TRADING PENS FOR LIGHTSABERS

TRADING PENS FOR LIGHTSABERS

'Star Wars' universe author Timothy Zahn teaches workshop in Wilsonville

Dual Language plans next step of evolution

Dual Language plans next step of evolution

West Linn-Wilsonville's program will expand to middle school in two years

Dual Language program lays its roots

Dual Language program lays its roots

Program creates bilingual, biliterate students in West Linn-Wilsonville School District

Boones Ferry fifth-graders share their thanks

Boones Ferry fifth-graders share their thanks

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieLifelong health can sprout from just a few healthy choices—and those seeds can be planted today, according to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic.

She says too many people think attaining a healthy lifestyle means abrupt changes and a radical makeover. In reality, small, incremental steps are the keys to optimum health. Daily health care “maintenance” is more effective (and easier) than planning a massive switch.

Dr. LaJoie recommends starting simple: Drink more water, add a few veggies to your diet and increase your activity with a daily walk or light exercise.

Most importantly, make sure to take stock of your nervous system. If you’re suffering from continual or habitual pain that other doctors may describe as “normal,” you need to schedule an adjustment at Joy of Life Chiropractic. Headaches, back pain and the like are all common—but they are NOT normal!

“The biggest problem facing our health care system today is that the system is designed to treat problems that already exist versus obtaining and maintaining optimum health,” Dr. LaJoie explains.

Be healthy by choice, not by chance. Dr. LaJoie can help you achieve optimum health, regardless of age or stage. Call to GET CHECKED TODAY and plant more seeds for your healthy life! Call (503) 682-9596 for more info.

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29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeGiving your pet the food off your plate may seem harmless, but there are several foods that we enjoy that can be dangerous for our pets.

1. Chocolate/Coffee contain a substance that can cause heart problems or seizures at higher doses. Dark chocolates are the most dangerous.

2. Grapes/raisins can cause kidney failure.

3. Xylitol, a common sweetener in gum, food, and toothpaste, can cause dangerously low blood sugar and even liver failure in pets.

4. Onions/Garlic can cause red blood cell damage, particularly in cats.

5. Bones might seem like a special treat for your furry friend, but they often splinter and may puncture the intestinal tract or become lodged, requiring surgery.

6. Well-meaning, loving owners like to give their pet a taste of the holiday ham or a bit of bacon grease on their food, but Fatty Foods can result in pancreatitis which causes severe vomiting and diarrhea that requires aggressive treatment.

7. Alcohol/Marijuana can likewise be harmful to your pet. It is important to consult with your veterinarian if you suspect that your pet may have consumed either of these substances.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. If you suspect that your pet may have consumed any of these items, or if you’re not sure if something may be poisonous, please consult your veterinarian, veterinary emergency clinic, or animal poison control. Prompt action and treatment is more effective than waiting until your pet is showing symptoms.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

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THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettToday, more than ever before, Americans are renting instead of owning a home. As of the 2nd quarter of 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that only 62.9% of all U.S. households are owner-occupied homes, the lowest national homeownership rate since at least 1965, when the census bureau began tracking homeownership.

Remarkably, Zillow reports that nearly 14% of renters in the 35 largest housing markets can afford a median-priced home in their market. 14%! So what’s keeping renters from becoming homeowners? In a word: Uncertainty.

Purchasing a home is a big investment, probably the biggest investment you will make in your life, and many renters simply aren’t ready to go through the process of finding homes they like and making that decision. If you’re at all hesitant about purchasing a home, it’s best to wait. But if you’re looking to build equity and wealth, save money on fast-rising rental rates, and you’re ready for the added responsibility, you should absolutely become a homeowner.

Finding your perfect home doesn’t have to be a process riddled with uncertainty. Realtors like me have extensive networks to help you narrow down your home choices, and my understanding of the current housing market and experience negotiating will ensure you don’t pay more for a home than you have to.

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieBack in October of 2014, then-Governor John Kitzhaber made October Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month, citing figures from a seven year study that showed that patients who received chiropractic treatment had an 85 percent reduction in drug costs, among other advantages.

October is also National Chiropractic Health Month, and as part of its 2016 public awareness campaign, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has announced that October will mark the beginning of their #Chiropractic1st hashtag, which advocates for a conservative approach to pain management where chiropractic services are the first line of defense.

According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), more than 259 million opioid painkiller prescriptions were written in 2012. Perhaps most shocking of all, overdose deaths related to opioid abuse have risen in every county of every state since 1999.

Opioid misuse and abuse is a widespread problem, and even the Center for Disease Control has taken notice: conservative care options like chiropractic are now preferred over opioids for treating things like chronic pain. Chiropractic-care is time-tested (it recently celebrated its 121st birthday on Sunday, September 18th) and can effectively treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries through techniques such as safe and gentle joint manipulation and mobilization.

If you suffer from chronic pain, choose #Chiropractic1st this October. Joy of Life is your best choice, so call (503)-682-9596 today to schedule your consultation, and be healthy by choice, not by chance.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-682-9596

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THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettStocks, IRA’s, mutual funds, bonds; these are all common aspects of retirement portfolios. One kind of investment that deserves more recognition and consideration, however, is the real estate investment (REI). Although buying and owning real estate is more complicated than simply investing in stocks and bonds, there are a number of investment strategies available, and the returns can make the investment worth your while.

One staple tenet of REI is to get a tenant! Real estate is more than just having somewhere to call home; according to Investopedia, “rental properties can provide a steady source of income while you build equity in a property.” Over the past year, single-family home prices have grown by 5.3%, according to the Case-Shiller index of home prices. This means that in addition to a small profit via rent, your rental/vacation home is likely to appreciate over the long term, making you even more money!

Dealing with tenants and maintenance request, marketing your property, and other obligations make rentals a time-intensive investment. A more passive REI route is the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). REITs are comparable to mutual funds, only they own real estate instead of stocks or bonds. REIT’s specialize in malls, apartment buildings, office complexes, and the like, spreading the risk among a number of properties. REITS are a solid investment for investors who want regular income, and their liquidity means they can be bought and sold in an instant.

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeDetermining when your cat is stressed is sometimes very obvious; other times, however, these signs are not as clear cut. Slight crouching and curling up is a sign of minor anxiety, while major crouching with the head down, ears flattened, and brow furrowed is a sign of major anxiety.

Depending on the degree of fearfulness, cats may lay flat or on their sides and flick their tails (mild irritation), or they may raise the hair on their back and fluff their tails out (increased anxiety). Cats may move away from the source of anxiety, walking with their backs flat and heads and tails down. They may jump, either up out of reach of the fearful item, or down, to run and hide under something.

Some cats may just crouch and freeze where they are, trying to become as small as possible. Often cats will have dilated pupils and stare very focused on the object of concern. Another sign of anxiety is excessive grooming. Inappropriate urination or defecation may also be signs of anxiety in your cat.

If you see these signs, please contact us to discuss environmental, behavioral or medical options for relief of these signs of anxiety.

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeBuying a new puppy is a major endeavor, and choosing a breeder is a very important decision. There are numerous things that you can do as the new pet’s owner to ensure that you are choosing an ethical breeder, increasing the chances that you will purchase a healthy puppy.

First, ensure that the breeder performs all the requisite health testing recommended for your breed. Each breed has different health conditions that affect it, some of whose presence can be tested for.

The breeder should encourage you to come visit their kennel, to see the dogs’ temperament and the environment in which the puppies will be raised. The breeder should engage in active socialization practices for the puppies starting at birth and continuing through weaning.

The breeder should spend a great deal of time interviewing you as the new puppy owner. This often includes completing a questionnaire to try to match each puppy with the best owner, based on its temperament and the activity level that the puppy will have. Breeders should do temperament testing, have health exams, deworm and vaccinate the puppies before they go to their new homes.

Breeders should also make themselves available to the new owners for the life of the pet – to answer questions, assist with problems, and ensure that, if the puppy or adult dog needs to be surrendered for any reason, it will go to an appropriate home and not end up in a shelter.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoie In a recently released report, the American Heart Association studied existing evidence surrounding the link between sitting and health. Their findings have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns.

When you sit for a prolonged period, your body is affected in a number of different ways. The calories you burn while sitting drops to just one calorie per minute, causing your muscles to burn less fat. Your abs and glutes go unused, your hips become tighter, and your shoulders can slump, leading to back pain. Your spine can become inflexible and prone to injury during everyday activities like tying your shoe.

Having to sit for extended periods of time can make staying healthy and at a proper weight feel like a constant battle. If you have to sit all day for work or school, try to get up and get moving more. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch, and that you alternate sitting and standing at your work station.

If you can’t stand at your work area, get up and walk every 30-60 minutes to increase circulation and raise your metabolic rate, and spend a few minutes each day stretching your back and hip flexors to maintain mobility.

Sitting to the spine is like sugar to the teeth. It is imperative to see your chiropractor to keep your spine in optimal health. Joy of Life is your best choice, call (503)-682-9596 for an appointment today.

Be healthy by choice, not by chance.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-682-9596

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Wilsonville's Education

December 05, 2016

It's time to fire up that Christmas music

by Lauren Burns
December 03, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville's CREST looking for science fair volunteer judges
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Boundary Task Force member Grady Nelson discusses the districts boundary process with West Linn-Wilsonville School District parents at Wednesdays public meeting Nov. 30.
December 02, 2016

Middle school boundaries cause parent uproar

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville parents share unhappiness at school district public meetings Wednesday and Thursday night


Naganathan
December 02, 2016

OIT recruits new president from Toledo, Ohio

by Andrew Kilstrom
Nagi Naganathan previously served as dean of engineering at the University of Toledo
December 01, 2016

West Linn-Wilsonville approves abatement contract for Sunset

by Andrew Kilstrom
Contract OKs removal of asbestos during demolition this summer
WS - 11.30.16
December 01, 2016

Wilsonville High School- Student All Stars - Nov. 30, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Mia Rust and Braxton Sanford of Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
Keaton Whittaker
November 26, 2016

The arts are worth getting up for at WHS

by Keaton Whittaker
November 25, 2016

District adjusts middle school boundary

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville's Middle School Boundary Task force prepares recommendations for public input
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - 11.23.16
November 23, 2016

Wilsonville High School- Student All Stars - Nov. 23, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Amanda McDougal and Alex Coleman of Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
November 21, 2016

Paper toss a longstanding tradition that must stay

by Daisi Faville
Wilsonville High School senior Daisi Faville takes a look at one of the school's longest standing senior traditions
November 21, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
All the latest happenings in the world of Wilsonville education
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The new Meridian Creek Middle School in Wilsonville saw its first set of walls go up last week.
November 18, 2016

Meridian Creek Middle School begins to take shape

by Andrew Kilstrom
Walls go up and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District's newest school begins to take shape
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sarah Petersen's work on display in the Wilsonville Fred Meyer was inspired by her exploration of spirituality, like this piece titled 'He the Creator: The Forthcoming of the Great Big Bang.'
November 17, 2016

Wilsonville High artist impresses with new work

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS senior Sarah Petersen debuts spirtuality-themed pieces at Wilsonville Fred Meyer
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - 11.16.16
November 17, 2016

Arts and Technology High School- Student All Stars - Nov. 16, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Kaya Williams and Jacob Thompson from Arts and Technology High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Money raised from the Honor Our Teachers campaign goes toward the hiring of new full time teachers in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
November 16, 2016

Education Foundation honors teachers

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Education Foundation kicks off fundraising to add full-time teachers to WL-WV
November 16, 2016

West Linn-Wilsonville extends WLEA licensed staff contract

by Andrew Kilstrom
Board appoints members to Long Range Planning Committee and Budget Committee among other business
November 15, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Local headlines in education
Jackson Shavere
November 14, 2016

Cross-country is hard, but team sports are worth it

by Jackson Shavere
Jackson Shavere reflects on his cross-country career.
SPOKESMAN PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Wilsonville High sophomore Aileen Baltazer paints the face of Eva Cruz at the schools Dia des los Muertos celebration Nov. 1.
November 11, 2016

WILSONVILLE CELEBRATES LOVED ONES DURING DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

by Andrew Kilstrom
Event allows area students to experience other cultures and traditions
WS - 11/9/16
November 11, 2016

Wilsonville High School- Student All Stars - Nov. 9, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Aspen Wilson and Savannah Jersey from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is…

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - U.S. Rep. Kurt Shrader (left) awarded Civil Air Patrol cadet Simon Chuang (middle) the Amelia Earhart award Oct. 25.
Nov 09, 2016

Local cadet earns national praise

by Andrew Kilstrom
Civil Air Patrol's Simon Chuang earns two prestigious awards
Parker Bippes
Nov 09, 2016

STUDENTS SPEAK - LOWRIE PRIMARY

by Andrew Kilstrom
Lowrie Primary shares moments of kindness
Katie Trese
Nov 07, 2016

The imaginary 'real' world

by Katie Trese
Wilsonville High senior Katie Trese discusses a pesky stereotype
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sixth-graders George Heilig, left, and Mitchell Unruh work hard to remove a large section of ivy growth from the woods at Memorial Park.
Nov 04, 2016

ATHEY CREEK STUDENTS PULL THEIR WEIGHT IN IVY

by Andrew Kilstrom
Athey Creek Middle School students braved the wet weather Wednesday, Oct. 26, giving back to both the West Linn and Wilsonville communities by pulling ivy and engaging in other clean up efforts…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Camryn Pettenger-Willey spent three hours filming her part of the Bat Squad!s national webinar earlier this August, which officially aired during Bat Week Oct. 24-31.
Nov 03, 2016

WHS student goes batty for Bat Week

by Andrew Kilstrom
Camryn Pettenger-Willey selected as one of eight students nation-wide to participate as part of Bat Conservational International's Bat Squad!
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Wilsonville High Schools production of 'As You Like It' will be performed in the schools black box.
Nov 02, 2016

SHAKESPEARE TRADES DOUBLETS FOR TIE-DYE

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS students add '60s twist to 'As You Like It'
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - 11.02.16
Nov 02, 2016

Three Rivers Charter School - Student All Stars - Nov. 2, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sofia Brevis, Lia Workman and Karina Rower of Three Rivers Charter School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student…
Nov 02, 2016

Education briefs

by Andrew Kilstrom
Oct 28, 2016

Major bond projects progress, smaller projects slow

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville School District Bond Oversight Committee holds third quarter meeting to discuss 2014 bond progress
Lauren Burns
Oct 27, 2016

'Hamilton' goes further than theatre

by Lauren Burns
The Broadway production is changing how people view theatre across the U.S.
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - The Wilsonville High School Jazz Band performed three songs at the Fall Festival of the Arts.
Oct 26, 2016

Wilsonville arts collide for showstopping celebration

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS combines performing and fine arts during its second annual Fall Festival of the Arts
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - 10.26.16
Oct 28, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - Oct. 26, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sydnie Bierma and Max Gurnick of Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
Oct 24, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville accepting applications for budget committee The West Linn-Wilsonville School District Board of Directors is accepting applications from interested community members who…
Keaton Whittaker
Oct 22, 2016

Validation for vaccination legislation

by Keaton Whittaker
If you wanted to create the perfect environment to circulate an infectious disease it would be a public space where facilities and equipment are communal, where people gather for prolonged…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Scott Ziglinski explains the challenge students were tasked with Thursday, Oct. 13.
Oct 21, 2016

WL-WV enjoys engineering with unique instructor

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville primary students had most of last week off for conferences and in-school service days, but many kids in grades K-8 found they couldn’t stay away from school for long,…
SPOKESMAN PHOTOS: ANDREW KILSTROM - Alina Blankenship shows off her barn owl, Banshee, to CREST campers Oct. 14.
Oct 19, 2016

CREST camp proves to be a real hoot

by Andrew Kilstrom
It’s not every day you get to see a falcon up close and personal. It’s even rarer to see one in flight, as West Linn-Wilsonville students got to last week during CREST’s (Center for Research in…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - 10.19.16
Oct 19, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - Oct. 19, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Hannah Hogan and Peyton Guenther of Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
Oct 17, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Dahlberg joins SDSU honors program San Diego State University recently welcomed the largest incoming class of Honors students in the history of the university. Two hundred and eighty-five high…
SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO - Arts and Technology High School uses Smarter Balanced in concert with interim and formative assessments to gauge student learning.
Oct 14, 2016

Art Tech uses Smarter Balanced as motivation

by Andrew Kilstrom
A couple of weeks ago, Arts and Technology High School took a school-wide field trip to Camp Tilikum in Newberg where students took part in a ropes course and various team-building activities.…
Daisi Faville
Oct 13, 2016

A more representative government is on the horizon

by Daisi Faville
I’ve been thinking about politics and the government a lot lately. The current election has been a wakeup call concerning our say as United States citizens. Much of the system is corrupt, but I…