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Preparing for nation’s 250th

A local woman will have an important part in planning for the 250th anniversary of the United States, through the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

December 21, 2017 2:42 p.m. read more..
 

Catching flight: Local bird expert offers tours around the world

It turns out, Silver Falls State Park is a great place to birdwatch. “American Dippers at the waterfalls, a sheer abundance of Wilson’s Warbler and Pacific Wren and Red-breasted Sapsuckers just about everywhere,” says Steve Shunk, owner and lead guide of Paradise Birding. “You can catch the morning songs of the Varied Thrush and Swainson’s Thrush, and just being in the temperate rainforest habitat is invigorating.”

November 22, 2017 noon read more..


A modern twist on a doctor’s house call

Although not in the traditional sense, Ronald Paapke’s doctor was with him all the way through his recent health emergency. “It was as if the doctor was actually in the room with me,” says Paapke, 54, who suffered a stroke on Sept. 19. “As I moved, the telecom screen was following me. Where I went, the doctor went. It was pretty amazing.”

November 21, 2017 2:47 p.m. read more..


Oh, honey: Local beekeepers tout the many health properties of the sweet nectar

Do you know that honeybees travel about 55,000 miles and gather nectar from approximately two million blossoms just to make one pound of honey? Honeybees have been around for some 30 million years, and are one of the most important pollinators in Oregon agriculture, increasing crop yields and producing better produce, according to reports from beekeepers.

November 6, 2017 3:43 p.m. read more..


BREAST CANCER:How it feels when you get the news

“Cancer” is a word no one wants to hear, but for two Salem women, a phone call following routine mammograms changed their lives forever. “When my doctor called me on a Thursday afternoon after I got off work, I knew something was wrong,” says Sue Harris, who was diagnosed last year with stage 3 breast cancer. “My doctor doesn’t usually call me.”

November 3, 2017 2:17 p.m. read more..


This Sublimity farm has been in the family for 150 years

At a time when most seniors are enjoying their retirement, Guy and Mary Ann Scott still run a 400-acre farm about 10 miles northeast of Sublimity. “We’re very busy,” Mary Ann says. “We have a big garden and big yard to take care of and other daily chores.”

November 1, 2017 8:20 p.m. read more..


Bill Lackner loves running his clamming, crabbing clinics in Lincoln City

Retired businessman Bill Lackner loves to fish, dig clams and catch crabs “over and over, again and again.” “I got interested in these activities when I was unable to work, and wrote a book about harvesting the amazing bounty from the marine environment common to the Oregon Coast,” says Lackner, founder of the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon. “The work included thousands of hours of research. The topics in the book, which in time became an encyclopedia, was too large to be published.”

September 24, 2017 midnight read more..


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.

August 8, 2017 3:12 p.m. read more..
   

LIFE AT 100 – they’re loving it

Duane Goodma claims the secret to making it to the century mark is just to “keep breathing in and out.” Goodma, a mere 93, promises to do just that to catch up with his friend, Bertha Erby, who turns 100 on April 14.

May 22, 2017 7:19 a.m. read more..

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