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'Fireplaces don't draft like a wood stove, so you need dry wood'

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Conscientious Oregonians have been storing up firewood for the inevitable cool days of winter and the experienced wood-gatherers know that dry, seasoned firewood burns most efficiently, provides the most heat and smokes the least.

In fact, unseasoned wood is not suitable for open fireplaces, according to Steve Bowers, a forester with Oregon State University Extension Service.

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'

Oregon State studies lionfish: 'Why some species get eaten and others don’t'
Kurt Ingeman, a researcher from Oregon State University, surveys reefs in the Bahamas to study the predatory nature of lionfish. (Image courtesy of Oregon State University)

If you live in lionfish territory in the Atlantic Ocean, the last thing you want to be is a small fish with a long, skinny body, resting by yourself at night, near the bottom of the seafloor.

If so, your chances of being gobbled up by a lionfish increase by about 200 times.

These Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest

These Thanksgiving cupcakes are the cutest
Cupcakes these days are usually adorable - but Trophy Cupcakes have outdone themselves this year with their Thanksgiving Dozen. We're especially taken with the little mini pie-cupcakes. (Image: Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Cupcakes these days are usually adorable - but Trophy has outdone themselves this year with their Thanksgiving Dozen.

Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees

Helicopters help harvest Christmas trees »Play Video
Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farm relies on helicopters to help harvest Christmas trees from its 8,500 acres near Corvallis, Oregon.

Holiday Tree Farms is the biggest Christmas tree farm in Oregon. The Beaver State is the nation's leading producer of Christmas trees with $110 million in annual sales.

From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers

From Turkey Creek to Lower Turkeyfoot: Thanksgiving, by the numbers »Play Video

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. This event is regarded by many as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag  Indians in attendance played a  key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

Did a shelter dog detect a visitor's diabetes?

Did a shelter dog detect a visitor's diabetes? »Play Video
Catherine Beeston with Claire

When Catherine Beeston went to look at the dogs at Greenhill Humane Society, something happened.

"They give me the paperwork, and I can't fill out that form, and my hands start to shake and my blood sugar - I started to sweat, which is usually an indication to me that my blood sugar's dropping," she recalled. "It got really bad."

She wasn't the only one who noticed.

As Beeston's blood sugar dropped, she happened to be visiting with a dog named Claire

"She just kind of turned her head and was looking at me with the oddest ... that look of, 'What the - what is wrong with you, human?'" Beeston recalled.

Woman found dead at Springfield motel

Woman found dead at Springfield motel »Play Video
Eugene-Springfield Fire responded just before midnight on Sunday to the Village Inn Motel.

Police discovered a woman's body at a motel last weekend. A death investigation is in progress.

How to safely thaw and roast a turkey

How to safely thaw and roast a turkey »Play Video

A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.

All in a Day's Drive: Thanksgiving edition

All in a Day's Drive: Thanksgiving edition »Play Video

There are plenty of places where you and the family can work up an appetite before that Thanksgiving feast.

And a few places around town are offering families a Thanksgiving morning workout.

Watch All in a Day's Drive Wednesdays on KMTR NewsSource 16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.