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December / January

Willamette Living The Premier Magazine of the Willamette Valley Lifestyle

‘Tis the Season

Happy Holidays IN THIS ISSUE

• The Farm Home • Christmas Trees • Oregon’s Crab Haul • Good Luck Recipe • Holiday Cheer • Win Dinner at Iovino’s

Willamettte Living Magzine is Free, Take Me Home! (Be Sure to Check out the Online Edition Too, at www.willametteliving.com)




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Treasure our Kids: Closed since 1978, the historic Old School on Highway 20 will re-awaken in 2012 as both a vibrant community resource open to the public and a healing center for children and families. We’re just $1 million from reaching our $5.5 million goal - and we need your help to get there!

13th Annual Denim & Diamonds Auction and Dinner January 28, 2012, 5pm OSU Alumni Center All proceeds benefit the Old School Restoration For reservations, please visit www.trilliumfamily.org or call 541-758-5953

The Old School is part of our community’s past – become part of its future with your tax deductible gift. Please visit www.trilliumfamily.org or call 541-758-5953. All donations will be. . . • matched dollar-for-dollar through the generosity of an anonymous donor • recognized on a permanent plaque at the entrance of the Old School

Children’s Farm Home Trillium is Oregon’s leader in providing mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.

Thankful for a doctor this holiday season. Whether you suffer from the flu, a bad cough, sledding accident, or sprained ankle while doing last-minute shopping, you will be thankful for visiting our Immediate Care Center. No appointment is necessary. Just walk in for exceptional care. Patients 2 years and older are welcome.

HOLIDAY HOURS Christmas Eve: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day after Christmas: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year’s Day: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day After New Year’s: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Corvallis Clinic’s Immediate Care Center Asbury Building, 3680 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330 | 541-754-1282 www.corvallisclinic.com Find-a-Physician | 541-757-3757

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Gift Guide

In the interest of “keeping it local” here are some top gift picks from our valley merchants.


Dungeness Delight


The Farm Home


December is the opening month for one of the state’s biggest cash “crops” Oregon’s crab fishery. We’re ready!

An Oregon landmark, the Children’s Farm Home School in Corvallis is undergoing a major rennovation, and will soon be ready to resume healing Oregon’s youth.


Follow Us Just click the Facebook link at www.willametteliving.com


Oregonians, Love the Great Outdoors.

The 2012 Mercedes Benz M-Class, Available Now at Valley Motor Company in Salem Since inventing the car in 1886, Mercedes-Benz has reinvented it numerous times. From the first diesel car of 1936 to today’s BlueTEC clean diesels, it’s an unmatched history of ever-increasing efficiency, record-setting durability, and exceeding the needs of drivers today, and tomorrow.

Valley Motor Company 2405 Commercial St. SE Salem | Sales: 800.336.4148


Willamette Living Departments Kickoff 9 11 14 12

From the Home Office Love to Live Here Mike on Health Open For Business


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Our Picks for Local Valley Holiday Shopping


Health & Fitness 31 29 28 29

Back Pain Permanent Cosmetics January and Women’s Health Runaway Pumpkin!

Art and Entertainment 32 34 36

Great Art: Toledo Stash - A new space in Corvallis Christmas Trees!


Eat, Drink, Be Merry 38 39 40 42

December means Crab in Oregon! Good Luck in the New Year with Hoppin’ John Win Dinner at Enoteca The Beer Prof. - Holiday Ales



Correspondents Annette Sievert

Annette, licensed broker with Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers, immigrated from Germany 10 years ago and moved to Corvallis from New York. She lives in Corvallis with her husband Frank, a family practitioner with The Corvallis Clinic, their two sons, Carl and John, two dogs, 4 cats, 7 hens and 1 rooster - at last count.

Mike Waters

Mike is the Director of Health Promotion for Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis A lifelong health promotion professional, Mike has his finger on the pulse of the fitness, health, & wellness scene.

Kate Rivera

“Kate is a photographer, writer, and spinner of yarns (the wool kind, not the story kind). Raised in the beige suburbs of Southern California, Kate escaped five years ago to Oregon, where she is still becoming accustomed to critters and largish bugs.”

Dennis Rivera

Dennis is a passionate photographer, and is also quite fond of Kate (above), natural lighting, and fast Italian vehicles.

Willamette Living

Managing Partners, Scott & Gayanne Alexander Willamette Living is published every two months by Willamette Life Media LLC. an Oregon Registered Limited Liability Company

Advertising Inquiries: Scott Alexander, Publisher scott@willametteliving.com


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Dr. Kendall Staggs

Kendall has taught history at the university level for many years and is an expert in, among other things, beer! Kendall has recently moved back to Corvallis and is available for beer tasting in your home (you, not him - well, him too), or in local pubs, eateries and the like. The “Beer Prof.” is the man when it comes to beer review. We wish him a hearty welcome aboard!

Wishing You a Joyful Holiday Season From Amity!

615 So. Trade St. in Amity p.503-835-5600

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From The Home Office... We introduced a new item last issue, “Win Dinner,” and we’d like to congratulate Mitchell Tillery who won our first contest -- dinner for two at del Alma in Corvallis. If you haven’t been, del Alma is great, and we’re sure Mitchell and his guest will have a memorable evening. Way to go Mitchell! Look for this month’s contest: Win Dinner for two at Enoteca Wine Bar prepared by Regina Iovino. Enter at www.willametteliving.com Good luck! Having been retailers ourselves in years past, we certainly hope you are patronizing our local small businesses in the course of your holiday shopping. Of course you can’t really beat that price of $199 for a 42 inch flat screen tv, but perhaps a locally made item, from a home-grown business might be a nice addition to the sleigh? We’ve got a bunch of local shopping suggestions for you in this issue. Let’s keep some of our money (and jobs) here in the local economy! Surely many of you have been watching the rennovation of the old Farm Home between Corvallis and Albany on hwy 20? If you’re like me, you wonder what’s up with that? Well, curosity got the best of me and I have the story for you in this issue. The Farm Home has been there for quite some

For Yours

time, and has a lot of dedicated people doing some great work. The rennovation of the great old building is well under way and they need a few more bucks to wind it up. This IS the season of giving after all. There was a time when everyone who wanted a Christmas Tree would trudge into the woods, pick one out, saw it down and haul it home. Then, early pioneers of the festive holiday evergreen began to cultivate them as a cash crop. We met with one of the first to do so, and now we agree with him, the tree farm was definitely a good idea -- hot chocolate, hay rides and all. When you think of Oregon’s economy, many products come to mind... timber, beef cattle, of course the one we’re all familiar with in the valley - rye grass. But how about seafood? Do you know what Oregon’s biggest seafood commodity is, by far? Crab. December marks the start of commercial crabbing season off the Oregon coast, and we’re ready! Check our crab “tidbits” for more. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays! Scott & Gayanne

Santiam Place Wedding & Event Hall

Private Park • Seating for 100 indoors, 300 outdoors • Stocked Kitchen • Dressing Rooms Lights • Arch • Shown By Appointment

Book Early to Guarantee Space

Happy Holidays!

Featuring local artisans, holiday gifts, porcelain, china, linens, jewelry, European soaps, specialty foods, & much more. Ask about our custom china sets, a unique and personal gift your loved one will treasure forever.

327 1st Ave. West, in Albany


Lavender, Lace, Etc. An elegant mix of beautiful things. Holiday gifts, scents, sweets, herbs, candles, home decor & more. Swing by, say hello to Louise, and fill your sleigh with gifts they’ll love!

311 1st Ave West, In Albany


139 Main Street - Lebanon, OR




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3350 NW Poppy Dr.

“Elegance, Beauty, Space and Comfort” 3065 Sq. Ft, Four Bedrooms, Three Baths, Family Room and 2 Fireplaces.

Annette Sievert www.valleybrokers.com/asievert

At the Pool We all know the deal...

Dont’ be a rotten egg!

Have Expectations


For a showing of these exceptional properties contact Annette C. 541-207-5551 ASievert@valleybrokers.com

Osborn Aquatic Center offers aqua and land exercise classes to help you improve and maintain your physical fitness and quality of life.

Osborn Aquatic Center is the premier source for swim lessons within the MidWillamette Valley. Swim Lessons aren’t just about safety, you’ll learn fun skills that will last a lifetime. Liquid Degree Swim Lessons teach skills at each level that build towards Did you know that the certified instructors at fundamentally correct and efficient swimming. Highly trained Osborn Aquatic Center also offer private lessons? If and experienced instructors provide a fun and safe time in the scheduled classes won’t fit your busy schedule, or if water that will leave you looking forward to your next lesson. you want high quality one-on-one instruction Whether you’re an infant or adult, there is no end to learning!

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New Year’s Day, 1 - 4 pm www.oacpolarbear.com


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Love to Live Here Annette Sievert

I had a great year! WE had a great year! 2011 was (and still is) a very successful year for us. My husband’s practice is well established and he enjoys his patients very much. He has arrived and loves his work. I am back to top performing and have reached my 2011 production goal in October, not bad for the second year in business here. That said we have allowed ourselves a mudroom, something so necessary in Oregon, especially with dogs, cats and children, but something our house lacked so far. After a short planning phase we dove right in and while at it we thought about some new lighting and changing something in the 4th bedroom, making it more of a family room type room for multiple uses. And thinking about lighting we decided to splurge a bit and went to “Radiance by Design”, the beauty- and colorful lighting store on 136 SW Washington Ave. We braced ourselves for something we would love but would be terribly expensive. What a pleasant surprise that the Italian Glass pendants we loved were truly affordable. And on top of that we got great, friendly and knowledgeable service from Kathy at the store. She knows her stuff, she kept us up to date during the order process, she called when questions came up, in short we felt very well taken care of. The pendants look fantastic! Off to The Inkwell where we, after honestly looking at a few other furniture stores first, bought a great sleeper sofa for a very decent price, delivery was free, same day and we again had the pleasure of knowledgeable and friendly staff and wonderful customer service.

From Mehlhaf’s, where I can get high quality clothing for my husband combined with sales staff who know what they are selling, to Footwise, where they are not just pointing where in the store you find what, but can actually tell if a shoe for our son fits or not, from the Clothes Tree where you can have somebody around you really helping to Modern Avenue where the owner is always cheery but never overbearing (you can actually browse without somebody on your heels), this downtown of ours is simply amazing. The variety is astonishing, we are not suffering from empty store fronts, just going downtown for a stroll is great, we can actually window shop. Especially after these great shopping experiences I strongly encourage our dear readers to go and shop downtown, visit our wonderful downtown and shop for the holidays in our book/ bike/jewelry/lighting/clothing/shoe/art/framing/furniture/sporting goods/green materials/second hand/gift/pottery/spa/music/ toy/hardware/home goods/knitting and quilting/vitamin/camera/interior design/flooring/chocolate/beaver…… stores. (and I am sure I missed a few, so sorry!) Besides the fact that the choices are great, the experience is even greater. Another reason why I love to live here! Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy 2012!

Local shopping doesn’t get much more local than our beautiful farm store. Come on by!

Lavender Gifts Specialty Foods Soaps Lotions Classes & Events Watch for Our Farm Tea Events!

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Open For Business A new feature in which we focus on our Valley Neighbors in business. In this issue, we talk with Michelle & Francois du Lys of

Creperie du Lys Michelle and Francois du Lys are pioneering a business in corvallis, an industry actually. Not that that food carts are uncommon or a new idea, but in Corvallis, they are. The couple has been working on city approval of their delightful business for a while now, and have made some headway. Fortunately the property owner where their crepe business can be found (3rd and Monroe in Corvallis) is a food service professional from way back and recognizes the value of their vision. Currently, Michelle and Francois are working with the property owner, on site requirements set forth by the city. Requirements such as space between carts, fire safety, seating, and the like. Michelle is determined, and with the cart-friendly property owner, things are looking good

for a permanent home for Creperie du Lys. A permanent home is good news for locals because the crepes that come out of that little window are delicious! Speaking with Francois, it’s immediately clear that crepes are a part of life for him. We all assume that everyone from France is a gourmet chef, at least I do -too many episodes of Julia’s show “The French Chef” as a kid maybe? I asked Francois if he’d always been a cook, and his answer was “making crepes for me is like making pancakes for you -- everyone in France makes crepes.” That had never really occurred to me since crepes have always seemed special -- so much more than a pancake!

ents from local suppliers (farmers). Of course, not everything can be sourced locally all the time, but they DO make their best effort to support our local vendors and to offer pristine local produce, eggs, dairy, etc. in their crepes. During our visit, Francois prepared an Apple / Caramel crepe with local apples, and it was delicious. Creperie du Lys has a delightful web site with up to date information, and they have a Facebook page with all Francois worked in France in years past making crepes, but told me he just did what the chef told him - “put this in that crepe -OK.” He’s very modest about his crepe skill. Watching him pour just the right amount of batter onto the hot, round crepe grill, and then swirling it around with the little wooden rake into a perfectly even layer of steamy light batter -- it’s obvious this was NOT his first attempt. Michelle and Francois are also very enthusiastic about what goes into the crepes. Their menu is constantly changing and improving with the help of their customer’s feedback. While I was there, a customer ordered a “Mediterranean Crepe” and Michelle asked for his input on it. When he was done, the customer gave her a surprisingly complete review of his lunch, and it was clearly not just a rhetorical question for Michelle. Her and Francois listened intently and clearly were planning to take the diners suggestions to heart. Nice. The website says “Mediterranean Influenced, Northwest Inspired,” and it’s true. Creperie du Lys sources a good deal of their ingredi-

things creperie, visit one or both for the latest. And when you see the little trailer open for business, you’d be wise to stop and order a sweet or savory crepe and say hello to the delightful couple inside!


On the Menu... Sweet

• Nutella • Lemon & Sugar • Oregon Raspberry and Marion berry Fruit Preserves Seasonal Fresh Fruit • Blueberries • Strawberries • Apples


• Ham, Cheese, Local Organic Eggs • Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Capers Seasonal Farmer’s Market Veg gies, purchased same-day • Sauteed Onion, Fresh Chanterelles, Feta • Heriloom Tomato, Fresh Basil, Brie • Ratatouillie

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Mike on Health Mike Waters

Managing generational stress in the holiday season This is not going to be the typical health advice on how to stay healthy during the holiday season. Believe me. On my retweets, and face book positing’s on TAC YOUR HEALTH social media sites, I’ve tried to find the articles on what I think is a HUGE personal and family holiday stressor. All I find is mainly the typical message of please try and eat well, and get some physical activity. We are in a huge generational transition in our country. The world. We have several generations that view the holidays and it’s rituals and traditions from totally different views. My narrative is not to question whether each generation’s views and meaning of the holidays is right or wrong. But when 3 or more generations come together for a holiday gathering, each individual in each generation comes with a different paradigm of what the holiday season is, and how we celebrate it. For example, the generation of the 65+ age group comes from a much simpler time of no media, lots of family actually being together, rituals that involved church, neighborhoods and, community. Being together meant that. No sports on TV. No iPods, or iPhones. And definitely no texting. For the 25 and under it’s all about virtual relationships, (skyping with the family from your own bedroom?), and just getting “things” re: gifts. The group that hosts most extended generational family gatherings are the boomers. The so called “sandwich” generation usually is entrusted with making sure the rituals and routines of holiday events are delivered. Boomers are the link to the past of TV family holiday shows, and White Christmas. They also know that it has become more difficult to keep this history of a simpler past as Gen Xer’s moved into millennials. Where the stress all comes together In stress and anxiety we talk about having, believing, expectations that aren’t met. Psychologists call this “cognitive dissonance”. In our minds we perceive a picture of an event, and create this emotional expectation of how great the event or the experience will be. When this doesn’t happen we get… stressed. A flood of negative emotions come up for us, and we simply don’t feel good about the moment. When we get these various generations (as well as individual personalities), all together under one roof it can be a very stressful situation.

Perhaps you’ve been in a situation like this, as a host or as a participant? What’s the solution? The only thing I can do here is to advise the host. You can’t change the wide ranges of the expectations of each generation. But you can arrange some of the holiday environments. Talk ahead of time with all family members who will be coming to a holiday event you’re hosting. Let them know the various age groups that will be there. Let them know that you’ll have food-dishes favorites for a number of different family members. ( but of course don’t create a restaurant expectation. You’re not putting on a banquet). Let everyone know that there will be some rituals that are popular with an older generation that will be celebrated. (i.e. caroling, volunteering at a soup kitchen, certain religiousspiritual customs ) Recreate the expectation that parts of the holiday event will not take the whole day or evening. Communicate that there will be fun aspects to the day or evening for everyone. It’s not always enjoyable being the leader of the show. But if you sit down and plan ahead. Communicate with all by giving each generation a vision of what the gathering will be. You’ll be lowering the stress level of the entire group. You won’t make everyone happy. But you’ll start to eliminate some of your own stress that could wear you out. Holidays and family are supposed to be a joyous experience. Let’s think about all the different ages, generations of our families and how we can all enjoy this short time we have together. Have a happy and safe holiday Mike Mike Waters is the Director of Health Promotion for Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis OR email him at timberhill.mike@ comcast.net or call 541-207-4368 for any comments, feedback, or ideas on helping our communities to be healthier. Follow Mike’s tweets at TACyourHealth@twitter.com or check the Facebook page, just search for “TAC Your Health” Visit the new web site at: tacyourhealth.weebly.com

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We’re happy to present...

Our 2011

Gift Guide The year round spirit of Willamette Living is to celebrate our local area with its great food, local products and friendly neighbors. There’s no better way to do that than by giving local merchants our business this holiday season. With a twinkle in our eyes, and a hearty hi ho, off neighbors and friends, it’s shopping we go. Happy Holidays!

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Chosen by our Editorial Staff from our local Valley Merchants Your mileage may vary, some items may no longer be available. So hurry! Before someone beats you to them!

Cajun Spice

Harry & Annette’s On the River In Corvallis

1: a notable capacity, talent, or endowment 2: something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation 3: the act, right, or power of giving Vintage Accutron Watch Anderson Jewelers Madison Ave. Corvallis

“Earth Friendly Craft Paints” (Just add water) The Earth Smart Store On the Riverfront - Corvallis

Lightly Used Designer Bags

Selections Varies -- Always Cool Restyle - North Albany, by Starbucks

Angel For the Mantel Found Objects 3rd St. McMinnville

Crab Cakes (Take ‘n Bake) Harry & Annette’s Fresh Fish On the Corvallis Riverfront

Specialty Cheeses

Amity Foods & Coffee House Hwy 99 in Amity

Double Bubble

Stocking stuffer? Not Just For Kids Anymore! Lavender, Lace, Etc. On 1st. St. in Albany

Red Currant Soap

from Pre de Provence At Ivy Garden Tea Room 1st. St. in Albany

Garden Inspired Decor Found Objects 3rd St. McMinnville

Confetti Bubble Bath

Put in half for bubbles then the other half for confetti Kids love this stuff! For Yours 1st St. in Albany

French Press

The Classic at Oregon Coffee & Tea Monroe & 2nd in Corvallis

Lavender Bud Plate For Yours 1st St. in Albany

Great Wines & Gourmet Items Nye Beach Wine Cellar NW 3rd. St. (Nye Beach)

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Beeswax Candles From “Big Dipper” Very Nice! Find them at Jovi NW Coast St. Nye Beach

Antique Clock

(Lot’s of cool old clocks actually) Anderson Jewelers - On Madison In Corvallis

Bath Salts - Ahhh... Irenes’ 2nd St. in Corvallis

Chemex Coffee Carafe These make GREAT coffee Oregon Coffee & Tea 2nd & Monroe Corvallis

Bath Teas Vegan Specialty Chocolate

For the Tub, not to drink. Lavender, Lace, Etc. 1st. St. Albany

(Among Other Intriguing Items) Queen of Hearts Lingerie Nye Beach

Custom Made China Sets For Yours 1st St. Albany

Cozy Earmuffs & Scarves Zooey’s in Corvallis On Madison Ave.

Cilantro Chocolates (Try the Cherry Too) Out of this world! Cool Outfits -- for less! The Annex SW Jefferson, Corvallis

Lavender Lake Farms On Hwy 99 Betw. Monmouth & Rickreall

Christmas Decor Galore!

It’s a Winter Wonderland At ModPod - 2nd St. in Corvallis

Chic Winter Apparel Recycled Couture, at Second Glance on 3rd in Corvallis

Gingerbread Man Bath Fizzer (Who wouldn’t like these??) At ModPod - 2nd St. in Corvallis

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Delightful, Local Linens Irenes’ 2nd St. in Corvallis

French Milled Soaps - Try the Grapefruit! at Jovi in Nye beach

Gourmet Oils from La Tourangelle

Yum! At Willamette Valley Fruit Co. - Salem

McK Ranch Jerkey - (Local Ranchers) Pajaggle Game

at NW Food & Gifts - 3rd St. McMinnville

Developed in Corvallis Made in America! www.pajaggle.com

Las Vegas Pocket Watch Anderson Jewelers On Madison in Corvallis


(Shopping Fuel) Blue Raeven Farms Hwy 99 Amity

Localy made Necklace Irenes’ 2nd St. Corvallis

Snappy Red Hat

Second Glance 3rd St. Corvallis

Cool, Retro-Roller Derby T-Shirts Rose Bud Sachet

Pearl Creations

at Irenes’ 2nd St. Corvallis

Lavender Too! at Lavender, Lace, Etc. 1st St. Albany

By a Portland Designer Treml’s Jewelry Main St. in Lebanon

Special Cheeses

Great Selection! Amity Foods & Coffee House Hwy 99 in Amity

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Madam Butterfly Jasmine Tea If you’re a tea lover, or if you have one on your list -- this is a must! Ivy Garden Tea House 1st St. in Albany

Lavender & Bergamot Bath Salts

Great for fighting off the Winter Chill! at Zooey’s on Madison in Corvallis

Local Jewelry Creations Irenes’ -- 2nd St. in Corvallis

Brigittine Monks Fudge

Scone and Muffin Mixes - Yum! Old Fashioned Texaco Toys

Willamette Valley Fruit Company - Salem

Amity Foods & Coffee House on 99 in Amity

Victorinox Watch

Anderson Jewelers on Madison in Corvallis

Fresh from their Monastery Kitchen Just outside Amity NW Food & Gifts 3rd St. McMinnville

Pin Cushions - handmade at Stash 3rd St. in Corvallis

Original Pistachio Nougat at Bazaar / Al Jabal South 3rd in Corvallis

Specialty Pasta

Ring Holder Raspberry Charlotte

Le Patissier - on Circle in Corvallis

ModPod Corvallis

Willamette Valley Fruit Co. In Salem

Tiny Artworks

at Stash 3rd St. in Corvallis

Rosy Rings Jar Candles

Willamette Valley Fruit Company Salem

Original Art

Pegasus Gallery 2nd St. in Corvallis

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Valley Professional Services Accounting Web Development Legal Counsel Architecture Engineering Wealth Planning & More... To Reserve Space: Call Scott Alexander 541-740-9776

The Thinkplanet foundation is a community, environment, and education oriented operation with its main community store centered in McMinnville, Oregon. We aim to make the world a better place and encourage everyone to “Think Planet” through charity fundraisers and concerts, Science 4 Kids workshops, and a whole line of eco-friendly, educational products available in-store and online today! Please show your support for our mission by stopping by our community and online stores, “Liking” us on Facebook or “Following” us on Twitter, supporting our charity affiliates, and simply encouraging everyone you know to live sustainably and “Think Planet!”

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Shop Corvallis This Holiday Season

ZOOEY’S MOD POD Women’s Clothing & Accessories

Enjoy the Holidays in Style!

351 SW Madison Ave, In Corvallis • 541-757-7033

Three Corvallis Locations!

Womens Consignment & Resale

Fashionable and fun styles that look and feel great. Shoes and boots. Accessories and bags. We pay cash for designer labels.

Second Glance 312 SW 3rd St. 541-753-8011

The Annex

214 SW Jefferson 541-758-9099

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From the back of this photo:

Canning operations 1942 “Working together in canning the family’s winter food supply gives these boys and girls an active interest in the Home, the spirit of industry, and a sense of self-reliance and self conficence.”

The Children’s Farm Home Now on the National Registry of Historic Buildings, the Children’s Farm Home School in Corvallis is an Oregon landmark that has done a lot of good work for the children of our fine state. Begun in 1919 by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the Farm Home was originally a home for orphans and children who were otherwise wards of the state. In the early days, the children at the Farm Home were up’n at em bright and early, and were given the opportunity to learn how to live a productive life of farming. Through the years the farm produced much of the food needed to sustain the residents, including produce, poultry, and even dairy products. In fact, the dairy bull was for years, one of the farm home’s main assets. Things have changed over the years, but the basic mission of providing help and support for our state’s children is still paramount. 24 w w w . w i l l a m e t t e l i v i n g . c o m

It really is something to think how long the Children’s Farm Home has been “in business.”

First class postage drops from 3 cents to 2, Congress establishes the Grand Canyon National Park,

In 1919:

Franklin D. Roosevelt marries (his cousin) Elanor,

Bread is 11 cents a pound - sorry no sliced bread yet. Average Home Price: $2000 Average Salary: $750 -- per year.

Following Germany’s lead, Daylight Savings Time is Adopted.

Notables are born:

The United States signs lease with Cuba for Guantanemo Bay Naval Station,

Jackie Robinson - Baseball Hall of Famer, Tennessee Ernie Ford -- Singer/Actor/ Pea Picker Nat King Cole - Singer Malcolm Forbes - publisher, Forbes Magazine

Other Events: The Rotary Dial Telephone is Invented, The Green Bay Packers Football Club is Founded, First nonstop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown, British aviators in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. They are subsequently knighted at Windsor Castle by King George V,

Charles Strite invents the pop-up toaster, The 18th Amendment is ratified - prohibition begins, Mary Powers Riley, once an orphan herself, proposes the establishment of the Children’s Farm Home to a meeting of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Ashland. Mary Powers Riley’s vision for the original Farm Home was not for an “instutution,” but a place for children to feel safe and grow up with the sense of a real home. The meeting of women liked what they heard, and began a study to assess the need for such a home. A definite need was identified, and the Children’s Farm Home was born.

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Boys harvesting potatoes with “Blackie and Black Hawk” - 1937

Things have changed in every way since those early days. We live in a different world. We’ve been through wars, peace, The Roaring 20’s, the Great Depression -- maybe two, WWII, the 60’s, we loved the Beatles, we went to the Moon, in the 70’s, we were in dismay -- the Beatles broke up, in the 80’s... Mt. St. Helens erupts and a new Coke recipe hits the (unimpressed) market, personal computers, cell phones... sliced bread!

can be a little much at times. Particularly for our children who are expected to inherit this fast-paced life and slow-paced economy.

One thing has not changed however, our desire to care for our children. The simpler times when the Farm Home was established have been supplanted by rules, regulations, more government, and a society of people who live in their cars, or in their homes - period. There is far less public involvement in such things as farming, food production, grange halls, child rearing - things our grandparents spent time together over. Now a lot of us spend time worrying about terrorism, war, the high cost of everything, food, safety and availability, insurance, our car, our cell phone, our email -- it’s almost laughable.

The original mission of the Farm Home was to simply care for kids who had no home, to provide a loving place where they could grow and be fit to enter society. Many of those original kids are gone now. Having served with honor in WWII, become business people, husbands and wives with families of their own. Gone also is the simple mission of the Farm Home.

Those who are fortunate enough to be among the well-off, with plenty of free time to spend with well adjusted children who are engaged and involved in every day life are few, and exist mainly on television. For the rest of us, life is hectic and

The stress of modern life can be a real strain on some, and it’s no wonder. Our kids aren’t just walking along the dirt road with the dog going fishing anymore -- far from it.

Now the farm home provides care for children primarily with emotional difficulties. There are very strict rules and regulations imposed by the governing authorities, and trained professional staff must be on site to help the residents who are no longer long-term residents, but spend time at the home as needed to improve their situation. The goal is to return children to their home and families -- not long term indefinite care. The Farm home has had it’s ups and downs over the long

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The newly rennovated Farm Home School Nov. 2011. The far windows will retain the original wavy glass.

Inset: Despite years of washing, the bricks below the former principal’s window still bear the signature of “Philip Mc Daniel Nov. 24th 1939” Almost 72 years to the date of this photo! Must have been some kind of a pencil!

history. One of the darker periods was during the end of the 1980’s when the, then director Hank Dufort was found to have been involved in sexual improprieties with the students. Mr. Dufort is now a guest of the State of Oregon himself.

Children at Trillium’s facilities receive treatmant for such things as neglect and abuse to more severe illness like depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, and other conditions, biological or environmental.

During the years following the incident, the Farm Home had to navigate some rough waters - law suits brought by various parites, distrust, financial burdens weighed heavy, and community relations were tarnished.

Many of the clients are in crisis, are exhausted, and unsure of the future. In light of the circumstance, Trillium has begun a major remodel of the Old Farm Home School in Corvallis. The new building will house community rooms such as a cafe, and an archive of the rich history of the Farm Home, and meeting rooms for the public. Downstairs will be new family rooms for families and patients to gain respite and enjoy some privacy while working through their troubles. The old building has been saved from demolition, and is looking great. The project is a $5,000,000 undertaking, and the funding and work is in the home stretch. Another $1,000,000 is still needed and an anonymous donor has offered to match up to $500,000.

A new director was selected and did an admirable job of navigating the Farm Home through the troubled time. Robert Roy, was the director who shepherded the Farm Home into the new era. He initiated the merger with similar care facilities in Portland. Today the Farm Home is managed by Trillium Family Services in Portland. Trillium is a result of the merging of The Farm Home, The Parry Center in Portland and Waverly Childrens Home, also in Portland. Trillium now serves over Workers decided to sand down 5000 Oregon children the old paint to see what was yearly ranging in age from beneath -- good decision! 5 to 17 and also offers a young adult support program for youth between 17 and 24.

The final “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser will take place January 28th at the OSU Alumni Center in Corvallis. Tickets are available for the pirate themed event. So gather yer’ mates and sail over for some grog and swash buckling. To send some ‘o’ yer loot to the Farm Home (sponsor the project) - call Community Coordinator Cheri Galvin 541-758-5953, or email cgalvin@trilliumfamily.org.

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Health & Wellness in the Willamette Valley SCREEN volunteer Jessica Stallings at OSU’s Beaver Community Fair in September 2011.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! In January, we turn our attention to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. But because most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer are not actually aware they have HPV, early detection is the best known method for reducing the harm caused by cervical cancer. The good news is cervical cancer can be quickly detected through a periodic screening known as a PAP test. And a new vaccine can help protect women, as well as men, which cuts down on the overall spread of the virus. Each year, 300,000 American women are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. But the good news is, early detection saves lives! About the SCREEN program SCREEN is a new regional breast and cervical education program designed to promote early detection of cancer through education and outreach to the women of Benton, Lane, Lincoln and Linn counties. The SCREEN program operates on a five-year grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and Oregon Health & Science University. Samaritan Health Services also provides support to bring this important movement into the Willamette Valley. Samaritan will offer educational presentations and participate in community events within the regions of Linn, Benton, Lincoln and Lane counties.

SCREEN Program Coordinator, Emily McNulty, recruits and trains volunteers to carry out grass-roots educational activities in their own communities around breast and cervical education. The goal is to provide resources for services and to deliver the message that early detection saves lives to over 28,000 women in the first year. Fulfill a New Year’s resolution: volunteer! If you feel empowered to help educate women in your community on the importance of early detection and preventive health measures, the SCREEN program is asking for your help. You don’t have to be a medical expert. We will provide you with all the training you need to deliver the message that early detection saves lives. We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for women’s health, can communicate difficult topics clearly and with compassion, all while creating an open and welcoming environment for everyone. Volunteers will engage in a variety of educational activities throughout the community. These include: • Sharing breast and cervical health information with community members • Supporting SCREEN staff with the organization of outreach related events • Delivering the message that early detection saves lives If you are interested in volunteering or would like to request an educational presentation on breast and cervical health, please contact Emily McNulty at (541) 451-6929 or emcnulty@samhealth.org.The SCREEN program needs more volunteers: contact Emily McNulty at (541) 451-6929 or emcnulty@samhealth.org for more information.

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Permanent Cosmetics Make Perfect Holiday Gift

Runaway Pumpkin Smashing Success

Every year the post-Thanksgiving madness seems to start a little earlier. Many stores opened their doors at midnight this year! That means shivering in the dark for hours if you want to scoop up the best bargains. Most people don’t enjoy fighting the late night mobs or the mall traffic at this time of the year. You can pull the plug on all of this by deciding to give someone special a holiday gift certificate for permanent makeup. Two things everyone wants are an attractive appearance and more time. Permanent makeup gives both. Women who have invested in themselves with permanent makeup don’t waste time “putting on their face” in the morning or touching up their makeup as they move through the day. Getting out the door in the morning is faster - cleanse, moisturize and you’re ready to go! Plus, gentlemen…wouldn’t it be great to not have to wait for your lady while she puts on her makeup?

On a grey, drizzly Saturday morning, October 29, approximately 700 runners and walkers and over 125 volunteers gathered in Lebanon, OR for the first annual Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon, a fundraiser to help abused children served by ABC House. The event raised more than $41,000 net to help ABC House serve the more than 350 children who come through their doors every year.

Because it is long lasting, and difficult to remove, it is essential to have permanent makeup applied by a highly qualified technician/artist. Many people feel they would benefit greatly from permanent makeup services, however are reluctant to proceed because they don’t know how to select a good technician. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see photos of their work. Today, most professional permanent cosmetic technician/artists 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 permanent makeup, you don’t have to worry about eyebrows or eyeliner smudging or lipstick wearing off. You always look fresh, relaxed and beautiful. What gift could be better? Cheryl Lohman of Image by Design in 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 www.image-by-design.us.

Runners came in costume and race central was decorated for the season. Best costume awards were presented as well as awards for the top three in age categories and for the top three men and women. The participants came from all over the state and a few traveled from California, Washington, Colorado, bringing new visitors to the Willamette Valley. Cheering crowds of locals lined the route. Teams from Lowes Distribution Center, Citizens Bank, Linn Co-Federal Credit Union, Girls on the Run, and Best Heating and Cooling manned water and aid stations about every 2.5 miles, handing out drinks and inspiration. Traffic control was provided by the Lebanon Police, Linn County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Albany Police Department volunteers, and members of a local motorcycle club known as the Road Maggots. The Linn County Amateur Radio Operators provided communications. Stretching and massage therapy was provided to the runners before and after the race by Vertebrata Chiropractic, Encore Physical Therapy and Healing Garden volunteers. A wonderful spread of food was provided to the runners after the race, thanks to the generosity of many local grocery stores and restaurants. The event was sponsored by Lowes Distribution Center, ATI Wah Chang, NW Natural, Assurant Solutions, Bi-Coastal Media, Eads Broadcasting, Willamette Living Magazine, the Mid-Valley Newspapers, Xtreme Grafix, No Dinx,and many other Lebanon, Corvallis and Albany businesses.

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the tissues and bones have healed but the pain persists. Unlike acute pain that provides a warning from the body to encourage you to heal, chronic pain becomes the focus. Instead of providing useful information to the body like, “Let me heal,” or “Take it easy,” chronic pain often leads to a loss of function and increasing pain. In some cases, it can feed into itself generating more pain. There are also physiologic and psychologic side effects created by chronic pain.

Help for the most common pain complaint Kevin M. Cuccaro, D.O.

Back pain is without a doubt the most common pain complaint experienced by Americans (headache is No. 2), and almost everyone will experience it. The first thing to realize if your back hurts is the vast majority of back pain will resolve. However, it is also important to remember that you only have one back and healthy backs generally recover better than unhealthy backs. Staying active, limber and maintaining a healthy weight are important steps in treating and preventing back pain.

One of the dangers of chronic pain is a downward spiral. For example, a person with chronic back pain may not want to exercise or move. Without movement, their range of motion decreases and their muscle mass decreases. They may gain weight, which increases strain on the structures of the low back and results in more pain, which restricts movement and so on. Interrupting that cycle is critically important to restoring function. For chronic back pain, the first goals of treatment is to identify what is causing the pain and prevent loss of function. Physical therapy can be very helpful. If pain remains and people are unable to participate in therapy, there are some procedures that can help. Properly targeted, these procedures do not cure the pain but instead can provide enough improvement in pain to allow people to regain strength, flexibility and function. If you do develop back pain, there are therapies available to help you. You don’t have to do it alone. Dr. Cuccaro is a pain medicine specialist at The Corvallis Clinic. He can be reached at 541-754-1266.

The reason back pain is so common is we all have backs. We don’t lift properly or we attempt to do things that we could do when we were younger and stronger straining our backs. Other times, events simply occur that are out of our control and injury happens. Muscle overuse, improper lifting, wear and tear or trauma can result in muscle sprains, ruptured or herniated discs and arthritis. When you first experience back pain, a good first step is rest, ice packs and careful stretching, if possible. If you have no other health problems, over-the-counter medicines like Motrin or Tylenol can be useful. However, contrary to what was taught years ago, you should avoid bed rest. Bed rest can actually worsen low back pain. For acute pain lasting less than 3-6 months, there is usually a precipitating injury. Acute pain serves as a warning telling us, “Hey something happened. I need to be careful and heal.” For acute pain, the focus is to allow the injury to heal, and pain serves as a reminder to slow down. Chronic pain usually lasts longer than 6 months. In most cases,

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Art & Entertainment Great Art Focus: Toledo

Over the next several issues, we will focus on the artists of Toledo, OR. We happened upon this goldmine of great art just before our last issue when we focused on Gallery Briseño and gallery owner Sam Briseõ’s public art bench project.

Here’s what to look forward to: Becky Miller is an award-winning oil painter whose goal as an artist is to inspire in the viewer a deeper appreciation and respect for nature and all living things. She combines the detail of realism with an overall abstract design, inspiring the viewer to take a fresh look at the beauty to be found in everyday subject matter. Her current work focuses on images of kelp, tidepools, and coastal wildlife. Several of her paintings are currently on display at the Shearwater Gallery in Seaside, Oregon. Michael Gibbons is a master landscape painter who has developed his distinctive style over more than three decades. Forsaking Portland city life in 1978 for the wilds of the Oregon coast, he chose to make his working center in the small town of Toledo on the Yaquina Bay. Gibbons distinctive career includes numerous juried and invitational exhibitions, awards and notable collections. Known as a “Regionalist” he works with portable field equipment in the classic tonalist tradition of Plein-Air and Studio work.

Ivan Kelly is an oil painter who responds to mood, light and texture. “Early in my career, I was encouraged to work from life instead of relying on photography’s limitations. With no formal training, but hundreds of paintings later, this invaluable outdoor experience gave me a solid foundation for translating nature’s infinite variety.” “My earliest memories from my Northern Irish homeland tell me, I have always been an artist. So why landscapes? I believe that was inevitable after a childhood spent roaming the fields, woodlands and coasts of that beautiful and diverse country.”

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In addition to Sam’s stunning metal work, there are some fantastic painters in Toledo as well. Becky Miller, Michael Gibbons and Ivan Kelly -- to be specific. Over the course of the next few issue we’ll focus on each of them in-depth.

Toledo First Weekend Fine Art: Dec.10th Hometown Holiday January 7th & 8th February 4th & 5th

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Art in Toledo

“Autumn View on the Yachats River” - oil 30” X 45”

fine art artist’s “Signature Gallery” 140 NE Alder Street in the Toledo Uptown Art District (541) 336-2797 www.michaelgibbons.net

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Fine Art in Toledo’s Uptown Arts District Oil Paintings of our Coastlines, Mountains, and their Wildlife Signature Member of American Society of Marine Artists The Ivan Kelly Studio-Gallery: 207 East Graham St. Toledo

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359 Main St Toledo, OR 541-336-1315

“Spring at Cape Meares”

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A Close Knit Community Story: Kate Rivera Photos: Dennis Rivera

Where: 110 SW 3rd Street in Corvallis www.stashlocal.com

Over the last few years, there has been a resurgence in knitting, crocheting, sewing and related fiber arts. Women have gathered like secret societies using terms like “bind on,” “cast off,” and “yarn over.” What does it all mean? Perhaps it’s related to our re-introduction to many depression era concepts and values -- often not a bad thing. Perhaps it’s a desire to hang onto the crafts Grandma took for granted as everyday life? There’s only one way to find out, find your way to a knitting circle like at Stash...

Saturday 10-5:30 Sunday 12-4 Monday & Tuesday Closed Wednesday 12-9 pm Thursday and Friday 10-5:30 Weekly stitch night on Wednesdays Spinning group the last Sunday of the month Also watch for gallery openings, trunk shows, and meet & greets with local artisans. In the new year, the shop will offer Crafty Times once a month, featuring a non-knitting craft. Stash is available for private parties before or after hours (a knitting birthday party or private shopping night, for example).


by attending stitch nights in Corvallis. As a mom with a young family, she’s happy to live in a diverse and creative college town. “People here care about where they live, and want to make their little corner a better, more vibrant place,” she says.

Billing itself a yarn shop, social space, and gallery, Stash has opened in downtown Corvallis. Located at 110 SW 3rd Street, this elegantly cheerful boutique has been welcoming avid yarn and fiber enthusiasts since mid-October. Sonia Ruyts, CSE -- that’s Chief Stash Enhancer -of Stash has envisioned a space with a focus on Pacific Northwest-made products, following her passion to source locally made yarn and accessories whenever possible. “After moving to Corvallis last year, I was impressed with the amount of spinning and dyeing going on in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. I wanted to create an environment where one could see a lot of these beautiful yarns in once place,” she says. Sonia, who grew up in Idaho and most recently lived on the East Coast, has a creative background. She has a bachelor’s degree in theater from a small liberal arts college in Idaho, and then attended culinary school in New York. She’s been an actress, chocolatier, pastry chef, and custom cake designer. She started knitting in 2006, and came to know many local knitters

In addition to showcasing yarn and fiber from Pacific Northwest producers, the shop is a gallery space for local artists. Sonia grew up surrounded by artists and original artwork, and has a deep appreciation for the artistic process. When planning the shop, she envisioned it as a small art gallery featuring painters, photographers, and sculptors. The first featured artist in the shop, painter Rachel Urista, took part in a “live painting night” gallery event in November. Future planned exhibitors include Mike Bergen, Isabella Vickers, Pam Van London, and others to be announced.

The shop is also a gathering space for creative people in Corvallis and around the Valley. Visitors will find the Wednesday stitch nights, and once-a-month spin days to be comfortable and welcoming, and sometimes just a bit boisterous. Sonia’s goal for the shop is that it be a happy, positive place that inspires people. To that end, there is plenty of seating towards the back of the shop, as well as a little play-space for kids. People are welcome to hang out and work on a project, meet up with friends, or just check out the artwork. Classes are planned on a variety of topics, such as learning to spin with a drop spindle, felting soaps, beginning crochet, sock knitting, beginning wheel spinning, learning to knit in the round, knitting for kids, and much more. Sonia is also planning an afternoon once a month that will feature crafts other than knitting. “I like to use a glue gun,” she says with a grin. While some folks have expressed concern to Sonia that the local area might not be able to support two yarn shops, she feels that having more than one shop in a community is a wonderful asset and points to Portland’s many yarn stores as an inspiring example. “There is so much beautiful yarn in the world that it is very easy to cultivate a yarn stash from a variety of fibers and price points,” she says. The Corvallis shops “each have unique personalities and hopefully between the two, we have the yarn that fiber lovers of Corvallis want to work with.”

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Martin Luther King was the first person to decorate a Christmas tree with lights, but the evidence suggests the Christmas tree was an element of the early Germanic people’s tradition of Yule -- a festival that continued from December to January. Yule consisted of the usual early festival events, the Yule Log, Yule Singing, even the Yule Goat -- hunting, singing, drinking and the like.

Snowy Trees Photo: Dale Donovan

Later early Christmast trees stories talk about the tree being the part of a play about Adam and Eve -- and the apple tree. The early Christmas trees were decorated with apples, so that may have some merit. Later sweets, and lights were added.

The Family Tree (s)

Donovan’s Tree Farm - A Corvallis Classic

There are many traditions we observe throughout the year for various holidays. Turkeys for Thanksgiving, Fireworks on the 4th of July, candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, and of course, the most obvious, the Christmas Tree.

Of course all children today know the reason for the tree is that so that Mom can decorate it for days on end, Dad can try to lash it to the wall, to try to keep it in an upright position, to give Kitty something to do in the house all day, and most importantly, so Santa will know where to put the presents. The first known cultivation of the Christmas tree in the US, is believed to have been when a 25,000 tree Norway Spruce farm was set up in Trenton New Jersey. The Christmas Tree had been sold earlier, but those trees had been of the “wild harvested” variety. The first retail Christmas Tree stand is thought to have been in New York City in 1851! Today there are roughly 40 million Christmas trees grown for the holiday decorating American public, and the state that frequently contributes the largest percentage? You guessed it -- Oregon.

The fireworks most of us understand to be a celebration of winning our independence from Britan -- rockets red glare and all that. The turkey, as dry and flavorless as it usually Reindeer - Obviously is, we persist in eating to symbolize the early americans good harvest, and... well,, whatever Thanksgiving is about. The candy hearts -- hearts, little sayWe paid a visit to one of Oregon’s pioneers of the christmas ings, love, love of candy? But what was the reason we decided evergreen, Dale Donovan. A life-long resident of Corvallis to stand a tree in the house and decorate it? (with a brief hiatus for military service) Dale remembers the day when most people would just go out into the woods, select Evergreens have had a place in winter decorating since the the best looking tree they could find and wrestle it home. ancient Romans. The evergreen, being ever-green, has been a symbol of life begining anew. The idea of the evergreen was In 1969 Dale and his father planted the first of many, many to hold us over the winter and give us a reminder that Spring Christmas trees to come. Today, Donovan’s tree farm is 11 would come with new life and abundance. Some like to think

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There are approximately 15,000 Christmas trees in the ground at Donovans. Donovan’s doesn’t wholesale trees. At Donovan’s, Dale makes it an event for those selecting a tree. There is free hot chocolate and candy canes available. Dale treats visitors to hay rides in his hay wagon - which is drawn by his vintage John Deere tractor. This year, Donovan’s donated 350 trees to the Alsea Preschool, last year Linn Benton Community College History Club, and also an animal rescue group has benefitted from Dale and Peggy’s tree generosity. Donovan’s is a beautiful old farm on an island of County land just at the western edge of the City of Corvallis. If you’re looking for a tree mixed with a hearty serving of Christmas cheer, Donovan’s is the place to go! Japanese Arch Photo: Dale Donovan

acres of many varieties of trees. That first tree was planted with tree planting apparatus borrowed from TJ Starker, of Starker Forest Fame -- the largest timberland owner in the state of Oregon, and OSU supporter. Since the early days, Dale has also worked with OSU and enjoys working with the forestry department. When they have extra saplings, Dale will take them and “stick them in the ground.” The farm now has varieties that even include Coastal Redwoods and Giant Sequoia.

Dales Artwork

Franklin Pierce was the first president to introduce the Christmas tree to the White House in 1856 for a group of Washington Sunday School children; The first lighted Christmas tree in public was in Boston in 1912 The first national Christmas Tree was lighted in the year 1923 on the White House lawn by President Calvin Coolidge. Dale and his wife Peggy enjoy running a sustainable tree farm. They don’t harvest every tree, every year, rip up the ground and start over. Donovan’s let’s the tree stumps decompose naturally and then plants new trees as needed. A very industrious affair, Donovan’s is not just Christmas trees. On the property, Dale and Peggy also offer two (beautiful) vacation rentals, and Dale enjoys a large ceramics studio where he produces stunning crystaline glazed (an ancient Chinese Technique) pieces. And, if you find yourself needing to get married while selecting your tree, no problem, Dale is also a registered minister and performs about 50 weddings a year!

Donovan’s 541-758-6237

5270 SW Donovan Pl. Corvallis


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Diuing in the Willamette Valley - Always a good plan. Some can’t understand the attraction, For the day to come, and bring satisfaction Some wait all year, until the day we can say,

CRAB SEASON IS HERE! Chinese Term: “The First Person to Eat a Crab”

Meaning: someone who makes a discovery important to civilization, an innovator -- he who dares wins. Millennia ago, legend tells of a creature with two pincers and eight legs that lived in the lakes and rivers, a shelled thing of fiendish appearance. Not only did it eat the crops in the field, it would attack people with its pincers, and thus was known as the mangling pest. When Yu the Great [founder of the Xia dynasty] came south to tame the flood waters he sent the warrior hero Ba Jie to supervise the engineering work. However, the mangling pests would beset the workers and cause delays. To foil them Ba Jie dug a moat around the city filled with boiling water. When the mangling pests swarmed they leapt one after another into the moat and were boiled alive. The cooked mangling pests had turned red in colour and gave off a delicious, intoxicating aroma. Curious, Ba Jie split open one of the creatures’ shells and the aroma became even stronger. He steeled himself and took a bite, the flesh more delicious than anything he had ever tasted. Thus it was the feared creatures soon became a household dish. In gratitude for Ba Jie’s daring, the people created a name for the creature placing the character for Ba Jie’s name over that of pest to create the word for crab, signifying that Ba Jie had subjugated the mangling pest, becoming the first person to eat a crab Source: The Black Dragon Café - Dali China

Crab Recipe: Steam Crab, Dip in Melted Butter (anything else is just crazy talk)

CRAB TIDBITS: Designated in 2009, based on lobbying by schoolchildren at Sunset Primary School in West Linn, OR. Citing its importance to the Oregon economy, the Oregon State Legislature designated the Dungeness crab as the state crustacean. Named after Dungeness, WA about 15 mi. east of Port Angeles. Ranges from Alaska’s Aleutian Islands to Point Conception, California. Favorite food of halibut, ling cod, octopus, wolf eels and humans! Named a sustainable seafood by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Around 40% of the crab sold in the US is from the Oregon Coast. In 2004, Oregon landed about 27 million pounds! www.oregondungeness.org - Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission “The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers Dungeness crab an excellent source of protein because it provides 20 percent of the Recommended Daily Value. Dungeness crab also contains rich supply of zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium and iron as well as all of the essential amino acids, while remaining low in fat and calories.” - Livestrong.com

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starring role here, and there are plenty of them evident in the nose, on the palate, and in the relatively bitter finish. The hops have a very woody character, reminiscent of cedar. Jubilale finishes fairly strong at 6.7 percent alcohol by volume (abv). This one should appeal to fans of hoppy West Coast Ales.

Kendall Staggs, aka the Beer Prof. Beer Historian and Tasting Guide HOLIDAY ALES It’s the most wonderful time of the year—especially for lovers of craft beer. For centuries brewers have created stronger, more flavorful beers to be served during the long evenings of winter. Some of these beers were identified with Christmas, but some were simply called Winter Ales. Modern brewers release what they call Holiday Ales in November, and they usually remain available through January. The best versions have developed something of a cult following, and the devotees of Holiday Ales eagerly anticipate their release. Winter Brewing Traditions A cynic might dismiss Holiday Ales as just another example of seasonal marketing. But two traditions help explain why craft brewers make Holiday Ales. In Medieval times, when monks brewed much of the beer in Northern Europe, they created stronger, more complex beers for visiting dignitaries and religious holidays. The monastic brewing tradition still has a great influence on Holiday Ales, especially those brewed in Belgium or those brewed elsewhere in the Belgian style. In England, the commercial brewers of the 17th and 18th centuries brewed stronger, heartier ales in the winter that were designed literally to help keep the drinkers fortified and warm in the cold weather months. The beers featured more malt and more hops, and sometimes had added spices. Such beers had the added advantage of resisting spoilage and lasting longer in the kegs. In England these beers were called “Old Ales” or “Winter Warmers.” Most of the craft brewers on the West Coast brew ales in the English tradition, making Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, Porters, Stouts, and Barley Wines. It is no surprise, then, that many of them produce Holiday Ales that allow them a chance to experiment with spices and brew a more flavorful beer. West Coast Holiday Ales My recommendations for Holiday Ales fall into two categories: West Coast versions and Belgian versions. My first choice for a West Coast Holiday Ale is Jubilale, from the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. It has plenty of malt, but hops play the

My second choice is Winter Solstice, from the Anderson Valley Brewery of Boonville, Califorina. It features spices, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla coming through most clearly in the aroma and flavor. The spices do not overwhelm a mildly sweet, caramel flavor. What makes this beer so appealing is its smooth, creamy texture. It finishes at 6.9 percent abv, but hides its strength well. My third pick is Snowcap, from the Pyramid Brewery in Seattle. It is a classic example of a West Coast Winter Ale, insomuch as it features “more of everything.” There is plenty of malt, plenty of hops, and a subtle yet pleasing hint of spices on the nose and the palate. It is the sweetest of the bunch, with lots of chocolate malt. But there are plenty of hops for balance. It is also surprisingly easy to drink at 7.9 percent abv. Rich and satisfying, it is my favorite West Coast Holiday Ale this year. Belgian-Style Holiday Ales Belgian Holiday Ales include many of my all-time favorite beers. Because they are usually very sweet, this preference is a lot like someone who names a dessert as their favorite food dish. A few years ago I hosted a party in which I served 25 different Holiday Ales—all from Belgium! This year, on December 17-18 the town of Essen, Belgium will host the annual Kerstbierfestival. Over 130 different Belgian Holiday Ales will be poured. The yeast strains Belgian brewers employ in fermenting their ales produce very fruity and spicy aromas and flavors. Furthermore, in stark contrast to the purity-obsessed brewers of nearby Germany, Belgian brewers have a whimsical side, and this often prompts them to add spices and fruits to their beers. When they brew Holiday Ales, they go one step further in adding lots spices and fruits. The results are beers that are usually strong, sweet, rich in character, and satisfying. One of the challenges—and a lot of the fun—involved in drinking Belgian Holiday Ales is trying to decide what special ingredients the brewer added. These beers are best served in a goblet at cellar temperature: about 50 to 55 degrees. They are great on their own, or with assertive cheeses, or with fine chocolates. My first choice for a Belgian Holiday Ale is St Bernardus Christmas Ale, from the St Bernardus Brewery of Watou, in West Flanders. It pours medium brown and clear with a thick, off-white head. It smells like chocolate and such dark fruits and raisins and prunes, with hints of clove, cinnamon, and

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mild hops. It tastes delicious, with chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums, and a little citrus coming through. It is rich and smooth and definitely warming at 10.0 percent abv. I was fortunate enough to visit the St. Bernardus Brewery in July and stay at the wonderful bed-and-breakfast next door. Unlimited samples of all of the beers were available for the guests without any additional charge. It was one of the highlights of my Belgian vacation. My second pick in this category is called 4 Calling Birds, a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale with what the label describes as “gingerbread spices.” It is from The Bruery, the same Orange County, California, brewery that brews Autumn Maple (which I recommended in the last issue of Willamette Living). 4 Calling Birds is The Bruery’s fourth anniversary Holiday Ale, following the pattern of the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”: A Partridge in a Pear Tree, 2 Turtle Doves, 3 French Hens. It pours dark brown and clear, and produces a modest but long-lasting head. The aromas are dominated by cocoa and such spices as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. On the palate there is a lot of sweet malt, dark chocolate, oranges, ginger, and the other spices found in the nose. There is very little hop flavor or hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy. One would never suspect that it is 11 percent abv. My overall impression is that this is a well-balanced Holiday Ale that would go well with a fine chocolate dessert. My final Holiday Ale recommendation for this winter is Gouden Carolus Noël, from Brouwerij Het Anker (the Anchor Brewery) in Mechelen, Belgium. This beer features lots of spices in the aroma and flavor—in fact I wondered if the brewers used the entire spice rack. It pours medium brown and somewhat murky, and it leaves a generous “Belgian lace” of foam on the sides of the glass. The nose had notes of orange, pineapple, coriander, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. The flavor reminded me of chocolate and malted milk balls, with different spices sneaking through with each sip. There is little hop flavor or hop bitterness. This is also a strong one at 10 percent abv. This one begs to be paired with assertive gourmet cheeses. On Saturday, December 10, I will have the honor of serving as the instructor and guide for a very special beer and food pairing event at the Le Patissier French Bakery in Corvallis. We will sample seven different Belgian Holiday Ales, including the three I have reviewed here. The beers will be paired with fine cheeses, French bread, canapé, and will conclude with a special dessert designed by Chef Didier Tholognat. I hope to see you there or at one of my other beer tasting events soon.

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Willamette Living Holiday Issue Winter 2011  

Our Holiday issue with our gift guide, recipes, the story on Christmas Trees in the Valley, art, food and more!

Willamette Living Holiday Issue Winter 2011  

Our Holiday issue with our gift guide, recipes, the story on Christmas Trees in the Valley, art, food and more!