Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring has SPRUNG~!!!

Well, it is here once again....Spring has officially SPRUNG! That is why I am once again putting up my pen to focus on real estate. With the market having changed from a buyer's market to a SELLER's market, you cannot believe how many people now want me to list their home! When summer comes to a close, I will once again have time to pick up my pen to write about the many, many wonderful people who live, sleep and breathe in Corbett. I just recently finished reading Helen Wand's book, "Where Eagles Nest." It can be found and purchased at the Corbett Market. It is an AMAZING read on some of the very strong (mentally and physically) pioneer families of Corbett that have roads now named after their families. I am so overwhelmed that I get to actually meet and know clients from these homesteading families. I also count it an absolute privilege and JOY to help new families move into our community. Recently I did some work with a local title company to create a report on the accurate history of housing in Corbett as well as the recent demographics of just WHO does live here in our community. I must say, it is quite fascinating. Please feel free to contact me at MCSmith@equitygroup.com and I will email you the report at no cost! :) I want to close by saying THANK YOU to ALL of you who continue to refer me to others, as this is how I am able to grow my business. I love and appreciate the kindness of all of you.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Corbett Contractor

AHO Custom Building and Remodel is owned and operated by Brian Aho, a Corbett native who married home town girl, Kaitlin (Wilson) Aho. Together they are now raising their children here in the Corbett community. Brian and Kaitlin decided to raise their family in a community where they both felt secure with plenty of friends and family nearby. They also chose to turn their 600 sq. ft. Corbett home into a 2800 sq. ft. "work of art." The home is a reflection of 15 years of construction experience combined with Brian's unique craftsmanship and creative style. Each day and each building opportunity becomes a new and creative opportunity. Besides the actual workmanship involved, Brian loves having his clients develop into friends. There is a strong appreciation for the history of Corbett and Brian wants to preserve it on any and every level that he can through his construction work. He recently partnered with a local roofing company and is now a roofing consultant, remodel expert and a builder of custom homes, decks, and out buildings. Many would describe him to be a reliable and trustworthy "stand up " guy. Recently Brian and Kaitlin ventured into Hood River to purchase a 1914 "fixer." Located in the downtown area, one can walk to restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and the historic library. River sports, mountain biking areas and skiing/snowboarding are just a few miles away. The home has been completely renovated and is now available for rent. If you are interested in a free quote from AHO Custom Building and Remodel, please contact Brian at #503-313-3915 or brianaho@gmail.com If you have interest in renting the Downtown Hood River home, please call #971-409-4826 or go to statestreetcottage@gmail.com

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Corbett Yoga with Emily Aronowitz

Emily Aronowitz, Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Emily feels grateful to be a practitioner of such an ancient, holy lineage as yoga, and her classes are not merely physical asanas, but a path to mental clarity and spiritual development. Emily is a FindBalance certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, who includes the yoga of devotion (Bhakti) and intellect (Raja) in her classes, allowing for a deeper experience Yoga first found Emily at the age of six, while accompanying her parents to Breitenbush Hotsprings Retreat Center. Her childhood included living in ashrams in India and Oregon, experiences that influenced her personal lifestyle and spirituality. Emily found an adult connection to yoga ten years ago, and began practicing regularly. Emily was first attracted to the physicality of yoga. She believes that Western people tend to have a difficult time getting out of our heads, and getting into our bodies allows us to find mental peace. Emily has studied with teachers from various schools of yoga, including with the Omega Institute, and continues her study with gifted Vinyasa teachers, such as Lisa Mae Osborn and Uma Hulet of the Bhaktishop (Portland, OR) and Suniti Dernovsek of People’s Yoga (Portland, OR). She has taught in South America, Southern Oregon, and is currently teaching in Corbett. Last year she organized and led a successful yoga retreat outside Portland. She teaches a dynamic, flowing class, which focuses on the alignment of breath and movement to increase mental clarity, strength, and flexibility. Her focus on alignment and presentation of adjustments and variations for individual bodies ensures safety and challenge for all levels of yogis. She has also been influenced by the nurturing practices of Yin and Prenatal Yoga. Emily believes that through conscious and joyful physical movement, one can find a greater connection to spirit. Emily will be holding yoga classes in Corbett on Wednesdays 8:30am-9:45am and Sundays at 5-6:15 pm. Emily can be reached at: emilyaronowitz@gmail.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Community Square Dancing- Multi-Generational FUN~!!


Caroline Oakley

It all began with a desire. A desire to blend her talent and love of playing music with dancing. At the Kennedy Center in Portland, Caroline was first exposed to an atmosphere of electricity and joy as she witnessed a multi-generational crowd enjoying square dancing without the demands of knowing and following complicated dance figures. Meeting her mentor, Bill Martin helped to shape her current career. Although Bill has since passed, he poured years of his own knowledge and experience into an eager to learn, Caroline. Fast forward 11 years- Caroline and husband Peter Leone are raising three active boys in the Corbett community. Their oldest, Simon played fiddle last night as she and Pete joined a fellow Corbett teacher to put on a Corbett Square Dance at the Grange. Over 100 folks of all ages turned out to enjoy the fun, no-cost event which included desserts and beverages for all!
Being a strong advocate of building community, Caroline applied for and received grant money to teach children the art of square dance. Next month she will begin instruction at the CAPS school in Springdale. The grant money will also cover the expense of three more community dances at both CAPS and the Grange. Dances will be held March 13, April 18 and May 8th. For more information, please visit Caroline's website at: www.squaredancefever.com