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The beautiful Rose Petal Fountain at the Oregon Garden.

The Oregon Garden A Mid-Valley Treasure

The Oregon Garden is officially 11 years old at the end of June. Now is a great time to plan a day or a weekend to enjoy more than 20 themed gardens on an 80 acre site that truly offers something for everyone. In the Children’s Garden, kids of all ages can dig for the bones of our Cementosaurus, play in the hobbit hole, watch the train go around on a track and wonder about the weird plants garden. While the garden can be navigated entirely on foot, the narrated tram ride is a must-do for just about every visitor. Unlimited use of the tram is included in the admission price, and it’s a great way to see an overview of the entire garden, or to take a ride to one of the tram stops in along the path, where you can get off, explore, and get back on the next time it comes around. The colors and the textures are constantly changing, even from day to day, as the garden displays perennials of many descriptions, and every year they plant over 40,000 annuals, creating brilliant swathes of color throughout the grounds. Monthly programs include at least one Garden University class as well as activities for children through our Junior Gardener’s Club. Check their website at www. oregongarden.org for information about all of the

monthly programs and their special events. The Oregon Garden features a number of special events, too! Join them for their July 3rd celebration, featuring a concert and grand fireworks display, along with children’s activities. “Movies in the Garden” is a new event this year, and you can join them each Thursday July 19 - August 23 for outdoor movies. The car show in the Garden is on August 26, featuring more than 100 cars and live music. Then comes fall, and it’s time to get your boots on for the Barn Dance & Pig Roast. Harvest in the Garden, featuring Scarecrows in the garden for the entire month of October, and Family Harvest Days each Saturday. The Oregon Garden Resort, a craftsman-style inn, beckons right next door. Guests can snuggle into one of 103 rooms, each located in a cottage, and each room with its own fireplace and private, landscaped patio. The main lodge features a lounge with live music nightly, a restaurant highlighting Northwest cuisine, a full-service spa. Every day is a good day to enjoy the beauty and inspiration you will find at The Oregon Garden located at 879 W. Main Street in Silverton, east of Salem.

The Hobbit Tunnel in the children’s area at the Oregon Garden.

The Oregon Garden’s wonderful Water Rings display.

One of the entries in last year’s Pioneer Picnic Grand Parade.

By Rick Rogers It’s officially the oldest continuous annual celebration in the State of Oregon. It all started in 1887 at Brownsville in South Linn County as a reunion of pioneers who had traveled to the west on the Oregon Trail. The official Pioneer Picnic website says that in the beginning families from throughout the Willamette Valley came for the event on horseback and in wagons and buggies to pitch their tents in Brownsville’s Pioneer Park. Early Pioneer Picnics featured three days of fun, fellowship and worship services. Those that gathered in the park would entertain each other with recitations, plays and musical numbers. They would spread their blankets on the ground and there was always plenty to eat and drink. Spirited Sunday sermons were also an important part of the festivities. As the century changed, the event continued to grow adding parades, carnivals and more entertainment to appeal to the entire family. This year’s 125th annual Pioneer Picnic will take place in Brownsville on June 15, 16 and 17 with all kinds of fun, games and activities ranging from a quilt and fiber arts show to the popular annual talent show. There is also a flower show, a tractor show, a horse play day, square dancing, a spelling bee and many more performances and activities to take part in or just enjoy. This year, the Coronation of the 2012 Pioneer Picnic Queen will take place on the park stage at 7PM on the night of June 15. Earlier in the day, the annual kiddy parade will make its way through downtown Brownsville at 1PM. The Grand Parade takes place at 10AM on Saturday, June 16. Each of the three days will see a great Wagon Train Breakfast in the park from 7AM until 10AM. But wait, that’s not all, there is a baseball tournament on Saturday and a 5 on 5 basketball tournament on Sunday. You also won’t want to miss the Logger’s Jamboree Sunday afternoon. You will want to head to Brownsville for a weekend of fun as you take part in the 125th celebration of this historic picnic. For more information, go online to: www. historicbrownsville.com.


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We are gearing up for a summer full of great activities! Each month you will find a list of specially selected educational and entertainment events for you to enjoy. Keep this list handy so you can check it throughout the month.

• FARMERS MARKETS are underway throughout the midvalley. - ALBANY - Every Saturday from 9AM until 1PM at the corner of Fourth and Ellsworth in downtown Albany. - CORVALLIS - Every Saturday and Wednesday from 9AM until 1PM along the downtown waterfront. - BROWNSVILLE – Every Saturday in the historic downtown area - LEBANON – Every Thursday afternoon from 3 until 7PM at the corner of Grant and Main Streets in the downtown - SWEET HOME – Every Saturday from 10 until 2 in the Thriftway parking lot on Highway 20 • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “Disney’s High School Musical” with performances May 31 and June 1 and 2. The theater is located at 111 W. First Avenue in downtown Albany. Ticket and other information is available at: www. albanycivic.org. • LEBANON STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL takes place May 31 through June 3 throughout the Lebanon area with the grand parade at 11AM on June 2. For more information go online: www.lebanonstrawberryfestival.info. • O.S.U. BATTLE OF THE BANDS will be held on Friday, June 1, in the Memorial Union on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis for more details call: 541-737-6872. • FIRST FRIDAY RENAISSANCE LECTURE SERIES will be held at 7PM on June 1st at the Oregon Language Center, 237 S.W. Third Avenue in downtown Albany. Hannah Lockwood will talk about Olympic Rugby coming to Albany. Seating is limited. Call: 541-928-8975 to reserve a space and get more information on this month’s program. • LEBANON GARDEN CLUB STANDARD FLOWER SHOW is scheduled for the afternoons of June 1 and 2 at the Evangelical Church Annex, Ash and Park Sts. To get more information go to: www.lebanongardenclub.org, or call: 541401-2336. • THE OLYMPIC JOURNEY: GOING PLACES will

be presented at 7:30PM on June 7, in the Russell Tripp Performance Center on the Linn Benton Community College campus in Albany. Call: 541-917-4531 for ticket and info. GRAPES AND GRAINS exposition is scheduled 4PM through 10PM on Friday, June 8, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. To get details call: 541-754-9511 CORVALLIS SQUARES MAINSTREAM/PLUS DANCE will take place at 7:30PM on June 9 at the First Congregational Church, 4515 S.W. West Hills Road. Call: 541-758-6567 for more information. DAILY LIFE IN 1859 AT ALBANY’S HISTORIC MONTEITH HOUSE. For more information on this event to be held at the house located at 518 S.W. Second Ave. in downtown Albany, call: 541-928-2469 or go online to www. albanydowntown.com. SWEET HOME JIM BEAM MEMORIAL SAFETY FAIR will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 1950 Main St. in Sweet Home. Call: 541-367-8969 for info on this event. ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, June 13, at Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant. All women are welcome. The brunch will feature a special inspirational speaker Tanya Gorham. High Points writer Karen Rogers will talk about collectable jewelry from Janet Ralston’s Albany shop “Timeless Treasures”. To get more details and reservations call: 541-926-7288. CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a no-host breakfast. There is no additional charge for attending. The next Christian Chamber meeting will be on the morning of June 14 and features a special guest speaker (see Good Faith page 7 of this month’s issue of High Points for speaker information). This is a great networking opportunity for Christian business owners. Go online: www. cccnw.org or call: 541-791-2901 for more info. PIONEER PICNIC takes place in Brownsville June 15-17 with a schedule of great family activities throughout the weekend and a Grand Parade on the morning of June 16. For more details see the front page article in this issue of High Points or go online to www.historicbrownsville.com.

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• 5K DAM FUN RUN AND WALK featuring a kid’s ½ mile run will be held at 9AM on Saturday, June 16, at Foster Dam, east of Sweet Home. For more info call: 541-367-8969; or go online to: www.ci.sweet-home.or.us. • ALBANY GARDEN TOUR is set to take place from 10AM until 4PM on Saturday, June 16 for more information go to: ww.albanyvisitors.com. • “REALITY SHATTERED” features performances by a number of local and internationally known magicians. This one-time performance will be held in the Forum at Linn Benton Community College in Albany on the evening of June 16. See the article in this issue of High Points for ticket information and other details. • TALKING WATER GARDENS OPENING CEREMONY is set for 4PM on June 20 at the Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens, 577 Waverly Drive N.E. in Albany. Get more information at: www.cityofalbany.net. • MARKS RIDGE WINERY SUMMER MUSIC SERIES will present musical performances on June 22 and 27 at the winery located at 29255 Berlin Rd. in Sweet Home. Call: 541367-3292 or go online to: www.marksridge.com for details. • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER presents “Countergirls” with performances on June 22, 23, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6 and 7. The theater is located at 111 W. First Avenue in downtown Albany. For tickets and info go online to: www.albanycivic.org. • OREGON SPRINT BOAT RACES are scheduled starting at 10AM on Saturday, June 30, at the Field of Dreams, 33131 Witt Drive in Tangent, south of Albany. More details are available by calling: 541-967-8998. • ALBANY NOSH TOUR, otherwise known as A.N.T, will be held June 30 starting at 4pm. Take part in tastings at many of Albany’s finest restaurants. Get ticket and other information by calling: 541-928-0911; or go to: www.albanyvisitors.com.

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across the state by over 15-hundred people. Besides her duties with the state PTA, she also currently serves in the organization at Oak and Waverly elementary schools in This month we want to salute Michelle Wilkinson, a Albany. real supporter of PTA and other groups benefiting kids, Michelle was also a driving factor in the organization as well as a tireless volunteer in the Points for Profit of the Greater Albany Council program. Many readers who attend PTA and bringing the group into our monthly Points for Profit dinners the Points for Profit program as a will know Michelle as the lady at the non-profit member making them table when you enter who registers eligible to earn points and qualify you and accepts the door prizes that for a cash award. When Points you bring. for Profit needs help at an event Michelle has long been a or for some other purpose, she is volunteer in the PTA program always one of the first to volunteer on both the state and local level. her services. That is why she was According to her friend and PTA photo by Caryl Young, In The Lens photography named the Points for Profit Volunteer co-worker John McDaniel, “Michelle Lauralee Beck (L) presents the Points for of the Year at last January’s awards has been involved in PTA most of Profit Volunteer of the Year award to Michelle her adult life.” He added, “she truly Wilkinson at last January’s awards ceremony. ceremony. Outside the PTA world Michelle has a heart for children’s advocacy is also a volunteer in other and believes in the PTA mission to give every child organizations including Good Sam and Dogs for the Deaf. representation with regards to educational issues.” When it comes to people with big hearts and being the For the past two years Michelle has held the position first to step up and volunteer to help for a cause, Michelle on the State PTA board as vice-president for membership Wilkinson is one of those at the very top of the list. Big and has instituted two great campaigns across the state of congratulations and thank you for all of your efforts from Oregon to increase membership in the organization. She the High Points staff. is credited with helping to increase membership in PTA’s

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Beware the Sneaky Saboteur! If you watch the news this evening, you are bound to hear a story about the “national obesity crisis”. It is a hot topic. The average American is overweight and facing a variety of physical and emotional health-consequences as a result. How did we get here? The formula is simple: We ingest more calories than we burn. The body is a remarkable score keeper. Each time we fail to utilize all the calories we take in, our body notes the overage. When we have accumulated approximately 3500 extra calories in this way (poof!), we gain a pound on the scale. If you are trying to lose weight, you have probably already made some adjustments in your diet. However, if you are a typical dieter, you have overlooked a very sneaky source of calories. Whether you are dining at home or in a restaurant, do you factor the beverage into your meal selection? According to a recent study, most people do not. Our mind tends to “skip over” liquids when we evaluate the nutritional value of the food in front of

us, perhaps because drinks do not give us a sense of fullness. Unfortunately, a calorie is a calorie, whether or not it fills you up! How often have Pamela you passed on the Becker, RpH French fries at a Rice’s fast food restaurant, Pharmacy, opting for just a Gifts & Wine burger and fountain drink (non-diet)? A “Pill Box Pharmacy” Were you secretly pleased with your restraint? Sit down. The shocking truth is; you would have consumed 100 fewer calories if you had ordered the hamburger with a small fry and a calorie-free beverage. After lunch, did you stop to refill your large regular soda in order to have something to sip on through the afternoon? If so, you consumed the caloric equivalent of another halfmeal, but you’ll be no less hungry at dinner time. Did your day begin with a flavored coffee? Will it end with a cocktail? It is easy to “rack up” an extra 1000 calories per day without thinking. But remember, the body won’t forget to count those “sneaky” calories, and every 3500 calories adds Saboteur continued on page 18

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Ahh the sun is shining in the Willamette Valley (finally). Time for biking, hiking and working in the garden. But with the sun comes a funny phrase you hear from time to time: “I’m out getting my Vitamin D”. Whaaaa? A Vitamin from the sun?!? Well it’s true. When we are catching some rays we are also catching a dose of one of the most amazing, important and unfortunately, deficient vitamins around. First let’s talk about what Vitamin D does for you. It helps you absorb vital minerals such as calcium and phosphorus to make healthy bones and energetic cells. It helps your nervous system control your muscles. It encourages cell growth and is an important part of your immune system, helping to fight off infection and autoimmune disease. It even enhances the action of insulin in your body. People who are low in Vitamin D may suffer from the following: • Back Pain • Decreased breathing • Cancer • Colds • Congestive Heart Failure • Diabetes • Fatigue • Hearing Loss • Influenza • Osteoporosis • Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) • And more...

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component to your overall health. We get it through the sun when the UV light converts a chemical in the skin that becomes Vitamin D or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D is then converted by the liver and the kidneys so Dr. Jason that it can be useful Young throughout your body. Most organs have receptors for Vitamin D indicating that it is used for a wide variety of purposes. If you don’t get a lot of sun exposure... say you live in the Pacific North West... then it is easy to become deficient in Vitamin D. In fact more people suffer Heart Attacks, Depression, Autoimmune flare ups, etc in the winter and fall and this is thought to be because of lower Vitamin D production in the skin due to a lack of sunlight. Supplementing Vitamin D can really help improve these problems. So how much should you take and what kind? The RDA for Vitamin D is 400 IU for kids and 800 for adults. This is WAAAAY too low. That is how much you need to avoid a condition called Ricketts but it is no where near enough to be as healthy as you want to be. When you consider that an adult will use 1,000-4,000 IU of Vitamin D daily then it becomes clear that your dose needs to be higher. People with great sun exposure will manufacture about 10,000 IU of Vitamin D per day. I recommend that adults take at least 4,000-10,000 IU per day. There are no reported cases of

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When Can I Enroll Finds in Medicare There are certain periods when you can join, change or drop the different parts of Medicare (Part A – for hospital benefits, Part B – for Outpatient medical and Physicians benefits, Part C – for Medicare Advantage plans, and Part D – Medicare Prescription Drug plans). There are five (5) different enrollment periods in relation to the different parts of Medicare. • Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) • General Enrollment Period (GEP) • Annual Election Period (AEP) • Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and Special Elections Periods (SEPs), and • Medicare advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) Initial Enrollment Period (IEP): This enrollment is available when you are FIRST enrolled in Original Medicare Part A and Part B. The period is 7 months, starting 3 months before the month of your eligibility, the month of your eligibility, and 3 months following the month of your

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Adirondack chairs have been around for over a century, but their timeless design is still as popular as ever among those of us looking for comfortable and relaxing outdoor furniture. The original Adirondack chair was invented in 1903 by a man called Thomas Lee, whilst vacationing with his family in Westport, New York. The simple but sturdy design, incorporating the characteristic slanted back and wide armrests, was patented by Harry Bunuel, who named this new style of outdoor chair after the nearby Adirondack region. He went on to successfully sell his Adirondack chairs made from hemlock to summer residents of the resort of Westport for the next 20 years. The classic design continues to be a favorite to this day. The enduring appeal of Adirondack furniture lies in the fact that not only does it look great in almost any recreational setting, from porches to lawns, decks to patios, it is also incredibly comfortable to sit in. Adirondack chairs are made from different types of wood, including cedar, teak and mahogany. The wood can be left to weather naturally, stained to preserve its natural color, or painted in any shade you choose. Modern alternatives that are virtually

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Are you aware of the fact that around one sixth of the total electricity produced in the United States goes in air conditioning buildings? The U.S. Department of Energy has therefore increased the minimum energy efficiency rating for air conditioners on 23rd January 2006. The increased energy efficiency ratings would be useful for all, as it would help in reducing the energy bills as well as pollution. Do you know how efficient your air conditioner is? One way you can easily find out is through SEER, or a seasonal energy efficiency ratio measurement. SEER is used to set a basic standard for machines that are friendly to the environment. It rates an air conditioner on the basis of the amount of energy it can effectively use. If the SEER number of the machine is high, it indicates that the efficiency is also high. Since the concerns about the environment have increased, the amount of the SEER on air conditioning machines has also gone up. Whereas in 1992, the minimum SEER standard was 10, the newest law passed in January 2006 has raising the minimum SEER to 13. This rise in the SEER from 10 to 13 means that the

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efficiency of a particular air conditioner has improved by 30 percent. However, a machine with a higher SEER would mean that its price and the installation costs would also mount up. But this does not really seem to affect most people as they presume that a higher initial investment would ultimately be cost effective in the long run, and they would be able to save on their energy bills this way. If you are impressed by the fact that one sixth of the United States’ electricity goes into air conditioning, you would even more pleased to know that The Department of Energy assumes that by 2030, the energy and SEER laws will be further changed. The energy that they would thus save would actually provide enough electricity for 26 million homes for an entire year! So the best way you can save energy is to bring home a good quality air conditioner. The most vital thing is regular maintenance of your cooling unit. You can ensure maximum efficiency of your air conditioner by changing the filters and verifying the functioning of the machine from time to time. Regular maintenance saves energy and protects your system. Call SERVCO at 541-451-5090 today and one of our certified technicians will install your new air conditioner or service your existing one.

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Dale Butler became the Lead Pastor Studies and Pastoral Ministry and was at Life Community Church in Corvallis ordained in the Church of the Nazarene. just short of a year ago. He, his wife This led him to the their adventure in Michelle of 22 years church planting. After and their three children a year of transition had spent 12 years and planning, Faith Dale in Denver, Colorado Venture Church Butler where Dale served as launched Easter, 2005. Life Youth Pastor and then In 2007, life took Community an unexpected turn planted a church. Church, Dale was born and when Dale was in an Corvallis raised in Ohio, and accident that almost met the love of his life, took his life and sent Michelle at Mt. Vernon him and his family Nazarene University. down some rough CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE They married after roads that challenged meets at 7:30AM the second Thursday of each month at Novak’s in Albany for a she graduated and all that they had put no-host breakfast. began their adventure faith into. The next together with Dale several years brought chasing after a dream of becoming about hard times yet their love for each a audio engineer. He successfully other and their faith in God held strong accomplished that by receiving a degree and brought to them healing and an even in Sound Engineering and spending greater understanding of the grace of love of God. eight years in the Music Business, six of which was in Nashville, Tennessee, and Join us June, 14th at 7:30am for the travelling around the world. Two baby June Christian Chamber meeting at boys later in 1997, he could no longer 7:30am. You can hear from Dale, a gifted ignore the tug in his heart guiding him on speaker with the unique ability to connect a new pursuit that landed he and Michelle with a multi-generational audience. Using in full-time youth ministry in Denver. God’s Word and a passion for sharing Over the next five years, Dale and Christ with others, his own experiences, Michelle were blessed with a baby girl and a keen sense of humor, Dale will and incredible days of ministering to encourage your spirit, challenge your teenagers. Along the way, he was able thinking and bring hope to your life. to finish another degree in Biblical We will see you at Novak’s!

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Our incredible local strawberries are coming into season and they are not only delightfully beautiful but also very nutritious. The bright red color of strawberries is due to their high concentration of antioxidants. Ruby They are an LEwis, excellent source Pizza of vitamin King C and fiber. Strawberries are a member of the rose family, and are the only fruit with seeds on the outside rather than the inside. Always choose strawberries that are plump and firm and have a deep red color, as they do not continue to ripen after they are picked. Handle strawberries with care and wash thoroughly prior to eating. Do not remove the

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Directions • In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, olive oil and poppy seeds. Layer the spinach on four individual chilled salad plates, top with onions, cucumber, and then the strawberries. Pour the dressing over salad, and refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Just before serving sprinkle with almonds. • Makes 4 Servings

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Attack of the Slime Monsters! By Karen Rogers

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As strong, hardy Oregonians we are used to confronting forces of nature that would scare effete Easterners into conniption fits‌Like rain, slugs and snails. The first time my New Jersey native Uncle spotted a banana slug he was ready to grab his 12gauge shotgun! Slugs are a real nuisance. Have you ever accidentally grabbed one bare-handed while weeding? My poor Dad hit The perfect snail trap. an enormous one while operating a string trimmer. The ensuing slime bath was very nasty‌ hysterically funny to me but not to him. We now have to deal with an imported varmint- a thin shelled brown snail. How it got here no one seems to know, but they are everywhere. My hostas look like lace! When I’m weeding, I keep a pickle jar full of salt water handy and drop them into it- salt kills them instantly. Lay out boards at night and both slugs

and snails will take refuge under them and you can dispose of them in the morning. Also, these wicked gastropods are heavy topers- they all love beer and will gladly over indulge and drown. But how do you keep out the rain? I use half- gallon milk jugs. Cut a rectangle about 1� high and 4-5� wide in the side of the carton. Keep it an inch above the bottom. Fill it with cheap beer and set it in infested areas. If you make it, they will come. Be sure to clean it every day or it can get really nastyjust unscrew the top and tip out the contents, rinse and refill. I hate to use slug bait because I like to eat what I produce and this is a good solution. It’s a cheap and fairly easy way to get rid of these icky creatures. If you should ever find out WHO introduced this new snail to our area, some of us gardeners would LOVE to have a nice chat with them.

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Manager’s Corner By Kathy Dennis, Director of Points for Profit Q: I have been reading about your monthly meetings at the Eagles on the last Tuesday of every month and they really sound like fun! I am not a member of any of the businesses or charities you work with but I support many of them. Are “outsiders” allowed to attend those monthly meetings? Also, if I shop at some of your businesses can I turn in my receipts to one of your charities even if I am not a member? A: What great questions! Of course you can attend and bring all your friends! Points for Profit is here to help sustain our community. We do that by bringing in businesses that you can trust so you can save those receipts to help those in the community that you love (our non-profit partners). We encourage all to not only come to the meetings but to shop local and save your receipts! The more of us that pay attention to where we are doing business the greater impact we can have in our own community! The meetings are like a monthly family reunion where you can meet the Points for Profit family, enjoy a great meal and win some awesome prizes! Dinner is only $8 each and includes your meal, beverage and dessert! Just call 541-7912901 and let us know you are coming! We’ll see you there!

Points for Profit meeting is June 26th from 6-8pm at the Albany Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St NW, Albany. The theme is ‘Independence Day.’ Dinner is $8 for adults, children five and under are free. If you would like to reserve a dinner please RSVP by 5pm June 25th to kdennis@inspiritmarketing.com or call (541) 791-2901

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June On Location This month’s “On Location” will be Hertz NW Car Sales at 520 Airport Road on Thursday, June 28th from 5:30-8:30p. Come out and enjoy the barbecue and meet the staff. Your non-profit will receive 5 million points for everyone who attends and you will all enjoy hot dogs, potato salad, BBQ Beans and dessert! Last year 110 people attended. Let’s break the record this time! Vehicles are major purchases so when you’re shopping for your next one, we recommend that you answer some questions about your choices. In doing so, you can be assured that you will drive away satisfied that you have made the best possible selection for your needs. 1. How I be using this vehicle be used? - Commuting – how far? - In town stop and go - Hauling 2. How many people will be riding with me? 3. What are my mileage expectations? - In town - Highway 4. What amenities do I want or need? - Air conditioning

- Stereo - Seat warmers - Automatic windows and doors - Leather, cloth or vinyl seats - Sunroof, convertible - Sports car, compact, full size or pick-up - Tinted windows, power steering - 4-wheel drive, front wheel drive - Stick or automatic shift By answering these questions and contacting your bank in advance of your purchase to prequalify your loan, you will be prepared to buy exactly what you want. At Hertz NW Cars sales they understand that you probably can’t answer every question about your purchase in advance because they know we just “fall in love” sometimes with our cars or trucks but having the work done ahead of time means we can do the best possible job for you. Contact Hertz today at 541-791-5339 or drop by the store and we’ll see you all on Thursday, June 28th for the June On Location for Points for Profit!


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Summer draws near, and everyone is spending every possible minute of free time outside in the beautiful, sunny weather. There’s plenty to do out there, but if you grow tired of the sports and the driving, you might consider looking into some outdoor hobbies! ASA Hobbies in Albany carries some things that might be interesting to someone who is bored and outside. Consider model rockets, for example. Model rockets are easy to assemble, and easy to launch. On top of that, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get started. Just find an open area with calm air, and fire one off! Altitudes range from 500 feet, all the way up to 1500 or more! It’s easy to do and lots of fun. Try it out! Then, there are the radio control hobbies with boats, planes, helicopters,

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Turn your Life Around with One Simple Test Having trouble staying asleep at sleep apnea but have little to no visible night? Feeling tired during the day? symptoms. Or would you just simply like to make But while sleep apnea may be sure that you are hard to recognize sleeping healthy? first hand, it is the There are many effect it has on Ann reasons why one its victims that is Turner, should look into easily recognizable. A Turning the benefits of Untreated sleep LEaf Home undergoing a sleep apnea is well MEdical study. known to have a It has been negative effect shown that on one’s quality sleep disordered of life, causing breathing affects as many as 9% of symptoms such as excessive daytime middle-aged women and 24% of sleepiness, decreased libido, slower middle aged men. 1) The amount of attention span and depression (to people that know they suffer from a name a few). If left untreated for a sleep disorder is much smaller. In fact prolonged period of time, sleep apnea some studies show that as many as can lead to much more serious issues 90% of individuals with sleep apnea such as hypertension, diabetes, high are un-diagnosed. 2) In short, there cholesterol and heart disease. is a major awareness problem that is It is for these reasons that sleep preventing healthcare professionals professionals like me, along with from stopping this serious disease. specialists across the whole spectrum The problem with sleep apnea is of healthcare are encouraging people that oftentimes individuals do not to look into sleep testing. Since the know that they are suffering from it. effects of sleep apnea can be so Some people who sleep alone have no devastating to one’s health, there way of knowing they are not sleeping is a movement in health care to well, since there isn’t anyone around provide sleep testing to patients at in to witness their problems first hand. increased frequency. A sleep study is Another problem is that there are some Apnea continued on page 18 cases where a person can suffer from

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Autos for Animals Donate your car, truck, boat or RV to SafeHaven and it is tax deductible. Best of all, the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle will directly support the animals at SafeHaven. For more information email donate@safehavenhumane.com. Estate Gifts Leave a lasting legacy by including SafeHaven in your will or trust. Because SafeHaven is a non profit 501 (C) (3), some charitable gifts may actually save your family money by decreasing inheritance taxes. If you are interested in more information on how to make a planned gift, call Development Director Jackie Saling at (541) 928-6280 or email jackie@safehavenhumane.com.

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Friends for Life Because there is a chance your pets may outlive you, SafeHaven has a program that enables donors to make arrangements for their pets after they are gone or if unable to care for them. The gift to SafeHaven ensures surviving pets receive care and new homes after their owners are gone. For more information call (541) 928-6280 or email jackie@ safehavenhumane.com. In-kind donations Donating much needed supplies like bleach, paper towels, and detergent help keep shelter overhead costs down. See our complete wish list online at www. safehavenhumane.com/wishlist.com. Monetary Donations SafeHaven relies entirely on donations from people like you to operate and save over 1,200 pets annually. We receive no tax dollars and are not affiliated with any other humane

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Angela is a very intelligent and energetic girl. She is friendly and gets along great with kids. She seems to be housebroke and our trainer has let her “hang” in her office with her and she seems to have good indoor manners. She doesn’t really like other dogs or cats and would prefer a home where she can be the only pet. Please come and visit Angela!

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Summer is approaching and its time to tame the lawns and start the gardens. With these activities come certain hazards that all pet owner/weekend garden warriors should be aware of. Pesticide ingestion is one of the most common reasons for an emergency trip to the veterinarian, particularly ingestion of slug bait. Slug baits containing metaldehyde can make dogs very sick and even die. Signs depend on the amount ingested and include muscle tremors, hypersalivation, seizures, bounding heart rate and abdominal pain. Seizures can be so severe that anesthesia may be necessary to get them to stop. If you have a dog or cat and use slug bait choose a product that contains iron phosphate and is labeled safe for pets. Other pesticides that are harmful to pets include mole and gopher bait and most rat poisons. Unfortunately these baits don’t just attract rodents. Consider trapping instead. What’s more these poisons are passed to dogs and cats that may happen to eat an exposed rodent. The National Pesticide Information Center (npic.orst.edu, 800-858-7378) based at Oregon State University is an excellent resource for more information various pesticides. Mulch and compost are also potential dangers for dogs that tend to be indiscriminate about what they eat. Compost heaps can harbor fungal toxins that can cause a dog

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to have severe tremors and become hyperthermic. Signs can develop just two hours after exposure. Compost piles can also harbor botulinum toxin as well as salmonella and E. coli that can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. If you want to mulch consider investing in products that contain the material rather than mulching in piles. Cocoa bean shells are found in some commercial garden mulches and if ingested may cause symptoms similar to chocolate toxicity, including restlessness, bounding heart rate and vomiting and diarrhea. Fertilizer and herbicides can also be toxic to pets. If using fertilizers or herbicides keep your pets off treated surfaces until product is dry and carefully follow instructions to avoid over application. Certain fertilizers like rose food may contain dangerously high levels of organophosphates that can kill a dog if ingested. Consider using natural, organic remedies that may be far less toxic by visiting the website for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (healthylawns.org). Be aware that some organic products like bone meal may tempt some dogs to ingest them and can be toxic as well. If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not a product is potentially harmful please contact Albany Animal Hospital at 541-9268817 or visit the ASPCA website (www.aspca.org) or the Pet Poison Helpline (www.petpoisonhelpline. com).


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Singing Through Summer “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” is a great musical number to usher in summer. It is just one of the many memorable songs penned by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein for their 1945 Broadway stage musical “Carousel”, and later in the 1956 movie of the same name starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. It was not Rogers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration. That came when their musical production of “Oklahoma” premiered on Broadway in 1943. It was a play that ran all the way until it finally closed in 1948. It was made into a movie again pairing Mac Rae and Jones in 1955 The popularity of the two shows caused Twentieth Century Fox to contract the pair to write a score for a remake of an old 1933 Will Rogers non-musical movie named “State Fair”. It would produce several hit songs and would be the only time Rogers and Hammerstein would ever write a score together specifically for a movie. The original 1945 Technicolor “State Fair” is nearly forgotten now but is a real musical gem with a terrific mid-40’s cast of Fox’s

top stars. “State Fair” was remade in 1962 by Fox and was unsuccessful despite the cast including Pat Boone, Ann Margaret and, out of retirement for her last film appearance, Alice Faye. Rick On Broadway and Rogers in films Rogers and Movies Hammerstein could and DVDs do no wrong. There was “South Pacific” in 1949, “Flower Drum Song” in 1958 and “Sound of Music” in 1959. All were made into movies in the next few years with “Sound of Music” becoming one of the most successful movies ever released. Fortunately for us, all of these great Rogers and Hammerstein musicals are available on DVD for us to enjoy whenever we want and make a great summer’s evening entertainment. I am old enough to have seen all of these in a theater when they were new releases. Whether its the song “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific”, or the rousing main theme sung by a stage full of cowboys and ranchers in “Oklahoma” it’s music that will live for decades to come, through movies and stage revivals. Happy summer everyone!

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The Passage By Justin Cronin If I were to recommend a book which is the first of a trilogy of vampire epic fantasy, at least half of this article’s readers would just groan, say, “Not another vampire book!” and skip to the next page. And if I were to recommend a novel written by a critically praised and award-winning author which intelligently treats dreams, souls, spiritual corruption, love, and redemption, the other half of this article’s readers might groan and say, “Save it for Oprah!” and skip to the next page. The Passage, by Justin Cronin, is both of these things. It is truly a work of literature: although there are nail-biting action scenes, and there are harrowing accounts of what may be the end of the world, this is about vampires the same way that Frankenstein is about monsters, or Moby-Dick about whales: as a vehicle to reveal the inner workings of the human soul. The set-up of The Passage sounds like one of the worst horror B-films of all time: over a century before the

story begins, a government experiment gone terribly wrong transformed unwitting humans into vampire-like monsters who then broke out of their confinement. Scott Horrible, demonic, Givens, and nearly Browsers Book Stores unstoppable, they slew turned most of Albany & civilization within Corvallis a matter of a few short years. Sound bad yet? It gets worse, because our story now starts, and we have small groups of humans who struggle to survive against the elements and the vampires; they use technology which they no longer fully understand; and their numbers are shrinking. Enter into all of this, a girl…A girl who seemingly has some sort of connection with the vampires...A girl who may be one herself. Despite the hackneyed plot outline, the writing is superlative, the storytelling is gripping, the characters are realistic, and the tale is memorable. I personally dislike starting a series before it has been published in its entirety, but in this case, I’m going to read book two as soon as it comes out (this October, by the way.)


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Cellulite and Inch Loss Cellulite refers to the dimpled or orange peel appearance on the thighs, buttocks, hips and other areas. Cellulite is more sensitive than normal skin and can feel cold to the touch. It may appear whiter than the rest of the skin. Hard cellulite which is found in active women such as dancers or athletes is the hardest to reduce because it attaches to the muscle. Oft cellulite on the other hand is more noticeable but easier to reduce. Cellulite is develops when the skin sends down anchoring connective tissue to the muscle. In between this connective tissue and muscle are fat deposits. When the fat deposits become hard and large they push against the connective tissue and stretch it, which therefore creates the outward appearance of lumps and bumps. This can because by a number of things poor circulation, lack of exercise, poor lymphatic system drainage, food allergies, eating foods high in preservatives, yo-yo dieting, too much sun, lack of water, genetics, pregnancy, aging, smoking, tension and stress, medication. Primarily women develop cellulite

because there connective tissue is composed of x-shaped bands. These bands bind the skin to deeper tissues such as fascia or Lindie M. muscle. The part Truex, that is attached to Boulevard the skin traps the Boutique Spa fat, and the fat ends & Skin Care up pushing on the Clinic skin creating the 541-791-2800 lump and bump effect. Most cellulite develops in girls around the age of 14 and increases through the years due to the thinning and redistribution of the subcutaneous skin. Men rarely develop cellulite because their connective tissue is perpendicular, which heads the collection of fat build up. Around 80% of western women believe they have cellulite. Even if a person has only 15% body fat, that person can have cellulite. Toxins and fat that have built up in the body are a large part of cellulite, and can affect women of any weight, size, or body structure. Sadly liposuction does not permanently get rid of cellulite. Any cellulite program should include stimulation of the body’s elimination functions, increasing the

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Manners The most often answers to why we wear sunglasses are for comfort and fashion. From our side of the question, there are several very important health related reasons. We, the Custom Eyes of Albany staff, see some of the consequences of unprotected exposure of eyes to UV rays from the sun. Several of these problems are cataracts, photokeratitis (snow blindness), pterygium, and skin cancer around the eyelids. We feel good sunglasses are most important for the youth. In the first place they often spend more hours in the sun than many of the adults. Also the lens, in the eyes of the youth, absorbs a higher percentage of UV than occurs in adults. Most research states that 50 to 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18. In Australia children are required to come to school with sunglasses, long-sleeves, and a brimmed hat. Cataracts develop to the degree of vision obstruction for most people in “their mature years.” One of the main contributing factors is the effect of

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exposure to UV rays. As we age, the lens in the eye continues to grow in thickness by growing new layers. The lens is the part of the eye that absorbs the UV. Some research shows that the process of cataract development is accelerated with increased UV exposure. Pterygium is a benign (noncancerous) growth of the conjunctiva of the eye. It most often grows from the nasal side of the sclera. In advanced stages, it can affect vision as it invades the cornea. Excessive exposure to UV rays, from the sun and reflected by water is one of the main causes of pterygium growth. Other contributing environmental factors are wind and blowing sand. Water-sport and snowsport athletes should wear eye protection that blocks 100% of UV A and B. Photokeratitis is a burn of the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye) by ultraviolet B rays (UVB.) This occurs, most often, at high altitudes on highly reflective snow. Fresh snow can reflect 80 percent of UV rays, nearly doubling overall exposure to solar UV radiation. Other sources of potential corneal photokeratitis are sun tanning beds,

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Tribute Gifts Tribute gifts can be made in honor of or in memory of a pet or loved one. A card will be sent with a personalized note if you choose.

Fun Stuff Donations of fine art, jewelry, gift certificates, or vacation rentals can be turned into cash for the animals. For more information on what we can accept email jackie@safehavenhumane.com. Matching Gifts Often companies match their employees’ charitable contributions to non-profit organizations like SafeHaven. Just ask your employer for a matching application form and send it in with your donation. Volunteer SafeHaven’s volunteer program is open to youth, adults and students needing school credit. Interested in helping out? Contact Jodi Javage at volunteer@ Sunglasses continued from page 15

welder’s arc, photographic flood lamps, lightning, electrical sparks, halogen desk lamps, and a solar eclipse. We hope you now appreciate the importance of quality sun wear. We stress quality to insure you are wearing lenses that have the UVB as well as the UVA blockage and lenses that are not warped or are aberrated. In our office, Mandee is very knowledgeable regarding the attributes of the many sunglasses we carry and can help you choose a pair for your needs and fashion.

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This time of year so many of us suffer from allergies and most people are surprised to learn that cockroaches are a trigger of allergies and asthma attacks. The pests’ saliva, droppings and Sean decomposing Meiner bodies Healthy contain Home Pest allergen Control, LLC proteins (541) 570-0095 known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children. Most people are aware of typical indoor allergens including mold, pet dander, dust and second-hand smoke, but should also be mindful of any cockroach infestations in their home or other places such as schools. Cockroach allergens are typically found in areas that are hard to see, such as under appliances and sinks, so it’s important to periodically check those areas, keeping them clean and dry.” Cockroaches also spread disease such as Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs, easily contaminating food and surfaces that they touch. They spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six types of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. Here in the valley we have two species of roaches that can be commonly found and they are the Brown Banded Roach and the German Roach. The more common of the two species is the German Roach and it is typically found in homes and restaurants. They hide in cracks and crevices of cupboards and

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around appliances that give off warmth. A single female roach in a structure can birth 50 babies in one egg capsule and before for you know it you have a full blown infestation on your hands.

We recommend these tips to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home. • Do not save a large supply of paper grocery bags or cardboard. • Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways. • Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage regularly. • Keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs that attract pests. • Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms especially under appliances and sinks, as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. If you suspect an infestation, contact Healthy Home Pest Control, LLC at 541-570-0095 to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.


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toxicity supplementing up to 10,000 IU per day, even with good sun exposure so you can rest assured that this amount is safe. For children I recommend 1,000 IU per day and this is especially important for breastfed infants who should get 400-800 IU per day by way of supplementation. If you have seen different types of Vitamin D out there you want to use Vitamin D3 which is the

Keep Waking Up with Headaches? If the first thing you feel in the morning is a headache or pain behind your eyes or pain in your neck and shoulders, come in for a visit. What you’re experiencing could be the result of problems in your mouth. These are common symptoms of a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which basically means that your jaws don’t align properly. This misalignment stresses the jaw joints, putting pressure on nerves and muscles – which can result in morning headaches, migraines or facial and neck pain. Not everyone with TMJ disorder shows symptoms. And not everyone has headaches or pain; TMJ disorder can also lead to broken teeth or fillings, loose teeth and toothaches. What is certain is that if you do display any of these symptoms, they won’t get better

form of Vitamin D that occurs naturally in the body. Beat depression, infections and chronic disease by making sure you get the nutrition you need. If you think you may be suffering the effects of Vitamin deficiency please contact me at Body of Health Chiropractic & Wellness Center (541) 753-1287 or visit www. yourbodyofhealth.com.

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without professional help. Many people find that resting the jaw helps ease the pain. You can do this by eating soft foods, avoiding chewing gum and hard candies. We can also show you jaw exercises to stretch the jaw joints and relieve stress. For most people, the most effective treatment is a custom dental splint that fits over your over and lower teeth. This reduces the damage done from repeated clenching of the jaw or teeth grinding. If these conservative methods don’t work, you still have other options. The temporomandibular joints can be flushed out, or an injection of cortisone can help relieve inflammation and pain. Worse-case scenario, you might need surgery. Call Mid-Valley Dental today at 541-928-2301 or come in for a visit and we’ll help you find the right solution.

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change made during the AEP will be effective January 1st of the following year. Special Enrollment Period (SEP): This Special Enrollment exists for Part B, and exists for Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug plans (Part D). This SEP is available for people who delay enrollment in Part B because they have employer group coverage. If you become eligible for Medicare at 65, and have coverage from an employer group health plan based on your or your spouse’s current employment, you

may delay enrollment in Part B. When you stop working or your employer group health coverage ends, you have an SEP to enroll in Part B. The SEP is 8 months following the end of employment or employer group health coverage, whichever is earlier. If you enroll during the SEP you do not owe the late enrollment penalty for Part B. Next month we will review other SEP examples and the last two enrollment periods; the General Election Period (GEP) and Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP).

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body’s circulation and metabolism process, support of the reduction of excess fluid retention; re-establish the elasticity of connective tissue. Cellulite is a permanent change in the body. Although there is no cure for cellulite however there is a way effectively fight it and ultimately reduce it. I have added new equipment to our clinic that stimulates the body’s elimination functions, controls excess

fluid retention, controls excess fluid retention by opening up the lymphatic system, and increasing circulation and metabolism. By getting the blood flowing hard lumps and bumps can be broken down and allows the body to re-establish the elasticity of connective tissue. The procedure is far superior to option available in the past and results amazing and are non invasive, unlike liposuction.


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as possible. Pack up everything you don’t use on a daily basis and label your boxes with the room they’ll be going to in the new house to make unpacking easier. Remember these are just a few tips to check as general guidelines. Each situation is different. I can be reached at Keller Williams, or by calling 541-936-2043. Apnea continued from page 12

normally performed in an overnight facility, where a patient sleeps while certain physiologic signals are monitored. The test usually takes only one to two nights. But there are also tests that can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your own home. In short, there are many options available when it comes to receiving a sleep test. People who treat their sleep apnea are delighted by the benefits of good sleep which include: increased energy and mood, an improved performance at work and a renewed interest in hobbies and social activities. Many are also able to finally succeed with their weight-loss, fitness plans or their plans to quit smoking. But the greatest benefit patients get from treating their sleep apnea is the knowledge that they are no longer at risk from developing sleep apnea induced diseases such as hypertension, heart disease along with all the other negative conditions that it can cause. So if you feel that you are having trouble sleeping, if you are known to snore or if you just want to make sure that you are sleeping healthy; ask your doctor about sleeping testing. 1 Young T, Palta M, Dempsey J, Skatrud J, Weber S, Badr S. The occurrence of sleep-disordered breathing among middle-aged adults. The New England Journal Of Medicine 1993;328(17):1230-35. 2 Young T, Evans L, Finn L, Palta M. Estimation of the clinically diagnosed proportion of sleep apnea syndrome in middle-aged men and women. Sleep 1997;20(9):705-06.

“Mantiques” for Father’s Day motorcycle weathervane that just came in. We also always have a wide variety of collector cars and trucks, a huge license plate collection, and We are so excited about all the wonderful, other various vintage car collectibles. unique, gifts we have in the mall If your Dad is a tool right now that Dad would love. enthusiast you’ll love shopping Don’t settle on getting him the for him here. We have several usual tie or shirt that he secretly dealers who specialize in wishes he didn’t have to wear. finding and restoring all kinds Find him something he really of tools. There are wrenches, loves. Maybe you can find him a hammers, planes, saws, special little piece of nostalgia, grinders, and pulleys, just to add to an existing collection or name a few and the tools we find something for his man cave. carry were made with a quality Here are a few ideas to get you not seen in tools you buy new motivated. today. For the military buff we Other Father’s Day gift currently have a variety of U.S.N. ideas include, an 1860’s pistol, silver plate serving pieces and pocket knives, old toys, vintage flatware from WWII, a German tie tacks, pocket watches, golf dagger from WWII, several mess clubs, fishing stuff, hunting kits, buttons, medals, post cards, knives, books, lanterns, What dad wouldn’t want an official Cocaclothes, even a military stretcher. Cola cash register for Father’s Day? paintings, or even a Farah Are there any Coca-Cola Fawcett poster or Marilyn collectors out there? We just Monroe doll. got in a variety of Coke items, Albany Antique Mall including a vintage cash register, wishes all the Dads out there a stop light, a neon clock, and a happy and exciting Father’s an awesome neon sign. We also Day! Albany Antique Mall is have a very large red metal Coke a Points for Profit business advertising sign and a variety of partner and is open daily on the glasses, bottles and other small corner of 2nd and Ellsworth items. in downtown Albany. Gift You could definitely surprise certificates are available. Another perfect Father’s Day gift at the Albany Antique Mall. Dad with the beautiful copper by Sharon Anderson Albany Antique Mall

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a pound on the scale! Take a few minutes to tally the number of calories you consume daily in the form of beverages. You can find this information on the internet by typing the name of a beverage followed by the word “nutrition” into a

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Special Magic Night Five Common Payroll Taste Game Comes to L.B.C.C. Mistakes Prepare to enter a world of comedy who made his debut as an Escape and illusion at 7PM on Saturday, Artist at “Another Magical Night at June 16, in the Forum at Linn Benton the Venetian” last October where he Community College in Albany. “Reality performed escapes made famous by Shattered” is an Harry Houdini. experience you Scott Wolf do not want to will be on the miss. This special program as well. night will feature Wolf’s career Internationally has taken him to Acclaimed several different Illusionist, countries on 5 Juggler and continents around Comedian, Henrik the world. He Bothe, a native of has been featured Denmark. Henrik on several has performed in major television International sensation Neonman will make a four languages, programs and in special appearance at the L.B.C.C. Forum Show 50 states, and movies, and has on June 16. 22 countries appeared at the since 1984. Henrik has appeared on Mirage Hotel, and the Bellagio Hotel in the Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, at Las Vegas. Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and as far There will also be a special guest away as Paris. appearance by Neonman, as well as The show will also feature a some other surprises. The night’s number of well-known local magical event will be hosted by award winning entertainers such as Steve Peterson. magician, Jeff McMahon. Peterson has been performing his Bring your imagination and come “Minor Miracles” and “Mirthful join the fun. This show is sure to sell Magical Mysteries” for over 50 years, out so get your tickets before they all appearing at fairs, corporate events, and disappear. For ticket information go online to: www.magicnight.org; or call private parties.  Also featured will be Allen Pilgrim 541-223-1915.

It’s June and time to begin preparing to close the second quarter of our businesses and time for a mid-year checkup. Many things if caught now will save you much grief in future months. For many businesses payroll is a place they struggle. Whether you do your payroll or have someone do it for you, precautions must be taken to prevent the following common mistakes. Businesses found to be out of compliance on these issues could have large tax bills and penalties. 1. Employees classified as independent contractors — You absolutely must get this right! The IRS has strict guidelines on qualifications of the two types of workers. Taxes due, benefits eligibility and whether the worker is issued a W-2 or 1099 all hinge on this. If this is wrong it results in a domino effect of serious issues. 2. Payroll Tax deadlines missed — Whether intentional or not this mistake can cost you serious penalties plus interest. It’s easy to get confused by the different taxes and when each one is due but you must keep this straight. 3. Incorrect Payroll Tax Calculations — You may believe your payroll tax calculations are correct if you use payroll software. However, the old

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“garbage-in, garbage-out” theory applies. Employees set up incorrectly or forgetting to enter payroll tax updates will make your software incorrect. 4. Garnishments — Garnishments have strict guidelines. Failure to adhere to garnishment rules or failing to make garnishment payments on time will result in steep fines. 5. Inadequate Records — There are not only IRS rules for what documents you must have on file but also where certain employee forms must be kept, such as I-9’s. While states and specific agencies vary, typically records, including time sheets, cancelled checks, and W-4 forms, need to be held for four to six years.

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Grasscycling: Healthy Soils, Healthy Streams

Grasscycling is the environmentally friendly practice of replacing fertilizer with your grass clippings. Clippings are mostly made up of water, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus- essential nutrients to plant growth and the primary ingredients in fertilizer. When you grasscycle, these valuable nutrients are returned to the soil and help build a healthier lawn that requires less fertilizer. Studies show you can reduce your fertilizer rates by up to 50% without decreasing the quality of your grass. In fact, grasscycling can actually improve the quality of your lawn by contributing to fewer weeds, higher density, and greener grass.

When you grasscycle you can “Go Green” without turning your lawn brown.

Lawn products can end up in your stream Fertilizers, grass clippings, and yard debris are made up of nutrients (mainly nitrogen and phosphorus). During a rain event, these nutrients can be washed into streams and rivers. The pulse of nutrients creates blooms of algae and aquatic plants. When these plants die, they sink and begin to decompose. Decomposers, such as bacteria and microbes, use up oxygen and lower oxygen levels in the water. Lower dissolved oxygen levels can be harmful to fish populations and the food web.

NO MUSS, NO FUSS Concerned about clippings and clumps cluttering your lawn? Here are few tips you can try: • Use a broom or leaf blower to spread clumps • Mow when the grass is dry • Keep your mower blades sharp to get a clean cut • Try using a mulch mower to reduce the mess • Reduce fertilizer rates throughout the year

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