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March 2018

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Wait, That’s a Myth? If learning that St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish or that the

St. Patrick’s Day is the best day of the year to let your Irish colors fly. Traditional celebrations include dressing in green, attending parades, and eating green food. However, these weren’t always the holiday

family. Although he had escaped the country, he couldn’t forget it or the people living there. After being told to travel back to Ireland by an angel in his dreams, he studied for the next 15 years to become an ordained priest. Then, he returned to Ireland. He spent the next 40 years spreading the Christian faith among the people until he died on March 17, around 460 A.D. His life has been celebrated ever since. Holiday Celebration For a long time, St. Patrick’s Day was seen as an exclusively religious holiday in Ireland. Irish law went so far as to order pubs closed on March 17. It wasn’t until 1995 that the Irish government saw an opportunity to use the holiday as a way to increase tourism and spread the joy of Ireland’s customs and culture around the world. Surprisingly, most of the traditions we associate with St. Patrick’s Day began in the United States. In fact, the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York was in 1762. Irish soldiers serving the British army marched a few blocks through the city to a tavern. Not only did this help the Irish reconnect with their roots, but it also brought them together with the other Irishmen serving in the army.

holiday’s seemingly traditional celebration didn’t even come from Ireland, there are a few other mind-boggling facts that surround both the saint and the holiday. Many of the stories told about St. Patrick are legends or myths. One of his best- known roles as the saint who drove out the snakes from Ireland was used as symbol to exaggerate how St. Patrick “cleansed” Ireland from paganism. Another legend revolves around the shamrock. It’s said that St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach the Irish people about the Holy Trinity. After his death, people would pin clovers to their clothing to celebrate what St. Patrick stood for. This eventually led to people wearing green clothes instead of wearing the clover. always used to symbolize St. Patrick’s Day. A shade of blue called “St. Patrick’s blue” was the color many followers of St. Patrick wore. You can still see St. Patrick’s blue in paintings of him, shown underneath the green we’ve all come to love. Now, when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, you can enjoy the festivities with a better idea of where the traditions came from. Don your favorite Irish gear and enjoy the celebrations! Speaking of green, you might also be surprised to learn that the color wasn’t

traditions. It might come as a surprise, but the patron saint of Ireland wasn’t even born Irish!

Who Was St. Patrick? Not much is known about the man, and even his place of birth is subject to dispute among experts. We do know that he was born in a village called Bannavem Taberniae, which could have been somewhere in England, Scotland, or Wales. When he was 16 years old, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland for the first time. He was held prisoner for the next six years, and he worked as a shepherd until he was finally able to escape. After such a rough introduction to the Emerald Isle, it might be a little hard to understand how Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland. Alone and scared in a foreign country, he turned to his faith for comfort. While his family was indeed Christian, Patrick had shown little to no interest in the practice until that point. After being held captive for so long, he felt compelled by God to leave Ireland, so that’s what he did. Patrick walked 200 miles to the coast, where he was able to board a ship and successfully make it back to his home country and his

Today, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the largest in the United States, with 200,000 participants and over 3 million onlookers.

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WAIT — SCREEN TIME IS GOOD FOR KIDS? How a Balanced Media Diet Bolsters Child Development

If you Google the effects of screen time on children, you’re sure to be bombarded with horror stories. Numerous articles claim that, beginning in infancy, the more time a child spends in front of a TV, phone, or computer, the worse their developmental outcomes will be. At first glance, the research is utterly conclusive. It seems we should throw out every TV in our house, smash our kids’ smartphones, and usher our children into the great outdoors as soon as possible. But what most of these studies fail to take into account is the content of the electronic media. If a child spends two hours a day bingeing episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” or screaming obscenities into a headset while playing “Call of Duty,” it’s going to negatively impact their experience of the world along with their mental and physical health. But not all content is created equal.

In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended strict limits on electronic engagement for kids, following the old line of thinking that any kind of screen time would be better spent climbing a tree or running in the backyard. But in October of 2016, they offered new recommendations for parents. For infants and young toddlers, the research still sides pretty heavily against the use of iPads and television. Before 18 months of age, a child lacks the cognitive capabilities allowing them to apply the lessons of technology to real life, and even after that, the APP recommends that media consumption should be limited to “high- quality programming, such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS.” But for kids ages 5 and up, parents should avoid banning screen time outright, but function as their child’s media mentor. Instead of decrying time spent building

complex structures in “Minecraft” as hours that could be spent on the soccer field, we should set expectations and boundaries to ensure that children can deepen their experience of the world through media, not hamper it. The problem starts not with the screen itself, but when the consumption of media becomes problematic, replacing regular face-to-face interactions and physical activity. But with a balanced media diet, kids can have the best of both worlds.

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Picture yourself driving home from work, minding your own business, listening to music, and enjoying the scenery. All of a sudden, you look in your rearview mirror and see flashing lights. You don’t know why, but you’re being pulled over by the police. To your knowledge, you were going the speed limit. But before you know it, you’re handing over your license and registration, and you’re stuck with an infamous Oregon speeding ticket. It’s then that you realize you’ve fallen victim to a speed trap. Oregon is riddled with speed traps all over the state, and while we can’t protect you from all of them, we’ve highlighted a few we think you should know about. MEGLER BRIDGE (ASTORIA) Our very own Astoria has a couple of hot spots to be aware of, and the Megler Bridge is one of them. Police will track you with their radar on the Oregon side of the bridge while you’re going downhill. Once they tag you, a patrol car will be sent to catch you on the bridge and escort you to the Washington side to receive your ticket. HIGHWAY 26 WESTBOUND (BEAVERTON) Just past the Canyon Road exit is an overpass that functions as the perfect hiding spot. Even though the speed

limit here is reasonable now, if you’re not paying close attention, this trap could end up catching you.

SE 148TH ST. (PORTLAND) People frequently travel between Portland and Astoria, so we’d be remiss to not warn you of some key spots. It all starts with SE 148th St. by Division St. There is a conveniently placed sign under a tree that is very easy to miss. It wouldn’t be a big deal if that sign didn’t notify you of a drop

of 15 mph. It’s only for a very short stretch by a school, but if you’re not on your toes, this famous speed trap could get you.

MORRISON BRIDGE (PORTLAND) Watch out for those police vans. If you’re headed westbound on the Morrison bridge, a police van will often be placed midway through the bridge. With the speed limit of only 25 mph, this bridge can get you in a flash. You should always obey all traffic signs and rules. Reckless driving in Oregon could cost you big money, but it can also put others in danger. The best way to avoid a speed trap is to always go the speed limit and pay attention to your surroundings. This will keep you away from hefty fines, and ensure your fellow Oregonians will be safe.

BRAISED CHICKEN AND SPRING VEGETABLES This simple and delicious one-pot recipe is perfect for a weeknight. It only requires about 15 minutes of hands-on work, but will taste like you spent all day building flavors. It’s a hearty comfort food that’s sure to delight eaters of all ages.


• 1 tablespoon olive oil • 8 small bone-in chicken thighs • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth • 12 radishes, halved

• 4 large carrots, cut into sticks • 1 tablespoon sugar • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped • Salt and pepper


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in pan for 6–7 minutes per side. 3. Remove chicken from pan and scrape off excess fat. Add broth and stir in radishes, carrots, and sugar. 4. Return chicken to pan, placing on top of vegetables. Gently simmer with lid on pan for 15–20 minutes. Finish with chives. (Recipe inspired by Real Simple)

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Spring Clean Your Utility Room



How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter?

The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.

In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

• Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6–12 months.

• Family homes (three or more

occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3–6 months.

• Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2–3 months.

• Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1–2 months.

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