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South-of-the-border sweets

The Contreras family owns a small bakery but bakes traditional Mexican goodies with a big heart. “We love what we do,” says Maria Contreras, who runs Pilos Mexican Bakery in Corvallis with her parents, Celestino Contreras Padilla and Marcelina Lopez de Contreras, and brother Alberto Contreras.

September 1, 2018 9:39 p.m. read more..


The Bloom Project: Simple idea to deliver flower bouquets to terminal patients still going strong after 10 years

When your whole world is just a bed and a few personal items, a bouquet of lovely flowers can make your day. Heidi Berkman discovered that fact when caring for her stepmother’s mother in her final days. She remembers how the mood indoors often matched the gloomy January weather outside. There was no sun to fill her stepmother’s condominium, and little to perk up her disposition.

August 30, 2018 10:22 p.m. read more..
 

Are you safe enough?

Lenor Simpson has spent nearly 30 years training others in security and public safety. She understands that most of us feel the world is increasingly unsafe.

August 16, 2018 9:48 p.m. read more..


Tips and tools to bring you barbecue success

Hear the word “barbecue” and what comes to mind? Warm summer gatherings? A piece of cooking equipment? Or does your mouth begin to water as you remember smoky, tangy flavors that delight your taste buds?

July 4, 2018 10 a.m. read more..
    

Things we grew up with...

Do you remember newsreels before movies, Blackjack chewing gum, roller skate keys, Butch wax, party lines, and cereal with prizes in the box? Did your mom buy her groceries at a particular grocery store just to get that free dinner plate? Did the groceries come with an added bonus – S&H Green Stamps?

April 9, 2018 10:33 a.m. read more..
   

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..

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