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From birds to bunnies, dogs to horses, and everything in between, a classroom full of children has been learning all they can about animals this week at Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center’s summer youth program.

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I really thought that this summer would be the one; the summer I have dreamed of since moving out to the beautiful countryside of Douglas County. The big one. The infamous, rainbow-unicorn of motherhood bragging rights — the screen free summer!

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Perhaps the best part of summer is the return to nature. While hiking, camping and other outdoor activities are not limited to warm weather, there is something special about spending hot summer days by the lake or on a trail.

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Jake Calkins was vacationing with his family in St. Croix several years ago when the Roseway — a historic fishing and naval yacht — docked and allowed visitors aboard the schooner. This summer he’s returning to the same ship for an ambassador program.

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I have lived in Douglas County for over 15 years. During this time and before I have been alongside my father, Commander Mike Eakin of the Patrick W. Kelly VFW post 2468, volunteerng for various veterans’ programs and events.

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Summer vacation presents an opportunity for students to enjoy an extended break from the classroom. While this respite from routine may be a welcome change to youngsters, teachers frequently lament that valuable educational lessons seem to be forgotten each summer. Educators then face toughe…

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As the school year comes to an end, libraries around the county are preparing to launch summer reading program. Canyonville, Drain, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Riddle, Sutherlin and Winston will all host a variety of events for all ages.

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What an amazing spring it has been for promoting STEAM thinking in Douglas County. So many opportunities for our students have paved the way for continued educational programs that bring together the core of science, technology, engineering, artful innovation and math throughout the summer.

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Perhaps one of our fondest memories from our childhood is going to camp. Camps can provide the opportunity to form lifelong friendships and discover rewarding hobbies that can enrich campers’ lives for decades to come.

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Weekend getaways in the great outdoors can be a great way for families to break from the norm and spend some quality time together while getting some fresh air. Such trips are popular, as the U.S. Travel Association notes that nearly three out of four domestic trips are taken for leisure purposes.