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appy Holidays, Jacksonville! 2010 was a very busy, productive and successful year here at the Review. It hardly seems possible that the holidays are upon us – in my case, the old adage; “time flies when you’re having fun,” is mostly true. Once this final issue of 2010 hits the street, I’ll be taking some time off to recharge my batteries before returning to work on February’s “Chinese New Year” edition. In addition to my annual filing cabinet clean-out, I’ll be finalizing work on the Review’s new website – our new, highly interactive site launches in January. Once launched, will bring Jacksonville closer together and closer to the world! I’m particularly excited about one blog feature called, “The Publisher Unplugged,” which will enable me to publish my unedited notes and remarks online during City Council and other meetings. This could be fun! Before jumping too far ahead, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our wonderful, volunteer contributors, without whom this publication would lack its local depth, local energy and gusto. This publication is a group effort and another person to thank is the Review’s creative, passionate and dedicated graphics editor, Andrea Yancey. Andrea took over the layout & design role in mid-2010 and has done an incredible job. Of course none of this venture would be possible without the financial support from our advertising clients. If


you enjoy your FREE copy of the Review, please return the favor by supporting the advertisers who make it possible. When you do so, you sustain our community and support local business people – they are your neighbors, who in turn support many of the positive things happening in Jacksonville… like the Review! The Review also congratulates our newly elected City Councilors – Christina Duane, (2-year seat) Paul Hayes, Jim Lewis and Dan Winterburn (4-year seats). All of our votes mattered – the election was the closest in recent memory with a mere three votes determining who won the third, 4-year council seat. In early January, our new Councilors will be swornin and serve alongside Mayor Garrett and incumbent Councilor’s Paul Becker and Donna Schatz. The Review was pleased that the election was conducted above board with no negative campaigning – thanks to all the candidates for taking the high road and representing Jacksonville so well. The City Council will be tackling several tough issues and making some hard decisions, including staffing and funding our fire department, moving the Police Department to the Hinger House, finalizing a long-term plan for the Watershed, and others. In 2011, The Review looks forward to covering these stories in print and online – in our Small Town with Big Atmosphere!


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Dear Editor: A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report tabulates the median number of paid firefighters for populations of 25,000 to 49,999 at 1.27 persons. This is the result of a nationwide survey and gives an idea of the most common staffing levels however it does not reflect a recommendation by the NFPA. (Source: NFPA Survey of Fire Departments for U.S. Fire Experience, 2007.) Jacksonville now has 6 full-time equivalent firefighters [7 paid] and the department has projected an 11-person department by FY 2013-2014. This would take the present $541,000 fire budget to $1,400,000 by FY 2012-2013 (Jacksonville City Council Packet January 5, 2010). Crescent City California has a population of 7,250. The fire department is staffed by 29 volunteers of whom 7 are EMTs, one is a paramedic, and one a registered nurse. It has one paid chief (personal interview Chief Wakefield). Brookings Oregon has 5,500 residents, 23 volunteer firefighters (1 woman), and a paid chief and assistant chief (Brookings Fire web site). Molalla Oregon Fire protects 7,300 residents with 5 paid staff, 25 volunteers with 20 EMTs among them. They protect 101 square miles (personal interview with Asst. Chief Mike Naylor and Molalla Fire web site). Both Bandon and Amity Oregon Fire protect 3,000+ citizens. Bandon is all-volunteer and Amity has two paid personal and 47 volunteers. Amity has an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 5, and Jacksonville has a 4. Forty percent of the ISO grade is based on a town’s water supply and Jacksonville’s is very good (ISO Rating Schedule, web sites of Amity and Bandon Fire). For the reasons cited above, many of our citizens are puzzled by the May election being overturned and a higher water bill Fire Surcharge levied in June. Our village is an outlier among Oregon towns and a very expensive one. It is time to re-order the situation without depleting fire or rescue coverage. It can be done with community involvement and support. Sincerely, Hubert Smith, Jacksonville My Fellow Residents and Neighbors: A casual reading of Mr. Smith’s letter might lead one to conclude that Jacksonville’s Fire Department is over-staffed and that returning to a volunteer department is a reasonable and viable option. His letter improperly cites data when it suits his interests, much of which does not apply to Jacksonville, Oregon. For example, Mr. Smith cites a “projected 11-person department by FY 2013-2014,” taking the current $541,000 budget to $1.4M by FY 2012-2013. These cited lines were plucked out of context from a memo contained in the 1/5/10 Jacksonville City Council packet. Had Mr. Smith attended the 1/5/10 Council meeting, or a single Public Safety Committee meeting for that matter, he’d understand that the memo was used to demonstrate a “what-if” projection only. The Council never entertained employing an 11 man department – the numbers were used for staffing and budgetary comparison purposes only. The very nature of comparison studies necessitated Council analysis of an 11 man department at the same time it examined staffing and material requirements for a 6- and 8- man department. While Jacksonville’s Public Safety Committee and City Council looked at several options for proper staffing, no plans for expanding the fire department beyond the current 6 were approved by the Council. It is worth noting that the failed May, 2010 ballot measure 15-98 called for employing an 8 man department, funded by a combined levy-surcharge with a budget totaling $784,000. After 15-98 failed, rather than draining Jacksonville’s $200,000 fire department reserve fund, the City Council made a tough compromise to staff-up from a 4.5 man department to a 6 man department, funding the increase by upping the surcharge from $20 to $31. The Council made it clear prior to the 15-98 vote, that, in order to provide 24/7 protection services, the measure needed to pass or the surcharge be increased. The $31 per month service charge provides professional, full-time firefighting and basic level EMT services to 2700-3000 citizens within the city’s 2.2 square mile border and to residents within a 260 square mile mutual aid area, equivalent to 1 paid firefighter per 450 to 500 residents. During summer months, when Jacksonville’s population swells with hundreds of visitors, demands on the fire department are even greater. Mr. Smith’s letter refers to practices of several volunteer fire departments outside of Jackson County, arguing that what works elsewhere, will work in Jacksonville. The Review contacted all but the Amity department and offers the following analysis: 1) NFPA figures are not applicable to Jacksonville’s smaller population. What does “1.27 persons” mean? According to the NFPA Survey, it turns out it is a median rate/thousand “population protected.” The same table in the Survey also points out that, while the median is 1.27, the rate/thousand “population protected” ranges from 0-3.32. Applying this range to Jacksonville’s population of 3000 results somewhere between 0 and 10 paid firefighters. The Survey also points out that it takes a minimum number of firefighters to staff a department regardless of community size, and rates for a particular size community may vary widely because departments face great variation in their specific circumstances and policies, including length of work week, unusual structural conditions, types of services provided, geographical dispersion, and other factors. Therefore, Jacksonville’s 6 full-time equivalent (FTE) paid firefighters is “in the range” and consistent with these findings. 2) Crescent City provides 1 volunteer per 250 population, many of whom work or are retired employees of the Pelican Bay Prison and other public safety entities with public safety backgrounds. CC also receives mutual aid from 3 nearby fire stations. 3) Brookings uses 2 paid staff and 23 volunteers – 1 firefighter per 240 residents, and receives mutual aid from 3 nearby fire stations. Brookings FD does not handle medical calls. They contract out for paramedic medical responders. Employment markets are forcing volunteers to move away, making it tougher to maintain a volunteer force. 4) Molalla has 3 fire stations, 1 in-city and 2 rural. The in-city station serves 7300 residents with 7 full-time (6 paid) firefighters, all of whom are Paramedics with a $940,000 budget, funded by a property tax levy, way more than Jacksonville’s surcharge will generate for a department with similar full-time staff. The Chief says up to 9 more full-time crew members are required to meet service demands because volunteers are becoming less reliable. 70 volunteers, most of whom have full-time jobs, provide backup firefighting and EMT services. Department stats show that less than 10% of volunteers are willing or able to answer emergency calls at night and less than 5% can respond during daytime hours. Today’s economic, family and workplace pressures make volunteers less reliable. 5) Bandon has 4 fire stations, 23 volunteers and 2 full-time Maintenance Tech/Chiefs with approximately 5.75 firemen or 1 firefighter per 304 residents and does not handle medical calls. Citizens pay fees to support a private ambulance firm. The volunteer operations budget is upwards of $300,000. The average age of a Bandon volunteer is 35, the vast majority of whom live and/or work within 5 minutes of one of 4 fire stations. Jacksonville lacks the larger population bases from which to draw volunteers. The majority of Jacksonville’s able-bodied population work too far away to make a volunteer program practical here. 65% of Jacksonville’s population is over the age of 65. Of potential volunteers under age 65, only a small fraction possess the desire, aptitude or physical ability to perform fire and medical response services. Jacksonville is the only city in Jackson County which is not part of a Fire Protection District with a dedicated property tax allocation. Jacksonville is a fairly well-to-do town with an older population; yet, in the Rogue Valley area, it has a low property-tax equivalent (combination of City property tax and Surcharge). Of 11 Rogue Valley communities, Jacksonville’s property-tax equivalent for the average assessed value home is the 4th lowest, even with the $31/ month surcharge. The larger cities of Ashland and Medford operate their own fire departments with a significantly higher city property tax rate than Jacksonville. Conclusion: The arguments sited in Mr. Smith’s letter as comparative reasons to recall the Jacksonville City Councilors and Mayor have little or no logical application to Jacksonville’s budget or available volunteer pool. The Jacksonville Review notes that Mr. Smith is currently circulating a petition to recall Councilor Donna Schatz, Councilor Paul Becker and Mayor Bruce Garrett because Mr. Smith does not agree with their action to raise the Surcharge from $20 to $31/month to support the increased staffing from 4.5 fire fighters to 6. The Jacksonville Review strongly opposes this recall attempt and encourages Mr. Smith to abandon the recall effort. Like all citizens, Mr. Smith is encouraged and invited to attend the Public Safety Committee meetings to offer his analysis, expertise and recommendations for the Committee’s and the City Council’s consideration. That is how a democracy works – residents and elected officials working together to find solutions to community needs and services. Respectfully, Whitman Parker Publisher and Jacksonville Resident

Dear Editor: I am deeply concerned about the movement that is under way to reshape our Fire Department from the current structure of six professional fire service members augmented with interns and volunteers, to a volunteer fire department. While I respect and support the work and dedication of volunteers and what they accomplish, I strongly believe that an all-Volunteer Fire Department will place our citizens and neighbors at risk. We currently have a professional Fire Department capable of quickly responding to auto accidents, medical calls, house and other structure fires, hazardous materials accidents, and forest fires. Nine years ago, the City was on the path of establishing a Jacksonville Rural Fire District via Measure 15-41. Under this Measure, the City would have a paid Fire Chief and one paid professional fire service member, with the remainder of the Department staffed by volunteers. The Citizens realized that this action would not provide the timely level of fire, safety, auto accident, medical assistance, and hazardous material response capability desired. Statistics show in 2002, of the 284 calls, there were 110 response calls greater than 7 minutes, (Today, the standard for Jacksonville is 4-5 minutes). Clearly, this raised the concern of Jacksonville residents and therefore, Measure 15-41 was defeated. Following defeat of Measure 1541, a citizen group formed with the realization that a change had to be

made and that a viable Fire Department had to be established. The citizen group requested, and the City Council approved, establishment of a citizen’s ADHOC Committee. Over a period of 6 months, the Committee conducted numerous surveys, met with other fire service professional and volunteer organizations and developed plans for supporting a capable Fire Department with both professional and volunteer staff. Budgets and options for staffing were developed and funding levels were established. After deliberation, the ADHOC Committee recommended a staff of 5 professional fire fighters (including the Chief), 3 student Fire Fighters, 2 Summer Fire Fighters and 15-20 Volunteers. The City Council approved the plan and adopted the Public Safety Action in 2003. Funding for the Fire Department was primarily paid by a surcharge of $15/ month/household, with provisions for a reduced surcharge for lower-income households. As the levels of staff cost and equipment requirements increased, the surcharge increased to the current level of $31/month, or a little over $1.00 per day. Let’s not “reinvent the wheel.” As we learned from the experience in 2002, a professional paid Fire Department can save lives and property. We currently have a viable and capable Fire Department that can meet all of the fire and medical service needs of Jacksonville residents. Sincerely, Former City Councilor, Dick Ames

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A Few Minutes with the Mayor
by Bruce Garrett
he Jacksonville Charter of February 1, 1886, contains a wealth of information about what was important to the city fathers, and the community, at that time. Ordinances, by definition, are an authoritative decree or direction; a law set forth by a governmental authority; specifically: a municipal regulation. My copy of this Charter begins with Ordinance No. 18, passed November 23, 1862, “To Prevent Public Indecency” that covers not only the obvious but includes false fire alarms, both of which are punishable by a “fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars and costs, or by imprisonment not exceeding ten days, at the discretion of the Recorder.” The City Recorder, in addition to collecting fines, had the power to levy fines. There are a number of Ordinances that deal with fires, fire equipment, and also the creation of a Fire Department within the Town of Jacksonville. Originally the Town Marshall was responsible for the Fire Department. Ordinance No. 36, passed July 18, 1867, “Hook and Ladder Materials, Section 1. That it shall be the duty of the Town Marshall to superintend and take care of the trucks, buckets, axes, hooks, ladders belonging to the Town of Jacksonville . . .” Ordinance No. 60, passed April 21, 1874, appointed Fire Wardens. The Fire

Jacksonville Fire Department’s Year in Review
by Fire Chief, Chris Arnold
The Jacksonville Fire Department had a very busy year serving the community. As you will recall, 2010 began with an unusual cold snap with lots of broken water pipes. After temperatures dipped-down into the low teens, firefighters responded to many calls for help with broken water pipes: the Jacksonville Elementary School Gym had flooded, a residential garage flooded forcing the evacuation of a vintage automobile, and a family den flooded. Thankfully, due to fast and efficient responses, our firefighters were able to minimize the damage. The fire department was on-scene for numerous motor vehicle accidents in Jacksonville and the surrounding mutual aid area, supplying life-saving medical response services. Medical Emergencies ranked as the largest cause of responses in the community, as residents and visitors required attention due to household and workplace accidents, falls, chest pains and other afflictions. As the years pass and our population increases, our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) respond to more and more medical calls – 2010 was no exception. This summer, many of our surrounding mutual aid cities were not as fortunate as Jacksonville and dealt with devastating brush and grass fires, prompting our department to assist. Jacksonville Fire Department assisted Fire District #3 at the three-alarm Davis Fire, an Oregon Department of Forestry grass fire, and the devastating Ashland firestorm that consumed ten houses in a very unusual Southern California-like fire. Jacksonville also assisted Fire District #5 on two different house fires, both of which were inaccessible. One of the efforts required ferrying water and manpower up half-mile driveways. When firefighters were not answering the call of the community, they assisted in two runs sponsored by Dr. Naverson, and two Forest Park bicycle races - on call just in case of a tumble, fall, twisted ankle or heat exhaustion. We were on the street, assisting during the Victorian Christmas Parade, Chinese New Year Parade, and the 150th Jubilee, which turned into a longer that expected day for first aid responses. Fire Prevention Month was observed with a Community Open House at the fire station, including fire prevention displays, the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Trailer, our fire apparatus, and the Jacksonville CERT Team. Keeping with tradition, the Jacksonville Engine Company #1, Volunteer firefighters and student interns put in countless hours helping with civic activities and fundraisers to help support our fire department. Fundraisers by Engine Company #1, which included holiday greens sales and hanging year-round banners across California Street, have helped the department and city purchase hats, boots, flashlights, radios and computers to equip our Volunteer Firefighters. The command vehicle was painted and equipped with funds raised by Engine Company #1, too. Other events we participated in included the Muscular Dystrophy Drive, helping to "Fill the Boot" and the Human Bean Coffee Company effort to educate the public about "Breast Cancer Awareness." Additionally, the Jacksonville Fire Department stayed busy maintaining our apparatus and fire station and maintaining our current certifications and training in firefighting tactics, strategy and EMS. It has been a privilege serving as Fire Chief over these past six months alongside our highly dedicated Firefighters, Student Interns and Volunteers. I look forward to 2011 and facing new challenges and the honor of serving you, our customers. Jacksonville Fire Department and Engine Company #1 wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Fire Safe New Year.


Wardens’ jobs were “to examine, as often as every six months, all houses, tenements, and other structures for dangerous fire-places, stoves, chimneys, flues, ovens, boilers, or anything else which might cause a fire.” On January 16, 1884, Ordinance No. 80 transferred the fire department equipment to the Jacksonville Fire Engine Company No. 1. This ordinance also gave certain officers of the fire company the power of Special Policemen. Ordinance No. 89, passed January 5, 1886, defined the fire limits of the Town of Jacksonville and also required that no buildings, built within a defined area, could be made of wood. History shows that the fire department has been an integral part of Jacksonville since the city’s incorporation in 1860. History shows that the city has made changes in the fire department to accommodate the needs of the community. History shows that Jacksonville is constantly changing, evolving, and adapting to the times as needs dictate. For those of you who remember your Jacksonville history you know that, originally, the town’s buildings were built of wood. A succession of fires decimated the town. Ordinance No. 89, passed by the City Council in 1886, was responsible for creating a Jacksonville made of brick. The beautiful Jacksonville we love today.

From the Firehouse to Your House
by Ops Chief, Devin Hull
he Jacksonville Fire Department wishes to remind residents to be fire safe with their holiday decorations, especially Christmas trees. Improper care and decoration of a live or artificial tree can lead to a catastrophic fire. The Christmas holiday is a time for joyful gatherings of friends and neighbors and we want you and your loved ones to be safe this holiday season. For this reason we have assembled these holiday safety tips: Christmas Tree Safety Tips Caring for your freshly-cut tree: • Select only the freshest-looking tree. Very few needles should fall when you shake or bounce the tree on its stump or gently grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. • Water the tree daily, keeping the stand full at all times. Make a fresh cut from the bottom of the trunk approximately ½” from the bottom just before putting it in the stand. The stand should hold at lease one quart of water for every inch diameter of the trunk. Protect your tree from fire hazards: • Place the tree well away from heat sources including space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, televisions and computers. These items will speed up moisture loss of the tree. • Always use safe tree lights designed for indoor use. Larger tree lights should also have some type of reflector rather than a bare bulb and all lights should be UL listed. • Make sure any artificial trees are labeled as fire-retardant. Never use electric lights on a metal tree. • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use tree lights. Any string of lights with worn, frayed, or broken cords or with loose bulb connections should not be used – throw them away. • Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep. • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.


• Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house. Holiday Lights Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. • Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets • Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch. • Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended Be prepared • Residential fire sprinklers offer the best protection to ensure escape from fires. • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. • Prepare and practice a home escape plan. Be sure to have two exits from every room and decide on a designated meeting place outside. • Get Out and Stay Out. Go directly to your planned meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department from a neighbor’s home or a cell phone once safely outside. • Crawl low in smoke. If you are trapped in smoke, get down on your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest safe way out. • Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothes catch on fire. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Jacksonville’s professional fire and medical emergency response team!

Jacksonville firefighers training to protect our historic treasures!

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


October 26, 2010 to November 21, 2010
Alarm - False - 6 All Other/Trespass - 1 Animal Problem - 6 Assault - Simple Assault - 1 Assist - Other Government Agency - 12 Assist - Other Law Enforcement Agencies - 7 Assist - Public - 16 Civil Complainant - 4 Counterfeiting/Forgery - 1 County / City Ordinance - 5 Domestic Disturbance - 2 DUII - 3 Intimidation, Threats/Harassment - 1 Larceny - All Other Larceny - 1

Call Type - Total Calls

Missing Person - 1 MVA Injury - Other - 0 MVA Non-Injury - 0 Property Found/Lost - 0 Runaway - 1 Sick/Cared For - 2 Subpeona Service - 1 Sudden Death/Male Adult - 1 Suicide-Attempted/Threat - 1 Suspicious - 9 Traffic/Roads - 2 Misdemeanor - 1 Traffic / Roads - 4 Unsceucre Premises - 2 Vandalism - 1

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JHS Thank You!
A belated “thank you” to all of the community members who attended the Jacksonville Heritage Society’s “Farewell Party for Peter Britt” at the historic Jackson County Courthouse! And a special thank you to our sponsors who made the event possible—the Jacksonville Inn, Frau Kemmling’s Schoolhaus Brewhaus, Valley View Winery, Ray’s Market, Priscilla Weaver, and Artistic Piano. All proceeds from the event are being put to good use in our current “keep the lights on” campaign to cover the on-going costs of the historic Jacksonville buildings that we have inherited from the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Our “Farewell Party” raised enough money to cover basic expenses—utilities, building/ lawn maintenance, security systems, insurance, fees and permits, etc.—for at least two months. Other individuals have offered their skills, services, and labor to perform much needed building maintenance. This buys additional time to explore ways we can ensure that these historic buildings remain vital community assets. The Courthouse complex, Beekman House, Beekman Bank, and Catholic Rectory are key pieces of Jacksonville history and essential parts of the community. And it will take a communitywide effort to preserve, restore, and maintain them. With the support of community-minded individuals like you, we can make this happen. Thank you again for your support and encouragement! Sincerely, Carolyn Kingsnorth, President Jacksonville Heritage Society

Outstanding City Employee Recognized
In November, Richard Shields (Rick) was recognized as an outstanding city employee. Public Works Director, Jeff Alvis, who recognized Shields at the November 16 City Council meeting, explained that Rick was hired in July, 1999 and that he now serves as the City Parks Coordinator and Cemetery Sexton. Additionally, Rick is a level-2 certified water technician and the city’s main contact person with the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. His many duties include supervision of all projects in city parks and the cemetery. As Cemetery Sexton, Rick is responsible for all burials, grave site sales and cemetery maintenance. Alvis complimented Rick for his sincere and easy- going nature, especially during stressful times when dealing with bereaved relatives during funerals. Rick was also thanked for his instrumental role in making the new play structure at the

Dear Friends and Neighbors:
I am sorry to report that some recent incidents in our cemetery have caused me to be concerned for its safety and well being. The most recent incident was that the donation box on our brochure holder, located just outside the Interpretive Center, has been broken into. The lock was removed and disposed of and whatever donations that may have been made, were removed. This incident occurred sometime between Saturday afternoon, November 13, and Friday afternoon, November 19. A week prior to this we had some stationery items removed from the Interpretive Center and last Sunday, November 14, we noticed that one of the benches had been carved into. There is also some question with regard to a very old headstone that was found broken into several pieces. These incidents are all very disturbing and are of concern to all of us who love and care for this Jacksonville treasure. I would ask that you help us to resolve these incidents before more significant damage is done. Please be alert to any suspicious activity or persons and immediately report it to the Jacksonville Police Department and/ or the Cemetery Sexton, Richard Shields. Thank you for your assistance and for any help you may be in this matter. Dirk J. Siedlecki, President Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery

Cottage Street Park a reality. Alvis noted that Rick is great with kids and has been a good role model when working with local kids at the City skateboard park. Rick also volunteers to assist local Boy Scout troops with community service projects. Rick has lived in the Rogue Valley for most of his life. Today, he and his wife, Amber make their home in Jacksonville where they are raising three children sons Mathias & Nathaniel and daughter, Deanndria. Congratulations Rick!

Our New City Councillors!

Christina Duane 2Year Seat Unopposed

Paul Hayes
4 Year Seat 799 Votes

Thanks, Sue…We Got the Message!
The Jacksonville Oregon Business Association (JOBA) would like to thank Cherie Reneau of Elan Gallery for hosting an informative and constructive customer service seminar on November 15. Cherie was instrumental in arranging for business consultant, Sue Price to address more than 50 people which included local business owners and their employees about the importance of providing exceptional customer service in our community. For months prior to the event, Price, who works closely with the Southern Oregon Visitors Association, (SOVA) had conducted dozens of “secret shopper" missions in order to compile information about how well she was greeted and treated while shopping and dining in Jacksonville. Price, who lives on the outskirts of Jacksonville, had mostly good things to say about our business practices but did provide concrete ideas on how our business community can raise the bar and provide better service.

Jim Lewis
4 Year Seat 703 Votes

Dan Winterburn
4 Year Seat 712 Votes

New Budget Committee Members
At the November 16 City Council meeting, Mayor Garrett read Resolution #1056, thereby appointing four citizens to the Budget Committee. Congratulations to: We are most grateful for her professional 90 minute presentation and for covering the importance of Customer Loyalty, Customer Expectations, the Importance of First Impressions, Developing Customer First Attitudes, and many more topics. On behalf of JOBA, THANKS to Cherie and Sue and everyone who cared enough to attend this wonderful event. • • • • Rick Murdoch John Roberts Jim Sharp John McCulley

CITY OFFICE Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm (541) 899-1231 MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK Monday - Friday: 1pm - 4pm PLANNING DEPARTMENT Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm Wednesday: 9am to 12pm Thursday - Closed

Dear Jacksonville Residents:
I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the residents of Jacksonville for electing me to the position of Jacksonville City Councilman. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent you as we work together to meet the challenges that our facing our city. I would also like to reiterate my commitment to enacting City Council measures that will enable our city to prosper during these times of fiscal uncertainty. To that end, I invite you to come to me with your opinions and concerns on matters affecting Jacksonville. I am looking forward to serving you and am confident that together we can make Jacksonville an even better community than it already is. Again, thank you for your votes and continued support. Sincerely, Paul Hayes

City Offices 541-899-1231 JACKSONVILLE CITY SCHEDULE
CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, December 7, 7:00pm (OCH=Old City Hall) CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, December 21, 7:00pm (OCH) PLANNING COMMISSION: Wednesday, December 8, 6:00pm (OCH) PLANNING COMMISSION: Wednesday, January 12, 6:00pm (OCH) BUDGET COMMITTEE: Thursday, December 16, 4:00pm CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, January 4, 7:00pm (OCH) CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, January 18, 7:00pm (OCH) HARC: Wednesday, December 15, 2-5pm (OCH) The HARC meetings for November 24th and December 22nd have been re-scheduled to Wednesday, December 15, 2010 due to the Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday. HARC: Wednesday, January 26, 2-5pm (OCH) Cemetery Commission will meet on Monday, Dec. 6th at 4:00 pm (CC)

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Jeresa Hren Returns to Jacksonville to Open Southern Oregon U.S. Bank Private Banking Office
U.S. Bank has opened a new office for high net worth individuals, business owners, medical and dental clinics in Southern Oregon, and has appointed Jeresa Hren, a long-time U.S. Bank officer and Jacksonville resident, to lead the team. Hren will be responsible for business development, relationship management, and the expansion of private banking services throughout Southern Oregon and some Northern California communities. Jeresa recently returned to the Rogue Valley from U.S. Bank in Spokane, Washington, where she had been working as a vice president in private banking for the past two years. “We are delighted to have Jeresa back on the team,” said Gloria Schell, region president for U.S. Bank in Southern Oregon. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the unique needs of our community, which makes her perfectly suited to provide this vital service to our clients.” Hren and her private banking team develop highly customized plans for their clients in the areas of practice finance, cash management, commercial real estate financing and all personal banking services. They will also offer retirement planning, investments, personal trust administration, and estate planning solutions, conveniently delivered by a private banker who is completely dedicated to the unique needs of each client. Throughout her 25-year banking career, Hren has held several senior positions in private banking, commercial banking, marketing as well as branch banking. A native of Taiwan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in educational communications from State University of New York in Albany, N.Y. She also earned an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Hren is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Jeresa lives in Jacksonville with her family and is an active community member. Prior to her assignment in Spokane, she served on the boards of Britt Festivals, the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association (SOCCA), and the Asante Foundation. Since she returned to Medford, she’s joined the board of the newly-formed Sustainable Valley Technology Group, which will work with a network of community leaders and investors to incubate hightech and sustainable product companies in Southern Oregon. She also is a member of the Medford Rogue Rotary and continues her leadership role for SOCCA. Jersa may be reached at the U.S. Bank Private Banking office at 131 E. Main Street in Medford. The phone number is 541-776-2537.

Jacksonville’s Howard Johnson Named Purpose Prize Fellow
Purpose Prizes Honor Americans Over Age 60 for Making an Extraordinary Impact in their Encore Careers. In November, Civic Ventures announced that Howard Johnson of Jacksonville, is a 2010 Purpose Prize Fellow. Johnson was recognized as a social entrepreneur over 60 who, in his encore career, is using his experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on society’s biggest challenges. Now in its fifth year, the six-year, $17 million Purpose Prize program is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life. Johnson was named a Fellow for his work in problematic fisheries in a number of countries helping to develop and implement strategies for sustainability. As Director of Global Programs for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) [], a non-profit organization, Johnson has used his international knowledge and contacts from 20 years as a seafood industry consultant to help move international corporations to supporting fisheries improvement. Since joining SFP five years ago, Johnson has worked on finding sustainable solutions to fishery problems in Asia, Central and South America, Russia and the U.S. and Canada. “Purpose Prize Fellows show what’s possible in our communities – and the world – when experienced adults apply their passion and skill to improve the lives of others,” said Alexandra Céspedes Kent, Director of The Purpose Prize. “Imagine the potential for society if tens of thousands of adults focused their know-how on the social causes they are most passionate about – it’s a tremendous opportunity.” The 46 Purpose Prize Fellows of 2010 were honored at the Purpose Prize Summit November 12-14 in Philadelphia along with approximately 400 attendees of the invitation-only event. “It is a great honor to be acknowledged as a Purpose Prize Fellow for doing such rewarding work at this stage of my life,” said Johnson. “After 30 years in the seafood industry developing strategies for harvesting and marketing seafood, I now feel I am giving back by ensuring that these resources are sustainable and able to provide seafood for generations to come.” The Purpose Prize, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation, is a program of Civic Ventures’ Encore Careers campaign (www.encore. org), which aims to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers combining social impact, personal meaning and continued income in the second half of life. For more information, visit: www.encore. org/prize.

Resident Artist, Danna Tartaglia, Releases First Book
Jacksonville artist, Danna Tartaglia has introduced her first book of art. The coffee table book offers a sampling of her paintings, from horses playing, buffalo roaming, and fish swimming, to more abstract paintings of funny, brightly colored birds that will give you a laugh. The new book may be found just in time holiday gift giving at the Carefree Buffalo Gallery on California Street, where Danna serves as resident artist and manager. At the gallery, you’ll often spot her in the sidewalk window, working on a new painting! She is also represented locally in Ashland by Illahe Gallery.

Local Author, David Rothstein, Publishes Novel of the Civil War
Two years ago, author David Rothstein retired as a vice president at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, Colorado. Prior to that, he’d received his PhD from the University of Oregon and had made his home in Jacksonville and the Bay Area. David says, “It’s great to be back living in Jacksonville…this is a wonderful place to live and write… and besides, where else can you have your own symphony orchestra for three weeks every summer?” David began working on “Casualties” in 2002 after a friend in the Little Applegate told him about the woman on whom the novel is based. David is also working on a sequel as well as fine art photography which has received international attention. "Casualties" can be found at Terra Firma in Jacksonville or online at

Find her book and many original oil paintings at Carefree Buffalo and online at

New BouTEAque Opening!
“Quaint, whimsical, charming and so French” are some of the words that describe a new French BouTEAque. Located in the historic cottage formerly occupied by WillowCreek (now repositioned on California Street), Melody Blore is taking us all on a trip to France. Stepping inside the fabulous front door, you get a glimpse of her take on Paris. And come Spring, the brickedbackyard will embrace her own Provence. Rather than serving the traditional high-priced High Tea, she’s created “Teas & Treats” with everyday pricing. At the counter, tea lovers will find it hard to decide what to enjoy alongside one’s chosen teacup as they find a seat, sip, nibble and enjoy the ambiance without the jetlag. Her attention to detail and decorating is dreamy…Melody calls herself an “Artist de la Vie”...Artist of Living. She believes every aspect of life can be more creative, more romantic, MORE FUN! In the new shop, she’ll be sharing all her passions with & vintage decor for the home and garden, cook books and kitchen “stuff,” fresh and silk flower arrangements (which can be delivered along with a special gift bag,) handmade cards, journals and fashion items. In the backroom, “Madame,” is a small but wonderful boutique of formerly-owned women’s clothing. An incredible teacher, she’s unafraid to share her unique secrets of style and technique. Be sure to watch her Facebook page for upcoming Demos and Classes! She’ll stock a nice selection of non-alcoholic sparkling beverages, so it’s a lovely celebration setting for everyone. With two dramatic dining rooms, the building makes a nice venue if you’d like a special setting for a bridal or baby shower, girls night or other special event. You are invited to stop in and enjoy a hot cup of tea while you “find fancy” and “find France.”

A Cowboy Christmas Party and Auction
Have a great time! Bid from a Selection of Wonderful and Irresistible Items.

Dec. 10, 2010 • 7 to 10pm The Carriage House at Nunan Estates Jacksonville
A fundraiser for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce For more information call 899-8118

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by Linda DeWald
Eat Out and Party Local
t’s the time of year to party with friends, family, and co-workers. We are so fortunate to have wonderful eateries in Jacksonville! So leave the house cleaning, food purchasing, and homecooking to one of our great chefs! You can still invite your group to your home to view your holiday decor, but just assemble for a quick look, and then head out to support our local businesses. Small Groups, Small Prices Let’s say you just want to hang out with a few friends, with small meals and separate checks. At this time of year, when restaurants can be busy, it’s good to plan ahead. All Jacksonville eateries accommodate small groups with flair. Be sure to consider the new LodeStar for “small bite” meals. Chef Tony Efstratiadis is a genius, and dishes typically range from $3 to $9, with happy hour specials. The atmosphere is homey, and your group can play darts in the back. What could be more carefree and fun? If bars or restaurants are not your cup of tea, try the new Parisian-style tea salon at 135 South 3rd St.; contact Melody Blore (541) 840-2041. It’s always fun to bring your group to a place they’ve never been. At the Orth building, contact Erin Buda (541) 702-0307 for the scoop on the new Corks wine tasting room and relocated Apple Cellar Bakery. Prior to selecting a place, take a scouting trip on your own to sample food and identify where your group might sit. Choose round or square tables for ease of conversation. Large Group? No Problem! Are you wary of assuming the role of organizer for a larger group? Have no fear. Our restaurateurs will help you. Set a fixed menu, with selections from the regular menu, and accommodate any dietary restrictions. Ask for an allinclusive price. Collect checks in advance, payable to the restaurant. All this makes for less stress. The Bella Union is a great choice for a casual atmosphere. Jerry Hayes at (541) 899-1770 will identify which space fits the needs of your group. Did you know they have an upstairs room for large groups? And they’ll be decorated for the holidays, like many of our restaurants. The Jacksonville Inn is a satisfying choice with elegant atmosphere. Did you know you don’t have to eat there to enjoy their food? Contact Platon Mantheakis (541) 899-1900. His motto is “find a place

The Unfettered Critic
by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann
Minimum Daily Requirements: Readin’, Writin’ and Rhetoric
expressed oneself. “So, how,” the more ambitious among you might ask, “do you write a 300 page book?” Our answer is simple: One word at a time. That’s not a joke—it’s how every writer writes. From Shakespeare to Mark Twain to Stephen King, the song remains the same. Some days you may write only two words, some days two hundred, but there’s no other way to get it done. And while you’re compiling those words, you don’t have time to worry about whether or not it’ll get published or how the heck you’re gonna get paid for it; you’re too busy doing what you’re supposed to be doing—expressing yourself by writing. That is the ultimate reward. We don’t mean to be preaching here. We’re just purging the residue left behind from those recent conversations by expressing ourselves. We encourage you to express yourself too. Pick up a pencil, or turn on your Word program. Or just apply your Sharpie to a napkin and jot down your thoughts. They may not get published, and you probably won’t get paid for them. It’s possible that no one other than you will read what you’ve written, so think of it a diary, or a journal. Then, after that page is blank no more, consider what you’ve accomplished. Congratulations—you’re a writer. Now doesn’t that feel good? Oh, and about that second conversation, the one about reading. We’re not concerned anymore, thanks to you. Why? Because you’re reading right now—and that is something. Paula and Terry each have long impressivesounding resumes implying that they are battle-scarred veterans of life within the Hollywood studios. They’re now happily relaxed into Jacksonville.


and we’ll make it happen.” He can set you up at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom, or cater the 1,400 sq. ft. brick-walled Redman Hall above LodeStar. The Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus, or as many people call it: “the German restaurant,” has a cozy, private room that seats fifteen. Their ballroom seats up to 300! Call (541) 899-1000 to explore possibilities. This is a fun, happening place! “KISO”: Keep It Simple, Organizer! Pick a venue and stick to it. How could anyone not like every one of our local eateries? If you’re going to a party, and not a fan of the restaurant your organizer chooses, eat a snack before you go and just focus on having a good time! Or let the organizer know your dietary restrictions so they can arrange special orders in advance. As the organizer, pick a date and stick to it. Polling a big group for the best date has pitfalls. Someone will tell you they just can’t make it on a particular date, but that date works for everyone else. Yikes; what to do then? Just set a date you feel works best. Choose a weeknight for less crowds and noise, and better availability. That might secure you an optimal space with no room fee or minimums. You may not have that luxury on Friday or Saturday nights. Delay get-togethers until January, to extend the sociability season. Instead of New Year’s Eve, set your party for Saturday night January 8th and celebrate the King’s birthday (Elvis, of course)! Still prefer to stay home to entertain? You can hire your very own private chef: Bill Prahl. Call (541) 899-3969 or find him at Mama Mia Gelateria. He will work with your budget to make it happen. Show Me the Money. Keep the payment process easy and speedy. No one wants to be a billcollector, or a nag! Request your group pay you quickly. Why drag it out with a future deadline? The restaurateur wants the attendance numbers to plan for proper staffing, food purchasing, and to verify your event will happen, and you don’t want looming uncertainty. Whatever you do, remember it’s all about having fun, so “go with the flow” when little glitches crop up. Be thankful we live in this very special place! I would love to hear your suggestions and creative ideas. Please email your story to me at

ecently we fell into two conversations that we can’t get out of our thoughts. In the first, an acquaintance profusely complimented our column in The Jacksonville Review, then said, “I want to write.” We were thrilled. We love to encourage aspiring writers, and suddenly we were enthusing about the spark of anticipation (and slight shudder of fear) we feel whenever we sit down in front of a virgin sheet of paper or a blank computer screen. That’s when she added, “I want to get published and make a lot of money.” Oops. Writing, we explained, is an activity of and for itself, while those other things are different subjects altogether, unrelated to the creative act of writing. We made a valiant effort to explain this, but she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, understand what we were talking about. In the second conversation, which took place a few days later, a different acquaintance said, “I never read. Every time I sit down to read, I keep thinking I should be doing something, so I stop.” We were dumbfounded. Reading, we gently asserted, is doing something. Among other things, the written word has the power to teach, to help us while we’re doing that other “something.” Again, our premise fell short; he didn’t understand what we were talking about. And so we feel a growing concern for the written word. And because it’s what we do, we need to write about it. Note we didn’t say “want to write about it;” we said “need.” Because writers tend to be compulsive about the activity. Writers write. Period. Pick up a pen and scratch a note on a napkin. That’s it. Done. Writing accomplished. Or write a letter, to a grandmother, an editor, a congressman. The reward is in having done it, in having


Pass the Book
by Anne Billeter
In Spring 2010 the Storytelling Guild distributed 4,974 new and gently used children’s books to 19 agencies in Jackson County. Every child in Head Start in two counties received a book to own. Every child who visits the Children’s Advocacy Center, La Clinica del Valle’s three health clinics, and the three Community Health Centers is invited to take a book. Books are distributed to children at the Dunn House, Kids Unlimited, the Magdalene Home, On Track, the Boys and Girls Clubs in Phoenix, Talent, and White City, and the North Medford High School Child Development Center. Children in foster care receive books through DHS. Books are delivered to the Family Nurturing Center, the Juvenile Detention Shelter, the Juvenile Detention Hall, Access, Inc and Healthy Start. The Butte Falls Community School Partnership received books for their preschool program and for their weekly “Nature Friday” program. Where did these books come from? They were donated by generous Jackson County citizens…to the annual “Pass the Book” drive held in January, with collection bins at all 15 Jackson County Libraries and 8 branches of Umpqua Bank in Jackson County (631 books), at the free performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” on January 17 by the Tears of Joy Theatre at the Craterian (787 books), from other donors (234 books) and from purchases at yard sales. For the month of January 2011 collection bins will once again be in all 15 Jackson County Libraries and all 9 branches of Umpqua Bank in Jackson County. Books are needed for all age groups, from babies (board books are very welcome) to teens and all ages in between. Teen books are especially needed. Share your love of books and reading: donate children’s books to the Storytelling Guild’s “Pass the Book” program. The Storytelling Guild is a group of volunteers dedicated to serving the community by providing opportunities for children to be exposed to the magic of books and the joy of reading. “Pass the Book” is just one of their programs. They also present an annual “Book Walk” fashion show of books to 3rd graders, present a weekly preschool storytime at the Medford Library Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., sponsor a free show at the Craterian each January, provide 24 hour access to Dial-a-Story at 541774-6439 in both English and Spanish, and provide a scholarship to an RCC student passionate about early literacy and/or early childhood education. The Storytelling Guild is best known for the annual Children’s Festival. Planning has begun for the 45th Children’s Festival at the Britt Grounds in Jacksonville in July 2011. Exact dates of the three-day festival will be announced in January. More information about the Storytelling Guild is available at

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to Miss! ecember Art Events Not Two D
by Hannah West "Living Opportunities" Exhibit at the GoodBean
December’s art exhibit at the GoodBean will be a special one, a display of 15 works by the artists of The Studio at Living Opportunities in Medford. We first heard about The Studio last May when we showed the art of one of their artists, Cindy Flowers. Since then, we’ve learned that Living Opportunities has been assisting people with developmental disabilities and their families in Jackson County since 1974, providing group home services, semi-independent living assistance and support in vocational and recreational settings. The Studio (formerly Studio Sfumato) provides workshops, instruction and events to promote independence, individuality, creativity and an income for artists with a wide range of disabilities. Motivated by the belief that art is a common thread which joins us all, The Studio keeps a busy event schedule to share the work of their artists, who prove again and again that art is not only about refining techniques, but the magic of expression. As individuals with developmental challenges, they pursue their goals of self-sufficiency with the help of your purchases. One of The Studio’s many inspiring success stories centers around Mieke Ryneal. Mieke, born in 1986, says "I've been an artist ever since I could pick up a pencil, but my first experience with painting was here at The Studio at Living Opportunities." Now a national art contest winner whose work has hung in the Smithsonian Institute and The Kennedy Center, she is The Studio at Living Opportunities' top selling artist - her colorful abstracts are sold as fast as she can paint them. "The Studio is like a second home to me. It's the one place that I can really express myself. The Studio is my passion in life." Please join us for an Artists Reception from 3 - 6 pm on Saturday, December 11 to meet the artists, view their incredible work and learn more about The Studio at Living Opportunities. Refreshments will be served. Goodbean Coffee Presents: Group Exhibit of the Studio at Living Opportunities, December 1 - 31, 2010. Opening Reception on Saturday, December 11, 3 - 6 pm. SLO Artist galleries can be seen at the Studio at Living Opportunities website: about_the_artists.

SOHS First Annual Benefit Art Show
Reconnecting with Allison Weiss this September, I learned that she had been approached by artist Stefan Baumann, artist and host of the PBS show, "The Grand View: America's National Parks Through the Eyes of an Artist," who wanted to help the Southern Oregon Historical Society by organizing a special art event. When I related how the Southern Oregon Artists Resource, launched January 2010, had grown, she asked if I would consider helping them contact artists and promote the event through the channels I had established online. I happily agreed, the three of us met shortly thereafter, and the ball started rolling... "Legacy," SOHS First Annual Benefit Art Show & Sale, at the heart of a month-long series of historically related events highlighting the establishment of Southern Oregon Historical Society, features artists whose work celebrates the diverse and rich history of the southern region of Oregon with portrayals of the landmarks, landscapes, buildings and people that represent our treasured past. The show will be on display for the month of December at The History Center, 106 N. Central Ave. in Medford (across from Central Art Supply). On December 17, SOHS will host an Artists Reception, coinciding with Medford’s Third Friday Art Walk, from 5 - 8 pm. At the reception, Mr. Baumann will recognize artists who have contributed work of exceptional quality and historical significance and announce one artist selected for an individual show at the History Center during January 2011. Artists were invited to submit twodimensional art in a wide variety of mediums, and we expect to see diverse range of style and subject within the Southern Oregon historical theme. Sales will benefit the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Pieces on display at the History Center will be available for purchase beginning December 1, and will remain for the duration of the exhibit. Southern Oregon Historical Society Presents: “Legacy,” First Annual Benefit Art Show at the History Center, December 1-31, 2010. Artists Reception on Saturday, December 17 from 5 - 8pm. Planning for "Legacy" is still underway at the time of this writing; further details will be forthcoming. If you’re on facebook, please like the SOHS page (Southern Oregon Historical Society: http://www.!/pages/Southern-OregonHistorical-Society/377366815635) and check the Legacy Event page for details not available at press time.

Have you ever wondered who raises the U.S. flags that fly over Jacksonville on major holidays? Or, while you were sitting on a city bench sipping your favorite coffee drink, have you ever pondered who takes care of the construction and repair of city benches? The answer is simple: The Jacksonville Boosters Club is always hard at work on a variety of fun projects for the community! The Jacksonville Boosters Club was founded 46 years ago and membership is open to anyone. Just this last year, members contributed to the following projects on behalf of the community: • Displayed the U.S. flags in downtown Jacksonville and Veteran’s Park on appropriate holidays and events. • Ongoing cleaning and repair of public benches in downtown Jacksonville. • Painted the Food & Friends dining room in the Odd Fellows Building. • Sanded, repainted, caulked and refinished the Sexton’s Tool House in our historic cemetery. • The Booster Foundation (a nonprofit), provided a grant to the City for materials to build a bridge and viewing platform over Cantrell Creek in Forest Park. Booster Club members provided labor for the project. • Fundraised on behalf of the club such as the Historic Home Tours, the annual garage sale booth during the citywide garage sale, and publishing of Jacksonville’s very own historic calendar currently for sale at many local merchants. • Provided monetary assistance to Food & Friends, the Victorian Christmas and the Elementary School Musical. • Assisted in seeking grants for the Britt Gardens renovation by offering matching funds and sweat equity. • Partnered with the Friends of

The Jacksonville Boosters Club Was Hard at Work in 2010

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery in their annual “Meet the Pioneers” fall cemetery tours and participated in periodic cemetery cleanups. • Provided parade marshals and traffic control for the Chinese New Year, the 150th Jubilee and Victorian Christmas parades. • Organized and fielded an outhouse for the 150th Jubilee Outhouse Races. Steve Casaleggio, President of the Jacksonville Booster’s Club said recently, “As our annual holiday party approaches, it is time to consider conferring awards to outstanding Boosters for our 2009-10 year. Given the enthusiasm and selflessness that characterize our member’s volunteer spirit, making decisions about honorees is no small task. Looking back over our accomplishments, I feel there should be awards for all. I am truly grateful to be a part of Boosters and wish to extend my profoundest thanks to all of you for all you have done and continue to do.” Jacksonville Boosters Club members come in many different forms - working professionals with just a couple of hours to volunteer, retirees, or a young family who supports the spirit of volunteerism for future generations. And yes, they even find time for fun social gatherings and events such as a summer picnic and the annual Christmas dinner. Together, the Boosters is a community of volunteers moving Jacksonville forward. And, the club is already at work planning projects and events for 2011. Watch upcoming issues of the Jacksonville Review for information on future Booster events. If you are interested in membership or volunteer opportunities, contact Carolyn Kingsnorth at 541-245-3650. For donations or giving opportunities, (Non-Profit Booster Foundation), please contact Rob Buerk at 541-261-0327.

Jacksonville Kiwanis Honors October Student of the Month
In October, the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club kicked-off the new school year by honoring its Student of the Month, Jonathan Parker, a senior at South Medford High School. Jonathan is the son of Doug and Karen Parker of Jacksonville. Some of his courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Placement (AP) English all four years, AP U.S. History, Math up to PreCalculus, and Leadership. He is an active member of the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church and for several years has gone on their youth mission trip to Mexico to help construct houses for needy families. He is a Link Leader at high school, plays on the tennis team, and is a member of the Mercy Flights Explorer Post 13. His goals are to attend OIT in Klamath Falls, and to become a paramedic/trauma nurse. He feels he has been most influenced by his father who has always been the rock in his life. He is an active person who enjoys

Jacksonville Kiwanis Honors November Student of the Month
The Jacksonville Kiwanis Student of the Month for November is Chris Modrich, a junior at South Medford High School. Because of his outstanding scholastic achievements, this is the second time that Chris has been so honored. Chris is the son of Jaynie Sanger and Jon Modrich, and carries a 4.0 grade point average. Some of his courses include Advanced Placement (AP) English, AP U.S. History, Spanish IV, Algebra II honors, Chemistry honors, and Leadership. He loves to play tennis and competes on the school team, is a member of the Torch Honor Society, and does a lot of volunteer work. His goals are to maintain his 4.0 GPA and to attend a four-year university. He enjoys bicycling, and would love to one day be a world traveler. He feels that his parents have been a big influence in his

Jonathan Parker with Kiwanis, Gay Wilson many activities, including skiing, kite surfing, cycling and swimming. For further information, contact South Medford High Student of the Month Chair, Gay Wilson, at 541- 899-1934, e-mail: d_

Chris Modrich with Kiwanis, Gay Wilson life, supporting him and encouraging him to challenge himself! For further information, contact South Medford High Student of the Month Chair, Gay Wilson, at 541- 899-1934, e-mail: d_

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Southern Oregon Historical Society
by Allison Weiss
hat do you get when you cross the Southern Oregon History Center, located in the old JC Penny’s building, and Kid Time Discover Experience, located in the old Moose Lodge? You get the region’s newest children’s educational venture. Like so many things at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, this story comes with a bit of history. In 1989, SOHS purchased the old JC Penny’s building to establish new headquarters offices and a new exhibit space. SOHS operated out of the building for nearly two decades before moving its headquarters back to Jacksonville and leasing 2/3 of the History Center to Lithia Motors. I don’t think I need to remind anyone that when the economy crashed in 2009, the auto industry was especially hard hit and Lithia Motors moved out of the building. Since that time, SOHS has been trying to find a new tenant. On the other side of town, Kid Time Discovery Experience, which opened in 2005, moved into the Old Moose Lodge, where they opened a new hands-on children’s experiential learning center. Kid Time’s lease runs out in March 2011 and so they have been looking for a place to relocate. What began as a conversation between potential tenant and potential landlord, quickly turned into a vision of how the two organizations could partner to create a whole that is much greater than the individual parts. Kid Time would bring its expertise in offering handson, specialized instructed activities for children ages 0-6 that focus on brain development and educational readiness, and SOHS would bring its sixty-years of experience bringing history to the public. The vision is to expand on the strengths of both organizations – SOHS has a

Hey Steve, What’s it Worth?
by Steven Wall
nd let me catch a game winning World Series homer ball… or maybe Alex Rodriguez can sign the bat he just used and hand it over to me! Or… Ryan Howard’s dirty jersey would work just fine, too. If we’re in a major recession, someone sure needs to tell the sports memorabilia collectors. When everything else seems to be suffering from a loss of value, sporting memorabilia appears to be going in the other direction. Last month at SCP Auctions, the premier sport memorabilia auction house in the country, Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run bat sold for $575,912.40. Let’s see, that bat weighs about 42 ounces. This would make it worth about 10 times the value of the same amount of gold. Gee, talk about a “store of value!” But that wasn’t all. Gibson’s home run jersey from the first game of the ’88 Series went for $303,277.20. His batting helmet fetched $153,388.80. Even his World Series trophy was sold, but only for a paltry $45,578.40. (A great guy off field, he’s donated the money to a charitable organization.) So what drives this sports memorabilia collecting frenzy? Well, basically it’s a collector’s perfect storm with a recipe of a rare, one of a kind item, with high desirability from an audience of very wealthy individuals. Sometimes, sporting items are bought on the premise they will appreciate in value, but often they are purchased to hang on the wall, to be regarded as the spoils of war… a bidding war. So, you might be thinking, what was the most expensive item of sports memorabilia ever sold? It was back in 1999, at the height of the dot-com peak, when a now-tarred & feathered Mark McGuire was the home run king. His 70th home run baseball sold to comic book creator and music producer, Todd McFarlane, for a whopping 3 million dollars! Four years later, McFarlane purchased Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball for $450,000.00. Steroids do have negative effects on the body and apparently on baseballs, as well. These he added to a collection of nine 1998 home run baseballs from Sammy Sosa and McGuire. Some might say McFarlane certainly has some golden balls. Anybody have any baseball cards sitting around in an old shoe box? Got a T206 Honus Wagner card? This is notably the most famous baseball card ever sold. Produced between 1909 and 1911 by the American Tobacco Company to promote their product, the Wagner card is one of 523 cards in the T206 set. Of all the known 50-60 T206 Honus Wagner cards that exist, one card sits atop of the heap. This is the infamous “Gretzky T206 Wagner.” Here’s how the story goes… The Gretzky T206 first publically surfaced in 1985 when Alan Ray sold the card to a baseball memorabilia collector named Bill Mastro for somewhere in the neighborhood of $25,000, plus 50-75 additional T206 cards. Ray claimed he’d been given the card by a relative. In 1987, Mastro sold the card to California sporting goods chain owner, Jim Copeland for $110,000. Not a bad profit in two years. This sale created a


strong following among elementary school-aged children and Kid Time has a loyal following of toddlers and preschoolers. In partnership, Kid Time will operate a facility that will appeal to kids from ages 0 to 10, with an eye towards sophisticated design elements that will keep parents, grandparents and caregivers entertained as well. We plan on combining the exhibits in the Jacksonville Children’s Museum with the exhibits at Kid Time and incorporating museum artifacts (although these will not be handson!) so visitors can still experience the thrill of seeing a museum collection in person. By including artifacts, we also hope to encourage dialogue between adults and children as they experience the exhibits together. Some ideas for exhibits include highlighting various industries like orchards, banking, and healthcare, comparing modern day technology to their early 20th century equivalents. Already there are several local business that have signed on to sponsor exhibits that educate children about their respective industries. The more people we discuss this project with, the more positive feedback we get. Sometime that feedback comes in the form of financial support – like the $30,000 planning grant awarded by the Oregon Community Foundation in September. We see this venture benefitting the Medford business district, bringing in tens of thousands of visitors who will likely shop at other stores and eat at local restaurants. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to get involved in this exciting new venture, contact Allison Weiss at SOHS at (541) 899-8123 or Sunny Spicer at Kid Time at (541) 772-9922.


Take Me Out to the Ball Game…
surge upward in the sports memorabilia market. Copeland kept the card for 4 years and then sold his entire collection of T206 cards. They went up for auction that year at Sotheby’s. When the Wagner T206 came up to the auction block, it was expected to fetch somewhere around $115,000. Within minutes the card was up over $200,000 with three active bidders. One dropped out at $300,000. And the card continued to go up in $10,000 dollar increments. Finally, the bidding was over at $410,000 and was sold to an anonymous phone bidder. With Sotheby’s premium, the total sale was $450,000. It was later discovered that the anonymous bidder was none other than Wayne Gretzky, the hockey star and LA Kings owner, Bruce McNall. Gretzky was not a big-time collector but he thought the card would make a good investment. The card became known as the “Gretzky T206 Wagner,” the most expensive baseball card in history. His dad told him he was an idiot for spending that kind of money on a baseball card. Then in 1995, the card was offered for sale again. Wal-Mart Corp. bought the card for $500,000 to use as a top prize in a promotional contest. In a random drawing held live on the Larry King Show in 1996, retired hall of famer Brooks Robinson pulled out the name of Patricia Gibbs, a Florida postal worker. Unfortunately, Gibbs couldn’t afford to pay the taxes on the card, so away the card went to Christie’s Auction House where it sold for $640,000 to none other than Michael Gidwitz, the under bidder at the Sotheby’s sale where Gretzky paid 450K. I wonder if Gidwitz was kicking himself. If he was, it was only for about 4 years because he decided to list it on E-bay where collector Brian Seigel bid $1.27 million for it. Gidwitz doubled his money! Was Seigel nuts or what? Over 1 million for a baseball card? Seigel said, “ I’m a collector.” Seigel knew something the rest of us didn’t. Wealthy collectors are fanatics and they will pay to have the absolute best example of what they collect. He kept it and enjoyed it for 7 years. Then it was time for the “Wagner” to go. Again, it went to the auction block when this time at a SCP Auction, an anonymous bidder paid $2.35 million for it. Was there no end to this madness? Apparently not, for less than six months later the card was sold to California collector and managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ken Kendrick for $2.8 million. He’s a veteran collector and says the card is destined for a museum he is creating... that is, unless he needs a little cash. Steve Wall lives in Jacksonville and is the owner of Wall Auctioneers. He may be reached at 541-261-4103 or

Two Great Movies to Play at Old City Hall in December & January By Paul Becker
December's show will feature BACHELOR MOTHER, a bright comedy produced in 1939, starring Ginger Rogers with David Niven and a superb supporting cast. The story begins with Ginger finding a baby on a doorstep with no one believing her story since they assume she really is the mother who’s attempting to abandon her child in hard times. Forced by circumstances to keep the baby, she soon finds her employer (Niven) possessing more than just a friendly interest in her... but then there is the question of the baby. This film has been described by some as a "lighthearted soufflé." Perhaps! But it is easily the best comedy Ginger ever made and in my estimation is equal in performance to her Oscar winning effort in KITTY FOYLE. Her co-star, David Niven’s contribution in this film made him a major star in the United States. There is a New Year's Eve sequence which ranks at the top of most such scenes in other films. And... there is a twist at the end which is delicious in its irony. The film was so good that the legendary New York Times reviewer, Frank Nugent, wrote, "... although the theme of mistaken maternity is one of the venerables of farce, this treatment of it—written by Norman Krasna, directed by Garson Kanin and played by so many pleasant people—is too logical, too human, too humorous for outright farce. It is comedy, simple if not always pure, and we must call it one of the season's gayest shows." RKO had a great deal of difficulty with the Hays censors on this one... a subject which I will discuss, together with other production notes the public was unaware of, including a letter from Ginger refusing to do the film. So mark this one on your calendar. Showtime is December 19 at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30. We have had several requests to run the classic wartime drama, CASABLANCA. It will be shown on January 14th at 7 P.M. This is a pristine print of a film many consider to be the best film ever made. It is certainly in the top five or ten on most industry lists. Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart have some of the best scenes one can imagine, ending with the memorable line, "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Those of us who regard this film the way we do, could say that about the film itself. SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES...

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Garden of the Month
by Kay Faught
My Neighbor's Garden
es, I’m writing my garden column in December! This month, I’m celebrating the beauty of winter and structure – Jeanie Adams’ garden is a great example! Jeanie moved here 6 years ago from rainy Seattle and settled into Royal Mobile Estates. Lest any of you stereotype a mobile home park garden, Royal Mobile is LOADED with gardens and some pretty great gardeners, too! Upon her arrival, Jeanie immediately started a garden which has come a long way from the bare patch of chewed up roses with no trees! As I approached her home, the garden drew me in with bright red Barberries that hug the front of the house and provide an under-story for two twin birch trees hanging over a section of split rail fence. A dwarf locust tree with a twisted branch also greeted me as I pulled into her driveway. Edging the drive, my first and lasting impression was the continued split rail sections that offered color, texture and structure to the variety of plantings. Some plants leaned on the rail, such as a Sweet Fig with its gray trunk entwined in the rails. A fall color patch of zinnias wrapped their heads around a rock that will show its full shape after the first hard freeze ends the zinnia's color. A specimen paper bark maple stood in the center of the bed, already showing off its wonderful bark. A well-defined blue fescue and thymeladen stepping stone walk heads to the porch, and lest you think you are leaving the garden behind for a moment, the front porch hosts 3 large, fun rustic branch chairs that provide continuity to the outdoor and structure look. A back stairway then leads to the 30’ x 20’ back yard, with a grand rustic branch gazebo with its circular old brick patio center. In the small yard is an evergreen honeysuckle that climbs the leg of the gazebo and a grand, stout, plum tree, shading a circle of rocks and moss that appear to cushion the fall leaves. Along the back of the house, more blue fescues guide one past the gazebo to a Cotoneaster, which I fell in love with! Alive with color, it offered a special bit of intrigue. Jeanie has trimmed it to form a weeping look so its branches and trunk show off and its hanging berry clusters. For such a common area shrub, it’s a central focal point and shared a new


side of itself! In the side yard, a beautiful Elaeagnus (olive family) with sweet white fall blooms hugs the side of a rustic arbor. Passing under the arbor, you then enter a yard that dances with deep winter green. The thyme carpet and stones carry on the theme, providing a bed for Oregon grape and low arching ferns, all providing an earthy and calming affect, and suggesting no hint of sleeping for the winter! It is clear that Jeanie loves to garden, to get her hands in the dirt, and to enjoy the smells of gardening. She loves the heavenly smell of fresh rosemary on her clothes. Rosemary is tucked in several “perfect” spots throughout her garden and I join her in enjoying the benefits of that plant in the garden! Her real joy is her abundance and variety of Iris's that begin each spring. They are now tucked and trimmed and ready for winter. Although deer are a frustration, it is very much a love-hate relationship. She says she just “plants around them” the best she can, which is always a good approach in Jacksonville! Jeanie's favorite time in her garden is always early morning when she can grab her tea and peruse the garden and enjoy the peaceful quiet. She will often do the same in the evening... but then takes her tea and visits and shares with the other gardeners in the park. Inside her home, Jeanie has a wonderful artistic bent and I had fun hearing how she did the garden first and then decided her home needed to reflect the garden! Her paint colors are “rosemary green” and “shadow” which changes color with the sun. Now THAT is a true gardener! Jeanie's garden offers as much winter excitement as summer color and was a reminder that gardens go on, with a strange quiet beauty that only nature can produce if we look and listen. As you enjoy your garden this winter and wait for spring, remember to stop, listen, put a finger to your lips, and quietly speak...“sssshhhh, the garden is sleeping.” See you in the spring! Kay is the owner of Blue Door Garden Store, located at 155 N Third St. Specializing in paraphernalia for the home gardener.

Britt Announces 2011 Classical Festival
Britt Festival Music Director and from the String Quartet Academy will Conductor Peter Bay announced the 49th perform on the Britt stage, prior to an annual Classical Festival, coming to the orchestra concert. Programs include Britt hill in Jacksonville for three weeks Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Strauss’s Don next August. Ninety musicians from across Juan and the Aranjuez Guitar Concerto by the country converge in Jacksonville to the Spanish composer Rodrigo. form the 2011 Britt Festival Orchestra. Closing weekend starts on Friday, Maestro Peter Bay returns for his 19th August 19, as the Britt Orchestra presents season as Music Director and Conductor. an evening of “Festival Favorites,” Featuring a high-caliber orchestra, the showcasing the orchestra in shorter, 2011 Britt Classical Festival recognizable works designed to includes seven orchestral appeal to classical devotees and concerts under the stars; new listeners, alike. popular works including Don Also during closing weekend, Juan, the 1812 Overture and pianist/host Christopher O’Riley Brahms’ Second Symphony; joins the orchestra for two new music including a work events. O’Riley, host of the NPR by 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winner radio show From the Top, will Jennifer Higdon, composed host the annual family concert especially for the trio Time on Saturday, August 20. The for Three, who will perform concert, which is geared toward on August 12; an evening of elementary-age children and their light classics called “Festival families, will introduce audiences Favorites”; a recital by the to orchestra instrument families, Arianna String Quartet on and feature 11-year-old trumpet July 31; NPR From the Top sensation Natalie Dungey. host Christopher O’Riley, Christopher O'Riley O’Riley will also join Maestro who will be featured in two Bay and the Britt Orchestra as solo concerts; and performances by the Britt pianist for closing night on August 21, to Institute String Quartet Academy students. perform Rachmaninoff. The 2011 Classical The annual gala opening night Festival will end with a performance of concert celebrates the return of the Britt Brahms’ Symphony No.2. Orchestra on August 5, featuring pianist Full program and guest artist Mûza Rubackyté. Opening weekend information is available at also includes a performance by violinist Tickets for the 2011 Classical Festival go James Ehnes, who will perform a work on sale to Britt members December 1, 2011, by Paganini, and beloved works including with “Early Bird” discounts of $2 off most Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and tickets until February 15, 2011. In addition Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. to tickets for single concerts, there are The middle weekend of the festival package options to choose from, including the features two unique guest artists: the flexible Classical Lawn Passport. Call the box groundbreaking trio Time for Three office at 1-800-882-7488 or 541-773-6077 (comprised of two violinists and a bassist) or visit for information. on August 12, and renowned guitarist Britt’s full 2010 season schedule will be Sharon Isbin on August 13. Also, students announced next spring.

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7 So. Oregon Artist Resource (SOAR) Art Event Calendar. See ad page 13. 7 December 1-31: LIvING OPPORTUNITIES ExHIBIT AT THE GOODBEAN. Opening Reception on December 11. See article on page 11. 7 December 1-31: SOUTHERN OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: "LEGACY", First Annual Benefit Art Show at the History Center, Medford. Artist's Reception on December 17. See article on page 11. 7 December 3, 6:00pm: JACKSONvILLE'S ANNUAL vICTORIAN CHRISTMAS PARADE. See ad on page 5. 7 December 4 & 5, 1:30-3:30pm: HIGH TEA & BALLET STORIES, Bigham Knoll Ballroom (525 East E St.), Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker. Call Cindy Wolf for info and tickets 541-840-2124. 7 December 10, 7:00-10:00pm: DENIM & DIAMONDS COWBOY CHRISTMAS PARTY & AUCTION, A FUNDRAISER FOR THE JACKSONvILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, at The Carriage House, Nunan Estate, Jacksonville. For more information call 541-899-8118. See ad page 9. 7 December 10 & 11, 11:00am-3:00pm: JACKSONvILLE GARDEN CLUB HOLIDAY GREENS SALE, Friday, Dec 10 by Post Office 11-3, Saturday, Dec 11 at Oregon & California Streets 11-3. November-December 6, Pre-Sale Custom Orders: Contact Peggy 541 899-5708. See ad on page 27. 7 December 11 & 12: SCHMIDT FAMILY vINEYARDS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. See ad on page 2. 7 December 13, 6:00pm & December 17, 9:00am: BREATHING, RELAxING & SOUND HEALING, JoyFull Yoga at 235 W. Main. See ad on page 15. 7 December 16, 10am - 3pm: RED CROSSS BLOOD DRIvE, Bigham Knoll Music Room ((525 East E St). Contact Jenny Bateman for appt. 541-899-9665.

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Jacksonville Holiday Book Sale

Small Get-Togethers: (10-12 guests) ...................... $49 Larger Gatherings: (15-20 guests) .......................... $85 Our platters are made to order in the Cheese Shop and feature: • 1 award-winning Rogue Creamery Blue Cheese • 1 Aged or Flavored Rogue Creamery Cheddar • 1 Original or Flavored Rogue Creamery TouVelle cheese • A selection of artisan crackers

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Help your holiday budget by giving gently-used books purchased at the Jacksonville Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale at the Jacksonville Branch Library, 340 West “C” Street. Jacksonville Friends of the Library members can attend the members-only presale on Saturday from 9– 10 a.m. Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds help support Jacksonville Branch Library programs and activities. For additional information, please call the Jacksonville Branch Library at 541-899-1665.


Martin Majkut

Music Director

Celebrate Green

Make your holiday spread green by bringing in your own platter or board and we’ll fill it for you!

Mozart’s Birthday
Clarinet Concerto with Jon Manasse
7:30pm · Saturday, Jan 29 Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre, Medford $26–$33

Symphony No. 41“Jupiter”
7:30pm · Friday, Jan 28 SOU Music Recital Hall, Ashland $33–$40

3:00pm · Sunday, Jan 30 GP Performing Arts Center, Grants Pass $23–$30
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‘Tis the season at

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Beautiful Holiday Fashions & Christmas Decor

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Speaking of Wine
by Duane Bowman
A Taste of Holiday Irreverence...
f you’ve been reading my column, and drinkable with definite mass-market you’ll know that I’ve resisted appeal. If you’re a fan who prefers those reviewing or recommending less intense watery wines, this one’s for you. individual wines – but for the Holidays, Taste: A “pure” wine, you’ll not find I’ve decided to break that rule and pick a even a hint of oak flavor making it memorable Holiday wine. especially appealing to those who extol Anyone who has searched under the the virtues of “unoaked” wines. It does couch cushions for pocket change knows come in a little bit on the sweet side, that boozing on an extreme budget is, making it taste almost exactly like its well, lets call it challenging. So, to help you sister wine, Thunderbird, but with a select the right wine for that meager pile of handful of sugar thrown into the mix. pennies, I've made a great effort to find the Yes, maybe it's a bit sugary but that cheapest, most face-planting, getcha drunk contributes to being easily swallowed – wine around – Night Train masking the rubbing Express. A real palate alcohol profile "Alternatively, you might pleaser coming in at a that’s becoming tongue numbing 17.5 so common in want to visit the Applegate % alcohol by volume California wines. Wine Trail before most of its this wine exemplifies Finish: Night Train wineries close for the season. scorches the back the newest style in California Winemaking –  of your throat and I suggest calling 24 hours cheap and alcoholic. leaves a warm trail ahead to be sure the wineries all the way down. From my somewhat muddled tasting notes If I had to choose a you want to visit are open. here’s what you can expect. ghetto wine to keep This holiday season, there’s Appearance: This is me warm in the no excuse for showing up at dead of winter, this one vintage that doesn't need to rely on cheap wine would top my a gathering with bad wine winemaker gimmicks like favorites list. from the bargain aisle - take dying its contents blue Pair with: Like or even adding “natural most California-style advantage of living here in grape colorings.” Red dye wine country and discover the “cocktail” wines No. 1 is all that is needed made today, this top-notch Applegate Valley to achieve the pleasing wine shows best pink appearance that when consumed wines that are just a short could easily be mistaken without food, but drive away." for weak cranberry juice. if you must eat As a bonus it doesn’t something, pair require expensive glassware to appreciate. it with cheese puffs, white cheddar If you're drinking Night Train, you’re well popcorn, “squeeze cheese” from a can aware of the type of evening you’ll have in or any other wholly unnatural imitation store. Any small mason jar should suffice. cheese product. Considering this is faux Bouquet: This is one of Night Train’s wine, you can easily get by pairing it with most recognizable characteristics. When simple saltines and Velveeta or a similar opened, fumes of alcohol waft off the faux cheese spread. modern screw cap topped bottle. Sniff Lasting impressions: While whispering carefully as they can scar your retinas sweet nothings in your ear, Night Train and singe your nose hairs. I find an acidic will lull you into over indulging and vinegary bite and layers of mysterious insure you’ll smell like a wino the next chemical aromas that infringe on the morning. You’ll wake with a raging underlying smell of wine, but they’re headache, a lingering taste of old sweat not dominant enough to deter you from socks on your tongue and a sense of knocking back a swig or two … or more. shame that can't be showered away. Don’t But do clear the room of open flames worry if you can’t recognize where you before opening the bottle ‘cause hot are or remember where you left the car, damn, those are some potent fumes. soon fleeting impressions of your evening Body: Watered-down is probably the best will return – leaving you promising description, making Night Train smooth yourself never to drink again!

JPR's 30 Years of Wine Tasting
By Janet Eastman
he year 1980 really doesn’t seem that long ago. Blondie’s “Call Me” hit the top of the charts. Women wore leggings and shoulder pads. Men sported Tom Selleck mustaches and Hawaiian shirts. But in Southern Oregon’s wine timeline, 30 years ago is equivalent to when man invented the wheel. Only, in this case, it was a woman inventing the idea of using a wine tasting as a fundraiser. Yes, long before wine tasting events became the fallback fundraiser for so many charities, there was the first one. Organizers of Jefferson Public Radio’s Wine Tasting believe they were the local pioneers. Back then, Gina Ing was the development director of the public radio station based in Ashland. The station needed funds to pay for programming and operational expenses, and Ing was desperate to dream up a moneymaking event. She met Lorn Razzano, who had just moved to Oregon and opened the Ashland Wine Cellar. He knew a lot about California wine and little about Oregon’s. But he was curious. So the two cooked up an idea to invite wine producers from around the state to gather in one spot and pour their wine for people who paid $10 for something that would eventually be known as a tasting ticket. “At first, no one knew what we were talking about,” recalls Razzano. “Some of the wineries didn’t even know where Ashland was. But 10 of them showed up.” The first event “was wonderful, scary and significant,” says Ing. The 30th annual JPR Wine Tasting takes place Dec. 9 at the Ashland Springs Hotel. More than 30 wineries will be participating, including local favorites Devitt Winery, John Michael Champagne Cellars, Quady North, South Stage



Cellars, Troon Vineyard, Valley View and Wooldridge Creek. Tickets are $50 and include a souvenir glass, wine, hors d'oeuvres and sweets. Live music will be provided by Pachanga and The Flat Five String Band. The first year, a string quartet played for those in attendance and radio listeners. Ron Kramer, JPR’s executive director from its start, remembers the twohour live broadcasts and the behindthe-scenes scramble to put them on. In the end, he says both the radio station and Oregon wine benefited. “It Photo: Steve Addington has turned out to be a nice marriage between two upstarts.” In 1980, there were only two wineries south of Eugene: Valley View in the Applegate Valley, which is still owned by the Wisnovsky family, and Siskiyou Vineyards in the Illinois Valley, which Jefferson Public Radio's 30th Annual Wine Tasting takes place Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 East Main Street, Ashland. Tickets are $50 ($45 for NPR members) and are available at Ashland Food Co-op and Adam’s Deli & Catering in Medford. For more information: 541-552-6301, 877/646-4TIx or closed in the mid 1990s. Throughout the state, there were fewer than three dozen wineries. Even with few people practicing the art and science of winemaking, that year was the beginning of the renaissance of the industry, says Eric Weisinger, an author and wine consultant in Oregon and New Zealand whose father founded JPR - Cont'd. on Pg. 25

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by Cheryl von Tress
Christmas & Hanukkah Decor
ur homes and offices provide many opportunities to create decorative vignettes to celebrate two of America’s major holy days. The festivities call on us to bring moments of joy and build memories that will last. Here are a few quick and easy K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple & Sweet) ideas to make your holidays cheerful and memorable. A Tree of Cards Greeting cards can adorn a centerpiece "tree" made with branches from your yard. Arrange branches in a colorful bucket, pitcher or vase, and clip or tie cards to twig ends. For an added burst of color, weave a ribbon or stringed beads through the display. All Spruced-Up A potted dwarf Alberta spruce offers a classic Christmas-tree shape when placed in a nostalgic, vintage tin or woven picnic basket. Place it at the head of a buffet table filled fruits and topped with pine cones. Plaid ribbon and napkins would make great accents. Well, What Do Yew Know? Foot-high yew trees, with root balls nestled in moss, look fresh lined up in a galvanized tray. Anchor with white and purple eggplants for an all-natural centerpiece. Achieve a similar look in a long dough bowl or low planter. Stepping Out Your staircase can showcase holiday greetings. Place small trees in containers or glass hurricanes (with candles embedded in sand for heat prevention) on your stair steps. Messages can be stencilled, hand lettered or printed onto labels and spiked in your container of choice. Cane We Do This, Mommy? Carnations or other long-lasting colorful blossoms can be arranged in a metal, wood or glass container covered with candy canes. These candies come in a range of fun colors. Attach candy canes to the vase with a hot-glue gun or two-sided tape (remove later using a hair dryer). Anchor flowers in soaked floral foam. If you like, spray canes with coats of clear acrylic spray to avoid stickiness. Finish with ribbon and greenery sprigs. A D.I.Y. Menorah Assemble ten clear or blue glass votive or tea light holders. Arrange them in a single line of nine, adding the tenth holder to the top of the center holder.

Healthy Aging
by Gail Myers, Phd.


Mix It Up Use stacking mixing bowls for a simple arrangement. Place a smaller cereal bowl upside down between each layer to take up volume and provide a flat surface for the next tier. Fill the bottom bowl and then layer up to the top bowl. Displays can vary, e.g. mini ornaments, dried pods or nuts, clipped greens, hard candies, ribbons, tinsel, or fruits. Spell It Out Using Scrabble game tiles, spell out a seasonal message on the tile board. Place the board on a platter and accent with ornaments, fresh greens, nuts, berries or ribbons. All In A Row Turn holiday-theme scrapbooking papers into an inexpensive tabletop display. Cut and fold papers to create simple cone "trees" or dreidl shaped boxes of different sizes. Secure seams with double-sided tape. Let’s K.I.S.S. For a low centerpiece, fill a tray with moss or colored stones and votive candles in holders to suit your holiday. So K.I.S.S. Last-minute centerpiece or buffet decor can be achieved with fresh loose greens, large pinecones and red pears atop a compote. This natural decor would benefit from other small rustic elements like wood sleds, deer, rabbits and birds beneath or tucked into the arrangement. Easy Centerpiece Fill a six- to nine-inch bowl with red cranberries (Christmas) or blueberries (Hanukkah), and place a single red or white rose in the center. Put the stem in a florist's water tube to keep the flower fresh. A few evergreen sprigs or silver stems can provide accent color. Another twist would use a series of single white cups placed down the center of the table as a ‘runner’ filled with the same decorative items. Letting your creativity flow can be a destressor during a hectic season. Involve family and friends in your creative day and the fun increases along with the memories. Wishing all of my readers the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of Hanukkahs. Cheryl von Tress is a certified interior decorator and custom designer. Visit Cheryl von Tress Design at

or a guaranteed conversation starter this season, try asking: “What’re you doing for the holidays?” Replies include traveling, fun guests or visitors, shopping chores or joys, family rituals, or church traditions. Everybody has an answer regardless of religion, age, or politics. Ever notice that it is people of all ages, interests, and abilities who come together to celebrate? This year, my own family reunion includes two very new grandchildren. We’ll pick gifts for colors of pinks and blues, while our reunion ages will range from high-80’s to under one year. My family illustrates this column’s theme because our celebration will not be dominated by gift-giving but an openhearted welcoming of two wondrous new lives. You are reminded what the First Christmas was all about. No other season is as potentially charged with memories, rituals, traditions, family, friends, and emotionally-centered feelings. Intangibles, customs, worships, and relationships of this season vastly override anything we may buy or exchange, bake or broil, eat or drink. “Ten Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays,” published by the San Diego School of Medicine came to me from professional advisor, Ellen Waldman. What impressed me most was that their tips omit the expected what gifts to buy for seniors. You get no help about your shopping list for elderly folks. Three of their tips to challenge us all to watch our own behaviors are: “Be Inclusive, “Reach Out,” and “Avoid Embarrassing Moments.” How can you help seniors feel included in the celebrations? To maintain their dignity and pride, try adjusting to occasional limitations of hearing or memory and try accommodating lapses. Can you avoid being openly critical, judgmental, or impatient? Three more tips concern “Memory.” People of different ages may have different memory patterns – like remembering olden times and not recent things. Younger persons (did I leave my keys in the car?) may say critically to a senior, “How come you can’t ever remember?” Do we assume only old people forget things? Listeners roll their eyes at the same old tale, “But, Dad, you always tell that one,” but will anybody


say, “That’s a story I remember well. I like to hear you tell it?” Tips under “Create Healthy and Happy New Memories” suggest driving around to see lighting decorations, attending church or concerts, and talking about how things “used to be.” Old picture albums bring family history into focus, engaging several generations in funny insights and poignant memories. “Keep on the Sunny Side” stresses the value of good humor, upbeat supportive interactions, music, simple cheerful games, easy laughter, which help ward off “holiday blues” and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression. While all these Tips focus on traditional family celebrations, it may also be important to think about seniors lacking a current family connection and the aging residents in retirement centers. That’s where many opportunities for generously warming seniors’ holidays are just waiting to happen. You can join and support local programs -- sponsored by churches, communities, businesses, or thoughtful individuals -- designed to brighten the lives of seniors who might possibly be left out. When I shared the tips list with professional caregivers at retirement centers, they gave whole-hearted favorable responses and a very important insight. A typical thoughtful observation came from Twin Creeks Center’s concierge Marianne Roda, “That’s a great list. It’s what we professionals do dayby-day -- we work to insure our seniors feel included, confident, and respected as individuals – we enjoy keeping them happy.” Her fellow staff member Jenifer Andrews quickly added, “I was gone for a week and I missed them – like being away from family.” Family is where it begins – with opportunities to help seniors in our lives have healthier enjoyable holidays. Happily also, in this best of all worlds, seniors are supported by professionals and by many volunteer friends from open-hearted communities and churches keeping alive the truest Holiday Spirit. Reference: Ellen D. Waldman, Gail Myers, a retired academic and consultant lives in Jacksonville and can be contacted via email at


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Local History
by Margaret LaPlante
ou may have heard the expression, “If these walls could talk.” Well, if this was true, I have to say that my walls would fill volumes of best sellers! Lately, my walls have been pretty silent -- but there was a time… I got my start more than a hundred years ago when the county officials decided to build a new courthouse. You might think this would have been an easy

Body Language
by Mary Ann Carlson
years after robbing a train just outside of Ashland. Newspaper reporters came from all over and people fought over every square inch inside for the opportunity to say they were here. Talk about ending on a high note! Over time I have seen more than my fair share of murderers, burglars, robbers, thieves and liars come through my doors. Back in the day, I housed all of the county offices and this place was bustling!


decision, but it took them fourteen years to approve it. Perhaps it was a desire to make up for lost time but whatever the reason, they decided to build a magnificent courthouse right in the center of Jacksonville. This was to be like no other courthouse and the townsfolk were anxious to show me off. The builders weren’t even finished with building me when the town officials announced there would be a gala party on New Year’s Eve in the soon-to-be-finished courthouse. That night, the horse and buggies pulled up out front. Oh my, you should have seen the men and women in their fancy attire! And, nobody seemed to notice that the construction of my building wasn’t finished. It was surely a night to remember and the first of many great days to come. I have seen many happy occasions such as weddings and newborn babies. Of course, not everything that happened inside was wonderful such as the time when Louis O’Neil was hanged out in the courtyard. That was quite a trial but even that couldn’t compare to my last trial in 1927 when the DeAutremont Brothers were finally located. They’d been running from the law for nearly four

In my day, I have seen horse and buggies, freight wagons and stagecoaches roll past my windows. Why, there was even a time a small train ran by. Then, just when I thought I had seen everything, automobiles began to line the streets. Frankly, I never thought they would last but I suppose anything is possible. And don’t even get me started on the changes I have seen in women’s fashions! Today I can’t help but feel rather lonely. It reminds me of the time soon after they moved the county seat to Medford and I sat empty. Those were long, difficult days. As I look to the future I am optimistic that I will once again be “The Crowning Glory of Jacksonville” as A.J. Walling referred to me soon after I was built in 1883 at a cost of $32,000. I long to be the heart of this town once again and welcome the next generation to sit under my shade trees and enjoy an afternoon of daydreaming. Margaret LaPlante is a local historian and author of the DeAutremont Brothers: America's Last Great Train Robbery and On To Oregon: The Stories of 70 families who settled in the Rogue Valley. Purchased them at or email

ne of the most important tools we learn to use in Pilates is ‘visualization’. What is visualization? Simply put, it is using mental imagery and positive thinking to achieve goals. Here’s one way this technique can be used. To get your triceps to work, lay on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor and your arms stretched out comfortably on either side of you. Now, pretend you’re lying on a sandy beach and bring your arms down to your sides, pretending to scoop the sand. What muscles do you feel working? The underneath part of the arm, right? That’s visualization at work. Pilates isn’t the only exercise method to use visualization. Actually, it has been used for years by many sports professionals. Seeing yourself cross the finish line first, making that 30 foot putt, clearing the high bar, are all forms of visualization. Many times, athletes don’t even know they’re doing it; it has become so natural to them. The education system has picked up on its benefits and is using it to help children read. So then why, I’ve asked myself, don’t we all use it? I think it’s gotten a bad rap as being something ‘out there’, rather than being a real function of our brains. Also, like any new habit we want to


Seeing is believing or… is believing, seeing?
acquire, it takes practice. First, you need to define your goal, whether it is to lose weight, have more self-confidence, etc. Then sit in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Relax your body and breathe rhythmically and deeply several times. Visualize a clear and detailed mental image of what you desire or accomplish. Try to employ all the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Add desire and feelings into whatever it is you’re imagining. Visualize at least twice a day, about 10 minutes each time. Persevere and be patient, practicing every day. (Remember, you’re creating a new habit!) Stay positive, think positive. The mind is very powerful and when dealing with it, we should act responsibly. Use the power of your imagination only for your and other’s good, never to try to get something that belongs to others or to hurt others. Make sure that what you are creating is good for all involved. I have seen and used this technique in Pilates enough to know that it works. I hope you will try it and see how it can enhance your life as well as the world around you. Happy Holidays! Mary Ann Carlson is Owner of The Pilates Studio - 541-890-7703

JPR - Cont'd. from Pg. 23 Weisinger’s of Ashland in 1988. The first wineries “planted the idea of wine with my father and others who would soon open their own wineries,” says Weisinger. He has conducted extensive research with co-author MJ Daspit for their book “Rogue Valley Wine,” which will be published this spring by Arcadia Publishing. They report that Foris and Bridgeview vineyard wineries began in 1986, followed two years later by Ashland Vineyards and Weisinger's. “I was only 11 years old in 1980 and had not yet discovered my passion for wine,” says Weisinger. “However, my father had planted our vineyard in 1978, and I do remember going out to Valley View with him to buy the cuttings from Frank Wisnovsky that would someday become our first vineyard.” Today, he says, "Southern Oregon is one of the most rapidly growing wine regions in Oregon. You can’t argue otherwise when you look at the numbers. Nearly 10 times the amount of grapes are grown in Southern Oregon today as were grown just 30 years ago. This type of growth reflects not only the quality of our region as a viticultural area, but also the dedication of the grape growers and winemakers who are committed to it." The Ashland Springs Hotel is offering a JPR block of rooms at $89 that night with light breakfast and hotel parking. For reservations, call (541) 488-1700.


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by Julie D. Danielson, O.D.
Buy Eye-Friendly Toys for a Safe and Stimulating Holiday
ith the busiest shopping month ahead, the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association encourages you to buy eye-friendly toys this holiday season. This can help your child avoid serious eye injuries and actually stimulate their vision and learning abilities. Each year, approximately 11,000 eye injuries sustained by children are caused by toys or home playground equipment according to a 2004 Children’s Eye Safety report from Prevent Blindness America. Often adults are in a rush when they are shopping and they may be tempted to make a snap decision to choose a toy that just looks attractive. But they may not have considered the safety of the toy, and how it could potentially injure their child’s eyesight. This year, we would like parents to keep this in mind while shopping. In general, the OOPA recommends parents avoid toys with pointed, sharp, or rough edges or pieces. Blocks are great for almost any age as long as corners and edges are blunted to reduce the risk of eye injury. Also, beware of long-handled toys, like mops, brooms, pony sticks and rakes to avoid eye injuries. Make sure that they have rounded handles and closely watch children under age two with such toys. Always supervise children in situations when they might share an inappropriate toy with a younger sibling. Last, avoid flying toys, projectile-firing toys, slingshots, dart guns and arrows for children under age six. BB and pellet guns, bows and arrows, and darts are extremely dangerous. Ideally, these toys should be avoided completely, especially when there are younger children in


the house. If that is not possible, supervise any child with these toys, because they have the potential to be harmful. On a positive note, great toys for children are those that stimulate visual development, improve hand-eye coordination and demonstrate spatial relationships. The American Optometric Association recommends the following toys for kids under age 2: • brightly colored mobiles • stuffed animals • activity gyms • blocks, balls • stacking and nesting toys • buckets and measuring cups • puzzles • shape sorters • musical toys Appropriate and eye-friendly toys for children over age 2 include: • child-sized household items like vacuums • sandboxes • refrigerator and stove sets • riding toys • backyard gyms and swings • puzzles Magnetic letters, stringing beads, and toy cash registers are great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Some toys are simply not safe and may be recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For a list of toy recalls, call (800)638-2772 or visit Julie Danielson, an optometric physician, is available by appointment at (541) 899-2020.

Joyfull Living
by Louise Lavergne
oliday wishes are all about Peace and Joy, but sometimes the season is more about stress and woe. With the pressures of gift giving, we become aware of our financial situation, making it a challenge to feel either abundance or joy. This can trigger an unfortunate chain reaction: feeling bad about not being able to buy something may lead to frustration, and with the distractions around us we neglect to take care of ourselves. The result—even higher levels of stress make us susceptible to illness and depression. Here are a few tips to reduce your holiday stress and help you have a more Joy-full holiday season: Gift Giving: • Make a list of people with whom you need to exchange gifts. If your budget is tight, agree on a price limit. Others will appreciate it. If you have a big family or group of friends, you may want to agree to pick names. You can also agree on a theme. Make it about the most creative gift rather than the most expensive. • Don’t wait until the last minute! The sooner you begin, the sooner you will feel relief. Remember—at that late date everybody is stressed, including the sales staff. • Spend only what you can afford. Set a budget and spend judiciously, respecting your reality and embracing the opportunity to be creative. This will take you to the deeper meaning of the holiday season. For most adults it really is the thought that counts. • If you are feeling down, look for an opportunity to


volunteer with an organization. Or, closer to home, offer to help out a neighbor. Service is a great way to harvest good feelings in your heart. Self-Care: • Plan ahead by making lists and taking time to identify avoidable stressors; it will help you to navigate through the holiday season. • Practice “appreciating the moment” and the simple things in your life, starting with the gift of breath. Every day, take at least three deep breaths into your belly, receiving each one as a precious gift. Expand your gratitude list from there. • Know that the best present is you—so take care of yourself! Do not neglect your self-care routines like yoga, walking and working out. These activities also will help reduce the consequences of the extra food you might consume—and what could be better than that? • What you do and feel affects everyone around you. Sharing a smile and a happy heart throughout your day as you stand in long lines or visit with friends brings an inevitable chain reaction of good feelings that diffuse stress and perpetuate Joy-full living. By navigating the holidays with less stress we not only get to live the holiday sentiments of Peace, Joy and Merriment, but we can begin the New Year with more Energy, Hope and Joy. ©Louise Lavergne 2001-2010; 541-899-0707. Louise is the owner of JoyFull Yoga LLC in Jacksonville where she offers group and private sessions. She is also a Motivational speaker and has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years.

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Life's Fit Pageant
by Erik Weiser & Rachel Young
PT for 2011 & Beyond!
here is a saying in the Fitness Industry among its professionals, “if you want a membership, join a gym. If you want results, hire a personal trainer.” Athletes for decades have understood and derived untold benefits working with professional team trainers to gain the edge to win games and competitions. Movie stars, TV personalities and fashion models have used personal trainers for many years to look great in front of the camera. Furthermore, many gym goers have reached their goals by working with a personal trainer. For most, however, hiring a personal trainer at a gym or having one come to their home is still considered a luxury. It is our belief (and many others’ in the fitness industry) that employing an effective trainer for even a short period of time to help educate and motivate is worth its weight in gold rather than iron (pun intended). In short, people should no longer consider hiring a trainer a luxury, but a necessity. Fitness professionals have learned so much about the human body in the past decade; therefore, the movement and tools of effective training programs have changed drastically. Typical machines and cardio equipment at gyms are not what most people need. For instance, getting on a stationary bike and doing fixed-planar machines such as Nautilus are not as helpful as we once believed. Additionally, many people seek to educate themselves and create their workouts from magazines, books and DVD’s. The problem with this is that these programs are not individualized to the person. Age, genetics, goals, contraindications (preexisting conditions) and past workout history and/or movement patterns at work are just a few of the considerations when deriving a proper exercise program. In our years as trainers, we have met very few people (can count them on our hands actually) that knew enough about how their bodies work and how to exercise and eat properly that they didn’t need professional assistance. Deriving a program that works well for your body and your goals is extremely

Soul Matters
by Kate Ingram Flaherty, M.A.


important, and the best way to do this is to work with a personal trainer. When shopping for a trainer at your gym or elsewhere, do your due diligence. Like an employee, you should interview them and not just take one that is assigned to you based on matching schedules. Some great questions to ask are: How long have you been a certified trainer? What degrees and/or national certifications do you hold? Some of the best are certs. are from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Do you have client references and/or a before-and-after portfolio of photos? What are some of your training and nutritional philosophies? One highly esteemed certification comes from the C.H.E.K Institute. Paul Chek asks two very valid questions before programming anyone – “for whom and for what “(are you going to be doing these exercises)? Another of Paul’s mantras is “assess not guess.” In regards to “for whom and for what,” an effective trainer will help you set reasonable goals and timelines based on your body type and ends that you seek. In regards to “assessing and not guessing,” a good trainer will begin with a thorough assessment of your diet and patterns of movement to find where you are tight and weak. They will also take the time to find out what style of training or modalities would be best suited to motivate you to reach your goals. Finally, your trainer should be fit themselves and living a healthy lifestyle full of great habits. They should make your training fun (especially if you need more fun in your life). They should be disciplined if that is what you need. 2011 is approaching. Not sure what to invest in this year? Invest in yourself by hiring a personal trainer that makes you look and feel great! Happy Holidays! Erik and Rachel hold several advanced national training certifications and have over 25 years of combined experience in health and wellness. To contact, send mail to Erik @

hat do monkeys, the new year and spiritual growth have to do with one another? Amazingly, quite a lot. Stay with me here. I read recently about a fascinating phenomenon involving monkeys. It seems that in ancient India the primates were notorious for evading and outwitting their human predators. Eventually, hunters developed a deceptively simple but effective trap. A large coconut was hollowed out and a small hole was made in it, just large enough for the monkey’s hand to pass through. The coconut was then pinned to the ground and fruit was placed inside. Inevitably, the monkey would approach the coconut and shove its hand in to grab the fruit. When it attempted to remove its hand, however, it could not: its fist was too large to pass back through the hole. To escape the trap, all the intelligent creature had to do was release the food. More often than not, however, the monkey refused to let it go and was, therefore, trapped: free to go at any time, yet unable, or unwilling, to do so. I’m thinking about this story as we move toward the threshold of a new year. Historically, this season heralds a time of reflection, of releasing the old and welcoming the new. The monkey’s behavior highlights a spiritual and energetic imperative: you must first let go of something in order to obtain something else. Most of us are holding fast to a fistful of stuff. Our “fruit” is less tangible than the monkey’s, but more insidious. We hold on to judgments, resentments, and worn out images of ourselves. We hold on to prejudice and toxic relationships. We resist change like the plague, preferring our familiar pain to an unknown joy. Our resistance holds us hostage to our habits, to our fears and addictions, and there we sit, stubbornly stuck beside our coconut. What keeps us clenching our fist, keeps us holding on to a useless fruit? I can tell


you in one word: fear. The fear sounds like this: What if it gets worse? What if I don’t find another job? Another mate? What if I don’t get better? What if I lose everything? What if I fail? Well, all those things are possible. It could get worse, it’s true. You might fail. But that’s not the point. The point is not whether you succeed or fail. It’s not whether you find what you think you’re looking for. The point is that you LET GO. The point is to chose freedom, and all the fears that spacious concept contains, over imprisonment. The point is growth. The point is discovering what you have to offer the world and what the world has to offer you. The point is to choose an uncertain adventure over certain stagnation. And when you let go, something, or someone will appear, because nature abhors a vacuum. The story doesn’t say what happens to the monkey, but I think one could hazard a guess that it isn’t a happy ending. But there can be. The happy ending to the same predicament is found in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. (You wondered how I’d work Christmas in, didn’t you?). The monkey of that story, called Scrooge, learns to let go of his tightly clenched fist--the fist holding his pain, holding his miserly attitude and his bitterness-- and what he finds is that he receives more than he ever imagined possible. He finds an entirely new way of being. He finds love. This is what the parable of the monkey is all about. Letting go of habitual behavior, releasing what doesn’t work, what no longer serves. It’s about freeing ourselves in order to discover what is waiting for us. Letting go allows life to move and breathe and flow. It sure beats sitting with your hand stuck inside a coconut. Kate Ingram, M.A., is a writer and life coach when not chasing chickens or mothering. To comment on something you read or to schedule an appointment, please write

Diabetes Dialog
by Carol Jo Pettit
“It’s the Most Beautiful (and Tempting!) Time of the Year”
about the target number of carbohydrates to keep the blood sugar (glucose) within a normal range throughout the day. Combine the Calorie King with these tips from the National Institute of Health, and you will feel more in control of your health during the upcoming months: • Eat a healthy snack before leaving home • Go to the party with an eating/ exercise plan • Take a dish you like to the gathering – you’ll know just what it contains • Savor every bite • Drink water • Trim fat off meat • Stay active in the party, focusing on doing things (helping the host) rather than visiting the buffet table Remember what you’re celebrating and have fun in ways that won’t harm your body. Happy Holidays! Carol Jo Pettit, Chair, American Diabetes Association Southern Oregon Step-Out WalkTo Fight Diabetes, can be reached at Seasons Greetings from the Pioneers! Our school is proud to announce the arrival of the Jacksonville Junior Garden Club! Co-Coordinators, Maggie Zickrick and Carrie Robertson met with 35 budding gardeners at the first monthly meeting in November. The Junior Garden Club enriches students' understanding of our local growing environment and teaches basic gardening skills to those growing their own plants. If you would be interested in donating time, materials or funds to the Junior Garden Club, please contact the school office at 541-842-3790. The theme for this year's Art Poster Contest and Art Exhibition is "Art Explosion." All students were invited to submit an original poster design and the winning poster will be featured at the student Art Exhibition in March. Jacksonville Elementary has a special Art Program paid for by the PTO and instructed by parent volunteers. Throughout the school year, each class experiences scheduled art sessions where students learn about and create art inspired by master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Eric Carle, Jackson Pollack and Vincent Van Gogh.

e have survived the Thanksgiving warm-up, and now we face Chanukah, Holiday parties, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day . . . and the Superbowl! In the span of a month and a half, there will be temptations great and small – from fudge at work, gold foil-wrapped coins, eggnog, and “cheer,” to tamales, lasagna, ham, and sweet potatoes. One of the handiest tools my daughter purchased when her younger daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile onset) diabetes was a little book titled, Calorie King by Allen Borushek. It costs about $5, is compact and easy to carry, and tells you at a glance the number of calories and grams of fat and carbohydrates in each food. I always grimace when I see some older relatives who still think it’s okay to have second and third helpings of potatoes or corn, but other times say NO to a small scoop of sherbet. Just as calories count, so do carbohydrates, and those dealing with both childhood – and adult-onset diabetes need to talk with a diabetes educator


volunteers are needed to assist with our Writer’s Festival, which is scheduled for late spring, 2011. This event will be a school-wide celebration of writing during which students will share their work in multi-grade forums with local authors and volunteers serving as moderators. Please contact Amy Kranenburg at amy.kranenburg@ if you would like to participate. Jacksonville Elementary concludes 2010 with much joy. Our student body increased when approximately 60 new students (formerly of Oak Grove) were included in new school boundaries. Our school welcomed three new teachers - Trisha Bennet (1st), Melissa Reeves (5th) and Lisa Hamilton (6th). We also learned that our school was deemed "Outstanding" for the 20092010 school year. Out of more than 600 elementary schools in Oregon, only a handful has been able to accomplish the state's highest rating and keep it for multiple years. Congratulations to our remarkable students, staff, principal and parents! The Jacksonville Elementary ParentTeacher Organization is grateful to all of the volunteers and sponsors who help enrich the lives of students. Our fundraising efforts continue to enable new and existing programs to thrive. Our volunteer hours connect families to Jacksonville students, staff and administration and help support a positive learning environment for children. To learn more about the PTO and how to get involved, please visit our website at

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Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm
by Robert Casserly
Like the ripples from a pebble dropping into a pond, we at Sanctuary One believe that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference. We’ve found that something as simple as rescuing a single animal can be a profound demonstration of a paradigm shift to a more conscious way of living. Consider the story of Lisa, a pig who was raised on a farm in northern Washington State. Lisa is the same breed as the little pig in the movie “Babe,” but fast-forward to a two-year-old Babe who has grown up to become a 700-pound pink bulldozer with intelligence on par with a dolphin or chimpanzee. This gentle giant was kept confined in a pen by herself, which is anathema to social creatures like pigs, so she would frequently break free and run away to search for companionship. Her owner retaliated by beating Lisa with a twoby-four. Law-enforcement officers were called in to rescue Lisa. They took her to a humane society that gave Lisa a temporary home. Then a group of volunteers rented an RV and a trailer and drove more than 1,000 miles round-trip to deliver Lisa to Sanctuary One. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors from all over the U.S., Sanctuary One was able to give Lisa a permanent home where she’ll be safe, comfortable, and loved. Everyone who has donated to the Sanctuary, whether it is $5 or $5,000, has thus played a part in rescuing Lisa. The Sanctuary receives no government support and only exists to the extent people voluntarily decide to support Southern Oregon’s first care farm. Formerly abused children occasionally visit the Sanctuary for the opportunity to give Lisa a belly-rub and learn about her story. Children who visit us learn about animal abuse because preventing animal abuse is a key to stopping the vicious cycle of abused children growing up to be abusive adults. Being the center of so much love and attention helps Lisa recover from the trauma of abuse. Learning about Lisa’s journey gives children a sense of hope that they, too, are capable of overcoming pain and suffering – Lisa’s way of returning the favor. Several people who heard about Lisa in the news were inspired to volunteer at the Sanctuary. Lisa typically greets people with a hearty, happy grunt and a wagging pigtail that makes a body laugh and feel good. Feeling good about his or her community service helps the Sanctuary’s volunteers enjoy a modicum of lower blood pressure, less stress, and less depression and loneliness. Rescuing Lisa has helped along the Sanctuary’s earth-care efforts, too. Lisa is an expert at turning the farm’s spacious, chemical-free pastures into abundant piles of organic manure. Then we compost it, creating rich fertilizer helps feed the gardens and trees which grow food for other rescued animals, and the Sanctuary’s abundant wildlife, too. Last but not least, Lisa has played a critical role in helping us care for Lulu, a piglet recently transferred to Sanctuary One from an overcrowded pig rescue. Lisa and Lulu have bonded closely in a mother-daughter relationship that provides both with the pig socialization they need to remain happy and healthy. What began as a simple act of kindness—the decision by a group of kind-hearted people to rescue a hapless pig living on a farm in northern Washington State—has created a wave of love and healing that has spread all the way to Southern Oregon, and points beyond, because each visitor to Sanctuary One carries a small piece of the blessing home with them, like a spiritual souvenir. This is Lisa’s gift to us in exchange for the gift of a safe, comfortable place to live. Multiply Lisa’s impact on our community by the more than 60 domesticated animals living at the Sanctuary, and you start to get some idea of the cumulative positive effect humane treatment of animals can have on a community. Add in our people-care and earth-care activities, and you start to understand how a series of small actions by many people working together on a care farm can add up to make a big difference. As American anthropologist Margaret Mead put it, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” You are invited to become part of our solution for healing people, animals, and the earth in a simple, natural, and costeffective way. We call it care farming, a kind of farming many people have never heard of, but that’s changing as more and more people search for better ways of living. Become a part of this most extraordinary and important effort, an effort that is leading us to a more healthful, humane, and sustainable world. For more information, visit us on the Web at or call 541.899.8627.

by Gates McKibbin
ne of my favorite destinations the holes. It will be dark on the outside, for “shop therapy” is Terra appearing to be half wood and half metal Firma, an eclectic gift boutique. – an otherworldly tree, ancient and new, I pop in there frequently, to check out human and celestial. I am trying to push whatever is new and talk with Tara the boundaries between what is seen as Batzer, who manages the store with natural compared to abstract. The more spirit and panache. (She reminds me of time people spend with the sculpture, the a wood nymph.) Tara has told me about more they will get out of it. The feelings the projects she pursued when she was will come from their own souls.” studying at the Rhode Island The sculpture will be School of Design and the both immediate and eternal, garden that she and her needing no maintenance and fiancée have created here. lasting for centuries. But it She is currently completing doesn’t exist yet. Tara hopes her own line of jewelry that federal funding for the for Terra Firma’s holiday arts will be available as a assortment. gift to the sanctuary for their Recently I asked her, inner-species healing work “What are you working on with people and animals. She these days?” Her answer also intends to pursue state was so intriguing, I decided and local funding sources. that she should tell her own It’s a long-term commitment, story, with her inimitable but she has patience and joie de vivre. passion aplenty. And when Tara Batzer “We are just at the beginning the funding arrives, Tara will of a mega-project,” Tara revealed. “It’s a create the entire installation herself. monument, really – a 20-foot wide, 20-foot “The sculpture will remind us of how tall metal and glass tree of light and life important meeting points and intersections dedicated to the Animal Sanctuary in are in our lives,” Tara noted. “It’s the the Applegate. The sculpture will be cut tiny connections that make larger things stainless steel, with more negative space happen, but we so often miss them. The than metal, featuring lace pattern work. It sanctuary and this project are all about will be in the shape of a hollow tree with a creating those moments.” highly polished interior. I thought about the many small yet “The branches of the tree are lacework, meaningful moments she and I have illuminated from either sunlight or a giant shared at Terra Firma, when we could have light inside at night. The trunk will feature made no connection at all. And I realized four large hand-cast glass faces. The roots that the sculpture is eminently who she is. are like giant Brazilian tree roots snaking She is living its essence already. out in every direction. They will be formed Gates McKibbin moved to Jacksonville after from lightweight concrete covered with working and living in the Bay Area for three glass mosaic. decades as a consultant to major corporations. “When the sun shines down on the This column contains her musings about this sculpture, the light will be reflected in remarkable community and her new life the tree itself and then shine out through far away from the fast lane.


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Calling All Foodies
by Constance Jesser
A Very Special Holiday Meal
f you’re like me, then holidays always bring back food memories from childhood. I remember a favorite meal served at our friend's home - Beef Wellington. Oooh, the crisp, golden puff pastry crust over the mushroom duxelle and foie gras mixture surrounding a melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin brings back amazing memories. This dish is even better when paired with a local red wine and I highly recommend either a Quady North Syrah or Schmidt Family vineyards Cabernet. For this recipe, I’ve left out the foie gras pate layer, which is usually under the mushrooms. Add it if you’re budget allows, but it's not necessary to create a truly amazing dinner. I like serving this meal with creamed-spinach. Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking Everyone! Beef Wellington • 3 1/2-pound fillet of beef tied with bacon strips on top at room temperature • 3/4 pound Crimini mushrooms, chopped fine • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 pound puff pastry thawed, plus additional for garnish, if desired • 1 large egg white beaten • Egg wash made by beating 1 large egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of water and a pinch of salt • 1/2 cup Madeira Wine • 2 teaspoons corn starch dissolved in 2 tablespoons Madeira wine • 1.5 oz package veal and beef demi-glace (available at The Jacksonville Mercantile) • 1 Jar with 2 tablespoons black truffle sauce reserved separately for sauce (available at The Jacksonville Mercantile) In a roasting pan, roast the bacon-wrapped beef in the middle of a preheated 400°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the thermometer registers 120°F. Let the fillet cool completely and discard the bacon and the strings. Skim the fat from the pan juices and reserve the pan juices. In a heavy skillet, cook the mushrooms and one jar of Black Truffle Sauce (reserve 2 Tablespoons from the jar for the sauce) in the butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until all the liquid is evaporated and the mixture is dry, season with salt and pepper, and let cool completely. On a floured surface, roll 1 pound of the puff pastry into a rectangle about 20- by 12- inches, or large enough to enclose the fillet completely. Place the mushroom and truffle mixture into the center of the dough and invert the fillet carefully over the mushroom truffle mixture in the middle of the dough. Fold up the long sides of the dough to enclose the fillet, brushing the edges of the dough with some of


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Paws for Thought
by Darla Jochum, D.V.M.
Holiday Nutrition for Pets
inter months in general and the holidays in particular mean colder weather, more time indoors and increased access to large portions of decadent foods - for people and pets. Just a single season of increased caloric intake, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, can have significant effects on our pets’ weight. During the winter, there is definitely a holiday splurge going on. The mindset is that since we are sharing decadent meals with friends and family, we should include our pets in those traditions. The feeling is that if our pets gain a few pounds during the holidays, they will lose the weight during the summer months. This is a bad mindset to get into since it is much harder to lose weight than gain weight. And since the weather is cold and dreary, we exercise ourselves and our pets less during winter. An easy way to make yourself more aware of your pet’s food intake and activity is to keep a written record. Each day, write down the activities you did with your pet such as walking and games you played. Be sure to keep track of regular meals and any treats you fed your pet. If you notice a consistent trend of less activity and more treats, you have a problem. Fortunately the solution is relatively easy. First, measure-out how much you are feeding your pet using a standard 8 ounce measuring cup, so you know exactly how much your pet is getting. On days that you do not


exercise your pet or you give extra treats, decrease the amount you feed your pet by 25%. You could also invent some indoor games to increase activity and increase calories burned. Indoor activities which dogs may enjoy are fetching, tug-of-war, and hide-and-seek games I introduced in this column a few months ago. For cats, ping pong balls and laser pointers are fun toys sure to get your cat running. If your dog is small or has short fur, finding a nice coat to keep them warm, dry and comfortable while outside, can help in getting her outdoors and active. Be cautious when you are outdoors with your dog or cat this winter – especially where ice melting products have been used. Ice melting products can cause irritation to the skin on the bottom of the feet. Depending on the product used, they can cause excessive drooling, depression, and vomiting, if ingested. So be sure to wipe your pet’s feet with a wet towel if you happen to walk through any of these products. Sure, it’s okay to spoil your pet this holiday season, but keep in mind what your pet is eating and how much exercise they are getting. Adjust their diet accordingly to avoid excessive weight gain and potential health problems later. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Darla may be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital - 541-899-1081

Annie’s Antics
by Annie Parker
An Unlikely Friend, A Smelly Encounter & My Resolutions for 2011
ello there! I hope the Holiday season is treating you well. My life has changed a little – my folks adopted a C-A-T. “C-A-T” stands for Cute Action Toy… at least in my book. He’s furry, fast and fun to chase! I am totally fascinated, and really do appreciate my folks getting me a new buddy to pal around with! His name is Marty, and he really, really likes to chase things. We even chase the same ball around the family room, but I make sure that he knows it’s still mine! I’ll keep you posted about our times together, okay? And, speaking of chasing things… Mr. Marty Smarty isn’t the only four legged creature I’ve been chasing – I just met my first skunk on a dark and rainy night in my backyard. Hey, it’s MY backyard to patrol and that smell machine WAS intruding. How did I know the striped play thing would turn out to be such a stinker? Wow, was my dad mad! My Mom gave me the longest bath ever!


Now – I’ve decided to write some New Year’s Resolutions. Everybody needs them, even dogs. Okay – so here’s my list. In 2011, I will: 1. Be nice to the C-A-T 2. Whine softly when I want my ball from under the couch 3. Make peace with the vacuum cleaner 4. Not dig in the garden 5. Refrain from chasing the wild turkeys…and skunks 6. Let Mom and Dad enjoy a movie at home in peace 7. Be nice to the little, white neighbor dog…maybe 8. Eat slowly (well – maybe a little more slowly) 9. Leave my folks’ socks alone (this will be really hard) 10. Enjoy this Small Town with Big Atmosphere! HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, your family and your furry friends! Please remember those who may not be as fortunate and maybe even donate a little money to the Friends of the Animal Shelter, Sanctuary One, SNYP or your favorite organization.

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ongress has tasked the IRS with closing the tax gap. In last month’s article, tax preparer registration was discussed. The IRS has also tightened the requirements for 1099 reporting. The changes are not scheduled to take effect until January 1, 2012, but some ripples are being felt right now. Some in the new congress have mentioned changing the law, so some requirements may change, but for now the law should be followed. Starting in January 2012, all business to business transactions over $600 in the calendar year, for services and goods must be reported on a 1099. This includes corporations. Those few words will add millions of hours of work and millions of dollars of expense to American companies. The current law requires that services and certain types of payments, like rent, be reported, if over $600. Corporations are mostly exempt under current law and goods are not considered. The new law will mean that the trucker who buys gas at the same truck-stop will have to issue a 1099 if he buys over $600 in fuel. The flower shop owner will need to issue a 1099 to the floral wholesaler if she spends more than $600 in the year. The medical office will have to issue a 1099 to Office Depot if the total spent during the year is over $600. The IRS is trying to find underreported income and overstated expenses. While that is worthy goal, January of 2013 will see millions of 1099 forms changing hands. The burden on small businesses

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Eugene Peart Bennett 1921 – 2010
Eugene Peart Bennett, 88, died at Rogue Valley Medical Center on November 2 after a short illness. He was born on December 20, 1921 in Central Point, the son of Edward Carl Bennett and Mable Ann (Peart) Bennett and was the youngest of four children. He graduated from Medford High School and attended the University of Oregon as a music major before answering his country’s call. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rating of Yeoman First Class. An early interest in visual arts blossomed while in the Navy and upon his discharge, he decided to focus on this. He was accepted at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1947 and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees there. He taught at the Art Institute and at New Trier Township High School while obtaining his Masters. In 1954, he moved to Europe for a year, staying primarily in Florence, but also travelling to other areas of Italy and France. He returned to acclaim in Chicago in 1955, but elected to return to the beauty and familiar landscape of the Rogue Valley in 1958. He taught art and worked with other artists to found the Rogue Valley Art Association and its Rogue Gallery. He also continued to exhibit in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. He became an “advocate for the arts” and “a tireless supporter of local arts groups” (Oregon Arts Commission, December 2, 2002). Gene was truly a renaissance man. He composed music, including a piece used in an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production in 1940, and acted in a Shakespeare play that year. He was in the Master Dance Group at the U of O, he designed and constructed rentals on Grape Street in Medford and, after moving to Jacksonville, he restored and extended the Eagle Brewery Saloon. His talent in the visual arts included watercolor and oil painting, collages, assemblages and sculpture – including the back bar for the Salishan Lodge and poles that graced the entrance to the Oregon Pavilion at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. His interests extended to the community he lived in. He helped develop the Historic Preservation standards for Jacksonville, was the first chairman of the Jacksonville Preservation Commission, and served on the Planning Commission, as well as other committees. His sense of humor and joy in the beauty around him was contagious and will be missed by his many friends and his family. He is survived by his sister-inlaw, Darlene Bennett; nephews William and Robert Bennett; niece Betty (Bennett) Stephenson and several grand nieces and nephews, as well as a multitude of friends and admirers. Acquiescing to his wishes, no service will be held. He will be buried at the Jacksonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, OR 97501 or to the Oregon Community Foundation (memo line: Eugene Bennett Scholarship Fund), 818 W. 8th St., Medford, OR 97501. The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is planning a public memorial and tribute to Eugene in spring, 2011. Watch for an announcement, or call the Gallery at 541-7728118 after March 1st for details.

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