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Tuesdays: Kids practice reading group at the Myrtle Creek Public Library. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A skilled reading tutor will offer an hour of interactive reading for kindergarten through second grade. Other grades are welcome. Free. Repeats every Tuesday. 231 NE Division St., Myrtle Creek.

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Any parent goes through that certain age where it seems every other word out of their child is, “Why?” Thanks to Google, we can usually come up with answers. I don’t know how they did it before Siri. My eldest daughter has even reached a point where she doesn’t completely believe me until I …

  • Tyee Outdoor Experience For The News-Review
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For the usual day out with the family, the unexpected will just creep right up on you. You forgot the cash for parking, one of the kids fell in the lake, and all the water bottles are at home (filled with ice, of course) on the kitchen counter.

  • Tresta Payne For Douglas County Family
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I am at that weepy, nostalgic point of motherhood where I get sucked into the vortex of backward-looking. I won’t even name all the cliches, but it’s sufficient to say that life today is not what it was 10 or 15 years ago, for better or worse, and I have a lot of feelings about that. I hate …

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Question: I have heard that mild winters, like the one we are having, generally mean we will have greater survival of insect pests, including new and invasive insects that damage fruit and vegetables? Is that correct?

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The 41st annual Douglas County Spelling Bee will take place on April 14 at Wildlife Safari in Winston. All public school, private school and home-schooled students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate.

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There are many things to learn about, so why add weeds to your list? Because the more you know about weeds, the better you can control pesky infestations or prevent them from establishing in the first place.

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January is a popular time to start filling up those new, clean calendars. As families look at the approaching spring break, holiday weekends and summer vacation, now is the time to start reserving campsites, hotels and rental homes.

  • Carol Dalu Master Gardener
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Question: We recently bought a home and the yard has a plant I have been told is called windflower. I’m not familiar with this plant and was wondering if you could provide some information on it.

  • Alicia Jones For The News-Review
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As fall fades and we begin to welcome winter, many of us are likely focusing on the holidays, family and eating a lot of great food. Understandably, outdoor chores can take a backseat to other priorities, especially as the cold and rain settle in. But did you know that often this means missi…