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The success of these events underscores the changing nature of Jacksonville, offering more proof that our town is becoming a destination for food, art, wine, music and history enthusiasts. In the coming years, embracing and supporting cultural events will be even more important to the long term success of Jacksonville – my view is that a healthy arts community is reflective of a healthy business climate and vice-versa. Combine the two and the result is a better quality of life! This month, more fun-filled events await, highlighted by Meet the Pioneers on October 14 & 15 - get your tickets early as these shows always sell-out! Heading into Fall, I hope to see you out and about in our Small Town with Big Atmosphere!

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Following an event-filled summer, Fall offers a chance to catch our breath and slow down a bit – but just a little! Summer 2011 kicked-off with Britt Festivals’ opening day “Taste of Summer” street celebration and closed with an outstanding Oktoberfest at the Bigham Knoll campus. Between events, Britt packed the hill with the best season in years as Friday evening Art Amble renewed the public’s interest in supporting our local artists. “Jacksonville Celebrates the Arts” was also wellattended along with the Saturday Farmers Market and Art Show, several gallery exhibits, winemaker dinners, garden & home tours and various lectures and fundraisers. Likewise, the newly relocated World of Wine festival drew seven hundred wine enthusiasts from all over the western United States, securing Jacksonville’s place on the regional wine events map. And, a new monthly event launched in May by the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery, “History Saturday,” attracted enthusiastic crowds, providing a much-needed and sought-after living history forum.

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City Snapshot
City Council September 6: A slim Council majority voted against sending a proposed watershed land swap deal to a public “advisory” vote. A proposal under consideration that had been drafted during former City Administrator Paul Wyntergreen’s tenure called for the city to trade 380 acres of its uppermost watershed land for 40 acres of lower watershed land. Reportedly, funds from a deal could be used to repair the aging reservoir and dam in Forest Park, build a community center, and/or pay off existing city debt. By a 4-3 margin, the advisory vote failed when Councilors Duane, Lewis, Jesser, and Mayor Becker voted not to send the issue to a public advisory vote. Councilors Winterburn, Schatz and Hayes voted in favor of a public vote. Although it tabled the matter, Council indicated a desire to work toward an eventual MRA-City land swap agreement. Parking District fees for the Southern Oregon Historical Society (OHS) totaling $300 were waived for one year after Council determined SOHS was no longer using parking spaces at the US Hotel. Resolution 1097 was officially adopted, formally changing the start time for City Council meetings to 6:00 pm. The Parks Committee agreed to assist with re-dedication efforts for the Peter Britt statue on the Britt grounds. The statue was installed on November 1, 2004. In 2005, the statue was vandalized - a bronze recognition plaque at the base of the statue was stolen and never recovered. Jeff Levin, the project coordinator, is leading the effort to replace the plaque with a plastic-encased one similar to those used in all city parks. The Parks Committee will seek assistance from Britt Festivals on the effort. Planning Commission to Community: “Let the Music Go On” At a September 14 Public Hearing, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a new Conditional Use Permit for South Stage Cellars. The action enables the popular wine tasting room to hold live outdoor music events in its Wine Garden at 125 S. 3rd Street. Prior to the hearing, SSC was only approved for outdoor amplified music via speakers, not live performances. The new ruling allows live music, described by SSC marketing director Porscha Schiller as “soft music to accompany and not compete with conversation.” During commission discussion, reports that multiple noise complaints had been logged against SSC proved false when it was revealed that only a single, anonymous complaint triggered an investigation by Planning Department staff. At the conclusion of the hearing, the PC unanimously approved the majority of Planning Director Amy Stevenson’s call to monitor and mitigate music sound levels, if needed. The PC was united that live, outdoor music enhances Jacksonville’s cultural and business climate and should be supported. City Council September 20: County Commissioner Don Skundrick attended the meeting and brought “greetings from the County Courthouse” with him along with an invitation for council and the public to attend County meetings and voice concerns during public comment periods. Council unanimously approved a request by Police Chief David Towe to apply for a $7600 Cheney Family Fund grant to install two radios in two newly purchased police cars. Gary Penning from Rogue Disposal and Recycling was on hand to give his annual Franchise Presentation to outline new and existing service programs and rate structures. RDR handles more than 680 residential accounts in the city of Jacksonville for the second lowest rate in the state. Penning reported that the number of homes participating in voluntary recycling programs is up this year. Later, Ordinance 1080 was unanimously approved, renewing the contract between Jacksonville and RDR. Criss Garcia was unanimously appointed to the Planning Commission. The five year Jacksonville resident brings extensive experience to the voluntary post. He is employed as a Senior Analyst and Systems Architect for the City of Ashland and is pursuing a certification from the League of Oregon Cities in Budget and Municipal Process. Mayor Paul Becker read a proclamation naming October 1-8 to be Oregon Days of Culture and called City Snapshot - Cont'd. on Pg. 6

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A Few Minutes with the Mayor
by Paul Becker
he topic of the MRA land swap proposal was once again introduced to the City Council for discussion and some sort of definitive action. As I sat listening to the public and the different council members, I couldn’t help but somewhat wistfully wish that MRA stood for Merchants Retail Association. After all, what is there controversial in that? But… Motorcycle Riders Association? There’s more than a pink elephant in that moniker. There’s enough to go from pink to purple…at least for some people…and purple leads to anger and mistrust. In addition, where large sums of money are involved, trust, or lack of it, can become a major issue. Because this came up during the council session, and though Jeff Alvis attempted to explain the method wherein money from any sale would be accounted for, I think it bears further discussion…especially because it leads to other considerations. First, the total money from the sale would not go into the General Fund. The best way to control its use, together with the surest form of transparency, would be to create a new fund…call it a Capital Transaction Fund since any sale money may only be used for capital purchases, capital asset repairs, or capital asset reconstruction. Example: If HARC were to ask the City Council for historical building repair funding for a given building, that would be an appropriate charge against this fund. Second, and equally as important, the money would better serve the city when used as seed money for matching grants. A ten-percent match against a $180,000 grant funded the recently acquired sweeper. Using the proposed figure of $850,000 in cash from the land sale, and a more conservative factor of twentypercent, the net result would create an effective use of the fund of more than $4,000,000. In anyone’s book that is a lot of money… money that can be used to: • Remove the hazard of the dam. This will have to be done with or without any sale transaction. City Snapshot - Cont'd. from Pg. 5 on Jacksonville residents to celebrate, participate in and support Oregon culture, arts and humanities. A new five year commercial lease between the City and Saint Andrews Anglican Church was renewed with unanimous approval of Council. Council agreed to hire an Urban Renewal Consulting firm, Tashman Johnson, LLC to examine Jacksonville’s current plan and explore options including restructuring the current budgeting system, overall long-term project list as well as canceling the Urban Renewal Program.

From the Firehouse to Your House
by Fire Chief, Devin Hull
our home should be a safe haven. If you do not regularly check for home fire hazards, there is the potential for danger. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Do the Drill.” From October 9-15, fire safety advocates will be out spreading the word that, with a little extra caution, preventing the leading causes of home fires is within your control. The major sources are cooking, heating, electrical and smoking-materials-related fires. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic October 8-9, 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. Survivors of the Chicago fire never forgot that they’d been through a blaze that produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Jacksonville firefighters along with thousands of firefighters across North America are visiting schools and other sites in the community to teach the basics of fire safety and prevention. The National Fire Protection Association


My Word on the Matter
• Build a real community center…one for all ages, all groups, and diverse communal cultural, social, and business activities. We already have Britt. With this we can grow into a true cultural center for the enjoyment of all citizens. • Historic preservation projects. Our brick and mortar downtown exteriors are crumbling. Recently, Dave Mills’ wife was almost killed by a falling brick. These buildings are the heart and soul of Jacksonville. They need attention. Now! • Earthquake retrofitting in the downtown core center. The need for this is self-apparent. The above enumerates only some of the possible uses for this fund. However, let me address just one of them…the community center. Robertson Collins gave us the gift of an historic landmark status whereby the city body, or structure, was protected in a way that would insure its continuity, or presence, in future years…but what about its character…how would that develop? How would citizens know one another…not just as neighbors across the street but in a manner where they shared their lives with each other… where groups with diverse interests and assorted ages would interact. Properly designed, a community center provides all of this. It becomes the focal point for each citizen within the city. It brings the citizens together! It is their presence that helps define the soul of the city. The list of activities or uses is as endless as one’s imagination. Music recitals, dance classes, small orchestra concerts, weddings, community service groups including the Boosters, JOBA, the Chamber, and the Garden Club, lectures/ workshops, theater, group meetings and luncheons, business conferences, senior activities, a permanent home for the quilters…the list goes on. With seed money for matching grants, all this is within our reach. Now there’s a legacy for the future!


Do the Drill
(NFPA) has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. In the event of a home fire, having operational smoke alarms cuts your chances of dying nearly in half. They should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area. They should be tested once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions. Batteries need to be replaced once a year or as soon as the alarm "chirps," indicating that the battery is low. Replace all smoke alarms after 10 years, even those that are hard-wired and ones with "long-life" (10-year) batteries. A fire can spread through your home rapidly. In fact, you may have as little as two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. In addition to maintaining smoke alarms, it's vital that families develop a basic home fire escape plan so they know what to do when a smoke alarm sounds It is important to remember that fire safety starts in the home and can greatly lessen the possibility of injury and property damage. Let us help you keep your home fire safe. Call the Jacksonville Fire Department at 541-899-7246 to get more information or schedule an appointment for a home smoke detector check. The Jacksonville Fire Department invites everyone to join them for an Open House on Thursday, October 13 from 5:30pm-8pm. In addition to fire engine displays, there will be free hot dogs, fire extinguisher demonstrations, blood pressure checks, a hose crawl and bunker relays. Come out and meet your Jacksonville professional fire and emergency medical crew!

Cops Get New Rides!
The Jacksonville Police are patrolling town in two new Police cars recently purchased by the city to replace two extremely worn-out and underpowered vehicles. With more than 120,000 miles on the older models, Police Chief David Towe was able to negotiate a great deal on newer 2008 and 2009 models while saving the city money. Both vehicles had been used by the Cottage Grove Police Department and have 42,000 and 51,000 miles respectively. According to Towe, selling the two former police vehicles will net about $4,000 – ample funds to install new radios in the new vehicles.

Chief Towe The $17,500 price tag for the two new cars was less than the $20,000 the City Council had budgeted for vehicle replacement in the 2011-12 budget. Towe expects the new cars to have a 5-6 year lifespan.

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Thank You to our Supporters
The Jacksonville Woodlands Association held its 18th annual Woodlands Hike-a-Thon on Saturday, April 16, 2011. This year’s theme, “Hiking to Preserve History,” combined the JWA effort to protect and preserve Jacksonville’s historic and scenic woodlands habitat and viewsheds with the Jacksonville Heritage Society’s effort to protect and preserve Jacksonville’s historic buildings. In keeping with this historic preservation theme, the JWA reissued the Jacksonville Woodlands t-shirt incorporating the historic Peter Britt Home designed by local artist and JWA Board member and founder Ray Foster. Production cost for the shirts was underwritten by Gayle and Skip Stokes, allowing all proceeds from t-shirt sales to be used in support of the Jacksonville Woodlands. The Jacksonville Woodlands T-shirts can be purchased at The Good Bean Coffee Company and Willowcreek Gifts for $10.00. On behalf of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to Ray Foster and Gayle and Skip Stokes for their generous support to the Jacksonville Woodlands Association. I also want to thank JWA business sponsors The Good Bean Coffee Company and Willowcreek Gifts for their efforts to promote the sale of the Jacksonville Woodlands T-shirts. These community-local partnerships enable local programs and activities such as the Jacksonville Woodlands to continue benefiting the Jacksonville community and visitors. For more information regarding the Jacksonville Woodlands, please view the JWA website: Charley Wilson, President Jacksonville Woodlands Association


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Revised Format for 2011! Tickets may be purchased at the Jacksonville Visitor and Information Center located next to the Post Office, or by calling 541 899-8118. • Adults $10, • Children $5 (12 and under) • Family $25 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Proceeds support restoration and preservation work in the cemetery.
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Note of Appreciation to My Village
70 fine artists and skilled crafters adding another level of entertainment presented their works for sale on the to the festivities: The Blank Historic Courthouse lawn over Labor Notes – Jacksonville’s all-girls youth Day Weekend as part of the 15th Annual band – Hannah McCoy, Jordyn Pisors, Jacksonville Celebrate the Arts. Anna Johnson, Chloe Martin, and Emily Thank you to all those who helped Hardcastle; Nick Vorona on harmonicas; make this year’s art celebration a Pegi Smith on violin, Cole Cullen on success. The netted income is earmarked guitar and vocals; Robert Roth on guitar toward the expansion of the Jacksonville and vocals; and Paul Gerardi on guitar, Community Center. harmonica and vocals. Volunteers and contributors were: Space was also made available for "The J’ville Review" for advertising, Jacksonville’s community non-profit press releases and encouragement; organizations to share information Community Center and promote Members Jerry participation Feranato, Nick in their Vorona, Vi Davis, community Donna Schatz, projects. Liz Purcell, Lee Attending were Lewis, Terri Gieg representatives and Clara Wendt from the Food for months of Project, Forest planning and task Park, Friends of management; the Jacksonville Chamber of Historic Commerce and Cemetery, Jordyn Pisors, The Blank Notes singer, in front "Mail Tribune/ Woodlands of this year's Celebrate the Arts. Tempo" for press Association, releases; Charley Wilson, Eric Villarreal, Edge, Jacksonville Heritage Society and April Zoll, and Bigham Knoll’s yard Jacksonville Community Center. crew for beautifying the lawn & garden It does take a village to achieve areas; Hanna West for web coverage on success. Thanks also to the surrounding "Southern Oregon Artists Resource"; neighbors, the Public Works and Police Mel Ashland for reserved vendors’ Departments, the City Council and parking; Farmer’s Market Ken Snoke local organizations and businesses for for sharing space; and Lynn Whipp for supporting events like Celebrate the Arts assisting vendors with booth check-in. in Jacksonville. Thanks also to musicians for Jeanena WhiteWilson

Jacksonville Boosters Club News
The Jacksonville Boosters Club kicked off its 2011-2012 season with a September 12 program that featured J’Ville resident John Braislin as he recounted the hilarious mayhem and mishaps he witnessed while working on The Red Skeleton Hour and The Steve Allen Show. Yes, in the days of early variety television broadcasts, elephants really did get loose, buckets of ants really did get dumped onto the hosts, and adventurous celebrities really did go “wing-walking.” Following the program, Rob Buerk, chairman of the Garage Sale committee, reported on the previous weekend’s very successful activities; proceeds from the “redistribution of classic items” will go towards the Boosters’ Britt Gardens restoration efforts, and other civic projects. Boosters meet on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 A.M. at Old City Hall. Visitors are welcome to enjoy refreshments, featured speakers and entertainment programs. Curious residents are encouraged to join in the fun. The next meeting is Monday, October 10. For more information, please call 541-899-5574.

A Haunting Halloween Film for October
Just in time for Halloween, October’s movie night at Old City Hall presents the 1963 film, “The Haunting,” from director Robert Wise. He may be better remembered for “The Sound of Music” and “West Side Story,” but the gothic elegance Wise brings to “The Haunting” prompts many viewers to proclaim it his finest work. The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Julie Harris (winner of five Tonys, three Emmys and a Grammy), Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn. Based on Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House, “The Haunting” follows slightly unstable Eleanor (Harris) as she joins a paranormal research group for a weekend at a sinister mansion reputed to hold a horrifying past. The researchers slowly realize that an unstoppable supernatural force lurks in every shadow and behind every closed door. This startling film doesn’t rely on visual effects to tell its dark tale of psychological terror. Instead, Wise uses complex storytelling techniques to give the audience shivers without actually showing anything. And yet, things that go bump in the night bump overtime in “The

Parking Violation Enforcement Criticism Lacks Validity
In late August, I spoke with Jacksonville City Manager Jeff Alvis concerning a maintenance issue. My complaint was that roadside vegetation had overgrown a 100-yard stretch of Jacksonville’s Oregon Street bike lane creating a hazard. The offending vegetation had been cut by the next morning. In a follow-up conversation with Mr. Alvis, he stated that public safety was the top priority of his administration. This leads to the Mail Tribune front page article of September 16th and to an online letter to the editor at the Jacksonville In both the article and letter, individuals criticized the City, and its police department, for issuing parking citations during Jacksonville’s annual twoday yard sale event. I used the N. 5th Street and N. Oregon Street sections of the bike path on both of those days. At both locations, I was forced out of the bike lane and into the roadway by multiple vehicles illegally parked in the bike lane. This forced me to compete for space in heavy traffic (congestion caused by the yard-sale event itself). In most cases, there was a legal parking space available across the street (vacant lots associated with closed businesses) or on side streets a short distance away. Both of these bike lane sections are heavily used by area cyclists. To take the position of those advocating the suspension of enforcement to an illogical conclusion, we should also cease enforcement of drunk driving statutes during the wine festival because it might deter visitors from attending the event and sampling the fare. To criticize City of Jacksonville officials for meeting the most fundamental responsibility of government (public safety) is, I think, greatly misguided. Skip Stokes, Jacksonville

Haunting,” affirming that horror doesn’t need a face or a name to have you hiding under your seat. Come to Old City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21. You’ll never have more fun being frightened.

Cemetery Clean-Up
Join the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery, the Boosters Club, the Masons and community volunteers for our annual fall clean-up day in the cemetery on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Bring leaf rakes, blowers, brooms, pruners and gloves to wear. Coffee and morning refreshments along with bottled water will be provided. Great way to give back to the community, meet your neighbors and make some new friends. For more information, please call 541-826-9939 with questions.

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Attention Runners – Stagecoach Run is Saturday, October 8! The Kell’s Good Beans Conquer the Coffee Competition Again!
Mike and Mary Kell of Jacksonville’s GoodBean Coffee Company were thrilled in late August when they won another Gold Medal. The Gold award went to Good Bean for the second year in a row at the 2011 Best Coffee in Oregon Championships in Salem! The 2011 Championship sported a field of the state's finest coffee purveyors with formidable competition including a great showing by Mellelo and Oregon Mountain, who shared the medal platform. 90% of the participants were from the Portland/Willamette area. Coffee fans should know that Good Bean has opened a second location in East Medford at 3240 Hillcrest Park Drive, in a new business/shopping area across from RoxyAnn Winery. The new location seats 40 inside and 24 outside and features a raised-hearth fireplace, comfy chairs and free wi-fi. Hours are 6am to 6pm daily – 541-779-6466. Good Bean Co-Owner, Mary Kell.

2010 Stagecoach Run More than 275 area runners will fill the streets of Jacksonville on Saturday, October 8 for the annual Stagecoach 5k & 10k run. Local runners will include Dr. Doug Naversen, Sarah Hyman, Sandi Whittle, Laura Imperia and Suzanne Ray. The Stagecoach Run starts at 8:30 at the staging area near the Post Office on North Oregon Street. The Stagecoach is the only race on the Southern Oregon Runners’ annual race schedule where all net proceeds go to the Pear Blossom Scholarship Fund to help local high school senior track athletes with future college expenses. Interested runners can download an entry form at Race organizer Steve Buxton says, “Not only do we want to provide a great race but also make it a really festive event. In past years we have been giving away 70+ items in random drawings, including gift certificates to local Jacksonville restaurants, wine, potted plants, golf course certificates and so much more. This year, in lieu of t-shirts, our race commemorative is a beverage glass. And, we will also be giving away $20 cash prizes to 5 lucky pre-registered entrants.” For questions, email or call Steve Buxton at (541) 772-8292 or

Katherine Gracey's "Circus, Circus" at South Stage Cellars
Jacksonville artist Katherine Gracey presents “CIRCUS, CIRCUS,” a collection of paintings based upon fond childhood memories of the Ringling Brothers Circus. “Every summer, The Ringling Brothers Circus, whose base is in Baraboo, WI, hosted a parade in downtown Milwaukee. I, along with thousands of people, gathered to see this extravaganza and the beautifully-restored antique circus wagons filled with lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, clowns, jesters, acrobats and elephants that paraded down the streets as they performed for the crowds.” Gracey always knew she would someday paint these colorful memories from her youth. See her new exhibit of twelve paintings of “CIRCUS, CIRCUS” at South Stage Cellars through October 24. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Oct 1 from 2-5pm.

Pony Announces New Holiday Party Venue!
Pony Espresso Coffeehouse and Café is taking reservations for Christmas/Holiday parties, available evenings from 6:00-10:00PM. New Chef Emily Davies can create a special menu for your party. Pony now serves beer and wine and can accommodate parties of up to 40 guests. This is a unique opportunity to have your special gathering in an intimate, picturesque and festive atmosphere that is both affordable and unforgettable! Call 541-899-3757 for a quote and reserve your evening today!

Paw Spa Has New Owner
The Paw Spa of Jacksonville has been purchased by long time Rogue Valley resident Christine Rodriguez. After six years working for Groomingdales and Celebrity Pets, Christine was presented with a chance to buy the business. “About a month ago, Didi Thompson let me know she wanted to sell… it was the right time in my life and I’d always wanted to own my own business. She still owns Land of Paws in Ashland and was looking for an owner who cared about their own business as much as she did.” Christine offers pet grooming services for dogs and cats, specializing in hand scissoring. “Hand scissoring has the advantage of allowing multiple hair lengths for dogs, resulting in a fuller coat that looks and feels fluffier,” she says. Other dog grooming services offered at the Paw Spa include bathing, Dremel and traditional nail trimming as well as gland cleaning. The Paw Spa also caters to cats, offering bathing, nail trimming and brushing services designed to control shedding. The Paw Spa is open 9-4 Monday-Saturday and

It’s time to order Christmas Garland & Wreaths for your Jacksonville Home & Business!
The annual fundraiser for Jacksonville Engine Company #1 is on again! We sell and distribute Christmas garland, bows and wreaths to businesses and individuals for their holiday decorating needs.

Order deadline is Friday, October 21st at noon
Please call 541-899-7246 or pick-up order form at the Jacksonville Fire Department at 180 N. 3rd Street

Christine Rodriguez with client. by appointment by calling 541-899-6811. Grooming services for small dogs start at $35 and at $45 for larger dogs.

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Meet Your Farmer – Walker Creek Farm
by Linda Davis

by Gates McKibbin
n Stone Soup, a classic fable for all ages, three hungry and weary soldiers come upon a village that has suffered a meager harvest. Seeing that the villagers have hidden their small store of food, the cleverest soldier comments, “Your tired fields have left nothing to share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup from stones.” Intrigued, the villagers light a fire under a kettle, and the soldiers drop three stones into the water. “Now, this will be a fine soup,” the soldier observes. “But a pinch of salt and some parsley would make it wonderful.” A villager volunteers to add these simple ingredients to the pot. Others offer barley, carrots, beef and cream. When the soup is ready, everyone enjoys a truly delectable feast – all because they shared their food rather than keeping it to themselves. A similar event on a smaller scale occurred recently here in Jacksonville. The neighbor of friends of mine had such an abundant harvest of potted basil, she decided to share it with passersby. She placed the pot by the sidewalk with scissors sticking into the soil and a sign reading, “Need fresh basil? Help yourself.” My friends gratefully snipped the perfect accompaniment to heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella that evening. The bounty of basil stretched further. Just when the lush bed of basil that Whit and Jo Parker tended all season was perfect for picking, they were leaving on vacation. In Stone Soup fashion, we agreed to use it all in one fell swoop by having a pesto making party at my house. Whit dug up the plants, and Jo brought over a huge


Patty and Shaina Bronstein of Walker Creek Farm. Walker Creek Farm, at 670 Old Stage available, including the use of special Road, is less than a mile down the road sugars, gluten free, etc. from downtown Jacksonville. The farm Patty and Shaina farm organically, is owned and operated by two dynamic although they are not officially certified women: Patty and Shaina Bronstein as an organic farm. Integrated pest (mother and daughter). management helps them control When the Bronsteins moved to unwanted insects. Areas are set aside Jacksonville a little over four years ago, for beneficial insects such as ladybugs they had a vision. They bought a house and beetles. They practice crop rotation, with bare fields. Their dream was to and row cover vegetables as needed. start a small business and to be part of They monitor pests on the farm and the local agricultural community. The use eco-friendly methods to keep them Bronsteins had a history of operating from damaging the crops. For more successful small businesses. Patty is example, Shaina has planted clover a Master Gardener, so the family was in between rows of vegetables. The interested in starting a small farm. flowering clover promotes beneficial online Shaina had studied plant and soil insects and also attracts bees. science and sustainable agriculture at When asked what “local” means, the University of Massachusetts and was Shaina said “as close as you can get it.” working for a vegetable seed company in Walker Creek Farm supports all of the California. A farm was born! local farmers markets including the Four years later, Walker Creek Farm is Saturday Jacksonville Farmer's Market. quite diverse, producing fruits, vegetables Patty and Shaina buy from local farmers and flowers: 350 blueberry bushes; 200 when they need additional items, such as raspberry bushes; 50 fruit trees (cherries, peaches from a local orchard for peach plums, peaches and apples); 40 varieties of pies, local beef for meat pies, and local tomatoes; peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, honey for baking. squash, cabbage and greens, and fresh The farm is environmentally flowers. Recently, Patty and Shaina added sustainable. Nothing is wasted. 30 chickens that produce over 2 dozen eggs Everything is composted. Eggshells are per day, which are used in baked goods. ground up to put on the plants to keep Walker Creek Farm also sells delicious away unwanted pests, such as slugs, and baked goods, using local seasonal to add calcium to the soil. The chickens ingredients – fruit pies, strudels, scones, eat the eggshells for calcium, consume cookies, and muffins. Another specialty insects and fertilize the plants. Vegetables is Greek food – baklava, spanikopita, not suitable for market are fed to the Greek honey walnut cakes and meat chickens. Old cardboard is used to protect pies. These and different types of quiches plants from pests and cold. made from Walker Creek eggs are usually The Farm gives back to the community found at the markets. All of these goodies in many ways. They accept WIC (Women, are prepared in the Walker Creek Farm Infants and Children) programs and are commercial kitchen. You may have always happy to give donations to worthy sampled these delicious treats at the causes that promote the local economy, Saturday Jacksonville Farmer’s Market such as Thrive. (or at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market in Visitors are welcome to tour the farm. Ashland or the Thursday Farmer’s Market Make an appointment by calling Patty or in Medford). If not, you are in for a treat! Shaina at (541) 899-6934 or email them at You can call Patty or Shaina at (541) and come learn how 6934 or email them at to farm sustainably. Or you can take a to order your very own baked delights course from Shaina at OSU extension on throughout the year. Custom baking is sustainable farming.

basket spilling over with basil and garlic. In the meantime I ran out to buy tubs of shredded parmesan, olive oil and plastic freezer storage containers. A decidedly generous friend had just given me two pounds of pricey pine nuts, so we were good to go on that front. Four of us set to work in my kitchen, picking basil leaves off the stems then washing and drying them, roasting pine nuts in the oven and preparing the garlic. When the ingredients were ready, the fun part began – grinding them together in the blender and doing taste tests. After the first few batches we had the proportions down, so we simply scooped the aromatic green paste directly into the storage containers after my Waring blender had obliterated all evidence of the individual components. All the while we talked and laughed and commented on what a grand spur-of-themoment adventure we were having. Now we each have a sizeable stash of frozen pesto to get us through the winter. I have already sampled mine on fresh pasta, and it is delectable. “Help yourself” is a far better approach to living together than the trickery required to cajole the villagers to add their food to the stone soup pot. Beyond that, an attitude of abundance and generosity makes life more delicious in every way. 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.

by Hannah West, Creator and Editor of SOAR. Browse the Artist Directories at! October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Include the arts in your harvest celebration! September 16 - October 28: “An Oregon Love Story” - Works by Betty LaDuke Rogue Gallery & Art Center presents paintings, prints & drawings by this internationally acclaimed artist. Themes of family, community and nature highlight the artist’s passion for the place and the people that have sustained her life in Oregon over the past 50 years. Her newest series, Oregon Summer Harvest, is inspired by Rogue valley farmers and farmworkers. September 27 - October 24: Guest Artist Katharine Gracey at South Stage Cellars Resident Artist Cheryl D. Garcia welcomes October guest artist Katharine Gracey. Katharine presents her newest work, a collection titled “Circus, Circus”, in her delightful Provincial style. Meet the artists at our reception on Sat., Oct 1 from 2 - 5pm to learn more about their work!

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The GoodBean welcomes artist Michelle Anderst, a Rogue Valley native returning home after completing her art education in Paris and Seattle. Now a certiÞed professional scientiÞc illustrator, MichelleÕs artistic work melds anatomical, botanical, and electronic elements into whimsical yet Þnely rendered hybrids - perfect for cooler days and long conversations over a cup of our award-winning coffee! Please join us for an artist reception on Friday, October 14 from 4 - 6pm to meet the artist.. Artist Opportunities from Rogue Gallery & Art Center: Artists interested in mentoring a local high school student for the Artist Teen Mentoring Project this winter should contact Education Director Brooke Nuckles: 541.772.8118 x301, for more information and to sign up. Oct. 7 - Application deadline: “Spirit in Hand” Holiday Boutique. Send or drop off 10 photos of your art or artisan craft with description and contact info to be considered for this juried and invitational sale. Visit for more upcoming October deadlines! Art Workshops by the Sea in Florence offers art workshops in a wide range of disciplines. View their extensive schedule at Art Matters! or the online calendar at Group discounts available Plan a trip together and learn with creative friends! Call Paulette Shanklin at 541.991.1709 or email for more info and to register. Rogue Gallery & Art Center resumes exciting Fall education programs this month! A wide variety of workshops for adults of all skill levels kicked off in late September and continues through December. The deadline is already upon us for the Þrst October workshop, “Self Portrait: Understanding the Human Face” by nationally acclaimed oil painter Daryl Urig, visiting from the University of Cincinnati...Register by 9/30! Life Drawing Open Studios take place 1st & 3rd Fridays, 10:30 - 12:30am. Registration for following workshops, and the Þrst Life Drawing Open Studio, begin October 7. RGAC’s Afterschool Art Studio for kids in 1st - 6th grade resumes October 5th, continuing each Wed from 2 - 5pm - Sign up for one month or all three. Partial scholarships are available. The 2011-2012 school year marks the fourth anniversary of RGAC’s Elementary School Art Outreach. Add these educational opportunities to your Google or desktop calendar from SOAR’s online calendar; detailed info available at Art Matters! under Classes & Workshops. For scholarship and registration information, please visit or contact Education Director Brooke Nuckles: 541.772.8118 x301, Learn more about the importance of including the arts to increase the value and success of your child’s overall education by searching “education” at SOAR’s blog, Art Matters!. Many posts from Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and others offer a wealth of info from studies documenting the positive effect of the arts on learning for all kids. With arts education funding being cut across the country, parents need to consider their own strategy to ensure an artenriched education for their children! __________________________________________________________________________________________
For details on these events & more, calls to artists & art world news: Compiled by Hannah West Design, LLC ~ ~ 541.899.2012

SOAR’s editor congratulates the GoodBean on their second Gold Medal win in the 2011 Best Coffee in Oregon Championship last month!

October 1 - 30: Art Exhibit at the GoodBean

Take a Hike on the ART
The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) is in the process of developing the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), a primarily ridge top hiking trail that connects Grants Pass with Jacksonville. The plan is to connect to the proposed Jack-Ash Trail (from Jacksonville to Ashland) being developed by Siskiyou Upland Trail Association (SUTA). ATA will host a hike on a section of the proposed ART Saturday, October 15, 2011. The hike will be approximately 4 miles long with spectacular views of Ruch and the Applegate Valley accented with those amazing fall colors. We meet at 9 a.m. at BLM’s Bunny Meadows parking area which is located at the intersection of Forest Creek Road and Longanecker Road. Forest Creek Road is approximately five miles west of Jacksonville on Highway 238. Longanecker intersects Forest Creek Road in about a mile. We will carpool from Bunny Meadows parking area in order to shuttle to the ridge top (4.5 miles) and those incredible views. Most of this hike is along the ridge top on some fairly decent trails but there is 150 yards of steep off trail that makes this hike difficult. This short piece is an example of where trail construction would be needed in order to connect existing trails. Keep in mind there is a significant overall elevation drop (1470 feet) as we drive to the top and hike back down to the parking area. It would be appreciated if you would check in with the hike leader by October 14th. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy footwear. Consider a hiking stick for that steep off trail piece. Remember to bring food and water and please leave your pets at home. For more information contact the hike leader, David Calahan, at 541-899-1226 or

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The Rogue Valley Symphony Announces 2011-12 Season
The Rogue Valley Symphony’s 2011-12 Season will feature 2 pianists, a double bassist, an oboist, and a young local cellist. Music Director, Martin Majkut, calls this season “more challenging, more adventurous & more vibrant.” Half of the pieces on the programs have never been performed by the RVS! The RVS will be offering a broader range of ticket prices this season to accommodate more people. New musicians will also be joining the orchestra. There will also be a rejuvenation of the Holiday concert series in local churches. The concert dates are as follows: Concert I: September 23 (Ashland), 24 (Medford), and 25, 2011 (Grants Pass); Concert II: November 4 (Ashland), 5 (Medford), and 6, 2011 (Grants Pass); Concert III: January 27 (Ashland), 28 (Medford), and 29, 2012 (Grants Pass); Concert IV: March 2 (Ashland), 3 (Medford), and 4, 2012 (Grants Pass); and Concert V: April 20 (Ashland), 21 (Medford), and 22, 2012 (Grants Pass). Concerts on Friday and Saturday nights begin at 7:30pm and Sunday concerts are at 3pm. Maestro Martin Majkut will continue his preconcert talks one hour before each performance. The Holiday concerts will be on Dec. 2 (Grants Pass), Dec. 3 (Ashland), and Dec. 9 and 10 (Medford.). Please call the RVS Box Office for ticket information at (541) 552-6398 or visit our website at New Series Subscribers get 50% off ticket prices. November 4, 5, and 6, 2011 will feature an outstanding local young talent, cellist Chas Barnard. Chas performed with the YSSO as a soloist in the 2010-11 season. He will join the RVS for Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1. Chas is part of the Schoenard Trio that performed at the prestigious Fischoff chamber music competition in May 2011. The RVS hopes to expand its youth programs in the future to include a concerto competition for young talent in the Northwest. Also on this program are two pieces depicting the German Rhineland: Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” and Wagner’s “Dawn and Sigfried’s Rhine Journey” from the opera Gotterdammerung. December will see the return of a holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season.” Concerts will be in Ashland on Friday, December 2, Grants Pass on Saturday, December 3, and in Medford on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11. The concerts will feature viola soloist, Kimberly Fitch, on Carl Stamitz’s Viola Concerto as well as Martin Majkut conducting from the harpsichord. These concerts will include a smaller chamber orchestra and brass carols of the season in intimate local church settings. This season ticket prices will range from $10 to $44 and student tickets will continue to be offered at $5. Ashland ticket prices are $44, $38, and $33; Medford prices are $38, $33, $28, and $10; and Grants Pass prices are $34, $38, $20, and $10. The Medford $10 economy tickets are available from the Craterian only beginning 10 days before the concert and the Grants Pass $10 economy tickets are available only from the Rogue Valley Symphony Box Office beginning 2 weeks before the concert. In addition, the RVS is teaming up with 11 other local arts organizations to offer up to two $5 tickets to anyone presenting an Oregon Trail card from the SNAP program. These tickets can be bought at the door to our Grants Pass performances. There is more information about this program at

The Unfettered Critic
by Paula Block Erdmann & Terry Erdmann
Blue Light Special: Living in a Reality Show
“Friendly, welcoming crowd needed for Extreme Home Makeover TV show scene! Downtown Jacksonville will be shot Saturday evening between 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and we want to have a large crowd to wave at the show's bus as it drives through downtown. Hope to see you all there...” The other night our town turned blue. Responding to the clarion call of the above (on the Jacksonville, Oregon Facebook page, and also via several other venues), hundreds of people crowded California Street, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a bus. Which never came. All the same, the crowd seemed to be into it. They cheered. They twirled their blue glow sticks on cue. As for us… Well, we went. But after a while it began to remind us of our “battle-scarred” past lives in Hollywood, and we opted to share a burger instead of the spotlight and retreated to the Bella. You see, Hollywood production may seem very glamorous from the outside, but the truth of production, be it television or film, is that it’s 95% boring. (Example: “Be here at 7 p.m. Then stand around on a street corner for three hours while we set up, and eventually we may aim a camera at you”). There’s a lot of hurry up and wait. And wait. And wait. Okay, a confession. We don’t watch reality TV shows. They make us crazy for a whole passel of reasons that we won’t get in to. But that said, C.J. and Lindsay McPhail are extremely deserving, and Sparrow Clubs is a wonderful organization. We hope that Extreme Makeover makes the lives of everyone involved brighter. And we hope J’ville gets a bit of a lift (economic variety) from its increased visibility—but not too much because we like this place the way it is! In fact, we can’t help feeling that we live in a reality show 24/7, 365. This town— and indeed, the whole Rogue Valley—is filled with outstanding people who go out of their way to make life better for those around them—the children who have to do without, the seniors who have no one to share their lives with, the homeless pups and kits who deserve a bit of humanity in their all too short lives. So many causes, so little time! We thought about that this past weekend. It was that busiest of busy times: the weekend of the Citywide Garage Sale. Like many of you, we spent the usual amount of time wandering around like kids at a carnival—wanting everything but allowing ourselves just a few small treasures. The rest of the weekend was devoted to the community. We worked at the Jacksonville Booster Club’s portion of the sale, in the parking lot behind Sterling Bank, selling castoff items for low, low prices. The proceeds go into the work that the Boosters do around town the rest of the year: cleaning, painting, raking, restoring; name a local fixer-up project, they’ve probably had a hand in it—but you probably haven’t noticed. Being high profile isn’t on the agenda. Still, being in the Boosters is a little like being in a mini version of Extreme Makeover. Members aren’t standing out on California Street, twirling glow sticks, they’re just quietly doing their part. After that TV crew leaves Southern Oregon, you might think about participating in a local makeover project. It needn’t be with the Boosters. There are a lot of other associations that do good works. Your local church. The Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club… Get involved. Join a group. You may find it’s the best reality show of all. 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.

It’s All About Jazz, Dancing and Fun Medford Jazz Festival is October 7-9
The rejuvenated Medford Jazz Festival swings into Southern Oregon with 14 hot bands, five jazz and dance venues including a dance-dedicated site. As the longest-running jazz festival in Southern Oregon and Northern California, the Medford Jazz Festival showcases a talented lineup of national, regional and local bands playing Zydeco, Doo-wop, Swing, Trad-jazz, Jump-Jive and Big Band for three phenomenal days of music and dancing. This year, dancing reaches new heights, leaps, bounds and swings with the spacious Kids Unlimited gym serving as the exclusive dance site. The Medford Jazz Festival is proud to feature dance instructors offering free demonstrations (with admission), workshops and lessons for beginners to the advanced dancer. The Medford Jazz Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating, fostering, sponsoring, and developing, the understanding, taste and love of traditional jazz music as an art form through youth programs and the annual Jazz Festival. The Festival Education Program will again reach over 15,000 local students during the week leading up to the Festival as two featured bands will perform for local schools. Since its inception, the Festival has donated more than $160,000 to Medford School District 549C for youth music programs. For tickets or information, visit www. or call (541)770-6972 or (800) 599-0039.

Global Exchange Ambassadors Visit Jacksonville
Ambassadors from the local chapter of Friendship Force of Southern Oregon’s (FFSO) Global Exchange met in Jacksonville on Saturday, September 24 to take a trolley tour of town. The local club was founded in 1997 by a few people who’d moved to the Rogue Valley from places with active Larry Smith led the tour. Friendship Force chapters. Since then, the organization The visiting 2011 Ambassadors are from has grown and has traveled as a group Nebraska, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois, to Costa Rica, Ukraine, Germany, Connecticut, Montana, England, and New Zealand, Turkey and many states Switzerland. Global Exchange’s mission within the US. FF has hosted people is to make friends, one person at a time from many places, including Cairo, and is not affiliated with any religious Turkey, New Zealand, and England. or political organization.

Coats for Kids – Jacksonville Drop Site
Cycle Analysis Bike Shop at 535 N. 5th Street is the Jacksonville drop off point for anyone willing to donate new or slightly-used winter coats for kids. From October 3-31, shop owner, Jana Jensen, will accept coats during regular business hours – a drop barrel will be placed on the porch for after-hour dropoffs. All coats will be dry cleaned before being distributed to needy area kids. For more information, call Jana at 541-899-9190 or stop by the store.

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My 3,000 Mile “Bucket List” Bike Ride Across the Nation! by Bob Budesa
Whew! The last few anxious hundred miles were done! The adventure was complete, save for the flight home. How were we to know, 3,500+ miles ago, that we’d really pull this ride off? Eric Dittmer and I were sitting in my drift boat last year, doing some work pertaining to the removal of Gold Ray Dam, and sometime during the day I asked if he’d seen the movie, The Bucket List. “So, what’s on your bucket list, Eric?” I’m sure many of you have asked yourselves the same question. “What DO you want to do with the time you have remaining?” Both of us came up with riding our bikes, self-supported, across the country. The seed was sown! So, on June 25th, after what we deemed was an appropriate amount of planning, we both set out on our adventure. What could I have been thinking? Why not start out with a small 500 mile bike tour first, just to see if I like bike touring to begin with? No, we’ve got to ride 3,000 plus miles! The phrase “go big or go home” kept caroming through my head, and not just once! Two hundred and seventy pounds of rolling weight (195 of which was me) was what I’d whittled my load down to. That weight would fluctuate over the course of the trip as we sent no longer needed items home, added food items for later use, and my personal weight began to drop. Juntura is for sale? Hmmmm….I’d never given much thought to owning a whole town. Who would? I could proclaim myself king, or grand poobah, much the same as Judge Roy Bean if I wanted! Although Juntura is a lovely, very small eastern Oregon town, along which flows the beautiful Malheur River, and has a certain old west charm, the thought quickly vanished as drops of sweat cascaded down my nose, and we neared Idaho. Eric and I had just left camp, and were getting ready for another wonderful day on the free and open highway leading from Fairfield, Idaho. But wait! What’s that? Another cyclist? Hmmm, she looks familiar! Vicky Brown was a lady I’d met two months earlier at a wine-tasting in Medford! I knew she was doing the trans-America tour also (east to west), but never dreamed we’d meet. Neither of us knew of each others’ route, it just happened! What an amazing and pleasant coincidence! Idaho Falls is a lovely town, from which we’d launch our attack north to the town of West Yellowstone. Need a postcard, wooden salt and pepper shakers festooned with the likenesses of buffalos or geysers, or an ice cream cone? They, like the mosquitoes we were feeding, were everywhere! If you’ve not visited Yellowstone, add it to your own bucket list. Nature-loving Americans should not pass from this life without witnessing the geysers, mountains, rivers, wildlife, and the smell of pine wafting on gentle breezes that make up this extraordinary natural wonder. There is something that, if you give yourself the time, Erik Bob songs, practicing each others’ language, and staring slack-jawed at the wonders we would ride through. Cody, Wyoming is everything the town is touted to be. A magnificent showcase and mirror of what the man, Buffalo Bill Cody, himself once was. We should have stayed longer, instead of heading into the rising sun so soon to tackle the Bighorn Mountain Range. Here is where we’d find our toughest climb. There are three passes over which you can climb before finally descending into the town of Buffalo. We chose the longer, but gentler (?) ascent that is known as Powder River Pass. Twenty-five miles of 6% gradient to the 9,666’ cloud-piercing summit was arduous, but made me glad we hadn’t chosen what locals called the tougher northern passes, being steeper yet! Settling into a rhythm and not stopping was the order of the day. Averting freeway travel, we rode the 100-mile route from Take a photo tour of Buffalo to Gillette this incredible ride on through the small our website at www. towns of Ucross and Spotted Horse. With a population of 2, Spotted Horse could be in contention with Wagontire on a new more game show entitled, “Who Wants to Become Extinct First?” That’s OK, we were on the online doorstep of Devil’s Tower, our nation’s first National Park thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. What a rock! What a nice 1.3 mile circumnavigating hike around the tower with grand views of the surrounding area. With thousands of Harleys heading for Sturgis, we made our way to Custer, S.D., and were not disappointed with the two major monuments we had traveled so far to see – Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore. We joined throngs of others camera-clicking through the gigantic works chiseled in native stone. What undertakings! Right after our tours of these two magnificent monuments, we were to bid farewell to our new-found friend Dietrich, hoping to one day reconnect to raise a beer and recall our great ride together. Bike Ride - Cont'd. on Pg. 32

takes you back to what it must have been like to be the first explorers on this continent, or to have been an early Native American. Unbelievably peaceful and calming! I’d last seen Yellowstone Park as a dozer and falling boss on the 1988 fires that almost charred the park for good! The park is healing quite well, illustrating the fact that trees, grass, and wildlife are indeed renewable resources. It was here in Yellowstone that we’d meet up with a wonderful 70 year old German man named Dietrich. Beginning in San Francisco, he was biking his way to Minnesota to visit friends. On the same trajectory, we would ride together for 8 days, sharing stories, singing

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Chamber Chat
by The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the monthly “Chamber Chat”! Take a moment, sit down with "The Review” and get up-to-date on Chamber activities. First of all, for those of you who missed our Trolley Tour Chamber meeting on September 8, you missed a fun evening! I think all enjoyed the evening and we hope to do it again in the spring for employees of Chamber members. Hard to believe the holidays are sneaking up on us; but our summer has given way to wonderful fall and the Chamber would like to remind everyone in the downtown core area to get ready to “put on our best” for the upcoming Victorian season. For years, downtown Jacksonville has shared a special ambiance during the holiday shopping season. Unique to Jacksonville, it has been lit, draped in greens, festooned with red bows and in many cases, decorated to transport visitors back in time. Many towns have Christmas lights and decorate the streets, but Jacksonville's history and beautiful buildings have become an extra-special draw for those visiting our town. We do it differently and it gets noticed – visitors stay and shop, go to dinner, and spend the weekend. For whatever the reason, over the last couple of years, there have been several blank spots in the décor downtown. The Chamber would like to encourage each and every merchant to hang the cedar greens and put up the white lights this year. I know that in the hurried and busy holiday season, we can look at it as one more thing to try to get done or one more expense. The bottom line is that is does make a difference. Every building draped in greenery and lights makes a visual

Britt Back on Track With Succesful 2011 Season
In a season that included key operational Changes to the membership program changes, Britt achieved success in several resulted in a net gain in membership areas that are critical to building a contributions of over 14%. Concessions strong future for the organization. The revenue increased by 150% from 2010 to 2011. 2011 summer season saw a big jump in In addition, 2011 included several new attendance and concession sales, while education and outreach programs, including member and patron responses to changes Rock Camp for local teens, and the Table to the membership program, grounds Rock City concerts, a series of pre-concert improvements, and new education and performances which highlighted local artists outreach programs were also positive and created a new space for people to enjoy indicators for the organization’s new path. music on the Britt hill. For the 2011 summer pop season, per”We knew we needed to change some concert average attendance was 1,550, the things to build a better future for Britt highest-per-concert average since 2003, and our supporters, and we’re very and an increase of 12% grateful for the way over 2010. Overall total the public responded attendance was just to these changes. We over 62,000, up 15% are now on the right from last year. Out of path. Even with this 40 concerts on the Britt progress, however, hill, eight concerts sold it’s important for out completely, with people to realize we many others generating have a ways to go on large audiences. that path to regain Executive Director Jim our financial footing Fredericks commented, as an organization. Review publishers, Jo & Whit Parker with As we celebrate our “In 2011, we continued Smokey Robinson at the final performance 50th season in 2012, to build audience with of the 2011 Britt Season. shows that appealed to we’ll look forward a broad spectrum of musical tastes. Sharing to a year of celebrating, and building the Britt Experience with newcomers is community support.” a big win for us. Several of the shows Britt Festivals invites audiences that appealed to new audiences, like The and artists to celebrate the joy of live Decemberists, Sara Bareilles and the John performance, the power of community Butler Trio, also sold well to our traditional and the magic of the Britt Experience. core audience. That was a big plus. Now we Through ongoing education and audience have to build on that and continue to grow development programs, Britt connects our community support.” audiences to the inspirational power of Ticket sales cover just over 60% classical music, and helps new generations of Britt’s operating expenses for the of listeners discover the wonder of music pops season, and 33% for the Classical and performance. In addition to presenting Festival. In an effort to close the gap concerts, Britt Festivals maintains an between operational expenses and education program through the Britt ticket revenue, key changes were made Institute. Established in 1985, the Britt this year, including restructuring the Institute hosts a variety of programs Britt membership benefits program, including summer camps, workshops, and revamping and expanding elementary school activities, lectures and concessions offerings. “meet the artist” opportunities.

statement that stays with the visitor. If you remember, when a couple of store fronts are blank, it stands out and renders the bigger picture less effective. Plan now, budget the time and resources and give the fire department volunteers a call to have the greens put up on your store front. Several of us put our own décor up, some hire someone to put them up... but let's not “turn out the lights” during November and December as we each offer our unique store gifts and services to those who visit our town. 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 October 13th! 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.

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History Saturday in the Cemetery
Join the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery for the next History Saturday tour on Saturday, October 8 when we will visit the two Sections of Red Men, the Improved and Independent Orders. Learn a little history of these fraternal organizations and then tour both Sections and visit some of the grave sites of those resting under the Madrones. Tour departs at 10:00AM from the Sextons Tool House where your Docents will meet you and guide you up to the Red Men Sections of the cemetery. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour is free and donations are always appreciated and help support restoration and educational projects. Check out our website at: for complete details. Call 541 826-9939 with questions.

Medford Food Project: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
If you haven’t heard about it, the enlist their neighbors to become long-term Medford Food Project is responsible for donors. The neighbors commit to giving those bright green bags you see every two food every two months, which provides months around town. It is a very simple food pantries with a steady, year-round way for you to help out people in our supply of food, and provides the donors town and valley who need some help. with the ongoing satisfaction of making a You simply take a real difference. Donors green bag and each also get to know their time you go to the neighbors, which store, buy an extra builds a powerful non-perishable item sense of community. or two and put it in Everyone wins. the bag. Once every Jacksonville two months, after you currently has around have placed a full bag 20 Neighborhood on your front porch, Coordinators and your neighborhood Jacksonville residents coordinator picks it have been doing a up and leaves you an great job contributing. empty bag. It’s that We have many more simple – and what a neighborhoods difference it's making. to cover. Why The Carriage Estates Team (L-R) ,Evon The food project started not become a Zerr, Vicki Wilson (NC) and Rene Joy. in Medford just six Neighborhood months ago and so far, we’ve collected Coordinator yourself and ask your around 100,000 pounds of food that has neighbors and friends to participate? been distributed to more than 20 food You’ll find it very easy and fulfilling. banks and food kitchens in the valley. To find out how to become a Neighborhood The Food Project is a new paradigm Coordinator, please contact one of Jacksonville’s for food banks – it's a donor drive, not District Coordinators: Jerrine Rowley 541-702a food drive. Rather than asking for 2223, Faye Haynes 541-899-5996 or one-time contributions of food, volunteers

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Garden of the Month
by Kay Faught
My Neighbor's Garden
n Jacksonville, with 140+ master gardeners and amazing gardens, it’s nice to reflect on the simple beginnings and joys of one’s first planted garden during youth. This months' garden celebrates two young people who epitomize the beginning joy of gardening and their love of sharing it. Josh Sherman and Stephanie Grounds, married only a short time, have common hearts when it comes to gardening. They moved from Colorado seeking jobs and a warmer gardening climate. Luckily, they found an affordable rental here in Jacksonville and now love the quieter small town environment. Their new home is part of an apartment complex on “C” Street in the historic core. After moving in, they thought the central, common expanse of lawn needed to be broken up and discussed the idea of building raised beds with other tenants. Although the response was not the enthusiastic one hoped for, neighbors have helped a bit and assisted with watering duty when Josh and Stephanie are away from Jacksonville. Stephanie has encouraged everyone to help themselves to the herbs, which many have done, sharing in the harvest and fulfilling her dream of “community” gardening. Even with the initial lackluster response, Stephanie and Josh forged on. Using old “Jacksonville bricks” found piled beside the building complex, they created a circular raised bed by covering an old oak stump in the yard. Next, Josh built three raised wood beds in front of their place. Soon, more found bricks were used to create edging along a weedinfested bed that was lining a fence. While cleaning out the bed, they found peonies and sweet peas, and then added bulbs and sedums – one of Stephanie's garden favorites! Stephanie adores the textures of sedums, succulents, and the variety of hens and chicks. You’ll find them tucked everywhere along with pots of succulents that dot her front walk and rest on stumps and chairs. She estimates she now has about 30 kinds, many of which will nest inside her home to winter over. The couple’s front door has two small beds on both sides. Two rhododendrons, once sheltered by shade trees, are now flourishing. Soon, they will be joined by
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Rain Gardening
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Sustainable design begins with a mindset of balance. No more must be removed than can be replenished; the needs of today must not sacrifice the needs of tomorrow. When it comes to designing a residential landscape, this involves creating a design which serves the needs and desires of the homeowner while contributing to the health of the local ecosystem. It’s understandable that one might wonder how a single person or a single home can make a dent in the larger and very daunting challenge of cleaning up our polluted environment. After all, you might say, we just want a pretty garden to enjoy, some birds and butterflies and a place to relax. What if you could have it all, a beautiful garden and a sense of pride in playing a part to improve our world? Build a rain garden. A rain garden is one of the best and easiest ways the average homeowner can contribute to improving the quality and abundance of our most precious resource: clean water. On the average residential lot, most water that falls in a given rain or snow event runs over impervious surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, paths and even lawns. The accumulated toxins from these surfaces, made up of oil, pesticides, fertilizer, pet waste, eroded soils and assorted chemicals flows with runoff into the storm drain and eventually finds its way, untreated, into our local streams and lakes. Not much fun to think about, and even less fun to deal with on the back end with rising water treatment costs, not to mention the damage done to local plants and wildlife. A rain garden? Sounds simple, but what is it? In essence, a rain garden is a shallow depression located near sources of rainfall runoff around your home. This runoff is collected from impervious surfaces and directed into the rain garden. The rain garden is essentially a planted biological filter. With a size of 100 to 300 square feet, the average residential rain garden can collect thousands of gallons of rainwater from a given rain event and hold it, along with its attendant pollutants, while it slowly infiltrates the water deep into the soil. This water becomes available not only to the plants in your rain garden but other nearby plants, shrubs and trees. When the garden is planted with species that are either native or well adapted to our environment, the plant roots grow deep and decrease the need for additional irrigation down the road. Extensive, healthy root systems, along with soil and mulch, serve to break up toxins into their basic inert components, rendering them harmless. This clean, fresh water then sinks in to recharge our local groundwater supply, a resource that is also in short supply. Why build a rain garden? Because you’ll be doing your part to keep fresh water where in belongs, on the land where it falls to serve the immediate environment. You’ll also be keeping pollutants out of our lakes and rivers, protecting our local wildlife. Not to mention that you’ll have a beautiful garden, one that provides habitat for birds and beneficial insects and a home for a range of plants that provide color and interest in every season. You’ll have a garden that is the envy of your neighborhood, one that improves the resale value of your home (an investment of time and money that almost always pays for itself) and is an example of how a modicum of environmental consciousness can have important and wideranging effects. Who knows, you may even inspire your neighbors to build a rain garden of their own. Michael Flaherty is the owner of Veridian Designs, a residential landscape design and construction firm with a focus on sustainable design. Visit his website at www. or call (541) 840-3360 for more information.


sun-loving plants. Portulaca and sedums dot the beds and are slowly creating their own design. Next to the door entry, a climbing vine with a large cucumber atop, meets you face-to-face! A volunteer squash plant edges the walkway, offering a pending surprise as to the fruit it will bear. Anxious to find out what kind of squash it will produce, Stephanie suspects the plant emerged from her compost. Josh and Stephanie are dedicated to gardening, having hauled in bag after bag of soil and supplementing it with homemade compost. They are also enjoying the garden harvest of gourds, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, and peas so far. Additionally, they have an abundance of herbs, found anywhere there is sun. So far, the favorite harvest item has been the pie pumpkins. Josh smiles when he talks about how great Stephanie's pumpkin pie tastes! Both have already discovered gardening frustrations and regrets. Raccoons have torn the netting over their raised beds so they are working on a stronger defensive approach heading into fall planting! They also regret building the beds where they did since two trees, initially small, have grown and are shading the veggies. Despite clipping and trimming, Josh knows he will need to relocate and rebuild the beds or come up with other options. This couple's approach is evident along “C” Street where, last year during street renovations, a wide, raised bed was created between the sidewalk and the street. Josh and Stephanie saw an opportunity when they rescued patches of overcrowded purple iris plants and bulbs that had been languishing beside the apartment building. They planted them in the street side bed and are now looking forward to watching them bloom this coming spring. In the process of transplanting the purple iris, Stephanie and a neighbor with an abundance of yellow iris, worked out a mutually-beneficial bulb trade. Soon, both Stephanie and her neighbors’ garden will bloom purple and yellow, creating even more color for all to enjoy. I was interested in discovering Josh and Stephanie's favorite time in the garden, as they have no deck, patio or courtyard. Josh smiled and said that Garden - Cont'd. on Pg. 25

The Plastic Round-up is October 14-15: A Unique, Annual Opportunity to Recycle Plastics
The Jackson County Plastic Roundup is a recycler’s dream-come-true. While excellent curbside programs are available to recycle household items year-round, they do not accept most plastics used in our homes, businesses and gardens on a daily basis. Plastic grocery bags, snack food bags, bubble wrap and shrink wrap, for example, can all be recycled, but not at the curb. As technology changes, we find ourselves with VHS tapes, 8-track cassettes and old discs taking up valuable space in our closets and drawers. When plastic hangars, kid pools and laundry baskets break, they are usually bound for the landfill. But not in Jackson County! Now in its 4th year, the Plastic Roundup provides an outlet for a long list of plastic items. The event will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct 14-15, 9:00am4:00pm at two locations: Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road in Central Point, and the Ashland National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main Street in Ashland. At the 2010 Plastic Round-up, over 25 tons of plastic were diverted from the landfill in just two days. Jackson County Master Recyclers provide volunteer service at the event, processing mountains of materials for recycling, making the event a success. There will be a fee of $5.00 for residential cars and pick-up trucks; the fee for businesses and large loads is $5.00 per yard. Clean plastic should be sorted into 3 categories: soft plastic, hard plastic and nursery plastic. Items NOT accepted include vinyl, metal parts, rubber and Styrofoam. A list of acceptable items and more instructions are online at Submitted by Jackson County SMARTWorks


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“ Saturday, October 1, 8:00am-5pm : CERT TRAINING, 155 S. 2nd, Central Point. See article on page 6 of our September 2011 issue at “ Saturday, October 1, 9:00am-Noon : CEMETERY CLEANUP, Jacksonville Historic Cemetery. See article on page 7. “ Thursday, October 13, 7:30pm: INDOOR CONCERT "RAINING JANE," Britt Stage. For details, visit “ Friday, October 14, 10:00am-2:00pm: STRAW PRESSING, Hanley Farm. See article on page 24. “ Friday & Saturday, October 14 &15, 9:00am-4:00pm: 2011 PLASTIC ROUNDUP. See ad and article on page 13. “ Friday & Saturday, October 14 &15, 4:00-7:30pm: MEET THE PIONEERS, Jacksonville Historic Cemetery. See ad on page 7 and article on page 15. “ Saturday, October 15, 9:00am: APPLEGATE TRAILS ASSOCIATION ART HIKE, Bunny Meadows Parking Lot. See article on page 9. “ Saturday, October 15, 11:00am-4:00pm: SCARECROW FEST, Hanley Farm. See article on page 24. “ Friday, October 21, 5:00-7:00pm: DOLL MAKER, ANN WECHLO, Creators Gallery and Art Center. See ad on page 29. “ Friday, October 21, 7:00pm: CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT AT OLD CITY HALL, "The Haunting." See article on page 7. “ Friday, October 28, 4:00-8:00pm: JACKSONVILLE ELEMENTARY HARVEST CARNIVAL. See article on page 25. “ Monday, October 31, 5:30-8:00pm: HARVEST FESTIVAL, Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. See ad this page. “ Monday, October 31, 5:30-9:30pm: HALLOWEEN PARTY, McKee Bridge Restaurant. See ad on page 33.

“ Saturday, October 1, 2:00-5:00pm : ARTIST RECEPTION FOR KATHERINE GRACEY, South Stage Cellars. "Circus, Circus" exhibit thru October 24. See article on page 8. “ Sunday, October 2, 2:00-5:00pm : LIVING OPPORTUNITIES "FurnARTure" AUCTION, Bigham Knoll. For more information, please visit our website:
“ October 8-30, Weekends: WHITE'S COUNTRY FARM "FALL FESTIVAL & PUMPKIN PATCH." See ad on page 16. “ Saturday, October 8, 8:30am: STAGECOACH RUN. See article on page 8. “ Saturday, October 8, 10:00-11:30am: HISTORY SATURDAY, Jacksonville Historic Cemetery. See article on page 12. “ Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm: CHAMBER MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING, second Thursday of each month at Bella Union. See "Chamber Chat"on page 12. “ Thursday, October 13, 5:30-8:00pm: JACKSONVILLE FIRE DEPT OPEN HOUSE. See invite at bottom of Chief Hull's article on page 6.


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Role, Research & Rehearsal – The 3 R’s Behind Meet the Pioneers
This October 14 & 15, Meet the essential elements of Sister Mary’s life, Pioneers – the popular theatrical looking for the most interesting things production by the Friends of to tell the audience. From then until Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery will the first actual performance, the role again perform to sold-out audiences. consumes you, becoming a major part The 2011 cast features new actorof your life. For those of us who are portrayals of the pioneer men, women retired, it’s easier than for the actors and children who settled in and around who have families and jobs.” Jacksonville. As always, most of the After digesting the pile of research characters being portrayed are buried in material, Grant got to work on writing the Historic Cemetery. Tickets are on sale her portion of the script, keeping in now at the Visitors Center next to the Post mind that she’d be one of three actors Office – please see MTP ad in this issue on in the group. “People assume we are page 7 and handed a pre-written script, but that’s Under the leadership of Friends of just not the case. By early September, Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery (FOJHC) I will have done several re-writes President Dirk Siedlecki, the cast and crew to refine my script and will have somehow manage to make the production practiced and rehearsed two times a seem effortless. Of course, nothing could week. The same holds true for Robert be further from the truth – the cast and and Gary who are working on their crew have been working behind the scripts at the same time. All of us are scenes for several months preparing working toward the same goal – telling Robert Hight, Vivienne Grant & Gary Miller work on a scene for this year's production in the cemetery. a great story.” Vivienne says it takes for this year’s production to be held in the Historic Cemetery. For a couple of lots of hours to get the script just right “I first started helping out with the production for two years, Dirk produced MTP under the Boosters Club and even more to practice her delivery. years before being invited to try the acting side…Meet the and their Cemetery Committee before the current 501At that point, Grant and her fellow actors start working Pioneers has been such a wonderful way to get involved C (3) non-profit organization was formed in 2008. The together, blending their stories into a cohesive story, in the community and do something that really matters,” FOJHC is dedicated to cemetery restoration, preservation, forming a complete eight minute production. “We read Vivienne says. She adds, “It’s so fun…I wouldn’t do it if it and assisting the City of Jacksonville with maintaining through our scripts many times as a group and then in wasn’t so much fun.” the cemetery grounds. To date, FOJHC has restored front of the Research Committee. The committee will help Having been hand-picked for the role earlier this year numerous cemetery monuments and markers and refine our performance and offer valuable advice and by Dirk and the MTP Committee, initiated community-focused educational programs. assistance. They will also do Vivienne admits, “It didn’t hurt that I According to Dirk, “the actual two day production some fact checking to make can do an Irish accent to play the part requires approximately 65 volunteers per day and a total sure our dates and facts are of Sister Mary Francis.” Last year, the of 789 volunteer hours to pull off.” Proceeds from MTP right. Shortly thereafter, we 65 year old British-born actor’s accent are used to help maintain and restore the cemetery and will emerge with a completed helped her land the role of Delilah produce MTP and the highly successful new program, script…and then get to work Nunan, wife of pioneer “History Saturday” launched memorizing it.” Jeremiah Nunan, builder of earlier this year. The next History During this time, work the famous Nunan Estate. Saturday event is on October is also going on behind the Now in her second season as 8, at 10 am featuring Improved scenes to produce the actor’s a Cemetery Player, Vivienne and Independent Orders of costumes and stage props. acknowledges, “Dirk knows the Red Men. A portion of the “In my case, Sister Mary’s his group and knows how proceeds will also go towards costume is quite simple. Robert Hight and Viv Grant as Jeremiah and to put this whole production supporting the music program at However, we are still trying Delilah Nunan in Meet the Pioneers 2010. together…he is quite amazing! Jacksonville’s Elementary School, a to locate a proper nun’s Some of the actors have been doing this for years program that has been supported habit, reflective of the period. But, if we don’t, I’ll just and some of us are rather new to it.” by our event partner, Jacksonville sew one together,” Vivienne says joyfully. On the other A key component of the success of MTP is Boosters, for many years. hand, other actors’ period-specific costumes can take the authenticity of the material presented to the The Review was curious about months to locate or create. audience. “It all starts with research material. In what it takes for a “Cemetery By the first week of October, Vivienne, Gary and Robert our vignette this year, the three of us have only Player” to come back to life and Cemetery Players are ready for a dress rehearsal, eight minutes onstage in the cemetery to tell a and perform before standing which is performed before their first live audience, the gripping story. It takes energy and focus to whittle room-only crowds. We caught residents and staff of Pioneer Village Retirement Center down a vast amount of information and find the up with one of this year’s in Jacksonville. Interestingly, Grant’s group will only Viv Grant preparing for her role most important aspects of our character’s lives.” In actors – Jacksonville resident rehearse in daylight this year. “It’s then a wonderful as Sister Mary Francis. early August, each actor receives a research packet Vivienne Grant, who will be experience during the actual evening performances at from the MTP Research Committee. Each packet contains portraying Sister Mary Francis. Grant’s character was a twilight as the sun sets and the torches and candles glow photos, historical documents, research papers and other Catholic nun living here in 1869 who volunteered to care and light the cemetery. As it gets darker and darker, I can relative material to get to know their character. The bulk of for the sick and dying at the Pest House after a devastating feel the audience focusing more and more on just exactly the material comes from the Hanlon Research Library at Smallpox epidemic hit town. Up until MTP, Grant had not what we are saying…it’s really quite thrilling to do this in Southern Oregon University, the Southern Oregon Historical such a grand setting for such a wonderful cause.” acted since high school and college. This year, she portrays Society archives, and the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society Sister Mary Francis alongside fellow actors Gary Miller and And as for how Sister Mary Francis handled the and Library. “It takes dozens of hours to wade through the Robert Hight, portraying Father Francis Blanchet and Dr. Smallpox crisis, Vivienne says, “I hope you’ll join me and material and digest it. At that point, I began focusing on the Overbeck respectively. my fellow Cemetery Players and find out first hand!”
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Images that Inspire
by Janet Eastman
Oh, Tempranillo!
empranillo may still be unpronounceable or unknown to most wine drinkers, but to some wine pros, it’s the future. A growing number of growers and winemakers believe “Temp-ra-knee-oh” could rise from the pack and become a signature varietal of Southern Oregon. It’s fast ripening, packed with intense flavors and a kick of tannins, and can hold its own against bold meats and strong cheeses. Plus, climate conditions here match that of Tempranillo’s birthplace, Spain. And the grape has an enthusiastic fan base. Judges for this year’s Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival declared RoxyAnn’s 2008 Tempranillo the Best in Show for red wines. The owners of Red Lily Vineyards based their business on the intense red wine. And Rob Folin is growing the grape for his Folin Cellars label and to sell to God King Slave Wines and other producers. Janet Eastman at the Festival of the Virgin of Tempranillo has been thriving in the Vines, an annual celebration of Tempranillo the state since Earl and Hilda Jones of in Aranda de Duero in Spain. Abacela planted it in 1995. “I would be willing to bet that as In September, Earl Jones and seven Southern Oregon’s Tempranillo vines get other wine supporters ventured to older, we will produce wines with great Spain’s Ribera del Duero to learn how students enrolled in Umpqua Community structure and complexity that will rival Spain,” says Folin. “Even now, the wines College’s enology and viticulture are getting close.” programs could spend time learning the The thing about Tempranillo Old World approach. We asked three local winemakers to tell The group, members of Roseburg’s us why they chose Tempranillo from the Sister City program, returned optimistic thousands of varietals on the that a student exchange planet and their opinion on program will be what best to serve it with: established and that • Rob Folin says his there will be other giveexperience has shown that and-takes over the years. Tempranillo’s 01 clone makes That news makes the darkest, most concentrated Folin happy: wine but yields are inconsistent. “Tempranillo is The 03 clone delivers on Southern Oregon’s volume, but isn’t as big. When Pinot noir,” he says. he combines the two, “the result “We all know how the is fantastic,” he says. Willamette is on par Folin pairs Oregon with Burgundy, so it is Tempranillo with truffle and our turn to show Spain morel mushroom risotto. “That what we can do.” pairing will blow your mind, The Gold Hill grape more guaranteed,” he says. “If you can’t grower and winemaker is hoping that wait for morel-truffle season, any a successful Spanish winery – a Vega mushroom dish will work. Of course, Sicilia, Tinto Pesquera, Vina Pedrosa, online paella is always a safe bet if you can PradoRey – sets up shop here and wait the 30 minutes to make it.” catapults Oregon Tempranillo to • Rachael Martin of Red Lily jokes that the next stratosphere. "If not, Southern she could be ready to go back to Spain Oregon could go solo," he says. Tempranillo - Cont'd. on Pg. 23


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WOW Award Winners!
Congratulations from the Jacksonville Review to our advertising clients for winning medals at the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival! For a detailed list of winning varietals, visit www. Plaisance Ranch – Gold Best of Show – White Wine RoxyAnn Winery – Gold Best of Show – Red Wine Caprice Vineyards – People's Choice Award Agate Ridge Winery (1 gold, 3 silver) Cliff Creek Cellars (1 silver) Cricket Hill Winery (1 silver) 64 Southern Oregon Wineries entered 200+ wines Devitt Winery (1 silver) winning 10 gold medals and 63 silver medals. Fly High Vineyard (1 silver) Fiasco/Jacksonville Vineyards (2 silver) Serra Vineyards (2 silver) Quady North (3 silver) Soloro Vineyard (1 silver) Red Lily Vineyards (1 silver) South Stage Cellars (4 silver) Roxy Ann Winery (1 gold, 1 silver) Valley View Winery (1 silver) Schmidt Family Vineyards (1 silver) Wooldridge Creek Winery (2 silver)

Speaking of Wine
by Duane Bowman
t’s October and people are starting to wonder what wine quality 2011 is going to produce. Frankly, I view reports on the 2011 grape crops status, called “vintage reports” about as useful as a few sentences attempting to describe the quality of food in Chicago! This vague uselessness is especially irrelevant here in Southern Oregon where we have broad and diverse micro-climates and grow a wide variety of grapes that respond differently to quirky weather patterns Mother Nature throws at us. There is a saying, “great winegrowers will grow great grapes even in the most challenging years.” And from great grapes, come great wines – the reverse is never true! Still, people ask the question of what kind of year is 2011 going to be, so let me give a report from the field with my take on the challenges we growers will be facing this year. Here at my Cricket Hill Vineyard and winery in the Applegate Valley, beginning late last year we began to be concerned. North Pacific currents indicated we might be in for another year like 2010 – and that year was what we would affectionately call a “tough” one. Still, farmers are eternally hopeful, so we crossed our fingers and waited. The winter rains didn’t come and didn’t come. Were we in for a drought year? Nope. They were just late, but then made up for their tardiness with longevity. Water, water everywhere. The groundwater was, shall we say, “replenished!” And then some. The rains didn't stop as we headed into April and May. And that's when we began to get nervous. The grapes kept their heads down in response. They weren’t about to chance sticking their necks out with Mother Nature on the rampage as she was. Unseasonably late, cool rains ran up to June when we finally got what looked like a break. The sun came out, buds began to swell and it looked like we were


500,000th Bottle for one of the Oldest Vineyards in Southern Oregon!
A big accomplishment for Troon Vineyard on Wednesday, September 7th, as workers bottled their 500,000th bottle of wine. A special large format called a jeroboam was made for the occasion and filled with Zinfandel. Founder, Dick Troon originally planted Zinfandel in 1972 and it remains one of Troon's most popular wines. The Zinfandel is also the first LIVE (Low Input Viticulture Enology) certified wine from the producer. Chris Martin with Troon said they have their customers to thank. "After nearly 40 years of growing grapes and now 19 years of making wine, reaching that milestone is a very exciting moment for our winery," Martin said. "I think what's really incredible is in the next four years we'll actually reach a million bottles." The bottle will be on display in the Applegate Valley Tasting Room. "Zinfandel was the first varietal planted in 1972 by founder, Dick Troon, so it is fitting to fill such a monumental bottle with the wine produced from the original vines." Tempranillo - Cont'd. from Pg. 22 with five minutes’ notice. Martin and her husband, Les, were inspired to make only Tempranillo in the Applegate Valley after they fell in love with the wine’s complexity, depth and flavor during a trip to Ribera del Duero 15 years ago. “We had a wine by the name of Numanthia that will forever be etched in my palate memory,” recalls Martin. “It was a 100% Tempranillo made from 100-plus-year-old vines. The wine was dense, lush, layered, pure perfection in the bottle.” In Spain, they drank Tempranillo with the region’s Castilian specialty, roasted milk-fed lamb. Here, they enjoy it at the Jacksonville Inn restaurant with baconwrapped venison and at Elements Tapas Bar in Medford with a roasted beet salad. • Christine Collier and Chris Jiron launched their Jacksonville winery God King Slave with the released of their 2009 Syrah-Tempranillo in August. “Chris’ family is of Spanish heritage, so that was one of the motivators in choosing Tempranillo,” says Collier. “But for me, being from the Willamette Valley, I was very attracted to Tempranillo because of its similarities to Pinot noir.” She describes Southern Oregon’s version of Tempranillo as a mediumbodied wine with earthy, dusty and dried fruit characteristics, “all the notes that get me excited about Pinot noir.” Collier recalls an “epiphany moment” after enjoying Tempranillo with a stuffed quail dish at a Folin Cellars wine dinner. Her favorite dish with Tempranillo is anything accented with mushrooms or “gamier” meats, lamb or pork. She adds: “Chris would probably say his favorites are the traditional Spanish dishes his dad prepares with spicy sausage, the ones that make my eyes water.” WOW Leadership A lot has changed with the World of Wine Festival since Lee Mankin and two friends started the party nine years ago to put the spotlight on grapes grown in Southern Oregon. The first gathering was a potluck. The most recent one in August was a catered affair for more than 700 people at Bigham Knoll. The Grand Tasting, which included more than 60 wineries pouring awardwinning vintages, was preceded by three days of wine-centric events: a reception, sensory classes and a chef-competition dinner. There is talk about expanding the festival even more by including more restaurants and vineyard tours. Looking toward the future, Mankin has decided to retire as WOW’s chairman. Replacing him are Les Martin, who has overseen the judging for five years, and David Jesser. “It takes two to replace me,” jokes Mankin, who will spend the winter in France while WOW’s executive committee lays out plans for the 2012 festival. “I will return when things start waking up in the vineyard,” says Mankin, who grows Syrah, Petite Sirah and Roussanne grapes on his 42-acre Carpenter Hill Vineyard in Medford. Janet Eastman writes for national publications and is the wine columnist for the Medford Mail Tribune. Her work can be seen at

Chris Martin with Troon Winemaker, Herb Quady. Troon Vineyard is dedicated to the pursuit of "Good Times and Fine Wines." Located in the viticultural heart of the Applegate Valley, the winery and vineyard are set on a beautiful 98 acre property with panoramic views, providing a stunning backdrop for tasting their signature Zinfandel, Tannat, Vermentino and unique blends.

running just a couple of weeks late. But all that moisture put mildew pressure on the fields – so out came the sprayers. No sooner had those mildew preventing sprays hit the vines when along came another rain and washed them off. The same thing happened again in July. Only this time, it was worse – the plants had put out hundreds of little leafy shoots that were great mildew nurseries, allowing Mother Nature to throw us another curve ball. Farmers all around the Rogue Valley were facing a dilemma: do we open up canopies by thinning leaves to lessen mildew pressure to extract as much sunlight or face exposing the grapes to sunburn from a heat spike? Welcome to the world of the wine grape farmer – a poor fellow who has to make a make-orbreak bet even before the cards are dealt. We haven’t gotten to this stage yet, but from similar conditions in 2010, the folks with a lot of vineyard management experience were able to harvest some good grapes. However, after the sunburned and otherwise damaged clusters were taken out, yields were generally lower than the more typical 2008 crop. So is there any upside? Well, some have suggested that the fruit that got to the winemaker in 2010 was perfectly ripe and, in general, had gotten the opportunity to ripen more slowly – under less heat than usual. Winemakers who can take advantage of what Mother Nature gives may be making some remarkable wines from the 2010 crop and perhaps again in 2011 – likely to be wines with lower alcohol levels and greater elegance and balance. Of course, all the cards aren’t on the table yet. We'll just have to see what magic evolves when the wines are ready for tasting in a couple of years. That’s just part of the ever-changing mystery and joy of wine making here in the Applegate Valley. Duane Bowman is a Director of Applegate Valley Oregon Vintners Association and winemaker at Cricket Hill Winery located at the 2 mile marker on Little Applegate Rd. Find him at or email

Merrill Medals Again!
Merrill Cellars of Jacksonville recently took home awards for two of its most popular wines entered in the SunFest Wine Festival in Sunriver, Oregon. Made from Rogue Valley grapes and vinted locally, Merrill’s 2008 Pinot Noir won Best Pinot Noir Gold. (This is the second time it has taken gold and won best of show). A silver medal was also awarded to Merrill Cellars 2010 Reserve/1848 Jacksonville Commemorative Viognier. Merrill Cellars is located in the McCully House Gardens at 220 E. California Street and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm-6pm, or by special appointment. Call 541-899-7337 for more information.

Get Free Energy From the Earth
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Winter is right around the corner and for many people is a scary time due to rising utility costs to heat their homes. Energy prices are rising with no end in sight - heating and cooling systems can account for more than 50% of monthly utility bills! With rising costs, many people are looking to the earth to provide the energy to heat and cool their homes. Geothermal heating and cooling systems get a majority of needed energy from the ground beneath your feet. A geothermal system takes heat from the ground to heat your home, and sends the heat into the ground when you need to cool your home. By using the consistent temperature of the ground, you are not forced to rely upon the traditional gas or electric HVAC systems. Although the cost for geothermal can be a bit higher than traditional heating and cooling systems, the money you save will often make up for it. With energy prices continuing to rise, the return on investment on a geothermal HVAC system looks pretty good. Plus, there are tax credits and rebates from the federal government and the state of Oregon to get you started. Whether you are trying to lower your carbon footprint or trying to find a more energy efficient system to save money, ask about a geothermal heating and cooling system for your home. For more information about geothermal systems, give Spring Air a call at (541)899-3155 or visit and click on the geothermal page.

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by Pamela Sasseen, Hanley Farm Volunteer
At last, Mother Nature cooperated and Nichols & Shepard Company, improved threshing has been completed at the farm! upon the brothers’ design and, in 1900, Did you have the opportunity to come introduced their “Red River Special” line and watch as the Hanley team threshed of threshers. In 1929 they merged with the the wheat? In theory, using Hanley Oliver Company. The thresher in use at Farm’s newer model mechanized thresher, Hanley farm is a product of that merger, threshing is a relatively simple task. But the “Oliver™Red River Special”! those of you who An aside here, watched the whole I enthusiastically threshing process took pictures of the know differently! thresher in action, It took hard work and I wanted to get from several the perfect action members of the shot. So I stood Historical Farming where the chaff is Committee to get blown out of the it done. First, the blower pipe, made shocks are gathered sure the lighting and loaded into was just so, held the the horse-drawn camera at the ideal wagon. Then the angle, and waited Hanley team members adjusting Thresher belt. for the action to hay is manually taken from the wagon and placed on start. Well, I was a tad off with my more the threshing machine’s conveyor belt. distancing. Turns out I was directly At this point, mechanization takes over under the blower pipe and I was and the belt, which is powered by a buried under the stalks and husks! online John Deere tractor, conveys the straw I did, however, get my action shot. into the thresher where it’s separated. The We’re very excited about what we straw is blown out one blower pipe, and have planned for you in October. If you the grain from another blower pipe. This attended Hanley Farm’s Scarecrowwhole process is consistently monitored making Workshops in September, or for proper operation and safety. At Hanley even if you didn't, then you’re ready to Farm, we use a 1900's era thresher and, participate in our special October 15 while it’s labor intensive, it’s still more event. You should all be prepared to be efficient than it was in the 1800's! At that surprised! Scarecrows are coming! Scary time, it could take a farmer close to half a Ghosts & Goblins may be headed your day to harvest one bushel of wheat! way. Maybe the field will be haunted? I learned that the original threshing You think? Call to learn more, if you dare! machine was invented in the late 1700s For more information about Hanley Farm by Andrew Meikle, a Scottish mechanical or upcoming events, call us at 541-773-2675; engineer. As time progressed, the process e-mail us at; visit us onwas mechanized, so much so that in the line at; UK, in 1830, laborers rioted as fewer men or check out our Hanley Farm Facebook page! were needed to tend the crops! The Pitts Hanley Farm, owned and operated by the brothers developed the first US threshing Southern Oregon Historical Society, is located machine in 1837. However, John Nichols at 1053 Hanley Road, between Jacksonville and David Shepard, founders of the and Central Point.

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October 2011

by Cheryl von Tress
McPhail Makeover: The Heart of the Matter

I did it for my Family

I did it for my Health

I did it because I am Needed

hen your publisher makes a request, you: a) tremble, b) shelve the idea, c) laugh, d) none of the above. I chose option “d”. Whit asked for my perspective on the Extreme Makeover Home Edition’s (EMHE) project in our valley for The McPhail Family. Humbly and sincerely, I will attempt to portray in words what I saw with my eyes, felt in my body and experienced in my heart. A Cast of Thousands By now, most of my readers have seen images or heard about the hundreds of volunteers, skilled and unskilled, who worked at the Coker Butte Road building site in northeast Medford. I was told by more than one designer and design crew member that our valley responded with double the volunteer participation requested by EMHE, approximately 5,000 people offered their services (to my understanding). They also related that the generosity of donated goods and services was also unparalleled among the 200 home make over projects completed to date. What did volunteers do? Men and women worked shifts throughout a 24hour period, sweating and straining in near triple-digit heat. I appreciated women who cheerfully showed up at regular intervals with ice cold bottled water, juice, sodas and blended coffee drinks as well as filling requests for food or snacks. The project would not have been completed without their efforts! Other volunteers came by regularly to clean up trash. Skilled laborers and artisans implemented the EMHE design team’s vision. Cheerfulness, appreciation, support and encouragement were heard everywhere I went. Focus and determination were observed on workers’ faces. Real-time problem solving, resourcefulness and team work among strangers and friends were key ingredients. Respect for the talents and efforts of each person was abundant. A Peek Behind the Lens As an interior designer/decorator and artist, it was an amazing privilege to glimpse the world of the two key designers of this beautiful home. When the episode is aired, I believe you will see the heart and soul of Kara and Travis’ design elements. As unique elements were put in place, my heart began to explode with joy. When I was treated to the stories behind some of the artful and soulful design elements, I “got” who these talented designers are as human beings. Every family member was honored through generous design touches that are functional, fun, beautiful, soulful and spiritual. A new home shell became a place to dwell.


Unfortunately, I cannot speak definitively to the structural, environmental and landscaping elements of the project. What can be said is that the McPhail Family home was designed and built for longterm function and beauty – not just a pretty picture for the TV camera. The Advance Work Long before the news media caught wind of the project, a Jacksonville resident began raising money for a project and people they could not disclose to donors. Another team of women began organizing human and design resources for the V.I.P. hospitality tent. Ark Built Construction and Thornton Engineering threw their teams into logistical and structural planning. Businesses began committing resources to the project before anyone ever showed up at the site. Reflections Whatever faith belief system a volunteer, fund-raise or donor brought to this project, here is a truth that struck me profoundly – one that I saw visibly lived out. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is true worship.” Romans 12:1, Today’s New International Version. My lasting impression of this project is it was the longest sustained worship service I’ve ever witnessed. If worship means “to ascribe worth,” then great worth was expressed through compassion, creativity, toil and generosity. I have never been more proud and happy to be part of the Rogue Valley. Contractors who routinely compete for projects worked side by side. Tradesmen and artisans, currently employed and unemployed, came together to apply their skills and camaraderie. Men and women, young and old, worked side by side. New friendships were created, old ones were strengthened. A home was built for a single family. And, a deeper sense of community was built for all of us to enjoy. If you missed this opportunity, consider volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Rogue Valley or other local charitable work. Cheryl von Tress Design specializes in homes, offices, gardens and cafés. www. 541.899.2824

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I would like to thank the City of Jacksonville for their 11 years of support, and express gratitude that Food & Friends has been included in the city’s budget for $10,000 this fiscal year. Frequently seniors – especially those who are homebound – are forgotten, as they tend to be a silent group. The fact that the City of Jacksonville does remember and feels it important to support the service we provide, defines caring and compassion for those who need our assistance. This funding will help us continue providing more than just hot, nutritious meals. In addition, volunteers bring an essential safety check and friendly social contact to those seniors who need a little help maintaining their independence (the average age of a Jacksonville Meals on Wheels recipient is 83 years) in their own homes. With the support of the City, in FY 10-11 we provided more than 8,000 meals to 141 seniors in Jacksonville. This year’s funding will also help us continue

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to provide a service that encourages volunteer opportunities to people who want to get involved, an important part of strengthening the community. On behalf of the local seniors who receive our meals, as well as the volunteers and staff of Food & Friends who work hard to keep the program running, I send my warmest appreciation to the City of Jacksonville for showing it cares about its senior residents and for being a partner in our success. Sincerely, Evelyn Kinsella, Nutrition Program Manager Food & Friends P.S. If any reader would like to get involved please give us a call at 541-734-9505 or 541-664-6674.

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Family Views
by Michelle Hensman
Celebrating The Empty Nest
So your darling took your favorite reading chair, area rug, the shower caddy, and several kitchen gadgets - the upside: that means you go shopping! It’s time to make up for the past eighteen years that you wished for just a moment to yourself, and embrace your own "extracurricular" activities – guilt free! Go sky diving, learn to belly dance, travel! Change that unused bedroom into a workout/meditation room, art studio, or man cave. Are you able to see it, the beautiful light around you? Notice the air smells different, fresher. That’s because there's no more junk cluttering your counter tops and Jr.'s basketball shoes went with him to college! Enjoy it, but be ready, as a parent you are serving a life sentence, which lovingly means you will always be needed... When: they need their laundry done, funds are low and food is scarce, they need a loan, and if they make a bad decision and need you to fall back on. This is where the blow-up mattress comes in handy: it’s comfortable enough for about a week and then it’s miserable, and since the recidivism rate is quite high these days, it’s not a bad investment should your college student or independent youngster need to regroup. Keep in mind you worked hard for 18 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365, (366 during leap years), you deserve your time and your own lives again, so remember to set boundaries. One reader shared how difficult it was for her to pack up all her daughters’ things into the car, drive over a hundred miles and just leave her there to fend for herself. The entire act seems to go against everything we've done up to this point right? Yes and no; it’s actually exactly what we've been working towards. Congratulations, you did it! Thank you for the correspondence, stories and feedback on the Family Views Blog, your contributions helped to authenticate this column and for that I am grateful. For advice, support and interesting stories of self discovery check out Chicken Soup for the Soul - Empty Nesters; it’s a heartwarming, inspiring and joyful read. • Southern Oregon Orthopedics (541-779-6250) • The Candy Shoppe (541-890-1170) The money raised will help fund our extensive art program, field trips, OMSI visit, Oregon Aquarium visit, writer's workshop, classroom support funds, etc... Last year, because of your parent and community support, the PTO was able to purchase document cameras and projectors for grades 1-6! If you have an idea for a school fundraiser or would like to partner with Jacksonville Elementary PTO, please contact Cristie Fairbanks at 541-899-2099. Our annual Harvest Carnival will be held on Friday, October 28th from 4-8pm. Community welcome! Please plan on an evening of fun, games and food! If you are interested in making a donation to support this event, please contact Emily Johnson at 541-261-7838 or Cristie Fairbanks at 541-899-2099. Happy Fall!

admit I’m not close to an empty nest. At this point in our family life we are still building our nest. Currently I can only speculate on the myriad of emotions you must be feeling and share the stories and experiences of those around me. Therefore, please indulge me as I share a few frustrations from deep within the parental trenches; which in effect I hope will help ease you new Empty Nesters into the sweetness of your reality or at the very least remind you of the chaos that you have just survived and escaped from. Consider there's no grouchy teenager to coerce, manipulate or threaten to get out of the bed in the morning. You can roll out of bed at your leisure; enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and the paper prior to starting the day. It’s not necessary to remind anyone about gym clothes, homework assignments, after school appointments, commitments and/or responsibilities. You can make/eat whatever you please without the concern of offering a balanced meal for good brain function, or avoiding sugar due to hyperactivity and sleeplessness. No more daily dealings with mood swings that cause whip-lash. You are no longer expected to have all the answers to economics, Shakespeare or geometry, glory be! You are not emotionally obligated to feed the local soccer team and half the high school. You will actually be able to use the bathroom in total peace! You can have a romantic interlude anywhere in your house, anytime! When you go to the mall and buy something for yourself, you won't come home to, "What did you get me?" You will not have to fuss with anyone about leaving food in their room, wearing their retainer, being too loud or going to bed on time. There's no reason to feel frustrated because the house didn't get cleaned to your liking, because liking it or not, you're the one doing the cleaning! You can enjoy a tasty beverage (spirit of your choosing), anytime of the day, (after all, its 5:00 somewhere), curse like a sailor, watch trash TV, scratch your unmentionables, and pick your nose and not feel for one moment that you're setting a bad example! You can even do yoga in the nude if you so choose...need I say more? Probably not after that last visual!


The Pioneers have had a great start to the new school year! The Jog-aThon, our biggest fundraiser, was a great success. The kids all had a great time jogging on the school track while raising money for our school. The PTO would like to thank the following businesses for sponsoring the Jog-AThon this year: • Brodie Dental (541-899-8833) • Hi Yah! Tae Kwon Do (541-621-8960) • Julie Danielson, Jacksonville Vision Clinic (541-899-2020) • Southern Oregon Gymnastics Academy (541-245-9379)

New Counseling Practice Opens in Jacksonville
Kate Ingram, the popular Jacksonville Review “Soul Matters” columnist, announces the opening of a professional counseling practice here in Jacksonville. Ingram has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and did doctoral work in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She practiced for many years in San Francisco before moving back to Jacksonville, where she has been writing a book and raising two children with her husband, Michael Flaherty. Ingram’s counseling style is interactive and engaging. She combines classical therapeutic practice with the more open, conversational style of life coaching. “I like to think it’s the best of both worlds,” she says: “ a true rapport with my clients, coupled with twenty years of professional training, study and practice.” “Coaching tends to limit its focus to problem solving, where therapy focuses on the whole person,” she says. “Problems don’t arise out of a vacuum; they often have surprising origins, and Garden - Cont'd. from Pg. 13 Stephanie loves the springtime when she gets to plant. Stephanie smiled widely, “Oh…and now I get to plant again for the fall... who knew?!” Who knew indeed… many local gardeners have years of experience and knowledge about gardening, but these two gardeners reminded me of the true simple joy in seeing no barriers, and enjoying each new moment. Stephanie shared how exciting it is for her each morning to see if there is one more flower blooming on a stem or vine. Each and every one an exciting new experience! Thanks to both of them for the reminder! Kay is the owner of Blue Door Garden Store, located at 155 N Third St. Specializing in paraphernalia for the home gardener; she carries garden gifts, decor and a wide variety of pots, tools, gloves, and organic product. they manifest in a variety of symptoms, from mental to emotional to physical. To effect real and lasting change, it is imperative to understand what it is you’re dealing with and what tools you have to address it. The wonderful thing about this work is that you not only address the surface problem; you change your whole life for the better.” Ingram works with a wide range of issues including depression, loss, relationship problems, career and workrelated concerns, mid-life changes, health problems, and creating balance in the midst of life’s multiple demands and stressors. “In the current economic and cultural climate, people are looking for practical help. Therapy offers that help in the context of an intimate, confidential relationship of trust and mutual respect. Consultations from her home office in Jacksonville are offered on a sliding scale of $50-$80 per session. You can find out more about Kate and her work at her web site,

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by Julie D. Danielson, O.D.
Contact Lenses for Boomers
ou've been wearing contact lenses for 20+ years, but now in your forties you are starting to notice that reading small print is becoming more difficult. Or maybe you are a bifocal wearer that would like to try contact lenses for the first time. Never fear, baby boomers, there are contact lenses that may work for you, too. In fact,there are three contact lens options if you need a different prescription for distance than you need for up-close. Number 1: Distance Contact Lenses + Readers This option gives you the best possible distance vision (driving, TV, etc.) but requires that you put on reading glasses over the contact lenses when you need to see something up close. Because the contact lenses can precisely correct your astigmatism and the difference between the right and left eyes, often an inexpensive pair of over-the-counter readers will do the trick. This option maximizes clarity, but compromises on convenience. Number 2: Monovision In this case you would receive a distance contact lens for your dominant eye and a reading lens for your other eye. Does that really work, you say? Yes, and you probably know more people that are wearing monovision contact lenses than you would ever guess. The human brain has a marvelous way of adapting to monovision – it can attend to whichever eye is in focus depending on how far away you are looking. In addition, monovision allows for correction of astigmatism for improved sharpness of vision. However, since you are


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Tax Tips You Can Use
by Kathleen Crawford & Angela Clague, Enrolled Agents
o you walk out of your tax professional’s office and say, “See you next year?” I can understand if you do. Tax time is stressful to most people, and something they don’t want to have to think about for a while. Someone once told me that having their taxes done was like going to see the dentist. Well, just like going to see the dentist for a check-up, September is a great time for a tax check-up. Do any of these situations apply to you? You are currently receiving social security, and you decide it’s time to spend a little money on fixing the house up. You withdraw some extra funds from your traditional IRA account, and have tax withheld. You think that covers it. You may be in for a nasty tax surprise. Up to 85% of Social Security may be taxed depending on other income. Let me give you an example: Fred and Wilma have $18,000 of taxable pension income and $30,000 of Social Security. In this case, only $500 of their Social Security is taxable, but because of their exemptions and the standard deduction they have a $0 tax liability. In the following year, in addition to the $18,000 of pension funds, Fred and Wilma pull out an additional $20,000 from their traditional IRA. When they file their return they have a nasty surprise. Not only do they pay tax on the pension and IRA income, but now $13,650 of their Social Security is being taxed, as well. Their tax liability increases from $0 the year before to $3779. They wished they had talked to their tax professional. Meanwhile, Barney and Betty had their house repossessed. Their first and second mortgages were forgiven. They were told by a friend that debt that is cancelled on your home is not taxable. Barney and Betty

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didn’t bother to talk to their tax consultant. When it’s time to file their taxes they learn that they don’t have to pay tax on the cancelled debt from the first mortgage, but they DO have to pay tax on most of the income from the 2nd mortgage that was cancelled. Why? Because there are specific provisions for income from the cancellation of debt on home acquisition indebtedness. Their friend did not know this. What about medical bills? The cost of most procedures runs pretty high. You may decide to enter into a payment plan with the hospital, spreading payments over a two year period. However, medical bills are deductible when paid, NOT when incurred. If you pay them in a single tax year you may be able to get a tax deduction because you hit the percent of gross income test. It might be worth your while to try to find a way to pay them off. Time for that tax check-up. Are you buying a home; selling a home; sending a kid to college; putting money into a retirement account, selling stocks or other assets? Do you have changes to business income and profitability? The list goes on. So, if you have had any significant financial changes in your life and you haven’t already spoken with your tax consultant, use this time to make a phone call. Ask the question, and if you need a tax check-up, do it now. April may be too late. The fine print: This article is for information only. Please see your tax professional for questions about your individual tax situation. The Jacksonville Tax Lady is located in beautiful, historic Jacksonville at 610 N. Fifth Street across from the Pony Espresso. Kathleen and Angela can be reached at 541-899-7926.

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Joyfull Living
by Louise Lavergne
You Have What it Takes
hat if you were told that you already have all that you need to be happy right now? What if what you are seeking outside yourself is within your reach right now? During a recent period of health and emotional crisis, my healing time was about remembering this. Most people are conditioned to go by “see it to believe it,” but I think that we have to feel it, to know it, to BE it. I often talk about, and have written in previous articles about, our emotions being our own personal GPS – Global Positioning System. Our emotions also act as a magnet to what we can attract in our life. It can help us navigate our lives towards a positive, productive, joy-full place or a negative, destructive, more painful place. When we align ourselves emotionally with our goals, we can get there with fewer detours. Ask yourself: What do I want in my life, right now? How do I feel about where I am now? IF those two things are emotionally in opposite directions, you are out of alignment “vibrationally” and may be causing you to feel that your goals are out of reach. Feeling frustrated, angry, sad….with the circumstances of life, or afraid of not getting what we want, create blocks in our ability to manifest. It’s like putting in the wrong address in your GPS and then being frustrated that you didn’t get to the right place. If you align yourself right now with good feelings about your life and yourself, you can shift your emotional GPS towards manifesting your goals. Ask yourself: what is right in my life right now? If you can’t think of anything, begin with this very moment. You are sitting somewhere reading the Jacksonville Review. Maybe you have a wonderful beverage, a comfortable place to sit…. See the beauty in this moment of your day. Accepting and feeling grateful for “what is” and who you are right now, is a great way to activate your magnet as you begin to align yourself emotionally and vibrationally with your goals. Recently I was re-reading a poem called “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author and peace activist: “Does the rose have to do something?

Body Language
by Mary Ann Carlson
“I ask not for a lighter burden but for broader shoulders.” Old Jewish Proverb
the scapular position, it can effect the function of the shoulder joint leading to pain and/or injury. Though the shoulder blades move with the arms, it is important to keep the shoulder blades slightly connected throughout movement. This is done by thinking of the shoulder blades gently sliding down the back and toward one another in a ‘V’ position. A simple exercise to increase strength of the muscles surrounding the scapula is; Lie on the floor on your stomach, legs long and arms stretched out to sides away from the body like a cross. Abdominals should be pulled in and the pelvis slightly tilted under. Keeping the shoulder blades stable, lift the arms off the floor about 3 inches. Now draw the shoulder blades down and together, lifting the arms a little higher. Relax the shoulder blades, then place the arms back down on the floor. Repeat 2 more times, then try the same thing with the thumbs pointed up to the ceiling. If you have neck discomfort, place a rolled up towel or small pillow under your forehead. If the lower back bothers you, place a pillow underneath your pelvis. As simple as this exercise seems, it works the muscles deep within the upper back. I have had success in building strength for my clients in their upper backs in a relatively short period of time making it much easier for them to ‘shoulder their burdens. Mary Ann Carlson is owner of The Pilates Studio. You can reach her at 541-890-7703. be happy. Having a cold is part of life….” It is too simple. If you want to be happy, choose to feel happy now; if you want to be successful, feel successful, and if you want to be prosperous, you have to feel the abundance in your life now. As we strive to accept our present situation as an expression of our intentions, we can begin to align ourselves towards a more joy-full life. Remember to take time to breathe. © Louise Lavergne 2001-2011; 541-899-0707 Louise is a JoyFull living coach, Motivational speaker & owns JoyFull Yoga LLC in Jacksonville.


No, the purpose of a rose is to be a rose. Your purpose is to be yourself. You don't have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just the way you are…” How does it feel to hear that? "You are wonderful as you are” doesn’t mean that there is no room for improvement, but we are so conditioned to look at what we don’t have and what we “should” be to feel successful… We are so conditioned to believe that once we make ourselves or parts of our life better, we will finally reach our destination of being happy. The quickest way to manifest your goals for the future is to embrace yourself and your current situation now and take responsibility for getting yourself there. You can keep going back to asking: What is right about me and my life right now? Not what “was” or what “should” be. All the energy spent complaining, blaming, resenting the reality of “what is,” and looking outside for solutions, causes our mind to create prison bars. It feeds the illusion that our happiness relies on external situations and/or material things. That is the biggest source of suffering in our nation. It makes us powerless to make the changes and adjustments to align with the best part of ourselves. You, right now, already have all the answers to your questions. “So why do I still have those questions???” you may ask. You have to give yourself the opportunity to BE still and listen, and then be willing to hear the answers. It is my job as a coach and spiritual teacher to assist you get past what may be blocking your ability to hear and connect to the deeper parts of yourself. The most loving thing you can for yourself is seek the support and help that you need to feel better. You are perfect as you are. You were born at this time, here now, to express the gift of who you are and share it with the world. What are you choosing to bring to the party of life? It is simple, but not always easy, to shut off our mind and judgments about ourselves and others. What is your life showing you right now? If you are depressed or can’t sleep, what is life trying to tell you that is so important it can’t let your body rest? “Hey! over here!!! Pay attention to ME!!”

ll those who have had shoulder problems, raise their hands. Ouch!! I saw that grimace. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint like the hip joint. Unlike the hip, however, the shoulder is much more shallow and is held in place mostly by the muscles. The main bones making up the shoulder include the scapula or shoulder blades, clavicle and humorous, which is the upper bone of the arm. The whole shoulder is attached to the torso by only one joint on the clavicle called the sternoclavicular joint. Amazing, isn’t it? The scapulae are unique because of their attachment point… they don’t have one. The shoulder blades lie on the back and due to this lack of attachment have a great deal of mobility, making it even more important to use the muscles to stabilize the area. The two most important stabilizers are the serratus interior and the trapezius because they have the most influence on the position and movement of the scapula. Other important muscles include the rhomoids, levatar scapulae and latissimus dorsi. What do healthy shoulder blades look like? Ideally, they will lie flat on the back without any edges sticking out. Now, we’re all built differently so there will be degrees of this flatness, depending on the person. Normal shoulder motion involves a coordinated rhythm between movement of the shoulder blade on the chest wall and movement of the ball in the shoulder socket. If there is an abnormality of We are constantly bombarded with things to distract us from the NOW. Being in the moment gets easier if you make time to practice, just like any other skills. As I guide my students into the present moment I give them the opportunity to remember and connect to that magical part of themselves where the answers are. In the poem Thich Nhat Hanh continues to remind us that “we have everything we need to make the present moment the happiest in our life, even if we have a cold or a headache. We don't have to wait until we get over our cold to

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Relay For Life
What is the recipe for a company to achieve the status of “Sponsor of the Year” for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Ashland, OR? Begin with a company that not only cares about its employees, but also the community it lives in. Next add Partners in a firm that are willing to give of time and resources; blend in dedicated employees with compassion; and sprinkle in a healthy amount of competition. Mix that all together and you get a donation of over $17,000 to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Ashland Partners made it personal when they set out to raise money for the 2011 Relay For Life of Ashland, which includes teams from Talent, Phoenix, and Jacksonville. More than half of Ashland Partners’ employees registered to fundraise and participate in ACS’s 24hour event. The teams were driven by the loss of Steve Sommerfeld, an employee at Ashland Partners who succumbed to leukemia as the fundraising efforts were getting underway. Within the office, the entire staff was divided into teams and the competition began with “money wars” based on the premise of “penny wars.” A “penny war” is simply putting spare change into a jar, using pennies to negate your opponents jar’s total, and silver coins to increase your own. If other teams’ members put pennies into your jar, you had to raise more money to overcome the negative effect of the penny. In Ashland Partner fashion, dollars and coins were used as the negative and only five-dollar bills or greater were counted toward the positive total. Wanting to make a bigger impact than a few fives and tens, teams set out to build up ammunition for their team and began conducting sub-fundraisers such as car washes, pancake feeds, Jean Friday funds, breakfast sales, a step contest and more. The only limiting factor was how creative teams could be in outsmarting the other teams’ efforts. Fundraising was taken to a new height, using the money raised to fill their jars, and putting $1 bills and coins into opposing teams’ to take away from their total. Not satisfied with the money raised from “money wars,” additional fundraising endeavors ensued. One venture involved the generous contribution of company time from the Partners extended to employees in which, extra personal time off could be purchased. The monies collected from employees, over $9400, was then donated to the overall effort. Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus added to the fundraising efforts by graciously hosting “Dinner for a Cure” and the “Frau Kemmling Stein Club for Steve Sommerfeld.” Steve was propelled to lifetime honorary member of the Stein Club by people enjoying a beer or giving a donation in his name. The recipe turned out to be a successful one for all involved. The American Cancer Society, the beneficiary of fundraising efforts; Ashland Partners, the recipient of a cherished award and employees who received priceless gifts of camaraderie and the satisfaction of knowing they made a difference. According to Christene Sismondo, Ashlands Partners Marketing Operations Manager and event Chair for the Relay for Life of Ashland, "the plan for next year is to exceed our fundraising from last year and inspire other community groups to join in the fight against cancer, from church groups, to family groups, to other local business!”

Calling All Foodies
by Constance Jesser
Emmer (Farro) with Squash
his dish was a hit at my first cooking class at the store on September 20th! Farro is the original grain from which all others derive, and fed the Mediterranean and Near Eastern populations for thousands of years. It has a nice chewy texture when cooked, so makes a great side dish or main course with summer veggies in it. Emmer (Farro) with Squash • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided • 1 small squash, peeled, halved, seeded, cut into 1/2" cubes • 1 medium zucchini cut into small cubes • Kosher salt, freshly-ground pepper • 1 tablespoon Toasted Onion Avocado Oil • 3/4 cup farro • 1/4 cup diced red onion • 1 small garlic clove, very thinly sliced • 1/4 cup dry white wine or Vermouth • 3 cups vegetable stock, hot • Hot water (if needed) • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan • 1/2 bunch red Russian or other kale (about 5 ounces), center stems removed, leaves torn – (for optional topping/garnish) Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss cut squash and zucchini in olive oil, add salt and pepper. Roast squash and zucchini, spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender, 30–45 minutes. Reserve. For optional topping/garnish: Lower oven to 250F. Remove ribs from kale. Place kale on parchment-lined baking sheet and dry in oven for 30-40 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and reserve. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add farro; toss to coat. Cook until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl; wipe out skillet. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; stir until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add wine; increase heat to high. Stir until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add reserved farro and 1/2 cup warm stock mixture. Stir until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Continue cooking, adding broth by 1/2 cupfuls and allowing broth to be absorbed between additions, until farro is tender, about 1 hour.


Fold in baked squash and zucchini, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, and cheese; stir gently until butter and cheese are melted and vegetables are heated through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Crush dried kale on top. Serve immediately.

Tinsley Takes Over “Farms” Marketing
Real estate brokers Kathy Tinsley and Greg Glass of Coldwell Banker Pro West have taken over marketing for “The Farms of Jacksonville” – a 25 unit townhome community located on Hueners Lane near the Bigham Knoll Campus. The project is being developed by Laz Ayala and built by Ryan Blackwell Construction. To date, 7 units have been built, 3 of which are sold and occupied. As of mid-September, three units are on the market for sale with another 13 yet to be built. Units range in size from 1320-1393 square feet and are priced beginning at $189,000 with conventional and FHA financing options available. All units offer a wide range of features including granite counters, balconies, single car garages, views. To view two units currently for sale in person or online, contact Tinsley or Glass at 541-601-5287 or go to www.

Anyone Interested in Jacksonville Chess?
Jacksonville could be the perfect place for forming a small chess group. Now, at the beginning of fall, is the best time for starting chess activities. The game is a great mental stimulus for the young and old alike. Peter Grant is interested in organizing such a group, at an informal level that would serve all levels of ability. At present, the intent is to play and discuss the game at the Good Bean between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on one weekday per week. Persons interested may contact Peter at 541-951-9139 or email with suggestions regarding the day and/or time.

My scheduled classes are as follows: • October 4 – Sauces made easy. In this class we will explore how to create different sauces and how to build on standard sauces to create different flavor profiles. • October 18 – Against the Grain. We explore the different grains, learn about how these can be substituted as a protein source and different ways to use them. Also, learn how to make a perfect risotto…yum! • November 1 – Soups. How to create different soups using simple pantry ingredients and how to change a soup from Italian to Asian with a few spice substitutions. Please note: this class is sold out – so stay tuned for an added date! • November 15 – Cheese Please! In this class we will learn how to make Ricotta and the different applications for this delightful cheese including a dessert sure to please your holiday guests. Classes are just $25.00 per person, and are limited to 12 participants. They are held on Tuesday evenings at the Jacksonville Mercantile from 6:30-8:30. Please register early, as classes are filling up fast! Call the store 541-899-1047 to register for classes. Constance Jesser is owner of the Jacksonville Mercantile and a professionally-trained chef. She can be reached at 541-899-1047 or www. See ad on page 30.

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Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm
by Della Merrill
Rogue is an eight-year-old quarter horse mare. Her to find fault in others rather than taking personal wide eyes, often rimmed in white, reflect the abuse of responsibility and looking at how our own actions her past. Rogue lived knee-deep in manure and mud have had an impact. and was barely alive when she was rescued by lawHorses often mirror our intent and energy. If I get enforcement officers and brought to Sanctuary One. frustrated or angry, it only serves to drive Rogue away Unfortunately her foal did not survive the filthy and and causes her to distrust me. Anger and frustration starving conditions. also closes me down to the gifts that are presented in the I met Rogue on one of my first visits to Sanctuary One. moment. Natural horsemanship reminds us that if the Her ribs poked through the sides of her skin, her coat horse is doing the opposite of what we are asking, it’s was dull and dirty, and most likely because the terror in her eyes told of how we are asking, me all I needed to know not because the about her past experience horse is intentionally with humans. trying to make us Sanctuary One is angry. So a key to about healing; humans, succeeding with Rogue animals and the earth. is controlling my We practice natural emotions, looking at horsemanship as a way to feelings of frustration heal the rescued horses, and anger as an to regain their trust in opportunity to learn humans and to rebuild something new, to try their confidence in the something different, to world. This approach also ask myself – “What am teaches us life lessons I doing in the way I’m that go beyond the horse/ communicating that human connection. For isn’t working?” example, the importance Practicing patience of practicing love, and persistence to Staff member Della Merrill, the Sanctuary's horse language and leadership, achieve a goal is an rehabilitation expert, working with "Rogue." all in equal doses, as well important life lesson as as taking responsibility well as an important for our actions, controlling our emotions, and practicing practice in natural horsemanship. It might be faster to patience and persistence. corner Rogue in order to catch her, but what about taking I understand Rogue needs love, but just as importantly the time to create a trusting relationship where she starts to she needs for me to understand her language and be the see me as a source of comfort and safety and then begins to leader she innately requires. Loving a thousand pound choose to come to me when I want her? It might take longer animal without a balance of leadership and the ability to for this to happen, but the results are lasting and real. understand them leads to dangerous situations. Horses Today Rogue is a different horse. Her coat is shiny, she has are herd animals that need a leader to feel safe. If their filled out and is healthy and robust, and her eyes are often human is not a strong leader, the horse will take over soft and inquisitive. She has a long way to go, but each day becoming pushy, obstinate, even threatening. Likewise, she trusts a little more and fears a little less. Rogue reminds in order to be the effective leader she needs, I need to us of our responsibilities as caretakers, to never forget to learn and understand her equine language. How horses take responsibility for our actions, to be ever mindful of our communicate through body language is essential. emotions, and to take the time it takes to achieve goals worth Taking responsibility for how Rogue reacts rather achieving. She also reminds us the importance of practicing a than blaming her is a huge life lesson for me. When balance of love, language, and leadership. things don’t go the way I expect, instead of blaming For more information about how you can help the Sanctuary her and wondering why she is doing that, instead I rescue horses like Rogue, visit Sanctuary One on the Web at ask myself – “What can I do differently?” It is common, or call 541.899.8627.

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Paws for Thought
by Dr. Tami Rogers
love autumn with its cool, crisp mornings, brilliant colors, the bite of the first frost… it’s all so revitalizing watching the world prepare to recharge during a long winter rest. I even find myself looking forward to the cold days of winter, spending time indoors doing longneglected projects, cuddling under a warm blanket with a good book, and spending more time with family and good friends as the holidays draw closer. Heading into fall, here are some important things to consider for our pets: 1. At Halloween, there are definite no-no’s for dogs and cats. Chocolate toxicity is the one most people are familiar with – the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. (Milk chocolate is much less toxic than unsweetened baking chocolate) However, this doesn’t mean that consumption of a little milk chocolate is okay. You should keep in mind that toxicity is always related to dose, or how much the animal consumed. The most common side effects seen with chocolate ingestion are restlessness, hyperactivity, vomiting, and perhaps diarrhea. Unfortunately, while these clinical signs seem relatively benign, they can advance and ultimately lead to death. Another risky ingestion that many are not familiar with is the consumption of any sugarfree candy/gum that contains the sweetener xylitol. This chemical can induce a long term hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) lasting for 12 to 24 hours. If a pet consumes enough, you may notice weakness, instability, or ultimately seizures. If you catch your dog or cat in the cookie jar or find them chewing your pack of gum, it is best to call your veterinarian immediately. Better yet, bring your pet into the office so they can prevent unwanted side effects of toxicity.


2. As colder days approach, outside animals will require adequate protection from the elements. Animals should have covered shelter that is elevated off of the ground to keep them away from cold and moisture. Ideally, the shelter should be heated (never use human variety heating pads), insulated and have a door to keep out wind and rain. Animals that are continuously outside should be on a premium diet (bulk food is not adequate!) that is high in protein and fat to supply them with the extra calories they need. Also remember that warm car motors are enticing to outdoor cats that can be severely injured or killed when caught in a fan belt. Perform a quick check under the hood, honk your horn, or bang forcefully on the hood before starting your car on cold winter mornings. 3. If you are among the few who change your antifreeze at home, remember that this sweet tasting liquid is extremely tasty to animals but is also extremely toxic. Ingestion of as little as one-half teaspoon for a cat and a quarter of a cup for a medium-sized dog can result in rapid onset of irreversible kidney failure and ultimately death. Please take steps to dispose of antifreeze appropriately and never leave exposed containers where animals may have access. If you suspect your animal has consumed antifreeze, act quickly and get your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Obviously there are many things to consider when taking care of pets during the fall and winter months. If you have questions or concerns, never hesitate to call your veterinarian. Remember, if it feels chilly to you, it is likely cold for your animals, too. Enjoy fall! Dr. Rogers can be reached at the Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital at 541-899-1081. Don't forget to donate to SOHS or Friends of the Animal Shelter and tell them Annie sent you!

Annie’s Antics
by Annie Parker
ello Jacksonville! And hello Fall. What a great Summer it’s been. You may (or may not) know that I had surgery for hip dysplasia when I was nine months old. Because of my weird hips, I don’t jump very much…although, I have grown fond of jumping on the bed at night for a little cuddle time. My parents even need to lift me up into the back of the car, as I get nervous jumping that high into their SUVs. So – you can imagine my mom’s surprise the other day when I suddenly jumped over the railing on our deck and landed in the shrubs below. If you know my mom, you know she’s not often speechless – but her mouth was hanging open in disbelief. Our deck is pretty high off the ground, and the railing is an easy four feet high – so I probably cleared about eight feet in all. What added to my mom’s surprise, I guess, was that I didn’t really look where I was going – I was focused upward at a bird that was WAY up in the sky. I was barking and running, and well, just kept going up and over!


After landing, I was confused about how I got down in the garden and headed to a patch of green grass to think it over. Then, I just kind of crumpled up and started vigorously licking my left front foot…it just felt funny. I thought I had stepped on a rock or a thorn or something sharp. My mom helped me limp back to the house where I followed her everywhere, as I knew she would make it better...and she did! Mom made sure nothing was stuck on my paw, and noticed it was twitching when I laid down. So she wrapped my paw in a cold pack (which I didn’t like too much) and stayed close so I would rest. She also gave me my favorite thing – my Kong toy with peanut butter and a treat inside to distract me. Next thing you know, I was walking gingerly around, then faster, then running as my crazy old self! Such excitement for one day! I hope you and your dog friends had a fabulous summer with fun adventures in our Small Town with Big Atmosphere.

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Bike Ride - Cont'd. from Pg. 11 The headwinds we faced in South Dakota forced that old “what could I have been thinking?” question to pop up again. The silly notions of a mid-west tailwind blowing us across the state at 30 MPH were blasted from our minds as the fierce winds in our faces and lung-searing temperatures had our legs aching for rest. Following one of these early morning blustery episodes, we stopped for coffee, and just happened to meet a wonderful couple, the wife of whom was a cowboy poet of note, who entertained us with several of her own compositions. Coffee and poetry – another jewel in the crown of our trip. All too soon, we were back on the road. Not until we pulled into the teensy-weensy Iowa town of Westfield would our sun-scorched bodies find reprieve from our self-imposed pain, only to be faced with a new menace. Mosquitoes and biting flies were so thick they almost blotted out the setting sun. They wanted our blood! How were we to know when we first pulled into town that our only escape would be our small tent, where no air flowed? How were we to know we were doomed to a sleepless night, immersed in the constant buzzing of mosquito and cicada music? Argh! In the morning, the mesh door was covered with starving, syringe-wielding insects, ready for breakfast! We packed what we could while still inside, and then, in what seemed like an instant, we were on the highway without coffee or breakfast, glad to have the wind blowing past our sweaty bodies – scraping off the last few hitchhikers. Ick! “Oh look, another cornfield!” Never having been through the midwest, it’s exactly what I’d imagined it to look like - mile after mile of corn and soybeans, punctuated by beautifully-maintained farmhouses. In a strange Wysockiesque way, it was indeed beautiful. The expanse of lawn surrounding each home looked as though someone had mowed it not 5 minutes earlier, and everything was in its proper place. Ah, to be a riding lawnmower salesman! We were to ride through this landscape of Americana for many days to come. RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) was an event boasting 18,000 cyclists this year, and although I’d heard of this ride years before, I never dreamed we’d actually meet up with it. What a pleasant surprise! On the penultimate day, we rode into the town of Morengo (sounds like a bad western, huh?), and spotted some other cyclists who told us they were riding ‘the RAGBRAI’. Really? We caught the ride? The next day, in the company of thousands of brightly-dressed, happy-it-was-almostover cyclists, we headed for Davenport, the Mississippi River, and the finish line. After 112 miles, I dipped my wheels in the Mississippi, and we were off to a new-found friends’ house to splash in their pool, eat their food, drink their beer, and sleep in their wonderfully, air-conditioned home. Again, it’s the generosity, kindness, and open-armed nature of the American people we met that made this trip a joy! Day 37 found us rolling into Illinois, wondering what points of interest we would find. Looking at our maps and pouring over whatever else we could find with information about the wonders of the midwest, we quickly realized there wasn’t much (my apologies to those from the land of Lincoln). There was, however, interesting people yet to meet. Is that a cyclist on the wrong side of the road? No, it’s someone walking! True enough, Dan Ross was a young man pushing a golf cart bag, loaded with his backpack and other essentials, across the country! Walking? We thought we were pretty tough up until then. Hope you made it Dan! It was about this same time that thoughts of family, coupled with the weariness and soreness of body, made

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us think of home. Days without showers, waking up after sleeping on a leaky air mattress, and days of battling the insect kingdom had us eager to reach the east coast, and the comforts of a friend’s home. We put the hammer down and started clicking off 90-mile-a-day efforts. It’s funny how quickly the boy-like enthusiasm of a big bike ride can vanish like the 25 pounds I’d lost. Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio took a brief 8 days to cross! It was in Ohio, however, that we were invited to stay overnight with a family we’d met in a fast food restaurant. Ken Brown was born and raised on the same piece of land his family had owned since the mid-1800’s, and although 8 miles in the wrong direction, the ride to their house was a pleasant surprise. The corn that accompanied the chicken dinner that evening was the sweetest and most tender I’d ever had (all 6 ears!). I suddenly felt a little guilty about my previous thoughts about the boring cornfields. After Ken’s famous hotcakes the following morning, we were poised to enter Pennsylvania and find the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). This was, according to a friend who’d previously crossed the country by bike, the best way to cross the Alleghany Mountains without much climbing. The GAP is a “rails-totrails” project, begun decades earlier which when coupled with the C&O Towroad, connects Pittsburg with Washington D.C. With cars and trucks prohibited, we were to quietly enjoy the final 380 miles of our journey. Or so we thought! Did you know trains are still frequently used to haul coal and other goods along the eastern seaboard? Well, they are! And we were sadly doomed to listen to the mournful wail of their horns and whistles for almost the entire trail system, day and night. Earplugs, by the way, will only slightly muffle the rumbling of their wheels on the steel rails! The only thing that came close to challenging the trains for loudness was the constant ring of the cicadas that nested in the tree canopy. Now more than a month later, I think I can still hear them! Day 50, and we’re plying the streets of D.C., on our way to a friend’s house, two blocks away from the capital! Ahhhh, a shower not shared with flies, a bed not crawling with ants, and a cold beer in the icebox. I’ll tell you what, only when you’ve gone without some of the simpler things can you truly enjoy and appreciate them! Bright and early the next morning, we were having coffee in the kitchen, and laying out our strategy for seeing as many monuments, museums, and memorials as we could before our flight 4 days later. What a glorious conclusion to a fantastic tour of our country. Sure, there were tough times during which I doubted my sanity, but there were more times filled with great scenery and people that cast those doubts as far as Washington throwing his silver dollar across the Potomac. Thirty-five hundred miles in 50 days is a tall order. It really is surprising what you can do if you put your mind to it. Although we’d witnessed some spectacular thunderstorms, we never once rode in the rain. We never had any serious mechanical problems that laid us over for more than a few hours, and aside from a bout of bronchitis, and a short episode of back spasms, we never had any physical problems. And all the truckers we encountered were courteous to a fault. Thank you truckers! If you’ve ever had a dream to do something you thought you would never do, or to go where you thought you’d never be able to go, put those dreams into motion! Pick out a window of time, plan your gear, and make it happen! Don’t procrastinate one more day, and say “one day I will,” because that “one day” may never come! Carpe diem (seize the day)!

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Two new resident bobcats, Rufus and Shoshoni, are now being housed at Wildlife Images. Both were taken from the wild as very young cubs and brought to Wildlife Images because their owners could no longer take care of them. They now depend on humans to meet their needs, the biggest being a new enclosure. Here’s how you can help make that happen. 1. Buy a 2012 “Year of the Bobcat Calendar” – Available at Wildlife Images. 2. Join us for “Bowling for the Bobcats” at Caveman Bowl on Sunday October 23, 2011 and have a chance to win an overnight stay to Seven Feathers Casino Resort. 3. Buy a Window on Wildlife and become a permanent part of the Bobcat Enclosure and help fund its completion. The viewing area surrounding the front of the enclosure is made of thick tempered glass to safely allow viewing of the bobcats. You or your business can sponsor a Window on Wildlife and forever be a part of the bobcat enclosure by personalizing your own Window with a message. Please become a Member of Wildlife Images Today - Starting at just $35 for Seniors or $50 for Individuals and help those who can’t help themselves. For more information on membership of the new Bobcat enclosure call 541.476.0222 or visit us online at

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• Paul Becker • Duane Bowman • Bob Budesa • David Callahan • Mary Ann Carlson • Robert Casserly • Angela Clague • Kathleen Crawford • Julie Danielson • Linda Davis • Janet Eastman • Paula & Terry Erdmann • Christie Fairbanks • Kay Faught • Michael Flaherty • Michelle Hensman • Della Merrill • Devin Hull • Constance Jesser • Louise Lavergne • Gates McKibbon • Jared Murray • Paige Pruitt • Tami Rogers • Pamela Sasseen • Dirk Siedlecki • Kathy Tiller • Cheryl Von Tress • Kristi Wellburn • Hannah West • Mike Tupper


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