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Beware – The Well! Whether you are buying rural property or even are just at the outskirts of a town, chances are your water supply will come from a well. That by and in itself does not need to be an issue. The majority of wells are delivering plenty of water of decent quality and treatments are readily available should you have a hardness problem or need to filter out Iron etc. A problem only arises if a well runs dry. And that is a very serious issue. The following will attempt to summarize the problems and suggest possible solutions. What can you do to prevent your well from running dry? Nothing, unless you are Superman, can X-ray the ground and drill only where there is enough water for the next 10 generations. But you can gather a lot of information before you sign off on your well inspection. In Oregon the seller has to deliver “potable water”, the mandatory tests are for Coliform Bacteria, Arsenic and Nitrate. The buyer can add a “Peace of Mind” test, which tests for dozens of additional potential contaminates. Then there is the well flow test. This test is usually being done for 4hrs and delivers an average flow rate. Lenders accept usually around 5 Gallons per Minute (GPM) for lending purposes. 5GPM is plenty of water for a “normal” household, some plant irrigation and even filling a good size above ground pool once a year. It is when the well production goes down the trouble starts. The reasons can be plentiful: A general drought, more development with more residences taping into the same aquifer, or simply the exhaustion of the water at the spot where the well is located. A user will not necessarily notice any problems – until one day (according to Murphy’s Law usually when you are under the shower fully lathered with soap and shampoo or alternatively while you are preparing for a dinner party ) all of a sudden the water flow first slows down to a trickle and then stops. Within 10-15 min you should have a flow again, it just takes a little while until the water level is back to pump more into the system. But this is a serious warning sign. It could of course be that you have a significant leak somewhere in your irrigation or (even better and much more fun) under the house and are losing water by the gallons, so check for that! Most likely though, at this point you should call a well company and have a new flow test done. Let’s say your JUNE / JULY 2013
well is down to 2GPM, it is the end of summer and has not rained in 3 months. Then you might have gotten a warning but have still time to react. There are measures you can take right now: Building a holding tank and/or explore a site for a new well. A holding tank is in any case a very good measure. Should you run completely out of water you can call a water trucking company and have water delivered to fill the tank. That will at least be a last resort in any case. Now onto the well itself. Obviously if the water level drops significantly that is a warning sign not to be ignored. But how to find a productive well on your property? There are numerous ways, from dousing (finding water with a stick, aka well witching) to geological surveys to simple (but enormously valuable) experience. Dousing I personally would not invest thousands of dollars in to drill and see if it works, but that is just me. Drilling a new well is expensive, I am betting my money more on geological facts and the experience of a well driller who is in the business for decades and ideally has drilled successfully all around the property in question. To find the facts look for geological surveys, a map that shows the geological formations in your area. A lot of counties have those online. Then there are companies that perform geological surveys for property or have already performed them and sell the results. Look for “geological survey” or “water survey” and similar categories online to find a company like that. To find a good well driller go to the county or state well logs for your area and look up which drilling company has been drilling wells around you for decades. Then hope they are still in business. If not try at least to find the guy who owned that company and ask him for his expertise. (In the interest of the usual PC (political correctness) you can also look for the gal). The company that does your flow test is also a potentially good source for a recommendation. Ideally your geological research and the well driller’s expertise and advice are coincidental and you agree on a spot that is most promising. The well logs around you will also tell you how deep the wells in your area usually are. That will give you an indication
(not a guarantee, you are dealing with nature and she is not liable or at least not sue-able) of the cost, as drilling is charged by the foot. The well driller also needs a flat and reachable spot so calculate the excavator and (unless you are a DIY arborist) the site clearance. When the well is drilled and you’ve found water, you also need the infrastructure for the new well, a pump, a pressure tank, electricity to the site and pipes to access the water and connect the house. Overall it seems like a good idea to start a “well fund” when you buy a house on a well unless yours is an Artesian Well (which runs on positive pressure aka water coming up without being pumped) or has a flow like 30GPM. If you just put $50 per month away for this potential expense and your well runs for 10 years and then needs replacement you might have the drilling cost already in your account. And if your well still runs with 30 GPM after those years, take a vacation! When on a well, I highly recommend: •
having a flow test performed at least every two years. It is an inexpensive way to either have peace of mind or to be able to prepare.
Find the geological facts for your property
Talk to a well expert who has drilled wells in your area for a long time and ask for his opinion about the viability of the well in question
Consult the well logs around you, see when wells were drilled where and what they yielded. If you see drill attempts that yielded nothing across the street, dig deeper (into the fact finding)
Start a savings account in case you need to get a new well one day.
Living on a well is in most cases easy and unproblematic so don’t panic. But being well informed and making decisions based on facts and expert advice is certainly wise when dealing with Mother Nature.
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Weight Loss in Today’s Society Mike Waters Mike Waters is the Director of Health Promotion for Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis OR email him at: email@example.com or call 541-207-4368
Did you know we have had a history in our society of weight loss diets and techniques? There have been some very interesting things people have tried over the years, all for the purpose of losing weight. From “snake oil” tonics, to smoking and diet soft drinks we’ve done it all. Even today, there are dietnutritional practices that people engage in which lack a number of proven studies and good science. Boring & Hard v. Fun & Easy Over the last 35 years we have evolved into the era of clinical, medically researched and delivered diet programs. Diet composition for health as well as calorie counts and recommended food servings became the norm. But this took too much time and planning. As the food industry developed tastier high calorie choices, physicians, and clinical health promotion professionals developed very low calorie, fasting programs -- a great short-term solution. They were “easy,” no thinking, no meal planning involved. This, however, is not sustainable for long-term weight management. Like with all short course diet programs, once the goal weight is reached, the individual goes back to a “normal” way of eating. It’s All About Emotion and Behavior Food groups, calorie counts, serving sizes are all left-brain, linear information. We operate from our right brain, emotional side. The food selections and amount we eat is determined by our emotional states. Stress eating has been with us since psychologists first studied Americans when we moved into the Industrial Age. We eat for pleasure or to be social. We have rituals around food. We even know now about “eating personalities.”
We go on a dietary plan with daily calorie counts and food group recommendations, but we still need social support and encouragement. We obsess over the scale. We ask our friends their opinions on how our clothes fit. We glance in the mirror and wonder how other people see us. These are emotional queues that can emote feelings of joy, or the disappointment of failure. We beat ourselves up for not possessing the powerful emotion of discipline or will power. Even new research from Christakis and Fowler demonstrates the power of social networks and tells us how important our emotional connections are. What Are the Keys to Successful Long-Term Weight Loss? We are in the new era of health promotion and health psychology. Health educators, dietitians, and even doctors understand why people make the health decisions they do, and how we can help people make positive changes. Here are some key areas that a person looking for a long-term, life success weight loss plan should be looking for. 1. When thinking about losing weight, always look for your “powerful why.” Why do you really want to lose weight? A good weight loss program, or weight loss practitioner should always bring you back to that question. It is the question that burns deep inside that constantly has to be answered, especially in tough times. 2. Identify all of life’s obstacles that may sabotage your efforts. Who are your support systems? Friends, family, co-workers?
Remember with the new research in health and social networks, there are people that don’t want you to be successful in your weight loss. 3. What long-term health education do you need to keep reinforcing diet and exercise behaviors? Quick weight loss and fasting programs are short-term solutions. These types of weight loss interventions help short term, but may carry a serious health risk. They do not really teach a long-term healthy life style. 4. Visualize not only what you’ll look like at your goal weight, but visualize all the positive steps that got you there. Health psychologists call this “internal motivation.” You have a goal, you have your support network in place, but that “powerful why” always brings the individual back to the main reason for losing the weight for longterm health. There are a multitude of diets and diet information in today’s Information age. However, it all comes down to YOU. What’s YOUR “powerful why” that makes you want to lose weight. And keep it off for good? Timberhill Athletic Club is certified in offering a fantastic new national weight loss program. Thin and Healthy Total offers real lifestyle solutions to losing weight and keeping it off. For more information on this program contact Thin and Healthy program Dir Jessica Hodgson at 541-757-8559
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In The Garden: With Brenda
Summertime and the
Living is Easy Brenda Powell
Ah, the dog days of summer are here. Warm days and nights make the patio so much more inviting. For me, August and September are the time of year to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I’ve put much work in at my business and also in my garden. The only work I want to do in the garden now is a little bit of pruning, enough watering to get by and a lot of harvesting, eating and preserving. It’s also a good time to evaluate the performance of your garden, edible and decorative. My husband and I have been enjoying fresh produce on our own grill and when we dine out. A delicious broiled tomato appetizer at a local restaurant inspired me to
make it at home. Now I’m waiting for my tomatoes to start ripening. So far it’s just the cherry types. We have been enjoying beans, zucchini, patty pan squash and onions from the garden. They are a perfect combination sautéed in olive oil. So simple and so delicious. Sometime soon I will harvest my basil and make pesto. I make mine very simply, eschewing pine nuts and garlic. Then I freeze it in ice cube trays or small containers, just enough to use at one time. Well, I do freeze some pint-sized containers to use to make Pesto Torte, a very decadent (think butter!) layered appetizer first found in Sunset magazine. I am the official
pesto maker in the family. I guess it’s because I have a food processor and I love to cook. I’m definitely not patient but I really get into a “Zen” zone when I am stripping basil leaves off the stem or chopping onions. Tomatillos and peppers will be ready along with the tomatoes. (I hope I planted enough tomatoes this year). So it will soon be salsa time. The tomatillos make a great base for chile verde, too. And you can freeze that base to add to your pork in the winter. So here’s to many warm days and warm nights (with a cool breeze to keep it from getting too hot), wonderful meals and the time to enjoy them. Happy harvesting!
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The Dog Days... The dog days of summer, the Romans called them, in Latin, dies caniculares because they associated the long languid days of high summer with Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. The Romans believed the star to be the cause of the hot weather. I guess they somehow didn’t notice the Sun?
The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot.
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time “the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria, 1813. (Wikipedia) I’m pretty sure that was happening for the last two weeks in the valley. Wow, it got mighty warm around here! So warm that it was difficult to enjoy our first ever “Willamette Living Fashion Week.” We had wilting models, and, according to weather.com, “blazing sun.” But we marshalled through and got ourselves quite a delightful fashion spread for you to enjoy in our online edition. This issue is our second, and last, home improvement issue for the year and
we had the pleasure of visiting some beautiful (air conditioned) homes here in the valley. We hope you enjoy and find inspiration in our home features, and of course call upon our advertisers if you’re planning a re-do yourself. We’ve got some great recipes from your local farmers at Sunset Valley Organics, and our first ever photo cover from “the kid” at Sunset Valley, Jenni Wilt. Don’t you just love this month’s cover? We do. We did a day trip to Yachats, and enjoyed some great food and friendly natives. I encourage you to take a trip over. And this issue offers our usual columnists, health & fitness, and another great recipe from Pat Kight -- she’s quite a cook, and photographer! As another treat for you, we’ve expanded our online edition. If you like the print magazine, you’ll love the online edition. Take a look on your computer, phone, or tablet. Also take a look at our “local deals” on the web site. They’re like the big deal sites, but free! Can’t beat that. Thanks as always for reading,
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We stand corrected... Oops! In our June / July issue we had a name wrong. In our article on Health & Healing by Ann Davis, the breast cancer nurse-navigator identified in the story is named Joann Stutzman NOT JoAnne Steadsman! Sorry JoAnne, and thanks for your great work.
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Two enterprising ladies have built themselves a light and breezy maritimeinspired Cape Cod home, right here in Corvallis.
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This cape-cod style home on Kings Boulevard in Corvallis, lovingly named “Flatlander” by its owner, recently underwent its third transition. All the additions were built with consideration for the architectural integrity and style of the home. Powell Construction designed and added a master bedroom suite in 2001. A few years later they expanded the garage and added a second story shop area to accommodate the homeowner’s annual antique sale. The latest project is all about planning for the future and ageing in place. Both single and living independently, Ruth Stiehl and Dee Martin decided to pool their financial resources and remodel Ruth’s home to accommodate both of them. They creatively came up with this solution so they could enjoy each other’s companionship, while at the same time provide each other with care if needed. They desired a home that is beautiful and unique, a home that they could enjoy
for years to come. They also each wanted to retain their own privacy and have separate retreats for quiet time. The result is two very beautiful and distinct master suites for two very unique people, all under one roof. In the words of Ruth Stiehl, the home’s original owner, “ It’s all about support systems. When the people considering moving in together are already friends, there’s the social aspect. And from a financial standpoint, by combining resources, in the long run, you save money.” Dee Martin, the homeowner who sold her house and moved in with Ruth is the owner of a local business called Home Care and Elder Services. She is well versed in what it takes to support people remaining in their homes. This carefully planned remodel addressed the needs of both women and positioned them to remain in their home for a long time. “If you love your home you do what you can to be able to stay in it,” commented Ruth.
Ruth and Dee worked closely with Powell Construction to design a space that accommodated their needs. The addition included a master bedroom suite with a walkin shower and soaking tub, walk-in closet, and sitting area. The kitchen was expanded to accommodate two cooks. Each project tied in with the cape-cod style of the home and retained the look with careful attention to detail. The roofs of the additions were stick framed allowing for the architectural placement of the windows. The windows are proportioned and placed to true Cape Cod standards. Authentic hand applied Alaskan sidewall shingles complement the lap siding of the original house and over time turn to a soft grey. Exterior finishes such as denture molding, wide corner boards and detailed window trim are all in keeping with the Cape Cod style. WILLAMETTE LIVING MAGAZINE
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The beautiful kitchen with countertops Dee and Ruth “stressed” themselves during construction.
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The kitchen underwent an enormous transformation through a 75 square foot addition and the relocation of all three legs of the work triangle; sink, refrigerator and range. Previously, the work triangle used three of the four walls of the kitchen and consumed basically the entire floor area. To accommodate the need for traffic flow through the space the upper corner of the kitchen was made into a pantry/ baking center and the remaining space was used to create the work triangle. To increase storage and ease of access to storage, several unique products were used. In each corner cabinet a blind corner optimizer was installed. These cabinet accessories pull-out, then pivot and allow you to pull-out the “blind” part of the cabinet. Also, all of the lower cabinets have roll out shelves. The cabinet above the fridge is equipped with flipper doors that fold back JUNE / JULY 2013
into the cabinet and a cable jack, so that the TV can be seen from the dining room, when desired. The painted cabinets, and simple door and pull styles match the Cape Cod charm of the rest of the home. To add visual interest some of the cabinets include glass doors with grids that match the windows. Pine countertops add a New England appeal to the space. The look of the cabinets was kept simple, for example quarter panel doors with a center mullion and a plain 4×4 white tile backsplash. However, small flourishes such as crown molding throughout the room and staggered cabinet heights highlight the design as a whole. This sitting room is part of the first addition built in 2001. It’s now a shared space that joins the two master suites. The entrance to the first master suite is on the left and the
second is on the right. The entry to the master suite opens into a large bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and ample natural lighting. The change in ceiling height from the entry to bedroom adds some extra drama to the space. The addition includes a sitting area, gas fireplace, walk-in closet and bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower. The closet is over 100 square feet, and provides plenty of space for storage. In the bathroom, complimentary tile designs cover the floor and shower. A walk-in shower with a level floor makes accessibility a breeze. The extra deep soaking tub definitely adds a touch of luxury to the room. Since the window faces the street, the shutters not only provide charm but privacy as well.
Honor Roll Built: 1945 - Remodeled: 2010
Steve & Vicki Biornstad of Corvallis have done an “A+” job of renovating their charming home. “After living in the home for 26 years, and raising 3 kids, there were some things we wanted to do” said Steve, so they wisely called upon some of the best in the valley remodeling business. The results are impressive. Photos: Erik Lubbock jenerikimages.com
Contractor: Henderer Design & Build Architecture: Lori Stephens, Broadleaf Design Consultation: Deb Kadas
A fairly extensive remodel includes a new entry way, garage, family room addition, new master bedroom & bathroom, and the old (not-so-safe) stairway was relocated and modernized. Vicki told us “our original family room barely accomodated the five of us, now we have grandkids, and more are on the way!” By bumping out a wall just 8 feet, and removing a dividing wall, it made a huge difference. Steve and Vicki say: “It’s so much fun to have kids home with grandkids, and now we regularly have meals for 20 people from our church group.” The remodel took them
about six months and we asked them about the experience of living in the home during the process. Their answer was: “we were very happy with Henderer’s crew in our home, we actually enjoyed having them around, it was like they were family.” Steve added, “Vicky was putting out snacks for them, I think they liked it too.” Funny. The remodel really opened up the home to the backyard as well, and the french doors that lead to the garden are just lovely. Vicki said “With all the stairs, it’s not our home forever and ever, but it’s a lot of fun now, and the kids love it.”
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Steve and Vicki had done a prior remodel on the kitchen and had called upon local design guru Deb Kadas for help. So when the time came for the major remodel, they picked up the phone and dialed Deb again. Steve told us: “Deb knows stuff like period appropriate tile sizes, fixtures, and can point out design elements like the arch in our bathroom - which is a repeating theme in the home. She’s familiar with period appropriate windows, and more. She also knows things that you wouldn’t even think to question like a 1940’s home would be brass throughout the house except the bath & kitchen - all chrome, thanks to Deb we know that now.” They also installed air conditioning. Vicki told us: “there were nights during the summer when we’d all go into the basement to sleep. This is so much more comfortable, and with all the new insulation, we’ve actually cut our heating and cooling bills substantially.”
Lori Stephens of Broadleaf Architecture was called in for the major structural changes, like moving walls and stairs. The new staircase is beautiful and looks like it’s a part of the original home. Steve told us that Henderer did such a fantastic job of reusing the old ceiling beams, that he can’t even remember what is new, and what was there before the remodel. The street the house sits on was called “Dean’s Street” in the 1940’s. The house was originally built by the dean of forestry. Deb also advised keeping the original wood paneling and panel doors, to preserve the original story about the dean, and the rest of the deans from OSU who lived on the street. So all of the doors are now panel doors, and there isn’t an obvious “new part.” Steve and Vicki have done the dean proud, and should likely be asked, when it comes to remodeling, to move to the head of the class.
Design tips for your period - correct home.
Analyze your needs and lifestyle, and allow the form to follow the function. Just because something looks good in a magazine, doesn’t mean it is the best solution for you and your family. For example, unless you like taking baths, a large soaking tub in a master bath can be a waste of valuable space that could be better used for something more suited to your needs, such as a second vanity or additional linen storage.
De-clutter before remodeling. Every now and then we mistakenly think we need more room and more storage, when really we just need less stuff! Bigger isn’t always better. Often the more efficient, appropriate, and cost-effective solution is to work within your existing footprint. For example, consider alternatives before assuming you need an addition to your kitchen. Think about adding windows, widening a doorway, or removing a wall. All three of these ideas, separate or in combination, can be good solutions to helping your kitchen feel brighter and less confined.
Look for unused areas of opportunities. Sometimes “borrowing” space from an existing attic, garage, adjacent room, or under a stairway can meet your needs. Moving a wall as little as two to four feet can make an astonishing difference. Converting a swinging door into a pocket door is another easy and economical way of improving a room’s function.
If your older home feels small or cramped, consider adding windows, cupboard doors with glass fronts, and/or mirrors to reflect light. Interior views are also enhanced by placing a window, mirror, or lamp at the end of it, which will draw the viewer’s eye.
Deb Kadas is an independent, award-winning interior designer in Corvallis. Since 2003, Deb has been a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and her work has been published in the national magazines Old House Interiors, Fine Homebuilding, Great Kitchens, and a Taunton Press book titled Making Room.
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Ask a Designer Heather Van Eyk
Your World Can you guess what the most common design challenge is for most homeowners? That’s right, color! “What color should I paint my house?” “I just purchased new bedding and want to paint my bedroom.” “We are building our dream home, where do I begin?” We’ve all been there, and while I don’t believe there is a right or wrong way to approach color there are a few do’s and don’ts that I think will make choosing color less stressfull and more FUN! Color is something to be experienced, a compliment to the envelope you call home - an expression of your innermost self. Let’s jump in… Do…consider the interior architecture of your home. I have a rule for choosing color in a house heavy in architectural detail; apply colors with low saturation. A subtle color palette will compliment, not compete with the architecture. Get your pop of color in your accessories, such as pillows and vases. Don’t…head to your local paint store empty handed and with no direction. Every design needs a jumping off point. What is yours? Your color palette can come from a number of sources. It can be found in the piece of art you cherish, a throw pillow you’ve loved for years, or a favorite outfit you have hanging in your closet. I often ask my clients what colors they prefer wearing and what colors their friends compliment them on when they are wearing them. If the color looks good on you then it is a great starting point for
what would look great in your home. Do…consider your colors as a collection. Colors in your home are an experience that is moved through in a sequence of layers. One color is rarely enough when you view them as more than a vertical surface. Even in the smallest of spaces you might have multiple rooms and/or surfaces in your field of vision at one time. These individual views interact together to create the complexity of home and evokes emotions that color can often inspire. Don’t…be afraid to ask. At any moment there may be a brilliant resource right across the paint store counter. I don’t promote or utilize any one color brand or manufacturer. In a world of color that can be overwhelming and daunting I choose to use all of it! I never want to feel limited; in fact, there are times when only a custom color mix will do. All you have to do is ask! Do you feel intimidated by color choices? Try experimenting first with an accessory or textile. Adding a splash of color to your existing space just might be the refresh you’ve been seeking. Color combinations I’m crushing on right now: yellow-gold and navy, sky blue and citrus yellow, grass green and creamy white, fuchsia and tangerine. Now it’s your turn; go have an adventure in color! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your color combination for a chance to win something really cool!
Contact Heather for your Design Project: Heather Van Eyk, CKD and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, is founder and designer of Northwest Design House, LLC, a design house located in the Eastgate Plaza off Hwy. 34 in Corvallis. Heather and husband Scott also own Budget Blinds of Linn & Benton Counties. Heather’s extensive, product knowledge, hands on experience designing, and working directly with tradespeople and allied professionals makes her the area’s go-to resource for homeowners planning to renovate. She can be reached at 541-619-7892.
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Keep Your Roof in Ship Shape for Smooth Sailing! A neglected roof can have more serious repercussions than simply being aesthetically unpleasing. Carpets can become threadbare and paint or cabinetry outdated without causing any serious damage. Water damage from a roof leak, however, can cause anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs. You would think such a costly and critical component as your roof would always be the first to receive maintenance dollars. Sadly, that is often not the case. Fortunately, the answer is simple and affordable. Cleaning. Keeping your roof free of moss and debris will allow you to get the maximum life out of it. Regardless of whether your roof is composition shingle, tile, cedar shake, composite tile or even metal, a roof will always benefit from roof cleaning. A clean roof will allow water to drain off into the gutter system. Roof moss and debris can work to form “mini dams” that cause roof water to flow in areas and directions it was not intended to flow. By having less unplanned water on the roof surface, a clean roof will reduce the chance of premature JUNE / JULY 2013
rusting of associated metal components (nails, staples, flashing), and have less deterioration of the roofing material itself. Moss has rhizoids (the equivalent of roots), which can literally grow in to, and attach themselves to the roofing material. Similar to pulling up a weed, and having some dirt come along with the roots, even if you employ the most careful available method a small amount of roofing material will be lost. Cedar roofs in particular can become water logged from not being able to properly dry. This in turn can act as a host for insect infestation or the introduction of rot. Thus, you can see the benefit of preventative maintenance prior to the roof requiring moss removal. Roof cleaning should be performed professionally. The annual number of emergency room visits attributable to ladder and/or roof falls has been quoted in the hundreds of thousands. If you are not on ladders or roofs on a regular basis and don’t have the proper fall protection equipment, turn the job over to someone else. Leave the do it yourself jobs for projects that might not kill or injure yourself. Plus, anyone but a
professional might also harm the roof. Always remember that the goal of cleaning and maintenance is to preserve the roof’s life, so any method that is hard on the roof can defeat the entire purpose. Avoid more abrasive methods of roof cleaning such as power washing. There are still occasions when there is no other option to address the problem. In such situations, make sure the job will be done using the proper equipment that delivers lower water pressure and higher water volume. Preferably, look for a company that offers either hand brushing, air blowing or treatment cleaning of the roof depending on the size and type of moss infestation. Roof debris, while easier to address than moss, will work to speed up the onset of moss and mildew. Debris can best be handled with just air blowing, either with backpack blowers or sometimes compressed air. Following these recommendations will help you maximize the life of your roof. Accordingly, this will result in great cost savings over time and likely a higher home value for refinancing or upon selling.
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Sustainable Gains in Carpet Choices
Teri Wilkinson owns Benson’s Interiors in Corvallis and can be contacted at: 541-757-8553 or visit Benson’s online at www.bensonsinteriors.com
Studies show that an American adult creates approximately 5 lbs. of waste every day, which finds its way to our landfills. Sustainability and improving air quality has become a major focus for most industries in the United States. In the carpet industry I have seen many innovative processes that manufacturers have put into place to become environmentally friendly.
networks in major markets of the United States. Once the used carpet reaches the manufacturing plant in Georgia, it is channeled to be reused in various ways. Last year 85 % of recycled carpet was used to produce new carpet. The inception of this program made Shaw Carpet Mills the first flooring manufacturer to introduce “Cradle to Cradle” carpet.
Shaw Carpet Mills recently constructed a “Reclaim to Energy” system. This plant will convert recycled carpet into steam. The steam will power two of their manufacturing plants. This process will save enough fossil fuel to power approximately 7,500 homes annually. Shaw Carpet Mills has also opened the “Evergreen Plant.” This plant recycles used carpet once it has reached the end of its useful life. Shaw has assembled collection
Mohawk Industries has introduced carpets made from a new fiber called Sorona. After several years of research and development this fiber was brought to the marketplace a few years ago and has been very popular due to its sustainability and the soft feel that the consumer enjoys. This fiber is made from 37% renewable resources. For example, a primary ingredient is corn. Production of Sorona fiber takes 30% less energy to produce than
traditional nylon fibers that use petroleum based products for its main ingredients. Beaulieu Carpet Mills is one of many manufacturers that recycle plastic bottles into carpet. Just this mill alone saves 120 Million pounds of plastic from our landfills. Beaulieu estimates it down cycles an estimated 8.5 million pounds of carpet trimmings per year. The trimmings are used in the manufacturing of carpet padding, lawn furniture, and many materials that are used in the building trade. Many of the nations smaller carpet mills have installed windmills for power, have begun to reclaim and reuse water, and have been finding creative avenues for recycling within their manufacturing procedures. It is clear that the carpet industry is committed to improving and sustaining our environment.
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Take action to keep joints healthy By James Ryan, MD
undreds of thousands of knees and hips are surgically replaced each year in this country. For a patient whose pain has reached a point where quality of life is affected, this type of procedure can bring much needed relief and recovery. But there are ways to minimize your chances of ever needing a replacement, or at least delaying it until later in life. People undergo joint replacements most often because arthritis becomes so severe that the pain and inflammation are unbearable. Arthritis is often the result of cartilage that begins to wear away around a bone. Over time, tendons and ligaments can become stretched, causing pain. Ultimately, two bones may rub directly against one another, causing even more serious pain. Some people can live with arthritis for decades without too much discomfort while others can have rapid arthritic progress that may require a joint replacement within a year of onset. There are ways to avoid arthritis, which is a primary cause of disability among older adults. First, similar to avoiding many medical conditions, is the value of living a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight is vital. Extra pounds put extra stress on joints. Losing even a small amount of weight can help in many cases. Staying physically active can help stave off arthritis as well. Muscle integrity around the knee, for example, can help stabilize the joint. Strength training is a great way to stay fit and JUNE / JULY 2013
keep your joints healthy. Once someone develops arthritis, there are a number of effective ways to manage the condition without surgery. Losing weight is often the first recommendation and can have excellent results. Physical therapy is an option that can work to relieve pressure on joints. There are over-the-counter medications such as Motrin and Aleve that can help with pain and swelling. However, like any medication, there can be side effects and it’s important to talk with your doctor about usage. Bracing works in some patients. This technique can change the alignment of a limb for people with hip arthritis, which can relieve pressure. An orthopedist can determine if you are a candidate. Joint injections are also used today in patients who are not getting the relief for their pain. For an arthritic knee, options include one steroid injection or a series of lubricating substance injections. Hip injections are more tedious because the joint is deep inside the body. Only steroid injections are used and they usually require guidance from an X-ray machine during the procedure. There are a few more controversial therapies available. Supplements for joint health have grown in popularity and two of the most common are chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate. I often tell patients they are worth a try, but results are not guaranteed. Acupuncture is another treatment that has
been proven effective in some studies and contradicted in others. Again, some patients may find relief and others will have no measurable changes. Once someone has exhausted many or all the non-surgical therapies, it’s often time to talk about a replacement. I often tell patients you know it’s time when your quality of life is not where you want it to be. Sleep can become affected. “Start-up pain,” which is when getting up becomes regularly painful or challenging, is also an indication that intervention would be helpful. Joint replacement procedures have come a long way over the years. I recently saw a woman with a 20-year-old artificial hip that was still functioning well. We are hopeful that the prosthesis we are currently using will last 30 years in many patients. If you are suffering from joint pain, talk to your doctor. There are many options that can help you get back to an active, pain-free lifestyle.
Dr. Ryan is an fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon whose areas of expertise include both primary and revision total hip and knee replacement, unicompartmental knee replacements, hip resurfacing, hip fractures, and minimally invasive solutions to hip and knee replacements. Dr. Ryan practices at Samaritan Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center in Corvallis and can be reached at 541-768-4810. WWW.WILLAMETTELIVING.COM
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Summer Makeup Tips Keep You Looking Fresh and Cool Cheryl Lohman Looking cool and beautiful can be a trick when summer heat begins to climb and your makeup threatens to slide down your face. These summer makeup tips will help you maintain your fabulous look even when the temperature soars:
Stay hydrated. The human body is up to 60% water so carry a water bottle in your bag and sip away to keep skin plumped and moist. (this also prevents premature aging skin)
Moisturize with a moisturizer containing SPF 15 to 30 sunscreen to protect your face from the damaging ultra-violet rays.
Use a lightweight oil-free primer under foundation to help base and blush last longer. You only need a peasized drop for your whole face.
Instead of powder blushes, try a sheer cream, liquid or gel blush. Powders cake in the heat and humidity, but gels and creams soak into skin.
Draw attention to eyes and lips with bright summer colors like peachy oranges and pale rosy pinks.
Want to look fabulous no matter how hot it gets? Invest in permanent makeup and you’ll wonder why you waited so long!
Because it is long lasting and difficult to remove, it is essential to have permanent makeup applied by a highly qualified specialist. Many people feel they would benefit from permanent makeup services, however are reluctant to proceed because they don’t know how to select a good artist. Similar to finding a surgeon, this is not a service you want to bargain shop for. You will want to have a consultation to see actual client photos and learn everything you need to make an informed choice. Today, many professional permanent cosmetic specialists are members of the world’s leading, not-for-profit society devoted to this field, the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism. With that assurance you can look good all summer long and beyond with the ultimate minimalist makeup!
Cheryl Lohman, licensed Permanent Makeup Specialist at Image by Design in Downtown Corvallis, is a member in good standing of the SPCP. For more information you can reach her at 541.740.1639 or visit her website at
A beautiful smile is an important asset. Not only do white teeth enhance your smile, but they make you feel more confident about your appearance. You’ll actually look younger and feel better in just 20 minutes! You deserve to have a beautiful and exceptional smile. The Sinsational Smile whitening method. Sinsational Smile uses a fast and effective technology with a patented pre-filled silicone tray. This allows the jaw to remain relaxed and the person comfortable throughout the 20 minute procedure. This procedure includes the use of an LED accelerating light that helps to activate the gel’s whitening ingredients at a faster rate, resulting in a brighter smile and whiter teeth in less time. As part of your procedure, you’ll also receive a take-home maintenance pen to further extend your new brighter smile! How many treatments will you need? The number of treatments necessary will vary based on your need and color preference. On-going whitening treatments may be repeated on a scheduled basis to maintain and rejuvenate your smile. Though most people will notice a big difference after only one treatment, additional treatments could be necessary to achieve the sparkling white teeth you desire. How long will the results last? Whitening durations vary from person to person. Certain food and drinks as well as other factors (i.e. tobacco, medications, age) can all affect the longevity of your results, especially if between visits you continue to use the whitening pen. This easy to use pen can be used anywhere and takes only a couple of minutes to help you keep your teeth looking their whitest. Riverbend Dental in Salem is now offering the Sinsational Smile treatment for only $99 / visit. This offer is for patients of record. Call Riverbend Dental today at 503-391-9016 for more information. WILLAMETTE LIVING MAGAZINE
Avoiding Indoor Allergens takes more than
Good Housekeeping By Roland Solensky, M.D.
woman walks into her doctor’s office seeking advice on ways to avoid exposure to pet dander that she’s allergic to. “Do you have any pets in your house?” the doctor asks. “I live with about 20 cats,” the woman replies. “That might be what’s triggering your allergies,” the doctor says. Fortunately for the millions of people who suffer from allergies, avoiding allergens isn’t as challenging as this case. Environmental allergies (or allergic rhinitis in medical terms) is increasingly common, and many of the causes of those allergies, such as dust mites, pet dander and mold, are found in our homes. The most effective remedy is avoiding these triggers, a method known as allergen avoidance. There are some simple steps you can take around the home to reduce your exposure to indoor allergens, such as keeping your home in good repair to prevent mold, replacing carpeting that can house dust mites and pet dander, or adding an air filtration system or dehumidifier in some cases.
The symptoms Among children, allergies are the single most common chronic illness, and allergies are the fifth-most common illness in adults. Symptoms may include stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy nose, post-nasal drainage and sneezing. Many people with allergies also experience itchy, red or swollen eyes. Fatigue is another very common complaint among allergy sufferers, even for people who do not report any sleep disturbance due to allergies. People with allergies also report problems with concentration and memory. I hear my patients refer to this as “brain fog.” Some people with allergies also suffer from asthma. In fact, having allergies is a risk factor for developing asthma, especially if allergies are not under control.
Dust mites As many as one-quarter of all people in the United States have dust mite allergies, making it the most common indoor allergy. Dust mites are microscopic creatures that are ubiquitous in indoor environments. They require a narrow temperature range and sufficient humidity to survive, so installing a dehumidifier in homes with excessive moisture can help. It also explains why dust mites are not common in high elevation dry regions. Dust mites feed on skin shed by people and animals, but other than causing allergies, are not harmful. Although their name is deceiving, dust mites actually live in your mattress, bedding, carpet and upholstered furniture. So even a very clean and tidy house contains a lot of dust mites. Compared to other environmental allergens, dust mites are relatively large and do not stay suspended in the air very long. To avoid dust mites, focus on the bed and bedroom, since that is where most exposure takes place. Wash your bedding in hot (>130°F) water weekly. Colder wash cycles do not effectively kill dust mites. Cover non-washable parts of the bed, such as the mattress, JUNE / JULY 2013
box spring and pillow, in specialized zippered encasings, which act as a barrier. If you experience dust mite allergies, consider removing carpeting in the bedroom. However, air filters have not been found to be effective in reducing exposure to dust mites.
Pet dander Pet dander is much more difficult to avoid because its allergen particles are smaller, remain airborne longer, are “sticky” and over time deposit into every nook and cranny of the house. Studies have shown that it can take six months after a cat is removed from a home for allergen levels to decline to near zero! Virtually every home, even those without cats, has some detectable cat allergens. The particles are carried there from public places on clothing. The only foolproof way to avoid cat or dog allergies is to remove animals from inside the house. Less effective avoidance measures include keeping pets out of the bedroom and washing pets once or twice a week. As with dust mites, consider removing carpeting that traps tremendous amounts of allergen. It can also be helpful to use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for pet dander allergies.
Mold Although less common than dust mite and pet allergies, indoor mold can be a problem. Because mold grows in humidity, reducing or preventing indoor humidity is important when it comes to decreasing exposure. Proper ventilation and air flow can help control indoor humidity, as well as using a dehumidifier or air conditioner. Outside the home, direct ground water away from your house’s foundation, so it does not seep into the crawlspace or basement. Maintain gutters and your roof and promptly fix leaks if they occur. Carpeting is another contributor to mold growth, as is soil from house plants. Simply the best strategy with allergies is to avoid what causes them. Other treatment including medication and allergy injections that produce tolerance are also available. If you’d like to learn more, talk to your doctor.
Dr. Solensky is an allergy and immunology specialist at The Corvallis Clinic. He sees patients at the Asbury Building and Waverly Drive/ Albany location. He can be reached at 541-7541260 or 541-967-8221.
Stay in your home, safely and comfortably tips from the Pros at Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths What do we resist most in our society? Number one on most people’s list is aging; we just hate to admit that we are getting on in years! You can buy lotions, potions and pills that promise to stave off the effects of our natural aging processes but time takes its toll, and our bodies wear out. Studies have shown that most accidents involving older people happen in their own homes and most often in the kitchen or bathroom. Since we are the local kitchen and bathroom experts we researched ways to make those rooms safer which led to further study of preparing entire homes for retirement. The result of our research is a list of home modifications to help cut down on falls and other accidents, allowing older folks to stay in their family homes independently and out of an assisted living facility for as long as possible.
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• WALK-IN SHOWERS WITH SLIP RESISTANT FLOORING • EASY TO USE DOOR LEVERS AND FAUCET HANDLES
Here is a short list of some of our suggested modifications for kitchens: • ROLL-OUT SHELVES IN ALL BASE CABINETS • ENHANCED LIGHTING IN WORK CENTERS • SLIP RESISTANT FLOORING • NON-GLARE SURFACES The pro-active decision to make your home safer will not only add to your comfort but will also increase the resale value of your home. As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the need for homes already adapted for safety is huge. Delaying a move into an Assisted Living facility for even one year can save tens of thousands of dollars, making any safety modification investments a bargain in comparison. Brian Egan of Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and offers in-home consultations on remodeling for Aging in Place. Brian can be reached at 541-758-6141 or on the web at www.cckb.biz WILLAMETTE LIVING MAGAZINE
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Seared Tuna and Watermelon Salad
(this recipe originally appeared on Pat Kight’s blog “Cooking from the Market”)
Making things up: Menus as inspiration Ever since my trip to New Orleans last fall, I’ve been day-dreaming about the fabulous meal I had at The Green Goddess – and all the enticing things on their menu that I didn’t have a chance to try. One, in particular, keeps coming back to haunt me: a dish of seared tuna and diced watermelon, of all things, called Tumblin’ Dice. Now, I don’t have access to the more esoteric ingredients – fennel pollen, for instance. But the basic
concept, pairing warm, barely cooked tuna with cool watermelon, sounded like a fantastic highsummer meal. Having acquired the tuna, I hit the supermarket and picked up a small, sweet seedless watermelon. After pondering flavor combinations, I came up with this. Call it a Pacific Rim tribute to a great New Orleans restaurant.
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Light & Easy: Inspiration from NOLA
Seared Tuna and Watermelon Salad (Inspired by The Green Goddess)
cutting the slices into cubes. Place melon cubes in the fridge (or freezer!) while you prepare the fish.
Fresh (or shipboard-frozen and thawed) tuna loin 1/2 cup lime juice Remove tuna from refrigerator and drain off mari2 Tbsp sesame oil nade. Sprinkle sesame seeds in a plate, and roll the 3 cloves garlic, minced tuna loin in them to coat well. 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced dried hot chili peppers, crushed (I used two fiery Heat a large, heavy skillet on high until a drop of walittle Thai chiles) ter sprinkled onto the surface sizzles and dances. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 Tbsp sesame seeds. Seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into Using tongs, place the tuna in the skillet (you may want to cut it in half to make it fit) and sear each cubes side for about a minute, if you like your fish, as I Sea salt Tender greens of your choice (I used baby lettuce do, cooked on the outside but pink and rare-to-raw inside. Feel free to cook it longer if you prefer, aland chives from my garden) though it won’t be as luscious. Pickled sushi ginger Wasabi mayonnaise (mix prepared wasabi into store-bought mayonnaise at a strength that suits When fish is cooked to your taste, transfer to a cutting board. Remove melon cubes from freezer and your tastes). pile on plates. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Cut inch-thick slices off the tuna, and arrange atop the melon, garnish with greens. Serve now, with wasabi mayo and Preparation pickled ginger. In a large resealable bag, combine lime juice, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, chiles and black pepper. Add the tuna loin, seal bag and turn several times to coat the fish with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or more. When dinner time rolls around, prepare watermelon by cutting it into inch-thick slices, removing rind and
Depending on the size of the fish, a whole tuna loin can easily serve 4-6 people. If you wind up with leftovers, as I do, the best bet is to wrap it in foil, pop it in a 350F oven and let it cook through (it should only take 15-20 minutes), then refrigerate. Me, I’m going to be taking fabulous tuna sandwiches and fresh watermelon cubes to work for lunch this week. Don’t forget! If you find yourself hunting for tuna, Harry and Annette at 151 NW Monroe in Corvallis have fresh Albacore now! 541-286-4198
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our fine flippered friends
Seals and Sea Lions are making waves in their newly revamped home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport
Yes, you too can go kiss Boots the seal if you want!
learn more at: aquarium.org The Oregon Coast Aquarium opened its remodeled Pinniped Exhibit with a ribbon cutting celebration on Saturday, April 27. The exhibit, home to the Aquarium’s Harbor seals and California sea lions, has new features that will benefit animals and guests alike. Ken Lytwyn, Curator of Marine Mammals for the Aquarium explained, “We’ve opened it up for a much better visitor experience and it is much more keeper friendly.” The remodel created larger, flat platforms for the Aquarium’s mammalogists and animals to showcase training sessions. People that saw the old exhibit will immediately notice the viewing areas that were doubled in size to enable approximately 100 additional people to see each feeding session. These expanded unobstructed viewpoints, coupled with an improved speaker system, will provide guests more opportunities to interact with the Aquarium’s pinnipeds and staff. Aquarium President/ CEO Carrie Lewis explained, “We hope the changes to the exhibit will cultivate a connection between each guest and the Aquarium’s incredible animals and the marine environment they depend on.” The haul-out areas within the exhibit were modified to be more ergonomic and additional long-term holding areas were built behind the scenes as a part of the project. The new off-exhibit facilities will provide more flexibility for animal care. The Aquarium’s Director of Animal Husbandry Jim Burke said, “These additions may provide new opportunities for animal acquisition and breeding in the future.” The Pinniped Exhibit’s remodel includes: Increase above water viewing area from 23 to 49 linear viewing feet. The number of individuals able to view marine mammal training sessions will increase from approximately 32 to 135. The viewing area will increase from 96 square feet to 404 square feet. Feeding and training sessions viewable to the public will increase from two to three times a day. Feeding presentations will increase from two to three times per day.
There will now be 25 additional minutes of interactive training sessions available to 341 additional people each day. Repair of approximately 420 square feet of rockwork within the exhibit. Improved haul-out area ergonomics for the animals. The Pinniped Exhibit upgrades are part of a continued effort to enhance visitor experiences and provide the best possible habitat for the Aquarium’s animals. The $500,000 project was funded in part by a $250,000 Tourism Facilities matching grant from the City of Newport. In response to the challenge, Aquarium donors and members contributed the additional funds. About the Exhibit’s resident Harbor seals and California sea lions The Aquarium is home to six Harbor seals and three California sea lions. California sea lions typically live into their late teens years in the wild and mid to late 20s under human care. Harbor seals typically live 20-25 years in the wild and up into their mid to late 30s under human care.
Species: California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) Birth date: June 12, 1990 Weight: 185 pounds Home waters: The Brookfield Zoo (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Species: California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) Birth date: June 1, 1989 Weight: 183 pounds Home waters: The Brookfield Zoo (Chicago, Illinois, USA) *Lea is the oldest California sea lion at the Aquarium.
Species: California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) Birth date: May 20, 1990 Weight: Currently 470 pounds, up to 500 pounds during winter months Home waters: The Brookfield Zoo (Chicago, Illinois, USA) *Max is the only male pinniped in the exhibit. He has had a vasectomy, so we don’t anticipate having a mini-Max swimming around any time soon.
Species: Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) Birth date: September 1991 Weight: 162 pounds Home waters: The Washington coast, USA
Species: Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) Birth date: June 1, 1975 Weight: 144 pounds Home waters: The Washington coast, USA *Skinny is the oldest pinniped.
Species: Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) Birth date: 2009 Weight: 116 pounds Home waters: The British Columbia coast, Canada *Tazzy is the youngest pinniped.
Species: Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) Birth date: June 25, 1986 Weight: 160 pounds Home waters: The Alaska coast, USA
Boots (pictured above) Species: Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) Birth date: January 27, 1988 Weight: 164 pounds Home waters: The pacific coast of Mexico Win tickets to the aquarium at
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any travel reviewers feel compelled to list the plethora (some are also compelled to use the word plethora) of activities an area has to offer. It’s our contention that we participate in enough activities already, and sometimes prefer to just relax, and do nothing. One travel website lists “climbing sand dunes” as something a visitor may want to do. Somehow that sounds suspiciously like shoveling gravel, or walking on a treadmill, uphill, while breathing sand. As those who are from the coast would say, “Dude, no.” A mere 71 miles from Corvallis, and 87 miles from Eugene, Yachats is a gentrified little vacation mecca for those who want to unwind, breath salty sea air, soak up the positive ions, eat some great food, and relax.
The under 700 permanent “natives” are more than happy to discuss things to do, food to eat, and how much they love their sleepy coastal town. We’re kind of loving it now too. There are tell tale signs of the general intent of those natives, no annoying souvenir shops, not a lot of the pinwheels and cotton candy as found in other coastal areas. There is, in this tiny town, a great little kitchen shop, with all the accoutrements you’d expect to find in a big kitchen shop - like in Seattle, but condensed into just a few hundred square feet. A great bookstore, with some excellent titles to read, while you’re doing nothing, and a very friendly group of merchants who will be happy to tell you about the drive to bring Major League Baseball to Yachats, and the proposed team, “The Smelts.” Apparently Dave Baldwin an ex-Milwaukee Brewer lives in town and has a sense of humor. Ask about
him; also a geneticist, engineer, poet and artist, he’s not your average jock. There’s a refreshing little shop that carries very nice candles, stained glass and leather goods. The refreshing part is that none of their merchandise comes from “foreign sources.” All made in-house, you can stand and watch leather being plied and wax being formed. Nice. And of course, there’s everyone’s favorite pastime, food. The Drift Inn is a colorful local spot. Previous owner Lester Blair ran a smokey bar the way smokey bars were run, back in the day, once the home of a rowdy group of locals who would settle disputes with fist fights. There was a time when beer was 50 cents, and the non-initiated would make a point of crossing the street to avoid the establishment. We
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would recommend now that you should cross the street to get in there and eat! New owners, live music, tons of great food options, reasonable prices, and no fights. We sampled the chowder, which was excellent, not too thick and with superb flavor. We also gave the basic breakfast a try, also excellent. Two thumbs up for the Drift Inn. There’s a great little ice cream shop “Toppers” where you can get a very generous cone of Tillamook ice cream - from just up the road. Of course that’s good, and there are other fun souvenirs and candy - like “macho tissues, for blood and sweat, but never tears.” There’s a video store “Ya Hots Video” in which, for us, the videos were not the main attraction. They carry a wonderful range of spices, salts, and foods. If you’re a foodie, go into the video store for sure!
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We wandered around a bit... And happened upon the “Little Log Church.” Now a museum, the church is a part of Yachats history. You’ll find photos of Yachats past, artifacts, things donated by the locals, like a WWII ration book and antique tools, and the little church itself is delightful. You can rent the church for weddings at a very reasonable rate. Our last stop was at Luna Sea restaurant and fish market. Owned by Robert Anthony, a local fisherman, fish quality is the best. Not exactly an upscale dining room - no jacket or tie required, it was just our kind of place. More important to us was the fact that on the wall, written in chalk was the source of all of their seafood. Next to “Salmon” was “our boat” -- now we’re talking. The servers were
very friendly and attentive, and the food was as you’d expect it to be when it’s just off the boat, fantastic. We tried the “Luna Sea Combo Fish and Chips” which was halibut, albacore and wild king salmon. Each piece was like the ambrosia of the Gods - but I like fish, a lot. If you do too, go there and order this! We also tried the fish tacos. Great fish on little corn tortillas, also excellent, and our server’s favorite thing on the menu. The hostess was writing the special on the board as we waited: “Blackened albacore tuna topped with kiwi lime salsa and served with cream cheese mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and your choice of chowder or salad.” We’ll be back as soon as possible! This was just a quick day trip, but we’re thinking an over-nighter might be in order sometime soon. That blackened albacore isn’t just going to eat itself!
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friend. She couldn’t understand anything the bearer of the news was telling her. I examined her hearing aids and found nothing wrong. Many people freeze up when presented with a stressful situation. Remember that test in school that you thought you were totally prepared for and suddenly you couldn’t remember anything. Hearing loss by itself is stressful. Even with the best hearing aids a stressful situation can make things worse than they would ordinarily be. Is it the hearing loss, the hearing aids or the stress causing the difficulty? It’s sometimes hard to determine.
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In addition to cool posters for questionable coffee houses filled with beat poets, and mod sunglasses, Earl has done a ton of work for other venues, Above are his little prints he has done for a blood bank in Eugene (donate a few pints, get a print), and his interesting posters for the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Additionally, he’s done work for the River Rhythms music events in Albany, The Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and he’s (right now) painting a fantastic original of the old courthouse in Corvallis -- to be sold at the Clothsline Sale of Art -- on the courthouse lawn on August third. On nearly 50 acres of land just east of Corvallis in Summit Oregon, you’ll find one of the originals, a real pioneer, who led the artistic movement that is today seen everywhere -- anything that is “California Cool” takes design cues from Earl Newman’s work. Not originally a Californian, Earl and his wife migrated to Venice Beach, CA in the early 60’s just to experience the Venice, artists life. Harvard educated, and not willing to settle for the status quo, Earl and his wife agreed that “we might run out of money within a year or so and have to go back east, but at least we’ll have experienced bohemian California living for a while. Earl started to produce silkscreened posters for local coffee houses, and sold cool little art pieces at Venice Beach. He was a hit. Earl says as a young man his father told him: “I don’t care what you do for a living, as long as you wear a white shirt and a tie.” Later Earl’s Mother came to visit him in California, and the “horror” of the 1960’s Venice lifestyle brought her to
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tears. No white shirt, no tie. Good news for Earl’s Mom though, Earl has become a national treasure, despite his beatnik ways. In the course of his California wanderings, he became the poster artist for the Monterey Jazz Festival -- for 50 years. His jazz festival posters have been signed and delivered to the Smithsonian. Earl was introduced to Oregon by a woodworker friend, and bought his beautiful spread in Summit for... you don’t want to know how much. Earl and his wife (no longer with us) raised three kids in Oregon. Amongst his chickens, and in his artistic home, filled with touches unique to his style, Earl is still hard at work leading the way in cool silkscreened art. Look for Earl at the Summit Festival in the 3rd week of August, where he holds court as the honorary mayor of Summit, or visit
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The Beer Prof. Beer for Dinner
Kendall Staggs, aka the Beer Prof Beer Historian and Tasting Guide
Lately I’ve been privileged to serve as the consultant for some pretty fancy beer dinners in private homes. My clients prepared fabulous meals, and my job was to pair the courses with world-class beers. On the night of the events, I was lucky enough to get to consume the beers and food while talking about the beer styles, their histories, their merits, and why they pair well with particular dishes. Here are some descriptions of three very different beer styles and my recommendations of food to pair with them.
giant Interbrew, now known as Inbev. Some beer enthusiasts still regard Hoegaarden (pronounced “who garden”) as the best version of the style, but I believe it has lost most of its greatness, especially in the last ten years. Starting in 1985, Celis brewed a Witbier called Celis White, in Austin, Texas, of all places. I remember Celis White fondly, but when the Celis Brewery was bought out by the Miller Brewing Company in the 1990s, the quality of Celis White declined so rapidly that even the locals refused to support it and the brewery soon closed.
Witbier: Great with Salad
I am pleased to report that there is now a beer that once again closely resembles the original Hoegaarden, St Bernardus Wit. In the years before his death in 2011, Pierre Celis provided a Witbier recipe and closely worked with the St Bernardus Brewery of Watou, in West Flanders. This happens to be my favorite brewery in the whole world, not only because it makes a great Witbier and several outstanding monastic ales, but also because I stayed two nights at the brewery’s bed-and-breakfast in July 2011. Just a few miles from the French border and in the heart of Belgium’s hop-growing
Witbier literally means “white beer” in Flemish (in French it’s Bière Blanche). It is aptly named, because it is one of the palest beers in the world. This Belgian wheat beer style was practically extinct in 1966 when a milkman and beer enthusiast named Pierre Celis revived it in his hometown of Hoegaarden, east of Brussels in Flemish Brabant. Celis’s Hoegaarden Witbier was the standard of the style for two decades, but a devastating fire in 1985 forced Celis to sell his company to the brewing
region, the St Bernardus Brewery is just a bicycle ride away from several other world-class breweries in Belgium and northern France. The bed-and-breakfast also features an open refrigerator policy: patrons can help themselves to unlimited quantities of six different St Bernardus beers, 24 hours a day. Witbiers are unfiltered and very cloudy. They have a bright, citrusy aroma that comes from the addition of coriander and other spices late in the boil. While Germans frown upon the use of adjunct ingredients—only malted grain, hops, yeast, and water are allowed in German beer—Belgians are much more adventurous. Another traditional Witbier ingredient is Curacao orange peel, and this imparts more of a tea-like aroma and flavor. Sometimes brewers will use “secret spices” that include grains of paradise, chamomile, and white pepper. The flavor of Witbier is subtly sweet, reminiscent of oranges. Almost all Witbiers have a strength of around 5 percent alcohol by volume. Witbiers go well with lots of foods, including green salads. I recommend Witbier with a chicken salad featuring
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chicken breasts, tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, roasted peppers, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, and baby greens. I have also had good luck pairing Witbier with sushi. Besides St Bernardus Witbier, other delicious Belgian Witbiers include Blanche de Bruges, Blanche de Bruxelles, and Haecht Witbier. Blanche de Chambly from the Unibroue Brewery in Quebec, Allagash White from Portland, Maine, and Blanche de Brooklyn from the Brooklyn Brewery in New York are also outstanding. Gueuze with Ceviche To the uninitiated, one of the strangest beer styles in the world is Gueuze (pronounced almost like “cursor.”) Authentic Gueuze comes from Lambic, the spontaneously fermented, primitive beer style indigenous to central Belgium. It is another beer style that faced extinction in the 1970s, but a few dedicated brewers and blenders revived it. Lambics are made from mash that contains about 30 percent unmalted wheat and 70 percent malted barley. They are intentionally brewed with old hops, which impart no bitterness to the beer but retain their preservative qualities. The beer is initially fermented by opening the windows of the brewery and inviting in wild yeasts. Then Lambics undergo additional fermentation in large wooden casks, where they are exposed to a plethora of yeasts, including Brettanomyces, and even some strains of bacteria. Each cask takes on different levels of acidity, mustiness, and fruitiness. Young Lambic, defined as having matured in a cask for six months or less, is often very tart and lively. Old Lambic, which may mature in a cask for up to three years, is usually smooth and mellow. Gueuze is a blend of two or more vintages of Lambic. The JUNE / JULY 2013
young Lambic, with its residual sugars, allows the bottled Gueuze to continue fermenting, and this imparts a lively champagne-like carbonation to the finished product. The Gueuze blender is the ultimate artisan of the brewing world. Frank Boon, the owner of the Boon Brewery of Lembeek, Belgium, is regarded as one of the most important figures in the revival of Lambic. He considered himself an idealistic amateur when he took over René De Vits’s Lambic brewery in 1977. He now makes over a half dozen Lambics, including such well-reviewed versions as Oude Geuze (his spelling) and Old Kriek. According to Tim Webb, the author of Good Beer Guide to Belgium (6th ed., 2009), Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait is “the epitome of Boon,” which uses “the best barrels blended using a high proportion of three-yearold Lambics.”
stronger than most versions, which are 5 percent abv. I enjoyed a 375 ml bottle of Vintage 2007 with a ceviche that I had prepared the day before. The ceviche consisted of filet of sole, shrimp, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, avocados, onions, and a little garlic. The combination was delicious. Another classic food pairing for Gueuze is the Belgian staple moules frites (mussels with fries), or oysters. Currently unavailable in Oregon are the world-class Lambics from the Cantillon Brewery of Brussels. Like Boon, Cantillon makes a fantastic Gueuze, plus a range of Lambics made with whole raspberries, cherries, and other fruits fermented in the casks along with the beer. They are as memorable as fine wine. München Dunkel with a Chorizo Wet Burrito
Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait pours a deep golden color with orange hues, with a foamy white head that shrinks quickly but never completely disappears. Its aromas are appropriately musky, earthy, and tart, reminiscent of a barnyard’s hay and animals. (This is the point in the description of Lambics when some people who have never tried them turn away in disgust.) Tart apples, apricots, lemon zest, white grapes, and mild vinegar come through in the flavors, along with a little caramel malt. The funky qualities, which Lambic enthusiasts love to evoke with such colorful phrases as “horse blanket” and “wet dog” are there on the nose as well as the palate, but they never get out of hand. This is one of those Belgian beers that become tastier when it is allowed to warm to about 55 degrees.
Most of the beers sold and consumed all over the world are lagers, and rather uninteresting lagers at that. This is because the brewers employ large quantities of rice and corn, which are cheaper than barley, in order to make them light in body and inexpensive to produce. Yet there are a number of lager beer styles that are exceptionally well-made, delicious, and exceptional partners with a variety of foods. One of my favorites is Munich Dark Lager, known in Germany as München Dunkel. The word “lager” comes from a German word that means “to store.” Bavarian brewers began aging their beers in ice-filled caves hundreds of years ago and managed to develop, through natural selection, yeast strains that fermented at cold temperatures and, unlike ales, imparted little or no fruity esters or other aromatic compounds to the finished beer. Lager beer yeasts allowed the malt and the hops to take on starring roles, and they also gave brewers much
Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait is a world-class Gueuze. At 8 percent alcohol by volume, it is a little
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more consistent results. Once lager beer yeasts were truly “discovered” with the advent of scientific brewing in the mid-19th century, lagers became popular, especially in Germany and other parts of Central Europe. In Bohemia (the modern Czech Republic) the golden lager style called Pilsner became a huge success shortly after it was first brewed in 1842, and brewers all over the world are making imitation Pilsners to this day. In the Bavarian capital, Munich, a golden lager style called Helles (light) was introduced in 1894, but even after that, dark lagers remained the most popular beer style in most of Germany. A Dunkel (dark) is medium to dark brown, with reddish hues, and sports a beige or tan-colored head. It gets its color from malts that have been lightly roasted, or stewed, or both. Before Prohibition most American brewers were first or secondgeneration German immigrants, and they naturally brewed a Dunkel along with one or more light-colored lagers. After Repeal, in 1933, the few American brewers who bothered to make a dark lager simply added food coloring to their regular beer. A Dunkel’s aromas and flavors are a combination of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. It can be somewhat sweet and nutty, and it often has hints of smokiness or black licorice. A Dunkel never tastes heavy. Its hop aromas and flavors are subdued, and it has just enough hop bitterness to prevent it from being cloyingly sweet. The use of dark Munich malts and decoction mashing give Dunkels and unmistakably German character. The best Dunkel available in the Willamette Valley right now is Reutberger Export Dunkel, which comes from a monastic brewery in Sachsenkam, in Bavaria. Copper in color, it pours with fine, streaming JUNE / JULY 2013
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bubbles. It smells like toasted bread, chocolate, and toffee, and it tastes a little like cola, with hints of toffee, dates, and maple syrup.
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The obvious food pairing for a Munich Dunkel is good bratwurst, served with sauerkraut, rye bread, and hot German potato salad. Bavarians usually also serve a kind of dumpling called knodel, which the Schwabians in southwest Germany call spätzle. I recently paired a Reutberger Export Dunkel with a Chorizo Wet Burrito. The relatively sweet, malty flavors of the beer nicely offset the spicy Mexican dish. Reutberger is a far superior match with a burrito than any other dark Mexican beer. You can find Reutberger Export Dunkel at Corvallis Brewing Supply. Another Munich Dunkel worth trying is Weltenburger Kloster Barock-Dunkel. It is from the oldest monastic brewery in the world, tracing its brewing history back at least to 1050. It is located near the town of Kelheim, on the Danube River, in southern Bavaria. One of the most readily available Munich Dunkels in America is Ayinger Altbairisch (Old Bavarian) Dunkel. It is another delicious beer, with aromas and flavors reminiscent of brown sugar, caramel, and raisin bread toast. I like to serve it with pork chops and apple sauce.
Enjoy beer tastings featuring these and other favorites. 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 twoounce 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.
The world of beer and food pairing has few hard and fast rules. Be willing to experiment, and keep an open mind. Remember that dark beers are not always heavy, and light-colored beers are not always low in alcohol. Wellmade beers, no matter what is their style or what country in which they are brewed, are going to be better companions for fine food. À votre santé et bon appetite!
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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? Get in touch, and let’s schedule a beer tasting for your group today,
Kendall, “The Beer Prof” email@example.com
SUPER LIGHT AND EASY SUMMER RECIPES FROM JENNI WILT AT SUNSET VALLEY ORGANICS (THANKS JENNI, GREAT PHOTOS TOO -- BY THE WAY)
Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa Yield: About 3 cups salsa Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup diced strawberries 1 cup diced jicama ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded ¼ Cup of Lime Juice Salt, to taste Tortilla chips, for serving Directions: 1. In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, jicama, red onion, jalapeno, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips at room temperature or chilled.
Apple Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Ingredients: 2-3 Romaine Hearts, Shredded 1-2 apples chopped 1 pkg. Walnuts 1 pkg Feta Cheese
Pineapple- Raspberry Parfaits Ingredients: 2 8oz Containers of nonfat peach yogurt 1/2 pint fresh raspberries 1 1/2 cups fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple chunks Directions: Divide and layer yogurt, raspberries, and pineapple into four glasses. Serve and enjoy!
Dressing: 1 cup Sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp dry mustard 1/2 cup Red wine vinegar 1/2 small Red onion 1/2 cup olive oil 1 tsp poppy seeds Directions: Combine 1st 5 ingredients for dressing in a blender and blend till smooth. Slowly add in oil while blender is running. Stir in poppy seeds. It’s easy and yummy as that!
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A Few of My Favorite Things Clare Cady
Out of town friends are the best. I love it when I get to show off the beautiful place where I live - take my people to explore and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of home. This is my third summer here in the Willamette Valley and yes, it most definitely feels like home. Because I enjoy getting out and about for a good glass of wine, I am often asked for suggestions as to where to go. Rather than just offering a list, I usually tell friends that if they drive, I will join them and set up a tour for their out of town guests. What kind of wine do you like? I’ll pick 3 wineries and we will head out! My first summer tour came when my roommate graduated from his masters program (congrats
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buddy). His parents came out from Vermont. I took them to a double whammy - 3 Fools and Emerson. Located just outside of Monmouth, the grounds and vineyard belong to Emerson. 3 Fools, a self-proclaimed “nano-winery,” utilizes the space and equipment, and occupies a bit of the tasting room. We tasted with 3 Fools first. I enjoyed their newcomer to their lineup, Ratio. I tried this red blend at their release party in April, and it tasted a bit too young, but it has opened up nicely to include darker fruit flavors and a smooth, lingering finish. My roommates’ parents enjoyed it as well, picking up a couple of bottles to be enjoyed over the weekend. The standout for Emerson was definitely the 2012 White Pinot
Noir. I found this wine to be both fruity and earthy - hints of pear, citrus, and mineral graced my tongue. This is a great sipping wine for a warm evening. I’d pair it with grilled fish - perhaps some salmon with lemon. Beyond the wine we enjoyed the grounds at Emerson, having lunch on the patio with a glass of wine, and playing horseshoes while watching eagles in the field below us. It was an amazing summer day here in the valley. A few weeks after that I had the pleasure of taking my friend out with his mother and sister who were visiting from New York. Being a New Yorker myself it was nice to spend some time with people from back home, and to share with them why someone might leave the Northeast for the lovely Northwest. Our first stop was Eola Hills in Rickreall. My friends’ mother particularly loved the tasting room, and the merchandise offered in the gift shop. My favorite wine from this tasting was definitely the 2011 Reserve “La Creole” Pinot Noir. This pinot was powerfully dark with ripe fruit that rounded out into a smoky and tannic finish. I don’t think I would pair this wine up with anything, though I am sure it
would go great with meats from the grill. I picked up a bottle with the intention of pulling it out for some special event where a good glass can be savored and celebrated. Another big hit on our tour was Airlie Winery in Monmouth. I picked this winery because of the lovely view of the pond from the patio, and the friendly interactions that always occur when in the presence of owner, Mary Olson. We were able to taste through the whole offering, ending with my favorite, Nudge, a port-style wine that is fruity and light on the tongue, while being dark and earthy on the palette. It is worth noting that tasting fees at Airlie are donations to local food banks - a fact that gives Airlie a special place in my heart. A special thanks to the folks at 3 Fools, Emerson, Eola Hills, and Airlie for being excellent hosts, and for making great wines! It is a lovely day when I get to help others experience what the Willamette Valley has to offer.
Clare Cady is an East coast transplant with the heart of an Oregonian. She is passionate about local food and beverages, and seeks to share with others what makes wine interesting, delicious, and accessible. Clare works at Oregon State University, where she serves students experiencing poverty and food insecurity. When she is not writing articles for Willamette Living Magazine, she is gardening, cycling, backpacking, surfing, or serving as a staff writer for WestToast.com.
The Willamette Living Magazine Guide to Eating Well
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Our menu is based on the foods that our farmer/neighbors grow: seasonal, and regional. Many of the wines that we feature come from just down the road. We are committed to using the best ingredients, and our menu changes as we move through the seasons of the year. We believe in using the highest quality and most healthful ingredients available and use organic, free range and chemical free products. Dinner Nightly 5:00 pm - Close Lunch Tues - Fri 11:30 - 2:00
760 Hwy 99W
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
136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102
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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
2329 Kings Blvd
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!
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 just-picked garden goodness. We like to think of it as “Farm to Fork” dining at its best. It doesn’t get any fresher than this!
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
Contact us at: 541-740-9776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner from 5 pm Wed -- Sun Reservations Recommended. 749 NW 3rd St. in Newport’s Historic Nye Beach district
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The Painted Lady
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
50 West Oak St. Lebanon 541-451-5050
The Chowder Bowl
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)
“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! Tu - Th 11 am to 10 pm Fri - Sat 11 am to Midnight Sun 10 am to 4 pm Closed Mondays 541-574-8134 JUNE / JULY 2013
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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. Wed. -- Sun. 5 - 10 pm Reservations Required 201 So. College St.
Newberg 503-538-3850 Ivy Garden Tea Room We offer over 80 different teas from around the world. House made 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
Ivy Garden Tea Room
333 1st. Ave. W Albany
Welcome to El Sol de Mexico. Corvallis’ finest traditional Jalisco Style Mexican restaurants. We offer a great selection of entree’s the whole family will enjoy including select American dishes and a complete vegetarian menu. Open 7 days a week. For lunch and dinner. We also cater! 2 locations in Corvallis.
1848 NW Circle AND 1597 NW 9th St. 541-758-1735 (Circle) 541-752-9299 (9th St.) WWW.WILLAMETTELIVING.COM 541-730-1355 (Catering)
County Fairs Summer 2013
Fabulous Fair Photos: Kristi Crawford
Marion County, July 11-14
Benton County Fair & Rodeo, July 31-August 3
Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem 2330 17th St NE, Salem www.co.marion.or.us/CS/Fair/
110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis www.bentoncountyfair.net/fair_information.php
Linn County, July 18-21 3700 Knox Butte Rd., Albany www.linncountyfair.com
Polk County, August 8-11 520 S. Pacific Hwy West, Rickreall www.co.polk.or.us/fair/annual/polk-county-annual-fair
Lane County, July 24-28 790 W 13th Ave., Eugene www.atthefair.com/
Douglas County, August 7-10 2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg www.co.douglas.or.us/dcfair/index.html
Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo, August 13-18 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby www.clackamas.us/fair/fair.html
Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo, July 31-August 3 2070 NE Lafayette Ave., McMinnville www.co.yamhill.or.us/fair/
Washington County Fair, July 25-28 873 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro bigfairfun.com/#sthash.QhXGcHvA.dpbs
Columbia County Fair, July 17-21 58892 Saulser Rd., St. Helens www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com/
Visit Newport’s Historic Nye Beach for Artsake Gallery • A Co-op of Local Artists
Nye Beach Wine Cellar
Vern Bartley Rhonda Chase Anja Chavez Cynthia Jacobi Kathy Thomas Alita Pearl Katy LaReau Shonnie Wheeler Frances Van Wert
Buy Local • Buy Handmade
Queen of Hearts 729 729 Nw Nw Coast Coast Street Street Newport, Newport, Or Or 97365 97365 For Reservations For Reservations Call Call 800•480•2477 800•480•2477
Gifts • Lingerie
Nana’s Irish Pub
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“A Taste of Ireland on the Oregon Coast” Traditional Irish Fare, Imported Irish Beers on Tap, Full Bar, Minors welcome until 10pm, Patio Seating, Live Music. Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday 11am-midnight Corner of NW 3rd St and Coast in Nye Beach, Newport
Puﬃn Beachside Gifts Bath and Body Decor and More
Best Clam Chowder on the Coast Since 1980!
The HOT Ticket Great Dates in and Around the Valley Ron White (Tater Salad) September 21 Doors: 7:00pm Show: 8:00pm Spirit Mountain www.spiritmountain.com “ A little unprofessional”
August 15 - 16 : 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm August 17 : 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Les Schwab Amphitheater
Chris Isaak August 25th Doors: 5:00pm Show: 7:00pm Oregon Zoo
REO Speedwagon & Special Guest, Loverboy August 30th Show: 8:00pm Oregon State Fair www.oregonstatefair.org
New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets Benton County Museum is pleased to host a travelling exhibition from The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, during Quilt County 2013. The National Quilt Museum challenged quilt makers to create original quilts based on the classic Baskets block pattern. The 18 winning quilts of the 2012 Basket-themed New Quilts from an Old Favorite annual contest will be at Benton County Museum from August 2 - September 28, 2013. These innovative quilts represent quilters from 15 U.S. states. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am 4:30pm. This exhibition was organized by the National Quilt Museum and sponsored by Janome America, Incorporated, MODA Fabrics, and Clover Needlecraft Inc. The Benton County showing of this exhibition is generously sponsored by the Benton County Cultural Coalition.
This exhibition was organized by the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky”
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