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45 Garden of Gentle Breeze A Corvallis man’s Japanese Garden

32 The Significance of Switchbacks


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Five Years! As Stallone said in his famous line at the end of Rocky II - “Yo Adrian, I did it!” -- that’s kind of what it’s been like starting a magazine at the pit of the recession and working our way to now. It’s not been easy, but it has been fun. We’ve learned a lot, and the magazine has come along very well, in our humble opinion. This issue you’re reading marks five years of publishing Willamette Living Magazine. I remember when our Facebook page had 5 “likes” and four were relatives - one was a dog! Today we enjoy tens of thousands of readers, and maintain a print edition, web edition, iPad edi-

tion, Podcast, and yes the Facebook page - which even has a few more fans. We’ve had the podcast since day one actually, but we recently became inspired to update it. Check out our story about Jay Gray’s Japanese Garden on the web site, the podcast is right on the page. Cool. Once again, this issue is full of things happening in the Valley, not the least of which is the Lavender Festival. We have a few recommendations and encourage you to visit one of our local farms to take in the scent of the bloom - very nice.

We’ve begun to add local, artisan products to the web site and first up is Willamette Valley Cheese Co. - a selection of six favorites. Get online and take a look, order some for yourself, or send some to a friend, they’ll love it, and they’ll love you for it! Thanks again for reading, and for five years of local support. We look forward to the next five!

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How to Handle “Low Ball” Offers So you have been “low balled.” You feel angry, hurt, insulted. You want to just reject that contract and show those people the door… But wait, maybe there is a better way to deal with this… First and foremost, calm down and start to think. Those buyers do not know you. They have no intention to make this personal. Their goal is to feel out your bottom line. They are trying to get the best deal they can achieve. They want to find a price they are comfortable paying. Nothing else. Isn’t that legitimate? Wouldn’t you try the same being on the other end of the deal? If the buyer has a decent agent that agent has given them comparable sales. And those sales might be indeed quite a bit lower than your price. So there is one motivation not to pay more than comparable homes have sold for in the recent past. Or the buyer has a limit and is simply trying to achieve that. In any case, this is business, try to see it that way – and

COUNTER! From the buyer’s standpoint what you sell is a structure in a certain location. They might and often do love that structure but they are not paying for your memories, your taste, your efforts to make that structure your home. So try to take all the thoughts that make this personal out of the equation. You are moving out. You are taking those memories with you. The buyers will make their own and in the process might very well paint the pink nursery beige to use it as an office (unless your great broker has already told you to get that pink out.) I do not know how many times in my career I have submitted or received low offers. The absolute majority went through at some point in the negotiations. Sometimes the agreement was surprisingly low because the house was on the market for quite a while and my buyer stepped in with perfect timing. Sometimes it was astonishingly high from where the negotiations started. But in all those cases

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Your Home as a Health Protectant Pt. 2 As you read the previous Willamette Living issue on spring home improvement you read a number of fine articles from local pros like Brenda Powell at Garland Nursery, and a great one from Heidi Powell of Powell construction. In their articles they painted a picture of an emotional feeling around the design of your home, and surrounding landscape. Kris Egan one of my colleagues at Corvallis Custom Kitchens and Baths did a more functional home design piece. But if you look at the words “flow” and “elegance,” and the coordination of lighting and cabinets you see how all these home improvement professionals understand the “emotional health” your home brings to you. The world of Nueroesthetics No, this is not something that I just made up. Or was just researched last week. Nueroesthetics, the feelings we get from the things around us has been studied since the time of the Greeks. (see: Tracing the flow of the Greek Aesthetic Diane Harris-Cline PhD). The “flow” is the neurobiology we feel, experience, when the things in our homes are placed in a design that “feels” right to us. Like a positive “Eustress” (good stress) response, our neurochemistry quietly aligns giving us that feeling of calm and relaxation. Whether you’re measuring your stress hormones in your blood, or brain waves through an EEG (Electroencephalography) your biology as a positive or negative health “protectant” can be measured. People who have “clutter” in their homes, or personal and practical usage things that aren’t organized feel daily stress. Where appliances, furniture, as well as artifacts are

placed is very important in our daily well being. It all starts in the Brain Neuroscientists who study this specialized area of Nueroesthetics show us brain pathways that help us decide what is aesthetically pleasing, and important to us. With our senses working with our prefrontal cortex and the limbic system, experts tell us these neuro processes help us individually determine the value of things in our presence. From the placement of a lamp, to where a vintage painting is hung, there are certain levels of pleasure we attach to the things we have and where they are in our homes. The key players in the limbic system Remember our homes are the emotional platforms that we create. As we grow and evolve so do our homes. Color, lighting, and where we place our things may shift as we do. Even our landscape design may shift based on a past visit to a local park, or a trip to Europe. As we get older, a piece of art, some..”nick-nacks” may become very emotionally important to us. We’ll put these items in rooms where we can go to bring up the good feelings from past experiences. In the limbic system in the brain there are two predominate parts that help us with these experiential pathways. The Hippocampus is like data storage software. It records all our experiences through our lives. It has no opinion. No emotion. It just records the data. The Amygdala is the emotional decision maker. This small but signigant piece located in the temporal lobe gives us the emotional high or low based on our personal history. Artifacts, furniture, even clothing have an emotional connection to us.The Amygdala,

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working with the other complex systems of the brain, emote hormonal changes in our biochemistry that give us feelings of joy, or sadness. Research by the Russian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi tells us that even the smallest things we have in our homes have an emotional scale for us. In his book “The meaning of things, Domestic symbols and the self” he and fellow researcher Eugene Halton PhD tell us amazing personal stories of people they interviewed. They give very detailed narratives on where and why things are placed and the significant meaning they have for them in their lives. If you were to be interviewed on a topic like this, would you have an interesting story to tell? Why talk about this, is this really about health? Let’s review. The primary health “protectants,” things we do, to manage our stresses (re: emotions) are usually fitness, quality diet, no smoking, etc. We also call these “the core concepts of health.” Our home & surrounding environment also play a vital role, and now I’ve reported the “things” we have are secondary health protectants. Health, is a constant bio state that’s always in motion. It’s not just one action we do a day to check off a list. Starting with the Greeks we’ve learned that our immediate home environment is part of the flow of our lives.

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The Garden At Night The sun begins to set and my garden is magically transformed into a very different place. The hummingbirds buzz around, getting their last feeding of nectar. The swallows and bats dart through the air eating insects. The fragrance of the flowering tobacco and honeysuckle permeates the air. As the darkness grows, my garden grows smaller and more intimate. My husband and I truly enjoy sitting on the back patio or in the herb garden with a glass of wine, talking over the day and the future. For some reason this is decidedly more relaxing than sitting in the living room. We seem to open up more. A few years ago, I added more candles strategically placed to light up some of the dark areas and add a little romance. It was amazing what an effect they had. So I added more. Some are in lovely holders and some are in upturned wine bottles, rusted tools, and clay saucers. They are scented and unscented. I use tea lights, votives and larger pillar candles. I bring them inside in the fall, except that this year I forgot and several of my holders broke. I guess that means opportunity for new ones.

To further enhance the nighttime garden, I have planted white flowers, silver-foliaged plants and flowers whose scent is strongest at night. For fragrant plants, I like Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris and alata), Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia) and Casablanca Lilies. Four O’Clocks are nice, too, but they spread. Hall’s Honeysuckle fills the night air with scent, as well. There is more to learn by walking through your garden at night-like what is eating holes in the leaves of my plants. Slugs and snails appear late at night in the summer (earlier in rainy weather). They don’t always leave slime trails. (If you’re not squeamish, you can decrease the population by simply cutting them in half.) Other creatures that feed at night are sowbugs, earwigs and root weevils. A quick check with a flashlight at say 11 pm can give you a lot of insight. However, I would caution you to alert your neighbors that you will be skulking around your back yard with a flashlight at 11 at night. There’s no sense in being mistaken for a burglar. Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery. Her passions include gardening, cooking, reading, writing and photography. Follow her writing at

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Dr. Don Roberts At first glance, one could mistake Don for any old farmer. And by “one” I mean me. Since that happened about four years ago when I drove into the parking lot at Lavender Lake Farms. Big mistake.

That’s obvious when you take a look at what he’s done. He’s developed six strains of lavender, numerous extracts for flavors and fragrance, and he’s even working on a natural pesticide and a natural preservative.

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Above, circa 1970, the Civil Air Patrol and the Governor, from left to right: Cadet Busig, Cadet Kenny, Lt. Col. Dorothy M. Swain, Oregon Governor Tom McCall, Colonel Obed A. “Pancho” Donaldson (CAP Hall of Honor Inductee), Air Force Major James Bassett.

Well-timed generosity turned the tables in Prineville baseball game Things looked grim for the Prineville Nine that summer day in 1910. The little high-desert town’s baseball team was getting its clock cleaned by the Silver Lake ball club. The score was nine-zip, and the game was only half played. It was shaping up to be a bloodbath. The game was the third in a best-of-three tournament, a sort of good-natured grudge match between the two central Oregon towns. Prineville was playing host, and had invited Silver Lake to bring its best and its brightest, its fastest-running and its hardest-hitting, to come see who was best. But after the first game — an unexpectedly brutal loss at the hands of the visitors — the Prineville fans learned the truth: Silver Lake boosters had gone to Portland and hired some professional players for the occasion. Now, this wasn’t cheating, exactly. Nobody had told anybody they couldn’t hire mercenaries for the event; it simply hadn’t occurred to the Prineville boys to even consider the possibility. Obviously, though, it had occurred to someone. The team that was taking the field against Prineville, sporting Silver Lake colors, was mostly made up of guys from other places — guys


who paid the bills hitting baseballs. Prineville’s motley collection of amateurs — cowboys and shopkeepers who played ball on the weekends — didn’t have a chance. Still, they managed to rally somehow and tie it up for the second game of the series; no one was really sure how they managed it, and it felt a little miraculous, but there it was. It’s actually possible that the Silver Lake pros let them win, so that the series could go into three games. So going into the final game, the two towns were even up. But now it looked like Prineville was done for. Silver Lake was about to put it away. Or were they? There was a stranger in town that weekend who had a plan for making sure they didn’t. And, what’s more, he had a cool $1,000 riding on it. That stranger was one Thomas William Lawson. Thomas Lawson was a very eccentric, somewhat infamous man. He was, essentially, a reformed shark. He’d made a mammoth pile of money in the course of a career on Wall Street that culminated in the most notorious stock-market swindle of

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the Gilded Age, a swindle that he orchestrated with fellow robber-baron plutocrats William Rockefeller and Henry Rogers. The three of them formed an empty shell company called Amalgamated Copper. Then they bought up Anaconda Copper for $37 million, paying for it with IOUs, and set about whipping up a public feeding frenzy over shares in Amalgamated — which was still just an empty shell. The publicity was Lawson’s particular specialty. People tended to trust him, whereas Rockefeller and Rogers had no such advantage. Now he moved to trade on that trust, declaring Amalgamated the best, most sure-thing investment he’d ever seen, and when people asked him about the company, he told them, flat-out, “Go your limit!” Then someone figured out the bait-and-switch, and the bottom fell out. Amalgamated went from $175 to $30 a share. Several investors, ruined after having borrowed heavily to buy shares, are reported to have killed themselves. This wasn’t his only such swindle, but it was by far the biggest and most successful. It pushed his personal net worth to $50 million.

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Stock promoter Thomas Lawson reads ticker tape in his office on State Street in Boston, probably in the mid-1890s. The photograph on his couch is of J.P. Morgan.

But he was haunted by the aftermath of this big deed of villainy. Cracks soon started appearing in his sanity, and they got worse after his wife died. Finally, in 1904, he tried to redeem himself by writing a confession of sorts — a tell-all titled “Frenzied Finance,” which ran as a serial for two solid years in Everybody’s Magazine. It sold magazines like you wouldn’t believe, and had a noticeable impact on public pressure to crack down on the trusts. After that, he was heartily loathed by Wall Street, which suited him just fine. He’d made his pile; he was done with all that. Now Lawson was in Prineville looking for a nice country spread to give his daughter, Dorothy, and son-in-law, Hal, as a wedding present. He just happened to be in town for the game, and no doubt felt putting a little money on the home team would help warm up the welcome the newlyweds would get in their new home town. And Hal, himself a onetime professional baseball player, must have been especially interested in the game. Chances are he was already thinking about joining the Prineville team. But for Lawson, betting on the home team was one thing. Losing was another. Lawson had not made his fortune by placing bets and letting them

Thomas Lawson’s daughter, Dorothy Lawson McCall. This image was made before she married Hal McCall; she’s shown dressed to go to a Harvard-Yale football game.

lose. It was time to go and do in the bullpen what he’d so often done on the trading floor.

voters) as Tom McCall … an Oregonian whom you just might have heard of, once or twice.

This jovial and charismatic stock promoter, the chief salesman of the biggest bamboozle of the Gilded Age, knew just what to do. Smiling broadly, he made his way down to where the Silver Lake players were resting and catching their breath, waiting for the game to resume.

(Sources: Braly, David. Tales from the Oregon Outback. Prineville: American Media, 1978; Walth, Brent. Fire at Eden’s Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story. Portland: OHS Press, 1994; McCall, Dorothy Lawson. The Copper King’s Daughter. Portland: Binfords, 1972)

No doubt he was at his boisterous and hearty best as he stepped up to the members of the visiting ball club, although the records don’t mention that part. What they do mention are his words: “The drinks are on me!” he roared. An hour or two later, at the end of the ninth inning, the final score was 10-9, Prineville — and Lawson had run up one humdinger of a bar tab. But then, he’d won a thousand bucks to pay it off with. And his family’s full and enthusiastic acceptance by the jubilant Prineville community was a done deal. Which was good — not just for the newlyweds, but for the entire state of Oregon. Because Thomas Lawson’s son-in-law and daughter were none other than Hal and Dorothy Lawson McCall. And their first-born son would be Thomas William Lawson McCall, known to his friends (and to

Finn J.D. John is an instructor at Oregon State University and the author of “Wicked Portland,” a book about the dark side of Oregon’s metropolis in the 1890s. To contact him or suggest a topic:, @OffbeatOregon (on Twitter), or 541-357-2222.

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Therapeutic Massage That time has come again, where we have longer nights and a greater desire to interact with nature. Flag football, impromptu soccer, ultimate Frisbee games, golf, hiking, and what seems to be a limitless list of nature’s fun-inthe-sun games. It’s a natural instinct to quickly shift from winter to spring mode, but are we physically ready to start moving as a competitor? Being in the health industry, I am an advocate of moving around versus sitting in front of a computer or TV screen for hours. A long day in the office usually isn’t on my list of warmup activities before a game of disc golf. It’s important to treat our bodies like the delicate, yet strong, complex machines that they are. Even then, machines can break down. So then, how do we prevent our bodies from breaking down during this and every other sunny day in the NW? Give your body a tune-up! When was the last time you received a massage? And not just any kind of


massage, but focused work? Today, there are several types of massage styles out in the world. Each have their own protocol and some type of preand post-event guideline. So how do you know which one is the best? My advice would be to find a therapist and bodywork that best fits you and your event. Massage has been used since the existence of man. Today, we are still researching it, but currently use it in physical medicine to aid with pain and as a tool to increase range of motion within a tissue or joint. Massage can treat more than just a tight shoulder or overstressed day. Personally, I specialize in Advance Neuromuscular Therapy which was founded by two physicians to treat the causes of structural deviance. Before your next game of kickball, find a massage therapist, schedule an appointment, and get ready for this spring and summer time.

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Vegetarian Diets: Getting the Best Nutrition

By Carol Walsh, RD, MS, CDE

Long gone are the days when vegetarian diets were considered counterculture or unbalanced. For more than a decade, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and other health and nutrition groups have affirmed that well-planned vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate for people of all ages, including children and teens, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and athletes. In fact, a more plant-based and less processed foods approach to eating appears to have many health benefits.

intestine. This pool can be drawn upon throughout the day to build muscle, replace cells and enzymes and generally meet the need for protein. Common sources of non-animal protein are beans (including soy products), lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and vegetables. Nevertheless, there are situations where it is possible for vegetarians, particularly vegans, to fall short on protein (and other nutrients) due to poorly designed diets. The more common reasons are:

Types of vegetarians

Use of the term vegetarian implies not eating meat, fish or poultry. Vegans are more restrictive vegetarians who avoid eating all animal products, including dairy, eggs and honey. The reasons for being vegetarian are many, including concerns for health, environment, animal welfare, ethics and economics. Some people follow a semi-vegetarian diet, which is usually described as a mostly plant-based diet with inclusion of some animal products on occasion or in small quantities.

Total calorie intake is low for any reason, such as low income, an eating disorder, depression, isolation, or lack of appetite due to illness, or

Not enough higher protein and high nutrient plant foods are eaten. This can happen when:

What about nutrition? The key to a healthy vegetarian diet, as with any other diet, is to eat a wide variety of foods - including fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes – in the right amounts for a healthy weight. As mentioned, some will add eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods. The more restrictive the diet, the more important it is to choose foods wisely. For example, by avoiding all animal products, vegans eliminate all foods naturally containing vitamin B12. Consciously including B12-fortified foods or taking a supplement solves a real concern for developing a vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. Some options are nondairy beverages, breakfast cereals, snack bars and meat substitutes; look at the nutrition facts panel and ingredient list on food packages or bulk bins to be sure they are B12 fortified.

o Most calories come from junk foods such as soda pop, candy, chips, pastries and French fries. o Protein is believed to be a non-issue and the diet is built around salads and fruit o Beans are avoided because they are disliked, cause digestive discomfort or are deemed too difficult to include o People live in or travel to areas without vegan options, so they end up relying on salads and vegetables.

Nutritional yeast and B12 pills are considered supplements and are not regulated as stringently as food and medications. Look for a USP or Consumer Labs seal to increase the likelihood of the supplement meeting quality, strength and bioavailability standards. If you take large quantities of vitamin B12 at one time, you will absorb less of it. It is recommended to take either small quantities (5-10 mcg) daily or 2000 mcg once per week. Other nutrients that vegetarians may need to focus on include calcium, iron, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Use the Vegan Food Guide below to plan adequate menus.

What about protein? It’s worth taking a moment to bust a long-standing vegetarian protein myth. It isn’t necessary to plan intricate combinations of foods at each meal because the all the different plant proteins are digested into amino acids that are pooled in fluids between body cells and in the


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Carol Walsh, MS, is a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with Nutrition Services at The Corvallis Clinic. June / July 2014

A Vegan Food Guide Use this daily food plan for healthy vegan eating. Food Group Servings per day

What counts as a serving?


Grains & Starchy vegetables 5 or more servings

1 slice of bread 1 oz. cold cereal ½ c. cooked grains, cereal, pasta or starchy vegetables (corn, peas, winter squash, potatoes of all types) 1 oz. crackers, tortilla, pita or other grain product

Choose mainly whole grains. Examples: brown & wild rice, quinoa, barley, oats, wheat and kamut berries, amaranth

Vegetables 4 or more servings

½-3/4 c. cooked vegetables 1 c. raw vegetables or salad 4 oz. vegetable juice

Eat a rainbow of colorful vegetables. Examples:Red peppers, carrots, yellow squash, broccoli, eggplant, cauliflower

Fruit 2 or more servings

1 medium piece of fruit ½ c. fruit 4 oz. fruit juice 2 – 4 T. dried fruit

Select an assortment of fruits. Examples: citrus, melon, berries, bananas, raisins, calcium-fortified orange juice

Legumes & Soyfoods 3 or more servings

½ c. cooked beans, ½ c. tofu, ½ c. tempeh, 1 c. fortified soy milk

Look for calcium-set tofu for extra nutrition. Eat vitamin C-rich foods with beans to improve iron absorption. Examples: lentils, black beans, hummus

Nuts & Seeds 1-2 servings

¼ c. nuts (1 oz.) 2 T. seeds 1 T. nut/seed butter

Examples: pumpkin seeds, tahini, peanut butter, flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds

Omega-3 fatty acids 1-2 servings

3 walnut halves ¼ tsp. flaxseed oil 1 tsp. canola oil 1 tsp. ground flaxseed or chia seed

Taking a vegan DHA/EPA supplement is probably not necessary; consult with your doctor.

Vitamin D 600-1000 IU

Take supplement with a meal for improved absorption.

Protect your skin with recommended use of sunscreen.

Iodine 75 – 150 mcg

Use iodized salt at home or take a standard multivitamin/mineral supplement

Kosher salt and salt used in restaurants or processed foods are not usually iodized.

Sample Vegan Menu See how the Vegan Food Guide is used to plan a day of meals and snacks for a smaller and less active adult or for an adult striving for weight loss (about 1600 calories). Breakfast: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with ½ c. blueberries, 2 tsp. ground flaxseed and 1 c. fortified soy milk Lunch: 1 c. cooked lentils in 2 c. lentil-vegetable soup, 1 oz. brown rice crackers, 1 orange

Snack: 1-2 cups raw veggies with 1 T. peanut butter Dinner: 1-2 c. stir-fried broccoli and kale over 1 c. cooked quinoa, ¼ c. toasted walnuts (season as desired) Snack: banana shake (1 frozen banana, 1 c. fortified milk alternate) and 3 c. popcorn (popped in canola oil and dusted with iodized salt and nutritional yeast) Supplement: 600-1000 IU vitamin D (could be included in a multivitamin/ mineral supplement)

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From Carol Tannenbaum: Here’s the photo that won the Oregon Lavender Assoc. photo contest last year. It was taken by Kyle Miller on my farm.

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While exploring the beautiful McKenzie River, include a visit to McKenzie River Lavender. Only a 20 minute drive from hectic interstate traffic, experience vivid lavender fields on the banks of our peaceful river setting. Breathe in the intoxicating aroma of lavender, hear the hum of the bees, absorb the vibrancy of the intense purple colors against a fir backdrop, and feel the fragrant flowers stroke your legs as you take a meditative stroll through our lavender labyrinth. Say hello to “Let it Bee”, our new chainsaw art sculpture. Carol and Charles Tannenbaum planted the lavender in the fall of 2003 in the rich loam on the banks of the McKenzie River. Two English lavenders -- ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Royal Velvet’ -- are prized for their sweet aromas and their deep dark purple colors. These are dried for bouquets as well as buds for potpourri, sachets, crafts or cooking. Three hybrid intermedia lavenders ‘Grosso’, ‘Abrialii’, and ‘Provence’ yield long stemmed blooms. In the landscape they provide presence as their long stems sway in the slightest breeze. ‘Grosso’ and ‘Abrialii’ make great fresh as well as handsome dried bouquets. ‘Provence’ blooms shatter easily so it’s prized for the buds. The ‘Grosso’ is steam distilled for its essential oil and byproduct hydrosol. Our specialty lavender products include fresh bouquets of ‘Grosso’ lavender, pure ‘Grosso’ essential oil and linen spray, unique lavender crafts, soaps, lotions and more. During the Oregon Lavender Festival, our country bazaar showcases all things lavender, as well as the creations of local artisans. Plant starts are also available. Open July 11-13 10am to 5pm each day. Enjoy an experience for the family including music, food and drink with a petting zoo to delight the children. Directions Exit I-5 at Springfield on Hwy 126 East to milepost 15.5.

Join Us During the Lavender Festival! During the Lavender Festival our tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 11am to 5pm. We have HoneyMaker Lavender Mead, plus 120+ other meads for sale. 15713 Hwy 47 Yamhill, OR |

From Farmer Chrissie at Kookoolan Farms The number of meaderies in the U.S. has exploded from about 30 ten years ago, to about 250 today. (Did you see the recent articles in USA Today and Esquire Magazine? Or know that there is a quarterly professional journal on mead, and with plenty of coverage of Portland area meaderies!) There are now meaderies in almost every state, and loads of them in the Pacific Northwest. Kookoolan World Meadery’s tasting room has more than 120 meads for sale; The Mead Market in southeast Portland has almost as many; and Belmont Station and Mainbrew in Hillsboro have terrific selections. A few growler fill stations and pubs have mead on tap (not many). So far, you won’t find mead on the wine list in many restaurants, so pairing mead with food is strictly DIY. Please subscribe to my new food and mead blog: for frequent mead reviews, food pairing suggestions, and excerpts from my forthcoming book on mead and food pairings! During the Lavender Festival our tasting room is open Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays 11am to 5pm, and we have HoneyMaker Lavender Mead, plus 120+ other meads for sale. Kookoolan Farms was an inspiration for the new novel by Barbara Samuels O’Neil “The All You Can Dream Buffet” which features the Yamhill Lavender Festival as a backdrop to the story. 15713 Highway 47, Yamhill Farmer Chrissie: (503) 730-7535 Willamette Living Magazine


Yamhill Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show The finest celebration of lavender and art! The 2014 Yamhill Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show will take place July 12-13 in the town of Yamhill. Admission is free! Head to Yamhill, OR to experience the Yamhill Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show, where all things lavender blend with the premier art show of original work painted in the lavender fields of Oregon. Spend a leisurely day in Yamhill’s Beulah Park while you feast on lavender-based cuisine and refreshment. Talented musicians set the mood while you enjoy a glass of lavender beer or wine. Be enticed by distinctive lavender products, juried art and craft booths and lavender in myriad forms. Relax in the shade of oak trees surrounded by the captivating scent of lavender essential oil distillation and try your hand at lavender crafts. The Plein Air Art Show is held at Beulah Park

on Festival weekend. Participating artists are invited to paint en plein air in Oregon’s beautiful lavender fields. . The caliber of work presented is impressive. Many of the areas top plein air artists participate and show their work. Come out and choose your favorite painting. The Festival also includes more than 30 participating artists and crafts people in the juried vendor booths. All work must be handcrafted and is carefully selected for originality. Among the offerings are ceramics, textiles, metal art, jewelry, and woodworking. And of course everything lavender you can imagine, and some things you haven’t! Fresh cut lavender, lavender plants and lavender essential oil will also be available. Essential oil will be distilled on site. Yamhelas Community Resource Center, a 501(c)3 non profit, organizes the event. The

On site essential oil distillation will take place each day of the Festival. Local essential oils will be available for sale. Artist Susan Day painting at Willakenzie Lavender Farm. The work of around fifty artists will be shown at the Yamhill Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show, including Susan’s.


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event is executed entirely through volunteer hours and sponsorships. Proceeds from the event benefit many charitable causes. Come on out and bring a friend! You don’t want to miss it. Event Dates: July 12-13, 2014 Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5 Contact: To Paint:

2014 Amazing Music Lineup Sonny Hess & Lisa Mann Rae Gordon Band Mary Kadderly Peter Boesen & the Jazzboes

The Yamhill Lavender Festival & Plein Air Art Show is a family friendly event. Activities for kids include crafting, face painting and pony rides. A full playground is also available at the venue.

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The Significance of Switchbacks By Jordan Schweiger

What causes people to get out of bed? An alarm clock, most of the time.  But what inspires people to wake up and give their very best during the day?  To find that motivation “as if your life depended on it.”  To discover deeper motivation, as if saving our own skin weren’t motivating enough, we add more qualifications: “as if your child’s life depended on it!”  Yes, that will do it.  Well, let me tell you about the day when two of


my children’s lives depended on it. August 30, 2009.  Deep in the Wallowa Mountains of northeast Oregon, the Eagle Cap Wilderness, 359,991 acres comprising Oregon’s largest wilderness.  This is no place for the faint of heart, just the fleet of foot.  Elevations begin at 3,000 feet and reach 9,838 feet on Sacajawea Peak.  Alpine lakes, granite peaks, snow-covered trails through

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Camping in that territory is my father-in-law Mark’s ideal vacation. Only I wouldn’t choose to camp, ever.  Too many early memories of camping trips spent huddled in the rain by a dying fire, sleeping in wet sleeping bags.  Trouble is, after 19 years under Mark’s parenting, my wife Lindy thinks camping is just fine, great, in fact.  And so do Jackson, Jamison, and Madelyn, my three kids, who just happen to spend all day with Lindy.  After a little lobbying from Mark, my 5- and 4-year-old boys think camping is some sort of grand adventure and that I’m just a backward-thinking killjoy.  My mother-in-law Joni is happy as long as everyone else is happy, and Madelyn, just 2 years old, is too young to have a contrary opinion on the topic. So, I am clearly outnumbered.  Did I say yet that my ideal form of camping would be not camping? Mark, our fearless trail guide, is quite a sight.  Gone is the urbane, former Oregon Speaker of the House; once we hit the trail, Mark is all rugged outdoorsman.  Out is his navy pinstripe; in are light hiking pants, a T-shirt that says “It ain’t the pace of life that scares me, it’s the sudden STOP at the end!”, and a turned-down cowboy hat that looks like Red—his favorite pack mule—took a bite out of it.  He’s all smiles and gentle admonitions to the boys as they learn to tie diamond hitches to horses and mules carrying packs with enough fare to feed a family for five days.  Although camping is not my thing, the prospect of bris-

ket roasted in a Dutch oven with salted winter vegetables is just enough to tempt me to take the 7-mile hiking trip up to Echo Lake, where we would make camp for four nights. Despite myself, I end up having a good time. My family’s enthusiasm gradually overpowers my “Eeyore” attitude and I find new fun in hiking mountains to bring down ice for a make-shift earth refrigerator, rowing the blow-up raft out on the lake, and hiking to Lowry Gulch to see a sheer 400-foot drop-off mere inches from where we stand above it.  Breathtaking beauty and danger lurking all around. Unacquainted with this danger, my family-in-law is not.  One prior year’s trip had Mark chasing one of his stubborn mules (is there any other kind?) for hours while he was otherwise packed up and ready to leave the mountains.  After losing three hours and finally catching the mule, they started down the trail and overtook were overtaken by a group of teenagers and pre-teens as they raced their way down the most dangerous part of the journey: the switchbacks.   Switchbacks are how you navigate a nearly vertical mountainside.  These zigzagging trails cut into the mountainside and are no more than a few feet wide at most and one foot wide at least.  On one side there’s a 20-foot drop-off below you, and on the other, there’s at least 20 feet of steep ascent to the next switchback. Sometimes daring hikers try to cut time off the trip by climbing straight up portions of the switchbacks.   Also late in leaving, the older June / July 2014

kids of that group started running down the trail, which left the younger kids the option of getting left behind or trying to shortcut switchbacks just to keep up. One 12-year-old boy trying to catch up slipped on the switchback and proceeded to catapult down through several switchbacks, tumbling down end-over-end through the massive boulders and sustaining a head injury so bad that he was knocked unconscious.  My family-in-law happens upon the situation, sends the older kids ahead for help, and immediately sets out to do everything they can to help this severely-injured young stranger.  Joni, a registered nurse, assesses the boy’s vitals, while Mark turns their blue cot into a gurney. Together they proceed as gently but quickly as possible to get this unconscious boy to the trailhead to be Life-Flighted to the hospital.  Later they found out that due to the nature of the head injury, their presence and quick thinking probably saved the boy’s life. Fast forward many years and we’re on this same stretch of the trail, and it starts raining.  Not typical misty Oregon rain but a torrential downpour.  Soaked to our underwear and socks in five minutes

and back to being “Eeyore” again, I make haste down the switchbacks, with Madelyn on my back in a pack, happy to be under power of my own two feet. I pick my way along a trail of knife-sharp rocks. Cautious steps ease my sense of danger.  I am making my way to the forest, a canopy of reprieve from the hail and driving rain—the tears of angels who are watching, waiting.  I’m thinking to myself, “How do I always get roped into this?  Clampetts go camping. Not me, not again!” Suddenly, heart-stopping sounds. A blood-chilling scream: “God save my babies!”  And then I look up and instinctively jerk sideways, out of the path of the 1,200 pounds of empty horse charging straight down the hill toward me. Suddenly, the terror of the reality before my eyes comes cascading into my mind: the horse is empty!  To my horror, Lindy and my two boys are now a tangled mass of bodies, screaming in the rain at 7,000 feet, 6 miles out, 3.5 hours from a trailhead, and a 2-hour drive to the nearest hospital. In three seconds the fall is all over, yet the ordeal has only begun.  Joni and Lindy were on the highest switchback with the boys and the horse before they fell.  The boys are lying askew and screaming amid huge granite boulders.  Lindy and Joni scramble through the rocks, each going for a separate boy, halfway between the two nearest switchbacks.  Mark climbs up to meet them, and somehow they get the screaming boys to the lower switchback. Terror is hot like lightning in the air all around us. Jackson is bleeding from a gash on his head and has a gash at the knee down to the

bone. Jamison has blood seeping from several places on his head, and those are the “best” of the injuries. Jamison has a broken femur, and as Lindy lifted him from in between the boulders where he was trapped, his leg is flopping about as if made of two pieces connected only by skin.  The danger of a femur fracture is that the femur is right next to the femoral artery, the body’s largest artery; if it’s severed, and without a tourniquet, Jamison could bleed to death in two minutes.  Fortunately, it hasn’t severed, but it could at any time on the journey down.  We have no idea how bad any of the boys’ injuries are beneath their skin. This nightmare has only begun, and there is no waking up from it.  The only way out is down.  And there’s one way down.  One painful and terrifying step at a time. We chop down two trees to make a gurney for Jamison by threading the sleeves of Mark’s heavy duster and tying it together.  We splint his leg with a thick stick in an attempt to immobilize it, ignoring his screams that it hurts, holding his hands back as he tries to claw at his leg where the bone is broken in two.  We try to use a cell phone, but there is little signal in this wilderness and our 20-second phone call to 911 is lost.  Not wanting to waste time when Jamison’s life may be hanging in the balance, Mark, Joni, and I start down the mountain with Jamison lying, soaking wet, amid sleeping bags on the dusterand-pine-pole gurney.  Meanwhile, Lindy will stay above with Jackson and Madelyn, continuing to try to make contact with 911.  And the rain keeps pouring.  

After a short distance down the mountain where the trail forks—our trail out heading down through a dense wood, and another trail leading off into a narrow valley, flanked steeply on one side by the switchbacks we’d just descended—Mark decides it would be best to find out if Lindy made contact with 911, and Joni heads back up the trail to relay the message to Lindy in case Mark can’t make contact with Lindy visually through arm gestures and yells. There is a thunderous waterfall along that part of the switchbacks that makes any other sound difficult to hear.  He leaves his mountain tools and me with Jamison under a huge fir tree.  In the moment, I’m surrounded by images of death: a gun, a saw, and a screaming 4-year-old in pain I can’t imagine.  Suddenly, the trauma of the whole situation overwhelms me, and I weep from a place so deep inside that Jamison, who had been screaming uncontrollably this whole time, is now looking wild-eyed at me. Here, on the side of a treacherous mountain, I reach the end of myself.   I would have been willing to trade my life to guarantee the safety of my sons, yet that’s not the bargain I was offered.  In that moment I realized that I would have to live for what I loved, not die for it.  My life, my strength, everything that I was both physically and emotionally would be required to carry my son down from the mountain, and that realization gave me new strength to complete the seemingly endless journey back to civilization. Lindy and Joni got a text message from 911 saying that

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help was on the way, so they and Mark quickly rejoined me, Madelyn on Joni’s back in the pack and Jackson piggy-back on Lindy’s back. Not knowing the extent of Jackson’s internal injuries, if any, and because of his knee gash, we couldn’t risk Jackson walking the six miles out on his own feet.  Then we started down the trail once more, all together.  Mark and I carried Jamison on the gurney, each grabbing hold of the ends of the lodgepole pine trunks.  After 10 minutes, Mark says he has to switch.  He’s been at the front of the gurney, which has the fat end of the tree trunks, probably 5 inches in diameter and large enough that they can’t be gripped with fingers, only supported by crimping palms in an arched base around them.  What were the trees’ tops are now broom-sized handles to hang on to at the back of the gurney, so carrying is easier back there.  A new fear creeps into my mind: since Mark’s a shade taller and slightly stronger, if he can’t hold the front, how can I?  At that moment, I realized the need to apply my mind and negotiate with my body for the strength to complete this journey.

from a mountainside. Everyone else needs a flat landing place, so we’ll have to make it to the trailhead and the wider meadow it offers.

Suddenly, unexpected hope starts circling overhead. We see a Life Flight helicopter obviously searching for us. We start signaling to them, but the mountains are too vast, the trail too densely forested.  Though we spot them on a clearing on the mountain, they cannot see us no matter how frantically we wave to them.  We realize after a couple of passes that they’re not going to spot us and that a mountain rescue is not likely; only the National Guard has the ability to extract people

This is where I learned a vital, core lesson that’s literally changed the course of my life. This is where I deeply understood the meaning of the cliché “mind over matter.”  By this time, I wanted to quit.  But I had this uncanny, trauma-induced ability to discern the difference between pain and ability.  The pain in my arms was intense, persistent, and escalating, yet I sensed that I was not yet at the point where my arms would give out.  Because my reason not to quit was so in-


About an hour later, we meet a search-and-rescue party who ask if we need replacements. Mark says yes because now that help is here, he needs to go back up to fetch the four stranded pack animals.  They ask me if I want to switch.  Though exhausted, I could only think one thought: “If my Jamison dies today, I don’t want to live the rest of my life thinking that there was something more that I could have done that day to save his life.”  I told them, “No. If Jamison doesn’t get a break, then neither do I.” Another hour later and we meet the second search-andrescue team.  Apparently, with knowledge of two head wounds, these people don’t take any chances.  They come prepared and ready to work.  The second team again volunteers to relieve me, and I refuse.  Foolishly, perhaps.  I can’t part with the desire to exert myself fully to do whatever possible to help care for my son.

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tense, I told myself, “I have strength yet left in me. I can do this.”  The clip my mind kept replaying was a clip from Facing the Giants where Coach Carter tells Brock to dig deeper and refuses to let him quit.  That’s what my mind told my body, and it obeyed. We then met the two helicopter medical crews.  They tried to replace me as gurney carrier, and I again refused help.  We arrive at the helicopters about 45 minutes later and load Jamison and Lindy into the first one. Jackson and I get into the second, and we’re off to the hospital, flying high enough over those mountains that they look like molehills you could ride a bike over in your backyard.  Hardly the type of thing to nearly claim two precious lives. In the early days of retelling this story, I felt like a hero.  Truthfully, to my current chagrin, maybe even the hero.  That’s the narrative you just read, sheepish as I am to admit it.  I told this early version of the story to two friends who heard it and said, “Hmm, I think you need to view the story from another perspective, maybe one that doesn’t make you out to be the hero.”  True enough, I was instrumental in carrying my son down the mountain—I shudder to think what would have happened had I not been there—and in that regard the event was a great success. However, the feat was not really significant, since I did what any of you would have done in my shoes. If your loved one’s life were in your hands, you would have carried him twice as far.  For doing what anyone else would have done in my situation, I don’t think that it makes me a hero.  I think it makes me

normal, a member of the human race. All people are created equal, but not all people are motivated by equal values. Some work their whole lives to achieve material success.  Others work to lead a significant life of purpose, contribution, and legacy.  Success thinks of self, but significance considers the needs of others as well as self.  Success asks, “Did I do the task well?” But, significance inquires, “Did the task serve a worthy purpose?” I’ll tell you what significance was in this story: the search and rescue teams.  Nearly 20 volunteers put gas in their trucks and drove hours into the mountains to rescue complete strangers.  On their day off.  And as I later found out, for the ninth day in a row.  Significance also looks like Dr. Scott.  Want to know why we were flown to Walla Walla, which was a five-hour drive away, instead of a closer hospital?  Seven area hospitals were called, but Scott said he’d come in on a Sunday night because he knew that without an orthopedic surgeon, our helicopters wouldn’t have a hospital with qualified medical staff to take us to.  Significance also looks like Meaghan, who was our son’s nurse that first night.  She came to me and said, “I’ve cleaned this bathroom for you. When you’re finished showering, we have this empty room that your family may stay in free of charge.  I’ve already cleared it with my boss.” Significance is when Christy, another nurse, saw my older son in pain, and knowing that the hospital could no longer medicate a discharged patient, went to her car and brought back a June / July 2014

bottle of children’s Tylenol, the gesture of a friend, not just a nurse. Significance was when the night supervisor, Carol, who saw me wandering around the cafeteria at midnight gathering food for my family, turned to the cashier and said, “Their money’s no good here, not after what they’ve been through.” Scottish theologian William Barclay captured the essence of true significance with his quote: “Always give without remembering; always receive without forgetting.”  I imagine that if I saw any of the individuals in my story and tried to say, “Thank you,” their first remark would be “For what?”  Even after I reminded them about the accident, they would probably remember who I was, but they’ve likely forgotten the gifts they gave my family.  Yet, my family will never forget the gifts that these people gave us. Ancient Scripture says, “God is love.”  Is it any wonder then that the greatest and most powerful of virtues is love and that the most moving gestures, the most impactful

actions are abounding with love? “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for his friends.”   Or how about strangers laying down their lives for other strangers?  In my book, that makes them perfect.  Perfect examples of what it looks like to lay one’s living down when one’s life is not at stake.  The inspiration is that this same opportunity is available to all of us.  To give of our selves.  Time. Talents. Treasure.  Put more of who we are into what we do.  Little things.  Big things.  And all things in between.  Who knows?  One day you may be someone’s hero.  Like all the people who helped us off the mountain that day. Not everyone will have to die for what he or she believes in, but each of us has the opportunity to live for what we believe in. Living life that way.  That’s worth getting out of bed for.  That’s worth giving your best during your day, every day.  Your life depends on it.

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Traveling With Medical Equipment by John D. LeFevre, MA, RCP


ow is the time of year when many of us are making summer travel plans. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who rely on medical equipment like oxygen or CPAP each day, you may be concerned about traveling, especially by airplane. But with a little preparation and planning, you can take that trip you’ve always dreamed about. The good news is that if you are a CPAP user, that device is fairly simple to travel with. CPAP machines are usually stored in a padded bag that can be carried onto an airplane or checked in as baggage. If you elect to carry your CPAP onto the plane, it will need to be removed from the bag – just like a laptop – when you go through security checkpoints. If you prefer to check your device in as baggage, just be sure that it’s secure and well padded. It’s a good idea to let your airline know that it’s a CPAP machine so that they can tag it as a medical device, and hopefully those airline baggage handlers will be extra gentle with it.

While the newer machines are small, older models can be pretty bulky. If you have an older CPAP machine, your medical equipment supplier can help you acquire a newer model that’s easier to travel with. Before you head out on your trip whether by plane, train or automobile, be sure that you have all of the key pieces to the CPAP, including the mask, power cord and hose packed. Keep a copy of your current prescription with you in the event you need supplies while you’re traveling. And if you’re heading overseas, be sure you have the necessary electrical adapters so that your machine will work in a foreign country. While CPAP isn’t difficult to travel with, oxygen can be a little more challenging, especially if you plan to fly, since you cannot bring your oxygen tank onto an airplane. While it’s not impossible to travel if you rely on oxygen, it does take a bit more planning. Here are some tips you can follow to help make for a stressfree travel experience: • Keep a copy of your prescription for oxygen with you at all times. You can obtain a copy of this from your physician or your medical equipment supplier.

• You are allowed to bring your oxygen tank into the airport, through security and to the gate but that’s as far as you can take it. Some airlines can provide you with oxygen for an extra fee for the flight but you’ll need to make those arrangements with the airline ahead of time. Since not all airlines offer oxygen, call before booking your flight. • Be sure to secure an oxygen tank rental at your destination prior to arriving. Your medical equipment supplier can typically help you with this. • There are FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators that are battery powered and have been cleared for use on airplanes. Check with your medical equipment provider about availability. • If you do rely on oxygen, it’s a good idea to consult with your physician prior to booking your flight. If you have any questions or concerns about traveling with your medical equipment, talk with your supplier or your physician. While it does take a bit of extra planning to travel with medical equipment, it’s not impossible.

LeFevre is a Licensed Respiratory Therapist with Samaritan Medical Supplies, which carries a wide selection of medical equipment including oxygen, ambulatory equipment and other home care supplies. They have offices in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Newport, and can be reached by calling 1-800-753-6030.

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“Coming home to a naughty dog is frustrating, but when you are balanced in all eight aspects of wellness you have the ability to find humor in it easier than when you’re facing challenges in several of the aspects.”

Get To Know Your Best Health By Kevin Ewanchyna, MD Life can be hard on your health. We all have ups and downs – periods of weight loss or weight gain, immune system changes, extra stress, regular exercise routines or even serious health challenges like dealing with a disease diagnosis. Often these changes are obvious in how we feel or look. What can be more challenging to understand, however, is how we arrived at these various health stages and how we can get out of the harmful ones. General well-being is made up of a multitude of aspects. Unfortunately, I don’t believe most people recognize all the areas of one’s life that affect overall health. It should be something that is intuitive because we are a sum of all of our parts. But for many people, there is a veil clouding the intuition sense, or we may compartmentalize things too often. It takes understanding and a special skill set to let human beings recognize that one area of their life is affecting another and that a deficiency in one aspect of wellness could likely affect another aspect of wellness.

Take finances for example. Money can be a great cause of stress. So much so, in fact, that chronic stress caused by financial strain can end up affecting many areas of health – from sleep to anxiety and even weight and blood pressure. While you may need a trip to your doctor, the most beneficial time and effort is likely spent cleaning up your financial life. Find resources, stick to a budget and make progress in this area of your life. My belief is that an individual’s emotional/ mental challenge is often the biggest barrier in his or her journey toward optimal health and overall quality of life. It is often the area that receives the smallest degree of attention but has the largest impact. Many studies have shown that people with severe and persistent mental illness have a life span far less than those without significant mental illness. Even though there has been advancement in the promotion of mental wellness, there is still a stigma that exists in society and how we view mood disorders, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, and even self-doubt. As human

beings, we all have doubt in ourselves and in what we may do, but in our Western society, we are often taught to stifle this feeling, be strong, and not let our doubt be shown to those around us for fear that it may make us seem weak. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. One of the first things a person can do to start to improve wellness is by taking the time to do a personal inventory evaluation. Consider these eight aspects of wellness: body, emotions, community, work, mind, finances, environment and spirit. Where do you have challenges? You can find out by taking a selfassessment at to learn how you are doing in each of the eight aspects. Understanding this can help you determine how one aspect may affect another aspect, and how improving those aspects that are deficient will perk up your overall wellness. We can all get to a better level of overall health and function it just takes a commitment to learning about oneself and taking steps in the right direction. Kevin Ewanchyna, MD, is a family medicine physician and serves as the chief medical officer for Intercommunity Health Network Coordinated Care Organization, the Oregon Health Plan for Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties.


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Community Focuses on Unique Needs of Each Resident Located in the beautiful master-planned community of Charbonneau, in Wilsonville, the SpringRidge at Charbonneau senior living campus offers residents an upscale retirement lifestyle with a comprehensive menu of services and amenities. As part of the community’s full continuum of care, SpringRidge Court’s assisted living and memory care programs take a personalized approach to caring for residents. “No two people are the same and everyone has a different definition of a good day,” said Jolene Ferguson, Director of Assisted Living at SpringRidge Court. “We are committed to helping residents enjoy their independence and ensuring they have choices.” According to Ferguson, adult children or relatives provide 75 to 80 percent of all long-term care in the United States. Most adults struggle to find a living situation that gives their aging parents both the assistance they need and the independence they desire. At SpringRidge, seniors have a refreshing alternative that provides quality care, the freedom to pursue individual interests and peace of mind – for themselves and their family. SpringRidge Court’s assisted living program features stylishly appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom residences. Residents enjoy three chefprepared meals daily plus snacks, weekly housekeeping, personal and flat linen laundry service, assistance with the activities of daily living, a 24-hour emergency call system, all utilities (except phone), basic cable television, scheduled group transportation, and social, cultural and recreational programs.  In addition to quality care services, SpringRidge Court residents enjoy resort-style amenities including restaurant-style fine dining, a cinema room, a library, Internet access, fully-equipped fitness center as well as lush gardens and walking paths. SpringRidge at Charbonneau, featuring 160 spacious one- and two-bedroom independent living residences, offers hospitality-centered, service-enriched and maintenancefree lifestyle options designed to allow resident’s access to a host of opportunities to continue the active lifestyle they love.

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101 By Heidi Powell

There are so many different surfaces available these days, choosing a countertop material can feel overwhelming. Here is a quick guide to some of the most popular choices.

made material. To maintain its stain resistance, granite must be sealed regularly. The sealing process is similar to applying lotion to your countertop, and then buffing with a soft cloth.

Engineered stone is currently the most popular selling surface in the industry. These products are quartz composites, consisting of natural quartz mixed with a polymer base. Engineered stone is a strong material, rivaling granite. Unlike granite, engineered stone does not require sealing or polishing and is stain resistant. It is also non-porous, making it a food-safe surface. Although it is heat, burn, and scratch resistant, manufacturers do recommend that a trivet be used for hot pots. Common brand names for engineered stone include Cambria, Caesarstone, Hahnstone, and LG Viatera.

Solid surface countertops are made of an acrylic material, and are often referred to by brand names such as LG Hi-Macs or Corian. The aesthetic advantage to this material is that it can be seamlessly joined. Even sinks can be fully integrated without a rim or seam. Small marks and cuts can be buffed out, however the material is not heat resistant and can be burned relatively easily.

Of the natural stones, granite is the hardest and is heat, stain and scratch resistant. Its natural veining is unparalleled by any man-

If heat resistance is a top priority, ceramic tile may be your best choice. When selecting tile be sure to look for a “full bodied tile.� These tiles have color throughout the thickness of the material, so if a chip occurs the pigment will still come through. Grout can be challenging to keep clean and must be sealed to reduce staining. However, epoxy grouts and the new

power grouts have increased stain resistance. Laminate countertops have come a long way since their introduction. Laminate is inexpensive, and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. New edge treatments, such as a Corian inlay can make a laminate countertop look like engineered stone, depending on your color selection. However, it is not as durable as many of the materials discussed above. Keep in mind that sink choices can be limited to selfrimming sinks because of the small number of installers willing to install under-mount sinks with laminate. Ultimately, your choice of countertop material will be influenced by a combination of practicality, aesthetics, and price. For the best of all worlds consider mixing and matching. A little creativity can go a long way toward giving you the look you want, with the features you need, at a price you can afford.

Heidi Powell is Co-owner of Powell Construction, an award winning designbuild company established in 1990, and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Heidi can be reached at the design studio located on South 3rd Street in Corvallis or at 541-752-0805.


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REMODELING FOR RETIREES By Brian Egan, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer

A recent trend here in Corvallis has been whole house remodeling for retirees. We have completed several of these projects in the last three years: our clients have told us “This will be our last home, let’s make it our dream home”. These clients were at a point in their lives where they knew their goals but needed help in turning those goals into reality. Each project started with an intensive design process where we analyzed our clients’ needs and made recommendations to meet those needs for the present and the future. None of the owners had physical disabilities but we designed the interior spaces with future needs in mind. Two of the projects included separate space for guests and/or caretakers. The idea was to have a place where guests could stay with their own kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Later the same space could be

used by a caretaker if needed. Only one of the homes was single level so the others needed to be reconfigured with main living space on one level and guest quarters on another. Comfort and quality were important to everyone so in each project we included upgrades to windows, doors, and insulation. These changes cut down on exterior noises, eliminated drafts, and increased energy efficiency. Interior amenities included custom fireplace surrounds, hardwood floors, stone countertops, large walk-in showers, and custom tile details. Materials with easy maintenance were chosen wherever possible. Studies have shown that good lighting and bright colors are conducive to good mental health so all three projects included skylights, new interior lighting plans, and paint schemes that included mood-enhancing colors. Connections

to outdoor spaces were also important so we designed the living areas to take advantage of exterior views and garden spaces. All three families were downsizing to smaller homes so we needed to take advantage of every storage option and used built-in cabinets where possible. Whether with bookcases or dressers, built-ins normally require less space for storage than free-standing furniture. Two of the three projects required additions onto the house in order to meet space requirements; in the third case we remodeled an unfinished basement to meet those needs. These types of projects require that the house be vacant while under construction but we met with the owners daily or weekly on site for progress updates. We could see their excitement build as finish materials were installed and we neared completion. When we visited the homes after our clients were moved in we were happy to hear them refer to their “new” homes as their “dream homes” which told us that we succeeded in meeting their expectations. Can we help you with your dreams?

Brian and Kris Egan own and operate Corvallis Custom Kitchens & Baths, specializing in the remodeling of existing homes since 1992. They are located at 602 NW 4th Street in Downtown Corvallis. Visit their website at or contact them at



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The Garden of Gentle Breeze Jay Gray has built a fantastic Japanese garden on the edge of Corvallis, and you’re invited to visit and enjoy the tranquility. Not to mention, a conversation with Jay is like a trip to a class on Japanese culture and design -- it makes for a pleasant break from the daily same old, same old. Originally Jay’s intention was to provide a nice view out the window for his mother - for whom he’d built an addition to the house. Jay

hired a Japanese garden expert to provide design, and Jay provided the labor. The first step was a formal Japanese Zen, or Tea Garden, know in Japan as the “fifth room.” Not meant to be walked in as much as just enjoyed from a distance - to take in the view.

with his garden, and continue on he did. We recommend you pay him a visit and see for yourself. It’s quite something.

Jay studied Asian religion and culture in Japan, and became interested with the Japanese garden while there. During a recent visit, Jay was struck with the idea of continuing on

Contact Jay to schedule a visit at: or 541-745-7315

There is an audio interview with Jay on the web site at

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Mama’s Italian

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

50 West Oak St. Lebanon 541-451-5050

del Alma

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

136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102

Café, Gift Shop, & Event Space

Experience the history of this restored schoolhouse that now serves as a gathering space for small and large groups alike. Fresh ingredients and a peaceful setting make for the perfect dining atmosphere. Enjoy traditional lunch fare and signature dishes! Our staff will help create a memorable event that will surely meet your needs. Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Saturday 10am-1:30pm (brunch) 4455 NE Highway 20 Corvallis 541-758-5953

Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

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

2329 Kings Blvd

Corvallis 541-753-2222


The Blue Goat

April’s At Nye Beach

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


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

503-835-5170 541-265-6855

“World Beat Cuisine”


Crêperie & Gelateria

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

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.”


176 Liberty St. NE Downtown Salem

Next to


Ivy Garden Tea Room We offer over 100 different teas from around the world. Quiche & entree salads made with fresh local greens. Tea accessories and gifts.

We also serve burgers, salads, and more. You owe yourself a visit to the Chowder Bowl.

Delicious desserts and fresh scones served warm. We look forward to seeing you at the tea room!

728 NW Beach Dr. Newport (Nye Beach)

Tues: By Reservation Only Wed. -- Sat. 10:30 --4:00


Ivy Garden Tea Room

333 1st. Ave. W Albany


Le Patissier Vive la France !

French Pastry Savory Dishes Dinner Events All prepared in-house from the freshest ingredients available.



FOODLANDIA Next in our “Dinner in the Big City” series:

Portland’s clarklewis

The only difficult thing about doing a review of such a place as Clarklewis, is coming up with catchy observations about sauces and seasonings, texture and flavors. The thing is, the food is so well prepared, and so fresh, it kind of just seems like it’s how food should be -- all the time. Alas, we all know that’s not the case. It’s much easier to be critical of things done wrong, than things done right. So what can we say? Go there, eat everything, you’ll love it? That makes for a pretty short review. People are much more likely to make note of what they didn’t like. When you’re happy, there’s no reason to complain, or comment. But, we’re publishing a magazine, and doing a series on bad restaurants just doesn’t seem like a wise business direction. So let’s see, besides the food being totally awesome, what is there... Bruce Carey runs a collection of fantastic eateries in Portland, and we’re working our way through them. One observation is that there seems to be a definite formula. Something like great food + great interior design + great service = great restaurant. Seems easy, but for many, not so much. They have it so down at Clarklewis, it seems easy, unforced, and your dining experience goes off without a hitch. The servers are constantly attentive, but never hovering, the kitchen


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staff, who are all on display right as you walk in, work like a well oiled (olive oiled?) machine, and seem to be having a good time doing it. And the wood fired oven, provides a warm ambiance and even provides a little smokey hint - like camping, but with way better food. Fun, and so Northwest. The website ( touts “exquisite farm to table ingredients,” we concur. It’s all good. The artisan cheeses, local meats and produce, and the pasta, ah the pasta, all so good. If there’s one thing we can single out to recommend, it’s the vanilla bean crème brûleé - have that for sure!


Reservations are highly recommended 1001 se water avenue at taylor- portland 503-235-2294 Lunch from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Mon – Fri. Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Mon – Sat. Dinner from 5:30 to 9:00 pm, Mon – Thur. Dinner from 5:30 to 10:00 pm, Fri – Sat. Closed on Sundays.

June / July 2014

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

Nye Beach Wine Cellar

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


Buy Local • Buy Handmade


Jovi 541-574-8134


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 The


Puffin Beachside Gifts Bath and Body Decor and More

(541) 265-3153

Best Clam Chowder on the Coast Since 1980!


The HOT Ticket Great Dates in and Around the Valley

Yamhill Lavender Festival July 12th - July 13th Beulah Park Yamhill 503-662-2141

Bret Michaels July 25th Spirit Mountain Casino Grande Ronde 503-879-2350

Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games June 13th - June 15th Lincoln County Fairgrounds Newport 541-574-9366

Yachats Art Guild Summer Show June 27th - July 6th Yachats Commons Oregon Bach Festival Hwy 101 - Rooms 7 & 8 June 26th - July 13th 10:00am -- 4:00 pm Eugene/Corvallis/Newport/ Florence/Portland local: 541-346-5666 toll free: 800-457-1486


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The Blend

Furniture, Home Décor, Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday August 9th, 2014 9am - 5pm 79th Annual St. Paul Rodeo July 1st - July 5th The Rodeo Grandstands St. Paul

Benton County Fairgrounds • Floral Courtyard

In Corvallis

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Salem Art Fair & Festival July 18-20, 2014 Bush’s Pasture Park Salem


Willamette Valley’s Premier Spa Retreat

Located at 421 N. Water St. in the heart of downtown Silverton We are open Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only ~ ~ 503-874-4545

Make your next event a

memorable one at the Samaritan Center. The Samaritan Center is an ideal venue for:



•Business meetings


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

For booking information and tours: 541-451-6305 • • 605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355 •

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June / July 2014  

Our first summer issue for 2014. Featuring the usual health & wellness, great food and events, and of course, The Lavender Festival.

June / July 2014  

Our first summer issue for 2014. Featuring the usual health & wellness, great food and events, and of course, The Lavender Festival.