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..
Nestled in the farmland of Philomath is a pretty farmhouse surrounded by beautiful flowers. On the other side of the driveway is another house that’s actually larger than it looks. This one is flanked by farm implements and a sign titled Farm Antiques.September 25, 2017 11:06 a.m. read more..
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..
Former Oregon Sen. Margaret Carter was sitting among several others outside a cafe on NE Broadway Street in Portland. She was huddled under a bright orange umbrella. Raindrops began to fall.September 19, 2017 10:09 a.m. read more..
Rod Minarik likes to drive. In fact, it was a trip “passing through” Oregon with a 35-foot trailer that changed his life. He’s originally from southern California, but 17 years ago, he was just expecting to pass through Oregon on a tour when he quickly realized his trailer was too big. So he parked it in Eugene and stayed awhile.August 1, 2017 midnight read more..
As Oregonians living in the Willamette Valley, we know how exciting it can be to finally have the rain dry up and the sun come out. But summer time, and the high temperatures that come with it, can pose some serious health and safety risks for everyone, especially adults 65 and older. As we age, our bodies become less able to adjust to drastic temperatures. Further, older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions and medications that impact the ability to moderate body temperature.July 31, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..
By the time many adults reach the grandparent stage they often are retired and their nests are empty. A program sponsored by the Oregon Cascade West Council of Governments gives some of those adults an important connection with children they may be missing.July 11, 2017 7:07 p.m. read more..
Several destinations immerse visitors in nature – some are more urban and suburban, while others are in forested or protected areas – yet don’t require a long car trip to access. Here are some of our recommendations:July 11, 2017 2:20 p.m. read more..
Hungry, but no time to roam the aisles of the grocery store? Local grocery outlets are now offering ways for customers to shop without coming into their stores.May 15, 2017 2:43 p.m. read more..
Dorothy Wallace Foisy sews baby quilts — a lot of them. Often, two a day. In fact, since September, she has sewn 50 blankets. But as she sits among the blankets, folded neatly on the bed by her daughter Lynn Walker, Foisy picks up a blanket, unfolds it, strokes the pink fleece and comments, “Who made these?”May 12, 2017 2:31 p.m. read more..
Gerald Gaule was just a boy when he had his first on-air experience in radio. He was at the Clark County Fair in southwest Washington when he came upon a radio station disc jockey broadcasting remotely. Gaule, already a fan of radio who loved to listen to his shortwave and create radio shows at home, watched and listened to the DJ for two or three hours.May 8, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..
When Viola Lopez’s son Checo wanted to start a business 17 years ago, this mother tossed out a challenge: “Decide what you can do and make money fast.” At the time, 22-year-old Checo had been working at a car rentaMay 8, 2017 8:33 a.m. read more..
A chance conversation among teenagers in an ice cream parlor led Harry Hendricks not only to contribute to America’s war effort, but learn lifetime job skills. It happened in 1943, when Hendricks — barely a teen himself — struck up a conversation with another teen working at the bustling shipyards run by businessman Henry J. Kaiser on the north side of the Columbia River, where thousands of workers were churning out U.S. military vessels during World War II.May 2, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..
Faced with a major influx of cats from the public, the Oregon Humane Society is cutting adoption fees by half for all cats six years and older through April 30.April 26, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..