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It’s a family deal round-up! The following is a compilation of Douglas County’s fabulous on-going freebies and cheapies for your kid’s and family’s experiential pleasure. Because who doesn’t love a little life on the cheap, right? You’re welcome.

  • TERESA MIDDLETON For The News-Review
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October is a great month: fall colors, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored everything and National 4-H Week. Even though we are past the official National 4-H Week, it isn’t too late to celebrate the accomplishments of the more than 6 million youth who are reached annually through 4-H, as well …

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Most of our health and well-being is determined not by genetics or medical care, but by the settings where we spend most of our time. Communities can powerfully impact quality of life by working to ensure that the places and spaces where we spend time— including home, the grocery store or wo…

  • By Amber Vincent
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In the United States, mental health is an epidemic. It’s getting overlooked — heck, it is not even part of the conversation. Helping others find a natural solution has become a passion of mine because of what I experienced.

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Blue Zones Project, a nationally renowned well-being improvement initiative, is helping people work together to turn the settings where they spend most of their time into places that make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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Ally was more than a pet cat, she was my 7-year-old daughter’s closest friend. She was lugged around the yard, dressed up and relentlessly hugged. Every day my daughter spent hours with Ally, so when I had the responsibility to tell my daughter that her precious cat was killed by a car, it a…

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For our big trip this year, my husband, Tony, and I decided to head to the United Kingdom for a cruise around the British Isles.

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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The rainy season will be here soon, and livestock in small pastures, paddocks or other confined spaces benefit from proper management of mud and manure. Now is the time to identify those areas that need treatment, such as high traffic areas and roof drip lines. Not managing mud and manure pr…

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Troy and Laura Burks celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer on Camano Island in Washington, hosted by their children. Family and friends from Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Kansas, Texas and Virginia partook in the celebration.

  • BILL DUNCAN
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The columns of Bill Duncan, a long-time journalist, are being reprinted in The News-Review. Duncan, who died in November 2011, wrote a weekly column for The News-Review and The Capital Press of Salem from 1981 to 2011. Duncan wrote the following column in November 1994. His th…