Blue Christmas service helps reconcile personal loss during holiday season

Blue Christmas service helps reconcile personal loss during holiday season

It's the time of year when people are encouraged to be 'happy and jolly, and yet sometimes in our...

Rose Villa program pairs people with dementia, volunteers

Rose Villa program pairs people with dementia, volunteers

The Opening Minds through Art program at Rose Villa is more than an arts and crafts program at a...

Clackamas County bakers make gingerbread creations with space theme at OMSI

Clackamas County bakers make gingerbread creations with space theme at OMSI

Gingerbread Adventures is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Local business owner rises above adversity with HOODZ

Local business owner rises above adversity with HOODZ

When Carol Tippett's husband, Eddie Hedger, died in a motorcycle crash in 2014, she could have...

Ainsworth House & Gardens hosts 'Budacious' sculpture in Oregon City

Ainsworth House & Gardens hosts 'Budacious' sculpture in Oregon City

Kevin Yell had a 'serendipitous moment' at the Portland Home and Garden Show last February when...

Oregon City teen Kaden Brent wins awards at Pokemon tournaments

Oregon City teen Kaden Brent wins awards at Pokemon tournaments

Oregon City resident Kaden Brent, 13, is the 2016 state champion in his age group and 15th in the...

Local artists inspired by 'irreplaceable motivator,' Clackamas Community College art teacher David Andersen

Local artists inspired by 'irreplaceable motivator,' Clackamas Community College art teacher David Andersen

Three artists displaying their work in two very different settings all have ties to art classes...

Julie Chavez earns Girl Scouts' highest award working behind the curtain

Julie Chavez earns Girl Scouts' highest award working behind the curtain

How do you organize more than 2,000 costumes? This was the task confronting Julie Chavez last...

Artists welcome visitors to Open Studios of Beavercreek

Artists welcome visitors to Open Studios of Beavercreek

Painter Jude Welter and her daughter, Becky Buchanan, a stained-glass artist, have been sharing a...

INSIDERS (Sponsored Content)

Brought to you by Craig and Jodie - Budget Blinds - WINDOW TREATMENT INSIDER -

Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care - MEMORY CARE INSIDER -

Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care - MEMORY CARE INSIDER -


SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonAccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million caregivers in 2015 provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to someone with Alzheimer’s. Caregivers sacrifice more than just their time, however. It’s no wonder that 40% of caregivers suffer from some form of depression or die before the person for whom they care.

Family caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s often give up their annual income to meet the demands of caregiving. In a care community, they would be replaced by a staff of caregivers, med aids, nurses, cooks and activity personnel 24 hours a day. However, the staff will go home to sleep at night and return refreshed.

Alzheimer’s can last 4 years to 20 years. Unless a family considers a memory care community like Sunnyside Meadows at some point, they will face burnout and less quality time with the rest of the family.

Memory care neighborhoods like Sunnyside Meadows afford families and those with dementia both to live life fully with less mental stress and more quality time.

The “all-yes” environment at Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care Neighborhood centers the focus on the residents. Planned activities constantly encourage brain health, an open layout allows freedom of movement, and attentive and caring staff go above and beyond to ease life’s confusion.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

503-563-6734

12195 SE 117th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

www.sunnysidemeadows.com

Brought to you by Craig and Jodie - Budget Blinds - WINDOW TREATMENT INSIDER -


BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieFriday, November 11th marks an important time for us to sit back and remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces—Veteran’s Day. Budget Blinds is committed to supporting veterans—As American citizens, it’s our duty to ensure that all of our veterans have the opportunities they need to live happy and healthy lives when they return home.

Franchising with an industry leader like Budget Blinds offers veterans a potentially lucrative career path as a unique way to channel service skills and experience into a productive career. Budget Blinds strives to offer franchise opportunities tailored to the personal and financial goals of military veterans by offering first-time business owners an established business model and brand name to build on.

Budget Blinds also partners with Homes for our Troops, an initiative that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured veterans, enabling them to rebuild their lives. As part of a three year commitment to donate $1 million in cash, products, and services to Homes for Our Troops, Budget Blinds presented Homes for Our Troops with a $50,000 check on September 25, 2016.

These are just some of the ways Budget Blinds aims to support our troops while helping them build secure futures. To learn more, visit www.budgetblinds.com, and be sure to call us at (503) 590-4333 to schedule your free, in-home consultation!

Budget Blinds

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(503) 590-4333

budgetblinds.com

Brought to you by Craig and Jodie - Budget Blinds - WINDOW TREATMENT INSIDER -


BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

Budget Blinds

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(503) 590-4333

budgetblinds.com

Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care - MEMORY CARE INSIDER -


SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

503-563-6734

12195 SE 117th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

www.sunnysidemeadows.com

Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care - MEMORY CARE INSIDER -


SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

503-563-6734

12195 SE 117th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brought to you by Craig and Jodie - Budget Blinds - WINDOW TREATMENT INSIDER -


BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

    Budget Blinds

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    (503) 590-4333

    budgetblinds.com

    Brought to you by Craig and Jodie - Budget Blinds - WINDOW TREATMENT INSIDER -


    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

    Budget Blinds

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    (503) 590-4333

    budgetblinds.com

    Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

    bernardsgarage.com/

    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - Automotive INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

    >bernardsgarage.com/

    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - Auto Repair INSIDER -


    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

    >bernardsgarage.com/

    Other Pamplin Media Group sites


    Clackamas' Features

    PHOTO BY DOUG OLMSTEAD - At last year's Winter celebrations, Judith Kallio, left, instructs attendees how to make colorful paper chains for holiday tree decorating.
    December 05, 2016

    Winter Celebrations features free holiday fun, music and more for all ages

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District invites the community to Winter Celebrations, held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at the…
    PHOTO BY KARMIN TOMLINSON - Santa, played by Sam Levi, is surrounded by adoring elves, who also sing and move scenery around in OCHS's 'Miracle on 34th Street,' opening on Dec. 7.
    November 30, 2016

    'Miracle on 34th Street' brings holiday cheer to Oregon City High School stage

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    The play, based partly on the classic movie of the same name, opens on the main stage at Oregon City High School at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7,…
    NEWS-TIMES/HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, after an afternoon full of festivities during Holly Days.
    November 23, 2016

    Holly Days will ring in holidaycheer in downtown Hillsboro

    by Michael Sproles
    Back in 2008, Holly Days started as a way to bring the Hillsboro community together for a festive kickoff of the holidays. On…


    SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Naomi Rux will perform in two ballets this weekend in Portland. In this photo, she is wearing her costume from 'Gift Box.'
    November 23, 2016

    Oregon City resident Naomi Rux featured in Portland Ballet shows

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    Two Clackamas County residents will take to the stage when the Portland Ballet presents 'The Enchanted Toyshop' and 'Gift Box' on Nov.…
    PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Abigail Williams (Bailey McDonald) brings chaos to a court scene in 'The Crucible,' when she leads a group of girls in the sighting of a supernatural creature.
    November 16, 2016

    Gladstone High School Drama Department presents 'The Crucible,' a cautionary tale that…

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    'The Crucible' is a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s.
    SUBMITTED PHOTO - This photo, taken in 1929, shows both the West Linn mill, background, far left, and Oregon City's Hawley Mill, black building foreground. Note the huge pile of pulp to the right of the OC mill.
    November 16, 2016

    Oregon City author Robert Bresky tells story of local paper mills in new book

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    The mills were located across the Willamette River from one another, in sight of Willamette Falls. The Oregon City mill closed in…
    PHOTO COURTESY: CCC - Billy McLendon as Tom in the Clackamas Community College production.
    November 09, 2016

    'The Glass Menagerie' begins season of American classics at Clackamas Community College

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    Tennessee Williams' play 'The Glass Menagerie,' opening Nov. 10, kicks off what director James Eikrem calls 'A Season of American…
    PHOTO BY ERIC GRISWOLD - In the background of Elisabeth Goebel in 'Glorious!' are Todd Carlson, playing her husband, and Mary Weigel, playing her best friend.
    November 02, 2016

    'Glorious!' returns to stage, hits all right notes

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    Those who missed the New Century Players production of 'Glorious!' last January will have another chance to see the show, beginning…
    SUBMITTED PHOTO - Red Riding Hood is played by Whitney Wells and Redmond Riding Hood is played by Micheal Sutton.
    November 02, 2016

    'Red, With a Twist' kicks off Krayon Kids season

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    Follow the adventures of Redmond Riding Hood as he travels through classic fairy tales in the Krayon Kids Musical Theatre Company's…
    PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Sunny Burden, center, co-owner of Sunny's Diner, chats with, from left, Geri Adams and Carolyn Bonagofski, and right, Mol Craven.
    October 19, 2016

    Sunny's Diner offers home-cooked, wholesome goodness on 82nd Avenue

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    Sunny’s Diner opened last May on 82nd Avenue near Goodwill, and even though there was no permanent signage at the time, “people still…
    PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Jerri Adams and Sandra Brown put finishing touches on two other baskets donated by Oregon Womans Club members.
    October 19, 2016

    Bring your holiday shopping list to Oregon City Woman's Club fundraiser

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    Here are just a few reasons to attend the Oregon City Woman’s Club annual auction on Oct. 30: restaurant gift cards, overnight stays,…
    SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gold Rush personalities Jack Hoffman, left, and Jim Thurber will be honored guests at the upcoming Clackamas Community College Foundation fundraiser, The Rush is On, on Oct. 28 at Camp Withycombe.
    October 10, 2016

    'Gold Rush' personalities to host CCC fundraiser for military family scholarships

    by Ellen Spitaleri
    All that glitters will be gold at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Clackamas Community College Foundation special fundraiser “The Rush…

    Don't miss the local news