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Brought to you by Bob Ekblad, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Premier Community Bank - Community Banking INSIDER -

Bob Ekblad, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Premier Community BankThis coming November, Oregon residents will vote on a mega tax proposal, Measure 97, formerly known as Initiative Petition (IP) 28. In fact, this is one of the biggest proposed tax increases in Oregon’s history. It is estimated to generate $3.0 billion annually for the state to spend on education, health care, and senior services; at least initially, but future Legislatures may choose to allocate these funds differently.

The new tax would be 2.5% on the gross Oregon sales for companies headquartered or doing business in Oregon on amounts over $25 million. This tax would be on gross business revenues, regardless of a company’s profitability. And for many products sold in Oregon, this new tax may be layered upon each step of the production or distribution process; therefore many items may be taxed multiple times. Certainly most of these companies cannot bear such a significant tax burden on their own. So of course, this tax will be passed onto their customers, which will get passed onto their customers, and ultimately to you and me as consumers. In fact, a study by the nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office estimates that ultimately this tax will cost the average Oregon household over $600 a year through higher prices on many of our household staples. So when November rolls around, make sure to give this tax-measure its due consideration before casting your vote!

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Brought to you by Diane Edwards, Edwards & Associates, Financial Services, Inc.

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Diane Edwards, Edwards & Associates, Financial Services Inc.For the next three months at Money Chat, we will be presenting a three-part series called Living with Eyes Wide Open. Each month, we will go over major transitions which may occur in each stage of life—transitions that are thrilling, fulfilling and exciting, but also come with their own unique set of financial challenges.

This month, we focus on marriage, starting a family, and managing work-life balance. Once the wedding and the honeymoon is over, it’s time for the rubber to meet the road. It may be the first time that each partner has had to transition from differentiating between what’s “yours” and “mine” to “ours”. Being transparent with one another as you learn to manage spending habits and expectations is a critical step to avoiding financial infidelity.

Few future parents daydream about unexpected medical costs and bigger grocery bills when they discover that they’re expecting. But modifying your income and budget is an important part of what will probably be the biggest—and most wonderful—expense of your life! And if one of you stops working, during maternity leave or for the foreseeable future, it becomes even more important that everyone agrees to follow a financial plan.

For more in-depth discussion on the reality, risks and rewards of each of these transitions, read this month’s Money Chat—and for a free consultation with our Advisory Team on a plan that will work for you and your family, call Edwards & Associates today.



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Brought to you by Randy McCreith, Bella Casa Real Estate Group - Real Estate INSIDER -

Randy McCreith, Bella Casa Real Estate GroupDuring the 'dark years' (2007-2013) the ranks of Realtors ebbed to a few hardy souls living on famine rations. The mass exodus began to turn in 2014 with the return of some and a flood of new agents. Many companies like layoffs because they can shed some and refresh the labor pool with new energy. Market conditions cause our ebb and flow.

Like every industry, we have bad apples in the barrel, and varying degrees of professionalism, experience and quality. An inordinate number of agents do not have a professional past. These deficiencies must be overcome with education, training, and on the job mentoring.

Realtors are required to pass 150 hours of education and tests for a license to practice real estate. They are FBI background checked and must train under a Principal Broker for 3 years before being autonomous. However, their value is measured mostly on their character, values, determination, and attentive service. Skilled professionals who care about the agent's success, and the protection and service of our clients, are the finishers of great Realtors!

Realtors have been protecting the public since 1913. The industry is changing with the world now but we are not going anywhere soon! Real Estate is getting more complex and challenging every year and dangers are on the rise. Realtors are good!

My first piece of advice? Interview several Realtors before you hire one, and ask a lot of questions. Protect yourself, your property, and your money by making an informed decision. A relative or friend or neighbor are blessings, but a proven professional is valuable- quite literally!



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Brought to you by Tim McDaniel, Shoe Mates Footwear and Repair - Shoes INSIDER -

Tim McDaniel, Shoe Mates Footwear and RepairAt Shoe Mates, we carry a diverse selection of quality, high-value street, dress, hiking and factory or fieldwork footwear for women and men, and we continue to add new options for footwear shoppers every season. We even now have the complete line of adorable Haflinger Zoo Animal breathable wool slippers, a perfect holiday gift!

Here are the brands we have and are also expecting to arrive soon:

Samuel Hubbard men's dress shoes

Red Wing and Irish Setter boots

Ahnu for women and men

Born for men

Birkenstock Hancock hiker boots

Oboz, Timberland, Cat, Sebago

Clarks, Sofft, Taos, SAS, Sanita clogs, all for ladies

But that's not all we do to KEEP YOUR FEET HEALTHY: we carry Superfeet orthopedic insoles, tons of cleaning and shoe care products like Hubbard shoe oil and polish, as well as shoe/boot laces and colorful Goodhew/Sockwell compression/dress/hiking and diabetic socks made out of stretchy bamboo and comfortable merino wool. To ensure that your new purchase lasts as long as possible, invest in our home care kits: water repellent, cork sealer, leather conditioners, and a multi-purpose brush.

There are a few things that make sense to buy with quality assurance: a mattress, a car, and footwear. We do footwear for you. When you need to make a personal footwear purchase for yourself or others please try our selection on Third Street in Downtown McMinville. You will find what you need on our floor without a long drive.




Brought to you by Rodney Robbins, First Step Treatment Center - Chemical Dependency Services INSIDER -

Rodney Robbins, First Step Treatment CenterIt can be hard to admit that you need help for substance abuse. It’s too easy to see addiction as a moral weakness instead of a chemical one—that maybe you just aren’t strong enough or don’t have enough willpower to quit. For the loved ones of a drug abuser, it is easier to be angry and judgmental toward those caught up in this whirlwind of destruction, in part because often, others simply do not know what to do.

The first part of breaking out of this cycle is to work on dispelling the stigma surrounding those with a substance use disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works.” If you need help for your addiction, it’s because the drugs themselves have changed your brain. You have a disease, not a character flaw.

I post often, both on the First Step Adolescent and Adult Treatment Center Facebook page and on my blog at, about these very topics. If we remove the stigma and shame, maybe it will be easier for those who need to help to realistically assess the problem and seek help. It is my hope that anyone reading this article will avoid the trap of seeing this problem as a morality issue, and instead, a medical one. Help is available if you are willing.




Brought to you by Dr. Wendy Abraham, Naturopathic Physician, Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine - Aesthetic Medicine INSIDER -

Dr. Wendy Abraham, Naturopathic Physician, Sherwood Aesthetic MedicineIf you’re considering non-surgical options for achieving a slimmer figure, two technologies that you may have heard of are CoolSculpting and SculpSure. What are the differences? Which one should you pick? At Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine, we have opted to offer SculpSure to our clients for several reasons.

Both use applicators to damage fat cells, which are then reabsorbed and flushed by the body. While CoolSculpting uses a controlled cooling device and vacuum applicator, SculpSure is a light-based treatment that uses several smaller applicators that lie on the skin. A single CoolSculpting treatment lasts for 60 minutes, while SculpSure treatments last for 25 minutes, with no swelling or irritation afterwards. “It’s truly a lunchtime procedure,” said Dr. Abraham. “You can go back to work and exercise right away.” Anecdotally, CoolSculpting patients report more side effects, such as temporary discomfort that may require pain medication.

Studies have shown SculpSure to be more effective, killing 24% of fat cells as compared to CoolSculpting’s 22%, and the results can be seen faster—the first within six weeks, as compared to CoolSculpting’s eight to ten weeks. And while CoolSculpting’s applicator can only be used on areas of a certain size, SculpSure’s smaller applicators can treat more and smaller areas.

At Sherwood Aesthetic Medicine, our priority is safe, non-invasive treatments that allow you to enjoy the rest of your day while looking and feeling more confident. If you have more questions, feel free to call 503-610-1194 to RSVP to Dr. Abraham’s next free Q & A session on Tuesday, November 15th.


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Brought to you by Marcie Jones, Gentog - Senior Daytime Respite Care INSIDER -

Marcie Jones, GentogWhen you are caring for someone with dementia, they will sometimes react in an angry or aggressive way. As their caregivers, it’s up to us to figure out the trigger for the behavior in order to make things better.

Much like when infants cry, first think about the obvious. Are they in pain or physically uncomfortable (wet/soiled)? Are they uncomfortable with the noise level, the temperature or the amount of activity going on right now? Fix the problem, and hopefully the mood will shift.

But what if they are reacting to how they perceive you? An angry tone or even a stern face can trigger aggression in someone with dementia.

National expert on dementia care Teepa Snow teaches that caregivers need to practice 5 simple phrases that will acknowledge the person with dementia, accept responsibility, diffuse the situation and restore positive energy.

1. I’m sorry. I was trying to help.

2. I’m sorry I made you upset.

3. I’m sorry the way I spoke made you feel bad.

4. I’m sorry that happened!

5. I’m sorry. This is HARD.

Any of these, spoken in a soft, kind voice, can do the trick. Next time you’re faced with anger from your loved one, take a deep breath and try one of these phrases. “I’m Sorry” may just be the magic words that you need!!

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Tigard, OR 97224


Brought to you by Maria Tang, OTR/L, CHT, Chehalem Physical Therapy Inc. - Physical Therapy INSIDER -

Maria Tang, OTR/L, CHT, Chehalem Physical Therapy Inc.The upper extremity—shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand and finger—is one of the most complex systems in the human body. Your arm has to be powerful enough to push a wheelbarrow, but your hands have to type on keyboards and hold babies. That’s why Maria Tang, the only Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in Yamhill County, pursued such a long and rigorous course of study. After graduation, she developed and operated a rheumatology program while working at a rehabilitation hospital in Canada. She went on to win a fellowship to work with surgeons and therapists at the Philadelphia Hand Center.

The conditions that Maria assesses range from repetitive injuries, such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome, to arthritis, fractures, dislocations and amputations. Maria develops an individualized treatment program for each patient. Maria trains each individual with good exercise technique to provide an effective foundation for recovery. Arthritis patients learn how to protect their joints through customized joint protection education. She also makes and fits custom orthotics, and consults with patients on ergonomic solutions to prevent repetitive stress injuries. The hour-long appointments with Maria serve to give her patients faster results and more thorough healing.

But perhaps the most important part of her work is emotional and educational. “A lot of the time, my patients are anxious about their diagnosis,” Maria said. “An important part of my role is explaining what their condition means. That eases their worries, and they can begin their recovery.” For an in-depth 60-minute consultation, call Chehalem Physical Therapy today!




Brought to you by Stacy Bunke, French Prairie Gardens - Nursery and Family Farm INSIDER -

Stacy Bunke, French Prairie GardensMaybe you think that summer is the best time for spending sunny days shopping for produce on the farm. Not so! Every year at French Prairie Gardens, we look forward to pulling on our boots and sweaters for root vegetables and squash, crisp apples and broccoli, and most of all, our yearly Pumpkin Patch!

Visitors come to the farm from all over the state for one of the area’s most unique attractions: The Pigtucky Derby! Gather in the outdoor arena to watch Farmer John and Farmer Eric host silly, squealing pig races on weekends.

The littler family members will be thrilled to visit the farm animal pavilions, slides, train rides and kid’s hay maze, while older kids love to race around the track in three-wheeled pedal carts, tackle the obstacle course or shoot off the corn cannon. And don’t forget to take a trip to the pumpkin patch on the hay wagon to pick out the perfect pumpkin!

You’ll be able to eat your fill of pulled pork sandwiches and deep-fried zucchini at the Pumpkin Patch, all washed down with a local Oregon beer. But during the fall, French Prairie Gardens also offers a whole array of seasonal goodies, from fresh-pressed apple cider, cider donuts and pumpkin bars. We’ll also be taking orders for Thanksgiving and holiday fresh-baked apple and pumpkin pies. Call in your order today!




Brought to you by Branden Thompson, Chehalem Glenn Golf Course - Golf INSIDER -

Branden Thompson, Chehalem Glenn Golf CourseJust because the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean you have to put your clubs away. The off-season always has some great days to play. It is important to stay active even though it might be more comfortable to sit besides a fire. Here are a few tips to enjoy golf in the cooler months.

First, temperature has a big effect on the golf ball, more than you probably realize. When temperatures drop below 50 degrees, it can reduce your carry distance by more than 10%. The low temperatures compress the ball, and cold, wet air creates further drag. To combat this, switch to a lower-compression, lower-spinning golf ball. With softer greens, spin isn’t that important anyway. They go a little further in cooler conditions and tend to be less expensive than high-spinning, premium balls.

Second, players tend to shorten their swings when it gets cooler. The extra clothing and a general feeling of tightness take their toll. When swings get shorter, they tend to get steeper into impact, making consistent contact difficult to attain. Focus on making a full shoulder turn and keeping your hands as far from your head as possible at the top of your back swing. This keeps your lead arm extended and allows you to come into impact on a shallower angle. With wet turf, this helps keep your divots small and keeps your contact with the ball clean.

Finally, maintain a great attitude despite the weather! Enjoy the opportunity to play when it arises. Bringing a friend along to share the experience always helps.




Brought to you by Mike McBride, Farmers Insurance - Insurance INSIDER -

Mike McBride, Farmers InsuranceJust as you might put on a sweater and a rain jacket to prepare for cold, wet and windy Oregon winters, it makes sense to take a few precautions to protect your home. Quick and easy weatherproofing can prevent a lot of costly property damage, but a comprehensive homeowner’s insurance policy from Farmers Insurance will go the extra mile.

To prevent water damage, detaching your garden hose and wrapping outdoor pipes in foam insulation is a great start. But if you forget to wrap pipes in your un-insulated attic and only discover the problem after they’ve frozen and burst and the water causes seeping through your ceiling, Farmers Insurance will cover the damage.

Many homeowners have their furnaces inspected and carbon monoxide detectors installed and checked. But it’s all too easy to neglect a fireplace or wood stove that you only use occasionally. Make sure the chimney is cleaned of soot and bird’s nests and that it doesn’t have any cracks. But Farmers Insurance also covers accidental fire damage through the attic and roof if you forget.

Lastly, winter storms, downed tree limbs and lightning strikes can cause power surges that can blow out televisions, computers and refrigerators. Surge protectors can help safeguard vulnerable, valuable electronics, but so will a comprehensive policy. “You absolutely have coverage for that,” said our Insurance INSIDER Mike McBride. Contact him at 503-538-8898 to verify your coverage for the upcoming winter season.


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1548 E FIRST ST., NEWBERG, OR 97132


Brought to you by Darrel Baumer, DB Collision & Autoworks - Automotive INSIDER -

Darrel Baumer, DB Collision & AutoworksLongtime collision repair expert Darrel Baumer knows that when a customer walks into his shop, they usually have a few simple questions.

How long will the repair take? It depends on the extent of the damage, and what manufacturer we need to order parts from. Scheduling appointments can speed up the process because I’m able to order the parts ahead of time. That way, they will be on-hand by the time the customer drops the car off.

Will you work with my insurance? Yes, I do. We work directly with every insurance company. That’s a benefit for the customer because they don’t have to pay out-of-pocket. I communicate with the insurance company directly. There may be a supplement. I did just send over a supplement to a final bill of repair, for $37. It can be as minimal as that, or there might be hidden damage that we find once we get started on the repair.

What happens if you find more repairs after the initial estimate? If we do find additional damage, we go to the insurance company and let them know there’s a supplement. They may have an adjuster come back out, or they may ask me to send photos and invoices for additional parts and labor. The insurance company gives me the go-ahead after that. That may add one or two days to the process.

If you have a collision repair and would like to work with your insurance, call Darrel at 503.554.1747 to schedule an appointment today!





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Measure 98: Funds high school programs Vote yes. Letting voters decide what does and doesn’t get funded in the state budget is usually a bad idea. But backers of this measure have put enough…

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Noble best candidate for House District 24 To the editor: It has been my privilege to know and work with Ron Noble as the chief of police in the city of McMinnville. As chief of police he showed…
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October 06, 2016

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A recent news story revealed that most schools in Oregon were far from the legislative mandate for minimum amount of physical education class time for grades K-8. House Bill 3141 was passed by…
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Sept. 28 editorial
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We must keep our promises to our veterans

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Sep 21, 2016

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Sep 21, 2016

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Measure 97 proponents use deceptive arguments

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Much more can be done to make Newberg’s downtown inhabitable To the editor: The city of Newberg should discover what planes coming out of Portland International Airport have discovered. If one…