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Restoration Professionals and Consultants The Art of Restoration www.midvalleyrestoration.com • Office (541) 704-0067 • Fax (541) 791-7148 We Specialize in: Crime Scene and Trauma Cleanup Biohazard and Hoarding Cleanup Blood, Suicide and Homicide Cleanup Uninttended Death Cleanup and BioRecovery Services Xactimate Trained - For Insurance Industry DEQ Asbestos Abatement Certified IICRC Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician Certified Fire Restoration Specialist DHS Clandestine Drug-lab cleanup Certified (Meth/All Drugs) HAZMAT Certified (Hazardous Materials Cleanup) IICRC Certified Stone, Masonry & Ceramic Tile Cleaning NEHA RADON RNCW Certified Flagger Certified Bio-Hazard Cleanup Certified Tanker Truck Spill Response Certified Photo & Fine Art Restoration Toxicology & Exposure Risk Assessment Certified Mold Tech Lead RR&P Trained CONFINED SPACE TRAINED Lead Safe Practices Certified C-Stop Safety Trained DHS#10461 / Asbestos DEQ#FSC 729 / CCB License #182767 Serving Your Needs in Multiple Locations: Corporate Headquarters Silver Star Group, LLC Corvallis / Albany 2908 Pine St. SE, Albany, OR 97322 Portland PO Box 2587, Clackamas, OR 97015 Eugene PO Box 7053, Springfield, OR 97475 Klamath Falls 3333 Anderson #18, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 Adam Blagg: (541) 936-0033 Cameron A. Blagg III: (503) 932-2324 Mike O. Blagg: (541) 936-0165 Sal Perez: (541) 730-0593 Allstar (Re-Build) Office: (541) 924-1841 Justin Wirth: (541) 967-7882 Casey Hugo: (541) 868-6671 Kevin Beasley: (541) 633-6700 Dave Baldwin: (541) 936-4761 Josh Thomson: (971) 570-0069 Scott Hall: (541) 401-1458 Cortnee Britton: (541) 401-8796 Joe Steele: (541) 220-0961 Shawna Onge: (541) 928-9618 Cary Garinger: (541) 730-5644 RPC - YOUR WHOLE HOME HEALTH SPECIALISTS MEET THE CREW It is our mission to enrich the lives of our customers, clients, sub-contractors and business associates. We do this through superior quality work, legendary custom- er service, cost controls, constant train- ing, state-of-the-art business practices, good work ethic and treating everyone like we would like to be treated. Our customers and clients are our most important resource (word of mouth is how we are garnering market share daily) and our success depends upon creating and retaining long-term relationships. It is our intention to deliver exceptional service to every client and customer, every time - this is the building block that is helping us become the best restoration company in the mid Willamette Valley. Service The high road to Service is traveled with integrity, compassion and understanding... People don’t care how much we know Until they know how much we care SERVICES If you need help with construction defects, water intrusion, mold abatement & remediation, fire damage or demolition we offer certified professionals to give you peace of mind during the restoration process. Our highly trained and experienced crew can clean up your Hazmat spill, do emergency board-ups and confined space work also. We offer free onsite assessment and building wellness examinations. Expert witness and documentation for mediation is complimentary when RPC repairs your home or business for construction defects. We understand the industry and combine that with our desire to keep costs low for our customers (who are our best advertising here in the Mid-Valley) while balancing safety and health concerns. Other services of our experienced crew: GC Projects To Keep On Schedule Building Wellness Exam • Painting Custom Cabinetry • Emergency Board-Up Flooring Installation Temporary Heat for Sheetrock Drying Lessen Cosmetic Issues Moisture Management (during construction process) Emergency Services and Repair for Property Managers We believe everyone we deal We use real-time, live photo uplinks for all insurance jobs. with deserves respect. Daily records available Call for an estimate today. NEW SERVICES OFFERED Blood Clean-Up • BioHazard Cleanup Suicide Clean-Up • Homicide Clean-Up Unattended Death Clean-Up Hoarding Clean-Up • BioRecovery Services Specialists in Crime Scene and Trauma Clean-up We can add Earthquake Protection to your home! CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS If your new home or business show signs of “wet construction,” the windows leak, has visible mold growth or the caulk is failing these may be signs of construction defects. You can call on us at any time for a consultation - we excel at understanding the situation and many times can find other potential hazards hidden underneath the siding or trim. Lack of ventilation in an attic crawlspace can cause microbiological growth, combined with a “stack effect” (when the home heats up air can come down from the attic into the living areas, it can come in from the crawl space when cooler also) from normal changes in temperature this has the potential for health issues. Those mainly at risk are usually people will low immune systems, children and the elderly. We have simple fixes for this problem. First we remediate and mitigate the mold growth stopping its spread. Then we install vents and fan (solar panel or 110 direct) that kicks on at a set tempera- ture. Others will use this idea, but Adam Blagg came up with it and he doesn’t mind sharing it in an effort to solve one huge mold issue in new construction. There are many reasons for attic mold in new construction. A lack of venting is just one cause. Each case is unique and our crew will attack the problem like a crime scene. Is it a fan ducted too far (to reach the end of the house and prevent cutting into the roof by the installer)? Are the tenants not turning on their bathroom fans because of the noise? (in this case a fan that comes on automatically when humidity levels reach a set point is called for) Many homes are built to prevent energy loss, thus they are “tightly” built, not allowing for air exchanges. This is great for your heat bill, but can cre- ate other issues. As industry leaders we pride ourselves on diagnosis, FAST service calls and getting the job done right the first time. DEMOLITION SERVICES If you need a home, industrial site or business demolished we can help stretch your budget using previous experience and the right equipment for the job. We service all of the state of Oregon. Count on RPC when quality really counts. Remember, exceptional service is our standard. MOLD REMEDIATION MOLD REMEDIATION Onsite Assessment of contaminated areas will be done by our Certified Mold Technician (CMT) who can recognize mold emergencies and write the protocol for performing abatement and remediation. Our first priority is to examine the problem and solve the “water in” factor (is this from a leak in the building envelope, a flood, capillary action or condensation). Once we find the source (which can include building during the wet part of the year here in Oregon) we remove standing water and all dangerous elements. Building wet (during the rainy season), building too tight, leaky win- dows, inadequate ventilation - there are many causes for mold growth. We can help diagnose the problem, mitigate the damage and do the re- pairs. A few years of leaky windows can even cause structural damage. Our team can look at all aspects of your building envelope and find a solution. It might be as simple as adding a few vents to the roof system, or a direct-wired fan and new ductwork. RPC has a great track record of helping people in need. In an emergency there is a limited time frame to determine the class category of the damage and a knowledgeable, trained supervisor will offer you peace of mind during the initial discovery. Our CMT will evalu- ate the condition (1, 2 or 3), co-ordinate with the Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location and extent of amplification of mold contamination. We are so confident in our ability to serve you that our insurance coverage is twice the state-mandated coverage and includes specialty coverage for mold abatement and remediation (the mold issue in new construction is a fairly new phenomenon and many companies aren’t aware of the coverage required). We always use a third-party IEP to evaluate the data obtained from a building history and inspec- tion. A sampling plan will be developed and samples are collected and sent to a qualified laboratory for analysis. The IEP will interpret the data and a remediation plan will be developed. All employees and sub-contractors display proper behavior and have attitudes that are conducive to a productive work- site. Using industry standards RPC’s Profes- sional “MoldBusters” team can help bring your indoor air quality back to normal. Contact us today for a free building wellness exam. TRAUMA CLEANUP In the aftermath of a traumatic event, two things matter most: response time and level of experience. It takes a high level of experience. It takes a high level of dedication and professionalism to handle the rigors of violent crime and accident scenes. RPC offers specialized, trauma cleanup services - to provide a partner you can trust with restoration when it's needed most. Proven Processes To Clean: Crime scenes • Homicides • Suicides • Natural death •Trauma accidents • Industrial accidents Tear gas cleaning • Meth labs • Fingerprint dust Uninhabitable residences Disinfecting/odor removal • Vehicle mishap cleaning Hoarding and gross filth What if my insurance adjuster doesn’t give me enough money to cover my repairs after my home is damaged from a ﬁre, ﬂood or storm damage? I would use a restoration company that does not work for an insurance company as a “preferred contractor,” or “preferred vendor.” Call a contractor that works for you. A “preferred” restoration company may let Mike Blagg the adjuster write the scope of work for your home; sometimes the adjuster is thinking about his place in the company or his next bonus and those thoughts might not line up with the scope of work on your home. If you have a speciﬁc question about the claims process you can call Adam, Mike or Cameron anytime: (541) 704-0067. We have helped many, many people through the insurance claims process usually getting our clients fully covered to pre-loss condition. We have helped other contractors when dealing with insurance companies also, using our Xactimate program Reconstructions (direct insurance billing software) - we will help anyone in trying to make Fire and Water One of only a handful of the claim’s process smoother. companies who have taken the state Adam Blagg (541) 936-0033 mandated testing, have the required Restoration Cameron Blagg (503) 932-2324 insurance and taken the courses to be Professionals & www.midvalleyrestoration.com certified, you can rest easy knowing Consultants “The Art of Restoration’’ Re-build by AllStar Construction RPC will be doing your job. ALBANY METH SITE Former Albany meth site gets clean bill of health March 28, 2010 By AnneMarie Knepper - The Democrat Herald and Corvallis Gazette Times Daffodils spring from a site once so toxic no one was allowed on it without permission and special gear. This plot on Spicer Drive once housed a meth lab. The lab was busted in October 1996 by the now disbanded Valley Interagency Narcotics Team, better known as VALIANT. It took the owner quite some time to come up with the cash to pay for the extensive cleanup. The land is inherited, and at the time of the bust a relative was using the property. Now, more than a decade later, the site has been decontaminated by a trio of businesses: All- star Construction and Restoration Professionals & Consultants of Albany and Northwest Hazmat of Springfield. Allstar Construction, a licensed drug lab decontamination contractor, is serving as the general con- tractor, Northwest Hazmat has special certification in meth chemicals, and Restoration Professionals & Consultants is certified to handle asbestos. The presence of asbestos and drug companies to work with both the Oregon Department of Envi- ronmental Quality and the Oregon Department of Human Services, as well as other agencies. “There are a lot of hoops to jump through - but the end result is that people are kept safe with DEQ and DHS rules,” said Cameron Blagg of Restoration Professionals & Consultants. The end result will be a certificate of fitness, a DHS document certifying that a drug lab property was decontaminated and is fit for living or another use. The cost for the decontamination and required testing for this property totaled more than $13,300. “DHS fees alone can total $1,400,” Blagg explained. “DEQ, $900.” Special equipment such as respirators, gloves and booties are required by the federal Occupa- tional Safety and Health Administration, he added. Also, landfills charge more for asbestos, which requires special packaging before being accepted. “The (Environmental Protection Agency) has labeling requirements - you must have a locked-up site, locked-up Dumpster,” Blagg said. Two trailers on the site were “filled with asbestos,” according to Blagg. A barn once stood on the site, but it burned down a few years ago. “To work here you need hazmat and meth training and (must) have specialized supervisors,” Blagg said. “You have to suit up just to get stuff out.” Crews filled 10 dumpsters and that didn’t include the asbestos-ridden pieces, which were stored separately. During the current cleanup a small chemical spill was detected at the site, and Northwest Hazmat was charged with decontaminating it. “They must have been hoarders or something,” Blagg said. “The trailers were full.” Items left be- hind included vinyl records, household goods and toys. Blagg said it looked like the former tenants were “cooking” in one trailer and living in the other. Law enforcement seized most of the meth-related chemicals at the time of the bust. “It was definitely an active meth lab,” Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said. Now Blagg says the site is almost ready for occupancy, if that’s what the owners decide to do with it. “Somebody could build a beautiful home here,” Blagg said. “Look at this view.” FIRE RESTORATION From board-ups to demo and rebuilding RPC is on call to help you. We offer 24-hour emergency services (call Adam at 936-0033 or Cameron at 503-932-2324) for our reasonably priced, emergency board-ups. Experienced, qualified professionals will put you (or your clients) at ease during this trying time. If you need ultra-sonic cleaning, dry ice blasting (very safe - used in many situations), pack-out, storage or de-ionized water cleaning give us a call. Contents inventory retrieval and control is an ever changing environment. With new technologies and advancements, RPC gives cost effective solutions to the challenges of restoring your home or business. We have staff that can deal with Hazmat issues, smoke damage, odor damage, blood and pathogens. One of the most important steps to protecting your property is quick water removal and drying (to prevent toxic mold and structural damage). RPC’s insights and caring can help solve issues before problems arise. EMERGENCY FLAGGING Emergencies present difficult challenges in the field of traffic control: the car & pole accident at 2:00 AM, the gas leak presenting an explosion hazard or the lane closed from an overturned truck. For you, the customer, one call to our Central Dispatch Center is all it takes to deploy safe and reliable help to your traffic control emergency, always in One hour or less. The true value of any service provider is how they perform when it matters most. You can count on RPC to be there for you whenever and wherever you need us. Call any of our dispatch numbers at (541) 936- 0033, (503) 932-2324 or (541) 936-0165. PROPERTY MANAGERS/HUD We offer a full variety of services to assist in your facility management. Any issue you have we can usually help, if we can’t we probably know a reputable outfit that can. For references from owners of HUD sites and property management companies please contact us. For us there is no substitute for hard work and ensuring the job is done correctly. RPC VS NATIONAL COMPANY We do not make mountains out of mole-hills. We do not bill out for unnecessary dehumidifiers and we don’t cut out excess amounts of sheet- rock when doing a flood cut. It is in our best interest to keep the bill as low as possible while doing an exemplary job. Residual work is the cornerstone of our business. Honesty and integrity is what has built our company; there is no substitute for hard work and ensuring it’s done the correct way - WE ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING. We do not have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for franchise fees, nor do we have to mark things up to pay royalties; that savings is passed on to you. PROPERTY CLEAN-UP 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal From Meth Labs and Grow Operations to Bad Tenants and Messy Hoarders - RPC is here to help! 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal The basement is far worse than the rest of the house. Here we will need to remove loose asbestos floor tiles, mold infested drywall, controlled substances, garbage and human waste. There is marijuana all over the floors as well as chemical residue and misc. garbage. Their lab equipment and grow lights are what probably caught the antiquated electrical panel on fire. This fire loosened floor tiles and ceiling tiles that are possibly asbestos containing. We will have these items tested before we clean them up and if asbestos is found our state licensed in-house asbestos team will do this portion of the cleanup. We will clean up all debris on the outside of the property and disinfect the ground. We will also remove loose fence boards and other possible safety hazards. Our state licensed hazardous materials workers will dispose of the many buckets of human are buckets of human waste in the bathrooms and some of the other rooms in the Our state licensed hazardous materials workers will dispose of the many buckets of human waste. There are buckets of human waste in the bathrooms and some of the other rooms in the home. RPC Restoration Professionals & Consultants - The Art of Restoration – www.midvalleyrestoration.com 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal RPC Restoration Professionals & Consultants - The Art of Restoration – www.midvalleyrestoration.com 6830 SE Woodstock, Cleanup and remediation Proposal RPC RPC Restoration Professionals & Consultants RPC Restoration - The Art of Restoration – Professionals & Consultants - The www.midvalleyrestoration.com Art of Restoration – Restoration Professionals & Consultants www.midvalleyrestoration.com - The Art of Restoration – www.midvalleyrestoration.com Their lab equipment and grow lights are what probably caught the antiquated electrical panel on fire. We will clean out the garage and disinfect it. Then we will start on the interior of the home. This fire loosened floor tiles and ceiling tiles that are possibly asbestos containing. We will have these ASBESTOS ABATEMENT Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer almost exclu- sively caused by asbestos exposure. The most com- mon form of the cancer is pleural mesothelioma, which develops in the lining of the lungs. Other areas where mesothelioma can develop include the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) and heart (peri- cardial mesothelioma), but these types are less likely to develop. Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was in- corporated into more than 5,000 products, was largely utilized for its insulating and fireproofing characteris- tics. Industries that have felt the largest impact from mesothelioma cancer include the construction, automotive, power plant, chemical plant, manufactur- ing, electrical and shipyard industry. Mesothelioma Symptoms and Prognosis Symptoms of mesothelioma can often be confused with other, less serious conditions. Some of the most common symptoms associated with the cancer include coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue, night sweats, chest or abdominal pain and shortness of breath. Due to the severe latency period of symptoms, which may take as long as 50 years to arise from the time of someone’s initial exposure to asbestos, patients are often diagnosed during the latest stages of development. A mesothelioma patient’s prognosis is influenced by numerous factors. Since a mesothelioma diagno- sis often occurs after the cancer has progressed to later stages of development, prognosis is typically poor. However, if a patient is diagnosed before the cancer has spread, their prognosis may improve. The average mesothelioma life span ranges between four and 18 months following diagnosis. Factors that may influence prognosis include the stage of a patient’s mesothelioma at the time of diagnosis, type of mesothelioma, size of the tumor, location of the tumor and whether it may be surgi- cally removed, and the age and overall health of the patient. ASBESTOS ABATEMENT Where You May Find Asbestos Because asbestos provides insulating and fireproofing capabilities, products that often contained asbestos included insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, roofing materials, pipe covering, drywall and ce- ments. Products that contain asbestos are not easy to identify on sight and it is generally understood that if your home was built prior to 1980, you should assume that it contains asbestos building materi- als to some degree. Other locations where asbestos exposure has frequently occurred include ship- yards, power plants, construction sites and manufacturing facilities. If you are concerned that your home contains asbestos building materials, you can hire an experi- enced licensed asbestos removal contractor or home inspector for an assessment. Depending on the material, they may be able to tell by visual inspection whether a building product contains as- bestos. This, however, is not a foolproof method. The only sure way to know if your home contains asbestos is to have professionals collect samples of the building materials. The samples are sent to a laboratory where testing will verify asbestos contamination. By John Janis email@example.com LEAD SAFE PRACTICES Our Entire Crew is Lead-Safe Practices Trained! Small amounts of lead-contaminated dust can be poisonous. You can’t see it, it is hard to sweep and it travels. Children are at a greater risk than adults because of frequent hand-to-mouth activity. There are direct links with lead concentrations in a childs blood and I.Q loss! Facts about lead •Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. •Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. •You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead. •You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard. •Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family. Where lead is found •Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. •In apartments, single-family homes, and both private and public housing. •Inside and outside of the house. Where lead is likely to be a hazard Lead from paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can’t always see, can be serious hazards. •Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention. •Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew on or that get a lot of wear-and-tear. These areas include: windows and window sills, doors and door frames, stairs, railings, banisters, porches and fences. •Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when people vacuum, sweep or walk through it. We have test kits to test for lead - we also provide whole-home-health surveys. LEAD SAFE PRACTICES How to check your family and home for lead To reduce your child’s exposure to lead, get your child checked, have your home tested (especially if your home has paint in poor condition and was built before 1978), and fix any hazards you may have. Your family •Children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months of age, and tend to peak at 18 to 24 months of age. •Consult your doctor for advice on testing your children. A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead. Blood tests are important for: •Children at ages one and two. •Children and other family members who have been exposed to high levels of lead. •Children who should be tested under your state or local health screening plan. •Your doctor can explain what the test results mean and if more testing will be needed. Your home •You can get your home checked in one of two ways, or both •A paint inspection tells you the lead content of every different type of painted surface in your home. It won’t tell you whether the paint is a hazard or how you should deal with it. •A risk assessment tells you if there are any sources of serious lead exposure (such as peeling paint and lead dust). It also tells you what actions to take to address these hazards. •Have our qualified professionals do the work. There are standards in place for certifying lead- based paint professionals to ensure the work is done safely, reliably, and effectively. •Our Trained professionals use a range of methods when checking your home, including: •Visual inspection of paint condition and location. •A portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) machine. •Lab tests of paint samples. •Surface dust tests. LEAD SAFE PRACTICES Health effects of lead Childhood lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States. People can get lead in their body if they: •Put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths. •Eat paint chips or soil that contain lead. •Breathe in lead dust, especially during renovations that disturb painted surfaces. Lead is more dangerous to children because: •Babies and young children often put their hands and other objects in their mouths. These objects can have lead dust on them. •Children’s growing bodies absorb more lead. •Children’s brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from: •Damage to the brain and nervous system •Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity •Slowed growth •Hearing problems •Headaches •A link has been established between lead in a child’s blood and I.Q. loss! Adults can suffer from: •Reproductive problems (in both men and women) •High blood pressure and hypertension •Nerve disorders •Memory and concentration problems •Muscle and joint pain We are qualified to give you a risk assessment on this contaminate. If you are pregnant there can be a 50% absorption rate - it is advisable to use lead-safe-practices when remodeling. We are trained in containment (to prevent lead dust from traveling to uncontaminated areas of the site), per- sonal protective equipment and disposal. We use state of the art work practices. PREPARING FOR EPA LAW The following story was printed in The Albany Democrat Herald on April 5, 2010 Businesses prepare for new EPA law By Steve Lathrop On April 22, new Environmental Protection Agency laws will take effect concerning lead-based paint. Before working on any child-occupied home or building built prior to 1978, certification and ac- creditation must be attained. The law calls for restorers to test prior to beginning work, follow lead-safe work practices and pro- vide clearance testing upon completion. Failure to comply can result in hefty fines. Earning certification is an expensive process for contractors, assessors and inspectors. “Companies going through it will probably benefit when some contractors need to get rid of walls or siding that may have lead paint.” said Cameron Blagg III, who with his brother Adam heads Res- toration Professionals & Consultants (RPC) in Albany. “If they haven’t been certified we could get a call.” Blagg said costs are keeping many contractors from getting licensed. He and his brother com- pleted three tests through the EPA and the state Department of Human Services to gain assessor and inspector certifications. Three other crew members will go through the process. Blagg said the total cost for training neared $4,000. He believes the cost is warranted because of the issue. “Acute lead poisioning can kill,” he said. “It can affect people, especially children in all sorts of ways. Doing the work properly is important to workers and to people who are buying homes.” PUBLIC ADJUSTER? What is a Public Adjuster and do I need one? Public Adjusters are experts on property loss estimating and are hired by the policy holder to as- sist in documenting, negotiating and settling insurance claims. Public Adjusters handle every aspect of your claim, working closely with the insurance company to provide you with the most equitable and prompt settlement. Public Adjusters charge a per- What are the McKinsey Files and how do they relate to my home- owner’s insurance? centage of the net settlement of the When you google “McKinsey Report” or “McKinsey File” and include your insurance company claim, which is established at the in the search you will ﬁnd many, many sites. If you put “McKinsey slides and homeowner insurance” you can read about how insurance companies proﬁts have doubled or have very begining of the claims process. multiplied by 10 in just the last 15 years. It is not all insurance companies - we think that the ones who take advantage of their insured have to advertise a lot to get new unsuspecting Then, they are paid after the claim is clients. These tactics make it almost necessary to have a Public Adjuster involved if you have Cameron Blagg to ﬁle a claim for damage to your home or property. There are websites that say insurance settled, upon you receiving payment companies were told to pay elderly people slowly, since a portion of them will die during the process, others say insurance companies were told to pay very slowly to basically put the of your entitled proceeds. If a Public insured in a bad position ﬁnancially and “Expect 90% of policyholders to succumb with in six months due to economic pressures and give up without a ﬁght.” Adjuster does not succeed in collect- If you have a large loss it is not a bad idea to hire a Public Adjuster. A Public Adjuster works for YOU - the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company. ing a fair settlement for you, then they At RPC we work with three Attorney’s and three Public Adjusters to make sure you get a square deal. do not receive any money! Next month: “If my insurance company sends one of their preferred service providers to my Fire & Water Get Help With My Claim Restoration home does that mean that the PSP has to keep them happy or us happy?” Restoration Adam Blagg (541) 936-0033 http://www.getclaimhelp.com/ CCB#182767 Cameron Blagg (503) 932-2324 Professionals & www.midvalleyrestoration.com public-adjuster/start-reopen-and-eval- Consultants “The Art of Restoration’’ Re-build by AllStar Construction uations-claims-service.html WATER INTRUSION Our IICRC (The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Certi- fied Water Damage Restoration Technician can assess your situation quickly; this is a situation when time really does matter. Our team is designed to hit the site running with trailers that are outfitted for numerous types of classes (size) and categories (type of water) of water intrusion. Our initial inspection will determine the cause (and fix it first), extent and the category of your damage. Then we will mitigate the spread of contaminants and apply proven moisture control techniques. Drying comes next, removing excess water, enhancing evaporation with the latest equipment, remove water vapor and controlling the temperature to speed up the process. Then we can clean and repair your property. CUSTOMER LETTERS We were in shambles from our storm on July 26th and from the “professionals” who first came to our home. Then our insurance adjuster gave us Adam’s number and I barely put down the phone when Adam called. He was so kind, so reassuring and said he would come to assess our damages. He did come as promptly as he promised. What a marvelous face he put on RPC! That was on August 14th. On August 25, we had the pleasure to meet Mike who was to be our supervisor. On the 29th, Adam, Cameron, Mike, Scott, Joe, and Dave, came and they were just as advertised...ALL-STARS! It had been pour- ing down rain, inside the house, too. Mike and Scott got right up on the roof of our dome home, which is not for the faint-hearted, and started to tarp. Adam and Cameron assessed the job in more detail as Dave and Joe began to work on our soaked home. Here it is now November 13th. Each Sunday evening Mike and the crew arrive to prepare for work early the following day. Thursday evening, after their long day’s work, they return home. We live and work very close with these guys and find them to be very fine men. Mike is very special to us; he is fun to be around and is never too busy to answer a question, give a nice compliment, or help us accomplish a task. RPC Restoration Professionals & Consultants ~ Reliable, Personable, and Capable Two very happy clients who feel richly blessed, Shirley and Marty Berg Hi Adam. I was blown away by the work Scott and Joe had done today...because they did exactly what I was suggesting....took off the dry rot behind both walls, replaced it and said they’ll be able to finish the kitchens now without getting into the roof. Seriously, I can’t get used to how fantastic you all are!! You just keep giving and giving and going and going and doing everything you can to make my life easier and to calm my troubled mind! If you liked flowers, I’d send each of you a big bouquet! I simply don’t have words to express my gratitude. If you will let me make payments on the work you have to do that isn’t covered, when all is said and done, I might not even have to take out the loan right now. I don’t imagine that the rot in the roof will cause it to collapse within the next year and by next year I would be in a better position to ad- dress that problem by taking out the equity loan. Everything is looking alot better today, thanks to you guys. Thanks Pam:-) RPC and crew, I have no problem what so ever vouching for you guys, you guys did such a wonderful job for me and I have nothing but good things to say about you guys. When Country first came to my house the adjuster said they wouldn’t cover my sump pump backing up, just the sewer pump. After this big shocker they didn’t want to pay for the proper procedure of taking the right measures to abate my floors and carpeting. Can you imagine having a sewer spill in your floor and all that gross contami- nated water is all over your floor, carpet, bottom of the doors and walls and all the insurance adjuster says is they will pay to clean it? Luckily I called RPC and they fought for me to get new floor sub sheathing, new carpet, new hardwood, new sheetrock, new trim, new doors, new paint, and a new cabinet vanity in my bathroom and all I had to do was what RPC suggested i do. They told me step by step on how I should deal with the incompetent adjuster that was only looking out for his best interests and not mine. Country came to me with a price of $10,000.00 to fix my house and that wasn’t nearly enough to fix everything, that would give me new carpet and floors at best! Once RPC came on board they tore out all the damaged sub floor, made a flood cut on the walls and basically got it down to bear studs, then they cleaned every little nook and cranny, put dehumidifiers in the whole house and let it dry COMPLETELY making sure no mold would ever grow back. My house is now put back together like nothing ever happened and I have RPC to thank. So thanks guys. Trofim Matveev I & E Construction, Inc. MORE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST CUSTOMER LETTERS RPC Dorm Project in Africa Cameron: Dear Cameron, Warm greetings and many loving thoughts to This letter is for your courtesy and generosity to- you all! The town/city Buea where the dormitory will wards my mother. I have to THANK YOU for tak- be built is in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, the ing the time and thoughtfulness as for the way you second English-speaking region. The students will be have talked & treated my mother with the respect coming from many villages mostly from the Northwest and courtesy I know she deserves. My mom has Region, where I did my Peace Corps service. I taught gone through a lot of crap these last 20 years, and in Tatum but the students at my former school were to be able to see a stranger, now friend, take a stand from many surrounding villages such as Kishong, for her is a wonderful feeling for myself and fam- Memfu, Mah, Nseh, Mbam, Ngondzen, Ngendzen, ily. It brings light to this world knowing that their are Takija and many more. Any more specific questions people still out there looking out for one another, and Mr. Sunjo will be better qualified to answer. not just for themselves. You can not know how much Thank you, your brothers and your families so I appreciate what you and your company have done much on behalf of the students in Cameroon for your for my mother and my family. love and generosity! Over time thousands of them will benefit from your tremendous gift. You have been wonderful, and still bring a smile to With much love, joy, peace and gratitude, my mothers face. Fondly, Pavla Zakova-Laney, Sincerely, Founder, President, Executive Director & Scott Wray Full-time volunteer of Educare-Africa Judge Locke Williams, Corvallis, Oregon Water Damage Restoration and Personal Job Marty and Shirley Berg, Lakeview, Oregon Retired Scientist from Lockheed RPC is the only restoration company that was able (before it was Lockheed Martin) to tell us WHY we had a mold issue. They also Water Damage Restoration and personal roof, sky- diagnosed our sick dog when four different veteri- light jobs on a three story geodesic dome narians were unable (again, the mold issue). They were fantastic to work with - helped us every step of the way from navigating through the insurance Many Blessings sent your way this christmas - claim, advising us on the best way to fix our home, Thank you for all your care and professionalism. and providing the occassional marriage counseling when the stress was too much. We would highly Ken and Carol Ball recommend RPC to our friends and family, and of course to the rest of the world as well. They did a good and thorough job, were easy to work with and waited payment while we battled with insurance. To Adam and Crew, We think that RPC is da bomb! Thank you for everything! Shawn & Firiel Severns, Sweet Home, Oregon Mike Delasio MORE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST RPC TO THE RESCUE!! The following story was printed in The News Register on August 13, 2011 Asbestos finds its way to landfill - Demolition of an old meat plant in Newberg sent asbestos to the landfill, DEQ says. By Hannah Hoffman NEWBERG -- A demolition last week in Newberg violated state abatement regulations designed to protect members of work crews and the public from asbestos, as both its walls and roof contained the cancer-causing mate- rial, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. Demolition of the vintage-1947 Buckley’s Locker build- ing produced an estimated 144 tons of contaminated con- struction debris. The debris was hauled first to the Newberg Transfer Station, then on to the Riverbend Landfill in McMinnville — a further violation, the DEQ noted. Both the transfer station and landfill are operated by Waste Management Inc., which said project excavator David Whitmore signed an Aug. 3 service agreement barring submission of asbestos-contaminated demolition materials for disposal. Whitmore could not be reached for comment. The DEQ said Restoration Professional & Consultants, a licensed asbestos-abatement contractor, subse- quently was hired to clean up the demolition site in Newberg. The agency said no cleanup was necessary at Riverbend, as burial is an approved method of eliminating an asbestos hazard, but it was launching an investi- gation that could lead to fines or other sanctions. The family that owned the building and the excavator it hired apparently never considered the possibility the wallboard, insulation and roofing in the old building might contain asbestos. And workers at the transfer sta- tion and landfill didn’t identify a problem despite undergoing annual training on what to look for. The family began processing meat at the site, 112 S. Blaine Street, almost 65 years ago. The building was erected by brothers Charles and Ray Buckley, the latter now deceased. Effectively at the end of its useful life, the building was razed Aug. 3-5 to clear the way for future redevelop- ment of the site. Crews filled 16 dropboxes, each capable of holding 30 cubic yards of debris, without employ- ing any kind of containment program. Charles Buckley said he had no idea the building contained asbestos. As far as he knew, he said, it con- sisted of nothing but “timber, block tile, cement and tarpaper on the roof.” He said his daughter-in-law, Lisa, obtained the demolition permit required by the city. Asbestos never came up, he said. Newberg City Manager Dan Danicic took note of the pending demolition at an Aug. 1 council meeting. He did not mention anything about asbestos either. However, lead DEQ investigator Dottie Boyd said some Newberg residents suspected the building was contaminated and sounded the alarm when the walls started coming down. She said the DEQ ordered tests that turned up asbestos in both wallboard and roof shingles. Neither Whitmore nor Buckley hired an inspector prior to the demolition. DEQ official Claudia Davis said that was a step that needed to be taken, given the building’s age. “The owner and/or the contractor should have had the building surveyed,” she said. However, she said Waste Management did nothing wrong in accepting the debris, as it had been certified asbestos-free. Waste Management spokeswoman Jackie Lang said Whitmore’s signature legally confirmed the debris didn’t contain asbestos, and that should have been enough. However, she said workers at both the transfer station and landfill visually inspected the debris anyway. She said they undergo annual training in asbestos identification, as the landfill tries to maintain as much vigi- lance as possible, but spotted nothing amiss. Even though the DEQ has already exonerated the company, she said it planned to conduct its own investi- gation and provide the DEQ with a written summary. Davis said it appeared to be a case where the parties involved in the demolition simply didn’t know the rules. She said the agency tends to be more lenient in that kind of situation. Editor's Note: As noted in the story, including a small wording change to make it clear, Restoration Profes- sional & Consultants was hired to clear up the site after the demolition problem surfaced. HELPING SENIORS T. Brunker: the original check that the insurance adjuster cut to her for $2500 was 5.6% of the actual cost of the job ($44,615 for her kitchen - water loss). B. Chase: the original check was for $2900 for a $14K job. R. Lavine offered $16K - we got them $520K G. Redfield offered $77 for a $400K job D. Bothwell - Denied - we got her over $40K (widow) L. Howell - Denied - we got her over $8000 Anderson’s family - Denied - we got them covered - $20K+ job K. Young - offered $6 for a $36K job - we got her covered and paid “Denied - then RPC got covered” clients we are talking about in 2010 1) All seniors, 100% 2) 2 out of 3 Widows (Adam, Cameron, or Justin, our General Counsel, got different clients covered - we are learning FAST on how to deal with a dishonest or inept adjusters) “Low-Balled vs RPC Actual Payment” clients in 2010 1) All seniors except one couple 85.7% 2) 42.9% are either a Widow or single, Elderly woman This is all from just 2010. This does not include many $5000 to $10,000 “discrepancies” we catch on a routine basis. Those can be on anyone’s estimate - “missed” flood cuts, faux paint, etc. or “accidentally” using the wrong price list. If anyone you know is a Senior and they get that “funny feeling” that their adjuster is a cheat, thief, or inept (just moved up from Auto claims, for instance) Adam or I will make a call on their behalf, for no charge, to let the adjuster know that in Oregon we have special laws to protect Seniors and the disabled. Routinely estimates are written for a percentage of a job. Of these low-ball estimates some company adjusters are overworked and need to get in an estimate fast to satisfy State of Oregon requirements that the money is set aside for the job, some are inept, some are new to home losses and some are more focused on moving up in the company. If it is an Independent adjuster they may want the insurance company to send them more jobs - so an estimate “accidentally / not-on-purpose” is missing many items. Sometimes 95% of the job. We are not kidding. RPC covers your deductible if you are a Senior or Veteran Up to $500 on Water Loss and $1000 on a fire LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Mr. Hering, I am interested in creating a law in Oregon similar to what Washington and California have for Senior Citizens who have been low-balled or denied by an insurance company adjuster. If anyone would like to help with research or writing our elected officials I would love the help. I’m thinking in Oregon if an insurance company adjuster is found to have “missed” an item or intentionally denied a Senior Citizen then the company should pay 10 times the damages. There are good adjusters in every company and our Seniors deserve only the best to be sent to their homes. Keep in mind the following facts regarding insurance (which most of us are required to have): • The U.S. insurance industry takes in over $1 trillion in premiums annually. It has $3.8 trillion in as- sets, more than the GDPs of all but two countries in the world (United States and Japan). • Over the last 10 years, the property/casualty insurance industry has enjoyed average profits of over $30 billion a year. The life and health side of the insurance industry has averaged another $30 billion. • The CEOs of the top 10 property/casualty firms earned an average $8.9 million in 2007. And yet every year we help Seniors (and others) get their claims covered because some dishonest or inept adjuster is focused on his bonus or moving up in the company and does not really care about his insured. For more information on the worst insurance companies in America e-mail me or google “American Association for Justice, how they raise premiums, deny claims and refuse coverage to those who need it most,” to find a great web site. If an adjuster “forgets” to tell a client she has ALE coverage for lodging, food and laundry while her bedroom is being torn up and her bath is out of commission he should be held accountable also. Additional Living Expense coverage is a basic right under the policy and in Oregon if an adjuster “forgets” he can use whatever excuse he wants (I have seen this happen). A minimum $10,000 fine would solve that and in the process it would keep some of our Greatest Generation from sleeping on an air mattress in the living room. Currently in Washington State anyone who is found to have been treated with bad faith can get treble damages - anyone. In Oregon we have no law and one is desperately needed for Seniors at the very least, if for no other reason than to keep some of them from sleeping on the floor. Thanks - Cameron A. Blagg III, Member, RPC (Silver Star Group, LLC) firstname.lastname@example.org RPC covers your deductible if you are a Senior or Veteran Up to $500 on Water Loss and $1000 on a fire JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE Beneficiaries of our community service projects (nearly $130,000 raised and counting): YWCA of Vancouver • Linn-Benton Food Share • Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon • Meals on Wheels St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen • FISH of Albany • EDUCARE AFRICA • Safe Haven Humane Society Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center • The CTW Duchenne MD Association The Albany Boys & Girls Club AUCTION TO AID FOOD SHARE The following story was printed in The Albany Democrat Herald on October 9, 2009 Auction to aid food share Now in it’s seventh year, a silent auction of arts and crafts is under way at the Heritage Mall in Albany. The auction is held in conjunction with the mall’s annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show and benefits the Linn Benton Food Share. Works by artists from throughout the Northwest are displayed and each artist donated a selected piece for the fundraising auction. They also give a percentage of their overall sales from the event to the food share. Sponsored by Heritage Mall and also backed by Restoration Professionals & Consultants and AllStar Construction, the auction and show began Thursday and will run through Sunday, October 11. Auction winners will be notified on Sunday so they can pick up their items at the mall before it closes at 6 pm. ART, CRAFTS BENEFIT SHOW The following letter was sent to the Albany Democrat Herald 2011 “In Appreciation” RPC / Allstar Mother’s Day Art Event at Heritage Mall This year’s Mother’s Day Art Show raised nearly $1600 for the animals at SafeHaven Humane Society. Safe-Haven would like to thank everyone for helping promote the Art Benefit and Silent Auc- tion hosted by the Heritage Mall last weekend: Restoration Professionals & Consultants and Allstar Construction put this event together each year for us This event could not happen without the generous support and time that RPC, Allstar and the Blagg Brothers put in. They coordinate the artist line-up and pay for the insurance for the show every year which is amazing. Melody, Marsha, Dave, Dawn, Gordon, Bonnie, and everyone else at the mall - your generous donation of space, tables, security and time is invaluable for this event - we couldn’t do it without your help. All of the artists and fine craftspeople in the mall who donated their items to the auction and gave 5% of their sales from the weekend to SafeHaven, you are simply the best. Also a big thank you to Susan Miera at Rhodes Warden for her time coordinating coverage, and, finally, the Democrat Herald, for helping to get the word out about this annual event. We look forward to this event every year. Thanks again from the animals and staff at SafeHaven Humane Society. Jackie Saling, Development Director CAMEROON The following story was printed in The Albany Democrat Herald on August 6, 2011 Educare-Africa: Trip paves way for community center Pavla Zakova-Laney, president of Educare- Africa, is back from her 12th trip to Cameroon, and calls it “one of the best.” She was there from May 5 to June 29, and went to numerous schools to provide services and deliver donated items. She was joined by Cameron Blagg of Albany for a portion of the trip in Tatum. She says that in the past a former Peace Corps worker has let her stay at his house in Tatum at no cost. But this year he was renovating and she had to find lodging elsewhere. Zakova-Laney ended up renting a house and spending funds on repairs, but the house lacked space for storage. She concluded that a permanent site must be built and came up with an estimate so she could begin fundraising. Once parents and stu- dents became aware of the need, some readily donated, she said. The Tatum Council pledged to give 30 percent support for the building project, which will start with a two-apartment building. A smaller apartment would be for a housekeeper’s family, and the other, larger unit would have an office with a conference room and library, guest rooms and a kitchen. The goal will be to use local materials. Here are some highlights of her trip: • Held public viewings of several DVDs, featuring Elsa’s Legacy, the Planet Earth series and the Dog Whisperer TV show. • Two schools received short wave radios from the Ears to Our World nonprofit group. • 75 best students from six schools received basic school supplies as prizes. • Distributed donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and other items to 24 students. Twelve students received financial assistance for immediate school needs. • More than 100 students received pens and pencils. • 160 staff members from six schools received pens for encouragement. Each school also re- ceived four boxes of chalk. • New science lab equipment was purchased for GHS Ntumbaw and some new essential text- books were purchased for students from two schools. • Quality reference textbooks were donated to the teachers at GSS Mbu-Warr. • Two Wellesley College Book Awards were given to the best female science students from GBHS Kumbo and GBHS Ndu. • Donated new soccer balls were given to three schools. • Traveled to Sabongari to visit a former student, Kongnso Clotilde Afoni, who is now managing a solar charging station there, as there is no electricity. As a side project, she helped organized the handing over of donations from the Reid Veterinary Hospital, Periwinkle Pet Clinic in Albany and Hopes Haven Rescue group in Salem. Her goal for 2011-12 is to assist 125 secondary/high school students and about 25 university students. She is hoping to raise about $10,000 by mid-September. For more information or to donate, contact Zakova-Laney at (541) 924-9290 or pavlazl@com- cast.net or write to: Educare-Africa, P.O. Box 3278, Albany, OR 97321. For photographs and video clips from the trip, go to http://educareafrica.blogspot.com. Who are the top ﬁve rated insurance companies, and which one is the best for recovery after a loss? At RPC we have seen many adjusters “in action” and where their focus is during a client’s ﬁre or water loss and we have noticed a correlation with what an insurance company is spending on marketing and how detailed their adjuster’s estimates are. If a company is spending millions on advertising they might be trying to get NEW clients to sign up with them to replace insured’s they lost by treating them badly. Adam Blagg To ﬁnd better-than-average coverage you might visit an Insurance Broker to write the policy on what, to many, is their biggest investment: The Family Home. Insurance Brokers sell insurance by carriers that don’t need to advertise; they rely on word of mouth. The State of Oregon rates the service of insurance companies and you might want to check that list out also (no hits or ﬁnes from the State equates to “caring adjusters,” we have seen). If your home is your biggest investment it makes sense to choose a company that has the best reputation helping their insured’s (maybe paying an extra $30/year for great coverage is a good idea). Another great resource is to do an Internet search for “American Association for Justice’s TOP TEN LIST OF WORST INSURANCE COMPANIES” for more information Fire & Water Restoration on companies to stay away from - you might be surprised at what you ﬁnd. Restoration Adam Blagg (541) 936-0033 CCB#182767 Cameron Blagg (503) 932-2324 Professionals & www.midvalleyrestoration.com Consultants “The Art of Restoration’’ Re-build by AllStar Construction How do I know if I am fully covered in case of a ﬁre or water damage? There are many types of coverage and the cost for the best coverage is relatively a great buy. Some policies change from year to year (the ﬁne print), removing code upgrade or asbestos coverage on a rental (we have seen this within the last few months). The difference between Cameron Blagg ACV and RCV cost is nominal, the difference when you have a loss is tremendous. If you have an older home talk to your agent and make sure you have coverage (even if you need a rider) for code upgrades, sewage spills, pipe breaks, asbestos (10% of drywall comes back positive for being ACM - Asbestos Containing Material). It is worth paying an extra $90 a year to have $40k worth of coverage! Your agent is your best source and can help with the details. Fire & Water Restoration Adam Blagg (541) 936-0033 Restoration Cameron Blagg (503) 932-2324 Professionals & www.midvalleyrestoration.com Consultants “The Art of Restoration’’ Re-build by AllStar Construction BLAGG HISTORY The Blagg Brothers, Cameron, Mike and Adam, grew up in a “green” environment - a self-sufficient cabin - located 20 miles North of Washougal, Washington. Their family produced their own power with a water-wheel, solar panels and a wind-mill before the term “being green” was coined. From 1974 until the early 1990’s this independant life, living by a mountain stream six miles beyond the end of electric lines, helped shape their outlook on preserving resources, promoting healthy choices and satisfaction in a job well-done. This is the foundation they use in their business practices: “We are all in this together, let’s solve the issue at hand,” similar to how people lived in the 1800’s (and to how they grew up, with kerosene lamps and a wood cook-stove), helping when it is needed most. It is our mission to enrich the lives of our customers, clients, sub- contractors and business associates. We do this through superior quality work, legendary customer service, cost controls, constant training, state-of- the-art business practices, a good work ethic and treating everyone like we would like to be treated. We believe everyone we deal with deserves respect. Our customers and clients are our most important resource (word of mouth is how we are garnering market share daily) and our success depends upon creating and retaining long-term relationships. It is our intention to deliver exceptional service to every client and customer, every time - this is the building block that is helping us become the best restoration company in the mid Willamette Valley. A LITTLE ABOUT BLAGG BROTHERS A little about the Blagg Brothers • By Art Cornforth April 8, 2011 The Blagg Brother’s family, on their Mother, Merna Baker’s side (Orville “Red” & Grace [Ballagh] Baker) came around the Horn & across the Oregon Trail in the 1870’s & settled in what is now Montesano, Wa. eventually moving to Albany, Or. where Red worked at the paper mill & Grace was an elementary school cook. Adam, Mike & Cameron’s Great Grandfather, Edison Ballagh, was an Oregon State Legislator & Mayor of St. Helens, Or. & was instrumental in getting fish ladders installed on Columbia River Dams. In addition, was in charge of the non-military guard to protect Oregon in case of an attack during WWII. Edison worked for Columbia River Packers Association & ran a boat called the Grace (named in honor of his Daughter). The Columbia River Packers later became Bumble Bee Tuna. He was a Fish and Game Warden for many, many years. Another Great Grandfather of the Blagg Brother’s was Floyd Baker. He & his wife Maude, settled in Saint Helens, mov- ing from Michigan in 1905. Floyd helped build the 1st World Forestry Ctr., which was built of old-growth timber & burned down in ‘64. Cameron A. Blagg Sr. & Margaret Jannie (Cornforth) Blagg both came from Oklahoma. Margaret’s family was in the 3rd & final Oklahoma land rush; her family built their home after the land rush, the home is still in the family to this day. During the dust-bowl years both the Blagg’s & Cornforth’s managed to stay in Guthrie & El Reno. Margaret’s father managed the workers at the prison in McAlister before settling in Guthrie. Margaret ended up marrying Estel Bolman year’s later & lived in Albany raising her 7 children, many of whom still live in the area, Franka Elwood, of Tangent, Dan Gustafson & John Branson, both of Lebanon, Mariann Leemaster, of Shedd & Janie Ramsby of Albany. Blanche (Ridenour) Blagg, Cameron Sr.’s Mother, built homes in Pueblo, Colorado & named 3 streets after each of her boys, Cameron, Raymond & Glenn after she built the homes on those streets. After Harrison Blagg became disabled Blanche had to support her family of 3 boys & 1 adopted Indian boy - she worked in the steel mill in Pueblo & built homes on the side during WWII. Adam & Mike worked with or for their home-building uncle Larry Baker, of Jefferson, their cousin Kelly Baker, of Albany & cousin Rick Baker of Kodiak, Alaska. Mike & Adam both gained experience in Alaska - a great place to learn weatherproofing & study building envelopes. Their years on “The Rock” have paid off in many ways. Larry Baker learned how to build a house from his Father, Red. While growing up, all 3 Blagg Brother’s built additions & pole buildings, sheds & horse stalls while growing up in Ska- mania County Wa. Their home was a hand-built cabin on a creek located over 6 miles from their mailbox & bus stop. Silver Star Mountain was one canyon over & could be seen from the top of the hill where one of the Xmas tree farms the Blagg family planted in the late ‘80’s. Adam continued his building education under Brent Gourley, of Albany; working his way up to Supervisor before starting Allstar Construction in 1998. Adam has been the General Contractor for large sites throughout Or. & he specializes in building envelopes. He has worked on probably every type of building, high-rise offices in Portland to chicken-house-turned-houses. The one thing you will notice when you meet him, is that he will put you at ease. Having never received 1 fine from DHS, DEQ, EPA, OSHA or the CCB since 1998 you know he means what he says & he has a great list of references, from all walks of life. Mike built custom homes on Orcas Island & in Lake Chelan with Frank Gaswendt, of Lakeside, Or. until he joined Adam & became a Supervisor for Allstar. Before that Mike had worked in Colorado, Alaska, Nebraska & Wash. learning many trades: roofing, framing, finish work, concrete, drywall, cabinetry, & many more. In the last few years Mike has taken the lead in training and is now certified for Hazmat response, Asbestos Abatement, & Meth-Lab Clean-up. Mike oversees the crews & safety - he is always learning & teaching new generations the art of building & why components are assembled the way they are. Cameron ran “Cameron’s Gallery & Gifts” in the Heritage Mall in Albany, for 16 years, has published 2 coffee table books on artwork & did minor stand-up comedy for a very short period of time. He has traveled to 18 States, Mexico, Canada, England, Wales, Washington D.C. & the Cayman Islands while promoting artists from Canada & America. He created many art benefits in Washington & Or., some go on to this day. He has been an art judge for the Springfield’s “Emerald Empire’s Mayor’s Invitational Art Show” & twice has chosen the winners for the Local Youth Scholarship Art Contest for the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Young Patriotic Art Competition. Adam, Mike & Cameron now all work together & have anywhere from 12 to 40 sites running at one time. When RPC began it focused on water & fire damage leading to Asbestos work, Meth Clean-Up’s, Mold Remediation & Hazardous Spill Response. The Blagg Brother’s, their friends & cohorts will continue to be on the cutting edge of training & keeping the focus on healthy homes. Cameron recently returned from NEHA Radon training & Mike is scheduled to be certified for remediation in May of 2011. The Blagg Brother’s have created art benefits throughout the northwest and they have donated their time and materials to many good causes. As of this writing (2011) around $150,000 has been raised or donated thanks to their efforts. They are currently saving for their latest project, a dorm in Cameroon for village girls who will be attending school in the big city. This will give girls a chance to work & live at a “home away from home,” while these same girls will provide a safe & free lodging option for other girls who will be visiting from the same village to see what University is like. A place to feel comfortable when dealing with the experience of living away from home for the first time. If you would like to make a labor or material donation to the RPC dormitory project please contact Merna Blagg at email@example.com or 2908 Pine St., Albany, OR 97322. BOONDOCKS LIFESTYLE The following story was originally printed in The Columbian, Jan. 5, 1976 Couple Choose ‘Boondocks’ Lifestyle Near Camas By Ted Olsen, News Staff Writer About six miles beyond the outermost limits of the boondocks, live the Cameron Blaggs. They have selected a pioneer-type exsistence with few amenities. The Blagg’s daily life consists of doing many time consuming chores, those generally considered unnecessary in a more traditional, modern lifestyle. Cutting and splitting wood is one - several cords for a winter supply. Drying fruits and meats is another task. “Dried food provides the simplest form of convenience foods, Blagg’s wife, Merna said. Flour and canned goods are purchased to augment the edible provisions, primarily in case the Blaggs become snowed in. Each school day morning and afternoon either Cameron or his wife drives their two sons six miles to and from the end of the Washnougal School District bus line. The boys - Cameron III, 6, and Michael, 5, attend Cape Horn-Skye School. Blagg plans to build a flume and install a water wheel to generate electricity. Blagg’s bartering ability apparently has been honed by the experience. He traded a lawnmower for a 50-gallon tub in which the family laundry is done and baths are taken. He also traded a painting for a small truck. After hauling in top soil, the Blaggs plan to plant fruit trees, berries and a vegetable garden. The Blaggs have a few chickens and plan to raise goats. “At first our parents were against the move because it was too far out,” Blagg said. “Now they visit overnight and help out.” The Blaggs have a civilian band radio in case of an emergency. “We’ve found what we want, a place on a creek instead of a street.” Blagg said. “Out here we don’t have to worry about our animals being run over,” Blagg said. Pets include an Afghan hound, Labrador Retriever and a cat. Also, Blagg can concentrate on painting which provides the income for their “few needs and desires.” Some household treasures, such as genuine Indian rugs, were sold, however, to help with financial rough spots, Blagg said. Family entertainment comes in simpler forms. Activities include listening to the radio, baking cookies, exploring nearby copper mines and playing in the snow. “Sometimes, it takes 10 minutes to refill a coffee cup because when I look out the window I become entranced with the view,” Blagg said. Construction of the one-room cabin took about six weeks last June with the help of two friends, one a carpenter. It is situated in a wooded ravine at 1600-feet elevation. The nearest neighbor is about six miles away, over generally unimproved Skamania Mines Road. The Blaggs have no electricity, no telephone, no inside toilet. Candles and kerosene lanterns provide light during the long winter evenings. “We are trying to strike a balance between a natural and more modern lifestyle without withdrawing from society,” Blagg said. QUITS WELDING TO PAINT The excerpt below was originally printed in The Columbian, Jan. 24, 1979 Artist quits welding to wield painting By Pat Moser, Staff Writer The Blaggs are living many persons’ dream of leaving the rat race and heading for the hills. With their sons, Cameron, 10, Mike, 9, and Adam, 2, they live in a cabin at the end of Skamania Mines Road, 16 miles north- east of Washougal. Instead of tussling with a mortgage payment every month and the bills associated with city living, the Blaggs stoke the fire on their wood range and compete over the radio dial. She likes music of the 1940s and 1950s; he prefers rock. Instead of buying electricity, they run their lights and television set by storage batteries, which are recharged by their vehicles on drives into town, usually a once-a-week event. Their biggest recurring household expenses are kerosene for the lamps and gasoline for the van, a four-wheel drive Bronco and a Volk- swagen Beetle. CHALLENGING LIFE The following excerpt was printed in The Columbian, 1975 Artist has challenging life By Ted Olsen, News Staff Writer The Blaggs live in a one-room cabin with two sleeping lofts. They built the cabin in about six weeks last June after moving from Albany, Oregon to the 30-acre site they are purchasing. The land is on Skamania Mines Road about eight miles north of here. The Blaggs’s lifestyle is challenging. They have few of the amenities of a modern household. Ker- osene lanterns and candles provide light; they have no telephone or inside toilet. Running hot water is available through a gravity fed line from a year-round creek which passes through the wood heating and cooking stove and into an insulated storage tank. Splitting wood and preparing foods are major, time-consuming household projects. Mrs. Blagg dries most fruits and meats. It is about six miles to the nearest neighbor where the Blaggs transport their children to catch the bus. Entertainment is simple - listening to the radio, baking cookies and exploring the countryside. CHILDHOOD SEEDS The following story was printed in Skamania County Pioneer, September 5, 2005 Book Idea Grew From Seeds In Childhood By Joanna Grammon, News Editor Cameron Blagg III grew up in a cabin in Skamania county. He was five years old when his parents built a 16’ by 32’ home east of Silver Star Mountain in 1974. They lived on a creek, almost six and one-half miles from the nearest neighbor. He and his broth- ers, Michael, spent hours looking at picture books and learned to read at a young age. There were no neighborhood children to play with. Cameron’s father, Cameron Blagg Jr., grew up in Oklahoma near several Indian reservations. His first set of oil paints was a gift when he was 12. When he built the cabin in Skamania County, it was for many reasons, but his main goal was to make a living as an artist. He was 24 years old at the time and self-taught, so he knew the going would be rough the first few years. For the first five years of their mountain experience, the Blagg family’s only lighting was by kero- sene lantern. Their water was heated in a water jacket in the wood stove that Cameron’s mother also cooked on. Giving up the necessities of civilatization allowed Cameron Jr. to focus on his work. Growing up, Cameron III and Michael had many chores. The cabin was heated by 12 cords of wood a year. They had chickens, horses, goats, dogs and cats. The school bus stop was near their mail box, a half-hour drive from the cabin. In early evening, they could just as easily be found reading a favorite author as playing outside. “This was the experience of a lifetime.” said Cameron III. “we lived the life of early pioneers...it made us a very close family.” After five years, Cameron Jr. hooked up a water wheel to produce 12-volt power. Then they had a small TV and an early radio phone. One year, they even had 12-volt Christmas lights on the tree.” Cameron’s father and mother eventually hooked up solar panels for an electric fence and a windmill to generate electricity when the creek got low in the summer. The county road crew would have to plow them out each winter, “Our neighbors relied on us during hard times and we relied on them.” Remembers Blagg, “There were tough winters where we needed help and times when we took kids in, it always went both ways.” “People would drive for hours to come see our place. We had TV crews and, writers for newspa- pers and magazines. The place had a feeling of rugged peacefulness, of life lived to the fullest, even if it was very basic.” says Cameron III. “It wasn’t unusual for my mom to say, ‘Let’s go for a walk,’ and everyone would head out for a two- hour hike up in the woods. There were always books everywhere. They were in the rafters beneath the lofts; history reference books were stacked in my dad’s studio.” This love of art, history and books made Cameron Blagg III begin a two-year project, putting to- gether a volume displaying the work of more than 150 artists. “This book has changed people’s lives already and it has only been out for three months,” says Cameron III. His father now lives in Montana. Two of his murals are on display in Toppensih in the lower Yakima Valley. He and his son attend 35 to 40 art events every year, primarily in the Northwest. Meanwhile, Cameron III also represents his father’s work, which is shown in many western- themed galleries. His work is also on permanent display aboard “The Queen of the West” sternwheel- er on the Columbia River. His first bronze scultpure was of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, one of his heroes.
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