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  • Help your dog adjust when returning to work

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Feb 23, 2021

    If you worked at home during the pandemic, your dog may have gotten used to constant attention. Millions of dogs accepted the constant company of their human companions who were home all day — quite easily. Being alone when pet parents return to work after months at home will pose challenges for dogs. You can take steps to minimize the difficulties for them. If you have any extra time before returning to work away from home, make use of it to prepare your pooch. You can... Full story

  • Home cooking for your valentine

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Feb 10, 2021

    Memories of Valentine’s Days past may turn to chocolates, flowers, dinner, and dancing. This year, the day of love may look different. With continued restrictions on indoor dining across the country, many people are swapping a romantic evening out for an at-home meal or celebration. Some may use this as an opportunity to show off the new cooking skills they picked up during the pandemic. Love is a positive emotion, with many tangible health benefits, and you can express it i... Full story

  • Businesses launch during COVID-19

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Feb 10, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has closed thousands of businesses across the country, but for Deb Yannariello, co-owner of Sisters Depot Kitchen & Cocktail Bar, it seemed a good time to start a new one. “We bought the building in September and we opened mid-December,” she told The Nugget last month. “We have no history here at all and I think we’re doing good for January. Everything here is new — including the menu — and we have an outdoor, covered dining area and a heati... Full story

  • Loose dogs a problem in Sisters

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    Walking your dog should be fun, relaxing, and safe — but there are a considerable number of stories of unsuspecting people having to fend off loose dogs. It’s a real problem for a lot of people everywhere, including here in Sisters. Yes, dogs love being off leash, but when taking your dog outdoors you need to keep more than just their happiness in mind. You need to keep them safe and those around them safe as well. Your dog could jump on someone who’s afraid of dogs and... Full story

  • Cold weather safety for your pets

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    This winter in Sisters Country the temperatures have been above normal, but we may finally be headed into colder weather. It’s your job as a pet parent to keep your furry friend warm and safe. After all, Rover can’t quite put on a coat and scarf for his morning walk or tell you when he wants to go indoors on a blustery day. Frigid weather can be hard on pets, just like people. It is important to prepare your furry friend for the cold weeks ahead. It’s a misconception that... Full story

  • Beloved Sisters veterinarian is retiring

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    After more than two decades of practice at Broken Top Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Little Liedblad is transitioning (slowly) into retirement. Liedblad is a 1985 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has had patients from raptors to elephants and everything in between. On January 1, 2000 Liedblad bought the building at 67293 W. Highway 20 in Bend and had it modified into a veterinary clinic. Liedblad remembers when her husband, Craig, had seen an... Full story

  • Doc Ryan serves up new music

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Jan 12, 2021

    For Central Oregon guitarist-singer-songwriter and orthopedic surgeon Michael “Doc” Ryan, it’s American Roots music, pure and simple. Ryan has a passion for playing that “alternative country” sound — the wide-ranging genre that includes bluegrass, folk, and traditional country, sometimes mixed up with blues, rock, and jazz. Ryan, playing acoustic guitar and harmonica, set up a livestream event and recording session with the DiRT Trio Band at The Belfry in Sisters i... Full story

  • Your pet’s DNA

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Doggie looks can be deceiving. More and more people are turning to DNA tests to learn more about the breed, behavior, and health of their dogs and cats. If your furry friend’s parentage is perplexing, a dog DNA test could reveal its ancestry. DNA testing or profiling came to fame in the 1980s when it was first used to help solve crimes. While DNA testing as we know it was refined between the 1950s and 1980s, there were forms of genetic testing done as early as 1886. As recentl... Full story

  • Shop local for your holiday season menu

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Dec 15, 2020

    “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” the classic song says, and as we cruise into the winter holiday season during an upsurge of COVID-19, experts across the country have insisted that staying home is the best and safest option. COVID-19 related closures and restrictions have impacted many small businesses in challenging ways. We hear “shop local,” “support local,” and “eat local.” This holiday season it’s really time to follow through and support local and family-owned and operated businesses. These restaurants a... Full story

  • Including your pet this holiday season

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Dec 8, 2020

    While the holidays will look a little different for just about everyone this year, one thing remains the same: Pet owners consider their furry friends to be part of the family, which means including them in holiday traditions. This holiday season, we’re especially grateful for our wonderful, sometimes quirky, loving fur kids who were a very good aid in a strange and stressful year. We can always count on our pets to inspire us to find joy in traditions, both old and new. S... Full story

  • Martolli’s has new owners

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Dec 8, 2020

    Jennifer and Kelly Brock have recently taken the reins as new owners of Martolli’s of Sisters Authentic Hand-Tossed Pizza. Martolli’s was born when Mark Hedford and Brad Martell opened their doors in Sisters offering pizza by the slice in 2002. The popular pizza parlor has continued its commitment to the traditional perfected recipes and fresh ingredients since its inception. Kelly noted, “Dawn Jones and Julie Prather were the previous business owners for the past six years... Full story

  • Three Sisters Floral has moved

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Dec 8, 2020

    Three Sisters Floral has a new location at 243 N. Elm in Sisters — formerly The Porch restaurant. This unique flower shop owned by Ruth Raizin had been located on Main Avenue. Raizin told The Nugget, “Our move was precipitated by sale of the building we were in. However, we found a beautiful old farmhouse and more than doubled our indoor space, with beautiful shopping quarters.” “The large store makes social distancing easy — people are very respectful and masks... Full story

  • HolyCow helps children internationally

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Nov 25, 2020

    What began as a desire for Sisters residents Jared and Crystal Vogt to feed their family healthier food turned into a mission to help children overseas. Crystal noted, “We became more health-minded after moving to Sisters six years ago and were trying to feed our family, good, clean, healthy food, but it costs a lot. The only way we could know for sure what we were feeding our kids was to raise it ourselves. So, we went in together with another family and bought one cow t... Full story

  • Staying in business amid pandemic

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Nov 24, 2020

    Two weeks ago, Governor Kate Brown announced the most extensive set of restrictions since the March Stay-at-Home order, in order to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases in Oregon. Some businesses closed — like restaurants, bars, and gyms — and gatherings are limited to no more than six people. Grocery and retail stores are open but capped at 75 percent of normal occupancy. The statewide “freeze” went into effect for two weeks beginning November 18. Unlike large ret... Full story

  • Thanksgiving ideas for a disrupted 2020

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Nov 17, 2020

    Thanksgiving is only a week away. But this year celebrations are likely to be far different from those in the past. Because of COVID-19 and the new restrictions in place, most of us won’t be able to gather with those close friends and family for this special meal. If you’ve decided not to cook for Thanksgiving this year — or at least not to cook much — you’re not alone. With the CDC saying that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, many... Full story

  • Black Butte Ranch quilt show

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Nov 10, 2020

    This past summer East of the Cascades Quilt (EOCQ) guild member Susan Cobb and other guild members yearned to have a special exhibit on the 100th year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 2020. Ed and Kathi Beacham, owners of Beacham Clock Co. in Sisters, were happy to be of assistance and 14 quilts were displayed August 14-21, 2020. The quilts were also showcased at Deschutes County Historical Society in Bend August 25-September 23, 2020, and Si... Full story

  • Arts get a financial shot in the arm in Sisters

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Nov 3, 2020

    Sisters arts organizations got a significant financial shot in the arm from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support (CRFCS) grant awards totaling $25.7 million are being distributed to 621 organizations across Oregon. These funds, approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature in July, were allocated to the Oregon Cultural Trust to support cultural organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Wednesday Cate O’Hagan, c... Full story

  • Halloween traditions in a spooky year

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Between a once-in-a-lifetime comet and a near-miss with a close asteroid, 2020 has been as strange a year for outer space as it has been right here on Earth. This October offers up an extraordinary treat bringing a “blue moon” — just in time for Halloween. The night sky on October 31 will be illuminated by the second full moon in a month. The relatively rare occurrence happens once every two-and-a-half years, on average, which is the origin of the saying “once in a blu... Full story

  • Artists work in the open air at vineyard

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Oct 20, 2020

    Faith Hope & Charity Vineyards hosted Art in The Vineyard last Saturday, achieving their goal of providing access to art and allowing visitors to sample wines while enjoying the delicious food available for purchase from their full menu. Sisters Arts Association (SAA) artists showcased the fruit of their talents, offering artwork for sale. The artists’ booths were placed in different locations in the open area between vineyards and the tasting room, spaced apart with the v... Full story

  • Venardos Circus returns to Central Oregon with live show

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Oct 13, 2020

    Get ready for the “Greatest Show on Earth” — Halloween weekend with the Venardos Circus when it returns to Redmond at the Deschutes Fairgrounds under the big top. The stage will have live socially distanced audiences from October 29 through November 1, for the first shows in front of a live audience since COVID-19. The circus has always been one of the most popular forms of public entertainment in the world. It’s hard to conceive of just how popular it was in its Ameri... Full story

  • Sisters youth helps keep up bird habitat

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Oct 6, 2020

    Henry David Thoreau wrote of the bird that “carries the sky on his back.” The Western bluebird has a sky-blue back and russet chest and flanks. They’re birds of open spaces, so look and listen for them year-round near fields, parks, pastures, and open woodlands — any place with junipers is a good bet. You can find them in rural areas around Sisters in places like Camp Polk Meadow, Camp Sherman — and in and around the open area where local quilter Diane Tolzm... Full story

  • Artists adapt during pandemic

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Sep 30, 2020

    Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the effects it has had on the economy, artists have had to adapt. Many projects have been canceled or put on hold. Artists are adapting to shutdowns by swapping their physical art spaces for virtual ones. Sisters Art Association (SAA) artists, some who participated in the 2020 Artist Studio Tour last weekend, have found creative ways to cope amid the COVID-19 crisis. Bedouin and Good Day Café owner Harmony Thomas said, “When I joined the SAA board last fall, I was asked to w... Full story

  • Furry Friends chosen for donation

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Sep 29, 2020

    Twice a year, Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in Redmond actively looks to support local nonprofit organizations that value the animal/human bond. Just recently Furry Friends Foundation (FFF) in Sisters was chosen as the clinic’s charity of choice and was presented with a check for $4,928. Chelsea Blackmore, lead receptionist at the veterinary clinic, told The Nugget, “The Furry Friends Foundation was chosen due to their mission of extending a helping hand to those in nee... Full story

  • Artists demonstrate their work in tour

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Sep 29, 2020

    Those who love the arts in Sisters got the opportunity last weekend to see some of the region’s finest in action. The Sisters Art Association (SAA) Artist Studio Tour celebrated four years of offering a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts to visit studio spaces of 36 artists at 26 locations in and around Sisters Country. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, a dynamic group of local artists showcased unique collections of work in the free, a... Full story

  • Fall fruits and veggies are great for health

    Jodi Schneider, Correspondent|Updated Sep 22, 2020

    Cooler days mean cozy, comforting meals. Fall is a time of year when many people look forward to savoring seasonal flavors. September signals the start of autumn, and with it comes a bounty of delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables. With splashy colors and striking shapes, you could use fall harvest vegetables as centerpieces, porch decorations or maybe even homemade bird feeders. But the best thing you can do with fall veggies is to work them into meals. Dig into fall... Full story

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