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World Bee day in the backyard

Today brings another World Bee Day! Oregon is home to about 500 species of bees. You can find them in forests, fields and our own gardens. These busy insects are the main pollinators for 90% of plants, so keeping them healthy is important. Honey Bees like to visit our yards. Or more precisely, the busy […]

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The Annual Nesting of Walter and Irene

Walter and Irene are two ducks who have become a familiar sight in the neighborhood. Every year, the pair returns to the same spot to nest and raise their ducklings. Their chosen location is in a quiet corner of the neighborhood, surrounded by trees and bushes that provide ample cover and protection. Locals have come […]

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City Library Cuts: Impact on the Community

The recent decision to halve the city library opening hours (from 96 to 48) has sparked concerns among residents about access to essential resources and services. Libraries are vital community hubs that provide access to books, computers, workshops, and knowledgeable staff. With fewer hours, residents, regardless of age or background, face limitations in accessing these […]

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Your Library, Your Living Room

Use the many free online services of the Salem City Library from Home: Watch movies, listen to books, learn a language or how to craft… Here are some of our favorites: Canopy is a streaming platform, offering a selection of movies, documentaries, and educational content. The catalog features acclaimed films, indie gems, thought-provoking documentaries and […]

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Embracing Dark Skies: Benefits for Residential Neighborhoods

In the hustle and bustle of urban life, it’s easy to overlook the beauty of the night sky. Yet, the Dark Skies movement advocates for preserving and restoring the natural darkness of our nighttime environment, not only for the benefit of stargazers and astronomers but also for the well-being of city residents. As city dwellers, […]

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Our 2024 Oregon representation

Once more the Salem Public Library was host to a town hall with double bill Oregon House Representative Tom Anderson and State Senator Deb Patterson. You are used to hearing our City Councilor Linda Nishioka speaking on what is happening at City Hall, during our monthly SESNA neighborhood meetings. However, the people representing us on […]

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How a Sewing Center Can Help You Unleash Your Inner Artist

Whitlocks Sewing Center is a family-owned business that has been serving the sewing and vacuum needs of the Salem community since 1952. The company was founded by John Whitlock, who was a sewing machine repairman at the time. Over the years, they expanded to include vacuum cleaner repair and sales, as well as a wide […]

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Backyard birds

People love watching birds. If you’re ready to give this hobby a try, a good place to start is learning about the small birds you’re most likely to spot in your own backyard. That’s what I did. Over the span of a couple of weeks, I kept records of the birds visiting my own yard’s […]

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Exploring law enforcement services, programs and policies

Twice a year, during April and September, Salem residents have the unique opportunity to engage with their Police Department in a unique fashion. The Community Police Academy program is designed to promote better comprehension and communication between neighbors and law enforcement. Through interactive in-person classes, you gain comprehensive insights into various topics, such as crime […]

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A heron in the neighborhood?

We got sightings, and a video, of a juvenile heron in our neighborhood. And a pretty rare one to boot. The Audubon Society confirmed this particular bird as a Green Heron. The tranquil ambiance of a backyard pool takes an enchanting turn as a juvenile Green Heron makes an unexpected visit. The vibrant yet slightly […]