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I love to capture the tastes of the warm summer season and enjoy it all year long — especially since it comes from the bounty in our Douglas County backyard. I enjoy visiting the farms, stocking up, and spending a day making some delicious treat that we can enjoy and give away.

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Children are our country’s most vulnerable treasure. They may have been uncared for or abused and end up with no voice and at the mercy of a complicated legal system, or in some cases lack something as simple as a bed to sleep on. They need folks with a big heart to help them.

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Imagine Diamond Lake and you’ll probably picture camping near the water or fishing for trout. Generations of visitors have enjoyed spending time at a campsite near the lake or overnighting at the Diamond Lake Resort.

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Did you know that Oregon is home to 65 species of native trees? From the coast to the Cascades, valleys to deserts, our landscape is blanketed with a beautifully rich assortment of trees. With 30 species of conifers and 35 species of broadleaved trees, it can take a person a lifetime to lear…

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Question: Over the past five to 10 years it seems like summer lacks the occasional showers of previous decades, and the dry period seems to be getting longer each year. Because of this trend, I would like to plant more drought-tolerant trees in my landscape. Can you tell me the name of sever…

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September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and although it may seem bizarre to start having conversations and working with our young children on healthy eating habits and exercise before they can even read, it is needed.

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Question: In recent travels to the southwest I came across an interesting plant called agave. I would like to know more about this plant and if it will grow in our area.

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I’m seeing the tide rise up stronger as school-year life and decisions are beginning to take over again for us parents.

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One clear sign an area is growing economically is by the amount of foam-rimmed pint glasses filled with cold craft brew it is pouring. According to the Oregon Brewers Guild, the state ranks number one for most percentage of dollars spent on craft beer, number two in the nation for hop hortic…