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s Summer gives way to Fall, I’m looking forward to cooler days and hoping for blue skies overhead. This summer was unusual with extreme bursts of heat coupled with smoke-filled skies from nearby forest fires—both put a damper on all sorts of outdoor activities and commerce. For many local businesses, the economic consequence of reduced summer tourism is yet another reason to support our locally-owned, small businesses right here in town… all year-round. Making a commitment to shop locally results in enormously-positive consequences for Jacksonville’s economic vitality and translates directly to our quality of life. In this issue, I’ve devoted a great deal of ink to an important city issue: what to do with the city-owned historic courthouse. Although many have opinions on


My View by Whitman Parker, Publisher
the matter, including me, I believe the letter on page 17 by Russ Kennedy and Mayor Paul Becker’s response sum-up the issue nicely. Thankfully, both gentlemen have presented their points of view politely and respectfully, something as Publisher I appreciate. As always, this issue of the Review is packed with things to know, people to meet, places to visit and things to do! Behind the scenes, my staff and I are constantly upping the bar, adding new content, upgrading processes and striving to produce the best publication possible. Between covers, I invite you to stay-up on even more news on our Facebook page and online at www. Here’s to a wonderful Fall season in our Small Town with Big Atmosphere!

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Jacksonville’s John Bowling Saves Life with CPR
On Tuesday morning, August 13, Jacksonville resident John Bowling was driving home along South Stage Road when he noticed what he thought was a mannequin lying in the road surrounded by several onlookers. “At first, I figured it was a safety demonstration or some sort of drill,” John thought at the time. It turned-out that a 50-year old Medford man had fallen off his bike after suffering a heart attack around 10:30 am. Seconds after Bowling arrived on-scene, he says an 18-year old person asked him if he knew CPR. Bowling’s annual CPR training as a member of the Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol proved to be a life saver. “I kicked into auto-pilot, checked for a pulse but did not find one… I tilted his head and had another bystander monitor his airway to make sure it was clear. After several minutes of performing chest compressions, I thought there was no chance. At two minutes, he developed a pulse and then after three minutes, he took about six breaths while sputtering and vomiting.” Bowling thought the worst was over until the bicyclist stopped breathing after taking that sixth breath. After more chest compressions, the man began breathing again just as paramedics were arriving on-scene. John says the situation only lasted about ten minutes, “but I had no sense of time.” In the days ahead, Bowling says he wasn’t sure if the stranger he’d saved had survived or not. On Monday, August 19, Bowling met with the stranger - 50 year-old Greg Johnson, a husband and father of two. During a

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Rotary Club Fundraiser to Benefit Booster Club Britt Project
by Rotarian Platon Mantheakis
On Sunday, September 8, at 5:30pm, the Jacksonville Applegate Rotary Club will be holding its annual Salmon Bake at Historic Hanley Farm. Traditionally, this fundraiser has supported our Club’s International projects, but this year, we are excited to also be supporting the Jacksonville Booster Club’s lighting project at the Britt Gardens. The Salmon Bake began by funding a clean water project in Tanzania organized by Benedictine Monks of Hanga Abbey in Southwest Tanzania in cooperation with Jacksonville Applegate Rotarians. An amazing Tanzanian priest, Father Pirmin Ngole (who has since died in a tragic car accident), Rotarian Ace Carter and I met in one of the most remote locations in East Africa to map, plan, and implement a gravity-fed clean water system. Following completion, it brought safe water to seven villages and almost 30,000 rural Tanzanians. In this area alone, infant mortality was reduced by nearly 70% due to this effort. The Salmon Bake grew to include funding a project in Guatemala spearheaded by Rotarian Judi Johnson, our current President, using an ingenious Double Bucket Filtration system that was distributed to thousands of Guatemalan homes without access to clean water. Contaminated water is a primary source of disease transmission around the world—70 percent of all deadly human ailments can be traced back to bad water sources. Clean Water Projects are the reason we bring our friends and family together to grill salmon at Hanley Farm each September. We strive to continue to fund projects that provide solutions for struggling communities around the globe. Past Salmon Bakes have provided funding for a milk cow farm, a chicken farm and generators to keep refrigerators powered through the ubiquitous Tanzanian power cuts. We have funded an Aids Orphanage in Dar es Salaam, built a school in Masai Land, and provided assistance for malnourished children in Greece now reeling in economic disaster. These are just a few examples of what your local Rotarians are involved with overseas and, here locally. Every time we raise a glass of cool water to our lips, we remember why we grill salmon at Hanley Farm every September! So, please join us September 8 where you can wind down the summer in a relaxing farm atmosphere with live music, great local wines, wonderful raffles and auction items, and a great Salmon Dinner. Many have asked me what my favorite Salmon Recipe is… it’s one that brings clean water to those of our brothers and sisters around the world who have none! In cooking Salmon, one may begin with the freshest fish, most tantalizing spices and herbs and a great cooking facility, but when our recipes also include the ingredients to improve the lives of others, then what we cook will rise up from just being Good to tasting Magical in a meal that nourishes your soul, too. Khalil Gibran the Lebanese Poet once wrote, “If you cook food without love, you feed half of man's hunger.” As Rotarians we cook with the kind of love that makes each meal feed many people’s hunger, here at Hanley Farm and across the world. Jacksonville Applegate Rotarians will again be cooking for you with love this September 8, so buy a ticket, bring an appetite and a smile and hear your heart thank you for helping your fellow man live a better life. Tickets are available from your local Jacksonville Rotarians. Amongst those closest to town are Jason Williams at Jacksonville Chiropractic, Judi Johnson at State farm Insurance, Rex Miller at his dental office, Jerry Hayes at Bella Union, Lynn Boening at Pioneer Financial, Mary Van Horn at John L. Scott and Platon Mantheakis-the Greek at Jacksonville Inn.

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Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts Labor Day Weekend
The grounds of the Historic Courthouse near the intersection of 5th Street and California Street will come alive Labor Day weekend as 70 artists exhibit and sell an amazing array of art. The three-day event kicks-off on Friday, August 30 and runs through Sunday, September 1, 10:00am-5:00pm each day. In addition to viewing fine works of art and artistic crafts, there will be daily art demonstrations, entertainment and food available. Musical offerings from local musician Shybo Torres, Britt Festivals’ Educational Assistant, Alena Chubet and seven other singer/songwriters, will fill the air twice daily. Musicians will play a variety of instruments including, didjeridu, flute, mandolin, and guitar. The Art Presence Gallery located on the grounds will also be open and will feature a new exhibit, “Vine to Wine.”

For more information, please see the event Facebook page at Celebrate the Arts Jacksonville OR or the website at www. See ad page 4. The Courthouse complex is located at 206 N. 5th Street in historic Jacksonville.

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News From Britt Hill by
Donna Briggs, Britt Executive Director
t’s hard to believe that we’re already in the final stretch of summer, and our concerts on the hill number is in the single digits. It’s been a great summer; we’ve had great music in a variety of genres, fun events, and lots of memorable moments. This past month has been particularly memorable, as the forest fire smoke presented some unique challenges for us all. The smoke-filled skies affected us all, individually and collectively, and we had a historic event of moving a concert indoors when the Classical Festival Opening Night concert moved to the South Medford High School gymnasium. Unexpected challenges like that make you take stock of your blessings, and we certainly have one in the Britt community. Thanks to all who came out to concerts in the midst of the smoke, were flexible, and supported us every step of the way. Our fingers are crossed for clear skies for the rest of the season, as we still have more great shows to come! We’ve got two packed-house shows to start off September, with Martina McBride and The Doobie Brothers. Classic rockers REO


Speedwagon perform on September 13, and we’ll close the 2013 season with a return performance by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. If you haven’t seen Jake live, don’t miss this opportunity to see the ukulele reinvented before your eyes. He is truly something special. All of these concerts, and, in fact, everything that Britt does all year round, is made possible through the help of donations. Because ticket sales only cover about half of the revenue we need to operate (and only about a third for the Classical Festival), contributed income is critical. An important part of that contributed income is our membership program. Individual members form a community of support, and membership contributions help support our concert series, Classical Festival and education programs. There are several levels of membership support, and each individual contribution is important. I hope you’ll think about all the great Britt memories you made over the summer, and be part of Britt when you renew or join as a member. Look for membership information coming this fall. Comments or questions for Britt Festivals? Email Donna at

Chamber Chat

by The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
The paved pathways are part of a larger e wanted to encourage Jacksonville residents and improvement project that features a 150 the business community seat Performance Garden. Additional improvements to the venue will include members to support Britt Festivals’ plans • New ADA-compliant pathways to construct a new performance venue (Americans with Disabilities Act) on the Britt Hill. We are so lucky to have Britt as part of our community—they • Additional safety improvements are a key economic driver that helps • Concessions and restroom upgrades. Britt is committing $823,000 on this support many of our businesses as well project as a long-term investment. The as one that enriches our cultural scene. project will improve the long-term You can help support Britt by purchasing viability of the Festival and make the Britt a personalized brick paver, which will become part of the Britt Hill handicap accessible Performance Garden’s for years to come. The new pathway. performance garden will create a much-needed For a small donation flat space for receptions of $250 for a 4”x8” brick paver or $500 for and special events as well as allowing Britt to an 8”x8” brick paver, your name, business, or offer smaller and more frequent performances. the name of someone you wish to honor will Part of the idea behind the Garden was to better be etched in stone and Britt Paver mock-up serve their community will represent a unique memory to be cherished for generations and the art forms Britt represents by enabling more diverse programming. The to come. You can leave a legacy at Britt and make your memories tangible new, smaller venue will make this type of treasures for all to enjoy. Chamber Chat - Cont'd. on Pg. 27


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The Unfettered Critic by
Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann
They came; we saw; we concerted.
y the time you read this, a Conductor of the Detroit Symphony decision will have been made. It quickly laid waste to any fears that he will not, however, be revealed hadn’t yet developed the chops for the until about the time you’re reading the task at hand. Enthusiastic, eloquent, next issue of the Review. and sincere in pre-concert discussions— “Huh?” you may be asking yourself. particularly about his passion for “What decision?” music education—Abrams displayed a Why, the choice of the next Britt sophisticated economy of movement on Orchestra Music Director, the coda to the podium that the orchestra openly a competition that has besotted our relished. As he responded to extended minds for several months, with the final standing ovations on the Hill, there was announcement little doubt that the slated to be our Britt’s conductor martini shot. search committee had Nature almost done its job. sabotaged the Discussion among contest. You may those “in the know,” have noticed. suggests that the As ninety-plus youthful Abrams orchestra members represents the blew into town, future of classical so did smoke music. If so, David from a nearly Danzmayr, Britt’s matching number candidate #3, may Mei-Ann Chen and Britt Classical musicians of forest fires. well encompass its rehearsing in Jacksonville Elementary gym At times the skies present, particularly glowed the amber of lite beer—not a flavor when considered on a global scale. we’ve enjoyed breathing. Health experts Raised in Austria, 33-year-old Danzmayr recommended staying indoors. The Britt has served as guest conductor for the is an outdoor venue. Entertainment’s most Scottish Opera Orchestra, the Salzburg revered maxim decrees: “The show must Chamber Philharmonic, Iceland’s go on.” With difficulty, and unexpected Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna expense, the Britt’s show did. And what Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is just a show it’s been: three wildly talented beginning to make his mark in the U.S., as candidates Music Director of the competing to lead Illinois Philharmonic Jacksonville’s and Columbus, OH’s own symphony ProMusica Chamber orchestra, batons Orchestra. Danzmayr at the ready, with demonstrated an easy repertoires blazing. rapport with both First up, and the orchestra and most impacted the audience, and a by the smoky wonderful humor conditions—was in pre-concert talks. Mei-Ann Chen, Smoke still wafted currently the about the stage, but First Britt Classical performance moved to Music Director for it couldn’t deter the South Medford High School gym both the Memphis musicians nor the Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. audiences as the candidate showed his Chen could have become discouraged perceptive insights for the music and when she learned that she would those it is meant to entertain. not enjoy the beauty of Britt Hill, but Who will win the coveted position of instead she cheerfully pressed forward, Maestro? We don't know. Input from rehearsing her charges within the less a variety of sources, the Britt board lustrous confines of directors, the of Jacksonville conductor search Elementary’s committee, the gymnasium. musicians themselves Hastily arranged (through a long by Donna Briggs, questionnaire), and Britt’s Executive the audiences Director, and (with shorter Angela Warren, questionnaires), all Director of came into play. In Performing Arts, our humble opinions, the gym wasn’t the we feel that Abrams’ most conducive youthful vigor and Smoke-filled sky above Britt Hill acoustic locale commitment to music before a classical performance for run-throughs. education may work Yet the proof was in the pudding. wonders in lowering the median age of Chen’s performances, night one at South classical fest attendees—which, by the way, Medford High School’s new gym, and is sorely needed. Danzmayr, meanwhile, night two on the almost smoke-free Britt already a bit of a rockstar in Europe, stage (finally), were met with unbridled certainly would boost the excitement level audience enthusiasm. Her highly on the hill. That this man is a charmer animated conducting style—she seemed could be seen in the eyes and smiles of the to use her whole body to get the message musicians and audiences alike. across to the orchestra—and her plucky As we said at the top, by the time you spirit pleased listeners. However, rumors, read this a decision will have been made. An like the ubiquitous smoke, drifted announcement revealing which candidate through town that key musicians were rose to the top will be shouted about town expressing concern about a lack of give on September 30. We’re ready to lift a and take between Chen and the orchestra. stemmed glass to the winner. Whoever it By the time second candidate Teddy is, one thing is certain: you'll find us on the Abrams arrived on the scene, air lawn next year, humming along! conditions had improved. Unscheduled Paula and Terry each have long impressivechanges in venue no longer seemed sounding resumes implying that they are a threat. Abrams brought a vibrant, battle-scarred veterans of life within the energetic presence. The 26-year-old Hollywood studios. They’re now happily resident conductor of Budapest’s MAV relaxed into Jacksonville. Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Photos: Bryan Nealy and Paula Erdmann


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At Bigham Knoll

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Celebrate Southern Oregon’s German History at the 6th-Annual Oktoberfest!
Presented by the Jacksonville Heritage Society September 27th-29th at the Bigham Knoll Campus
Friday, September 27th—Under the Main Tent • 5:00pm: Tapping of the Keg and the Opening Ceremony. The beer will be flowing and the celebration will commence! • Dinner 6:30-8:00pm: Served under the Main Tent and requires reservations. This will give our kitchen an idea of how many O’fest Specials to prepare and how many potatoes to peel! RSVP by Tuesday, September 24th. Price $25 includes meal, first beer and Friday ID wrist band. • 8:00pm-10:00pm: Test your Beer Trivia (Ballroom) Participation is $5 per person. Teams and individuals sign up on line, or in the Schoolhaus Brewhaus bar. Winning team eats free Sunday (Sept. 29th). 21 and over. If you look under 30, bring your ID! Food and drink for sale. Saturday, September 28th Pre-event : The Schoolhaus Brewhaus entrance • 9:00am 2nd-Annual “First Call” 5K Run. Fee $25 includes Sat. ID wrist band, commemorative shirt, and first beer in the Biergarten following the race! (Under 21 free, but no beer and no shirt!) To guarantee shirt, pre-register online. General venue: Bigham Knoll Campus • 11:00am-9:00pm Music, Food and Beer stations open • If you look like you're under 30, bring your ID! Wristbands $3 Music: Under the Main Tent • Noon-4:15 Michele’s Oktoberfest Band and the Alpenhorns • 5:15-8:15 From Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, the fabulous ZMusikmakers! • 8:15-close Chuck Gordon on Accordion Main Biergarten • Local talent Educational: • 12:45-1:30 German Pickling Cooking Classroom • 1:30-2:30 Sausage Making Cooking Classroom • 2:30-3:00 Pretzel Making Pretzel Room • 4:00-4:30 Pretzel Making Pretzel Room • 4:00-4:45 World Famous German Master Butcher Uli of Seattle Pike’s Market leads sausage tasting and discussion. Cooking Classroom $15 to attend includes sausage and beer. (Over 21 only). Space limited. May pre-register at FKSB or online. • 5:30-6:30 Meet the experts of Home Brew, Grains Beans ‘N Things Stein Club Room Historical: • Noon–6pm SOHS Exhibit Garden Room • Bigham Knoll School Bus Tours of Historic Jacksonville on the hour 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00pm Festival Traditions: • 12:45 Women’s Division Brat Eating Competition Main Tent ($10 per entrant. Benefits the Jacksonville Fire Department) • 1:45 Open Division Brat Eating Competition Main Tent ($10 per entrant. Benefits the JVFD) • 4:15 Stein Holding Competition-Main Biergarten • 4:45-5:15 Yodeling Contest-Main Tent Kids: • Noon-5pm Cow Train Rides. On the hour Cost $2 per ride. Load outside Main Tent • 1-4pm Face painting in Brother Grimm’s Castle: Alumni Center Lawn • 1:30-4:30 Kindercare-napping room. $7.50 per hour per child. Alumni Center Room B. Limited availability. Reservations suggested. Any age. • 2:00-5:00pm Brother's Grimm Fairy Tale book reading and play time. Alumni Center Room A. $5 per hour, per child. Ages 2½-6. Sunday, September 29th General venue • 11-6pm Music, Food and Beer stations open • If you look under 30, bring your ID! Wristbands $2 Music: Under the Main Tent • Noon- 3:00pm: From Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, the fabulous, ZMusikmakers! • 3:15-5:45pm Chuck Gordon on Accordion Music and Dancing in the Bigham Knoll Ballroom (Sponsored by the Britt Festival) • 3:00-3:45 Cascades String Trio–Dance the waltz! • 4:00-4:45 Cascade Strings Trio–Music of German Composers Educational: • 1:30-2:30 Sausage Making 101 Cooking Classroom • 2:30-3:00 Pretzel Making Pretzel Room • 3:00-4:00 Meet the experts of Home Brew, Grains Beans ‘N Things Stein Club Room • 4:00-4:30 Pretzel Making Pretzel Room Historical: • Noon- 6pm SOHS Exhibit Garden Room • Bigham Knoll School Bus Tours of Historic Jacksonville on the hour 2:00, and 3:00 • 2:00-2:30 “The Early Germans of Jacksonville.”Larry Smith, Larry Smith Classroom Kids: • 1:00-4:00 Cow Train Rides, on the hour. Cost $2 per ride. Load outside Main Tent • 1:00-4:00 Face painting in Brother Grimm’s Castle: Alumni Center Lawn. • 2:00-4:30 Kindercare-napping room. $7.50 per hour per child. Alumni Center Room B. Limited availability. Reservations suggested. Any age. • 2:00-5:00pm Brother's Grimm Fairy Tale book reading and play time: Alumni Center Room A. $5 per hour, per child. Ages 2½-6. *All events are subject to change! Visit for up-to-date changes. Register for competitions and events online. Schoolhaus Brewhaus regular menu not available Friday or Saturday. The restaurant will be closed Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st. Prost!

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Join us and enjoy the season’s new beers, authentic German fare, lots of demonstrations, competitions and live entertainment.

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Gabriel Lipper..."Underdressed" at Elan Gallery

On Sunday, September 15th, experience Christman, Pegi Smith, Holly Herick, the 4th-annual FurnArture event Krissy Millner, Dan Mish, and Chandra featuring inspired and imaginative works Hayes. Studio artists include Mieke of art from top regional artists along with Ryneal, Justin Warren, Simone Renée artists from the Studio at Moore and Sara Living Opportunities. Slawta. FurnArture, a benefit Proceeds will auction that supports provide resources, the Studio at Living workshops and Opportunities, is the scholarships signature event that to promote has artists transforming independence, recycled furniture and creativity, and other treasures into income for artists functional and beautiful with a wide range of objects of art. Included disabilities. Through will be a wide selection this program, the of inventive paintings Studio’s artists and artwork created by can discover their the artists of the Studio individual potential at Living Opportunities. to flourish through Pieces will be on display the creative process. for you to preview at Join us at Bigham Terra Firma Home in Knoll in Jacksonville downtown Medford on and enjoy a fun-filled August 29th. afternoon of art, hors Baylee LaVoie with furnARTure The Studio’s mission is d’oeuvres, wine and by Erin McConnell unique in our community live music. for its strong emphasis on Event Details: self -expression, inclusion and integration. Sunday, September 15th from 2-5pm at 525 Particularly, this event allows the artists Bigham Knoll in downtown Jacksonville. and community members to support each Tickets are $25 each and are available other and the arts. online at Creations will be featured by over 20 For more information, please contact Baylee of the region’s top artists including Kevin LaVoie at 541-772-1503. See ad previous page.

Artist Gabriel Lipper at work in his Talent studio Just as a professional singer practices scales prior to a live musical performance, professional oil painter Gabriel Lipper has his own method of warming-up before going to work each day. In Gabriel’s case, he sometimes starts his day painting small nudes and partial nudes to keep his skills and eyes sharp. “The human eye is most critical of the human form, so working with live models is a good way to keep my edge,” says the 38-year-old artist. Gabriel’s new show, “Underdressed” will be open to the public during September and October and features a smattering of Lipper’s “warm-up” studies. The show will be held in the Gallery space of Elan Suites and Gallery at 245 West Main Street in downtown Jacksonville. small works are all oil on canvas or panel and are just done as a way of getting momentum going for my work day and providing energy for me to work on larger pieces. Doing them gets the paint out, brushes in-hand and gets me to my easel.” Gabriel and his wife Naomi have been married for 11 years and have a ten-month-old daughter, Iris Amelia. Lipper shares Talent Studios on South Pacific Highway in Talent with several artists including Jacksonville’s Yang-Yu, Nicole Wasgatt and Eve Goldenfields. The public is invited to an opening night party on August 31st from 3:00pm6:00pm at Elan Gallery located at 245 West Main Street, Jacksonville. Attendees should note that many of Lipper’s paintings are male and female nudes and that parental guidance and/ or approval is suggested. Learn more about Gabriel’s work online at

Crater Rock Museum Featured Artist
Monthly, Crater Rock Museum features works created from one of the many gifted artists who sell their items in the museum gift shop. In September, works by Susan Wilcox will be displayed. Several trips to Africa inspired Susan to start her jewelry company in 2009, Jambo Jewels, with an eye to helping others. She donates 100% of her proceeds to two different groups in Kenya & Tanzania to help with the needs of widows and orphans for education, food, clothing and shelter! Susan specializes in cutting and polishing semi-precious gemstones and then wire-wrapping them in sterling silver to make earrings, bracelets and matching necklaces. She also uses dichroic glass and sea glass, collected from California & Oregon beaches, to make her jewelry. You’ll have an opportunity to meet Susan personally at the museum gift shop on September 28 from 10:00am-12:00pm. In addition to seeing her beautiful work in the museum gift shop, visit her website, etsy. com/shop/jambojewels, or Facebook to see more of her beautiful creations. Crater Rock Museum & Gift Shop is located at 2002 Scenic Avenue in Central Point. Hours are Tues-Sat, 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission: Gift Shop-FREE. Museum-Adults $5, Seniors $3, Students $2, Children 6 & under, free. For more information, please call 541-664-6081.

Although one might think each piece took hours to complete, each actually took anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Ideally, Gabriel shoots for completing the mini-works within 45 minutes before moving on to other, larger works. Lipper has made a serious name for himself in the art world and works on numerous commissioned pieces at any given time. The artists notes, “These 50+

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Blue Door Garden Store Hosting “Ladies Night” Miniature Garden Party

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Movie Night at Old City Hall Returns in September
“Whumsical is more Whimsical than Whamsical.” This line spoken in September’s film, THE GAY DIVORCEE, gives a good idea of the wit and charm in the movie that made Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire the most famous dancing team in film history. In addition, there is a spot in the film where a totally unrelated musical number, with an almost unknown actress who has no part in the story whatsoever, is presented. The name of the actress… Betty Grable of World War II pinup fame. THE GAY DIVORCEE also features Erik Rhodes, perhaps the best caricature actor ever seen in film. Erik steals his scenes, and that’s saying something given the company he’s in. Erik was a good friend of mine and I will devote some time to talking about him as well as relaying some stories about the lady herself… Ginger Rogers. I think you’ll find THE GAY DIVORCEE to be a happy film and one that will find you leaving Old City Hall in a happy frame of mind. It scored 100% on the Internet’s “Tomato Meter.” THE GAY DIVORCEE will be seen on Friday, September 20th, at 7:00pm. See you at the movies! Mayor Paul Becker

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Rogue Book Exchange Expands Its Hours
Whether it was from fire or the rise of involved as volunteers. Consistent with the Internet, futurists from the late Ray their original vision, the rent and other Bradbury to the editors of Business Week overhead expenses are paid by offering have predicted the demise of the book. a small percentage of the donated books But in at least one place in southern for sale online, and via cash donations Oregon—Rogue Book Exchange of which are tax deductible. They started Medford—books old and new are not the Exchange in a small warehouse space only cherished, they are thriving. And on Bullock Road near the airport. In volunteers at the free bookstore are July 2012, the store moved to its current striving to keep it that way. location through a special lease agreement Recently, the Exchange expanded store hours from three days per week to four days. Located at 110 N. Ivy Street around the corner from the Holly Theatre, Medford’s free bookstore is now open 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday through Saturday. This past spring, RBE had to temporarily Rogue Book Exchange volunteers, l-r: Jan Martin, Anna Morris, decrease its business David Sours and Chuck Eckels hours to three days per week because book donations exceeded spearheaded by Bill Leever of Pulver and volunteer capacity to process them. The Leever Real Estate. volunteer management—which includes “Have a book, leave a book—Want several people from Jacksonville and the a book, take a book” has been the Applegate—hopes the store will eventually RBE motto since the store’s inception. be open to the public all week long. According to Jan Martin of Jacksonville, RBE was founded in 2007 partially as the Exchange now has approximately a response to the county’s temporary 35,000 books available to the public, closure of its libraries due to budget mostly for free. Martin volunteers on pressures, and partly as an idealistic RBE’s five-member board along with vision to help “save the planet” by Anna Morris, also of Jacksonville, and recycling books that might otherwise be Chuck Eckels, of Ruch. Other board thrown away. The store remains true to members include Vince Ceriello of Rogue the initial business plan of its founders, River and Christine Leusch of Medford. Jenny Hamilton and Emile Snyder, to The Exchange has a dedicated corps accept any and all book donations and of volunteers, but seeks additional help make thousands of books available free to so that it can keep up with volume Book Exchange - Cont'd. on Pg. 31 the public. Hamilton and Snyder remain

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Meet the Pioneers – 2013

News From The Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
by Dirk J. Siedlecki, President – FOJHC
“Mysteries and Myths” of the Jacob Ish Restoration Project— Jacksonville Cemetery—Please be sure I am very happy to report that the to join us for our final History Saturday restoration of the Jacob Ish Family Block Program of the year on Saturday, in the IOOF Section of the cemetery September 14. Docents Gail Nicholson continues to move along smoothly, and and Pat Stancel will at a good pace. All present, "Mysteries the monuments and Myths in the are now back Cemetery." The in place, level program starts at and secure. Foot 10:00am and takes Stones have been approximately 90 reattached and minutes—be sure to all the individual dress for the weather gravesite curbing and wear comfortable have been walking shoes. Please reworked and meet your Docents reset. Jacksonville at the Sexton's Tool resident and History Saturday presentation on House at the top business owner August 10, 2013 with docents of the Cemetery Jim Oleson , of Shirley Blaul and Dirk Siedlecki Road and note that Oleson Concrete ample parking is available within the Construction, has started work on cemetery grounds. There are no advance the curbing that surrounds, and the reservations required and no charge for steps leading into the block. Jim will the tours, although donations are always be installing a footing to secure the appreciated and help support restoration curbing in place to keep it from shifting and preservation efforts. This year's major or sinking. Once this is completed, the project is the Jacob Ish Block located in newly-restored gate and fence can be the IOOF Section of the cemetery. reinstalled. I am so pleased with how Final 2013 Marker Cleaning and much has been accomplished thanks Workshop—Our final workshop for the to the donations and support of the year will be held on Saturday, September community. We are still around $2,000 21 at 9:00am. This class provides a short of the funds needed to complete great way for volunteers to learn how this project so if you can, and would like to properly clean cemetery headstones to help, you may send your donation and monuments. This is a fun volunteer to: The Friends of Jacksonville's Historic project that anyone can do and is a great Cemetery (FOJHC) P.O. Box 1541 way to give back to the community. Jacksonville, OR 97530. Again, thank Please meet at the Sexton's Tool House, you and our sincere appreciation to all of top of the Cemetery Road for instructions you who have made donations and have and to pick-up supplies and tools. attended various fundraising events. Bring a chair or stool to sit on, a hat and Please visit our website at www. sunscreen. This is a hands-on workshop for additional details so dress accordingly. on events and other cemetery activities.

The 2012 cast of Meet the Pioneers all is fast-approaching and the Boosters support for community projects. Friends of Jacksonville's Historic We have a number of new Players this Cemetery are busy preparing year, all very excited and anxious to be a for another exciting and wonderful part of this wonderful and fun program. production of Meet the Pioneers. This will The stories they will be sharing with you be our eighth year of offering these very are all new. A sneak peek of some of this special Living History Tours where Pioneer year's program include: Spirits greet visitors and share their life "The Assassination of President James stories and the important topics of the day A. Garfield, and its impact on Jacksonville dating from the mid-to-late 1800's. and its Residents." Tour dates are scheduled for Friday, "A Christmas Ball at the New County October 11 and Saturday, October 12. Courthouse." Tours will depart from the "D" Street "Jacksonville's Baseball Team and Parking Lot every 15 minutes starting Baseball Around the Rogue Valley." at 4:00pm and ending with the last tour …and so much more! departing at 7:30pm. Tour groups will Plan to arrive early and enjoy the music be driven up to the Cemetery Grounds, in the Ticket and Boarding area while courtesy of our awaiting the start of friends at Pioneer your tour. On Friday Village, and met by evening, October 11, a guide who will The 4th Wednesday escort the group String Band will around the torch-lit be performing. On cemetery route’s Saturday, October seven different 12, The Oregon Old Pioneer Stations. Time Fiddlers take Tickets for the the stage. tour will go on This is such a sale Wednesday, great entertainment September 11 at the value and a fun Jacksonville Chamber & Visitor Center, and interesting way to learn the history located next to the Post Office, or by of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon. calling 541 899-8118. Tickets are sold for The Friends of Jacksonville's Historic the departure time of the tour you wish Cemetery and our event partner, to go on. Adult tickets cost $12, Children The Jacksonville Boosters Club, look 12 and under cost $5, and we offer a forward to welcoming you to Meet the special Family ticket for $29 that provides Pioneers – 2013. for 2 Adults and 3 Children to take the Please visit our website at www. tour. Since most times sell-out quickly, for additional we encourage you to purchase your details, photos from last year's tour, and a tickets early to avoid being disappointed. short video of our 2011 program. Freel November 2012:Freel November AM President – FOJHC Page 1 Proceeds support ongoing restoration and 8/13/13 Dirk J.9:47 Siedlecki, preservation work in the cemetery, and


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Jackson County Genealogy Library and Historic Quilts
Most people would not think to connect genealogy, the search for family history, and quilting. One is a search for facts about your family and the other a colorful blanket to provide warmth on a cold winter's night. But "most people" are not members of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. The Board of the Library recently accepted the gift of eleven historic quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters. Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history and provides a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. In cloth of many colors, quilters have created images of another time—the Hawaiians of Kanaka Flats, the hardy emigrants who traveled over the Applegate and Mormon trails, the sturdy builders of railroads, the Native Americans and pioneer families who made the Rogue Valley their home. While the quilts themselves may not contain the name or the birthdate of an early Jackson County settler, they do present images that remind us of daily life here in our valleys. What did the Ashland railroad depot look like? Why and what would Indian Jenny of the Takelma tribe have made to wear when she was buried? What is the significance of the Gin Lin Dragon? On September 17, 2013 at 1:30pm, join the Jackson County Genealogy Library to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Library in its new location and to view all of the quilts. Nell Mathern, President of the Jacksonville Museum Quilters, will introduce these quilts and explain their significance to our community. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. The Library will remain open until 9:00pm for free research. Volunteer librarians will be on-hand to introduce you to the extensive genealogical resources available at the Library and to assist you in locating

History: Going…Going…Gone?
hy did the History Museum close? What happened to the Children’s Museum? Why isn’t the Beekman House open more often? The short answer to all of these questions is “funding”! As we are learning, once our history is gone, it’s difficult—if not impossible—to recover it. Much of Jacksonville’s character is based on its historic assets and charm. While history is an integral part of Southern Oregon culture, it’s the lifeblood of Jacksonville’s economy. The History Museum and Children’s Museum closed because the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) could no longer cover the on-going costs of the buildings after County Commissioners stopped funding Jackson County’s historical societies. Museum revenue barely covered the cost of staffing it—even with the help of volunteers—much less the facility costs or the cost of new exhibits. The same answer applies to the 1873 Beekman House. While some deferred maintenance issues have been addressed and volunteers have provided periodic activities, funding is needed to continue both preservation and staffing, provide jobs, increase tourism, and further contribute to the local economy. Beyond historic buildings and museums, there are so many ways in which history is an integral part of our lives. Many of these go unrecognized. Had Frank Wisnovsky not researched local wine history in the SOHS Library and learned of Peter Britt’s and other pioneers’ early grape plantings, he might not have defied naysayers and planted those first 12 acres of grapes in 1972. Today we would not have Valley View Winery, much less our burgeoning local wine industry. Media such as newspapers and television constantly access local historical collections for news coverage and programs. Individuals and governments research background information on pertinent issues, especially land use questions. Schools and universities use historical resources for their students. Exhibits, events, talks, and radio vignettes entertain and inform our communities. Jackson County has a heritage of caring about history. In 1948 voters passed a dedicated county levy that helped preserve the Old Courthouse and launch an interest


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in local history that created our community museums and historical societies. However, passage of a 1996 statewide ballot measure allowed county governments to roll all tax levies into county general funds. Voters did not realize that County Commissioners could choose to divert those monies to purposes other than their original intent. In April 2007, all Jackson County distributions to local history programs ended. But now there is another opportunity for voters to preserve our remaining historical assets. A coalition of 15 museums and historical societies is proposing formation of the Rogue Valley Heritage District, a special tax district independent of county government. The District would be funded by a property tax that would cap at a maximum of 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. For most property owners, that would be somewhere between $5 and $15 per year! In other words, a few cups of coffee could go towards supporting all our county historical societies and museums, the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, and Jacksonville’s historic buildings! And, the District would be governed by its own elected five member board of directors; County Commissioners could NOT divert district funds for other uses. All 11 city councils in the County have consented to be part of the district if voters approve formation. A petition campaign is currently underway to get the Heritage District proposal on the May 2014 ballot. A total of 18,180 signatures of Jackson County registered voters are needed. Signature collection began in May and by law must end in early November. Circulators of the Heritage District petition plan to be on the streets of Jacksonville during the City-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, September 7. They will also have a table on the Old Courthouse lawn so citizens who wish to sign the petition can go to a central location. We are asking you to help place this measure on the ballot—it’s your chance to have a say in the importance of your community’s past…and to influence its future! For more information on the proposed Heritage District, or to arrange for a petition circulator to visit you, email ourheritagepac@ or call 541-890-0992.

Indian Jenny Quilt

Maryum's Yellow Rose Quilt information about your ancestors. The library is located at 3405 S. Pacific Highway in Medford and may be reached at 541-512-2340.

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Currently accepting new listings and looking Hecox, forward Hanley Farm Volunteer to working for you!
on September 14th. The Bear Creek Band draws on a variety of influences: bluegrass, country, alternative country and the blues to build a unique Americana sound. Food for the evening will be provided by the Farm Kitchen and Southern Oregon Brewery will be the beer on-tap. Doors open at 5:00pm for food and drinks, and the music starts at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 for non-SOHS member and $5 for members. The Origins dinner series concludes with its final evening on September 29th, with “The Stills and Scandals of Prohibition and Brewing in the Rogue Valley.” The dinner promises an evening of excellent food and intriguing stories focused on something we all love (or at least I do): BEER. The evening starts at 5:00pm, and tickets are $65 for non-SOHS members and $50 for members. And be sure to mark your calendars for fantastic upcoming events in October, the Annual Scarecrow Festival the weekend of October 12-13, and the sell-out Farmer Brown’s Haunted Field October 18-20, which happens after the sun goes down for, full, spooky effect! To get tickets or find out about upcoming events visit: or

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Focus on Hanley Farm by
all is a wonderful time in the Rogue Valley, when days start to cool down, the air gets crisper (and hopefully smoke-free) and grape vines are heavy with deep purple and green fruit. Summer trips are over, kids are starting back to school, and life takes on a slower rhythm. It’s the time of year when many of us realize how thankful we are to live in this beautiful part of the world. The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) is using this time of year to say thank you to all its members, with an afternoon of free ice cream and live music on Saturday, September 7th. The event is an old-time ice cream social, open to members and prospective members alike, to bring people together to talk, relax, and learn what SOHS has been doing to preserve and document the lives of Southern Oregonians. Live music will be provided by the Road Runners, an upbeat bluegrass band, and will be a perfect entertainment to relax with a double scoop after a long day battling the crowds at the City-wide Yard Sale. This is a great music month for the farm, as The Bear Creek Band will be featured in Rogue Saturday Nights



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City-wide Yard Sale PARKING Heads-up!
If driving/parking during the City-wide yard sale September 6-8, help make it a great event and remember these PARKING rules: • Don’t park within 20’ of intersections • Use designated spaces • DO NOT STOP your vehicle in the roadway to attend a sale • Watch for yellow, red and green markings on the CURB and park or don’t park accordingly • Don’t let any portion of your vehicle extend into the roadway • Stay out of handicapped spots unless you are handicapped! • North 5th Street and California Street are state highways – there is NO PARKING on 5th Street allowed For merchants holding sidewalk sales, makes sure you maintain at least a 4’ right-of-way for pedestrians clearance!

FOJL Book Sale – September 7&8
Jacksonville Friends of the Library will hold a Book Sale September 7&8 during Jacksonville City-wide Yard Sale Weekend. Saturday hours will be 9:00-10:00am for members pre-sale, 10:00am-4:00pm open to the public. Sunday hours will be from 12noon-4pm with a bag of books for $5 from 2:00-4:00p.m. Please bring donations to the library during open hours. If you need a pickup, call Richard Avery, 541-702-2114. Help us keep the library open on Saturdays!

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Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and join the fun!

City Snapshot
City Council, August 6 & August 20: Council approved a request to include the city as a member of the newly-formed Jackson County Agricultural Extension Service District, a taxing district which will be placed on the May, 2014 Jackson County ballot. Council approved the application and appointed Brad Bennington to the Planning Commission. Council approved applying for a $50,000 Small Cities Transportation Grant for street overlay work on Wells Fargo Drive between E. California Street and Royal Lane due to roadway deterioration. A request by Parking Commission Chair Linda Graham to eliminate and/ or move several “No Parking” signs along Beverly Way and Singler Lane was approved. Council approved a request by Carolyn Kingsnorth to use space on the Courthouse lawn during the citywide yard sale to obtain signatures for the upcoming Heritage District petition and ballot measure. Councilor Dan Winterburn and Paul Hayes were the only councilors who voted against the request. Planning Commission, August 14­ : The Battle for a Brewery at Bigham Knoll The Planning Commission used all of its legally-allotted time on August 14 to discuss three issues: a rear and side yard setback variance for a home on Laurel Lane that was approved and two public hearings related to the Bigham Knoll campus. The commission approved an application for a permit to convert an existing campus apartment space into a meeting room dubbed the Stein Club Room, with contingencies that the applicant must complete all outstanding conditions prior to receiving building permits. During the hearing, nearly a dozen citizens testified, the majority of whom supported the campus project. In a second hearing, after nearly two hours, the Commission continued the discussion over converting the campus bus barn into a self-contained beer brewery until July 9, keeping the public hearing open. Matters still pending include allowing the applicant time to answer questions relevant to mitigating sound, smell and other possible impacts to the neighborhood.

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A Few Minutes with the Mayor
by Paul Becker
Courthouse Conundrum
Lately, we have been hearing from a small number of citizens about their concerns over what they’ve heard may be planned uses for the Courthouse. Given the rumors and misinformation that’s crossed my desk, I can hardly blame them. Let’s shed some light on what has happened and where we are, and perhaps even where we ought to be going. First, I need to address the suggestion that we sell the Courthouse for $300,000. If offered at that price, let me be first in line to buy it. Together with the land it is sitting on, the price would be seven figures, not six. We’re talking here about an entire city block in prime territory, not real estate in Detroit. When we accepted the land and buildings from the county, the County Administrator even alluded to the fact that the properties could be sold for seven to eight figures. In fact, there was a party interested in owning the Courthouse. The county could have sold the property, yet the County Commissioners opted to transfer the Courthouse to Jacksonville, cost free. I realize there will always be those who “look a gift horse in the mouth.” Caution in such matters is commendable, but we are not Hector and this isn’t Troy and the god, Apollo, is long since deceased. I do not question why the County Commissioners gave us the property, but I am grateful they did. It might just be possible that they saw the Courthouse as the Jacksonville icon it is … one the city would welcome so as to insure the continued existence of that icon. Furthermore, there was NO way in which the county, on top of giving us the buildings, was going to give us money for any deferred maintenance costs. We did ask for it… but is there anyone who thinks we had the stronger hand in this game? Remember, the county could simply have sold the buildings without even talking to us. I personally witnessed one prominent businessman so angry while talking to us that he was on the edge of losing control. He gave us a quick lesson in Business 101 by declaring that one must have a plan before embarking on the acquisition of property such as this. Of course he was right. But, I would add another very important element… one must have a vision as well. I believe we do and we’ve said so in this column before. However, before discussing that, let’s address the concern held about deferred maintenance costs, seismic retro-fitting costs, and other associated costs raised by folks recently. We also need to address the PARC Report which seems to be the focus of much criticism, especially from Mr. Russ Kennedy. PARC’s task was to look at the potential uses of the Courthouse building, the general over-all feasibility of the project, plus community sentiment. Their parameters were to work with the City and existing engineering analysis to build a general budget. But the purpose was not to create a preliminary architectural report or a preliminary engineering report. That task is further down the road. At no place in that report was there any recommendation for the city to use 12,000 square feet for office space. The city is living in cramped office space now, and I share mine with the Administrator, Jeff Alvis, an arrangement I have no plans to change. But 12,000 square feet? 2,000 is closer to the correct estimate… and that is only one third of the ground floor. The hallway takes up another third and the remaining third could be rented out. The associated cost numbers identified as excessive if the city moves to the Courthouse are greatly exaggerated in Mr. Kennedy’s objections. Another criticism was… “The present space is crowded but a three times increase in space is not justified; particularly when the report is glaringly lacking in headcount projections for the next 5 years.” The report was never intended to cover headcount projections. Why? Because there is no discernible rationale for increasing headcount in the current economic condition we find ourselves in.

Letter from Russ Kennedy
To: City Council of Jacksonville Mayor Paul Becker Administrator Jeff Alvis Subject: Proposed move of City Hall to Courthouse site COURTHOUSE/ CITY HALL PROPOSAL I attended the City Council study session held on July 30 where Bob Irvine , the PARC consultant, discussed the report entitled “Community Preferences for the Historic Courthouse: A White Paper.” The thrust of the report was in support of spending approximately $1,000,000 ($83 per square feet) to refurb the 12,000 square feet Courthouse site for a new City Hall. I completely disagree with almost all aspects of the report and I submit that any refurb of the Courthouse will cost closer to $2,000,000 ($167 per square feet) because— •The building is 129 years old and the deferred maintenance costs will be much higher than the estimates used in this report. There have been many subterranean surprises in the Jacksonville building history but no comment has been made in this report concerning this very high risk factor! •The proposed budget of $70,000 for contingencies is totally unrealistic! •The present City Hall occupies 1,800 square feet for 8 employees and the proposed use of the 12,000 square feet of the Courthouse is far more than the City Hall needs. Including the other 3 buildings on this site, pushes the Courthouse complex footage to approximately 18,000 square feet of space for the City Hall complex. •The report does not address the use of 3 other buildings located at the Courthouse site -◦◦ Children’s Museum— approximately 3,000 square feet ◦◦ Hanley Building – approximately 1,500 square feet ◦◦ Ferguson Building—approximately 1,500 square feet ◦◦ The rehab of these 6,000 square feet of facilities if done in the next few years could, easily cost $300,000 to $600,000. The City Council does not have a plan to address these adjacent buildings. The City Council should not proceed, under any circumstances, with a plan for the refurb of only a portion of the Courthouse site. •The report states that the 1st floor of the Courthouse will be used as the new offices for the City Hall. This 1st floor space is 6,000 square feet in contrast this with the present space of the City Hall of 1,800square feet for 8 employees. The present space is crowded but a 3 times increase in space is not justified; particularly when the report is glaringly lacking in headcount projections for the next 5 years. •The report makes no mention of the occupancy cost of the present City Hall versus what costs will be at the Courthouse site. What are the costs of utilities, maintenance, etc. presently incurred, versus, what will be the obviously much higher costs for the greatly expanded facility? We need additional analysis of the impact of this cost differential. •In addition, a projection of occupancy costs should be made for at least the next 5 years for the Courthouse facility compared to the same costs for the present City Hall facility. The costs of this new facility will, obviously, be much higher! How much? •No interest costs are in the project proposal for the additional financing needed by debt financing. Why was this overlooked? •No discussion was held at the July 30 study session concerning the seismic analysis performed by the firm of KPFF. ◦◦ The seismic report is an extremely crucial part of the project profile because of the building age of 129 years. The City Council was remiss by not having a complete report submitted at the study session by a representative of the KPFF firm. Has every member of the City Council reviewed this critical seismic document? I doubt it! ◦◦ The report used a seismic upgrade of $30 per square foot – why not use $35 per square foot that the firm stated as the high end? ◦◦ The report is glaringly lacking in a summary of the “high risk” factors facing the project which should include a” high and low” dollar amount for each risk identified. SECOND FLOOR PROPOSAL In addition to the report discussed above, Bob Irvine also presented his report entitled “Economic Analysis Of Event & Community Space On The Jacksonville Courthouse Second Floor.” •This “Second Floor” report is woefully inadequate and does not present a viable business plan. On the face of this report it does not make economic sense. 18 pages are devoted to trying to come up with a justification for the use of the Second Floor. But take a look at the big picture. The second floor has 6,000 square feet of space and using a $100 per square foot value, equates to a real estate value of $600,000 and the report indicates approximately $4,000 of annual income from the use of the facilities by “outside parties.” This equates to an imputed measly return on investment of less than 1%. It doesn’t make sense! Just think of the complexities the City will have if there are 50 to 100 events per year for a paltry $4,000 of net income with a return on investment of less than 1%. •A “Second Floor – alternative proposal – somewhat “tongue-in-cheek”— Bob Irvine’s 18 page proposal to develop the 6,000 square feet Second Floor generates net income of roughly $1,000 to $4,000 for each of the first 5 years. Why not install 3 vending machines for sodas and snacks in a 40 foot square feet of space on the Second Floor which would generate equal or better income than the consultant’s proposal and leave the remaining 5,960 feet vacant? •A viable plan must be developed for Russ Kennedy - Cont'd. on Pg. 39

Again, another criticism… were the city to move, the PARC report did not address the physical cost of such a move. Of course it didn’t! The report was never designed to address that cost at this stage. Nor did it address where the money would come from. Again, it wasn’t designed to, but the answer lies in the sale of the vacated Miller House which would fetch a price far exceeding any such expense. Even with rewiring, new lighting and any associated renovation, it doesn’t cost $200,000 to move 1,800 square feet of office space. Any such costs need to and will be identified… but I submit there will certainly be NO expense to the city that would not be covered by the sale of the Miller House. The PARC report has also been criticized because… “The report does not address the use of 3 other buildings located at the Courthouse site— • Children’s Museum—approximately 3,000 square feet • Hanley Building—approximately 1,500 square feet • Ferguson Building—approximately 1,500 square feet The rehab of these 6,000 square feet of facilities if done in the next few years could easily cost $300,000 to $600,000.” Again, the PARC report was never intended to address this question. These three buildings each are unique unto themselves and have no direct bearing on use of the Courthouse. However, there is no cost analysis to support the figure of $300,000 to $600,000 for rehab and I would suggest that whatever eventual use is made of these buildings will determine what the cost will be. Space does not allow me to review each and every financial item raised in Mr. Kennedy’s letter, but let me address one aspect of his critique of the second floor. He wrote, “A Second Floor—alternative proposal – somewhat “tongue-incheek”—Bob Irvine’s 18 page proposal to develop the 6,000 square feet Second Floor generates net income of roughly $1,000 to $4,000 for each of the first Mayor - Cont'd. on Pg. 39

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

July 22, 2013 to August 20, 2013 Call Type - Total Calls
Alarm - 4 Animal Complaint - 9 Assault - 1 Assist - Medical - 11 Assist - Other Gov't/ Law Enforcement Agencies - 59 Assist Public - 55 Bar Check - 5 City Ordinance - 12 Civil - 3 Disorderly Conduct - 2 Disturbance/Noise - 4 Domestic Disturb - 1 DWS - 1 DUII - 2 Fraud - 2 Foot Patrol - 6 Harassment - 2 Juvenile Problem - 1 Larceny/Theft - 1 Motor Vehicle Crash - 1 Property Found - 3 Protective Custody - 1 Public Safety - 1 Restraining Order Violation - 1 Suicide Threats - 1 Suspicious - 10 Traffic Crime/Hit & Run - 1 Traffic/Roads All - 5

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Ready, Set, Go and "Go Kits"
Editor’s Note: With area forest fires now so much in the news, the Review asked Jacksonville’s Community Emergency Response Team volunteer Michele Brown-Riding for some advice on preparing oneself and family in case of evacuation. Please take a moment to read this most important public safety message. During Jacksonville CERT’s recent Set is when you pack your emergency and activation at the Joint Information Center valuable items. Be aware of the fire situation when area wildfires began, part of our and stay informed of the fire progression. job was talking to residents about being Go means you act early and implement prepared to evacuate their homes. One of your personal emergency plan. By leaving the most useful tools we had was a Ready, immediately when asked by emergency Set, Go description of the three levels personnel, you are safer and it allows the of evacuation planning. This program firefighters to get in with the resources was developed in 2011 to improve they need to combat the fire. communication You can find a full between fire description of this departments and program at www. the residents they serve. It is managed There are also by the International numerous websites Association of filled with excellent Fire Chiefs. This information to program helps help you prepare residents be Ready your emergency with preparedness “Go Kit.” A good understanding, be resource is www. Set with situational when disaster-supplies-kit. fire threatens, and The Lewis family "Go Kit" assembled in 15 minutes Another is http:// to Go, acting early with time to make a run through the house. when a fire starts. This program was Ready means your household taking developed right here in Southern Oregon responsibility to prepare well before a fire and has been adopted across the country. ever threatens your home. This can be And don’t forget about your animals. done by creating defensible space around They need their own “Go Kit,” as well. your home and using fire-safe construction You can find more information for animal materials. You should also assemble evacuation at the website. emergency supplies and important By preparing now, you can reduce belongings in a safe place. Prepare an the fear, anxiety, and losses that emergency plan and practice it. accompany disasters.

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With multiple fires burning in the area evacuation levels, public meetings, and and smoke filling the valley, The Oregon other details. We quickly learned that the Department of Forestry (ODF) strongly ‘Hold’ button was our friend. We would recommended that the Joint Information determine what the caller’s concerns were Center (JIC) in Grants Pass have a phone and where they lived, then put them on bank to answer questions from the public, hold while we checked our maps and since Josephine County had not been able ‘cheat sheets’ and consulted with JIC staff to open its emergency operations center or each other to give the caller the most at that time. Brian Ballou, Fire Prevention up-to-date information. Specialist at ODF’s Central Point office, Besides questions about the current called Michele Brown-Riding, our CERT extent of nearby fires, people often Coordinator, on Sunday, July 28 and wanted reassurance about evacuation requested Jacksonville CERT activation measures and what to do. We could to assist with the phone bank. Brian was certainly understand their concern, as the familiar with us since he had worked with smoke was very thick even in Grants Pass our fire department and the fire and and CERT to smoke was much establish a FireWise closer to them. We neighborhood in offered suggestions, Jacksonville. He provided emotional had also assisted support, quelled several local CERTs some fears, and in getting a Jackson even helped a few County Title III get assistance to grant to purchase evacuate when they preparedness and had no means to do response supplies. so. The experience With the approval was very rewarding. of Fire Chief Hull, As Linda Graham Michele Brown-Riding (l) and Michele quickly got said, “It was a great Carol Knapp (r) at the call center a commitment from learning experience several Jacksonville CERT volunteers and a perfect opportunity for other to answer questions from the public agencies to see how CERT can function in about the fires in Josephine and Douglas times like this.” Gayle Lewis added that Counties. We worked alongside JIC staff “the experience demonstrated that our in Grants Pass, who provided us with training and practice in safety, teamwork, information and guidance. With some and incident command structure paid assistance from other CERTs and the off.” Medical Reserve Corps, we staffed 3-4 The JIC staff thanked us many times people from noon Monday, 7/29 until and commented that they would have 10:30am Sunday, 8/4. The phone lines been hard-pressed to answer the volume were open from 7:00am until 9:00pm of calls without us. Brian Ballou observed and we worked in three shifts of about 5 that, “Thankfully, CERT volunteers were hours each. Besides contacting people and willing and able to carry the load of coordinating all the scheduling, Michele answering the phones at the JIC during worked several shifts herself! this time. Based on this experience, It was very hectic the first several days and prior opportunities I have had to and then the calls slowly tapered off. meet and work with Jacksonville CERT We each had a large map of the three members, I will not hesitate in the fire complexes and two other fires in future to ask that they be deployed in an Josephine and Douglas Counties. There emergency situation.” I would add that were also large posted signs and written we all greatly appreciated Michele’s calm reports tracking the latest road closures, and effective leadership.

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Jacksonville Art Events September 2013
A Harvest Crush of art celebrating the beauty of the vine, the art of viticulture and the love of wine! There will be plenty of local art to enhance any wine lover’s decor. Meet the artists and view their creations at a reception on Friday, Sept 6 from 5–7pm. Artist Demonstration: Ron Moore shares framing & matting techniques. More Art Presence at: Jacksonville Library: Naversen Room, Now - Sept 30 Silk Painting by Oil paintings by Art Presence member Linda Elesiya Evans. Judy Elliott Front Entrance, Now - Sept 23 Tools of the home black & white darkroom by Ron Moore. Sept 23 - Nov 13: Veteran’s Day exhibit of military memorabilia by Dirk Siedlecki. Medford Library, Now - Sept 17: Paintings by awardwinning watercolorist Dolores Ribal. Art Presence is open every Friday through Sunday from 11am-5pm. We are located at 206 N. Fifth Street. Celebrate the arts at the open-air festival that has become a beloved Labor Day tradition, this year featuring new artists & artisans as well as many returning favorites. Fine art, artistic crafts, entertainment and food await you on the grounds of the historic courthouse at 206 N. Fifth St.!

❂❂Sundays: j'ville farmers market. Courthouse Grounds. ❂❂September & October, GABRIEL LIPPER "underdressed," Elan Gallery. See article page 9. ❂❂Friday-Sunday, August 30-September 1, 10:00am5:00pm: jacksonville celebrates the arts, Courthouse Grounds. See pages 4 & 5. ❂❂Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8: jacksonville's city-wide yard sale. ❂❂Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8: FOJL book sale. See article on page 15. ❂❂Saturday, September 7: SOHS ICE CREAM SOCIAL, Hanley Farm. See article on page 15. ❂❂Sunday, September 8, 5:30pm: JACKSONVILLE rotary salmon bake, Hanley Farm. See article on page 4. ❂❂Thursday, September 12, 8:30am: chamber monthly meeting , second Thursday each month, Old City Hall. See "Chamber Chat" on page 6. ❂❂Saturday, September 14, 10:00am: history saturday , Jacksonville Historic Cemetery. See article on page 13.

❂❂Saturday, September 14, Noon-4:00pm: beekman house tours, "Travel in the Victorian Age." See ad on page 14. ❂❂Saturday, September 14, 6:00pm: rogue saturday nights, The Bear Creek Band, Hanley Farm. See article on page 15. ❂❂Sunday, September 15, 2:00-5:00pm: furn-art-ure AUCTION event , Benefit for the Studio at Living Opportunities, Bigham Knoll Campus. See ad and article on pages 8 & 9. ❂❂Friday, September 20, 7:00pm: movie night at old city hall, The Gay Divorcee. See article on page 10. ❂❂Saturday, September 21, 9:00am: cemetery marker cleaning day, Jacksonville Historic Cemetery. See article on page 13. ❂❂Friday-Sunday, September 27-29: oktoberfest, Bigham Knoll Campus. See ad and schedule on page 8. ❂❂Saturday, September 29, 5:00pm: ORIGINS DINNER SERIES, Hanley Farm. See article on page 15. ❂❂Thursday, October 3, 6:00pm: ladies night 'miniatures' garden party, Blue Door Garden Store. See article on page 10.

August 30 - September 29: “Vine to Wine” Art Presence Art Center

August 30 - September 1, 10am - 5pm each day: Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts

Can you imagine painting watercolors of Polar bears in the Arctic chill of Canada? Eugenia Talbott, a native of Mississippi, has bred, trained and shown Arabian horses, helped curb the illegal transport of exotic animals across borders, traveled the world, written books, taught art to at-risk youth and even raised children, painting all the while. Now settled in southern Oregon, she’s still creating amazing oils, watercolors and graphite drawings of her beloved animal subjects. It’s our privilege to ”Zebra II,” show prints of Genie’s African big by Eugenia Talbott cats along with original equine art and more to inspire you. !

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A Cup of Conversation by
Michael Kell of GoodBean Coffee
think we are all designed to live in a small pond and if not a small pond then much smaller parts of bigger ponds. The point is we are predisposed to the familiar, the safe and the connected. There will always be exceptions, the wanderers, lone rangers and rolling stones but for the greater we thrive when our life is swaddled in surroundings predictable and reasonably secure. This is why living in Jacksonville sells to the human-condition at such a premium. Because life is a largely a duality there is always a downside to small town living along with an upside to big city anonymity. In a small town you can leave keys in the ignition and it’s a shocker if the car’s gone the next morning. The shocker in the big city is the car still in the driveway. But tell your neighbor something personal in a small town and the next week you can be the butt of conversation at the local bar, coffee klatch or prayer circle. In the big city not only will no one be talking about you, no one cares. In a small town the neighbors grow up with our kids and we get an extra couple dozen pairs of eyes on the whereabouts of our teenagers. In the big city neighbors never knew you had kids. Twenty years ago my wife and I worked the store seven days a week just to make ends meet. One of us would open the shop at 5:30 am and the other would join


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n July, after many years of dedicated service, Ileane Davis retired as the Jacksonville Food & Friends meal site manager. We were sorry to see her go, but we know the site is in good hands with the new manager, Ann Ward. Ann is familiar both with the site and our program, as she has been a substitute site manager for Food & Friends for several years. We are pleased to welcome Ann to our Jacksonville site, and we would like to invite you to come in to meet her, and have lunch while you are here! For seniors age 60+, there is a suggested donation of only $2.75 per meal (adults under age 60 are asked to pay $6.75).


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My Neighbor's Garden
hat a pleasure to find a very “individualistic” style of a garden. This month's garden took me on a walk through a forest garden that protects its mountain chalet-style hideaway... not a typical home for this area! Bob and Joanne Wilcox's home and garden was a “retreat” to me, from the moment I drove up the tree-canopied drive. A huge 100 year-old deodora cedar sits at the home's corner, as if to tell you there is history and serenity ahead of you, surrounding the equally old home. I got out of my car and paused, smelling the surroundings of years of evergreens, pasture grasses, soil and wet rock walls. Those smells and cool shade invite you to a world secluded from Old Stage Road that lies only 100 yards down the hill! Time has given them shelter, with no noise and no homes in sight. Walking up the Jacksonville Stone walk (Joann points out the inlaid fossils!) to the front door, I passed Oregon grape and rustic planting that knew its environment! Fragrant Daphne brushed my shoulder as I turned to go up the steps to the door. The top sun-drenched step held grouped geranium laden terra cotta pots, and a planting bed of lantana and impatient added a color hit to say, “welcome!” yet not detract from the mood. We walked under a big beam wisterialaden pergola, into the backyard. Huge trees appear before you as the scene opens to a “calm” expanse of grass. Close to the house, ground covers of rock garden creepers, introduce you slowly to the aged garden to come. The trees, all planted by the

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Wilcox’s 43 years ago, now envelope the back. Beneath them are stone-lined walkways around the edge, passing beds of Daphne, ferns, grasses, forget- menot’s, boxwood honeysuckle, and a sweet pottery bird bath. A bench along the way and a twig couch nestled in the back corner provide spots to pause. Although deer are frustrating, the Wilcox’s joy received from the garden overrides worrying about the garden being perfect! Years ago, they used a landscaper to help with its layout, but the rest has been their own ideas. Bob has a lot invested in this place as he hauled every rock that lines the back walkways and walls. After a fall that resulted in a broken hip for Joanne, all the steps in the garden were changed to strolling pathways for safety... a look that just seems to fit with the nature scape. It is beautiful and I noticed such a wonderful connection between the chalet mountain home and the surrounding environment something I think is often ignored by gardeners. The Wilcox’s seem to just sense the connectivity. A 20 foot camellia, for example, at the back edge of the house, is not trimmed or manicured while banks of St. John’s wort are mixed in with vinca on the walk to the drive. It is all a natural flow. Bob and Joanne have lived in their hideaway for 43 years. Retirement in 1998 allowed more garden time, and now both say they never want to leave. They garden because they love the peace and seclusion and the fulfillment it provides. Joanne mentioned how important it is that your garden works and that you need to be able to enjoy it and relax! “We enjoy it every moment and never want to leave here.” I concurred on that glorious morning and sure had a hard time heading off to work! Kay is the owner of Blue Door Garden Store, located at 155 N Third Street. Specializing in paraphernalia for the home gardener, she carries garden gifts, decor and a wide variety of pots, tools, gloves, and organic product.


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Love Your Landscape by Adam Haynes
o one likes the feeling that summer is winding down, but I think we can all agree there is something about the back-to-school season that’s filled with promise of new beginnings. This time of year offers fall colors in bloom, the bounty of harvesting fruits and vegetables from backyard gardening, and the uptick in the prominence of farmers markets. You may have noticed the trend toward consumers becoming more and more interested in where their food comes from. Imagine coming into the kitchen with bags of salad greens, veggies and berries without having to go to the grocery store. This time of year provides the ultimate harvest for reaping the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor as well as those of local markets. Customers of farmers markets frequently pay lower prices and often buy in bulk, preserving the food for future use by pickling, canning, drying, or freezing. According to the National Gardening Association, nearly 19 million of us planned to grow our own vegetables in backyard gardens, and seed companies continue to see sales grow. Some backyard growers even sell their excess vegetables at local markets, seeking to make a profit from their own gardens. It can be a unique part-time cash-flow infusion for an individual or family with an abundant harvest and an entrepreneurial spirit. As summer fades into the beginning stages of autumn, people don’t want to give up their fun in the sun, and there’s a legitimate reason for that: The


The Final "Bloom" of Summer
waning sunlight might actually make you feel less energetic in the months to come. To help boost your energy through the coming darker months, you might want to think about eating apricots, apples, grapes, pears, and oranges to stay alert. These fruits boost serotonin levels that may increase your overall energy. Let’s not forget the beauty that arrives with this time of year as well: Fall-blooming perennials. • One of a group of great native plants is the daisy family, helenium offers its blooms at the end of the season. This is one tough plant that is also easy-to-grow. • It's fun to have some contrast to all the warm autumnal shades. Russian sage does the trick with its airy blue flowers and silvery foliage. Another reason it’s a favorite: It's tough as nails and both the foliage and blooms have a great scent. • One of the quintessential autumn plants, sedum, bursts into bloom at summer's end. This tough plant laughs off all summer's heat and drought to look great in your garden at the end of the season. • Most gardeners are familiar with the springblooming crocuses but overlook the fall types. They're perfect for the garden, too. With the pending change in seasons, we can all look forward to more productive visits to our local farmers markets, the opportunity to carry our own food from garden to table, and the enjoyment of the unique variety of fall colors that can bloom this time of year. Adam Haynes is the owner of Artisan Landscapes, Inc. Contact him at 541-292-3285, adam@artisanlandscapesinc. com, or visit his website at See ad this page.

Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery Fall 2013 Class schedule
Shooting Star Nursery is your local nursery resource serving the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon including Medford, Central Point, Ashland and Jacksonville. We love everything to do with plants and strive to help our customers with their plant selections and questions. This Fall we are offering Saturday morning classes that begin at 10:00am at the nursery. During classes there will also be a sandbox, treasure hunt, and some kid friendly activities and refreshments. Please pre-register for classes at www. September 14th: Discover the Beauty and Ease of Ornamental Grasses—Want a plant that is deer resistant, only needs pruned once a year and offers texture and color? Look to ornamental grasses. Fall is one of the best times to see the wide selection of grasses in their autumn glory. We will offer a tour of dozens of varieties and how to care for them. Registration fee-$5, you will also receive a 10% off gift certificate. September 21st: How to Plant a Tree—There IS a right and wrong way to plant a tree. Learn how to make the most of this significant investment in your property with a hands-on demonstration. If you wanted shade this summer, fall is the time to plant that large shade tree for next year’s enjoyment. Registration fee $5, receive 20% off all trees purchased that day. September 28th: Fall Containers­ —Fall is a wonderful time to spruce up and refresh your potted containers. Get some great ideas for fall color and winter interest using grasses, perennials, and shrubs. We may even use pumpkins as a container! Registration fee $10, you will also receive a 10% off gift certificate towards supplies, or bring your own. October 3rd, 6:00 pm: Ladies Night Out Miniature Garden Party—An evening of demos on planting and creating your own unique miniature garden. Blue Door Garden Store has hundreds of items to choose from and Shooting Star Nursery will have plants galore to select from to create your masterpiece! Complimentary wine tasting from Red Lily Vineyards and goodies will be provided so leave the kids with Dad and come enjoy some time being creative with friends. Registration fee-no fee but please preregister to reserve your spot, limited to 20. See article on page 10. There are more classses in October—please see website for full schedule at See ad page 24.

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ctober is National Energy Awareness Month, and with it comes a great opportunity to participate locally. Join the 7th annual Rogue Valley Green and Solar Tour (RVGST) on Saturday, October 5 to learn more about green building practices and solar energy through inspiring examples right in our own Applegate Valley. Judi Johnson, Agent I’m your agent for that. Many “regulars” join the tour year after year, says 645 N 5th Street Judi Johnson, Agent agent NoI’m oneyour wants to payfor for that. Jacksonville, OR Street 97530 645 N 5th RVGST organizer Fred Gant, so why not make this Bus: 541-899-1875 unnecessary extras No one wants toand paywith for my Jacksonville, OR 97530 year’s event your first? The tour attracts a diverse Judi Johnson, Agent Agent I’m your agent for that. Judi541-899-1875 Johnson, Bus: help, you won’t have to. I’ll help I’m your agent for that. unnecessary extras and with my 645 N 5th Street crowd, from homeowners considering a remodel to 645 N 5th Street sure you understand your one wants to pay for Jacksonville, OR 97530 help, you won’t have I’llfor help No one wants to to. pay Jacksonville, OR 97530 Nomake citizens concerned about carbon emissions to building Bus: 541-899-1875 options, and that have the Bus: 541-899-1875 unnecessary extras and with my make sure youyou understand your unnecessary extras and with my professionals looking to network. best coverage at the you best price. and that have the help,options, you won’t have to. I’ll help help, you won’t have to. I’ll help Presentations at each site will shed light on the homes’ Like a coverage good neighbor, best at the best price. make sure you understand your ® make sure you understand your construction and energy performance. Builders, architects, State Farm is there. Like a good neighbor, options, and that you have the options, and that you have the ® solar installers and homeowners will be on-hand to share CALL MEFarm TODAY. is there. best State coverage at the best price. best coverage at the best price. their triumphs and trials on a wide range of topics and ME neighbor, LikeCALL a Like good a TODAY. good neighbor, features, including photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal ® State Farm there. State is Farm is there.® systems, passive solar design, building with natural CALL ME TODAY. CALL ME TODAY. materials, rainwater catchment systems, masonry stoves, and creating super-insulated building envelopes. This year’s tour includes four unique residences in the 1001183.1 State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL Sterling Creek Road area and will launch at Wild Wines, 1001183.1 an organic winery 20 miles south of Jacksonville. Here’s State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL a sneak preview of the four sites: • A geodesic dome residence on the Wild Wines property was upgraded to improve energy efficiency by adding State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL 1001183.11001183.1 State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL insulation and replacing windows. An ultra-efficient Tulikivi stove keeps the home cozy during winter. • A super-insulated, Earth Advantage Platinum residence on Griffin Lane may look conventional, Fabrics, Tapestries, Gifts & more! but its energy performance is anything but. To ensure the home produces as much energy as it consumes, the homeowners have installed solar PV and solar thermal systems, a ductless mini-split for heating and cooling, and LED lights throughout. • An unusual earth-bermed, ferro-cement dome takes advantage of passive solar orientation and utilizes a Trombe wall to control solar gain. This off-the-grid home harvests solar and wind energy on-site and integrates gardens, an orchard and livestock quarters. As beautiful as it is green, this one-of-a-kind residence features unique artistic touches throughout. • A recently completed straw bale home finished

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Let's Talk Real Estate
by Graham Farran, Expert Properties
To Own a Home or Rent a Home?
Rental Market— There are two inter-related trends that have impacted the rental market. The first is the rapidly growing number of Americans who cannot afford to buy a home. These are the millions of “Generation X and Y” young adults who do not have the money, credit scores or income to qualify for a home mortgage. Their only options are to rent or live with their parents. Second, we have an increasing number of renters who’ve lost their homes in the “Great Mortgage Fiasco.” Hundreds of thousands of families across the nation have been faced with the unseemly choice of giving their house back to the lender or experiencing the dread of foreclosure. Those families who have lost their homes make up a new breed of residential renters. We see them renting the nicer homes; they are people who think like owners, not renters. Property managers like us have to make allowances for credit scores when screening potential residents. Many of these people who have lost their homes may have low credit scores but make great, responsible renters. Some are couples where one of the wage-earners lost their job and their income was reduced so drastically they could no longer afford the mortgage. They are not a bad credit risk, just people who suffered a string of bad luck. They have a “pride-of-ownership” mentality and want to live in a nice home. They actually want to take care of the rental as if it were their own home. These are great renters. More evidence is mounting that only about half of the foreclosures and REO houses have hit the market yet. That’s correct: as many as 50% of the mortgages that have gone into default have not been foreclosed-on and put up for sale. With both home sales and home prices going up, most banks are in no hurry to foreclose; time is on their side. The demand for rental housing has been increasing and will continue to increase in the months (maybe years) ahead. We will continue to see a shortage of rental housing, which means rental prices will continue to increase. Because of the increasing demand on the rental market, the last few years has seen rents climbing and occupancy rates remaining high. Nationwide rental statistics recently released by Axiometrics Inc. revealed that rental prices rose 5.16% in 2011 and 5.17% in 2012. The single family rental market demand has expanded by 16% since 2007. Axiometrics predicts an additional 1.7 million new renter households between now and 2015. We are seeing these trends play-out in our local business. As an aggressive property management company, we are seeing average length of vacancy of only 3 to 5 days. We also work with seemingly Chamber Chat - Cont'd. from Pg. 6 programming financially feasible, as well as enhancing Britt’s artistry, community connections, and educational outreach. It is referred to as a “capacity building model” in that it increases the usage capabilities of an existing venue. This capacity building model has been endorsed by foundations throughout the Northwest. And Britt is very close to reaching its goal. The paver sales program represents the community commitment to this project. So please think about helping Britt improve the hill and Jacksonville’s performing arts culture by buying a paver. For additional information or to purchase, please visit desperate relocation tenants that need to move and are renting homes sight unseen over the phone. These are professionals who are relocating to take employment in our slowly improving local economy. They often transition into buyers that purchase a home. Rent or Buy?—Because of all-time low interest rates and home prices that have risen more slowly than rents, buying is now cheaper than renting in many markets. A survey by states that, on average, owning a home is as much as 45% cheaper in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas than renting. We see this every day in the rental homes we manage that are priced under $350,000. At current mortgage rates, the mortgage payment would be less than the monthly rent payment. On homes priced above $350,000, this is not necessarily true: the rental price of the home is less than the mortgage. In Jacksonville, a nice $300,000 home would rent for around $1500 a month and if you had 100% financing, one would pay around $1,480 month in mortgage payments. In West Medford, a little 3 bedroom/1 bath cottage would rent for $1,000 a month. It would sell for $100,000, but the mortgage payment would be about $500 a month. So owning can cost far less than renting, while also providing tax breaks and possible appreciation benefits. Lending—Many are surprised to learn that even after the mortgage meltdown, there is still a huge range of loan products available, including low, to no-down payment options. There is a USDA rural loan that can be used in most areas of Jackson County, except the cities of Medford and some areas of Central Point. This loan requires very little to no down payment, and can be used to purchase a home. Another loan from FHA requires less that 4% down. If you are a veteran, there is a great VA loan requiring nothing down. In conjunction with using these low down payment loans, one can also ask for seller credit for most, if not all, of the closing costs. So, from a purely numbers standpoint, right now it makes more sense to buy rather than rent, except in high-end homes. There are two catches. First, you have to qualify for a mortgage, which may not be easy for those drowning in credit card debt, student loans or those with credit score below the mid 600’s. Second, you need money for a down payment and closing costs, which, for most, is the difficult part. If you can come up with the down payment, have a credit score of mid-600’s or higher, and are currently renting a home valued at less than $350,000, you could probably own the home for less! 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

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Speaking of Antiquing
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t Sterling Creek Antiques in five children and has a story… a personal downtown Jacksonville, we story and history that has now been encounter stories every day. retold. And when someone purchases that Many of the stories we hear are specific carriage, the Chavner family story will be and detailed, and are the ones that leave passed with it and retold. a lasting impression because they are The Chavner carriage at Sterling Creek stories of personal histories. Antiques has an interesting history. My folks moved our family to the John Orth leased a butcher shop in the Rogue Valley when I was twelve, drawn original California and Oregon building by the beauty and history which they near the old Brunner parcel in 1864, and were always interested in, in 1865 purchased the especially the Old West. We shop which was attached would often take historyto the City Brewery. In themed vacations to places 1872, to the dismay of like Virginia City, Nevada, many, he demolished Cody, Wyoming and the 49er the 1856 landmark and Trail in California. It was erected the two-story that foundation that led me building that stands to become a historian and today. Orth then used the also explains why I found brick wall of the building myself drawn to historic next to it, (now The Jacksonville over and over. Cotton Broker) from the My love of history is what toddler carriage’s owner, made me jump at the chance Thomas Chavner. Today, to work with my friend Joelle Chavner’s carriage is on Chavner carriage at Graves, doing historical display in the window Sterling Creek Antiques research on the Orth Building closest to the brick wall that houses Sterling Creek Antiques on the that Orth once held an interest, a story and corner of California and Oregon Streets. history that’s now come full-circle! It also led to helping design the shop into Working with historic artifacts allows historical vignettes, researching artwork me to fulfill my passion as a historian, and decorative arts, and appraisals. The and enables me to hear about what the best part, however, is getting called in item meant to the person bringing it in. to speak with someone who owns a Even more exciting is passing that story cherished item and hearing “their” story. on to the visitors in the shop. Stories help One such item that recently came into make antique stores modern museums, Sterling Creek Antiques was a toddler enabling one to peek through a window carriage from around 1860-70, identified of personal history. Nowadays, my as belonging to the Chavner family, who full-circle story is that I’m now working founded Gold Hill. The toddler would in Jacksonville doing what I love while lay inside the carriage that was driven preserving history one story at a time. by a goat or dog. The Chavner’s goat Tracy Baird is an art and architectural pulled the cart so that Mrs. Chavner historian and owns TABulated Consulting. and her children could walk around She assists antique shops and individuals Jacksonville and carry their sundries with historical research, appraising, and estate without worrying about carrying the little planning and sales. She lives in Medford with tot. The carriage even has the whip that her husband, Brett, and their puppy, Sawyer, one of the older siblings used to insure amid hundreds of books. the goat didn’t take off with the baby. See Sterling Creek Antiques ad on this page. That carriage was used for three of their
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ith another school year upon us, this is a good time to evaluate your “Command Center” and “Landing Field.” No, I’m not talking about air flights, but rather, certain important “efficiency” locales in your home. When I refer to a “Command Center,” I am talking about the area you sort your mail, drop your keys, put the kids’ homework, and place other general paperwork that comes-in. When I refer to “Landing Field,” I’m talking about where you drop your shoes, jackets, hats, backpacks, and other seasonal “grab-n-go” items (raincoats, umbrellas, sunglasses, and sunscreen). You don’t need a lot of space to accomplish the goal of a well-organized spot. For your paperwork you can use the inside of a cabinet, closet, hanging files on a wall, or corkboards. For your outdoor items, you can use the area by your front door, back door, or in your garage. The most important thing to remember is that when


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Art Presence Art Center will present "Vine to Wine" in September, opening August 30th (because of Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts) and running until September 29th. The exhibit will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm during that time. Shown here is an image of Jerry Simon's painting, "Winery Overview II." He does not confine himself to the regular parameter of a canvas, instead lets the subject matter dictate where the final edges will be. This is an acrylic painting.


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Family Views
by Michelle Hensman
t quarter past one in the morning my boys woke up shocked and dismayed to find my husband and me aiming our flash lights on two of the many spiders on the wall above our bed. The smallest—a wolf spider—was in a dead lock stare with a GIANT spider— species undetermined—the likes I’d never seen before who apparently maintained a residence behind the 1970’s wood paneling headboard of our cabin. “It’s like Wild freaking Kingdom up in here boys, check this out!” Virtually a direct quote from my Irish husband; his expletives tend to be much more intense and easily forgiven because he grew up in Dublin, which seems a bit unfair to me but that’s another column. We signed up to participate in an exclusive weekend family camp six months prior. We were told how great it was that we got a cabin on our first attempt since there was typically a significantly long waiting list every year. Originally excited and eager to be a part of such an amazing opportunity I now felt a fight-or-flight sensation kick-in. Were we really in serious danger... no... did my family view this threat as serious and immanent…OH YEAH! And considering the camp was exclusive, with a long waiting list, FREE and over four hours away from home, we were in a quandary. Ethically speaking it felt like our duty to try everything and anything feasible that we could to rectify the spider dilemma. We analyzed our situation from all angles and decided the only logical, immediate solution was to remove the threat. My brave and valiant husband doffed a mighty flip flop and attempted to kill all the spiders in the room; however,


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the biggest and baddest spider, the one that resided only inches above our heads remained elusive. “What should we do now?”He asked with a tone of defeat. Of course I look at him with contempt and reply, “I know what I want to do and clearly I know what you want to do; someone just needs to have the guts to say it!” Again, not an exact quote but it’s a family column and close enough. Out of the mouth of my youngest babe came the noble honest words that my husband and I longed to say ourselves, “I want to go home…RIGHT NOW!” Unified and energized we leaped into action and came together like nobody’s business: the six year old began throwing shoes and toys into an empty bag, regardless of what it was originally meant to contain. Our thirteen-year-old stripped the beds and gathered up the toiletries while my husband launched everything setting in front of him into the SUV… that was already running! Before I knew it and even realized my shoes were actually on my feet double knotted, we were on I-5 heading south towards Jacksonville! It gets better…In order to reserve a spot at this exclusive family camp we had to come up with a family name, one that typified us as a whole. Although I consider myself a connoisseur of words, analogies and synonyms I had nothing for the Hensman’s. After much deliberation we settled on “No Limits” citing we consistently remind our boys that the only thing stopping them from achieving what they want in life are the limits they place on themselves; otherwise there are NO LIMITS! We laughed all the way home about the “NO LIMITS” family who packed up quietly in the wee morning hours and was gone without a trace... clearly their limitation was spiders!

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A Fall Garden Tour will be sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Medford Branch on September 21, 2013. This event will be a lot of fun! Come and enjoy yourself while doing good for our local community. This is the fifth Fall Garden Tour sponsored by the local AAUW and the event has been a complete success every year. We have been blessed with good weather and a happy public that very much appreciated the gardens and the effort and passion that went into creating them. Garden owners also enjoyed sharing the results of their wonderful hobby. This year, we would like to reach an even larger public and think we have the best lineup of gardens ever. It will all happen in Medford proper! Six memorable gardens are featured on the tour, all located on or close to Main Street in Medford, from West to East. The garden styles are diverse and range from the formal grounds of a historical mansion to a garden hidden behind a shop. There is an exquisite garden enclosed with rock walls, hand-built by the owner, as well as a fascinating garden in a subdivision with curb appeal, tropical plantings and a playground for the children. A locallyfamous rose garden and an inviting shady garden right on Main Street incorporating glass art are also featured. You probably have driven by some of the places many times, but in September you can have a look behind the scenes! There will be light refreshments; homemade cookies and lemonade plus water will be served. There will also be a raffle of 25 beautiful gift baskets. Each tour ticket comes with a free raffle ticket but more raffle tickets can be bought to increase the odds of winning a particular basket. We have dubbed the raffle, “Budding Scholars Basket Bazaar” because all the proceeds from the tour and raffle will go to local scholarships. AAUW’s mission is equity for women and girls. The organization has been in existence for over 100 years and supported research in the Social Sciences and given grants to women worldwide. The Medford Branch gives more than $10,000 for local scholarships and more money for other philanthropic causes such as KidSpree, Maslow Project and a diaper collection. Again, all proceeds from the Fall Garden Tour go to local scholarships. Learn more about AAUW at Follow us on FaceBook or join the AAUW Medford Branch and take part in our many interest group activities and programs. If you want to go: The garden tour is on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Details will be available on the Branch website, (click on the chrysanthemum symbol on the home page) by the end of August. The tour can be started at any of the gardens and maps and descriptions will be on the website. We hope to see you rain or shine on September 21. Tickets are $15, include a raffle ticket and will be sold at any of the Grange Coop stores and at “Wild Birds Unlimited” starting September 1, as well as at any of the gardens the day of the tour. You can also buy tickets by mail now to be sure you have them: Send a check to AAUW Medford, 6590 Hillcrest Road, Medford, OR 97504. See ad this page.

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SightSeeing by Julie D. Danielson, O.D.
ataracts are a sign of growing older, but they don't have to cramp your lifestyle. About half of Americans between the ages of 65 and 75 have cataracts, a natural clouding of the eye's lens. After 75, most people can expect some degree of vision loss—ranging from fading colors to blindness— as a result of cataracts. But the outlook for those who have cataracts is far from dim. Early Stages—A normal lens in the human eye is clear, allowing light to pass to the back of the eye producing a sharp image. A cataract prevents some of this light from coming through the lens, making it harder for you to see. Although cataracts can result from other causes, including genetics, eye injury, and diseases such as diabetes, most cataracts are related to aging. In the early stages, cataracts, which are painless and slow growing, may not cause a problem. Recognizing Symptoms—As cataracts grow larger and cloud more of the lens, more obvious symptoms develop—blurred vision, loss of contrast, light sensitivity, difficulty with night vision, and frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. These


Living With...and Without Cataracts
symptoms can also be signs of other eye problems, and a regular eye exam is the best way to determine whether you have a cataract. Glasses or Surgery?—In the early stages of a cataract, all that's required to correct your vision may be glasses, a change in prescription, or stronger lighting. As the cataract progresses, removal may be necessary. Usually the decision to have surgery is made when it becomes difficult to do daily activities, or when 20/40 vision requirement for driving is no longer met. Cataract surgery, the most frequently performed operation in the United States, is safe and effective, with 95 percent of patients gaining improved vision. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and after five or six days most patients return to normal activity. Cataract surgery options now include lens implants that correct astigmatism or can change focus from near to far. To slow the progression of cataracts, eat a healthy diet and avoid exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. If you are experiencing some of the signs of cataracts, see your eye doctor. Treatment, whether it is glasses or surgery, can eliminate the “cloud” in your lifestyle. Julie Danielson, an optometric physician, is available by appointment at 541-899-2020. See ad this page.

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Do You Know How to Prevent Stroke?
troke is our nation’s fourth leading cause of death. Warning Signs—In addition to risk factor control, you It is also the leading cause of long-term disability. need to be aware of the warning signs of a stroke and Every 40 seconds, somebody in the United States then know what to do if you see or experience them. has a stroke. The most common warning signs of stroke can be A stroke can be devastating. It strikes seemingly remembered with the acronym FAST. without warning and can leave the patient and family F = Face: Facial droop, uneven smile reeling from its effects. A = Arms: Arm numbness, arm weakness But now for the good news; research shows that 80 S = Speech: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or percent of strokes are preventable! understanding Risk Factors—Prevention begins with recognizing and T = Time: Stroke is an emergency, get help controlling risk factors. The factors that put a person at immediately higher risk of stroke include: If you notice someone with any of the warning signs of • uncontrolled diabetes stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. • high cholesterol Act Fast—Time is brain. Without • high blood pressure treatment, brain cells die at an • smoking astonishing rate. During an ischemic • atrial fibrillation stroke—when a blood vessel to the brain • obesity is blocked—the typical patient loses 1.9 • increasing age million neurons each minute in which • personal and/or family history of the stroke is untreated, and the ischemic stroke brain ages 3.6 years each hour without • male gender. treatment. The faster we can deliver care, Obviously, we cannot control the last the better a stroke victim’s chances for a three, but risk factors are cumulative, successful outcome. meaning the more you have, the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Charity Barrueta, RN, describes was the first certified Primary Stroke greater your chances of having a stroke. Therefore it becomes even more stroke warning signs & symptoms. Center in Southern Oregon in 2003 and is important to control the modifiable risk the longest-standing stroke center in the factors by living a healthy lifestyle. That includes eating region. It is currently certified by Det Norske Veritas, an a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting fried and international accrediting organization with some of the highly processed foods, getting regular exercise, resting, highest standards in healthcare today. See Asante ad on page 5. controlling chronic conditions with a doctor’s help, and If you have questions related to stroke, please contact maintaining a healthy stress level. my by email at


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Joyfull Living
by Louise Lavergne
ecause of the monumental fires in our area, all of us in the Rogue Valley have been exposed to toxins from smoke. Some of the symptoms of smoke inhalation are headaches, dry, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, runny nose, post nasal drip or increased mucous in the throat. Most common is coughing, which is the body’s natural defense mechanism. Some of us with pulmonary issues have had more severe manifestations like asthma & bronchitis. Other side effects to be aware of include feeling more tired than usual, shortness of breath and chest pain. Your body is letting you know you need more rest time to recover from activities. As we look out into the haze, powerless, all of us feel a certain amount of stress, fear and anxiety. We cannot control the smoke, our brave firefighters are doing the best they can and even after mother nature brings the rain, the healing process continues on so many levels, long after the smoke is gone…I wanted to share some ideas to help your lungs and your body heal. What you can do to counteract the effect of smoke inhalation: • Drink more fluids than usual. It is important to stay hydrated to help flush out toxins. • One of the most essential things you can do to keep stress down and improve lung function is yoga breathing exercises. It can rejuvenate and cleanse lungs of accumulated impurities in the smoky air. Try my 3 Lifesaving breaths • Therapeutic Himalayan Salt Air Inhaler: I have been using this amazing drug-free inhaler and I love it! When you inhale through the mouthpiece, the passing moisture absorbs micron particles of this


Healing as the Smoke Clears
pollution in the air (I can show you some yogic breathing techniques to make it even more beneficial.) • Practice Yoga! The JoyFull Yoga Chi Balancing Salutation is a gentle, yet powerful way to activate your lungs and create a healthy flow of energy in your body. It is part of every JoyFull Yoga class. • Foods that can help: Increase antioxidant rich foods and drinks, such as leafy greens, berries and green tea, which help counteract free radicals. JoyFull Earth Fresh juices are a great source! • Increase Omegas and Healthy Oils which help internally counteract the drying effects of smoke. Wild Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent food sources of Omega-3. Olive oil is a good choice of fat. Avoid hydrogenated oils • Eat plenty of pineapples. The active ingredient in pineapple is bromelin, which helps cleanse your lungs at a cellular level—it helps to increase elasticity of the tissues so you can breathe deeper and take in more oxygen. You can try JoyFull Yoga/ JoyFull Earth’s pineapple/green juice special. • Eat garlic! Try it crushed in olive oil or add it to your meals. The powerful active ingredient in garlic is allicin. This compound acts by dissolving the toxic mucous left over from smoke inhalation, kills bacteria and helps you breathe normally. • Eat apples every day. Eating this fruit over time will improve your lung function while detoxifying your lungs at the cellular level. Apples contain a high amount of ascorbic acid and magnesium. • Start the day with a cup of hot water with lemon to flush toxins and drink a cup of green tea every day, preferably 1 hour after dinner (Chi Tea extract available at JoyFull Yoga). It contains powerful antioxidants, called catechins which help fight toxins. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants( and more calories) • Finally get plenty of rest. Sleep is when the body heals and restores. I want to express my gratitude to all the fire fighters and all those who worked so hard on monitoring and helping us be safe during this time. Breathe gently in gratitude. Live lovingly in joy. Namaste. Louise is a creator of JoyFull Yoga; She’s a JoyFull living coach, International Motivational speaker & owns JoyFull Living Wellness Center located at 135 S. Oregon Street in Jacksonville. She offers group & private sessions. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over 25 years. Please visit one of Louise's websites and join her email list to receive updates of events and services offered at or or call 541-899-0707. See ad this page.

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September 2013

Stroke Survivor Completes Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

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ept. 12 will mark one year since 25-year-old “I would practice my alphabet and numbers, just Rocio Mendoza—a nurse at Providence Southern as though I were back in elementary school,” Rocio Oregon—survived a stroke. Her story of explained. “It was frustrating at first, but Benny helped stroke victim to survivor to half to make it a game and would marathoner will be the subject of challenge me. Even texting on an article in the September issue of my phone seemed foreign and Runner’s World magazine. difficult, but I was determined to A year ago Rocio and her re-capture my fine motor skills. boyfriend Benny were out for a I relate it to when my daughter long run. took her first step. She fell many “We took turns pushing my times but Jimena kept getting daughter Jimena in her jogging up and trying. So did I. My baby stroller,” Rocio said. “It was a good steps enabled me to regain the run and nothing seemed out of the strength to hold Jimena, to walk ordinary. But when we finished at again, and to have a coherent the home of Benny’s Aunt Emma, conversation. I was so happy to I felt very out of breath. Benny return to work and get back to asked if I was okay but I brushed it my normal activities of life.” off, thinking I was just thirsty. But Rocio was determined to not when I asked Emma for water, she only walk but to run again. On couldn’t understand me. I became May 19 she and her boyfriend frustrated because I knew what I Benny joined an estimated Benny & Rocio at the finish line was asking for but the words that 14,000 runners as the couple came out of my mouth made no sense.” Rocio said her frustration increased as she tried to communicate with more force while getting her own glass of water. “That’s when Emma, who is also a nurse, noticed my face had a slight droop on the right side,” Rocio explained. “This made her start paying close attention to my symptoms. She noticed that I couldn’t lift my right arm without a struggle. That’s when I also started to suspect something was really wrong with me.” After a brief assessment, Emma recognized the early signs of a stroke and told Benny that they needed to get Rocio to the hospital immediately. Minutes later, they arrived at Providence Medford Medical Center’s emergency department, enabling Rocio to receive tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) within the “golden hour” following the onset of her stroke symptoms. Every second counts when a patient is suffering a stroke. Providence Medford utilizes the largest telestroke network in Oregon, so that patients can be diagnosed and treated faster. Providence emergency physicians interact via a secure two-way video system, enabling Providence Stroke Center neurologists to be “in the room” to help determine the best treatment. “I knew I was in good hands, but I worried that I might not be able to hold my daughter again,” Rocio said. “As a nurse, I also kept thinking that I was supposed to be on the care-giving side. I was not used to being the patient.” Rocio was discharged after five days. She continued to work with therapists to regain her motor and cognitive skills. participated in their first-ever half marathon—13.1 miles—during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland event. It was a momentous occasion for Rocio. Now she is determined to use her experience to promote stroke education so that everyone recognizes the early warning signs and can get help within the golden hour. “I was blessed to have someone who knew the warning signs and got me to Providence so quickly,” Rocio said. Rocio knows that patients that have had a stroke have about a 40 percent chance of having a second stroke within five years. But she plans to concentrate on living her life to its fullest and conquering her first half marathon was just one of her many goals. To learn more about stroke risk, please go to www. See Providence ad on page 3.


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Soul Matters
by Kate Ingram, M.A.
No Strings Attached
haven’t been writing much lately and boy, am I feeling it. Writing is no different than athletic training: miss a few days and it all reverts back to flab. I miss it, particularly since my absence is not the result of a giddy rendezvous in the Tuscan countryside, but instead a heady cocktail of young children home for summer, prepublication details up the wazoo, and an aging parent who has been ill and whose life is in major transition. It’s been quite a party. I find it no coincidence, seeing as I do not believe in such things, that I am reading Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success,” Law #2 of which is about giving. This summer foray of fun is providing ample opportunity to put this law into practice. I have a lot of time to think about giving and forgiving, which is really just giving to yourself. There’s nothing quite like family for providing ample fodder for practicing forgiveness. The Law of Giving states that the Universe operates through dynamic exchange; giving and receiving are the two aspects of that flow of energy. Failure to give, or to receive, blocks this natural dynamic, causing stagnation, decay and death. Yes, death. Apparently, it’s not only blessed to give, it’s absolutely essential. The coolest thing about giving, however, is that you get what you give. It’s true. Deepak says so. You get what you give because everything is connected. So the wonderful energy generated by giving is itself a gift to the giver. But there’s a BIG CAVEAT to all this giving: It turns out that it actually is the thought that counts. The intention behind your giving is all-important. If the energy behind the giving is begrudging and laced with resentment or expectation, you might as well fuhgeddaboudit. That’s just bad juju, and everyone knows it, particularly the recipient. Giving counts when the energy behind it is love, when the desire is to bring happiness and joy to another. It’s hard for something to flow when there’s a string attached. It gets caught in your teeth. My mother’s illness has entailed many small incidents that culminated in a stroke in June. Interestingly, her unwellness has provided me the opportunity to give to my mother in a very different way. Historically, our relationship has been a challenging one. My mother is a frustrated actress. If you’ve ever seen Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, you’ve met my mother. Her illness exposed her real and vulnerable self, and I can relate to real and vulnerable. We actually had a pretty funny conversation during one ER visit about my bust-line which, at 49, bears a disturbingly similar

The Power of Healing Touch
would love to say that my move people came to me for healing. Because I to Jacksonville in May was part of had enough to live on for a year, I asked a rational, well-thought-out life people to pay in hugs instead of money. plan. But it so wasn’t. Two weeks before Life was wonderful. I smiled and smiled. I moved here, the possibility I could ever “I want to learn how you do what you actually live in this adorable town had not do,” said the woman from the wooden yet occurred to me. Which is pretty much church with the red door and who had how my life has gone for the last half a recovered quite quickly and was eager to century or so. discover the secret. “Some people from Take Ashland, for instance. I moved my church want to learn too,” she said. to Ashland the day after “We want you to teach us. Christmas 2003 to write a Now please.” And that’s book. Any of you who’ve how it began. read The Great Silent With the help of a Grandmother Gathering friend, we taught 12 will recognize what comes women everything we next. Thanks to a small knew about energy inheritance, I had just healing. And when their enough to rent a cottage neighbors saw what they for twelve months and were able to do, they hunker down to finish wanted to learn, so we the project-of-a-lifetime: taught 12 more. And 12 A serious nonfiction book more. And 12 more. And I’d been researching for 12 more. Until there were a decade about ancient 96 women in Ashland scrolls buried in the crypt and one man from British of Chartres Cathedral, Columbia who knew the contents of which are how to heal. We created Sharon Mehdi destined to save the world. a Peace Chapel in the I figured Ashland would be ideal backyard where the new practitioners because I knew not a single soul, and could help folks from the community who there would be no distractions. Alas, no were sick or hurting. Every now and then sooner had I moved into my cozy cottage, someone left a donation, but mostly they organized my books and research notes paid us with hugs. and filled my cupboard with chocolate Then one day a Very Important Person bars than every creative thought I had said she would like the people we trained ever thought, or ever thought of thinking, to become healing volunteers at Ashland evaporated. In its place a big-time, Community Hospital. And so they did. intractable, unbudgeable, woe-is-me Pretty soon doctors were prescribing writer’s block the size of a subcontinent. energy healing for their patients, and The harder I tried to write my serious nurses were stopping by for treatments. nonfiction book, the more blocked I One day the Senior Center in Ashland became. I meditated. I stopped eating asked for volunteers. Lots of volunteers! chocolate. I walked miles and miles Soon the people we trained were treating every day to clear my brain. Up hills, people in nursing homes, in retirement down hills, and past a wooden church centers, and residents throughout the with a red door and pretty stained-glass community. And yes, a few of us were windows. also healing dogs, cats, horses, birds, a I joined a writers’ group. I hired a life ferret, a goat, and the Free Willy whale at coach known for her wisdom. Nothing the Monterey Aquarium. worked. The more blocked I got, the On a sunny morning in the middle unhappier I became. The unhappier I of April 2013, just for the heck of it, I became, the more blocked I got. Finally, clicked on Craigslist. “There’s a place after months of witless, fruitless striving, in Jacksonville!” I said to a friend who I gave up. absolutely did not want to move to “I have stopped trying to push the Jacksonville. Two weeks later we both river,” I announced to the very wise life moved here. Oh the joy of it! coach. “No longer am I a writer of serious A few new friends asked if I would nonfiction about scrolls that will save the teach them healing touch. “Indeed I will!” world.” I said. And so, on Saturday, September “In that case,” she said. “I know a 28 from 9:00am to 4:00pm I will offer person who needs healing. Perhaps you a beginning class in my beautiful new can help her. She goes to the wooden living room on South Oregon Street. To church with the red door and pretty register, or for more information, call me stained-glass windows.” at 541-646-6731. It could change your life. I brightened just a bit, for I’d forgotten It did mine. I am also a healer of persons who need Healing Touch is gentle, relaxing method of healing. “It is precisely what I will do,” I balancing the body's own energy system so it said. And that’s when the magic started. can heal itself. It includes techniques to reduce The more healing I did, the happier I stress, ease pain, and speed healing. It is used became. The happier I became, the more in hospitals around the country.



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resemblance to hers at 89, a fact not lost on me when she yanked her top up for the five handsome paramedics who appeared in her living room. When your 34AA bra is largely hollow inside, it’s a sad state of affairs. But I digress. The point is, and I do have one, that the energy between us shifted, and it felt good because I gave freely and she received freely. No expectations, no strings, just loving intent. It worked. It did not go as smoothly with a sibling, whom I asked to come up from out of state both to have time with our ailing mother and to spell me. This gift was not given as freely as I might have wished. There was a misunderstanding

and some ugly texts flew back and forth. The misunderstanding was, at least from my point of view, based on the fact that the “giving” of time was rooted in certain expectations, and with some feelings of imposition and resentment. My feelings were hurt, energy leaked all over the place, and being the delicate, sensitive flower that I am, it caused me to wind up physically sick. The lesson? Don’t text. Talk nicely to people; it saves a lot of misunderstandings and trouble. And oh yes, give freely. I thought about all this giving business as I lay sick in bed, going over the argument for the thirty-ninth time and wondering where and how our interaction went off into the weeds. I finally realized that rather than going over it, I just needed to forgive it all: forgive my sibling and forgive myself. As Dr. Phil says, “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?” I want to be happy. So I forgave it all. And guess what? This worked too. Forgiveness is how we unblock all the damned up energy inside; it loosens the logjam and restores the natural flow of giving and receiving. Holding on to pride, or anger, or the past, is like holding your breath: do it long enough and it will kill you. Giving and receiving is the universal breath of life. (This is me, not Deepak.) But my beloved stepfather, David, said it best: “Cast your bread upon the waters and it will come back with jam on it.” Hmm. I wonder if this works with bosoms …. KATE INGRAM, M.A., is a writer, therapist and soul coach. Her first book, Washing the Bones: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Transformation, will be published this month. For more information, please visit her website,

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September 2013

Paws for Thought by Dr. Tami Rogers
Saying Good-bye
s veterinarians, we have the opportunity to provide a peaceful exit for animals that have been best friends, family members, and lifelong companions; to remove pain permanently before suffering sets in; and to preserve memories in a positive manner before sickness overshadows them. Recently I had to help three special families say goodbye to their special friends and I wanted to pay tribute to each of them. I know in this short column that I will never be able to do their beauty justice. Beau was an 11-year-old Golden Retriever with the most distinguished personality I think I have ever seen. The gray around his eyes and the stiffness in his gait told his stories for him. The way that Beau’s owners felt about him was palpable in the room when we saw them. When I delivered the news, that he had a mass on his spleen that was likely cancer, I felt honestly that his “dad” would have easily traded places with him. Without question, we performed the surgery to remove Beau’s spleen and histopathology confirmed our fears. Beau had cancer. I informed his “mom and dad” of the prognosis and gave Beau about one month to live. He made it two weeks before they called and felt it was time to say goodbye. Beau was suffering and they couldn’t bear to put him through it. I euthanized him that afternoon on his bed in the back of their car. After they had said their good-byes and were preparing to leave, Beau’s “dad” turned and handed me his business card. It reads (in part): “Retired Partners— Two Happily Retired Ole Dogs.” That card said exactly what I had witnessed… that Beau was not just a dog, he was a companion, a best friend, a part of the family. So much so that his “dad” had felt it essential to include him on a personal business card… a form of his identity. And then, there was Miss Annabelle. A beautiful Basset Hound that was presented to her “mommy” as a Mother’s day gift nine short years ago. She was a faithful companion, providing love and laughter in a special way that only Bassets can. The breed, because of confirmation, can be a total disaster with most of them being plagued by chronic ear infections at least. Not Miss


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Annabelle. She was spotless and a princess through and through. Every morning her “dad” would lift her up off the floor and onto the counter where she would receive her daily cleaning and pampering. Miss Annabelle came to us with a severe case of pancreatitis. After a few days in the hospital it was apparent that she was just not responding well to treatment. Her parents funds were limited but their love was not… they were not willing to give up. Seeing their resolve I did the only thing I could think of. I took her home with me and doctored her on my living room floor. After a few days, she seemed to improve so with fingers crossed I sent her home, hoping for the best. Unfortunately Miss Annabelle did not make it but she was exactly where she needed to be. She slept her last night in bed with her parents and passed early one morning in her “mommy’s” arms. And then there was Henry. A gorgeous black Labrador who was so important to his “dad” that he had his very own car! Henry’s car, if my memory serves me correctly, had over 200,000 miles on it while the “other” car was parked in the garage with less than 60,000. The inside of Henry’s car was covered in hair but each mile on that odometer told stories of their life together. Henry stood by his owner everywhere he went and his “dad” stood by him until the very end. Henry endured months of diagnostic tests and surgeries but regardless of our efforts he continued to decline. His “dad” never wavered in his commitment to him though, willing to try, when we had all but given up hope. Their relationship was beautiful and they had between them an understanding that I may never witness again. Henry came into this clinic 12 years ago as a puppy and we got to watch him grown into a distinguished gentleman. When his time came, I crawled in the tiny back seat of his old car, and with his head in his “dad’s” lap he took his final breaths. He took his final car ride home where he was laid to rest near the river. Each of these animals, and their families, touched me just as all of my patients do. It is a blessing of my job to work with such amazing animals and people. Dr. Rogers can be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital at 541-899-1081 or See ad this page.

Back to School Time Affects Furry Family Members, Too
ack to school . . . whether you love it or hate it, for families with kids it’s a busy time of year and changes the whole family schedule. While you’re busy sorting out bus schedules and school supplies, don’t forget about your furry family members. After a summer spent with kids home from college or little ones at home with a babysitter, the transition back to long days at home alone can be really difficult for dogs. They may feel neglected, lonely and bored. Some dogs become depressed when everyone gets back into the fall routine. These dogs might seem listless and have low energy. They might stop eating, stop wanting to play, or hide and cower as if they’re afraid. Some dogs display signs of separation anxiety when they feel abandoned. Separation anxiety usually shows up in erratic behavior like excessive barking, whining or frantic clawing at doors, windows or fences to get out. Anxious dogs might start destructive chewing or go potty in the house. While all of this may look like bad behavior, whatever you do—do not punish your dog for this. He’s not trying to be bad—he’s afraid, and he’s trying to find a way to alleviate his stress and anxiety. Rather than get angry, find a way to help your dog make the transition to a new schedule with the following tips. You’ll both be much happier and less stressed! Exercise in the morning: Even 15 minutes of walking or playing fetch can help your dog burn off excess energy and stay calm during the day. It also helps your dog know you still care about her. Yes, morning schedules are often frantic, but this one change can mean a huge difference for your dog, resulting in less chance of destructive behavior during the long day alone. Leaving the House: Pet your dog good bye, leave them with a favorite treat or toy, and go. Don’t make a big deal of leaving for the day. If you seem emotional when you leave the house, your dog will pick up on that feeling and become emotional himself. Kongs stuffed with peanut butter or treats are a good choice that will keep your dog occupied. Also, hiding small treats around the house or yard helps keep dogs productively focused. Leave a radio or TV playing on low volume to help your dog feel less anxious. Mid-day break: If possible, try to have someone come home at mid-day to let the dog out for some quick


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exercise. This breaks up the time they have to spend alone and relieves pent-up energy. Doggy day care or dog walkers are also great choices. Back at home: Anxious dogs will be ecstatic when you get back home. Depressed dogs may not acknowledge you. When you come home, stay calm and quiet. You might try to ignore your dog for a few minutes. This gives the dog a chance to calm himself. Then after a few minutes, greet your dog calmly to let her know you love her, and let them outside to potty. If you act like you’ve been gone forever, your dog will THINK you’ve been gone forever. Act like it’s no big deal, and it won’t be. Evening: With homework, dinner and household chores, the last thing you may want to do is take the dog for a walk. But your dog has been waiting for you all day and probably has lots of energy they need to release somehow. If you take your dog out for a walk or play time, she will release the energy then, instead of by chewing up the new drapes. Plus, we can all use the exercise ourselves. Also, spend a few minutes of quiet time with your dog. Call them over for a few belly rubs and ear scratches. Following this routine should help make the back to school transition much easier for your dog. All your dog really wants is to love you and make you happy. Taking just a bit of time to help your dog adjust to a new schedule will show him that you care, too.

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Tears for a Dog
hen was the last time you Many people told us they did not know really cried? I’m not asking what to do when they heard about Augie. about a reaction to a tearI can tell you what worked best for me. jerker movie or book. I’m wondering Just ask. It is hard for friends to know about the tears that come from something how to lend support in a crisis, partly personal, like the loss of your pet’s health because there is such a variation in what or their life. We all need love, and pets people might need and want. Some fulfill that deep desire. grieving people prefer solitude. Others The only thing I remember clearly about want everyone to gather around them to April 5, 2013 was sitting in the vet’s office provide comfort. If you are confused, just holding my limp dog, tears ask the bereaved and running down my face. you will get it right. They were the type of tears Food is good. When that come from nowhere, people are in crisis they uncontrollable. Your may not want to venture cheeks just get wet and you out to shop or have the can’t talk. energy or inclination to I had done an internet cook. Friends left us a search weeks before to gift bag at our front door guesstimate how long with chocolates for us a miniature schnauzer and cookies for Augie. might live. After reviewing The door bell did not many sites, I settled on age ring. It was just there fifteen. That’s what I was for us to find when the counting on, but there I time was right, so it was was and Augie was only not intrusive. We felt the thirteen. That was too love it conveyed. Augie and Linda DeWald soon. I wanted my extra Spread the concern. two years and with an accompanying I loved the expressions of concern that quality of life for him and me. addressed our feelings, not just our dog’s What happened to Augie that morning? well being. One call was from someone I He simply got up from a nap and couldn’t had not socialized with for a long time. It walk unassisted. The minutia of diagnosis was so comforting when she asked how I ® is not important. What was important was doing and expressed concern about is the clear indication that a new reality what I must be going through. Handled would now overtake our comfortable with sensitivity, a crisis is an opportunity to routine. Tears often come from change reconnect, even for just that one moment. that we perceive as unacceptable. Got suggestions? Helpful people can My husband and I had discussions over be very generous at offering opinions the years about health care decisions. We about health care choices. It was easiest to observed people who took extraordinary answer questions and hear solutions from efforts at startlingly high costs to treat people who first asked if it was a good their pets. We respected their choices, time for me to have such a discussion. but determined we would likely not I also felt relieved when I didn’t get take a similar path. We had known our pressure to commit to their preferred final decision would depend on the course of action. That felt caring without circumstances of some future day. As adding to my stress. the vet talked that first day of Augie’s Here’s the happy ending. On May 20th troubles I knew we were plummeted into Augie regained much of his mobility. that future and it was unsettling. He can now walk without assistance, The vet offered us one compelling awkwardly but with a spring in his step that option: eight weeks of bed rest for Augie. demonstrates joy. He may relapse, but for We would “wait and see.” My husband now his new-normal is just fine with us. We and I initially became hermits to care were also delighted to find the perfect pet for him. Instead of enjoyable walks with sitter, so my husband and I have regained Augie where we would chat with people our social life and that feels wonderful! along our route, or have him to do his Augie can no longer perform his trick trick show for anyone who wanted to see show, but you can view it on YouTube it, we would just carry him up and down by inputting Jacksonville Oregon, Augie, our stairs to the backyard. Augie had Dog Tricks. Wishing you only tears of joy to re-learn how to do the most normal with your pet! functions. During the first 48 hours his You can contact Linda at facilitations@ future looked iffy.


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September 2013

Hazy Days of Summer
opefully by the time you read this, the wildfire smoke that choked the Rogue Valley this summer has abated. But depending on the wind direction, temperature and humidity, it could quickly return before the fall rains come. 
When the skies are hazy and the smell of burning trees assaults your nostrils, it makes sense to limit exposure by keeping pets indoors in an air-conditioned environment. Not everyone has AC, however, and some pets and most farm animals live outdoors. And while people with asthma, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory diseases can wear a face mask to decrease their exposure to air irritants, good luck trying to get your cat to wear one. 
So other than loading your pets in the SUV and heading to the coast (not a bad idea), what can be done to decrease the adverse effects of the smoke on the animals in our care? Studies have shown that inhalation of wood smoke in significant concentrations causes oxidative stress to the cells lining the airways of the lungs. In this process, irritants and toxins cause the generation of free radicals, which wreak havoc on the sensitive tissues that are so important to normal respiration. The resulting inflammation and altered respiratory functions can cause coughing and difficulty breathing, especially in animals


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with underlying lung diseases. In some severe cases, permanent damage can be done to the lungs. 
One simple, effective and inexpensive way to combat the oxidative stress resulting from smoke inhalation is with good ol’ vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent and very safe antioxidant, which is easy to administer to most animals. A small dog or cat can take up to 250 mg of Vit C twice a day, and a large dog can take up to 1,500 mg twice a day. Adult horses can take up to 20g a day. Some animals may experience digestive upset or loose stools at higher doses. If so, cut back on the dose. Some animals that reject the sour taste of Vit C will readily accept buffered Vit C (Calcium or sodium ascorbate) mixed in their food. If your pet seems to be adversely affected by the smoke with coughing or wheezing, a Chinese herb formula called "Clear Mountain Air" by Plum Flower Herbs can be very helpful. It comes in a bottle of small "tea pills" that are easy to administer to pets. It’s easy to buy online and at some local health food stores. Dosage for a cat is 2 tea pills twice a day, whereas a 50-pound dog would need 6-8 twice a day. 
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The Great Migration and Oregon’s Opportunity: “Being Caribou” Documentary to Screen in Jacksonville This Month
Every spring one of North America’s last great overland migrations takes place. The Porcupine River caribou herd are the last large heard of migratory animals to travel their traditional routes, undisturbed, in North or South America. The 123,000 member heard migrates to the Coastal Plain of our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, also known as the “biological heart” of the Refuge. For more than 25,000 years, indigenous communities have inhabited this region and rely heavily on caribou to provide 85 percent of their food and clothing. Every year our Coastal Plain breeds life, and every year it is at risk from oil development. This year could be different. The Coastal Plain supports 135 species of migratory birds that fly to six continents, as well as provides critical habitat for the iconic polar bear. In Oregon, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may seem far away. But the Sandhill Crane and the Brant Goose migrate to and from the Coastal Plain and Oregon each year. As ice floes offshore disappear, America’s polar bears are increasingly denning in the Coastal Plain. The region is a place of immense diversity and teems with life. There is a way to end the year-afteryear threats to the Coastal Plain with a Wilderness designation from Congress. This has always been and will continue to be a bipartisan effort. Republican President Eisenhower created the Arctic National Wildlife Range in 1960, just a year after Alaska’s statehood. Two decades later, President Carter enlarged the area and renamed it the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but did not designate the Coastal Plain as Wilderness. And this year, bipartisan Wilderness legislation, H.R. 139, has been introduced in the House by Representatives Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass). Today, this decision should not be controversial. Drilling in the Refuge could provide a six-month supply of oil to the U.S. Our country consumes 22% of the world’s oil supply every year, but we hold just 2% of the world’s known oil reserves. Extracting the oil in our Refuge won’t solve our oil problems, but using less oil might. Additionally, President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are staunchly opposed to drilling in the Refuge. The president said it’s “off the table” to development. Interior Secretary Jewell has reconfirmed her support for the Refuge over and over again. What’s more, Oregon’s congressional delegation is increasingly important, and historically opposed to risking damage to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has consistently voted to disallow drilling in the Refuge and to protect sensitive habitat areas as Wilderness. Sen. Wyden chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and is widely expected to take over the Senate Finance Committee. His 32 years of service in Congress, commitment to bipartisanship, and ability to work through stalemates mean his sponsorship of a Wilderness designation could go the distance. Congressman Peter DeFazio, who has served for 26 years, now has the top Democratic spot on the House Natural Resources Committee, thereby increasing his power of persuasion in the House. We are Oregon. Nationally, we’re looked to as a leader on natural resource issues. It is only fitting that our elected representatives in Washington DC hold those positions officially. Today the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 139), which would protect the Coastal Plain as Wilderness, has 97 co-sponsors, including Oregon Reps. DeFazio, Blumenauer and Bonamici. We should encourage Reps. Schraeder and Walden to join them. Additionally, in the Senate, S. 17, the Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013, would open the sensitive Coastal Plain to drilling, which is slated for consideration in Senator Wyden’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. We should communicate with our Senator Wyden to thank him for his leadership and ask that he vote against S. 17 and instead support the strongest possible protections for the Coastal Plain. The Porcupine caribou herd has held a rhythm and balance for tens of thousands of years. We’ve fashioned much of the natural world to suit our purposes. We owe it to the natural world to preserve this extraordinary wild place. There are other places to drill. There are better ways to find energy in our world. There are irreplaceable things we cannot return to once they are gone. The Coastal Plain of our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge needs a Wilderness designation. Oregon can help it get one now. Dennis Specht is a volunteer with the Alaska Wilderness League. Join Dennis and the League for screenings of the documentary film “Being Caribou” at the Naversen Room at the Jacksonville Library at 6:30pm on September 5, the Medford Library at 6:30pm on September 6, or the Ashland Library at 6:30pm on September 7. For more information email Photo: Alaska Wilderness League

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Liz's Trail
he early morning is clear and bright with the cool edge of night still lingering in the air. We’ve set out to walk one of our favorite trails in the Woodlands maze plus we’ll add a 2-mile loop that splits off Petard Ditch Trail. We saw Liz’s Trail begin as it was blazed on the trees’ and were excited when the new pathway was finished, but usually say we’ll save that extra 2 miles for next time. Well, this is finally next time! I have extra water in my tiny pack and Steve is carrying two pieces of banana bread for sustenance and celebration when we have passed the halfway point of Liz’s trail. My


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loop to return on the stem, 2 miles in all. Almost immediately the trail takes some demanding inclines. It’s more rugged, more wild and much more steep. The ground is hard-baked clay and broken rocks of white quartz that hint at the presence of gold. I consider going back; then I consider the hardships of prospecting and wish I had a good mule! Steve has to give me a hand at several steep switchbacks along the way and reminds me to use the step I call the wedding march—slowly bringing 1 foot up to the other. We pass a sign that honors Liz Braislin. She had a
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"Finding Gold" by Sue Bennett expectation is that this new segment will passion for Jacksonville’s trails and this be an effortless loop to meander along one is her namesake. I met Liz Braislin basking in the peaceful scenery. on two occasions; she was a lovely We start off in high spirits greeting person. The name is dear to me and is favorite landmarks like the tree trunk part of my motivation to experience “bench” on the Sarah Ziglar trail. We this trail. Steve sometimes calls me Liz walk through the brilliant green canopy because my middle name is Elizabeth arching overhead and all around us now, after my grandmother Liz. I have two knowing these same leaves will become a granddaughters who share the name and carpet of gold this autumn. Each season is they have both walked the trails with uniquely beautiful and we’re delighting in me. I know I will bring walking sticks the wonder of summertime. We cross one next time we walk this trail. It’s been bridge and walk through the cathedralrigorously uphill and I’m feeling my like grove of pine trees to the next leg muscles--grateful for shin and calf bridge—stunning scenery—paintings stretches we do at the YMCA. waiting to happen. As I wind my way We come to a humorous sign that says up the hillside we have come to the Jane l/2 mile on Liz’s Naversen trail, Trail and now I look forward must choose to to seeing the go left on “The grouping Guaranteed of majestic BURN” route Madrone trees or right for that have “The Optional grown up HURL” course. around a dead I’m already ancestor: truly burning and a Family Tree. don’t want to The path now hurl but the rolls pleasantly humor and up and down generosity of connecting the landowners, Sue and Steve Bennett out enjoying the to Rich Gulch Berning and Jacksonville Woodland Trails Alternate Trail; it Hurlbut, as well in turn progresses up and around a bend as several others who allow the public to eventually leading to the Petard Ditch walk through their land is appreciated Trail. It is a loop, so there is a choice of and gives me a laugh and enthusiasm to which way to go. We take the trail to the press on. We’re on the hillside looking right which I think is the most interesting out on an open meadow when we arrive going up because it leads right between at a bench marking over half way on glory holes of the old gold mining days; Liz’s trail. The bench sits high and we history still at our feet. It’s a little harder swing our legs like kids as we eat our going and by now we’ve come about 2 banana bread and drink more water. miles. I begin to think about it being just Revived now, this segment of the trail is as far when we go back. Ah, but soon thoroughly enjoyable. There are smaller we come to the beginning of Liz’s Trail. Madrones with shiny deep purple bark I am excited, energized and grateful to twisting around lengths of coral and gold. Larry Smith, all the many 6th graders and Their life-like limbs imitate bodies and many, many others who have put their arms raised in celebration, cheering us heads and hearts, as well as their backs on to retrace our steps—but it’s mostly and bucks into creating these trails. downhill from here, a good thing in this The map of Liz’s Trail is very context. The sun is higher and warm: a appealing, laid out like a drawing of delicious summer day and a sensational a poppy: a long stem of one half mile, walk in Jacksonville’s Woodlands. then the flower circling around a mile


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September 2013

Trail Talk

by Tony Hess and Bob Budesa
s I write this edition of “Trail Talk,” the smoke in the valley has finally thinned, and I’m hopeful it’s long gone by the time this issue of the Review hits the streets. Like many, I am anxious to get back in fullswing, hiking our wonderful Jacksonville Woodlands and Forest Park trails! Weeks before the fires and smoke hit, I hiked two Woodland trails: the South Fork View Trail and Sugar Pine Trail. The hikes brought back memories of the early days when I would follow Bob Schroeter as he flagged these trails for future building. Flagging was done for trail building and fuel reduction projects that Bob managed. I consider Bob the principal trail designer and builder of most of the Woodlands trails, and sincerely thank him! There’s exciting news for Forest Park: After many years of negotiation between the city and the Motorcycle Riders Association, the land swap that will transfer the MRA-owned 40 acres in the lower Forest Park to the city is nearly complete. This critical and most important land addition to the Forest Park contains a large parking lot on Reservoir Road, just above the dam and reservoir. It will provide much-needed parking and serve as a central point to access four major trails: the Rail Trail, Norling Trail, O’l Miners Trail and Boulder Trail. The land acquisition adds a crucial trail link of 1,600 feet connecting the north and south sections of the O’l Miners Trail, making it into a one and one-half mile trail. Constructed on an old miner-built


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Mayor - Cont'd. from Pg. 17 five years. Why not install 3 vending machines for sodas and snacks in a 40 foot square feet of space on the Second Floor which would generate equal or better income than the consultant’s proposal and leave the remaining 5,960 feet vacant?” Then he concluded, “A viable plan must be developed for the second floor or, alternatively, scrap the project!” Bob Irvine of PARC Resources responded to this by stating, “I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Kennedy that the second floor revenue projections are low. The question we attempted to answer with our analysis was: Can the second floor be dedicated to community use without being a draw on City resources? The answer is clearly yes.” But what about that extra million dollars Mr. Kennedy cited for seismic work to allow us to use the building? Allow me to be somewhat tongue-incheek myself. In 1992 it was determined that the second floor could hold, at a minimum, 100 pounds and more per square foot. It is our intention to find out if this is accurate. If so… we could stampede a herd of fifty adult bull elephants through the room and the floor would easily support them. How we would get them up there might pose a problem, but once there they could all safely squat. I mention this because it was never the intention of the PARC report to do an engineering study on any necessary seismic costs for the Courthouse. The figure PARC used came from a state agency… SHPO… the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. PARC did not make up this number out of thin air… the actual number will be determined before any steps are taken. However, I believe those fifty elephants will prove the number to be far lower than the alarmist numbers being heard on the street. Mr. Kennedy also wrote, “No interest costs are in the project proposal for the additional financing needed by debt financing. Why was this overlooked?” This wasn’t overlooked. It wasn’t even considered… and for a very good reason. Changes to the Courthouse must be paid for through grants and Urban Renewal and whatever community fund-raising activities are offered. Any other means of raising money runs the risk of raising taxes and… it is not the intent of this Mayor to raise taxes… not now… not later! Another argument again, made without foundation, seems to concern the foundation… “The building is 129 years old and the deferred maintenance costs will be much higher than the estimates used in this report. There have been many subterranean surprises in the Jacksonville building history but no comment has been made in this report
Russ Kennedy - Cont'd. from Pg. 17 concerning this very high risk factor!” The PARC Report was never supposed to address this. It is an interim report… not a final report. The Courthouse has stood for 129 years. During all that time its worst enemy was man… not the environment. I shudder when I think of how close the building came to be demolished before S.O.H.S. saved it. And I’ll guarantee that it was built to last far longer than any house in town. The two parallel walls of the first floor hallway which run the length of the building are built in concrete two feet thick to support the second floor. Two feet! When it was built there wasn’t a weapon capable of breaching those walls other than heavy cannon. This is why the second floor is so solid. It was wrong to demean the Council who received the PARC Report. The report is the first of many the Council will face during the next year before anything is cast in stone… or should I say: cast in two foot thick walls of cement? The Council will continue to gather information before making any final determination. And that brings me to the crux of what this discussion is about. Do the citizens of Jacksonville care about this Courthouse? The response to that question has been overwhelming in our office. Yes, they do! You, the people in Jacksonville, through your City Council, have the opportunity to save this building for decades to come… perhaps for another 129 years. And it is possible to accomplish this without raising taxes…and that is by moving the City Administration offices into the building on the ground floor. The presence of the City offices in the Courthouse will help to insure the integrity and the viability of what is clearly the most important icon in town. The remaining office space could then be rented out and the corridor could support a window-case museum for the public. This then is the vision to which I alluded earlier. The Courthouse was built to house government operations. It should be returned to the use for which its designers and builders had in mind. The Council can research, review, and analyze the best possible use for the rest of the Courthouse, including the second floor… but the City’s presence in that building brings together under one roof, the citizens, their government, and the single-most important icon, one filled with history commensurate with Jacksonville. Instead of paying water bills at the ramshackle Miller House… a building originally intended only as a temporary home for the City for one year, citizens would be walking through the front doors of a building that is the very essence of JACKSONVILLE. What a great idea! the second floor or, alternatively, scrap the project! CAPITALIZATION STRATEGY A third report presented by Bob Irvine entitled “Jacksonville Historic Courthouse – Capitalization Strategy was also presented to the City Council. •This report does not include the estimated interest cost for debt financing. Not only is it omitted in this report but also the estimated interest costs are not included in the project costs summary and should be. •In view of the comments concerning the lack of economic viability of the “Second Floor” proposal (see above), there will not be, as the report states -- “a good chance of attracting grant funds for the Second Floor”; thus a financing shortfall of possibly several hundred thousand dollars. NO TIMELINES/ CRITICAL DATES •The study makes note of a dozen critical factors but is conspicuously absent with any timelines or critical dates which should include such items as – ◦◦ Study completion date ◦◦ Council approval date ◦◦ Debt financing completion date ◦◦ Grant monies subscription date (This easily could take 1 or 2 years and, may be unsuccessful. In which case what are the contingency plans? There are none specified; in which case the project is “dead-inthe- water”! ◦◦ Construction start date ◦◦ Old City Hall date to put on market for sale ◦◦ Move date to new City Hall HOW SHOULD JACKSONVILLE CONTROL “SPACE”COSTS? In almost any business the costs associated with headcount and space will account for 75% of all costs. If the City Council expands the City Hall space from a present ______ square feet to a 12,000 square feet facility, I will guarantee the City Hall headcount and space will expand to fill the 12,000 square feet of space in the next 5 years! The City of Jacksonville does not need a 12,000 square feet City Hall! STUDY SESSION The study session held on July 30 took about one hour with only 2 or 3 brief comments by Council members at the very end. I strongly believe that the Council did not do their homework prior to the meeting and were not tuned-in to the short-comings noted above. In addition, I noted that not one question was asked concerning any of the financial information included in the reports. I spent one hour attending the study session and this memorandum lists a dozen critical factors that must be addressed. I think the City Council must have been asleep at the study session if they could only come up with 2 or 3 brief comments!

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ALTERNATIVES TO REFURB OF COURTHOUSE I strongly suggest that alternatives be considered for the City Hall project. Each of these alternatives, listed below, do not have the $1,000,000 cost over-run exposure that the Courthouse project has. Alternatives— 1) Stay at present location. If expansion is necessary, lease office space at nearby facilities. The annual cost for an additional 1,000 square feet of space at $1.50 per square foot is $18,000. I submit this alternative is what the majority of the Jacksonville citizens will support! 2) Sell present City Hall and move to another location with, maybe, 2,500 to 3,000 square feet of space. Cost may be $300,000 to $500,000. 3) Better yet, enter into a long-term lease and avoid any capital outlay. There is now in Jacksonville ample space available. Annual cost for 2,500 square feet at $1.50 per square foot is $45,000. 4)Sell all Courthouse properties (4 buildings) on an “as-is, where-is basis”. Granted it may take a year or two but this option could be much better than trying to deal with a high cost conversion and maintaining a building 129 years old. Why not sell the property at say, $300,000 rather than invest $1 million or $2 million? Types of potential buyers would include the likes of the owners of the Bigham Knoll property in Jacksonville. It has also been mentioned that the McMenamins brewpub group has restored many historic properties in the Northwest and could be a candidate for purchase. HIGH SENTIMENT TO PRESERVE HISTORIC LANDMARK The material and presentation at the July 30 meeting clearly states –“The community wants to preserve the building” and Bob Irvine clearly gave strong emphasis to this in his presentation. But the City Council of Jacksonville cannot proceed if the price of the project exceeds a reasonable maximum ceiling. My discussion with a number of persons on the City Council and others in the community convinces me that we are looking at a “lowball” financial investment scenario with many faults and the City Council will foist this idea on the citizenry. We will then wake up in 2 years with a $1,000,000, or more, cost over-run! Obviously, the report submitted at the study session has many faults, which the City Council completely over-looked at the July 30 meeting. This in itself makes me conclude that we do not have the City Council in place to successfully complete the project in a timely manner and also meet reasonable financial parameters. My vote is— NO TO THIS PROJECT! Go back to the drawing board! From: Russ Kennedy Cc: Many Jacksonville residents August 5, 2013

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