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Salvation Army might not have enough toys for kids

As volunteers busily sort toys at the Salvation Army's 2012 Christmas Food and Toy Distribution Center, concern mounts that the organization may not have enough toys to meet the need. More than 1,400 families are signed up to receive Christmas assistance this year, including nearly 3,000 children ages 12 and younger.

Toys for children 3 and under and gifts for boys 10 to 12 are particularly sparse. Toys can be dropped off in Medford at both Fred Meyer locations, the Salvation Army office at 304 Beatty St., or the organization's thrift store at 922 N. Central Ave.

Donations to allow the Salvation Army to purchase toys also can be dropped off at the Beatty Street office. For more information, call 541-773-6965.

Ashland hosts final youth hockey clinic Saturday

Ashland Parks & Recreation will host its final free youth hockey instruction clinic for 5- to 7-year-olds from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 22.

A certified instructor will be present to teach basic skills about the game. Attendees should have proper equipment and suitable ice-skating skills.

For information, call 541-488-5340.

Licensed dogs with clean records get free ride

Licensed dogs that are picked up by Jackson County Animal Care and Control get free rides home if they have no prior incidents or visits on record in the past year.

Licensed dogs who end up at the shelter also get a free night's stay at the Talent shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway.

"This financial benefit is our way of saying thank you and rewarding responsible dog owners," a statement on the Jackson County website reads.

Officials note that fees and penalties to reclaim an unlicensed dog from the shelter can run $180 or more. Dog licenses, which are required by law throughout the county, cost $20 a year for neutered pets and $30 a year for non-neutered animals. Discounts are available for multiyear licenses and for seniors.

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