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CONTENTS
  • NEIGHBORS - The stories and goings on in McNary Estates neighborhood
  • YOUR HEALTH - Wellness and Living Good information
  • CREATIVE NOTIONS - Stories, poems, photos, and posts focused on a lighter side of living
  • IN THE GARDEN - See what is growing and more in our backyards
  • HUMOR ME - A lighter side of life perspective
  • ON THE GREENS - McNary Golf Club is the central hub of activities on the course and beyond 
  • IN THE COMMUNITY - A lighter side of life perspective
  • MC NARY HOA - Neighbor Association information
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PUBLICATION INFORMATION
The McNary Newsletter is paid for and distributed by Tom's Professional Services within the community, however McNary Estates HOA does not contribute financially to the newsletter. Contributing writers: Mark Percy, Christine Dieker, and Bob Balmer. Contributing Photographers: Susan May
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NEIGHBORS
McNary Wonderful Holiday Lights and Decorating Contest
Greetings McNary Residents,
 
The 1st Annual McNary Wonderful Lights Christmas Contest was a huge success. We would like to give special thanks to the 38 residents who entered the contest. On the evening of Tuesday, December 15th the 5 Judges traveled around the neighborhood visiting the 38 homes. If you have not taken the opportunity to drive around our community looking at Christmas lights, we invite you to do so. There are so many fun and beautifully decorated homes, which made our decision exceedingly difficult.
 
The contest included 3 different categories and after a long discussion, the judges finally arrived at a decision. We are pleased to announce and would like to congratulate the 3 winners who have won a $50 Gift Certificate to Jeff & Sheryl’s On the Turn Restaurant.
 
1. Traditional Spirit of Christmas: Cheda & Steven Manners – 6509 Littler Dr. N
2. Elegance of Design: 
Kelly Ronning – 565 Castle Glen N
3. Wow Factor Brian & Cindy Miller – 999 Henning Way N
Honorable Mentions to:
Patty & Larry Scruggs – 519 Snead Dr. N
Arlene & Gary Cardinal – 320 Snead Dr. N 
Maria & Joe Valisario Valdez – 916 Henning Way N

Again, thank you to all who entered the contest. We look forward to many more entries in the coming years of McNary Wonderful Lights Christmas Contest.
YOUR HEALTH
You can't force a better night's sleep — but it does help to try something new.
 This copyrighted information courtesy of Mindful.org and psychologist Elisha Goldstein.
Do you find it difficult to get a decent night’s rest? Do you spend a good deal of the night tossing and turning? Then you might be among the ranks of the 30% of adults in the United States who are regularly sleep deprived, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Fortunately, there’s a few key habits that can help you turn over a new leaf — or in this instance, a new pillowcase. As Jason Ong, a sleep psychologist at Rush University Medical Center reminds us: “Each night is a new night. Be open and try something different! What you have been doing to this point is probably not working well.”
Try these three mindful tips for a better night’s sleep and see what you notice. Before you go to bed:
  1. Say goodnight to your devices: The first thing we need to pay attention to is getting our screens out of the room. If you have your phone or a tablet lighting up your bedside table, it’s going to disturb your sleeping patterns. It’s best if it’s not in your room at all. It’s creating activity in your mind that you have to pay attention to.

     
  2. Don’t force it: We have to stop trying to fall asleep. Our brains are too smart for that. The moment we’re trying to do something, we’re creating stress on top of it. So we don’t want to try and fall asleep. See if you can let go of the notion of trying to fall asleep at all.

     
  3. Try a body scan meditation: Bring mindfulness into the sleep experience. You can do a gentle body scan practice where you’re being curious about just noticing sensations in your body and your breathing. When your attention wanders or becomes frustrated, see if you can just take note of that and gently come back to being with what’s here. When we allow ourselves to be with what’s here, the body naturally goes to rest, which is what it wants to do.
CREATIVE NOTIONS
Stories, poems, and posts focused on a lighter side of living. 
IN THE GARDEN
Caring for Hummingbirds -  from United States Department of Agriculture and Seattle Auburn 
Hummingbirds play an important role in the food web, pollinating a variety of flowering plants, some of which are specifically adapted to pollination by hummingbirds. Hummingbird numbers are declining, like those of other pol-linators, due to habitat loss, changes in the distribution and abundance of nec-tar plants (which are affected by climate change), the spread of invasive plants, and pesticide use. 
Hummingbirds feed by day on nectar from flowers, including annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines. Native nectar plants are listed in the table near the end of this guide. They feed while hovering or, if possible, while perched. They also eat insects, such as mosquitoes and gnats, and will consume tree sap when it is available. They obtain tree sap from sap wells drilled in trees by sapsuckers and other hole-drilling birds.
 

Feeding Hummingbirds in the Winter
At the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop we receive many calls a day about this very concern. It is a valid one because the Anna's Hummingbirds being a fairly recent resident in our state, may be somewhat dependent on the additional food source supplied by feeders during these snowy cold winter days. If you have been feeding the hummingbirds and they have become accustomed to finding food in your yard, we would encourage you to continue this responsibility of maintaining this food supply as much as possible through the cold snap. Things we recommend in assisting you in supporting these birds are the following:

1. Do NOT adjust the mix! Keep the mix at 1:4 ratio sugar to water. Nectar concentrations vary greatly among a variety of plants hummingbirds visit, but they are typically low in sugar. Recipes with a higher concentration of sugar do not necessarily benefit hummingbirds because it cannot travel up the grooves of their tongue easily and may also damage kidneys and liver. Though increasing the sugar may help to prevent freezing, our experts recommend staying consistent with a 1:4 mix. White sugar and water only! No honey, brown sugar, maple syrup etc. Pure sucrose is what they need to survive. We do NOT recommend Red dye. A simple recipe of 1 part sugar and 4 parts water, mixed in a pan, bring to a boil, and then remove from heat and cool. You may store extra in the fridge up to two weeks. Clean feeder once a week during cold weather more often during warmer weather.

2. Have two feeders and rotate them. The mix will begin to freeze around 29 degrees. Rotating the feeders throughout the day will keep the fluid moving and available to the birds. Hummingbirds do not feed at night so you can bring the feeders indoor however they start at dawn so get a feeder back out as early as possible. Anna's can be very territorial, and may not share a feeder (especially multiple males), so having multiple feeders can help break up the fighting and competition for a single feeder.

3. Don’t enjoy setting your alarm for 5am? String Christmas lights around the feeder, the ambient heat can be just enough to keep things thawed (depending on how cold it gets). Or hang a trouble light nearby the feeding station, or from the bottom of the feeder. This is the light commonly used by car mechanics, or garage enthusiasts. It has a little cage around it and a hook at the top. Depending on the watts, it can put out enough heat on those especially cold nights.

4. Duct tape a hand warmer to the feeder. These hand warmers (or feet warmers) are pouches with chemicals in them that get activated once out of their packaging. They emit heat for approximately 7 hours. They are commonly available around town, Fred Meyers, sporting goods, probably Ace even has them. We have them at the Nature Shop as well.

5. Finally, another method to try is plumber’s heat tape. These flexible electric tapes are similar to a flat extension cord and can easily be wrapped around and taped to many types of feeders. Most heat tapes are equipped with a built-in thermostat in the cord. The wattage of these tapes is very low and does not draw a lot of energy. Try home supply stores and hardware stores for this product.

6. Don't stress too much about the welfare of the Hummingbirds. Generally, our winters are mild and the cold snaps are usually not that long. Hummingbirds are capable of reducing their body temperature at night and conserving their energy. They roost in trees and shrubs and do not use nest boxes or bird houses. They need a lot of sucrose (nectar) during the day to keep them going especially in the cold. In addition to nectar for fuel, hummingbirds will consume any insects they encounter which help them meet their protein, vitamin and mineral requirements. Insects can be found under bark and plants even during winter cold periods. Extended periods of cold such as the one we are experiencing right now, is especially hard on these small birds designed to spend winters in warmer climates. Some birds will not make it, however the strong ones will find a way to survive. Continuing to offer nectar is a way in which we can assist them.

Also consider a water source for the birds in general. Birds need water and when everything is frozen water can be hard to find. A pan of water that is refreshed with hot water periodically or has a heater or sprout pad under it can be a big help. A birdbath with a birdbath heater is great. The Nature Shop has these too.

HUMOR ME 
 “And So This Was Christmas (2020 style)” By Bob Balmer
Remember when you said “bubble” and your listener thought of bubble bath or bubble gum? 
                Now a bubble consists of those you hang out with and the place that occurs.  The perfect Christmas bubble would have been windsurfing in Hood River with a small tree on the front of your board.  (Fresh air and social distancing without even trying.)  Alas, I cannot surf.  This Christmas my bubble had a decorated tree, one stocking and handi-wipe containers in each room with bits of holly scotch-taped to them.   “It’s beginning to look a lot like…”.  Well, something I’ve never experienced. 
                Though I love a friendly kiss, I will not have hung mistletoe.  In lieu of mistletoe, I hung small containers of hand sanitizer.  I adorned them with wings, curly hair, and the lyrics to Hark the Herald Angels Sing, substituting the word wash for sing.
                I won’t have eaten with extended family-- just one masked bubble buddy sitting on the other side of the room.  It will be the first time I have served a Christmas dinner buffet style; equally rare it will have been a buffet for two with a line of one.  No one will have taken cuts.  While my bubble buddy went through the line, I will have waited outside.  No one will have said, “Shut the door.  The turkey is getting cold.”  They might have said, “As soon as I get my gravy, you can come in.”  That’s what bubble buddies do.  They’ve got your back by not going near your front, even with gravy on the line.
                Rather than carols sung after a fine repast, my bubble buddy and I will have put on some music, and wearing masks, lip-synch holiday songs, as if Marcel Marceau were cloned and he and his clone had their own bubble.  Silent Night, save for the radio, it will have been.
                To paraphrase John Lennon:  And so this is Christmas (2020).. I hope you (and your bubble) had fun…. 
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This is the last column I will be writing for McNary Newsletter.  I want to thank Tom and Christine Dieker for the opportunity to write in their fine publication.   Bob Balmer 
               
ON THE GREENS
New Year! New Officers! New Optimism!
By Mark Piercy, Men’s Club Member
A new cadre of leaders has taken the reins of the McNary Men’s Golf Club. Elected during the online December 15 Zoom meeting were President Chris Morrison, Vice President and Tournament Director Mac Martin, Treasurer David Zahradnik, and Secretary Erik Kjall. Mac Martin is the lone hold over in the same office from the 2020 Board. David Zahradnik was 2020 President. Accolades and words of appreciation are due Joel Leming who served as Treasurer for many years. It was a historic year for all the wrong reasons.

Covid-19 presented many challenges in 2020. Conducting meetings remotely over the internet was just one of the minor ones. Much greater difficulties and tragedies besieged the world and our country. Hundreds of thousands have died under heartbreaking circumstances, and many more fallen ill. It does not discriminate. Many businesses have closed, the restaurant and other hospitality and service industries nearly obliterated. Some may never reopen. People lost their jobs. Some cannot feed their families. Heroic health care professionals and the system are stretched to the breaking point. This is what life, and nature, dealt us in 2020.

It did not end December 31. It doggedly pursues us into 2021. It has been darker; but the dark always gives in to the light. There is a glimmer on the horizon. Our scientists stepped up. Vaccines have been created. Availability is growing day by day. Inoculations for millions are forthcoming. Optimism for an improved 2021 is building. It is also a challenging time for the recreational industry. Recreation allows us to escape, if only for a few minutes or hours, to recharge ourselves away from the drudgery and constant reminders of a daily life filled with the uncertainty of how or when the virus might attack our existence.

Golf courses were immune for the most part from this blighted environment. Parks and trails were closed. Gyms were shuttered. Playgrounds were off limits. Sidewalks and golf courses on the other hand experienced a boon. More people than ever are trekking through neighborhoods, perhaps resulting in an otherwise lost serendipitous meeting or new friend. The circumstances of golf allow for “social distancing,” a tired term which has become a staple not only on the news but in our daily dialogue. Even small children in masks no longer cause pause…more telling commentary. Golf offers us light and respite from the gloom and doom. It grants us some normalcy in an abnormal time.

The McNary Men’s Golf Club fared much better than most. The Club, more than 100 strong in 2020, continued to come together and practice their passion…practice because you never really master it. There were some adjustments of course but they were minor in comparison to the calamity that prevailed around us. An event canceled here; an event rescheduled there, but the Men’s Club and McNary Golf Club came through mostly unscathed. The fraternity continues. Golf plays on. We can look forward to Charlie!

As if the global pandemic was not enough the wildfires descended upon us next. For two months, the fires, two dozen in all, raged on. Our First Responders were selfless. Once again, countless lives were disrupted, many were rendered homeless. Some lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands of acres of forest were destroyed, damage that will takes decades to erase. Literally, dark days fell upon us…no sunrise, no sunset, the sun obscured behind a veil of smoke and ash. One could easily imagine an otherworldly landscape and sky in a sci-fi movie. It was palpable. It was both strange and ominous at the same time. A second catastrophe had stamped another indelible entry in our brains. Finally, the flames, but not our will, were extinguished. Rebuilding has begun just as nature already renews itself amongst the ashes of the Douglas Firs.

As we embark upon our journey into 2021, optimism and hope abound. The worst has passed, and the best lies just ahead. As a community we are stronger than ever, the bonds between us forged by the great heat of the wildfires and the great pressure of the pandemic. We are resilient. We always prevail. That is our nature.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Keizer Community Library
A Gem in the Heart of the Keizer Community  
980 Chemawa Road, NE
Keizer, OR 97303
Established in the summer of 1988, Keizer Community Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the Library is to be a dynamic organization that enhances the lives of patrons by connecting them to the world’s wisdom, knowledge, and culture through open access to information and creative expression in many formats.

Did you know that the Library is not tax-supported by the City of Keizer? 

With thanks to members of our community, the majority of the books, computers, CDs/DVDs, shelving and furnishings have all been donated. All monetary donations, funds raised, and library card fees go toward the costs of running the library. And, demonstrating Keizer’s pride, spirit, and volunteerism in action... the Library is run by an all-volunteer staff!
The friendly person at the circulation desk is a volunteer, programs are coordinated and provided by volunteers, our Library Manager, the Library’s Governing Board are volunteers as well!

In the interest of public health, Keizer Community Library has been temporarily closed to public access to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We are however offering curbside pickup service by appointment during the hours noted below. 

    Monday:     1 pm - 3 pm
    Tuesday:     4 pm - 6 pm

Library Card 
Join the Library and receive a Library Patron card by completing a Library Card Application, providing a current and up-to-date form of identification, and paying a $10 per individual/family patron application fee. The application fee provides Library services for one year and renews annually for $10.  You don't need to be a resident of Keizer to join our Library family!

Volunteer
The Library continues to be staffed entirely by friendly, dedicated volunteers. This past year, Volunteers provided over 4,000 hours. Most volunteers work one or two three-hour shifts per week or every other week in a range of roles

We're always looking for volunteers to join our team. If you'd like to join us, either call (503) 390-2370, or email info@keizerlibrary.org  

MC NARY HOA
Joel McDonell
Community Manager, CCM, CMCA, PCAM
Community Management, Inc.
Direct: 503-445-1211
Most Homeowners have begun receiving the annual homeowners fees pay statement this week. One item of clarification that I would like to point out is that although the statement shows a “late” date of January 10th, payments are not considered late until after January 31st. This means owners have the month of January to pay the fee without risk of a late fee. The January 7th Board meeting has been cancelled but the Board will reconvene on February 4, 2021. Thank you and let us know if you have any questions.
 
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