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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Join the Effort to Protect Children Today!

Contact Your local CASA Office and see how you can help!

The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

National CASA and our network of 946 local community programs support volunteers serving children. The role of local CASA programs is to recruit, train and support volunteers in their work with abused children.

Role of National CASA: National CASA offers critical leadership and support to provide quality advocacy and lead the continued growth of the CASA network. Some of our specific activities:
•Training & Curriculum: National CASA creates new, research-based training opportunities, such as our new e-learning series on educational advocacy, and continuously improves our core volunteer training curriculum. Learn more about the curriculum goals and download an excerpt.
•Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance: We offer extensive technical assistance to help programs serve more children more effectively, and a set of standards that provide a framework for quality program management. Each state organization and local program participates in a self-assessment process, which measures their compliance with National CASA standards, once every four years.
•Volunteer Recruitment and Public Awareness: We coordinate national campaigns to help recruit CASA volunteers and raise awareness about child abuse.
•Resource Development and Grants: National CASA provides pass-through funding to local and state CASA/GAL programs. Grant funding comes primarily from the Department of Justice but also from private corporations and foundations. Read more about the National CASA Grants program.

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http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5453887/k.7340/Organizational_Profile.htm

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Team Leader in the Pacific Northwest region for January 2013!!

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Way to go Pat… Team Leader in the Pacific Northwest region for January 2013!!

Check out Team Pendley’s Website

http://www.teampendley.com/

Home Safety: Spring Cleaning Safety

It is that time again Great Tips!!!

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Springtime. That glorious time of year when you suddenly realize the lawn needs mowing, the garden needs weeding and the house could use a fresh coat of paint. But with many families’ budgets a little tighter this year, buying new spring-cleaning tools isn’t always possible.

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Using last season’s tools is a good idea, provided they’re in good condition and can be used safely. The last thing you want to do is take a trip to the emergency room. Yet that’s exactly where more than 350,000 people end up every year, thanks to injuries from improperly used ladders, lawn mowers and power garden tools. So before you get too ambitious, take a few precautions to help keep your family safer.

  • If you’re reusing last season’s lawn and garden power tools, inspect them for frayed power cords and cracked or broken casings. If the item is damaged, have it repaired by a…

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Pat Pendley’s Get To Know Oregon Volume #9 Covered Bridges Part 2 Lane County

When the weather warms, it seems far too many Oregon byways can be busy blurs that just don’t allow you enough time to slow down, get out of the race and set your own pace for travel across the state.

In the southern Willamette Valley, you will slow down and savor the spirit of cycling adventure near Cottage Grove. You’ll love rolling through six bridges on a 36-mile stretch of flat, paved bikeway along the new “Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway” as you glide past scenery that takes your breath away.

Built in the 1920’s, Chambers Bridge had hit on hard times was on the brink of collapse a couple of years ago when the community decided they couldn’t let that happen. They raised millions of dollars to fund the restoration in 2010 and soon began to take the old bridge apart piece-by-piece.

The rebuilding of Chambers Bridge went on the fast track! They used 30 percent of the old bridge materials and re-built a connection with history that reopened to cyclists and hikers in December 2011.

“We saved a structure that defined us and sets us apart from every other town in America!” said Travis Palmer, Cottage Grove resident.

It is also a reflection of the larger Cottage Grove dedication to hold on to history: “We are a classic small town in America downtown! If you walk Downtown, see all these great old shops and yet we’ve got modern business tucked right next to it. We fancy ourselves as the melting pot of the Pacific Northwest.”

Blair Winter showed up a couple years ago and added a key ingredient to the Cottage Grove pot when he bought the Rainy Peak Bicycles, the town’s only bike shop.

He is an ambassador of sorts for the fast growing two-wheeled recreation and said the new Covered Bridge Bikeway is perfect fit for the southern end of the Willamette Valley.

“It’s family friendly and a really easy to ride with little traffic, and of course, the mountain bike community has discovered some of our great mountain trails as well.”

He is right! Oakridge, Oregon is little more than an hour away and boasts over 500 miles of Cascade Mountain trails that offer a challenge and fine compliment to the new scenic bikeway.

If you don’t normally travel with your bike – not to worry – Rainy Peak also rents bikes, so you can cruise in, rent a bike and get on the new bikeway in a matter of minutes

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Travel Oregon
http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/grants-getaways/covered-bridges-scenic-bikeway/

Through the end of the 1st Quarter 2013 – It’s GREAT to be a RE/MAX Agent!

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WVMLS Stats Year To Date
RE/MAX Integrity leads the crowd again!!!
Good job RE/MAX Agents!!!

Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Very helpful current information!

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Energy-saving changes that will lower your bills and prove that you can live green without sacrificing style or comfort. With Eco-Friendly ideas for the Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room and much more. Read more…

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Pat Pendley’s Get To Know Oregon Volume #8 Linn County Covered Bridges

Is it time for you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city life? Perhaps to unwind on a backcountry byway that will take you into a chapter of Oregon history?

I am a big fan of Oregon’s little roads; you know, the ones without numbers. Linn County has a few and sometimes these roadways let you set your clock back too – on a journey into unexpected bliss!

It feels like a Huck Finn sort-of -world at Shimanek Covered Bridge – a gorgeous beauty decked out in “Navajo Red” colored paint and it spans Thomas Creek.

Safety is important these days because traffic roars past at a shattering pace – a far cry from slower days of the past century. Still, there are other covered bridges that are off the beaten path and hint of bygone times. For example, Hannah Covered Bridge is picture-postcard perfect!

This stunning whitewashed covered bridge was built in 1936 and offers a bit of a Norman Rockwell kind of American moment. As you will see, there is plenty of water running under the Covered Bridges of Linn County, so don’t be surprised if you end up at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Roaring River Hatchery. This is a place that raises really whoppers – the kind with fins. Seventy percent of Oregon’s catchable hatchery trout are raised at Roaring River Hatchery.

Last winter, we showed viewers how that energy is put into action when we visited a classroom full of enthusiastic students at Banks Elementary School You see, Roaring River Hatchery donates 100,000 trout eggs to hundreds of Oregon classrooms where the youngsters raise the eggs into baby fish. It’s a successful and unique environmental education program called “Eggs to Fry.”

Not far from the Roaring River Hatchery, you’ll enjoy a chance to relax at Larwood Wayside – only site in the state where a river flows into a creek. It’s called Crabtree Creek and it is where you will find Larwood Covered Bridge and it was built seventy years ago.

Oregon has more (49 authentic) Covered Bridges than anywhere else in the country, so it is something all Oregonians should be proud of so folks should get out to see and enjoy them.

Courtesy of
Travel Oregon
http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/grants-getaways/linn-county-covered-bridges/

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