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    Finally, a solution for Portland's homeless?

    Homer Williams’ proposal for a homeless facility just may be the answer Portland needs

    Homer Williams wants Portland to be on the side of angels. He’s committed to fixing the homeless situation and restoring the lives of those living under miserable conditions by building support for a $100 million homeless campus at the Port of Portland. And now, with a green light from the city of Portland, he can move forward.

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    A passion to help others

    It was dried apricot rolls at a family reunion that led to Deanna DeLong’s lifelong volunteer efforts to teach food dehydration and proper food handling in developing countries. The family reunion occurred while DeLong was attending Brigham Young University in Utah. Blessed with a curious mind, she asked a family relative how the apricots were dried, to which she thought, “There is more to this than meets the eye.”

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    Boat Builder: Vancouver physician Mark Anderson loves the process of making things

    Dr. Mark Anderson loves everything about boats, a passion that likely goes back to the first time he rode in a sailboat as a newborn. His hobbies also include making musical instruments and photography, but boating has weathered every storm in his life. The 64-year-old Vancouver physician remembers that at about age 7, he acquired a sailboat not even 5 feet long. He would sail it downwind in the shallows along a protected beach in California. Using his neighbor’s 19-foot sailboat as a guide, Anderson began adding the same type of hardware and rigging to his own boat.

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    Hot rods, and their owners

    Car clubs are fonts of knowledge, camaraderie

    Carl Jensen jokes that the name of name of his car club— Loose Nuts — could be taken in a few different ways, but he’s OK with that. He founded it 12 years ago with five members, and it now has 40 members, and their cars.

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    Downsizing for a better life

    When it comes to the typical home, most Americans embrace the idea that bigger is better. Yet, there’s a countermovement for the “small house” or “tiny house,” where buyers are opting for homes between 400 and 1,000 square feet.

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    A Lucky Life

    From sitting around the samovar to the Lucky Lizzie, Bill Sarnoff has a lot of stories to tell

    William (Bill) Sarnoff is 91, with a halo of soft, curly gray hair and a big smile. He moves quickly, and it’s obvious he doesn’t like to be idle. He’s a can-do sort of guy, with a positive attitude and a thirst for learning and spending time with creative people.

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    He’s Mr. Oktoberfest

    Jerry Lauzon can’t seem to get the German festival out of his blood

    Living in Mount Angel made it impossible for a retired U.S. Army colonel to ignore Oktoberfest. “I was impressed, and I wanted to be a part of it,” says Jerry Lauzon, who began his military service in 1955 and retired in December 1990. “When we moved to Mount Angel in 1989, I got actively involved as a festival volunteer and stayed involved for the next 25 years. As a retired board member and citizen of Mount Angel, I am still involved.”

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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?

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    Can you say Ukulele?

    It’s more than island rhythms for this versatile instrument

    Musical prowess is abounding one chord at a time with budding musicians in two area ukulele programs. “I love playing the ukulele, and find it very challenging,” says Eileen Booth, the “Flapper Tapper,” who uses the instrument in her tap-dancing/singing performances at local venues.

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    A true connection

    Louella Kimsey’s love for horses has had a lasting impact on herself, family

    Riding horses has been Louella Kimsey’s passion since she was “knee-high to a grasshopper.” She lived and breathed horses while growing up in the Washington countryside. Her father, Lou Pierce, rode his trick horse, Tiny, in the circuit back in the day. He also made saddles and was a wrangler in Hollywood westerns, often driving stagecoaches in the movies.

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    A Rich History

    Corvallis Arts Center helped unify arts program

    In the late 1950s, Corvallis was a small town with groups of arts people segregated between those at Oregon State University and those who weren’t. Enter Marion Gathercoal, the wife of a businessman, a stay-at-home mom and the Women’s Club president who had an idea for a project that would bring the two segments together. Her project eventually became the Corvallis Arts Center, uniting the two segments under the arts banner. It’s remained a vibrant center of arts for Corvallis since the early 1960s, now under the administrative leadership of Cynthia Spencer.

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    He’s Mr. Oktoberfest

    Jerry Lauzon can’t seem to get the German festival out of his blood

    Living in Mount Angel made it impossible for a retired U.S. Army colonel to ignore Oktoberfest. “I was impressed, and I wanted to be a part of it,” says Jerry Lauzon, who began his military service in 1955 and retired in December 1990. “When we moved to Mount Angel in 1989, I got actively involved as a festival volunteer and stayed involved for the next 25 years. As a retired board member and citizen of Mount Angel, I am still involved.”

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Northwest Life

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    Northwest Senior and Disability Services Candidate Forum

    Northwest Senior and Disability Services recently conducted a forum for candidates for state and federal office in districts including Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties in the upcoming November 2016 election.

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    A true connection

    Louella Kimsey’s love for horses has had a lasting impact on herself, family

    Riding horses has been Louella Kimsey’s passion since she was “knee-high to a grasshopper.” She lived and breathed horses while growing up in the Washington countryside. Her father, Lou Pierce, rode his trick horse, Tiny, in the circuit back in the day. He also made saddles and was a wrangler in Hollywood westerns, often driving stagecoaches in the movies.

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    Hot rods, and their owners

    Car clubs are fonts of knowledge, camaraderie

    Carl Jensen jokes that the name of name of his car club— Loose Nuts — could be taken in a few different ways, but he’s OK with that. He founded it 12 years ago with five members, and it now has 40 members, and their cars.

Travel

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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?

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    Paving the way: What was once the ‘sardine capital’ now hosts vacationers

    First came the fish — billions and billions of sardines enjoying the nutrient-rich waters of Monterey Bay, California. Then the canneries followed, nearly two dozen of them employing 8,000 people. Finally, the railroad arrived to service the canneries; 3 billion sardines were shipped from Monterey in 1939 alone. Then the boom went bust, and everything disappeared in the same order they arrived. The sardine population col-lapsed in the 1950s as a result of overfishing and changes in ocean conditions; the canneries closed, and the trains quit running through town.

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    Bend: Destination along the Deschutes

    Just when you feel saturated with presidential campaign stories, here’s another one. In the 1928 presidential election, Frank T. Johns was the nominee on the Socialist Labor Party ticket in a race dominated by major party leaders Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. Johns kicked off his campaign on May 20 with a speech in the central Oregon town of Bend at a downtown park along the Deschutes River. At the end of the speech, during a Q and A session, cries rang out from the crowd when a small boy fell from a foot-bridge into the river. The candidate leaped into the water to save the boy but, alas, both were swept away in the river’s swift current.

Home & Garden

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    Diggin' it: Growing delicious tomatoes

    Remember years ago when a heat wave occurred once or maybe twice a summer and wouldn’t last for more than a few days? Remember when we who live on the western side of the state could expect a comfortable, sunny summer from July 4th through the end of September?

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    Diggin' it: Gardening on a shoestring budget

    As much as I love gardening and all it entails, it can be expensive. If I’m not careful I can spend my entire month’s salary on things for the garden.

Health & Wellness

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    Northwest Senior and Disability Services Candidate Forum

    Northwest Senior and Disability Services recently conducted a forum for candidates for state and federal office in districts including Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties in the upcoming November 2016 election.

    Healthy Vibes: Improve your healthcare with Mychart

    Being an informed member of your health care team is an important part of staying healthy. Samaritan Health Services and many other health care organizations offer patients easy and secure access to health information online through the MyChart patient portal. If you are a Samaritan patient, or even if you have tests done at a Samaritan hospital laboratory, you can benefit from MyChart.

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    Finally, a solution for Portland's homeless?

    Homer Williams’ proposal for a homeless facility just may be the answer Portland needs

    Homer Williams wants Portland to be on the side of angels. He’s committed to fixing the homeless situation and restoring the lives of those living under miserable conditions by building support for a $100 million homeless campus at the Port of Portland. And now, with a green light from the city of Portland, he can move forward.

Tech tips

    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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    Northwest Senior and Disability Services Candidate Forum

    Northwest Senior and Disability Services recently conducted a forum for candidates for state and federal office in districts including Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties in the upcoming November 2016 election.

    Life Reimagined: AARP program helps you work through life’s transitions

    Imagine your life as a line drawing with a series of circles, or spirals. It starts with your birth and progresses to the oldest age you believe you will reach. The straight paths that the line follows are the points in your life which progressed relatively steadily. Some events trigger each circle, such as graduating high school and college, moving to take a job, marriage and childbirth.

    Medicare changes: What you don’t know can hurt you

    Medicare enrollees say finding a new doctor can be very difficult

    Before Darla Clark signed up for her Medicare plan, she carefully examined her wants and needs. She wanted a nationwide company, in case she decide to relocate or travel. She wanted a billing system where the medical offices would submit the bills for her. She wanted her co-pays covered, and to be able to choose her own doctors and hospitals. “That’s what I needed, some flexibility,” Clark says.

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