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Letters to the Editor in Support of the Re-Election of Mayor Paul Becker

From the November 2016 issue of Jacksonville Review:

As a six year veteran of Jacksonville’s City Council, I have seen us become a council set on finding solutions, not creating division. It is not because we all share the same perspectives, it’s more than that. I attribute much of that success to Mayor Paul Becker’s flexibility, […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Now|Comments Off on Letters to the Editor in Support of the Re-Election of Mayor Paul Becker

Fifth Annual Beekeepers Ball

The Fifth Annual Beekeepers Ball is the autumn 2016 event not to miss! On Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 7:00pm, doors will open at the Bigham Knoll Ballroom, 525 East E St in Historic Jacksonville. The costume theme this year is “Just ‘Bee’ Yourself,” the night will be emceed by Maria Kelly, and is the […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Fifth Annual Beekeepers Ball

In Support of the New Charter – by Steve Casaleggio

I was privileged to act as secretary in drafting the proposed, new Jacksonville charter. As the time for voters to cast ballots approaches, I must respond to some misconceptions about the new charter.

Don’t Need a New Charter! Some critics dismiss the new charter as unnecessary.

Yes, We Do. The current charter dates from 1953, contains numerous […]

By | October 13th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Changes in the Fire Protection Surcharge Discount Program – by City Councilor Ken Gregg

After the recent approval of a $4 increase in the monthly fire protection surcharge, the Public Safety Committee investigated how this increase would affect the residents who were participating in the fire protection surcharge discount program. This program was created to ease the financial burden on citizens living at or below the poverty level. For […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings|Comments Off on Changes in the Fire Protection Surcharge Discount Program – by City Councilor Ken Gregg

Please Help Jacksonville Community Center Raise $40,000 for Challenge Grant by December 1st

A $40,000 challenge grant from the Collins Foundation was awarded to Jacksonville Community Center (JCC) on August 11th, 2016. Cynthia Addams, Collins Foundation CEO stated, “The Jacksonville community residents’ dreams of a new, expanded center… will help continue our tradition of improving the quality of life in Oregon communities.”

This grant now enables the community to […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Please Help Jacksonville Community Center Raise $40,000 for Challenge Grant by December 1st

In Support of Mayor Paul Becker!

From Whitman Parker, Publisher Jacksonville Review and Southern Oregon Wine Scene

The case for re-electing Paul Becker is simple: For six years, Paul Becker has been an excellent mayor, demonstrating a keen ability to listen to residents, work with staff and collaborate with committees, commissions as well as civic and business groups. He strives to reach […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|1 Comment

Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville City Council

The Candidates were asked: If elected to the Jacksonville City Council, what do you hope to accomplish over the next four years?

Steve Casaleggio – Candidate for City Council

To introduce: I’m Steve Casaleggio, candidate for City Councilor. My wife Susan and I made our commitment to Jacksonville by building our home here in 2005. We […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville City Council

Election 2016: Meet the Candidates for Jacksonville Mayor

The Candidates were asked: Why are you running? What do you hope to accomplish over the next 4 years?

Mayor Paul Becker – Incumbent

To begin, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the citizens of Jacksonville, for allowing me to serve as your Mayor this past term. It has been an honor and […]

By | October 5th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|2 Comments

Saige Bostwick Receives National Honor

On August 5, 2016, the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that Saige Bostwick, a 17-year-old junior at Cascade Christian High School, was selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Saige Bostwick Receives National Honor

SOHS Tales From the Collections – Pinto Colvig: Jackson County’s Favorite Clown

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the October event for its monthly Tales from the Collections program. The program will take place at SOHS’s History Center in downtown Medford (106 N. Central Ave.) on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am to 12pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Pinto Colvig […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events|Comments Off on SOHS Tales From the Collections – Pinto Colvig: Jackson County’s Favorite Clown

Victorian Mourning Customs at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

JACKSONVILLE, OR – The Victorians created elaborate rituals around the passing of a loved one. Death was considered part of life’s texture, giving it essential meaning. Join Historic Jacksonville at the 1873 Beekman House between 11am and 3pm on Saturday or Sunday, October 15 and 16, to explore how Jacksonville’s most prominent pioneer family honored […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, News Flow, Now|Comments Off on Victorian Mourning Customs at Jacksonville’s Historic Beekman House

What is the Boogeyman’s Bride’s Deep, Dark, Secret?

Three haunting nights in October, Hanley Farm hosts the “The Boogeyman’s Bride,” presented by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Crater High School Renaissance Academy. Lantern-bearers lead groups through the farm’s dark corn field and woods, as the drama unfolds about the Boogeyman’s Bride’s deep . . . dark . . . secret. Suitable […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on What is the Boogeyman’s Bride’s Deep, Dark, Secret?

Rogue Valley Symphony Season Opener Features Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

The Rogue Valley Symphony will be opening its 2016-2017 season on October 21, 22, and 23, 2016. Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi will be featured on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Anadyomene-Adoration of Aphrodite and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Rogue Valley Symphony Season Opener Features Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

Rachmaninoff and Liszt Performed by Pianist Alexander Ghindin with Rogue Valley Symphony

The Rogue Valley Symphony will be performing concerts with extraordinary pianist Alexander Ghindin on November 11, 12, and 13, 2016. Cleveland International Piano Competition winner Ghindin will be featured on two works: Liszt’s Totentanz and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The orchestra will perform a second work by Liszt, Mazeppa, and an additional […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Performing Arts|Comments Off on Rachmaninoff and Liszt Performed by Pianist Alexander Ghindin with Rogue Valley Symphony

Local Artists Honored

For Jacksonville-based artists Steve and Sue Bennett, 2016 has been a banner year! Both artists were recently honored to be juried into the highly-regarded Favell Museum Show in Klamath Falls which will hang through October 22. Steve and Sue were also juried into the Yaquina River Museum in Toledo, Oregon where the show may be […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Art News & Events|Comments Off on Local Artists Honored

October 2016 Jacksonville Haunted History Tours

Join Historic Jacksonville, Inc. on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, for the final Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours of the season. These tours have been so popular that we’re now offering five tours each night!

These approximately one-hour docent-led tours leave from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and C […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on October 2016 Jacksonville Haunted History Tours

Britt Revenues Up for 2016 Season, Looks Forward to New Improvements in 2017

MEDFORD, OR — Boosted by ideal concert weather, the 2016 Britt season saw a solid response from the community, with steady ticket sales, strong membership support, and new Business Partnerships. Britt will continue to build on this momentum with new projects planned for 2017.

“In recent years the Board and staff have taken a progressive approach […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Now|Comments Off on Britt Revenues Up for 2016 Season, Looks Forward to New Improvements in 2017

Changes at Thai House

You may have seen the “For Sale” sign on Thai House Restaurant in Jacksonville and are wondering what’s going on! After years of running one of the best Thai Restaurants in Southern Oregon, the owners are headed for San Francisco.

Although we’re sad to see Kai (Chauwalit Srivarawong) & Oh (Sunsanee Charoenyothin) leave, we are so […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Now|Comments Off on Changes at Thai House

3rd-Annual Scarves-for-Seniors Donation Event

Please join Travel Expert Anne McAlpin and Jo Parker of WillowCreek Gifts, in making a difference for seniors in the Rogue Valley. Two years ago, Anne suggested the idea for a “pay-it-forward” scarf donation program. The program turned-out to be a huge success with 130 new and gently-used scarves being donated to the Scarves-for-Seniors program. […]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on 3rd-Annual Scarves-for-Seniors Donation Event

Eagle Scouts Accomplishing Great Things in Forest Park – by Tony Hess

The Forest Park and the City of Jacksonville have been the beneficiaries of two Eagle Scout projects this year. An Eagle Scout project is one of many requirements a scout must complete to achieve this highly-respected rank. As defined by the Boy Scouts of America, the project purpose is “To learn leadership skills, or to […]

By | October 1st, 2016|Community, Trail Talk|Comments Off on Eagle Scouts Accomplishing Great Things in Forest Park – by Tony Hess

2016 National Public Lands Day Event at Sterling Mine Ditch Trail

BLM is hosting a National Public Lands Day event on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail—with help from SUTA on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 8:30am-1:00pm.

Volunteers will help re-route a steep section of trail that currently goes over the tunnel. At the 2014 Public Lands Day event, we re-routed the trail on the other side of […]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Event News, Now, Trail Talk|Comments Off on 2016 National Public Lands Day Event at Sterling Mine Ditch Trail

2016 Oktoberfest at Bigham Knoll is This Weekend!

With the return of crisp cool mornings and the change of the trees, we are reminded that fall is right around the corner. There is no greater harbinger of the harvest season than the annual Oktoberfest at the Bigham Knoll campus. Celebrating its 9th year, Oktoberfest has become a community festival beseeching us to enjoy […]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on 2016 Oktoberfest at Bigham Knoll is This Weekend!

The Inn at the Commons will host furnARTure, a benefit for The Studio at Living Opportunities

The fun and whimsical work of many local artists will be featured at “furnARTure,” a benefit for The Studio at Living Opportunities. We’ve invited local artists to “recycle” traditional furniture, using their creative skills to turn dozens of pieces into “master” pieces for this signature event. The resulting blend of art and furniture becomes furnARTure, […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Art News & Events, Event News|1 Comment

2016 City Council Race is On!

In the November General Election, Jacksonville voters will elect three City Councilors and a Mayor. Three candidates have filed to run for City Council. Just minutes before press time, the Review confirmed that Councilor Jocie Wall will be challenging Mayor Paul Becker for the mayor’s seat. Since the filing deadline is on August 30, (well […]

By | August 25th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on 2016 City Council Race is On!

Get A Taste of Scotland in Jacksonville

On October 22, at 6:00pm in the US Bank Ballroom, 100 lucky guests will be treated to an amazing evening comprised of dinner, prepared by Platon Mantheakis of the Jacksonville Inn, an enlightening video presentation by Paul Bissett on the distilling and creation of single malt scotch, a sampling of 5 wonderful and varied scotches, […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Get A Taste of Scotland in Jacksonville

Ray’s Joins Jacksonville Community Center to Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

Community Center Communiqué – September 2016

The Jacksonville Community Center train is leaving the station: The City Planning Commission and HARC have given their unanimous approval to the project; building permits are just a few weeks from being granted; visibility for the community center is increasing; and a major campaign to raise donations from individuals and […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Ray’s Joins Jacksonville Community Center to Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

Victorian Christmas Volunteers Needed

“Yes, we know it is about 100 degrees, but we are getting in the Christmas Spirit now,” says Sandra Flowers, who’s helping organize Jacksonville’s 2016 Victorian Christmas. “I’m just like Santa and keeping a list and taking names!” she adds.

To make the Victorian Christmas event a success, organizers, musicians, parade entrants and regular “busy bees” […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Victorian Christmas Volunteers Needed

Jacksonville is the Perfect Canvas to Paint the Town

Well-known and celebrated artist Gabriel Mark Lipper will be holding the first in a series of Plein Air workshops, using Jacksonville’s historic core as his students’ inspiration and canvas. “I love painting outdoors, and I love Jacksonville. We are going to have a great weekend,” says Lipper, a 41-year-old artist with deep roots in the […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Art News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville is the Perfect Canvas to Paint the Town

Life Comes Full Circle at the Farmers Market

A change is coming to the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market as former market founder and owner Ken Snoke retakes the reigns of the market he founded in 2010. This August, Chad & Lea Worcester, who purchased the farmers market from Ken in 2013, sold the market back to him. Ken will assume full management of the […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Community, Now|1 Comment

It’s Rotary Salmon Bake Time!

The Jacksonville Applegate Rotary Club will hold its 7th-Annual Salmon Bake at beautiful Hanley Farm on September 18, 2016. This event has turned into a beloved Jacksonville tradition! As in past years, the Salmon Bake fundraiser supports Rotary’s clean water projects around the world. Our projects have dramatically improved public health and reduced infant mortality […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on It’s Rotary Salmon Bake Time!

2016 Oregon Wine Competition Winners Announced

JACKSONVILLE, OREGON–The Oregon Wine Competition awards were announced Wednesday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at the Oregon Wine Experience in Jacksonville, Oregon, with Best of Show awards going to Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars, Pebblestone Cellars, and Plaisance Ranch.

All of the award-winning wines will be available at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 2 […]

By | August 25th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on 2016 Oregon Wine Competition Winners Announced

Miller House Has New Owner

After serving as Jacksonville City Offices for 26 years, the Miller House is now privately owned. The house closed escrow on July 28 for $410,000, according to Jackson County Public Records. The Review caught up with the new owner and learned that after sprucing it up, painting and making other improvements, it will be leased […]

By | August 3rd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on Miller House Has New Owner

DANCIN Vineyards Names Tim Keller as Chef

MEDFORD, ORE – August 1, 2016: DANCIN Vineyards, an ultra-premium producer of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Barbera and Port in Southern Oregon, announces the appointment of Chef Tim Keller. Alongside Chef Cindy Marca, he will oversee all culinary activities of the winery on August 4.

In selecting Keller, co-owner Dan Marca said, “We have collaborated with […]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on DANCIN Vineyards Names Tim Keller as Chef

Jacksonville Community Center: Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

For years, you’ve heard us talk about a Community Center for Jacksonville. You have seen the painting by Anne Brooke (above) depicting the 4th Street entrance of the new Community Center. The City Planning Commission and HARC (Historic Architecture Review Commission) have now given their unanimous approval to the project.

For any […]

By | July 28th, 2016|Community, Now|Comments Off on Jacksonville Community Center: Help Build the Dream – by David Doi

Jacksonville’s 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale is September 9-11

Set-Up: Thursday, September 8th, 6:00-10:00pm (No Sales Allowed)
Yard Sale Days: 7:00am-8:00pm

As the 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale weekend nears it is important to remember that this event is not sponsored by the City of Jacksonville and there are public safety issues associated with this event. When our town becomes full of bargain hunters and treasure seekers […]

By | July 26th, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Community|Comments Off on Jacksonville’s 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale is September 9-11

Forest Park Guided Hikes Going Great! – by Kandee McClain

The first three Forest Park Guided Hikes have been well-attended, and it has been fun to meet new trail enthusiasts as well as to see some favorite trails through eyes that are seeing them for the first time. The new Forest Park maps have been a hit and some of our new hikers have been […]

By | July 26th, 2016|Trail Talk|Comments Off on Forest Park Guided Hikes Going Great! – by Kandee McClain

John H. Gorham

John H. Gorham, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016. John was a long time resident of Jacksonville and though you may not have known his name, you most likely saw him with a little dog in his bike basket, as he happily rode around town.

John wore (and collected) many hats […]

By | July 26th, 2016|Obituaries|Comments Off on John H. Gorham

Jacksonville Cemetery Association and Madrone Theatre Company Team-Up to Present “Spoon River Anthology”

For the past ten years, the pioneers of Jacksonville have been brought back to life each October, through dramatic “Meet the Pioneers” reenactment performances in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The grassroots community event has grown each year, with hundreds of visitors trekking up the hill above the gold rush town in small groups to enjoy historical […]

By | July 23rd, 2016|History News & Events, Now, Performing Arts|Comments Off on Jacksonville Cemetery Association and Madrone Theatre Company Team-Up to Present “Spoon River Anthology”

Rogue Valley Corvettes at Bigham Knoll

A car show with history deserves a historic venue.

Rogue Valley Corvettes’ Fall Classic—one of the region’s most popular car culture events—is moving to Historic Jacksonville!

The footprint of Rogue Valley Corvettes’ membership spans from Medford to Grants Pass and Klamath Falls, as far north as Douglas County, south to Sacramento, as far west as the California […]

By | July 23rd, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Rogue Valley Corvettes at Bigham Knoll

The Jacksonville Dam – No Longer a Dam! – by Tony Hess

The Jacksonville dam and reservoir was built in 1911, one mile west of town along Jackson Creek. It was built to provide a source of drinking water to the town via a wooden transmission line emanating from the city reservoir. In 1926, the wooden pipeline was replaced by a six-inch steel […]

By | July 22nd, 2016|City Hall Happenings, Now|Comments Off on The Jacksonville Dam – No Longer a Dam! – by Tony Hess

The Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Art Show and Sale is August 5-28!

The Artists Workshop 2016 Show and Sale will fill the walls of the Art Presence Art Center in Jacksonville for their 32nd Annual Art Exhibit from August 5 through August 28. For all four weekends in August, the exhibit will be open from 11:00am-5:00pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to attend […]

By | July 22nd, 2016|Art News & Events, Event News, Now|Comments Off on The Artists Workshop 32nd Annual Art Show and Sale is August 5-28!

Do You Have a Spare Christmas Tree?

Has that outdoor “Christmas tree” you planted years ago suddenly started taking over your house or yard? If you are willing to wait until mid-November 2016 to have it taken down, we have a deal for you! Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce & Business Association will pay to have your tree removed and transported so that […]

By | July 21st, 2016|Now|Comments Off on Do You Have a Spare Christmas Tree?

Hanley Farm: 2016 Summer Camp Fun at the Farm!

The week of August 8 to August 12, 2016 is the last chance for your child to enjoy summer fun at Hanley Farm! Register your child for August summer camp, where they will experience new adventures and activities every day! Children have the unique opportunity to step into the past, to connect with their local […]

By | July 15th, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Hanley Farm: 2016 Summer Camp Fun at the Farm!

Upstairs Office Furniture and Supplies Sale at Art Presence Art Center

“Upstairs Office Furniture and Supplies Sale” at Art Presence Art Center on Friday and Saturday, July 15th and 16th, 2016 from 8:30AM to 4:00PM.  This will include desks, desk chairs, file cabinets, computers, office supplies, panels for hanging art, bins, framed pictures, etc. And the HO train will be running.  Everything must go!

This could be […]

By | July 11th, 2016|Art News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Upstairs Office Furniture and Supplies Sale at Art Presence Art Center

9th Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women’s Health is September 25

The 9th Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women’s Health will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $35 per person with preregistration, $40 at the door.

The scenic 3.5 mile walk will be at Del Rio Vineyard and Winery in Gold Hill Oregon, featuring wine tasting of six vineyards: Cliff […]

By | July 8th, 2016|Now, The Wine Scene|Comments Off on 9th Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women’s Health is September 25

Travel in the Victorian Age: From Horse to “Horseless Carriage”

JACKSONVILLE, OR—Americans were on the move during the second half of the 19th Century! In the span of 50 years, transportation options advanced from horseback, wagon or buggy, stagecoach, and sailing ship, to railroad, steamship and automobile. And Jacksonville’s pioneer Beekman famly experienced them all! View antique cars and learn about the rapid changes in […]

By | July 7th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on Travel in the Victorian Age: From Horse to “Horseless Carriage”

What We Wore: A History of Women’s Fashion

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce the July event for its monthly Tales from the Collections program. The program will take place at SOHS’s History Center in downtown Medford (106 N. Central Ave.) on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 from 10am to 12pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Join SOHS’s […]

By | July 7th, 2016|Event News, History News & Events, Now|Comments Off on What We Wore: A History of Women’s Fashion

2016 Jackson County Fair—Carnival Lights and Country Nights

July 20 – 24, 2016
Jackson County Fair—Carnival Lights and Country Nights
A week of fun just got even better!

2016 Fair Hours:
Wednesday, 7/20 through Saturday, 7/23 11 am to 11 pm
Sunday, 7/24 11 am to 7 pm

LOTS FOR FREE!

FREE Admission for Kids 12 and Under, sponsored by the West Family Foundation
FREE Parking EVERY DAY,
sponsored by Butler […]

By | July 7th, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on 2016 Jackson County Fair—Carnival Lights and Country Nights

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center – Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center announces New exhibit in the Community Gallery and special related events:

Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint
July 8 – Aug. 4, 2016
Reception Date: July 15, 5:00-8:00 pm

The Rogue Gallery is celebrating the 70th anniversary of American Abstract Expressionism with an exhibit in the Community Gallery, a birthday celebration […]

By | July 7th, 2016|Art News & Events|Comments Off on The Rogue Gallery & Art Center – Abstract Expressionism: Celebrating 70 years of Throwing Paint

Pizza Nights at Hanley Farm Are Back!

The Family Nurturing Center has partnered with the Southern Oregon Historical Society to bring pizza nights back to Hanley Farm! The third Thursdays of every month are always special at the farm – activities include no-till garden tours historic Hanley Farmhouse tours, flint knapping demonstrations, and children’s activities. July 21, 2016 the Family Nurturing Center […]

By | July 5th, 2016|Event News, Now|Comments Off on Pizza Nights at Hanley Farm Are Back!