Author: Laura Mancuso

Healthy Highlights:

Staying Healthy While You TravelThere’s one thing that you definitely should not bring home for the holidays – and that’s a fever. Doctors across the country have warned people to protect themselves from the “tripledemic,” which refers to the combined threat of respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, the flu and[Read More…]

Wholesome foods:

What are antioxidants?If you’re like me and you are always looking for the Fountain of Youth, you should know about antioxidants.Your body naturally produces antioxidants through metabolism, or in response to exposure to toxins like radiation or tobacco smoke. You also need to obtain antioxidants in foods, particularly plant foods[Read More…]

Her life in the Valley of Riches

Autumn is here and I am enjoying this year’s harvest. Dan made his family’s sauce recipe with the tomatoes, basil and onions from our garden and it was delicious. I have also been enjoying the changing leaves. The Valley is such a beautiful place to live!Halloween is almost here and[Read More…]

‘Signs of Hope’ campaign in Cave Junction

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Sept. 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day.Angela Franklin is the suicide prevention coordinator and behavioral health specialist for older adults and adults living with physical disabilities. She works for Options for Southern Oregon and covers Josephine County.On Sept. 9, various organizations participated in[Read More…]

Burglars nab historic cemetery plats

The Illinois Valley Historic Laurel Cemetery was hit hard with a burglary Saturday, Sept. 17. Thieves broke two windows to the chapel and stole the security cameras mounted on the outside of the building after allegedly driving around the locked cable entrance through a wooded area with a tombstone.IVHLC board[Read More…]

Bridgeview Winery is back with a splash!

Bridgeview Winery is the perfect spot in the Valley to relax with a glass of wine while watching the beautiful swans swim on the pond. The “original” tasting room is open again with some exciting new additions.Due to the pandemic, Bridgeview had to close its doors for awhile but now[Read More…]

According to Chuck, Cave Junction is the place to be

Optimistic, humble and kind are a few words that describe this year’s Lions Club Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal Chuck Taylor, the founder of Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction.The Illinois Valley had a very lucky year in 1970 when the Taylor family came to Cave Junction. Chuck brought his family[Read More…]

Wholesome Foods

Here’s a fun recipe that I learned recently from my friend Connie – watermelon salsa. This recipe gives a refreshing spin on salsa during the hot days of summer and you can make it festive by serving it in a watermelon rind bowl.Sunday I made the salsa with as many[Read More…]

Her life in the Valley of Riches

Just wanted to remind our readers that the Illinois Valley News provides FREE content for our community.Many newspapers in the region charge for obituaries by the column inch, but we do it for free without a word limit. The only charge is $10 if you would like to publish a[Read More…]

How to protect yourself from Valley wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke drifted back into the Illinois Valley early Saturday morning from the McKinney Fire in Northern California.Since fire season is in full swing, you should know how to take precautions when there is hazardous air quality.Being prepared for fire season is especially important for the health of children, older[Read More…]