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Brought to you by Dan Schofield, Weston Kia - Automotive Insider -

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldNever mind fitting the biggest present under the tree.

How about something big, shiny and new wrapped in a garage?

“Holidays on Us” is Weston Kia’s gift to you this season. Have you been eyeing 2016 Kia Optimas, Optima Hybrid or Kia Souls all year? Have you checked out the 2017 Kia Forte or Kia Sorento?

The time is right to come in for a test drive and choose your favorite.

Through Jan. 3, 2017, Weston Kia will make your season bright, offering:

· First two payments covered by us, up to $1,000

· Additional 90-day deferred payment option

· Zero percent interest for up to 66 months

(Offer applies only to qualified buyers financing their purchase through Kia Motors Finance.)

Come on by and we’ll tell you all about it.

Happy Holidays from Weston Kia!

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030



Brought to you by Randall Wilson, Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace - Assisted Living Insider -

PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING - Randall WilsonSometimes, when a far-flung family comes together for the holidays, they may discover that an elderly loved one is having difficulty functioning well at home.

Here are some signs to look for:

Altered eating habits. Forgetting to eat or losing interest in food altogether are both signs of poor health. Alternatively, seniors with memory issues can overeat or repeat meals. A kitchen stocked with spoiled, half-eaten or expired food suggests a senior who can no longer manage alone.

Antisocial behavior. Losing interest in friends, withdrawing from social situations or neglecting a previously cherished hobby may indicate depression, memory loss or a decline in cognitive abilities.

Worsening finances. A senior who forgets to pay bills (or pays them multiple times) may need help managing their household finances. Look for unwanted magazine subscriptions or donation solicitations that can easily drain a bank account.

Poor personal hygiene. Many seniors feel uncomfortable asking for help with personal hygiene. Bad odors, a disheveled appearance or indications of skipped showers and baths all suggest that a senior can no longer perform daily grooming tasks unaided.

Decline in safety. For a senior, a fall in the shower (and the subsequent hospitalization) can be a life-threatening injury. A senior who leaves the stove on or forgets how often to take their medication may need daily help.

While the family’s in town, be proactive. Don’t wait until the situation becomes an emergency.

Call us to arrange a tour. We’ll be glad to show you what makes Prestige Care Huntington Terrace special.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

Gresham, OR 97030



Brought to you by Ken Mitchell-Phillips - The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips - LEGAL INSIDER -

Brought to you by Dan Schofield, Weston Kia - Automotive INSIDER -

WESTON KIA - Dan SchofieldIn Oregon, our first really cold snap can happen anytime. Don’t get stuck on the road – or spinning around on it - in a vehicle unprepared for winter.

Take your vehicle to a reputable shop and make sure it’s checked for the following winter basics:

Engine coolant doesn’t just keep your engine from overheating – it also protects your engine from corrosion. Every vehicle requires a certain ratio of coolant to water. Your repair technician will know that ratio, as well as what type of coolant to use.

Have your oil checked to ensure you have the proper type for the changing weather outside. During the winter months, when temperatures get below freezing, your mechanic may advise switching to a thinner, less viscous oil.

Battery - Don’t let a dead battery put a screeching halt to your day. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals and fluid will head off problems and make sure your car is ready for winter. The shop will check the age and strength (amount of voltage) left in your battery and find out whether it needs replacement.

Tires – What type will you need for the terrain and conditions you’ll be driving through - whether it’s snow, sleet or ice? Should you drive all-season tires or invest in snow tires? If you choose snow tires, most car manufacturers recommend changing all four to snow tires in the winter.

Plan ahead now to make your winter holidays a lot more enjoyable!

Weston Kia

22309 SE Stark St.

Gresham OR 97030



Brought to you by Randall Wilson, Prestige Senior Living Huntington Terrace - Retirement Living INSIDER -

PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING - HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonHere at Prestige Care Huntington Terrace, our staff is keenly aware of the importance of keeping our residents healthy and strong.

If we notice one of our residents has a decrease in function, a doctor’s referral may be required. If the doctor recommends physical therapy, a home health agency of the resident’s choosing will come to our facility to work with the patient to regain normal function.

Such treatment is usually covered by Medicare Part B.

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an appropriate time to consider the benefits of physical therapy.

Prescription opioids to control pain have become a huge problem in the United States, with abuse and addiction growing to epidemic proportions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other previous year, and at least half involved a prescription opioid. As many as one in four people using prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain struggles with addiction.

In March, the CDC released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The CDC made it clear that non-pharmacologic alternatives to prescription opioids, such as physical therapy, are the preferred option for treating chronic pain.

At Prestige Care, having a physical therapist come to our location makes it more likely that treatment will take place, on schedule, and help the resident get back to enjoying activities quickly.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave.,

Gresham, OR 97030




Brought to you by Tony Kriss - Advanced Firearms Training - FIREARMS INSIDER

ADVANCED FIREARMS TRAINING - Tony KrissWhen you handle a firearm, having a safety-oriented attitude is the best thing you can do to prevent firearm accidents. Ignorance and carelessness are the two main causes of firearm accidents, which is why I think it’s necessary that you understand safe weapon handling; otherwise, you or someone else WILL get hurt. In the spirit of keeping you safe this holiday season, here are more safe weapon-handling tips, courtesy of Advanced Firearms Training:

1.) Know your firearm—Don’t just guess, KNOW how your firearm operates: how it loads and unloads, where the safety is located, etc.

2.) Keep your firearm unloaded until ready to use—Don’t store your firearm with live rounds in it, and don’t load it until you’re ready to use your firearm.

3.) Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction—If you’re not ready to use your firearm, keep it pointed in a safe direction; generally, this will be towards the ground. Treat every firearm like it is loaded.

4.) Know your target and beyond—Before you’re ready to fire, make sure to track what’s behind your target; bullets can go through—and beyond—your intended target.

5.) Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire—As long as your finger is away from the trigger, your firearm will not discharge. This is arguably the most important rule of firearm safety.

Advanced Firearms Training


1121 NE Division St., Gresham, OR 97030


Brought to you by Donivon McCord - McCord Construction - CONSTRUCTION INSIDER -

MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordHomeowners looking to add upgrades or remodel sections of their home will usually wait until the nice weather of spring and summer arrives. But why not remodel now? By the time spring arrives, you could already be enjoying your newly renovated kitchen or your wonderfully redesigned bathroom.

Winter remodels come with a number of benefits. Contractors typically have less projects in the winter months, making scheduling substantially easier than the summer months. Manufacturers may have close-out prices on appliances and materials before raising prices in the spring. The end result is a project that costs you less money, saves you more time, and leads to a higher return on your investment.

And there are even more ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it. Start by repairing what needs to be fixed; home repairs are the renovation that yields the most value for your home. After that, your kitchen and bathroom are the two areas where a remodel is most beneficial, due to their frequent use.

Finally, another smart move to make is remodeling with energy efficient products. Whether it’s doors, windows, or appliances, these products will add value to your home while helping you to save on your energy costs.

At McCord Construction, we believe that NOW is the best time to remodel your home. Contact us today to get started: We always put the customer first.

McCord Construction

500 NW 20th St STE 202, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 348-2366


Brought to you by Randy and Dori DeLaunay - Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center - LANDSCAPING INSIDER

CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayWith winter right around the corner, you’ll need to make specific adjustments to how you care for your home’s pond feature. You don’t need us to tell you how different the summer and winter months are, and your pond can definitely tell the difference too! Make sure that your pond is in great shape this winter by following these tricks for a healthy winter pond:

  • Clean out any leaves and debris before they decay. The cleaner your pond, the happier and healthier your fish will be.
  • Add salt to kill unwanted parasites on your koi and goldfish. It’s a safe, natural, and effective method for ridding your fish of unwanted parasites.
  • When the water reaches 50 degrees, stop feeding your pond fish. Koi and goldfish will hibernate until the spring and will not need to be fed.
  • Keep adding beneficial bacteria to ensure no imbalances in the winter. This is the season when fish are most susceptible to water quality issues.
  • Keep an open hole in a frozen pond for essential gas exchange. This can be done with a pond heater or by leaving your pump running.
  • For more helpful tips with your winter landscape, we’re always just a phone call away for friendly, local advice (We do free water testing all year round!). Give us a call today at 503-663-5483.

    Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

    9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

    (503) 663-5483


    Brought to you by Dr. Ryan Thomas - Hillcrest Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -

    HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasBoard certified chiropractic orthopedists are doctors of chiropractic that have completed extensive postdoctoral education in non-surgical orthopedics, and have passed rigorous specialty Board examinations leading to Diplomate status as a chiropractic orthopedist. Less than 2% of chiropractic physicians attain this status.

    To become Board certified, the chiropractic orthopedic specialist is required to demonstrate advanced proficiency in the evaluation and non-operative management of a broad range of injuries, conditions and disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system with particular emphasis on the spine and extremities.

    Who Is Certified?

    While many doctors of chiropractic (DC) prepare for careers in private practice, teaching, or research many choose additional education and training in a specialty field and pursue specialty certification. Practicing orthopedic specialists (Diplomates) hold specialty board certification. Diplomates that are members of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and are in good standing are titled Fellows of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (FACO).

    The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists maintains a recertification process (3 year cycle) available for Fellows of the Academy, to provide an ongoing program for maintaining clinical competency in the specialty of chiropractic orthopedics.

    Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

    329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 491-0388


    Brought to you by Rob Cook - Nancy's Floral - FLORAL INSIDER -

    NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookIf you haven’t been to Nancy’s Floral at 620 NE Burnside Rd in Gresham, get introduced on Sunday, November 20th at the Nancy’s Holiday Open House! Running from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., this is a great opportunity to check out all the incredible products and services Nancy’s provides.

    Our relaxed atmosphere will be perfect for browsing our Thanksgiving and Fall items, as well as our Christmas giftware, decorations, and displays. Find everything you need to charm your guests with wonderful style this holiday season, including centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving feast.

    We will have wine tastings with a representative from Sandy’s own Budah Cat Winery, great hors d’oeuvres, and samples of our own cupcakes, cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, Harry & David products, plus so much more. As if that weren’t enough, we will be handing out door prizes, conducting mystery gift card giveaways, and offering other surprises too!

    As soon as you enter our store, you will instantly notice the time and care we invest in creating each of our floral arrangements. We take pride in our work, because it’s the customer we care about. So visit Nancy’s Floral on Sunday, November 20th, from Noon to 4 p.m., and get to know your local neighborhood florist. This exciting event is not to be missed!

    Nancy’s Floral

    620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 716-4971


    Brought to you by Randy Preston - Honke Heating - HEATING AND COOLING INSIDER -

    HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonIf you are like most people, you probably need to know how to get your furnace ready for the winter. Along with routine maintenance, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible.

  • Make sure that there is nothing stored around your furnace, especially flammable material.
  • Change the batteries in your thermostat and switch your thermostat to the heating mode.
  • Make sure that all of your vents are open and nothing has been placed over them.
  • Clean your air vents and ducts by removing the vent covers, using the extension hose of your vacuum to remove the dust.
  • Stock up on air filters during the warmer months. Make sure that you change your air filters often, or if you have washable filters, wash them often.
  • If you have an oil furnace, contact your oil delivery service for “fill up”. Buying oil is less expensive before the winter.
  • Test you furnace while it’s still warm out, making sure that there is no problems.
  • Other things that you should do:

    1.) Reverse your ceiling fans for winterized air circulation.

    2.) Never use your oven, range or outdoor barbecue to heat your home because these appliances are not designed for this purpose.

    3.) Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector and test it monthly.

    4.) Change your batteries in you smoke detector and test it monthly.

    Schedule an appointment to clean your furnace early in the season. Professional companies get very busy at the onset of winter, so it’s a good idea to schedule your appointment ahead of time. A professionally cleaned heating system will work better and more efficiently, saving you money in the long run.

    Call Honke Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule your maintenance appointment!

    Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

    840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

    (503) 666-3725


    Brought to you by Maleesa Madsen - Cherry Park Plaza - SENIOR LIVING INSIDER -

    CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Maleesa MadsenAccording to the AARP, socializing with others has been proven to relieve stress and decrease the chances of ill health. For outgoing seniors, moving into senior housing provides the exhilarating opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Other seniors, however, can feel a dread or anxiety when it comes to building a new social network.

    Fortunately, senior housing provides many great opportunities to make friends! Here are 5 steps to help you on your journey:

    1.) Bake for your neighbors—Your neighbors often end up the people you see the most, so introduce yourself (and bring some cookies with you).

    2.) Relax in common areas—You won’t meet many people if you never leave your apartment, so hang out in the common areas and strike up conversations with those around you.

    3.) Signup for activities/clubs—Cherry Park Plaza offers a wide variety of activities, giving retirees a chance to meet and spend time with new people who share common interests and experiences.

    4.) Volunteer—When you volunteer, you have the opportunity to connect with those you’re serving while simultaneously building relationships with whoever you are volunteering with, making volunteering one of the best ways to find new friends.

    5.) Follow a passion—Participate in an activity near and dear to your heart, and do so regularly. You will have repeated contact with the same people, and familiarity breeds friendship.

    If you’re ready to make new friends, Cherry Park Plaza is the place to be! Call us today at (503) 573-4944 to get started!

    Cherry Park Plaza

    (503) 491-1661

    1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060


    Gresham's Opinions

    Mikel Kelly is the former head of the Central Design Desk at Pamplin Media Group and former managing editor of The Tribune's sister newspapers, the Beaverton Valley Times and The Times, serving Tigard. Tualatin and Sherwood.
    December 01, 2016

    Even in retirement, I continue to have way too many jobs

    by Mikel Kelly
    I've been retired for more than a year already, and I'm somewhat surprised to report that this past year has been one of the busiest of my life.
    COURTESY PHOTO - David Jorling
    December 01, 2016

    It's time to abolish the death penalty

    by David L. Jorling
    'When the law punishes by death, it risks its own sudden descent into brutality, transgressing the constitutional commitment to decency and restraint.'
    November 28, 2016

    Our Opinion: Diluted bus project still right move

    by Pamplin Media Group
    Some hard work has resulted in a commendable - if not breathtakingly creative - plan to improve public transportation between Portland and Gresham.

    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Russ Dondero
    November 28, 2016

    Trump needs to come clean on Kremlin connection

    by Russ Dondero
    Now that our long election nightmare is over, we face uncharted waters with a President-elect who has never held office and whose campaign was the most uncivil in memory.
    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lutie (Welch) Bailey, her father Billy Welch, and Billy's second wife, Jennie Faubion, are shown at the Welch's ranch near where the first hole of today's golf course is located. That's the base of Hunchback Mountain directly behind them with West Zigzag Mountain rising up in the distant background.
    November 23, 2016

    What our mountain area road names reveal about us

    by Paul Keller
    Have you ever taken the time to really ponder our Mount Hood area road names?
    FILE PHOTO - The president-elect.
    November 18, 2016

    Our Opinion: Turn election angst into local energy

    by Editorial Board
    Protesters filled Pioneer Courthouse Square following the surprise victory of Donald Trump in last week's election.
    FILE PHOTO - Dave Wenzel
    November 18, 2016

    Post election: Consider others before you react to outcome

    by Dave Wenzel
    An open letter to my own children, regarding the 2016 Election.
    COURTESY GRAPHIC - The numbers.
    November 17, 2016

    Is it finally time for radical reformation?

    by Adam Davis
    The desire for radical reform is seen across the state, Adam Davis argues.
    FILE PHOTO - This week's letters to the editor.
    November 17, 2016

    LETTERS: Outlook only tells half of the story

    by Contributor
    Up Next: Nesbit's column conjures some great memories of road trips
    November 11, 2016

    Balanced approach needed in wake of M97 defeat

    by Editorial Board
    Our opinion.
    FILE PHOTO - Area pumpkin pose for a photo with local kids.
    November 11, 2016

    LETTERS: Volunteer appreciates leadership of farm

    by Contributor
    Up next: An enthusiastic 'thank you' to Reynolds High School
    FILE PHOTO - No sidewalks here.
    November 10, 2016

    City should reconsider approach to walkway repairs

    by Janet Armstrong
    I do not know why my sidewalk, and not others, was singled out this time.
    FILE PHOTO - Dave Wenzel
    November 10, 2016

    Tis the season to want, so be grateful

    by Dave Wenzel
    We are ending a difficult season right now.
    November 07, 2016

    Teamwork needed, no matter who wins

    by Contributor
    Troutdale council candidate Randy Lauer wishes opponent the best
    November 07, 2016

    The interests of Troutdale residents gain top priority

    by Contributor
    It is more important now than ever that we elect people who will represent us.
    November 07, 2016

    My thoughts on Troutdale Election 2016

    by Contributor
    I am saddened that my fellow neighbors were not able to just read and hear about the real issues facing our town.
    November 07, 2016

    Laurie Monnes Anderson gets things done for our kids

    by Contributor
    John Andersen supports Monnes Anderson for Senate
    November 07, 2016

    Elect Rich Allen

    by Contributor
    Len Otto supports Rich Allen for Troutdale Mayor
    FILE PHOTO - Lisa Barton Mullins
    November 04, 2016

    LETTERS: Elect Barton Mullins to Fairview council

    by Contributor
    Also on deck: Let's work together to improve Troutdale
    FILE PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    November 01, 2016

    LETTERS: Attack ad was disgusting

    by Contributor
    Also on deck: Ryan dodges tough situations; Democrat supports Tamie Arnold for Senate
    November 02, 2016

    Campaign attacks are bold lies

    by Lori Chavez-DeRemer
    Happy Valley mayor, who is running for state representative, says mailers against her make untrue claims
    FILE PHOTO - Councilor Rich Allen
    October 31, 2016

    LETTERS: White, Allen step out of bounds

    by Contributor
    Also on deck: City shouldn't compete with private sector
    FILE PHOTO - Dennis Richardson
    October 25, 2016

    Richardson well-suited for Secretary of State

    by Editorial Board
    Our Choice.
    October 25, 2016

    LETTERS: No-show candidates don't get my vote

    by Contributor
    Also on deck: Vote no to end prohibition in Fairview
    FILE PHOTO - Fairview Mayor Ted Tosterud.
    October 24, 2016

    LETTERS: Fairview mayor takes sides on election

    by Contributor
    Also on deck: M97 hurts at every level of economy; Dexter McCarty environment not conducive to learning

    Don't miss the local news

    FILE PHOTO - Tobias Read.
    Oct 24, 2016

    Tobias Read stands out as best candidate for state treasurer

    by Editorial Board
    Read's background makes him our choice.
    Oct 20, 2016

    Our Endorsement: Bud Pierce can bring moderating influence to…

    by Editorial Board
    We recommend a vote for Bud Pierce.
    FILE PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    Oct 18, 2016

    Casey Ryan would bring untarnished vision to Troutdale

    by Steve Brown
    Our choice: Casey Ryan - We’ve heard the arguments against Casey Ryan’s run to become the next mayor of Troutdale, and find it amusing that those arguments actually showcase why he’s the best…
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    Oct 17, 2016

    Common sense leads to 'no' on 97

    by Editorial Board
    Published Oct. 18, 2016 - Ballot Measure 97 — a proposed corporate sales tax — isn’t what it appears to be. It’s understandable that many Oregonians are frustrated by perennial state budget…
    FILE PHOTO - Casey Ryan
    Oct 17, 2016

    LETTERS: Opponents spread misinformation about candidate for…

    by Contributor
    Citizen's View: Casey Ryan - I became aware over the weekend of an attack piece from my opponent and his “slate,” making several utterly false assertions about my previous involvements and my…
    FILE PHOTO - Rich Allen
    Oct 17, 2016

    Rich Allen would make a great mayor

    by Contributor
    Published Oct. 18, 2016 - Rich Allen is there when you need him. I met Rich in 2010 when my wife was fighting cancer. I remember him coming and giving us positive words and supporting us. After…
    FILE PHOTO - Kelly Broomall
    Oct 17, 2016

    Letters: Business group buying Troutdale election

    by Contributor
    Published Oct. 18, 2016 - Before you vote in Troutdale, take a moment to figure out who is paying the campaign bills — at least $10,000 I hear — for candidates supported by the political action…
    PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The candidates for District 4 are Amanda Schroeder (right) and Lori Stegmann.
    Oct 18, 2016

    Multnomah County Commission candidates debate

    by Christopher Keizur
    Candidates running for District 1 and 4 discuss homelessness, racial inequity, mental health - The Multnomah County Commission Debate, hosted by the City Club of Portland, featured candidates…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Chavez-DeRemer
    Oct 14, 2016

    Local experience should propel Chavez-DeRemer to Salem

    by Editorial board
    Our choice: Chavez-DeRemer - Residents within the rambling boundaries of House District 51 have a chance to restore some balance to the Oregon Legislature while also sending a highly qualified…
    FILE PHOTO - Councilor Ripma
    Oct 14, 2016

    Rich Allen always puts public safety first

    by Dave Ripma
    Citizen's View - Citizens of Troutdale know there has been no one on the Troutdale City Council more supportive of the police, sheriff and public safety over our years of service than Troutdale…
    COURTESY PHOTO - Mike Goss
    Oct 14, 2016

    Vote for Troutdale candidates with vision

    by Mike Goss
    Citizen's View - The Troutdale City Council’s decisions are driving the city toward bankruptcy. We can stop this downward spiral and save our city by the way we cast our votes in November. Here…
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    Oct 14, 2016

    LETTERS: Measure a bad idea ... plain and simple

    by Contributor
    Letters to the Editor - Measure a bad idea … plain and simple I am a senior, on a fixed income, and longtime resident of Gresham. I love it here and shop as close to home as possible. And those…
    Scott Anderson
    Oct 11, 2016

    Allen demonstrates disregard for safety of Troutdale residents

    by Scott Anderson
    For more than 41 years I had the privilege of delivering law enforcement services to local, regional and international communities, including nearly seven years as Troutdale's police chief.…
    FILE PHOTO - Travis Stovall.
    Oct 11, 2016

    Letters to the editor

    by Contributor
    Topics includes: Troutdale mayoral race; House District 52 race; Springwater Trail — Resident grateful for cleanup of public trail I'd like to thank (those who are responsible) for cleaning up the…
    FILE PHOTO - Carla Piluso
    Oct 07, 2016

    Re-elect Piluso to House District 50

    by Steve Brown
    Our recommendation: Vote for Carla Piluso - Rep. Carla Piluso, a Democrat, has done an admirable job of watching out for the best interests of Gresham residents in her first term in the Oregon…