Improving the health of the Willamette

Improving the health of the Willamette

New outfall pipe and diffuser from water treatment plant in final design phase

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Help inspire others to visit Wilsonville

Wilsonville officials call for applications for the Tourism Promotion Committee

Temporary truck ordinance already causing frustration

Temporary truck ordinance already causing frustration

Residents say new signage isn't enough to help with truck issues

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May your days be merry and bright

Wilsonville's tree lighting tradition contined Nov. 30 at Town Center Park

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City appoints new Wilsonville police chief

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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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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.

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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.

If you’re leaning towards homeownership, contact me today to get your search started!

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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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9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

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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

(503) 682-3737

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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

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

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December 10, 2016

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