Business, Free News Articles, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Singing Dog Vanilla’s newest product, Organic Vanilla Syrup, opens a wide range of beverage and baking options for vanilla enthusiasts

EUGENE, Ore. -- Singing Dog Vanilla is adding to its diverse line of high-quality vanilla products by introducing organic vanilla syrup made with their signature double-strength vanilla extract. Singing Dog Vanilla's vanilla products are used in bakeries, coffee shops, breweries, scoop shops, restaurants, and distilleries across the United States. For most of the company's history, customers have asked about the possibility of vanilla syrup, and now the wait is finally over.

Singing Dog Vanilla's organic vanilla syrup will start hitting shelves and be used in coffee shops and more throughout the summer of 2022. It is available on their website now.

The syrup will add a pure and complex vanilla flavor to teas, lattes, iced coffee, Italian sodas, cocktails, and much more.

"We don't typically add any kind of syrup to our coffee here at the shop, but we've consistently found ourselves adding a splash of Singing Dog Vanilla's syrup to our morning cup of coffee ever since we first started helping them test their new syrup," Eric Pierce, Owner of Caffe Pacori in Eugene, OR, said. "Caffe Pacori customers have loved the smooth vanilla flavor that the syrup added without being full of corn syrup like most flavored syrups on the market. This organic syrup is perfect for all coffee lovers."

For more information about Singing Dog Vanilla's Organic Vanilla Syrup, visit:

About Singing Dog Vanilla:

Founded on April Fool's Day in 2004, Singing Dog Vanilla has offices in Eugene, Oregon, and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. They partner with over 500 vanilla-growing families in Indonesia to bring organic vanilla products to food manufacturers, bakeries, scoop shops, restaurants, and breweries. Singing Dog Vanilla also has a full line of retail products sold in natural grocery stores across the USA and internationally. Profits are shared with their vanilla farmers and employees.

The Singing Dog Vanilla motto is "Silly Name ... Serious Vanilla."

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Singing Dog Vanilla Sponsors a New Guinea Singing Dog From a Wildlife Sanctuary

EUGENE, Ore. -- Singing Dog Vanilla has partnered with Wizard of Paws Wildlife Education & Conservation Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Vanilla company, known for its silly name, will sponsor a New Guinea Singing Dog named Kora Nakako. They will help support the animal's well-being and educate their fans about the breed.

The company chose the name Singing Dog Vanilla after these dogs and to honor the first Fair Trade Plus+ Farmers in Papua New Guinea. The farmers found the name hilarious. Co-Founders Bill Wiedeman and Marty Parisien felt a silly name was perfect for the brand.

"We're thrilled to work with Wizard of Paws Wildlife Education. The opportunity to follow Kora and learn about these animals is very exciting. We hope our fans will enjoy learning about these dogs from a closer perspective," said Marty Parisien, the company's co-founder.

Singing Dogs are a rare but fascinating species native to the island of Papua New Guinea. One of the many unique qualities of these dogs is that they do not bark; instead, they "sing."

Wizard of Paws Wildlife and Singing Dog Vanilla hope to learn more about this captivating species. Studying Kora will help preserve the New Guinea Singing Dog for years to come.

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About Singing Dog Vanilla:

Founded on April Fool's Day in 2004, Singing Dog Vanilla has offices in Eugene, Oregon, and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. They partner with over 500 vanilla-growing families in Indonesia to bring organic vanilla products to food manufacturers, bakeries, scoop shops, restaurants, and breweries. Singing Dog Vanilla also has a full line of retail products sold in natural grocery stores across the USA and internationally. Profits are shared with their vanilla farmers and employees.

The Singing Dog Vanilla's motto is "Silly Name ... Serious Vanilla."

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, Product Launches

Dementia Map Plans for Future Growth Through New Affiliate Program

PORTLAND, Ore. -- JADCOM Media LLC announced today that its Dementia Map Global Resource Directory, which includes an Events Calendar, Glossary, and more, now offers an Affiliate Program. The Dementia Map Affiliate Program will enable both professionals and individuals supporting the dementia community to capitalize on their respective audiences when recommending Dementia Map as a marketing and brand visibility tool.

Dementia Map designed the Affiliate Program to be easy to use and beneficial to all parties. Approved affiliates are assigned a unique Discount Code. When companies, professionals, and individuals use that Discount Code, they receive a discount off one of Dementia Map's paid plans, the affiliate earns a commission, Dementia Map expands its resource base, and visitors enjoy a richer collection of dementia-related resources.

Positive Approach to Care (PAC) is First Dementia Map Affiliate:

As the first affiliate under the Dementia Map Affiliate Program, Teepa Snow's Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) will bring value to the PAC community and beyond, and greatly expand Dementia Map's visibility.

"The affiliation and collaboration between Dementia Map and Positive Approach to Care is an important step forward in how we change the world for people seeking help when the brain changes of dementia happen," says Teepa Snow of Positive Approach to Care. "It is vital to unite efforts to provide a centralized location for individuals and professionals who are seeking information and options, with those who are offering support and opportunities to learn and change."

About Positive Approach to Care:

Positive Approach to Care (PAC) - - was founded by Teepa Snow in 2006, and now collaborates to improve dementia care in over thirty countries worldwide. PAC provides online and in-person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, and the general public, with the mission of creating a more inclusive culture for people living with brain change.

PAC offerings include educational video clips, DVDs, books, information on individual certifications, online support groups, virtual and onsite trainings, and a free monthly newsletter.

Follow Positive Approach to Care on Facebook (@teepasnows.pac), YouTube (@teepasnow), TikTok (@teepasnow), Twitter (@teepasnow), Pinterest (@positiveapproach), and LinkedIn (@positive-approach-llc).

About Dementia Map:

Dementia Map Global Resource Directory - - is free for visitors to search for dementia-related and other caregiving resources. In addition to its Resource Directory, it offers an Events Calendar with both virtual and in-person events published by Dementia Map members. The Dementia Map Glossary explains many common (and not so common) terms in simple, straightforward, three-sentence descriptions. A blog shares unique and valuable perspectives from the Dementia Map member community.

Resources can join Dementia Map through a no cost plan and two paid tiers. Paid plan members receive substantially more visibility and active promotion through on-site ads and social media posts.

Visit to learn more about the Dementia Map Affiliate program.

Follow Dementia Map on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Find them at @demmapgrd.

Dementia Map is a joint effort between Lori La Bey of Alzheimer's Speaks, and Dave Wiederrich of Memory Cafe Directory. Dementia Map is wholly owned by JADCOM Media LLC, an online media publishing company based in Portland, Oregon.

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Free News Articles, Religion and Churches

Church of Scientology Portland Celebrates its History and its Future

PORTLAND, Ore. -- May 11 marks the ninth anniversary of the Ideal Church of Scientology of Portland. The Church invites everyone to visit - whether in person or online. The Portland Church of Scientology holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of Scientologists. At the dedication of the Church on May 11, 2013, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige explained why.

Portland was the site of the 1985 Scientology Religious Freedom Crusade. Tens of thousands of Scientologists and other religious freedom advocates joined Portland Scientologists to protect their right to practice their religion in the face of a legal decision that violated First Amendment rights.

For some 60 days, they assembled for peaceful marches, concerts and candlelight vigils. And, in the end, the decision was reversed in a landmark legal victory affirming religious freedom in America.

"Portland was our test," said Mr. Miscavige at the grand opening of the new Church. "It was a test of our resolve, our fortitude and determination to avert a grave assault on the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. So when you look at where we stand today, remember it was all because our voices were heard."

That victory not only guaranteed "our inherent right to spiritual salvation," said Mr. Miscavige, but it was also "intrinsically linked to tolerance, brotherhood and the right of every faith to champion the divinity of humankind... And so I ask that you now extend your help to all who would dream of such a freedom, so they too may realize their destiny."

As it does in many cities, the Church meticulously preserved a building of historical importance. Its new home, the Sherlock Building, is recognized as among the most noteworthy late-19th- century structures in Portland.

The Church welcomes anyone wishing to visit to come right in. And those who can't make it in person are invited to do so through the Scientology Network.

Destination: Scientology-Portland is an episode of an original series on the Scientology Network that takes viewers inside Scientology Churches all around the world and discovers what makes each one unique.

The Church of Scientology Portland is an Ideal Scientology Organization, configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community - a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology Network debuted in 2018. Since launching, with a special episode featuring Mr. Miscavige, it has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

Satisfying the curiosity of people about Scientology, the network takes viewers across six continents, spotlighting the everyday lives of Scientologists, showing the Church as a global organization, and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. The network also showcases documentaries by independent filmmakers who represent a cross-section of cultures and faiths, but share a common purpose of uplifting communities.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network can be streamed at and is available through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.


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Entertainment, Free News Articles

Strange & The Familiars Create A Mesmerizing Trip Into The Bizarre With New Video ‘Agent Strange!’

PORTLAND, Ore. -- After successfully teaming up in 2021 to create the grim & gritty video for the title-track "Pretty Deadly" from their debut EP, it was a foregone conclusion that the right person to take on the brand-new single by Strange & The Familiars this year, would once again be none other than Jordan Henline of 88.8 Films.

With an otherworldly concept shot in the heart of Portland in the Pacific Northwest, "Agent Strange" is a bold introduction to the persona of Stephanie Strange, an "impartial observer" tasked with documenting the bizarre events & people of planet Earth. Attempting to uncover the details of her own origin story while witnessing the shocking horrors of extremely real issues faced in daily human life - what Strange has absorbed has warped the mechanics of her mind, rendering her into an unreliable narrator whose perspective is askew and untethered to any kind of recognizable reality that would provide any comfort.

She hears voices, she both sees & talks with ghosts, she finds solace in nature, and is genuinely mortified by the way humanity abuses such beauty without sparing a second thought towards the impact of global warming, social inequities, or the pure butchery of Earth's uniquely special, yet finite, natural resources. Dancing as the world is ending and the atmosphere is closing in, Strange & The Familiars take viewers & listeners on a final tour of a dying planet, done in by its own erratic indifferences & callous carelessness.

From mythical & magical forest scenes & imagery laden with the true majesty of nature, to the furthest reaches of outer space & aliens monitoring our every move "Agent Strange" is as insightfully artistic & compelling as it is authentically fun & entertaining. With the X-factor talents & soulful vocals of Strange alongside the exquisite instrumentation and musicianship of The Familiars, combined with the visionary expertise of Jordan's direction & the proud support of the entire 88.8 Films crew - "Agent Strange" has become a groundbreaking video & single capable of taking them all straight to the next-level & beyond.

"Agent Strange" is the lead cut & gateway into the new album Strange World by Strange & The Familiars - it's a wildly unforgettable experience & officially available on every major music platform online now!

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Free News Articles, General Editorial, NonProfit and Charities, Sports and Activities

Thousands Brave the Frigid February Waters for A Record-Breaking 2022 Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have a longstanding and beloved winter tradition of Plunging into the frigid waters each February to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) athletes. Last month, donning their wildest costumes and swimming attire, more than 2,400 brave (some might say crazy) supporters gathered to take the Polar Plunge.

The 2022 event took place in seven locations throughout the State (Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Medford, and Warrenton) with the largest, Rose City Polar Plunge, taking place at Willamette Park in Portland on Saturday, February 26, 2022. After a year of virtual Plunging to support athletes, SOOR was more excited than ever to relaunch this signature fundraising event with the addition of two new cities and expanding the Polar 5K|10K fun run across the state.

With water temperatures registering in the low 40 degrees, this rambunctious annual event continued to make a splash as one of the most chilling and thrilling fundraisers in Oregon. This year's Polar Plunge was exceeding exciting, not only because it saw Plungers returning in-person, but also because it broke all previous fundraising records for Special Olympics Oregon. Plungers across the state raised more than $479,000 so far - with funds continuing to roll in throughout the month of March. The 2022 Rose City Polar Plunge, Polar 5K|10K, and Super Plunge in Portland raised a record-breaking $282,000.

The 2022 Rose City Polar Plunge was made possible by the generous support of statewide and local sponsors: Law Enforcement Torch Run of Oregon, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Lithia & Driveway, Mattress World Northwest, Jiffy Lube, T-Mobile, Aerotek, Aston Carter, Actalent, Swire Coca-Cola, Hyatt, Southwest, Specialty Athletic Training, Starbucks, and Papa John's.

About Special Olympics Oregon:

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 14,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at

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Business, Education and Schools, Free News Articles, Software

Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District in Oregon Selects Synergy Education Platform

ALBANY, Ore. -- Edupoint Educational Systems announced today that Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District (LBL ESD) has selected the company's industry-leading Synergy® Student Education Platform for its K-12 student information and learning management needs. The consortium's Synergy solution will include Synergy Student Information System (SIS), Synergy Online Registration, Synergy MTSS, Synergy Analytics, and Synergy Special Education (SE). LBL ESD serves over 33,000 students across 12 school districts and more than 89 schools in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties.

Linn Benton Lincoln ESD leadership began to look seriously at replacing their in-house SIS after noting significant advances made within the student data management industry in recent years. The consortium issued an RFP and embarked on a rigorous three-round evaluation process, narrowing the pool of contenders based on the ability of each system to meet an extensive list of requirements. The evaluation team decided on two finalists following a series of user-focused product demonstrations and selected Synergy Education Platform in the final round after consulting with numerous districts using each solution. The evaluation process included users with a broad range of roles and job titles, with participants from all 12 component districts.

Synergy Education Platform is a comprehensive student data management ecosystem that provides the real-time performance data educators need to improve learning outcomes for students while also helping districts streamline processes, improve communication, and increase collaboration. Synergy provides student information management, online registration, learning management, assessment, MTSS, special education, and analytics in one seamless platform that includes a powerful suite of native, role-based mobile apps.

"Of the many products we looked at, Synergy stood out not only for its functional capabilities but also for its intuitive design and the ability for users - including parents - to do everything in once place," said Tim Jones, Deputy Information Technology Manager at LBL ESD. "We offer a fully-fledged helpdesk to all of our districts, so we wanted not only a SIS that would work well for our users, but also a partnership that would enable us to provide the level of support that our districts are accustomed to receiving. After speaking with Edupoint, we felt we had found that partner."

"Through Linn Benton Lincoln ESD's selection of Synergy Education Platform, the consortium's component districts and schools will have the opportunity to adopt a powerful, centralized data management ecosystem with an extensive toolset rich in advanced features," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO at Edupoint. "We look forward to partnering with the district over the long term to provide users with a robust, evolving data management system that supports positive learning outcomes for all students."

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About Edupoint

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 states. Learn more:

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Business, Free News Articles, Software, Sports and Activities

Oregon Youth Soccer Makes a Five Year Commitment to Grow Participation with U.S. Soccer Connect

PLANO, Texas -- Oregon Youth Soccer Association, the governing body for US Youth Soccer in Oregon, and U.S. Soccer Connect powered by Stack Sports have announced a five-year extension of their long-standing partnership.

For over 10 years, Stack Sports has served as a trusted partner of Oregon Youth Soccer, providing sports management technology solutions for the state association, its member clubs and associations, and the participating players, coaches, families, and volunteers.

"We are excited to continue our partnership with U.S. Soccer Connect to further our vision of providing the tools our volunteers and staff need to manage their clubs, so they can focus on bettering young players on and off the field," said Roberta Cloutier, Executive Director of Oregon Youth Soccer Association. "Extending this partnership ensures our members have access to dependable club management technology to keep their season running smoothly."

Currently powering over 20,000 clubs as well as 50 National Governing Bodies and State Associations, Stack Sports will continue to deliver best-in-class technology and service through the U.S. Soccer Connect platform, an exclusive version of Sports Connect developed in conjunction with U.S. Soccer. The platform provides club management solutions including athlete safety features, Mobile-First Registration, email and text, comprehensive financial reporting, automated coach compliance, and direct integration with the U.S. Soccer Federation.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to continue collaborating and developing innovative solutions for years to come with Oregon Youth Soccer and its member clubs," said Adam Abney, General Manager of Sports Connect. "We greatly value long-term partners like OYSA that commit the time and resources needed so that we can continue to grow the game of soccer together."

This connected ecosystem of U.S. Soccer Connect was built to reduce the number of administrative hours spent by volunteers and staff annually and will continue to improve the connectedness of the game globally.

In addition to Oregon Youth Soccer's partnership with U.S. Soccer Connect, the state is also deeply committed to teaching life skills through Stack Sports' Skyhawks Sports Academy, the leader in providing safe, fun, and skill-based sports experiences for kids.

​​About Oregon Youth Soccer Association

Oregon Youth Soccer Association ("OYSA"), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit youth organization that administers, supports and grows soccer across the state of Oregon. The organization's mission is to foster an environment that promotes the physical, mental and emotional development of Oregon's youth through the sport of soccer. For more information, visit

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars - Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit

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Free News Articles, General Editorial

Breast Cancer Patient Seeks Help with Funding for Proven Alternative Cancer Therapy

OREGON CITY, Ore. -- When Dee Lake found out she had an aggressive form of breast cancer this past September, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Not typically the type of person to ask for help, she put her qualms aside and launched a GoFundMe campaign where she's asking for $45,500 - the amount needed to start treatments at CMN Hospital for Alternative Cancer Treatment. She's already been accepted as a patient, but her insurance doesn't cover this type of care. A bed is waiting for her 28-day treatment, but she needs financial help to begin.

Dee's breast cancer is invasive and fast-growing and has spread to her lymph; she has to act quickly.

"CMN's extraordinary treatment program could potentially save my life," she says. "I'm calling on everyone I know - and don't know - for their help and to be my angels. The hospital has a five-star rating on the world's largest cancer resource and I am hoping I will be able to get there quickly."

While $45,500 will pay for the initial 28-day treatment, any money raised above and beyond that amount will go towards add-on treatments and aftercare.

To date, Dee has met about 20 percent of her goal. While she's waiting to begin treatment, she's been working on writing a series of romantic short reads that are all about true love and have happy endings. As a small incentive, she's offering a free copy of one of these reads to anyone who donates on her GoFundMe page and leaves their email here:

"Prior to writing these short reads, I was a health and wellness professional who had to quickly pivot when COVID hit," she says. "I'm a survivor. I'm calling on anyone and everyone to be an 'angel for Dee,'" she says. "I need my own happy ending."

Learn more about who Dee Lake is here:

About CMN Alternative Cancer Treatment​

Founded in 1986 by Dr. Payan Garcia, CMN Hospital is located in San Luis, Mexico. This full-service health facility includes a state-of-the-art, alternative cancer treatment (ACT) program - the first of its kind. CMN Hospital's ACT program was launched 13 years ago and is very comprehensive and formulated to simultaneously boost the immune system, destroy harmful pathogens and gently detoxify the body. People diagnosed with cancer of various stages travel worldwide to receive CMN's advanced ACT program.

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Elections and Politics, Free News Articles, Government

Nick Hess Announces Run for Oregon Governor

TIGARD, Ore. -- Nick Hess, local business owner and entrepreneur, announced today his candidacy for the Republican nomination as Oregon Governor for the 2022 election.

Mr. Hess is running as a moderate, fiscal conservative in hopes of bringing Oregonians together.

About Nick Hess

Nick Hess is an entrepreneur and business owner. He is a lifelong Oregonian. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Lincoln High School. At age 14, he started his first company--a residential IT business. With 21 years of real-world, business experience, Mr. Hess is well-versed in managing budgets, fostering relationships, and creating opportunities for growth.

Currently, he acts as CEO and owner of:

* SureTec IT (a cybersecurity and IT managed services provider located in Tigard, OR & Dayton, OH),

* SureTel (a nationwide VoIP telecommunications company),

* Cookin' Class ( a cooking class business he owns and operates with his wife, Christy, in Tigard, OR).

In addition, he is father to a 9-year-old son.

About Vote Hess Campaign

Nick Hess is running for all Oregonians stuck in the middle of the political divide. He is looking to give a voice to those who feel forgotten and left behind.

Mr. Hess's campaign is focused on common-sense solutions for Oregon. As a business owner, he is comfortable making tough decisions, negotiating, and finding common ground.

His campaign will center around 4 main principles:

* Transparency
o Building trust through transparency. Oregonians should be allowed access to budget information and data collected by state agencies.

* Voice
o Giving Oregonians a voice through the creation of the Oregon Ideas Portal ( Every Oregonian--regardless of party affiliation--can directly voice their ideas, opinions, and concerns. Creating real change begins with a conversation.

* Re-envision
o Establish accountability and realistic solutions to Oregon's drug and homelessness problem. Change the national image of Oregon and increase state tourism.
o Additionally, he wants to reinvigorate the police force by giving them the tools they need to operate effectively in 2022.

* Improve
o Modernize and future-proof both Oregon's digital and physical infrastructure by utilizing modern technology.

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