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What a Year!

s the year comes to a close, I’d like to wish
everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New
Year. Looking back on 2015, I must admit
it’s been a very productive, interesting, mostly fun
and very busy year. On a sadder note, it’s also been a
year that saw the passing of too many of Jacksonville’s
friends, both young and old—a theme that seems to be
a new reality as I enter my mid-50’s.
Reflecting back, several key issues dominated town
news including the watershed decision to restore the
County Courthouse and move city offices into the
historic building. You can certainly expect the Review’s
pages to be filled with all sorts of news related to this
and other issues next year.
In 2015, other news that piqued my interest that’ll
surely influence our town included the legalization
of recreational marijuana. How the issue plays-out
remains to be seen, but my gut tells me it’s not going to
be in our best interest. On the flip side, a very positive
story in 2015 included the rebound of the economy and
its impact on the local and national real estate markets

as well as the local business community. If you think
you’ve been seeing new faces and new places in town,
you’re right—new residents, new homes and new
businesses are a sign of the times.
In 2015, the Review kept to its mission of promoting
the merits of the “Shop Local” movement, championing
the notion that a strong locally-based economy is good
for property values and community values.
Over the past 12 months, it’s been a pleasure bringing
you stories reflective of life in our historic village…from
the politics to the people! Please know that I consider it
an honor to be the publisher of the Review and sincerely
appreciate the massive amount of support I receive
from the community.
Lastly, I’m extremely proud that Jacksonville
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Southern Oregon with the launch of Southern Oregon
Wine Scene. Our new magazine, published 3-times/
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or 2015, it’s my sincere privilege to
name and honor Rob Buerk and
Steve Casaleggio as the Review’s
Volunteers of the Year! Rob and Steve
are driving forces behind the continued
success of the Jacksonville Boosters Club
and formed the leadership team that
oversaw the restoration of the Peter Britt
Gardens. In addition to club projects, both
are involved in other civic activities that
improve the lives of others and increase
the overall livability of the city. Earlier
this year, the Peter Britt Gardens were
formally re-opened after a multi-year
restoration project was completed under
the leadership of Rob and Steve. The
historic Peter Britt Gardens—located on
the southeastern side of the Britt music
venue—date from 1860 when Peter Britt,
a noted photographer and horticulturist,
first settled in Jacksonville and began
planting grapes and cultivating other
plants at his hillside home. After the Britt
home burned to the ground in 1960, the
gardens essentially returned to a seminatural state. In the years following
the fire, much of the Britt property was
transformed into the now-famous Britt
music venue, including the lower garden
area, adjacent to Highway 238. Today,
the restoration of the gardens boasts
new pathways, overhead and pathway
lighting, irrigation systems, drainage and
signage, along with hundreds of periodspecific plants that Peter Britt himself
had grown on the site for decades. A tour
of the gardens is now a “must-see” for
anyone living in or visiting town.
Speaking to the success of the project
and what it means to the festival grounds,
Britt Music and Arts Festival CEO Donna
Briggs said, “Rob and Steve are two
very busy people that don't necessarily
have the time, but they have the heart
and the will to make a difference in
our community. Britt and the City of
Jacksonville benefit from their tireless
efforts to improve the Lower Britt
Gardens and inspire us all to do more.”
Thanks to their leadership, “Another
Jacksonville volunteer project is a reality,”
noted Dirk Siedlecki, one of the Review’s
2013 Volunteers of the Year and President
of the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic
Cemetery. Dirk, who knows what it
takes to plan and execute major projects
said, “When Marjorie Edens, a longtime
supporter and historian of Jacksonville
passed away in April, 2014, she left
her estate to the Jacksonville Boosters
Foundation to be used for the restoration
and long-term maintenance of the Peter
Britt Gardens.” Knowing that the gardens
were very special to Marjorie and that
the restoration project had been eyed as a
potential Booster Club project, Rob, Steve
and their dedicated team of volunteers
got to work, using their individual skills
to make it happen.”
Speaking to the leadership skill
needed to make the garden dream a
reality, Dirk added, “Rob and Steve have
accomplished something amazing and
something I know is making Marjorie

Steve Casaleggio
smile from ear to ear. The hours these
two spent and continue to spend working
at the site and behind the scenes—at
meetings, planning, designing and
developing each aspect of the overall
project, is monumental… their dedication
and hard work will be appreciated for
many years to come and the gardens are
truly becoming a destination garden once
more, just as Marjorie hoped.”
Jacksonville City Administrator and
Public Works Director Jeff Alvis has
worked with the duo for years and noted,
“Spearheading a large-scale project of
this nature meant working in conjunction
with City and Britt Festivals staff. Rob and
Steve are an incredible asset to the City….
their dedication to projects which directly
benefit the community is just amazing.
We are so lucky to have these two fine
gentlemen in our community. And, it’s
always great working with them because
they make it fun!”
Mike McClain, President of the Boosters
Club also expressed his appreciation,
saying, “Rob Buerk and Steve Casaleggio
would both qualify to wear a scarlet
“V” on their shirts to signify the number
of volunteer hours and days they have
spent on multiple projects to improve our
town. To begin with, both are mainstays
of the Jacksonville Boosters Club; Rob
is the President of the Boosters Club
Foundation while Steve is a former threeyear president of the Boosters Club… they
are tireless workers on projects to make
Jacksonville a better place to live.”
Rob and Steve have also taken
leadership roles on civic committees.
Rob serves on the Parks, Recreation
and Visitors Services Committee and
is a member of the Mayor’s Advisory
Committee. Likewise, Steve serves on the
PRVSC as the Chair, and also lends his
professional legal expertise in helping
create master plan documents for the city.
McClain added, “Rob’s finely-tuned
organizational skills have been put to
the test by the multi-year development
of the gardens, but his volunteer time
also includes hanging US flags on
holidays and Chinese lanterns, assisting
in the Meet the Pioneers tours and
helping coordinate city projects with the
City Administrator.”
While Rob’s forte is in organizing and
seeing projects to the end, Steve “is also
hands-on man, always leading a group in
the trenches, whether shoveling, running
a blower, scraping paint, manning a
paintbrush or repairing and refinishing
a Jacksonville street bench. Steve just
can’t walk through the gardens without
getting out his tool kit and putting it to
use to repair or modify some aspect of the
garden,” McClain said.
For their years of selfless volunteer
service, major accomplishments and
for making a difference in the lives of
others, the Review extends a heartfelt
Thank You and Congratulations to Rob
Buerk and Steve Casaleggio for being
our 2015 Volunteer Citizens of the Year!

December 2015/January 2016

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Garden Club member, Joan Hess–with beautiful holiday arrangements.
At holiday times, the scent of fresh
greens stimulates memories of holidays
past and of tranquil moments in the
woods. The Jacksonville Garden
Club’s Holiday Greens Sale, with its
beautiful arrangements, is a familiar
event in downtown Jacksonville during
Victorian Christmas. Less well known
is the impact that this fundraising event
has on the lives of local students. Each
year, the Club awards scholarships to
students at Rogue Community College
and the Oregon Stewardship. This year’s
RCC winner intends to pursue a career
in forestry and photography, saying,
“Since I was young, I’ve always wanted
to spend most of my time in the woods
exploring and doing what I can to
improve the environment around me.”
The Oregon Stewardship award went to
a biology major who is an alumnus of
Griffin Creek Elementary. Jim Hutchins,
director of Oregon Stewardship, believes
that the biggest benefit to the students in
the program is developing teamwork, a

sense of accomplishment, and of course,
a love of nature.
Your purchase at the Holiday Greens
Sale supports this good work, as well as
numerous beautification projects in the
Jacksonville area, including the Peter
Britt Garden, the Post Office Garden, and
Scheffel-Thurston Park. This year the
sale will be held on Friday, December 4,
from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Saturday,
December 5, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
The Saturday sale will be open during
Jacksonville’s Victorian Christmas
parade. Location is in the alcove next
to the Jacksonville Post Office, near the
intersection of Oregon and California
Streets. A variety of table arrangements,
designer baskets and swags will be
available to decorate your home or
business, or to give as wonderful gifts to
family and friends. Enjoy the Victorian
holiday spirit in downtown Jacksonville,
support a good cause and brighten your
holidays with lovely natural greens!

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Brodie Dental Sponsoring Angel Tree Gift Program

Every year, dozens of caring businesses
in Jackson County participate in the
Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy
Drive program to brighten the lives of
families here in the Rogue Valley. In 2014,
more than 40 Rogue Valley businesses
participated in the program, collecting
toys for 1600 Jackson County kids age 12
and under!
Thanks to your generosity, children in
our community who might go without
holiday gifts will receive them! In 2014,
Brodie Dental supported this worthy cause,
helping more than 40 local kids in the
Jacksonville area. With your help this year,
the clinic hopes to help more than 75 kids.

The program is simple: just stop-by
Brodie Dental from 8:00am-5:00pm,
Monday through Thursday and pick-up
an Angel Tree Gift Tag from the holiday
tree in the lobby. Then, just return an
unwrapped gift matching the information
provided on the tag to the clinic or to the
Salvation Army, where it will be given
to a deserving child in our community.
Angel Tree Gifts may be dropped-off
at Brodie Dental or the Salvation Army
through December 14.
Brodie Dental (541-899-8833) is
conveniently located at 305 Shafer Lane,
Jacksonville and the Salvation Army (541- 7736965) is located at 304 Beatty Street, Medford.

Holiday Wreath-Making at Hanley Farm
November 28, Holiday WreathMaking at Hanley Farm: Make your
holiday wreath using materials cut
fresh from the farm. PLUS, warm cider,
cookies, popcorn, children’s games,
items from the Hanley Mercantile,
etc. PLUS, Santa has agreed to visit
the farm! He will learn from children
of all ages what’s on their Christmas
wish list! 1053 Hanley Road, 11:00am3:00pm. Admission: FREE! Wreath Kits:
$15 (SOHS Members/$10); Photo with
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Nothing will make the music fan on your
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News From Britt Hill

by Donna Briggs, Britt President & CEO
Does Britt Matter?

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Music
and Arts
Festival matter to the future generations
of Jacksonville and the Rogue Valley? In
recent years, many Britt supporters have
informed me of their intention to include a
designated gift to Britt in their wills. I am
pleased to say that over the past year alone,
we have been informed of several bequests.
What this means to Britt will likely (and
hopefully) not be known for many years
to come. But, eventually, these gifts will
provide a lasting legacy and will have a
tremendous impact on our ability to continue
providing live and diverse performances
and dynamic education programs for our
children and grandchildren right here in our
own backyard.
Rob and Lori Buerk are one of the
many Britt patrons bequeathing a portion
of their estate to Britt Music and Arts
Festival. I have known and worked
with both of them for quite some time,
so I felt comfortable asking them why
they decided to include Britt in their
planned giving. They graciously and
enthusiastically agreed to share with
Jacksonville Review readers and the Rogue
Valley community their philosophy on
giving: “Rob experienced his first Britt
concert 34 years ago. When we began
our estate planning, like so many others,

we wanted to make sure our family was
taken care of. But just as importantly,
we wanted to acknowledge the other
life experiences we value and hold close
to our heart. For us, Britt represents
not only extraordinary arts, music
and entertainment, but also a sense
of volunteerism and community, two
attributes valued highly in our lives. By
including Britt in our estate planning,
we believe we are helping ensure that a
treasured part of our life in Jacksonville
will be preserved for our family and
others to enjoy into perpetuity and
someday our grandchildren will walk in
our Britt footsteps.” —Rob and Lori Buerk
Britt supporters have the opportunity
to ensure that future generations are able
to experience the beauty and magic of
our hill. With a gift in your overall estate
or financial plans, Britt can continue to
grow its education programs and produce
world-class music, while enhancing the
quality of life in our community for years
to come. It’s easier than you might think.
If you would like to join Rob and Lori in a
lasting tribute to our community through
your will or estate plan, please contact me
for further information. I’d be happy to
answer any questions you might have.
Comments or questions for Britt Festivals?
Email Donna at ed@brittfest.org. Visit Britt
Festivals at www.brittfest.org.

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Chamber Chat

View Lots For Sale

by Tim Balfour, Executive Director
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Christmas in Jacksonville

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his month, Jacksonville kicksup our small-town charm and
embraces our history with our
Victorian Christmas Celebration. This is
a cherished tradition for many people
right here in Jacksonville and the entire
Rogue Valley community and serves as a
wonderful memory-making opportunity.
The Chamber of Commerce is a primary
driver behind the celebration but many
other entities are also involved. Historic
Jacksonville, Inc., Friends of St. Joseph
Rectory and Art Presence Art Center as
well as individual businesses all add to the
celebration through their own offerings.
On a sad note, Tom and Kurt, the draft
horses who pulled the wagon for many
years passed away this summer. Since
we were unable to locate another pair of
horses prepared to step in to the role, we
will not be offering wagon rides this year.
However, we are introducing the
Holly Jolly Trolley. It will be festooned
with greenery and red ribbons as well
as sleigh-bells in honor of Tom and Kurt
and will provide on-off service with
stops at several locations around town.
The loops will provide easier access to
all of the Victorian Christmas events
and activities.
In Memory of Tom
& Kurt who pulled
the wagon and made
thousands smile!

If you haven’t toured the Beekman
House, be sure to take advantage of
their special holiday tours and check out
Mrs. Beekman’s Bazaar for some of your
Christmas shopping. At The Woodcarving
Place, catch the display of nativities on
Saturday, November 28 and a special
photo-op through the duration of the
celebration. And Art Presence offers
“Small Treasures” for those who want to
give the gift of art created by a local artist.
As we finalize plans we will be
updating the comprehensive list of events
and activities in the article “Victorian
Christmas Celebration” on the home page
of our website: www.jacksonvilleoregon.org/
news/victorian-christmas-celebration.
We want to express our appreciation
for the community members who have
provided the financial support to make
Victorian Christmas possible. As of the
submission date for this article that
includes the following:
Angelica Day Spa
Art Presence Art Center
Ashland Partners
Bartlett Tree Service
Blue Door Garden Store
Britt Music & Art Festivals
Brodie Dental
Carefree Buffalo
City of Jacksonville
The Cotton Broker
Country House Inns - Jacksonville
Cutler Investment
Eleglance Home Decor
Farmhouse Treasures
Global Cachet
Jacksonville Boosters Club
Jacksonville Inn
Jacksonville Mercantile
Jacksonville Publishing
Joyfull Yoga
Kerr Consulting
Linda Kestner
Magnolia Inn
Pico’s
Pioneer Financial
Pot Rack
Quilt Shop
Scheffel's Toys & More
The Scoop Shoppe
TouVelle House
Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Valley Wine Tasting Room
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Happy
Holidays

December 2015/January 2016

Eyes to Burma Benefit Art Show at Élan Gallery

from the Management
and Staff of Pioneer Village!

Serving our Seniors since 2005

Bring canned food items
to Pioneer Village
November 15 through
December 19, 2015
and receive a
Raffle Ticket for each
item that is donated!
Winner’s will receive beautiful
Holiday Gift Baskets made
by Harry and David.

Food items will be donated to
the Medford Food Project.

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Local fine artist Gabriel Mark Lipper
is inspired by Eyes to Burma’s efforts and
accomplishments within a community
of about 100 Burmese families who live
and work at a rubbish dump on the Thai/
Burma border. Gabriel commends the
organization’s founder, Fred Stockwell,
on his commitment to roll up his sleeves
and get to work on the many urgent,
unglamorous tasks that confronted him
when he first arrived in Mae Sot in 2008.
Since Stockwell began assisting this
region, hundreds have benefited from the
efforts of Eyes to Burma. The community
now has clean water, medical assistance
and very importantly, children now attend
school. Other ongoing projects include
food supplementation, shelter, work tools,
and transportation to local hospitals.
Gabriel admires the problem-solving
skills and stamina of the Eyes to Burma’s

small team of volunteers and staff and
feels fortunate that he can use his unique
talent to support their work. An artist
reception and benefit will feature
Gabriel's large-scale portraits that ask
us to question our assumptions about
worth, value and human connection.
Thirty percent of the sale proceeds will
be donated to Eyes to Burma, with the
buyer retaining the tax donation. The
exhibit entitled ‘Faces’ is currently on
display at Élan Gallery, 245 West Main
Street, Jacksonville. The artist reception
will take place at Élan on Saturday,
December 12, from 4:00-7:00pm.
Learn more about Gabriel Mark Lipper’s
work at www.artofgabriel.com and the Eyes to
Burma Project at www.eyestoburma.org.
For additional information call Élan at 541899-8000 or email contact@elanguestsuites.com.

State of the Art Presence Art Center
by Hannah West, Southern Oregon Artists Resource
Give the Gift of Art for Christmas!—
Small Treasures is back! Showcasing
small works of fine art created by local
talent and priced for gift-giving, this
show is your opportunity to shop for
one-of-a-kind artistic treasures to give
to the art lovers on your list. Artwork
purchases from this exhibition can be
taken home immediately, with new
works replacing them to keep the gallery
full of artistic treasures throughout the
holiday shopping season. Small Treasures
continues through December 27.
Paintings by the late Elaine Witteveen,
long-time Jacksonville resident & Artists
Workshop founder, will be available
through the end of the year. Art Presence
is making her works available at greatly
reduced prices—another fabulous
holiday shopping opportunity to satisfy
the most discerning client, art enthusiast
or family member.
For more creative gift options, visit Art
Presence-curated offsite exhibits!
• Pioneer Village: Anna Elkins’
Elements of Southern Oregon show
of paintings and sketches continues
through January, including many
small pieces suitable for gifts.
• Medford Library: The Medford Art
Commission displays art acquisitions
now through January.
• Jacksonville Library: Exhibit of
paintings by Shan Lollis in the
Naversen Room has been extended
through January.
Naked Art Returns in January! No
Mats ~ No Frames ~ Great Deals—Art
enthusiasts, celebrate the New Year with
more art for your collections! Naked Art
offers unmounted, unframed fine art by
local artists, with price tags that pass
the artists’ savings on to you. Take the
artwork home the same day and new
works will replace them throughout the
show. Be sure to visit the gallery weekly
to see the new pieces our artists bring in!
This year’s show opens January 8 and

continues through February 28, with a
reception on Saturday, January 9, from
noon to 3:00pm.
What’s Happening Upstairs?
• December 19, noon-2:00pm: Join
Art Presence for a FREE SnowflakeMaking Class in our upstairs
classroom in conjunction with
Victorian Christmas. Perfect to accent
your holiday décor and keep restless
kids occupied with a fun and easy art
activity! We provide everything you
need to make beautiful snowflakes to
take home.
• Every Monday, 1:00-3:00pm: Bring
your pencils and sketchbook and
draw professional models from life in
our Figure Drawing studio. No need
to register, just show up! Only $10/
session.
Reserve our upstairs room for your
class, workshop or meeting. Contact Anne
Brooke at 541-941-7057.
Hannah West is a
Jacksonville website
designer and art
advocate. She is the
creator and editor of the
Southern Oregon Artists
Resource (www.soartists.
com), serves on the board of Art Presence Art
Center, is a core founding member of the Arts
Alliance of Southern Oregon and curates the
monthly art exhibits at GoodBean cafe. See
some of her art and web design work at www.
hannahwestdesign.com.

December 2015/January 2016

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The Unfettered Critic

by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann

JACKSONVILLE COUNTRY ESTATE
FOR SALE BY OWNER

V is for...

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few weeks ago, on Halloween
night, we found ourselves
standing in the middle of
Jacksonville’s historic cemetery.
It was quiet up there, and very dark. The
outlines of nearby tombstones were clear,
but we couldn’t read the names on them
without a flashlight. Reading, however,
wasn’t what we were there for anyway.
We were serving as part of the
“graveyard shift” on a special mission.
Our local police had expressed concern
about the possibility
of vandalism in
the cemetery on a
night that just might
attract all manner of
shenanigans. And,
as so often is the case
in our magical little
town, a bunch of
locals volunteered to
give up thoughts of
trick or treating, or
dress-up partying,
or lounging in front
of the TV, by taking
shifts and watching
over the final resting places of all those
Oregon pioneers and gold diggers.
The evening stayed surprisingly
warm, with countless stars peeking
between floating clusters of clouds.
There wasn’t a Halloween demon to be
seen, although we did scare off a few
young revelers hoping to share some
quality time with the dead.
We enjoyed cookies. And coffee. And
camaraderie.
Ah, camaraderie. That’s the most
common side effect of volunteering.
You meet a lot of people who inevitably
become friends. It’s a trap, volunteering—
but a tender trap, one that puts you at
the center of a circle of people who smile
and call out your name as you wander
through town. Remember George Bailey
in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life? He
was “the richest man in town”—and not
because of his bank account.
And it’s one of the things that we love
most about this place. Jacksonville is full
of George Baileys.
The tender trap of volunteering starts
so innocently. We’d lived here only a
couple of months when we heard about a
“Meet the City Council Candidates” event
hosted by the Jacksonville Boosters Club.

Thinking it might be good to learn about
the nominees, we decided to check it
out. And by the end of the meeting, we’d
not only figured out which candidates
we liked, we’d also become acquainted
with so many new neighbors that we
lost track of their names. Yet we knew
we’d see them again. Most had told
us how they loved to take care of little
things in and around the town. We met
people who volunteered to maintain the
woodland trails. To rake the cemetery
every few
months. To
price things for
the citywide
garage sale.
To help with
parking and
trash at Britt
concerts. To
arrive with
their pickups
for all manner
of charitable
hauling.
To serve as
“Marshalls”
during the town’s (December) Victorian
Christmas parade. And the (February)
Chinese New Year’s parade.
There was no use in avoiding the
obvious. We owned a rake. And a pick-up.
And we loved parades. So we joined the
folks who volunteer to make this friendly
town a friendly place for friendly people.
Do you detect a theme here? Yep. It
starts with a V and ends with you.
Pick a local group and volunteer.
There are lots of options: the Jacksonville
Boosters, local branches of the Rotary and
the Lions clubs, Friends of Jacksonville’s
Historic Cemetery, Friends of the Library,
the Britt Festival’s volunteer staff, Food
and Friends—and lots more. Find your
favorite. Helping out will make you feel
like the richest man or woman in town.
Think of it as exercise, a way to stretch
your good will and keep yourself out of
the graveyard for a little longer.
Unless, of course, you draw the
graveyard shift.
Paula and Terry each have long impressivesounding resumes implying that they are
battle-scarred veterans of life within the
Hollywood studios. They’re now happily
relaxed into Jacksonville.
Photo: Paula Block Erdmann

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December 2015/January 2016

Creating a Peaceful Path

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24TH ANNUAL

All events held at the Medford Armory
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 ............ Gala Night
5:30 -10 p.m. (21+ event)
THURSDAY, DEC. 3 ................ Holiday Party
6 - 10 p.m. (21+ event)
Sponsor: Southern Oregon Credit Service

FRIDAY, DEC. 4 ......................... Public Viewing
Seniors Free Day (Adults 60+)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

andon Moir of Jacksonville is
a thoughtful young man who
gives us reason to have faith in
future generations. Following the family
tradition, the 15-year-old freshman
at Cascade Christian High School, is
working on his Eagle Scout project—the
creation of a community prayer and
meditation pathway on the grounds of
Jacksonville Presbyterian Church.
Much of Landon’s own personal faith
is derived from more than 12 years of
attending Jacksonville Presbyterian
Church—where he is very active in
the youth group. In addition to church
projects, Landon has also been active
in scouting since the first grade, where
he’s been involved in numerous other
community service projects.
The new pathway, stretching more
than 400 feet, now enables walkers to
stroll along a walkway bordered by
large deciduous trees and grape vines
from neighboring Crater View Vineyard.
Although the pathway is located entirely
on privately-owned church property, it
was created to be enjoyed by all and is
open to the public. Along with various
members of the church who initially
had the vision to create an inspirational
trail connecting the church property to
the community path, Landon jumped
at the chance to take on completion of
the path as his Eagle Scout project. He
explains, “To make the new path a reality,
members of the church felt this trail
should follow the property lines along the
vineyard to the south, with great views of
the old wood ranch barn to the east and
the Pheasant Meadows neighborhood to
the north. The way it’s laid out provides
a nice area with views and a quiet
meditation area to rest and view God’s
splendid creation below the beautiful hills
of Jacksonville."
As is typically the case with Eagle
Scout projects of this magnitude, it took
more than one inspired teenager to make
it happen. Work crews comprised of
church and scout members held several

work parties beginning in early summer.
“We had to clear away a lot of brush
and care for lots of trees and then level
the area for the pathway,” Landon said.
"We also rebuilt and refinished six park
benches that will line the trail.” The scout
also explained that in addition to his
scouting team providing the bulk of the
labor, all of the material to complete the
project came from generous community
members. Tim Alvarez of Claudio Alvarez
Construction provided a tractor with a
box scraper to level the pathway, Mike
Bartlett of Bartlett Tree Service donated
the wood chips, Joe Soares of Knife River
donated the rebar and weed barrier
cloth, and Jacksonville Lumber Company
provided the pressure-treated 4x4’s for
edging the path at a substantial discount.
Landon says, “When I met with Pastor
Larry Jung and expressed an interest in
doing this kind of project that would
benefit the church and community, he
suggested that I meet with the group
overseeing the proposed trail and it just
developed from there. All in all, it’s been
a good learning experience.” Landon’s
parents, Rick and Michele, note the
experience has helped shape their son's
leadership skills and provided him an
opportunity to use his math skills and
work with others in a leadership role.
The Moir family has a long history
of involvement in Scouting. Landon’s
dad, Rick Moir, recently retired from the
position of Scoutmaster of Troop 7 in
Medford. Landon's uncle Mike Moir, from
Grants Pass, attained the rank of Eagle
Scout in 1975 and was on-hand to help
with the project along with Mike's dad
and Landon's grandfather, Don. Landon’s
brother, Nathan, is also an Eagle Scout
who completed his major scouting project
in 2014, the complete rehabilitation and
restoration of the 40-foot tall Bunyan
Brother's Monument at the Jackson
County Expo Park.
Thanks to young men like Landon Moir
creating positive pathways, the future of
our community is bright!

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SATURDAY, DEC. 5 ................. Public Viewing
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, DEC. 6 ...................... Public Viewing
Kids Free Day (12 and under)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sponsor: Lithia Auto Stores





Holiday Gift Shop, sponsored by Murphy Company
Pictures with Santa, sponsored by Macy’s
Teddy Bear Hospital, sponsored by Medford Radiological Group
Holiday entertainment, sponsored by Professional Credit Service
Exciting raffle items and more!

www.ProvidenceFestivalOfTrees.org/Medford

Come get your Gift-Wrapped holiday sweets and support

The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club

Wednesday, November 25th until Christmas
Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday Noon-4:00pm

Located in the parking lot of the Calvary Church on N. 5th Street
(Across the street from Pony Espresso)
All proceeds from sales are used to benefit local Kiwanis Club Programs such as
Terrific Kids, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, South Medford HS Key Club, Baby K
Trauma Dolls, College Scholarships, Student of the Month, Wheel Chair Ramps For
the Needy and Other Community Service Projects. We are looking for new members to
help continue with these projects. Contact Dave Wilson: 541-899-1934 for more info.

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Pioneer Profiles: Westward, Ho!
by Carolyn Kingsnorth
In the mid-1800s, the promise of gold and free land lured fortune seekers and settlers to the
newly formed Oregon Territory. They were soon followed by merchants who amassed their own
wealth selling supplies to the miners and farmers. This on-going series shares the stories of these
pioneers and their times.

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rom 1843 to the completion of the
Transcontinental Railroad in 1869,
some 500,000 emigrants traveled
the Oregon Trail to the “promised land”
of the Oregon Territory and California
in search of land, riches, adventure, and
better lives. Independence, Missouri, was
the main starting point for the 2,000 mile
journey to Oregon City. There, emigrants
loaded their wagons with the supplies
they would need for the four to five month
journey and a start in the new territory.
No one wanted to cross the unknown
prairie alone, so people traveled in
groups, or “trains,” for safety and mutual
assistance during the long trek westward.
Groups usually consisted of relatives
or neighbors from the same hometown.
Some groups were members of the same
church. A few small towns packed up
completely and moved west together.
A typical wagon train might have 30
wagons, although some had upwards
of 200. Traveling as a group, emigrants
could afford to hire a guide, usually an
old mountain man who could find the
Trail and select good places to camp.
The country that lay ahead contained
no towns or settlements, so a successful
journey required organization. The most
successful groups had a written code,
“constitution,” or ad hoc agreement.
In some cases they formalized these
arrangements, forming joint stock
companies.
Almost all wagon trains had regulations
of some sort along with elected or
appointed officers. Once they left town,
they also left any formal law enforcement.
The officers of the train became
responsible for maintaining order and
punishing rule-breakers. Rules typically
covered everything from camping and
marching to restrictions on gambling and
drinking with penalties for infractions.
Ideally, wagon trains departed in the
early spring. When the time finally came,
it became a mad rush with groups trying
to leave at the same time to gain first
access to Trail resources. Massive traffic
jams of wagons were made worse by the
inexperience of “green” East Coast teams.
The first miles were a hubbub. Illbroken oxen and reluctant mules bolted
or sulked in harness, tangled themselves
in picket ropes or escaped entirely and
sped back to the starting point. When
not busy rounding-up livestock, the
men, exuberant to finally be underway,
quarreled over firewood and water holes
and raced for preferred positions in line.
Once under way, 15 miles was
considered a good day’s travel. After
several days on the Trail, most wagon
trains settled into routines. A typical
day started before dawn with breakfast
of coffee, bacon, and “Johnny cakes”
made of flour and water. Bedding was
secured and wagons repacked in time to
get underway by seven o'clock. At noon,
a train would stop for a cold meal of
leftovers prepared that morning. Then
back on the Trail again.
Around five in the afternoon, when
a good campsite with ample water and
grass was found, a train would stop to
set-up camp and circle the wagons for
the evening, creating a corral to secure

the livestock. Men made repairs while
women cooked a hot meal. Evening
activities included schooling the children,
singing and dancing, and telling stories
around the campfire. By eight, the camp
would settle down for the night and the
men go on guard duty. Except in terrible
weather, most travelers cooked, ate and
slept outside.
Meals were pretty much the same every
day—bread, beans, bacon, ham, and dried
fruit over and over again. Occasionally
there might be fresh fish or game. Many
families took along a milk cow so they
could have fresh milk. However, coffee
was the staple beverage. It was drunk by
adult, child, and beast as the best way to
disguise the taste of bitter, alkaline water.
Some wagon trains stopped every
Sunday; others reserved only Sunday
morning for religious activities and
pushed on during the afternoon. Even
a half day break gave the oxen and
livestock a needed rest and gave the
women a chance to do laundry.
Pioneers who had tried to “take it all”
found themselves discarding articles
along the way. Difficult stretches of
the Trail were littered with piles of
"leeverites"—items the emigrants had
to "leave 'er right here" to lighten their
wagons and spare weary oxen.
The tiring pace of the journey, almost
always on foot, caused more than
one emigrant to go insane. And perils
along the way caused many would-be
emigrants to turn back. For weeks, the
wagon trains crossed vast grasslands
which were hot by day and cold at night.
Often violent thunderstorms with hail,
lightening, tornadoes, and high winds
swept down on the hapless travelers. The
dust on the Trail itself could be two or
three inches deep and as fine as flour.
River crossings were often dangerous.
Even if the current was slow and the
water shallow, wagon wheels could be
damaged by unseen rocks or become
mired in the muddy bottom. If dust or
mud didn't slow the wagons, stampedes
of domestic herd animals or wild buffalo
often would.
Indians were among the least of the
emigrants' problems. The Indians were
more interested in trading or in stealing
livestock. Tales of hostile encounters
far overshadowed actual incidents, and
relations between emigrants and Indians
were further complicated by triggerhappy emigrants who shot at Indians for
target practice. Historical studies indicate
that between 1840 and 1860, Indians
killed 362 emigrants, but emigrants killed
426 Indians.
Nearly one in ten who set off on the
Oregon Trail did not survive. The two
biggest causes of death were disease and
accidents. Gastrointestinal illness and
typhoid fever were common. Cholera
meant almost certain death. Accidents
were an ever-present possibility,
frequently exacerbated by negligence
and exhaustion. Being crushed by
wagon wheels, drownings, and livestock
stampedes were the biggest accidental
killers on the Trail. Shootings were
common, but murders were rare.
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December 2015/January 2016

Digging Jacksonville:
Putting Together All of the Pieces

Oysters ‘n Ale

by Chelsea Rose

Join us in the Bella Saloon & Patio
every Thursday for free beer tastings
& $1 BBQ Oysters!

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Christmas Eve - 5:30pm
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F

or more than a year the Southern
Oregon University Laboratory
of Anthropology (SOULA) staff,
students, and community volunteers
have been using this column to highlight
the importance of artifacts recovered
from archaeological sites across
Jacksonville. While it is relatively easy to
show the importance of a single artifact,
explaining how a large group of artifacts
forge into something meaningful
can be a little more difficult to do. A
recent collaboration with the City of
Jacksonville allowed us to use artifacts
and other aspects of our archaeological
work in new and exciting ways.
The city created a new interpretive
panel for the Brunner Plaza on the corner
of Oregon and Main streets, which
marks the entrance to the historical
Chinese Quarter. The panel gives general
information about the site, and has
provided an opportunity to for us to share
some of the recent discoveries from our
excavations within a Chinese dwelling
that burned to the ground in the fall of
1888. Former city employee Celeste Dyson
led the panel project, and had the insight
to have an illustrator visually translate
the archaeological findings. Artist Adam
Bunch did a great job wading through
the piles of historical documents and
information from the excavation in order
to create an image of what the house might
have looked like before the fire.
Adam used historical photographs to
reference the individual pictured and the
general feel of the room. Archaeological
evidence was used to show the layout of
the house, structural features (such as the
position of the door), and to suggest what
furniture items might have been within
it. Almost every detail in the picture
represents actual findings from our
excavations. The scene out the window is
also from an historical photograph taken

at roughly the same vantage point as the
original building.
Adam’s thoughtful portrayal of the
house and its contents allows the viewer
to see a simplified version of what
the building might have looked like
inside. The process of imagining how
our artifacts and other aspects of the
excavation fit together has helped us
transform a pile of burned rubble back into
the household it once was. Work on the
project is ongoing, and we are continuing to
learn more about the house, its inhabitants,
and the many ways that the thousands of
artifacts we recovered work together to tell
the larger story about the site. Be sure to
check out the new panel, and stay tuned to
the Digging Jacksonville column so we can
update you on new discoveries!
You can find out more about the
artist Adam Bunch at his website:
adambunch.wordpress.com or contact him at
adambunch9@gmail.com.
The excavations at the Chinese Quarter Site
were funded by the City of Jacksonville and
the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The interpretive panel was installed as part of
this project.

Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist
who specializes in the settlement and
development of the American West. Chelsea
and the Southern Oregon University
Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA)
conduct archaeology across Oregon and have
done several projects in Jacksonville. You can
reach Chelsea at rosec@sou.edu and follow
SOULA on Facebook/Southern Oregon
University Laboratory of Anthropology.

December 2015/January 2016

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News from the Friends of
Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery

Jacksonville Gems and Jewelry

by Dirk J. Siedlecki, President – FOJHC
Meet the Pioneers: A Very Successful
10th-Anniversary Program—It was an
amazing 10th-Anniversary program with
tickets selling-out two weeks before the
event that took place on October 9 and 10.
Working from a standby list and finding
spots for people who showed-up at the
event, we were able to accommodate most
requesting to take the tour. My apologizes
to those of
you who
we were not
able to get on
the tour for
one reason
or another.
Thank you
and my
sincerest
appreciation
to all who
attended
this year's
show and
for making it so successful. It has become
a very popular and fun fall Jacksonville
event that is enjoyed by all who attend,
as well as those who volunteer to put it
on. This event is a major fundraiser for
the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic
Cemetery with proceeds supporting
restoration and preservation projects, as
well as our educational programs.
Needless to say, an event of this type
and size requires a lot of support and
help from the community and each year
they deliver. Our sincerest appreciation
and gratitude to the following for all that
they do to help us put this program on:
Jacksonville's Pioneer Village, the staff
and residents for being such an important
part of Meet the Pioneers for the past
ten years, The Jacksonville Oregon
Chamber of Commerce and Business
Association and Visitor Center for helping
to promote the event, as well as handling
ticket sales, the Jacksonville Review for
their wonderful and generous coverage
of the event, Bill and Debbie Miller for
their photos and the video of the entire
program, Jeanena Whitewilson for her

photos of the program, Southern Oregon
Historical Society and the Jackson County
Genealogical Library for research and
reference material, the City of Jacksonville
and all our cemetery neighbors. Thank
you to Oregon's Old Time Fiddlers and
the 4th Wednesday String Band for
keeping our guests entertained while
waiting to take their tour. Most of all, I
would like
to thank
the 66 loyal,
dedicated
and hardworking
volunteers
that put the
program
together and
presented
it to the
public. Our
amazing cast
of 20 Players
outdid themselves in presenting eight
different stories that were entertaining,
informative and fun. Supporting them
were our 46 volunteers who directed
traffic, handled tickets sales, organized
and loaded tour groups onto the bus,
kept our Players nourished with food
and drink, and guided our guests around
the tour route in a safe and welcoming
manner. A special thank you to our
Research Committee who started their
work early in the year, looking for new
and different stories to be presented. My
sincerest appreciation and gratitude to
you all for not only making our 10thAnniversary so successful, but each and
every year since it all began in 2006. Many
of you have been along for the ride since the
very beginning and I thank you for sticking
with us… it has been an incredible journey.
I would also like this opportunity to wish
everyone a very Merry Christmas and a
Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year.
Your continued support of the Friends of
Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery this past
year has been sincerely appreciated.
Photo: Bill Miller

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I

n 1605, a “…tree in Strasbourg…
was brought indoors and adorned
with paper roses, lighted candles,
wafers, nuts and sweets.” Throughout the
centuries decorating for the
holidays continued, and in
the 1880’s, F.W. Woolworth
began importing
German ornaments. On
December 27, you have
the opportunity to travel
back in time and enjoy a
unique glimpse of life from
a bygone era as you tour
the Hanley Farmhouse,
decorated in all its holiday
finery! Costumed docents
will guide you through
the picturesque home
and share holiday stories
and the rich history of the
Hanley family and farm. The tours run
from 11:00am-3:00pm and the cost is $5/
person, $3/SOHS members.
There is no better way to get the
whole family into the holiday spirit
than touring the fully-furnished and
beautifully-embellished holiday exhibit
of decorations, toys, ornaments, and
clothing from the Southern Oregon
Historical Society’s collection. Each
room is themed in a different era, from
the 1870’s through the 1950’s. This is the
most festive and elaborate display in the

Hanley House each year and it is sure to
inspire you for your own tree trimming.
Come learn about the Hanley family
and be marveled by the old-fashioned
warmth of the two-story
farmhouse and tales of
the past.
Three generations of
Hanley’s lived in this
beautiful home. Michael
and Martha Hanley,
builders of the house and
two of Jackson county’s
earliest settlers, started
holiday traditions in the
home in the late 19th
century that endured
until the 1980’s, through
their children and then
their granddaughters,
affectionately called
the Hanley sisters. Today, the home is
preserved in its entirety, as carefully
instructed by the Hanley sisters, to share
with the community a glimpse into life in
a bygone age.
For more information about Hanley Farm
or upcoming events, please visit us online
at www.hanleyfarm.org or www.sohs.org;
call 541-773-6536 ext. 1002; and LIKE our
Hanley Farm Facebook page. Hanley Farm,
owned and operated by the Southern Oregon
Historical Society, is located at 1053 Hanley
Road, between Jacksonville and Central Point.

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Boosters Club News
by Mike McClain, President

Jo Heim
Cell: 541-944-8353
Office: 541-779-3611

joh@johnlscott.com

871 Medford Center
Medford, OR 97504
541-779-3611
Fax : 541-772-2010

2325 Stewart Ave, Medford

14440 Hwy 62, Eagle Point
3 BR • 2 BA • 1106 SF • $800,000

An exceptional property on a 1.33 acre lot. Already annexed
into the city, the property is zoned buildable up to 30 units
per acre. Currently has a beautiful 1920’s farmhouse, lovingly
restored with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2798 sq ft. There
is ample space for gardening and agriculture, with irrigation
rights and irrigation on all 1.33 acres. There are 4 outbuildings
and a large 550 sq ft detached garage. The mini orchard on
the property has 3 apple trees, 2 plum, 2 kinds of grapes and
2 walnut trees.

Beautiful equestrian property, fenced & cross-fenced on 31.25
acres with 23 acres irrigated by EPID. An established horse
breeding and training facility with a 60’ x 120’ covered arena,
with an additional 36 x 120 stables comprised of 17 stalls, each
with mats and water, insulated tack room, plus kitchen with
bath. Next to the arena there is a 180’ round pen and a 50’
smaller round pen, hay storage barn, plus a 36’x79’ - 6’ stallion
barn with adjacent shop. The property produces 70 tons of hay
annually with two cuttings. 2 homes w/hilltop and valley views.

4425 W Main St #1, Medford

Weller Lane
Block 1 Lot 8 Ashland

A beautiful 2013 built Karsten home located in Cobblestone
Village, 55+over manufactured home park. The home has an
open, light and bright floorplan, with laminated floors, large
kitchen, formal dining room space and three large bedrooms.
There is a detached one car garage and large front porch perfect for your morning coffee. A wonderful community and just
one mile to Jacksonville. A must tour home.

Another Busy Booster Winter

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4 BR • 2 BA • 2798 SF • $400,000

3 BR • 2 BA • 1647 SF • $125,000

December 2015/January 2016

he Jacksonville Boosters Club
is coming off a busy fall and
preparing for an equally-active
winter. October saw a major planting
effort followed by a leaf and debris
cleanup in the Peter Britt Gardens. Some
230 plants, trees and shrubs of various
varieties and sizes as well as numerous
bulbs to provide spring color were planted
throughout the gardens. I encourage
everyone to take a casual stroll through the
gardens to appreciate how this multi-year
project is coming to maturity.
Boosters volunteers, as always,
are actively involved with our sister
organization, the Friends of Jacksonville’s

has never wavered: “To advance the
general welfare and improvement of
Jacksonville.” We frequently refer to this
mission and use it as a filter for activities
we participate in and projects that our
Boosters Foundation provides financial
support. One aspect of this is our support
for the Jacksonville business community.
We urge our members to shop locally, to
encourage friends and neighbors to do
the same and to let our businesses know
that we appreciate them being here. For
the past three years, I have attempted
to model this attitude by my Christmas
shopping. First, I chose a day in the first
two weeks of December to begin my

Historic Cemetery. As such, Boosters
participated in fall cemetery cleanup
sessions, served as actors and assistants
for the very popular Meet the Pioneers
tours and assisted with the History
Saturday programs.
As our calendar moves into the winter
months, we will focus on the Chambersponsored Victorian Christmas. Besides
providing financial support, Boosters
members always help with the parade.
Jacksonville's Town Crier, Larry Smith,
is, of course, a Boosters member and our
organization for the first time will host the
cider stand on the weekend of December
19-20. Stop by and say hello or, better
yet, pick up a membership application.
Only $15 buys you instant friends, multiple
opportunities to do volunteer work with
these new friends and the opportunity to
attend some great social activities. After the
Christmas holiday time, we will gear up for
putting up and taking down the Chinese
lanterns, an integral part of the Chinese
New Year’s celebration in February.
Since the Jacksonville Boosters Club
was established in 1963, our mission

trek. Bundled up and with my backpack,
I walk downtown; our walker-friendly
town is a gift in itself with no parking
issues, meters to feed or gas to burn. I am
not in any hurry, so I am able to wander
into the many unique shops our town
offers, making purchases as I go along.
After several shops, I’m ready to settle in
at one of our three fine coffee places for
a latte and a little reading time. Then it
is back on the streets and some serious
shopping. This experience cannot be rushed
and why should it, as it is a true pleasure
to walk down the historically-decorated
California Street—and, if it is a weekend,
the Town Crier is directing traffic and the
Victorian carolers are wandering the streets
offering Christmas carols. It can’t get better
than this. As I grow weary, it is time to
saunter into one of my favorite watering
holes for an adult beverage, a visit with the
barkeep and, if I’m lucky, run into a fellow
Booster. This is Jacksonville at its best.
If you or your business is interested in
becoming a Jacksonville Boosters member, please
contact us at info@jacksonvilleboosters.org.
Boosters Photo: Paula Block Erdmann

.29 Acres • $340,000

Searching for a beautiful view lot in a very desirable Ashland
neighborhood? There is privacy and seclusion on this large .59
acre lot. There is an existing easement for ingress/egress and
PUE, through the paved driveway on the adjacent lot. The top
left corner of the property has TID irrigation running through it
and there is easy access to Ashland Woodlands Trails as well as
just minutes away to downtown Ashland. A must tour property!

Jo Heim Dec 2015.indd 1

11/13/15 2:00 PM

“Cool People Eat Cheese”

Corner of 4th & Main

News Updates on the Jacksonville Community
Center by Jeanena Whitewilson

Thanks From the Corner of 4th & Main

Holiday Cheese Boards
European Style Sandwiches
Specialty Cheese
Italian Gelato
Wine Beer and Cider
150 S. Oregon Street, Jacksonville, OR
541.702.2300

J

acksonville Community Center
(JCC) sends “Best Wishes through
the Holiday and Winter Season” to
the organizations and individuals who
have enjoyed using the cozy Sampson
House property for behind-the-scenes
planning, rehearsing, staging and storing
props for our historic Jacksonville’s
“Small Town – Big Atmosphere” events.
Our appreciation of support goes
to Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
for the Victorian Christmas Parade
and Chinese New Year Parade &
Celebration; Boosters for the Home &
Garden Tours, and Flag flying; Friends of
Jacksonville Historic Cemetery for Meet
the Pioneers and Headstone restoration;
Car Clubs, Book Clubs, Kiwanis and
Lions Clubs; music lessons and The
Band; Seniors Club; Quilting Clubs;

Jacksonville Woodlands Hike-a-Thons;
and special thanks to Rotary for our ADA
construction and to all the volunteers,
artists and crafters who have supported
JCC’s signature fund raiser—Jacksonville
Celebrates the Arts.
Most recently JCC has become the
location for a Girl Scouts of America
Troop and for the Rogue Valley Hand
Weavers. Welcome.
Jacksonville Community Center is
a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that
gratefully accepts tax deductible donations
which can be mailed to P.O. Box 1435,
Jacksonville OR 97530. We deeply
appreciate your support to continue
enhancing the Jacksonville Community
Center where many activities in Jacksonville
begin and friendships are made.
Have a safe and enjoyable winter season.

December 2015/January 2016

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A Few Minutes with the Mayor

City Snapshot

by Paul Becker

The Spirit Of Christmas

Y

ear end approaches and so does
Christmas. For some, it is a time
of giving and perhaps not much
more. This act of giving, which most
of us engage in, began a long time ago
when the Magi brought gifts to celebrate
the birth of the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
I wonder what they would say if they
could see the multi-billion dollar retail
industry their act of giving has turned
into... about 600 billion to be exact.
America's whole economy is dependent
on sales at Christmas time.
Christmas has always been the herald
of a loving, friendly, warm-hearted, even
happy time. True... it can be a time of
stress for some, but no one has suggested
dropping it from the calendar. Not even
those who, intent on erasing from all
public discourse any mention of the babe
in the manger, would have us celebrate
not Christmas, but the winter solstice.
Having grown up in the Northeast with
its blustery winters, I really see little joy in
extolling our planet's position as it turns
on its axis.
And what would we say? How would
we greet each other? And what would
happen to all those Christmas donation
pots the Salvation Army trots out each
year? Would they be emblazoned with
the greeting Merry Solstice?
I couldn't imagine what I would do if
we change the name of the holiday. I've
got a closet full of Christmas wrapping
paper which I'd have to throw out. And
how about all those families gathered
together around the tree on Christmas
morning. Would the wife still say, "Save
the wrapping paper!"
No... it's all too complicated to think
of changing the name. There is, after all,
something about the spirit of Christmas...
something that has always made this day
different from any other day of the year...
something that all the name-changers
in the world could never understand.
The Magi knew, for their act of bringing
gifts was when the spirit of gift-giving at
Christmas began.
I am reminded of another time... a time
when men were in a miserable situation
with little hope of surviving. Their

amazing experience took place exactly
101 years ago. World War 1 had been
raging along a front line from Switzerland
to the North Sea. By November it had
become a stalemate with armies dug in
fortified trenches on both sides. Then,
on Christmas Eve, an unofficial truce
took place when roughly 100,000 British
and German soldiers laid down their
arms along the entire front. Crawling
out of their trenches the Germans set
up Christmas trees with candles and
began singing Christmas carols. Then
the British began singing carols of their
own. Soon, the men on both sides were
exchanging gifts. Along some sectors they
even played soccer, joined by some of the
officers. Talk about real Christmas spirit!

This truce lasted the better part of a
week until the commanding generals,
furious at their men for fraternizing
with each other, managed to get them
back to the business of war and killing
one another. So much for the spirit of
Christmas in the trenches. Consequently,
by war's end, four million souls were
lost... an entire generation of young men
in England and Germany. Unknown then,
an even more deadly war was to come.
We are five generations removed
from that time when men, in the most
horrendous circumstances, became
infused with the spirit of "Peace on earth!
Good will to men!" When we celebrate
Christmas, please, let's not forget His
words.. ":Love one another as I have
loved you..." That command is the most
powerful one in the English language.
Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Wednesday: Closed to Public

Submit all applications
& pick-up all permits:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8:30am-12noon

JACKSONVILLE CITY SCHEDULE
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, December 1, 6:00pm (OCH)
PLANNING COMMISSION: Wednesday, December 9, 6:00pm (OCH)
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, December 15, 6:00pm (OCH) This meeting
may be canceled, please check calendar on city website.
HARC: Wednesday, December 16, 6pm (OCH)
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, January 5, 6:00pm (OCH)
PLANNING COMMISSION: Wednesday, January 13, 6:00pm (OCH)
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, January 19, 6:00pm (OCH)
HARC: Wednesday, January 27, 6pm (OCH)

For Jacksonville City Council Meeting Minutes, Agendas/Packets and Audio Files,
please visit www.jacksonvilleor.us and click on the City Council tab.
Location Key: OCH - Old City Hall (S. Oregon & Main), CH - Courthouse, CC - Community Center (160 E. Main Street),
NVR - Naversen Room (Jacksonville Library), FH - Fire Hall (180 N. 3rd St. @ C), EOC - Emergency Ops Center at Police Station

Study Session was Naughty and
Nice—On November 10, at one of its
final public meetings of the year, the City
Council held a Study Session to gather
public feedback about possible uses
for the second floor of the Courthouse.
Mayor Paul Becker called the special
session to hear from residents with
hopes of finding some creative uses for
the second floor which the council had
not yet considered. In addition to ideas
that will be listed here, the Mayor and
Council were also subjected to some
rude, inappropriate and uncalled-for
comments from a handful of residents
determined to undermine and derail the
process. From the Review’s point of view,
it appeared as if several of them didn’t get
the message that the meeting was called
to discuss the second floor, not the validity
of the Courthouse project as a whole. It
also appeared as if several members in
the audience did in fact understand the
reason for calling the meeting but used
their time to grind their personal axes
anyway. And, despite a heavy marketing
effort which included a large-sized mailer
to Jacksonville homes, paid for by a
concerned resident to draw citizens to
the meeting, fewer than 30 residents were
in attendance. With less than 1% of the
populace seated comfortably in Old City
Hall, this publisher can only conclude
that the community generally supports
the renovation of the Courthouse complex
AND trusts its City Council to act in
its best interests. No matter, the Study
Session accomplished the goal of seeking
Citizen Input, always a worthy goal with
no guarantee of the outcome.
In the Review’s opinion, 2015 marked a
watershed moment as the majority of the
City Council voted to tap Urban Renewal
funds to restore the iconic Courthouse
complex for city offices. With seismic
upgrades now complete to bolster the
structural integrity of the building and
with major electrical and plumbing

upgrades now underway, the train has
left the station and the pathway has been
cleared to relocate government offices to
the building—a move the Review believes
will happen by the second quarter, 2016.
The following uses for the Second Floor
of the Courthouse were expressed by
concerned citizens:
• Utilize a portion of floor space for
revolving historic artifact/exhibit
and display spaces, working in
conjunction with the Southern
Oregon Historical Society and
Historic Jacksonville, Inc.
• Build a stage area to present
historically-accurate reenactments
of trials and/or period-specific
entertainment as well as music and
other events
• Relocate a portion of stored museum
artifacts from the former Children’s
Museum and operate a scaled-back
Children’s Museum again
• Relocate the proposed Community
Center to the upper floor rather than
at the 4th & Main location
• Create a large, open assembly space
with the option for smaller break-out
areas for public and private meetings
and/or event space
Following public comment, the
Mayor asked that individual city
councilors express their ideas on the
matter. Although the Review heard no
substantially new ideas from Council,
it was pleased that the Mayor is now
seriously considering appointing an
ad-hoc committee in the New Year,
comprised of hand-picked citizens tasked
with determining the best potential
uses of the second floor. In the Review’s
opinion, it seems likely that the upper
floor will remain unused/vacant for some
time, perhaps years. At this time, the
Council seems content with moving its
city offices to the lower floor and taking
things one step at a time.

City Survey Says…
The City of Jacksonville is surveying
the community on how to best provide
municipal information to residents using
technology services. The goal is to find
out which technologies can be best used
to improve your access to municipal
information, enhance communication
between residents and staff and support
your quality of life.
At the end of this process, the city hopes

to produce a standardized infrastructure
and reduce waste due to inoperability,
obsolescence and redundancy of
computer systems.
Please take some time to complete this
survey before Friday, December 18th—it
can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.
com/r/JvilleCitizenSurvey and on the
front page of the City of Jacksonville
website www.jacksonvilleor.us.

POLICE BLOTTER
Jacksonville Police Department
A consolidated report based on type of calls & number of incidences

October 16 to November 15, 2015
Call Type – Total Calls
Alarm - 5
Animal Complaint - 10
Assist - Other Gov't/Law
Enforcement Agencies - 58
Assist Public - 190
City Ordinance - 7
Civil - 1
Disorderly Conduct - 2
DUII - 1
Fugitive - 2

Larceny - Theft - 2
Motor Vehicle Collision - 1
Noise - 2
Other Crimes - 3
Parking - 1
Runaway - 1
Suspicious - 7
Traffic Crime - DWS - 1
Traffic/Roads - All - 5
Vandalism - 1

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Let's Talk Real Estate

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Jackson County—Great news for
all homeowners as the median price
of homes sold in Jackson County is up
6.44% and the number of homes sold
is up a surprising 23%. 2015 marks the
fifth consecutive year of increasing
home values and the fifth year since we
experienced the lowest values in home
prices in recent years.
2014
2995
$783,990,532
$225,000

2015
3687
$1,029,154,682
$239,500

% Change
23% increase
31% increase
6.44% increase

Jacksonville—In Jacksonville, we saw the median price increase by 6.59% but the
number of homes sold actually decreased by 13%. If you look at the selling price range
below and compare 2014 vs. 2015, a few things stand-out. The lower priced homes
in Jacksonville have gone up significantly. In 2014, 35 homes sold for under $250,000
compared to only 9 homes in 2015. Conversely, 2015 saw fewer high-end homes sell than
in 2014. There were only 4 homes to sell over $800,000 in 2015, compared to 8 in 2014.

# Homes Sold
Home Sales
Median Price

2014
106
$43,532,100
$354,150

2015
94
$37,517,123
$377,500

% Change
13% decrease
1.16 decrease
6.59% increase

Broker

Best Holiday Wishes
and Thanks to all our Friends,
Neighbors and Clients
for making 2015
another great year.
Looking forward to a
Happy Healthy 2016 for all.
AVR - Dec-Jan 2015 - Third.indd 1

As 2015 comes to a close, we look
back at the year in real estate for Jackson
County and Jacksonville and take a stab
at predicting home sales in 2016.

# Homes Sold
Home Sales
Median Price

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Home Sales and Home Prices
Climb in 2015!

Homes Sold In Jacksonville In 2014

Homes Sold In Jacksonville In 2015

Selling Price Range
$80,000 thru $89,999
$100,000 thru $119,999
$120,000 thru $139,999
$140,000 thru $159,999
$160,000 thru $179,999
$180,000 thru $199,999
$200,000 thru $249,999
$250,000 thru $299,999
$300,000 thru $349,999
$350,000 thru $399,999
$400,000 thru $449,999
$450,000 thru $499,999
$500,000 thru $549,999
$650,000 thru $699,999
$700,000 thru $749,999
$750,000 thru $799,999
$800,000 thru $849,999
$850,000 thru $899,999
$950,000 thru $999,999
$1,250,000 thru $1,499,999

Selling Price Range
$100,000 thru $119,999
$200,000 thru $249,999
$250,000 thru $299,999
$300,000 thru $349,999
$350,000 thru $399,999
$400,000 thru $449,999
$450,000 thru $499,999
$500,000 thru $549,999
$550,000 thru $599,999
$600,000 thru $649,999
$650,000 thru $699,999
$800,000 thru $849,999
$850,000 thru $899,999
$950,000 thru $999,999
$1,000,000 thru $1,249,999

Quantity
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1
2
2
2
3
24
11
6
9
12
6
7
6
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1
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2
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Quantity
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26
7
13
14
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8
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11/12/15 1:42 PM

2016 Prediction—We saw a 23% growth
in the number of homes sold in 2015,
but we also saw inventory drop to an
all-time low of just over 1,000 homes for
sale in Jackson County and only 42 in
Jacksonville. New construction will play a
major role in filling the supply gap, but in
towns like Ashland and Jacksonville that
don’t have room for new construction, we
will see prices increase faster than cities
with more inventory and more choices.
We predict that some buyers will choose
Talent over Ashland and Medford over
Jacksonville due to a greater selection. We
also predict that interest rates will creepup slowly as the US economy improves,
GDP increases and unemployment falls.
As interest rates tick-up, buyers sitting

on the fence will jump into the market
causing an initial wave of home sales.
Bottom line: we see home prices in 2016
increasing at a greater rate than 2015 and
home sales increasing again by another
25% if home builders can keep up!
*This article was written prior to the
closing of 2015. All data was calculated from
November 1st 2014 through October 31st,
2015. The data includes homes and multiple
dwellings sales but does not include sales of
lots, land, commercial properties or mobile
homes in parks.
Graham Farran is a broker with Expert
Properties, located at 620 N. 5th Street in
Jacksonville. Please see their ad on the back
cover and contact them at 541-899-2030 or
online at www.expertprops.com.

Next Medford Food Project
Jacksonville Pickup Day:
Saturday, December 12th
(Always the 2nd Saturday of even-numbered months.)
Please contact Jerrine Rowley at 541-702-2223 or
Faye Haynes at 541-324-1298 if you have any questions or wish to
become involved with the Food Project in Jacksonville!

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Tax Tips You Can Use

7107 Griffin Lane,
Jacksonville

by Kathleen Crawford
& Angela Clague, Enrolled Agents

If you are searching for a private, serene
setting this amazing property may
be the one! A stunning home built in
2005, with fabulous expansive views
overlooking a private picturesque
valley with mountains in the distance.
Located just outside of Jacksonville and
Medford, this gorgeous 3,500+ sq. ft.,
3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has walls
of windows and spacious rooms with
soaring ceilings. Beautifully appointed
with hardwood floors, granite, slate tile,
painted trim, moldings and outstanding
cabinetry. A sunny kitchen/nook with
gas cooktop and huge pantry. Living
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to a large deck to enjoy the views.
Sun room, huge bonus room with
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convenient office or playroom area.
This home is stylish, elegant and has a
natural, light filled environment. All of
this on a wonderful wooded 22+ acres.

Protecting Your Identity

A

s 2015 draws to a close, there
are several precautions that
taxpayers can take to safeguard
their identities and money. Maybe one of
these should be a New Year’s resolution.
This tip is for your ATM card. Many
people have all of their accounts tied to
their ATM card. The good news is that
24/7 you can access any account you
have. How many times in 2015 have you
used your ATM card to access accounts
other than your checking? That access
is also the bad news. Thieves can access
all of your accounts 24/7. A better plan
is to have only your checking account
tied to the ATM card. That way only
the amount in your checking account is
available if your ATM card is lost, stolen
or compromised. All of your transfers and
other transactions would have to be done
through online banking, but that is easy
to set and use.
Another tip is for credit cards. These
days the credit card companies watch
for fraud. With the data breaches at big
companies, much of our card information
is up for sale. If, like me, you have
automatic payments tied to your credit
card, it can be very time consuming to
change all of those auto-pay numbers
when you get a new credit card in the
mail due to suspicious activity on the
old one. In one 15 month period, my
credit card was reissued three times with
different numbers each time. A good plan
if you have 2 or more cards is to tie all
of your automatic payments to one card
that you put in a drawer and use for no
other purpose. The chance that it will be
compromised is low. Use the other card
for your day-to-day shopping. If there is a

data breach at Target or Michael’s or your
local garden store, and your card needs
to be replaced, there are no dangling
automatic payments to change.
Many of us shop online. Usually we are
asked for a credit card to make payment.
If you have a third credit card from the
two mentioned above, you could use it
for online only. Or use the day to day
card, but never use your card reserved for
automatic payments.
The last tip is for small businesses. If
you have a business, get an Employer
Identification Number (EIN). That
number is like a Social Security Number
(SSN) for a business and it is not just for
employers. You use it on the 1099’s that
you give out, forms that you fill out for
your business banking, etc. and on the
form you give others so that they can give
you 1099’s. Without an EIN, you must use
your Social Security number to identify
your business. You really don’t know
who will see those forms and therefore
who can steal your SSN information.
Although EIN ID theft does happen, it
is rare compared to SSN ID theft. With
an EIN, only the IRS links your social
security number to your EIN and they are
not giving it out. Getting an EIN is easy.
Just go online to IRS.gov, click forms and
instructions and search for SS-4 form.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
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questions about your individual tax situation.

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In Defense of Ebenezer:
An Investor’s Perspective

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by Erich & Matt Patten, Cutler Investment Group

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Matthew C. Patten
Chief Executive Officer
Portfolio Manager

Erich M. Patten
Chief Investment Officer
President/Portfolio Manager

History matters: it matters to Jacksonville and it matters
to Cutler Investment Group, headquartered at Bigham
Knoll. For three generations Cutler has been providing
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The Insurance Center

e are going to attempt the
unthinkable, and provide a
defense of the Christmas foil,
Ebenezer Scrooge. True, Mr. Scrooge is a
symbol of greed and misplaced priorities.
However, he
also represents
forgiveness,
redemption, and
charity. At the
risk of sounding
obtuse, though,
Ebenezer was
one hell of
an investor.
With our
tongue firmly
implanted in
our cheek, let’s assess what Ebenezer the
investor did well, shall we?
“Darkness was cheap, and Scrooge
liked it.”
Scrooge kept the lights off so that he
wouldn’t pay the costs to keep them on.
Brilliant! After all, you keep every dollar
you don’t spend. Building a nest egg
isn’t just about income—it is also about
spending discipline. Hold that thought;
perhaps this point would be better made
in our February Review article.
“Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th
of December to pick a man's pockets.”
Scrooge knew about the time value of
money. Saving early and often is the best
way to build value. A company 401(k) is a
great place for younger investors to start.
Put a little money away every month, and
don’t let it creep into your budget. This
grows tax free, and we all know Scrooge
didn’t like paying taxes.
“It's not my business," Scrooge
returned. "It's enough for a man to
understand his own business, and not
to interfere with other people’s. Mine
occupies me constantly.”
For investors, it is important to know
what you do and don’t understand.
Scrooge knew his business, and couldn’t
be bothered to learn about something else.
No investor has all the answers, so seek
out counsel and diversify your approach.
“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand
at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing,
wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching,
covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp

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as flint, from which no steel had ever
struck out generous fire; secret, and selfcontained, and solitary as an oyster.”
For those things that Scrooge
understood, he held great conviction.
Conviction
can be an asset
for investors,
as many
successful
decisions are
made during
times of great
uncertainty.
When you feel
strongly about
an investment
decision,
Scrooge’s advice would be to act on it!
"Business!, cried the Ghost, wringing
its hands again. "Mankind was my
business; charity, mercy, forbearance,
and benevolence, were, all, my business.
The deals of my trade were but a drop of
water in the comprehensive ocean of my
business!”
We cannot in good conscience embrace
Scrooge the investor, without recognizing
the moral of Charles Dickens’ seminal
play. Investing is important and done
well can provide an essential role for
sustaining an individual’s lifestyle in
retirement. However, charity, mercy,
forbearance, and benevolence are the
values of humanity. We hope that you
take a moment this holiday season to
pause and reflect on the true meaning of
A Christmas Carol. Merry Christmas from
your friends at Cutler Investment Group
and God bless us, everyone!
Matthew Patten is CEO and Investment
Portfolio Manager. He is a graduate of
Jacksonville Elementary School and South
Medford High School. Matt earned BA
degrees in Economics and Environmental
Geo-Sciences from Boston College and a MBA
from the University of Chicago.
Erich Patten is President and Chief
Investment Officer. He is a graduate of
Jacksonville Elementary School and South
Medford High School. Erich earned a BS
in Economics from the Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in
Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
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by Steve Yungen & Jeff Blum, Jones & Associates

argent Schultz in the television
series “Hogan’s Heroes” always
recited the line, “I have good news,
and I have bad news!” How does that
relate to Social Security?
As you may have heard, the Bipartisan
Budget Act of 2015 made dramatic
changes to several well-known Social
Security claiming strategies. The two
main changes were to the restricted
application for spousal benefits and “file
and suspend,” known as the “switch
strategies.”
This may appear as bad news in the
newspaper headlines and media, but
there is also good news for those who are
prepared with proper planning.
Despite what you may have read in all
the media’s doomsday alerts, the final
bill does allow for a worker to file for
benefits and suspend receiving them.
This means that if a worker chooses to
suspend receiving their Social Security
benefit at or after they reach their FRA,
they can still gain delayed retirement
credits of 8 percent per year. However,
“file and suspend” can no longer be used
as an advanced filing strategy because the
bill prevents dependents from receiving
benefits based on a primary worker’s
earning record if the primary worker has
suspended their benefits.
Our goal is to help our clients build
a total income plan for retirement,
maximizing their opportunities with

their own investments in coordination
with their Social Security benefits. With
the recent, major changes to the “switch
strategies,” this type of planning and
coordination is more important than ever.
Make sure to make your reservation
to attend one of our Social Security /
Retirement Income Planning workshops
in the coming months. Please see our ad on
this page for schedule.
Jeff Blum and
Steve Yungen (both
‘Baby Boomers’), at
Jones and Associates
Premier Financial
Solutions in Medford
have the tools and
the expertise to
help you make the
important decisions
to maximize your Social Security income.
Together, they are presenting Social Security
planning workshops to help others optimize
income in retirement.

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Van Vleet, Jacksonville

505 N. 5th St, Jacksonville, OR 97530
541-899-2000

985 Applegate St., Jacksonville

Great views from this charming 2,100 sq.ft. hillside home on
.65 acre, terraced for gardens or grapes. Vaulted ceilings,
formal dining room, screened in sleeping porch,
expansive decking and city services.

$369,000

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7542 Sterling Creek Rd.

Mountain retreat outside historic Jacksonville, near Applegate wineries. Custom built on 20 acres, fabulous views. Chinkapin wood
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$429,900

10430 Hwy 238, Jacksonville

Amazing aerial views overlooking the Applegate Valley from this
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in 2006, this home has an energy efficient insulated cement foundation, vaulted ceilings, a master suite on the main level, a restored
1947 O’Keefe Merritt range/oven and a claw foot bath tub.

415 Richard Way, Jacksonville

Classic ranch home in a beautiful setting on 1.25 acres in
Jacksonville city limits with city water. Vaulted ceilings, fireplace,
updated master bedroom and bath, spacious office with views, wood
working shop and expansive decking.

$429,000

$489,900

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167 Valley Lane, Jacksonville

Custom built home. Vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, dream
kitchen, screened in porch, covered front porch. All on one level,
on a private lane, adjacent to Nunan Square.

$399,900

Walker Creek Road

Just outside Jacksonville off Livingston Road,
this is an exceptional and rare 5 acre parcel with VIEWS.
Well, survey, and seasonal creek frontage.

$395,000

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310 Pair-a-dice Ranch Rd., Jacksonville

Upper Applegate Rd • 5 acres • Jacksonville

$434,900

$149,900

2.3 acre lot inside the city limits of Jacksonville. City water and
a well. Great room has vaulted ceilings and wonderful windows.
Granite, tile, solid wood doors and other nice upgrades.

Kathy H Dec 2015.indd 1

Close to Applegate Lake. Includes fractional interest in
recreational lot on the river. Standard septic approval.
Seller is having well drilled. Wonderful Views!

2470 Savannah Drive, Central Point

Attractive 1865 sq. ft. home in New Haven Estates that is designed
to be accessible for all ages. Vaulted ceiling in living room, built in
china cabinet in dining room and a spacious family room.

$264,900

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11/13/15 1:55 PM

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December 2015/January 2016 Events Calender • More at JacksonvilleReview.com
Jacksonville Art Events
Dec 2015-Jan 2016!
Art Presence Art Center!
Small Treasures!

Now–Dec 27: Give the gift of
art this Christmas! Our annual
Small Treasures show offers
holiday shopping with small
works of fine art by local artists
at gift-friendly prices. !
Another chance to give a very
special gift - paintings by the
late Elaine Witteveen available
at reduced prices through the end of this show!!

Snowflake Making Class!

Dec 19, 12–2pm: Join Art Presence
for a FREE Snowflake Making
Class in our upstairs classroom, in
conjunction with Victorian
Christmas. We have everything
you need, join us for some fun!!

Life Drawing!

Drop in to our Figure Drawing studio any Monday from
1–3 PM. Take advantage of great professional models to
practice and improve your drawing skills! $10 per session.!

Naked Art: No Mats ~ No Frames ~ Great Deals!!

Jan 8–Feb 28: Our first Naked Art show was such a
success, we’re bringing it back! Add to your art collection
with unmounted, unframed fine art at bargain prices, take
it home at the time of purchase, and frame it to suit your
own taste and décor. !

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits!

Pioneer Village: Elements of Southern Oregon show of
paintings and sketches by Anna Elkins continues through
January.!
Jacksonville Library: Show of oil paintings by Shan Lollis
has been extended through January 2016.!
Medford Library: Medford Art Commission exhibition of
the organization’s art acquisitions.
!
Art Presence Art Center is a nonprofit organization
located at 206 N. Fifth St., next to Jacksonville’s historic
courthouse. Gallery hours: 11am–5pm every Fri–Sun.!
art-presence.org!

• Last Tuesday of the month, 11:00am-Noon:
Live Music at Food & Friends. Meals
$2.75 for Seniors 60 and over. S. Oregon Street next
to GoodBean. Call 541-899-7492 for information.
• Saturday, November 28, 11:00am-3:00pm:
holiday wreath-making, Hanley Farm.
See article page 6.
• Saturday, November 28, 5:00-7:00pm:
jacksonville's victorian
christmas celebration merchant
open house & holiday tree lighting,
Downtown Jacksonville. See ad next page.
• Friday-Sunday, December 4-6: providence
festival of trees. Public Viewing. Medford
Armory. See ad page 10.
• Friday & Saturday, December 4 & 5: garden
club's annual holiday greens
sale, N. Oregon Street near Post Office in alcove.
Friday 10:00am-2:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm.
See article page 5 and ad page 12.

• Sunday, December 6, 3:00-4:00pm: firebird
wind trio, Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room.
See article this page.
• Weekends, December 12&13, 19&20, 26&27:
jacksonville's victorian christmas
celebration, Downtown Jacksonville.
See ad next page.
• Weekends, December 12&13, 19&20, 26&27:
victorian christmas at 1873
beekman house, California Street. See ad page 11.
• Saturday, December 12: food project
pickup day, Jacksonville. See info page 16.
• Saturday, December 12, 4:00-7:00pm: GABRIEL
MARK LIPPER 'EYES TO BURMA' ARTIST
RECEPTION, Élan Gallery. See article page 8.
• Sunday, December 27, 11:00am-3:00pm: hanley
farmhouse holiday tour.
See article page 13.

• Friday, December 4, 5:00-7:00pm: pioneer
village 3rd-annual sock hop.
Pioneer Village.

• Sunday, January 10, 2:00pm: stories & songs
of the oregon trail with dave
gordon, Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room.
See ad page 11.

• Friday, December 4, 7:00pm: movie night at
old city hall, "It Happened on Fifth Avenue."
See article this page.

• Tuesday, January 12 & 26, 6:30pm: social
security workshop, Jones & Associates.
See ad and article page 18.

• Saturday, December 5, 10:00am: JACKSONVILLE'S
victorian christmas parade,
Downtown Jacksonville. See ad next page.

• Friday, January 15, 7:00pm: movie night at
old city hall, "Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of
Terror and Two O'Clock Courage." See article this page.

December & January Movie Nights
at Old City Hall
December's film at Old City Hall is a heart-warming
redemption story of two men...one a hobo who occupies a
mansion on Fifth Avenue during the winter when the owner
is gone...the other, the owner who is unaware of his uninvited
guest. Add to that a mixture of the owner's divorced wife, their
daughter, a GI looking to find a job, and a host of others in need
of a lift in life, and you have a prescription for a wonderful
Christmas holiday film... It Happened On Fifth Avenue! Our movie
! is set for Friday, December 4th, at 7:00pm.
night date
January brings a double feature. Sherlock Holmes and The Voice of
Terror, a film inspired by the infamous WWII British traitor, Lord
Haw-Haw, who broadcast German propaganda to London... and
Two O'Clock Courage, starring Tom Conway of THE FALCON series. Here, he is a man whom we first see standing
on a street corner, bleeding from a wound to his head and suffering from amnesia. Directed by Anthony Mann, this
is a superior entry in what was termed a "programmer" film. It is both a light-hearted and entertaining mystery and
unavailable on VHS or DVD. Our movies begin at 7:00pm on Friday, January 15th, at Old City Hall.

Friends of Library Present Concert
GoodBean Coffee!
Dec 1–31: Angels!

Our popular annual exhibit showcasing Rogue Valley
artists’ diverse interpretations of angels returns! Our call
to artists is turning up new artists and many new angels,
some of which are being painted specially for this show!
We’re very excited about this year’s exhibition and hope
you will enjoy it too. Please join us for a festive Angel
artist reception Friday, Dec 11 from 4-7pm.!

The Firebird Wind Trio returns to the Jacksonville
Library this holiday season with a community concert full
of delightful music including many favorite pieces and
a sing-along. Join the fun on Sunday, December 6 from
3:00-4:00pm in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville
Library, at 340 West "C" Street in Jacksonville.

T HIS M ONTH
AT T HE B ELLA

Jan 1–31: Mandalas!

by Barb Wallgren!

Floral artist Barb Wallgren has spent
the past few years perfecting a
technique for making digital
mandalas using her own
photographs of flowers as the
source. The results are wonderful!
Wallgren will exhibit a few large
pieces and many smaller pieces for
your enjoyment and consideration.!

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South Stage Cellars

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2015 Artists Reprise!

Now–Dec 31: To close the year, we
celebrate our 2015 artists with a
group show of paintings by each
artist, joined by new artist Sophie
Birch. Enjoy live music and wine
tasting with the artists at a reception on Sat, December 5 from 5–8pm!!

Deanna St. Martin!

Jan 7–Feb 25: St. Martin’s abstract
watercolors, painted using a
technique she developed herself, are
vibrant with color and dancing
movement. Art because you are worth
it! Artist reception Sat, February 6
from 5:30–8pm.!
More local art events at www.soartists.com!
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Well-known musicians will include flutist Lisa
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Hutchings. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy
of the Jacksonville Friends of the Library. For more
information please contact the Jacksonville Branch
Library at 541-899-1665.

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Jacksonville’s Victorian
Christmas Celebration

Masterworks 3

• Saturday, November 28 : Merchant Open House, 5-7pm
and Holiday Tree Lighting, 5:30pm

• Saturday, December 5: Victorian Christmas Parade, 10am
• Weekends, December 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27:
Father Christmas, Carolers, Town Crier and Hot Cider,
Beekman House Holiday Tours & More!

ASHLAND: Jan 15 · 7:30 pm
MEDFORD: Jan 16 · 7:30 pm
GRANTS PASS: Jan 17 · 3:00 pm
“the full range of
emotions from fiery
virtuosity to intimate
tenderness, with flair
and depth” Times Argus

• NEW! Holly Jolly Trolley Tours! Weekends, December 5-20
Please visit JacksonvilleOregon.org for full schedule of events!
Saturday, November 28
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5:30 pm
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday November 29
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Featuring

Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
Merchant Open House
Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Nativity Display at The Woodcarving Place*

Elena Urioste, violin
THEOFANIDIS:
Dreamtime Ancestors

Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
Nativity Display at The Woodcarving Place*

An Oregon Premiere,
RVS Co-Commissioner

The Woodcarving Place will have a photo “stand-in” as a
Victorian-Era Caroler available throughout Victorian Christmas

Saturday, December 5
10:00 am
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Victorian Christmas Parade
Father Christmas & Jolly Holly Trolley Rides, Carolers, and Hot Cider
Beekman House Holiday Tours
Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence

BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
MOZART: Symphony No. 38, “Prague”
$22-$55 · Students 50% off regular prices

Martin Majkut Music Director

rvsymphony.org 541-708-6400

Father Christmas & Holly Trolley Rides, Carolers, and Hot Cider
Beekman House Holiday Tours
Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence

NEXT STAGE

REPERTORY COMPANY

NEXT STAGE

Saturday, December 12
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Sunday, December 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Noon – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 19
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
2:00 pm

Father Christmas & Jolly Holly Trolley Rides, Carolers, and Hot Cider
Beekman House Holiday Tours
Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Chamber Music Concert,
Historic First Presbyterian Church
Father Christmas & Jolly Holly Trolley Rides, Carolers, and Hot Cider
Beekman House Holiday Tours
Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
Princess Court High Tea at Bigham Knoll
Father Christmas & Holly Trolley, Carolers, Town Crier and Hot Cider
Beekman House Holiday Tours
Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
Caroling by Rogue Valley Chorale
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Chamber Music Concert,
Historic First Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Father Christmas & Holly Trolley Rides, Carolers, Town Crier and Hot Cider
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Beekman House Holiday Tours
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Historic St. Joseph’s Rectory Open House
Saturday, December 26
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 27
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Beekman House Holiday Tours (Benefitting ACCESS)
Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
Beekman House Holiday Tours (Benefitting ACCESS)
Small Treasures Exhibit, Art Presence
*The Woodcarving Place is located at 255 East D Street

Victorian Christmas is coordinated by the Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce & Business Association.
For more information, please call 541-899-8118 or email
chamber@jacksonvilleoregon.org.

REPERTORY COMPANY

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Fri.-Sat., Dec. 11-12
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sponsored by Punky’s Diner & KDRV

Sunday, December 20,
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$29, $32, $35,
Youth (0-18) $20, $23, $26

sponsored by Southern Oregon
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Sat., Jan. 23, 7:30pm
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December 2015/January 2016

Buying a Fixer-Upper

130 N. 4th St.,
Jacksonville

by Sandy J. Brown, AICP

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T

o say my first house was a
fixer-upper is putting it mildly;
it should have been run over
by a bulldozer. My sister came with my
husband and me when we first looked at
the house owned by a woman who was
not just a hoarder but also a Persian cat
hoarder. There was a small path that made
its way through the accumulation in the
house, cats everywhere, some in cages, with
layers of carpet, cat litter, and newspaper
on the floor. “This isn’t a fixer-upper,” my
sister said, “It’s a marriage wrecker!” So
what did we do? We bought it.
Sixteen years later, we’re still married,
and we fixed up that house, sold it, and
bought and sold several more. We’ve
learned a little since that time, and have
some advice for others that want to buy a
fixer-upper, too.
The first step is figuring out what
you should pay. First, add up costs to
renovate the house based on a thorough
assessment of the home’s condition
and include materials and labor. Then
subtract that number from the home's
estimated market value after renovation,
drawn from comparable real estate prices
in the neighborhood. Then deduct at
least another five percent for unforeseen
problems and changes you might make.
What's left should be your offer.
It's important that your offer include an
inspection clause. The inspection will either
help you determine the house is a good
investment or give you a good reason to
back out of the deal. You might also use the
inspection to get the seller to pay for repairs
or negotiate the sale price downward.
If the house needs significant structural
improvements, you may want to avoid it
altogether. That's because major repairs
such as plumbing, electrical, foundation,

or roofing rarely increase the value of the
house enough to offset the costs.
An ideal fixer-upper is one that only
needs cosmetic improvements such
as painting, drywall repairs, floor
refinishing, or new lighting fixtures,
which usually cost much less than what
they return in market value. Updating a
kitchen or bathrooms can be worthwhile,
though both can require considerable
time and money.
One of the most challenging aspects
of purchasing a fixer-upper is paying
for the renovation. Most people don't
have much extra cash after making
the down payment and paying closing
costs, so coming up with additional
money to cover repairs or remodeling
can be difficult. One popular funding
choice for a fixer-upper is a renovation
loan, either through a home equity line
of credit or a mortgage. Home equity
lines can generally be borrowed against
most of the equity that you will have
in the house after the renovation has
been completed. Another option is a
renovation loan tied to the first mortgage.
Similar to equity lines, these loans can
be borrowed against the house's value
after the work is finished, but like
any mortgage, the interest may be tax
deductible. Renovation loans are offered
by almost all mortgage lenders. For
additional information, contact your
mortgage lender to get the details on
these programs.
Sandy J. Brown, AICP, lives in Jacksonville
and is a certified land use planner and broker
with Western Properties of Southern Oregon,
LLC. She can be reached at sandyjbrown@
gmail.com, 831-588-8204, or online at
Facebook/WesternPropertiesofSouthernOregon.
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Speaking of Antiquing with

Margaret Barnes, Pickety Place Antiques
Make it a Handmade-only Holiday

E

very so often when my children
were growing up, I would declare
a HANDMADE ONLY Christmas.
The gifts to each other had to be made
by hand by them.
I made my sewing area off limits by
putting up sheets to hide what I was
working on. A couple
of quilts and many
shirts came out of
that little cave, not
to mention dolls and
doll clothes.
Items of wood and
glue, pine needles and
raffia, ceramic or clay
were created and some
remain to this day.
They say that necessity
is the mother of
invention and my kids
rose to the occasion.
These were wonderful
memories in our
family, and learning
curves were met.
They figured it out,
skills were instilled,
creativity abounded.
We all long for that
“simpler time” when
Christmas and the
Holidays aren’t so rushed or expensive.
Homemade gifting is a wonderful, easy
way to create a bit of simplicity and beauty.
Water color paper and a set of water
color paints is a marvelous way to
nurture an artistic child. A world of
wonder can appear on paper once
experimentation begins.
Scour thrift shops for bits of old and
broken jewelry. Sparkly adornments can
be added to clothing or hats. Use large coat
buttons for closures for handbags.
Take an old sweater and cut off the
arms and repurpose for pouches or bags.
Fill the bags with marbles, candy or
handmade jewelry.
Cut up old torn quilts or blankets to
make a myriad of things; pin cushions
or purses, dolls or bears. Let your
imagination run wild.
Reclaim old lumber and sand paper to
fashion a small table, a bird house, a shelf,

a picture frame. You can go to the Re-Store
and find usable paint for your projects.
The history of America can be found
in the items created by hand, out of
need or desire. Items once produced as
household needs or necessities are highly
sought after. Wooden bowls hand-hewn
from one piece of
wood, wooden
mallets or
wooden spoons,
rolling pins, bread
boxes, cutting
boards, dough
bowls are what
we consider
“primitives.”
Simple boxes for
storing flour and
sugar, or even
jewelry, were
decorated with
bright colors and
pleasant scenes.
What about an
old cedar blanket
chest? Perhaps
it was made out
in the barn away
from the eyes of
the one to whom
it was gifted.
Perhaps there was a forge in that barn. Iron
pounded into hooks, tools, handles for the
blanket chest…
On a farm there was an endless supply
of useful materials for making beautiful
items such as leather, bone, horsehair,
wood, clay, wool, and so on.
In today’s world we don’t need to dig
the clay, tan the leather, card the wool, or
cut the tree. We do need to stop a minute
and think of our family and friends and
truly decide if even one gift this year can
be hand-made for someone.
One only needs a bit of imagination
and the push to do it. One can do almost
anything for love, and isn’t that the most
simple thing we crave at Christmas time?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from all of us here at Pickety Place.
Margaret Barnes is an owner of Pickety Place
Antiques & Collectibles. See ad previous page.

Making Your House Your Home

by Carmen Whitlock, Eléglance Home Decor

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t’s that beautiful time of year
as we approach another season
here in ever-changing Southern
Oregon. We are so fortunate to celebrate
and participate in the charming, joyful
Victorian Christmas festivities in our
wonderful town and hope you all can join
us in celebrating.
My husband, Jim, and I and our
employees have had the pleasure of
serving you from our retail store location
on the corner of 5th and California Streets
now for 2 ½ years and have enjoyed
meeting so many of you whom we had
not previously known and have had the
pleasure of seeing other customers whom
we have known for longer.
Jim is a general building contractor and
does architectural design work, as well.
I am an interior designer and we have
enjoyed doing those businesses here in
the Rogue Valley for over 25 years. The
retail store combined with these other two
businesses has required much more time
and energy than we now have available
with the current boom in construction
and design. In order to keep our design/
build business at the service level we
would expect if we were the client, we
have decided to close the retail store
location in Jacksonville.

At this time, we are working on the
possibility of moving the store location
to Ashland and combining it with a store
already managed by some of our kids,
Emz Blendz. We are also open to selling
the retail business and existing inventory
to any interested parties.
We appreciate all of you and we
will continue to run our design/
build businesses from our home
office location on California Street in
Jacksonville and will continue to live
in this beautiful town, as well. We love
“making your house your home” and
will be doing that on a regular basis for
years to come!
Merry Christmas to all of you and
we hope to see you happily shopping
before we close or sell the retail location
in January.
Carmen Whitlock
is a certified interior
designer who has been
helping people “make
their house their home”
in the Rogue Valley
for over 25 years.
She is also the owner
of Eleglance Home
Décor retail store in
Jacksonville. See ad this page.

.Joy.
.Love.
.Peace.
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The Literary Gardender

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found this quote in the Garden Guide
for the Rogue Valley, and was inspired
to create a “To-Do Checklist” for
winter gardeners. Certainly, there are
many tasks to keep us active this season.
On the other hand, I rather like garden
writer Barbara Winkler’s more laid back,
reflective approach to winter gardening.
She writes, "Every gardener knows that
under the cloak of winter lies a miracle...a
seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to
the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And
the anticipation nurtures our dreams."
Here is my list of gardening tasks, as
well as ideas to dream about during the
next few months. For more information
on these topics, visit the OSU Extension
website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu.
• Begin harvesting vegetables that
sweeten after a few light frosts.
Brussels sprouts and leafy greens, such
as kale, lettuce, and chard, are tastier
after a few light kisses from Jack Frost.
• Set out garlic. There are still a couple
of weeks to plant garlic cloves for a
spring harvest of tops or a summer
harvest of bulbs. Garlic requires
full sun and well-draining soil
with higher pH (6.7-6.8); add lime
to increase alkalinity. Garlic roots
develop in winter and support rapid
leaf growth in spring that will then
spur the garlic to develop large bulbs
for harvesting mid-summer.
• Cut back herbs and other perennials
after hard frost. Herbaceous mint,
oregano, and culinary sage are cut
back to soil level; woody thyme,
rosemary and lavender are cut back to
one-third their size. Also give dahlias
a hard cut, leaving only a few inches
of the stump above ground. Prune fallbearing raspberries and tie up trailing
canes to wire. Apply manure around
the root zone of berry plants.
• Check stored harvest. Keep an eye
on stored vegetables for rot or insects.
Storage should be in a dark location
and the ideal temperature is 40-45
degrees F. Cabbage and root crops—
beets, carrots, and parsnips—like more
humid conditions, whereas potatoes,
onions, squash, and beans need dryer
air. Provide air circulation by opening
a window or vent on warmer days
and using a fan on cold days.
• Prepare cold frames, tunnel rows,
greenhouses. Sustained freezing
temperatures and heavy rain can
damage winter crops and breed
plant diseases. Prepare for extreme
weather by readying cold frames or
tunnel rows that will trap heat and
protect winter crops from drowning
or freezing. The ideal location for
these season extenders is in southern
or southwestern exposure, preferably
with a wind barrier to the north such
as a hedge or wall.
• Protect irrigation. Remember to drain
waterlines and insulate valves with
home insulation placed in a plastic bag.

• Check water drainage in yard and
garden beds. After a heavy rain, look
for low pockets where run-off has
pooled and take steps to even out the
terrain. Dig a hole about 18 inches
deep and examine the saturation level
and water table.
• Inventory garden tools. Check to see
which tools need to be cleaned, aligned,
or sharpened. When replacing tools,
invest in high-quality implements
made from hardened steel.

• Inventory seeds. Lose yourself in
a variety of seed catalogues (my
favorite is The Whole Seed Catalogue
from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds).
Try out some of the new offerings as
well as time-tested favorites.
• Plan garden beds and landscape
features. You don’t have to be an
artist to sketch out your garden.
Identify zones with similar sunlight,
soil, water, and wind conditions.
Label what you already have in
each zone and then consider which
compatible plants might be used to
fill in gaps. Replace unhealthy plants
with drought-tolerant and diseaseresistant varieties.
• Set gardening goals. Think about
what went well in your garden this
year and why. Then consider what
you’d like to change in your garden
and why. Plan goals that include
both strengths and areas you’d like to
improve. The community education
classes offered by the OSU Extension
Service and the Jackson County
Master Gardener Association are
an excellent low-cost resource for
accomplishing gardening objectives.
With so many gardening
considerations, surely winter will fly by.
But if gloomy, cold days become tedious,
perhaps we can take heart in the words
of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Albert
Camus who wrote, "In the depths of
winter I finally learned that within me
there lay an invincible summer.”
Rhonda Nowak is on the board of directors
for the Jackson County Master Gardener
Association and teaches English Composition
at RCC. Read more on gardening in her
Literary Gardener column on Sundays in the
Mail Tribune and on her blog at http://blogs.
esouthernoregon.com/theliterarygardener/.

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December 2015/January 2016

Soul Matters by Kate Ingram, M.A.
The Journey to Self

O

ne of the most difficult things
in the world is to know who
you really are. I’ve spent half
my life now getting to know who my Self
is: the good, the bad, and the ugly. For
over two decades I’ve followed the Greek
maxim inscribed at the Temple of Delphi:
“Know thyself.” And I think I do. I think
I’m a salmon.
The journey to the Self is a lot like the
salmon’s upstream odyssey to spawn.
You have to travel great distances, face
tremendous resistance, have enormous
endurance. You’re heading back to your
source, to the place that will foster new
life. Sometimes you’re not sure if you’ll
survive the journey. Sometimes it gets
to be just too much: too much work, too
much pain. But something inside urges
you on to the place where life begins
anew. You’re headed home.
Usually, people begin the journey home
when Big Things happen: when loss or
illness hits and they start to question
everything. Or sometimes a lingering
depression or vague anxiety keeps poking
them until they finally have enough,
finally plop down and say, “What the
hell?” Mid-life is a most provocative Big
Thing; it’s the cosmic pop quiz for which
you are woefully unprepared. Who are
you? What’s the meaning of your life? What
do you want? Are you happy? Why or why
not? Explain. Leaving those questions
blank will not garner good things.
Only the most courageous take up
the effort to discover who they are, why
they’re here and what it’s all about.
Indeed, so many things make knowing
and being our real selves an upstream
battle. Childhood traumas and parental
expectations can set up patterns and
beliefs around the need to please, to
be quiet, to be a man, to achieve … in
short, to be someone you’re not. Our
culture, the waters in which we swim,
eschews “knowing thyself,” lauding the
superficial pursuits of money, power,
fame, consumption, and coolness. Our
own internal fears of being judged,
ridiculed, disliked, abandoned, or rejected

can strand us, leaving us flopping on the
shores of pretense.
But for those who persevere, magic
awaits. There’s a reason salmon swim
upstream—a very good reason. That
special spot is where new life begins. It’s
the place you discover your roots, your
purpose and your essence. If you don’t
make this trek, you are in danger of living
what poet David Whyte calls, “…a life that
anyone could live, or living someone else’s
life that you’ve mistaken as your own.” Your
true self, your god-self, will not come alive or
bless this world with its uniqueness unless
you make this journey and bring forth your
true Self. As the Gospel of Thomas says, “If
you bring forth what is within you, what
you bring forth will save you.”
Swimming upstream, facing into our
pain and suffering, is how we reconnect
with the voice of our soul. Our soul is
our utterly unique and authentic essence.
It contains our purpose and connects us
with the Divine, the All-That-Is. What
greater gift, what greater satisfaction,
than to know your purpose and to live
from that place, free from pretense and
the pressures of external expectation?
I will admit, it’s been a long, 20+ year
swim upstream for this salmon. I’ve tried
to be a lot of things that I am not. I’ve
attempted to fit prescribed molds in order
to feel good and valid and successful. I’ve
been slowed and lost in the shallow eddies
of grief and depression, loneliness and
fear. But despite the suffering, despite the
exhaustion, it is hugely gratifying to find
familiar, forgotten waters and to know
who I am. At least, more days than not.
As you welcome the new year, let your
resolution be this: to dare to swim against the
tides of conformity to find your source, the
place your soul dwells, and to know thyself.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas,
Happy Hanukah, Blessed Solstice, and a
very peaceful and prosperous New Year
(and happy swimming).
KATE INGRAM, M.A., is a soul coach and
writer, and sometimes salmon. Her passion is
helping people with their journey upstream.
Learn more at katherineingram.com. Ad pg. 30.

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on the inside, usually a piece of candy.
Another holiday tradition I enjoy, is
getting multiple different Christmases,
because of all the different family
members I have. It’s nice to see them
because sometimes Christmas is the only
time of the year that you are able to see
them. Some of our other very important
traditions include: making peanut butter
balls and other goodies with our Nana,
putting on a Christmas play with our
cousins, and cutting down a Christmas
tree from the middle of nowhere.
Something that my family makes sure
to do every year is to read the birth of
Jesus, which is why my family celebrates
Christmas. We do this to remind ourselves
of all God does for us, and how much He
loves us. Think about it. God loves us so
much, that He sent His only son here on
earth to save us. How amazing is that?
So this year, as you are unwrapping
gifts or buying them, remember to spend
some time thinking about how amazing
God is and about all that He does for
us. Every day is a miracle. Have a good
Christmas and a happy New Year!
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n Jacksonville, winter is a beautiful
time of year. Lights are up lighting
your way, and people are decking
the halls with boughs of holly. People are
out and about with a steaming cup of Joe
in their hands while perusing the shops.
Our big Christmas tree is by the well,
covered in soccer ball-sized ornaments.
Santa is on the corner with a merry, “Ho
Ho Ho,” and the jingle of a bell. Children
are out of school, and are either playing
in the snow, or are inside entertaining
themselves in the cozy indoors.
I just love this time of year. I have
been looking forward to it since school
began. A time when you can gather
with family and friends, and all normal
activities cease. A time when you can
gaze at your Christmas tree decked out
with ornaments you made in years past,
and a warm, glowing array of lights that
give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
One of the holiday festivities I enjoy and
do every year with my family is a game
of unwrapping presents. There is a box
inside of a box inside of a box and so on
until you cannot find a box small enough
to fit inside. Every one of the boxes is
wrapped tightly in wrapping paper.
Then, you try to unwrap the boxes with
oven mitts on your hands. Meanwhile,
a pair of dice is going around. The first
person to roll a double is the person that
gets the box and attempts to unwrap it
with oven mitts. Whoever gets to the
center of the box first, gets whatever’s

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A Cup of Conversation
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On Time and Healing

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ealing is a glimpse of heaven.
Those sick, in pain or severely
depressed can appreciate
the depth of the metaphor. Spiritual
life reveals much about what we don’t
understand and the joy of heaven is real
to those with faith to believe. In this
world, however, there is no greater joy
than breaching the depths of
chronic affliction, not one.
My father always said
everything is relative. I think
that's certainly appropriate
in the pain context. A couple
losing their home and
suffering through financial
devastation testify to the most
soul-wrenching, strength
sucking experience ever...
right up to the point where
the family pediatrician says the cancer
word. A contemporary gospel song lyric
declares we are all only a phone call away
from our knees. Have you ever received a
phone call like that? We're fragile because
life is fragile…and brief. We only have so
many days.
I see time differently now. Time doesn’t
negotiate. No longer are my decisions
framed in want or need but rather what
is left behind in the absence of regret.
Time, health and relationship are precious
commodities in life with time the most
precious. Health and relationship can be
restored but only if there is enough time.
Healing is a connective tissue between
past and future. Time makes that possible
yet some never heal. I lived years sick and
battled it every step of the way. Finally
accepting healing may never come and
asking instead how to live the rest of my
life weak, healing came. I’m still sorting
through that one.
When we go through seasons of disease
(dis-ease), the question always asked is
why, often the cruelest of words. We learn
from pain to offer wisdom, practical help
and empathy to others. This is certainly
true for those who journey from great
affliction to great healing. Illness and pain
are riptides pulling us to deep and dark
places we’d never think to go but must for
reasons not yet understood. The truth is
chronic illness and the darkness to follow

can make us emotionally myopic so all we
ever see is our own distorted reflection.
Life then becomes exclusively about our
pain, our need, our misery.
Those who heal seem to find a way to
give something back along affliction’s
road. This spiritual dynamic crosses all
borders as great truths do like the man
who fell into a deep,
dark hole. Badly hurt
and confused, he cried
out over and over but
no one could help until
a stranger heard the
cry and leaped down
the cavernous hole.
The man asked why
he would do such a
thing and the stranger,
busted-up and bleeding
from the long fall, said he’d been down
here before and knew the way out…let’s
go home, follow me. I’m not a follower
by nature but I’d follow that kind of love
anywhere. I still do.
Today I enjoy walking in wider spaces
with sun on my face and strength to burn.
I accept life’s fragile balance by taking
nothing for granted. A doctor, friend and
healer, the wisest and most compassionate
of men, told me hope is a powerful healing
tonic. I recall sharing this with a complete
stranger in terrible, unrelenting pain. With
total surrender in his eyes he managed to
whisper, “Yes…but you must remember to
take it every day…”
If you have lost hope, take heart. You're
not alone and there is most certainly a
place where pain, fear, death and disease
do not exist; a place of sentient, eternal joy
far removed from the relentless gravity
of this world. In the meanwhile, there
is still heavenly healing on earth so pay
close attention. Look beyond yourself
and choose carefully whom or what you
follow because… For now we see through a
glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know
in part; but then shall I know even as also I
am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
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sometimes author living in the Pacific
Northwest with his lovely wife, Mary. For
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Trail Talk by Omer Kem

Trail Heaven
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et me start by introducing myself!
My name is Omer Kem, husband/
dad/business owner in that order.
My wife, son and I recently moved back to
Jacksonville after spending two years away
living in Ashland. We are so very excited
to be back in what we feel is “trail heaven.”
My commitment to Jacksonville and
its trails culminated several years ago
when I became a board member of the
Jacksonville Woodlands Association and
also started putting on a trail running
event in Jacksonville’s Forest Park.
Even after moving away from town, I
stayed involved with the JWA and also
continued putting on our event in Forest
Park drawing about 100 people a year for
the 5k and 10k races.
Since moving back, I can honestly say
that between the Woodlands and Forest
Park, Jacksonville has some of, if not the
best, trail systems in Oregon. They are
well-maintained and remote enough for a
safe escape into the woods. And, with the

number of benches—sometimes in places
you definitely wouldn’t expect to find
them—there’s also an opportunity to stop,
relax and really enjoy your surroundings.
A personal favorite of mine is a
brand new trail in Forest Park, the
“Claimjumper Trail.” This trail is a
“point-to-point trail,” connecting the
uppermost parking lot on the west side
of the park with several trails, namely the
Leg Burner and Jackson Ridge Trails. The
mild gradient is perfect for a hike with
kids and/or dogs—just be sure to stop at
the several viewpoints along the way.
Jacksonville is trail heaven and
volunteering to help keep it that is way
simple. The Jacksonville Woodlands
Association has a volunteer email list that
keeps interested people informed of trail
work and maintenance days. It can be
found at www.jvwoodlands.org.
Now get out and enjoy our heavenly
trails!

December 2015/January 2016

Stress-Free Pregnancy

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by Kyleen Brodie, LMT
The Elements Massage Therapy LLC

e are all aware of the negative
impact stress can have on the
human body. Now imagine
that impact on a developing, one pound
baby inside a mother’s womb. Now
that’s stressful! Everything the mother
feels is transmitted to her baby through
biochemical agents; the experiences she
has while pregnant, whether calming or
nerve-wracking, leave
lasting patterns in her
baby’s development
and future health.
Because stress
is shown to have
negative effects
on both the mother
(during pregnancy, labor,
and postpartum recovery)
and baby, one of the
main goals of a prenatal
massage is to control and
lower maternal stress and
anxiety. According to Elaine Stillerman,
developer of MotherMassage: Massage
During Pregnancy, “long term exposure
to heightened stress levels can lead to
potentially serious health problems, such
as suppressed maternal immune function,
high blood pressure, and heart disease.”
Not to mention its impact on fetal
development, which can include:
• Behavioral problems, such as ADD
• Cleft lip, cleft palate, or other
congenital malformations
• Cognitive delays, such as autism
and autistic spectrum disorders
• Diabetes later in life
• High blood pressure and
cardiovascular disease later in life
• Low birth weight (which is linked
to a greater risk of being overweight
or obese in adulthood, and of
developing diabetes, high blood
pressure and heart disease)
• Premature labor
• Slowed brain development
One way in which stress greatly
hinders a mother’s and baby’s health
is its effect on oxytocin, the nicknamed
“love hormone.” Epinephrine (a
byproduct of stress) dampens the effects
of oxytocin, a key hormone that aids in

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labor progression and milk production,
as well as the critical bonding between
mother and child. According to a 2007
study printed in the November issue
of Psychological Science, initial levels of
oxytocin in a woman during her first
trimester predicted bonding behavior
with her future baby. The study stated
that “mothers who had higher levels
of oxytocin across the
pregnancy and the
postpartum month
also reported more
behaviors that
support the formation
of an exclusive
relationship” with their
infant.
By sedating and
restoring the nervous
system, massage helps to
signal the sympathetic
and parasympathetic
nervous systems to return to a balanced
state and to regulate hormone production.
When stimulated during a massage,
sensors in the deeper soft tissues relay
messages to the central nervous system
about muscle tension and blood pressure.
Blood vessels dilate, waste products get
reabsorbed and excreted, tissues become
oxygenated, and swelling and pain are
diminished (Massage&Bodywork, 2015).
Controlling stress, especially during
pregnancy, is key in maintaining a healthy
body, mind, and baby. So find something
that relaxes you and quit worrying about
those nursery paint colors!
Cheers to a healthy, stress-free
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n an effort to conserve energy,
incandescent light bulbs are
being phased out and replaced
by fluorescent and LED bulbs. But at what cost?
For many years we have known that ultraviolet (UV)
light has damaging effects on our eyes that contribute to
cataracts and macular degeneration. Studies now show
that a new threat in the form of High Energy Visible
(HEV) light is prevalent not only outdoors, but indoors
as well. Indoor sources include fluorescent and LED
bulbs, digital devices such as computer screens, tablets,
smartphones, and televisions (particularly the new flat
screen models with LED screens).
High Energy Visible light ranges in wavelength from
380 to 500 nanometers. Within this spectrum, blue
violet light (380 to 460 nanometers) has been shown to
contribute to cataracts and retinal cell death. The effects
of blue-violet light are cumulative over a lifetime, so
children that are now using electronics on a regular basis
are at greater risk. One tablet tested at full brightness
peaked just above 450 nanometers. That means that
much of the light given off by the device is blue light.
It is recommended to decrease the brightness level of
electronic screens, and avoid using them an hour before
bedtime.
Why avoid electronics use an hour before bedtime?
Blue light exposure at night could alter sleep patterns
and disrupt our circadian rhythms by suppressing
melatonin production. This not only affects your ability

to get a good night's sleep, it may depress your immune
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Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) may be more
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• Sherry vinegar for dressing (essential!)
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shimmering. Briefly saute onions until fragrant. Add
garlic and allow to soften slightly. Stir in rosemary.

2. Pour in broth or stock and increase heat to high. If
adding ham hock, do so now. Allow to heat until
simmering, just until a few bubbles can be seen
rising from the pan’s bottom without breaking the
surface.
3. If on a stove top, reduce heat to low and allow to
simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. If using a slow cooker,
reduce heat to low and allow to heat all day.
4. Twenty minutes before serving, stir in beans and
kale.
5. Just before serving, add several dashes of sherry
vinegar for brightness. Optional: Top with parmesan
shavings and serve with baguette.
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Joyfull Living by Louise Lavergne
Living by Design, Not Default

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t’s the season for us to celebrate and
evaluate the year that is about to
close. How many things from your
list of “intentions” for this year did you
accomplish? If you feel disappointments
or frustrations, those are clues that
something needs your time and attention.
I often hear people say they haven’t been
able to implement with consistency or
even start a self-care practice because
of one situation or another. There is a
wonderful bumper sticker quote I love:
“BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO
SEE.” This has been attributed to Gandhi
but what he actually said was:
We but mirror the
world. All the tendencies
present in the outer world
are to be found in the
world of our body. If we
could change ourselves,
the tendencies in the
world would also change.
As a man changes
his own nature, so does
the attitude of the world
change towards him. This
is the divine mystery
supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the
source of our happiness. We need not wait to
see what others do.
What is driving your life right now?—
Is it giving you results that make you feel
good? There are so many things that pull
our attention away from what we desire
to experience. I know for sure that feeling
worried, anxious, angry, fearful and
frustrated wasn’t on any of your lists of
“intentions” for this year, yet we invest so
much time into creating and maintaining
this state of being. The minute we wake
up, when we take this potent time and
engage our mind with emails, Facebook,
news or other external stimuli, we are
supporting what other people want us
to focus on. When we don’t take control
of our thoughts, life can feel out of our
control. This can make us feel like a victim
of circumstance and powerless. When we
automatically react to the loudest crisis in
our life with fear and worry, we are living
in survival mode. From this state of being
it’s almost impossible to listen to our
intuition and create our desired results.
This can also feed the habitual feeling of
failure and overwhelm us which causes
us to feel disheartened—disconnected
from the possibility of peace, love and joy
which is truly why we are here.
The best gift you can give yourself and
the people in your life is to claim the first
15 to 30 minutes of your day. Give your
inner-self, your spirit, your full attention.
Learn to activate your power to be the
co-creator of your life. Focus on what
you can do to activate your experience
of JOY in your day. When you feel good,

the chemistry in your body changes to
enhance your health and well-being.
“Joy to the world” starts with you. You
don’t need to wait for circumstances to
change and you don’t need anybody
else’s approval or support. You just need
to decide to take actions that support your
higher good.
Regardless of your cultural and
spiritual background, this season brings
the element of Light all around us. It
instills a magical feeling in our hearts.
We get to experience the power of what
a light in numbers can create. It takes
effort for it to come together and likewise,
it takes effort
for you to
experience
a magical,
inspired, joy-full
life.
Your life can
change in this
moment. Invest
some time into
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you desire to
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your life and activate your power to live
by design and not by default. It’s not easy.
I know, which is why I am so excited to
share a system with tools and support
for you to make that possible. It’s been
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those who registered for my video series
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It’s so inspiring to see so many people
responding to the call of their spirit to
break out of old patterns and behaviors.
The extended online program, Foundation
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you maintain, support and strengthen
those positive changes. I have received
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Paws for Thought by Michael Dix, DVM
Holiday Hazards

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he holiday season is a
time of traditions with
our families and friends.
And those extend to our pets,
as well. As a child I would give
my dog a large soup bone for
Christmas that he would unwrap himself. NOTE: As an
adult veterinarian, I am not endorsing or recommending
this practice—in fact there are reasons to avoid this. In
college, I would make a holiday trip to Florida to spend
Christmas at the beach. Today as a father, I take my little
family, including my dogs hiking after we share our
holiday meal, and I can’t wait to experience the holidays
here in Jacksonville. As a veterinarian, my holiday
tradition has been discussing holiday hazards with pet
owners. This is not a celebratory tradition, but it is an
important one. In that spirit, the following is a list of
things to be mindful of this holiday season.
Obviously, this list is not all-inclusive and will not
cover everyone’s holiday traditions (if you are from
Greenland and like to eat Kiviak, I am not sure how
that will affect your pet), but it is a good starting point
and is based on the most frequent issues I’ve seen in my
career. If you are concerned your pet may have gotten into
something dangerous, please do not hesitate to call us 541899-1081. After business hours, you can also call the ASPCA
Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 (there is a
fee to use this service, so a credit card is required).
Christmas Plants—It’s generally a good rule of thumb
to try to make sure that your pets don’t eat your house
decorations. Amaryllis, Christmas cactus, mistletoe,
English holly, Christmas kalanchoe, Christmas trees,
and Poinsettias can all cause problems such as vomiting,
diarrhea, decreasing appetite, and salivation. The
ingestion of these plants rarely cause serious problems,
but treatment is often warranted to help keep the animal
comfortable and to prevent secondary problems such
as dehydration. Mistletoe has the potential to cause
heart problems, but this is rare. The most serious plant
that animals can consume around the holidays is lilies.
Ingestion of these can cause severe kidney damage in
cats, so any cat that has eaten a lily should be seen by a
veterinarian as soon a possible.
Holiday Foods—For many of us, sharing table scraps
with our pets as a treat can be tempting. Including them
in our traditions can make the time special for them
as well as for us. However, animals are not tolerant to
many of the foods we eat. Foods with onions, chocolate
(especially dark or baker’s chocolate), grapes, coffee,
a high fat content, and moldy leftovers can all cause
medical problems. (We shouldn’t eat moldy leftovers
either.) It is never a good idea to feed pets sweets. Even
worse than sweets, are sugar-free products that contains
xylitol. Xylitol can cause dangerously low blood sugar

in animals and can result in death. A cat or dog that
ingests xylitol needs to see a veterinarian right away.
Things that contain xylitol include sugar-free chewing
gum, hard candies, and even peanut butter. If your pet
has a tendency to eat inappropriate things, make sure
any xylitol-containing products are kept well out of their
reach—or, better yet, do not have xylitol-containing
products in your house.
Holiday Decorations—Many holiday decorations
can cause problems if eaten. Some of these are pretty
obvious—glass decorations, if consumed, can cause a
lot of trauma to an animal’s intestinal tract. It may seem
unlikely that a pet would eat a glass decoration, but it is
surprising what some animals will eat. Dogs have been
known to swallow whole knives (and yes, that is also
bad). Some are not so obvious. For instance, ribbons or
tinsel, when consumed, can cause intestinal obstructions
and this can be life-threatening. Potpourris can also
cause problems. The liquid forms of potpourri can cause
oral or skin ulcerations, and the dry forms can lead to
obstructions if consumed.
Non-Holiday Winter Hazards—Though not
specifically associated with the holidays, there are other
dangers around the wintertime. The most notorious
and serious toxin that often comes out in cooler weather
is antifreeze. This is extremely toxic to pets and if
there is suspicion of ingestion, the animal should be
seen immediately. Even a small amount of antifreeze
ingestion can result in fatalities for our pets. There
are pet-friendly antifreezes that are safer and I would
recommend using these. However, even if these are
ingested, it is still best to contact us. Also, ice melting
substances can cause tissue irritation to dog and cat
paws and can cause significant gastrointestinal signs if
ingested. Animals can also get frostbite. Where we live
this is not a common problem, but if you take your dog
hiking in the snow, do not hike for as long as you do in
other seasons and make sure you have a way to warm
and dry their feet when your winter adventure is done.
If you have any concerns about something your pet
may have gotten into, please do not hesitate to call us.
We can help determine if it is a serious issue or not and
can treat your pet accordingly.
There are plenty of ways to safely incorporate your pet
into your holidays while still having fun. Giving them a
special present, including them in your Christmas card
photo, and, my own favorite, taking them for a hike are
all examples. However you spend the holiday season, all
of us at Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital hope the season
finds you happy and safe.
Dr. Dix can be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary
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Life at Sanctuary One

by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos, Executive Director
Making a Difference for Animals, People and the Earth
"We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands
to make a difference." ~Nelson Mandela

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t Sanctuary One, our
vision is “People,
Animals & the Earth:
Better Together.” Our dedicated
staff and volunteers provide
rescue and rehabilitation to
animals that have been neglected or abused. On our
care farm we invite people of all ages and abilities to get
outdoors and interact with the animals and educational
gardens. We work to inspire, teach and model
environmental stewardship while demonstrating how
every life has value. Compassion grows at Sanctuary One
in every season, year-round.
Last fall, a group of 25 teens from a local alternative
High School visited the Sanctuary. These youth, many
considered to be “at-risk,” were immersed in our
outdoor classroom, 55 acres of farm and forest. The
students walked the labyrinth, gardens and forest while
breathing fresh air, surrounded by blue skies, mountains
and trees—a multi-sensory learning experience. Our
amazing interns, Kameke and Amy, led the group on a
tour of the farm culminating with a visit to the pasture,
where the youth met our herd of rescued animals, faceto-face, hand to furry head.
At Sanctuary One, our Animal and People Care
programs impact thousands of people each year, from
at-risk teens to elders with limited mobility. We often
ask, “Who’s saving whom?” Is it the animals whose lives
are saved, the people whose lives are transformed by

inspiring interaction with the animals and gardens, or
is it the many people who make contributions of time
and money to support Sanctuary One’s mission? Like
our threefold vision to serve people, animals and the
earth—together, maybe we all are saved a little. With
the support of you, our Applegate community, we are
making a difference by rescuing one animal, instilling
compassion in one child, by tending one row of seedlings
at a time.
Please contribute at SanctuaryOne.org or by mail: 13195
Upper Applegate Rd. Jacksonville, OR 97530. All donations
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Spice-Up the Winter
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by Dr. Jeff Judkins, Animalkind Veterinary Clinic

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ooking out at the fog that has
settled into the valley below our
Applegate home, it's hard to
believe that just a short time ago we were
watching the news for wildfire alerts and
wondering if it was ever going to rain
again. Now that we are well into winter
here in Southern Oregon, we should take
a moment to consider the effects this
season has on
the health and
well-being of the
animals under
our care.
But first, my
wife Becky and
I would like to
express heartfelt
gratitude for
all our new
friends and
acquaintances
here in the
Rogue Valley.
Not very long
ago, we bid
farewell to Portland and steered a packedto-the-ceiling U-Haul truck southward
toward a very uncertain future. It was
Thanksgiving eve, and we drove through
the night, sharing the cramped confines of
the vehicle’s cab with an array of anxious
pets and traumatized houseplants. Now,
four short years later, we feel that we are
truly “home,” and we’re grateful to be
part of this vibrant community. I would
also like to thank everyone who has
supported me and helped me to build
my veterinary clinic into the successful
practice it is today. It wouldn't have been
possible without the exceptional level of
care, compassion and love that people
here have for their animals. We are all
fortunate to live in such a place.
Now back to the subject of winter.
When the mercury drops, there’s nothing
quite like the comforting flavor of fresh
pumpkin pie. So why is it more appealing
during the winter holidays than, say,
during the Fourth of July? Think about
the spices that go into a pumpkin pie:
ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. All
these spices are considered “warming”
and “pungent” or “invigorating,” so it
seems pretty obvious they’d be more
appealing in the colder, damper, darker
and less- active times of the year. I
frequently see older dogs and other
animals with arthritic symptoms that are
worse in the winter, and I’ll recommend
that clients grate some ginger root and
cinnamon into the animal’s food. Broths
are another example of a good winter
food. A homemade broth from leftover
turkey bones is a fantastic addition to
your dog or cat’s dinner. It's especially
helpful for older, weaker animals that
benefit from the high level of easilyassimilated nutrients present in broths.
Another way to help understand
health aspects of seasonal changes is the
concept of “blood flow dynamics.” In the

heat of the summer, there is relatively
more blood on the skin (cooling) and
other body surfaces, whereas in the
colder months it is more internalized
(protective). Studies have shown a higher
incidence of certain diseases, such as
heart failure, that occur in the winter
when blood is congested internally
rather than dispersed in the smaller

vessels externally. Dry skin (and dry
eyes) is often more an issue in animals
in the winter due to the relative lack of
nourishing and moisturizing blood flow
on epithelial surfaces. Horses can suffer
from “winter colic” because of a decrease
of blood supply and function to the
lining of their intestines, which is, if you
think about it, another body surface area.
Feeding our carnivores more nutrientdense foods such as eggs, organ meats
and broths is helpful in “building blood”
during the time of year when certain parts
of the body may not be getting enough.
Herbivores such as goats and horses also
benefit from foods higher in vitamins and
minerals this time of year.
Another important consideration is
exercise. While it's natural for our animals
and humans to be less active during the
shorter, colder days, daily exercise is still
important. Physical activity is warming
and invigorating, and helps counteract
the slower, consolidating influence of the
winter season. It also helps to improve
blood flow to areas of the body that
need more circulation. Older animals
with arthritic joints frequently have a
harder time with colder temperatures,
and benefit greatly from easy short,
regular walks. With less activity, many
animals tend to gain weight over the
winter, so it may be necessary to cut
back on their food. Our animals that live
outdoors, however, frequently need more
carbohydrates and fats in the winter to
generate heat, despite reduced exercise.
I hope you’re enjoying the delights
of the winter season here in Southern
Oregon as much as Becky and I are.
Happy holidays and blessings to you,
your families, and all the “critters” that
bring so much joy and value to our lives.
Dr. Judkins is the owner of Animalkind
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Wesley Lyal Hartman, age 58, passed
away at his home in Jacksonville, Oregon
on October 25, 2015, ending a fourteen
month struggle with glioblastoma
brain cancer. Wes was born on
July 21, 1957 in Grangeville,
Idaho to Homer and Dolly
Hartman, joining siblings
Stephen and Sally. As a
child he moved several
times until Homer
retired from the US
Forest Service in 1964
in St. Wiles Idaho.
Wes graduated from
Saint Maries High
School in 1975 and
attended the University
of Idaho obtaining two
B.S. degrees in Range
Science and Agricultural
Economics. He pledged
the Theta Chi Fraternity and
maintained lifelong friendships with his
fraternity brothers.
He worked for Farm Credit Services
for 34 years, retiring earlier this year.
Wes took pride in authoring agricultural
loans for customers who used the money
wisely and became prosperous as a result.
Many of his customers became family
friends. He had a particular affection for
his customers in Scott Valley near Yreka,
California. He admired the fact that the
people there were dedicated to managing
their family farms to be passed down
through the succeeding generations.
Wes married the love of his life, Mona
Petersen Hartman in 1986 and settled
in Jacksonville, Oregon and began the
restoration of the Dowell-Hartman
House. The Italianate-Style brick house
has been in the Hartman family since
1910. Built in 1859, it was in need of
every sort of renovation. With Mona's
vision and a great deal of hard work,
the old house turned into a lovely
home for Wes, Mona and their children,
Alexandra and Jake.
Wes was interested in people in general
and different cultures in particular. He
traveled extensively in Europe, Japan,
Nepal and India; sometimes with family
members and sometimes with his

fraternity brothers. He loved the outdoors
and made a point of climbing a mountain
or two every summer. When Wes realized
that he had a terminal illness he began a
long goodbye. Early in his illness he
went on long walks and drives
with his son Jake, discussing
subjects near and dear to
their hearts. It was not easy
for him to travel but he
attended the weddings
of his two Grant nieces;
Shannon on March 14
and Kellie on August 1.
On April 8, 190 people
attended his retirement
party from Farm Credit
Services. In late April,
Wes and Mona went to
a University of Northern
Colorado college drama
presentation starring niece Violet
Anastasia Reis. In July, he had a reunion
with fifteen Theta Chi fraternity brothers.
In September, daughter Alexandra and
her husband Will moved to Boston so
Allie could attend graduate school at
Harvard. Wes had an idea on how to keep
Allie feeling loved after he passed away.
He purchased a very warm coat and boots
from LL Bean to protect her from the
severe Boston winters and she was able to
model it for him before he passed.
Wes was always a faithful friend, a
doting uncle to his nieces and nephews,
a loyal brother and brother-in-law, a
wonderful father to his children and
a devoted husband to his dear wife,
Mona. He was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville,
Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary, Theta Chi
Fraternity, Small Woodlands Association
and a supporter of Jackson and Siskiyou
Cattlemen's Association and 4-H.
Wes is survived by his wife Mona
Hartman, daughter Alexandra and her
husband Will Moore, son Hayes Jacob
Hartman, brother Stephen and Barbara
Hartman, sister Sally and Mark Grant and
his beloved in-laws; Suzanne Petersen
and Terry Tanneberg, Leslie Petersen and
Wayne Myers, Karen and Bill Kneadler,
Noreen Reis and Phil Barrett plus many
nieces, nephews and cousins.

In Memoriam – William “Bill” Gerhard
Schoneberger
Bill left this world peacefully October
25, 2015 to spend eternity with the love
of his life, Karla Lynn Schoneberger,
who passed away in 2010. A longtime
resident of Jacksonville and Central Point,
Bill would often be seen driving his big
International truck through town while
waving to all who knew him. Bill loved
the outdoors, often hunting and fishing
with family and friends.
Bill was born in Whittier, California
to Theodore and Helen Schoneberger
on February 13, 1947. He grew up in
Southern California, where he met his
love, Karla, whom he married in Yorba
Linda, California March 18, 1972. Bill
and Linda began a family and he was
the owner and operator of Max Pools for
several years.
Bill, Karla and family moved to
the hill between Jacksonville and
Central Point in 1988. They owned
and operated the Mustard Seed Café
in Jacksonville when they first came
to the area and have since owned
Jacksonville Pump. Giving back
to the community, Bill enjoyed his
involvement with the Jacksonville
Volunteer Fire Department, for
which he became an engineer.
Later, through his pump business,
Bill became involved in building
wildland fire fighting engines and
fought wildland fires with his wife
and children.
Bill, Karla and family also raised
several head of cattle at his small
ranch, instilling a love of ranch life
into his children and grandchildren.
Bill was often seen and State and
County fairs, cheering on “his kids”

while they showed livestock. Bill also
coached and sponsored Little League
Baseball and Pop Warner football teams.
Bill is survived by his daughter
and son-in-law, Khristi and Shawn
Breedlove; his granddaughter, Kalynn;
his son and daughter-in-law, Billy and
Mary Schoneberger; his granddaughter
Ellie and grandson, Hunter; son and
daughter-in-law, Luke and Brandi
Schoneberger; his granddaughters,
Braylee and Addilee; his grandson,
Gunner; and his mother-in-law, Eloise
Kausler. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Karla Schoneberger; his father-inlaw, Ken Kausler; and both his parents.
A celebration of Bill’s life was held on
November 21, at the Jackson County Expo.

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In Memoriam – Patricia Rennie Dahl
Jacksonville lost one of its most devoted
citizens on October 25, 2015. Patricia
“Pat” Dahl passed away peacefully at
her home. Pat was a close friend to many
and will be deeply missed. She gave
such unselfish volunteer time with many
community organizations, committees,
and activities. She was dedicated to the
preservation of Jacksonville’s history and
to local open spaces, large and small,
so that nature will thrive for future
generations to enjoy.
Pat held many offices
in these organizations
using her talent to keep
things simple, thoroughly
organized; always done
with a touch of elegance
or with gloves and boots
when needed.
Pat could be found
in Jacksonville raking
leaves on Cemetery
clean-up days, pulling
invasive weeds from
Scheffel-Thurston Park,
planting flowers around the Post Office
or Britt Gardens, delivering a delicious
pie or cookies to friends. A favorite
project of hers last year was spearheading
the Garden Club’s 75th anniversary
celebration at Daisy Creek Winery, and
hostessing her private 75th birthday
luncheon with friends who were also
turning 75 in nearby months. Another
favorite project Pat will be remembered
for is Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial
Park’s Blue Star Marker and memorial
trees. The tradition of flying American
flags in Jacksonville began with Pat and
husband, Pete, through the Boosters Club.
We cannot forget Pat’s love for her close
pals, The Girls, Cinda and Sweet Pea, her
two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The
Girls were Pat’s companions at Garden
Club sales events, on walks through the
parks, and at meetings she attended. She
took The Girls for ‘socialization’ at Pioneer
Village and other places where people
needed some cheering up. We would see
The Girls sharing rest time beside Pat in
the midst of all these activities during
these past few years.
Pat was born on July 3, 1939 to Ronald
and Kathleen Rennie in San Mateo,
California, the youngest of three
children. Pat completed her Bachelor of
Arts in English Literature and Latin at
Dominican College of San Rafael. She
then married Peter Dahl in May, 1959.
They met on a blind date through the
brother of a classmate. Pete predeceased
Pat in 2005. They lived in various cities
in the United States, in Okinawa, Japan,
and the Australian Outback where Pete
worked as an engineer.

During an oral history interview,
Elizabeth Thompson discovered that
living abroad occasionally created
stress for Pat and Pete when left to
process tragedies such as President John
Kennedy’s assassination and the Vietnam
War while oversees. Pat expressed, “We
felt alone, far from our grieving country
and friends,” anxiously waiting for
limited news from distant time zones.
Pat also kept up on news about feminism
between the 1960s-1980s
and was pleased
with the 1973 14th
Amendment decision
for women’s right to
privacy.
Pat and Pete moved to
Southern Oregon, first
in Ashland as owners
of the Morical House
B&B; then in 1995, they
settled into Jacksonville/
Central Point,
motivated by their love
for Jacksonville, its
residents, visitors, and the beautiful open
space view from their hillside home.
The couple was actively involved in many
civic organizations such as the Jacksonville
Garden Club, Friends of Jacksonville
Historic Cemetery, Jacksonville Community
Center, Jacksonville Boosters Club, and
the City Parks and Visitors Committee. Pat
was also an avid football and basketball
fan. She was especially pleased when Title
IX of 1972 US Education Amendment gave
women further rights which led to millions
of women in high school and college sports,
and now as professional athletes. Pat had
strong opinions about politics, technology,
tattooing, food preparation and health.
Patricia is survived by her sister Jan
Vasquez (Sal) and niece Cookie Vasquez
of Sacramento and Peter’s brothers Chuck
(Ann) of Jackson, WY, their children
Jeffrey Dahl, Suzanne Dahl-Crumpler
and Kristina Dahl-Sutcliffe; and Dick
(Linda) of Bakersville, NC, and their
children Cary, Clay and Stephen Dahl. Pat
cherished her nieces and nephews as her
own children. Her sister Carol Rennie of
Modesto, California passed away a few
weeks before Pat.
A graveside service officiated by Fr.
Victor Perez of the Shepherd of the Valley
Catholic Church was held November
17th at the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery
followed by a Celebration of Pat’s Life in the
Naversen Room at the Jacksonville Library.
Pat’s family suggests you may continue
Pat’s legacy of supporting organizations
in her community by making a
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In Memoriam – Zola Henstreet-Davis
Zola Nellie Hemstreet-Davis was born
on November 7, 1917 and passed away
November, 8, 2015, a day after her 98th
birthday. She was born in Portland,
Oregon and lived most of her life in Costa
Mesa and Avila Beach,
California, and thirtyfive years ago retired to
Jacksonville, Oregon.
She is survived by four
children; Thomas, Evan,
Marsha and Johnnie, five
grandchildren, six greatgrandchildren, one greatgreat-granddaughter, and
a great-great-grandson,
due on Dec, 31st.
A graveside service
was held in the Historic
Jacksonville Cemetery,
where she was buried next to her beloved
husband, Tom, who passed away
fourteen years earlier, in a site they had
chosen after moving to Jacksonville.
Pastor Wes from Life Path Nazarene
Church officiated and Jeff Kloetzel sang
two songs, Gravity and Amazing Grace.
Two of her grandchildren, Cammy Davis
and Teri Harris read testimonials.
About her grandmother, Jacksonville

artist Cammy Davis who was also Zola’s
main caretaker for the past five years said,
“Gramma walked through the world
with a love for God and for her family
and she has taught us all lessons we will
never forget. Living
with Gramma these
past few years gave
me a chance to be the
artist I always wanted
to be. I will be forever
grateful. The last thing
I said to her before she
went to heaven was
I love my Gramma.
I don’t know if she
heard it, but I know
she knows it.”
Granddaughter Teri
Harris said, “Gramma
had been a constant part of my life since I
was a little girl. She was a great Christian
woman. I remember her teaching Sunday
school every Sunday for most of her life.
She made quilts, mentored families, and
gave all of herself to others for her whole
life. She was a faithful wife to her beloved
husband, Tom, a loving mother to her
children and a caring grandmother to her
grandkids and great-grandkids.”

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Public Opinion Converges on Scientific Opinion
Alan Journet, Co-facilitator,
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
Is it the Pope, the drought, or the regional wildfires?
For whatever reason, studies this year reveal Americans
are becoming more concerned about global warming and
its climate consequences.
An April Yale study revealed increasing concern
among Americans about global warming. Since
southwestern and western states are where the greatest
impact is being felt, these regions expressed the greatest
concern. Eastern inland states,
where the problems have been
less severe, exhibited the lowest
concern.
An October Muhlenberg
College/University of Michigan
national opinion study then
reported that 70% of Americans
believe there is solid evidence
of global warming over the last
four decades, near the 2008 high
of 72%. Even Republicans (56%)
joined Independents (69%) and
Democrats (79%) with majorities
agreeing. Meanwhile, the number
in denial has plummeted to a
record low of 16%.
Finally, a University of Texas
(Austin) study revealed a 90%
positive response to the question “Do you think climate
change is occurring?” among Democrats with 59%
agreement among Republicans.
Despite rejection of the data and conclusions by
climate science deniers, study after study over the last
ten years has shown that over 95% of climate scientists
accept that global warming is happening and humans
are contributing through emissions of atmospheric
pollutants.
Science is not partisan. It involves collecting data to
test hypotheses; data have no partisan tilt. Regrettably,
many individuals impose partisan preconceptions on
the data and decide to accept or reject the science on that
basis. What these studies show is that Americans, despite
being inundated with distortions and deceptions from
fossil fuel corporations, partisan political commentators,
and politicians themselves, are finally seeing through the
fog. Among Americans of all partisan loyalties, climate

science is becoming, as it should be, a non-partisan issue.
Just like tobacco company researchers before them
who knew the dangers of smoking even as corporate
executives denied it, we now learn that Exxon
researchers have known about the global warming
impacts of their product since the 1970s. For over forty
years, fossil fuel executives have exhibited a callous
disregard for this information. As knowledge of their
concealment grows among
potential voters, politicians and
commentators who still spread
misinformation in service of
short term profits for fossil fuel
corporations rather than promote
the well-being of their constituents
and future generations will likely
be rejected.
Like Oregon, most western
states have suffered a complex
of trends exacerbated by global
warming. If we had experienced
one trend alone, we could
reasonably dismiss it as just
another aberrant weather pattern.
However, if we look at them
collectively, we should connect the
dots and seek the common cause.
The trends evident over the last four decades are: rising
temperature; increased number of days over 100 degrees
Fahrenheit; reduced snowfall; earlier spring snow melt;
reduced soil moisture. These trends have most likely
conspired to increase the fire risk with which we are all
too aware. Indeed, data tell us that the western wildfire
season has extended two and a half months over this
four decade period with an increase in both forest acres
burned and the number of wildfires over 1000 acres.
It is disturbing, then, to see so many elected
representatives clinging to the view that there is no
global warming. This view neither serves their current
constituents nor future residents of their districts. In a
global context, Oregon may be but a minor contributor
to the problem, but we must each and all, take
responsibility for our actions and become part of the
solution rather than continue to be the problem.

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The Moores of Quail Run
A Tale of Accident and Opportunity

T

by MJ Daspit

he story of how Don and Traute
Moore came to establish the
largest winegrowing operation
in Southern Oregon begins with a broken
car window that kept them in Ashland
waiting for a new piece of glass. And
being curious, they wandered out to
Talent and happened on a piece of land
that had a small
vineyard on it.
They bought the
land in 1989 and
Don, a retired
MD but a farmer
at heart, got very
interested in
growing grapes.
The next thing
that spurred the
development
of this groundbreaking enterprise
was happenstance
much like the one that caused Don and
Traute to linger in the Rogue Valley in
the first place. They went out picking
huckleberries with Corrine and Porter
Lombard. The two couples hit it off
and went to dinner together. Only after
they got to know each other did they
realize they had a tremendous interest in
common—growing wine grapes.
Porter Lombard was precisely the
person Don and Traute needed to meet
as they were becoming more involved
in viticulture. Known as the father of the
modern Rogue Valley wine industry,
Professor Lombard had served as
Superintendent of the Oregon State
University Experiment Station on Hanley
Road. He demonstrated that several
wine grape varietals thrived in the
Rogue Valley. Cuttings from Lombard’s
experimental vineyard enabled many
farmers to make a change from producing
stone fruit or—in the case of pioneer
winegrower John Ousterhout—turkeys.
By the time he met the Moores,
Lombard had retired but he was keen to
take a trip to Australia to visit colleagues
having an impact on the mushrooming
wine industry there. Don and Traute
went along. The two couples visited the
Adelaide winegrowing region and Porter
introduced the Moores to Richard Smart.
An internationally-known viticulturalist,
Smart is co-originator of the Smart-Dyson
system, a style of trellising grape vines to
maximize light penetration of the canopy,
limiting moisture-related problems and
the need for pesticides and mildewretardant chemicals.
As a result of that trip, the Moores
and their colleagues in the Southern
Oregon Winegrowers Association brought
Richard Smart to the Rogue Valley to
share his knowledge with the region’s
trail-blazing growers. Based on the
benefit of that exchange, other renowned
experts followed, notably Lucy Morton,
a Virginia native trained in enology
and viticulture at the École Nationale
Supérieure Agronomique in Montpellier,
France. Lucy Morton changed the way
the Moores trained their canopies. In
addition, Morton’s research into root
stock disease led to the discovery that
the most commonly used root stock in
California, AXR2, was not resistant to
phylloxera. She recommended a switch to
3309 and 101-14, root stocks Rogue Valley
growers have used with excellent results.
Don and Traute kept experimenting
with trellis and irrigation systems and
tried-out new grapes in various vineyard
microclimates. The Moores were the first
to grow Syrah, Viognier and Grenache
in Oregon, Rhone varietals which seem
particularly well-suited to the Rogue
Valley. By 2010 their original 13 acres
had expanded to 280, and the number of
varietals planted had grown to 28. The
expansion of Quail Run Vineyards can
be truly appreciated only in the context
of the quality of the grapes Don and

Traute produced. They were phenomenal.
Consider Griffin Creek, a cult label
produced entirely from Quail Run grapes
by Willamette Valley Vineyards.
Less than ten years after the estate’s
founding, Quail Run fruit was prized by
scores of wineries throughout the state,
mostly in the Willamette Valley. In 2006,
Don recalls, the
Moores decided
to launch their
own label, South
Stage Cellars,
and start winning
some medals of
their own. They
established a
tasting room
in the 1865
brick building
in downtown
Jacksonville
known for being
the home of Robbie Collins, the citizen
who worked tirelessly to save the town
from the wrecking ball by getting it listed
on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to South Stage Cellars vintages,
the tasting room showcases over 20 labels,
all wines made from Quail Run grapes.
But then, the unexpected departure of
the Quail Run vineyard manager led to a
new turn of events. Don and Traute’s son,
a filmmaker with no prior experience in
growing grapes, jumped in to fill the gap.
And, as with the original unexpected turn
of events that led the Moores to Talent,
this one also had a great outcome. It just
so happens Michael Moore loves the
work, mostly because he loves the people
he works with, about 22 vineyard workers
who hail from Mexico, Guatemala and
Honduras. Because he happens to speak
Spanish and is able to converse with
the vineyard crews, Michael has had an
education in viticulture from the ground
up, one that he wouldn’t trade for any
other. As a result, he’s able to enlist the
intellect and observations of his crews
to keep him informed of what’s going
on in each block, and to give him expert
opinions on what needs to be done in
a given situation. “Now everyone is
responsible,” he says, “thinking and
talking about what’s going on in the
vineyard, making group decisions. It
makes my job so much more interesting.”
And you’d have to say Michael is a
quick study. Reaching-out to fellow
growers all over the country for new
ideas, he has already started to innovate.
While bringing the total vineyard area to
about 480 acres, significantly increasing
the presence of Pinot Noir, he has
instituted a ground-breaking change in
the watering scheme for the Pinot Noir
blocks, installing overhead sprinklers that
harken back to watering practices in-use
before drip irrigation came into vogue.
The rationale is based on the observation
that rain-watered vines send their roots
widely out into the space between rows,
whereas drip-irrigated vines tend to have
roots bunched close to the water source.
The wider spreading of roots increases the
area from which they absorb trace elements
from the soil, which translates to more
flavor and richness of terroir. Overhead
sprinklers are also effective in reducing
the temperature of the vines on hot days,
retarding premature elevation of sugar
levels and allowing more subtle flavors to
develop through longer time on the vine.
“It’s all part of a plan,” Michael Moore
says, “to produce ultra-premium Pinot
Noir.” Great news from Quail Run where
things just keep getting bigger and better.
But knowing the Moores, I’d suspect that
even with that excellent plan there will
always be room for the odd accident that
makes for opportunity.
Reprinted from the Fall Winter 2015 issue
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The iconic Jacksonville Inn Wine Shop,
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now boasts one of the most dynamic and
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Liza (37) and her husband, Jean-Michel
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wine fans—she’s held a
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Liza says, “I got into
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While in France, Liza learned
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New York where Liza realized, “It was
just way too cold for me.” In 2008, after
four days of driving
past corn fields and
through deserts,
“Jean-Michel and
I ended-up in
the little Oregon
town of Gold Hill,
where he became
the winemaker at
DelRio Vineyards.”
Liza’s enthusiasm
for wine is evident
the moment one enters the Jacksonville
Inn Wine Shop, where she’s introduced
new wine tasting events and classes along
with other noticeable changes. “I love
to drink wine, talk about wine, critique
wine, and sell wine… At the Inn, I've
found my dream job with the opportunity
to help others discover their own passion
for the craft of winemaking…and to do so
is an honor.”

Around The World with South Stage Cellars
Let the Jubilee Trolley be your ride on your next adventure! Whether it’s a
wedding or wine tour the Jubilee Trolley offers a fun and engaging experience
you’ll not soon forget. Based in Jacksonville, Oregon we offer Applegate Wine
Trail tours Wednesday through Saturday and are available for any special event
of your choosing. We hope to see you soon!

541.253.1080 info@jubileetrolley.com
Book @ www.JubileeTrolley.com

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For your Holiday Party, Family Gathering,
or Romantic Holiday Dinner...
Enjoy Gourmet Dining at The Inn or
in the privacy of your own home, where our
“Masters of Special Occasion Catering”
will do the work for you!
Chosen “Best Restaurant” by Mail Tribune readers and received
“Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator

RESERVE NOW! 541-899-1900 or 800-321-9344
We have over 2,000 wines in our Wine Shop!

175 E California Street • Historic Downtown Jacksonville

www.JacksonvilleInn.com

This winter, take a 6-week, palettepleasing trip around the world from the
comfort of South Stage Cellars’ first-class
tasting room in historic Jacksonville.
Enjoy unique wine flavors paired with
regional food from six different wine
regions around the world, and learn
about their unique history and culture.
On this “trip,” you won’t have to pack
any bags or be concerned about loading
or unloading zones, excess baggage or
frequent-flyer miles! The South Stage
Cellars team of wine experts will be your
tour guides as you sample your way
through wines and food characteristic of
Spain and Portugal, Italy and Germany,
the lands of the Southern Hemisphere:
South America, South Africa and New
Zealand, and the three regions of France.
This fun and informative tour will
feature varietals from the estate-grown
grapes of Quail Run Vineyards. The
experience enables wine enthusiasts to

taste Carmenére, Dolcetto, Chardonnay,
Pinotage, Grenache, Syrah, Viognier,
Pinot Blanc, and many others.
We will begin boarding on Saturday,
February 27, 2:00pm-5:00pm and
continue our journey through April 2.
Local restaurants will be providing a tasty
array of food pairings to compliment the
regional wines.
Limited space is available. $25.00 per
person, per destination. Reservations
are open to our wine club members
immediately, and available to the general
public beginning January 1. Book for one,
two, or all six weeks! Discount given for
passengers visiting all 6 ports of call.
Call 541-899-9120 to reserve or for more
information.

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Save the date
Saturday, Feb.27, 2016

Featuring

The Magic of Jade

Don’t Miss

5K Fun Run
Lion Dance & Dragon
Parade
Presentations
and more!
Presented by
Southern Oregon Chinese
Cultural Association

VISIT WWW.SOCCA.US FOR EVENT DETAILS

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A Jacksonville Tradition

Merry Christmas!

• Look for once-a-year Holiday Gift Card Deals.
• Now serving Sunstone Organic Bread on all of
our menu offerings
• Weekend Brunch Specials
• Holiday inspired specialty espresso beverages,
draft beer and wine
• Get all the latest news and deals on our Facebook Page
• Visit our Beautiful new Ashland Store at 175 Lithia Way

545 N. 5th St.
Jacksonville, Oregon

Open everyday until 6pm

541-899-3757

www.ponyespressojville.com

The Best
Part Of
Sunday Is
Now The
Wurst!

Wurst Mary Sunday.
Housemade to order everytime!

525 Bigham Knoll · Jacksonville, Oregon
541.899.1000 · www.thebrewhaus.com