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We know the summer is coming close to an end when the Douglas County Fair is in sight. It is a bittersweet combination of great joy and sadness co-mingling at our county fair.

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Question: My irises are a jungle. They are growing close together and the leaves look terrible. Some leaves look dead, some are bent and crooked, and some have brown tips or holes chewed in them. What can I do to make my plants beautiful again?

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I believe that the right to home-school does not make home-school the only right choice. I would always assume that you make deliberate educational choices based on all the factors your family has to consider.

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Even though it seems like summer has just started, many athletic programs are already preparing for fall sports. Recreational activities can help students develop long-term health habits, build self esteem and help advance teamwork skills.

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It was over 30 years ago that Keri Roid first dreamed of growing her own lavender. She loved everything about the plant — the smell, the way it felt when it brushed against her hand, the buzz of the bees collecting pollen from the purple flowers — everything. And after many years of working …

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It’s easy to take one look at an old car and notice its uniqueness, history and beauty. It’s another thing to actually understand the very things that make it a so valued and appreciated.

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Question: I have very healthy looking fruit trees that should be producing great fruit. However, every year I end up with wormy apples and pears. I use a control product in early May and June, but the fruit seems to get damaged later in the growing season. Please advise me how to improve my …

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The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $110,000 in grant funding to Take Root, a parenting support group offering classes and workshops to strengthen families in Douglas, Lake and Klamath counties.