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Brought to you by Holly Witte, Wine Connoisseur


Holly WitteThe grapes on the vines look beautiful, plump and taste sweet. We love them…but so do the birds! Neighbors are preparing for the annual annoyance of propane cannons going off randomly.

What is going on? We are trying to save as much of the grape harvest for the wine and keep the starlings and migrating robins from feasting. In the last few years, a new approach has emerged: falconry. Those big, heavy and majestic birds that perch on the leather cuffed hand of their handlers are allowed into the vineyard to scare the heck out of the starlings and any other creature they can root out. The goal is to scare the scavengers, not kill them. Falcons can cover 500 acres.

It isn’t a perfect system. Rick Willis of Birdguard, a Sisters, OR company says, “With a falcon, if it’s at the North end, the starlings are at the South end.” The robins feed under the vines and aren’t bothered by the falcons. The falcon doesn’t see them and they don’t see the falcon and are not scared away. Birdguard uses electronic distressed bird calls. Cooper’s Hawks and Red Tail Hawks shrieking into the air are pretty terrifying, at least to human ears.

It’s not possible to completely eliminate the problem. Here’s what we did when there was too much loss: Jim decided there wasn’t enough for individual wines so he made a blend we called Mingle. That was 2008. It has been our most popular summer white ever since!

A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery

5195 SW Hergert Road

Cornelius, OR 97113

503-992-1196

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Brought to you by Nate Boyd, Fitness Expert


Nate BoydIf you didn’t read the June column about why you should go to The Gym in the summer (tsk, tsk!) this column is especially for you! You didn’t stay in shape, you drank too many summer beverages or you have been planted in front of the tube watching the Olympics and all those food commercials and eating, eating, eating! Now is the time to get back into shape for Fall.

If you can, schedule time with your trainer at the gym. Since your body isn’t used to strain right now, a trainer will make sure you don’t overstrain, your first time back, and since you are out of practice, can set a workout schedule that works for you.

Start with something easy, doing about ½ of what you were doing before you stopped. You are going to be sorry if you pedal for an hour on the exercise bike the first time you hop on. Those sore muscles are not going to inspire you to continue and it is hard to walk into The Gym if you can’t walk!

Do your cardio first. You will warm up those sluggish muscles and increasing your cardio fitness will make future workouts more productive.

Try something new and different this time. Being bored with a workout makes it more difficult to keep it up. Try racquetball or an elliptical machine. Take a new class. Your trainer can help you with suggestions for fun workouts.

Make sure your diet supports your fitness goals. This is a great time of year for fresh fruits and veggies. Salads, grilled vegetables, smoothies at the smoothie bar, yes! Pizza and chips in front of the television, no!

Don’t beat yourself up about your break, just set some realistic goals and get started.

THE GYM

1901 MOUNTAIN VIEW LANE

FOREST GROVE, OREGON 97116

503.359.9213

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Brought to you by Chris & Victoria Garfield, Real Estate Experts


Chris & Victoria GarfieldHere are some facts about the housing market in Forest Grove and the surrounding area.

Forest Grove Home prices have increased over 13%in the past year and Zillow predicts that they will rise another 5 ½ % in the next year. That is, on average, a $27,000 price per home increase! The cost per foot has risen from $156 to $184.

According to Redfin, a web based real estate company based in Seattle, Denver, Seattle and Portland lead the national market in housing prices, and our area is seeing that influence. The median price (that is the middle of the range, not the average price) of a home in Forest Grove is 350,000! In Banks it is $400,000 and in Gaston, the median price of a home is a whopping $622,000! It is important to remember that in Gaston and Banks, many homes are on acreage. Combine this with low interest rates and it is no surprise then, that the market is considered “very healthy”.

Chris Garfield, of John L. Scott Market Center says “On average, a home is on the market for 17 days. And in some cases, owners are getting offers for more than the asking price.”

In this market you need an experienced, knowledgeable professional who can help you navigate the ins and outs of a volatile market. John L. Scott is the Northwest's premiere office and home to many of the company’s most successful and productive agents. “Our entire team of brokers and staff is committed to providing excellent, professional service; they pride themselves on the highest level of service in the industry. The Market Center in Forest Grove has the best local agents, who live here and are committed to the community,” says Chris.

John L. Scott Market Center

1936 Pacific Ave.

Forest Grove, OR 97116

503-359-9100

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Brought to you by Scott Hein, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapy Expert


Dr. Scott Hein, PT, DPT, OCS Maria Sanchez, Doctor of Physical Therapy, is involved with full-time patient care. She is continuously training in her field and has completed multiple manual therapy courses. Maria is passionate about one-on-one, specialized care for each patient. Maria graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University and received her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Creighton University. Maria worked as a physical therapist in acute care at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland before deciding to pursue a career in outpatient orthopedics. She has a special interest in geriatrics and aquatic therapy. Maria is also bilingual, speaking Spanish fluently. Maria enjoys running, hiking, yoga, traveling, and photography.

Haily Reckmann is our Front Office Coordinator. She is an insurance expert and can assist patients with their concerns regarding their insurance. She does this in a kind manner and is always ready and willing to help anyone in need. We also provide a patient portal so that you can manage your care online. You can communicate securely with your clinician via email to get medical questions answered in the comfort of your own home. You will be able to manage your appointments by scheduling the next one or view details of your past appointments. New patients can begin the initial paperwork process before arriving at our office. View statements and pay bills securely or Go Green – opt in for paperless statements. Research conditions and learn about current health topics that interest you.

Dr. Scott Hein and the staff are focused on you - from initial diagnosis to eventual recovery, and with each exercise, insurance billing help and word of encouragement in between, our aim is on healing and bringing you back to your best physical health.

THERAPEUTIC ASSOCIATES FOREST GROVE PHYSICAL THERAPY

2005 ELM ST. #200

FOREST GROVE, OR 97116

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Brought to you by Kevin Kuntz, Heating and Cooling Expert


Kevin KuntzThe US Federal emergency Management Agency suggests checking your furnace before cold weather arrives. Nothing like switching the furnace on that first cold October day and having a temperature emergency. You can be sure that everyone else who neglected to get their furnace serviced is having that same emergency and your heating man is booked until November.

Your best bet is to call your heating professional, Kevin Kuntz from Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning, and have them come out and inspect your furnace now. They will clean the furnace, change the filter, check for leaks and unhealthy gases, and ensure that everything is operational.

But you can do the following things yourself to be sure all is well before the cool weather arrives.

Check and change your filter.

Switch your thermostat from cool to heat. Sounds obvious, but you will feel dumb if you call and haven’t done this.

Make sure your vents are open and unblocked. While you are at it, get out the vacuum and clean those vents and ducts, too.

Check that your thermostat is working correctly and if you don’t have one, get a setback thermostat that can be programmed to adjust the temperature when you are gone or at night. It saves money and is so convenient to have the heat come on before your alarm goes off in the morning.

Make sure the area around your furnace is clear of dust and debris.

Go outside and inspect your exhaust flue to make sure it isn’t blocked by branches or animal nests.

Remember that it is better to be prepared early when it comes to heating your home. Call your heating professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning soon.

HYBRID HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

230 W. BASELINE STREET

CORNELIUS, OREGON 97113

503.357.5663

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Brought to you by Scott Palmer Theatre Expert


Scott PalmerThe Graduate is performed at the Venetian Theatre from September 8 - October 2, 2016.

Bag&Baggage has an artistic mission to crack open and explore the classics of American and English literature in new and innovative ways. We produce live theatre that is based on novels or plays that our audiences are familiar with, but we do so in provocative and creative ways. Our September 2016 show is a perfect example of that mission.

 The Graduate is one of the most popular, and influential, films in all of American cinematic history. Launching the careers of both Mike Nichols and Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate seemed to encapsulate the feelings and concerns of an entire generation. The story of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate without a sense of direction, and his illicit affair with Mrs. Robinson was both a huge hit and generated enormous controversy. What most people don’t know is that this iconic film was based on a novel by Charles Webb which was itself an important work of American literature.

 Bag&Baggage is thrilled to present the Oregon premiere of the 2002 Broadway play based on both the novel and the film to our audiences here in Hillsboro. Starring Kymberli Colbourne (who recently graced the Venetian stage in another iconic role from literature, Captain Ahab) as Mrs. Robinson and Eric St. Cyr as Benjamin, our production of The Graduate will focus more on the influences of the novel than the film, helping to explore the intimate relationships between Benjamin and his parents, and digging deeper into the very beginnings of America’s counter-culture and the sexual revolutions of the 1960s.

Bag&Baggage is committed to exploring important works of literature in new ways for our audiences; shedding new light on old stories, finding compelling new visions of iconic tales, and giving our patrons exciting and entertaining theatre. The Graduate promises to be another excellent addition to our history of work. More information can be found online at HYPERLINK "http://www.bagnbaggage.org"www.bagnbaggage.org.

BAG&BAGGAGE

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HILLSBORO, OREGON

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Brought to you by Janet Peters Allstate, Insurance Expert


Janet PetersEvery student should have a policy to protect their belongings. Living on campus, a student’s stuff is covered under their parent’s homeowners’ policy, but if the student is living off campus they need renter’s insurance. The benefits of a renter’s policy are:

Coverage in case of theft, vandalism, fire and smoke damage.

Reduces the need for a claim against the parental homeowners’ policy.

The average cost per month is about the same has having a pizza delivered.

On average, belongings are worth about $30,000. Allstate offers an interactive site to determine the value of your personal property called What’s your stuff worth?

Liability and guest injury protection.

A discount on car insurance if the student has a car.

If you are living in a dorm you need to protect your things.

Living in a dorm? Protect your stuff.

Personalize your items – engrave them or use a sharpie.

Create an inventory – take pictures of your valuables and their serial numbers so they can be identified later.

Lock your room door when you leave. This is the single most important way to protect your things. An open door with a laptop sitting out on a desk is an open invitation.

Get to know other students on the floor and in the dorm. Recognize and report strangers.

Don’t let strangers in the building. Don’t prop security or outer doors open.

Don’t leave expensive items out in the open. Leaving your personal property unattended in study areas, cafeterias, libraries or visible in your car.

Monitor your keys. Avoid loaning, neighbors, classmates or the pizza guy your keys.

Make your college years memorable and safe by protecting your things from loss with a renter’s policy. Contact Janet Peters Allstate for a quote today.

JANET PETERS ALLSTATE INSURANCE

1951 OAK STREET, SUITE B

FOREST GROVE, OREGON

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Brought to you by Nell Rafalovich, PA-C, Maple Street Clinic


Nell Rafalovich, PA-CFall Sports Season is Fast-Approaching 

Fall is just around the corner. For many, this is the start of a new school year and the beginning of new sports activities.  Approximately 30 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child under age 18 years-old receive an Annual Well-Child Check. If they are participating in a sport or athletic activity, the standard of care requires they also have a Sports Pre-participation Physical Exam, which can be completed in conjunction with the Well-Child Check. 

This exam typically covers vital signs, medical and injury history, medications, previous surgeries, and a full physical exam with extra attention to the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, urinalysis, hemoglobin, vision check, and immunizations. Other needs or concerns are addressed at these appointments as well.  

After the physical exam is performed, the athlete will either be given full clearance for participation, clearance to participate with limitations, or excluded from participation pending further evaluation. Additional sports participation recommendations for specific medical conditions are available through the American Academy of Pediatrics website. 

Stop in or call to schedule your child's Sports Physical at Maple Street Clinic today! We are committed to helping your athlete stay safe while enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle for years to come! 

MAPLE STREET CLINIC

1825 MAPLE STREET

FOREST GROVE, OREGON 97116

503.357.2136

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Brought to you by Chris & Victoria Garfield, Real Estate Experts


Chris & Victoria GarfieldYou have decided to sell your home. How do many improvements should you make to increase the selling price? Will you recover your investment in a new kitchen or bathroom? What can I do to make my home more valuable to a buyer?

Get the advice of a professional, like Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center in Forest Grove, before spending a lot of money. “Most of our clients are surprised with our advice not to spend as much money as they thought.”

Buyers are looking for home that they will stay in for a while so they are willing to make some improvements themselves in a house that fits in other ways, like location and size. Chris says. “Always, always, always declutter, paint and update your flooring. A clean and well maintained home makes the space feel brand new.”

”If a buyer can’t mentally move their things in, they aren’t as willing to spend on updates.” Victoria says, “Open, clean walls and floors allow the buyer to place the sofa here, the Christmas tree there. Cosmetic changes will always give you a return on your investment.” And while you may hate those empty off white walls, you won’t be living with them. That teal wall you love because it matches Aunt Ethel’s painting may not appeal to anyone else, ever. If a beige wall increases the price by $10,000, paint it.

For more helpful advice or to list your home call Victoria and Chris today. They will help you get your home market ready.

John L. Scott Market Center

1936 Pacific Ave.

Forest Grove, OR 97116

503-359-9100

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Brought to you by Holly Witte, Wine Connoisseur


Holly WitteCork is an experience in it­self. The feeling of the cork­screw burrowing into the soft cork, the lift from the bottle, the satisfying pop as it leaves the bottle and releases the first tantalizing aromas. Screw-caps just twist, turn and lift, maybe with a little squeak.

So why use them at all? The reason most people of­fer is that it eliminates the possibility of corked wine, something that happens in about 2-5% of all corks (Not very much…) from a chemi­cal compound called TCA. Back in the day, corks were cleaned in chlorine, the TCA causing culprit. Since the banning of chlorine and the cork industry’s commitment to accelerated scientific pro­cess , the incidence of TCA has dropped dramatically.

Proponents tell you screw-caps keep oxygen from the wine, preserving it as it was bottled. While this may be true, as Phil Durrett, Sales Director at ACIC Cork and Closures and an expert in the cork industry says, “that means the wine develops no interest, no softening of the tannins, no depth.”

Cork is better for the en­vironment; made from tree bark, the tree lasts for 250 years and is replaced by two when finally removed. Tin screw-caps are made from Bauxite, which is strip mined in some of the most environ­mentally sensitive areas of the world.

Fine wines are still under cork. Go to your local wine purveyor and observe what’s on the shelf. Then have a lovely glass of Oregon wine.

A BLOOMING HILL VINEYARD & WINERY

5195 SW HERGERT ROAD

CORNELIUS, OR 97113

503.992.1196

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Brought to you by Kevin Kuntz, Heating and Cooling Expert


Kevin KuntzWe’re officially into the summer months! That means that residents of the Pacific Northwest will be seeing some hot days in the next several weeks. If your air conditioning isn’t keeping you cool enough, there may be something going wrong with it. Here are some potential reasons.

#1: The outdoor unit is dirty. Outdoor HVAC systems need to be cleaned regularly. If not, debris and dirt will collect on the surface as well as the internal components and this could cause issues with efficiency.

#2: You need a new air filter. Did you know that you need to change the air filter in your HVAC system every one or two months? If you aren’t, the filter will have buildup of dirt, dander, and debris and this means the airflow could be slowed down and dirty air filters cause debris and dirt to enter your home.

#3: Your unit is the wrong size. Your HVAC unit will only be efficient if it’s the right size for your home. If you have a small unit, you can’t expect it to cool the entire house. We’ll be happy to take a look at your current system to see if it is the right size to keep you cool and comfortable everywhere.

With summer in full swing, it’s time to get your air conditioner replaced so you can stay comfortable for the remainder of the summer months. Call us today to have our team of experts look at your HVAC system and see what’s going on with it. If you need repairs, we can do that for you at a fair price. If you need a completely new system, we can provide you some options that won’t stretch your pocketbook too much.

HYBRID HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

230 W. BASELINE STREET

CORNELIUS, OREGON 97113

503.357.5663

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Brought to you by Nate Boyd, Fitness Expert


Nate BoydIt is essential that you stay hydrated if you want to build muscle and experience optimal performance in the gym.

You need to drink water before, during and immediately after exercise. If you don't replenish your fluid loss during exercise, you will tire and possibly cramp. Here are three ways to stay hydrated:

Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising

Staying hydrated while exercising is important because of the added sweat loss (compared to activities like working at a desk or watching TV). Lean muscle contains more than 75 percent water, so when the body is short on water, muscles are more easily fatigued. Drinking water while working out can also help fight fatigue and prolong endurance. When your muscles feel too tired to finish a workout, try drinking some water and resting for a bit before getting back at it.

Keep your water near you. If you need to stop and head to the drinking fountain, it will slow your workout and interrupt your tempo.

For most people, water is all that is needed to stay hydrated. But, if you will be exercising at a high intensity for longer than an hour, a sports drink may be helpful. The calories, potassium, and other nutrients in sports drinks can provide energy and electrolytes to help you perform for a longer period of time. Choose a sports drink wisely. They are often high in calories from sugar and may contain high levels of sodium. If you use a sports drink that contains caffeine, be careful not to get too much caffeine in your diet.

Being properly hydrated can mean the difference between a great gym session and a mediocre one. "And as always, stay strong my friends.”

THE GYM

1901 MOUNTAIN VIEW LANE

FOREST GROVE, OREGON 97116

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NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Bill Ballard (right) and his wife Jeanne Pfluke talk about their support for the Returning Veterans Project at their Forest Grove business, Iron Horse Garage, in 2014. Ballard died Aug. 4 in a motorcycle accident in Washington state.
Aug 10, 2016

Farewell 'party' for Forest Grove garage owner 'Wild Bill' Ballard set Aug. 27

by Nancy Townsley
In the 25 years he knew his stepdad, Josh Schertenleib learned one overarching lesson: it’s important to care for your fellow human…
Michelle Honeman recognizes the inherent conflict between cakes and healthy eating. 'I don't really even like cake,' she said. 'I just love creating art out of sugar.'
Aug 10, 2016

Cake artist to morph from 'sugar momma' to 'sugar-free momma'

by Stephanie Haugen
Michelle Honeman plans to close brick-and-mortar shop in Forest Grove After two rewarding but difficult years, Sugar Mommas Bakery…
Aug 10, 2016

Seniors can join 'Village Without Walls' Oct. 1

by Ryan Lackey
Intentional living communities and micro-villages might sound like the latest hipster trend, but starting Oct. 1, seniors in Forest…
Aug 10, 2016

Adelante Mujeres expands staff, early education program

by Stephanie Haugen
A $396K grant helps nonprofit open classrooms in the Hillsboro School District Forest Grove nonprofit Adelante Mujeres is expanding…
Aug 10, 2016

Washington County Museum loses grant from Arts Commission for not focusing on arts enough

by Geoff Pursinger
The Washington County Museum won’t be receiving a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission that it received last year, after the…
Aug 10, 2016

Forest Grove police log

by Pamplin Media Group
July 31 - Police looked for a woman who reportedly was acting erratically on a bus. - Dispatch advised a female who was screaming on…
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Aug 10, 2016

Pacific professor to study tobacco addiction with $375K grant

by Stephanie Haugen
Pacific University School of Pharmacy associate professor John Harrelson has received a three-year grant of $375,127 from the National…
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: RYAN LACKEY - (Left to right) Rob Foster, Forest Groves public works director; Ron Thompson, city councilor; Bob Crosby, GroveLine driver; Debra Bratland, Ride Connection Director; Elaine Wells, Ride Connection Executive Director; and Mayor Pete Truax celebrate the opening of five new GroveLink bus shelters, which were funded by $71,000 from the citys transportation development tax.
Aug 10, 2016

GroveLink adds stops, shelters

by Ryan Lackey
The first GroveLink bus shelters opened Friday, Aug. 5, including two at University Avenue and Main Street, one at Forest Grove High…
Aug 10, 2016

County finds home for urgent-care mental health center

by Pamplin Media Group
Washington County’s planned urgent care center for mental health finally has a home. Last month, county commissioners approved a…
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: RYAN LACKEY - The mural portrays the church story from 1910 to the present and includes notable figures such as 7-year-old Virginia Garcia, as well as former pastors and parishioners and bishops and field workers.
Aug 10, 2016

Colorful history

by Ryan Lackey
A mural on the new St. Alexander Catholic Church building will display church and community figures It's designed by a non-churchgoing…