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Issue 8

December 2016

Newberry Habitat for Humanity Builds Lives, Not Just Affordable Homes

Work on Highway 97/Wickiup Junction Project Halts Until Spring

photo by Lynette Confer

With winter approaching, ODOT and crews wrap up construction work at the Highway 97/Wickiup Junction Overpass project. Although ending this year behind schedule, ODOT expects the Wickiup Junction project to be completed on time late next fall. On November 1 the final beams were placed for the bridge. photo by Andrea Hine

“This will be a blessed house,” agreed dozens of Newberry Habitat supporters attending the November 20 dedication ceremony for Michelle Murphy’s new home in La Pine’s Terry Park. Shown (from left to right) are Steve Krebs, Newberry’s in-house contractor; Michelle Murphy; Executive Director Dwane Krumme; Paul Revere (who spearheaded the $100,000 donation from Crosswater Homeowners in Sunriver that paid for the house’s building costs); and Michelle Murphy’s father Larry and son Keiran. By Andrea Hine

Contributing Writer “It changed our lives,” prefaced Kelly Butler, an eight-year employee at Sun River Resort. “The sense of helplessness and hopelessness goes away, and I don’t have to worry anymore about feeling secure. Instead, I have time to live my life the way I want to, and focus on the important things – such as being a happy family.” A single mom (her son Kyle will be 13 in January), Butler was accepted as a prospective homeowner by Newberry Habitat for Humanity in 2012. “I always dreamed of owning my own home,” she admitted. “And Habitat was really a helping hand and a partner – people dug in and would not let me disappoint myself. “Now,” continued Kelly, “instead of living paycheck to paycheck, I have a healthy bank account and a new home. As I tell others, ‘Habitat is not just building homes, but building lives.’” [Newberry Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of the international, nongovernmental and nonprofit organization that – since its founding in 1976 - has helped more than four million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve more than 800,000 homes worldwide.] According to Newberry’s Executive Director Dwayne Krumme, “Our mission is to provide affordable housing for low-income working families in La Pine. Basically, that’s what we’re all about. “The biggest misconception is that we give homes to the homeless,” he said. “But going through the process from being a program applicant to a homeowner is a real tough hill to climb – it’s like a miracle.” Krumme summarized the steps involved.

“Prospective homeowners are chosen based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay the loan. (Only five to 10 percents of applicants are accepted.) Their income has to be stable, reliable, and with an assured source (which can include social security and military pensions, as well as work history). That’s just the beginning of what Krumme refers to as a “family partnership – a real nurturing process from the beginning through the end of the first year of ownership. We want participants to be self-sustaining,” he emphasized, “not hold their hands.” Families spend a year with Habitat counselors, meeting on a monthly basis. “They take home ownership classes, need to demonstrate responsibility in managing a budget, and – if relevant - even learn how to shop and cook meals,” noted Krumme. In addition, prospective owners are expected to put in 400 hours of “sweat equity” into their own or other project homes, which serves as their down payment. This teaches valuable construction and other skills that help them maintain their homes over the long term. (Krumme emphasized that Steve Krebs of Exact Construction is Newberry Habitat’s inhouse general contractor. He both supervises all work on the build sites and serves as a goodwill ambassador.) Once construction on the home is finished, and the sweat equity is completed in full, the homeowner purchases the home with a 0% interest mortgage. Monthly mortgage

Habitat cont. on page 14

See complete Wickiup story on page 15

Plan to Address Groundwater Contamination Remanded to County By Lynette Confer

Editor Recent news of the decision by the State of Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) to remand the Goal 11 Exception back to Deschutes County is slowly circulating. On November 1, LUBA No. 2016-020 Final Opinion and Order was sent back to Deschutes County. This means, basically, that the Deschutes County Goal 11 Exception application was rejected by the state. Local Nonprofits Seek The Goal 11 Exception land use Holiday Support application was the result of an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Page 9 (DEQ) Steering Committee report released in July 2013. This DEQ steering Twigs Celebrates committee was formed in 2010 and met 20-Year Partnership for more than two years to attempt to develop recommendations for addressing Page 5 the groundwater contamination issues facing south Deschutes County. Drug Mart Pharmacy According to the Deschutes County Seeks Customer website, “This land use application Solutions follows the unanimous recommendation of the DEQ Steering Committee in Page 11 January 2013 to provide for a Goal 11 exception.” In addition to the 11 steering LPHS Varsity Soccer committee members, these meetings Team Goes to also included representatives from State Finals DEQ, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) Page 6 and Deschutes County. The Deschutes County Board of Fire District Upgrades County Commissioners (BOCC) had Underway already held first (January 27, 2016) and second (February 10, 2016) Page 4 readings of Ordinance 2016-070, “An Ordinance Amending the Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan to Add an Exception to Statewide Planning Goal 11

Remand cont. on page 14

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The Oregon Legislature and the U.S. Congress will be convening in only a few short months. Midstate Electric Cooperative will be actively working with other Oregon electric cooperatives to remind lawmakers about the importance of affordable and reliable electricity. If we are to provide affordable power and best represent the needs of you, our members, we need your participation in our grassroots network of electric co-op consumers throughout Oregon. When asked, these people contact elected officials to express support or opposition to a bill that would impact electric rates. We need your help to keep electric rates affordable. Please take a moment to join Oregon Electric Cooperative ACTION (formerly Power of Community) by calling 541-536-2126, option 5 or emailing your name, address and phone number to

December 2016

Winter Driving Safety Tips From the La Pine Fire District

With the advent of colder weather and of sunny days. Check ODOT’s road the season’s first snowfalls already on condition website and cameras for the the ground, not to mention extra traffic latest weather and highway information. on the roads during the holidays, the La #6 Balance vehicle weight (i.e., Pine Fire District reminds drivers of the use a few sandbags). Ninety percent of following simple steps to ensure safer vehicles, even 4x4s, are lighter in the winter travel. During these months, our rear. Adding sandbags in the back helps fire medics respond to serious vehicle prevent “squirreliness” when driving – injury accidents on a weekly – if not by balancing the weight over each corner daily – basis. The first seven tips cost of the vehicle. This greatly improves nothing – just a little bit of time – and handling and predictability in slick could make the difference between environments. (Think of INDY or Nascar incident-free traveling and tragedy. drivers, who work hard to ensure equal #1 Be prepared. Before going out weight on their tires to better maneuver in hazardous conditions – for example, around the race track.) with two inches of new snow and slick #7 Have winter survival gear in roads – take action so both you and your your car. This includes a flashlight, cell vehicle are properly equipped. phone, blanket, snow boots, gloves and #2 Slow down. Leave earlier a hat. Be prepared to walk a mile if you so as to give yourself adequate time need to. (As La Pine Fire Chief Mike to deal with the additional hazards of Supkis learned in Alaska, where “there winter road conditions. But don’t be is no second chance,” you have to be among the drivers who crawl down the prepared. “Don’t dress in shorts and your highway because they are not prepared Sunday shoes, and think you’ll be fine by for the conditions – and become hazards turning on the heat in your vehicle,” he themselves. cautioned. #3 Clear snow and ice off ALL #8 Consider siping your tires. windows. Snow and ice aren’t going to Those extra little edges cut into the blow or melt off quickly, given Central tread do make a difference – especially Oregon’s frigid winter temperatures. on packed snow and ice where vehicles We have all seen the guy trying to drive most often lose control. down the road while peering through #9 Carry and use snow chains. a small cleared-out space on his front These are critical for traction in extreme window – don’t be that guy. Keeping a conditions and when going over broom and window scraper near your mountain passes. vehicle makes this task much more #10 Consider snow tires on all palatable. four wheels. Snow tires are a great help #4 Headlights on at all times – in deeper snow and slush. Putting them BE SEEN. The point of this tip is not so on all four wheels ensures equal traction you can see – but so others can see you. on each tire, and results in better balance, Even during daylight hours, headlights steering and braking. Use tires with studs help prevent others from pulling out in or the newer studless tires – based on front of you. This becomes even more your own preferences and driving needs. important when driving in snowy, icy and foggy conditions. #5 If possible, adjust La Pine your travel time. Fortunately, here in Central Oregon, the roads are Full Line of RV and remarkably clean Outdoor Living Supplies by 10 a.m. or noon Traeger BBQs • Full Paint Dept. • Nursery – thanks to vigilant Custom Screens & Repair • & Much More ODOT crews. Their Open 7 days - 7am-6pm Mon - Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 9am-5pm Sun efforts are aided by 1st & Huntington Rd - 51615 Huntington Rd., La Pine our high number

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Civic News

City Holds Open House to Present Water and Wastewater System Improvements and Expansion Plans By Newberry Eagle News Staff A crowd of about 80 people gathered at La Pine City Hall on the evening of November 15 to hear a presentation by City staff regarding the proposed water and wastewater system improvements within the city limits of La Pine. “The turnout was great and the feedback was very positive,” noted City of La Pine Public Works Manager Jake Obrist. The evening began with a brief presentation by City staff, followed by a question and answer period with three “booths” where residents could stop to ask questions. The booths included information on the Project Process, Funding and Rates; Project Concept, Preliminary Design and Infrastructure; and City Planning and Zoning. The purpose of the proposed water and wastewater improvements project is to improve city services to residents, protect the city’s groundwater, and expand services to city residents in the Cagle and Glenwood Acres areas of the city who have not yet been connected to city water and sewer. The current water system only has one well, or source of water. “Right now we have vulnerability in our system with one well serving the entire city,” explained Obrist. “We know we’ve got a problem, we need solutions. “Water system expansion plans include a new well site on the north end of the city, out east of the Newberry Estates subdivision,” he added. Immediate and long term, these expansions and upgrades would satisfy City of La Pine’s 20-year master plan. The purposes for the City of La Pine’s Wastewater System Improvements would include: protection of shallow groundwater in Cagle and Glenwood Acres areas; move disposal area to protect shallow groundwater; move disposal area out of industrial property; provide additional storage for treated wastewater; and provide additional disposal area for treated wastewater.

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“We are currently in the funding phase of the project,” stated La Pine City Manager Cory Misley. “We will know within three to six months if funding was approved. We are optimistic. Right now we are experiencing the lowest interest rates for these types of loans and we qualify for some grants as well. So, this is probably the best deal the city is ever going to get.” “There will be no hook up fee for residents,” noted Misley. “For homes that are there now, there will be no hookup fee to hook into these city services. That’s almost unheard of.“ Misley did note, however, that lots developed later will be subject to hook up fees, or service development charges (SDC’s). Once the City finds out what funding packages have been approved, City staff will present the complete information to the City Council and go through the formal process of setting the project into motion. Public outreach and involvement with continue in Spring 2017. Design improvements are slated to take place from Spring 2017 to Summer/Fall 2018. Construction should begin in Fall of 2018, with a final completion goal of Summer 2020. The proposed project costs, which includes design, construction and contingencies, is expected to total $24,345,000. Of this cost, the water system improvements are expected to be $10,317,000. The proposed wastewater system improvements are anticipated to be $14,028,000. Throughout the process, the City has held open houses and attempted to keep residents informed. However, if you have questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to call City Hall at (541) 5361432. “Give us a call or come on down to City Hall,” said City Manager Misley. “Within 5-15 minutes we can answer all of your questions. That’s what we are here for!”







City of La Pine News & Updates City Hall Meetings

Public is invited to attend all meetings listed and agendas are posted on the city website. Regular monthly meetings are as follows, but subject to change depending on need and agenda. Meeting Minutes and Audio from Meetings also available on the City Website. Call City Hall or visit City of La Pine website at to check for up-to-date information on any of these items.

Wednesday, December 7 - Planning Commission Meeting (moved from December 21) - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 Public Works Meeting - 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 14 - City Work Session and Council Meeting (moved from December 14 and 28) - 5:30 p.m. *Public Comment opportunities are available at all City meetings.

La Pine City Hall is located at 16345 6th Street. Mailing address: La Pine City Hall, PO Box 2460, 16345 Sixth Street, La Pine, Oregon 97739. City Administration email: Call City Hall: 541-536-1432 City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please visit, call or email City Hall with any questions or concerns.

Student Fire Fighters Stage Spaghetti Feed

Photo by Fire Chief Mike Supkis Showing the same quick-action skills to plan an event as they use in responding to an emergency, the La Pine Fire District student firefighters staged a self-serve spaghetti feed just before Thanksgiving. Held at the Senior Center, the 4 – 7 p.m. fundraiser for local charities was a “huge success,” according to Fire Chief Mike Supkis. “The students were enthusiastic about helping out the community, and put the whole thing together in a really short time frame,” Supkis said. “The event was simple but wonderful -- even the garlic bread was toasted perfectly.”

Midstate Electric Cooperative Pays Members Capital Credits

The board of directors of Midstate Electric Cooperative has reviewed the financial condition of the cooperative and is pleased to announce the retirement of $1,048,133 in capital credits. In mid-December, members who purchased power during 1999 and 2000 will receive capital credit refunds in proportion to how much they contributed to that year’s margins. MEC is a not for profit business, which, among other things, means that operating margins flow back to its membership in the form of capital credits. Margins are the funds left over at the end of the year after all bills are paid. Margins are retained by the cooperative and used for several years, thus lowering the cost of providing electricity. The alternative would be to borrow money to run the cooperative, which in turn would raise the cost of providing service. Refunds of capital credits are just one of the advantages of doing business the cooperative way. MEC paid the last capital credit refund in December of 2015.

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Civic News

December 2016

La Pine Fire District Facilities Update Congratulations, Ann Gawith, No More Barracks at Burgess: on Five-Year Anniversary as Student Space to Be Doubled Chamber's Executive Director By Andrea Hine

Contributing Writer “Well, we’re packed in pretty tight,” admitted one of the students in the Fire District three-year training program. “It’s getting a little smelly in here.” As Fire Chief Mike Supkis explained, “100 percent of the students live in La Pine’s three fire stations. This is their home – both on and off duty.” And during renovation of station #2 on Burgess, those who called it home have been moved out – and are temporarily sharing space with the other students living in the Huntington and South Century Drive facilities. “If you’re real young, as I was when starting out, living in a bunkhouse isn’t that bad,” said Supkis. “But we have gotten a bit more refined, especially our senior students. And when everyone is getting ready in the morning for school and fire duty, for example, the current one-shower arrangement is far from optimal. “We’re basically turning a barracks into a dormitory,” he continued, “by creating six separate bedrooms and three bathrooms with showers. The new configuration is plain and simple – nothing fancy – but it takes into account diverse genders and the need for privacy. We’re doubling the space to 1,600 square feet, which will also provide areas for studying and storage for items such as school books, hobby gear and bicycles.” The Burgess renovations portion, which involves no structural changes, include painting the entire structure “to freshen it up,” adding new space to the kitchen and its adjoining two bathrooms, and upgrading kitchen flooring, cabinets and appliances. “We’re doing everything possible while waiting for permit approval from the county, “noted Supkis, “and have started remodeling within the existing building, doing outside dirt work, and moving utilities – basically bits and pieces. “We’re hoping that permit approval comes in any day now, and appreciate that the contractor has been unbelievably flexible during the longer-than-anticipated waiting period.” Supkis added that the eight-week project (contingent on weather) includes installation of fire sprinklers in the new addition. “We’re practicing what we preach.” Energy Efficient Upgrades Reduce Costs “The Fire District has slowly been working on facility upgrades at the Huntington station for the last several years, using only the money in hand,” prefaced Supkis. Improvements to date include new roof insulation and windows, LED lighting and replacing the 40-year-old exterior siding. “We also did what’s called a building ‘wrap,’ analogous to putting on a new coat, that keeps air from infiltrating the station and makes it air tight,” he continued. “Each of these improvements has significantly improved energy efficiency – thereby reducing costs that can be turned back into facility development.” Storm Drainage System to Eliminate “Lake Huntington” A grant has enabled the Fire District to install a new storm water drainage system that will “eliminate what we call ‘Lake Huntington’ in front of the main station,” Supkis said. “The District is also re-grading the area and replacing pavement.” Cooperative Landscaping Effort with County A cooperative landscaping effort is underway between the Fire District and the Deschutes County Road Department. As Supkis explained, “the District had the landscape contractor run an 800-foot water line from our on-site well to the road storm water swale in front of the administration building. And we also hooked up our other irrigation (which recycles ground water) to that line – thereby lowering operating costs. The county (with special credit to Chris Doty) is responsible for new trees and grasses. “Although it sounds counterintuitive, planting these in cooler weather photo by Marvin Pugh enables them to get A cooperative effort between the Fire District established before winter,” and Deschutes County will transform an noted Supkis. “Then they unadorned patch of land into a carefully take off with the advent designed landscaped area. of spring.” He admits, however, that “we’re pushing the weather window.” He pointed out that the land and administration building belonged to the Sheriff’s Department from the early 1980s until 2005. “The Fire District provided land back in the 1980s for the county’s use, and when the county moved to its new location, the property was put to use by the Fire District.”

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Contributing Writer Local business owners know Ann Gawith for her dedication to helping sustain their wellbeing. Residents see this stylish woman in line at Bi-Mart (especially on raffle Tuesdays), or overseeing popular events such as Frontier Days. Yet, on the fifth anniversary of her serving as the Chamber’s Executive Director, how many people know what brought Gawith to La Pine decades ago? And the life she lived before accepting this important civic position? “I’ll help you,” Gawith innocently offered at age 19, after marrying a fellow whose Courtesy Photo father was in construction. Thus began her years of doing Ann Gawith, in one of her favorite photos, electrical work and sheet sits with local resident Bob Shotwell, a Pearl rocking, where she “loved Harbor survivor, at an event celebrating the physicality and sense of accomplishment.” Subsequently World War II veterans. “What an honor,” she starting her own contracting said. company, Gawith focused supported herself by working multiple jobs: on high rise construction – with projects cutting poles and firewood; running a wood including the first MGM Grand in Las Vegas, yard; and “slinging burgers” at Harvest Hut as well as Caesar’s Palace, and the MGM (now Harvest Depot). Grand in Reno. Gawith also tended bar at JC’s Little Pub She also worked as a disc jockey for (no longer in existence) at the junction of the area’s # 1 country music station, and Hwy. 31, where she met her second husband interviewed such luminaries as Tennessee Gerald, a logger originally from the Grants Ernie Ford, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard Pass area. As he was a teetotaler (which (who had “unbelievable charisma”). Gawith found “refreshing”), their courtship At the age of 27, with a small cassette consisted of playing cribbage and drinking player in hand, Gawith interviewed Glen coffee at the pub. Campbell just before he headed out to the After getting married (31 years ago golf course. At 6’ 4”, tan and with his “shirt next month), the couple started doing open down to here,” he was an impressive local remodeling work. “Truly partners in person physically (and by reputation) – yet everything,” they went to Texas for a year Gawith found him to be “an old shoe.” As a and a half, where they renovated a huge whole, she recalled, these music stars were ranch outside Houston. Upon her return, “just guys.” Gawith obtained her contractor’s license and Gawith’s credentials also include became involved primarily in residential becoming a certified cable splicer for up to projects. 50,000 volts. While working in 1969 (near This came to an end after her husband the end of the war in Vietnam) in one of suffered a heart attack. Although “he’s just the huge trenches at the side of the runway great now,” Gawith emphasized, this led the at McLaren International Airport, a C130 couple to “rethink what you’re doing, and transport glided by just feet in front of her. what your direction should be.” And thus “It was the biggest thing I’ve ever seen.” civic commitment moved to the forefront. Her nimble brain also led Gawith to work Gawith (a business owner and member in office management for a bank, and for a of La Pine’s Chamber of Commerce) was pharmaceutical company – always trying subsequently hired as its Executive Director. to “learn everything there is to know.” In “I’m the gal over here, and ready to do the addition, she was an event coordinator for the job,” she recalled thinking. North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, and Five years later, Gawith points to the started the hot air balloon festival that is still four accomplishments she considers most a popular fundraising event. significant: In 1979, Gawith went to visit two dear • Moving into the new and signififriends of her first husband after they moved cantly larger Visitor Center space, to La Pine, and decided immediately that which includes a retail outlet for lo“this is for me.” One lure was that the cally made products and souvenirs. topography and altitude were reminiscent of Reno. • Creation of Newberry Country as a She describes La Pine at that time as regional brand. “wild and wooly,” and populated mostly with loggers and woodcutters – all “independent • Development of a synergistic relapeople.” Blackjack was being dealt at the tionship with the Central Oregon local bar, and patrons came in with pistols Visitor’s Association to market strapped to their hips. In the winter, they Newberry Country. would arrive on snowmobiles. Down the street from where her friends • Creation of a glossy visitor’s guide lived, Gawith saw a 16 foot x 40 foot cabin, that is distributed throughout the with one bedroom on a foundation, for region and beyond. sale for $22,500, which “seemed like such a bargain.” She moved in May 1980 – “in “I came here originally because of the middle of a deep depression” – and the flavor of the community,” Gawith commuted between Reno and La Pine. “I noted, “and know the value of keeping it would earn money in Reno and spend it in La sustainable. I’m proud to be playing a part in Pine,” Gawith recalled. La Pine's growth process." She “came to stay” in 1984, and

December 2016

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Business Spotlight By Florence Neis

Contributing Writer & Photographer

River Run Chiropractic

In 2006 Adam Derr, D.C., established his chiropractic office in Bend and after a few years saw a “demand for chiropractic services in an underserved community” in La Pine. Dr. Derr opened a satellite office in 2012 at the Sabai Wellness Center. As his practice grew in La Pine, he needed more space with a quiet atmosphere and relocated to his current location in 2015. He spends Tuesdays and Thursdays in La Pine to Dr. Adam Derr, D.C. in his La Pine meet these local needs. office on Huntington Road. “What I love most is providing natural pain relief, spending one-onone time with my patients and encouraging them to be physically active, especially outdoors,” said Dr. Derr. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine in addition to Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Derr lives in Bend with wife Becky and their two sons, Gavin and Cameron. [River Run Chiropractic is located at 51500 Huntington Road; (541) 280-0777]

Wellness Coach Celeste Davis

River Run Chiropractic is also the business location for Wellness Coach Celeste Davis. With 10 years experience as a therapist, Mrs. Davis offers individuals advice regarding nutrition and a “sustainable healthy lifestyle.” She designs individual programs for clients to “increase their energy, pass their physical and reach a comfortable weight.” In addition to South County Wellness Coach Celeste Davis offers residents, Mrs. Davis enjoys an help and advice on wellness. international clientele via the internet. With her husband Phil, Mrs. Davis, published Wonderfully Well which includes recipes from The Wellness Workshop, ( She also penned a wellness column for The Newberry Eagle in recent years. Mrs. Davis invites everyone to her Open House on Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. [Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00am-4:00pm; (615) 975-0186]

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Contributing Writer The popular retail gathering place, Twigs Gift Co., has had multiple “homes” in its 20-year existence – yet the friendship of its two founders and friends, Susie Weller and Corinne Martinez, has remained unalterably strong. “It happened so quickly,” commented Weller, looking back over the past two decades. “You just do what you photo by Lynette Confer do.” Susie Weller and Corinne Martinez “We met a business consultant in 1992 when taking a class at COCC, have been partners and friends for two and he’s worked informally with us decades. ever since,” Martinez added. “He Running the store proved to be “a used to warn us about the dangers of busier job than we ever anticipated,” said sharing ownership responsibilities. After Martinez, and its doors closed several 15 years, he admitted that “I can’t say it years later by mutual agreement. Then, anymore. You two have defied the odds, while on vacation in 2006, Weller was and have an amazing partnership.’” approached by a bereft Twigs ex-customer The women first did special events who insisted that “you’ve got to open the together when Weller owned a floral store again!” “Unknown to my husband, shop, and then took over the space (now Corinne and I were already thinking about occupied by Homestead Quilts) that doing that,” Weller admitted. “His head housed the town’s only grocery store. just about fell off his body when he heard As Martinez recalled, “when the grocery the news.” closed in 1996, I told Susie that ‘we can’t Twigs occupied several spaces in let the building just sit. We have to do La Pine before settling in its current something!’” 900-square-foot location at 51499 “We had great husbands who worked Huntington Road in 2014. “Customers like slaves,” said Weller. “They ripped were so thrilled to have us back,” out the insides, and helped us create a gift remarked Martinez. store and coffee shop. Ambitious is one Deciding on what products to stock way to describe us – my explanation is also reflects the partners’ successful that we were young.” approach to business. “What we don’t While this new endeavor was being like, we don’t buy,” Weller emphasized. launched, the two entrepreneurs were also “We try to specialize in goods from working together at Wilderness Garbage, northwestern Oregon, especially in the the business owned by Martinez and her food category, and are proud to feature husband. “It had health insurance, paid items made by our very talented local vacation, and retirement benefits,” Weller artists. noted. “We wanted to keep the jobs that “We try to be very unique,” she added, paid our rent.” “and buy ‘onesies’ to keep the stock That security didn’t stop the partners turning over. If you see an item one day, from vacating their desks when coffee the next time it may well be gone. You deliveries (then offered by Twigs) needed won’t keep seeing the same old thing to be made around town. “We kept the high school teachers fueled with caffeine,” here.” “Whether you live here in town or are she added. just passing through, check a division Concept Retail, Inc out this little gem,” urged an online reviewer. “The owners take great pride in providing a wonderful assortment of beautiful gifts and décor. It’s an incredible business.” “Our customers love us URGESS D and we love them,” said La Pine OR 97739 Weller. “Corinne and I plan on being here another 20 years!”

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By Newberry Eagle News Staff “The kids really stepped up and worked hard this year,” said Sam Ramirez, coach of La Pine High School’s varsity soccer team, which made it to the state finals for the first time in November. “Of its 23 members, at least 21 would usually come to each practice. And we had a lot of positive encouragement from parents and faculty. Our turnout at the beginning of the season, for example, was the biggest ever.” The team, comprised of students in grades 9-12, “had high expectations Photo by Sam Ramirez because of last year,” Ramirez continued. On home soccer game days, this Yet the final game – held in Portland was how the LPHS soccer team against the state’s #1 ranked team (La dressed for school. Pine’s was ranked #16) – was a source of pride and excitement for everyone. According to one parent, Taryn Tennant (whose son Trentyn mostly played left forward) “going to state is huge. The kids were so proud to have gotten that far. We decorated the team bus and made signs to wave. The school principal, Mr. Montgomery, also made the journey to Portland to support the team.” Although La Pine lost the game, the team’s tradition of being congratulated with a “high five” by assembled supporters at its conclusion took place with no less enthusiasm. “The parents were awesome,” noted Ramirez. “It was a good time.” Ramirez offers first-hand perspective from both a coaching and parental perspective. He has coached his six children’s assorted teams since moving to La Pine 20 years ago, “when my oldest daughter was in first grade. Now the youngest is graduating from high school.” He compliments assistant coach John Arriagata, a native of Chile who came to La Pine via southern California, for having a “really great soccer mind.” Ramirez first spotted Arriagata throwing the ball with his kids during an open field session last summer. “I saw him and asked him to join. He brought his own special personality, and the team took to him immediately. “My wife Becky also deserves a lot of credit,” Ramirez added. “She helped bring soccer back to La Pine when serving on the LPRD board several years ago, and was an instrumental volunteer when both boys’ and girls’ teams were formed at the high school. And even though we didn’t have a child on my boys’ team, Becky made sure all the parents were included and informed of schedules, team dinners and senior recognition. “We’re in a good pattern,” he commented, thinking ahead to the coming year. “Although two of our all-league selections are graduating, a lot of key players are ready to step up. We’re hoping to take another step forward, and to getting into the next round this time."

Hawks-Giving Kicks Off at La Pine Schools By Rachel O’Ryan Contributing Writer

As the holidays approach, and the season’s atmosphere of giving spreads, the La Pine Schools have chosen to do their part by hosting the annual food drive, Hawks-Giving! The students chose to donate the proceedings to La Pine Community Kitchen and to Food Baskets. This year’s goal is to raise a total of 30,000 items (nonperishable food, toiletries and sleeping bags). In order to reach the goal, we need everyone’s help! Hawks-giving will run from November 28 through December 13, and the final

total will be announced on December 16. In addition to running Hawks-Giving, La Pine Senior High School Student Senate members have begun volunteering at the La Pine Community Kitchen in order to give back to the town and all who live in and around it. The La Pine Schools wish everyone happy holidays, and hope to have as much support and help in reaching our goals as possible! Donations can be dropped off at the High School or you can call Danielle at (541)355-8500 or Becky at (541)3558403 and we will arrange to pick up your donation.

LPHS Student Senate Attends Leadership Conference By Cheyenne Johnson Contributing Writer

On November 5, 10 students from La Pine High School went to Seaside, Oregon to attend the Oregon Association of Student Councils Conference. The main speaker, Phil Boyte, looked a lot like Mr. Goodall, one of our math teachers! He taught us a lot of leadership activities and had us playing Courtesy Photo team-building games like “One on LPHS Students attend Conference in One” and “Cross the Line.” Every five Seaside, Oregon. to 10 minutes he would have us move our seats and sit by someone we didn’t mornings, we headed for home on Monday, know. This took us out of our comfort zones, November 7. We brought back some and enabled us to meet new people. It’s all great ideas to improve our school and our about improving our leadership skills. community. We look forward to sharing our With all of the late nights and early future successes with you.

South County Schools Update

December 1, 2 & 3 A Christmas Carol performance at La Pine High School December 1 – 13 South County School Food Drive December 2 Challenge Day at Three Rivers December 6 Pre K Story time at Rosland December 7 & 8 Fall Trimester Finals at LPHS December 12 Pre K Story time at Rosland December 13 Author Visit – CW Trisef at Three Rivers December 13 & 14 Musical Auditions at LPHS for The Little Mermaid December 15 Winter Concert at Three Rivers December 15 Music Performances at Rosland Elementary December 15 Winter Concert- Middle School Band & Choir at Three Rivers December 19 – January 2 Winter Break January 3 Return to school January 16 No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Day La Pine Schools have joined together to do a Food Drive for our Community Kitchen and the Christmas Basket Association. Our goal is 30,000 cans and all four schools have drop boxes if you would care to help. Our kids care and are working really hard to help our community! Three Rivers is participating in Challenge Day with their 6th, 7th and 8th grade students on December 2. Challenge Day is a day-long interactive workshop where teens, teachers, and community members experience for themselves that compassion and connection are indeed possible in our schools. If you are interested in helping with this valuable event, please contact Mary Doyle, Student Services Coordinator at 541-355-3006. A Christmas Carol at La Pine High School Adapted by Craig Sodaro with Music and Lyrics by Scott Keys. December 1st, 2nd, 3rd All shows start at 7 p.m. Admission $4 General seating, $3 Senior citizens and students with ASB sticker. $1 discount with canned food donation per admission. This is the story of Scrooge, a successful man of business, who has little love or generosity in his heart. He is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner who predicts Scrooge’s doom if he does not change his miserly ways. Spirits then visit Scrooge to show him the error of his ways. After seeing his sorry past Scrooge is shown into the home of his clerk, Bob Cratchit and witnesses the current struggles of Bob’s family and the lovable yet sickly Tiny Tim. Scrooge recognizes that he is responsible for their misery and perhaps for the untimely demise of Tiny Tim. After a visit from the spirit of the future, Scrooge sees the folly of his ways and works to set things right. This is the timeless classic retold with music and singing.

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Hawk Mat Club Season Gets Underway By Toby Wilson Contributing Writer

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The 2016-2017 wrestling season has just begun. The Hawk Mat Club would like to invite all wrestlers to come and join the team. After a year of exciting matches in the Summer Olympics, as well as Olympic efforts by last year’s high school team, we are excited to get back on the mat. Courtesy Photo Practices, led by Coach Huck, will be held Monday, Hawk Mat Club offers financial scholarships for Wednesday and Thursday those in need who want to wrestle. evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at La Pine High School. Wrestlers will again be taught by a team of coaches including NCAA and NAIA All Americans. All levels of wrestlers will be given individual attention and encouraged to set athletic and wrestling goals while, most important, having fun on the mat. The competitive schedule has been set with most competitions happening Saturdays throughout Central Oregon. Some opportunities to travel to the Valley and Southern Oregon will be options for wrestlers and families wanting to show their skills to out-of-the- area family members, or seeking new or tougher competitors. Again this year the team will over financial assistance to families willing to travel to Salem for the State Championships at the end of the season. Other tournament and camp scholarships are available to team members as well. The Hawk Mat Club does offer financial scholarships for families wanting to wrestle but facing economic hardships. Its mission statement is to develop and promote an appreciation of the sport of wrestling among parents and youth of the La Pine area, and to instill a sense of pride in our program’s history and their part in its future. With this in mind, the most important step is removing barriers to participation. Although practices began October 24, it is still not too late to join. If you are interested in joining this incredible sport, visit, follow us on Facebook at Hawk Mat Club, or just stop by practice and have a visit. And remember Go Hawks!

Gently Used Clothing a Bargain - Free! Another source for warm clothes in our area is La Pine Community Kitchen’s the “Closet” that offers second hand items. The Closet is open Mon., Wed., and Fri. from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Clothing items are donated from many sources including individuals, estate sales, school clothing drives, and the Second Tern thrift shop in Sunriver. Clothes and personal hygiene items as well as taxdeductible contributions are needed to maintain and grow the Kitchen’s Closet and other services. Learn more at www. or by

calling 541-536-1312. There is also a clothes room where the public can choose free items at the St. Vincent’s Services Center and Food Bank. St. Vincent’s is also a nonprofit corporation. Find out more information about their services and how to support the organization at www. or by calling 541-536-6135. If you know of other organizations in our area that provides the public with access to free clothing for men, women and children, please contact the editor.

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Heart of Our Town - Local Nonprofits Provide Vital Direct Services and Need Your Support By Candace Gray Contributing Writer

Our community is fortunate to have several nonprofits with dedicated staff and loyal volunteers who provide a variety of services for adults and children who need them. In this holiday season of hope and connection, these organizations depend on area residents who are able to give financial donations to help keep their services stable. Community Kitchen

Courtesy Photo Serving lunch at the La Pine Community Kitchen. From L to R: Jared, Darlene, and Shannon. “What we and other local nonprofits receive as monetary contributions in December typically helps to carry our operations through the rest of the year,” said Community Kitchen’s director Kim Hafermalz. “But this year our Kitchen is in dire need of cash donations right now, in order to keep our doors open this month.” The Community Kitchen combines funding from a variety of sources and contributions from individuals in order to provide free food and clothing to more than 3,600 adults, children and seniors annually. In addition, the Kitchen serves 18,000 hot, nutritious noonday meals year round. The busiest time for the mid-day meal program is summer when school kids come for lunch, often their one good meal of the day. “In 2016 we have served 2,000 more meals than in any other previous year so we are staring at a deficit for December,” said ‘Kim from the Kitchen.’ “We know three solid grants will arrive in January, but we need an infusion of funds now in order to continue services through December. It’s never been this tough…” she reflected. “But during the holidays last year, our gifts from individuals, local businesses and social clubs totaled almost $12,000. So we have hope.” The Kitchen has a three-person part time paid staff and more than 50 volunteers who work in excess of 17,300 hours a year. “All of us here deeply appreciate the past support from the people of La Pine,” the executive director noted. “At this critical time, we hope they can be generous again.” Newberry Habitat for Humanity Newberry Habitat for Humanity (NHFH),

another La Pine nonprofit, is well known for providing volunteer-built new, affordable homes to families who successfully go through an application and education process.

“There are two ways to give to NHFH,” said Joe Forget, manager of the ReStore retail site that offers used furniture and building supplies to the public. “One is to donate items to ReStore because when we sell those, all proceeds are donated to the local Habitat group.” The local ReStore is especially proud of its green recycling efforts. “Our work here not only helps fund our Habitat efforts, it also keeps a huge amount of items out of our landfills, including televisions, larger electronics, and appliances,” said Forget. You can even donate paint (including old, bad paint) to ReStore where it is then shipped and put through a USA-based careful process to be used again in some applications. Direct monetary gifts are another way to support the local Habitat efforts. “We depend on the generosity of area residents to make up about 50% of our budget for new home construction,” noted Dwane Krumme, NHFH executive director. “We just finished our ‘Crosswater Build,’ named in gratitude for the $100,000 contribution from homeowners in the Crosswater Community near Sunriver. We handed over the keys to our most recentlybuilt home on November 20,” said Krumme. “Financial support from local individuals to support another construction project for the next La Pine family would give our staff and volunteers even more cause to celebrate.” St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP)

Courtesy Photo SVDP Volunteers with CEO Jerry Moore (back row, third from left) and social services manager Jamie Smith (fourth from left). There are meaningful numbers in the SVDP social services department: 3,806 food boxes a year given away (each with approximately $150 worth of food); 20.8 tons of unusable clothes recycled (otherwise headed for the landfill); 90 emergency vouchers given out to purchase propane and auto gas, temporary motel stays and hot showers, and prescription medicines. A contribution of $50 will purchase another voucher for a person in need’s next emergency. “Our core services of food and clothing distribution reach almost 500 individuals every month,” said Jamie Bright Smith, social services manager. “They have different needs and come to us from different times in their lives. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about how hard their choices can be: have nutritious food on the table, buy their children a simple birthday present, or make a payment on their property taxes.” Much of SVDP’s budget is self-funded through its successful thrift store. At the social services headquarters a few blocks away

An autonomous congregation of the church of Christ meets at 51440 Hwy 97- assembly begins at 10:00 A.M. Sunday (541) 213-7895 The absolute truth of God’s “oneness”. The “church” is the “body” of Christ and He is the “head” of it,(Col.1:18). There is “one body”, and “one Spirit”, “one hope”, “one Lord”, “one faith”, “one baptism”, “one God and Father of all.”(Eph. 4:4-6). We invite all to come and learn of these things.

from the store, the “Food Pantry” continues its mission to feed hungry folks and families as it has done in La Pine since 1984. Close to 246,500 pounds of food are distributed annually. “I’ve been the CEO here since 1999,” said Jerry Moore. “Through the years, we’ve seen more and more grandparents becoming clients, often bringing along the grandchildren they are now caring for.” Children often find a special free toy or book or a warm jacket in the clothing room after they help select favorite produce and meats as well as canned goods and other staples. The social services department’s ambassador is an 11-year-old golden lab, Sophie. “She reminds us how important animals are to many of us,” Moore said. “A few years ago we started stocking large bags of dog and cat food. We know that some people will feed their pets and skimp on themselves.” A $25 donation to SVDP will buy La Pine animal buddies their next meal.

Veterans Outreach If you were a veteran and needed a DD214 form to prove your military service . . . or some advice (and a ride) about your upcoming compensation and pension hearing in Portland or Eugene . . . or if you were between places to live and had three young children who also needed shelter, where would you go for help? The La Pine Veterans Outreach (LPVO) organization has a knowledgeable group of volunteers, themselves veterans and spouses, who are eager to see you Mondays – Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “If we don’t know the answer to a question, we sure know how and who to reach out to for our clients,” said Dave Danel, vice president of the group. “Our president has had a lot of background and classes as a Veterans Services Officer (VSO). He trained our group of 14 committed volunteers. Most of us give about 20 hours every week.” The LPVO offices in a large space donated by Wendy Potok (continuing the tradition started by her father, Gordy Wanek) that provides computers and meeting spaces, as well as items to be given away to vets who need them. These include clothing and coats for men and women, canned goods and staples, and household supplies. The organization also provides critical items like sleeping bags and blankets. “You have to be prepared for a range of questions and needs,” said the group’s president, William Reeder. “The other day we got a call from the mother of an active- duty Army member. She was distraught because her son had been so badly wounded that he’d decided he needed to leave the service. We talked her through the forms and process he would need to put in motion. Another example of our assistance was last week when we helped a grieving widow figure out how to apply and expedite her survivor’s benefits.” Reeder continued, “We – and the 187

HOLIDAY GIVING Here is the contact/mailing information for the nonprofit organizations in the “Heart of our Town” story. You may know of other worthy nonprofits who deserve support as well. You may want to write “contribution” in the memo section of your check; some organizations have a “PayPal” option on their website for an online donation. Depending on your situation, a financial contribution to a nonprofit may be tax-deductible. But, even if it is not, it is very satisfying to spend some charitable dollars right here at home.

La Pine Community Kitchen Mailing address: PO Box 813 16480 Finely Butte Road La Pine, OR 97739 541/536-1312 Newberry Habitat for Humanity ReStore 52684 Highway 97 La Pine, OR 97739 541/536-3284 St. Vincent de Paul Social Services Mailing address: PO Box 1008 51484 Morson Street La Pine, OR 97739 541-536-6135 La Pine Veterans Outreach Mailing address: PO Box 555 51538 Highway 97 – suite 7 La Pine, OR 97739 541-508-2412

people we’ve served this year – are grateful to member Frank Hernandez and his comrades. When he heard that COVO (Central Oregon Veterans Outreach) had financial constraints and had to close the La Pine chapter in July 2015, he was a man on a mission.” Hernandez is a member of the local Band of Brothers that rallied to provide modest support for the new LPVO. He also (easily) persuaded the VVA (Vietnam Veterans Association) to act as fiscal agent for the nonprofit group so it can solicit financial contributions from the community and apply for grants. Said Fernandez, “I’m proud of all the guys -- with a lot of people pulling together in a hurry, we were able to reopen our doors just two months later.” You can help their cause. LPVO has an emergency wish list of several items to help homeless vets survive the approaching winter. The group has carefully shopped for the best and most affordable zero-degree sleeping bags, heavy-duty backpacks, small camping tents and tarps, and snow jackets and gloves. It aims for six each of these items with a fundraising goal of $1,300. The effort got a boost recently when the local ACE Hardware gave a $400 cash gift. You can help chip away at the remaining $900 and know you are keeping a struggling vet more safe and warm. Nonprofit organizations are highly knowledgeable about how to make their efforts and effectiveness stretch as far as possible. The groups above and others in our community support each other’s work and clients through appropriate referrals, sharing resources, and cohosting fundraisers. “It’s a network of committed, connected professionals and volunteers who know how to get things done on behalf of the people who need them,” said Kitchen director Kim Hafermalz. “We hope you will choose one or more of these organizations, or others that you know, and give from the heart.”

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throughout Central Oregon,” said Margie Blackmore, HDESD’s Transition Network Facilitator. “We provide tools, outreach, technical assistance and training opportunities to support students in their successful transition from high school to employment or secondary education.” The Transition Network website can be found at or on Facebook at HDESDtransitionnetwork/ For more information, call Margie Blackmore at (541) 693-5717.

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Drug Mart Pharmacy Dedicated to Problem Solving By Andrea Hine

Contributing Writer “You’re not just a number,” prefaced Leah Bishop, owner of Drug Mart Pharmacy. “We’ll help you find things, answer your questions, communicate with your doctor, and try to solve your problems. That’s our mission and our goal – and we’re always striving to do it better. “This is a really confusing time in health care,” she continued, “and we’re seeing unprecedented prices in medicine. We’re here to help patients -- whether dealing with their insurance companies, finding a less-expensive generic medicine or discussing alternative therapies. We get so much more back if we can do our part – the entire staff shares this belief.” Bishop emphasized that “We do accept Medicare, most insurance plans and manufacturer coupons. Along with the La Pine Community Health Center, we help find solutions for the uninsured and underinsured patients and their medication expenses.” Bishop, whose operation now serves thousands of patients, is originally from Sweet Home, Oregon, where her father owned a pharmacy. A dedicated swimmer, she chose to attend the University of South Carolina – which offered both a full athletic scholarship and a pharmacy school. The scholarship gave Bishop a “more manageable school debt, for which I felt extremely grateful,” she recalled. Plus, in a “scary” university with 70,000 students, Bishop’s successful swimming career enabled her to “plug in” with other likeminded people. “I loved the South.” After graduation, she worked as a pharmacist at a Portland-area chain pharmacy, “floating around “as needed. “I got spooked a few times,” admitted Bishop, “when hearing a lot of gunshots and sirens” after being assigned to more dangerous parts of town. A call from her father, who now had pharmacies in five small Oregon towns – including La Pine – proved to be a proverbial life changer. “Could you just help out for awhile?” he asked persuasively. Bishop was unmoved.

“I’m 24 years old, with my whole life ahead of me,” she responded. “I don’t want to live in La Pine.” Her initial misgivings have long ago been allayed. “I love this little town,” she asserted. The professional father-daughter relationship continues to this day, with each bringing specific strengths to the equation. “I’m the operations, wheelson-the-ground person,” said Bishop. “My focus is on getting prescriptions in and out efficiently to allow more time to help patients. Dad loves the numbers part – such as contract negotiations, analysis and projections. “Our common bond is that we’re both pharmacists,” she continued, “and try to treat others the way we want to be treated.” One example of this philosophy is Drug Mart Pharmacy’s’s drive-up prescription option. “I’m a mom myself, and know it’s a convenience for families with young children to be able to pick up medicine without getting out of the car,” noted Bishop. “We’re planning to expand this spring into two lanes to reduce wait time even further. “As a business in the health care field, we have to do more with less to stay competitive,” she continued. “We’ve invested heavily in technology, and now have a robotic prescription-filling machine, a new phone system, and a website. We can even do text messaging when a prescription is ready. All this automation frees our staff (consisting of three pharmacists, four technicians and five pharmacy clerks) to problem solve.” Bishop (whose husband is a customfarming consultant, and whose children are now ages 12, 14 and 16) reflected on the changes she has witnessed since moving to La Pine two decades ago. “What used to be more of a retirement community has attracted a lot more families,” she noted, “as evidenced by the new elementary schools that have been built. It’s a nice, small town and it’s affordable. The secret is out.”

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Hundreds of Customers Look Forward to Holiday Feast at Gordy's Restaurant By Newberry Eagle News Staff

December 2016

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Hundreds of Customers Look Forward to Holiday Feast at Gordy’s Restaurant “If you go away hungry, it’s not our fault,” claimed Brett Whitman, manager of Gordy’s Restaurant, in explaining what patrons can expect with this year’s special Christmas Day meal. “We start serving it at 1 p.m. and continue until the food runs out. Sometimes a little patience is required, but it’s worth it.” A look at the numbers (“which don’t lie,” according to Whitman) proves that preparation for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is serious business. “We order 20 turkeys (25 pounds each) for Thanksgiving, and 18 hams (20 pounds each) for Christmas. Also consumed are 50 pounds of candied yams, 40 to 50 pounds of potatoes, green bean casserole, ambrosia fruit salad made with pistachio pudding and coconut, and pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream.” In 2015, 450 customers feasted on this fare on Thanksgiving, with 600 people on Christmas. According to Whitman, “Some travel here to visit their families, and everyone comes in together to enjoy the special menu. We also have a lot of truck drivers, who tell us “we’re on the road today, and glad you’re open. It’s nice to sit down and have a home-cooked meal.” Whitman, who has been with Gordy’s a total of six years (with sojourns at Sun River Resort and Wickiup’s Sports Bar), is a staunch believer that as management, “you’re there for the employees” – not the other way around.” He also advocates promoting from within the employee ranks, and knowing first-hand how to handle multiple aspects of the operation. “I wash dishes, take orders and cook,” he said. “You go where you’re needed. “And a lot of our servers and cooks started out as dishwashers and have moved up,” Whitman names one employee as an example of this advancement philosophy. “I taught Buzz, who I’ve nicknamed ‘the bad-ass smoker dude,’ how to cook. And now the student has become the teacher – overseeing the preparation of all our smoked meats.” (Pork brisket, ribs and chicken halves rotate as weekend specials.) “We’re currently using a 50-pound capacity smoker, and will be buying a commercial-grade indoor one that holds 300 pounds,” Whitman elaborated. “It’s a labor- and time-intensive process. The ribs, for example, smoke for six hours before going into the oven for the final touches.” When asked about the impact of Gordy’s new owners, “who are here every day,” Whitman alluded to multiple plans in the works for the overall operation (including a motel, lounge for the truckers with big-screen TVs and other amenities, and new fast food operations on the site). He was emphatic, however, that “we haven’t changed the way we do business. We’re going to keep on going the way it’s always been going.”J4

The Moose Wears Sleigh Bells: Community Christmas Dinner By Newberry Eagle News Staff

Santa and Mrs. Claus know they can count on George and Terri Bradford to fill their annual starring roles. They appear this year on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the La Pine Moose Lodge at 1 p.m. After age-appropriate gifts are distributed to the children from the jolly couple and their elfin helpers, a traditional holiday dinner will be served to the kids and their families. “Our Lodge has continued this tradition for more than 30 years” said Dave Lee, Lodge B Ufor I L T our T O Women’s A H I G H EChapter R S TA N D R Dall the shopping and wrapping Administrator. “It’s a lot of work toAdo of gifts for kids – from infants to 12 year olds – but they are so happy to do it. Lodge members and spouses also provide a feast for community members. This includes turkey and ham and stuffing, vegetables, potatoes and gravy, and special homemade side dishes and desserts.” Moose Lodge #2093 welcomes any family with children for free festivities and dinner at 1 p.m. A second dinner seating for adults only takes place at 3 p.m. For more information, call the B U I LT T O A H I G H E R S TA N D A R D Lodge headquarters (52510 Drafter Road) at (541)536-3388. Come one, come all, to be part of a long community Christmas tradition.



Contributing Writer With Santa soon heading our way, it’s time to think about Christmas cookies, Christmas breads and specialty holiday desserts to delight your family and friends. I can’t think of anything nicer than an assortment of good-tasting cookies on a cold night in December served up with a peppermint patty or a delicious coffee drink – enhanced by the good company of close friends to share the evening! Waking up on these cold mornings makes me ready for a good breakfast cookie: I use one cup of white and one cup of brown sugar with 1-1/2 cups of softened butter creamed together. Then add three beaten eggs, 1-1/2 teaspoon of salt, and ¼ cup of water with 1 teaspoon of soda dissolved in it. Add to these wet ingredients 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons each of cinnamon and ginger, and 2 cups of oatmeal. Mix together. Now think about nuts, raisins, cut pieces of candied ginger and fruitcake fruits, and scoop 2-3 oz. portions onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for about 15-17 minutes. These happy cookies are loaded with good-for-you items. Combined with oats for breakfast and a glass of milk or cup of coffee, they take the edge off of a preholiday cold morning. Now go back to the recipe and remove everything after you add the flour. Substitute a 12 oz. package of chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped nuts to make these into the best toll house cookies. Use

a 2 oz. scoop and bake the cookies for 12 minutes. Now go back to the recipe and put in 2 cups of white sugar instead of brown. Add 2 eggs instead of 3, and 4 cups of flour and a spoon of vanilla or lemon extract instead of the spices. Let the dough chill for several hours for roll-out and cut sugar cookies. You can add a few drops of food coloring to the white sugar. Bake 1/4 inch cookies for about 8-10 minutes until cooked but not brown. Here’s my favorite pie crust recipe for two crust pies: 2/3 cup Crisco, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 4 tablespoons of ice water added a little at a time. Blend the shortening, salt and flour together with a pastry blender until the mixture is the size of peas. Add cold water until the dough holds together. Let it rest covered for an hour and divide and roll out into two rounds for a top and bottom crust -- or two bottom crusts (9-inch) for pumpkin or cream pies. You can make a good pumpkin pie by following the Libby recipe and substituting 26 oz. of cold regular milk to cut calories. Add 1 spoon of cornstarch to the mix and divide the batter into the two pie shells and bake, following directions. Use Bisquick and cold cream, instead of water or milk, for a soft and fragile biscuit for breakfast or dinner. These are wonderful during any holiday meal. Baking homemade goodies to have around for special times of the year is something everyone loves to do. Try your hand at one of the above -- they could not be easier. Bon Appetit!

Caring for Live Christmas Trees

By Linda Stephenson L & S Gardens

Christmas trees are a central feature of the holiday season. Many consumers are thinking about purchasing a live tree, which can serve two purposes: use it as a holiday decoration and then plant it in the yard. However, to ensure a successful venture, a few guidelines should be followed. Select a tree species that will not only be a good Christmas tree but will also adapt to our High Desert location and be attractive in your yard. Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Dwarf Alberta Spruce and White Pine are a few good choices. You don’t want to purchase a live tree much over four feet tall. I would recommend going smaller because of the difficulty in handling taller trees due to the large amount of soil. Consider where you will be planting this tree after Christmas. The above-mentioned species do grow quite large. Plan on keeping the tree indoors for no more than seven days. While indoors, treat the tree like a house plant, making sure to water it regularly. Place it in a cooler area away from heat sources such as furnace outlets and wood stoves. This will keep the tree from drying out. Slowly climatize the plant to its new environment. When moving the tree outdoors, place it in an area such as an unheated garage or shed for two to three days to slowly allow it to readapt to the change in temperature. Plan ahead and dig the hole before the ground freezes, and store the removed soil in a location where it will not freeze. Cover the hole and mark it for safety, and to remember where you dug the hole that is now under snow. Once climatized, place the tree in the hole and fill around the root ball with the unfrozen soil. Water the tree after planting to prevent the roots from freeze drying. Cover the soil with a mulch material such as compost, straw, wood chips or bark.

NOTE: if you’re unable to dig a hole prior to the ground freezing, store the tree in an unheated garage or shed for the remainder of the winter. Keep it away from a light or heat source. Make sure the soil around the roots is kept moist, not soaked.

ST. Vincent de Paul For this month only, St. Vincent de Paul's BROWN BAG days at the Grange will be: Friday, Dec 2 at 3pm and Friday, Dec 23 at 3pm. Please note: we are using a new lottery style system so there is no benefit to arriving early and having to wait. We will see everyone at 3pm. We hope to see you all there. If you have questions, call St. Vincent de Paul Social Services at 541-536-6135.

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La Pine-Sunriver Rotary Club

Local Rotary Reaches Out In this column, we share what local Rotarians, your La Pine friends and neighbors, are doing to help South Deschutes County. FREE HOLIDAY POINSETTIAS GOING TO SENIORS – On November 30 December Rotary members delivered flowers to the residents of La Pine’s Little Deschutes Lodge. Each year Chris Foly, owner of Flowers at Sunriver Village, provides poinsettias, decorated for Christmas with candy canes, to the club at a reduced cost. This generous donation and a dedicated group of Rotarians brought this holiday cheer to a local senior living community. KIDS TO RECEIVE FREE DICTIONARIES FROM ROTARY – Since 1995 the goal of The Dictionary Project is to ensure that everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of owning a dictionary. With the help of Rotary clubs around the world, over the years nearly 25 million free dictionaries have been given to 3rd graders via this popular nonprofit based out of Charleston, South Carolina. The Sunriver Club plans to continue this tradition in January by handing out dictionaries to three South Deschutes elementary schools: La Pine, Rosland, and Three Rivers. A GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING – Looking for a special gift this holiday season? Consider making a donation to your favorite nonprofit. Many are in dire need of donations so they can serve others this holiday season. For example, the La Pine Community Kitchen may have to close in December because they cannot afford their utility bills. The Sunriver Music Festival is also facing increasing financial pressure. Giving to your favorite charity is a great way to share Rotary’s “Service Above Self” commitment to your community. IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO BECOME A LOCAL ROTARIAN? – The Sunriver Rotary is always looking for new members who embrace our “service above self” motto. If you would like to explore being a Rotarian, we would love to have you attend one of our weekly Wednesday morning meetings (7:35 a.m. at the Sunriver Lodge). To attend a meeting as our guest, please contact President Ray Kuratek via email ( Anyone living or working in the South Deschutes County area is eligible for membership. You do not have to live in Sunriver. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH ROTARY – The Club is looking for programs to share with our members at our weekly Wednesday morning meetings. If you would like to be a speaker at a Rotary meeting, please email Mark Dennett (Mark@

k ! Books by Edward Gray Bacn Print 1941-1996, Oregon Author and Historian i LIMITED EDITIONS – only 100 will be sold!* An Illustrated History of Early Northern Klamath County Oregon* by Edward Gray Mid 19th Century through the 1930’s history. Local lore and stories focusing on families and their homesteads, sawmills, Forest Service, and railroads. 304 Pages. 8.5 x 11 Paperback - Maps and photos. $38.95**

Star Saxophonist Brings Holiday Magic to Sunriver on December 16

Diane Schuur, Alice Cooper, and Smokey Robinson are just a few of the Grammy winners that have called upon Patrick Lamb to add his artistry to their concerts. Now you can enjoy the amazing talent of saxophonist Patrick Lamb performing with his Jazz Quartet at Sunriver Resort’s Homestead for a holiday concert at 6:30 pm on Friday, Dec 16, 2016. Lamb returns to Central Oregon for Sunriver Music Festival’s Fireside Concert Friday, Dec 16 @ 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00). Tickets are $35 each with tables of 8 or 2 available. The evening promises to deliver hot music, beer from Sunriver Brewing, and a warm welcome from your friends and neighbors. Go online at, email or call (541-593-9310) to order tickets, or to learn more about becoming a Festival Member.

Winter Clothes for Kids Who Need Them - Free By Candace Gray Contributing Writer

On a cold and snowy day Nancy Gaudet stopped behind a school bus and watched children waiting to board. She noticed a young girl, maybe a first grader, in tennis shoes, no socks, and no jacket. “That isn’t right,” she thought to herself. Fortunately for many hundreds of families in La Pine since that moment over 20 years ago, it was Nancy’s turn to choose the beneficiary of an internal fundraising event for the Women of the Moose (WOTM). Her idea was embraced by other female philanthropists as well as the entire Moose Lodge membership. Every year since, the Keep Our Children Warm project has raised over $2,000 that Nancy uses to buy new clothes in many sizes and types. Children in all four schools in La Pine who need new clothes can choose items when their parents sign up with their school’s Family Access Network (FAN). Several times a year Nancy uses the WOTM fund at affordable retail stores, with a shopper-savvy eye for sales. FAN advocate Kathy Graves and her school colleague Janet Sicora say the clothing fills a vital need for many area families, especially because children keep growing and changing sizes and because our seasons change dramatically. Kathy recalled when she called Nancy for

Roughing It on the Little Deschutes River 1934-1944* by Edward Gray

The history and people of the Deschutes Lumber Company’s camp which existed at Mowich from 1934 to 1944. The camp-town shut down during the winter then reappeared each spring. The book compliments An Illustrated History of Early Klamath County. 150 Pages. 8.5 x 11 Paperback - Maps and photos. $27.95**

Gilchrist, Oregon: The Model Company Town

by John C. Driscoll Built by Gilchrist Timber Company, Oregon’s most recently constructed company town was one of the most successful towns of its type ever established. The homes were entirely plumbed and wired and equipped with a dial telephone system. Gilchrist was the site of Oregon’s first mall. 190 pages, 8½ x 11 soft-cover book with photos and interviews of past and present residents of Gilchrist. 150 Pages. 8.5 x 11 Paperback - Maps and photos. $27.95**

**Special Offer – Buy all 3 of the above books as a collection or gift package for $70 including shipping. Life and Death of Oregon “Cattle King” Peter French 1849-1897

by Edward Gray Peter French operated the largest known cattle ranch in the region. He made his way to Oregon in 1872 with 1,200 head of cattle. Surviving Indian attacks, he settled in the Donner and Blitzen Valleys of southeast Oregon building the French-Glen Livestock Company. The 1,200 cattle he brought to Oregon multiplied into 45,000 cattle and 3,000 horses and mules on the 100,000 acres “P” ranch. He was later shot dead by a homesteader. 204 Pages 6 x 9 Paperback - $15.95

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something urgent and specific. “It was winter and a group of grade schoolers were disappointed every day that they had to stay on the blacktop during recess and lunch. They had no winter gear to put on. Nancy bought snowsuits and boots in the sizes we needed so those kids could join their friends playing in the whole yard and building snowmen.” Appropriate clothes are not only important for health and safety, they can affect young people’s self-esteem. Another story highlights how a simple item can make such a difference. Last spring a 7th grade boy was very pleased to get new shoes of his own--so he could give his Mom back the pink tennis shoes she had loaned him You can acknowledge the dedication of the Moose Lodge members, and help support the critical work that the schoolbased Family Access Network provides for area families in need. A taxdeductible check may be sent to Heidi Martin, FAN Business Office, 2125 NE Daggett Lane, Bend 97701. Be sure to note “La Pine FAN” on the memo line or in a note. You can also call Heidi at 541693-5675 to donate with a credit card or visit to use PayPal for your contribution. Your support of the ongoing Keep our Children Warm project will warm everyone’s heart.

ITEMS ACCEPTED AT THE LA PINE RESTORE 52684 Hwy 97 Phone 541-536-3234

Everything donated to the La Pine Restore MUST BE CLEAN, IN GOOD, SALABLE CONDITION, WITH NO MISSING PARTS AND INCLUDING ALL NECESSARY HARDWARE. · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Appliances, large and small: stoves, ovens, washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators, heaters Architectural items, columns, mantels, porch posts Artwork Blinds, with hardware Building materials: lumber, PVC piping Cabinets/Countertops with all doors and drawers. Must be assembled. Dishes and glassware in sets only Doors with jams, both interior and exterior Electrical supplies: wiring, face plates, receptacles, boxes, extension cords Exercise equipment, newer Fans (ceiling fans must include moun ng hardware) Flooring: hardwood, vinyl, le Furniture (clean, odorless, without stains) Garage doors and garage door openers Garden and lawn supplies, tools and equipment; lawn furniture Hardware: hinges, door knobs, casters, drawer knobs/handles, nuts, bolts, screws, brackets Household goods. No yard sale items. Insula on, new or like new, rolled and bagged Ligh ng fixtures: ceiling lights, lamps, light bulbs Masonry: cinderblocks, bricks, pavers Mirrors, framed only Paint and paint supplies, half full or more, with labels, no rusted containers Plumbing fixtures: sinks, toilets, pipes, fi�ngs Roofing materials and gu�ers Scrap metal. We will not pick up and you must load into our yard container. Sheet Rock in ½ or larger sheets Scrap metal: donor brings in and unloads into bin Siding in ½ or larger sheets Spor ng goods (newer) Tools, both hand and power tools Towing equipment: winches, hitches Windows and screens. Dual pane windows only. ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED

Alarm clocks and small electronics Appliances that do not fully work Baby goods: clothing, furniture, toys Ba�eries Bedding, including ma�resses and springs Casse�e tapes Chemicals, cleaners, solvents

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Michelle Murphy, Newberry Habitat's Newest Homeowner By Newberry Eagle News Staff

“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was little,” explained Michelle Murphy, “and decided it was time to go back to school so I could build a better life for my son (two-year-old Keiran).” To attain that long-held goal, she is currently studying at COCC to obtain her medical assistant certificate prior to applying for its “very competitive” nursing program. Plus, Murphy works 40 hours a week at the Marketplace in Sunriver (and has been there eight years). So we have commitment to school work, a fulltime job, and caring for her young son at night– which includes having dinner together, playing cars and watching a movie. And there’s more. As Newberry Habitat’s newest homeowner, Murphy has been fulfilling its requirements this past year (such as taking classes and performing 400 hours of sweat equity) while juggling everything else. She even makes room for five to six hours of daily sleep. An undeniably energetic and committed young woman, Murphy is working at COCC to obtain her medical assistant certificate prior to applying for its “very competitive” nursing program. She wasn’t yet a teenager when her father became the owner of a Newberry Habitat home. “We had been living in a trailer with my little brother and grandmother, and I remember being really excited to have a lot more room and freedom,” she recalled. “It was much less stressful.” Murphy was turned down the first time she applied to Newberry Habitat. “I was advised to clear my debts and apply again, which I did the very next year.” She credits her counselors Louise Wilson and Doug Knovak with “helping to prepare me, to make sure I’d be able to handle all that is entailed in owning a home.” This preparation included successfully completing five financial classes that covered topics ranging from understanding and managing credit, to home buying, taxes and insurance, and financial planning and money management. “Although there was a lot of information to absorb, it was totally comprehendible,” said Murphy. In addition, “I had to do a budget every month of estimated expenses, which teaches you how to manage money, and track where it’s going.” Murphy’s learning extended to the 400 hours of sweat equity she expended. “I had a strong fear of heights at the beginning,” she admitted, “but I’ve conquered that. And Steve Krebs (Newberry’s in-house contractor) said that I’ve become very versatile now. “It’s an amazing opportunity for an individual who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a home,” Murphy summarized. “It can make dreams come true.”

Habitat from page 1 payments (including tax and insurance) cannot exceed 30 percent of gross monthly income. (Factoring in other debt, it cannot exceed 40 percent.) “There are no exceptions on these rules and ratios,” emphasized Krumme. “We’re tough on that, which has led to virtually no turnover.” In its 20-year existence, Newberry Habitat has completed 26 homes – with three more in a subdivision called Newberry Woods due to be finished by the end of 2016. “Three additional homes are on the radar for next year -- all on land owned by Habitat -- and

we’re trying to find more within the city limits,” Krumme said. “At this point, Habitat provides the only affordable housing in La Pine. Yet despite our efforts, we’re hardly making a dent.” Krumme emphasized that the organization relies on volunteers (including the Board of Directors) to carry on its work. “So many talented people are giving their time, and I’m honored to be among them. It’s like planting seeds and watching them grow: we’re investing in people who make our community a better place to be.”

Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort Benefits Newberry Habitat Sunriver Resort, as part of its “winter wonderland fun” slate of activities, has issued an invitation to “build fond memories and a spectacular gingerbread house, while helping the community.” Now in its 20th year, this annual fundraising event donates proceeds from “lot” sales to Newberry Habitat for Humanity. (According to Newberry’s Executive Director Dwayne Krumme, past participants, in addition to individual donors, include grocery chains such as Fred Meyer, elementary and high schools, and honor societies.) Sunriver Resort will match donations dollar for dollar up to $2,500. The imaginative gingerbread houses will be on display in the Abbot Room of the Sunriver Lodge from December 3 –January 1, 2017.

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Remand from page 1 (Public Facilities and Services) to Allow for Sewers in Unincorporated Lands in Southern Deschutes County.” Ordinance 2016-070 was set to take effect on May 10, 2016 unless appealed, with the appeal period ending March 2. On March 1, Central Oregon LandWatch filed a Notice of Intent to Appeal the County’s approval of Goal 11 Exception for Southern Deschutes County with the State of Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. Though the remand is not a complete surprise, for those who worked for years on the proposed Goal 11 Exception, it was certainly a disappointment. “I just heard about the remand on November 17,” stated John Blakinger, a former co-chair of the DEQ Steering Committee. “I am really aggravated. We put together an outstanding report and now it seems we are back at the beginning. It took a long time and 750 volunteer hours to get to this point. It’s very disappointing.” La Pine resident Robert Ray, who also served as co-chair of the DEQ Steering Committee, got the news on the same day. “I’m disappointed for sure,” he said. “This has been an issue for well over 20 years. What the steering committee recommended was a longterm solution to the issues. We must be forward thinking. The Goal 11 Exception doesn’t lock anyone into anything. It just offers more opportunities to address the groundwater contamination issues in the La Pine area. “At this point, I am thinking of going to the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force. I know a lot of people see the value of the Goal 11 Exception,” stated Ray. Paul Dewey, Executive Director for Central Oregon LandWatch explained that his group felt the Goal 11 Exception proposed by Deschutes County included too large an area. “The proposed area included about 11,000 lots and covered

about 180 square miles. Goal 11 is intended to be very precise, not a blanket approach.” Dewey noted that Goal 11 Exceptions have been approved in the State of Oregon, one of them being the Oregon Water Wonderland (OWW) between Sunriver and La Pine. “I’m thinking that LUBA wants to see a specific project proposed for a more specific area,” stated Eric Nigg, DEQ Eastern Region Water Quality Program Manager. “We (DEQ, DLCD and Deschutes County) did sit down with Central Oregon LandWatch after the appeal was filed to see if we could find common ground. In the end, we decided to let the appeal run its course and see what the outcome was.” The next step, per Peter Russell of the Deschutes County Planning Division, is a meeting between the partner agencies. “We’re getting together on November 22 with DEQ and DLCD to determine what our next steps might be. We’ll take a close look at the issues raised by LUBA and decide if there are ways to address them, perhaps by narrowing the geographic focus of the Goal 11 Exception application. We’ll be looking to our partners, DEQ and DLCD for recommendations, and will take time to decide where we go from here.” If you are interested in reading more about the background of the groundwater issues in South Deschutes County, including information on the most recent LUBA Remand, visit the following websites: sdesch-nklam.htm For a link to the LUBA Remand document directly, go to: files/fileattachments/community_ development/page/1374/luba_no._2016020_final_opinion_and_order.pdf






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Work on Highway 97/Wickiup Junction Project Halts Until Spring By Newberry Eagle News Staff As winter descends on the La Pine area, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) begins winding down work on the Highway 97/Wickiup Junction Overpass project. The project was halted August 29 after two beams being set for the bridge came crashing to the ground. As the second beam was being set, it appeared to break, taking the first beam down with it. After the incident, ODOT took the necessary steps to investigate the incident. The job site was shut down until the investigation was concluded and the new beams could

be recast. “We were unable to conclude the exact cause of the incident,” stated ODOT Public Information Officer Peter Murphy. “However, as safety is our number one concern, we tried to address every and all possible causes to ensure that nothing like this happens again.” One example was the use of much larger and heavier Axis cranes to set the beams. Besides the two lost beams, there was only minor damage to the bearing wall. With that repaired and new beams cast, work resumed on October 27, almost two full months after the incident. The main financial cost of the incident was

recasting the two lost beams. By November 2, the two new beams, along with all the remaining ones, were set for the bridge. “What we’re doing right now is pouring concrete diaphragms in the spaces between the ribs. After this, we are done for the year,” Murphy said. According to the ODOT webpage, “Work will resume late next spring once the weather is suitable for paving. We anticipate work to start sometime around April or May. From there it should take approximately two to three months to complete the work and have traffic running on the new roadway. The schedule next year is still flexible, but we

CALENDAR OF EVENTS LA PINE Fri & Sat, 12/2 & 12/3, La Pine Christmas Bazaar, 12-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, La Pine Community Center, 541-5367821. Attention all vendors and crafters. See www. for information and vendor application. Sat, 12/3, La Pine Christmas Lights Parade. Get your application at La Pine Chamber of Commerce. Application deadline is Tuesday, Nov 29. Go to for a parade registration form. 541-536-9771. Sat, 12/3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lions Club Children’s Christmas Store. Even with a small amount of money, children 12 and under are invited to come shop and purchase Christmas presents for family, friends and pets. Mid-Oregon Credit Union, 51675 Huntington Rd, La Pine. for more information. Thurs, 12/8, 10 a.m., Alzheimer Support Group, Prairie House Assisted Living, 51485 Morson, La Pine. 541-508-4111. Meets every second Thursday of the month. Thurs, 12/8, 8 a.m., Free Veteran’s breakfast, Prairie House Assisted Living, 51485 Morson, La Pine. 541-508-4111. Every second Thursday of the month. Sat, 12/10, Shop La Pine Saturday.Shop local do the bulk of your holiday shopping in your own community. Think about your purchasing power in a community the size of La Pine. Though we have a handful of true gift stores, you might have to think creatively -- gift certificates for food, services like house cleaning, carpet cleaning, activities like bowling, classes. Mon, 12/12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., AARP Smart Driver Course, refresher for motorists 50 and older, La Pine Fire Hall, 51550 Huntington Road, La Pine. Call 541-536- 2607 to enroll. Tues, 12/13, 6 p.m., American Legion Post 45 Meeting, 52532 Drafter Rd, La Pine. Second Tuesday of the month. 541-536-1402. Wed, 12/14, 5 p.m., City of La Pine City Work Session and Council Meeting. Wed, 12/14, 6 p.m., La Pine Lions Club Dinner Meeting, Gordy’s Restaurant. 541-536-5413. Second Wednesday of the month. Wed, 12/14, 5:30 p.m., La Pine Ya Ya Sisterhood Meeting and Potluck, La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine. Second Wednesday of each month. Call Linda Vassalli 541-536-6176. Fri, 12/16, 7:30-9 a.m., La Pine Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at the La Pine Senior Center. Call 541-536-9771 to RSVP. Fri, 12/23, La Pine Community Kitchen’s Christmas Meal, 12:00-2:30 p.m., A free Christmas meal with all the fixings. A wrapped gift for everyone. Volunteers needed. Please call 541536-1312 to let us know if you want to volunteer. Donations of cash, food or wrapped gifts for all ages are gratefully accepted. 16480 Finley Butte Rd, La Pine, 541-536-1312. Wed, 12/28, 11 a.m., La Pine Lions Club BOD meeting and noon business meeting at La Pine Community Bldg.  Public is welcome.  541-5365413 or Every Tuesday, 8-9 a.m., Newberry Speak to Succeed, La Pine. Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Newberry Speak to Succeed is the place for you, Gordy’s Truck Stop. newberryspeaktosucceed@ Grief Support, First, third and fifth Tuesday, 1011:30 a.m. Heart ‘N Home Hospice and Palliative Care Office, 51681 Huntington Rd, La Pine. (Across from Bi-Mart) 541-536-7399.

Way, La Pine., 541-5366237. La Pine Moose Bingo every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. Meals available. 52510 Drafter Rd, La Pine, 541-536-3388. La Pine American Legion every Thursday. Ticket sales: 4:40 p.m., First game: 5:45 p.m. Burgers, French fries and Polish dogs. 52532 Drafter Rd, La Pine, 541-536-1402.

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CHRISTMAS VALLEY Fri & Sat, 12/2 & 12/3, 25th Annual Christmas Valley Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ST VINNIE’S THRIFT STORE 51661 Huntington Road, La Pine. 541-536-1956 Thurs, 12/1, All kitchen and glassware is 25% off Mon, 12/5, $10.00 bag sale (clothing) Fri, 12/9, All purses, luggage, shoes and boots half price Sat, 12/10- 12/12, All books and magazines 4 for $1.00 Wed, 12/14, Senior Day, 50% off store wide for seniors Sat, 12/17, All Christmas half price Mon, 12/19, Games and puzzles 2 for $1.00 Thurs, 12/22, $10.00 bag sale (clothing) Sat, 12/24, 25% off entire store, then closed at noon Tues, 12/27, $10.00 bag sale (clothing) Fri, 12/30, All books and magazines 2 for $1.00 SUNRIVER Fri-Sun, 12/2-12/4, Sunriver Stars Community Theatre presents, “Winter Wishes”, Holiday Readers Theatre. 12/2 & 12/3 7 p.m., 12/4 2 p.m. SHARC, Sunriver. 12/3-1/1, Sunriver Resort’s 21st Annual Gingerbread Junction. Gingerbread houses will be on display at the Sunriver Resort Lodge in the Abbot Room, located at 17600 Center Drive in Sunriver. Gingerbread Junction benefits the Newberry Habitat for Humanity. Sat, 12/10, 4-6 p.m., Artists Gallery Sunriver Second Saturday Artist Reception. View art & meet the artists during this monthly reception. Wine, beer and snacks will be served. 57100 Beaver Dr, Bend, 541-593-4382, www. Mon, 12/12, 6-10 p.m., Sunriver Women’s Club Winter Gala, “Sleigh Bells in the Snow”, Sunriver Resort Great Hall. $80 per person includes appetizers, dinner, entertainment, 541593-6713. Wed, 12/14, 6-9 p.m., Sunriver Potluck, SHARC Benham Hall. Residents of Sunriver and surrounding communities are welcome to attend this monthly potluck. For more information go to Fri, 12/16, 6:30 p.m., Sunriver Music Festival Holiday Concert, Sunriver Resort Homestead in the Great Hall, Sunriver, 541-593-9310. $35 per person. Central Oregon Sundays at SHARC. $9 per person through May 21. Includes indoor aquatics & tubing Hill (seasonal). Must show proof of residence in Deschutes, Jefferson or Crook County. Alcoholics Anonymous, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pozzi Building, Sunriver Nature Center. CRESCENT Fri & Sat, 12/9 & 12/10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Crescent Annual Christmas Bazaar. More than 20 crafters and artists. Please bring a nonperishable food item for our community food drive. Crescent Community Center, 420 Crescent Cutoff Road, Crescent, OR. Free. Crescent Community Club Bingo every Tuesday Night starting at 6:00 p.m., bring the whole family.

Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Christmas Valley Community Hall, 87345 Holly Lane, 541480-1261. HIGH DESERT MUSEUM Visit or call 541382-4754 for more information. Wed, 12/7, 6 p.m., World War II Stories: A Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration. Join us to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor , no-host bar, Members $3, nonmembers $7, free for veterans and all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families. RSVP: rsvp Sat, 12/10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thorn Hollow String Band, Stomp your feet and do-si-do to the pioneer-inspired tunes of the frontier. Sat, 12/10, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Father Christmas, bring a camera and take a holiday photo with Father Christmas. Our beloved 1880 character of holidays past will be waiting for your wish list in the historic ambience of the Spirt of the West. Decorate your own cookie $1. Tues, 12/13, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Natural History Pub: Geology of the High Desert. Join geologist Dr. Daniele McKay, a natural resources instructor at OSU-Cascades, to learn about the incredible forces that have shaped the High Desert region. Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Free, at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St, Bend, RSVP: Sat, 12/17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Weekend Workshop: Woodworking. Create art from nature in this woodworking class led by the Museum’s exhibit design team. Paired pricing for one adult and one child: Members $10, non-members $15. Each additional participant $5. Registration and pre-payment required: School’s Out! Kids Camp Now offering camps for elementary students on no-school days! 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All camps this session are K-5. There are several new and exciting themes in this year’s camps. Visit our website for more information. Mon and Tues, 12/19 and 12/20, Maker Studio. Invent, design and build in this two-day workshop. With circuit boards, gear shafts, and nuts and bolts, you will design the next handy gadget. Tour the Museum’s fabrication studio for inspiration. Wed and Thurs, 12/21 and 12/22, Holiday Mayhem, ‘Tis the season for cookie decorating and stories by the fire. Learn about other holidays that take place during the winter season and the importance of the solstice. This two-day camp will be filled with celebrations from around the world. Sun, 12/25, Museum Closed Tues and Wed, 12/ 27 and 12/28, Life in the Water, Explore the many creatures who call rivers and seas their home. Thurs and Fri, 12/29 and 12/30, Wacky Winter, learn about which animals are hibernating, frolicking or migrating and where you can find them. What adaptations do animals have for winter survival? Bring your outdoor clothes. 2-day camps: Members $80, non-members $90 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended care: 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., $15. 3:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., $15 Both mornings and afternoons, $25. Register:

will provide updates as things progress over the next six months, specifically regarding the effect to traffic next year.” Although the current phase of the Wickiup Junction Overpass project is behind schedule, ODOT officials say that the completion date of late fall 2017 will not change. For more information or to find updates, visit the ODOT webpage at: REGION4/pages/us97_wickiup_jct/ us97_wickiup_jct.aspx

La Pine Library Events Family Fun Storytime Interactive Storytime with songs, rhymes, and crafts. Program is geared to ages 0-5, but the whole family is welcome! NO storytime on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. Storytime resumes on Jan. 5, 2017! Thursdays, 10:30 am Friends of the La Pine Library Hours for the Friends’ Book Nook: Tuesdays, 10 am – 1 pm, Thursdays & Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm (Closed on 11/24.) Know Jingles: Gingerbread Houses We provide the gingerbread house parts and edible icing and decorations, you provide the creativity! Show your artsy side with this gingerbread house program. Supplies are limited. All ages welcome, from kids to seniors. Saturday, December 10, 11:00 am Know Jingles: Sunriver Stars Community Theater Enjoy a delightful hour of reader’s theater, including O. Henry’s holiday classic Gift of the Magi, with Sunriver Stars Community Theater. This is an adult program. Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm Animal Adventures Join the High Desert Museum for a fun storytime and craft. Meet one of the Museum’s live animals! Limited to 25 children age 3+ and their adults. Free tickets are available on the day of the program. Tuesday, December 13, 10:00 am Music and Movement   Movement, music and stories to develop skills! Geared to 3 - 5 year-olds. Thursday, December 15, 10:30 am The Library Book Club Book Party! Share your favorite reads of the year. Everyone welcome! Thursday, December 15, 12:00 pm Library Closure: All Deschutes Public Libraries will be CLOSED Saturday, December 24, Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26th. Animal Adventures   Join the High Desert Museum for a fun storytime and craft. Meet one of the Museum’s live animals! Limited to 25 children age 3+ and their adults. Free tickets are available on the day of the program. Tuesday, December 27, 10:00 am Library Closure: All Deschutes Public Libraries will be CLOSING EARLY on Saturday, December 31, at 5 pm, and will be CLOSED all day on Sunday, January 1, 2017. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Community Librarian, Roxanne Renteria, at 541312-1091, or The La Pine Public Library is located at 16425 1st Street, in La Pine, Oregon.

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December 2016

La Pine to Host Snowmobile Convention in January


By Newberry Eagle News Staff “This annual convention draws clubs from all over Oregon, and we obviously “did something right or wrong” because we were asked to host it for the second time in three years,” said Rick Brice, president of the Snowmobile Club of La Pine. Running from January 11-15, the 2017 OSSA (Oregon State Snowmobile Association) convention welcomes both members and nonmembers. “Come and explore 150 miles of groomed trails…as well as some of Oregon’s best “boondocking,” advertises the promotional brochure. “Meet new riders, visit with old friends, learn about snow safety, explore new country, learn about new technology, see new sights and most importantly, have fun!” The 2016 gathering attracted some 240 participants, and Gary Heal, chairman of the La Pine club, “hopes for a lot more people, and a lot more snow” this year. The registration fee of $30 per adult and $15 per child (snowmobile certification required) includes guided rides (for all abilities), all-you-can-eat pizza on Friday night, a catered banquet dinner on Saturday night, door prizes, a vendors fair, seminars and classes. All other events – such as a BBQ rib dinner on Thursday night with live music and dancing -are no-host. Brice extends the club’s gratitude to the City of La Pine for its $1,000 donation to promote the event.


He also urges those interested in participating to sign up early. “Last time, we had people from Bend and Redmond waiting until the last day to get in. As a result, we didn’t order enough food.” Brice added that nonmembers are encouraged to join in the activities. “We’re always in need of new members,” he noted, “and the convention is a lot of fun.”

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