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COVID-19 SHUTDOWN NOTICE As the Scene went to press, it was not known if the statewide two-week shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 would be extended beyond the Dec. 1 deadline. Readers should confirm with an organization for their hours of operation, meetings or events that are published in this month’s issue.
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S C E N E A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSOCIATION
DECEMBER • 2020
VOLUME XLVI • NUMBER 12
SROA NEWS – It’s not too early to begin thinking about running in the upcoming 2021 election to SROA’s Board of Directors. The term of office is three years and both resident and nonresident SROA members are eligible. Application forms are available at the SROA office (in the foyer, since the office is closed) and on the organization’s website and must be submitted to the SROA Nominating Committee by March 19, 2021. Serving on the SROA Board can be both time-consuming and challenging but this doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding and necessary. Leaders who volunteer to serve on the SROA Board ensure that the association functions with Sunriver’s best interests in mind. If you have any doubts about the importance of the Board and its role in the community, and the need for your time and talent to help the Board carry out its responsibilities, consider the following: One of the Board’s main responsibilities is to maintain or even increase property values. As a Board member, you can participate directly in carrying out this important role. We have a natural desire to help others. As a Board member, you are in a position to hear our residents’ concerns and do something about them. You can help make decisions that have a direct positive impact on your neighbors and Sunriver as a whole. If you have a knack for problem-solving, this talent can be especially valuable to the Board. It is difficult to achieve results without knowing how to solve problems. What better way to learn more about SROA and its functioning than by volunteering for the Board. You will also hone your leadership skills as you learn to work with others and be open-minded.
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Enjoy your favorite holiday songs as thousands of lights twinkle and dance to the beat during three shows held nightly at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. behind the Sunriver Resort lodge.
Sunriver Resort hosting Traditions holiday festivities There’s nothing more magical than experiencing Winter Traditions at Sunriver Resort. For more than 50 years, Sunriver has provided an elevated holiday experience – bringing generations together for generations. Resort guests can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snowy meadow, sip hot cocoa by the fire, decorate a gingerbread house, build your own Takoda the
Bear and, of course, enjoy a holiday meal with all the fixings. Winter Traditions runs through Jan. 3 exclusively for Sunriver Resort guests. Book your room, condo or home now to get the festivities rolling. Public offerings this year include the holiday light show in the Resort’s “Backyard,” holiday meals to-go, indoor golf, dining reservations at Carson’s or
Twisted River Tavern and holiday kits for build a bear or gingerbread decorating. New for this year, Sunriver Resort is an authorized tree permit vendor. Purchase a permit at the Merchant Trader and enjoy the long time tradition of cutting down your own Christmas Tree. For more information, visit destinationhotels.com and click on “Things to Do” in the menu bar.
Sunriver Utilities moving forward with plant upgrades; meeting planned Last November, Sunriver Environmental held a public meeting to hear owner questions and concerns about the Sunriver Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant – which is undergoing extensive upgrades. Sunriver Environmental acknowledges the value of owner input and specific concerns regarding odor, noise and aesthetics – all which were taken into consideration during the ongoing
upgrade and design process of the plant. As the project moves forward, another public meeting is planned for Dec. 9 prior to plan submission to the SROA Design Committee for additional upgrades. The meeting will be virtual (see page 2 for meeting details). To see a detailed view of the plan layout, visit www.sunriverwater.com. Please respond via the website with any questions or comments.
Below is a summary of the improvements that are currently planned to address concerns, and to minimize the system’s impact on customers and the surrounding area. Odor Reduction Improvements • Significant technical improvements were made to the new headworks’ odor Turn to Upgrades, page 3 SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XLVI • NUMBER 12 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707
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SCENE December 2020 Volume XLVI, No. 12 57455 Abbot Drive P.O. Box 3278 Sunriver, OR 97707 OWNER/PUBLISHER Sunriver Owners Association
The SUNRIVER SCENE is the official monthly publication of the Sunriver Owners Association, a not-for-profit Oregon corporation dedicated to: “Maintaining Sunriver as a premier residential and resort community, protecting and enhancing its quality of life, natural environment and property values.” The SCENE is mailed to Sunriver property owners anywhere in the U.S. and available at locations throughout Sunriver or through a paid subscription by mail. Publication of advertising copy or individuals’ opinions in the SCENE does not constitute endorsement by the newspaper, the Sunriver Owners Association or any of its members or board of directors. Each advertiser bears responsibility for claims made on their behalf. Scene content including stories, advertising and images are copyrighted and cannot be re-published without permission.
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reduction system since it is a major source of odor. • To better accommodate the transfer of raw sewage into the facility for screening and grit removal, the headworks is expected to be relocated north of the existing headworks. • There will always be negative pressure in the headworks, which pulls odors into the odor control system instead of allowing them to escape to the outside. • All screenings will now be washed, compacted and loaded inside the headworks building. Currently screenings are from dumpster to an open truck, which allows odors to escape. • The secondary clarifiers (two round tanks), located near the pathway at West Cascade and Topflite, are another current source of odors. These clarifiers will be cleaned out and taken out of service, which will significantly reduce odors in these areas.
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As a SROA Board member, you’ll have a chance to meet new people, widening your reach and fostering healthy relationships with others in our community. Although being a Board member is serious business, it can also be fun. The satisfaction of reaching a critical decision or completing
Noise Reduction • The new generator will be located east of the new aeration basins. The generator is required by DEQ to ensure the plant operates properly and doesn’t overflow during an emergency situation, like a power outage. • The generator will be fully enclosed, which will significantly dampen the noise. • To further minimize noise, the generator will be exercised at partial power during weekday work hours once a month, and will operate at full load during emergency situations only. Aesthetic Improvements • New aspen trees will be added north and west of the new headworks building, and a new cedar or similar-type fence will be installed to help screen the headworks from roads and pathways. • The perimeter trees will be preserved to screen the headworks building from West Cascade Road and Topflite Road. a successful negotiation, as well as the sense of fellowship with other Board members, are just a few examples of how much you can enjoy serving on the Board. Additional information about the Board nomination process and election will appear in the next few issues of the Sunriver Scene. Or contact Laurence MacLaren, Nominating Committee chair, at 503522- 8577, laurencemaclaren@ gmail.com
NOTICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING In accordance with SROA Design Committee Manual of Rules and Procedures a neighborhood meeting will be held to present the proposed development/use of: • Proposed project: Sunriver Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade located at 57850 West Cascade • Date: December 9, 10 a.m. • Virtual Zoom Meeting: If you plan to attend the virtual meeting, email tsmith@SunriverUtilities.com at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting, and you will receive a reply with a Zoom meeting invitation. The purpose of this meeting is to provide conceptual plans and information and receive community input from those interested. Your attendance and participation are welcomed. The project owner can only submit an application to the Design Committee after conducting this required Neighborhood Meeting. In this case, a detailed application to the Design Committee has not yet been submitted. After an application is submitted, SROA will mail a notice to you prior to the meeting. The Design Committee will have two opportunities to act on the eventual application – Preliminary Review and Final Review. Interested owners may attend these two meetings when they are held. This project will also be processed publicly through the Deschutes County Planning Department before SROA’s Design Committee considers its Final Review. For further information please contact: Tim Smith, Sunriver Environmental 541-593-4197 or Jim Frost, Parametrix (consultant for Sunriver Environmental) 541-480-2178.
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Some people love all four Public Works Department seasons, embracing the fluctua- staff, led by four dedicated tions in temperature, hours of professional managers: director Mark Smith; sunlight and levels of operations suhumidity. Personally, I only enjoy three of pervisor Perry the seasons and winT h a t c h e r, ter is not on the list. fleet superWinter forces me visor Sam to face the world in Bieber and a more prepared and administracautious way – to put tive assistant more thought, effort Wendy Manand worry into pre- Brad Skinner ley. As owners serving my property and personal safety. Winter also in Sunriver we see this departforces me to think more about ment tirelessly maintaining my own mortality, something I Sunriver’s 70 miles of roads, generally prefer to avoid. 34 miles of pathways and However, what does make 13 pathway tunnels. They me happy about this time of additionally maintain $23 year is the knowledge that we million dollars of our SROA as residents of Sunriver have owned facilities and assets to some allies against the ele- include databases for preventaments, not only in winter but tive maintenance. They have also throughout the entire year. become road construction and I would like to highlight two of materials innovators, viewed them in this column. by the State of Oregon and At Sunriver, the SROA Board counties as best in practice and staff have been preparing and consultants for materials for winter, and are thankful for related to road quality and a consistent and solid ally as we life cycle. They manage Fort face – not only winter – but for Rock, Mary McCallum and all of our seasons. That ally is Paulina parks, 30 sport courts, the Sunriver Public Works De- street signs and overall signage, partment. We are blessed by the as well as providing aquatics outstanding efforts of the entire maintenance at SHARC and
for the soon to be reopened North Pool. Other members of the team provide fleet maintenance and fire engine repair for the Sunriver Service District (police and fire). Additionally, the employees of the Public Works Department become our steadfast heroes in those moments when we need them most. I heard many comments of sincere appreciation for the Public Works response during the 2019 windstorm, when 2,000 trees blew over in Sunriver in a few short hours. Moreover, though some cities become paralyzed when winter ice storms and snowstorms hit, our Public Works first responders are immediately on hand to clear police and fire aprons, tackle our primary roadways and circles, keep the SHARC open and clear, moving onto secondary roads and cul-desacs, plowing pathways (so pedestrians are not on the roads), tunnels, RV yards, Skypark tarmac and taxiways, tubing hill, and making certain that access exists to more than 248 hydrants throughout Sunriver. The planning and commitment for winter 2020-21 is well underway. As someone who
dreads winter, I take comfort in knowing that Public Works will be on the frontline, confronting the challenges of the season. I would also like to commend the efforts of another group of outstanding Sunriver professionals. They are less visible, yet you see their work all around us. The contributions of the Natural Resources Department is essential to Sunriver’s sustainability, protection, safety and ambiance. In a recent publication reviewed by the Board at its November meeting, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan was discussed and received. The plan outlines regional efforts of collaboration between our staff lead by Patti Gentiluomo with the support of the Sunriver Service District (police and fire), U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Deschutes County. I am pleased to report that the State of Oregon and forestry department views Sunriver as a prime example of what needs to happen throughout the entire state in terms of wildfire prevention. The work of our Natural Resources Department concenTurn to Message, page 5
Monthly highlights, actions of the SROA Board of Directors meeting The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors meeting was held Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Board members present: Brad Skinner, Mike Gocke, Keith Mobley, Jackie Schmid, Gerhard Beenen, Mark Murray, Bill Burke, Scott Gillies, Clark Pederson. Staff present: James Lewis, Susan Berger, Jesus Mendoza. Owners forum • Doug Hoschek referred to Article 2 of the Sunriver Articles of Incorporation and the protection of life, home and property. He indicated that he was disappointed in the response to him regarding his messages concerning wildfire. Hoschek also referred to an altercation between himself and one of the Ladder Fuel Reduction contractors doing work on SROA common property. Overall, Hoschek cited his desire for communication Board actions • Approved minutes of the Oct. 16, 2020 SROA board work session as corrected. • Approved minutes of the Oct. 17, 2020 SROA regular Page 4
board meeting as corrected. • Approved the year-to-date Oct. 31, 2020 financial statement (unaudited). • Accepted the Community Wildfire Protection Plan document update. • Approved the transfer of $982,723.02 from the Reserve Fund to the Operating Fund for the progress payment of the North Pool complex project. • Approved the adoption of the 2021 SROA operating fund and capital expenditure budget as presented and approved by the SROA Finance Committee. • Approved the 2021 Maintenance Fund assessment of $140.13 per month – an increase of 6% or $7.93 per property, per month. Further approved a discount of $50.45, resulting in an annual payment $1,631.11 to owners who have opted to pay their regular maintenance fee, excluding special purpose assessments, in full by Jan. 25, 2021. • Approved the 2020 Skypark Fund assessment of $60.61 per month, an increase of 6% or $3.43 per property, per month. • Approved the fees for goods and services provided by SROA
SROA Financial Report Year-to-date as of October 31, 2020 (unaudited)
Total Revenues.......................................... $7,964,520 Total Expenses.......................................... $8,857,687 Operating Budget Surplus/Deficit.............. -$893,167 for the 2021 calendar year as submitted by staff. Association operations • Administration: Continue to monitor and respond to state/county orders regarding facility closures and social distancing requirements and continued implementation of internal COVID-19 office protocols. Continue to monitor 2020 budget for review and expenditure impacts related to the effects of COVID-19. Met with consultant regarding the upcoming comprehensive owner survey. Continue working with the Telecommunications Task Force regarding draft contract review with BendBroadband. Reviewed final version of Reserve Study with staff and consultant. Met with Deschutes County regarding follow up discussions about www.sunriverowners.org
Harper Bridge. • Accounting: Presented first draft of the 2021 Operating and Reserve budget to the Finance Committee. Began work on 2021 maintenance coupons. Processed just under 50 home ownership transfers. • Communications: Looking at additional services available through our website platform that could expand and enhance digital operations for departments such as Community Development and Natural Resources. Participating in both the Recycling Center and Rental Registry task force. • Community Development: There are 232 active projects/building permits that have been reviewed and processed by SROA/Design Committee, including new homes, additions and small-scale projTurn to Highlights, page 5
By Gerhard Beenen The SROA budget for 2021 has been approved by the Finance Committee and the SROA Board of Directors. Given that this is my third monthly article on the SROA budget, you would be forgiven for thinking it takes just as long to get SROA’s budget approved as for the federal government. Let me reassure you that the SROA budget is not nearly as contentious as its federal government counterpart but the SROA budgeting process does involve a lot of “give and take.” This year, the additional discussions were beneficial. Last month I noted the preliminary budget had a projected shortfall of $1.1M. The approved budget shortfall is now substantially less at $972,000. So what happened? As noted last month, projecting a budget shortfall (revenues less than expenses) is highly unusual for SROA. This resulted in additional scrutiny by SROA management (particularly controller Joe Healy and general manager James Lewis) and by the SROA Finance Committee. All played a key role in helping to uncover additional sources of revenues and additional expense reductions. It’s the latter (expense reductions) that I want to focus on in this article Having been in management for most of my professional career, I have participated in over 25 annual budgeting cycles. In each case, the easiest solution is to spend more and not worry too much about lower profitability or larger deficits. Outside of the federal government this rarely works. At SROA, the budget process starts with a proposal from SROA management which is first reviewed by the Finance Committee. This committee, composed of four members of the SROA Board of Directors and six owners, reviews the proposal and provides feedback to Joe and James on potential modifications. The nice thing about being a member of the SROA Finance Committee, is that you don’t have to implement the hard choices that are the result of your advice. James, Joe and the SROA management team, aren’t so lucky. The choices they make have real consequences on employee workloads and what can and cannot be done next year. It is important to note that the revenue forecast for 2021 is Turn to Report, page 7 SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2020
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trates on 1) protecting lives and property, 2) instilling a sense of responsibility among property owners, visitors, conservations group, 3) managing Sunriver and surrounding area ladder fuel reduction treatments, 4) increasing Sunriver’s ability to prepare, respond and recover from wildland fires, and 5) improving the fire resiliency of our properties, common areas and overall habitat. Since the Community Wildfire Prevention Plan process began in 2005, many proactive activities have taken place. Longer-term residents will certainly notice the thinning out of lodgepole pines from all common areas, the clearing of undergrowth and ladder fuels surrounding Sunriver on National Forest and State lands. No less important is the creation and support of our service district (police and fire) plan for emergency evacuation education and coordinate response if ever needed, the ongoing ladder fuel reduction programs and enforcement, and property planning with the Design Committee for landscapes and vegetation that support native
Update your SROA Member Preference ID SROA NEWS – The annual enrollment period for owners to update their Member Preference cards starts Dec. 15 and remains valid through Jan. 31, 2022. Membership cards are $55 per person (must be listed as “owner of record” on the property deed). If you have existing cards, you can renew online at apm. activecommunities.com/sun riverowners. You may also contact Member Services. If you don’t yet have a card, you’ll need to stop by Member Services to have your photo ID created. Member Services is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. With at least one-member card purchased, a property will receive 20, single-use guest passes to share with family and friends. These passes will include access to the newlyrenovated North Pool, when accompanied by a member. These passes are also valid through Jan. 31, 2022. Passes can be picked up at a later visit or you can designate an individual to pick them up for you if you call the office in advance. Contact memberservices@ srowners.org or call 541-5853147. SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2020
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SROA holiday dates SROA offices will be closed: • December 24 & 25 • January 1
SROA’s staff wishes everyone a joyous & healthy holiday season! species for sustainability. The overall contribution of our Natural Resource Department adds immeasurably to the sustainability of Sunriver and to its private and public assets. Patti has managed the department for the past years, and is supported by Don Barnes and Claire McClafferty. Natural Resources oversees much of our environmental balance issues including mosquito control and noxious weeds in addition to ladder fuel reduction. Even though I dislike winter, I comforted by the fact that these two departments are consistently in place to help all of us not only in winter but also throughout the year. They,
the other departments of our staff and our service district, give me confidence that we will continue to build upon the legacy and the contributions of past generations and of current generations of volunteers, owners and professionals who call Sunriver their home or second home. Sunriver is a unique place and needs to be enjoyed and appreciated by all of us. As the Christmas and Hanukkah season approaches, we will persevere and build upon that legacy. The SROA Board of Directors and I wish you the blessings and renewal of meaningful holidays this month.
lines and marking trees for the 2021 LFR contracts. • IT: Completed statement of work and contract with database consultant and began implementation of contract. Scheduled meeting with Gigabit Now for presentation to Telecommunications Task Force. Added a camera at Mary McCallum gate. Coordinated numerous virtual meetings. Issued board email accounts. • Public Works: Winterized
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ects. Overall activity in October increased from spring/summer but overall percentage shows year-to-date activities are slightly down from the previous year. • Natural Resources: Continued ladder fuels reduction and tree thinning on commons. Completed LFR inspections of north-end private properties. Continue flagging property
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Background On June 20, 2020 the SROA Board approved the report of the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan (IAMP) Task Force. The report thoroughly evaluated numerous alternatives for improvements to infrastructure and amenities in Sunriver. Incorporating 12 grading elements, their final ranking of infrastructure improvements showed improvement of the Recycling Center to be of the highest need and priority. In the survey portion of the IAMP Report, Sunriver owners ranked a new Recycling Center in their top three priorities. In August 2020, the Board approved the creation of a Recycling Task Force to evaluate recycling options, their impacts on the community and to make a recommendation(s) to the SROA Board in the winter of 2020/2021. Task force members were selected to represent a mix of ownership (full-time, non-resident and rental properties) as well as SROA staff and representatives of Deschutes County Solid Waste and Cascade Disposal. Next steps Owners should be on the lookout in December for an email taking them to an online survey regarding the future of recycling in Sunriver. SROA is wanting your current perspective on whether or not you recycle at your Sunriver property; your use of the current recycling depot in Sunriver (adjacent to the SROA Public Works campus); and recycling options that may be of interest/available to you in the future. The survey will be conducted by a professional survey firm that is familiar with the Sunriver community and has performed multiple surveys for SROA in past years. The survey will be online only and will be emailed to your SROA email address we have on file. One survey per household please. An email notification from SROA will be arriving in your inbox after the Thanksgiving holiday as a reminder of the upcoming recycling survey launch. For those of you who are not signed up to receive emailed SROA association notifications, please email email@example.com to get signed up.
Notice to owners who hire snow removal contractors If you hire a contractor to remove snow from your Sunriver driveway, walkways, decks, roof or patios, please request (and monitor) the following: • All removed snow must remain on your property. • Take special care to make sure your snow is not dumped near or around hydrants. • Snow from your property should not be plowed or blown onto commons, including islands in the cul-de-sacs. • Snow from your property should not be plowed or blown onto neighbors’ driveway or property. • Your snow should not be pushed into the street for other motorists to navigate through or snowplows to contend with. For a list of snow removal contractors who have registered with the SROA Community Development Department, go to www.sunriverowners.org and click on the weather page button on the homepage.
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November update: Telecommunications in Sunriver By Gerhard Beenen In last month’s update, I noted that we received a proposed service agreement from BendBroadband which was reviewed by the SROA Telecommunications Task Force (TTF). Comments made during that review were summarized and sent back to BendBroadband for their feedback. Early in November, we received written feedback from Bendbroadband. A few days later, a sub-team of the Telecommunications Task Force (James Lewis, Brad Skinner and myself) had a Zoom conference with representatives from BendBroadband to discuss their proposed service agreement, comments from the TTF and BendBroadband’s response. In my experience, negotiations rarely are resolved in one meeting, particularly on an agreement that has a major impact for both parties. That
being said, our first round of negotiations went better than I expected. There remain several differences between what we believe is in Sunriver owners best interest and what the BendBroadband representatives feel is in their best interest. That is to be expected. We are cautiously optimistic they will help bridge the gap. Negotiations are best left to private discussions, but I do want to spend a little time letting Sunriver owners know what we consider to be core requirements if we are to enter into another exclusive agreement with BendBroadband. The requirements we consider essential can be broadly classified as: • Service quality and reliability • Customer service and support • Costs Let me briefly discuss each
one of the requirements Service quality (upload speed, download speed) and reliability (availability of each service offered) are our top requirements. We want an internet service where upload and download speeds are symmetrical (equivalent) and not impacted by the number of people using the service in any particular area of Sunriver. We are asking BendBroadband to commit to a set of quality of service metrics that can be reviewed with SROA on a periodic basis, demonstrating they are meeting our owners’ expectations and their commitments. In terms of reliability, we want the service to be available when needed. The old Bell Telephone system provided 99.999% availability (often referred to as five nines, equivalent to a downtime of less than 6 minutes/year). Cloud
services today offer three nine availability (downtime of less than 9 hours/year). This should be a realistic goal for BendBroadband after upgrading their network in Sunriver. A Sunriver owner recently told me about his internet service going down several times a day, nearly every day. While this might be an isolated incident, this level of service reliability is not acceptable. Customer service and support is about having knowledgeable, understandable resources readily available to assist customers when needed. This has been the Achilles heel of many broadband service providers. A Sunriver owner recently told me about spend-
ing 90-minutes waiting on hold while seeking assistance. That is not acceptable. With respect to costs, we want to see BendBroadband honor their commitment to maintain price parity with their lowest priced Central Oregon customers and to be competitive on a broader scale. Sunriver subscribers should not be charged differently should we enter a new exclusive agreement. Our negotiations with BendBroadband will continue and we are hopeful about achieving a good agreement. However, the devil is in the detail. What gets written into the service Turn to Update, page 7
Recycle that Christmas tree Boy Scouts of America Troops 36 and 76 in La Pine will be offering holiday tree pickup in the Sunriver area on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. Residents need to call 541-385-3935 starting Dec. 1 to schedule a pickup date (DO NOT call before Dec. 1 as the phone will not be activated until that date). Trees need to be out at the end of the driveway by 9 a.m. on your scheduled pickup date. For a donation of $5 or more per tree, the Scouts pick up the trees and have them recycled into compost. The Scouts ask that a donation be in the form of a check payable to “Boy Scouts of America,” placed in a watertight plastic bag and attached to the top or bottom of the tree with a rubber band. Wreaths, garland and decorated/ flocked trees cannot be not accepted. The money from this annual fundraiser is used to send the Scouts to summer camp, a high adventure base, or other outdoor event.
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agreement is critical. We look forward to reviewing their next revision. In parallel, we continue to engage with alternate service providers interested in an agreement that would include eventual SROA ownership of a fiber to the home network in Sunriver. Network ownership would result in long-term savings for Sunriver owners but might require an initial investment, (and vote of approval) from Sunriver owners. BendBroadband is aware we are looking at alternatives. In closing, I have built a simple website where you can provide input to the Telecommunications Task Force on your service interaction with BendBroadband or any other telecommunications provider in Sunriver. Let us know about your experience, both the good and the bad. You can register your comments at www. beenens.net/sunrivertelecom/ default.aspx. If you prefer communicating via email, send me a note at the email address below. –Gerhard Beenen is chair of the Telecommunications Task Force and a member of the SROA Board of Directors. firstname.lastname@example.org
Deschutes County is considering changes to help reduce the risk of wildfire. Changes to building codes and land use regulations are being considered to better protect our communities from wildfire. The potential regulations would apply to rural county areas outside of city limits (this includes Sunriver). The two measures the county is considering include the use of fire-resistant building materials for new rural residential construction and requiring Defensible Space for all rural properties. A story map has been created to provide back-
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all SROA facilities and irrigation. Removed tennis nets and windscreens. Complete Circle 11 construction and road/ pathway sweeping. Trained crews on snow removal equipment, installed snow poles and removed roadside hazards (rocks, tree stumps) ahead of snowplowing. Conducted winter tire changeover on all vehicles. Working on north RV storage gate installation. • Recreation/SHARC: Scheduled winter operations under COVID-19 guidelines. Conducted interviews for facilities manager position. Considering keeping disc golf up through the winter. Winterized all pools. Created new covers for the waterslides for better
ground information and survey questions that will allow the county to gauge the community’s perspective. Use the following to launch the story map: www.deschutes.org/wildfiremitigationsurvey Click on the tabs located on the left side of the page (at the bottom if you are viewing on a mobile device), to learn more about the history of wildfire in the region, current strategies the community is using to reduce risk, and future preventative measures. The six-question survey is located in Chapter 5.
preservation through winter conditions. Received new pool cover reel that was damaged by vandalism this past summer. Other business • The president asked for board volunteers to serve on the Admissions Model Workgroup and fill an empty seat on the Sunriver Service District Managing Board. The meeting adjourned at 10:26 a.m. The next SROA board work session will take place at 9 a.m. Dec. 18 followed by the regular board meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. To watch the meeting virtually, visit the meeting date on SROA website calendar for details. Approved minutes of the meeting are posted, as available, at www.sunriverowners.org
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an “educated guess.” We don’t know at this time what government restrictions will be placed on our recreational facilities (primarily SHARC) next year. Our budget assumes we will operate under conditions similar to this year. To address this uncertainty, the Finance Committee and SROA management came up with a list of budgeted expenses that are contingent on 2021 revenues. That is, while these expenses are included in the budget, SROA management must obtain concurrence from the Finance Committee and a vote of approval from the SROA Board of Directors before these expenses can be incurred. In effect, making our projected budgeted deficit for
Survey closes December 22 2021 a “not to exceed” deficit. In summary, I want to assure all Sunriver owners that the SROA management team and the SROA Finance Committee are diligent in preparing and reviewing the SROA budget. Your Finance Committee is actively involved and vocal about what they believe represents the view of Sunriver owners. Your management team listens and has demonstrated willingness to make the hard choices that come with keeping your assessment as low as possible while improving the quality of our infrastructure, amenities and services. –Gerhard Beenen is the treasurer of the SROA Board of Directors and chair of the Finance Committee. beenen@srowners. org
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Winter wildlife watching in Sunriver reveals a varied cast of critters By Amanda Accamando, Nature Center Manager Residents and visitors of Sunriver are rewarded with plentiful wildlife sightings during the winter if they are willing to brave the cold and snow for even a short while. Perhaps it is due to the notice-able lack of people in town or the stark white background of the landscape – wildlife watching is surprisingly easy during this time of year. Abundant wildlife including deer, coyote and elk, often can be seen while simply driving through Sunriver. And dozens of dark-eyed juncos gather at backyard bird feeders while western gray squirrels and Douglas’ squirrels anticipate leftovers from below. The 8-acre campus of Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (SNCO) is a hub of winter wildlife activity in Sunriver thanks to its unique location bordering meadow, forest and riparian habitats. Perhaps one of the most entertaining and most readily seen winter visitors at SNCO is the river otter, a member of
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the Swainson’s hawk, whose half-feathered legs end in fully bare feet. Of course, this hawk species would be typically be found migrating yearly to spend the winter in Argentina where winter gear would not be required. During the winter, the great horned owl and Eurasian eagle-owl both have an opportunity to interact with the snow in their environment thanks to open mesh sky lights in their aviaries. Snow can fall and collect in portions of
their aviaries providing the owls with natural weathering opportunities and promoting their mental well-being. Whether you are visiting Sunriver for the day or live here year-round, we would love to hear about your winter wildlife observations. We encourage you to share your sightings and photos with us via email (email@example.com) or tag us in your photos on Facebook or Instagram. For hours of operation, visit www.snco.org
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Jupiter, Saturn buddy up in the December sky; meteor shower By Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager As the year 2020 winds down, it is still an excellent time of year to view the night sky. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory’s new winter hours during December give you an opportunity to view earlier in the evening. We will continue to offer private star parties on Tuesday and Friday nights, along with our limited size public programs on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Join us for one of our hour-long programs, from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Daytime solar viewing will occur on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, programs do sell out, and we will have a variety of additional programs this holiday season as well. We get one last look at Jupiter and Saturn this month as they start to set. Jupiter and Saturn will be in conjunction with each other right at sunset on the winter solstice, Dec. 21. This happens on average of once every 20 years. When they come closest to each other they are usually separated by a degree or
two, but on Dec. 21, the planets provide a rare opportunity to see both in the same view of a high-powered telescope. In fact, this will be the “closest” conjunction of these two worlds since 1623; they will be separated by just one-fifth of the apparent diameter of the full moon. In December, we also can view two meteor showers, one major and one minor. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers and 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 and peaks this year on the night of Dec. 13 and morning of Dec. 14. The 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 five to 10 meteors per hour. This meteor shower is produced by dust
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Holiday magic alive and well at the Second Tern Thrift Store By Wes Perrin This year’s selection of holiday merchandise at the Second Tern Thrift Store will be abundant and exciting according to Margaret Beard, the volunteer who heads up the activity. “In fact you might want to call it a plethora of goodies,“ she says with a smile. Store manager Susan Ertsgaard agrees. “We will have everything a person might need for this special season. In addition to a big selection of gift items and toys, we’ll be offering ornaments, trees, garlands, wreaths, tree stands, dishes, lights, even wrapping paper. And, yes, we do test all the lights before putting them on sale. Best of all, everything is offered at a fraction of the original price.” Ertsgaard also urged bargain hunters to mark their calendars for the store-wide half-price
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Mt. Bachelor requiring parking reservations The winter season has begun and the countdown is on to Mt. Bachelor’s non-passholder opening day on Dec. 11. New this year, Mt. Bachelor is offering dynamic pricing on lift tickets based on date, rewarding those that book the earliest with the biggest savings. Booking lift tickets online in advance not only guarantees you lift access for the day of your visit, but also offers you the chance to save up to 40% off day-of window rates. Have a flexible itinerary? Look for midweek tickets during nonholiday periods for the biggest discounts and lowest projected skier visits. Mt. Bachelor will manage the number of people on property with a vehicle reservation system in order to ensure the wellbeing of its guests, staff and community. The reservation system, part of the Mt. Bachelor “Back to Basics” safe operating plan, will be in place every day of the 2020/21 season and parking spaces must be reserved before arriving to the resort to ensure availability. “The parking reservation system means guests can know
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customers will have the opportunity to find new items when making more than one visit. We’ve been receiving donations all year, with an especially large surge coming in right after we re-opened after the virus shut-down. Our volunteers set a high bar for the quality of merchandise that reaches our floor, and we pride ourselves on selling only the best of what we receive.” Beard who describes herself as “a good multi-tasker,” has been involved with a multitude of projects at the Tern for 10plus years and especially enjoys directing the annual Christmas season activities. However, she does admit that once the season is all over, “I don’t want to face 2nd Home Checks Sunriverhomechecks.com
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Second Tern Thrift Store is looking for volunteers who can help with moving furniture, processing donations and selling. The Tern is following all pandemic-related guidelines. The Tern is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays are workdays for processing donations. Please apply at www. secondtern.com/apply/ or call Liz at 541-593-3367.
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Last chance to brighten someone’s holiday By Tim Loewen Our community’s largest gift giving, the Sunriver Community Christmas Sharing Program (Christmas Baskets) needs your help this Christmas season more than ever before. With the COVID-19 pandemic most of us have limited contact with our friends and family. Many local families in need have experienced this even more due to limited transportation and communication resources. The virus has prevented our children from attending school and socializing with their friends. Now with winter weather upon us, kids and their families are becoming isolated in their homes. For many, the holiday season is not a joyful time. Local churches, businesses and institutions, come together to help provide food and gifts for less fortunate families in our area. The “Christmas Baskets” will replace the Care & Share Program for the month of December. You can make a difference in the life of a deserving family
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Rotary Club of Sunriver–La Pine awards $1,000 scholarships By Andrea Hine & Pam Beezley Five graduates of La Pine High School (LPHS) – Adam Plant, Josie Wells, Laura Winford, Tommy Rohde and Johanna Flenner – are now freshmen at the colleges of their choice with financial assistance from the Rotary Club of Sunriver-La Pine. “We received 10 scholarship applications from LPHS this year,” said Pam Beezley. “They were all amazing applicants and it took quite a bit of discussion by the Rotary Club Foundation Board to select these five students. We wish we had the funding to provide scholarships to all of those who applied.” Adam Plant, described as “a leader among his peers… who has lived by core values of respect, responsibility and commitment to the welfare of others – an all-around exceptional human being,” is attending Eastern Oregon University with a major in psychology. He plans to pursue a career in law enforcement with the goal of becoming a detective. Plant’s achievements include graduating with an honors diploma and a 4.08 GPA; being a member of the National Honor Society; playing football and baseball, including all-state baseball each high school year; and numerous community service hours. The LPHS head coach of football and baseball calls Plant “a man of character, a leader and a fierce competitor – a highly decorated athlete who also excels in the classroom.” Josie Wells is enrolled at Lane Community College with plans to transfer to University of Oregon. A psychology major, she will pursue a career in social work, and is particularly interested in working with young adults to help them establish healthy coping mechanisms and lifestyles. “It has been my pleasure to teach or coach over 4,000 children Turn to Rotary, page 13
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By Deni Porter When was the last time that you gifted someone with something so special that you could hardly wait to see the recipient’s face light up upon opening the box? This is not going to be a typical holiday shopping season. Probably most shoppers will be utilizing the internet for gifting purposes – with the hope that the item looks as good as the photo when it arrives. Artists’ Gallery Sunriver has the perfect solution and avoid-
ing the risk of internet purchase catastrophes. First, parking is very convenient. A walk through The Village at Sunriver is festive and uncrowded. Holiday music drifts through the air. Children are skating at the ice rink. Sunlight streams through the gallery’s front windows – guiding you to the perfect selection. Local artists are waiting to help locate and even gift wrap your purchase. Even though the gallery features fine art pieces, it also provides many unique items in a range of prices to fit all budgets. How about a holly brooch that has been handmade from recycled materials by Amy Pfeiffer? If the recipient cannot fit another large piece of art into their space, there are many smaller original paintings to choose from. Popular oil painter Bonnie Junell has produced a number of miniature paintings that are very reasonably priced. No one ever thinks to hang original art on the kitchen backsplash or a shelf in the guest bath. Maybe an art photograph by Carolyn Waissman would be the perfect remembrance of
a great family time in Central Oregon. Waissman artfully captures the essence of the local area. Or how about a beautiful set of woven place mats or a table runner made by Charlene Virts? Virts also weaves art baskets from pine needles that are one of a kind – a perfect gift for someone that seems to have everything. If you are looking for a possible gift of jewelry, you’ll first be surprised by the variety and pricing the gallery has available.
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Leslie Stewart designed, and handmade, a pendant with beautifully-colored chrysocolla as the base and adorned with a red garnet. Oregon sunstone pieces by Karla Proud are always a great solution, and the artist can size and ship at no charge. If you want something larger, painter Ken Marunowski has just the piece. If you want something smaller, stained glass artist Becky Henson has produced some of the most beautiful holiday decorations that you will find. Many have a Sunriver logo on them. Ceramicist, Dori Kite, will have a selection of Sunriver mugs and other one of a kind masterpieces… and functional as well If all else fails, the gallery also provides beautifully wrapped gift certificates. Stop on by this holiday shopping season. Artists’ Gallery Sunriver is located in building 19 in The Village at Sunriver. For more information, call 541-5934382 or visit www.artistsgallery sunriver.com. The gallery is on Facebook and Instagram.
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Get to Know Your Festival Communications, collaboration and making sure a festival reflects the community are the priorities that Brett Mitchell, a finalist for Sunriver Music Festival’s Artistic Director, will bring to Central Oregon when he conducts summer concerts in 2021. Mitchell, the current music director of the Colorado Symphony, has been hailed for presenting engaging, indepth explorations of a variety of classical programs. His distinguished career also includes serving on the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony. Mitchell is one of two finalists who will be conducting the 44th season. The other finalist, Kelly Kuo, will be profiled in the next “Get to Know Your Festival” story. “We don’t name orchestras after conductors. We name them after communities,“ explains Mitchell. “That’s because festivals need to reflect their communities. It is about a dialogue with the community.” That is one reason Mitchell is excited about coming to Sunriver to get a feel for the community and what they are seeking. “Yes, I have my priorities that will be reflected in the programing, but my goal is collaboration with the community and the audience.” Communication is also a critical part of Mitchell’s approach to conducting. “Music is about communications, the whole purpose is to create a musical intimacy, so you must have a relationship with the musicians and with the audience,” adds Mitchell.
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sunriver women’s club President’s Message: Happy holidays to our SRWC members and their families. In November, we launched our annual project, “Winter Wear for Kids.” This year we have a definite list of items that are needed by children in south Deschutes County. For more information, go to our website (sunriverwomensclub.com), click on “What We Do” and in the drop down menu go to “Service Projects” where you will find a complete list of clothing items needed and drop-off locations. Monetary donations are always welcome. As this difficult year ends, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2021. –Nancy Fischer, SRWC president • Membership: The SRWC membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. New members can join in any month. Go to the Sunriver Women’s Club website, log in and click on “Join Us” to become a new member. Join the SRWC in social activities and philanthropic endeavors. Many of our activities and our monthly programs are virtual
right now, so we are safe while staying socially connected. • Winter Wear for Kids: The Sunriver Women’s Club has kicked off their annual Winter Wear for Kids clothing drive. This year we are working closely with the Family Access Network (FAN) Advocates in the Bend-La Pine Schools located in south Deschutes County. This will enable us to donate exactly what is needed for elementary, middle school and high school students. The following items are greatly needed: • Snow pants: children’s sizes 5-12 • Sweatpants: children’s sizes 5-12 and adult sizes S-XL • Hoodies (plain) for middle school and high school: adult sizes S-XL • Waterproof gloves: children’s sizes Please no coats, knitted gloves, socks or underwear. Clothing items can be new or gently used. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be mailed to SRWC, PO Box 3334, Sunriver OR 97707. Clothing donations can be dropped off at: Bonnie Campbell’s house at 4 Golden
Eagle Lane; Nancy Fischer’s House at 7 Paper Birch Lane; or Cascade Sotheby’s in the Village (Sunday & Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). • COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund: Thinking about how to make your neighbor’s holiday season a bit better? Thinking about making a year end gift to help during the pandemic? Let the SRWC find the ways your gift can be best used by donating to the COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund. We invite you to join this group fundraising effort of the SRWC and community organizations: Sunriver-La Pine Rotary Club, Sunriver Men’s Club, Nolte Properties and First American Title. Donate at www.sunriver womensclub.com/DonationPage, or mail a check to SRWC, PO Box 3334, Sunriver OR 97707. • Sunriver Art Fair: The 2021 Sunriver Art Fair team is looking forward to seeing everyone again in the beautiful Village at Sunriver, one of our proud sponsors. Join us Aug. 13-15, 2021 for art, entertainment and fun in a safe, family
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oriented environment. In the meantime, you can get a jump on your holiday shopping while supporting our 2020 Sunriver Art Fair artists by visiting their websites and purchasing their art directly. Go to www.su nriverartfair.com/artists/ to find all of your favorites, and meet some new ones! • Fred Meyer Rewards: You can help the SRWC earn donations every time you shop by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the SRWC at www.fredmeyer.com/com munityrewards. Search by our name, “Sunriver Women’s Club” or by our nonprofit
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Sunriver Women’s Club awards funds to most vulnerable groups The COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund has awarded two grants to agencies serving south Deschutes County’s most vulnerable community members at both ends of the age spectrum. The youngest members, vulnerable babies and toddlers, are at significantly higher risk for abuse and neglect due to the increased stress parents are experiencing from the pandemic. Seniors are particularly at risk for catching COVID-19 and as a result more likely to be isolated as they shelter in place. The following two agencies are intervening to help reduce COVID-19 stress. MountainStar Family Relief Nursery child abuse prevention program received $3,000 to support their La Pine Outreach Coordinator’s work with 15 high-risk families for the next four months. When the pandemic closed their therapeutic classroom and on-site services, MountainStar adapted their services providing much needed stress relief during “home visits” though car windows with families who are on their front porch, as well as providing essential supplies such as food, diapers, wipes, child activity bags, clothing and gas cards. They are also live-streaming book story hours and holding virtual family engagement programs. Council on Aging of Central Oregon received $2,000 to help them provide 500 Meals on Wheels to an increased number of older adults in south Deschutes County. Twenty additional seniors have enrolled since the pandemic began as part of the agency’s effort to keep seniors safely in their homes. In addition to check-ins when delivering meals, they have also begun providing seniors with complimentary cleaning supplies, pantry items, hygiene products, pet food and meal kits. Due to the community’s generosity, the Sunriver Women’s Club can continue supporting south Deschutes County nonprofits that address serious issues facing our community as the pandemic continues. We are committed to searching out ways that we can help as we enter this next challenging colder weather phase of the pandemic. If you or someone you know would like to donate to support essential services, go to www.sunriverwomensclub.com/DonationPage, or mail a check to SRWC, PO Box 3334, Sunriver OR 97707.
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Fly Tying Corner: food court midge By Phil Fischer A few weeks ago, the seasons began to signal that inevitable change as we march toward winter. Slowly early fall and warmer weather turned to a nice crisp nip in the air. This change brings about a shift in hatches on our local rivers. Gone are terrestrials, and mayflies are waning. But a steady hatch to be counted upon, especially on warmer mid-winter days are midges. From now till springtime, midges will provide the most reliable dry fly opportunity on our local streams. It was this very situation that sent me back to the vise to create a new pattern that would imitate midge hatches. I had been fishing one of our local spring creeks and observed a bunch of fish feeding on a pro-fuse, but exceedingly small midge. The fish were lined up, almost as if they were
at the food court of a local mall. I did not have a good imitation in my box, so I sat down and got creative. Onstream I had noticed numerous midge shucks floating by, apparently being left behind by the emerging midges. I decided to try and imitate this with a trailing shuck on the imitation. I settled on some UV Krystal Flash. For the abdomen, I chose a stripped peacock barb off a tail feather. For the thorax, I used a very sparse peacock barb wound to add profile to the thorax. I used deer hair for the lay-down wing. Lastly, I used a whiting midge grizzly saddle hackle to help with flotation. Each of these materials are rather delicate and break easily in trout teeth, so I used a bit of super glue before winding each material around the hook. This pattern is tied on a size 18 short shank barbless hook. But don’t
hesitate to tie down to size 20s and even 22s. After tying a half dozen of this new midge creation, I was anxious to give it a try. The first time out, I eased in above a pod of feeding rainbows and delicately presented this pattern. It did not take long for the fish to pass judgment. The second cast I hooked into a nice 16-inch rainbow, and over the next hour and a half, I hooked and released about a dozen fish on this pattern. I remembered the analogy of observing the trout lined up to the food court, and so, the food court midge was born. Give this pattern a try this winter on the Fall, Crooked, Metolius or other favorite waters. Give the food court midge a try during the midge hatch on
one of our local rivers. If you have questions or would like additional information about this pattern, please email me. Or, if you have suggestions on future patterns to feature in this column, I welcome your input. I can be reached at philfischer@sbc global.net A Full Service Tree Co.
Food court midge materials list Hook: Firehole 609 barbless, size 18-20 Thread: Veevus 14/0, black Trailing Shuck: UV krystal flash Abdomen: Polish quill, natural Thorax: Peacock Wing: Natural deer hair Hackle: Whiting dry fly midge saddle, grizzly Tying instructions and steps are published in video form, and can be found on the Sunriver Anglers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ SunriverAnglers/, or on YouTube: https://youtu. be/53gSiehfGW8
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Honor someone with a Legacy Brick Legacy Bricks are the perfect way to celebrate the special moments, people and places in your life, but it’s also a great way to celebrate those individuals who have stepped up during this difficult time. The bricks are permanently installed as part of the walkway surrounding the amphitheater bowl at SHARC. Order a Legacy Brick for: • A devoted pandemic healthcare worker • A relentless firefighter • A creative virtual teacher • A valiant homeschooler • A dedicated community volunteer Net proceeds from the sale of Legacy Bricks support the Sunriver Women’s Club annual philanthropy grant program to nonprofits focused on providing basic services in south Deschutes County. Place your orders for bricks and mini replica bricks at www.fundraisingbrick.com/online-orders/sunriver/ or email us at email@example.com
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I’m sure we’re not the only ones who can’t wait to see 2020 in the rearview mirror... We want to take a moment to thank all of our clients and customers, past and present, for being extremely flexible in how we’ve had to conduct business in these interesting times. This dramatic shift allowed us to focus on one of our core principles, relationships. We have always believed that if we place relationships with clients, potential clients, and others, as the primary focus, business will follow. This year we doubled down on that. By doing so, we’ve gotten to know many of our clients on a much deeper and more personal level. To all of our clients past, present, and those we’ve yet to meet, we are grateful for the gift you’ve given us, your trust. We are hopeful that the year ahead holds great promise for you and those closest to you.
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Swim Sessions (see holiday hours at right) Due to COVID-19 capacity limitations
No General Admission entry at this time
1. RECREATION SWIM SESSIONS The following swim sessions will be available to SROA Member Preference IDs (and guests), SROA Member Guest Passes and SROA Recreation Plus Cards ONLY:
Thursday-Monday (not available Tuesdays & Wednesdays) • • • •
11:00am - 12:30pm 12:45pm - 2:15pm 2:30pm - 4:00pm 4:15pm - 5:45pm (Saturday only)
Walk-in ONLY - first come, first served • • • •
Everyone in a party must be present 15 minutes prior to get access. Recreation Plus Cards can only be used for entry ONCE PER DAY. Limited occupancy. Limit groups to 6 or less from same household. No priority line for members.
One of the following is required for entry (per person 4 years and older):
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SROA Recreation Plus Card*: FREE SROA Member Preference ID*: FREE SROA Member Accompanied Guest**: $6 SROA Member Guest Pass: FREE
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2. LAP SWIM SESSIONS Reservations Required •
40 min sessions
Available to SROA Member Preference IDs and SROA Recreation Plus Program cards and SROA Guest Passes ONLY (No paid general admission at this time). To reserve a session: https://sunriverownersassociation.getomnify.com
Thursday-Monday (not available Tuesdays & Wednesdays) • • • • • • • • • • •
6:30 - 7:10am 7:15 - 7:55am 8:00 - 8:40am 8:45 - 9:25am 11:00am - 11:40am 11:45am - 12:25pm 12:45pm - 1:25pm 1:30pm - 2:10pm 2:30pm - 3:10pm 3:15pm - 3:55pm 4:15pm - 4:55pm & 5:00pm - 5:40pm (Saturday only)
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HOLIDAY HOURS AT SHARC Christmas Eve - December 24 • SHARC Facility Hours: 6:30am-2:30pm • Lap Swim: 6:30am, 7:15am, 8:00am, 8:45am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:30pm • Member Aqua Fitness: 9:30am-10:10am • Recreation Swim Sessions: 11am and 12:45pm • Member Fitness Center Sessions: 6:30am, 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm • Member Services: 8:30am-2:15pm Christmas Day - December 25: Closed New Year’s Eve - December 31 • SHARC Facility Hours: 6:30am-5:00pm • Lap Swim: 6:30am, 7:15am, 8:00am, 8:45am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm • Member Aqua Fitness: 9:30am-10:10am • Recreation Swim Sessions: 11am, 12:45pm and 2:30pm • Member Fitness Center Sessions: 6:30am, 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm • Member Services: 8:30am-4:45pm New Year’s Day - January 1 • SHARC Facility Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm • Lap Swim: 8am, 8:45am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm • Member Aqua Fitness: 9:30am-10:10am • Recreation Swim Sessions: 11am, 12:45pm and 2:30pm • Member Fitness Center Sessions: 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm • Member Services: 8:30am-4:45pm
Ensuring a Successful Visit 1. WHAT IS AVAILABLE? • • • • •
Indoor Pool (occupancy restrictions) Limited Shower/Locker Room Access Restrooms/Family Changing Room H2O Refilling Stations Lap Swim* (Reservations Required - link available at www.sunriversharc.com)
2. WHAT IS CLOSED/NOT AVAILABLE? • • • • • • • • • •
All Outdoor Aquatics Basketball Hoop (Indoor Pool) Volleyball Net (Indoor Pool) Hot Tub Drinking Fountains (bottle refill stations available) Lockers Lounge Chairs (limited seating) Swim Lessons Splashy Hour/Central Oregon Sundays SHARC Bite Cafe
3. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? • SROA Recreation Plus Cards/SROA Member Preference IDs, SROA Member Guest Pass to enter • Come swim ready! (limited locker room access & no lockers available) • Towel (no towel service available) • Water Bottle (metal or plastic only - NO GLASS!) • Face Covering (required indoors at all times with the exception of when in the pool. No face coverings allowed in the pool.)
4. AS A REMINDER.... • Reusable swim diaper required for children not toilet trained • No outside food or drink (water and light snacks available for purchase) SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2020
Sunriver You offering classes this winter By Helen Heeren We are excited to announce a slate of indoor classes for you to enjoy this winter. Classes will all be held in the Pringle Room at SHARC and limited to a maximum of 20 attendees (or less depending on the class), and will be set up for social distancing. Wearing a face mask will be mandatory. If you happen to forget your mask we will have extras on hand. Classes are open to all, but reserving a space is required. No walk-ins will be allowed. The links to register for classes can be found at www.sunriver you.com. As always, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are classes you would like to see offered in the future and/ or classes you would be willing to teach.
origins of col-or discernment. You will learn how to make color decisions and apply them to your daily lives and projects. You will also come away with resources that can help you make those tough decisions. Although not a prerequisite, you might find it helpful to take this class if you are going to enroll in the Quiltmaking Basics class. Quiltmaking Basics Thursday afternoons Feb. 4 through March 11, 1-3:30 p.m. Winter is a wonderful time to make a quilt. Whether this will be your first quilt, or you want to revisit the basics, join us as we explore color, design and the techniques needed to make a cozy quilt. This class will be led by San-dra Henderson with help from other local quilters. You will need basic sewing supplies (including a working sewing machine) and your choice of fabrics. A full list of supplies along with fabric requirements needed will be handed out during the first class. Also note that you will not need to bring your sewing machine to the first class, but you will need to bring it to all other classes. The quilt pattern will be provided at no cost. If you are signing up for this class you might find the Color Theory class on Jan.29 useful in helping you choose the color palette for your quilt. Join us and before you know it, you will have a quilt of your own mak-ing. And don’t be surprised if you make new friends. Quilting is a very “sewcial” activity.
Tech Forum 3: Getting the most out of your cell phone Thursday Dec. 3, 3-4:30 p.m. Tech Forums have a round table format with a facilitator to share questions and discover how others are using technology. After our first two forums we realized there was a need for some of us to back up a step and start with basics on how to use an Apple or Android cell phone. There’s no shame in acknowledging you’re not sure how to add items to your calendar, download an app, turn off something that keeps popping up, or customize your home screen. Come with your perplexing issues and questions and we will try to help you get a handle on that device in your hand. Navigating the SROA Design Process Color Theory Tuesday, Feb, 16, 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 1-3:30 p.m. in Sunriver. It will be taught by This class will be taught by Mark Feirer the SROA Design Scott Gillies who worked in the Review Committee chair and design industry for more than Marty Seamons, SROA’s Code 30 years. The class will focus on Enforcement Officer. the basics of color theory and Why does Sunriver look the
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way it does? The principles of the founding developers provided a vision but it’s the continuing regulation of building and landscape design that maintains that vision. The cornerstone of this process is the Design Committee Manual of Rules and Procedures. In this class you’ll learn how the Design Review Committee, supported by SROA’s Community Development Department, applies the manual’s guidelines and standards. Find out what free planning resources are available, learn how to avoid problems that can delay your plans, and get a head start on your landscape, remodel or a construction project.
Mind/Body Exercise Series Wednesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 3, 2-3:30 p.m. This five-week series will offer five introductory classes in five different mind/body types of exercise which each have something very unique and beneficial to offer. Tai Chi (Chih style), Tai Chi (Yang style), pilates, yoga and Qi Gong all involve non-aerobic, slow body movements and poses. Integrating any of these practices into your life can help develop balance, strength, body awareness and flexibility. However, there are definite differences in the philosophy and goals of each. Pilates is a Western method of strengthening core musculature and increasing body awareness
OEC COVID-buster events By Dan Hilburn Planning anything during the COVID pandemic is challenging, but hoping for the pandemic to just be over is a waste of time. The now fully-staffed Owner Enrichment Committee (OEC) has risen to the challenge and will be offering a series of fun and interesting COVID-appropriate activities in the coming months. OEC’s first COVID-era activity was the recent Emergency Preparedness presentation. The masks and generous spacing of both presenters and audience members didn’t impact the importance of the information transmitted. If you haven’t
already, you really should go to sunriveremergencyinfo.com, familiarize yourself with the information there, and sign up for text alerts. More recently, the OEC worked with the SROA Board of Directors to send out recognition letters and token gifts to all the people who volunteer for SROA and War on Weeds. Coming soon will be the inaugural edition of Sunriver’s “TED Talks to Share” – a chance to watch TED talks with other interested people and participate in a discussion afterwards. Mark your calendar
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through movement and muscle activity. Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi are ancient methods of creating psychological, physical and spiritual balance that focus on the body, mind and spirit. Each week a different instructor will offer a 60-90 minute introductory class to their discipline allowing students to gain an understanding of the basic principles, benefits, and to contrast and compare each type. Your registration is a commitment to attend all five weeks (barring unforeseen conflicts) as these classes are meant to be taken as a series and not individually. You will need to bring an exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing.
SSD board monthly meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board held its regular meeting on Nov. 19, 2020. Board members present: Bill Hepburn, Dennis Dishaw, Ron Stephens, John Ralston, Robert Foster and Jackie Schmid. SSD staff present: Chief Cory Darling, Chief Tim Moor, Debbie Baker, Mindy Holliday.
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Consent Agenda –Approved the Oct. 15, 2020 regular SSD board meeting minutes. –Approved the Oct. 15, 2020 work session meeting minutes. –Approved SROA monthly invoice in the amount of $14,860.45. –Approved invoice for audit services to Eide Bailly CPA in the amount of $6,600.
fighter to receive 2.5% in incentive pay under Oregon Administrative Rules. A new firefighter requested the increase as they feel the education and training they possess adds value and benefit to the department. –Approved the fire department’s annual 911 Radio Service Agreement with Deschutes County. –Reviewed draft revisions to the SSD Employee handbook, which included bringing the document into law compliance and language housekeeping and clarifications. The handbook will also be reviewed by legal counsel. –Approved 2021 SSD board task calendar. –Approved the district’s October 2020 unaudited financials. –The Executive Advisory Committee met to discuss the Strategic Plan, emergency preparedness and various policy changes. –Discussed agenda topics for Dec. 17 joint meeting with Deschutes County Commissioners, which will include river access issues, financial update and safety facility financing.
New business –Accepted the FY 2019/20 financial audit conducted by Eide Bailly LLP. The audit was due remotely due to COVID-19. Eide Bailly reported a clean opinion of the Sunriver Service District financials. –Approved invoice in the amount of $7,372.65 for an outside investigation of an inOld business ternal complaint. –Strategic Plan: A meeting –Emergency Operations Plan was scheduled in November & board member responsibilfor the first community stake- ities: Chief Moor and Chief holder/public review meeting Darling outlined the role of a of the revised Strategic Plan. board member should a major The group was to be broken emergency affecting Sunriver occur. The board’s involvement would include, if needed: calling an emergency board meeting, notifying other board members of the emergency and October 2020 establish management authority and act on funding needs. Total Volunteer Hours 62.5 –Review proposed changes to Includes patrol, bike patrol, district policies: the board will events, training, admin projects review the proposed changes and other. and adopt by resolution at the next meeting. Moving forward, Number of Services policies will receive a compreHouse Checks 5 hensive review on a three-year Chief reports 7 Public Contact schedule. Fire Public Assist 7 –Approved petition of a fire-
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BAC = Blood Alcohol Content DCJ = Deschutes County Jail DCSO = Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office DOA = Dead On Arrival DUII = Driving Under Influence of Intoxicants DWS = Driving While Suspended GOA = Gone On Arrival MVA = Motor Vehicle Accident
OSP = Oregon State Police RP = Reporting Person R&Rs = Rules & Regulations SCMC = St. Charles Medical Center SFD = Sunriver Fire Department SFST = Standardized Field Sobriety Test UTL = Unable To Locate
10-2 Officer arrested subject for burglary on Cultus Lane. 10-2 Responded to possible harassment at a Beaver Drive location. 10-2 Welfare check on Nest Pine for a man reported as screaming inside an excavator he was operating. The man apologized for the disturbance and admitted he had a rough week and was blowing off steam as he thought no one could hear him inside the excavator while it was running. 10-5 RP requested her credit card be shredded as it had been canceled. The card had not yet been turned in to the police. Contacted the involved businesses who advised they did have it and would shred it. 10-7 Missing child on a bicycle. After an extensive search, the juvenile called her mother from a store in the Village. The juvenile was unharmed and picked up by her parents. 10-9 Report of a male suspected of trying to break into cars at a Center Drive location. Officer conducted an area check and was UTL for the male or any vehicles that were broken into. 10-12 Request for a welfare check after wife lost cell coverage with her husband. The husband had stopped to talk to a friend and all was well. 10-13 Loud music from back porch/hot tub on Grouse Lane. Officer advised guests of Sunriver R&Rs regarding noise. 10-14 Assisted Sunriver Fire on a report of smoke coming from the roof of a business on Beaver Drive. A faulty HVAC unit was found to be burning and filled the attic with smoke. 10-14 Non-injury MVA on Venture Lane. One vehicle was totaled and towed while the other was driven away. 10-14 Report of a loud party on Camas Lane. Contacted renter and advised her we had also received a complaint the night before, but had not made contact because the noise at that time was not unreasonable. Tonight’s noise was too loud and renter advised of R&Rs and quiet hours. Also addressed two parking issues. 10-15 Report of a female subject on Olallie feeding deer. Officer observed a variety of bird feeders (suet and seed) that were being accessed by the deer. Also located trash left at the end of the driveway. Nobody was home, so a door hangar was left requesting a call back regarding the SROA rule violations. 10-16 Found an abandoned bike at Cottonwood location. 10-19 Responded to an injury bicycle crash near the basketball court at SHARC. 10-20 RP reported a male experiencing issues was knocking on her door on Mink Lane. The suspect was UTL on arrival. Suspect was later determined to be related to a burglary and UUMV from Bend. The suspect drove back to Bend and turned himself in. 10-22 Located a crash site on Theater Drive and tracked the vehicle’s leaking fluid to the involved car. Driver arrested for DUII. 10-23 Report of a loud party on Pinnacle Lane. Contacted guests who agreed to quiet down and indicated they were going to bed. 10-24 Officer responded to a possible criminal mischief at Park Lane location. 10-26 Assisted Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office with locating a wanted person staying at a home on Mt. Hood. Subject was cited and released with court date and time. 10-30 A counterfeit $100 bill received from a Beaver Drive location. 10-30 Made phone contact with a subject at a Beaver Drive location who had questions regarding an accident. Subject exchanged information with another subject after his car was hit while parked. Officer provided information on how to proceed further. 10-30 Subject on Cascade issued a citation for MIP. SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2020
The 2020 holidays… similar, but different By Jim Bennett Who would have ever thought last December that a year later we would be celebrating the holidays while wearing masks, keeping our distance from one another and isolating ourselves? It is definitely going to make for a little different feel to the holidays, but we can get through this together. At the time of this article we were still under mask mandates when in public spaces with encouragement to wear masks any other time social distanc-
ing could not be achieved. It is highly likely that the mandate is still in place, or possibly even more stringent measures, as we continue to see the number of cases increase locally and throughout the nation. For your holidays, please help stop the spread and follow the directives by the governor and Oregon Health Authority. The three Ws are essential: wear a face covering, wash your hands and watch your distance. We care about the health of our community. Whether you
are a permanent member of our community or you are visiting for the holidays, please help all of us stay healthy. Due to the increased spread of COIVD-19 during the fall, the Fire and Police departments have suspended public access to their stations. If you have non-emergency/business needs, please contact the Fire Department at 541-593-8622 or the Police Department at 541-5931014 or Deschutes County 911 dispatch non-emergency line at 541-693-6911.
Tips to help prevent electrical fires in your home Electrical fires often occur unexpectedly in locations that may be hidden from view. As the second most common type of home fire in the U.S., more than 40,000 electrical fires occur in American homes every year, resulting in hundreds of deaths, over 1,000 injuries and more than $1 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. “With millions of Americans working and learning from home amid COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to take a few simple steps to protect your home and loved ones from electrical fires,” says Ashley Bryant, National Electrical Manufacturers Association Low Voltage Distribution Equipment AFCI Task Force co-chair. To make needed updates at home, consider these safety tips from the NEMA LVDE AFCI Task Force: 1. Take Care with Cords: Inspect cords regularly for signs of damage or wear and tear. Use extension cords properly and
according to the load ratings for the product. Never overload them or run cords under furniture, carpets or rugs. 2. Examine Appliances: When using appliances, inspect them for signs of damage. Only use the appliance in its intended manner. 3. Ensure Products Meet Safety Standards: To ensure the products you use at home comply with national safety standards, always look for the label of a nationally-recognized testing laboratory, like UL, CSA or Intertek. 4. Consider Additional Protection: Arcing was the heat source in approximately three of five electrical home fires from 2012-2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association. However, you can help prevent this dangerous condition from leading to a worst case scenario with Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs). AFCIs are designed to monitor the circuit for the presence of “normal” and “dangerous” arcing conditions in order to
reduce the chance of your electrical system being an ignition source of a fire. An affordable, proven smart technology that provides a higher level of protection than standard circuit breakers, AFCIs have been a National Electrical Code requirement in new home building since 1999 for certain electrical circuits. To better protect your entire home, experts recommend requesting AFCI protection on all 15 and 20A branch circuits. To learn more about electrical fire prevention and AFCI technology, visit afcisafety.org. Electrical fires can be devastating and lethal. Fortunately, there are simple proactive steps every household can take that can help stop an electrical fire before it starts. –Source: StatePoint
To keep our fire department crews healthy, we are also suspending some prevention services such as Knox box and fire alarm installations until safe to resume. As always, both police and fire personnel remain on-duty 24/7 and area able to respond to your needs. Safety There is always plenty of information to share during December, even without the pandemic, and sometimes simple safety and security steps can be overlooked as we rush from activities to shopping and preparing for family celebrations. There’s something extra special about candles during the winter, but they certainly hold a certain amount of risk of being knocked over, placed near flammable sources (such as Christmas/holiday trees), or being forgotten and burning through all of the wax. In a recent study from the National Fire Protection Association, it was noted that approximately 21 structure fires resulting from candles happen every day in America. Please be sure to not be part of that
statistic and never leave candles unattended and, likewise, check to make sure they are safe from tipping over or coming in contact with flammable materials. A Christmas/holiday tree, especially one that is dried out, can become completely engulfed in flames within seconds. Keep all heat sources away from your tree, inspect all lighting wires for damage before putting them on the tree and keep water in the stand. The mantle and hearth can be a decorator’s ideal place for holiday decorations, but anything near open flame is risky. Natural garland is popular to hang from the mantle, but it dries out quickly with the warmth of the house and can easily combust from just a spark. Party smartly by planning ahead for transportation after consuming some holiday cheer. Each year there are arrests throughout our county for persons driving while impaired. Be sure to arrange for a ride ahead of time and keep in mind that “designated drivers” are the right approach to a celebration involving alcohol. Turn to Holidays, page 22
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medics. The captains and chiefs attended a leadership workshop continued from page 20 and the chief attended an InBoth fire and police depart- ternational Association of Fire ments returned to full-COVID Chiefs conference. –Working with Sunriver mode following the governor’s Nov. 18-Dec. 1 two-week freeze Resort on improving address to try and slow the spread of markers for Resort facilities. –Working with the state fire the virus. marshal on outdoor dining –In October, there were 55 safety. calls for the Sunriver Fire Department, which included 18 Police EMS responses, 2 hazardous –In October, the Sunriver conditions, 4 mutual aid, 3 fire Police Department received 669 and 10 public service assistance calls for service, 47 of which calls. were emergencies. Officers –Final review of the Com- conducted 140 traffic stops, munity Wildfire Protection provided 35 community-poPlan was looking at shortening licing responses, there were the timeframe for ladder fu- 207 security checks, 38 cases els reduction prescription on investigated, 15 animal issues commons. and 20 noise complaints. –Training included vehicle –New officers Matt Palmer extrication/stabilization, car- and Kelsey Kaping started Nov. diac arrest and training of two 16 and will participate in a twoprobationary firefighter/para- week, in-house orientation pro-
usage/access and related parking problems and pathway usage. A nuisance ordinance was discussed as a tool to address chronic problem homes. –Worked with legal counsel on changes to the employee handbook. –Developed draft District Policy changes for board review. –Scheduled and working on the agenda for a joint SSD, Deschutes County CommisAdministration –Worked on insurance doc- sioners meeting on Dec. 17. uments for Brown & Brown. –Annual rules meeting was Other business held in October to discuss –Mark Murray officially rerecurring issues, such as river signed from the SSD board.
–The quarterly meeting between the SSD and SROA board chairs was to take place in December. –The next regular meeting of the Sunriver Service District Managing Board is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m. Directions for attending the meeting virtually are posted on the SROA calendar under the SSD meeting date. The meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m. Approved meeting minutes are posted to www.sunriversd. org as available.
and homes are filled with extra valuables and presents this time of year. Do not leave presents and purchases in your vehicle, but if you must, briefly, be sure to secure in your trunk or hide them from view. Same goes for home, a big picture window showing off the tree loaded with presents underneath can be an enticement to break in. Keeping your home secure is always important, regardless of the time of year, thefts can and do occur. Be sure to keep doors and windows secure – especially when you are not home. Burglars are always on the prowl for an easy way in.
cleared all the way around will allow us quickly to access it when seconds count during a fire incident. I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to clear the snow from my car! Visibility is critical when operating a vehicle, especially during snowy weather. Be prepared with a snow removal tool as well as deicer to clear all your windows allowing good visibility when driving. Now that your windshield is clear, are you ready for a safe drive? Certainly, during inclement weather, reducing your travel is ideal, but if you need to venture out, slow down, keep greater distances between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you and expect to slide. Even the best equipped vehicles can slide on certain winter road conditions so planning ahead for your vehicle not to stop where you expect, will help to avoid a collision. Your police and fire departments wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. – Jim Bennett is the public information officer for the Sunriver Fire Department.
cess and then attend the state academy starting on Nov. 30. –A conditional job offer has been extended to Lt. Stephen Lopez. –Officers attended various training, including crisis intervention, Dare to be Great, FBI National Academy conference and OACP Leadership Symposium
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Security While Sunriver continues to enjoy an extremely low crime rate, thefts can and do occur. Thieves are aware that cars
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Popular author presents collaborative guidebook By Deon Stonehouse Great news! On Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. we have the honor of presenting the authors of one of the books I am most excited about this year. “Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest: Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Southwestern British Columbia” is a collaborative work by William Sullivan, Craig Romano and photographer Bart Smith. The book’s introduction is by Washington Gov. Dan Evans. What a star cast! If you have anyone on your holiday gift list who enjoys the outdoors, this would be a gift they will treasure. And don’t forget to buy one for yourself. “Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest: Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Southwestern British Columbia” is truly a special book. First let me start out by saying I flat out love this book. When
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A Walk Across Oregon’s Wilderness,” “Cabin Fever: Notes from a Part Time Pioneer” and “Little Travelers: Six Months in Europe with Two Kids.” He has fascinating historic fiction: “Ship in the Hill,” “Ship in the Sand” and “A Deeper Wild.” He has a fun mystery series that combines with a touch of interesting historic events: “The Case of Einstein’s Violin,” “The Case of D.B. Cooper’s Parachute” and “The Case of the Reborn Bhagwan.” And a book of short stories, “Oregon Variations,” set in every county in Oregon.
We have been privileged to feature events with Sullivan at Sunriver Books & Music many times. Every event has been a full house treated to a great presentation. Co-author Craig Romano moved to Washington in 1989, hiking more than 30,000 miles in this gorgeous state. Washington has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Drive the North Cascades highway, stopping off frequently for hikes, and you will see what I mean. Breathtaking. I like Romano’s hiking guides and have used several, I especially like “Best Hikes With Dogs Inland Northwest.” The absolute best way to hike is with a dog by your side. Romano’s many hiking guides include “Day Hiking Olympic PeninsuTurn to Author, page 25
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for Jan. 21 at 3 p.m., when TED Talks will be watching and discussing “Why I have Coffee with People Who Send Me Hate Mail” and “How I Climbed a 3,000-ft Vertical Cliff – Without Ropes.” February will feature a virtual Romantic Comedy Movie Club. The Circle 6 Pandemic Movie Group will host discussions of four romantic comedies chosen to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. This group started watching movies “together” and holding weekly discussions via conference call when COVID shuttered local movie theaters. Three dozen movies later, they look for-ward to every carefully-chosen film and the insightful discussions that follow. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, they invite you to join them via Zoom for a special month of romantic comedies. Speaking of films, OEC is exploring the possibility of a new relationship with the Bend Film Festival. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for developments. An activity designed to promote healing and understanding to help us get through these trying times is also in the works. On a local level, we’re planning a town hallstyle meeting to allow residents a chance to hear what’s going on in Sunriver and ask questions of our Board and SROA leaders. Perhaps you have an idea for an enrichment activity that would work within COVID protocols. If so, why not attend one of the socially distanced, masks-on OEC meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. in SHARC’s Benham Hall or call in to our conference line, 541-585-2930. Stay safe while staying active. SUNRIVER SCENE • DECEMBER 2020
Escape into the pages of a story during book clubs By Deon Stonehouse Holiday seasons can be stressful, this year may be especially challenging as the country battles the pandemic, altering holiday plans and traditions. Book Clubs grant escape into the pages of a story. Safely attend via Zoom Mondays at 6 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to attend and receive the Zoom link. • Dec. 7 the Fiction Book Club discusses “The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake. Compulsively readable, this elegant, subtle novel takes the reader into three generations of the Milton family, wealthy bankers living what seemed a charmed life. In the 1930s Kitty and Ogden are a golden couple, living within the rules of their social class. In the 1980’s their grandchildren will face the harsh truth of those societal norms. Each chapter leads the reader eagerly to the next, wanting to find out what happens in this family drama that illustrates so perfectly the influence of society and the cruelty therein. Kitty seems lively and likeable; then she will utter a shocking bigoted sentiment that is perfectly acceptable to her social class. In her time, the upper class did not fraternize with Jewish or Black, no way. As the book progresses, each generation holds the reader’s interest until the final pages when the
cost of society’s rot is disclosed in the damage to the human soul. This brave novel, populated with fascinating characters, is a true gift to the reader. I could not put it down. • Dec. 14 the Mystery Book Club discusses “Unto Us A Son Is Given” by Donna Leon. Gonzalo Rodriguez de Tejada is lonely and old. Once the darling of the art crowd, he now feels irrelevant. A young man takes his fancy, someone to care for him. Italian inheritance law requires the bulk of an estate go to the family. Gonzalo chooses to adopt the young man in order to bequeath him a fortune thus hoping to secure his affection. Commissario Brunetti’s father-in-law would appreciate having discreet inquiries to the background of the young man; he fears Gonzalo, one his oldest friends, is being foolish. Two people die suddenly, leading to Brunetti’s sorrow and proof that inheritance, fortunes and family make for treachery and betrayal. Venice with its twisting alleys, canals and shifting mist is the perfect setting for a crime that begins in longing. Sunriver Books & Music is located in building 25 in The Village at Sunriver. Call 541-5932525 or visit www.sunriverbooks.com for more information.
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la,” “Day Hiking Eastern Washington,” “Day Hiking North Cascades,” “Day Hiking Central Cascades,” “Best Wildflower Hikes Washington,” “Winter Hikes of Western Washington” among many others. And photographer Bart Smith is amazing! That is the best word to describe his passion and photography. Smith was the first person to walk all 30 trails of the America’s National Trail System. That is 36,000 or so miles of trail. I discovered Smith’s photography over 20 years ago in a book about the Pacific Crest Trail by Karen Berger and Dan Smith. Sadly, it is now out of print. Smith was one of the photographers on Rizzoli’s 2016 release of “The Pacific Crest Trail” by Mark Larabee, Barney Scout Mann and Cheryl Strayed. He was the photographer for
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Candice Slay, shown with her father Bruce and daughter Destiny, is now an official owner of one of three townhomes that were just dedicated by Habitat for Humanity of La Pine-Sunriver.
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Eli and Monica Clark, both of whom are employed at Sunriver Resort, also took occupancy of their new townhome after the ceremony. Crowley praised Monica Clark for “overcoming her fear of heights when asked to work on the scaffolding.” Located behind the Senior Activity Center in La Pine, Putney Place Neighborhood “is a concrete way to address the lack of affordable housing in the region,” said Dwayne Krumme, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of La Pine-Sunriver. When completed, Putney Place Neighborhood will consist of 19 two-story townhomes, which allow more dwellings per acre than detached single-family houses. The land upon which it is built was donated
guests when the book is announced, but rest assured, we are putting forth our best efforts to deliver incredible online programming,” said Deschutes Public Library’s Programs Supervisor Liz Goodrich. “ ‘A Novel Idea’ is one of our favorite programs, and the community’s too. We have interactive elements to bring the event to viewers in all its glory to make it an unforgettable year.” “A Novel Idea” began in 2004 with David James Duncan’s The River Why and 400 community participants attending a handful of programs. After a quick pivot to move the program online in March 2020, with Anne Griffin’s “When All Is Said” – including a live-streamed event featuring the author in Ireland – organizers saw their highest engagement numbers ever, with more than 800 viewers tuning in for the live event. In addition, more than 9,000 people viewed “A Novel Idea” programs online
Good things come to those who wait, and the wait is almost over. Dozens of books entered the arena and only one will emerge as 2021’s “A Novel Idea” selection. The Deschutes Public Library Foundation will unveil the 2021 “A Novel Idea” book during a fun-filled virtual event on Saturday, Dec. 5. The community is invited to join in at 6 p.m. for the build-up to the big book reveal – complete with a plot twist. Join early to test your “A Novel Idea” trivia knowledge, and find recipes and music inspired by this year’s book to help set the ambiance. Finally, the book will be revealed followed by a message from the author. The community can watch the announcement and entire unveiled program online. The evening will include a special announcement regarding a change-up for the first time in the program’s 18-year history. “We will miss being in person and seeing the reaction from
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Added Jessica Crossley, community outreach manager for the local Habitat affiliate, “Candice and her dad Bruce worked very hard on the townhomes, and he was out there even if his daughter couldn’t make it. Our contractor would often ask me to ensure that Candice was coming on certain days due to her caulking capabilities.” New owners Doug and Kylie Hunter “were always willing to do anything to help out on the build – from cleaning up the job site to handing out lunches or climbing on the roof,” Crowley said. “They conquered each task with a smile.” Doug Hunter is the apparel manager at Fred Meyer; his wife is the owner of Kylie’s Suds & Scrubs Cleaning Services in La Pine.
new occupants: Doug and Kylie Hunter, Eli and Monica Clark and Candice Slay and her daughter Destiny. “Going through the whole process was an enjoyable adventure,” said Candice Slay, whose home was the first to be dedicated. “I’m so grateful for everyone and everything Habitat has done for me.”
By Andrea Hine The second group of three townhomes – built by Habitat for Humanity of La Pine-Sunriver volunteers and its in-house contractor – was dedicated in early November at Putney Place Neighborhood. The event brought together a masked group of family and friends to congratulate the
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The show must go on and the Sunriver Stars have been hard at working pulling together for Christmas. Newly-elected president, Reneé Anderson, was disheartened when the winter show she was set to direct was postponed due to COVID-19 – but not for long. Inspired by numerous Zoom meetings and comprehensive distance learning she decided to rally the talented troupes of actors and singers around the community and piece together a “Virtual Holiday Spectacular.” Soon after an open-call for talent, Anderson began to receive a flood of interest in the holiday show, which will be aired on The Sunriver Stars YouTube channel. Singers, musicians and local businesses all said the same thing: “This is just what we need – Christmas isn’t canceled and neither is theater – it just looks a little different.” The show will feature a variety of comedy, classic holiday music and merry sentiment for a positive new year. The show was filmed from the actors’ homes or using social distancing and other safety precautions. The Stars will also provide period costuming for carolers who will perform traditional Christmas songs around Sunriver Resort on Dec. 19 and Dec. 24 beginning at 1 p.m. The carolers will also be featured in the Virtual Holiday Spectacular. For more information please follow The Sunriver Stars Community Theater on Facebook.
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Museum events; last chance to catch two exhibits The High Desert Museum is located about 10 minutes north of Sunriver off Highway 97. For more information, visit www. highdesertmuseum.org or call 541-382-4754. Event lineup • Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Night: Museum members, please join us online! Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., will talk about what’s next for the museum, and staff will share festive, family-oriented activities. Enjoy a visit from a wildlife curator, a check-in with Mrs. Miller at the 1904 Miller Ranch and a winter activity led by an educator. Free for museum members. RSVP at highdesertmuseum.org/annu al-meeting
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leading up to the main author event. By transitioning “A Novel Idea” to the digital realm, Goodrich notes the library has the ability to reach people throughout the county – whether it is their first year or 18th participating in the project. “Last spring when we transitioned to online programming, Deschutes County readers continued to show support for ‘A Novel Idea’ by turning out for virtual programs in record numbers,” Goodrich said. “We believe that ‘A Novel Idea’ provides a platform to understand one another a little bit better by reading, exploring, and discussing a book together,” Goodrich said. Programming for “A Novel Idea” begins on April 3, 2021, and culminates with the author’s live-streamed event on May 2, 2021. All programs are
• Monday, Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m. Virtual Natural History Pub: Climate Change Adaptation. Join us to hear from Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard, professor of sociology and environmental studies at the University of Oregon and author of Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature, and Social Action. Dr. Norgaard will describe her collaborative work with the Karuk Tribe to develop a climate change adaptation plan. Event is free. RSVP at highdesertmuseum.org/natu ral-history-pub-dec. • Thursday, Dec. 10, 4-8 p.m. Winter Night Series: It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum. Join us after hours to see the latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Live music will make it festive and Rimrock Café presented online and free of charge thanks to the support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. Readers can reserve a library copy immediately following the reveal on Dec. 5. All local bookstores will have copies available for purchase. For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org
will be open for folks to grab a brew or bite. The museum store, Silver Sage Trading, will also be open. Space is limited, so we recommend timed tickets for this event. Event is $10. Members receive 20% discount. Register at highdesertmuseum. org/winter-night-series-dec10 • Thursday, Dec. 10, 7-8 p.m. Burning Man – Up in Flames: Each year as Burning Man comes to a close, Burners gather to watch the Temple burn. It is a time of catharsis, contemplation and new beginnings. Join us as we prepare to say goodbye to Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon, which closes on January 3. We’ll celebrate together and then let go of this unbelievable year. Event is free. Register at highdesertmuseum. org/up-in-flames. • Friday, Dec. 11, 4-8 p.m. Winter Night Series: It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum. Join us after hours to see the latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Live music will make it festive and Rimrock Café will be open for folks to grab a brew or bite. The museum store, Silver Sage Trading, will also be open. Space is limited, so we recommend timed tickets for this event. Event is $10. Members receive 20% discount.
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Millers will share how they keep the cabin cozy during the winter months, including sharing a recipe to make at home. Event is free with museum admission. • Thursday, Dec. 17, 4-7 p.m. Museum and Me – Winter Edition: A quieter time for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/ or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. Be sure to snap photos of your loved ones in our winter The Image Hunter: On the wonderland photo backdrop. Trail of John James Audubon. Event is free for individuals, friends and family. Register at Register at highdesertmuseum. highdesertmuseum.org/muse org/winter-night-series-dec11 um-and-me-dec • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10:30 • Friday, Dec. 25: Museum is a.m. – 12:30 p.m. closed. Happy holidays! Winter can be a cold, dark time in the High Desert. Join On-going exhibitions the Millers as they get ready for • Through Jan. 3 and celebrate the season. Learn Infinite Moment: Burning what goes into getting ready for winter on a homestead. The Turn to Museum, page 30
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Letters from readers Sunriver’s Honey Do SROA Board of Directors By Doug Hoschek & Tina Machuca Being part of this year’s 2020 elections, focus continues on the number of women, dedicated females being part of the offices held in all levels of our democracy services. Who will be the first has given way to more equality. Sunriver SROA Board of Directors needs the inspiration of a Board empowered by Honey Do. Our new President has shared he has served on six HOA Boards. I’m sure he can share how many female owners were on each of those Boards. We believe its common sense that most women living here Sunriver Holy Trinity Church Please join us for mass • Saturday at 5:30 pm • Sunday at 8 am
are older than HOA’s women in cities HOA’s and are satisfied to simply vote for the Honey Do candidates. This year’s elections more than ever this month of Nov 2020 are proving the need for more and more equality of women in public offices. Here’s an outline to make that happen in Sunriver. Simply allow and demand at least three females to be elected to the SROA Board, including those who live outside Sunriver but are homeowners probably sharing with a life time partner. Given the more diverse schedules most females, women SR home owners have, today especially those that own but do not live here. We believe many, many women will want to serve on the SROA Board of Directors. Terms of office can vary from 2-3 years to be sure this dedication of service does not upset the already busy schedules of
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works of art that invite participation, the exhibition offers a view into the multi-sensory, continued from page 29 Man on the Horizon explores community-driven event that the art and culture of Burn- is Burning Man. Free with ing Man. Through immersive museum admission. Learn more at highdesertmuseum. org/infinite-moment/ • Through Jan. 31 The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon. Come experience a colorful and captivating exhibition, and consider an old master and his motivations through a new lens. We are pleased to introduce the exhibition featuring work by the artist Hitnes. John James Audubon (1785–1851) was an ornithologist, naturalist and painter. Audubon was the first to describe several Western birds to science, including the Bell’s vireo and Western meadowlark.
He explored the country for over a decade in the early 1800s to create his opus, “The Birds of America (1827–1839).” Many consider this color-plate book of 435 watercolors, reproduced from hand-engraved plates, to be one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Free with museum admission. Learn more at highdesertmuseum. org/image-hunter/ • Through March 7 The High Desert’s dry lakebeds, salt flats and canyons have made it an ideal place for risk-takers. Daredevils looks at the people who have tested the limits, from Evel Knievel to Kitty O’Neil, attempting death-defying feats. Free with museum admission. Learn more at highdesertmuseum. org/daredevils/
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