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Pediatrician joins wellness center

Michelle Eckroth recently joined Samaritan Health Services, providing pediatric integrative medicine consultations at Samaritan Heartspring Wellness Center in Albany.

Eckroth earned a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside, and a medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in pediatrics at Dartmouth-Mary Hitchcock Medical Center and is a fellow at University of Arizona Integrative Medicine fellowship program. Eckroth also is a candidate for certification as a functional medicine practitioner at the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Her training in integrative and functional medicine will accompany more than 20 years of practice in pediatrics.

Officers graduate from academy

Deputy Sheriff Markum Megale of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Michael Norlander of the Albany Police Department graduated Jan. 19 from Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Basic Police Class 373.

The Basic Police Class is 16 weeks long and includes dozens of training areas such as survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem-solving, community policing, elder abuse and drug recognition.

Store makes donation to club

The newly remodeled Safeway store in Albany held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 10.

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa joined Safeway Store Director Kevin Kelsch in the ceremony. As part of the celebration, the store gave $1,000 to the Albany Boys & Girls Club.

Monroe winery receives medals

Pacific Northwest wineries won 213 gold medals in the 37th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition.

The competition featured 6,935 wines. Oregon, Washington and Idaho combined for 793 entries, accounting for nearly 12 percent of the near-record field. Oregon entered 407 wines and earned the most medals, 376.

Bluebird Hill Cellars’ 2016 Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal and the Bluebird Hill Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir received a bronze award. This was the first time the winery had entered this competition. Bluebird Hill Cellars is in Monroe, and is owned and operated by Neil and Sue Shay.

Albany broker wins award

Conser Commercial, an Albany real estate agency, recently announced that broker Matthew Conser won the 2017 Leasing-Transaction of the Year Award from the Oregon and Southwest Washington Certified Commercial Investment Member Chapter.

Conser won the 2017 Leasing-Transaction of the Year for negotiating a commercial lease for a local church and its large national-retailer tenant. This is Conser’s third TOY award. He won a Sales-TOY in 2012 for bringing Lowe’s to Albany and another Leasing-TOY in 2015 for the redevelopment and leasing of the former AMF-Albany Bowling Center.

Conser was the 2015 Oregon/SW Washington CCIM Chapter president and has continued to serve on its board of directors.

Headquartered on I-5 in Albany, Conser Commercial is a division of Conser Realty and Associates. It specializes in commercial and investment real estate, with a focus on the acquisition of off-market assets, development projects, 1031 exchanges and listings to help investors protect and grow their real-estate wealth.

Broadcaster adds station at 94.1

Eads Broadcasting Corporation, which operates KGAL/KSHO Radio, has built a new FM station at 94.1 on the dial.

Call letters and programming are the same as those of KSHO 920 AM. Owner/General Manager Charlie Eads said the company now offers listeners access to six outlets: two AM stations, one FM station and three streaming stations.

Eads Broadcasting offers music on KSHO 920 AM and 94.1 FM; news, talk and sports on Smart Talk KGAL 1580 AM, plus KSHO at; KGAL at; and full-time sports talk station “The Action Stream” at

The original station at 920 AM went on the air in 1950 from the same location where the studios and offices still operate, on KGAL Drive in Lebanon. KSHO programming is a mix of pop and rock favorites, including current music, oldies, standards, country and surprises.

Eads Broadcasting is locally owned. Charlie and Mary Eads and employees work to keep programming local and relevant. Listeners are encouraged to make suggestions.

Both KSHO-AM and -FM are on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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