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As the weather turns cooler and the rain keeps us company, Roseburg Public Library invites you to check out an armload of books, curl up in a cozy spot and participate in the Winter Reading Program.

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Question: What can you tell me about growing cranberries in the Umpqua Valley? I always assumed cranberries were difficult to grow. Don’t they grow in a swamp? Don’t you need to flood the fields?

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The holiday season is steeped in tradition. Many holiday traditions are centered around food, with much of the focus on all of the decadent treats and desserts taking center stage at many family gatherings.

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People have all kinds of reasons for selling their RV including: can’t afford the payments, tired of paying the storage fees, or just don’t RV anymore.

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Volunteers will be happy to know that opportunities are opening wide with the COVID-19 crisis more in control. Most notable is CHI Mercy Medical Center, one of the organizations with the most critical needs. Review their list below and find the one that touches your heart.

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Local knitters and crocheters are invited to create hats, scarves and afghans for both adults and children. These items will be donated to those in need during Christmas time.

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Bicyclists listen up: Roseburg officials are working to expand the city’s bike route system so that one day riders will be able to get anywhere in the city, and use the Umpqua River Trail as the backbone for the new system.

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Museums have reopened, the performing arts are back onstage and parks are showing off their brilliant autumn colors, making it a great time to plan a trip to London.

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Question: Every year as the weather starts to change from late autumn to early winter, I start thinking about getting my perennials ready for winter. The problem is that I take an “all or nothing” approach. I have a tendency to cut everything back, and some years, I do absolutely nothing. Co…

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TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Room 17, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-637-8555.

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WEDNESDAY Canyonville Farmers Market — 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Seven Feathers Casino South Parking lot, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville. 541-375-0725 or canyonvillefarmersmarket.org.

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Tonight, as the sky darkens, look toward the southwest horizon to spot brilliant Venus. Scan across the southern sky to find bright Jupiter with Saturn. Each night this month, Venus will trek eastward. Our sister world will slowly close the 57-degree gap with Jupiter from Halloween to about …

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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 2000. His thoughts are still pertinent…

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Jasmine Morales, eighth grader at Fremont Middle school, started playing softball when she was in just third grade. Ever since she has practiced her hardest to be the best softball player she can be.

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses Oct. 18-22.

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I wanted to focus on a few things that can cause the biggest buzzkill to your RVing experience. No, I’m not talking about having a bigger TV or some fancy touch-screen navigation system. I’m talking about the basic RV maintenance that is often overlooked and can cause your dream vacation to …

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Candy may be a mainstay of Halloween celebrations, but other desserts also can make festivities even more enjoyable — especially when those desserts coordinate with the Halloween theme.

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TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Room 17, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-637-8555.

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WEDNESDAYCanyonville Farmers Market — 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Seven Feathers Casino South Parking lot, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville. 541-375-0725 or www.canyonvillefarmersmarket.org.

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Maxine Gray celebrated her 97th birthday at home. It was a quiet, but enjoyable day. She received many phone calls, cards, gifts and “happy birthday” wishes over the few days surrounding her birthday.

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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 1991. His thoughts are still pertinent t…

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The Douglas County Clerk’s office issued the following licenses Oct. 4-15.

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Roseburg readers sure do love their mysteries. Less than 8% of Roseburg Public Library’s physical collection is categorized as mystery, yet the genre accounts for about 10% of all checkouts.

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The holidays will be here before you know it and with pent-up demand to travel, you’re likely to find increased demand for flights, rental cars and hotels. So advance planning is crucial.