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What Grows on the Farm

In her writing, Andrea wants to inspire people to loosen up in the kitchen and move beyond thinking cooking is a chore. By Stuart Watson Before blogging became common, Andrea Bemis might have written a diary and tucked it in a drawer for her grandchildren to stumble upon some day. Instead, she blogged to inform […]

Buck Parker and Fran Finney outside the main entrance to their home with its double mountain views.
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Retirement with a View

Successful careers in law and health behind them, Buck Parker and Fran Finney dive into their new community By Stuart Watson From the spacious living room of their home atop Lenz Butte northeast of Odell, Vawter “Buck” Parker and Fran Finney sit on a perfect perch with a sweeping double-mountain view. It is just reward […]

Sharing Gift of History
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Sharing the Gift of History

Following a restoration project, visitors are welcome at Oak Grove’s “place to remember” By Stuart Watson More than 100 years ago, the Oak Grove Store stocked and sold everything from soap to meat. Now, after a year-long restoration effort and reopening its doors in February, the store again stocks and sells a little of everything, […]

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Dog Trainer, Dog Whisperer

A love of animals translates into focused, patient modification of unruly behavior By Stu Watson Tina Castanares and Paul Woolery dearly love their rescue dog, Boogie Woogie. They thought they understood him, too. “I’ve always had dogs,” Tina says. “But I’m completely naive. I usually had rescue dogs. Our latest rescue dog—he’s the apple of […]