Mark Twain famously asserted that “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
Keep that in mind as you plan your first visit to MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar, a soon-to-open establishment in Manzanita that holds good brown liquor in high regard.
Owner Chip MacGregor has developed a deep appreciation for the educational side of whiskey, something that he credits to his Scottish roots..
“I grew up in a Scottish family around Scotch and over the years, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know about whiskey,” he says. While whiskey has been a staple of the cocktail scene for years, only recently has it developed its own craft scene, with whiskey tasting bars and distilleries popping up with greater frequency around the country.
It’s also taken on more of an international flavor and stretched beyond the more recognizable Scottish, Irish and American brands.
MacGregor points to the evolution of whiskey as a big part of the fun in his new venture.
“Whiskey has become a big deal all over the world,” he says. “Some of the finest whiskeys right now are being made in Japan, where they utilize more scientific methods rather than the cultural approach most people are used to.”
Over the years, MacGregor – who also owns and operates MacGregor Literary – had harbored the desire to open a tasting bar of some sort in Manzanita.
“I’d talked with Vino Manzanita a few times about buying it,” he says, though concrete plans never materialized.
That changed on October 14, 2016 when a freak tornado hit the town and changed everybody’s plans. Vino Manzanita took a direct hit, sustaining significant damage and prompting the former business owner to not renew her expiring lease.
MacGregor communicated his whiskey bar idea to the building’s owner and soon began the whirlwind process of repairing and remodeling: new lighting, a copper top bar, and old church pews will highlight the space that will seat 30.
Besides the bar’s namesake, MacGregor’s brain trust includes Manzanita author and editor Holly Lorincz and Lynn Kyriss, longtime owner of Manzanita staple Left Coast Siesta.
Lorincz drew up the interior plans for a quiet, intimate space where people can enjoy a wide variety of whiskeys in an upscale setting while Kyriss will be managing and taking over the reigns in the kitchen.
They’ve had special outside help as well: a consultant from Lexington, KY, who owns the whiskey bar Parlay Social, has been working closely with the team to ensure the new establishment captures the perfect feel.
Part of that perfect feel is food, and MacGregor’s will concentrate on upscale tapas offerings, including meat, cheese, pate, and vegetable boards, along with a fresh soup of the day, fresh-pressed coffee, and a dessert selection.
All menu items will be locally sourced.
“I’m looking forward to the creative opportunity and changing the menu often,” Kyriss says.
The star of the show, of course, is whiskey and the sky’s the limit at MacGregor’s with over 100 brown liquors on hand.
That includes scotches from all six regions of Scotland, Irish whiskeys, American bourbons and ryes, Canadian blended whiskeys, and several choices from around the world.
MacGregor and Kyriss recently attended bartending school in Portland and used the opportunity to research a myriad of whiskeys.
Favorites, of course, separated themselves from the pack.
“I discovered Angel’s Envy Rye from Kentucky,” MacGregor said. “It was like a religious experience for me.”
Aged in rum barrels, it has a strong rye taste, followed by what Kyriss describes as burnt caramel flavor.
“We should have the biggest selection of brown liquors on the Oregon Coast,” MacGregor says, adding that there will also be a full bar available, including a few select beers and wines.
“Overall, we want it to be a nice, low-key place to enjoy a quiet evening drink and talk,” Kyriss says.
MacGregor is pleased that the community has been overwhelmingly supportive and enthusiastic with people eager for the doors to swing wide.
He’s also happy to offer something the area doesn’t have yet, especially considering the warming properties of whiskey. “I’m a native, born and raised in Oregon,” he says. “It’s a very wet place and whiskey is nice and warm and healing.”
MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar is at 387 Laneda Avene, #D in Manzanita and is slated to open May 1st.
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by Heather White, Community Health Improvement Coordinator; Columbia Pacific CCO
Two of the most common questions asked during a visit with a health care provider:
“Do you understand?”
“Do you have any other questions?”
These standard questions are meant to give us as patients room to advocate for ourselves. Unfortunately, if you didn’t understand something or you do have questions, it can be hard to put them to words, especially if it’s the end of the visit and everyone is kind of in a rush to end the appointment. Ultimately, this can lead to your frustration and can even have negative effects on health. What if the thing you don’t quite understand is how and when you need to take a medication for your heart condition or diabetes? What if you weren’t quite satisfied with the answer to your question about what you can do to manage your pain aside from medications?
Or another scenario:You’re filling out all the forms at your provider’s office, and half the words are complete gibberish to you. Do you ask for help? Do you say you forgot your reading glasses even if they’re sitting in your purse? The forms are meant to help your provider narrow in on what you might need. For anyone who may not be familiar with medical terms, or who may struggle with reading, this can be more stressful than helpful in the moment.
These are just two examples of why health literacy is important.
Health literacy is defined as the degree to which a person has capacity to obtain, process, and understand health information and services needed to make health decisions. It is measured using a few very standard questionnaires, but the most commonly cited scale for measuring larger populations measures from “below basic” to “basic” to “intermediate” to “proficient” health literacy. Only 12% of adults have “proficient health literacy,” which really just means that nearly 90% of us do not have the understanding of medical terms needed to manage our health by ourselves. Two things to keep in mind based on that information:
First and foremost, there is zero shame in struggling with medical terms. You’re not alone if you do-in fact, you’re part of the majority. And if you’re among the14% of adults who have “below basic health literacy,” that’s still nearly 30 million people. It is very possible to be your own advocate by learning more terms, but also by asking lots of questions and being prepared for your visits.
Education, age, ethnicity, first language, annual salary, and health status are all factors that can add up to either poor or good health literacy, but having lots of education and money alone don’t make a person health literate. I’ve met people with PhDs working at universities who have to ask extra questions about what certain words mean or what those words mean for their health. I’ve met people who make a fair amount of money who have the same struggles. I have also met people who live on very little means and have maybe a GED but over time (and often out of need) are experts with health terms.
It is also important to remember that health is also very cultural. Some people in the United States were raised calling diabetes “sugar.” There are cultures that believe that epilepsy, a brain condition that leads to seizures and other health complications, is a spiritual gift rather than a health condition. Medical terms also change over time, so older adults or even professionals who went to school over 15 years ago may or may not be familiar with terms like “substance use disorder” or other terms that have changed more recently. It would be unfair to assume that we all somehow end up with the same vocabulary and understanding of health. Health literacy is important for our health and our relationships with our providers, but as with everything, it is an ever changing and complex issue.
So what can you do?
The best tip I can give anyone who struggles with medical terms is to prepare, prepare, prepare. Pre-write your questions and concerns, even if they don’t seem related to each other. Bring someone with you if you struggle with memory or so that you have someone to check your understanding with later. Bring all your prescriptions with you to an appointment.If you can’t ask your provider about your medications during the appointment, ask your pharmacist. Always ask if something is covered by your insurance before setting it up so you don’t get surprised later. Your provider is there to help you be as healthy as you can be.
The best tip I can give to providers, is to ask open-ended questions and assume people won’t understand medical terms. Ask your patients to repeat what you’ve told them in their own words rather than if they understand or have questions. Ask them what their plan is for implementing the directions you gave them. Most importantly, don’t assume that someone understands medical terms, no matter how they appear or if you know they are educated or well off. Every person has a different range of health education, and different places use different words. Meeting your patients where they are on health literacy makes it more likely that they can leave your office confident in their ability to follow advice, take their medications, and will greatly increase not only their overall experience, but yours as well.
Communicating Your Health Needs – A Conversation with Helen Osborne
Wednesday May 3 at 9 am to 11 am
North County Recreation District (NCRD) Theater
Health literacy happens when patients and health care providers truly understand each other.Learn about and share ways to more clearly and effectively communicate with your health care provider.
Who should attend?Patients, seniors, family members, healthcare providers, administrators, caregivers, nurses
FREE event – no registration required.
Join us for information about to more effectively talk with healthcare providers.
For more information about the Year of Wellness, resources and other events, go to:
The gardeners at Alder Creek Farm’s Community Garden have busy for months.Beginning in February, the gardeners are “coached” through seed starting and transplanting of the specially-selected vegetables by Community Garden Coordinator Karen Matthews.The annual plant sale is the main fundraiser from the LNCT’s community garden and was launched about 10 years ago when the community garden was just beginning.“We had seed starting classes, and had overproduced for our garden area, so we decided we’d sell the leftovers to the general public,” explained Matthews.“We were sold out in a couple hours with folks wanting more.The next year, we planned for the plant sale, and have been providing vegetables grown for our specific coastal climate to local gardeners ever since.”
LNCT Community Garden Coordinator Karen Matthews oversees over 30 garden program participants. She provides guidance, knowledge and expertise about the challenges of coastal vegetable garden – from seed starting and transplanting to tending the garden, composting and much more.
And local gardeners agree … the plant starts from the Alder Creek Farm plant sale are among the best performers in area gardens.There are so many benefits from this plant sale – the abundant harvest come Fall, but also that the sale proceeds help the community garden to grow thousands of pounds of produce for the local food bank.The last few years, the LNCT community garden has also provided vegetable plant starts to the food bank, which allows clients at the food bank to also grow their own vegetable gardens.
Mark your calendar for Saturday April 29th starting at 9 am to 1 pm at Alder Creek Farm off Underhill Lane in Nehalem for the source for LNCT’s annual vegetable plant sale with everything to for a veggie garden. One of the favorites are the tomatoes.“We’ve researched and utilize short season vegetables,” said Matthews.Tomato varieties include a rainbow of cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes such as Siletz, Stupice, Julietta, Romas and special heirloom varieties from the local seed swap, such as “Uncle Ron’s”.There will be broccoli, squash, lettuce, basil, currants, artichokes, herbs and flowers. All plant varieties are selected to thrive in cool coastal gardens.
“The benefits of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower gardening cannot be underestimated,” said Karen Matthews, LNCT Garden Coordinator. “Gardeners get the enjoyment of planting, tending, harvesting and consuming, and the gardens provide habitat for native birds and insects and pollinators of all kinds. We love inspiring our community to grow their own food and enjoy the beauty of a garden.”Now more than ever, a self sustainable nourishing garden is a key to health and well being. The garden grows more than edibles – it provides a connection to the community.“This is a visible way to show how we as humans impact our environment,” said Matthews.“What we put in our gardens and yard, our actions, how we garden impacts the overall eco-system.This is not a closed system, what we put in, ends up in our bays and rivers,” she continued. “We can teach how to garden that nourishes each individual, our community and the environment.”
In the past, the Alder Creek Farm plant sale has focused strictly on edible plants. This year will offer several types of native plants for sale as well. Plants for home landscapes that are easy care and low maintenance. “Native plants do more than please the eye” notes LNCT board member Nancy Chase, “they attract pollinators to your garden, are perfectly adapted to withstand our climate, and increase diversity of birds and insects.” All of which, gives us a more robust ecosystem and, once established are lower maintenance because they have evolved over time to live in our specific climate. Perennials, shrubs and trees including Viola ,Showy Milkweed, Salmonberry, Twinberry, Dogwood and Cascara to name a few will also be available.
The LNCT’s annual plant sale Saturday April 29th from 9 am to 1 pm is a fundraiser for the Trust’s Community Garden Program that grows food for the Food Bank, Senior Center and the Community Garden members. The Community Garden is beginning its 12th seasons of growing.The program is accepting new members of the community who want to learn how to garden, and share in the bounty with fellow gardeners and the community.
Both jobs to be bid separately with separate contracts. Bids can be sent via Certified US Mail to O’Brien & Company or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (971) 219-5422 for questions.
Bids are due May 19th, 2017.
Job Walks: Liberty May 8th at 10:00 am, Clover May 8th at 2:00 pm
O’Brien & Company LLC
PO Box 948
148 West 2nd St., Suite #6
Cannon Beach, Or. 97110
Brief Description of Project and Requirements:
Seismic Retrofit on both elementary schools from June 15th through August 31th, 2017. Oregon BOLI Prevailing wages will apply to this contract. The contract documents contain requirements addressing prevailing labor wage rates, labor standards, nondiscrimination in hiring practices and related matters. CM/GC reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts thereof, and to waive any defects or irregularities in the proposals that fall outside the Prequalifying Standards. All bidders must comply with the requirements of ORS Chapter 279 regarding the payment of prevailing wage rates, and must be registered with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) to perform work on a public project at the time of bid submission. No bid will be considered unless submitted on the required form and fully completed in the manner provided in the Bidding Documents.
Bids are invited for Subcontract Work for the following Scopes:
-Demolition/Excavation,, Concrete, Structural Steel, Rough Carpentry, Metal roofing, Torch down Roofing, Comp Shingle roofing, Siding, Gutters, Sheet rock, Gym Flooring, VCT Flooring, Painting, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical
Bidding documents may be examined at the CM/GC’s Cannon Beach office and at the following Plan Centers by May 1st, 2017:
O’Brien & Company LLC is an equal opportunity employer. O’Brien & Company LLC is actively seeking bids from, Minority, Women, Emerging Small Businesses (M/W/ESB), local businesses, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and Qualified Rehabilitation Facilities to perform work and supply materials for this project.
The work consists of replacement of an existing culvert at Neahkahnie Creek with a tunnel structure and enhancement of the stream bed as well as relocating and improving the highway alignment along U.S. 101 near Manzanita. Also, turning lane movements into downtown Manzanita will be enhanced to improve safety, adding a left turn lane for Manzanita Avenue.
The contractor finished the culvert work and stream bed work last fall. The work that remains is on U.S. 101 and will have more traffic impacts. The contractor resumed work in late March. The scheduled work includes construction of new roadway alignment, new left turn lanes into downtown Manzanita and installation of landscaping materials. Flaggers may need to occasionally control single lane traffic during construction when work is occurring. Minor delays should be expected when single lane closures are occurring and the public is reminded to drive through the area with caution. Oregon State Police will be enforcing the speed limit through the work zone area.
There could be some night work. That could especially be the case after Memorial Day when traffic increases significantly on U.S. 101. The night work should help minimize some the traffic impacts. Bottom line, though, is that there will be some traffic impacts and travelers should add a few minutes of extra travel time and expect some delays.
The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2017.