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Because Roseburg Public Library is closed for the foreseeable future, consider accessing these online options for connecting your children to different types of reading material.

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The constellation Taurus hosts photo ops with Venus and the moon this month. Each evening, watch as Venus creeps up on the open star cluster known as the Pleiades or Messier 45(M45) in central Taurus.

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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 March 1989. His thoughts are still pertinent t…

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Your vacation time is precious, so when you’re ready for a getaway you want advice from someone who knows the deals, the best places to stay and those off-the-beaten-path experiences that will make your trip memorable.

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Question: I know that taking care of my garden soil is probably the most important factor in having a successful garden. However, when I go to a garden center, I am overwhelmed by the many choices available with different bags of material that I could add to my garden. I want to add only wha…

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses March 16-20.

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Roseburg Public Library will remain closed for the foreseeable future in an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. As an alternative, library staff will implement weekly drive-up service for patrons who wish to check out physical materials they have placed on hold.

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This is my first Chamber Corner so, as a way of introduction, my name is Katy Bernal. I was recently elected president of the Myrtle Creek~Tri City Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2020-2021 two-year term.

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Here’s something to dream about while you are working from home, doing your part to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses March 9-13.

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Question: I am an avid gardener and have my schedule worked out very well. Now, I am watching my grandchildren and the schedule has gone out the window. They want to help but I am not so sure they really can or if I want it. They are 3 and 4 years old. Any suggestions?

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One of the inescapable realities of the tragic fallout from the coronavirus is the number of workers who are going to lose their jobs. In fact it’s already started. McMenamins announced last week that it had closed its 60 or so establishments in Oregon and Washington, meaning that 3,000 peop…

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Yoncalla Area Chamber of Commerce is saddened to report the passing of our long-time President and Guiding Light, Dick McHaffie. He shall be missed, yet shall always be with us.

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McMenamins, which has more than 60 bars and restaurants in Oregon and Washington, announced Tuesday it is temporarily closing nearly all of its locations and laying off 3,000 workers as restaurants and hotels around the region shut down in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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I have great news for patrons who use Roseburg Public Library’s e-book and e-audiobook platforms: The library is budgeting to maintain both OverDrive and cloudLibrary for at least another fiscal year.

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Fridays are typically the busiest day of the week at the Roseburg Senior Center, what with morning fitness classes, hot lunches at noon, chess after that and the big crowds that come to play Bingo in the evening.

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses March 2-6.

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Question: I’d like to use ladybugs in my garden as natural predators to help my flowers and vegetables. Is there a better color of ladybug to buy and how do they help gardens?

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TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., United Methodist Church Room 12, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-671-0008.

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The American Red Cross is urging healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well, to donate blood or platelets to at a Red Cross blood drive this month to help maintain a sufficient blood supply so there will be no lack of blood when it's needed as concerns about the outbreak of coronavir…

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Spring Break is just around the corner and many of us will be thinking of ways we can keep our kiddos busy. Instead of relying on the latest video game or Sponge Bob, why not set aside a Kids in the Kitchen day.

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Food is a basic human need that most of us take for granted but there are some among us who lack that commodity. In Douglas County we are blessed with organizations and generous volunteers who step up to fill, at least in part, that need.

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Roseburg Public Library staff and volunteers have developed a fairly seamless system to get new materials into patrons’ hands. Behind the scenes there are a lot of moving parts, and we all have key roles in the process.

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From the ruined to the beautifully preserved, Germany’s fairytale castles offer a window into the country’s medieval and renaissance history, soaring above a forest or standing proudly in a valley, there are castles for history buffs, architecture lovers, and fans of fairytales, myths and le…