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November / December 2010

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Contributors 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 (11) and John (9), two dogs, 4 cats, 7 hens and 1 rooster - at last count.

Sidney and Mary Lee Nolan

Sid and Mary Lee Nolan travel the world researching, writing and filming educational video programs and travel documentaries. Mary Lee taught geography at Oregon State University from 1973 until 1999. Sid combined teaching at Oregon State with video production and consulting on recreation and tourism related projects. The Nolans live in Corvallis.

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appy holidays to all of you. We are proud and grateful to have our first year of publishing under our belt! We have heard time and again the same thing: “this is beautiful, I love it.” We’d like to take the opportunity to offer a sincere thank you to all of our valley readers who’ve been a part of this fist year’s journey, and have paid us these nice compliments along the way. I had a great time researching (with the help of Naval Lt. Desmond Jones) at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for this issue. Why you ask? Well, it’s been a tradition in our family to listen to the NORAD updates on Santa’s location throughout the evening on Christmas Eve. Although our “little ones” are not quite little enough anymore, I hope you’ll read this story aloud to any little people in your home -- to explain how it all works -- for real. Had I been in the military, this is the assignment I’d have wanted!

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Your sure to enjoy our article on “Wine Tourism.” Written by two friends of ours, Sid and Mary Lee Nolan. Both retired teachers, they are a joy to be around. Southerners by birth, Sid has a deep voice with a hint of an accent which makes their high definition travel videos come alive. Look for their new video “The Pacific Wine Trail” on our web site. It’s a great gift for the wine lover on your list. Also look for gift suggestions throughout this issue. Our travels take us far and wide in the valley, and we’ve come across some great gifts we have been waiting to share with you. If you’re feeling “frazzled” from the stress of the holidays, check out our Spa article. There are some fantastic spas for you to visit, relax and melt the winter chill -- all just a short drive from anywhere in the Valley. We did some “hands on” research for this one. As they say, “It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.” Thanks for picking up Willamette Living, we hope you like what you see. Please be sure to let our advertisers know you saw them in the magazine, and let us know how we’re doing at

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school day. We just enrolled him for his 2nd year, one of the instructors will be wonderful Anne Ridlington, the greatly accomplished cellist. The Chess Club at Mountain View Elementary opens another field for him to thrive in on Fridays after school, and our older son enjoys a piano teacher who actually comes to our house.

Routine is back in our lives, good, reliable routine. My husband goes to his medical office in the morning, the boys hit the bus, and I am picking up where I left my busy real estate career before we went to Europe in July. Slowly but surely the afternoons fill with activities. First it was only Chinese on Monday afternoons. My husband and I agree the kids must learn the language of the future - Chinese, and we have a fantastic group of Chinese women right here in Corvallis who for quite a while now have offered professional Chinese language instructions. It is so amazing what this comparably small town offers!

So with 2 afternoons filled we were looking for sports now, got to get the guys out to exhaust themselves at least once a week, twice is better. My husband enrolled them in soccer and we started this adventure two weeks ago, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after the great experience we had in June/July with the soccer camp hosted by British coaches, which the boys truly loved. With games on Saturday we are now fully booked.

Our older son now enthusiastically attends Early Bird French at Cheldelin School 2-3 times a week. Elementary Strings enables our younger son to have great instructions during his

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Corvallis and surroundings literally offer whatever you are looking for. When we moved here I saw in one of the brochures a course for unicycling jugglers and remember that my husband and I agreed that if we find that here, most other bases will be covered. A few weeks ago, driving up Philomath Boulevard I saw a guy riding a unicycle on the bike path, juggling 3 basketballs – only in Corvallis.

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Tracking the Sleigh One of the most important missions of our U.S. Military While our brave men and women of the United States Military have been deployed around the world over the last 52 years in many vitally important missions requiring a high level of training and bravery, few have been as important as the mission of tracking and escort for our most famous holiday visitor -- Santa Claus. NORAD, or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is in charge of this task, and performs it beautifully every year through a number of means. To track Santa’s sleigh (one of the fastest moving aircraft know to man) NORAD utilizes four main high tech systems: satellites, Santa cams, radar and fighter jets.


Santa conducts his annual pre-flight briefing at north American command in Colorado Springs

waves off of airborne objects, but is also equipped with infrared sensors -- which detect heat. NORAD discovered early on in the program that Rudolph’s red nose actually gives off an infrared heat signature which is easily detectable by the NORAD system.

Santa Cams: The third (and newest) components

A pair of F-22 fighters over Alaska

in the tracking system are the Santa Cams. The Santa Cam network was brought on-line in 1998 -- which was the year the Santa tracking program went live on the internet. Santa Cams are a series of high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world. NORAD uses these cameras only once a year -- on Christmas Eve. The system captures images of Santa and his reindeer as they make their way around the world.

Fighter Jets: The fourth system is made up of fightThe radar system: Tracking Santa starts every

year with Norad ‘s monitoring of what is called “The North Warning System” a network of 47 radar installations strung across the edge of the North American continent. On Christmas Eve, NORAD monitors the system continuously for signs that the sleigh has lifted off and is en route from the North Pole.

Satellite detection: The second system that comes

into play in the yearly operation is the satellite network. The moment the radar system detects that Santa’s sleigh has lifted off, tracking begins through a series of satellites in geo-synchronous orbit 22,300 miles Les Claypool above the surface of the Earth. The NORAD satellite system not only detects movement by bouncing radio

er jets. The fighter jet system is a joint task force made up of both Canadian and American aircraft. The Canadian pilots, flying the CF-18, intercept and welcome Santa’s sleigh at the North American Border. Once the sleigh enters American air space, American NORAD fighter pilots flying either the F-15 or F-16 fighter jets get the thrill of flying along side Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Donner, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph. General Victor E. Renaurt Jr.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, taxis a 302nd Airlift Wing C-130 beneath arcs of water fired from Peterson AFB Fire Department fire trucks at the end of his final career flight May 5, 2010.

How it all began... In 1955 Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted the phone number to call Santa in a holiday ad in Colorado Springs. Children called the number and instead of reaching Santa, were connected to CONAD, the Continental Air Defense Command -- the predecessor of NORAD, and spoke with Colonel Harry Shoup, USAF. Colonel Shoup had his staff check the radar for the position of Santa. Children who called were given updates throughout the night on Santa’s position, and so the tradition was born. Sadly Colonel Shoup passed away just last year on March 14th at the age of 92. Had it not been for the heroic actions of Colonel Shoup, the entire Santa tracking network may not exist today -- his legend will live on forever. General Victor E. Renaurt, Jr. USAF retired just last year after a long, distinguished military career -- serving in the Air Force since 1971. General Renaurt surrendered his command of NORAD General Renaurt address a crowd to the new com-

mander, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld on May 19 of this year. “NORAD Tracks Santa” goes fully operational at 4:00 am CMT on 24 Dec. 2010. Website visitors are expected to top 15,000,000. To speak directly with NORAD personel on Christmas Eve and aquire Santa’s exact location,

Colonel Harry Shoup

call: 877-446-6723

The rest of the year, NORAD is a joint US and Canadian military organization responsible for monitoring and defending our sky, space and cyberspace against unwanted visitors. For more: Defense Secretary Gates presents the flag to new commander Naval Adm. James Winnefeld Special Thanks to Naval Lt. Desmond James, NORAD

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Wine Tourism

If It’s Tuesday, This Must be Salem Sid and Mary Lee Nolan

When we first visited Oregon 40 years ago,

the state was known for its dramatic coast and majestic mountain scenery, especially Crater Lake National Park and the Columbia Gorge. South of Portland, nothing in the Willamette Valley counted on the national level as a tourist destination. Little had changed when we moved to Corvallis in 1973. Out-of-state tourists visited the mountains and the coast while the Willamette Valley, if anything, was only a link between the major attractions. That has changed now, largely because of the valley’s growing reputation as one of the world’s great wine

regions. A recent Internet search for wine tourism regions revealed the Willamette Valley as one of the principal destinations for wine enthusiasts in North America, along with the Napa Valley in California and the Finger Lakes district of New York state. In other words, wine and wine tourism have put our valley on the must-visit lists of national and international tourists. During our extensive European travels in the 1970s and early 1980s, few Europeans we met knew anything about Oregon. In contrast, during our visits to France, Germany and Italy in the last few years, our mention of Oregon often led to a discussion of wines, especially pinot noir. Word spreads among oenophiles, so Willamette Valley wine tourism is off to a great start and should continue to grow with increases in special events, good restaurants and inviting accommodations. So, what is wine tourism? In the jargon of the travel industry, the phrase refers to any tourism that is focused, at least partially, on the appreciation, tasting and/or purchase of wine, often at the wineries where vintages are produced. The typical wine tourist is usually inter-


ested in eating at restaurants that serve wine and staying in charming accommodations such as boutique urban hotels, country inns, and bed and breakfasts. Organized wine tours are popular with some tourists although others prefer the adventure of exploring a wine region on their own. Various kinds of festivals, from food and wine tasting events and elegant wine dinners, to grape stomping competitions add spice to the visits. The Willamette valley is not alone in discovering the financial benefits of promoting wine tourism. Increasing numbers of wineries in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Greece have opened their doors to the traveling public. For example, in Italy numerous agrotourismo, or farm-based accommodations, are located in vineyards and offer winery tours along with bed and breakfast. Spain features some of the most splendid festivals in Europe, including wine and harvest fiestas, and France has created numerous roadside picnic places where the traveler can enjoy a bottle of wine from a nearby winery with a fantastic assortment of cheeses, pates, olives, and a fresh baguette from a village bakery.

“In other words, wine and wine tourism have put our valley on the must-visit lists of national and international tourists.”

To a considerable extent, wine tourism was launched by the so-called “New World” wine regions of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. This wine-focused tourism has helped showcase these regions, and the increased popularity of their wines has, in turn, generated more tourism. Who, for example, would consider planning a trip to remote Mendoza Province in Argentina if it were not for the international reputation of the region’s malbec vintages? And how else could the flatlands of Marlbourgh compete for tourism income with South Island New Zealand’s dramatic fjord country were it not for


the reputation of its incomparable sauvignon blanc? Indeed, one of the advantages of wine tourism is that it lures the traveler off the beaten track and into a fascinating countryside of farms and villages located far, but not too far, from the urban rounds of crowded tourist attractions. In France, for example, our three trips to digitally film wine regions at different times of year rewarded us with a total of nine weeks in fascinating parts of the country, many of which we might otherwise never have visited. Our adventures included participation in colorful festivals in northern Alsace and the Basque Country near the Spanish border. Between vineyard visits we wandered through fascinating towns founded long ago by retired Roman legionnaires, explored places associated with myths of Mary Magdalene, and learned more about the art, science and mystique of terroir from winemakers in Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. In Europe, where wine has long been so much a part of the local culture, our explorations led to wonderful encounters with farmers, wine makers, villagers and 12

town people, who were all happy to share their knowledge and ideas about good wine--and sometimes pour us a glass of their own homemade specialty from a backyard vineyard. This is especially the case in Italy where we recently finished filming for a new production titled “Salute: The Wine Regions of Italy�, due for release in early 2012. But, positive experiences are not unique to Europe. Our focus on documenting wine regions opened doors for us in Australia and New Zealand. Mother kangaroos with joeys in their pouches greeted us as we crossed the Great Barrier Range en route between wine regions in Australia, and we sampled the local seafood along with outstanding vintages in small town cafes along the scenic Great Ocean Road as we drove from the wine rich Yarra Valley north of Melbourne to the wine growing areas around Adelaide in South Australia. New Zealand unveiled its gorgeous scenery along with its excellent cuisine and offered insight into Maori culture as well as local viticulture.

And, while filming for “The Pacific Wine Trail” between Baja California and British Columbia, we met interesting people and had experiences that we might have missed had we stayed only on the main tourist routes. Because wine tourism is not just about wine, it is an avenue toward learning more about nature, agriculture, places and peoples. Through the medium of our World Wine Regions series, we introduce others to the delights of travel in some of the world’s most fascinating and scenic regions. We will be premiering “The Pacific Wine Trail” in Poughkeepsie, New York in early November this year and will be showing “Vines Down Under: The Wine Regions of Australia and New Zealand” as part of the Linn-Benton Community College travel adventure film series in the Russell Tripp Performance Center on their Albany campus on January 9, 2011 at 2 p.m.

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Valley Spas Give Yourself a Gift This Season

If you’re like most in valley, you’re missing the long, warm summer days, feeling a bit stressed over the holidays, and you’re counting the days until we feel that switch flipped again... in the late spring -- when the rain stops, it’s warm again and the ”livin’ is easy.” In the meantime, you may want to consider a visit to one of our local spas. The valley is full of getaway spots to restore and re-cre16

ate yourself, from simple day spas for a quick treatment or two, to the cream of the crop overnighters where you can step out of the craziness of daily life into a tranquil space free of email, cell phones, and the constant overload of the ”information age” -- less information already, please!

In ancient Rome, and later in Bath England, the spa treatment was all about the water. At the time, people were still not sure about bathing on a regular basis. For a period, daily bathing was looked upon as only for the less-affluent, people even went as far as to outlaw bathing in the winter in early America -- thinking it caused illness, and therefore was a burden to society. Early spa guests were encouraged to not only soak in the water, but to drink it as well - lots of it. No one was exactly sure what the healing properties of the spa

waters were, but speculation ranged from easing mild ailments to curing major diseases, depending on which water you were to partake of. Now, we know that modern medicine is probably a better bet for major illness, but our valley spas are a good bet for whatever else ails you. We visited, chatted and took photos for most of the spa story, and we went “in-depth” for our Breitenbush segment - a depth of about 3 feet. In researching our spa story, we visited four valley standouts: The Golden Wishbone Salon and Day Spa in Corvallis, The Spa at the Avalon in Portland, Breitenbush Hot Spring near Dallas, and the spectacular, new Spa at the Allison in Newberg.

Golden Wishbone: European Facial: $60, Shampoo, Cut & Style: $35, Manicure: $25, Swedish Massage: $40 (1/2 hr.). The Golden Wishbone is a delightful little spa staffed by delightful, professionals. Visit them at: 312 SW Jefferson Ave. Call for reservations: 541-754-2244. For more, visit the web site at:

The Golden Wishbone is located in downtown Corvallis. Family owned and operated, The Golden Wishbone offers everything you’d expect of a day spa. On staff are massage therapists, Facial specialists, hair and nail specialists - including pedicure and manicure, Mercedes 300 SL “Gull Wing” - So Cool! and they even provide wedding services like hair and The Spa at the Avalon is located right on the Wilmake- up. A few samples from the Spa Menu at the lamette at the southern end of Portland. The Avalon

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Tranquility, at the Allison

The Make-Up Room at the Avalon The Lodge at Breitenbush

Vichy Shower at the Avalon

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The Allison

The Vineyard at the Allison

The Dining Room With a View, at the Avalon Hotel’s Fabulous Riverside Restaurant - Aquariva

is a full service property with a wonderful restaurant, lodging with spectacular views of the Willamette, a complete fitness studio including free weights and cardio equipment, and of course, a beautiful spa. A sampling from the Avalon Spa Menu: Aromatherapy (Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, or White Grapefruit) 60 minutes: $95, Hot Stone Massage: 60 minutes - $115, Couples Massage: 60 minutes: $115 Hot Salt Tub Soak: 40 minutes - $59, Citrus Blossom Pedicure: 45 minutes - $40 a number of spa packages are also available which include various heavenly treatments. You may also wish to consider a bridal party event your bridesmaids will not soon forget. Bridal party events include a range of spa services and are followed by Champagne and appetizers -- delicious! Contact the Avalon at: 503-802-5900 or visit the web site at: Breitenbush Hot Springs is a unique operation located at the foot of the western Cascades. Privately owned and operated since the 1930’s, Breitenbush is what the residents refer to as an ”intentional community.” Full time residents at Breitenbush tend to all of their guest’s needs to ensure a delightful, restful and rejuvenating visit.

Not the average spa in the mainstream sense of the word, as the Breitenbush Catalog says: “The Breitenbush Community was one of a myriad social experiments that emerged out of the practical, and sometimes crazy, idealism that arose from the psychedelic culture that was kicked off 50 years ago at Harvard.” a visit to Breietenbush can range from quite tame and relaxing to a complete immersion (no pun intended) into the counterculture of the 60’s -- which is still very much alive and well at Breitenbush. Although, still very proud of the rich heritage at Breitenbush, there are some impressive, sustainable upgrades such as a geo-thermal loop which provides heat to the entire facility and an off-the-grid hydro-electric plant which provides power and light -- very nice. A visit to Breitenbush is usually an “over nighter” and includes three full vegetarian, organic meals. We stayed for dinner and it was quite good. There is a Breitenbush cookbook available if you’d care to continue the experience at home. There are day hikes, a gift shop, daily well-being programs, and even a monthly inipi ceremony (sweat lodge, Native American style). Lodging at Breitenbush ranges from your own tent space for about $50/person/night to about $115 for your own cabin with bathroom. Lodging includes 3 meals per day, 24 hr. access to the hot springs, and daily well-being programs. Other programs and guest events are an additional cost. For more information, give them a call at : 503-854-3320 or visit


The Spa at the Allison the “crown jewel” of Northwest spas, is a world class facility located in Newberg on the former site of a Christmas tree farm. Quite an impressive property, as you approach, the Allison springs up out of the Willamette Valley countryside. Not generally considered a super-chic, cosmopolitan destination, Newport Oregon has been transformed by this stunning resort property. The inn is a LEED Gold Certified property. LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) certification is bestowed on select properties by the U.S. Green Building Council based on their efforts to increase energy efficiency, minimize waste, and to create a healthy, sustainable operation. The LEED Gold certification places the Allison in a very elite group of only 22 hotels worldwide to have accomplished this goal. Built on 35 acres the Allison includes 85 deluxe 20

guest rooms, a working kitchen garden, a working vineyard, walking paths and luxurious outdoor lounging areas. The Allison is managed by Pierre Zreik who was recruited by owner / developer Joan Austin. Prior to his position at the Allison, Zreik was the GM at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, and prior to that, he participated in the opening of the Avalon Hotel & Spa in Portland. The Allison Inn & Spa were indivudually featured in the 2010 Conde Nast “Traveler 2010 Hot List” -- the cream of the crop. Joan Austin’s efforts must be applauded, in creating one of the few LEED gold certified resort properties in the world, she has also created an intimate space which bears a testament to the fertile Willamette Valley - her family’s home for the last seven generations. The spa incorporates the area’s rich offerings in the form of treatments which incorporate the bounty of the valley such as Pinot grapes, berries, hazelnuts, chamomile, apples, roses and pears. From the Allison Press Release 8/24/2009: Spa Director Tara Calton drew upon the natural botanical wealth of the valley for inspiration in developing the spa’s signature offerings. “The Willamette Valley is, first and foremost, an agricultural region,” notes Calton. “Visitors to The Allison are choosing to immerse themselves in an

agricultural environment and The Allison Spa enables them to become, literally, connected. The produce and water that support this region are also highly powerful agents able to provide healing, relaxation and rejuvenation.” When guests arrive at The Spa, they are immediately greeted with many options for scents and organic products they may choose to experience during their treatments. Guests may select from two major therapy categories – florals & fruits, including indigenous blackberry, rose, apricot, plum, pear, apple, grapes and blueberry – providing the highest concentrations of vitamins and potent healing properties derived from fruits and vegetables; and earthy & herbal – rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint, lavender, green tea, vanilla, hazelnut, stonecrop, ginger, grapeseeds, honey and seaweed – grown on organic farms to offer genuinely beneficial ingredients to nourish the body and optimize the living energies in skin. Those unaccustomed with these elements will have an opportunity to experience a fresh sample of the raw, Oregon-grown produce in the spa lobby and devise a treatment regimen customized to their specific tastes, needs and preferences. Two spa options with the strongest ties to the region include vinotherapy and hydrotherapy treatments. Wine grapes are obviously a central ingredient in the region and the spa’s signature grape treatment ‘pinotherapy’ offers nutrients that replenish skin, infusing it with antioxidants to counter aging and improve health.

“Water is at the root of every spa experience,” continues Calton. “The goal is hydrating and replenishing skin and restoring the human body for which water is the primary building block. Oregon’s fresh water can be used most effectively to nourish and revitalize, stimulating the body and relieving stresses.” Hydrotherapy, Swiss showers, Vichy showers and whirlpool tubs all are offered as guest options and the ‘wet’ treatment room is expected to be among the most popular spa offerings. Guests encounter extensive water features as soon as they enter the premises in the form of a cascading waterfall along the entry stairway and an indoor walkway gives the appearance of walking over a lake with fountains. The Allison is, in fact, named for the ancient Lake Allison which once covered the entire Willamette Valley. Sample options: Vichy Shower Treatment, combines hydrotherapy compresses with massage designed to relieve the stress of travel: $130/ 60 mins. “Divine Wine Facial”, $115/ 60 mins. Accomodations start around $295 Various packages available. For reservations, Local: 503-554-2525 Toll-Free: 877-294-2525.

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Meet Your Neighbors...

InsideOut Garden Visions

Two valley women, with an idea born over their garden fence, are growing a business in the heart of Corvallis. In this new era of online shopping and big box stores, they’re bucking the trend with a simple formula of personal service, a fantastic product mix, flexibility in a changing market, and good old fashioned hard work. Susan and Estela, opened InsideOut Garden Visions in 2004. Being neighbors, they had discussed their desire to make a change in life, to do something new. They hit on the idea of a retail store and were on their way to a new chapter in their lives. In their ”past lives”, Susan was a construction ac-


countant and Estela earned her degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from OSU. Their backgrounds serve them well in their retail venture, Susan watches the bottom line, and Estela does the majority of the buying, pricing and merchandising. Anyone remotely familiar with small retail can tell you the past decade has not been a barn burner in terms of growth and income. Of course as we all know, it’s not just small retail - but it IS one industry that has been particularly hard hit. After 9/11, our then commander-in-chief advised everyone to”go shop-

ping”, but it didn’t seem to resonate with the shopping public. And it has been a rough ride since then. So how has InsideOut Garden Visions managed to grow and thrive in this climate? We’ve all heard it: “Location, location, location.” When Susan and Estela found their space it was a time of big change for Downtown Corvallis. Before the arrival of the current mix of great retail shops, the up-

scale restaurants that have sprung up, and the renovation of the Corvallis waterfront, there wasn’t much to draw shoppers to the area. Prior to the transformation of the area, it had been auto garages, warehouse space, and empty buildings. Today, InsideOut benefits from the new trade traffic to the area, with the immensely popular downtown Farmers Market along the Corvallis Waterfront, the restaurant goers, and of course InsideOut is a draw on it’s own. In addition to the great location they chose, they’ve also hit on an excellent balance of merchandise. Affordability, quality, uniqueness, and an overall feel that you’re among items that have ALL been chosen with care makes the store just “feel right.” Items that range from beautiful one-of-kind jewelry from local artisans, to more lighthearted items like “Cat in a Can”, Inflatable Turkeys, and the “Yodeling Pickle”. As Susan puts it: “We can all use a little humor for the holidays.” You’ll also find beautiful, and affordable tabletop items like candleholders, serving platters, dishes, wine glasses, tablecloths and more. They carry a great selection of personal 23

One of the many fun items at InsideOut, Tokens! Breakfast in bed anyone?

care products as well, fine soaps, lotions, scents, from top manufacturers -- all at very reasonable prices. And of course, there are wonderful garden-inspired products like garden statuary, chimes, pots, plants, and rain-chains. Of particular interest for the season, look for their great selection of wrapping paper -- it’s a cut above the run-of-the-mill. Making sure to give credit where credit is due, Susan and Estela are quick to point to the great staff they


have at InsideOut when discussing the success they’ve enjoyed in their business. In our observation, they’re right. Always pleasant, helpful, and industrious, their staff is definitely a major asset. Customers are always made to feel at home, greeted by name, and made to know they have an ally in their shopping mission -- if they want one.

InsideOut maintains a mailing list (eMail) and sends notices to their clients about in-store events, specials, and new products. To be included, visit the store and let them know you’d like in on the InsideOut buzz. Or sign up for e-mail updates on InsideOut’s web site at :

InsideOut Garden Visions 121 NW 2nd. St. Corvallis 541.754.6261

We recommend You make InsideOut one of the first stops on your holiday shopping list. What they do isn’t easy, but they make it look like is. Go in and compliment Susan and Estela on the great job they’ve done in creating this beautiful shopping oasis in the valley. 25

The perfect man? Here he is! Perfect Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Dough: 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature) 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed 1 Tbsp ground ginger 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 large egg 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses Icing: 1 egg white 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) food color (optional) Directions for baking the Gingerbread Men: Sift together flour, baking

soda, and spices in a large bowl and then set aside. Cream the butter in an electric mixer. Add suger and beat the mixture until fluffy. Mix in the eggs and molasses and then gradually add the flour mixture while setting the electric mixer at low speed. Divide the dough in thirds and wrap each divided dough in plastic. and chill for atleast an hour or at most overnight. Let the dough sit for 5-10 minutes before rolling it out. (If the dough is too soft, add a little flour for rolling) Roll the dough out appx. 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate the rolled dough again for 5-10 minutes for better cookie cutting. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Transfer the raw cookies to ungreased baking sheets. Bake the cookies until they are crisp -- 8-10 minutes. Remove the baked cookies from the oven and let them sit for a few minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Directions for icing: Mix the lemon juice, egg white and a third of the sugar and heat in a microwave oven. It is recommened to have a mixture as hot as 160°F. After heating, beat in the remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Fill a piping bag with the icing to pipe out into different shapes. (Or use a plastic sandwich bag, with the tip of one corner of the bag cut off.)

Linzer Cookies

inch thick (coat the pin with flour as well; as you are rolling out the dough, keep sprinkling it with a little bit of flour to prevent sticking) Use cookie cutters (circle-shaped ones are the most authentic) to cut out the cookies and in half of them cut out a smaller circle in the center.

Ingredients: 2 sticks (1 cup) of soft, unsalted butter 2/3 (5 oz) cup of sugar 1 Tsp of grated lemon rind 1 Tbs vanilla extract 4 egg yolks 2 and 1/4 cups (18 oz) of all-purpose flour 3/4 cup (6 oz) raspberry, strawberry or red currant jelly Powdered sugar to dust Directions: In a big bowl, mix in the butter, granulated sugar, lemon rind, vanilla extract and egg yolks. Slowly mix in 2 cups of flour. Work the mixture into a dough and place it in the fridge for about 2 hours (or overnight). Take the dough out of the fridge and let it stand at room temperature for a while until it is workable (about 1 hour) Roll out the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1/4


Preheat the oven to 325 F Transfer the cookies to an ungreased baking sheet (use spatula if necessary) and bake them for 10 to 12 minutes. Once the cookies have cooled down spread half of them with jelly and sprinkle the half with holes with powdered sugar. Put the powdered cookies on top of the jellied cookies and you are done! Enjoy.

A smaller interpretation of the famous Linzer Torte, named after the Austrian city of Linz, these cookies are just delicious!

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House in the Country

For Yours We’re a gift shop filled with unique one-of-a-kind items. Featuring local artisans, porcelain china, linens, Jewelry, Cards, European Soaps, specialty foods, Cookware & Home Decor. Make sure to visit us for your holiday shopping!

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“Waiting For Santa”

For over 25 years, House in the Country has been the top manufacturer of fine art prints to the trade. All of our art is created, printed, and shipped from our studios in Point Arena California. For the holidays, we’re offering one of our all-time favorites “Waiting for Santa” by California artist Josephine Amerigian. On archival canvas, gallery wrapped and ready to hang. Choice of sizes available. to order call


Lavender, Lace, Etc. A delightful mix of new and lightly used clothing, shawls, and beaded bags. Sweet Romance and Kirks Folly Jewelry. Also featuring home decor items, herbs, oils, lotions and so much more. Come in, feel the magic, you’ll be glad you did. 311 First Ave. West Albany 541-979-2000

Two Rivers Fly Shop is a locally owned and operated fly fishing shop. We offer equipment and accessories for the beginner to the advanced fly angler. Visit us for suggestions to delight the angler on your holiday shopping list! 204 1st. Ave. W. Albany

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Holidays at the Theatre Kate Alexander, Scenic Artist, CHS We are lucky in Corvallis to have a world class theater at the new Corvallis High School. And I’m lucky to be a student at the high school and work in our great facility. We do three major productions throughout the school year, and other companies rent our facility for more events. We are currently working on our production of “Sweet Charity” which will open on November 4th and run through the 14th. We will also be presenting our student directed “Fall One Acts.” Students direct such one-act plays as Eugene O’Neil’s “The Fog.” The one acts were very

popular with audiences last year. This year, the oneacts will be Dec. 17 & 18. “Frog and Toad” at CHS

In addition to Photo courtesy of Isabella Medina working in the High School Theater, many of us also work at other local venues such as the La Sells Stewart Center on the OSU Campus. This season, the Eugene Ballet Company will present “The Nutcracker” on Thursday November 18th. Tickets for the Nutcracker are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis, and tickets for the high school productions are available at the door. For more information on our performances, visit: See you there!

Kookoolan Farms Chicken Stoltzfus 1 (5-pound) roasting chicken 1½ quarts water 1 onion, quartered 1 tablespoon salt 1/3 teaspoon pepper Generous pinch of saffron, ground and dissolved in hot water 12 tablespoons butter 12 tablespoons flour 1 cup light cream or ½ cup each milk and evaporated milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh or 1/8 cup dried parsley Pastry Squares Parsley for garnish Salt Freshly ground black pepper


Put the chicken in a 6-quart kettle. Add the water, salt, pepper, and onion, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and barely simmer, partially covered, for 1-2 hours or until the breast temperature is at least 180. Remove the chicken from the pot, separate into quarters (it should fall apart just setting the carcass on a cutting board) and cool enough to debone.   Meanwhile, strain the stock, discarding the onion and other solids preferably for your compost pile. Reduce the stock to 4 cups. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken (discard these) and cut the meat into bitesize pieces. Melt the butter in the pot in which the chicken was cooked and mix in the flour. Cook over medium-low heat until golden and bubbling. Add the 4 cups chicken stock, saffron and cream, stirring constantly. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce comes to a boil. Simmer until thickened and smooth. Reduce heat and add the chicken pieces.  At the last minute, add the chopped parsley, then serve at once over pastry squares and garnish with more fresh parsley and fresh ground pepper. Serves 8


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Shopping, Shopping, Shopping... Lavender Bliss

Lavender Honey, Lavender Mask Lavender Soap Lavender Foot Soak Lavender Lake Farm On Hwy 99 Independence, OR

Take a break to recharge your shopping self Enjoy such heavenly treats as the Turkey Panini: Turkey, Provalone, Spinach, Red Onion & Cranberry Mustard. Waldorf Salad: Fresh Greens, Spinach, Grapes, Diced Apples, Celery, Sliced Almonds & Poppy Seed Vinaigrette. Follow with an order of the cake of the day, Assorted Petite Sweets and of course, your choice of dozens of teas. Ivy Garden Tea Room -- Albany

Extreme Cuteness Alert! Pink Bunny Baby Booties & Sock Monkey Hats. Village Blossoms Albany 29

On the Town The Safe Haven Humane Society Capital Fund Kick-Off “Diamonds and Dice & Martinis on Ice�


At The Library...

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Quarterly Gathering in Corvallis

Safe Haven Humane Society held a kickoff bash to raise funds for their fantastic new facility in Tangent. With nearly 250 attendees, Safe Haven raised over $34,000 at their Casino Night Fundraiser. SafeHaven Humane Society, a private nonprofit organization, has been a part of the community for 35 years. Over those years, the shelter has been a place of compassion and happy endings for more than 20,000 homeless, lost, abandoned, and injured animals. Currently Safe Haven facilities consist of a one-acre parcel and an aging building on Highway 34. We’re envisioning great things for our future . . . including a new home! Our new facility will become the envy of every dog and cat. We see a place that will sustain our current programs and allow us to grow, serve and benefit our community for another 35 years. Fortunately, we are one step closer to our dream. Through a generous bequest, we were able to purchase a four-acre parcel of land in Tangent with a 33,000-square-foot building as our new home. Once the building has been renovated and upgraded to meet our specific needs, we will be able to do our most important work serving greater numbers of animals and the people who love them in a well-equipped, safe, and efficient facility with plenty of room to grow.

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition was formed in January 2007, following a gathering of representatives of local organizations working on different aspects of sustainability. These included businesses, non-profit organizations, faith communities, educational institutions, and government entities. Those who were present agreed that the formation of a coalition would support increased communication and collaboration among local groups, thereby accelerating the creation of a sustainable community. The Coalition was initially launched by the Corvallis chapter of the Oregon Natural Step Network. The Portland office of the Natural Step Network serves as the Coalition’s fiscal agent. Participation in the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is open to local organizations and local residents who support its vision, mission, goals, and guiding objectives. There is no fee for participation. We hope you will participate in the “hands-on” work of the Sustainability Coalition by joining an action team or committee such as: Community Inclusion, Economic Vitality, Education, Energy, Food, Health & Human Services, Housing, Land Use, Natural Areas, Transportation, Waste Prevention, and Water. Contact:

To learn more or to become involved, contact Safe Haven Humane Society at 541-928-2789 or visit 31

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