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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

    Bernard’s Garage

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

    If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

    Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

    An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

    If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

    Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

    To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -


    SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

    While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

    Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

    Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

    Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

    Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

    Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

    Snap Fitness

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

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    Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

    503-656-2580

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    Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

    Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

    As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

    Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

    If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

    Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

    Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

    The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

    Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

    Let’s get started.

    Snap Fitness

    Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.

    503-353-7627

    www.snapfitness.com/gyms/milwaukie-or-97222/1023

    Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER


    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

    For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

    At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

    Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

    The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

    An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

    We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

    Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

    It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    No. 3 Paper Machine: 'The Treasure in a Box'

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    Blue Heron Beginnings: Commentary on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project


    Looking down from the McLoughlin Promenade at the panorama of the Blue Heron paper-mill site below the cliff, a big boxy factory building with corrugated pale blue panels hogs the shoreline and blocks the view of the Willamette River.by: PHOTO COURTESY: WILLAMETTE FALLS LEGACY PROJECT - The Willamette Falls Legacy Project Photo of the Day for Jan. 22 shows No. 3 Paper Machine buildings extended basement running from the expanded, modernized southern half well past the dividing wall and deep into the historic northern half.

    A clutter of ducts and machinery housings sprawls like some parasitical organism along its roof and sides. An extension of the structure smothers the former right of way of Third Street.

    by: PHOTO COURTESY: PUBLISHERS PAPER CO. - A mid- 20th century aerial photo from the cover of a Publishers Paper tour guidebook shows the long, narrow No. 3 Paper Machine along the riverfront, its pitched-roof southern half towards the top, and the cupola-roofed northern half, below. It also shows the parallel long-pitched roof of the buildings now-lost twin, No. 2 Paper Machine.There’s no getting around the basics: today’s No. 3 Paper Machine building is ugly.

    The Willamette Falls Legacy Project (WFLP) appears to share a similar sentiment. The three “demonstration scenarios” it presented to the public at the December Interactive Event featured graphic representations of a handful of the historic mill structures incorporated into the redevelopment as part of the framework Master Plan. No. 3 Paper Machine did not make the cut. The WFLP’s Jan. 22 blog post on its “Photo of the Day” page (rediscoverthefalls.com) says diplomatically:

    “Today’s photo looks up from the basement of No. 3 Paper Machine. This building has been identified as potentially eligible for listing on the National Register. However, further analysis has shown that rehabilitation of the building is complicated by numerous additions and its current condition. Therefore, the Willamette Falls team is not identifying No. 3 Paper Machine as a building that will be required for rehabilitation as part of the Master Plan process. Rather this building, like many others will be left to a future developer and the market to determine its direction. The Master Plan is concentrating on the following structures: Mill O, No. 4 Paper Machine, De Ink, Hawley and Woolen Mill Foundation.”

    The draft Master Plan the WFLP recently released has made some important “second tier” additions to these five buildings: namely, No. 1 Paper Machine building, the foundation of the historic Brick Mill, the Boilers, a distinctive metal chemical storage sphere some have affectionately dubbed “Sputnik,” and the Digesters; the WFLP now even prominently features the Digesters on commemorative postcards.

    Is there a place for No. 3 Paper Machine in the WFLP Master Plan?

    One possible answer begins to emerge in reflecting upon the fascinating photograph accompanying the WFLP’s “Photo of the Day” blog post. A close look reveals, as if in embossed silhouette within the corrugated panels of the modern expanded box structure, a concrete dividing wall.

    by: PHOTO BY: JAMES J. NICITA - A 2014 photograph taken from the McLoughlin Promenade shows the pitched-roof southern half of No. 3 Paper Machine now replaced by the big ugly box (left), but the historic, cupola-roofed northern half (right, behind other warehouses) looking much as it did back in 1913.The wall divides the modernized, expanded south half of No. 3 Paper Machine — the big box — from the north half, which remains to this day in its original historic form. The slight pitch of the top of the dividing wall reflects the slightly pitched roof of the north half of No. 3 Paper Machine. It also demonstrates the more modest dimensions of the south half of the building before its modernization and expansion.

    by: PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - A mid-century close up photo of No. 3 Paper Machine. The north half, with shallow-pitched roof and cupola, is at left. The south half, with steeply-pitched roof prior to the modernization, is at right.Originally, No. 3 Paper Machine was not a big ugly box. Rather, it was long, narrow and sleek. The southern half housed the paper machine, under a steeply pitched roof. The northern half housed paper-cutting machinery and printing presses, and also served as a warehouse, all under a shallow-pitched roof with a distinctive cupola popping out of it.

    Beneath both halves ran — and still runs — an enormous, deep basement. The fascinating “Photo of the Day” reveals the magnitude of this space: the basement can be seen extending from the south half of No. 3 Paper Machine, where the photo was taken, and continuing well beyond the dividing wall into the subterranean area below the original, north half of No. 3 Paper Machine. The light shining into the basement windows at left give a sense of the location and position of No. 3 Paper Machine on the top of the sloped bank along the Willamette River (but, according to maps, just outside of the floodplain).

    The Oregon City Courier heralded No. 3 Paper Machine’s 1913 construction, now just over a century ago, on New Year’s Day 1914. The following excerpt gives a sense of the building’s form, and its centrality in the Hawley paper making operation, which eminently justifies No. 3 Paper Machine’s official status today as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places:

    “This structure, of concrete and steel, designed according to the best practice of the present day, is 40 by 300 feet, and occupies the entire block on the river front between Third and Fourth streets. It rises two stories above the ground, and has as well a commodious basement, thus adding 36,000 feet of floor space to the plant. It contains an additional paper machine, and high-speed printing presses for the manufacture of fruit-wraps, bottle-wraps and other similar products in which the Hawley company has been specializing as a development of the general manufacture of all grades of paper.”

    Establishing a place of prominence for No. 3 Paper Machine within the WFLP Master Plan could start with removing the big box that now covers the south half of the building, then envisioning the adaptive reuse of the building’s original elements from 1913: the remaining “commodious basement” of the south half; and the entirety of the warehouse, or north half, which retains the integrity of its original construction.

    Adapting the south half could be both exciting and low-cost, and involve nothing more than retaining the basement foundation as a multi-level, open riverside platform to support recreational uses like picnic tables and cafes; or with more ambition (and cost) an ice- or roller-skating rink, racquetball or tennis courts, etc. Covering all this activity and making it all-weather and year-round, a steeply-pitched pavilion roof, with the exact dimensions of the roof of the original south half of No. 3 Paper Machine, would rediscover and restore the original long, narrow and sleek block-long form of the historic No. 3 Paper Machine. The recreation platform would be a link in the riverside trail proposed in the WFLP Master Plan, people could descend to progressively lower levels to discover treasures like footpaths leading down to the river’s edge, a magnificantly renewed floodplain ecology, a restored, daylighted and flowing Tailrace #2, and the basalt stone foundation wall of the historic Brick Mill.

    Regarding the latter, a succession of old Sanborn maps suggests that the Brick Mill foundation corresponds with the front half of the footprint of No. 2 Paper Machine. This building, now lost, appears in historical photos as the neighboring “twin” of No. 3 Paper Machine: it had a parallel, identically-dimensioned long, steeply-pitched roof. A daylighted Brick Mill foundation could be incorporated into the adjacent riverside recreation complex, and a double pitched pavilion roof over the entire complex could thereby recreate the historical forms of both No. 2 Paper Machine and No. 3 Paper Machine. The complex would echo the “mill ruins” concept discussed in the Master Plan regarding the Woolen Mills foundation, but would have the advantage over the latter of being directly on the river. Finally, the recreation complex could be either publicly developed or incorporated as an amenity for a private hotel, apartment or condominium complex on the same block.

    For its part, and particularly if this recreation complex became an adjacent amenity, the north half of No. 3 Paper Machine, which survives virtually intact from 1913, may well be one of the most developable buildings within the Blue Heron site. It has prime riverfront location (but again, just out of the floodplain). It is of manageable size. Its cupola gives it architectural character. Its history gives it authenticity, and eligibility for the generous 20 percent federal historic investment tax credit. And, significantly, it will be at the corner of a critical intersection in the circulation plan envisioned in the WFLP Master Plan: namely, the corner of Fourth Street and the reopened Water Street that will branch off of Highway 99E. The building’s “commodious basement” might be convertible instantly into an on-site, multi-level underground parking structure directly off this intersection.

    If a realistic vision for No. 3 Paper Machine exists, perhaps the WFLP Master Plan should call out the building explicitly — along with the others already named in the draft — for a very particular reason: if the vision requires public funding, even if only in part, it is hard to see legislators or agency officials giving it any consideration if the Master Plan does not consider No. 3 Paper Machine worthy of attention.

    Today’s No. 3 Paper Machine might be thought of as a big, flimsy, ratty treasure box. The box itself might not have any value, and should be discarded, but we should take care to guard and preserve the treasures inside the box: both those existing as actual gems, and those that gleam as golden opportunity.

    Oregon City resident James Nicita is a former city commissioner.