Chronic pain: Group hopes to provide forum to share issues without judgment

November 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Chronic pain: Group hopes to provide forum to share issues without judgment

By Mary Owen Fibromyalgia sufferers know what it’s like to live with chronic pain, and the importance of sharing with others who have the disease. “We want to be heard and know that we’re not alone,” said Teressa Brooks, who has fibromyalgia. ...

Honorable service: Weddle Funeral holds vigil to support homeless Vets

November 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Honorable service: Weddle Funeral holds vigil to support homeless Vets

By Mary Owen Veterans have a special place in the hearts of Ryan and Natasha Steele, owners of Weddle Funeral Service. “Ryan is a combat Army veteran who served in Iraq,” said Steele of her fiancée. “He also worked for the military ...

Battle escalates: Marion County moves to intervene in Detroit Lake plan

September 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News, Other, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Battle escalates: Marion County moves to intervene in Detroit Lake plan

[caption id="attachment_3468" align="alignleft" width="300"] Experts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discuss the controversial Detroit Lake fish project with residents at an Aug. 6 | meeting in Stayton. James Day[/caption] By James Day The ongoing process aimed at improving fish passage ...

Water impacts: Algae blooms, economic repercussions expand discussions

July 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, Your Health | Comments Off on Water impacts: Algae blooms, economic repercussions expand discussions

By Mary Owen Recent water advisories may have lifted for Salem, but some repercussions have been felt, especially at Detroit Lake. “This constant on-and-off recreation advisory has businesses scrambling to keep up,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. “Many visitors ...

Being prepared: New Santiam CERT organizes for area emergencies

May 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Being prepared: New Santiam CERT organizes for area emergencies

[caption id="attachment_3396" align="alignleft" width="300"] Marion County CERT deployed 12 members to Detroit to check on residents in their homes during the heavy snows of January 2017.[/caption] By Mary Owen Living three decades in Oregon alerted Jack Stillwell to the prospect of the ...

Pathways: Santiam High students connected to professional insights

May 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Pathways: Santiam High students connected to professional insights

[caption id="attachment_3395" align="alignright" width="300"] Santiam High School students engage with real world medical skills with a mannequin. Allison McKenzie[/caption] By Mary Owen Santiam High School freshmen just wrapped up this year’s career pathway program designed to open their eyes and minds to ...

Many ways to serve: New team at Weddle’s brings experience, ideas

May 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Many ways to serve: New team at Weddle’s brings experience, ideas

[caption id="attachment_3367" align="alignright" width="300"] Natasha Tjaarda, Ryan Steele and their Boston Terriers Abigirl, Boston and Boogie. Submitted photo[/caption] By Mary Owen Some 50 veterans got a helping hand from a less usual source recently when Weddle Funeral Service hosted a Veterans Information ...

Meeting Mr. Phelps: ‘Wish’ trip inspires young swimmer to new goals

April 2018 Posted in Community, Sports & Recreation, Your Health | Comments Off on Meeting Mr. Phelps: ‘Wish’ trip inspires young swimmer to new goals

[caption id="attachment_3343" align="alignleft" width="300"] Make-A-Wish recipient Liam Edwards (right) with his older brother Garrett (left) swam with Olympian Michael Phelps in Chicago (center). © Mike Seberger[/caption] By Mary Owen Mary Lou Hazelwood calls her 13-year-old grandson a “marvel.” “Liam has a bleeding disorder ...

Child safety: Training on what makes a ‘safe’ adult helps

December 2017 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Child safety: Training on what makes a ‘safe’ adult helps

By Melissa Wagoner Stranger danger, the idea that unknown people can pose a threat, is an important topic for parents but it can also be a difficult one to broach. Many parents worry about instilling a fear of the unfamiliar or ...

Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites fees as fundraiser

July 2016 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites fees as fundraiser

Make your own ‘bug-off’ spray Randi Embree’s favorite mix of oils is: clove, lavender, orange and eucalyptus. “It works great and smells good too,” she said. Ingredients Witch Hazel (like Dickinsons) Distilled or boiled water Vegetable glycerin (optional, but it helps the spray adhere to skin) Instructions Fill 8 oz. ...