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LIVING April / May 2014



We all want to “Have a Great Day!” But it’s ha hard to do if you’re not feeling up to it. That’s why our goal, at The Corvallis Clinic, is for everyone to “Have a Healthy Day!” — because if you’re healthy, and you stay healthy, life is always much better. We call our approach Patient-Centered Care, and it works really well. So well, in fact, that the National Committee for Quality Assurance has now recognized us for providing the highest level of patient-focused care in Oregon. If you’d like care that’s focused on you and your family’s well-being, give our Find-a-Physician representative a click or a call. And have a healthy day!

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CASA-Voices for Children is a volunteerbased non-profit organization that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of children who are  victims of abuse, neglect and domestic conflict.  We are committed to the safety and well-being of the children in Benton County. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) started in Seattle in 1977 when a juvenile court judge was concerned about making a decision without sufficient information. They conceived the idea of volunteers speaking in the best interest of the child inside of the courtroom. From the first program, CASA has grown to more than 933 programs that are recruiting and training volunteers in 49 states, and the District of Columbia. Our mission is to advocate for each abused and neglected child in Benton County within the legal custody of the state by recruiting, training and professionally supporting community volunteers. Our vision is to give a voice by advocating for every child’s birthright to a safe, nurturing, forever family; changing lives by believing it’s possible. Donating to CASA-VFC is easy and tax deductible, and your dollars will go a long way.



I am for the child... I am the forgotten child I am not seen or heard You would never believe The abuse I have endured

I am the forgotten child I turn away from hope I need someone to speak for me I need a way to cope

I may look like your neighbor Your daughter or your son But the stories I could tell you Would frighten everyone

I am the forgotten child My life is full of fear I dream of a safe haven And wish it was near

I am the forgotten child With no face to recognize No one I know, no hand to hold I must put up a disguise

I am the forgotten child Is there someone safe out there? Someone whose heart is big enough Someone to show they care?

I am the forgotten child Secrets I do keep I cover up by bruises And never say a peep

I am for the child I hear the cries you make I understand your lack of hope Your burden I will take.

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Spring Ahead! We’ve finally come out of the polar snow extravaganza that had us in Old Man Winter’s grip for weeks. While the snow is fun for a while, and it’s the only time our German Shepherd isn’t too hot, our first taste of the coming summer days has been pretty sweet. Spring is in the air! For the second year in a row, we’ve had a family of Woodpeckers take up residence in our attic. In the morning I can hear Mrs. Woodpecker, I believe

she may be arranging furniture, or sweeping? She comes with a twig, or a leaf and then the rustling starts. I know it’s not the best for the other side or our ceiling drywall, but it’s fun to watch them get ready for the spring birth of Woody Jr. - again. Ah Spring... when a young man’s thoughts turn to... home improvement. Wait, is that how it goes? Well no matter, it is now. We’ve got a host of great local pros lined up in this

issue with tips for you to consider when you’re getting your nest ready for the lazy days of summer, 4th of July, gardening, salads and popsicles. Enjoy this issue, start looking for the swimsuits and spf 4000, and we’ll get to work on the first summer issue of Willamette Living! Thanks again for reading.

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Your Home as a Health Protectant ( part 1) This spring issue of Willamette Living is an issue dedicated to personal health. The home remodelers, the landscape architects are all health promotion people. Whether it’s your ideas, or theirs. They’re all helping to design your homes, and immediate landscape environment. They’re helping to help shape your “healthy feelings and emotions”. Emotions and our biology If you’ve read any of my previous articles you know I see health as a moment to moment feeling. We’re a complex system of biochemicals that change with our interactions with each other. And more importantly our interaction with our immediate environment. The good or bad health relationship with our living environment starts where everything else does, in the brain. When we encounter all types of human and environmental experiences, the prefrontal cortex starts the process of collecting experiential “data.” This data is stored in an area called the hippocampus. The emotional “feeling” is experienced in the small but significant part of the brain called the amygdala. Both of these critical brain parts work in sync to give us an immediate sense of a good, bad, or neutral perception of what we’ve just encountered.

Psychoneuroimmunology. The new understanding of how the brain connects with the rest of the body The relatively new area of psychoneuroimmunology, or PNI, connects the brain function that I mentioned above with the rest of the body. The best example of how this all works is in the area of stress, and stress management. When we have good stress, or bad stress, a cascade of hormones go flooding into major organs, and muscles in the body. If it’s bad stress, our blood pressure goes up, heart rate increases. Our body tightens up. We may feel discomfort in the shoulders, digestive system. If it’s good stress, we feel calm, relaxed. We can think clearly. We have that sense of what we call “wellbeing.” These “feelings” are all regulated by hormones like cortisol, insulin, adrenalin. Neurotransmitters. bio-chemicals in the new area of neurochemistry, help the brain and body work together. Two of the main neurotransmitters, Serotonin, and dopamine help with feelings of calm and alertness. But like with all of our bio-chemistry, if there’s negative stress, there are lower doses of these powerful chemicals circulated in our system. What does this all have to with our home, and immediate environment?

We create our homes, and immediate outside landscaping to be Aesthestheticly pleasing. The Greeks gave us the original definition of Aesthetics. “The mind and emotion in relation to a sense of beauty.” We design individual rooms with color schemes. We place furniture near widows and natural lighting. We put pictures, art work in strategic places in rooms to enjoy the total view. This whole process is called Spatial Aesthesthetics. Whether intuitive, or a developed skill. We design our homes to be “pleasing to the eye.” When we do this with what “looks” and “feels” right to us, this is all part of the magic. The original Greek definition of aesthetics starts to fulfill its definition. The mind and the body come together to create these good feelings. The stress hormones I talked about earlier fall into balance. The neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine increase in the brain to give one that sense of wellbeing. for some that serotonin-dopamine “hit” can be as powerful and pleasing as exercising. Our home, our landscape becomes a sanctuary for health. In the next issue I will talk about the meaning of things in our homes. And how that impacts our PNI. I’ll also talk more about how we design our own, and seek to live by green spaces for aesthetics and our health.

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So you bought this new house and want to make it great. The orange carpet goes, the 70’s wallpaper will join the carpet and there a few more items to improve and update. But with what?

(the right things!) limited her buyer pool to a handful of people who want to live like Nosferatu, not a winning strategy to make the most money off the sale.

Now is the time to weigh your personal taste against the very realistic chance of putting this new house of yours on the market again in (on average) 7 years.

This is an extreme example but the analogy works. You might love tiles in the living room but in NW Oregon this is not a wise choice for resale. You might love turquoise carpet but the majority of people are clearly not a fan.

While it is understandable that you want to put your personal stamp on your new Abode, think about this. If your taste is not exactly mainstream and you are implementing changes that 90% of the population will not approve of you are limiting your buyer pool for the future dramatically and with that clearly the chance for a decent price.

I suggest looking through the Pottery Barn and similar catalogues. Those companies are spending a ton of money finding the next trend and defining “general” taste. Get some ideas from there and then personalize with colors, preferably in areas that are reversible like wall paint.

There are so many options out there so I encourage you to find a compromise that will work for you AND for a future buyer. An article a while ago in the NY Times showed this dilemma perfectly. One of the examples was a woman who had painted her whole apartment – black. The cabinets, carpets, everything was black.

I know, I know, you love your house, you will never leave. But that is not what the statistic says and better safe than sorry so that one day you call me to list your house and I come in and find all the right stuff!

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The Hummingbirds are Back Spring is finally here and the birds are happily singing their songs. I love to hear the melody they chirp, especially in the late afternoon. They swoop across the sky in the most artistic dance, undulating en masse. And the nest building has begun. Soon there will be baby birds learning to fly! Also, I have spotted my first Anna’s hummingbird at the nursery. The hummingbirds flit and buzz around anything in blooms, it seems. At home, my husband and I are quite enamored with a pair that nests in our yard. We enjoy watching them as they zoom past us or when they dine on the foxglove blossoms. The most amazing thing is when one hovers a few feet from us at eye level. What are they thinking? It seems as if they are trying to communicate with us. Most likely, though, they are wondering who this strange creature is that is trespassing in their garden. I never purposefully set about creating a hummingbird garden or a bird haven. It is just that the flowers I love also seem to be favorites of the hummingbirds. And the crowded, cottage garden landscape I favor seems to offer plenty of places for the birds to nest. The Yuletide Camellia, now suffering after our cold December, provided plenty of wintertime nectar for the pair of hummingbirds that stayed in my

yard year round. They also found sustenance from the Honeysuckle, Nicotiana, Fuchsias, and Foxglove that I have in abundance. The songbirds sought out the twisted mass of the Clematis montana and the tall branches of the bamboo. I am not sure exactly what they are all feasting upon, as they do not eat the birdseed or nectar that I place in my birdfeeders. Perhaps there are seedpods and flowers enough of the year to satisfy them. Maybe they find an insect or two. Sometimes, I think they like my yard because it is untidy and a little overgrown. I don’t use many pesticides and I don’t yell at them. Perhaps it is simply my neighbor’s cherry tree that attracts them. Not the hummingbirds, though. They don’t seem to care about the cherries. They love the tubular, red flowers and anything with a lovely nectar. Protection from cats and other predators helps them feel safe. Is it possible that if we provide food, shelter and a place to play, they will gather? As simple as this seems, I believe the answer is yes. Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery. Her passions include gardening, cooking, reading, writing and photography. Follow her writing at


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A mentor is someone who offers the kind of support and guidance that can help you develop the necessary skills and knowledge that will allow you to become your best self. A mentor is someone who can offer you wisdom without prejudice, someone who inspires you to greater achievement, by providing you with ideas and concepts that go beyond your experience. A mentor can be a teacher, a coach, a counselor, a role-type model, a neighbor, a relative, or a friend someone like Kathy Peck-Nestell - my attitude mentor in life. Kathy’s story “Saint John” on page 26 is a shining example of strength, integrity and determination. Kathy chooses to be positive and has a grateful attitude. Being thankful for what you have, the person you are and the people that are part of your life is essential in maintaining an upbeat attitude. For years I let my circumstances choose my attitude, not realizing I had the power to choose it myself. Just because we make a choice to have a positive attitude doesn’t mean that our lives will transform into beautiful calm pretty pictures and stay that way forever. Choosing a positive attitude is a process.

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Meet Your Neighbor

Who needs Saville Row?

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There’s a new tailor in town. By Scott Alexander

Jefferson Alley Tailoring (Inside The Alley Men’s Store) 312 S.W. Jefferson Ave 541-974-0178


n interesting man has set up shop, Mohammad Rezaee.

the situation. Not as dangerous as war, but still, not so great.

A very quiet and gracious man, he has endured a long road to Corvallis.

In 2010 a friend of his who was living in Corvallis suggested he move to Oregon. Mohammad came to Corvallis where he met Nancy Kneisel who owns Second Glance, The Annex and The Alley. With her 3 upscale resale shops, Nancy saw the potential for a tailor in town, and helped Mohammad set up shop.

As a child, Mohammad remembers the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. He recounted the memory of a Russian tank rolling up outside his grammar school and all the kids running out the back. School was out for-ever. Forced to flee his home, he spent 18 years as a refugee in Iran. During his time in Iran, Mohammad worked as a tailor and learned the trade well. When his Iranian refugee visa ran out in 2004 he returned to Afghanistan. The American Military was now in his homeland. Mohammad found work as a translator for the U.S. Army. It was good, steady work, but he was not allowed to leave the base to visit his family, and his family could not visit him because when they left they became a mark; the “bad guys” knew he was making money -- money that could provide ransom. When the military leaves, translators are not popular with the bad guys, so Mohammad applied, through a protection program for translators, for a U.S. visa. He got the visa and Mohammad moved to Atlanta with his wife and children in 2009. He found himself in a shady area of Atlanta, and was not happy with www.willametteliving.com

When I asked what kind of tailoring services he provides, Mohammad told me he can do pretty much anything anyone wants done, but that the height of tailoring is bespoke men’s suits. As we talked, he was working on his first suit (in his new shop) for an Albany man. Very nice. I asked Mohammad what his favorite thing about being here is and he said: “safety, avoiding the violence and being able to raise my kids and see them get their education, also being able to buy a house and have my work.” In Afghanistan, Mohammad slept with an AK47, so it’s hard to imagine how it must be to be in Corvallis, where nothing happens while you’re asleep, or awake, for the most part. I also asked him what he doesn’t like. He said “in Afghanistan you only have to worry about having some rice, some tea, and maybe a little oil for cooking, in America the stress to work and succeed is high, every day is go go go.” We can all relate.

Mohammad still has family in Afghanistan, they are hard pressed to find work there, and he helps them. He hopes to gain citizenship and bring his parents and brothers to America. He does worry though, about his parents who have been farmers all their lives in Afghanistan. The change might be a little much for them despite the safety of America. I asked what he likes to eat here in America, he said he likes pizza, and the sushi from across the street (Tokyo Steakhouse) -- me too. He said he doesn’t really eat out much because he’s always working. “The days go by fast,” and he goes home to his family. His wife cooks traditional Afghan meals, rice, meats, soup, “just simple things.” Mohammad has a son who attends Linus Pauling, and a younger son and daughter who attend Garfield Elementary. They don’t speak English at home. Mohammad says he wants them to remember their roots -where they came from. And, when they speak with Grandma on the phone, it’s best for all concerned that they know what she’s saying! Mohammad is a very interesting and gracious man, and a welcome addition to our community. I encourage you to stop in and meet him -- and who doesn’t want a James Bond style suit? I know I do.

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Valley History

Offbeat Oregon

History BLUE RUIN WHISKEY S PA R K S O R E G O N S FIRST PROHIBITION B Y: J O H N J . D . F I N N Photo:Library of Congress A fashionable young woman at a soda fountain looks playfully at the camera as she pours moonshine from her cane-flask into her drink, in defiance of Prohibition.

A PACIFIC PARADISE FOR BOOTLEGGERS AND MOONSHINERS Late in 1912, for the sixth and final time, the topic of voting rights for women was on Oregonians’ ballot. And when the votes were counted, it was a win: A fifty-two percent majority had voted for women’s suffrage. Among those who’d voted against it, there were many motivations — some far sillier than others, but all of them pretty goofy in the light of history.

what many of them saw as the great social evil of their day: The bottle.

The rumrunners And the liquor men, in turn, were also right — in Oregon, at least. Because as soon as women got the vote, in 1912, preparations were under way for a prohibition initiative, slated to hit the books in 1914. And it passed with flying colors. Dry Oregon

But there was a certain cadre of anti-suffrage men who, if you got them to speak frankly and off the record, would tell you, straight out, the real reason they didn’t want to give women the right to vote: Prohibition. For decades, the temperance and women’s suffrage movements had been to one degree or another associated with each other. Every woman knew a friend who was helplessly saddled with a hard-drinking husband who couldn’t keep a job, trying desperately to keep the family together despite having no control. By 1912 it was almost a cliché that when women’s suffrage initiatives were defeated, suffrage activists would blame the setback on “the liquor men.” They were right. Most bar owners, brewers and distillers pulled every string they could reach to stop women from getting the vote. They knew that the instant women had electoral clout, they would use it to eliminate


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Oregon was now a “dry state.” You could still bring liquor in from out of state and consume it in the privacy of your own home, but you couldn’t buy it and you couldn’t sell it and you sure couldn’t blow your entire paycheck on it while playing faro in the corner bar before staggering home with empty pockets to your long-suffering wife. In the next election cycle — just two years later, in 1916 — even that loophole was closed. Oregon was now “bone dry,” and the era of bootleggers and moonshiners, of blind pigs and speakeasies, had begun. The primary effect of early Prohibition in Oregon seems to have been to enable Oregon bootleggers to get some practice in before the federal government got involved and consequences became serious. So when the Volstead Act passed in 1919, inaugurating nationwide Prohibition, Oregon’s

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Portland had always had a special mercantile relationship with Vancouver and Victoria, up in British Columbia. These two cities had, for most of the 1890s, partnered with Portland to bring most of the opium into the country to supply Chinese communities in various West Coast cities. The smuggling routes were time-tested and the smugglers were well-trained; it was just a case of bringing in a different cargo. The usual routine was that a small Canadian ship crammed with distilled spirits would sail south along the coastline and heave to 12 miles off the mouth of the Columbia River. From there, safely in international waters, she would rendezvous with several small, powerful launches, which would transfer as much booze as they could safely carry, cross the bar and race upriver. Once they reached a prearranged remote spot, often on Sauvie Island, they’d pull in, unload, and head back out to do it again — until the rumrunner was empty. Then the ship would head back to B.C. to do it all over again. This made for some frustrating times for Prohibition agents, because they couldn’t touch the big ship in international waters and the individual launches were small potatoes — and usually too fast to catch. April / May 2014

By the way, it’s almost certain that the Pescawah, the Canadian rumrunner caught in 1926 after it left the safety of international waters to rescue a lifeboat full of shipwrecked sailors off the mouth of the Columbia, was participating in this smuggling operation.

be a photo-op involving a representative of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union as a case or two of bottles was smashed or poured into the gutter. And then the rest of the booze would go into a special storeroom in the basement of the police station, there to await later disposal ... or so they claimed.

Moonshiners Graft, corruption and Cutty Sark Another very popular way to get booze in the Beaver State was by distilling it. Portland itself had some vast expanses of forested areas right inside city limits — notably Forest Park — and once one got over the Cascade Mountains into Eastern Oregon, there were all kinds of opportunities to be alone with a giant vat of pulped-up pears and some yeast. While the Appalachians have an enduring reputation as a bootlegger’s paradise, the region had absolutely nothing on the state of Oregon. But all that booze, whether made or imported, had to be poured into a glass someplace ... and that’s where Portland came in. Speakeasies The ink was no sooner dry on the 1916 legislation than the Portland Police Department started mounting liquor raids. Nearly every day there would be a headline in the Morning Oregonian announcing some fresh arrest: a store caught with a whiskey barrel labeled “Heinz Pickles,” a restaurant caught serving cups of “very special” coffee, a still spotted in someone’s back yard. The cops would eagerly sally forth, collect the goods and arrest the perps. Then there might

An old Portland vice squad member, Floyd Marsh, blew the whistle on the whole thing many years later, in 1976. What really happened was, the booze was disposed of through City Hall. Marsh himself was tasked with hauling case after case of fine Canadian hooch down the street for Mayor George Baker and his cronies to lap up — or, for those with commercial establishments, to serve up. By a few years into Prohibition, the police department had enough seized booze stashed in the basement to control prices on the streets of Portland. And it moved some of its inventory out through particularly favored speakeasies — the ones that ponied up for the monthly payoff.

A piece of vintage sheet music from the University of Oregon’s collection: a song titled “Prohibition Blues,” written by the legendary Nora Bayes in 1919.

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of booze, claiming he was transporting it on city business might not fly, and he could end up in prison.

“At least $100,000 a month was paid out in protection money to authorities of Multnomah County and the City of Portland,” Marsh wrote. Marsh particularly remembered being ordered to haul several cases of Scotch up to Mount Hood, where a City Councilor had a summer home. He was rather nervous about this assignment, because he was pretty sure if a county sheriff’s deputy or federal agent caught him with a carful

Marsh didn’t seem to have much of a problem with flouting the laws of prohibition in general. What drove him to finally quit the department was the unfairness he saw. While the well connected, wealthy outfits downtown could pony up protection money and operate with impunity, private citizens were getting sent up the river. The one that finally did it for him was an Italian widow caught with a small keg of homemade wine that she’d made from her own grapes, Old Country-style. When she was vigorously prosecuted for it, he decided he was done. (Sources: Wehrkamp, Timothy. Edward Chambreau: His Autobiography. Dissertation (Ph.D., 1976, University of Oregon); Oregon State Archives, arcweb.sos.state. or.us; Federal Writers Project, Oregon: End of the Trail. Portland: Metropolitan Press, 1940).

After Prohibition went into effect, some drugstores managed to get around it for a little while by selling “medical” booze. This loophole was quickly closed, but not before it generated some amusing advertising campaigns, like this one from a drugstore in The Dalles.

Finn J.D. John is an instructor at Oregon State University and the author of “Wicked Portland,” a book about the dark side of Oregon’s metropolis in the 1890s. To contact him or suggest a topic: finn@ offbeatoregon.com, @OffbeatOregon (on Twitter)

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How do I fit my arms around something as all encompassing as “attitude”? Well, being the kind of person I am, I started by looking up the word “attitude.” The definitions I liked best were: “a settled way of thinking or feeling typically reflected in a person’s behavior” “a predisposition or tendency to respond positively or negatively to people, ideas or situations” Being that I was on my I-Pad, I then googled “attitude” and started reading. As I read and meshed the words on the screen with my own approach to life, I was reminded that this all- encompassing thing called “attitude” is really quite simple. Your own definition of attitude determines how you react to


everything that happens to you and, consequently, dictates how successful you will be in every aspect of your life. I don’t know exactly how I came to have the attitude I have, but I suspect it had a lot to do with my dad, a handful of teachers who thought I could do anything, my sister and brother and, in her own way, my mom. I think every child grows up in an act and re-act kind of way. By that I mean kids have choices. They can either imitate the behavior of their role models or they can react to that behavior. Those who do it right can turn out pretty damn good. Those who haven’t decided by adulthood, need to start today. There were many things that I reacted to with my mom and

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dad. They didn’t have jobs that brought in steady income. I do. Never a day went by without my mom nagging my dad. I don’t. Other than Lola, Burla and Pauline, her bowling buddies from early adulthood, Mom didn’t have girlfriends. I do and do and do. But my parents gave me something far more important. They made me believe that I could do anything I wanted then made me earn it. [Please note that this is with the exception of overcoming my fear of snakes. All animals should have legs. What was God thinking?] I grew up in the small town of Snohomish, Washington during an era when dogs ran free and kids threw their inner tubes on the back of their bikes to float down the river all day. I started working when I was in 4th grade. I had to pack my own lunch and catch the berry bus at around 6:00 in the morning with my twin friends, Kathy and Karen, to earn money for school clothes. In those days there were no hybrid berries. When strawberry season ended, raspberry season started. Even in those days I competed with the other kids to be the fastest berry picker in the field. This was difficult, because Danny Parker was there and his dad, one of my favorite teachers, was a hard ass row boss. I’m sure Danny felt it more than me and that’s why he was a good picker. Then there were the McKay kids . . . tough competition for the twins and me. When I got old enough for parents to trust me with their children, I graduated to babysitting. I also flipped burgers; made pizzas; spun cotton candy at the Washington State Fair; went with my brother, Jeff –who I refer to as “Beav” due to his habit of chewing his wooden crib as a baby-- to the woods to peel cascara bark which we then sold to the local pharmacist; and, finally worked on the line at the local cannery where I got to pick rotten berries, twigs and, to my dismay, an occasional small

snake off the line. [No one likes snakes in their jam.] I remember meeting “lifers” at the cannery and wondering if their parents ever made them feel like they could do other things. Although I didn’t know what I wanted to do at that point in my life, I did know that I wanted something other people referred to as a “career.” I wanted to go to college. I wanted to graduate from college. I wanted to be successful at a job other people respected. I also had chores around the house. My favorite chore was cleaning Dad’s garage and arranging his hammers. Dad was a “body man” in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. In those days a “body man” was someone who straightened cars by welding, pounding and using various other tools I can’t name. I would sweep up all the welding shavings; gather all Dad’s odd shaped hammers and arrange them fashionably on a very large table he had made out of scrap iron. I always felt good that I was helping Dad. I also think that this may have been the origins of my love for decorating. By the time I graduated from college, I had added a host of other jobs to my repertoire . . . I took lecture notes at my beloved WSU [Let me take this opportunity to say that it is highly annoying that my school mascot has become associated with prowling older women. At my age, I can no longer say I’m a cougar for fear of being misunderstood. I have had to train myself to say “I graduated from WSU.” This is not nearly as fun sounding as saying “I’m a Cougar.”]; serving cocktails to inebriated people while dressed in “hot pants” only slightly longer than the dreaded volley ball garb that my daughter, Courtney, had to wear while playing for Sprague High School; and flagging with my friend, Paul, on a Snohomish County road crew with a lot of men who spit chewing tobacco on my boots. All of the jobs I had in my childhood profoundly shaped my April / May 2014

attitude. I met good people and learned to never think of myself as better than anyone else. I also learned to tip well. I developed discipline. I had to get myself to and from work on time while juggling school and a host of other commitments. I learned that other people respect you when you do your job well, no matter what the job is. By the time I was 16 years old, I understood the only way I was going to get ahead in life was by starting at the bottom rung of the ladder. I wasn’t afraid to do that because I’d been doing it for years. My parents never rescued me from experiencing what I needed to experience. Even after I graduated from law school I didn’t think that I deserved to start anywhere but the bottom. When I accepted my first job as an attorney at an employer’s association I was making only $200/month more than my secretary. But I liked the job and was happy to have the opportunity to show that I was worth more. It was a door opener. Having an open door is all that anyone should expect. My parents knew I worked hard. They were Depression babies. Dad was a farm boy from Iowa. I do know all the words to “Sioux City Sue.” Swap my horse and dog for you? I also know the words to all the military songs for the army, navy, marines and airforce because I grew up in a family that had a deep respect for veterans. I have tried to pass this along to my children, Seth www.willametteliving.com

and Courtney. In the summer of 2000 we visited Normandy. Seth and I are famous for making up acronyms to remember things. While there we made up “Six pigs can be really dirty.” (Six-Squadron/pigs-Platoon/ can-Company/be-Battalion/ really- Regiment/dirty-Division) If I were queen, all school children would be required to learn all the military songs and memorize this acronym. Dad had seen family members lose their farms. To my knowledge he never buried any money in a tin can, but he was known to stick a few bills in crevices here and there. He also had a lifelong suspicion of banks. But Dad’s family always had healthy food and a decent place to live. Mom’s family was not so lucky. Grandpa and Grandma Sigurdson emigrated from Northern Iceland through Canada and finally settled in the Snohomish valley. During this journey they had 12 children. After their house burned down in Canada they were forced to give up two of their children to families who could afford to feed them. I will never forget my Aunt Vickie telling us a story about getting a new dress. It was the only new dress she ever got in childhood and she, Christina and Violet were lined up for families to come pick one, then another. Vickie was the oldest and wasn’t selected. We found Violet about five years ago, but never found Christina. Mom used to talk about the other kids in Central Elementary being jealous of the cheese sandwiches she had in her lunch box. It wasn’t cheese. It was lard. When Mom was 16 years old she and her friend Gladys ran away from home. They ran all the way to Seattle, which was only about 40 miles away. When they found her, Mom went to live with my Aunt Vickie as a ward of the court. Aunt Vickie made her learn to cook and pushed her to do things she’d never done before. Mom was also impacted by her visits with her Uncle Ted and Aunts, Lena and Haether.

I thought they were pretty old then, but they were only about as old as I am now, so I think I just thought they were old. Aunt Lena and Aunt Haether were cultured. They had tidy homes with overstuffed chairs, nice teeth and wore cologne. Uncle Ted tried to help Mom understand that she could do big things, like be an airline stewardess --a glamorous job in those days, but Mom never stretched her wings. Mom didn’t have a career other than for a short period in the ‘60s after Dad hurt his back and had to give up being a “bumper man” for real estate. Mom followed Dad into that profession and both of them became real estate brokers until Boeing fell. Mom was very smart, but she wasn’t willing to fail. Consequently, she never grew. The failure of Dad’s bumper business had a very negative impact on Mom. She had a nervous breakdown shortly after this happened and had to be institutionalized for a month. My sister was left to cook, clean and take care of Dad as a sophomore in high school. My brother and I were shipped off to live with Aunt Vickie. Beav was only a third grader. We passed the time by checking out imaginary “hobo” camps along the railroad tracks by Aunt Vickie’s house and learning to snatch eggs from her hens. I don’t think Mom ever fully recovered, much less rebounded from this experience. In the ‘60s psychological disorders were considered shameful and were hidden by families. Mom returned home; life went on as usual and nobody talked about the elephant in the kitchen. From that point on, Mom settled into her own comfort zone, which consisted of living within the confines of her extended family. Because Mom retreated into her own world, she tended to be naïve about anything happening outside her world. This actually became one of her delightful traits. My son told a story at

Mom’s funeral about his attempt to get her to send emails to him while he was attending Willamette University. Since he hadn’t received any emails from her, he checked to see whether she was using the right email address. Mom insisted that she was using the right address and repeated it to him, Seth.Peck@ hotmale.com. There is another hilarious story about scrotums that I probably don’t need to go into. Mom’s failure to try did, however, have a profound impact on my sister, brother and me. We all reacted by going to the top of our chosen professions with a “brick by brick” kind of determination. I can remember how disappointed I was when I was voted “most ambitious” as a high school senior. The year before, and the year before that and going back forever, the winner of that prize was called “most likely to succeed.” I didn’t just want to be ambitious. I wanted to be most likely to succeed. I was a whole lot happier at my 20 year reunion when I was voted “least changed.” I think Mom was impacted significantly by her childhood poverty. She associated people who had manners with people who had money and wanted her children to at least have what she could give them, -manners. She even made Jan and I walk with books on our head. I’m pretty sure that’s why I wear high heels all the time and still put lipstick and mascara on before I go to the grocery store. I will never forget the night I heard the sewing machine and got up to find my sister, Jan, sewing me a dress to wear to the Snohomish High School Christmas assembly the next day. I had to make a presentation before the student body that only required reading a short verse from the Bible. [Yes, in those days that was done in public schools.] I was terrified . . . even though it wasn’t a passage with old, hard-to-pronounce

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words there were over 1200 kids in our high school. The dress helped me a lot. Jan was always filling in the gaps Mom couldn’t fill. During my childhood there were no lard sandwiches, only a wish for a little more. I did grow up in a house where it was a treat to have soda pop, chips and dip when you were watching Bonanza --especially dip made of sour cream and dried onion mix. Attitude is considering chips and onion dip to be a treat. Dad was a role model for me in very important ways. Whatever he did he did well. I still have pictures of the ‘57 Oldsmobile that he transformed from something resembling a very large metal accordion to a sleek, smooth monster of a car. That car was so big that Dad would fit a board between the cushion and the back of the front seat to make a bed to use when we left for summer vacations on the Washington coast. Jan, Beav and I would all fit into the backseat bed. It didn’t matter that the projects Dad did weren’t of earth shattering importance or even important outside of the confines of our immediate family. All that mattered is that when he did something he did it well. The other thing about Dad is that he didn’t give up when he was faced with an obstacle. For Dad, obstacles often consisted of “We don’t have that and we need it.” Since he was a product of the Depression, he would make it. There was nothing he couldn’t build, repair or figure out how to do. Well, there was one exception, anything electrical. Mom was afraid Dad would electrocute himself. This fear grew after Grandma Grace paid for him to go to a stop smoking class that involved electrical shocks and got mad when he went back to smoking and wasted the money. Dad didn’t like to waste money, so he rigged up his own follow-up

shock treatment until Mom found out and put a stop to it. Dad could, however, work on metal, wood, textiles, plaster frames. By my teenage years he had started making new things, -like wine and jewelry. We had a wonderful 14-foot wooden boat that we used in the Puget Sound area, around Camano and Whidbey Islands for years. One of my favorite “Dad’s ingenuity” memories is when he decided that the Cline family was going to have the freshest damn crab that anyone on the planet had ever tasted. He rigged up a floating metal contraption with burning charcoal and a pot of boiling water floating on a rope behind out boat. That day we did have the freshest crab on the planet. Dad believed in using what you had to make your life as full as possible. To him, people were responsible for their own happiness, no matter what life threw at you. The last thing about Dad is that he liked people, all kinds of people. He saw the good in everyone. Mom used to get so mad at him for taking an hour to buy two items at the grocery store only a half a mile away. I knew what he was doing, so did Jan and Beav. He was talking to “Brownie” who worked in the Produce Department or anyone else he could corner, probably while sampling grapes or some type of nut. My son, Seth, and I picked up Dad’s gift of gab. I saw those qualities in Dad and embraced them. They have become part of my attitude. I will always be thankful to my wonderful Dad, “St. John” for what he passed to me. Not everyone can have a St. John, but we can always try to be one. I have always followed a very simple principle in life. I have passed it on to my children and intend to help pass it on to my two beautiful baby granddaughters, Baby Eli and soon-to-be-born Baby Dirks and all the wonderful grandchildren

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joy of doing something you didn’t think you could do or doing something that you were afraid to do. People who don’t try don’t get to experience the joy of accomplishment. It’s okay to fail. That happens to all of us. It’s how we grow. I’ve had my share of failures. I remember one in particular when I wrongly accused someone of engaging in unethical conduct based on a business record. When I discovered I was wrong, I was haunted. I couldn’t sleep. I had made the wrong conclusion and negatively affected someone’s life. The next day I made a very public retraction. I confessed that I had reached the wrong conclusion, explained why and apologized. It felt good to me and was well received. All of us have tragedies in our lives and things we do well and not so well. When people are gathered at our funerals, they will remember not those failures, tragedies and mistakes, but how we reacted to them. I thank my parents who died within four months of each other in 2009 for teaching me that when I fall off a horse I need to get right back on and do it all while balancing a book on my head. That is my attitude.


Kathy Peck-Nestell is a partner in the labor and employment law firm of Peck, Rubanoff & Hatfield. The firm represents public and private sector employers in labor and employment law. As a partner, Kathy represents clients in collective bargaining, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She also conducts training and workplace investigations and provides clients with advice on a wide range of employment-related topics. She is a graduate of Washington State University and Willamette College of Law and has been recognized by her peers as a leading attorney in her profession. Kathy lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with her husband Tom.

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By Jeff Hsing, MD, Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute

Keeping Your Heart Beat Regular Atrial Fibrillation symptoms, diagnosis and treatment Atrial fibrillation, also referred to as “a-fib”, is the most common abnormal rhythm of the heart effecting nearly 2.7 million people. In a normal heartbeat, the top two chambers of the heart (the atria) contract first, followed by the bottom two chambers (the ventricles). In atrial fibrillation the atria “fibrillate,” or quiver, causing the heart rate to be irregular and often too fast. Episodes of atrial fibrillation can start as infrequent and progress to permanent. The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age. Risk factors include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, heart valve disease, lung disease, sleep apnea, heart disease, and abnormal thyroid function. It can be diagnosed simply with an electrocardiogram (ECG) or a heart monitor. While atrial fibrillation itself is not life threatening, it can greatly impact a person’s quality of life. The symptoms of atrial fibrillation vary greatly for each individual. Some people are not aware of any symptoms while others feel palpitations (fluttering or racing heart beat), shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, weakness or difficulty with exertion. There are two strategies for treating atrial fibrillation. The first is what is referred to as “rate control” or lowering the heart rate with medications. This approach is best for people who are only symptomatic with fast heart rates. The second is referred to as “rhythm


control” or maintaining a normal rhythm. There are several therapies used to achieve rhythm control and an appropriate treatment plan is tailored to each individual patient. Treatment can include medications, electrical or chemical cardioversion (resetting the heart), surgical procedures or a less invasive atrial fibrillation ablation, also referred to as pulmonary vein isolation. During an atrial fibrillation ablation procedure, thin catheters are inserted into the veins and fed back to the heart where radiofrequency is used to isolate the tissue responsible for triggering atrial fibrillation. These procedures are performed by an electrophysiologist (a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythms). Advances in equipment technology allow the procedure to be performed with minimal radiation. Not everyone is a candidate for atrial fibrillation ablation. Good candidates are relatively healthy people who have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, meaning the rhythm comes and goes rather than being permanent, and those who have tried medication therapy, but it is either ineffective or causes intolerable side effects. In addition to the rhythm itself, a separate issue needs to be addressed, which is the fact that atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke. When the top chambers of the heart fibrillate, they are not able to pump blood efficiently and can cause the blood to

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clot. If a clot gets pumped out of the heart it can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Stroke risk can be lowered with medications such as aspirin, Warfarin (common brand name Coumadin) or newer blood thinners and anticoagulants. When deciding the most appropriate medication for a patient, a physician will take into consideration existing risk factors for stroke (age, gender, high blood pressure, diabetes, prior stroke, heart failure and vascular disease) and risk of bleeding. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, or are concerned in any way about your heart health, please see your primary care provider. If you do not have a provider, please call Samaritan’s Physician Referral Line toll free at 1-800-863-5241 to find a doctor who is right for you. Jeff Hsing, MD, is an electrophysiologist with the Heart Rhythm Center at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute in Corvallis, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. In addition, the Heart Rhythm Center offers outreach clinics in Albany, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport. For information about the Heart Rhythm Center and electrophysiology services, call 541768-4295, or toll-free, 1-877-474-7484.

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Soroptomist International of Corvallis 16th Annual Spring Tea: Women Helping Women May 18, 2014, 1:00 p.m. CH2M Hill Alumni Center

The Soroptimist International of Corvallis 16th Annual Spring Tea & Auction will be Sunday, May 18, 2014. Last year, more than 250 guests attended to support programs that help women and girls. We have distributed more than $94,000 of Tea income since 2008 to local programs that support domestic violence services, women’s heart disease awareness, women’s cancer resources, and general assistance to women and girls.

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Remodeling Can Be Fun and Educational for Kids - But Keep Them Safe! By Kathryn McQuillan, MD Home remodeling brings disruption and stress to our lives. Throw in the kids running around all that dust, jagged-edged debris, sharp tools, and toxic products, and it can also be dangerous. Keeping naturally inquisitive children out of harm’s way amid the messiness of a home remodel is challenging, even if you have warned them about the hazards. However, you can take steps to ensure your children’s safety and the renovation’s success. Choose the Proper Contractor Pick a contractor who has experience working around children and maintaining a kid-friendly work area. Nothing replaces conscientious parents in keeping kids safe during a family’s remodel, but choosing a contractor who understands and appreciates the unique challenges that children present is essential as well. A good contractor should mention ground rules for kids, their own safety practices, and any experiences they’ve had working with families living in a house while it was being remodeled. Set up alternative areas One of more problematic aspects of home renovations is getting children to change the way they use their homes. This is especially true when a remodel is focusing on a room the kids use every day, such as a kitchen, bath, or living area. For a kitchen remodel, set up a temporary kitchen in the garage or extra room or just place a compact refrigerator in these places. For bathrooms, remind your kids to stay out by locking doors, placing signs, or erecting barriers like plastic sheeting. Also, expect some acting out or other behavior problems while their normal routines are being disrupted. Prepare the Air Protecting the quality of the air you breathe is one of the most important steps you can take


to keep your family safe during a renovation. Lots of dust and allergens can get kicked up during a remodel, and children are generally more sensitive to respiratory problems from dust inhalation than adults. So consider the following to keep the air as clear as possible: • Open windows and run a fan to improve ventilation • Seal off any HVAC ducting or vents in the area • Hang plastic sheeting • Use disposable drop cloths • Vacuum all horizontal surfaces with a HEPA-filtered vacuum at least twice a day In addition, some materials and chemicals might cause sensitivity issues. Safer materials exist. For example, look for paints and primers that use low volatile organic compound (VOC). Though they might cost more, using more environmentally friendly choices can pay off in the long run, especially when children are involved. Beware that older homes may have lead paint on windowsills or walls. Ingestion of lead paint chips can cause lead poisoning in young children. Ask your pediatrician if she or he thinks your child needs a lead blood level drawn based on your child’s exposure. In the end, the best option might be to ask your contractor which phases of the renovation will be most hazardous, and then live in the part of the home farthest away, spend the night with family or friends, or just take a week or so vacation until the dangers are gone. Be Wary of Hazards in Unfinished Areas Even when tools are put away and workers aren’t present, there are still plenty of dangers in unfinished work areas when important safety features are missing. If the wall socket covers are off, it is hazardous because the sides of the switches are live. An exposed toilet wax ring is full of bacteria and a missing stair rail is a dangerous situation. And unfinished flooring and loose items such as nails can be hidden dangers in the workspace. Call your

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pediatrician right away if your child steps on a nail. He or she may need to receive a tetanus shot. Keep Waste Contained Keeping used chemical containers out of reach is important because even after the contents are gone, toxic chemical residue can remain. A small amount of these substances can harm a child, so making sure they have no access, even to empty containers, is a must. If you’re having insulation, dry wall or other potentially hazardous materials removed during renovation, be sure to keep the waste properly contained. Schedule Work When Children Are Out of the House If your children are in school or have other commitments, try to schedule the contractor to perform most of the work during this time. You will still need to keep the kids out of the unfinished area when they are home, but you will not have to worry about your children getting underfoot when your contractor’s team is coming and going. DIY Renovation It can be a rewarding experience to do your own home remodeling. If your kids are anything like mine, they will want to watch and help out! This can be a fun and educational experience if done safely. Make sure your kids wear safety goggles, gloves, ear protection and any other necessary protective clothing. Provide adequate supervision to older kids and teens who are learning to use power tools. Allow younger kids to hammer, paint, measure or tape. Make sure your kids know that the work zone is off limits when their parents aren’t around. The bottom line? Enjoy the journey to making your home more attractive and comfortable, but make sure you take the steps to avoid any “bad owies.” Dr. McQuillan is a pediatrician at The Corvallis Clinic. She can be reached at 541-754-1278. April / May 2014

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electing an area rug for your home can be very difficult. To complement the room it is important to find the exact color, pattern, and shape of an area rug. One of the most difficult things to decide is the size of rug that fits your needs for function and pleasing ascetics. Here are some tips for selecting a area rug size: • Do you like the appearance of furniture overlapping the rug or nesting in the center? For many rooms this is a matter of personal taste. • Bedroom rugs placed under a bed, should always be large enough to allow a couple of steps on the rug, as you exit the bed. • Dining room rugs should be 18-24” larger than the dining table on all sides, so the chairs remain on the rug as people push away from the table. If you entertain regularly, be sure you get a rug large enough to accommodate the expanded table size, after the leaves are in place. • Use masking tape or newspaper to sample an outline of the placement for your new rug. Adjust this area


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size and shape to your liking. • The area rug industry refers to rugs in rough sizes. For example a 8’ X 10’ rug may actually measure 7’ 6” X 9’ 6”. Always ask the rug salesperson the exact size of the rug you are considering buying. It is important to determine the perfect size, before you go shopping for your new rug. There are many manufactures, with a wide variety of sizes. Knowing your limitations will assist you in sorting through the options. Custom area rugs are available for hard to fit shapes and sizes.

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uthor Steve Arndt grew up in rural Independence, Oregon during the state’s centennial, a setting that kindled his curiosity about the region’s history. His uncle, William Gilbaugh, now a retired Washington State park ranger and noted northwest photographer, further ignited his passion by occasionally taking Steve on tours of Oregon and Washington back roads and byways. After earning a degree in elementary education from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University), Steve completed advanced degree coursework in special education at OCE, school administration at Portland State University, and his school superintendent credentials at the University of Oregon. In his 40-year career in education, Steve served various


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Oregon public schools as teacher and administrator, and completed his last nineteen years in higher education (Warner Pacific College) as senior associate professor of teacher education, including ten years as a department chair. Arndt is the only Warner Pacific professor in school history to earn both faculty of the year awards, one for excellence in teaching (1996), and the other for outstanding research (2004).

community and participating in various philanthropic groups and endeavors.

Steve, his wife Diane, and their now-grown children have spent many weekends and school vacations exploring Oregon back roads and off-the-beaten path places. Today, their car is filled with child safety car seats for three young granddaughters that have begun road-trips with grandma and grandpa. Both Steve and Diane fill important roles at the Woodburn United Methodist Church and enjoy volunteering in the Woodburn

Oregon is a state full of unique wonder and beauty. During his sabbatical in 2003, Arndt began writing a series of books, that linked out of the way places together on self-guided tours, focusing on history and things to see and do that most people bypass. Chapter tours are full day events, experienced via family car, motor home, or motorcycle. He shares information about each out of the way community, explaining how places were

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Although Diane, a retired music educator and professional singer, has no formal training in photography, she enjoys her role as photographer, organizer, and proofreader of Steve’s book series. About the ‘Roads Less Traveled’

named, when they were settled, historical sites and events, and common and unusual things about cities and settlements on the back roads of our state. Information about specific locations are found on ‘White Pages.’ ‘Grey Pages’ focus on the history, and what to see and do between the next two locations, to the tenth of a mile. Steve has his readers set their odometer to 0.0 miles at a designated location, and then directs the travelers to the next locality, identifying points of interest in between. There are currently 8 books in the Roads Less Traveled series, each geographically identified, with book 9 coming in December of 2014. In 2009 Arndt literally started from scratch, redoing each book, insuring that information is current and as upto-date as possible, with each book in the series having a 2010-13 copyright.

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Portland’s Annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Six Portland area homes designed by Pietro Belluschi will be open during Restore Oregon’s annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on May 10th. Curated by Belluschi’s son, Anthony, who is himself an accomplished architect, the tour presents the first opportunity for Belluschi fans to step inside such a collection of his residential work. Homes on tour span several decades and include the Burkes House where Pietro lived until his passing in 1994. Known internationally as a key innovator in the development of an elegant modernism often referred to as the International style, Belluschi’s residences were particularly suited to the materials and climate of the Pacific Northwest. Belluschi’s work was widely admired and resulted in his appointment as dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over his long career Belluschi designed or collaborated on over 1,000 buildings. Notable commercial work includes the Portland Art Museum and the Equitable (Commonwealth) Building in Portland, the Julliard School of Music and Pan American Building in New York, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Bank of American Building in San Francisco, and scores of churches from Oregon to Rhode Island. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991 for his lifetime achievements. “In addition to celebrating the work of a master, the goal for our tour is to draw attention to the need for thoughtful preservation of Modern architecture,” says Restore Oregon’s Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. “Many of the homes on our tour have been lovingly restored, but there are so many more Modern buildings whose historic significance remains unrecognized, and are very much in need of stewardship.” Advance tickets went on sale through the Restore Oregon website in March and are expected to sell out. All proceeds benefit the programs of Restore Oregon, a non-profit devoted to saving Oregon’s endangered historic places, from the pioneer through modern eras.

Architect for original house, Pietro Belluschi FAIA, 1948 Architect for Renovation and Additions, Anthony Belluschi FAIA, 2012


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Legend Homes, is One of Oregon’s Top Ten Home Builders Do you know what to ask your builder? Legend President Jim Chapman does. There is information homebuyers need to know that is far more important than the number of bedrooms and square footage of a home. What makes Legend Homes stand out as a builder are the steps that they take to provide the buyer with a well-constructed, energy efficient home that will be easier on the pocketbook in the long run. “We focus on homes that help pay for themselves with energy efficiency. We don’t just wave a green wand and call it sustainable,” said Legend Homes President Jim Chapman. “It might cost a couple of extra bucks for the house but you get so much more for your money. It is much cheaper to run and live in


than if you just build it to code.” Chapman, recognized for his leadership in the roles of former Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland President and immediate past President of the Home Builder’s Association of Oregon, encourages homebuyers to be sure that they have adequate and accurate answers to the following questions in order to ensure that their potential new home is not only durable, but also affordable. Ask if, and how, the builder guarantees energy efficiency. House-tightening, combined with loose-fill, blown-in insulation, is a building

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process where all exterior penetrations are sealed to prevent air, moisture and pests from entering your home, while also reducing energy bills. Legend Homes uses above-code insulation values with advanced installation practices. Incorporating these practices with careful duct design, air-sealing and testing, as well as high efficient U-30 windows, ensures that interior air quality, wholehouse temperature and energy efficiency are maintained. Ask if the home had a Blower Door Test. This third-party verification is conducted at the end of construction and ensures that there is no excessive air infiltration inside the home.

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Legend Homes provides photo documentation of the complete step-by-step building process, along with third party test results, to all buyers of their homes. Ask if the home has an Energy Rating. The Energy Performance Score (EPS) is a home energy rating system similar to the miles-pergallon (MPG) rating for the auto industry. The EPS enables homebuyers to directly compare energy consumption between homes. Based on all accumulated scores through design and execution, the Energy Trust of Oregon does a projection of what the annual utility bills will be for energy, including both electricity and gas. “We take the State’s tally for that

certification and guarantee it,” said Chapman. “So if your utility bills run more than projected by the State of Oregon, we pay the difference for three years”, referring to Legend’s 3-year Energy Bill Guarantee. Ask what type of on-going training is conducted to ensure adequate product installation. Legend Homes provides training programs, not only for their employees, but also for contractors they work with. They have redundant inspection processes to ensure all work is done properly and have third party certifications for energy, house tightening, indoor air quality, and other elements of the sustainability program.

Ask what warranties and guarantees the builder offers. Legend Homes is so confident in the energy efficiency of their homes that they back them up with an extended warranty. This comprehensive three, five and 10-year warranty includes warranty and maintenance reviews, extended systems coverage and full ten-year structural protection. “I approach every house as if my mom was to move into it,” said Chapman. “I love my mom but I don’t want to come back and work on her house every day – so we build it right for the long term.”

About Legend Homes Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1965, Legend Homes currently offers five new home communities, located in SW Portland, Tigard, Hillsboro Wilsonville, and Corvallis. Their highquality, green-built, energy efficient homes are crafted with premium materials to ensure structure strength, better air quality and energy efficiency. Contact us today for more info.



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HOME Feel Good in your Home By Heidi Powell Have you ever thought much about the simple truth that where we are affects how we feel? Why are we drawn to some places and put off by others? The space in which we live or work, influences our mood. Some places, quite plain and simply put, feel like home. Sometimes this can have less to do with aesthetics than with evolutionary, personal, and cultural needs of which we may be unaware. Humans as a whole look for spaces that environmental psychologists call “a womb with a view.” This is a brief description to explain our need for prospect, or a large and bright space with a broad and interesting view, that is seen from the comfort of a snug and protected refuge. Frank Lloyd Wright called this delicate balance of prospect and refuge, nesting and perching. Many of us love to look out at a tumultuous sea from the comfort of a warm and protected home, where the waves can’t reach us. As long as we’re in charge, the waves are exciting, not scary. We are bored by overly homogenous places such as tracts of cookie cutter houses. “Largely to cut builders’ costs, many newer homes have the wide-open floor plans, constant ceiling heights, and monotonous lighting that create too much bland prospect and not enough refuge,” says Winifred Gallagher, in her book House Thinking. For the eye to appreciate a grand open space it requires some contrasting smaller spaces or areas with lowered ceilings. It’s the juxtaposition of the two that is intriguing. A lower ceiling over a fireplace, a cozy window seat, an interesting balcony, a sloped ceiling in a sitting area, and other architectural details are the difference between the mundane and the inspiring. Everyone loves a surprise. In nature, winding trails lead to places unknown and as we


meander we catch glimpses of clearings ahead. A home must first and foremost be a safe haven, but it also needs the right degree of enticement to draw us through it. It’s these architectural details that provide the little surprises along the way. Light and sun play an important role in how we feel in our homes. On a warm spring day, do you ever find yourself moving with the sun from room to room in your home? If you haven’t, then try it and see how it makes you feel. Homes designed without recognition of the light arising in the east and setting in the west lose the chance to take advantage of the sun’s rays throughout the day. Ideally, a master bedroom is oriented to the east while a living room is oriented to the southwest to catch the afternoon and early evening light. Even if your home isn’t laid out this way, turning a spare east or south facing bedroom into a cozy sitting room or home office can let you take advantage of a little sunshine at the time of day that best suits your lifestyle. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly used experience sampling to try to quantify our quality of life and determine where in the home people feel happiest. He found that the basement is the part of the home in which men have the greatest number of positive moods, whereas women are more likely to seek refuge from others’ demands in the master bathroom. Explaining his findings he said, that like a man in his basement a woman in her tub enjoys “one of the few places where she doesn’t feel hassled, where she doesn’t feel obligated to do anything but focus on herself.” Today’s family enjoys a large great room that connects the kitchen and living space. This is the most popular remodeling request that

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we get here in the mid-Willamette Valley. However, family members also enjoy smaller personal spaces for each to recharge and fulfill a need for alone time. A master bath retreat designed to be a personal sanctuary is just as important to the rhythm and balance of the home as the great room. Even a dining area set off from the larger space can provide a special place. Alcoves, inviting porches, and custom woodwork are the features that help a home “feel right.” A home that has “character,” one that is connected with nature, has plenty of light, and is oriented to make best use of sunlight, this is the type of home that makes us feel good. A well designed home lets us be in control over when we want to be connected to the world or separate from it. Home designer Robert A.M. Stern observes, “everyone wants the same things in a house – light, coziness, spaces for the family to gather, and other areas that let each person hide out, have a cry, read a book. It doesn’t seem like a lot to ask, yet so many of us end up buying the house we hate the least.” When thinking of remodeling your home, try to think in this environmental-behavioral way. Ask yourself, what type of experiences do I want to have in my ideal home. As Gallagher puts it, “our houses are the stages on which much of the drama of daily life is enacted … It only makes sense to ensure that our rooms cue the kinds of thoughts and feelings that help us to be happy and productive. Heidi Powell is Co-owner of Powell Construction, an award winning design-build company established in 1990, and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Heidi can be reached at the design studio located on South 3rd Street in Corvallis or at 541-752-0805.

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If your kitchen needs to be updated but the cabinets are still in good condition, consider painting instead of replacement. At the same time you can improve traffic flow and re-arrange other kitchen elements. You may also want to add more matching cabinets for additional storage. One of our recent clients wanted to keep their layout, but did not like the look of their existing cabinets. There was little contrast between the oak floor and maple cabinets and the kitchen looked understated. They wanted a bright yet elegant kitchen with improved traffic flow and useable space. We decided to paint the existing cabinets white and use Caesarstone quartz countertops – they have a material which closely imitates Carrera marble; the marble look adds elegance and timelessness. Traditional white subway tiles on the backsplash contributed to the overall traditional feel. In a white kitchen, any color like the turquoise blue bowl placed on

the island will add a nice splash of color. A separate wall of tall cabinets with a builtin desk was transformed into a china hutch and beverage station to facilitate entertaining guests. A wine cooler and a small beverage refrigerator replaced the desk and the upper cabinets were transformed with diamondpattern glass doors. Careful attention was given to the diamond pattern and glass shelf placement so that they work together harmoniously. With LED lighting inside the glass cabinets this area became an interesting focal point. We also added an island which improved the function of the space especially while hosting guests. The island can be used as a serving area as well as a gathering place, helping traffic flow so the host has less interference during party preparation in the main kitchen area. In everyday life, family members can sit at the island spending time with the cook in the kitchen without being in the way.

At Corvallis Custom Kitchens and Baths, we pride ourselves in keeping a tight construction schedule to get our projects done in a timely manner. During this project nature threw us a curveball in the form of a snowstorm. Our countertop fabricator was not able to make it up the hill to our client’s home due to the snow and ice, pushing us closer to the date of our clients’ upcoming holiday party. We checked the roads daily and finally installed the counters the day before the party. The plumbing fixtures and appliances were installed later that day. The tile backsplash installation was finished 4 hours before the guests arrived! Hurrah, the party was a success and the new kitchen was enjoyed by all! Kris and her husband Brian own and operate Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths on 3rd. St. They can be reached at: www.cckb.biz or 541-758-6141

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Love Story

Some of you may recall phase one: the barn? This photo garnered a lot of attention last April when we featured it. We thought it was awesome, and now the house matches!


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Here are a few photos we thought we’d share as a follow-up to our story last April about Ellie and George Love, and their remodel they’ve been working on in West Corvallis. First they re-did their little barn so they could live in it while Henderer Design & Build of Corvallis went to work on the main house. We don’t have any “before” photos, but suffice it to say, things are better now - way better. Check our April / May issue online for a refresher on the story. Just visit www.willametteliving.com and look for the cover with the sheep!

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Putting Some Light in Your Life Pinterest is great to while away the hours while dreaming of glorius baked goods, luxurious vacation destinations, fabulous craft projects (that always come out perfect), and yes, even to dream of your new kitchen, bathroom, or whole home. However... many pinterest images are not reality (there are some things on the internet that you just can’t believe), a great deal of what you see on these kinds of sites are photos by professional photographers, utilizing teams of stylists and most importanlty, studio lighting and perfectly timed daylight. Some of these photos will lead you to believe your dream kitchen can look like this, while lighiting it with an antique candleabra. The problem is, you won’t be surrounded by a team of professional studio lighting experts when the sun goes down and you’re trying to prepare dinner! What you need is professionaly designed lighting, based in reality, to provide you the comfort and illumination to live your life in style. The key to lighting any room is layereing. You need ambient lighting for general illumination. This should provide a comfortable level of light for

seeing your way around your space without glare from the sources. You also need task lighting, particularly in a kitchen, where you’ll be using knives! Task lighting provides focused light on work surfaces so you can see what you’re doing. Undercabinet lighting, including some recent very nice LED options, is much better for this than say recessed overhead lights that serve only to cast a shadow on the surface you’re bent over trying to see in the first place! Good ambient and task lighting gets the job done, but what makes a room really special is accent lighting. Accents lighting casts a focus on architectural features or unique textures in a room. Accent lighting should be at least three times brighter than the light surrounding it. Last but definitely not least, is decorative lighting, which can sometimes double as an ambient or task layer as well, depending on how the light is directed or diffused. It can be used to underscore a room’s color scheme or design style, but despite all the glory it gets on Pinterest, it’s never going to be enough to light a really useful kitchen.

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The next time you find yourself in Portland’s fabled “Pearl District,” treat yourself, and spend some time at Bluehour. One of those restaurants that just “feels” good, it might be the feng shui, but we suspect it has more to do with the outstanding service, and spectacular food. When we visited, the dining room was still dressed in its holiday best. The trees in the dining room were wrapped in tiny lights. Kind of reminiscent of New York’s Rockefeller Center, but on a smaller, intimate, fine dining scale. When you walk in the door, your delightful experience begins with the friendly staff who immediately seem familiar not hovering, but attentive and able to anticipate your every wish.

We began with a bevy of beverages. Bluehour has a spectacular bar, and that bar is manned by an outstanding bartender. Not light on the pours, she makes sure you get your money’s worth at her bar. Fortunately, our photographer Dennis is able to make the cocktails disappear, and still produce great photos. Some of us still had to drive - and walk! Bluehour prints their menu daily to offer the best in the Northwest, and the results are tremendous. Everything we had was just superb, seasoned perfectly, fresh, and portions that were just right. Lunch at Bluehour is like a clinic on perfect cooking technique. We had a range of different samplers, from a fried poached egg, to pasta, to grilled fish, to a dessert sampler that was truly something special. A plate of heavenly creations by the in-

house diva of desserts. In fact, it’s worth the drive from anywhere in the valley just for that dessert. The thing that really struck me about the dessert sampler... you know those jellied applet things you get during the holidays? Terrible right? Kind of like a block of bathtub sealer with stale nuts. Well the same concept is presented on the sampler at Bluehour, so I didn’t expect much. I was wrong. The jellies at Bluehour are absolutely exquisite. Subtle flavors, work together to create a whole new level of delicious. I have a new apprecation for the whole idea. Like many things, I had only had the version where Americans had taken a great European idea, and made it mass-market, and horrid. I invited the Bluehouse dessert chef to come and live at my house. I assured her my wife wouldn’t mind as long as she made the jellies, but fortunately for you, she declined and you can still go to Bluehour and have dessert.

GPS: Bluehour

250 NW 13th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 Phone: (503) 226-3394


FYI - JUST SO YOU KNOW... The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light. Photographers call it sweet light.

of this time, there are various restaurants, theatres and hotels called L’Heure Bleue located worldwide. There is also a women’s perfume by Guerlain of the same name. In English culture the term was used to describe the period of inactivity and uselessness a drinker

As a result of the perceived specialness

Lest I forget to mention the rest of the cast at Bluehour, let me touch on the savory items we enjoyed. Kate had a crab sandwich that was superb and it was paired with a salad of fresh greens. I had a grilled fish that was as though it had been caught just minutes ago. It was grilled to perfection and served on a melange of perfect vegetables. Dennis also had a piece of fish -- also perfect. We also

sampled a bit of pasta. House made (of course) and cooked to a perfect al dente -- just excellent. I would venture a guess that any savory item on the menu you order, will be delicious, seasoned perfectly, and cooked to perfection. Ours all were. And just to rave a bit more about the desserts... We finished our visit with an apple tart, accompanied


encounters when pubs and other licensed premises have closed after the lunch-time session (typically 3:30 pm), but have not yet opened for the evening session (typically 6:30 pm). The blue hour has now been largely abolished in England, Scotland and Wales in favour of all-day opening.

be a little scoop of vanilla ice cream atop a schmear (that’s a word - right?) of cinnamon sauce. Again, unbelievable. Usually, it seems, even in great restaurants, the desserts are often kind of an afterthought. They just seem like they’re available because they have to offer dessert. Not at Bluehour. In fact they could actually change the name up a bit. Maybe to DessertEveryHour? Willamette Living Magazine


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Mama’s Italian

Fine Italian Food & Wine Shop A large selection of Italian favorites prepared using the finest produce, meats, breads, cheeses and more. Fresh salads, soups, scallopini, cacciatore, chicken, shrimp, beef & veal along with other local favorites like beef stroganoff make for a fantastic dining experience. Pizzas made in-house to order. And don’t forget the Tiramisu and Cannoli for dessert! 11:00 -- 8:00 Tues, Wed & Thurs 11:00 -- 9:00 Fri. 4:00 -- 9:00 Sat. 11:00 -- 4:00 ? Sunday Brunch

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del Alma

An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience. Menus and more at: www.delalmarestaurant.com Open for dinner Tues. - Thurs. 5:00 -- 10:00 Fri. & Sat. 5:00 - 11:00

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Experience the history of this restored schoolhouse that now serves as a gathering space for small and large groups alike. Fresh ingredients and a peaceful setting make for the perfect dining atmosphere. Enjoy traditional lunch fare and signature dishes! Our staff will help create a memorable event that will surely meet your needs. Mon-Fri 10am-3pm 4455 NE Highway 20 Corvallis 541-758-5953

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why. www.queenschopstick.com 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

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The Blue Goat

April’s At Nye Beach

Savor the romance of wood-fired cooking straight from our giant hand-sculpted earthen oven. You can even watch our cob oven chef at work while you eat! Serving the best local wine and beer in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. And featuring locally grown fresh produce, eggs, meats, and cheeses - from small, sustainable farms in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Open for lunch & dinner 506 So. Trade St. in Amity


Produce, herbs and flowers grown on the owners’ Buzzard Hill Farm combine to create an intensely personal, flavorfully vibrant meal. The food is alive with this justpicked garden goodness. We like to think of it as “Farm to Fork” dining at its best. It doesn’t get any fresher than this! Dinner from 5 pm Wed -- Sun Reservations Recommended. 749 NW 3rd St. in Newport’s Historic Nye Beach district

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“World Beat Cuisine” Catering, Private Parties, Lunch & Dinner. Offering a fresh, local and creative menu you’ll love.

Promoting local musicians and artists, Cafe Mundo is a destination for coastal travelers and locals.

Come on by, you’ll love it!

Refined Modern American Let us treat you to a special evening with a menu inspired by our farmers and service that will pamper you and your guest. The Painted Lady is more than a restaurant, it’s an experience to remember.

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Wed. -- Sun. 5 - 10 pm Reservations Required

The Chowder Bowl

Ivy Garden Tea Room

Since 1980 we’ve served our delicious milk based chowder. Our recipe is so good we’ve been featured on the Today Show, in Coastal Living Magazine, and we recently won the Newport News Times “Best Clam Chowder.” We also serve burgers, salads, and more. You owe yourself a visit to the Chowder Bowl.

728 NW Beach Dr. Newport (Nye Beach)

201 So. College St.

Newberg 503-538-3850

We offer over 100 different teas from around the world. Quiche & entree salads made with fresh local greens. Tea accessories and gifts. Delicious desserts and fresh scones served warm. We look forward to seeing you at the tea room! Tues. -- Sat. 10:30 --4:00

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The Beer Prof. Mother Country

Kendall Staggs, aka the Beer Prof Beer Historian and Tasting Guide Most of the microbreweries and brewpubs in America brew or have brewed a Pale Ale. It is the beer style that launched the craft beer revolution in 1980s. The American version of Pale Ale, especially the West Coast interpretation, was born in 1980 when the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California, brewed its first batch of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It was instantly distinguishable from bland American lager beers because it was brewed with highly aromatic, citrusy hops called Cascades. These hops had been developed a decade earlier by the USDA hop laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. The ancestor of American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, had its origins in the late 18th century, at a time when all the beers in the world were relatively dark in color. The advent of coke-fired malting operations enabled brewers to produce a dark amber ale, and these beers were designated “pale” because they were much lighter in color than other popular English ales of the time, especially Porters and Stouts. Early in the 19th century, a London brewer named George Hodgson created an extra hoppy version of Pale Ale, one designed to survive without spoiling on the long sea voyage to India. Within a few years, an improved version of this “India Pale Ale” was produced by Samuel Allsop, a brewmaster in Burton-on-Trent in the Midlands. The beer was the progenitor of the modern American IPA, which is the most popular beer style among craft beer enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest. Fuzzy Wuzzy Modern English Pale Ales, light amber to copper in color, are decidedly darker than most of the beers consumed in America—or around the world for that matter. But the name confusion doesn’t stop there. Starting in the 20th century, the English began to distinguish between a bottled or kegged version, which was called “Pale Ale,” and the more popular cask-conditioned version, which was called “Bitter.” English Bitters are actually not very bitter at all, especially when compared to American Pale Ales. They got their name because they were more bitter than the darker, sweeter style of ale that the English call “Mild.” Slightly stronger, more flavorful versions of cask-conditioned English Pale Ales were designated “Special Bitter,” and the strongest versions, still relatively low in alcohol, were designated “Extra Special Bitter,” or ESB. In recent years the distinction between Pale Ale and ESB among English beers has been blurred. Some bottled versions are labeled “ESB.” True Bitters and other cask-conditioned English ales are quite rare in the United States. But bottled versions—Pale Ales—are relatively easy to find. Many of the bottled beers reviewed below have a cask-conditioned counterpart, usually with a lower alcohol strength, that is available in English Public Houses. It is one of my ambitions to travel to England and sample these beers in their “natural habitat.” It is a myth that these beers are served flat and warm. They have a softer, natural carbonation from cask-conditioning, and they are served at approximately 50 to 55 degrees—cellar temperature—in order to accentuate their complex aromas and flavors.


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London’s Oldest Brewery One of the best and bestknown brewers of English Ales is the Fuller, Smith & Turner Brewery, which is located in the Chiswick neighborhood of West London. Beer has been brewed on this site since the time Oliver Cromwell ruled England—over 350 years ago. The flagship beer, Fuller’s London Pride, is available in the Willamette Valley in distinctive 500 ml bottles. Advertised as the United Kingdom’s leading premium ale, it has a strength of 4.7 percent abv (cask versions are 4.1 percent). It is wonderfully balanced, with a solid malt profile and a pronounced— by English standards—hop character from Target, Challenger, and Northdown hops. Fuller’s London Pride has won numerous awards from England’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and other organizations. Another excellent choice for learning about English Pale Ales is Fuller’s ESB. It was first released in 1971 as a winter specialty beer, and quickly became so popular that it became a permanent part of the Fuller’s line-up. Advertised as one of the strongest regularly brewed cask-conditioned beers in England, it has a strength of 5.5 percent abv on cask and 5.9 percent abv in bottles. It’s brewed with Pale Ale and Crystal malts, with the same hops as its sibling brew, plus the classic English hop Fuggles. It pours a deep, mahogany color with a half-inch of creamy foam on top. Its fruity aromas are reminiscent of cherries and oranges, and its flavors are reminiscent of biscuits and toffee, with grassy and peppery notes from the hops. It has a very satisfying, slightly bitter finish. CAMRA voted Fuller’s ESB its Beer of the Year in 1979, and seven times CAMRA named it England’s best strong ale. Other Fuller’s ales include Chiswick Bitter, a 3.5 percent abv cask-only ale; Bengal Lancer, a 5.3 percent abv India Pale Ale; 1845, a 6.3 percent abv Strong Ale, and Golden Pride, and 8.3 percent abv Barleywine. Around Christmas time look for Fuller’s Vintage Ale, a special aged version of London Pride. April / May 2014

EAT • DRINK • BE HAPPY BEER The “Drink of England” The Wells & Young’s Brewery was formed in October 2006 with the merger of two of England’s most established breweries, Charles Wells and Young’s. All the bottled beers are now produced at the Eagle Brewery in Bedford. These include, under the Young’s label, Bitter (4.5 percent abv), Special London Ale (6.4 percent abv), Ram Rod (5.0 percent abv), and Double Chocolate Stout (5.2 percent abv). The brewery also makes a couple of other established brands, McEwan’s Scotch Ale (8.0 percent abv), and Courage Imperial Russian Stout (10.0 percent abv). The brewery also produces, under the Wells label, a session beer called Eagle (3.6 percent abv) that is available only on cask and has a reputation for being very smooth, and Banana Bread, a 5.2 percent abv bottled beer that I have seen in the Willamette Valley but not yet tried. It is supposed to be remarkably good, with just a hint of banana bread flavor. The one I recommend Wells Bombardier, whose label rather pretentiously proclaims it to be “the drink of England.” On cask it has a strength of 4.1 percent abv; in bottles it is 5.2 percent abv. It pours clear, dark amber and with a half-inch of creamy white foam. Its aromas feature sweet malt with a slightly buttery note. Its flavors include toasted bread, caramel, and mild hop bitterness before a dry finish. This beer goes well with Indian food.

One of Adnams’s best beers is Southwold Bitter, a beautiful, copper-colored English Ale that has a strength of 4.1 percent alcohol by volume in the bottle but only 3.7 percent abv on cask. It is brewed with malt made from locally grown barely and hopped late in the boil and in the fermenter with Fuggles hops, which give it a distinctive, lingering hop aroma and flavor. It has been brewed since 1967, and it was originally called Adnams Best Bitter. Its label features the brewery’s oldest trademark, Southwold Jack, which was first used at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the image of a soldier who fought during the War of the Roses in the 15th century. The Adnams ale best known to Americans is Broadside ESB, a 6.3 percent abv Extra Special Bitter available in bottles. The beer is named in honor of the Battle of Sole Bay, a famous British naval victory over ships of the Dutch Republic in 1672. The bottled version was first released in 1972. The brewery’s website describes Adnams Broadside as “dark ruby in color, made with Pale Ale malt and First Gold hops, with aromas and flavors reminiscent of fruitcake and almonds.” I would call this very drinkable beer one of the quintessential English ales. It smells of rich malt and biscuits, and it tastes of relatively sweet, toasted malt and walnuts, with just the right amount of spicy hops on the finish. Experts say it’s even better on cask, and the best place to have it is in the Nelson pub in Southwold, which is usually full of British naval officers.

A Brewery Rich in History The county of Suffolk is home to some of the best English ales currently available in the Willamette Valley. It borders Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west, and Essex to the south. The principal city is the North Sea port of Ipswich, about 90 miles northeast of London. Suffolk is part of a region known as East Anglia, which takes its name from the Germanic tribe, the Angles, after which England is named. Suffolk gets its name from “south folk,” while their neighbors to the north, the “north folk,” lend their name to Norfolk. The coastal town of Southwold in Suffolk, 29 miles northeast of Ipswich, has only 800 residents. Its economy is based on local commerce, tourism, and fishing, but the largest employer in town is the Adnams Brewery. Records indicate that there has been a brewery on the site since 1396, and brewing may have occurred at the nearby Swan pub in 1345. In 1872 George and Ernest Adnams bought what was then the Sole Bay Brewery and a member of the Adnams family has served on the company’s board of directors ever since.

My favorite beer from Adnams is Tally-Ho, which is actually a Barleywine, and a rather strong and assertive one by English standards. The 2012 version has a strength of 9.0 percent abv; in previous years around 7.0 percent abv has been the norm. It is mahogany in color with red hues. It features a very fruity aroma and rich, raisin and biscuit-like flavors. Tally-Ho is brewed in October and released in December. Adnams Tally-Ho is based on a traditional recipe that was first brewed in 1890. Many English pubs lay a cask of it down like fine wine and serve year-old or two-year-old versions.

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EAT • DRINK • BE HAPPY Of Autos and Hens The Greene King Brewery of Bury St. Edmunds, a market town of 35,000 in the interior of Suffolk, now has the distinction of being the country’s largest completely British-owned brewery. In 2000 Greene King bought the Morland Brewery of Abington, in Oxfordshire, and acquired its lineup of distinctive English Ales. These include the famous brand, Old Speckled Hen, a 5.2 percent abv Pale Ale that is often seen in cans in America. The beer was first brewed in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG automobile factory in Abington. It got its name from the factory’s old utility truck, which had so many paint chips that was called the “old speckled ewn.” The beer is a a very straightforward English Ale, with plenty of fruity notes in the aroma and flavor. Other Morland brands now include Old Golden Hen, a 4.1 percent abv Bitter, and Hen’s Tooth, a 6.5 percent abv Strong Ale. My favorite Morland beer is Old Crafty Hen, a 6.5 percent abv Old Ale, first released in 2008, which is the result of blending Old Speckled Hen and a former Greene King brand, Old 5X, and maturing the mix in oak vats for at least two years. The result is a beer that pours brilliant and amber in color, with a thin white head. Its aromas are reminiscent of golden raisins, bread crust, and caramel, with hints of woody tannins, whisky malt, and leather. Its flavors evoke toffee, hazelnuts, biscuits, and black currants and prunes, with hints of sherry. Target hops help keep it balanced and contribute to a relatively dry finish. It is rich but not overly sweet, is softly carbonated, and has a mellow, warming character. Old Crafty Hen is a great afterdinner sipper, as its website recommends, “on nights when there is a nip in the air.” I enjoyed it with sharp cheddar cheese. It’s another beer that is supposedly better on cask. I’ll just have to visit England and learn for myself. Cask Ale in Oregon? In the coming weeks I plan to make my first visit to Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, a relatively new establishment that bills itself as “Oregon’s only Real Ale pub and brewery,” This means it makes genuine, cask-conditioned, English ales. I cannot personally vouch for how good they are, but I’ve heard lots of rave reviews of the pub and its beers on cask, which include a Best Bitter, a Special Bitter, and an English-style India Pale Ale. I’m looking forward to checking them out.

Hop To It! Enhance your beer education. Kendall Staggs is “The Beer Prof.” In the past dozen years, I have served as the instructor and master of ceremonies for over fifty beer tasting events. A beer tasting can be a modest gathering of six friends or a more formal affair for fifteen or more guests. It can last 90 minutes or up to three hours. It can involve five or six two-ounce samples for a mid-week event or seven to ten four-ounce samples at a weekend party. The beers can be accompanied by a few snacks or paired with a full complement of gourmet foods. I provide the beers and a packet of information concerning the history and the stories behind the breweries, the beer styles, and the beers themselves. The sessions are always informal; I introduce the beers and then answer any questions that come up. I play the part of Professor Beer, but the emphasis is on having fun, and everyone has a great time at my beer tastings. Tastings afford me an opportunity to do the two things I enjoy doing most: teach people about great beer and enjoy my favorite beers in the world. I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at one of my events soon. No Quizzes, no mid-term, just beer and fun. What’s not to like? E





“I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.” —William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene 3.

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Vault 244 Bistro / Lounge 244 1st Ave W Albany, (541) 791-9511 Vault244.com Open for Dinner $$$ Sybaris Restaurant 442 1st Ave West Albany, (541) 928-8157 sybarisbistro.com Open for Dinner $$$


Blue Goat 506 S. Trade St Amity, (503) 835-5170 amitybluegoat.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$


Le Patissier 956 NW Circle Blvd Corvallis, (541) 752-1785 lepatissier.net Open for Breakfast and Lunch $$ Queen’s Chopstick 2329 NW Kings Blvd Corvallis, (541) 758-9166 queenschopstick.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ Luc 134 SW 4th St Corvallis, (541) 753-4171 i-love-luc.com Open for Dinner $$$ Del Alma Restuarant 136 Sw Washington Ave Ste 102 Corvallis, (541) 753-2222 delalmarestaurant.com Open for Dinner $$$ Magenta 137 SW 2nd Corvallis, (541) 758-3494 magentarestaurant.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ The Baguette 121 SW 3rd St Corvallis, (541) 752-9960 www.willametteliving.com

Open for Junch $ Pastini 1580 NW 9th St Corvallis, (541) 257-2579 pastini.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ Delicious Valley Cafe 933 N W Cir Blvd Corvallis, (541) 753-0599 deliciasvalleycafe.com Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner $


The Joel Palmer House 600 Ferry St Dayton, (503) 864-2995 joelpalmerhouse.com Open for dinner $$$

Cornbread Cafe 1290 W 7th Ave Eugene (541) 505-9175 cornbreadcafe.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $

Chowder Bowl 728 NW Beach Dr Newport (541) 265-7477 newportchowderbowl.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

Evergreen Indian Cuisine 1525 Franklin Blvd Eugene (541) 343-7944 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

Nana’s Irish Pub 613 NW 3rd St Newport (541) 574-8787 nanasirishpub.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

Belly Taqueria 291 E 5th Ave Eugene (541) 683-5896 eatbelly.com Open for Dinner $$

Locan Ocean Seafoods 213 SE Bay Blvd Newport (541) 574-7959 localocean.net Open for lunch and Dinner $$


Papa’s Soul Food 400 Blair Blvd Eugene (541) 342-7500 Open for Lunch and Dinner $$


Tina’s 760 N Hwy 99W Dundee, (503) 538-8880 tinasdundee.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$$


Eugene Fisherman’s Market 830 W 7th Ave Eugene (541) 484-2722 eugenefishmarket.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $ Koho Bistro 2101 Bailey Hill Rd Ste L Eugene (541) 684-8888 kohobistro.net Open for Dinner $$ Falling Sky Brewing 1334 Oak Alley Eugene (541) 505-7096 fallingskybrewing.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$ Ox Fin 105 Oakway Ctr Eugene (541) 302-3000 Open for Dinner $$


Mama’s Fine Italian & Wine Shop 50 W Oak St Lebanon (541) 451-5050 mamasfineitalian.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $$


Bistro Maison 729 NE 3rd St McMinnville (503) 474-1888 bistromaison.com Open Lunch and Dinner $$$


The Painted Lady 201 S College St Newberg (503) 538-3850 thepaintedladyrestaurant.com

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Cafe Mundo 209 NW Coast St Newport (541) 574-8134 cafemundo.us Open Lunch and Dinner $$


Word of Mouth Bistro 140 NE 17th St Salem (503) 930-4285 wordofsalem.com Open for Breakfast and Lunch $$ Venti’s Cafe + Basement Bar 325 Court St NE Salem (503) 399-8733 ventiscafe.com Open for Lunch and Dinner $ Alcyone Cafe 315 High St SE Salem (503) 362-5696 Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Roberts Crossing 3635 River Rd S Salem (503) 584-1035 robertscrossing.com Open for Dinner $$ Da Vinci Ristorante 180 High St SE Salem (503) 399-1413 davincisofsalem.com Open for Dinner $$$ Los Dos Hermanos 3590 River Rd NE Salem (503) 393-1800 losdos.biz Open for Lunch and Dinner $$

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Delicious Recipes Compliments of Pat Kight via her blog: “Cooking From The Market” marketcook.wordpress.com

Spinach & Bacon Quiche Ingredients:


Crust for one pie*

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a pie plate with prepared crust (you’ll want something deeper than a standard aluminum pie pan for this; I use a deep pyrex plate handed down from my mother).

1/4 pound thick-sliced bacon, fried till just shy of crisp One leek, sliced into thin rounds and sauteed until just soft. Or mild onion, if you don’t have leeks. 1/2 cup aged Swiss cheese, cut in 1/2 inch cubes About two cups of raw spinach, rinsed, dried and coarsely chopped 3 whole eggs 2 cups of milk or cream. (I use cream, because it produces a silky, luxurious quiche. Feel free to use milk if cream is too rich for your tastes, but at least make it whole milk; low-fat milk results in a watery, unappetizing custard. You can also use half milk and half yogurt or sour cream, but use the real, nothing-but-cultured-milk variety that doesn’t contain gelatin or agar.) 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated. Ground pepper to taste

Arrange bacon, cheese and sauteed leeks in the bottom of the crust, reserving some bacon for the top. Top with spinach. Whisk together eggs, cream, nutmeg and pepper until completely blended, then carefully pour over the fillings. Scatter some bacon and parmesan on top, and crimp the edges of the crust as you please. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the filling is set and the top is browned (to test the filling, give the edge of the pie plate a slight nudge; the custard should jiggle just slightly, but not in a liquid fashion.) Remove the quiche from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes for ease of cutting, or chill and serve cold (I actually prefer cold quiche, and it makes fantastic second-day leftovers.) If I’m serving quiche to guests, I like to accompany it with good, fresh fruit; when no fruit is in season, home-made applesauce or barely sweetened stewed fruit makes a nice foil to the richness of the bacon-and-egg custard. * While I’m perfectly capable of making a good pie crust, I tend to save them for guests and special occasions. The rest of the time I keep a package of frozen, pre-made pie crusts – the kind that come ready to unroll into your pie plate – in the freezer. They’re easy, less messy, time-saving and even store-brand versions produce perfectly acceptable results.


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April / May 2014

Limoncello - Make Your Own! Ingredients 10 lemons 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka 3 1/2 cups water 2 1/2 cups sugar

Or Buy Some and get right to work! Pallini Limoncello Mint-ade 1.5 oz Pallini Limoncello 1 oz Gin .5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 2 oz Club Soda 10 Mint Leaves

Directions Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.


Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.

Combine lemon juice and mint in a mixing glass and gently muddle. Add the remaining ingredients except the club soda; add ice,shake, and strain over fresh ice in a high ball glass. Top with soda and garnish with a lemon slice and mint sprig.

Busy Bees Chrissie and Koorosh Zaerpoor of Kookoolan BOULDER, CO: Two Oregon meaderies have garnered medals at the prestigious annual Mazer Cup International, the world’s largest mead-only competition with 350 commercial mead entries from all over the world. Mead, also called honeywine, is the alcohol fermented from honey. It is almost certainly the oldest fermented beverage on the planet, with roots in Africa 20,000 years ago, and is also the fastest-growing American alcoholic beverage segment, with 130% year-over-year sales growth from 2012 to 2013, as published last week by the American Mead Makers’ Association. “Elegance” from Kookoolan World Meadery in Yamhill, Oregon, won the silver medal in the semi-sweet traditional meads category. www.willametteliving.com


KooKoolan Farms / World Meadery 15713 Highway 47 Yamhill, OR 97148 Phone (503) 730-7535 email kookoolan@gmail.com

“Elegance” is a wine-style mead made using an exclusively cold process from raw honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, and beeswax. It is full-bodied and smooth, with aromas of the whole hive, and very food-friendly for pairing with pork, lamb, Middle Eastern and Indian foods, and cheese plates. “Elegance” is available at Mainbrew in Hillsboro; Barbur World Foods; Belmont Station; Know Thy Foods / The Warehouse in southeast Portland; and directly at the tasting room at Kookoolan World Meadery just outside Yamhill, Oregon. Kookoolan’s tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11AM to 6PM, plus anytime by appointment. In addition to their own meads, Kookoolan offers the largest selection of meads for sale available


anywhere: more than 120 different meads from all over the world, with more than 30 open for tasting on any given day.

Visit: www.kookoolanblog.com “Ginger Session Mead” from Nectar Creek Honeywine in Corvallis, Oregon, won silver medal in the session mead category. “Ginger Session Mead” is a 5.8%-alcohol, food-friendly mead available in scores of restaurants all over Oregon. Lightly carbonated with a generous dose of fresh ginger, it drinks like a sharp ginger ale. Pair with all Asian food. It was also paired for dessert with Gingerbread French toast layered with vanilla custard in a mead pairing dinner at the Paragon Restaurant. nectarcreekhoneywine.com

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Quiet Refuge oil 14” x 18”

Old Vicarage Gallery 140 NE Alder Street Toledo, OR 97391 (541) 336-2797

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At the Yaquina River Museum Michael Gibbons, as volunteer curator, has chosen “Estuary” a 14 original piece Traveling Exhibit for display April -July , 2014 in the Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA), Toledo. The opening reception will take place May 3 and a curatorial talk is planned for 2:00pm. These paintings, and added subsequent ones of the same subject, are those Gibbons did when making “Arnold Creek Estuary”, oil, 62” x 42”, a commissioned painting done in 1998, that hangs in the dining room of Mahonia Hall, Oregon’s Governor’s official residence. “Estuary” (presented as “Estuaries and Quiet Places”) was first shown in October, 2009 at the National Arts Club in New York City, NY. All of the paintings were done in a selected tiny estuary on the south side of Yaquina Bay and only a few miles

from the artist’s studio. From the 14 original paintings which eventually were wrapped in parchment paper and stored away, Gibbons composed the final large painting at the bequest of Friends of Mahonia Hall and particularly Bill Furman, Portland, who financed the project. YRMA (a small regional museum) is well suited to show this body of work because of it’s proximity to the creation spot. One needs only to step outside the door to see vast areas of evergreens and the bay waters. Michael Gibbons is now proposing to schedule the Traveling Exhibit for display in Oregon at museums. For more information please call Gibbons at 541 336 2797 or email michaelgibbonsart@charter.net.

April / May 2014

While you’re on the Coast, Visit Nye Beach! for Artsake Gallery • A Co-op of Local Artists

Nye Beach Wine Cellar

Jacob Accurso Colleen Caubin Anja Chavez Cynthia Jacobi Katy Lareau Alice Martin Alita Pearl Frances Van Wert Shonnie Wheeler


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The HOT Ticket Great Dates in and Around the Valley

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Open Barn Days April 13 & April 27 Leaping Lamb Farm Alsea 541-487-4966


Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell May 9th The Shedd Institute Eugene 541-434-7000 www.theshedd.org

Fish Taco COOK - OFF May 3rd Cuinary Center Lincoln City 541-996-1274 www.oregoncoast.org 66

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Oregon Garden Brewfest April 25th - 27th The Oregon Garden Silverton www.oregongarden.org

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EVENT l Thurs, April 17


4-7pm • wine & lite bites

Fat Melting & Skin Tightening in ONE Treatment! Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Tasting Room and Barrel Cellars Enjoy a progressive wine tasting and tour of our new facility with delicious food pairings along the way by our Winery Chef Eric Nelson. We will be releasing the highly-anticipated 2012 Bernau Block Pinot Noir, sourced from the original Estate plantings and from one of Oregon’s greatest vintages, to mark the occasion. Admission is $40 per person, $25 for Wine Club Members, Shareholders and their guests and includes wine tasting, food pairings, tour and celebration.

Saturday May 3rd, 11 am - 6 pm Please call 503-588-9463 or email info@wvv.com to reserve your tasting and tour time. For more great Willamette Valley Vineyards wine events visit:




BOTOX® • LASER • BODY SCULPTING Portland Rose Festival April 26th - June 5th Portland 503-224-7673 www.rosefestival.org

RSVP NOW! 503-897-1331

Kim Thompson, DO, Medical Director 1115 Liberty St SE • Salem, OR 97302


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The 12,000-square-foot facility can accommodate groups of up to 600. It also features full-service catering, state-of-the-art equipment and much more. Call 541-451-6305 to schedule a tour!

For booking information and tours: 541-451-6305 • nridley@samhealth.org • 605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355 • SamaritanEventCenter.com

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