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Soon, we will be in the heat of summer, which we are all probably looking forward to. When summer’s heat is upon us, remember to drink more water and eat more foods that are full of water. Water is an important part of our bodies; it makes up roughly 60 percent of our body, so we need to sta…

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Smokey Bear memorabilia ranging from toy cars and stuffed animals to snuff boxes, belt buckles and silver coins fills the glass case in the lobby of the Douglas Forest Protective Association. The display is thanks to a renowned collector in the world of all things Smokey Bear, Marian Winchel…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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One of the best parts of farmers markets is the introduction of things new to us, and even new varieties of “old things.” As we peruse the booths with produce arranged artistically, we see bags and piles of things we don’t recognize. Many of us were raised in the age of iceberg lettuce, oran…

  • Penny Tannlund, Rick Sohn, Leann Grogan and Karen Bratton For The News-Review
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On June 11, the grey skies looked threatening. No rain came, but 400 people did; they streamed into seats set up outdoors, in front of the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, bearing individual flowers and to honor their friend Gardner Chappell in a celebration of life.

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Smokey Bear memorabilia ranging from toy cars and stuffed animals to snuff boxes, belt buckles and silver coins fills the glass case in the lobby of the Douglas Forest Protective Association. The display is thanks to a renowned collector in the world of all things Smokey Bear, Marian Winchel…

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Umpqua Health, the parent company of Umpqua Health Alliance, one of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations, has donated $150,000 to the Douglas County Mental Health Court to ensure the continuation of a program for non-violent offenders with mental illness.

  • Beth Schultz
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It is berry season in the Umpqua Valley. We picked strawberries last week at Big Lick Farms. They were ripe and ready to eat. We were deciding what to do with them all and found this delicious gluten free recipe online by Danielle Walker.

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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One of the best parts of farmers markets is the introduction of things new to us, and even new varieties of “old things.” As we peruse the booths with produce arranged artistically, we see bags and piles of things we don’t recognize. Many of us were raised in the age of iceberg lettuce, oran…

  • Penny Tannlund, Rick Sohn, Leann Grogan and Karen Bratton For The News-Review
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On June 11, the grey skies looked threatening. No rain came, but 400 people did; they streamed into seats set up outdoors, in front of the Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History, bearing individual flowers and to honor their friend Gardner Chappell in a celebration of life.

  • John McDonald
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Organizers for the first Ride for 22 Veteran Suicide Awareness 5k are holding a series of events leading up to the 5k on July 15. The 5k serves as a way to increase public knowledge and raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. Money raised at the events, and the 5k, will stay local…

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For most children and teenagers, the start of summer break means three months of sleeping in late, trips to the beach, summer vacations, camps and other activities, that there just wasn’t time for when school was still in session.

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The Mercy Foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP) was recently awarded a grant for $124,000 from the Ford Family Foundation in support of continued dental hygiene and education for students in Douglas County, under their Rural Dental Initiative.

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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The strawberries are ripe! If you have a home garden or community garden plot, you may already be harvesting fruits and vegetables for your table. If you don’t, you can take advantage of one of the many u-pick farms in Douglas County. If you want to preserve some of your harvest to enjoy lat…

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Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation on July 1, and there are celebrations across the country, making it the perfect time to visit our neighbor to the north.