Celestial treats including the newly-discovered ISON comet, a meteor shower and more can be seen in November’s nighttime skies.
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Increase in room tax proposed on November ballot
A measure to increase transient room taxes in Deschutes County appears on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. People registered to vote in Deschutes County will decide the fate of Measure 9-96. If approved, it would increase Deschutes County’s transient room tax from 7 percent to 8 percent, boosting collections by an estimated $527,000 annually. The tax generated $3.6 million in fiscal year 2012-2013. The measure is of particular interest to Sunriver where nearly one-third of the units are rented to visitors. The tax is collected from guests staying at resorts, hotels, motels, and private or professionally managed rental homes and condos in unincorporated areas of Deschutes County including Sunriver, Black Butte Ranch and Eagle Crest. Lodging taxes are paid by overnight visitors to help offset the impacts of visitors Turn to Tax, page 4
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Sunriver Resort’s holiday Grand Illumination takes place Friday, Nov. 29 at dusk at the Lodge. The kick-off of the resort’s month-long Traditions holiday celebrations, Grand Illumination includes a parade, the arrival of Santa, the lighting of the lodge, live music and a holiday marketplace feature local food and craft vendors. Visit www. sunriverresort.com for details.
Consultants unveil first phase recommendations for river access By Brooke Snavely After conducting four public meetings, tabulating results from more than 150 surveys and analyzing hundreds of owner comments, a consultant recommends SROA construct a basic boat launch and gravel parking lot on the marina lagoon due east of the HOLA Restaurant. A plumbed restroom and an entry gate to limit use of the site to owners and guests are also recommended. Ron Hand, WHPacific senior project manager, said a site master plan that shows all possible uses should be submitted to Deschutes County to avoid the need to seek additional approvals in the future. Possible future uses include a locked canoe/kayak boat storage facility, picnic area, dog parks, pickleball courts and additional parking. “The phase one elements are things your owners really want to see,” Hand told the SROA Board of Directors at its Oct. 18 work session. SUNRIVER SCENE SUNRIVER OWNERS ASSN. VOLUME XXXIX • NUMBER 11 P.O. BOX 3278 SUNRIVER, OR 97707
“We heard over and over that who has access to the site is crucial,” said Jay Battleson, WHPacific landscape architect. “Owners and guests but not the general public, at least not for now.” Battleson said the majority of those owners who responded to the survey or attended forums said they don’t want to encourage public use of the site. “Just give us a boat launch they told us. Our recommendation then is driven by the idea of being utilitarian in nature.”
Phase one recommendation WHPacific recommends a two-lane boat ramp separated by a utility beach. One ramp would be 16 feet wide to accommodate trailered rescue boats. A wood dock alongside this ramp would facilitate launch and recovery. A second boat ramp 12 feet wide would handle canoes, kayaks and rafts. The utility beach between the boat ramps would permit staging of the hand-launched craft.
Battleson said a dual lane boat ramp would allow simultaneous access and egress by various users. The proposed boat ramp and access road would be paved but an adjacent 46 space parking lot would be gravel to reduce environmental impacts. Battleson said an on-site boat storage facility is not depicted in the phase one plan because there wasn’t much call for it. He noted, however, that most people who expressed an interest in on-site boat storage said they would be willing to pay for the convenience. WHPacific recommended a gate, possibly activated by a card swipe, as a method to limit vehicle access into the facility. A proposed access road would connect to Deschutes Road east of the turn into the Sunriver Marina and HOLA Restaurant parking lot. Separating the SROA marina access road from HOLA Turn to Access, page 3
The summer of 2013 was: “Exceptional,” according to Tom O’Shea, managing director at Sunriver Resort; “Great,” according to Marc Cameron at Sunriver Brewing Company; and “Met all expectations and exceeded them in August,” said Brian Malee, manager of the Village Bar & Grill. SHARC and the North Pool attracted 335,000 visits between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Revenues generated by Deschutes County’s transient room tax are the gold standard for measuring the health of the tourism industry. $2.26 million in room taxes were collected through September 2013, 13 percent more than through September 2012. The month to month comparisons are even more striking: August 2013 tax revenues increased 13 percent over August 2012. September 2013 tax revenues increased 23 percent compared to September 2012. Sunriver Resort “There was major recovery in the leisure market, equal to the good old days,” said O’Shea. “Everything was real positive. Golf was good. The convention business was very strong and is looking even stronger next year.” O’Shea said the convention business is on a pace to increase 20 percent next year, and is “a great indicator of next year’s activity. It looks to be real busy.” O’Shea described the improved business activity as “a natural recovery. People have more confidence. Sunriver’s revitalization – SHARC, the village, the resort – there’s a feeling that Sunriver is re-energized. When you come into Sunriver you see it. Sunriver has reinvested and upped its game.” Sunriver Brewing Company Marc Cameron said the Sunriver Brewing Company’s growth was beyond Turn to Summer, page 3 PRSRT STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID BEND, OR PERMIT NO. 213
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and the Sunriver Resort marina facilities should address concerns about parking overflow. Additional plantings of trees are recommended to screen views of the owners’ marina from the river, with a goal of discouraging the general public floating past from pulling onto the Sunriver homeowners’ private property.
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Old pilings and piers, possibly remnants of Camp Abbot or earlier logging activity, became visible near Cardinal Landing Bridge as Deschutes River levels dropped in October.
Low river flows prompt questions; hundreds of fish die near Bend By Scene staff and KTVZ.com In late October, the Scene received calls from locals worried about low water levels in the Deschutes River. “The river is currently lower than I have ever seen it since moving here in 2001. The outflow from Wickiup is essentially zero,” said Sunriver resident Bill Starks. He sent a picture he took of the river near Cardinal Landing Bridge. Starks’ photo shows a series of piers, possibly associated with Camp Abbot in the 1940s when U.S. Army combat en-
gineers trained to build and blow up bridges, or even earlier logging activities. The pilings become visible most years when river levels drop. As of Oct. 22 the flow of water from Wickiup Reservoir was 32 cubic feet per second, a fraction of the levels released a month prior, but by no means zero. By the time the river flows past Sunriver the water levels rise with contributions from the Fall River and Little Deschutes River, but it was quite low compared to flows Turn to Fish, page 14
Keeping it private? Hand and Battleson said it may not be possible to prevent the public from accessing the site, at least not from the river. The Deschutes River is open to the public. Even though the land on which the owners’ marina would be sited is private, there are ethical and
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expectations for its second year of operations. “We are very pleased. We significantly exceeded our plans. Gosh it was busy in the village this year. It should have been good for everyone.” Cameron said banner business activity permitted the brewery to accelerate plans to construct a brewing facility in the Sunriver Business Park. “We expect to be brewing beer there by Thanksgiving and
Amenities topic of discussion for men’s club lunch On Thursday, Nov. 14, Hugh Palcic, SROA general manager, and Sunriver resident John Salzer will discuss Sunriver’s Infrastructure & Amenities Master Plan (IAMP) at the Sunriver Men’s Club. The luncheon will be held at the Crosswater Grille, on South Century Drive. Sunriver area men and women are welcome to attend. The IAMP was unveiled at the SROA annual meeting in August 2012. It contains a number of items of community interest, such as the watercraft launch facility near HOLA! and improvements to the AbbotBeaver drive intersection. The IAMP is a conceptual plan that combined years of owner surveys and input, stakeholder interviews, as well as the 2009 JT Atkins Amenities Plan. The
luncheon will be an opportunity to get the latest updates on Sunriver’s amenity planning. The IAMP represents the third leg of Sunriver’s “stool” as it has often been referred to. Each leg of the stool represents one of three components deemed necessary to ensure Sunriver remains a “premier residential and resort community.” The first leg was SROA’s need for adequate reserve funding (an increase was approved by owners in 2009). The second leg was updating Sunriver’s aquatics which was accomplished by construction of SHARC, and the third leg is to upgrade current and/or create new amenities. For the luncheon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. A social half-hour follows. Lunch service will be-
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legal questions about preventing emergency landings. There is also the precedent of people putting in at Harper Bridge and taking out at the Sunriver Resort marina, a practice that has been occurring for decades. SROA General Manager Hugh Palcic said there are signage and educational opportunities to be investigated with Deschutes County. He also said its worth having discussions with Sunriver Resort to find out how it intends to operate its marina in the future. Timelines Hand reminded the board of directors that the resort intends to close its existing boat ramp by December 2014. In order to have river access in place for owners for the 2015 boating season, a ramp and associated serve food at the new location by summer 2014.” Village Bar & Grill “It was a great summer,” said Malee. “It started a little bit later than normal maybe due to timing of the Pacific Crest triathlon. We felt the traffic was up a little from the previous year. Just looking around the mall, it was busy.” Malee credited redevelopment of The Village at Sunriver with attracting more diners and shoppers to Sunriver’s core. “I get a sense that people are much more comfortable in the open air spaces. There’s definitely increased traffic. Also, a lot of businesses are presenting themselves better, and SHARC has been a good driver of activity in the village.” After a year of getting accustomed to a new facility more than twice the size of its previous space, Malee said the Village Bar & Grill would begin making changes to its menu. “All our sauces will be made in-house. We’ll add a mushroom risotto, upgrade our steaks and serve our burgers in a better bun with different top-
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increased since 2006. Currently, the fees collected by the Community Development Department are the same for residential and commercial projects. While the established fees are adequate to cover costs for residential, they are insufficient to meet the increased costs relative to commercial projects due to enhanced parameters involved. The fee increase is designed to reflect these enhanced parameters and bring parity to the fee schedule. The proposed changes can be viewed on the SROA website at www.sunriverowners. org>News & Notices. Comments can be made via email to email@example.com. Owner comments must be received by Dec. 20.
Airport announces additional Alaska Airlines Portland flight Alaska Airlines will begin early bird service from Redmond to Portland beginning Monday, Nov. 4. The additional flight will depart Redmond (RDM) at 5:10 a.m., and arrive in Portland (PDX) at 6 a.m. The passenger-screening checkpoint operated by TSA at the Redmond Airport will open at 3:45 a.m. daily beginning Nov. 4, to accommodate the new flight to Portland. Horizon Air will also open their ticket counters at 3:45 a.m. daily to assist passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines flight number 2022 operated by Horizon Air on a Bombardier Q400 aircraft with 76 passenger seats. Passengers must complete the security screening process and be ready to board their flight 30 minutes prior to departure time, according to the airline. Once through security, coffee, beverages, snacks, gifts and magazines are available for purchase from the concessionaire. The Redmond Municipal Airport is served by four air carriers; Alaska Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United with 15 daily direct flights to Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. Information: www.flyrdm.com.
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on the local economies and to provide funding for tourism marketing and promotion programs. If approved, the increase would take effect July 1, 2014. Seventy percent of the increase would be used to promote tourism through the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. The remaining 30 percent would be used to fund public safety, health and human services and county infrastructure. It would be the first lodging tax increase in unincorporated Deschutes County since 1988. Support “We support it,” said Tom O’Shea, managing director of Sunriver Resort and chair of the Central Oregon Visitors Association Board of Directors. “The main reason is the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center doesn’t have any significant marketing and promotion funding. The fairgrounds bring in a lot of business to the county. Having a designated fund to grow their market, drive revenues and create jobs makes sense.” Protecting tourism marketing funds is the second reason COVA and Sunriver Resort supports Measure 9-96. COVA has given as much as $100,000 to the fire and expo for marketing purposes, O’Shea said. “This measure helps maintain COVA’s marketing efforts and also helps us be a good partner to the fairgrounds. It’s a good solution we’ve discussed for many years. We are finally getting some resolution.” Mike Schiel of the Fair Deal Political Action Committee said the COVA board of directors voted 9-to-1 in favor of Measure 9-96. The COVA board vote included several Sunriver property management companies. One Sunriver property manager voted against supporting the measure. Opposition “I know that there’s probably some people who aren’t thrilled about it,” Schiel said. “My response to those who oppose it is the fair and expo center does a lot of really good things for the county. While
they may feel distant from fairgrounds, we have huge motorcycle and RV rallies at the fairgrounds that bring thousands of people to Deschutes County. Some of those visitors stay after the events, some stay in Sunriver and some buy homes. They frequently benefit south Deschutes County.” O’Shea said he wasn’t expecting organized opposition to the measure. “Sunriver by itself generates 68 percent of the total room taxes in Deschutes County. We support it because once you’ve talked about something for years you have to do something about it.” Impact on property managers Schiel said he didn’t think a one percent increase in room taxes would make any difference for property management companies in reporting the collections. “I’m not sure how homeowners who rent their homes privately are going to do that. My assumption is they will adjust rates to compensate for the increase. I’ve heard some people say they won’t increase their rental fees, that they’ll absorb it. That’s up to them. Generally increased costs of doing business get passed on to consumers,” he said. “This increase is 7 to 8 percent. That’s a really small room tax compared to most places where people travel nowadays,” Schiel said. No relation between county and city room tax Measure 9-94, which would increase the temporary lodging tax in the City of Bend from the current 9 percent to 10 percent on June 1, 2014, and to 10.4 percent on June 1, 2015, is unrelated to the Deschutes County transient room tax increase proposal. Measure 9-94 will be decided by registered voters in Bend’s city limits. “That increase has no effect on the county increase or viceversa,” Schiel said. “There is one gentleman in Bend who has hard time with City of Bend increase. That individual wants the multiple marketing efforts in the City of Bend and Deschutes County to be combined. Otherwise there is no organized opposition to this at all.”
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Copper, gold foil collage on exhibit at the lodge By Billye Turner Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery joins the festivities of Traditions presenting Marjorie Wood Hamlin’s collage of copper and gold foil, accented with gold leaf, as well as her mixed media works, in the upper gallery. Central Oregon oil landscapes by Joanne Donaca and Janice Druian appear in the lower gallery, opening Nov. 15. In creating her collage works, Hamlin covers varied sized canvases with copper foil then adds abstracted or geometric designs of gold foil, often accented by 24-karat gold leaf. Her unique process results in subtle, layered imagery with a highly reflective surface that encourages viewer admiration as well as attempts to discern the innovative technique. Also on exhibit are mixed media works from Hamlin’s new environmental series, a
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Award winning quartet to perform Bend’s Barbershop Harmony Society Chapter will stage “Harmony Harvest,” an all a cappella show, Saturday, Nov. 9. The show will be headlined by CODA, first place winners of the 2013 All-Oregon Barbershop Quartet Contest. The Harmoneers Men’s Chorus also hosts Central Oregon Showcase, Redmond Sweet Adelines chorus, and Skyliner Jazz from Summit High School, whose choral program benefits from show proceeds. Performances will be at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th Street in Bend. For ticket information, call (541) 548-4628 or view online at www.Harmoneers.net.
passionate subject for the artist. These abstracts offer powerful messages, often identified in the titles, about the need for gentle treatment of the natural world. The works appear in a video, Respect for the Earth, to be shown in March 2014 at the United Nations in New York City as part of the Status of Women conference. Other images by Hamlin feature a gamut of intense color and form depicting her fictitious characterizations of landscape becoming a painting. These highly imaginative, expressionistic works reflect her philosophy of creating novel artwork, differing greatly from traditional compositions. The artist’s career spans more than 20 years and includes a BA in applied art and art history from Willamette University as well as study with Stanford University in Venice, Italy. Hamlin
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Signs of fall at the Artists’ Gallery Join Artists Gallery Sunriver for our Second Saturday Artists Reception Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. for wine, food, art raffle and to mingle with the artists. November’s featured artists include: Tina Brockway creates truly fine art pottery in her Bend, Oregon studio. Brockway’s background is in graphic and fabric design. Her graphic images show up on her pieces. Brockway’s speciality is raku pottery. You’ll find her brilliant metallic hues on her hand carved platters and vessels. Carolyn Waissman has a very creative mind. Since Central Oregon has become “beer country,” Waissman combined her love of photography with images of beer and wine and local flora and fauna. For those of you “Duck” and “Beaver” fans she has created images paying homage to these Oregon icons. Glenn Burleigh creates unique art pieces from those Central Oregon icons we see every day – juniper. Burleigh
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Next steps The board concurred on sending WHPacific’s recommendations to the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan task force for review and recommendations. The task force is expected to recommend a process for proceeding on the proposal at the SROA board’s Nov. 15 workshop. Information: www.sunriver owners.org > News & Notices > Boat Ramp & Park Proposal.
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Right: Phase 1 depicts two boat ramps separated by a beach, an entry gate, a restroom, 46 gravel parking spaces and vegetation to screen visibility of the site from the Deschutes River.
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Forget the coal, put a brick in their Christmas stocking The legacy brick program is sponsored by the Sunriver Women’s Club to raise money for their philanthropy fund. The bricks are ordered and installed once a year to be cost effective. Installed in a pathway behind the outdoor amphitheater at SHARC, a legacy brick is a unique way to honor those cherished people in your life (parents, grandparents, siblings, children, friends, etc.). Or how about honoring a beloved pet, an-
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Fall weather paves the way for winter migration sunriver nature center & oregon observatory By Kody Osborne, lead naturalist Autumn will lead to an inevitable decline in the variety of bird populations in the Sunriver area. Say goodbye to the brown-headed cowbird, “au revior” to the ruby-crowned kinglet, and give a fond farewell to many of our seasonal fine-feathered friends until next spring, when the weather is a little more to their liking (i.e., not 20 degrees a night). But while the migration south tends to take many of these animals out of the Central Oregon region, the change of the season brings the possibility of rare sightings of those birds just “passing through.” While abundant in numbers across North America in its entirety, the common but beautiful snow goose can make a pretty fantastic sight for Central Oregonians. Flocking in numbers from a few dozen up to a few hundred thousand, these medium sized birds will make pit stops along their migration routes, spending time fueling up with vegetation and resting their weary wings. From fall to early winter, be sure to keep an eye on marshes and waterways, because these white beauties may make your local wetland their next rest stop. Spending most of their lives high in elevation and in incredibly cold temperatures, Tundra swans would consider our High Desert winter less than formidable. True to their name, these large dirty-white colored birds breed and nest high in the
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“I was extremely honored to receive the Volunteer of the Year award from the Sunriver Nature Center & Oregon Observatory,” said Kathy Glading. “Over six years ago, I stopped by the Second Tern to do some bargain shopping and spoke with some very pleasant folks who told me what a great time they had volunteering there. I told them I would be interested in joining them and was introduced to Gail Beeson, the volunteer coordinator, and began volunteering soon after. “What a great group of people to work with. We all work hard and have great fun. If you have some extra time on your hands, come join us. There’s great camaraderie and all for the benefit of the Nature Center and the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver,” Glading said. “The Second Tern Thrift Store congratulates Glading for receiving the nature center’s volunteer of the tear award and is most thankful for all the marvelous help received from men
Harry Hamilton, Sunriver Nature Center board president, presents Kathy Glading with the 2013 volunteer of the year award.
and women in our community. We couldn’t be here without them,” said Beeson. Call Gail at 541-593-3367 or 541-598-7397 for more information about volunteering at the Second Tern. The Tern is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located at 17377 Spring River Road next to Deschutes Roadhouse on the road to Mt. Bachelor.
Comet headlines celestial treats By Bob Grossfeld, observatory manager Newly discovered comet ISON will make its closest approach to the sun on Nov. 28. If the comet survives its encounter with the sun, it could be one of the brightest comets in recent memory. Some astronomers are predicting that it could even be bright enough to be seen during daylight hours. We have been watching comet ISON in the morning sky. During October it was cruising past Mars, and will continue
to get brighter until Nov. 28. If the comet survives, it will be visible in the early morning and early evening sky and could be nearly as bright as the full moon. Some astronomers are already calling ISON the comet of the century. However, I will say that comets are like cats; they have tails and do what they want. So you never know what this one will do, but we will keep a close eye on it. The familiar star patterns of Turn to Comet, page 9
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A kitchen island in 14 McNary Lane provides additional space for guests to circulate and socialize.
Design tips for entertaining By Sunshine Morrison, Neil Kelly If you are like many Sunriver residents, you may be planning to host your family and friends for the holidays. As you look around your home, consider these design and remodeling tips to make your home more welcoming, your kitchen more functional and your accommodations more luxurious. But be forewarned, if you follow these tips, you might have a hard time getting your guests to depart after the holidays. Tip 1: Create a “welcome” basket. Fill a small wicker basket with travel essentials such as toothbrushes, soaps and other toiletries. Add something local. Whether it is lavender soap, raw honey or Oregon hazelnuts, support the local economy and offer guests a chance to experience the region’s bounty. Toss in a book or magazine. This encourages guests to take some “down time” and also gives the host more time to whip up something spectacular in the kitchen. Tip 2: Add an island. Guests love to mingle in the kitchen. Add a “portable” kitchen island (a workspace with wheels) or invest in a permanent island made from a variety of materials. Tip 3: Steal some space. Consider removing a wall to open up the kitchen, dining and or living spaces. Sometimes, a foot makes all the difference. Tip 4: Create a better flow. Remove unnecessary barriers, and widen pathways to reduce congestion and encourage guests to mingle. For more design inspiration, Sunriver residents are invited to attend a free workshop at SHARC, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. No registration is required and a complimentary breakfast will be provided. The free workshops will be led by Kathleen Donohue, a nationally certified master kitchen and bath designer and certified aging in place specialist, and Nate Ewen who has 18 years experience designing and managing remodels, additions and new construction. Donohue and Ewen work for Neil Kelly Company. Information: 541-382-7580 or www.neilkelly.com/seminarsand-events
winter begin to appear in the evening sky as the nights grow longer and colder. The Pleiades (M45) is bright in the sky as is Taurus the Bull. Perhaps the most interesting object in Taurus is the Crab Nebula (M1). This smudge of a cloud is the remains of a massive star that exploded. This supernova explosion was seen on earth in the year 1054. The planet Jupiter continues to be a prime object in the night sky in November. The Leonids meteor shower peaks Nov. 17-18. This shower traces its origin to comet 55P/ Tempel-Tuttle. Meteors, or “shooting stars” as they are sometimes called, are actually tiny bits of comet dust that burn up when they hit earth’s upper atmosphere. Each November, earth runs into this stream of dust, giving us a meteor shower. The big problem this year is that the moon will
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be full, so it will be hard to see this year’s shower. The observatory will be open for private star parties and during Thanksgiving holiday. Staff is working on 2014 programs. We started fundraising for the new handicap pier on the newly open Karen Clarke Star Deck. In addition, we are working to update and upgrade the drives under the new Matthews 30” telescope and the Yocum 20” telescope under the dome. The new drives will be computer controlled. Much of the upgrade is being donated by Idereal Technologies, but we have some parts to purchase to
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Engineering students developing robot for harvesting duckweed; to be tested in Sunriver By Anna Dodson In Sunriver’s Lake Aspen and associated Sun River, the environmental clash between aesthetics and a tiny aquatic plant has waged for decades. Duckweed are centimeterwide plants that appear each summer, coating the surface of slow-moving waterways such as Lake Aspen. Over the years, the Sunriver Nature Center and the Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) has fielded calls about duckweed’s seasonal appearance. A group of engineering students at Catlin Gabel School in Portland is proposing to build and test a “Scumbot” on Lake Aspen in summer 2014. Scumbot is a low maintenance, intelligent autonomous robot designed to skim and remove surface vegetation such as duckweed and algae from small lakes and ponds. In October, the project was awarded a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT grant to develop a prototype and begin testing. The robot’s design is based upon a single person pontoon boat, a craft popular for fishing. The pontoons would allow space for a set of conveyer belts on either end of the robot. The
first conveyer belt will remove aquatic vegetation from the water’s surface, and the second will move the vegetative material from the robot to the shore. For transportation, the Scumbot would use two paddle wheels, one on either side of the robot. A large 12-volt battery placed in the bottom of the craft will also serve as ballast. Scumbot will employ global positioning systems to track itself and radios to communicate with a base station. Scumbot will also have a compass, two ultrasonic sensors, a proximity sensor and a camera. “Our plan is to build a proof of concept robot for deployment next summer. We will test it on ponds in the Portland area and take it to EurekaFest at MIT at the end of the school year,” said Dale Yocum, Caitlin Gabel’s engineering program director. “As an owner in Sunriver for the last 13 years I’ve certainly watched Lake Aspen and the associated waterways take a turn for the worse. When I mentioned this to the students in our engineering program they were all for doing something about it.” Being able to take frequent trips to Sunriver might have
Above: A technical drawing of the Scumbot shows its dual conveyor belts for harvesting aquatic weeds from the water’s surface and unloading on the shore. Right: Catlin Gabel students got a first-hand view of the aquatic vegetation at Lake Aspen in August.
had something to do with the student’s enthusiasm for the Lake Aspen project, Yocum added. The Catlin Gabel InvenTeam consists of Alexandra Crew (president), Anna Dodson (communications), Jacob
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board of directors liaison to the SROA Environmental Committee) during an InventTeam visit to Sunriver in August. With the grant, the students will be able to donate testing of Scumbot on Lake Aspen free of charge. The Scumbot could be the first in a new market of inexpensive, environmentally friendly methods for removal of surface aquatic vegetation. “If it works, the ultimate goal is to move the design along to industrial strength products and develop an intellectual license that someone else manufactures,” Yocum said. “We’d like to prove a point that there Turn to Scumbot, page 11
Your employees & their families can enjoy discounted admission to SHARC’s indoor pool and tubing hill, then the party moves to Benham Hall. In the Kids’ Korner, families & children create holiday crafts or play a holiday trivia contest while adults share the warmth of seasonal libations and hors d’ oeuvres surrounded by beautiful holiday decor. And yes, we do host traditional corporate cocktail/dinner parties as well!
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Fall aquatic offerings at SHARC Swim sessions Nov. 23-24 and 28-30. SHARC’s indoor swimming pool is expected to be busy during the holiday times. To accommodate anticipated demand, managers may institute 2.5 hour swim sessions. A maximum of 344 people will be allowed during each session on a first come, first serve basis. Session 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session 1-3:30 p.m. Session 4-6:30 p.m. Session 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tubing hill Available daily Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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Events at the Sunriver Area Public Library Family Fun Story Time Stories and activities helping your child get ready to learn. Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30 a.m. The Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce has moved its office and visitor center from building 13 in The Village at Sunriver to a new location in Two Country Mall next to Blondie’s Pizza. Although the space is smaller than the chamber’s previous home, it has a slightly larger amount of display area for visitor brochures and other informational materials. It is also more visible from Beaver Drive and accessible with parking immediately in front of the building. The chamber made the move to help lower overhead expenses and increase operational efficiency.
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Design Committee---------------------------------------- SROA Admin, 10 a.m. Art Party------------------------------------------------------- 1 Beech Lane, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Magistrate---------------------------------------------------- SROA Admin., 10 a.m. Citizens Patrol----------------------------------------------- SROA Admin. 3:30 p.m. Veterans Lunch--------------------------------------------- SHARC, 2 p.m. Finance Committee-------------------------------------- SROA Admin., 9 a.m. Understanding Property Taxes------------------------ SHARC, 4 p.m. Holiday Bazaar--------------------------------------------- SHARC, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Finance Committee-------------------------------------- SROA Admin., 9 a.m. SROA Board Work Session------------------------------ Fire Station, 9 a.m. Design Committee---------------------------------------- SROA Admin., 10 a.m. Design/remodel Workshop---------------------------- SHARC, 9 a.m. - noon SROA Admin Office Closed for Holiday SROA Admin Office Closed for Holiday Civil War Football Game-------------------------------- SHARC, 4 p.m. kickoff Traditions Grand Illumination-------------------------- Sunriver Resort, 541-593-1000
Old time radio show next Sunriver Stars production By Victoria Kristy-Zalewski Do you remember when home entertainment meant playing board games at the dining room table while listening to the latest in the series of “The Green Hornet” or “Johnny Dollar” on the radio? Well those days are coming back, at least for a three-day weekend. The Sunriver Stars Community Theater (SSCT) is bringing back the good old days of live radio with its next
production, “Radio STAR.” The show consists of a compilation of old murder mystery and comedy shows, using the original scripts. There will be a foley artist, also known as the sound effects man, old radio jingles, commercials and crooners. Everything the golden days of radio would have brought right into your living room on a Sunday afternoon. The SSCT is taking a break to allow its members to enjoy holiday activities and travel, but
Blood drive Nov. 8 in Sunriver The American Red Cross is holding its 12th annual Civil War Blood Drive Nov. 1-24. Anyone who gives blood between Nov. 1 and 24 may enter for a chance to win two tickets to the Nov. 29 Ducks vs. Beaver Civil War Game in Eugene. “A hard core rivalry is even better when it’s for a good cause,” reads a Red Cross flyer promoting the drive. “Give blood on behalf of the Ducks or Beavers and help save a
life.” Fans of either team are welcome. Information: www. CivilWarBloodDrive.com Sunriver area residents can donate at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 18160 Cottonwood Road in Sunriver on Friday, Nov. 8. The drive will be held 12-5 p.m. Appointments must be scheduled by calling 1-800733-2767 or logging on to www.redcrossblood.org. Identification is required.
come March, rehearsals will get under way. Did anyone ever tell you that you had a “radio voice?” Can you croon a Frank Sinatra tune or Judy Garland favorite? Know a child who can sing “The Good Ship Lollipop” Shirley Temple style? Can you twirl your mustache and do Hercule Poirot with flair? If you answered yes to any of the above or you just want to have a lot of fun, plan to attend auditions on March 11 at SHARC. Best of all, you read a radio script “over the air” so no need for line memorization usually associated with a play. The community theater group has established itself with the production of five wellreceived plays and the donation of almost $5,000 to FAST Camp, the SROA sponsored after school program at Three Rivers School. By donating its ticket sales, the group enjoys the camaraderie and fun of live theater while giving back to a worthwhile youth program.
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Group Gatherings These groups meet regularly, same time, same place
Monday Ladies Lunch and Bridge 11:30 a.m., The Meadows in the Sunriver Lodge Sign up at the Marketplace Alcoholics Anonymous 7:30 p.m. Pozzi building at the Sunriver Nature Center
Tuesday Couples Bridge 6 p.m. Crescent Room, SHARC Sign up at the Marketplace Info: 541-593-9397
Wednesday Sunriver Rotary 7:30 a.m., Hearth Room at the Sunriver Lodge Info: 541-593-7381
Thursday Le Cercle Francais 8:30 a.m. Cafe Sintra Info: 541-550-1459 Sunriver Yoga Club 8:45 a.m. All levels welcome Crescent Room, SHARC. $5 Info: 541-585-5000 Duplicate Bridge 6 p.m., First, second, fourth & fifth Thursday, Crescent room at SHARC. Info: 541-593-9397
Saturday Weight Watchers 9:30 a.m. Weigh-in 8:45 a.m. Sage Springs, Sunriver Resort
Churches Catholic Holy Trinity
Mass: 9:30 a.m. Thursday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. Sunday. Cottonwood Road. 541-593-5990, 541-536-3571 www.holyredeemerparish.net Rev. Theo Nnabuga
Non-Denominational Community Bible Church at Sunriver
9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 11:15 a.m. Bible Fellowship Hour. At Beaver and Theater drives. 541-593-8341 www.cbchurchsr.org Pastor: Glen Schaumloeffel
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of a few weeks prior. Each fall, the Oregon Water Resources Department reduces water flows into the Deschutes to store water for irrigation for the coming summer months. Wickiup and Crane Prairie reservoirs were formed for that exact purpose. “At the end of irrigation season, we’ll drop reservoir outflows down to begin storing water throughout the winter,” said Oregon Water Resources Region Manager Kyle Gorman. Because Wickiup Reservoir is so low, they are not releasing much downstream. “Compared to the previous two years, we had to drop the outflow down to fulfill water rights,” Gorman said. An unexpected consequence of the reduced flows was a fish kill near Lava Island Falls that claimed an estimated 3,000 trout, whitefish and sculpin. Kim Brannock, who moved to Bend from Portland a few
months ago, told KTVZ she was running on the river trail Oct. 17 when she noticed very little water between the banks. “As I came up and noticed that the side channel, which is pretty significant when the water is coming through, was completely empty,” Brannock said. “I knew that there had to be a lot of dead fish.” She was right: Piles of trout and whitefish could be seen up and down the dry channel. “It broke my heart to see that many fish, also to see really like vibrant, really big trout too, that just laid there and suffered,” Brannock said. Brannock and her husband, Lee, decided they would go back to the pool the next day to try and save as many fish as possible. For several hours Friday, Oct. 18, the Brannocks, along with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, moved 500 to 600 fish from the shrinking pool, nearly a quarter of a mile to the main channel of the Deschutes. ODFW officials es-
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FAST Camp’s busy little beavers By Corina Seamons, FAST Camp director FAST Camp started their school year learning to appreciate and enjoying the area we live in. Our Wednesday field trips took us to scenic areas including hikes to Todd Lake, Devil’s Lake, South Twin Lake, Benham Falls and the Lava Butte flow. The kids have really enjoyed exploring the outdoors with frogs, birds and getting in a good amount of exercise at the same time. September was also full of tennis and golf lessons courtesy of the Woodlands Pro Shop staff. We’re looking forward to bringing these lessons back next spring when warmer weather returns. October brought us sunny days for a bike ride along Sunriver’s pathways and a trip to the Smith Rock Ranch Pumpkin Patch. We volunteered our time for a day of community service with the Sunriver Care & Share Program stacking and loading firewood with John Salzer and other
volunteers before delivering the wood to some customers. On Nov. 6 our youngsters are hosting the second annual Military Veterans Luncheon at SHARC. The children serve and have lunch with area veterans while listening to their military stories. Veterans are encouraged to bring pictures of their time on active duty. FAST Camp is an afterschool program for grades 1-5 held at Three Rivers School. We strive to provide educational and enrichment opportunities to the students with daily crafts, projects and field trips as well as daily homework help. The FAST Camp staff enjoy being able to explore and play with the kids in this beautiful community that we all call home. The kids get to see what is available to them right in their own backyard. We have made very close friendships while keeping kids safe and having fun after school in our neck of the woods.
History, future of fire in Oregon The Deschutes County Historical Society presents its fall symposium “Seasons of Fire and Smoke: Past, Present, and Future of Fire in Central Oregon” Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aspen Hall in Bend’s Shevlin Park. Explore the history of fire in the state and Central Oregon, and how that history impacts our relationship with fire now and in the future, with presentations from historians, scientists, and wildland fire managers. Symposium speakers include keynote by William G. Robbins, professor emeritus, Oregon State University, with an overview of Oregon’s history with fire. Cost is $20 and includes lunch and refreshments. Register by calling 541-389-1813 or visiting www.deschuteshistory.org to download a registration form.
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Fire up that oven; it’s time for Gingerbread Junction Build fond memories and a spectacular gingerbread house to help your community. Proceeds from “lot” sales for Gingerbread Junction will be donated to the Newberry Habitat for Humanity. Sunriver Resort will match donations dollar for dollar up to $2,500. How to participate The exclusive Gingerbread Junction development offers three lot choices for construction of your gingerbread house. The large lot measures 2’ x 3’ and sells for $50, the medium lot measures 1’ x 1.5’ and sells for $25 and the small lot measures 1’ x 1’ and sells for $15. All houses/structures must be at least 51 percent edible. The house/structure and landscape must not exceed the lot dimension. Electrical connections are also available. The only limit is your imagination. Gingerbread houses will be on display in the Abbot Room of the Sunriver Resort Lodge
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from Dec. 6 through Jan. 1. How to enter Enter by completing an entry form (at www.sunriver-resort. com) for each house in each category you wish to enter. Entry forms with payments must be received no later than Nov. 20. Entries will be judged and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third in each category. Completed houses may be dropped off at the sites listed below. Any houses dropped off at Bend Radio Group or the Newberry Habitat ReStore must be packaged for transport and labeled with the builder’s name. • Sunriver Resort main lodge
on Dec. 3-4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Bend Radio Group, 345 SW Cyber Drive, Ste. 101. Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Newberry Habitat ReStore, 52684 Highway 97, La Pine. Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gingerbread Junction benefits the Newberry Habitat for Humanity, an organization that works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent affordable housing in Southern Deschutes County. To make a donation or to learn more, please contact the Newberry Habitat for Humanity at 541- 593-5005. For more information, email gingerbread@sunriver-resort. com
Firewood available to SROA members The wood that comes from ladder fuels reduction on Sunriver commons is available to Sunriver property owners only. It is not available to the general public, and is considered theft for non-owners to remove the firewood. Owners who wish to access the wood should not drive or park on the pathways, but can use a wheelbarrow or wagon on the pathways to move the wood from commons to their vehicle or residence. Owners are asked to stack firewood at their farthest property line, if possible, or at least 20 feet away from the house or other structures for fire safety.
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Which fly should be used in which situation? Phil Fischer will attempt to answer that question at the next anglers club meeting.
Don’t know which fly to use? Club guest will help to solve this puzzle The next meeting of Sunriver Anglers Club is Thursday, Nov. 21 at SHARC. Phil Fischer of Phil’s Custom Trout Flies will present a program titled “Solving Puzzles.” Have you ever experienced trout rising consistently, only to throw your whole fly box at them and wind up frustrated? “Solving Puzzles” is an overview, from a fly tier’s perspective, about fly patterns and the why’s behind fly selection. Fischer will share why certain patterns work well, and why others don’t. He’ll cover hatch periods, and what to look for on the water to determine what trout are feeding on, and what patterns effectively match each portion of the hatch. He’ll review the mayfly and caddis fly life cycle through patterns, and share why certain patterns are successful. “Solving Puzzles” is a result of many years of experience that pulls together the fundamentals of entomology, fly tying and fly fishing. Guests (men and women) are welcome to attend the Nov. 21 Sunriver Anglers Club meeting and hear Fischer’s presentation. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but many folks arrive around 6:45 to tell “fish stories.” Information: 503-851-7761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Red Idaho Trout finished with a lemon, caper and tomato sauce served with potato and vegetable
Bangers and Mash
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Surf and Turf
Smoked Prime Rib with twice baked potato
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8 oz flat iron steak with three jumbo shrimp scampi
SATURDAYS Baja Fish Tacos
Three tacos with spanish rice and fresh pico de gallo
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Medicare open enrollment continues through Dec. 7 High Desert Museum events Medicare is stronger than ever with more benefits, better choices, and reasonable costs to beneficiaries. Expanded Medicare benefits continue to be available –including certain free preventive benefits, cancer screenings and an annual wellness visit. Whether individuals choose Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan – beneficiaries should take advantage of the open enrollment period to review cost, coverage, or both. • More benefits: Certain preventive benefits – including cancer screenings – are available with no cost to patients when furnished by qualified and participating health care professionals. The annual wellness visit allows people to sit down and discuss with their doctor their health care needs and the best ways to stay healthy.
• Better choices: Medicare will notify beneficiaries about plan performance and use its online Plan Finder to encourage enrollment in quality plans. • New costs: Average premiums for 2014 prescription drug coverage and Medicare health plans will experience increases. People who are in the “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit will enjoy approximately 53 percent discounts on covered brand name drugs and increased savings on generic drugs. Health needs change from year to year and health plans may change the benefits and costs each year as well. That’s why it’s important for everyone to evaluate their Medicare choices regularly. “Open enrollment is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can see what
Brand New Construction Opportunity in Sunriver! Rare opportunity to own a brand new home in Sunriver in a superb north end location which backs to a large common area. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, in 2700+ sqft. Open, roomy and bright floor plan with three master suites and a bonus room/loft upstairs. Granite counter tops throughout, raised panel wood doors, and plenty of wood accents make the home cozy and well appointed. Excellent vacation rental potential. Completion Fall 2013 • $619,000 MLS# 201306692 Rick Upham, Principal Broker, Eagle Commercial Real Estate ☎ 541.408.1219 Come see us in the Sunriver Business Park, Suite 105N Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. See full listing for complete details. Offer subject to change.
new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. It’s worth it to take the time to review and compare,” according to a Central Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance media release. Visit www.medicare.gov/ find-a-plan to compare current coverage with all of the options that are available and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-4862048. One-on-one help is available from Central Oregon Council On Aging, the Medicare/Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program representative in Central Oregon by calling 541-678-5483 (toll free: 1-877-704-0392). Reminder: The new Affordable Health Care Act (“Obama Care”) will not affect Medicare coverage. Medicare participating beneficiaries should not enroll in that insurance.
Nov. 5 Curator Tour Join Faith Powell, curator of Collections and Exhibitions, on a tour of Creating Impressions: Printmaking in the Northwest. Exploring both process and product of printmaking, Powell will discuss ideas behind the exhibit and the technique each artist used. 6-7 p.m. Members, free; Non-members, $3, RSVP: www.highdesertmuseum.org/ rsvp Nov. 6 High Desert Perspectives: Ranching Join us for The Oregon Story: Ranching, an OPB documentary on the past, present and future of ranching. 6 p.m. Members, free; Non-members, $3 RSVP: www.highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp Nov. 9 Pan for gold Stake a claim, pan for gold, and have your earnings authenticated in our re-created mining boomtown. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum admission, plus $2 per “miner.” Nov. 9 Printmaking Discover the art and tech-
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nique of printmaking by creating your own stamp. Take it home to reuse again and again. Learn more about printmaking by going on an exhibit expedition through Creating Impressions. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 12 Restoring Aspen Ecosystems in Oregon S. Trent Seager, PhD candidate, Oregon State University, will explain how prescribed fire and logging can help restore quaking aspen ecosystems. As aspen stands have dwindled, key questions need to be answered about wildlife, fire, and climate. Seager’s research includes measuring aspen stands as an indicator of moisture release in dry forest ecosystems and aspen restoration on working ranches in Colorado. 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Free at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend. RSVP: www. highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp Nov. 16 Western Movie Night Join us for a classic western and exhibit tour. See firearms in action in True Grit (1969) and then learn about these same guns in Frontier Firearms with curator of Western History Dr. Margaret Lee. 6-8:30 p.m. Members, $3; Non-members, Turn to Events, page 18
COCC announces dean’s list
Sunriver’s Jonathan Blacklock was named to Central Oregon Community College’s students summer-term dean’s list. The COCC dean’s list is based on enrollment in 12 or more credit hours and a gradepoint average of 3.60 or above.
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This single level 1,479 sqft 2 bedroom/2 bath home with a loft. and a hot-tub. This is great rental property close to Fort Rock park. Turnkey furnished $324,900.
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This newer 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home has 2,500 sqft of living space, 3 car garage, 2 masters, large corner lot and comes fully turnkey furnished. Priced at $599,000.
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This single floor 3 bedroom 2 bath home is extremely nice with a great furniture package. This home has not been rented and comes fully turnkey. $339,000.
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This home has a large living room kitchen and 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The master bath has been nicely updated and it has an oversized garage. Priced at $359,000
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2 bdr/ 2ba 1,230 sqft, nicely furnished, located close-in South end, walking distance to the Village. Great rental property and Turn-key, furnished. $279,000.
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20% share, 3br/2.5ba and 1,892 sqft. These units are deluxe top-of-the-line quality for Sunriver. Turn-key. $119,500
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$5. No host bar. RSVP: www. highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp Nov. 21 From the Fur Brigades to the Bannock War Conflict between fur trappers, American settlers and Native Americans shaped the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin in the 1800s. Learn about the region’s Indian Wars from Dr. Steven Fountain, Professor of History at Washington State University-Vancouver. 6 p.m. Members, free; Nonmembers, $3. RSVP: www. highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp
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Nov. 23-30 Science Party: Electricity! 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. Members, $3; Non-members, $5. Nov. 30 Father Christmas Meet Father Christmas, the Victorian era version of Santa. Children sit on his lap, tell him what they’d like for the holiday, have a photo taken in our 1880s town, Silver City, and decorate sugar cookies. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3 per child.
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you’re expecting a major snowfall, consider salting before the first flake falls. • Don’t wait: Keep up with the snowfall. Most of the time, it’s easier and faster to clear six inches of snow twice than 12 inches of snow once. • Use the Right Gear: Not all snowblowers are the same, so purchase a machine that’s ideal for your property. Factors such as the type of surface and size of the space you’re clearing, as well as how much and what type of snow you’re expecting all should be considered. For a free online tool that can help you identify the right snowblower for you, visit www.Toro.com. • Make it Painless: Don’t fight the wind. Whenever possible, point a snow blower’s chute downwind so that the wind helps you blow the snow. It’s usually easier to move up and down the length of a driveway, not perpendicular. In strong crosswinds, start on the upwind side and then work downwind. • Think ahead: Throw snow as far into your yard as possible. Throwing snow only to the edge of a driveway or walkway will lead to high snow banks and make it more difficult to remove snow during the next snowstorm. Turn to Tips, page 19
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• Be safe: Read and understand your operator’s manual before getting started. As you would with a lawn mower, inspect the area first and remove objects which might be picked up and thrown by the snowblower. Keep children and pets far away. • Be Body Smart: Toiling away outdoors can be hard on
your body, especially for older people. So give your heart and back regular breaks so you don’t overdo it. Stay hydrated and don’t overdress or you’ll quickly be soaked from sweat. • Shop smart: Ensure you get your money’s worth by opting for a brand that offers money back in the event of a less snowy winter. For example, any new snowblower purchased from Toro by Nov. 15, is eligible for its “S’No Ri$k Guarantee”
offer, whereby if it snows less than 10 percent of your area’s average this winter, you get a full refund on your purchase and keep the snowblower; and if it snows less than 50 percent of your area’s average, you get a 10 percent refund. This winter, be ready to keep your home maintained, no matter what the weather blows your way. Source: StatePoint
SHARC to host second annual Civil War game There will be civil unrest at SHARC Nov. 29 as the Ducks and Beavers go head-to-head in Oregon’s longest-running college football rivalry known as the “Civil War.” Game kickoff is at 4 p.m. The game will be aired on two, 13-foot screens in SHARC’s Benham Hall. A family friendly and open to the public fundraiser for New Generations Early Childhood Development Center, festivities begin with pre-game activities at SHARC’s Benham Hall at 3 p.m. A variety of football-themed games will take place prior to kickoff including a football pool, football accuracy toss, punting, etc. A playroom for youngsters will be set up by New Generations staff with movies and craft projects to keep them occupied during the game. Admission to the pre-game festivities and game will be $25 adults, $12 ages 4-12. The price includes food and one ticket for a beer, glass of wine or soda. Sunriver Brewing will provide a gourmet taco bar, chicken wings, beer pretzels and more. Admission to watch the game only will be $10 adults, $7 children 7-17 and free for ages 6 and younger. Snacks will be provided and there will be a no-host bar featuring Sunriver Brewing’s craft beers. No outside food or beverage is allowed. This fundraising partnership with New Generations supports their nonprofit day care and learning center serving the greater Sunriver community, and is primarity funded
through donations and community support. For SHARC’s November donation drive donors are asked to bring new OSU and UofO items by Nov. 28 to be used for raffle drawings. Raffles will take place between the third and fourth quarter of the game with proceeds to benefit New Generations. Don’t forget to bring cash for the raffle and football pool.
To add more rivalry Duck and Beaver fans are challenged to drop their pocket change into the appropriate team jar at SHARC’s front desk. Last year’s event sold out and space is limited. Reservations are required for the pre-game party no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 26 by calling 541-585-3147. No reservations are needed to just stop by and watch the game.
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Holiday gift ideas for gardeners Shopping for gardeners this holiday season? You can make their season a bit brighter by shopping with their favorite hobby in mind. Here are a few ideas that will put a smile on the face of those green-thumbed family members and friends:
according to the Wilson Ornithological Society. Consider a unique gift that makes the area safer for flying friends. A new high-tech liquid called WindowAlert UV Liquid can be applied to windows, containing a component that brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This ultraviolet light, that’s invisible to humans, takes advantage of the keen eyesight of birds, creating a visual barrier on windows to help prevent fatal collisions. “Wildlife can beautify a garden. But birds and other wildlife don’t appear by chance. They seek habitats that provide them with food, shelter, and safety,” says Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert. “ For bird-friendly gift ideas, visit www.WindowAlert.com.
Make a statement Upgrade a hobby wardrobe with gear that’s not only stylish, but functional too. If your gardener is still watering, hedging, weeding and working in the yard in an old pair of beatup sneakers, consider a pair of garden clogs designed for t h e specific chores associated with working in the yard or garden. Easy-to-clean and waterproof, they make a great present. Or consider a utility apron in your gift recipient’s favorite colors or pattern.
Personalize Make watering the plants a pleasure with a vintage watering can. You can add a personal touch by painting the side of the can with a unique design or your gift recipient’s name. Or buy a set of planters and give them the same painting treatment. When shopping this holiday season, don’t ignore your gift recipient’s hobbies and passions. There are plenty of gifts that complement the gardening lifestyle. Source: StatePoint
Go bird friendly No garden is complete without visits from local wildlife, such as songbirds. Help your gardener transform his or her garden into a wildlife refuge. A birdbath and bird feeder will help attract birds and encourage them to linger in the garden longer. Unfortunately billions of songbirds are killed worldwide each year due to accidental collisions with window glass,
Put under your tree! The perfect family Christmas gift... From daily tickets to off-season and year round passes and gift certificates the fun at SHARC is even better when you share it! Off-Season Pass
Full Season Pass
Unlimited access to SHARC aquatics and tubing hill (subject to availability) Dec. 21, 2013 to June 30, 2014 and Sept. 2, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014.
Unlimited access to SHARC aquatics and tubing hill & North Pool (subject to availability) Dec. 21, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014.
Any value you’d like, limited to SHARC admission & retail - not for use at Riptide Café.
50% discount on regular daily SHARC admission price July 1 to Sept. 1, 2014
Passes/daily tickets/gift certificates do not include access to tennis/pickleball courts, SHARC fitness center and Hosmer living room/patio.
Daily Tickets Off-season ($15/ person) or high season ($25/person) tickets for SHARC aquatics and tubing hill.
Eligibility requirements apply. Limit one pass per business Looking for a way to show your appreciation and reward the whole team this holiday season? The Corporate Pass is a great way to tell your staff “thank you” all year long. Valid Dec. 21, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. Pass allows up to 4 people per visit with no date restrictions. Includes unlimited access to SHARC aquatics, tubing hill and North Pool (all subject to availability).
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Picture Perfect: Photography holiday gift guide By Mike Jensen I’ve decided to move up my annual gift guide article to November. Photographic gear and electronics are in such demand now days that I think it’s a good idea to get a jump-start on the shopping for many of these items. GoPro! Last year my wife gave me a new GoPro Hero 3 for Christmas. She ordered it in midNovember and it arrived on Christmas Eve. A gift very much in demand. This will be the case for the new 2013 GoPro Hero 3+ a new smaller and lighter version of the Hero 3. These cameras are great for almost any age group and anyone who loves the outdoors. My advice… order direct from GoPro.com. Run don’t walk if you intend to purchase one. Top cameras for image quality Two cameras dominate the market – the Nikon D-800 and the Canon 5D Mark III.
consider going mirrorless. Fujifilm and Nikon make a good one, and the Canon EOS M is a very affordable option as well.
Many of the trade magazines give the nod to the Nikon because it produces a remarkable 36 megapixel image, however I prefer the Canon 5D Mark III based on the 50,000+ images I’ve shot in the last 16 months. In my opinion the Canon 5D Mark III is simply the best sensor on the market today. Going mirrorless? The mirrorless revolution is here. Mirrorless cameras are the next big thing. The question is, are they the flash cube or the digital sensor? My research and suspicion is that they are the latter. If the photographer on your list is an early adapter,
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Entry-level DSLRs Canon stands out here with the EOS Rebel T5i and the Rebel SLI (their smallest camera). At a MSRP of $899 the T5i is simply the best entry level DSLR out there. With an ISO expandable to 25,600 and 1080 HD video, this is the model to get for the serious minded new photographer. ‘Affordable’ full frames With this year’s introduction of the Canon EOS 6D (MSRP $1,999) the Nikon D600 now has company in the under $2,000 camera bracket. I can pretty much recommend both of these cameras as the EOS 6D has followed in the mark of the 5D Mark III, and the D600 has combined functionality of the D800 and the flagship D4. Best places to buy gear If you get over to Portland often enough, you can go in to Pro Photo Supply. If not, I seriously recommend B & H Photo. They have a full city block in downtown Manhattan, NY and are the best online photo retailer to work with.
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Emily Smith led her softball team Velocity to the state 12u North American Fast Pitch softball championship Oct. 5-6 in Sherwood. The Three Rivers student hit two home runs and went 9 for 13 with a average of .692. Smith also pitched the last two games on Sunday to get the wins over a Washington State team and Salem team. Smith thanks Three Rivers School and Sunriver Resort for their support over the last two seasons.
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Veterans Day festivities
Nov. 6: Veterans’ Lunch at SHARC with FAST Camp students. Nov. 8: Veterans Day Assembly at Bend High School. Theme is honoring Korean War Veterans. Nov. 11: Bend Veterans Day Parade beginning at 11 a.m. 200 flags posted in downtown Bend beginning at 7 a.m. by American Legion Post 4, Bend Band of Brothers, and Army National Guard.
Meticulously maintained custom home in quiet area. Open floor plan with lg family rm has vaulted ceiling with rock fireplace. Light & bright with soaring windows. Home sits at the top of a long tree-lined driveway with view of the 10th hole of the Woodlands GC. Built in 2002, it is 3,227 sq ft, 4 bds, 2 are master suites, 3 full ba + 2 half ba. Oversized garage w/ shop area. Sold mostly furnished. Original owners, never rented.
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“Flowers whisper “Beauty!’ to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall.” – Dr. Sun Wolf
sunriver women’s club Presidents’ remarks The deck furniture is put away, the leaves of the aspens are beginning to drop and there is definitely a feeling of fall in the air. When it comes to this time of year we are reminded of the chrysanthemum flower, which blooms in November. This flower symbolizes optimism and joy. While the days might be shorter and a little grayer we can still be optimistic and filled with joy for the season of Thanksgiving which is coming. As your co-presidents, we are thankful for the countless hours that you have given to make an impact on the lives of others, from reading grant applications to planning and serving at our Welcome Tea. With the addition of Lunch with Friends this past year and now our single women group, we have more opportunities to socialize with each other. We encourage you to attend the November luncheon, as our program deals with stress management in busy times and get your tickets to the winter gala. The committee is hard at work planning this event to bring in
the holiday season. Share your optimism and joy with family and friends, and those you encounter along the way. Remember you will only pass this way but once. –Carol Cassetty & Bonnie Rosen, co-presidents
be speaking on how to manage and eliminate bad stress from our personal and professional lives. RSVP to Joan Lewis at srwc firstname.lastname@example.org or 541598-0650 for reservations and/ or cancellations by Nov. 15.
Lunch with friends Bring your brown bag lunch and beverage and meet with old and new friends Monday, Nov. 4, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Crescent room at SHARC. This is a time for laugh-filled conversation and friendship. If you are new to our community, stop by and introduce yourself. If you need transportation, please let us know and we’ll be happy to give you a ride. Contact Valerie Wood at email@example.com or Barb Wymetalek at barbwymo@ chamberscable.com if you plan to attend.
Loose Cannons Loose Cannons is a new group of single club members desiring to network and enjoy social activities. For more information call Dottie Meilink at 541-593-5183. Upcoming events: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. there will be a social gathering at Diane Bending’s Sunriver home at 9 Three Iron Lane. Call Diane at 541-593-6613 if you plan to attend. The Loose Cannons will have a table for single women at the winter gala. Contact Madeline Bednarek at 541593-3653 to reserve a spot.
November program Our November luncheon is Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Crosswater Grille at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $18. Wendy Duncan, of Wendy Duncan Personal Development Coaching, will
Winter fun If you are interested in snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, sledding or other snow or winter-related fun outdoor activities, you are invited
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to an organizational meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4-6 p.m. in the Crescent room at SHARC. Please bring your ideas, calendars and an appetizer to share. Warm beverages will be provided by Winter Fun Outdoor Activity group coorganizers, Patty Klascius and Sheila Schmerber. Winter gala “The Magic Within,” SRWC’s winter gala, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Great Hall. Tickets are $80 each with the non-food part tax-deductible. Dinner includes a salad, elegant dessert and a choice of entrees. A thank you to sponsors BendBroadBand, The Soul Searchers, Neil Kelly, Affordable Yard Care, John and Bonnie Rosen and Silver Hilton Consulting. See the ad on page 29 or email SRWCWinterGala@ gmail.com. Sunriver Dinner Club The Sunriver Dinner Club has organized for the year. The first dinner will feature American regional cuisine. The group is open to members, spouses
and their guests who enjoy socializing and expanding their palates. Contact Janice Dost at 510-812-6456 or Stephanie Nelson at 541-593-4663. Grant applications Grant applications are now being accepted by the SRWC from nonprofit organizations. Successful recipients are agencies or organizations who operate within the Three Rivers and south Deschutes County area that focus on meeting the basic needs of shelter, health, food, clothing and education for children and families. Seventeen organizations were awarded a total of $40,400 by the SRWC this year. Grants applicants must operate under a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt status to qualify and will be researched prior to being recommended to receive funding. Application deadline is Jan. 31. Information: Ann McGranahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-5982181or send a written request to SRWC Philanthropy Committee, SRWC, P.O. Box 3334, Sunriver, OR 97707.
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Sunriver Homeowners Grand Illumination Sweepstakes Our Sunriver Resort holiday professionals will come to your home in Sunriver with all the lights and materials to set up a beautiful holiday light display that will put a jingle in your step and provide lasting holiday memories for you and your family. Fill out the entry form to the right and drop it off in the box at any of the following locations:
Bellatazza Coffee Sage Springs Club and Spa Merchant Trader Gift Shop Sweepstakes is open only to current Sunriver Resort residents. Entries are due by November 15. Winner will be contacted by phone. Lights will be hung the week of December 1 and taken down the week of January 6th. One entry per household.
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From the board room: Being true to our word
sunriver owners association As is now well known, amenity admission charges for 2014 have undergone some significant changes. In general, admission fees for SROA owners have not changed. However, the charges to owners who elect to rent their properties have been noticeably in- Bob Nelson creased. While there are a variety of factors associated with the need for changes, it might first be instructive to take a historical perspective regarding SHARC in particular. For many years the old South Pool located near the Sunriver Resort lodge required major repairs. Conditions had deteriorated to the point where it was no longer viable to repair it. This pool was a major seasonal amenity that owners, guests and visitors had come to rely on and expect. After much owner input, a plan for what is now SHARC was agreed to and then approved by a vote of SROA owners. To be certain, SHARC has emerged as arguably the sin-
gle most important amenity Sunriver has to offer. Year to date, we have had more than 335,000 visits to our aquatic facilities! It has been enjoyed (and used) by our owners, their families and guests and visitors. It has also been a significant benefit for local businesses, the rental market and the economy in general. Throughout the process of designing SHARC and seeking owner support for its construction was the oft-asked question about the cost of operating it. More to the point, our owners were quite clear that while they agreed to provide the resources to build it, they did not want to be asked to provide operational support. In essence, the clear expectation was that SHARC would, to the greatest degree possible, be self supporting. In reality this was a promise made to our ownership. During the first two years of operating SHARC we were somewhat challenged in developing an annual operational budget. We conducted extensive research regarding
operations of similar facilities and developed many draft budgets that were reviewed by both professional CPAs and by our Finance Committee. However, our budgets for those first two years were essentially estimates. As it turns out, we were able to operate within the budgets developed for SHARC. But as we obtained more verifiable real data regarding both SHARC use as well as costs, we realized that while covering most of our direct costs, we were not covering the total cost of operations. In fact, we discovered that our annual maintenance assessments were covering more than 28 percent of our operating costs. Clearly, SHARC was not “self supporting.” To capture the real cost of operations, we needed to include expenses related to required reserve contributions (5 percent of asset), an accurate allocation of costs shared with other SROA programs and services, and other indirect costs required as part of the operation. Taken in total, these expenses exceeded $1 million. We also needed to include a “rainy day” fund to cover
operational costs in the case of unforeseen circumstances which might cause a significant reduction in revenues. Examples of such circumstances might be an unusually cool summer or a natural disaster which, while not damaging our asset, negatively impacts attendance (like in Sun Valley Idaho this past summer). Having such an operational reserve is a very common business practice. The 2014 admission fees reflect these operational costs. They are based on what it costs SROA to operate our amenities. On a per visit basis, the cost ranges from between $11 and $12. To continue to charge less than that for admission would be to continue to require our general annual maintenance assessment budget to subsidize the operation of SHARC. For the 2013 budget year, large scale property management companies have been paying an average of $6.78 per visit and Independent Renters (IRAP) have paid $6.33 per visit. The 2014 admission program has the large scale property managers paying between $10 and
$15 per visit depending on volume purchasing levels and whether it is for the summer or “off-season” time frames. Independent renters will also pay quite similar rates. Some of our owners who elect to rent their homes are certainly justified in so doing. However, when they rent, they are doing so as a personal business enterprise. They still qualify for all of the benefits available to all owners. However, as a business, they will also be treated in a similar fashion as we treat other rental businesses. Both large scale and independent renters are paying similar admission rates. Therefore the concern that one entity would be at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace is not well founded. It is a level playing field as the new charges impact all rental activities in Sunriver equally. To assist both the large scale as well as independent renters, SROA staff is eager to help determine which program is best based upon actual use data and individual priorities. One size does not fit all. turn to Word, page 25
October meeting summary of the Sunriver Owners Association Board of Directors The Sunriver Owners Association (SROA) Board of Directors met Saturday, Oct. 19, 2103. Board members present: Dave Jendro, Roger Smith, Mike Gocke, Bob Nelson, Pat Hensley, Richard Wharton, Patty Klasicus, Greg Froomer. Absent: Mark Murray. Staff: Hugh Palcic, Brooke Snavely. Treasurer’s report As of Sept. 30, 2013 (unaudited/estimated) Revenues……….6,671,136 Expenses………..6,470,154 Surplus (deficit)…..200,981 Owners forum -Al Tweit expressed concern about the noise trucks make with air brakes as they come down the hill on Cottonwood Road entering Sunriver. He said he and his wife hear the truck compression brakes from inside their home on Sunrise Lane. He suggested adding language to contracts that prevents trucks from using compression braking in Sunriver. -Rob Drake said the SROA board didn’t go far enough in the recent update to SROA’s amenity admission policy. Page 22
Drake said he and his wife would like more free guest passes with each owner I.D. they purchase. They said the 20 passes they currently receive “are gone in a week” when their entire family comes to visit. He suggested 10 guest passes be issued with each owner I.D. purchased. Association operations Administration: Departmental 2014 base budgets submitted along with proposed capital and budget adjustments. Controller Jamie Kendellen and General Manager Hugh Palcic reviewed and presented them to the Finance Committee in October. IT: Set up Web hosting with security encryption for public affairs database. Configured new accounting server and installed software. Researched tennis court usage and provided reports. Discussed options for guest access to SHARC with Sunriver Resort IT director. Communications: Created a member benefit brochure explaining 2014 amenity admission models. Created a general public amenity admission rack card. Assisted with letter to
members explaining the new SHARC admission models. Community Development: Two new hangars were issued permits and are under construction at the Sunriver Airport. Good response to the 2013 paint survey. Staff anticipates 7 to 10 properties will not comply with the Oct. 31 painting requirement. The Design Committee will request board approval to change their meeting dates and fee changes to the Design Manual. (See story page 3.) Environmental Services: Continued ladder fuel reduction (LFR) work on common and annual LFR inspections of all private properties. Flagging properties lines for 2014 LFR contract. Completed surficial pickup of asbestos on commons. Performed private property weed inspections. Public Works: Post and rail fencing project throughout Sunriver is about 90 percent complete. Fall road projects essentially complete. Low asphalt costs permitted paving of the Fort Rock playground parking lot within the contract amount. Continuing replacement of more than 500 www.sunriverowners.org
road signs. SHARC architect Group MacKenzie and general contractor LCG Pence honored warranties and completed vapor barrier repairs on the SHARC natatorium. Recreation: Closed down Tennis Hill and winterized outdoor pools. FAST Camp passed a health inspection as part of their annual license renewal process. FAST Camp started the school year with slightly higher than average attendance. Hosted the first Healthy Lunch and Lecture of the fall with Bend Memorial Clinic. Hosted four well-attended Al Fresco Friday outdoor concerts. Several participants in the first Sunriver Community Garage Sale were so pleased they signed up for next year. Board actions -Approved the minutes of the Sept. 20, 2013 work session, as written. -Approved the minutes of the Sept. 21, 2013 regular meeting, as amended. -Approved the resignation of Chris Christensen from the Public Affairs/Community Planning Committee. -Held a first reading of pro-
posed changes to the Design Manual. -Approved termination of Committee Action Request #19, which contemplated SROA involvement in expanding the Project Ponderosa tree planting program. -Approved Committee Action Request #20 to explore a reforestation program and requested an update from the Environmental Committee at the February 2014 board meeting. -Approved appointment of a SHARC 2013 program review work group. Roger Smith, Hugh Palcic, Janet Baker and Shawn Cannon were appointed to the work group. The meeting adjourned at 10:28 a.m. The next SROA Board of Directors work session will be 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15 in the Sunriver fire station, 57475 Abbot Drive. The next regular meeting of the SROA board will be 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 in the SROA administration building, 57455 Abbot Drive, between circles 3 and 4. Approved meeting minutes are posted as available at www. sunriverowners.org
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Options for 2014 SROA maintenance fee payments Would you like an easy way to get your maintenance fee payment to SROA on time each month? Three convenient alternatives to sending a monthly check are available to Sunriver property owners.
Annual prepayment You can prepay your 2014 maintenance fee and receive a three percent discount. Three percent, when annualized, is equivalent to a 6.9 percent return and you save your association the expense of preparing and mailing the entire coupon book. Instead, we will send you an invoice, by USPS or email – your choice – in late December/early January that you will return with your onetime payment, which is due by Jan. 24, 2014. Electronic invoice, payments Another alternative is to authorize SROA to automatically withdraw monthly payments from your bank account or email you a monthly invoice. Check the appropriate box on the form below or in the online form at www.sunriverowners. org. You’ll receive an enrollment form instead of a coupon book, saving everyone time and money. Pay online SROA members can also pay any amount, anytime, online with their credit or debit card through SROA’s secure online processor. If you want to prepay the annual assessment and receive the three percent discount, fill out the form below or online and select the “Annual Prepayment Invoice” option.
Once you receive the invoice in the mail or by email, log on to the SROA website and select “Pay Your Assessments Online” under Online Office in the green menu bar. This will take you to the secure payment site where you can pay the amount shown on your invoice. You can also make monthly payments online with your card. All online payments are subject to a 2.5 percent convenience fee.
Request your preferred payment option Please use the coupon below or the one online at www.sunriv erowners.org. On the website choose Online Office>Maintenance Fee Option Request. The form will open in a new window. Just be sure to submit the form – by mail or online – by Nov. 15. Members who do not choose a payment option will automatically receive the 12-month coupon book in the mail in late December. The SROA Board of Directors determines the amount of the 2014 maintenance fee at their November meeting. That amount will be announced in the December Scene and posted on the SROA website. If you have questions, call the accounting office at 541593-2411 or toll-free 888-2846639, or email Jamie Kendellen at email@example.com PLEASE NOTE: The 3 percent discount applies to the regular maintenance fee assessment only. Special assessment payments for the SHARC facility are not subject to the 3 percent discount.
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Please email me the Annual Prepayment Invoice Please email me Monthly Payment Invoices Please USPS mail me the Annual Prepayment Invoice*
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Return completed form by November 15 to: SROA, PO Box 3629, Sunriver, OR 97707
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Events & Programs SHARC November
Come one, come all! Events open to the public
Free design, remodel workshop
Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m. in Benham Hall
Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Crescent Room
FAST Camp students host a lunch for veterans. Soup and salad will be served. Please bring stories and photos to share about your time in the service. Veterans and their families are welcome (family members’ lunch $8/person). Reservations required by calling 541-585-5000 or email Corina at corinas@srowners. org by Nov. 4. This project helps us teach children in the program about giving back to their communities.
Understanding property taxes Nov. 8, 4 p.m. in the Crescent Room
Free and open to all. If you own property in Deschutes County, you’re familiar with recent real estate market value “ups-anddowns” during the last few years. Deschutes County assessor Scot Langton wants to prepare you for an interesting combination of Measure 50 consequences, market fluctuation and economic circumstance coming this fall. Langton will have an interactive presentation with plenty of opportunity to answer questions.
Holiday bazaar Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Benham Hall
Open to all, admission is free. Sunriver Christian Fellowship presents the Snowflakes and Sugarplums holiday bazaar and bake sale. The event will include a raffle item and a silent auction for a “Culinary Journey through Tuscany” prepared by a local chef. Childrens’ craft table from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Chizzy the Clown will appear 1-3 p.m. All proceeds benefit local charities. Info: 541-593-3580.
Sip & Paint Nov. 15, 5:15-7:30 p.m.
Create a painting while enjoying wine and chocolates with friends. $45 includes libations & supplies. Reservations required. Details: BonnieJunnellArtist.com
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Ducks & Beavers Games
Held in the Hosmer living room, owners are welcome to bring their own food, beverages and libations.
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If you’re thinking about a remodeling project, a Neil Kelly workshop is a great place to start. Hear from experienced design professionals who have guided families just like yours through the entire process.
SHARC’s 12 months of Giving
November: Ducks & Beavers swag
Donate new U of O Duck or OSU Beaver items for a chance to win 10 SHARC admission passes (valid through November 2014). Items will be used to create raffle baskets for the Nov. 29 Civil War fundraiser to benefit New Generations Early Childhood Development Center. Larger items may be eligible for more than one entry. Donations are not tax deductible.
Civil War Game Nov. 29, 3 p.m. in Benham Hall
It’s the Ducks vs. Beavers in this long-running football feud. This fundraiser for New Generations Early Childhood Development Center is $25 adults, $12 ages 4-12 and includes meal and voucher for one drink. Food includes a gourmet taco bar, chicken wings, beer pretzels and more provided by Sunriver Brewing. Pre-game festivities will include football pool, games, raffles, crafts and games for children provided by New Generations. Game only admission is $10 adults, $7 ages 7-17 (under 6 free). Includes snacks and no-host cash bar. Last year’s game sold out. Reservations are required for meal/pre-game festivities by Nov. 26 at 541-585-3147.
Save the Dates!
Feb. 8: Dummy Downhill March 23: Sunriver Mudslinger
SHARC Ambassadors monthly meeting Regular monthly meeting for all SHARC ambassadors. Come meet the other volunteers and learn about the exciting volunteer opportunities at SHARC. Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-5 p.m. in the Hosmer living room.
Donate unused guest passes
Any homeowners with unused 2013 guest passes are asked to consider donating them back to SHARC to be used by the youth of south Deschutes County. If interested, please drop passes off at the SHARC HOID office anytime.
Save the date Dec. 27, 5-7 p.m. SROA Member Appreciation Open House Information about SHARC hours and programming:
Admission fee changes; next steps in river access By Hugh Palcic, management companies and SROA General Manager guests staying with an inQ: Why are recreation facil- dependent rental property ity admission fees for 2014 – more commonly known being increased for as IRAP) were some users but not determined to others? not be covering A. The essential their cost of a goal of the SROA visit. Large-scale workgroup was property manto make sure that Owners are welcome to agement guests submit questions to be each visitor/user answered averaged revenue in this column. group of SROA of $6.78 per visit Email to recreation faciliwhile guests of firstname.lastname@example.org ties should, at a by the 12th of the month. IRAP averaged minimum, cover $6.33 per visit. If the cost of their visitor groups are own visit. utilizing SROA’s recreation With the benefit of hard facilities at less than what it data from two SHARC sum- costs to cover their visit, then mers we are now able to both someone else is left to pay verify an average cost of a visit the difference or subsidizing to our amenities ($11-12 per that visit. visit) as well as the average Should an owner, who revenue collected per visitor/ perhaps from the onset did user groups. not support the development Two visitor/user groups of the SHARC facility, be in particular (guests staying required to pay the differwith a large scale property ence of visitors not covering
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the cost of their own visit? In a matter of fairness, no. Owners should not have to subsidize the rental guest visitor of another property owner or a property management company. Using the cost of a visit as the common denominator, the workgroup adjusted the admission fees to accurately cover the actual cost of each visitor group. The increases reflect those specific areas not currently covering their own cost of a visit. In the end, not addressing the inequities after learning what we have would simply not be right. Q: How are the user groups most impacted by the recreation admission fee changes (IRAP and large property management companies) reacting? A. Anytime there is a rate change there is bound to be input, criticism and commentary – and, no lie, support. Surprisingly, or perhaps not surprising in the world of Sunriver, we have received comments from all corners on this matter. While some members have expressed their displeasure with the increase, others have conveyed their appreciation for addressing the issue in a fair and equitable manner. With respect to the largescale property management companies, I met with each one to outline the 2014
programs and received excellent suggestions on how to improve administering this new access model next year. I want to take this opportunity to thank each property manager for taking the time to meet with me and share their insights. Their focus relative to customer service and how this new program is administered is to be commended. We have also fielded calls and letters from IRAP participants. Understandably, the participants in this category are concerned about the fee increase to their program. However, in most cases we have been able to not only demonstrate the specific need for this visitor/user group to cover their cost of a visit, but also show through actual data how their own property has been performing in the program. Incidentally, out of the 368 properties currently participating in IRAP, 288 are at or below the cost of a visit… and the year is not yet over. Q: What are the next steps in the river access/marina project? How can owners track and comment on the project’s progress? We just closed the owner survey regarding this project and our consultant, WHPacific, has taken that input along with what they have heard at the workshops in Vancouver, Tigard and Sunriver and processed it into a draft conceptual plan for the board to consider (avail-
able on the SROA website at www.sunriverowners.org). The consultants recently updated the board at the October board workshop and in doing so, requested additional board direction relative to facility access, launch ramps, restrooms and boat type accommodations (motorized, non-motorized, etc.). The board in turn tasked the Infrastructure and Amenities Master Plan task force to review these points and provide the board with both a process of potential next steps as well as task force recommendations relative to the consultant’s inquiries. The IAMP task force should be able to complete their tasks in time for the November board meeting. With the board receiving the comments and suggestions from the task force, they (board) will then have the role of providing final direction to the consultants. Subsequently, the consultants will apply that direction in preparing their final project cost projections and plans. As for members wishing to stay informed and/or provide additional comments, I would encourage all to do so by reading the Scene and visiting the website. And while the marina survey is closed, we are always interested in the thoughts and suggestions of our membership. To that end, any comments received will be forwarded to the consultant for their review and possible inclusion in the plan.
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As we look to the future, several things are of note: First, the inclusion of a “rainy day” operational fund as a cost should only require budget allocations for three years or less barring any catastrophic situation. Second, by properly and appropriately allocating the required reserve contributions (5
percent), the additional direct costs of operations and related indirect costs, this will lessen the burden SHARC has had on the general maintenance fund by about three quarters of a million dollars annually. This then translates into the ability to redirect these funds to other important needs. Lastly, we would be remiss by not continuing to seek efficiencies and cost reductions in operations. An example of this
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.
is something we have already done in the normal course of doing business. When reviewing use data we noticed a distinct and significant drop off in attendance during the last three hours of daily operations. While it was difficult to make meaningful reductions in expenses during that time, we did see it as a revenue opportunity. “Splashy Hour” was instituted and our revenues noticeably increased for that time period. Actively and reflectively managing our existing amenities will remain an important responsibility. Recognizing the very real possibility to provide owners with increased amenities such as river access, tennis or pickleball, revenue generation to offset the expenses to provide these amenities will remain a challenging and ongoing task. And in that endeavor we will continue to seek fairness and transparency, protect the interest of our owners, and base our decisions on relevant and verifiable facts and data.
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Habitat for Humanity is seeking a volunteer to mentor a Sunriver area individual who recently qualified to purchase a Habitat home in Bend. “We have a single mom who lives in Sunriver that wants to move to Bend to be closer to services for her autistic son,” said Dee Dee Johnson, Family Services Manager for the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity. “In this case we need a couple or a female. We offer training in how to be a mentor.” The mentor must have at least five years experience as a homeowner and cannot be a relative or supervisor to the applicant. Mentor responsibilities include: • A minimum of one meeting per month with the applicant. A total of 12 meetings before the family moves into their home, three meetings after they move into their home. • Work with the applicant to complete assignments from the Mentor Manual that includes 10-12 assignments. • Set expectations and proper boundaries with the family early on; write these down, make sure both parties have a copy and provide a copy for their Habitat file. • Communicate family issues and questions to Bend Habitat staff in a timely manner • Support family in monitoring their progress (sweat equity, monthly budgets, Mentor’s Manual assignments) • Offer support when asked or when needed, limit unsolicited advice • Main goal is to create self-reliance rather than dependence “It can be a rewarding process for the mentor because they get to experience first-hand the joy and complications of becoming a homeowner,” Johnson said. Information: 541-385-5387 ext. 103, or email djohnson@ bendhabitat.org
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Honor Flight documentary screens Nov. 7 in Bend “Honor Flight, One Last Mission” will be shown at Bend High School Thursday, Nov. 7. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the movie starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and available at the door. Honor Flight is a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime.
Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial constructed for them in 2005, nearly 60 years after the war. The trips are called “Honor Flights” and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s, it’s often the first time they’ve been thanked and possibly the last trip of their lives.
It’s uncommon for World War II veterans to talk about the War, but the Honor Flight experience brings their stories out. Many veterans say, with the exception of their wedding day and the birth of their children, the trip is the best day of their life. However, 1,000 World War II veterans die every day and getting them on an Honor
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Together we have raised over $21,000 this year for the Oregon SW Washington Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Over the past three years more than $52,000 has been raised by the Sunriver Marathon for a Cause!
Sunriver Resort would like to extend our gratitude to Sunriver, Crosswater and Caldera Springs communities for helping to make the 3rd Annual Sunriver Marathon for a Cause a great success! Those of you who volunteered for the marathon, cheered on our runners or participated in the run helped to create awareness of breast cancer and raise money to provide mammograms for uninsured or underinsured women and men in Central Oregon. We’d also like to thank our sponsors: SPONSORS: Absolut Vodka | Alpine Entertainment | Bend Broadband | Bend Memorial Clinic | Bigfoot Beverages | Caldera Springs | Central Oregon Pathology Consultants | Crosswater | Ste. Michelle Wine Estates | Sunriver Realty | Sunriver Markets | Widmer Brothers Brewing | IN-KIND SPONSORS: Active Care Physical Therapy | Cascade Ice | Charlie’s Produce | Clif Bar | Cascade Medical Transport | Earth20 | Eberhard’s Dairy | Gatorade | Gilchrist & Soames | GU Energy Gel | J&J Snack Foods | Kombucha Mama | Mission Linen | Mix 100.7 | Nike | Power 94.1 |
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Book clubs discuss ethnic war, disappearing spouses, power of photojournalism By Deon Stonehouse November has to be just about a perfect month for book clubs! It is dark early, chilly out at night, and the holidays will begin at the end of the month. November is a good time to take a deep breath, settle in with an interesting book, and relax a bit before the frenzy of social engagements in December. Book clubs meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 the Fiction Book Club discusses “Running the Rift” by Naomi Benaron. Jean Patrick Nkuba wants to trust his fa-
ther’s words that Hutu and Tutsi can live in peace. His father is a teacher, a man who believes in a bright future for his children. Death comes for Jean Patrick’s father unexpectedly, leaving the family bereft in a climate of escalating tribal tensions with the dream of peace fading fast. Jean Patrick
wants to run; he has legs that fly and hopes for Olympic Gold. But he is a Tutsi, the wrong tribe, and Rawanda is entering a time of violence and evil. Benaron has managed the formidable accomplishment of writing a beautiful, haunting story of family, of a young boy’s coming of age, of the power of striving to be the best, and of redemption. It is a hopeful story despite the rampaging grim reaper that defiled Rwanda. “Running the Rift” was on my top ten list of the year. Nov. 11 the Mystery Book
Sunriver Men’s Golf: Memorable year full of achievements
By Paul J. Grieco dent Robert Hill, Treasurer In a golf year filled with Scott Brown, Sunriver Resort memorable achievements, a Director of Operations Scott truly memorable anEllender, and head nual banquet dinner of maintenance, capped the end of the agronomist Ryan Sunriver Men’s Golf Wulff. Ellender Club year, and an exespecially thrilled traordinary individual the assembly by anevent helped mark the nouncing that next waning of the season. year’s annual pass The latter was a onerates will be held in-a-million golf shot Paul Grieco at the same level as stroked by SRMGC’s own this year’s. Steve Peters, playing with his Those in attendance learned regular Friday group of golfers from Wulff that the earlier than on Oct. 4. On the Woodlands usual closings of the golf courses par 5 hole number six, playing (the Woodlands last day was at 483 yards from the white Oct. 14) were necessary for the tees, Steve stroked his second health of the grasses that resultshot from 236 yards out with ed in both the Woodlands and a three wood into the hole for Meadows courses being in such a remarkable double-eagle or great shape this season with $183 + 45.75 = 228.75 albatross. To gain perspective every expectation of replicaon this feat, consider that a tion next season. The ability to hole-in-one for amateur golf- aerate and treat the greens and ers has a probability of about fairways in early fall increases 1 in 13,000, making Peters’ the health of the turf, reduces albatross 80 times less likely thatch and enhances the ability than a hole in one (which, by of the greens to “percolate” and the way, Steve stroked last year filter water through the winter, on Woodlands hole number 5). lessening the chance of icing Kudos to Peters for his extraor- and “winter frost kill” that is so dinary achievement. (There’s damaging to golf courses. hope for the rest of us!) In addition, Wulff announced the installation of the last five Annual banquet new greens at the Woodlands The annual dinner banquet (Nos. 1 to 4 and 18) to be had nearly 50 attendees this introduced next spring with year, including SRMGC board the same T-1 bentgrass as the members, member golfers, existing greens, which is disease Sunriver management and resistant and weathers heat staff, and some spouses and and cold and excessive drying significant others, all of whom or moisturizing. He also said enjoyed a beautifully prepared that the ponderosa pines on dinner at the Crosswater Grill, Woodlands No. 8 and 9 fairand listened to some good ways would be “limbed up,” or words from SRMGC Presi- trimmed a little further from
the ground to make hitting shots around or under those trees a little easier. He ended by stating that the Resort realizes the bunkers need work in removing stones and increasing the sand level and will work to achieve those ends. Hill stressed the great working relationship developed between the Resort and the SRMGC and SRWGC in resolving areas of common concern. Hill said the results gleaned by the SRMGC questionnaire that spotlighted pace of play as the number one issue of concern among members was addressed by the Resort early on. Both Hill and Ellender agreed the following made this year were mutually beneficial: • mandatory use of carts for men’s club play only on Wednesdays helped reduce the average round to about 4:17 minutes; • introduction of gold tees for “seniors” to accommodate the USGA effort to tee-it-forward to enhance pace of play and enjoyment; • placement of several laser range finders on the practice ranges; the introduction of
Club discusses “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Diabolically devious plotting and engaging writing will keep you guessing. Amy disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, leaving her handsome husband with his slow southern charm to face the suspicions of police and media. Amy was a beautiful woman, bright and charming. She hated the move from New York to Missouri but times are tough and Nick insisted on returning to his small hometown to help his sister with their ailing parents. Now lovely Amy is gone and the story Nick tells just does not ring true. Can this handsome southern gentleman be a wife killer? Gillian Flynn is a master at taking the reader down unexpected lanes! This is a love it or hate it book and should provide a great discussion. Readers either delight in the inventive story with twists and turns that keep you guessing or are shocked by some of the character’s less savory (possibly downright evil) actions. I am in the delighted by camp. I found the story highly original and fun to read. It is a New York Times Bestseller, has been featured on NPR, and is a book club favorite. Nov. 18 the Non-Fiction
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Book Club discusses “The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher; the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis” by Timothy Egan. Art can be a powerful medium for raising social conscience. Edward Curtis aimed his lens and showed the world another truth, a clear vision of Native Americans. He showed us an old woman, the daughter of a chief, living in squalor taunted by rock throwing white boys south of Seattle. His photography was art, his pictures just as powerful as any painting. Curtis changed public perception of Native Americans, not so many years after official practices that could be called genocide. He showed us a culture and a people deserving respect. Curtis lived rough, traveling far and wide, across a land he loved, to capture ceremonies and customs before they were lost. In the process he lost a marriage and the opportunity of a stable career. Egan pays homage to the man and his quest. Join us for some interesting discussions. Everyone is welcome. Information: 541-593-2525, www.sunriverbooks.com
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benches on the par 3 holes; • hosting two golf-appreciation days and lunches at the beginning and end of the season. Hill also received a voice vote confirmation of the extension of treasurer Scott Brown’s and secretary Paul Grieco’s board tenures as officers for at least another year. Scott Brown reported the SRMGC had 107 members this year, just three fewer than last year, but 17 new members (five more than last year). Because the club started the year with a budget surplus, the SRMGC board distributed some of it back in the form of four “hosted” lunches during the course of the playing year, with the SRMGC picking up
the lunch tab. Brown announced that 76 SRMGC members won prize money this year, with more than 50 percent winning more than $100. There were 900 SRMGC rounds played this year vs. 1,100 last year, the drop due in part to a slightly curtailed golf season and the introduction of a few more outside events played at Sunriver this year, most notably the PGA Professional Championship in June. Playing awards Trophies were awarded to players who distinguished themselves in various categories during the 2013 playing season. The club championship was won by Brian Guilfoyle in gross play, shooting a 148 over two rounds besting his near-
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Steve Peters, left, used his 3 wood to stroke a double eagle on Woodlands par 5 number six hole. Aaron Baker, right, was the leading club money winner in 2013.
Raffle and auction The evening ended with numerous prizes being raffled, offering equipment purchased at cost from the Resort including gloves, several dozens of golf balls, and several items of golf clothing. Area vendors supported the evening as well offering two gift cards for dinner from Marcello’s Restaurant, one from the Sunriver Brew House, and two vouchers for simulator golf time from Pro Golf of Bend. The Resort graciously gave rounds of golf gratis for 4 foursomes at Crosswater, and SRMGC members Jim Zant and Paul Grieco donated two tickets to the annual Oregon vs. Oregon State “Civil War” football game. The golf rounds and football tickets were auctioned in spirited rounds of bidding, with the proceeds going to the SRMGC to support hosted lunches for the next golf season.
est competitor by 8 strokes. behind; Gary Brooks (second Charles Pearlman won the net flight, 19.6 to 15.2), followed championship from the third by Bill Boston; Robert Steflight. Other net winners were phens III (third flight, 29.2 to Robert Hill in flight 1, and 27.3) followed by Eric SaukTom Woodruff in flight 2. konen. This year’s overall match play Leading total money winchampion was Aaron Baker. ner this year was Aaron Baker, Most improved trophy outdistancing second place overall in the SRMGC went finisher, Don Olson. Roundto rookie member Mike Spaniol who Membership We learn so many things from golf — niftily dropped his renewal how to suffer, for instance. handicap from 21.6 One of the fato 16.3. Other most ~ Bruce Lansky, author and poet vorite features improved trophies about weekly were awarded to Daplay to memrin Davis (first flight, 8.1 to ing out the top five were Don bers of the SRMGC is that 5.2), with Scott Brown closely Larson, Robert Hill and Tom results are posted immediately Woodruff. By category, the after each competition to the top five money winners in club’s web site, including a “Weekly Game Winnings” pro-style money list that cumuwere Aaron Baker, Brian Guil- latively tracks each player’s winfoyle, Dan Frantz, Don Olson nings week-to-week in various and Randy Schneider. In “Skins categories: Weekly game winWinnings” the top five were nings, closest to pin, low gross Don Olson, Don Larson, Paul and low net scores, match play Grieco, Aaron Baker and Tom and club championship, and Woodruff. net and gross skins winnings. The 18-Hole Challenge A separate competition, The Gross Championship was 18 hole challenge, is tracked closely contested, finally won similar to pro golf ’s Kodak by Aaron Baker (7 under) in Challenge TM, tallying the best a card playoff over Don Ol- scores relative to par for each son, followed by Robert Hill hole over the course of the year. (6 under), Dan Weybright (6 New members are welcome. under) and Grant Seegraves (3 Sunriver residency is not reunder). The 18-Hole Net Chal- quired. lenge was also narrowly won For more information email with Don Larson (22 under) president Robert Hill at rhill@ finally prevailing, followed by taftcollege.edu or go to www. Eric Saukkonen (21 under), srmensgolf.com Mike Sullivan (20 under), Paul Paul J. Grieco is secretary of the Grieco (20 under) and Tom Sunriver Men’s Golf Club. Email Gleason (20 under). firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vacation Home Maintenance: Top 10 winterizing tasks By Shannon Bassett Central Oregon winters are tough on houses. The key to surviving the winter is preparation and planning. Something as simple as not clearing snow off a deck in a timely fashion can cause deck failure, a regular Sunriver occurrence. Gutters ignored can quickly fill with pine needles and contribute to ice dams. All these issues can be controlled with planning and preparation prior to the arrival of winter weather. The following precautions will help safeguard your home against the cold months that lie ahead.
trickle can turn into a big frozen mess that blocks and potentially cracks pipes. Roof Clean pine needles and debris from your home’s gutters and roof to help prevent ice dams. It’s a good idea give the entire yard a trim right before cleaning the gutters and roof. Make sure that all tree branches are trimmed back from the house and take care of any seasonal trimming needed on the shrubs. Most landscapers in the area will also take care of gutters.
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Sunriver Service District Managing Board October meeting summary public safety The Sunriver Service District Managing Board’s regular meeting was Oct. 17. Board members present: Greg Keller, Ron Angell, Debra Baker, Mike Gocke, Bob Nelson. Staff present: Art Hatch, Marc Mills. Public input -None. Financial report (As of Sept. 30, 2013, unaudited) Resources………...2,032,911 Requirements……....958,852 Fire: Wages & Benefits…....44,553 Materials & Services…53,413 Police: Wages & Benefits…..325,809 Materials & Services…69,703 Bike Patrol…………..40,328 Non-departmental…...24,844 Board actions -Swore in Greg Keller as a board member. -Received the draft audit of the district’s 2012-2013 budget. A Certified Public Accountant issued a clean opinion. -Approved the minutes of the Sept. 19 regular meeting. -Approved payment of $17,522 to SROA for admin-
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istrative and vehicle services rendered in September. -Approved payment of $5,400 to Harrigan, Price Fronk & Co. LLP for the annual audit. -Reviewed status of the search for a third party to review district contracts with SROA. -Approved a letter to be sent to Deschutes County legal counsel regarding third-party review of contracts and legal fees the county charged the district. -Discussed the agenda for the Dec. 8 annual meeting with the Deschutes County Commissioners who function as the Governing Body of the district. -Deferred renewal of a 12-month lease agreement for the district’s office in the Sunriver Business Park to permit research into another option. -Appointed Mike Gocke and Jim Wilson to the district’s budget committee. They join existing committee members Mike Brannan and Bob Wrightson. -Reviewed actions taken during SROA’s September meeting. -Approved the district’s meeting schedule for 2014. -Reviewed subjects discussed during the quarterly meeting between the district chair and SROA president. -A work group conducted a preliminary analysis of concepts to upgrade the public safety building. Preliminary estimates to remodel the existing loft and dormitory areas of the fire department, and expand
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the building by 8,500 square feet to include the police department, are above $3 million. -Approved a motion to donate a surplus CPR mannequin and two litters to the Crooked River Ranch Fire Department and recycle eleven oxygen bottles. Chiefs’ reports Fire: -In September the department responded to 60 incidents including 31 emergency medical service calls, one motor vehicle accident with injuries, three natural gas leaks, two fires, six service calls, nine good intent calls and four false alarms. -Chief Hatch said the department has responded to 120 more calls this year compared to last year. He said with visitation to Sunriver normalizing, he expects the department to receive about 700 calls a year. -The department participated in the second annual safety
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Chief Mills hopes some of this year’s bike officers return next year. -Officer Lance Woodward resigned. The opening has been posted and applications are being accepted through Nov. 4. Chief Mills said a replacement could be hired in January. -Sunriver police officers received their latest training in hazardous materials from the Sunriver Fire Department. -Chief Mills noted an increase in criminal activity, primarily burglaries, since Labor Day. -Chief Mills noted the 662 community policing contacts in 2012 were more than the four previous years combined. He described the contacts as proactive interactions with the public by the officers that had nothing to do with police business…just saying hello. Mills also noted the 902 traffic stops officers made in 2012 were down from the high of 1,202 traffic stops in 2002. -Mills sent officers out on patrol during two recent power outages to deter criminal activity. -Mills reviewed his department’s response to two recent natural gas leaks. One required a partial evacuation of the homes on a lane. The second leak, a few days later and within feet of the first, was more severe and required a total evacuation of all the homes on the same lane. Mills said an evacuation facility would be designated in future events so that people who are forced to leave have somewhere to go. -Mills investigated three complaints against officers
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9/1 Report of subjects throwing eggs at passing cars at circle 10. UTL 9/1 Assisted and transported a marathon runner who had a medical issue and couldn’t finish race. 9/1 Noise complaint from the wine festival area. Officer advised the RP that the festival had a live band permit. RP was not happy. 9/2 Reported explosion on Tournament Lane of an unknown type of bottle bomb. No injuries, no damage. 9/4 Report of a suspicious male sitting in a vehicle at circle 6. Officer made contact and found out the car had a dead battery. Assisted with a jumpstart. 9/5 Bicycle accident on Abbot Drive. Sunriver paramedics responded and transported the patient to SCMC for further treatment and evaluation. 9/9 Report of a physical domestic dispute at location on Tokatee Lane. Alcohol was a factor. Male half chose to leave for the evening. 9/11 Gas line break on Goldfinch. 9/11 Report of juveniles on Harper Bridge throwing rocks at passing vehicles. UTL 9/12 Mountain bike theft reported from location on Overlook Lane. Identifying sticker reads “Ride it like you stole it!” 9/13 Conducted a traffic stop on Cottonwood Road. It was determined that the driver had failed to register as a sex offender and was taken into custody. 9/14 Report of a noise complaint at a Wildflower Condo. It was a family playing a card game. 9/18 RP on Rager Mountain Lane reported hearing a door open in the middle of the night and then finding an unlocked door. Extra patrol requested. 9/22 Report from Sunriver Resort of an intoxicated male who was attempting to enter one of the lodge vans. He was stopped before he could drive off. UTL 9/22 Report of a possible computer virus scam. RP was surfing the web when a virus infiltrated his firewall and directed him to a website informing him he had violated Interpol laws and was required to pay a fee to continue his searches. 9/24 Request from DCSO to locate three semi-trucks driving recklessly on Highway 97. Traffic stop was conducted on one of the trucks. 9/28 Theft of a bicycle from location on Beaver Drive. The bike had been locked to a bike rack for more than a month.
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in 2012 and found them all unfounded. One complaint was by an individual who was stopped multiple times over a period of a month. Mills’ investigation determined the individual was stopped once on Highway 97 by the Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office, and twice in Sunriver by the SRPD. One of the stops in Sunriver was for speeding, the second was for equipment violations and both were justified. Another individual filed a complaint for having been stopped twice in one week. Chief Mills found the stops justified because the individual was driving different cars. A third complaint was of profiling based on the type of vehicle being driven. Mills found the traffic stops were justified due to the poor condition of the vehicle. The meeting adjourned at 4:26 to executive session to discuss negotiations with the firefighters union and for a litigation status update. The next regular meeting of the managing board is Nov. 14, 3 p.m. in the Sunriver Fire Station training room, 57475 Abbot Drive. Approved meeting minutes are posted, as available, at: www.sunriversd.org
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The Sunriver Music Festival and the High Desert Museum are collaborating on a festive Christmas event that will feature violinist Aaron Meyer, guitarist Tim Ellis and their four-piece band. The museum will open the evening of Friday, Dec. 13, for a special viewing of the museum’s exhibits, a full concert and refreshments from the Sunriver Brewing Company. This family-friendly event begins with a special viewing of the museum’s indoor exhibits followed by the concert. Doors open at 5 p.m. for ticket holders and the concert begins at 6:30. Aaron Meyer performs cutting edge original music and arrangements with virtuosity and passion. Meyer brings his fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and genuinely connects with audiences of all ages. Meyer’s unique brand of music bridges world, contemporary progressive rock and classical genres.
A classically-trained violinist since age 5, Meyer debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has soloed with major international symphony orchestras and ballet companies, in addition to performing for many world leaders and dignitaries. Meyer has worked with vastly contrasting artists such as Pink Martini, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Leftover Salmon, 2002 Miss America Katie Harman, and the platinum record selling band, Everclear. Meyer’s love for young people and education inspired him to create unique music educational programs, including his Classroom Music Project. Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis will bring the three-day program to Three Rivers School Dec. 11-13. All students K8 will participate in writing lyrics, creating songs and producing their own CD during the three-day program. “This will be the fourth
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Sunriver women’s nine hole golfers finish the season By Sid Caba The Sunriver Nine Holers gathered at SHARC for their end of the season awards luncheon in September. Members were greeted by the group’s leaders — Vicki Doerfler and Kathy Wrightson, before enjoying a lunch prepared by The Sunriver Brewing Company. After lunch a meeting was held to bring members up to date on Nine Hole activities and to present awards. The club
will not host an invitational golf day in 2014, but it is hoped our members will continue to be invited to other golf club events, as is presently happening with Widgi Creek. A brick has been purchased to be placed at SHARC in honor of out beloved past president, Jeannette Winkelman, who worked hard to promote and develop the Nine Holers to the popular golf group it has become.
Members were also reminded to return their applications and dues ($50) for the 2014 season before Feb. 15. Lastly, Gila Taylor offered her home for a holiday party, date to be announced. Marilyn Murphy and Harriet Yandt passed out winnings to the weekly game winners. Earning the big bucks was Sheri Schneider — $36. Schneider also won the trophy for Most Improved Golfer of 2013.
Three Rivers School ranked in top 10 percent in state Bend-La Pine Schools’ effort to educate every student is paying dividends, according to results released in the Oregon Department of Education’s Report Card Oct. 10. ODE gave 26 of the district’s 28 schools its top ratings – Level 4 and Level 5. Five schools: Amity Creek, Buckingham, High Lakes, Three Rivers, William E. Miller elementary schools, earned the state’s highest mark and were considered to be among the top 10 percent in the state. “Our results are the product of the hard work of fantastic teachers, administrators, and support staff who have focused diligently over the past decade on continuous improvement,” said Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Ron Wilkinson. “I am so very proud of the
superior teachers, steady upward progress and noteworthy student achievement that is documented in the new state school reporting system,” said Gayle Vidal, principal of Three Rivers School in the Sunriver Business Park. “Being a Title 1 school means we have significant levels of poverty, measured by the number of children who qualify for free/reduced meals. Our official poverty rate hovers around 60 percent. “I am equally proud that Three Rivers was one of five schools in the Bend-La Pine district to earn a 5 rating, placing us in the top 10 percent of all schools in Oregon. What a testimony to the collective efforts of students, school staff, parents and community who support the educational success of our students!” Vidal said.
Sheri Schneider is the Sunriver Nine Holers’ Most Improved Golfer in 2013.
Wilkinson credited School Improvement Wednesdays as the single most significant factor contributing to the success. “School Improvement Wednesdays have provided us a consistent time for continuing professional development, teacher collaboration, gaining understanding and implementing systems, and the deeper dives into the data to figure our what we need to do to meet the needs each child,” he said. “I feel good that I can look any person in the community in the eye and feel confident in assuring them that it would make no difference which of our schools their child attended, because every single school is outstanding. I am proud to say that all of our students are receiving great educations,” Wilkinson said.
Only three birdie pins were awarded: Ellen Newbore, Vicki Doerfler and Sheri Schneider are the proud golfers who earned them. Marlys “Marvelous” Lysaker is the Most Dedicated Golfer and runner-up for Most Improved Golfer. All attendees received Sunriver Resort gift cards. The Nine Holers know how to have fun while honing their skills and learning to play a good game of golf. If you are interested in joining, please call Kathy Wrightson at 541593-6135.
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Parking lot paving included in fall road projects Lower than expected asphalt costs allowed Sunriver Owners Association to squeeze in a long desired improvement to its fall road improvement projects – paving of the gravel parking lot at Fort Rock Park playground. “Low asphalt costs gave us an opportunity to fit in another project,” said Mark Smith, SROA Public Works director. “We were able to the convert gravel parking lot in front of the playground to a paved lot which cleans up a safety issue and doubles the available parking with designated spaces.” The project to pave this particular lot had been on the wish list since 2007 when then interim Public Works director Herb Dix first drew up the plans. “The bids came in lower than anticipated so we were able to
find another project. We ran it through Finance and Design Committees and they liked it. We will still be under budget even with parking lot project,” Smith said. Entry to the newly paved parking lot has been relocated to the west, which should reduce traffic congestion around the intersection of East Cascade Road and Fort Rock Lane. Access to a small gravel parking lot east of the pickleball courts will be closed to further reduce congestion along the busy thoroughfare. “There was room for maybe five cars to park in that undesignated lot and they had to back out onto to the road to get out of that space,” Smith said. “There’s more than enough room in the newly paved lot to replace that area.”
Four miles of Sunriver roads underwent full-depth reclamation (FDR) or were patched and repaved during this fall’s road improvement cycle. A number of parking lots received a seal coat treatment and were striped. Total fall road project costs are estimated at $800,000 to $900,000. The money to pay for the projects comes from the SROA reserve fund which SROA members have been funding at $30 a month since 2010. Smith said placing rock along the shoulders of all roads that received FDR and overlay treatments is the final phase of this fall’s road construction projects. Placement of shoulder rock will continue into mid-November and can be done in rain. In the meantime, the SROA
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sales at highest level since 2007 By John Fettig Home sales are showing a positive growth trend in Sunriver. Through September, closings and sales volume were up more than 20 percent compared to last year and are at the strongest level since 2007. The average home selling price increased 5 percent to $400,000 this year — the first increase in seven years. As the chart below indicates, average home selling prices in Sunriver have enjoyed steady growth since 1994. Sunriver Resort and Sunriver Realty recently conducted a study of guests who have stayed in the past 18 months to assess how many become owners in Sunriver. We found that at least one-third of buyers during this period stayed at the resort. (This does not include buyers who may have stayed here for a conference, or with another family member and registered
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under a different name.) Guests who purchased during this time period stayed an average of three times over a course of 3.5 years before purchasing a home, and 68 percent of buyers were Oregon residents. There is a positive correlation between growth in Sunriver guest occupancy and home sales activity, both of which have increased this year. As visitors come to Sunriver and enjoy the unparalleled recreational activities, beautiful surroundings and relaxing lifestyle — it’s no surprise that many want to come back to stay — and own. Optimism has returned to our market, and we are enjoying the positive changes.
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Author Linda Lee Peterson to present Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., Linda Lee Peterson will be at Sunriver Books & Music for a presentation on her book “The Devil’s Interval.” Peterson is a Northwest author residing in Portland. The San Francisco setting is artfully incorporated into the story and Maggie Fiori is a strong female protagonist. Peterson has avoided the pitfalls of making her protagonist either too cozy or too hard-bitten and has crafted a character that feels real. Maggie is a devoted mother to two sons. She works as a magazine editor and her interactions with her coworkers are snappy yet ring true. Maggie has an appealing husband, Michael, who takes part in the story in meaningful ways. In a prior book, she made a mistake, putting their relationship in jeopardy; now they are in counseling and the counseling sessions give the story some amusing moments. It is nice to read about a couple who are not always perfect but both strive to be nurturing and reach reasonable compromises when in conflict. In “The Devil’s Interval” Isabella, an attorney working for a client on death row, seeks Maggie’s aid. She believes Maggie’s magazine might un-
Michelle Sosinski was trying to take a picture of what she described as “a typical fall day in Sunriver,” when she snapped this image Oct. 4 with her iPhone. It wasn’t until she looked at the image that she saw the rainbow which she said “captures the magic of Sunriver.”
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Asia Watch: A spin around Asia By Michael J. Ranieri As I have done in the past I thought I would take this opportunity to bring you up to date on a few issues that have been percolating in Asia the past few months.
business in China. They want to woo foreign investors to their shores where it is much cheaper to operate. They are also mindful that it may be losing its appeal as manufacturers have been opting for cheaper opportunities in other Asian China countries like Indonesia. The Chinese economy grew But, Vietnam is not without by “only” 7.5 percent in the its share of serious problems. It second quarter of this year and too is in an economic slump. a Chinese manufacturing index It has been severely hurt by rose less than analysts forecast slower lending as banks strain in September. These under the weight numbers cast some of bad debt indoubt on the strength curred largely of the economy. by the state secWhy is China going tor. So what will through this rough Vietnam do to patch? One problem get back on track is weak demand. Chiand compete with na’s big customers, China? They are Europe and the U.S., planning several aren’t buying enough Michael Ranieri initiatives: they to keep all of China’s will remove profactories humming. Second, tections and create a level playworkers’ salaries have risen ing field so that companies about 20 percent annually. may start competing with This new wealth has pushed up one another. They plan to sell prices. Factor in higher energy shares in state companies such costs, and it is easy to see why as Vietnam Airlines CorporaChina has lost some of its edge tion and Vietnam Oil and Gas as a world manufacturing hub. Group. They will also allow greater foreign ownership of Vietnam into the breach: banks and devalue its currency Not so fast with the hope of increasing Vietnam would like to capi- exports. Finally, and this is talize on the rising cost of doing quite interesting: to better its
image and to better reflect the economic and political changes taking place in the country, the Communist Party of Vietnam is contemplating changing the name of the country from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Chinese government is not exactly resting on its laurels. It has announced that they will establish an 11 square mile free-trade zone in Shanghai. In this modern-day version of the special economic zones created by Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s to establish islands of private enterprise in the Communist country, here is what Beijing hopes to accomplish: foreigners will find it easier to set up businesses in the zone; investors will be able to move capital into and out of the country with few restrictions; and banks, not the government, will set the interest rates on deposits. This experiment by the Chinese could be the first step in long awaited reforms of its financial system. I also venture to say that if successful, these reforms would enable Shanghai to woo business away from Hong Kong and before long we could witness Hong Kong being eclipsed by Shanghai as a financial center for China and the region. Philippines: Three-week rebel standoff ends The standoff between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels who held nearly 200 people
hostage in the southern Philippine town of Zamboanga ended on Sept. 28 after all of the remaining captives were freed. Only a handful of the Moro National Liberation Front rebels remain in hiding and are being sought by government troops. Overall, more than 200 people were killed in the clashes, including 183 rebels, 23 soldiers and police and 12 civilians. 195 hostages had either been rescued, managed to escape or were freed. The various insurgencies in the south are driven in large part by beliefs by Muslims that they are left out of economic development by the Christian dominated national government. Note to travelers to the Philippines. None of the violence has been directed at foreigners. It is safe to travel to the main tourist sites in the country, including the capital city of Manila, which is more than 6,000 miles north of Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao. On Oct. 14, the Sunriver Marketplace donated more than $500 worth of food to the Sunriver Care & Share program, a community outreach provided by Holy Trinity Church and Sunriver Christian Fellowship. The pallet of donated food included canned soup and vegetables, boxes of cereal, macaroni and cheese and jars of spaghetti sauce. Roger Pfeiffer said this latest Sunriver Marketplace donation
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Singapore: Foreigner curbs The country is persisting with a four-year campaign to reduce its reliance on foreign workers. In a recent development it will widen its foreign worker curbs to professional jobs as the government will clamp down on companies that hire overseas talent at the expense of citizens. The Southeast Asian nation said that it will set up a job bank where companies are required to advertise positions to Singaporeans before applying for so-called employment passes for foreign professionals. What has prompted this campaign? Singaporeans blame the country’s open immigration policy for the intense competition for housing, jobs and education.
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From left: Ted Finch, Terri Williams and Ed Davis pose food the Sunriver Marketplace donated to the Sunriver Care & Share program.
represents about 10-percent of the supplies Care & Share distributes the last Friday of each month to local families in need. “It came at a timely time, because next month we switch to the Christmas Baskets program. We also appreciate the Marketplace for providing empty boxes for the monthly distribution. They have been diligent,” Pfeiffer said.
Prune or remove trees. Keep grass and weeds cut low. Clear wood piles and building materials away from your home. Keep your yard and roof clean. Keep address signs visible. Choose fire-resistant building materials and lawn furniture. Recyle yard debris - avoid burning. Be prepared to respond to wildfire.
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Sunriver Pets: Healthy weight, healthy pet By Dr. Wendy Merideth As winter approaches, inclement weather forces us to hunker down in preparation for the long winter. Storing body fat was once a very important part of survival when food sources were scarce in the winter, but this is not a contemporary problem in the United States. According to a 2012 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58 percent of cats and 52 percent of dogs in the U.S. were overweight. As with people, obesity leads to a myriad of diseases including diabetes mellitus, pancreatitis, respiratory disease, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Ask your veterinarian to evaluate your pet for ideal body condition. We want to be able to easily feel your pet’s ribs with a flat palm, but not see the ribs. We also like to see a waistline. If your pet is overweight and middle-aged, he or she could have a common endocrinopathy called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can cause obesity because there is not enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone is responsible for a healthy metabolism, and when deficient results in fat accumulation. Hypothyroidism is easy to diagnose and the treatment is merely a daily supplement of the thyroid hormone. Losing weight can be difficult, but the rewards are worth the struggle. Daily walks will help your dog lose weight and
consequently will benefit you by reducing stress, strengthening cardiovascular health, increasing energy, and improving balance. Fortunately for Sunriver dogs, there are 35 miles of paved walking paths! Cats are tricky. The typical feline will sleep and rest approximately 15 hours per day. To promote activity, place their food somewhere where they have to jump. Use puzzle toys to make them work for their food. Toys such as The Panic Mouse provide random interactive play. There is certainly no shortage of creative cat toys at pet stores designed to encourage fat cats to move. If your pet needs to lose weight, think of some common sense ideas for your situation. It may be a reduction in the number of treats per day or cutting out table scraps. Make sure you accurately measure the amount of food your pet gets daily. I had a client who swore his obese Boxer only received one cup of food per day. Later in the conversation it was determined this cup was a 34 ounce coffee can. Please come by Sunriver Veterinary Clinic for a free measuring cup. We also have many low calorie diets designed to help your pets lose weight. Sunriver Veterinary Clinic, 56815 Venture Lane, conducts free pet weight checks during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (541) 593-8128. A
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of juicy feature the magazine’s readers would find interesting. Maggie and her crew start looking into the life of the victim, finding far more than the shallow society dame they expected. Peterson’s mystery is a fascinating story with complicated characters that do not always adhere to societal norms but challenge the readers to see past stereotypes. Witty repartee and devious plot twists keep the mystery entertaining. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for door prizes. Sign up to attend this free event by calling 541-593-2525, e-mailing sunriverbooks@sunriverbooks. com or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music.
There are occasions when the Sunriver Owners Association sends out mass emails through our secure online database to inform members of important news and happenings in Sunriver. But we can only do this if you have registered on the SROA website and provide us with a current email address. It is also important to remember to update this information should you change your email address.
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will help jumpstart economic development in the La Pine area and be an asset for the entire organization,” said Roger Lee, executive director for EDCO. Vic Russell, local business owner and chair of La Pine Economic Development, a newly formed advisory board for the position, noted, “with the economy in the La Pine area recovering but still weaker than we want, we are very eager for Gerry to get started.” Albert’s employment with EDCO began Oct. 14. Economic Development for Central Oregon Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a private nonprofit corporation founded 32 years ago and dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving regional economy by attracting new investment and traded-sector jobs (manufacturing, professional, headquarters and high technology businesses) through marketing, recruitment and substantive assistance to existing companies. Information: www.edcoinfo .com
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Letters from our readers commentary Chorus of One: IRAP rate adjustment not fair Brian Cameron, Sunriver and Sherwood The SROA board has determined the IRAP (Independent Rental Access Program) isn’t covering costs. In a letter from Bob Nelson, he stated the average cost for amenities was $11-$12 per visit. By my calculations, based upon the direct operational expense reported, the cost per visit was $8.07 ($2,033,000 cost divided by 251,808 visitors –Property Management, IRAP and Paid Gate). The actual revenue per visit was $9.73. ($2,450,000 revenues divided by 251,808 visitors) resulting in a net profit of $420,519 or $1.67 per visit. Even though the SHARC is profitable, a recommendation was made to establish a “rainy day” fund (reserve) in case of economic downturn, or unforeseen bad weather. As of July 31, 2013, the total cash on the books was $6,778,000, which includes a reserve cash fund of $2,941,000. We are coming out of the worst recession in U.S. history. And yet, usage of the SHARC is increasing. Sunriver has 300
days of sunshine per year! The SHARC is profitable, the association has almost $3,000,000 in reserves, and yet, they increased my IRAP fees 72.7 percent to help pay for a “rainy day” fund. If a “rainy day” fund is need-
SHARC employees help save a wedding Michelle Sweet, Sunriver We were scheduled to have a backyard wedding for our daughter at our Sunriver home on Saturday, Sept. 28. With the disastrous turn of weather (Bob Shaw was still predicting 70 degrees Thursday evening), we realized very early Friday morning we had an emergency...160 relatives were on their way to help us celebrate outside! My husband and I showed up at SHARC at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 to explain our dilemma to Chris Harrison (SHARC Events Coordinator). His response was: “Tell me what we can do for you.” He showed us the venue, said he knew the caterers, and
ed, why gouge the IRAP or PM groups? These programs bring 70 percent of all visitors to Sunriver. All homeowners were required to fund the construction of the SHARC. All homeowners should share in the cost to create a “rainy day” fund. How can I ask my renters to pay 72.7 percent more on their
rental? I can’t! So, my rental business is in jeopardy due to this outrageous increase. And fewer renters will impact the businesses in Sunriver. Not fair or just! Editor’s note: The author of this letter has no connections to Brian Cameron, business manager of the Sunriver Brewing Company.
gave us all we needed to save the day. We worked through the logistics of shuttles, sound, kitchen, and all the rest by early afternoon. Most importantly, he was so kind, so reassuring, and so professional. Clearly he had experience with “Plan Bs.” I cannot emphasize enough what relief he brought us. The wedding was a total success, the bride and groom so happy. We are so thankful to Chris. We homeowners do not always get to appreciate what wonderful people work for us. He gets our vote for most valuable employee ever! Editor’s note: Dustin Steward helped Chris Harrison make ready, on short notice, Benham Hall at SHARC for the Peterson wedding. “All our departments and staff go above and beyond
for our owners and guests on a daily basis but this was truly an example of extraordinary service,” said Shawn Cannon, SROA Recreation Director.
Volunteer in Action participant and a previous member of the Sunriver Women’s Club (knitting chemo caps) and the Assistance League of Bend. Marilyn had a passion for books (Sunriver Library Book Remembering Club) and gourmet cooking. Marilyn Ducich In previous years, she was acNancy Farnham, Sunriver tive in the monthly community Marilyn Dupotlucks. cich, a 16-year A celebration of permanent resiher life is tentadent of Sunriver, tively planned for passed away Oct. June 2014. 3, 2013. She Her famthrived on being ily would like to deeply involved in thank the Sunriver this community. Fire Department Marilyn played for their profesbridge during the sional assistance. time it was at the “The effect of Lodge, was a SMART volun- one good-hearted person is teer at Three Rivers School, a incalculable.” Oscar Arias.
From the editor’s desk: Answering questions about increased IRAP fees By Brooke Snavely
Sunriver owner Brian Cameron poses some interesting questions about the Independent Rental Access Program (IRAP) in his “rate adjustment not fair” Chorus of One letter published in this month’s issue. In an effort to accurately respond to his questions, I consulted with the SROA Controller Jamie Kendellen and SROA Recreation Director Shawn Cannon, who both served on the six-person Amenities Admission Model workgroup that spent eight months researching the new IRAP pricing model. Concern: The calculation of average cost for amenities is $8.07 per visit. ($2,033,000 cost divided by 251,808 visitors – Property Management, IRAP & Paid Gate). Revenue per visit was $9.73 per visit. (Paraphrased.) Explanation: The numbers presented above only account for SHARC operations (and only direct expenses of SHARC operations). The “cost” above of $2,033,000 does not include tennis, North Pool, overhead or reserve contributions for the future repair and replacement of
assets required by law. The “cost” above also does not include the new rainy day fund SROA is creating to ensure homeowners against bad summer weather seasons and downturns in the economy. Cost per visit: Total cost to the organization for one year of SHARC, North Pool and tennis operations is roughly $3.9 million and total number of visitors was around 340,000 for all facilities, which equates to about $11 to $12 cost per visit. Revenue per visit: Total revenue quoted above is also SHARC only, and the number of visitations quoted above is inaccurate for all facilities. Total SHARC, North Pool and tennis revenue was around $2.8 million and total number of visitors was around 340,000 which equates to around $8.25 revenue per visit on average for all users. As SROA is short almost $3.25 per visit, this equates to homeowners subsidizing operations to the tune of $1.1 million. Concern: There is a reserve fund. Why do we need a rainy day fund? (Paraphrased). Explanation: The reserve fund is not a rainy day fund. The reserve fund is established by Oregon law to cover future repair and replacement of existing assets. That is the only use for the funds allowed by law. Those funds cannot be utilized
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in the event of an unexpected bad summer weather season or sluggish economy.
Concern: If a “rainy day fund” is needed, why gouge the IRAP or PM groups? These programs bring 70 percent of all visitors to Sunriver. All homeowners were required to fund the construction of the SHARC. All homeowners should share in the cost to create a “rainy day” fund. Explanation: This would not be in keeping with SROA’s promise to homeowners before SHARC was built that the SHARC would cover its costs. Establishing an operational reserve to weather a downturn in usage is a cost of doing business and has been included in the cost of a visit. Most simply, those using the facilities should cover their own visitor costs. For every IRAP user who wants SROA to ask all homeowners to fund the SHARC, there are as many, if not more, non-IRAP homeowners who do not want to pay for SHARC if they do not use it. They paid to build it and will see that value in their property values. They do not see value in paying for ongoing operations unless they actually use the facility. Concern: How can I ask my renters to pay 72 percent more on their rental? Explanation: The cost of participating in IRAP is one of many costs www.sunriverowners.org
The costs and revenues the author cites do not include tennis and North Pool overhead or reserve contributions for future repair and replacement as required by law, nor do they include the new rainy day fund SROA is creating to protect homeowners against bad summer weather which could result in decreased attendance.
to operate a rental and should be factored in proportionately. How each IRAP participant decides to handle the increased cost is the individual’s choice. Individual IRAP participants may not be alone. Other IRAP participants are probably asking themselves similar questions. How should they adjust their rates to compensate for the increase? Chances are many will increase their nightly rental rates some percentage. It’s probable that those homes that continue to offer IRAP access to SROA’s pools and tennis courts will continue to charge roughly similar nightly rental fees. IRAP participants are now on equal footing with large commercial property managements companies as all admission fees are based on covering the average cost of a visit. It’s a much more level playing field that should bring some peace of mind to independents competing with large-scale operators. IRAP participants may, perhaps, hold a slight advantage in that their guests have access to the pools and tennis courts with one convenient I.D. card. Guests of commercial property managers will have to present a bulk buy ticket for each entry to amenities, which potentially means carrying around a number of tickets. The convenience factor of single card may help IRAP participating homes appear more attractive by comparison.
Concern: My rental business is in jeopardy due to this increase. And fewer renters will impact the businesses in Sunriver. Explanation: All IRAP participants may request reports that show how much their guests used SROA recreation facilities in 2013, and how much it cost the rental owners to participate in the program. Those who participated in 2012 can also look at their year on year usage since SHARC opened. With this information, IRAP participants should be able to make informed cost/benefit decisions about their participation in the program at the new rate. SROA staff is available to help rental homeowners analyze their IRAP costs. Just call the Homeowner Identification office at 541-585-3147 or drop by the SHARC administrative offices. In several instances, staff has helped owners understand whether IRAP is cost effective or cost prohibitive. In a few cases, staff has explained how other programs, such as multi-day passes, might be more cost effective than IRAP at their given level of rental activity. SHARC’s increasing attendance plainly indicates that it is a desirable amenity that guests want to visit. It seems likely that guests will gravitate to rental properties that include access to Sunriver’s recreation amenities. Page 39
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