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Award Winning Author Sets Next Book in Brownsville by Jennifer Rouse, Willamette Valley Visitors Association The city of Brownsville, already well-known as the filming location of the movie “Stand By Me”, may soon have another group of fans heading its way. Jane Kirkpatrick, an Oregon author popular for her historical fiction, has announced that her next book will be based on the life of Eliza Spalding Warren, a pioneer-era Brownsville resident. “The book should be out in 2015, and we are very excited Award winning author that Jane has chosen Jane Kirkpatrick Eliza for her next book.” said Linda McCormick, who manages social media for the Chamber of Commerce. McCormick has been corresponding with Kirkpatrick, who plans to visit Brownsville for her research on the town and the life of Eliza Spalding Warren. Kirkpatrick, of Bend, specializes in historical fiction inspired by the lives of real women. Her novels have twice been finalists for the Oregon Book Awards. The main character in her new novel, Eliza Spalding Warren, was the daughter of Henry H. Spalding, a missionary who was one of the earliest white settlers of the Northwest. As a child, Eliza lived on her parents’ mission settlement among the Nez Perce Native American tribe, and often spent time at the Whitman mission in what is now Walla Walla, Washington. Eliza, then aged 10, was at the Whitman mission in 1847 when strife between the Northwest tribes and the white settlers reached a boiling point and the Whitman family was killed. Eliza survived, becoming the first white female born in the Northwest Territory to survive to adulthood. Her family then left mission work and moved to Brownsville, where Eliza lived during her adult life. McCormick said the new book by Kirkpatrick, to be called “Two Elizas”, could bring additional visitors to Brownsville, which is already known as a stopping point for fans of the movie “Stand By Me”, filmed in Brownsville in 1985. A series of science fiction/fantasy novels by author S.M Stirling, the “Emberverse” series, also features Brownsville. “This book may be one more way to put Brownsville on the map for tourists.” McCormick said. “People love to visit the locations of Jane’s characters.” Kirkpatrick maintains a Facebook presence and Pinterest board where fans of her books often post photos of their pilgrimages to visit her books’ locations.

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Kenny Harvout and Evone Miller receive the $5,000 Teen Challenge award from Points for Profit MC Rick Rogers.

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Local business leaders, non-profit representatives, and supporters gathered at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center on the night of January 28th for the annual Points for Profit awards banquet. Points for Profit is an Albany based organization which partners local businesses with non-profits for their mutual benefit by encouraging non-profit supporters to shop local business participants and turn in their shopping receipts to earn cash awards handed out at the January banquet each year. The non-profits get points based on the total of their receipts and other points earned by attending Points for Profit events during the year. Those points translate into the size of the cash award. Taking first place $5,000 award for 2013 was Teen Challenge, a local organization that works with people to turn their lives around. The second place $ 3,000 award went to the Lebanon High School Drama kids to finance future productions and state competitions. Coming in a close third place with a $2.000 award, was Saint Edwards Youth from

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Lebanon. Fourth place went to Linn-Benton Women for Agriculture with a $1,500 award, and SafeHaven Humane Society came in fifth earning them $1,000. An additional 19 other mid-valley participating non-profits also received cash awards for their participation. In addition, awards were handed out in four categories for local businesses of the year as voted on by Points for Profit supporters. The large Business of the Year award went to Bi-Mart, a founding partner of the Points for Profit program. The medium sized Business of the Year award was presented to Elmer’s Restaurants in Albany and Corvallis. Small Business of the Year was given to Premiere Floor Covering in Lebanon. Finally, home-based Business of the Year went to Kathy Goss, representing Pampered Chef. Five individuals were also recognized as Points for Profit Volunteers of the Year in recognition for their hard work and involvement (see page three for additional details). For more information on the Points for Profit program call 541-791-2901 or visit www.pointsforprofit.org.

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Spring will arrive in March along with daylight savings time, St. Patrick’s Day and more. The mid-valley offers a wide variety of fun, interesting and educational events for the whole family. Each month you will find a list of specially selected educational and entertaining events for you to enjoy. Keep this list handy so you can check it throughout the month.

• SWEET HOME MUD FEST is scheduled for March 1. To get full details go online to: www.themud.com; or call: 541367-7547. • CHILDREN’S PERFORMING ART SERIES “Border Collie International” will take place in the Linn Benton Community College Forum in Albany at 10AM on March 1. Go to: www.cityofalbany.net for details. • ANNUAL SPRING BLUEBIRD WORKSHOP will take place at 1PM on March 1 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. For more information go online: www. lcfairexpo.com. • ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FUNDRAISER will be held at the First Baptist Church on Seven Mile Lane in Brownsville, 1-3:30pm on March 1. For details call: 541-466-5454. • “F.U.N.” TEA PARTY is scheduled for 2PM on March 1 at the Teen Challenge Men’s Center, 31700 Fayetteville Drive in Shedd. For table reservations and other information call: 541491-1002. • DR. SUESS BIRTHDAY AND READ ACROSS AMERICA begins at 5:30PM on March 1 at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Streets in Albany. Get additional details at: www.heritagemall.com. • ALBANY RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB GUN SHOW will take place at the Linn county fair and Expo Center in Albany on March 1 and 2. Details are available at: www.lcfairexpo. com. • ALBANY CIVIC THEATER PRESENTS “Monty Python’s Spamalot” with performances March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13. 14 and 15. The theater is located at 111 W. First Avenue in downtown Albany. Ticket and other information is available at: www.albanycivic.org. • CORVALLIS-O.S.U. SYMPHONY OCHESTRA CONCERT is scheduled for March 2 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the O.S.U. Campus in Corvallis. Get more information online: www.osusymphony.org. • “THE GREENHORNS” FILM SCREENING, March 4, 6:30PM, at the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club, 305 S. Fifth Street. For more information call: 541-224-8095. • TCHA TEE MAN WI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL will

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take place at 4PM on March 7 at the Albany Public Library on S.E, 14th Ave. Call: 541-926-3220 for details. WAVERLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BINGO NIGHT, 425 S.E. Columbus Street in Albany, March 7, doors open at 5PM. For more info: www.plastitcher@centurytel.net. MIXOLOGY MADNESS is scheduled for6:30-10PM on March 7 at the old “All For Fish” location, 223 S.W. Second Avenue in downtown Albany. The event will have a 1920’s theme with a costume contest and more benefiting the Albany Habitat for Humanity. For ticket and other information call: 541-928-2469. NORTHWEST FLY TYER AND FISHING EXPO is coming to the Linn County Fair and Expo Center on March 7, 8 and 9. Get details at: www.lcfairexpo.com. FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER to benefit child Evangelism Fellowship will take place from 8-10AM on March 8 at Applebees Restaurant, 1525 S.E. Geary St. in Albany. Great breakfast for a great cause. For more information call: 541258-7150. LITTLE SPROUTS SEED STARTING AND GARDEN PLANTING, March 8, 11AM, Garland Nursery on Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis. Info at: www. garlandnursery.com. CORVETTE CLUB CAR SHOW, March 8 and 9 at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Streets in Albany. Go to: www. heritagemall.com for more information. ALBANY WOMEN’S CONNECTION MONTHLY BRUNCH will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, March 12, at the Comfort Suites Hotel, 100 Opal Court N.E. This month will feature a painting presentation by Brenda Peterson and music by Madel Jorgensen. All women are welcome. For details and reservations call: 541-258-7782. 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 March 13 and features a special guest speaker. Great networking opportunity for Christian business owners. Go online: cccnw.org. or call: 541-791-2901 for more info. NORTHWEST BUCKSKIN CLUB HORSE SHOW will be held March 14 through 16 at the Lin County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Go to: lcfairexpo.com for more details. CHILDREN’S PERFORMING ART SERIES presents “Wild Wonders Exotic Animals” at the Linn Benton Community College Forum at 10AM on March 15. Information is available online at: www.cityofalbany.net.

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• KID’S ADVENTURE CLUB will meet at Heritage Mall, 14th and Clay Sts. In Albany at 11AM on March 15 to explore “Going Green”. More details available at: heritagemall.com. • THE INS AND OUTS OF INSECTS AND INSECTICIDES will be presented at Garland Nursery on Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis at 1PM on March 15. More information is available at: garlandnursery.com. • SPORTSMANS EXPO, March 15-16, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Info is available at: www. lcfairexpo.com. • GARDEN TO TABLE, a presentation on pears, blueberries, potatoes and leafy greens will take place at 1PM on March 16 at Garland Nursery with a film presentation on “Truck Farming” at 1PM on March 18. Go to: www.garlandnursery. com for details. • FRANK AND WARREN SHEDD’S CIVIL WAR INVOLVEMENT will be the topic of a Linn County Historical Society meeting scheduled for 1pm on March 18. The meeting will take place in the Lakeside Center at the Mennonite Village, 5050 S.E. Columbus St. in Albany. To get information call: 541-926-4680. • NORTHWEST HORSE FAIR AND EXPO, coming March 20-23 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. For details: www.lcfairexpo.com. • POINTS FOR PROFIT MONTHLY DINNER is scheduled for 6PM through 8PM on March 25 at the Eagle’s Lodge, Water and Broadalbin Sts. In downtown Albany. For more information about the Points for Profit program linking local businesses with local non-profit organizations call InSpirit Marketing at: 541-791-2901. • COLUMBIA RIVER DOG AGILITY TRIALS will take place at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany March 28 through 30. www.lcfairexpo.com. • CHINTIMINI KENNEL CLUB AKC DOG SHOW is scheduled for March 29 and 30 at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. Details at: www.lcfairexpo.com. • ANNUAL SWEET HOME ROCK AND MINERAL SHOW, March 29 and 30 at the Sweet Home high School, 1642 Long St. For more information call: 541-367-6186.

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When it comes to Lorraine Anderson, she helps us whenever and wherever she is needed. Lorraine acts as our At our annual Points for Profit awards banquet on Janu- official timekeeper at our Points for Profit dinners and is deeply involved in supporting Sunary 28, It was my pleasure to hand shine Kids and Teen Challenge. out Volunteer of the Year awards to What can I say about Dena Burian five people who have gone far above Blackwell that would do the volunand beyond the call of duty to make teerism justice? She always helps out our monthly dinners and other events at Points for Profit functions, but is huge successes. The awards went to also involved with SafeHaven HuKelly Lancer, Michelle Wilkinson, mane Society and even delivers pet Lorraine Anderson, Kenny Harvest food for the elderly and shut-ins who and Dena Burian Blacklaw. have pets to keep them company. To start with, Kelly Lancer is at Last but not least is Kenny Harnearly every Points for Profit funcvout. Kenny works with Teen Chaltion helping wherever needed. From lenge and is always the noisiest and helping to put up table decorations, Photo by Matteson Photograhy rowdiest attendee at any of out Points to helping with the check-in table at Dena Burian Blackwell recives one of for Profit events. He is also would our monthly dinner meeting, Kelly is the five Volunteer of the Year awards be the first to stand up and give you presented by MC Rick Rogers. always ready and willing to help. the shirt off his back if you needed Michelle Wilkinson, is usually it. His work turning lives around at found checking folks in at the door Teen Challenge would be enough to earn this award if he prize table at our dinners each month. But far more than weren’t such a nice guy to boot. that, she is a champion for the PTA at schools around the Our hats off to all of our Volunteers of the Year. Without Albany area and statewide. Michelle is one if those people who is always there for our Points for Profit family and for your help and support, the Points for Profit program would not have grown in to the community effort it is today. the kids in our communities.

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I first started hearing about Jo Nesbø from people who had read the Millennium Trilogy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels) by Stieg Larsson. Since those books were posthumously published, there would be no further installments in the series, and readers were left looking for similar authors. For about ten years, Jo Nesbø had been writing similar crime novels, and upon the success of Dragon Tattoo, his publisher hoped to reach a wider market. I decided to read Jo Nesbø, and picked up a copy of The Snowman. Like Dragon Tattoo, it is a little graphic for my taste, yet it is certainly a better crafted novel than Larsson’s. Detective Harry Hole sets out to catch what he thinks is the first serial killer in Norway. Unfortunately, his boss and some of his colleagues are doubtful that there could be a serial killer and suspect that Hole just thinks there is because he once received FBI training on

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Love Stinks! Love certainly is in the air in February and not just for people, but for skunks, too! As you may have unfortunately noticed, or smelled, adult skunks become more active and begin their breeding season in late February. They generally only become a nuisance when their burrowing and feeding habits conflict with humans. Even though they don’t truly hibernate, they do “den up” and like to burrow under low porches or buildings by entering foundation openings or utilizing the burrows left by other animals. It is entirely possible to be unaware that skunks have taken up residence under your porch or home until that foul smell becomes impossible to ignore. Adult skunks begin breeding in late February. Yearling females, (born in the preceding year) mate in late March. Gestation usually lasts 7 to 10 weeks. Older females bear young during the first part of May, while yearling females bear young in early June. There is usually only 1 litter annually. Litters commonly consist of 4 to 6 young, but may have from 2 to 16. Younger or smaller females have smaller litters than older or larger females. The young stay with the female until fall. Both sexes mature by the following spring. Skunks eat plant and animal foods in about equal amounts during fall and

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is sometimes called, “tunnel vision”. Some examples are: appliances, floor coverings, windows, roofing, doors and lighting. Fortunately, this Rick has never happened Pyburn to me, but I feel Pyburn for people it has and Sons happened to. Construction Although, my wife And might disagree. But Remodeling seriously, with a little looking and shopping, most of the time we can find a good, more inexpensive compromise. Reducing the size of your project, or doing it in phases, will also get you there. You might consider doing your kitchen this year, and then you bedroom, bathroom, or addition next year. This also helps you to concentrate on one area at a time, instead of getting overwhelmed with too many decisions in multiple areas. Thoughtful planning and working with your contractor is the key. So, what are you waiting for? Your home can be anything you want it to be.

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complicated paths of Society? Etiquette Books, of course! As life got more complicated, these valuable guides Etiquette books are a fascinating peep gently led you down the genteel garden into Americas’ not-quite-so-distant past. path. Advice on good behavior goes back to But Society was evolving so fast that Biblical times. George Washington, in his a guide book could youth, compiled become passe’ in a list rules for his less than a year. own deportment. Luckily there were The great days hoards of willing of etiquette books social arbiters were the years happy to pen following the volumes of advice. Civil War. With As many as ten per the rise of the year would appear. middle class and Emily Post is the material output the best known of of the Industrial A selection of etiquette books from the midall. She burst on the 19th and early 20th centurys. Revolution, more scene in 1922 with luxuries and a simple volume novelties flooded in dark blue with “Etiquette” and “Emily the market. Post” in gold in a plain Art Deco font. By The advent of silver plating suddenly 1923, it had risen to the top of the charts. put gleaming accoutrements on even Considering how many of these fairly modest tables. Factory woven volumes were published many still exist fabrics and lace made even housemaids and are surprisingly collectible, in good fashionable and collectors. Ladies of the condition they often can fetch prices in period often wore thirty to forty pounds the hundreds of dollars! of clothing! Can you imagine navigating These old books are fun to read, with in a dress that might be thirty feet in their stilted Victorian Prose and mildly circumference at the hem?! Often with a insane advice. Did you know that piano train of fabric. “limbs” should be properly covered with So, how was a newly prosperous cloth pantalets? person able to make his way through the

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Losing a pet is a traumatic experience. But being diligent about making sure our pets are easily identifiable can help ensure a happy ending should your pet ever become lost. Does your pet have the proper tags and a microchip? Does he or she wear a collar? Those simple steps can help alleviate the panic and stress that occurs when a pet goes missing. And because there really is an app for just about anything – PetHub, a website and smartphone app, helps its members track down a lost pet. They report that of its PetHub pack members that went missing in 2012, 97% of them were home within one day. PetHub isn’t the only option out there that provides this type of service. If you’re interested in setting something like this up for your pet or pets, we suggest you do a simple Google search and find one that works for you. If your pet becomes lost, there are a variety of things you can do to quickly spread the word that they’ve gone missing. Social media is a wonderful way to get the word out, as well as online tools such as Craigslist

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Dental Disease By Eric Glaze Albany Animal Hospital

February was national pet dental month and so I thought I would write a short article highlighting some of the important facts regarding at home dental care and dental disease in our pets. Approximately eighty five percent or our patients have some degree of periodontal disease by the age of three. The process starts with the formation of plaque, which is a film of bacteria and saliva that forms on the enamel of teeth. If the film sets for long enough on the tooth it begins to react with minerals naturally found in our saliva and form rock hard tartar. As tartar forms, oxygen levels drop near the surface of the tooth and this favors the growth of anaerobic bacteria that are more harmful. The bacteria and tartar begin to move under the gum line causing gingivitis. This becomes evident as swelling and reddening along the gum line with bleeding often observed with just minor mechanical irritation. Seeing blood more frequently on chew toys can be a clue to the onset of periodontal disease in dogs. Once bacteria moves under gums they start to break down the ligaments and alveolar bone that hold the teeth in their sockets. Seventy percent of a tooth lives under the gum line. As this degradation takes place, toxins and bacteria can leach into the blood and cause inflammation in the kidneys as well as damage to the valves of the heart. Feeding dry kibble helps reduce the rate of plaque formation but is in no way a substitute for brushing. Imagine if we gave up brushing our own teeth in favor or only eating crunchy food. Brushing is the ideal way to get rid of plaque before it has a chance to mineralize into tartar and eventually move under the gums. This takes time and training. Ideally twice a day is best but I can definitely tell the difference between a dog that has its teeth brushed every other day and a dog that doesn’t get its teeth brushed at all. It’s easier to start training a young

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