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A sanctuary city by any other name ...

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Alarming racial justice stats shock even longtime advocates

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Giant 'Westside' project taking shape - on paper

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Ananda Center plans public garden in Laurelwood

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Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Artistic Director, BagNBaggage

Scott PalmerWhen people say “the British Bard,” most of the time they are referring to the one

and only William Shakespeare. There is, however, another British poet that has captured the hearts and minds of the British people (and people throughout the world) with his wit, wisdom, and powerful poetry: Burns achieved the

coveted title of “national poet of Scotland," and his works are

still performed throughout the world to this day.

Unlike his fellow British writer William Shakespeare,

Robert Burns has his very own holiday named after him:

Burns Night! Bag&Baggage’s

Burns Night Supper will follow Scottish tradition by featuring

a live bagpiper, drams of whiskey, and a traditional

Scottish meal including cocka-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, bangers and mash, sticky toffee pudding, and of

course, haggis. There will also be a

small silent and live auction

selection. Guests will be “piped

in” to the event and will also

be entertained by performances

by B&B resident actors of

Burns poetry and contemporary

Scottish poetry. In addition,

singers from the Oregon

Chorale will perform a range

of Scottish songs, including

The Rose of Scotland and Auld

Lang Syne.

Tickets for the event at $80

and include entertainment, a

traditional Burns Night Supper,

and a dram of tasting

whiskey. A cash bar featuring

a range of scotches, wines and

beers is also available. The

event begins at 5:00pm on January

28, 2017 at Merriwether

National Golf Club in Hillsboro

and tickets must be purchased

in advance. Tickets can be purchased

online at www.bagnbaggage.

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box office at 503 345 9590.




Brought to you by Dr. Scott Hein, DPT, PT, OCS Therapeutic Associates Forest Grove Physical Therapy

Dr. Scott Hein, DPT, PT, OCS

Are you one of the nearly 80 million Americans suffering from low back pain at this moment?

Do you think injection or surgery may be the answer?

Do you have a family member, friend or neighbor who has dealt with back pain and underwent surgery for it?

Looking at statistics on low back pain in our country, the odds are good that you answered yes to at least one of the above questions. Back pain affects many of us. In fact, studies show that 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

One good thing that may be coming from this recognition of how big of a problem low back pain is today is that it’s forcing the healthcare system to recognize that the traditional approach to treating it has not worked. Virginia Mason medical center in Seattle has now shown that within their system, treating patients with Physical Therapy within 14 days of the onset of low back pain resulted in significant cost savings, lower treatment duration and better patient outcomes (typically excellent—some cases resulted in relief of pain after 2 visits). This was opposed to the traditional approach where a patient is prescribed medication, ordered x-rays/MRI/CT scans then treated later with injection, surgery or physical therapy (approximately double the cost, significantly longer treatment duration and poorer outcomes up to 1 year later).

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Forest Grove 97116


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To keep our customers informed of Oregon code changes and sys­tem enhancement products, we have two items to highlight.

Locking Refrigerant Access Ports: All new installations of outside air conditioners or heat pumps now require locking re­frigerant access ports. The code was put into place to prevent peo­ple from inhaling (huffing) Freon from residential and commercial systems. Locking caps also pre­vent the theft of Freon for resale. The cost of Freon is rising and is worth more per pound then met­al. Some systems require more than one cap. These caps require a special key and are for service technicians only. This is also why we do not leave the key for the caps with the homeowner.

Carbon monoxide detec­tors are also required to be in­stalled in all family dwellings. This code is strictly enforced. We believe every house should have a carbon monoxide detector. The investment is minimal com­pared to one’s life. Every dwell­ing should have one and in some cases more than one. They need to be located in each bedroom or within fifteen feet of each bed­room door. Things to look for are power consumption and battery backup life, location of where to mount the unit, and life expec­tancy of the unit. We currently sell a unit which reads at lower levels than most store purchased models, and has a built in battery backup, with a detector life of seven years.

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Brought to you by Barb Colter, Practice Administrator, Maple Street Clinic

Barb Colter, Practice Administrator

We hope your holiday sea-son is merry, bright and jolly! We hope you are excited for the magic of the season to take hold. But if you find yourself not so jolly, or flat out sad, you are not alone. Stressors such as loneliness, lack of funds, be-ing away from a loved one, a loss in family (death, divorce, change of address,) memo-ries of past holidays, unreal-istic expectations, etc. might push your emotions close to a breaking point. If you find yourself in this boat, try these tips to help get and stay on the positive side; ¦ Predict and handle poten-tial stressors early-on: Cre-ate a schedule, make a bud-get and stick to it, do not go overboard, remember it real-ly is the thought that counts. ¦ Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep and exercise, keep your already estab-lished routines, seek sun-light when possible, read a book, get a massage, take a drive in the evening to look at the lights, do something that makes you happy to re-charge your batteries. ¦ Manage loneliness: be pro-active in your plans, call a friend, purchase a ticket to visit family/friends far away, volunteer to help those less fortunate, accept an invita-tion to dinner, plan a new year’s party of your own, be in control of your circum-stances. ¦ Be aware: Remember that it’s normal to not always be happy this time of year, and that’s okay. Do remember if you’re ever feeling particu-larly depressed or stressed, call us. We stand ready to help you find a way to develop a successful holiday survival plan.

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Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care

Todd Barth, Home Insead Senior CareIn the senior industry that statement

is so true! To our knowledge there are

no classes on aging well. After the

age of 80 often seniors find themselves

isolated, lonely and hopeless. They are

often unaware of the resources around

their community that can help them.

Currently the Hillsboro Home Instead

serves in Yamhill, Western Washington

and Columbia Counties. Home Instead has

made it their business to Change the Face

of Aging.

“It is our privilege and honor and

serve the seniors and their families in

our community,” says Todd Barth. “We

have invested in our community on a

very personal level. And we believe every

family in the area deserves individualized

in-home senior care with a compassionate


For that reason we have sponsored these

local events:

?? Hillsboro Senior Center -- Going to the

Races silent auction at the Walter Cultural

Arts Center, to raise funds for the senior

lunch program. September 10th from 6

p.m. – 10 p.m.

??????Care Partners – Dance to Care! Live

music and dancing at Orenco Station

Plaza. Help patients and families receive

compassionate, exceptional end-oflife

care, regardless of ability to pay.

September 10th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

???? The Walk to End Alzheimers,

Unity within the Community, For more

information or to join us on Facebook:

StopAlz Hillsboro Strong

???? Village Without Walls – A new

subscription based organization that

serves our local seniors with task oriented

projects, any kind of home project that

an active senior may not feel comfortable

doing. They open their doors Oct 1, 2016.

For more info see

Todd says, “As a locally owned business,

we offer friendly, responsive service right

in your neighborhood. We’re dedicated to

making our community a better place to

live for seniors and their families.”

For more information about our

services or resources; contact phyllis.

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


1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124


Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care

Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior CareFun family get-togethers, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, vacations

and other festivities make summer one of

the most enjoyable times of the year. But

when you plan your summer activities

keep this advice in mind.

Our aging population is more active

today. Experts tell us that as we age our

bodies can’t handle the heat like they

did when we were younger. A senior

body often doesn’t detect the heat and

will not begin sweating until their body

temperature has skyrocketed and our

body’s cooling devices don’t operate as

effi ciently as we age.

And that’s what makes heat so

dangerous for older adults. More people

in the United States die from extreme

heat every year than from hurricanes,

lightning, tornadoes, fl oods and

earthquakes combined and nearly half

of all heat fatalities were individuals past

the age of 70, according to the National

Weather Service.

By taking some common-sense

approaches to staying cool and hydrated,

seniors can spend quality time with

family and friends outdoors.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity.

If you must do strenuous activity, do it

during the coolest part of the day.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

Try to go to a public building with air

conditioning each day for several hours

or designated cooling shelters. Wear

lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink

plenty of water regularly and often, even

if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks

with alcohol or caffeine in them. Eat

small meals and eat more often.

Todd Barth says “Home Instead Senior

Care is about keeping our seniors safe.

Educating our seniors on how to stay cool

during the hottest months of the year

is important to us. If you want to know

the top 10 ways to keep seniors cool, call

Home Instead.”

— Javier Vasquez / Tomme Maier

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124


Brought to you by Todd Barth of Home Instead Senior Care in Hillsboro

Todd BarthFalls are the No. 1 reason that seniors

end up in the hospital. In fact, 33 percent

of all hospital visits are caused by falls

and accidents at home.

Many falls are preventable. Exercise

can help reduce the risk of falls

by improving strength, balance,

coordination and flexibility. With a

doctors’ permission, encourage your

loved one to enjoy activities like walking,

water workouts or Tai Chi. Simple chair

exercises and stretches can also provide


Physical therapy is another option

for seniors who avoid physical activity

because they are afraid to fall. A

therapist can create a custom exercise

program aimed at improving balance,

flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

Also, be mindful of medications.

Some medicines – or combinations of

medicines – can cause adverse side

effects like dizziness or drowsiness,

which increase the likelihood of injury.

With these factors in mind, Home Instead

Senior Care encourages children and their

aging parents to have honest conversations

on this topic. We encourage family

members to be brave enough to keep their

senior loved ones safe from harm. Home

Instead is not about our seniors losing their

freedoms; it’s just the opposite.

“We are all about keeping seniors safe,

and bringing peace of mind to the family at

large,” said Todd Barth, owner of the Home

Instead franchise in Hillsboro.

An upcoming educational workshop,

“Improving Com-munication with Aging

Parents,” will address this issue. The

workshop will be held May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at

1400 N.E. 48th Ave., Suite 107, in Hillsboro.

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro OR 97124


Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care

Todd BarthWhether we are ready or like it, the

holiday season is upon us. For many

seniors the holiday season is a time

of loneliness, BUT not on our watch!

Home Instead Senior Care organizations

across America will be rolling out “Be a

Santa To a Senior” program.

The objective of Home Instead Senior

Care’s® Be a Santa to a Senior® program

is to give back to local communities

by providing gifts and holiday cheer

to seniors. It’s an opportunity to touch

the lives of seniors in your community

who generally don’t have family around

during the holidays and aren’t going to

receive gifts. Ultimately, the objective is

to positively impact the lives of seniors

in your community.

The Hillsboro Home Instead Senior

Care office partners with local Meals

On Wheels and retail stores in Western

Washington County and Columbia

County to provide this opportunity of

giving. It is such a blessing to see those

smiling eyes when they receive that

special gift.

For more information about

this program go to: www.

This year Christmas wreaths will be

hung at the following retail outlets on

November 22, 2016:


Bi-Mart Store #618 -

2075 SE Tualatin Valley Highway

Forest Grove

Bi-Mart Store #635 -

3225 Pacific Ave.


Bi-Mart Store #686 -

51536 SE 2nd St.

St. Helens

Rite Aid – 785 South Columbia River


“Our mission, says Todd Barth, owner

of the Hillsboro franchise, is to serve

seniors in our community. What better

way to say we care than partnering with

local organizations and providing a

Christmas for every senior?”




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