Stories and Gardening Tips Will Flourish at the Shakespeare Garden Tour – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – September 2017

“Be you in the park about midnight at Herne’s Oak, and you shall see wonders.”
– In William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” 1597

I’ve mentioned before that every year Jerry and I enjoy watching a performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and this month I’m looking forward to […]

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Saturday Mornings at Shooting Star Nursery – September 2017 Class Schedule

All classes begin at 10:00am and are located at the nursery unless indicated otherwise. Space is limited so please be sure to register on our website: www.roguevalleynursery.com/class. A minimum of 8 attendees is needed for a class, otherwise the class may be canceled. Classes happen rain or shine. During classes there […]

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As Summer Season Turns to Fall – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – September 2017

Summer is winding down, but I think we would all agree there’s something special about the back-to-school season that’s filled with the promise of new beginnings. This time of year offers fall colors in bloom, and the bounty of harvesting fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens.

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Top Reasons Home Sales Fall Out of Escrow – by Sandy J. Brown

On Real Estate & More – September 2017

According to Wikipedia, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” is an expression that means you shouldn’t presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. Although the phrase is generally understood to be referencing the stereotypically overweight sopranos of the opera, it […]

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Music Festival a Great Success! – by Pam Sasseen

Focus on Hanley Farm – September 2017

Hanley Farm’s music festival was GREAT! Hundreds of people attended, making the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s 71st anniversary an event to remember. The forecast for the day was 103 degrees, but the weather gods prevailed and it was a cooler 97 degrees, with a slight breeze. Despite the hazy […]

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Home Prices Soar…Will it Last? – by Graham Farran

Let’s Talk Real Estate – September 2017

Home prices soared over the last 5 years with the median price of a single family home in Jackson County increasing from $176,000 at the end of 2012 to $282,500 as of August 2017, yielding an increase of over 60%. The increase in the median price is only part […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, September 2017 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Thanks for an Interesting Tuesday Evening Cemetery Stroll—My appreciation to Docents Pat Stancel and Ellen Martin for putting on a very interesting and informative Tuesday Evening Cemetery Stroll in July, “Cemetery Art—Symbolism and Inscriptions” that was enjoyed by all in attendance.

History Saturday in the Cemetery, Saturday, September 9, 10:00-11:30am—Join us for our final History Saturday […]

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Three “VIP” (Very Important Personal) Native Artifacts From Hanley Farm – by Jeff LaLande

Digging Jacksonville – September 2017

“Be they ever so humble looking,” each of the three Native tools shown here were of crucial importance to their owner’s survival. All three were found at Hanley Farm, as part of the recent archaeological dig for the Farm’s new septic drain field.

For most of us now living here, it is […]

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Colonel John England Ross: Indian Fighter, Part 2 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – September 2017

When we left Colonel John England Ross in our August 2017 Pioneer Profile, he had barely avoided eating crow…literally. After finding gold near Sawyer’s Bar on the Klamath River in California in 1850, he had been wounded in a skirmish with Indians and had his horses stolen. By the time prospectors […]

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

Harvest-—Harvest, a one-month Art Presence member show, opens on Friday, September 1. Don’t miss our special display of abstract watercolor, acrylic and collage paintings by Dolores Ribal on the gallery’s back wall. The reception is Saturday, September 2, from 1:00-3:00pm, featuring author readings by Jacksonville wordsmiths Ginna and David Gordon. Ginna’s new novel, “Deke Interrupted,” […]

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Once more, with extreme feeling – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – September 2017

You don’t know what you missed. And that makes us very sad.

We’re serious. Every August, the residents of Southern Oregon are offered a tremendous opportunity. Yet many residents let that opportunity slip away with little thought of its value. And, now that September has arrived, it’s gone. Again.

Yes, we’re talking […]

Lights Out: History Made – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – September 2017

I had not planned on writing about a power outage for the September column. Mother Nature had different plans. When you think about it, we were due. Britt concerts have lucked out for 55 years. With that statistic, we had already beaten the law of averages. We should be […]

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Clear the Decks – by Kate Ingram M.A.

Soul Matters – August 2017

One of my favorite quotes, torn and taped to my desk, is this one, attributed to Joseph Campbell: “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Letting go of what we want or love or […]

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Snow in August – by Clayton Gillette

Trail Talk – August 2017

Another 100 degree day in the Bear Creek Valley, another early morning trail run kept short by daunting afternoon temperatures, and my mind’s fantasy went to snowy trails in August. Who could blame me?

Oregon, unlike our neighbor to the south, does not have a lot of trails that boast elevations in […]

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Practicing Quiet Time for Health & Happiness – by Louise Lavergne

Joyfull Living – August 2017

It’s summer. Guests are coming. Trips are being planned. August brings a haste to get it all done before it’s too late. The first thing we compromise is our self-care routines because we are too busy. We often come to the end of summer with high levels of stress, which can […]

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Chalk Painted Antiquing – by Margaret Barnes

Speaking of Antiquing – August 2017

Lately, I have been spending many hours sanding old furniture. My purpose is not to refinish antique furniture to its former glory, but to add a couple of coats of chalk paint, and sand some more. And then add a soft finish wax and rub and buff until my elbow […]

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Got Milkweed? How to Help Monarch Butterflies – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – August 2017

Monarch butterflies have been on earth for roughly 175 million years, but it’s only since the 1990’s that their numbers have declined by 80%. In 25 short years, 560 of the 700 million Monarch butterflies in North America have disappeared.

Being in the presence of a Monarch has brought me great […]

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‘Hosta’ La Vista, August Heat! – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – August 2017

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting, 1975

I love this image of August, the month when summer’s heat […]

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Landscaping for the Long Term – by Adam Haynes

Love Your Landscape – August 2017

When it comes to your landscaping, long-term planning offers many rewards. Resale value, maintenance considerations and future landscape plans are a few reasons to plan ahead…now!

When planning the initial infrastructure for your landscape, start with the end in mind. […]

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Marketing Your Home in Today’s World – by Sandy J. Brown

On Real Estate & More – August 2017

The world we live in today is a digital one and searching for a home is no exception. Buyers now have apps that let them search by location and neighborhood. Online listings have virtual tours so viewers can look at potential homes while narrowing down their search in […]

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Thanks for the 4th! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2017

July 4th has come and gone… now for the “lazy hazy days of summer.” If you missed it, we had one “swellegant” party here in town on the Courthouse lawn with 350 to 400 people this year. That’s not counting the many volunteers as well as the […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, August 2017 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Damaged Cemetery Headstone—Sadly, in June, we discovered the headstone of William Thompson who died in 1856, broken into several pieces and flat on the ground. At this time we believe this was most likely the result of an accident, and not a deliberate act of vandalism, the fact remains that a beautiful piece of our […]

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The Bones of Britt Hill – by Jacie Shepherd

Digging Jacksonville – August 2017

As part of Jacksonville’s 2010 Sesquicentennial celebration, the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) conducted a large-scale archaeological excavation at the former homestead of Peter Britt, which is now the Peter Britt Gardens and Britt Festival grounds. Due to the volume of archaeological material recovered from the project, paired with […]

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Colonel John England Ross: Indian Fighter, Part 1 – by Carolyn Kingsnorth

Pioneer Profiles – August 2017

Ross Lane, which meanders through the Valley floor just north of Jacksonville, demarcates some of the former land holdings of Colonel John England Ross.

Ross, who gained his title and his reputation as an Indian fighter during Oregon’s various Indian wars, is an enigmatic character. His first marriage was to a half-breed […]

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Bo Atkinson Remains a Classic Warrior – by Mike McClain

Sensational Seniors – August 2017

Robert Atkinson, known in Jacksonville as “Bo,” first moved here in 2000 with his effervescent wife, Iris, and the two immediately became a popular and well-known couple around town. Bo’s quiet and unassuming manner belies the fact that he had a distinguished career in the army as a helicopter pilot and […]

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The Classical Side of the Hill – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – August 2017

By the time you read this, the migration will have begun.

Dozens of classically trained, world-class musicians will be returning to the stage on Britt Hill, where Conductor Teddy Abrams will greet them, ready to chase the summer doldrums from all of our brains.

To some, the summer seems a sleepy time. […]

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Let the Music Begin – by Donna Briggs

News From Britt Hill – August 2017

By the time you read this News from the Hill, the Britt Orchestra will have arrived here in beautiful southern Oregon. Thanks to over 90 host families, our orchestra members are already settled into their temporary homes for the Season. Teddy Abrams, Britt’s Music Director, and Mark Knippel, Director […]

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

Dropping in to the cool, comfortable gallery at Art Presence Art Center will provide you with the gift of new artistic dimensions, stress reduction, and possibly a treasure to add to your collection! Stop by to view the art currently on exhibit any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm.

Artists Workshop Annual Show & Sale—The Southern […]

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An Eye to Crater Lake – by Kate Williams

Are you thinking of taking a trip up to Crater Lake National Park this summer? Are you wanting to escape the heat of the Rogue Valley to bask in some cool mountain air? As you probably already know, Crater Lake National Park is an 80-mile drive from Jacksonville—about an hour-and-a-half to two-hour drive, depending on […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Analyzing Musket Balls – by Tatiana Watkins

Digging Jacksonville – July 2017

The Rogue River War of 1855-56 marks a pivotal point in the settlement of Oregon. The conflict centered on the years of hostile and violent encounters between the Native Americans and settlers during the Gold Rush in Southern Oregon. The War was fought across southwestern Oregon and concluded with the removal […]

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Appreciation and Thank You to All Our Volunteers – by Dirk Siedlecki

News from Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery – July 2017

Educational Programs-—May was a very busy month and thanks to our volunteers, a very successful one! I would like thank Pam Smith who was my fellow docent for our first Tuesday Evening Stroll of the year on May 9, touring the Red Men sections of the […]

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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 […]

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A Superhero(ine) for Our Times – by Paula & Terry Erdmann

The Unfettered Critic – July 2017

Comic books once were considered kid stuff. No one over sixteen admitted to reading them, let alone dared to dream of watching his or her favorite superheroes on the big screen. A theatrical serial starring Kirk Alyn as Superman arrived in the 1940s, but it was sequestered in kids’ matinees. […]

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

Special Update from Our Founder, Anne Brooke

The creation of new objects, either real or abstract, the changing of matter such as clay, fabric or glass into something different, the association of images that reminds us of another place or time…these are talents that provide artists with a special connection to other human beings, a way […]

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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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Trails Abound in our Valley – by Clayton Gillette

Trail Talk – June 2017

It’s time to reflect on our local trails as we head into our summer months. As residents of the Rogue Valley, we can pretty much head any direction, and in less time than it takes to shop for groceries, we find our feet pointed ahead on a path meandering over hill […]

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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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