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Vancouver's Marshall House was home to a great patriot

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the post-World War II effort to revitalize a devastated Western Europe. In 1947, from London to Moscow, cities were flattened, economies destroyed, homes left in rubble, and millions of people displaced. In the midst of this destitution existed, as President Harry S. Truman observed, a breeding ground for the spread of communism throughout Europe.

October 12, 2017 2:35 p.m. read more..


Gifford Pinchot National Forest benefits from local engagement by volunteer foresters

For the past four years, Neal Ballard has helped install cameras that capture images of animals in southwest Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He has always loved to hike, but this volunteer work setting up wildlife cameras in remote areas for a nonprofit organization allows him to venture off established trails to “see places I never would have seen before.”

October 11, 2017 2:30 p.m. read more..
  

Out for a walk: Active Strides walking program gets benefit of exercise, friendship and the city’s friendly views

With the snow and ice a far distant memory, Corvallis’ Active Strides program now has more “spring” in its step. The year-round program, which actually only canceled one walk during last winter’s snow and ice, is cut into 10-week sessions followed by a short break of several weeks. It’s ideal for older adults who too often are stuck inside.

September 28, 2017 10:53 a.m. read more..


Diggin' it: A trip through ‘thyme’

A year ago, I wrote a column about the joys of road trips to various out-of-the-way country nurseries. At the end of the article, I asked you all if I had missed any. Not long after, I received an email from Janet Hagen, co-owner of The Thyme Garden, just outside of Alsea.

September 26, 2017 10:18 a.m. read more..


Bill Lackner loves running his clamming, crabbing clinics in Lincoln City

Retired businessman Bill Lackner loves to fish, dig clams and catch crabs “over and over, again and again.” “I got interested in these activities when I was unable to work, and wrote a book about harvesting the amazing bounty from the marine environment common to the Oregon Coast,” says Lackner, founder of the Clam Diggers Association of Oregon. “The work included thousands of hours of research. The topics in the book, which in time became an encyclopedia, was too large to be published.”

September 24, 2017 midnight read more..


Cat rescue chooses new name

The longest running volunteer cat rescue group in Eugene/Springfield celebrated its 10th anniversary in August with a new name. West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue, founded in 2007, is now Cat Rescue and Adoption Network.

September 20, 2017 10:38 a.m. read more..


A center for the arts: Walters Cultural Arts Central to Hillsboro’s cultural scene

A former church in Hillsboro known for its hand-quarried red rock exterior is now a thriving arts center that invites all ages to its varied programming. The Walters Cultural Arts Center, located in downtown Hillsboro, and just two blocks from the MAX Blue Line, has been serving local residents with arts-based classes, concerts, lectures and more since 2004.

September 18, 2017 9:50 a.m. read more..
  

Make your end of life wishes known

When a 92-year-old patient of mine came to my office to discuss end-of-life wishes, he already had an idea to ensure that his plans would be respected. He said he would have “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest in large letters so when paramedics came to revive him, they would see the message and stop their efforts.

September 5, 2017 3 p.m. read more..
 

MERIT grant helps self-employed

The AARP Foundation has awarded a grant to MicroEnterprise Resources, Initiatives and Training (MERIT) to conduct Work for Yourself@50+ workshops in several mid-Willamette Valley cities, including Salem, Independence, Dallas, McMinnville, Woodburn, Stayton, Keizer, and Albany.

September 2, 2017 2:56 p.m. read more..


Conscious aging: Research supports a ‘plasticity’ of the brain that we can learn from

We all know we’re getting older, don’t we? After all, it’s hard not to wake up in the morning and realize you’re a day older. The physical changes become more obvious, and there are mental changes as well — it can be depressing. Eugene’s Emily Rice, 62, and Nancy Sawtelle, 60, have been helping women navigate these changes through a series of “conscious aging” workshops, which focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the aging process.

August 25, 2017 10:36 a.m. read more..

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