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E COULDN’T BE MORE excited about our annual Medicare Guide, starting on page 12 of this month’s issue.

Health insurance carriers in your coverage area provide information so you can compare Medicare Advantage plans to find the right fit for you. To help you in the process, please contact one of the health insurance agents found on these pages. They are a knowledgeable resource and there is no outof-pocket expense. Another resource is SHIBA, a state-funded agency that provides free and objective information on health and drug plans. So much information, right at your fingertips! I also want to let you know about a big change in our distribution. Through a local vendor, Northwest 50 Plus contracts with local retailers to put our

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magazine on racks inside the stores. Kroger, the parent company for Fred Meyer, has decided to no longer contract free rack publications. By Oct. 15, we will not be allowed to put our magazine inside the front entrance of any Fred Meyer store. This affects not only our magazine, but many others. If this upsets you, as it does us, please reach out and let Fred Meyer know that you don’t agree with this decision. Let them know that it hurts local businesses. We are actively seeking new locations to place our free publication, including many Safeway and Albertson’s stores. Please check our website for updates, so you don’t miss a single issue. Happy reading! Michelle Te General Manager/Editor

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ATHY CLEARY HAS LED A FULL AND ACtive life, working as a dental assistant, a receptionist and a housekeeper for the musician John Denver before opening Toujours Boutique in Newport, a store she ran for 21 years.

She also keeps and rides horses. That’s how she first injured her back when she was thrown off a horse. “I hit a fence,” Cleary recalls. “I think that started the process.” Arthritis and aging did the rest. But with a successful surgery to repair spinal stenosis, a painful condition caused by wear and tear, Cleary is now enjoying retirement and back to riding. Cleary first had spinal fusion, a type of back surgery to fix problems with the bones in her spine, in 2012. But after several years of relief, her lower back pain returned in 2018. Two factors complicated matters. First, Cleary’s previous surgeon had retired. Second, she wanted to avoid an adverse reaction to anesthesia following her first surgery. So, Cleary did what a lot of people do. She went online and Kathy Cleary of Newport is back to riding horses after a successful back surgery. 4  NORTHWEST 50 PLUS  SOUTH VALLEY  |  OCTOBER 2019

read patient reviews. She liked what she saw about J. Noonan, MD, of Samaritan Neurosurgery in Corvallis. “You know, I’ll give him a try,” she says. At her first appointment, Dr. Noonan listened attentively. “When you go in, it’s very scary,” Cleary recalls. “He was very reassuring.” Cleary talked to the doctor about her post-operative cognitive dysfunction symptoms and her problems with balance and speech after the last surgery. Noonan assured Cleary, “We’ll figure this out.” He reviewed her medical records and referred her for neuropsychology testing. He also arranged for Cleary to meet with an anesthesiologist. “He was very proactive in figuring this out,” Cleary says. “I was over-the-top impressed.” The surgery was a success. “Everything went swimmingly,” she says. She was prepared to be gone from work for up to two weeks, but was back in just six days. At age 72, Cleary was looking to slow down. And with her recovery complete, the timing was right. “It really was time to retire,” she says. So, she recently closed shop and moved to Phoenix. “Life is good,” Cleary reports from her new home in the desert sunshine. She hopes she never has to have back surgery again. “Besides his extreme talent as a surgeon, he listens to you,” Cleary says of Dr. Noonan. “I really appreciate that.” ☸


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OSEPHINE LEMMERMAN is one of my husband’s great-grandmothers. She was born in New York City about 1852 and by 1870 had married Herman Rugen, a German immigrant. Sadly, in 1878, both she and her baby died during childbirth. Only my husband’s grandmother, Anna Josephine Rugen, survived infancy. I had diligently searched for Josephine on the 1860 U.S. Census, and the New York state censuses for 1855 and 1865, looking for her birth family, but with no luck. There was no Lemmerman family in New York or New Jersey. I even tried a national search. I found nothing. I had found a marriage record between a Johann Lemmerman and Adelheit Kueck that was a reasonable possibility to be Josephine’s parents. But I couldn’t find them on the censuses either. Where was Josephine Lemmerman? Her death certificate gave no parent information or cause of death. Her gravestone had Lemmerman as her maiden name, as did the plot map from the cemetery office. Frustrated, I put this project aside time and time again, only to return and repeat the searches with the same sad result. This went on for years. Then someone pointed to a marriage record from a Methodist church in 1868 between a Hymen Rugen and Josephine Eugena Collins. The last name intrigued me — Collins? At first, I rejected the idea that this

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was our Herman and Josephine. I mean, Hymen for Herman? But the longer I searched using Collins, the more that marriage record made sense. I found birth records for Herman and Josephine’s first daughter, Hannah E. Rugen, who was born in 1870 and died six months later. The cemetery has her recorded as Anna E. Rugen with the same dates as Hannah. I could not find a birth record for my husband’s grandmother, Anna Josephine Rugen. She had put her stepmother’s name on her marriage application, instead of Josephine’s. The last child’s birth record in 1878 also had Josephine Collins listed as her mother. So there was no Josephine Lemmerman, only Josephine Collins, daughter of William and Hannah Collins. Anna Josephine had a brother. His marriage record from 1896 gave Josephine Collins as his mother. His birth record showed a new way of spelling Rugen — Regur. One must constantly be flexible on name spelling. He had not been in the family narrative previously. Better yet, he has living descendants. With the names William and Hannah, I had found another generation to research. It answered the question of why my husband’s DNA showed so little German ancestry. Even considering how randomly the DNA can be passed down through generations, he didn’t have four German great-grandparents. He only had three. Everyone else was from Ireland or the British Isles, which is what the DNA results showed. ☸

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be careful with your dna By VA N ESSA SA LV I A



E TEND TO THINK OF our DNA as belonging to us alone. After all, DNA, or scientifically speaking, deoxyribonucleic acid, is what defines us as individuals. At their most basic level, the chromosomes on DNA describe whether we are male or female, and they also provide directions for our genes to express our hair color, skin color, eye color and a host of other traits. In recent years, the field of DNA testing, particularly for ancestry research, has exploded. Because the information in our DNA can tell us so much about ourselves, our ancestral history and our potential medical issues, it also has potential to be misused. Our personal DNA “definition,” so to speak, is now the target of fraud. Scammers are offering cheek swabs for genetic testing for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. There are many ways that these scammers are targeting individuals, such as through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs and even door-to-door visits. The scam might go something like

this: Scammers might visit senior-living communities or low-income neighborhoods and offer gift cards in exchange for DNA tests. A booth at a casino could offer free chips in exchange for your personal info along with testing. They might offer you information about “your family’s risk of cancer” while at the same time describing their sophisticated technology but no mention of any physicians involved in their testing.

“There are many aspects that should be discussed before someone would proceed with genetic testing.” NICOLETA VOIAN described low-income residents in Louisville, Kentucky being approached by people operating out of a van who were offering to pay Medicaid recipients $20 for DNA swabs and their health insurance information. Investigators in Nebraska have received reports of people visiting senior living communities, assisted living communities and senior centers offering to swab the cheeks of seniors for genetic material in exchange for testing for cancer risks. Some consumers have been taken advantage of by being offered genetic


testing through fairs. Sometimes they were incentivized to take the test with a monetary reward of some kind, then the information was used to fraudulently bill Medicare. “Tests in this type of situation are not medically necessary, and those individuals did not receive any type of genetic counseling,” says Dr. Nicoleta Voian, MD, MPH, a clinical cancer geneticist at Providence Genetic Risk Assessment Clinic. “And they were asked for their Medicare number and a lot of medical information that could be used in different ways.” To protect yourself, Voian recommends not using any genetic testing kit unless it is ordered by your doctor and you get the kit straight from them. Typically, when you’re working with a physician or genetic counselor, the samples are sent to a trusted laboratory for testing, and your ordering provider will explain the results. When this is not possible, and you are appropriate for genetic testing, your medical provider will discuss options. There is a “hybrid” form of genetic testing which the patient can initiate, she says. In that case, a physician must be listed on the test, but the genetic counseling can be done over the phone. “When we offer genetic testing, it is a complex process,” Voian says. “In the pre-testing counseling we discuss the medical history, family history, the

appropriateness of the genetic testing. We discuss the extent of the testing. We discuss the implications of a positive, negative or variant results of uncertain significance (inconclusive). We discuss genetic privacy. There are many aspects that should be discussed before someone would proceed with genetic testing.” Further, Voian says there are many different types of genetic tests so many individuals may not be aware of what kind of test they’re actually taking. And because many consumers go into this testing unaware, people can take advantage of that information. In February, GenomeDxBiosciences Corp., settled civil claims connected to genetic testing for nearly $2 million. In March, the Center for Human Genetics in Cambridge, Massachusetts paid $500,000 to settle the attorney general’s allegations that the company had overbilled MassHealth for genetic tests. More recently, a New Jersey man was sentenced to 50 months in prison for luring seniors into providing saliva samples and then passing along the samples to his employer, a testing lab. Voian says Providence can’t endorse direct-to-consumer genetic testing such as those offered by or 23andme. These usually involve the consumer spitting into a tube, which is then sealed and mailed back to the company. The company tests for genetic markers to help the customer learn more about their cultural ancestry, and even some modern relatives. What most consumers don’t know, Voian says, is what happens to their sample once the testing is done. Your personal information could be resold to a third-party for instance. Will the sample be destroyed or stored indefinitely? Who has access to the storage facility? There are all kinds of questions that many genetic testing companies are just not answering. Some may worry about the costs of genetic testing. Keep in mind, though, that if a test is medically necessary and is ordered through a physician’s office, the testing is generally

covered by the patient’s insurance.

Protect yourself

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General offers steps to protect yourself from these types of scams. ▶▶Don’t accept a genetic testing kit unless it was ordered by your physician. If one arrives in the mail, refuse the delivery or return it to the sender. ▶▶Keep a record of the sender’s name and the date you returned the items. ▶▶Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free genetic testing and then requests your Medicare number. This could compromise your personal information. ▶▶If you are offered genetic testing or are considering it, discuss it with a physician you know and trust. ▶▶Medicare beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare numbers. If anyone other than your physician’s office requests your Medicare information, do not provide it. If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the HHS OIG Hotline at ☸



In-home care . s v Home health care By M I C H E L L E T E

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE Last month, we helped explain the different levels of continuing care available through independent and assisted living, as well as in memory care, adult foster homes and retirement communities. This month, we help explain the differences between

Home care provides: ▶ Hourly visits ▶ Partners with home health and hospice ▶ No homebound requirement ▶ No medical eligibility required ▶ No physician order required ▶ Length of service is determined by the client or

in-home care and home health care. Whether due to illness, injury or aging, in-home care helps people live independently, often in their own homes or in independent living communities, for as long as possible. In-home caregivers help with activities of daily living, such as bathing and getting dressed, grocery shopping and meal preparation, transportation to doctor appointments and errands, light housekeeping and laundry, and medication reminders.

Home healthcare provides: ▶ Episodic visits ▶ Partners with home care ▶ Must be homebound ▶ Medical eligibility required ▶ Physician order and physician-signed Plan of Care required


▶ Length of service determined by the diagnosis/

with long term care insurance

▶ Paid for by Medicare and private health insurance

Services: Personal care, medication administration, meal prep and light housekeeping

Services: Skilled nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, wound care and speech therapy

The goal of home care is to assist and empower an individual and their family to meet their identified needs to stay in their own home

The goal of home healthcare is to treat an illness or injury that will aid an individual in regaining strength and independence, typically a short duration.

▶ Paid for privately, Medicaid waiver, VA benefits or



Home health care differs in that it focuses on medical services done in the home, such as wound care, injections, catheter care, IV infusions and physical therapy. It is not uncommon for people to use both home care and home health at the same time. In fact, the services often complement each other, says John Hughes, owner/administrator of ComForCare Home Care. “There are many people who don’t know the difference between home health care and in-home care,” he says. “There are many differences, but at a high level home health care is ‘clinical care’ and in-home care is ‘non clinical.’” Home health allows patients to discharge from the hospital to their home, assists with faster recovery and reduces future hospital admissions. Home health agencies have a physician overseeing all aspects of care. Home health visits are typically scheduled a few times per week with different members of a team. It is billed to Medicare or

other medical insurance. In-home care is provided by caregivers who are trained to understand the nuances of senior care. “Home care aides can help older adults with activities of daily living, or just offer some

“There are many people who don’t know the difference between home health care and in-home care,” JOHN HUGHES

friendly companionship,” Hughes says. Unlike home health, in-home care is classified as personal care or companion care and is considered “unskilled” or “non-clinical” in nature. This type of care allows a person who needs help with bathing, grooming, dressing and general help around the home to age in place without the need to move to a higher level of care.

“This type of service helps people by reducing the likelihood of falls, medication errors, malnutrition and it also helps reduce isolation with older adults, too,” Hughes says. In-home care visits are one-to-one care that can range from a couple of hours per week up to 24 hours per day depending on client needs/requests. The care is usually private pay, but some people qualify for Medicaid Waiver programs, VA benefits or use long term care insurance to cover the costs. Hughes says that in Oregon there are four levels of in-home care licensing with “comprehensive” being the highest level. At this level, an agency can do medication management for the client and also do RN delegated tasks, like an insulin shot. “A delegated task is when the RN will teach a caregiver one-on-one how to do a task for a specific client and then observe them completing the task to ensure they are capable of doing it unsupervised,” he says. ☸



scam jams By M A RY OW E N



CAMS ARE IN ABUNDANCE, FROM FREE TRIal offers, door-to-door sales pitches, price gouging and everyone’s most annoying nightmare — telemarketing.

“Every year, thieves and con artists cheat thousands of Oregonians out of their hard-earned money and valuable personal information,” says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on DOJ’s Consumer Protection brochure. Rosenblum asks the public to “help stop the fraud before it starts and alert others so they can avoid becoming victims.” According to the DOJ, American consumers lose billions of dollars to frauds and scams each year. Studies show the hardest hit are often age 55 and over. To help protect these losses the DOJ has partnered with AARP Oregon and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services to present an ongoing series of “Scam Jams” hosted throughout the state. “We just held a series at the coast in August,” says Ellen Klem, director of consumer outreach and education Rosenblum’s office. “Sometimes we’ll have speakers or PowerPoint presentations, while other times we might play a game. It’s always a little different.” Klem calls the programs “educational and entertaining,” 10  NORTHWEST 50 PLUS  SOUTH VALLEY  |  OCTOBER 2019

offering advice about scams and schemes, including insurance and investment fraud; online and door-to-door scams; identity theft; and other scams targeting older consumers. “The jams take place in senior centers, libraries and convention centers all over Oregon,” Klem says. “Mostly people learn we’re a resource for them. We give tips on how to spot a scam as well as give-away bags and brochures.” According to the DOJ website, there are six signs to watch out for that a scam is happening. Scammers: ▶▶Contact you “out of the blue” ▶▶Claim there is an “emergency” ▶▶Ask for your personal information ▶▶Want you to wire money ▶▶Tell you to keep it “secret” ▶▶Make it sound too good to be true Several scams circulating on the internet, especially Facebook, or via email, phone or snail mail include Medicaid fraud, free trial offers, gift cards, timeshares, employment scams, fitness clubs, health spas and price gouging. “The IRS is a really big scam,” Klem says. “The Social Security number ‘compromise’ is also very popular, or ‘your computer is running slow.’” Klem says it is difficult to trace how many people are hit by these pitches. “People are embarrassed and don’t want to report it, or they don’t even know they’ve been a victim,” she says.

According to the DOJ, to protect you and your family, you need to become educated, reduce junk mailCreating envionments and telemarketing calls, check out Creating envionments a business before you buy, read the where moments of joy, where moments of joy, fine print, sleep on it, and report independence, andand independence, fraud. Understand that wiring money is like sending cash and order your wellness are focus the focus wellness are the free annual credit report. All tips are each and every day. explained fully on the website. each and every day. The DOJ website also has links to Creating envionments Federal Trade Commission resources, where moments of joy, including stopping unsolicited mail, phone calls and emails; prize scams; job independence, and scams; and multilevel marketing. wellness are the focus Scam Jams are free, but seating is each and every day. limited. Registration is required. Most are held in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon. The next jam is on Oct. 24 at the Salem Convention Center. “They are a lot of fun,” Klem says. “We usually serve food. It’s a good event that everybody should come to.” Contact us for more information To be notified of emerging scams, or to schedule a private tour today! frauds and other consumer threats as they arise, join the Oregon Scam Alert Network. The DOJ has a Scam Alert archive accessible at The site also offers victims a way to report Contact us for more information scams and fraud, as well as searching or to schedule a private tour today! other consumer complaints. Contact us for more information For other information or to sign up or to schedule a private tour today! for a Scam Jam, contact the department online at, by phone at 1-877-877-9392, or by email at ☸


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ERE WE ARE IN OCTOber, already. Where does the time go? I am always sad to say goodbye to the warmth of summer days with blue sky and sunshine. Well, this summer’s weather wasn’t exactly never-ending blue skies. Kind of strange, wasn’t it? But I’m not complaining. It was nice to experience cooler days with only a few brief heat waves. I think the plants appreciated it, too. I noticed that blooms on several plants lasted much longer than in the heatscorched summers of the past few years. October is typically the transition month and we can count on the drizzle as the clouds roll in and hold position. The upside for gardeners is that October is our second spring. The chores we thought about all summer are now doable without too much stress on the gardener or the plants. The soil is moist and friable making it easier for us to dig, divide, replant or pull and toss in the case of weeds. Hopefully there is time to get everything settled before a frost. I lost two big shrubs this summer. My 11-year-old Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ succumbed to some kind of no-see-um borer while my 19-year-old Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) bit the dust for no apparent reason. After lamenting their respective demises, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to redesign the spaces that they had occupied. Since I have almost as many plants in containers as I do in the ground, there is a plethora to choose from without going Grace’s Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ was such a pretty plant until it died this summer. (Photo by Grace Peterson)

to the nursery to spend a bunch of money. But wait, October is the best time to go to the nursery and spend a bunch of money. Fall plant sales are abundant and you’re likely to get a whole lot more bang for your buck than you could during spring and summer. Most nurseries send out regular emails with details of their events. If you aren’t signed up be sure to do it, so you’ll be alerted to the specifics of their sales. Among the many ideas to inspire you, you’ll find plants to dress up your containers for winter. Traditional things such as kale and pansies are nice as are the more exotics like pretty-leafed coral bells, dwarf conifers or ornamental grasses and hardy sedums. And don’t forget spring blooming bulbs, also for sale now. I’ve mentioned many times the hefty October chore of leaf raking. With three large sweet gum trees in my front yard, I’ve got a regular storm of dropping leaves and, believe me, the task can be quite daunting, but also good exercise. I’m sure you can remember the bygone days, when the merits of organic matter eluded us and we burned our leaf piles. No more. The municipal yard debris people will take them off our hands. Or better yet, we can assign a designated, out-of-sight area for storing leaves over the winter so they can break down for use next spring. Even now I’ll be spreading some of them to cover bare dirt. This will hold back the weeds, keep the soil moist and insulate plant roots from impending frost. And doing so now will make things much easier in the spring when baby weeds look for every opportunity to thrive. Now is also the time to move pots of frost-sensitive, tender plants into protected areas, such as a sunny window, green-house or garage. Check for critters first, cut back foliage as needed and keep the soil damp. ☸




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Emergency Care, USA/Foreign

Routine Physical Exams

Per Doctor Visit

Choice of Doctors

Maximum Out-of-pocket (MOOP)

Monthly premium

Days 1-20 at $0 copay per day, Days 21-100 at $170 copay per day, In-Network/

$260 copay

McKenzie Willamette

$450 copay per day for days 1-4, In-network/ $450 copay per day for days 1-4, Out-of-Network

Emergency Room $120 copay, Worldwide Emergency coverage up to $50,000 with no copay

$0 copay

$0 copay In-Network/$0 Out-of Network for Primary Care, $35 copay In-network/$35 Out-of-network for Specialist

Over 5,000 network providers



Health Net Violet 4 PPO

$0 Copay per benefit period or

$0 or 20% Coinsurance*

PeaceHealth, McKenzie Willamette

$0 or 20% Coinsurance*

$0 or 20% Coinsurance, $90 maximum per visit*

$0 copay

$0 or 20% Coinsurance*

Over 2,000 network providers


$0 or 32.60*

Trillium Dual (DSNP)

days 1-20 $0, 21-100 $160

$250 one way

Providence and other community hospitals, including, Tuality, Peace Health Southwest, Salem Hospital, Silverton Hospital, Santiam Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center, West Valley Hospital, Cottage Grove Hospital

$325 copay/day, days 1-6, then $0

Emergency room $90 copay, Worldwide coverage $50,000


Primary Care $0, Specialist $35

Providers in network: 10,000+



Providence Health Assurance Bridge 2 + Rx (HMO) $40

Here’s what some major providers have to offer

Medicare Plans

days 1-20 $0, 21-100 $172

$250 one way

Providence and other community hospitals, including, Tuality, Peace Health Southwest, Salem Hospital, Silverton Hospital, Santiam Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center, West Valley Hospital, Cottage Grove Hospital

$450 copay/day, days 1-4, then $0

Emergency room $90 copay, Worldwide coverage $50,000


Primary Care $0, Specialist $40

Providers in network: 10,000+



Providence Health Assurance Timber + Rx (HMO) $0


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Hearing Exams & Hearing Aids


Prescription Drug Copay/ Deductible

Prescription Drug Plan, 1-800-949-6192

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Silver & Fit includes membership at multiple gyms throughout the United States, Dental buyup packages available


$35 copay In-network/$35 Out-ofnetwork for outpatient rehab session

Medicare Covered Hearing Exam copay $25 Innetwork/ $25 Out-of-network, $0 copay for routine hearing exam each year, 2 hearing aids (1 per ear, per year)

$10 copay for Medicare Covered vision exam, $10 copay for Routine Vision Exam, $250 Eyewear allowance every 24 months

Deductible: $125 applies to tiers 3-5 only, Tier 1: Preferred Generic $3, Tier 2: Generic $8, Tier 3: Preferred Brand $37, Tier 4: Nonpreferred Brand $90, Tier 5: Specialty 30%, Tier 6: Select Care $0

Integrated Part D Benefit

Days 21-100 at $170 copay per day, Out-of-network, 1-877-826-5519

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VER WONDER HOW HALLOWEEN WOULD fare in a time machine? These mysteries are revealed when the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library features a display of Izo Milano’s antique postcards and memorabilia this month. Milano’s partial collection uses mesmerizing colors and imagery to celebrate the traditions, superstitions and legends of this Oct. 31 holiday. The postcards and paper work ages range from the late 1800s to the 1950s, and include several rarities and masterpieces of artwork. “You know a mailing is ancient when it has a green one cent stamp,” Milano says with a laugh. The exhibit has several items that are more than 100 years old. Among his artifacts and their year of origin: ▶▶1894 — A young lady spooked by ghosts creeping from a story book. ▶▶1907 — Be scandalized by three skeletons brazenly gambling. ▶▶1908 — Watch a mischievous red imp crawl from its hiding place. ▶▶1911 — A cockatoo suffers a big scare ▶▶1914 — Laugh at the farm hog pigging-out on a

jack-o-lantern. ▶▶1915 — A clown bobbing for apples. The collection is a glimpse into unique American history and folklore. Among the harder-to-find, Milano’s favorite themes are postcards featuring elves, fairies or dwarves celebrating “witches” night. “These little people are kin to nature spirits the ancient Celts revered, along with their reverence for agriculture and animals like the owl,” he says. “These early people, the Druids among them, were the originators of Halloween, as far as history reveals.” Milano, also known as Issac Bedonna, 67, recently moved to Corvallis from Los Angeles, where he wrote, produced and directed. He’s now a member of a playwright group at Majestic Theater. “As a child, I always felt connected to the paranormal,” Milano says, “as did much of my family. As a teenager, I found collecting these fun holiday antiques quite natural.” While antiquing in Pasadena, California, he chanced on some holiday postcards in one of the long-gone antique shops and “obsession quickly set in,” he says. He discovered more cards in Florida, New Orleans and Washington. “Today, you find fantastic specimens surfing the internet,” Milano says. “But still, there’s that thrill of discovering these little treasures in person.” The Cabinet of Curiosities collection will be on display Oct. 16-31, 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. ☸

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ICK PETTIGREW HAS HIS SIGHTS SET ON some pretty big travel goals for 2020 and he wants to take you with him.

Grab your favorite Indiana Jones outfit, folks, this is no riverboat cruise. He’ll be on tour in Oman, Malta, Peru, Britain megaliths, Iran and the Maya cities of the Yucatan, something he calls “an exciting year.” Pettigrew is executive director of Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI), a nonprofit organization in Eugene that started offering tours in 2017 to complement its film festival. “As this is a totally noncommercial enterprise, our tour program is set apart from others by our commitment to storytelling and expert guidance,” he says. “We believe that a tour should be far more than a photo-op or checking off a bucket list.” While many international tours are worthy ventures, A group from the Archaeological Legacy Institute visited Chichen Itza on one of its tours. 14  NORTHWEST 50 PLUS  SOUTH VALLEY  |  OCTOBER 2019

Pettigrew says he likes designing tours that are not like the others. “Our goal is to inspire and excite people about the fascinating stories of the human past and thereby fulfill our nonprofit mission to raise awareness about our place in history,” he says. “And if we can have fun doing it, the tours are even more memorable.” He defines archaeology as “the study of the human past through examination of physical remains.”

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So, Pettigrew chooses locations like Iran, which “sits in the cradle of civilization and has lots of amazing ancient sites and monuments,” he says. Unlike neighboring countries, where dictatorships like the Taliban blew up precious historical sites, the Iranian government is repairing and restoring ancient sites to make them more presentable for tourists, Pettigrew says. “They hate terrorists and revere ancient sites,” he says. “Iranians are very proud of their cultural heritage, which stretches back more than 5,000 years.” Some of his favorite sites to visit include: ▶▶Persepolis, the ancient ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, set afire by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. P H OTOS CO U RT ESY O F R I C K P E T T I G R E W

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It’s like stepping back in time when you visit historical sites in Iran, such as Chogha Zanbil ziggurat, the world’s best-preserved ziggurat (massive ceremonial stepped tower), constructed by the king of Elam in 1250 B.C.

▶▶The tombs of the ancient Persian kings, cut into a cliff face with elaborate bas-relief sculptures. ▶▶The Bisotun UNESCO World Heritage Site, a large panel of cuneiform inscriptions cut into a rock face in three languages by order of Persian king Darius the Great around 520 B.C., which was the key to deciphering the cuneiform writing system. ▶▶The Chogha Zanbil ziggurat, the world’s best-preserved ziggurat (massive ceremonial stepped tower), constructed by the king of Elam in 1250 B.C. ▶▶The ruins of the ancient capital of the Persian empire in Susa, one of the earliest cities in the world. ▶▶The National Museum of Iran in Tehran, with wonderful displays of real artifacts and artwork from thousands of years of culture in Iran. ▶▶The tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire in the 6th century B.C. ▶▶Zeinodin Caravansarai, where camel caravans used to stop for the night and is still used as lodging for modern travelers. ▶▶The Towers of Silence, where devout Zoroastrians used to place their deceased on hilltop platforms to be exposed to carrion birds. ▶▶The Old Town of Yazd, with mudbrick architecture and narrow streets as constructed 1,000 years ago.

“The pleasure of traveling in Iran is very pleasant and warm,” Pettigrew says, “because the people there are very warm and welcoming, especially for Americans.” He says traveling in Iran is very safe, and other reputable organizations organize tours there, including the Stanford University Alumni Association, the Archaeological Institute of America and Road Scholar. “Unlike places like Italy, street crime is basically nonexistent and terrorist incidents are much rarer than they are in places like London and Paris,” Pettigrew says.

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ALI uses guides who are experts on their topics, “wellsprings of information and full of stories to tell our participants,” Pettigrew says. These guides include archaeologists, filmmakers with deep experience in the sites, and local guides with years of experience at the sites we visit. He says local tour guides provide a “special flavor” for tours because they “intimately know the local lore and the culture, beyond just the basic history of each site. “I’m often directly involved, too, to share my own background knowledge of the sites and the history,” he says. Don’t plan to bring your trowels and shaker screens on these tours,


though. Instead, the tours are intended to “see the world through the lens of archaeology, so the sites are places that have significance in the human past,” Pettigrew says. “We don’t normally get involved with actual archaeological research beyond visiting some sites where archaeologists may be working. Those opportunities will be rare, but we are happy when we can find them.” Instead, tour participants see lots of artifacts at cultural heritage sites and in museums. “Our tours are opportunities for our participants to get hands-on experience at real places where history happened, for their personal growth and development.”

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Each tour has its own length and itinerary, but they typically last between eight and 16 days. The number of days depends on circumstances like the theme of the tour, the selection of sites to visit, the local geography, cost, and logistical opportunities and constraints. Most tour participants are near retirement or already retired. “These are people who have the interest, time and resources to go on guided tours,” Pettigrew says. “In our experience, these also are people with inquisitive minds and a sense of adventure. They often are fun to travel with.” In fact, he says that sharing the pleasure of the tours with fellow travelers is the best part of the trip for him. One memorable moment was an impromptu birthday party in Yazd, Iran, during their first Iran tour in 2017. “Our resourceful people managed to come up with a birthday cake, complete with candles and a birthday greeting on top. We ceremoniously convened at a table in the hotel courtyard, sang the birthday song, took pictures and had a gloriously good time.” While this moment stood out for him, he also enjoys something that’s much more common: People arriving at a very cool site and standing in amazement with mouths agape. And the rest, they say, is history. ☸

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AN EVENING FOR ANIMALS 2019, a fundraiser for Greenhill Humane Society, Venue 252, Eugene. $100.

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Enjoy your own private apartment surrounded by your favoritie things. Meet new friends and get all the help you need from our qualified staff, 24-hours each day. Timberhill Place provides three delicious meals each day, weekly housekeeping and linen services, scheduled transportation, all utilities and a full range of personal services. All this in a beautiful building, with a monthly rent you’ll find surprisingly affordable.

Come discover Assisted Living at Timberhill Place! Call for more information and a personal tour.


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NEW ONLINE CARPOOLING TOOL LAUNCHES IN BENTON, LINCOLN AND LINN COUNTIES Get There, previously Drive Less Connect, gives Oregonians a way to match carpool partners and plan trips, reducing the need to drive alone. The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG) is partnering with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) on the launch of ODOT’s new online carpooling tool — Get There, formerly Drive Less Connect. Get There helps match carpool partners who want to share rides within Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties via a webbased ride-matching and trip-planning tool. GetThereOregon. org makes it easier than ever for Oregonians to take advantage of transportation options like carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking, or riding transit. “The availability of multiple modes of transportation options — including carpooling and vanpooling across our

region — is critically important to connect the Valley and the Coast,” says Waldport Mayor Dann Cutter, also an executive committee member of OCWCOG Board of Directors. The Get There platform allows users to be matched with a passenger or a driver looking to share a ride, available transit, or distance and time to walk or bike to a specific destination. Using the tool helps travelers choose the best mode for their specific trip and share the cost; it also reduces automobile emissions that harm the environment. In October, Get There will host the annual Get There Challenge, formerly the Oregon Drive Less Challenge. This year’s Challenge will feature a range of prizes for people who live or work in Oregon to log trips made without driving alone. Statewide sponsors include Providence Health & Services and Bike Friday; local sponsors include MidWillamette Family YMCA, Izzy’s Pizza, Mo’s Restaurant, and the Lincoln City Community Center. Get details and sign up at For more information, contact Katie Trebes at or at 541-812-2004 or visit ☸

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Newly updated facilities with a warm and comfortable environment, on-site n-site reception room, room conveniently located with a reputation of excellence. Pre-planning available — Medicaid approved plans Handicap Accessible Reliable 24/7 Service • Se Habla Español


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The Jewelry Girl, llc Lisa Russell 541-556-9598 Free Appraisals ... I’ll come to you

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Classifieds UNITS FOR RENT HUD SUBSIDIZED UNITS for people over 62 and/or persons with disabilities is currently accepting applications for our one bedroom waiting list. We are committed to providing equal housing opportunities. All utilities paid. Briarwood Manor, 643 Manbrin, Keizer, OR 97303, 541-928-2545.

MISCELLANEOUS BRIARWOOD CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, November 16, 2019, 9:00am-3:00pm. Clubhouse entrances 1400 Candlelight Dr or 4800 Barger Dr, Eugene. Bake sale & many gift items. Lunch will be served 11:00am-2:30pm. Vendors table info call 541-222-0295. NEED A WILL? CALL  Sal Catalano, “The Lawyer That Makes House Calls,” for an appointment in your home. 541-525-2884. Powers of Attorney-Advance DirectivesTrusts.

CEMETERY PLOTS IN SUNSET HILLS IN EUGENE, a double depth plot in lovely location. $850. Contact Pat Spicer at for details.



CASH FOR PRE 1980 sport & non-sport cards, model kits, comic books, pre 1960’s magazines. Private collector. 503-3137538.



Up to 20 words. $1.75 per extra word.




Up to 20 words. $2.50 per extra word.




Up to 20 words. $2.50 per extra word.


CASH FOR GOOD CONDITION reloading equipment & supplies. 541-905-5453.



Up to 30 words.

HOW TO SUBMIT AN AD: Mail your verbiage with payment to: Northwest50Plus, P.O. Box 12008, Salem, OR 97309 or email to or call 1-877-357-2430.

BASEBALL & SPORTS MEMORABILIA wanted. Buying old cards, pennants, autographs, photographs, tickets, programs, Pacific Coast League, etc. Alan, 503-481-0719.

*Punctuation not included in word count. Phone numbers count as 1 word. Ad must be in our office by the 6th of the month PRIOR to publication. Ads cover Vancouver, WA to Lane County.

DIABETIC TEST STRIPS WANTED. Paying top dollar! Free local pickup. Call Sharon, 503-679-3605.


WANTED: MOTORHOME OR TRAILER. Must be 1995 or newer. I have CASH. If needs work, that’s ok. 503-269-2947.


All real estate advertising in this magazine is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This magazine will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this magazine are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. Toll-free for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

54 YEARS YOUNG, HANDSOME single man. ISO full figure lady for fun and adventure! Searching for LTR! N/S and N/D please. Picture please! Call Dan, 541-221-6490 or write.#5739

FRIENDSHIP AD ABBREVIATIONS M = Male F = Female S = Single D = Divorced W = White A = Asian

B = Black H = Hispanic J = Jewish C = Christian N/S = Non-smoker

N/D = Non-drinker ISO = In Search Of LTR = Long Term Relationship

WW = Widowed White WB = Widowed Black WA = Widowed Asian

WH = Widowed Hispanic LGBT= Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender


Write the number of the ad you are responding to on the OUTSIDE of the envelope and mail to: Northwest50Plus, PO Box 12008, Salem, OR 97309.


Amenities: Independent Living  Assisted Living/RCF/Foster Care   Housekeeping Transportation   Utilities Included   Planned Activities   Memory Care There are good reasons our residents and their Quail Park families have chosen Quail Park Memory Care Memory Care

2630 Lone Oak Way Eugene, OR 97404 541-780-0162


Residences of Eugene to call “home.” Our caring and personalized support for the health and well-being of our residents guides us each day. Located in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, our inviting Memory Care offers an enriching and peaceful retreat. Every detail has been thoughtfully planned as “The Only Place to Be” for Memory Care in Eugene, Oregon.


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