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Sounding the Alarm – Town Hall Scheduled

t its first meeting this year, the Jacksonville
Budget Committee sounded the alarm about
financial stress our public safety program
faces in future budget years. For now, town finances are
fine, but may not be be so fine starting in 2018. To gather
public input, the City Council has scheduled a special
Town Hall Meeting on March 19, from 10:00am-noon at
Old City Hall—see page 13 for more information.
The bottom line is that increasing personnel costs for
our cops and firemen will soon outstrip our small town
budget, forcing our leaders to make critical decisions.
“My View” is that the majority of Jacksonville residents
now expect to receive current, higher levels of EMT/fire
and police services and that going back to volunteer and/
or part time services is not an option. In “My View,” our
public safety programs are provided at bargain prices
when compared to surrounding Jackson County towns.
During discussions, the City Council will no doubt revisit
annexation into Fire District 3, though it probably won’t
happen…the numbers don’t square-up, evidenced by FD
3 turning us down several years ago, after discovering
Jacksonville has too few residential units to pencil-out.
Today, Jacksonville’s fire department is funded by
the $31 monthly surcharge tacked-onto roughly 1470

household and commercial water bills. This non-taxdeductible fee was the subject of a lawsuit and has been
debated for a decade. Conversely, the Police Department
is funded from property tax revenues out of the General
Fund, representing the largest percentage of the city
budget. “My View” is that residents need to prepare,
especially those on limited incomes, for higher passthrough costs to come. Please DO NOT misinterpret that
I favor higher fees—after eight years of following this
issue closely, I simply doubt there’s an alternative.
The ultimate decision and fix will require citizen
AND City Council input. There are many questions to
be asked including, “Should the City Council simply
increase the fire surcharge and implement a new,
Police-only-surcharge?” and “Should the Council float
a ballot measure for a special tax levy to fund both
departments,” or “Can adequate funding be obtained
from a combination of both a levy and a surcharge?”
If YOU have questions for the City Council, please
join the discussion by expressing “Your View” at the
Public Safety Town Hall Meeting and be part of the
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About the Cover
This month, our cover celebrates the 100th-birthday
of the Judge Frank TouVelle House—one of
Jacksonville’s most treasured and iconic properties.
TouVelle built the home as a wedding gift to his wife,
Elizabeth, which is one of the finest examples of a
Craftsman-style home in Southern Oregon. Today,
the home is a bed & breakfast, owned and operated by
Shawn & Jamie Kerr. Please enjoy “Pioneer Profiles”
on page 35 by Carolyn Kingnorth, President of
Historic Jacksonville, Inc. to learn more about the
famous home and Frank and Elizabeth’s life together.


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“Soul” Proprietor Turns Over Reigns
of the Bella Union

March at the Bella!
& Ale

l-r: Christian Hamilton,
Jerry Hayes and Tom Bates
Recently, ownership of the Bella Union,
(“The Bella”) changed hands when its
founder and soul of the company, Jerry
Hayes, sold his interest in the restaurant
to his long-time employees, Tom Bates
and Christian Hamilton. Hayes has
now assumed a “mentor” role, and will
remain as the Secretary of the corporation
that owns the Bella. What has changed
is that Tom, (49) and Christian, (43) now
each own 50% of the corporate stock. The
future is bright—Bates and Hamilton
are poised to lead the Bella, although
neither anticipates making any major
changes since the “formula” is working
well at this time. Hayes says he, Bates
and Hamilton have been talking about
this sort of “exit strategy” for many years
and that he couldn’t think of a better way
to insure the Bella’s future than putting it
in the capable hands of two of his mosttrusted friends and employees.
Looking back nearly 28 years to 1988,
it’s important to recall that Jacksonville
was partly a “ghost-town” at the
time, with several historic buildings
boarded-up and abandoned. The fact
that Jacksonville’s business district was
in dire straits didn’t faze or deter an
enthusiastic Jerry Hayes and his then
business-partner James Parker from
rolling the dice and opening a new
restaurant. Hayes’ & Parker’s “new”
Bella was actually sited on the same
spot as an original restaurant, “The Bella
Union Restaurant & Saloon,” operated
from 1980-1986 until its owners were
forced to shut-down due to non-payment
of IRS taxes. Somehow, Parker and
Hayes pulled-off the nearly-impossible,
transforming an abandoned building and
opening for business a few months later.
To the delight of locals and visitors, the
new Bella helped put Jacksonville back on
the map, becoming one of “the” places to
gather and celebrate ever since—a core goal
Hayes had from the start of the venture.
In 1990, after a 2-year stint and as
a 39% equity partner and serving as
“Kitchen Manager,” Parker departed,
and voluntarily turned his stock over
to his partner, leaving Hayes as the
sole proprietor. The move led Hayes
to promote his line cook, Tom Bates,
to “Kitchen Manager,” a post Tom has
maintained ever since. Today, with a
wide grin, Tom fondly recalls driving
through Jacksonville back in 1988 when
he noticed construction activity at the
site of the new restaurant. Curious, he
investigated and the next thing he knew,
he’d been hired as one of the Bella’s first

employees, one of hundreds to follow.
Prior to working at the Bella, Bates had
extensive cooking experience and was
a graduate of the American Culinary
Federation. To this day, Bates says he still
uses original recipes first developed in
the Bella’s early days.
Jerry Hayes also recalls that with no
more than a few dollars to his name
but with the financial backing of a few
trusting friends, he and Parker made
some sound business decisions—notably,
great hiring decisions that included that
curious and eager-to-learn 20-something
line cook and a baby-faced, 15-year-old
busboy named Christian Hamilton.
Hamilton, who bused tables for three
years during his high school years, was
later promoted to Server before becoming
the Bartender and ultimately Assistant
Manager. All that time, working side-byside with Tom Bates, both men learned
every operational aspect of running
the Bella, an education enabling them
to now own one of Southern Oregon’s
most successful dining establishments.
Hamilton, who credits Jerry Hayes
with building a great business and
being an excellent boss and mentor,
proudly proclaims that Jerry is also an
indispensable father figure in his life.
Ultimately, Bates and Hamilton say,
it was the nearly 3 decades of Hayes’
leadership and vision that enabled the
“Bella” to prosper, becoming a town icon
and a beloved destination for thousands
of visitors and locals. Hayes, who’s now
67-years-old, says this is the perfect time
of his life to pass the baton to his trusted
first-hires and close friends. In taking a
back seat to his day-to-day operational
role and assuming more of an advisory
role, Hayes is looking forward to watching
Tom and Christian flourish and finding
their own path. However, Jerry isn’t
retiring entirely, as evidenced by the title
on his new business card that reads, “Parttime Restaurateur, Full-time Fisherman!”
Today, the Bella employ 65-85 employees,
depending upon the season, including
Tom’s daughter Megan, who started
working at the Bella while in high school
and Hamilton’s 21-year-old son, Isaac, who
has bussed tables since high school and is
now putting himself through college.
There are literally hundreds of stories
to tell about the impact the Bella Union
has had on its employees, customers and
the town of Jacksonville. At the end of the
day, however, the most important story is
that of a gentle man named Jerry Hayes
who took a risk and never looked back!


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Wonderful home in Jacksonville.
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and lots of off street parking, overlooking Bear Creek. Endless
Potential. (1116) is 4,000 approx. sq. ft. store front, (1132) is
1968 sq. ft. restaurant, (1130) is a 1040 sq. ft. shop. Please do
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2016 Britt Orchestra Season


hile all of the concerts and
programs that we present are
important, the Britt Orchestra
holds a special place as the artistic core
of our organization. The Britt board
and staff are collectively committed
to making sure the Britt Orchestra
thrives, and we were recently able to
celebrate the heart of our
organization in a new
way. Bobby Abernathy,
Director of Business and
Donor Relations, had the
idea for our first-ever
Britt Orchestra benefit
dinner/concert featuring
Teddy Abrams and China
Forbes. After a year of
meticulous planning, on
February 11, 220 lucky
patrons enjoyed a flawless
evening filled with fine
dining, endless spirits
(thanks to South Stage
Cellars) and world-class
Ray Chen
entertainment. Like all
extraordinary moments, it
is hard to capture in words how energetic
and magical the night was…I guess we
will just have to do it again next year so
you can experience it for yourself.
Preceding the wonderful Gala, Britt’s
Music Director and Conductor Teddy
Abrams took the stage to announce the
2016 Britt Orchestra Season. Abrams
announced that the season will begin
early, with two days of concerts at
Crater Lake National Park on July 29
and 30, featuring a world premiere
commission by Michael Gordon that
is inspired by the Park. The season
continues with three weeks of concerts
at the Britt hill, with highlights including
headlining guest pianist Yefim Bronfman
performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto
No. 2; a collaboration with Oregon
Shakespeare Festival company members
that celebrates music inspired by
Shakespeare; the critically acclaimed

pianist Jeremy Denk performing Brahms’
Piano Concerto No. 1; a performance
of Mahler’s massive “Resurrection”
Symphony, and a world premiere
commissioned by Russian-American
composer Lev Zhurbin.
In addition, the season will include
violinist Ray Chen, who will perform
Shostakovich’s First
Violin Concerto;
the return of the
popular Symphony
Pops concert,
featuring Oregon’s
own acclaimed jazz
singer Halie Loren;
a performance of
Amber Waves of Grain,
by Pulitzer Prize
Julia Wolfe; Copland’s
Third Symphony;
San Francisco-based
composer Mason
Bates’s Anthology of
Fantastic Zoology; and
Mussorgsky’s Pictures
at an Exhibition. Mahler’s Resurrection
Symphony will feature soloists Celena
Shafer (who returns to Britt after being
featured in Carmina Burana in 2015), and
Lauren Eberwein, along with a choir
formed by members of the Rogue Valley
Chorale and Southern Oregon Repertory
Singers, under the direction of Chorus
Master Dr. Paul French.
The 2016 season also includes a series
of free children’s concerts in Britt's
Performance Garden. Seven engaging
and interactive mid-morning concerts
will be offered. The concerts will be
created by Gabriel Globus-Hoenich and
Jenifer Knippel, who return after leading
a popular Britt children’s concert in 2015.
More information on this series will be
announced later this spring.
Comments or questions for Britt Festivals?
Email Donna at Visit Britt
Festivals at

Say Cheese! 12th-Annual Oregon
Cheese Festival is March 19
The Oregon Cheese Festival is
back on Saturday, March 19th from
10:00am to 5:00pm at Rogue Creamery,
located at 311 North Front Street (Hwy.
99) in Central Point. This not-to-bemissed culinary
celebration is held
under two large
tents at Rogue
Creamery's Central
Point facility. This
festival is a great
way for guests to
meet cheesemakers
& other artisan
food purveyors.
The Creamery also
has some of its
baby cows on-site
to showcase the
beginnings of great
milk producers!
activities will also
be provided including games, activity
sheets, coloring, face painting and more.
Come sample cow, goat and sheep
cheese from Oregon creameries,
including Pholia Farm, Ancient Heritage
Dairy, Oregon State University,
Ochoa Creamery, Tillamook County
Creamery, Willamette Valley Cheese
Co., Fern’s Edge Goat Dairy, Oak Leaf
Creamery, Rivers Edge Chevre, Briar
Rose Creamery, Face Rock Creamery,
Portland Creamery, Rogue Creamery,
and many others.



Southern Oregon and other local
culinary artisans and beverage providers
also include Lillie Belle Farms, Gary
West Meats, Applegate Valley Artisan
Breads, Ledger David Cellars, South
Stage Cellars,
Serra Vineyards,
Caprice Vineyards,
Willamette Valley
Vineyards, David
Hill Winery, La
Brasseur Vineyard,
30 Brix Winery,
Wandering Aengus
Ciders, Hot Lips
Soda, Clear Creek
Distillery, Bend
Distillery, Wild
River Brewing,
Sierra Nevada
Brewing and Rogue
Ales. Samples and
sales will be offered
at each booth.
Your $15 entry
fee includes tastings and demonstrations;
tickets purchased at the door will be
$20. Entry tickets can be purchased in
advance at
In addition, a $10 wine, beer and spirit
tasting fee is available and includes a
commemorative glass with the Oregon
Cheese Guild logo. For more information
contact the Oregon Cheese Guild website
@, Rogue
Creamery at 866-396-4704, or www. See ad next page.

Sinkhole Appears in Post Office Parking Lot
A Post Office employee carefully peeks
into a newly-discovered sinkhole in the
Post Office parking lot on February 12
that suddenly opened-up when a Rogue
Disposal trash truck drove over the
area. Since its discovery, district postal
officials have been in discussions with the
building/parking lot owner over who’s
responsible for the repair costs. (The
parking lot is NOT on City of Jacksonville
property.) In the meantime, the hole has
become an attraction, drawing curious
onlookers. Similar sinkholes have been
found in town for decades, including a
July 2014 sinkhole in front of the Public
Library, located about 100 yards from the
Post Office sinkhole. Experts agree these
sinkholes are remnants of man-made
mining tunnels that were never filledin after being abandoned. In the 1930’s,

Depression-era “back-yard” gold mining
was commonplace as a means to earn
extra money during hard times.

61st Annual Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Show
Vendors from the Pacific Northwest
and beyond are participating in the
Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Society’s
61st annual Rock & Gem Show at the
Olsrud Arena, at the Jackson County
Fairgrounds. The event is April 2 & 3 and
considered one of the most successful
rock and gem shows on the West Coast!
This show is
definitely a rockhound’s “dream
come true.” Vendors
display and sell their
rocks, gems, minerals,
jewelry, rough rock,
rock slabs, and
more including,
door prizes, raffle,
children’s events, wheel of fortune,
silent auction, thunder egg cutting, and a
fluorescent rock display.
There’s also a great mix of
demonstrators participating in this
year’s show. Have a rock or gem you’d
like to know more about? Gemologist
Danielle Signor will identify your gem,
and Geologists Charles Lane and Monty
Elliott will tell you more about your
unique rock. You’ll also see how to create
“wearable art,” cab your own stone and
learn how to wire wrap a gem or stone,
create beautiful jewelry using copper,

learn more about the art of beading, and
learn how to create a hologram!
Following the Saturday show at
5:30pm, the Crater Rock Museum
will host an auction of deaccessioned,
museum-quality rocks, including crystal
specimens of Calcite, Fluorite, & Quartz,
Petrified Wood, Agates from Mexico,
Montana, New
Mexico & Oregon.
An added plus—now
you can own a bit
of museum history!
Included in the
auction are finished
cabochons by Delmar
Smith, who in 1952
was the first Roxy
Ann Gem & Mineral
Society president and,
who, with his wife Freida, founded the
Crater Rock Museum in 1954.
Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Show hours
are Saturday, April 2, 9:00am-5:00pm and
Sunday, April 3, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Admission: Adults/ $5.00;
Seniors/$3.00; Students/$2.00; Children
under 6/FREE! Proceeds enable the Roxy
Ann Gem & Mineral Society to continue
providing education in Earth Sciences
and to manage and maintain the Crater
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For more information, please call 541-6465782 or 541-608-8091.


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

"Bellissima" Nancy Bardos
Support the Arts ~ Support Your
Community!—The arts are fundamental
to our humanity. They ennoble and
inspire us, fostering creativity, goodness,
and beauty. The arts help us express our
values, build bridges between cultures,
and bring us together regardless of
ethnicity, religion, or age.
University of Pennsylvania
researchers have demonstrated that a
high concentration of the arts in a city
leads to greater civic engagement and
social cohesion. The well-documented
connection between the presence of art
and a thriving local economy is powerful.
With the establishment of the Art
Presence Art Center, Jacksonville now has
everything it needs to be a perfect venue
for tourism: history, wine, music and art!
One of our goals for 2016 is to open the
gallery for one additional day each week.
To accomplish this, we appeal to the
art enthusiasts among our Jacksonville
neighbors to volunteer for one shift of
3 hours each month. We will provide
a sitting schedule and training on the
simple details you’ll need to know. Please
call 541-941-7057 to learn more about
becoming a docent for Art Presence.
The Road to Adventure: Journeys &
Experiences in Travel—Our new exhibit of
travel-themed artwork opens March 4 and
continues through April 24. Come to Art
Presence Art Center and immerse yourself in
artists’ renditions of their own journeys and
travel photography—you may find a visual
memory from somewhere you’ve visited
that is so meaningful you will want to take it
home as a reminder you can enjoy every day!
Join us to meet this month’s participating
artists and view their impressions of The
Road to Adventure at a reception on
Saturday, March 5 from noon-3:00pm.

Art Presence now carries the books
of 17 local authors!—Their publications
include everything from self-help books
to novels and cookbooks to children's
literature. Though we’re not planning
author readings for March, please be sure
to browse the offerings of our esteemed
authors. Pick up a copy to read yourself
or to share as a thoughtful gift!
Art Presence welcomes new artist Lee
Greenstone—whose handcrafted canes
and walking sticks are now on display.
In January one of our artist members,
Ron Moore, passed away—Ron was a
talented photographer and a dear friend.
We will miss him terribly.
Art Presence Offsite Exhibits
• Pioneer Village: “The World is in
Constant Motion.”
Catie Faryl’s retrospective
exhibition of selected works from
the past twenty years of painting—
loaded with meaning, message,
and humor—continues through
April 28.
• Jacksonville Library, Naversen
Room: Elaine Witteveen
Framed works by the late and very
highly respected Elaine Witteveen
are on display in the Naversen
Room through April 4.
What’s Happening Upstairs?—Every
Monday, 1:00-3:00pm: Bring your pencils
and sketchbook and draw professional
models from life in our Figure Drawing
studio. No need to register, just show up
ready to draw! Still just $10/session.
Reserve our upstairs room for your
class, workshop or meeting! Contact
Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057.
Hannah West is a
Jacksonville website
designer and art
advocate. She is the
creator and editor of the
Southern Oregon Artists
Resource (www.soartists.
com), serves on the board of Art Presence Art
Center, is a core founding member of the Arts
Alliance of Southern Oregon and curates the
monthly art exhibits at GoodBean cafe. See
some of her art and web design work at www.

Focus on Hanley Farm

by Rion Glynn, Agricultural Manager
Hosting the "Farm and Food Program"


Hanley Farm is excited to host
the Family Nurturing Center’s
“Farm and Food Program” for
its fourth consecutive growing season!
The Farm and Food Program is an
outreach component
of the Family
Nurturing Center,
Jackson County's
Children's Relief
Nursery. Families visit
Hanley Farm in order
to grow, harvest,
prepare and share
meals together…
experiences that offer empowering,
sustainable solutions to food insecurity,
and the anxiety this causes many families
living in the Rogue Valley.


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The Farm and Food Program provides
three weekly therapeutic groups where
families work together to grow, prepare,
and preserve food from the no-till
garden—strengthening parent-child
The Farm and
Food Program is
currently running
a crowdfunding
campaign to raise
funds for the new
“Mom’s Home
Garden,” including
an irrigation system,
a greenhouse, and a covered outdoor
eating and food processing area. For more
information and how to contribute to this
project, please visit familyfarmandfood.

Hanley Farm is Open to the Public April through October!
Thursdays, 4:00-7:00pm, April-October—Free Admission!
• No-Till Garden Tours lead by the Agricultural Manager
• Self-Guided Tours of the Historic Hanley Property
• Bring a Picnic Dinner—Relax and Enjoy!
Every Third Thursday, 4:00-7:00pm, April-October—Free Admission!
• No-Till Garden Tours lead by the Agricultural Manager
• Self-Guided Tours of the Historic Hanley Property
• Docent-led Tours of the Historic Hanley House. Tours-$5; SOHS Members-$3
• Kids’ Garden Activity
• Wagon Rides
• U-Pick Garden Harvest Days beginning in June!

The Unfettered Critic

by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann


“Autumn Leaves Must Fall.”


e first noticed it in October
of 2014. Singer Paul Revere,
of Paul Revere and the
Raiders, died at age 76. The band was
internationally known, but he’d been
born in Idaho, and shared the stage with
Eugene, Oregon native Mark Lindsay, so
to us it was a local story.
Three weeks later, Jack Bruce, bassist
in the band Cream, died at age 71.
“Sunshine of Your Love” and “White
Room” stand among our favorite songs, so
Bruce’s passing held our attention, until...
Two weeks later, Bobby Keys,
saxophonist with The Rolling
Stones (remember his solo
on “Brown Sugar”), who’d
recorded with artists from Joe
Cocker to Barbara Streisand,
slipped away at 70. We’d once
enjoyed a conversation with
Keys, so his death touched us
as more than just a musical loss.
Twenty days after Keys
was laid to rest, singer Joe
Cocker slid off this mortal
coil. His songs, “You Are So
Beautiful,” and “Up Where We Belong,”
won Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and a
permanent place on our playlist. He was
70 years old.
Then 2015 hit. And hit hard. Cilla
Black, the British singer who’d worked
with The Beatles, said goodbye at age
72. Billy Joe Royal of “Down in the
Boondocks” fame left us at 73. The year
kept moving, but without singer Ben
E. King (“Stand By Me,” “Save the Last
Dance for Me)” who stopped at age
76. The list grew: Oregon’s own Jack
Ely, who rocked the world when he
sang “Louie, Louie” with his band The
Kingsmen, left at 71; Percy Sledge, who
sang “When a Man Loves a Woman,”
passed at 74.
We sensed a trend here, and what
seemed to be driving it is a “7.” As
in: 71; 74; 70; 72... You get the picture.
Sure, behind all of these obituaries are
medical records, and euphemisms like
“long illness.” Yet it’s the “7” that stands
out. We’ve heard that’s the luckiest of
numbers—but not, apparently, when
the calendar puts a “0” behind it and
continues counting.
Enter 2016. Just ten days into the new
year, we were hit hardest by the death of
a man who was only 69—David Bowie.

He’d lived many lives in those few
years—as Ziggy Stardust, as The Thin
White Duke, as Jareth the Goblin King, as
The Man Who Fell to Earth.
He was born David Robert Jones
in South London. When a fellow Brit
gained fame as Davy Jones (of The
Monkees), he borrowed the last name of
an American legend.
Bowie hadn’t planned on being a
singer. His teachers called him “vividly
artistic.” “I want to act,” he told his
friends. “I’d like to do character parts. I
think it takes a lot to become somebody

else.” An early manager tried turning
him into somebody else, encouraging
him to perform like British actor
Anthony Newley. It simultaneously
worked—and failed. Melody Maker
magazine reviewed Bowie’s first (quickly
forgotten) album with “Sounding like a
young, good-looking Anthony Newley
with the writing ability of Cat Stevens,
it’s surprising the talented Mr. Bowie
hasn’t made a bigger impact on the pop
No one could have predicted how
much “bigger” that impact would be.
With hits like “Space Oddity,” “Let’s
Dance,” “Life on Mars?” and “Changes,”
David Bowie won our hearts. His was the
last musician’s obituary we ever wanted
to read.
But... eight days later we heard about
Glenn Frey of the Eagles. He’d been 67.
Three weeks after that the news came
about Maurice White of Earth Wind and
Fire. He’d been 74.
And the beat goes on.
Paula and Terry each have long impressivesounding resumes implying that they are
battle-scarred veterans of life within the
Hollywood studios. They’re now happily
relaxed into Jacksonville.

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Boosters Club News
by Mike McClain, President


lease indulge
me this
month as
I write about a
subject that isn’t exotic but one in which
the Jacksonville Boosters Club has a
vested interest—benches. My first real
appreciation of benches came during
my junior year in high school when,
as a starting guard on our basketball
team, was benched for an inappropriate
reaction to two back-to-back fouls called
against me. This embarrassment was
only enhanced when I faced my father at
home that night.
Fast-forward to Jacksonville in
2016 when I can write and talk about
our benches with pride and with no
embarrassment whatsoever! There are
four major places where benches can
be found in
and around
Jacksonville. Up
in our Historic
Cemetery, there
are numerous
benches in a
variety of styles.
Many have
been purchased
and placed near
gravesites by
family members
of deceased;
others have
been purchased
as gifts to the cemetery and are located at
appropriate locations. All offer a chance
for peaceful prayer, meditation and
reflection and, as such, add a great deal
of charm to our beautiful cemetery.
A stroll up to Britt Gardens and to the
Jacksonville Woodlands trail network
will take you past a number of benches
placed for rest and viewing. I have
spent considerable quality time at the
kiosk bench at the upper Britt parking
lot, recovering from a run on the trails.
People who felt an appreciation for
the wonderful Woodlands trails have
purchased many of these benches we
enjoy today…what a nice gift!
A mile up Reservoir Road out of
Jacksonville will lead you to another
amazing trail network that’s owned
by the City of Jacksonville and under
the umbrella of the Jacksonville Forest
Park volunteers. Here, a number of
strategically-placed benches can be
found, usually at ideal viewing spots.
My wife and I had our Christmas card
photo taken at the bench at the top

of Twin Peaks Trail, which on a clear
day provides a panoramic view of
Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
The greatest concentration of benches,
of course, can be found in downtown
Jacksonville. A number of the benches
outside the downtown businesses have
been purchased by the business owners,
however, 20 of them are owned by the
City and are maintained, repaired and
restored by the Jacksonville Boosters
Club. We recently installed plaques on
most of these benches that read, “Bench
Courtesy of Jacksonville Boosters Club.”
While something as simple as
downtown benches should be easy to
maintain and deal with, the Club has
realized it’s a more complex issue than
first thought. Thus, at the last Board
of Directors meeting, we adopted a
Policy.” While
there are a
number of
aspects of this
Policy, the most
important is
clarification and
direction on how
to fairly handle
requested in
the future. Our
new policy
clearly outlines
the requirements for adding dedication
plaques to the six benches that currently
do not have a plaque or for additional
benches in the future. For example, any
dedication plaque must honor a person(s)
who had significant ties to Jacksonville,
must be of bronze and fit on a single rail
to conform in style with existing plaques.
In addition, the Boosters Board needs to
approve the language on the plaque, and
a minimum donation must be made to
the club for future repair, maintenance
and replacement purposes.
The Boosters Club believes that our
downtown benches enhance the livability
of our fair town and recognizes they
are well-used and appreciated. Our
work in this area is just another way
of following our mission, “To advance
the general welfare and improvement
of Jacksonville.” If you are interested in
joining us in this effort and others, please
contact us at
Photo of locals David Jesser and Bernie
Croucher is by Paula Block Erdmann.

Divide Camp Helping Local Veterans
Tucked away in a remote area of
Northeast Oregon is a place called Divide
Camp. It sits on top of a ridge called
“the divide” between two watersheds.
Committed to honoring the service of post9/11 combat wounded veterans, Divide
Camp offers healing and hope through
nature and outdoor recreational therapies.
They host small groups of veterans in the
majestic Wallowa Mountains near Joseph,
Oregon and give them the opportunity to
“unplug” from the stresses of their daily
lives, connect with others who understand
their struggles, and participate in
customized outdoor activities. All services
are provided at no cost to the veterans.
Veterans served are primarily from
Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. Oregon is
presently home to nearly 27,000 post-9/11
veterans. Many have suffered physical
injuries, lost limbs, limited mobility, and
chronic pain as well as those invisible scars
of war—Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), and
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). According
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 928,000
(three in ten) post-9/11 veterans have
service related disabilities. These wounded
veterans experience higher rates of marital
problems, unemployment, suicide, and
substance abuse than their veteran peers.
The current suicide rate among both active
duty and veteran service-members is 25 per
day—up from an average of 22 per day just
two years ago.
The goal of Divide Camp is to use
outdoor therapies, peer support, and
the healing power of nature to help
wounded warriors improve the quality
of their lives—to restore their spirits and
help them regain a sense of purpose and
self-confidence so they feel empowered
to achieve their full potential. Programs
like those provided by Divide Camp are
nothing short of life-saving for struggling
veterans who have either fallen
through the cracks or have not found
the help they need through the current
overburdened and pharmacologicalfocused veterans’ healthcare system.
Amplifying this need is the fact that
approximately one million more service
members will leave the military and enter
civilian life over the next several years. We
owe it these brave men and women who
have willingly sacrificed so much on our
behalf to help them find a new “normal”
and successfully transition from military
life back into our communities.

Divide Camp is a small, grassroots
organization originally envisioned to be
a healing refuge for hurting veterans.
The property was purchased in the
1960’s and log cabins were built to host
elk hunting clients for Jim and Rita
Fossen’s guide service. After Jim’s death
in the early 1990s, the cabins fell into
disrepair and extreme deterioration. Rita
currently resides at Pioneer Village in
Jacksonville. Since 2012, their daughter
Julie and a group of dedicated volunteers
have worked tirelessly to renovate the
place into a safe, comfortable, and serene
retreat for veteran guests. Many of the
volunteers come from the Rogue and
Applegate Valleys. One of the camps
largest civic organization supporters
is the Jacksonville Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW) group. Nonprofit status was
granted in April, 2014.
To date, work includes restoring
four of the five cabins; installing a solar
system that provides electricity and
running water; building an outdoor
picnic shelter and shop from logs milled
on the property; and constructing both
a pistol and rifle range. A 3-D archery
course will be completed this year, 20
targets have already been donated.
Divide Camp has two Action Trackchairs
and plans for accessible lodging and
restroom facility.
The first guest was welcomed in
September, 2013. His experience was so
profound he now serves on the Board
of Directors. In 2014, four veterans
spent time at camp even though critical
renovations had not been completed.
Despite working with no paid staff and
a limited budget, 2015 was the first full
season of programs serving 20 veterans.
Activities included fly fishing, rafting,
deer and elk hunting, a writing workshop
and archery hunting based at the camp.
The goal for 2016 is to serve 48 veterans.
Divide camp is operated by
volunteers—the board members and staff
are not paid. All donations go directly
to the veterans programs. An upcoming
dinner/auction at the Jackson County
Expo on March 19 will help fund the
2016 programs. To learn more about
Divide Camp, to make a donation or to
fill out an application—visit the website
at or phone Julie Weaver,
Director, at 541-531-9939.

Firewise Program Expanding Like Wildfire!
Plans to increase the number of
Jacksonville neighborhoods whose
residents have chosen to work with
each other to
create safer
for all, during
fire season, by
space around
their homes
are coming to
Recently, the
of “Gold
and “Vineyard View” were recently
recognized as nationally-certified
Firewise communities. Chief Devin Hull
made the announcement at the February
16th City Council meeting.
By working together to clear yard
debris and flammable plantings from
around their homes, residents have made
themselves and the entire neighborhood
safer in the event of a wildfire by
eliminating fuel sources.
Within the next several months,
program leaders hope to bring several



other Jacksonville neighborhoods into the
Firewise program. Jacksonville currently
has three certified communities.
The spring
Firewise events
will include a
neighborhoodwide debris
collection in
the Westmont
community on
Saturday, April
30 from 9:00am
to 2:00pm.
Vineyard View
will conduct
a Firewise
activity on Thursday, May 5 and Gold
Terrace will host a Firewise BBQ on
Sunday, May 15th.
If you are interested in finding out how
your neighborhood can become Firewisecertified, please contact Chief Hull at
541-899-7246 or Michele Brown-Riding at
In photo l-r: Michelle Brown-Riding,
Program Coordinator, Gayle Lewis, Gold
Terrace Coordinator, Ron Holthusen,
Vineyard View Coordinator, and Chris
Arnold, Westmont Coordinator.

Information including veteran applications and
ways to donate:
P.O. Box 49 • Joseph, OR 97846


“Lost at Sea” Survivor to Tell Story
as Benefit for Needy Child
by Meri Haworth
“Meri, we’re in trouble. Please call the
church and ask the congregation to pray
for us.” That was the brief and distressing
phone call that I received from my
husband, Bob Haworth, via satellite
phone last August 27th. Bob was calling
from the 46-foot ketch-rigged
sailboat, “Glory” which, at that
moment, was floundering in
the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Before he could divulge any
details about the trouble they
were in, the phone went dead
and I later learned that he never
could hear me on his end.
Bob had been invited by
our accountant, Rick McGee,
to crew on his boat and assist
with sailing “Glory” home to
Los Angeles from Honolulu.
Although Bob has had some
sailing experience as a Sea
Scout on Emigrant Lake
during his school days here in
the early 1960’s, and in later
years on Puget Sound, he had
never sailed on the open sea.
Capt. Rick assured Bob that
this would be an easy crossing
and that, as a former member
of Rick’s favorite group, “The Kingston
Trio,” Bob’s main duty would be to
provide musical entertainment. So, along
with a third crew member, they set sail
from Honolulu in mid-August with
expectations of a care-free leisurely trip.
Halfway through their voyage things
began to go sideways. It started with
“Glory’s” mast snapping off, sending
her sails to Davy Jones’ Locker. With
only enough fuel for a few more days of
motoring, and still 1300 miles from LA,
the guys realized that they were in real
trouble. A fortuitous encounter with a
Chinese freighter offering assistance with
refueling turned nearly deadly due to
rolling seas that caused “Glory” to collide
several times with the freighter. This
resulted in serious damage to “Glory’s”
hull, the price paid for the successful
transfer of enough diesel fuel for a few
more days of motoring.
Then “Glory” began having engine
problems, necessitating daily repairs.
As a consequence, the batteries were
not being charged, and the minimal
electricity available had to be diverted
to essential navigation equipment. That
meant no food refrigeration or cooking as
well as failure of the two toilets on board.
Due to my inability to communicate
with Bob, I had no information about
the details of their situation. Friends
watching weather reports from the area
where we believed they were located
informed both my parents and me that
a hurricane was pounding that part of
the Pacific. Rumors of exceptionally high
waves, driving rains, sharks and even
(LOL!) sea monsters began to circulate and
all we could do was pray for their safety.

Now, at this point some of you
may be humming that old Kingston
Trio song: “Did he ever return? No,
he never returned, and his fate is still
unlearned…” But actually, the power of
prayer prevailed and Bob and the other
crew members were
reunited with solid
ground on September
6th, the day of our 25th
wedding anniversary!
Ah, but I haven’t told
you the story of how
they were rescued. And
that’s one of the best
parts of this saga.
So, I’m going to
leave you on that
invite you to hear the
whole story from the
sea-horse’s mouth,
so to speak. This is
a free event at the
new Jacksonville
Presbyterian Church,
425 Middle St., on
Saturday, March
12th, starting at
12:30pm. Bob Haworth
will present his “Learning the Power
of Prayer,” story, complete with a
powerpoint presentation of photos and
videos from the trip, and even a couple of
songs he wrote while lost at sea.
In conjunction with this event we want
to introduce you to another life story
deserving of our prayers and support. Bob
and I recently had the pleasure of meeting
darling 23-month-old Noah James, who is
in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
(You may have seen the cute photo of
Noah strumming his ukulele on the front
page of the Sunday, Jan. 17th issue of the
Mail Tribune.) At our event on March 12th,
Jennifer James, Noah’s mother, will tell
his story, including the discovery of his
problem five months before he was even
born. She will walk us through what the
two of them have faced, what procedures
have taken place, and what is in store for
both of them in the near future.
When I first approached Noah’s
grandfather, Jim James, about my
interest in providing this opportunity
to tell people about Noah, he was
overwhelmed with the idea and guided
me to COTA—the Children’s Organ
Transplant Association—at
After hearing Noah’s story I hope you’ll
be moved to donate a little bit to help the
James family with their ongoing expenses
related to his transplant. Donations for
Noah’s transplant may be made online at I will also have
envelopes at the March 12th event in case
you would prefer to write a check for your
tax-exempt donation to the COTA for
Noah James fund. You may then leave your
envelope in a box at the event or drop it in
the mail later. Hope to see you there!

Photo by Jim Craven

March Madness at
Red LilyVineyards!

Get those Irish eyes a smilin’ at Red Lily Vineyards!
Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, beer flights
& amazing wines throughout
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!
11777 Hwy 238
12 miles West of Jacksonville
(541) 846.6800
Open Thursday-Sunday, 11-5 p.m.
6735 Cyprus Drive, Central Point
A remarkable property on over 67 acres! 2850 sq ft, 5
bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2 story home with hardwood floors,
newer carpet, new propane furnace, attached garage and a
downstairs ensuite bedroom/bath. Master suite upstairs with
3 additional bedrooms. End of the road privacy with views
of the valley and Mt. McLoughlin. Large shop building, 3
sheds, small barn and fenced areas for animals. 2nd unit is a
756 sq ft mobile needing a little TLC but rented until recently.
Convenient location to I-5 and Central Point School district.
Two-family set-up potential, 60+ gpm well (per owner) and
lots of room for animals, hiking, 4 wheeling and ? 2 separate
tax lots with the possibility of splitting the property per
JC Planning. (Buyer to complete their own due diligence)
This size property is not available very often, don’t miss it!

7107 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville


If you are searching for a private, serene setting this amazing
property may be the one! A stunning home built in 2005, with
fabulous expansive views overlooking a private picturesque
valley with mountains in the distance. Located just outside of
Jacksonville and Medford, this gorgeous 3,500+ sq ft, 3 bedroom,
3.5 bath home has walls of windows and spacious rooms with
soaring ceilings. Beautifully appointed with hardwood floors,
granite, slate tile, painted trim, moldings and outstanding
cabinetry. A sunny kitchen/nook with gas cooktop and huge
pantry. Living room with fireplace and french doors to a large
deck to enjoy the views. Sun room, huge bonus room with 1/2
bath, certified wood stove and a convenient office or playroom
area. This home is stylish, elegant and has a natural, light filled
environment. All of this on a wonderful wooded 22+ acres.


110 Ponderosa Way, Jacksonville
A private retreat, in the heart of Historic Jacksonville OR! This
single story home, built in 1997, features vaulted ceilings,
hardwood floors throughout, beautiful built-in cabinetry,
a split bedroom floorplan, central vac, surround sound, air
filtration, fireplace, granite countertops and an oversized 3
car garage with convenient attic storage areas. Located on
a knoll, this level 1/2 acre lot is beautifully landscaped and
affords complete privacy in the backyard. Beautiful views,
a circular drive, paved RV parking, a large covered deck area
and a fabulous water feature with a large pond full of beautiful
koi! A complete backyard paradise! Huge master suite with a
bath complete with jetted tub, double sinks, walk-in closet
and French doors to the covered patio and hot tub. Large
kitchen, open to the family and dining area, with crisp white
cabinets, built-in buffet and large peninsula for added seating.
Short distance to all the Jacksonville lifestyle has to offer!


Dixie Hackstedde
Old photo and comment from Carolyn Kingsnorth of Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on the
sinkhole that opened-up in the Jacksonville Post Office parking lot on February 12, 2016:
"Pretty good guess it's a mine shaft. Here's a picture from 1932 of a mine shaft being dug
in that very area. The small one-story building is the old railroad station/Visitors Center.
The blank space through the canopy over the mine shaft is where the post office is now."

Principal Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS e-PRO, GRI
Cell: 541.944.3338
Toll Free: 800.888.5706
Fax: 541.772.2010
871 Medford Center
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Corner of 4th & Main

News Updates on the Jacksonville Community
Center by Jeanena Whitewilson

The Buzz on our Community Center


acksonville Community Center
is in the buzz. Our school and
community organization surveys
have been the guiding force to develop
the expansion and remodel at 4th and
Main Streets. Here are a few quotes
from Jacksonville neighbors, community
volunteers, and future leaders who
have used JCC & look forward to new
opportunities there. Sampson House is
available for continued use while the
expansion is underway. Contact us at
541-767-8493. Call Hope to schedule use
of a room 541-702-2205.
“I feel most fortunate to have the
Jacksonville Community Center as a
place to hold meetings and gather to
discuss events and activities involving
the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic
Cemetery, the Jacksonville Cemetery
Commission, and the Boosters Club. As
most of us know,
meeting space
can be difficult to
arrange, especially
on short notice.
The space at the
Community Center
can accommodate
small groups
to fairly large
groups and the
process of making
arrangements is
easy. It is a very comfortable space and
all the groups that I have followed leave
it in a clean and organized condition.
This I attribute this to people really
appreciating the room being available to
them. My hope is that local Jacksonville
organizations will continue to meet
there to plan all the various events and
activities for the community such as
Meet the Pioneers, History Saturday,
Historic Home and Garden Tours to
name a few that I am involved with.”
~Dirk Siedlecki, President, FOJHC
“Jeannie's and my children have played
in the fenced yard behind work until
our closing time
or until another
family member
can pick them up
after school and
during school
holidays. We look
forward to having
a local safe place
where the kids can
go for activities.
between school and
the Community Center would be perfect
for parents that have such a hard time
getting off work in the middle of their
work day. Gracie wants dance classes.
That would be good.” ~Pattie Bakke (and
Gracie), Mustard Seed

“I’m excited about the opportunities at
our local community center. I wished for
a place to meet pre-natal friends when I
was expecting Ruby. Now I crave a place
to meet other young mothers as I have
a baby and a toddler. It’s a whole new
thing being a new mother. I need others
for socializing and an avenue to find
reliable child care
for an occasional
few hours with
my husband, Jeff,
to run errands or
respite. Since Ruby
is experiencing
those twos, we go
out of town for
brief music classes
so she can learn to
listen in a group and
socialize with other little people. It would be
wonderful not to need to drive out of town
for these short classes. Both of the girls also
have ill-weather birthdays. We look forward
to the Jacksonville Community Center’s
expansion to be open for the girls’ larger
birthday parties and for mom and baby
activities.” ~Ashley (and Ruby) Cole
“Having a place to play music with
friends or rehearse for our ‘Trip Meter
Band’ gigs has been so good this last
year, we are now performing around
the valley. We’re
donating our music
and connections
to gather sponsors
and other
musicians for
the Community
Center’s spring
fundraiser.” ~Cliff
Beneventi and Ken
Snoke, Trip Meter
Band Musicians
“I work evenings baking at Good Bean,
and Saturdays with Oregon Stewardship
while taking college-ready classes at
South Medford High School. A few of
my classes have been difficult, especially
pre-calculus. I’ve been fortunate to have
a college graduate student as a tutor.
We meet in busy
coffee shops or at
home between our
work and school.
There are a lot
of distractions.
The idea of a
small quiet space
for after-school
tutoring at the
Community Center
is great. I had piano
lessons with Kaylea there one summer
and that was fun, too. Renting the kitchen
to bake for parties and markets or taking
classes seems exciting.”
~Sarah Villarreal, Senior SMHS


City Snapshot
Budget Season Begins—In advance
City Council 2/16/16—In Staff
of its first formal Budget Committee
Reports…City Treasurer Stacy McNichols
meeting of the year and the city’s formal
filled-in for City Administrator Jeff Alvis,
“budget letter,” a quarterly work session
and reported that the shake roof on the
was held on February 4 to start crunching Police Department “Hinger House” was
budget numbers. The committee is
in need of replacement, at an estimated
comprised of all 7 City Councilors
cost of $15,000. On the topic of house
and 7 volunteer members, who meet
repairs, Ian Foster from the Planning
4 times/yearly. The takeaway from the
Department then followed with a briefing
session is that the city is facing revenue
on the ongoing saga surrounding the
shortfalls starting in
historic Keegan
2018-19 as a result
House, located near
of increasing Police
the Bigham Knoll
and Fire Department
Campus. The home
costs. The committee
is bank-owned and
discussed the need to
in a serious state of
look at all options to
neglect, forcing the
increase revenue and/
city to take legal action
or cut costs including,
under its “Demolition
selling assets/buildings,
by Neglect” standard.
cutting staff, increasing
Foster reported
fire surcharges,
progress in the matter,
implementing new
noting that permits
police-only surcharges,
to remove a shed,
receiving cannabis sales
an outbuilding and
taxes, floating a public
a fence had been
safety tax levy ballot
obtained and that work
measure, and cuts/
should commence
alterations to existing
soon. Fire Chief Devin
Mayor Becker with 2015 Person of
services/programs. In
Hull briefed council
the Year, Steve Casaleggio.
conclusion, the Budget
on the success of the
Committee agreed that everything was
Firewise Program and presented Gold
on the table, and then set its first formal
Terrace resident and Firewise coordinator
budget meeting of the year for March 17
Gayle Lewis with neighborhood street
at 4:00pm at Old City Hall—all meetings
signs. (See Firewise article on page 10.)
are open to the public.
Council approved the city’s yearly
Recycling Session—Prior to its regular Organizational Charts and updates to
session on 2/2, Councilor Criss Garcia led its Personnel Manuals. Council also
a productive study session on the status
approved a 50/50 police department/
of the city’s current recycling program
city “Lexipol” grant for a $1,293 to
and introduced ideas to increase public
be matched by the city’s insurance
awareness and participation. After
provider to assist the department in
discussion, a pilot-program to make
writing policies that ultimately reduce
recycling bins available in all city parks
exposure to lawsuits.
was forwarded to the Parks Committee
City Office Buildings for Sale?—
for further study and comment.
With city offices scheduled to move
City Council 2/2/16—Mayor Becker
to the restored Courthouse this year,
opened the session by honoring
Council discussed what to do with the
Jacksonville resident Steve Casaleggio
current City Office building, known
as Jacksonville’s 2015 “Person of the
as the “Miller House” and the Police
Year.” The mayor noted that Steve’s
Department building known as the
many years of volunteer work have
“Hinger House.” During discussion,
benefited the community greatly. (In
Councilors Jocie Wall and Brad
December, the Review named Casaleggio
Bennington suggested looking at options
and Rob Buerk as its 2015 Volunteers
including leasing-out the property as
of the Year.) Steve Casaleggio has been
opposed to selling them and the need for
involved in numerous projects including
an updated “matrix” of what properties the
the restoration of the Peter Britt Gardens
city now owns with current rents/expenses.
and development of the Forest Park
At the conclusion of the discussion, Council
Master Plan and has also assisted the city
not only agreed to provide the funds for
with some financial planning matters.
a professional appraisal of both houses,
He currently serves as Chair of the Parks
but directed staff to update its list of cityCommittee and sits on the Mayor’s
owned properties for an upcoming “costAdvisory Committee. In addition
benefit” analysis. Council also suggested
to working on numerous cemetery
that budgetary issues facing the city make
restoration projects with the Friends
re-analyzing current leases on the Brunner
of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery,
Building (Thrift Shop) and Children’s
Steve has also served as President of
Museum (Art Presence Center) a priority.
the Boosters Club, where he is still an
Public Meetings Scheduled—Before
extremely active and cherished member.
adjourning for the evening, staff and
In other Council action, approval was
Council scheduled two public meetings
granted for Historic Jacksonville, Inc. to
including a Town Hall Meeting on
apply for a Certified Local Government
budgetary issues facing the Police and
grant for painting the exterior of
Fire Departments for Saturday, March
the Beekman House. Mayor Becker
19 from 10:00am-noon at Old City Hall
introduced Jacksonville resident William
and a Study Session on the new city
Stimson as the newest member of the
Model Charter on Thursday, April 14 at
Public Safety Committee.
6:00pm at Old City Hall.

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

January 15 to February 17, 2016
Call Type – Total Calls

There will be three (3) City Council positions up for election.
The Mayor position is up for election.
Packets will be ready for pick up with the City Recorder on
May 30, 2016. This packet will include instructions on how to
obtain signatures and file your forms for nomination.
For questions please contact the City Recorder at or 541.899.1231 ext. 312.


Abandoned Vehicle - 5
Alarm - 10
Animal Complaint - 3
Assault - 1
Assist - Other Gov't/Law
Enforcement Agencies - 85
Assist Public - 83
City Ordinance - 4
Civil - 3
Custody - Mental Hold - 1

Disturbance - Noise - 1
Fraud - 1
Fugitive - 1
Impound - Repossession - 1
Larceny - Theft - 4
Property - 5
Suspicious - 13
Traffic/Roads - Other - 6
Trespassing - 1

A Few Minutes with the Mayor

City of Jacksonville
110 E Main Street
PO Box 7
Jacksonville OR 97530

by Paul Becker

Downton Abbey…Revisited


ownton Abbey has ended. We
knew it must. One of the most
watched series in television
history, it carved out a special niche in
the hearts of its audience... one that will
be difficult to ever duplicate. Even its
cast may never again see a production
as beloved worldwide as this one. Along
those same lines, if you were an actor
fortunate enough to be in “Gone With
The Wind,” whatever more important
could you do for the rest of your career?
There are many reasons for the success
of Downton Abbey... great casting, solid
direction, and incredible sets. But all
great films possess
one essential
element... a
well-written and
solid story. And,
if it's historically
accurate, so much
the better. Here,
the story is of a
family trying to
hold on to not
only its traditions
in the face of
rapidly-changing times, but to its very
property which provides a living for so
many. Seeing other great estates failing,
the family begins to change its business
model, while at the same time, running
on a tighter and ever-more reduced
budget. Even so, expenses continue to
outpace income, forcing more cuts in
staffing levels. As “Carson,” the butler
says to Thomas the under butler, "These
days, who ever has an under butler?" In
short, Thomas is to be let-go after more
than a decade of service.
Downton Abbey ends on this note...
a realization that even this great
estate's days may be ending. Sadly,
after World War II, most of those
castle-estates did vanish.
Watching the sixth and final season,
I realized there was a strong parallel
between this show and the current
fortunes of our own beloved City.
Most of us moved here because of its
size. Like the Crawleys in their castle,
we love our quality of life and want to
maintain it. Yet, just like the Crawleys,
our city resources become less sufficient
year by year to maintain that quality
of life. In each case, ever-increasing
expenses, due in-part to rising labor
and material costs, as well as less than
adequate income, make it more and more

difficult to properly staff operations. In
the Crawley's case, it’s the vast army
of people the estate needs in order to
function. In Jacksonville's case, it's the
people who constitute city government,
paid for by a frozen level of income,
that can never be increased. Measure 50
established a permanent tax rate limit
for all Oregon taxing jurisdictions. That
limit was based on 1997 property tax
numbers. In Jacksonville’s case, the tax
we receive is $1.84 per thousand. It has
never increased in twenty years and
there is nothing the City can do about
it. No matter how much your property
taxes went up in
these past years,
continued to receive
the same amount—
not a wise business
To add insult
to injury, our
tax rate is one of
the lowest in the
state. Medford
receives $5.29
per thousand… almost three times as
much. When the state legislature passed
proposition 50, they completely ignored
what would happen to smaller cities, and
today many of them are worse off than
our City is.
In the Jabberwocky land of television,
a writer can tackle problems in whatever
fashion he or she chooses. In Downton
Abbey, the writer broke off the narrative
before the Great Depression and left
the story with no financial solution. In
Jacksonville, the narrative continues
while the ebb and flow of life continues
with no convenient escape from our
financial problems.
Somerset Maugham wrote, "Money is
like a sixth sense—and you can't make
use of the other five without it." And
also true—you can't run a city without
it. We've done a pretty good job until
now. We can match the quality of our
police force and our fire department
against any other in the region. You
have every reason to take pride in both.
Each is professional and dedicated... and
each has been operating at a lower cost
than their counterparts in other cities.
Now, it is our task to find a way to move
forward, continuing their vital services
which contribute so much to the safety
and the quality of life in our City.

City of Jacksonville


A town hall meeting will be held to discuss the
livelihood of our Fire and Police Departments.
This is the chance for the public to speak
regarding their views and needs for City Services.

Saturday, March 19
Old City Hall
205 W Main Street
Jacksonville OR 97530
“We can match the quality of our police
force and our fire department against
any other in the region. You have every
reason to take pride in both.”
~Mayor Paul Becker

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Chamber Chat

Let's Talk Real Estate

by Tim Balfour, Executive Director
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

by Graham Farran, Expert Properties

Thank You SOCCA for Chinese New Year!


n behalf of the Chamber
board and members, I want to
express our great appreciation
for the wonderful Chinese New Year
Celebration. SOCCA, the Southern
Oregon Chinese Cultural Association
is the leading force behind this day-long
event which brings many people to town
and highlights
the history of
the Chinese
in Southern
Oregon and
the overall
of the Chinese
a non-profit
that was
exclusively to coordinate the Chinese
New Year Celebration. They bring in the
entertainment and Chinese dance teams,
recruit entrants for the parade, plan all of
the demonstrations and events, including
a Fun Run, and arrange multiple venues.
Many people incorrectly think that the
Chamber is the coordinator of this event
and we want to be sure to give credit
where credit is due. The Chamber helps
SOCCA with parade implementation and
works in cooperation with the Jacksonville
Boosters for the hanging and removal
of the colorful Chinese lanterns. But it is
the SOCCA Board that is responsible for
putting on this wonderful event. Board
members include Grace Chu, Terri Gieg,
Katherine Greene, Jeresa Hren, Debra Lee,
Joey Ngan, Meiwen Richards, Virginia
Silbowitz and Maureen Smith.
We would also like to thank the

sponsors of the event: US Bank,
Confucius Classroom St. Mary’s School,
Peter W. Sage, the City of Jacksonville,
Jacksonville Inn, United Risk Solutions,
Lithia Auto Stores, and the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival.
Moving Forward: We are preparing
the Trolley for the upcoming season
by having
work done on
the cooling
system, brakes
and throttle,
which will help
the drivers
provide a
smoother ride
and reduce
the chance of
during the
season. We will also be addressing some
physical issues—replacing the roof
surface, refinishing the woodwork and
possibly installing a new audio system.
The trolley drivers provide an enjoyable
historical narrative during the rides while
simultaneously driving the trolley in a safe
and professional manner. Some locals have
noted historical points that are not included
in the narration. Due to the 45-minute
duration of the tour and the density of
historical sites in some locations, it is not
possible to cover all of the information
while on a moving vehicle.
We appreciate local drivers giving the
trolley a wide berth when it is turning
onto California or 5th streets. The turning
radius is limited and requires the trolley
to swing into the opposing lane when
turning right. So thank you for giving us
some extra leeway at those turns.

Tax Tips You Can Use

by Kathleen Crawford
& Angela Clague, Enrolled Agents


Just Moved to Oregon?

his time of year, many new
Oregon residents get a rude
shock. The state of Oregon
expects everyone to pay their taxes
through the year, even recent, part-year
residents. So if you or your friends,
neighbors or family members become
residents this year, it would be wise to
see a tax professional to make sure that,
in April, there is no penalty for not filing
estimated Oregon tax payments.
There are certain types of income that
follow you to where you reside. The
biggest one is your pension(s). A person
who moves from California to Oregon
on May 1 will have 4 months of pension
income in California and 8 months of
pension income in Oregon. Each state
will want its tax. That same rule applies
to alimony, interest and dividends. Other
types of income stay in the state where
it was earned, like wages or rentals. It
is called the “source of the income.” If
an Oregon resident gets income from
a rental in California, the taxpayer has
to file in California as a non-resident to
account for the rental income and file in
Oregon as a resident of Oregon. Don’t
worry, one state gives you credit for the
tax you pay in the other state, so you don’t
get double-taxed on the same money.
Two other problems are common for
new residents. The first is that many
people invest in tax-free municipal bonds
to get interest that is free from Federal
and state taxes. That works great until
you move. Oregon only allows tax-free
interest on Oregon-based municipal
bonds. A California resident who has CA



Muni bonds and moves to Oregon loses
the state tax-free status. The taxpayer
needs to sell those bonds and buy
Oregon-based bonds to keep the same tax
treatment. The (sort of) good news is that
since Oregon seems to have a lower credit
rating, the interest rate may be higher.
The last problem to mention is one
that many retirees know all too well. It
seems that no state likes giving money to
another state. Every retiree client I have
who has an out-of-state pension, makes
estimates, because whether it is the CA
teachers, the county of Marin, The LA
Police Department or the Arizona PERS,
no state tax will be withheld for Oregon.
My understanding is that Oregon does
the same thing to other states—they
won’t take out tax to give to another
state. Recent residents need to check with
their sources of income to ensure that
tax is not going to the former state and
Oregon tax is being withheld. If Oregon
tax cannot be withheld, they need to start
making estimates to ensure the state tax
is being paid appropriately.
If you forget, your tax preparer will
give you the bad news.
The Jacksonville Tax Lady LLC (OR
License #13695) is located in beautiful,
historic Jacksonville at 610 N. Fifth Street
across from the Pony Espresso. Kathleen and
Angela can be reached at 541-899-7926. See
ad this page.
The fine print: This article is for
information only. Please see your tax
professional for questions about your
individual tax situation.

Christmas in France


fter a ten hour red-eye flight
from Salt Lake City, we
arrived in Paris in the middle
of the day. Getting through customs
and walking through a packed airport
during the Christmas holidays can be
overwhelming, but a packed airport
where few speak English is even more
overwhelming. You learn quickly that
“sortie” means “exit” and you look for
that international symbol for luggage
which is a drawing of a bag. The lack
of sleep and the huge crowds gave way
to the welcome sight of our daughter
jumping up and down and waving to get
our attention outside the luggage gate.
Suddenly, the feeling of being helpless
gave way to the joy of knowing we were
now in very good hands.
After being dropped off, we settled
into a beautiful flat belonging to a friend
who had just moved to the South of
France. Located
on a hillside in
the Montmartre
district of Paris,
the flat had a
view of the iconic
Eiffel tower; but,
even great views
couldn’t keep us
from the best nap
ever. We awoke
to a loud knock
on the door and
were met by the
young driver of a
convertible, red,
1950’s Citroen
2CV, lovingly
called a sardine
can in the U.S.
because the
convertible top
opens like one.
After packing
us into the back
seat, he covered
us with a blanket
and handed us a
champagne bottle
and two glasses.
We drove off down
the cobblestone street to tour Paris, the
city of lights, by night. What a beautiful
city, and dressed up everywhere in blue
and white Christmas lights!
As different as Paris is, with some
structures over 2000 years old,
cobblestone streets, and chateaus that
housed kings, we couldn’t help but notice
how similar our world has become.
We listened to Adele’s “Hello” playing
on the radio, drove past McDonalds
& Starbucks on the corners, and saw
crowds lining-up for the opening of the
new Star Wars movie. What was different
was the focus on food, very important in
Paris and in all of France. Outside, cafés
line the streets with their chairs facing
forward for maximum people watching.
Apartments are small, so the Parisians
meet their friends at cafés and have a
leisurely coffee or meal and, of course,
some famous and quite inexpensive
French wine.
Parisians speak quietly and almost
whisper as they visit with one another.
Many of us think Parisians are rude but
in reality they think we and the English
are rude, as we are so loud and they
find our boisterous voices offensive in
cafés. After all, these cafés are their living
rooms where they bring their children
and dogs with them. Nevertheless, food
is a focus and we found ourselves living
in Paris and gathering our food as they
do. The sun didn’t rise until 8:45am when
we would walk down the cobblestone
street to the bakery and buy our daily
baggett, which by French law is always
“One Euro” (at the moment, about

one U.S. dollar). We would then walk
to the butcher and get our meat, then
to the cheese store to buy our cheese,
then finally to the small market to buy
produce and dry goods.
Our flat was actually for sale with a
price tag of 1.5 million euros. At first
that seems so expensive, compared to
Southern Oregon, but this was a huge,
two-story flat with a street level entry,
off a cute cobblestone alley, in the
most expensive district in Paris. In San
Francisco the price of this flat would be
well over $3 or $4 million dollars. One
day, in our quest for food, we ran into
a Century 21 office and then an ERA
real estate office; we couldn’t help but
wonder what it would be like to sell real
estate in Paris, and were surprised to see
many small flats for sale for $200,000…
hmm, should we have a flat in Paris?
After more than a week in Paris, we
left in a rented
Citroen headed
for the South of
France to meet
and stay with
our daughter’s
French inlaws and to
be their guest
for Christmas
dinner. We drove
all night and
arrived at their
farm that had
been in their
family for over
400 years. One
of the original
homes on the
property had
been built to
house the horses,
cows and farm
animals under
the house; the
heat from the
animals helped
keep the house
warm in the
winters. Our
in-laws were so happy to meet us and
such gracious hosts. Conversations were
limited as we spoke no French and they
spoke no English, but we smiled a lot and
we could tell we had a common bond.
On Christmas day, we woke to find the
dining/living room set-up to hold 25
people for Christmas dinner and to the
news that we would be joined by all of
the relatives at noon.
Gayle and I stood next to each other
and greeted the family one at time with a
kiss on each cheek. We would first speak
one of the few words we knew in French,
“bonjour,” and they would respond with
one or two words they knew in English,
“Hello,” then we would smile and laugh.
At one point I looked over and there was
a line of young children lining-up in
front of Gayle. I whispered to her “you
are supposed to lean down and kiss
them on each cheek so they can go play.”
Thankfully, I was seated with a relative
who taught English. She was happy to
practice and I was happy to have an
interpreter. The meal was four hours long
and it was similar to a Thanksgiving feast
in the U.S. We started with raw oysters,
prawns with the heads on, fresh bread
and, my favorite, homemade Foie Gras.
Then the main course arrived of two
ducks complete with heads, and lots and
lots of side dishes. We then were served
a salad and many types of goat cheese
and finally, three dessert rolls each with
a different filling. The fresh bread and
the local wine were replenished as fast as
they could be consumed.
Real Estate - Cont'd. on Pg. 24

On Money & More: Why We Are Investors







by Erich & Matt Patten, Cutler Investment Group


n March 5, 1920, our firm’s
namesake Ken Cutler was born.
What happened in his early
childhood shaped his views of investing.
When he was 9-years-old, the market
crashed 23% in two days. During his
teen years, as with all Americans, the
Great Depression reinforced his views
on money, work, savings, and risk. He
became a believer of stability, dividend
payments, and compounding interest.
This philosophy became the core tenet of
Cutler’s investment approach.
Ken was our grandfather, and we grew
up listening to his stories about investing.
His values were instilled in us at a young
age, and we remain stewards to his
investment approach today. Looking
back at these lessons learned, several
stand out as especially relevant in today’s
volatile and uncertain times. We will
share a few of those with you here.
First, the hard work is always in the
Managing investment portfolios should
not be reactive, but instead should be
proactive. If the hard work of identifying
risk and investment positioning is done
up front, then investors are in a better
position to take advantage of down
markets. Ken’s preparation involved
looking for a history of dividend
payments. Finding companies with a
dividend track-record was essential to his
criteria for investment.
When markets sell-off, we see this
as a buying opportunity. If clients are
positioned in various asset classes,
perhaps a correction allows an
opportunity to buy stocks and sell bonds.
The instinct of most investors is to be
reactive. When stocks sell-off, they want
to sell and go to cash. Reactive investing
has been a destructive approach for many
individual investors. In our view, volatile
markets allow your advisor to take
advantage of opportunities to improve
your positioning for the future.
Second, the long-term is all that
After every bear market, stocks have
recovered (1937-2009). Investors often
lose focus on the long-term and only see
the present day environment. However,
when looking over almost any time
period, stocks have been a successful
method to create wealth. Today’s
investors have experienced several panics
and market crashes. Many view stock
markets like a casino or gambling. The

reality is, however, that the S&P 500 has
been a stable source of long-term returns.
Looking at a long-term chart of the S&P
500, you will hardly notice the crash of
1987. On Black Monday, stocks fell 22%.
We remember this well, as this was a
significant loss for many people. The Dow
Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points on
that day. Today, the DJIA is over 15,000,
and 508 points is about 3%. Clearly, in the
long-term this crash was just a bump in
the road. (See table below.)
On September 15, 2008, Lehman
Brothers filed for bankruptcy and Merrill
Lynch was sold to Bank of America. All
investors remember the Great Recession,
and many are afraid of experiencing it
again. The DJIA fell 504 points that day.
For sentimentality, we kept a copy of that
morning’s Wall Street Journal, thinking
that it was a day that our grandfather
never would have believed. What he
would have believed, however, was the
recovery in equities that followed. Just as
they always had before.
All opinions and data included in this
commentary are as of February 11, 2016 and
are subject to change. The opinions and views
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All investments involve risk, including
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Ida Lindsey Clearwater – Psi Tua“Little Bird”
Ida Clearwater was born in 1916, to
Harris and Emma Lindsey, near Texanna
in the Canadian District of the Cherokee
Nation in Oklahoma. When Ida was
four years old, the family moved to
Burkburnett, Texas, an oil boomtown.
It was there where
she met her paternal
Mary Ann Riley
and her maternal
grandmother Mary
Ann Lane Brassfield,
both Cherokee
Indians. Their stories
of her heritage
would make a great
impression on Ida
and inspire her later
journey West and her
work as an author
and historian.
Ida spent most
of her childhood in
Wewoka, Oklahoma.
As a freshman
in High School, Ida and her sister
ventured off to the Haskell Institute, a
Government School in Lawrence, Kansas.
The following year they attended the
prestigious Monte Cassino School in
Tulsa, an experience Ida remembered
fondly. After Ida’s mother died in her
sophomore year, she returned home
and graduated in 1934 from Allen High
School. Ida moved to California to live with
her aunt Mary in Pasadena and became
a dancer in an Indian Girl Revue, and
worked in a dress shop.
In 1937, Ida married Robert Clearwater
and learned his photography business
working with him for the next 33 years
while raising their three daughters,
Elizabeth, Mary and Carolyn. She
also attended college at Humboldt
State University. After Ida and Robert
separated in 1970, she moved to

Jacksonville, Oregon and became
involved with the Southern Oregon
Historical Society as the assistant
librarian at the museum, retiring in 1984.
Her years in Jacksonville, working within
the Boosters Club and helping people
discover history at
the museum, were
remembered by Ida as
some of the best years
of her life.
Ida’s love of history
also inspired her
daughter Elizabeth
Henderson throughout
her life. Many people in
Jacksonville knew and
loved Liz Henderson
as the elegant and
beautiful teamster
whose mule team
had carried visitors
through the streets of
Jacksonville with her
carriage and wagon
service. Elizabeth died
in January, 2012. Ida spent her final years
with her daughter Carolyn, pondering
memories of Liz, remembering her time
spent in Jacksonville, and spending time
with family and friends who visited her
in her assisted living home. She treasured
sharing the book she had written, a
documentation of the Cherokee people
and her family history, and sharing her
porcelain doll collection. At almost 100,
with her eyesight and hearing failing, her
vibrant spirit slowly let go in faith and
hope of life eternal. She is survived by
daughters Carolyn and Mary, and her
grandchildren. A Memorial marker for
Ida Clearwater and Elizabeth Henderson
will be placed in The Martin Family Plot
in spring by Butch and Christina Martin
(Butch and Liz Henderson were longtime
companions until her death and Ida
loved Butch as her son-in-law.)

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MARCH 2016 Events Calender • More at

Jacksonville Art Events
March 2016!
Art Presence Art Center!
The Road to Adventure:!
Journeys & Experiences in Travel!

• Last Tuesday of the month, 11:00am-Noon:
Live Music at Food & Friends. Meals
$2.75 for Seniors 60 and over. S. Oregon Street next to
GoodBean. Call 541-899-7492 for information.
• saturday mornings at shooting
star nursery. See class schedule page 23.
• Thursday, March 3, 6:00-9:00pm: "protect our
children" presentation by Children’s
Advocacy Center of Jackson County, at Jacksonville
Elementary. See article page 27.
• Saturday, March 5, 11:30am-12:30pm: "birds &
bird nests" presentation, Applegate
Branch Library. See article this page.
• Tuesday, March 8 & 22, also April 5, 6:00pm:
social security workshop, Jones &
Associates. See ad and article page 16.

The Bike Tour, Tom Glassman!

March 4–April 24: Follow our
member artists on The Road to
Adventure! The gallery will be
filled with travel photography
and artistic impressions of their
journeys and experiences in
travel. Join us to meet this
month’s artists and view their
Bellissima, Nancy Bardos
works at a reception on !
Saturday, March 5 from 12–3pm. !
Our Elaine Witteveen retrospective continues, with a
collection of her paintings offered at affordable prices.!

Life Drawing Studio!

Yolanda, by Anne Brooke

Bring your sketchbook and
pencil and drop in for our
weekly Figure Drawing studio
Mondays from 1–3 PM. We
hire professional models so
you can practice and improve
your drawing skills every
week! $10/session.

• Saturday, March 12, 12:30pm: "Learning the
Power of Prayer" lost at sea story
with Bob Haworth, a benefit for Noah James, new
Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. See article page 11.
• Sunday, March 13, 2:00&3:30pm: stories &
songs of the gold rush with david
gordon. Jacksonville Library, Naversen Room.
Seating is limited, reservations suggested. See ad page 34.

• Tuesday, March 15, 5:00-7:30pm: 12th annual
art exhibition, Jacksonville Elementary.
See article on page 27.
• Friday, March 18, 7:00pm: movie night at
old city hall, "The Lodger." See ad next page.
• Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-noon: city of
jacksonville town hall on "city
services," Old City Hall. See ad on page 13.
• Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-4:00pm: friends
of jacksonville library book sale,
Naversen Room at Jacksonville Branch Library.
See article this page.
• Saturday, March 19, 10:00am-5:00pm: oregon
cheese festival, Rogue Creamery, Central
Point. See article and ad on pages 6 & 7.
• Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3: roxy ann
gem & mineral show, Olsrud Arena at
Jackson County Expo. See article on page 7.
• Sunday, April 3, 5:30pm: "romancing the
west" documentary concert, Jacksonville Inn.
See article and ad next page.
• Saturday, April 9: food project pickup
day, Jacksonville. See info page 15.

Special Presentation of
"Birds and Bird Nests"
at Applegate Library

Friends of Jacksonville Library
One-Day Book Sale
on March 19

The public is invited to a special presentation, “Birds
and Bird
! Nests" on Saturday March 5, from 11:30am12:30pm, at the Applegate Branch Library, 18485 North
Applegate Road.
Get the facts about our local birds and their habitats
from local science expert John Jackson of Bugs-R-Us.
What is a bird nest made with? What do birds really like
to eat? Find out during this program, sponsored by the
Friends of the Applegate Library.
For more information please contact the Applegate Branch
Library at 541-846-7346 or visit

Jacksonville Friends of the Library will sponsor a
one day Book Sale, Saturday, March 19 in the Naversen
Room of the Library. Members pre-sale will be from
9:00-10:00am, open to the public from 10:00am-4:00pm,
with $5 for a bag of books from 2:00-4:00pm.

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits!
Pioneer Village: “The World is in
Constant Motion” Catie Faryl!
20 paintings from 20 years of Faryl’s
activist art on display through April
28. See more at!

Jacksonville Library: Elaine
Witteveen Retrospective!
Exhibit of works by the late Elaine
Witteveen in the Naversen Room !
continues through April 4.!!




When Drones Dream,
Catie Faryl!

Art Presence Art Center is a nonprofit organization
located at 206 N. Fifth St., next to Jacksonville’s historic
courthouse. Gallery hours: 11am–5pm every Fri–Sun.!!

GoodBean Coffee!
March 1–31: LIFE Art!

Live. Inspire. Freedom of
Expression. These qualities
embody the mission of LIFE
Art, the Medford therapeutic
art program helping our
youth recover from trauma,
strengthen their self-esteem,
and get their lives on track
with the help of mentors and
free painting sessions. The
works are bright and
uplifting, and the confidence
that comes from learning artistic self-expression shines
through. You can pitch in to help these local youth with a
purchase of these reasonably priced paintings! 80% of
sales go to the artists, 20% benefits LIFE Art programs.!
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South Stage Cellars!

March 12–April 6:
“Dissent of the Form”
Paintings by Inger Nova

Multi-talented artist Inger Nova
Jorgensen shares a stunning
collection of recent paintings
from her studio AND plays live
music for her own reception!
Many paintings represent sacred
spaces and more beautifully
executed impressions from last
year’s travels in Europe in her
Cathedral I, Inger Jorgensen!
unique and innovative style.
Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Jeff Pevar and
Inger Jorgensen, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine
tasting at an artist reception Sat., March 12, 5:30–8pm.!
125 South Third Street ~ 541-899-9120!!

Website & Art Event Calendar by
Hannah West Design, LLC ~ 541.899.2012



Documentary Concert “Romancing the West”
Playing Jacksonville Inn
The popular touring documentary
concert, “Romancing the West” returns
to the town that inspired it all for a
special dinner show at the Jacksonville
Inn on Sunday, April 3rd, at 5:30pm.
The critically-acclaimed time-traveling
documentary concert takes audiences
through 240 years of the American
West, telling epic stories with historic
imagery and original music. The show
spans the decades, from the native tribes
and trappers to the Spanish missions
and Gold Rush, to the Indian Wars to
the Industrial Revolution, through the
Great Depression and to the 1960’s and
present day. The two hour show delivers

an epic journey through decades of
social and political change to celebrate
the pioneering human spirit and diverse
legacy of the American West.
Writer/Composer/Producer Christina
Lynn Martin and co-producer cowboy
poet and balladeer Garnet “Butch”
Martin share the stage with classical/rock
legend Martin Gerschwitz (Iron Butterfly
and The Animals) and features the music
of Chuck Girard of Lovesong and singer/
songwriter John Elliott.
For more information and to purchase
tickets, contact Butch & Christina
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Jackson County Recycling Partnership is
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Participants gain a
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local solid waste
hazardous waste
composting, plastics,
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The annual course offers an extensive
training manual, discussion-based
classes, presentations from regional
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training, Master Recyclers complete 30

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workplaces and schools, and support
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Friday, April 1, 7:30pm

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4/7-9 Next Stage Rep:
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4/12 Saturday Night Fever
4/16 Rogue Valley
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4/21 Menopause the Musical
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Sunday, April 3, 5:30 pm


the West

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A celebration of hope, faith and woven histories of the people of the Great West.
Featuring an AllStar Line-up of Recording Artists

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Christina Martin

Martin Gerschwitz
Iron Butterfly & the Animals

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Sunday, April 3rd - Dinner starts at 5:30 pm, show at 6:30 pm.

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A Cup of Conversation

Is it Time to Sell Your Home?

by Michael Kell


ur grown
sent me this
the other day. She
said it reminded her
of me…Love you, Dad! That’s pretty funny
but not really. Her teen years were foggy
days for me. I was sick as a dog for that
particular time in space

We were blessed with a very beautiful
daughter although I could make a case
her good looks (mother’s DNA) was
equally a curse, at least for me. I should
start a support group for fathers called
“Shotgun on the Porch Society.”
I remember the boys circling like
sharks after an Orca kill. There's little
respect left today in this regard. It's up
to Dads of girls to re-establish the once
loudly-spoken rule of Hands-Off My
Daughter or learn to walk with a limp
for the rest of your short life. Now that
I’m back on my feet, I seem to recall one,
maybe two just plain lucky to be walking
at all, although the statute of limitations
on my grace hasn't expired quite yet.
Every parent can appreciate the satire
here but the sad truth is the abdication of
the strong provisional and protective role
of fathers today. What happened to the
“man” part of man? Have men become
so emasculated it’s now normal to hide in
the garage or at the office while the fort is
under assault? The answer is yes. I just read
the Chinese government is now hiring men
to teach their preadolescent boys to be men
in the context of traditional values because
of the same epidemic. Wow.
I’ve worked firsthand with young
males growing up in single-parent
households and households that might
have well been single-parent, or maybe
even better off single-parent. I can
tell you the boys sans a male figure to
respect take a HUGE hit and many never
recover, only to repeat the cycle. Those
fortunate to make it out relatively whole
can spend a lifetime making up the

by Sandy J. Brown, AICP

difference. By the way, women didn’t
create this problem, men did. Women
need to be better at discerning the content
of male character and develop greater
self-respect and resolve in saying ‘Hit the
Road, Jack’…but it is the man who will
answer to his Maker in these matters.
There is no question.
I watched a YouTube video of a
popular preacher brave enough to
excoriate men for not being man enough
to sacrificially love their families like
real men, instead leaving the massive,
messy, emotional, financial and familial
clean-up to the church and welfare state.
The guy was visibly and audibly irate,
calling these boy-men out to settle things
the old-fashioned way. The pastor was
a burly ex-longshoreman and no one
doubted his resolve. We need more of
that. Social engineers promoting the demasculinization of men wet their pants at
the thought of the morally strong man.
So if you’re a young man who’s
never had a decent role model and find
yourself respecting little or no one, take
a breath and know it wasn’t your fault.
You get a pass. However, there is no
pass for your future and you will be
held to the highest accountability going
forward. Treating women or children
in your life poorly, meaning selfishness,
neglect or abuse will result in a lifetime
of misery, estrangement and poverty.
Take your pick or all the above. It is one
thing to feel the cold, steel-toed work
boot of a girl’s angry father up your
backside, but entirely different to feel
the pain and emptiness of life lived in
regret, disrespected and unloved. On the
other hand, choose to honor, respect and
protect the female gender, your life will
be rich in in ways you can’t imagine.
To the one standing, too often
thanklessly, while taking the hits of
responsible behavior in this imperfect
life, under one roof or not, providing,
protecting and sacrificing to give those
gentler and vulnerable a better life, you
da’ man!
Michael is a coffee entrepreneur and
sometimes author living in the Pacific
Northwest with his lovely wife, Mary. For
more articles on small town life, faith and
refection, visit Michael’s blog at

Trail Talk by Omer Kem

Safety First


he trails in the Jacksonville
Woodlands and Forest Park
are beautiful this time of year.
“Misty,” “rainy,” “snowy,” “windy,”
“muddy,” and “damp” are all great ways
to describe them as winter makes it way
to spring. There are a few simple things
you can do before heading out to a trail
head to make sure your personal safety
comes first.
It seems obvious, but the most
important thing you can do is tell
someone where you are going. Once you
have set your route, stick to it! All sorts
of things can happen while out hiking
and running. A medical emergency or
a sudden change in weather can slow
down your outing, so making sure
people know where you are going and
how you were getting there is of utmost
importance. There are maps available
at all the Jacksonville Woodlands and
Forest Park parking lots, so study them
and share the information with others.
Next, pack more food and clothing
than you think you might need. Those
sudden changes in weather and other
conditions will be much easier to
deal with if you have packed layers



and snacks. And if the weather starts
changing dramatically, consider turning
around and heading back to the trailhead
where you began. Be careful about
changing your route as that may not
match up with the info you gave friends
and/or family before you started your
hike or run.
Lastly, if at all possible, take a friend
or loved one with you. Hiking and/
or running alone can be fantastic, but a
“buddy” is always more fun and safe.
Even a K-9 friend can be the perfect
partner out on the trails.
In a perfect world, you can incorporate
all of these safety tips into your winter
and spring Jacksonville trail adventures.
Make a plan, pack well and take a
friend—especially someone who has
never experienced the Jacksonville
Woodlands or Forest Park before!
Jacksonville is an amazing place to
hike and run trails all winter. With not
too much snow and rain, great dirt
trails make for almost perfect conditions
year-round. No matter the time of year,
though, please take the necessary steps
to ensure you are safe before, during and
after your trail adventure.


ith the turn to beautiful
spring-like weather, people
start to wonder if it’s time
to put their house up for sale. It’s not a
bad idea to start thinking this way, as
spring marks the beginning of the busiest
home-selling and home-buying season—
in most areas. With warmer weather,
more daylight, and the motivation to get
settled into a new home before a new
school year begins, there are more buyers
in spring and summer. And relative to
demand, the supply of homes is actually
tighter in spring and summer than in fall
and winter.
But whether you are ready to sell, often
depends on your
personal situation.
Sometimes financial
reasons, a divorce,
a job move, a new
family member, or
a health concern
can determine
when you will need
to sell. But if not,
and you have the
luxury of choosing
when to sell, these
questions will help
you decide whether
you’re ready for a new home. If some of
these questions apply to you, you may be
ready to move.
Do you have enough equity?—Look at
your annual mortgage statement or call
your lender to find out how much you’ve
paid on your loan. The first few years of
your mortgage don’t usually show much
of a difference, as monthly payments are
mostly interest. But if you’ve owned your
home for five years or more, you may
have significant gains.
Has your income or financial situation
changed?—If you’re making more
money, you may be able to afford higher
mortgage payments and cover the costs
of moving. If your income has decreased,
you may want to consider downsizing.
Are you ready for a different
neighborhood?—The neighborhood you
chose for your current home might not be
the same one in which you want to settle

down. You may have realized that you’d
like to live in a better school district or
live in a more rural environment.
Can you remodel or add on?—
Sometimes you can make your home
bigger by adding a new room or a second
story. But if your property isn’t large
enough, your city or county doesn’t
allow it, or you’re simply not interested
in remodeling, then moving to a bigger
or more updated home may be your best
Are you comfortable moving in the
current housing market?—If the market
is good, your home may sell quickly and
for top dollar, but the home you buy will
also be more
expensive. If
the market is
slow, finding
a buyer may
take longer,
but you’ll
have more
and better
pricing as
you look for
a new home.
Ask your
real estate
professional what they see happening
locally, as even different areas within the
valley are increasing at different rates.
Are interest rates attractive?—Low
rates help you buy “more” home, and
also make it easier to find a buyer for
your current place. Mortgage rates are at
their lowest point since the end of April
last year, so rates are still historically low.
Is the effort and cost of maintaining
your current home becoming difficult
to manage?—If your current home is
too much to maintain, a smaller house,
condo, or rental may be appropriate.
Sandy J. Brown, AICP, lives in
Jacksonville and is a certified land
use planner and broker with Western
Properties of Southern Oregon, LLC. She
can be reached at sandyjbrown@gmail.
com, 831-588-8204, or online at Facebook/
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Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery

•March 5th, "New to Gardening"
Series: Soil Prep and Mulch—This series
of classes will cover some gardening
basics to get you started on the right
path to a successful garden. Happy soil
= happy plants. Learn the best ways to
amend your soil—from clay to gritty,
decomposed granite. Interested in a
drought-tolerant garden? Proper soil
prep will make those plants thrive and
in-turn be less work for you. We will
also be using our display gardens to
cover what kinds of mulch work best in
the Rogue Valley climate. Landscapers:
this class qualifies for 2 hours of CEH
credit. Registration fee-$10, receive same
day coupon for 10% off. Sign up for all 3
"New to Gardening Classes" for $25.
•March 12th, "New to Gardening"
Series: Spring Cleanup and Pruning—
Next in our beginner series is what to do
in the garden in mid-spring. This is our
favorite time to get in there and cleanup perennials, cut back lavenders and
ornamental grasses, and some selective
pruning. Get ready for spring blooms
with this hands-on demonstration class!
Landscapers: this class qualifies for 2
hours of CEH credit. Registration fee $10,
receive same-day coupon for 10% off.
*March 19th, Saturday Morning
Nursery Tour, 10am—Get a hands-on

tour of some of the new plants and trees,
including fruit trees and berries, of the
season. We will cover plants that do well
in the Rogue Valley, including droughttolerant and deer-resistant. Join us for
coffee and treats and to celebrate the start
of spring! No charge, but please register
•*March 26th, Spring Floral
Workshop, 10am-noon—Celebrate
the arrival of spring and learn how to
create a beautiful spring-themed wreath
for your home using local flowers and
foliage. Join Juleianna of Petali Floral for
a creative Saturday of crafts with friends
and family. All supplies and tools are
included as well as coffee, lemonade, and
treats. Registration fee $45—receive same
day coupon for 10% off all plants. Class
limited to 20 people.
All classes begin at 10:00am and are
located at the nursery unless indicated
otherwise, space is limited so please be sure
to register for classes. During classes there
will also be a sandbox, treasure hunt, and
some kid-friendly activities (children are still
under parents supervision) as well as hot coffee
and refreshments. *Denotes kid friendly class,
bring your age-appropriate child for no charge.
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The Weed Wrangler
by Bob Budesa
Ah, Spring!


t may still be
a little brisk in
the morning,
but this isn’t a bad time to get things
ready for the war on weeds. It just takes
a little warmer weather for weeds to
start popping out (March!) earlier than
normal, and it’s good to be ready when
the time comes.
Planning ahead as to where you’ll plant
your garden and knowing where you
had weed problems last year can help
set the stage for an easier than normal
spring and summer. Setting-up raised
beds, tilling other areas you’ll plant with
summer annuals or vegetables, adding
soil amendments, figuring-out what
vegetable seeds you need to order NOW
and start indoors can save a lot of grief
later. Speaking of seeds, be very careful
when buying those wildflower mixes you
see in grocery stores. Read the label for
contents, and make sure you know what
you’re getting. Many times, these packets
can be filled with all sorts of sweetlynamed varieties, which are in fact other,
common names for weeds. Caveat emptor
(buyer beware)! I think you’re better off
buying from nurseries or specialty garden
shops, where employees are more likely to
have answers to your questions.
In areas where weeds were a problem
last year, or where they might be a future
problem, problems can be averted by
scattering an organic pre-emergent weed
control like Preen. Preen is a byproduct of
the corn industry, made from corn gluten.
Once weedy areas have been treated, cover
them with a mulch of some sort. Again,
read the label for application instructions.
This is also a great time to take care
of any invasive species like broom.
Scotch, Spanish, French, and Portuguese
brooms are invasive species in Oregon,

(Department of Agriculture’s noxious
weed list) and as such, should be done
away with. Of the four brooms known
to inhabit the west coast, I’ve only seen
three around here, and primarily only
two. Both Scotch and Spanish brooms
exist in the Rogue Valley, and I’ve seen
and treated French broom down in the
Rogue River canyon. Brooms, in general,
have extensive, compartmentalized root
systems, and bloom and generate seed
pods early in the spring. Once they do,
it’s too late to get ahead of the curve.
Early spring is the time to cut these
species back so they don’t produce
seed. Once that’s done, you’ve got a
little breathing room until they produce
seed-bearing stems again. Still, if they’re
actively growing now, (which they are
in order to produce flowers and seed in
April) they’re treatable with herbicides.
A very effective treatment method is to
scrape away some of the skin or bark, and
wipe on a systemic herbicide solution
(systemic solutions will penetrate deep
into the root systems). Check with any
local gardening shop, or look online,
and learn as much as you can about
the products you plan to use. Always
read and follow the labels (there may be
changes from the last time you read one),
and find out the recommended rate.
While we’re on the subject, if you’re
out on one of the woodland trails and
happen to spot a small broom plant,
feel free to pull it. If you’re not sure, but
would like to report a sighting, go to the
Jacksonville Woodlands Website, and
click on “contact/links,” and leave us a
message. Skip and Gayle Stokes recently
redesigned our website, and did a
fantastic job. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
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The Literary Gardender

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by Rhonda Nowak

Drowning the Shamrock
and Other Things Irish

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For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and
happiness for today and every day. ~Irish blessing


ccording to my family tree,
I’m one-sixteenth Irish. One
day, I’d like to visit the “land
of my people;” however, until then, I’ll
wear green and buy a few shamrocks in
celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Actually, the plants I buy at the local
garden shops are “false shamrock,”
or Oxalis acetosella, a species of wood
sorrel. Its cousin, Oxalis oregano, grows
vigorously in the
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feet tall and 20 feet in diameter. When we
finally looked down—way down—there
was a most enchanting garden of “false
shamrock” carpeting the understory of
rhododendron and fern. I was more than
half expecting to see a few leprechauns
playing hide-and-seek among the
Most Irish consider the “true”
shamrock to be lesser clover (Trifolium
dubium) or white clover (Trifolium repens);
in fact, “shamrock” derives from the
Irish word, “seamrog” for “little clover.”
Legend has it that Saint Patrick, a 5th
century missionary, was successful in
converting pagan Celts to Christianity
by comparing the familiar three-leaf
clover to the Holy Trinity. Saint Patrick’s
good fortune began the Anglo-Saxon
association between the shamrock and
good luck.
Every house where love abides
The ancient Druids, however, had long
And friendship is a guest,
held the three-leaf clover in great esteem.
Is surely home, and home sweet home
They used the shamrock to charm away
For there the heart can rest.
evil spirits that were thought to be most
active around March 17, at the end of
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winter and the cusp of spring. Celtic
brides tucked a shamrock into their shoes
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a prosperous life, the latter symbolization
stemming from the fact that clover was
used to fatten cattle for market. Even
more rare, the four-leaf clover was said
to bestow the ability to see fairies, but
beware a clover with more than four
leaflets as it was considered a bad omen.
In the Victorian language of flowers,
clover means “industry,” because where
there is flowering clover, butterflies and
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its nectar. In addition to good luck, the
shamrock symbolizes light-heartedness
because one needn’t worry while under
its protection. In fact, the shamrock
and “wearing of the green” have been
symbols of Ireland since the 18th century,
when rival Irish militia used them as
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My favorite shamrock story, though,
involves Saint Patrick. It seems that
along his missionary travels in Ireland,
Pat visited an inn where he was
served a drink of whiskey that was a
disappointing light pour. The saint took
it as an opportunity to teach a lesson on
generosity. Telling the innkeeper that the
devil lived in the wine cellar feeding on
his selfishness, Saint Patrick advised the
man to change his ways
to get rid of the demon.
Some time later, Saint
Patrick returned to the
inn, this time finding the
owner filling his patrons’
glasses to overflowing.
Proclaiming the demon
banished, St. Patrick told
the happy crowd from
that day forth, everyone
should have a drink of whiskey to
celebrate his feast day. Not surprisingly,
the custom is still quite popular today. It’s
called “drowning the shamrock” because
a three-leaf clover is floated in a whiskey
glass before the celebrant downs the shot.
I sure wish I had known about
drowning the shamrock when Jerry and I
visited the redwood forests and marveled
at the native Oxalis. I’m sure if I had only
observed this time-honored tradition, I
would have seen plenty of leprechauns
that day!
I doubt poet Ella Higginson (1862-1940)
knew about drowning the shamrock
either, but the Oregon-raised writer
nonetheless drew international attention
to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest in
her award-winning fiction, poetry, and
essays. Higginson wrote Four-Leaf Cover:
A Little Book of Verse in 1901. One of the
poems in the volume is called “Where the
Four-Leaf Clovers Grow:”
I know a place where the sun is like gold.
And the cherry blooms burst with snow;
And down underneath is the loveliest nook,
Where the four-leaf clovers grow.
One leaf is for hope, and one for faith.
And one is for love you know;
But God put another in for luck-If you search, you will find where they grow.
But you must have hope,
and you must have faith;
You must love and be strong' and so
If you work, if you wait,
you will find the place
Where the four-leaf clovers grow.
Rhonda Nowak is a member of the Jackson
County Master Gardener Association and
teaches English Composition at RCC. Read
more on gardening in her Literary Gardener
column on Sundays in the Mail Tribune and
on her blog at http://blogs.esouthernoregon.

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We left our gracious hosts and set-off in
our Citroen with our daughter and son-in
law to explore the French countryside.
Along the way we saw dozens of towns,
some dating back to the 5th century,
built on the tops of hillsides and
mountaintops, fortified to protect against
marauders. All of them were topped by
a castle (Chateau) and complete with an
ornate Catholic church. Our favorite was
the walled city of Carcassonne where
we stayed in a Best Western inside the
castle walls. We found all of these cities,
chateaus and castles fascinating and so
old with so much history.
The New Year came and we were back
in Southern Oregon. The distinctive

sound of French women walking in high
heels on cobblestone streets, the smell
of the bakeries, the taste of duck and
the vision of cafés lining the streets are
still with us! We are glad to have had
the experience but then again glad to
be home in our small town, sipping our
local wines and viewing our snowcapped
mountains. Now where should we plan
to go next?
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Joelle McGrew

Margaret Barnes, Pickety Place Antiques

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Illuminating Lamps

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here’s always been a need to
illuminate the darkness, to
bring illumination into one's
dwelling. Fast-forward through time,
past oil and wick, past whale oil, past
Edison's invention of the incandescent
light bulb and the nearly simultaneous
invention of the Aladdin Industries
mantle lamp that glowed brighter than
anything yet produced.
In the 21st century, we can light our
way with our cellular phones when
needed! We open a pantry door and the
light comes on. We strategically plan
lighting features in our houses, yards
and even our swimming pools. We carry
high-powered LED flashlights capable
of signaling
but I digress.
As an
and dealer,
lamps hold a
special place
in my heart
and have a
story to
tell and
example, the
Art Deco
some of
the most
lamps and
lamp shades. The Ronson Art Metal
works of New York produced figural
lamps with Egyptian themes. Scantilyclad or unclad women were a popular
theme, as well as animals singly or in
pairs, gazelles were a popular choice.
Geometrics and serpents could also be
found aplenty at this time.
Tiffany-style lamps are extremely
popular and one of the most copied
lamp in history, namely the signature
stained glass lamps and shades made
by Louis Comfort Tiffany. His studios
perfected the making and designing
of the glass used in creating some of
the most beautiful lamp shades. They
were expensive for their time and made
a statement of wealth and refinement.
All of Tiffany lamp bases were made
from the finest quality bronze. Lamps
produced by Tiffany studios can fetch
tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mid-century lamps tended to be pretty
outlandish, with huge, bulbous table
lamps or spindly floor lamps being
common. With lamp shades made from
fiberglass or metal, they can still be
found at reasonable prices for beginning
collectors. Chalkware lamp bases in
figural shapes became quite popular in
children's rooms as Disney characters
rose in popularity. Mid-century lamps
also took on cultural themes such as the
“space race” to create some pretty unique
planetary and “atomic” styles. Simple,
straight lines and delicate parchment,
with the use of geometrics, added to the
changing times and changing culture of
the 1960's and retro look of the 1970's.
And, I’ll
bet you
the Lava
and its
display of
wax in hot
what style
you are
looking for,
at Pickety
Place, we
carry a
of lamps
stained glass lamps, Aladdin and
Hurricane lamps, as well as Bohemian
prism lamps. There’s sure to be a
railroad or camping lantern and you
might find a floor lamp, bulbous table
lamp, rare pole lamp, sturdy desk lamp,
or delicate Fairy lights!
When using an antique or older lamp,
safety is advised. Always check the
electrical wiring and plugs as they may
have some fraying on the fabric wire
cover and wire may be exposed, creating
an extreme fire hazard. If the wires are
cracked or made of flaky hard plastic,
do not plug it in—replace the wires first.
Re-wiring a lamp with new wire or new
sockets will give your antique or vintage
lamp many more years of use.
Enjoy using antique lamps for
ambiance and let your light shine.
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hey say things change the more
they stay the same. Sometimes
this is reassuring, but more often
than not is just depressing as hell.
I've been going through about 60
pounds of cards and letters that I wrote
to my parents during college and my
post-grad years. Reading through my
collegiate musings reminded me of some
interesting things from my past that I'd
forgotten, like the fact that I sure did have a
lot of boyfriends, and I sure was into Jesus,
and I sure was a darned good daughter for
writing all these newsy letters.
But the big OMG moment was seeing
how really very little had changed: how I
am still just as clueless about the purpose
of my life as I was at 20. This fascinating
and hugely disconcerting thought arose
as I sat on the floor of my office in my
pajamas at 11a.m. opening letters that
I penned (in lovely
cursive) 30 years ago.
That's right. 30.
Now, wondering
about one's purpose
and direction in life
in one's senior year in
college is one thing.
It's another thing
entirely to be asking
the same questions at
50. Or maybe not, I
don't know.
I've always wanted
to know What I Am
Supposed To Do and
I still wonder from
time to time. Okay, all the time. I wonder
despite being an author, columnist, life
coach and mother of two children. I
post profound things on Facebook like,
"Your purpose is to love others and love
the Earth," which I believe is true and I
try to fulfill that particular purpose, but
somehow it just doesn't quite satisfy.
There's more, and I know it, and it drives
me nuts.
Just after graduation I had my first
astrology reading in which I was
informed that career would be elusive
and that I would have many interesting
but unrelated jobs, and that is precisely
what happened. A few years later I saw
a career counselor who informed me
that I was "raised to be retired." (She said
this like it was a bad thing; I thought it
sounded rather pleasant and Downton
Abbey-like.) When I was 35 I saw a
witch—really, she was—who told me in
no uncertain terms that I was a healer
but that I didn't know it, and I wouldn't

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know it until I hit 50. At the time I
thought, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 50??
You've GOT to be kidding me.
She wasn't kidding.
In two months I will turn 52 and I
confess, somewhat sheepishly, that I am
fervently praying that Witchy Poo was
right, and that Something Big is about
happen. Good things come to those
(late bloomers) who wait. This is what I
tell myself. And besides, the venerable
Molly Means, my local psychic-du-jour,
confirmed that "It" is coming, and "It"
won't come one minute too early or
too late, and there's nothing I can do to
hasten or halt "It." I just have to remain
open. So there you are.
But what sort of coincidence is it that
the trajectory of my life has silently and
persistently angled toward one of selfinquiry and a quest for The Meaning
of Life explored
through graduate
school, two
decades of therapy,
copious study,
psychic readings,
multiple journals
and a published
Not. Not a
There are no
coincidences, just
slow, neurotic
people who refuse
to accept what's
right in front of
them and waste a lot of precious time
imagining that they are doing something
wrong, or not doing enough. Sad, really.
This life review has inspired me. I’m
going to stop saying, "I don't know." I'm
switching-up my m.o. and I’m going to
say that I do know: I know who I am (at
least in part) and I know where I'm going
(at least today) and it's all awesome,
because it is.
There are lots of purposes for all of us,
many stars in each of our heavens. It's
a shame not to enjoy them all, reaching
for just one distant and perhaps poorlyimagined one.
I think I'll write a letter back to Past
Kate and say, “Stop trying so hard. It's
ALL good. Enjoy the journey."
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like to make an appointment, or if you’re
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Coming Home by Ashleigh Scheuneman


his poem is about what it is like
to come home after one of my
many sports practices. I actually
wrote it in Jacksonville in the car one night
when the moon seemed especially big.
The moon hung heavy in the sky, and
emitted a soft light, causing the wisps of
invisible clouds to be illuminated. The
stars were barely noticed, the moon was so
bright. The stars lay scattered across the
sky like diamonds on velvet. The streetlight
illuminated the path, and the gravel was
heavy under my feet. Branches rustled
around me from the silhouette of a tree as
a soft breeze chilled the night air. A bat
swooped overhead, and the cricket stopped
playing his fiddle for just a moment as I
walked by, head turned towards the stars.
Then I saw it. Warm lights glowing, blazing
a pattern against the sulky sky. Home. I could
see my bedroom, and the dining room where
a feast was laid out expecting my return. My
breath came quick as my legs sped up. It hung
in the air like mist, till it floated away like a
ghost. But finally, I was home.
Even though I am tired after my
practice, I feel so fortunate to live in such

a beautiful place as Jacksonville. Also, I
am grateful, because how many people
can say that they’ve experienced that?
Not many. I think that this month, we
should take a moment to experience the
beauty in the things around us. To your
right, you may see the beginnings of
a new life of a flower. Above you, you
might see the nest being created by a
soon-to-be-mother and father. Everything
is being recreated, and is fresher than it
had been this past winter. So remember
to look for the beauty in the things
around you, even if they can be hard
to find. It is there. Sometimes, all you
have to do is stand still, and enjoy the
remarkable creation you live in.
Ashleigh Lu
Scheuneman lives in
the Jacksonville hills
with her mother, father,
and two sisters. She is
14-years-old and is in
8th-grade. When she
grows-up, she would like
to be a published author.

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t’s not an easy topic to talk about—
but it’s an important and necessary
one, especially if you’re 50 or older:
colorectal cancer. March is National
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,
which provides a great opportunity to
have the discussion with your doctor
about your personal risk factors and how
to minimize that risk.
The American Cancer Society estimates
about 93,100 new cases of colon cancer
and 39,600 new cases of rectal cancer
each year, affecting both men and women
equally. It’s a
leading cause
of death in the
U.S., yet it’s
One risk you
can’t control
is your age;
as you get
older, your
risk increases.
factors may
contribute as
well, including a family history of
colorectal cancer, a personal history
of colon cancer or colon polyps, and
inflammatory bowel disease such as
Chrohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Risk factors you can control are related
to your lifestyle, such as lack of regular
physical activity, a low-fat high-fiber diet,
being overweight, alcohol consumption,
and tobacco use. While maintaining a
healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a
nutritious diet are important, those alone
are not enough to prevent colorectal cancer.
For men and women alike, the key to
preventing colorectal cancer is regular
screening beginning at age 50; earlier if
you are determined to be at high risk or
have a family history of colorectal cancer.
A colonoscopy is usually the first line
of approach to screening for colorectal
cancer and is extremely beneficial in
detecting polyps. Left untreated, certain
types of polyps can turn into cancer.
Doctors can remove the growths during
the procedure, which may eliminate the

risk of cancer or catch it at its earliest,
most treatable stage.
Other tests for colorectal cancer include
checking a stool sample for blood in
conjunction with a flexible sigmoidoscopy,
which is similar to a colonoscopy, or
imaging such as a CT scan or X-ray.
Usually there are no symptoms in
the early stage of colorectal cancer,
that’s why preventive screenings are
so important. However, there are some
warning signs to watch for such as
changes in bowel movements, persistent
constipation or
diarrhea, blood in or
on the stool, anemia,
and unexplained
fatigue, loss of
appetite and/or
weight loss.
If cancer is
detected, there are
different courses
of treatment
depending on the
severity—or stage—
of the cancer; two
or more types of treatment may be used
at the same time. The three primary types
of treatment include surgery to remove
the cancer from that portion of the colon,
radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Fortunately, with advances in medicine
and surgery most types of colon or rectal
cancer do not mean an individual has to
have a permanent colostomy or bag.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is not
particularly fun to talk about, but having
the discussion with your doctor could be
lifesaving. Catching colorectal cancer in
its early stages is the best way to survive
it. That’s why screening is so important.
Contact your doctor if you experience any
of the symptoms. They may be due to other
causes, but they could also be linked to
cancer. Get screened and get peace of mind.
Dr. Nelson provides specialized care
for people with colorectal concerns and
digestive disorders. He is board certified in
colorectal and general surgery. To make an
appointment, call 541-507-2110.
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News from Jacksonville Elementary School


he Children’s Advocacy Center
of Jackson County will be
presenting information on
how to “Protect Our Children” on
Thursday, March 3, from 6:00-9:00pm
at Jacksonville Elementary. This
training is designed to educate adults
on how to prevent, recognize, and react
responsibly to child sexual abuse. Please
contact Marion Denard at 503-310-4120
or for more
information and to RSVP. This event is
free and open to the whole community!
Our Kindergarten Launch is scheduled
for Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 4:00pm.
Come meet our current kindergarten
teachers, Mrs. Cutsforth and Mrs. Jones.
We hope to see all families with incoming
kindergarteners there to learn about fullday kindergarten at Jacksonville!
Jacksonville Elementary School
students will host their 12th annual Art
Exhibition on Tuesday, March 15th,
5:00-7:30pm in the school gymnasium.
Art created by over 400 students will be
on display, showcasing their best work
in clay, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor,
wire, and more. In a unique partnership
with teachers and administrators,
nearly one hundred parents have been
in Jacksonville’s classrooms to add art
to their children’s curriculum, leading
students through projects designed to
teach art basics like shape, color, line and
texture and to expose them to the work
of master artists, such as Henri Matisse,
Picasso, van Gogh, Pollock, Eric Carle,
O'Keeffe, Durer, and Warhol. The public
is welcome to celebrate the achievements
of our young artists!
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parent participation is critical to the
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parents who have made this program
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Students dazzled us at the annual
Talent Show on February 19th. Bravo
to all the students who marshaled their
bravery and skill to share with us!
Jacksonville students are also
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Books, a statewide voluntary reading
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verywhere we look, we’re reading, shopping,
banking or being entertained online on digital
devices small and large—at work, at school,
at play and on our way in-between. In fact, according
to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2014
American Eye-Q® survey, 55 percent of adults use
computers, smartphones, tablets or other handheld
devices for five or more hours a day. And a separate
AOA survey showed that 83 percent of children between
the ages of 10 and 17 use an electronic device for
more than three hours a day. Digital use will continue
to increase, making it more important than ever for
consumers to make smart eye care choices and to see an
eye doctor for yearly comprehensive eye exams.
Below are tips from Jacksonville Vision Clinic in
observance of AOA’s “Save Your Vision Month” in March.
Eat a Healthy Diet—Eat plenty of colorful fruits and
vegetables that are high in the antioxidant vitamins
A, C, and E. These vitamins are helpful in slowing
the aging process which leads to vision problems like
cataracts and macular degeneration.
Avoid Cigarette Smoke—Cigarette smoke is the single
greatest risk factor for macular degeneration, a breakdown
of the central retina which leads to early blindness.
Wear Sunglasses—As the ozone layer becomes
thinner, we are exposed to greater amounts of
ultraviolet light than our predecessors. Greater
ultraviolet light exposure causes faster aging of our
eyes (just as it ages our skin), so always wear protective
eyewear when outdoors.
Give Your Eyes a Break—When using electronics,
follow the 20-20-20 rule to ward off digital eye strain—
take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and view
something 20 feet away.
Although ongoing technology use doesn’t
permanently change your vision, extended periods of
use of technology may lead to a temporary condition
called “digital eye strain.” Symptoms can include
burning or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus,
blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain.
Early research has also shown that overexposure to
high-energy, short-wavelength blue and violet light
emitted from electronic devices may contribute to digital
eye strain. Blue light could also increase the likelihood
of developing serious eye conditions such as age-related
macular degeneration. Optometrists offer lens options
including non-glare, filtering lenses, to help protect
vision from harmful blue light.
Be a Savvy Shopper—Shopping online can be great
for some products that aren’t individually custommade like prescription eyeglasses are; health and safety
trump convenience when it comes to eyewear. Internet
orders often result in incorrect prescriptions or other
problems with products that get sent through the mail,
costing consumers more time and money in the long
run. According to a 2011 study conducted by the AOA,

the Optical Laboratories Association and The Vision
Council, nearly half of all glasses ordered online had
either prescription errors or failed to meet minimum
safety standards.
Skip Shortcuts—When it comes to really seeing
what’s going on with your eyes, there is no substitute
for a comprehensive, yearly eye exam by an eye doctor.
Despite catchy claims, there is truly no ‘app’ for that.
While a variety of new mobile applications claim to
evaluate vision or the fit of eyeglasses, often these
apps give inaccurate or misleading information, and
misinformed consumers end up delaying essential,
sight-saving exams. Early diagnosis and treatment are
critical and can often prevent a total loss of vision and
improve quality of life.

Comprehensive, yearly eye exams are one of the most
important, preventive ways to preserve vision, and
the only way to accurately assess eye health, diagnose
an eye disorder or disease, and determine if you need
corrective lenses.
Julie Danielson, Optometric Physician, is available by
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Inner “Spring” Awakening to Improve
Your LIFE Condition


ature teaches us about the most
important part of Life itself:
Awakening! Spring is a time
of rebirth and transformation as we step
out of the darkness of winter into the
light and colors of spring. Within our
hearts lies the desire to live a meaningful,
fulfilling life. Our inner spirit wants
to feel Peace, Love and Joy because
that is the truth of who we are. One of
Life’s purposes is to experience that life
condition. If you listen deeply, you can
feel in your heart the calling of your spirit
to awaken and connect with your inner
peace and well-being. Unfortunately, the
thoughts and feelings we engage with
that come from fear, stress, judgment and
negativity, along with the attachment to
the struggle of life, can keep our heart in
a state of winter.
It all comes down to our emotional
choices— moment by moment. CHOICE
is what is creating and constructing
the reality of our life. It’s not what is
occurring in your life that necessarily
creates your life experience, but how
you relate to what is occurring. With
every minute and every breath, we are
engaging in this process of choice and
creation. Taking time to meet yourself
each morning in a quiet moment allows
you to let the sun rise in and your heart
to awaken your gift to choose consciously
what you engage with emotionally
throughout your day. That is the power
of LIFE. It empowers us to break out of
our habitual negative responses. In each
moment you can choose to be a victim or
a creator. You can choose to experience
more Joy or drama. The journey of
awakening to our Soul-Truth can have
a tremendous impact in improving our
quality of LIFE.
“What is inner awakening?”
Awakening is the blossoming of your
innermost being.
It is the discovery of your true essence
and the release of the self-limiting
blocks and fears accumulated by years
of endlessly searching outside yourself.
It is the healing of the pain caused by
disempowerment and low self-worth.
Enlightenment is a beginning and an
It is letting go and letting in.
Letting go of the old, veiled, dark
ego with its longings, illusions, and
It is letting in the experience of
expansion and the unknown. It is a great
adventure in consciousness.
Awakening is a transformation
that causes us to break free from the
attachments to suffering and the old
way of life. It gives you the opportunity

to heal and let go of old belief systems
associated with lack and limitation.
It allows you to be free from the known
and the fear of the unknown.
It sets you free from the illusion of
duality between you and truth.
It is the ability to accept what is, as it is,
and to embrace who you are, as you are !
It is to—Forgive yourself, others & Life
It is to—Love unconditionally
It is to—Accept with compassion
It is—acquiring an attitude of

By Choosing to practice the above
FLAG, you cannot only improve but
transform your LIFE experience.
It shows you the way out of the darkness
of night from the past. It brings you into
the light of the sunrise, leading you into the
Light of day of the Eternal Now...
Enlightenment is a journey where you
can experience Presence—
To be in a Harmonious Flow to live in
the Grace of LIFE.
The first place to start to create a more
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Paws for Thought by Dr. Tami Rogers
You Ate What?


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espite all that we have
done to domesticate
them, animals are gross
little creatures! This is especially
true when it comes to their dietary
tendencies. I am relieved that we humans have better
discretion and therefore avoid eating dead, stinky things
that would likely make us very sick (Though one could
argue this point given our love affair with fast food!)
A common visit to our office often results from what I
call, “dietary indiscretion.” Dogs especially are victims
as they will eat ANYTHING that does not eat them first!
Cats are a bit more finicky, choosing to first hunt and
kill their snacks. And while this method may ensure
freshness, it does not
necessarily ensure
against sickness. In
the event of known
“dietary indiscretion,”
owners are often
troubled and wonder
what they can do.
Here is a general (but
not all encompassing)
list of ideas:
1. Benign neglect—In other words… do nothing. In
many cases, pets may get an upset stomach, but
given time, it will pass.
2. Feed a bland diet—offer boiled, skinless chicken
and white/brown rice. This mix provides a
good carbohydrate and protein source but is
easily digestible and very low in fat. I usually
recommend avoiding using chicken broth and
cottage cheese as both products are very high in
sodium and can further upset an already-angry
tummy. Often, giving pets’ system time to “rest” is
the best remedy of all.

3. If diarrhea develops—feeding a bland diet, as
mentioned above, can often help. You can also add
a small amount of low-fat, plain yogurt to help
maintain normal bacterial flora. If diarrhea persists
for longer than a day or two in spite of a bland
diet OR if you see blood in the stool, I recommend
taking a sample to your veterinarian to be checked.
Sometimes, when stomach upset is severe, the
normal intestinal flora will be altered and may
require an antibiotic in order to “reset” itself.
4. If your dog/cat is vomiting but otherwise is still
bright, alert, and happy—withhold food for at
least 12 hours. Offer water in very small amounts,
however if your dog/cat also vomits the water
up, I would recommend seeking veterinary care
immediately. After a short fast, you can begin to offer
a bland diet in small amounts. Again, if vomiting
persists or worsens, please call your veterinarian.
5. Prevention is obviously the best form of medicine
available so keeping your pet away from the gross
stuff can significantly help. For cats that are avid
hunters, collars with bells are often helpful. We
have a client who swears that his cats’ hunting
abilities have been completely stymied by collars
at this website: For dogs,
keeping them on-leash will allow you to control
their movements and hopefully will help avoid
accidental ingestions when away from home.
Overall, if your pet has eaten something they
shouldn’t have and you have questions, it’s always best
to call your veterinarian. Otherwise, just give them lots
of love and hope for the best! Because even if you are
not, they are no doubt proud of their recent find…even
if they do get diarrhea!
Dr. Rogers can be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary
Hospital at 541-899-1081 or
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by Holly Hight, Sanctuary One Volunteer

his time last year, I was heading out each
Wednesday morning to Sanctuary One, coat,
gloves, and hat on, Dutch Bros. in hand, and
heater blasting as my son, chattering away in the back,
talked endlessly about Gabe and the adventures they’d
have in the rain. Each Wednesday, I picked-up the dog
yards while my son ran with Gabe, a dog who had as
much energy as he did.
They were a perfect match
for each other and the two
hours we spent each week
always flew by.
That was last year. Since
then, life has gotten in the
way. Work commitments
and school commitments,
among other things. But
as this time of year has
come around again, I’m
eager to get back out there.
The Sanctuary’s website
indicates that tours will
begin again April 30th and will continue through
the fall. The farm tour, given by a staff member or
volunteer, lets you see what care farms are all about,
how they got started, and offers visitors a chance to
meet the animals who were saved.
Last year, I met Rose, an 11-year-old Appaloosa whose
first six years of life were tragic. She’d been starved and
abused, suspected of having been passed around as a
brood mare before being rescued by law enforcement
in 2010. At the time of her rescue, Rose had been found
stuck in mud with her foal, dead, beside her.
Rose came to Sanctuary One deeply traumatized, the
notes in her file detailing, “Baby found dead on property
at time of confiscation. Terrified of everyone. Very headshy and jumpy. Reacts to protect herself very quickly.”
I gazed-out at a beautiful mare who was shyer than
the rest. “When the other horses approach a tour group,
she’ll hang back a little,” I was told, “though we just had
a group come through and she sniffed at a woman’s
ponytail; she’s getting braver all the time.”
Stories like Rose’s abound. “Cream,” an all-white

Charolais cow, came to be at the Sanctuary when she
was transferred from a California veterinary teaching
hospital. It was there that she saved the lives of
numerous other cows by giving her own blood. An
injury at birth, which required surgery when Cream was
just 3 weeks old, gave her a permanent limp, though
that doesn’t seem to stop her from gently grazing,
restful in the sun. If I were to
imagine her as human, I would
think of a comfortably laid-back
and happy-with-the-small-things
kind of person.
I’m struck each time I visit the
Sanctuary with how peaceful it is.
It’s a happy place, where animals
who were once scared and sick
are now free to enjoy their lives,
taken care of and loved. Looking
back on 2015, I see some inspiring
new additions: There is the new
“William Driscoll and Alicia
Theophil FIV Cat Cottage,” a
haven specifically designed for cats with FIV, Feline
Immunodeficiency Virus, or the cat equivalent of HIV.
At the new cottage, FIV-positive cats, rather than being
euthanized, can live long in a low-stress environment.
There is also the expansion of the 35,000-foot organic
permaculture garden, along with the new deer fence,
which has enabled the Sanctuary to enjoy the most
bountiful heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers to
date. In addition, new wheelchair and walker pathways
have been put in so that people with limited mobility
can access and participate in caring for the raised
gardens. The Sanctuary will host a ribbon cutting for the
Education Garden accessibility project this spring.
There are a lot of exciting things going on at the
Sanctuary this year and I’m definitely eager to jump
back in. Those interested in participating in caring for
the garden, taking a tour, or attending the upcoming
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Education Garden
accessibility project can call the Sanctuary at 541-8998627 or visit Photo by Brooke Nuckles
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Humane Society Embarks on Pet Project
The Southern Oregon Humane Society was chosen
as the project for the Chamber of Medford/Jackson
County’s 2015-2016 Leadership Class. The group
is currently seeking donations of $45,000 to fund a
“facilities restoration project” to provide a much-needed
facelift to the SoHumane headquarters. Restoration will
include, installing additional free-standing shelters for



the animals, painting all buildings, replacing broken
concrete walks, re-grading the parking lot and other
health and safety improvements.
The leadership class is encouraging donations in any
amount. To donate, please contact Kenn Altine, SoHumane
Executive Director at 541-779-3215 or

Something Fishy
by Dr. Jeff Judkins, Animalkind Veterinary Clinic


hen I first started my
veterinary career more than
30 years ago, nutritional
supplements were virtually unheard
of in small animal medicine. Vitamins
have had a long history of wellaccepted use, but food- and plant-based
“nutraceuticals” have only been an
accepted part of most veterinary practices
in the last 15 years. One of the most
popular supplements in both animal
and human health today is fish oil,
also known as omega 3 fatty acids. It is
commonly prescribed by veterinarians
for a wide variety of clinical conditions,
but how beneficial is it, and are there any
potential adverse effects from its use?
So what’s so great about fish oil
anyway? Why is it one of the most
popular dietary supplements for animals
and people alike, generating over a
billion dollars in sales last year? Certain
types of fish and other marine animals,
especially colder water species such as
salmon, have high levels polyunsaturated
(omega 3) fatty acids in their flesh.
Research has shown that these fats have
an anti-inflammatory effect in the body,
and have been touted as being able to
reduce the incidence of heart disease in
humans. Veterinarians most commonly
prescribe omega 3 supplements to help
treat allergic skin cases in dogs and
cats, but some studies have suggested
that they may have benefit in dementia
and cognitive decline in older pets
as well. Other potential uses include
arthritis and even cancer. While there
is a considerable amount of research
in both the animal and human fields,
the results are definitely mixed, and
certainly not definitive. There is good
evidence that overuse of fish oils can
cause problems with blood clotting
and vitamin E deficiency. So, with a
lack of definitive clinical benefit, and a
possibility of adverse effects, why use
fish oil supplements at all?
There is certainly no debate that
omega 3s are a vitally-important dietary
nutrient. One of the issues with omega
3s, though, is their instability when
exposed to heat and high pressure,
conditions common in the manufacture
of commercial dog and cat foods. This
can result in levels in the diet that are
insufficient for moderating inflammatory
conditions such as allergic skin disease
and arthritis. One type of omega 3 known
as DHA is thought to be important
for brain function. It is possible that a
deficiency of this essential nutrient may
result in early onset senility in older
animals or delayed brain development in
puppies and kittens.
So, if most commercial diets are
deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, it seems
logical to supplement most dog and
cat diets. There are, however, some

important things to consider. Because
polyunsaturated fatty acids are so
fragile, some supplement products are
degraded...actually rancid, because of
improper handling or storage. It can
be difficult to know if you are using a
poor-quality oil, but if the product smells
fishy, throw it away! Giving you pet a
rancid fish oil product is definitely worse
than no supplementation at all. The other
issue is the source and possible toxins in
the product. Heavy metals accumulate in
the bodies of some fish, so I recommend
getting oils that are sourced from less
polluted areas of world such as Alaska
or the arctic regions of Norway. Krill
oil, which comes from a tiny crustacean
harvested in Antarctic waters, is another
good source.
Because the quality and proper dosage
of supplements are often uncertain, I
always recommend that my patients get
their important nutrients mainly from
their food. This is just another example
where nature knows best. I don't believe
that feeding commercial pet foods
alone are adequate in providing all the
nutrients that our pets need to be as
healthy or to live as long as they should.
(See my article, The Kibble Conundrum,
I frequently recommend adding to my
patients’ diets fresh unprocessed foods
that are naturally high in omega 3s such
as grass-fed beef, lamb and pastureraised chicken eggs. Cultured milk
products such as yogurt or kefir from our
local cows and goats are also excellent.
Broths made from grass-fed beef bones
are great for convalescing or geriatric
pets. Animals that are raised in large
commercial feedlots and factory farms
are mainly fed grains, which results in
food products that have very little omega
3s, and invariably contain unhealthy
antibiotic and pesticide residues.
The bottom line is, yes, I do
recommend using omega 3 supplements
in some pets’ diets depending on the
situation, but only using products with
which I am confident of their quality
and purity. (Here's a tip: never buy a fish
oil supplement for your pet or yourself
from a big box store.) Certainly more
research needs to be done to determine
the efficacy of supplementation with fish
oils. Buy the best quality commercial
pet food you can afford—it really does
make a difference in your pet’s health—
and consider adding fresh, omega
3-rich whole foods to your pet’s food,
or making your own diets. Dr. Karen
Becker’ s book, Real Food for Healthy
Dogs and Cats is a great guide for those
interested in making pet foods at home.
Dr. Judkins is the owner of Animalkind
Holistic Veterinary Clinic in Jacksonville.
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Digging Jacksonville: Finding My Marbles
by Gayle Lewis

A selection of the clay and glass marbles recovered from the Booker House in Jacksonville are
shown on the left, and the blue Chinese Checker piece is on the right.
The days of free-roaming youngsters
and unsupervised play are gone, it
seems, here in Jacksonville, but we can
still see children in Doc Griffin Park or
playing in yards and cul de sacs. The
sleepy town of the 1950s saw school-aged
children and teens riding their bicycles,
walking to school, and playing in the
streets and on the worn pathways. They
made their own trails in the surrounding
woods, built unapproved tree houses,
and waged war on enemies in the
culverts and ditches. Evidence of children
through the decades is found in yards
and byways.
During the recent archeological
excavations by the Southern Oregon
University Laboratory of Anthropology
(SOULA), I have been fortunate to join
them as a volunteer, digging unwittingly
into my own past. Doll parts, game
pieces, marbles, toys and toy fragments,
shards of porcelain tea sets, and feeding
nipples have been unearthed on Main
Street, First Street, and the Britt grounds.
Among them, artifacts have been items
I clearly identified as having belonged
to me! These came from the site of The
Booker House where I spent my early
childhood with my brother. Older toys
from this site were likely possessions
of the Biede girls who lived in the same
house in the late nineteenth century.
A favorite found artifact of mine is the
bright blue glass piece originally labeled
“glass marble” that is likely one of the
blue pieces from our Chinese Checkers
board game. The German toy market
created this popular game in 1892.
Originally called Stern-Halma, it is still
played today. Surely, Stern-Halma would
have found its way to Jacksonville’s
German community.
The flat, worn sidewalks on the side
streets made good surfaces for drawing a

circle with a stick to give several players
room to kneel to shoot marbles carried
in drawstring bags. The game of Marbles
was apparently popular for generations.
The earliest marbles are larger and handmade of clay. The small ones are “peewees” and the larger ones “shooters.”
The more modern glass marbles are
called cat’s-eyes and sunbursts. We found
examples of each kind.
Finding and identifying artifacts
associated with children tells us that
young people enjoyed games similar to
those today and spent time out of doors.
Holding some of the objects screened
from the soil brought memories of the
wonderful childhood I had here in
Jacksonville and caused me to ponder the
children who played in the spot before
I did and to hope that children would
continue to play happily in our town and
leave evidence behind. Archeological
examination of sites in Jacksonville
gives us information about those who
preceded us, poses questions about their
daily lives, and reminds us of our place
in the history as we move into the future,
preserving the history of Jacksonville for
children to come.
Gayle is a retired Women’s Health Nurse
Practitioner whose family has lived in
Jacksonville since
1880. She is a
Southern Oregon
Historical Society
volunteer who
works with the
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Laboratory of
You can reach SOULA by contacting Chelsea
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Lions Club Annual Donation Helps Kids in Crisis

Photo: Nick Nichols
From l-r: Joe Diamond, Lou Mayersky, Bill Hartwick, Tony Antonides, Firefighter Brandon
Bowers, Firefighter Justin Zigenis, Dick Cobb, Bill Hanlan and Nick Nichols.
Every year, the Lions Club collects Teddy bears and other stuffed animals which are
then donated to Jacksonville Fire and Police which provides them to children in need of
comfort during emergency situations such as fires, auto accidents and other crises.

FEBRUARY 6 - APRIL 17, 2016


News from the Friends of
Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
by Dirk J. Siedlecki, President – FOJHC

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Bill and Debbie Miller cleaning the Col. John Ross Family Block in September 2015.
Photo by Mary Siedlecki.
Upcoming Activities & Events—We
are planning another year filled with
activities and events that we hope
you'll find interesting, enjoyable and
worthwhile! Your continued help in caring
for and supporting our beautiful Pioneer
Cemetery is sincerely appreciated.
Help with Cleaning-up the Cemetery
Grounds—Our first Community Cleanup Day of 2016 will be on Saturday,
March 12, from 9:00am until noon.
On Saturday, May 21 we will meet at
8:00am for our second Community
Clean-up Day as we prepare the
cemetery grounds for the Memorial Day
Holiday. Our final Community Cleanup Day of 2016 will be on Saturday,
October 1 from 9:00am until noon. Join
the Friends, Jacksonville Boosters, and
other community organizations and
volunteers in caring for the grounds.
Freshly-brewed coffee and morning
refreshments are provided along with
our sincere appreciation and gratitude.
This is a great way for students to earn
Community Involvement Credit hours.
Cemetery Marker Cleaning and
Workshops—Please join us for a very
worthwhile volunteer project that is not
only fun, but very gratifying. Over the
past few years, volunteers have cleaned
several hundred cemetery grave markers,
helping to preserve and protect them
for future generations as well as making
them easier to read. Our first workshop
will be on Saturday, April 16 at 9:00am
until noon, then the third Saturday of
every month, June 18 through September
17. Please note there is no marker
cleaning or workshop in May as we are
involved with other activities preparing
the cemetery for the Memorial Day

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holiday. We meet at the Sexton's Tool
House at the top of the Cemetery Road
where tools, supplies and instructions are
provided. You may want to bring along
a stool to sit on, a hat and sunscreen and
dress in your work clothes.
NEW EVENT Tuesday Evening Stroll
in the Cemetery—Join us on Tuesday
evenings at 6:30pm until 8:00pm starting
on May 10, and running on the second
Tuesday of the month through August
9, for a tour of the different sections of
the Jacksonville Cemetery. Each month,
a new section will be featured and you'll
learn the history of the various fraternal
and religious organizations that make
up the seven sections of our cemetery
as we visit a number of gravesites. Wear
comfortable walking shoes and meet
your docent at the top of the Cemetery
Road to begin your tour.
History Saturday—Our very
popular program, “History Saturday,”
returns on May 14, and then on the
second Saturday of the month through
Saturday, September 10. As always,
new topics will be presented and
discussed along with a short walking
tour. The programs start at 10:00am
and take approximately 90 minutes to
complete. You may meet your docents
at the top of the Cemetery Road next
to the Sexton's Tool House. Wear
comfortable walking shoes and dress
for the weather.
Be sure to visit our website at www. for additional
details and a complete listing of all
cemetery-related activities and events.
We look forward to welcoming you
to the Jacksonville Cemetery as a
volunteer, supporter or visitor.

Pioneer Profiles: Judge Frank LeBlond TouVelle
Orchardist, Politician, Philanthropist
by Carolyn Kingsnorth
In the mid-1800s, the promise of gold and free land lured
fortune seekers and settlers to the newly formed Oregon
Territory. They were soon followed by merchants who amassed
their own wealth selling supplies to the miners and farmers.
This on-going series shares the stories of these pioneers and
their times.
he Judge Frank TouVelle House, located at 435
North Oregon Street in Jacksonville, is considered
one of the best examples of Craftsman-style
homes in the Rogue Valley. A special January 1, 1929
edition of the Medford Mail Tribune featured it in a section
titled, “Rogue River Valley has Many Beautiful Ranch
Homes.” Today it’s a well-know “bed and breakfast,” and
this year, owners Shawn and Jamie Kerr are celebrating
the 100th birthday of the house.
Frank LeBlond TouVelle was part of a later wave of
pioneers who came to Southern Oregon during the
“Orchard Boom.” In the early 1900s the Rogue Valley
gained nationwide fame as a place where almost anyone
could plant fruit trees and make a lot of money. This
notion was promoted in a lengthy advertising campaign
by the Medford Commercial Club, the Chamber of
Commerce of its day.
TouVelle was born in Kansas in 1870. He had
graduated from the Cincinnati Law School and begun
his career at the age of 23 as County Treasurer of Mercer
County, Ohio. But like earlier 19th Century pioneers,
TouVelle felt the call of the West and the promise of
adventure and potential riches. He was one of the
“Easterners” who arrived by train in 1905 when the
boom was in full swing and buyers were competing
for land and orchards. He invested heavily in
agricultural land and reaped a small fortune before
boom turned to bust. He also demonstrated his sense
of humor when he announced his development of
"Alfaberry," a cross between strawberries and alfalfa,
and "battlefield watermelons."
TouVelle became an active Jackson County Democrat,
Methodist, and Elk, well-liked throughout the
community. When he ran for Judge of Jackson County in
1912, he even gained the support of Republican stalwart
J.S. Howard, the self-proclaimed “father of Medford,”
who declared TouVelle to be “a splendid gentleman”
and “a man of wide experience and broadness of mind.”
TouVelle’s campaign was successful, and he was
elected Judge of Jackson County. (The term “judge” is
a bit of a misnomer. County judges at the time were
not “judges” in the legal sense, but rather served in
the capacity of today’s county commissioners.) We can
thank TouVelle for helping to start the county’s first


public health department during his six year tenure.
However, TouVelle is better known for his
inauguration of the “Good Roads Movement” in
Jackson County. This national movement to improve
America’s roadways had been initiated in the 1880s by
the burgeoning numbers of bicycle enthusiasts. By the
beginning of the 20th Century, it had been taken over by
the automobile lobby and was firmly established when
President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Aid Road
Act of 1916.
TouVelle promoted a “Get Out of the Mud” campaign
which resulted in Jackson County voters approving a
half million dollar bond issue to improve and grade
what is now Highway 99. By 1921, the Jackson County
portion of the Pacific Highway offered a paved surface
from the county line over the Siskiyous to California and
a graded surface to Highway 101 on the coast.
In 1935, Governor Martin appointed TouVelle as State
Highway Commissioner. In this capacity, TouVelle
oversaw many road improvements as well as more
advantageous relocations of highways.
But something was missing from TouVelle’s life,
and in 1916 he married Elizabeth Blosser, a native of
Chillicothe, Ohio, whom he probably met during his
initial career as the Treasurer of Mercer County, Ohio.
Their return to Oregon was Elizabeth’s first trip west.
However, she soon became heavily involved in valley
charitable and social welfare activities, especially the
Jackson County Public Health Association, where she
was an early president.
As a wedding present, TouVelle purchased the North
Oregon Street property in Jacksonville and had the
present house constructed based on Elizabeth’s designs.
Portions of the previous structure, home to Squire
William and Caroline Hoffman (see February 2016 Pioneer
Profiles) were incorporated into the architecture and now
serve as the library and dining room.
Regrettably, the couple never had children. After
Elizabeth’s death in 1931, TouVelle turned their house
into a home for needy boys, training and educating
at least 12 neglected, under-privileged youth, and
sending those who qualified to college. When TouVelle
died in 1955, his will established a trust to provide
education for “worthy” boys.
Some of TouVelle’s orchard properties remain in the
form of TouVelle State Park. In 1917, a year after they
were married, TouVelle and Elizabeth purchased 184
acres along the Rogue. Nine years after Elizabeth died,
TouVelle donated 50 acres of that land to the State of
Oregon, creating a public park where Table Rock Road

Frank LeBlond TouVelle
crosses the river. "It will be a memorial to my wife,
Elizabeth," he said, "and it will be called Elizabeth Park."
And three of TouVelle’s heirloom Spitzenberg apple
trees, thought to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite, still
bear fruit every year on the 1.3 acres of his original 6
acre North Oregon plat.
Although the TouVelles are interred in Portland, their
spirits still linger in Jacksonville and the Valley in the
form of their home, park, and legacy. Now Shawn and
Jamie Kerr are honoring the TouVelles through a yearlong Centennial Celebration of the TouVelle’s home.
Guests at the TouVelle House can anticipate monthly
giveaways and special treats including gift baskets,
custom cupcakes, luggage tags, free trolley tours,
namesake cocktails and cheese, and more.
Learn more about the TouVelle House at www.
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