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Salem teens will talk mental health, suicide prevention at free daylong summit

Jewels VanVolkingburg of Central High School is blindfolded for a communication exercise during a small group session at ILEAD 2018. (Courtesy/City of Salem) Salem-area teens can spend a day learning about mental health and coping strategies as part of a city-county partnership to help young leaders better address community challenges.[Read More…]

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School board members say they’re disappointed by Salem’s poor test results

School buses parked in the Salem-Keizer School District lot on Hawthorne Avenue (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Last month, new state data showed Salem-Keizer had once again failed to raise the percentage of students reading and doing math at grade level. Salem-Keizer wasn’t unique: nearly every large district in Oregon saw fewer[Read More…]

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Eat your way around Salem this October with Salem Dining Month

Mushroom risotto is one of the Salem Dining Month options at Rafns’, paired with soup or salad and glass of wine (Courtesy/Rafns’ Restaurant) Want to sample some Salem flavor? Eighteen local restaurants are offering special three-course menus as part of Salem Dining Month, a year-old event encouraging residents to partake[Read More…]