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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..
 

Local programs can help keep the heat on

Cold weather can add more stress to our lives, from keeping track of our coat to paying more for the heating bill. Luckily, there are several local programs available to help pay for winter’s household heating costs, and each year an average of 12,000 households in Lane County receive this type of funding assistance.

November 21, 2017 noon read more..
 

Getting his diabetes under control

“Get off your lazy behind and do it.” That’s Eugene Boyce’s advice for anyone not actively managing their diabetes. Boyce, 70, used to be among their ranks. A former truck driver, Boyce knew for years that his blood sugars were high but didn’t want to think about taking insulin.

November 4, 2017 7:49 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..


Vancouver's Marshall House was home to a great patriot

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the post-World War II effort to revitalize a devastated Western Europe. In 1947, from London to Moscow, cities were flattened, economies destroyed, homes left in rubble, and millions of people displaced. In the midst of this destitution existed, as President Harry S. Truman observed, a breeding ground for the spread of communism throughout Europe.

October 12, 2017 2:35 p.m. read more..


Gifford Pinchot National Forest benefits from local engagement by volunteer foresters

For the past four years, Neal Ballard has helped install cameras that capture images of animals in southwest Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He has always loved to hike, but this volunteer work setting up wildlife cameras in remote areas for a nonprofit organization allows him to venture off established trails to “see places I never would have seen before.”

October 11, 2017 2:30 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..


Diggin' it: A trip through ‘thyme’

A year ago, I wrote a column about the joys of road trips to various out-of-the-way country nurseries. At the end of the article, I asked you all if I had missed any. Not long after, I received an email from Janet Hagen, co-owner of The Thyme Garden, just outside of Alsea.

September 26, 2017 10:18 a.m. read more..

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