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Storytime has always been a standard program that libraries everywhere offer. It might bring up memories of childhood songs that get stuck in your head or maybe a favorite story that was read to you. Storytime is still happening at the library, which begs the question: what is so important a…

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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 April 2002. His thoughts are still pertinent t…

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With all of the demands of daily life, it can be difficult to take the time to focus on health and wellness. A trip to a wellness resort is a chance to plug into the latest in healthy practices and come back recharged and ready to take on 2019.

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Question: We just cleaned out a large, messy area in the corner of our yard for a vegetable garden. I was distressed to realize that we destroyed the habitats of bees, toads, lizards and others. Are gardens and natural habitats mutually exclusive?

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Most of us felt the generosity and neighborliness of those around us during the snowstorm and lack of power. That speaks highly of our community that also responds during normal times to the needs of others. With that in mind, here are some places that could use helping hands.

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Welcoming a pet into one’s life can be a rewarding experience. Pets promote compassion and discipline in their owners, and their companionship can be incredibly rewarding. They also can be helpful tools for teaching children responsibility.

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Firehouse Fudge is closing its storefront, but owner and fudge maker Dean Martin will still be taking his plethora of flavors to farmers markets and festivals.

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One of the best things about being a librarian is that I get to talk about books. I love hearing about a great new read (“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez recently was pitched to me in such a wonderful way that it immediately rose to the top of my list), and I get giddy when someone asks me to re…

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The buddy system is widely used to help men and women get in shape. Friends can encourage their workout partners to get off the couch on days when their motivation might be waning, and partners can return that favor when the roles are reversed. And the benefits of the buddy system are not ex…

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Oats are a wonderful breakfast food but they can be so much more versatile than that. Oats can be included in snacks, main dishes or they can be sweet or savory. They are usually eaten in a whole grain state so they are full of fiber, which most everyone needs more of in their diet. Oats hav…

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Evening Planets — Mercury sinks, as Earth speeds away from Mars

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The Grand Canyon is “beyond comparison — beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world,” President Theodore Roosevelt said when he visited the Grand Canyon in 1903.