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Brought to you by Barb Colter, Health Care Expert

The statistic surrounding men’s health are alarming.

On average, men die earlier than women. They are more likely to die from all leading causes of death – including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Approximately 230,000 men are diagnosed with -- and 30,000 men die from -- prostate cancer annually in the U.S. Each year 24,000 depressed men and boys take their own lives. Overall, suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death for males, and third for young men ages 15-24.

Fortunately, these worrisome statistics may be turned around. June is Men’s Health Month, which aims to create awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage early detection and treatment.

One of the more unique challenges men face is their reluctance to seek health care. However, many health risks may actually be prevented and treated with earlier diagnosis. Screening tests often find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It is crucial that men go against their tendency to avoid health care and get regular checkups and screenings.  

Men’s health issues don’t affect only men – they have a significant impact on their family and friends, too. At Maple Street Clinic, we encourage men and their families to continually discover ways they may improve their health.

To get on the road to wellness, it is important to make a few simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy - including saying yes to breakfast, committing to exercise by choosing activities that are enjoyable to stay motivated, and making prevention a priority - see your medical provider for an age-appropriate checkup and screening.

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Senior Care expert

Todd Barth, Senior Care Expert

Falls are the No. 1 reason that seniors end up in the hospital. In fact, 33 percent of all hospital visits are caused by falls and accidents at home.

Many falls are preventable. Exercise can help reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. With a doctors’ permission, encourage your loved one to enjoy activities like walking, water workouts or Tai Chi. Simple chair exercises and stretches can also provide benefits.

Physical therapy is another option for seniors who avoid physical activity because they are afraid to fall. A therapist can create a custom exercise program aimed at improving balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

Also, be mindful of medications. Some medicines – or combinations of medicines – can cause adverse side effects like dizziness or drowsiness, which make the likelihood of a fall greater. Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review medications to reduce the risk.

“Home Instead Senior Care was birthed to serve seniors by our founders caring for their own Grandmother,” said Todd Barth, owner of the Hillsboro Home Instead franchise. “Our franchise and personal mission is to provide compassionate care and inspiration to our local seniors.”

Our goal is to keep seniors safe at home. Through our safety program, available at no charge to all seniors, our care consultants can help you and the senior you love identify safety and care needs in the home. Call today for a free consultation, 503-530-1527.

Linda Baker, Holistic Healing Insider

Linda Baker, Holistic Healing InsiderIf you are looking for empowerment, Sacred Light Academy, located at RoseSprings Center, 5215 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, in Hillsboro, offers sacred knowledge, tools and guidance to manifest the life that you desire. The courses presented are based on ancient wisdom and spiritual truths that respond to the laws of the Universe.

The secret to changing your life is knowing the rules that govern the universal laws of creation (life) and know-how to apply these teachings, so that you can create the changes you desire. It is a bit like a video game, if you don't know the rules or how to navigate it, you are not likely to get to the next level with ease. However, with the understanding of the nature of the game and a few hacks, tricks and tips, you can conquer it with ease and flow.

The journey to empowerment is a personal experience that can be reached from diverse paths or studies. At Sacred Light Academy, you will find something that resonates with your spiritual tradition. Astrology, Energy Healing, Mediumship, Movement, New Consciousness, Shamanism -- we also offer ongoing introductory classes that may help you find your passion and path, while making new friends.

We like to have fun, share stories, and sometimes simply engage our creative side, like our Kombucha and Canvas Paint Nite, or Ecstatic Dance nights. For more information or to contact us, visit our website: Sacredlightacademy.com.

Join in community with like-minded people!






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Brought to you by Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center

Victoria and Chris GarfieldHousing prices in Forest Grove have risen 15% over the last year, with an average 3 bedroom home selling for near $300,000. Add a desperately low inventory of homes and it’s a seller’s market. You may have received a phone call from a Portland realtor asking if you would like to list your home with them. Perhaps your interest has been piqued. How much is my home worth? What would I be able to afford in a replacement home? Is now the time to get that troublesome rental off my hands?

Before you talk to a realtor from Portland, who doesn’t know this area and is interested only in a sale, Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center invite you to talk to them first.

“I have always been driven to focus on community itself,” Chris says. “We are client centered – it is less about the home sale than the circumstances of our clients.” John L. Scott Market Center has the most knowledgeable, long term and successful realtors who live right here in Forest Grove. “Many of our agents are multi-generational, being even more rooted in the community.”

If a phone call has triggered your interest in selling your home, Chris says, “Call us, we will take care of you.”

Brought to you by Nate Boyd, Fitness Insider

Nate BoydIt is air conditioned! Work out and stay cool.

Summertime means ice-cream runs, smoothies to cool off and fruity drinks by the pool. By working out in the summer, you can enjoy these treats without stressing about your body. You don’t want to lose all the fitness and hard work you've acquired throughout the year, and a workout will keep you on track.

You will look great in a swimming suit! Show off the muscles you are building this summer.

Strength training can also improve a person’s mental health, reducing depression and improving sleep quality. Look good and feel better, too!

Stay younger! As a person ages, metabolism naturally slows down, leading to gradual weight gain. Muscle is a great way to counterbalance the body’s natural slowdown, and the earlier a person starts, the easier it will be to maintain that muscle over time.

During the summer months, gyms are vacated while people head outdoors for exercise, but it’s just as important as ever to lift and tone during the warm months as it is during the cold. The Gym is emptier in the summer, so grab the advantage. Also, no morning trips to the gym in the dark.

Special prices, including The Gym’s 99 days for 99 dollars! As an esteemed patron of the Gym says, “Why weight? Because there is seven days of weak."

Brought to you by by Janet Peters, Insurance Insider

Janet Peters, Insurance InsiderSpring thaws, heavy rains, hurricanes and the rapid accumulation of rain after a wildfire can cause a flood. And, while certain areas are prone to flooding, it can happen anywhere and at any time. According to HYPERLINK "http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/ffr_overview.jsp"Floodsmart.gov, floods are the No. 1 natural disaster in the United States. "Anywhere it rains, it can flood," the federal government-run site declares.

So, are you prepared? Beyond readying your home and developing a family emergency plan, being prepared for a flood means understanding a bit about insurance.

Not everyone understands the need for a separate flood policy. Research shows that there's a common misconception that homeowners insurance covers flood damage when it typically doesn't. "Some people believe flood is part of their standard homeowners policy and, sadly, don't realize they need a separate flood policy until it's too late," said Mark Green, a senior vice president at Allstate.

Most important is the fact that a standard homeowners insurance policy typically doesn't cover flood damage. And because floods can occur anywhere, you should strongly consider purchasing a separate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy through an insurance agent. Costs for flood insurance will vary depending on how much coverage you buy, what the policy covers (does it just cover the structure? the contents of your home?) and your property's flood risk. Contact Janet to assess your flood risk and learn more about flood insurance.

Brought to you by Holly Witte

Holly WitteFor as many Tasting Rooms as there are in Oregon, that’s probably how many styles of Tasting experiences there are! What are you hoping for in a Tasting visit? Are there things you should keep in mind? We think so.

The more wine you taste, the less you can actually taste it. After a while, your taste buds get a little fuzzy and your head might, too. Tasting should give you a great opportunity to sample wines might be unusual or just excellent examples of wines you already know you like. You want to be able to experience them and remember them.

We hope we are one of only two or, tops, three wineries you might visit in a day. We do love the big event weekends, of course, because so many people come out to celebrate our beautiful wine country even though we don’t get to spend a lot of time with each visitor. For a festive experience – and you have a designated driver – by all means head out on the big weekends.

Tasting on the weekends is always fun and you never know who you might meet at the bar!

If meeting the winemaker and a more personal experience is up your alley, check to see if there are private tastings available. We are open for everyone on weekends and also schedule private tastings on Tuesday – Thursday. Call us and we’ll tailor a visit so you have the best of times and taste great wine!

Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Artistic Director

Scott PalmerThere is just something magical about Shakespeare outdoors. Gathering with your family and neighbors, sitting in a lawn chair with a picnic, hearing the gorgeous poetry of the Bard floating in the summer air; theater just doesn’t get any better than that!

This summer, Bag&Baggage will present our eighth annual Outdoor Shakespeare in the glorious surroundings of Hillsboro’s Civic Center Plaza ~ a remarkable chance for our community to experience one of Shakespeare’s least-performed works in a powerful new world premiere adaptation ~ with an all-female cast!

Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays, but it feels like it was written with our current political climate in mind. A powerful political dynasty, spin doctors, angry citizens, and arrogant politicians combine in a fast-paced, action-packed performance seemingly ripped right from today’s headlines. Bag&Baggage is proud to be Hillsboro’s resident professional theater company, and our outdoor work is hailed as just as challenging ~ and just as good ~ as anything we produce indoors.

Summer Shakespeare truly is a special experience; a chance to gather together as a community and enjoy all the amazing things Hillsboro has to offer, including the spectacular weather. Grab a camp chair, a picnic, and a few dozen friends and join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Shakespeare’s bloody tale of revenge and betrayal outdoors in the sun. Coriolanus opens July 7 and runs through July 23 at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro.

More information and tickets can be found online at: bagnbaggage.org. 

Brought to you by Hybrid Heating & Cooling, Kevin Kuntz Heating and Cooling Insider

Kevin KuntzThe first thing you should always check before you start your air conditioner is to make sure the air filter is clean. Dirty filters can restrict air flow to the coil. This could cause it to ice up and damage the air circulating blower.

Air conditioners are designed to maintain roughly a 15 to 20 degree difference from outside to inside, so when the forecast temperature outside is to reach above 85 degrees, it is best to set your air conditioner to come on around 1 p.m. to start cooling your home. If you wait to turn on the A.C. when you get home around 5 or so, the system will not only need to remove the heat currently in your home, but also the heat still infiltrating in. This forces the A.C. system to work harder, adding to your energy costs.

Customers sometimes want the biggest A.C. unit available. This is not wise, as the system will have short run cycles, causing you to use more energy than a properly sized unit, yet not running long enough to take moisture out of the air. Not removing the moisture can make your home feel sticky and humid.

Something most homeowners don’t understand is that turning the thermostat below 72 or 73 can cause health problems. At these temperatures and below, air conditioners have removed most of the moisture in the home. The only other place moisture can come from is your body, kids, and pets.

Brought to you by Chris and Victoria Garfield, REAL ESTATE INSIDERS


Drive until you qualify. That is the saying going around in our office right now, and it definitely describes the state of our current housing market. First-time homebuyers are priced out of a commute of less than 40 minutes, and at this pace, it could exceed an hour before the end of the year.

It seems like yesterday that Forest Grove was the affordable community at the west end of the Portland metro area. Now it is reported as the most popular suburban community in Oregon. It was only a couple years ago Forest Grove hosted the “Street of Affordable Dreams.” But affordability is no longer what buyers are talking about with respect to our town.

In 2012, I paid $100 per foot for my home in an unfinished Pacific Crossing. Today there are nine new homes being built in my neighborhood, priced at an average of $167 per foot.

And suddenly the solution dawns on me. Everyone with a 1,500 square foot home needs to sell and upgrade to a 2,500 square foot home. Here is some simple math: In 2012, a 1,500 square foot home sold on average for $111 per foot. Today they are selling for $191 per foot. Homes 2,500 to 3,000 square feet are selling for $150 per foot. You can upgrade, and your principal and interest on average will be less than $300 more per month. There is not enough room here to explain more, but call to discuss further!






Brought to you by Janet Peters, owner of Janet Peters Allstate Insurance, INSURANCE INSIDER


We all make silly comments from time to time. But what if you're sued for something you say, or something you write? That may sound like a far-fetched concept, but consider a scenario where you write a negative online review of a business, or you post an unfavorable comment about a person on social media ~ and you’re sued as a result.

It does happen. And that’s where a personal umbrella insurance policy may help. This optional coverage provides liability protection that may help protect you in a number of situations, such as if you’re sued over alleged libel or slander.

An umbrella policy typically kicks in once you've reached the liability limits on an underlying policy, such as homeowners or auto insurance. So, for instance, if a visitor was injured at your home and you were sued as a result, umbrella coverage may help cover legal expenses if they exceed the limits of your homeowners policy. In other cases, such as a libel or slander lawsuit, it may provide liability protection for situations that may not be covered by other types of insurance. Most insurers will want you to have at least $300,000 in homeowners liability coverage before they'll sell you an umbrella policy.

While you probably don't expect to face an accusation of libel or slander, mistakes can happen and the repercussions can be costly. An umbrella policy may help give you peace of mind, knowing you have extra liability protection in place, just in case.






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Brought to you by Nate Boyd, owner of The Gym, FITNESS INSIDER


Warm weather is upon us. Summer is coming along with longer days and more time to do all kinds of different stuff. While you think about all the chores and fun on tap for this summer, just remember that everything can benefit from a little exercising.

Let’s say you head up to the lake for a little action on the water. The boards on the boat are ready to be put to use. You know your abs, shoulders, knees, and neck are going to get put to the test. With a few good exercises and proper form training at The Gym, your 70 seconds of being pulled now turns into a few solid minutes of gliding and spinning gracefully across the water, cutting and carving all the way.

Or let’s say you have been trimming and primping your yard for hours, and you have many more hours to go. Your lower back, knees, feet, hands, and neck are going to be stressed and fatigued. With some good workouts and some rejuvenating physical exercise, your long day of yard work turns into a much more enjoyable day in the sun.

Summer is a great season to get started at The Gym. There is something that can help almost anyone with virtually any summertime task or adventure. Summer memberships are available, and the staff is always ready to help get you started on any goal you care to tackle. It’s in your hands, and, as always: Stay strong, my friends.






Forest Grove's Opinions

June 29, 2016

Is Brown governor for all - or only unions?

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is…
June 28, 2016

Westside Bypass: no growth without infrastructure

by Robert McCullough
It is not easy to be a professional economist in Portland. We live on a steady diet of misinformation — some benign like the candidate…
June 28, 2016

There's one thing I know something about, but not what you'd guess

by Mikel Kelly
It has been suggested, a time or two in my life, that my most unique personal achievement may very well have been my selection to the…

June 22, 2016

Letters to the editor

by (none)
Trump preaches hate; gunman acted on it A question for Republican voters in the community: Are you alarmed and disgusted or impressed…
June 22, 2016

Domestic terror needs solutions, not political venom

by (none)
The horrific attack in an Orlando nightclub June 12 could have happened anywhere at any time — and that sad reality should prompt…
June 21, 2016

Our opinion: Governor needs to oppose gross receipts tax

by Editorial Board
Kate Brown needs to demonstrate she is the governor for all of Oregon, and not just a leader for the public employee unions. It is…
June 17, 2016

Our opinion: Kate Brown snubs voters and tradition with debate decision

by Editorial Board
Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding…
June 15, 2016

Letters to the editor

by Nancy Townsley
We must work for a more peaceful America I worshiped this morning in Charleston, South Carolina, where one year ago an act of domestic…
June 15, 2016

Affirmative Action blunts cries of racism from Latinos

by Richard LaMountain
Three weeks ago, two students hung a banner that proclaimed “Build a wall” — the “wall” being Donald Trump’s proposed barrier on the…
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - This sign at Hagg Lake south of Forest Grove could be clearer in its warning about steep drop-offs near the Sain Creek Picnic Area.
June 15, 2016

Local signs must make dangers clear to visitors

by (none)
Colin Nathaniel Scott — a young, intelligent, newly-minted Pacific University grad — died last week after falling into a 200-degree…
June 08, 2016

To graduate, teens need adults who believe in them

by Kristy Kottkey
This month, thousands of students in Oregon will walk across the stage at their high school graduation ceremonies. For many of them,…
June 08, 2016

Relay celebrates cancer survivors, caregivers

by Dawn Andresen
I would like to tell you about an annual community event in Forest Grove. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Forest Grove…
June 08, 2016

Be careful when the heat is on

by (none)
Memorial Day weekend is in the rear-view mirror and there are still three weeks until the Fourth of July. But even though the official…
June 01, 2016

Stop the fight, settle Cover Oregon suit

by Editorial Board
It would be hard to say which entity the public distrusts more — big business or big government. As such, many people in Oregon will…
June 01, 2016

After #standupFG: build walls - or bridges?

by Russ Dondero
As a resident of Forest Grove since 1974 when I joined the Department of Politics & Government at Pacific University, I gradually…
June 01, 2016

Walkout increased student divide

by Max Norman
Here are some of my thoughts on the walkout at Forest Grove High School Thursday, May 19. While the walkout had a noble and worthwhile…
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…
May 25, 2016

Protest is first step to unity at Forest Grove High School

by Caryssa Dieni
Recently, Forest Grove High School has been the spotlight of racism and hatred. While some don’t desire this spotlight, many agree it…
May 25, 2016

Tax would 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…
May 25, 2016

High school principal writes letter to parents

by (none)
Editor’s Note: This is the text of a letter posted on the Forest Grove School District website Friday, May 20, by Forest Grove High…

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May 25, 2016

Oregon should take cue from Florida's Sunshine Laws

by Pamplin Media Group
In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse.…
May 25, 2016

Story of racism in Forest Grove broader than banner

by Leah Larson
Editor’s Note: The banner Leah Larson is referring to bore the words “Build A Wall” and was hung in the Forest Grove High cafeteria…
May 25, 2016

Facebook commenters take on 'Build a wall'

by Nancy Townsley
Hundreds of people posted comments on Facebook about the “Build a Wall” slogan and last week’s banner hanging and walkout at Forest…
Yvonne Curtis
May 25, 2016

Focus on finishing school year

by Yvonne Curtis
Our goal as educators is to create a welcoming environment where students feel safe, respected and ready to learn. So we have mixed…
May 18, 2016

Republicans, Democrats unite - or at least sit down and talk

by (none)
Last week’s News-Times noted two separate incidents in Forest Grove High School classrooms that left students in tears. In one, a…
May 18, 2016

Oregon Lottery brings good luck to no one

by James Maass
While I am never happy to see someone lose their job, Gov. Kate Brown did the right thing in releasing Jack Roberts from his position…
Mikel Kelly
May 18, 2016

This is the last worthless evening I'll spend with this old laptop

by Mikel Kelly
I am hoping with all my heart that this will be the last thing I write on this computer. My blood pressure is already through the roof…
May 11, 2016

Former state rep says Alley best choice for governor

by -
As a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, I saw first hand the culture of our state government in Salem. While many of the…
May 11, 2016

Here's help filling out the ballot

by Editorial Board
After months of political positioning and posturing, Election Day finally arrives in Oregon next Tuesday, May 17. That may bring…
May 04, 2016

Vote yes for Devlin for secretary of state

by Editorial Board
When Democrat Barbara Roberts was sworn in as secretary of state in January 1985, it ended a 106-year run of Republicans holding the…
May 04, 2016

Death's 'gossamer blanket' doesn't cover loss

by Nancy Townsley
In the pre-dawn quiet three years ago this May 30, after my father told me over the phone that my mother had just died, I cried tears…
May 04, 2016

Taxpayers must be protected from hackers

by Sen. Ron Wyden
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) made the following statement at the April 12 Finance Committee hearing on cybersecurity and protecting…
May 04, 2016

The hidden danger of busy supporters

by Elaine Bohlmeyer
I am a Democrat and a supporter of Hillary Clinton for President. For the past three months, I have been working for her campaign. My…
May 04, 2016

New instances of legal discrimination are unnecessary

by Peg Pfab
As members of the Washington County Human Rights Council, we voice our profound concern over states which are enacting laws promoting…
May 04, 2016

Letters to the editor

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Rape victims shouldn’t suffer in silence I’m writing a letter to the editor in regards to your recent article on Shaun Toman and his…