August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

A Fair Lady

Alisa Angelakis
Spokesman staff

In her new role as president of the Oregon Fairs Association, longtime Redmond resident and Deschutes County Fair Director Rachel McIntosh now shares her many years of talent and expertise in a wider arena.
The 75-year-old mother of two and grandmother of four said she had been involved in the local county fair since she started 4-H in the third grade. One of 15 fair directors, McIntosh is the director of open class non-livestock and oversees 10 departments. She has held that position since 1981. Before that, she spent some time as a 4-H leader. She also is currently the mentor for the Deschutes County Rodeo queen and organizes the county fair association annual membership dinner.
“We’re all really thrilled that she’s been given this opportunity,” said Deschutes County Fair Director Mike Schiel. “I think it’s really well deserved.”
Deschutes County Fair Association President Craig Unger said McIntosh really knows how to run her department and takes great pride in her work at the fair.
“Even at her age, she’s feisty and has spunk,” he said.
“Age is what you make it,” says McIntosh, adding that her mother lived to be 97 and was pretty healthy.
McIntosh said she ran for the vice-presidency of the Oregon Fairs Association about a year ago when the seat was vacated, thinking it might be fun to be president and “a good way to end my career, if I ever do.” Vice-presidents automatically move up to president – you must be elected vice-president first – and both serve two-year terms. McIntosh moved into the presidency in January after spending only six months as vice-president to complete that term.
It wasn’t the first time she had run for the position.
“I tried that a couple times early on, but they didn’t seem to think a woman needed to be a president or vice-president,” she said.
Jerry Underwood, the previous Oregon Fairs Association president and current director at large, described McIntosh as a hardworking, caring person.
“She definitely has a real love for county fairs. Rachel’s just the kind of person that if something needs done, she jumps in and does it.”
Underwood, who has known McIntosh for 20 years, said it was admirable that she had been able to maintain good relationships with all the fair boards over the years.
Except for eight years following high school, McIntosh has lived in the area since the day she was born. Her aunt lived in Redmond’s old hospital on Ninth Street, across from the old high school.
“Redmond wasn’t very much of a town in those days,” she says.
Raised in Metolius, McIntosh attended Madras High School and met her husband, Mac, who was from Wyoming, when he was visiting relatives in Culver. The couple married in Madras in 1957. After spending some time in Eastern Oregon and Nampa, Idaho, the couple moved to Redmond and settled into a home on Antler Avenue in 1969. They moved to their current residence near Smith Rock in Terrebonne in 1979. They live on an 85-acre ranch with horses, cows, chickens, and more. Their children and grandchildren live on each side of them.
“They’re a big help; we couldn’t do it by ourselves,” McIntosh says. “As long as they stay around, it’s okay, but if they decide to up and go somewhere else, they’ll have to take the farm with them.”
McIntosh’s children are well-known in the community. Her son, Mike, is director of operations for the Redmond School District; her daughter, Gayle, works in the career office at Redmond High School.
The family’s draft horses bring in the wagon that kicks off the Deschutes County Rodeo every year.
McIntosh retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2009 after a 33-year career as a rural carrier in Powell Butte. Her husband is a retired school teacher.
In her free time, McIntosh said she enjoys yard work, oil painting and making quilts and all-occasion cards.

Event Calendar

Fiber art exhibit
The Friends of the Redmond Library Art Committee is pleased to announce a collection of fiber art created by local artists. The show will be up until the end of September and features the work of Mary Stiewig, Charlene Kenny and Jan Erickson.
Charlene Kenny has been quilting for seven years and was awarded the Best Use of Recycled Materials for her entry in the 2011 Sisters Quilt Show. Mary Stiewig has a background in traditional quilting but now goes beyond the traditional by altering and embellishing fabric. Kenny and Steiwig both belong to the Journeys Art quilt group in Sisters.
Jan Erickson has shown her fiber art throughout the Northwest. Oregon State University awarded her first place in their annual Art About Agriculture show and purchased the piece for their collection.
In the Silent Reading Room, artist Heidi Searle is showing her engaging and colorful watercolors of local landscapes and garden scenes. Heidi is new to watercolor and is inspired by Central Oregon’s beauty.
An artist reception will be held Sept. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Redmond Library Art Committee regularly features local artists. For more information call Linda Barker at 541-312-1064.

Computer classes for beginners
Computer classes, designed for those with little or no computer experience, will be offered at the Redmond Library in September.
Computer for Beginners, Part 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m., with Part 2 continuing on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.
The classes cover parts of the PC, mouse skills, scrolling and Windows.
Register online at deschuteslibrary.org or call 541-312-1055.

Dave Alvin at Sisters Folk Festival
Fresh off the release of his rave review album “Eleven Eleven,” Americana pioneer Dave Alvin will perform two sets during the Sept. 9, 10 and 11 Sisters Folk Festival .
Dave Alvin summed up his new album “Eleven Eleven” as well as anyone could when he quipped, “There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both.” Alvin shows off his skill on both sides of the volume divide on 2011’s “Eleven Eleven,” where he reaffirms his status as one of the best and most distinctive American songwriters alive.
Tickets for the Sisters Folk Festival are available online at sistersfolkfestival.org, from the SFF office at 541-549-4979 or from remote ticket locations, Paulina Springs Books of Sisters and Redmond and the FootZone of Bend.

8/31 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC IN THE CANYON: Local favorites Eric Tollefson and the World’s Greatest Lovers  sing original music from the heart. Food vendors available; 5:30-8 p.m.; Redmond Rotary Arts Pavilion, American Legion Park, 850 S.W. Rimrock Way; 541-504-6878.

9/1 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
CENTRAL OREGON INTERGOVERNMENTAL COUNCIL BOARD MEETING: Purpose of meeting is to discuss an opportunity for COIC to participate in a Regional Economic Opportunity Analysis process and a Clean Energy Works residential program as well as to propose the addition of a Bend bus route; free; 5:30 p.m.; Redmond COIC, 2363 S.W. Glacier Place; 541-548-9523.

9/2 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

9/3 Saturday
ART IN THE PARK: Local artists paint and talk about their process; with an art exhibit and keynote speakers; free; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. painting, 1-3 p.m. exhibition; Smith Rock State Park, 9241 N.E. Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne; 541-548-7501.
INTERCAMBIO SPANISH/ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: Welcoming all people who would like to learn or practice their Spanish or English language skills; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-516-1128.
MUNCH & MOVIES: An outdoor screening of “The Goonies”; with food vendors and live music; free; 6 p.m., movie begins at dusk; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-389-0995 or www.c3events.com.
 CASINO NIGHT: Featuring blackjack, craps, Texas hold ’em, an auction and more; Western themed; proceeds benefit the Crooked River Ranch Lions Club Sight and Hearing Foundation, scouting organizations and children with diabetes; $15; 7-11 p.m.; Crooked River Ranch Administration Building, 5195 S.W. Clubhouse Drive; 541-570-5565 or jay.nordin@hotmail.com.
Grape stomp: Maragas Winery hosts a celebration with live music, food, wine tasting and old-fashioned wine-crushing; $10, free for children; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; 15523 SW Highway 97, between Madras and Terrebonne; www.maragaswinery.com. 541-546-5464.


9/6 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
RAY LAMONTAGNE & THE PARIAH DOGS: The acoustic folk act performs, with Brandi Carlile and Vusi Mahlasela; $34, $64 reserved, plus fees; 6 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-318-5457 or www.bendconcerts.com.
PLANNING: Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission meeting; public welcome; 7 p.m.; council chambers, 777 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.
PAJAMA PARTY STORY TIME: Wear your PJs and bring your favorite bedtime pal for an evening of stories, rhymes and a craft. For children ages 3-5. Occurs the first Tuesday of each month; 6:45 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.

9/7 Wednesday
PRESCHOOL PARADE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children ages 3 to 5, every Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
MUSIC ON THE GREEN: Featuring traditional island dances and music by the Hokulea Dancers; food vendors available; free; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or redmondsummerconcerts.com.

9/8 Thursday
TODDLIN’ TALES STORY TIME: For children 18-36 months and caregiver, every Thursday; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
BABY STEPS STORY TIME: A gentle story time for infants to 18 months, every Thursday; 11 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
GOOD CHAIR, GREAT BOOKS: Discuss “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer; free; noon; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.

9/9 Friday
MUSIC AND POETRY IN LATIN AMERICA: Professor Freddy Vilches of Lewis & Clark, on the origins of Nueva Cancion (New Song Movement), a musical and cultural movement that emerged during the ’60s and ’70s. Traditional instruments demonstrated; lyrics and poetry discussed; 3 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL: Three-day folk music festival including performances by Dave Alvin, Steve Forbert, Mary Gauthier and more; 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; downtown Sisters; 541-549-4979, info@sistersfolkfestival.org or www.sistersfolkfestival.org.

9/10 Saturday
HIGH DESERT SWAP MEET & CAR SHOW: A sale of antiques and more; proceeds benefit local and regional charities; free admission; 7 a.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond; 541-548-4467 or bramsey@bendbroadband.com.
INTERCAMBIO SPANISH/ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: welcoming all people who would like to learn or practice their Spanish or English language skills; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-516-1128.
 FESTIVAL OF CULTURES: With cultural booths, dance troupes, live music, food and more; free; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue, Redmond; 541-382-4366 or www.festivalofcultures.info.
SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL: Three-day folk music festival including performances by Dave Alvin, Steve Forbert, Mary Gauthier and more; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; downtown Sisters; 541-549-4979, info@sistersfolkfestival.org or www.sistersfolkfestival.org.
HISTORY DAY: Featuring logging-themed exhibits, games, live music, food and more; free; noon; Redmond Museum, 529 S.W. Seventh St.; 541-504-3038.
KNOW SOUTH AMERICA PRESENTATION: Lewis & Clark Hispanic Studies professor Freddy Vilches leads a discussion highlighting the intersection of literature and music in South American culture; 3 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1050.
MUNCH & MOVIES: An outdoor screening of “Rudy”; with food vendors and live music; free; 6 p.m., movie begins at dusk; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-389-0995 or www.c3events.com.

9/11 Sunday
SISTERS FOLK FESTIVAL: Three-day folk music festival including performances by Dave Alvin, Steve Forbert, Mary Gauthier and more; 10:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; downtown Sisters; 541-549-4979, info@sistersfolkfestival.org or www.sistersfolkfestival.org.


August 30, 2011

Obituaries

Ronald Edwards Thinnes, of Redmond
March 29, 1937 - Aug. 20, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funeral, Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Graveside service was held on Aug. 26 at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Springfield.

Michael Lewis Campbell, of Redmond
Jan. 5, 1954 - Aug. 19, 2011
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend
Services: Per Mike’s request, no services will be held.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care Hospice
2075 NW Wyatt Ct.
, Bend, OR 97701

Velma Betty Kemph,  of Terrebonne
May 24, 1921 - Aug. 25, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219
Services: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at , at Redmond Christian Church, Redmond, OR.

Robert Lewis Dunham, of Redmond
March 20, 1942 - Aug. 18, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Ruth Elaine Fox, of Redmond
Nov. 12, 1914 - Aug. 25, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel,
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: No services will be held.

Eugene ‘Gene’  Vincent Smith
July 13, 1925 - August 18, 2011
Much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and long time resident of Central Oregon, Eugene (Gene) V. Smith Sr., died peacefully with his wife and daughters at his side on August 18, 2011, at the age of 86.
Gene was born July 13, 1925, in St. Louis, MO, to Paul Eugene and Maryann Isabel (Smith) Smith. 
Gene served his country as a paratrooper in the US Army stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. from Nov. 1943 to May 1946.  He was very proud to have served his country.
Gene married Imogene Violet Rowen in July 1945.  The couple moved to Culver, OR, in 1948, where they homesteaded 200 acres on undeveloped land. There they achieved success in the business of farming and raised their four children.  After retiring from farming, Gene was a self-employed businessman involved in real estate and land development, until the time of his death.
Gene made his home in Culver with his first wife until 1972.  Then in 1983, he married his present wife, Ruth Birtwhistle.  They lived in Redmond, OR, snowbirding to Yuma, AZ, in the winter.
He was active in several community organizations as a Babe Ruth and Little League board member, a member of The Elks Lodge, National Farmers Organization and the Culver School Budget Committee.
Gene had many hobbies. He was an avid gardener as can be attested to by the many he shared his bounty with, he was truly passionate about tending to his garden.  He enjoyed oil painting by numbers and loved watching baseball. His favorite and most accomplished hobby was shuffle board. 
Gene originated the Villa Alameda RV Resort Shuffle Board League and after many years of play and service was awarded by the league a clock stating their appreciation for his leadership of the shuffle board teams.  He won many awards, as did his team.
Gene was very proud of his involvement in the building of two local sports fields, Dave Jacqua Field and Todd Bowlby Memorial Park, where his vast experience in farming and excavation was called upon for the leveling and rock removal.
Gene is survived by his wife, Ruth (Birtwhistle) Smith; children, Carol (Patrick) Adams, Jess Smith, Eugene "E.V." (Kathy) Smith, Trisha (Richard) Libolt of Dallas, OR.; Sharion (Ronald) Rayfield of Bloomsdale, MO; his sister, Mary Lee Bryant of LaGrange, GA; a brother, Bill Mathews of Aibelene, TX; three stepchildren, Joy (Frank) Matthews, Mike (Sandi) Birtwhistle and Gayle (Bill) Mitten; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. 
Gene was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Imogene (Rowen) Smith; brothers, Bus and John Smith; and his parents.
A graveside service was held for family and friends  Aug. 23  at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. 
Contributions can be made to Partners In Care Hospice House of Bend, OR.  Please sign our guestbook http://www.redmondmemorial.com/

Gloria C. Polly
August 4, 1926 - August 24, 2011
Gloria was born in St. Louis, MO, on August 4, 1926, to Gus and Glades Eckwortzel.
She lived in Central Oregon for more than 40 years after marrying Robert “Bob” Polly in 1945.  She worked at many different jobs here in Central Oregon, such as packing ice cream at Kilgore’s Dairy, Hub Restaurant, and The Rainbow Tavern before getting her GED and getting her AA in accounting in only one year. After getting her AA, she started work for U.S. Bank in Bend, where she retired.
After her heart surgery, she moved to Willow Gardens Assisted Living in Puyallup, WA, to be closer to her son, Rande and his family, and her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. After a fall where she broke her hip, she moved from Puyallup to Highline Care Center in East Wenatchee, WA. At Highline she had her 85th birthday with family. On August 24, 2011, she passed away at Highline Care Center.
Survivors include two brothers, Jim Eckwortzel of Star, ID and Tom Eckwortzel of El Cajon, CA; four sisters, Yvonne Cofer of Great Falls, MO, Joyce Bjerk of Fresno, CA, Karole Scott of Troutdale, OR and Lorelei Boyle of Tacoma, WA; two sons, Ron of East Wenatchee, WA and Rande of Orting WA; six grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Friday Sept. 2, 2011 at at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond.
In place of flowers, the family request that you donate to VFW Post 4108 in Redmond in her name.

Noreen (Noland/ Sheets) Sherwin
Feb. 2, 1950August 24, 2011
Noreen lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer at home with several members of her family present.
She was born and raised in Tillamook, with her three brothers, Tim, Dennis and Kevin and sister, Jeanne. Her son, Patrick Cody and daughter, Kristin, were born in LaGrande to Noreen and her husband, Mike Sheets. They raised their family in Newport, where she was a legal secretary and he an Oregon State trooper. They retired in 1996 and moved to La Pine and then Redmond. Mike died in 2006.
Noreen was an active St. Thomas Catholic Church parishioner and worked and volunteered at Redmond’s Cascade Swim Center where she took particular delight in teaching the young to swim and supporting the teen life- guards.
Noreen is survived by her sister, brothers, children, three grandchildren and her husband, Robert Sherwin.
A memorial service was held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, on  Saturday, August 27 at In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hospice of Redmond/ Sisters,
732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756
Please visit www. deschutesmemorialchapel.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Vilma 'Betty'   Elizabeth Kemph
May 24, 1921 - August 25, 2011
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at , at Christian Church of Redmond, OR, 536 South Tenth St. 
Vilma ‘Betty’ Kemph was known lovingly as ‘Bunny’ to her family.  She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Charles ‘Chuck’ Kemph ; daughter and son-in-law, Marilee and Dennis Stites; sons, Paul and Dale Richardson; and daughter-in-law, Lori Richardson; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; along with Chuck's six children and their families.
She is preceded in the Lords arms by her parents and son, George Richardson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Partners In Care, 2075 NW Wyatt, Bend OR  541-382-5882.
Please sign our guestbook http://www.redmondmemorial.com/




August 24, 2011

Underwater and upside down -- Redmond feels mortgage woes

Leslie Pugmire Hole
Spokesman staff
The numbers are more educated estimates than reliable statistics but most professionals who should know seem to agree at least half of the mortgage holders in Redmond owe more to their lenders than their homes are currently worth.
“It’s a hard number to get your hands around,” says Redmond-area real estate agent Barbara Myers. The problem with getting accurate statistics is the number of players in the game: lenders know how many mortgages are in default but not much about the rest; the county assessor’s office knows the current market value of homes but not how much is owed on mortgages, and real estate professionals often know homeowners with “underwater” mortgages but not how many exist in the community.
Regardless of the actual statistics, it’s clear to everyone that it’s not just the number of foreclosures in Redmond that have had a tremendous impact but also the silent majority paying off mortgages that may never break even.

Market plummets
 “In the first six months of 2011 there were 343 sales reported and 258 of those were either bank-owned or short sales,” says Curtis Drahn, real estate appraiser. “Based on those numbers you could jump to the conclusion that better than half the mortgages in Redmond are underwater.”
According to Zillow.com the median house in Redmond in 2008, just before the bottom fell out, was $210,000; in 2011 the median is $125,000. Those rapidly declining values are a reflection of the market, says Deschutes County Assessor Scot Langton.
“It’s so hard to know – where is the ceiling? Where is the bottom?”
Real estate agent Shannon Hall of D & D Realty estimates that most homes in Redmond built before the peak years are valued at the same prices they were in 1999.
Assessed values, the amounts taxpayers see on their tax statement every year reflecting both market and taxable values, represents what was going on in the market about 10 months before the statement appears in the mail, according to Langton.
For the assessors office to determine a home’s market value, comparisons are made not just to similar homes in the same neighborhood but also to how much similar homes sold for and how many homes are for sale in a neighborhood, he says.
“Some areas have been more stable, others very volatile and those we have to revisit more often others. We might see one subdivision down 12 percent, another 30.”

Who is affected?
There are two main victims of the underwater phenomena in Redmond, many experts agree.
“People who bought homes in 2003-07 when things were crazy, most of them are underwater,” says Myers, currently with Coldwell Banker and a real estate agent in Central Oregon for 20 years.
The rest, estimates Langton, are those who’ve owned their homes 15-20 years and leveraged those inflated market values for new loans, increasing their debt to the extent they now owe more than the home is worth.
“Refinancing was incredibly popular there for a while” agrees Drahn, a Redmond appraiser with 40 years experience. “I see a lot of homeowners in that situation, it’s very sad.”
What drove the market, according to him, was the ease of borrowing and loose lending practices.
“There’s been a huge shift in lending practices. There’s a big part of the population that won’t be able to qualify for a loan now. It’s basic supply and demand. We’ll have a huge supply for a while and not as much demand. Values won’t go up until demand does.”

Sell or stay?
So what can homeowners facing underwater mortgages do?
“I suggest that most people stay put if they can,” says Hall. “Most banks won’t even talk short sale to you unless you’ve missed payments.”
Homeowners considering listing an underwater house for sale need to ask themselves if they want to compete price-wise with the glut of bank-owned homes on the market or wait for an exception, says Drahn.
“You’re not going to get your money back, even if you paid a lot down. It used to be that once you decided you wanted to sell, you could start packing. Not anymore.”
Some owners of underwater houses have a hard time coming to terms with the devaluation of their homes, according to Myers.
“People want what they want, not necessarily what the market will bear,” she says.
For the people in the market to buy, the plethora of very cheap bank-owned or short sale homes available make it tough for a homeowner wanting to get a decent price for their home.
“Real estate is a sticky investment, sometimes it’s hard to get rid of it,” says Drahn. “Put yourself in the position of a buyer; they’ll compare prices and if a forced sale house is 20 percent cheaper than your house, which one do you think they’re going to buy?”
Myers isn’t so sure that’s always the case; traditional sales have one advantage, she says: buyers can avoid the red tape hassle and waits that can come with forced sales. And more modest homes are getting more action in the market.
“Anything under the $130,000-$150,000 range is getting multiple offers right now,” Hall agrees. “Investors sitting on the sidelines see an opportunity. If it’s selling for above $200,00 it may be on the market for a while.”

Make yourself comfortable
Unfortunately, there’s not much homeowners can do to boost their home’s value right now, at least not with any certainty.
“You might be there a while so paint it, add on, remodel – but do it for yourself, because you want it,” says Hall. “Value will be determined more by what’s going on in the market, not your upgrades.”
Myers agrees “To do an upgrade now betting you’ll recoup when the market improves is a long shot. It could be two, could be 10 years.”
Paying attention to what’s going on in your neighborhood, especially with any empty homes, might pay off more, Hall suggests.
“One house won’t matter much but if there are several foreclosed houses on your street it could affect the value of yours,” she says. “It might be worth trying to keep up appearances of the empty ones.”
If he was a buyer, Drahn concurs, he’d want a house in a neighborhood that appeared more stable.
“It’s to your advantage if properties in your neighborhood sell for a better price, in terms of market value,” concludes Langton.
What the market will do in the future is anyone’s guess. While most taxpayers will see a further drop in market value on their tax statements this fall, Langston says he expects more positive changes by 2012.
“Normal market values rise 3-6 percent in a year but that can vary wildly,” he says.
Hall expects that more modest houses, which tended to drop less in value when the recession hit, will recover sooner, maybe getting back to 2007 values in 5-10 years. High-priced homes will take much longer, she expects.

August 23, 2011

Event Calendar

8/24 Wednesday
PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN STORY TIME: Stories, rhymes and a craft for children entering kindergarten this fall; 10:15 a.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1055.
 MUSIC ON THE GREEN: Featuring covers from the ’50s-’80s by 41 East; food vendors available; free; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-923-5191 or redmondsummerconcerts.com.

8/25 Thursday
READERS SHOWCASE: Central Oregon Writers Guild members read from works in a variety of genres; free; 6:30-9 p.m.; Central Oregon Community College, Redmond campus, 2030 S.E. College Loop, Redmond; 541-923-0896, elsiemariewrites@gmail.com or www.centraloregonwritersguild.com.
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION: Redmond Development Commission; 3:30 p.m.; public welcome; city hall, 716 S.W. Evergreen Ave. Agenda at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

8/26 Friday
 HIGH DESERT SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: Bridge clubs present a bridge tournament; $9 or $8 ACBL members per session; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, South Sister, Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond; 541-322-9453 or www.bendbridge.org.
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
AIRSHOW OF THE CASCADES: Event includes a display of classic cars and aircraft, an aerobatics show, a kids area, aircraft rides and more; $8, free ages 12 and younger; 4-9 p.m.; Madras Airport, 2028 N.W. Airport Way; 541-475-6947 or www.cascadeairshow.com.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Featuring a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Portland’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company; preceded by short performances by local theater companies; proceeds benefit Arts Central; $20-$75; 5 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; 541-323-0964 or www.shakespearebend.com.
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Brian Doyle talks about his book “Mink River”; free; 6:30 p.m.; Paulina Springs Books, 422 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-526-1491.
BEN HARPER: The Grammy-winning funk rocker performs; a portion of proceeds benefits BendAid; $39 plus fees; 6:30 p.m., doors open 5 p.m.; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; 541-318-5457 or www.bendconcerts.com

8/27 Saturday
AIRSHOW OF THE CASCADES: Event includes a display of classic cars and aircraft, an aerobatics show, a kids area, aircraft rides and more; $8, free ages 12 and younger; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Madras Airport, 2028 N.W. Airport Way; 541-475-6947 or www.cascadeairshow.com.
INTERCAMBIO SPANISH/ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: welcoming all people who would like to learn or practice their Spanish or English language skills; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-516-1128.
HIGH DESERT SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: Bridge clubs present a bridge tournament; $9 or $8 ACBL members per session; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, South Sister, Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond; 541-322-9453 or www.bendbridge.org.
TERREBONNE CRUZ IN: A display of more than 200 vintage, specialty and custom vehicles; with food and more; free; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Terrebonne; 541-548-2603.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Featuring a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Portland’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company; preceded by short performances by local theater companies; proceeds benefit Arts Central; $20-$75; noon; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; 541-323-0964 or www.shakespearebend.com.
BENEFIT DINNER: Help the Small Farms Conservancy defray the cost of mailing free copies of the Small Farmer’s Journal to developing farmers worldwide. Food donated by local farms and prepared by Bleu Bite Catering; reservations required; $45 per person; 5 p.m.; Fields Farm, 61915 Pettigrew Road, Bend; 541-385-6977 or 541-549-2064.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Featuring a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Portland’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company; preceded by short performances by local theater companies; proceeds benefit Arts Central; $20-$75; 5 p.m.; Drake Park, 777 N.W. Riverside Blvd., Bend; 541-323-0964 or www.shakespearebend.com.
 MUNCH & MOVIES: An outdoor screening of “Toy Story 3”; with food vendors and live music; free; 6 p.m., movie begins at dusk; Sam Johnson Park, Southwest 15th Street, Redmond; 541-389-0995 or www.c3events.com.

8/28 Sunday
HIGH DESERT SECTIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT: Bridge clubs present a bridge tournament; $9 or $8 ACBL members per session; 10 a.m.; Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, South Sister, Three Sisters Conference and Convention Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond; 541-322-9453 or www.bendbridge.org.
THE RAINSHADOW EFFECT: Featuring a dinner of local food and music; purchase tickets via website; proceeds benefit place-based education projects in Central Oregon; $20; 4-8 p.m.; Rainshadow Organics, 70955 N.W. Lower Bridge Way, Terrebonne; 541-279-0841 or www.restorethedeschutes.org.

8/30 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.
TUESDAY MARKET AT EAGLE CREST: Free admission; 2-6 p.m.; Eagle Crest Resort, 1522 Cline Falls Road, Redmond; 541-633-9637 or info@sustainableflame.com.
VOLUNTEER EXPO: Community organizations will be on hand to answer questions about volunteering options; free; 2-4 p.m.; Redmond Public Library, 827 S.W. Deschutes Ave.; 541-312-1054 or www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar.

8/31 Wednesday
REDMOND SCHOOL BOARD: 5:30 p.m.; public welcome, district office, 145 S.E. Salmon Ave. Agenda at www.redmond,k12.or.us.

9/2 Friday
REDMOND FRIDAY FARMERS MARKET: Vendors sell a selection of produce, cheese, breads, coffee, meat, eggs, poultry and more; free admission; 3-7 p.m.; Redmond Greenhouse, 4101 S. U.S. Highway 97; 541-604-5156 or redmondfridaymarket@gmail.com.
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Event includes art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine and food in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District; free; 5-9 p.m.; throughout Bend.

9/3 Saturday
INTERCAMBIO SPANISH/ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: welcoming all people who would like to learn or practice their Spanish or English language skills; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond; 541-516-1128.

9/6 Tuesday
REDMOND FARMERS MARKET: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Centennial Park, Seventh Street and Evergreen Avenue; 541-550-0066 or www.localharvest.org/redmond-farmers-market-M31522.

RAPRD offers programs for kids
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District offers before and after school care and all kinds of programs to help meet childcare needs during the school year. See the fall activity guide or www.raprd.org for more information.
A toddler play time is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. Tumble mats, mini hoops, soccer, blocks and lots of balls. Parents are free with paid child admission, $2 per child drop-in.
Participate in Outdoor Clue Adventure by visiting raprd.org for a new outdoor adventure clue each Saturday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 29. This is a scavenger hunt that begins online and ends at … you’ll have to figure it out! You have to decipher each clue and follow it to the specified location. Each location will have a decorated metal box with additional instructions inside. Clues build upon each other and at the end there will be a grand prize. Winner will be announced on Nov. 5. Have fun!

Sale to benefit church projects
Community Presbyterian Church is having a huge indoor and outdoor sale, Friday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sale items include antiques, collectibles, jewelry, housewares, linens, clothing, tools, farm and camping equipment, bicycles and more. Community Presbyterian Church, is at 529 N.W. 19th St., a half mile north of Redmond High School. Information: 541-548-3367.

2012 rodeo seeks queen
The 2012 Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo Queen Tryouts will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the Juniper Arena and Middle Sister. Girls 17 years old by Dec. 31, 2011, to 20 years of age from Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties are eligible.
Application packets are available at the Deschutes County Fair office in Redmond, on the website, www.expo.deschutes.org, or via e-mail, krussell414@gmail.com.
Packets are due Sept. 1 by 5 p.m. to the Deschutes County Fair office, 3800 S.W. Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756. For more information contact Kathy Russell, Deschutes County queen advisor, at 541-419-8925.

Arts Central offers classes
Arts Central in Bend offers art classes for all ages and skill levels, using many different forms of media.
For more information visit www.artscentraloregon.org or call 541-617-1317. Arts Central is located at 313 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive.

Shelter offers dog adoption specials
The Humane Society of Redmond will host a Special Dog Adoption Event to find homes for shelter dogs through Sept. 17. Special adoption rates will be featured. The first 10 dog adoptions will come with free “swag bags” loaded with goodies.
The Humane Society of Redmond is located at 1355 N.E. Hemlock Ave. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Folk festival announces lineup
The Sisters Folk Festival has announced the lineup for the 2011 Festival.
Held Sept. 9-11, this year’s Festival will celebrate 16 years of world-class music in Sisters. This year’s performers bring an amazing array of musical talent and diversity to the stage. Artists include legendary California troubadour Dave Alvin, Steve Forbert, Southern songwriter Mary Gauthier and SFF fan favorites Willy Porter and Martyn Joseph. Additional confirmed acts are Chatham County Line, Tony Furtado Band, Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug and the Hundred Mile Band, Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack, Hoots and Hellmouth, Cow Bop, Red Molly, JT and the Clouds, Dala, Johnsmith, Sweet Talk Radio, Matt the Electrician, Hanz Araki Band, Betty and the Boy, Thad Beckman Band, Shook Twins, Nathaniel Talbot Band, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, Willie Carmichael, the Anvil Blasters, Laura Curtis, Consider the Fox and Heroes of Telemark.
“The lineup this year is stronger than ever, and has legendary performers mixed with musicians that hold a great deal of respect and admiration everywhere they perform, but may not be household names. Our goal is to introduce new artists to the Northwest, and our Central Oregon audience, while bringing international artists of stature and longstanding excellence in many genres of music,” said Assistant Festival Director Travis Ehrenstrom in a news release.
The Sisters Folk Festival highly encourages the $95 All-Event Pass for the weekend. Day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be available on Aug. 19, at Paulina Springs of Sisters and Redmond, FootZone of Bend and the Sisters Folk Festival office.
For more information visit www.sistersfolkfestival.org, call the Sisters Folk Festival at 541-549-4979, or e-mail info@sistersfolkfestival.org.

Redmond theme of art exhibit
In keeping with the theme “Paint Redmond” for High Desert Society of Redmond artists, the painted and carved scenes of Redmond and surrounding areas will be on display during the month of September in the Home Federal Bank of Redmond, at 821 S.W. Sixth St. The scenes will be on display the month of September, and the four artists participating are Jim Woltering, Judi Williamson, Carol Jacquet and Jeff Freeman.
Home Federal Bank welcomes everyone to view the works anytime during business hours. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Call 541-504-8482 for more information.
The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory offers many opportunities for the whole family to experience something new.
From owl prowls at night to kids’ classes that allow them to explore nature, rocketry and other science topics, to star parties where everyone can view the stars and planets.
For more information visit www.sunrivernaturecenter.org or call 541-593-4394. For Mt. Bachelor Star Party information visit www.mbsp.org or call 541-598-4406.

Free classes for job hunters
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council offers free classes for job hunters in computers, resume building, interviewing, career testing and more. For class times or more information call Gina at 541-504-2962. The workshops are located at COIC Redmond Worksource, 2158 S.E. College Loop, Bldg. 2.

RAPRD plans third annual Community Picnic
Redmond Area Park and Recreation District’s Third Annual Community Picnic is just around the corner. Gather up your family and friends and come out to the American Legion Community Park for an afternoon of entertainment, games and good food, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 3. Sagebrush Rock will provide classic rock music to accompany games. Those attending are invited to bring their own picnic lunch. Any Occasion Catering will provide free food to the first 100 people.

Obituaries

Merna Rae Howard, of Terrebonne
July 24, 1938 - Aug. 14, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Celebration of life Oct. 8, 2011,  at Word of Victory,
645 Southeast Salmon Avenue, Redmond, OR
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Contributions may be made to Hospice Partners In Care

Eugene Vincent Smith Sr., of Redmond
July 13, 1925 - Aug. 18, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Graveside service was held Aug. 23 at  Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hospice Partners In Care

Lyle J. Galland, of Terrebonne
April 10, 1931 - Aug. 18, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel 
541-548-3219;  www.redmondmemorial.com
Services were held at Redmond Memorial Chapel Aug. 22, 2011 . Burial followed at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Gary Lee Huntley, of Redmond
May 9, 1955 - Aug. 16, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A gathering of family and friends will be held at Sept. 4 at Sutherlin Community Center, 150 S. Willamette, Sutherlin, Oregon.

Leo Stanely Biedron, of Redmond
June 28, 1922 - Aug. 14, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Humane Society of Redmond .

Ross Every
Sept. 10, 1929 - August 19, 2011
Ross Every, born Sept. 10, 1929, in Grants Pass, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011, in Jamison, Oregon.
He graduated with the class of 1947 from Grants Pass High School, where he was a talented all-star football player. He was offered a full ride scholarship to play football for the University of Oregon, but instead chose to live the western lifestyle. On June 18, 1950, Ross married Faye Foshee from Canby, California; the two said their vows in Grants Pass, Oregon.
He was an icon in the cattle industry as a rancher, auctioneer, and auction yard owner in Redmond, Baker City, and Vale. He donated his time as an auctioneer and generously supported 4H and FFA livestock auctions for over 40 years. Ross and his wife Faye were prominent  rodeo stock contractors throughout the Northwest, where they were recognized many times for their outstanding stock, including several awards for bucking horses and bulls of the year and were very proud of their Seven Bar Rodeo Company. Ross received numerous awards and recognition throughout his life, including being selected as grand marshal for both Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo and Vale Fourth of July Rodeo.
Ross is survived by his wife of 61 years, Faye; their son, Charlie and daughter-in-law, Wendie; grandsons and their wives Jeff and Kristy, Cody and Kasey; all from Central Oregon; and his brother, Jim and wife, Marian of Grants Pass.
Graveside service will be at , on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Foundation, your local cancer support programs or the charity of your preference.

Hermelinda 'Flory' Floridalma  Stedman
Oct. 02 1946 - Aug. 19, 2011
Flory Stedman of Redmond, Ore., died August 19, 2011, at the age of 64.  She was born October 2, 1946, to Pedro Fernandez and Adelina Alvarado in Mazatenagango, Suchitepequez, Guatemala.  Flory moved to the U.S. in 1969; she married Jim Stedman on May 29, 1971, in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. 
They enjoyed their 40th anniversary on May 29, 2011. Flory and Jim spent 13 years in Springfield and 11 years in Redmond. 
Flory was self-employed was proprietor of Flory's Childcare.  Flory enjoyed gardening and her flowers she could make anything grow. She also enjoyed her fish ponds.  She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond. 
She is survived by her husband, Jim Stedman; three sons, Kelly Stedman of Springfield; Douglas Stedman of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Alan Stedman of El Monte, Calif.; three granddaughters and two grandsons; one brother, Augusto Alvarado of Guatemala City, Guatemala; one sister-in-law, Juanita Alvarado; two nephews, Luis Alvarado, Alan Alvarado; and one niece, Claudia Alvarado. 
She was preceded in death by her mother, Adelina Alvarado in 2002.
Services will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at , at Redmond Memorial Chapel. 
Donations can be made to Redmond Sisters Hospice.  Please sign our guestbook at http://www.redmondmemorial.com/