Sometimes, the only viable response to unthinkable darkness is to light a candle.

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Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, who was born in Myrtle Creek, took to the Senate floor Wednesday to honor the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting that killed eight students and one professor on October 1, 2015, including Merkley's relative Rebecka Ann Carnes.

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Fall brings Oktoberfest and time to celebrate the labors of summer with a great big party. This longstanding tradition in Germany is celebrated in countless communities here in the U.S. as well. Great music, German-themed food and lots of specially-crafted beers are usually found in abundance.

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Editor’s Note: The following, written by Jemelene Wilson, a Douglas County Moms blogger, was originally posted online on Oct. 2, 2015. It drew worldwide readership. It is being reprinted here.

Saturday marks the first anniversary of a day many will never forget. I’m sure for years to come, I will spend a part of this day remembering where I was when I heard what was happening at Umpqua Community College.

Fall is finally here! It is my favorite time of the year. The air is clear and crisp, the mornings cool, the afternoons warm. Leaves are changing colors, all the reds, oranges, greens and browns. The sights, the smells, the significance of it all enamors me.