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"All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all he was only human. He wasn't a dog." -- Charles M. Schultz

Publisher's Update I SEE DOG PEOPLE...

Need to rake up those leaves?

The dog days of summer are upon us at Willamette Living! Normally in our annual “Valley Pets” section we garner about 20 entries. This year, 82 fine looking animals grace our pages! We’re working with Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis to help spread the word about all the great pets they have available for adoption. It seems after Covid, a lot of temporary “work from home buddies” have been surrendered for adoption. There’s a German Shepherd named Teddy, that made me really have to remind myself about where I am in life, after having had “GSD’s” for years, I’m pretty happy with my glove compartment sized micro-dog, Mr. Wee. But Teddy is a good-looking young fella for sure! Continuing our pet theme… we received an essay from Cynthia Pappas, Eugene author, about life with dogs. If you’re a pet lover, you’ll relate to Cynthia’s story.

Keep those hands in good shape

Also in this issue, we have another installment from our friends at The Friendship Force. Since 1992, the local chapter has been promoting good relations between groups. Some come here, and sometimes they go there, wherever “there” happens to be. It seems like an idea whose time has come, again. As you’ll discover, The Friendship Force is based in more than 45 countries on 6 continents, with 15,000 active members taking over 300 journeys yearly. Sounds like fun!

Never too early for Christmas Shopping!

We’ve got a couple of recipes from Michelle at Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes in this issue. One is for a fabulous pecan pie, and the other is dedicated to our furry friends -- a “Pupcake” recipe. If you look carefully, you can find Michelle’s dog among our pet photos. Her dog is named, what else… Cupcake! As those of you who know me can attest, I really hate to face the fact that summer is coming to an end, but it’s not over yet! As our new Travel & Lifestyle contributor, Elaine Rea has outdone herself, with this issue’s profiles of Wilsonville and Hillsboro. Elaine is GREAT at ferreting out all the interesting stuff to see, do and eat in little pockets of Oregon. Now that gas has come down a bit, it’s time to hop in the car for an end of summer road trip! If you’re more interested in indoor activities, there is a ton of art activity going on, from Currents Gallery in McMinnville, and River Gallery in Independence to Gallery Calapooia in Albany, and New Zone Gallery in Eugene, it’s artsanity! Check our events page (or the website) for more info on upcoming events/classes. As always, thanks for reading Willamette Living.


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By Susan Bourdet A watercolor painting is always an adventure for me. I compare it to navigating a new stream, full of beautiful vistas and new discoveries, but also full of unseen challenges and hazards. I discovered this brilliant medium when I was twelve years old. Having to spend a year in a body cast following spine surgery, I was not at all happy with my young life. Since I loved drawing, my folks enrolled me in the only art class available in Butte, Montana at the time - an adult watercolor class taught by a well-known local painter, Hilton Leech. He and his kind group of students encouraged me and coached me through the basics. My mom bought me the required sable brushes, good-quality rag paper and a whole array of watercolor paints that came in tubes, not the usual metal box. The experience was very different from watercolor in the grade school classroom where the usual kit was a little set of cake watercolors, wimpy brush included, and a piece of regular construction paper. I still feel that many would-be watercolorists are so defeated by these lousy materials that they give up on the medium before they ever really get started. Much of Mr. Leech’s class was demonstration. From the first time I

watched him flood his vibrant colors onto a wet sheet of paper, I was transfixed. The medium seemed to take on a life of its own, the pigments flowing to create new tones and shades, and seeming to impart a sense of emotion and mood as they blended on the paper. I was hooked on watercolor from that moment. While most painters struggle with the whole question of “what to paint”, I never did that. I had two great loves - art and nature. Growing up in southwestern Montana, I learned the names of birds and wildflowers as soon as I could speak, and nature was both a refuge and a source of delight for me. In choosing my subject matter, I simply combined these two great loves into my own kind of expression. The soft, blending background I learned from Mr. Leech seemed like a perfect foil for the birds and animals I loved to render in delicate detail. In college in the late sixties, all the art majors were trying to choose subjects that were either shocking or weird. I was not a very good fit. I finally scored an A in my painting class by painting huge renderings of microbes I saw under the microscope in my botany class. The bizarre forms, complete with wild hairs, incomprehensible appendages and

strange colors were an absolute hit with the professors! I emerged from college with my natureprejudice still firmly in place. I married my college sweetheart and eventually moved to Oregon. By the early 80’s, the genre of nature art had become popular, and I was lucky to find Wild Wings, my print publisher, and a whole series of galleries nationwide to show and sell my art. I also found a wonderful group of friends in the field and, though there was some vicious competition, I was happy just to be doing what I loved. There were major shows and art expos all over the country and adventures to wild places to find and photograph birds and animals. During those years, I learned a lot from other artists, but most of all, from nature herself. I learned the essential appeal of light - using a little backlight or a shaft of sun to transform an ordinary scene into something that would draw the viewer’s eye and convey a sense of a moment in nature, captured just before the bird or animal could fly or dart from the page. My technique gradually evolved and I wrote two instructional books about watercolor for Northlight Books “Painting the Allure




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Vineyard Quail of Nature” and “Capturing the Magic of Light.” I also worked with Lynn and Jim Powers’ company, Creative Catalyst, to produce several instructional videos. I taught all over the country, enjoying the travel and the new people I met along the way.


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I have lost count of how many paintings I’ve done over these many years, but painting nature never gets old for me. There is infinite variety in the botanical subject matter I love to portray - always varying with the seasons and offering colors and forms that present a constant challenge. I’ve done lots of wildlife but

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River Gallery

Rufus Hummingbird in Paintbrush

Bill Shumway


njoy the upcoming Autumn days by taking a stroll to River Gallery! The weather is lovely, and we have plenty of art to feast your eyes on. Stop by and see us in beautiful downtown Independence! We have two exhibits during the months of September + October. Our window artist is Sheryl Thompson

Chickadees and Sunflowers eventually came to focus mostly on birds because they are there in every environment and are accessible to everyone. The ways a bird interacts with its environment and with other birds will often offer me a sort of story to tell with my painting - a description not only of the bird and the plants, but a sense of being there and peeking through the foliage into a secret world. With the addition of some expressive lighting, that secret might be captured for my viewers. I’m a granny now, with two wonderful kids who are accomplished artists and share my addictions to both art and nature. Will the grandkids follow along? Who knows! I’ve found a wonderful group of artists at Albany’s Gallery Calapooia, and at Elsinore Gallery in Salem, the local venues where I show and sell my paintings, limited editions and calendars. I don’t teach much anymore but I still paint nearly every day and the watercolor adventure - the journey on the unknown river, always draws me on. Every painting, like the unexplored stream, has its pitfalls and revelations. It never really gets easy, but it also never gets boring! Susan’s work is featured during the month of October at Gallery Calapooia, with new art, large and small. The show will be up from Sept. 27 through October 29, with a reception from 6 -8pm on October 7.


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Visit River Gallery in September and October to enjoy some fanciful glass work by Sheryl Thompson, longtime partner with the Gallery. She offers a variety of fused glass pieces to spice up your indoors and outdoors with visual fun and light heartedness. These

Sheryl Thompson

whimsical and funky eye catchers range from candy store colors to black and white; from abstract to realistic; and, from pieces for container and landscape plants to indoor wall décor. Joining Sheryl is her partner Richard Staats, local Salem area blacksmith. Their unique pieces of iron “Topiary” for any garden will be on display as well. Have a warm Fall Season and hope to see you at River Gallery soon. Art Associates Show Our Associate members will be exhibiting their work in our front room during the months preceding Autumn. These artists display various mediums of art to fulfill your art desires. The participating artists are:

Dan Wegner

Jim Hockenhull

* Richard Bergeman * Morgan Brodie * Marla Brummer] * Pat Cochran * Dean Hansen * Jo Hockenhall * Jim Hockenhall * Michelle Mills * Nathelle Norfleet * Bill Shumway * Dan Wenger River Gallery 184 Main St. Independence, OR 97351 503-838-6171


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Out 'n About


Downtown Hillsboro

By Elaine Rea

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SEAT IS A DICHOTOMY: Portland Metro’s high-tech capital, yet it remains in the center of an agriculturally rich area. It is a suburban outpost but features a charming downtown core. Hosting weekend and Tuesday night farmers markets with fresh produce and fruit grown nearby, the city also benefits from high-efficiency TriMet light rail right to Main Street. The Civic Center is bustling with outdoor activities including live music and a kid-favorite fountain.

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Hillsboro Civic Center Opened 5 years ago in a former funeral home and mortuary, this bakery serves the best breakfast sandwiches (we can’t say enough about the Bacon Biscuit Sando served on their winning biscuit from Food Network’s ‘Chopped’), and at least three varieties of seasonal donuts every day. They have a long-standing relationship with Unger Farms which provides Oregon’s best strawberries for their shortcake. Choose inside seating or try the front porch or lawn. Did we mention they do custom, decorated cakes?

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180 E Main St; Suite 105 One for four locations in and around Portland, they use robotic carts to deliver meals. Their appetizers include samosas and wings like Garlic Lemon Pepper. They also offer a variety of noodle and curry dishes. We were blown away by the Strawberry Falooda, a layered “wet” dessert with pistachio and rose water.

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Ron Tonkin Field

4460 NE Century Blvd Home of the Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball club. The Hops are a High-A team with a season that runs from early April to mid-September. The stadium is one of the best around, seats 5,000+ fans, and offers affordable, family-friendly fun including fireworks after Friday night games.

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

2600 SW Hillsboro Hwy Managed by Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Department, it spreads across 635 acres with 4.5 miles of trails through a variety of habitats. Wildlife (including deer, otter, and beaver), native plants, and over 150 species of birds are recorded annually. Located 1.5 miles south of the Civic Center, the wetland’s Nature Center is open daily. Admission is free; there is a suggested donation of $2 per person ages 10 and up.

Must See Hillsboro Hobby Shop

345 E Main St This is a light, bright and beautiful shop or as the interior designer-owner calls it, a “Lifestyle Boutique.” Besides fabulously curated home décor they have a selection of specialty foods that make the perfect “consumable gift.” They carry women’s lines of apparel with inclusive sizing from S-3X as well as baby clothes and accessories. And they are opening a second store in Cedar Mill in Fall 2022.

Bennett Urban Farm Store

276 E Main St Opened in 2017, they stock farmer’s markets products from 70 local suppliers in their brick-and-mortar store. The also serve their own roasted coffees and baked treats.

Puppernickel Doggy Bakery

133 E 3rd Ave This women-owned business sells handmade dog treats, “pupcakes,” and nutritious snacks for dogs and cats. They support young entrepreneurs who make collar embellishments and greeting cards as well as sourcing locally for accessories like bandanas and bowties. Their second location will open in Beaverton in Fall 2022. This shop has been in downtown Hillsboro for 60 years and stocks hobby kits for all skills and ages: from model trains, planes, and rockets to doll houses, miniatures, and remotecontrolled vehicles.

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THE ARTS "Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte

Art in the Mid-Valley By Brian Egan

My tenure on The Arts Center’s Board of Directors has come to an end after 13 years. It has been a rewarding experience that has introduced me to many local artists and art guilds. I have learned so much about the operations of a non-profit organization and will remember my time there fondly. I will continue to be a member of the Exhibition Committee and volunteer at special events. The Arts Center has a dedicated staff of nine, a ten-member board of directors, and a large team of enthusiastic volunteers who together keep art alive in our community. My departure leaves an empty seat on the board that needs to be filled. If you live in the greater Corvallis area and would like to help inspire creativity and contribute to community, go to and apply to become a member of The Arts Center Board of Directors. Applicants with a wide range of skills and interests are needed for our dynamic work. Applications will be accepted through September 20, 2022 for terms beginning in October. The Arts Center hosts its 34th Annual Fundraiser: Art for the Heart, on Saturday, October 1, 2022, 6pm to 9pm at the Corvallis Community Center, (2601 NW Tyler St, Corvallis). This year's Embracing Brave theme celebrates courage, resilience and milestones, with many ways to have fun supporting community arts: an 8”x8” art gallery and online auction, and evening program with artistic desserts, special speakers and a Live Auction of ten great experiences. The Arts Center's popular Pre-Gala Art Bar Creative Cocktail event returns, Thursday, September 22nd, from 4pm to 7pm. Enjoy a 4 Spirits Distillery artisan cocktail while you preview all of the 8x8 artworks donated to support the Art for the Heart Gala. For more information and tickets see

Sarah Ciampa - Naturall Air Land and Sea imagery from dozens of veterans and their loved ones. Beginning in early spring of 2022, veterans from Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties were asked to submit photographs to share their stories, through their own lenses. Whether portraying their time of service or their time at home with family and loved ones, the veteran artists contributed photographs that tell a tale. In the summer of 2022, additional participants were invited to a series of workshops to learn about digital cameras and storytelling through photography. Participants worked with local professional photographers to learn how to capture the essence of a person in a portrait, how to use light and perspective lines to engage a viewer in imagining the story, and how to set the scene by changing the angle of approach. Another workshop was held with women veterans at Red Feather Ranch, a Philomath non-profit, where participants used cyanotype photo processing to make photographic art to reconnect them with the earth, reclaiming and recentering their feminine power and identity. The show runs from September 29th to November 12th in the main gallery, with a reception: on Thursday, October 20th, from 5:30 pm-7:30pm. The Corrine Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center will feature Natura, an exhibit by Sarah Ciampa. Her body of work examines our human relationship with the natural world and the way we interact with nature physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Sarah has spent over a decade working on painting detailed, realist still-life paintings in the style of Classical Realism. The show runs from October 4th to November 12th.

Duncan M - Never Alone Also tied into The Arts Center’s theme of Embracing Brave, the Through A Veteran’s Lens show is a complex gathering of


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Art for the 2022 Festival Cada Johnson’s “Fall Maple Tree”

The Corvallis Fall Festival The Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild will host its 39th Annual Exhibition of Fine Woodworking October 14th to 16th at the Corvallis Public Library event room. After two years of virtual Guild activity, members return in 2022 to display their best works for all to see. The exhibition is open to the public on Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. Everyone is invited to meet the artisans at a public reception from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on opening day, Friday, October 14th. The Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild includes professional and hobbyist woodworkers who share their skills and techniques with one another and anyone else interested in fine craftsmanship. Monthly Guild meetings are open to everyone. More information is online at Long time curator at The Arts Center, Hester Couke will be retiring this fall. To celebrate her contributions to our local art scene an exhibit titled 30+ Retrospective will run through September 26th. This show features the work of the many members of The Arts Center Exhibition Committee spanning the 30 years of Hester’s tenure. Hester is an accomplished artist in her own right and will show her work in the Corrine Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center from now until September 21st. The show is titled Hester Couke, My Other Life, and provides us a glimpse of what she does in her spare time. The Corvallis Art Walk (CAW) takes place on September 15th and October 20th. A list of artists and venues can be found at . You can get some exercise, meet new artists and maybe purchase a piece of art, all in Downtown Corvallis.

The 49th Fall Festival is here! Two glorious days filled with amazingly talented artisans and live entertainment for the whole family. The event features free admission, a free shuttle, and artmaking opportunities for the kids. Come on out and browse your favorite local artists’ beautiful creations, meet old friends and have lunch, then walk over to the historic Whiteside Theater for the Saturday Night Street Dance! One of the premiere events in the Willamette Valley, the Fall Festival among downtown Corvallis’ fall colors, is a weekend not to be missed.

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Baking for Two

Pumpkin "Pup Cake" Recipe Ingredients

Pumpkin Pup Cake • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, wheat and oat flour may be used as well • 1 teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon baking powder • ¼ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional • ¾ cup pumpkin pureé • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter, (see notes) • 2 large eggs • 1-2 tablespoons local honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting • 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt • ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter, (see notes) • 1-2 tablespoons local honey, or pure maple syrup • dog biscuits for decoration


BEST PECAN PIE PIE CRUST ½ cup (113g) cold unsalted butter cut in small pieces 1 ¼ cups (155g) all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 2-4 tablespoons cold water FILLING 3 large eggs 1 cup corn syrup 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 cups toasted chopped pecans FOR THE CRUST In a food processor combine flour and salt. Add in butter pieces and pulse until coarse meal forms. Add in water a little bit at a time until dough begins to stick together. On a floured surface, form your dough into a ball, and roll out into approximately a 12” circle (for a 9”) pan. Lift dough into pan, and either crimp edges or press with a fork. Chill about 30 minutes or while you make the filling. FOR THE FILLING Combine all ingredients except pecans in a bowl, then add pecans last. Poor into chilled unbaked pie crust and bake at 350° for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

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Cake • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 6-inch round baking pans. Set aside. • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat the pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, eggs and honey until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour ingredients and mix just until combined. • Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then invert cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Frosting • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat together the yogurt, peanut butter and honey until fluffy and smooth. Use an off-set spatula to frost the cakes. Decorate with dog biscuits and serve to your pup!

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Featured Artist at Albany's Gallery Calapooia KOKA WITH SANCTUARY DESIGNS IS A FEATURED ARTIST GALLERY CALAPOOIA AT 222 W. 1ST AVE. IN ALBANY. TAKE A LOOK AT HER INSPIRED ART! Art can serve to inspire us to feel the joy that is a natural part of being human. It offers some much-needed relief during these unprecedented times. It has become my joy to share this unique experience in a variety of nature inspired pieces that offer a sense of being in a sanctuary. My deep reverence for the natural world has inspired a collection of contemporary and arts and crafts designs that serve to enhance a variety of interior settings. My husband and I moved from outside Portland to the Albany area in 2019. Our home is surrounded by oak trees and borders some beautiful farmland. I enjoy spending moments during my day to simply listen, and experience the presence of nature. This relationship has developed within me a deep reverence for life. My passion is to integrate that experience into my own life and to share that presence with my artwork. I have found that I am especially fascinated by the beauty of the leaves and try to capture the endless variation of their shapes, colors, and the exquisite detail through my mixed media art.

I spent 25 years as an interior designer in Portland and Eugene. With my husband’s encouragement as a fellow artisan, I created Sanctuary Designs in 2009. My process is intentionally meditative rather than intellectual. I allow projects to percolate organically while playing with watercolors, acrylics and pen and inks. My 3-D collages, greeting cards and journals are greater than the sum of their parts, which often are natural objects that I personally collect in my nature walks. I collect hundreds of leaves to find one or two that speak to my heart. I am not trying to make any political, social, or even gender statement in my work. It’s not about technique or being spiritual. It’s about coming from wherever art comes from for each individual. I am simply looking for the balance between the heart and mind. Nature helps me to breathe, helps me to look at things from a place of balance.

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The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse by Charlie Mackesy A modern, illustrated fable for readers of all ages that explores life's universal lessons from beloved British illustrator Charlie Mackesy (Graphic Novel Fiction)

City Of Stairs : A Novel by Robert Jackson Bennett Sent to a backwater colony that was once a god-supported conquering power, spymaster Shara Divani investigates the brutal murder of a historian and uncovers evidence that the city's divine protectors may still be alive. Original. (Fiction)

Breath : The New Science Of A Lost Art by James Nestor While breathing in and out thousands of times per day is the most essential part of our health and wellbeing, humans as a species have lost the ability to breathe correctly. Science journalist James Nestor travels to ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil to find out what went wrong with our breathing and how to fix it. Modern research is showing us that adjusting our breathing can jump-start athletic performance, halt snoring, rejuvenate internal organs, mute allergies and asthma, blunt autoimmune disease, and straighten scoliotic spines. (Nonfiction)

Damn Delicious : 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes by Chungah Rhee Collects simple, quick recipes from the popular food blogger, including such dishes as mini deep-dish pizzas, no-fuss sheet pan steak and veggies, spaghetti carbonara, and copycat takeout egg rolls. (Nonfiction) 28

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Damsel by Elana K Arnold Required to slay a dragon and rescue a damsel to be his bride in order to inherit, a crown prince astonishes the girl of his choice, who has no memory of her capture by a dragon and who discovers unsettling truths about the legends shaping their lives. (Young Adult Fiction)

Kira Down Under by Erin Teagan Kira Bailey is living her dream, cuddling koalas and bottlefeeding baby kangaroos at her aunt’s wildlife sanctuary in Australia. But when her aunt is pulled away, suddenly Kira can’t seem to do anything right. She’s put the wombats and her beloved koala joey in danger, and now her new friend Alexis won’t talk to her. Can Kira find a way to catch a roving predator--along with a few wayward wombats-and earn back everyone's trust? An American Girl book. (Children’s Fiction Series)

The Book Of Joy : Lasting Happiness In A Changing World by Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho Two leading spiritual masters share their hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives. (Nonfiction) CURATED BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY!

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The Department of Truth 1 : The End of the World by James Tynion Cole Turner discovers that all conspiracy theories are true, from the JFK Assassination to Flat Earth Theory and Reptilian Shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth? (Graphic Novel Fiction)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison Reluctantly elevated to the throne when his father and brothers are killed in a suspicious accident, an exiled half-goblin is rapidly overwhelmed by ambitious sycophants, imperial burdens and dangerous plots while searching for friendship and love. A first novel. (Fiction)

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House Of Sky And Breath by Sarah J. Maas After saving Crescent City, Bryce, Hunt and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans to chip away at the Asteri’s power, in the second novel of the series following House of Earth and Blood. (Fiction)

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. (Young Adult Fiction)

Humankind : A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman The author of the best-selling Utopia for Realists challenges popular conceptions of an innately selfish human race to offer new historical and evolutionary perspectives that argue we are more hardwired for kindness, cooperation and trust. (Nonfiction)

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ATTENTION: Build it, Maintain it, Value it By Jenn Michaelis

WHY TRAIN IT? Because getting your dog’s focus with a single effort is very useful. You can distract her from enticing trash in the street or keep her eyes on you when walking past another dog. You can more easily get your dog to come when called if getting her attention is easy. Plus, dogs that are rewarded for paying attention do it more often voluntarily. And attentive dogs are easier to train. A GATEWAY TO SELF-CONTROL Exercises 1-4 progress from most simple (for dog and human) to most difficult. More difficult exercises install more self control in your dog. Depending on the distractions in the environment, you might decide to gather your dog’s attention in different ways. Work on each exercise in five different locations to make sure your dog can respond to his attention cues reliably. HOW TO TEACH IT: EXERCISE 1. Watch Me: Start with a treat held right at your dog’s nostrils, then draw it to your face, holding it between your eyes. If your dog looks at your face, praise and treat. Progress to adding the verbal cue, “Watch Me” when you can make the movement without food in your hand. EXERCISE 2. Helper Sound: Use an interesting noise to cause your dog to look at you. Praise and treat. EXERCISE 3. Name Recognition: When your dog is looking at the environment, say her name cheerfully only once. Praise and treat when she looks at you. If she doesn’t, use a helper sound, then praise and treat.


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EXERCISE 4. Voluntary Check-In: In a low-distraction area, stand still and quiet. Wait for your dog to voluntarily look up at your face. Praise and treat. To increase the difficulty, add distance or movement, or play the game in more distracting places. Important Tips: • You must train all humans around your dog to minimize over-use of her name. You really, truly CAN wear out a dog’s name! We are teaching her that her name has value, so using it unnecessarily and without reinforcement undermines this process. • Balance the value of your treat against the temptation of nearby distractions. Use simple dog food if no one’s around, and high-stakes cheese or liver in the face of squirrels or other dogs! • Distractions can help or harm this process, so “shrink” the distraction with distance to make the game easier. It should take less than 3-5 seconds to gather her attention. If it takes longer, move further from the distractions, and try again. If she’s staring incessantly at you, work closer to the distractions.

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30800 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville Opened in 2020, their ‘bright-hearted hospitality’ is evident in the clean, spacious, and welcoming lobby and dining areas. In addition to their Hilton-standard accommodations with a pool, basketball court, and outdoor patio, the hotel offers a top-notch dining experience in the Parkway Grille ( Chef Dolan Lane offers new options seasonally which have attracted visitors and Wilsonville locals alike. We can recommend the Little Gem Salad and Steak Frites, but the Pan Roasted Wild Salmon looked fabulous too. The bar is also a favorite thanks to their partnerships with local breweries like Vanguard (see below) and Oregon distilleries: Hood River, Timberline, and Lewis & Clark to name a few. They also serve cook-to-order breakfasts. Pan Roasted Wild Salmon and Steak Frites at Parkway Grille at the Hilton THIS GATEWAY TO THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY is rich in Oregon history as it sits along the banks of the Willamette River at the site of the Boones Ferry crossing, established in 1847, and is the southernmost town in the Portland Metropolitan area. The city’s “Explore Wilsonville” website provides itineraries for families, farm lovers, wine drinkers, and golf enthusiasts who wish to get off Interstate 5 and tour the region.

Places to Stay The Dreamgiver’s Inn

7150 NE Earlwood Rd, Newberg This 10-acre property is quietly tucked away from the rush and bustle, and the expansive vineyard views make it the perfect place to relax. They serve a hearty, farm-to-table breakfast every morning including fresh breads and baked goods. The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable making it perfect for a getaway.

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Things to See & Do Champoeg State Heritage Area

8239 Champoeg Rd NE, St Paul This Oregon State Park is at the site where, on May 2, 1843, the vote was taken to form Oregon’s first government. That 52-50 vote is commemorated by a granite marker. The park is 678 acres and houses an air-conditioned museum with exhibits and short movies and has walking and biking trails. It also features an “1860’s Kitchen Garden” complete with a small apple orchard. There is a $5.00 Day Use permit fee.

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Historic Butteville Store

10767 Butte St NE, Aurora No visit to Champoeg would be complete without a stop at the nearby, historic Butteville Store, celebrating 150 years of continuous operation and serving ice cream they make in-house with ingredients from local Willamette Valley partners. It is sold in scoops, pints or quarts…we can recommend the Fresh Peach or the Almond with Brittle! Saturday evenings they serve a fixedprice, 3-course dinner and have live music. Or stop by for Taco Tuesdays, served all day.

Ice Age Tonquin Trail To date, five miles of a planned 22-mile trail from Wilsonville through Tualatin to Sherwood has been completed. It follows geologic formations created 13,000 to 15,000 years ago by repeated flooding during the Ice Age when dams near the Montana-Canada border broke and let loose water and debris that scoured the Columbia River Gorge and northern Willamette Valley. Future sections of trail will be completed as funds become available but read the Master Plan at the Oregon Metro website for more details.

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Bullwinkle’s and Portland Family Fun Center 29111 Town Center Loop W, Wilsonville The regional hotspot for family entertainment, Bullwinkle’s offers both outdoor and indoor activities for kids of all ages. In the summer months, folks flock to play miniature golf, ride gokarts, or cool off in bumper boats. Year-round fun can be found at their bowling alley, arcade, or huge, soft playground. And don’t forget laser tag and the XD Dark Ride.

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Korean War Memorial

29600 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville Centrally located off the Town Center Loop, this 5-acre memorial park honors the 298 Oregonians who died or were listed as missing during the war.

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Places to Shop Graham & Tooze Farm Store

27875 SW Grahams Ferry Rd, Sherwood Hiding on the edge of Wilsonville, this homey farm store is bright and friendly. It has been happily filled with unique gift and décor items including apparel, baby accessories, and even cocktail mixes in a jar. They have a coffee pop-up on the weekends and are hosting their 2nd Annual Pumpkin Market on October 15, 2022 with special events and vendors. Their newly restored 1910 barn is also the site of weekly yoga classes.

Places to Eat Corner Coffee Shoppe

8269 SW Wilsonville Rd #A, Wilsonville This locally owned business is doing it right by being familyfriendly, baking their own, jumbo, sourdough bagels, and serving organic coffees from around the world. For a lighter appetite, try one of their sourdough turnovers; buttery, flaky, and filled with local fruit…a fan favorite! They sell their sourdough bread by the loaf and have a sister store, Wild Grains, a dedicated gluten-free bakery located next door.

Graham & Tooze Farm Store

Critter Cabana

8406 SW Main St #200, Wilsonville Critter Cabana is a locally-owned, well-stocked pet store with food, supplies and live animals. They source from local, reputable breeders and have puppies, small mammals, and reptiles at their Wilsonville shop. They also offer grooming services and there is a second location in Newberg.

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Lux Sucre

31840 SW Charbonneau Dr # A, Wilsonville This bakery is newly expanded, and they now offer both breakfast and lunch serving coffee, sandwiches, and mimosas alongside their site-made baked goods. Indoor seating is available, but their outdoor patio is divine. Their signature cakes are available by the piece or pre-order one to take home for a special occasion.

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Al's Garden & Home

27755 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville Owned by the same family for three generations, all of the plants they sell are grown at their Woodburn or Gresham farms. Wilsonville is one of four retail centers. They are coming up on their 75th anniversary and have some fun events planned for 2023. Oh, and you can buy Old World Christmas brand ornaments year round!


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Dar Essalam

29585 Park Pl, Wilsonville A family-owned Moroccan restaurant with North African décor, diners are welcomed with a hummus and pita plate and the menu offers kababs, gyros, and tajine dishes as well as a good selection of vegetarian options. Be sure to try the authentic citrus and mint tea and their signature dessert, the Casablanca Fruit Bastilla. It is a phyllo pie stuffed with peaches, pears, bananas, strawberries and apricots, lightly dusted with powdered sugar and almonds, then topped with vanilla ice cream and served warm from the oven with enough spoons for your entire party!

Wanker’s Corner Saloon & Café

8499 Main St, Wilsonville Besides being a local institution (the original Wanker's Corner Saloon & Cafe opened in 1933), this restaurant supports the community through regular cash donations to the Oregon Food Bank. In addition to housing an expansive collection of antiques, junk, knick-knacks, and many unidentifiable objects, they have their own microbrew, Wankers Outback Ale, described as “crisp and refreshing.” The saloon houses a full bar, and we can recommend the Buffalo Wrap with fries and pickles. Don’t miss the chance to pick up some authentic “Wankerwear” -sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, boxers, etc!

Dar Essalam Chicken Kabobs and Citrius Mint Tea

Vanguard Brewing

27501 SW 95th Ave #945, Wilsonville Veteran- and family-owned, this brewery opened in 2015, and takes their role as a Wilsonville business seriously. They are community-focused, operated a soup kitchen for veterans during COVID-19, and often host fundraisers for worthwhile organizations. They aspire to be a community gathering place in the spirit of a traditional pub. The outdoor seating area is super dog-friendly, and they have a “No Politics” rule! Their products are self-distributed and featured in local bars like Parkway Grille.

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McMenamins Wilsonville Old Church & Pub 30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville Originally a Methodist church built in 1911 just north of the old ferry crossing, this McMenamins renovation includes a rooftop deck, brewery, and outdoor dining and music venue. Be sure to take time to browse the historical photographs that line the walls and learn more about Wilsonville’s history.

Kirin Ramen

3022 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 72, Wilsonville Kirin Ramen has been at this location for 5 years and handpulled noodles are the house specialty. Their menu includes many Japanese favorites, and they also offer tea drinks like fruit slushes and boba as well as Asian beers.

Hometown Favorites: Boston’s Pub & Grill 29890 Town Center Loop W #D, Wilsonville Boone’s Junction Pub 29720 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville

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OWNER, TERESA HUTCHINSON, SAYS THAT BURLAP AND LACE IS A SHOP THAT STRIVES TO OFFER STYLE, unique merchandise, and affordability above all else. The shop opened in its original location on 2nd Street on October 28, 2018. The space was small, and we all know what’s been going on over the last three years. Given the rough road that is (hopefully) behind us, Burlap and Lace has survived and in August moved into a new, larger location just a block south of the old location on 2nd Street -- where Mod Pod was for years. Not only does Teresa enjoy the new, bigger location, she reports that foot traffic has increased dramatically. The new and improved Burlap and Lace is open, and it looks great! There is something for any occasion in the store from baby onesies to cozy cardigans to gifts, holiday décor and more! Check out the candles, made locally in Albany, they are available in some great scents – the lemon pound cake is so authentic, you’ll want to reach for a fork! Teresa is still expanding her offerings and plans to order in more clothing and decor and if you’re looking for a special item, let her know and she’ll provide “personal shopper” services for you and do her best to find what you’re looking for. She likes to offer Oregon themed items and carries locally made products by local small businesses.

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Fiesta Cultural, the celebration of Latino/a/x/e arts, culture, and heritage, kicks off at the September 2nd First Friday ArtWalk!

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The celebration commences at 5pm with DJ texcaliente at the new Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave). Opening remarks start at 5:45pm and then the dance party with Organización Oaxaca at 6pm! You can also shop an artist marketplace featuring Latino/a/x/e artists, enjoy some family friendly kids activities, grab some tasty food from local foodcarts, or a drink from Xicha Brewing!

Pick up your ArtWalk guide at Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave). Stick around to enjoy the Fiesta Cultural Kick off event, celebrating Latino/a/x/e arts, culture, and heritage, or tour the galleries and art venues of Downtown to discover the latest in Eugene’s art scene. ArtWalk is always free! Please bring a mask in case certain venues request you to wear it. 42


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SEPTEMBER to OCTOBER 12:30 - 2 PM DONATION 110 E. 11th in Eugene Engage your Imagination! Create your voice as we explore a variety of different mediums. this is your self expression of who you are, your dreams, hopes and visions of the world in which you live. We will look at artists and their work to inspire your self expression and engage your imagination. Artists Robin Levin and Kelly Sweat invites ages 9-99 to explore with them. Cost is a donation but registration is required a week prior to class. Every 2nd & 4th Saturday Starting July 23rd from 12:30-2pm ( And Aug. 13, Aug, 27, Sept 10th etc thru Fall) MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

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Increasing Accessibility TO THE OUTDOORS

By Dan Haag, Trails and Outdoor Recreation Manager, Tillamook Coast Visitors Association

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS The city of Manzanita has for at least 10 years provided locals and visitors free use of two donated beach wheelchairs through their visitor center. When it was evident the two chairs needed repairs, TCVA replaced them, and installed three more chairs, one in Rockaway Beach and two in Pacific City. A few months later, another beach wheelchair was donated to the Port of Garibaldi for use during festivals that take place under the big event tent, which has a gravel floor. “It’s difficult for regular wheelchairs to navigate gravel,” said Haag. This last July, more beach wheelchairs arrived. These are placed at Barview Jetty County Park, Cape Lookout State Park and Nehalem Bay State Park. There are now have nine beach wheelchairs available throughout the county, more than any other county on the Oregon Coast. And they are free to use. ACCESS TO WATER RECREATION TCVA received a grant from Travel Oregon to purchase two kayak launchers, which were installed on public docks in Wheeler and Garibaldi. The launchers provide a stable base for getting into a kayak, which helps those with balance issues. TCVA plans to add kayak launchers that are full-ADA accessible. They come with a slide-on bench that assists from dock to kayak, and a stable handlebar. ACCESS TO TRAILS Tillamook County has trails that are ADA-friendly. Two popular ones are Kilchis Point Reserve in Bay City and the Old Growth Cedar Trail in Rockaway Beach. Both trails accommodate wheelchairs, electric scooters, walkers and strollers. Haag says he is seeking equipment that can help people get out on other hiking trails, such as those that are narrower, or with elevation.

A Manzanita beach wheelchair ENJOYING FAMILY TIME AT THE OREGON COAST IS A TRADITION FOR GENERATIONS OF OREGONIANS. HAVING FUN ON THE BEACH, WATER AND TRAILS HAS BECOME A YEAR-ROUND ADVENTURE – NOT JUST IN WARM, SUMMER MONTHS. But what if a family member has mobility or balance issues that keep them from joining their family and friends from walking on sand, or paddling around a bay or lake in a kayak? Fortunately, accessibility has become a major initiative for travel destinations, especially areas that focus on outdoor recreation. In Tillamook County, outdoor accessibility is a key initiative for the tourism organization, Tillamook Coast Visitors Association (TCVA). “We wanted to create opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy recreational activities, and to get started on that program, we looked at ways to improve access to the beach,” said Dan Haag, Trails and Outdoor Recreation Manager of TCVA.

ACCESSIBILITY IN THE FUTURE TCVA continues to research more outdoor access options. We are meeting with nonprofits and businesses around the state that offer state-of-the-art accessibility equipment. We are very interested in the “David’s Chair” that can navigate over dunes, or more rugged terrain. It can also be used on trails. Another option being researched is a chair that assists people who like to fish. One chair that has been developed can be wheeled to the bank of a river. The chair rises, allowing the person fishing to securely stand and more easily cast a line. Chairs like this were built to assist veterans who may have suffered injuries while serving in the military. TCVA and other tourism organizations on the Oregon Coast continue to find ways to accommodate even more people; as an example, enabling autistic children to have safer, more enjoyable experiences in the outdoors. To find out more about outdoor access in Tillamook County, go to



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Bud, Lucy’s Lucky Charm An Essay on Life with Dogs, By Cynthia Pappas IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF OUR SWEET MADDY DOG, I WOULD FREQUENTLY FIND MY HUSBAND, GEORGE, AT HIS COMPUTER, SCROLLING THROUGH WEBSITES OF RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS, LOOKING AT PICTURES OF DOGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. Like a dating website addict, George was seeking a match. With a dog. After five months, George finally scored. He found a dog named Lucy who needed a home. From her picture she looked like a cross between a border collie and a German shorthaired pointer. We called the website number and learned that Lucy was a street dog living in Port Townsend before she was taken to a shelter. Subsequently, she was fostered two times to two different families. She was always returned to the shelter. Rejected. Now she was living in her third foster home in Oregon. Her current foster mom, Kim, indicated that Lucy was an alpha dog and didn’t get along in households where there were other dogs. We agreed to meet Lucy and her foster mom at a park halfway between Salem and Springfield. Kim was fostering two other dogs and couldn’t manage the three of them. Kim wanted to make sure we were serious and good dog people, because Lucy needed a forever home, a break from her turbulent past. We brought our dog resume’ – how many we’d owned, what breed, for how long, and what our living situation was like. We told her we lived on a farm, that Lucy would have plenty of room to run and play, and that she would be our only dog. We gave Lucy lots of affection and attention and at the end of our visit she jumped right into the back seat of our car, ready for


her next adventure. Two months later we were all miserable with the decision, including Lucy. She couldn’t be left alone, or she would chew everything in sight. She chewed the wooden door frame of the laundry room into splinters. She chewed through the plastic dimmer switch halfway up the wall. We bought a crate and tried having her sleep on her bed in the crate. When we went downstairs the next morning, she was sitting in a sea of foam rubber looking so forlorn. She had shredded her bed. Our love wasn’t enough to redeem the sorrow that haunted her. She needed more security. We couldn’t return her. We couldn’t be her fourth failed home. We had to find a solution to her separation anxiety. We arrived at the inspiration that Lucy needed her own doggie to take care of and keep her company, despite what we’d been told about Lucy needing to be an only child. We answered yet another ad in the paper for a German shorthaired pointer named Bud. He was raised in a kennel full of hunting dogs. He was bought by a hunter, but the hunter returned him claiming Bud was gun-shy. Not a big deal to us since we don’t hunt. We piled Lucy in the car and drove to the small town where the kennel was located. We told her in no uncertain terms that she had to make this work, because we didn’t know what else to do. We let Lucy out of the car, hoping she wouldn’t be aggressive with Bud. Bud bounded up to her and immediately went into play-bow stance. When we threw a toy for him Lucy went after it. Bud let her beat him to the toy. This was smart

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thinking on Bud’s part. We threw the toy again, and it became clear Bud really didn’t care who got the toy as long as someone paid attention to him and rewarded him with affection. It looked like he had scars on his ears from the other kennel dogs chewing on him. He was beta to Lucy’s alpha. Lucy and Bud hit it off. We took him home and they rode well together in the car. That night, the two dogs went to sleep curled around each other on the same bed. Lucy needed a buddy and Bud was the answer. Bud was like Xanax for Lucy’s anxiety. They quickly became inseparable - nudging each other into mischief and wrestling together on their shared bed. Lucy’s manic chewing episodes ceased. It was February, just three weeks after adding Bud to our family. To celebrate the new love in our life and finding the answer to Lucy’s anxiety, George and I decided to take the dogs to the coast so we could all play on the beach. As a special Valentine’s gift, I scheduled us for a couples’ massage. We booked the treat at a spa and secured lodging at a hotel right next door that allowed dogs. You couldn’t leave dogs in the room unaccompanied by a human, so on the day of our massage, we loaded the dogs into the car, parked the car far from other cars in the parking lot. The car was in the shade with the windows cracked open. “Be good dogs and don’t bark,” I said and prayed to the Big Dog in the sky that our car would survive intact. The massage rooms were upstairs in the hotel spa. We were introduced to our two masseuses and proceeded to

get comfortable on the side by side massage tables. There was soft music playing and the lights were turned down. As our massages progressed, we began to hear barking. I tried to ignore it, but I knew it was Lucy. I pretended not to hear. Bud still hadn’t barked and wouldn’t for months after we got him. He left the barking to the alpha girl. The barking went on and on. Nothing to do but try to be keep my mind present in the room and not envision car upholstery ripped to shreds. The couples massage clearly wasn’t as relaxing as we’d hoped for. As we exited the hotel, what little calm we’d managed was completely negated by the angry concierge running out after us yelling, “You can’t leave your dogs in the car in our parking lot! They disturb the guests.” Can’t leave them in the hotel. Can’t leave them in the car. We apologized for the barking and drove to a beach where we could let the dogs run. It was low tide with lots of territory to cover. This was Bud’s first trip to the beach, and we weren’t sure how well-behaved he would be with all the new smells and distractions. Would he come when called? We put his shock collar on as a preventive against disaster. With the push of a button on the controller, the collar emits a warning beep. With the push of a second button, the collar administers a tiny shock that immediately gets the dog’s attention, letting him know he’s wandered too far. Bud’s previous owner used this training device to teach Bud how to retrieve ducks and pheasant. We were playing fetch. Bud was an excited and vigorous player. I bent down to grab a

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piece of driftwood near Bud’s paw to throw for him. He chose that moment to lift his head up. My eye socket and his hard skull crashed together in an instantaneous headache. For me. Bud just shook his head and loped off after other quarry: a gull that had landed nearby. The gull took off flying toward the sea. Bud followed, intent on the chase. I was flat on my fanny, incapacitated on the sand. George was tending to me and wasn’t watching Bud. Bud kept running after the gull, who was now flying around the headland, where the river fully entered the ocean. Finally, we both looked up and started screaming Bud’s name over and over. And pushing the zap button on the shock collar repeatedly, hoping he was still in range. Lucy took it all in, being a good girl and staying close by, glad to see that finally someone else was the bad dog. Bud finally responded to the shock collar and returned to our grateful arms. We loaded the dogs into the car. He was just as exuberant about getting into the car as he had been about running after birds. What an exciting day, Bud thought. Almost caught a bird! Lucy looked at him like he was crazy, thinking You’re in so much trouble mister. We drove back to the hotel room where I sucked down three ibuprofen and put a cold washcloth over my eye. George went in search of ice.


Lucy, mothering both me and Bud, hovered near the bed where I lay. She tried to lick my face, which is her loving way of giving kisses. She tried to give Bud kisses too because she knew he was in the doghouse. Bud leaned into my side of the bed to get some petting to reassure him that everything was okay. I patted his head and rolled my eyes. Wondering if this was a harbinger of what was in store for our future with Bud. Both Lucy and Bud acclimated well to farm life. Digging holes, searching for moles, and chasing away cats that dare to venture onto the property. Each evening, the dogs engaged in perimeter patrol to make sure no burglars were hiding in the blueberry patch and the garden was free of deer. Bud is a total affection hog, but Lucy doesn’t seem to mind. He is a bit of an empath and has never met anyone he doesn’t love. His two favorite tricks that he’s perfected over the years enable maximum petting response from anyone who is in the room. If you are standing, he sidles up to you and leans against your thigh to encourage contact with your hand which hangs at your side at just the same height as his head. Petting ensues. Then he places one paw on top of your foot, pinning you to the spot ensuring that you’ll have to keep petting him. His second trick is performed for unwary house

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guests during football watching parties in our living room. Bud will gently lay his head on an unsuspecting person’s thigh, which is sweet. But then he will scoot his snout under the person’s elbow to encourage petting. The person, engrossed in watching the game will jerk their elbow up. This has resulted in countless spilled beers and pizza-filled plates sliding onto the floor. Lucy and Bud have become loving dog aunt and dog uncle to our two granddaughters. The dogs put up with being chased, poked, and having Barbie ride on their backs. It seems like too many dog-years ago that the four of us were all running on the beach together. Eight years after adopting Lucy and Bud into our home, we are a geriatric family of four. Nearly deaf, she wanders outside unsure of her intent. I have to wave my arms in big arcing circles until I catch her eye and get her attention to call her back inside. Her shoulders occasionally give out and she splays on the floor. This surprises her, but she gets right back up, undeterred. At 14, she teaches us how to live even while dying a little bit every day. Bud has demonstrated a need to be on his bed a significant number of hours each day curled around Lucy absorbing her BTUs or he gets the shivers. Lucy had a stroke in April of 2019. She was unable to stand, and we carried her inside. It

was all so sudden, but she lived a good long life. A life filled with lots of love. We had the vet come out to our house and put her down. We thought Bud would be a mess, and he was for a little while. Then he started to understand that he was the dog remaining and that meant he got all our attention and affection. We realized we had been catering to Lucy’s limitations for a long time, and Bud lovingly went along with it. At 13, deep into his sunset years, Bud is experiencing what it feels like to be an “only child”. Bud’s sense of spatial awareness is completely shot. He doesn’t know where his back legs are so he trips over chair legs. His eyesight has faded to such a degree that he often misses the last stair when descending the deck stairs, lands sideways on the lawn, struggles to right himself, then continues with the business of living. These days, when I cover Bud with his blanket, he sighs in deep contentment. All curled up on his bed, Bud’s paw-pads smell like popcorn. George has acquired hearing-aids and his arthritis gets the better of him some days. I will be in a similar state soon enough. For right now, I feel lucky that the three of us are still alive, and I’m a part of this senior services facility we call home. I’ve been blessed to have lived a dogfilled life.

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"Tailor-Made" A peek into the professional kitchen design process.


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Willamette Living : : HOME By Heidi Powell THERE SHOULD BE NO SUCH THING AS A COOKIE CUTTER APPROACH WHEN IT COMES TO KITCHEN DESIGN. Each customer brings a unique set of preferences to the table. Many have seen photos on social media or kitchen remodels on TV that have offered inspiration. Individual personalities also steer style choice; some like bold and colorful while others are drawn to a more neutral palette and minimalist design. We enjoy capturing those visions and bringing them to life. Identifying the best layout for a kitchen requires thoughtful planning. Our designers want to understand a client's kitchen routine and what they hope to achieve with their remodel. Early in the design process, we walk them through a remodel

survey. This guides us as we develop an overall flow, determine the ideal placement for appliances, and offer the custom features that will be the most beneficial for them. For example, we discuss what is working well in the current kitchen and what absolutely needs to change. We learn how many people are typically in the space at once. If they like to entertain, will the guests be in the kitchen helping with food preparation or sitting nearby to chat? It’s also helpful to know the height of the primary cook, whether right or left-handed, and if there are physical limitations to consider. Are meals typically made “from scratch” or is “heating and seating” more common? Of course, we always talk about how we can maximize storage!

To help illustrate how some of our tailor-made spaces have played out, here is a peek at a few of our recent remodels:

There's no need to stay within one style when choosing your aesthetic. In this design, the mix of contemporary, farmhouse, and traditional elements create an overall transitional feel. We used contemporary light fixtures, cabinet hardware and zellige backsplash tile. Farmhouse touches were the apron front sink, and white oak shiplap detailing on the oven hood. These selections blended seamlessly with the traditional sink faucet and shaker cabinetry. The spacious island provides plenty of counter space for baking, homework, eating and family gatherings. What an ideal, open format for those who enjoy entertaining!


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An appliance garage was designed to provide this family with a tidy spot to place all the small appliances that had accumulated over the years. Pocket doors were selected to allow for it to remain open and not impede the kitchen flow.

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The kitchen range can sometimes be the focal point for those who love to cook and bake. Talk about a range! This professional grade selection was the perfect choice for a cooking enthusiast. It's 48” wide, features a double oven, 8 burners and a griddle. It is all gas and used no electronic parts.

Although designed for convenience, large kitchen appliances are often heavy and dominate precious counterspace. This mixer lift was a great answer to both of those problems. Not only that, the cabinet outlet allows it to remain plugged in while stowed.

Pets are part of the family too! Incorporating a pet feeding station in the kitchen keeps bowls handy, but out of sight. This nifty bowl stand slides into the cabinet base and releases easily with a toe kick mechanism.



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In this kitchen, we added a charming built-in bookcase below the charging drawer. These clients now have quick access to all their cookbooks. Counter clutter is a common dilemma. Some of our clients are requesting charging drawers to keep their phones and electronics off the countertop. This also keeps them out of the way of those occasional spills.

Not everyone needs seating incorporated in their island. Because this customer had plenty of room for meals in the kitchen nook and dining room, they opted for storage on each side of their island in lieu of a bar. A soft grey is a subtle shift that sets the island apart and gives the room added dimension.

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At Home Yet another reason to love the Willamette Valley:

Caprese Salad

The waning, warm days of summer here in the valley are synonymous with overflowing vegetable gardens. Two things that really thrive here are tomatoes and basil, which leads to one conclusion... Caprese Salad! You'll need: A large (vine ripened!) tomato One ball of good Mozzarella A handfull of basil leaves A dash of good olive oil A dash of balsamic vinegar Several turns of fresh ground pepper.

Preparation: Slice the tomato in 1/4 inch slices Slice the mozzarella into similar 1/4 inch slices Stack tomato and cheese in alternating layers Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar (do the vinegar first since the olive oil resists liquids) Drizzle with olive oil Apply cracked pepper to taste Let rest for 15 minutes, and dig in!


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Shop the Philomath Farmer's Market, and then stop by to say hello and taste some wine! Find fresh produce from local farms, baked goods, wood-fired pizza, locally made crafts and more at the Philomath Farmer's Market. It's happening 11am-3pm, every Sunday through October 16. The market location is a short 2 blocks from Compton Family Wines. Come visit us after you shop the Market and feel free to bring your market food to enjoy while you wine taste.

The Compton tasting room is located in the winery, with easy access and convenient parking. It is managed by our family and staffed with our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Taste, sample, ask questions, let us help you choose what fits your tastes and needs. Best of all, you can buy exactly what you like from our several premium offerings. Visit the Compton tasting room: 810 Applegate St, Philomath, OR 97370 541-929-6555

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs at the Ready BA IN VIETNAMESE MEANS FATHER. WE RECENTLY TOOK A TRIP TO ALBANY TO TRY OUT BA’S VIETNAMESE COMFORT FOOD. The restaurant is a tribute to “Ba” the family patriarch. According to the website, after the fall of Saigon in 1975, Ba was forced to work for the North Vietnamese Communist forces. After a while he and a few other brave peace loving fellow South Vietnamese fled the communists by stealing a boat and making it to Malaysia. On the way, they save an amazing sixty-five “boatpeople.” Once in Malaysia, Ba discovered he’d have to work in a Filipino refugee camp for three years to earn passage to the shores of the South Vietnamese’ ally, The United States. He finally made it to the US, and landed in Marina, CA where he began to develop his own mother’s recipes that had comforted him. Ba met his life partner during the whirlwind of assimilation, Ma. Ma helped Ba locate his long-lost family in Vietnam, and eight years after he had escaped, the family shared a delicious meal together in their home village of Tien Giang, Vietnam.

The Turmeric Latte and the Lemongrass Peppermint Iced Tea

The restaurant’s menu is a celebration of Ba’s mother Ba Noi (grandma) back home in Vietnam. The food we sampled was delicious, and fresh. We tried the Vegan Spring Rolls, The Nam Chay/Shiitake Mushrooms Banh Mi and the Tom/Pan Fried Shrimp Bahn Mi. The “Bahn Mi” for those unfamiliar is a sandwich on a French roll. About Bahn Mi: The baguette was introduced to Vietnam by the French during the time of French colonialism in Vietnam in the 1800’s. The term Bahn Mi originally just referred to the bread, but over time the sandwiches have become so popular they are now all called Bahn Mi. Over the years Bahn Mi have moved up and down in the “ranks” of food. Early on, imported wheat was expensive in


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The Shitake Bahn Mi Vietnam, so the baguette was a treat for the well to do. Later, wheat was not a big deal anymore, but the baguettes, baked daily, didn’t fare well in the humidity of Vietnam, so they were often dipped in Pho (broth) to soften them up. Then they were often filled with cheddar cheese that had been provided in the form of food aid by the French. Rejected by the North Vietnamese the cheese found it’s way into lots of sandwiches in the south. Who doesn’t like a baguette with a little cheddar? Now, the Bahn Mi has made its way around the world and appears in many countries as a Vietnamese specialty. They are usually filled with some combination of meat and sliced carrots, cucumbers, and cilantro. Of course, there are vegan options, and even (in Vietnam) Bahn Mi filled with ice cream and crushed peanuts! Fun fact: McDonalds in Vietnam serves Bahn Mi. Our sandwiches contained the usual Bahn Mi vegetables and delicious shrimp with just the right kick of heat, and Shiitake mushrooms that were smokey and meaty. Both delicious. Our Spring Rolls were good, filled with veggies and a great “first course” for lunch. Ba’s also has several interesting drinks on the menu from Thai Iced Tea to an Avocado Smoothie. We opted for a Turmeric Latte and a Lemongrass Peppermint Iced Tea – also both delicious. The dining room is small, so plan ahead! They seem to do a brisk take-out business, and there are a couple of outside tables if the dining room fills up, which it did when we were there. There’s also what looks to be a full bar in the back. We were there for lunch, so didn’t try the bar option, but you are encouraged to venture in to check it out!

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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 Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00

Dining in the Valley

Queen’s Chopstick

136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222


Novak’s Hungarian

Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant! Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish. CURRENT HOURS: Thursday & Friday 11:30 -- 4:00 Buffet from 5:00 to close. 208 2nd St. SW in Albany 541-967-9488

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too. Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis 541-754-0181

Kaiyo Sushi Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out. Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites. Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert. A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi! Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 San�am Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s) (541) 497-2622

Homegrown Oregon Foods Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an affordable price, and always 100% gluten free. Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery See the website for details. 212 1st. Ave. in Albany 541-971-7174 FOOD & WINE |


Dining in Style

Another Willamette Valley Secret... The Willamette Valley Supper Club

Beth Lambright, Governor of the Oregon Society of Mayflower Descendants speaks at Nov 2021 dinner

Susan McNutt, her son Matt Wheeler and Susan’s father Jackson (Jack) Ross at an Adair Officer's Club dinner. Jack was a patriarch of the Supper Club

We have a table decorations committee – this was for a Mar 2022 presentation by Oregon Women for Agriculture



he current worldwide reputation of the Willamette Valley as a destination for those who enjoy fresh food, good beer, and great wine is well-established; but did you know that there is a fine dining tradition in our area that dates back nearly 60 years? If not, read on for some history and current information. The Willamette Valley Supper Club was originally known as the Willamette Valley Knife and Fork Club (WVKFC). It was affiliated with the International Knife and Fork Club of Topeka, Kansas. Knife and Fork Clubs were popular in the Midwest of the United States as early as 1902. The bylaws of WVKFC closely followed the bylaws recommended by the International Knife and Fork Club of Topeka – “The objectives shall be first to promote educational, patriotic, cultural and scientific interest in the city and state; second to promote social contacts between men of the city and surrounding territory.” Where the WVKFC was a renegade was that it allowed women as members. The International organization did not. This become a problem in the late 1980s and the Valley club disassociated with the international organization and became the independent Willamette Valley Supper Club (WVSC). The WVKFC was formed in 1966 and held its first meeting in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the Oregon State campus. Members were listed in the 1967-68 directory by addresses. Towns represented were Albany, Corvallis, Halsey, Monmouth, Monroe, Philomath, Salem, Shedd, and Tangent, the same as today. The club continued to meet in the ballroom until 1973, then moved to Nendels, then Crescent Valley High School, then the Memorial Union East Forum, then Burtons, then the Adair Village with Valley Catering as its caterer. COVID forced the club to meet via ZOOM only in 2020- 21. In that same year, Valley Catering ceased operation. In 202122 the club resumed in-person meetings and formed a working relationship with the Elks Lodge of Corvallis. The club will meet there again in 2022-23.

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OSU Barometer Feb 1967 showing Knife and Fork Club as scheduled event

Attendance in 1972 was listed as 350 with dues at $7.50. As more “out-on-the-town” options became available, membership dropped. It currently stands at 50 with dues of $20 – a real bargain. The club has met on Sunday evenings since its inception. Such is the case for the coming year with this planned slate of speakers: • October 9, 2022 – Brian Bangs - “Leave it to Beaver: Nature’s Ecosystem Engineers” • November 13, 2022 – Christy Sweet - “100 Years of Oregon State Parks” • February 19, 2023 – Dr. Brian Wood - “Nuclear’s Moment of Truth: The Status of Nuclear Power in 2023” • March 12, 2023 – TBD Mennonite Village speaker - “Palliative Care in 2023” • April 16, 2023 – Sharon and Dave Thormahlen – “Harp Therapy – to Your Health!” We continue to enjoy each other’s company, good food, and great programs. Member dues ($20) cover meals and honoraria for speakers but do not cover member meals. Meals themselves vary in price, depending on what is being served, but average $30 per person. A vegetarian option is available for each meal. If you are interested in learning more about the world around us and enjoying a good meal and conversation on a Sunday evening, please consider joining the Supper Club. Send an email to for more information about the organization and about becoming a member. This article was written by Russ Karow and Robert Potts, WVSC Board members, with historical information pulled from an article written in 2017 by Jackson Ross, decades-long club member and club leader, now deceased.

International Relations

Friendship Force

Travel The World With Friends

Don and Betty Rea (right), founders of FFOMWV, with Horst & Ingrid Neumann in 1992 – the Neumanns are still in contact with FFOMWV members today FRIENDSHIP FORCE INTERNATIONAL (FFI) IS A NON-PROFIT CULTURAL ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON PROMOTING UNDERSTANDING, CULTURAL EDUCATION AND CITIZEN DIPLOMACY THROUGH HOMESTAY JOURNEYS AND PERSONAL FRIENDSHIPS. It is based in more than 45 countries and on 6 continents, with 15,000 active members and over 300 journeys taking place each year. Through these exciting personal encounters, strangers become friends. FFI members know that by experiencing different views, you can discover common ground with other people. FFI programs bring diverse people together into each other’s cultures and homes to share one-of-a-kind experiences not available to regular tourists. More information about FFI can be found at: FFI was founded by Presbyterian minister Wayne Smith and then-governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter in 1973. It was formed after an exchange program with Pernambuco, Brazil in which the Brazilians stayed in the Georgia Governor's Mansion. FFI was unveiled on March 1, 1977, by President Jimmy Carter and Smith at a White House gathering of state governors. First Lady Rosalynn Carter served as Honorary Chairperson until 2002. On July 4, 1977, the first “journey” took place. It involved 762 members who did a reciprocal exchange between Atlanta and Newcastle Upon Tyne in England.

PART TWO: FRIENDSHIP FORCE OF OREGON’S MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY If you have an interest in travel and interacting and living, for a short period of time, with new found friends from around our nation and world, then Friendship Force may be for you. This is the second of five articles. It will tell you about the Friendship Force club in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. Friendship Force of Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley (FFOMWV) is one of three Friendship Force International clubs (FFI) in Oregon. There is a Columbia Cascades club in the Portland/ Vancouver area and the Southern Oregon club in SW Oregon. More information about the FFOMWV club can be found at the club website; Information about all FFI clubs, including the others in Oregon, can be found at www. under the “Who We Are” tab. FFOMWV was founded in August 1992. In years just prior, Don and Betty Rea, Gloria Shibley (now Olson), Edla Johnson, and others from Albany area had traveled to Germany and Russia as part of journeys (trips to other countries or areas of the US) organized by other PNW FFI clubs. After their experiences on these trips, they decided that a club was needed in western Oregon to actively promote the FFI model – a world of friends is a world of peace. The club organized its first international FOOD & WINE |


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It is based in more than 45 countries and on 6 continents, with 15,000 active members and over 300 journeys taking place each year.

German FF group visits Oregon in 1992 as FFOMWV is being formed outbound journey in 1993, a trip to New Zealand. It organized its first inbound international journey from Australia, also in 1993. Domestic journeys began in 1998. Since formation of the club, FFOMWV has gone on 26 international journeys and 9 domestic. The club has hosted 33 international groups and 18 domestic. Journeys are the “life blood” of FFI. The next articles in this series will provide you with more information about inbound

and outbound journeys and how these have impacted the lives of club members. In addition to journeys, the club is active in developing international relations and good will in other ways. The group was part of a training program for Russian teachers in the 1990s. Club members travelled to Cuba to assist in humanitarian program when that country first opened to international travelers. In 2022, as

COVID travel restrictions are lifted, the club is hosting a group of 17-19-yearold Armenian students for a week of immersion in US culture. The club also works with other multi-cultural programs in the mid-Willamette Valley. While most club members are retired people who have the capability to travel throughout the year, club membership is open to anyone with an interest in the FFI cause and mission. In other parts of the world, families with young children are members of clubs. While these members may not be able to participate in some outbound journeys, they can host inbound visitors and reap the benefit of interactions with others from different cultures through home hosting. As noted, our club was founded in 1992 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. We are holding both virtual and in-person celebration events. More information about these activities can be obtained by sending an email to In the next articles in this series we will tell you more about how journeys are organized and the impact that journeys have had on club members’ lives.

Cover of FFOMWV’s first inbound journey program – Tweed Valley Australia, 1993 FOOD & WINE |


Hong Wolfe • REAL ESTATE

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

Real Estate Update


them on before the cold season begins. Additionally, add weather-strips and or a door sweep to prevent drafts and keep the heat in.

Proper weatherizing can help protect your home from preventable damage, save money on energy costs, and, most importantly, keep you and your loved ones safe and warm throughout the winter season. Here is a useful checklist to manage your weatherization project. Setting aside some time on a couple of weekend days should be more than enough to knock this out:

RAIN GUTTERS: Clean your rain gutters of any debris. In colder climates, the buildup will cause gutters to freeze with ice, crack and then leak. Once you have removed the residue from the drains, test them by running hose water to make sure cracks and leaks have not already formed. Even in warmer locales, the buildup can put undue stress on your roof and home.

CRACKS & LEAKS: Examine your entire house for any cracks and leaks, from your roof to your baseboards, to your basement and foundation. With unpredictable winter weather, these cracks and leaks are how the outside gets in, causing cold drafts and water damage. Luckily, most cracks don’t require a professional to handle it. Depending on your house type and age, it’s likely you’ll be able to do it yourself with supplies from your local hardware store. WINDOWS & DOORS: Gaps and breaks in windows and doors is another way to let the winter in your home, and they can let heat escape, raising your heat bill throughout the season. Make sure seals are tight and no leaks exist. If you have storm windows, make sure you put

PIPES: Protecting your pipes from freezing should be your number one priority this winter. A burst pipe can quickly become a disaster in any home. Remember to turn off your exterior water source and take in your hose. Internally, wrapping your pipes is a recommended precaution to take. HEATING SYSTEM: Annual checks are vital in avoiding dangers such as house fires. Replace filters if you use a furnace and clear out any vents and ducts that carry heat through them. If you have baseboard heat, wipe them of dust and remove any debris that might catch fire. FIREPLACE & WOOD BURNING STOVES: Make sure to have chimneys and air vents cleaned early in the season if you


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are planning on warming your home with a wood-burning source. When your fireplace is not in use make sure to close the damper, some resources estimate open dampers can increase energy consumption by as much as 30%, increasing your bill about $200. OUTSIDE: Bring your patio furniture inside or cover it for the winter. Don’t forget other, smaller items such as your tools, including the hose and planting pots. Clear out any piles around the side of your house, checking for cracks and holes in your home and foundation as you go so to avoid providing shelter for unwelcome guests over the cold season. If your property has large trees check for loose branches and call someone to trim back any limbs that may fall in your yard, on your roof or even damage a window. EMERGENCY KIT: Lastly, make sure your emergency kit is up to date with provisions, batteries, fresh water, food for animals, entertainment for kids – especially if you live in an area prone to power outages. For a more complete emergency preparedness guide, visit

Hong Hong Wolfe Windermere Willamette Valley in Corvallis. Contact her at 541-740-9497

Sten Carlson • YOUR FINANCES

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

On the Money

Tackling Childcare Costs FINDING AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CHILDCARE IS ESSENTIAL FOR MANY WORKING PARENTS. The current shortage of care options is helping drive up costs for parents across the nation. If you know you will be needing childcare coverage soon, here are some ways to plan for and manage this considerable expense of parenthood. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS. Review available childcare arrangements and common hourly rates in your area. RELATIVES AND SITTERS. Individuals who are not associated with a sitting service generally charge more modest rates for childcare. If you pay for services from a family member, tax rules do apply, though a bit differently if a grandparent provides the care. NANNIES AND AU PAIRS. Hiring a nanny is often the most expensive childcare option. You’re paying for the convenience of a dedicated, in-home provider, but you may also need to fund room and board and make a car available for their use. A nanny-share arrangement can help reduce your cost for this form of care if you can get by with fewer hours of coverage or find someone willing to take on multiple children. Another option is to host an international au pair.

By Sten Carlson

Placed through an agency, this individual typically may provide up to 45 hours per week of in-home childcare in exchange for room and board, a weekly stipend, and a modest education allowance. DAYCARE CENTER. Centers tend to be more affordable than in-home help. While your children may not receive as much one-on-one time with a caretaker, daycare centers often provide a more social and educational environment. CO-OPS. You might investigate joining or creating a childcare co-op. In these arrangements, parents take turns watching each other’s children. This is a low-or no-cost option for families that have some flexibility in their work schedules or work opposite shifts. CONSIDER THE TAX IMPLICATIONS. To help parents remain in the workforce, the federal government offers tax relief for a portion of eligible childcare costs. For the 2021 tax year, the American Rescue Plan Act allows eligible parents to claim a tax credit for 50% of up to $8,000 in childcare expenses, for up to two children (maximum credit of $8,000). Depending on your income, you may be able to reduce your tax bill or receive a cash refund of the eligible amount.

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CLTC, CKA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

If you are paying someone to care for your child in your home, you are considered a “household employer” and have the additional responsibility of paying employment taxes. The IRS usually does not impose this “nanny tax” if the childcare provider offers their services at their own home or place of business. Note that parents who pay cash for childcare services without reporting those payments cannot claim the tax exemption mentioned above and risk legal penalties. START SAVING. Any cushion you can provide your family before childcare costs kick in will be helpful. You’ll experience less pain when the time comes if you’re accustomed to accounting for this expense. GET EXPERT ADVICE. A tax professional can help you realize the maximum tax relief associated with your childcare costs. Also consider meeting with a financial advisor to discuss this necessary expense impacts your short-and long-term savings goals. Together you can explore ways to improve your financial security as you watch your children grow.

Sten Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at 541-757-3000

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.




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The Haberdasher

10 Fall Must Haves from Head to Toe By Oscar B. Hult, Haberdasher WHETHER YOU ARE OUT ON A WALK WITH THE DOG, VISITING THE FARMERS' MARKET OR JUST VISITING THE PUB WITH A FRIEND OR TWO, FALL IS A GREAT TIME TO FRESHEN UP YOUR LOOK AND SHOW OFF YOUR PERSONAL STYLE BY LAYERING UP YOUR FAVORITE WOOL AND COTTON CLOTHING ITEMS. Here are a few basics that should be in your casual Fall wardrobe... 1. A wool or fur hat. One of the most practical items you can get to keep warm while looking stylish, find one that fits your style. 2. Quality Leather Jacket. There are lots of options like: a Classic bomber, a suede safari jacket, or a lambskin blazer. 3. Long Sleeve Cotton Henley. Earth tones are a great choice for these base layers.

4. Flannel Button Up Shirt. An Oregon staple. You probably have a couple already. 5. Men's Shawl Collared Cardigan. Lots of pattern choices available in either wool or cotton. Perfect for sitting in front of the fire. 6. Herringbone Tweed Sports Jacket. The perfect outerwear for our cool Oregon days and nights. You will look great throwing darts while at the pub. 7. Denim Jacket. Bring out your inner cowboy, layer over a henley and your favorite flannel for a comfortable casual look that can go almost anywhere. 8. Chinos. Select a pair or two that pair well with your favorite shirts, tan, olive, or rust are all good choices for these basic pants.

9. A Nice Jeans Belt. Choose a heavier belt to coordinate with your favorite leather shoes or boots. 10. Boots. Grab some sturdy boots to pair with your casual look, either classic Desert boots or something a bit dressier, your feet will love you for it. LAYER UP, POUR YOURSELF A GLASS OF BOURBON, AND ENJOY THE CHANGING SEASONS.

Oscar Oscar B. Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at


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In The Garden

Brenda Powell • GARDENING

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Berry Good By Brenda Powell

BLUEBERRIES ARE DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS, AND A BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE PLANT BOASTING RED FALL FOLIAGE. They’re easy to grow and long-lived, and you can harvest a small crop the year after planting. I love them on yogurt and cereal for breakfast, and so many baked goods are enhanced by adding fresh berries. Also, they freeze well and are excellent in smoothies. My husband and I defrost the frozen berries in the microwave to use in the winter months instead of buying fresh from the grocery store. Blueberries are one of the few fruiting plants more readily available at nurseries for fall planting, an ideal time to do so. Although easy to grow, blueberries do have specific requirements to grow well. They require a sunny location with no competition from tree roots. Plant them in well-drained soil with a high organic matter content and a pH range of 4.5 to 5.5. I use G&B Acid planting mix in the ground when I plant. Our soils tend to be slightly acidic (mine was a 6), and by using organic fertilizer for acid-loving plants (I like Espoma Holly-tone) I didn’t need to add anything else to get them to grow. It is a good idea to test your soil pH. Test

kits or meters are available and not too tricky to use. To plant, remove the plant from the pot and loosen the roots by scoring the sides and bottom of the root ball. Spread roots as broad and shallow as the root ball will allow. Make sure the plant crown is one inch higher than the soil level. A mulch of 2-3” depth should be applied throughout the planting. Sawdust or bark mulch (except cedar, redwood, or black walnut) or the acid-planting mix may be used. Prune 30-40% of the bush the first year, removing older, twiggy growth that is not upright. Also, remove the flowers the first year. This allows the plant to establish and put energy into growth. Harvest begins in year two, increasing yield until year seven, and continues for up to 50 years. Not only do humans love blueberries, but so do deer and birds. A fenced growing area works best to keep deer at bay. Birds are trickier. A small mesh netting or structure with a netting cover works best to keep birds out. OSU Extension has a great guide online entitled Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden, which includes more details on planting, pruning, and pest control.

For best production, plant two different cultivars to provide cross-pollination. If you have space, choose cultivars that bear at different times to increase the length of fresh harvest. The following are the most popular varieties we sell at Garland Nursery; BLUE CROP: mid-season with good flavor and a medium-sized berry. CHANDLER: long bearing, mid to lateseason with a delicious flavor and huge berries. LEGACY: mid to late-season, very productive. The fruit is large with very good flavor. SPARTAN: early season with a deliciously tangy, sweet flavor. Large berry. JERSEY: late season with good flavor. The fruit is small-medium, but the plant is very productive.

Brenda Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis.

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Kris Denning • HEALTH & FITNESS

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry


Best Sleep for Fall and Beyond IT’S FALL AGAIN! THIS IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR MANY OF US WITH FAMILIES AND KIDS IN SCHOOL. It’s the perfect time to establish a sleep routine that will help everyone succeed in keeping their best foot forward each day. Okay, most days…. progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves anyway. There is nothing more important than rest. For our kids, for ourselves, and for all the people we deal with day in and day out. We all need it to function our best. How much sleep does everyone need? According to the CDC, Preschoolers should be getting 10-13 hours of sleep including naps. Kids 6-12 years of age should be getting 9-12 hours of sleep, and teens need 8-10 hours of sleep. Adults are advised to get at least 7 hours a night. If your family falls in line with those recommendations, way to go! If you or anyone in your family are having trouble reaching the recommended hours of sleep, here are some suggestions. Stop consuming media at least 30 minutes before bed. Switch off the TV or phone and replace it with a book. Nothing

By Kris Denning

too stimulating. Enough to keep you reading, yet something that encourages those lids to want to droop and fall. I highly recommend not having a TV in the bedroom. This way, your body gets the message that when you arrive in that bed, it is time for sleep. The kids may not be happy about it, but have them keep their phones outside of their room at night. Then they won’t be getting late night “snaps” from those kids who are allowed to sleep with their phones. If your kids are already in high school, this may not be a fight you want to create at this stage of the game. Try leading by example and dock your phone in the kitchen at night and perhaps they will learn from you. Even better. Try not to consume late day caffeine, including chocolate. This one is tough for me (the chocolate) at times, but I have learned my lesson that late day caffeine impedes my ability to fall asleep. Seems like a no brainer, but there are substances we consume that we aren’t even aware contain caffeine, such as chocolate. Did I mention the chocolate? I like chocolate. Establish an exercise routine. Moderate, *Sign up for Kris' weekly newsletter at

daily exercise for at least 30 minutes will help you get a more restful sleep. Keep in mind that vigorous exercise late in the day may wind you up a bit, so try and get your exercise earlier so you have energy when you really need it. If it is evening, and you want to move the body, I highly recommend walking, Yoga, light stretching, and foam rolling. All of these will help calm the body and mind. If racing thoughts prevent you from drifting off, rest assured that anything you haven’t accomplished today, will be there tomorrow. Jot down anything of importance you need to remember for the morning, then let it go. My favorite way to fall asleep, is to count my blessings instead of sheep… Close your eyes and rest in gratitude. Say to yourself, I am grateful for – my health, my warm bed, my family, my cat, my home, chocolate, etc. Falling asleep with an unending gratitude list will ensure you will drift off to happy dreams and awaken on a positive note. Wishing you all a restful fall…

Kris Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Reiki Master, and Holistic Nutritionist. Contact Kris at:


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Looking Good

Got Figs?

Cheryl Lohman • LOOKING GOOD

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

By Cheryl Lohman

Ahh… Fall. That warm-cool time of year when we move away from summer casual wear and dress up a little more, wear a little more makeup, and schedules tend to get a little more structured. I love September for the full harvest of delicious local fruits and vegetables. Especially figs. I’ll get to that in a minute. In past Sept/Oct issues, I’ve highlighted what’s possible with Permanent Makeup for cancer patients since October is Breast Cancer awareness month. And while I still provide services to help clients feel whole again, in this issue I want to talk about figs. What do figs have to do with permanent makeup? Well, nothing really…except I am a Permanent Makeup Artist and I LOVE figs. However, it turns out that figs are a really incredible beauty secret whether you eat them or apply them to your skin. Figs are an ancient fruit dating back to BC in the Middle East. Figs are known to have medicinal properties, for building muscle, enhancing fertility, and increasing stamina. Figs are used in the Mediterranean diet, one of the healthiest diets in the world. You can use figs to hydrate the skin and restore its elasticity and firmness.

They also help prevent cracked lips and premature wrinkling. Figs have excellent hydration properties.

Here is a recipe for a facial mask you can use at home especially after a summer in the sun.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) are used to refresh and brighten skin and are often used as an ingredient in skin exfoliation products. Figs have natural AHA properties, and when ingested, behave somewhat like internal exfoliants. They promote healthy digestion. And when used externally as a mask provide exfoliation of the skin. (mask recipe below)

Take one large fig or two small figs. Cut the fig in half and scoop out its flesh and mash it thoroughly. Add a teaspoon of honey or yogurt to it if you want to enhance the texture of your skin. Apply the mask on your face and keep it on for 5-10 minutes. Wash it off with water and say hello to refreshed skin.

Figs are high in are vitamins A, B1, B2, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and pectin. Dried figs contain more calcium than any other fruit. Just a quarter cup contains 100 mg of calcium. The calcium content can help improve nail health, calm nerves and strengthen bones. Dried figs also contain enough potassium to help lower blood pressure. Using figs can help the skin look younger and more radiant. Their high omega-3 fatty acid content nourishes the skin, fights signs of aging, and reduces acne flares. The high amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, helps to lighten and even out the skin tone and aid in collagen production.

I hope you will enjoy figs whether eating them or for beauty treatments and if you want to continue that carefree summer vibe as your schedule becomes fuller again, consider permanent makeup to simplify your makeup routine. Be sure to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. Seek a professional who is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism and safety. After permanent makeup — you’ll be among those who enjoy a natural look that lasts a long time.


Cheryl Lohman CPCP, is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and owns Oregon Permanent Makeup in Corvallis Contact Cheryl: 541-740-1639




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Medical Cannabis

Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine thy Food By Rhea R Graham WE’RE TOLD HIPPOCRATES SAID, “LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE THY FOOD.” Whoever said it was on the right track, that’s for sure. Giving your body Cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant is one sure way of feeding yourself medicine in your food. Smelling the Cannabis will help you choose the medicine you need. The plant that will work best for you will smell lovely; terpenes – the smell and flavor of the plant, is where you find much of the healing. When activated, THC makes you high and the terpenes “drive the high.” Terpenes determine if you will be happy, hungry, sleepy, dopey … and more! Many of the same terpenes found in Cannabis are found in common items such as lavender (linalool), citrus rinds (limonene), hops, lemongrass, verbena and bay along with citrus fruits and juices (myrcene). Evergreen trees often help us breathe because of the pinene in them, and that same pinene in Cannabis helps asthmatic people breathe, as pinene is a bronchial dilator. Another cool fact about Myrcene is that it is has analgesic, sedative, antidiabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory,

antibacterial and anticancer effects. This information is found here, at the National Institutes of Health, of all places: PMC8326332. High doses of myrcene are comparable to Phenobarbital, a barbiturate used to treat seizures. Myrcene, however, is not likely to kill you by overdose and Phenobarbital most certainly can; Phenobarbital is also highly addictive, while naturally, myrcene is not. You can easily eat some wellness in a fruit smoothie with a tablespoon of Cannabis leaf added to it. No need to get high, but the leaf will help with inflammation, which is the basis of pretty much all disease. You won’t even taste it, just as you don’t taste the spinach or kale that is added. THCA, the compound found in high quantities before the heat and time are applied, is the best anti-inflammatory on the planet. THCA also works to stop some seizures as well as tremors and can be used in salads, teas, and more. Cannabis can also be cooked into brownies, gummies and other edible products, but naturally it works and tastes better in them when it is infused into a fat and not just ground up. “Hay brownies” are neither enjoyable nor efficient! There are several recipes on YouTube about how to infuse Cannabis, and

soon we will have classes from Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research there as well. Stay tuned for our book which will detail several ways of infusing Cannabis as Medicine, because your food truly should be your medicine.

Rhea Graham and her daughter Kendra are writing a book about “How to make and use Smokeless Cannabis Remedies from Albany’s Canna Kitchen & Research” which is to be published in the near future. The proceeds from the book will be used to fund the opening and operations of the ACKR Canna-it-ALL Healing-Life Center, so let’s get it on the best sellers list, and fast! Preorders will be taken, and they are looking for Launch Team volunteers to read and honestly review the free electronic copy when it is available (shooting for early September 2022). Let them know by email if you are interested in either at:


Rhea Graham owns Albany's Canna Kitchen & Research and is a pioneer in the medical cannabis field.

Contact Rhea at: 541-981-2620


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The Crossword

this issue's theme:

Food & Wine

Puzzles by Myles Mellor, the undisputed, international "King of Crosswords."





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35 37

Across 1 Willamette Valley Wine, 2 19 Edible shellfish words

30 Give the wine a chance to breathe 32 Pickle flavoring

21 6Containing more cream perhaps, coffee of ‘Desperate Dry red wine, briefly 33 as Longoria Honey maker 23 8Redder, as steak 10 Ratatouille ingredient

25 Car club, abbr.

11 Invitation request, for short

26 13Promotion Take on reward, usually ____ greens 27 14Neighbor of (like Mo.,cabbage abbr. and kale)

31 1612/24, Radio for typeone Chinese appetizers, 2 words 34 18Magazine commercial ___, shucks! 3520Addition to a letter

22 Dark-skinned wine grape

24 Punch served with paella 28 “You’re it” 29 “Pledge of Allegiance” ender


36 The color of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 words 37 Brew, as tea

9 Medical TV drama 12 Choosing the wine for the food 15 “We’re in this love together” singer, Jarreau 16 Pudding-like dessert 17 Sheep cry 19 Edible shellfish 21 Containing more cream perhaps, as coffee

Down 1 Italian pie

23 Redder, as steak

2 Tex-Mex appetizers

25 Car club, abbr.

3 Gauguin’s adopted home

26 Promotion reward, usually

4 Wine specialist

27 Neighbor of Mo., abbr.

5 Ball carrier in the NFL, abbr.

31 12/24, for one

6 Piquant

34 Magazine commercial

7 Hip flask quickie

35 Addition to a letter You can also solve the crossword online at: Works great on an iPad or a desktop. Look for the "crossword" link.


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