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GARDEN GUIDE: The big problem with my perennials

Have you found yourself indulging in late fall sales of perennials only to discover winter arrived before you were able to get them planted? In previous years, I have enjoyed tremendous success over-wintering plants in their store-bought plastic pots, labels and all.

CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Zion observes third Sunday of Lent

Zion observes third Sunday of Lent 

Zion Lutheran Church will observe the third Sunday of Lent with Pastor Colleen Nelson. The Lenten theme for the 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion service is “Change of Status.”

The worship will be followed by fellowship time at 10:30 a.m. Classes begin at 11 a.m. with the Adult Forum continuing with the “Unbinding the Gospel” series.  

Simple steps to healthier diet

March is, among other things, National Colorectal Cancer Month, National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Month, National Kidney Month and National Nutrition Month. While all may be important topics, let’s explore nutrition.

Deadline looms for Cover Oregon

ENTERPRISE — Time is running out to sign up for Cover Oregon, the state’s portal for the Affordable Care Act.

Vixen Radford, Wallowa County’s Northeast Oregon Network representative, is trying to get the word out. 

“I’ve left brochures at accountant offices around the county and people still don’t know what open enrollment means,” she said.

Legislature let e-cigarette law go up in smoke

On the one hand, the Legislature did the right thing by not getting too ambitious during its abbreviated session that ran for five weeks in February and early March. Lawmakers fine-tuned the state budget and dealt with other immediate issues, choosing to wait until the six-month session in 2015 to tackle more complicated bills.

WISH LIST: March 17

Local nonprofit human service organizations and schools often need donations of specific items or volunteers. The Observer provides the Wish List as a public service. Organizations’ needs are listed as space allows.

CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Second Sunday in Lent observed

Second Sunday in Lent observed 

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will observe the Second Sunday in Lent with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. The Rev. Kathryn Macek will preside and preach. The vestry will meet after the service. 

Morning prayer is offered at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the chapel. A midweek Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, also in the chapel. The Lenten soup supper and adult study will continue at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the parish hall.

Churches take Tower of Tuna challenge

A person could make more than 2,400 sandwiches from the 1,200-plus cans of tuna collected by five La Grande churches during a February tuna challenge.

The challenge issued by the United Methodist Church in a “tuna collection throw down” was picked up by the congregations of La Grande Christian, Zion Christian, St. Peter’s Episcopal and First Presbyterian churches. 

Stomach key to overall health

Stomach health may seem kind of boring. The stomach doesn’t do much, you may think. 

HEALTH CARE HAPPENINGS: GRH Auxiliary meeting to focus on annual compliance

GRH Auxiliary meeting to focus on annual compliance

The Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the city hall building in Island City. 

Getting to the heart of intelligence

Students with a growth mindset put forth effort to master a skill despite difficulties and setbacks, according to Stanford University psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, who spoke to educators and school counselors during the Brain Awareness 2014 workshop sponsored by Oregon Health and Sciences University Brain Institute and facilitated by Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center. (TRISH YERGES/The Observer)

Student success hinges on their mindset, Stanford doctor tells workshop

How well a child performs in school has a lot to do with how that child perceives his or her intelligence.

Is intelligence a fixed trait or can it grow with effort? 

Keeping the spirit of Irish music alive

Local musicians including David Arnold, Bailey Penninger, Margo Mack, Carla Arnold, Beth Gilmore, Michael Snider (front), Teresa Penninger, Fred Behrens and Wes Penninger (back) play a reel during a session at Bear Mountain Pizza. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)

Irish music takes center stage once a month 

The third Thursday night of the month, pretty much like clockwork, musicians come through the door at Bear Mountain Pizza, packing fiddles, flutes, banjos, guitars and mandolins, and an upright bass or two.

Idaho capital offers something for everyone

The City of Boise provides plenty of opportunities for entertainment, shopping and nature visits, such as Zoo Boise at Julia Davis Park, the Old Idaho State Penitentiary and Boise Town Square. (Ada County photo)

Now is the time to start thinking about that weekend away to look for signs of spring and a bit of R&R. In about three hours you could be in Boise, Idaho, where the arrival of spring is usually a few weeks ahead of La Grande and where there is a good selection of activities to meet the needs of the whole family. Of course restaurants providing dishes that are new, unusual or just plain delicious are always tempting.

CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS: Faith Lutheran looks at temptations of Christ

Faith Lutheran looks at temptations of Christ 

ENTERPRISE — In celebration of the beginning of the Lenten season, the service at Faith Lutheran Church will focus on Matthew 4, which tells of Jesus Christ in the desert facing temptations common to humankind. He defeated them with the tool He has given to mankind, the Word of God.

New vaccination law designed to educate parents

Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines in one injection like measles-mumps-rubella may be too taxing on their young child’s immune system if administered all at one time.

To vaccinate or not is a personal choice, and those rights remain intact under the new Oregon law on vaccines that took effect March 1.  

But for parents of kindergarten age children, this law changes the status quo in two major ways.

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