Laughing all the way — Grounded

July 2, 2015

Most of our friends are world travelers, people who fill up their passports and have to get fresh ones before their expiration date, folks with high-six-figure frequent flier miles who go to Singapore for a weekend of shopping and lead tours to Italy, Argentina and South Africa to enjoy food and wine. These friends have family abroad, think nothing of flying over the pole and visit Kenyan orphanages after starting nonprofits to benefit them.

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On the other hand, The Sainted One and I are quite excited about our summer vacation. We’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and my 65th birthday with a road trip through Eastern Oregon and Washington, with stops at the Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds and a microbrewery festival in La Grande. We’ll spend two nights in Joseph and our last night in Wenatchee. As our virgin passports gather dust at home, we’ll be making dust of our own, following thin dotted lines on maps in search of something interesting, visiting small town bars and chatting with the regulars, searching for geocaches, and because we’re Vacation Book Bingers, plowing through two or three books apiece. Read more

City seeking Newcastle Days parade participants

April 30, 2015

The city of Newcastle will host its annual Newcastle Days celebration Sept. 11-12.

Part of the festival includes a parade through Lake Boren Park opening the event on Saturday, Sept. 12.

This year’s festival coincides with the National Day of Service and Remembrance, so the organizing committee is inviting veterans to participate in the second annual Newcastle Days Parade.

The parade serves as the official kickoff to the Sept. 12 event featuring music, activities, food and more. The exact time of the parade is yet to be determined, though it will likely begin at either 10 or 10:30 a.m., depending on the number of participants. Read more

Teen shares love of cooking and healthy eating through blog

March 5, 2014

With a passion for cooking delicious and healthy food, Newcastle teen Madeline Dalton started a blog as a place to share recipes with other people her age.

Dubbed Teens Can Cook, Too, the website is an online cookbook where teens can find food to make for themselves. Dalton, a student at Seattle’s The Bush School, started the blog in November 2010. She now posts recipes about once a week.

Contributed A page from Madeline Dalton’s food blog ‘Teens Can Cook, Too,’ talks about making your own caesar salad.

A page from Madeline Dalton’s food blog ‘Teens Can Cook, Too,’ talks about making your own caesar salad.

Many of the recipes are vegetarian and gluten-free, foreign combinations in the stereotypical teenage diet of soda and potato chips. In the United States, 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese, a number that has tripled since 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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