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Vacations are a chance to break away from your routine, to relax, explore and discover new things. And they aren’t an everyday occurrence, so you want to make each one count.

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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 1992. His thoughts are still pertinent t…

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If you’ve been to a supermarket lately, you’ve likely noticed an increase in the price of eggs. One of the staple foods in many homes, the price of this commodity has doubled in price at some stores since 2021.

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Evening planetsSay goodbye to Saturn, as it rapidly sinks into the setting sun’s glare after the first week of February. Look on Feb. 1 to see a diagonal row of three bright planets. Saturn will be hugging the treetops; while Venus and Jupiter are easy to spot.

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In many places around the world, the period leading up to the solemn observance of Lent is a time for Carnival, celebrations that culminate in Mardi Gras, which this year falls on Feb. 21. Travelers who want to join in the fun have plenty of choices.

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When a storm comes through your forest, the damage is obvious. You’ll see broken limbs and tops and windthrown trees. Based on these physical, visible signs, you will know exactly where to target your clean up and harvest activities.

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Question: My friends say planting native plants are best for the environment. But I love my peonies and dahlias. Are they saying I should no longer plant the things I love? What is this trend all 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 2002. His thoughts are still pertinent…

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If you have been involved with 4-H, you likely know what each H stands for: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Not only is 4-H the name of the United States’ largest youth development organization, but it also represents the long-term outcomes that the program instills within its members.

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Question: The long winters in Oregon can create stuffy homes. Are there easy-to-care-for houseplants that might help improve the inside air?

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After being essentially closed to tourists for more than two years, Japan is welcoming back visitors from around the world.

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Question: About a month ago, right before the weather became chilly, I noticed this weird growth in my mulched areas. The best way to describe it is a yellow foamy mass. My first thought was that an animal got sick in my yard, but as the mass increased in size each day, I came to the conclus…

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An important part of having healthy food is food safety. Making sure you handle food safely provides healthy food that keeps your body running right.

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December through February is a popular time for proposals and that means many couples will be thinking about when and where to tie the knot.

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Seek a spot with a very low southwest to west horizon and clear skies to spy seven planets strung across the evening sky.

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It’s the holiday season, with this week being sandwiched in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The News-Review asked readers via Facebook to share a little bit of their holiday cheer. Here are some of the photos they submitted, marking their celebrations.

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No flower has stronger ties to the holidays than Euphorbia pulcherrima. This plant has many names: the Christmas star, lobster plant, painted leaf and the Mexican Flame leaf. Most commonly, we call them poinsettias.

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No matter what your holiday plans look like, one thing most people can agree on is that giving is a huge part of the Christmas season. And it’s fun to think about our own wish lists, of course. But somehow, it’s even more fun to give and be extra generous during this special time.