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  • Rick & Ande Hofman, HomeSmart  - Featured Supporter
  • MC NARY GARAGE SALE - August 21
  • YOUR HEALTH - Start with grains for breakfast
  • NEIGHBORS - The stories and goings on in McNary Estates neighborhood
  • ON THE GREENS - McNary Golf Club is the central hub of activities on the course and beyond
  • OFF THE GREENS - Ladies Social Club
  • BOOK REVIEWS - Ann is back
  • HUMOR ME - A lighter side of life perspective
  • IN THE COMMUNITY - Look who is coming to the neighborhood
Featured Supporter    
McNary Estates has been our home since 1992. We love our neighborhood, and we love doing business with our neighbors.  The pride of ownership exhibited by those who live here, make McNary Estates one of the finest neighborhoods in Salem-Keizer.

Five years ago we added a red Iris Setter named Tina to our household. She is an extremely happy girl who loves to greet her fellow neighbor dogs and their owners!

Rick, Ande, and Tina proudly and happily promote McNary Estates!

Joining Rick & Ande Hoffman-HomeSmart this month are fellow advertising supporters: Rebecca Donaldson Eleete Real Estate, Boucher Jewelers, Roof Rite, The Swancutt, Perkins & Cygrymus Group, Nose Tails & Paws, Premium NW Landscape, John's Waterproofing Company, Thomas Painting, , Valley Roofing, Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community, Budget Blinds, Tom Hempel Testing, The View at McNary Golf Club, R Bauer Insurance Inc, and Troy Renshaw - HomeSmart Reality Group
22nd Annual McNary Estates Garage Sale
Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:00am – 4:00pm
Planning is underway for the 22th Annual McNary Estates Garage Sale.  If you would like to participate by holding a sale at this year’s event, please complete the form below and mail or deliver the form and the $20 fee payment to:                         
McNary Estates HOA
c/o Patty Scruggs
519 Snead Drive, N
Keizer OR  97303                       
You must be registered to participate, and registration forms must be received by Monday, August 16, in order to be included on the map of sale sites which is distributed to all attendees.
Please remember that this event is a “neighborhood garage sale.”  Homeowners may not sell cooked foods or any commercial items or products of any kind.  Loud music, entertainment, and collection drives for other than the authorized Marion/Polk Food Share are not permitted.  Also, just to be safe, we need to organize our individual sale sites to spread people out as much as possible, and require all to wear masks.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  This year, once again, there will be no organized pick up of left over items.  You will need to make your own arrangements to get things picked up by 7 pm.
If you can volunteer as a Block Captain (and we really need Block Captains!), or if you have any questions, please contact Pam Getty, Garage Sale Chair, 503-362-7979, or by email at
Now You Know…
By Mark Piercy, McNary Estates Resident
A bastion of the Oregon college basketball coaching pantheon, the athletic court he presides over nowadays is the fairways and greens of McNary Golf Club.  He and his wife have made McNary Estates their home since 2015, moving here from South Salem. He is the perfect example of title becoming nick name. It was never more appropriate. Friends and acquaintances alike simply know him and address him as “Coach.” So ingrained is his nick name perhaps only his wife and children call him by any other name. It would be no surprise to find “Coach” on his birth certificate and marriage license. Coach’s journey began humbly in Powers, Oregon, a quaint rural community bisected by the Coquille River at the end of State Highway 542, in extreme southeast coastal Coos County. Only once in the census, 1960 to be exact, did the population crack 1,000. His Dad, who was a railroad engineer, chose Powers as their home base.  It was there that Coach was first introduced to basketball, the original American game created in 1891 by the physical education minded James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. Little did Coach know playing and teaching the game would become the center of his universe.
      Small schools like Powers relied heavily on multisport athletes. He was one of those athletes, splitting time between football, track and field, and basketball.  In football he represented Powers in the East-West Shrine Game which highlighted graduated seniors. When it came to track, track was a round hole, and he was a square peg. Paraphrasing, he was a little averse to running. However, in the field events of high jump, shot put, pole vault, and javelin he found a proper fit. Over time he discovered his real niche was in basketball. In an era when records are scarce and often handwritten, his 35-point tally for the Powers High School Cruisers against Pacific in the 1959-60 season still stands tied for 8th all time. Better yet, he holds the individual school season scoring record of 577 points as well as the #2 season rebounding number of 377, a mere one shy of the school record. His skill set, height, and hard work throughout his Cruiser career paid off with an invitation to the next level.
       From tiny Powers he was recruited by Jim Goddard to play basketball in Portland at Lewis and Clark College. Goddard would become one of his most influential role models. He was a rather good field athlete for Lewis and Clark. Specializing in the javelin, he was selected Outstanding Track and Field Athlete as a senior. But he really excelled in basketball. His name appears 17 times in the individual records. The highlights include #1 career scoring record with 2,128 points, #2 career rebounder with 1298 boards, #1 single season scoring record with 815 points, and #1 single season rebounding record with 423. A 4-year starter, his scoring averages for his sophomore, junior, and senior years came in at 19.1, 19.3, and an eye-popping 30.2 points per game, respectively. That 30.2 mark ranked him 7th nationally in 1964 and was nearly 5 points better than #2 in Lewis and Clark’s record books. Three times he earned All-Conference honors. He is a 2-time NAIA All-American First team and one time All-American Third Team. The achievements were not merely individual. He anchored a Pioneer team that won 3 straight Northwest Conference Championships and three straight trips to the NAIA National Tournament. The team won three games in two of those trips. Other highlights include selection to NAIA All-Star teams that played against the Soviet Olympic Team and toured South America. Two of his All-Star Team teammates were Grambling’s Willis Reed, future NBA Hall of Famer; and Pan American’s Lucious Jackson, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist. Coach was more than an athlete, earning Outstanding Scholar-Athlete status in the 16-team NAIA District 2. He walked away from Lewis and Clark with a BS in Health and Physical Education and Chemistry under his belt.
       The NBA beckoned. He was drafted by the New York Knickerbockers in 1964. It was a meager salary back then. Of greater value was a Fellowship offered at USC which he accepted, earning his Masters in Health and College Administration. He would go on to complete his PhD in Statistics and College Administration at Oregon State. After Lewis and Clark, the proverb never rang truer. “You can take the boy out of basketball but, you can’t take the basketball out of the boy!” Along his magnificent journey he played 33 more years of Amateur Athletic Union Basketball. The adrenaline of competitive playing was slowly supplanted by the adrenaline of competitive coaching. It barely flickered as the old fire gave way to a new fire. He took his first basketball coaching gig at Portland’s Washington High School where he ran up a very respectable 39-12 record over 2 years. He quickly moved up to the collegiate level when he accepted the Willamette University Head Coaching position in 1967 at a tender 25 years of age. That stay lasted 12 years, accumulating 194 wins vs 130 losses. The next stop on his coaching journey saw him take the helm at Western Oregon in 1979 for 6 years, tallying another 143 wins against only 43 losses. He stepped up to the Division I Idaho State program in 1985. He added another 60 victories to go with 80 losses over 5 campaigns. From there he moved on to Lane County Community College in 1990. He completed his collegiate coaching career at Lane after 12 years with a splendid 240 and 105 record. His collegiate “W” number reached 637, third most by any Oregon collegiate basketball coach EVER. At every stop, except for Idaho State and later Dallas High School, he balanced coaching and teaching. As successful as his playing career was his coaching career had eclipsed it.
  Success in collegiate coaching is much more than X’s and O’s. First comes good recruiting. Next comes selling the coach’s philosophy and plan to a gaggle of restless young adolescents, some convinced they already know better. Finally throw in some good fortune, a few bounces your way, and no injuries. Success promises a stream of quality players coming your way. Some years he had to forge a team out of a fractious group of mostly high school stars. Egos had to sometimes be massaged.
Pregame prayers and bible studies with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes were clear messages and examples delivered to the pliable teenage minds under his guidance. He embodied role model and barked his instructions with the same emotion and fire he himself played with. The Coach guarantees the process not the product. Still, seven young men under his tutelage were drafted by the NBA. Another 32 played professionally overseas.
       Coach conducted many clinics overseas and once coached the Croatian National Junior Team. He even coached coaches in Australia, China, Croatia, France, and Sweden. Among his many coaching highlights he includes taking Willamette to the National Championship twice and knocking off the Ducks at McArthur Court in Eugene, with his Idaho State team, the first ever Big Sky team to defeat a PAC 12 team in front of its homecourt faithful. That squad went on to win the Big Sky Conference and an invitation to the NCAA’s Big Dance, March Madness. At Western Oregon he enjoyed a 3-season stretch that read 30-2, 26-4, and 25-6 in the most meaningful columns of the ledger. Good friend and legendary McNary High baseball Coach Vic Backlund assisted during that historic run that peaked with a berth in the National Championship game. He enjoyed the great privilege to coach against some greats: Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV, Don Munson at Oregon, Mike Montgomery at Montana, and Bobby Dye at Boise State. He once faced the Naval Academy led by indomitable future NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, who flummoxed his Idaho State Bengals with 14 blocked shots! Coach’s vast experience playing, coaching, and critiquing during his 4-decade career gives great weight to his opinion of “who’s the greatest ever.” He offers up Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Lebron James, and Jerry West. He capped off his brilliant coaching career with a final curtain call at Dallas High School. At the end of a 14 and 11 season in 2012 he sadly announced he was unable to return the following year due to health concerns and retired a second time. His success as both player and coach have been validated by induction into 11 Hall of Fames.
       Now 78, he and Jan, his wife of 56 years, have two children, 3 grandchildren, and recently added a great granddaughter. They first met during their sophomore year at Lewis and Clark. Jan, who is a native of Portland and attended Wilson High School, is a success in her own right. She has taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Jan utilized her Art and Art History majors to author and illustrate four books, a Gerry Frank biography and three books that tell the history of the seaside community of Neskowin where she and Coach own a cottage. Coach claims he could not have made it so far without her support. Accompanying him overseas, she was his wingman throughout his coaching odyssey. Proofreading and ensuring all his speeches passed her grammatical muster were among her many back-up roles. They love to travel and spend time with their family; and he enjoys fishing and keeping up with college and professional football and basketball. And by the way, he is a Beaver Believer. If you cannot find them in their Castle Pines condo you might try the coast…at their “Neskowin cottage by-the-sea.” Most every weekday, not long after dawn, you will find two tall imposing men, first off the tee at McNary Golf Club. This would be our subject and his good friend Coach Vic Backlund, two birds of a feather, two legends. Now you know…. Coach Jim Boutin!
Jan & Jim Boutin
   Memorial Day Golf Tournament  results: 
Men's Division
1st Gross: Bauer/Deiss/Carbajal/Miller 60
1st Net: Mounce/Hall/Goff/Goff 52 
2nd Net: Bowman/Martin/Puentes/Morrison 53
Couples Division 
Flight 1
1st Gross: Holland/Howe/Kraft/Morrison 61
1st Net: Vasas/Vasas/Vasas/Jones 51.9 
2nd Net: Dempsey/Watson/Corsi/Corsi 52.1
Flight 2
1st Gross: Chauthani/Kienzle/Neuburger/Neuburger 64
1st Net: Heppner/Heppner/Marion/Marion 51.8
2nd Net: Buck/Buck/Harth/Weiland 52.5
Here are the Memorial Day results. I can't figure out how to get a leader board that shows "flights". 
Proxy Winners
Men's Closest to the Hole #15 - Pete Tosi $10
Women's Closest to the Hole #10 - No one hit the green so we had a drawing and Glenda Klein and Barb Wilson tied. $5 each
Women's Long Putt Hoe 1 - Susie Rea $10
Men's Long Putt Hole 9 - Tim Mounce $10
Meet Your McNary Golf Club Staff
By Mark Piercy, Golf Club Member

Meet Golf Professional Greg Smith, or “Smitty” to his golf buds. Greg is an excited recent addition to our McNary Golf Club staff. Greg is most likely the first person you will encounter when arriving at MGC for a round of golf as he has been hired to work in the pro shop, complementing our other professional, longtime fixture Larry “McNary” Bent. Greg, who is 44 years old, and his girlfriend, Nikki, live in South Salem. Nikki leaves the golf to Greg. They share their home with two rambunctious canines named Daisy and Prudence, a couple of Husky and Labrador hybrids, which they rescued from a less fortunate situation. Greg is originally from Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1995, where he competed in golf for 4 years, one year shorted due to an injury. His freshman year they claimed the state title with a runner-up finish the following year. His Dad, who sadly passed away in 2019, introduced Greg to golf and was Greg’s best golf chum. They were members of Salem Golf Club. Greg got his start in the golf industry in 1997 at Langdon Farms, in Wilsonville, where he oversaw Outside Services. Then in 2000 he jumped on I-5 NB for Washington National Golf Club, Auburn, Washington, where he was recruited by O. B. Sports to open the new facility. He returned to Salem in 2006 to be near his mother when she fell ill. There he filled in as Head Golf Professional at Salem Golf Club while testing Professional Golf on the Canadian PGA Tour. He advanced to the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier in 2007. Armed almost exclusively with Titleist equipment he is currently playing at a zero handicap. His distance is not what it used to be as Greg contends with Diabetic Neuropathy. That has not diminished his passion for playing and teaching golf though. Thus, he is available for lessons and is eager to help you elevate your skills and lower your handicap! Just stop by the pro shop or contact him at or 971-718-1375. Returning to our ongoing great debate, he gives Jack the nod over Tiger as the greatest all time citing his 18 majors’ titles. That moves Jack ahead by one vote, 8 to 7. When asked which way he leans, Duck or Beaver? he answers apologetically…Duck! However, he will consider giving Beavers lessons. Greg, welcome to our McNary Golf Club community!
Golf Professional Greg Smith
Attention McNary Golf Club Members and McNary GHIN participants:
The USGA along with several other worldwide golf federations rolled out a new handicap system, the World Handicap System (WHS), effective January 1, 2020. In brief, it's different; the primary focus is to allow players of unequal skill levels compete more equitably using the most up-to-date index for all players.
Under Chip's guidance, a fully engaged handicap committee has been formed and is available to answer questions. The current committee members are: Carole Prall, Jan Austermiller, and Jim McKenna, Robert Tesch ; the point persons for questions/concerns are Carole Prall ( for the women and Jim McKenna (Jim.mcnaryhandicap@gmail) for the men. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE OGA OFFICE WITH WHS QUESTIONS/CONCERNS. The OGA office is overwhelmed by questions as there are over a hundred participating clubs in Oregon and they asked we handle these at the club level. All WHS questions/concerns should be sent to Carole or Jim. They will be able to answer most questions; for questions they cannot answer, they will seek out the answer and get back to you.
Everyone who has an active handicap through McNary Golf Club receives the OGA Newsletter on the 1st and 15th of each month via email. (If this newsletter is not showing up in your "Inbox", check your spam/junk folder then add the OGA email address to your contacts.) This is a great resource for more information. Also, a link to the WHS FAQs is included below.
Moving forward, please post all eligible scores the same day of play and use the hole-by-hole posting option. Record the actual number of strokes taken to complete each hole; the system automatically makes adjustments according the WHS guidelines. Your handicap index might change daily (the former system updated just twice per month), so be sure to check each time you play. Many members have been using the phone app as a convenient method of posting and checking their index. Also, there is a dedicated computer in the Pro Shop.
In closing, the weather is finally warming up, the course is in great shape (thank you to Dave and the crew!), and the Club has many competition events planned for the summer. If you want to compete in these events a McNary Golf Club handicap is required. These events are great fun so if you don't have one, get a handicap, post your hole-by-hole scores after each round, play often...swing seldom.
Pars and Birdies!
McNary Handicap Committee
P.S. Re: Handicap Committee-if anyone is interested in joining this committee, please contact Chip. Right now we have room for one more spot.
McNary Ladies Golf Association has a great group of women who play nine holes on Tuesday mornings. We found a couple of teams finishing up play on the back nine in mid May. Many also participated in a Spring Merry Mixer on May 18th with gals from the 18 Hole group. 
OFF THE GREENS Ladies Social Club

On Thursday  June 3rd the women's social club an off shoot of the MLGA
held a beautiful tea at The View our new restaurant at McNary. There were 22 ladies that joined in a beautiful  tea luncheon. The View restaurant provided delicious food including fresh baked scones and lavender cookies. The service was exceptional and food was delicious. We want to thank Keri and Cam for providing  us with such  wonderful experience. Jeannie White provided gorgeous flowers for our table tops.
Our guest speaker was Sharon Hoff. She gave a program on tea and it's  history. She has a wealth of knowledge and we enjoyed learning the interesting  facts of tea from  it's early years to today..  
Glynis Barsotti, had arranged for Sharon to come speak. Glynis is our resident " Britt" did a beautiful job of crocheting goodie bags filled with tea , goodies and etc. and making our theme of : English High Tea: come together.
This year the women's social group are collecting items for Simonika Place, the Women's shelter on River Road in Keizer. 

Our next meeting will be held at  "The View"   Thursday, July 1 @ 11:30. The theme is " CHRISTMAS IN JULY"  If you would like to join us, please sign up at the Golf office or call Glynis Barsotti at 503.370.9437 or Jan Strombeck:  at 541.928.3846
The women's social group has been around for many many years. Elaine White was our resident member who started the club .. Any lady in McNary is invited to join. We have many fun outings, luncheons and get togethers.
We hope to see you at one of our luncheons.  
Jan Strombeck, Pres.
Glynis Barsotti   Sec.
Patty Togioka     Past President
Pam Getty         Treasurer
Photos from the Women's Social Club gathering for a beautiful tea luncheon at The View.
By Ann Trombley  

BACK AGAIN - Most of you at McNary Estates won’t remember my writing years ago when Don and Blanche Conat put our neighborhood newsletter together.   One of my favorite items were book reviews.   I used to belong to two book discussion groups – one which stopped meeting when the infamous virus forced most of us inside.   The other group has started to meet – and several good books are available.
When the pandemic began, I wondered how best to fill some time.   Off to the book shelves.   Several big ones caught my attention.   Texas by James Michener was the first one.   Now I’ve read most of Michener’s books beginning with Hawaii.   I must admit I’m a Texan, but never read Texas.   We were probably in the midst of a move, and I just never got around to it.   It’s big, as is Texas, but it has lots of wonderful history – some of which I didn’t even know. 
A recommended review about a biography Churchill by Andrew Roberts caught my attention.  Again, a long volume but well worth the time.   The cover is an interesting story.   Seems that on one of Churchill’s trips to America, a photographer asked if he could take his picture.   Sure, Mr. Churchill said, but the photographer wanted the picture without his cigar.   Churchill refused that one; the cigar would be in his mouth.   But just as the photographer snapped the camera, he jerked the cigar out of Churchill’s mouth.    The bull dog himself – a great picture!
Just as I finished this book and before the library closed, I managed to get a copy of the The Splendid and the Vile, by Eric Larson, a family saga about the Churchill family during the London blitz.   Winnie and I became good friends during the first weeks of the pandemic.  
                Larson has become one of my favorite authors; I’ve read most of his novels.   If you haven’t read any of them, you’re in for a treat.   I’ll tell you more next month.     If you have a book to recommend, give me a call.   Keep reading.

Written By: Mary A Smith

I don’t know whose idea it was for Mother to learn to drive.  She was the stay-at-home kind who wore “house dresses”, hosiery and low-heeled shoes.  In other words, a practical, no-nonsense person.

In her defense, she baked wonderful apple pies, canned cherries (we lived in the Wenatchee Valley, known everywhere for it’s beautiful apple orchards).  “Wash Day” involved a wringer machine in the basement.  She carried baskets of wet laundry up the stairs and outdoors, hanging sheets, underwear and, in later years, starched crinoline slips, on clothes lines to dry (remember clothes pins?)

For fun—well, I don’t really know if my mother had fun.  I never actually wondered.  She did like to read, draw, paint and sew and  wrote many letters (passing this trait on to me).  As a minister’s wife, Mother taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and sang solos, rather reluctantly, I think.  And, although we four girls loved having missionaries and many overnight guests in the parsonage, it undoubtedly created extra cooking and cleaning to her.  We never noticed.

Maybe Mother was looking for a little fun, hoping to gain a bit of independence.  But with only one family car, how often would she have the chance to drive?  This was 1950, after all!

Anyway, my dad, the “driving instructor”, was not exactly patient (as I discovered at age 16).  For starters, the car (was it the Studebaker or Hudson Jet?) sat in a long, narrow driveway, facing our one-car garage.  We girls, along with several neighbor kids, flanked the driveway and waited.  We were looking for excitement—and we didn’t have to wait long!

Daddy’s first instruction to Mother: put the car into reverse and back up slowly.  Who in the world takes her first lesson by backing up?

We leaped out of the way when our tiny, 5 ft. tall mother careened into the neighbor’s flower beds.

“No, no!” My father yelled (while we hooted).  “Put it into first gear and pull back into the driveway”.  My mother stepped on the gas, intending to do just that.  Unfortunately, with her foot pressed on the gas pedal, the car lurched forward and shot straight into the back wall of our tiny garage, smashing the headlights (and, I suspect, her dignity).  It was marvelous!

Mother’s driving lesson was over.  My dad was furious.  We kids rolled on the ground in laughter, and my mother…well, I just don’t remember her reaction.  She probably went into the kitchen, put on her apron and started dinner.  The subject of her driving never came up again.


That is, until she turned 65.  By then, my father was in frail health and Mother was suddenly faced with making decisions and handling tasks previously relegated to Daddy.  She rose to the occasion.  She learned to drive, proving it’s never too late to claim one’s independence.  She drove for 10 wonderful years, until the day she sideswiped an abandoned Cadillac.  But, that’s another story.

I’ve failed to give my mother credit for so much of who I became.  How many mothers save every single correspondence written since college, filling hundreds of pages of notebooks?  Mine did.  Thanks to her, tales from college and my children’s escapades and just day-to-day events have been preserved.  I’ve laughed and cried at some of the memories they trigger.  The hundreds of letters/stories written to my parents so long ago brings the past right into the present.

Mother taught me to express myself through words on paper.  I’ve been delving into my past a lot, lately.  And, I’ve been missing my mother more than I ever thought possible.


McNary's newest residents to be found protection with neighbor help. A female pond turtle was spotted laying her eggs. Residents built a protective fence around the nest.

Female pond turtles usually reach sexual maturity around 10-15 years of age. Males mature quicker at 8-12 years. Mating in the wild takes place in the spring and sometimes in the fall.

Nesting occurs from late May until the middle of July. Females find a suitable site, usually with dry soil, sparse vegetation and a southern exposure. The female digs a hole for the nest - first by softening the soil with urine and then scooping out the soil using her hind feet, one after the other.

Once the site is prepared, she deposits a clutch of 3 to 13 eggs. After laying the eggs, the hole is filled with a mixture of vegetation and dirt to provide an air space, then covered with wet soil to keep the eggs in a humid environment. This slow process can take anywhere from two to four hours. The eggs incubate naturally underground for 90-130 days, depending on summer temperatures.

The McNary Newsletter is separate but supported by the McNary Home Owners Association. Our goals are community and neighborhood driven. Contact Tom Dieker for your advertising interest at 503.949.0891 ( ( ) or Christine Dieker for news and content suggestions at 503-949-6099 ( ( Contributing writers and photographers:

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