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    Oregon, my Oregon: How much do you know about our state’s earliest beginnings?

    This month, we celebrate the 158th anniversary of Oregon’s statehood. But back when Oregon got its start, some writers opined about its natural beauties, and others weren’t sure the territory was ready to become the 33rd state.

    Tips for heating your home safely

    With the cold weather settled in, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging Oregonians to use heating appliances wisely.

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    Boomers in business

    Older adults are using local resources to help them get a new business off the ground

    A growing number of workers aged 50 and older are reinventing themselves by starting their own business. They do so for a variety of reasons, from not having enough savings in retirement, to just doing what they want instead of working for a paycheck. There are many resources that help such individuals get their businesses off the ground or work through the challenges of being self-employed.

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    Monmouth Senior Center finally finishes highly-anticipated expansion

    At the Monmouth Senior Center, everyone is made to feel welcome. “The senior community needs someone to care, make them feel important, give them a place where they can fellowship, have fun, increase their knowledge, provide ways to keep their bodies fit, and even have a place to volunteer so they know they are still needed,” says Sue Teal, director. “The center serves 55 and older, but also is considered a community center that allows people to rent the facility or hold classes for younger adults.”

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    Oregon, my Oregon: How much do you know about our state’s earliest beginnings?

    This month, we celebrate the 158th anniversary of Oregon’s statehood. But back when Oregon got its start, some writers opined about its natural beauties, and others weren’t sure the territory was ready to become the 33rd state.

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    Latino Business Alliance has essential networking opportunities

    Restaurateur Carlos Pineda knows first-hand how networking helps to keep small businesses afloat. “My wife and I own El Patrón Mexican Grill,” Pineda says of his Keizer restaurant. “We opened about two years ago, and it’s been a difficult journey to start, but it’s been a fun ride so far.” At his restaurant, Pineda is living his dream of making people happy with lots of “good, fresh and authentic” Mexican food.

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    Powder trip: Snowshoeing is the perfect way to embrace the mountain snow

    If you love hiking in the high country — viewing miles of breath-taking vistas, breathing in the clean mountain air and enjoying the quiet enchantment of the forest — don’t let the winter snow keep you indoors until the spring thaw. Make this the year you try snowshoeing.

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    Tips on keeping pets warm, safe

    The Oregon Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe and healthy during the cold spells.

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    Boomers in business

    Older adults are using local resources to help them get a new business off the ground

    A growing number of workers aged 50 and older are reinventing themselves by starting their own business. They do so for a variety of reasons, from not having enough savings in retirement, to just doing what they want instead of working for a paycheck. There are many resources that help such individuals get their businesses off the ground or work through the challenges of being self-employed.

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    Exploring the High Rhine

    The Rhine River begins its 766-mile journey in the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland and flows north to empty into the North Sea in the Netherlands.

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    FLY or DRIVE? Actually it’s both — fly over the rails and let someone else do the driving

    Whether it’s a short-distance jaunt from town to town or a cross-country journey, the notion of train travel comes with a sense of charm and industriousness.

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    The ‘crown jewel’ of Oregon State Parks

    Silver Falls State Park is known as the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you’ll know why. The 9,200-acre park lies about 20 miles east of Salem on Highway 214, a wonder-land that must be added to your bucket list. Where else can you take in 10 waterfalls, and even walk behind four of them?

Home & Garden

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    DIGGIN' IT: Beware of ‘fake’ news

    If you engage in social media at all you’ve likely seen fake news sites. Maybe you’ve even read a few and thought, wow, is that for real? After all, they’re not called “click bait” for nothing. After the election last November, legitimate news sources warned us of fake news sources and offered tips to keep us from being duped and perpetuating the sensationalism. Well, it might surprise you that there is a lot of fake gardening news out there, too. Mainly it comes in the form of advice dispersed through legitimate-looking websites and books from probably well-meaning gardening experts. Google “garden myths” and be amazed.

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    DIGGIN' IT: Playing with Garden Art

    When the bulbs are planted, the leaves are raked and the mulch is spread, some gardeners will retreat indoors to pursue more cozy pursuits. This is understandable since the weather can be so inhospitable this time of year. But some of us don’t really mind the elements, within reason, of course. Because the garden is at its most minimal structurally, it’s a great time to fiddle with garden art — move things around and fine-tune the vignettes.

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    DIGGIN' IT: Good books for the gardener

    In this last month of 2016— yes, I’m also wondering where the year went — I thought I’d inspire you with a little armchair gardening. While I don’t read garden books as much as I did when I was new to gardening, I still enjoy a good read now and then. My favorite books are ones that are personal, taking me inside the gardener’s head to understand her thought processes and her vision. If the book is superior, it’s because I’ve forged a connection and see myself in her.

Health & Wellness

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    Essential training: First-responders receive ‘insider’ look into life with dementia

    Local first responders are becoming dementia-savvy, thanks to a unique training program through ComForCare. “While we provide care for individuals of any age, seniors make up the bulk of our client base,” says Lauren Heinatz, transitions director and trainer for the classes. “Age is one of the biggest risk factors for most types of dementia to develop. With our aging population and people living longer, we as a nation, including our local community, have reached a crisis point.”

    Gather your family’s health history now

    The most powerful gift you could give to your family this holiday season may not be wrapped up in a bow, but it could save a life. When you see your family during the holidays, you have a unique opportunity to compile family medical histories, which could make a difference for your children and grand-children in the future.

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    Honoring the real you

    Why is it that so many of us are able to console a friend with kind words but are unable to do the same for ourselves? It would take an entire book to answer that question. So many are hard on themselves, living a lifetime of shame and guilt, or driving themselves toward perfection and acceptance. Or maybe to prove themselves to their parents. An eight-week mindfulness self-compassion program is helping thousands all over the world to change their self-destructive patterns.

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    Social media: The risks and rewards

    It took him 85 years, but even tycoon Warren Buffett finally decided it was time to defy his own aversion to investing in high technology. He took a risk by scooping up 10 million sagging shares of Apple, Inc., earlier this year. And it may be a lesson for the rest of us.

Aging

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    Meals on Wheels People Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner, Delivers to Homebound Elderly

    Meals on Wheels People will deliver more than 1,000 hot turkey dinners to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day. The organization will also host community Thanksgiving Dinners at several locations in the Portland metro area.

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    Author wants boomer romance stories

    Author Jan Fowler is looking for stories of how couples met. Couples must have met after age 50 and be in a committed relationship, but do not need to be married.

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    Preserving dignity: Geriatric nurse Joanne Rader pioneered research in dementia care

    Geriatric nurse Joanne Rader’s passion and devotion for people with dementia and their families has led to policy changes on the national level that bring comfort to the afflicted. “Forty plus years ago, we knew nothing about dementia and the cause … we still don’t,” she says. “How care-(givers) dealt with dementia was to literally tie them up in their beds, in wheelchairs, in homes and in hospitals.”

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