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Giving the Past a Presence

Rediscover the Douglas County Museum

Perfect Details Andrew Calvert shares his craft in creating the perfect celebration

A Paranormal Investigation

HAUNTED BOOKSTORE The Ancient Art of Glassblowing


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BREW TOURS The Joy of Giving


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Giving the Past a Presence Redicovering the Douglas County Museum

CONTRIBUTORS Brittany Arnold Writer Dick Baltus Writer Heather Barklow Writer & Photographer Sue Carlile Writer & Photographer Gardner Chappell Writer


Perfect Details Andrew Calvert shares his craft in creating the perfect celebration

Cara Kobernik Writer Jack Earl Writer Josh Gaunt Writer & Photographer Bentley Gilbert Writer Tristin Godsey Writer & Photographer Autumn Gregory Writer Lloyd Irwin Writer & Photographer

ON THE COVER: Andrew Calvert Concept, Planning, Design, Floral, Props: Andrew Calvert, The Perfect Occasion Dahlias: Clack’s Dahlias, Myrtle Creek Rose Petals: Flyboy Naturals Rentals (table and chairs): Party Time Rentals Assisted by Mona Guido, Katie Jones, and Verve Staff Suit by Tuxedo Warehouse Retail Division Location: Mark and Katie Jones’ Nonpareil Ranch, Calapooya Creek Photograph by Daniel Jeremiah Visuals

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Daniel Jeremiah Photographer B. Lane Johns Writer & Photographer Emily Overbey Writer Nancy Rodriguez Writer Wendy Wilson Writer & Photographer



V ERV E verve [vurv] noun 1. enthusiasm or vigor; spirit 2. vivaciousness; liveliness; animation


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Editor’s Picks Seasonal gift giving


Tech & Industry The Bicycle Electric


Music Purposeful Playing at RHS Art From the Crucible

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Forging Ahead


Home & Garden Small Space Growing Health When Bad News Leads to Good Delivering on a Promise


CAROLINE WINDERS Creative Director / Publisher

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Editor’s Desk Umpqua Valley ranks number one!

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“The Umpqua Valley ranks number one.” Changing seasons are a real treat to the senses. This time of year, we’re mesmerized by waves of amber and crimson leaves as they float softly to the ground. Our parched, summer skin responds to the crisp morning dew. Hearing the Canadian geese draws our eyes to witness their annual migratory trip south along the skyway. Our taste buds welcome the hot wings or nachos, alerting us it’s football season, wahoo! Duck or Beaver, we’re Oregonians, and fall is upon us. Twenty years ago, I moved to Arizona from Oregon.The lure of 360 days of sunshine was more than my pruned fingers could imagine, but after a couple of years the reality struck — 360 days of sun without change! Oh please Lord, a day of gray would do my soul some good! The proverbial grass is always greener on the other side. In Arizona however, the grass is fried, nonexistent, replaced with gravel or only found on a golf course. I find I love change and discovered it beneficial for the cycles of life. When I moved home to the Umpqua Valley, I said, “Bring on change, the change of seasons and more!” Or in the words of Anne Bradstreet, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Winter: cozy sweaters, the warmth and ambiance of a wood stove thawing your chilled bones after building snowmen. Spring: new growth the limegreen trundles, leaves burgeoning and reaching for the sun as nature awakens. Summer: the heat touching your skin, warming the fertile soil in your vegetable garden for

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your culinary enjoyment. Fall: the welcome hint of fresh morning air after the heat of the long and hot summer, grateful to put on a sweater in the morning. And then the resurgence of winter only to begin again. Mother Nature, we thank you for these changes of season. I took them for granted, but oh how I welcome and enjoy their unique personalities and characteristics that are all their own. In the Umpqua Valley, we are blessed with four seasons. However mild they may be (with an occasional harshness) the changes are welcome. We have many choices for regions to live in the United States, and I have to say that the Umpqua Valley ranks number one in my heart for top places to reside. My grandfather refers to the Valley as the banana belt. After living here again for the past 6 years, I have to agree that his claim is true. We have microclimates that bless us with ripening grapes, abundant gardens, green trees, flowing rivers and streams. Thank you Land-of-aHundred-Valleys for all you give us, whether it be animal, vegetable, mineral or talented residents. This is a fruitful, beautiful, prosperous land — a land brimming with possibility and opportunity. This is the Umpqua Valley. “There’s no place like home.”

Misty Ross, Editor

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The Future of Douglas County’s Past Story by OVV Staff, photos by Tristin Godsey


regon has a rich tradition of art, culture, and history. Within the borders of this magnificent state, lies a tremendous diversity of the Umpqua Valley. The many events that shaped Oregon have been long forgotten to most of us. But then, there are the dedicated men and women who help protect these valued resources and keep them at the fore. The Douglas County Museum is responsible for the local, historic preservation of many priceless artifacts. Housing a vast array of antiques, the museum works hard to giving the public an accurate presentation of what the Umpqua life was truly like. The Museum director is, Gardner Chappell. Not only is Gardner the purveyor of this time honored position, he has added the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay and the newly acquired, Colliding Rivers Visitors Center located in Glide, which has been aptly renamed, The Exploration Station, to the Umpqua Valley Museums.

Gardner is an explorer at heart and admits that he truly loves what he does and educating future generations starts with this community. With his unmistakable handlebar mustache alongside a huge, friendly, personality, Gardner has become the face of the museum, and rightfully so. Keeping the museum and its artifacts front and center takes skill, and Gardner along with a team of volunteers push the limit to getting it right. “I want to bring the past to life and celebrate learning from the past,” says Chappell. What an overwhelming treasure chest of

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the past they have, the museum stores an enormous amount of the past within its walls, so much in fact, that they get to change the vignettes as often as they like. “It’s what makes my job exciting,” says Chappell. Coming to work throughout the year and planning events around the seasons are all part of the everemerging landscape at the Douglas County Museum. Chappell admits that sharing the local story is both cultural history and natural history, and it’s what truly sets the museum apart. Understanding how the past shapes today by informing the public on the cultural significance of what the early settlers went through, is the priority of the museum. Chappell says that some of the biggest obstacles he has faced, is the small staff when he first arrived. The museum staff is made up of five employees and over fifty volunteers now, but when he arrived ten years ago there were only a few paid staff and a small handful of volunteers. Chappell reiterates, that we are a true community center and it takes a community to help educate the masses. Although the museum is truly a handcrafted work of art, what makes it rewarding is the children. Chappell believes that learning is inherently fun and kids just love to learn new things. “Don’t take time learning the answers, take time discovering the answers,” Chappell states. The museum makes large strides to see to it that everyone has a quality cultural and historical education. The Head Start

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program has reached hundreds and hundreds of children who would not have normally had the opportunity to such a wealth of visual information. It is one of the museum’s crowning achievement programs, says Chappell. “Having the staff dress up in period costumes and putting on historical demonstrations for several thousand children yearly, is what brings me joy,” he adds. Chappell is also the director for the Umpqua River Lighthouse, and the The Exploration Station. Speaking first about the lighthouse, Chappell explains that the visiting audience is a completely different demographic. Among the nearly twenty thousand visitors each summer, most of those are travelers just passing through the area. Chappell says, that the lighthouse was acquired his second day on the job over nine years ago, and he was able to oversee the rejuvenation of all the lighthouse museum exhibits. He recalls how much fun he and his staff had. “It’s more than just making posters, it’s about bringing the history to the visitor and presenting them with a visual reality of what the Umpqua Oregon life was all about,” says Chappell, “and I think we have done a great job in doing that.” The Umpqua River Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the United States that, although being decommissioned (as all US lighthouses) is able to remain illuminated. An incredible fact to


say the least considering, the lighthouse was on the chopping block to be completely decommissioned and its pristine, Fresnel lens (pronounced, fra-nell) was to be taken to Washington DC and put on display. Chappell recalls the story regarding the US Coast Guard’s lead curator coming to inspect the lighthouse prior to its decommissioning, but noticing that the museum was so wonderfully preserved and managed, allowed it to remain open and active. “That’s quite an accomplishment,” Chappell exclaims. He is proud of that fact alone, and given the opportunity to be an overseer of such a rich maritime treasure, “is just pure excitement for Douglas County, and the whole state for that matter.” “Being able to maintain an item in its created, intended, natural environment is a very big deal, and the Umpqua River Lighthouse is a perfect example of keeping and preserving our local, cultural history,” says Chappell. When you consider the many facets of the two museums, both • FALL 2016

the Douglas County Museum and the Umpqua River Lighthouse museum, one can’t possibly understand all it has to offer the public, nor could you simply write it all down and try to explain it to someone. The museum is, appropriately, constantly evolving. It is creating and re-creating a visual display or picture of past events and cultural importances. If you could simply put all it was in a single brochure, there would be no need to visit. Gardner Chappell has truly worked tirelessly on preserving all aspects of the Oregon life from a historical perspective. Having the only working lighthouse in the US certainly is a notable fact, but seeing and experiencing it, cannot simply be overlooked, and it is there for us to enjoy and partake, just as Oregonians have been doing since the late 1800’s when it was built. When talking with Chappell, he announced that, the BLM and US Forest service made a request that the Umpqua Valley Museums take over the daily operations of The Colliding River Visitors Center. Two grants were awarded from those agencies to enable the current redevelopment of the 1938 Civilian Conservation Corps cabin, which is the current visitor center. The visitor center is somewhat of a hybrid between a visitor center and a museum, explains

Chappell. The purpose of the new center is to introduce visitors to the unique gateway of the Umpqua National Forest, and the Cascade mountain ranges. Within the folds of the scenic national forest byway, lay Diamond Lake, Lemolo Lake, and of course, Crater Lake National park, which boasts nearly 700,000plus visitors a year. So naturally, the newly acquired Glide visitor’s station will receive a spectacular interior transformation. Chappell explains that formerly, inside the old facility there were outdated sightseeing fliers, and various trinkets that had little to do with the local national forest and all its glory. “We can just do it better,” and the expectation within the community to do it right is what the museum is striving to do. The new Exploration Station, or as Chappell likes to refer to it, the ‘welcome center,’ was built in 1938. It is a unique example of period architecture utilizing mortise and tenon joinery — and not just standard mortise and tenon, but a very rare joint that is referred to as a ‘Gunstock.’ “There just aren’t very many buildings in the US that you see with this type of construction,” says Chappell. He goes on to say, that it is a true privilege to make over. The current building will keep its exterior, but the interior will see

an entire transformation. The Museum has commissioned a local woodworker to create period correct furniture along with repeating the unique joinery throughout the building. Chappell says, “That it’s just going to be an exciting time for the new welcome center and should be completed before the new year,” so look for the grand opening some time in December.

“Don’t take time learning the answers, take time discovering the answers.” Gardner Chappell has been thus far a tremendous asset to Douglas County and undoubtedly he will continue to be. From youth programs such as Head Start, Mini-Mammoths, Junior Naturalists , Trail Tails, and Umpqua Explorers, to name a few, all have flourished under his direction. Whether you’re young or old, long-time resident, or new to Douglas County, discover what the Umpqua life was and is all about. Chappell reminds us by saying that, “Everyone naturally enjoys learning new things, and I am dedicated to my audience to make it fun, exciting, and never boring.”

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designed my first wedding when I was sixteen years old,” says Andrew Calvert humbly. His flair for design started at an early age. Raised in Canyonville, Oregon, Calvert attended a private school in the area. It was there that he decorated his first Christmas tree for the school librarian. One thing led to another when people started to recognize Calvert’s eye for design, and he found himself designing elaborate bulletin boards, decorating tables for dinners, then his parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. With a growing interest in event design, Calvert knew what he wanted to do as a career. He went on to refine his natural talent by obtaining a certification as a professional bridal consultant. Since then, his skill has been in high demand and taken him nationwide, including weddings in Arizona and events in California. Calvert recalls, though, that his favorite event was a local 50th wedding anniversary. With a high-end budget, it was one of the first luxury affairs he

had designed. But it wasn’t the expense and magnitude that made the occasion memorable. Calvert said the nostalgia of celebrating fifty years of marriage is what made it special for him. Christmas time is also a favorite for Calvert. He enjoys opening his home to the Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s Holiday Home Tour. When Verve approached Calvert as a feature for this issue, he was instantly enthused about creating a fall season style shoot. “Fall is so often overlooked,” says Calvert. He explains that people become excited for Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and before you know it, it’s Christmas. Our striking autumnal cover staged in the creek bed of the Calapooya was the result of his pause to celebrate the beginning of the season. The pinnacle of Calvert’s career came just a couple of years ago in 2014, when he was recognized by a national scout for Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine. The publication is one of the most notable in the wedding industry worldwide, and offers inspiration from the world’s top wedding

Peony tabletop at Southern Oregon Wine Institute, Umpqua Community College, Petals and peonies provided by Flyboy Naturals, photo by Craig Weinberg, VPD Studio.

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4 specialists for luxury weddings, honeymoons and fashion (among them the likes of Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Alexander McQueen). Operating as The Perfect Occasion, Calvert is now on the national Grace Ormonde Luxury Wedding Source Platinum List — he is the only resource in both Oregon and Washington states for floral and event design, and wedding planners and event coordinators.


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This distinction was preceded by Oregon Bride Magazine’s 2008 Valley Pick for best wedding planner, and for their 2010 Valley Pick for most creative favors.


Andrew’s Tips for Planning Your Wedding 1. Choose your priorities

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When you start planning your big day, pick three aspects of the wedding that are the most important to you. This will help you with budgeting, so you can get the things you want the most and what you can compromise on. 2. Limited budget doesn’t mean cheap Many couples think that if they have a small budget they have to buy the cheapest products for their wedding. Often times they can spend more money and have less to show for it. For example, it is sometimes less expensive to rent linens and tableware instead of buying nice quality plasticware.


3. Leave it to the professionals It may seem that hiring professionals may not be cost effective over DIY. The truth is that if you hire reputable, well-seasoned professionals they will save you money and stress in the long run. Friends and family always mean well but often times don’t realize how much work and stress a wedding can be. It’s not worth jeopardizing friendships and relationships over.

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1. Use your good stuff Your fine china, linens, silverware, etc., may seem too nice to use. You have them for a reason — use them! Don’t let your good stuff waste away in the closet or hutch. 2. Appeal to all the senses Decorate your home, have mood lighting (candles, twinkle lights, lamps, etc.), play holiday music, bake a pie, cookies, or simmer apple cider for the aroma. Serve delicious drinks and appetizers, and have plenty of plush throw blankets and pillows around for guests to cozy up with. 3. No one leaves empty handed



Send your guests away with a gift (like a bottle of wine or a scented candle) and if you are able, follow up by sending a thank you note to your guests at their home.


THE DETAILS All events and florals designed by Andrew Calvert, The Perfect Occasion. 1. Exquisite rose chandelier, Lauren B Photo; 2. Twig ball and rose floral adornment, Studio Coburg; 3. Forestry Center Wedding, Portland, Rentals by West Coast Event Productions, Chairs by Sedera Rental Company, Andie Petkus Photography; 4. Cake by Sweet Life Patisserie in Eugene, Powers Photography Studios; 5. Draping by West Coast Drape in Portland, Jamie Jones Photography at Venue Melrose Vineyards, Roseburg; 6. Rentals by Occasionally Yours and Party Time Rentals in Roseburg, Tenting by AA Tents in Salem, Angela Chenoweth Photography; 7-10 Bridal

20 bouquets, Studio Coburg; Anne Blodgett Photography; VPD Studio; Kelsea Joann Photography; 11. Andrew with first wedding client, cousin Jody; 12. Young Andrew with his first Christmas client, Gladys; 13. Andrew leading his valued assistants, Sarah and Freda; 14. Wedding at Melrose Vineyards in Roseburg, Rentals by Parties to Go in Eugene, Lauren B Photo; 15. Geneva Academy Harvest Moon Dinner at Falk Estate Vineyards, {captivating} photography; 16. Greatest of the Grape 2016 at Seven Feathers Casino Resort with models JC and Kyra, Angela Chenoweth Photography; 17. Dr. Ben Carson Presentation at Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA; 18. Appetizers by The Perfect Occasion, Angela Chenoweth Photography; 19. Birthday celebration at Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards and



21 Winery; 20 & 21. Plaid woodland setting at Mark and Katie Jones’ Nonpareil Ranch, Calapooya Creek, chairs from Party Time Rentals, Anne Blodgett Photography; 22. Andrew styling a lingerie shoot, MUAH by Sara Biria, Garments by Layneau Trousseau, Jewelry by Mandalena, Peonies and Petals by Flyboy Naturals, Mosca Studio Photographers; 23 & 24. Woodland floral details, Josselyn Peterson Photography; 25. Camping themed baby shower, Catering by Fine Things Catering; 26. Falk Family Medicine Christmas party, {captivating} photography; 27. Christmas in shades of green, Keri Blue Photography; 28. Lodge style Christmas, Anne Blogett Photography; 29. The Perfect Occasion Christmas, Sheila Nielsen Photography.



Calvert’s accolades however are not imparted in his demeanor — like a quintessential professional in his field, he is calm and steadfast. His job onsite is to deliver the perfect occasion, including rescuing wedding dresses from cake and spaghetti sauce with not a bridal tear shed. Says Bud Smith of Roseburg, of his daughter Tiffani’s wedding, “Andrew’s organizational skills and management abilities were fantastic. He did a great job in every category. Without him, the ‘Wedding of the Year’ would have just been another nice wedding.” Tiffani adds, “His creativity and willingness and ability to take action made possible the grandest affair of our lives. As a true artist, Andy possesses the quality to take your ideas and make them a reality. Using simply a swatch of fabric, a song lyric, or a Pinterest post as inspiration, Andy is able to find a theme and carry it throughout the entire event.” Many clients like Tiffani become fast and lifelong friends with Calvert. Sharing milestones with someone so intimately involved in every detail often transcends the professional boundary to where Calvert is affectionately referred to by many of his clients as ‘Andy.’ As with many creative prodigies though, Calvert modestly attributes his success to those around him. “Thank you to all my family, friends, and clients who have supported and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Especially thank you to my trusted assistants who willingly give up their weekends to work like crazy to make others’ dreams come true. Without all of you The Perfect Occasion would not be complete!”

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See Andrew and his handiwork at these upcoming events: UCC Foundation Legacy Ball Seven Feathers Casino Resort and Convention Center Friday, November 11, 2016 at 5:30pm UVAA Holiday Home Tour Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 1 - 4pm Featuring the home of Andrew Calvert back by popular demand Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Greatest of the Grape Seven Feathers Casino Resort and Convention Center Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 7-11pm

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THE BICYCLE ELECTRIC Designer and Roseburg resident David Reeck rethinks the bike for Baby Boomers. By Jack Earl If the 10 years spent in Shanghai working for General Motors taught David Reeck anything, it was that 25 million people could get very creative when it came to their daily transportation needs.

OReGONbike in Roseburg. “For commuting, getting children to school, even grocery shopping, they’re an excellent vehicle for short distances.”

While automobile ownership continues to skyrocket in China, it has been the bicycle that most people depend on. However, the old pedal version has been replaced by electric assist bikes, using small but surprisingly powerful motors to attain speeds approaching 20 mph, making them ideal for keeping pace with the hectic inner city traffic.

After 47 years at GM, Reeck returned to the U.S. to retire — selecting Oregon because of how electric vehicle-friendly the state is and, more specifically, Roseburg, because of how beautiful it is — but his mind continued to dwell on how perfect his new home in the Umpqua Valley would be for the electric assist bikes he had come to know and appreciate back in

“Countless versions of these e-bikes are not only used widely in China, but throughout all of Asia, the Netherlands, even Germany,” said Reeck, who operates

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Shanghai. So after a couple of years riding his own e-bike and checking out the area bike clubs, he began to target his potential client and research electric bike manufacturers from around the world. The result is “out & ebout,” the latest electric power-assist bicycle from OReGONbike, the company Reeck formed to design, build and market this next generation of dependable, but fun, transportation. The newest out & ebout bike, already in its third design evolution, is a true hybrid, offering human and/or electric power. “Exercise when you want it, Ph ot and elecos by tric Ch an gC hu nY an g

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Want to learn more about the out & about e-bike? Here’s how! OReGONbike, LLC 541 817-7225 Find them on Facebook by searching “outandebout.” Bike as shown costs $2,800. Delivery in the Eugene and Roseburg areas is included. Personal test rides are available, and extended test rides are available for a nominal fee.

when you need it,” smiles Reeck, when asked what makes the out & ebout unique. “I even made sure the seat was the most comfortable one I could find, because I knew baby-boomers like myself would appreciate it.” – David Reeck, designer of the out & about e-bike “I hand selected nearly 30 specific parts from some of the world’s top suppliers like Shimano to build the bicycle you see here,” he continued. “I began with the sleek, step-through alloy frame and 26-inch wheels and wide street-style tires for excellent traction and a super soft ride. I even made sure the seat was the most comfortable one I could find, because I knew baby-boomers like myself would appreciate it.” Smart, Stylish and Smooth Indeed, the newest out & ebout is a smart and stylish ride. Because the 500-watt motor is neatly tucked beneath the frame and the 36-volt battery is hidden in what would normally be a rear rack, at first glance it’s difficult to tell this bike is something very special — and very different. Gone are the old clunky derailers, replaced now by a seven-speed internal gearbox built

within the rear wheel assembly. Couple that with a nine-position, variable assist control panel placed directly in front of the rider, and the combination provides every conceivable power option for tackling the most challenging hill or cruising comfortably on mile after mile of flat roads. The ride is comfortable, tight and smooth, and when set in assist mode, a simple quarter turn of the pedal kicks the power on. The torque is immediate and somewhat startling, and when you hit that first hill, it takes a moment for you to back off the pedal pushing and know you can relax and enjoy the ride! And an even bigger smile finds your face when you do the math. Traveling an average of 56 miles in a week will cost about 11 cents, and that’s on your power bill to recharge the battery! “I designed the out & ebout e-bike for baby boomer retirees — people just like me — who need more exercise and want to be outside more,” Reeck said. “But regardless of how old you are, if it’s the environmentally friendly idea the bike offers or the power assist aspect that helps you get around a bit easier, I think everyone who rides it will agree, this new e-bike is a fun way to get around!”

Display showing out & ebout eBike speed, temperature, trip odometer, wattage to motor.

David Reeck recently attended the InterBike Conference in Las Vegas, the largest annual gathering of the bicycle industry in North America. He is an advocate for bringing bicycle tourism to the area through the Umpqua Economic Basin Alliance and Cycle Umpqua.

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Purposeful Playing Roseburg High School’s music program grows future citizens — one note at a time.

By Wendy Wilson Photos by Misty Ross

In most music ensembles, the percussionist keeps the beat, sure and steady, while other players melodize and harmonize. That’s just what Branden Hansen – an accomplished percussionist – does with the music program at Roseburg High School.

“We have a very robust, large program at Roseburg High School,” he said. “We have 140 students in marching band alone, and just shy of 200 in a music class of some sort.”

As band director, Hansen heads all of the school’s band classes, including the Roseburg Marching Ensemble, Jazz Plethora, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Colorguard. They play at sporting events, in regional and state competitions, and during concerts throughout the year.

Hansen first dabbled in music as a youth; his mother introduced him to the art and taught him how to play piano when he was a child. By the time he was in 6th grade, he had transitioned into percussion – and laid a path for his future.

He has been at the helm since 2008, and he’s proud of what his students have accomplished.

A Musical Path

“My middle school teacher had a really positive influence on me,” he recalled. “And I knew way back then that I wanted to be a band teacher. So I stuck with it through high school and college, and I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Oregon State University.”

That’s where he met his wife, Megan Hansen. She’s currently the executive director of the Umpqua Symphony Association – but that’s a story for another issue. RHS Pride

commitment, responsibility and tenacity flow through their fingertips, and their success at competitions proves how passionate they are. “There’s pride for the band program now,” Hansen said. “I’m pleased with it. It has grown a lot. It’s a huge part of our community and creates a lot of fanfare on campus. And I’m so thankful for the students, administration and community for being so supportive.”

Back at the high school, Hansen’s goal for his music program is for his students to “learn how to work hard and how to work with each other,” he said. “They have to give 100 percent of themselves every time they’re performing. It teaches humility, self-sacrifice and how to work with a team.

See Them Live! If you haven’t seen the Roseburg High School marching band perform live, add it to your to-do list this fall! During the school year, you can see them strut their stuff at home football and basketball games.

“I hope to instill in them a positive work ethic and hopefully a desire to continue having music be a part of their lives,” he said. The students who participate in band understand what “work ethic” means. Before the school year even begins, the marching band is on the field practicing for 10-plus hours a day. Dedication,

For a complete schedule – including marching, concert and jazz band competitions across the Pacific Northwest – visit the band’s website:

The Director Performs When Branden Hansen isn’t leading band or teaching music at Roseburg High School, he spends time playing drums for Umpqua Community College’s Big Horn Jazz Band. Keep an eye on UCC’s theater arts events page ( for upcoming performances.

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From the Crucible Story by B. Lane Johns

At the top of a steep winding gravel road a fiery glow escapes from an unassuming metal shop building. A glance inside will reveal a man gathering molten glass on the end of a long stainless steel pipe. As he continually rotates the pipe, keeping the golden orb of glass from slipping off, he takes a breath of air and exhales into the pipe. The glass stirs to life, growing and taking shape. This is the ancient art of glass blowing and the artist is Lowell Duell. Mother nature has been making glass since the beginning of time. Volcanos and lightning both use extreme heat to form different types of glass. Archeological evidence points to manmade glass being around since the 16th century B.C., with the Syrians inventing glass blowing around 300 B.C. Lowell began his history with glass working while attending college. Already a talented potter and bronze worker, he decided to check out a glass blowing demonstration. “I soon realized that it was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life as an artist”, states Lowell. His passion for the art is still thriving to this day.

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When watching Lowell work you realize what a special skill it is, seeing him use nothing but a hollow stainless steel pipe, some cherry wood paddles and a stack of wet newspaper to create something so unique. There are moments when he is shaping the glass when the only thing separating his bare hand from 2000 degree glass is wet newspaper, you can’t help but think he has total faith in his ability. His crucible, which is a large superheated vat, will hold up to 250 pounds of molten glass at 2300 degrees. He will start each individual design with an average of 5 pounds of melted glass. He will continue working the piece, searching for the right shape to reveal itself. Color is added in the form of frit and powdered glass, the minerals in the glass create the brilliant colors. More color and texture is brought in with thin threads of heated and stretched glass, wrapping around the piece. When Lowell is satisfied with the design it is quickly snipped from the pipe and placed in a cooling oven for the next 12-36 hours, Lowell states “you have to be patient, if the piece cools too quickly it will succumb to thermal shock and crack and your work will be lost.” He is able to average 8-10 pieces a day, but a few will not pass his final inspection and are discarded. Although well versed in all forms ranging from vases and bowls to light pendants, his current favorites to make are glass balloons and tidal paperweights. “The spherical shape of the balloon has intriguing design features” states Lowell, “and it is an affordable, accessible piece of art” he adds. As a glass balloon is rotated, the colors shimmer and jump off the piece. The balloons are designed to be utilized outside in the yard or garden and will not fade from exposure to the sun or crack from freezing

temperatures. Tidal paperweights are a dazzling piece of art as well, ranging from turquoise jellyfish to multi-colored sea anemones. Lowell has included ashes of his pets in a unique paperweight design, and will do the same upon customer request. He also tells a heartwarming story of a family who arranged a day making glass art that included the ashes of a loved one. Lowell says “It can help with the healing process and is a beautiful reminder of the person.” This special service is still available by request. Lowell and his wife, Susan, moved to Roseburg in 1995 when he accepted a position as Forest Hydrologist with the BLM. After he retired from the BLM and Susan retired from the Dept. of the Navy, the natural beauty of Douglas County kept them here. They were told about a fixer upper in Glide and decided to tackle the project, remodeling the house and building a new glass blowing studio. After noticing the abundance of serpentine rock in the hillsides, Lowell thought that Serpentine Glass was a fitting name for his new studio.

Above: Glass balloon, photo by John Waller; Below: Crucible with molten glass; Lowell Duell works his glass.

Artwork from Serpentine Glass has been featured in numerous shows, galleries and exhibits throughout the country. Recently, Lowell was chosen for a special honor as exhibiting artist at the Oregon Gardens in Silverton. His work is also on display at the Art Center in Roseburg. He currently sells his pieces at five to six northwest art shows a year and year-round at the 2nd St. Gallery in Bandon. Artwork can be seen and purchased online at, or at Glassballoons on Those who are interested in commissioning a piece or arranging a studio/gallery visit can do so by contacting him through his website.

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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY! By Bentley Gilbert Photos by Tristin Gosdsey

The world is found in an archipelago of 11 libraries spreads across Douglas County, whose landmass is the size of Connecticut.

the Douglas County Library Foundation. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library which raises money through, among other ways, sales of donated books.

Residents early in the past century knew that democracy does not work without an educated populous. They also wanted to attract more people and increase the value of their remote southern Oregon county.

A political action committee has been formed in support of the measure on the November ballot.

That belief continues today. At the November 8 General Election this year, residents will consider a measure to strengthen their library by forming a new district. “Who will want to live here after we have shut down our libraries?” Myrtle Creek resident Robert Heilman asked in Roseburg’s daily, The News-Review. “Not much of anybody, I fear. Certainly, it will be impossible to persuade any large-scale employers to settle here, in a place where their managers’ children have no public library to go to.” From Reedsport on the Pacific Coast to Glendale in the south; Drain, Yoncalla, Oakland and Sutherlin have branches full of books, as do Winston, Myrtle Creek, Riddle and Canyonville. They are all served from the main library located at 1409 NE Diamond Lake Boulevard in Roseburg. Additionally, an award-winning Museum of History and Natural History shows the support Douglas County gives to learning and education. The museum has been recognized for its excellence and leadership in the field of local history. Branch-wide, books not found on local shelves arrive from the central library within three days. Some 75 volunteers do a full 20% of the work necessary to make the system function with the efficiency it does. The public directly aids the library in other ways, too. Materials come from generous donations of library users, community members and grants. One of those donors is


“Libraries are noisier than they used to be,” said Douglas County librarian Harold Hayes. Still, patrons throughout the building are absorbed by books, periodicals and computers screens. Sounds of glee come from the children’s section. There are programs for children from birth to 18 years to keep them reading over the summer so they retain what they learned the previous school year and return ready for the new one in the fall. “We want to make the library fun, educational and free,” explained librarian Darla Schofield.

Sounds of glee come from the children’s section.

The Douglas County library system houses 250,000 titles. Favorite classics are in the stacks. Titles hot off the press are displayed. They come between hard covers or can be downloaded onto e-books and other platforms. You can plug them into your CD player. Titles of all kinds are available as videos, too. Among many selections, the reference section holds enough Chilton manuals to restore and repair every make, model and year of the cherry-looking hotrods dragging Main during the the popular Graffiti Days in July. Hayes, who admits to having been a reluctant reader himself, says that he and his staff find it difficult to put a book into the hands of the young adult age group. The Alaskan • FALL 2016

Furnished by Charlotte Herbert Ballot Measure 10-145 asks Douglas County Voters if they wish to tax themselves to keep their libraries open. As property owners are deciding how they’re going to vote on this measure, they’ll be calculating what it is going to cost them, if the measure passes. As well they should.

adventures of Jack London’s “White Fang” turned him into a reader. Staff develop programs to assist and raise interest among teens. The library and its branches are wired with 100 computers. To that, professional librarians add value: “The internet can give you information,” Hayes says. “We give you accurate information.” Wanting access to accurate, current information, Myrtle Creek residents established a library in a two-room cabin in 1912, the first known public archive of books and research materials in Douglas County. Libraries appeared throughout the county for the next three decades until 50 people interested in starting a county system began meeting in 1952. In November of that year, voters agreed to tax themselves and named a board early in the following year. The “Central Library” opened in 1956. Finally, in 1996, the library headquarters and collection moved into the modern, spacious and attractive building on the edge of the town center just north of the Douglas County Courthouse where it is today. People in Douglas County will be able to show their support of their forebears’ work when they vote this fall.

But they should also be calculating what the measure will cost them if it doesn’t pass. Google “Economic Impact of Libraries” and be prepared to spend days reading through articles on how: • Libraries in mid-size towns can return an average of $5 dollars to the community for every $1 invested in them. • Libraries increase foot traffic to neighboring retail businesses throughout the day, increasing local spending by about $25 per library trip. • Libraries make a community a more desirable place in which to live, thereby drawing new residents. • Libraries create “early learners” who do better in school, reducing taxpayer costs for remedial services. • Libraries help patrons prepare resumes and submit job applications online, increasing employment and reducing taxpayer costs for social support services. • Libraries provide reference materials and meeting rooms for people starting new businesses. The new Library District would fund the library headquarters in Roseburg and nine branch libraries with a relatively modest property tax dedicated to the Douglas County Library System. The tax is set at 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $66/year for a property assessed at $150,000. Libraries — like good schools, good jobs, good climate, and outdoor recreation — make our community a desirable place to live. Vote Yes on 10-145 and “Save Our Libraries.” You may very well be saving your own financial investment in Douglas County, at the same time.

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Small Space Growing Apartment dwellers can plant a garden, too. It just takes some creative, outof-the-box thinking. By Emily Brandt

Tiny living is a big deal on social media sites like Pinterest. Pins and posts make small apartment living look pretty fantastic, swanky and borderline picturesque, but it takes some effort and patience to make the lifestyle functional, successful and Pinterest-worthy. When taking on a small-space lifestyle, you quickly realize that there are a lot of secrets to discover and master if you want to keep your sanity and make things work. One of those secrets is to find and utilize unused real estate, like plots of land for growing a garden. Start finding this garden real estate by thinking outside of the box—literally. Space is all around outside your apartment walls. You may have to hunt for it, reclaim it or even fight for it, but in the long run, growing your own garden is how to expand your livable square footage.


On the Hunt for Space Let’s start with hunting for garden space. Take a walk around your apartment building. Are there barren landscape areas? Large amounts of space between foundation plantings? Is the landscape around the building already being used by another tenant? If so, precedent for using the space around your apartment building may already be set.

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start a conversation with your landlord. Who knows? They might even knock a little off your rent for beautifying and maintaining the landscape. Reclaim the Jungle If you have found a potential space around your apartment complex, you might have to reclaim it. Can you revive a section of landscape that has matured past its prime? Can you reuse space a previous tenant used to garden? It may have been common practice among the folks that lived there before you to grow their own veggies or annual flowers, and the remnants remain for you make anew. Past use might make convincing your landlord to let you utilize the space a whole lot easier. Talk to Your Landlord Then there is the fight. By fight, I mean you might have to convince your landlord of your gardening plans. Most of your landlord’s con-

Grow Your Knowledge cerns will center on the potential for a messy, unmaintained garden made by you and other tenants who follow suit. Let your property manager know that you will keep it small and clean. You won’t forget tools in the grass for the mowers to happen upon, and you won’t leave piles of half used topsoil bags on your front porch. Next, you might try the beautification angle. If the existing landscaping has matured past its good years or is lacking vegetation all together, a garden planted and tended by you will be something better than what they have now. Gardens can improve curb appeal and possibly property value if kept up. Seek Alternative Options If all else fails and you were unsuccessful in finding space for a garden

in your apartment complex, you have not hit a dead end. In fact, numerous avenues in the Roseburg area will take you apartment dwellers to gardening opportunities. Try joining Oregon State University’s Extension Master Gardner’s program, or seek out a community garden where you can grow your own produce. Get Gardening! If successful in one of these approaches, regardless of how much space you have, you’re well on your way to spending time in your newfound outdoor living area. The next secret is to start small if you are new to gardening. Pick your favorite flowering perennial or your favorite vegetable, and build up from there. You will learn little by little what plants in your garden like and don’t like, and you can adjust accordingly.

Small Space Gardening Ideas Small space doesn’t mean small harvest. Here are some ideas to get your garden growing: • Plant vertically. Green walls can save space, provide added privacy and give your vining plants room to grow. • Container garden. If you don’t have ground to plant in, there are easy alternatives. You can either make your own containers out of upcycled materials or buy pots from one of your local garden centers. • Pick plants with high yields. Veggies such as spinach, garlic, radishes, lettuce and vining plants don’t take up much real estate and will keep producing through much of the fall season. • Plant inside. Herbs such as basil, chives, thyme and cilantro for example grown well in rooms with lots of natural light. Or you can try sprouts or microgreens, which are high in nutrients and fairly easy to grow. • Raised planters or windowsill boxes. These can be more accessible options for those who need it. If you’re really tight on space this is an easy way to grow salad greens or other salad fixings.

OSU Extension’s Master Gardner Program: You can either become a Master Gardner Volunteer through their volunteer training program or learn from them through their Plant Clinic. Information can be found on their website or Facebook Page. OSU Extension’s Discovery and Victory Gardens: Visit their location near River Forks Park. They have beautiful demonstration gardens open to the public. There you can find interpretive signage explaining gardening ideas, types of plants and methods for growing food. Also, keep an eye out for their annual plant sales. Young’s Garden Center: In business for more than 40 years, Young’s has a new location just north of Costco in Roseburg. It carries a full spectrum of plant choices, seed choices, soil and supplies. Wintergreen Nursery: Located in Winston, Wintergreen is a nursery, landscaping service and florist business. Their nursery hosts demonstration gardens, and the owner, Mike Winters, hosts the Lawn & Garden Show that can be heard on KQEN 1240 every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Douglas County Farmers Coop: Located in Roseburg, DC Farmer’s Co-op carries a variety of plants, pottery, outdoor furniture, soils, mulches and other outdoor gardening products. Coastal Farm Store: Coastal has opened new location in Roseburg behind its old building. Its lawn and garden center is stocked with tools for projects large and small, from power tools for building your raised planters to irrigation systems that keep things watered while you’re away from the garden.

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When Bad News Leads to Good The last thing Verve publisher Caroline Winders expected was a cancer diagnosis, not to mention the hidden local treasure she discovered because of it. By Dick Baltus She was reluctant to do this, to let her own very personal story be told in a magazine already imbued with so much of her heart and soul. The whole purpose of Verve, after all, is to celebrate all that is great about the Umpqua Valley. And it wasn’t immediately obvious to the magazine’s co-founder, publisher and creative director how someone might weave that feel-good theme through a cancer story without casting a long, dark shadow over all the pages that surrounded it. But the fact is, these days Caroline Winders does feel good, great even. There were some dark moments after her diagnosis, but she wouldn’t linger there long. She has reasons to celebrate, not only her health, but also the discovery of yet another great Umpqua Valley treasure whose story she wants told. Ultimately, she decided, telling hers helps tell theirs. She had just turned 40, the age when women are generally encouraged to consider having their first mammogram. Winders hadn’t scheduled hers yet, and with no family history of breast cancer she wasn’t feeling a sense of urgency. But that changed when her husband, Jeff, noticed a lump in her right breast. Winders, who had dealt with some health issues in the past, felt she knew her body pretty well. She as-

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sumed whatever it was Jeff had noticed “was probably just a hormonal thing,” she says. Still, she followed her husband’s advice and scheduled a mammogram. The early-detection exam showed only what appeared to be some signs of calcification, nothing to worry about. But since this was Winders’ first screening exam, a second was scheduled for six months later to allow for comparison. That test showed enough change to warrant a biopsy, which came back positive for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. “I was in shock,” Winders remembers. “I wasn’t expecting it to be anything.” There is no good time for a cancer diagnosis but, had she been given a choice, Winders wouldn’t have picked Dec. 28, 2015. Never mind the holiday season, she was up to her ears in the significant undertaking that was the launch of the first issue of a new magazine. But, convenient or not, there the weighty news came, and now Winders had to decide what to do about it. The standard treatment for DCIS is lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. Because DCIS does not spread beyond the milk duct where it originates, it’s not considered a life-threatening cancer. But having it does increase by 15 to 30 percent the risk of more invasive cancer returning later on.

Winders didn’t like those odds. “Given my health history and knowing what I know about my body and hormone levels, I knew if I just had the lumpectomy and radiation the cancer was going to come back,” she says. “I didn’t want that hanging over my head.” Winders got the first Verve onto the street, then quickly turned her focus back to her own health. She didn’t waste much time before making the decision to proceed with a more aggressive treatment, a double mastectomy. “As soon as my doctor told me they had found cancer I think I knew what I wanted to do,” she says. “It was a pretty easy decision. I just didn’t want any trace of that in my life.” Last March Winders underwent a ninehour surgery to remove both breasts and begin the reconstruction process. “The peace of mind came immediately,” Winders says. That wasn’t the only positive outcome of her surgery. Immediately after her diagnosis, Winders did what many newly diagnosed cancer patients do. “I started Googling everything,” she says, laughing. At some point in her journey around the worldwide web, Winders remembered the name of a Roseburg-based organization she had first seen on a local billboard. She remembered the Treva Hoffman Foundation because Jeff had gone to school with the organization’s namesake. But she only had a vague idea that the organization had some sort of cancer-related mission. Google filled in the gaps. The foundation began in April 2008 to honor a promise that Roseburg resident Kelly Cook made to her sister, Treva, a few months before her death

from cancer. Its primary goal is to alleviate the shortage of tissue available for cancer research by helping to develop, in cooperation with Legacy Health, Oregon’s first cooperative tumor bank (see related story on next page). Scientists who study tissue in their cancer research often must resort to purchasing it from for-profit tumor banks at a cost of up to $2,000 a sample. It’s a matter of supply not meeting demand, something the Treva Hoffman Foundation is dedicated to rectifying to the extent possible. But progress has been slow. Since its founding, the foundation has established relationships with cancer care facilities and hospitals in The Dalles and Roseburg, where tissue samples are being collected and, with the help of local Lions Clubs, transported to the Legacy Tumor Bank in Portland. Once she was fully informed about the local foundation’s mission, Winders was determined to help. Before her surgery in Eugene, she consented to donate her tissue to the tumor bank. Her decision may have paved the way for the foundation to expand its reach to Eugene.

Scientists who study tissue in their cancer research often must resort to purchasing it from for-profit tumor banks at a cost of up to $2,000 a sample.

“Caroline’s decision to donate her tissue really opened a big door for us,” Cook says. “If we can develop an active program in Eugene, we are talking about being able to save a lot of tissue. And more tissue means more research. Thank goodness Caroline came along.” For her part, Winders is happy something positive could come out of an experience she is otherwise ready to put behind her. She is already out looking for the next feel-good story, one that doesn’t involve her. At least not in writing.

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DELIVERING ON A PROMISE Story and photo by Dick Baltus

Kelly Cook will never forget the calls. The first came soon after her sister, Treva Hoffman, had finished a course of chemotherapy, during which she discussed with her doctor her desire to contribute something to the fight against breast cancer. The physician told Hoffman she was looking for someone to champion her effort to help small Oregon hospitals collect and transport to Portland badly needed tissue samples to aid cancer research efforts. That struck a chord. “Treva called me and said, ‘I know my purpose’,” Cook remembers. The second call came a few months later, and sharing the conversation is much more painful for Cook. The Treva Hoffman Foundation had incorporated only a month after Treva had shared with her sister her newfound purpose. Work had been done, but they were just getting started. “In the last coherent conversation I had with Treva, she said, ‘Promise me (the work would continue)’,” Cook says. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m keeping my promise.”


Treva died shortly after that call, on Aug. 12, 2008. Two years later, a volunteer courier from the local Lions Club delivered to Legacy Tumor Bank in Portland the first tissue sample donated by a Roseburg cancer patient to the t.r.e.v.a. (tumor repository, everyone’s valuable asset) Project. The goal of the project is straightforward – to increase the availability of cancer tissue that is desperately needed in cancer research, but difficult or expensive to come by. The hope, Cook says, is that the project will lead to a statewide network for collecting tissue and delivering it to Legacy, where it can be distributed free to cancer researchers. “I feel like if we can do that in Oregon we can create a model that other states can follow and really change the course of cancer research,” Cook says. Progress is being made to that end, but the pace has been slow. To date, only the hospitals and cancer care providers in Roseburg and The Dalles are participating actively. Kelly and Treva grew up in Roseburg; Treva lived in The Dalles. While inroads are being made in other communities, like Eugene (see related article on previous page), Cook’s goal • FALL 2016

is to see legislation passed to add an informed consent component to the standard hospital pre-operative process for cancer patients.

Cook, a mother of three with a full-time job, is spending much of her free time trying to remedy that situation, and honor her promise to her sister, one community at a time.

“The consent piece is difficult, because it’s difficult to reach people who might be tissue donors at the right time,” Cook says. “Almost everyone who is asked to donate is willing to, but it’s difficult to determine when to approach a cancer patient with that question. It can be very touchy.”

“I’m optimistic about the future,” she says. “We need to grow, but we can get there.”

The goal of the project is straightforward – to increase the availability of cancer tissue that is desperately needed in cancer research.

If you are interested in helping, visit for more information or talk to your health care provider about tissue donation.

But the benefits of developing a standardized method of asking for, securing and transporting donor tissue for distribution could be enormous. It is estimated that 80 percent of cancer surgeries are performed in community hospitals. Today, most of those tissue samples are discarded. Meanwhile, because of the scarcity, many cancer scientists are having to paying up to $2,000 to buy a single sample from for-profit tissue banks.

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he word blacksmith can conjure up several images in the human mind. Some may think of a farrier, wearing an apron, preparing to nail shoes on a horse. While others may envision sword makers, from centuries ago, forging iron rod in to steel weapons. Both of these examples, along with many others, are accurate. However, not all farriers are blacksmiths and most blacksmiths made more than just swords. Today, some blacksmiths use this ancient craft to fabricate decorative, utilitarian items for the home, the workshop or for around a persons’ property. For eleven years now, Scott Wadsworth has blended his extensive experience as a general contractor with the timeless art of forging steel. Scott Wadsworth, and his wife Kelly, were raised in Douglas County. Scott began to manipulate metals in welding class, during his youth, at Glide High School. He then studied at Oregon State University before moving his family to Las Vegas, NV. Wadsworth worked as a general contractor while in Vegas and continued that line of work upon returning to Oregon in the late 90’s. Currently, Scott operates Wadco Construction, as a general contractor he is able to draw upon 40 years of experience in this industry. Shortly after his family settled back in Douglas County, Scott began an affiliation with Bill Vian. It was through Bill’s generosity that Scott acquired a large portion of his blacksmith equipment. The total count was 400 pieces, including a 448 pound anvil made by Hay Budden Manufacturing in Brooklyn New York. Scott says that those tools were the best material gift he has ever received. Likewise, the late Bill Vian expressed that it was one of the best things he ever did, getting


those tools to Scott. Accompanied by his tools, Scott set up a coal forge, a propane forge and finally added a 200 pound Chambersburg power hammer. These events and components culminated into a new chapter in Scott’s life and a journey at the forge. As divine timing would have it, around the same time period, Scott met Cy Swan. Swan, a master blacksmith in his own right, has become a mentor, business partner and friend. Their business name, Essential Craftsman, derived from an old story explaining that without a blacksmith, most other crafts would have ceased to ex- • FALL 2016

ist. Their work varies from railings to ornate light fixtures, from decorative fireplace screens to functional trusses, and countless other custom designs. Scott appreciates that his is not only a focal point in the home, it is often utilitarian, as well. One aspect that is apparent in hand forged work (verses machine fabrication), is the way that it reflects light. This can showcase textures that are indicative of objects created by hand. For those interested in a custom project, there are three steps to the process (explained in detail at;

Forging Ahead A Blacksmith’s Journey Essential Craftsman, Architectural Ironwork and Design. By Heather Barklow

design, fabrication, installation. As a licensed general contractor, Scott works well with other businesses during these phases. Essential Craftsman can also ship finished items to the customer for another contractor to install. If customers are interested in learning more about Scott and his blacksmith work, they can also check him out on YouTube at Essential Craftsman. There, those intrigued will find several videos, a favorite is the Blacksmith’s Anvil. “Als Ik Kan” or “If I Can” is one motto of the Arts and Crafts movement, coming from Dutch Origin.

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BUMP, SET, SPIKE! Volleyball West takes on the club volleyball world. Story and photos by Josh Gaunt Ashley Sullivan began to play volleyball in high school after being forced by her parents to attend camp as a freshman. But after getting some proper training on how to hit the ball, Sullivan began to love the game. Her passion grew as she attended high school in Eugene, where she also played club volleyball. Sullivan went on to play at Northwest Christian University then began coaching later for Yoncalla and Elkton high schools. She saw the opportunity to start a club team in the area, and local parents supported her vision in making her idea a reality. Eye on the Ball Sullivan, the owner, director and head coach of Roseburg’s Volleyball West, began the club for local girls in 2013 to allow them to play year round. The club has grown from one team in the first year to five this past season. The club coaches girls between the ages of 11 and 18. Volleyball West is expected to grow again this coming year to seven or eight teams. Sullivan attributes her early success and growth to ongoing learning. “It’s knowing that every year I have something to learn,” she says. “Even though people say last year ran smoothly, I see all this chaos. I can do all these things way better.” For all the teams in the club, Sullivan implements a master coaching system that helps optimize the repetitions for each individual athlete. Giving the girls the opportunity to maximize the time they have with little to no talking during practice allows them to quickly move from one drill to another. The environment allows the coaches to teach and push the girls to grow individually and collectively as a team.

In high school, Sullivan’s coaches really helped grow her passion for volleyball by showing her the technique to play the game. This really boosted her confidence and excitement to play. Playing in high school and college gave her the ability to relate and encourage younger girls to pursue playing beyond high school. Now Sullivan is able to help others learn the game and support them in their goals. Helping athletes with direction toward their goals is an invaluable part of her philosophy as head coach. Her parent’s work ethic and support has played a major role in Sullivan’s life and career.

“[Volleyball West] sets them up for success in life in general. I’m hoping to create citizens, not just volleyball players.” –Ashley Sullivan, head coach “My success with the business I would attribute to my family, with how passionate my dad is with his business and my mom’s support of the business and raising kids,” she says, adding that her sisters are also involved in the club as one plays and another coaches. Creating a facility is the next step in growing the club. Property has been donated to Volleyball West, but funding is still

All the teams in the gym run the exact same drills, without slowing anyone down. This allows the correct technique to be taught to each individual. A key to the coaching system is discipline and holding each member accountable. “The rules and the structure, the girls thrive in that kind of environment,” Sullivan says. “It sets them up for success in life in general. I’m hoping to create citizens, not just volleyball players.” Drawing on Experience


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a work in progress. Currently the club practices at different schools in the area. Being from Yoncalla, Ashley would like to have the facility in her home town. “I would love to help grow the community,” she says. If You Build It … The outlook for Volleyball West is very bright as the club continues to grow and evolve. The success so far has encouraged the club players, coaches and Sullivan to keep pushing ahead. “Every year when the girls leave the club, they leave better then when they came into it,” she says. “And every year the club has more success.” The plan is now focusing on the new building and adding more options to the program. “Once we have a facility built, the club will grow,” Sullivan says. “Also we would like to have college prep teams for girls planning on playing in college. And a recreational team that isn’t as serious.” Sullivan plans on taking Volleyball West to the next level with a new facility, more team options for the community and individual support to help girls achieve their goals on and off the court. To find out more about Volleyball West and upcoming tryouts, please visit

Left: Ashley Sullivan, head coach.




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A Trip Through Time Story and photos by Lloyd Irwin

Head out into Garden Valley and go north towards the Forks. Look at your mileage as you will need to pull over to the left side of the road in approximately 8 1/2 miles.You go past the fire station, past La Brie’s old red barn that huffs and puffs clouds of dust when they’re processing seed. You’re going past the turn off to Cleveland Rapids and proceed on into what looks like dry old hills covered with thirsty trees but in fact, you have entered the portal into the “Way back machine.” One word of caution though is be on the lookout for any thirsty trees that have tripped and fallen across the road trying to get to the river. Pull over to the left at 8.5 miles and look at the rocks down along the river now look across the road. You are looking 35-55 million years into the past when the Earth was made of taffy. These twisted rock formations are called the Turbidite Formations. Warning this taffy will break your teeth.

dug. Go over to Ford’s Pond and see what it’s like to look upon the work of a visionary. Kenneth “Pappy” Ford was giant with giant ideas that resulted in a giant empire that reaches the four corners of the globe.

Hop back into your time machine and head towards Umpqua and the Lighthouse Bakery. Warning: if you’ve sworn off awesome food don’t stop here to eat. The building the LHB inhabits used to be a general store that was the hub of life in this part of the valley. It was easy to see the spokes radiating out to the many farms that were in the business of completing the circle of life over and over and...

When you’re ready to go back to the future, say these magical words, “Drizzle drazzle drizzle drone time for this one to go home! Help me Mr.Wizard!” If you remember this cartoon, you have to admit you’re almost a dinosaur yourself. “Well there you have it a trip through time, and now it’s time to go home. But you need to consider one thing; you have to travel 55 million years to get home and there are no rest stops.”

Waddle out to your time machine and head east towards a pond that a giant

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Head over to the highway, turn left then turn right on the first road you come to, drive a half mile and look to the left. The Rochester Covered Bridge spans time and the Calapooya River. Get back on the road and turn left and find your way to to Oakland our final destination. Enjoy the many great shops and the old buildings and the quaintness of this village.

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Hanson Jewelers in downtown Roseburg is known for quality jewelry, personally designed jewelry pieces made with superior craftsmanship and excellent customer service. It is also home to the local international traveling jeweler, Frank Bartley, and Belgium is the destination. Antwerp, Belgium is one of five premier diamond cutting centers or bourses (European stock exchange for commodities). This is where serious gemstone business occurs. The world federation of diamond bourses was founded in 1947 to provide an industry-wide set of trading practices. The headquarters for the federation located in the Antwerp diamond district is where Frank travels every year to procure these beautifully faceted gems affectionately known as the “girl’s best friend.” Frank and Jere Bartley, Hanson owners, take their business seriously and have committed to providing customers excellent service and high-quality products for 35 years. Frank retired from the United States Army as a Mandarin Chinese linguist and cryptanalyst in 1982 and joined the family business. In 1985 he traveled with a small group of colleagues on a tour to Antwerp seeking out diamond suppliers. After his first week-long trip he committed to returning every year, and with a bevy of happy customers in 2001 Frank started taking the journey twice a year to meet the demand. Frank states, “Customers create the demand and the orders.” He doesn’t buy loose diamonds only to return to try and sell them — Frank is carefully hand selecting each and every diamond with a particular customer in mind. “Every trip is justified by customer demand and I can hardly keep up!” Frank exalts.

his New York offices and literally halving the distance he was travelling to Belgium! The trip has started to become a bit arduous. “It takes a full day to get there and a full day back, I’m not as young as I used to be.” As much as he will miss the friends he made in his travels, the streets he strolled and the restaurants he yearns for, Frank’s friends in Antwerp will surely miss him but his friends and customers in the Umpqua Valley welcome him home with open arms and smiles, and adorned with beautifully crafted jewelry. Photos from top: The Bedazzle engagement ring contains 45 diamonds, totaling 0.665 ctw, not including center stone; Frank Bartley examining diamonds in Antwerp; Belle Étoile jewelery set; geometric design bracelet from Belle Étoile.

While spending time with Frank and the staff at Hanson, it’s no surprise why they continue to thrive and grow in popularity. Customers stream in looking for Frank, and they are greeted warmly by all of the staff, treated as friends and family. Diana, one member of the highly trained Hanson staff, has been with them for 30 years and is a joy to talk to as are the other lovely women. Frank attributes much of the store’s success to “being lucky enough to have such great staff.” Jeff and Shirley Woodcock have been long time customers and enjoy just stopping in to say “hi.” Jeff says with a big smile, “Don’t ever let the store close.” Frank loves that. “All of our customers leave smiling and happy.” Frank is bidding a fond farewell to his beloved Antwerp, Belgium, after 30 years and has taken his last international excursion. However he will continue to meet with his favorite Antwerp diamond supplier in

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late night not long ago, Roseburg Book & Stationery owner Jason Byers walked down the creaky, narrow stairway leading from his second story office. As he turned the corner, a paint can flew at him from across the room. It stopped midair and dropped to the floor inches before hitting his face. He was the only person in the building at the time. That’s not the first – or last – paranormal encounter Byers has experienced in the 128-year-old building. Since he purchased and began remodeling the business two years ago, many unbelievable, unexplainable things have happened.

“When you think of all this building has seen and lived through, including The Blast, it makes sense that there may be some ‘impressions’ left here,” he said. “I’ve been locked in a room with no lock and had paint cans fly at my head, and others have also had objects ‘thrown’ at them. We constantly have electrical issues, like lights flickering, but then when I speak to whatever is here, they come back on. We hear footsteps upstairs or on the stairs a lot. I’ve had the entire contents of my desk dumped on the floor behind my desk, oddly enough without making a sound.”

Roseburg Book & Stationery owner Jason Byers says the lights frequently turn off for no reason in the basement — only to come back on when he communicates with whatever is harassing him.

And then there’s the basement. Something otherworldly lurks down there, Byers said, and it’s not a benevolent spirit.

A HAUNTING IN ROSEBURG Roseburg Book & Stationery is a Jackson Street draw for all kinds of visitors. Story and photos by Wendy Wilson “Everyone who visits the basement gets an overwhelming feeling of something not good,” he said. “I have had a few mediums come in, one of whom couldn’t even get more than three steps down the basement stairs. She turned around and told me that she will never go down there!”

“When you think of all this building has seen and lived through, including The Blast, it makes sense that there may be some ‘impressions’ left here.” –Jason Byers


Before it became Roseburg Book & Stationery 107 years ago, the main building housed the Coos Bay Wagon Road stage coach office. Upstairs, rumor has it that ladies “entertained” travelers as they trekked between Portland and San Francisco. A lot of people and their energy have passed through – but do some of them remain? Who You Gonna Call? To get to the bottom of this supernatural mystery, we enlisted the help of the Douglas County Paranormal Research Society. Led by investigators Sasha Lynch and her husband Jasen, the team includes recorder Charley and monitor Kay. Their mission is to • FALL 2016

Above: The creaky stairs leading up to the office, conference room and storage space; Sasha and Jasen Lynch, Douglas County Paranormal Research Society. Photo courtesy of Sasha Lynch.

provide clients with on-site investigations that document, discover and/or debunk paranormal activity. The team has investigated numerous sites across the county and state, but this commercial space was the largest and most challenging assignment to date. They agreed to spend the night in the building – just like SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” – and record what happened. Just before dusk, the team assembled at the Jackson Street shop and began to set up what Sasha called “passive recording” equipment that captures paranormal activity when no one is present. They positioned cameras and motion detectors upstairs in the office and downstairs in the basement. They sprinkled baby powder on the floor of the storage room. They traced objects with chalk. They checked the temperature readings throughout the building. When they were done, it was lights out and investigation on.

On the Ghost Hunt We started in the office. Armed with flashlights, digital voice recorders and a ghost box, we sat silently in the dark room, waiting to hear something. Anything. “You need to have a lot of patience to be a ghost hunter,” Sasha quipped. After a half hour of soliciting contact from the other side, we regrouped and headed to the basement. That’s when things got interesting.

… out of nowhere, we distinctly heard footsteps dash across the floor upstairs. Thump, thump, thump, thump. “What was that?!” Jasen asked. “Did you hear that, too?”


“The activity really gets going between midnight and 3:00 a.m.,” Byers warned. We walked down the dark, precarious stairs leading to the basement. The unmistakable smell of earthy dampness hung in the air. We maneuvered our way past overstuffed shelves and rows of empty display racks to the basement’s back corner, where a chiseledout hole in the concrete wall revealed several hidden, subterranean rooms. Why were those rooms sealed off, and what secrets haunt them? Sasha sat down and turned on the ghost box, a communication tool that she and her team use to speak with entities. Typically, a ghost box is a modified portable AM/FM radio that continuously scans the band. When on, it creates white noise and audio remnants from broadcast stations that entities are supposedly able to manipulate to create words and even entire sentences. So what kinds of equipment do ghost hunters use? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the tools used by the Douglas County Paranormal Research Society: • Voice Recorder: These record EVPs, or electronic voice phenomenon, of spirits. • Ghost Box: A modified portable AM/FM radio that continuously creates white noise and audio remnants from broadcast stations that entities manipulate to create words. • Motion Sensors: An alarm that sounds when movement is detected. • Video Recorders: These record video when no one is around. • Temperature Gun: This detects the ambient temperature in the room as well as pinpointed temperature. • EMF (electromagnetic field) Detector: A device that measures the electromagnetic field of a particular area. • Baby Powder: Sprinkled on a horizontal surface, baby powder will reveal visitors’ footprints. • Chalk: Chalk outlines allow investigators to see if objects have been moved.

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Jason Byers, owner of Roseburg Book & Stationery, is a collector. He has amassed an impressive collection of Roseburg- and stationery-themed history, including old, rare typewriters, paper rolls, ink, typesetting materials, drafting supplies, cameras and more. Next time you’re downtown, stop by and check out his collection! Photos from top: These historic photos of downtown Roseburg take you back in time – and make you wonder whose spirits remain in the old buildings. Roseburg Book & Stationery owner Jason Byers collects antiques and old stationery supplies.

She asked questions, and something responsed. “Did you live here?” “How did you die?” “Why are you still here?” “Do you want to cross over?” “Are you in danger?” For more than three hours, we huddled on the floor in the uber-creepy basement and conversed with at least four spirits. Several sounds Sasha heard disturbed her – including some distant screams and a guttural utterance that sent chills down my spine. Then, out of nowhere, we distinctly heard footsteps dash across the floor upstairs. Thump, thump, thump, thump. “What was that?!” Jasen asked. “Did you hear that, too?” We looked at each other in amazement: We were all downstairs, and every door was locked. The Big Reveal At 4:00 a.m., it was time to call it a night. The team gathered their ghosthunting paraphernalia, swept up the baby powder and wiped off the chalk outlines while discussing the evening’s events. Everyone agreed that someone or something is definitely sharing the second floor and basement spaces

with Roseburg Book & Stationery – and Sasha’s initial findings revealed recorded EVPs, including whispers and that stomping, skipping sound. The DCPRS plans to continue their investigation and present their complete findings to Byers in the near future. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for a full report. Whatever spirits dwell the building stay away from the store’s main floor, and they only come out late at night, Byers said. So if you’re in the market for some Hallmark cards, school or office supplies, or unique gifts, don’t worry about any encounters at Roseburg Book & Stationery – but stay out of the basement. FOR MORE INFORMATION Roseburg Book & Stationery 549 SE Jackson St., Roseburg, OR 97470 541-673-5356 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Douglas County Paranormal Research Society

The Main Street side of Roseburg Book & Stationery was once the office space for the Coos Bay Wagon Road stage coach.

Dinner is Served By Misty Ross

Many components make up harmony, and when all of the components come together it is pure magic. It sings a song that speaks to your soul and gives you goose bumps. The melody playing in your ear is the Parrott House event center and restaurant with the name Est. 1891. The song that feeds this soul is so harmonious that it will want for no other. Many of the memories of a lifetime are created in a kitchen: the smells; the flavors; the creating; and experiencing. Where do friends and family congregate during a dinner party? Well, the kitchen of course, because that is where the magic happens! Food feeds our soul and our memories as much as it fuels our bodies. These fore mentioned characteristics are why we as a community and foodies starve and yearn for new culinary options in the Umpqua Valley. We now have another opportunity to fuel our memories and souls. I hope you’re hungry because dinner is served! For the past few years the community and passersby have questioned, ‘what is going on at the Parrott House?’ Humans are curious creatures, and we are particularly interested in the activities in our community. Verve was also interested and in the Spring edition, our curious nature shared the story of the dream of the proprietor Heidi Lael. Heidi’s idea was to bring the Parrott House to life. That renewed life would be in the form of a restaurant, bourbon bar, and event center. Heidi is the mastermind behind this massive project along with a dedicated group of family members who believe in her successful endeavors. Heidi hired a new executive assistant, Lisa Jennings who grew up in Washington state but

recently relocated to the area with her husband from Chicago. She reached out after learning of the project from the previous story written in the earlier edition of Verve. Lisa who loves architecture, was drawn to the project and wanted to help facilitate the grand endeavor. Meet the chef Heidi courted from Portland to create the culinary delights you will find on the main menu and the personalized unique 3- and 5-course menus. Personally, my taste buds were salivating for what Chef provided in black and white on the conceptualized teaser menu. Please, oh please make art a reality because my taste buds cannot be denied. Patience taste buds. Chef Adam Ruplinger is no run-of-themill chef. He is quite skilled and has worked under those who are classically trained and talented, one of whom was a James Beard award-winning chef. Adam’s years in the industry allowed him to achieve executive chef status of two sophisticated restaurants in the Portland, Oregon Pearl District where Heidi first discovered him, and she longed to have him as the executive chef for the Parrott House. For those of you who are not “foodies,” let me tell you that is serious business — it’s like winning an Oscar in the movie business. You can imagine what kind of pinnacle that is. What does Adam bring to the table beside his skills? Food, this is where a chef shines! We are impressed with a great resume but what seals the deal is the delectable food placed on the table with savory aromas to tempt the palate. Photos from top left: Parrott House, photo courtesy of Tim Allen; conceptual menu; chef Adam Ruplinger makes ready with service for two; dining room chandelier; table setting photos by Misty Ross.

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reclaiming craftsmanship

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Teaser… deviled eggs (LOVE), chanterelle mushrooms (love x2), bruschetta (please x3). That’s just for starters. Small plates, mustard spaetzle, oh me, oh my, beef tartare, oxtail, and mussels. Teasing is fun! Large plates, catch of the day, lamb, chicken, rib eye, and cassoulet. Okay, so here is where I truly reel you in: Chef Adam’s rendition of cassoulet is a dish with white beans, fennel sausage, duck confit, bread crumbs, white truffle oil and fresh herbs. Keep your eyes open for the fennel sausage, a personal creation of Adam’s to be available for taking home to your table. Adam is striving to use only the best local ingredients to tantalize and surprise the palate. Gluten free and vegetarian delights will also be available. There is something for everyone. There is also a little chef-in-waiting, Tivie, the daughter of Heidi, who wants to make her creative mark too. Tivie has designed a kids menu with food and beverages for the younger foodie in the family. Chef made it clear that he and Heidi are in complete agreement about shopping locally for a more farm-to-fork experience. “There is so much available for fresh local ingredients in the Umpqua Valley.” Adam goes on to say,” We want to be innovative, create a consistent guest experience, catering to many different experiences on one property. Parrott House can’t skimp on the things that guests interact with, from flooring or bar to plates and stemware, it’s as important as the food and all part of the experience.” Food and stemware are just one component of the process. Adam was also assigned with the monumental task of designing a kitchen within the confines of a historic home without altering all that is unique and extraordinary about the property. Adam has gone through many rolls of masking tape to line out what he can equip the kitchen with which will be located on the second floor of the Parrott House. Not only did Adam discover he had beautiful menus in his cache of talents but some architectural chops too! No, I didn’t say pork chops — architect chops. Get your mind off the plate! Heidi and Adam are looking to open this restaurant thoughtfully. We all know how inundated local restaurants become when they first open. Locals are all so excited about new culinary options that they overwhelm a proprietor, and the learning curve can be steep. Their plan is to have soft openings with limited seating initially by reservation only. They want to “overwhelm not underwhelm the guest with skilled, trained staff, from the sommelier, server, bartender, and busser.”

Speaking of the staff, we all know how important the team is to business. They are the engine that keeps the machine moving. Without the finely tuned engine, the machine ultimately fails. This is not lost on Heidi, and she recognizes the need to keep her people well trained and happy. Heidi intends on treating her staff like family and providing a livable family wage, above the average. Heidi wants to train to retain not train to maintain the status quo. Parrott House is an exciting venture for our area and a welcome investment. Whether you are staff, guest, friend or family, Heidi will treat you as if you are the most important person in the equation or experience. Heidi has invested her life, hours, money and more into this monumental endeavor in the south of Roseburg. Historic properties, reclaimed 19th-century old growth timber from Rainier Brewing Company, local talent, an extensive collection of businesses, local benefactors, and an earth conscious, reclaim and reuse approach brings us to the beautiful creation where “every inch is hand made.” Are you excited? Are you intrigued? Are you HUNGRY? Wait, I forgot to mention the whiskey/bourbon bar with vintage cocktails, Sunday brunch, special events, and getting in touch with what was on the menu in 1891. This is a catering experience that will appeal to many different options on one property. Disneyland for adults: the happiest place in the Umpqua Valley!

V Parrott House and Est. 1891 are scheduled to open midNovember. They are currently taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner with two seatings at 2 pm and 6 pm, as well as reservations for the upcoming holiday season. The reservation line is 541-580-0600.

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Breakfast is On! By Autumn Gregory

We all know the old saying “ breakfast is the most important meal of the day. “ Originally quoted by Lenna Cooper in Good Health magazine in 1917, she believed it was essential to start off the day on the right foot. Whether you have a love of things sweet or savory, breakfast has it all.

“ What nicer thing can you do for somebody, than make them breakfast?” - Anthony Bourdain Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth is located on the I-5 corridor heading south towards Medford. Having been run by the same owner for over 40 years, you shouldn’t let the quaint exterior fool you, the food is top notch. Baking numerous pastries and pies daily they boast of the best cinnamon rolls around and , in my opinion, they aren’t wrong. I sampled the pecan caramel as a starter. It was a perfect balanced of spices and sweetness, with the cinnamon bread warm and delicate, with just the right amount of sweet icing and crunchy pecans. Unless you are eating with at least 3 people, though, get the small. The large is considered family size and boy is it! My breakfast of choice was a classic chicken fried steak with eggs, home cooked red potatoes with gravy and a homemade biscuit. The steak was so tender I didn’t even have to use a knife to cut it. The breading was light and didn’t detract from the flavor of the steak. The potatoes were topped with a delicious gravy that had just the right amount of sausage and were seasoned so well I almost got an order to


go. A flaky biscuit with homemade apple butter and good coffee rounded out this meal perfectly. As I was sitting there enjoying the last sips of a good coffee brew, I got a very pleasant surprise. Two freshly dipped chocolate strawberries were delivered with the check the same way a fortune cookie is delivered at the end of your Chinese food. This touch was unexpected and original, lending a little something extra that just reaffirms Heaven on Earth is a one of a kind place that shouldn’t be passed up. Located: 703 Quines Creek Rd, Azalea Hours: Mon:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Tue:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Wed:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Thu:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Fri:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Sat:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM Sun:6:30 AM - 9:00 PM • FALL 2016

Brix Grill

Brix Grill located at 527 SE Jackson Street in Roseburg has been wowing customers with their inventive specials and tasty entrees, not to mention an event center for large groups and a one of a kind rooftop deck. They range from burgers and wraps, to seafood and steak. The tasty fares, different specials every night and frequent live music keep the regulars coming back for more. I, of course, was going for the breakfast. French toast made with 3 Tuscan bread slices dipped in a perfect batter of vanilla and cinnamon with warm syrup delivered on the side was my choice. The bread was different from the usual diner style French toast, but was just right for this plate. This is an a la carte dish, so I ordered sides of bacon, eggs, hash browns and gravy. The sweet Italian sausage gravy was plentiful over crispy hash browns and the bacon was expertly cooked to just the right crunch. Add nicely cooked and seasoned eggs to the mix and you will

food review never go wrong ordering this dish. As if this wasn’t enough, they decided to step it up a notch with the make your own Bloody Mary bar. Currently offered on Sundays only, you can pick from a wide selection of spices and accoutrements to make a Bloody Mary that will satisfy even the staunchest purist. Hours: Sunday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Thursday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm K-Bar Steak House, formerly known at The Camas Room, is an upscale restaurant at Seven Feathers Casino and Resort in Canyonville. A beautiful atmosphere and high quality food lend a dining experience unlike most. The brunch service is available from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on Sunday’s only, and reservations are recommended. The buffet is laden with seafood choices like smoked salmons and lox with cream cheese and bagels, fresh fruits, an assortment of cheeses and fresh salads, and specially made appetizers that are inventive, beautiful and pleasing to the palate. Classic breakfast choices such as crispy bacon, delicious pork sausage, eggs benedict, fruit cheese blintzes and potato casserole are staples on the menu, but two entrees items are prepared special each week. (selections vary each week) And let’s not forget the custom made omelet bar, with a selection of ingredients that will satisfy any taste, baby Belgium waffles with individually packaged syrup, warmed of course, baked ham and

prime rib that is the very definition of perfectly prepared. As if this smorgasbord wasn’t impressive enough, let’s not forget the truly impressive dessert bar. Baked by the in house pastry staff, an array of pies, cheesecakes, chocolate confections, creative tarts and cookies galore await the child in all of us. They also offer a wonderful selection of sugar free and gluten free desserts. Located: 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln, Canyonville Hours: Wednesday through Sunday at 5:00PM Sunday Brunch 9:30AM – 1:30PM

horses and English tea cups, eclectic as it might seem , and the combination is playful and lends to a unique and relaxing dining experience. The menu has a nice selection of reasonably priced sandwiches and salads, and also serves a full bar and espresso cafe. The outside patio is lush and even has its own Koi pond. I decided to satisfy my sweet tooth with a banana split French toast. Cinnamon banana bread is dipped in a special batter and smothered in sweet strawberries and wonderfully whipped cream. The swirls of cinnamon are blissful and not too sweet, while the bread is soft and gooey. Perfectly whipped cream and plump, juicy strawberries make this dish fanciful without throwing the flavors out of balance. The thick, salty bacon was cooked just how I like, crispy without being overdone and little to no fat. The hash browns had an enjoyable crunch and flavor that shined above most others. Perfect for family brunches, formal events, quick lunches, or just to share a malt for fun, Tolly’s is a gem of an establishment that is a must for anyone wanting to get back to that old timey feel. Located: 115 NE Locust Street, Oakland

Tolly’s Grill and Soda Fountain in Historic Oakland Oregon resides in the old Huntington’s Oakland Drug Company building. Originally built in 1872, the former town Merchantile building now plays host to an old fashioned soda shop and restaurant that will take you back to another time. The line of red stools, jars of candies and Doo Wop music remind most of the 1950’s, but the Victorian touches date back even further. Throw in the carousel

Hours: Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 11 am Lunch Monday - Saturday 11 am to 5 pm Sunday 11 am to 4 pm Dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 5 pm to 9 pm Sunday 4 pm to 8 pm

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recipes THE SEASONS OF WINE By Nancy Rodriguez

As we move through the seasons, from Summer into Fall, the Farmer’s Market helps us make the transition from long, hot days to cool breezes and changing colors of the landscape. We take from the harvest and with the alchemy of cookery transform the offerings of the earth into a feast for all seasons and with it the wine. The region’s varietals range from Viognier to Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo. Although summer has left us, the season lingers with the scent of lemons combined with a creamy ricotta and a chiffonade of basil makes a bed for delicata squash. Pushing into the Fall, drunken pears with toasted hazelnuts brings it home to the Umpqua. Aromatic rosemary with savory lamb evokes images of comfort food for the coming cold of winter. A Rosé with a shade of color like pomegranates and a taste of wild strawberries on the tongue, takes us back to a summer not yet forgotten.

Pomegranate Panna Cotta Ingredients 2 cups plus 3 T Pomegranate juice 2 tsp. Unflavored gelatin 1 cup White sugar 1 Orange, peel in strips ½ cup Orange juice ½ cup Heavy cream 1 ½ cup Buttermilk

Directions 1. Spray six ramekins with non stick vegetable spray. 2. In a small bowl add 3 tablespoons of pomegranate juice, sprinkle gelatin over juice, let stand 10 minutes. 3. In sauce pan heat remaining 2 cups of pomegranate juice, sugar and orange peel until sugar is dissolved. Reduce to 1 and ¼ cups. Remove from heat, remove orange peel. 4. Pour 1/3 cup of syrup into separate bowl and reserve for sauce. 5. Add gelatin mixture to remaining syrup in pan. Stir until dissolved. Add orange juice, heavy cream and buttermilk. Strain and divide among prepared ramekins. 6. Chill until set, approximately 4 hours or overnight. To unmold invert ramekins onto dessert plate. Serve with reserved sauce and garnish with pomegranate seeds. Serves six.

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Delicata Squash Galette with Lemon-Basil Ricotta Ingredients 4 ea. Delicata Squash, thinly sliced


1 cup Ricotta

2. Thinly slice the delicata squash. Lightly sauté in olive oil. Remove from pan.

½ cup Mozzarella cheese, grated ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 Egg 1 T Lemon juice Zest of one lemon ½ cup Chiffonade of basil Puff Pastry, chilled Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

3. Mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, lemon and basil. Lightly season with sea salt and ground black pepper. 4. Roll out puff pastry. Spread filling onto pastry dough leaving a 1.5 inch edge. Arrange sliced delicata squash on filling. Fold and pleat pasty edge. 5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 30–35 minutes. Serves six.

Drunken Pears with Arugula, Toasted Hazelnuts and Oregonzola Blue Cheese (or Gorgonzola) Ingredients 3 ea. Anjou Pears, thinly sliced 12 oz. Arugula

Directions 1. Macerate sliced pears in the Riesling, place in shallow dish and cover with the wine. Let sit for one hour.

8 oz. Rogue Creamery Oregonzola (or Gorgonzola), crumbled

2. Lightly toss arugula with vinaigrette of champagne vinegar, olive oil, a drizzle of honey, salt and pepper.

6 oz. Toasted Hazelnuts, rough chop 1 btl. 2011 Brandborg Riesling Dried cranberries for garnish

3. Arrange pears on the bed of arugula. 4. Sprinkle crumbled cheese, toasted hazelnuts over pears. Garnish with dried cranberries. Serves six. With thanks to Sue Brandborg.

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recipes Rack of Lamb with Roasted Figs and Rosemary Gremolata Ingredients 2 ea. Rack of Lamb, Frenched


12 ea. Figs, cut in quarters

2. Cut figs into quarters and toss with balsamic vinegar. Place in shallow dish and roast in oven for 30 minutes, remove and allow to rest. Add to sauce pan with 2 cups of wine, reduce by half.

¼ cup Balsamic vinegar 2 cups Red wine ½ cup Flat leaf Italian Parsley, finely chopped 3 T Rosemary, minced 1 Shallot, minced 1 Lemon, juiced and zest 1 Red onion, thinly sliced 1 Head of fennel, thinly sliced Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

3. Thinly slice red onion and fennel. Combine with olive oil and saute’ until translucent. 4. To make gremolata combine parsley, rosemary, shallot, lemon juice, lemon zest, pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and reserve. 5. In roasting pan place rack of lamb on bed of onion and fennel. Drizzle lamb with olive oil, lightly season with salt and pepper. Roast in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes (rare), 25 minutes (medium rare). Remove from oven, tent with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Cut into individual ribs, sprinkle with gremolata. Serve with fig-wine reduction. Serves six. Serves six.

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BAKERY BUZZ Story Cara Kobernik, photos by Sheila Nielsen

If you haven’t heard of Jill’s Sugar Buzz Bakery in Roseburg, then you are missing out. Jill Fay owns, bakes, and runs her business out of her licensed in-home kitchen and offers a variety of cupcakes and cakes. Jill began by baking and decorating birthday cakes for her friends and family as part of the family legacy passed on to her by her grandmother. Jill has been baking for 8 years and she has learned to bake with nutritional sensitivities in mind, such as gluten and dairy intolerances. Even still, she

offers a variety of gourmet flavors; everything from chocolate peanut butter and lemon blackberry to salted caramel and strawberry lemon. Jill also offers sugar free options. Jill’s cupcakes and cakes are not only delicious, but they are beautiful. She meticulously bakes everything herself and says that her favorite part of her work is being a part of someone’s special day. “I love when my customers send me pictures of the faces of their loved ones with their cakes. Hearing how my work was a hit at an event always brings me joy.”

You may have seen Jill’s Sugar Buzz Bakery vintage trailer parked around Roseburg over the past year. She has served cupcakes from her trailer at Real Deals, Music on the Half Shell, and at the annual Pub Crawl. Jill says that she would like to focus on serving her delicacies at private parties in the future and has made as many as 900 cupcakes (75 dozen) for Mercy Hospital. Customizing orders to fit her customer’s wants is something that Jill strives for, especially when it comes to seasonal offerings. “When doing events, I like to bake things that cater to the season we are in. In summertime, it is always fun to do fruit flavored cupcakes. In winter I go with more spice. I gather a lot of information from the internet. I get a lot of Pinterest pictures sent my way regarding how my customers would like their cakes decorated.”

late is a huge hit,” Jill says. “You can’t even tell it is gluten free. It’s very moist and delicious. I also make cookies and pies in the fall and winter. I make themed birthday cakes, shower cakes, and occasionally I make wedding cakes.”

You can find Jill on Facebook under Jill’s Sugar Buzz Bakery, by email at, or contact her by phone at (541) 440-0051 for questions and ordering.

Jill’s family is in full support of her baking and she says that they all have a sweet tooth. Most of the time, they don’t get to eat her creations but they do serve as taste testers from time to time. Jill’s favorite cake to make (and eat) is her gluten free chocolate bundt cake drizzled with vanilla glazed icing, garnished with strawberries. “The gluten free choco-

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PRESSED Story by Susan Carlile

With all of the confusion these days over food labels with genetically modified ingredients, additives, preservatives, fake sugars and many ingredients you can’t even pronounce, it seems that our food just isn’t food anymore. Wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere and know that the item you are ordering from the menu is exactly what you’re getting without worrying if it has been altered from its original state or chemically changed in some way? If this is something you crave, then come and experience PNW Pressed, Roseburg’s only 100% fresh-pressed organic juice bar. PNW offers deliciously fresh, clean, whole food, plant-based, organic menu items. From real fruit and vegetable juices to clean crafted smoothies to organic yogurt power bowls, PNW Pressed has the real food you’re looking for.

PNW Pressed is located just inside the front doors of Downtown Fitness on Jackson Street and offers both inside and outside seating. It’s crisp white decor with pops of green succulent plants and natural wood fixtures create a clean and simple feel which mirrors it’s menu items. The staff is friendly and helpful and their products are topnotch in both flavor and consistency. Whether you’re in the mood for a creamy peanut butter banana smoothie, a super fresh green juice or a deliciously satisfying yogurt fruit and granola power bowl, PNW Pressed is sure to leave you with happy taste buds. In addition to flavor, juicing is vitamin packed energy. It detoxifies the body, fights disease, keeps you focused and alert, boosts brain power and enhances nearly every system in your body; And thanks to our local PNW Pressed these amazing benefits are now fast, convenient and available to you every day. So here’s to health, cheers!

Owner, Arturo Ramirez opened PNW Pressed July 2016, bringing to life his vision of a family owned organic juice company that offers only the freshest, quality ingredients that his customers can always feel good about and never second guess.

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One of Roseburg’s most beloved events every Christmas season is the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights. With more than 500,000 lights and 90 animated displays – this journey through the park is one of the largest light displays in the Northwest and will be sure to warm the hearts and capture smiles of the whole family. The magic all starts November 20 after the Nutcracker ballet featuring the Eugene Ballet Company and more than 50 local children at Umpqua Community College’s Jacoby Auditorium, and runs until January 1, 2017. The festival has welcomed around 30,000 visitors each year, and has started to see spectators come from all over the northern and southern parts of the state. The Festival of Lights is also home to the world’s largest nutcracker standing 41-feet tall and weighing more than 16,000 pounds. Created by Willamette Valley Woodworking, the nutcracker arrived in 2014 and is a beautiful spectacle of northwestern woods such as sequoia, coastal redwood, Port Orford cedar and western red cedar. The nutcracker was named Herr Woody Winterguard after nearly 300 suggestions were sent in from all over the state and abroad. “Herr Woody Winterguard includes a reference to the Nutcracker’s German heritage and offers an air of nobility, since he stands guard over the Festival of Lights all winter long,” said Festival Committee Chair Kerwin Doughton on the festival’s

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website. Recently, Winterguard added moving arms as well as a fitted camera providing live video stream. In addition to the drive-thru display, the Festival of Lights features the Holiday Village, open Thursday though Sunday nights until Christmas Eve. Doughton said the village is a “real growing attraction.” Top off your night by truly feeling, tasting and smelling Christmas. Guests of the Holiday Village can visit Santa Claus, enjoy some cookies and warm cider, pick out some unique gifts for friends and family and grab some delicious candies, cakes, and pies. “Santa sees 2,000 kids on his lap every year,” said Doughton. He added that the model train is also something guests don’t want to miss which the Umpqua Valley Model Train Club puts on. The Festival of Lights is located at River Forks Park, just six miles west of Roseburg and is put on annually by the Rotary Club of Roseburg as a scholarship fundraiser for graduating high school seniors in Douglas County. Like Santa’s elves, community members volunteer more than 1,000 hours of time and effort. Doughton calls master of set up and take down, Jack Reilly, the real key person. Reilly works with crews from Wolf Creek Job Corps, inmate crews from the county and the Phoenix

school. “Jack Reilly is out there with these people for at least three months a year, in all sorts of weather,” said Doughton. “It is a mammoth job.”

portion of the money going toward the Roseburg Rotary Club, the main sponsor of the Festival of Lights, and the remaining supporting Rosemeyer’s efforts.

The event also works with a number of other non-profit organizations and other local businesses such as Sign Craft who donates all the signs, and Treats Café in Tenmile who puts on the Chuck Wagon Dinner – a outdoor event at the festival followed by a tractor ride.

Doughton said that the character of the nutcracker would coordinate with the business. “Misty at Brix has a chef,” he mentioned.

“We have so many donors and we have more than 100 volunteers that work at the gate each year,” said Doughton. The Festival of Lights drive-thru is open Sunday though Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and holidays from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10 per car. The Holiday Village is open Thursday and Sunday 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tractor rides are also available for a festive way to see the lights in a modern, quiet and odorless tractor donated by Umpqua Valley Tractor. Rides take place Saturday and Sunday nights.

The Wolf Creek Job Corps has also stepped in to paint the nutcrackers. They will pick up the carved figures, paint them, and then deliver them to the business. Doughton said customers get to work with Wolf Creek on the specifications of paint and how they want the nutcracker to look. “It’s an idea to help commerce,” said Doughton. “We felt with all the improvements going on downtown, a good follow up would be something that would attract people.” Doughton believes it would be a great way to get people who come to town for the festival to also check out downtown. “We are working with the downtown merchants to have that hopefully be successful,” said Doughton.

The festival also has a number of special evenings with free admission including a night for veterans, BiMart members, YMCA members, Pepsi, Abby’s, Cascade Community Credit Union members, as well as a canned food night put on by the Cow Creek Tribe. Check the calendar online for exact days at “We have always enjoyed tremendous support from the community,” Doughton said. “There is nothing that is as big and neat as the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights.” You can follow the Festival of Lights on Facebook and the personal Facebook account of Herr Woody Winterguard, as well as Twitter @KingNutcracker. Call 541-637-5742 for more information. The Umpqua Valley’s Festival of Lights world’s largest nutcracker, Herr Woody Winterguard, is giving birth to a bunch of mini nutcrackers all over downtown Roseburg. 6-foot tall nutcrackers are being produced by carver, Ed Rosemeyer of Sutherlin, in an effort to spread the Festival of Lights theme to the downtown area. Nutcrackers are being purchased by local businesses and put out on display. “What motivated the idea was I thought it would be neat to carry the theme over to downtown and have that as an attraction not only for people in Douglas County, but also for tourism,” said Festival Committee Chair Kerwin Doughton The nutcrackers are being sold for around $600 each with a

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There is nothing but good news at Tropiceel Story and photos by Tristin Godsey


hether you are being greeted on the phone, speaking to one of the Jovin family at a store demonstration or in person at the office, that is the message. No matter what your problem is, there is nothing but good news at Tropiceel. Launched seven years ago by the Jovin family at the Douglas County Fair, Tropiceel is a labor of love shared by the entire family. Their products are simple - a line of all natural creams that reduce pain and help you feed your body the nutrients it needs to heal. Now sold in over 40 states and 2,000 retail markets, their little hometown remedy is making a big impact across the country. Sitting down with the Jovins is an experience all by itself. Seated around a round table in an upstairs office (thoughts of King Arthur’s knights spring to mind) the first thing you notice about them is their energy. It’s apparent almost immediately that they are all very passionate about what they do. Often finishing each other’s sentences, they seem truly commit-


ted to what has become a mission in their lives. The family consists of Marilyn and Pat Sr., their children Carmen, Sean, Patrick Jr. and Patrick’s wife Becky Jean, and they are joined by Karen Alter, Becky Jean’s aunt. Tropiceel is very much a family affair, from production, to packing and sales, marketing and shipping, everyone in the family is involved. The kids, as Marilyn refers to them, were instrumental in starting them on this journey. When they were younger, Patrick Sr. suffered from health problems that caused issues with his feet and legs, greatly impacting his mobility. Not being one to take things lying down, Marilyn started looking for alternative ways to alleviate his symptoms, eventually coming up with the formula that is now Total Foot Repair. Over time, using the cream gave Patrick his quality of life back. According to Patrick Jr., one day the kids were talking and it hit them. “Dad went from hobbling around to playing hoops with us. We all knew it was Mom’s cream.” They encouraged their mom to try marketing it, paying for a booth at • FALL 2016

the Douglas County Fair as a trial run. They made 200 bottles and sold all of them in the first two days, leaving with a list of orders from local health practitioners. And Tropiceel was born. One of the things that has aided in their success is their willingness to go the extra mile. They differentiate themselves in this crazy, social media driven, in-your-face marketing society that we find ourselves in by not competing in it, but by ignoring it. The majority of their marketing is word of mouth - something that they are managing to achieve on a near-national level. How they do this is simple. They talk to people, and hand out as many samples as they can. Their mission statement is, “To put our product on as many bodies as possible,” and they mean to do just that. Whenever their product is introduced to a new market one of the family flies in with a suitcase of samples, a ready smile and a desire to meet and help as many people as possible. They meet with store employees, talking not only about Tropiceel products but also wanting to get to know them

and establish a rapport. Everyone in the store gets to try their products and can ask any questions they might have. It’s a back-to-grassroots approach that is creating advocates for their allnatural creams all across the country. Said Bert. “ We get to go... [fill in the blank with wherever we are going that week]. That’s how we approach our trips.The family even has a map on the wall in the shipping department showing everywhere they have visited (although, they mentioned they ran out of pins quite a while ago).

healing in skin and tissues, working as a natural pain-killer along the way. It also works well to prevent or lessen the appearance of scars. Total Body Wellness has antioxidants that help to reduce free radicals in your body. It is particularly helpful for alleviating eczema and headaches. The Jovin’s philosophy for life, and their business, is simple. To do the very best job for every person that comes across their path. There is nothing but good news at Tropiceel.

So what are these creams that are quietly taking the country by storm? There are three varieties: Total Foot Repair, Ultimate Healing Cream and Total Body Wellness. Made of a coconut oil base and consisting of proprietary formulas of all natural, “only of this earth” ingredients, each formula has been created to address specific needs. Total Foot Repair penetrates the dry, rough tissue of the feet and increases circulation, alleviating pain at the same time. They call this a “retail worker’s dream” because it makes standing on your feet all day much easier. Ultimate Healing Cream does what the name suggests – promotes The Tropiceel Team from left: Carmen Seehawer, Merrilyn Jovin, Sean Jovin, Bert Jovin, Pat Jovin Sr., Patrick Jovin Jr., Becky Jean Jovin, not pictured, Karen Alter, office manager/AP/AR, and Becky Jean’s aunt.

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Front Row View of Backside Brewery

Story by Gardner Chappell Photos by Tristin Godsey


pened just four years ago, Backside Brewing Company has quickly grown into a beer lovers destination for locals and tourists alike. KC McKillip, the founder of Backside, is happy to share why beer creation and production is such a rewarding career path. He wholeheartedly states “Our mission is to give back to our local community- our family and friends- through brewing great beer and having fun doing it”. What started as a home brewing hobby in 2011 with the assistance of Paul Singleton an owner of Two Shy Brewing, quickly led to the establishment of Backside. Today the brewery is producing more than a dozen different brews ranging from IPAs, ales, and stouts and even includes the production of alcohol free root beer all made onsite through their seven barrel system. What this adds up to is the production of more than 80,000 pints per year!

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While time at Backside is known to be enjoyable, that doesn’t mean that they are limited to only that site. Using a restored mid-century bus, “Brew Tours” for up to 35 people at a time are offered to visit the valley’s other microbreweries and receive complimentary beer tastings at each. To make sure you won’t get too thirsty between stops, Backside provides flight tastings while enroute of their own wide selection of beers. Maybe you’re feeling a little on the wild side. One of the coolest adventures is private tours arranged with the naturally fun folks at Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR. The wheels on this bus go round and round and that’s important if you’re being chased by one of the fastest creatures on the aarth, an endangered cheetah from the Safari’s breeding program. If adventures such as these aren’t enough, you can even rent the bus as an “on-site libation station” for wedding receptions, private parties, family

reunions, and even business events. While these endeavors sure are unique what the future holds for Backside may be even more exciting. Beyond being on tap in bars ranging geographically from Eugene to Ashland, a particular ale known as Axeman Red is soon to begin being bottled and distributed throughout the region. With demand growing Backside’s seven barrel system will be expanded to 20 barrels by next summer. While continued growth is clearly on the horizon KC clearly understands what’s most important “Our first beer was brewed in a barn at the backside of a small community in rural western Oregon. Although our facility and equipment has been upgraded, our idea remains simple, make great beer!” Now that’s worth toasting!

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Continued from page 82 could help. (I mean because you are good people, Roseburg Police, not because you have nothing better to do.) So I guess if you don’t like crime, that’s a decent reason to still live in Roseburg. But there has to be more than that. Or is it that there’s less than that? What if the reason I am still here is because there is just less “stuff ” to deal with, and that has made my life so much easier?

love. I’m just trying to explain to you, my family and my own self what the town I’ve lived in for the last 23 years has that the town I lived in for 30 years before that doesn’t. The answer is almost nothing. Portland has a lot more of everything. But in the long run, what does that much of everything get you? Nothing more real than what you get here. I guess that’s it. I get a lot more out of less here. So do you, I’ll bet. You know how Roseburg is.

Could it be that I now see Portland as the lifestyle equivalent of my basement? There’s stuff down there I love, or once did, but there’s also a lot of crap that I’ve been able to live without for a long, long time. Baltus was one of the B’s in Roseburg-based BBG Marketing for I did lots of things when I lived in Portland, but I didn’t re- 19 years before merging with ally do anything until I moved here. By that I mean, while I AHM Brands in February 2016 could go to a great concert almost any day of the week, find a great restaurant on any block or ride my bike to the nearest kale store, it wasn’t easy to do anything meaningful, to really feel like I was part of the community. Here, I was identified as fresh volunteer meat about 30 seconds after I unpacked and the cops had finished hooking up my cable TV. (I’m lying a little about that last part, Roseburg Police. You and I both know it, but I’ve got a theme going here. Work with me.) I didn’t have to go looking for organizations I could force myself onto; organizations actually came to me, looking for whatever it was I could offer.

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SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT ROSEBURG? Two decades after moving here from the big city, a Portland transplant searches for the reason why he hasn’t moved back. By Dick Baltus Twenty-three years after I moved to Roseburg from Portland my family and friends up north still routinely ask me when I’m moving back.

And yet here he was, back in town, making small talk with me when he should have been changing my spark plugs. So why’d you come back, I asked?

It’s not their fault. I started talking about leaving Roseburg before I’d even moved here. I was used to a more metropolitan lifestyle, and no one would ever mistake Roseburg for metropolitan. I mean, no Olive Garden? Come on.

“You know how Roseburg is,” he said.

I still remember taking that first drive down I-5 to interview for a job I had no intention of taking and thinking, Well, this will be a quaint little excursion and, hey, free lunch. A few hours later, I was heading back to Portland, trying to think of a good reason why I wouldn’t at least try small-town life “for a spell.” Been here ever since. So what is it about the Umpqua Valley that grabs so many of us by the scruffs of our bright crimson necks and won’t let go?

My first thought was, Well, that’s just stupid. I’ve always wished our police logs were a lot longer. Where else can you read about people calling the cops because their neighbor’s goat got loose and was eating their kids’ swing set and, to make matters worse, was doing it with “a bad attitude?”

“I like looking at the police log in the paper and having it only be a couple inches long.”

I know what you’re probably going to say. It’s that great outdoors thing. Well, guess what? Portland has an outdoors too. Leave the Olive Garden, and there you are. Outdoors. You want something other than pavement up there all you do is drive for 15 minutes to water, trees, fish and all of the same stuff our outdoors has. So that’s not it for me, nor is it for a lot of us, including my mechanic. A few weeks ago I was asking the young guy working on my car some questions about his life. (Because that’s my deal with mechanics. I let you work on my car; you reveal to me your deepest inner secrets.) I asked if he grew up here, and he said he did, but then he moved to Arizona for college and figured that was it for Roseburg. “Once I left,” he said, “I figured I was gone.”


Well, no, I don’t know how Roseburg is, I replied. Why’d you come back? This is what he said: “I like looking at the police log in the paper and having it only be a couple inches long.”

But then I realized he was probably talking about our low crime rate. I thought back to my days in Portland, when not long before I relocated here, my house was broken into twice and someone randomly fired a bullet through my living-room window. At least I think it was random. Maybe the shooter hated windows, how would I know? I wouldn’t, because I never found out who the shooter was. Portland Police found none of those incidents worthy of even a return phone call, let alone an investigation that somehow ended with me winning a multi-million dollar settlement and a new bulletproof window. I think if I called the Roseburg Police Department because my cable went out, they might show up and see if they • FALL 2016

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