation regarding the Chamber, downtown Lebanon. Around the as our special guest speaker. Come world, C.E.F. reaches over 8-million join us and connect, learn, grow, save children every year. Their goal is to and/or engage with your community. establish a ministry in every country of the world by 2017. Thousands of
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volunteers was a blessing. Smiling faces and sun kissed skin filled the campus in numbers so extensive, that new friendships were inevitable. I thank Teen Challenge for the experience and the great feeling of giving back. • Jacob: It was nice to help out the city and the school district and to see all the different churches of Albany come together to pray and work as one. It was great to see all the Teen Challenge guys work together and stay on task and have fun at the same time. • Micah: I received the opportunity to help the community paint a school. It felt good to be part of the all the unity and to be able to look back and feel accomplishment of what my brothers and I did. Thanks for the opportunity – it was fun. • Richard: Working and serving with the community at Liberty School gave me a great feeling, a sense of fellowship and unity with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s great to be part of something positive and something that impacts so many people’s lives and will be remembered. • Zach: I received a fellowship experience Teen Challenge continued on page 15
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Tomatoes are originally thought to have been cultivated in South America and brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. It was the Spanish and the Italians that discovered tomatoes were edible; prior to that they were used only for decoration. Tomatoes are loaded with valuable nutrients including Vitamin C and an antioxidant known as lycopene, which protects against some cancers. Select tomatoes that are fragrant and rich in color should feel heavy and yield slightly to the touch. Store ripe tomatoes at room temperature and use them within a few days. Never refrigerate tomatoes; the cold temperature destroys the flavor and turns the flesh pulpy. Tomatoes come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Beefsteak tomatoes are round and work great for slicing. Plum tomatoes are especially grown for canning and sauces. They are egg shaped and have a meaty consistency. One example of a plum tomato is the prized San Marzano, which is cultivated for making delicious Italian Sauces. Grape tomatoes are actually baby plum tomatoes; they are very sweet
mix freezes very well in zip-loc bags and can be used for many batches. To finish the muffins, heat your oven to August is the prime time for blueberries, 400 degrees. Spray 3 mini-muffin pans (mine so let’s get muffining! Searching through my make 8 muffins each) and flour them. Tap out 19th century cook books for old time muffin any excess flour. Measure ½ C milk in a glass recipes, I found that many were leavened measuring cup and break in 1 egg. Mix well. with yeast and were more similar to English Add to dry mix and stir quickly and muffins. With the advent of reliable baking thoroughly. Fold in 1 C powder all of that blueberries. Scoop into changed. Also, the old pans and top with about recipes were baked in 1 tsp streusel. Bake for iron “gem” pans for the about 15 minutes. Let best results. pans sit on a cooling So, I made half of rack for a few minutes, a batch in my vintage then turn out. Serve up 30’s iron pan and half in hot with lots of cold a real antique cast iron butter. Be sure to grab one. more than your fair No matter what kind of pan you bake My basic method share! For fresh berry them in, Blueberry Muffins are always is different from most. season is all too short! a hit! Instead of creaming the For apple muffins, shortening or melting it, peel, core and dice 1 medium apple, toss I prefer to cut it into the flour mix as in pie it with ½ tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp flour. dough. The muffins are always fine textured Peaches are good, too and you can press a and tender. large dead-ripe blackberry in to filled muffin Sift 1 ½ C flour into a medium bowl. cups for a real treat. Add ½ C sugar, 1 tsp salt and 2 rounded tsp By the way, the muffins baked in the baking powder and mix well. Cut in 6 tbsp cast iron pan came out crisper and exactly cold butter until very crumbly. At this point like ones made in today’s “muffin-top only” you can cover the bowl and set it aside for pans. Once again, old is new! breakfast use. With the same pastry cutter in another Editors Note: Karen’s Blueberry Muffins bowl make a streusel mix. Mix ½ C sugar, took a First Place and Championship award 1/3 C flour, 1 tsp cinnamon then cut in ¼ C in the baking division at the 2013 Linn cold butter. Blend until very crumby. This County Fair. Congratulations Karen!
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and used for salads. Heirloom tomatoes also offer a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. They are considered by many to have the best flavor for eating fresh. There are many foods that compliment tomatoes. Some of the best are basil, garlic, vinegar, olives and olive oil as well as Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. Tomatoes are delicious to bake, broil, fry, grill, raw, sauté, or stew. Their high acidity level makes tomatoes especially easy to preserve. To peel a fresh tomato, use a small knife to score a shallow X in its flower end. Use a slotted spoon to dip the tomato in boiling water for no more than 20 seconds. Immediately place the tomato in a bowl of ice water to cool. The skin will slid off starting from the X cut. To remove the seeds, cut the tomato in half crosswise and gently squeeze. From The Garden continued on page 15
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Manager’s Corner By Kathy Dennis, Director of Points for Profit We’ve reached the half-way point for the 2013 year so I wanted to take this time to remind everyone to “shop through the program”. We have lots of new groups coming on board so I want to explain what “shopping through” means. Points are added throughout the year as receipts are turned in when you or someone from your organization shops at one of our sponsors. When your organization turns in $350 in total receipts to any single Points for Profit business, your organization will receive a SUPER BONUS at the end of the year (larger than any other single bonus given throughout the year). With the new online points/receipts entering system available (thanks to Santiam Communications) you can easily track if your group is close or if you’ve reached $350 (because the system gives you a diamond and puts that business at the top of the list). The rest of the businesses will show up according to total dollars so you can see if your group only has $298 for a business, you may want to send an e-blast or make a few phone calls to bring in those last few receipts to allow you to hit bonus. Points for Profit is a game of strategy too and we want everyone to take advantage of all the points possible! Shopping through is by far the best way to get ahead!
Points for Profit meeting is August 27, 2013 from 6-8pm at the Eagles, Albany. Novak’s will be catering. See you there! Tickets are $8 and the theme is Beach Party. If you would like to reserve a dinner please RSVP by 5pm August 26, 2013 to kdennis@ inspiritmarketing.com or call (541) 791-2901. For more information visit pointsforprofit.org
The renovated J.C. Penny building in historical downtown Albany is the new home for Country Financial.
On Location at a New Home with a Long History By Rick Rogers It’s time to gear up for another incredible On Location event! This is where we get to hang out with friends and family and get to know our Points for Profit businesses. You also get five million points per person who attends and you will be treated to delightful and delicious treats and door prizes every 15 minutes! The office of our member Michelle Morford of Country Financial has moved to the newly restored J.C. Penny building at 317 First Avenue W, Suite 302 in downtown Albany. The company occupies two floors with room for eight financial representatives and six assistants. They will be hosting our “On Location” event on August 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. Country Financial has been in business since 1925 providing property and casualty insurance. They are also one of the financially solid carriers who still provide long term care insurance to their clients, about which, Michelle is a wealth of information. Michelle has been a Country Financial agent for nearly five years and an
insurance professional for 11 years. She consistently meets and exceeds company goals and is currently ranked in the top 100 financial representatives in Country Financial nationwide. She is part of the Mid Willamette agency that was recognized as Agency of the Year in 2011. Her personal experience, training, and continuing study have made her expertise invaluable. The company is committed to supporting the communities it serves and Michelle has taken that message to heart by being a very active volunteer for her community. She volunteers at least fifteen hours each week from May to October each year. She was chosen as the Junior First Citizen by the Lebanon Jaycees and received the Volunteer of the Year award from Lebanon Partners for Progress for her work as manager of the Lebanon Downtown Farmers Market which she has helped build into a source of community pride. RSVP early and get 2,000,000 points, attend and get 5,000,000 points and purchase and get double points! It wouldn’t be the same without you!
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• Albany Historic Carousel and Museum (Brass Ring) • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10 • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 184 • C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocate) • Cascade School, Lebanon • Child Evangelism Fellowship • Christian Chamber of Commerce of the NW • Girls on the Run • Good Shepherd Lutheran • Greater Albany Council PTA • Hamilton Creek PTA • KidSpirit • Lacomb PTC • Lebanon Booster Club • Lebanon Pregnancy Alternative Center • LHS Dance • LHS Drama Club • Life Community Church of the Nazarene • Mid-Valley Gleaners • Osborn Aquatic Center • Oregon Women for Agriculture • Ready Roamers RV Chapter of the Oregon Good Sams RV Club • SafeHaven Humane Society • Silver Wings • St. Edward’s Youth • Sunshine Kids, The • Teen Challenge • Trillium Children’s Farm Home • Veterans Commemoration Association
New Location for Sign Express Points for Profit business partner Sign Express has business signs and their work can be seen throughout moved into a new larger building at 265 Queen Street the mid-valley area. in Albany, near the intersection of Queen and Jackson Another aspect of Sign Express is their screen Streets. Owners Nathan Pendley and Jeff Douglas printing shop which can put your logo on caps, t-shirts bought the business from its previous owner in 2008 and other apparel. If you can’t make up your mind on and have now expanded it in it’s their new larger office a logo or sign, they have excellent designers on staff and workshop space. to work with you to make sure your design is exactly Whether you own a business, a non-profit, are what you want. running for political office or dozens of other reasons, For more information about what Sign Express almost everyone needs signs at one time or another. can do for you, visit their website at: www. No job is too big albanysignexpress. or small. They com, or call them can do everything at 541-928-9775. from lawn signs to Whatever your vehicle wraps, which need, Nathan and make up a large part Jeff will go out of their business. If you don’t want a of their way to vehicle wrap, they make sure that the also have the ability finished product is to make magnetic exactly what you signs that can be want and need. attached and then Remember, Sign removed from your Express is a proud vehicle. Sign Express member of the produces beautiful Points for Profit carved signs which Program. Be sure to are a work of art save your receipts and will really make and turn them in to your business stand benefit your favorite out. In addition, participating nonthey also have the profit. equipment to make Owners Nathan Pendley and Jeff Douglas stand outside their new Sign Express location in Albany. and install large
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The carpet fiber is the most important part of the carpet and how it performs. A carpet weight (ounce) only tells you how much fiber the carpet has. Do not purchase you carpet based on ounces alone! It tells you nothing about what the carpet will do or not do. So let’s go into the different types. We will put this in order. The “Rolls Royce” is WOOL. Wool is one of the first carpet fibers ever made. It will last you pretty much your lifetime. It cleans very well and is one of the best performers of all carpets. Wool is also the most expensive carpets on the market. You’re top of the line area rugs are made from wool. Once again they are expensive. The next best fiber is Triexta, DuPont Sorona. You know it as SMART STRAND. A note of caution; Smart Strand also makes a Smart Strand blend fiber. Please come in and see us about the different blends as there is too much to talk about at this time. So we will only
refer to the 100% Triexta Smart Strand at this time. Smart Strand performs right under Wool. It performs great, one of the best on the market today. Smart Strand is a “corn” base fiber, which helps makes this a green product and it’s also American made. Smart Strand is also stain proof; you can pour bleach on it and not hurt it. Our next fiber is NYLON. Nylon is just under Smart Strand. Nylon is a very good performer. Once known as the best for standing up. Be aware that nylon can also stain. Most Nylons are cheaper than Smart Strand. Next in line is POLYESTER. Polyester’s are great if you’re going for something inexpensive. They are notorious for showing wear sooner than the other fibers though. Polyesters are fairly easy to clean, but ARE NOT stain proof like the Smart Strand. If you are on an extremely tight budget, Polyesters may be your best option.
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Mountain or Mole Hill?
This time of year moles can be very annoying because they make so many tunnels and mounds throughout your yard, flowerbeds, and gardens. Most of us work very hard on our landscapes and don’t appreciate these critters making a mess of things. I guess the good news here is that the moles’ tunneling behavior does help aerate and turn your soil, but unfortunately leaves a wake of destruction on your landscape in the process. Moles love to dine on earthworms and grubs, which are frequently close to the soil surface in the springtime. As the weather dries out, the earthworms migrate deeper into the soil and the moles tend to move on, but waiting for this to happen is not always an option. There seems to be a million folk remedies for getting rid of moles from putting juicy fruit gum in their tunnels, sonic noisemakers, windmills, and even human urine, but none of these folk remedies really work. I have even heard that if you place a female mole in a straight-sided bucket and bury it to the rim, the female will cry for help. The other moles will come to her rescue and will also then fall in the
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When it comes to lawns, brown is not in. Although if you look around many neighborhoods, you’ll see brown patches and some lawns that are simply left to go dormant until fall rains and cooler temperatures revive them again. Whatever your choice, you’ll want the best looking lawn for your area. Here are some tips to help you decide on what type of seed to use for re-invigorating your lawn (overseeding) or starting fresh. Mower ready: After all the heavy mowing that normally occurs in our region during the summer, it’s probably a good time to take a look at your mower blade and sharpen it. For the cleanest cuts and healthiestlooking lawn. We recommend sharpening twice a year, once in February (season begins) and once in July/August (mid or late season). Mower height: When it’s hot (80 degrees Fahrenheit +), make sure you
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20% of Businesses Misclassify Workers What is the difference between an employee who receives a W-2 and an independent contractor (also known as a sub contractor) who receives a 1099? The answer is simple, if the position requires the employee to be directed as to how, when, where and with what to do the job, they are an employee. If however, the job will be done independently, this is a sub contractor. Think of a roofer. If you call someone to fix your roof you donâ€™t tell them what size nails to use, how to swing the hammer, which guys will work and when lunch break is. An assistant who is required to be at the office at 9am, dress according to code, take lunch at noon, and report to a supervisor is obviously an employee. Employee misclassification is something that the Feds arenâ€™t messing with. Large businesses and mom-andpop shops, in office settings, construction and more, all around the country are receiving finesâ€Ś and theyâ€™re not cheap. â€˘ A construction company paid $491,100 in back wages and damages to 99 employees who were misclassified as independent contractors, and $108,900 in civil
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Here are ten of those benefits: 1. Deadline Extensions.Â Qualifying military members, including those who serve in a combat zone, can postpone some tax deadlines. This includes automatic extensions of time to file tax returns and pay taxes. 2. Combat Pay Exclusion. If you serve in a combat zone, you can exclude certain combat pay from your income. You wonâ€™t need to show the exclusion on your tax return because qualified pay isnâ€™t included in the wages reported on your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Some service outside a combat zone also qualifies for this exclusion. 3. Earned Income Tax Credit. You can choose to include nontaxable combat pay as earned income to figure your EITC. You would make this choice if it increases your credit. Even if you do, the combat pay remains nontaxable. 4. Moving Expense Deduction.Â If you
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Passionate About Sleep This is my 20th year working in sleep and, particularly, helping people with their Sleep Apnea equipment. My passion for helping people sleep was kindled years ago when a lady came in to the sleep lab I was working in at that time. I was a new Sleep Technologist and the equipment was nothing like we have now. It was big and bulky and only a handful of uncomfortable masks to choose from, but the process was the same as today. We treated the collapsed airways with positive air pressure until breathing and oxygenation was healthy again. This particular lady I recall was extremely tired, falling asleep in her wheel chair and very grumpy. She had very little color in her cheeks, no desire to move, and no motivation to hold a conversation with me during the sleep study preparation. She moaned and groaned as I tried to get her to follow our protocols, stating “I will never fall asleep here as long as I live.” She was out within 3 minutes! Her Sleep Apnea was very severe. She snored loudly, stopped breathing over 100
times an hour, and her oxygen dipped to deathly looking levels. I quickly put her on the CPAP machine and miraculously she went into the most beautiful dream pattern I had ever seen at that time! As a young technologist, I said to myself, “Wow, this really works.”, This is the day I fell in love with sleep therapy. The next day, the lady awakened with a smile, color in her cheeks, chatting at me and said she had not had a dream in years! Today, I often think of this special lady that kindled my love for this career in sleep and I pray she is still using her CPAP and doing well. I encourage everyone to take a l ook at your own sleep and your loved ones, and understand that sleep is critically important to our health. Special doctors and specialists like A Turning Leaf Home Medical are here to help you with the process of getting the right CPAP equipment for you. Call us today at 541-570-1868 and you’ll be having sweet dreams again!
Collecting Sheet Music
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I can’t think of any things that go together better than music and visual art. Mesh the two together and you get vintage sheet music. Practical and beautiful vintage sheet music can be a wonderful and rewarding collection for almost any kind of collector. Sheet music has been around for over 500 years. It was mass produced for the market, with some popular titles selling over six million copies. This makes it easy to find even today and most titles can be purchased for one to ten dollars each. Antique stores, garage sales, auctions and inside Grandma’s old piano bench are all good places to look for vintage sheet music. Vintage sheet music can be appealing to many different types of collectors. For example, a military collector might love to add the title, “Over There” by George M. Cohan to his military collections because of the wonderful graphics on the cover (see photo). A piece of music performed by Judy Garland could appeal to collectors of Judy Garland or Broadway memorabilia. Many
sheet music enthusiasts simply like to collect the most beautiful covers they can find in any category. And of course, musicians will collect the types of music they love to play. Other popular sheet music categories for collecting include; ragtime, Broadway, historical events, sports themes, jazz, film, and popular composers. Famous personalities like Bing Crosby and Marx Brothers are also very popular. As mentioned before, most vintage sheet music can be purchased for nominal amounts because of the sheer mass that was produced for the public. However, a rare piece of sheet music can sell for hundreds of dollars. Factors that can raise the price include; autographed copies, condition, and subject matter. Original lithographs tend to bring in the most money. For the casual consumer, vintage sheet music can make an easy, inexpensive piece of art to hang on the wall or enjoy at the piano. You can find hundreds of pieces of beautiful vintage sheet music at the Albany Antique Mall. Located at 2nd and Ellsworth in Historic Downtown Albany. Open daily.
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Travel Summer Activities for You and Your Pet
Who doesn’t love summer? It’s that time of year where the sun shines down and dries out us Oregonians who have been rained on for what seems like nine consecutive months! And it’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your pet. Here are a few ideas of pet-friendly activities that you and your pet can enjoy this summer: 1. Pool time! Get a kiddie pool for your dog to help him cool off on hot summer days! Make it a pool party by inviting over a few of his closest friends. While the pooches cool off, enjoy a BBQ with friends. 2. Living in the Willamette Valley means access to gorgeous parks and hiking trails. Take your dog to play at the park or organize a hike that will fit your dog’s skill and endurance level. 3. Go camping! 4. Many dogs love the water. Hit the river for an afternoon of swimming. If you’re boating, we encourage you to consider getting your four-legged friend a canine life jacket.
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5. Take an obedience class or enroll your dog in agility or other specialty class. This is a great way to bond with your pet and teach them something new. Visit our website at safehavenhumane.org for upcoming class info. 6. Take a walk. Whether it’s early in the morning or a late summer evening when it’s cooled down a bit, taking a walk with your pet isn’t only good for your health but their health as well! Be sure to leash up! 7. Road trip! Take your pet with you on a scenic car ride with the windows (partially) down. If your dog loves to stick her head out the window, consider getting her “doggles,” which are canine goggles designed to protect eyes and shield from the sun as well.
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There are a lot of theories going around about what constitutes a good diet for dogs. A growing number of folks feel that dogs should be fed a “natural” diet that is very high in protein and should reflect the diet of their wolf ancestors. Recent studies have revealed that dog’s digestive systems have evolved to become much more similar to our own over the thousands of years that we have domesticated them. One possible explanation is that dogs often eat what we eat and we are naturally omnivorous due to our hunter/gatherer heritage. Dogs are very good at making a pancreatic enzyme called amylase whose sole job is to break down carbohydrates like those found in grains and vegetables. Wolves are not good at all at producing this enzyme. Dogs produce up to twenty eight times the amount of amylase enzyme than their wolf ancestors. They also produce up to twelve times more of an intestinal brush border enzyme called maltase-glucomaltase which helps further break carbohydrate metabolites into simple sugars so they can be absorbed into the body and used for fuel. Another mutation was found in domestic dogs that allows for certain receptors in the lining of the intestines to absorb simple sugars more effectively after they have been released from complex carbohydrates by their digestive enzymes. Dogs also produce proteases and lipases that digest proteins and fats respectively. Therefore dogs are very well adjusted to eating a diet that has a balance of complex
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carbohydrates (grains/vegetables), meats and fats. The main point is that a dog’s digestive physiology is much more similar to ours than it is to a wolf; a fact that a lot of people might find very surprising. The domestic dog has been around for between ten and thirteen thousand years. Their wild ancestors would gradually come closer and closer to our hunter gatherer ancestors to essentially feed off of our scraps which included all kinds of foodstuffs including veggies, grains and fruits as well as meat. Another point from a veterinarian’s perspective, we are seeing a growing number of cases of pancreatitis, bladder stones and crystals and possibly certain forms of kidney disease in dogs that are fed “natural” diets that are very high in protein. Also from a veterinarian’s perspective, not all grains are bad. Especially considering that dogs are naturally equipped to digest them and utilize the nutrients found in grains. But I would suggest staying away from a food that had several different forms of corn within the first few ingredients. Grains, corn in particular, have traditionally been used as filler to meet minimum nutrient requirements while keeping costs down. This is the main reason why corn has such a bad reputation. Corn isn’t necessarily evil, and certain high quality diets actually have corn as an ingredient. When buying food for your dog it’s best to look for a diet that has a mixture of meat, vegetables and grains. The source of meat should be specified. Never buy food that has meat byproduct as an ingredient. Ask your veterinarian what their opinion is regarding a good quality dog food.
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Memories Charlie Chan Revisited Back in July of 2011 I devoted my movie column to the 44 Charlie Chan detective films made between 1931 and 1949. Of those, prints are known to exist for all but 4 of the movies. All negatives and prints for those four are said to have been destroyed in a 20th Century Fox film vault fire in the late 1930’s. I personally think it’s possible that these 4 films still are out there somewhere since prints of them would have been shipped to other countries for distribution. It may be that collectors and archivists at Fox just may have not looked hard enough. Charlie Chan films hold fond memories for a lot of us who grew up watching them on TV. There were so many of them that TV stations across the county would show weekly Charlie Chan Theaters featuring one of the films each week. There were three actors who played Charlie Chan, Warner Oland from 1931 until his death in 1937, Sidney Toler from 1938 until he died in 1947 and Roland Winters in 1948 until the series ended in 1949. The series also spanned two Hollywood studios, Fox made the Chan films until 1939. Toler obtained the rights and took the Chan character to the smaller Monogram studios where it stayed until it ended.
Much ado has been made over the years by the lead character Chan never being played by an actual actor of Chinese decent. However in defense of the series, all of the Chan Rick offspring, and there Rogers were many, were Movies played by actors and DVDs who were from Chinese families. Charlie almost always had either a son or daughter with him to help solve the case he was working on. He was always smarter than anyone else and was always carrying around and showing pictures of his family. Great attributes for any hardworking detective. The reason I am revisiting Charlie at this time is because on August 6 Warner Home Video will be putting out a boxed set of four previously unreleased to video Charlie Chan movies. They are: Sidney Toler as Chan in “Shadows Over Chinatown” and three of the Roland Winters Chans including: “Docks of New Orleans”, “The Shanghai Chest” and “The Golden Eye”. That will leave three Chan films still to be put on DVD and I will expect that to happen, maybe, next year. You can order from Amazon, TCM.Com or almost any internet site. Now, Fox, find those lost Chans!
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The Mysteries of J.A. Jance
J.A. Jance’s twenty-first mystery featuring detective J. P. Beaumont will be released in September. What better time than now to read the first novel of this very popular Pacific Northwest series, Until Proven Guilty? Beaumont is a detective in Seattle who has been given the gruesome task of finding the murderer of a young girl. Her family are active participants in a strict religious cult led by a powerful and charismatic man. To make matters a bit more complicated, Beaumont’s partner has a traumatic personal history with cultism. (This book was published in 1985. The same time as the spectacular collapse of Oregon’s famous Rajneesh cult.) Every good cop (at least according to the books and movies-it might simply be a convenient plot device as far as I know!) goes to the funeral of the victim on the hypothesis that the killer often attends, too. In this case, the surprise guest is a
stunningly beautiful woman who is a stranger to everybody present. Intrigued, to say the least, Beaumont Scott approaches her, Givens, and winds up on Browsers a whirlwind date Bookstores, with her. Although and fellow he has a good time, reviewer, he, and especially daughter, his partner, are still Amanda not convinced she’s Givens telling the whole truth about why she is there. I’ll spare you any plot spoilers, but let’s just say that this is an excellent series-opener but also a good stand-alone mystery. Jance does an admirable job of trying to write from a man’s perspective and even throws in some hard-boiled language in for fun. Jance clearly had her eye on a series, and although the book is neither a puzzling whodunit nor a suspenseful thriller, it is a solid introduction to a wellrounded and believable character. Twenty books later, and she’s still going strong. Her new novel, Second Watch, will have at least some of the storyline set in Beaumont’s past, before the events of this first book.
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that we tend to feel so alone in our efforts. But we’re not! Everybody has to work to maintain a healthy body. It also feels awesome when people notice your efforts towards making a healthier you.
So get your grill burning right, mind your time, try cooking up something new and share it with your friends. That is the recipe for feeling great, looking great, and being your best this summer.
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Linn Lane Bowling Center Offers Fun for All Ages Linn Lanes Bowling Center has been providing both family fun and competitive bowling leagues in Lebanon, Ore. for more than 50 years. In addition to 18 bowling lanes, the Center offers HeadPin Restaurant, well-known in Lebanon for its “Best Burgers in Town,” and Artesian’s Well Lounge. Linn Lanes creates a fun, safe and friendly setting while offering entertainment for all ages. Patrons can bowl for fun, participate in youth and adult leagues, or compete in tournaments hosted by the Center. During the summer months, school-aged children can receive free games for bringing in their final report cards. “The theme song to the show Cheers told us that, ‘sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name’ and that’s the environment we strive to create at Linn Lanes,” says proprietor Gary Heintzman. “Whether you’re perfecting your strike, eating in our restaurant or relaxing in the lounge, we hope you feel comfortable and welcome at our Center.”
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Since becoming the proprietor of Linn Lanes in January 1977, Heintzman has worked hard to build an enjoyable and welcoming atmosphere that extends beyond the building into the community. “Part of being a responsible business is supporting the community that supports your establishment,” Heintzman says. This philosophy of giving back to the community is demonstrated by the leagues and fundraising events that are hosted and supported by the Center. Linn Lanes proudly partners with Points for Profit, and even offers four-week long bowling leagues (Bowl4Good) that benefit local charities. For more information about Linn Lanes and its many leagues, call 541.451.3900 and ask for Gary Heintzman, League Coordinator Penny Fentiman, or simply stop by Linn Lanes Bowling Center (2250 S Main Rd., Lebanon). You can also learn more by visiting www.linnlanes.com. Be sure to like Linn Lanes on Facebook for news and updates about the Center (www. facebook.com/linn.lanes).
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In a bowl combine everything except the oil, cover and leave at room temperature for 2 hours. Place in a food processor and pulse three times each for 1 second, only. Take out of the food processor and whish in the oil by hand. Add salt and pepper to taste. This sauce is best served at room temperature and used immediately. Delicious served over short pasta like Orecchiette, Rotini or Penne.
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– is taxable. 9. Civilian Life. After leaving the military, you may be able to deduct certain job hunting expenses. Expenses may include travel, resume preparation fees and job placement agency fees. Moving expenses may also be deductible. 10. Tax Help. Most military bases offer free tax preparation and filing assistance during the tax filing season. Some also offer free tax help after April 15.
You can learn more about these tax benefits in Publication 3, Armed Forces’ Tax Guide. The booklet is available on IRS.gov or you can order it by calling 1-800-TAXFORM (800-829-3676).
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