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    Oregonians get ready for the big eclipse

    “The eclipse is coming, the eclipse is coming.” In China, 715 years ago, that statement would’ve been met with fear and worry over what disaster the darkening of the skies would foretell to fall upon the leader.

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    Albany carousel finally ready for its first spin

    After 15 years of planning, carving and assembling, the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum opens Aug. 15. There will be a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for “kids of all ages,” to celebrate the long-awaited, 22,000 square foot, state of the art facility, located at the corner of 1st Avenue SW and Washington Street SW in Albany.

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    Foster grandparent program puts seasoned adults into Linn, Benton, Lincoln County classrooms

    By the time many adults reach the grandparent stage they often are retired and their nests are empty. A program sponsored by the Oregon Cascade West Council of Governments gives some of those adults an important connection with children they may be missing.

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    How to Beat the Heat

    As Oregonians living in the Willamette Valley, we know how exciting it can be to finally have the rain dry up and the sun come out. But summer time, and the high temperatures that come with it, can pose some serious health and safety risks for everyone, especially adults 65 and older. As we age, our bodies become less able to adjust to drastic temperatures. Further, older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions and medications that impact the ability to moderate body temperature.

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    Foster grandparent program puts seasoned adults into Linn, Benton, Lincoln County classrooms

    By the time many adults reach the grandparent stage they often are retired and their nests are empty. A program sponsored by the Oregon Cascade West Council of Governments gives some of those adults an important connection with children they may be missing.

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    Get outdoors! See what the Vancouver area has to offer for your next hiking experience

    The region’s cold, harsh winter is well in the rearview mirror. Warmer weather brings more opportunities to enjoy trails and paths around Clark County, Washington.

    Several destinations immerse visitors in nature – some are more urban and suburban, while others are in forested or protected areas – yet don’t require a long car trip to access. Here are some of our recommendations:

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Home & Garden

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    Don’t be shy – get a new plant

    I’m a plant addict. Since I was a little tike, I’ve loved plants. Trees, shrubs, ferns, flowers, mosses and water plants — I love them all.

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    Diggin' It: In the garden

    Am I the only one who thought spring would never get here? What a winter it’s been. I lost count of the number of days I saw snowfall and there weren’t nearly enough of those warm intermissions that tide us over until the next storm.

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    Time to "slug" it out with notorious garden pests

    It’s spring and that means it’s time to start slugging it out with one of the gardener’s most familiar, frustrating and certainly slimiest pests.

Health & Wellness

    Get relief for your low back pain

    If you suffer from low back pain, you may be one of many who are looking for relief.

    Exercise program sparks new life in aging adults

    Rutgers Center for Exercise and Aging celebrates 15 years of bringing students and seniors together in a quest for better health

    For Ruth Gottlieb, 82, and Jean Timper, 85, and members at the East Brunswick Senior Center in New Jersey, exer-cise is the high point of their day. What gets them most excited? Line dancing.

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    Six ways you can be kind and live longer

    Call me a little self-serving, but I enjoy dispensing kindness, partly because it makes me feel good. And you can’t beat the price; it’s often absolutely free.

Tech tips

    Tired of interruptions? Here's ten ways you can prevent robo-calls

    In today’s landscape, it is not uncommon to receive multiple robocalls a week on both your landline and your cell phone, even though you’ve registered your phone numbers with the Do Not Call Registry.

    Nine tips to avoid those pesky robocalls

    In today’s landscape, it is not uncommon to receive multiple robocalls a week on both your landline and your cell phone, even though you’ve registered your phone numbers with the Do Not Call Registry. They’re offering everything from lower credit card rates to free vacations and medical alert devices.

    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.

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