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Two Salem senior centers are taking steps to help the homeless and less-fortunate in their communities. “We still have two or three individuals who look for homeless coming for lunch at our Marion-Polk Food Share lunches,” says Donna Avina, president of South Salem Senior Center. “For quite a while after the homeless camp on Commercial near us was broken up, we had a number, mostly men. Most of these people are gone now, because we heard they broke up the two camps these groups had set up.

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.

After 15 years of planning, carving and assembling, the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum opens Aug. 15. There will be a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for “kids of all ages,” to celebrate the long-awaited, 22,000 square foot, state of the art facility, located at the corner of 1st Avenue SW and Washington Street SW in Albany.

When our politicians decide to become involved in another country’s problems, it wouldn’t hurt if they took a lesson in anthropology. Tom DeMeo, a former Peace Corps volunteer, believes foreign policy errors could be avoided if there were more interest in how other people live. He says living among the people of a country helps you understand and see the beauty in other cultures.