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Is Pringle Creek Community the Same as Co-Housing?

Pringle Creek Community (PCC) and co-housing communities share many common, desirable features such as pedestrian friendly streets and trails,  higher density, centralized living, open space, and a community center where people can gather and celebrate.  Although there are similarities between the two community types, the differences, which are subtle, are also significant. The main differences exist in three areas - Pringle Creek Community's planning process vs that of a co-housing development, the type of common, residential gathering space, and the degree of community involvement in decision making. Co-housing communities are typically planned, created, and developed by the people who desire to live together in community.  The ... Read more

Creation of a New ‘Community’ Park – A Proposal

The City of Salem is developing plans for a 27.5 acre 'community' park adjacent to Pringle Creek Community (PCC) and is inviting the local community to help plan the park.  This is a great opportunity for PCC residents and all other surrounding neighbors to participate in the current planning process to assure that our new park meets local needs. What exactly is a 'Community' park?  It is likely that everyone has a different mental picture or idea of what a 27.5 acre park offers or contains.  There is a lot of information at the City's website, found here.  According to the ... Read more

Willamette Valley Holiday Wine Tastings – and Beer, Too!

November and December are great months to visit local Willamette Valley vintners, taste their wines, and stock up on your party and dinner wines.  Willamette Valley vineyards are celebrating 50 years since the first pinto noir vines were planted in 1965. According to NWwines.com,"There are now more than 400 wineries in the Valley producing world-class pinot noir.  This holiday weekend, more than 160 wineries throughout the valley are throwing open their doors for special tastings, live music, food pairings, holiday discounts and more.  Each winery celebrates the weekend with its own flair—join the tradition!"  The wines in our region are ... Read more

Energy Efficiency Creates Low-Cost, High Quality Comfort

Man!  It is super windy around here these days with the weather shifting from fall into winter.  Although I hear the wind whipping around outside, giving me thoughts of chilly, cold experiences, I am really comfortable here in the office at Painters Hall.  The level of coziness continues to surprise me; I grew up in Minnesota and recall very well cold winter evenings hanging out by the fireplace.  Our house was warm, but I remember my Dad reminding us to quickly close the doors to keep the heat in; I even recall seeing frost on the inside of the windows when ... Read more

Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle, Loving the Results

"One man's waste is another man's treasure." "What goes in, comes out" and "waste not, want not" are other familiar sayings regarding waste and garbage.  But, what is waste, really?  Waste is a part of our relationship with our resources, a relationship we've overlooked and dismissed as trivial until fairly recently.  For a long, long time, we created products and packaging from our resources that decomposed or broke down organically.  With the advent of the scientific revolution and emergence of plastics, much of our waste is now relatively permanent, made up of materials that don't break down, at least not for ... Read more
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