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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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Don’t let your age stop you from becoming an organ donor

Aimee Adelman was born with cystinosis, a rare metabolic disorder that damages various organs in the body. By the time she was a high school senior, she needed a kidney transplant.

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Mountain Rose Herbs has become a trusted source for herbs and essential oils

A local company’s products are so diverse that they’re used as flavorings for beers, cooking in the kitchen, for skin care and even herbal remedies.

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Farmers market now open in Eugene

The Lane County Farmers Market opened April 1 for its full farmers market at the Park Blocks in the heart of downtown Eugene. The market features more than 50 farmers and food artisans selling a range of local food products, from seafood and meats to vegetables, fruits and flowers.

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ENVISION EUGENE -- Examining the urban growth boundary

We’ve all seen it, the urban sprawl of a community building housing deeper into farmlands and forests. But that’s not the plan for the city of Eugene and its urban growth boundary, or UGB.

Caregiver classes slated at Hilyard Community Center

Do you wish you had a book titled “Be the Best Caregiver and Feel Fantastic Doing It?” Unfortunately, this book doesn’t exist. Each person providing care for an older adult will embark on his or her unique journey. Finding the right information ensures they are able to provide compassionate support and be an advocate for their friends or loved ones.

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Florence Rhododendron Festival is much more than flowers

In the early 1900s, as pioneers struggled to tame the wild Oregon Coast into permanent settlements, one of the most visible signs of the changing of seasons would have been the wild rhododendrons. Only a few examples still exist, but we know they were huge and pervasive, says Sandy Zinn, a librarian at Siuslaw Pioneer Museum in Florence.

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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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After years of service Lloyd Smalling still enjoys helping others

When he opens his front door, 93-year-old Lloyd Smalling is wearing a blue World War II Veteran baseball cap. It’s not long before he begins talking about his photos on display.

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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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The queen of salvage

For Jen Tapscott, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” is more than a cliché, it’s a way of life. For years, she has enjoyed the creativity of taking something old and making use of it, often in a totally new way. Salvage-seekers seem to find themselves in one of two categories: those who peruse shops and fairs, on the hunt for that something-special, for themselves or as a one-of-a-kind gift; and the artists who possess the drive, skill and eye for discovering and innovating rubbish into treasurers.

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A room with a view: The Jazz Station is run by volunteers with a focus on learning

If you’re feeling like jazz clubs are few and far between in Oregon, you’re not alone. With only one jazz club left in Portland, Eugene’s Jazz Station has filled a niche jazz lovers are looking for.