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December 16th, 2014

The addition to the grade school is looking pretty good. I last posted a photo of it in October. The insides of the rooms appear to be unfinished, but it’s coming along nicely. The post Even More Progress appeared first

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December 15th, 2014

Oregon State University researchers studying tiny marine organisms have a big problem: how to efficiently identify and classify the myriad types of plankton captured in tens of millions of pho…

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SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, too…

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I stitched these little gifts last weekend. They are framed in 3" hoops. I didn't stitch them in this size hoop though, it's too small to work with. To finish them, I glue a felt circle on the back. Then...

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Guest photographer Terri Jo Adams spotted this excellent display of creativity in nearby Sublimity. Her description: This is recycling at its finest ! I saw this display in Sublimity before Halloween. After that was over with, they added a few things and made it into a Thanksgiving display. Then they threw santa hats on

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Pokémon fans enjoy weekly bouts of card game

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December 14th, 2014

Here are some last minute ideas for gifts in case you have just remembered that Christmas and Chanukah are coming up. Basically this is just me telling you what I’ve bought in the last year. I’m going to start with a couple of great gifts for the people you hate that also have kids. The

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I spotted this rather large cloudy thing from 10th Ave. yesterday. It’s pretty. The post Big Puffy Thing appeared first on Stayton (Oregon) Daily Photo.

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Does Oregon State University have a drinking problem?

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Does Oregon State University have a drinking problem?

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December 13th, 2014

NEW YORK — A gargantuan billboard in Times Square wasn’t purchased for Oregon’s quarterback this year.

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NEW YORK — A gargantuan billboard in Times Square wasn’t purchased for Oregon’s quarterback this year.

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Remember the date: Dec. 10, 2014.

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Remember the date: Dec. 10, 2014.

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Gary Andersen has already heard all the reasons he won’t be able to convince the players he wants to come to Corvallis.

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Gary Andersen has already heard all the reasons he won’t be able to convince the players he wants to come to Corvallis.

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A deflated Oregon State fan base needed a shot of energy, and Gary Andersen wasted no time providing one.

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A deflated Oregon State fan base needed a shot of energy, and Gary Andersen wasted no time providing one.

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Last weekend pete bought whole spices in bluk, toasted them, and ground them up to make garam masala. We found the little spice jars at Cost Plus, and magically, quadrupling the recipe filled all 9 of them perfectly. The recipe...

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A celebrity was spotted in Stayton the other day — Bumble the yeti from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special was standing outside a dental office on Washington St. He seemed to be in the middle of putting up some Christmas decorations, so I didn’t want to get in his way. He was kind enough […]

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After a week of caffeine-fueled study binges and filling out multiple-choice tests, Oregon State University students are on a holiday break.

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After a week of caffeine-fueled study binges and filling out multiple-choice tests, Oregon State University students are on a holiday break.

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December 12th, 2014

There was plenty of head-scratching throughout the country on Wednesday when the news broke that Oregon State had hired Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen as head football coach.

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There was plenty of head-scratching throughout the country on Wednesday when the news broke that Oregon State had hired Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen as head football coach.

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Moments before Gary Andersen made his entrance, the anticipation had built to a fever pitch.

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Moments before Gary Andersen made his entrance, the anticipation had built to a fever pitch.

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CORVALLIS — Beaver fans adored what new head football coach Gary Andersen had to say during Friday’s introductory press conference at Valley Football Center.

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CORVALLIS — Beaver fans adored what new head football coach Gary Andersen had to say during Friday’s introductory press conference at Valley Football Center.

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This reindeer and sleigh on E. Cedar St. is awesome, and I want one. That is all. The post Just Waiting On Santa appeared first on Stayton (Oregon) Daily Photo.

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Andy Warhol and Andrew Carnegie get dolled up. I love it! At long last, for those who have been asking, pictures of Pittsburgh! Now that my computer has been unearthed, though it remains completely surrounded by other boxes of things I probably don’t really need but still desperately need to unpack, there will be more

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December 11th, 2014

The low-pressure cookie party was a huge success, like always. There were many yummy cookies to eat, and it really was low-pressure—one guest came with two bags of oreos, and another with a purchased bag of delicious shortbread after a...

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The news broke Wednesday afternoon that Gary Andersen would be leaving Wisconsin to take the head football coach job at Oregon State.

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The news broke Wednesday afternoon that Gary Andersen would be leaving Wisconsin to take the head football coach job at Oregon State.

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The powerful Pacific storm that hammered much of the West Coast with winds up to 100 miles an hour, downed trees and power lines in the Willamette Valley on Thursday.

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The powerful Pacific storm that hammered much of the West Coast with winds up to 100 miles an hour, downed trees and power lines in the Willamette Valley on Thursday.

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Spies. Action. Hollow. Brosnan. Setting. Trust. Inefficacious. Disappointing. Thin. No.Filed under: 10 Word Review, Film, In My Opinion Tagged: 10 Word Review, brosnan, Film, film reviews, movie reviews, movies, november man, opinion, reviews

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Dark. Trudging. Moody. Strange. Complex. Pretentious. Convoluted. Mind. Melancholy. No.Filed under: 10 Word Review, Film, In My Opinion Tagged: 10 Word Review, enemy, Film, film reviews, movie reviews, movies, opinion, reviews

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This giant Christmas holiday lighted display sits in a yard on the street that runs next to the hospital. I’m honestly not sure what that street it called, because one end says it’s Pine St., and the other end says it’s Fir St. Maybe I’ll just call it Fine St. and be done with it. […]

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not […]

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December 10th, 2014

Many teams would be intimidated to play the top seed in a tournament, especially one steeped in tradition.

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Many teams would be intimidated to play the top seed in a tournament, especially one steeped in tradition.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Portland Trail Blazers had trimmed a 20-point deficit to four in the fourth quarter, and the young Minnesota Timberwolves looked a little jittery as they tried to hold off th…

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Portland Trail Blazers had trimmed a 20-point deficit to four in the fourth quarter, and the young Minnesota Timberwolves looked a little jittery as they tried to hold off th…

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Oregon State held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce its $42 million Valley Football Center project.

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Oregon State held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce its $42 million Valley Football Center project.

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Good evening, Pittsburgh! I am here, in permanent fashion, at last! Bone tired from unpacking, fresh from a row in the basement, bowl of cereal and handful of almonds devoured, stinky and deserving a bath, but eager to post is how I am. I have missed this space, brain sputtering before sending my fingers racing.  […]

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On Wednesday, Oregon State University football player Jordan Villamin admitted it had been a strange week for the Beavers since learning that head coach Mike Riley was leaving to be the head c…

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On Wednesday, Oregon State University football player Jordan Villamin admitted it had been a strange week for the Beavers since learning that head coach Mike Riley was leaving to be the head c…

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Toward the end of a second grueling night of testimony on a proposed bike path linking Corvallis and Albany, Benton County planning commissioners got a sobering assessment from an attorney rep…

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Toward the end of a second grueling night of testimony on a proposed bike path linking Corvallis and Albany, Benton County planning commissioners got a sobering assessment from an attorney rep…

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