I love to capture the tastes of the warm summer season and enjoy it all year long — especially since it comes from the bounty in our Douglas County backyard. I enjoy visiting the farms, stocking up, and spending a day making some delicious treat that we can enjoy and give away.

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About 40 Douglas County school students, including the student body from Geneva Academy and several home-schooled children, celebrated Constitution Day at the Douglas County Courthouse Monday to recognize the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.

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In conjunction with the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, Take Root Parenting Hub coordinates parent groups, resources, classes, workshops and family activity events for parents and caregivers of children zero to eight in Douglas, Klamath and Lake Counties.

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Keenen Adkins, 14, came home from school beaten and bruised with a broken tooth and a concussion as a result of bullying on his school bus Monday, according to Stephanie Sprague, his mother. To make matters worse, Sprague said Roseburg Public Schools is not taking responsibility for the situation.

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and although it may seem bizarre to start having conversations and working with our young children on healthy eating habits and exercise before they can even read, it is needed.

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A seismic upgrade for one Roseburg elementary school is nearing completion while work has begun on another school in the district, thanks to grants from the state of Oregon to improve school buildings that have been identified as high risk in a major earthquake.

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Artists and nature will come together for the 8th annual Umpqua Plein Air event. Beginning Wednesday, the three-day outdoor painting event showcases the natural beauty of the Umpqua Valley.

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Athletic and social activities are some of the best opportunities we can offer our children. Benefits from being involved in sports are scientifically shown to help students develop long-term health habits, build self-esteem and an understanding of commitment and help advance teamwork skills…

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I’m seeing the tide rise up stronger as school-year life and decisions are beginning to take over again for us parents.

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For those looking for a church to call home in the South Umpqua area, Family Church will be opening what they refer to as a “satellite campus” in the Myrtle Creek neighborhood.