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With Martin Luther King Day coming up on Jan. 18, followed by Black History Month in February, it’s a good time to look at destinations where you can explore the contributions of African Americans to American history.

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Part of my responsibilities as an OSU Extension horticulture agent is to teach Douglas County Master Gardener volunteers the art and science of sustainable gardening.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The columns of Bill Duncan 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 October 1991. His thoughts are still pertinent…

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Question: I have a lavender plant that has a lot of dead wood on it. I’d like to cut out the unsightly wood, but is this a good time to do so? And do you have any tips on caring for lavender?

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TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., held via Zoom. Call 541-637-8555 for Zoom ID and password to attend.

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When you’re cooking, do you have certain spices that you always like to use? I really enjoy thyme in my soups and cumin and garlic in my guacamole. There are so many herbs and spices and they all add so much flavor to a dish.

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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you want to make sure that your transportation and accommodations are following stringent safety measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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While we are all hopeful that the COVID-19 vaccine will free us of this scourge, that’s not going to happen overnight. Many of our neighbors and friends are still hurting. Check out the following opportunities where you can volunteer and alleviate some of those needs:

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses Dec. 28-Jan. 1.

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Roseburg Public Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.

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TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., held via Zoom. Call 541-637-8555 for Zoom ID and password to attend.

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If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in a romantic, faraway spot, your dream can still come true even during this time when the coronavirus has made travel more challenging.

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Roseburg Public Library is here to help with new books that cover nearly every New Year’s resolution. Log onto the library catalog at roseburg.biblionix.com using your library card number (no spaces); your default password is your phone number (10 digits; no spaces). Drive-up pickup continue…

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses Dec. 14-18.

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Florida’s theme parks have been reopened for several months now, with measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here’s some of what you can expect if you have a trip planned for winter or spring break.

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We are approaching an amazing close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on Dec 21. This will be the closest well-placed conjunction since 1226. The weather prognosticators are forecasting some cloudy and showery weather in the coming days and nights. Don’t lose hope.

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Growing Christmas trees can be a fun addition to your property. While most people visit a Christmas tree farm once a year, you could live on one year-round. So what do you need to know before you start planting Christmas tree seedlings?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The columns of Bill Duncan 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 December 1989. His thoughts are still pertinen…

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The announcement this week that the Sizzler restaurant is reopening is certainly good news for weary restaurant patrons, even if it is just for takeout and delivery initially.

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TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., held via Zoom. Call 541-637-8555 for Zoom ID and password to attend.