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In the world of human trafficking, freedom may only be a fantasy. You want to escape, yet a part of you believes what you’ve been told: that nobody else will accept you. That this life is better than what waits on the outside. Relief mixes with uncertainty and fear as you watch the person who trafficked you taken into custody.…

Contributor GRATITUDE

 NAME: Cheryl Parton, editor  GRATEFUL FOR: “I am so thankful for my loving family and friends. Having lived in Bend for 20 years, I’m grateful for the way we all connect to each other and make our community better via shared experiences—whether through our kids, work, volunteerism or play. Every day is a gift.”  NAME: Gregg Morris, writer


As I began to reflect on all the things in my life that I’m grateful for, I realized there was not enough space here to include them all! So, my short list starts with my beautiful family, without whom I could not manage without their love and support and extends to our so-loved horses and … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Diamonds & Dust Healing Reins celebrated 20 years of service in Central Oregon at its Diamonds & Dust fundraiser held September 14th. More than 400 guests raised a record $315,000 in support of the organization.  Healing Reins’ equine-assisted programs and therapies help children, teens, adults and whole families who are challenged by a wide range of … Continued

OVER THE EDGE for United Way of Deschutes County

United Way of Deschutes County hosted OVER THE EDGE on September 7. Participants rappelled 70 feet down The Oxford Hotel, the tallest building in Central Oregon, to raise money for vulnerable populations in the community. The event included a Ground Party and raised more than $40,000 for United Way of Deschutes County. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID A. … Continued

Farm to Fork Dinner Supports Heart of Oregon Corps.

Aperion Management Group hosted the fourth annual Farm to Fork Dinner September 8 at Mt. Bachelor’s Pine Marten Lodge. After a lift ride to the lodge, guests experienced a gourmet dinner, live music and auction. The fundraiser supports Heart of Oregon Corps., a nonprofit creating positive change in the lives of young people. PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATALIE STEPHENSON … Continued

Bend-La Pine Looks to the Future with New Schools

Community members joined Bend-La Pine Schools staff and students to celebrate the opening of Bend's newest elementary school and the groundbreaking for a new high school in southeast Bend. North Star Elementary School's ribbon cutting took place August 29. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on September 19 for a new high school slated to open in 2021. … Continued

Pecan vs. Pumpkin

 PUMPKIN  Pumpkin pie was not served at the first Thanksgiving because early settlers had no ovens for baking.  The first “modern” pumpkin pie recipe was published in 1796 by Amelia Simmons in American Cookery, the first known cookbook of the Americas.

Morning Glory

We all know the feeling. It’s a crisp morning after a snow storm. The alarm goes off and we enter into our morning routine. As the sleep gets wiped from our eyes, an immediate thought crosses our minds, “What’s it like up there?”