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A Few Minutes with the Mayor
by Paul Becker
ast month I wrote of the many citizen volunteers who devote their time, their resources, and their energy, to our city. Naturally, not every one has the time to devote to commissions or committees, or for that matter even service-oriented group activities. However, there is another way one can participate. We have what I might respectfully call “gadflies” who are quick to point out things which, in their mind, are problems in the way the city is governed or managed. You know who some of them are because they care enough to be vocal about what they believe. Right or wrong, and it goes down both ways from time to time, they try to effect changes or corrections to things they perceive as needing such attention. At times they may seem irksome, but let me relate a story about one such person who saved a world-renowned landmark from the developer’s wrecking ball in 1979. The landmark was New York City’s 47 year-old Radio City Music Hall and the lady who saved it was Mary Ann Krupsak. The local newspapers carried the story of a decaying theater which, in the developer’s words, would be better off torn down and replaced with another skyscraper. Of course, the skyscraper would earn far more than the decaying

From the Firehouse to Your House
by Fire Chief, Devin Hull
When Should a Fire Extinguisher Be Used?
mall fires can be controlled a monthly fire through the use of household or extinguisher commercial fire extinguishers. inspection will ensure that it will always A household extinguisher can often be in proper working order. It is also a completely douse a very small fire good idea to have it checked out once a and prevent the need for professional year by a company licensed to perform assistance. Even if a fire cannot be a more extensive fire extinguisher completely doused, inspection. Citizen Fire Extinguisher Training a homeowner can Most people June 11th, 2011, 2pm – 4pm potentially control have never done at the Jacksonville Fire Department a routine monthly a blaze long enough Video/Lecture & Hands-On with an extinguisher fire extinguisher Live Fire Training. until firefighters inspection in part Students will watch the video, receive a short because they aren’t arrive. Only lecture then practice with the extinguisher. quite sure how to proper models of The video will start every half hour. extinguishers should do them or feel be used. Please note that if the operation of an extinguisher will place you in danger, evacuate the building and wait for fire crews to arrive. FIRE TYPE: Fire extinguishers are distinguished based on the types of fires on which they are effective. These fires are classified by their fuel source and assigned identifying letters as follows: • “A” class – Fires that result from ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. • “B” class – Fires that result from combustible liquids, such as kerosene, gasoline, oil, and grease. • “C” class – Fires of an electrical nature. These result from the combustion of circuit breakers, wires, outlets, and other electrical devices and equipment. Extinguishers designed to handle this type of fire cannot use chemicals that are conductive since conductive agents increase the risk of electric shock to the operator. • “D” class – Fires resulting from combustible metals, such as sodium, potassium, titanium, and magnesium. These fires occur mostly in chemical laboratories and are rare in most other environments. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If you do not perform a monthly fire extinguisher inspection on your device, the consequences could be disastrous. If you suspect for any reason that your fire extinguisher is not in good shape, call the fire department to come and inspect it and then follow up each month with a fire extinguisher inspection. Don’t take your fire extinguisher for granted. Performing


On Citizen Participation
theater. The city administration and the state government were in agreement with the proposed development. Who could argue about the economics as they were presented? Our gadfly, Mary Ann, could and did. To this day I have felt there was a great film script with this story because she was up against every entrenched interest in the city and she saved the theater within hours of the arrival of the wrecking crews who were scheduled to demolish the famed edifice. Almost single-handedly, she argued, fought, and cornered government officials to the point where the Historic Preservation Commission was finally able to declare the theater as a historic landmark. The outcome of her battle was both dramatic and nothing short of phenomenal. It was a battle won by someone who cared. As mayor, I speak every day to citizens in our own town who care enough to be vocal about things…and it is my prayer for our community that they continue to care. It is precisely their attention and devotion that makes Jacksonville a thriving, energetic city. We are blessed to have them. But… how about you? Let me encourage you to become “involved.” We in City Hall are more than glad to listen to you. You never know what you might accomplish. Remember Mary Ann Krupsak.


City Snapshot
April 5: City Council Agrees to Staff Restructuring Plan Following the recommendation of the Management and Personnel Committee, the City Council voted to make the following staffing changes, resulting in cost savings of approximately $66,000. The entire re-structuring is an increase of one part time position. • Treasurer – Stacy McNichols will become the Administrative Department Head, encompassing the role of Office Manager. • Police Clerk – Kathy Tiller will return to the Police Station full time. • City Planner – Planning will become a separate department from Administration with Amy Stevenson as Planning Director / Department Head. • Planning / Building Tech – Alice White will assume the role as a full time position. • Receptionist – Julie Watkins will increase her role to a full time position with the title, Court Clerk / Administrative Assistant. • Community Service Officer / Code Enforcement Officer – this fiscal year the CSO is a seasonal position. CSO/ Code Enforcement Officer will become a permanent part-time position. • PT Administrative Fire Chief – The part time Administrative Fire Chief position will be eliminated. • Fire Chief – Devin Hull will be promoted to Fire Chief / Department Head. The Operations Chief position will be eliminated. April 19: City Council Action Council approved a Liquor Commission license request for the new Umpqua Valley Tasting Room at 220 E. California Street (next to McCully House) featuring wine tasting from River’s Edge Winery and Bradley Winery. Council approved the return of the Art Amble on the last Friday of each month from May through October from 5:00-7:00 pm. Council rejected an offer to lease and/ or purchase a small land parcel attached to the Fire Department parking lot which the city had been using free of charge for 20 years. As such the city will cease use of the parking area and remove a storage facility on the property. Council formally named Jeff Alvis (Interim City Manager) as Budget Officer per City Charter requirement. On April 28, May 12 & 19 (if needed), formal budget meetings will be held at the Naversen Room at 4 pm. On June 7 & 14, Council will hold Public Hearings on the proposed 2011-12 budget and will formally adopt it on June 14. Per recommendation from Police Chief Towe, Council agreed to hold a special study session prior to its regular meeting on May 17 at 6:00 pm to discuss public safety and other issues concerning the city-wide yard sale.

it’s unnecessary as long as they have it inspected by a professional yearly. In reality, damage to or loss of pressure in the device could be catastrophic. Spending a few minutes every month could save you a lifetime of heartache so follow these steps below to ensure that your fire extinguisher is in optimal working order. Steps to Performing a Fire Extinguisher Inspection: 1. Schedule your fire extinguisher inspection at the same time every month. Keep a calendar next to your extinguisher with a big red X on the date of each month. Generally, you should have one person perform the task each time while another looks on for reference. Have a checklist handy with the date of each fire extinguisher inspection and follow each step until complete. Be sure to mark the date of inspection on the inspection tag. 2. Your extinguisher should not be blocked by any equipment, coats or objects that may interfere with the access in case of an emergency. 3. Always check to ensure that the pressure of the unit is at the recommended level by checking the gauge to confirm that the needle is in the green zone. 4. Make sure the nozzle or other parts of the extinguisher are not obstructed. 5. If your portable fire extinguishers have a pin and tamper seal, check to see if they are intact and undamaged. 6. Check for dents, rust, leaks or any sign of abuse or wear. Take a damp rag and wipe off any gunk or chemicals that may have accumulated on the device. Fire Extinguisher – Cont'd. on Pg. 28

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


March 22, 2011 to April 21, 2011
Call Type - Total Calls
Abandoned Auto - 3 Alarm - False - 8 All Other - Other - 2 All Other - Trespass - 1 Animal Problem - 5 Assist - Other Government Agency - 17 Assist - Other Law Enforcement Agencies - 16 Assist - Public - 16 Civil Complainant - 4 County / City Ordinance - 3 Custody - Detox - 1 Custody - Mental - 1 Disorderly Conduct - 1 Disturbance/Noise - 3 Domestic Disturbance - 1 Drug Law Violation - 1 Larceny - All Other Larceny - 3 Larceny - Shoplifting - 1 MVA Non-Injury - 1 Property Found/Lost - 3 Public Safety - 2 Sex Crime - Other - 1 Sick - Cared For - 6 Suicide - Attempted - 4 Suspicious - 14 Traffic Crime - DWS/Revoked - 1 Traffic Crime - Hit & Run - 2 Traffic Crime - Reckless Driving - 1 Traffic/Roads - 7 Vandalism - 1

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The Metal Poppies of Jacksonville
by Criss Garcia
Over the last ten years Jacksonville, Oregon has slowly gained renown as ‘The Napa of the North’. The divine grapes that are a product of the intense sunshine and dry soils of Southern Oregon extend beyond the pinot noirs that the wetter Willamette clime has made famous. The flourishing vines have come to symbolize a new start for a town whose prosperity once depended on extracting gold from the dry rocky soil. The new gold is grown on the vine and refined by the efforts of vintners whose blend of skills borrow both from art and science. Last August 2010, two groups of breathtakingly realistic California poppies ranging in height up to twelve feet high sprang up fullyformed overnight against the vineyard backdrop. Like the tall tales of the gold rush days, these out-of-scale beauties defied immediate explanation, cars of tourists and locals alike pulled off South Stage Road Southeast of Jacksonville to get a closer look and a snap on their cell phone camera of the artistic giants located in the vineyards of local grower and wine purveyor, South Stage Cellars. Although the commanding and brilliant orange and incredibly lifelike poppies seemed to spring forth from the hard packed clay overnight, they were actually the product of months-long preparation by the artist, Cheryl D Garcia and South Stage Cellars who leases the hillside property. It all started when Jacksonville metal artist Cheryl D Garcia approached South Stage Cellars’ marketing manager Porscha Schiller about her longtime dream of creating giant scale sculptures in their vineyards. Cheryl had created her first giant-scale handcrafted flowers in 2005 using grant money provided to a local elementary school to bring art onto the playground. Several private commissions proved that the popularity of Cheryl’s giant flowers extended well beyond the playground. Those four giant flowers created a demand and notoriety for Cheryl’s work that was helping a childhood dream come true. An expert metal artist with seventeen years experience and a reputation for producing artworks brimming with heart and whimsy, Cheryl had been shopping around for the right venue to exhibit some of her giant metal artworks. She was looking for a location that was infused with the natural beauty that served as the inspiration for her work and she found it in the Quail Run Vineyard. A few more meetings with Porscha and South Stage Cellars owners Don, Michael and Traute Moore led to a meeting with the Huener family, owners of the land Quail Run occupies. They endorsed the artistic concept and after all of the liability and location issues had thoroughly been investigated and addressed, the project was given the green light to proceed. Then it was all up to Cheryl to create the giant sculptural flowers she had always dreamed of creating. With the largest flower over twelve feet tall, special engineering was required to accommodate a design over six feet in diameter at the top. The huge scale required heavier reinforcement and added complexity and mass to the evolving pieces which have a zero impact footprint on the vineyard property. Cheryl lovingly and carefully designed, planned and prepared the pieces to accommodate the complexity involved in building, finishing and transporting each piece for final installation. The results were breathtaking and showed the potential for incredible public art collaborations between vintners and artists. While the tasting rooms have long been standard accommodation for artistic shows and residencies, displaying the artworks into the vineyards has proven to be an incredibly successful partnership. The visibility enjoyed by the artist is balanced by the interest and landmark quality the pieces provide to the vintners. Even though the installation lies about half a mile beyond the city limits, Jacksonville residents have proudly adopted the pieces as emblematic of their tenacious community springing back in a new gold rush of arts and culture. For More Information about this article: Criss Garcia, 541-326-5920, criss@ About the Monumental Poppies: Cheryl D. Garcia, 541-840-6243

Chamber Chat
by The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
elcome to the monthly “Chamber Chat”! We want to share a fun “did you know?” in our “chat” this month, so grab your coffee, sit down with the “Review,” and join us in learning some interesting tidbits about the Jacksonville Trolley. Many of you see the bright red, brass Trolley parked on 3rd and California all summer, hauling visitors and residents around town sharing some of our rich history. “Stan the Trolley Man” ran the Trolley from 1984-1993. The Chamber of Commerce then leased the Trolley from Rogue Valley Transit District till December 2005. “RVTD” then donated the Classic Trolley to the City of Jacksonville, honoring its 20 years of operation here and giving it a permanent home. In 2006, the City of Jacksonville began leasing it to the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Now, throughout the summer and into early September, and for some off season events, the Trolley operation continues. Under the umbrella of the Chamber's Board of Directors, a Trolley Board manages the daily function, advertising, promotion, and use of the Trolley. Funding and/or support, from sources such as the private rentals, admission charges, etc. keep the Trolley operating and profitable, but without the backbone and generous support of the Trolley advertisers, its maintenance and upkeep would not be possible. The next time you ride the Trolley, notice the advertisers posted inside and take time to thank them for their support. We estimate in 2009 we had 5000+ riders during the core season. Residents and visitors from all over the world enjoy


the Trolley and the amazing history provided on each ride. During the 45 minute journey, one of a dedicated group of volunteer “docents,” in full Victorian dress, tells the history and story of our town. The Trolley has a rich and busy Jacksonville life! It is rented for excursions, weddings, carolers, and special groups. The “Britt Festival” contracts with it to provide concert goers free transportation during the performance season. The Britt contract is an example of a wonderful working partnership that helps maintain the Trolley operation, as well as offering a unique experience for those attending the concerts. Last year our Trolley was broken and ill for several months! With a new motor, tires, exhaust system, and a new found energy, it is ready to go this summer! Next on the list is a much-needed refurbishing and restoration of the beautiful wood work and trim. The Chamber hopes for continued donations, support, and talent in tackling that project as well. We look forward to 2011 with more riders, excursions, and fun uses of the Trolley to enhance our visitors’ Jacksonville experience and bring them back! The Chamber invites you to join us at our monthly general meetings, at the Bella Union. Held the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm, we offer a relaxed, and informative time to socialize and connect with the business community. See you May12th! For information on the Jacksonville Chamber, or to join, please contact the visitors center at 185 N Oregon St., or call the office at 541-8998118.

J’Ville Farmers Market Re-Opens May 7th!
After a great 2010, Ken Snoke, founder of the J’Ville Farmers Market is pleased to announce the return of the market starting on Saturday, May 7th. The weekly market has many new features and is open on the J’Ville Courthouse lawn from 9-1 on Saturday mornings. Shoppers will find a strong group of local produce and specialty food vendors, along with great music, a kid’s corner, and a Local’s Tradin’ Table. Walker Creek Farms and Lakota’s Garden will be back with plant starts and cool weather veggies, as well as fresh hothouse tomatoes from 4 Seasons per Year. Once again, pastured meats will be offered for sale from the Applegate Valley’s Salant Family Ranch. New specialty farm vendors including Fusion Farms, Lightfoot Gardens, Singing Bird Farms, and Family Thyme Growers will offer honey, Asian veggies, herbs, micro-greens, and hops. Soluna Gardens will be selling their lab and garden-tested compost tea for use in your own gardens – a product used by Snoke and other locals that has proven highly effective and beneficial. Again, specialty food vendors include last year’s favorites, The Saucy Sisters and Sherry’s Pasta, with a few new great producers including Gia’s Gluten-Free Bakery, Empanadas Andinas, Grandpa’s Tamales, and Karen’s K9 Cookies. There will be season-long activities for the kids at the Kid’s Corner, with local Professor Bailiwick from Monster Basher Inc. bringing some fun science projects on opening day. A local band of musicians will be playing thanks to Terry Erdmann who’s rounding-up some friends. The band will be working on a limited budget, so be sure and bring an extra buck or two for the tip jar! As part of his effort to make this a useful and utilitarian market, Snoke is also providing a new Local’s Tradin’ Table where market goers can bring something that they’ve grown or made. This is a free service and if it works, Snoke encourages participants to toss in a small donation to support this part of the market. For contact information, see ad on this page.

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Starthistle Fly-in is Memorial Day Weekend! Mark Your Calendars – Art Amble Returns to Downtown May 27!
Well-known Jacksonville artist Anne Brooke was instrumental in forming an organization of local artists known as “Art Presence.” The idea was simple – to encourage and develop an art presence in town and to create venues for artists and the public to meet one another, interact and encourage patronage. Since its inception two years ago, AP has displayed local art at public events and gatherings, including the 150th Celebrations, JWA Hike-a-Thon’s, the Heritage Society Courthouse benefit and Britt opening day street celebrations. Along with committee members Katherine Gracey, Dianne Erickson, Cheryl Garcia and Hannah West, Brooke and twenty other local artists have a new project – bringing back the Friday Art Amble to downtown Jacksonville. Anne notes, “We have partnered with the local business community who will be hosting an artist in their place of business from 5-7 pm on the 4th Friday of each month… some will provide food, wine and other goodies.” The idea is to stroll the streets at one’s own pace and visit as many art venues as you choose in a couple of hours. Anne adds, “In keeping with the mission of AP, we want to inspire and educate people about art and provide added beauty to our town. The Art Amble will be held from May through October and provide the perfect opportunity to accomplish our mission…we are looking forward to a great turnout from the public and look forward to making this a successful venture for our fabulous artists and art lovers.” For more information, contact Anne Brooke at or 541-899-3759.

Dave Palmer catching a thermal over Applegate Valley. This Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, the skies over Woodrat Mountain in Ruch will once again be filled with 100+ Paraglider and Hanglider pilots from around the nation for the annual Starthistle Fly-In. The Memorial Day event theme is Aero-caching, a take off on Geo-caching in the air. Visiting pilots will be given maps of the area with GPS waypoints and encouraged to explore the Applegate Valley as they soar high above catching world-class thermals. Prizes will be awarded along the way and during an awards ceremony on Sunday. Two of the most comfortable places to watch the activities are at Fiasco Tasting Room (8035 Hwy. 238) and Fly High/ Longsword Vineyard (8555 Hwy. 238). Fiasco will serve as the official Pilot HQ for the event and host the kick-off breakfast and awards celebration. This year, Fiasco/ Jacksonville Vineyard owners Dave & Pam Palmer have constructed a new landing zone just for the event, along with a spectator wine tasting and viewing deck. For more information, call Karl Blust 541-944-9415 or visit

Kids Rock at Britt This Summer!
Applications are now being accepted for Britt’s first annual Rock Camp. Rock Camp will be held July 18-22, 2011, and is focused on regional musicians, ages 13-17, with intermediate ability on guitar, bass, drums or keyboard. As part of a new slate of educational programs offered by Britt this year, Rock Camp is designed to bring young musicians together, and will offer hands-on on instruction in electric guitar, electric bass, drums and keyboard. The camp will include performing as bands, song arranging, sound systems, recording techniques, vocals and more. Students will also get an insider’s peek at the Britt concerts that week. Rock Camp’s faculty is comprised of high-caliber musicians from the West Coast: Teri Cote, Bob DiChiro, Jeff Pevar, Dirk Price and David Scoggin. Collectively, the faculty has decades of national and international touring, recording and teaching experience. Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pevar, who has worked with artists such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, James Taylor, Jefferson Starship and others, says, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to be of service to the young aspiring musicians attending the upcoming Britt Rock Camp. I wish I could have gone to something like this when I was learning to play.” Tuition for Rock Camp is $300. Space is limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the camp, including faculty bios, an online application form and financial aid information, is available online at www. In addition to Rock Camp, Britt will again offer the String Quartet Academy this summer from July 29-August 13. The String Quartet Academy is geared toward intermediate to advanced string students, and is taught by the Arianna String Quartet. Limited spots are still available; camp and application information is available online at www. Britt Festivals invites audiences and artists to celebrate the joy of live performance, the power of community, and the magic of the Britt Experience. Through on-going education and audience development programs, Britt educates new generations of listeners, helping them discover the wonder of music and performance. In addition to presenting concerts, Britt Festivals maintains a formal education program through the Britt Institute. Established in 1985, the Britt Institute hosts a wide variety of learning opportunities through a multi-faceted approach of summer camps, workshops, grade school programs, lectures and adult learning opportunities.

Movie Night at Old City Hall
May’s Movie Night at Old City Hall is a classic adventure film, “The Sea Hawk,” starring Errol Flynn with the masterful Claude Rains. It is regarded by many as the best Errol Flynn film and is filled with symbolism about the rising Nazi tide in early World War II. If you like today’s adventure films, you’ll like this one. Catch “The Sea Hawk” on Friday, April 13, at 7:00 PM.

Jacksonville Artist Awarded Residency in France
Jacksonville oil painter and artist, Sarah Waldron, has been selected to participate in a five week Residency through The Alfred and Trafford Klots Program for Artists through the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The Residency is hosted in the medieval village of Léhon Brittany. The competition was fierce and nationwide. Five participants were chosen for a superior portfolio, an outstanding record of exhibition, fellowships, awards, other artist residencies and notable teaching appointments. The selection committee and program directors have chosen a total of five artists whose mix of media, approaches, styles, and focus will create a dynamic and collegial community. Residency applicants are provided with free housing and studio space. The residency provides time for uninterrupted work in an inspiring and historic setting made unique by Brittany's extraordinary light, distinctive landscape, and rich cultural traditions, a favorite location for the French impressionist. Waldron’s work proposal for the Residency “History Reflected in the Waters” will result in 20 oil paintings on panel measuring 20"x20" featuring bridges, medieval buildings and historical trees reflected in the coastal waters and canals in the area surrounding Léhon. Waldron’s adventure begins in late June and will last for 5 weeks.

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Sterling Mine Ditch Trail: Don’t Miss the National Trails Day Grand Re-Opening!
The historic Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (SMDT) in the Applegate Valley will be officially reopened on June 4th as part of a celebration of National Trails Day®. National Trails Day (NTD) is sponsored by the American Hiking Society and is a nationwide trails celebration that brings together trails enthusiasts to participate in trail dedications, educational exhibits, trail work projects, and other events. NTD was created to promote public awareness of America’s trails and the people who build and maintain them, promote the health benefits of trails, and to build partnerships among all those involved with trails. In late 2009, a group of Applegate and Rogue Valley residents formed the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, or SUTA, with the mission of developing trails for non-motorized use that connect the trail systems in Jacksonville and Ashland. A link to the SMDT is part of that future trail network. SUTA has coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to help organize more than 700 hours of work by SUTA volunteers clearing and maintaining the trail. BLM dedicated American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus) funds for trail maintenance and sent crews to clear the most overgrown sections, perform tread work and other trail improvements, and install new trailhead signs. Now, after more than a year of dedicated efforts, 18 miles of the SMDT is open and accessible to hikers, runners, equestrians, and mountain bikers. To celebrate the reopening of this great recreational resource, SUTA and BLM are co-sponsoring several events as part of National Trails Day. These include a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the efforts of groups and individuals who have been instrumental in working on the trail, self-guided hikes at all trailheads, a kid’s nature walk, and guided wildflower and bird hikes. SUTA volunteers will be located at each trailhead to provide information about the trail and points of interest, maps, and refreshments. There will also be an independent, selfsupported trail run along the entire 18 miles of the trail beginning at the Little Applegate Trailhead and ending at the Deming Gulch Trailhead. The SMDT is a historic trail that follows most of the original 26.5 mile ditch that was dug in the 1870’s to carry water to support mining activities at the Sterling gold mine. The berm along the ditch became a hiking trail under BLM jurisdiction after the ditch was decommissioned in the 1930’s. Over the years, parts of the trail became overgrown and fell out of use, but now, with the energy and enthusiasm of SUTA volunteers and BLM support and deployment of trail crews, nearly the entire length of the trail is once again open. The SMDT has some unique cultural features such as mostly intact rock walls, a tunnel, and remnants of flumes visible in places. Except where two sections of the trail climb a couple hundred feet to bypass private property, the ditch and trail are mostly level, changing little in elevation over the entire length – perfect for runners or those wishing to take their families on an easy hike. The trail traverses open meadows and chaparral-like terrain with expansive views of the Siskiyou Crest and Little Applegate Valley, and dips into deeply forested, shady draws that seem hidden in the folds of the mountain. At many points, trail visitors pass through stands of large ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, madrone, manzanita, and oaks as the trail contours its way along the slopes above the Little Applegate River and Sterling Creek. The winter snow and rain have provided ample water for several seasonal creeks and small waterfalls along the trail, and wildflowers are abundant through the spring. We invite the community to come out and celebrate with us on June 4th (or anytime!) and become acquainted with this wonderful recreational resource in our backyard. Details for the NTD celebration and events are posted on the SUTA website: http://www.sutaoregon. org/.If you’d like to volunteer to support the events, you may contact us through the website. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11 AM at the Deming Trailhead, and this will also be the location for the kids’ walk immediately following the ceremony. Directions to the trailhead are: follow Sterling Creek Road where it begins at Cady Road in Jacksonville about 8.5 miles to Armstrong-Deming Road. If you are coming from Ruch or Applegate, turn onto Sterling Creek Road at Buncom and go 1.5 miles to ArmstrongDeming Road. Follow the left fork (a short distance from the turn) approximately a mile to the well-marked trailhead. There will be parking, information and trail maps, refreshments, and more for the entire family. Before or after the ceremony, explore this section of the SMDT, or visit other sections of the trail from the Armstrong Gulch trailhead (follow the right fork of ArmstrongDeming Road), or the Little Applegate Road trailheads – Bear Gulch, Tunnel Ridge, or Little Applegate.

What’s New in the Jacksonville Forest Park?
The Park’s additions are new trails, another bridge, and trail maps. Trail maps are available at the Kiosk at the Park entrance just below the dam, the visitors’ center in Jacksonville, and the city offices. Also a big print version of the maps is mounted on the kiosk ready for everyone to plan their hiking trip into the beautiful 1,080-acre city park. With nearly eight miles of trails established in 2010, two new trails totaling 1& 1/4 mile were added since last fall. One of these is the 3/4 mile extension to the existing Granite Trail, which brings the length of this trail to 2 miles. The extension starts at the top end of the Granite Trail, which is easily accessed from the Reservoir Road via a big trail sign that points to the Granite Trail Trailhead. This trail extension is an easy walk along an old, almost-level, logging skid road, gaining only 200 feet in ½ mile. Then it goes through an area of very big, 15-foot tall Manzanita shrubs, and ends up on the Naversen Family Trail ridge. This section has been nicknamed the Halls of Manzanita! The second new trail is called the Ponderosa Snag Trail after the big pine snag which sits along it. This old snag is three feet in diameter and 80 feet tall. Also on the trail is one of the biggest madrone trees to be found, with a diameter of four feet at the base. This new trail can be found by going to the Rail Trail from the kiosk, and walking 100 feet on the Rail Trail. It travels on the hillside above the reservoir and comes back to the Rail Trail at the site where the train wreck occurred in 1917 on the old Bullis logging railroad. Check out the new Interpretive Panel featuring the newspaper article from 1917 that describes the brave actions of the engineer Denver Marsh. He tried to save the fireman Charles Schumpf by throwing him off a runaway train loaded with logs, only to be killed himself when the speeding, out of control train smashed into the 75-foot trestle across a ravine. Ten feet of replica railroad track in front of the Interpretive Panel shows how the railroad was built. At the Golden Water Cave is a new 38-foot bridge over Cantrall Creek. This is the second bridge to be built in the park, and offers a beautiful view of the creek in both directions. Come see it all at our 2nd annual FOREST PARK DAY! MAY 7, 2011 10:00am to 2:00pm Get out and enjoy our park! Explore our new trails for hiking, walking and biking. Over 10 miles of clearly marked trails for visitors of all ages. Trails and Sites: • Caves • Beautiful Scenery • Views • Brooks & Streams • Jacksonville Dam & Reservoir Maps & Jacksonville Park Rangers will be available for assistance. Location: From Jacksonville take HWY 238 for 0.7 mile to MaryAnn Drive (right turn). Take an immediate left onto Reservoir Road and follow signs for 1 mile to the Kiosk, where Parking is available. Other parking locations are at the Reservoir, the MRA Parking lot & the Red Rock Quarry.

May 1 - 31: Art Exhibit at the GoodBean: This month we’re proud to present works by artist Alx Fox, 2011 Vice President of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. Her mixed media abstract paintings, created with textured canvas and softly blended colors, have an ethereal quality; newer works express a lively freedom of motion with elegance and simplicity. “Zen 1,” an example of this new direction in her work, was recently juried into a national show, the Emerald Spring Exhibition! The show will be on display at the Emerald Art Center in SpringÞeld, Oregon from May 3 - 27. (Interview at May 1 - June 30: Eve Margo Withrow at the Berryman Gallery Artist Eve Margo Withrow, who creates impressionist paintings with her personal mixed water media and collaged materials technique, invites you to view a 2-month display of her work at the Berryman Gallery, located upstairs at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave in Medford. May 6, 5 - 7pm: ÒBetween Earth & SkyÓ Art In Bloom Invitational at Rogue Gallery & Art Center Coinciding with the 12th Annual Art In Bloom Festival, this year's Art in Bloom Invitational brings together artists working in various media to Þll the Main Gallery for our annual spring-themed exhibition. Meet the artists at the May 6 opening reception; the show will remain on display until June 10. For more info, call 541.488.5072 or email May 13, 5:30 - 8 pm: Artist Reception at CreatorÕs Gallery Join us at the historic Karewski House on the corner of 5th and C Street for a reception in honor of our Featured Artist, jewelry designer Diane Robins, on the second Friday in May. There is no charge and the public is invited to join us for Þne art accompanied by snacks, wine and soft drinks. Call 541.899.6902 for more information. May 14, 3 - 5pm: Danna Tartaglia at ƒlan Guest Suites and Art Gallery ƒlan Gallery is pleased to announce a show of works by Jacksonville artist Danna Tartaglia. An established, award-winning oil painting artist, Danna enjoys the challenge of capturing the motion and spirit of horses running free, Þsh splashing in a pond or imaginatively snooty red bears. Élan will feature some of her new works as well as old favorites. Join us for an afternoon artist reception at the gallery, 245 West Main Street, Jacksonville; Exhibit will be on display from May 2 - June 30. Also see Danna’s new listing at SOAR for contact info and a link to her art website. Fri, May 27, 5 Ð 7pm: Art Presence: Jacksonville Art Amble Art Presence is pleased to announce the reinstatement of the Art Amble, a stroll about Jacksonville to visit shops, view artwork and meet Art Presence members. Join us from May - October on the last Friday of the month, when downtown businesses will stay open from 5 - 7, each presenting the work of one or more local artists. For more information, please call Anne at 541.899.3759. Every Monday, 10 am: Artists Workshop Spring is here, and the painters of the Artists Workshop invite all enthusiastic painters to join our weekly plein air painting excursions. Learn more and Þnd out where weÕre painting next Monday! Call Elaine Witeveen at 541.482.5837 or email Peter Coons, Ongoing: Metal Artist Cheryl D. Garcia, Resident Artist at South Stage Cellars If you havenÕt stopped by yet to see her work, you donÕt know what youÕre missing! Wednesdays, May 11, 18, & 25, 5 - 8 pm: Watercolor Exploration for Newbies Jacksonville artist Elaine Frenett offers a new class for those interested in exploring watercolor painting for the Þrst time. Classes meet in the Ashland Art CenterÕs Main Classroom at 357 E. Main Street, Ashland. Fee for the class is $110.00. Please register by May 4: in person with Elaine at Studio 13, upstairs at the Ashland Art Center, write or call 541.944.2196. Visit to view Spring/Summer class and workshop schedules for youth and adults of all levels of experience offered by the Rogue Gallery & Art Center and more! ____________________________________________________________________________________
Read our blog for details on these events, calls to artists, art news and more: Compiled by Hannah West Design, LLC. Submit your art event to or call 541.899.2012

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Art Event Calendar - May 2011

Jacksonville Kiwanis Honors April Student of the Month
For the month of April, the Kiwanis Club basketball, track & field, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a member of the math of Jacksonville honored Grace Brennan as Student of the Month. team, she participated in This is Grace's senior the Math Bowl. year at South Medford She is also an expert High School, and she reader and considers is a valedictorian of the herself a bookworm! graduating class. She is Her goal is to attend the daughter of Lee and a good university like Bonnie Brennan of Ruch, Embry-Riddle College and carries a 4.0 grade in Prescott, Arizona to become an aerospace point average. Subjects she has taken include engineer. Grace Brennan with Kiwanis Grace says her parents several AP classes such Secretary, Mary Beattie. as Literature, Chemistry, have influenced her the Calculus, and Physics. Other subjects include Pre-calculus, Algebra II, American and World Studies, Biology, Physical Science, Economics and Leadership. Her many activities include volleyball, most, by encouraging and challenging her to achieve success academically and personally in school, sports, and all other endeavors. For further information, contact Gay Wilson at 541- 899-1934, e-mail:

Classes & Workshops

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The Unfettered Critic
by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann
Wild About Harry: Harry Potter & the End of The Road
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One, the DVD of last fall’s film release, recently materialized in stores, triggering much excitement among muggles everywhere, and spelling jittery anticipation for the good and evil yet to debut in Part 2 on July 15. You can count us among Harry’s minions; we’re fans of the movies and even bigger devotees of the books. Anything that motivates young (and not so young) people to sit down and read – in this case, the astounding 4,178 pages that make up the seven Potter tomes – thrills us to pieces. Admittedly, author J.K. Rowling ain’t Steinbeck – she ain’t (okay, isn’t) even Tolkien – but reading her books might inspire inexperienced readers to work their way up to Steinbeck (after they run out of choices in the “fantasy books” section). Warner Brothers was smart to split the final book into two epic films. At first glance it may appear to be a decision contrived by the studio’s profit pushers: (“OMG! – it’s the last book! No more Potter revenue… unless... yes – that’s it! We’ll split it into two movies!”). But keep in mind that Deathly Hallows runs 784 pages. That many pages, or an equitable amount of film footage, is needed to untangle the myriad story threads that Rowling dangles before us in the Potter saga. The book resolves all the secrets, cleverly kills a passel of beloved and not-so-beloved-able characters, and even conjures a bit of amore for some of the others. Accomplishing all that is a trick that, even with the use of a transforming polyjuice potion, would have been hard to craft – even if into one very long movie. One hopes that in splitting Deathly Hallows into two films the producers have managed to save a perfect portion for the second half to gracefully maneuver the thin line between “too much” and “not enough.” You may remember the seemingly countless sequential endings in the final episode in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. We love that trilogy and that final movie, yet from a cinematic standpoint the multiple endings were cringingly awkward. And even so – Tolkien completists still objected that yet other dénouements from the book weren’t tacked on as well. On the whole, Deathly Hallows, Part One is more emotionally satisfying than earlier installments of the Potter playlist. By emotionally satisfying, of course, we mean satisfying to adult members of the audience, like us. We’re not sure if youngsters find it satisfying in the same way. In fact, we’re not even sure that very young children should be watching Deathly Hallows. The films, like the books that spawned them, grow progressively darker as the series progresses, surprisingly dark, in fact, for stories originally looked on as children’s fare. Still, if the moppets are old enough to have read the print versions, they’ve likely developed the proper perspective on the horrors that haunt Harry’s soul. They’ll understand that collateral damage is pervasive in Harry’s life. He’s “the boy who lived” when his parents did not. He witnessed a schoolmate’s murder in The Goblet of Fire, saw his godfather meet an untimely end in The Order of the Phoenix, and watched the execution of his beloved mentor in The Half-Blood Prince. Presumably, if the young ones have digested those events with no ill effects, they’re equipped for The Deathly Hollows, Part One, and the upcoming Part Two. As for the rest if us, not even the threat of a dementor’s kiss should keep us away. 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.

Britt News!
In a move to enhance the Britt concert experience for patrons, Britt will expand concessions this summer to provide increased food and beverage options for concert patrons, along with pre-concert entertainment. Britt recently signed an agreement with Northwest-based company West Coast Events, a leader in managing concessions for major entertainment venues. The new menu will include pizza, Greek, Asian and American food options. Dan Finley of West Coast Events says, “We’re thrilled to be the new food provider at Britt. We’ll be offering varied menus of traditional and ethnic cuisine, providing patrons with expanded options, and convenient ways for them to enjoy a variety of great meals on the Britt hill. We believe these exciting new food and beverage options will greatly enhance the experience of an evening on the beautiful Britt hill.” Also new this year, Britt is expanding wine and beer options. This is a change from Britt’s long-time exclusive relationship with Valley View Winery. Owner Mark Wisnovsky says, “Valley View is proud of our 30-year relationship with Britt and is looking forward to having several Valley View and Anna Maria wines on the hill this year, as well as an excellent selection from other southern Oregon wineries.” Expanding the wine options provides Britt with more options for the consumer. Britt Executive Director Jim Fredericks says, “southern Oregon is known for its incredible diversity of high quality wines, and we’re excited about the opportunity to showcase many of them on the hill this season.” Consulting with local experts, Britt will also introduce “green” bottle sales for the wine program, using wine kegs and refillable bottles. In addition, Britt will also offer bottle sales from some of the area’s leading vintners. Wisnovsky adds, “The wines-by-the-keg program will dramatically decrease the amount of glass bottles used and will continue the southern Oregon wine industry’s mission to reduce the environmental impact of our organizations.” The wineries participating in the new keg program are all local. They are as follows: Rosella’s, Wooldridge Creek, Folin, Valley View Winery, Troon, Quady North, & EdenVale. Three other local wineries will sell wine by the glass or bottle: Del Rio, Red Lily and Weisinger’s. In addition to the new wine options, an expanded array of regional and national draft beers by the glass will also be offered, along with bottled beers paired with the Greek and Asian food options. Southern Oregon Brewing options will also be available. Wine and beer will be poured from the former food both, and food options will move up the hill. Pavers were laid last month for a new concessions patio, called the Table Rock City Café. Table Rock City was the original name of Jacksonville, from the early 1850s. The patio is located behind the booth that will now be used for wine and beer, and will include tables and chairs in a level area. The new concessions patio will also have a small stage for a new preconcert performance series, the Table Rock Concert Series, consisting of preconcert entertainment provided by local musicians, students involved in Britt’s educational programs, and others. The series will provide Britt audiences with exposure to new artists and talented students, and allow diners to enjoy quality entertainment prior to the start of concerts. Artists for the Table Rock Concert Series will be announced later this spring. Artists who are interested in being considered should submit their information online at Britt Festivals invites audiences and artists to celebrate the joy of live performance, the power of community, and the magic of the Britt Experience. Through on-going education and audience development programs, Britt educates new generations of listeners, helping them discover the wonder of music and performance. In addition to presenting concerts, Britt Festivals maintains a formal education program through the Britt Institute. Established in 1985, the Britt Institute hosts a wide variety of learning opportunities through a multi-faceted approach of summer camps, workshops, grade school programs, lectures and adult learning opportunities. Britt’s 2011 season begins Saturday, June 11. The member presale begins April 14. Patrons can join as members online at, or contact the Britt office at 541-779-0847. General public sales begin May 19.

Volunteer Opportunity
Jacksonville Friends of the Library has an opening for a Treasurer which requires an hour or two a month plus attendance at one monthly meeting. Training will be provided if you are interested in helping with the important task of raising money to keep the library open on Saturdays. Please contact Joan Avery at 541-702-2114 or mailjoanavery@ for more information.

Dale Verger, Broker, ABR, CRS (541) 944-6707 cell

Humidity in Your Home
by Spring Air
You may have heard the old saying “it’s not the temperature, it’s the humidity.” That saying is also true when you are talking about the comfort inside your home. Not only can the humidity level in your home affect your comfort, it can also be harmful to your home and affect your health, as well. If your indoor humidity level is too low you could experience: • Chronic physical symptoms such as sore throats, dry/itchy skin, nose bleeds or sinus irritation. • Your wood floors can shrink and begin to crack. Joints in wooden furniture become loose and eventually fail. • Pianos and other musical instruments fall out of tune. • Wall paper can begin to peel. Paint or plaster can start to crack. • If your indoor humidity level is too high you could experience: • Mold and mildew formed on your walls making your asthma and allergies worse. • Your skin will often feel clammy, sweaty or sticky. • A musty smelling odor in your living space. • Wood floors and furniture can begin to warp or rot. • Your home becomes a breeding ground for insects and other pests. There are several things you can do to help humidity issues in your home. The first thing to check is your ventilation. You should use ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms and make sure they are vented all the way through to the outside. Also cover your dirt floor crawlspace under you house with plastic to act as a vapor barrier. You might also need a humidifier or a dehumidifier installed into your heating and cooling duct system to get to a comfortable and healthy amount of humidity. If you would like more information about indoor humidity solutions go to and enter humidity in the Ask Jared box. For more information, contact Spring Air at 541-899-3155. See our ad on page 22.

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McKee Bridge & Upper Applegate History
By Strib Schussman
The McKee Bridge Historical Society things that constitute a roaring mining (MBHS) is the proud caretaker of the town, called “Eileen.” Twice daily, a historic McKee Bridge in the Applegate stagecoach carried mail and passengers Valley. McKee Bridge is one of only four over the primitive Upper Applegate Road. historic covered bridges left in Jackson Freight and ore wagons pulled by teams County – at one of six and eight time there were horses also used almost 100. It is this road. Jackson County’s During the Blue oldest and longest Ledge “heyday,” at 122 feet and the Deb McKee and highest at 45 feet. others who owned In the 1850’s, property on both when gold was sides of the river, discovered in the provided food and Jacksonville area, lodging services to miners spread the travelers and throughout the team drivers and area prospecting their animals. for both placer At Dead Horse and hard rock Hill, there were claims. During several close calls this period, pioneers from the East and and at least one horse drawn wagon went from California started homesteading over the cliff. So, in 1917, Deb McKee the Applegate Valley. After donated land for many mining claims petereda bridge to cross Please join us for out, some miners turned to the Applegate growing crops and raising River at the south McKee Bridge Day farm animals. There was end of dead June 11, 2011 also the accompanying cadre Horse Hill. of businesses – mercantile, The county 10am to 4pm blacksmithing, lawyers, where hired Jason towns and communities began Hartman and to spring up. Sons to build the McKee covered wooden Soon, with a big increase in population, bridge. Hartman’s bid was for $6,300. the mule and horse trails had to be Hartman, a former oil derrick builder in improved in order to accommodate Ohio, came to Oregon in the 1890’s and wagons and stagecoaches. The first main constructed barns before starting his road through the Lower Applegate area bridge building trade. The Hartman’s was known as the Jacksonville-Kirbyville became well known for their bridge road, which passed through what is now building in other areas in Oregon, the town of Ruch. Here, stagecoaches and eventually were credited with and freight traveled a strenuous route constructing more than 500. The bridge between Crescent City on the Pacific structures were a classic example of a coast and Jacksonville in the Rogue River “Howe Truss” design – a design that was Valley. (and still is) popular for some railroad At the time, locals in the outlying bridges. Hartman also constructed a DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION AND areas had to maintain their own wagon wooden-covered bridge downstream PRESERVATION to roads. The only way to get the countyOF JACKSONVILLE’S HISto replace the Cameron Ford Crossing. build a comparatively decent road was These TORIC STRUCTURES two bridges eliminated the need for to petition the county commissioners. If the hazardous trip over Dead Horse Hill done, the county would then be obligated or getting soaked during a river crossing! to maintain the road after it was built or The western approach to the McKee improved. Bridge was all fill dirt, not timbers and In 1876, a group of Upper Applegate planks as you see it now. In 1927, a severe citizens petitioned the county to survey Society extends its the bridge away.and The Jacksonville Heritage flood nearly washed appreciation and build a road from the traveled However, the washing out of the west gratitude to the to the Jacksonville-Kirbyville roadfollowing individuals and businesses as a good approach fill, which allowed Community sponsors in (about 3 miles Nicholas Wright ranch support of the CC Beekman House, a water current portion of the destructive Jacksonville upstream from the location of the present to bypass the main structure, probably Historic Landmark. McKee Bridge). The petition recommended saved it. The only other damage was the that the existing makeshift wagon trail be loss of many siding boards. The western In-kind Business Sponsor Business Sponsor followed and included three “fords” or approach was then reconstructed with Individual Sponsor river crossings. There were no bridges in timbers and planks. those days and if the river was too high, In 1956, the bridge was closed to Spring Air Wine Country Inn you just Charley &it! The new road didn’t cross Jeanena Wilson motor vehicle traffic after large logging basically followed the route as you see it trucks became too heavy for the wooden Dave Harter Plumbing Jacksonville Review today, with the exceptions of the bridges. structure. A new concrete bridge was Bob & Carolyn Kingsnorth constructed a short distance upstream for In 1903, some Applegate property owners petitioned for a change in the road that purpose. The swimming pool area in an attempt to do away with two of the (YOUR NAME HERE) adjacent to the Bridge was later built by worst river ford crossings. They requested the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in that the road be moved completely to the the 1930’s and is still maintained by the east side of the Applegate River, and also US Forest Service. extended fromJacksonville Historical Society invites community sponsorA December 1964 winter snowstorm and The the Nicholas Wright Ranch to the California border at the very south flood severely damaged the roof and the ships to help preserve the Beekman House as a valued comend of present-day Applegate Lake. western approach. The county indicated munity asset. A sponsorship of $200 provides funds to pay the The only problem with the new the bridge was then at the mercy of the estimated $600 monthly cost elements and would probably have to realignment was a very rocky area called for gounds keeping and irrigationbe (probably appropriately) Dead Horse destroyed and security. To become services, utilities, and artifacts retention since no county maintenance Hill. This area is immediately north of funding was available. Volunteers from a Beekman House sponsor, please remit your check in the amount the present McKee Bridge on the east the Talisman Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of $200, (or of the for one month’s cost) payable to the Jacksonside of the river. Some $600 rocky cliff and Upper Applegate Grange organized to performed ___, Jacksonville can still ville Heritage Society and mailand PO Box the restoration. Local OR be seen across the river from the western97530approach. bridge businesses and individuals donated Just about this time, there was a materials and money. The bridge was grandiose mining operation starting further saved again! For additional information, up the valley called the Blue Ledge mine please con- the approaches again required In 1974, in the Siskiyou Mountains. The body tact___________________ attention and this time the county funded of copper was touted to occupy a strip the work for temporary repairs. 10 miles wide and 25 miles long. From In 1985, The Jacksonville Historical Society is the county completely replaced a 501 c 3 non-profit orga1906-1919, the Blue Ledge area flourished, the approaches at a cost of $40,000. In nization as a hotel, boarding boasting such things 1987, an engineering inspection indicated house, dance hall, and housing – all the severe deterioration in the bridge McKee Bridge - Cont'd. on Pg. 32

Southern Oregon Historical Society
by Allison Weiss
s many people remind me, the Children’s Heritage Fair was one of the most popular events hosted by the Southern Oregon Historical Society. You may remember seeing thousands of children all over town for this wonderful event, full of hands-on activities for children, all designed to teach young people about the history of the region. I’m happy to be the first to tell you that the Children’s Heritage Fair is back! But instead of holding the event in Jacksonville, we have moved it down the road – to Hanley Farm. This inaugural year of the Children’s Heritage Festival will be held on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4. Friday is open from 9am-2pm for school children and home schoolers, while Saturday is open from 10am- 4pm to the entire


It’s back: The Children’s Heritage Fair
community. Just like in the days of yore, the event will feature dozens of hands-on activities like gold panning, tin punching, cheese making, ice cream churning, pioneer-themed crafts and games, square dancing, flint knapping demonstrations, wheat grinding, butter churning…my hand is getting tired just from listing all of these activities! Reservations are required for school children, so be sure to call soon to reserve your place: (541) 773-6536 ext. 1003. Of course no reservations are required for the general public. Admission is $4 per child, or $2 for those with an SOHS family membership. Grown-ups get in for free but you are welcome to behave like a kid and join in the fun. Hanley Farm is located at 1053 Hanley Road. For more information, visit Allison Weiss is Executive Director of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She can be reached at

Hanley Farm Annual Native & Heirloom Plant Sale
Hanley Farm will host its annual native and heirloom plant sale on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am-3 pm. The farm is located at 1053 Hanley Road, between Jacksonville and Central Point. Straight from the greenhouse built in the 1940s by the Hanley sisters are floral bedding plants, herbs, greenery, Hanely Farm compost and composting worms. Also for sale will be plants propagated from native plants grown on the farm. Vendors include Lori & Carol's Home Garden Nursery, which specializes in heirloom and hybrid garden vegetable starts; Terrariums by Vikki, featuring open glass bowls with succulents and tender plants; and NatureLee, selling house plants and perennials. Also for sale will be high quality landscape shrubs and hanging fuchsia baskets. Purchase a raffle ticket and be the lucky winner of a rustic fountain. Hanley Farm is operated by the Southern Oregon Historical Society. This Century Farm was in the Hanley Family for nearly 130 years before it was deeded to the historical society. Our vision is to teach people about the past, present and future of agriculture in the Rogue Valley. For more information, call (541) 773-2675 or visit

Dedicated to the Protection and Preservation of JACKSONVILLE’S HISTORIC STRUCTURES
e Jacksonville Heritage Society extends its appreciation and gratitude to the following individuals and businesses as Community sponsors in support of the CC Beekman House, a Jacksonville Historic Landmark.
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Cornelius C. Beekman House - circa 1870’s

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e Jacksonville Historical Society invites community sponsorships to Individual Sponsors: help preserve the Beekman House Scott & Christin Sherbourne as a valued community asset. Douglas & Kerri Hecox A sponsorship of $200 provides Charley & Jeneana Wilson funds to pay the estimated $600 monthly cost for goundskeeping and irrigation services, utilities, and artifacts retention and security. To become a Beekman House sponsor, please remit your check in the amount of $200, (or $600 for one month’s cost) payable to the Jacksonville Heritage Society and mail to PO Box 783, Jacksonville OR 97530. For additional information, please contact Carolyn Kingsnorth at 541-245-3650 or

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The Weed Wrangler
by Bob Budesa
Keep a Sharp Eye Out!
eeds, like many other invaders (and with very few exceptions), start out small, both in size and population. When just two or three plants suddenly show up on your property, you say to yourself, “I’ll get those one of these days.” Uh-huh, right. Fast forward to next year when the original plants have produced seed, expanded their territory with a sea of spines that is now YOUR YARD! Dang! It was just too late for you to recognize the importance of early weed treatment! Take this example to the right – it would be so easy to pull these three young starthistle plants, rather than let them mature, produce seed, and increase your workload ten-fold! It’s important to recognize the noxious weeds we have in our area, not just as mature plants, but in their seedling stages too! It’s in these immature, seedling stages that these plants are often most vulnerable, and easy to treat. Seed production is only one way weeds multiply. Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) for instance, a beautiful hydrophilic living along Bear Creek and the Rogue River, can produce up to 2.5 million seeds per plant annually! Yellow starthistle will only produce up to 10,000 in the same time period. No problem, huh? Some plants will increase their stranglehold by sending out sprouting roots (Canada thistle). Others still will

Garden of the Month
by Kay Faught
My Neighbor's Garden
“Rhododendron… (Ancient Greek rhódon "rose," déndron "tree") a genus of over 1000 species of woody plants, the heath family, most with showy flowers... includes the plants known as azaleas.” …And more than 200 of those species are in Beverly Smith's yard on Graham Street, in our little berg of Jacksonville! 25 years ago, Beverly and Neill Smith bought their home, and with only 30 small pine trees, started adding plantings. Beverly retired 14 years ago as a landscape architect, and although still working elsewhere, she now works in her own yard for enjoyment. What began as a deer proof edge around their property, became a life long passion for Rhododendrons for Bev! Neill does not garden, and the garden is her task and treasure alone. Standing in the front drive, I was surrounded by “natural.” No beds, edging, or decorative garden art, just a heavenly waft of forest smell, and a floor of pine needles creating a quiet walk. Sloping down hill, a large open area holds treasures of deep lush green rhododendrons and azaleas, all beneath 20, eighteen yearold pine trees with branches tip to tip. This month’s column is a journey of the rhododendron's variety, colors, and history, shared amazingly through this woman's knowledge. I will not do justice to what she knows, nor to the amazing collection hidden under our noses. My imagination filled in the blanks as I looked at her plant groupings, as they were not yet in full color. One huge spreading red “Johnny Bender” spanned 14 feet. Under its canopy, a large azalea popped its dainty leaves in and out, integrating form and brilliant white color with it's protector. Bev “likes to create a visual bouquet” with her specimens. Behind, a “Grace Seabrook,” a red, first-to-bloom show-stopper, towered. Standing boldly in front was a 5 foot, tiny leafed, “Crater Lake” rhodie. With tiny blue flowers, it beckons my return at bloom time! Walking into the back yard, beneath a giant western red cedar, Bev shared some history of her treasures. China and Japan bring us the most diverse species, but recently, researchers are looking to Vietnam for undiscovered species. Bev chronicles her specimens, keeping a journal of bloom times as well as information that she picks up from the conventions she attends. One of her specimens, a “Rex,” hails from China's 1015 thousand foot elevation! We marveled at the survival skills! As I was about to see for myself, the rhodie offers an amazing variety of size, leaf, texture and form! They are also “harbingers” to planting! All bloom depending on the weather, but three specific rhododendrons are noted as harbingers to: 1.) spring – “Christmas Cheer” 2.) time to plant zinnias – “Point Deliverance” and 3.) time to plant dahlias – “Jean Marie.” Recording the bloom of her “Christmas Cheer” for 10 years, Bev has found it consistent in heralding spring. As we stood in the cold rain on this late, 45 degree March day, she noted that it is late this year! (we don't need the groundhog and his shadow!) The backyard opens wider and reveals a birds-nest cyprus. At 18 years old, its majestic 5' X 10' spread makes a lush statement! Another treasure was a sweet 3 foot tall “gray fuzzy tinged” rhododendron. New leaves shine fuzzy silver, turn to green, and hide a tan suede texture beneath its leaf. My respect for the diversity of this plant went up 10 notches! During our walk I met our “native mountain Oregonian,” the “Macrophyllum,” a friendly face amidst her international friends! The backdrop of the entire back area is a surround of rhodies and pines, but a separate wide bed hugs an oval, park-like lawn. Dogwoods and Japanese maples are tucked in and out with beautiful care and hover over the bed, sheltering two curved understated cement benches, placed as resting spots for viewing. By the lawn, is Bev's veggie garden, offset in the middle in full sun, protected from the moles and gophers that don't like traversing the tough soil. As we walk toward the house, lichencovered rock wall steps lead to the back patio and kitchen door. On the patio, I found pocketed succulents, poppies, and ferns falling over the rock wall. Bev loves to garden to be outside and for the colors in her garden. Rhododendrons have bloom times from May through June and July. Then, the woodland colors carry on in fall as the dogwood and maples take over. Summer begonias and annuals which are planted in the spring, add a pop and brilliance throughout the summer. Bev’s only regret has been in not managing the 30 pines on her property as they grew. Crowding is forcing removal and the task has become huge. Her only frustration? Not enough time in her garden. With all her knowledge and the rewarding results from the application, it is no wonder! Bev's favorite time in the garden, in the morning, is understandable! As I see and smell all that is around me, I can just imagine the early morning quiet. As I left thinking how sad it was that our little town had no idea the knowledge and beauty tucked into that little city lot, I considered myself lucky and blessed to have experienced it! Kay is the owner of Blue Door Garden Store, located at 155 N Third Street. Specializing in paraphernalia for the home gardener; she carries garden gifts, decor, and a wide variety of pots, tools, gloves, and organic product.


sprout from broken limbs or plant parts (Japanese knotweed). The internet is a powerful tool, capable of bringing forth pictures and information of many of the noxious weeds we have in our backyard. Try this site – http://oregon. gov/ODA/PLANT/WEEDS/index.shtml It’s important to utilize all the tools at your disposal. If you’re a more tactile person, a book I’ve found quite useful (great pictures) is Weeds of the West. The weed team, of which I wrote about in last month’s article, is always looking for help. If you wish to remain anonymous, this help can come in the form of YOU taking good care of your property, and your road frontage. The city and county have many other priorities, so don’t be mistaken by thinking that road frontage abutting your property will be taken care of by someone else! Remember, your property will suffer from neglected weed control along roads adjacent to your property, so take charge! The city and county appreciate your help. Also remember, if you use herbicides, read and follow the label explicitly. Questions – please give me a call at 541-3262549, or write me at Bob Budesa moved to Jacksonville 20 years ago, retired from BLM after 38 years where he oversaw the noxious weed program with Medford District BLM (850,000 acres) for 20 years, worked in Wild Horse Program in 1970’s and was a member of JWA for 2 years.

CITY COUNCIL: Tuesday, May 3 & May 17, 7:00pm (OCH) PARKS MEETING: Wednesday, May 11, 4:00pm PLANNING COMMISSION: Wednesday, May 11, 6:00pm (OCH) BUDGET HEARING: Thursday, May 12 & May 19, 4:00pm (NVR) SPECIAL TOWN YARD SALE MEETING: Tuesday, May 17, 6:00pm (OCH) HARC HEARING OFFICER: Wednesday, May 18, 10:00am (CC) HARC: Wednesday, May 25, 2-5pm (OCH) LOCATION KEY; CH - Old City Hall (S. Oregon & Main) CC - Community Center(160 E. Main Street) NVR - Naversen Room (Jacksonville Library) FH - Fire Hall(180 N. 3rd St. @ C)

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Garden Variety
by Michael Altman
Right Back Achoo!
ne of the most uniquely pungent and easiest herbs to cultivate is horseradish. We’ve become accustomed to some Asian varieties such as wasabi and daikon, but I’m still a fan of common horseradish root-bearing plants. Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is best purchased as a growing plant, though it’s easy to propagate through cuttings once we have a few plants growing in rich soil with full sun. The main reason horseradish is my go-to plant for May is because it’s probably the most easily attainable garden medicine for seasonal allergies. Just dig it up, wash, grate, salt, and eat it – slowly. The fresh stuff is like a .357 to a store-bought .22. Not only is horseradish a potent source of antibacterial sulfur compounds, it’s also a great bronchodilator, facilitating respiration. If you tend to get springtime pollen allergies, it’s easy to use regularly, grated into salads for more than a little zing. We can also prepare it with some vinegar and salt. Grate it with beets, carrots, and cabbage and make alluring sauerkraut – you wouldn’t be the first. We can add horseradish to mustard, or make our own, yielding a medicinal blend with even more anti-microbial potency, further preventing congestion and allergies from turning into asthma or a full-fledged sinus infection. Lastly, horseradish is antispasmodic to the lungs and allays coughing. The results of regular horseradish consumption are far superior to any medication you can take for allergies, without the sleepiness or dryness. If necessary, we can pair horseradish with other synergists such as the plant nutrient supplement quercetin, for example. Regular horseradish intake will help you avoid unneeded antibiotics that are typically prescribed for sinus infections. The problems with taking antibiotics to manage sinusitis are varied. First, antibiotics not only wipe out the


offending bacteria, but they also adversely affect the beneficial bacteria that populate our gut. This negative effect is very significant, and equally underappreciated, since important components of our immune system are housed within our lower digestive tract. Another problem is that when we use antibiotics for allergies, research indicates that their use can lead to more intense and frequent asthma symptoms, as well as eczema, other so called “atopic” conditions. A third problem is increasing resistance to antibiotics, which is becoming more frequent, rendering existing antibiotics less effective. The asthma and allergy medication commercials on TV seem to indicate we’re helpless to overcome these conditions. Nonsense. There are a number of herbs and other supplements that are worthwhile for experimentation while your horseradish is growing. Higher vegetable and fruit intake generally help overcome allergy and asthma symptoms, especially with kids. We can also take 300 milligrams of quercetin, a plant nutrient found in onions and apples, 3-4 times per day away from food. It’s a good safe start and also helps with itchy eyes. Some good combination herbal formulas are on the market that you can discuss with an herbalist, nutritionist, or competent health food store clerk. Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria available as supplements or in cultured foods like yogurt, also help improve allergy symptoms. Perhaps some brave and intrepid soul will make horseradish infused chocolate with quercetin and probiotic powder topping – yum! Until then, the ingredients for allergy control are there for the taking. Michael Altman is a nutritionist and herbalist who teaches at Southern Oregon University & College of the Siskiyous. He consults with individuals throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond. Reach him at

Love your Landscape
by Adam Haynes
Creating Outdoor Living Areas
reating an outdoor living area that serves as a natural retreat or functional room will not only change your lifestyle but might just change your life! Outdoor living areas provide areas to entertain, spend time with family and friends, and to simply enjoy ones natural surroundings. Here in Jacksonville, our great climate means there’s plenty of days to use outdoor space. Some common outdoor living area features include fire pits, gazebos, water features, fountains, outdoor kitchens, patios, decks, screenedin porches, outdoor lighting, outdoor play structures, pools and hot tubs. Bringing the elements of nature to an outdoor living area helps create a restful and relaxing environment. An example of this is outdoor fireplaces, which are gaining in popularity – this can be as simple and inexpensive as purchasing a fire ring or as in-depth as building an outdoor fire place. The sound, sight and feel of water is another way of bringing nature to your outdoor space. Again, this can be as easy as purchasing a small fountain or building a large and in-depth water feature with water falls, pools and streams. We enjoy these things in our landscape because they bring nature to us.

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Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHAT TO BRING • Cleaning supplies (like window cleaners, drain cleaners, bathroom cleaners and any products containing bleach or ammonia) • Old pesticides and insecticides • Swimming pool chemicals • Weed killers not currently approved for use • Old paint removers • Old or toxic wood preservatives • Light ballasts • Batteries • Thermostats containing mercury


Defining space is important – building patios and decks that define proper spaces is very popular and helps create a defined outdoor environment. Structure and definition are also very important consideration and are most often achieved by using outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting creates definition and perspective that would otherwise go unnoticed and lost. Over the years, the most frequent feedback I’ve received from clients who’ve built outdoor living spaces is the dramatic increase in time spent outside. All note it was worth creating outdoor places for to dine, relax, and unwind. Recently, one client who was considering moving in order to have more entertaining room, opted instead to create an outdoor entertaining area with a patio cover, outdoor kitchen and large seating area. The newly constructed outdoor living area essentially added a new dream kitchen/great room to their beloved home, enabling them to remain in their wonderful neighborhood for years to come at a fraction of the price of moving and remodeling! Adam Haynes is the owner of Artisan Landscapes Inc. He can be reached at 541.292.3285 or adam@artisanlandscapesinc. com. See also

• No Oil based or Latex Paint • No Fluorescent light tubes–use local recycle options • No Medical or biological waste • No Explosives • No Radioactive materials • No Ammunition • No Commercial or industrial waste – this service is by application only! • No Asbestos • No Waste in containers larger than 5 gallons • No 55-gallon drums • No Propane tanks • No Metal canisters/fire extinguishers

VISIT THE RE-USE TABLE AND SAVE! Short on lawn chemicals? Looking for half-a-can of rust remover? Experienced site chemists will set the “still usable” items on a special table. These carefully chosen, safely packaged items are yours to take — free! Stop by and pick-up what you need. NO HOUSEHOLD PAINT We are not accepting latex or oil-based paint at our HHW collection event. There are a few local paint stores available to accept paint year round. You no longer need to wait for a special collection event. Go to and enter your zip code to find a participating paint store in your area. VISIT WWW.PAINTCARE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST COLLECTION CENTER HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The minimum $5 charge includes the first cubic yard of hazardous waste—a volume equal to six 32-gallon trash cans filled level. If you have more than one cubic yard of waste, your charge will increase accordingly. TRADE IN YOUR MERCURY THERMOMETER FOR A DIGITAL ONE—AT NO CHARGE One per customer, while supplies last.

Event Co-sponsors: Recology Ashland Sanitary Service, Southern Oregon Sanitation, Allied Waste, Jackson and Josephine counties and cities of the Rogue Valley.


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_ So. Oregon Artist Resource (SOAR) Art Event Calendar. See ad page 9.
_ May 1, Noon-6:00pm: M A I F E S T Celebration, Bigham Knoll campus, 525 Bigham Knoll Drive. _ May 7, 9:00am-1:00pm: J ’VILLE FARMERS MARKET, Courthouse lawn. See article and ad on page 7. _ May 7, 9:00am-2:00pm: JACKSONVILLE GARdEn CluB'S 26th AnnuAl PlAnt & BAKE SALE, Historic Courthouse Grounds, 206 north 5th Street, Jacksonville. See ad on page 24. _ May 7, 10:00am-2:00pm: FOREST PARK DAY. See article on page 9. _ May 7, SANCTUARY ONE SECOND ANNUAL BACHELOR AUCTION, Bigham Knoll Event Center. Details at _ May 12, 5:30pm: JACKSONVILLE CHAMBER MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING, held the second Thursday of each month at Bella Union See "Chamber Chat" on page 7. _ May 14, 9:00am 3:00pm: HANLEY FARM ANNUAL NATIVE & HEIRLOOM PLANT SALE, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. _ May 14, 3:00-5:00pm: MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION FOR DANNA TARTAGLIA AT ELAN GALLERY. See SOAR ad on page 9. _ May 14, 9:30am: 9TH ANNUAL FOOD & FRIENDS FUN WALK, 1699 homes Avenue, Ashland. See "Food & Friends" article on page 30. _ May 14, 5:00pm-8:30pm: 1ST ANNUAL RELAY FOR LIFE "Painting the Town With Hope," Agate Ridge Vineyard. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Tickets at Agate Ridge. _ May 14th, 6:00-8:00pm: JACKSONVILLE BARN COMPANY INAUGURAL TRUNK SHOW, 150 S Oregon Street. An evening of spectacular deals, exquisite finds, champagne and treats. For more information, please call 541-702-0307. _ May 20, 7:00pm: ACOUSTIC FOLK MUSIC AT THE JACKSONVILLE LIBRARY, "Major Pooh and the Hunny Bucket Bandits," Naversen Room. See article this page. _ May 26, 7:30pm: JACKSONVILLE ElEMEntARy'S SPRinG MuSiCAl Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids, Britt stage. See "Jacksonville Pioneers" article on page 29. _ June 4 10:00am-4:00pm & June 5, Noon-4:00pm: JACKSONVILLE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE, Naversen Room. Saturday hours will be 9-10am for members pre-sale. On Sunday, from 2-4 pm members get a bag of books for only $5. _ June 11, 2:00-4:00pm: CITIzEN FIRE ExTINGUISHER TRAINING, at the Jacksonville Fire Department. See article on page 6.

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Emily Emmons grew up with music. Alex Golden grew up with poetry. Jake Adams never grew up, but he still likes music and poetry. Together they combine old-timey folk sounds with good words and lighthearted picking to have some happy, clean fun. Some of their tunes are originals. Others are poems and stories from well-known artists. They play acoustic music for listeners of all ages, humorous and morose, and they revel in stories from the past and make-believe. Come and enjoy the music on Friday, May 20 at 7:00pm in the Naversen Room. Your $5 contribution will help ensure Saturday Library Hours. For more information call Jacksonville Library at 541-899-1665.

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May Events - Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
Saturday, May 14, 10:00am "History Saturday" in the Jacksonville Cemetery. Second Saturday of each month through December. This month's topics include Victorian Mourning Customs, Cemetery Symbolism, styles of markers, materials used, where they were made, and restoration and preservation efforts. Meet your Docents by the flag pole at the top of the hill. Presented by the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery. Donations are always appreciated. Saturday, May 21 8:00am-noon Community PreMemorial Day Cemetery Clean-up. Join the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery, Boosters and Rotary Clubs, the Masons and community volunteers in a clean-up of the cemetery grounds. Bring gloves to wear, rakes, pruners, gas operated weed whackers, blowers and lawn mowers. Coffee, morning refreshments and bottled water will be provided. Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, 11:00am-3:00 pm Memorial Day Weekend "Meet and Greet" in the cemetery. Volunteers from the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery place flags on the grave sites of all the Veterans buried in the Jacksonville Cemetery. Volunteers will be on site to assist families, friends and visitors locate the grave sites of loved ones and answer questions and provide information about the cemetery. Please contact Dirk Siedlecki at 541-826-9939 for more information on any of these events.

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2011 Concerts Under the Stars
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Wine Talkers
by Janet Eastman

Considering Beer
by Ginger Johnson

re you thirsty for summer yet? Tasting rooms, new and old, are gearing up to accept your sunkissed attention. A sweeping way for oenophiles to explore the Applegate Valley occurs on May 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., when more than a dozen wineries will share from their barrels, serve delicious paired dishes and offer tours of their behind-thescenes activities. Tickets to the Spring Uncorked Barrel Tour are $39 and are available through the wineries or online at http:// New Owners of Applegate Red The old Applegate Red Winery has been closed to the public since owner Frank Ferreira died suddenly during the 2008 harvest, leaving no instructions for the future of his vineyard property. Finally, good news. The vineyard will be open again during the Uncorked Barrel Tour and Memorial Day weekend. Slowly, new owner Dick Braden hopes to renovate Ferreira’s humble Hawaiianthemed tasting room and eventually build a new 5,000-square-foot tasting room on the top of the hill. Braden is an affable almond and olive farmer with 16,000 producing acres in California. He bought the vineyard last summer from the Ferreira family and changed the name to Serra Vineyards. His daughter Krissa Fernandes and her husband Scott will be in charge, working with Herb Quady and Applegate Valley Vineyard Management Company to oversee the vineyards and Greg Paneitz and Kara Olmo of Wooldridge Creek Winery as the winemakers. Liz Wan of VinoVerse Consulting is on board, too. In April, Braden had 1,000 lavender plants and 400 six-foot-tall olive trees added to the 75-acre property. He’s putting in more vines, too, to have 17 acres of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Tempranillo. Bottled and ready to be tasted are Serra’s Syrah and red blend, made from the Applegate Red vineyard fruit, and Chardonnay and rosé from Wooldridge Creek fruit. Braden says he’s happy to finally own the land, after being shut out at first by a faster-acting buyer. Braden needed to console himself because he had fallen in love with the


area. So he purchased the 50 acres that include Windridge Vineyard and another 140 acres, also in Cave Junction. Then the Applegate vineyard sale fell through and Braden was able to buy it, too. He plans to re-open the original Applegate Red tasting room for the Uncorked tour. The simple wood structure was pure Ferreira. It was awash in bougainvillea red paint with a white “Aloha” greeting and other hand-painted signs: “Wanted: Sugar Mama” and “I hope my ship comes in before my dock rots!” Ferreira was a lovable, stubborn, self-taught vintner of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent who lived in a paradise of his own creation with 30 miniature Sicilian donkeys and hundreds of exotic birds. He didn’t believe in computers, cell phones or irrigation. Braden, on the other hand, is installing an elaborate irrigation system that he can monitor with an iPhone app.

Photo by Liz Wan Serra Vineyards 222 Missouri Flat Road Grants Pass, OR 97527 Bottle yourself The crew at venerable Troon Vineyard seems to always be inventing new ways to experience wine. Their just-launched Bottle Your Own Program allows you to sip for less. On Sundays and Thursdays, customers can fill their own clean, 750-ml container with wine for only $10. If you don’t have an empty wine bottle hanging around, you can buy one on the spot. At Troon’s Filling Station, you can choose between Trifecta’s 2008 Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris or red blend. “The motivation for the Trifecta program was always about offering great Oregon wine at a great price,” says Chris Martin of Troon. Martin was one of the pioneers, along with Wooldridge Creek and Rosella’s Vineyard, to distribute wine in eco- and cost-friendly kegs, thus sidestepping the Wine talkers - Cont'd on Pg. 29

eer this month, specifically Craft Beer, should be on any Rogue Valley residents’ agenda to celebrate. Why? Because the nationally and congressionally recognized American Craft Beer Week happens May 16th – 22nd this year. It’s a fun filled effort on the part of the Brewers Association (BA) to create a big active buzz around American craft beer and it’s worth getting stoked about. House Resolution 1297 (2006) gave it the thumbs up with our USA House of Representatives stating that they are “supporting the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week.” Why (again)? Because the brewers in our nation contribute a great deal to our community. Consider a few beer facts today: 1. There are over 1700 craft brewers in the country right now, over 600+ in planning, and at least 9 in Southern Oregon alone. 2. Craft brewers operate in 344 congressional districts and the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. 3. Breweries put down roots in their communities which drive employment, commerce, family involvement with the industry and give back generously in many ways to their communities. 4. When you contribute to the community, you contribute to our economy, you support local businesses and the paychecks they generate not only for the workers at the breweries. The paychecks of all the people who create the quality of life in the towns in which the breweries are located factor in too. The BA, the authoritative body for the industry, defines “Craft Beer” as “small, independent and traditional.” You can get a full explanation on their website, In addition to the definition, it’s chock full of great info that you can use to grow your beer knowledge in general. It’s one of my most used and accessible resources. (, too) Celebrating an industry driven by people who are innovative, thoughtful, engaged, intelligent, resourceful, fun, and solid members of their communities is what beer is all about. That they


invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, people power, supplies, materials, and so forth should also be recognized and respected. The passion of the people in the craft beer community cannot be understated and goes without question. They are responsible family oriented folk who are in it for the long haul. Is there some ‘bad’ craft beer out there? Well, every product needs to have measures in the structure to ensure high quality standards, which is important for the entire category. And the craft brewers do a pretty darn good job at monitoring the beer and helping each other out. It’s one of the most sharing, collegial and supportive groups of people I have ever encountered. ‘Good’ beer is very subjective. Replace the word ‘good’ with quality. Be a geek and bee accepting of all beer when you are enjoying beer, craft or otherwise (imports, etc.). Beer is an ancient beverage, is universal in its availability and premise, and is designed to be enjoyed responsibly. There’s much to celebrate for craft beer in the Valley. Support your local brewer and you support your community. Happy American Craft Beer Week! Events during American Craft Beer Week can be found on, under American Craft Beer Week Women Enjoying Beer have (at least!) 6 events lined up during the week including: • Monday May 16th herstory: Women in Brewing talk, 6 pm, Frau Kemmling, Jacksonville, OR • Wednesday May 18th Tours with the Brewer, Standing Stone Brewing Company, 2 pm & 7 pm, Ashland OR • Wednesday May 18th Special ACBW edition of live BeerRadio show,, 5 – 6 pm • Thursday May 19th showing of beer documentary, Beer Wars, 7 pm, Callahan’s, Ashland OR • Sunday May 22nd Ingredients + Tasting = Educational YUM! Event, 3 pm, Standing Stone, Ashland OR All event details/registrations available at page. Women Enjoying Beer is a business Ginger Johnson started to develop and serve the female craft beer consumer through events, education and training, and consulting. Contact her at

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Healthy Aging
by Gail E. Myers
The Gift of Talking It Over
o you know what your senior relatives think or worry about? What should aging parents need to understand about their options and opportunities? If you’re a care-giver how well do you know the deepest concerns of those elderly you’re giving your time and affection? Last month the Coffee Club of the Asante Foundation celebrated a kickoff of a campaign supporting future legacies for young children. They also watched a PowerPoint overview of Sharon Johnson’s Mastery of Aging five-module internet series and DVD’s. Following that Aging program I chatted informally with a number of publicspirited Asante supporters. Many had interesting ideas about interacting with aging family members, with elderly relatives and senior friends. They shared ideas on how families can successfully talk together about even difficult subjects. They believe that real caring for aging dear ones requires talking things over – whether it was their own parents, grandparents, other families or neighbors. Their informed focus on family concerns reminded me how important “talking it over” is for healthy aging, and geriatric care and planning. Borrowing from geriatric counselor Ellen Waldman’s advice in a publication she gave me called, “It’s a Win-Win Conversation” she warns it may feel awkward sometimes to engage parents or senior friends in talk about their aging, finances, health, endof-life care or other concerns often hidden inside them. But all family members – both young and old – must take a timely approach to talking. Putting off sharing “what ifs” runs the risk of even well-intentioned people finding themselves in the middle of a crisis or confusion just when it is hard to think straight. The message in the words “Let’s talk” has an underlying message, “I care about you.” Children and parents sincerely want to know what their partners-indecisions really think, feel, desire, or need. All ages should talk together and particularly should listen. Changing parent-child relations of who is taking care of whom may be hard to adjust to. Shared trust can be a way to adjust long-

Joyfull Living
by Louise Lavergne
Peaceful Resolutions
ccasionally I’ve suffered from a syndrome I call “Peace at all costs.” Sometimes it’s a good thing. I just accept “what is” and don’t feel the need to be “right,” – but I have to check with myself that the attitude isn’t coming from an underlying fear of confrontation, or wanting to make it “OK” for everybody else, causing me to overlook my position or my needs. At times like this, I need to ask myself: “Am I compromising my emotional well-being?” If so, why? Fear of confrontation, or of rejection, often is the cause for not expressing one’s needs. Or perhaps the emotional seed behind this may be a childhood fear that asks, “Am I good enough?” We may subconsciously fear that if we aren’t “good” enough or agreeable enough, we’ll lose the affection, acceptance and love of those we care about. The physiological impact of fear is experienced in our bodies in the same way, whether it’s fear of a rattlesnake, fear of being broke or fear of confrontation. An alarm goes off – and the body jerks into protection mode, creating stress and shutting down our ability to process what is really happening. After all FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. “Peace at all costs” sometimes only creates the illusion of peaceful resolution, while inside our internal organs and blood streams are engaged in an emotional war of resentment and hurt. The truth is that when we can clearly and peacefully express our needs, we give ourselves and others the opportunity to understand and embrace who we really are and not the person we feel we need to be. Expressing our needs nurtures our self-respect, and it can deepen the love and compassion in our heart for our self and others. Recently, I stepped beyond “Peace at all cost” and embraced an opportunity for a peaceful resolution. I engaged in a discussion where I let my heart be the leader. I felt the fear but stayed present, as anchored as I could with the peace and love in my heart. I experienced both rejection and the confirmation, that in this situation, from the other person’s view, I wasn’t enough. Ouch! We have to love ourselves enough to accept the other person’s point of view. Yes, I was deeply saddened and disappointed, but somehow staying in my heart, aligned with my true self, through the sadness, I felt a deep sense of peace. I felt so


time roles of authority and responsibility. If families find that it’s hard to talk about some topics, a counseling professional can suggest ways to help them open up; sensitively motivating family members to engage more comfortably in discussions at a meaningful level. Families are not all exactly alike. Members have individual talking styles and histories of agreement or disagreement. Circumstances facing aging parents also vary widely, so decisions need to be tailored for each individual as you consider his or her future – relating to health, finances, personal lifestyles, physical and emotional needs. Unique individual situations can best be approached by concerned, committed, open minded, and sharing people talking honestly and frankly with each other. It may be a sensitive challenge for everyone to overcome reluctance and talk patiently together about sensitive issues like debilitating illness, memory loss, money, personal dependence, or end-of-life care. Here are some examples of topics families may need to talk about. (a) How things are right now. (b) Options for getting help in an emergency, and anticipating problems. (c) Legal issues like wills, trusts, powers of attorney, “living will,” end-of-life care, medical decisions. (d) Staying “at home” or what sort of facility is most appropriate. (e) Costs of options or levels of care anticipated. (f) Medical services, access, records, insurance support, medication monitoring. (g) Agreement on end-oflife plans and courage to face individual wishes of parents. If talking seems like a daunting project to take on – it may be. But be assured, the payoff from early, open, shared talking and planning is one of the greatest gifts families make to each other. Gail Myers, a retired academic and communication consultant, lives in Jacksonville, and may be reached at Sharon Johnson is associate professor in health and human services with OSU Extension, sjohnson@ Ellen Waldman, MA, CMC, Geriatric Care Manager,


much love and compassion for myself. More and more, the medical profession talks about how love and compassion have tremendous health benefits. “When we are in a loving state, our hearts go into coherent heart rhythms," says Rollin McCraty, director of research at the Institute of HeartMath. "This is because the two halves of the nervous system are in sync and operating much more efficiently together. That allows the body to go through its natural regenerative process," he explains. "If we feel love and compassion, it boosts our immune system.” Resolving our inner anger and/ or conflict is a crucial place to start the process of opening up to the possibility of peaceful resolution. Here is a simple and powerful yoga practice to help you get started. It balances the meridians of the body, helps to clear inner conflict and eases the mind and body: tattva Balance • Sitting with a straight spine, spread your fingers wide apart, with the fingertips of each hand pressing together. With your thumbs pointed toward your body and your palms apart, your hands will look like a teepee. • Starting with a deep breath through your nose (into the belly), exhale through rounded lips with eight puffs, pulling in your navel on each powerful exhale. • With eyes barely open, focus on the tip of your nose or fingertips. You can imagine a river running through the center of your hands with the current going away from you. With each exhale, let mental tension, conflict(s) or fears flow out. Imagine those things being taken away by the current as you release them. Continue for 1 to 3 minutes. Once you are at peace with yourself, the next step is to discuss the issue with the people concerned, if possible. You may not get all your needs met or have things go your way. At best, you may mutually agree to disagree. But when we cultivate a peaceful heart, it allows us to come from a more loving heart. This gives us the opportunity to be in harmony with ourselves. From there we can achieve truly peaceful resolutions in any situation, in all areas of our lives so we can live a healthier and more Joy-Full Life. Remember to take time to breathe. © 2001-2011; 541-899-0707. Louise is a JoyFull living coach and owns JoyFull Yoga LLC in Jacksonville.

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Soul Matters
by Kate Ingram, M.A.

by Gates McKibbin
or breakfast this morning I poached two eggs laid by Trouble, one of Ken Snoke’s chickens. Trouble may be trouble in the hen yard, but she sure knows how to produce picture-perfect green-gray eggs – a color you will not find in PAAS Easter egg dye kits. Trouble’s eggs are so lovely, I experience a twinge of regret every time I crack one open. Inside is a dark orange yolk redolent with country-fresh flavor. Eating Trouble’s eggs takes me back to summers on my grandmother’s farm, where virtually everything cooked in the kitchen was grown on the premises. Our meals were alive with deliciousness. At five years of age I didn’t appreciate flavorful eggs the way I do now. But then, I thought eggs came from a chicken coop instead of a cardboard carton. “Reality” set in a few years later. As I enjoyed Trouble’s eggs I scanned an article about Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, who built a career helping companies create strategic advantage by beating out competitors in a relentless game of win/lose. In a stunning about-face, Porter is now urging businesses to pursue growth strategies that are inclusive rather than divisive. Value creation has morphed into what he calls shared value creation. The addition of the word shared represents a sea change in Porter’s thinking. It goes like this: In a world of scarcity, wealth cannot continue to be created just for the few. Benefits need to be spread more widely – to small farmers and enterprises, women, young people. Consider what happened on the streets of Cairo and Tripoli, where educated, digitally connected twenty-somethings

know people say you should never discuss sex, politics or religion in polite company, but I’ve never been one to adhere to what “people” say. I like talking about all three, and I think it’s time these topics come out of the closet and join the conversation. So here goes. We recently journeyed to San Francisco, an amazing place for any number of reasons, one of the more obvious and unique ones being its habit of providing a haven for those who do not always fit neatly into proscribed boxes. It is a city that embraces diversity in general, and sexual preferences in particular. People of all colors and creeds and sexual proclivities live together cheek by jowl with surprisingly little conflict. It’s impressive. My brother and his wife, for instance, live sandwiched between a lesbian couple with two adopted daughters on the right and a gay couple with an old Golden Retriever on the left, and everyone is extremely neighborly. Outside their front door women hold hands with women, men with men, and men with women. On any given day you will see men in their predominantly gay neighborhood in various stages of undress, cross dress and outlandish over-the-top dress walking down the street and no one blinks, let alone stares – unless, of course, they just arrived from Wichita. I lived in San Francisco for more than ten years and during that decade my circle of friends reflected the diverse and opulent face of the larger population. In fact, some of my closest friends (as they say) were very openly gay or bisexual. So normal was this that I scarcely gave it more than a passing thought. It was not particularly relevant to our friendships, no more so than the fact that I was heterosexual, although it definitely added a richer, more multi-faceted perspective to my experience. Looking back now, I realize how very unusual and fortunate my experience of those years was. It’s easy to forget, living in the midst of that city, that the rest of the country is not as liberal or tolerant, let alone embracing, of such open expressions of individuality. I find it incomprehensible that in this day and age there is an on-going, heated debate regarding the validity of same-sex marriage. I must have missed something, because I was under the impression that the Bill of Rights applied to everyone, not just straight people. The argument against allowing two people who love each other and who are willing to publicly commit to that union degrades and ostracizes those who cannot, by virtue of a specific configuration and compilation of genes or fate, comfortably fit into the limited parameters of what someone else considers “normal” and “acceptable.” The smallness of such thinking, of such a limited imagination is a losing attitude: we all lose a little bit of vitality, a little bit of our souls when we segregate others in this way. We are far too comfortable


with boxing up that which we cannot find a place for in our lives. Extra lamps, aged parents, homosexuals, the mentally challenged, unwanted animals all go into storage, the better not to meet our gaze and make us uncomfortable in the awareness that they exist. If we box someone up and slap a label on them, then we are not required to challenge our preconceived notions. We stop listening, we stop hearing. Sticking people into one dimensional boxes is a habit born of fear. It helps us to feel safe if we can size up someone and stick them in their proper box. If we make the summation of a life simple, we feel more in control. We feel that we understand, that we know everything we need to know. It obviates the need to explore, to stay open, to expose ourselves and be vulnerable. It allows us to avoid the unknown, and spares us from having to tolerate ambiguity and complexities. It helps us to avoid the internal crisis of realizing we might be wrong, and if we are wrong, our entire, fragile foundation may crumble and fall. Growth is neither easy nor comfortable. But living this way is living in a dry, monochromatic world of polarities, where the complexities of life are divided into simple, more manageable piles of “Us and Them,” “Either-Or,” neatly boxed and shelved. In this desiccated terrain thinking becomes brittle and protective. The fearful imagination believes “those people” are taking “our jobs,” that we need to build a great wall to seal off our borders, that guns should not be controlled but marijuana should, that gay people marrying will cause the institution of marriage to implode. Those who are not with you are somehow against you. Just outside this small desert realm, however, is a world teeming with an infinite panoply of life. Far from a gray world of segregated confinements, life here is colorful and dynamic, if cacophonous and confusing. Instead of stacks of boxes marked “gay” “straight” “black” and “white” there is a single label: “Us.” All of creation is from the same source, whatever one chooses to call it, however one understands it. We all are here by virtue of the same miracle. There is no “Other.” We are one. Each time we slap a label on a person we restrict our thinking, we restrict our imagination and our love a little bit more, shrinking the space that might allow for a larger, more generous and compassionate perspective. Our world contracts in fear until we are living a rigid, mummified existence. It all areas of learning it is said that the most important thing is to ask the right question. I think the the real question when it comes to issues of sexuality is not “Whom do you love?” but “Do you love?” The rest is interesting detail. Katherine Ingram is a therapist, life coach and writer. To respond or to schedule a session, please go to


who have been locked out of the formal economy challenged the prevailing political and economic orthodoxy. Like Porter, they were making a case for localized opportunity and shared value creation. Apparently the distance between Harvard and Africa is only a Facebook message away. My thoughts wandered to the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, which raised concerns about radiation in food. One email update from a scientist explained the half life of radioactive iodine in fish, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. At the conclusion he advised, “This is definitely a good time to buy local produce. At least you know where it comes from.” When the guru of American business strategy recommends sharing wealth with the little guy and a scientist tells you that consuming local produce is safer than buying imports, it just might be a trend in the making. Going local and supporting small enterprises could well be emerging as the wave of the future, out of necessity if not enlightenment. Trouble does seem to be on the rise. We can either be brought down by it, or we can find new ways to transcend it. If you prefer the latter, living more locally is a good way to begin. I hope to see you Saturday mornings at the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market, where I’ll be stocking up on produce grown a stone’s throw away and Trouble’s green-gray eggs. They’re golden. Gates McKibbin moved to Jacksonville after working and living in the Bay Area for three decades as a consultant to major corporations. This column contains her musings about this remarkable community and her new life far away from the fast lane.

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West Coast Events, Britt’s new concession partner will be hosting job fairs and hiring sessions for beverage and food service positions on the Britt hill for the 2011 Britt season. The job fairs will be held Saturday May 7th from 12–8 p.m., and Sunday May 8th from 12–4 pm at the Spring Hill Suites in Medford (541-842-8080). Ideal candidates will have great attitudes, a good work ethic, flexible schedules and an ability to enhance the experience of Britt attendees. Specialty experience includes barista and fast-paced drink experience to staff the wine/beer concessions, sandwich artists who can work quickly, yet still be friendly and production personnel to keep food and beverage lines supplied. Most shifts will follow the Britt line-up, with some shifts in production lasting longer. Wages are DOE and are based on experience and position. Once positions are offered in mid-May, West Coast Events will require compliance with all state, local and federal requirements, in addition to Oregon Liquor Control Server Cards, prior to hire. The job fairs will provide general information and introductions, and include interviews. West Coast Events can be contacted at 1389 Center Drive, Medford, OR 97501

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Finding Relief for “Allergy Eyes”
llergy sufferers know the signs all too well – spring is literally in the air, and coming in direct contact with their eyes. In the U.S., 20 percent of adults and children suffer from allergies. For people who suffer allergy-related eye problems, a number of over-the-counter and new prescription medications are available to provide relief. Common problems related to allergies include itchy, red, burning, watery, or swollen eyes. Triggers include pollens from grass, trees, and environmental contaminants, as well as dust, animal hair and yeast. The problem starts when the body’s immune system mistakes these substances for unwanted foreign bodies. When the immune system overreacts, it triggers allergic reactions to protect the eyes from potential injury. If individuals can pinpoint the cause of the allergy and avoid exposure whenever possible, that will help relieve the eyes the most. Unfortunately this is not always feasible. When their eyes become irritated, people can seek help from their eye care professional. Depending on the person’s discomfort level, optometrists can suggest cold compresses, over-the-counter eye drops, or prescribe any of several medications to decrease or relieve the symptoms. Drops range from homeopathies which build your eye’s immunity to allergens, to antihistamines or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, to decongestants. Be aware that decongestants can constrict the blood vessels and whiten your eyes, but may actually increase redness and irritation if used too often.

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Body Language
by Mary Ann Carlson
“It’s the little things.”
here are many reasons why ones knee can hurt. One of the more common causes is called illiotibial band friction syndrome. Sounds ominous, ely! doesn’t it? It really isn’t. The IT band is a tough igroup d at of fibers that runs along the outside of the me thigh o Im and stabilizes the entire leg during activities such as Pian y running, walking and various sports. It begins at the - Pla ugh o hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone, just kthr below the ea r knee. AB One of the common complaints is having pain along the side of the thigh and knee. This is due to a shortened IT band causing friction over the hip and knee joint. This friction results in inflammation of these fibers. Stretching this area of the leg is a great way to avoid having to deal with this syndrome in the first place. A good stretch for this is to stand upright, cross the right leg behind the left, lean to your left until you feel a stretch across the outside of the thigh. Hold for 30 seconds. Uncross your legs and stand up straight again. Repeat four more times, taking breaks in between, then switch legs. If you feel comfortable lying on the floor, try this; lie on your back and bend your right knee. Grasp behind this knee with both hands and pull the right leg toward

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the left shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds, relax your leg and repeat four more times, then reverse. Lastly, sit with your legs extended out in front of you, cross the right leg over the left, bending the right knee and placing your foot flat on the floor. Rotate your body to look over your right shoulder until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat four more times, then switch legs. Remember, these exercises are to be preventative. If you are experiencing persistent pain anywhere, see your doctor. One of the causes of this syndrome, oddly enough, is making the mistake of running or walking on the same side of the road all the time. Most roads are higher in the middle and slope off on either side. The foot that is on the outside part of the road is therefore lower than the other. This causes the pelvis to tilt to one side and stresses the IT band. Try to walk on as level a surface as possible or alternate sides of the road each time you run or walk. Such a small thing can make a huge difference to your body. Mary Ann Carlson is Owner of The Pilates Studio - 541-890-7703

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Applegate Valley Real Estate
by Debbie and Don Tollefson
or the last five years, local rural property owners and aspiring ones have been attempting to predict how national trends will impact them. With the economy tied to national and international events, all new variables are making buyers, sellers and realtors a little crazy. In recent columns, we have talked about local stats and trends – here, let’s examine some national trends that filter down to our local rural real estate market. Most national trends say that prices for most rural real estate will start rising steadily. Rates of appreciation will vary according to where the property is and the character of the property. The predictors say that growth areas of rural real estate will be affected greatly by location. The national trend is away from arid areas, areas with harsh winters to areas with milder climates and less volatile weather. The quality of the location is greatly enhanced by water sources. Here in southern Oregon, we are fortunate to have many sources of year round water to enhance the lush beauty of the environment. We can attest to this trend in the Applegate Valley where buyers recently bought an older fixer-upper (for the same $) on a river instead of an almostnew home on non-irrigated land with no water running through the property. National trends are also affected by the local job market and state budgetary solvency. California is losing many retirees and workers because of the its budget issues which include a reduction of services as sales and gasoline taxes are rising dramatically. Another national trend affecting rural real estate is a move away from farmland used for agriculture small rural farmers are finding it difficult to make a profit when land is priced too high. Slower rates of appreciation make the investment more risky, as Fire Extinguisher – Cont'd. from Pg. 6 7. It has been recommended by some manufacturers to shake your extinguisher once a month to prevent the powder from settling on the bottom. 8. Every few years, your fire extinguisher should be pressure tested to ensure the cylinder is safe to use. Your owner’s manual or extinguisher labels should inform you when yours may need this test. This should be included in your monthly fire extinguisher inspection. 9. If you notice that your fire extinguisher has become damaged or is in need of a complete recharging, it should be replaced immediately. 10. VERY IMPORTANT: Immediately after using your fire extinguisher (no matter how much), be sure to do a fire extinguisher recharge on your unit to reach full capacity to ensure that it will be ready in the event of another fire. If you have any questions about your fire extinguisher feel free to contact us at Jacksonville Fire & Rescue 541-899-7246.

Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm
by Robert Casserly
More and more local farmers are getting into grapes. There are already more than 50 featured stops on the Southern Oregon Wineries Association’s tour. In the Applegate Valley alone there are 16 wineries and vineyards featured on the “Applegate Wine Trail,” a clever marketing ploy which makes one imagine brave tourists clambering into Calistoga wagons destined for the frontier up over yonder Jacksonville Hill. But before we collectively quaff too much Chardonnay and skip ahead to the Wine Rush, let’s recall that after the Gold Rush petered out in Jacksonville, fruit trees became worth their weight in gold. So despite the gloomy news recently about the decline of big-time local fruit producers like Harry & David and Associated Fruit, plenty of small-time farmers and gardeners have been busy planting fruit trees, and for good reason. A community where people have thought ahead and planted lots of fruit trees to feed lots of people and animals is a community that is prepared for the unexpected. The best time to plant a fruit tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. Food security is the foundation of a stable community, so it’s no surprise that the resiliency of southern Oregonians to survive tough times is inexorably linked to fruit trees. In 1854, the Billings family planted the first pear trees in the Rogue Valley in the Valley View Road area. By 1860, numerous small apple orchards were planted. The first commercial fruit orchard was established in Medford in 1885 by J. H. Stewart and J. D. Whitman. One of Jacksonville’s most celebrated historical figures, Peter Britt (1819-1905), planted fruit trees that are still producing food to this day. By 1891, the growth of the railroad allowed fruit from southern Oregon to be shipped to places all over the world. By 1930, there were 400 pear growers in Jackson County. Then, unexpectedly, the Great Depression hit, and a couple of hard freezes wiped out fruit across southern Oregon, then a blight struck and made a bad situation worse. But things soon picked up again when Harry and David Holmes began a little mail order business selling gift packages of fruit. You probably know how that turned out. The growing season in the Jacksonville area is 150 to 180 days. The abundant sunshine we enjoy means fruit like apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and apricots get the sun they need to ripen to a delicious sweetness. The Mediterranean climate of southern Oregon helps prevent the diseases that plague fruit trees growing in moister climes like the Willamette Valley and along the Pacific coast. The soil here is generally fertile. Watering trees here is relatively affordable, especially if you install an efficient drip irrigation system for your trees. You don’t have to be a green-thumbed genius to grow fruit trees in such conditions. All you have to do is do some research, pick a suitable kind of fruit tree, then pay attention to the tree’s needs from time to time. Do that and you’ll soon have a fruit stand growing in your backyard. The Sanctuary’s 55-acre care farm has enough acreage to plant hundreds of fruit trees, trees that could help feed lots of hungry people and animals. Imagine how happy they’ll be when they bite into the fresh organic apples, pears, figs, plums, and other fruits that you helped provide for them. Now imagine it wouldn’t cost you a nickel to make it happen. Sound too good to be true? It’s true! We are happy to announce that Sanctuary One has been selected as a finalist for the 2011's "Communities Take Root" contest. The 20 groups from across the U.S. who garner the most public support will receive a donation of an entire fruit orchard and help planting the trees, too. The contest is co-sponsored by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dreyer’s Fruit Bars. Please take a moment to visit www. to cast your vote for Sanctuary One. A couple of clicks of the mouse is all it takes. Past years’ orchard winners have received approximately 5,000 votes, so we would appreciate it if you vote and then ask your family, friends, and co-workers to vote for Sanctuary One. Everyone is allowed to vote one time per day, so if you want extra good-karma points, please consider casting a daily vote for the Sanctuary. For more information, visit us on the Web at or call 541.899.8627.


Impact of National Real Estate Trends
well. In our area, most rural buyers are retired – or will soon – and aren’t interested in the work large-scale farms takes. Interestingly, many more retirees are moving to the area and are interested in vineyards – which I guess no one told them required work, too! The trend of converting irrigated farmland into a vineyard is a strong one in the Applegate Valley. Nationally, high-profit crops, like grapes, helps the rural real estate outlook when climate and soil conditions support those kind of cash crops. Nationally, above-average appreciation is forecasted for rural properties around college and university towns, and especially colleges that are seeing increased enrollment. Above average appreciation is also trending-up in hardwood timber-covered rural parcels. The price of hardwood has softened during the last 10 years because it is tied to home construction trends. Nationally, however, timberland has proven a sound long-term investments for both individuals and institutions. With the strength of the national economic picture trending-up, the lending picture for rural properties needs to evolve, as well. Many banks and mortgage companies seem to be afraid of rural property transactions. We’ve found that a property with an ownercarry option may sell easier, quicker and without the appraisal roadblocks that can occur with a conventional rural loan. In conclusion, the upward-trend predictors is positive for the Applegate Valley rural real estate market. Don and Debbie Tollefson own Applegate Valley Realty. For questions on buying or selling property call 541-218-0947 or visit their new office at 15090 Hwy 238 in Applegate. Or visit their website at:

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by Cheryl von Tress
The Armoire Revisited
plates and cups. Armoires provide vertical storage space and take up less floor space than most sideboards – a nice solution for small space living. homey Office A repurposed armoire is a great solution to contain a home office. Individualize your space with stylish storage boxes. Install upper shelves to corral books and stacks of paper and to store binders of decorating inspirations, howto guides and household data. If you need to create drawers, install wire rack storage solutions that are typically used in kitchen, bath or laundry cabinetry. A few desktop organizers for writing and cutting implements, plus your computer, and voila! instant home office in a small space. Close the doors and all is tucked out of sight and mind. Finishing Touches Dressing yourself takes on a sense of clothing boutique fun when all of your accessories are housed within an armoire. "Shop" your shelves and bins. Use bins and boxes to neatly corral belts, headbands, and other small accessories. Plan shelving for upright purses and stacks of scarves and Pashminas. Create shallow shelves to store containers of small jewelry items. A small mirror on a shelf or door interior allows for a upper style check or, if possible, install fulllength mirror. Last Thoughts Pet supplies and accessories, family games and entertainment media, arts and crafts supplies, household tools and cleaning supplies – endless possibilities for repurposing a previously outmoded armoire to corral all that stuff! De-clutter, organize, simplify and beautify – now, THAT's making your home work for you. Cheryl von Tress Design specializes in homes, offices, gardens and cafes. www. 541.899.2824.

rmoires have been loved pieces of furniture for hundreds of years. Their basic practicality combined with simple to ornate style details make them an item to be treasured. With the advent of largescreen TVs, many of us find ourselves in possession of media cabinets that no longer fit our modern lifestyle. HomeWorx is dedicated to making our homes work for us. Sometimes, only minor modifications are required to switch an armoire from one storage purpose to another. Here are several ideas for re-vamping outmoded furniture into useful and beautiful members of your household. New Beginnings Doors: wood paneled doors take on new beauty when wallpapered, stenciled or when the centers are removed and replaced with artful glass. Door interiors can become message boards, photo galleries and children's art installations when resurfaced with corkboard, fabric boards, or painted with magnetic or chalkboard paint products. Media pull-outs: remove pull-out shelves and reinstall at desktop height to create a work surface. Shelving: open armoire doors and visualize the inner space without the existing shelving. Then, create your plan and add shelving to repurpose the cabinet to suit your needs. Moveability: add plastic furniture movers under cabinet legs. Even this "non Gold's Gym gal" can move heavy furniture with these great add-ons! Serve It Up! Entertainment storage for wine glasses, serving trays, beverage accessories and table linens is a must but often runs in short supply. Delicate items become readily accessible and safely stored within the doors of a home entertaining armoire. Add wine glass racks, wine bottle rack, shallow baskets for linens. Use stacking wire shelves to maximize storage of specialty


Jacksonville Elementary students are on the move this spring! We had a great turnout for the Pear Blossom events last month. Over 50 students participated in the various races. Congratulations to these amazing young athletes! Jacksonville Elementary is excited to offer a Mandarin Club for grades 3-6! This after-school class is taught via interactive video conferencing during which students interact in real time with a teacher at the Educational Services District in Medford. The video-conferencing equipment also can be used by teachers for special classroom projects. Thank you to Karen Starchvick, Sandy Metwally and Shelly Inman for making this project a reality. Our Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 2:30 pm. If you have a child who will be five years old by September 1, 2011, please plan to attend and learn more about Jacksonville’s outstanding Kindergarten program! Wine talkers - Cont'd from Pg. 23 need for one-use bottles, labels, cartons and other packaging. Since it debuted a few years ago, Troon’s Trifecta brand was only sold by the glass or carafe at restaurants. Then Martin started thinking that tasting room patrons would enjoy the savings and the experience of self-bottling; to take, says Martin, “that visceral experience of popping a cork and improving it exponentially.” At the Filling Station, you push on the tap, then manually put a cork into your bottle. There’s even a label to put on so the bottle is official. “It is always great when you can offer something that is both environmentally friendly and costs less,” says Martin. “It shouldn't cost more to do the right thing.”

The 4-6 grade students will perform Jacksonville Elementary’s Britt Musical, Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY Kids, on thursday, May 26th at 7:30 pm. This is a special tradition at our school. Thank you to Wendi Stanek, Jim Finnegan, and all of the volunteers who make this event a success. Treat your family to a magical night at the Britt and support our talented students! Jacksonville Elementary School’s first annual Writers’ Festival will be held on the evening of Tuesday, May 31st. This schoolwide event will feature students’ favorite pieces of writing. Over 25 local authors, publishers, journalists, teachers and writing enthusiasts will be at the event to facilitate multi-grade, small group discussions. Local author and educator, Ginny Fowler Hicks, author of Mountain Star (2008) will be the event’s keynote speaker. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have contributed to this celebration of our young authors!

Troon Vineyard 1475 Kubli Road Grants Pass, OR 97527 (541) 846-9900 Farm Dinner Season Farm to Fork founder Matthew Domingo has already sold out the June 25 dinner at Cowhorn Vineyard and Garden, but there are plenty of other ways to support local farmers and winemakers. Visit to read more the event at Hanley Farm with Trium Wines and other wine-paired, five-course dinners at orchards, farms and ranches from this valley to Mt. Hood and the Willamette. Janet Eastman covers wine, food and travel. An archive of her work is at www.

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Calling All Foodies
by Constance Jesser
Grilled Portabello Salad
hen David and I lived in Chicago we loved going to Greektown. This was one of my favorite salads. I’ll never forget when I first tasted this. The melting cheese over the lettuce and tomato was a wonderful surprise. This salad could also be used for brunch. You will need a bitter green such as frisee, arugula or dandelion greens. I found Mizuna lettuce at the farmer’s market and it was wonderful this way. Grilled Portabello Mushroom Salad Serves 4 1 bunch frisee or other bitter greens 4 medium portabello caps (gills and stem removed) 2 plum tomatoes cut into small dice ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil ¼ cup Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard 1 large shallot – cut into small dice 1 Tablespoon Dried Greek Oregano Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper 7 ounces of Rogue Creamery Touvelle Cheese - grated Fresh Chives for garnish Create the vinaigrette. Place the mustard in a bowl, then whisk in the balsamic vinegar, very slowly add the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified. Add the shallot, dried oregano, salt and pepper and whisk to incorporate. Place the portabello caps in the vinaigrette


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and marinate for an hour or up to 4 hours. Light the grill. Remove the portabello mushrooms from the vinaigrette, reserving the vinaigrette to toss the greens with. Grill the portabello caps bottom side down to start. After you flip the portabello to cook the other side, place a small mound of cheese on the portabello. Close the grill lid and let this melt into the mushroom. In the meantime, toss the frisee lettuce with a small amount of reserved vinaigrette. Place a mound of frisee on 4 plates, place some diced tomato on top. While hot, place the portabello mushroom cheese side down on top of the salad. Sprinkle with chives, salt and pepper. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Serve immediately. The Review recommends pairing this salad with Troon Vineyard's 2009 Kubli Bench Zinfandel. See their ad on page 22. Constance Jesser is owner of the Jacksonville Mercantile and a professionally-trained chef. She can be reached at 541-899-1047 or www.

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Food & Friends is the only Meals on Wheels program operating in Jackson and Josephine counties, and last year we provided over 238,000 meals for seniors via home delivery and congregate meal sites. In Jackson County alone, we serve approximately 600 meals daily from centers like the one in the Oddfellows Hall in Jacksonville. Over 300 wonderful volunteers help make it possible. To continue meeting the needs of hundreds of seniors who need our help, we must build awareness and financial support for this program. One of our most visible, family-friendly and community-building events is the Fun Walk we plan each year. The 9th Annual Food & Friends Fun Walk will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Ashland Senior Center, 1699 Homes Avenue in Ashland. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and participants are asked to turn in pledge sheets and donations they have collected. Those who raise a total of $100 or more will receive a free Fun Walk t-shirt, and the walker with the highest total in donations wins a grand prize. Walkers leave the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. and walk to the Ashland Nature Park and back, about 3 miles. Refreshments, prizes and a raffle featuring gifts from local businesses complete the festivities. We’ll list raffle prizes on our website as they come in. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000.00 and you can help make it happen! We are looking for people who want to make a difference in the lives of seniors in Jacksonville and other communities throughout the Rogue Valley. There are many ways to get involved. Set a personal goal, gather pledges and join us in the walk. Put together a team and multiply the fun and the funds raised. Families, friends and co-workers can have a friendly competition to see who can raise the most. It’s a feel-good opportunity to get some exercise and raise support to help keep meal sites open—like the one in Jacksonville—providing meals on-site and to homebound seniors without the need for a waiting list. If you want to help out but can’t walk that day, your donation (cash or raffle prizes) can still help us meet our goal. For more information about how to get involved in this worthwhile event, please call us at 541-734-9505 or visit us online at and click on “Food & Friends.”

Annie’s Antics
by Annie Parker
Rock On
appy May everyone! I hope life is treating you well. I am happy to be enjoying the yard and grabbing some nice new vegetable plants whenever I get the chance! If you have ever been around a Golden Retriever, you probably know that we Goldens like to have something in our mouths most of the time. Carrying or chewing something is VERY important to us. It doesn’t really matter what it is: bones, balls, sticks, rocks, clumps of dirt, or my favorites…socks. It is especially important that we greet people holding something. When the folks return home, or family or visitors come by, I HAVE to have something in my mouth and then whine as loudly as I can. If someone surprises me, I make a mad dash around the house to grab whatever’s closest…even if it means grabbing something I shouldn’t, like Mom’s shoe. This is a moral imperative – so, you humans just need to get it, and quit even trying to stop us. I especially like to chew things I find outside. The other day, when out for a quick pee break in the front yard, I found some wonderful clumps of old grass that had dropped from the ride-on lawnmower. These were


juicy, rock-like, brown, tasty chunks that were perfect for hiding in my jaws and bringing back with me into the house to settle down and chew. Well – Mom had just had the carpets professionally cleaned for the first time (they looked great by the way!), so when she turned around from her computer and saw the delicious mess I’d made with the clump, it didn’t go over so well. Why do we do this? Here’s a little history I found: Golden retrievers hail from the Scottish Highlands of the 1800s. We were bred as hunting dogs. We’re apparently designed to run, to swim (well, I take issue with that one), to traverse lakes and streams, and generally just be outdoor dogs. We were also bred to be retrievers… meaning we want to hold things in our mouths and bring them back to our master. So – there you go – it’s in our genes! I am great at bringing items back, I just don’t let them go. And, you know, there’s nothing more humiliating and annoying than having one’s jaws pried open so the apparently offensive item of choice can be unceremoniously removed from my mouth. Well – that’s more of my life in this wonderful Small Town with Big Atmosphere!

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Paws for Thought
by Dr. Tami Rogers
A Glamorous Day in the Life of a Vet
ell, I had the perfect educational column prepared for this month and I’m not sure what happened. Maybe it was the lack of sleep I had last night fretting over a particularly confusing case. Maybe it was the cat vomit I found inside my work shoes this morning as I was getting dressed. Whatever the reason, when I sat down at my computer this morning, this is what I ended up with. Instead of throwing it away, I thought you all might get a chuckle from hearing about some of the frustrations we face on a daily basis! Here are a few I came up with: 1. Picking the perfect outfit. This may strike you as funny. Why should it be so hard to figure out what you are going to wear? Well, as a woman who appreciates fashion, it is incredibly difficult! I LOVE nice clothes. I see women come into the clinic wearing beautiful clothes that I would love to have. However, the reality is, when dressing for my job there is a delicate balance between professionalism and wash ability. Most people don’t stand in their closet on a daily basis wondering, “If I get pooped on, will it wash out?” Nor do they take that into consideration when purchasing an outfit. That however, is usually the first thing that crosses my mind when I am standing in a boutique in downtown Jacksonville eyeing a new item of clothing. Fear of poop, vomit, and the like, usually causes me to return the item to the rack. Another issue I have to consider, is that pockets and cuffs can harbor some nasty things! There have been many times that I have found little “treasures” in my pockets after leaving work! How many of you can say that you have put your hand in your pocket and come out with a poop nugget? Is anyone other than me raising your hand? Lucky you! 2. Maintaining a professional demeanor when being sniffed inappropriately. Need I say more? Inevitably this always occurs during a consultation with owners over the most serious of subjects. The more discreet I try to be, the more persistent that dog usually is. Thank goodness that we do not have this wonderful trait as humans! The worst part is when the sweet sniffing dog leaves a slobbery nose print


right between your legs. Thankfully, slobber dries quickly but until then still leaves you with a few awkward moments! 3. Recommending castration of an animal to a male owner who takes it personally. You think I’m joking, don’t you? Well, I hate to say it, but this actually happens, A LOT! For some reason, some men take castration of their dog or cat very personally. It seems like the more time I spend explaining the risks of testicular and prostatic cancer, not to mention unwelcomed behaviors that are often exhibited on your visiting neighbor’s leg, the more adamant the man gets about NOT performing the procedure. Well, let me assure you gentlemen, there is NOTHING personal about this and we are NOT secretly plotting with your wives behind your backs! 4. Getting urinated/defecated on/squirted by anal sac secretions. Luckily, these incidents don’t occur daily. I attribute a lot of this to appropriate planning as I usually allow my trustworthy staff to lift the business end of the animal! The other part I will attribute to my cat-like reflexes! You laugh… but see how fast you move when an animal is shooting pipe-stream diarrhea in your general direction. For obvious reasons, being soiled-on can put a huge damper on your day, though some accidents are worse than others. I don’t generally mind when my toe is urinated on, which is very common, unless it soaks through to my sock. Regardless, my day can continue without a hitch. I will admit that I do get frustrated when diarrhea or anal sac secretions get on my clothes (refer back to #1) as they make a foul smelling perfume! To the most extreme, anal sac secretions (which have been known to hit the ceiling/walls/etc when under pressure) in my hair or on my face is completely guaranteed to spoil my day and induce a healthy gag reflex. No explanation needed there. Well, there you have it. A few of our daily frustrations out in the open! Thankfully these things make up a small portion of our days and the rest of our time is filled with sweet kisses and cuddles from our most amazing patients! Dr. Rogers can be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital at 541-899-1081.

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Find out which tick species carries the Lyme bacteria and Why is Lyme’s disease called the “Great Imposter” at a “Tick Talk” on Saturday, May 7, from 2-3 pm, at the Ruch Branch Library, 7919 Highway 238. Julie Wheeler will discuss the tick life cycle, prevention tips, tick removal, and identification. Enjoy a showing of “Under our Skin,” followed by a question and answer session. Ms. Wheeler has been an Occupational Health and Safety Manager for natural resource management agencies for the past 20 years and has worked as a Medical Unit Leader for wild land fires and other incidents for over 15 years. This program is presented by the Friends of Ruch Library at no charge. Donations are welcome to support future programming. Please call the Ruch Branch Library at 541-899-7438 for more information.

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Dogs on Leash – PLEASE!
I abhor the notion of always having the police or park rangers standing over us, ticket book in hand, waiting for someone to violate rules…BUT…it seems that there are those that require just that. They seem to feel that laws and rules are for others, not for them! I can’t count the times I’ve been on the Woodland/Beekman trails, and politely asked people to leash their dogs. I’ve even explained (to those that would stop and listen) that the easements acquired by the Woodlands Association are offered by private landowners, in part, if users of the trails keep their dogs on leashes, and if violated, can be revoked. Please, walk your dogs on leash. Clean up after them, and when you do, pack the bag back to a garbage can – don’t leave it along the trail! The Woodlands Association, in conjunction with the city, have provided dog bag stations, at no cost for dog owners to use. And now, there’s a drinking fountain with a spigot for dog water. A little common sense and courtesy would be appreciated by all, I’m sure. Bob Budesa Jacksonville Woodlands Association

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On behalf of the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery, thank you to all who were able to attend our Civil War Memorial Service on Tuesday, April 12 in the Jacksonville Cemetery. It was a very moving and inspirational service honoring all those who served during this dark period of our Nations history. A special thank you to our wonderful presenters, Pastor Richard Evans, Robert Hight, Joseph Jones, Vivienne Grant, and Bob Budesa. I also want to say thank you to Jeff Alvis for making arrangements that allowed city employees to be able to attend and to Mayor Paul Becker, and Council Members Christina Duane and Dan Winterburn for attending. Thank you to Jacksonville's finest, the Police and Fire personnel arriving in their dress uniforms, looking so sharp. The event, marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, was the only one of its kind in Southern Oregon to date, and was covered by 3 television stations and 2 newspapers. This was a real community event and one that Jacksonville can be proud of. With sincere appreciation, Dirk J. Siedlecki President - FOJHC

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