Ryan McGlone Cycles Give-Back Through Community Efforts

BEND, OR – For cycling enthusiasts, early September signals the official kickoff to Cyclocross in Central Oregon. And when it comes to bike racing, the annual MBSEF Thrilla Cyclocross Series is by far the most well attended. For six weeks, 200 plus riders will gather on Thursday evenings at The Bend Athletic Club for some down and dirty competition. This will be the fifth consecutive year that The Athletic Club will be playing host to the races. Presented by Bowen Sports Performance, the series will take place Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 17 and October 4.
Cyclocross Racers
Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is October-February), and consist of many laps of a short (2.5-3.5 km or 1.5-2 mi) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands. If you have thought about trying out Cyclocross, but have never done it, the Thrilla is perfect, with Cat 5, the beginner category. OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing Association) licenses are required which you can purchase day of at the Thrilla.
Cyclocross Thrilla
The Thrilla Cyclocross series is a benefit for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. The Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic and personal goals. Molly Cogswell Kelly, Event Director says, “The Cyclocross is all about having fun, with a certain degree of silliness, and a lot of dirt and mud. We’re super spectator friendly!”
Ryan MCGlone
Ryan McGlone, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of the event. Both he and Cogswell Kelly ride for the Boneyard (Brewing) Cycling Team. A team officer, McGlone states, “For several years now, I’ve been a sponsor of this event, because I want to see it continue. I want to support the community I love and focus on giving back.” Boneyard Cycling started in 2010, encouraging cycling and supporting the local community through sponsor promotion and volunteerism. Their purpose is to enjoy riding bikes, support local businesses and create a positive influence in the community. Boneyard Cycling continues to encourage the local cycling community with racing, riding and volunteering. Their flagship events are the Bend Bike Swap and the RHFT (Ride Hard Finish Thirsty) cyclocross race.
Bend Bicycle Film Festival
Another cycling-related charity that McGlone is passionate about, is the Bend Bicycle Film Festival, held September 7, at the Tower Theater, Downtown Bend. This fundraiser benefits the Bend Endurance Academy, and anyone can submit bicycle-related videos to the festival. At the conclusion of the screening, attendees vote for their favorite. Throughout the evening, there are various raffles and giveaways, provided by local sponsors. The Bend Bicycle Film Festival (BBFF) launched in 2009 with two purposes in mind: to showcase local short films featuring the unique cycling culture in Central Oregon and to create a social gathering where all can reunite to get excited about riding bikes.
Bend Bicycle Film Festival Stage
The goals of the Festival are very relatable to the Bend Community, “Our mission is to celebrate artistic expression and stimulate excitement within and around our local cycling community. Cycling, as represented by the films and our festival, represents a diverse array of interests from physical health to environmental stewardship to strengthening community because so many Central Oregon residents ride bikes in their daily lives.” Proceeds from admission and raffle tickets directly support the The Bend Endurance Academy, a local non-profit offering youth, junior and masters development programs for cycling, rock climbing and Nordic skiing. The Academy promotes healthy living through active, outdoor experiences, with an emphasis on teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.

In-conjunction with the Film Festival, Ryan McGlone’s other passion project, the Bend Bike Swap, takes center stage. According to McGlone, “I am a sponsor and deeply connected to these groups. For the past 4 years I’ve presented checks to the beneficiaries of the Swap during intermission. This year I will be giving away just shy of $9,000 to the non-profit beneficiaries of the Bend Bike Swap. The Swap is an event I started 5 years ago. What is unique about this year’s presentation is that I will be announcing that the event is going to be given to Bend Endurance Academy to run in the future.”
Bend Bicycle Swap
The Bend Bike Swap began as the brainchild of McGlone, who was looking for new ways to give back to the local community. After sharing this idea with other Boneyard Cycling team members, it was clear that Bend was in need of a bike swap. As word spread, local business owner Matt Massingale generously stepped in and offered up Cascade Rack’s retail space as the first venue location. Armed with a shoestring budget and limited planning, the First Annual Bend Bike Swap boasted serious promise. Annual yields in excess of $10,000 annually support local nonprofits that promote various aspects of youth cycling. Driven by his love for the outdoor amenities that make Central Oregon so special, Ryan brings profound local knowledge, seasoned professionalism and an unsurpassed drive for excellence in his craft. Ryan is also a huge advocate for giving back to the local community so that Central Oregon continues to be a special and unique place for everyone.
Boneyard Bicycle Rider
Buy tickets to the Bend Bicycle Film Festival (BBFF) here.

Cascade Sotheby’s to Host Exclusive Preview of ClearPine

SISTERS, OR – With only 5 lots remaining in phase II, the next chapter in the highly acclaimed and sought-after neighborhood of ClearPine is about to unfold. When completed, the development will be home to approximately 100 individual homes, town homes, and small cottages. Phase III of this beautiful residential community in Sisters, Oregon is now available. Price points for these pristine home sites, surrounded by old-growth Ponderosa Pines, are an exceptional value and represent the continued growth of the Sisters region while maintaining a commitment to collective environmental concerns.
ClearPine Phase 3
To commemorate the release of these lots Terry Denoux, P.C. and Sean Barton of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty are sponsoring a Phase III “Release Party” on Friday, September 7, 1pm-5pm at ClearPine, 305 Heising Dr. Lot # 25 in Sisters. In concert with the Sisters Folk Festival taking place that weekend, there will be a FREE live music event featuring local artists, The Parnells. Refreshments will be served by Laird SuperFood and Three Creeks Brewing Company, delicious food by onsite food truck CurbBQ, and multiple giveaways including a GoPro camera set, sponsored in part by brokers Denoux and Barton of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Prime Lending and the Sisters Chamber of Commerce.
ClearPine Mid Century Modern
The focus of this exclusive “first look” at the next phase of ClearPine development will be the exceptional lot inventory recently made available. Visitors are also encouraged to tour some of the amazing completed homes currently available. Completed homes or those under construction will also provide an illustration of the level of craftsmanship available when partnering with one of ClearPine’s exclusive Select Builders, formed to assure quality construction and long-term value for residents. ClearPine has also collaborated with several top-notch design firms from Central Oregon, available to assist with the design of your new home, or you may choose your own designer or architect. Each has been chosen for their years of experience, and skill level necessary to meet the highest of standards. View available homes.
ClearPine Sunset
Having relocated from the Portland area to escape the rain and cloudy skies so typical of the Portland Metro area, Principal Broker Terry Denoux has been a contributing factor to the phenomenal growth that the Central Oregon area has experienced, having assisted hundreds of families, individuals and investors buy and sell property throughout the region. Denoux says, “To me it’s not just about selling you a home, it’s really about helping you achieve your goals! That is my true passion…helping each and every one of my clients experience financial gain through the acquisition of real estate.” As one of the Central Oregon area’s top 10% in production and sales, Denoux’s primary goal is to guide you through all of the important and often overlooked factors in determining which home will help you to achieve your short-term and long-term goals.
ClearPine Mountain Modern
According to Broker, Sean Barton, “I strive for customer service at its finest – reliable, responsive, and resourceful.” Barton’s experience as an advisor for the Central Oregon Small Business Development Center, where he worked diligently to help grow the local economy, was something he felt compelled to be a part of. Barton says that, “Real estate was a natural progression, and it has proven to be a great step to promote Central Oregon as an exceptional place to live and work.”
ClearPine Prarie

How to Choose a Farm for Homesteading in Oregon

Oregon is a great state for homesteading. The land is beautiful, fertile, and well-suited for a variety of crops, orchards, and livestock. You can easily produce enough to feed your family, and then sell whatever you don’t use at a local farmers’ market—even in winter. There’s also a lot of variety in climate and geography, from rainy and flat to arid and mountainous, so you can choose a place that best fits your idea of self-sufficient living.
With so much variety and potential, it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. Besides thinking about the home’s design and comfort, there are practical issues to consider, like how easy it would be to grow produce. To help you find your perfect farm, here are a few points to think about as you begin your search.
Featured Image – Bend, Oregon Farm on 60 acres

The Land

How much land you need will depend on what your goals are for your farm. It’s possible to live self-sufficiently on just a couple acres, but more acreage will certainly broaden your options. For example, if you plan to use wood to help heat your home, you’ll want to find property with room for a woodlot. You might also want enough space for orchards, poultry, ponds and livestock (including grazing land and hayfields), if those are part of your goals.
Mountain Views Across Green Pastures (View More Photos)

Determining how much land you need should already help narrow down your search. Now, as you visit each property, you’ll want to closely examine the quality of the land. You might even want to hire an environmental engineer to help you evaluate the property. In any case, you’ll want to look at the following characteristics.
Restrictions. For example, are you allowed to raise poultry and other farm animals on the property? How about rain catchment systems? Would you have mineral and water rights?
Contamination. To avoid contaminated water and other hazards, you can research the property’s environmental history using websites like Environmental Data Resources.
Soil Fertility. The quality of your property’s soil can make or break your success as a homesteader. Although Oregon has a lot of fertile ground, it’s still worthwhile to test the soil before buying.
Clean Water. Like fertile soil, year-round access to clean water is crucial for your success. Take a critical look at how water is supplied to the property. Is the source dependable? Would you need to filter the water? If you’re planning to raise livestock, you’ll also want other water sources on the property, such as ponds, streams or creeks. Be sure to check if the area is prone to flooding, too. Land that occasionally floods can’t be used for livestock for part of the year.
Light. Ideally, your garden should be facing south and receive at least 5 hours of direct sunlight every day. Is this possible on the property?
Energy. How would you provide your home with electricity? Does the property have potential for sun, water or wind energy?
Thunder Ranch is one of five properties in the state to have bottling water rights.
Majestic Thunder Ranch (View more photos)


Owning a farm doesn’t require you to live isolated from a community. In fact, many homesteaders enjoy having neighbors or a town close by so they can share resources and build friendships, especially if they have children. Living close to a town also means better access to emergency services and health care.
Then again, with good Internet and phone services, you may be able to live remotely without feeling isolated. Living far from civilization would give you more freedom to build the life you’re imagining without taking the neighbors into consideration. For instance, your neighbors probably wouldn’t want to live downwind of your pigpens. A large, remote property can be as rewarding as a homestead closer to a city, just depending on your personality, goals and situation.
Mill Creek Forest Home (view more photos)
Mill Creek Forest Home

Weather and Wildlife

Weather patterns and roaming wildlife are two major challenges homesteaders regularly face. However, you can still run a successful farm even with bad weather and predators in the area. You just need to make the right preparations, ensuring that you have proper protection for your farm animals and enough supplies for a tough storm.
One way to prepare for these natural challenges is to research natural disasters that have historically occurred in the area. For example, if you discover that flooding is common in the area, you’ll know not to build a root cellar. Similarly, you can research or ask local farmers about common wild predators. Coyotes are a common problem, but you may also have foxes, deer or raccoons to deal with.
It’s especially important to consider the natural challenges you’d face for each farm you view in Oregon, since regional geography and climates can widely differ. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure out everything yourself and build from scratch. You can find successful farms with everything already in place. All they need is the right person, ready to live off the land.
Log Cabin with Organic Farm on the Clackamas River

Interested in finding out more about buying a farm or ranch in Oregon? Check out our community page to see what we have available right now.

No Endless Summer for Oregon Tubers

BEND, OR – VisitBend.com, the region’s source for local information, proclaims, “There’s a law in Bend that says no one shall visit our fair city in the summer months without floating the Deschutes River at least once.” Honestly, that statement could not hold more truth for both locals and tourists. Each year, around mid-June, snow-melt from the Cascades begins to increase water levels of the Deschutes River, creating a nice current perfect for floating. It’s an amazing opportunity to enjoy one of the most scenic, unique, and enjoyable experiences you can have in Bend. Unfortunately, as we locals are full-aware, there is no endless summer in the Pacific Northwest. So, pump up those tubes and hit the river before time runs out on another season!

Bend Parks & Recreation had made it easier than ever to enjoy a float downstream by adding a River Shuttle, a Park & Float facility and on-site outfitters. You can also stay in the river and continue through the state-of-the-art Bend Whitewater Park. The park offers a mildly-wild passageway (amusingly referred to as “da chute” by a few locals) for floaters, plus a whitewater channel for experienced paddlers and a nature habitat channel designed to preserve Bend’s aquatic wildlife.

Once Summer officially arrives, a fabulous way, of course, is to spend a hot summer day soaking up the sun atop a gently bobbing inner tube as you float down one of Oregon’s cool, clear rivers. There’s a long list of quality places to float the Beaver State.
Partial to the far-reaching waterway in Bend, the Deschutes River offers one of the most complete adventures, including a man-made whitewater rapids experience, adding an exclusive “theme park” ride element before you casually flow through a residential lagoon, reminiscent of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. You may even be lucky enough to be serenaded by an act performing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, just a stone’s throw from the riverbank. There’s even public transportation available specifically for tubers and their chosen crafts.

An awesome place to float near Portland, the Sandy River won’t disappoint. This is a popular place for urbanites to cool down and relax in the summertime, as it’s only twenty or so minutes from downtown. Although this location doesn’t offer the amenities of Bend, the shores are lined with houses and public beaches, enjoyed by the locals and Portlandians alike. You’ll have plenty of people to share hoots and hollers with along the way. The waters themselves are a bit smoother, and there are fewer category-worthy rapids, making it not a good choice for smaller children as it can get a bit dicey toward the end as the ride.
There are numerous places to float along the Willamette River, though one of the most memorable outings is the yearly Big Float event, in which hundreds of people grab their inner tubes and other floatation devices and set off on a massive floating celebration of the Willamette River. Here, you can catch an awesome view of the Portland skyline and its bridges. What the heck is The Big Float?

The goal of The Big Float, quite simply, is to encourage people to “get into their river” and support its preservation and healthy development as a recreational resource. And to have a whale of a good time in the process. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Human Access Project. Open to all ages, TBF begins with, naturally, a parade. Floaters gather at Tom McCall Bowl Beach (where the Blues Festival is held), then carry or wear their floatation devices and march south along Waterfront Park to the put-in point at Poet’s Beach beneath the Marquam Bridge. Floaters will paddle down river and land on the west bank at the Tom McCall Bowl. Here, Portland’s grandest downtown beach party will be held – complete with music barge and live bands, food carts, beer/wine garden, sponsor booths, and a kids’ activities area.

The Clackamas River, with its combination of natural beauty, lazy pace, and proximity to Portland can draw a crowd, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have the river to yourself. A well-known spot with both hipsters from the inner city and all kinds of Portland suburbanites – but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting though! The Clackamas is a wilder ride, with more rocks and faster rapids. It also has a more secluded shoreline. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, this is your jam. But be warned: It’s a bit more aggressive, so only serious tubists need apply.
If you’re looking for a river float near Eugene, a fantastic option and one of the most picturesque, is taking a trip down the McKenzie River. There are a couple rough spots you’ll want to navigate around, but otherwise it’s quite an easy ride. And many Portlanders forget that there are nearby rivers in Washington, as well, including the Washougal, which is just an hour from Portland, northwest of Vancouver. The drive is pretty enough, the river not nearly as crowded as any of those closer to the city, and the water is refreshingly cold. Another Southwest Washington gem, the East Fork of the Lewis River is beautiful, less crowded than anything closer to Portland, and a bit colder than some of the others on this list.

There you have it, a rundown of the best river floats across the Oregon and SW Washington. Whether you choose to brave the urban waters of the Willamette, or would prefer the scenic beauty and colder rapids of one of the outlying sites, get out there and cool off while exploring the region’s rivers – on a tube!
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty currently operates 10 office locations throughout the state of Oregon and SW Washington. Contact us today for more information on one of the many areas we represent and to receive updates on our exclusive listings.

References: Visit Bend | Only In Your State | Urban Nest PDX | The Big Float | W Week

Goodbye, City Life… Green Acres is the Place for Me!

OREGON/SW WASHINGTON – Just a few lines into the classic ‘60’s sitcom Green Acres, and your mindset is pretty easily transformed from “never in a million years,” to “well… maybe.” “Farm livin’ is the life for me; Land spreadin’ out so far and wide; Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.” What was once a popular idealistic movement away from the stresses associated with city culture, has returned – with the help of modern technology. While there is still quite an abundance of us who would willfully trade our more metropolitan conveniences in a New York minute, the opportunity to openly commune with nature, while earning the same salary as you would in a Silicon Valley office, is too appealing not to actually consider.
The future of work will enable knowledge workers to live where they want, which may mean taking a conference call while strolling through your own private rolling vineyards Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley. A trend in the future of employment is the ability to live in a low cost of living geography while earning in a high cost of living geography. Is this merely this decade’s take on the 1950s model of suburban executives commuting into cities for white collar jobs? Similar, but with one glaring difference – the job now comes to the employee, instead of the other way around.

For knowledge workers, it often doesn’t matter whether they’re located near the office. It’s increasingly relevant that knowledge-worker skills supersede geography because, according to a report from the White House, “Over half a million of today’s open jobs are in technology fields like software development, digital marketing, user interface design, and cybersecurity—many of which did not even exist a decade ago.” Those jobs won’t dictate that you live near your employer. So why not earn like a Brooklynite and enjoy the view from your porch in Oregon’s lovely McMinnville, which is home to great vineyards and even a UFO festival.
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, headquartered in Bend, with 10 offices throughout Oregon and SW Washington, has been ahead of this curve for quite some time. Established in 2006, with deep roots in the rural surrounding communities, the brokerage employs an experienced team of exceptional brokers, highly knowledgeable in farm, ranch and vineyard properties. Much of their targeted demographic for this division includes the transition of urbanites to more pastoral lifestyles. Helping to facilitate the demand has been the ability of high-earners to work remotely. Educated and skilled individuals from the tech communities of Seattle and Northern California have been flocking to the “Beaver State”. Not relegated to the age of “Baby Boomers”, Millennial transplants are becoming more commonplace.

Millennials have become the largest generation in our labor force and recent research shows that they vastly prefer experiences over possessions. Fidelity Investment recently released research showing that Millennials so vastly prioritized quality of work life above compensation, that they’d take a $7,600 pay cut to enhance quality of work life. These studies are extremely consistent with enabling employees to enjoy the quality and geography of life they desire while attracting and retaining talent that’s heavily in demand.
Workers have historically considered where the jobs are when deciding where to live. The geographic link between home and office becomes lessened the more someone’s skills lend themselves to working remotely. Instead of saving for your vacation home in Dundee, Oregon, skilled knowledge workers can skip the primary residence and go straight to Dundee! This leads to ascending real estate values in the most beautiful vacation spots, though it will take some time for that trend to accelerate as people reluctantly leave more ‘target rich’ (from an employment perspective) environments for the tranquility of their desired turf.

Over time, higher paid knowledge workers and so-called ‘road warriors’ (who spend much of their time traveling for work) will be even less tethered to a geographic location. Ping pong tables and espresso machines are less important to the Millennial work force than the ability to immerse themselves in experiences. Managers who understand this will realize that enabling workers to be productive remotely will benefit as their recharged workforce will appreciate the ability to go camping while being technologically available to their employers (even if only in spurts) rather than having a foosball table in the break room.

Camp Tamarack Teaches Kids to ‘Live More’!

SISTERS, OR ­– With common mantras such as ‘Discover More’, ‘Inspire More’, ‘Dream More’, and especially ‘Live More’, Camp Tamarack could possibly be the Shangri-La of kids’ summer camps – and, well, it may be just that. This local camp was founded over 80 years ago on Dark Lake, just up the road from Suttle Lake. It was originally operated as a horse camp for girls from the Portland area, who traveled there to spend their entire summers in the woods along the picturesque lake.

Tamarack has seen a few different owners in its time, but had fallen into disrepair and was not in operation when Michele Anderson, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, and her husband Charlie, decided to purchase it through a non-profit in 2013 with plans to bring it back to life.

The facility is now a vibrant youth camp that provides Outdoor School to over 2,200 local 5th & 6th graders during the spring and fall months, along with offering traditional summer camp where over 800 campers get to spend a week of their summer. It is truly a place for Central Oregon, although they do have their fair share of campers from the valley as well.

With the launch of their Spark Project just a few years ago, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has encouraged its employees to become more involved with local charities. This is one such charitable organization that is highly visible and actively making a difference in the development of kids in our community – actually owned & operated by a Cascade Sotheby’s agent. Another broker at the company, Jacquie Sebulsky is also a valued member of the Camp’s Board of Directors.

Originally founded by Donna Gill and Lucile Murphy in 1935, Camp Tamarack has served the youth of Central Oregon for over 83 years. The Camp is a place where children can experience the many wonders the outdoors has to offer. Today, over 3,000 students a year experience the freedom of just playing, bonding, taking risks and trying new things. Camp Tamarack evokes community involvement on so many levels, making a difference for kids in our community, and truly wanting to help EVERY kid experience the outdoors.

One of the things that makes Camp Tamarack so special is the connection that people feel to it. The Andersons want this camp to continue to be for the community and that is why they need your support. Contributions are needed to bring ADA accessibility to the facility, as well as being able to fund scholarships for students to attend the camps. Volunteers, such as carpenters, electricians, painters, auto mechanics, and anyone willing to spend some time out at camp working on improvements are also greatly appreciated. Camp Tamarack is a non-profit organization registered with the state of Oregon. All donations are 100% tax deductible. The first $10,000 of their goal will be matched through donations until the end of 2018. Camp Tamarack operates under a special use permit with Deschutes National Forest, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.

The Bend Food Project and Cascade Sotheby’s Partner to Feed Central Oregonians in Need

BEND, OR – A recent company email addressed to ‘Everyone’ read, “It’s that time again, and collections are needed as people typically donate less during the summer, while need increases. Please let me know if you could take a bag or two. I can bring by your office and will be delivering the filled bags week of August 8th.” Myra Girod, a Principal Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, is passionate about giving back. One cause that she is a strong advocate for, is providing food for her fellow Central Oregon neighbors. In fact, Cascade Sotheby’s is a devoted proponent of community support programs. To date, the company driven Spark Project, has contributed thousands of dollars in donations to many different charitable organizations throughout Oregon and SW Washington. As dedicated as she is to promoting the best interests of her real estate clients, Myra has diligently served as a volunteer and through her efforts and infectious enthusiasm, has influenced fellow brokers to assist. One such recipient of her efforts include The Bend Food Project.

Bend Food Project
The Bend Food Project is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the year-round collection of non-perishable foods. Their mission is to provide a consistent supply of food to the local food banks who distribute food to food insecure families in the community. The foundation is structured as a network of food donors and coordinators. ‘Neighborhood Coordinators’ collect non-perishable food from their ‘neighborhood food donors’ once every two months.  A re-usable green Bend Food Project bag is given by the Neighborhood Coordinators to their neighborhood of food donors. All food collected is then distributed to a local food bank in the Bend/LaPine area.

Since 2015, the Project has collected over 200, 545 pounds of non-perishable foods (160,436 meals). Their goal now is to collect 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food EACH year. Many are unaware, that, in our tri-county area (Deschutes/Jefferson/Crook), there are over 20,000 people who access emergency food every month. Thankfully, The Bend Food Project is there to help. Many local schools are operating programs that involve students and their families in the collection of food items for donation.  It is about students learning compassion and awareness of the many individuals and families in Bend who need support.

Sue and Larry Marceaux are founders of the project. In its first year, the Bend Food Project collected more than 40,000 pounds of food for donation. The Morceauxes, of Bend, state that the program’s quick growth was a pleasant, if not overwhelming, surprise. Anyone involved with the project, including the Marceauxes, are volunteers. Since then they have appointed a board of directors, who have developed a business plan to help the project continue to grow. “We weren’t really sure what to expect, but we also knew Sue and I wanted to be very modest, to build a firm base with a small group of people,” Larry Marceaux said.

Sue Marceaux said the growing popularity of the Bend Food Project relates to its simplicity. “It is modeled off the Ashland Food Project, where community members fill green reusable bags of food every two months and leave it on their doorsteps for volunteers to pick up and bring to a local food bank. In this case, The Giving Plate, a Bend food pantry, being a main recipient. It’s a very simple program, and that’s been the beauty of it,” Sue Marceaux said. “It really builds a sense of community.” In August 2015, at its start, the program had 12 neighborhood coordinators. By October, it had 20. Now it has more than 40. The number of businesses contributing to the Bend Food Project in the last year helped propel it forward.

Beyond its own transformation in the last year, the project has helped change the model of The Giving Plate. The food pantry used to buy most of its nonperishable food with grant money, but now with Bend Food Project donations, that money can go toward fresh food. The Giving Plate now has more meat, dairy and produce to offer its clients: people who fall within the U.S. Department of Agriculture poverty guidelines. And because they have more nonperishable food donated, The Giving Plate has more options for how to give out food. Whereas clients used to pick up boxes of food packed for them by The Giving Plate volunteers, now they will be able to choose the foods they want.

Larry Marceaux said the Bend Food Project has grown to the point where it is collecting food year-round outside the scheduled events, from schools, churches and business. More than 70 volunteer coordinators go around town collecting green bags full of food from about 1,000 donors. Each month, Larry Marceaux estimates the Bend Food Project feeds between 700 and 900 families. Of those in need, the fastest growing group is senior citizens who are on fixed incomes and Social Security, Larry Marceaux said. Only about 4 percent of the food goes toward the homeless, who usually use other options such as shelters and community kitchens, he said. Operating year-round helps fill The Giving Plate beyond the holidays, especially in the summer months when the least amount of food is donated, Larry Marceaux said.

“As the Bend Food Project continues to grow,” Larry Marceaux said, “The hope is to expand and partner with other food banks in the region. “We want to get to the point where we are outperforming The Giving Plate, and hopefully support some of the other pantries in Bend as well,” he said. “The Bend Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food. It’s a donor drive, not a food drive.” The next collection will be on August 11, 2018 – so, go pick up your green bags!

What You Can Do?

  • Volunteer to help grow the organization
  • Become a Neighborhood Coordinatorand build a neighborhood of active food donors
  • Become a food donor
  • Donate money

Items in Need

  • Fruit snacks/fruit cups
  • Protein bars
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Crackers/cookies
  • Oatmeal/Individual cereals
  • Individual drinks/juice boxes
  • Canned meat (tuna/chicken)
  • Individual peanut butters
  • Snack mixes/trail mix
  • Oranges/apples
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Soups/chili
  • Canned meals
  • Boxed meals
  • Mexican food items
  • Rice/dry beans
  • Mac/Cheese and Top Ramen
  • Breakfast items/cereal
  • Bakery items (flour/sugar/etc)
  • Pasta/pasta sauce
  • Drinks
  • Baby food/formula


Ron Davis, Central Oregon Real Estate Fixture Will be Missed

BEND, OR – This past week saw the passing of longtime fixture of the Central Oregon real estate community, Ron Davis. A Principal Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty for over 10 years, Davis passed away early Thursday morning, July 19, 2018. Ron was a top producing ranch broker for over 25 years, receiving multiple awards for his work and dedication to the real estate business, even being inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame prior to joining CSIR.

Deb Tebbs, Owner and CEO of Cascade Sotheby’s says, “Ron Davis has worked with me at Cascade Sotheby’s for the last 10 plus years. Ron was a dedicated, loyal broker and friend. He was always there to give me a word of encouragement or just a hug! He told me time and time again, how ‘proud’ he was of me. I am going to miss his friendship, grateful heart and spirit… Rest in peace Ron.”

Growing up in Montana and spending a lot of time on ranches led Ron to become an expert in rural properties. After graduating from Montana State University with a degree in Agriculture, he was hired by the Deschutes National Forest in Bend as a Range and Wildlife Conservationist. He would spend weeks at a time in the mountain ranges of Central Oregon monitoring cattle and wildlife land usage, creating a deep love for this area that would eventually lead to him settling there for the long term.

Ron was drafted into the military during Vietnam and he decided to become a pilot, flying 300 combat missions in the F100 over Southeast Asia and earning 15 Air Medals as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. True to his hardworking personality and dedication to the service and his country, Ron continued his flying career after his tour in Vietnam and returned to the US to train other pilots for combat. After 21 years of military service and a variety of other training and command assignments, Ron retired and spent 4.5 years working in Saudi Arabia managing an aircraft services operation before deciding to return to the place he loved the most, Central Oregon.

As a broker who was been deeply involved with the ranch and property lifestyle throughout his life, Ron and his wife, Liz, after settling in Central Oregon, started a registered Quarter Horse business. Ron, an accomplished rodeo team bareback and saddle bronc rider, showed his horses in Cutting Horse competitions across the US and Canada and had won numerous awards, including a world championship in 2007.

An avid outdoorsman who loved high mountain ranges, skiing, lakes, horses, and the fantastic community of Central Oregon, Ron had no regrets making this beautiful place his home. There are few who can match the experiences Ron has had throughout his multiple careers and interesting adventures. His love of the outdoors, dedication to his country, passion for horses and the ranch life, and hard-working attitude in everything he’s done provides all the explanation necessary for the success he’s had in all aspects of his life.

If you were ever fortunate enough to sit down and talk with Ron, you soon learned that there are a lot more interesting aspects of his life besides his real estate expertise and accomplishments. Highly respected personally, and across the real estate community in Central Oregon, Ron Davis was a true professional, a mentor, a horseman, and a gentleman. His passing will leave an indelible void in those lives he touched, especially the Cascade Sotheby’s family.

There will be a graveside memorial service on Thursday, July 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m,. at the Deschutes Memorial Garden in Bend, Oregon. Guests are invited to attend a post-memorial gathering at the home of Ron and Liz Davis, following the ceremony, 18455 Couch Market Rd., Bend, OR.

“Ron, a dear friend, a magnificent man – 31 yrs. Airforce fighter pilot with 300 combat missions, a wonderful horseman and fellow real estate broker. We traded sooo many Tumalo horse sales, clients and transactions through the years. I talked with him often and visited one another’s ranches and horses… Good bye.” – Carol Osgood, Broker
“What a great man and a true legend.  I’m so sorry to hear this news. He will missed.” – Shelly Swanson, Broker
“He was a true legend. I am fortunate and honored to have known him.” – Joanne McKee, Broker
“He was an incredible man.” – Stephanie Ruiz, Broker
“You’ll be missed Ron Davis. A true original.” – Ken Renner
“When we were all at our first Sotheby’s meeting down in LA, all of us had such a wonderful time together… the women LOVED our cowboy hat wearing men (Ron and Bobby) from Central Oregon! It is a special memory for sure. It is with a heavy heart I hear of his passing. May peace be with you handsome!” – Martha Gerlicher, Principal Broker
“He was a nice man. Always supported the Veterans. Soft spoken and kind.” – Chris Sulak
“Ron was the whole reason I’m here at the company. He taught me nearly everything I know about real estate and always wanted me to succeed first and foremost. He was the best.” – Chelsey Hadduck, Sr. Listing Coordinator
“So sad… he was such a great man with so much drive! He will be dearly missed!” – Julie Moe, Broker
“He was an incredible man, great mentor. He will be missed by all.” – Pam Mayo-Phillips, Principal Broker
“Very sad – Ron was a true legend and a gentleman in every way. He will be missed by many!” – Norma DuBois, Broker
“Heaven is a better place with You there, Ron. A classy cowboy and a good man. The end of an era. You will be missed.” – Robin Yeakel, Broker
“When I first started at Sotheby’s last summer, Ron was so kind and welcoming.  He had such a rich and interesting life story and had so many amazing experiences.  Wonderful guy who knew how to live.”  – Karen Wilson, Broker
“So sad to hear this news. Ron was a true professional in our line of work and in many others as well… served his country, was a great horseman. I always looked forward to his spirited real estate opinions over the last twenty. RIP Ron.” – Nancy Melrose, Principal Broker
“I was privileged to do my first real estate transaction with Ron! When I saw his cowboy hat, I knew he was a friend and colleague…  as he was to all he met and worked with. There will truly be a place in our hearts for this remarkable professional and kind-hearted man.” – Mara Stein, Principal Broker

Real Estate and Equestrian Passions Support At-Risk Youth

LAKE OSWEGO, OR – Riding horses since only 7-years old, Laura Piccard, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, Lake Oswego, realizes how fortunate she has been to be able to combine her two greatest passions – horses and real estate. Inheriting her mother’s love of riding, Laura claims that it’s in her blood. Taking care of the horses and cleaning stalls fueled her appetite to ride, as she began competing at an early age. Now, as an adult, Laura maintains an affinity for equestrian activities and any opportunity to ride. An avid equestrian and a horse owner, she is a frequent competitor in hunter jumper horse shows across the Northwest.

Laura has lived and worked in Brussels, Belgium before entering real estate. Having experienced another culture, she has developed a network of relationships with international clients, enabling her to better serve their particular needs and understand that there are unique lifestyle attributes that they might find appealing in the Portland area. With over 10 years of industry credibility, Laura’s exceptional talents in navigating property transactions highlight her invaluable advice, guidance and care to her clients in all stages of their process. Being associated with an iconic luxury brand is what initially drew Laura’s interest in working with Cascade Sotheby’s, but it was also the fact that they were differentiated by their reputation for a high-level of customer service. It’s not just about price point, it’s the story that you’re delivering to the buyer. Laura’s equestrian background has made her an authority on horse properties. Her current listing at 33207 SE 6th St., Mt. Laurel/Washougal, WA, perfectly illustrates the type of residence she relates to. View the property video.

The Oregon High Desert Classics (OHDC) is held in sunny Bend, Oregon on the beautiful 40-acre J Bar J Youth Services Ranch. The two-week hunter/jumper competition showcases top riders from the Western United States and Canada and includes junior athletes and Olympic competitors. With snow-capped mountain views and grass arenas, this show is sure to inspire. The show offers an array of amenities such as six arenas, six schooling/lunging rings, on-site barns for up to 600 horses and great dining and shopping just six miles away in Downtown Bend. Over $150,000 in prize money is at stake as horses and riders of all ages and levels compete throughout the week in classes such as the Grand Prix and USHJA International & National Hunter Derbys. Sponsorships help create the show ambiance and are instrumental to the success of OHDC and J Bar J Youth Services to continue to provide services through their six programs. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is a white-ribbon sponsor of this year’s events: Pre-Adult Equitation, Ariat® National Adult Medal and the OHJA Jr/Sr Medal. Laura is scheduled to compete in the Adult Equitation 40-49, the Ariat® Medal and the OHJA Junior/Senior Medal events.

J Bar J Youth Services offers innovative options for at-risk children, youth and families working toward self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. The program outcome is to produce healthy adults who contribute to society. Founded as a working ranch for juvenile offenders, the agency has grown and now includes eight program areas to address the growing needs of challenged youth in our community.  Stephanie Alvstad, Executive Director, J Bar J Youth Services, says, “The Oregon High Desert Classics raises money to support at-risk youth. We have found the horse show community to be very generous in their compassion for the challenges our youth have to overcome. This show has contributed more than $2.6 million towards helping kids over the past ten years. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you!”

A former resident of the homeless teen shelter summed up his experience with this; “The LOFT (homeless shelter program) has helped me with many things. They helped me get back in school. They help me with my medical and dental needs. They make sure I am eating well. Most of all, the staff at the LOFT makes me feel like there is someone who cares.  Another youth who graduated from the Ranch had this to say; “J Bar J influenced me to become not only a productive member of society, but someone who I don’t mind looking at in the mirror in the morning. I learned how to take accountability for my actions and create a life for myself that I’m proud of.”

The horse show also provides a venue for youth involved in the programs to work. Boys from the Ranch interview for positions as groundskeepers and kitchen staff for the show. The money they earn is often put towards any restitution they need to pay. Girls from the Academy at Sisters serve as wait staff for multiple events under the Patrons Tent during the two weeks of the show. Community service is a strong value in all of our programs and the horse show is a perfect opportunity for the kids to help out.

Originally called the High Desert Horse Faire in 1989, this event was transferred to J Bar J Youth Services in 1992 and renamed the Michelob Classics. J Bar J owns a forty-acre cattle ranch east of Bend and operates a rehabilitation program for boys that have been in trouble with the law. The boys provided the labor needed to transform the property into a suitable show facility. To establish the grass rings, the fields were laser leveled, going down about six feet to put in rock and gravel. This provided a solid base for the grass rings. The boys continue to work the show every year, which gives them the opportunity to earn money to pay restitution. Learn more about J Bar J Youth Services.

Everyone has a different story to tell. Everybody has a different experience to share. And I love that I get to share the stories and experiences of my clients. To learn more about Laura Piccard, watch her broker film.

Riverfront Living on McKenzie Bridge

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, OR – Much of the conversation about riverfront living in Central Oregon generally involves being perched somewhere along the Deschutes. But, on the other hand, heading down picturesque Route 126 on the way to Eugene, where the trees seem to practically form an arbor around the road, you begin to see a long trail of homes and cottages that dot the shoreline of the rushing McKenzie River.

Along these banks, are where families and friends have gathered for decades to enjoy the many water-related activities, that life along the McKenzie Bridge Highway has to offer. From casting a rod directly from a back deck, to kayaking some challenging whitewater, to falling adrift into a backyard hammock, these parts have become synonymous with the region’s natural solitude and serenity.

If this type of scenario peaks your interest, Chris Scott, part of the brokerage team based out of the Sisters office of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, may have just the property that’s been eluding you. Imagine yourself traveling along the lush, scenic landscape, just an hour outside of Eugene, headed towards McKenzie Bridge. You pull off the road, into a gated entry, and onto a secluded 2.5 acre estate, surrounded by countless varieties of Oregon pine. You’ve arrived. Unloading the bags from your vehicle, you turn your gaze to the early-eighties colonial farmhouse before you.

Your memory replays visions from seasons past, full of laughter and good times spent with family and friends. At nearly 3,000 sq. ft., its 4 bedrooms allow for plenty of additional space when everyone comes together. Resting comfortably beside the flowing currents of the McKenzie River, this amazing retreat offers full river frontage with tranquil water views that will tempt the avid fisherman to cast a line directly off the expansive back porch. Others may find the calming sounds of the rushing waters a perfectly acceptable invitation to doze off for a while.

Halfway between Sisters and Eugene, McKenzie Riverfront Estate is close enough to convenience, yet remote enough to provide a respite from the stress of everyday life. Ideal for large family gatherings, or a peaceful refuge during retirement, this classic riverfront homestead is ready for its next chapter.

Choosing an agent requires the right partnership. Identifying and understanding the client’s goals are the key component for a positive experience. Chris applies his in-depth knowledge in business operations and sales to real estate, skilled in cultivating personal relationships that enhance comfort and production. Having held previous roles with major corporations, such as, American Express Financial, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Criterion Brock, have provided years of professional experience in high-performance business environments. Always with your best interest in-mind, contact Chris to chat about this amazing riverfront property, or any of his available listings.