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Make it a Great Year
Happy Chinese New Year, Jacksonville! On the
Chinese zodiac chart, 2017 is the “Year of the Rooster.”
In this issue, you’ll find a full schedule of the Southern
Oregon Chinese Cultural Association Chinese New Year
celebration on pages 38-39. With a dedicated team of
volunteers, SOCCA will once again bring us another
exciting day-long celebration to commemorate Southern
Oregon’s rich Chinese cultural history. The fun begins
with a morning parade, followed by events throughout
the day for the entire family.
While reading-up on the significance and meaning
of the “Rooster,” I was amazed by the timeliness of
commentary by Chinese astrology experts that included:
After the shenanigans of this past Monkey year… the New
Year of the Fire Rooster is going to bring fresh challenges,
requiring quick wit and practical solutions!
In the wake of the November elections, I found
this prediction disturbingly comforting. Although
Jacksonville can’t compare to Washington, DC on a
“shenanigans” scale, we’re not without our faults…
just about everyone tells me they’re hoping for the best
after this interesting election season, here and on a
national level. Locally, 2017 is shaping up as a year for
city leaders to find practical solutions on budget issues,

especially related to public safety and other city-related
funding challenges. Indeed, quick wit and practicality is
welcome and needed!
Along this same line, another “Rooster year attribute”
stated, Public administration jobs, military careers and
police jobs are highly favored. Again, drawing a parallel
to what’s happening in town, our city leaders are now
searching to fill several police and fire department
positions and preparing for turnover in several key
departmental posts. Interesting, don’t you think?
Personally, I’m choosing to look upon this as a good
“sign.” And, with full confidence in staff, I was pleased
to learn that administrative jobs are also on the
“favorable” side of the 2017 zodiac equation!
Finally, now knowing that Rooster Years are a blend of
righteousness and justice, bombast and logistical efficiency, I’ll
do all I can to make sure the Review’s mission aligns itself
with “justice” and “logical efficiency” and will endeavor
to avoid the “righteousness” and “bombast” sides…but
there’s no guarantee, especially when it comes to penning
My View! Here’s to a very happy and successful 2017 in
Our Small Town with Big Atmosphere!

Cuppa’ Love

since Teddy
Abrams stepped
onto the Britt
stage, he’s
electrified and
audiences with his
energy, talent and
enthusiasm for
orchestral music.
Teddy is widely
recognized as one
of the nation’s
most-acclaimed conductors, here in Jacksonville with
our own Britt Orchestra and at home as Conductor of
the Louisville Symphony Orchestra. On February 11,
join Teddy at a special Valentine Gala where he will
announce the 2017 Britt Orchestral Season lineup –
see page 8 for information on tickets to attend this fun
evening of food, wine and, of course, music!
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Community Center Communiqué

News Updates on the Jacksonville Community Center
by David Doi

JCC future expansion ~ Cedars on 4th
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580 Powderhorn Dr, Jacksonville
$1,260,000 | 4 BR | 5F 3H BA
Jacksonville home on 1.25 ac with mountain & city
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Jacksonville Residents Score Big Win

ou made it happen! The
Jacksonville Community
Center (JCC) recognizes that
it takes a village to build a community
center and the Board wants to extend its
deepest gratitude and appreciation to the
countless Jacksonville residents who over
the past 15 years have contributed time,
energy, money and expertise to bring the
community center so close to reality. Look
for an announcement in February about a
ground breaking event for the Center.
First, you donated $40,000 in matching
funds so that the Collins Foundation
awarded its $40,000 challenge grant to build
a community center. Then you provided
the momentum and credibility so that Dr.
Douglas and Jane Naversen donated $40,000
to JCC. The Jacksonville Seniors, Inc. will
very shortly cut a check for $153,200 to JCC.
Finally, this broad community support to
JCC was critical in leading The Ford Family
Foundation to award JCC a $150,000 grant
in early January.
“This has been a total community
endeavor,” happily exclaims Rick
Patsche, JCC President. “No one person or
one organization can take responsibility
for this accomplishment,” says Patsche.
“The entire city can stand up and take a
bow for a job well done,” states Jeanena
White Wilson, JCC Vice President and
longtime Jacksonville activist.
According to Sue Miler, who wrote
the grant proposal to The Ford Family

Foundation, JCC now has raised
$523,000—leaving only $35,000
remaining to reach the project’s cash
goal of the $558,000 needed to build and
equip the Center.
The Board of the Jacksonville
Community Center is keenly aware that
our success rests on so many individuals
and groups:
• the thousands that purchased items
from the Senior Thrift Store over the
years, resulting in the $153,000 gift
from Jacksonville Seniors, Inc.
• the artists and volunteers whose
longtime work on the Celebrate the
Arts festival raised $50,000 for JCC
• the scores of Jacksonville residents,
businesses and organizations that
made contributions in the last year
• the foundations that awarded
grants to JCC—The Ford Family
Foundation, the Collins Foundation,
the Carpenter Foundation, the
West Family Foundation and the
Jacksonville Boosters Foundation.
We extend our gratitude to all of you
for your help and support. We are so
close to the finish line for meeting our
fundraising goal. But we must ask our
residents to dig deep one last time to help
us raise the final $35,000. If you have
already contributed, consider asking a
friend to give. Please use the form below
to help us get down the home stretch.
And again, thank you Jacksonville!

JCC Donation Form
Please help us raise the final $35,000
we need to meet our fundraising goal
and cross the finish line to building
the Jacksonville Community Center!

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$365,000 | 3 BR | 2 BA | .46 Ac
Updated home in great neighborhood.
Pantry, wood burning stove, private yard,
mature trees & covered patio.

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$469,000 | 2 BR | 1 BA
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The Big Snow Storm of January 2017!

JAM Photography

Aliscia OCampo Perryman

Typical snow events in and around Jacksonville don’t
generally last too long…until this January, that is!
Life got a little more interesting here in our small
village when it started snowing on January 3rd and
didn’t stop until after a foot of the white stuff had
landed in town. Not only did super-low overnight
temperatures create ice-rink-roads when snow melted
and re-froze—the heavy snow wreaked havoc on trees
and rooftops, and streams, rivers, creeks and culverts
crested. Despite some dangerous conditions, one
thing was certain—kids were happy that school was
canceled, lots of snowmen were built, and town was
transformed into a winter wonderland creating these
postcard moments sent in by our readers!

Larry Smith

Cristie Fairbanks

Amy Kranenburg

Richard Kemmling

Whit Parker

Jessica Haynes

Lea Worcester

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The Gonzalez family
and Larry Smith
(middle) at site where
gold first found in

Several weeks ago, I was chatting with
Mayor Paul Becker about the cultural
treasures we have here in historic
Jacksonville. The mayor wondered out
loud if those of us who have lived in
Jacksonville for some time have perhaps
become too accustomed to the scenic
and historic values of our town to really
appreciate what we have here.
This past month, I encountered
two families from Europe who
expressed their personal excitement of
unexpectedly discovering Jacksonville
that I would like to share now.
Three hours before Jacksonville’s
annual tree lighting celebration, I was
walking along South Oregon Street
taking in the pulse of our fair city. As I
approached the former Eugene Bennett
place, I came upon a dark blue car with
California license plates parked along
the shoulder. As I approached the car
to see if they needed any help, I noticed
three kids in the back seat and the driver
in the front seat looking a bit puzzled.
When I looked beyond the car I saw a
well-dressed lady standing at the corner
of Pine and Oregon with a “lost” look
on her face. When she spotted me she
rushed up and thrust a copy of the
Jacksonville Review toward me, pointing
to the inside city map. After she asked
me several questions in Spanish while
gesturing to the Review several times, I
realized she was looking for the “gold
first found here” monument located two
blocks south of where we were standing.
When I offered to help her, she directed me
follow her back to the car where I’d find her
English- speaking 13-year-old daughter.
I told the daughter, Marina, to ask
her father to turn around and follow
me to the gold first found monument.
Parking at the monument, the expectant
family bounded from their car, anxious
to learn more about our gold mining
history. Using Marina as an interpreter,
I learned that her father, Dr. Jesus
Gonzalez, was presently teaching Urban
Planning at Stanford University. The
Gonzalez children, Marina, 13, Anton,
11, and Carlos, 9, are enrolled in school
in San Jose and rapidly learning English.
They told me that they loved living in
the United States and that sadly, their
father’s teaching term only lasted for
three months and that the family would
soon be returning to Spain.
So, for the next thirty minutes, we
talked about Spain and our family’s
visits to their country, Jacksonville’s
gold mining history, and their
experiences while living in the United
States. Each of them tried to speak a bit
of English, though the main translating
was coming through Marina. The
father told me that he taught his urban
planning classes in Spanish, saying, “My
English very poor.”
As it started to rain, the family shot a
couple of photos of our group and then
climbed back into their car. A friend
of theirs had recommended that while
traveling down I-5 that they should stop
by Jacksonville. They told me that our
town was “beautiful” and they were so
happy that they had stopped by. And
that the Review map had been a big help!
As a follow-up to their visit, I received
this email from Dr. Gonzales on
December 30th: “Dear Larry, I’m Jesús

González, the Spanish Visiting Professor
at Stanford. We are very grateful for the
interesting information that you sent us
by mail a few weeks ago. Thank you very
much! We returned to Mallorca (Spain)
on December 20th. Now we are in Galicia
(Spain) spending Christmas with our parents
and brothers. I am a Doctor of Geography and
Professor at the University of the Balearic
Islands (Spain). I research in urban studies
and on Latin America and the Caribbean. We
are very good in Spain, but we like very much
United States. If you come to Spain, you and
your family are welcome. I hope you have
a Merry Christmas with your family and a
Happy New Year. Very best, Jesús and family"
The second recent foreign-visitor
encounter happened while, as Town
Crier, I was making my rounds up
and down California Street during our
Victorian Christmas celebration. Deckedout in full Victorian costume, I had
stopped by Father Christmas and our
own “North Pole.” The place was packed
with expectant children and parents who
were snapping photos of their children
sitting on Father Christmas’ lap.
As I took in this wonderful Christmas
tradition, I picked out, above the din,
some French being spoken. I wandered
over to the family and introduced
myself. It turned out the family was
from the French speaking part of
Switzerland. Stephen and his wife and
son, 9, and daughter, 7, were spending
a year visiting the western United
States. Stephan had quit his job as an
accountant and his wife had taken a
year’s leave of absence as a teacher.
They were “homeschooling” their
children. “First comes the French, and
then the German, and we will work on
the English later,” I was told.
Even though they hailed from one
of the most beautiful countries in the
world, they were fully enjoying our
little Victorian Christmas celebration.
“Visiting Santa was very important to our
children,” Stephan told me. The family
was enjoying the historic atmosphere
of our town and our many shops. As
they told me their story, the family was
bubbling over with happiness.
They had visited Crater Lake National
Park the day before. “Beautiful…we
took photos of the kids standing by the
high snow banks. And the weather was
clear and we could see the lake!” Their
joy was overwhelming. Upon leaving
Crater Lake, they had unexpectedly
stumbled upon Jacksonville. And they
were so glad they had.
As I continued my rounds that
afternoon up and down California Street,
passing out event information, I bumped
into Stephen and his family several times.
The last time that I saw them they were
in at the Good Bean Company eating
their lunch and “shopping locally.” All
were still very happy that they had found
our little piece of Americana!
I am sure that there are many such
stories being played-out everyday on our
historic streets as people from across the
country and around the world drop in
for a visit and perhaps sit a spell. May we
continue to be attuned to these visitors
and be prepared to welcome them with
open arms. Thank You Mayor Becker for
keeping us on our toes.

Coffee Shop Has New Owners, New Name
and New Coffee

Forty Five Coffee, a new craft coffee
shop located at 310 E. California Street,
will open in February in the spot where
Stim Coffee had been located for several
years. The new owners of the coffee shop,
Phillip Barbaccia and Annette McGregor
are already familiar faces in town…the
new shop is a joint venture. Comparable
to many of the specialty coffee shops in
the Portland and Seattle metro areas, the
primary focus of Forty Five Coffee is on
the quality of the drinks served, using

the most current equipment in the coffee
industry, and on the atmosphere of the
shop. “We’ll proudly serve Heart Coffee
of Portland, Oregon, ranked as one of the
top specialty coffee roasters in the United’s our hope that our customers
will grow to love and appreciate the time
and effort we put into every cup,” Phillip
says. To keep-up with the progress of the
shop, please visit,
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for their newsletter.

Thai House Re-Opens Featuring Chef Drew
The New Year brings new ownership
Drew’s favorite dishes in the mix now
to Jacksonville’s Thai House Restaurant,
and then. In addition to sourcing the best
located at 215 W. California Street. In
local produce, meat and fish available,
December, 2016, former
Drew notes that he’s
owners, Kai & So
passionate about
relocated to the Bay Area
featuring local wines,
after the birth of their
especially those from
daughter in order to live
the Applegate Valley,
closer to family and their
where he now resides.
new Thai restaurant in
The Cincinnati,
the Castro District!
Ohio-born chef says
Thai House
that cooking has
Jacksonville was
been a passion from
purchased by Prosperity
early age and that
Investments, whose
being the child of a
team includes Chef
Mexican father and
Drew (pictured
Italian mother infused
here.) Hailing from
him with a passion
Pompano Beach, South
and appreciation for
Florida, Drew brings
favorable kitchen
more than 15 years
combinations. In
of chef experience to
addition to having
Chef Drew
Jacksonville. Drew says
a flair for Cajun and
he was fortunate to have spent two weeks Thai cooking, the chef also produces his
training with Kai, learning the in’s &
very own BBQ sauce, rumored to be one
outs of Thai cooking. A lover of all things of the hottest on earth!
spicy, Drew notes that Thai cooking is
Thai House is now open 11:00amsimilar in many respects to his native
2:00pm for lunch and 4:00pm-9:00pm
Cajun cooking. Although the menu at the for dinner Wednesday-Sunday. (Closed
Thai House will remain largely the same,
Monday & Tuesday). The new phone
don’t be surprised to find a few of Chef
number is 541-899-3930.

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


appy New Year!
Well, last month's recordbreaking winter storm Helena
sure did put a stick in the spokes of our
January reception! We hope you and
everyone you love made it through the
storm safely, and that you were able
to attend our informal reception the
following weekend.
Naked Art 2017: No Mats ~ No Frames
~ Great Deals!—Our annual show of
unframed art opened January 13 and
continues through February 26. Add to
your art collection for less or buy the
art you love without paying for a frame
you intend to replace! Naked Art, a
collection of unframed fine art by Art
Presence members, lets you take home
your naked art finds right away. The
bonus for collectors is that new works
will replace those that have sold, so
there will be more art to consider as it
is added throughout the show! Join us
for a reception on Saturday, February
4 from noon-3:00pm. Again, we have a
special author reading scheduled. This
time Christin Lore Weber will read from
her newly published book, “The Root of
Beauty: A Spiritual Memoir.”

Art Presence Offsite Exhibits:
• Pioneer Village: Anne Brooke—
Exhibit of watercolor paintings
opened January 19 and continues
through April 19. See more of Anne’s
work at
• Jacksonville Library, Naversen
Room: Photography by Kathleen
Hoevet—Show of heartwarming
and visually stunning photography
opened January 19 and continues
through April 19. See more of Kathy’s
work at
What’s Happening Upstairs?
Figure Drawing: Fingers feeling
rusty? Didn’t do much drawing over
the holidays? Limber up those talented
digits with us
as we practice
models from
life! Sharpen
your pencils,
bring your
and join our
life drawing
studio every
Monday from
Just $10 for
Life drawing
each two-hour
by Anne Brooke.
Reserve our upstairs room for your
class, workshop or meeting! Contact
Anne Brooke at 541-941-7057.

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is the creator and editor of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource (www., serves on the board of Art Presence Art Center, is a core
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monthly art exhibits at GoodBean cafe. See some of her art and web design
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News From Britt Hill

by Donna Briggs, Britt President & CEO
Britt Orchestra Season Announcement
on February 11th!


s we enter the New Year,
Britt would like to welcome
Jacksonville’s newest City
Council member, Steve Casaleggio.
Based on our experience, the Council
exhibits a strong commitment to
working with citizens toward the shared
vision of providing the best possible
community for residents and visitors
alike. They understand the scope of
their responsibilities and are prepared
to serve as our representatives. We are
always impressed by their ability to
make difficult decisions while balancing
many different perspectives on an issue.
The City of Jacksonville is fortunate to
have such talented and smart people
willing to work as volunteers on behalf
of our town. We thank them for their
visionary leadership.
Teddy is back! And he wants you to
join us on February 11th for an intimate
Valentine dinner and concert with
vocalist Morgan James. Morgan sang
with the Britt Orchestra in 2015, and
returns for this special event to cast an
unbreakable spell with her powerhouse
voice, theatrical swing, and soulful
poise. Teddy will also unveil the 2017
Britt Orchestra season's program and
guest artists. Proceeds benefit the 2017
Britt Orchestra Season. It is sure to be
another unforgettable evening with our
very own Maestro, Teddy Abrams. For
more information please call 541-690-3853 or
Britt Education & Engagement
continues to offer an expanded residency
program, with a focus on bringing local

and regional musicians into our schools
during the school year. These in-school
music visits serve kindergarten through
graduate level students in Jackson and
Josephine counties during each school
term. Residencies range from a single
school visit to 5 days of presentations,
master classes, individual lessons and
affordably-priced performances in
our community. All school visits are
provided at no cost to the schools. We
kicked-off the 2017 Residency program
with The Meriwethers in January and
the Oregon Wind Quintet, composed of
five acclaimed faculty members from the
University of Oregon School of Music
and Dance, who will be in-residence this
February. The group explores traditional
and new repertoire for wind quintet. The
ensemble will visit and perform at area
schools February 21-23 with a public
performance on the evening of February
22 at Rogue Performance Hall at RCC
Music Building C. If you’d like more
information on this performance or would like
musicians to visit your school, contact our
Director of Education & Engagement at kay.
As we enter 2017, on behalf of the Britt
staff and Board of Directors, I would like
to thank the wonderful community of
Jacksonville for all of your support over
the past 54 years. Stayed-tuned for your
Britt Orchestra Season Announcement
on February 11th!
Comments or questions for Britt Festivals?
Email Donna at Visit Britt
Festivals at See ad this page.

Realtor Doug Morse Receives
Two Prestigious Awards


Feb. 14

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Doug Morse, Principal Broker of
the Doug Morse Real Estate Group
in Medford, was recently presented
with two distinguished real estate
awards: Top 100 Most
Influential Realtors and
the ‘STAR’ Award.
The Top 100 Most
Influential Realtors award
was presented by Real
Estate Executive Magazine
at the Mastermind
Summit in Portland on
December 2, 2016. The
award recognizes and
celebrates the service,
dedication and hard
work real estate agents
put into assisting their
clients and providing
high quality business
The Brokers at John
L. Scott Real Estate
awarded Morse the
'STAR' award at the
company's annual
banquet on December
10, 2016. The ‘STAR’
Award (Service,
Teamwork, Attitude,
Reliability) is given to the Realtor who
has consistently excelled in his or her
position, made outstanding contributions
in the area of service and dedication
to client relationships, has promoted
teamwork and collaboration within and
between offices, and who has consistently
done so with a positive attitude.
“These awards are a recognition of
the hard work and commitment from
our entire team,” says Doug Morse. “We
have a tremendous group of agents and
coordinators who routinely go above
and beyond when it comes serving our
clients. I’m very proud of them and of
what we have accomplished together. We
are very blessed.”

Morse has also been awarded the
Best of the Best, REAL TRENDS Top 1%
in the Wall Street Journal, the John L.
Scott Top 1% award, and is a member
of the “President
Elite” club that
is only available
to top producing
agents throughout
the United States,
among others.
Morse began his
real estate career in
1990. His mission
has always been to
provide superior
and professional
service to his clients.
GROUP—In 2016,
the Doug Morse
Group sold over
$51 million in real
estate; making
them one of the top
producing groups
in the Southern
Oregon market. The
Doug Morse Group
is comprised of five
Realtors and coordinators who service
the following areas throughout Southern
Oregon: Medford, Ashland, Jacksonville,
Central Point, Eagle Point, Rogue River,
Gold Hill, White City and Shady Cove.
Scott has been serving clients for over
80 years. They are at the forefront
of creating innovative marketing
programs and strategies to sell homes
quickly. With over 100 offices and
2,600 agents throughout the Pacific
Northwest, John L. Scott is one of the
largest regional real estate companies
in the nation.
See Doug's ad on page 2.

The Unfettered Critic


by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann

Crown Jewel

City of Stars
La La Land, a cinematic love letter to
camera goes through nearly as many
classic movie musicals, just won a bunch
choreographed moves as the dancers
of Golden Globe Awards. Seven, in
in order to complete the jaw-dropping
fact—the same number it was nominated
six-minute scene with only two (nearly
for. You can expect it to win a bunch of
invisible) cuts. Camera (and operator)
Oscars, too. As well it should.
spin past cars, performing an acrobatic
But not for the reasons you’d think. As
flip, pushing in on individual dancers
appealing as
as they jump
Photo Credit: Dale Robinette
Ryan Gosling
over cars, cross
(as jazz pianist
lanes, dance
on hoods, and
and Emma
leap into the
Stone (as
air. The entire
sequence looks
“Mia”) are
and by the
together, their
time the
love story is
dancers slip
back into
to other
their cars, the
elements that
audience is
make this film a winner
hooked. All of this before the opening
Let’s break it down. The plot of this
credits roll. As has been said about the
musical is gossamer thin. Girl with
great Hollywood musicals of the past,
dream meets boy with dream. Inevitably,
“that’s entertainment!”
they fall in love. But their plans don’t
Perhaps the most important
coincide, and as each of them gets within
“character” in La La Land is Hollywood,
arm’s length of achieving his and her
the city that the film is named for. The
impossible dream, girl and boy drift
nickname “La La Land,” occasionally
apart. End of story.
used to poke fun at this region of
But not quite end of movie. “Five
make-believe, becomes here a term of
years later,” we are told, Mia and Seb
endearment. A freeway scene may not
have achieved their dreams. The catch: it
sound very romantic, but it serves as the
happens off-screen. It’s a bit of a cheat, but setting where Mia and Seb have their
director/writer Damien Chazelle provides
first “cute meet.” They meet again high
a lovely coda to sweeten the loss.
in the Hollywood Hills, performing a
We’ve seen tales like this played out
memorable dance number against the
on-screen many times, usually with more backdrop of a “city of stars.” And who
complications, greater detail, and deeper
could resist a fantasy dance sequence
emotional satisfaction. So what is it that
that takes place inside the planetarium
makes this movie so memorable?
theater in the Griffith Park Observatory?
It represents filmmaking at its best.
Director Chazelle sought out locations in
The artistry here is glorious. Beyond
far reaches of the city where architecture
the luminous actors and the brilliant
from the 30’s and 40’s still stand. And
director, it’s clear that the behind-thehe shot many scenes using the natural
scenes personnel who contributed to
“magic light” of sunrise and sunset, then
La La Land—from the cinematographer
manipulated the film to heighten a color
and his lighting crew, to the
palette emphasizing oranges and fuchsias,
choreographer, to the rarely credited
contrasting against a sapphire sky.
locations manager—put their collective
The word “movie,” of course, comes
hearts together to turn old-fashioned
from the term “moving picture.” La La
filmmaking into something brand new.
Land, a tribute to the kinds of movies
Take the opening scene. A woman
Hollywood used to make, moved us in
steps out of a car that’s stuck in a
an award-winning way.
massive traffic jam (location: a real
Paula and Terry each have long impressiveL.A. freeway ramp, with actual traffic
sounding resumes implying that they are
passing alongside). Suddenly dozens
battle-scarred veterans of life within the
of people leap out of their cars and
Hollywood studios. They’re now happily
erupt into a joyous dance number. The
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Pioneer Profiles: The Winter of 1852
by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Loves Its volunteers!
Historic Jacksonville’s mission is to help preserve our
town’s historic buildings by bringing them to life through
educational programs, events, and activities.

In 2016,
1,082 guests visited the1873 Beekman House, home
to Jacksonville’s most prominent pioneer;
5,237 people toured Jacksonville’s 1863 Beekman
Bank, the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest;
664 music & history lovers enjoyed David Gordon’s
“Pioneer History in Story & Song” series; and
563 brave souls experienced Jacksonville’s “Haunted
History” Walking Tours.
And these are who made it possible!
Tim & Gary Balfour
Sharon Becker
Bella Union Restaurant
Stephanie Butler
City of Jacksonville
Natalie Chomyk-Daniels
Keoni Diacoamos
Susan DeLuca
Terry & Paula Erdmann
Gillian Frederick
Tom Glover
David Gordon
Ken Gregg
Harriet Hamblin
Rob Hight
Ron & Cheryl Holthusen
Carol Ingelson
Jacksonville Museum Quilters
Jacksonville Publishing
Ken & Audra Kenyon
Lois Kessler
Linda Kestner
Carolyn Kingsnorth
Liz Koester
Gayle Lewis

Karen Markman
Ellen Martin
Sally Melgard Melville
Linda Otto
Whit Parker
Anne Peugh
Lynn Ransford
Susan Rayls
Susan Ritchie
Rogue Valley Models A’s
Jamie Samana
Pam Sasseen
Theresa Schumacher
Larry Smith
Pam Smith
So. Oregon Miniaturists
Saturday Handweavers Guild
Pat Stancel
Joyce Stevens
Lara Strazdas
Kristen Sullivan
Ben Truwe
Charley & Jeanena Wilson
Ann Wilton
The Woodcarving Place




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


lthough a close to record
snow fall on January 3, 2017,
had local residents digging
out from under up to 20 inches of the
white stuff, that “storm of the century”
may not compare to some of the snows
experienced in Southern Oregon before
formal record keeping began. One winter
in particular comes to mind—the winter
of 1852, also known as the winter of
hardships, starvation, and privation.
Gold had been discovered near
Jacksonville in either December 1851
or January 1852, (see “Pioneer Profiles,” or Jacksonville
Review, February 2014) bringing
thousands of miners seeking riches.
Free land available under the Donation
Land Act brought farmers and settlers to
the new Oregon Territory in search of a
better life.
By the fall
of 1852,
the Rogue
had seen
an influx
of new
Estimates of
the number
of people
living in
or near
engaged in
mining or farming at that time vary from
3,000 to 10,000.
Even as these pioneers scrambled to
stake claims and build shelters, winter
broke early and mean. By early December
the snow was piling up—2 ½ feet deep in
the valley; 10 feet deep over the mountain
passes. All the trails were blocked so
travel was cut off.
Of course no one had anticipated this
kind of winter weather—after all, this
was Oregon, not New England. And
Southern Oregon, from the Umpqua
south to Shasta County, was primarily
a mining region, being worked and
traveled by thousands of miners
who depended entirely on imported
supplies. The snow left everyone facing
short rations.
The merchants had no extra supplies;
few of the miners had stocked up
for winter; newcomers who had just
crossed the Oregon Trail had only their
remaining supplies; and those who had
arrived a year earlier had only been able
to produce a very limited quantity of
supplies, certainly not enough to meet
the demand. So prices skyrocketed.
An 1867 Oregon Sentinel article recalled
the situation.
“All emigration and supplies from
Northern to Southern Oregon, 1852, had
to pass through the celebrated Canyon
[Cow Creek/Canyonville area]. In the month
of December that year the snow fell to a
depth of from three to five feet—cutting
off all travel for several weeks. Supplies
being already scarce in Southern
Oregon, this caused enormous prices—
such as $1.25 per pound for flour; 40
and 50 cents for beef; salt, $8 per pound;
tobacco (almost indispensable to miners)
from $4 to $8 per pound, and all other
articles in proportion.”
By year end, there was no more beef or
gunpowder to be had. Salt was literally
worth its weight in gold and not to
be had even at that price. And some
prominent local citizens were accused
of hoarding or jacking up prices on the
supplies they had.
In January, the snow finally turned to
rain which only made things worse. The
resulting floods were washing out trails,
bridges, and, of course, mining claims.
Any supplies that made it to Jacksonville

had to be packed on mules down from
Salem—through all the rain, flooded
rivers, and canyons.
The combination of weather, exposure,
and malnourishment contributed
to miners and settlers becoming ill.
Local women nursed the sick as best
they could, using dried herbs to brew
medicinal teas and begging all the cloth
flour sacks they could get. By soaking
the sacks in water, they could obtain
any residual flour in the corners which
they used to cook up a thin gruel that
provided some nourishment.
Most settlers and miners subsisted on
“venison straight,” as they termed it—
unsalted deer meat. Pioneer George E.
Cole recalled the following:
“The crust on the snow would bear up
a man, but the sharp feet of the deer would
cut through
it, impeding
their progress
to such an
extent that
they could not
escape their
and were
and killed by
footmen with
axes. This
condition was
fortunate for
the miners,
as they had
no ammunition with which to shoot them.
Venison without salt or bread or bacon or
beans was in most instances their only food
for several weeks.”
When a mule load of salt arrived
from Scottsburg, an enterprising local
merchant, Dan Kinney—partner in
Kinney & Apler, Jacksonville’s first
“house of commerce”—met the packer
before he could reach town and bought
the entire 250 pound load for $8 per
pound. Hearing of this, the miners and
citizens of Jacksonville held a meeting
and passed a law, "regulating" the price
of salt. The merchant was “requested” to
sell this salt at a maximum price of one
ounce of gold ($16) per pound and limit
quantities to one pound per person.
Men stood in line and handed their
gold dust to one of the partners to
be weighed while the other partner
weighed out the salt and handed it to the
purchaser. “In many instances three or
four persons would club together, and as
soon as the salt was obtained, they would
reach out their hands for a portion of it,
and eat it as a child would sugar.”
What became known as “the starving
time” finally ended in late March of
1853 as the first pack trains of supplies
began to arrive. According to a report
in the April 23, 1853 Oregon Statesman,
the first flour that came in sold for $1.25
per pound, nominally, but in reality
about two dollars since some of it had
become wet in transport. Salt sold for
$4 per ounce; coffee and sugar for $2
per pound. An enterprising merchant
met the first train about 35 miles from
town and bought 200 pounds of tobacco
for $1,000. He subsequently sold it for
$10 per pound.
Though we may have been
inconvenienced by our record snow
fall, it’s hard to even imagine what
local pioneers experienced 160 years
ago. I may have been “suffering” from
boredom and “cabin fever” after being
snowbound for seven days, but I at least
I had the benefit of electricity and a wellstocked refrigerator!
Pioneer Profiles is a project of Historic
Jacksonville, Inc. Visit us at www. and follow us on
Facebook (historicjville) for upcoming events
and more Jacksonville history.

Digging Jacksonville: The Ancestral Homeland
of the Overseas Chinese

1546 Doral Circle, East Medford

by Chelsea Rose

Wonderful 4 bedroom, single story home, in
the East Hills of Medford! Great floorplan on a
level .27 acre corner lot. Vaulted ceilings in the
large living and dining room, open floor plan
with kitchen, nook and family room opening to
a large deck, views and a level usable backyard.
Kitchen with walk-in pantry, tile countertops &
backsplash, hardwood floors, corner sink, and
lots of cabinets and work space. Vaulted family
room with gas fireplace, ceiling fan and a wall
of windows. Three large bedrooms and an extra
large hall bath with marble countertops, skylight
and linen closet. Master bedroom/bath with
coffered ceiling, slider to the deck, skylight, jetted
tub and double vanity. Fifth bedroom/studio
has a full bath, laminate flooring and living area
totally separate in the walkout basement. Large
fenced backyard with mature landscaping,
peach and apple trees. Lots of storage, oversized
garage and convenient laundry room with
sink and great storage. Beautifully maintained!


4454 Dark Hollow, Medford


Chelsea in front of the Ancestral Halls of Cangdong Village in Kaiping China.

just returned from a wonderful
month in Southern China’s
Guangdong Province—the ancestral
homeland of the Overseas Chinese.
While there, I was able to spend time in
the home villages of the thousands of
individuals and families that came to the
United States in the nineteenth and early
twentieth century to mine for gold, build
railroads, and work in the canneries,
amongst other occupations. Chinese
immigrants made a large contribution to
the infrastructure of the American West,
(the railroad turned out to be a pretty
big deal) but what is often overlooked
in the history books, is the impact these
migrants had on their families and
communities back home.
Remittances from Chinese living in
Oregon and other places on the west
coast not only improved daily lives
for family members in China, but also
built libraries, ancestral halls, and other
critical village resources. One of the
most interesting legacies of the overseas
migrations, (which also included
Australia, Canada, and Southeast Asia)
are the “diaolou.” These reinforced
concrete towers were built to protect the
villages made wealthy by workers abroad
from bandits. Over time, the buildings
evolved from watchtowers to fortified
mansions, each a unique blend of eastern
and western architectural influences.
Greater economic opportunities in
cities has added to the de-population
in these rural villages throughout the
twentieth century. However, the majority
of the homes remain in the family of
those who built them. These grand
buildings largely sit empty, serve as
storage, or have been fixed-up as heritage
sites for tourists or the interested public.
Recently, there have been coordinated
efforts to preserve and interpret this rich
heritage, and now several villages have
been recognized by UNESCO for their
outstanding universal value —you can
visit the Kaping Diaolou and Villages.
(For more information, please see: http://whc.

Amazing Valley views from this contemporary
farmhouse style home! An inviting covered
front porch welcomes you to this 4 bedroom,
3 bath on 1.59 acres. Lots of room on this close
in property convenient to Jacksonville, Medford
& Ashland. Built in 2000, the home features oak
floor, propane FP in family room, 9 ft ceilings,
office with built-ins and roomy open floor plan.
Island kitchen with ss appliances, propane gas
cook-top, tile, large breakfast nook and eating
bar and built-in computer station. Formal
dining room, laundry room, large bonus room
with hardwood flooring and lot’s of storage
throughout the home. Large master with
beautiful views, soaking tub, walk-in closet,
double vanity and separate shower. Gorgeous
views from the covered back deck, room for
RV parking w/electrical hook-up, 3 car garage,
manicured landscaping, deer fencing and
gate, in-ground sprinkler system, TID irrigation
cable available and quiet, country location!


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

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Lions Club Gift Basket Program a Success
The Jacksonville Lions Club would
like to thank the following merchants
for their generous contributions to our
Christmas Basket program. Each year,
we approach businesses in the Rogue
Valley for contributions to this program
and distribute baskets in conjunction
with the Food & Friends group here in
Jacksonville. Food & Friends provides
hot meals to clients daily who might
otherwise go without a healthy meal.
Our club members follow the Food &
Friends drivers right before Christmas
and surprise their clients with Christmas

goodies. Food & Friends serves some of
the neediest folks and the gift baskets
are much appreciated. Thanks to the
following for making this possible:
• Harry and David
• Trader Joe’s
• Rogue Creamery
• Natural Grocers
• Old Highway 99 Wine Shop
• Ray’s Jacksonville
• Sherm’s Food 4 Less
• White’s Country Farm
Jim Akin, New Project Coordinator
Jacksonville Lions Club

by Feb. 10, 2017
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News from the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery: Our Report Card for 2016

Steven Addington Photography


am pleased to report that 2016 was not only
another successful year for our organization, but
a very busy one, as well. Our Pioneer Cemetery
continues to attract local visitors from all over the
Pacific Northwest, as well as from all over the United
States and around the world. Our events and activities
focusing on the cemetery's history and the stories of
those resting within its grounds continue to be very
popular and well-attended. Demand for private tours
from schools, retirement homes, learning centers, etc.
was pretty impressive last year. I am really not sure
who enjoys these events and tours more, our docents or
our visitors! I do know that without our wonderful and
dedicated docents, we would not be able to offer the
programs and tours that we do. Speaking of dedicated
individuals, the volunteers who help with our Cemetery
Community Clean-up Days, marker restoration, marker
cleaning, and placing and removing of flags, are an
amazing team. The care these individuals offer the
cemetery in helping maintain and preserve it is such a
special and meaningful gift to the community. We, our
cemetery, and the City of Jacksonville are so fortunate
to have so many giving individuals eager to care for and
share our rich and interesting history with visitors.
The Numbers:
Programs and Tours—Our History Saturday in
the Cemetery programs, on the second Saturday of
the month, May through September, and our new in
2016, Tuesday Evening Cemetery Stroll, on the second
Tuesday of the month, May through August, averaged 35
attendees for each of these events. Our volunteer docents
donated 115 hours in presenting their programs. Both of
these popular programs will be offered in 2017.
Private tour requests, such as those from the Medford
Presbyterian Church, Talent Elementary School, Grants
Pass Aspire, Oregon West Tours, Eagle Point High
School, and others, brought in close to 300 hundred
visitors wanting to visit our Pioneer Cemetery. Our
docents designed individual tours for each of these
groups based on what they wanted to see and learn
about, as well as our meeting any special needs of the
groups. A total of 74 volunteer hours were dedicated
to these tours. One interesting thing that I noted this
past year was the number of requests we had from
families visiting the area and requesting special family
tours. Happily, we were able to accommodate all five
of these requests. Our docents look forward to sharing
the history of Jacksonville and our Cemetery with even
more groups in 2017. If you know of a group or family
interested in arranging a tour of the cemetery, please
have them email us at or
call 541 826-9939.
Cemetery Visitors—Our Visitors Register, located
inside the Cemetery Interpretive Center, indicated that
we had approximately 1,000 visitors to our cemetery
from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. As I
have mentioned in the past, these are the visitors who
took the time to visit our Interpretive Center and sign
in. From my personal observations while working in
the cemetery, most visitors enjoy walking the grounds
and getting very involved reading the headstones and
admiring the cemetery ornamentation. Our volunteers
always encourage people to stop and visit the
Interpretive Center and sign in. We value the feedback
that we receive and have been able to answer questions



and help a number of visitors locate loved ones from
notes that they have left for us in the Visitors Register.
Marker Cleaning Workshops—Our dedicated group of
volunteers, who meet on the third Saturday of the month,
in April, and then June through September, to clean
cemetery headstones and monuments, cleaned a total of
110 markers in 2016. A total of 169 volunteer hours were
contributed towards this ongoing project. Since this type
of work began in 2013, a total of 452 markers have been
cleaned by removing plant growth, lichen, moss, dirt and
grime, helping to preserve these treasures and grave sites
for future generations. Marker Cleaning Workshops will
resume on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9:00am.
Marker Restoration—Unfortunately, we didn't get as
much accomplished in the area of marker restoration in
2016, as we have in the past. However, we did manage
to repair and restore a total of six markers, leaving
many more in-need of our attention. Approximately 20
hours in volunteer time was set aside for this important
work. We are in-need of some volunteers who would
be interested in learning how to level and reset markers
and repair broken ones. If you would like to get
involved, please give me a call at 541-826-9939 or send
an email to
Another difficulty that we, as well as other Historic
Cemeteries face, is finding skilled professionals to call
upon to make repairs to the larger and more complex
markers and monuments. This is one of the trades that
is not being pursued by the younger generation.
Community Clean-Up Days—Approximately 150
hours of time was donated by 61 volunteers who
helped care for the cemetery grounds on our three
Community Clean-Up Days on March 19, May 21, and
October 1, 2016. These Community Clean-up Days
are so important to the overall care and upkeep of
the cemetery and are sincerely appreciated by us, our
Cemetery Sexton Richard Shields, and his assistant
Eric Villarreal. We hope that if you are able to help out
that you'll consider joining us for one or more of our
Community Clean-Up Days in 2017.
In addition, another 278 volunteer hours were spent
on cleaning and caring for the Interpretive Center,
Interpretive Panels, restocking brochures, picking up
debris, branches/limbs, pruning bushes and trees,
placing and maintaining flags and other related grounds
maintenance issues.
Fundraising—Our annual major fundraiser, “Meet
the Pioneers,” took a break in October 2016, and
was replaced with a wonderful play presented by
The Madrone Theatre Company. This generous and
talented cast performed Edgar Lee Masters' “Spoon
River Anthology” during nine performances over three
weekends at the Rogue Community Performance Hall.
All the proceeds after expenses were donated by the
cast to the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery.
The amount raised, close to $8,500, will go towards
restoration and preservation projects in 2017. We
sincerely appreciate their friendship and all that they
did in reaching out and supporting the community
and our non-profit. A special thank you to all our
volunteers who donated close to 350 hours helping with
tickets sales, greeting and seating guests, and helping
with refreshments. We do plan on bringing “Meet
the Pioneers” back on the first weekend of October,
and are currently working on those plans. We thank

you for your continued support of this very popular
Jacksonville event.
Plans for 2017—In addition to continuing our History
Saturday in the Cemetery, Tuesday Evening Strolls
and the return of “Meet the Pioneers,” we have a few
projects in mind. Of course one of those projects is to
continue our very important and necessary Marker
Cleaning Workshops. Another is to develop a Cemetery
Kiosk to assist families and visitors in locating the
gravesites of loved ones. While the City's records
may show what Section, Block and Plot number an
individual is buried in, the difficulty, once in the
cemetery, is finding the actual location without the
assistance of the Cemetery Sexton, his assistant or a
volunteer. Starting with the City Section, the largest
and most difficult to negotiate, the plan calls for the
placement of a binder containing an alphabetic listing
of all known burials in the cemetery, including Section,
Block and Plot numbers. A large map will be available
for reference indicating the location of the various
Sections and Blocks. Additionally, numbered posts will
be placed in the ground at intervals helping to direct
people to the gravesites that they are seeking. We are
very excited about starting this long, overdue and
necessary project. We also hope to be able to contract
with trained professionals to help us in the restoration
of a couple of family blocks in need of our attention to
save and preserve these gravesites. In addition to our
Community Clean-Up Days, we plan to contract with
Community Justice work crews to help with grounds
clean-up in some of the areas where our volunteers
can't always get to. It looks like 2017 should be another
busy year and one that we all look forward to. Be sure
to check our website at and
look under the Events Page for a complete listing of all
our events and activities scheduled for 2017.
Thank you—I wanted to take this opportunity
to once again thank the Jacksonville Boosters Club
for taking on the project of painting the Cemetery
Interpretive Center in 2016. Also to Ron Danko, who
directed and was a member of the cast of “Spoon
River Anthology,” along with David Gordon who
arranged and performed the music, and fellow cast
members Jois Harkness, Rob Hirschboeck, Constance
Jesser, David Sours, and Lea Worcester. Their
dedication, time and skills made this a very successful
fundraiser. I would also like to thank all of you who
have volunteered your time in helping us with our
work and to all who have made generous donations
allowing us to continue to promote, restore and
preserve Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery.
Sadly, we lost several wonderful, dedicated and
generous supporters of our organization in 2016: Pat
Dahl, Wes Hartman, and Ron and Dee Moore. They were
all good friends and will forever be remembered for all
they did for their families, community and the Friends of
Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery where they now all rest.
Dirk J. Siedlecki, President - FOJHC
Photo captions, top row, l-r: June 2016 History Saturday,
Madrone Theatre Company in "Spoon River Anthology," photo
by Steven Addington Photography. Bottom row is of marker
cleaning volunteers, l-r: Dianna Helmer, Michele Simmons
and her daughter Ruby, and Savanna Varela and her mother,
Conni. Photos except where noted are by Mary Siedlecki


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by Pam Sasseen, Volunteer




Farm Events to Bring Hanley & History to Life in 2017



ured by gold and free land in
public for a nominal $5 user fee per
the 1850s, David Clinton and
afternoon. SOHS membership, which
Archibald Welton were the first
begins at $35/year, offers many benefits,
settlers to establish a farm at the Hanley
including free unlimited research time.
site. In 1857 Michael Hanley purchased the
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and so began the remarkable journey of
The Windows in Time lunchtime series
the Hanley family. 2017 marks the 160th
continues, featuring well-known writers
anniversary of this historic event!
and historians. Co-sponsored by the
In 1982, Mary Hanley, thirdSouthern Oregon Historical Society and
generation descendent of Michael and
Jackson County Library Services, lectures
Martha Hanley, entrusted the care and
are held the first Wednesday of each
maintenance of Hanley Farm to the
month at the Medford Branch Library,
Southern Oregon
and the second
Historical Society
Wednesday of each
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month at the Ashland
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this turbulent time in our history.
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Research Library offers thousands
Southern Oregon Historical Society,
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ach New Year finds me more
perplexed than usual regarding
the subject matter for this
column. Due to my degree in history, I
am tempted to write something historyrelated, but current events usually take
precedence. So here I am, reminiscing
about a world long passed… the decades
of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
If anyone wants to see visible evidence
of change in this world, a city is the place
to look, not the countryside. When The
Wizard of Oz opened at one of our local
neighborhood theaters, it cost my parents
ten cents for my admission. To save
money, we walked from our Manhattan
apartment to the theater, a mile away. Four
years later, I’d travel that same path solo,
but to another older, much smaller theater
within the same block, one where they
played old movies for a ten cent admission.
I was twelve when I first saw Fred and
Ginger dance on that magical screen in
their signature film, Top Hat. Twelve is an
impressionable age. But it wasn’t Fred who
impressed me; all I saw was Ginger who,
in my adolescent eyes, glowed like some
angel from heaven. While walking back
along Broadway, mentally dancing “Cheek
to Cheek,” dodging taxicabs, trolley cars,
and people, I lamented that nowhere in
the entire Upper West Side would I find
someone like Ginger. But I was wrong…
there was a double and one my age at that.
Upon meeting her, my fate was sealed
with her disdainful look that told me I was
as welcome as a landlord demanding his
overdue rent. Life is so extreme at twelve.
So… where are those two theaters
today? Demolished! And what arose in
their place? Lincoln Square Performing
Arts Center! I have memories of that too
when Ginger (yes… the same Ginger I’d
seen 42 years earlier) invited me to escort
her to a concert and shindig hosted by
Zubin Mehta. This time I didn’t walk
but rode with her in a limousine to our
destination. And yes, it was an evening
to remember, but what memory can
compete with that of a twelve year-old
who discovers what he thinks is true love?

Oddly enough, I never told her that story.
The theaters I went to as a child would
have disappeared even if Lincoln Center
had never been built. The advent of
television replaced movie palaces with
virtual entertainment centers in our
living rooms. However, there is more to
this story.
Lincoln Center is located on land once
called “San Juan Hill,” a neighborhood
of a dozen or so blocks that were home
to a population almost exclusively
black. Bordering the Irish populated
“Hell’s Kitchen,” it had a reputation of
street violence. And it was the center of
black jazz with artists such as Thelonius
Monk residing there. It was also a ripe
candidate for government intrusion and
social engineering. All that was required
was some government bureaucrat. Like
all big cities, New York had one… the
biggest social engineer of all time, Robert
Moses. When approached to find land
for the Center project, he was given the
excuse he’d been seeking to declare the
area a slum, level hundreds of buildings,
move the black population out and
introduce what became a 75% white,
affluent population in the new high rises.
Protesting residents took their cause all
the way to the Federal Supreme Court,
but the judges ruled against them, and
over 40,000 people found themselves
victims of eminent domain and out of
their homes. Most moved to Harlem and
the Bronx. Swept under the rug was the
human cost of this project.
Could Lincoln Center have been built
elsewhere? Undoubtedly… but Moses
wanted to change the Upper West Side,
so San Juan Hill was leveled, the rich
tapestry of an historic neighborhood
destroyed, its population, equivalent
to that of Ashland and Central Point,
forcibly made homeless.
This is what happens when government
grows too large and too powerful. This is
what happens when we the people forget
we are the government. Elected officials
are not and should not be all-powerful.
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City Snapshot
City Council, January 10, 2017—The
the public from dangerous conditions.
first order of business in the New Year
Although the bank-owned property falls
was swearing-in the new City Council.
under Jacksonville’s “Demolition by
City Recorder Collins administered the
Neglect” standard and code, resolution
Oath of Office to the mayor along with
of the issue has been hampered
re-elected councilors Criss Garcia, David
by “corporate” delays. All costs of
Jesser and newly-elected councilor Steve
abatement, including administrative
Casaleggio. David Jesser was then elected overhead, will become a lien against the
to serve as Council President.
property unless paid within 30 days.
Mayor Becker appointed his 2017
Linda Graham requested that the city
council liaisons and members of the
ask ODOT to install a 4-way stop at
public to various city committees and
the intersection of Oregon & California
commissions, listed on page 16.
Streets, altering the existing 2-way
New firefighters, Shane Neville and Chris stop. Graham noted that the 4-way stop
Willis, were sworn-in and introduced.
at Oregon & California has worked
Police Chief David Towe then
well and has improved traffic flow
informed council that the newlyand pedestrian safety. Before Council,
approved hiring list to replace retiring
Graham noted the number of nearofficer, Sergeant Dan Moore had been
miss traffic accidents and that ODOT
appears receptive
and that he
to curing an
hoped to offer
Carl Boehmer,
dangerous traffic
42, the post.
issue. Council
Officer Boehmer
voted to direct
is a former Coast
staff to approach
Guard officer
ODOT on the
and has served
as a police officer
Gary Sprague,
with the Las
a long-time
Vegas and Los
Forest Park
Angeles Police
and one of
the original
Keegan House
Historian Larry
Smith delivered a presentation on
City Park Rangers, was enthusiastically
creating historical displays at City Hall,
appointed to the Parks Committee.
using two, 25-foot sections of digitallyUpdate on the Troubled Trolley
produced, wall-paper-like display
Tim Balfour, Executive Director of the
boards to illustrate the rich history
Chamber of Commerce, reported that
of the Courthouse and Jacksonville.
engine repairs to Jacksonville’s existing
The estimated cost to adorn the walls
trolley, owned by the city, will cost
is $15,000. Smith’s ideas included
$35,000. The Chamber explored many
filling space on the upper floor of the
options, including purchasing a used
Courthouse with display cases and
trolley, including a 1995 trolley built by
cabinets, with artifacts from Southern
Classic Trolley for $54,200, featuring
Oregon Historical Society archives.
the same open-air style, more seating
City Administrator Alvis noted that
capacity and a wheelchair lift. After
the Budget Committee would discuss
deliberation, Council voted to approve
funding the project for the next fiscal
the purchase of the 1995 model. Funding
year. Councilor Jesser suggested a
will come from $19,000 in the city’s
public campaign to raise the $15,000.
“Trolley Reserve Fund,” $15,000 from the
Councilor Steve Casaleggio reminded
Chamber’s capital reserve fund, and a
Council of his concept to repurpose
$20,000 “loan” from the Parks Committee
Old City Hall into a new Jacksonville
budget. Chamber repayment of the loan
Museum, once public meetings are held
will be made possible from a variety
on the upper Courthouse level—after
of sources including tapping Transient
installation of an elevator.
Lodging funds, fundraisers, grants and
City Council, January 17, 2017—
the sale of the old trolley.
Planning Director Ian Foster reported on
A Study Session to discuss Council
the deteriorating condition of the Keegan
Goals was set for February 7 during the
House and barn, located at 455 Hueners
regular council session.
Lane, a property he’s been dealing with
A Study Session to discuss options
for almost two years. Council approved
for the second floor of the Courthouse/
a request to erect a fence around the
City Hall was set for March 7 during the
barn portion of the property to protect
regular council session.

Thank you Jacksonville Public Works Crew!

Pictured (l-r) Hector Carillo, Eric Villarreal, Brett Barton, Richard Shields and Jim Gordon.
City Administrator Jeff Alvis began
the January 17 City Council meeting
by publicly thanking our incredible
Public Works crew for doing an
outstanding job during the recent
January snowstorm. The Public Works
crew dealt with everything from broken

water lines, flooding, downed trees,
snarled traffic, ice-packed roads to snow
removal—working around the clock
to keep us safe. Alvis said the entire
city was grateful for a job well-done,
sentiments echoed by Mayor Becker,
Councilors and audience members.

Jacksonville Mayor, City Councilors and
Firefighters Sworn-In at January 10th Meeting

From l-r: Mayor Paul Becker, Councilors Steve Casaleggio, David Jesser and Criss Garcia

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

November 16, 2016 to January 16, 2017

From l-r: Fire Chief Devin Hull, Firefighter Chris Willis Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Neville

Call Type – Total Calls
911 Hang-Up - 3
Alarm - 8
Animal Complaint - 8
Assault - 1
Assist - Other Gov't/Law
Enforcement Agencies - 85
Assist Public - 68
Assist Medical - 11
Bar Check - 4
Burglary - 1
City Ordinance - 1
Civil - 1
Criminal Mischief (Vandalism) - 5
Custodial Interference - 1
Disorderly Conduct - 1
Domestic Disturbance - 3
Driving While Suspended - 2
Fraud - 2
Fugitive/Warrant - 4

Harassment/Threats - 3
Hit & Run - 4
House Check - 78
Larceny-Theft - 57
Missing Adult - 1
Motor Vehicle Collision - 2
Noise - 3
Parking Complaint - 2
Property Lost/Found - 0
Recovered Stolen Vehicle for
Other Agency - 0
Restraining Order Violation - 1
Suspicious - 22
Traffic/Roads - Other - 6
Unauthorized Entry/Use Motor
Vehicle - 2
Utility Problem - 2
Welfare Check - 5



2017 Committee & Commission Appointments
at January 10Th City Council Meeting
As approved by the City Council, Resolution 2017-001 named the following
citizens to the following committees and commissions:
Planning Commission:
Vacancy (Council Discretion)
Roger Thom – Reappoint January 2017- December 2020
Jim Whitlock – Reappoint January 2017-December 2020
Alan Betcher – Term January 2015-December 2018
Ron Kanter – Term January 2015-December 2018
Mark Thomas – Term January 2016-December 2019
Vacancy (Council Discretion)
Trish Murdoch – Term January 2014-December 2017
Donna Bowen – Term January 2014-December 2017
Mark Thomas (PC Liaison) - Term January 2015-December 2018
Penni Viets – Term January 2016-December 2019
Budget Committee: (3 year terms)
Nancy O’Connell – Reappoint January 2017-December 2019.
Larry Smith – Term January 2015-December 2017
Donna Bowen – Term January 2015-December 2017
David Britt – Term January 2015-December 2017
Douglas Phillips – Term January 2016-2018
As appointed by the Mayor:

Public Safety Committee:
Bernie Croucher – Term January 2014-December 2017
Clara Wendt – Term January 2015-December 2018
Lou Gugliotta – Term January 2015-December 2018
Mark Peterson – Term January 2015-December 2018
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Mike Holcombe – Term January 2014-December 2017
Linda Graham – Term January 2015-December 2018
Robert Roos – Term January 2015-December 2018
Fred Zerull – Term January 2016-December 2019
David Works – Term January 2016-December 2019

Transient Lodging:
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Jerry Evans – Term January 2014-December 2017
Mike Thornton – Term January 2015-December 2018
Robert Roos – Term January 2015-December 2018
Duane Sturm – Term January 2016-December 2019

Parks, Rec, Visitors and SVCS Committee:
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Ellee Celler – Term January 2015-December 2018
Kristen Sulivan – Term January 2015-December 2018
Kandee McClain – Term January 2015-December 2018
Land and Building Committee:
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Jerry Ferronato – Term January 2015-December 2018
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As with any tax-deferred strategy,
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With a Roth IRA, Uncle Sam gets paid
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The mighty Roth IRA also provides
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Unlike a Traditional IRA you are not
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you are 59 ½, you can use tax free gains
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or, keep the money for your retirement
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With a Traditional IRA, while there
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Leaving a Roth IRA
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The drawback is
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the housing recession hit. Prices continued to decline until they leveled in 2012, and began
to rise in 2013. Prices have continued to rise into 2016, and we ended the year with prices
increasing 62.4% since their low in 2012. Home prices are still 7.5% lower than the all-time
high in 2006, so we have a year or so before home prices are back to their all-time highs.
We predict that home prices will continue to increase in 2017 due to three factors:
1. There is a very low supply of homes on the market which is pushing prices up.
2. Rental rates are extremely high, so in many cases it’s cheaper to buy then rent.
3. We have an increasing amount of retirees moving to the area.
All three of these trends will lead to higher home prices.
As for any average growth in home prices, you have some areas that have faster
price growth than others. Lower priced homes in Medford and Central Point have
seen price growth that is twice that of price growth in Ashland and Jacksonville.
Here are some numbers:
5 Year % Change in Existing Home Prices
Median Price in 2016
Ashland + 39.1% $394,000
Talent + 64.8% $278,500
Phoenix + 47.6% $222,900
Jacksonville + 43.8% $365,000
East Medford
+ 61.1%
West Medford
+ 85.3%
Eagle Point
+ 63.3%
5 Year % change in Jackson County 62.4%

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The number of homes selling is also on the rise even though there is very little
inventory available. In 2016, there were 2633 homes that sold in Jackson County
compared to an all-time high of 2647 in 2006.
The rental market continues to see a 2% vacancy rate, the lowest level since 2000. Rental
prices have increased and supply is limited so we see the same trend continuing for 2017.
Mortgage rates have increased and the average 30-year fixed mortgage rates are expected
to average over 4% in 2017. The Federal Reserve announced they might increase the prime
rate in 2017 which may drive mortgage rates up further. That said, as mortgage rates are
increasing, some government loans, such as FHA, have decreased the fees they charge for
mortgage insurance so the net to the borrower can be the same as prior to the increase.
As we begin a new year with a new administration leading our nation, there is a
lot of uncertainly, but local home sales in Jackson County seem more affected by the
number of aging baby boomers retiring than by any other factor. At last, home prices
are nearing the record high and home sales are in reach of the all-time record, and best
of all, the trend seems to be sustainable.
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Jacksonville. Please see their ad on the back cover and contact them at 541-899-2030 or
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February 2017
Art Presence Art Center
Naked Art:
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Now–February 26

Life Drawing Studio

Start the new year with a renewed commitment to honing your fine hand-eye
coordination. Bring a sketchbook and
pencil and drop in for our weekly Figure
Drawing studio Mondays from 1–3 PM.
Practice and improve your skills by
drawing professional models every
week for just $10/session.

Chinese New Year

Jacksonville's Chinese New Year celebration takes place
on February 18 this year. Art Presence Art Center will
participate with special art activities, to be announced
once details are settled. Please check our website at for updates.

Art Presence Off-Site Exhibits

Pioneer Village: Show of Anne Brooke’s popular
watercolors are on exhibit now through April 19.

Jacksonville Public Library: Show of photography by
Kathleen Hoevet on display now through April 19.

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.

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Local artist Kj Cumberbatch
paints acrylics on large
canvases. By large, we mean
at least three feet square!
While he has been painting
for 25 years and sold several
pieces by commission, this is
his debut exhibition. Though
we will have just five of his
large paintings on display, we
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Kj’s impressive works.

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Now–March 2: Deanna St. Martin

If you haven’t yet seen Deanna St.
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abstract watercolor paintings on
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paint seems to dance on this
smooth substrate, and her colors
are as vibrant and engaging as
the artist herself. Meet Deanna
while you enjoy live local music,
complimentary hors d’oeuvres,
and wine tasting at our reception
on Saturday, February 4, from

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Janet London’s pressed flower
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World Wide Pressed Flower Art
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February 2017 Events Calender
For more, please visit & Facebook/TheJacksonvilleReview
• Fridays, 5:00-7:00pm: hot food fridays at
the cheesemonger's wife. p26
• Wednesday, February 1 & February 8, noon-1:00pm:
windows in time series, "bigotry
unmasked: The Rise of the KKK."
On February 1 at the Medford Branch Library &
February 8 at the Ashland Branch Library. p 13
• Sunday, February 5, 2:00pm & 3:30pm: pioneer
history in story & song with
david gordon, "Music on the Oregon Trail."
Naversen Room at the library. Seating is limited,
reservations suggested. p 10
• Saturday, February 11: BRITT VALENTINE
will unveil the 2017 Britt Orchestra season's program and
guest artists at this event. See column and ad. p 8
• Saturday, February 11, 9:00am-4:30pm:
Protecting Pollinators: The
Benefits for Ecosystems and Food
Security in Oregon, OSU Extension,
Hanley Road, Central Point. p 26
• Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12:
VALENTINE's weekend at red lily
vineyards. Live music with Jeff Kloetzel on
Saturday from 2:00-5:00pm. p 18
• Sunday, February 12 at 1:30pm & 4:00pm:
"the toad prince" free puppet show
performanceS by “Tears of Joy Theatre.”
The Craterian Theater at the Collier Center, 23 S.
Central in Downtown Medford. p 36


• Tuesday, February 14: VALENTINE dinner
at schmidt family vineyards. Seating
limited, please call winery for details. p 8
• Tuesday, February 14, 4:00-6:00pm:
valentine's day dinner, Pioneer Village.
RSVP by 2/10/17. p 11
• Friday-Sunday, February 17-19: southern
oregon home show, Jackson County Expo.
See article and ad. p 25
• Friday-Sunday, February 17-19: Guts to Heal
and Get Real Retreat Weekend,
Joyfull Yoga. See article and ad. p 31
• Friday, February 17, 7:00pm: movie night at
old city hall, "Strangers on a Train." p 23
• Saturday, February 18: jacksonville's
chinese new year celebration.
See schedule. p 38 & 39
• Wednesday, February 22: BRITT residency
program ensemble performance,
Rogue Performance Hall at RCC Music Building C.
See column. p 8

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money! Take your naked art finds home when purchased,
and return frequently to see the new pieces artists bring in
to replace those which have sold.
Reception Sat., Feb 4 from 12-3pm. This
month’s reception features Jacksonville
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Enjoy live music by Minstrel Streams,
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A Cup of Conversation
by Michael Kell



here's a reason
why politics
and religion
are taboo topics at
dinner parties. We can creatively design
filters to guard the truth about what we
really think but these days all it takes
to prejudge is a slip of the tongue about
who we voted for in the last election.
It's prudent not to be all out there, so
to speak. Reserving at least a fig leaf of
private thought is wise policy. My wife
loves dinner parties, me not so much.
There are however exceptions to the
rule. There was a local man a while back
who dedicated his social media feed to a
virulent political stance. I've never seen
anything quite as polarizing. When those
disagreeing with him were told ‘MOVE’
or ‘LEAVE’ the country, we knew
his days in a small town were likely
numbered. We’ve not seen him around
lately. This is not rocket science.
So the election is over; officially
conceded to the victor but someone
somewhere is still counting votes,
furiously looking for reasons to be
relevant or funded. Half the population
feels like Dorothy after good Glinda's
evil archetype just west of Oz was
doused with water. The other half is
raging butt-sore. The difference is Oz
is not a constitutional republic, we are.
Civics was removed from public school
curriculums a generation ago so many
to the left of middle-age don't know
the difference between a representative
democratic republic and a social
democracy (think America then Greece).
That is unfortunate but no accident in
case you're wondering. Something tells
me this is about to change.
It's just a couple weeks past
Thanksgiving and I've heard the words
'Merry Christmas' more times than all last
season combined. Isn’t that interesting?
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we celebrated

with old family friends at their farm on
the Applegate River. There was great
food, drink and lively conversation. We
spoke of hope and gratitude and the ties
that bind. Politics was never mentioned
and religion only implied through shared
memories of love one for another. No one
picked up their smart phone except to
confirm the accuracy of a trivia question.
On the other hand, an acquaintance
just downloaded his Thanksgiving
experience with the family and how the
subject of politics soured the bird. One
teed it up and the other swung for the
fences. They know better, we all do. What
a waste of precious moments we can't get
back. I think it's time everybody take a
deep breath and remember what's really
important. It is an absolute certainty the
last thing anyone will be thinking standing
over a loved one’s grave is what was
wrong with their politics except maybe if
they anchored for a cable news network.
Lest this sounds self-righteously
above the ugly fray, let me confess the
sore temptation to revisit the former
neighbor's social media feed and post a
link to Preparation H and North American
Moving and Storage, punctuated with
smirking emoticons. Mary would never
let me do that but truth be told I'm mildly
ashamed how much smallish pleasure
the mere thought gives me.
Choosing instead to watch Dorothy
return home, Tin Man find heart, Lion
grow some…courage and Scarecrow
discover the power of critical reasoning
is a far better idea. Those scary flying
monkey creatures were grateful in the
end to be free from tyranny and the great
Wizard was not what he pretended to
be. Could it be the Yellow Brick Road is
calling us home?
Be good not bitter.
Michael is a coffee entrepreneur and
sometimes author living in the Pacific
Northwest with his lovely wife, Mary.

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Saturday, February 11, 7:30pm
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Thursday, February 23, 7:30pm
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Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4
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Social Security and Medicare Timelines
by Steve Yungen & Jeff Blum, Jones & Associates



hen can you sign up for
Social Security? When can
you sign up for Medicare?
Why do you sign up for Medicare
through the Social Security system? What
are some of the most important dates
along the timeline as we are approaching
the retirement years of our lives?
In previous articles, we’ve discussed
how Social Security is a lifelong income
stream and foundation of your retirement
income plan. Social Security eligibility
and benefits can begin as early as age 62.
Medicare, however, begins at age 65.
If you have delayed receiving your
Social Security retirement benefits, and
are not receiving benefits when you
turn 65, you will need to contact Social
Security and sign up for Medicare Part
A and Part B. You should do this three
months before the month you turn 65.
If you have elected to receive benefits
from Social Security early (between
ages 62 to 65), you will automatically
be enrolled in Medicare Part A and
Part B starting the first of the month
you turn 65. You will receive your
Medicare card three months before your
65th birthday. For people turning 65
in 2017 the standard Part B premium
will be $134 (or higher based on your
income). However, most people who
are currently receiving Social Security
benefits pay less than this amount.
Other important dates along the
‘approaching retirement’ timeline:
•Age 59 ½ is the age that withdrawals
from Qualified retirement accounts (IRA,
401k, 403b) can begin without Federal
early withdrawal tax penalty.
•Age 70 ½ is the age that the IRS
requires you to take Required Minimum
Distributions (RMDs) from your IRA
and 401k accounts.

The elements of Social Security,
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t is a new year and as always some
things change and some things
remain the same. Business mileage
rates have changed this year. In 2016, the
rate was 54 cents per mile. In 2017, that
rate is reduced to 53.5 cents per mile. The
rate for medical or moving miles was 19
cents in 2016, but is 17 cents for 2017. The
charity mileage rate
is set by Congress
and remains at 14
cents per mile.
There is a special
tax provision which
was temporary,
but has been made
permanent. It can
be a great deal
for those over 70.
The provision in the tax code allows a
person who is required to take Required
Minimum Distributions (RMD) each year
to have the IRA company send it to a
charity making it tax-free to the taxpayer.
In more detail, this means that a
taxpayer can instruct their IRA trustee
to send funds to a recognized charity.
Those amounts will count toward the
RMD, but they will not be added to
the taxable income and will also not be
deductible. They will bypass the tax
calculation. The taxpayer will get a form
that accounts for the amounts so that
the tax preparer can see that the RMD
has been met and the amounts will be
shown in a non-taxable area of their
return so the IRS can see the amounts,
but the amounts will not be taxed.
As an example, if a taxpayer is required
to take a distribution of $10,000 in 2017,
but plans to tithe $3500 to their church
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check for themselves of $2500 and only
pay tax on the $2500 while still meeting
the $10,000 RMD. This probably makes
very little difference for low-income
people. But for higher income people and
for those people on the “teeter-totter”
of taxable Social Security, less income
can lower the tax rate, lower the taxable
amount of Social
Security and increase
their medical
It is too late to do
this for 2016, but
taxpayers have 11
months to plan to
save tax in 2017.
Everyone’s tax
situation is unique
so if you have questions about whether
this could benefit you, check with your
tax preparer at your tax appointment.
Remember that you, the taxpayer, cannot
touch the money and it must go to an
IRS-recognized charity.
With all the uncertainty in the world,
the one thing we can count on is that
taxes are due April 15. But wait… this
year the Federal 1040’s and 1120’s are
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On Real Estate & More
by Sandy J. Brown




Finding The Next Good Deal


831.588.8204 | OFFICE: 541.734.0043


have been involved with real estate
to some extent my entire life. As a
child, my parents spent much of
their free time at open houses, always
trying to find “the worst house in the
best neighborhood.” My parents would
then buy that house, remodel it, and
then have us move to the next one just
when the house was finally nice to live
in and feeling like home.
The funny thing is, now as an adult, I
find myself doing the same thing; always
looking for the next “good deal.” And, I
must admit to spending too much of my
free time watching HGTV’s home buying
and home improvement shows, like Love
it or List It, House Hunters, and Property
Brothers, to name a few.
But finding the
next good deal
is not as simple
as they show on
TV; people don’t
really go look at
three homes and
pick between those
three. Finding a
good deal is really
about diligence.
Here are several tips to help find a
good deal, whether you're looking for
an investment property, a property for
your business or simply a home for you
and your family.
Consider buying a bank-owned
property or a short sale—Foreclosures
and short sales involve potentially more
risk than a traditional sale. In a bank
foreclosure, the bank is the seller. Because
the bank has never lived in the home,
they know nothing about the property or
its condition. In a foreclosure, the bank
sells the home “as-is” and requires the
buyer to sign documents releasing the
bank of any liability.
When purchasing a short sale, the seller
needs their lender(s) to approve the sale as
the seller is trying to sell for less than the
amount owed on the property. Generally,
short sales take more time than a traditional
home sale. This can lead to a situation in
which a buyer waits for months for the bank
to approve the short sale, only to have the
bank reject it. Meanwhile, the buyer may
have missed out on other properties.

While there are clearly risks in buying
a distressed property, distressed sales
tend to be priced below current market
value. Because the foreclosure process
can take several years, these properties
are often in need of some repair or
updating. So, further discounts may be
given to compensate for buyers willing to
rehabilitate a property.
Look for newly-listed properties or
those that have been on the market a long
time—Sometimes, it’s not the highest offer
for a property that gets accepted, it’s simply
the first. If you need a loan, make sure you
are pre-approved from a bank so you are
prepared to make an offer, and have your
real estate agent set you up with automatic
email alerts notifying you of any new
property that comes
on the market.
another way to find
a good deal is to
look for properties
that have been
on the market
for a long time.
Those owners are
sometimes willing
to sell for a discount, because they are
tired of holding on to that property.
Approach owners privately—In a
strong real estate market, like the one
most of the United States is experiencing
today, good deals can be hard to find
because of the large number of people
looking for a home. In some areas, a single
house for sale might get several offers in
the first several days. One idea is to have
your agent look outside the multiple
listing service and contact owners directly,
asking them to consider selling.
Look at a lot of properties—Finally,
understand finding a good deal usually
involves looking at a lot of properties.
So, if you are interested in finding a
good deal, talk to a local real estate agent
about available properties in your area,
and start looking. You might be surprised
at the deals you can get.
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a real estate broker and land use planner with
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e’ve just had a genuine
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hot chocolate, warm slippers and a cozy
fireplace can be. Cold weather
can also remind you that
you forgot to get the heater
serviced, your old windows
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uninsulated floor is like a sheet
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winter in full swing, there are
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a blanket and a brew (I prefer
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few feelings more frustrating than having
your old, noisy furnace run all day and
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of condensation run down the inside
of your windows creating little pools
of water that soak into your sheetrock

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Vintage Rehab now at
{Formerly of Jacksonville Barn Co.}

Ron & Shelly

acksonville was bursting with magic
that brisk December evening. White
lights and pine swags, staples of
a vintage Christmas, on each door and
window beckoned passersby indoors for
cozy warmth. The scent of holiday charm
filled the air.
I walked into old city hall, sat, and
anxiously waited to deliver my Bee City
USA (BCU) presentation. Heading to the
podium, flashes of Dorothy nervously
approaching the fiery and powerful
wizard of Oz came to mind. I chuckled to
myself, because when I looked up, before
me was the kind face of Mayor Becker
and his equally supportive team. No fire.
No red shoes. All was well.
Neonicotinoids—During the
presentation I shared that the EU banned
neonicotinoids (neonics), a broadspectrum insecticide with a burgeoning
reputation for harming bees. According
to Xerces Society, neonics are systemic
absorbed by
the plant and
plant tissues,
including pollen
and nectar.
They persist
in the plant,
flower, fruit,
roots, and soil.
Like many synthetic pesticides,
neonics persist for years, destroying
vital soil organisms, running off into
local waterways, and poisoning aquatic
life, invertebrates, and humans. Bees
who nectar on the flowers take the toxic
pollen back to the hive. Other pollinators
and birds are also affected. Even our
companion animals and children who
play near sprayed areas are exposed.
Check your garden products for the
following neonics:
• Imidacloprid
• Clothianidin
• Thiamethoxam
• Acetamiprid
• Dinotefuran
Council Member Garcia asked if
the neonicotinoid ban resulted in any
pollinator recovery. I let him know that
scientists are still reviewing the data and
expect to finish their risk evaluation in
early 2017.

According to a Guardian article, “...
evidence linking the pesticides to bee
population declines has mounted.”
Phyllis Stiles, founder of Bee City USA,
consulted with experts and shared there is
not yet conclusive information about the
impact on bees, but scientists discovered
the EU ban on neonics had no impact
on crop yield. This is significant because
it invalidated the argument neonics are
necessary for increasing yields.
Stay tuned next month for more
interesting facts on neonics.
Will Jacksonville become a BCU?—The
council enthusiastically embraced the
idea of moving forward for Jacksonville’s
BCU status! Care to help? I’m looking for
a few pollinactivists to join the fun. Email
me. Let’s chat!
Upcoming Forum—Protecting
Pollinators: The Benefits for Ecosystems
and Food Security in Oregon. If you
want to learn more about neonics, safer
ways to maintain
your property,
and how to help
native pollinators
thrive, save
the date for
this forum on
February 11,
that will change
your world!
Hosted by Oregon nonprofit Beyond
Toxics, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley,
and the OSU Extension, the Protecting
Pollinators forum is for homeowners,
nurseries, municipalities, landscapers,
and orchardists. Local and national
experts will share their extensive
knowledge on the effects of neonics on
our landscapes and ecosystems, and they
will offer solutions to the problem of
native pollinator decline. Location: OSU
Extension, Central Point. Admission: $10
pre-registered, $15 at door ($5 discount
for Master Gardeners). Get tickets at:
When she’s not working, volunteering,
fiddling about the garden, photographing
nature, being a pollinactivist, blogging
about social and environmental justice, or
pawning her eco-children’s book, Kenda, a
former Monarch butterfly docent, gets her
kicks hanging with her husband, her dog,
and the pollineighbors.

Friends of the CC Beekman Arboretum
Getting Ready for Spring
by Becka Kem, Friends of Beekman Arboretum


541-499-0213 | 1234 Court Street, Medford | Hours: Tues – Sat 10am-6pm


ith the days feeling a bit longer
and the temperatures getting
warmer, noticeable changes
begin to appear outside. Buds forming
on trees, the early shoots of daffodils and
narcissus stretching their greenery. Birds
begin chattering as if there is much to do
once spring arrives. New things to be built,
spring cleaning of the existing.
The wet and snowy winter brought
much excitement to the Arboretum. Some
trees have taken root while others have
lost limbs. The bog and seasonal creek
have experienced a lot of water and could
use some clearing. More native plants
are waiting to be planted. Looks like it is
time to do some spring-cleaning!
There are many upcoming events
and projects to look forward to and
participate in this spring.
On March 25th from 9:00-11:00am the
Friends of the Arboretum is hosting a
work party. The main focus will be clearing
dead trees and limbs, clearing the bog
to prepare for native plantings, and the
planting of more trees and native plants.
All are welcome to participate. Coffee,

water and donuts are always provided.
The focus of the Jacksonville
Woodlands Association Hike-a-Thon
and annual meeting this April will be the
CC Beekman Arboretum. It will feature
a guided hike and a family hike up
through the Beekman Canyon Trail and
finish at the Doc Griffin Park for food and
fun. For the plant enthusiast, there will
be a shorter botanical tour of the native
plants found in the Arboretum.
Volunteers are always needed and
greatly appreciated. There are volunteers
needed for work days. We also need
individuals and groups that use the
Arboretum to take notice of areas that
need improvement and take initiative.
If a limb falls on a trail, feel obliged to
move it. If weeds start to encroach on
walkways, feel free to pull them. With the
vibrant growth of plants, both wanted
and weeds, the CC Beekman Arboretum
is an ongoing project that takes many
willing hands.
If you have any questions or would like
to get involved, please contact Becka Kem at

The Literary Gardender
by Rhonda Nowak

Let Us Sow Some Lettuce
This Month
“Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice
the bitter in it. ~ Charles Dudley Warner, “My Summer in a Garden,” 1870


eat a lot of salad, so I derive
particular pleasure from growing
some of the lettuces I consume. There
are so many varieties to choose from:
crispheads, butterheads, looseleafs and
Romaines, not to mention fancy designer
greens such as endive and arugula.
In fact, all of our modern lettuces
(Lactuca sativa) are cultivars of wild
lettuce (Lactuca serriola), which originated
in regions of the
Mediterranean and
the Middle East. A
member of the daisy
family, wild lettuce is
a prickly, bitter-tasting
plant, nowadays cursed
by Oregon farmers
as a pesky weed that
competes with their
cereal crops. However,
ancient Egyptians revered lettuce for its
oily seeds, and its milky sap (thus the
genus name Lactuca) that was thought
to be an aphrodisiac. Accordingly, the
Egyptians dedicated lettuce to Min, god
of fertility.
Romaine is one of the oldest lettuce
cultivars, depicted in Egyptian art
dating back to the third millennium
BCE. Romaine lettuce was particularly
cultivated in Syria where it was used as a
scoop for tabbouleh.
By 50 CE, the Romans had noted that
the milky substance in lettuce seemed
to induce sleepiness, so they served it at
the end of a meal as a sort of vegetable
nightcap. Indeed, modern-day science
has confirmed that the latex in lettuce
contains a small amount of organic
alcohols. According to legend, the Roman
Emperor Dimitian (81-96 CE) switched to
serving lettuce at the beginning of a meal
as a way to torture his guests who dared
not fall asleep in the emperor’s presence.
Dimitian was certainly a horrible dinner
host, but his antics initiated the common
practice of serving salad before the
dinner entrée.
Caesar Augustus, who ruled Rome
from 27 BCE until his death in 14 CE,
was said to have built a statue in honor
of lettuce because he was convinced that
it had cured him of a serious illness.
Today, we have him to thank for our
Caesar salads. In fact, the mild narcotic
properties of lettuce have long been
utilized in folk medicines for pain,
rheumatism, tension and nervousness.
Whereas the Egyptians once thought
of lettuce as green Viagra, the ancient
Greeks linked lettuce with impotency
because lettuce must be prevented from
going to seed in order to be edible. In
Greek mythology, Aphrodite, goddess
of love and fertility, tried to protect her
young lover, Adonis, from a wild boar
by hiding Adonis in a bed of lettuce. The
myth initiated an expression: “Barren
as the gardens of Adonis.” Alas, Adonis
was killed anyway and became a symbol
of youthful male beauty and death
before reaching maturity. During the
Greek summer festival called Adonia,
young girls re-enacted Adonis’ untimely
death by planting lettuce; also, lettuce is
traditionally served at Greek funerals.
Lettuce has been featured in a number
of literary works. In Shakespeare’s
“Othello” (1604), Iago, the main
antagonist, speaks out, “Our bodies
are our gardens, to which our wills
are gardeners: so that if we will plant
nettles, or sow lettuce…why, the power
and corrigible authority of this lies
in our wills…” And in Shakespeare’s
“Antony and Cleopatra” (1606),
Cleopatra laments her “salad days,
when I was green in judgment….”

In the classic adventure novel,
“Watership Down” by Richard Adams
(1972), Chapter 15 tells the story of
King Darzin’s prized lettuce garden
“surrounded by a deep ditch and
guarded by a thousand sentries day and
night.” Even with such protection, the
clever rabbit leader, El-ahrairah, and
his sidekick, Rabscuttle, steal the king’s
lettuce and win their release from exile
in the marshlands.
The story ends, “And
from that day to this,
no power on earth
can keep a rabbit
out of a vegetable
This was certainly
the case in “The
Tale of Peter Rabbit”
and other beloved
children’s stories written and illustrated
by Beatrix Potter. In “The Tale of the
Flopsy Bunnies” (1909), Potter refers
to the soporific quality of lettuce. After
finding a pile of overgrown lettuce in Mr.
McGregor’s rubbish heap, the “Flopsy
Bunnies simply stuffed lettuces. One
after another, they were overcome with
slumber, and lay down in the mown
grass.” In the story, Potter admits, “I have
never felt sleepy after eating lettuces, but
then I am not a rabbit.”
Sleep inducing or not, and despite
rabbits, deer, snails, and other
unwelcome lettuce lovers, many
gardeners (myself included) wouldn’t
think of having a garden without lettuce.
In fact, a 15-foot row of lettuce planted in
successive sections will feed a family of
four throughout the growing season.
If you haven’t been growing lettuce in a
cold frame already this winter, February
is a good time to start sowing lettuce
seeds indoors before transplanting the
seedlings into the garden come spring.
Sow more seeds every two weeks for
successive crops. Lettuce seeds are tiny,
so try pelleted seeds for more accurate
sowing and less thinning out after
germination. Once in the garden, head
lettuces should be spaced 8-10 inches
apart; leaf lettuces can be grown about
4-5 inches apart. Also keep in mind that
lettuce seeds have a short shelf life, so use
up the seeds this year or share them with
other gardeners.
Because lettuce is a cool-weather crop,
I had a hard time preventing my lettuce
from bolting until I started growing it
in containers. Now when the weather
warms up, I can move my lettuce to
cooler spots; this way, I’ve been able
to harvest leaf lettuce until June. Other
gardeners protect lettuce from bolting by
covering the rows with shade cloth.
Whether in rows or containers, lettuce
likes moist, well draining, fertile soil
with lots of nitrogen, so be sure to
add compost to the planting hole and
supplement with a balanced fertilizer
throughout the growing season. For
leaf lettuces, harvest the outer leaves to
encourage new growth.
In 2015, a red variety of Romaine
lettuce called “Outredgeous” was the first
food to be planted, grown, harvested and
eaten in outer space. From ancient Egypt
to the International Space Station, lettuce
has certainly come a long way in the last
5,000 years. Who knows what the future
holds for this historical plant?
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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++ forever. Tennyson

Cheryl von Tress

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Winter is the Perfect Time
to Burn Weeds!


hat might not be quite right.
It’s the perfect time to burn
weed SEEDS, so in effect, you’re
burning weeds. Here’s how it’s done:
You already know where the weeds
were last year, right? In your driveway,
along the strip of soil next to the street
out front, etc. Well, if those plants were
not pulled or killed last year, chances are
they produced seed. And
without the influence of a
strong wind, or overland
flow of water, or soil
disturbance, those seeds
are right where they were
You know those seeds or
a good portion of them will
germinate and produce
new plants this coming
spring. So now you’ve got
several choices. You could walk away,
knowing you’ll have to do something
about them later when it’s warm and
sunny and you’d rather be fishing you
can kill the seeds now and know you’ll be
able to go fishing when you want!
Propane burners are relatively
inexpensive, and easy to use. Just make
sure you get one with a regulator, or antibackflow device on the hose.
Winter is a great time to burn seeds, as
the chances of causing a fire are greatly
reduced. Some seeds will burn quickly
because they’ve got thin seed coats, while
others will take more time because their
seed coat is much thicker.

Tell them “Vernon” sent you!

The major weed I’m concerned with
is puncturevine. These plants produce
1000’s of seed pods, each of which breaks
apart into individual seeds. Each seed has
2 hard spines that can aid in their being
transported by shoes, car tires, pets’
feet, etc. Burning these seeds can do two
things. First, killing the germ within the
seed will actually eliminate the chance
of a new plant being
produced. Secondly,
burning the spines
will greatly reduce the
chance of the seeds
being spread, even
if the germ wasn’t
killed. At least, in the
latter scenario, the
seeds will germinate
where they’ve grown
before, and you won’t
have to worry about finding them.
The fact that an escaped fire is almost
eliminated makes this time of year the
PERFECT time to treat these weeds.
And just think, when the weather
warms and you want to spend time
doing pleasant things, you’ll be able to
so with a clear conscience.
Questions? Please give me a call at 541-3262549, or write me at
Bob Budesa retired from BLM after 38
years where he oversaw the noxious weed
program with Medford District BLM
(850,000 acres) for 20 years, worked in Wild
Horse Program in 1970’s and was a member
of JWA for 2 years.

Trail Talk by Clayton Gillette
The Big Snow of '17


y the time folks read this,
January’s snow in Jacksonville
will be a memory. One could
argue that Forest Park never looked
better, especially after the gray days of
late December. Who would have thought
that “Ski Jacksonville” would be a thing?
Yet, there was that nice snowpack and
miles of trail beckoning the adventurous.
It’s these events that become mile-stones,
as in, “remember the
big snow of ’17?”
Snowstorms are rare
enough here that they
are events. They cause
us to contemplate.
They provide allegory
to our existence. We
become very aware
of our surroundings
when simple tasks,
like driving to the
store, become adventurous tales to share
at gatherings. And the allegory is the
strength of the tale.
Slowing down is often hard to do
when there is much to be done. Setting
priorities seems pointless. Ahh, but
traveling in deep snow—now we know
to take things with a cautious approach
lest we slip. Now we pay more attention
to all around us lest we become victim
to the ‘mugwump’ of the snow shed by
the overhead branch. Now we break trail
with greater effort, blazing new paths
where others haven’t been.
A snowstorm is an adventure. The
deep powder overlies things forgotten,
placing a virgin canvas over the
landscape for us to do with as we wish.
It beckons the remembered childhood of
snow angels and snowmen. We are able
to better read the comings and goings
of our fellow travelers. And here, in our



valley among our forested hills, it is
fleeting, soon to be a memory.
It is on such a snowy day that I can
now venture forth in enjoyment, for
simple pleasure. As a child in Jacksonville
in the 60s and 70s, snow was a lesson in
mixed blessings. Yes, deep enough snow
meant no school and sledding on many
of the hillsides now covered with houses.
But it also meant frozen bones on a paper
route; my bicycle
slipping and sliding
on the hills of the
south side of town.
Soon, the weather
will warm, and the
flowers will burst
forth. Greens will
return to the hillsides,
the dead grasses of
last year flattened
in the heavy snow.
Seasonal streams will run longer into
the dry times, the snowpack bolstering
their courage in the warmer days. The
muds of winter will become hard-caked
then turn to dust. The ‘big snow of ’17’
will be forgotten.
Find yourselves on the trails of our
parks as the seasons swing through their
cycles. Look to the hills as they switch
winter garb for summer’s. Become aware
of the changes around you as present
becomes past. Hike to a viewpoint, sit on
a bench, and free your senses. Hike along
the tumbling streams and waterfalls.
That silence that was so overwhelming
when the snow blanketed all will be but a
memory in the cacophony of life bursting
forth in the warming days. But recall
the days of white quiet and the lesson
to slow down, to be aware of all around
you, and recall that sometimes we let
Nature give us permission for a day off.

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130 N. 4th St.,

Margaret Barnes, Pickety Place Antiques

Open Daily 10am - 5pm
Jewelry, Fine
Antiques, etc.

Collecting Jadeite


adeite is striking in its beauty and
durable in its functionality. Jadeite
is a type of glass tableware made of
Jade-green, opaque milk glass, popular in
the mid-20th century. Sometimes dubbed
the colorful “Pyrex of its day,” Jadeite
was used for baking, food preparation,
food storage, and table use.
Jadeite is the general term of any
opaque green glass by any maker.
Jade-ite is Anchor Hocking’s Fire-King
brand name.
Jadeite has always been very popular
with homemakers, as it gave a countrykitchen charm. The glass was thick and
did not chip easily, was inexpensive,
and sometimes free. It was given as
premiums in flour or cereal boxes. It
was mass produced and much of the
original product remains in excellent
condition. It’s also easy to find and
makes collecting enjoyable.
Jadeite made a resurgance in
popularity when Martha Stewart used it
as her signature display feature on her
television show. Her collection was so
vast and varied that it spurned a new
generation of collectors.
Jadeite has been reproduced en-mass,
so knowing how to spot the difference in
quality is useful. Some original Jadeite
pieces were unmarked, but most was
marked. Fire-King, Fenton, McKee, and
Jeannette were the most prolific makers
of Jadeite and each carried a signature
mark. Fire-King also produced heavier
dishes for institutions and restaurants.
Today, new Jadeite is made in China and
is largely unmarked.
The color of old Jadeite is irregular
and may have bubbles or other defects
in the glass. The old, green color may
vary from maker to maker, but if it is not
light, milky jade green, it is not Jadeite.

The new Jadeite quality controls give
the color and texture of the glass more
uniformness, and defects are rarely
found. New Jadeite will have more
obvious seam lines.
New Jadeite is also heavier and
sometimes larger. Older dinner plates
were 10”, the new Made in China plate
is 10 ½”. The rolling pins are two inches
longer, range-ware shakers are about the
same size but can be told apart by the
new having a more defined neck and
shinier top.
Counter jars, marked for flour, tea,
sugar, coffee, or salt, with lids, are highly
Shaker jars for sugar, salt and pepper,
or other named spices, with their
lettering intact and their screw-on lids
firmly in-place, sell whenever we have
them in stock.
Food storage containers, with flat
lids for stacking, are still found but are
not inexpensive, especially larger ones.
A cake stand, plain or scalloped, will
be hard to find but very fun to use any
time of year.
I recommend not putting your Jadeite
in the dishwasher or microwave as the
lettering can be damaged and remember
that new Jadeite will shatter in the
microwave. I always say, “If you have it,
use it! And don’t be afraid of breaking
it… it lasted this long!”

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hen you work at a computer for any length
of time, it's common to experience eye
strain, blurred vision and other symptoms
of computer vision syndrome (CVS). This is because of
the prolonged focus necessary at a close distance.
To alleviate these problems, you should first have a
comprehensive eye exam to rule out vision problems
and update your
eyeglass prescription.
Your doctor may
recommend a
separate pair
of eyeglasses
customized for use at
the computer.
How are computer
glasses different than
your regular glasses?
They are designed
so that the majority
of the lens contains
your intermediate
prescription to focus
about arm's length
away, or the distance
to your computer. If you have a progressive lens now,
the intermediate focus is a small area below center
that requires you to constantly lift your chin to see the
computer. This posture can contribute to neck, shoulder
and back pain.
Additionally, with a progressive you must constantly
move your head left and right because of the narrow
field of vision. Customized computer glasses give
you a wide field of vision straight ahead for computer
viewing. They may also have a bifocal in the bottom of
the lens for close up reading.

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knew when I scheduled my
“Sensational Seniors” interview
with Tony Hess that I should allow
ample time for it…I wasn’t disappointed!
And while I thought I already knew quite
a bit about Tony, I quickly realized that
I’d just scratched the surface.
Eighty-one year old Tony Hess was
born in Toledo, Ohio. At age one, his
family moved to Iowa where his father
became a manager for the US Gypsum
Company. Tony enjoyed his Iowa life
until age eleven when his father and
three partners purchased a cement plant
in Richfield, Utah. One of the companies’
major products was
sheetrock, and in post
WW II America, the
construction trade
was booming, with
sheetrock in great
demand. Tony says
his father had a bit
of an entrepreneurial
spirit, and that
besides the cement
plant, purchased
(with partners) a
3,000-acre ranch
south of Sun Valley,
where Tony got his
first real introduction
to the “hard work
ethic” which was
to serve him well in his working years.
In addition to the ranch, his father
helped finance a chemistry testing lab
that developed piezoelectric crystals for
submarine sonar gear.
Prior to ninth grade, the family moved
to Salt Lake City where Tony was to
complete high school, graduating in 1953.
Upon graduation, he entered Dartmouth
College, majoring in mechanical
engineering. But after two years, he
realized how much he missed the west
and transferred to the University of Utah
where he was to stay until getting his
draft notice in 1957. Based on his aptitude
testing, Tony became a cryptographic
equipment repairman, (I’m not making
this up) a top-secret position for
repairing this very sophisticated codebreaking army equipment. He ended up
as a repairman-instructor, spending the
rest of his two-year service requirement
in New Jersey.
After his service time was up, Tony,
by his own admittance says, “I played
around for a couple years…I did a lot
of rock climbing and especially enjoyed
the technical climbs.” Tony then married
in 1962 and decided it was time to get
serious. Utilizing the G.I. Bill, he reentered the University of Utah, but
settled on a degree in accounting. He
eventually was able to use the G.I. Bill
to obtain his MBA. In the meantime, he
and his first wife adopted two children,
Mindy, in 1965 and Eric, in 1967. At this
time, Tony started his career with Boyles
Brothers Drilling Company, one of two
major hard-rock exploratory drilling
companies in the western US. With his
accounting degree secured, Tony was
hired as a Management Information
Systems (MIS) analyst, working with a
Model 20 IBM computer that used the
old punch card system and took up most
of the room. After three years, he was
promoted to manager of the fabrication
and machine shop but, before assuming
this position, he was told, “You first have
to learn how to drill, so you are going
to be a drilling deck hand for a year.”
Tony remembers that, “I went from a
comfortable desk job on Friday to being
a drill helper on Monday on a 7,000 foot
drill site.. and from working a standard
eight-hour day to a twelve hour shift, ten
days straight with four days off…living

in a trailer in the Aspen trees.” Reflecting,
he relates, “This was the best thing the
company ever did for me and, while I did
learn how to drill, I was not the best at it,
the experience gave me credibility with
the highly-skilled drillers.”
Tony continued to move up the
company management chart, eventually
becoming the northwest drilling manager
with drill sites in Washington, Idaho and
Montana and a field office in Spokane,
Washington. Tony spent ten years in this
position, but when his first wife passed
away in 1983, he then moved back to
Salt Lake City a few years later in 1986.
Subsequent to that
move, the drilling
company was bought
out by an investmentbanking firm out of
Boston and in the
process, “ruined the
wonderful culture of
this great company.”
Tony lasted with
the new ownership
for two years before
being handed a
resignation paper to
sign. Tony can laugh
at this now because
two weeks prior to his
termination he and
his wife of 26 years,
Joan, were married and “that was the
wedding present from the company.” As
an interesting side note, Tony’s son and
Joan’s two daughters, all of whom were
students at San Diego State University,
had introduced Tony and Joan. Their first
date was set-up by their children and
happened at the San Diego Zoo!
After leaving Boyles Brothers Drilling
Company, Tony and Joan spent two
years in St. Paul, Minnesota, with Tony
working for a geo-technical engineering
company. Eventually, he worked his
way back west to Bozeman, Montana,
where he and three partners bought a
small drilling company out of Idaho
that specialized in underground mining.
He helped run the company until 1998
and then retired. Although he and
Joan would spend two more years in
Bozeman, the severe Montana winters
had them searching for a milder climate.
Eventually, it was a dinner at the
McCully House Inn that convinced them
that “Jacksonville would be a wonderful
place to live,” so they purchased a house
and moved to Jacksonville in 2001.
Enclosed within their first Jacksonville
water bill they found a brochure
and membership application for the
Jacksonville Boosters Club. They soon
joined this active organization which
led to many friendships, a good deal
of civic involvement and a lot of hours
working on Boosters and Jacksonville
projects. Tony is a great advertisement
for the Boosters Club, saying “There
is nothing better than the Jacksonville
Boosters Club.” Shortly after joining the
Boosters Club, Tony found himself on
the Jacksonville Woodlands Association
board; where he served as treasurer and
the contracting officer for a $905,000
grant that financed a fuel reduction
project in 2003-2004. That project
cleaned-out dead and dying trees in the
300 woodland acres and on private land
surrounding the woodlands, a great
service to the affected landowners.
Tony’s next Jacksonville adventure
started in 2003 when the Jacksonville
City Council strongly considered selling
the entire reservoir watershed acreage
to the Motorcycle Riders Association
(MRA), much to the displeasure of
many Jacksonville citizens. At the time,
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Soul Matters by Kate Ingram, M.A.
Swan Song


hile this is the Year of the
Rooster, I’m thinking about
other birds of late: ducks
and swans to be precise. You might
recall the story of The Ugly Duckling, in
which a signet is born amongst a brood
of ducklings. Being so different, he is
persecuted and ostracized by his family,
flock, and other animals near the pond.
He endures numerous ordeals and nearly
dies, until one day he
is finally recognized
by a flock of beautiful
swans as one of its
own. Still, he has a
difficult time believing
that he himself is one
of these gorgeous and
graceful birds until they
have him look at his
reflection in the water.
Doing so, he sees what he truly is, and in
that recognition everything makes sense
and he is, at last, home.
There are a lot of ugly ducklings
around, a lot of people who feel flawed
and different and who long to fit in but
just … don’t: People who prefer one-onone conversations to large groups. People
who like solitude. People who dislike
small talk and shirk social gatherings.
People who like to go deep. People who
are introverts.
One such person is a client of mine
who recently had an epiphany about
his own swan-ness after he read a book
by Susan Cain titled, Quiet: The Power
of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop
Talking. Ironically, he couldn’t stop
talking about it. He was completely
liberated to discover, after many decades,
that he isn’t weird or wrong or even a
duck: He’s a swan. He’s an introvert.
My client was so enamored of this
book and its insights that he lent it to me.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d be reading
anything new; I’ve studied the topic
and taken the Myers-Briggs assessment for
introversion and extraversion. But just a few
pages in I had a major awakening: My entire
adult life I thought I was a misanthropic
extravert. Turns out I am what Cain calls
a, “Pseudo-extravert.” In other words, an
introvert who can pass. Go figure.
Like my client, I went from “There’s
something wrong with me,” to “There’s
nothing wrong with me, I’m just an
introvert!” in one, quick, quiet moment

of revelation. One cannot overstate the
enormity of such a shift in perception. To
go from feeling like a misfit on the Island
of Unwanted Toys to feeling perfect and
necessary and important just as you are
is, well, HUGE.
This information is crucially important
because there’s a 30 to 50 percent chance
that you, too, might be a swan trying
to live in a Duck Dynasty and suffering
mightily under its
tyranny. Being an
introvert in a hugely
extraverted culture
is no easy thing.
In an extraverted,
bombastic culture
of high energy, high
volume, competition
and assertiveness, a
sensitive swan can
feel overwhelmed (a common experience
for introverts), favoring, as they do,
quiet, introspection, intimacy and deep
conversation. Because of this mismatch
of temperament and environment,
“swantroverts” are less comfortable out
in the world and often, as was true in my
case, in their own families.
My entire life I have been accused of
being “too sensitive.” To learn that most
introverts are highly sensitive — in every
respect — helps make sense of how I
experience and navigate my life. This,
coupled with other introverted indicators
(can't listen to news, can’t handle
violence of any sort, don't like noise,
avoid most social engagements) shifts
my thinking from negative (“There’s
something wrong with me”) to neutral,
even positive. (“Baby, I was born this
way!”) What a relief!
Part of my mission in life is to help
people find and embrace their true selves,
and Ms. Cain’s work goes a long way in
helping many of us to that end. Whoever
you are, whatever you are, you are not
a problem to be fixed but a gift to be
revealed. I invite you to take a peek in
the pond; you might be surprised by who
you discover there.
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after having their dental disease fixed.
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whether or not we feel your pet is in need of a dental
procedure. At Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital we try
and look in every pet’s mouth so that we can discuss
their dental needs. Admittedly, sometimes this is not
possible—sometimes it is safest to not open an animal’s
mouth, and sometimes there are bigger issues that need
to be addressed first. Most of the time, we will let you
know what we think of your pet’s mouth.
One of the biggest reasons that owners are hesitant
to have dental work done on their animals is because
they are nervous about anesthesia for a non-emergent
procedure. To this, I would say that even though a
dental may not be non-emergent, it can greatly improve
an animal’s comfort and happiness as mentioned above.
It is vital, however, that animals are anesthetized for a
thorough dental cleaning. It is safer for us as it allows
for a more thorough cleaning and an assessment of
what underlying disease may be present. Most disease
is present under the gum line. While anesthetized, we
can probe under the gum line and look for things like
resorptive lesions, (which are like cavities) exposed pulp
cavities, (the sensitive part of the tooth) and potential
infected roots. For us to probe for these things in an
“awake” animal is both cruel to them and a good way
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this risk. By performing a thorough physical exam and
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no contraindications for the anesthesia involved in
performing a dental. During the procedure, we have
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oxygen level, and their blood pressure. They are also
on IV fluids to help maintain their blood pressure. One
of the veterinarians is always with the patient to make
sure there are no issues and to address any changes
that may develop.
Before dental tartar (the brown crusty material) builds
up, there are many things that can be done to maintain
good oral health. Brushing our pets’ teeth with a softbristled tooth brush and a pet-approved toothpaste
can prevent the need for frequent dentals. Many of us
struggle to get this done, but if the idea of anesthetizing
your pet for a dental bothers you, then I recommend
starting to brush your pet’s teeth right away. There are
also dental chew treats that can be helpful. We carry a
new treat called Oravet© chews that can help prevent
tartar buildup that seems to be well-tolerated by dogs.
We also have different rinses that can help maintain oral
health by limiting bacterial growth in the mouth. None
of these things will get rid of tartar that is already there,
but they can prevent further buildup.
Your pet’s oral health is an important component to
their overall well-being. If you are hesitant to have a
full dental on your pet, just imagine what it would feel
like to have a fractured tooth, a dental infection, or a
severe cavity. You would not want to leave those things
untreated—why would you want those things to go
untreated in your dogs and cats?
If you think your pet has bad breath, seems
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eating behavior, salivates a lot, is not grooming
themselves, or if you are just concerned about your
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Clifford Lee –­ 1933-2016
On Monday, December 5, Clifford Lee
passed away just a few weeks short of
his 83rd birthday. Clifford was born and
raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the early 1950s he served as a US
Navy Hospital Corpsman and traveled
the world. After working briefly at a
downtown San
Francisco bank, he
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contributions to our monthly gatherings.
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A flash of white catches my eye.
A half-wilted crocus amongst the weeds—
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Age may soon claim us both.
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Mayor Jim Lewis called for a “timeout”
and asked that a Citizen Advisory
Committee conduct a thorough yearlong study of the issues regarding the
watershed, including selling it. Tony
signed up for this committee, and at
the first meeting, was elected chairman.
Meeting monthly, this committee, with
broad representation including citizens,
governmental agencies and the MRA,
eventually recommended that the city
retain and manage the watershed. It
also suggested consideration of a land
swap with either the BLM or MRA—
this was eventually done years later
which resulted in the city swapping
some higher elevation land for closerto-town MRA land.
The next task was to decide what to
do with this acquired property. A twoyear process ensued to work with the
county to get the property designated
as a “park.” In 2007 and 2008, Tony
and other park ranger friends started
building an extensive network of trails,

bridges, kiosks and historical site
designations… and the Forest Park was
born. It now presents hikers with 25+
miles of interconnected trails, shelters,
benches and any number of stunning
views of Jacksonville and surrounding
sites. While there are a number of
people to thank for this massive effort,
Tony Hess is certainly at the head
of the list! For those of us who enjoy
this gem of a park, we owe Tony our
profound thanks.
Finally, I asked Tony what advice he
would give someone contemplating
retirement—his answer was, “When
you turn 65 or 70, you just can’t turn it
off. If you stop being active when you
retire, you are not going to live long.”
Mike McClain spent 32 years as a teacher
and school administrator, retiring in 1999
as Superintendent of Central Point Schools.
He and his wife relocated to Jacksonville
four years ago and are enjoying immersing
themselves in this unique community.

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Cat spay or neuter: $25
Dog spay or neuter:
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White City and Ashland Grange Co-op stores,
and Mini Pet Mart (on Stewart)

Details at: or call 541-858-3325



News from Jacksonville Elementary School

acksonville Elementary School’s
Pioneers started off 2017 with the
excitement of the annual Science
Fair, held January 26th. Students
displayed a variety of scientific
experiments, observations and collections
at this fun and educational event. Judges
from the community for this annual
event are always needed—if interested in
helping out next year, please contact the
school at 541-842-3790.
Jacksonville Elementary is excited
to announce the winners of this year’s
“Art Olympics” poster contest. Local
artist Cheryl Garcia of The Great Metal
Works served as our guest judge. Many
thanks to Cheryl for taking the time to
thoughtfully judge each poster according
to the below-mentioned categories. The

kids love this opportunity to show-off
their skills and creativity! Thanks also
to Marion Denard, Jessicca Haynes,
Diane Patten, Jessica Cabalo and Rebecca
Williams for their teamwork in prepping
and displaying all the posters.
See posters and winners next page.

Jacksonville Resident Rebekah Ratcliffe
Wins FFSO Scholarship
Rebekah Ratcliff, now a senior at
in Spanish and Social Justice. Before
Southern Oregon University, was
returning to SOU for her senior year,
awarded $1,000 for summer study by
Rebekah worked for an equitable housing
Friendship Force of Southern
organization in Arizona.
Oregon, which meets monthly
Now, in addition to her
in Jacksonville’s Royal Mobile
full load of coursework,
Estates clubhouse. Her desire
Rebekah works for
for her experience was “to
Gamerosity, a pediatric
have a greater understanding
cancer organization that
of how my life is both affected
helps patients in all 50
by and affecting others.”
states. After graduation,
Staying with her Guatemalan
Rebekah hopes to find an
“parents,” Blanca and Michu,
internship that connects
Rebekah did just that and
her with women, children
hopes to be able to have
and other underprivileged
a return visit one day. In
groups in either the United
Cuba, she stayed in a college
States or abroad. Rebekah
Rebekah and Angelis
dormitory. Rebekah will
hopes to join members of
graduate SOU in June with a degree in
FFSO marching in the Chinese New Year
Sociology and Anthropology and a minor parade on February 18.

The Toad Prince – Free Puppet Show Performance
by “Tears of Joy Theatre”

Kiwanis Honors Students of the Month
for December and January

December Student of the Month,
Willow Smith with Kiwanis' Dave Wilson

January Student of the Month, Elizabeth Wenzel
with Kiwanis President, Charlie Johnson

Willow Smith, a senior at South Medford
High School, was honored as Student of the
Month for December by the Jacksonville
Kiwanis Club. Her proud parents are Ray
and Jodi Smith of Medford. She is presently
carrying a 4.0 grade point average.
She has taken wide variety of courses,
most of which are either AP or Honors
classification. These include Geometry,
Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus, five
years of Spanish, Economics, Leadership,
Biology, and Senior Seminar.
Her activities include Link Leadership,
National Honor Society, Cross Country
and Track. She is particularly involved in
the school Sparrow Program, and is the
Sparrow coordinator this year. She plans
fundraisers, Sparrow Club meetings,
and community service. The Sparrow
is usually a young child with a very
threatening medical disease.
For her goals, she wants to finish out her
senior year maintaining her high grade
point average to become a Valedictorian,
and to have her best year in track. She
hopes to attend Oregon State University
and earn a degree in Biology. Ultimately,
she wants to become a pediatrician.
Many people have influenced her in
positive ways throughout her life, but
her mother has been the most influential.
Her mother has always stood behind
her in everything she has wanted to
do or become. She is a very kind and
thoughtful person who loves her job
even when the going gets hard. She is the
person that Willow aspires to be.

For the month of January, the
Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville honored
Elizabeth Wenzel, a senior at South
Medford High School. Her proud
parents are Rick and Tracey Wenzel of
Medford. She is presently carrying a 3.7
grade point average.
Courses she has taken include Honors
and AP Physics, Macro Economics,
Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, Algebra II,
Geometry, and Biology. Her favorite
course is Culinary Arts.
She has been involved in Student
Government as class treasurer all
four years. She is on the tennis and
bowling teams, but her main interest
has been competing in the Culinary
competitions. She and a teammate
competed with other high schools
from around the state in preparing a
complete meal, and won first place!
For her goals, she plans to attend Lane
Community College to study Culinary
Arts, and afterwards plans to own her
own food truck.
Her parents have been her biggest
influence as they have always worked
hard and taught her that everything
in life takes work to obtain. She is
passionate about making a difference
in life.
One of the best things about
Kiwanis is being able to honor these
fine outstanding students from South
Medford High School each month.



The Craterian Theater at the Collier
Center, located at 23 S. Central in
Downtown Medford, in cooperation
with the Storytelling Guild, will present
two FREE puppet show performances
on Sunday, February 12 at 1:30pm and
4:00pm. Although admission is free, the
donation of a gently-used children’s book
is appreciated.
This “Beauty and the Beast” story set
in China, is imaginative puppet theatre
and includes a smoke-breathing dragon!
With Chinese New Year being celebrated
during this time of year, the timing
couldn’t be better!
The show features the son of a magical
water sprite and a prince of toads,
Indri, who must learn to place another’s
needs before his own. Inspired by the
compassion of a courageous friend,
Indri discovers that true beauty is
found within the kindness we show and
accept from others. Tears of Joy Theatre
uses beautiful puppetry to engage and
delight audiences.
Your donation of a gently-used
children’s book supports the Guild’s
“Pass the Book Program,” which


annually gives 5,000 to 10,000 books to
more than 25 agencies working with
children from newborns to older teens-agencies like Kids Unlimited, Head Start,
Juvenile Detention, Community Health
Centers, the Children’s Advocacy Center,
On-rack, Dunn House and others.
Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as
one of the nation’s outstanding puppet
theatres, known internationally for its
innovation and excellence. Each year
the programs of the theatre serve over
200,000 children and adults. Tears of
Joy Theatre has received a Washington
State Governor’s Arts Award and a
Young Audiences Sunburst Award for
its “exemplary commitment to arts
in education." Four of the theatre’s
productions have received American
puppetry’s highest honor, The Citation
of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from
To learn more please visit storytellingguild.
org or join the Storytelling Guild at facebook.
com/storytellingguild or contact Lara
Knackstedt at 541-210-1999 or laraknack@


by Ashleigh Scheuneman

magine this: You are skiing down
the bunny hill on Mt. Ashland as
fast as your skis can carry you. You
are finally pulling ahead of your friend
when WHAM! A basketball comes out of
nowhere and hits you in the face, and all
of a sudden you are in a mad dash down
the basketball court, no longer racing
your friend, but racing the clock for a last
second point. This is just a brief snapshot
into the life of a busy teenager in the
month of, yup, you guessed it... February.
For many, winter sports have just kickedoff their season, and that means many
kids are regretting all of the food they
ate over the winter break. Besides having
it seem like my head is a magnet to the
basketball, I am really enjoying basketball
so far. The coach is (shhh, don’t tell
anyone, nice) and my teammates are all
really fun to be around.
Now, enough of ignoring the obvious.
Whenever anyone thinks of February,
Valentine's Day immediately pops into
their mind. With a holiday like this
coming up, it seems everyone turns into a
hawk to see who will talk to whom next.

Even though the air is cold, and a bitter
wind is shoving you forward, people are
warmed on the inside by the thought
of that one person. There is an added
sparkle in their eye, and their cheeks
are forever tinted pink (from the cold of
So enjoy February 2017, because it
only comes once. Be aware of your loved
ones. Let them know that you love them.
And one more thing, find pleasure in the
present, hope in the future, and wisdom
(and really cool stories) from the past. See
you in March!
Janessa Joke: What is the prettiest type of
pool at a waterpark?
The HOT tub!
Ashleigh Lu
Scheuneman lives in the
Jacksonville hills with her
mother, father, and two
sisters. She is 14-yearsold and will be in high
school this fall. When she
grows-up, she would like
to be a published author.

Next Medford Food Project
Jacksonville Pickup Day:
Saturday, February 11th
(Always the 2nd Saturday of even-numbered months.)
Please contact Jerrine Rowley at 541-702-2223 or
Faye Haynes at 541-324-1298 if you have any questions or wish to
become involved with the Food Project in Jacksonville!

Congratulations to Jacksonville Elementary's “Art Olympics” Poster Contest Winners

Best Design
Stella Weston, 4th Grade

Most Colorful
Cowen Swenson, 3rd Grade

Most Original Idea
Kahryn Fjarli, 1st Grade

Most Beautiful
Sara Glauser, 6th Grade

Honorable Mention
Natalie Scheuneman 5th Grade

Honorable Mention
Paige Dalke, 2nd Grade

Honorable Mention
Rippkai Starnes, 5th Grade

Honorable Mention
Hannah Espinosa, 5th Grade

Most Fanciful
Cosette Haynes, 6th Grade

Best Technique
Baylee Davis, 6th Grade

Judges Pick
Beren Martinez, 1st Grade

Special Merit
Emma Terk, 2nd Grade

Honorable Mention
Trinity Boruff, 4th Grade

Honorable Mention
Adah McCracken, 4th Grade

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grades 5-12
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Education through inquiry
and a project-based curriculum.

Rebecca Naumes Vega,
Director of Admission

stM2.0 is school done differently — a fundamentally
redesigned approach to education.
We’ve developed a coordinated, school-wide model that
encourages intrinsic motivation and scholastic and personal
development on an adolescent-friendly schedule.


Celebrating Family, Health,
Culture and Community
Saturday, February 18, 2017


8:30AM - Rise and shine with Tai-chi 太極 exercise - Terry Hall
and Wayne Huey will lead 3 warm up exercises and demonstrate
Tai-chi movements 1-19. At the Bigham Knoll Campus grounds.
Mr. Hall practices the traditional Yang Style Long Form
of Tai-chi Ch’uan. He has been teaching Tai-chi since
1974 at the City College of San Francisco and with
the Golden Gate Park Tai Chi Classes. Want to learn
more? Join Mr. Hall and Wayne Huey, a/k/a Red Panda
Acrobats, (3PM) this afternoon at Bigham Knoll for Tai
Chi and acrobatic workshops.
9:00AM - 5K Lucky Rooster Family Fun Run at the Bigham Knoll
Campus. Pre-registration is recommended at,
day-of registration 8AM-8:30AM.
10:30AM - Our Traditional Chinese New Year Lion Dance
Parade underwritten by U.S. Bank - Lions, dragons, gongs, pep
bands and community groups will process through downtown
Jacksonville. Join the fun: register online by Feb.10, 2017 at to join the procession.
Community groups are invited to join the procession of
lions, dragons, gongs, and pep bands to celebrate the
Year of the Rooster. Must register online by Feb 10,
2017 at Mr. Jim Meyer, principal of St.
Mary’s School, is leading a team of teachers from the
Confucius Classroom to wish everyone a happy, healthy,
and prosperous New Year. SOCCA would like to thank
the Confucius Classroom at St. Mary’s School for not
only providing significant funding since the inception of
this community celebration, but also offering nearly 60
student volunteers annually to help make this festival
possible. “ Performing in the lion dance procession today
are local students who learned the skills from SOCCA’s
lion dance clinic held in December. The clinic was
made possible by a grant from the Oregon Community
12-1PM - “Searching for Gold Mountain” - The story of the
Chinese gold miners of Jacksonville presented by historian Larry
Smith. Gold was first found here in 1851. Weather permitting,
participants will visit the Long Tom Sluice Box Chinese Memorial
Fountain and the site of the archaeological dig of the Chinese
Quarter. In the Naversen Room, Jacksonville Public Library.

12-1PM - Thirteen year-old Junior Chef Herason Wang 王美眉
will demonstrate how to make Chinese dumplings, a traditional
celebratory and versatile food enjoyed by all especially during
the Chinese New Year season. At the Bella Union Restaurant
and Saloon, 170 W. California, second floor.
Admission $5, includes tasting.
Herason Wang has always had a passion for cooking and
has attended cooking schools. She has won a cooking
competition show produced by NBC. Assisting Herason
will be her grandmother, Master Chef Jenny Wang, who
has been a restaurateur and a professional Chinese chef
for nearly 30 years.
12-1PM - “What can Feng Shui 風水 do for you?” Owner of
Creative Visions Feng Shui, Sugeet will offer a bare bones look
at this ancient art and science, as it applies to your personal life,
home and business. At the Old City Hall, corner of Main Street
and Oregon Street.
Sugeet Posey is the owner of Creative Visions LLC,
a 15 year old firm that uses the principles of Feng
Shui to change the look, feel and energy of personal
and business spaces. He has designed new offices,
rearranged floor plans, done color consultations
and cleared negative forces for many clients in the
12-1PM - Terry Hall teaches the Yang Style Long Form of Tai-chi
Ch’uan He will present the concept of “Units + Measurements
= Ruler” which is practiced by the Tai Chi enthusiasts young and
young at heart. At U.S. Hotel Ballroom, 125 E. California Street,
second floor.
12-3PM - “Courage in the Golden Valley”: Southern Oregon
Chinese History - An exhibition portraying the Chinese
experience as immigrants moving here in the 1800s.
Highlighting new research by the Southern Oregon University
Laboratory of Anthropology, it retells their history through
Chinese voices and objects, showing their challenges and
adversities in southern Oregon. At U.S. Hotel Ballroom, 125 E.
California Street, second floor.

The story of the Chinese gold miners and celebrated
photographer Peter Britt of Jacksonville is presented
by historian Larry Smith. Smith was raised in Phoenix,
Oregon and while attending college he worked as a park
ranger at Crater Lake National Park. He taught 5th grade
at Jacksonville School for 33 years when he developed
an interest in the town’s history: concentrating on
Jacksonville’s Chinese connections. Larry continues to
lead field trips to Crater Lake National Park and up to
the preserved goldmines of Jacksonville. Larry has been
appointed by the City Council as Jacksonville’s official
town historian.



1-2PM - “Am I a Rooster or a Monkey?” Learn from David Y. Lei 李
萱頤 about the Obfuscation of the Chinese Calendar and Other
Less Known Chinese Traditions.” At the U.S. Hotel Ballroom, 125
E. California Street, second floor.
David Y. Lei was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the
US at age 7. Co-founder of Chung Ngai Dance Troupe in
1966, Chinese Performing Arts Foundation in 1992 and
the Academy of Chinese Performance Art in 1995. He is a
board member of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco,
and current board member of Center for Asian American
Media (U.C. Berkeley), Chinese American Community
Foundation, Advisory board of the San Francisco Ethnic
Dance Festival, Asian Chefs Association, and Advancing
Justice - Asian Law Caucus.
12-2PM - Chinese Quarter archaeological dig on-site exhibit See what artifacts were excavated, what they mean, and what a
house might have looked like for the Chinese residents living in
Jacksonville in 1888. Learn about the archaeology in Jacksonville’s
Chinese Quarter in an interactive display put on by the staff
and students of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of
Anthropology. At Main St./Veterans Park.

Special Events
Feb. 1-28 - Archaeology in the Community - participation
in the preservation of the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter,
presented by Southern Oregon University Laboratory of
Anthropology - at the Foyer of the Jacksonville Public
Sunday, Feb.19, 9-11AM - Tai Chi Lesson with Wayne
Huey & Terry Hall at the Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E.
Nevada Street, Ashland, OR 97520.

12:30-2PM - Award-winning junior artist, Alexey Wang 王煥沖
exhibits and demonstrates Chinese Brush Painting - an ancient
form of art that has existed for over thousands of years. At the
Elan Suites and Gallery, 245 W. Main Street.
There are two main techniques of Chinese brush painting:
the first technique being a detailed portrait and the
second technique is a freehand portrait. Alexey Wang,
a graduate of St. Mary’s School, and currently a student
at the University of Washington, will focus mainly on
freehand portrait technique. He specializes in painting
plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums,
lotus and peony flowers. The peony flowers are know as
the ‘King of Flowers’ and is the symbol of wealth, good
fortune, happiness and prosperity in the Chinese culture.
1-2PM - Peter Britt and the Chinese - Local historian Larry Smith
will talk about Peter Britt among a collection of his photographs.
Peter Britt is recognized as a celebrated photographer of the
19th century, noted for his collection of photographs of Chinese
settlers in Jacksonville. Weather permitting, participants will visit
the Peter Britt Gardens. In the Naversen Room at the Jacksonville
Public Library.
1-2PM - “What’s in store for the year?” If you were born in 1945,
1957, 1969, 1979, 1993 or 2005, you would be a ‘rooster.’ Ken
Bendat, Chinese scholar and doctor of Chinese medicine, reveals
amusing and insightful perspectives according to the Chinese
Zodiac. At the Old City Hall, corner of Main Street and Oregon
3-4PM - “Acrobatics and Tai Chi: Watch and Learn” underwritten
by the Confucius Classroom at St. Mary’s School. Wayne Huey,
aka Red Panda, trained professionally with the Fu Hsing Drama
School in Taiwan and Shanghai Circus Academy in China. He has
been performing in the US for 24 years in a variety of events
and leading workshops in acrobatics. Back by popular demand,
Wayne will thrill the audience with his acrobatics, juggling and
balancing acts. Following the performance, Wayne will lead a
basic acrobatics workshop for children. Simultaneously, Master
Terry Hall will hold a workshop for adults who are interested in
learning and practicing some Tai Chi movements. Both workshops
will take place at Bigham Knoll Ballroom, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive.
Admission: $5.
11:30AM - 2:30PM - Children’s Activities Let your kids romp,
jump and slide in two “Dragon Jump Houses” on the former
Jacksonville Courthouse Museum grounds. Adult supervision
required. At the New City Hall grounds, 206 N.5th Street.
Games, Arts & Craft, lantern building, face-painting and games galore.
At the IOOF Hall, 175 S. Oregon St.


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