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Interior Designer Emily Doerfler
Joins Nathan Good Architects

Emily Doerfler

    Nathan Good Architects is delighted to announce that interior designer Emily Doerfler has joined their firm.
    Emily grew up on a farm in the Willamette Valley. After graduating from high school, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where she obtained the Associate of Arts in Interior Design degree. Emily then enrolled at Oregon State University to live out her life-long dream of being a Beaver, during which she received Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Bachelor of Science in Sustainability degrees.
    Emily interned with Nathan Good Architects the summer before her last year of college and, after completing her degrees, was hired to serve as the firm's interior designer. When Emily isn't in the office, she enjoys various outdoor activities such as hiking, traveling, photography and drinking wine with friends and family.
    Nathan Good Architects designs residential and commercial environments that merge distinguished design and sustainability.
    They are located in Salem with projects spanning from Alaska to Mexico and Arkansas to Hawaii.
    For more information, visit

Marion County Celebrates 175 Years
of Service

By Dick Hughes, special to Marion County
    Wolves, grizzlies, black bears and cougars were killing livestock. People were fighting over land. A well-to-do man died without a will, so what to do with his cattle and his estate?
    Those issues drove settlers to create the first Oregon, and later Marion County, government. They met May 2, 1843 on a bluff above the Willamette River at a site we now know as Champoeg State Heritage Area.
    That history-deciding meeting is memorialized in a mural in the House Chamber of the Oregon State Capitol.
    Much has changed in the 175 years since that meeting, but Marion County's place as the heart of Oregon government has remained constant. And regardless of whether residents have held a minimalist or expansive view of government, they have counted on county services.
    Marion County has good reason to celebrate "175 Years of Service" throughout this year, including festivities at the Marion County Fair in July.
    The celebration also could be called "175 Years of Solutions." That first meeting along the Willamette largely dealt with an issue that reigns across Oregon today: wolves.
    Political sentiments were strong in the 19th century, as they are in the 21st century. The Champoeg vote to form a system of selfgovernment was close, perhaps 52-50.
    That Oregon Territory Provisional Government helped create order on the frontier.
    Land disputes proliferated. Probate - the settling of estates - was a critical concern, crystalized by the 1841 death of former mountain man Ewing Young, a prominent financier and cattle rancher in the Chehalem Valley who died without heirs.
    What would become Marion County was a huge area, stretching east to the Rocky Mountains and south to California and Nevada. One of four districts that made up the Oregon Territory, it was called Champooick, later changed to Champoeg.
    In 1849, Champoeg County's name was changed to honor Revolutionary War Gen. Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion.
    The county gained its present boundaries in 1856 after Wasco, Polk, Linn and other counties were carved from its vast breadth. Marion County is bordered by the Willamette River and Butte Creek on the north, the Santiam River and North Fork of the Santiam on the south, the Willamette on the west and the Cascade Range on the east.
    At 1,194 square miles, Marion is comparatively small in size; relatively large in population, estimated at 341,286 last year by the U.S. Census Bureau; and undeniable in its 175 years of political, economic and educational influence.
    The oldest university in the West, Willamette University, was founded here in 1842. Salem, the county seat, became the territorial capital in 1851 and then the state capital. The Marion County Courthouse in 1857 hosted the Oregon Constitutional Convention, whose foundational charter became the basis for Oregon joining the Union as the 33rd state on Feb. 14, 1859.
    In the 1860s, the county purchased what would become the Oregon State Fairgrounds, deeding the property to the Oregon State Agriculture Society.
    Through the centuries, Marion County has remained one of the world's great agricultural regions. Generations of Native Americans lived off the land. Retired fur trappers settled into farming. Nurseries took hold. County agricultural agents provided advice.
    And thanks to voters in 2015, that collaboration continues with creation of the Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District.
    The state has taken over the courts, but many of the 19th and early 20th century demands for services remain: roads, ferries, land use, law enforcement, animal regulation, help for the indigent, physical and mental health treatment, veterans care and yes, tax collections to pay for those services.
    The 21st century has brought more demands and more services. But it all started with wolves.
    On May 2, 2018, 175 years after the historic vote at Champoeg, Marion County is kicking off its "175 Years of Service" celebration for the remainder of 2018. There will be special festivities as part of the annual Marion County Fair, a self-guided tour of Marion County, 175 things to do in Marion County, and more.
    Visit after May 2 for information about upcoming "175" events and activities.

Go Italy When You Have A Chance
If you are a foodie, enjoy good food, go to the source


    Ciao a tutti:
    My last article was all about an Italian tomato "Pachino" and the possibility that my sister could send me some seeds. It happened!! I got the seeds! Little seeds that one day will make me happy if only for the memory of eating fresh Pachinos in Naples on my last visit.
    Now, what is the food that comes to mind when I say I fresh tomatoes? You can imagine my brain...I see red tomatoes all over. In the South of Italy, we do use more tomatoes then the rest of Italy, but not every dish has to have them in it, and in fact, many dishes do not have tomatoes as an ingredient.
    For example, southern Italy includes two islands: Sicily -the more popular - and Sardinia. Both islands were governed by invaders. The Nuragic times lasted from 1500 BC until the Roman era. The Shardana people that came from the eastern Mediterranean gave the island its name-now Sardinia. Vandals from North Africa, Byzantines, Irarian Alans and later Arabs and Berbers all were part of the development -history- of the island.
    I feel I am going to write about Italian history if I don't go back to tell you about the food of the South, but you get the drift of the many reasons why Italian food is a land of differences between the regions.
    For example, Sardinia has some of the most culinary diversity because of its geography -mountains, coastline and fertile farm land and just like the rest of Italy, because of foreign influences. Saffron is very prolific and it is used very freely as other herbs like myrtle (also using the berries, flowers, leaves and of course the wood). The most exported food is cheese like Pecorino Sardo, Fiore Sardo, Ricotta, Pecorino Romano and many more.
    Believe or not, there is one that is sold only on the black market because it has been legally banned. The introduction of cheese live fly larvae to the age process that is potentially poisonous almost to the point of decomposition... is the reason for its being banned.
    If a "good friend" wants to share with you some Casu marzu and a great glass of wine...go for the wine and skip the cheese!
    Speaking of wine, Grenache wine grapes have been dated back to about 1,200 BC and they are not genetically different from the newest because they have been grown for thousands of years in the same area.
    On the other hand, the food in the south of the mainland is poorer then the rest of Italy; and they used to eat primarily a vegetarian diet, more pasta, (but not handmade like in Central and Northern regions) bread, and of course PIZZA. I think that in the older days, it was a necessity and I really believe now, that we are on this diet because we like it.
    I did say WE like it. And that includes me! The South has some cattle ranches, but primarily lamb, sheep and goats are necessary for great cheese making and protein dishes.
    Of course, I can't forget the great, generous contribution of milk from the water buffalo for the famous Mozzarella di Bufala that is registered DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta or Protected Designation of Origin) meaning that product is locally grown and packaged. And we are also proud of our fish resource from our coast line.
    The bottom line is that if you are a foodie, enjoy good food, go to the source....go Italy when you have a chance.
    This article has been brought to you by a Napoletana verace!
    Until next time, keep on cooking!