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“Changing your address since 1990”
PRivacy and tRees

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5320 Coleman Creek Rd Medford

Over
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1845 Old Stage Rd Central Point

$895,000
4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms

3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Bathrooms

4638 Square Feet • 5.07 Acres
Historic Frank Clark Colonial Home
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$1,750,000

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7105 SF •5 Acres
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$974,900

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1490 SF • .41 Acres
Jacksonville School District in a family
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Jacksonville Publishing LLC

Publishers:
Whitman & Jo Parker
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My View by Whitman Parker, Publisher

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New Year…New Priorities?

his year, our City Council must weigh the
importance of and address several challenges
including the Courthouse, the Jacksonville
Dam, the need for a new Fire Station and updating the
Comprehensive Plan and Urban Growth Boundary.
On the Courthouse: the decision to move city offices
into the historic building is seen by many as a positive
means of re-purposing the building and returning it to
public use. The last City Council voted to appropriate
up to $1 million of Urban Renewal funds to restore and
repurpose the building. While I generally like the idea of
repurposing historic buildings, especially when it results
in preservation, I still maintain that a more visionary
approach would be finding a for-profit partner to lease
or purchase the property as a corporate headquarters/
campus complex. In private hands, the project would be
better funded and serve as a springboard to redevelop
the 5th Street corridor. I still maintain that using the
building for city offices is a gross underutilization of
the property and fear the actual cost of conversion of
the ground floor alone will exceed $2 million. Based
on a recently-released “Update on Project Fund
Financials” memo drafted by staff, (available on the
Review and city websites), the city has spent $111,500 on

Courthouse-related repairs/improvements. Although
some restoration work was mandatory maintenance,
other work is being done without the benefit of a fullydeveloped restoration plan with “hard” engineering or
seismic upgrade cost estimates. Another missing link is
significant: whether or not the State Historic Preservation
Office will approve of an outdoor elevator or require
a significantly more expensive indoor elevator to be
installed. Moving forward on this project absent this
critical information is financially ill-advised.
On the Dam: with some cost estimates now ranging
from $500,000 to $700,000 to remove Jacksonville’s aging
dam and spillway, the incomplete project remains our
number one priority. Although costs were originally
estimated at nearly half this number, the city should
not allocate funds for another major project, including
the Courthouse, until the dam and spillway removal
is complete. To date, the city has expended $49,000
on dam-related expenses, the majority on required
engineering and environmental analyses. Although
money could be tapped from other city funds to
complete the removal, there is talk of seeking grant
funding to partially pay for the project. Please recall
My View - Cont'd. on Pg. 31

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ABOUT THE COVER: Photographer Ezra Marcos
used an abandoned Southern Pacific rail car on the
central Medford tracks to stage our coolest-ever cover
photo. Despite near-freezing temperatures, Ezra got
this hot shot featuring local LIFEArt artists and local
musician Jeff Kloetzel. Read more about this lifechanging program and the South Stage Cellars Rising
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l-r: Lew Applebaker, daugher Sue VanDomelen, and son Dan Applebaker
From his early days helping his dad in the blacksmith shop on Third Street, to
his stint as a local business owner, and role as an influential member of the fire
department—Jacksonville native, Lewis Applebaker has served his community very
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Penny and Lulu Expanding Offerings!
January marked the four-year
anniversary of the fabulous floral studio
known as Penny and Lulu. To celebrate
their budding success, owners Susie
Penwell and Carol Lowenberg have
moved their retail studio from its original
warehouse to 18 Stewart Avenue—the
vintage ivy-covered brick building on the
northwest side of the Highway 99/Stewart
Avenue intersection pictured here.
The new location sits right next to
“Old 99”—a long-standing wine shop
and specialty food purveyor, owned and
operated by Sam Desiome. Susie notes
that starting in March, Sam will also carry
Coquette Bakery’s fabulous artisan bread,

made by Jacksonville’s own Tom and
Denika, best known from the Jacksonville
Farmers Market.
The dynamic duo add that Penny
and Lulu Studio Florist and Events
now offers custom packages filled with
artisan indulgences…which they will
gladly deliver along with beautiful flower
arrangements to your door!
Penny and Lulu Studio Florist and
Events offers a fresh, modern approach
to the traditional flower shop—they
specialize in weddings, parties and events
with a growing list of corporate and
personal accounts.
Please see their ad on this page.

Cantrall-Buckley Park Kicks-Off Fun-Drive
Applegate Valley’s premier
community-run park is getting a
make-over! The Greater Applegate
Community Development Corporation
(GACDC) is beginning a drive to raise
funds to rehabilitate the park’s wellused 40-year-old playground. Over
$50,000 will be needed. Parents, kids,
private foundations, Jackson County
Parks, businesses, non-profits, artists,
and residents from the local area are
all getting-in on the act. We’ll tell you
more about this wonderful project in the
coming months.
In the meantime, we’d like to thank
some of our local businesses that have
come on board early and seen the wisdom
of investing in our community: Brewster
Accounting Services, Pioneer Financial
Planning, Ramsay Realty, Applegate

Valley Realty, Jacksonville-Applegate
Rotary Club, Applegate Garden Club,
Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital and the
Jacksonville Inn! We hope you’ll consider
helping out, too—it’s a tax deduction!
Please visit www.gacdc.org to learn more or
contact Tom Carstens, Chairman, CantrallBuckley Park Committee at 541-846-1025.

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Marjorie Edens Posthumously Honored
with Robertson Collins Award

he Robertson Collins Award was
and therefore the Britt grounds, were on
created in 2007 by the Jacksonville the top of her list. It was only natural that
Boosters Club to honor those rare
back in 2002, when the Boosters Club
individuals whose contributions impact
formed two committees to take on two
the greater community and encompass
new projects, the Historic Cemetery and
more than just one year or a singular
Peter Britt Gardens, Marjorie jumped
contribution. The award was inspired
at the opportunity to head up the Britt
by and named after Robertson (Robbie)
Gardens Committee.
Collins, a Jacksonville visionary.
Dirk Siedlecki, President Friends
Robbie moved to the Rogue Valley
of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery,
in 1948 and Jacksonville in 1962. He
commented, “While Marjorie won’t be
successfully mounted opposition to
with us to see the finished gardens, I am
a proposed four lane highway that
so pleased that she did see so much of
would have cut Jacksonville in half and
what has been accomplished in the past
destroyed historic
couple of years, and
properties. In 1963,
to know that her work
shortly after his arrival,
will continue. It was her
the Jacksonville Boosters
vision, determination
Club was formed. With
and special gift that
the help of Robbie
is making this garden
and the Boosters, the
a reality for us and
Jacksonville we know
future generations of
and love, was saved
Jacksonville residents
and is now a National
and visitors.”
Historic Landmark. He
Rob Buerk, Peter
continued to work at
Britt Gardens Chair
local and state levels,
added, “As a result of
taking his skills and
Marjorie’s and others'
knowledge to other
efforts, restorations
small towns struggling
completed in Peter
to save their heritage.
Britt Gardens include
Robbie died in 2003, but
the installation of the
his memory lives on in
paver pathways, a new
Marjorie Edens
Jacksonville and in the
irrigation system, the
Robertson Collins Award.
planting of over 200 historical plants,
Until now, the Robertson Collins
and the installation of a new lighting
Award has been given to only one other
system. Marjorie was a long-term
recipient. Dirk and Mary Siedlecki
member of the Jacksonville Boosters
received the award in 2007, for their
Foundation board of directors. Her
hard work and vision for Jacksonville’s
determination and passion helped guide
Historic Cemetery. Their work continues
these improvements through grants,
to this day with ongoing preservation
donations, and community volunteers.”
and restoration projects, annual History
Jacksonville has lost a great friend
Saturday presentations and the popular
in Marjorie Edens. She left a legacy
Meet the Pioneers program each fall.
to Jacksonville that will be long
The Jacksonville Boosters have now
remembered and a gift that will be
honored Marjorie Edens posthumously
treasured for decades to come.
with this second Robertson Collins
The Award, acknowledging Marjorie’s
Award. Lori Buerk, Jacksonville Boosters
many contributions to the Boosters
President stated, “Sometimes the most
Club and the City of Jacksonville, was
extraordinary stories get lost over
presented by President Lori Buerk, on
time. Marjorie Edens was truly a rare
December 8, 2014 at the Annual Boosters
individual with one of those stories.”
Club Holiday Party at the U.S. Hotel.
Marjorie Edens was a Booster for over
A commemorative feature in honor of
35 years and loved history with a special
Marjorie’s award is planned and will be
fondness for Jacksonville. The Britt family, placed in the Peter Britt Gardens.

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New Downtown Park Courtesy of Global Cache

In mid-January, the vacant lot next
to the Global Cache/Picos building
underwent a major transformation when
it was converted into a charming park.
The project was made possible thanks
to the generosity of GC building owners
Walt Keller and Robin Ford. Global
Cache, which occupies the upper floor
of the building, employs 20 locals—it’s

a hardware manufacturer of network
equipment. Robin notes that the project
was designed to provide the public and
GC employees a nice place to relax,
enjoy town and to improve the image
of California Street. The park is divided
by a wrought iron fence and includes
pergolas, benches, a walking path and a
dog water fountain!

Scheffel's Shuffle

Linda and Bill Graham were hard at
work preparing for the reopening of
Scheffel's Toys on February 4!
During January, they remodeled much
of the store and downsized it to better fit
their lifestyle. Linda noted, the store will
also soon be carrying a wider array of
souvenirs, gift bags & wrap and some fun

new products for the older crowd. The
ever-popular store will still carry their
primary lines but without $100+ items as in
years past. New store hours have changed
to Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm
and Sunday, Noon-4:00pm.
See ad on page 26.

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1641 Arnold Lane • 4BR • 2.5BA • 3588 SF

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Jacksonville

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News From Britt Hill

by Donna Briggs, Britt President & CEO

A

s we enter
the New
Year,
Britt welcomes
Jacksonville’s
three newest City
Council members: Ken Gregg, Brad
Bennington and Jim Lewis. As volunteers,
the City Council works tirelessly with
the city’s administrative staff and
citizens to provide a framework for the
ongoing operations of the City. As I have
participated in many proceedings over the
past several years, I’ve observed that the
Jacksonville City Council members strive
to be responsive to their constituents
while acting in the best interest of the
city as a whole. Much of their work is
tedious, stressful and controversial. The
City Council members are entrusted with
the privilege and challenge of helping
improve Jacksonville for the betterment
of all its residents and they do a great job.
The City of Jacksonville is fortunate to
have such high-caliber citizens willing to
work for free on behalf of our town. We
thank them for their leadership.
We are pleased to announce the return
of the String Quartet Academy (SQA)!
The SQA will take place July 27-August
1, and is designed for intermediate to
advanced violin, viola and cello students,
ages 13-18. The Academy will be taught
by the Dover Quartet, who has become
an in-demand ensemble after their
sweep of the 2013 Banff International
String Quartet Competition. The New
Yorker recently dubbed them, “the
young American string quartet of the
moment.” The Dover Quartet also has ties
to southern Oregon, as cellist Camden
Shaw grew up in Ashland. The Academy

will include a week of intensive study,
including ensemble rehearsals, master
classes, quartet coaching sessions and
more. For a full description of the String
Quartet Academy, including tuition costs
and application information, visit brittfest.
org/stringquartet or call 541-690-3852.
As a reminder, Britt can’t do what it
does without the support of our local
businesses. One way a business can do
that is by becoming a Business Partner.
Our Business Partners receive numerous
marketing benefits, which ensure high
visibility to a distinctive audience. A
Britt Business Partnership provides
season-long recognition through all Britt
advertising and promotional materials. In
addition, their business will be featured
at a performance of their selection which
will spotlight their company’s brand.
This offers high visibility via banner
placement at the Britt venue, an ad in
the performance program, and on-stage
recognition. In addition, all Business
Partners receive tickets, which are an
excellent way to reward employees
and entertain clients. If you would like
more information about this investment
opportunity, please contact Bobby
Abernathy at 541-690-3857.
As we enter 2015, I would like
to personally thank the wonderful
community of Jacksonville for opening
up your arms and embracing our live
performances, our incomparable classical
festival and our dynamic education
programs. Stayed tuned for our Classical
Season Announcement on February 5!
Comments or questions for Britt Festivals?
Email Donna at ed@brittfest.org. Visit Britt
Festivals at www.brittfest.org.

Kiwanis Honors Students of the Month

Oysters & Ale

...& other good February things
Join us in the Bella Saloon & on the heated patio every
Thursday for free beer tastings & $1 BBQ Oysters!

February O +A
5:
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Sierra Nevada
Three Creeks
Lost Coast
Two Kilts

Valentine’s Day
Saturday, February 14th

Wine & Dine your Valentine at the Bella~
♥ Reservations taken for parties of 6 or more
♥ Special dining room upstairs, with lots of additional
cozy tables for 2, plus romantic live harp played
by Mary Vanice... & listen to L.E.F.T. in the bar after
♥ Don’t forget - call-ahead seating will shorten
your wait for a table!

Lunch Monday through Saturday ✪ Sunday Brunch ✪ Dinner & Cocktails Nightly
170 W. California St., Jacksonville

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For the month of November 2014, the
the process of finding a college that will suit
Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville honored
him best both athletically and academically.
Cameron English. His parents are Rob
Matthew Cramer, a senior at South
and Sandi English of
Medford High School, was
Medford. Cameron
honored as Student of the
is a senior at South
Month for December 2014
Medford High School,
by the Kiwanis Club of
and carries a 3.785
Jacksonville.
grade point average.
Matthew is the son of
Some of the subjects
Joseph and Linda Cramer
he has been taking
of Medford, and carries a
include Honors Pre4.0 grade point average. He
calculus, Algebra 2
enjoys languages, having
Honors, Anatomy &
taken three years of Spanish
Physiology, Spanish
and two of French. He has
3, Honors Geometry,
majored in math with courses
Honors Biology, World
in Geometry, Algebra, Preand American Studies,
calculus, and two of Calculus.
Physical Science, and
Other courses include
Sports Medicine.
Biology, Chemistry and
He is very active in
Physical Science.
Cameron English with
athletics, particularly
He has a wide variety of
Kiwanis' Dave Wilson
in Varsity Basketball.
activities. Athletically, he
He was Player of the Game at last year’s
participates in Cross Country and Track,
State Championship games. He also has
and he enjoys the Adventure Club where
played on the freshman and JV Baseball
they go on hikes and go camping.
teams. His leadership skills have included
He is very involved in community
CHAMPS Leadership and LINK Leader,
service helping with Jacksonville
advising a group of freshman students. He Cemetery tours, Medford Gospel Mission
worked with the Kids Ministry
food service,
at Rogue Valley Fellowship, and
and as kettle
helped coach a sixth-grade AAU
counter for
basketball team last year.
the Salvation
He hopes to maintain his
Army. He spent
current GPA through graduation,
a month down
and go on to college and play
in Mexico
basketball. He plans to study
through his
nursing and get his Bachelor of
church at an
Science degree in Nursing. He
orphanage,
hopes to have a career in nursing
helping
after graduation.
bathe and
The main influences in his
feed severely
life have been his parents and
handicapped
Matthew Cramer with
his basketball coach, Dennis
children and
Kiwanis' Dave Wilson
Murphy. His parents have helped
adults.
him further his success as a person
He plans to pursue a doctorate in a high
in his schooling, athletics, and most
level engineering program at college. He
importantly, when he goes out on his own feels that Russell Miller, his math and
in college and a career afterward.
physics teacher, has been a big influence
Coach Murphy has helped him become a
in his life and has pushed him to reach his
good player and continues to help him with highest potential.

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The Unfettered Critic

by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann
with a little help from their
(female) friends. . .

Amy Adams in Big Eyes

for indecency. Their relationship is at
the heart of this tale of how Turing’s
project helped win the war for the Allied
forces. In the process, Turing laid the
– SUNSET MAGAZINE
groundwork for the computer that we’re
now writing this column on.
VISIT ONE OF OUR TASTING ROOMS &
Big Eyes shows us the ways of
OREGON’S FIRST VERMENTINO
huckster Walter Keane (Christoph
Waltz), the super salesman behind
those phenomenally successful—but
artistically dreadful—portraits of bigeyed waifs that glutted the art market
during the 1950’s
and 1960’s. The
waifs gave Keane
worldwide name
recognition and
made him a
millionaire—yet he
never laid a brush
on any of “his”
paintings. They
were the work of
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(Amy Adams).
Why she allowed
herself to be
robbed of the fame
that she deserved
makes this a story worth seeing. Big Eyes
is colorful and the paintings are a hoot;
plus, this is director Tim Burton’s most
straightforward movie.
The Theory of Everything invites
audiences into the life of physicist
Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne),
Jewelry and gifts with meaning.
who envisioned a single, allencompassing, coherent framework of
physics that fully explains and links
together all physical aspects of the
universe. Whew. We can barely say
that, let alone understand it. Diagnosed
with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at
the age of 21, Hawking—whose mind
remains unimpaired—was encouraged to
continue his pursuit of infinity’s secrets
by his devoted wife Jane (Felicity Jones).
Jane bravely took on the increasingly
difficult task of tending to his physical
needs while caring for their three young
children. Redmayne delivers an amazing
performance as he gradually transforms
into the twisted figure of the man we’ve
Jacksonville
Ashland
all seen in photographs and television
Ashland
Jacksonville
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appearances. Hawking is worthy of all
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the admiration you can muster, yet in the
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full degree in mathematics because, at
the time, the university granted degrees
only to men. Clarke became friends with
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Digging Jacksonville – Artifacts 4:
Chinese Bone Dice
by Sage King

Pioneer Profiles:
Gin Lin – Prominent Mine Boss, Contract
Labor Broker, and Businessman
by Carolyn Kingsnorth
In the mid-1800s, the promise of gold and free land lured fortune seekers and settlers to the
newly-formed Oregon Territory. They were soon followed by merchants who amassed their own
wealth selling supplies to the miners and farmers. This ongoing series shares the stories of these
pioneers and their times.

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n October, 2013, the Southern
interact with the larger, Euro-American,
Oregon University Laboratory of
community in Jacksonville. Gaming
Anthropology (SOULA) excavated
was not only a social activity for the
a Chinese house in the historic Chinese
Chinese immigrants in Jacksonville, but
Quarter of Jacksonville which burnt down also a profession. The 1870 Jacksonville
in 1888. During the excavation, a large and Census recorded seven Chinese men
rich artifact assemblage was recovered,
as having the occupation of “gambler.”
which included seven bone dice, along
Their ages ranged from 24 to 52 and
with other gaming paraphernalia. A single
three of the seven had a personal estate
bone dice was also recovered
listed of between 200 and
along California Street during
400 dollars, which today
To find out
a 2004 excavation.
equates to between $3,500
more about
As an anthropology student
and $7,100. These men
archaeology in
involved with SOULA, I had
would have played dice
the opportunity to clean and
or other popular gambling
the Jacksonville
analyze the collection of dice
games in either a gambling
Chinese Quarter
found in the 2013 assemblage.
hall or the back room of a
you can check out store. Both Euro-American
Information gathered from
a display running and Chinese patrons would
these dice was also shared
all month in
with a scholar from UC
have frequented these
Davis, who is using them
establishments.
the Jacksonville
in his research on dice from
These seven dice
Library, and hear
around the world. The seven
provide insight into the
a talk about the
Jacksonville dice range in size
often overlooked social,
research Saturday, leisure, and economic
from .25 inches to .33 inches,
making them smaller than
aspects of the daily lives
February 7th at
what we are familiar with
of Chinese immigrants
1:00pm in the
today. All the dice have their
in the nineteenth century
library's Naversen American West. While
numbers oriented with the
Room.
one across from the six, the
history books frequently
two across from the five, and
glorify the Wild West
the three across from the four, like modern with stories of gambling cowboys, the
European dice. The One is much larger
social activities of the minorities in the
than the other numbers, and on four of the
community are often omitted or vilified.
dice it is painted red along with the Four
Archaeological assemblages, like the
side. The rest of the dice do not have any
one found in the Chinese Quarter, help
of the numbers painted red, or they were
us to better understand the lives of the
too damaged to tell.
many undocumented people living in
These dice would have been used both
Jacksonville during the nineteenth century.
to play traditional Chinese and EuroExcavations in the Jacksonville Chinese
American dice games. These games were
Quarter were funded by the Oregon
used as a way for Chinese immigrants
Department of Transportation and the
to socialize with each other, and
City of Jacksonville.
Sage King is a McNair Scholar and graduated Magna
Cum Laude from SOU in December of 2014 with her B.S.
in Anthropology. She did her senior thesis on a collection
of gaming pieces, including the dice, recovered from the
Jacksonville Chinese Quarter Site in 2013. You can reach
SOULA by contacting Chelsea Rose at rosec@sou.edu and
follow SOULA on facebook/Southern Oregon University
Laboratory of Anthropology.

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s Jacksonville celebrates
Chinese New Year this
month, we should not lose
sight of the original “welcome” given
Chinese immigrants when they first
arrived in Oregon in the 1850s.
Jackson County greeted the Chinese
with a $2-per month Chinese mining
tax levied in 1857 and doubled
in 1858, and Oregon included a
provision in its original 1857 state
constitution stating that “no Negro,
Chinaman, or Mulatto shall have the
right of suffrage.” No non-white was
allowed to testify against a white
settler until 1862, and when Chinese
residents were eventually given voting
privileges, they were charged a $5
poll tax. Chinese engaged in trading
were charged $50 per month for the
privilege. Chinese miners and laborers
were beaten, bullied, and even killed
while the law and the courts looked
the other way.
Despite this institutionalized
discrimination, Chinese men came by
the thousands, lured by tales of “Gold
Mountain.” Some may have drifted
to Oregon from California on their
own, but most arrived under contract to
Chinese labor bosses who then farmed
them out to work for white mine owners.
One such prominent Chinese mine
boss was Gin Lin. He apparently left
China shortly after gold was discovered
in California in 1849. By the 1860s, he was
in Oregon. Despite state laws prohibiting
Chinese property ownership, Lin was able
to purchase a claim in 1864 on the Little
Applegate River at the mouth of Sterling
Creek for $900. He subsequently leased
or purchased other “played out” placer
mines in the vicinity from white men who
had already taken out the easy gold.
Soon many of the laborers Gin had
previously contracted to other mine
owners came to work for him. Local
legend credits him with founding the old
mining ghost town of Buncom to house
his Sterling Creek mining crew.
Gin was an honest and fair mine owner,
even helping some of his men purchase
their own claims and insuring their claims
were legally recorded and the proper
taxes paid. As a result, Lin’s crew was
willing to work hard for him. When the
placer gold was depleted, they began
excavating for gold in old stream beds
long since buried in adjacent hillsides. To
make the effort profitable, Gin introduced
hydraulic mining to Southern Oregon.
Hydraulic mining depends on a reliable
water source. Gin’s crews dug hundreds
of miles of ditches to divert water from
the Applegate River and larger streams
through a series of wooden boxes and
pipes until it built up sufficient pressure
to blast exposed hillsides, sending rock,
gravel, and dirt through a series of
sluice boxes, separating the gold from
the silt and rubble. This legacy can
still be seen today in various regional
trail systems—the most notable being
the China Ditch Trail and the Gin Lin
Mining Trail, the latter still showing
remnants of Gin’s complex water system
and expensive equipment.
Through industry and ingenuity, Gin
Lin and his mining company began
to play an important role in Southern
Oregon’s economy. It also helped Gin
amass a fortune. He reportedly took out
over $2 million in gold from his various
mining claims and had an account worth
over $1 million in Cornelius Beekman’s
Jacksonville bank.
Gin was well liked by Beekman, and
also became friends with several other
prominent business leaders, including

pioneer photographer Peter Britt,
attorney Wes Kahler; and cabinetmaker
David Linn.
David Linn’s son, Fletcher, described
the Chinese businessman in his book,
Memories: “Gin Lin was a large, robust
character, not at all like the ‘Coolie’ or
laboring Chinese who constituted the
laboring force in his operations…. On
one of his visits to ‘China Town,’ he
came across the street to meet father, and
introduced himself as ‘Gin Lin…Dave
Linn’s cousin,’ and he and father became
quite good friends.”
Unlike many of his contemporaries,
Gin Lin discarded his pigtail queue,
wore Western dress, and spoke English.
He loved to drive his buggy with a high
stepping horse around Jacksonville.
He also went to great lengths to keep
good relations with the white people
of the community, even employing
several white men in his mines. He
shut down his mining operations
during summer months so that farmers
could use his ditch water for irrigation.
And when a Native American burial
was exposed, he would order the area
to be left undisturbed.
Gin did return periodically to China,
each time bringing a beautiful new
young “wife” back with him. He would
then sell her predecessor to one of his
workers. Gin Wye, born in Jacksonville,
was the son of Gin’s youngest and last
wife, Gen Shen.
No one knows exactly what became
of Gin Lin. When his Little Applegate
mining operations played out in the
1870s, he purchased additional claims
in the Palmer Creek drainage on the
Applegate River. Around 1885, he
moved on to Josephine County and
no longer merited attention from the
Jacksonville press.
Gin Lin disappeared from Oregon in
the 1880s. One story says that he sold
all his Oregon holdings and returned to
China in 1894 where he was murdered for
his money. Another story says he lived
in China with his wife and son for three
years before passing away in 1897.
Pioneer Profiles is a project of Historic
Jacksonville, Inc., a non-profit whose mission
is helping to preserve Jacksonville’s Historic
Landmark District by bringing its buildings
to life through programs and activities. Visit
us at www.historicjacksonville.org and follow
us on Facebook (historicjville) for upcoming
events and more Jacksonville history.

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Chinese New Year Celebration
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

NOT TO MISS!
8AM Rambunctious 5K Fun Run

Under the leadership of our new Race
Director Becky Grebosky, this family
friendly run starts at the Bigham Knoll
Campus. Get healthy and get moving.
Advance registration recommended: visit
our website www.socca.us for entry form
and complete instructions.

10:30AM Chinese New Year Parade

Lions, dragons, gongs, local students,
pep bands and community groups will
be joined by SOU Raiders, the 2014 NAIA
National Football Champions, to welcome
the Year of the Ram. The procession will
also introduce lions danced by students
from SOCCA’s Lion Dance Clinic. Parade
begins at the intersection of Oregon Street
and Main Street in downtown Jacksonville.
Community groups are welcome to strut
their stuff. Visit our website www.socca.us
for entry form and instructions. Sponsored
by U.S. Bank.

12PM-12:45PM (repeats at: 1PM)
“Oodles of Noodles”

Cooking Demonstration and Sampling:
Yvonne Chong from Your Cup of Tea in San
Francisco, will demonstrate how to make
Chinese inspired noodles with everyday
ingredients from your pantry. This will be
presented at the Bella Union Restaurant
& Saloon, Second Floor, 170 W. California
St. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at
the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce,
or at the door if available.

11:30AM-1PM Brush Calligraphy 書法
Unique to Asian cultures: the ink,
flexibility of brush, and absorptivity of
the rice paper, produce an infinite variety
of styles and forms and often thought to
reveal the character of one’s personality.
Fuyou Long 龍伏佑, graduate of Wuhan
University and People’s University in
China and a published author will give an
introduction and demonstration, in the
Naversen Room at the Jacksonville City
Library.
11:30AM-12:30PM Astrology: “The
Year of the Wood Ram”

In the Chinese Zodiac calendar, if you were
born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991
or 2003, you would be a ‘ram.’ Fairness,
compromise, and the arts are coming back
in style. So what’s the year like for you?

FEBRUARY 7, 2015 JACKSONVILLE, OR

Ken Bendat, Chinese scholar and doctor
of Chinese medicine, reveals amusing
and insightful perspectives of the year to
come. At Old City Hall, corner of Main and
Oregon St.

12PM-2PM Kenpo kungfu

Grandmaster Sijo 師祖 David Day of Shui
Bing Fa 水冰法 Kenpo Kungfu returns to
teach this very popular class. It was so
well received in past years that he will
be extending this program as a two hour
participatory seminar. Come, enjoy and
learn valuable self defense skills at the
Historic Presbyterian Church Fellowship
Hall (downstairs), 405 E. California St.

1PM-2PM Archaeology of the
Jacksonville Chinese Quarter

Chelsea Rose will be talking about the
site, artifact conservation efforts, new
discoveries and much more. Check out
the latest discoveries by SOU staff and
students working on the large artifact
assemblage from Jacksonville’s Chinese
Quarter. This presentation will be in the
Naversen Room at the Jacksonville City
Library. Artifacts from the excavation will
also be on display as a month long exhibit
in the Jacksonville library front entrance.

1PM-2PM Chinese Medicine

Acupuncturist and herbalist Ken Bendat
will discuss how and why the ancient art
and science of using needles and herbs is
experiencing a renaissance world wide both as an alternative and complement to
modern medicine. Location - Old City Hall,
corner of Main and Oregon St.

2PM-3PM “Searching for Gold
Mountain”

12:30PM-1:30PM (repeats at 1:30PM)
Movie Screening: “Lotus”

Enjoy this award-winning short film
by Peabody Award winner and Oscar
nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong.
“Lotus” is a fictional film set in the Toisan
village of Kay Lok. The story is about a
woman in 1914 China with bound feet
who must make a life changing choice
while her husband is in America. Film runs
27 minutes. Kathy Greene, will present
a brief introduction on the practice of
foot-binding; an ancient Chinese custom
originated by the upper class and adopted
as a symbol of beauty. Location - Historic
Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (upstairs),
405 E. California St.

1:30PM-2:30PM Secret Love in Peach
Blossom Land

A talk and a display by Oregon
Shakespeare Festival about their
upcoming U.S. Premiere presentation.
Internationally acclaimed Taiwanese
playwright Stan Lai will direct his 1986
masterpiece, as two tales intertwine in a
retelling of a Chinese fable and a poignant
story of a separated couple because
of China’s 1949 revolution. At Historic
Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (upstairs),
405 E. California St.

The Chinese of Jacksonville presented
by historian Larry Smith. In 1851, the
“Gold First Found Here” mining site is
as important to the cultural history of
Jacksonville and the people of Oregon as
the 1848 Sutter’s Mill gold discovery is to
the people and history of California. This
will be presented at the Naversen Room
in the Jacksonville City Library. Weather
permitting, the group will visit the “Long
Tom” Sluice Box that was dedicated
by Jacksonville as a Chinese Memorial
Fountain.

CHILDREN’S
ACTIVITIES
11:30AM-2:30PM
Romp, jump and slide in our Dragon Jump
House set up on the former Jacksonville
(courthouse) Museum grounds (206 N 5th
Street).
“Origami is Folding Fun” - Start with a
square sheet of paper, fold it up to make
animals, airplanes and more! Come as you
can and Origami Master Matthew Medina
will show you that this is fun for people
of all ages, at the Art Presence Gallery,
corner of 5th and ‘D’ Street.
Arts & Crafts - Lantern building, facepainting and many more activities. IOOF
Hall, 175 S. Oregon Street.

FEATURE
PRESENTATION
3PM “Red Panda Acrobats”
紅熊貓雜技

Performed by Wayne Huey from San
Francisco. Characterized by amazing
skills of strength and extraordinary
balance, Chinese Acrobatics was
developed from the annual village
harvest celebrations dating back to
the Western Han dynasty over 2,500
years ago. Mr. Huey received his
professional training at the Fu Hsing
Acrobatic Academy in Taiwan, the
Tai Yuan Acrobatic Troupe and the
Shanghai Circus Schools in China. Don’t
miss the opportunity to see this rare
performance up close and personal. This
program is made possible by a generous
contribution from the Confucius
Classroom at St. Mary’s School.
Opening Acts by Shaolin trained martial
arts teachers at St. Mary’s School and
Ashland High School

Tai Chi Fan Dance 太極扇
performed by Zhang Yan 張琰 and
her students

Shaolin Kung- Fu 少林功夫
performed by Fan Dongfang 范東
方 and his students

Presented at the Bigham Knoll Ballroom,
525 Bigham Knoll Drive. Admission $5.
Advance ticket sales at the Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce or at door, if
available.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT
Pieces of the Past

Artifacts recovered in 2013 by the
Southern Oregon University Laboratory
of Anthropology (SOULA) at the
Jacksonville Chinese Quarter site.
The exhibit will be geared towards
illustrating the ways in which artifacts
can shed light on daily life for the
Chinese residents in 1880s. The Chinese
Quarter excavations were funded by
the City of Jacksonville and the Oregon
Department of Transportation. Hosted
at the Jacksonville Library foyer display,
on exhibition until Feb.28.

YEAR OF THE RAM 2015
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Hanley Farm. In response to the alarming
population crash of the iconic monarch
butterfly throughout North America
over the last ten years, a small group
of concerned local citizens
began establishing Monarch
Waystations throughout the
Rogue Valley in 2013. Led by
Tom Landis, retired National
Nursery Specialist for the
USDA Forest Service, these
volunteers specifically design
and implement the Monarch
Waystations to have all the
components needed for a healthy monarch
butterfly habitat (food, water, shelter).
This concept started with the University of
Kansas Monarch Watch program in 2005
and there are now over 9,000 registered
waystations across the US.
These striking tropical pollinators
colonize most of temperate North
America in the warmer months through
an extensive migration of 1000-2000 miles
to overwintering sites in Mexico and the
Southern California coast. Annual counts
at overwintering sites have documented
severe declines of up to 90% in some
areas, which are attributed primarily to
habitat loss. As amazingly hardy and
adaptive as these tiny marvels seem, they
cannot survive without a very specific
habitat for breeding and overwintering.
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the ability to improve, restore, and create
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America, there are two widely-distributed
species in our region, showy milkweed
and narrowleaf milkweed. As
the name implies, milkweed
was traditionally considered
an undesirable weed that was
sprayed or mowed. However,
milkweed is essential to the
survival of the monarch
butterfly, as it is the only
food source for monarch
caterpillars!
We are excited to join the thousands of
monarch waystations across the country!
We hope our garden will not only help
provide a safe habitat for monarch
butterflies during their breeding season,
but also to educate and inspire others in
our local community to do the same. Our
waystation is starting as a 12’ x 30’ space
next to our community garden plots. As our
garden becomes more established, we hope
to become a source of free milkweed seeds
for new monarch waystations locally.
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For more information about Hanley Farm
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call 541-773-6536 ext. 1002; and LIKE our
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Road, between Jacksonville and Central Point.

A Beekman House Victorian Christmas
THANK YOU!
Historic Jacksonville, Inc owes a huge
THANK YOU to all of the volunteers
who contributed their time, energy, and
enthusiasm to our Victorian Christmas
celebration at Jacksonville’s 1873 C.C.
Beekman House during all
four December weekends!
During our Victorian
Christmas tours, our
costumed docents
entertained 790 people with
tales of Beekman family
Christmas celebrations
and stories of the Dutch,
German, French, English,
and Scandinavian origins of
Christmas trees, Santa Claus,
caroling, kissing balls—even
how Christmas became a holiday!
Our visitors also shopped “Mrs.
Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar” stocked
with antiques, collectibles, old-fashioned
toys, beautiful hand-crafts, holiday items,
and so much more. We owe another thank
you to the generous community donors
who made it possible!
The 304 individuals who joined us
for our “Boxing Day” weekend after
Christmas also learned how “Boxing
Day” became the traditional time to
provide for the needs of the community’s
less fortunate. Their tour admissions and
canned good donations allowed HJI to
donate 215 pounds of food and checks
totaling $500 to ACCESS, the Jackson
County agency that provides food,
housing, warmth and other essential
services to low income children, families,
seniors, and people with disabilities.
We offer a special thank you to HJI
Board member Stephanie Butler for
recruiting and training all our Victorian
Christmas volunteers, for cleaning and
decorating the house, and for being the
lead docent three of the four weekends;
to Linda Kestner, our greeter every
weekend, our recycler, and our general all
round “go-to” person; to Lynn Ransford
for being “head honcho” and Christmas

“cracker” and gilded walnut maker for
our Christmas Bazaar; to Larry Smith,
who as Jacksonville Town Crier handed
out our flyers to almost everyone visiting
Jacksonville during the season; to Jeanena
Whitewilson for creating
beautiful holiday “swags”
for our gates; and to Whit
Parker, Terry Erdman,
Charley Wilson, and crew
for setting up and taking
down canopies every
weekend to protect our
guests from the weather.
And we extend an
additional thank you to
our visitors who joined us
for our Beekman House
Victorian Christmas, allowing us to share
Christmas traditions and Beekman family
anecdotes, and to showcase this treasured
Jacksonville landmark.
Plan to join us again in 2015 for 1932
Living History tours with Ben and Carrie
Beekman, and for Victorian-themed tours
viewing life in the late 1800s through
the eyes of Jacksonville and the Beekman
family. Topics include Victorian Etiquette,
Medicine, Architecture, Hobbies and Crafts,
Travel, Mourning Rituals, and more—a
completely different tour each month!
The Beekman House is one of
Jacksonville’s only remaining museums,
and we hope that you will be an integral
part of keeping this history of our
community alive. Please ‘like’ us on
Facebook at “historicjville” for weekly
Jacksonville history trivia, and watch
our website (www.historicjacksonville.org)
for updates regarding future events and
volunteer opportunities at this important
historic site. Or you can contact us with
feedback, questions, and suggestions at
info@historicjacksonville.org or 541-245-3650.
Again, many thanks to each and every
one of you who help Historic Jacksonville
bring our community’s history to life!
Best regards, Carolyn Kingsnorth,
President, Historic Jacksonville, Inc.

February 2015

News from the Friends of
Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
by Dirk J. Siedlecki, President – FOJHC
Our Volunteer Efforts are Noticed
and Appreciated—Thanks to all of our
wonderful and dedicated volunteers, 2014
was another very busy and productive
year for the Friends of Jacksonville's
Historic Cemetery. We received a number
of very generous year-end donations that
will help support some major projects that
are being considered for the New Year.
With one of those donations, a note was
included that stated,
"Recently we were at the cemetery to
visit family grave sites. The cemetery
had been in such bad condition; we
were not looking forward to visiting.
What a wonderful surprise to see
workers at the cemetery and to see all
the positive restorations that had been
completed. As a family member we
commend all that you do."
Another read, "Thanks for your
continuing efforts to maintain and
enhance the cemetery grounds.
Enclosed is a donation to continue our
support for 2015."
While we very much appreciate these
donations that allow us to move forward
with restoration and preservation
projects, we also love the feedback letting
us know how we are doing.
Some Very Impressive Numbers and
Accomplishments for 2014:
Community Clean-up Days—82
volunteers contributed 229 hours
cleaning-up the cemetery grounds on
March 15, May 17, and October 4, 2014.
An additional 370 hours were spent
caring for the grounds, in-between
our regular clean-up days, cleaning
Interpretive Panels, the Interpretive
Center, restocking brochures and other
cemetery-related chores.
Marker Cleaning—Volunteers
contributed 202 hours and cleaned a total
of 144 grave markers during 2014. That
was an additional 52 hours and 44 markers
over what was accomplished in 2013.
Marker Restoration and
Preservation—108 hours were dedicated
to restoration of markers, curbing
and other cemetery ornamentation.
Restoration of the Jacob Ish Block has
been completed with the exception of a
top-dressing of pea gravel, which will be
added in the spring. Your donations and
our volunteers made this long-anticipated
project a reality.
Tours—Our Docents provided some
fun and interesting visits to the cemetery
for groups requesting special tours, a
total of 10 during 2014. Additionally, our

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Docents came up with some very creative
and informative topics for our History
Saturday Program. A total of 478 guests
enjoyed one of the special tours or attended
History Saturday. Volunteers contributed
84 hours to staffing these events.
Day of Remembrance—Our Special
event on July 28, 2014, in observance of
the 100th anniversary of the beginning of
World War I was attended by 75 people
with volunteers contributing 24 hours
presenting this program.
Meet the Pioneers—Our 9th
production of this very popular
Jacksonville event was another
tremendous success playing to a sell-out
audience of over 650 people.
Approximately 600 hundred hours of
volunteer time was dedicated to putting
this program on.
If you would like to help and get
involved this year, contact us at info@
friendsjvillecemetery.org or call 541826-9939. Please visit our website at
www.friendsjvillecemetery.org for a
complete listing of all our events and
activities and other information on the
Jacksonville Cemetery.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
for the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic
Cemetery and all our volunteers, thank
you for your continued support and
assistance. We wouldn't be able to do all
that we do in preserving our beautiful
Pioneer Cemetery without you.

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Chamber Chat

Corner of 4th & Main

by Tim Balfour, President
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

News Updates on the Jacksonville
Community Center
by Jeanena Whitewilson

Grateful for Those Who Pitch-In

R

ecently, while I was writing my
It really does take a village…which
father’s obituary and mentioning
reminds me of our Victorian Christmas
the organizations he was
celebration and how that couldn’t happen
involved in and how he spent much of
without the support of the community.
his time, I made the connection with my
Thanks to all who made the parade
own volunteer activities and community
possible – Ed Hunt, CERT volunteers,
involvement. Both my father and
parade marshals and all of the parade
mother set the example of being actively
entrants. Thanks to Larry Smith, the
involved with and improving their
Town Crier for all of the events, and to
community and organizations.
the Presbyterian Church for helping out.
It was never a question of sitting back
Thank you so much to the residents
and taking a passive role. They were
and friends who made donations totaling
always involved
$2500 and to
to varying
our business
degrees in their
sponsors for
church, union,
another $4,000,
and professional
including Burrill
and social
Real Estate,
organizations. I
Pioneer Village,
also realized that
Windemere Van
they were never
Fleet, Umqua
ones to complain
Bank, Jacksonville
about a situation.
Applegate Rotary,
Instead, they
Jacksonville
Volunteers taking down Christmas lights
stepped-up and
Boosters,
worked to improve the situation, and that
Pacific Corp & Blue Sky, Jacksonville
is the example they set for me.
Chiropractic, Jacksonville Review,
I see a lot of my parents in many
Jacksonville Vision and Scheffel’s Toys.
of the people in Jacksonville—people
We estimate that over 4,000 people
who don’t hesitate to step-up when
enjoyed the activities of the celebration
a situation needs improvement. I see
which spanned 5 weekends this year. The
people who pitch-in with the thought
tree-lighting ceremony attracted twice as
that “many hands make light work.”
many participants as last year. And the
So I wanted to say thanks to those
first daytime parade was deemed a success
people who run scout troops, and
by all of those who participated, even
organize the parent-run programs at
some who didn’t like the change in time.
the elementary school. To those who
I’m grateful for all who stepped-up
clean up the cemetery and hang the
and pitched-in.
For information on the Jacksonville
Chinese lanterns and American flags.
Chamber, or to join, please contact the visitors
To those who add character to our town
center at 185 N. Oregon Street, call the
by strolling the sidewalks in historic
office at 541-899-8118 or email chamber@
costume. To those working to maintain a
jacksonvilleoregon.org. Visit the Chamber
thriving art scene and building a stronger
website at JacksonvilleOregon.org.
sense of community.

Rotary News

by Dom Campanella, President
Jacksonville-Applegate Club

T

he
JacksonvilleApplegate
Rotary Club is
off to a busy start in 2015! We’re excited
about our projects and events scheduled
for this year, and we’re ready to roll up
our sleeves and get to work.
Our club is a group of volunteers from
the professional community who belong
to Rotary International, the world’s
largest civic organization, with 1.2 million
women and men, and more than 34,000
clubs in over 140 countries. Rotary is
dedicated to creating better communities.
Our goal is to improve the lives of people
by targeting six areas: promoting peace,
fighting disease, providing clean drinking
water, delivering healthcare to mothers
and children, supporting education, and
growing local economies.
According to the World Health
Organization, 1.8 billion people
use a drinking-water source that is
contaminated and unsafe. Contaminated
water and poor sanitation are linked to
transmission of diseases such as cholera,
dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio.
Children are particularly at risk from waterrelated diseases. That’s why our Rotary club
has made clean-water a primary focus.
We recently sent a team of volunteers
to Guatemala to deliver and install inhome water filtration systems for rural
Mayan families. We’re happy to report
that the effort was a huge success and
demonstrated the positive impact we can
make in communities around the world.
Here at home, we are working with
other Rotary clubs to build a new pavilion
at Blue Heron Park, in Phoenix. We

have also pledged to donate funds to
the Cantrall Buckley Park playground
improvement project, and our members
will donate their time to help install the
new equipment when it arrives.
In 2015, we will continue to focus on
the education of local youth. Once again,
we will provide scholarships to local
college-bound students, and we will
deliver dictionaries to our local third
graders. We also continue to sponsor and
partner with the Interact Club at South
Medford High School. We will send three
local high school sophomores to Camp
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards),
a fantastic leadership development
program run by Rotary.
On February 12, 2015, we will host a
reception to thank local business owners
and operators for their hard work and
contributions to Jacksonville. We hope
you’ll join us for a glass of wine and an
appetizer at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom,
from 5:00-7:00pm.
Finally, we’re thrilled to announce
we have accepted a generous offer from
the Jacksonville Boosters to assign their
annual Garage Sale fundraising project to
our club. Along with our annual Salmon
Bake fundraiser (September 13, 2015), the
Garage Sale should solidify our financial
footing so we can continue to serve the
community at home and abroad.
We invite you to have breakfast with
us at a club meeting, each Thursday, at
7:00am at Bella Union restaurant. Come
see what Rotary is all about!
To learn more about the JacksonvilleApplegate Rotary Club, visit
Jacksonvilleapplegaterotary.org and please
“like” us on Facebook!

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ears of tenacity and fundraising
have paid-off. An energyefficient, 6,000 square foot,
multi-use building for all residents of
Jacksonville, its environs, and visitors is
becoming a reality
at the corner of
Main and Fourth
Streets, near
Doc Griffin Park
and downtown
businesses.
Enormous
gratitude goes
to the dedicated
founders who
have shared many years of their time and
talents with determined community vision
to make this building project happen. The
targeted completion date is 2016.
In January, 2014, the Jacksonville City
Council and Mayor granted a request
for a privately-funded, new Community
Center to be built where the Sampson
House stands. Jacksonville Community
Center, Inc. (JCC) requested and secured a
lot line adjustment between the Miller and
Sampson properties. Also in November
2014, Mayor Paul Becker and JCC
President, Jerry Ferronato signed a 50-year
City land lease with an option for renewal.
The Sampson property was purchased
in 1992 with the City sale of the Telephone
Company building (now Quady North)
and donations totaling $27,551 from
Seniors, Inc., Carpenter Foundation,
Lyons Club, and Vern Bebee, all with
the purpose of constructing a larger
gathering place building. The 2001
Community Center, Inc. was formed with
volunteers remodeling and upgrading the
current building. The little building has
buzzed with activity by many non-profit
organizations, government agencies,
quilters, piano lessons, book clubs,
card games, pioneer history rehearsals,
and holiday decoration and parade
stagings. The 682 square foot building
has become inadequate for the requests
of our growing population and awesome
activities. Chinese New Year’s paper

lanterns fill the two rooms to their limits
before decorating Jacksonville.
JCC has raised dedicated funds
through the promotion of the Celebrate
the Arts Labor Day weekend festival at
the courthouse
grounds. The
non-profit
Jacksonville
Seniors, Inc.
has also raised
dedicated funds
for the new
building through
sales at their
Oregon/Main
Street Thrift Store & Collectibles shop.
This is a joint project to serve all ages.
Approximately one-third of the
funding has been raised to complete the
building project. We are currently seeking
additional funding through foundations,
grants, and private donors. Donations are
gratefully appreciated and accepted by
mailing checks to Jacksonville Community
Center, P.O. Box 1435, Jacksonville, OR
97530. The Jacksonville Community Center
is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. All
donations are tax-deductible.
David Byland and Rick Patsche,
both with backgrounds in building,
architecture, and project development,
have joined the project's building team.
We are currently seeking people with
experience in marketing, technology,
finance, or grant writing to join this
energetic project. For more information
contact Jerry at 541-899-3726 or email
jeanena@charter.net.
The next step involves redrawing
of building plans to meet as many
community outreach uses as possible
given buildable space, codes, and
funding. Also scheduled is restructuring
the Board of Directors. Some of our
dedicated founders are ready to pass the
baton and retire.
Watch for construction updates and
personnel announcements in the next
issue of the Jacksonville Review.

News From Jacksonville Planning Department:
Municipal Code Revision Underway

H

by Ian Foster, Planner, City of Jacksonville

appy New Year from the
Jacksonville Planning
Department! Our office had
a busy 2014, and if the first couple of
weeks of the New Year is any indication,
it’s looking like we’ll have an even
busier 2015. As we begin the New Year,
our office is thinking about new and
innovative strategies to improve the
planning process and delivery of services.
We want to ensure that the planning
system is user-friendly, protects our
National Historic Landmark District, and
adheres to the exceptional quality of life
that is so important to the community.
One way we are working to improve
the planning process is through a rewrite
of the Jacksonville Municipal Code. The
current code served the community
reasonably well for the past thirty or so
years. However, with the recent uptick
in building activity within the City, we
recognize that we need a more efficient
and user-friendly planning process. To
that end, we need a code that will allow
for a smoother, and more streamlined
process. Our goal is to develop a code that
preserves Jacksonville’s quality of life,
reflects the best planning practices and
processes, and compliments the fact that
our city is growing.
To rewrite the code, the City has
been working for over two years with
a Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC),

local engineers, surveyors, certified
arborists and members of the Planning
Commission, the Historic Commission
and the City Council to evaluate
nearly every word of the aging code
language. The end result will be a code
that will protect our National Historic
Landmark District, adhere to the City’s
Comprehensive Plan, and make the
planning process easier to navigate and
easier to interpret.
The Draft Code should be available in
the next few months for public review.
The community will have an opportunity
to submit feedback both via email, by
letter or in-person at a series of open
houses and during oral testimony at
public hearings. Collaboration with the
community is key to developing a code
that works. Your feedback is crucial as
we move forward with the process. We
hope that you’ll find the new code to be
intuitive, graphically useful, consistent,
and easy to understand. We look forward
to sharing the results in the near future.
If you ever have questions, or
comments about how the Planning
Department can improve our services,
please don’t hesitate to email planner@
jacksonvilleor.us, call 541-899-6873 or come
visit our office located in the Hanley
Building on the Historic Courthouse
grounds on North 5th Street.

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A Few Minutes with the Mayor

City Snapshot

by Paul Becker

Not-So-Idle Thoughts

B

efore beginning this first column
of the year, I wish to thank
the editor/ publisher of this
newspaper who approached me four
years ago with the offer to write my own
column, promising to allow me total
freedom to write whatever I felt like.
Now I ask you, what observer of the
daily passing parade could resist such an
offer? Certainly not yours truly! And... to
give him credit, Whit Parker has kept his
word. It has been a privilege to write this
column... one I truly appreciate.
Having said that, I was given a sharp
reminder the other day about how
people may react to what I do write.
Apparently, I was critical of someone
who seemed shocked that I would write
about them the way I did. I could have
written more... but evidently what I did
write was obvious, at least to this person.
Understanding the power of words, I was
hardly surprised... but I was also pleased,
because the author in me celebrated the
discovery that someone was reading my
column at all.
So what was my sin? Simply put...
to possess a fervor and belief that the
presence of Britt in our community is a
blessing and a priceless asset we should
all support. And I shall continue in that
belief. Perhaps a little background will
explain my attitude.
A century ago, World War I began
in Europe. Knowing Turkey would be
involved, my uncles took my 16-year-old
Turkish father to Constantinople where
they trained him to be a barber, and then
put him on a ship bound for America in
the hope he would avoid the war. Once
on that ship, like so many millions before
and after him, he was never again to see
his brothers or his parents. But what
happened when he arrived in America
was so improbable it defied all odds.
Arriving in America, he found himself
drafted into the U.S. Army once the
country went to war with the Axis Powers
which included Turkey. Before he could
be shipped overseas he was stricken with
the deadly 1918 flu pandemic. This plague
killed over 100 million people... most of
them young adults such as my father.
Though it took him six months to recover,
he was one of the lucky survivors.

Now comes the improbable part of
this story. The war over, my father
settled in Syracuse, New York where
he met and dated my mother. Here
was an uneducated, illiterate, Moslem
immigrant from an enemy country,
dating a white Baptist young woman
in her third year at the Eastman
College of Music with the goal of
becoming an orchestral harpist. No
two people could be more different... in
background, education, or culture. Yet,
the differences paled in their attraction
to each other... much to the dismay
of her family. They married, moved
to New York City, and took up life in
that city crowded with immigrants
from not only overseas but transplants
from surrounding states, young people
seizing opportunity in the "big city"
rather than their hometown.
My mother may have given up her
dreams of becoming a harpist, but she
never surrendered her love of music.
Growing up, I found myself dragged to
every piano and harp recital at Town
Hall or Carnegie Hall... every symphonic
concert at Randall's Island, Central Park
Mall, and the Museum of American
History for free orchestral concerts almost
every week. From Bach to Beethoven,
from Grieg to Gershwin, there I was,
soaking it all in... admittedly sometimes
against my will, but catching every
musical nuance issuing forth from some
of the greatest musicians in the world.
In spite of my reluctance, my mother
succeeded, for I have lived a life devoted
to the proposition that a culture without
art or music is not just the poorer, but
devoid of any soul. I've also tried to pass
that along to my own children in their
early years, by taking them to concert
after concert at the Hollywood Bowl and
the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
So... the bottom line is... I make NO
apology for anything I've ever said
concerning my support of Britt. We are
indeed BLESSED to have this venue in
our midst. The real losers are those who
would voice a certain support while
their actions belie their words. It's worth
repeating, without the performing arts,
we have no soul.

CITY OF JACKSONVILLE OFFICE HOURS
CITY OFFICE
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:00pm

MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm

541-899-1231 • www.jacksonvilleor.us
PLANNING DEPARTMENT HOURS
Direct #: 541-899-6873
Now located behind Courthouse!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
& Friday 8:30am-2:00pm
Wednesday: Closed to Public

Submit all applications
& pick-up all permits:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8:30am-12noon
Planning Director Available
for Drop-In Consultation:
Monday & Thursday,
11:00am-1:00pm

JACKSONVILLE CITY SCHEDULE
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, February 3, 6:00pm (OCH)
PLANNING COMMISSION: Wednesday, February 11, 6:00pm (OCH)
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, February 17, 6:00pm (OCH)
HARC HEARING OFFICER: Wednesday, February 18, 10:00am (OCH)
HARC: Wednesday, February 25, 6pm (OCH)
Location Key: OCH - Old City Hall (S. Oregon & Main) CH - Courthouse
CC - Community Center (160 E. Main Street) NVR - Naversen Room
(Jacksonville Library) FH - Fire Hall (180 N. 3rd St. @ C) EOC - Emergency
Ops Center at Police Station

Congratulations to Jim Lewis, Ken Gregg and Brad Bennington (l-r) who were
sworn-in as our newly-elected City Councilors on January 6, 2015!
City Council January 6, 2015—Mayor
Paul Becker began the first meeting of
the New Year by breaking with tradition
when he invited Pastor Larry Jung of
Jacksonville Presbyterian Church to open
the meeting with a prayer and invocation.
Council agreed to place an emergency
item on the agenda at the request of Britt
Festivals CEO Donna Briggs. Council
later voted unanimously in favor of
allowing Britt Festivals to open the 2015
season on May 28 to accommodate a
“to-be-announced” act that just became
available. Briggs reminded council that
according to the CUP with the city and
Jackson County, such allowances are
permitted from May-September.
Newly-promoted City Recorder Kim
Kerneen swore-in newly-elected City
Councilors Jim Lewis, Ken Gregg and Brad
Bennington. After taking the oath of office
and being formally seated, the council then
elected Councilor David Jesser as Council
President. The Council President serves in
the absence of the Mayor.
Mayor Becker announced that he had
appointed the following councilors to
the following committee/commission
chair posts: Brad Bennington, Planning
Commission. David Jesser, Cemetery
Commission & Parking Commission. Ken
Gregg, Public Safety Commission. Criss
Garcia, Parks Committee. Jocie Wall, Bed
Tax Committee.
Council then appointed Jim Whitlock to
fill a Planning Commission vacancy after
a drawn-out discussion over the “pitfalls”
of filling the commission with citizens
with ties to the development and real
estate professions.
The main event of the evening was a
2+ hour public hearing involving a Land
Use Board of Appeals remand over a
recently-constructed parking lot on the
Britt Festival Grounds. The appellant,
Carol Knapp, opened the hearing with a
request that councilors with bias not take
part in the hearing. Ms. Knapp accused
Mayor Becker of having clear bias, based
on a recent column in the Jacksonville
Review in which the mayor wrote that
in his opinion, Britt kept Jacksonville
on the map. After polling his council,
Mayor Becker recused himself from the
hearing at which point Council President
Jesser presided over the remainder of the
meeting. Additionally, newly-sworn-in
councilor Gregg also recused himself
to avoid the appearance of conflict of
interest. Gregg disclosed that he and

his partner receive a limited number of
Britt tickets in exchange for Britt using a
portion of their property for employee
parking.
With Council President David Jesser at
the helm, council held a public hearing.
The following is provided for context and
as a summary of the proceedings:
On March 26, 2014 the Historic and
Architectural Review Commission
(HARC) approved File No. 2014-20, a
Certificate of Appropriateness application
to pave an existing parking lot located at
305 S. First Street. The HARC’s decision
was appealed to the City Council. On
April 28, 2014 the City Council affirmed
the HARC’s approval. An appeal of the
City’s decision was filed to the Land Use
Board of Appeals (LUBA). The petitioner
is Carol Knapp and the applicant is
the Peter Britt Gardens Music and Arts
Festival, Inc. The LUBA final order, dated
October 14, 2014, stated that four of the
petitioner’s five grounds for appeal were
denied. One was sustained, in part, and
the decision was remanded back to the
City for further consideration on that
point. LUBA determined that remand is
necessary for the City to adopt findings
addressing the City of Jacksonville
Development Code (“JDC”) 18.20.040(A),
and to provide any interpretations and
factual determinations necessary to
resolve whether the application complies
with JDC 18.20.040(A) as stated below.
Most older small towns like
Jacksonville seem like a natural part of
the landscape. This is for good reason;
except for major engineering feats such as
railroads, mass grading was impractical
and uneconomical. Homes and other
buildings had to be fitted to the existing
landforms. The result was a more natural
landscape. Therefore, existing landforms
shall be retained to the greatest extent
possible by limiting the cut-and-fill
disturbance area to within twenty-five
(25’) horizontal feet of foundations or
twenty (20’) horizontal feet from the edge
of the shoulder of driveways and roads.
At the City Council meeting on January 6,
2015 the City made the following decision:
The application is in compliance with
18.20.040(A). The findings presented by
the applicant’s engineer and City staff
provided the factual evidence necessary
to determine that the parking lot is a
structure with a foundation, and the
foundation is within 25 horizontal feet
from the cut and fill disturbance area.

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

November 16, 2014 to January 13, 2015
Call Type – Total Calls
Abandoned Auto - 1
Alarm - 11
Animal Complaint - 13
Assault - 3
Assist - Other Gov't/
Law Enforcement
Agencies - 142
Assist Public - 376
City Ordinance - 2

Civil - 6
Disorderly Conduct - 2
Domestic - 4
DUII - 1
Fraud - 3
Fugitive - 1
Larceny/Theft - 5
Missing Person - 2
Motor Vehicle Crash - 1

Noise - 2
Property Found - 3
Property Lost - 2
Public Safety - 6
Repossession - 1
Suspicious - 19
Traffic/Roads All - 6
Vandalism - 1

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Jacksonville Review

Letter to the Editor: U.S. Hotel Condition
The old U. S. Hotel may, indeed, have
condition problems, as identified in the
front page article by Tony Boom on the
old brick lady and her structural issues as
alleged by concerned citizen Larry Smith
in the Wednesday, January 14 issue of
the Medford Tribune. They are not likely
unique to the
hotel, however.
Doubtless some
deterioration
exists, as it does
in all the old
buildings in
Jacksonville,
especially the
brick ones. The
hotel is not
alone in this,
and despite our
city’s history of dedicated preservation,
similar negative conditions exist
throughout our stock of old brick
buildings. Unfortunately, although the
authority to force correction of these
exists in our preservation code, Title 18,
and in applicable case law, the will to
force conformance has never “matured”
here. We have so far depended upon
the goodwill of owners and operators,
with the result that the most common
improvement attempted on our ancient
brick structures has been repointing of
masonry joints. The material exception
is the voluntary engineered stabilization
of the foundation at Scheffel’s Toys
at California and Oregon Streets (the
old M3 Brothers Store), accomplished
with some support from the HARC by
its grant of assistance from the city’s
Historic Preservation Fund. Several
thousand dollars have been granted
from the HPF over the last several years
for the aforementioned repointing of
other brick buildings and sundry other
improvements of structures around town.
As mentioned in Boom’s piece, the
County of Jackson owns the building, and
is the most financially capable resource
the city could look to for correction
of any deficiencies, especially those
resulting from deferred maintenance.
The problem is so common in this
city, however, that they should not
be singled out as a whipping boy for
failure to correct deficiencies. Insofar as
the HARC is concerned, its purview is
limited to exterior appearance and only
those related conditions detrimental
to a building’s structural integrity,
especially those endangering public
safety—when they are specifically known.
The HARC is not itself charged with
actively identifying otherwise unknown
detrimental conditions outside requests
for assistance from owner-applicants for

monetary grants to assist with the cost
of improvements, or specific complaints
formally filed with the city by a citizen. The
city itself lacks any consistent mechanism
for pre-emptively identifying and
pursing complaints of “demolition by
neglect” (the language of the code), and
has no history
to-date of doing
so. If neglect is
egregious, the
city council can
of course resort
to “eminent
domain,” but it
has never (insofar
as this author is
aware) applied
that recourse todate. There exists
a fundamentally derelict wood-frame
historic building here in town which may
be a good candidate for doing so.
The best, most stylistically authentic,
and most stable masonry building in
town is the old County Courthouse, now
owned by the city, and it is in process of
being structurally retrofitted for greater
seismic resistance, and provided with
a fire sprinkler system. It now has an
owner both capable of preserving it and
dedicated to that mission. Via both public
funds and various grants, it will fairly
soon be returned to public occupancy and
community use, the most reliable way to
insure its physical preservation and its
iconic status as a powerful anchor for the
historic imagery of the city.
The U.S. Hotel likely has no more
serious condition issues demanding
urgency than many other structures
in town. The greatest value of the Trib
article may be in drawing attention to
deficiencies in ALL historic buildings
in town, especially the unreinforced
masonry ladies on California Street.
In particular, they all share a singular
liability—leaky stone foundations which
are not likely to perform well in the next
major quake —especially where they
surround basement space. Several of
the buildings are also vulnerable “soft
story” structures with slender first-level
(unreinforced!) brick masonry columns
supporting massive facades.
There currently exists no public nor
private plan for retrofitting any of the
privately owned masonry buildings
against a major seismic event. The cost
of doing so will be high, and whether
there exists the public will to pursue a
remedy which could preserve the heart of
the town against looming demolition at
nature’s hand is an open question.
Gary R. Collins, AIA

Let's Talk Real Estate

by Graham Farran, Expert Properties
Home prices increased 8% in 2014.
What’s to come in 2015?
2014 Recap—2014 was a good year
for the U.S. economy with 3 million
jobs added and the unemployment
rate dropping to 5.6%, the lowest
level since June 2008. We also saw
declining gasoline prices and natural
gas prices in most of the Midwest
and East Coast, all combined with
record low interest rates. There
are still lots of unemployed and
underemployed, especially in markets
like Southern Oregon where we have
such a small job base, but there is also
good news in this area. The United States
lost over 1.6 million manufacturing jobs
in the recession, mainly to China, but
according to Boston Consulting Groups
annual survey, 20% of those companies
who outsourced to China in the last seven
years are now considering bringing those
jobs back to the United States, citing
rising labor and transportation costs.
2014 was also a good year for real estate
in the U.S. and in Jackson County. Median
home prices grew by over 5% in the U.S.
but Jackson County exceeded the average
to grow by 8.1% with the median price of
a home ending at $208,600. Jacksonville’s
median price grew by 8.2% to a median
price of $308,500. Areas dominated by
investors and first time home buyers grew
even faster with West Medford median
prices growing by 22% and White City
median prices growing by 18.8%.
2015 Forecast—To predict what we
will see for the Jackson County Market,
we must first see what is predicted for
the U.S. housing market. For the last two
years we have seen the median price of
homes in Jackson County grow at a faster
pace than the U.S. average; but, will this
continue for 2015?
Freddie Mac predicted that 2015 will
see the highest level of home sales in the
U.S. since 2007 in its newly released U.S.
Economic and Housing Market Outlook
(http://www.freddiemac.com/finance/
ehforecast.html?intcmp=AFEHRMO).
In the report, Freddie Mac looked back
at five key predictions for 2014, how they
fared, and how they will affect housing
and the economy next year. In addition to
home sales, the four other areas examined
were mortgage originations, home values,
rental market, and mortgage rates.
Here is a recap of the report:
• Home Sales: A 4% jump is expected
for home sales up to 5.6 million in
2015, which would be the highest
annual level home sales experienced
since 2007 according to the report.
Home sales and the economy made
a strong comeback for the second
half of 2014, and analysts expect that
recovery to continue on into 2015.
The recent drop in oil prices has been
an unexpected boon for consumers'
pocketbooks and most businesses.
Economic growth has picked up over
the final nine months of 2014 and
lower energy costs are expected to
support growth of about 3 percent for
the U.S. in 2015. Therefore, we expect
the housing market to continue to
strengthen with home sales rising to
their best sales pace in eight years.

• Home Values: Home prices have
increased for 13 straight quarters
resulting in a six year high. Home
values grew at a rate of 4.5 percent,
and in 2015, they are expected to
increase by 4.0 percent, according to
the report.
• Rental Market: Vacancy rates fell to
their lowest level since 2000 in the
last year, and rental markets will
continuing to display low vacancy
rates even with the highest level of
new apartment completions in 25
years.
• Mortgage Rates: 30-year fixed
mortgage rates are expected to
average 4.4 percent in 2015 after
hovering just below 4 percent in
December. The Federal Reserve
announced they will hold the interest
rate until mid-2015 and raise it only
if the economy shows substantial
growth.
• Mortgage Originations: Following
months of talk and speculation,
both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
announced in January they will
begin allowing qualifying first-time
borrowers to purchase homes with
just a 3 percent down payment.
The Federal Housing Finance
Administration hopes to increase
homeownership by offering loans to
those who can afford mortgages but
lack resources to make a 20 percent
down payment plus closing costs.
How will Jackson County fare?—The
rental market will most likely continue
to be tight as the amount of new housing
hasn’t kept up with the rental demand.
We are seeing millennials moving out of
their parent’s basements and going out on
their own as the job market strengthens.
This increase in demand will lead to low
vacancy rates and a raise in rental rates.
As for home prices in Jackson County,
we will see similar growth in the median
home price as we did in 2014, which was
8%. During the recession, the median
price of a home in Jackson County
decreased faster than the U.S. average.
In fact, Jackson and Deschutes counties
were the hardest hit counties in Oregon.
Markets that saw the greatest declines in
home values are also the markets that are
now seeing the greatest increases in home
values. We are also seeing consistent
population growth from retiring baby
boomers moving to the area which will
keep the demand up for housing.
Graham Farran is a broker with Expert
Properties, located at 620 N. 5th Street in
Jacksonville. Please see their ad on the back
page and contact them at 541-899-2030 or
online at www.expertprops.com.

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February 2015 Events Calender • More at JacksonvilleReview.com
Jacksonville Art Events
February 2015!
Art Presence Art Center!

NAKED ART!

No Mats ~ No Frames ~ Great Deals!!

Now–March 1: Add to your art
collection for less or buy the art
you love without paying for a
frame you intend to replace!
Naked Art, a collection of
unframed fine art by Art
Presence members, lets you
take home your naked art finds
right away; new works will be
added throughout the show.!

• Last Tuesday of the month, 11:00am-Noon:
Live Music at Food & Friends. Meals
$2.75 for Seniors 60 and over. S. Oregon Street next
to GoodBean. Call 541-899-7492 for information.

• Friday-Sunday, February 13-15: valentine's
weekend celebration, sneak preview of
2013 Lily Girl Rosé, Red Lily Vineyards.
See ad on page 4.

• Until February 13: "wings: celebrating
the life and work of elaine
witteveen," Rogue Gallery in Medford.
See article on page 33.

• Saturday, February 14, 10:30am-1:30pm:
valentine's champagne brunch,
Pioneer Village. See ad on page 4.

• Until March 1: "NAKED ART: NO MATS, NO
FRAMES, GREAT DEALS," Art Presence Art
Center, Historic Courthouse Grounds.
See article on page 33.

Linda Abblett!
February 7: Art Presence hosts classes
& events in the gallery and classroom
for Jacksonville’s Chinese New Year.
Celebrate the Year of the Ram with a
class on the art of Origami! !
Mondays, 1–3pm: Art Presence now
offers a weekly life drawing class. Call
541-941-7057 for more information.!
Art Presence Curated Exhibits:!
Medford Library!
Abstract watercolors by Deanna St.
Martin on display through March!
Jacksonville Library
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Watercolor Paintings by Anne Brooke
on display through April!
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organization located at 206 N. Fifth St.
Our gallery is open 11am–5pm every
Friday–Sunday. art-presence.org !
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Feb 1–28: Nancy Clark!

New resident Nancy Clark
paints large, colorful abstracts
in mixed media on canvas. Her
work was recently selected by
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Jan 9–Mar 28: LIFE Art!

This year our Rising Stars
competition benefits LIFE Art,
an inspiring Medford program helping kids overcome
trauma with art and creative
expression, and source of the
paintings in our first 2015
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• Friday, February 6: britt classical
tickets on sale. See article and ad on page 8.
• Saturday, February 7: 2015 chinese new
year celebration. Parade begins at
10:30am! See schedule of events and locations on page 11.
• Thursday, February 12, 5:00-7:00pm: "rotary
loves jacksonville" business
reception, US Hotel Ballroom. See ad this page.
• Friday, February 13, 6:00-8:00pm:
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one hour before each performance

• Saturday, February 28, 5:00-8:00pm: south
stage cellars' rising stars
competition semi-finals.
Also March 7, 14 and 21, Redmen's Event Hall.
Finals March 28 on Britt main stage. See article on
page 34 and schedule on page 35.

All owners and operators of Jacksonville businesses are
invited to a Valentine-themed reception hosted by the
Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club, to say “thank you”
for all you do for our town. Hosted wine and beer bar,
plus light appetizers and live music.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan, our film for February is a
delightful romance-comedy fantasy with a perfect cast.
Starring Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude
Rains, and Edward Everett Horton, the film was so
successful it was remade three times. This original
version is regarded as the best, and rightfully so.
You may remember Evelyn as Scarlett's younger sister
in Gone With The Wind. Well... here she is all grown up
and perfect as the love interest in Montgomery's life.
Montgomery was nominated for best actor, the film was
nominated for best film and the director was nominated
for best director of 1941. The story, an original screen
play concerns a boxer, Joe Pendleton who dies 50 years
too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new
life as a millionaire playboy. This has always been one of
my top favorite films.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan screens on February 20th at
7:00pm at Old City Hall. Doors open at 6:00pm.

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• Friday, February 20, 7:00pm: movie night at
old city hall, "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"
See article this page.

February Movie Night at Old City Hall

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• Saturday, February 14, 7:00pm: inaugural
winter concert series at bigham
knoll ballroom, The Fret Drifters.
Also, February 21, Evening Shades, and February 28,
221Fly. See ad on page 36.

“Rotary Loves Jacksonville”
Business Reception
February 12, 2015, 5:00-7:00pm
U.S Hotel Ballroom

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Feb 28 · 7:30pm
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Performing Arts in the Rogue Valley
by Lee Greene
Music
February 1, 7:30pm: Jesse Cook, Guitar
Concert; flamenco music. CRATE;
Tix: CRATE
February 6, 7:30pm: Tutunov Piano Series
Concert III, piano duo Ivona Kaminska
and Christopher Bowlby; works by Chopin,
Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, Junkinsmith
and Milhaud. SOUMRH; Tix: OCASOU
February 6, 7:30pm: Feelin’ Groovy,
Music of the ‘60’s featuring Simon &
Garfunkel; starring Jim Witter. CRATE;
Tix: CRATE
February 7, 7:30pm & February 8, 3pm:
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers
“The Passing of Time;” choral works
reflecting the seasons of life. SOUMRH;
Tix: SORS
February 10, 7:30pm: Bleep Bloop,
percussion duo; SOUMRH; Tix: FREE;
Info: OCASOU
February 12, 7:30pm: Siskiyou
Saxophone Orchestra “Dives &
Lazarus: Music from the British Isles.”
SOUMRH; Tix: OCASOU
February 12, 7:30pm: Metales M5,
Mexican Brass. CRATE; Tix: CRATE
February 13, 7:30pm: Jackson County
Community Concerts Assoc.
“Saxsational;”Jazz & Pop stds. by Rob
Verdi & N.M.H.S. Band. NMHSA;
Tix: JCCCA
February 13, 7:30pm & February 14, 3:00pm:
Chamber Music Concerts, Hugo Wolf
String Quartet; (February 13, Haydn,
Cerha, Schubert; February 14, Mozart,
Wolf, Dvořák). SOUMRH; Tix: CM
February 15, 2:00pm: Rogue Valley
Peace Choir & Friends, “Choral
Kaleidescope;” 5 choirs sing for peace.
SOUMRH; Tix: FREE
February 20, 7:30pm: Dan Kocurek and
Christine Eggert, “American in Paris;”
jazz & café music. SOUMRH;
Tix: OCASOU
February 20, 7:30pm (GPPAC), February
21, 7:30pm (CRATE) & February 22,
3:00pm (SOUMHR): Youth Symphony
of Southern Oregon, Winter Concert.
Tix: YSSO
February 22, 3:00pm: Rogue Valley
Symphonic Band, Band concert. PHSA;
Tix: At door
February 27, 7:30pm: (SOUMHR),
February 28, 7:30pm (CRATE) & March
1 (GPPAC): Rogue Valley Symphony,
Masterworks Series IV Concert;
“Orchestra Showcase”–Wagner Die
Meistersinger, Bruckner Symph. #4.
Tix: RVS

Theater & Film
February 1, 1:00pm & 7:00pm, February
5-7, 7:00pm, & February 8, 1:00pm &
7:00pm: The Mystery of Irma Vep,
spoof of Gothic melodramas. RTC;
Tix: RTC
February 4-March 1, Thursday-Saturday
8:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm: A Question
of Words, a 2013 Ashland New Plays
Festival work; ‘’when it comes to
understanding happiness, real life
is very much a question of words.”
CAMELOT; Tix: CAMELOT
February 9, 7:30pm: Seven Brides For
Seven Brothers, musical based on 1954
film. CRATE; Tix: CRATE
February 14, 2:00pm & 7:00pm: City
Walk, aerial arts theater by Le Cirque
Centre’s Empyrean Aerialist. CRATE;
Tix: CRATE
February 18, 7:30pm: Banff Film Festival,
films on exploration & adventure.
SOUMRH; Tix: OCASOU
February 19, 7:30pm: Broadway’s
Next H!t Musical, musical comedy
celebrating Broadway. CRATE;
Tix: CRATE
February 19-21, 8:00pm, February 2628, 8:00pm, & February 28-March
1, 2:00pm: The Glass Menagerie,
Tennessee Wiliams play. CST;
Tix: OCASOU
February 20, 8:00pm (P), February 24,
8:00pm (P) & February 27, 8:00pm
(O): Much Ado About Nothing,
Shakespeare play. OSFBMR; Tix: OSF
February 21, 8:00pm (P), February 26,
8:00pm (P) & March 1 1:30pm (O):
Fingersmith, a wild ride of a Victorian
crime thriller. OSFBMR; Tix: OSF
February 22, 8:00pm (P), February 25,
8:00pm (P) & February 28, 8:00pm (O):
Guys and Dolls, hilarious musical
classic from a Damon Runyan story.
OSFBMR; Tix: OSF
February 22, 4:30-9:30pm: Oscar Night
Gala. Ashland Independent Film
Festival watches the Oscars unfold
in Gala attire with Gala foods and
beverages. HAA; Tix: AIFF
February 26-28, 8:00pm, March 5-7,
8:00pm & March 7-8, 2:00pm: She
Stoops to Conquer, popular comedy by
Oliver Goldsmith. CST; Tix: OCASOU
February 26 8:00pm (P), February 27,
8:00pm (P) & February 28, 1:30pm (O):
Pericles, Shakespeare play. OSFTHO;
Tix: OSF

LEGEND – Abbreviations for venues, tickets & performances
AIFF—Ashland Ind. Film Festival; tickets:
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CAMELOT—Camelot Theatre - 101 Talent
Avenue, Talent; tickets: 541-535-5250,
http://bit.ly/15c4SZu
CM—Chamber Music Concerts; tickets:
541-552-6154, http://bit.ly/1od9M1j
CRATE—Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central
Av., Medford; tickets: 541-779-3000,
www.craterian.org
CST—Center Stage Theater, SOU, Ashland
GPPAC—Grants Pass Performing Arts
Center, 725 NE Dean Dr., Grants Pass
HAA—Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak
St., Ashland
JCCCA—Jackson County Community
Concerts Assoc.; tickets: 541-734-4116,
http://bit.ly/1yqHYYy
NMHSA—No. Medford H. S. Auditorium,
900 North Keene Way Dr., Medford
O—Opening performance
OCASOU—Oregon Center for the Arts at

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OSFBMR—OSF’s Angus Bowmer Theatre,
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OSFTHO—OSF’s Thomas Theatre, 15 S.
Pioneer St., Ashland
P—Preview performance
PHSA—Phoenix H. S. Auditorium, 745
North Rose St., Phoenix
RTC—Randall Theater Company, 10 3rd
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RVS—Rogue Valley Symphony; tickets:
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SORS—Southern Oregon Repertory Singers;
tickets: 541-552-0900, http://bit.ly/1yqvv8L
SOUMRH—SOU Music Recital Hall,
Mountain Av., Ashland
YSSO—Youth Symphony of Southern
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as on-staff Worship Tech for First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville,
and has served on the boards of Rogue Opera & Siskiyou Violins.
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Jacksonville Review

Tax Tips You Can Use

by Kathleen Crawford
& Angela Clague, Enrolled Agents
Don’t Be a Victim of Identity Theft

I

dentity theft is the issue of this
decade. Any of us can become
victims. If we shop at stores like
Target, pay our medical bills, or go to school,
chances are that our personal information
is already in the hands of criminals. As
taxpayers, we need to do out best to keep our
tax records clean and accurate.
The best thing a taxpayer can do to
keep an accurate tax account is to file
one’s tax return each year, accurately and
completely as soon as records allow it to
be done. That way, our tax return will
beat any other potential use of the social
security number. That is the easy part!
Each year, more and more clients are
unable to e-file because their social security
number has already been used on a return.
This is a frightening circumstance for
clients. There are some innocent reasons
why this can happen. Some people still
hand-write their returns. If they miswrite
the social security number for one of their
five children, it could be your number by
mistake. This problem is easily fixed by
the IRS after you mail-in your return and
an agent checks both returns. Of course
your refund will be delayed by weeks
while this occurs. Returns that are mailedin must be input into the computer by
IRS data entry personnel. Although rare,
typos can be made at that time. Again,
the client return is rejected at e-file, so the
return is mailed, reviewed and the refund
finally shows up much later.
True identity theft occurs when someone
uses your social security number to file a
return in your name with false information
sending a refund to another bank account.
In this case, the taxpayer will be unable
to e-file and will mail-in the tax return.
The IRS then has to determine which

return is correct and which one is fraud.
To do that the IRS will send letters to the
taxpayers asking for identity information.
Once resolved, the true owner of the social
security number will get a special PIN
number mailed to them each December for
the next five years to add to their signature
block. Only the return with that PIN
will be processed for that social security
number. All others will be blocked and
investigated for fraud. If you have one of
those PINs, DO NOT LOSE IT. In writing
this looks simple. In reality it takes months
of heartache to solve.
The IRS is doing its best to defeat the
criminals. Most efforts are being done in
the background looking for the "badges
of fraud." One change that will affect
taxpayers in 2015 is that no more than
three refunds will be able to go into a
single bank account. This is to stop the
criminals from filing false returns and
having all of the money go into a single
account. The bad news is that if a family
has several members who have refunds
going into just one account, the fourth
refund will come as a paper check. If this
is your family situation, make sure that the
smallest refund is the fourth one.
Identity theft is an issue for all of us. The
IRS is doing what it can to prevent it from
affecting taxpayers, but each of us needs to
protect ourselves and be aware.
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Is My Land Use Permitted?

T

he importance of land use and
how it relates to real estate is
often not given the merit it
deserves. It is often either not considered
at all, or not considered until the end of
the real estate process. However, land
use and real estate is an issue of major
importance whether you’re purchasing a
home and want to
raise chickens or
you are signing
a commercial
lease to open a
business.
This issue
just hit home
with me again
recently with
an acquaintance
who signed a
commercial lease to start a new business.
Although the acquaintance had inquired
about signage and building permit
regulations, they had not thought to
ask whether the use was allowed at that
location, and if so, what type of permit
would be required.
All land uses are regulated in some way
though zoning. In theory, the purpose of
zoning is to separate incompatible uses,
such as manufacturing from office or
commercial from residential. In reality,
however, zoning is used as a permitting
system to prevent new development from
harming existing residents or businesses.
Zoning may include regulation of the
types of activities that are acceptable
(such as open space, residential,
agricultural, commercial, or industrial),
the densities at which those activities may
be performed (from low-density housing
such as single family homes to highdensity such as multi-story apartment
buildings), the height of buildings, the
amount of space structures may occupy,
the location of a building on the lot
(setbacks), the proportions of the types
of space on a lot (for example, how
much landscaped space and how much
paved space), and how much parking
must be provided.
The first step is to determine the zoning
of the property you are interested in and

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The

to verify if the use you are proposing
is permitted, and what, if any, types of
limitations or approvals may apply to
your project. For example, in much of the
rural part of the county, lands are zoned
for forest and farm use and may require
conditional use approval, which must be
obtained before any other permits can
be issued. There
is no guarantee
that a conditional
use permit will
be approved.
Approval is based
on compliance
with the criteria
applicable to a
particular land use
proposal.
Planning staff at
the particular city or county (depending
on where your project is located), can
discuss your project with you and let you
know if conditional use permits, a site
plan review, a variance, or a zone change is
required. They can also determine if your
property has any special features such as
wetlands which may require additional
notices to other agencies (e.g., Department
of State Lands).
There are additional partners in the
process who may be involved; building
plan reviewers and engineers compare
how buildings are built with the building
code; and other departments and agencies
look at how roads, sewers, fire safety,
water supply and stormwater could be
affected by your project. There are many
different land use requirements and
permit types—too much for one article.
The point to leave here with is this:
before you purchase a property or sign a
lease, make sure what you want to do is
permissible, and that you understand the
process, timing, and cost of what it will
take to get your use approved.
Sandy J. Brown, AICP, lives in Jacksonville
and is a certified land use planner and broker
with Western Properties of Southern Oregon,
LLC. She can be reached at sandyjbrown@
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great way to celebrate
Valentine’s Day (or any
day) with a loved one is to
take a hike on one of the Jacksonville
Woodlands or Forest Park trails.
We are pleased to invite you to checkout the two new interpretive panels on
the three-quarter mile-long Zigler Trail
in the Woodlands system. The panels
tell the fascinating history of how the
city’s 1870 fire-fighting water supply was
enhanced by building a concrete cistern
on Jackson Creek, which was later used
in 1900 to supply water for locomotives
on the Jacksonville Railroad. At the end
of Woodlands’ Zigler Trail, head to the
Jackson Forks Trail to access the many
other Woodlands trails.
In the Forest Park, a very accessible
and easy trail for everyone is the
Canyon Falls Trail. This nifty trail gets
the highest rating from both kids and
dogs, both of which are allowed to run
off-leash in the Forest Park! (Remember,
dogs must be on-leash in the Woodlands
trail system) The trail climbs gently for
three-quarters of a mile, never more than
a few feet from Jackson and Norling
Creeks. This stretch of trail has more
waterfalls than any other trail and at its
upper trail head, four more trail heads

start for the more adventurous hikers to
explore higher parts of the Forest Park.
Over the last two years, the Forest Park
has been expanded with two new trails—
Shade Creek and Leg Burner, bringing
the total miles of trails to twenty miles.
Five new trails totaling seven miles of
additional trail have been flagged and
are ready to be built. The first of these
trails has just been completed, called the
“Atsahu Trail.” At over two miles long,
Atashu is the Shasta name for Sugar Pine.
It runs from the saddle at the top of Twin
Peaks Trail past the Norling Mine to
Jackson Ridge, crossing Arrowhead Pass
Trail and Shade Creek Trail. All of these
new trails and future trails can be found
on the new and updated Forest Park
Trails Map. The map is available now at
the kiosk in the Forest Park, as well as
the Visitor Information Center near the
Post Office. The easiest way to get the
new map is to take a hike in the Forest
Park, and stop at the kiosk at the entrance.
HAPPY HIKING!
Please note: at the Forest Park Kiosk, hikers
will now find the new trail map along with
a donation envelope to help raise funds for
the Forest Park…all donations are sincerely
appreciated and will be used to enhance the
Forest Park Trail system!

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On Money & More
by Erich & Matt Patten, Cutler Investment Group

A

re you part of the 13% of
American’s whose resolutions
don’t make it into February?
No worries, Jacksonville’s celebration of
Chinese New Year provides you another
opportunity to start fresh with some
“Financial New Year’s Resolutions.”
Yes, it is February, but it is never a bad
time to get started on improving your
financial management.
If there is an economic lesson to be
gleaned from the first few weeks of 2015,
it is that risk has always been inherent
in the markets, and 2015 could be a year
where it makes an appearance after
several years of very solid financial
markets. The stock market has been up
double digits for five of the past six years,
and has not had a 10% correction for three
calendar years. Oil has dropped almost
60% in the past six months, and gold has
been in a multi-year bear market. Even
currencies have shown risk, with the
Swiss Franc recently moving 20% in a
single day! With that backdrop, we would
suggest the following resolutions:
1. Put some money to work—The drop
in gasoline prices has given Americans
a ‘pay raise.’ Some estimate that the
average American family will save $1400
per year at the current price of gas. Take
this money and invest it! The single
greatest contributor to your nest egg is
the amount of money you save, and it
helps to start as early as possible. If you
are employed and are not contributing to
a tax-deferred retirement plan, it’s time to
get started (If you don’t know what a taxdeferred retirement plan is, give us a call).
Once you let “new found money” creep
into your monthly budget, it will be much
harder to get started saving (sacrificing),
so take the $30 less per tank and put that
money to work towards your future cash
needs. Your future self will be grateful.
2. Rebalance your assets—If you
have an employee retirement plan, are
a government employee, or are retired,
you may already be invested into the US
stock market. That is good news for you
as you have most likely have achieved
pleasant gains for the last several years.
You may have resisted the temptation to
reduce your equity exposure, most likely
because you:
• believe the US economy continues to
improve
• don’t want to realize the potential
capital gains, or
• don’t want to mess with a good thing
However, we would caution that
rebalancing your portfolio is essential for
maintaining diversification. Do not let any
single security dominate you portfolio
(we often see this with Apple investors). If

you can trim an overweight position, now
is a great time. Find an asset allocation
that is appropriate for you and be
disciplined about rebalancing. Don’t let
‘allocation creep’ ruin your returns from
the last couple of years.
3. Look for undervalued asset
classes—One of the reasons US investors
are so heavily weighted in equities is
the lack of attractive alternatives. Bonds
have defied consensus and continued
the march toward zero interest rates.
Cash is yielding near zero percent. Real
estate investing can be cumbersome
and illiquid. We would posit that
looking to the international markets
might represent some value. Several
international asset classes have been
chronic underperformers either due to
dollar strength (their local assets are
worth less as the dollar is worth more) or
local economic weakness. This is a bit of
an unconventional place to look at today,
and we would suggest investing with
caution, but often the best investments are
those that are loved the least.
At Cutler, we would like to wish you
a Happy Year of the Ram (Sheep)! Get
started on these resolutions… we will be
checking up on them next year! And…
how is your gym membership going?
All opinions and data included in this
commentary are as of January 14, 2015 and
are subject to change. The opinions and views
expresses herein are of Cutler Investment
Counsel, LLC and are not intended to be a
forecast of future events, a guarantee of future
results or investment advice. This information
should not be used as the sole basis to make
any investment decision. The statistics have
been obtained from sources believed to be
reliable, but the accuracy and completeness
of this information cannot be guaranteed.
Neither Cutler Investment Counsel, LLC nor
its information providers are responsible for
any damages or losses arising from any use
of this information. Past performance is no
guarantee of future results. All investments
involve risk, including possible loss of
principal amount invested.
Matthew Patten is CEO and Investment
Portfolio Manager. He is a graduate of
Jacksonville Elementary School and South
Medford High School. Matt earned BA
degrees in Economics and Environmental
Geo-Sciences from Boston College and a MBA
from the University of Chicago.
Erich Patten is President and Chief
Investment Officer. He is a graduate of
Jacksonville Elementary School and South
Medford High School. Erich earned a BS
in Economics from the Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in
Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
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to this, Adam owned and
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the Review for eight years.
Sage Landscape Supply is
located just minutes from Jacksonville at
500 Rossanley Drive and is designed to
be a creative outdoor living and design
center, geared for the homeowner and
commercial markets.
After 12 years as a landscape contractor,
Adam decided it was a great time to
start a new firm that allowed him to fully
utilize his business and marketing skills.
Sage includes large indoor and outdoor
showrooms enabling his customers and
trade contractors to view and purchase
a wide variety of products including
pavers, hardscape materials, retaining
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lighting, pergolas, arbors, synthetic turf,
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To learn more, please visit www.
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Matthew C. Patten
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Portfolio Manager

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Erich M. Patten
Chief Investment Officer
President/Portfolio Manager

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Jacksonville Review

Speaking of Antiquing with

Margaret Barnes, Pickety Place Antiques
In Love with Salt Cellars

O

ne thing I’ve been collecting
lately is tiny, multi- functional,
elegant, practical, universal, and
easy to afford—my growing collection
of Salt Cellars, also known as salts, open
dips, open salts, salt dish, or master salt.
The individual cellar would have
typically been
sterling silver,
porcelain,
glass, wood,
ivory, pewter,
or ceramic.
Higher quality,
of course,
would be gold
or enamel with
gemstones and
any number of
intricacies.
Salt cellars
have been on dining tables as a condiment
holder for hundreds of years, if not
thousands. It wasn’t until the Victorian
era, in the latter part of the 1800s that salt
shakers came in to fashion, replacing the
salt dishes. Salt shakers made it easier
for a hostess to set a table, allowing a
shaker of salt and a matching pepper mill
to be used by many guests rather than
individual salt cellars.
American Glassmakers manufactured
salt cellars in many shapes and colors,
employing molds and designs that were
pleasing and expressive. Many patterns
from Sandwich Glass, Fenton, Candlewick,
Anchor Hocking and others, are still
widely available and very affordable.
The ones I enjoy most are handpainted from Nippon (China) or
Limoges (France). The Belleek (Ireland)
are so thin and dainty that one would

think that using them would break
them. Many come with their own tiny
spoon or “shovel.”
With the refinement of table manners,
a tool for that purpose was employed
in the form of a tiny spoon or “shovel,”
eliminating using one’s fingers to pinch
and scatter the
salt. The shovels
are typically
made of glass,
and are widely
collected, as
they are easily
breakable and
need to be
replaced. The
spoons were
made of pewter,
sterling silver,
silver plate,
wood, ivory, or porcelain. These are
still widely-collected and highly-prized
because tiny spoons are becoming harder
to find. They can be ornate or plain, but
always fun to use.
Many people who have salt cellars
use them for catch-all’s on their window
sills or vanities. “Smalls” such as rings
or earrings can be stored in them. Some
people use salt cellars on their table for
mixing Wasabi for their Sushi, as they are
just the right size.
There is a current craze in specialty
salts from around the world. You might
want to use your salt cellars and become
familiar with new varieties of salt. You
might find yourself giving both as
gifts to your friends who haven’t yet
discovered them.
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The Literary Gardender
by Rhonda Nowak

T

Humble Heather

he other
day I went
searching in
my front garden
for something—anything!—blooming
that I might bring into the house for
decoration. I bypassed a solitary pot
marigold (calendula officianalis); with its
bright-yellow flowerhead shining like
a miniature sun, I couldn’t bear to cut
down this lone survivor of summer. But
there, in between the blue spruce and the
spurge, I spotted a small shrub of winterblooming heather (Erica carnea f. alba
‘Ice Princess’). Quietly, as if loathe to call
attention to itself, my heather is currently
sending out bunches of small white umbels
that, upon closer examination, remind me
of thimble-sized clumps of snow clinging
to the tips of its needle-like leaves—how
surprisingly delicate and lovely!
It occurs to me that I have never
before given a close-up inspection of my
heather. I’ve always taken it for granted
as just an evergreen filler plant in my
garden–something reliable in-between
the flashier perennials. Admittedly, I am
only now giving
my heather its due
regard because
so little else is
happening in my
garden presently.
However, I am not
the first person to
do the right thing
for the wrong
reason, so humble
heather, now is
your turn to shine!
Although
popular today as a low-growing
ornamental plant that attracts butterflies
and looks great amongst conifers,
gardeners before the Victorian age did not
grow heather (also called heath) because
it was associated with rural poverty.
Indeed, heather is native to the European
moorlands; its name is derived from the
Old English word, haeth, meaning an
untilled tract of land, and it is the root of
the word ‘heathen,’ meaning someone
living away from the church in the
‘wilderness.’ Heather grows so rampantly
in the Scottish moors that it was used to
make roof thatching, bed mattresses, and
brooms—practical uses the latter of which
led to use of the Latin word, kalluno,
meaning “to clean,” when separating
Calluna vulgaris (common heather or ling)
from the Erica genus heaths. The word,
Erica, comes from the Greek ‘ereike,’ which
means “to break or crush,” reflecting the
belief that drinking heather tea would
break up bladder stones.
In fact, heather has been used as a
remedy for a variety of kidney and
urinary tract disorders. A cheerier
imbibed use for the plant, however, is
for heather beer, crafted many hundreds
of years ago before the use of hops by

the peoples of coastal Northern Europe,
Scandinavia, and the British Isles, and
produced now as a trendy artisan ale in
a few English and Scottish breweries. A
Scottish legend tells the story of a father
and son, last remaining members of the
Pict tribes who were conquered by the
Scottish kingdom around 843 A.D. The
king offers the father and son amnesty if
they will reveal the secret of brewing their
heather ale, but the father chooses to give
up his son’s life and his own, rather than
reveal the recipe to outsiders.
Robert Louis Stevenson tells this story
in a poem called Heather Ale: A Galloway
Legend (1890). The first stanza makes it
clear how beloved heather ale was to the
dwarf-like Picts:
From the bonny bells of heather
They brewed a drink long-syne,
Was sweeter far than honey,
Was stronger far than wine.
They brewed it and they drank it,
And lay in a blessed swound
For days and days together
In their dwellings underground.
In the last stanza, after the father
watches his son thrown off a cliff into the
sea, he turns to the Scottish king and cries
out,
“True was the word I told you:
Only my son I feared;
For I doubt the sapling courage
That goes without the beard.
But now in vain is the torture,
Fire shall never avail:
Here dies in my bosom
The secret of heather ale.”

Heather was gaining horticultural
value at the same time Stevenson wrote
Heather Ale, not because of beer, but due
to increased interest in gardening with
alpine plants. For the Victorians, heather
symbolized solitude because it thrives in
rocky, wind-swept highlands. According
to Scottish folklore, heather is stained
by the blood of war, and white heather
grows only where no blood has been
spilled; thus, white heather symbolizes
good luck and protection. In the 1880s,
Queen Victoria popularized the long-held
Scottish tradition of brides carrying a
sprig of white heather for luck.
I have placed my own sprig of white
heather in a vase on my mantel; it cheers
me to know that it symbolizes good luck
and protection in the New Year. Despite
its humble blossoms, I’m glad I decided
to take a closer look at heather. What the
plant lacks in flamboyance, it more than
makes up for in its richness of story and
meaning. Happy New Year!
Rhonda Nowak is a Master Gardener and
board member of the Jackson County Master
Gardener Association. She also teaches
English Composition at Rogue Community
College. She can be reached at rnowak39@
gmail.com.

Grow Your Mind and Your Garden!
The OSU-Jackson County Master
Gardeners will host three classes in
February from 9:00am to Noon, Saturdays
at the OSU Extension Service Auditorium,
569 Hanley Road, Central Point. The
cost of the classes is $15 each; it’s free for
certified Master Gardeners. The classes are
also eligible for MG recertification. There
will be outdoor demonstrations for each
class, so dress for the weather.
February 7—Grape Pruning: Chris
Hubert from Oregon Vineyard Supply,
will teach participants terminology for
growing grapes in the home garden, care
of grapes, and solutions for common
grape problems. There will be an outdoor

demonstration of grape pruning.
February 14—Fruit Tree Pruning:
Professional orchardist Terry Helfrich will
focus on growing fruit trees in the home
garden, especially how, when, and where
to prune. Also, information on selecting
fruit trees and planting sites, planting
requirements, spacing, and tree training.
February 28—Rose Pruning: A panel
of rose garden Master Gardeners will
discuss rose anatomy, rose care, pruning
tools, and 10 principals for pruning roses.
For more information about the classes,
contact the OSU Master Gardener Program
Coordinator, Rhianna Simes, at 541-776-7371
or Rhianna.Simes@oregonstate.edu.

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o you ever get bored scooping
out the same sunflower and/
or millet seed day after day?
We’ll never know if the birds get bored,
too—but just in-case you and the birds
are “yawning” at your feeding routine,
try spicing-up your feeder offerings
with these suggestions! Not all of these
suggestions will work in your back yard
as everyone’s habitat and feeder clientele
are different. Do whatever makes you and
your birds happy.
Mealworms—If you haven’t
heard of feeding mealworms,
they can be fed live or dried.
Live mealworms tend to be
more exciting for the birds,
but dried are easier to use
and store. Look for the new
Rogue wild bird seed mix
with dried mealworms
added, Rogue Nature’s Best!
Initially, bluebirds were the
“main event” attracted to mealworms,
but many species have become fans of
the mealworm: chickadees, nuthatches,
woodpeckers, wrens, warblers, tanagers
and orioles, to name a few. (And for those
who have chickens...watch out! They
LOVE them!)
Nuts—These have become a mainstay
and are attractive to many different
species of birds. These should be unsalted
nuts (as salt would not be good for your
birds). You can offer nuts in specialty
wire mesh feeders, in a small hopper
feeder, or simply on a platform feeder.
Favorite “nut” feeders include the domed
dish feeder by Droll Yankee. Watch for
chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers,
and jays to wolf them down!
Tree Icing—This product is a mixture
of peanut butter and suet. It easily
spreads on any tree branch or specialty
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your house and will attract chickadees,
nuthatches and others!
Grape Jelly—Putting grape jelly out in
the spring when grosbeaks, orioles and
tanagers are due back is worth it. The
sugar content in the jelly makes it a highenergy food for these feeder birds and
even attracts hummingbirds!
Berries—Some folks harvest their wild
berry crop(s) in late fall, put them in the
freezer until the winter weather comes
when most of
the berry crop
is gone, then
give them to
the feeder birds
as a special
treat! You can
also put out
overripe rejects
from berries
you’ve bought
at the store.
Robins will occasionally come to feeders
if you have berries offered, too.
Pumpkin or Melon Seeds—You can
save pumpkin, squash, and melon seeds,
dry them in the oven, and spread them on
a platform feeder. Not all birds can crack
these tough seeds, but those that can
waste no time. You might find adding the
rinds to a compost pile might also attract
birds to feed there, too.
Eggshells—Eggshells can provide
beneficial calcium for female birds
during the nesting season. Birds can
also use the extra minerals during the
winter. Rinse the shells and place them
in a shallow pan and bake them in the
oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.
This cleaning and baking eliminates the
chance that wild birds will be exposed to
harmful bacteria from domestic chickens.
Crush them up and offer them on a
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Soul Matters by Kate Ingram, M.A.
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don’t mean to burst anyone’s
romantic bubble, but I thought a
little education about the heart and
the origins of Valentine’s Day might be of
interest. An alternative, if you will, to the
commercial sentimentality foisted upon
us February 14 by Hallmark, Inc.
The modern, mid-month celebration of
Valentine’s Day morphed out of the preRoman festival of Lupercalia, observed on
February 15. This spring festival helped
to avert evil spirits, purify new life, and
release health and fertility. The Roman
writer Plutarch noted that, “At this time
many of the noble youths
and of the magistrates
run up and down
through the city naked,
for sport and laughter...”
Maybe not as P.C. as
two-dozen roses and a
fancy dinner out, but a
lot more fun.
As for St. Valentine:
he was, most likely, a
martyred Christian (or
the face of many such
priests) who performed
marriage rites for Christians at a time in
the Roman Empire when such an act was
illegal and punishable by death. (Almost
like same-sex marriage has, until very
recently, been in our current era.) Not
romantic or sexy in the least, but at its
center, it does have everything to do with
love and the power of the heart.
The locus of love lies in the heart,
an organ whose energy field has such
power and magnitude that science has
yet to really begin to understand, let
alone appreciate it.
Heart cells have been shown to have
their own intelligence and memory;
the heart is even thought to have it’s
own brain. It’s electrical field is 200
times stronger than the brain’s and its
magnetic field is 5,000 times greater,
measurable as far as eight feet from the
body. (It may, in fact, extend miles, we
simply don’t have the means to measure
it.) Consider the following:
On September 11, 2001, two GOES
satellites 22,000 miles above the

equator detected a spike in the earth’s
magnetic field strength fifteen minutes
following the first airliner crashing into
the World Trade Center. A similar spike
appeared after Princess Diana’s death. The
implications of this are huge. Large scale,
heart-based emotion appears to have a
direct impact on the earth’s magnetic fields,
fields which influence a multitude of events
from climate conditions to world peace.
And in Japan, researchers have shown
that the activation of this heart field
energy can cause spontaneous healing.
A patient with a well-documented large
tumor was brought into
an examination room and
placed behind a body
scan machine through
which the tumor was
clearly visible. Buddhist
monks were brought
into the same room, a
large curtain separating
them from the patient.
They were given no
information other than
being told the patient was
ill. There was no speaking
during the experiment. The monks
entered into meditative prayer, directing
unconditional, positive feeling (not
thoughts) toward the patient. The tumor,
to everyone’s amazement (except, perhaps,
the monks) disappeared in a matter of
minutes, vanishing in front of the doctors’
eyes as they monitored the scanner.
The power of the heart is real,
magnificent, omnipotent and universal.
Life is energy, and the appreciation and
harnessing of this energy has the potential
to save us all. Not to mention that loving
and being loved, is the best feeling there is.
We’ve got the power, people. Use it
for good.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
KATE INGRAM, M.A., is a writer,
therapist and Soul Coach working with clients
across the United States and Europe. She is
the author of the award-winning memoir,
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ebruary is an interesting month
that makes us wonder, “How do
you pronounce February? Do you
pronounce the ‘r’ right in front of the ‘u’
or not?” February is also a month where
you might think, “Why did I ever pick
that New Year’s resolution?” Then again,
to others, February might be the month
where people dream about Valentine’s
Day with a sigh. On the other hand, they
also might be stressing about what to get
that special somebody. For me, February
is the month when I have my first school
dance, and it is the beginning of a new
quarter at school. This quarter I have to
change classes because I take elective
classes, so it might be a very nerveracking time for me, too. February
is also the time when spring seems
possible again, with the trees heavy
with buds, and the frosted white grass
turns a lush green again.
February is just two months away
from my youngest sister’s birthday, and
she will be turning nine! I cannot believe
how tall and mature she is getting. It
seems like just the other day we were all
fighting over who would dress which
Barbie in the desired outfit.
February is a hopeful time to us
students, too. It gives us spring fever,
and an overwhelming desire for spring
break. February in Jacksonville looks
like Valentine’s Day with the decorations

all over the shops and storefronts.
The sidewalks could be littered with
Valentine’s Day hearts… everything is so
decorative. Somehow the storekeepers in
Jacksonville always seem so on it when a
new season comes around, decking their
stores in the decorations that represent
an upcoming holiday, or the season itself.
This is one of the reasons that make
Jacksonville so unique and extraordinary.
For me, the decorations open Jacksonville
up and welcome tourists and travelers. So
thank you to all of the people who work
to make Jacksonville a fun and decorative
little town.
So whether you are stressing, excited
or regretful, or if you are getting older or
have spring fever, just remember to enjoy
Valentine’s Day, and take each day as it
comes, but also remember to look forward
to the joys and hopes of a new spring.
Janessa Quote (My little sister has a serious
side to her, too): "Life is not about learning how
to be someone else; it’s about learning how to be
yourself and then using your true talents."
Ashleigh Lu
Scheuneman lives in
the Jacksonville hills
with her mother, father,
and two sisters. She is
13-years-old and in 7thgrade. When she growsup, she would like to be a
published author.

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A Cup of Conversation
by Michael Kell

A

Fraternity of Marriage

fter twentyfive years
of marital
bliss, I’ve come to
understand a great many more things
about life, love, and the beautiful reality
of imperfection called marriage. Some
things can’t be taught in the classroom,
only learned on the job. We raise our
kids with the best of intentions especially
concerning the topic of how to choose a
spouse and be a spouse. Unfortunately,
the true lessons of marriage are not
spoken but modeled every day. How
could it be any
other way? The
good news is
children have an
amazing capacity to
glean wisdom from
both the successes
and failures of their
role models. I’m
sure we’re all a little
grateful for this
merciful design.
The rapids of a digital world deafen
us to quieter streams of consciousness so
corporate media must pierce deeper and
deeper to sell us something. However,
some things in life cut through all the
noise and give us pause. An ancient
proverb speaks to the precious mysteries
that greatly amaze and are beyond
understanding. One of those is the way a
man is with a woman.
In the movie, 27 Dresses, there is a scene
where the serial-bridesmaid (Katherine
Heigl) and tainted newspaper columnist
(James Marsden) are stranded at a smalltown tavern when the topic of favorite
wedding moments comes up. Both
romantic and cynic agree that moment is
when the groom turns to look at the bride
as she walks down the aisle. The look on
his face is the anthology of a thousand
lifetimes (that’s my line). In a fraction of
a second we see all the hope, expectation,
joy, fear, excitement, pleasure,
commitment and gratitude of a thousand
lifetimes. The tavern shot ends with what
is the coolest scene in chick-flick history.
Most guys would not know that much

less admit it. I’ve come so far…
There is a mystery to the marriage
covenant, an immutable spiritual truth
of two coming together, body and soul,
cleaving to become one whole and
indivisible cell. It is a picture of one entity
sharing the strongest and weakest of each
to overcome a finite number of days to
take breath and live well. The marriage
cell is seamless. There is no way to divide
the cell without extraordinary pain and
scarring. We once engineered society to
honor higher virtue but it’s more popular
today to defend anti-virtue like personal
entitlement.
We see
this now
everywhere
we look. No
one is spared,
especially in
the religious
institutions
which
promote the
sanctity of
commitment. Marriage failure rates in
the church are as high as everywhere
else. That tells us how powerful the
undertow currents of this pop culture
really are. I’m not preaching but rather
listening intently. Marriage is designed to
be irresistibly difficult. Marriage teaches
patience, forgiveness, commitment,
humility, sacrifice and perseverance.
Name one other endeavor giving up
any of those priceless jewels without a
bloody struggle. If virtue is language and
aptitude to comprehend all that is good
beyond the horizon of the last breath, we
may want to rethink a great many things.
Please take heart because, whether it’s
the first ‘I do’ or the last, those victorious
in the end share one thing in common,
they all belong to the venerable fraternity
of marriage. I enjoyed the screenwriter’s
choice in favorite wedding moment.
Mine, however, is decades after the
ceremony when bride and groom walk
hand in hand fading gently into the
periwinkle blue twilight of no regrets.
Happy Valentine’s Day.

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hen most people retire, they
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they began a journey to find the perfect
home for their retirement living and
to explore innovative ways others of
a similar age could do the same. In
late 2013, the Johnson’s founded AgeFriendly Innovators, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
with a mission to promote greater
awareness of aging-in-place issues and
develop creative and innovative solutions
to enable older adults to lead healthy and
independent lives in a home of their own.
In February, Age-Friendly
Innovators, with a grant from the
Oregon Department of Human Services
and in collaboration with Rogue Valley
Council of Governments Senior and
Disability Services, is conducting a
series of eight half-day workshops to
demonstrate to builders, remodelers
and Realtors what an “age-friendly”
home—utilizing universal design
principles—looks like, and the
marketing opportunities it represents.
The workshops are primarily for
professionals serving residential
construction, remodeling and real estate;
the Johnson’s will hold them in what
they believe is the home of the future for
many—their own, newly-constructed
home in the Twin Creeks Development
in Central Point to make their point. The
home incorporates “universal design”
principles which include products and
environments usable by all people
without the need for adaptation or

specialized design. In-home examples
include levered handles on doors
and faucets, open floor plans, greater
lighting, wider doorways and halls and
step-free entrances.
The Johnson’s home was built to a
standard created by the Rogue Valley
Council of Governments and Oregon
AARP called “Lifelong Housing.” Their
home was one of the first in Oregon
to meet this standard and has drawn
attention from local, regional and national
media. AARP is currently featuring
the home in an 18-photo slide show on
their Livable Communities website. This
Lifelong Housing standard is now being
introduced in the Portland area.
What makes the home unique is that
while it is fully-accessible to those in
wheelchairs or with mobility challenges,
it looks just like any other new home
with a few exceptions. First, the sweeping
walkway from the sidewalk to the
front porch has no steps. The entrance
threshold is a mere ¼ inch high and opens
into an expansive open concept floorplan
that includes 36" wide doors, accessible
bathrooms (including a walk-in shower
in the master bath) and a 650 square foot
covered patio that is accessible from the
master bedroom, central living area and a
bedroom/office…all with no steps.
With the exploding growth in the older
adult demographic, the Johnsons think
these homes answer the question, “If you
build it, will they come?” Information
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and other symptoms of computer
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To alleviate these problems, you should
first have a comprehensive eye exam to
rule out vision problems and update your
eyeglass prescription. Your doctor may
recommend a separate pair of eyeglasses
customized for use at the computer.
How are computer glasses different than your
regular glasses? They are designed so that the
majority of the lens contains your intermediate
prescription to focus about arm's length away, or
the distance to your computer. If you have a progressive lens
now, the intermediate focus is a small area below center that
requires you to constantly lift your chin to see the computer.
This posture can contribute to neck, shoulder and back pain.
Additionally, with a progressive you must constantly
move your head left and right because of the narrow field of
vision. Customized computer glasses give you a wide field of
vision straight ahead for computer viewing. They may also
have a bifocal in the bottom of the lens for close up reading.
While over-the-counter readers may be helpful,
they are not the best option for most people. Only

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compensate for the difference in power between the
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Prior to your eye exam, sit at your computer and
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here are a few foundations for good health—a
nutritious diet, plenty of exercise and regular
visits with your doctor. Now, there’s a push in
the Rogue Valley to add to that list. Health care providers
throughout the area, as well as national experts, agree
dental hygiene is a key factor in staying healthy.
“It may sound overly simple, but our mouth is
connected to the rest of our body,” said Tyler Scott,
DMD, a dentist with La Clinica. “As we learn more about
medicine, we’re learning more about interconnectivity
between all parts of our body. For example, we’ve been
able to successfully link gum disease to heart disease,
diabetes and even pre-term labor. Maintaining dental
health increases the likelihood that the rest of our bodies
will be healthy.”
Dr. Scott also points out tooth loss can have an impact on
even the most basic aspects of getting or staying healthy.
“If someone has ongoing dental infection which results
in the loss of teeth, one of the big problems we see is that
person isn’t able to maintain a balanced and nutritious
diet. Often times we see people turn to processed foods
because it’s really hard to eat meat, certain fruits and
vegetables if you don’t have the teeth nature designed
you to have to eat those foods.”
In addition to preventing disease and helping
maintain general health, regular dental check-ups can
save patients money. In a 12-month period, Providence
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the Emergency Department due to dental issues. Those
visits add up.
“We are going to treat every patient who walks
through our doors,” said Cindy Mayo, chief executive
of Providence Medford Medical Center. “Unfortunately,
there’s not a lot we can do to heal dental problems. The
hospital isn’t the best place for dental treatment—it’s
expensive and we can’t get to the root of the issue.
Patients need to be able to connect with a dentist who
can keep them healthy and out of pain.”
In an effort to continue creating healthier communities,
together, Providence Medford is donating a total of $30,000
to support dental health efforts at La Clinica and St. Vincent
de Paul. Part of that money is being used to ensure patients
who come to Providence for help with dental problems will
be able to get into a dentist as soon as possible.
“La Clinica has put systems into place that allow for
patients with dental emergencies to have access to a
dentist that same day or the next day,” said Dr. Scott.
“By getting access to a dentist quickly, the person will be
able to get a diagnosis and get treatment that will make a
lasting difference.”
Mayo agrees, “We’re so happy to be navigating a
way in which we can all work together to make our
community healthy as a whole. We’re proud to be
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Joyfull Living by Louise Lavergne
Balance for Health and Happiness

S

eeing all the
hearts around
this month
can be a great
reminder to check
in with your emotional heart and evaluate
how you feel about your life. As I am
writing this article, I just heard on the
news that studies show that a happy heart
is more likely to be a healthy heart. It’s
amazing the number of people, physically
fit and healthy in their 40’s, 50’s and
60’s, who are having heart problems. Of
course there is the genetic factor, but only
working out at the gym is not a
guaranteed cure. We all need to
create more balance in our life
to feel good inside and out.
People who are usually
happy and enthusiastic are
less likely to develop heart
disease than those who
tend to be glum, scientists
say...and boosting positive emotions
could help cut heart health risks,
reported EMEA Health and Science
Correspondent Kate Kelland.
Karina Davidson, PhD of Columbia
University Medical Center led this research.
Her findings suggested it might be possible
to help prevent and decrease the risk of
heart disease by enhancing people's positive
emotions. "Participants with no positive
affect were at a 22 percent higher risk of...
heart attack or angina..." Davidson wrote in
the European Heart Journal.
Over a 10-year period, Davidson and
her team followed 1,739 men and women
who were taking part in a large health
survey in Canada. “Trained nurses
assessed the participants' heart disease
risk and measured negative emotions like
depression, hostility and anxiety, as well
as positive emotions like joy, happiness,
excitement, enthusiasm and contentment;
collectively known as a "positive effect,”
she explained. Those with “positive
effect” had lowered their risk by 22%.
One of the reasons for this is that
positive emotions help lower stress levels.
Stress is one of the major causes of heart
disease. I share in my stress management
book “Yoga on the Go” that practicing
positive thinking with affirmations such
as “Every day in every way I am better
and better” in combination with self-care
routines like yoga (breathing), walking
and meditation, help keep your mind,
body and heart both happy and healthy.
Most people are so busy, so wrapped
up with the external demands of their
life, they become insensitive to the needs
of their own inner well-being until they

experience a health crisis, often relying
on food, alcohol or medication to escape
the stress of life, instead of looking at
the root of the emotional issues. In our
fast-paced world it is so easy to get swept
up with getting things done. Being “too
busy” with work, or somebody else’s
problems are great ways to avoid getting
in touch with your feelings and deal with
what is going on in your emotional heart.
There is nothing wrong with being busy
and getting a lot done, but you need to
have balance and make time to nurture
your spirit and tend to your emotional
well-being on
a daily basis
to experience
true health and
happiness.
The rhythm
of running and
chasing, hiding
and protecting,
compromises your state of presence
and creates imbalance. Take a moment
now: breathe into your belly and as you
exhale, relax your shoulders. Choose to be
absolutely connected to the flow of your
breath coming in and out slowly for a few
more breaths. Feel yourself being present.
Let the peace in your heart embrace you.
The quality of presence you allow yourself
to experience, moment by moment, will be
reflected in the health of your physical and
emotional heart. Improving your quality
of life is enormously simple and equally
difficult. It requires your presence and
participation on a daily basis.
In an effort to support you creating more
balance in your life, I am offering you my
stress management e-book and webinar
Yoga on the Go: Strategies to alleviate
stress and anxiety in everyday life FREE if
you register by Feb. 15, 2015. Email us at
info@louiselavergne.com for more information
or go to my blog or my column: JoyFull
Living at www.jacksonvillereview.com to get
the direct link to register.
Remember to take time to breathe in
gratitude, to live in Joy.
© Louise Lavergne 2001-2015
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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.
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Paws for Thought by Dr. Tami Rogers
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n January 2, our clinic
had the privilege
of participating in
a wonderful event aimed at
improving the quality of life for
two very lucky kittens.
On a regular basis, I spay and neuter kittens for
CATS—Committed Alliance to Strays—at no cost to
them. Throughout 2014, I was able to spay 50 female
cats and neuter 69 males with services valued at over
$14,000. CATS is only one of the local organizations
that we donate time and services to as a clinic and
our involvement with them is simple—they are
an exceptional organization with great
commitment to the animals under their care.
In early December, two kittens were brought
to Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital for routine
spay and neuter procedures through CATS.
However, it was evident that these two kittens
had additional and bigger problems. Both
kittens were born with “eyelid agenesis,”
a condition where a portion of the upper
eyelid does not form. The eyelids aid in tear
production but are also essential for protection
of the eye itself via blinking. As neither of these
kittens had the ability to blink, their eyes were left
susceptible to repeat injury, ultimately leaving the male blind
and the female at risk for serious injury and future blindness.
The male has adapted to this handicap amazingly, his other
senses dramatically sensitized and compensating remarkably
for the loss of sight. He also obviously uses his sister as his
eyes, following her every lead.
I had never seen this condition before, was perplexed
about how to proceed, and frankly felt that their
prognosis was very guarded. Luckily, a board certified

veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Cassandra Bliss, moved
to the Medford area about 3 months ago. Prior to her
arrival, serious eye conditions outside of our scope of
practice had to be referred to Eugene or Portland for
attention. I consulted with Dr. Bliss who generously
offered to donate her time and expertise to correct the
problem for both kittens. On January 2, 2015 she visited
our clinic to help correct the abnormalities.
The female kitten, “Monique,” underwent a
complicated procedure called a Lip-to-Lid transposition
where a portion of the upper lip is used to replace
the missing eyelid. In time, the nerves that normally
innervate the eyelids will grow into the replaced lip
tissue which will allow her to blink
normally. She was also spayed after
completion of the eyelid surgery. The
male kitten, “Sies,” had both of nonvisionary eyes removed and replaced
by ocular prosthetics which will
prevent unnecessary injury and pain
in the future.
Overall, the prognosis for both
kittens is wonderful. They have
an opportunity to live completely
different lives because of the
procedures performed. I am thankful
that I had the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful
event and I owe a huge thanks to Dr. Cassandra Bliss for
coming to our hospital and donating her time. Because
of her expertise and teaching, if I ever encounter this
condition in the future, I will know how to address it and
be capable of performing the procedure.
Dr. Rogers can be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary
Hospital at 541-899-1081 or jvhospital@qwestoffice.net.
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Sanctuary One Announces Exciting Expansions in 2015

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by Westi Haughey, Sanctuary One Board Member & Volunteer

anctuary One, a care farm in the Applegate
Valley, knows that people, animals and the earth
are better together. When one is healed, all are
healed, because we are interconnected. This mission
will get a big boost in 2015 as the Sanctuary makes two
great expansions.
As a nonprofit organization, it's rare to have a donor
approach you with 100 percent of the funds necessary to
complete a project your organization
had only dreamed about. Luckily for
Sanctuary One, that's precisely what
happened a few months ago.
The story starts one year earlier
when a mother, Kristina Driscoll, her
son Wills, and goddaughter Alicia
Theophil, rescued a stray cat, Astro,
who tested positive for FIV. Feline
Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is in
the same class as HIV and can cause
weakening of a cat's immune system.
Kristina's family educated themselves
about FIV and learned that with
proper diet and medical care, FIVpositive cats can lead healthy, normal
lives. Unfortunately, when cats turn
up FIV-positive in a shelter setting
they are typically euthanized to
reduce risk of transmission and medical costs, or to
free-up space for more adoptable cats. After working
very hard to save Astro, Kristina, Wills and Alicia felt
compelled to become involved in the welfare of FIVpositive cats and approached Sanctuary One about
building a safe haven for these special felines.
Part of the Sanctuary's mission includes caring
for animals that are neglected, abused, forgotten, or
misunderstood—building a facility to care for FIVpositive cats does exactly that. The Wills Driscoll and
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existing cat cottage at Sanctuary One, but house the
FIV-positive and negative felines separately, ensuring
safe, comfortable conditions for both populations while
eliminating the chance for the virus to spread. Because
education is an important aspect of the Sanctuary's
mission, visitors will be able to meet the FIV-positive cats
and learn about the many myths surrounding FIV.
Another exciting change at Sanctuary One will be the
expansion of the 35,000-foot organic
permaculture garden. In 2014, the
Sanctuary grew enough produce
to host a booth at the Jacksonville
Farmers Market, but the garden
suffered serious damage after
multiple invasions by hungry deer―a
plight all too familiar to many Valley
residents. Although over the years the
garden was transformed from barren
rocky earth to rich, vital soil, funding
for permanent deer-proof fencing
proved elusive. Finally, through a
generous donation, the Sanctuary will
not only be expanding the garden,
but installing permanent deer fencing
around the entire perimeter. The
garden will be tended by local school
groups, including Ruch Elementary
and Armadillo Technical Institute, under the guidance
of Sanctuary staff. The staff and volunteers expect to get
their hands dirty and grow the greatest harvest in the
Sanctuary's history!
But the new and exciting additions won't truly be
complete until they're shared with the community.
Sanctuary One's 2015 tour season will begin Saturday,
April 25. Tours are offered every Wednesday and
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Drugs of the Future?
by Dr. Jeff Judkins, Animalkind Veterinary Clinic

P

harmaceutical drugs are the
mainstay of healthcare in
both human and veterinary
medicine today. Since Alexander
Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928,
pharmaceuticals have grown to a trilliondollar-a-year industry in the human field,
and over 8 billion a year in veterinary
medicine. While no
one would argue that
advances in modern
pharmacology
have saved untold
lives—of humans
and animals alike—
it is becoming
increasingly clear
that our modern
drugs are not able to
adequately address
many of the health issues in human or
veterinary medicine.
Veterinary Pet Insurance lists skin
allergies, ear infections and urinary
tract problems as the top three reasons
for veterinary visits for pets. All the
above conditions have symptoms that
can be alleviated by the use of various
pharmaceutical medications, but not
always truly cured. Take, for example, a
dog brought to a vet for an ear infection.
An oft-prescribed medication would be
an ointment containing an antibiotic and
an anti-inflammatory drug. The dog's
owners are happy that the problem seems
to be resolved after a week of treatment.
Six weeks later, however, the dog is back
at the vet's office with the same problem.
It's not uncommon for this scenario to
be repeated many times over for myriad
health conditions. The reason? While
modern drugs are well suited to treat
symptoms, they really don't treat the
underlying causative factors of disease.
Consider the use of an antibiotic for
a urinary tract infection. Although the
drug is highly effective in eliminating
the bacteria involved, it does not address
the underlying true disease—the reason
the infection occurred in the first place.
So what is the nature of this disease?
It's one of chronic, or long-term, lowgrade inflammation. This is quite
different from the more familiar acute
inflammation, with its redness, swelling
and pain. This is the same response you
would expect if you were to hit your
finger with a hammer. It’s a good thing,
actually, indicative of increased blood
supply essential for healing damaged
body tissues, or fighting off an infectious
bacteria or virus. Chronic inflammation,
on the other hand, serves no healing

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purpose, and only results in a host of
long-standing, recurring, degenerative
health conditions. In this state, there
is actually an overall decrease in blood
supply to affected tissues.
Chronic inflammation is the underlying
cause of the large majority of health
conditions addressed by veterinarias.
Skin allergies, longstanding digestive issues,
arthritis, urinary tract and
ear infections, are a few
examples. While there
are many drugs that help
to decrease the pain and
dysfunction associated
with these conditions,
there are no current
drugs that address the
underlying inflammatory
pattern. This is an area, however, where
holistic medicine really shines. By
focusing on nutrition, holistic practioners
understand the concept that high
carbohydrate diets (see my article "The
Cause of all Illness" http://animalkindvet.
com/illness) are a major factor in the
development of chronic inflammation.
High levels of omega 6 fatty acids and
low omega 3s found in most processed
pet diets is another important issue.
Fortunately, there are many plant-based
and nutritional medicines at our disposal
that actually do act to help resolve these
perpetually progressive patterns.
It's important to understand that
the use of conventional veterinary
anti-inflammatory drugs commonly
prescribed to treat conditions such
as arthritis, allergic skin disease and
inflammatory bowel disease, actually
suppress an animal's body from resolving
the inflammation naturally. This explains
why these conditions tend to be ongoing
and recurring—the drugs used to treat
these conditions actually perpetuate the
underlying problem.
As the concept of chronic inflammation
and its role in disease becomes better
understood by conventional medicine,
new pharmaceutical drugs will be
developed. These drugs will be able to
decrease blood supply to areas of acute
inflammation without suppressing natural
healing processes, and bring blood to
areas that need more circulation to resolve
chronic patterns. Until then, we at least
have nutritional and herbal treatments at
our disposal to help save our pets from
lifetimes of chronic diseases.
Dr. Judkins is the owner of Animalkind
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that the city netted $680,000 from the
City/MRA Jacksonville Watershed land
swap—funds that are now being tapped
for other purposes. Also note that a
main reason used to justify that sale in
the first place was using the proceeds
for the dam removal. Recently, the City
Council allocated $150,000 of those MRA
proceeds for the Courthouse project and
another $263,000 to pay off the internal
City loan on the Police Department
building. These funds were allocated,
in-part, based upon inaccurate estimates
of the dam removal project. The bottom
line is that $413,000 of the MRA money
has been earmarked for other uses—
money that in my view should have
been placed in a lockbox for the project.
On a Fire Station: Many in the
silent majority believe building a new
firehouse is a more responsible use of
our limited Urban Renewal funds. Due
to the real possibility that the existing
brick fire station may crumble in a large
seismic event, it’s time to discuss redirecting those funds back to this higherpriority project. Assuming council
continues down the Courthouse path,
however, it should, at a minimum, create
a long-range plan to insure a new fire
station is built by the year 2022.

On growth: like it or not, the City is
under a state mandate to plan for growth
and should fast-track updating our
Comprehensive Plan with an emphasis
on development meeting multiple needs.
In my view, the city should select the land
parcel known as JK-1 as its expansion
area—the one providing the best longterm solution for transportation, housing
and commercial growth needs. As a
bonus, it also provides the best location
for a new fire house. With plan updates
needed, the city should invest funds from
next year’s budget (2015/16) to complete
this 1-2 year process by contracting with
outside planning consultants to guide
this effort through Jackson County and
state channels. Additionally, council
should begin a thorough design analysis
of the 5th Street Gateway leading into
Downtown, an area requiring investment
to provide a more dynamic and pleasing
entrance to town. The area contains
vacant and underutilized land parcels
and buildings requiring economic
incentives to make development more
attractive for both commercial and
residential development.
As always, I welcome your comments
on My View and wish you all the best in
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The Jacksonville Effect
by Sharon Mehdi

A

year ago today I was lying on a gurney in the
congested, chaotic hallway of Stanford Medical
Center’s emergency department. A nurse and
an aide were insisting they had to cut my sweater off
so the doctor could better see the mess I’d made of my
shoulder and arm in a nasty fall.
“But it’s my favorite sweater,” I pleaded. A black
turtleneck from Chico’s that didn’t come down to my
knees like most sweaters made for women of normal
height. At 5’2” I looked like hobbit even in clothes
labeled “Petite.”
They glanced at each other. They were young. They
understood.
Twelve hours later I was released, sweater intact, but
body not so much. A torn shoulder, three fractures of my
upper arm, two pelvic fractures and a spinal fracture.
“Here’s a prescription for several weak and worthless
pain pills that should hold you over until you can get
back home to Idaho,” the 12-year-old doctor said.
“Oregon, not Idaho. Jacksonville, Oregon.”
And so it began. The best year of my life.
My friend Nancy and I had moved to Jacksonville
several months earlier. After a lifetime of living all over
the country—all over the world—I had come home. I
knew it the day we signed the lease on a beautiful, sunny
apartment with a 42-foot balcony overlooking South
Oregon Street. A three-second walk to The Good Bean. A
block to Britt. Heaven.
We hadn’t had time to meet many people, make many
friends. But in Jacksonville, I quickly discovered, that
doesn’t matter. We’d moved into the apartment of a
woman named Betty—an elderly actress from New York
and San Francisco who everyone in town knew and
loved. We became known as “The women who moved into
Betty’s apartment.”
The message went out by email: “One of the women
who moved into Betty’s apartment, took a bad fall. Her
housemate doesn’t cook. They need help.” I’m not sure
that’s exactly what the email said, but every day for the
next six weeks, someone —often several someones—

dropped-off casseroles, cookies, flowers, cards, chocolate,
wine, a Pink Panther DVD, and one extraordinary day, a
catered dinner of coq au vin and mashed potatoes.
Our next-door neighbor, a retired dentist, had taken
an energy-healing class from me. First day home after
the fall in Palo Alto, he came over. “Just tell me what to
do. I’ll do it every day.” And he did. Every single day for
months he sent energy and prayers to my broken bones.
The orthopedic group couldn’t believe how fast I was
healing. In three weeks they were having trouble finding
the pelvic fractures on the x-rays. In five weeks I was out
of the shoulder harness. In two months, I was no longer
using a walking stick for the spinal fracture and looking
like nothing had ever happened.
My housemate gained a pound or two from all the
food left on our doorstep, but by early spring, our lives
and my body were back to normal.
“We take care of our own,” a neighbor told us a few
days after we moved to Jacksonville. And that, dear
readers, is the truth. People still pull over to offer me
a ride as I walk home with grocery bags from Ray’s.
They leave sacks of beautifully-ripe tomatoes from their
garden at our door. They sit down to chat at GoodBean
or Pony Espresso. There is a gentle kindness that seems
to hover over this sweet little town unlike anything I’ve
experienced in my years of traversing continents.
Last week we moved from our wonderful apartment
on South Oregon to a house across town that has the
perfect room for me to see clients and a huge studio
for Nancy to create her art. A hundred and thirty-six
trips up and down 17 stairs carrying stuff and every
single one of my once-broken body parts worked. Did I
mention that I’m 75?
A friend showed up at our door on that longest of
long moving days with lasagna just out of the oven,
hand-selected baby greens, homemade dressing, readyto-bake bread and a bottle of wine from DANCIN. The
Jacksonville Effect. That’s what I’ve heard it called.
All I know is that it has been the best year of my life.

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The Jacksonville community
lost a good friend on November
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longtime trolley driver William
“Bill” Caldwell. Bill passed away
unexpectedly at Rogue Valley
Medical Center at the age of 78.
Bill loved everything about the
outdoors, especially fishing. He
also adored sharing his passion for
Jacksonville from behind the wheel
of the open-air Jacksonville trolley.
“Bill #1,” as he was affectionately
called, was one of the most popular
drivers with riders as well as the on-board narrators and
docents. Trolley narrator Jeanena Whitewilson, who
worked with Bill for many years, noted that “Bill greeted
Jacksonville visitors with a wide smile and shared town
history with a passion. He also carried music-goers to the
Britt grounds with loving enthusiasm while maneuvering
the narrow roads from the driver's seat of the Trolley.”
“For all of us trolley narrators,” Jeanena added,
“he loved sharing his excitement of planning a family
rafting trip, driving students to away games, hearing
Jacksonville visitors’ stories and letting the restless kids

ring the trolley bell. Everyone was always
special to Bill 1…I’ll never forget how he
greeted me with Hey Gal!”
In recent years when trolley narrators
were not riding alongside Bill, he took on
the task of narrating the tours himself,
recounting town history like a pro!
Members of the Jacksonville business
community also appreciated Bill’s
dedication to making locals and
visitors feel welcome and special. Steve
Abandonato of the Pot Rack expressed,
“Bill was a gem of a guy…every time I
saw him on the trolley or talked with him
on the street, he always had a smile on his face and had
something nice and positive to say… he was always excited
to share Jacksonville with his riders.” Steve continued, “Not
only did Bill love to share town history, he was great about
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his day by yelling out from the trolley window to him and
others on the street, “Have a cold one for me!”
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Delaney Murray…Helping Kids Do The Math!
The town of Jacksonville is full of great
kids and 13-year-old Delaney Murray is
one of them! She’s just launched a new
venture tutoring students in math as a
means of saving for her college education.
When I first met Delaney in 2012,
she was a 4th-grader at Jacksonville
Elementary School
and her art class
poster “Adventure
in Art” had just
been chosen as the
cover for the March
issue. Though I was
impressed with
Delaney’s artwork,
little did I know that
her mathematics
talent was on-par with her artistic talent.
For years before I met the Murray
family, they’d been grappling with
a major medical situation. Delaney’s
father, Rick Murray, was on the short
list for a heart transplant at Stanford
Medical Center, which he received in
April 2011. Sadly, Rick passed away from
complications after his transplant a year
later in April, 2012 at the age of 56. On the
positive side, he left a lasting legacy to his
children by instilling a love for math…
along with his aptitude for the subject!
Now age 13, Delaney is a 7th-grader
at McLoughlin Middle School where
she has set high goals for herself—just
as Rick had expected. “Ever since my
dad passed away in 2012, I’ve wanted
to use what he taught me…I was really
lucky to have gotten his math genes.
My dad was always the mathematician

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of the family and after he passed away
I promised myself I’d excel in math!”
Delaney’s mother, Vickie, admits that her
daughter is very driven and enthusiastic
and enjoys helping others. Delaney adds,
“Having inspirational parents is the one
reason I am able to succeed today…both
taught me to have
a great work ethic.”
In her spare time,
Delaney also enjoys
paleo cooking, pet
sitting, and putting
on fundraisers for
worldly causes.
Delaney’s
ultimate goal, she
says gleefully, is
“to live a self-run, happy life.” If she
sounds beyond her years, you’re right.
Her plans include becoming a Psychiatrist
and having her own psychiatric medical
clinic, “which requires attending 12 years
of college, including medical school.”
To help cover the cost of her proposed
educational pathway, Delaney set-out
to help earn her way now—by tutoring
3rd to 7th-graders in math. With her
own math scores and proficiency wellbeyond and above her years, Delaney is
now helping students master what comes
naturally to her, from simple math to
Algebra I. Presently, she is working with
a 6th-grade student, helping her achieve
more in the classroom.
To inquire more about Delaney’s math
tutoring service, please contact her at
dmurraytutoring@gmail.com.
By Whitman Parker

News from Jacksonville Elementary School

acksonville Elementary School’s
Pioneers started off 2015 with a
bang at the annual Science Fair, held
January 28th. Kindergarten
through sixth grade students
displayed a variety of
scientific experiments,
observations and collections
at this fun and educational
event. Judges from the
community for this annual
event are always needed—if interested in
helping out next year, contact the school
at 541-842-3790.
Mark your calendars for February
13th from 6:00-8:00pm for the 2015
Jacksonville Elementary Talent Show.
This fun and talent-filled evening features
students performing everything from
poetry recitation, skits, hula hooping,
dance routines and more! Come see our
talented Pioneers in action.
Congratulations to Nick K. and Matson
F. for taking first place at Hoop Shoot.
After winning Jacksonville’s contest, they
competed against other Medford schools
to win the twelve-year-old and ten-toeleven-year-old categories. They will go
on to complete in Coquille at District

Best Design
Sarah M., 4th Grade

Most Beautiful
Jillian D., 4th Grade

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Finals. Way to go!
Returning to Jacksonville Elementary
this year is a Girl Scout Daisy troop, in
addition to our vibrant
Boy Scout community.
The Daisies are a full
troop of first-grade
girls who are learning
to develop courage,
confidence and character.
In its first few meetings,
the Daisies are off and running, including
a Christmas caroling trip to Pioneer
Village. Watch for your neighborhood
Girl Scout cookie sales to begin soon!
Jacksonville Elementary is excited to
announce the winners of this year’s art
poster contest below. This year’s theme
was “Art Magic.” Thanks to our guest artist
judge, Randall Grealish, who took the time
to thoughtfully judge each poster according
to the below mentioned categories. Thanks
also to Christin Sherbourne for all of her
hard work to make this a success.
Congratulations also go to the schoolwide Geography Bee finalists: Brycen B.,
Lucas B., Kadyn C., Becky G., Ian G., Eli
H., Molly H., Henry J., Nick K. and Max
K. You’re going places, Pioneers!

Most Colorful
Julia M., 2nd Grade

Most Fanciful
Elisa L., Kindergarten

Most Original Idea
Abby S., 1st Grade

Best Technique
Jessica H., 6th Grade

WINGS: Celebrating The Life And Work of
Elaine A. Witteveen at Rogue Gallery

Rogue Gallery honors longtime Rogue
Valley artist and Jacksonville resident, Elaine
A. Witteveen in an exhibit of her paintings in
acrylic, watercolor and mixed media through
February 13, 2015. Drawing inspiration from
cityscapes from her many travels and the view
of the Rogue Valley from Jacksonville, Elaine
celebrates the joyous beauty and mystery of life
in rich, textural abstract paintings.
For more information, please call 541-772-8118 or
visit www.roguegallery.org. Rogue Gallery & Art
Center is located at 40 S. Bartlett Street in Medford.

State of the Art Presence Art Center
by Hannah West, Southern Oregon Artists Resource

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mericans for the Arts (www.
americansforthearts.org) Ten
Reasons to Support the Arts
Reason #4: “Arts are good for local
merchants. Attendees at nonprofit arts
events spend an average of $24.60 per
person per event—beyond the cost of
admission—on items such as meals,
parking, and babysitters. Attendees who
live outside the county in which the arts
event takes place spend twice as much as
their local counterparts—valuable revenue
for local businesses and the community.”
Naked Art: No Mats, No Frames,
Great Deals!—Sometimes a person wants
to frame the artwork they purchase to
their own taste and décor requirements.
Given the cost of professional framing,
and since most pieces offered in galleries
are already framed, this can present a
financial conundrum—sometimes even a
deal-breaker—for an interested collector.
Our first gallery exhibit of 2015, Naked
Art, offers an alternative: unframed,
unmounted ORIGINAL art created by
local artists. This is a rare opportunity to
buy fine art without paying for a frame
you intend to replace and to add to your
art collection at a reduced price. Take the
artwork you purchase home the same day
and new works will replace them. Be sure
to visit the gallery weekly to see the new
pieces our artists bring in! There will also
be very unique handcrafted art pieces in
our gift shop including candles, pottery
and wooden items. Naked Art continues
through March 1.
Visit our new offsite exhibits for more
original art created by Art Presence
members:
• Deanna St. Martin’s exhibit of
abstract watercolors at the Medford
Main Library continues through
March 2015
• A new exhibit of watercolor paintings
by Anne Brooke will be on display in
the Jacksonville Library’s Naversen
Room through April.
Art Presence offers a life drawing class
beginning this month. Studio sessions

"Tea Time II" by Linda Abblett

"Santa Fe Sled" by Tom Glassman
will take place every Monday from 1:003:00pm. There will be a minimal fee based
on the number of participants. Please
contact Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057 for
more information and to sign up.
We are excited to celebrate the Year
of the Ram with the Southern Oregon
Chinese Cultural Association on
February 7! Art Presence will host classes
scheduled by SOCCA throughout the
day, including a class on Origami for
children and adults from 11:30am-2:30pm.
Come to Art Presence and learn the art of
authentic Chinese paper folding!
Schedule our conference room for your
class, workshop or meeting! For more
information and to reserve a date, please
contact Anne at 541-941-7057 or email her
via the contact form on our website, www.
art-presence.org.

Hannah West is a Jacksonville website designer and art advocate. She
is the creator and editor of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource (www.
soartists.com), serves on the board of Art Presence Art Center, is a core
founding member of the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon and curates the
monthly art exhibits at GoodBean cafe. See some of her art and web design
work at www.hannahwestdesign.com.

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South State Cellars Rising Stars Music Competition to Benefit LIFEArt
Front (l-r): LIFEArt student Adrian Chavez, student Karla Lopez, mentor Aaron Dykstra, student Mello Saldivar Anaya.
Back (l-r): LIFEArt founder Phil Ortega, mentor Caroline Wasick, mentor Nicole Paradis, student Luis Rodriguez.

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n late February, Jacksonville again takes center
stage of the Southern Oregon music scene when
the South Stage Cellars Rising Stars music
competition returns to town—at Redmen’s Hall. The
five Saturdays of fun starts-off with four semi-final
rounds on February 28, March 7, March 14 and March
21. The final round will be held on Saturday, March 28
on the closed main Britt Stage when this year’s winner
will be announced.
SSC Rising Stars, now in its 4th year, was the
brainchild of Porscha Schiller, Tasting Room and
Marketing Events Manager of South Stage Cellars at 125
South 3rd Street, located just footsteps from the venue.
Having grown the competition every year, Schiller says
the event simply outgrew the limited tasting room space
and will now be held upstairs in historic Redmen’s Hall.
“SSC Rising Stars has become huge…in order to keep it
in Jacksonville, I needed a more open venue that would
still enable South Stage Cellars to participate and be a
major part of the event…with the tasting room within a
few feet, it was the perfect location and solution.”
In past years, winners of the music competition
include ever-popular season one winner Jeff Kloetzel,
season two’s Matt Hill Trio and season three winner
Cee Cee James. Jeff Kloetzel, who is featured on this
month’s cover with two of LIFEArt artists says, “The
South Stage Rising Stars event basically kicked my music
career into high gear and led to an amazing number of
opportunities in the valley and West Coast.” Kloetzel’s
winning prize package included a chance to perform
solo on the Britt Performance Stage and a cash award
that helped fund the release of his first CD, “Long Time
Coming,” just released this December.
“As has been the case since its inception,” Porscha
LIFEArt mentor, Aaron Dykstra

notes, “the event has always had a local, non-profit
beneficiary—all the ticket profits and donations
gathered at the weekend performances go directly to
the non-profit.” Past beneficiaries have included CASA,
La Clinica and the Britt Institute. This year, LIFEArt
was chosen due to the amazing work it does in the
community with at-risk youth.” Porscha was introduced
to LIFEArt by Daria Land, a local
graphic arts designer who sits
on the SSC Rising Stars Board of
Directors. Land, who is personally
involved in several non-profits,
suggested a meeting with LIFEArt
founder Phil Ortega in early
2014. Ortega is employed by the
Jackson County School District
in an Attendance and Homeless
Student Support capacity. It
was then Porscha says, that she
learned that, “Phil was working as
a youth mentor when he caught
two boys in the act of painting and tagging a wall in
downtown Medford…they were tagging it as their way
of dealing with their grief and pain after the suicide
death of a cousin.” To his credit, Ortega didn’t respond
harshly to the act but rather saw magnificent art being
created, albeit on the wrong canvas.
Ortega’s experience that day was the genesis that
led to the birth of the LIFEArt program, an acronym
for Live, Inspire: Freedom of Expression. Now in its
fourth year, the art-not-graffiti program, gives local
teens a creative outlet for expression and an alternative
to gangs, substance abuse, depression and even suicide.
LIFEArt participants create art, hold gallery showings
LIFEArt student, Adrian Chavez

and work with school kids and other at-risk youth in the
community, all with the help of guided mentors, most of
whom have real world knowledge of the arts.
Porscha says she became interested in supporting
the non-profit through SSC Rising Stars after learning
a great deal more about the challenges many local
Rogue Valley teens are facing from pressure and
environmental factors. Located just five miles from
Jacksonville, the LIFEArt Gallery and youth center at
106 S. Grape in downtown Medford houses nearly 250
works of art, all created by kids in the program ages
10 to 22. The art is created using a variety of media
including oil, acrylic and water color paint, digital,
recycled material, graffiti and more. At any given time,
up to 100 unfinished works of art are in production that
will then adorn the walls of the center at a future show.
Porscha adds, “The program was funded in-part by
a $225,000 grant from the Garrett Providence Health
Plan Community Benefits Foundation and includes a
collaborative effort with Life Track and other youthoriented programs. Both the new art center and LIFEArt
program provide a place and means for young artists to
open up about issues they are facing, such as bullying,
depression, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.”
The venue gives youth a way to express themselves
creatively, in a place where they can drop-in and find
the support of caring mentors. In addition, the center
offers FREE art classes every Saturday for youth. The
funding will end in October, 2015.
LIFEArt was originally funded through a Garrett Lee
Smith Memorial grant awarded to several counties in the
state of Oregon from the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration in 2010. The grants
became available through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial
Act, the first federal suicide prevention program targeted
towards youth. The Act is named
after the son of former Oregon
senator, Gordon H. Smith, who
took his own life in 2003.
LIFEArt is in partnership with
United Way, Jackson County Health
and Human Services, Una Voz,
Eastburn Photography LLC, Lenart
Art Education Foundation and the
Oregon Community Foundation
(Latino Partnership Project).
Finally Porscha says, “Everyone
involved in the music competition
and LIFEArt is extremely proud
of the work these kids are doing and so very grateful
to the community for the amazing support this lifechanging non-profit group is getting!” The community
is invited to view an exhibit of art work from program
artists now through the end of March at South Stage
Cellars Tasting Room.
Tickets for the 4th-annual South Stage Cellars Rising
Stars Competition are on-sale now at South Stage
Cellars in Jacksonville, the Music Coop in Ashland
and online at www.southstagecellars.com. For more
information, call 541-899-9120.
LIFEArt Photos by Ezra Marcos
LIFEArt student, Luis Rodriguez

February 2015

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Semi-Finals

Feb. 28, March 7, 14, & 21

FINALS

SEASON 4

March 28

southstagecellars.com

FINALS - March 28

Finals to be held on
The Britt’s closed
main stage!
Tickets On Sale NOW! At South Stage Cellars Tasting Room (Jacksonville) & Music Coop (Ashland)

Redmen’s Event Hall, Jacksonville, OR

12 finalists
Saturday, February 28

Only One Winner!
Saturday, March 7

Saturday, March 14

Saturday, March 21

5 PM

5 PM

Mikaela Gomberg

Darrin Wayne

Ryan Marchand

T.J. Elton

6 PM

6 PM

Michael Quinn & Cherry Wine

Intuitive Compass

Kites & Crows

Key of Three

7 PM

7 PM

The Evening Shades

Danielle Kelly Soul Project

The Mercy Duo

The Brothers Reed

BENEFITING:
LIFEART gives local teens a creative outlet for expression
while struggling with grief, depression or bullying.

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