Dog Gone – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – March 2017

Recently a movie named A Dog’s Purpose flickered through the multiplexes. It hasn’t fared well. Critics across the country panned it. The New York Times’ reviewer got right to the point: “You can skip it because it’s clumsily manipulative dreck.”

We suspect that’s not the reaction the filmmakers hoped for. But […]

2017 Britt Season Off to Great Start – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – March 2017

At your Britt Orchestra’s February 11th Valentine Gala, Music Director Teddy Abrams revealed the 2017 Season to an enthusiastic crowd of over 200 music lovers. Since beginning his tenure as Britt’s Music Director in 2013, Teddy’s programs have both delighted and challenged our audiences through a skillful blend of […]

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Swan Song – by Kate Ingram, M.A.

Soul Matters – February 2017

While this is the Year of the Rooster, I’m thinking about other birds of late: ducks and swans to be precise. You might recall the story of The Ugly Duckling, in which a signet is born amongst a brood of ducklings. Being so different, he is persecuted and ostracized by his […]

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Jacksonville’s Tony Hess Gets Things Done – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – February 2017

I knew when I scheduled my “Sensational Seniors” interview with Tony Hess that I should allow ample time for it…I wasn’t disappointed! And while I thought I already knew quite a bit about Tony, I quickly realized that I’d just scratched the surface.

Eighty-one year old Tony Hess was born in Toledo, […]

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Collecting Jadeite – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – February 2017

Jadeite is striking in its beauty and durable in its functionality. Jadeite is a type of glass tableware made of Jade-green, opaque milk glass, popular in the mid-20th century. Sometimes dubbed the colorful “Pyrex of its day,” Jadeite was used for baking, food preparation, food storage, and table use.

Jadeite is […]

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Let Us Sow Some Lettuce This Month – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – February 2017

I eat a lot of salad, so I derive particular pleasure from growing some of the lettuces I consume. There are so many varieties to choose from: crispheads, butterheads, looseleafs and Romaines, not to mention fancy designer greens such as endive and arugula.

In fact, all of our modern lettuces (Lactuca […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

There’s No Place Like a Neonicotinoid-free Home – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – February 2017

Jacksonville was bursting with magic that brisk December evening. White lights and pine swags, staples of a vintage Christmas, on each door and window beckoned passersby indoors for cozy warmth. The scent of holiday charm filled the air.

I walked into old city hall, sat, and anxiously waited to deliver my […]

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Finding The Next Good Deal – by Sandy J. Brown

On Real Estate & More – February 2017

I have been involved with real estate to some extent my entire life. As a child, my parents spent much of their free time at open houses, always trying to find “the worst house in the best neighborhood.” My parents would then buy that house, remodel it, and […]

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Real Estate Prices Rise to Near-Record High – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – February 2017

When you look at home values, you get a better picture if you look at long-term trends and not short-term trends. Quarterly home prices go up and down, but yearly growth and long-term growth give you a much better picture of where the market is headed.

Home values in Jackson […]

By | January 31st, 2017|Featured Stories, Let's Talk Real Estate|0 Comments

Reflecting on Change – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – February 2017

Each New Year finds me more perplexed than usual regarding the subject matter for this column. Due to my degree in history, I am tempted to write something history-related, but current events usually take precedence. So here I am, reminiscing about a world long passed… the decades […]

By | January 26th, 2017|A Few Minutes with the Mayor, Featured Stories|0 Comments

Farm Events to Bring Hanley & History to Life in 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

Focus on Hanley Farm – February 2017

Lured by gold and free land in the 1850s, David Clinton and Archibald Welton were the first settlers to establish a farm at the Hanley site. In 1857 Michael Hanley purchased the 636 acre ranch from Clinton and Welton, and so began the remarkable journey of the Hanley family. […]

Our Report Card for 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News – February 2017

I am pleased to report that 2016 was not only another successful year for our organization, but a very busy one, as well. Our Pioneer Cemetery continues to attract local visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest, as well as from all over the United States […]

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The Ancestral Homeland of the Overseas Chinese – by Chelsea Rose

Digging Jacksonville – February 2017

I just returned from a wonderful month in Southern China’s Guangdong Province—the ancestral homeland of the Overseas Chinese. While there, I was able to spend time in the home villages of the thousands of individuals and families that came to the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to […]

By | January 26th, 2017|Digging Jacksonville, Featured Stories|0 Comments

The Winter of 1852 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – February 2017

Although a close to record snow fall on January 3, 2017, had local residents digging out from under up to 20 inches of the white stuff, that “storm of the century” may not compare to some of the snows experienced in Southern Oregon before formal record keeping began. One winter in […]

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City of Stars – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – February 2017

La La Land, a cinematic love letter to classic movie musicals, just won a bunch of Golden Globe Awards. Seven, in fact—the same number it was nominated for. You can expect it to win a bunch of Oscars, too. As well it should.

But not for the reasons you’d think. As […]

State of the Art Presence, February 2017 – by Hannah West

Happy New Year!

Well, last month’s record-breaking winter storm Helena sure did put a stick in the spokes of our January reception! We hope you and everyone you love made it through the storm safely, and that you were able to attend our informal reception the following weekend.

Naked Art 2017: No Mats ~ No Frames ~ […]

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Embody the Change – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – February 2017

It’s time for you to “Get Real” about being part of the healing solution in your life. We can all complain about what is wrong and though this awareness is an important part of change, we need to take actions that can move us towards healing. What are you contributing to the […]

By | January 10th, 2017|Featured Stories, Joyfull Living|0 Comments

Jim and Georgene Van Orsow: Setting the Bar for Living a Full Life – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – December 2016/January 2017

For this month’s column, I only needed to cross the street to interview our close neighbors and friends, Jim and Georgene Van Orsow, another senior couple living a rich and varied life here in Jacksonville. Jim was born in Fairbault, Minnesota but moved to Oregon at age 2, so considers […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Sensational Seniors|0 Comments

Peace Within = Peace On Earth – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – December 2016/January 2017

The holidays are always a busy, stressful time, but this year we have the added political discourse between friends and family. This can make it challenging to remember “good will to all.” As we reach the end of the year, we are facing a new world full of uncertainty. The […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Joyfull Living|0 Comments

Wood Stoves: From the Parlour to the Scrap Heap – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – December 2016/January 2017

The “center” of every home is typically the kitchen, in large part because that’s where the hub of activity is. Kitchen items from the depression era and older are the items that collectors are generally most interested in. They evoke a feeling of nostalgia for comfort, warmth and functionality […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Speaking of Antiquing|0 Comments

Keep Gardening All Winter by Growing Plants Indoors – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – December 2016/January 2017

“At Christmas, I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s newfangled mirth; But like each thing that in season grows.”
–  William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labor Lost,” 1598

Oh, Willy, lighten up! Growing flowering plants in winter keeps gardeners gardening and brightens up our […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Literary Gardener|0 Comments

Busy Bees Thriving – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – December 2016/January 2017

In October, two girlfriends swept me away to a swank resort in Arizona for an early milestone (more like mileboulder) birthday celebration. I felt loved and pampered. Miravel offers top-notch service with fine accommodations and accoutrements tending to all of life’s comforts. Evening landscapes are replete with stunning high-desert […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|4 Comments

9 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – December 2016/January 2017

Now that the leaves are falling, you know snow and freezing temperatures will follow.Here are 9 things to get done before winter to prevent costly home repairs.

  1. Prevent plumbing freezes, protect outdoor faucets—A ruptured pipe can ruin your home and everything in it. Rupturing occurs when a pipe […]
By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Let's Talk Real Estate|0 Comments

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, Dec 2016/Jan 2017 – by Dirk Siedlecki

With Appreciation and Gratitude—The Madrone Theatre Company and the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended our October fundraiser, Spoon River Anthology. Your support for our organization, our Pioneer Cemetery and the generous and dedicated cast was sincerely appreciated. The turnout for this unique and special production of Edgar […]

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The Main Street Nugget – by Chelsea Rose

Digging Jacksonville – December 2016/January 2017

“Have you found any gold yet?” That is one of the most common questions archaeologists get, particularly when working in a gold rush era mecca like Jacksonville, Oregon. While I usually say no—and silently contemplate turning it into a teaching moment regarding how the real “gold” is the information we […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Digging Jacksonville, Featured Stories|0 Comments

Paine Page Prim: Lawyer, Judge, Supreme Court Justice – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – December 2016/January 2017

With a Supreme Court position and numerous judgeships around the country sitting vacant waiting for U.S. Senate approval of Presidential appointees, this month’s profile focuses on local lawyer, District Judge, and Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paine Page Prim.

Prim’s beginnings were inauspicious. He was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, on May […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Pioneer Profiles|0 Comments

“Pressure” – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic, December 2016/January 2017

“Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you…” ~Queen/David Bowie

Whew! Well, that’s over. We finally can relax, knowing that the incessant pressure exerted by an endless flow of shrill television commercials, flyers cluttering our mailboxes, competing yard adornments, and snarling voices has come to an end. Few of us […]

Britt Getting Better – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – December 2016/January 2017

This year Britt enjoyed an enthusiastic response to the Crater Lake Project, the Britt Orchestra Season and our Popular Music line-up. Out of 45 concerts performed on Britt’s main stage and in the Performance Garden, overall attendance was over 64,000, with an average attendance of […]

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State of the Art Presence, December 2016/January 2017 – by Hannah West

Small Treasures-—Small Treasures continues through December 24. Give fine art for the holidays! As with previous Small Treasures shows, you can take your purchases with you to wrap and give. Artists continue restocking their offerings throughout the show, so come by the gallery when you’re shopping for gifts and see what’s new! In more exciting […]

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Raku at Kazuko’s – by Robert Johnson

It was a bit of a culture shock, says Kazuko Young, when she and her husband moved from Tokyo to the Applegate Valley a few decades ago. But, she adds, “We love it!” However, they do return to Japan occasionally to visit family.

While attending Women’s Art College in Tokyo, Kazuko studied oil painting. But it […]

By | October 31st, 2016|Art News & Events, Featured Stories|0 Comments

Jerry Evans: Iconic Jacksonville Businessman Does Not Quit – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – November 2016

Jerry Evans and his wife, Linda, have owned the Jacksonville Inn for over 40 years. In that time, Jerry has stayed home a total of 173 days or, to put it another way, he has averaged less than 5 days a year at home during the past 40 years. This must […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Featured Stories, Sensational Seniors|0 Comments

Surrender: The Bridge to Transformation – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – November 2016

In life, the idea of surrender comes up usually when we meet an intolerable level of frustration and reach the end of our rope. It is a word that in our Western minds is often experienced as a failure and giving up on. The dictionaries say: “giving yourself up into the […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Featured Stories, Joyfull Living|0 Comments

Matryoshka Dolls, Russian Nesting Dolls – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – November 2016

As Christmastime draws near, I often reflect on favorite gifts. My daughter (and now granddaughters) always loved the beauty and intrigue of Matryoshka dolls, better known as Russian nesting dolls. They are bright and beautiful, intriguing and surprising. Most of us know about these hand-painted wooden dolls, separated in the […]

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Water Rights in Oregon – by Sandy J. Brown

Water is an important resource anywhere, and the Rogue Valley is no exception. During the heat of the summer, it is relatively easy to see the lush green of those properties with water rights versus the brown fields of those without.

Those properties with water rights have additional value, […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Featured Stories, Sandy J. Brown|0 Comments

Moving Made Easy! – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – November 2016

There’s nothing easy about moving but there are some tips that can make moving easier. I have been a Realtor for 15 years and have watched 1,000+ clients move. I’ve also helped friends and family, and have acquired a lot of ideas that make the process smoother.

Here’s 6 tips […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Featured Stories, Let's Talk Real Estate|0 Comments

Pressed Glass – by Chelsea Rose

Digging Jacksonville – November 2016

During our excavations into the Chinese Quarter, we got a peek into the pantry of a household occupied by Chinese residents in 1888. On the shelves, we found a variety of glass and ceramic tableware that was used to prepare meals, serve food and drinks, and even items brought out for […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Digging Jacksonville, Featured Stories|0 Comments

The Magnificent Twenty-One – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – November 2016

One of our edicts is: “Don’t remake Hollywood’s great classics; remake the movies that had the potential to be great but were screwed up in some way.” Cases in point: remakes of The Karate Kid, King Kong (twice), Psycho, and The Pink Panther each did a disservice to the originals. […]

Russ and Margaret Lyon: Enjoying a Third Career and Aging Well – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – October 2016

Because Jacksonville is replete with “Sensational Seniors,” I only needed to walk to the end of Shafer Lane to interview my good friends and neighbors, Russ and Margaret Lyon, of the well-known Daisy Creek Vineyard, for this column.

Their life story is one of determination and overcoming obstacles, while maintaining a finely-tuned […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Featured Stories, Sensational Seniors, The Wine Scene|1 Comment

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, October 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Well, fall is here and as things start to slow down a bit, we look back at what was a very successful summer, filled with events and activities that were well-attended and very popular. Our new Tuesday Evening Cemetery Strolls proved to be very popular and brought in many new first time visitors to the […]

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Josephine Martin Plymale: Pioneer Feminist and Suffragette – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – October 2016

Where many states seem to be making voting as difficult as possible, Oregon keeps making it easier. Residents who are U.S. citizens can register to vote by mail or online. If they are not registered voters, they are automatically registered when they obtain or renew an Oregon driver’s license. And then […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Featured Stories, Pioneer Profiles|0 Comments

New Radio Show to Feature Jacksonville Archeology and More – by Chelsea Rose

Digging Jacksonville – October 2016

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Archaeology?” (Be honest!) Many of you are thinking Egyptian pyramids; (that’s ok, I get it), some of you might have thought dinosaurs; (stop what you are doing, and google paleontology) and hopefully, some of you thought Jacksonville! One of […]

By | October 5th, 2016|Digging Jacksonville, Featured Stories|0 Comments

Keeping Animals – by Sandy J. Brown

Pet restrictions are generally associated with rentals; however, homeowners also have animal restrictions, depending on the type of animal and where the property is located. If you’re looking to buy a condominium or in a planned subdivision (frequently called planned unit development or PUD), be prepared for rules. Lots of rules, covering everything from how […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Featured Stories, Sandy J. Brown|0 Comments

Ten Reasons Why Real Estate is a Superior Investment – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – October 2016

Do you have enough for retirement? Financial planners usually use the “25 Times Rule” to determine how much a portfolio should be worth for someone to safely retire. If you need $50,000 a year to live on when you retire, then, using the “25 Times Rule” you should have […]

By | October 4th, 2016|Featured Stories, Let's Talk Real Estate|0 Comments

Madcap Elections – Real and Not-So-Real – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – October 2016

Before addressing our tagline, here is the long-awaited announcement concerning a Public Citizen’s Day at the New City Hall. The date for the festivities is set for Friday, October 14th from noon until 1:00pm, complete with refreshments. Your hosts and hostesses will be the Belles and Beaus […]

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State of the Art Presence, October 2016 – by Hannah West

Gallerie Carnevale: A Halloween Show of Spellbinding Art—Art Presence opens the gallery to all Rogue Valley artists once again, with a fantastic exhibition of art submitted in response to our fourth-annual “October Creative Challenge.” This year’s Challenge was to create artwork with a “Gallerie Carnevale” theme, celebrating the spirit of carnival or circus with a […]

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It’s only forever, not long at all… The Anniversary of Labyrinth – by Paula and Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – October 2016

Thirty years ago, three master entertainers joined forces to create the fantasy film Labyrinth: director Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets), producer George Lucas (the man behind Star Wars), and actor/artist/rock god David Bowie.

If your memories of Labyrinth are vague, you’re probably a guy. If, however, your memories are tinged […]

Thank You Britt Society – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – October 2016

I wrote this column several years back and have never repeated a column before now. Read on and you will understand why I am re-publishing this sweet reminder.

I am dedicating this entire column to the Britt Society, the unsung heroes of Britt Music and Arts Festival. Did you know […]

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Home prices increase by over 66% – but will they continue to increase? – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – September 2016

Being so involved in real estate, we look at sales numbers and home values every month, quarter and year. Sometimes the numbers go up and sometimes the numbers go down, but if you look at the numbers over a longer period of time, they tell a clear story. In […]

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A Message from the Universe – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – September 2016

At the beginning of the year, I wrote this would be a year for transformation and change. Like it or not, things are changing all around us. It’s becoming harder and harder to ignore what is not working in our lives and in our world. This continues to be a year […]

By | August 31st, 2016|Featured Stories, Joyfull Living|0 Comments

Losing My Marbles! – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – September 2016

Marble collecting can be fun, interesting and exciting. Generally, you wouldn’t think too much about a bag of random marbles found at a thrift shop or garage sale until you look more closely beyond the common cat’s eyes, the clearies, the swirls, and the shooters, and see […]

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