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Brought to you by Todd Barth, Senior Care Expert

Todd BarthJavier Vasquez - Home Instead Senior Care

Tomme Maier - American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids

Fun family get-togethers, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, vacations and other festivities make summer one of the most enjoyable times of the year. But when you plan your summer activities keep this advice in mind.

Our aging population is more active today. Experts tell us that as we age our bodies can’t handle the heat like they did when we were younger. A senior body often doesn’t detect the heat and will not begin sweating until their body temperature has skyrocketed and our body’s cooling devices don’t operate as efficiently as we age.

And that’s what makes heat so dangerous for older adults. More people in the United States die from extreme heat every year than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined and nearly half of all heat fatalities were individuals past the age of 70, according to the National Weather Service.

By taking some common-sense approaches to staying cool and hydrated, seniors can spend quality time with family and friends outdoors.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day.

Stay indoors as much as possible. Try to go to a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours or designated cooling shelters. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Eat small meals and eat more often.

Todd Barth says “Home Instead Senior Care is about keeping our seniors safe. Educating our seniors on how to stay cool during the hottest months of the year is important to us. If you want to know the top 10 ways to keep seniors cool, call Home Instead.”


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Brought to you by Dr. Wendy Abraham, Naturopathic Physician, Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Wendy Abraham, Naturopathic Physician, Sherwood Aesthetic MedicineDr. Wendy Abraham, owner of Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine addresses a few of the misconceptions surrounding this popular procedure.

Myth #1: It’s expensive. “People are pleasantly surprised that it’s not as expensive as they think,” Dr. Abraham commented. To treat what many refer to as crow’s feet (smile lines) is less than $200 at her office and “opens the eye area while allowing patients to retain normal expressions and range of movement.” At her year-round price of $9 per unit, patients can plan ahead.

Myth #2: You’ll look frozen or surprised. “Results with Botox® are injector dependent,” says Dr. Abraham, meaning that poor results or a frozen appearance can usually be avoided by choosing an experienced physician. “As an injector, I liken the way I use Botox® to the way I season a dish when cooking — I season to taste so I don’t overdo it. When I apply that mentality to administering Botox® I think of it as Botox® to taste. That way, we use the least amount of product possible with results that look natural.”

These are just a couple of the myths about Botox®. At her next free event, to be held on Tuesday, August 9 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Abraham will discuss all of them. In addition to enjoying a beverage and light snack, attendees will receive a special offer at this fun and informal Q & A session. Please RSVP to (503) 610-1194.


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Brought to you by Branden Thompson, Chehalem Glenn Golf Course

Branden Thompson, Chehalem Glenn Golf CourseEvery time I watch the British Open, I am amazed at how crisply the best in the world strike the golf ball off very tight turf. On links courses, the grass is very fine and the ball sits on sandy soil under the grass. The ball doesn’t sit up as it does on our lush turf, which requires a downward strike with the club head. When executed properly, players exercise total control over the golf ball. When it’s not, the results are ugly.

To create this strike, you must understand how the club head moves through the impact zone. As the club head comes toward the ball, it moves down, bottoms out somewhere close to impact, and then moves up and away from the ground. To strike the ball solidly, especially on tight lies, the low point must be one to two inches on the target side of the ball. Most amateurs aim for a low point even with—or worse, behind—the ball.

To achieve a proper low point, change your focus during your swing. Instead of looking at the ball, look at a spot one or two inches in front of the ball. Swing through to that point and let the ball get in the way. At address, move the ball back one inch to help set up the downward strike. These two adjustments will get your hands to lead the club head through impact. That is the key to hitting solid iron shots, especially off tight or bare lies.




Brought to you by Karren Schneider, French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm

Karren Schneider, French Prairie Gardens & Family FarmNo visit to the farm is complete without a stop in the bakery. Karren Pohlschneider and her daughters Katey and Stacy turn out a variety of fresh-baked goods every day, using farm produce and family recipes.

Through the summer and clear through September, the bakery will have an abundance of berries, zucchini and stone fruit with which to make their pies, muffins, scones and breads. One of their most popular seasonal offerings is the blackberry-peach pie. The crust is made from scratch, from a recipe that has been in the Pohlschneider family for fifty or sixty years. “We use local butter and local eggs,” said Karren. “Absolutely everything is local, if not right from the farm.”

Other seasonal goods include their zucchini bread with blackberries and blueberries; triple-berry pies with either a regular crust top, or crumb topping; peach, blueberry and blackberry scones; and five different kinds of cookies. Because it wouldn’t be fair if anyone had to skip dessert, they also offer gluten-free and sugar-free options on request.

You can order a bakery basket from the farm, which will provide you with a weekly basket of breads, scones, cookies and pies for eighteen weeks. A typical basket might include a pie, a zucchini bread and two coffee cakes, and it can be delivered or picked up weekly. CSA customers can also add a bakery item to their harvest box, or even add a large pie every week.

Of course, one of the best ways to sample everything the bakery has to offer is to stop in yourself. But for more information, inquiries or wholesale orders, call Karren at (503) 633-8445.




Brought to you by Diane Edwards, Edwards & Associates Financial Services, Inc.

Diane Edwards, Edwards & Associates Financial Services, Inc.Money Chat

As Baby Boomers, we continue to live up to our reputation of being the “generation of change.” From the creation of the suburbs, the rebirth of the feminist movement, Rock ‘n Roll, civil rights movements, political revolts, social and economic protests, to lavishing ourselves and our children to an extent not experienced in the prior generation - we have done it all! So it makes perfect sense that our ideas, values and goals for retirement would be unique from those generations who have gone before us.

For some of our parents, retirement was synonymous with aging and decline, but the Baby Boomers are having none of it! For those who have taken the time to plan, they are discovering that retirement affords an opportunity to enjoy new adventures and to rebrand themselves into whatever they want to be and to do. We do not see ourselves sitting on the proverbial porch, in our rocking chairs, reminiscing about the glory days of yester year. No, we have a new purpose and are determined to spend our next 20-25-30 years enjoying this new chapter. We have embraced change all through our life and we are recreating the “face of retirement” like every other life stage we have pushed through thus far.

So what steps can Baby Boomers take to prepare them for this next encore in their lives?  In this month’s Money Chat blog I discuss 6 specific areas. To read more go to – Money Chat.



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Brought to you by Rodney Robbins, First Step Treatment Center

Rodney Robbins, First Step Treatment CenterOne way to look at substance abuse is to look at the process as starting a relationship. At the start, casual encounters with someone new leave you with pleasant emotions and a desire for connectedness. An emotional bond forms between the user and the drug.

As the individual begins to develop a dependent relationship on the drug, the individual develops “addiction goggles”, a term which I’ve adapted from the “beer goggles” expression. The individual begins to see the consequences of the drug in their life through these goggles. Just like with any important relationship, the individual protects the drug from criticism.

The individual excuses negative consequences as being caused by some other person, event or circumstance. For example: “That DUI was not because I drank too much, It was because the police were out to get me!” In my clinical process, clients have told me that the problem with their use was that others had a problem with it.

As long as the individual wears the goggles, they will always seek the good times, and ignore the bad ones. The excuses and rationalizations will frustrate those around the individual, which will reinforce how the individual sees the drug. This will lead the individual to avoid those who do not share his or her same viewpoint.

The key to achieving recovery lies, in part, in removing the goggles and seeing this relationship with the drug for what it really is: An all-consuming pattern of destruction that seeks to ultimately terminate the individual either intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, or physically.

This article has been adapted from a longer blog post. To read the full version, please visit first




Brought to you by Linda Jones, Premier Community Bank

Linda Jones, Premier Community Bank, VP Operations and Human ResourcesDid you know that if you head out of the area on vacation and use your debit card at a restaurant, store or gas station, the transaction could be blocked? That’s because the card companies’ fraud protection networks use behavioral algorithms to detect “unusual activities” (such as traveling out of your typical area) then flag the card to protect you. A call is then is placed to you to verify whether you are indeed using your card; if you’ve only given the bank your home or work number, or you don’t answer the call to your cell phone, all future transactions may be blocked as well. Here are a few tips to make traveling easier in the future:

• Provide your cell number to your branch office so it’s associated with your debit card

• Research & enter the phone numbers below into your contacts so you know it’s your debit or credit card Fraud Office trying to reach you to verify transactions. For Premier Community Bank the call can come from either of these two numbers: 1-800-279-2674 or 1-800-262-2024.

• If you plan to travel out of the country, provide your branch office your travel dates and itinerary so that transactions you make while in those specific foreign countries won’t be blocked.

• If possible when traveling out of your area, stop at an ATM to withdraw cash. Using your card and PIN number together generally indicates that it is really you using your card.

• Inspect the card reader slot by pulling on it to see if a skimming device has been attached.

• Place your hand to cover the PIN pad so that your PIN can’t be seen by another individual or a hidden camera.


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Brought to you by Tim McDaniel, Shoe Mates Footwear and Repair

Tim McDaniel, Shoe Mates Footwear and RepairFrom August 9-21, Shoe Mates Footwear and Repair is excited to offer our customers the hottest footwear brands at the coolest prices. How can we say that, you ask? We can if it’s a true fact...and it is!

Shoe Mates Footwear and Repair is currently offering our high-quality shoes at prices that will save you some money if you are in the market for excellent footwear that can truly last decades. We have a reputation for friendly and competent service and we’ve carefully built our store brand with many hard-to-find and orthopedic shoemakers that are simply good value for your foot health. And that’s a promise to you.

Our stock now includes Birkenstock sandals, Red Wing work boots, Sanita clogs, Haflinger slippers and Born men’s dress shoes; Ahnu hiking, sport, walking shoes and boots; brands like Clarks, Taos, LEMS, Naot, Sofft, Comfortiva, SAS, and also foot care products: Superfeet insoles and Goodhew/Sockwell compression Sox and even classic Birkenstock Sox.

New shoe manufacturers arrive all of the time with Rockport arriving this fall. Our expert cobblers Mel and Jim are always ready for quick repairs to all leather items if you have a chewing dog?

We hope to be your foot care marketplace, to meet and exceed your footwear needs every day.

Please visit Shoe Mates Footwear and Repair for our sale, which runs from August 9 – 21. Most brands will be discounted by 25-40% and we are open Sunday afternoons!




Brought to you by Mike Ragsdale, Newberg Farmers Market

Mike Ragsdale, Newberg Farmers MarketFrom the end of May to the end of September, every Wednesday from 1:30- 6 pm, the Newberg Farmers Market brings a variety of local vendors to downtown Newberg at the intersection of E First Street and N Howard Street across from City Hall. Both Newberg residents and visitors can come downtown to browse fresh, local produce, handmade goods and much more.

This week, we’d like to feature Hackbart Farms. Emily and Matt, and their children Jed and Boone are the third (and fourth!) generation of their family to live on the farm in Sheridan, Oregon. They work year-round, bringing Jed and Boone along on chores to make sure that their animals are raised in as humanely, responsibly and sustainably as possible.

For the Hackbarts, that means their livestock are raised from birth on the farm. They grow grass and hay themselves to feed the cows and lamb, as well as their own grain to feed the rabbits, chickens and hogs. “The boys love the animals, so there’s always a lot of furry kisses,” said Matthew Hackbart. “Jed is also getting pretty good at steering the tractor.”

All the meat and eggs sold are hormone-, antibiotic- and additive-free. While the Hackbarts don’t currently offer produce, they have just installed a greenhouse to expand their offerings soon. To purchase meat from the Hackbarts, you can come to the farmer’s market, or email and call to order with pickup at the market. Find more information at



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Brought to you by Randy McCreith, Bella Casa Real Estate Group

Randy McCreith, Bella Casa Real Estate GropMany believe that the real estate selling season is spring and summer until Labor Day when the markets go dead. Some thoughts from the inside:

1. The most active sales season in our region begins on January 2nd.

• People have been contemplating the new year for 6 weeks!

• “This is the year we will sell.”; “This is the year we will buy that…”

• Our website activity blazes in January!

• People start buying in January; closing stats start in March.

• April through June is the most aggressive and competitive marketplace.

• The Listing Season begins January 2; it peters out by the end of July.

2 August and September are the most challenging months of the sales year!

• Everyone is on vacation or off playing somewhere in August. The weather is predictably good. It is prime for family, travel, recreation, and laying low.

• After Labor Day, the annual cycle begins again. Schools, churches, civic organizations, charities, and the business of the community and nation all are clamoring for your attention.

• September is a very busy month settling into another new year.

3. Some of our best sales numbers are in the 4th quarter of the year!

• There is much less buyer competition at this time.

• The fewer buyers are serious buyers, not tire-kickers!

• Prices are the softest in the 4th quarter; bargains!

• People buy and sell for tax purposes before year end.

• Investors spend their money before the end of the year.

• Businesses are reorganizing, promoting, and relocating people at this time of the year.

We are ready for 2016, Part Two, are you?



207 NE 19TH ST, STE 100, MCMINNVILLE, OR 97128


Brought to you by Darrel Baumer, DB Collision & Autoworks

Darrel Baumer, DB Collision & AutoworksShallow dents and parking lot dings are some of the more annoying repairs that a car owner might have. The damage isn’t structural, only aesthetic. But a car owner might avoid repairing the unsightly cosmetic damage because they assume that the cost will involve re-painting, or even replacing, the entire panel.

That’s not the case at all, said Darrel of DB Custom Autoworks and Collision Repair. A long-time, trusted expert in assessing automobile damage, Darrel said that sometimes the repair is much more affordable than a customer might think. “As long as the metal isn’t stretched too much, there are certain kinds of damage that we can repair that would be virtually invisible,” said Darrel. “Paint is pretty flexible.”

Exposed metal surfaces might mean that a scrape might not be a good candidate for this kind of repair, but modern auto paint formulations are extremely resilient and designed to withstand impact. It’s not unusual to see major dents with the paint intact. Darrel’s on-call expert will assess if your car is a good candidate for this particular kind of repair.

Darrel also stresses that the repair does not have to be 100% perfect to meet the customer’s needs. “If a customer just wants the dent to be gone as much as possible, that’s something we offer too,” Darrel said. “Repairs do get pretty expensive when it comes to painting, and a customer might not be willing to spend as much as it might take to get it exactly as it was.”





Brought to you by Mike McBride, Farmers Insurance

Mike McBride, Farmers InsuranceSummer vacation is the time to hit the road. If you’re planning to take your family on vacation in a travel trailer or motor home, Farmers Insurance wants you to know that every single member of your family — even the furry, four-legged one — is covered.

If you add personal property protection on your travel trailer or motor home coverage, that protection extends to injuries to your dog or cat. “A lot of people take their dogs with them. If they get injured while you’re at a campsite, we offer coverage up to $1000,” said Mike McBride, owner of Farmers Insurance in Newberg.

That same personal property protection will also cover the television that you’ll need to entertain the kids on a rainy day, or extra dishes for an impromptu weekend barbecue. But what about the motor home itself? Farmers offers total loss replacement coverage for brand-new motor homes and travel trailers. If your recreational vehicle is totaled after four years of use, you can replace it for new model of like kind and quality that will get you back out to the mountains or the coast.

And if you decide you like the carefree life on the road too much to ever return to a house without wheels? Unlike many other insurers, Farmers also offers coverage for motor home owners who decided to live in their recreational vehicle full-time and year-round. Feel free to keep rolling long after Labor Day.


Mike McBride Agency

1548 E FIRST ST., NEWBERG, OR 97132


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