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    The reason this historic Portland sign is about to come down

    An Oregon icon is set for a major tune-up as Metro renovates the famous "Portland" sign on Broadway at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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    Pet therapy brings its rewards

    Pet owners know first-hand that dogs and cats love unconditionally; they are there when the person needs a hug or a smile. This love and acceptance make dogs and cats ideal therapeutic visitors for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes and care facilities.

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    Suffering chronic pain? There are options for pain management

    Sarah Gradis’ patient was an older woman experiencing chronic pain, primarily in her back and legs. The woman was independent, lived on her own and was reluctant to ask her family for help with everyday tasks. But she was having difficulty with things like housework, and was feeling increasingly isolated and concerned she might fall.

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    The Light of his Life: Roger Beck’s creativity with wood shine through, despite his Parkinson’s

    Roger Beck has 4,000 square feet of space in his wood shop, but only 248 square feet in the housetruck he used to live in. One section of his woodshop is devoted to lamps fabricated out of small wooden tiles glued together, a past-time which Beck considers therapy for his Parkinson’s, because of the fine motor skills they take to create.

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    Envision Eugene: What will Eugene look like 20 years from now?

    On a cold and rainy winter day — or freezing and icy, as this year has gone — waiting for a bus or walking some distance to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment is not a very enjoyable thing to do. Eric Brown, assistant planner with the City of Eugene Planning Department, understands this. That’s why livability is a big part of the city of Eugene’s “Envision Eugene” project, which seeks to help Eugene plan and grow for the future.

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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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    SURPRISE! Local artists have a secret, and it’s yours to keep – if you can find it

    Dee Anna Morgan has been an arts and crafts gal as far back as she can remember. “We are neighbors with Jessica Ramey, and one day she sent me a Facebook invite to ‘like’ the Free Art Friday page,” says Morgan, who lives with her husband Hugh in South Salem.

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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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    Treasure hunt: Curators prepare for Corvallis Museum and Cultural Center

    As warehouses go, a nondescript building in Philomath looks as expected. But walk inside, and find thousands of artifacts — from a wooden loom and old-fashioned carriages, to vintage cars, wheelchairs and even a mastodon. Carefully stored and archived, these relics were rescued by the Benton County Historical Society from a tax law that surely meant their demise.

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    Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital class aids in diabetes prevention

    When Sherm Sallee’s doctor asked if he was watching his carbohydrates, he replied, “Sure. I watch the maple bar all the way to my mouth.” Since receiving a diagnosis of pre-diabetes and taking the Diabetes Prevention class at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Sherm has taken the maple bars out of his diet.

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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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    After rainy winter, it's time to repel the moss invasion

    During a rainier-than-usual winter and spring, moss eagerly invaded lawns and made itself at home. The plush, low-lying plant doesn’t get many neutral reactions. People either love it or hate it. Probably more fall on the hate-it side of the fence when it lands in their lawns. That’s why Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass expert for Oregon State University Extension Service, gets so many questions about how to get rid of the flowerless plant that dates to ancient times.

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    Spring is the time to turn attention to blackberries and raspberries

    No matter how muddy the spring, it’s time to slip on your boots and gloves and take care of blackberries and raspberries. Established red raspberries, including Meeker, Cascade Delight and Vintage; black raspberries such as Jewel; and blackberries like Marion, Boysen, Columbia Star, Navaho, and Triple Crown, need some care in early spring in order to stay healthy and productive.

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    Diggin' It: Purple hits the garden

    At this time of year when I’m dreaming of summer garden days but the weather is still not quite as hospitable as I’d prefer, I like to scope out new plants and possibilities for my garden. Although I’m more drawn to ornamentals, it’s also fun to see the new and unusual edibles that are out there as well. Recently, while perusing various seed company websites, I was particularly drawn to purple vegetable plants.

Health & Wellness

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    Pet therapy brings its rewards

    Pet owners know first-hand that dogs and cats love unconditionally; they are there when the person needs a hug or a smile. This love and acceptance make dogs and cats ideal therapeutic visitors for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes and care facilities.

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    Suffering chronic pain? There are options for pain management

    Sarah Gradis’ patient was an older woman experiencing chronic pain, primarily in her back and legs. The woman was independent, lived on her own and was reluctant to ask her family for help with everyday tasks. But she was having difficulty with things like housework, and was feeling increasingly isolated and concerned she might fall.

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    Did you know about these three silent indicators of heart disease?

    Listen to your heart sounds

    Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. But there are many ways to prevent and proactively treat it. It’s time to educate ourselves on being in tune with some silent indicators of heart disease.

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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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