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Jay Bowerman, principal researcher at the Sunriver Nature Center, reports on the status of invasive bullfrogs in Sunriver’s waterways

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Nature Center................ 8 Calendar...................... 13 SROA Board................ 22

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L&S Gardens in La Pine offers tips on how to make your Christmas trees and holiday poinsettias survive through the holidays

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Mavericks buyer seeks property owner approval to change CC&Rs By Brooke Snavely Christian Myers and Bank of the Cascades are seeking amendments to Covenants, Codes and Restrictions on the former Mavericks property, 18135 Cottonwood Road, to allow a proposed assisted living and memory care facility. Myers, who is the proposed buyer of the property, and Bank of the Cascades, which is the current owner, will send petitions in December to owners of properties in the northern parts of Sunriver, collectively known as River Village, seeking approval of changes to CC&Rs to allow assisted living facility use. Such use is permitted by Deschutes County, but local village declarations must also be modified to allow the use. Petitions will be sent via U.S. Mail beginning Dec. 15, to approximately 1,500 owners of properties in the villages near Mavericks. Recipients will have the option of returning the signed petition by mail via enclosed and postage paid envelope, or they will be able to go online and sign a digital petition. Myers said they need approval of 75 percent of homeowners in the River Village neighborhoods, which include the Deer Park, Fairway Crest and Fairway Point villages, to effect the changes. All these villages were annexed at various times into the River Village master village as the north end of Sunriver developed. “We will send the petitions and simply wait for respondents. If we don’t hit the 75 percent approval target, we may contact owners individually,” Myers said. “We’ll see how this goes. We do have a deadline with Bank of Cascades to close the deal, but it (the petition process) gives us more time than the election route.” In June 2015, when Myers initially Turn to Mavericks, page 5 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XLI • NUMBER 12 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707

Happy Holidays!

One morning last winter while driving into Sunriver through the entry circle, artist Bill Hamilton thought to himself, ‘How cool would it be to show Santa sledding through the roundabout?’ Hamilton took some photos, did some sketches and in 2½ months completed this acrylic painting, which is now on display at Artists Gallery Sunriver.

Marcello’s Italian Cucina owners observe 10 years in Sunriver

By Brooke Snavely Marcello’s Cucina Italiana is celebrating 10 years of ownership by the Lodge family with an anniversary party on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The party is also a celebration of 35 years of business for the iconic Sunriver dining establishment. The celebration will feature free appetizers, a special $10 dinner menu, $10 wine list, $3.50 draft beers and $3.50 specialty drinks in honor of these milestones. Advance reservations are requested (541-593-8300) so they know how many guests to expect that evening. “We want to thank our loyal customers, who are truly our family, for making us a success! We wouldn’t be here without you,” the invitation stated. Marcello’s began as the Tree House Pizza parlor in the 1970s. Founding

The owners and some of the staff of Marcello’s. From left: Alina Jacobs, Kelly Adams, Kendall Kramer, Thad Lodge, Charles Persinger, Autumn Persinger, Cole Persinger, Dixie Lodge, Thomas Lodge, Mireya Larivierie.

owners Marcel and Sandy DeAlicante turned it into Marcello’s in 1980 and began a series of improvements that cre-

ated the facility as diners know it today, including installation of the outside Turn to Marcellos, page 3 PRSRT STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID BEND, OR PERMIT NO. 213

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Former Sunriver village investor sentenced to 15 years Jon Michael Harder, the former CEO of Sunwest Management and affiliated companies that owned a network of assisted living facilities, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Nov. 17. The sentence, which includes three years of supervised release and restitution to be determined at a later date, was for felony mail fraud and felony money laundering, to which Harder pleaded guilty. Prosecutors called it the largest investorfraud case in Oregon’s history. Federal prosecutors and the defense team agreed that Harder’s scheme cost investors all over the country at least $120 million from 2006 to 2008. Many of his victims invested their life’s savings into agreements with Harder’s businesses for regular monthly income. Harder and Sunwest were financial backers of Silverstar Destinations LLC, a company that in 2006 purchased and proposed redeveloping what

was then known as Sunriver Village. Silverstar proposed a multi-story, high-density development with plazas, restaurants, retail shops and a parking garage and hundreds of condominiums on the upper floors. SROA held an election in 2007 that offered to sell 6.2 acres of common property near the mall to Silverstar to expand the project to 22 acres. A Sunriver owner filed a lawsuit to prevent the election and stop the development. Fifty-five percent of owners voted in favor of the land sale but that was shy of the 60 percent majority required to approve it. The proposal generated enormous controversy and more than 1,000 written comments to Deschutes County. Before Silverstar declared bankruptcy in 2008, the company created a Town Center District text amendment in county development codes that another set of Sunriver owners appealed to


relationships. We improved the food, the service and brought in a better selection of wine. I even toured Italy in 2007 to improve my knowledge of Italian food.” Lodge said the restaurant’s business improved significantly the past few years in step with the national economic recovery. “The Village at Sunriver remodel has helped a ton. It brought lots of tourism, which helped all the businesses in town,” he said. Lodge and Persinger attribute much of Marcello’s success to the staff, many of whom have worked there 10 years or longer. Head chef Michael “Red” Udell, previously from the Trout House, took over the Marcello’s kitchen four years ago. “There’s been hardly any turnover among the sous chefs and assistant chefs. The bartenders and servers have been here many years as well. One who’s been here much longer, Roberta Bech, was here in the early days with Marcel. She truly is connected to the Sunriver community and is a pleasure to have as part of our family,” Lodge said. “With such wonderful, long-

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dining patio in the ’80s, and the bar and lounge in 1992. A second set of owners took over from 1999 to 2005. When the Lodge family relocated to Central Oregon in 2005, Thomas and Dixie Lodge, together with two of their children, Thad Lodge and Autumn Lodge Persinger, decided to create a new family business. Thad was already managing the restaurant under the previous owner when the Lodge family bought Marcello’s in November 2005. Three years ago, Thad and Autumn bought out their parents so Thomas and Dixie could retire a second time. “It’s been a fun experience and quite the ride, because we started right before the economy crashed,” Thad Lodge said. He recalled how they rebuilt the business by focusing on local clientele during the recession, offering nightly specials and discounts to area homeowners. “It was a lot of work, but really fun to meet individuals in the community and build those

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the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. The appeal failed and the new zone was approved but never utilized. Rediscover Sunriver Village LLC purchased the mall out of bankruptcy in 2009 and redeveloped The Village at Sunriver in phases into the condition it exists today. Presiding judge Michael Simon said Harder and his associates deceived and misled inves-

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tors into thinking their money was safe, when Sunwest was losing $20 million per month. Harder also accepted investments for multiple assisted living facilities under the guise that people were diversifying, when in fact, Sunwest was commingling funds between projects. Simon said that while the setup looked like a Ponzi scheme, “He’s not Bernie Madoff. He really believed that he and his investors would succeed.”

Hearing held on Caldera Springs annexation proposal By Brooke Snavely An Oct. 27 hearing regarding a proposed expansion of the Caldera Springs destination resort was extended through Nov. 24 due, in part, to a late-arriving report. Several parties that commented at the hearing did so without having studied the 61-page staff report. Normally such reports are available one week in advance of hearings. Pine Forest Development LLC, an affiliate of Sunriver

Resort Limited Partnership, seeks a conditional use permit to expand the Caldera Springs Destination Resort onto a 614acre parcel of land that borders the existing resort to the east and south. The annexed property would include a maximum of 395 single-family residences, a maximum of 95 additional overnight lodging units, recreational facilities and additional resort core amenities. The applicant seeks to modify the ratio

serving staff members, we truly feel like a family here at Marcello’s. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing staff,” Persinger said. About five years ago, Marcello’s owners launched one of their most successful undertakings — winemaker dinners. At these monthly events held October through May, Marcello’s chefs prepare unique, multi-course meals to pair with select wines presented by winemakers who host each event. The winemaker dinners attract between 50 to 80 diners on average, which places Marcello’s in a unique situation of hosting one of the longest running and most consistently successful wine pairing dinners in the region. “The wine representatives petition to host the events due to the success of the wine pairing dinners,” Lodge said. “After guests are seated, we serve an aperitif, introduce the wine maker and then move on through the multi-course din-

ner, pairing each course with a different wine. The wine rep will talk to guests one-on-one about the wines, the region where they are made, the production process and how they combine with the food.” Lodge and Persinger credit the Sunriver community for helping make the Marcello’s winemaker dinners so successful. “These events are a lot of fun, pairing food with wine, socializing with family and friends, and meeting winemakers and representatives from all over the world. It’s fun and educational,” Lodge said. Information: 541-593-8300, www.marcellos-sunriver.net

of single-family residences to overnight lodging units from 2:1 to 2.5:1 and develop new access off Vandevert Road. The proposal includes two options that depict two areas of visitor oriented cluster housing, one in the eastern portion of the annexation property and one at the south end of the property. Option 2 shows the clusters of visitor housing at the north end of the property and one at the south end. The application includes a possible phasing plan for both options. Each plan includes five to nine phases and an anticipated 40 to 90 lots per phase. The exhibits indicate development of a phase every one to four years as real estate market conditions dictate. Turn to Caldera, page 4

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Applicant comments Steve Runner, Sunriver Resort vice president of development, planning and construction, said 95 percent of existing Caldera Springs Resort properties have sold, approximately half the lots are developed, and 152 of the required 160 overnight lodging units are operational and the remainder are expected to be completed this year. Runner said the same team that developed the original Caldera Springs Resort worked on plans for the expansion onto the adjoining 614-acre parcel, which SRLP purchased in 2006 during a government surplus land auction. Development of the additional land “won’t be quick. We are prepared to take 10 years but our long history of

successful development demonstrates our ability to manage our resources,” Runner said. Steve Hultberg, attorney, said zoning allows 921 dwelling units on the 614 acres, but that the proposal only calls for 395 units, which is 43 percent of permitted building density, leaving significant open space. Ninety-six overnight lodging units on the new property would be similar in design to the Caldera Cabins in the existing Caldera Springs. Hultberg said Caldera Springs will be the only resort to meet Deschutes County overnight lodging unit requirements. Plans are to leave 125 acres of open space along the southern edge of the property as wildlife habitat and a migration corridor for deer and elk. The applicant developed wildlife habitat and mitigation plans in coordination with the Oregon

Sunriver potluck scheduled The next Sunriver potluck dinner will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at SHARC. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Rock Hounds, a three-man band that plays rock ‘n’ roll and power pop music of the 1980s and ’90s. The potluck will include after dinner desserts provided by Marcello’s Cucina Italiana and freshly ground and brewed decaf coffee by Brewed Awakenings. Complimentary wine by the IGA Country Store will be given to the last two tables randomly selected to participate in the buffet line. Participants should bring an entree or salad to serve 1012 people, plus their own place settings. The cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family up to six. The Sunriver area potlucks are designed as an evening to bring all local residents in the greater Sunriver area together, to meet new people and reestablish relationships with old friends. All local area Sunriver residents and their guests are welcome. To attend, sign up at the SROA office, SHARC, Marketplace, call 541-593-8149 or email to areapotluck@gmail. com. When signing up, be sure to include your decision to bring a salad or entree.

Hearings officer Ken Helm accepted comments on the proposed expansion of Caldera Springs Resort at an Oct. 27 hearing.

Department of Fish & Wildlife and will meet the no net loss requirement. “We will make the habitat better,” Hultberg said. Hultberg said there is work to be done on the wildfire protection plan, which was submitted before the Deschutes County Commissioners adopted the latest wildfire risk management plan. He also acknowledged more work was needed to integrate the wildfire protection and wildlife habitat plans. The application states Sunriver Water LLC’s domestic water distribution system will be extended and Sunriver Environmental LLC’s existing wastewater treatment plan has capacity to serve the annexation property. Fire protection would be provided by the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District and law enforcement by the Deschutes County Sheriff ’s

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Department. Kittleson & Associates conducted a transportation impact analysis that projected impacts to public road systems around the expansion area. The company studied traffic levels in April 2014, projected them through 2030 – with and without the expansion project – factored in two percent growth per year, and concluded that all intersections operate acceptably. Matt Kittleson said the Oregon Department of Transportation has plans to expand Highway 97 to four lanes and eventually restrict Vandevert Road to right-in, right-out only access at its intersection with the highway. He said he believes most owners and visitors to the annexed Caldera Springs property will use the interchange at South Century Drive and Highway 97 due to safety and convenience factors.

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capacity of Sunriver Water LLC’s domestic water system, 2) capacity of Sunriver’s Environmental LLC’s sewer system, 3) Impacts on nearby public recreation facilities such the Deschutes River public access at Harper Bridge, and 4) traffic impacts on roads in Sunriver where the nearest grocery stores are located. Mark Murray, a member of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board, said he expected increased calls for service to the Sunriver police and fire departments owing to their close proximity to the project and mutual aid agreements with neighboring safety districts. Wade Watson questioned timing of the traffic study conducted in April 2014. He said it would be more realistic to study traffic patterns during the summer when traffic is heaviest. Gisela Ryter said she supported the applicant’s wildlife habitat mitigation efforts. She requested speed limits on South Century Drive, along the western boundary of the proposed development, be lowered to reduce the number of motor vehicle versus wildlife collisions. Carol MacBeth of Central Oregon Land Watch spoke in opposition to the proposal. She said state law does not allow expansion of resorts; that there are 38 overnight lodging units currently available in the existing Caldera Springs and the burden of proof was on the applicant to show it could meet the requirements. Pamela Burry of Sisters expressed concerns about the availability of water during a declared drought and requested independent analysis by hydrologists. Shane Hostbjor said if there isn’t adequate sewer capacity at Sunriver Environmental LLC’s existing plant, the applicant might try to develop a new sewage treatment facility south of the project near where he lives. Hultberg said the applicant would wait until the hearing closes before offering rebuttal to all comments received. Hearings officer Ken Helm left the record open for any and all comments through Nov. 24. The hearing was scheduled to continue at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 24 in the Barnes and Sawyer Rooms of the Deschutes Services Center, 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend. It is the responsibility of interested parties to check with senior planner Anthony Raguine to view additions to file number 247-15-00464-CU. Information: 541-617-4739.







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presented the proposal, there was uncertainty about how to Meadow obtain neighbors’ approval to Village modify the CC&Rs. SROA management thought it might require a vote of the owners in the villages adjacent police to 3 Mavericks, or possibly by fire all the owners in Sunriver. Those issues O have since been clarified P VER by Aboth RK LO parties’ legal counsel O and MyersK decided to pursue the petition process. “We need one signature from each property. A lot of those owners are absentee owners, meaning they live somewhere else, so it will be an interesting process. We are only petitioning these owners in these neighborhoods, and trying to get these specific owners to respond to our request for approval for our intended use,” he said. SROA’s involvement in the process is limited to documenting the signatures of homeowners who sign the petition and submitting them to Deschutes County for recording. Myers proposes to develop 15 assisted living units and 15 memory care units within the footprint of the 30,000 square foot building that formerly housed Mavericks. The assisted living units with full baths, kitchenettes and two common areas, would be located in the building that currently houses the indoor pool and Flowrider. The old Sunriver Preparatory School building would house the memory care units. The existing entry foyer, lounge, elevator and exercise equipment would remain. “We won’t touch the exterior walls, other than to replace windows and provide a covered drop-off at the entry, until we can demonstrate the need for additional service,” Myers said. “There are a lot of hoops to jump through on this project but we are persistent. We have LAKE AS P




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vision. We feel really passionate about this project. We can feel it and see it, so long as the owners can feel it with us. Bank of the Cascades is with us. They see we have a vision and they have no other buyers, so they are working with us through the process as well.” Myers said he has received calls of support from Sunriver owners through his assisted living care facilities in Portland and Lake Oswego. “One woman who called me said she is interested in working at the facility when we get it open. That’s the kind of altruistic spirit we need to provide the types of services we are proposing.”

Myers and his partners own Ironwood Holistic Care Home in Portland and Altrua Holistic Care Home in Lake Oswego. Myers said he hoped to close

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Sunriver Anglers holiday party The Sunriver Anglers Club will stage its annual holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 16, 4-7 p.m. at Crosswater Club. ������ The event features ��������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� �������� a silent auction and ���������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������ �������� ��������������������������������� live raffle for items ������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� �������� including ������������������������������������������������ rounds of ��������������������������������� �������� ����������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ golf at Crosswater, a tasting party with a local distillery and�������� �������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������� �������� a fly tying ��������������������� tool kit, among���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� others. �������� ��������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������� �������� The menu for the evening includes appetizers, a macaroni �������������������������������������������������������������� ������������ �������� ����������������������������������������������������� and cheese������������������������������������ bar with choices of toppings, and dessert. Drinks�������� ���������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� will be available through a no host bar. ����������������������������������������������� ������������������������������ �������� ������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������� �������� Cost is $30 per person. Reservations should be made by ���������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� �������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Dec. 1 to ���������������������� jerryhubbard1943@gmail.com. Checks can be�������� ����������������������������������� �������� mailed to ����������������������������������������������� Sunriver Anglers, P.O. Box 4273, Sunriver, OR�������� ������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� 97707. ������������������������� �������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������� For additional information look up the Sunriver Anglers�������� ������������������������������������������ ��������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������� on facebook.com ������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������� ��������


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Holiday activities in The Village at Sunriver The Village at Sunriver offers ice skating, visits with Santa and train rides this holiday season. The Village Ice Rink opened Nov. 21 for the Thanksgiving weekend, and will be open extended hours for all of Christmas break, which starts Dec. 19 and continues through Jan. 2. The rink will be open Christmas and New Years days. Free Skate Day The holidays are about giving and Free Skate Day provides an opportunity to help those in need. On Friday, Dec. 11, bring two cans of food to receive free admission to the Village Ice Rink from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be music, cookies and opportunities to take pictures with Santa. All the food collected will be given to the Christmas Basket Sharing program in south Deschutes County.

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State Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) announced that he will seek an additional term representing District 53 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Rep. Whisnant made the announcement at an Oct. 28 meeting of the Redmond Rotarians after providing the group with an overview of the 2015 legislative session. “I have the experience, the respect and the positive working relationships with members of both parties to continue passing good policy and serving as an effective leader for Oregon and its citizens,” Whisnant said. “I’m proud of the bipartisan legislation I sponsored and helped pass during the 2015 Legislative Session. With the help of my colleagues, we took positive steps toward lowering the cost of college in Oregon, strengthening our K-12 education system, and making healthcare more accessible for our state’s most vulnerable children.” Whisnant said he would continue to work on issues of transparency and accountability. During the 2009 Legislative Session, he chief sponsored HB 2500, which established the Oregon Transparency Website. Since the website was established, he said a number of improvements to its functionality were made in order to ensure that “Oregonians have as much information as possible about the operations of our government.” “Working on behalf of House District 53 is a great honor. I hope to return to Salem in 2017 and continue providing responsive and effective leadership for Central Oregonians.” Whisnant has served as a member of the Legislature since his appointment to the Oregon House in 2003. Prior to his legislative career, Rep. Whisnant served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. He served in Vietnam, Germany, Yugoslavia and the Pentagon in command, leadership, staff, and diplomatic roles during his 27-year career. SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2015

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Inspiring students to conserve, protect the environment sunriver nature center & oregon observatory By Jennifer Curtis, Nature Center Manager Living in Central Oregon comes with some pretty big perks. We are privileged to live and work just minutes away from some of the most glorious places on Earth. Camping off of Broken Top’s Crater Ditch Trail, wildflower hikes at Big Summit Prairie, and of course the opportunity to see hundreds of thousands of Western Toad tadpoles painting the water of Todd Lake black during mid-summer are just a few of my favorites. As I spend time in each of these places I am reminded of Oregon’s natural beauty and the efforts that local organizations and people like you make to keep them alive and vibrant. Human impacts on natural areas can be devastating. For

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example, the riparian zone (the interface between land and water) along the Deschutes River at Harper’s Bridge has sustained significant habitat loss as a result of river goers flocking to the best “non-designated” river access site near Sunriver. We see this in any natural area that becomes a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Can you think of any impact at your favorite spots? The human impact on the environment will always be there, as we are all in it together. The key is to consider how we can make less of an impact, tread lightly, and inspire others to do the same. We all do our best to protect these special places and conservation education teaches us the best practices for doing this. When we start to consider the


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differences. One of the ways that SNCO has committed to inspiring this change is through a new collaborative Watershed Stewardship Program for youth. This program created by SNCO and Trout Unlimited gives elementary students in the Bend-La Pine school district the opportunity to learn about environmental stewardship through hands-on activities that positively impact our local watersheds. Five hundred students from six different schools, including Three Rivers, La Pine and Rosland Elementary, will participate in classroom presentations and field experiences at the Fall

By Kody Osborne, Lead Naturalist The Sunriver Nature Center has a constantly changing roster of resident wildlife, via our wildlife rehabilitation program and those animals that call SNCO their permanent home. To celebrate the animals that make Central Oregon so special, the nature center is teaming up with the Sunriver Scene to bring readers a feature story of a Sunriver Nature Center program or rehabilitation animal each month. To kick things off, we share the story of SNCO’s newest rehabilitation bird, Loki the Crow, named after the Norse god of trickery. When SNCO naturalists first heard of this hardy corvid in mid-October, several residents had called in, telling of a crow with a potentially broken wing. It appeared that Loki had injured his wrist and survived for several days on the ground without the ability to fly; quite the feat in the cold temperatures that we were seeing in mid-October. Upon retrieval of Loki, just off circle 7, Sunriver Nature Center staff called upon the help of local veterinarian, Dr. Wendy Merideth of Central Oregon Veterinary Group in Sunriver. Upon a full physical check-up, Merideth discovered that the crow simply had opened a large wound in the

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The Watershed Stewardship Program exposes youth to the wonders of nature and learn about environmental stewardship.

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environment as a living ecosystem, which we are all a part of, we are able to see the world through a different lens. What do we do to contribute to the health of the environment? Do we recycle at home or use natural detergents? Do we refrain from purchasing a package of one-time use water bottles for a family hike? Do we practice “leave no trace” ethics while enjoying the outdoors? Do we turn the water off while we brush our teeth? Even a biologist and environmental educator like myself needs to be reminded about how I can create less of a detrimental impact on the environment. Perhaps we can all inspire each other to make small changes that make big

Wishing you all the Hope,Wonder and Joy that the Season can bring!

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Oregon Observatory open Dec. 26, weather permitting By Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager Wow. It seems like yesterday that the summer season ended. Time sure goes by fast. December may be cold, but it is worth getting outside to view the night skies. Have you had a chance to check out the winter constellations? We are planning to be open Dec. 26, the Saturday night after Christmas. If the weather allows, we will try to open some other nights during the holiday season. Watch the website (oregonobservatory.org) or give us a call for the most updated

information. Did you enjoy the Leonid meteor shower last month? Well, this month we get one major and one minor meteor shower. The Geminids is the king of meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from Dec. 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of

Dec. 13 and morning of Dec. 14. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. The Ursids are produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from Dec. 17-25. It peaks this year on Dec. 21. So what’s going on at the observatory? In addition to all the wintertime projects, our

attention is focused on finishing up projects from 2015 and starting on 2016. We are finally moving forward with the new amphitheater improvements, which were delayed by a redesign. Multiple donors who supported the project many moons ago have been patiently waiting. The observatory staff is anxious as well, and looks forward to seeing the completion in 2016. Winter also gives us a period of time to upgrade equipment and try new things. Our new handicap pier and new telescope mounts are being tested in the Robert Glass Starport

The bullfrogs are here!

By Jay Bowerman Over the first 40 years of Sunriver’s history, an American bullfrog would occasionally show up in Sunriver. Bullfrogs were recognized as highly invasive and a potential threat to native species. Whenever we received a report of a bullfrog in Sunriver, the nature center would mobilize to remove the intruder and during this time Sunriver remained a “bullfrogfree” zone. Today, the World Conservation Union lists the bullfrog among the world’s 100 most invasive species. Another member of that list is the dreaded Chytrid fungus that has been devastating amphibians species in many parts of the world. Bullfrogs have been implicated as carriers that help spread this disease. In 2008, we discovered bullfrog tadpoles in Lake Aspen, the first evidence that bullfrogs had finally managed to reproduce here. For the next couple

of years, bullfrog numbers remained relatively low and we did what we could to slow their spread by trapping tadpoles and hunting bullfrogs at night. Bullfrogs have tremendous reproductive capacity. Indeed, in the late 1990s, we caught a female bullfrog carrying an estimated 50,000 eggs. To make matters worse, bullfrogs, like many non-native invaders including knapweed, appear to have left behind their natural enemies, especially competitors and parasites, giving them a distinct advantage over native species. Bullfrogs have been implicated in the decline of native frogs throughout much of the western U.S. However, until now, the evidence of their role in amphibian declines has been indirect, largely based upon correlations between the arrival of bullfrogs and declines or local extinctions. Turn to Bullfrogs, page 11

An Oregon spotted frog, left, and a much larger bullfrog.

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during the winter season, along with some upgrades to our 30inch telescope. We have started our annual appeal for support of the Oregon Observatory. Fund raising efforts for our new Stairway to the Stars expansion is under way. You can help us make a new home for up to six telescopes, and a new exhibit area. This project will help us handle the record crowds, and allow us to expand our daytime programs. Feel free to contact me for a tour and review of our future plans. Stairway to the Stars has Turn to Observatory, page 10

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River and the SNCO campus during the spring of 2016. Our goals for this program are to excite students through participation in collection and identification of aquatic creatures, water chemistry experiments, aquatic species diversity and abundance, and the exploration of aquatic and riparian life that students likely didn’t know existed. Through this work we hope that students will become empowered to initiate change in their communities through sustainable actions for the protection of all environments including our fragile watersheds. Students will explore four key themes: 1) How humans impact fragile aquatic ecosystems through recreational activities, use of chemicals at home, and improper trash disposal. Students will also explore ways that they

can actively preserve and restore these ecosystems through stewardship and encouragement for community involvement; 2) Exploration of food webs, trophic cascade, species interactions, plant and animal life cycles, and how invasive species impact normally stable ecosystems. Students will learn about endangered species such as the Oregon spotted frog that are being studied right here at SNCO; 3) Collection and measurement of species diversity and abundance in three different aquatic habitats including Lake Aspen, wetlands, and ponds and how they compare and contrast with one another; 4) Explore how aquatic habitats change over space and time, including investigation of chemical properties of water in a healthy system and discussion of the seasonal cycle of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide and its relationship to plant biology and animal behavior.

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Nature center manager Jennifer Curtis and a feathered friend.

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ticipate this program to run for three to five years. Additional community support will be needed to continue to offer this hands-on environmental program that would otherwise be unavailable to local students.

“The Watershed Stewardship Program will allow students to compare the ecosystem of the Fall River to other aquatic habitats. Seeing similarities and differences of the plant and aquatic life will lead to great conversation, engagement, and learning,” said Scott McCleary of Ponderosa Elementary. When we think of what the world will be like for our children and our grandchildren we must also consider how we as their parents, grandparents, and mentors can set examples for them. We are their teachers. Help SNCO and Trout Unlimited create a community of sustainability in conservation in Central Oregon that impacts everyone across the ages. To learn more about the Watershed Stewardship Program for youth, how you can contribute or participate, please contact Jennifer Curtis at SNCO through email at Jennifer@sunrivernaturecenter. org or by phone at 541-5934394. Contributions can also be brought to SNCO, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An artist rendering of observatory expansion plans.

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been added to our fundraising list for 2016. We have revised our wish list on our web site, and look forward to meeting

our fundraising goals. Every little bit helps, and you can help make this window to the universe happen. In addition to planning, we are stocking our astronomy store for the holiday season and expanding our rocketry store. Check out the offerings in the Sunriver Nature Center. If there is something in particular you are looking for, please let us know. As we head in to the end of the year, we have much to be thankful for. This year the observatory achieved a seventh straight year of record attendance. The reviews posted to Trip Advisor have been fantastic. I am so proud of observatory staff and volunteers for making us so successful. I’m looking forward to 2016 and the opportunity to expand that awareness. The staff and I hope you and your family have a peaceful and happy holiday season. This is the time of year to be thankful for the beauty around us, and here in Sunriver, you just have to look around to see the beauty and say, “wow.”


Changing of the guard at the Second Tern After nearly 11 years as volunteer coordinator at the Second Tern Thrift Store, Gail Beeson has retired. Stepping in to the position is Jan Tuckerman who brings an impressive resume to the job. Tuckerman, who also serves on the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory Board of Directors, has been a full-time resident of Sunriver for 21 years. She has served on the Friends of the Sunriver Library board, proofreads for the Sunriver Scene, plays hand bells with the Bells of Sunriver, sings with the Cascade Chorale, plays clarinet in the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band, is a part-time administrative assistant for Sunriver Christian Fellowship and works as a golf tee time coordinator for the Sunriver Resort in the summer. At the nature center, Tuckerman feeds the birds and sends in weather statistics on Sundays

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area of the wrist, without an actual break or fracture. With surgery and more than 20 stitches, Loki the Crow is on his way to recovery. Loki has since had a postsurgery checkup and Merideth reported that he was 60 percent healed. At this time, Loki is housed at the Sunriver Nature Center in a lush, heated enclosure — dining on a steady diet of fruit, nuts, mice and insects. Loki’s flight potential is unknown and will be evaluated by SNCO staff in the coming weeks following some good R&R. We hope for a full recovery and release. Wish Loki luck!

Colly Rosenberg, left, and Jan Tuckerman

council, which determines how the store operates, coordinating with the leadership of the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory, which is the beneficiary of the revenue generated by the shop. Stop on by and welcome Colly and Jan to their new positions and do some shopping for holiday decorations, gifts, fashion needs and goodies for pets, too. The Second Tern is holiday central and has chairs for that unexpected company. The Second Tern is located at 17377 Spring River Road, and open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 541-5933367 for more information.

in the winter, a task she has shared with Jim McMurtry, and now Carolyn Barr and Anita Lohman, for over 18 years. In former lives, Tuckerman taught mathematics and computers in high schools and at COCC, was a criminal prosecutor and worked in the field of nuclear medicine technology. Taking on the newly created position of store manager at the Second Tern is Colly Rosenberg. Profiled with her husband Hugh in the July issue of the Scene, Rosenberg brings years of volunteer experience at the Tern, as well as a substantial background in business. She serves as a member of the Tern

By 2011, the number bullfrogs in Lake Aspen was up sharply. With the interconnected waterways running both north and south of Lake Aspen, bullfrogs and their tadpoles had easy access to all of Sunriver’s wetlands. It has now been seven years since bullfrogs became established in Lake Aspen, and the apparent impact on spotted frogs is dramatic. Although fall migration numbers have varied considerably over the past 15 years, the trend since the arrival of bullfrogs has been downward, falling each of the first three years after 2008. A jump in numbers in 2012 seemed hopeful, but the downward trend resumed the next year. Before bullfrogs arrived, we averaged 545 spotted frog captures in the fall migration into Lake Aspen. Since the arrival of bullfrogs, the average has dropped to 238. But most wor-

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Drawing scientific conclusions linking direct cause and effect has been complicated because other events that could contribute to decline happened at the same time. Dams altered the flows of rivers, wetlands were drained for agriculture or development, and a host of other introduced species all occurred about the same time that Oregon spotted frogs were disappearing throughout much of their range. There also were no baseline studies that documented actual spotted frog population numbers before and after the arrival of bullfrogs. Now, because the nature center has long-term monitoring data of Oregon spotted frogs as well as counts of eggs laid each year, we have the only known data base of spotted frog numbers prior to the arrival of bullfrogs in a stable environment.

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Visit the online calendars at www.sunriverowners.org for event info, meeting agendas and minutes

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Sunriver Resort’s ‘Traditions’ celebrations


Sunriver Resort’s annual Traditions celebration includes nearly 150 family-friendly events through New Year’s day. This is a short list of programs and events in December. Visit Sunriver-resort.com to download the complete guide.

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Contact the chair person for a particular committee or to be on a task force/special project contact Becki Sylvester at SROA by calling 541-593-2411.

Find and “LIKE” SHARC on Facebook to keep up on the latest events at the facility. We would also like to see photos posted of your family having fun at SHARC!

crafted gingerbread houses are on display in the Abbot Room of Sunriver Lodge. Proceeds from “lot” sales will be donated to Newberry Habitat for Humanity.

Cookie decorating Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 3:30-5 p.m., in the Abbot Room at the main Lodge. The holidays aren’t complete without a batch of freshly baked gingerbread cookies.

Resort pastry chef provides the cookies and the icing. Kids are in charge of the decorations. Cost: $5 for two cookies The Bear Factory Saturdays through Dec. 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Choose from a variety of holiday animals such as Rudolf, Frosty, penguins and polar bears then hand-stuff them to Turn to Traditions, page 15



These groups meet regularly, same time, same place

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Wednesday Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Info: 541-593-1756 Mountain Meadow Quilters 10 a.m., third Wednesday. Crescent room at SHARC.


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risome is that in 2015, only 37 spotted frogs showed up in the fall migration, about 7 percent of the long-term average. Nature center staff members routinely remove any bullfrogs encountered during research or other field activities. However, once it became clear that bullfrogs had become permanently established in Sunriver, we shifted our efforts from prevention to measuring the impacts of this invasion. Indeed, we found ourselves with a unique scientific opportunity to document the effects of bullfrogs on a population of spotted frogs for which we had unprecedented population records prior to the arrival of bullfrogs, and without concurrent habitat changes or other invasive species that have complicated other studies. Sometimes medical studies are terminated early when preliminary data are strong enough to warrant providing treatment to all members of the study. Similarly, our data on bullfrogs now appears so strong that the time has come

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to intervene in order to preserve what, until recently, was the largest concentration of spotted frogs in Oregon. The nature center research department will continue to monitor Sunriver’s amphibian populations and we will remove bullfrogs as time and opportunity allow. However, bullfrogs, like knapweed, possess huge reproductive potential and lack the natural enemies that help hold their populations in check within their native range. Controlling bullfrogs will require a well-designed and executed plan, good operational control, and most importantly, www.sunriverowners.org

the commitment of sufficient resources. It is not clear who will take responsibility or where funding will come from to sustain a successful bullfrog control effort in Sunriver. Jay Bowerman is Sunriver’s second “Resident Naturalist” and served as executive director of the Sunriver Nature Center between 1973 and 1999. He continues to work for the nature center as principal researcher and has been an author on more than a dozen scientific articles on amphibian biology. Bowerman has a master’s degree in biology from University of Oregon.

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LT Rangers present ‘awards’ for efforts to keep Sunriver clean The LT (Litter & Trash) Rangers concluded their 20th season with an awards potluck banquet on Oct 27. This much-anticipated event includes the awarding of “treasures” to worthy rangers. In keeping with tradition, the awards were constructed with trash found by the rangers during this summer’s monthly litter patrols. Among the “coveted” awards were: • Finding Direction Award: A compass to Bob Vogel • Best Foot Forward Award: A child’s sandal to Gary Newbore • Making a Point Award: A huge spike to Bill Starks • Fast Company Award: A motorcycle flag for Richard Jenkins • What Is This Junk Award: A bag full of assorted junk to Jack Kiekel • Citation Award: A Sunriver

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police citation to Casey and Tiffany Hughes Flower Among the Thorns: A large flower petal to Bonnie Smith He Who Handles Thorns: A finger flicker to Skip Smith Better Eyesight Award: A pair of eyeglasses to Ginny Adams High Risk Award: A bike helmet to Jim Adams Whatsit Award: A marijuana pipe to Gina Rosbrook Eagle Eye Award: A pair of glasses to Patty Klascius Accurate Butt Count Award: A pencil and strap to John Fratt Can’t Miss Award: A sure catch football to Jack and Donna McDonnell Empowerment Award: A power pack to Jim and Gayle Vidal Safety Award: A padlock to Janice Dost Loyalty Award: A pair of

red, white and blue glasses to Carolyn Barr • Cuddle Award: Two adorable kitties to Terry and Gina Tjaden • Heavenly Award: A Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Ken and Pat Arnold • Goody Award: A plastic ice cream cone to Mike and Doris Brannan • Golden Butt Award: Amounted golden cigarette butt to Tom Roberts • Ranger Rookies of the Year: A mounted plaque to Robert and Jane Wilson • Most Valuable Player: A plaque mounted on a hubcap to Kathie Thatcher • Are You Kidding Me: A bag of goop for Mike Gocke The LT Rangers hold monthly litter and trash clean ups May through October, usually on the third Monday. LT Rangers are assigned to areas that need cleaning and head out about 9

o’clock in the morning. They regroup for a hosted lunch at one of the LT Ranger’s homes to review and plan the ensuing month’s effort. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Frank Brocker at 541-593-7396.

LT Rangers on the ‘march’ By Gina Rosbrook Read the following to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a song dedicated to our fearless LT Rangers leaders HHH Brocker (His High Holiness) and BBB Brocker (Beautiful Belle Barbara). Mine eyes have seen the glory of the Rangers on the beat, As they trample down the bike path, through the parking lot and street. Sweating, freezing, backs that ache and weary, weary feet, LT Rangers marching on! Candy wrappers, cigarette butts, whisky bottles! Are we ALL NUTS? Although we get up early we are never, ever surly, As we keep Sunriver clean! We find amazing objects as we clean around the block: A little shark, a tiny shoe, occasionally a sock. There’s a helmet and a hub cap and a kitty in our stock, As we keep Sunriver clean! Candy wrappers, cigarette butts, whisky bottles! Are we ALL NUTS? Although we never litter we are never, ever bitter, As we keep Sunriver clean!

American Airlines renews direct flights from Redmond to Los Angeles Redmond Municipal Airport confirmed American Airlines will return daily service to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning Dec. 17. American Airlines announced it will increase flight capacity with an Embraer 175 (ERJ175) aircraft replacing the Bombardier CRJ-200 (CRJ200). The ERJ-175 is configured with 70 coach seats and six seats in a first class cabin. The previously operated CRJ-200 had 50 coach seats. The ERJ175 increases capacity by 52 percent. “The airport and the Central Oregon Air Service Team are pleased to have American Airlines reinstate daily Los Angeles International Airport service from Redmond, and their decision to increase capacity is a strong indicator of this route’s importance to our business and leisure travelers,” said Zachary Bass, airport business manager. “We hope to find similar success in our upcoming recruitment of air carrier service direct to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona.” The Redmond Municipal Airport (Roberts Field – RDM) is served by four air carriers: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United with 15 daily direct flights to Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Information: www.flyrdm. com

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achieve the perfect hug-ability. Walk-in program; allow 15 minutes to create a holiday animal. Located in the Abbot Room of the main lodge. Cost: $25 per animal, $15 per outfit Christmas Concert Friday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Great Hall. Sunriver Music Festival and Sunriver Resort present concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer who will perform an evening of family-friendly holiday music. Tickets: Call 541-593-9310, or www.sunrivermusic.org Elf Tuck-ins Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-24, 6–9 p.m. Visions of sugar plum fairies will dance in their heads after Santa’s helper reads children a favorite Christmas story and says good night with warm holiday wishes and a special goodie bag. Tuck-ins available for Sunriver, Crosswater and Caldera Springs communities only for ages 12 and under. Reservations required: 541593-1000. Cost: Resort guests: $25 per child; $35 per child on Christmas Eve. General public: $35 per child; $45 per child Christmas Eve. Santa’s Workshop Fridays, Dec. 4-18, 3-5 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 19, 1-5 p.m.; and Dec. 20-26, 1-5 p.m. (closed Christmas day). Create a handcrafted holiday keepsake from fused glass ornaments, nightlights or hand-painted ceramic mugs. Santa’s Workshop is located in The Outpost between Fort Funnigan and the Bike Barn. Children 12 and under require parent supervision. Cost: $15-$40 for fused-glass projects, $12-$25 for ceramic projects.


Gingerbread Junction, above, and sleigh rides, right, are just a few of the holiday activities offered at Sunriver Resort.

land, Canada and the expansive Big Sky country of Montana. Each film will offer a chance to win winter sports swag and one Mt. Bachelor lift ticket per showing. Check with the concierge for movie locations. Cost: $5 for resort guests, $10 for general public. New Year’s Eve Family Night Thursday, Dec. 31, 7:30-10 p.m. The evening features a selection of interactive board, arcade and Wii games suitable for all ages, prizes and ice cream sundaes. Event includes a countdown to the new year with the East Coast at 9 p.m. with a sparkling cider or champagne toast. Adult participation and reservations are required. Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. Polar Bear Plunge Friday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. at The Cove pool. Start off the new year with a splash by taking an icy plunge into The Cove swimming pool. Afterward, grab a Sunriver Resort mug and fill it with

house-made hot chocolate to warm up. Sleigh rides Dec. 12–Jan. 3 (daily, weather permitting). Treat your family to a onehorse open sleigh ride along


the Deschutes River. Victorian sleighs hold four adults and two children comfortably. Warm winter blankets provided. Cost: $125 per sleigh non-

holiday dates. $175 per sleigh: Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 For more information or sleigh ride reservations, call 541-593-6995.

Oregon’s population surpasses 4 million
 Portland State University’s Population Research Center (PRC) released the preliminary 2015 population estimates for Oregon, its cities and counties. According to the preliminary July 1 population estimates, Oregon’s population increased from 3,962,710 in 2014 to 4,013,845 in 2015, or by 51,135. Population growth consists of two factors: natural increase (the number of births minus the number of deaths) and net migration (movers-in minus movers-out). From 2014 to 2015, net migration accounted for roughly 80 percent of Oregon’s population growth. The counties that experienced the largest gains in popu-

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Magic Show Dec. 20, 23 & 30, 7 p.m. in the Abbot Room at the main Lodge. As if the holiday season isn’t magical enough, Mr. Magic presents three evenings of humor, audience interaction, and, of course, magic. Cost: $5 adults, children under 12 free with paying adult. Warren Miller Classics Dec. 22, 26 & 29, 7 p.m. The new release “Chasing Shadows” and Warren Miller classic films depict skiers and snowboarders in search of big air, steep slopes and incredible stunts in places such as Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, Alaska’s Tordrillos, the Fjords of GreenSUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2015


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Boy Scout tree recycling Boy Scouts of America Troop 36 will offer holiday tree pickup in the Sunriver area on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2. For a $5 donation per tree, the Scouts will pick up holiday trees at curbside and recycle them for compost. Pickup will occur after 9 a.m. on the above dates. The Scouts ask that a donation be made by check, payable to “BSA Troop 36” and that it be placed in a watertight plastic bag and affixed to the top of the tree with a rubber band. Wreaths, garlands and decorated trees will not be accepted because the wires ruin the shredder. Residents should call 541-385-3935 to arrange for pickup. The money is used to send Scouts to summer camp.


Recently, Randall Marchington, an expert Mechanical Estimator from Bend Heating, answered questions about the newest high-efficiency ductless heat pump systems on the market.


We have heard there is something new in the world of ductless heat pump technology. Would you mind talking about that?

Sure. Carrier Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers in the heating industry, has recently released the Carrier Infinity ductless heat pump, one-head system. The first thing that comes to my mind is that as we live in a high, dry, cold climate and this new Carrier Infinity system will produce heat to -22ºF at 80% capacity output. No other system can work this well for our winters.


Well, that is exciting! What else is new?


One of the newest innovations that Carrier has brought to this technology is the sleek and slim look of these indoor units that also come in white or silver, which allows them to blend into the interior of your home. Not the big bulky things hanging on your wall anymore.


Are incentives like rebates and tax credits available when you convert to a ductless heap pump?

Because we are approaching an energy crisis in the NW, there are incredibly generous incentives available to homeowners that qualify for these systems, totaling as much as $2,700, which can cut your total investment in half, as well as reducing your utility bill by half, plus they have air conditioning and air filtration to boot!


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One thing that I like is that Bend Heating was the 1st “Certified Master Installer” of ductless heat pumps in the area and is Carrier’s 1st and oldest factory-authorized dealer in Central Oregon. That means every single homeowner gets a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back, written contract from Carrier Corporation themselves.


Not at all, especially when you consider that the money you save on utility bills pays for the investment in as little as a few years in most homes, and the comfort is incredible.


What sets Bend Heating apart from other well-known heating companies?

Bend Heating is the oldest heating company in Central Oregon and has been serving our neighbors heating needs since 1953. We are required to be certified by federal, state and local agencies. We participate in rigorous ongoing training that requires us to perform many different tests to certify the installation is correct and that the paperwork is in order for the all of the rebates and tax credits.


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Harvesting Christmas trees on public lands Finding and harvesting your own Christmas tree has been a holiday tradition for many years. To help protect the future of this program, forest managers of the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests ask the public to take special care to read and follow several guidelines. The most popular tree species used for holiday trees are Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar and sometimes, lodgepole and ponderosa pines. In general, pines can be found on flatter ground at lower elevations near Sunriver and La Pine, while firs and cedars are found at higher elevations west toward the high Cascade lakes. How people go about collecting Christmas trees can be half the fun. Try cross-country skiing into less accessible areas. Branches trimmed from the tree may be used as holiday greens. Guidelines for collecting • One permit is required for each Christmas tree. Five permits maximum, per household.

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Acrylic, oil fine art exhibit at Sunriver Lodge By Billye Turner Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery joins the Traditions celebration featuring acrylic images by Susan Busik in the upper gallery and oil landscapes by Janice Druian in the lower gallery. The show continues through the 2016 new year celebrations. A Bend resident, Susan Busik grew up in Sisters. Influenced in her appreciation of art by parents who owned an art gallery, she studied in a local weaving class in the 1970s. Becoming proficient, she sold weavings in Portland and Lincoln City. Later, the artist began to stage homes, needing abstract pieces for walls. Not readily available in the area, she created her own

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Handcrafted natural stone jewelry items by Chandra van Eijinsbergen, and brilliant mixed media paintings on large canvases and saw blades from Paula Matthiesen are currently on display at the Sunriver Library. At the November reception for the artists, attendees were treated to presentations by the artists on the inspiration and effort that goes into the creation of their works. Eijensbergen, who is community librarian at the Deschutes Public Library System’s East Branch, uses jewelry design as a relaxing counterpoint to her tasks at the library. She gets her materials from personal travels, supply houses and gemstone Turn to Art, page 19

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large abstracts. Self-taught and developing skills through experience, her art met with success both in the staged homes and sales at Tiger Lily, a Bend gallery. Seeking the next challenge, the artist successfully introduced herself to acrylic brush work on canvas, drawing upon her experience growing up on a ranch for subjects. Learning of her Mexican heritage in her 40s, Busik sought to connect with her roots. Her personal interests directed her portrayal of the unseen and the spiritual in nature. This inspiration led her to portray a sense of transcendence experienced when one views an object that encourages an unknown or “magical reality.” She began painting this “magical reality” noted in Mexican folk art and characterized in the writing of noted Hispanic authors such as Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Showing at Sunriver Lodge, her art of over-scale, brightly glowing dahlias, birds, childlike horses and other subjects suggests the traditional, intricate designs of Mexican imagery blended with Native American art. Additionally, she exhibits her popular and unique “magical

‘Autumn Aspens’ by Janice Druian

reality” forest scenes, often resembling that of Hummingbird Forest with lush foregrounds of moss covered trees, chartreuse grasses, delicate flowers, and flying fuchsia and pink-breasted hummingbirds. A background of turquoise and lavender, illuminated by an over-scale full moon with spirals and curls of dots, representing spirit, drifting downward completes the image. Captivating viewers, Busik’s art thus pays a personal tribute to her heritage, to “my grandmother’s art.” In the lower gallery, Janice Druian shows small oil landscapes of the West. Crediting the influence of Maynard Dixon, famed western painter, her art depicts the vastness and sense of freedom of the West. The artist’s roots run deep in the region from family on the Oregon Trail in 1852 to

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“December – the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart.” –Washington Irving

sunriver women’s club Presidents’ message December in Sunriver began with a “Starry, Starry Night” in The Great Hall. Aglow with candlelight, silver stars and draped in rich purple, this year’s winter gala had guests leaving with stars in their eyes. Delectable food from Sunriver Resort, wine donated by Duck Pond and melodious music from saxophonist Andy Warr and dance band Out of the Blue added to another successful winter fundraiser. Kudos to Star Moore, Sue Carletti Johnson and Rose Duffy who organized the fete, and to Barb Thorpe, who coordinated the décor. Thank you to all who attended, donated, and supported this effort to benefit our Philanthropy Program.

December weather can chill you to the bone. The SRWC is in the process of collecting winter outerwear for children in need at some of our local schools. If you would like to make a financial contribution or donate coats, boots, or hats and gloves, please contact a club member. And thank you, Nancy Fischer, for organizing this project. There’s something about the lights in December – holiday lights, firelight, candlelight, starlight. Enjoy your holidays with a twinkle in your eye, a smile on your face, and a purpose in your heart. Do what lights you up from the inside out! Warmly, —Stephanie and Lana, SRWC co-presidents

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Coats for kids Let’s keep the children in southern Deschutes County warm this winter. The SRWC is looking for donations of coats, winter pants, gloves and scarves to supply those children who don’t have everything they need. The winter wear will be distributed at Three Rivers School and Rosland Elementary. Donations have been coming in since the October luncheon, but the more we can collect, the more kids will have warm winter wear. We will continue to collect winter wear items through the end of January, but the sooner you can get your donation to Nancy Fischer, the sooner the kids will have a warm coat, gloves, scarves or winter pants. Nancy Fischer would be glad to pick up your donation. No time to shop? A monetary donation works too. Make your check payable to SRWC and mail to SRWC, PO Box 3334, Sunriver OR 97707. Please note on the check that it is for “Winter Wear for Kids.” Thank you in advance for your donation and don’t forget to keep your sales receipt for tax purposes. Questions, call Nancy Fischer at 925-708-4587 or email to sunrivernancy@ gmail.com

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Author events are free and open to all • Light Refreshments Drawings for door prizes • Reservations Requested

Winter fun Our new schedule was not ready by the deadline for this month’s Scene. Watch for the schedule in January’s Scene. In December, check the sunriverwomensclub. com website under the activities tab, and watch for an email if you are on the “winter fun activity” list. If you would like to be added to the email list contact either Patty Klascius, pklascius@ gmail.com, 541-593-0256 or Sheila Schmerber, sschmerb@ gmail.com, 541-598-5714. We are looking forward to a new season of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, etc. and we hope you will join us.

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in December. Be sure to note that the January lunch will be Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Sunriver Brewing. Following lunch, we’ll take a tour of their brewery. Cookbooks Do you need ideas for an appetizer for a gathering… a beverage for a celebration… or a dessert for the holidays? The SRWC “Beginnings and Endings” cookbook, with its nearly 200 recipes, features liquid libations, appetizers and desserts collected from members and friends of the club, guest chefs, and sponsors. With the holiday season upon us, consider giving the cookbook as a gift. Cookbooks are available for purchase at SRWC meetings or by contacting Bonnie Mankoff at 702-638-1383 or Pam Morris-Stendal at pms tendal@gmail.com. The cost is $15 per cookbook. Membership Membership is open yearround to all women in Sunriver and the surrounding communities. An active membership is $20 and an associate membership is $35. Contact Marty Fobes at srwcmembership@ gmail.com

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Winter recreation enthusiasts are reminded to purchase and display current Sno-Park parking permits when utilizing any of the state’s 100 winter recreation parking areas this winter. Oregon’s Sno-Park program helps provide snow removal in the winter recreation parking areas around the state. Anyone who parks in a SnoPark between Nov. 1 and April 30, must display a valid SnoPark permit displayed near the lower left corner of the windshield. Parking in a Sno-Park without a permit may result in a fine. There are three types of permits: $25 seasonal permit,

The public is invited to Artists Gallery Sunriver for holiday treats on Saturday, Dec. 12, 4-6 p.m., to meet with artists who showcase their work in building 19 in The Village at Sunriver. These open houses are known as Second Saturday, and are opportunities to enjoy light appetizers and a glass of wine or local microbrew while viewing the creations of some of Central Oregon’s most talented artists, many of whom will be on hand to discuss their works. This month, many art pieces feature holiday themes including Deni Porter’s watercolor of “Christmas in the Forest,” Dottie Moniz’s “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” and Dorothy Sweet’s “Sweet Noggins” Christmas knit hats. Artists Gallery Sunriver is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 51700 Beaver Drive. Information: 541-593-4382, or www.artistsgallerysunriver. com

Sno-Park permits are required in winter to utilize recreation parking areas throughout Oregon. The permit must be displayed in your vehicle’s window while parked.

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shows. Matthiesen has a varied art background as an exhibitor and manager of galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and California. Her husband is an integral part of her process as he prepares the old saw blades that have often been discarded

and neglected for years. Simply removing rust and other marks of wear and tear from the saws to prepare them for painting is an intensive and time-consuming task. The artwork will be on display at the Sunriver Area Public Library through January during regular business hours, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Tips for making Christmas trees, poinsettias last through the holidays By Linda Stephenson Before you head to the woods to cut the perfect tree, be sure you have a permit. Follow the rules set out by the U.S. Forest Service. This can be a fun experience for the kids, so enjoy. Christmas trees for sale at tree lots are cut many weeks before the holiday. Before purchasing a cut Christmas tree, look to see if there are lots of needles on the ground around the base of the trees, this is not a good sign. Next, pull your hand towards you along the branch; needles should not fall off. If you are buying a tree that can be replanted, keep in mind that a very small percentage of these trees survive after being indoors for the holidays. The problem is taking a climatized tree (one that has been outside in the elements) indoors to a heated house. Then when taking it back outside, it is not climatized to the outside elements. The cold sets into the branches and usually kills the tree. There are several products on the market that can be sprayed on live trees before taking it into the house. Cloud Cover by Easy Gardener and FreezePruf by Liquid Fence will protect the tree from losing moisture through the needles. Both of

these products should be available in most garden centers. Another issue to consider in our area is the frozen ground. Unless you dig the hole for the new tree before the ground froze and put something over the hole to keep it from freezing, chances are that tree will be sitting in a pot in a snowbank until spring (not a good thing). When bringing a cut tree home, saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting it in water. When trees are cut, the sap oozes out and seals the pores. Sawing off the base opens up the pores and the tree will be able to absorb the water. Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled. A freshly cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours. Keep trees (live or cut) away from heat ducts and wood burning stoves, the lower the temperature the better.

After Christmas, consider propping the old tree near bird feeders so that our feathered friends have a haven from the snow. Poinsettias Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are one of the most popular holiday flowers. Greenhouse growers have

expanded the range of colors from the familiar red to vibrant bi-colors. One of the most common questions after Christmas is “how can I care for my poinsettia so that it will bloom again next Christmas?” While this can be done, it’s a very exact process. My feeling is that since the plant is not that expensive, you might just choose to start fresh next year. A few words of caution when purchasing a poinsettia – never leave the store with the plant unprotected when the weather is freezing. Left exposed to the elements, the leaves will start to shrivel and fall off a few days after you bring it home. Poinsettias do not like cold weather. Have the store clerk put a paper bag over the plant for transportation. I know we all love to leave the bright colored foil around the

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Happy Holidays When someone noon. Whatever mentions “the holiyour family’s traditions are for the days,” what comes to holiday season, I mind? For many, the holhope they will be the foundation of iday season means happy memories. shopping, parties, F o r m a n y, turkey with cranberry spending time in sauce, twinkling outSunriver over the door lights, and spend- Pat Hensley holidays is a tradiing time with friends and family. For others, the tion. As we head into the busy holidays might include Christ- Thanksgiving-to-New Years mas Eve church services, lots of holiday season, this is a football on television, finding good time to reflect on a special handmade gift at a the magic of Sunriver holiday bazaar, listening to that is especially wonderful music and watching strong during this “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the time of year. For owners and guests 15th time. When I was a little girl, one who are able to of the highlights of the holiday spend time in season was “helping” my grand- Sunriver over the mother bake sugar cookies; I next few weeks, probably wasn’t much help, there is an abundance but that tradition is a happy of activities to make memory, along with my other this season special. When it comes to tragrandmother’s awesome fudge and my mother’s pecan pie. ditions, Sunriver Resort has, (Yes, there’s a food theme here for a number of years, presented – special foods are an important its own Traditions program holiday tradition for many of of holiday activities. Just a us.) few of this year’s activities are More recently, our family snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, a traditions include working on Christmas concert, and magic my brother-in-law’s 1,000 piece shows starring Mr. Magic. For jigsaw puzzles and going to the the 20th year, Gingerbread movies on Christmas after- Junction will feature hand-

NOTICE There is no coverage of the SROA Board of Directors Nov. 20-21 meetings because this issue went to print before the meetings occurred. Highlights of board actions taken, including the anticipated adoption of 2016 SROA Maintenance Fees, will be emailed to all owners who are registered to receive emails, the week of Nov. 23-27. Board actions will also be posted to www.sunriverown ers.org under the News & Notices section of the website. Owners who wish to receive periodic email updates from SROA should register/sign up on the SROA website: www. sunriverowners.org/ Page/13934~116569/ Resident-Services Page 22

Q: The SROA Board of Directors directed you to provide a draft charter for a new Owner Enrichment Committee. What tasks might an enrichment committee be assigned? A: As this item has not yet been authorized by the board, my comments will be somewhat limited to the concept behind this future committee. With that caveat in place, I foresee a committee with a focus centered on providing social, entertainment and educational opportunities for our membership. In developing such opportunities, this committee will spend significant time researching specific activities and functions as well as attempting to determine the wants and needs of the members that it seeks to serve. I can envision this committee being involved in such items as: hosting guest lectures and author talks; conducting “how to” classes; coordinating with the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory, OSU-Cascades and other entities for environmental education programs; facilitating dance and art classes; and hosting key member appreciation functions throughout

crafted gingerbread houses on display at the Sunriver Resort Lodge; these gingerbread houses truly are works of art. Santa’s Workshop and The Bear Factory offer the opportunity to produce a handcrafted keepsake. And then there’s the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day: not f o r

the faint of heart, this event is a way to experience the Resort’s new outdoor pool, The Cove. Another Sunriver venue for holiday activities is The Village at Sunriver. It will be “dressed to

Hugh Palcic Owners are welcome to submit questions to be answered in this column. Email to brookes@srowners.org by the 12th of the month.

the year. Most importantly, the activities and functions eventually produced will be owner-driven. This committee would not only have a major research and planning function, but will also be asked to evaluate the success of each event and report to the SROA Board regularly with status updates and post-event summaries. This future committee should provide a rewarding experience for all of those involved. More importantly, it provides an excellent vehicle for members to get to know each other better and have some fun along the way. These types of committees are not uncommon for community associations and offer incredible value and opportunity to their

the nines” to welcome owners and guests shopping for that last-minute gift or taking a break between activities for a bite to eat or an eggnog latte. And for some fun exercise, one of the most popular holiday traditions at The Village is ice skating at the ice rink. The Sunriver Owners Association is also offering activities over the holidays. Since the opening of SHARC in 2012, a holiday tradition in Sunriver for many kids and grownups is swimming at the indoor pool. Adults m i g h t also enjoy relaxing in SHARC’s hot t u b. O w n e r s with a Member Preference card might get a head start on their New Year’s resolutions with a workout at the SHARC fitness center, followed by a complementary cup of coffee and visit with other owners in the Hosmer living room. Something that’s sure to become a tradition is the Blacklight Blast, a completely differ-

ent type of twinkling outdoor lights. This is a glow-tube riding experience going down the tubing hill at night. The fun includes a laser light show, music and hot chocolate. It’s difficult to put into words – you have to see it to believe it. SROA presented this activity last February and it was so popular that it’s back several times over the next few months. And last, but definitely not least, the SROA board will be hosting an open house for SROA members at Benham Hall at SHARC on Dec. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. This popular event is becoming a tradition in Sunriver; this is the third year for this event giving owners the opportunity to visit with board members and with other owners. There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres and bar service. I look forward to seeing many owners at the open house. Sunriver is a special place and the holidays are no exception. Whether you spend time in Sunriver for the beauty and tranquility or for the hustle and bustle, this is a wonderful place to be over the holidays. And wherever you are spending your holidays this year and whatever your own special traditions, may this holiday season be full of joy.

members. I am very supportive recent issues with rail safety, of establishing such a commit- the close proximity between the existing rail line and our comtee here in Sunriver. munity is of significant concern Q: The SROA Board of Di- to SROA. On another issue, the potenrectors authorized you and board president Pat Hensley to attend tial candidate site for a future public hearings on the proposed St. Charles medical center in annexation/expansion of Caldera Southern Deschutes County, Springs. Why is SROA interested the SROA board went on the in a proposed resort development record again in support of such an endeavor. The lack of major located outside its boundary? A: Most simply, there are medical services located in our items that occur outside the area has been a routine concern boundaries of a community heard by the board over the that can have significant impact years. Having an alternative to that community. The pro- from driving to Bend for such posed 614-acre annexation of needs would be an added benefit Caldera Springs is no exception to our members and guests. Regardless of the issue, the to that basic tenet. SROA board always undertakes As part of their fiduciary duty, the SROA board has the its representative role on behalf responsibility of evaluating of its members in a manner the impacts of such proposals consistent with the association’s and providing comment when mission statement and processappropriate on behalf of its es its evaluation through the members. The board has taken association’s decision-making similar steps on other issues checklist. At times, the board that posed existing or potential utilizes experts and consultants to assist them in fulfilling their impacts to our community. For example, both Hensley board duties. This kind of impact evaluaand I testified at regional heartion and advocacy on behalf of ings, conducted by the Oregon Transportation Commission, its membership is ultimately an regarding hazardous material essential function of board leadrail transports. Considering ership and overall governance. SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2015

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SHARC aquatic hours Indoor Open Swim & Outdoor Adult Hot Tub Dec. 1-17 Monday-Thursday: 10am-7:30pm Friday & Saturday: 10am-8:30pm Sunday: 10am-5:30pm Dec. 18, 2015-Jan. 2, 2016 10am-8:30pm

Tubing Hill Dec. 5 & 6: 10am-3pm Dec. 12 & 13: 10am-3pm Dec. 19, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016: 10am-3pm

Lap Swim-Indoor Pool 6-10am daily: 2015 Member Preference ID, SROA Guest Pass or Season Pass holders 8-10am daily: IRAP & Recreation Plus card holders 9-10am Monday-Thursday only one lane available due to water fitness 6:30-7:30pm Monday-Thursday one lane available except Dec. 19-Jan. 3

Water Fitness Monday-Thursday: 9-10am Water-based workout, low-impact and perfect for all levels and abilities. (Please bring swim suit, towel, and water bottle. Water shoes and water shirt are optional but strongly encouraged.)

Level 1B: Ages 6-12 years. This is an introductory level class, for older students who have not had lessons, but want to learn to swim. Students will be concentrating on water comfort, supported floating, bobbing with bubbles and flutter kicks. Level 2A: Ages 2-5 years. Participants will progress from floating to forward motion in the water. Both front and back arm strokes will be introduced and breath control will progress to side breathing.

students) are offered at SHARC. Private lessons are scheduled independently based on instructor availability. Call 541-585-3714 to schedule private lessons. 2015 Member Preference ID card holders: $30 per 30-minute private lesson General public: $35 per 30-minute private lesson Semi-private: $15 for second child per 30-minute lesson

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Dec. 1-17: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm Structured, non-competitive Level 2B: Ages 6-12 years. program to refine and strengthen This class is a progression from swim technique in freestyle, floating to forward motion in the backstroke, breaststroke and water. Both front and back arm butterfly. Ages 6-18. strokes will be introduced and (Participants must pass swim breath control will progress to test). side breathing. Daily drop-in: $5; Monthly: 2015 Member Preference ID $25; Level 3: Rhythmic breath control general public: $30 is required for this level. Participants concentrate on elementary Teen Night backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Focus will be on coordina- This teen-only event starts at tion of arms and legs. Mastery of 8pm with an ice-cream float soside breathing will be required to cial followed by water basketball/ volleyball, contests, relays, use progress to level 4. of the hot tub and other aquatic-themed activities. Level 4: Participants in level Dec. 23: Wednesday 8-10pm four will be concentrating on Dec. 30: Wednesday 8-10pm sidestroke and butterfly, with Open to anyone ages 12-18. emphasis on water fitness and endurance. 2015 Member Preference card holder: $7; general public: $10 Private Lessons Register for this event at 541585-3147. Private or semi-private (2

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Black Light Blast! Saturday, Dec. 26 & Jan. 1 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm This event is a family fun night of lasers show, music and tubing! Tubing hill will be illuminated with black lights, so be sure to wear those bright reflective colors! Each participant will receive a light-up necklace and as many runs down tubing hill as they can handle! Riders must be at least 4 years old and able to ride alone. Special tubes are provided. No personal sleds allowed Space is limited so please call to make reservations

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SROA Owners/Members Only HOMEOWNERS’ HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Benham Hall, SHARC • December 27 • 5-7 pm Join us for a Holiday Open House for Sunriver owners and their families, hosted by the SROA Board of Directors. Celebrate the holiday season with live entertainment by renowned pianist Brian Gurl, catered light hors d’oeuves and beverages and a hosted bar. Call 541-585-3147 for more information

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Nov. 30–Dec.16: Six 30-minute classes Mondays & Wednesdays Level 1: 3:45-4:15pm Level 2: 4:30-5pm Level 3 & 4: 5:15-5:45pm 2015 Member Preference $40, general public $45 Level 1A: Ages 2-5 years. This is an introductory level class concentrating on water comfort, supported floating, bobbing with bubbles and flutter kicks.

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We are now offering coffee service from 6am-10:30am daily in the Hosmer Living Room Come sit by the fire, read the newspaper or meet and socialize with your fellow Sunriver owners any day of the week with your 2015 Member Preference card. This new offering began November 1st and has been a big hit!

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Sunriver fundraiser brings in $51,000 to Habitat For Humanity

 Newberry Habitat for Humanity recently received a check for $51,000 raised during the Showcase at Sunriver Resort held in September. The event has earned more than $100,000 for Newberry Habitat for Humanity over the past three years. “Newberry Habitat and

hole charity golf tournament on the private Crosswater course. The Showcase included an elegant reception for participants that features more than 100 wines and gourmet cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, spirits, microbrews, live music and a silent auction. Next year’s

A new play structure to be installed in the Fort Rock Park playground features four slides, multiple ladders and climbing features, a tunnel to crawl through, a balance beam, elevated and shaded play areas and ADA platforms.

Fort Rock playground equipment to be updated

Tom O’Shea (center), managing director of Sunriver Resort, presents a check to Dwane Krumme (left), executive director of Newberry Habitat (left), and Richard Arnold (right), president of the Newberry Habitat Board of Directors.

Sunriver Resort have a strategic relationship. Beyond the strong financial support, Sunriver Resort occupies a seat on the Habitat board of directors, supports our Home Ownership Program, and is the largest donor of household goods to our ReStore operation in La Pine,” said Dwane Krumme, Newberry Habitat executive director. The Showcase featured the Crosswater Invitational, an 18-

Showcase is scheduled for Aug. 26-27. Newberry Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds affordable homes for qualified applicants. Locally resourced building materials, volunteer labor, community donations and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase habitat houses. Information: 541-593-5005.

The Sunriver Owners Association will replace the large play structure at Fort Rock Park in 2016. The new play structure features four slides, multiple ladders and climbing features, a tunnel to crawl through, a balance beam, and elevated and shaded play areas. The new structure is larger than the one it replaces. Weather permitting the existing play structure at Fort Rock Park may be removed as early as December. During its absence other play features at the park – tire swings, the Apollo spinner and a second play structure for children ages 2 to 5 – will remain available. “The play structure for older children, ages 6-12, has met the end of its useful life, and it isn’t in compliance with current playground standards or the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Mark Smith, SROA Public Works Director. The new play structure includes ADA transfer platforms. When the new structure is in-

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stalled, the existing pea gravel ground cover around it will be replaced with engineered wood fibers that meet current fall protection standards. Partial and total closures of the Fort Rock Park playground are possible during active construction phases depending on the presence of heavy equipment. Smith said excavators would be used to drill into bedrock to install anchors for the new play structure. Installation of the new play structure project should be complete by June 1, 2016. Funds for its replacement

come from reserves that are set aside to repair and replace SROA amenities as they age. Smith said SROA Public Works Department crews would install the new playground structure as workloads and weather conditions permit, saving a considerable sum on installation costs. During construction closures at Fort Rock Park playground, Smith encouraged families with children to visit Paulina Park at SHARC, which offers climbing structures, a slide and balance features. Information: 541-593-2483

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Three Rivers School hosts Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors Three Rivers School in Sunriver hosted OSF actors Eva Gil and David Everett Moore on Nov. 13 as part of the Festival’s School Visit Program. In addition to interactive workshops, the actors performed excerpts from Shakespeare’s works and other classical and contemporary literature in an assembly setting. From October through December, teams of actors will tour schools throughout Oregon, Washington, California and Kansas, engaging students from diverse backgrounds through live performances and active workshops. Actor’s David Everett Moore and Eva Gil from the Oregon OSF founder Angus Bow- Shakespeare Festival.

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Sunriver Rotary Club news By Mark Dennett In this column we share what local Rotarians, your friends and neighbors, are doing to help make Sunriver, L a Pi n e a n d South Deschutes County communities better places to live and work. November was Rotary Foundation Month, recognizing the efforts of 32,000 clubs worldwide to support local nonprofits, so our lead story is about the club’s local grant program. Rotary awards $27,000 to 12 local nonprofits Programs that assist youth, senior and low income residents living in South Deschutes County were recognized in November with 2016 local Sunriver Rotary Foundation grants. Receiving 2016 grants were: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Central Oregon, Healthy Beginnings, Holy Trinity Community Outreach (Care and Share Program), La Pine Community Kitchen, La Pine Elementary (library books and special cooking project), Newberry Habitat for Humanity, Rising Stars Preschool, Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, Three Rivers School (Spring musical Cinderella), Bend Parks & Recreation District (After School Program for South Deschutes residents). Since its founding 20 years ago, the Rotary Club of Sunriver, through its foundation, has raised and donated more than $500,000 to local nonprofits. The majority of these funds are raised though the club’s annual spring wine auction and community dinner. Members return from Nepal Last month, Charlie and Monet Beith led a delegation of local Rotarians to Nepal on a humanitarian effort to rebuild remote villages destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake. In addition to bringing a large amount of donated construction, safety and medical supplies, the group also brought more than $11,000 of donated funds to help rebuild homes. The club wants to thank everyone in the community that supported this effort. Next month we will provide a report on the mission and efforts to create a long-range plan to restore community services. Like us on Facebook To help share news of club projects with the community, thanks to Rotarians Cheri Mar-

tinen (Bancorp Insurance) and Monet Beith (Nepal Project) the club has launched a new Facebook page: Sunriver Oregon Rotary Club. Like us at www.facebook.com/ sunriverrotary More awards On Nov. 14 at Foundation Seminar in Cottage Grove, Rotarian Mark Burford (Tallus Capital) accepted a special recognition award for the Sunriver Club as one of the top supporters of the Rotary Foundation in 2014-15. These awards continue to reaffirm the club’s commitment to service above self. Poinsettias for Prairie House On Dec. 9 Rotary members will again be delivering flowers to the residents of La Pine’s Prairie House Assisted Living and Memory Care facility. Each year Chris Foly, owner of Flowers at Sunriver Village, provides poinsettias, decorated for Christmas with candy canes, to the club at a reduced cost. This generous donation and a dedicated group of Rotarians delivering this holiday cheer to the residents and staff is well received at Prairie House. Are you a former Rotarian? The Sunriver Rotary Club is always looking for new members who embrace our “service above self ” motto. Many of our current members are past members of Rotary clubs from other areas prior to moving to Sunriver. If you would like to renew your connection to Rotary and serve your community, we would love to have you attend one of our Wednesday morning meetings (7:30 a.m. at the Sunriver Lodge). To attend one of our meetings as our guest, please contact president Harry Hamilton (weatherlore@msn.com). You do not have to be a Sunriver resident to be a member.

Sunriver Fire Department offers free smoke alarms Sixty percent of fatalities caused by fires in homes in the U.S. occurred in homes that did not have functioning smoke alarms. Sunriver Fire and Rescue, in partnership with the Oregon State Fire Marshal, are offering free smoke alarms for Sunriver residents. The alarms are provided free of charge to district patrons and are for residential use. These alarms are to replace those that have malfunctioned, are older than 10 years, and to supplement existing battery operated smoke alarms in homes. The State Fire Marshal is also offering special alarms for those who are hearing impaired. To request a free home inspection to determine if you need new or replacement smoke alarms, please contact firefighters Nic Newcomb or Charles Leifer at 541-593-8622.

How individuals can participate in the Sunriver Christmas Basket sharing program The Sunriver Christmas Basket Program will distribute food and children’s gifts to deserving families in the Sunriver area. Here’s how individuals and groups can help: • Pick up a grocery bag and fill it with food. Bags are available at Holy Trinity Church/Sunriver Christian Fellowship, Community Bible Church, Obsidian Hair Spa, Sunriver Fire Station, Sunriver Library, SROA and through the Sunriver Women’s Club and Sunriver Rotary. Bag pick up continues through Dec. 14. • Purchase a child’s toy or clothing. Giving trees will be located at Holy Trinity Church/ Sunriver Christian Fellowship, Community Bible Church and Obsidian Hair Spa. The trees will have tags indicating the requested gift for that child. Unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the locations listed above on or before Dec. 14. • Volunteer to deliver food and gifts beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. Call or email Gene Bennington to sign up, 541-948-6209 or gene@ benningtonproperties.com • Monday, Dec. 7 is the deadline for applications from families requesting food and gifts. Applications are available from the locations listed above. • On Friday, Dec. 11, Obsidian Hair Spa will donate 100 percent of their proceeds, including tips, to the Christmas Basket Program. Call Dawn or Penny at

A generous Christmas basket volunteer loads his sleigh with donated items for a family in need.

Obsidian Hair Spa to make an appointment. 541-593-1978. 6. On Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. there will be a Bingo and Poker Night at SHARC. Proceeds go to the Christmas Basket Drive and to Care and Share. This Christmas food and gift drive replaces the monthly Care and Share food distribution to needy families. Each family re-

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Real Estate News: Where Sunriver homebuyers come from nently and began building homes and selling real estate. She learned that people who vacation in Sunriver were eager to purchase real estate in Sunriver. She discovered that Sunriver was the premier By Jessica Venable resort destination in Central Deb Tebbs has been an Oregon, offering year-round Oregon resident for over amenities. 30 years, a full-time Tebbs quickly learned Oregon Realtor for that most visitors were nearly 25 years and a from either the PortSunriver resident for l and or California 20 years. As the owner markets and that these of Cascade Sotheby’s visitors were Sunriver’s International Realty, buyers. This is still the with 11 offices in Orcase today, with many egon and southwest buyers choosing to own Washington, includsecond homes here and ing one in Sunriver, returning year after year Tebbs has seen the to make new or uphold housing market family traditions. change dramaticalOut of 3,765 resily through the years. dential properties in What hasn’t changed Sunriver, 530 were puris the desirability of chased by Portland area Sunriver and the deresidents, 441 from mographics of those California. One signifwho are lucky enough icant change from 20 to call this resort comyears ago has been the munity home. Deb Tebbs is owner, ceo and broker of Deb increase of WashingLike many people, Tebbs Group. ton buyers, who now Tebb’s Sunriver exmake up more than 16 perience began as a percent of all second visitor from another region. and her husband, Jack, rehomeowners. Back in the 1980s, her famTebbs has watched the ily booked several vacation located to Sunriver permahomes once a year for reunions. She has many fond memories of their time in Sunriver, during which they established lasting memories. Now, her children are grown and they return to Sunriver with their kids to vacation. In the early 1990s, Tebbs

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Safety tips for winter driving In some parts of Oregon, such as Sunriver, driving in the snow is a common occurrence. In other parts of the state, however, driving in the snow is a rarity, something drivers approach with timidity or hubris because of their inexperience. Driving in the snow requires a certain set of driving skills that some Oregon residents get to use only rarely. But wherever you are and whatever your snow driving skills, the fundamentals remain the same. Here are some things to keep in mind: Take your time • Choose main routes and be rested and alert. • Make someone aware of your routes, and if plans change, let someone know. Check in when you’ve reached your destination. • Remember, cell phone coverage is not available in many remote areas. • Keep your gas tank at least half full. • Clear any snow, ice or frost from windows, lights, hood, heater and air inlet


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vents (don’t forget mirrors and wipers). • Do not drive with the heater in recirculation mode; it can increase humidity causing windows to fog on the inside. • Drive with your lights on and reduce your speed Tips to prevent slips Adjust your driving for the conditions; if there is ice or snow on the road, you must take extra care. • Don’t use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather. • Position your hands on the steering wheel at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, or lower. • If you lose traction, gradually slow down – don’t slam on the brakes! • Steering, braking and accelerating smoothly are key to maximum vehicle control on slippery surfaces. Steer just enough to follow the path you intend (most people steer too much or too fast). • Be ready to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking “15 seconds” ahead about your options, such as controlling your speed, changing lanes or communicating with others on the road. • Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways: ice forms first on these surfaces. • Avoid driving through snowdrifts; they may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. • Slow down in advance

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Winter road closures in effect Several mountain roads closed in November as early winter snow began to accumulate in Central Oregon. C r a t e r L a k e Na t i o n al Park’s North Entrance Road and East and West Rim drives closed on Nov. 1. The park remains open year round with access up Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road to Rim Village and the Steel Visitor Center. On Nov. 10, the Oregon Department of Transportation closed the west side of the McKenzie Pass Highway, OR 242, from milepost 54.97 (the junction of OR 126) to milepost 76.7, three-quarters of a mile west of the Dee Wright Observatory. Access to Dee Wright Observatory from Sisters remained open until additional snow accumulated PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. on the eastern portion of of shaded areas (especially es that attach to the vehicle, the pass. curves) where ice and snow wheel, or outside of the tire The Deschutes County are the last to melt. that are designed to increase Road Department closed • Chain up early traction in ice or snow. Paulina Lake Road (Road • A traction tire is a studded 21) on Nov. 12 at the tenTune up your vehicle tire or a tire that meets the mile snow park gate. Make sure your antifreeze is tire industry’s definition as Deschutes County good to -25F; check and fill suitable for use in severe snow planned to close the Caswasher and other fluids and conditions, marked with trimake sure hoses aren’t loose ple peak symbol that contains or brittle. a snowflake. • Keep wipers clean and in • Studded tires can only good condition. be used between Nov. 1 and • Make sure your heater and April 1. defroster are working. • Under some conditions, • Make certain your battery four-wheel and all-wheel drive is fully charged (also check vehicles may be exempt from battery age and make sure the requirement to use chains. cables are not loose or cor• Find out more about chain requirements at www. Cascade Lakes Highway roded). • Ensure your tires are in TripCheck.com good condition and properly cade Lakes Highway, OR inflated. Be prepared 372, on Nov. 17. The Cas• Carry chains or use tracThe Oregon Department of cade Lakes Highway closure tion tires Transportation recommends is from Dutchman Flat just all motorists carry the follow- west of Mount Bachelor Watch out for plows ing equipment during winter to Deschutes Bridge at the In Oregon’s winters, you travel: intersection with Forest • Tools: jack, lug wrench, Service Road 4270, south will encounter snowplows and shovel sanding trucks. of Lava Lake. • Chains or traction tires • Following a plow or sand• Flares er too closely can be dangerRe-opening dates • Road maps ous – give them (and yourself ) Road 21 and OR 372 are • Extra warm clothes, boots, targeted for reopening prior room. • Don’t pass the plow or hat and gloves to Memorial Day, weather • Ice scraper and snow permitting. sander; be patient! • Be aware that sometimes brush The McKenzie Pass high• Cell phone and car adapt- way is scheduled to reopen plows work side-by-side to clear the road faster. er the third Monday in June • Rechargeable flashlight (June 20, 2016), weather Follow Oregon’s chain laws • First aid kit permitting. • Matches or lighter Oregon’s chain laws apply to Crater Lake’s North En• Battery jumper cables all roads and highways. trance Road and East and • Extra food and water • Look for signs indicating West Rim drives will reopen • Blanket/sleeping bag(s) when chains or traction tires in the spring or early sum• Paper towels are required. When required, mer. Exact dates for road • Pocket knife pull over to the right of the openings depend on snow • Extra windshield washer depths each year. highway as far as possible or fluid pull into a “chain up” area. Information: www.tripcheck. • Chains include link and Information: www.tripcable chains and other devic- com check.com SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2015

SUNRIVER POLICE LOG Selected log entries from the Sunriver Police - October 2015 SCMC = St. Charles Medical Center R&Rs = Rules & Regulations RP = Reporting Person GOA = Gone On Arrival UTL = Unable To Locate DUII = Driving Under Influence of Intoxicants SBC = Settled By Contact DOA = Dead On Arrival BAC = Blood Alcohol Content

DCJ = Deschutes County Jail SFST = Standardized Field Sobriety Test DCSO = Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SFD = Sunriver Fire Department OSP = Oregon State Police MVA = Motor Vehicle Accident DWS = Driving While Suspended BOLO = Be On the Look Out RO = Registered Owner

10/1 – RP on Siskin Lane reported that an unknown male knocked on her door after dark asking to borrow a corkscrew. She refused to open the door. Officers responded and were UTL anyone walking around the neighborhood with an unopened bottle of wine. 10/2 - Report of a lost dog described as a multi-colored Catahoula leopard dog who goes by the name Beignet and was last seen wearing a collar with a leash attached. 10/2 – Report of an unwanted female subject at a business in the village. The customer cornered an employee for approximately 20 minutes ranting about social issues, presidential candidates and various religions. The employee was finally able to get the woman out of the store and then called for help. We advised her as to how to trespass a customer and told her to call 911 if the person should come back. 10/2 – DCSO requested assistance after a suspect was kicked out of a business on Spring River Road. While still in the parking lot, he began firing several shots from a pistol skyward. The suspect was UTL. DCSO advised they have probable cause for his arrest both from this case and prior events.

10/8 – Conducted a traffic stop on vehicle for failure to signal out of the roundabout. Investigation determined that the driver was displaying the wrong license plate. Plate was seized and driver cited.

Oregon participated in the second annual national Distracted Driving Month during April 2015 by partnering on a project to study, and ultimately reduce, distracted driving. The coordinated campaign, “The Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors Survey and Report,” was conducted so that Oregon could measure and compare the effectiveness of a distracted driving campaign and future campaigns held throughout the state. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) set in motion the project, which included awareness pre-enforcement, enforcement, post-enforcement results, and an attitudes and behaviors survey and report. ODOT partnered with Bend Police Department

and Portland State University (PSU) to conduct the campaign. The partners, along with TV and radio stations, local agencies, businesses and schools, distributed key messages about distracted driving. The main message was “U Drive U Text U Pay” from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national campaign. According to the survey, this was the most recalled message during the campaign at 42.3 percent. Bend Police conducted

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10/10 – It’s the first day of duck season and numerous calls were received about shots being fired. All hunters were located on the other side of the river. 10/10 – Report of numerous tents in the back yard and adjacent common area of a rental on Ochoco Lane. Officer contacted renters and also addressed several parking violations.

There is no camping allowed in Sunriver as the occupants of a home on Ochoco Lane found out.

10/10 – Responded to village restaurant for a reported smoke alarm activation. On arrival, officer observed smoke inside the business. SFRD forced entry and determined the cause to be a range top left on causing cooking debris to burn. 10/14 – Passerby alerted officer to possible verbal domestic in parking lot of Cottonwood Road business. The subjects were located and it was determined the male subject had been consuming alcohol and appeared upset and emotional. The female was attempting to comfort him. No crime. SBC. 10/17 – Deceased deer located at address on Tan Oak. Public Works notified. 10/17 – Another dead deer reported. This time the location was near the outhouse on the 5th hole of the Woodlands Golf Course. The Lodge was notified and arrangements made to have the corpse removed. 10/25 – RP reported a suspicious male near her residence. She believed the subject was an ex-boyfriend from three years ago and was afraid for her safety. Extra patrol was requested. SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2015

pre-and post-campaign 100-car observation surveys; the results showed a 1 percent decrease in texting/talking while driving before/after the campaign. During the high visibility enforcement, April 21-25, there were 72 citations and 15 warnings given for distracted driving during 59.5 hours. Local media reported on the results, which helped raise awareness. Turn to Driving, page 36

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Book clubs discuss kidnapping mystery, inheritance fiction work Book clubs are a great way to spend a non-stressful evening in the company of other readers who become good friends. Both the Fiction and the Mystery Book Clubs meet this month for a lively discussion. Book clubs meet Monday evenings at 6:30. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments are served. Dec. 14 the Mystery Book Club discusses “Still Midnight” by Denise Mina. I like this gritty series about a gutsy female detective in Glasgow, Scotland. Detective Alex Morrow came up the hard way, working her way up the ranks to a position for those usually more politically connected and with less troubled personal histories. Her marriage is in tatters and social interactions are not her

ical connections Alex lacks. Fuming over the unfairness, she does what she is best at: She investigates. The armed intruders burst into modest, middle class home demanding, “Bob.” There were no Bob’s present; the sons of the family were Omar and Billal. When no Bobs were forthcoming they kidnap ped one of the family and fled, demanding a The next plum assignment king’s ransom. It was not the was promised to her but type of place to justify a belief when a man is kidnapped in that kind of ransom. As the from his home at gunpoint, clock ticks on, Alex keeps her her rival, Detective Ban- focus on solving the puzzle nerman, is picked to head and saving the victim. “Still the investigation with Alex Midnight” features loads of assisting. Bannerman has all twists and turns. Dec. 21 the Fiction Book the social niceties and politstrong point but Alex has a deep desire for order. What keeps her going is a job she does well and cares about fiercely.

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Club discusses “The Steady Running of the Hour” by Justin Go. Tristan Campbell is given a secret, a puzzle, and a challenge. Just out of college and without funds, Tristan is contacted by an obscure British law firm. In 1924 a wealthy man, Ashley Walsingham, died attempting to summit Mt. Everest leaving his worldly goods to a woman with whom he had a tempestuous affair. Imogene Soames-Andersson was an unusual woman for her times, perhaps for any time, headstrong, bright, and unpredictable. When news comes of Ashley’s death, Imogene is nowhere to be found. Ashley’s will stipulates his wealth is to go to Imogene or her direct descendant. If they cannot be

found within 80 years, the money will go to a charity. Only two months remain before the funds held in trust would be transferred to charity when the lawyers discover Tristan. A vague letter implies he might be the only direct descendant of Imogene; the will requires absolute secrecy and demands proof. Tristan has less than two months to discover his link to Imogene and find proof of their connection. The story shifts back and forth in time taking the reader from WWI, to the sheer sides of Mt. Everest, and to Iceland as Tristan pieces together the story of a remarkable woman and the man who loved her. Join us for a relaxing evening discussing books. Information: 541-5932525, www.sunriverbooks. com

Know melodies this December With the holidays bearing down on us like Aunt Dorothy’s 10-pound fruitcake, take a break from all the hustle and bustle and enjoy musical performances at the Deschutes Public Library. Be delighted by local hand bell ringers, barbershop quartets, a classical guitarist and a show choir, all part of Know Melodies this December. All performances are free and open to the public. Harpist Laura Leighton Enjoy holiday songs and learn more about this mesmerizing instrument. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Downtown Bend Library

Central Oregon Showcase Choir Holiday tunes and harmonies. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Redmond Library Mathew Gwinup Enjoy an hour of classical guitar with a local musician. Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Downtown Bend Library Sisters High Desert Bell Choir Enjoy beautiful bell music. Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 p.m., Sisters Library 4 in a Chord Classic harmonies and holiday tunes. Saturday, Dec. 12, 12 p.m., Downtown Bend Library Turn to Melodies, page 35

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Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m., Eliot Treichel will give a presentation on “A Series of Small Maneuvers.” This novel crosses genre lines. It works as adult fiction, is highly appropriate for the young adult audiences too, and anyone interested in the outdoors Author Eliot Treichel will love it. each other better as people, “A Series of Small Maneunot just parent and child. vers” features Emma Wilson Emma’s feelings are complias a strong main character cated, she loves her facing both Dad but she is also life changat an age where ing and life relationships are threatening changing and feel challenges. more difficult. She is 15, The two set out, at that age canoeing into the where she is backcountry. They forging an go for a long hike, identity sepaEmma’s thighs rate from her burning as she family, feelkeeps up with her ing isolated, athletic parent. questing to There will be an accident see who she will become. that claims the life of her faEmma grew up in an outther. Emma’s involvement in doors oriented family; campthe circumstances causes her ing, hiking, fishing and caenormous guilt, and leaves her noeing. Emma’s Dad was miles from nowhere alone in a world traveler who loved the Rio Tinto Wilderness of to hike, climb mountains New Mexico. She will have to and raft white water and is trek alone miles back to the well versed passing on that river, face white water rapids joy to his family. As he sees by herself, and fight to survive. his daughter growing into a The novel follows Emma’s woman, he doesn’t want to struggle to journey out of the lose his connection with her. wilderness alone, the response A father-daughter canoe trip of rescuers, flashbacks to her is embarked upon, a time for childhood with her family, bonding, for getting to know

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Cruise News: Bordeaux region scenic cruises ernets in the north. All are exceptional. A distinct highlight was the tour of the Remy Martin cognac facility in Cognac, By Betsy Scherr France. It was abI recently resolutely the nicest, turned from a 10highest-class tour day river cruise I have ever taken. round trip out of The only thing Bordeaux, France. missing was James I traveled with SceBond! nic Cruises, a loveBetsy Scherr I visited beautiful ly cruise line I had small villages like never experienced. Saint Emilion and Bourg, as Here are some of the highwell as dined in a 17th centulights of my trip. ry chateau. I rode new electric First, I can guarantee if you visit Bordeaux and you are bikes through gorgeous vinea connoisseur of wine, you yards as well as toured catawill not be disappointed. combs and limestone quarries Vineyards are abundant and where wine was stored dating most are magnificent in this back to the 11th century. Just about the only negative region of the world. I learned I can think of about the Bora lot about the French and deaux river cruise is the river the importance and specifics of their wine and how it is itself. First, it is quite brown produced. There is a plethora due to the extremely fast tides of wine varieties grown here, that wash the embankment from the sweet Sauternes in into the river. Plus, you will the south to the rich Cab- not sail as much on this cruise

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Sunriver Stars give back to the community With support from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Sunriver Stars Community Theater has offered performing arts education to adults and children in the area by offering free acting workshops in Sunriver and at Three Rivers School. Class instructors included Michael French of Stagebridge in Oakland, California, and Tina Palecki of the Bend-La Pine School District. Victoria Kristy and Nancy Foote assisted with the children’s workshop in which 46 youngsters signed up. Additionally, the Stars were able to again partner with the Three Rivers School PTA to co-sponsor a school visit from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is the second year that the Shakespeare Festival has sent actors to the


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There will be auditions in March for “Tables and Chairs,” an evening of one act skits – some funny, some provoking, and some heartfelt.
This show will be directed by Victoria Kristy and open in mid-May. More auditions are planned in the spring for “Li’L Abner,”
a full blown musical complete with a live band – a first for the Sunriver Stars. This show seeks child and adult actors. “Hopefully kids, moms, dads and grandparents will all be onstage together forming a lasting memory as they bring down the house transporting the audience to Dogpatch USA,” Kristy said.
 “Li’L Abner” will be directed by Cheri Redgrave and opens in early October. “Thank you again for being a part of the Sunriver Stars, whether on our stage or in our audience, you are a part of our family. We wish you lovely holidays ahead and look forward to seeing you again soon,” Kristy said.

The Sunriver Stars Community Theater presented free acting workshops at Three Rivers School.

school to offer an introduction to Shakespeare and the performing arts. The Sunriver area may be rural, but the Stars are demonstrating that drama education and actual performance opportunities are available for all ages in south Deschutes County. One of the Stars ongoing issues has been a lack of adequate sound equipment for productions. Thanks to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the community theater will be able to purchase a new sound mixer to support theatrical performances. The theater company still needs more microphones to make dialogue audible to those in audience whose hearing may be impaired. The new mixer will be a great start in working toward a better sound system. The Sunriver Stars Communi-

ty Theater thanks local residents for their support in helping to provide live theater education and performances in southern Deschutes County. The Stars most recent production, “I Love a Mystery,” a recreation of three old radio mysteries, was well received by Sunriver area audiences. Volunteer participants in Stars productions, both on and off stage, come from as far away as Redmond and La Pine.

OLCC to hold recreational marijuana license workshops The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has announced a series of workshops to be held in December to provide information about the OLCC Recreational Marijuana License program. The workshops are scheduled around the state, and will include a review of the Temporary Rules regulating the recreational marijuana industry, an overview of the license application process, and a question and answer session. The OLCC will start accepting license applications on Jan. 4, 2016. Applicants will be able to utilize a dedicated website to apply for business licenses, interact with OLCC staff, and pay fees electronically. The OLCC will license pro-


ducers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, labs and research (certificates.) The seven workshops will be held in areas of the state where local government has not adopted ordinances prohibiting establishment of recreational marijuana licenses. Registration is not required. Learn more at http://marijua na.oregon.gov Bend: Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Riverhouse Convention Center, 2850 NW Rippling Court, Bend 97703 Medford: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Avenue, Medford 97501 Turn to Workshops, page 36

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Silverado Barbershop Quartet The all-female barbershop quartet performs. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m., La Pine Library Mathew Gwinup Enjoy and hour of classical guitar with a local musician. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m., Redmond Library The Bells of Sunriver The perennial favorite performs holiday songs. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m., Sunriver Library Information: 541-3121032, www.deschuteslibrary. org SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2015

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Vacation Home Maintenance: How to conduct a home energy audit This fall and winter, why not consider making needed improvements in your home to help increase energy efficiency and save big in the long run? Here is a short checklist for a DIY home energy audit. Seal air leaks According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sealing air leaks around the house can save up to 30 percent of energy costs annually. To find leaks, conduct a thorough visual inspection for gaps and cracks by baseboards, where the walls and ceiling meet, around door frames, and near cable and phone line wall plates. Spot a gap? Caulk it. Use painter’s tape for a cleaner job. Hold the caulking gun at an angle for best results, and apply in a continuous stream. Improve insulation around windows and doors with weather-stripping. Measure the gap you need to fill to identify the width of weather-stripping needed and

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GY STAR partner, offer more high-performance options featuring technologies like a WarmEdge Spacer System, which blocks escaping heat between glass layers. Additionally, the company sells windows made with high-performance low emissivity glass, featuring a microscopic silver coating that actively blocks heat gain during the summer and heat loss during the winter. To further improve efficiency, Window World’s replacement windows also contain Argon gas between their glass layers. Because Argon is denser than air, it acts as an ideal insulator. For information about innovative and cost-saving energy efficiency options, visit www. WindowWorld.com. Change behavior Do an audit of not only your home’s features, but of the occupants as well. Are lights left on in empty rooms? Is the television on when no one is watching it? From switching to cold water laundry cycles to taking advantage of sunlight for warmth and light – modifications of energy and cost-saving resources don’t need to be a sacrifice. To save energy, improve the comfort of your home and do your part to be more environmentally conscientious, conduct a do-ityourself energy audit. You’ll likely discover many areas in your home that should be improved.


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Eugene: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. –1 p.m., Lane Community College: Center for Meeting & Learning, 4000 East 30th Avenue, Eugene 97405 Salem: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial Street SE 97301 Portland: Monday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. and; Tuesday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m., Leftbank Annex, 101 N. Weidler, Portland 97227

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ODOT then worked with PSU to measure the results of the high visibility enforcement campaign. The survey, based on the 2012 NHTSA Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors Survey, was conducted in June 2015. There were 346 surveys completed with people that reside in Bend and drive with a cell phone in their vehicle. The study found that since the driving safety campaign was implemented in April, almost 12 percent of people surveyed reported texting less while driving. The most common reason for respondents decreasing their texting-while-driving was “increased awareness of safety” at 30 percent. Other results followed national trends, such as the age of most offenders being 35 – 44 year olds, not the younger, inexperienced drivers as many assume. TV news interviews were most commonly cited as the source of information; radio came in second. Among other findings was that while only about one-quarter of respondents reported ever sending or reading text messages while driving, nearly 64 percent of those who do send or read a text message with a hand-held device while driving agreed they were either distracted or “not as aware of things.” All the partners involved believe the high visibility pilot project was a success. It’s clear that distracted driving awareness in Bend increased, and partners hope this will result in reduced crashes with fewer serious injuries and fatalities, and fewer citations as well. The full report is available online at: http://www.oregon. gov/ODOT/COMM/docs/ ts_pdfs/Bend_Distracted_Driv ing_2015_FinalReport.pdf. Source: Oregon Department of Transportation


Sunriver Pets: The best pet food in the right amounts By Laurie Skovholt As we come into the season of eating, I mean the holidays, it seems like a good time to contemplate what and how much we feed our four- legged friends. I will cover amounts first because, as a pet sitter, that is what I want to know. I’ve seen and heard of myriad measuring devices. May I suggest that “a handful” is not an accurate way of measuring an amount of hard, crunchy kibble; nor is a re-used drink cup from a fast food restaurant. The directions on a bag of pet food call for a standard measuring device – a dry measuring cup. Yes, it is different if a liquid measuring device is used. The directions on the bag of food give a starting point for how much to feed. Typically, they give a weight range and a recommended volume of food to maintain a pet’s weight. If a dog is on the light end of the weight range, say 40-50 pounds, and the amount given is 2-3 cups per day, you would feed the 50 pound dog 3 cups a day and the 40 pound dog 2 cups. These are starting points. If your dog is heavy, feed less. You don’t have to feed exactly what the bag says. The same is true for cats. A general rule of thumb for dogs is you want to be able to see their waistline and feel their ribs. A cat should be svelte. Cats should be able to jump on the counter without any problem. Kitty should not look like the great pumpkin on legs. It is okay to cut back on kibble if a dog didn’t get much exercise that day because it poured rain and you didn’t want to take him for a run. Just cut back on his dinner serving that evening. Bottom line, our pets shouldn’t look like we’re preparing them to be the centerpiece for the holiday table so, measure out that food! The more complicated part of picking food for pets requires reading the labels. Pet food labels are legal documents that are required to provide who the manufacturer is, the brand, the product, who it is for and the net weight. The Guaranteed Analysis that is included on all pet foods doesn’t tell anything about the quality or nutritional value of the food. When it says that minimum crude protein is 21 percent, regulators make sure there is at least that amount. There could be more. This matters if a pet should not have too much protein for some health reason. Similarly, analysis of fat and fiber content

and Drug Administration website. Some pet foods claim no wheat, corn or soy. I personally am a fan of that, as they are some of the most common sources of allergens. I also believe in doing what I can to prevent inflammation so I tend to avoid wheat for that reason. Corn has many strikes against it but the predominant one is it is used to put the “finish” on animals going to slaughter. I can’t think of why my pets need that! I found Dr. Pitcairn’s “Natural Health for Dogs and Cats” very informative when I occasionally cooked for my pets in the past. As I barely like to cook it was not a sustainable practice for me. Going raw is not always practical for a variety of reasons, but it can be a good way to go for some pets. Your vet will be able to advise you on your pet’s nutritional needs. Bon appetit my four-legged friends!

of the food is not necessarily an indicator of quality. If a pet food label claims to be certified organic, 95 percent of every ingredient listed must meet the USDA’s definition of organic.

designations that mean slightly different things. The ingredient list is the most informative part of the label for a picky eater and discerning caregiver. The ingredients are listed “in order of predominance by

with or without the accompanying and overlying fat. The ingredients list will descend from familiar foods into chemical sounding products. Usually those are vitamins and minerals. Also listed are

Many pet food labels indicate they are “made with organics,” which means 7094 percent meets the USDA’s definition of organic. “Natural” is another common term, for which the legal definition is without chemical alteration. “Holistic” is not legally defined. Anyone can claim it. “Human grade” is also not legally defined. Many times we choose a food based upon what the bag or can says it is, such as beef and potato dinner for dogs. This is in comparison to a beef entrée. These are different

weight.” That means the ingredient that makes up the highest percentage of the total weight. Ideally the first ingredient is a meat for both cats and dogs (in my opinion), sometimes a meat meal is used first. Meat meal has less water in it than a meat. Meat meal is defined as “ the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents.” Yum! Meat, on the other hand, is defined as “the clean flesh of slaughtered mammals and is limited to the striate muscle,”

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Scene Opinion Policy

Letters from readers Shop local

Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver This holiday season please consider shopping locally for your purchases. A gift might mean more coming from a place you know well, rather than a box store or an impersonal purchase over the internet. All the merchants at Sunriver Village are ready to welcome you and help with your holiday shopping. The holiday season can mean parking lots overflowing, big box stores so full of shoppers it is hard to navigate the aisles, cacophonous noise and a serve yourself atmosphere. Or shop in Sunriver Village where the parking is generally quite manageable, the stores are not overly crowded, and you have members of your community waiting to help you discover the right gift. I enjoy shopping locally. It is much less stressful and I have always found gifts that seem just right.

Sunriver potluck dinners are alive and well

Patti Iverson, Sunriver A marvelous time was had by all at the first potluck event of the year at SHARC in October. There’s not enough thank you’s to go around to the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsors, and to the dear Potluck Committee members who put this shebang on once a month. Many people have no idea of how special an evening it is when we come together to By Brooke Snavely

A funny thing happened on the way to going to print with this issue… we finished it before the SROA Board of Directors November meeting. This means there is no coverage of SROA’s 2016 Maintenance Fee, a subject near and dear to many homeowners’ wallets, purses and bank accounts. We will send information about the newly adopted 2016 Maintenance Fee via e-mail to owners who have registered to receive email blasts from the association. About half the owners receive these periodic emails from SROA. Those who are not registered can sign up at www.sunriverowners. org/Page/13934~116569/Resi dent-Services

socialize, be entertained, have a stupendous meal, do a bit of networking, and a jolly good time during the dreary winter months. I think perhaps those who have never attended just think it’s a bunch of old retired peeps bringing their measly covered casseroles to sit, sip and yak about what bothers them about the world. Far from it! The setting at SHARC is lovely. Decor is special with round tables covered with white linen cloths and centerpieces made with a theme in mind depending on the entertainment or the season at hand. We’ve had everything from rock ’n’ roll, young artists and classical, Dixieland jazz, Elvis to the Bells of Sunriver in the way of entertainment. The stage is always occupied and the dance floor fills quickly if the band is hopping. Variety is fun! The food tables are organized with four lines making it go fast so diners can quickly pick and choose among many dishes. There’s enough food to please even the pickiest palates. Potluck Committee members provide incredible desserts. At the last potluck, all the people at our table reminisced about their favorite jobs: blueberry picker, barmaid, elementary school principal, fire chief, clown, Santa Claus, electrical contractor, CPA, and a guy who carried dead bodies to the undertaker. What an interesting bunch of people. They are now our friends, neighbors, and ones we hope to see when out and about in the community.

Potluck dinner sign up sheets are posted in both grocery stores. There’s an email address to send reservations to. You can read about the dinners in the Sunriver Scene and watch for sandwich boards put up around town advertising the dinners. There are many ways to know about it. Just remember the potlucks are held the second Wednesday of each month October through May. Many people come alone, with a friend and in a group. It’s a joyful time to celebrate living in our wonderful area. Come give it a try!

Visitor access to North Pool

Jacquie Gijssen and John Nightingale, Seattle We write to express our support for visitor access to the North Pool, even only on a partial basis. Our family has been visiting Sunriver for 25 years. Begun by the grandparents, the three sons and their wives took over and now the grandchildren are bringing their families to Sunriver resulting in numerous visits by multiple generations. Generally, we use a private house and have built some wonderful relationships with homeowners over the years, sharing in the beauty and energy of Sunriver, and contributing to the local economy. Upon arrival this year, we were horrified to find the North Pool closed to visitors. After chatting with staff, we came to understand and respect

From the Editor’s Desk: Timing We will also post the 2016 Maintenance Fee information to the News & Notices section of www.sunriverowners.org. A few years ago, the SROA Board of Directors changed its meeting schedule from the second Saturday to the third Saturday of each month. This was done to make it easier for board members, who are all volunteers, to attend SROA’s Finance Committee, public safety and SROA Board meetings in three consecutive days. While the shift made it easier for board members, it reduced the amount of time the Scene has to process and report on SROA board decisions from 10 days to 4 days. And, occasionally, as when a holiday accelerates the Scene’s press deadline, we end up missing the board meetings altogether. In these instances, we have and will continue to post summaries of board actions taken to the News


& Notices section of sunrive rowners.org so that owners who don’t receive the emails but are curious can find out in a timely fashion. In recent years, some issues on which the board takes action have become increasingly complex, and it’s getting harder to adequately research, report and publish coverage about them in four days of turnaround time. The months-long process the board goes through to determine maintenance fees being one example; others include the board’s actions regarding safety of railroad tank cars passing Sunriver, utility rates, and the proposal to expand Caldera Springs (see story elsewhere in this issue). SROA Board of Director meetings are a crucial part of the Scene’s coverage, and the source of much news about Sunriver. Not providing coverage, details

the homeowners’ wishes for a place they can call their own. We were troubled by how empty the North Pool was several times we rode past it. We are not SHARC folks. We’ll go once in a while with the pre-teen and teenager groups, but it is not restful, peaceful or enjoyable. There is little shade for us fair skinned folks, and it is not convenient for lane swimming. Our ideal Sunriver vacation is to be in the quiet ponderosa pines away from the hustle and bustle, but with access to the pathways and the North Pool. We encourage the homeowners association to find a balance between homeowners’ and visitors’ access to the North Pool, even if that means it is available to visitors on a limited basis, and preserves the bulk of time for homeowners.

Bravo for North Pool improvements

Mary Kay Kimball and Curt Kimball, Sunriver and Damascus, Oregon We just want to pass on our hearty approval of the North Pool “Owners Only” set up this summer. We loved it and are glad to read in the Scene that it seems to be very popular. We enjoyed morning lap swims, lunch relaxation and the early-season open house. We had young children visit us and we spent hours in the baby pool. We also took them to SHARC and thoroughly enjoyed that through the eyes of children but are so thankful

and impacts of decisions made at board meetings creates an information vacuum. With these realities front and center, we are considering shifting the Scene’s production schedule back a few days, and that’s where owners and readers opinions come into play. If we shift production back a few days, the hardcopy version of the Scene will not always be available by the first of each month. Is that a problem? The Scene is bulk mailed to most owners. Bulk mail is not the speediest delivery method. Some months, depending on mail volume, it can be downright slow. Under our current production and distribution schedule, some owners don’t receive their copy of the Scene until the middle of the month. To address already slow delivery concerns, which could become even slower if we move

To support a free and open exchange of information and ideas, the Sunriver Scene welcomes letters to the editor up to 250 words, and Chorus of One submissions up to 450 words, on topics of relevance to Sunriver. All letters are subject to editing for brevity, grammar, clarity, civility and legal concerns. Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the Sunriver Owners Association. Letters to the editor must be signed and include contact information which we may use to verify authorship or clarify questions. Letters will run as space allows. Letters of a personal nature or attacks on individuals will not be published.Letters perceived as advertising for a company, product or a candidate will not be published. How to submit: Email brookes@srowners.org. Write the letter in the body of the email, or attach it as a Word document. Mail typewritten letters to Sunriver Scene, P.O. Box 3278, Sunriver, OR 97707. Deadline: The 15th of the month (e.g. June 15 for July issue). We accept one letter per person per month.

to have the quiet North Pool to return to. Everything was classy. We appreciated the new and plentiful patio furniture, the additions to the concessions and the genial lifeguards. We like the addition of the grills but didn’t make use of them during the day. Perhaps the North Pool’s hours could be extended on evenings or weekends to be more appropriate for grilling. Dedicating the North Pool to owners only and the nice upgrades were great ideas and they were well executed. Thank you.

production back, we publish digital editions by the first of each month on ISSUU.com. For those who have not seen it, the digital version reads like the hardcopy, complete with a page turning feature enhanced for viewing on computers, tablets or mobile devices. The digital version is available 24/7/365, as well as five years worth of back issues. You can zoom in on items you want to study, download and print one page or the entire publication, or forward it to a friend or family member. Whether you receive the paper version of the Sunriver Scene in the mail, pick it up off newsstands around Sunriver or view it online, please email me (brookes@srowners.org) with your thoughts about moving the Scene’s production schedule back a few days. Thank you and Happy Holidays. Page 39


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4 BD | 2 BA | 1951 SF | $395,000 A great opportunity to own this exceptional rental property in Sunriver. Located on a private lot near Ft. Rock Park. Quiet Cul de Sac. Large rock fireplace, 16 foot ceilings with kitchen and dining area overlooking living room. MLS# 201506816. Kelly Winch, Broker 541.390.0398


UNDER CONSTRUCTION | FROM $649,000 Ideal Old Mill location close to Deschutes River in the heart of Bend. Earth Advantage Certified, light-filled spaces w/premium finishes & appliances. Covered deck, ADU & 2 car garage with every unit. Exterior common area w/dining area & fire pit. www.basecamp-bend.com Ken Renner, Principal Broker 541.280.5352


4 BD | 4.5 BA | 4035 SF | $1,300,000 Rare opportunity to own an exquisite home set at the edge of the meadow within Caldera Springs. Multiple outdoor living spaces, two story vaulted living room, 3 master suites + office + bonus room w/ private balcony. Furniture & décor included. Roger Wayland, Principal Broker 541.408.0819

BROKEN TOP TOWNHOME - BEND 3 BD | 3.5 BA | 2,193 SF | $475,000

This elegant and well maintained end-unit backs to the 18th fairway of Broken top golf course and affords a wonderful sense of privacy. Master on the main, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, gas fireplace, and park like outdoor spaces. Ken Renner, Principal Broker 541.280.5352

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December 2015 Sunriver Scene  

Monthly publication by the Sunriver Owners Association in Sunriver, Oregon.

December 2015 Sunriver Scene  

Monthly publication by the Sunriver Owners Association in Sunriver, Oregon.