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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.

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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.

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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..

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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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means 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 cold, the system may need to be recharged.

    Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on an 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 periphery components at the same time.

    Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

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    Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -


    SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

    While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

    Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

    Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

    Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

    Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

    Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

    Snap Fitness

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    Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

    Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

    As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

    Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

    If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

    Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

    Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

    The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

    Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

    Let’s get started.

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    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

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


    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

    For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

    At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

    Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

    The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

    An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

    We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

    Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

    It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

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    Top athletes from Clackamas, Oregon City, Putnam and Portland Waldorf decide where they'll continue their athletic careers


    by: JOHN DENNY - Clackamas High School seniors (from left) Sydney Azorr, Erica Pagano, Elliott Cary, Kaitlyn Reiner and Taylor Agost signed National Letters of Intent before friends and family during Nov. 13 signing ceremonies in the high schools media center.Local high schools were well represented last week during National Letter of Intent signing day on Nov. 13.

    Clackamas High School had five athletes sign, including Taylor Agost, who was one of the most heavily recruited volleyball players in the state.

    Agost accepted a full-ride athletic scholarship to play for the University of Oregon. Her classmates Sydney Azorr, Erica Pagano, Kaitlyn Reiner and Elliott Cary also signed.

    Basketball players Azorr, Pagano and Reiner signed with Western Oregon, Seattle Pacific and Colorado-Mesa respectively.

    Cary has signed to play baseball at Oregon State University. The Beavers also signed Putnam star infielder Trace Loehr.

    Oregon City High School had a special signing ceremony for Jessica Gertz. She’ll play basketball at NCAA Division I Long Beach State University.

    Portland Waldorf senior Gabrielle “Ellie” Lesch also committed to OSU, where she’ll compete in rowing.

    Agost, a 6-2 outside hitter who just started playing volleyball as a freshman, also received full-ride offers from the University of Washington, Oregon State, Boise State and the University of Hawaii.

    Agost said that although the decision was not an easy one, there were several reasons why she chose Oregon.

    “I was born in Eugene and I’ve been a Duck my whole life, so that was a factor,” she said. “They have an amazing volleyball program and great coaching, and when I went to visit I got along great with the players....

    “It’s close to home, and that was important. I want my family and my friends to be able to come to my games.

    “They were No. 2 in the nation last year. They lost two of their best players and they’re young, but they’re still good this year....”

    “Taylor is an incredible athlete,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. “She’s going to have to learn to play at this level, but she certainly has the tools to play as well as anybody. She’s going to hit the ball like Canace (Finley), like Naya (Crittenden), those kinds of kids who can play way above people’s hands.”

    by: JOHN DENNY - Proud parents Brett and Dalene Agost were on hand last week when their daughter Taylor signed a National Letter of Intent, accepting a full-ride athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon.Clackamas coach Jim Stultz says that Agost can jump 10-4, and that was a factor in her getting recognized by big-time collegiate athletic programs.

    “When we do jump-reach, I’ve grabbed the rim with both hands, so [my jump-reach is] at least 10-4,” said Agost.

    “When you get to the Pac-12, it’s like the strongest level in college volleyball,” Stultz said. “They’re looking for people that are athletic and can jump. Taylor can touch the basketball rim with both hands. I’ve never had that before. When we sent out a video showing her jump-reach, my email lit up like crazy....

    “She also has tremendous quickness. When you do sprints in practice, normally a kid who’s 6-2 is going to come in last. Taylor’s always first....

    “And her learning curve is off the charts. Taylor didn’t start playing until she was a freshman, but she is very coachable. She listens and picks things up quickly. She’s developed so that she’s become a good all-around player....

    “As a junior she was ranked one of top 50 high school players [in the U.S.]. She could have gone anywhere in the country....

    “It depends on what she wants and how hard she works for it. But if she wants to play professional volleyball or make the Olympics, she has that potential.”

    Stultz says that Agost first tried youth volleyball as a third grader but gave it up after one year “because it was boring.”

    “In third grade volleyball is serve, serve, serve and then nothing really happens,” Agost recalls. “It was kind of slow for me, and I was a fast-paced go-go-go kind of kid.”

    Agost says she would not have taken up the sport again had it not been for a close friend, Natasha Horsch, who talked her into it just before her freshman year.

    “Natasha and some of my friends were playing and she convinced me to give it a try,” Agost said. “The second I started playing, I loved it, and I said to myself, ‘Why haven’t I been doing this my whole life. I just loved it so much.”

    Agost played basketball, a sport she had been playing most of her life, that winter. But after that she gave up playing basketball so she could concentrate on volleyball the year around.

    And success followed. Agost became a varsity starter her junior year, earning first-team all-league and second-team all-state honors. This fall she was recognized as the Three Rivers League volleyball “Player of the Year,” and she was selected to the Class 6A State Tournament all-tournament team.

    Agost was a part of Clackamas High varsity teams that won three consecutive league titles and placed fifth, third and fourth respectfully at the last three Oregon big-school state tournaments.

    Agost, who has played for North Clackamas Volleyball Club club teams the past three seasons, says she’ll likely play for Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy this winter.

    “Nicole Rigoni [a setter for Southridge] is Oregon’s only other recruit from Oregon,” Agost said. “She plays for Oregon Juniors and [University of Oregon] coaches want us to play together in club, and at the highest level.”

    Agost says she plans an education major at Oregon.

    “I’ve always been interested in becoming a teacher,” Agost said. “Elementary school. I’ve been working with third graders [at Spring Mountain Elementary School] this fall, and I just love it.”

    Agost noted that her mother, Dalene, has been an elementary school classroom teacher for years and is currently teaching physical education at Oregon Trail and Spring Mountain elementary schools.

    Elliott Cary, who plays centerfield, is new to Clackamas High School, after transferring from Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida, this fall.

    “[Besides OSU] I also got offers from Florida State, Florida, LSU, Auburn and Alabama,” Cary said. “It was real close between LSU and OSU, but I decided Oregon State was the best fit because I’ll get the most playing time there and I’ll have the best chance of winning the [national] championship. They said they’ll try to get me playing time my freshman year.”

    Cary said he moved from Niceville, Florida, to Clackamas during the summer.

    “I came [to Clackamas] because I want to get a state [championship] ring and hopefully I’m going to get it this year,” Cary said.

    Clackamas made the Oregon high school 6A final last year and the Cavaliers return a host of players from that team.

    His junior year of high school, Cary hit .438, had a .560 on-base percentage and a .656 slugging percentage and he was named Northwest Florida Daily News “Big School Hitter of the Year.” His father, Chuck Cary, pitched eight years in the major leagues.

    Cary plans a business and marketing major at OSU.

    Azorr, who also received interest from Northwest Nazarene and Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., said she chose Western Oregon because, “I love the coaches and all the players. It’s the best academic fit for me and the coach said she was recruiting players to come in and play right away.”

    Azorr plans an elementary education major.

    Pagano, who also received an offer from Western Oregon, says she chose Division II Seattle Pacific because, “The team and the coaches were great. I felt like part of the family during my visit. The campus was great, it’s right near downtown. And the business program was a really good fit for me.”

    Pagano, who plans a career in sports marketing or business management, says she’s planning on a business and marketing major.

    A 3.8 student at Clackamas, Reiner said she also received athletic scholarship offers from Hawaii Pacific and Western Washington, as well as an academic scholarship offer from Linfield.

    Reiner plans a career in nursing.

    “It was a good fit,” Reiner said of Colorado-Mesa. “They have a really good nursing program and they are top 15 in the nation [in Division II women’s basketball].”

    “They graduated their point guard, so I’ll get to play my freshman year,” Reiner said.

    by: JOHN DENNY - Putnam coach Jason Stanley (left) and Trace Loehrs classmates (from left) Delaine Bohahan, Josh Bancroft, Joey Cardinal, Nick Edwards, Eamon Gallagher and Chris Kalonji were on hand last week when Loehr accepted a full-ride scholarship to play baseball at Oregon State University.Loehr also received full-ride offers from the University of Washington and Washington State.

    “I chose Oregon State because of the coaching and because they’re a winning program. They’re always in the Super Regional and they develop players for the pros....

    “I would love to play professional some day. It’s been my dream since I was three years old and going to Portland Rockies games.”

    Loehr said OSU coaches have told him they are looking for him and Christian Donahue [an incoming freshman from Hawaii] to see a lot of playing time as freshmen.

    “They said they expect us to come in and start as middle infielders our freshmen year,” he said.

    Loehr said he is as yet undecided about his major.

    Loehr and Donahue were starting infielders last summer on the USA Baseball 18U National Team that won the International Baseball Federation Junior ‘AAA’/18U World Cup, defeating Japan 3-2 in the final.

    Loehr has excelled at shortstop the last three seasons at Putnam, hitting .520 as a freshman, .350 as a sophomore, and .578 last high school season, while stealing 22 bases out of 23 attempts. He had 48 hits last spring, 22 of them extra base hits.

    Before committing to play basketball at Division I Long Beach State, Gertz said she also received a full-ride offer from Seattle Pacific University, and interest from Utah State and Weber State.

    “During my visit [to Long Beach State] I instantly hit it off with the coaches and the team,” said Gertz.

    by: JOHN DENNY - Parents Todd and Laura Gertz were on hand at Oregon City High School last week, as their daughter Jessica Gertz committed to playing basketball at Long Beach State University, a NCAA Division I school in Long Beach, Calif.A 3.8 student at Oregon City, Gertz says she plans to major in communications.

    “I’ve always liked writing,” Gertz said. “I’ve been thinking about becoming a sports broadcaster.”

    A 5-9 wing who averaged 8.4 points last winter, Gertz has shown dramatic improvement since the last high school season. She averaged 22.1 points to lead Oregon City High School’s traveling team in scoring this past summer.

    “I’m shooting a lot better and I’m attacking the basket more,”Gertz said.

    A member of the Lake Oswego Community Rowing youth varsity women’s rowing team, Lesch has taken the world of competitive rowing by storm. She began rowing as a novice in September of 2012 and by December she had made the LOCR varsity team. In January, she had the lowest erg score on the women’s varsity team and was invited to participate in the U.S. Rowing Northwest Regional high-performance training camp.

    by: SUBMITTED - Portland Waldorf senior Ellie Lesch, pictured with parents Phil and Donna Lesch, has accepted a scholarship to compete for Oregon State University in rowing.Lesch won the Tough Love erg competition at University of Portland in February. She competed for a spot on the Junior National Team and then was invited to join the Junior National Team’s high- performance camp in April.

    She stroked the Open Women’s 4+ for LOCR, which took second place at the windy Spring Regatta at Green Lake in Seattle in March. She attended the Junior National Team high- performance camp at the Coast Guard Academy boathouse in New London, Connecticut in June and July. Her camp team went on to represent the United States in the Varsity A eight at Club Nationals in Camden, NJ. Lesch rowed in the sixth seat and she and her crew took fifth in the finals of the collegiate team competition.

    Lesch plans to study exercise science/kinesiology at OSU.