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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

Growing Food, Growing Community

Growing food, when done with friends and neighbors, is also an opportunity to grow community.  Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS), a local nonprofit organization does this very well - and we're proud to share the experience together.  Throughout the year, we partner and interact with MPFS at events like the MPFS seed swap and Salem-Keizer Education Foundation's Ag Fest to help address the issue of hunger and self reliance in our region. MPFS is a vital part of Salem's community that is growing leaders and self-reliant citizens as it grows and provides food to those in need. Besides offering food for local ... Read more

Salem’s Rich Theater Culture

Salem is a town rich in artistic, theatrical, and musical talent. During any given weekend in Salem there are three to four plays and musicals, improv comedy, various touring shows, dinner theater, workshops, and special events.  A couple of theaters in the downtown core are nearly as old as the town itself, signifying the depth of Salem's commitment to the arts.  There are numerous artistic expressions throughout the community found in expected and unexpected places and venues.  Salem is a place where paying attention pays off; there are creative forces everywhere – especially in the downtown core. Salem hosts international ... Read more

Chainsaw Art Completes Our Newest Park

Local Salem chainsaw artist Kevin Strauslin has completed his work here at Pringle Creek Community leaving us with two new benches and some whimsical carvings, too! Many thanks to Mr. Strauslin for his creative work that has transformed our little pocket park into a truly comfortable place to sit, relax, and even take time to read a book from our Little Free Library.  This park is located just in front of our community center, Painters Hall.  The park and new benches, carved into the oak that rests where it fell last year, will also add a new dimension to future ... Read more
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