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  • Chet & Bernie Series

    Kema Clark|Updated Dec 19, 2023

    It doesn’t matter if you like dogs. Or private detectives. Or murder mysteries. If you like laughter, sarcastic humor, and listening to a dog’s thoughts, you’ll like Spencer Quinn’s series of Chet & Bernie mysteries. The Little Detective Agency is owned by Bernie Little and run by Chet, Bernie’s dog sidekick. Well, Chet thinks he’s running the place, since he constantly worries about Bernie losing the check a client gave them, or agreeing to work for someone for free or at a discount. The books in the series are narrated by... Full story

  • Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series

    Kema Clark|Updated Nov 7, 2023

    Bernard Cornwell has a very interesting life story that got him to the point of writing several fictional series. He was born in England in 1944 and adopted when he was six weeks old. His new parents were members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People, who forbade just about everything kids and young adults were interested in. Cornwell definitely expressed his rebellion toward all those restrictions when he started to write historical novels about war, realistic wartime relationships, and fighting. He... Full story

  • A hiker's bible

    Kema Clark|Updated Aug 22, 2023

    A few months ago the Sisters Library had a book signing with William "Bill" Sullivan. Since the library is undergoing a massive remodel, the signing was held at the Sisters Firehouse Community Hall on Elm Street. When I saw a few of the books that Bill has published, I decided I would get out of my comfy chair and go. I'm glad I did go. Bill was very down to earth, knew his subjects and made the entire event interesting. One of the books I saw in his list was "100 Hikes /... Full story

  • A Chicago mystery

    Kema Clark|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    I’d been searching for a new author for months and couldn’t find one that kept me interested. Until I read Tracy Clark’s “Broken Places,” the first in her Chicago Mystery series. It’s made even better by knowing that Clark was born in Chicago and has lived there her entire life. She knows the streets, the personalities, and the types of characters that are all over the city. Cass Raines is the lead detective in the Chicago Mystery series — she goes out on her own as a private detective after a tragic experience with the Chic... Full story

  • Artist, geologist collaborate on art treasures

    Kema Clark|Updated May 11, 2021

    Mary Jo Weiss and Denny Tower have been working together in support of My Own Two Hands (MOTH) for over four years. The part that each of them plays to create a unique piece of jewelry for MOTH is extraordinary. Denny cuts and polishes the stone used in the jewelry, while Mary Jo designs the jewelry piece to display the stone’s perfection. The stones used by Tower have been collected over time during rock-hunting trips across the state, dating back to when he was nine years o... Full story

  • Doug Wills: long time Kiwanis volunteer

    Kema Clark|Updated Oct 27, 2020

    Doug Wills chose the Kiwanis Club as his first volunteer job back in the early 1980s. “I was living in Scottsdale, Arizona at the time and a friend of mine was a Kiwanis volunteer. I signed up to help and have continued ever since,” he said. As he’s moved around the U.S. in the last 30 years, he’s gotten involved in other volunteer opportunities. “We lived in Newport, Oregon, for 15 years. I was VP of the trustee board for the hospital, president of the board for Friends o... Full story

  • Volunteering at Sisters Fire District is rewarding

    Kema Clark|Updated Sep 22, 2020

    Ken Ammann says he’s done a lot of crazy things in his life, but being a volunteer firefighter for the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District team is definitely the most rewarding of all. “It was a complete surprise to me how much I get out of helping, since I had no background in firefighting,” he told The Nugget. “It was pure chance I even joined the team.” Five years ago, Ken and a few friends were riding their motorcycles and just happened to run into Deputy Chief Tim Craig... Full story

  • Featured Volunteer – Liz Weeks

    Kema Clark|Updated Jul 22, 2020

    Liz Weeks has been volunteering at the Kiwanis Food Bank (KFB) for over six years — and has no plans to stop. “Every one needs help sometimes,” Liz says. “It’s very satisfying to assist our clients in getting the food they need. I want all our clients to feel welcome and understand we can help.” Before the COVID-19 crisis, Liz volunteered at the KFB every Thursday for the five hours they were open. “I enjoyed getting to know our clients, finding ingredients they needed... Full story

  • Sisters Library starts reopening

    Kema Clark|Updated Jun 2, 2020

    Tuesday, May 26, started the gradual reopening of Deschutes County Libraries. Books that were checked out months ago, can now be returned. The return process is a little different for each branch. Some of the library locations are able to have the book bins in an area to allow library patrons to pull in and hand the books to a library employee or toss them in the bin. People don’t have to exit their cars at all. The Sisters Library was unable to arrange the drop-off in that f... Full story

  • The Quarantine List

    Kema Clark|Updated May 19, 2020

    Books, movies and music are three of the best ways to relax, laugh and lose your worries for a while. Bill Bryson is an author who can start your adventure. “A Walk in the Woods” will take you along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. You can travel by eBook, audiobook or video. “The Road to Little Dribbling” will give you a great tour of England and have you laughing most of the way. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” gives you just that — a little of everything. Jon Krakauer is an author who writes true... Full story

  • Free crossword puzzles offer a fine diversion

    Kema Clark|Updated Apr 15, 2020

    Finding free crossword puzzles online has been great in this new world of stay-at-home. The puzzles keep your mind going and get your thoughts off disaster for a while. Go to and you’ll see pictures of the different free games available. Some don’t say “free” in the title of the game, but all that I’ve opened have been no cost. Click on one of the games, click on the arrow to hear a few seconds of an ad, click on “skip ad” when it pops up, then start a game immediately.... Full story

  • Time to get into other people’s business

    Kema Clark|Updated Mar 31, 2020

    Who knew we would get to the point that it’s a good thing to be the irritating person who gets in other people’s business? Well, we’re there. Even though you may have been a private, mind-your-own-business kind of person for your entire life, it’s time to change. Let’s start with sons and daughters getting in their parents’ business. You probably hated when your parents stuck their noses in your life and business when you knew you were grown and had a brain. You wanted them to stay out of things that you felt didn’t conc... Full story

  • Favorite books for troubled times

    Kema Clark|Updated Mar 31, 2020

    I like two kinds of books or movies: either the bad guy dies at the end or the couple live happily ever after. All my favorite books and movies are series. By the time I’ve read or watched a couple of them, I feel like the characters are either my best friends or I want to shoot them. Either way, they’re real people. Louis L’Amour’s Sackett series is awesome. Tell Sackett is one of the greatest characters ever in a Western — and it has nothing to do with the fact that Sam Elliott plays Tell Sackett in the TV movies.... Full story

  • Meditation offers benefits for well-being

    Kema Clark|Updated Jan 29, 2020

    Meditation. It works. Many people practice meditation and know that it improves their lives mentally and physically. But a lot more people have never tried it and don’t understand how it can help them. It won’t cost you a lot of money, you can try it on your own time, and you don’t need to be part of group. When you discover it makes you feel happier, decreases your stress, and helps you relax, you will know it was time well spent. Start simple. You don’t have to go to a cl... Full story

  • What is it about essential oils?

    Kema Clark|Updated Jan 29, 2020

    What are essential oils? Most definitions describe essential oils as the concentrated extracts of potentially beneficial plants. The terms used in the search to find which essential oils are right for you can be confusing. Finding a licensed aromatherapist or trained therapist should be the first step to make sure you find the right oils to fit your needs. It is important that you use essential oils in a way that will be beneficial to you and not cause negative health risks that you never expected. Distributors of essential o... Full story

  • Challenging yourself for fitness in 2020

    Kema Clark|Updated Jan 21, 2020

    Coach and trainer Ryan Hudson of Level 5 Crossfit in Sisters has a maxim for those who have resolved to get truly fit: Don’t plan your workout by “kind” of workout, but by “degree” of challenge. “Our focus this year is on overall fitness and health, including eating habits, nutritional coaching, body fat measurements and improvements across the board,” Hudson told The Nugget. Level 5 now has the InBody 570 body composition analyzer that measures body fat, muscle and more. The results of testing will help members set g... Full story

  • Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank gets big boost

    Kema Clark, Correspondent|Updated Dec 17, 2019

    Friday the 13th turned out to be a day of good fortune at the Sisters Kiwanis Club Food Bank. OnPoint Community Credit Union representatives Steve Wymer and Rocky Johnson were in town to present a check for $10,000 to support the Food Bank. Wymer, regional director for OnPoint, said they are set up to work with communities like Sisters. “OnPoint knows when we all work together, donations are increased. We try to bridge the gap in funding to help support communities,” he sai... Full story

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