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Ashland Fiber Network plans to make upgrades

Internet provider Ashland Fiber Network will be offline overnight starting Monday so city of Ashland staff can increase the bandwidth and make other upgrades.

AFN will go down at 11:55 p.m. Monday and is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Tuesday at the latest, according to a news release.

In addition to increasing AFN's bandwidth, crews will upgrade equipment, reconfigure the network and reload new configuration files to AFN customers' cable modems.

AFN customers who experience connectivity issues after 8 a.m. Tuesday should manually reboot by unplugging the cable modem, waiting 60 seconds and then plugging the modem back in. This will automatically download the new configuration file and connectivity should be restored within five minutes of rebooting, the release said.

"There is never an ideal time to schedule upgrades to the AFN system," IT Manager Mike Ainsworth said in the release. "AFN customers are online at all hours of the day, but we had to pick a date and time and selected late night on a Monday hoping it would have the least impact on our customers."

For more information, call 541-552-2222 or visit

Dutch Bros. raises money for youth-related charities

Dutch Bros. annual fundraiser for youth organizations in December raised more than $139,000, up nearly $50,000 from the previous year.

The Buck 4 Kids event took drink proceeds from all 190 Dutch Bros. locations and donated them to regional Boys & Girls Clubs, Christmas toy collection programs, and other charities. A complete list of charities that benefitted is available online at

The 2013 Buck 4 Kids event will be Dec. 6.

Truckload of food from grocers helps ACCESS

The owners of Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less grocery outlets will deliver about 23,000 pounds of food in a semi-trailer to the ACCESS Food Share warehouse at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

Every year since 2000, the Olsrud family has donated an entire trailer full of food. Officials said the donation helps the agency serve the hungry in Jackson County.

"The Olsruds are wonderful partners of ACCESS, and they are making a very real difference in the lives of people in need," ACCESS Executive Director Jackie Schad said in a news release.

Ashland library book sale scheduled for Wednesday

The Friends of the Ashland Public Library will hold its monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The sale will feature best- sellers of today and days gone by. Proceeds from the sale help fund the Books for Babies early literacy program, in addition to other library events and special programs for children, youth and adults.

For information, call 541-774-6996 or see

Adult education program focuses on neighborhoods

Emek Shalom Adult Education will hold a presentation on "Ashland at Home," a program that assists those who wish to remain at home and in their familiar neighborhoods as they age.

The presentation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the temple, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. There is no fee for class, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 541-488-2909 or visit

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