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Brought to you by Randall Wilson - Huntington Terrace - ASSISTED LIVING INSIDER -


HUNTINGTON TERRACE - Randall WilsonIt’s no secret that senior living can be a major expense. Thankfully, two government programs offer a safety net to seniors. Read on for more information on Medicare and Medicaid.

Medicare

Medicare is a national health insurance program available to all Americans when they turn 65.

Similar to private health insurance, Medicare is great for reducing or eliminating the cost of certain prescription medications, doctor appointments and hospitalizations. After hospitalization, Medicare will usually pay for a skilled nurse or caregiver to visit you at home, but only during a set period of recovery.

Unfortunately, Medicare is intended only for short-term care, and generally does not pay for extended periods of treatment, including long stays at independent, assisted living or memory care senior communities.

Medicaid

Unlike Medicare, Medicaid can and regularly does pay for long-term senior living care, though certain requirements apply. In general, Medicaid recipients must show that they are low income, facing medical expenses that exceed their income or that they have already spent the majority of their savings on health care costs.

At this point, Medicaid benefits can pay for long-term “nursing home” care, as well as alternatives like in-home care or assisted living.

Prestige Senior Living and Huntington Terrace are committed to making senior living affordable for all. For more help, give one of our Prestige team members a call—they can help you navigate the system and determine your eligibility.

Prestige Senior Living - Huntington Terrace

1410 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, Oregon 97030

(503) 465-1404

www.prestigecare.com

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


NANCY'S FLORAL - Rob CookWhen you think of Nancy’s Floral, it’s only natural to remember our amazing floral displays. But we don’t just sell flowers. Read on for a list of special extras that can make or break your gift.

Balloons. If it’s a holiday or special occasion, we’ve got a balloon for it. For the kids, we’ve got superheroes, Disney characters and even singing balloons.

Greeting cards. A personalized greeting card spells out exactly how you feel. We have styles appropriate for all occasions.

Crystal vases and glassware. A flower display is living art, but that doesn’t mean its container can’t be beautiful too. Our decorative receptacles come in metal, ceramic and sculpted glass.

Stuffed animals. Our plush animals are just adorable. These toys add a touch of fun to any floral display, for kids and adults alike.

Chocolate-dipped strawberries. Chocolate-dipped strawberries add a savory taste to our fragrant arrangements; strawberries are available in half dozen, dozen and bulk orders.

Sweet Shop truffles. Our best-selling chocolates, our candy case is full; select from over 45 different varieties of Truffles, Famous Brags and Nuts & Chewies, including the signature Fudge Love.

Keepsake items. Little charms, decor pieces and figurines help tell the story of your floral display. We have too many options to list here, but many are themed for special events.

Kay Berry memory stones. Another story-telling device, these stones are engraved with short memorial poems and inspirational words.

Fruit, gourmet baskets. Delicious and, well, sort of nutritious, the fruit baskets at Nancy’s Floral come with pears, bananas, pineapples and so much more. Add some gourmet goodies like a bottle of local wine, cheese, crackers and cookies to make your gift even more decadent.

Nancy’s Floral

620 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 716-4971

www.nancysfloral.com

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


CREATIVE VISIONS LANDSCAPES - Dori and Randy DeLaunayThink you’ve got the perfect pond? Put your water feature to the test by entering our annual pond contest, running all month long exclusively at Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center!

We’ll be accepting entries from June 1 to 10. To enter, visit our website, then click on the “Annual Pond Contest” tab on the lefthand side. You’ll need to upload your photo along with a brief description.

We’ll publish every photo on our blog, and then invite the public to weigh in from June 15 to 22. A popular vote will decide the winner, so be sure to tell all your friends to cast their ballots.

Winners will be announced June 24 via email, Facebook and our website.

Besides the prestige and bragging rights, the winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to spend at our Water Garden Center. The runner-up will earn a $100 certificate.

Last year saw some stiff competition, with 16 different ponds for voters to choose from. But in the end, voters liked the lush greenery and reposing stone flamingos of Nancy Boyles’ water feature best. Harold Simmons’ tiki torch strewn rock grotto received second place.

So whether it’s a wonderful watering hole, loveable lake or just the most pleasant pool, we want to see it. Submit today!

NOTE: Contest limited to residential pond owners only. You must submit your name, phone number and address to apply. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified.

Creative Visions Landscapes and Water Garden Center

9965 SE Orient Drive, Boring, OR

(503) 663-5483

creativevisionslandscape.com

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


THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhillipsAn experienced business attorney is crucial for creating a strong foundation for your business partnership. Without a written partnership agreement, your business will lack a clear outline of what roles, obligations and rewards are due to each partner.

Here are five things you can do to protect yourself when forming a business partnership.

Put everything in writing. When it comes to revenue sharing, intellectual property rights and start-up cost repayment, don’t assume a “handshake” deal will be honored years or even decades later. Use a trusted business attorney to create a legally-binding partnership agreement.

Have a long-term plan. Disagreeing on (or not even discussing) the long-term goals of your business partnership is practically failure by design. Having a comprehensive growth strategy helps you prepare for the future—and anticipate future headaches.

Consider a limited partnership. In a traditional partnership agreement, both partners assume liability (read: responsibility) for the actions of the other. A limited partnership narrows your liability to your own actions.

Make it uneven. Every business needs a boss, including business partnerships. A 60-40 or even 70-30 ownership split ensures that deadlocks will be broken and final decisions made.

Create an exit strategy. In the case of a break up, your partnership agreement should stipulate procedures for buying out a partner, splitting company property and sharing closing expenses.

For more information on drafting partnership agreements, contact The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips today!

The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080

1-888-335-0161

lawofficesofkenmitchellphillips.com

Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Cherry Park Plaza - RETIREMENT INSIDER -


CHERRY PARK PLAZA - Marie NicholsonWhen it’s time to move to a retirement community, a checklist from an insider can be helpful. Marie Nicholson has a handful of insider hints that people often overlook.

Ask to tour and try the food. This will be your main restaurant. So, try it more than once. Ask about the chef and cooks, their experience and how long they have worked there. Where did they work before? Ask about dining hours, choices and special diets.

Ask about the community’s emergency plans, security and number of elevators.

Talk with the retirement community’s administrator. She hires, decides community policy and intercedes with the corporate folks about rate increases. Ask her how long employees have worked there, because new employees make it harder for YOU to adjust.

Observe employees’ interaction with residents. Are they respectful, cheerful and helpful? Are they friendly?

Decipher what is free and what is added on to the base cost as monthly or one-time fees. Ask about the costs for pets, transportation, parking (reserved or free), housekeeping, meal plans, utilities (Wi-Fi, cable, phone), community fees and deposits.  

Ask for everything in writing. If it’s not in writing with a signature, it’s not a real offer. Ask to read the retirement community’s contract before you leave a deposit. Remember, seeing is believing and better than promises.

Take pictures. After you narrow it down to two, go back and visit each retirement community again.

Cherry Park Plaza

(503) 491-1661

1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060

www.cherryparkplaza.com

Brought to you by Cindy Passannante - C.P. Trips - TRAVEL INSIDER -


C.P. TRIPS - Cindy PassannanteLast month, we took a virtual trip to Disneyland. Today, I want to continue on our journey to the wonderful Walt Disney World, located just outside Orlando, Florida.

Like Disneyland, Disney World is the perfect vacation spot for multi-generational groups. The park’s planners have clearly thought about the differing needs of kids, teens, adults and elders, and they’ve done a great job catering to everyone.

That being said, there are some key differences between the two sites. The most obvious is size.

Disney World is enormous—about 40 square miles in total. That’s basically the same size as San Francisco!

On the plus side, you could probably spend a month at Disney World and still not experience everything. But for multi-generational families, mobility becomes a much bigger issue. Disney World does a great job of providing free transportation via bus lines, a monorail system and even boats. But simply put, there’s going to be more walking, and that can wear out anyone.

Disney World also has a lot more amenities. Walt Disney World has 34 on-site hotels; Disneyland has just three. It’s almost always cheaper to stay off site, but that adds transportation time too.

Finally, if you’re interested in the newest rides for “Star Wars,” “Avatar” and “Frozen,” many are coming to Florida before they hit the West Coast.

Well, that’s all for now. For more information on planning your dream Disney vacation, give me a call!

C.P. Trips

Damascus, OR 97089

(503) 658-5646

www.cptrips.com

Brought to you by Deb-ee Jones, RN - Bridge City Medical Aesthetics - AESTHETIC MEDICINE INSIDER -


BRIDGE CITY MEDICAL AESTHETIC - Deb-ee Jones, RNDo you have spider veins? Bridge City Medical offers two great options to remove them.

The first option is called sclerotherapy. It works by injecting a salt-based irritant directly into the blood vessel, scarring the vein and causing the body to reroute blood through healthier avenues. The blocked vein is then reabsorbed into the body.

Sclerotherapy works best on the legs and hands, and is generally the quicker and less expensive option.

But if your problem is spidery veins on your face, you may be a great candidate for surface laser therapy. Much like sclerotherapy, the heat from a laser can cause scar tissue to form inside spider veins. These blocked vessels then shrivel and die.

Some patients report that laser therapy is more uncomfortable than sclerotherapy, but in both cases no anesthetic is necessary. Most patients can resume their normal exercise routines after three or five days.

For more information on treatment options, schedule an appointment at Bridge City Medical Aesthetic!

Bridge City Medical Aesthetics

1410 NE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97220

(971) 777-0303

www.bridgecitymedical.com

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


HONKE HEATING - Randy PrestonSummer is on its way, and the last thing you need is a broken AC unit. Thankfully, doing some simple maintenance now can save you time and money later. Read on for seven steps to keep your AC working.

Change your filters. Sometimes, the easiest step is also the most important. Yet many people still skip this simple upkeep activity. Dirty filters reduce your system’s efficiency, costing you more in the long run. A dirty filter can also cause your AC coil to freeze and leak water outside the indoor unit.

Clear area around outdoor condenser. If you stored anything around your outdoor condenser coil over the winter, it’s time to clear it out. There needs to be at least 18 inches of clearance around the outdoor condenser for correct air flow. If there are any leaves that have accumulated around the outdoor unit, those also need to be cleared out so that they are not sucked up against the outdoor coil, causing a restriction in the air flow.

Check the outdoor coil. Inspect the outdoor coil to see if there has been a collection of debris, such as cotton wood debris. If this is the case, you may need to have someone come out and clean the coil.

Check the air vents. Check to make sure that at least 90 percent of your supply air vents are open and that your return grilles are not blocked. This assures that there is proper air flow going across the indoor evaporator coil.

Check the coolant line. The coolant pipes that connect your evaporator to the outdoor condenser are usually covered in some sort of foam insulation. You’ll need to replace it if the insulation is torn or missing.

Thermostat batteries. If your thermostat is electronic and has batteries, this is a good time to change them. This will help in keeping the communication between your thermostat and your cooling system running smooth.

Consider a tune-up. Prepping your AC system can be a little daunting, especially if it's your first time. Our skilled service technicians can give your system a complete checkup to ensure an easy and breezy summer. Stay cool!

Honke Heating & Air Conditioning

840 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 666-3725

www.honkeheating.com

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


MCCORD CONSTRUCTION - Donivon McCordA shed can add utility and value to your property, and McCord Construction can help you with every step of the process. But if you’ve decided to go it alone, here are five factors to consider before breaking ground.

Determine a design. Before you plan your shed, you need to know its intended purpose. A storage shed likely doesn’t need electricity, natural lighting or much in the way of ventilation, but a “workshop” space may need all these things. Decide now, before you build.

Check your codes. In Gresham, you can generally build a “non-habitable one-story detached accessory structure” (read: shed) without applying for a permit. But the structure’s floor space must not exceed 200 square feet, and the building’s height is limited to 10 feet.

Stipulate a size. In my experience, amateur shed builders are far more likely to underestimate the amount of space they will need than overestimate. A good rule of thumb is to increase your initial floor space by 25 percent.

Find a foundation. Poured concrete slabs are probably the most standard flooring option for sheds, but many others use gravel, a joisted floor on footings or pressure-treated lumber.

Be honest. Before beginning any home-improvement project, it’s important to take a step back and honestly assess the time, money and skills needed to succeed. As a builder, I understand the DIY impulse—but don’t be afraid to hire a contractor to help get the job done.

McCord Construction

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

(503) 348-2366

www.mccordconstructionllc.com

Brought to you by Doug Lepper - Crown Carpets - FLOORING INSIDER -


CROWN CARPETS - Doug LepperWhile Crown Carpets will never guarantee any carpet to be stain proof, the reality is that the science of stain resistance technology has come a very long way in the last several years.

For a long time, the best the carpet manufacturers could do was to apply topical treatments to carpet after it had been manufactured. The best known of these treatments was Scotchgard. The problem with topical treatments is just that… they only coat and protect the top of the yarn. If enough liquid is spilled to soak in, it will stain the yarn from the bottom up. Moreover, topical treatments can wear away over time with foot traffic, vacuuming and professional cleanings, making it necessary to re-apply them to maintain any level of protection.

Today’s more advanced treatments are built into the fiber before it is made into carpet, resulting in total coverage that virtually eliminates stains from penetrating into the carpet. Additionally, these treatments permanently alter the fiber to produce enduring protection to repel liquids and soil even after repeated cleanings. And on top of that, it has been found that carpet treated with modern stain-resist technology is less likely to trap and hold household odors. So, when it comes to carpet that is more resistant to stains, soil and odors, they don’t make ‘em like they used to… they make them much better!

Crown Carpets

21655 SE Stark, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 665-4162

www.crowncarpets.com

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


HILLCREST CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC - Dr. Ryan ThomasAre you sitting down? You may want to stand up before you read this important news: spending too much time sitting down is now the fourth leading cause of premature deaths worldwide.

Prolonged sedentary time (usually defined as spending eight hours a day or more off one’s feet) has been associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, according to a 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The average U.S. adult now spends 10 hours sitting each day—so much that even an hour of vigorous exercise can’t counterbalance the deleterious effects of that much low energy-expending behavior.

Given the prevalence of sitting, it’s no surprise that eight out of 10 Americans now say they suffer from back pain. Of that population, at least 40 percent blame the long hours they spending sitting.

The truth is that the discs in your back are designed to expand and contract regularly. Physical activity (not just standing upright) allows the back to absorb blood and nutrients. In contrast, prolonged sitting compresses your back, leading to less flexibility over time. Too much sedentary behavior also increases your risk of a herniated disc.

If you think your back pain may be tied to your work and living habits, schedule a professional consultation with Dr. Thomas today. He and his staff will help you develop a healthy lifestyle regimen that eliminates your pain. Call today!

Hillcrest Chiropractic Clinic

329 NE Hood Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

(503) 491-0388

hillcrestchiro.net

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


THE LAW OFFICES OF KEN MITCHELL-PHILLIPS - Ken Mitchell-PhillipsA comprehensive business plan is the single most important document you can create before founding a new business.

Whether it’s a full-scale commercial enterprise or a business run out of your garage, a business plan outlines the goals and strategies of your company—everything from marketing and financing to revenue projections and competitor analysis.

The best thing about a business plan is that it forces you, the budding entrepreneur, to face facts and answer the hard questions in an always-changing business environment. But a business transactional lawyer can help you answer the questions you didn’t even think to ask.

For instance, federal and state law enforces restrictions on advertising content for almost every industry. A business lawyer can help you ensure compliance with existing codes while also preventing your liability from charges of misleading marketing.

A business transactional lawyer can provide legal advice pertaining to your financial situation, ensuring you get the best deal from shareholders, co-partners and lenders.

Depending on whether you’re planning on hiring full, part-time or contractor employees, a business transactional lawyer can pinpoint the relevant laws and regulations that will affect employee compensation, retention and benefits.

Business and law are inextricably intertwined. Personally, I have decades of experience drafting business documents, minimizing corporate liability and ensuring compliance, working with Fortune 500 companies and small start-ups. Visit The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips for a professional consultation today!

The Law Offices of Ken Mitchell-Phillips, P.C.

1217 NE Burnside Rd, Suite 801, Gresham, OR 97080

1-888-335-0161

lawofficesofkenmitchellphillips.com


Gresham's Opinions

May 26, 2016

Our Opinion: Gross receipts tax would only hurt those it aims to help

by Editorial Board
A new analysis by state economists should make public employees think twice about the harm they’d do to low-income Oregonians if the unions and their backers succeed in pushing through a gross receipts tax in November. Initiative Petition 28, which…
LORI STEGMANN
May 04, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Stegmann grasps East County issues

by Pamplin Media Group
Of the three candidates in the race for District 4 of the Multnomah County Commission, Lori Stegmann demonstrates the most nuanced understanding of the hurdles facing residents living east of 122nd Avenue. That’s no surprise, given Stegman’s tenure…
April 29, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Vote yes to pass Centennial bond

by Steve Brown
The residents of the Centennial School District should vote yes on Measure 26-175, which would issue $85 million in general obligation bonds. Approval of the measure would leverage a state grant of more than $7 million, in addition to grants for…


April 29, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Contributor
April 29, 2016 Elect Stegmann to county commission We are writing to encourage others to vote for Lori Stegmann for Multnomah County Commissioner, Position 4. We have seen and valued Lori’s leadership on the Gresham City Council for several years.…
April 26, 2016

Our opinion: Preserve history with a yes vote on levy

by Editorial Board
Multnomah County voters have a chance in the May 17 election to preserve local and statewide history for an extremely small price. Measure 26-174 proposes a modest property tax levy of 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to support five historical…
April 20 editorial
April 25, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Alley best choice for GOP voters

by Pamplin Media Group
In a year when many moderate Republicans in Oregon are worried about the two men leading their party’s presidential delegate derby, they should find comfort and hope in the pair at the top of the state GOP gubernatorial race. Allen Alley and Bud…
April 25, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Contributor
April 25, 2016 CORBETT SCHOOL BOND Like before, Corbett should vote no on bond Here we are again in what use to be small town USA with the Corbett School District again asking for a larger school after being told no three times in a row: the first…
April 21, 2016

Guest comment: Chris Hawes on lawsuit concerning disincorporation

by Chris Hawes
Councilor De Young continues assault on his constituents The Citizens Committee for Disincorporation wishes to announce that a lawsuit has been filed by Damascus City Councilor James De Young to halt the upcoming May 17 election on Measure 93, and…
April 21, 2016

Guest comment:Jim De Young on Damascus disincorporation

by James De Young
EDITOR'S NOTE: Damascus City Council James De Young submitted this press release Wednesday, April 20, regarding his legal challenge of Measure 93, the initiative to disincorporate the city of Damascus. The vote in Damascus on disincorporation Is…
Alice Duff
April 21, 2016

Metro's demo plan puts historic landmark at risk

by Alice Duff
Friends of Ambleside Architecture and Landscape (FOAAL) object to the Metro regional government's process for restoring this portion of Johnson Creek’s floodplain for four reasons. First, Metro relied on its “public mandate” from measures voters…
April 21, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Contributor
April 22, 2017 Damascus voters should not surrender self determination My family and I moved to the Damascus area in March 2003. In that year Sunnyside Avenue was a busy two-lane road. We moved to the area to enjoy the quiet of country living, but…
April 20, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Elect Bill King to Position 4 on Clackamas County Commission

by Steve Brown
Steve Bates resonates with fiscal conservatism RECOMMENDATION: BILL KING FOR POSITION 4 It was Bill King’s own experience of testifying before the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners that gave him the final push he needed to enter the race for…
April 15, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Contributor
It’s time to rekindle the light of Damascus Tuesday’s editorial in The Outlook advocates a “yes” vote on disincorporating Damascus, Measure 93, reversing its position opposing disincorporation in November, 2013. The opinion rehearses the obstacles…
April 14, 2016

Fairview should reconsider economic incentives

by Steve Brown
No. 1: Deliberating on public matters via email, outside of the watchful eyes and ears of the public, violates Oregon's public meetings law. No. 2: Any poll — or vote — of city councilors taken on public matters via email isn't worth the digital ink…
April 12, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: Damascus should turn out lights on city government

by Steve Brown
Everybody gets a do-over, right? So does The Outlook. Back in 2013, when Damascus residents were voting to disincorporate this young city, The Outlook encouraged a no vote. At the time, we felt there was still hope for this city. Sure, there was…
April 12, 2016

Who gets to vote in Damascus?

by Chris Hawes
At the March 7th Damascus City Council meeting, four city councilors directed the city attorney to research ways to keep certain citizens from having their votes counted in the May 17 Disincorporation election. It was witnessed by a…
April 12, 2016

ENDORSEMENT: A vote for MHCC bond is a vote for jobs, facility enhancements

by Steve Brown
• Barbra Striesand scored her first No. 1 hit, “The Way We Were” • The Watergate grand jury indicted seven presidential aides. • Joan Jett formed her first rock group, the Runaways. • President Richard Nixon admitted he withheld information about…
Jim Syring
April 04, 2016

The long journey to leave the city of Damascus is now in sight

by Jim Syring
In early 2003, nearly 100 citizens along Southeast Foster Road applied to annex into Happy Valley and were stopped by a court injunction filed by the Damascus Incorporating Committee. The city of Damascus incorporated one year later with those…

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