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Brought to you by Nell Rafalovich, PA-C of Maple Street Clinic, Health Expert

Summer Skin Care

Nell Rafalovich, PA-COregonians love to go outside. We bike, hike, rock climb and ski. As soon as the sun comes out, we pare down our clothing and get out in it! We seek that healthy, tanned look. But, did you know that Oregon has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation? In our state, 2200 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year; of those, 150 die. Melanoma is now one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in young women and children who get a sunburn are more likely to develop melanoma later in life. What is an active, outdoor loving Oregonian to do?

The very best way to avoid skin cancer is to use sun protection. Nell Rafalovich, PA-C, of the Maple Street Clinic recommends that you apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum 15 SPF 15-20 minutes prior to exposure and every 2 hours after. If you are outside a lot or are participating in sports you should use a SPF 30 sunscreen.

There are other ways to avoid exposure besides sunscreen, including wearing a hat, sunglasses and protective clothing. Stay in the shade between 10:00 am and 4:00 p.m. and remember that water, snow and sand reflect the sun. For children under 6 months the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding the use of sunscreen altogether, so make sure your baby is covered, wears a hat, and sunglasses.

Early detection is the key to the successful treatment for skin cancer. Have a yearly skin check performed by your PCP or a dermatologist. Do monthly checks at home, inspecting every inch of skin. If you find a suspicious spot, especially in a high exposure area, make an appointment to see your health care provider.





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Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Theatre Expert

So Much More Than Entertainment


Scott PalmerOver the past nine years, Bag&Baggage has presented a wide range of theatrical productions: from the familiar (Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, Dial M For Murder) the to obscure (Our Country’s Good, Coriolanus, and The Six Gentlepersons of Verona), all with a commitment to high production values, compelling story-telling, and the very best acting talent in the region. But B&B’s work is about so much more than entertainment; in fact, we believe that theatre can (and should) ask our community important questions about our past and our future. Who are we? Where do we come from? Who do we want to be? What does our future hold?

 During the 2016-2017 Season, we will continue this commitment to combining the very best in theatrical entertainment with provocative social exploration. Over the coming months, B&B will look at our past via the Pacific Northwest premiere of The Graduate, based on the hit novel and movie from the 1960s, and explore the very beginnings of the sexual revolution and America’s counter culture. In October, we will present a recent hit from Canada, The Drowning Girls, based on a horrific series of murders from England in the late 1800s and a show that questions how our judicial system treats crimes of passion and domestic violence. Our holiday show, Parfumerie, is a delightful romantic comedy set in 1930s Budapest, and celebrates the power of love, forgiveness, and hope. As a theatre company, we take our work very seriously. Not only in the quality of the performances we present, but also in the questions and issues we choose to explore.

We are so proud to do this work for our community, and invite everyone who has an interest in both live theatre and the future of our community to join us for a season of provocative and highly entertaining work. We hope to see everyone at a show.





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Brought to you by Dr. Scott Hein,PT, DPT

Meet the staff at Therapeutic Associates Forest Grove Physical Therapy.

Dr. Scott Hein, PT, DPTOur physical therapists and front-office staff maintain a high standard of care, which allows patients to better understand their condition, the expectations of their rehabilitation, and how long it will take to reach their goals.

Therapeutic Associates Forest Grove Physical Therapy is a warm, friendly clinic that values one-on-one personal interactions with each patient. We treat everyone with respect and pride ourselves on the skilled care of our well-trained manual therapists. Treatment plans target each patient’s needs and are developed based on individual goals. We create a welcoming, comfortable environment where patients are able to establish a sincere connection with their therapist.

Conveniently located on the corner of Pacific avenue and Elm street, two blocks from Pacific University, our physical therapy services include treatment of arthritis, neck and back care, TMJ and headache treatment, orthopedic and sports therapy, ASTYM, post-surgical rehab, aquatic therapy,  women’s health, and work conditioning.

We are committed to our community and regularly provide support and sponsorship of Pacific University and Forest Grove High School athletics. We believe in doing our part in assisting and educating our patients and community members to allow them to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

For this first column we introduce Scott Hein, Doctor of Physical Therapy:  Though Scott is the clinic manager, he spends the majority of his time treating patients and has been doing so in Forest Grove since 2007. Scott has felt connected to the community of FG since his time as a student at Pacific and appreciates the small-town feel that FG offers as he was born and raised less than a half-hour from his clinic. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, boating, water skiing, hiking, camping, and music.


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Brought to you by Janet Peters, Insurance Expert.

Janet PetersIn 2015 Forest Fires destroyed thousands of homes in the Pacific Northwest, many in Oregon, and this year’s wildfire season is predicted to pose a substantial threat across the state. Is your home insured in case of forest fire? Are the contents of your home and landscaping covered by your policy? What if your car is destroyed by flood or landslide?

All these questions, and any more that you have about your coverage in case of a catastrophic event can be answered by Janet Peters, your local Allstate agent. Janet has a wide range of expertise in insuring your home and autos and can advise you if your home is near a flood plain, for example, or if there have been forest fires in your area in the past. She will be able to help you get the coverage you need to protect your assets.

And if such a thing should happen she will be there to help with claims, “In fact,” Janet says “Allstate’s outstanding financial strength and superior claims service received an A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best. Quality service, strength and satisfaction – that’s something I’m glad to be a part of.”

Stop in or call Janet today for help with all your insurance questions, “I’m committed to helping you protect what you have today and prepare for tomorrow.”





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Brought to you by Kevin Kuntz, Heating and Cooling Expert

Kenin KuntzWhy isn't my air conditioning keeping me cool enough?

We’re officially into the summer months! That means that residents of the Pacific Northwest will be seeing some hot days in the next several weeks. If your air conditioning isn’t keeping you cool enough, there may be something going wrong with it. Here are some potential reasons.

#1: The outdoor unit is dirty. Outdoor HVAC systems need to be cleaned regularly. If not, debris and dirt will collect on the surface as well as the internal components and this could cause issues with efficiency.

#2: You need a new air filter. Did you know that you need to change the air filter in your HVAC system every one or two months? If you aren’t, the filter will have buildup of dirt, dander, and debris and this means the airflow could be slowed down and dirty air filters cause debris and dirt to enter your home.

#3: Your unit is the wrong size. Your HVAC unit will only be efficient if it’s the right size for your home. If you have a small unit, you can’t expect it to cool the entire house. We’ll be happy to take a look at your current system to see if it is the right size to keep you cool and comfortable everywhere.

With summer in full swing, it’s time to get your air conditioner replaced so you can stay comfortable for the remainder of the summer months. Call us today to have our team of experts look at your HVAC system and see what’s going on with it. If you need repairs, we can do that for you at a fair price. If you need a completely new system, we can provide you some options that won’t stretch your pocketbook too much.





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Brought to you by Barb Colter, Health Care Expert

The statistic surrounding men’s health are alarming.

On average, men die earlier than women. They are more likely to die from all leading causes of death – including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Approximately 230,000 men are diagnosed with -- and 30,000 men die from -- prostate cancer annually in the U.S. Each year 24,000 depressed men and boys take their own lives. Overall, suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death for males, and third for young men ages 15-24.

Fortunately, these worrisome statistics may be turned around. June is Men’s Health Month, which aims to create awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage early detection and treatment.

One of the more unique challenges men face is their reluctance to seek health care. However, many health risks may actually be prevented and treated with earlier diagnosis. Screening tests often find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It is crucial that men go against their tendency to avoid health care and get regular checkups and screenings.  

Men’s health issues don’t affect only men – they have a significant impact on their family and friends, too. At Maple Street Clinic, we encourage men and their families to continually discover ways they may improve their health.

To get on the road to wellness, it is important to make a few simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy - including saying yes to breakfast, committing to exercise by choosing activities that are enjoyable to stay motivated, and making prevention a priority - see your medical provider for an age-appropriate checkup and screening.

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Senior Care expert

Todd Barth, Senior Care Expert

Falls 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 benefits.

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 make the likelihood of a fall greater. Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review medications to reduce the risk.

“Home Instead Senior Care was birthed to serve seniors by our founders caring for their own Grandmother,” said Todd Barth, owner of the Hillsboro Home Instead franchise. “Our franchise and personal mission is to provide compassionate care and inspiration to our local seniors.”

Our goal is to keep seniors safe at home. Through our safety program, available at no charge to all seniors, our care consultants can help you and the senior you love identify safety and care needs in the home. Call today for a free consultation, 503-530-1527.

Linda Baker, Holistic Healing Insider

Linda Baker, Holistic Healing InsiderIf you are looking for empowerment, Sacred Light Academy, located at RoseSprings Center, 5215 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, in Hillsboro, offers sacred knowledge, tools and guidance to manifest the life that you desire. The courses presented are based on ancient wisdom and spiritual truths that respond to the laws of the Universe.

The secret to changing your life is knowing the rules that govern the universal laws of creation (life) and know-how to apply these teachings, so that you can create the changes you desire. It is a bit like a video game, if you don't know the rules or how to navigate it, you are not likely to get to the next level with ease. However, with the understanding of the nature of the game and a few hacks, tricks and tips, you can conquer it with ease and flow.

The journey to empowerment is a personal experience that can be reached from diverse paths or studies. At Sacred Light Academy, you will find something that resonates with your spiritual tradition. Astrology, Energy Healing, Mediumship, Movement, New Consciousness, Shamanism -- we also offer ongoing introductory classes that may help you find your passion and path, while making new friends.

We like to have fun, share stories, and sometimes simply engage our creative side, like our Kombucha and Canvas Paint Nite, or Ecstatic Dance nights. For more information or to contact us, visit our website: Sacredlightacademy.com.

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Brought to you by Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center

Victoria and Chris GarfieldHousing prices in Forest Grove have risen 15% over the last year, with an average 3 bedroom home selling for near $300,000. Add a desperately low inventory of homes and it’s a seller’s market. You may have received a phone call from a Portland realtor asking if you would like to list your home with them. Perhaps your interest has been piqued. How much is my home worth? What would I be able to afford in a replacement home? Is now the time to get that troublesome rental off my hands?

Before you talk to a realtor from Portland, who doesn’t know this area and is interested only in a sale, Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center invite you to talk to them first.

“I have always been driven to focus on community itself,” Chris says. “We are client centered – it is less about the home sale than the circumstances of our clients.” John L. Scott Market Center has the most knowledgeable, long term and successful realtors who live right here in Forest Grove. “Many of our agents are multi-generational, being even more rooted in the community.”

If a phone call has triggered your interest in selling your home, Chris says, “Call us, we will take care of you.”

Brought to you by Nate Boyd, Fitness Insider

Nate BoydIt is air conditioned! Work out and stay cool.

Summertime means ice-cream runs, smoothies to cool off and fruity drinks by the pool. By working out in the summer, you can enjoy these treats without stressing about your body. You don’t want to lose all the fitness and hard work you've acquired throughout the year, and a workout will keep you on track.

You will look great in a swimming suit! Show off the muscles you are building this summer.

Strength training can also improve a person’s mental health, reducing depression and improving sleep quality. Look good and feel better, too!

Stay younger! As a person ages, metabolism naturally slows down, leading to gradual weight gain. Muscle is a great way to counterbalance the body’s natural slowdown, and the earlier a person starts, the easier it will be to maintain that muscle over time.

During the summer months, gyms are vacated while people head outdoors for exercise, but it’s just as important as ever to lift and tone during the warm months as it is during the cold. The Gym is emptier in the summer, so grab the advantage. Also, no morning trips to the gym in the dark.

Special prices, including The Gym’s 99 days for 99 dollars! As an esteemed patron of the Gym says, “Why weight? Because there is seven days of weak."

Brought to you by by Janet Peters, Insurance Insider

Janet Peters, Insurance InsiderSpring thaws, heavy rains, hurricanes and the rapid accumulation of rain after a wildfire can cause a flood. And, while certain areas are prone to flooding, it can happen anywhere and at any time. According to HYPERLINK "http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/ffr_overview.jsp"Floodsmart.gov, floods are the No. 1 natural disaster in the United States. "Anywhere it rains, it can flood," the federal government-run site declares.

So, are you prepared? Beyond readying your home and developing a family emergency plan, being prepared for a flood means understanding a bit about insurance.

Not everyone understands the need for a separate flood policy. Research shows that there's a common misconception that homeowners insurance covers flood damage when it typically doesn't. "Some people believe flood is part of their standard homeowners policy and, sadly, don't realize they need a separate flood policy until it's too late," said Mark Green, a senior vice president at Allstate.

Most important is the fact that a standard homeowners insurance policy typically doesn't cover flood damage. And because floods can occur anywhere, you should strongly consider purchasing a separate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy through an insurance agent. Costs for flood insurance will vary depending on how much coverage you buy, what the policy covers (does it just cover the structure? the contents of your home?) and your property's flood risk. Contact Janet to assess your flood risk and learn more about flood insurance.

Brought to you by Holly Witte

Holly WitteFor as many Tasting Rooms as there are in Oregon, that’s probably how many styles of Tasting experiences there are! What are you hoping for in a Tasting visit? Are there things you should keep in mind? We think so.

The more wine you taste, the less you can actually taste it. After a while, your taste buds get a little fuzzy and your head might, too. Tasting should give you a great opportunity to sample wines might be unusual or just excellent examples of wines you already know you like. You want to be able to experience them and remember them.

We hope we are one of only two or, tops, three wineries you might visit in a day. We do love the big event weekends, of course, because so many people come out to celebrate our beautiful wine country even though we don’t get to spend a lot of time with each visitor. For a festive experience – and you have a designated driver – by all means head out on the big weekends.

Tasting on the weekends is always fun and you never know who you might meet at the bar!

If meeting the winemaker and a more personal experience is up your alley, check to see if there are private tastings available. We are open for everyone on weekends and also schedule private tastings on Tuesday – Thursday. Call us and we’ll tailor a visit so you have the best of times and taste great wine!

Forest Grove's Opinions

July 20, 2016

Court case won't bring family back

by Editorial Board
Negligence and responsibility could be at the center of a legal battle in Washington County this fall as a wrongful death lawsuit…
July 20, 2016

Passion, ethics collide over Black Lives

by Jill Rehkopf Smith
I almost organized a Black Lives Matter demonstration. I had just watched the Facebook video of a blood-soaked Philando Castile, the…
July 20, 2016

We can deny terrorists by living freely

by Mark Kirchmeier
As I took my Hillsboro Stadium press box seat July 14 to cover a Hops baseball game, my smartphone lit up with a New York Times story:…

July 20, 2016

'About Town' section is about your community

by Editorial Board
If you’re paying attention to the print version of this week’s News-Times — and of course we really hope you are — you’ll notice a…
July 13, 2016

Concours led by hundreds of volunteers

by Editorial Board
Each July, on the third weekend of the month, the little town of Forest Grove hosts one of the most acclaimed car shows on the West…
July 13, 2016

Cancer is real - but don't give up hope

by Sydney Arrington
My name is Sydney and I’m here to share with you my story of being immersed by the cancer culture and being a young caregiver to…
July 13, 2016

Be repairers of the breach for Black Lives Matter and Dallas

by Rev. Chuck Currie
The last 48 hours Americans have been mourning and processing the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men fatally…
July 08, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate decision

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding…
July 06, 2016

Changes to staff shift newsroom 'family' dynamics

by Nancy Townsley
In a family, when a new baby is born or a teenager graduates from high school and goes off to college, the dynamics inside that home…
July 08, 2016

Don't wait - help is available for all victims of domestic abuse

by Susan Johnson
Domestic violence is found across all socioeconomic groups — in fact, more than one in three women and one in four men have been…
June 29, 2016

Is Brown governor for all - or only unions?

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is…
June 28, 2016

Westside Bypass: no growth without infrastructure

by Robert McCullough
It is not easy to be a professional economist in Portland. We live on a steady diet of misinformation — some benign like the candidate…
June 28, 2016

There's one thing I know something about, but not what you'd guess

by Mikel Kelly
It has been suggested, a time or two in my life, that my most unique personal achievement may very well have been my selection to the…
June 22, 2016

Letters to the editor

by (none)
Trump preaches hate; gunman acted on it A question for Republican voters in the community: Are you alarmed and disgusted or impressed…
June 22, 2016

Domestic terror needs solutions, not political venom

by (none)
The horrific attack in an Orlando nightclub June 12 could have happened anywhere at any time — and that sad reality should prompt…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate decision

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding…
June 15, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Nancy Townsley
We must work for a more peaceful America I worshiped this morning in Charleston, South Carolina, where one year ago an act of domestic…
June 15, 2016

Affirmative Action blunts cries of racism from Latinos

by Richard LaMountain
Three weeks ago, two students hung a banner that proclaimed “Build a wall” — the “wall” being Donald Trump’s proposed barrier on the…
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - This sign at Hagg Lake south of Forest Grove could be clearer in its warning about steep drop-offs near the Sain Creek Picnic Area.
June 15, 2016

Local signs must make dangers clear to visitors

by (none)
Colin Nathaniel Scott — a young, intelligent, newly-minted Pacific University grad — died last week after falling into a 200-degree…

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Jun 08, 2016

To graduate, teens need adults who believe in them

by Kristy Kottkey
This month, thousands of students in Oregon will walk across the stage at their high school graduation ceremonies. For many of them,…
Jun 08, 2016

Relay celebrates cancer survivors, caregivers

by Dawn Andresen
I would like to tell you about an annual community event in Forest Grove. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Forest Grove…
Jun 08, 2016

Be careful when the heat is on

by (none)
Memorial Day weekend is in the rear-view mirror and there are still three weeks until the Fourth of July. But even though the official…
Jun 01, 2016

Stop the fight, settle Cover Oregon suit

by Editorial Board
It would be hard to say which entity the public distrusts more — big business or big government. As such, many people in Oregon will…
Jun 01, 2016

After #standupFG: build walls - or bridges?

by Russ Dondero
As a resident of Forest Grove since 1974 when I joined the Department of Politics & Government at Pacific University, I gradually…
Jun 01, 2016

Walkout increased student divide

by Max Norman
Here are some of my thoughts on the walkout at Forest Grove High School Thursday, May 19. While the walkout had a noble and worthwhile…