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LEABURG: Plans to build a world-class facility to honor the McKenzie River got a big boost this month, thanks to the award of a $25,000 gift.
To date, the Friends of the Old McKenzie Fish Hatchery has acquired over $1.2 million in cash and physical assets for the “McKenzie River Discovery Park” project at Leaburg Lake. The MRDP Interpretive Center has been planned to offer education and experiential learning, featur-ing themed areas - including movie theaters, trails, cultural exhibits, riverboat displays, and a gallery for rotating exhibits - along with an overhead aquarium and the Tamolitch interactive lab. Each feature was planned as part of a comprehensive learning experience for the 35,000 to 50,000 visitors expected to visit the center annually.

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Off Beat Oregon History

High-water mark of Oregon’s postwar-timber-era culture

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By Finn J.D. John
It goes without saying that Oregon has changed in the 50 years that have gone by since the Tom McCall era.
People who remember Oregon in 1967 look back on a sort of Edenic place, comfortably conservative in some ways and progressive in others; a place with plentiful good-paying jobs and high levels of public services and low taxes and excellent roads, all paid for by a booming timber industry.
It went away, of course, when the mills started mechanizing and the available logging projects dwindled, starting in the mid-1970s. But while it lasted, it was a real and distinctive regional culture.
To get a sense of that culture (or, for those of us who have been here long enough, to remember it), there’s really no better refresher than Pixieland.

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Doodles By Barry McWilliams

Back in school? Get ready for changes

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Gardening Tips

Kids garden toolsBy Kym Pokorny
When grubby little hands grip your pant leg as you head for the garden, put them in the soil and they may dig up a lifetime of learning and pleasure.
“One of the keys to getting kids interested in gardening is to get them engaged,” said Joy Jones, Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener coordinator in Tillamook County. “Let them explore what catches their attention, especially small children.”
Stimulating a child’s imagination can be as simple as filling a dishpan with dirt, passing them a hand lens and letting them delve into the world that lives underground, she said. If it’s gross, so much the better.

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.