Author: Laura Mancuso

Connie Dillinger: A ‘Woman of Wisdom’

“Still We Thrive” event organizer and volunteer extraordinaire Connie Dillinger recently traveled to Salem and talked to State Rep. Lily Morgan. Here is the story of how she got there.Thirteen years ago the Illinois Valley was very lucky indeed when Connie Dillinger and her husband Mark decided to settle in[Read More…]

Volunteers clean up the Forks

The We Love Our Parks event was held at Forks State Park May 13. The event was hosted by Oregon State Parks, Friends of the Forks and Illinois Valley Community Development Organization.The event had tables full of educational information and then at 11 a.m. a group of volunteers went to[Read More…]

IVCanDO celebrates those that ‘Do!’

The Illinois Valley Community Development Organization put on their hats and celebrated Valley community builders with an Open House at Bruno’s Cavern May 10.With a variety of hats displayed around the decorated room, IVCanDo Executive Director Lindsey B. Jones put one of her own and led the Open House and[Read More…]

Valley shining star retires from teaching

The beloved Ms. Sally Clements is retiring from teaching after a 32-year career.Currently, Ms. Clements is teaching fifth grade at Lorna Byrne Middle School, but her journey started back in the ‘70s upon graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in education in Morehead, Kentucky, where Daniel Boone’s territory of the[Read More…]

Wholesome Foods:

Plant-based diet to help the earth In honor of Earth Day which was celebrated April 22, I thought it would be a good idea to think about ways we can protect the earth by eating a wholesome diet.According to Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H.[Read More…]

Old Stage Park on city radar

The gated entrance to Old Stage Park (above) and a view of the East Fork of the Illinois River next to the 40-acre park. (Courtesy photo for the Illinois Valley News) The planning and funding of Old Stage Park was on the Cave Junction City Council agenda March 13 during[Read More…]

Wholesome Foods: by Laura Mancuso

Getting Past the PlateausIf you started a New Year’s resolution to get to a healthier weight and have reached a plateau, I have done some research to find a few tips that might help you get back on track. I’ve always felt that when you hit a plateau, it’s time[Read More…]

Birds and fire safety discussed over coffee

The Coffee & Quail community event had an audience of 50 people at the Illinois Valley Senior Center March 11, ready to learn about quail while sipping on coffee donated by Coffee Heaven.This event, in partnership with the Illinois Valley Fire Resiliency Oversight Group, was put on by engagement coordinator[Read More…]