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March 22, 2013
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Editorial: Roses & thorns


Raise a toast to Abacela

Congratulations to Abacela Winery for being named Oregon Winery of the Year for 2013 by Wine Press Northwest.

We’re thrilled to see an Umpqua Valley winery earn such distinction. Winery owners Earl and Hilda Jones should be proud of the strides they’ve made since establishing their winery and vineyards near Winston 18 years ago. Their Spanish and Portuguese varietals, now crafted by winemaker Andrew Wenzl, have attracted attention worldwide, but it’s always nice to be recognized with a prestigious honor closer to home.

The award is impressive considering the depth of the wine industry in the Northwest. As Wenzl pointed out, there are 460 wineries in Oregon alone.

It’s good that Abacela has expanded its tiny tasting room to the roomier Wine & Vine Center. The acclaim will likely prompt many more visitors to stop in for a sip of the award-winning winery’s tempranillo, albariño, grenache, port and more. We can hear the corks popping now. Cheers!


Pull plug on scam

Beware of a scam targeting Pacific Power customers. In fact, watch for cons in general.

Every day fraudsters are fishing for suckers by promising riches or by being pushy. With money so easily transferred by credit cards and debit cards, it’s important to be on your toes.

Pacific Power warned last week that callers posing as bill collectors are telling customers their electric bills are overdue and demanding immediate payment.

They suggest ways the bills can be conveniently paid.

Don’t fall for it.

Pacific Power asked customers to be on guard. Anyone suspicious about a caller’s legitimacy can end the call and dial the utility’s customer service number, 1-888-221-7070.

Customers who receive suspicious calls should note any phone numbers or addresses given out by the caller. The calls should be reported to Pacific Power and local police.

No matter how many warnings are issued, some people fall victims to scam. That’s why they are so prevalent.


Salute to service

Women in the military are more in evidence than decades past. Still, female veterans of any age are less likely than men to come together in groups to share the pleasures of common ground.

That sororal solidarity was encouraged last week at a luncheon hosted by the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. About 100 people gathered to honor servicewomen and learn details about their experiences in the armed forces.

The luncheon was scheduled during Women’s History Month, and honorees were given the opportunity to share stories and mementos. Posters and photographs on display helped put names and faces to what otherwise might be regarded as textbook accounts.

The occasion offered more than education. Marcia Hall, who manages women’s health care at the Roseburg VA, pointed out that women who are veterans don’t necessarily emphasize that part of their lives. “We hope by having events that are enjoyable, it encourages women veterans to come together and connect,” she said.

Veteran and VA employee Evelyn Coble was among those in attendance. She spoke of the brotherhood and sisterhood shared by all veterans, one that continues well past their active duty dates.

We appreciate those who took the time to ensure that kinship is fostered.

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The News-Review Updated Mar 22, 2013 02:24PM Published Mar 22, 2013 09:46AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.