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Roses and thorns: Aug. 16, 2013

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Sweet notes

August turned out to be a banner month for gracious performers visiting Roseburg.

Over at the Douglas County Fair, country crooner Dwight Yoakam extended his concert from 75 to 90 minutes (with fair permission) because he wanted to provide a treat for Southern Oregon fans who’ve waited so long to see him in person. One night later, a cowboy-hatted Clay Walker invited Roseburg High School student Kelli Jones to join him on the fair’s main stage. Jones, who received a lack of oxygen at birth and met Walker backstage through the Western Wishes Foundation, was tickled to kick around a few beach balls to add atmosphere for Walker’s closing song.

The rockers of 3 Doors Down paid special tribute to a couple of uniformed soldiers in the crowd on the fair’s third night. Whitesnake’s lead singer David Coverdale tweeted up a storm of praise and thanks for Roseburg after headlining Saturday night.

And on Tuesday, singer and Glide High grad ZZ Ward sent out warm waves of gratitude to the thousands who welcomed her home for her Music on the Half Shell concert.

The courtesy and special gestures stood in sharp contrast to standoffish celebrities who collect their fees and hit the road. Thanks to those who instead made for a touching and tuneful summer.

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Booster buddies

Nobody likes to be stuck with a needle. Listening to a tot scream during the procedure isn’t much fun, either. Still, the children and parents who attend immunization clinics are helping not only their families, but the entire community.

Officials at the Douglas County Health Department affirm that immunizations safeguard public health. Oregon requires that students get vaccines for a list of disorders. Come February, schools will bar students who didn’t get the proper vaccines. Smart parents have been bringing their children in for shots this month.

Though some adults balk at immunizations because of what they’ve heard about links between vaccines and autism, most public health officials argue that such concerns are baseless.

Keeping the population safe is a goal we all should share. Lollipops all around for the families who endure the jabs and tears for the greater good.

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Healthy tastes

Green’s Amalia Hill understands all the reasons why people don’t eat as well as they might. Schedules are tight. Budgets are tighter. Some people just don’t know any better.

She may not be able to do much about schedules or budgets, but Hill has been doing what she can to educate consumers to make better food choices. The 61-year-old farmer’s wife — she and her husband, Keith Hill, built their home on 20 acres of farm land two years ago — hosts free vegetarian and vegan cooking classes in her home. She also presents healthy living seminars, also at no cost to students.

Though Hill has adopted a diet that eschews meat and meat products, she doesn’t preach that others should do the same. Instead, she shares recipes of healthy, simple food and talks about the wisdom of avoiding chemical additives and preservatives. The classes are an extension of a principle she stresses while doing missionary work in her native Mexico.

For her hospitality and generosity, we offer Hill a rosy cauliflower.


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The News-Review Updated Aug 16, 2013 11:28AM Published Aug 16, 2013 11:28AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.