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Nancy J. Smith, Photo Credit: Studio One Photography

Nature photographer Nancy J. Smith has received her sixth national award from the Calendar Marketing Association (CMA). The Association sponsors the industry’s premier awards program honoring the highest quality in calendar design and production. Smith’s 2017 ‘The Majestic Pacific Northwest’ calendar was submitted in a category with the widest pool of competitors: Wall Class Retail Division, Best Scenic Photography category. Criteria used by the CMA panel of judges to select its winners include: calendar originality, information quality, complete execution of the subject or theme and quality of photography.

“I think what makes my calendar unique is the ‘close-up corner’ on each page, where I provide a showcase for the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. There, I provide in-depth background and detail on a particular wildflower or species of wildlife I’ve found in the region. A big part of each photographic adventure is my anticipation of what I’m going to see – it’s always different. I challenge myself to give audiences the sense of what I’m seeing and feeling. I’m thrilled by CMA’s recognition but my biggest reward is bringing joy and inspiration to others through my work.” Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

It was bound to happen. It’s that time of year. Our lawns that Craig has worked so diligently on – sloping masterpieces of green sward – are, all of a sudden, pock marked with pyramids of finely dug dark brown earth.

Now, there are a couple of ways to look at this: Number one – “Wow, this is great dirt! Get the pots for the deck and fill them up!” Number two – “Connie, call the mole guy – NOW!” Well, I threw the mole guy’s card away four years ago – after the “incident.”

It was late fall. The leaves had fallen and the air was crisp. I was relaxing in the living room; dark was setting in; and so was I. Craig came in from outside. Continue reading

The rose, the flower for those born in the month of June, is the national flower of both the United States and England. It is also state flower of several states including Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia, New York and Texas. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival, and in Southern California’s annual Rose Parade features hundreds of floats decorated with many thousands of roses and other flowers and plants. Continue reading

Melodie Favara: Photo credit, Jim Kight

Meet Blake, Toshia and Melody: Photo credit, Jim Kight

A year and four months after moving her traditional barber shop to its new location on 1149 NE Division Street, Melodie Favara is still catching up with customers from her former location, and has attracted quite a few new ones.

“Traditional” is the key word at Hair’s My Barber Shop; Favara is the proprietress of a classic barber shop—complete with a vintage barber pole–catering exclusively to men.

“I knew after three weeks in beauty school that traditional barbering for men was the career path for me,” she says.

When an expansion by her former landlord necessitated the shop’s relocation, Favara began scouting for a new location. In terms of square footage, the January 2016 move was a big upgrade, from a 300- square foot, two-chair shop on NE Kane to the 1000-square foot shop on Division. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

First, my credentials…I have a PHD in scary movies – hence my superb qualifications to write this particular column. My PHD was earned at the tender age of seven when I moved into my own bedroom and realized I had made one huge mistake.

It had a large walk in closet and off of that closet was a door that led to an attic. Until I figured out that I could wedge a chair under the door knob, rendering the closet useless, I simply didn’t sleep. Yes, my parents did say “what’s with the chair?” I responded with the probable grim consequences of removing the chair and after a few strange looks, my parents just left the whole thing alone. I loved that chair! Somehow, I knew I’d be fine in the daytime. Nighttime was the problem. There was a light bulb with a string in the attic (dead giveaway that something was in there).

Now, this did not stop me from watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the first one). Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

How does that idiom go? “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” or so said Robert Burns, but in my opinion that’s no excuse to at least have a few ideas in your back pocket for that stretch of two-and-a-half months once school gets out.

Yes, it is June and there will be a lot more kids staying up late, playing outside, taking family camping trips, and meeting friends for fun rather than study groups. Summer is here and that sends some parents into crazy mode as they wonder what to do with all that time. Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt? And with kids involved, the delight of adventure is intensified. Maybe you have heard of a certain world-wide activity that blends creativity, clues and observation, and exploring the outdoors, all in one. It is called letterboxing. It’s a lower-tech version of geo caching, if you will.
According to one letterboxing website, the tradition began in 1854 when a man put his calling card in a bottle, leaving it in a remote pool or pond in England. Adventurers who made it to this nearly inaccessible site left their own calling cards in the bottle, and eventually in a tin box. Visitors began to leave self-addressed post cards so the next person to find the post card would mail it back from his or her hometown. Continue reading

May’s official flower, one of the most beautiful, delicate, and fragrant spring flowers, the Lily-of-the-Valley, was mentioned by John Lawrence in “The Flower Garden” (1726) as having the “sweetest and most agreeable perfume.”
Also known as May lily, May bells, lily constancy, ladder-to-heaven, and fairy ladders, Lily-of-the-Valley is a low-growing perennial plant that makes an excellent ground cover. It usually has two large oblong leaves and small, bell-shaped flowers, making it a popular choice for bridal corsages, bouquets and centerpieces. Continue reading

If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England may have good news for you.

They have found that phytochemical-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory, according to a study published in the science journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

A month ago, I was present at a regular meeting of concerned citizens that takes place at the Boring Fire Station on the first Tuesday of each month. I only meant to stay for the social hour prior to the meeting. However, the speakers who were from Clackamas County law enforcement, and they were very interesting, so I stayed for the entire evening.

The subject was criminal activity and/or supposed criminal activity in our neighborhoods and how we, as residents, can handle it. Much stress was put on well-run systems of Neighborhood Watch. As most of us know, gone are the days of blissfully trusting all of our neighbors and assuming that the people going in and out of the house a block away – the one with the For Rent sign – are redecorating it! Continue reading

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