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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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    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

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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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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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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

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

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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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    Local thinclads excel at state meets

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    Seven young athletes earn state titles


    by: JOHN DENNY - These three local athletes from the Putnam Raptors Track Club all won state titles at the 2014 USA Track and Field State Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. Pictured are (from left) DeShanae Norman, Tieara McPherson-Norman and Lily Trimble.Local athletes made a strong showing at the 2014 USATF Junior Olympics Oregon Association State Track and Field Championships, held June 19-22 at Willamette University.

    The local area had seven young athletes earn state titles in USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic and Club state championship meets.

    Heading the list were 16-year-old Tieara McPherson-Norman of Milwaukie, 10-year-old DeShanae Norman of Gladstone and 12-year-old Arthur Katahdin of Milwaukie.

    McPherson-Norman, who will be a junior at Milwaukie High School this fall, won first place in all three of the events she entered. Competing for the Putnam Raptors Track Club, McPherson-Norman won the 15-16 girls 100-meter high hurdles (15.46), the 400-meter low hurdles (1:06.25) and the long jump (17-3).

    McPherson-Norman, who last school year set a Milwaukie High School school record with a leap of 18-4-1/4 in the long jump, says she may have a shot at winning a national age-group title in the long jump at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals, which are scheduled July 22-28 in Houston, Texas.

    “Last year 18-1 won it,” said McPherson-Norman. “If I PR, it’s in the bag.”

    McPherson-Norman noted that a lot of the top athletes in her age group have moved up to the 17-18 age division.

    McPherson-Norman says she will be shooting for the low 60’s for the 400-meter hurdles at the USATF Junior Olympic Northwest Regional Championships, which are scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend in Spokane.

    “My PR in the open 400 is 63 seconds,” she said. “I’d like to run that with hurdles.”

    McPherson-Norman’s time for the 400 hurdles at state was a personal record. She’s only been hurdling two years.

    DeShanae Norman, who will be a fifth grader at John Wetten Elementary School this fall, continued tough at the state Junior Olympic Championships, winning her fourth state title in the 400-meter run, with a lifetime best 1:07.22 clocking, competing in the 9-10 division.

    Norman also won first place in the 9-10 girls 800-meter run, an event that is new for her this year. Her winning time of 2:40.43 was a personal record by three seconds and she won the race by three seconds.

    Norman had an off-day in the long jump, but leaped 12-2-1/2, which was good for third place and a berth at regionals. Norman has a personal best of 13-4 in the 9-10 long jump this spring.

    “The 400 is my favorite event, because I always win,” Norman said.

    She says she has personal goals this year of 1:05 in the 400, 2:30 in the 800 and 14 feet in the long jump.

    by: JOHN DENNY - Mustang Track Club athletes have had a lot to be proud of this spring. Theyve not only improved their performances in leaps and bounds, but many of them proved themselves among the best in the state for their age divisions at the recent State Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. Pictured are Mustang Track Club members: (front, from left) Annelise Cronk, Brianna Stepper, Hope Alles and Sara Barbour; (second row) Arthur Katahdin, Natasha Rodriguez, Sonia Katahdin, Corinna Djeyfroudi and assistant coach Don Katahdin; and (back) head coach Fred Crowe, Malik Benson and Shyla Theel.Katahdin, a Rowe Middle School seventh grader who competes for the Milwaukie Track Club, has had an outstanding summer.

    He was named the male 12-and-under “athlete of the meet” for the 2014 USATF State Club Championships, which were held in mid-June at Linfield College. He scored the most points of any male athlete in the younger age divisions to earn the honor.

    At the Club Championships, Katahdin won the 11-12 boys 80-meter hurdles (13.79) and 1,500-meter race-walk (9:51); and he cleared 4-6, which was good for runner-up honors in the high jump.

    “Before the meet, I was looking at the awards and I saw there was a recognition for being the best athlete, and I wanted to get it,” said Katahdin. “I didn’t think I’d actually get it, but I did. It’s pretty cool.”

    by: JOHN DENNY - Arthur Katahdin of Milwaukie proudly displays his hardware for finishing as the high-point 12-and-under male athlete at the recent USA Track and Field State Club Championship Track and Field Meet.Katahdin continued his winning ways at the State Junior Olympic Championships. Competing with a casted broken arm, he still won the 11-12 boys 80-meter hurdles (13.57) and the 1,500-meter race-walk (9:41.17), and he placed second in the pentathlon — scoring 2026 points, and third in the high jump (4-7).

    “I placed second in the hurdles last year, and the guy who beat me last year, I beat this year,” said Katahdin. “We were in different heats, but I beat him.”

    Katahdin’s winning time for the race-walk was a 10-second PR.

    His marks for the pentathlon were 13.74 in the 80-meter hurdles, 4-7 in the high jump, 5:24.94 in the 1,500, 13-1-1/2 in the long jump, and 21-11-3/4 in the shot put. He had to throw the shot put left-handed, because of the cast on his right arm.

    Katahdin said of his goals at regionals: “I hope to get under 13 seconds in the hurdles, and I think I can do it. I’m going to work on my start, plus I won’t have a cast on, so I think I can do it. In the high jump, my goal is 4-9; and in the pentathlon, I want to score 2100 points.”

    “In the race-walk, I want to get under 9:40,” Katahdin added. “Last year 9:40 would have got me fifth in the nation. I probably won’t go to [the nationals in] Houston because of the cost. But I’d definitely like to go.”

    Katahdin, who also competes in soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and cross country, said that track is definitely his favorite sport.

    “I like it because it’s a team sport, but it’s not about beating other people,” Katahdin said. “It’s about beating your own best time, basically beating yourself.”

    The Mustang Track Club had three other athletes win state championships at the Junior Olympic state meet.

    Nine-year-old Sonia Katahdin, a third grader at Seth Lewelling Elementary, made some waves at the State Club Championships, winning her 9-10 age division in the girls 1,500-meter race-walk in 10:13.05, a personal record by some 30 seconds.

    “It’s my first year doing track and now track and soccer are my favorite sports,” said Sonia Katahdin, who also plays basketball and swims. “My favorite event is the shot put. It’s something I can do pretty well and I know I can get a ribbon in it. And it’s actually calming. The shot put’s made of metal, so it’s kind of cold. And when you let it go, it’s kind of like loosening up your body, because you got rid of six pounds.”

    Sonia Katahdin also did well at the Junior Olympic state meet, finishing runner-up in the 9-10 1,500-meter race-walk (10:49.41), seventh in the shot put (15-1) and eighth in the triathlon (353 points).

    She says she’s improved her time for the race-walk by four minutes since the first of the season.

    Nine-year-old Logan Law was another Junior Olympic state champion for the Mustang Track Club. The Ardenwald Elementary fourth grader won the 9-10 boys 1,500-meter run by eight seconds, with a time of 5:33.69. He also finished runner-up in the 800 (2:46.54) and placed fourth in the 400 (1:16.08).

    Thirteen-year-old Malik Benson, an eighth grader at Sellwood Middle School, won the Junior Olympic 13-14 boys 100-meter dash (12.24), and he earned runner-up honors, with an effort of 30-5 in the triple jump.

    Benson says he used starting blocks in the 100 for the first time a week before the state meet, and the state meet was the first time he had done the triple jump in competition. Both of Benson’s marks were personal records.

    Benson, who also excels in football, said, “What I like about track is you’re on a team and they train you. But when you’re at a meet you’re on your own. It’s just you, and you don’t have to rely on anyone except yourself.”

    Putnam Raptors had another local Junior Olympic state champion in 12-year-old Lily Trimble, a seventh grader who attends Alliance Charter Academy in Oregon City.

    Trimble cleared 4-3-1/4 to win the 11-12 girls high jump. It was her third state age-group title in the event.

    “My PR last year was 4-1,” said Trimble. “This year it’s 4-6. My goal is to jump 4-8 and win regionals. There’s a girl in Washington who has gone 4-7. I want to go 4-8 and beat her.”

    Several other Mustang Track Club and Raptor Track Club athletes got the job done at the JO state meet, placing in the top eight and earning a spot at the USATF Junior Olympics Northwest Regional Championships.

    Ten-year-old Aiden Schneider, a Riverside Elementary fifth grader, placed third in the 9-10 boys 1,500-meter race-walk, with a time of 11:22.66, and he placed sixth in the shot put, with a 2-1/2-foot PR of 19-11-1/2.

    Ten-year-old Max Gillespie placed seventh in the 9-10 boys 800-meter run (2:59.58).

    Ten-year-old Shyla Theel, a seventh grader at Rowe Middle School, earned state runner-up honors with an effort of 26-6-1/2 in the 9-10 girls shot put.

    The Mustang Track Club 9-10 girls 4x100-meter relay team of Annelise Cronk, Brianne Stepper, Natasha Rodriguez and Sonia Katahdin earned fourth place, with a 1:14.99 clocking, in that event.

    West Salem High School sophomore Keira McCarrell, who competes for the Putnam Raptors Track Club, did herself proud at the Oregon state Junior Olympic Championships, winning the 15-16 girls heptathlon and earning runner-up honors in the 100-meter dash (12.96), 100-meter high hurdles (16.43) and javelin (111-9).

    She scored 3772 points, winning the heptathlon by just one point with a come-from-behind effort.

    Her heptathlon marks were: 27.43 in the 200, 4-8 in the high jump, 2:37.36 in the 800, 16-4-3/4 in the long jump, 30-5-1/4 in the shot put, 117-5 in the javelin and 18.82 in the 100-meter high hurdles.

    Twelve-year-old Sydney McCarrell of the Raptors Track Club earned Junior Olympic state titles in both the 11-12 girls shot put (28-10-3/4) and discus (72-0-1/4).

    Taylor McCarrell of the Raptors earned third place in the 13-14 pole vault, and MaKenna Kellogg of the Raptors Track Club placed fourth in the 11-12 girls 3,000-meter run (14:46.06).