Monthly Archives: August 2018

Picking their way through history

Picking their way through history

In January of 2010, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz showed the world that their way of learning about history does not involve a textbook. Rather, it entails digging through what some may deem “trash” to recover the hidden gems of America’s past.

And as they learn more and more about America, Mike and Frank teach others through their show, “American Pickers.” In the midst of its 19th season, “American Pickers” is broadcasted on the History Channel.

The pair is best described as grand “antiquers” as they drive throughout the country to rural areas to find things that are sometimes worth a surprising amount. This often means driving up to old barns, warehouses, garages, junkyards, or even going into homes and basements of people that have something to share.

What the sellers have to share is not just an antique; it is also a story. The people that Mike and Frank meet are sometimes the most interesting part of the show – with witty remarks and surprising tales of the life of the piece and the personal connection that formed.

But they do not get here alone. The third member of the team, Danielle Colby Cushman, is in charge of the Antique Archaeology, the antique store and base for the pickers. Danielle feeds tips from prospective antique spots to Mike and Frank, works with buyers, and organizes shipments.

“American Pickers” is a great show to get in the routine of watching (or at least recording) Monday nights at 8 p.m. CST. The show will blow you away with a variety of people with a variety of things – and you might just learn something along the way.

Mike and Frank went picking in Oregon, with the first half of the show featuring Salem-area man Zane Leek and his mother, Linda. The shows brings big decisions on whether to spend more than $90,000 on several picks involving Studebakers, Buicks, Packards and rare motorcycles. In the second half of the show, the two travel to Eastern Oregon and where their picks include an interesting mix of signs, license plates and more. The Adrenaline Junkie show aired April 9, 2018.

If you want to watch “American Pickers” remotely, or watch previous channels whenever you want, you can either visit the History Channel’s website and login with your account’s information, or utilize TDS’ TV Everywhere feature.

First Story golf tourney raises over $275,000, breaks record

The First Story Charity Golf Tournament & Opening Night Bash is one of the region’s most popular charity events. This year, the event smashed its previous record to raise funds for First Story, which provides zero-down, no-interest home loans for deserving and capable families in need of housing. First Story’s Wild West themed charity event… Continue Reading

Malicious emails and attacks on the rise

Malicious emails and attacks on the rise

Keep a watchful eye on your email inbox. Our internal security team has been noticing an uptick in malicious email campaigns sent to inboxes. These emails are phishing attempts. They’re designed to trick you into responding with action or information. Some might contain viruses or other malicious software, while others may steal your usernames, passwords, or… Continue Reading

Sunriver Art Fair, Aug. 10-12

Sunriver Art Fair, Aug. 10-12

Located in central Oregon, Sunriver attracts those near and far with the natural resources in its backyard. Of the 1,393 people that call Sunriver home, they are lucky enough to be surrounded with resources suitable for biking, water recreation, and skiing. And, there’s also room for art.  Sunriver will host its annual art fair on… Continue Reading

434 pounds of trash removed on Deschutes River Clean-Up Day

434 pounds of trash removed on Deschutes River Clean-Up Day

UPDATE: Thank you to the 150 volunteers who participated in the Deschutes River Clean-Up Day on July 28. Last year, volunteers removed 2,000 pounds of trash. This year, volunteers removed 434 pounds of trash. “When I first started coordinating the river clean-up, we mainly removed old mill debris, said Kolleen Miller, Enjoy Protect Respect committee… Continue Reading

New Stingray app now available

New Stingray app now available

There’s never been a better time to listen to Stingray Music thanks to their new redesigned mobile app! Stingray’s commercial-free music is included as part of BendBroadband’s Essentials, Preferred, Freedom, or Starter packages. You’ll find 50 channels on your TV (channels 901-950) but you can also take 2000 Stingray channels with you on the go… Continue Reading