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He’s keeping with his tradition

Gerardo Calderón has brought his love of folk music from Mexico to Oregon and, in so doing, has brought pleasure to people of all ages. He’s performed in schools, at the Portland International Airport, in auditoriums and at elder care facilities — one of his favorites.

December 4, 2017 2:57 p.m. read more..


Holy pumpkin! There’s a definite art to growing giant vegetables

There are giant pumpkins and then there are the mother-of-all-pumpkins. Ask Steve Daletas which ones he prefers. He’ll tell you about a pumpkin that weighed nearly 2,000 pounds and won him almost $12,000 in competition. In fact, Daletas, a commercial pilot, has been growing pumpkins as a hobby for more than 30 years, and entering competitions for many of those years.

December 4, 2017 2:34 p.m. read more..


A childhood hobby has turned into Guy DiTorrice’s lifelong passion

It isn’t often that a child’s activity turns into an adult hobby, but that’s exactly Guy DiTorrice’s experience. He began collecting things such as fossils, rocks, leaves, snails and insects when he was 7 years old in Illinois. When his family moved to Colorado’s dinosaur country, he began looking into finding and collecting their bones and fossils.

December 4, 2017 7:39 a.m. read more..
  

Meet this ‘Harley chick'

Carol Lindauer calls herself a “Harley chick.” It’s hard to put into words what she enjoys most about riding a motorcycle, but “fun and freedom” come to mind. Lindauer, now 72, is petite and slender. Several years ago, she was used to riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, but then decided she wanted to learn to ride her own.

November 24, 2017 11:42 a.m. read more..


How to keep it healthy this holiday season

What will be on your dinner table when you dine with your nearest and dearest for the holidays? Thanksgiving (especially) and Christmas are often an open invitation to overeating and drinking too much. Consuming becomes a measure of a successful holiday.

November 20, 2017 5:08 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..


Tips for enjoyable fall walks and hikes

If there’s one person who knows hiking in Lane County, it’s William Sullivan. He’s written five books covering all of the hikes in Oregon, as well as 16 other books including adventure memoirs, novels, mysteries and short stories. “The thing I like about fall is the fall color and huckleberries,” Sullivan says. “For huckleberries the trick is to go to the high Cascades to places where the forest has been cut back by fire or windstorms or clear cuts. The huckleberries only develop fruit if they get sun, so you see huckleberry bushes in the deep woods all over the high Cascades but there’s no fruit.”

October 31, 2017 2:54 p.m. read more..
 

Let’s play PICKLEBALL

It’s not often that a new sport is called “life-changing,” but that’s how many new players are describing pickleball, one the fastest growing sports in the country.

October 4, 2017 2:15 p.m. read more..


Out for a walk: Active Strides walking program gets benefit of exercise, friendship and the city’s friendly views

With the snow and ice a far distant memory, Corvallis’ Active Strides program now has more “spring” in its step. The year-round program, which actually only canceled one walk during last winter’s snow and ice, is cut into 10-week sessions followed by a short break of several weeks. It’s ideal for older adults who too often are stuck inside.

September 28, 2017 10:53 a.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..

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