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Fred Johnson, Premier Community Bank, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial OfficerWe Americans are a competitive bunch, and of all things, there’s a group of people out there who are on a quest to achieve the perfect credit score – 850. While not impossible, it’s a feat only .5% of Americans manage to conquer.

There are a number of tips for boosting your score, and while some FICO-savvy individuals are fixed on earning 800+, a score of 780 or above will open most doors to the best rates and most favorable credit terms.

Payment history is the single most important factor in achieving a high score, according to FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation, creator of the credit scoring model). High scores also hinge on: the amount you owe on your credit lines and loans; the length of your credit history; how much new credit you’ve applied for and the types of accounts you’ve had. If you desire a 780 score or better you can boost your numbers by: monitoring your credit report; paying your bills within the grace period; focusing on paying off credit cards ahead of other types of debt; and maintaining a “utilization ratio”—the amount of credit you use versus the amount of credit available to you—of 10% or less.

Check your credit score for free at creditkarma.com or for a small fee, check your score from all three credit reporting agencies at myfico.com.


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

Tim McDaniel, Shoe Mates Footwear and RepairStylish, comfortable, environmentally friendly and durable: Is it any wonder that Birkenstocks have been around for almost 250 years? Johann Birkenstock founded the company in 1774, but their shoes weren’t introduced to America until the 1960s, when they became instantly popular. Shoe Mates Footwear and Repair is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive selections of this must-have footwear.

This fall, Shoe Mates will be offering both the iconic and the new in the Birkenstock line. Enjoy the comfort of the open leather 2-strap Arizona, the closed-toe or fur-lined Boston, and several new fashion-forward styles never before released in America. For every step you make—a walk step, a hiker step in the Hancock boots for guys or our new short booties for ladies—the classic Birkenstock contoured cork footbed will keep your feet comfortable and in style. Because Shoe Mates is also an authorized Birkenstock repair shop, our expert cobblers Mel and Jim can fix your Birkenstocks if the treads get worn down or your cork needs patching.

Birkenstocks are and will always be rustic and fashionable German-made footwear with world-class comfort, and they are not just for the tie-dyed ‘60s anymore. Other styles come and go, but quality always sells. Try the comfort that has not gone away since 1774. Shoe Mates also offers other quality brands such as European Sanita clogs and Haflinger zoo animal wool slippers, Ahnu hikers, Clarks, Born, American Red Wing or Irish Setter boots. Step up to keep ahead.





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

Dr. Wendy Abraham, Naturopathic Physician, Sherwood Aesthetic MedicineThe term “aesthetic medicine” loosely translates to the “medicine of beauty”, and encompasses a diverse group of providers—physicians, dermatologists, surgeons and aestheticians—with the goal of addressing an individual’s cosmetic concerns. For most of the twenty-first century, traditional plastic surgery was the only option. But with an increasing diversity in providers, we have an expanding ability to address the same concerns non-surgically.

Times have changed, and so have we. In 2014, over 20 million aesthetic procedures were performed worldwide. Surgery was only fifteen percent of the total. And the rest? Non-surgical procedures.

When it comes to the big difference in surgical versus non-surgical approaches, what’s clear is that many of us do not want to go “under the knife” or deal with lengthy recovery. And though we want to look our best, many turn away from dramatic surgical outcomes, seeking something less drastic, more natural, yet still rewarding.

Dr. Wendy Abraham is the owner/operator of Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Abraham employs a variety of non-surgical solutions to lift and tighten loose skin, treat stubborn fat and cellulite, reduce jowls, treat wrinkles, brown spots, Rosacea, acne, scars and a multitude of other concerns.

If you’re curious about what non-surgical procedures might be right for you, meet Dr. Abraham at her next free event at Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine on Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to (503) 610-1194.


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Brought to you by Rodney Robbins, First Step Treatment Center - Chemical Dependency Services INSIDER -

Rodney Robbins, First Step Treatment CenterIt may seem odd to be thinking about going back to school in August, when there is still another month of sun and fun before fall. But less supervision makes it easier for teenagers to become involved in substance abuse.

Many teenagers begin or increase their marijuana use in the summer between eighth and ninth grade. This is concerning, as ninth grade is when students start accumulating credit towards graduation. The National Institute on Drug Abuse cites several studies that suggest marijuana use can result in impaired cognitive abilities, and that the impairment may be more significant if the use began earlier and in greater amounts.

Studies have also shown that there significant changes in IQ scores and brain density in subjects during their late twenties, who were self-reported marijuana users in their teens. The more they used, the greater the negative results.

And according to a recent Gallup poll, the number of adults who use marijuana has increased from 7 percent to 13 percent from 2013-2016. While the poll didn’t account for legitimate medical use, it does note that there is potential for abuse and long-term negative impact.

For teenagers, abusing marijuana and other substances is clearly demonstrated to have a significant potential for longer term damage. If you are concerned about your teen’s use, the earlier the problem is addressed, the more likely it is to get better.

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





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

Randy McCreith, Bella Casa Real Estate GroupDuring the 'dark years' (2007-2013) the ranks of Realtors ebbed to a few hardy souls living on famine rations. The mass exodus began to turn in 2014 with the return of some and a flood of new agents. Many companies like layoffs because they can shed some and refresh the labor pool with new energy. Market conditions cause our ebb and flow.

Like every industry, we have bad apples in the barrel, and varying degrees of professionalism, experience and quality. An inordinate number of agents do not have a professional past. These deficiencies must be overcome with education, training, and on the job mentoring.

Realtors are required to pass 150 hours of education and tests for a license to practice real estate. They are FBI background checked and must train under a Principal Broker for 3 years before being autonomous. However, their value is measured mostly on their character, values, determination, and attentive service. Skilled professionals who care about the agent's success, and the protection and service of our clients, are the finishers of great Realtors!

Realtors have been protecting the public since 1913. The industry is changing with the world now but we are not going anywhere soon! Real Estate is getting more complex and challenging every year and dangers are on the rise. Realtors are good!

My first piece of advice? Interview several Realtors before you hire one, and ask a lot of questions. Protect yourself, your property, and your money by making an informed decision. A relative or friend or neighbor are blessings, but a proven professional is valuable- quite literally!



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“Who knew that retirement could be so challenging!  We’ve worked hard for the past 40 years to finally get to this special season of life, but truthfully, it’s not exactly what I had expected and we need to make some changes - NOW!”

Successful married retirees recognized the need to properly plan for not only their finances but also for the new daily lifestyle demands. By committing to create a mutually acceptable vision of retirement, they were able to proactively address the nuisances of “life together after retirement”.

Planning financially for retirement is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your partner when it comes to the golden years. But without proper life planning, some are finding retirement not quite what they had expected. While the investment account reflects that retirement is on course and according to plan, if you are not properly addressing the unique life challenges that retirement brings, you may find yourself a bit disillusioned or dissatisfied with this next chapter of your life.

Have you talked to your spouse about your retirement expectations? We discuss the top 4 common emotional landmines in this month's Money Chat blog.

Our team has a unique process we work through with our clients to help them prepare both financially and emotionally for transitioning and retiring well together. If retiring is something that is on one – or both – of your radars, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss our process with you.



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Brought to you by Mike McBride, Farmers Insurance - Insurance INSIDER -

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.


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Brought to you by Katie Severeid, DPT, CLT, Chehalem Physical Therapy Inc. - Physical Therapy INSIDER -

Katie Severeid, DPT, CLT, Chehalem Physical Therapy Inc.Physical therapist and certified lymphedema specialist Katie Severeid loves to work with patients one-on-one to help them regain their health and mobility. It’s a privilege for her to help patients improve beyond their expectations.

“The body and the brain are amazingly adaptable. Under the right care, they’ll continue to adapt to whatever challenges you throw at them,” Katie said.

In the course of her career, Katie has seen patients dealing with grave injuries such as broken bones, torn tendons and strokes return to doing what they love, whether that’s running, gardening or playing with their grandkids. Patients of all ages and fitness levels have regained abilities that they didn’t believe they could do again.

“We had a gentleman in his mid-eighties who required an experimental surgery to repair a muscle in his leg,” Katie said. “The patient’s muscles had atrophied and the surgeon couldn’t predict if he would return to his active lifestyle. After customized physical therapy, he was walking unassisted, getting in and out of his farm equipment—doing things that most 80-year-olds wouldn’t be doing. It’s been fun to watch and help him achieve his goals.”

“There’s always hope,” Katie said. “With the right treatment and guidance, you can have a healthier, more satisfying life.”

If your recovery has plateaued, book an appointment with one of our therapists. Our highly trained therapists will develop a customized program to help you take your goals and make them a reality.





Brought to you by Casey Sonnier, Newberg Farmers Market - Newberg Farmers Market INSIDER -

Casey Sonnier, Newberg Farmers MarketThe Farmer’s Market in downtown Newberg is host to a variety of local vendors, with wares ranging from local berries, artisan soaps, gift cards, cookies, handmade shirts, wine, and so much more. A grocery store is a place, whereas a farmer’s market is an experience. That’s why visitors and locals come and spend their Wednesday afternoon at the Market.

Take for instance, Dolce Farms. Annie Brown is a smiling snow-haired woman full of bouncy spring-time vigor. Annie cares about introducing people to “a new variety of fruits and veggies” and “sharing the bounty” from her farm. The market gives her a place of community, making new friends while she offers her customers GMO-free pastured eggs, baked goods, a delicious variety of jellies, pickled beets, and so much more. Currently, she is also offering naturally grown grapes for sale.

Another delightful vendor who occupies a space at the market is Pierce Ranch. Their table is decorated with delectable sauces, pastured eggs, and soaps. They also sell cuts of meat ranging from grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, and turkey. Jodi Pierce has always raised her own meat, and sold to family and friends. So it was an obvious career move for her to venture into selling locally and making a business out of it. She was even able to retire from her full-time job. She was “born and raised in Newberg, at the farm I’m living at now.” She encourages people to “buy local, support local farms and small businesses.”



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Brought to you by Branden Thompson, Chehalem Glenn Golf Course - Golf INSIDER -

Branden Thompson, Chehalem Glenn Golf CourseIf you slice, you are not alone. To correct it, you must first understand why it happens. After you strike the ball, its initial direction is mostly determined by the direction that the club is facing at impact. The ball curves away from the path that the club head is traveling, in relation to the face angle at impact. When you slice, the club head has traveled more to the left than the angle of the club’s face at impact. This makes the ball curve to the right.

Many slicers make the common mistake of moving the club head far to the left on impact. My favorite drill for automatically adjusting the club position slightly to the right of the target is to drop your right foot back so that your toe is even with your left heel as you hit the ball. With the right foot back, you have room to drive your right elbow into your right hip at the beginning of the downswing.

This is the magic move to get rid of an “over the top” path. As you get used to this move, concentrate on turning through to the left and facing the target at impact. If you see some hooks, don’t panic. It’s a good sign that you have changed something.

Work on this drill and you’ll be playing the opposite side of the course than your playing partners. Which, depending on how much you like to play with them, is a good thing.





Brought to you by Albert Meza, French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm - Nursery and Family Farm INSIDER -

Albert Meza, French Prairie Gardens & Family FarmThe perfect way to end the day at French Prairie Gardens is with refreshments for the whole family before the drive home. You can find the espresso bar and ice cream shop in the farm store, and the farm bar is located in the greenhouse. After chasing toddlers all day, drooping parents will appreciate a made-to-order espresso with locally roasted coffee from Café D’Arte. For the kids, there’s Umpqua ice cream, which the staff also serves in milkshakes and smoothies made with fresh fruit.

French Prairie Gardens is especially happy to offer local wine, beer and cider. Sip a glass of pinot gris from Lady Hill Winery just down the road, or try a cider from Bend or a craft beer from Astoria before ordering a growler to go. At the moment, the bonus tap is Bloops, a blueberry wheat beer from Ordnance Brewing in Boardman, Oregon. “We take pride in helping promote local breweries and cideries!” said Albert Meza, who lines up breweries for festivals and for the bar. “We are thankful for their support for our Berries, Brews, & BBQ’s Festival and our 5k Race, and are always looking for more!”

You can also sample beers at June’s Berries, Brews & BBQs festival, and in September at the Fight For Your Life 5K. Proceeds from both go to the Em’s Fight Foundation, which the Pohlschneider family started in memory of Emily Pohlschneider Edwards, who passed away from cancer. To sign up for the race on September 25, visit FightForYourLife5k.com.





Brought to you by Darrel Baumer, DB Collision & Autoworks - Automotive INSIDER -

Darrel Baumer, DB Collision & AutoworksReplacement parts are a significant part of your repair estimate. It’s tempting to select the cheapest version, but that can negatively affect the appearance or value of your vehicle.

Whenever possible, Darrel chooses to work with brand new, original equipment (OE) parts, made by the automobile manufacturer to the vehicle’s specifications. These parts might be expensive, but for some vehicles, they may be the only option. Newer models, such as anything manufactured in 2015, might not have used parts available.

If new OE parts are prohibitively expensive--either for the customer or the insurance company--Darrel may go with aftermarket parts or used OE parts. Aftermarket parts are made by independent companies and have not been sourced from the manufacturer. They’re less expensive, but they can be problematic. Quality can vary, and parts that have not been sourced through the manufacturer might not fit properly.

Used OE parts that have been cleaned, rebuilt or reconditioned are another option. Darrel works with reputable sources to obtain the best possible used parts. Customers should always feel free to bring up their questions. Ultimately, Darrel’s goal is to make sure that the customer has the best part for their price point.

“Aftermarket parts might not be my first choice, but they work for people,” Darrel said. “For example, for a customer comes in and says, ‘My son has been in an accident and I don’t want to spend a lot of money.’ Everything I do is tailored to the customer so we can stay within budget.”






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