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West Linn Post office blues, home food preservation help now available by phone

WL post office seeks public input

West Linn post office will need to move from its present location by Dec. 31.

USPS has stated that finding a new location in West Linn is a top priority. Residents are encouraged to provide their thoughts and comments to USPS — written comments on the proposal will be accepted until July 25 and may be mailed to:

Greg Shelton, real estate specialist

U.S. Postal Service

200 E. Kentucky Ave.

Denver, CO 80209-4058

Talk to canning experts

As canning season gets underway, the Food Preservation toll-free hotline at Oregon State University Extension Service is taking calls at 800-354-7319 until Oct. 18.

The hotline is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. When the hotline is closed, callers can leave a message.

The line is staffed by certified Master Food Preserver volunteers in Lane and Douglas counties, but is available statewide.

Volunteers respond to thousands of callers each year. Over half the questions are related to food safety.

"It's easy for folks to go down a 'rabbit hole' when searching for information about canning and food safety — and misinformation can be hazardous," said Denise Fennell, the Douglas County Master Food Preserver coordinator. "That's why the hotline is so important. Our callers know we have reliable, research-based information and our volunteers can guide people to safe and successful food preservation."

Home food preservation has continued to grow as people show more interest in where their food comes from and how it is prepared.

"We see a lot of home gardeners who are starting to can at home to ensure that their summer bounty of fruits and vegetables don't go to waste," she said.


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