Children’s Concert Series Expands – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – July 2017

If you haven’t heard yet, thanks to Southern Oregon Subaru, we are expanding our free children’s concert series and introducing our new mascot, Scout. Scout says ALL KIDS of ALL AGES are invited and no tickets are needed! All performances start at 10:00am in the Britt Performance Garden—just show […]

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Mosquitoes are Attracted to Stress! – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – July 2017

Mosquitoes really do prefer some people to others, says Dr. Jonathan Day, a medical entomologist and mosquito expert at the University of Florida. Some of it is genetic, like your blood type. Their preferred blood type is O. Other genetic factors play a part, like your metabolic rate, which dictates the […]

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Mary Ann Byrne: World Traveler, Book Lover and Conversationalist – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – July 2017

When I entered Mary Ann Byrne’s stately historic Jacksonville home on California Street to begin my “Sensational Seniors” interview, I was greeted with, “I have always lived in and loved older homes and, while they take a good deal of tender care and are expensive to maintain, they help define who […]

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Ideas on Insulators – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – July 2017

Glass insulators have been around since 1840 when the first telegraph lines were strung across America. They were non-threaded, and had wings or “ram’s horns” that some collectors today call “Mickey Mouse ears.” Another type from that era was the “glass block” design. They were square-ish. Soon […]

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The Last Bee, A Poem – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – July 2017

She rested gently in his soft, young hand

In awe, he stared, at a smallness so grand.

 

What have we done? In earnest he pleaded.

They forgot, she whispered, how much we are needed.

 

But I don’t understand, he stuttered through tears.

You’re not to blame, she said, it’s been going on for years.

 

How can […]

Get Inspired – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – July 2017

As the days have gotten longer and music flows off Britt Hill, I know summer is definitely upon us. Around here, the natural surroundings of our historic town cast our summers with an almost magical quality.

While […]

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The Perils of Overpricing – by Sandy J. Brown

On Real Estate & More – July 2017

Everyone wants to get the highest price possible when selling their home, and many people believe their home is worth more than it actually may be. After all, homeowners have emotions attached to their home and, as a result, often think their home is worth more than prospective […]

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Legacy – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – July 2017

I enjoy reading Paul Becker’s column. Our mayor is bedrock small town life. Some will respectfully disagree with his views on city business but none can argue the irreducible wisdom gleaned from the better part of a century living the dream called America.

Paul will continue to defend the next […]

By | June 30th, 2017|Cup of Conversation, Featured Stories|0 Comments

What doesn’t sell in a hot market? – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – July 2017

Southern Oregon, as well as most of the nation, is experiencing a record-low inventory of homes for sale. Matched with strong demand, prices are being driven up. One would think that all properties on the market are faring well, but it always goes back to supply and demand—and not […]

By | June 29th, 2017|Featured Stories, Let's Talk Real Estate|0 Comments

Celebrating America – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – July 2017

Independence Day is at hand. Congratulations and Happy Birthday America. It’s been quite a ride for 241 years. When the Continental Congress formalized the Declaration of Independence with the signature of John Hancock, they took a step so bold and daring and went where no others had […]

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Focus on Hanley Farm, July 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

However one refers to the Civil War—the “War to Preserve the Union,” “War of the Rebellion,” “War to make Men Free,” “Freedom War,” or the “War Between the States”—it preserved the United States as one, indivisible, nation.

In an 1889 study, performed by Union soldiers William Fox and Thomas Livermore, it was reported that approximately 620,000 […]

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The Glorious Fourth! – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – July 2017

Well into the 20th Century, the Fourth of July was a bigger U.S. holiday than Christmas. Long before Congress declared July 4th an official holiday in 1870, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 that the occasion “ought to […]

By | June 28th, 2017|Featured Stories, Pioneer Profiles|0 Comments

Anger and Your Liver – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – June 2017

Anger can be an instinctual response to protect ourselves, like a dog’s growling and barking response. It can push us to take action to change what doesn’t feel good, help us to set boundaries, and if handled with care, can even be a healthy way of letting-off steam and frustration. But […]

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Thinking Problem – by Kate Ingram M.A.

Soul Matters – June 2017

I have a thinking problem. They say that admitting that you have a problem is half the battle, but I’m not so sure. I’m in pretty deep. I’m not talking about normal, what’s-for-dinner sort of thinking, although I have plenty of that. I’m talking about furrowed brow cogitating, bordering on the […]

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Slaves to Fashion – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – June 2017

It’s often said that we are slaves to fashion. Such was the case with the mesh envelope bag and the elegant, beaded handbag. These handbags, so loved by the 1920’s Flappers, were quite fashionable until well into the 1950s. Even now, these vintage handbags are carried as evening accessories by […]

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Managing Mosquitoes and Protecting Pollinators Part II – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – June 2017

Pollinator protection does not have to be relinquished in exchange for managing mosquitoes. The impact of mosquito spraying on pollinators is long-lasting. Studies show wild bee populations are even more susceptible to pesticide exposure than honey bees due to biological and habitat differences.

Fortunately, here in Oregon, we don’t have to […]

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Oh, What a Difference a Daylily Makes – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – June 2017

And those whose blossoms curl obliquely back,
Ribbed on the sides with a bright scarlet streak,
Shalt of daylily the fair name receive,
If one whose summer’s day the beauties live…
-Rene Rapin (1621-1687)

It’s true that the beautiful daylily (Hemerocallis) lasts but one summer’s day, prompting Bishop Joseph Hall to once criticize the flower […]

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Enjoying Your Outdoor Space – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – June 2017

Summer is finally here so we can start enjoying our lawns and the outdoor living-areas where we’ve been investing our resources, creativity and personal style. And no one is happier about that than me. If you already have a patio, deck or outdoor area, I encourage you to get out […]

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How Much Water Do You Really Need? – by Sandy J. Brown

On Real Estate & More – June 2017

Many households in rural areas of Oregon obtain their water from a well. The question that always comes up in real estate transactions is how much water does the well produce and how much do you need?

The amount of water needed will yield various results, though some websites […]

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Accidental Investors – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – June 2017

I just left the title company where our clients picked up a $61,000 check—the proceeds from selling their house. What makes this such a great story is how young and financially smart this couple has been. I first met this twenty-something couple, two and a half years ago when […]

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From New York to Hollywood to Happiness – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2017

Last month, we ran a film called Saturday’s Children at Old City Hall. It’s a story about people living in tenements… people like my own family.

In buildings like this, there were no elevators, so the higher the floor on which you lived, the cheaper the rent.

Ours was […]

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Focus on Hanley Farm, June 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

Welcome to Hanley Farm! Up to and including the month of December, the farm hosts a new event every month!

We began our season April 29 & 30 with the annual Heritage Plant Sale. Hundreds of visitors attended, many lining up before the gates opened, to have the opportunity to choose from over 50 varieties of […]

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Early Jacksonville Saloons – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – June 2017

Saloons and the spirits who linger there will be a recurring theme in Historic Jacksonville’s “Haunted History Walking Tours” this summer. Therefore, stories of beer, whiskey, and early Jacksonville saloons seem an appropriate subject for our June “Pioneer Profiles.”

Gold rush Jacksonville reputedly had as many as 36 saloons when “entrepreneurs” as […]

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New Reserved Seating Taking Shape on Britt Hill – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – June 2017

The time has come. As you might know, the existing benches on Britt Hill provide seating for 662 and were installed in 1987. Today, they are in a state of severe deterioration due to weather and time, including eleven benches that had to be repaired and held together with […]

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Lou Mayersky: The View from the Top is Stunning – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – June 2017

I had just started my interview with Lou Mayersky, my June “Sensational Seniors” candidate, when he had me look at several tall fir trees outside his dining room. “You know,” started, “too many people want to improve their view by cutting trees down. That is a terrible waste of the beauty […]

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Cold Comfort – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – June 2017

Shakespeare, we believe, was thinking of us, your humble critics, when he wrote these prophetic lines: “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

With May hard upon us, and the submission deadline for this June column nigh, Will’s rough winds […]

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An Eclectic Season on the Hill – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – May 2017

“Eclectic” is the word that I used to describe the 2017 Britt Line-up at our April 6th Season Announcement party, where we had a record-breaking crowd of over 250 upper-level members, Business Partners, and press come together to celebrate the launch of another spectacular Britt season. We revealed many […]

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On the Benefits of Gardening – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – May 2017

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt,
head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body,
but the soul.
~ Alfred Austin

Gardening…I think it might mean something different to every person. To some it means hard work, to […]

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A Self-Healing Alternative to Worry – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – May 2017

If you hold a pencil in your hand for a few minutes, it will not have much of an impact on your arm. If you hold it for hours… your hand, your wrist, and your shoulder start to hurt and over time this little pencil feels like heavy concrete and can […]

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Another Day in Paradise – by Kate Ingram M.A.

Soul Matters – May 2017

For 15 years now we’ve lived in the same, sweet house, and for 15 years I’ve been walking our dogs along the same street. Yesterday as I leashed my companions I grumbled aloud how tired I was of walking this street every single day, twice a day. As we slowly made […]

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Making a Cameo Re-Appearance – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – May 2017

Although some ignore the time-treasured brooch in favor of something trendier, the cameo has always been a fashion statement. (A brooch is defined as “an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch.) By “always,” I mean at least as far back as the Hellenistic period in the […]

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Managing Mosquitoes and Protecting Pollinators Part I – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – May 2017

They’ve been around for more than 100 million years. They’re most active at 80°F and unable to function below 50°F. They can sense the lactic acid and carbon dioxide from an animal’s breath up to 100 feet away. The females beat their wings 500 times per second producing a piercing […]

Are you going to the Spring Garden Fair? – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – May 2017

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.
~ 19th century English ballad

Simon and Garfunkel did not write “Scarborough Fair,” although the folksy musical duo’s 1966 version of the song is most well known today. […]

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Common Types of Mortgage Loans – by Sandy J. Brown

On Real Estate & More – May 2017

Buying a home involves many steps and the type of financing you choose is one of the most important. Just as homes come in a variety of architectural styles and prices, so do the ways you can finance them. While it’s easy to tell if you prefer a […]

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In Defense of Presidents and Generals – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – May 2017

The North was losing the war to keep the Union. Robert E. Lee, a southern aristocrat, originally asked to lead the Union, chose the side of his beloved Virginia even though his personal belief was slavery to be a moral and political evil. Lee was a […]

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Las Vegas – The Adult Disneyland – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – May 2017

We just got back from a week-long real estate conference in Las Vegas. We hadn’t been there in a while and I was quickly reminded of what man has built in the Nevada desert. It’s a strange combination of fantasy hotels, 5-Star restaurants or buffets, carnival rides, gambling, world-class […]

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Potpourri a la Winchell – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2017

I’ve always wanted to “play” Walter Winchell in one of my columns. Walter would jump from topic to topic in almost every other sentence. So… with the forbearance of my publisher, here goes.

Greetings Mr. and Ms. Jacksonville wherever you are, in your home or in one of […]

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Focus on Hanley Farm, May 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

If you have trouble getting your child to help with household chores, try asking them to imagine what it would have been like to be raised on a farm, let’s say during the late 1800s or early 1900s. With no modern plumbing system, how was water transported from the nearest creek? With no mechanized method […]

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Regina Dorland Robinson – A Lasting Impression – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – May 2017

Adapted by Carolyn Kingsnorth from “A Lasting Impression: The Art and Life of Regina Dorland Robinson” by Dawna Curler, with the permission of the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the author.

For most of her brief life, Regina Dorland Robinson worked steadily toward one goal: to become an accomplished and successful artist. […]

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The Britt pre-invasion – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – May 2017

Halfway through last winter, we began to feel antsy. We’d hike the Woodlands trail above the Britt Festival grounds—and pause to look longingly through the fence. We’d drive up Oregon Street—and inexplicably detour past the Britt Pavilion just to… just to…

Like we said: antsy.

Patience, it’s been noted, is not simply […]

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Iris and Shirley Demonstrate How Friendship Endures – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – May 2017

In 2012, a college friend of mine from over 50 years ago co-authored a book on how men can achieve true friendship and set the tone in the introduction by penning, “Whereas women very naturally share themselves with friends through acceptance and self-revealing conversations, men shy away from intimacy.” For this […]

By | April 27th, 2017|Now, Sensational Seniors|2 Comments

Mayor Becker’s Community Spirit Is Infectious – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – April 2017

Jacksonville Mayor Paul Becker’s transition from New York City to our small village is a story of finding one’s place in the world and is replete with the usual ups and downs, triumphs, defeats, sadness and elation. Paul was born in 1929 on the upper West Side of New York City. […]

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The Power of Intention – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – April 2017

The power of intention is a phenomenon that has been scientifically measured in many studies, like the one Dr. Masaru Emoto did with water. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAvzsjcBtx8.)

This particular study took water samples infused with spoken and written intentions like peace, love, truth, etc. The frozen water revealed beautiful, symmetrical crystal formations. […]

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Making the Best of Things – by Kate Ingram M.A.

Soul Matters – April 2017

We’ve been having an interesting adventure these past few weeks. Having sold our ginormous SUV, we are hunting for a second car. Brand new is not an option, so we’re hunting for a used something. The problem is, all the cars we really like are new, or close to it. In […]

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Collecting Keys – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – April 2017

The earliest known door keys were large wooden shafts designed to lift a pin tumbler lock that held a crossbar across a door. The shaft, or key, would push the beam in or out of position from the door frame. This crude Egyptian design was replaced by a Roman invention […]

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Massage Therapy and Essential Oils are Combined at Spa Jacksonville for Good Health

For licensed massage therapist and clinical aromatherapist, Laura Jarrell, using a multi-disciplinary approach with her clients is standard practice.

In practice since 1989, Laura notes that, “Recently, the use of essential oils has exploded in popularity and for good reason—they are wonderful gifts from nature, capable of treating both physical complaints and mental-emotional distress.”

Essential oils are […]

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10 Ways This Plant Can Improve Your Life – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – April 2017

We pull them, mow them, dig them, stomp them, spray them, shout at them, and lament how they are a nuisance in our lives.

Dandelions.

An underappreciated and underutilized plant in our society, the dandelion in the Asteraceae (aster or sunflower) family, is one of the most nutrient-packed foods on earth and […]

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Technology and Your Landscape – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – April 2017

The use of technology in everyday life has sky rocketed. We have our “smart” house, “smart” phone, so how about our “smart” landscape? Even though technology impacts us all differently, we probably all agree that the use of technology to help make our life simpler and save us time is […]

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The Tulip’s Passionate Past – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – April 2017

My heart is smit
With love so strong
I must declare,
But have no tongue.
Come to my aid, Thou Tulip Red,
Go and declare
My love instead.
~ Mandy Kirby, A Victorian Flower Dictionary, 2011

Before beginning to write about tulips, I checked my own plants to find small, green fingertips—fledgling flowers—still nestled cozily within the protective […]

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Hamlet in the Woods – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – April 2017

Editor’s Note: After learning about a proposed restaurant meals tax, (which the City Council has since axed) Michael served-up his thoughts on the matter…just in case the topic comes up again.

Once upon a time there was a community of neighborly animals living deep in the northwest Woods, far removed […]

By | March 29th, 2017|Cup of Conversation|1 Comment