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By Louie White, Volunteer of Albany Regional Museum On Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, all World War One veterans were invited to come to downtown Albany and “make some noise.” That they did, and those showing up brought with them a lot of noisemakers, including firearms. That began a tradition that has endured for nearly one-hundred years and evolved into one of the larges Veteran’s Day celebrations in the country. There is an old saying, “If it ain’t down in print, it didn’t happen.” I’m inclined to agree with that statement to some extent. Way too many events are diminished by time, or the perception of events change over the years. With the significance of Veteran’s Day, especially here in Linn County, our way of observing the accomplishments and memory of those who have worked to safeguard the free world must be preserved in print. All of the pictorial reminders of those past events must also be carefully identified and kept safe. Those of us here in the mid-valley are fortunate to have the Albany Regional Museum, located at the corner of Second Ave. and Lyon St., at our disposal. Housed in the museum are nearly 4,000 pictures and articles documenting the rich legacy of Veteran’s Day here in Linn County. Along with David Morris, and the assistance of the museum administrator and staff, I have been in the process of archiving and the photos and clippings related to past Veteran’s Day celebrations in Albany. The ultimate goal of this project is a book that will contain the history of this celebration in a form that will preserve it for future generations. As a former Vietnam-era veteran, this is one of the most fascinating and important local projects I have ever been involved with. If you have any information on past Veteran’s Day events, possibly almanacs, photos or “personal experiences,” please share them with those of us working on this important project. We are happy to make copies of articles and photos you want to keep in your family and will gladly return any items you loan the museum for this project. There are hundreds of mid-valley related Veteran’s Day stories out there and we need to get them down in print before they are lost for all time. Editor’s Note: Louie White has been a long time personal friend (since high school), a tireless worker in helping and furthering the cause of local veteran’s and a former recipient of the “Good Job” page in High Points. All of us on the staff urge you to help with this important project. You can contact Louie by visiting the Albany Regional Museum on Monday afternoons, or call: 541-967-7122.

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meal prepared by Jacopetti’s Catering of Albany, those attending will have a chance to bid on dozens of silent auction items ranging from Jewelry to It will be a big evening on Tuesday, January 29, antiques, a fishing trip, items for you pet, wall when the Points for Profit program hands out its hangings, home decor and much, much, more. annual cash amount awards to 30 area non-profit The evening offers the opportunity for the public organizations who have been collecting receipts to have a great dinner, learn about organizations from local participating businesses throughout the doing a great job in our communities while year. According to program administrator Kathy snapping up some great Dennis, nearly 33-thousand deals on merchandise and dollars was handed out to services donated by local the non-profits last winter businesses. and a similar amount will be Door at the Expo Center given out this year. will open at 5PM on the This year the awards evening of January 29, banquet and silent auction giving is will be held at the Linn those attending ample County Fair and Expo By Karen Rogers opportunity to bid on Center in Albany and auction items before the promises to be a gala event. ‘Tis a goodly winter evening dinner is served. Tickets In addition to the awards And a happy crowd is here, are $20 each and will be given out to the local That well-nigh fills the Expo, available at the door on non-profits, awards will be On an evening of good cheer. the night of the banquet presented to ten non-profit and awards dinner. To organizations participating There are businesses and charities make reservations, please in the Portland branch All gathered here tonight, call: 541-791-2901. To of Points for Profit. In To feast and meet together, find out more about Points addition, it will be a night And rejoice in all our might. for Profit, participating for each of the non-profit businesses and nongroups to briefly talk about So tonight we spread the bounty, profit groups please see their accomplishments And send the checks so dear. the center section of this during the year and their And we all will work together, paper. plans for the future. To increase receipts next year! Besides a wonderful


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It’s a new year and more opportunities to enjoy fun times with your friends and 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. • SQUARE DANCES are held at locations throughout the mid-valley: - 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.

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• ALBANY FOOD FILM SERIES, a series of filmed documentaries about food and the food service industry will be shown at 3PM at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue, on the following Sunday afternoons: Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. To get more information on this series call: 541-704-7324. • POINTS FOR PROFIT MONTHLY DINNER is scheduled for 6PM through 8PM on Tuesday, Jan. 8th at the Albany Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St. N.W. This event is open to the public and dinner is only $8. For more information about the Points for Profit program linking local businesses with local non-profit organizations call InSpirit Marketing at: 541-791-2901. • ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, January 9, at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 100 Opal Court N.E. The brunch will feature a special inspirational speaker, Jody Smith, and musical presentation by Michelle Peterson. For details and reservations call: 541-704-0414. • 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 January 10 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. • MILD TO WILD SWAP MEET will be held at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany on Saturday, January 12. For more information call: 541926-4314 • TRAVEL AT THE TRIPP presents a special presentation on “Northern Europe” at 2PM on Sunday, January 13, at the Russell Trip Performance Center on the campus of Linn Benton Community College in Albany. Call: 541-017-4531 for details.

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• ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “The 39 Steps” with performances January 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 31 and February 1 and 2. The theater is located at 111 West First Avenue in downtown Albany. Ticket and other information is available at: www.albanycivic.org. • CHILDREN’S PERFORMING ARTS SERIES presents juggler Curtis Carlyle at 10AM on Saturday, January 19, at Linn Benton Community College in Albany. Admission is free. To get more information and a series schedule go online to: cityofalbany.net. • EAST ALBANY LIONS CLUB GUN SHOW will take place January 19 and 20 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Go online: www. lcfairexpo.com for more information. • LINN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents “Linn County Stage Coaches” at the Lakeside Center in the Mennonite Village, 5050 Columbus St. S.E. in Albany at 2PM on January 20. Call: 541-926-4680 for details. • MID-WINTER SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL will be held at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany on January 25, 26 and 27. To get details on watching or participating in this event go online to: www.midwinterfestival.com. • POINTS FOR PROFIT ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET will take place at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany on the evening of January 29. The public is invited to attend. For complete details please see the front page story on the banquet in this issue of High Points, or call: 541-791-2901

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By Lené Garrett, Executive DIrector CASA of Linn County

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have restored and donated a bicycle, helmet, and safety vest to a young person in the juvenile court system that needed transportation to work. In addition to CASA, the Jones’ give their time to the Clover Patch 4-H group, the Linn County Sheriff’s office seniors, the Law Enforcement Together program, and have been the Mr. and Mrs. Clause in the Lebanon Christmas parade for years. Jim has also been a volunteer Driver’s Education teacher for seniors and served on the Veteran’s Day parade committee for many years, while Jan volunteers to read with local school children. Their commitment to children and their community is evident in all of their actions.

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In 2008, Jim and Jan Jones were sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates with CASA of Linn County. Since joining the CASA program, they have worked three cases involving six children, two of which have resulted in the children being placed in safe permanent homes; while one case is still active. They have given over 500 hours to their cases and logged 3,000 miles of driving to work on their cases involving the CASA children. In addition to their case work, the Jones’ can always be counted on to help with community outreach events and fundraising. Jim and Jan always come to monthly CASA meetings where Jan always provides goodies ranging from casseroles to pies and brownies. They are constantly hearing about a need and finding a solution. For instance, they

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The Holidays are steeped in tradition. The season begins in November with a large traditional dinner. We attend traditional gatherings with family and friends throughout December (more eating). The season culminates in January with traditional resolutions to fix ourselves, before the Holidays return the next year! Many of us start the New Year with lofty ambitions. Unfortunately, we are not very good at keeping our resolutions. If we were, everyone over the age of 40yrs would be practically perfect. Most people resolve to make changes that would improve their quality of life, so what goes wrong? What can be done to improve the odds we’ll be successful? To begin, set a reasonable goal. For instance, if your goal is to eat healthier, making the drastic switch from a fastfood diet to a strictly vegetarian diet is going to make you feel deprived. Easing your way into a new regimen will increase the probability you will stick with it. Establish a practical time frame in which to accomplish your goal. Expecting overnight success will set you up to fail. If you are thinking about scratching “run a marathon” off your bucket list, you’ll need to build your endurance gradually to

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It’s that time of year again. You sit down and plan out what changes you will be making in the New Year. The future holds many things we can’t clearly see but one thing is sure: These resolutions won’t last. It’s a bummer too, because most studies show that about 75% of New Year’s Resolutions are focused on improving health like: Quitting Smoking, Losing Weight, Quitting Drinking, Exercise, etc. One of the big problems with a resolution is that once you have smoked a cigarette or missed a day of exercise you have ruined your resolution for the year. The word resolution is, after all, defined as “A firm decision to do or not do something.” When we slip up, it makes us question our resolve. We can actually have our confidence broken when we don’t keep a resolution. That’s too bad because we are all human and make mistakes. Maybe this year, instead of making

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There are 15 items to implement in 2013, according to the Healthcare Reform. The first one is “State Notification regarding Exchanges.” States are to indicate to the Secretary of HHS whether they will operate an American Health Benefit Exchange. On November 15, 2012, the Obama administration extended the deadline for submitting a statebased exchange blueprint to December 14, 2012. Oregon Exchange will be operational by October 1st 2013 for January 1st 2014 effective dates for individual health plans. Oregon is naming their Exchange “Cover Oregon.” Oregon’s goal is to provide access to all Oregonians for health care. The second one is “Closing the Medicare Drug Coverage Gap.” This phase begins phasing-in federal subsidies for brand-name prescriptions filled in the Medicare Part D coverage gap, reducing coinsurance from 100% in 2010 to 25% in 2020 in addition to the 50% manufacturer brand-name discount. (For 2011 you pay 93% for Generics and 50% for Brand name prescription drugs. For 2013 you pay 79% for Generics and 47.5% for Brand name prescription drugs.) The third one is “establishing Medicare Bundled Payment Pilot Program.” This establishes a national Medicare pilot program to develop and evaluate making bundled payments for acute, inpatient

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Most of us have probably had days where going shopping for something, anything, which makes us feel better about things. The result is often an impulse purchase that you might look back on and wish you hadn’t made. Call it “buyer’s remorse.” If you slow down and have a plan you might just find that your bank account balance doesn’t get so lean between paychecks. Here are some simple tips to help curb compulsive spending: Cut up your credit cards. If you have a problem with compulsive spending, destroy your credit cards now. Don’t make excuses. Don’t jot the account numbers someplace “just in case.” Don’t rationalize that you need them to help your credit score. If credit cards fuel your emotional spending, you’re better off without them. Carry only cash. Don’t use your checkbook or a debit card. Inconvenient? Absolutely. But that’s the point. If you’re a compulsive spender, your goal is to break the habit. To do this, you’ve got to make sacrifices. Spending cash is a way to remind yourself that you’re spending real money. Plastic (and to some degree, checks) make this connection fuzzy. Play mind games. For some people, money isn’t an emotional issue. They’re

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Davies has earned a reputation for working with many local groups and serving on boards for the Albany At the next meeting of the Christian Public Schools Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce in Albany, Albany General those attending will Hospital Foundation, have the opportunity the Oregon State to hear from, and University Alumni ask questions of Tad Association, Davies. TAd the Oregon Davies is a former Davies State University IRS senior agent and Foundation Board a retired CPA who of Governors, just to operated his firm until name a few. 2008 at which time Tad Davies lives in he sold T. A. Davies CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Albany with his wife and Company PC meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday Lynne who is a retired which still operates of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a public school teacher. in downtown Albany. no-host breakfast. He now operates as a While with the IRS, consultant and enjoys Davies rose to the making presentations for local position of senior revenue agent and non-profit organizations. was detailed to many special projects. The Christian Chamber of Commerce Those projects included being an onis made up of local Christian business the-job instructor, classroom instructor, people who meet on the second instructor for the IRS Western Region, Thursday of each month at Novak’s acting managerial assignments and Hungarian Restaurant in Albany for a liaison with the state of Oregon for tax no host breakfast, a chance to interact shelter programs. He attended Oregon with each other and hear a special guest State University while working as an speaker. The next meeting will be at IRS employee and received his MBA in 7:30AM on January 10th and interested June of 1978. While attending OSU, he business leaders are invited. For more taught principles of accounting classes information call: 541-791-2901. at the school. Rick Rogers

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At the market there are typically three types of chard. “Fordhook Giant� has white stocks and dark green, thick, crinkled leaves. “Rainbow� has colorful stalks: red, white, yellow, and Ruby pink. “Ruby Red�, or LEwis, Rhubarb chard, has Pizza thin red stalks and King a slightly stronger flavor. Regardless of what type, look for crisp, vibrant green leaves with no yellow or brown marks. Avoid leaves with any sign of wilting or decay. All greens require a thorough washing to remove any sand or soil hidden in the leaves. Place the leaves in a large bowl of cold water. Swish them around and wait a few minutes for the grit to settle to the bottom. Lift the chard out of the bowl and rinse

That’s it. I stop at this point and make a dozen or so of these for me. I shape them I have to admit I’m a garage sale fiend and with a #70 steel scoop, so they have a nicer shape. Then I add 3 C chocolate chips to the collections of hand-written recipes are catnip to me. About twenty years ago I bought a big rest of the dough and proceed. You can add 1C chopped, toasted pecans or other nuts if box of personal recipes at an estate sale. The lady had been a camp and church retreat cook you like them. Drop them about two inches apart on parchment paper and bake at 350 from the ‘twenties clear until the ‘fifties, degrees until just lightly so most were for large browned and still a little quantities. There was soft. These will burn one smaller card that quickly. If you are into was horribly stained and total decadence, you can worn that leapt out at chop 5 or 6 Baby Ruth me. It was titled “Million bars and substitute them Dollar Cookiesâ€?. It for chocolate chips. They was very similar to the WILL stick horribly to common chocolate chip anything but parchment, cookie, but it had a but, OH, they are really few differences and no ooey gooey wonderful! chocolate chips! Karen’s Million Dollar Cookies, (cookies Especially when warm! Be sure to use only to the right have chocolate chips). The plain cookies dark brown sugar and are thin and crispy; the Butter Crisco. Real chipped ones turn out a little softer. Both butter has small amounts of moisture that freeze beautifully, but they’re best warm‌. the shortening does not, so these cookies with ice-cold milk. come out the same each time. They have to

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Swiss Chard is a leafy vegetable, which is commonly found in many Italian recipes as it originated in the Mediterranean. It offers many health benefits as just 1 cup of cooked swiss chard supplies more than half of your daily value of vitamin C, E and K. It is full of antioxidants; it contains antiinflammatory properties, provides the body with detoxification support and maintains blood sugar levels. With our moderate climate here in the Willamette Valley, chard is perfect for wintering in the garden or in a cold frame. It also is easy to plant in containers, thus making it simple to move to a warmer spot when we have a few days of freezing weather in the winter.

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By Kathy Dennis, Director of Points for Profit Q: I know some other non-profit organizations that love the Points for Profit program and want to know what it takes to become one of the 30. How do I direct them to get started? A: What a great and timely question! The 2013 program year starts in January and the best way for any nonprofit organization to get started is to call our office at 541-791-2901 to be put on the waiting list. Then, we will direct them to “get started” by shopping the businesses and coming to the monthly meetings (last Tuesday of every month) so when that “opening” comes they are already past the learning curve and familiar with the program! For a current list of businesses (so they can get started collecting receipts) visit www.pointsforprofit.org and click the Mid-Willamette Valley tab and then “List of Businesses”. We are always thrilled to see new faces and meet new friends at the meeting each month! Happy New Year!



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Points for Profit meeting is Jan. 29, 2013 from 6-9pm at the Linn County Fair & Expo, Albany (see story on page one). Jacopetti’s is catering. See you there! Banquet tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. If you would like to reserve a dinner please RSVP by 5pm Jan. 28, 2013 to kdennis@inspiritmarketing.com or call (541) 791-2901. For more info visit pointsforprofit.org

Your chance to start off the year by earning megapoints for your participating non-profit is coming up on the weekend of February 1, 2 and 3 during the 40th Annual Linn County Spring Home Show to be held at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Organizers say it will be one of the biggest and best home shows ever to be held in Linn County. There will be several Points for Profit businesses at the three-day event and by visiting their booths you will be able to get five million points from each of the participating vendors! In addition, Willamette Valley Productions, which puts the show together will be offering hourly door prizes all three days including tree giveaways and an on site plant sale just in time for the

coming spring planting season. This will be the second year that Points for Profit has combined with the Linn County Home show to offer this unique opportunity to gather mega-millions of points to benefit participating non-profit organizations and to further support participating Points for Profit businesses. Hours for the show are 3PM until 8PM on Friday, Feb. 1; 10AM until 8PM on Saturday, February 2 and 10AM until 4PM on Sunday, February 3. Admission is $4 for Adults; $3 for Seniors; and 16 and under are admitted free! But wait…check out the full-page ad on the back of this paper for a special coupon for two admissions for the price of one. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a jump start on those coming spring home and garden projects while piling up the points for this coming year.


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By Rick Rogers Life Community Church, 4900 N.W. Highway 99W, just north of Corvallis, was a huge success with their big pre-holiday fundraiser “The Spirit of Christmas Bazaar” held in early December. The event brought in vendors from throughout the area to help raise much needed money for several prominent non-profit organizations. Fundraiser director Jessica Dunn reports that it was more than just a bazaar with vendors selling their wares, it also offered wholesome family fun including wagon rides, Steve Peterson performing his Minor Miracles Magic, and visits with a very lovable Santa. There was also a silent auction, interactive booths, Christmas tree sales and much more. The event drew over 200 people and raised $688

which was divided evenly among five local non-profit organizations. A big hit was the Trillium Tree offered by the Trillium Children’s Farm Home that offered special “ornaments” with gift ideas for needy children on them. Other popular booths featured Great Harvest Breads with samples and sales, Tree of Life Christian Outlet selling the “Jesus Today” book, Life Community Youth offering painted snowflakes and Amanda Photography taking pictures with Santa. Christmas tree sales were offered by Teen Challenge which sold more trees in one day than in any other single day to that point. Life Community Church is fairly young in its current location but has shown through the actions of the congregation that they can have a positive affect on the community and mid-valley non-profits that need support.

The holiday spirit was alive as adults and children rode the One Horse Open Sleigh at Life Community’s First Annual Spirit of Christmas Bazaar.

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While there remain some maintenance and frost-protection items to take care of in your garden during the peak of winter, it’s also a great time to take a break and count some beaks. Setting up a bird feeder, or even a few feeders to attract a variety of birds is simple, and there are a great number of choices in feeders and feeds at your local Wilco Farm Store. One of the most common feeds that attract a good number of birds is the black oil sunflower seed. Offering this feed, you’ll see finches, grosbeaks, goldfinches and jays. If you set up feeders in your yard, just remember to place it where you can see it in a location that is at a safe distance from the movement of people in the house, and is also in a spot that will allow you a set up a comfortable spot to view from. Where you are located will determine what kinds and how many birds will show up. Residential neighborhoods and city parks provide habitat for numerous species well known to city dwellers. Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbirds, House Finch, Pine Siskin, goldfinches, woodpeckers, chickadees, Red breasted Nuthatch, and grosbeaks often come to backyard feeders. Rock Pigeon, American Crow, American Robin, European Starling, and House Sparrow are more at home in cities and suburbs than elsewhere. During the winter months, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks and Merlins patrol the streets and bird feeders. A great resource for birding is the “Birds of the Willamette Valley Region�

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under cold running water. To store chard, place in moistened paper towels in a plastic bag and keep refrigerated for up to three days. To prepare, separate the leaves from stems. Stems that are trimmed and chopped crosswise can be cooked with the leaves although they will take a little longer. Generally, it is best to cook the stems for a couple minutes before adding the leaves so that they can be done at the same time. Some foods that best compliment Swiss chard are vinegar, lemon, garlic, chilies, and tomatoes. Other ways to enjoy chard is to use it in vegetarian lasagna, frittatas, and omelets. The leaves can be sautĂŠed or steamed. One of my favorite ways to enjoy chard is to sautĂŠ it with a little olive oil and garlic, until the leaves are tender, and season with it salt and pepper. Then, just before serving, drizzle with balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice.

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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 effects this may have on their family and the environment. Spraying tons of chemicals around your home should be a thing of the past. Healthy Home Pest control, LLC takes the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach, or what we like to refer to as Intelligent Pest Management in solving pest problems. In short, we search out the source of the problem, treat it and set up protective barriers. This allows for less chemicals and longer results. Here are just few tips to help minimize unwanted pests in your home.

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Most people have heard of the famous Steiff Teddy Bear, but not many know about the courageous inventor of the Steiff line of toys. Margarete Steiff was born in 1847 in Giengen, Germany. She was the third of four children. When Margarete was only 18 months old, she suffered a high fever which caused her legs to become paralyzed and her right arm to become painful to use. After many years of doctor visits and attempted cures, she was diagnosed with polio, which had no cure. Although her parents felt some hopelessness, Margarete on the other hand fought to lead a normal life. She bravely attended school. Her siblings and neighbors took turns pushing her to school in a handcart and a woman living near the school carried her up the stairs to her classroom every day. Even though Margarete suffered pain in her right hand she still took sewing lessons and completed her training as a seamstress at the age of 17. In 1862, her older sisters opened a dressmakers shop and Margarete worked as a seamstress for them. Eight years later, her sisters moved away and her father made a workroom for her at the family home. She soon purchased her own sewing machine. In 1877, Margarete went into business

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herself. She opened a ready-to-wear felt clothing business. Soon, she was able to hire several new seamstresses. In a magazine she saw a pattern for an elephant made out of fabric which inspired her to create a pincushion in the same shape. The fabric elephant became very popular with the kids and in 1880 a new family business was formed. Soon after, Margarete coined the phrase, “Only the Best is Good Enough for Children.” In 1902 her nephew, Richard, designed “Bear 55 PB,” the world’s first toy bear with jointed arms and legs. The bears were made from mohair plush. In 1904 an American businessman ordered 3,000 bears and they became all the rage in America. From 1906 forward, they sold under the name, “Teddy Bear,” after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. 1904 brought the “Steiff – Button in the Ear.” The trademark was added to designate the high quality Steiff toys from other imitations. In 1909, Margarete Steiff died at the age of 61 of pneumonia. Although it was a big blow to her family, friends, and employees, her nephews were able to take over the company and Steiff remains one of the best loved toy manufacturers in the world. Find your special Steiff animal in the Albany Antique Mall at 2nd and Ellsworth in historic downtown Albany. Proud sponsors of Points for Profit.

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Travel As we humans bundle up this time of year to keep warm, there are some great guidelines we can all follow to help protect our pets too: • Keep kitties of all ages indoors. • Do not let your dog off a leash in snow or ice as they can lose their scent and easily become lost. • Thoroughly wipe off your dog when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice. • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. Own a shorthaired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

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• Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. • Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

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This past summer, our clinic was proud to be a part of the Relay for Life here in Albany, Oregon. The Relay for Life is an all night event that helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Proceeds go towards cancer research and also helps provide assistance and support to those fighting cancer. Before the event I thought a lot about cancer in veterinary medicine and wrote a short hand out for people who visited our booth, briefly explaining some of the ways cancer affects our animal patients as well as explaining some of the differences in the goals of treatment when cancer cannot be cured. Cancer is unfortunately very common in veterinary medicine. Cancer affects over 50% of older dogs and cats in some form or another. The most common type of cancer we see in practice come in the form of skin tumors. Fifty percent of skin tumors are malignant in cats and require removal. Dogs are more fortunate, with seventy percent of skin tumors being benign forms of cancer. Oral tumors are also fairly common and are an important reason for owners to routinely check their pets’ mouths and report any growths to their veterinarian. Some oral tumors, like oral melanoma, are extremely aggressive in dogs and spread quickly. Intact, older female dogs are at much higher risk for mammary tumors than female dogs that were spayed before there first or second heat cycle.   Treating cancer in pets is often expensive and, more often than not, cost becomes the most important factor in deciding whether or not to pursue treatment. With early detection, cancer can sometimes be cured by removing the cancerous tissue surgically. This can be done relatively affordably when the mass is located in the skin and is on an area of the body where wide margins can easily be achieved. Surgery to completely remove tumors that arise form internal organs is sometimes possible. These procedures are obviously more costly and invasive, and early detection of a tumor inside the body

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is often not possible because the mass originates from a place that we cannot see or easily feel. When the possibility of a cure through surgical removal alone is not possible, we like to get as much information as possible in order to try to stage the cancer before deciding on the optimum combination of therapies. Part of this process includes advanced imaging, such as ultrasound, CT, and MRI scans. This information helps us to decide whether or not surgery is in the best interest for the patient. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are considered when complete surgical removal is not possible and or when surgery is not an option at all. When a cure is not possible, the goal of treatment is focused on trying to extend the length of time our patients have left with quality of life being the main goal. For this reason, the side effects to chemotherapy and radiation are much milder and better tolerated than they are in human medicine, where treatments are often much more aggressive with the chance for a cure being the main goal. But cost is again a major issue. A full course of radiation treatments for certain types of soft tissue tumors can cost upwards of five thousand dollars, and chemotherapy can easily cost this much depending on the drugs that are used. This is why all owners should strongly consider pet insurance. When deciding on health insurance, it is important to understand just how good each provider’s coverage is for treating cancer. Petinsurancereview.com is a good source of information when comparing different providers, as well as a good source of feedback from those who have purchased coverage. It is important to understand that pet insurance is like car insurance; all payments are expected up front at the time of service with reimbursements made after claims have been filed. But having this reimbursement may make the difference in deciding whether or not to pursue some of the more expensive treatment options. I also recommend that all owners of pure breed dogs investigate whether or not cancer is seen more frequently in the breeds that they own and to discuss pet health insurance with their regular veterinarian.


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Memories It’s a January night and there is a chill in the air. Outside you can hear a howl as the wind blows its way down the street. What a perfect night to watch a classic movie murder mystery. So bundle up all snugly on the couch and plug one of these into the DVD player. One of my very favorites is “And Then There Were None” based on the Agatha Christie story “Ten Little Indians”. It’s interesting to note that political correctness even caught up with poor old Agatha. In recent years the name of her play was changed from “Ten Little Indians” to “Ten Little Soldiers”. While this story has been filmed about once a decade sine the 1920’s, my favorite version is the one released by 20th Century Fox in 1945. The film stars Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston among others and is centered around a group of people invited to spend the weekend in a mansion on a deserted island. One by one, the ten guests start to meet their doom leaving the viewer to guess who will be the last person standing. There is a great surprise ending making this one of the best “who-done-its” ever. The stark black-and-white photography adds to the cold and chilly mood on the island. If you have never seen this movie, don’t miss it. Another “guilty pleasure” classic

movie for me is the 1936 mystery “Rogue’s Tavern”. This is a more obscure murder mystery starring a list of 30’s and 40’s character actors including Wallace Ford, Barbara Pepper, Joan Woodbury and Rick Clara Kimball Young. Rogers This time a group Movies of people meet up and DVDs at an out-of-the-way roadside inn. There is thunder, lightning, howling wind and at least one murder in every reel. It’s up to two detectives played by Ford and Pepper who have stopped by the inn to meet up with a justice of the peace and get married. They have to try and find out who the murderer is before they become victims. All of the unsavory characters at the inn have a motive for killing each other. Worse yet, even the family dog has a motive for killing everyone and it may be the family dog committing the murders leaving only puncture wounds on the necks of the victims. WOW! “And Then There Were None” is readily available from all of the usual on-line sources such as Amazon.com. Etc. “Rogue’s Tavern” may be a little harder to find. The best version I have come across is from a little company called Alpha Home Video. Check out Amazon and other sources for this title as well. As my brother used to say, “Don’t let the boogie-man get you”.

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Trilogies are not often consistently good (we seem to always like one book better than the other two), but overall Rosalind Miles’ Tristan & Isolde trilogy is an addicting story that is well told. The repeated woes of the unfortunate lovers Tristan and Isolde are well known, and the old legend has been retold many times. According to Rosalind Miles, however, the Irish version of the traditional tale has a happy ending, and this is the one she tells, with many fine embellishments. Other than the unusual happy ending, her main contribution to the tale is that of an existing matriarchy/goddessworship being supplanted by powerhungry men and the new Christian religion. This is Miles’ personal interest, and she has written many non-fiction books about women’s history and power roles. However, she keeps her political feelings mostly in check (until the end), and we’re able to get a good insight into themes that have played out many times

over the centuries. Although this native religion is probably largely fictional, the ongoing religious drama adds a whole new dimension to Scott the story which is Givens, able to move way Browsers beyond a simple Bookstores, thwarted-love story. and fellow Her writing reviewer, is good, but her daughter, strength lies Amanda in well-drawn Givens characters. Even though many of them — especially the men — are rather flat, they remain good enough to be believable and entertaining. Isolde is the star of the show, deservedly so, and her strength is an inspiration — especially because she is not a goddess, but a woman overcoming human obstacles. If historical fiction and retelling of folklore are genres you like, Miles has also written a trilogy on the legends of Camelot and Guinevere. Don’t forget, Browser’s Bookstores in Albany and Corvallis are proud to be Points for Profit business sponsors so save your receipts for participating non-profits.

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Go any place today that there are several people and you will see some of them with their eyes trained on a cell phone, or other mobile, digital device. Often these same people are walking or driving while they are interacting with the phone. Most of us have our cell phones with us at all times; some even sleep with theirs. The proliferation of handheld devices—smart phones, readers, tablets and the pint-sized PC’s is literally stealing our attention and our eyesight at the same time. The increased time we spend on digital technology is having a negative impact on our eyes. According to a recent survey by The Vision Council, one in three adults admitted that they are spending up to six hours per day on digital device(s). Seventy percent of the survey’s respondents already experience digital eye strain. This was expressed, most often as blurred vision and dry eyes. They also complained of back, neck and shoulder pain. The survey also noted that of the people who were affected by these side effects of “technology” only fifty percent actually addressed the problem. One simple way to reduce the eye strain is to give your eyes a break. During the prolonged time on the digital device, a person should take

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breaks for several minutes to look at “the world” at 20 feet or further away. Also during at least part of this time, move, move, move! This is a great way to relieve pain in the back, neck and shoulders. To address the problem of dry eyes the first thing to try is to blink more often during time looking at the device. It is a natural action for most everyone to stare more than normal while on the cell phone or other digital device. This slower blink rate is what results in the eyes feeling uncomfortable. A bit more aggressive treatment is installation of over-the-counter artificial tears or rewetting drops. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to read the “fine print” on the product before you purchase. Some you can put in your eyes while wearing the contact lenses, but some state that the contact lenses must be removed, use the drops and wait up to twenty minutes before putting the contact lenses back on the eyes. If these simple changes in routine do not relieve the problems, one should consult their Eyecare professional. The doctor may prescribe glasses for the near work, often called computer glasses. The doctor can also treat the dry eye problem with medications or other procedures.

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expenses to $2,500 per year, increased annually by the cost of living adjustment. Next month I will report the rest of the implementations in 2013. For a complete list, call me and I will send one to you. You can reach me at 541-757-7701.

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is that it’s going to take work, and it won’t happen overnight. You’ll make mistakes and backslide, but when you do, don’t give up, and don’t beat yourself up over it. You’re human, after all. Stay focused on your long-term goals and resolve to do better next time.

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credit correctly. In tax-year 2010, the most recent year for which complete figures are available, saver’s credits totaling just over $1 billion were claimed on more than 6.1 million individual income tax returns. Saver’s credits claimed on these returns averaged $204 for joint filers, $165 for heads of household and $122 for single filers. The saver’s credit supplements other tax benefits available to people who set money aside for retirement. For example, most workers may deduct their contributions to a traditional IRA. Though Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, qualifying withdrawals, usually after retirement, are tax-free. Normally, contributions to 401(k) and similar workplace plans are not taxed until withdrawn. Other special rules that apply to the saver’s credit include the following: Eligible taxpayers must be at least 18 years of age.

Anyone claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return cannot take the credit. A student cannot take the credit. A person enrolled as a full-time student during any part of 5 calendar months during the year is considered a student. Certain retirement plan distributions reduce the contribution amount used to figure the credit. For 2012, this rule applies to distributions received after 2009 and before the due date, including extensions, of the 2012 return. Form 8880 and its instructions have details on making this computation. Begun in 2002 as a temporary provision, the saver’s credit was made a permanent part of the tax code in legislation enacted in 2006. To help preserve the value of the credit, income limits are now adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation. More information about the credit is on IRS.gov.




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