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EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS ANNISSA ANDERSON, a freelance writer and public relations consultant, also studied culinary arts and worked as a pastry chef in another life. She writes regularly for The Bulletin and other local publications.

Writer and singer/ songwriter LAUREL BRAUNS has been published in The Bulletin and Central Oregon Magazine. She is currently teaching guitar and exploring Bend’s legendary running trails. She performs music around town with her band, the Sweet Harlots.

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AMY JO DETWEILER has worked as OSU Extension Horticulture Faculty for 10 years, educating in home and commercial horticulture, and providing annual training for the local OSU Master Gardener™ Program.

LORI GLEICHMAN considers herself intensely curious about almost anything, which is what makes freelance writing such a joyful experience. When not writing, she works as a marketing/PR consultant, loves to read travel memoirs while dreaming of her own next adventure. She lives in Bend.

ANDREW MOORE formerly covered the arts and business for The Bulletin. He lives in Bend with his wife and three young children.

ROBERT SPRINGER is a freelance writer living in Sisters. He has worked in the banking, television and information technology industries. In addition to writing, he enjoys being delightfully distracted by his schoolage twins.

SUSAN THOMAS SPRINGER began her journalism career as a television news reporter, then worked in corporate marketing. Today, she’s a freelance writer living in Sisters where she and her husband enjoy raising their twins.

DOUG STOTT is the owner of Redmond Greenhouse, a radio talk show host, a TV personality and a writing contributor for area publications, all providing him avenues for sharing his profound love of gardening, people, and his dedication to serve and educate.

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Welcome to Central Oregon Living In the spring of 2005, I began my current position as special projects editor with The Bulletin, one of my duties being to manage editorial content for our department’s flagship publication, Central Oregon New Home Living. At the time, the home lifestyle magazine published just four times each year. Its primary purpose was to feature what’s new and innovative in home planning, building, design and gardening. The now-infamous real estate bubble was far from bursting, and neighborhoods throughout Central Oregon were being planned and constructed at breakneck speed. A regular feature within Central Oregon New Home Living that listed details about the area’s newest subdivisions often became outdated before its pages even hit the press. Relocating to Central Oregon at the time, it seemed, meant more than simply choosing lifestyle

and beauty over the pressures of life more urban or more rural than ours. Back then, moving to the high desert was an investment, as buying a home was an exercise in fiscal improbabilities. As neighborhoods and communities grew, so did the desire for home lifestyle information and ideas. And so grew Central Oregon New Home Living, expanding to six 100-page editions per year. What happened since to our country, of course, will no doubt be studied by economists for decades. There’s no need to get into it here. The important thing to know is that Central Oregon has changed. The fervor surrounding “the bubble” and the concept of unlimited ceilings is a thing of the past. Today, we’re all Central Oregonians again. Rather than losing ourselves in a continual desire to move forward and upgrade, today we’re more prone to kick back and soak up all that surrounds us. Fortunately, the high desert ensures this process can take a while — perhaps years. Today’s Central Oregonian is a skier who clips coupons, bikes to work and enjoys a good microbrew during locals’ night at the neighborhood pub. She’s a locavore who grows vegetables at Bend’s

community garden while researching how one might successfully (and legally) raise egg-laying chickens within the city limits. And he’s a stay-at-home dad who likes to cook, take his kids to story hour at the library and occasionally go geocaching on the weekends. Sure, it’s certainly true these people and those like them have lived in Central Oregon for years. Yet compared to five years ago, many of us today have a greater appreciation for the simpler, more timeless aspects of the area — a recognition that while we search for the light at the end of this economic tunnel, our view during the journey is still pretty awesome. Central Oregon New Home Living, then, has responded to this shift in perspective and attitude. Now called “Central Oregon Living,” this publication will continue to discuss lifestyle in the home and garden. We just won’t do it at the expense of lifestyles outside the home. Through covering additional topics such as events, leisure, food, organization and thrifty living, we hope you find Central Oregon Living more relevant to the overall lifestyle you enjoy here in the high desert. Ben Montgomery is The Bulletin’s special projects editor.

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Jackie and Ray Haworth. Photo by Lyle Cox.

by Andrew Moore / for The Bulletin Special Projects

Several years after purchasing their N.W. Riverfront Street home along the Deschutes River below the Colorado Avenue bridge, Ray and Jackie Haworth determined there was something different about their house. They knew it didn’t look like an ordinary home; it looked more “like a trailer,” said Jackie. But that didn’t bother the couple. Jackie, who

At a Central Oregon logging camp, a crane lifts a portable camp home for placement on a flatbed railroad car. Photo courtesy of the Deschutes County Historical Society.

owned a successful antique consignment store in Laguna Beach, Calif., has an eye for unique things. Rather, it was the inside — the structure of the house — that convinced them there was more to their home. Ray, a retired firefighter and part-time carpenter, made several renovations and kept uncovering oddities he couldn’t explain. Underneath the floor, for instance, were roughhewn two-by-sixes, some of the unmilled lumber even painted red. On another occasion, he punched through an

exterior wall and was amazed to discover it wasn’t filled with fiberglass insulation, but sawdust. The riddle was solved when a former owner of the home showed up and told the Haworths their house was comprised of two logging camp cars that had been dragged to the site decades before and cobbled together, one behind the other. “When we bought the house, we said, ‘Gosh, it looks like a trailer,’ and then we found out it is,” said Jackie. Step inside the house today and it’s hard to tell its past. The Haworths, who bought the

“... the thing about these logging camps was everything was mobile. Every building was designed to be lifted by crane onto a flatbed rail car to go up the line to the next place.”

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home in 1991, when the BrooksScanlon lumber mill was still in operation, have spent two decades artfully turning “the trailer” into a comfortable, well-decorated if cozy 1,300-square-foot home. But stand on the sidewalk and you can see the faint outline of what it once was. Turn your head, too, and you’ll notice several other homes along Riverfront Street that incorporate logging camp cars, the mobile homes for lumberjacks and mill workers that dotted the woods

around Central Oregon when timber was king. By the early 20th century, when the Shevlin-Hixon and BrooksScanlon lumber companies opened mills on either side of the river, most of the region’s easily-accessible timber along the river had been harvested. To provide the logs for their mills, the companies had to go deeper into the forest. They started laying railroad track on spur lines, mostly to the

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south and west of Bend. To house the lumberjacks and sometimes their families, small houses were constructed that could easily be picked up by a crane and placed on flatbed rail cars for transport to the camp. When an area was logged out, the whole camp would be picked up and moved farther down the line. “There was the dining car, the kitchen car, an office car; basically, the thing about these logging camps was everything was mobile,” said Kelly Cannon-Miller, the executive

director of the Des Chutes Historical Museum in Bend. “Every building was designed to be lifted by crane onto a flatbed rail car to go up the line to the next place.” By 1956, the days of the mobile logging camp were over. The prefabricated camp cars were abandoned or sold to millworkers, Cannon-Miller said. “It was really common for people to pick up one or two of these little buildings and put them out on a piece of property to be a summer place or

a fishing cabin,” said Cannon-Miller. “Drive down Highway 97 between here and Gilchrist and watch the side of the road, and you’ll see them, some pieced together into larger houses, because they were so easy to pick up and move.” Cannon-Miller doesn’t know how many logging camp cars may have found a second life as part of a home in Bend. The Haworths believe there are four such homes in their riverfront neighborhood, just downstream from

the old mill sites. Bend resident Rod Tiahrt also owns a home on N.W. Riverfront Street that is made up of old logging camp cars — four of them, to be exact. “The doorways are a foot thick because they we’re pushed together end-to-end,” said Tiahrt, who estimates there at least a dozen logging camp cars in the neighborhood. There are other logging camp cars in the area. On the other side of the river, hiding in plain sight along Shevlin-Hixon Road, next to the Les

Schwab Amphitheater in Bend’s Old Mill District and across the street from the Bend Train Depot, are four restored logging camp cars — still atop flatbed rail cars — that are used as dressing rooms for touring amphitheater acts. In addition, The High Desert Museum owns three logging camp cars it plans to restore for a future exhibit. As for the Haworths, they said they didn’t believe at first that their home was an old logging camp car.

Jackie jokes that she’s spent years trying to disguise the fact that it was an old trailer, but concedes it’s a story that “everyone loves.”

A Central Oregon logging camp (below) is lined with both timber and portable buildings for its workers. All historical photos courtesy of the Deschutes County Historical Society.

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CENTRAL OREGON 101: Roundabouts

Art in the ROUND by Lori Gleichman, for The Bulletin Special Projects Department

As envisioned, roundabouts were intended to facilitate a smoother flow of traffic through the growing city of Bend. But other benefits have since been realized in addition to efficiency. Despite some early resistance and controversy, roundabouts have proven to be safer than traditional intersections, more environmentally sensitive as they reduce the resulting smog buildup and they don’t require electricity for lights, and they’re more visually appealing than a congested intersection. By recent count, Bend has 22 roundabouts managing traffic with another five in the planning stages. But what residents and visitors alike have come to appreciate most is the public art that graces the center of many of the roundabouts. At its inception, the roundabout public art program was a unique partnership between the City of Bend and private developers that built the roundabouts, the Bend Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Brooks Resources) that paid for the art installed in the traffic circles, and Art in Public Places, which facilitated the process of selecting the best locations and the artists. Since 2001, 16 sculptures have been placed,

giving rise to oratory and opinions each time another is unveiled. Whether deliberately intended or not, the final selections of sculptural art have created a balance that celebrates the Northwest and its unique beauty and environments, Central Oregon’s historic roots, and contemporary pieces that provoke thoughtful debate. And since the first few pieces were selected, it has become a more inclusive process where the public is invited to view the final selections, better understand the artists’ intentions with the designs, and then vote on the one they prefer. While Art in Public Places has the final say, happily, every sculpture that has been chosen was also voted as a favorite by the public, or the artist was favored by the public, according to Cate O’Hagan, executive director of Arts Central, which is managing ArtMatch, a new art initiative and the current funding vehicle for public art. Some of the more “discussed” pieces include one of the first sculptures gifted to Bend: Phoenix Rising, found at the roundabout at Galveston and 14th Street. Affectionately known by locals as the “Flaming Chicken,” the red-painted aluminum piece by Frank Boyden set the tone early on for passionate debate about public art. Others, like the huge bronze bear at the intersection of 9th and Franklin, are fondly considered an appropriate fixture on the road that leads to Bend High School, home of the Lava Bears. Bend’s first roundabout (left) was constructed on the intersection of Colorado and Century Drive in 1999. Bulletin file photo.

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• In 2005, Bend’s Roundabout sculptures were honored by Americans for the Arts as being among the 37 most innovative approaches to Public Art in the country.

$1,000,000 for new public art by Dec. 31, 2010.

• Through the ArtMatch program, Brooks Resources will match both public and private donations, giving Bend a potential of

• Bend’s first roundabout was built in 1999 at the intersection of Colorado and Century Drive. Bend’s first multi-lane roundabout,

• You can take a tour of Bend Roundabout art by calling Green Energy Transportation and Tour at 541-610-6103

completed in 2007, is found at Bond and Wilson in the Old Mill District. • Once the piece of art work is gift to the city of Bend, it is the City’s responsibility to maintain the works including repairing any damage from vandalism or traffic accidents.



by Annissa Anderson / for The Bulletin Special Projects • Photos by Nicole Werner

Often simple and familiar, comfort foods provide a high level of well-being and satisfaction.

Everyone knows comfort food. It’s what we all crave when we’re sick with the flu, when studying for an important exam, or when the mid-winter blahs set in. Simply put, comfort food feeds our soul. Officially, comfort food is defined as food we consume to achieve some level of improved emotional status, whether that is to relieve a negative psychological effect or to

increase a positive one. More generally, it can be thought of as food that brings some form or measure of comfort, sense of well-being, or easy satisfaction. These food choices often consist of the simple and familiar. Many are warm and filling and made with basic starches — pasta, potatoes or polenta — or common cuts of meats. Others are uncomplicated, classic desserts or sweets.

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Classic Macaroni & Cheese (Serves 6) There’s only one way to make real mac-n-cheese, right? This classic recipe uses the traditional béchamel sauce and elbow macaroni. The only variable is the type of cheese you use. This is a purely personal decision, but a mix of mild and sharp cheeses, like sharp and extra-sharp cheddar with Monterrey Jack, is generally preferred.


8 tablespoons butter 6 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Kosher salt and ground white pepper 3 cups hot milk, any fat content 4 cups grated cheese 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

cup at a time, and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low and stir in 2 cups of cheese. Cook, stirring, until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.


1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Make the béchamel: Melt only 6 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes (flour mixture must foam as it cooks, or sauce will taste of raw flour). Stir in cayenne and season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in hot milk, 1/2

3. Combine the pasta and béchamel sauce in a large bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the bottom of a buttered 8-by-11-inch baking dish. Place one-third of the pasta in the baking dish, top with 1/2 cup of cheese, then repeat, layering pasta and cheese, ending with cheese, making three layers in all. 4. Melt the remaining butter in a skillet. Add bread crumbs, coat with melted butter, and sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. Bake until crust is golden, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

3 Spins on Baked Pasta Classic macaroni and cheese is basically cooked pasta and sauce, baked together. This combination works quite well with many variations. Try one of the baked pasta and sauce ideas below for a fun new comfort food.

Penne, Ragu and Italian Sausage Cook penne pasta and mix with your favorite purchased ragù sauce, ricotta cheese and sautéed sweet Italian sausage. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Some say comfort food must be home-prepared, though it’s now popular for many restaurant chefs to include their own variations of traditional comfort foods on their menus, made with more complicated cooking methods, higher quality ingredients and artful presentations. Home chefs are also reinventing their mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes to suit their own modern tastes while keeping the original intent of the recipe intact. There are a few basic qualities that describe the genre of comfort food. Mild, soft and creamy are sure bets. Anything that includes cream, butter or eggs could be a contender for the title of comfort food. 10 | Central Oregon Living | Early Spring 2011

Cauliflower and Prosciutto Rigatoni

Add cauliflower florets to cooking water when boiling rigatoni pasta; drain. Sauté thinly sliced garlic in olive oil, add cream and simmer. Combine cooked pasta, cream, grated Parmesan cheese and thinly cut ribbons of prosciutto in a large, shallow baking dish. Top with buttered bread crumbs and more Parmesan cheese. Place under broiler for 2 minutes, or until top is just browned.

But some comfort foods are just dishes that have a nostalgic effect, invoking either a childhood memory or a familiar cultural association. Top comfort foods in the U.S. include meat loaf, macaroni and cheese, roasted chicken, apple pie, buttermilk waffles, pancakes and biscuits, chicken pot pie and the ubiquitous chocolate cake. In some parts of the country, chicken fried steak or biscuits and gravy are comfort foods of choice. Potatoes, in any form, qualify. Even root vegetables — not usually on the top of the list for comfort foods — can be cooked to meet the loose definition by roasting or caramelizing them. Prolonged cooking (either on the stove or in a hot oven) brings out the sweetness in certain root vegetables; other foods are also made softer in texture and milder this way. Slow-cooked foods are almost always comforting.

Greek Mac and Cheese

Cook macaroni; drain. Prepare a standard béchamel sauce; add Greek cheese, a pinch of grated nutmeg and ground cinnamon. Sauté fresh spinach leaves with finely chopped shallots. Mix 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill, pasta, spinach and béchamel together and pour into baking dish. Top with crumbled feta and bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Their flavors have had sufficient time to meld and mellow. Meat that has been stewed in liquid at length is usually falling apart or off the bone, giving it a softer, more satisfying texture that is pleasurable to eat and fills your belly with warmth. Replicating the comfort foods we grew up with can seem difficult at times. Our own attempts at making apple pie can come up short of our memories of grandma’s version — golden, steaming, perfect. Repeating the same recipe several times — reading the recipe thoroughly before starting, making sure to take your time, and not taking shortcuts — should eventually pay off. If not, a phone call to grandma is in order. Most cooks love to share their secrets for success, especially where family comfort food recipes are involved.

Stuffed Meat Loaf

(Serves 4)

I have adapted this recipe, originally from Mario Batali, to make it a little easier for the home cook. Only Mario would come up with such a luxurious take on classic meatloaf! Stuffed with spinach, carrots, prosciutto and cheese, this meatloaf has beautiful presentation possibilities when sliced. The unbaked meat loaf can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. Allow it to return to room temperature before baking.


1 large carrot, cut lengthwise into 6 slices 2 cups spinach leaves, thick stems discarded 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound ground pork 1 cup fresh bread crumbs 1 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese 3 large eggs, lightly beaten Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 6 thin slices of prosciutto 6 1/8-inch-thick slices provolone cheese 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

3. Transfer the meat loaf mixture to the plastic and press it into a 12-by-10-inch rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Lay the spinach leaves over the meat, leaving a 1-inch border on the short sides. Arrange the carrots over the spinach, and top with the prosciutto and sliced provolone cheese. Starting from the long end of the plastic wrap closest to you, tightly roll up the meat loaf, tucking in the filling and using the plastic wrap to guide you; discard the plastic.


1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the carrots until tender, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Add the spinach to the boiling water and cook just until wilted; drain well and add to the carrots.

4. Place meatloaf on grate over broiler pan and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the center of the oven for one hour and 15 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°.

2. In a large bowl, combine the beef with the pork, bread crumbs, pecorino, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper; mix well with your hands. Line a work surface with a 15-inch-long sheet of plastic wrap.

5. Transfer the meat loaf to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Using a serrated knife, slice the meat loaf into 1-inch-thick slices and serve.

3 Spins on Meat Loaf Who says meat loaf has to be boring? Try adding something new, like the ideas below, to your standard meat loaf recipe.

minced garlic clove. Add the mushroom mixture to your meat loaf when combining the rest of your ingredients in a bowl. Bake as usual.

Mushrooms, Yum!

Mix Up the Meat

Sauté one cup of sliced mushrooms, any kind, with one cup of finely chopped onions and a

Substitute different types of ground meat (instead of ground beef) in your favorite meat loaf recipe.

Mix it up; ground elk, ground buffalo, ground veal and ground pork all work quite well.

Peas & Carrots, Please

Add 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots and 1/2 cup frozen green peas to your meat loaf mixture. Bake as usual.

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Photos by Lyle Cox

Bend’s monthly First Friday Art Walk takes on a life of its own. by Laurel Brauns / for The Bulletin Special Projects

On the first Friday of each month, downtown Bend transforms into a party where everyone is invited. Many stores stay open late, galleries feature their new artists for the month, and music carries through the streets. The event has become about much more than fine art. During February’s art walk, for instance, a flash mob took over a section of the street to emulate the choreographed dance that recently aired on “Modern Family.” “Art Walk has a huge life of its own,” said Karen Bandy of the Bend

Gallery Association (BGA). “The BGA is the force behind it, but it continues to grow in downtown and the Old Mill District, and there are plenty of off-shoots to this event.” From its humble beginnings as a once-a-year celebration of downtown, to a once-a-month milestone that defines the character of Bend, Art Walk is now one of the driving forces making Bend an art destination. It has also greatly increased local appreciation for the arts and fostered strong community support for Central Oregon’s artists. March’s Art Walk begins at 5 p.m. on March 4th and goes until the businesses close, usually around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. for stores and galleries. There are two

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Calendar of Events Learn about what’s upcoming on the Central Oregon event calendar on page 31.

participating galleries in the Old Mill, and John Flannery’s Green Energy Bus shuttles people back and forth between the two locations for free. First Friday Gallery Art Walk began in the 80s with Art Hop, the last Friday in February. The theme was “hopping” into spring. Eventually the Bend Downtowners took over the event, added one in October and changed them both to the first Friday of the month.

When the Bend Gallery Association was formed, they decided to make gallery walk every first Friday of the month, and although the October and April events still have the distinction of being named Art Hop, the events are basically the same in that all downtown businesses are encouraged to stay open late and many other events and performances happen in addition to the organized gallery openings. “Downtown Bend has been helping to organize Art Walk for years,” said Chuck Arnold of Downtown Bend. “The event has been tremendously successful and now the lines between the Hop and the Walk have blurred a bit. We

“Art Walk creates interactions between art and commerce, customer and owner. It has become a monthly milestone that is embraced by the entire community.” put a lot of money and time into promoting it every month, and the more businesses participate, the more that fosters integrated success for everyone.” Aside from being a great excuse to spend a night downtown and in

the Old Mill District, Art Walk has also inspired many people to create. Bandy said that she started painting because she used to host painters in her jewelry shop for years during

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First Fridays. Now painting accounts for half the work she sells at her downtown shop. “Art Walk presents a unique opportunity to meet the artists and talk to the artists, which has really raised awareness about art in this community as a whole,” Bandy explained. The event has also inspired other events or been integrated into events that were already happening downtown. An example of this is the Bike Art Walk that has been on the calendar of the National Cyclocross Championships for the last two years. This event featured art by, for and of cyclists and galleries and participating businesses downtown. If you haven’t checked out an Art Walk in a while, put it on your calendar to spend next First Friday downtown with your family or a group of friends, touring through the galleries and shops. Many serve wine and light snacks and host music. “Art Walk creates interactions between art and commerce, customer and owner,” said Arnold. “It has become a monthly milestone that is embraced by the entire community.”

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LOCAVORE’S CORNER: Mouth-watering

EVENTS Taste of the Town Friday, March 4, 6-10 p.m., Mazama Gym, COCC Campus, Bend

A fundraiser for COCC, the event will showcase the talents of the area’s local restaurants including Sunriver Resort, Deschutes Brewery, Anthony’s at the Old Mill, Blue Olive at Brasada Ranch and many more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; available at Newport Market, Whole Foods and at the COCC Box Office.

COCC Foundation Meal of the Year Saturday, March 5, 5:30 pm., Mazama Gym, COCC Campus, Bend The High Desert Chefs Association will be whipping up a gourmet four course meals, followed by a live auction and music. Tickets are $110 per person; available by contacting Mint Event Coordination & Design at 541318-7400 or via e-mail at

Taste of Home Cooking School Tuesday, March 29, 3-8 p.m., Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond More than 30 businesses from all over Central Oregon with information, samples, giveaways and audience participation games. Come join the fun and learn how to make some delicious dishes and get great tips from Kristi Larson, Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist. Tickets are $10 per person and are available from Combined Communications; call 541-382-5263.

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Online directory brings together buyers and sellers of local goods for trade and support. by Chef Bette Fraser / for The Bulletin Special Projects

When Benjamin Brown, manager of culinary services, wants to purchase good nutritious food for the patients and staff at St. Charles Medical Center, he has a couple of options. First, he can source it from the normal food distribution chain. In this process, he places an order, then waits from a day to a week for the order to be delivered. Rarely does he have any say over where the products are sourced and from which farm or ranch the product comes. Today, however, he can now try a different, non-traditional yet empowering approach to ordering food — a new trend in food acquisition that has been sweeping Oregon and the surrounding states. Brown can utilize FoodHub. FoodHub is an online directory that brings buyers and sellers of food products together to trade in local goods and to get to know each other. It is owned by Ecotrust, a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Headed by Deborah Kane, FoodHub has just celebrated its first anniversary and is going strong. FoodHub is scale-neutral. In other words, if a buyer wants to buy a pound of pork or the whole hog, each option is available. This makes FoodHub a convenient and viable option for the food cart as well as the school district. It is a motivating option in an uncertain economic time. When all food purveyors are trying to cut expenses, saving money on food costs is critical. While still reasonably new, more

customers (buyers) will begin to realize the benefits. Currently, more sellers (farmers and ranchers) are signed up than buyers. Amanda Oborne, sales and marketing director for FoodHub, said that they will make a real effort to get the message out to Central Oregon buyers that FoodHub is something that will really help the regional food economy. Meanwhile, Brown, along with staffers Mark Petersen and Rodney Scinto, were on their way recently to visit Cher and Patrick Sullivan at Cada

Dia Cheese in Prineville to see if their dairy was a viable food option for the medical center. Cada Dia makes a variety of raw milk cheeses such as cheddar, feta and Parmesan. Their herd of Jersey cows graze contently on grass and produce milk that is high in fat and protein. Grassfed cow milk is high in Omega 3 fatty acids and has more vitamins and minerals than a grain- or hay-fed cow. Their cheeses are then aged in an underground cellar for at least 60 days, resulting in smooth, firm cheeses with texture and flavor.

Other sellers in the program in Central Oregon include DD Ranch, Sand Lily Farm, Fields Farms, Last Stand Farm, and Timber Creek Farm, to name just a few. Buyers in our area include Bend-La Pine School District, Redmond School District, Common Table, Bellataza, Joolz, and Strictly Organic. Bethlyn Rider, the chef at Common Table, enjoys how FoodHub provides a way for her to connect directly with the farmer and the rancher. She has already purchased produce from FoodHub with plans to purchase a whole steer from DD Ranch. Right now, buyers and sellers can join FoodHub for free. As their first anniversary rolled around on Feb. 2, FoodHub waived the $100 membership fee to encourage people to join. More than 400 users joined their ranks to realize the benefits of buying local and connecting with area farmers or ranchers. The service is available to any restaurant, health care facility, school district, culinary school, caterer, grocer and others in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Montana and Alaska. Encourage the places you dine to join FoodHub and support their local farmers and producers. What a great way to give back to your community and enjoy the bounty that Central Oregon has to offer, all while someone else does the cooking.

Chef Bette Fraser is the proprietor of The Well Traveled Fork, hosting cooking classes, culinary tours and providing catering services. She can be reached at or 541-312-0097.


Primed to PAINT Whether painting interiors or exteriors, Norma Tucker of Denfeld Paints in Bend believes the importance of priming cannot be overstated.

“A primer is a preparatory coating applied to a surface before painting,” Tucker said. “Priming is invaluable because it ensures better adhesion of paint on a surface, increases paint durability and provides additional protection for the material being painted.” Advances in paint products, however, may allow you to remove the priming step from certain painting projects. Self-priming paints, like those produced by Pittsburgh Paints, were designed to do the job of both a primer and a paint, saving a do-it-yourself homeowner both time and money. “In many everyday situations, premium self-priming paints can serve both needs without sacrificing the quality of your finish,” Tucker said.

According to manufacturer specifications, self-priming paints work best in three specific situations:

• Repainting surfaces in good condition with a similar color • Painting over spackling and patching • Painting new drywall. Like any paint project, Tucker points out that self-priming paints may require multiple coats to ensure optimal coverage. “For example, when painting new drywall, darker colors may require multiple coats to achieve color uniformity,” she said. As always, a number of surfaces retain a need for a specialty prim-

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Making Sense Of The

JUNK DRAWER Even ‘junk’ deserves an organized space. If there’s one thing almost every home in America has in common, it’s the existence of a junk drawer. “I’ve never been in a house without one,” said Tammie Barber, owner of Tammie To the Rescue, a professional organizer service. It’s actually a useful space, she explained. A junk drawer is a place to keep random things that are handy, but which you’d like out of sight. It’s often filled with items that could be stored in another place, but it’s just more convenient to have a few things close by so you don’t have to constantly travel to the office to get some tape or to the garage for a small box opener. Or it’s an item that literally has no other place to 16 | Central Oregon Living | Early Spring 2011

be, such as twist ties and matches. And it’s almost always in the kitchen, probably because that’s the most multipurpose room in the house. But like any other space in the house, it may get cluttered and messy over time. So, Barber recommends cleaning out the junk drawer about once a year. In doing so, she recommends people take their time and focus on creating an organized space. • First take everything out of the drawer. Since things are likely to be dirty, spread out some newspaper on the counter first and place items on that. • As you empty the drawer, immediately throw away trash and things that are broken. Set aside

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things that aren’t labeled (like keys) or that have narrow or questionable uses, such as a small tool that only fits one type of screw. Fill a bag with things that can be donated or given away. • Bundle like things together — keys with keys, batteries with batteries, and pens with pads of paper. • Wipe things down that are dusty and dirty. • Check to make sure things like small flashlights and automatic lighters still work. If not, throw them away and add them to a list to be replaced.

A junk drawer is a place to keep random things that are handy, but which you’d like out of sight. Instead of just dumping all the junk back into the drawer, consider what containers or dividers will best fit in the drawer space to keep things sorted. In fact, Barber recommends waiting to buy any new storage organizers until you know exactly what you need to store. This may mean interrupting your organizing time with a quick trip to the store, but you’ll be happier with the final result. Drawer organizers come in many forms: small plastic boxes of various sizes and shapes, and single units that have multiple spaces inside. Choose what fits your items best, but be sure the organizers sit low enough in the drawer so it closes smoothly. Just before you’re ready to restock the junk drawer, be sure to vacuum and wipe it out with a damp cloth so you have a fresh, clean start. Begin putting all the grouped items into the spaces where they best fit, being sure to leave at least one space empty for all the random things that don’t have a companion. Now that you’re done with the junk drawer, you can use the same deliberate decision-making and sorting skills to tackle bigger projects like the linen closet, or even the garage. Photos by Lyle Cox

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Solar HOT WATER Local technician addresses common myths

Bob Claridge, president of Bobcat & Sun, Inc. of Bend, has installed a number of solar hot water systems throughout Central Oregon over the years. Yet despite the current prominence of solar energy and ways for reducing a home’s carbon footprint, Claridge finds he still must address a number of myths about the installation and use of these solar systems. For instance, a solar hot water system does not simply exist for heating water for hot bathes and washing dishes. “A solar hot water system is often also used for space heating and in-floor heating,” Claridge said. “The sun is a powerful tool, and

a solar hot water system allows us to harness its energy to save both money and resources.” Below are three additional myths about solar hot water systems, according to Claridge.

MYTH #1: Solar Systems are Expensive

While the average residential solar hot water system can cost between $7,000 and $9,000, Claridge points out that federal, state and utility incentives exist that can reduce this cost by up to 50 percent — even more on some occasions. The State of Oregon, for instance, offers as tax incentive of up to $1,500 for the installation of a solar hot water system. In addition, the federal government offers a tax incentive of up to 30 percent of the total cost of the system, and a utility incentive will pay a homeowner up to $1,200 of the total cost. “Bobcat & Sun is a Tax Credit

Certified Technician (TCCT), which means we do all of this paperwork for you,” Claridge said. “Our homeowner estimates for these systems reflect the cost of the project after these credits are deducted.”

MYTH #2: Systems are Expensive to Service

According to Claridge, the existence of “advanced drainback technology” allows today’s solar water systems to operate without requiring any regular service by a trained technician. Such technology utilizes gravity to allow water to drain back to the in-home tank when the system is not in use, preventing fluid stagnation within the solar panels.

MYTH #3: Return-OnInvestment is Low

nual return-on-investment (ROI) of a solar hot water system by multiplying the size of a household by $100. “A family of four will save about $400 per year in energy costs,” he said. “On a $4,000 system (final cost after incentives), that’s a 10 percent ROI the first year. Not many other investments will give you that.” Claridge added that the typical system is built to last a minimum of 30 years.

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Is your family

PET-READY? by Lori Gleichman / for The Bulletin Special Projects

It’s not enough to want a pet, said Lynne Ouchida, community outreach coordinator for the Humane Society of Central Oregon. “People need to be prepared for a pet,” she said. “Our goal is to make a match that creates incredibly full lives for the animal and for the family.” Unfortunately, many pet owners don’t understand what it means to take responsibility for providing a full life. Ouchida said some of the saddest moments of her job happen when an animal is surrendered to the shelter because the owner didn’t know what to expect or wasn’t prepared for the demands of keeping a pet. Adopting a pet is fun in the moment, said Ouchida, but it’s a huge obligation over the long term. So, when she counsels families about petreadiness, she often asks them to think out five to 10 years and envision what their lives will look like over that span of time. “If they’re young and just married, do they work long hours, expect to move often, and plan on children?” Ouchida said. “These are all things that can distract people from giving a pet the time and attention they need.” It’s the same for older people, she said. “We see a lot of retired people considering puppies and kittens, and [we] try to be sensitive but also make it clear that these animals have life spans up to 20 years,” Ouchida said. “Is there someone who will be responsible for the pet if they get ill, disabled or die?” In addition to timing, families need to consider lifestyle demands and constraints, if the children in the home are ready, how to match temperament and personality, and the financial commitment being made to keep the animal safe and healthy over its lifespan.

Lifestyle Demands

Consider the type of companionship you seek and your lifestyle. Are you an active person who is looking for an energetic companion just as eager to go camping, hiking and out on the water with the family? Or are you looking for a quiet companion who likes to snuggle? That can be the difference between a young dog bred to run and swim, or an adult cat looking for a safe refuge, said Ouchida. It comes down to asking some basic questions and giving honest answers. If you’d like a pet but want quiet, few demands and no mess, then consider some exotic fish. “Or finding companionship in a rabbit or guinea pig is just as valid,” she said. Birds, however, aren’t as low-maintenance as some might think. “We are seeing more birds in the shelter because

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“People need to be prepared for a pet. Our goal is to make a match that creates incredibly full lives for the animal and for the family.”

they are very noisy, messy and have demanding diet, health and environmental issues to manage over very long lives,” said Ouchida. “People just didn’t consider the commitment of having a bird.”

It’s In the Breed

Once you’ve come up with some guidelines for yourself, do some research about the species and the breeds. Not all cats are cuddly and not all dogs are ready for a 10-mile run, said Ouchida. According to Ouchida, people often make decisions based on what they think they want because it’s a popular breed, or they make an impulsive decision based on how the animal looks. In fact, all would-be pet owners should be familiar with characteristics of the species and the tendencies and temperament of the breed. Animals, especially dogs, were bred to perform in certain ways. It is a disservice to the animal and the family to put the dog in a situation where it can’t be happy and only causes problems in the household.

Child Readiness

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to judge. Instead, she believes children’s characteristics and maturity should guide parents’ decision about when the time is right. “Does the child take instruction well?” she said. “Will he or she understand that they need to stay away from food bowls and not startle the animal when it’s sleeping? Do the children demonstrate kindness around other animals?” These are key indicators that a child is ready to accept a pet, making it a safe experience for everyone involved, she said.

Financial Considerations

And finally, people must factor in the financial costs of having a pet. Even healthy animals can cost an average of several hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year in food, supplies and veterinary care. Over a pet’s lifetime, that can total several thousands of dollars. “We have a room here that we call the ‘Room of Broken Promises,’ “ concluded Ouchida. “All the animals are here because they weren’t cared for properly and had nowhere else to go.” According to her, a little bit of thought and proper preparation can prevent impulse adoptions, and keep the ‘Room of Broken Promises’ empty.

Right for You? The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently released their annual list of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., revealing that for the 20th consecutive year the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in America. Below is the list of this year’s top 10 breeds, along with information form AKC that might help you determine if any of the breeds would match the lifestyle of you and your family.

1. Labrador Retriever

An ideal sporting and family dog, the Labrador Retriever thrives as part of an active family or as a trusted hunting companion. A double-coated breed that sheds seasonally, regular grooming keeps his coat at its water-resistant best. Because of his even temperament and trainability, millions of Americans own a Labrador Retriever as a pet.

2. German Shepherd

Energetic and fun-loving, the breed is fond of children once a relationship is established. He is a loyal family pet and a good guard dog, the ideal choice for many families. He requires regular exercise and grooming.

3. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coats requires regular brushing.

4. Beagle

Beagles are happy-go-lucky and friendly. They are also favored for their compact size and short, easy-to-care-for coat. They naturally enjoy the company of other dogs and humans. Curious and comedic, they often follow their noses–which can lead to some mischief if they are not provided with daily activity.

5. Golden Retriever

This active and energetic sporting

breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellent double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden color, this breed is both beautiful and a joy to own.

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6. Bulldog

Bulldogs are recognized as excellent family pets because of their tendency to form strong bonds with children. They tend to be gentle and protective. The breed requires minimal grooming and exercise. Their short nose makes them prone to overheating in warm weather.

7. Boxer

One of the breed’s most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. They are patient and spirited with children, but also protective. The boxer requires little grooming but needs daily exercise.

8. Dachshund

Dachshunds are lovable, playful companions and make ideal pets for many homes, including those with children with appropriate supervision. They require moderate exercise and can adapt to most living environments. Dachshunds may need regular grooming.

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Decorate your home’s interior with

Splashes of Color by Susan Thomas Springer / for The Bulletin Special Projects

Martha Murray remembers as a little girl, her father asked for help choosing the right tie. And Laura Albright remembers helping her parents choose paint and upholstery colors when most girls are busy playing with dolls. Today, these Bend interior designers have added years of experience and education to that early talent to help clients with the art and science of adding color to their homes. For a few people, color confidence comes naturally. For most others, color is tricky. Designers say there are guidelines for adding splashes of color. To choose the right colors for the right places, to make your space pop, to make it feel uniquely yours, these experts offer tips on adding color to your space. Albright and Anna Courval, the founders of ORSA Design, say that even for people who are design savvy, they often seek help choosing colors. ORSA offers color palette consultation to assist clients select paint colors. The designers guide clients while keeping in mind the emotional impact of color. “A general rule of thumb: vibrant colors are energizing, muted colors are serene, deep rich tones are cozy, and warm and light tones such as shades of white are refreshing and lively,” said Courval. “However, we hesitate to lay out hard and fast rules because color is very subjective and personal life experiences definitely shape reactions to color.”


Designers agree that homeowners can wade into color by starting with inexpensive and easily changed items such as accessories, or with an accent wall. “If people have a blank canvas, one of the safest ways to get started is an accent wall,” said Albright. She adds that in addition to paint, wallpaper can add both color and texture. 22 | Central Oregon Living | Early Spring 2011


Murray points out that texture changes color. For example, light will play differently on a shiny versus matte finish. She strives for a mix of textures to make a room “sing.”


Gray is the new neutral. For accent colors, Murray has noticed “pink is everywhere.” ORSA notes that hot trends range from acid green or chartreuse, to rich shades of purple. And furnish is seeing orange, turquoise, red and lime green. “Our customers love placing a fun orange side table to add a little spark to their pewter-colored leather sectional,” said Teuber.

Simple changes in color and accessories can provide any space with a fresh look, as demonstrated by the above vignettes titled (above, left to right) Tranquil Nook, Spirited Retreat, Novel Boudoir and Organic Oasis.

She adds that color preferences may be inspired by fashion, travel, hobbies and nature. Murray, who owns Martha Murray Design, says everyone has a personal color palette, even if they have yet to discover it. She also offers color consulting in which she helps clients uncover their palette by asking about lifestyle and noticing colors they choose to wear. She narrows paint colors down to a few, paints large swatches on different walls, and then looks at them in different light.

“Nobody can really see what a color looks like in a two-by-two swatch; it’s not enough information for your eye to take in,” said Murray. Noelle Teuber, owner of furniture store furnish, has noticed that more people are interested in bolder colors. Teuber begins by working with the colors, both inside and out, which will not be changing. For example, the existing floor color may be a given. Then she considers colors that they can see from their windows - nature, water, mountains and trees. “Many of our customers seem to want to bring in more vibrant colors into their living spaces, as they are ‘getting over’ the more neutrals, like browns, beige’s, earthtones, and greens. If they are timid to add color but want to bring in a little, we suggest adding it with something small, like a pillow, small accent table, small side chair, or piece of art,” said Teuber. Photos by Nicole Werner, courtesy of ORSA Design Interiors


Flat paint is best for walls and ceilings, with highgloss for trim and cabinets. “Don’t be afraid of using dark or vibrant paint colors in a small space, it actually enhances the charm and embraces them for what they are, which is cozy,” said Albright.


“A general rule of thumb: vibrant colors are energizing, muted colors are serene, deep rich tones are cozy, and warm and light tones such as shades of white are refreshing and lively.”

ORSA points out you can think beyond a neutral sofa with bright throw pillows. Albright and Courval like lamp shades in solid hues, colorful ottomans or colored curtains or tie backs. Wake up an old piece of furniture with paint and reupholstery. Their current favorite is a lacquer finish on a traditional chair while reupholstering it with kimono silk. Even nontraditional home accessories now come in color such as tea kettles or mixers. Welcome people by bringing your color palette to the front door.


If you keep your receipt, you can usually return a “mistake.” “Don’t be afraid of it — try it out. None of it is irreversible,” said Murray.

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Throughout history, the family dining table has been an enduring staple in the American home. Styles have come and gone, but the traditional wood dining table has remained virtually unchanged throughout the ages. The dining table will always serve as the centerpiece of the family. Whether it is a place to gather with family and friends for dinner parties, holiday meals, school projects or game nights, it is the one piece of furniture that transcends today’s style from house to house. A traditional wooden dining table can transcend today’s style seamlessly, from a Tuscan Villa, log home, or the family farmhouse. “The neutrality of the wood, mixed with the traditional style allows it to blend with all interiors,” said Michelle Thorstrom, owner of Haven Home Styles in downtown Bend. “A traditional solid wood table surrounded with ladder back chairs and benches at the sides are perfect for the farmhouse and growing families. “Now take the same traditional table, change the ladder back chairs to a Belgian Linen slipcovered parsons chair, and you have created a rustic urban chic look so popular in today’s interiors. Switch out the parson chairs to a beautiful damask upholstery chair with Italian legs, it then will gracefully adorn the Tuscan style home.” Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of a well-constructed dining table is its durability to last ages. Count on a quality solid wood table to become the family heirloom piece, one passed (along with family memories) through generations.

When purchasing a table, consider the option of purchasing a solid wood table made from reclaimed hardwoods. You might want to consider the impact its construction has on the environment. According to Thorstrom, some furniture makers today – such as Antico Furniture in California, a line sold exclusively at Haven Home Style – are handcrafted from reclaimed lumber with a natural wax finish, a solid table built to last for generations. “This is an environmentally sustainable practice, but it also results in a table with great character,” Thorstrom said. “Reclaimed wood furniture is simply beautiful, a natural element that just works with all types of interiors.”

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by Doug Stott / for The Bulletin Special Projects

can of tree seal can be utilized to help seal fresh cuts.

After the recent storms which brought strong winds and heavy snow to Central Oregon, many homeowners are now confronting the damage that was left behind, including dangling tree branches. If you happen to be one of the unfortunate people whose trees were affected by this weather, chances are you are wondering what to do or how to correct the damage. I thought it might be helpful to outline a few of the steps, tools and safety measures you might want to follow in tackling a project such as this.

The Process

Assess the Damage

If you have not done so already, it would be wise to survey the damage that occurred. Branches left dangling cannot only continue to tear down the tree, causing further damage, but they can cause a real safety hazard. If the task is more than you wish to deal with or is simply too dangerous, it would be wise to call a licensed and bonded arborist or qualified landscaper. Most of these pros can even grind up the damaged branches, leaving your property neat and tidy.

The Tools

The tools you may need will vary, depending on the type of damage you sustained. A sturdy ladder may be important, though a telescoping pole pruner will allow you to prune off many branches while remaining on stable ground. Many telescoping pruners not only have a “rope pull” branch lopper, but also a curved, fast-cutting arbor saw blade to tackle larger branches. A small, lightweight electric chain might come in very handy for the largest branches. A hard hat would also be advised. Some of those overhead branches you trim can fall quickly and in unpredictable directions. Protective eyewear will help shield you from falling sawdust and dangerous sharp branches. Hand pruners, such as the professional Felco 2 pruners, will make small branch cleanup easier. Larger, long-handled loppers make quick work of medium limbs. A

Now that you have all the tools lined up, let’s take a look at just how you will properly tackle the job. For any branches that will require a saw, it is wise to make an undercut before completely sawing it off. This practice helps prevent tearing of the bark if you fail to completely sever the branch before it falls to the ground. When cutting large and or heavy branches, make multiple cuts that result in smaller pieces falling to the ground. This proves especially important if you are up high on a ladder. You may even opt to create a pulley system with a rope slung over an upper branch. This rope can then be managed by your helper and safety person on the ground as they lower the severed branches a piece at a time. Smaller and lighter damaged branches can usually be pruned off flush to a major branch or the main trunk. If you had considerable damage, you may have to do additional pruning on the opposite side of the tree to create proper balance. You may wish to consult with professionals or do-it-yourself books before attempting this project. The proper pruning and management of trees and shrubs will strengthen them and quite possibly prevent damage the next time we encounter another heavy storm. If you end up having to replace a tree, ask local nursery professional about trees that are strong and durable. Willows, poplars and Chinese elms have a history of weak branches. The last two things I would like to mention are by far the most important as they deal with safety issues. Seek out a friend or neighbor to assist, monitor, and offer “on the ground” advice. And always perform a visual check for electrical lines that might be hidden in the dense branches. Good luck and be safe out there. We can all be glad this type of storm is not a regular High Desert event.

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GARDEN CALENDAR March Consider edible landscaping plants such as fruit trees and berry producing shrubs. Wait until late March to prune your deciduous trees and shrubs; you can continue to prune throughout the summer. Conifers should be pruned in late fall. Research and plan to add perennials, trees or shrubs to your landscape in late spring Start seeds for asparagus. Purchase/order annual and vegetable garden seeds with 65 to 80 days to maturity. Remember to add 14 days to the maturity date on the packet as this is approximately how long it will take for that plant to mature here in Central Oregon since we do not have plant growth at night. Be sure to sign up for a new year of High Desert Gardening for a color newsletter with local tips and articles on Central Oregon’s landscapes and gardening. It is available electronically or in hard copy. To check out a sample of our newsletter on line, go to or call us at 541-548-6088: deschutes/Horticulture/HighDesertGardeningNLPage. php.

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Plant seed flats for cole crops including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts.

Transplant your broccoli, cabbage and onions — plants you may have started from seed.

Gather branches of quince, forsythia and other flowering ornamentals, and bring inside to force early bloom.

If you haven’t fertilized your bulbs yet, now is a good time. Use a fertilizer high in phosphorous — the second number on the fertilizer bag (e.g. 0-46-0).

Plant a windowsill container garden of herbs.

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Use a soil thermometer to know when to plant vegetable and flower seeds. Cool-season vegetables that germinate and grow at a soil temperature of 40 degrees or above consistently include beets, carrots, peas, radishes, lettuce and spinach, to name a few. For more information about when to plant seeds or set out starts, check out our website at http://extension.oregonstate. edu/deschutes/Horticulture/GardenPublications_000. php. Go to “OSU Publications for Central Oregon,” then scroll down to “vegetables.” Check with your local nursery for seeds, or check out the following seed catalogs for hardy varieties: -Territorial Seed Company at 541-942-9547 or -Johnny’s Selected Seeds at 207-437-4301 or www. Use a damp sponge or cloth, cleaning the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves on your houseplants. Now is a good time to repair, clean, sharpen and maintain garden tools and equipment. Be sure to have your lawn mower blades sharpened before you start cutting the lawn this season.

April Prune your deciduous trees and shrubs. Be careful not to prune your flowering trees and shrubs which bloom on last year’s growth (old wood), e.g., your lilacs. Wait until these plants have finished blooming, then prune shortly after the flowers die off. Direct seed your beets, lettuce, peas, radishes and spinach.

May Mid April through May is the best time during spring to dethatch and aerate your lawn. Rent a dethatcher from the local rental shop. Once you have pulled up and removed the thatch, apply a fertilizer application to stimulate rapid recovery. Now is the time to stock up on row cover and your walls of water. These items help to extend the growing season and protect your plants and crops from frost damage. If you haven’t started your vegetable seeds, get them going inside to be put outside in the garden in June. Be sure to use a seed start mix soil with any vegetable or flower seeds as regular potting soil may be too heavy for some seeds. Cut back any perennials that were left through the winter, removing all dead foliage. Repair or change your sprinkler system to be more efficient. Prepare garden soil for spring planting by adding organic matter including rotted manures and compost or by planting a cover crop (green manure) such as ryegrass, buckwheat or barley. Direct seed your carrots, chard, kohlrabi and potatoes. Transplant your brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks or peppers. Fertilize your shade/ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials with fertilizer mixtures such as 10-6-4 or 2010-5. A slow-release fertilizer works well for these.

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Spring Gardening Seminar & Market

OSU Cascades Hall, Room 108, COCC Bend Campus A free two-hour class for the community. For more information, call 541-548-6088.

Tune into Good Morning Central Oregon as local OSU Master Gardeners talk about herbs (March 11) and garden tools/ getting ready for spring (March 16). The show is held each weekday at 6:30 a.m. on COTV-11.

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Fact or Fiction:

Let it Flow? You all may have heard that adding gravel to the bottom of your container will help with drainage, but does it really help? How about other materials like rocks or broken terra cotta pots? If this were true, then you wouldn’t have to fill up the pot with as much potting soil and save money on buying soil.

FICTION: Adding nonabsorbent materials to the bottom half of a pot will help to increase drainage. FACT: Drainage is directly correlated to how much water a container will hold per unit area. By adding a nonabsorbent material to the bottom of the pot, the top half of the container (where the potting soil is) will actually hold more water per unit area when compared to the same size section of a second pot filled entirely with potting soil. So what? The first pot will actually have poorer drainage and potentially risk root rot for the plants. It is also more difficult for water to flow from a fine-textured media (potting soil) to a more course-textured material below. Need some more convincing? Let’s use a simple exercise given by Dr. Mark Rieger from the University of Georgia to enlighten us further. Take a kitchen sponge, fully saturate it with water and lay it flat on your hand. Allow it to stop dripping after about twenty seconds or so. Then turn the sponge upright. I am guessing you had additional water drip out because, as this exercise demonstrates, the shape of a “container” affects water drainage. Simply put, the longer the container, the better the drainage. So skip over the extra task of adding something to the bottom of your container. To ensure success, use a container with sufficient drainage holes and add a good, well-draining potting soil, then add your favorite plants.

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Rainwater collection systems can help ‘save the river’ by reducing summer water demands. by Robert Springer / for The Bulletin Special Projects

Everybody needs a vacation. Even our busy U.S. President finds time to play golf and travel to Hawaii with the rest of the First Family. A local landscape contractor believes the hard-working Deschutes River could benefit from some time off as well — say from mid-July to mid-August — and that harvesting rainwater to irrigate our yards is a good way to make this happen. “Protect the river,” said Chris Hart-Henderson, owner of Bend’s Heat Springs Design. “We use the Deschutes River for fishing, drinking water and irrigation; it’s an incredibly valuable community resource. Here in Central Oregon, we have an extremely high regard for our outdoor environment.” Hart-Henderson estimates that if most Central Oregonians captured rainwater and snow melt in underground tanks (cisterns),

then used it during our time of peak irrigation, we could restore a more healthful flow to the Deschutes during times when it starts to resemble a small creek. “We have about three or four weeks of peak irrigation water usage,” she said. “Rainwater harvesting can help the river during July and August. If you capture our 10 inches of annual precipitation, you’d have almost enough to water a typical turf lawn during its thirstiest time of year. What if everybody collected enough water, and we just gave the river a vacation for the month?” Instead of water running off your roof, a rainwater harvesting system uses existing or new gutters to direct the water to a cistern, where it waits to be pumped out and used to water your lawn or to wash your car. Since most of our precipitation accumulates as snow during the winter and early spring months, a rainwater harvesting system will be ready to use once irrigation systems are turned back on in April or May. A 2,500-square-foot home could potentially capture 12,000 gallons a year, said Brad Reiter, owner of Bend’s Earth Logic Landscaping.

This artist’s rendition of a rainwater collection system is purely conceptual.

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Rainwater harvesting is already mandated for new homes in New Mexico and Arizona, Hart-Henderson said, noting that it’s an idea that has not really caught on yet in Oregon. “We need to collect rainwater as we have had a huge increase in impervious areas in the last 20 years; these areas don’t drain well and dump all of their water into the landscape at once,” she said. “Homes are larger, and they are on smaller sites. Contaminants from lawns that have been fertilized or pollutants from streets or asphalt parking lots flow until it finds a place to run into the ground or collect somewhere, like the underpass on 3rd Street.” Hart-Henderson has installed a few rainwater harvesting systems in Bend. One was at a LEED Platinum home that collected rainwater and snowmelt from part of the roof and fed it into a 1,600-gallon cistern. She was able to watch how the system worked firsthand as it rained so heavily during the installation that the tank was full after one day. Hart-Henderson and Reiter stressed that you don’t need a huge lawn to benefit from rainwater harvesting. Rainwater from one Hart-Henderson installation is used for a water feature. “People totally dig on water features; it becomes the central feature of their landscape,” she said. The cost of a typical rainwater harvesting system is about $3,000 to $5,000, said Reiter, noting that it this is a site-specific estimate. Most of the cost comes from the excavation/installation of the concrete cistern, he said.

Unlike fluorescent light bulbs and solar panels, homeowners can’t expect to save a lot of money with rainwater harvesting, Reiter said. “It’s not like solar where they can tell you that the payoff will be in the 10 or 20 years,” he said. “People who are installing harvesting systems now are doing it for the environmental payoff.” Both landscapers said that cost has been an impediment to adoption of rainwater harvesting systems. Hart-Henderson hopes that early adopters will help drive down the cost of the systems in the near future. “I know that not everybody is going to be able to do this,” she said. “But there needs to be early adopters who will end up making the technology cheaper for the rest of us. “Rainwater harvesting could be a really powerful thing for our community by reducing flooding and protecting our river. The impact on the existing infrastructure is reduced by every person putting this in.” For those who are intrigued by the idea but would like to stick a toe into the water before jumping in, there are lower-cost options. The most common one involves Aquascape’s Rain X Change System, which are big Lego-like blocks made out of recycled plastic that create a structure for a plastic-lined basin to hold the water. Hart-Henderson said that the system’s cost is about $2.50- $3.50 per gallon, depending on the size of the system and whether it is self- or professionally installed.

System installation photos courtesy of Heart Springs Landscape Design, LLC.

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advice Are there signs of life? I see signs of life every day; it really depends on one’s perspective. I have people ask me how I am doing, yet when they expound on it I, learn they are actually interested in how I am “surviving this dreadful real estate market.” Of course, if the market were as dreadful as the general public believes, I would have found something else to do with my time, energy and efforts. I love being asked that question because I know that a) people care, b) I think they are being polite in asking “How is it really going?” and c) they want to know what is going on. In this short dissertation, I will attempt to share how the real estate market is really going right now based on my perspective. If a dreadful market is money lost everywhere by everyone, then I do believe we are on our way out of that dreary, depressing place. It will take time to do, but the python is continuing to digest that diet. If a good market includes only one type of transaction, then we are not in a good market. The forces we face in today’s market are symptoms of our current market conditions. I am seeing changes on the

inside that others may not see on the outside. I continually work with clients relocating to the area for jobs. I have empathy for those of us who have not been able to retain employment (i.e. corporate changes, company closures, etc.). I go back to what I tried to learn in kindergarten: life isn’t fair ... all the time. Financing is readily available. Hear me: I said readily available, not available to anyone who breathes. Thank goodness that trend is long put to bed — forever is my hope. Hang out with me for a day and you’ll see how active it is in my neck of the woods — for the peers in my office. We are continuing to learn about new loan programs available on an almost daily basis. This is in stark contrast to loans just disappearing two days prior to a buyer finalizing his or her purchase. Deals died because banks were closing left and right, not because of the borrower. Unit sales are up; inventories are down. We had 21 percent less inventory in January 2011 compared with January 2010. I see that the Notices of Default (NOD) have gone down almost 150 per month, from highs up to 350-plus in the transitional year of 2009. We’re consistently seeing multiple offers on quality homes $200,000 and less. This is an incredibly positive sign that buyers are absorbing that inventory. I’m not talking two offers on a house — I’m talking eight or

more offers. Sure, someone respond by saying, “Well, the agent/ bank must have listed it too low in order to procure a bidding war.” I won’t say that doesn’t happen, but it’s very miniscule. A good property at market price will sell within the first 30 days, if not less. Proverbs 22:7 states, “The man of wealth has rule over the poor, and he who gets into debt is a servant to his creditor.” I strongly believe that unless we experienced this nation-wide real estate meltdown, people would continue to think that being in debt up to their eye balls was “just the way it is.” A creditor making decisions for short sale approval is made up of not only the lender, but a negotiator, an asset manager, a mortgage insurance representative (in some cases), and the servicing company. If there are two “creditors,” that’s double the amount of people who have to process a short sale. It will take time to get through this, and we will do so one day at a time, one process at a time and one deal at a time. The Realtors who have made it through the past five years have honed their skills, and I am extremely proud of the professionals I work with who are out there helping our friends, neighbors and coworkers see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s keep moving forward! Cindy King is a principal broker at Steve Scott Realtors.

Buy local, build our economy Spring can’t be far away in the high desert, and that will usher in the Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) Home & Garden Show presented by Standard TV and Appliance. 2011 marks the 19th Annual COBA Home & Garden Show, held this year on Friday through Sunday, May 6-8, at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Spectacular giveaways are back that you won’t want to miss at the 2011 show, including a laundry room makeover and a bathroom makeover worth thousands, among many others. Each May, nearly 300 member companies and friends of COBA build and display products and services at the Home & Garden Show, and it’s the only event where you can find them all in one place. 30 | Central Oregon Living | Early Spring 2011

Some of the biggest names in Central Oregon will be there. Proud to be participating are Standard TV & Appliance, Neil Kelly, the Bend Energy Efficiency Coalition and The Bulletin, among many others. There will be quality landscape and garden displays as well as something special for Mother’s Day. The Home & Garden Show will feature display booths indoors and out with new products, styles and trends for your home and garden. Attendees looking for new ideas and great deals for their homes love to shop, compare and buy local. Central Oregon is growing again, and opportunities abound for new customers. Where else in Central Oregon can you showcase your products and services and reach a year’s worth of potential customers in three days? That has made the Home & Garden Show a valuable event for businesses and buyers alike. There will be education seminars for the do-ityourselfer and those wanting to learn about new and interesting products, techniques and efficiency ideas. A new show for 2011 is happening this same

weekend at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo called the Central Oregon Lifestyle Expo. It will feature a wide array of Central Oregon’s recreational products and services from spas, golf, biking, camping, hiking, fly fishing, rafting, skateboarding, destination visits and art creations, to name just a few. If it fits with the Central Oregon outdoor lifestyle, it can be part of this new show. If you have a product or service that you would like to have seen by thousands of people in one weekend, don’t wait to secure your space. If you would like more information about exhibiting or attending, visit the COBA website at, or the show website at The show guide will be published by The Bulletin in early May. Your ticket is good for both shows. We look forward to seeing you this spring. To find out more about both of these shows, contact or call 541-389-1058. Tim Knopp is the executive vice president of the Central Oregon Builders Association.

Central Oregon Living EVENT CALENDAR Highlights of the upcoming weeks in high desert music, art, food and fun. Saturday-Sunday, March 5-6

BACHELOR BUTTE DOG DERBY: A trophy race for sled dogs and skijoring, with more than 30 dog teams; free for spectators; 9 a.m.; Wanoga Sno-park, Century Drive, Bend; 541-280-0035 or

WORDS ON TAP: Author Brian Doyle and musician Cary Novatny explore the musical and literary traditions of the Irish; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend; 541-312-1034 or www.

Saturday, March 5

Sunday, March 13

FAMILY FUN FAIR: Featuring face painting, games, activities, community resources, etc. for children ages 5 and younger and their families; $5 for children, free for adults; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Highland Magnet School, 701 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend; 541-389-9317 or CELTIC PARTY: Featuring themed entertainment, dessert and a raffle; proceeds benefit the Sacred Art of Living Center; $35 at the door; 7-9:30 p.m.; The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center, 3075 N. U.S. Highway 97, Bend; 541-383-4179 or

Monday, March 7

VIVA VOCE: The Portland-based indie-rock band performs, with Damien Jurado and Loch Lomond; $20 plus fees; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-317-0700 or

Tuesday, March 8

“THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO”: A screening of the documentary about food production, genetically modified foods and more; $2 suggested donation; 7 p.m., 6:30 p.m. social; The Environmental Center, 16 N.W. Kansas Ave., Bend; 541-389-0785.

Thursday-Friday, March 10-11

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS: The Chinese troupe performs rigorous acrobatics with music, costumes and choreography; $27 or $32; 7:30 p.m. both nights; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-317-0700 or www.

Saturday, March 12

FURRY FRIENDS GALA DINNER: A buffet dinner, with live and silent auctions; proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Redmond; $60; 5 p.m.; Chloe at North Redmond Station, 1857 N.W. Sixth St.; 541-923-0882. SISTERS ACT: With family-friendly music, comedy sketches, dance, etc.; proceeds benefit the Nambirizi School in Uganda; $10, $5 ages 12 and younger; 7 p.m.; Sisters High School, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Road; 541-549-1149.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DAY: Race 5K from the pub to the brewery’s warehouse, where an after party will be held; contests for costumes and best wearing of green; registration required; proceeds benefit Grandma’s House; $15-$35; 10:05 a.m.; Deschutes Brewery & Public House, 1044 N.W. Bond St., Bend; GREAT BIG SEA: The Canadian folk-rock band performs; $26-$40 in advance, $28-$42 day of show; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-317-0700 or

Monday, March 14

“RACE TO NOWHERE”: A screening of the film about American students and the shortcomings of the educational system; $10; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541317-0700 or

Wednesday, March 16

THE DAVID MAYFIELD PARADE: The Americana act performs; free; 7 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend; 541-382-5174 or

Thursday, March 17

THE PARSON RED HEADS: The Portlandbased folk-pop band performs; followed by The Mother Hips and Moon Mountain Ramblers; ages 21 and older; free; 8 p.m.; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend; 541-382-5174 or

Saturday, March 19

THE HOLLANDS: The Green Bay, Wis.-based folk act performs; $15 suggested donation; 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.; HarmonyHouse, 17505 Kent Road, Sisters; 541-548-2209.

Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26 FOOD FOR EVERYONE GARDENING SEMINAR: Learn the Mittleider Method from master Jim Kennard; $35 (discounts for two or more; scholarships available); 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day; proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry;

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27

JAZZ AT THE OXFORD: The Tom Grant Band, featuring Dan Balmer, performs; $25

plus fees in advance, $30 at the door; 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. Sunday; The Oxford Hotel, 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend; 541-382-8436 or

Saturday, March 26

OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS: Listen to fiddle music; a portion of proceeds benefits the community center; $5 suggested donation; 1-3 p.m.; Bend’s Community Center, 1036 N.E. Fifth St.; 541-312-2069.

Saturday, April 9

JONATHAN BYRD AND CHRIS KOKESH: The folk musicians perform; $15 suggested donation; 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.; HarmonyHouse, 17505 Kent Road, Sisters; 541-548-2209.

Sunday, April 17

ARTURO SANDOVAL: The award-winning trumpeter and his quartet perform; $37 or $42; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541317-0700 or

LIGHT OF HOPE: Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Oregon hosts a 10K, 5K and 1K run/walk; proceeds benefit CASA; $30 or $20 for the 10K and 5K races, $10 for the 1K; 9 a.m.; Riverbend Park, Southwest Columbia Street and Southwest Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-389-1618 or

Sunday, March 27

Saturday, April 23

QUILT SHOW: Featuring quilts by Central Oregon quilters; donations accepted; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Jefferson County Fair Complex, 430 S.W. Fairgrounds Road, Madras; 541475-3661 or541-546-4502.

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: A screening of a collection of action, environmental and adventure films about mountains; $20; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-317-0700 or

Tuesday, March 29

Friday-Saturday, April 29-30

HEROES BREAKFAST: Celebrate community heroes who took extraordinary action to help others; proceeds benefit the Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the American Red Cross; $25; 7:30 a.m.; The Riverhouse Convention Center, 2850 N.W. Rippling River Court, Bend; 541-382-2142, ext. 7 or HIGH DESERT CHAMBER MUSIC — TRIO WEST: String musicians play selections from Dvorak; $35, $10 children and students with ID; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-3170700, or

Friday, April 1

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

Saturday, April 30

HAL SPARKS: The actor, comedian, musician and former game-show host performs; $22 in advance, $27 day of show; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-3170700 or

Friday, May 6

Saturday, April 2

THE REFUGEES: The trio of female singersongwriters performs; $22 or $26; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-317-0700 or

Wednesday, April 6

SILVER, SADDLE & SONG: Featuring Western art and gear shows and sales, rodeo events, cowboy poetry, live music and more; concert takes place at Crook County High School on Saturday; free, $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $15 ages 12 and younger for concert; 9 a.m., concert doors open at 6 p.m.; Crook County Fairgrounds, 1280 S. Main St., Prineville; 541-447-6304, or

LINDA PURL WITH LEE LESSACK: The vocalists perform music by Johnny Mercer; $37 or $42; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre, Bend; 541-317-0700 or

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

Saturday, May 7

CHICKEN COOP TOUR: Tour chicken coops in Central Oregon; tour booklets will provide a map; proceeds benefit Together for Children, Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and NeighborImpact; $10 or six items of nonperishable food; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 541-241-2040, bendcooptour@gmail. com or

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