Monthly FREE REGIONAL NEWS AND EVENTS Volume II
The La Pine Linemen Frozen Nights, Open – “Searchin’ for Hearts: La Pine's First Another Overload” "Warming Center" By Andrea Hine
By Candace Gray Staff Writer
“Your heart goes out to people in so much need. And then it comes back, filled up with the compassion and generosity of folks who want to help.” Community volunteer Jamie Donahue was recalling her Facebook post in the fall as she began to worry about the winter weather. How would those without proper resources (accessible firewood, snow moving ability, transportation) or without a safe place to stay be able to survive if this winter was as hard as last year’s – or worse? Many people commiserated. Hypothermia is a real danger in a region like ours. Frostbite is a painful result of being too cold, too long. And people freeze to death. The idea of creating a “warming center” was taking shape - a place for people in danger to come in for a hot evening Photo by Melissa Marcotte meal and a place to spend the night when weather projections call for the After another deep snowfall on January most dangerous temperatures. But the 12, lead pastor Chad Carpenter clears questions were big: workable space, a path of safety to the front door of permits, zoning, insurance, liability, Calvary Chapel, site of La Pine’s first personnel, communications and “Warming Center.” By this time, the new transportation. Center had been open in the evening In the last days of 2016, the and through the night several times, “or worse” came to the area. inviting anyone in danger of exposure Temperatures reached minus 18. A to extreme temperatures to come for a group of community activists and hot evening meal and comfortable place volunteers realized an “emergent to sleep. Men, women, families with situation was developing, right here, children, teens, and people with their right now,” said Melissa Marcotte, dogs are welcome (kennels provided). Neighbor Impact advocate for La For the schedule of open nights or to Pine. A determined group including volunteer to help, call (541) 241-8872. Marcotte and her husband Steve, Donahue, Jim and Shelley Buerer, center. We need supplies and food; we and Band of Brothers president need winter clothing, blankets, sleeping Frank Hernandez were led by Deschutes bags. We need cash donations. We need County deputy sheriff Laura Conard on volunteers. Let’s see what we can do.” a mercy journey. Brandon Reed and his His cell phone rang until 11:30 that “Junk b Gone” truck plowed paths in the night. People responded with remarkable knee deep and deeper snow. They brought generosity; some signed on wanting to food, sleeping bags, water, propane and help with “any assignment”—even staying other supplies to give to people who had overnight in the church to make the guests set up several makeshift camps deep in the feel welcome. Donations of food, clothing woods. The treks were made on Sunday, and other supplies began arriving from January 1. Marcotte said, “I told my many people and places the next morning. children ‘what special work to start the new Among them, Dianne Logsdon, owner of year.’” Fit Zone, who rallied her clients to provide Hiking in supplies and dry winter warm bedding and nonperishable food. clothing is a short-term solution that Unsolicited contributions came in as well, doesn’t address the exposure issues. The totaling almost $400. concerned community members who met La Pine’s first “Warming Center” the next day included Chad Carpenter, (LPWC) opened two evenings later on Calvary Chapel pastor. He’s familiar with Wednesday, January 4 and continued the the chapel being used for other reasons next two nights until the weather turned besides worship and ministry. In 2015, the less dangerous. It has been opened several Red Cross designated that if a communitymore evenings during January when wide disaster of any type overwhelmed the weather predictions indicated the our town, Calvary would serve as the temperature would reach the threshold of main shelter. Carpenter told the small single digits (9 degrees or lower). Church committed group, “I’ll put out the word to volunteers (Calvary Chapel, Crescent our members and the community that we’re trying to establish an emergency warming Warming cont. on page 14
The Wichita lineman in Glen Campbell’s 1968 tune, who knew that “if it snows, that stretch down south won’t ever stand the strain,” would recognize a kindred spirit in Midstate Electric’s Gary Green. When power outages and emergency conditions gripped southern Deschutes County in December 2015, Green worked 59.5 hours straight to help restore power to nearly 9,000 members. He and his colleagues had 7 a.m. to 12 midnight shifts for the duration, with only seven hours off before starting in again. Yet the 14-year veteran looks back on this sometimes harrowing, certainly exhausting experience with these words: “It’s what we’re Courtesy Photo trained to do. It’s the fun part “We have smart people here with a lot of of our job.” experience,” said Steve Hess, Operations Green graduated from La Pine High School knowing he Manager for Midstate Electric Cooperative. These wanted to be a lineman. And he talents are most dramatically on display during was fully aware that obtaining winter storms that mobilize the company’s employees – including linemen such as Gary this coveted position meant working his way up -- which Green – to identify outage locations and restore power throughout its 5,600-square-mile territory. Green did, starting in the warehouse. During his subsequent 3.5-year stint as an apprentice lineman, while obtaining the requisite 6,000 hours of experience, Green went out on a particularly memorable Little d Technology call during a wind storm. “Our crew Warns of Computer was repairing a wire that had been torn down. Our job was to put the strands Scams & Viruses back together to restore service. It was Page 5 the middle of the night, and we couldn’t see anything through the blackness. But Fire Department Offers we could hear trees crashing all around Lifesaving Advice us in the forest.” That moment marked Page 4 his transition from apprentice to lineman: “Now I’ve got to make the call,” he LPHS Wrestling thought. “No one is here babysitting me." Conditions were no less challenging Team Excels during the second day of last year’s storms. Page 7 “Things were so bad that ODOT stopped plowing (because the crews couldn’t Community Kitchen keep up) and closed a highway south of Seeks New La Pine,” Green recalled. “With a foot Executive Director of snow on the ground, it looked like a Page 4 warzone. Trucks were sliding off the road, and people remained stranded in their vehicles.” Green and his crew persevered. Weavers High Lakes Feed He emphasized, however, that “the Undaunted by safety of our guys is our number one Storm Damage priority,” and that “sometimes there’s only Page 9 so much you can do.” So when “confronted with snow falling so hard that you couldn’t More Affordable Housing see the road,” for example, he and his crew prudently pulled over until conditions Coming to La Pine improved. Page 16 “Even when we’re tired,” emphasized Green, “something will happen that
Linemen cont. on page 14
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"Sit Down with the Mayor" Dates Set for February
Informal gatherings with Mayor Dennis Scott, initiated in January at Wickiup Station and Grounded Café, have been scheduled for February and beyond.
• Gordy’s Truck Stop: February 13, 8 a.m. • La Pine Community Kitchen: Every third Wednesday, starting February 15, 1 p.m. Mayor Scott will also be participating in the annual Valentine’s Dinner at Holy Mayor Dennis Scott Redeemer Catholic Church on February 11(exhibiting his skills as a wine server), and at La Pine’s legendary Crab Feed on March 11 (this time by helping at the beer table). Facebook followers are urged to read “Memos from the Mayor," which are updated regularly, on the City of La Pine page.
Midstate Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting Set for May 6 Board Districts 5, 7 and 9 Up for Election Director positions on the Board of Midstate Electric Cooperative for Districts 5, 7 and 9 are up for election at the Annual Meeting on May 6, 2017. If you reside in one of these districts and are interested in running for the position of director, you must file a petition signed by at least fifteen (15) members of the cooperative residing in that district. The petition form may be obtained at the Cooperative’s headquarters facility and must be filed with the Secretary on or before March 7, 2017. District 5 Current Director – Ken Wilson District 5 (Chemult) is described as: North boundary is an East-West line one mile north of Highway 58 Junction. West boundary is the Douglas-Klamath County line. South boundary is a line four miles south of Hub City Chrome (formerly
Thunderbeast Park) on Highway 97. East boundary is the Klamath County and Lake County Line. District 7 Current Director – Alan Parks District 7 (Fort Rock) is described as: North boundary is the Deschutes County and Lake County line for the western portion, but it jogs south six miles for the eastern portion. West boundary is the Klamath County and Lake County line. South boundary is an East-West line one mile north of the Christmas Valley Road. East boundary is twenty-two miles east of the U.S. Air Force radar site. District 9 Current Director – Lee Smith District 9 (Sunriver) is described as: North boundary is the Cascade Lakes Highway. West boundary is the Lane County and Deschutes County line. South boundary is Spring River Road (and its extension east and west.) East boundary is eight miles east of Highway 97.
Applications for Bend-La Pine School Board Vacancy due Feb. 9 The Bend-La Pine Schools Board of Directors is seeking qualified applicants to fill the remaining term of the unexpired Zone 7 position. Zone 7 is an At Large seat. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a member of the school board? Bend-La Pine Schools’ Board of Directors members will host two information sessions to answer questions from those interested in serving as part of the board. The information sessions take place Thursday, Feb. 2 from 8 to 9 a.m. and again from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Education Center, 520 NW Wall St., Bend. Board members will answer questions related to the time commitment involved, the type of decisions the board makes and details about how to apply for a current vacancy for Zone 7 (At Large). Applications for the open position are due Feb. 9. “Being a member of the school board is a meaningful way to serve our students and schools and I hope to encourage more individuals to consider it,” said Board Chair Peggy Kinkade. Board members will appoint a new member, who will then have to run in the upcoming May election to serve a four-year term. Three additional board seats will also be up for election in May. Applicants must: Reside within a Deschutes County voting precinct. Reside within the Bend-La Pine Schools attendance area. Have been a resident of a Deschutes County voting precinct for at least one year. Be a registered voter in a Deschutes County voting precinct. The appointed director shall serve until June 30, 2017. The appointee may choose to file for election in the Spring of 2017 (filing deadline is March 16) for the May 2017 general election. The term length for Zone 7 is four years Applicants are asked to submit a resume and letter of interest explaining why and how they can make a contribution to the district and the Board, and submit to: Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent’s Office; Attn: Andrea Wilson; 520 NW Wall Street, Room 322; Bend, OR 9770. Or via email to: email@example.com Deadline for submission is February 9 by 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact Board Chair Peggy Kinkade at pskinkade@ gmail.com or (541)408-7819.
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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 www.ci.la-pine.or.us to check for up-to-date information on any of these items.
Wednesday, February 8 - City Council Meeting - 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 14 - Public Works Committee Meeting - 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 15 - Planning Commission Meeting - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22 - City Council Work Session - 6 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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CITY OF LA PINE SNOW REMOVAL POLICY
It is me to remind area residents of the City’s snow removal policy. Certain streets have been designated as primary and secondary snow routes for plowing on days when the snow has reached a depth of four inches and is not expected to melt. People parking on those streets will need to remove their cars so the snow removal crews can operate the snow plows.
First priority will be the primary routes, which include the following streets: William Foss Road from US 97 to Mi s Way 4th Street from US 97 to Morson Street Evans Way from William Foss Road to terminus Hinkle Way from Reed Road to Finley Bu e Road Wheeler Road from William Foss Road to terminus Mi s Way from Reed Road to CW Reeves Lane Bonnie Way from William Foss Rd to Finley Bu e Road Preble Way from Finley Bu e Road to Basse Drive Morson Street from 1st Street to US 97
1stStreet from Hun ngton Road to east terminus Bluewood Avenue from 1stStreet to Bluewood Place Caldwell Drive from Hun ngton Rd to Crescent Creek Dr Crescent Creek Drive from Caldwell Dr to Findley Drive Findley Drive from Hun ngton Rd to Crescent Creek Dr Cagle Road from Hun ngton Road to Murray Drive Skidgel Road from Burgess Road to Cagle Road Dra�er Road from Rosland Road to US 97
Secondary snow routes include the following streets:
Murray Drive from Cagle Road to terminus Santa Barbara Drive from Cagle Road to terminus Elm Drive from Cagle Road to terminus Oak Drive from Cagle Road to terminus Ash Drive from Cagle Road to terminus Railroad Street from Burgess Road to Cagle Road Antler Lane from Burgess Road to Cagle Road Doe Lane from Burgess Road to Cagle Road Pine Drive from Burgess Road to Cagle Road Pine Place from Hun ngton Road to terminus Glenwood Drive from Burgess Road to Hun ngton Road Allen Drive from Glenwood Drive to Glenwood Drive Trapper George Ln from Fordham Dr to Fordham Dr Fordham Drive from Caldwell Drive to Beesley Place Charlo e Day Dr from Fordham Dr to Crescent Creek Dr Beesley Place from Findley Dr to Crescent Creek Drive Memorial Lane from Hun ngton Road to east terminus Victory Way from Hun ngton Road to east terminus S llwell Street from 1 st Street to Morson Street 2 nd Street from Morson Street to S llwell Street Cabin Lake Lane from Wheeler Road to east terminus Salzer Street from 1 st Street to terminus
Walker Street from 3 rd Street to 5 th Street 5 th Street from Walker Street to Pengra Street Pengra Street from 6 th Street to 5 th Street Carter Court from Preble Way to terminus Heath Drive from Hun ngton Road to east terminus Cassidy Court from Preble Way to west terminus Cassidy Drive from Preble Way to east terminus Riley Drive from Hun ngton Road to east terminus Be y Court from Preble Way to west terminus Be y Drive from Preble Way to east terminus Basse Drive from Hun ngton Road to east terminus Assembly Way from Hinkle Way to Mi s Way Box Way from Hinkle Way to Mi s Way Dillon Way from Hinkle Way to Mi s Way Ascha Court from Hinkle Way to east terminus Mac Court from Wheeler Road to north/south termini Wya Drive from Wheeler Road to Mi s Way Lasso Lane from Wheeler Road to Wya Drive McClintock Place from Wheeler Road to east terminus Oakridge Place from Mi s Way to west terminus Shaw Pine Court from Mi s Way to west terminus Apache Tears Ct from Wheeler Road to south terminus
Parking is prohibited along primary and secondary snow removal routes during the occasion of four or more inches of snowfall. Vehicles parked on these routes may be towed at the owner’s expense. A map containing these snow routes, as well as a copy of Ordinance 2016-11, is available upon request at La Pine City Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Help the Fire Department Help You Big Changes at Community Kitchen By Andrea Hine
Staff Writer “We had 27 emergency calls in 48 hours – more than triple the normal volume. Thirteen of these were medical transports to Bend – usually a two-hour round trip at most – which took three to four hours due to adverse road conditions.” (The La Pine Fire Department’s ambulance transportation responsibilities cover 1,000 square miles.) As Chief Mike Supkis explained, “when this paralyzing storm hit in early January, we were dealing not only with a skyrocketing number of calls, but all the things that come with snow. This included chaining the department’s 18 vehicles, and copingwith delays such as a blown plow fuse, tire repair, a heater fan motor going out, and cleaning and restocking the ambulances between uses.” Magnifying the Fire Department’s challenges was the season-to-date accumulation of four feet of snow on the ground. “We work around the clock to keep areas around the three stations as clear as possible,” said Supkis. “But getting through on privately-maintained roads and driveways – those not plowed by the county – is where we can encounter problems.” As La Pine’s Fire Chief for seven years, Supkis knows first-hand that “we live in a snow habitat. Typically, six inches will fall and then mostly melt before more arrives. Not this winter. It kept coming and coming. And once the snow reaches several feet of accumulation, you’re done in terms of being able to make any inroads. “The key is to stay on top of it,” he emphasized, “to go out and tackle every two inches rather than every six inches. Or even worse – to wait until the snow stops falling. “We will move mountains, and do anything we can, to get there. But you have to do your part.” (In addition to ensuring road access, these efforts include leaving on a
A crew of reserve student firefighters was the first to arrive at the scene of a structural fire – which eventually involved nine personnel (including two chiefs), two engines and two water tenders. Crews were hindered by almost three feet of snow and ice on the ground and roof of the 600-foot house, and the fire took 3.5 hours to extinguish. porch light and clearing snow off the address sign.) As Supkis noted, “keeping roads passable has critical ramifications even when we begin to have beautiful, glorious, sunny days. With spring breakup, snow that is packed down will turn into slush that– with cold nighttime temperatures – subsequently freezes into ruts. This phenomenon also contributes to breaking down the roadbed underneath. “People shouldn’t be anxious,” he concluded. “Be prepared, and take it as it comes in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Control what you can control, and don’t worry about what you can’t. That’s what the pros do.”
Space Heaters Need Space - Toasters Can Turn On •
While space heaters can be a good source of heat, as the name implies, they need 1-3 feet of space around them for safety. Don’t place them in a corner of the room, or stack items around them.
Newer space heaters have a thermostat, and will automatically turn on when the temperature is too low. Only use a space heater when you’re there with it.
Once a year, the La Pine Fire Department is called out to extinguish a kitchen blaze resulting from a toaster catching fire. People regularly put their groceries down on the counter without thinking of the fact that a bag can push against the toaster and turn it on.
Separate things that can burn such as pot holders or towels near the stove. So that if you make a mistake – such as being distracted by the dog barking, or being interrupted while folding clothes – the mistake isn’t catastrophic.
Leave appliances unplugged (as much as is possible and practical) when not in use. That’s the law in the UK and Japan.
By Candace Gray Staff Writer
The La Pine Community Kitchen family including the board of directors, volunteers, staff, donors, partner agencies—and the 2,700 clients who are helped every year—are disappointed to learn that executive director Kim Hafermalz will be moving out of state in a few months. “We love this community,” she said. “We moved here several years ago to retire in beautiful Central Oregon. But my husband Mike Knab and I came to realize that the cold, snowy winters and months of being indoors (except for the tremendous outside work the season requires) was not what we could do for the rest of our lives.” Actually, Hafermalz did not retire in La Pine at all. She was selected by the Community Kitchen’s board of directors to take the open position in the spring of 2014. Long-term board chair Jim Fleming commented about her tenure, “Among other things, Kim improved the Community Kitchen’s (CK) physical facilities and the quality of the food we serve. She’s been a great grant writer and fundraiser, among other accomplishments. We are all sad to see her go – and happy to see her and Mike set off on another life adventure.” Fleming continued, “Our board recently accepted her strategic recommendation to close our food pantry and let the long-established food bank at St. Vincent’s de Paul continue that service for the community.” That decision saves CK more than $7,000 annually. It also means concentrating the emergency food boxes at one agency, and better leveraging government grants and fundraising. The Community Kitchen will continue to focus on serving hot, nutritious meals five days a week. The full-time, modest-salary executive director (ED) position will be open and competitive. “I am very confident that the right person will
emerge to move the amazing safety net known as ‘the Kitchen’ into an even more positive future,” Hafermalz said. She and the board have a plan to create interest and understanding among those who may decide to apply. “Any seriously interested candidate is welcome to ‘shadow’ me for a few hours in February, to better understand what this position entails. That exploration is not necessary for a formal application— which will be accepted starting March 1—but it’s an option for someone who wants to better understand the job, firsthand.” For more information about the ED position, visit the CK website: www.lapinecommunitykitchen.org or email management at services@ lapinecommunitykitchen.org. La Pine mayor Dennis Scott will hold a “sit down with the mayor” gathering at CK, the first of his community meetings at a local nonprofit. “I know that tremendous work by a small paid staff, supported by many volunteers, is accomplished at the community organizations in our area,” he said. “This is a way to showcase those agencies.” The mayor’s meeting at CK will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 1 p.m. in the side dining room. “If you haven’t had a tour of our organization’s facilities, come for lunch and get to know our long-established organization and La Pine’s new mayor at the same time.” Hafermalz said. “We urge you to learn more about this and other vital community services in our town.”
MEC Seeks Pilot Program Participants The wholesale electric power Midstate Electric Cooperative purchases from Bonneville Power Administration is most expensive during peak demand times. MEC is looking for 300 member volunteers to participate in a pilot program with the intention of shifting peak time electric usage to non-peak periods to help minimize wholesale power costs. The 18-month pilot program – called Peak Hour Rewards – will be used to evaluate savings to determine the effectiveness of a full-scale program. The member volunteers will receive a free installed Wi-Fi Lux/GEO programmable thermostat ($150 value) to control their heating system as well as a complimentary home energy audit. During peak usage, a 2-hour demand reduction event will be initiated sending a signal to the thermostat. The thermostat will temporarily reduce the temperature a few degrees so the heat does not come on, moving the heating load to before and after the system peak. At the end of the event, the thermostat will return to the originally programmed temperature setting. The Lux/Geo gives you the ability to remotely control temperature and set schedules from a smart device (no more coming home to a cold home!) In addition to the free thermostat, members will receive a $10 bill credit each month they participate in 100% of the peak usage demand reduction events, and an opportunity to win $500.00 at the end of the pilot program. To participate or for more information, please contact Midstate’s Marketing Department at 541-5362126, Option 5.
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"Just Stop by and Ask Questions," Urges Little d Technology Owner
By Andrea Hine
Business Spotlight By Newberry Eagle News Staff
Grounded Café Grand Opening
“People love their technology – and they really miss it when their computers are in for repair!” said Kathy DeBone. As co-owner of Little d Technology (along with her husband Tony, a Deschutes County Commissioner), she has offered the latest technology to area residents photo by Florence Neis for more than a decade. And Little d Technology employees (left to right): she knows firsthand that Daniel Porter, Linda Reid, Kyle Byers, Kathy “technology does change, DeBone and Josh Henry. and it changes fast!” DeBone, who was only Technology’s computer repair specialist: three years old when her family moved “Although we can remove the virus, to La Pine, eventually moved to Maui photo by Andrea Hine we cannot retrieve your files again in where she met her husband. Both were the event of encryption. The only way involved in conservation efforts at a local to retrieve them is if you have a recent The grand opening of Grounded Café, complete with an official ribbon cutting, wharf that bordered a cemetery – where backup – which we always recommend.” was celebrated by a diverse crowd of local residents and dignitaries – including currents caused the bones of the deceased “We charge a minimal amount to Mayor Dennis Scott and Chamber of Commerce executives. Attendees seemed eager to wash out to sea! “We put in erosionremove viruses from infected computers to return and sample the breakfast and lunch specials (including homestyle potatoes, preventing plants,” she recalled, “and -- typically from $60 to $140,” DeBone bacon cheeseburgers and sandwiches), and specialty coffee drinks. Shown are Alan Tony and I put down roots on the island.” said. “It’s difficult to see people spend and Karen McCormack and partner Harold Johnson (right), who previously made Several years after the birth of their their hard-earned money over a period Palmer’s Café in Bend a culinary legend. “We’re very happy to be here,” they agreed. son Mike, Tony – employed at Boeing of months – anywhere from $300 to “Everyone has been wonderful to us.” Observatory -- mused to his wife that more than $1,500 -- on fake tech support “although we have a good life, what else scams.” Grocery Outlet Opens in La Pine is out there?” So the couple emigrated Security has another critical Following the opening of Dollar Tree’s 9,000-square-foot space in October, to Seattle, but found themselves coming component. “People need to be Grocery Outlet will occupy more than 18,000 square feet of the same building when down to La Pine “all the time – we’d extremely careful with their personal it offi cially opens on February 4 at 51420 Highway 97. drive down after work on Friday and information. Choose secure passwords. At the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony on February 2, $1,000 will be donated arrive at Mom’s after midnight,” Kathy Keep them safe for yourself and to St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank, the result of a successful fundraising effort on recalled. your family if they need access,” she Facebook. Deciding to move here in 2004, summarized. Grocery Outlet operates by buying up excess inventory -- due to product overruns the DeBones saw a need in the “Ideally, choose phrases instead of or packaging changes -- at a discount, and then passing on those savings to customers. community that matched Tony’s software words, using a combination of capital In addition to stocking brand-name groceries, it offers organic produce and items such engineering background. “Tony can letters, numbers and symbols,” advised as gifts, toys, and health and beauty products. According to the company’s web site, figure anything out – he’s a real problem DeBone. “If feasible, use a different prices can be 40-70 percent less than at conventional grocery stores. solver,” praised Kathy. password for each account, and change Grocery Outlet has more than 260 independently-operated stores in California, Little d Technology, initially them regularly.” Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. specializing in computer repair, opened No discussion of Little d Technology a year later. “Tony is always very would be complete without crediting L&S Gardens Undaunted by Collapse of Greenhouses approachable,” Kathy commented. “Our its employees, including Kathy’s mom, “We’re not going anywhere,” said owner Linda Stevenson, wanting to dispel any business enabled him to meet so many Linda Reid. “She’s the glue that holds rumors of the demise of L&S Gardens after winter snow and ice destroyed three of people, discuss issues of concern, and get us all together. She loves working with her greenhouses. “We may scale back to two greenhouses, but that’s all. I’m anxious to know the community. It set him up to customers. As she tells them, ‘if I can to resume operations, and get back in the dirt. This is my passion.” be a good commissioner.” learn it, so can you!’” Verizon was added to the mix in Josh Henry, recently promoted to 2012. “We realized that we better get on Verizon Sales Manager, “has his heart in the cell phone wagon,” she noted, “and Upper Deschutes River Coalition Meeting customer service,” said DeBone. Both in fact, Verizon now consumes about Set for February 22, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. he and Kyle Byers joined the staff in 50 percent of our resources.” Little d at the Sunriver Library May 2016. Daniel Porter, the operation’s Technology also provides computer sales computer repair specialist, “is absolutely and services, and sells such products amazing. 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Hawks Say Goodbye to Karlowicz Changes to La Pine High School’s front office bring mixed emotions to students success in the classroom, and working with students on college and career The Hawks Flight Editor planning. Though this position is something This school year started with change. Karlowicz is excited to pursue it doesn’t The administration hired six new teachers. mean the decision and transition was Everyone had to adjust to a new bell schedule which included CREW time. These changes may have shaken up students at the beginning of the year and the changes haven’t stopped just yet. Tonya Karlowicz, the smiling face you see when you enter La Pine High’s front office, worked her last day as Attendance Secretary at LPHS on Friday, January 20. Combining the two different periods Karlowicz has been with La Pine High school she has worked for just over seven years. She worked School is like a second home. Tonya Karlowicz brings touches of at Bend High for four home to the Attendance Office. Photo by Tavner Casey years in between her years at La Pine High easy. Karlowicz said she is “very sad” to School. be leaving. “I have a lot of students that I Since working with the school she has really care about here and it’s hard to just managed attendance and run the front walk away from that. When you work in office and she has built bonds. She has a school it makes the school like another even made connections with students family. That makes it hard to leave.” in a recently added responsibility of Karlowicz said “I’ll even miss conducting lunch detention. detention.” Detention students will miss Miranda Whisler, an office aide, said Karlowicz’s unique style too. Instead [Mrs. Karlowicz has] “always given me of sitting in front of students she sits someone to go to on bad and good days.” among the them, speaks with them, and Gilchrist High School offered Karlowicz reads them stories that they can apply to a position as their new Social Skills their lives. Students have been known to Learning Facilitator. Karlowicz said voluntarily go to detention just to listen. the work is exactly what she wrote her Interviews for the front office position master’s thesis on. will be conducted Thursday, January 26, Though she was not looking for a new 2017. position “It was something I just couldn’t pass up. It requires me to use the skills I went to school for,” said Karlowicz. As the new Social Skills Learning Facilitator for Gilchrist, Karlowicz will be teaching social and emotional skills such as getting along with your peers and how to be a good citizen. These lessons are comparable to our Hawk Habits. Karlowicz will be working with students on these principles in group settings Students join Tonya Karlowicz around the table in the Focus room. Photo by Tavner Casey along with single individuals at a La Pine time. Other new responsibilities for her include working with families on how Full Line of RV and to help their students Outdoor Living Supplies be successful school, Traeger BBQs • Full Paint Dept. • Nursery training staff about Custom Screens & Repair • & Much More trauma that students Open 7 days - 7am-6pm Mon - Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 9am-5pm Sun have experienced and 1st & Huntington Rd - 51615 Huntington Rd., La Pine how it can affect their 541-536-2161 • 800-700-2161
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The 2017 La Pine High School a community service project, the team Equestrian Team (Oregon High School participated in the Jingle Bell Run Equestrian Teams--OHSET) is off to a sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. rocky…no it’s called a snowy start! As We handed out T-shirts and a few of the school days are being cancelled, so are girls donned “elf” costumes to help with riding practice. When it is too snowy or cold to haul to practice, the LPHS team of sophomores Ashlyn Johnson, Randi Allen, Adaline Meeks and Ciara Perkins is learning to practice riding patterns “without Courtesy Photos their horse” -walking the patterns The 2016-2017 LPHS OHSET team, from L to R: Ashlyn while in their living Johnson, Adaline Meeks, Coach Charisa Bates, Ciara Perkins and Randi Allen. rooms. The team is lucky to have Charisa Bates as coach this the children. All four girls are also horse year. She is a 2013 LPHS graduate and 4-H members as well! alumni of La Pine’s team. Charisa will The team is seeking annual financial be working with coach/advisor Christina sponsors within the community to help Bates and co-advisor Kathy Russell. meet expenses. If you are interested, The first meet, February 17-19, will please send checks to LPHS-OHSET, P.O. be held at the Deschutes County Fair & Box 306, La Pine, OR 97739. The team Expo Center. Each rider will participate is always extremely thankful to those who in five individual classes and five team have sponsored in the past. A minimum events during the three-day meet. Your of $50 gets your business name put on support of the riders is always encouraged the banner that hangs at all three OHSET and enjoyed! meets. The second OHSET meet will be held For the annual district fundraiser, we at Brasada Arena (Rim Rock Arena) in are selling bags of chocolate- covered Powell Butte on March 31-April 2. Then cherries for $5 each. Funds earned from the team returns to the Expo in Redmond this fundraiser go directly to the Central for the third meet on April 14-16. District to defray rider price increases and This team is a hardworking meet expenses. The girls are also selling community-minded group of girls who $5 tickets for the State OHSET fundraiser worked concessions at home football (for the state meet in May) -- a dream games last fall, and is planning to do so vacation valued at $5000. Contact team again for a few home basketball games members Ashlyn, Addy, Randi and Ciara and an upcoming wrestling tournament. -- or advisors Christina Bates (541) 419They, along with many community 1055 and Kathy Russell (541) 419-8925) members, collected soda cans all summer -- if you are interested in purchasing and fall. These girls are dedicated to either option. their sport and in making every effort Thank you for your support of the La count to help their team financially. As Pine High School Equestrian Team!!
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Photo by Taryn Tennant Members of the LPHS wrestling team had good reason to celebrate after taking second place in the High Desert Classic – its “best ever” performance at this tournament. The team then participated in the invitational “Tournament of Champions” for the first time, based on its ranking at last year’s state competition. La Pine was the only 3A school to be selected for this honor.
South County Schools Update Important Dates: February 1 - Early Childhood Learning Fair @ Rosland 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. February 6 – 9 - Hawk Winter Fest @ LPHS February 8 & 9 – LPMS conferences 3:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. February 9 – LPHS Parent Conferences 3:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. February 10 – Teacher Work Day – No School February 11 – Beach Bash Dance @ LPHS – 7 – 9 p.m. February 20 – Presidents’ Day – No School March 1 - Deadline for Area Change Requests Bend-La Pine Schools 2016-17 School Calendar Changes; Weather-related closures result in extension of school year. In an effort to balance student school days for the 2016-17 school year, and to ensure that our students have access to learning that they deserve, Bend-La Pine Schools is making the following changes to the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. DATE CHANGES: Students WILL attend school on February 3. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 10. The semester will be extended by one week. This is a calendar change to allow for the recovery of five instructional days to first semester. Please note that the ‘no-school’ day will now occur on Friday, February 10, instead of Friday, February 3. This will allow teachers time to complete grading on February 10, as the end of the first semester has been moved back to February 9. DATE CHANGES: Students WILL attend school on Monday, June 19; Tuesday, June 20; Wednesday, June 21; and Thursday, June 22. The end of the school year will be extended by four days. Students will have a full school day on Friday, June 16. Students will be released on the School Improvement Wednesday schedule on Thursday, June 22. Graduation dates will not change. “Bend-La Pine Schools’ students are fortunate to receive exceptional learning opportunities every day in our schools,” said Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson. “I believe that it is important that we make up for lost instruction time by adding school days back to our calendar.” Mikalson says that to date, a record five school days have been canceled districtwide this school year due to hazardous weather – something he believes has never happened in the 130-year history of our district. “To put this in perspective, in the 20 years between 1989 and 2009 we only had five district-wide school closures. The same was true between 2011 and 2015, just five closures,” he said. “This year has been quite an anomaly.” A summary of the changes at a glance and a downloadable version of the revised 2016-17 School Calendar are available at www.bend.k12. or.us/201617revisedcalendar Bend 8th Grade Orientation Nights: Bend High is hosting two different information nights for parents and 8th graders who are planning to attend Bend High next year. The first night will provide information about the IB Program and the second will be an overview of the Bend High experience hosted by Administrators and Counselors. February 8 @ 6:30 p.m. IB Program Information Night
February 27 @ 6:30 p.m. Bend High Information Night for all 8th Graders AREA CHANGE NOTE - area change requests will be accepted beginning February 1st with a deadline of March 1st. Parents wishing to send their children to a neighborhood school in another attendance area must fill out an Attendance Area Change Request form by March 1. This process does not apply to magnet or charter schools within the district. Once completed, the form should be submitted to the home area school's principal. Immunization Exclusion Day: Wednesday, Feb. 15 is the state-mandated immunization exclusion day for all grades. Students must be up to date on all vaccines on this date or have completed the exemption requirements. Rosland Elementary Rosland Elementary is planning their third Early Childhood Learning Fair. Rosland is one of several Bend La Pine Schools that receives a grant to help connect to our area families with young children prior to kindergarten. With these funds we provide lots of resources; including Welcome to the World boxes for newborns, weekly story time with the La Pine Librarian at Rosland (Tuesdays at 9 a.m.) for families with preschool age children and we have a Coordinator out in the community connecting with young families to help provide information on resources. This year our Early Childhood Learning Fair is on Wednesday, February 1st from 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.. Healthy Beginnings will be available to do a mini-screening with your child. This screening covers development, behavior, hearing and vision. This is a great place to ask an expert about any concerns you may have. Please call them for an appointment right away or drop in appointments are available, too. (541) 383-6357). We will have other community resources, prizes, a yummy snack and it is all for FREE! La Pine Middle School: Parent Teacher conferences have been rescheduled. They will be on February 8th and 9th in the Cafeteria from 3:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. There is no school on February 10th. La Pine High School: Winter Fest at the High School will include dress up days and fun activities! Monday - Nerd Day Tuesday - Pirate Day Wednesday - Disney Day Thursday - Black and White Day The week will conclude with a Beach Bash Dance on Saturday February 11th. Parent Conferences have been rescheduled to February 9th from 3:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. and there is no school on February 10th.
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A Cast from the Past By Jake Obrist
Contributing Writer It was a pivotal moment in my fishing career. Sometimes the little things your parents say or do make a lasting impression on a kid’s life. As I crawled out of bed that morning, I opened my eyes and couldn’t believe what my dad had posted on my door. The lazy days of summer had arrived, and I was always trying to find something to do. I was indeed a busy 10-year-old boy. Baseball season was over now and I needed an avenue to channel my attention. I was an outdoorsman at heart and it was
Top photo: Phoebe Obrist (L) and Paisley Obrist (R) enjoy fishing with their dad. Photo by Jake Obrist Bottom photo: Jake Obrist passes along his love of fishing and outdoors to his own daughters out on North Twin Lake. Photo by Buck always on my mind. Growing up in a suburban area, my options were limited. But we did reside where the Clackamas and Willamette rivers collided. The back waters of these rivers would consume my attention. So, I would start in on my parents, asking, “Can I please go fishing tomorrow?” They would usually reply, “Yes, but you need to find a friend to go with you.” That was easy enough; I usually had a friend down the street who would accompany me in a pinch. Now I needed to gather some bait. I would ask my dad to water the lawn a little extra that evening to ensure a good nightcrawler harvest. This was actually a lot of fun for me, it was a worm hunt. Finally we were ready to embark on our trip in the morning. With one hand gripping a handle bar and fishing pole, and the other hand gripping a handle bar and fish bucket, we were off to the river, peddling our bikes as fast as we could. It was on like Donkey Kong, we were fishing. Every fish we caught ended up in the bucket, keeping them alive for my pond at home and for my friend Petey. Who is Petey you ask? Petey was one of my fishing buddies, a Great Blue Heron. Petey had a big appetite too. He would land on the dock next to me and ask for a fish. I would humor him and pick out the spiniest fish in the bucket. He enjoyed it, and I thought it was funny. Now, it was getting close to the end of our trip. My dad would be coming to pick us up soon, because it’s uphill the whole way of course. This last part of the trip is
where my friends would lose interest in fishing. Not me, this A.D.D. child actually focused on catching one more fish. I would plead, “Just one more cast, one more cast.” I dug through my tackle box and pulled out a trusty rooster tail. One of my go-to lures at the time. I heaved it as far as I could into the lagoon, giving just one more cast. As soon as it hit the water, I gave it a couple twitches, and BOOM!!SPLASH!!! and ZZZZZ. The biggest fish in the world was ripping line. It leaped from the water a few times revealing itself, showing its big old bucket mouth. It was a largemouth bass. I did the back-pedal maneuver while my buddy went down to the shoreline to grab it. Victory was ours, we both shrieked with joy. We wore smiles the rest of the day. I lay in bed that night thinking, “Does it get any better than this?” As I crawled out of bed that next morning, I opened my eyes to see a poster on my door. The poster read “BASS MASTER JAKE OBRIST catches record Largemouth Bass, 3 ½ pounds, 17 inches.” It just got better. To top it off, my Dad prepared the bass as breakfast for me. The fish tasted so good that morning, but the memory that was created tasted even sweeter. As I write this story I get excited to have the opportunity to create these types of memories with my kids. I urge people to give that extra effort with their kids, whether it is hunting, fishing, or any other activity. I guarantee my dad never thought that this memory would last, but it did.
La Pine Rodeo Association 2017 QueenPrincess Coronation Fundraiser The La Pine Rodeo Coronation Fundraiser in support of Queen Ciara Perkins and Princess Mollie Phillips is being held on Saturday, February 25, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Activities Center. Organized to help Perkins and Phillips offset travel and clothing expenses during their reign, the fundraiser will enable the royal duo to travel around Oregon to different rodeos and events in support of the La Pine community. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., followed at 5:00 p.m. by dinner, which includes tritip, baked beans, Caesar salad, rolls and beverages. Tickets will be available on Saturday, January 28, and are available at the door for $18; seniors (65 and older) $15; royalty and children (10 and Courtesy photo under) $10. Emcee for the event is Kedo 2017 Queen Ciara Perkins and 2017 Olson of Terrebonne. Princess Mollie Phillips Smaller donations (for the silent auction) and larger ones (for the live auction) are being gathered – both auctions will be held at the dinner. Those who prefer to donate monetarily should make out checks to La Pine Rodeo Association, with the notation “Queen/Princess.” All donations, which should be sent by February 22, are tax-deductible. If you have questions, or would like to donate, please email: Queenadvisorlapinerodeo@gmail.com - Kerri; Perkinsjoni@gmail.com - Ciara Perkins, Queen; or Guinnessbeau@gmail.com - Mollie Phillips, Princess. For more information, please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/La Pine Rodeo Association Queen & Princess, and look for the Coronation ~ La Pine Rodeo 2017 Queen/Princess (event). Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Ya Ya Sisterhood Donates $7,500 in 2016 By Terri Buxton
Contributing Writer The Ya Ya Sisterhood Society gave almost $7500 to local charities, as well as to four scholarship recipients, in 2016. Donations were made to: Park & Rec Foundation/Roof Fund Johnson Building Community Kitchen Students Improving School Atmosphere Newberry Habitat for Humanity American Cancer Society STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Chamber Table and Raffle La Pine Park and Rec Raffle Basket La Pine Wrestlers La Pine St. Vincent De Paul La Pine High School FBLA/Summer Convention La Pine Community Health Center/Infant Care St. Charles Foundation/Can Cancer La Pine Community Kitchen/Sponsor of Cloths Closet La Pine Parks and Rec/Winter Walking Rosland Elementary, La Pine Elementary, La Pine Middle School and La Pine High School/Teachers Closet For donation requests or forms, please contact Linda Vassalli at (541) 6107223. The Ya Ya Sisterhood Society meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Senior Center. Each meeting consists of a potluck dinner, business meeting and speaker. Ya Ya Sisterhood is open to all women in the La Pine area and is a great place for any new resident to become involved in our local community and meet new people!
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Holy Redeemer Church's 21st Annual Valentine Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 11. Proceeds from this event provide funds to enable the youth to attend camps, retreats, conferences and other activities at little or no cost. Where: Holy Redeemer Church, 16137 Burgess Rd., La Pine When: Saturday, February 11, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm What: Delicious Spaghetti Dinner; salad, garlic bread, spaghetti with choice of sauces, dessert and drink (juice, coffee, tea), wine by the glass is available for purchase Price: Only $10.00 per adult or $30.00 family (immediate members, mother, father, children) Tickets can be purchased at Holy Redeemer Church, La Pine Chamber of Commerce or Little d Technology, or at the door. For more information call (541) 536-1992 or (541) 536-3571.
Kraybill's to the Rescue! By Newberry News Staff
“We stopped plowing at midnight, and when we returned at 4 a.m. to finish the job, we found that our 30’ x 85’ storage building had collapsed – trapping $30,000 worth of hay and feed underneath!” As Betty and Chris Weaver, owners of Weavers High Lakes Feed, look back to the devastating aftermath of mid-December’s storms, Betty remembers “crying all day long. We felt bad for our customers who wouldn’t be able to get what they needed.” Yet the very next morning, a two-man crew from Kraybill’s out of Christmas Valley – alerted to the emergency by Chris’ father Willie – arrived on site with a semi. On board was a four-wheel-drive skytrack complete with forklift and boom, and Willie’s backhoe. “They jumped right in, and maneuvered their equipment to safely lift and support portions of the roof. Using the backhoe, I drove in under the rubble and picked out what I could – extricating it bit by bit,” said Chris. “There’s no way we could Photo by Betty Weaver have reached what was trapped inside Kraybill's used equipment to without their expertise.” salvage hay and feed from a Efforts continued until dusk, storage building that collapsed with Betty periodically bringing due to heavy December snowfall at the men hot coffee and food while simultaneously trying to work the Weavers High Lakes Feed. store. “It was snowing and cold, and I was scared and worried the whole time,” she admitted. “The poles comprising the building’s frame had snapped, and there was broken metal everywhere. “We have amazing customers,” Betty added. “They kept asking ‘are you O.K.? Can we help in any way?’ And even though we’re not able to stock as much product now, due to lack of storage space, customers have been very, very understanding. Chris and I couldn’t ever replace them.” The Weavers are now in the process of dealing with the insurance company, and obtaining permits to rebuild the structure, albeit with different specifications. They are adamant that if, as hoped, a pole building is approved, “we will hire Kraybill’s no matter what. The company has already pledged to stop whatever they’re doing when we’re ready, and to be here in two days to get underway.” “We’ll see this through,” emphasized the couple. “We’re not giving up.”
Local Nonprofit TAPS Is Disbanding Think Again Parents of South County (TAPS), a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of youth substance abuse, is disbanding. A recent survey by OHSA determined that although TAPS performed a valuable service, it did not have the local leadership needed to sustain programs and projects in the absence of
government/ grant or local organizational funding. The organization decided to commit its remaining assets to the La Pine Parks and Recreation Foundation. As TAPS Coordinator Barbi Dunham explained, “they do outstanding work in prevention and are a ‘local product’ that works with youth in South County."
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What do the Bible, ancient Egypt and the soldiers of Alexander the Great have in common – besides existing thousands of years ago? They each advocated the use of essential oils, thereby putting to rest a misconception that these plant-derived substances are merely a “new age” phenomenon. Looking back: • As mankind’s first medicine, essential oils such as frankincense, myrrh and rosemary were referred to hundreds of times in the Bible, and used for the healing and anointing of the sick. •
Recorded history shows that Egyptians used aromatic oils like cypress and cedar as early as 4,500 B.C. for incense, perfume and medicine. They were referred to as “nectar of the Gods.”
Traditional Indian medicine has a 3,000-year history of incorporating essential oils (using substances such as cinnamon, ginger, myrrh and sandalwood) into healing potions.
The Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.E.), known as the “Father of Medicine,” documented the effects of some 300 plants including thyme, saffron, marjoram, cumin and peppermint.
Ointment of myrrh was carried by soldiers during their travels with Alexander the Great to counter infections.
La Pine resident Marcia Sanchez is a wellness advocate for doTERRA, one of the brands available on the market. “Having worked in health care management my entire career, I know people have options when it comes to maintaining and improving their health. I’ve used these oils for four years – and have seen dramatic results in conditions ranging from inflammation to high blood pressure, lack of mental clarity, and pain and sleep issues. “doTERRA products are 100% oil – leaving intact all the beneficial chemical compounds of the botanicals from which they are distilled. This means they can be taken internally – as well as used through inhalation and topical application. The company prides itself on doing a lot of testing, and rejects products that don’t meet its quality standards. And the botanicals are originally sourced – for example, peppermint from the state of Washington, lemon from Italy, frankincense from Oman in the Middle East, and lavender from France.” Key to the efficacy of essential oils in addressing health concerns, emphasized Sanchez is their purity and the way they are combined. “You can’t just pick up a single oil from the shelf and expect results,” she said. “That’s why my goal is not to just sell product, but to educate my customers.”
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By Newberry Eagle News Staff “Some people don’t realize that when you flush old prescriptions or put them out with the trash, those drugs and chemicals can eventually leach into the water table and compromise the quality of our drinking water,” said pharmacist/ owner Leah Bishop. When she heard about a new company and its “MedSafe” that provides safe collection and proper disposal of unwanted prescriptions, she decided Drug Mart Pharmany should give it a try. “There are serious protocols around patient privacy and how drugs are collected and prepared for the pickup by the FDA-approved company,” noted Bishop. “So I hope our customers use this service with confidence.” She added that you can bring in prescriptions in the original container so that the bottles will be properly disposed of as well. Photo by Lynette Confer “Customers are also welcome to The new MedSafe at Drug Mart bring in Rx bottles from other stores Pharmacy is ready for use, said – they don’t have to come from Drug owner/pharmacist Leah Bishop. Mart.” The MedSafe process has a few restrictions on what type of prescriptions may be placed in the locked receptacle. When you have time, drop by and ask a pharmacist to explain the new service that can keep unwanted ingredients out of the exceptionally high water table in our area.
Chronic Pain Workshop Starts Again on February 16 “When I read the story in the Newberry Eagle newspaper about a chronic pain workshop starting in La Pine, I decided right then to sign up,” said Linda Phillips, 68. “My pain had been controlling me for many years. I was ready to see if there were changes I could make to help me hurt less and enjoy life more.” The next “Living Well with Chronic Pain” six-week series meets on Thursdays, starting February 16. The group meets from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the La Pine Senior Center. Cost for the workshop is $10 (scholarships available), which includes a useful book and CD. Registration is required; for more information, contact Patty Kuratek, RN, at (541) 876-1848. “The classes were an excellent combination of medical information and selfmanagement ideas,” Phillips continued. “We had a small group of friendly people. We learned a lot from each other and from the two trained volunteers who have their own pain problems. For anyone who is suffering from chronic pain, I highly recommend taking advantage of these classes. I am much more prepared to use what I learned every day now. I have more energy, less pain, and lots of the time I feel like my old self again.”
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Volunteers Sought for Popular Summer Music Festival By Candace Gray Staff Writer
Take a break from being snowbound, and imagine the warmth and freedom of summer and the upcoming three-day music festival held on the gorgeous grounds of DiamondStone Guest Lodges between La Pine and Sunriver (adjacent to Quail Run Golf Course). From morning to night, 22+ regional and national acts will offer backto-back live music of every genre at the 5th annual “Newberry Event Festival to Defeat MS,” on July 21, 22 and 23. As in the past four successful years of this family-friendly gathering, there will be a big main stage and a more intimate one, arts and crafts booths, outdoor product demonstrations, and many food and drink options. This music and arts fundraiser for the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society brings awareness to this devastating disease and raises funds through its raffle and silent auction. It is hosted by Doug and Gloria Watt and sponsored by numerous local businesses. “Volunteers make this ‘in our backyard’ long weekend event a reality,” the couple emphasized. In return for FREE entry and drink and food tickets, there are many
volunteer assignments to choose from, including set up the day before and teardown after, gate attendants, parking assistance, ticket booths, musicians’ equipment crew, silent auction monitoring, and bartending. A typical shift is four hours. Volunteering with a friend works especially well, doubling fun and coverage of tasks. This year the Watts are also recruiting two volunteer coordinators who will oversee scheduling and communication among the 50+ volunteers who are needed to work for the cause Volunteer commitment is a huge contribution to running the show. To explore whether this is a charity event you might want to give some time to, talk with Gloria or Doug at (541)536-6263 or email diamond@ diamondstone.com, with “NE Volunteer” in the subject line. To see photos of last summer’s best three-day private party, check out www.facebook.com/TheNewberryEvent. More information, including ticket prices, is available at www.NewberryEvent.com. There you can also complete a request form to be a festival volunteer, sponsor, vendor or participant.
Deschutes County Selected for Behavioral Health Pilot Program Deschutes County has been selected to participate in a two-year federally-funded behavioral health pilot program. The new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) program is designed to increase coordination of care and other treatment services for individuals with the most serious, complex mental illnesses and addictions. The additional funding will enable the Deschutes County Health Services Department to expand behavioral health services provided to veterans, seniors who are enrolled in Medicare, and underserved groups. It will also allow for increased collaboration with agencies serving veterans. Oregon is one of eight states that were selected for the pilot program, which is part of a two-year $1.1 billion federal investment in mental health and addiction treatment at the community level. Deschutes County is one of 13 Oregon counties that will be participating in the pilot program. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to increase our ability to address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney. “It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day and a commitment that we don’t take lightly.” To adequately staff the CCBHC program, Deschutes County will hire 29 limited duration employees. New staff members will be hired on a temporary basis and include counselors, case managers, and peer support specialists. The initial wave of recruiting to staff the pilot program begins this week. Interested applicants can view available openings at www.deschutes.org/jobs. Deschutes County anticipates that the CCBHC pilot program will begin work in April. Additional job openings will be posted in the coming weeks. For more information on CCBHCs, visit: http://www. thenationalcouncil.org/topics/certified-community-behavioral-health-clinics-3/
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By Vicki Mulenex For many years, I have enjoyed baking treats for our friends and family at Christmas time. They have ranged from cookies to small cakes and candies, with my favorite ingredients being nuts and fruits. This is a recipe that I have cobbled together from several similar ones over the years. It has become one of our favorites. 1 egg white 1 tablespoon water 1 pound pecan halves 1 cup granulated white sugar 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease one baking sheet. In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add pecans to egg whites, and stir to coat the nuts evenly. Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Chocolate Chip Cookies Complete a Valentine's Day Feast By T. Myers
When making plans to feed your loved ones, it is all about creating meals and treats that will feed the love, too. What does that mean for me? For the past few years, I have been working on a novelette/cookbook that incorporates menus and recipes into the theme of love stories in La Pine. Here’s a menu I “test drove” for a Valentine evening: Appetizer: Southern pimento cheese spread served with celery bites or crackers. Blend one cup grated sharp cheddar, one 8-oz. package cream cheese, and one 3-oz. jar chopped pimentos. Chill and serve. Salad course: Shrimp salad. Use fresh greens topped with ½ cup rinsed fresh shrimp. Dress with thousand island dressing, a slice of fresh tomato and a few chopped green onions. Serve with fresh rolls and butter. A nice chardonnay is good with the salad and cheese course. Main course: Marinated rib-eye steak, served with compound butter made with fresh lemon zest, garlic and black pepper. Cook to order. Serve with a cheddar cheese twice-baked potato and green string beans topped with bacon and mozzarella cheese. A nice merlot is a great addition for the main course. Dessert: Has to be chocolate! I made fresh buttery shortbread, dipped it into melted, dark chocolate, and served it with a scoop of triple chocolate ice cream. This was followed by a plate of fresh chocolate chip cookies, fudgy brownies and assorted milk and dark chocolates. I serve good coffee, tea and liquors to pour into the coffee, brandy for a snifter full, and either sparkling or flat water with slices of lemon or lime wedges. Here is my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and delicious! 1-1/2 cups white sugar 1-1/2 cups brown sugar 1-1/2 cups butter 3 large eggs 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon soda mixed into ¼-cup warm water 51600 Huntington Rd 1 teaspoon salt 1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips La Pine, Oregon 1 cup of roasted chopped walnuts 1-2 teaspoons of good vanilla HOURS: Monday - Friday Mix dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients and add the dry a little at a time to incorporate. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm You can add different nuts or additional raisins Sat. - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to this recipe, and substitute 1/3 cup flour for Walk-in Clinic is open 1/3 cup cocoa powder. Drop onto baking sheet Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in walnut-sized balls, bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack before serving. Happy Valentine’s Day and bon appetit!
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Grandma Pauline's Italian Bread Recipe By Tony DeBone
I started making this bread recipe just after Kathy and I were married in 1994. I had never baked before, but found her KitchenAid stand mixer when we set up house. As I had never used such a powerful kitchen appliance, I asked Kathy for a recipe. She then introduced me to her grandma’s Italian bread recipe, which I have made many times over the years. There is nothing better than warm bread, right out of the oven with plenty of butter. Pauline Morrison used to make it for Grandpa Dick, and now I make it for family and friends.
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Jam Packed with Love - Thumbprint Cookies By Linda Stephenson L & S Gardens There is nothing better than homemade jam. With my rhubarb jam and jelly business, I’m always on the look-out for fun recipes using my favorite flavors. This is both easy to make and fun to serve. Heat oven to 375° F. Grease cookie sheet; set aside.
Grandma Pauline's Italian Bread 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 2 packages yeast 1 tablespoon soft butter Mix ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add 1 3/4 cups warm water at 120 to 130 degrees. Beat for two minutes on medium speed. Add 2 1/4 cups more flour. Knead for 8-10 minutes adding 1/2 cup to 1 cup more flour, or until dough is no longer sticky. Leave dough on board, covered with saran wrap, for 20 minutes. Cut in half, roll each piece into 10” x 15” rectangles, roll up sealing ends, and place seam side down. Place on greased cookie sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Baste with olive or peanut oil. Cover loosely with saran wrap and let dough rise in the fridge for 2-4 hours. Remove, and let stand for 10 minutes. Score top 3-4 times and bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
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2/3 cup butter or margarine ½ cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla 1½ cups all-purpose flour 2 lightly beaten egg whites 1 cup finely chopped walnuts 1/3 cup of your favorite jam In a large bowl, beat butter or margarine with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Add sugar, beat until combined. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla, mix until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, stir in remaining flour. Cover and chill about 1 hour. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in egg whites, then into walnuts. Place dough 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Press your thumb into the center of each dough ball. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire cooling rack. When cool, fill centers with your favorite jam.
Big Band Music and Four-Course Dinner Becomes Valentine's Day Tradition in Sunriver Dancing to a traditional big band and Tickets are $75 per person, but they enjoying a fantastic four course meal in go quickly, so call the Festival Ticket Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall, Office at (541) 593-9310, email tickets@ Sunriver Music Festival’s 5th Annual sunrivermusic.org, or go online (www. Valentine’s Dinner Dance & Concert is a sunrivermusic.org) to make your wonderful choice in Central Oregon for a Valentine’s Day memorable. romantic night out. Bring your favorite Valentine and Presented by the Sunriver Music your dancing shoes to enjoy a memorable Festival and Sunriver Resort, the evening evening or make it a romantic weekend gets underway Tuesday, February 14 at by booking a lodging package at the 5:30 p.m. and includes a gourmet-crafted Sunriver Resort. Check www.sunriverfour course dinner by the Sunriver resort.com for the special Sweet Retreat Resort, a hosted happy hour, a full lodging package. concert, and dancing to the 18 piece The Valentine’s Concert & Salem Big Band. The SalemB UBig presenting sponsor is the I L T Band T O A H I G HDinner E R S TA N DARD has been performing throughout the Sunriver Resort. Concert sponsors northwest since 1989. For this special are Tallus Capital Management and evening of romance, the band has created Bergen & Jan Bull. Media sponsors a lineup of favorite big band love songs. are Bend Broadband and Combined Come alone or B U Ibring L T T O your A H I Gfriends. H E R S T A N D A R DCommunications. Tables for two or eight are available.
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World-Class Musicians Need a Short Stay in Local Homes The renowned Sunriver Music Festival returns August 10 - 23 this year. And the staff is already working on finding comfortable places for the visiting musicians to stay. People in the Sunriver and north La Pine area who open their homes enjoy a rich experience and often make lasting relationships. Some hosts are Festival volunteers or board members; many are local residents who just want to help bring something special to the nonprofit organization that has created spectacular classical and modern music in our area for 40 years. If your home has a private bedroom and bath, and you would like to know more about “host home” opportunities, contact festival staff Meagan Iverson at (541) 593-1084. Hosting for a portion of the two-week period is also an option.
Many hosts like to invite their guests to join them for some meals (and have breakfast foods available); however, hosts are not obligated to provide meals or transportation. “Some hosts have become good friends with their musician and look forward to their visit every year,” said Iverson. Among the benefits for hosting a musician is the opportunity to purchase festival tickets before the general public, ensuring the best seats, and a VIP invitation to the closing night reception. Look at your summer schedule to see if your family can provide a temporary home for a talented musician who may come from as far away as Texas and New York for the concert series.
La Pine-Sunriver Rotary Club Rotary's 15th Annual Dinner and Auction Will Be Held in Sunriver's Great Hall June 2 In this column, we share what local Rotarians, your La Pine friends and neighbors, are doing to help South Deschutes County. SAVE THE DATE FOR A GREAT TIME: FRIDAY, JUNE 2 –The 15th edition of the club’s major fundraiser, “A Great Time in the Great Hall for a Great Cause!” will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2 in Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall. Last year, the event raised $40,000 for South Deschutes County nonprofits. Always one of the social highlights for South Deschutes County residents, there are two ways to support this annual event. First, you can join others by attending the annual gala. “This dinner and community auction is not just for Rotarians,” explains Event Chair Ron Schmid. “We encourage everyone in the La Pine-Sunriver area to join us for a great evening in the Great Hall; be there or be square!” Tickets include an evening of friendship, fine dining and wine, with live and silent auctions. Ron also encourages residents to purchase wine raffle tickets (you do not have to be present to win). Ron Schmid adds that details and pricing for the the dinner and auction plus the annual wine raffle are now being finalized and will be available after February 15 on the club’s website: http://www.sunriverrotary.org/ END OF THE YEAR GRANT REPORT RELEASED – The club recently shared its annual grant report with the La Pine community showing the numerous charities it supports with your help. Through the Sunriver Rotary Club’s charitable foundation, $30,300 in grants were awarded this fall to local community organizations that serve youth, seniors and the disadvantaged in south Deschutes County. Organizations that received renewed funding included: $1,000 to Healthy Beginnings for preschool screenings of children in Sunriver and La Pine; $5,000 to Holy Trinity Care & Share for food and K-8 school supplies; $7,500 to La Pine Community Kitchen for food, supplies and general maintenance; $2,000 to Rising Stars Preschool in La Pine for scholarships and supplies; $3,000 to Sunriver Music Festival for music programs at Three Rivers School; $3,200 to Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory for nature and astronomy programs in local elementary schools; $2,000 to Three Rivers School for its school drama program as well at $1,600 for its annual Battle of the Books competition. New programs that received Sunriver Rotary Club Foundation grants were: $1,000 to Assistance League of Bend for new school clothes for low-income students in south Deschutes County; $1,000 to Family Access Network (FAN) for 100 new pairs of shoes for disadvantaged students at Three Rivers School; and $3,000 to La Pine Parks & Recreation Foundation for after school programs in Sunriver and La Pine. Grant monies are raised by the club’s annual fundraiser (A Great Time in the Great Hall for a Great Cause, coming June 2) and from individual donations. Since its founding 20 years ago, the Sunriver Rotary Club has raised and donated more than $530,000 to local nonprofits. JOIN US AND HELP YOUR COMMUNITY IN 2017 – The Sunriver-La Pine Rotary Club is always looking for new members that embrace our “service above self” motto. If you would like to become a local Rotarian, we would love to have you attend one of our Wednesday morning meetings. Members come from throughout South Deschutes County. To attend as our guest, please contact Rotarian Mark Dennett (Mark@dennettgroup.com) or call (541) 488-4925. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH ROTARY – The Club is always looking for interesting speakers to share their story with our members at our weekly Wednesday morning meetings. If Open Thursday - Saturday you would like to be 9:00 am to 5:30 pm a speaker at a Rotary Closed Sunday - Monday meeting, please email Mark Dennett at (Mark@dennettgroup. com).
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Derek James Conner Tedrow August 31, 1976 - January 8, 2017
n Fort Rock, we are mourning the passing of our beloved Lowell Franks, who was a friend to so many. Visitors to the Homestead Museum may remember Lowell and his brother Don for their tireless and sleepless (rising at 3 a.m. to protect from frost) dedication to our beautiful and productive museum garden. But Lowell was known far beyond our small town. He won ribbons for vegetables entered in the Lake County Fair. And he was known to the wider birding world as one of the team (which included his brother Don) who did so much to help birds and birders. He was a coach and mentor to many. All who knew Lowell will remember his modesty and sense of humor. He was just a nice guy. Lowell showed up every day for the museum garden, even when he could barely make it from the garden back to the visitors’ center without stopping to rest on the steps of the church. Lowell knew his day was coming, as did we all. His passing leaves a big hole in our lives at the museum and for everyone he touched. (Submitted by Gary Gregor for the Fort Rock Homestead Museum.)
Derek James Conner Tedrow, 40, of La Pine, Oregon died January 8, 2017 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born August, 31, 1976 in Lebanon, Oregon. Derek attended La Pine High School and graduated in 1994. He was a member of the Pro Bass Fishing Club of Central Oregon, was an avid angler and outdoorsman, a game enthusiast, a longtime employee of BiMart, and most recently worked for Safeway in Bend. Derek was also a Sioux Tribal Member. Derek is survived by his mother Joy Tedrow of La Pine, Oregon; father Clete Conner of Albany, Oregon; his son Tanner Tedrow and daughter Emilee Tedrow of La Pine; his sisters Andrea Tedrow-Lewis of Independence, Oregon; Retta Tedrow-Haley of La Pine; Angela Spencer of Albany, Oregon; Melissa Hite of Springfield, Oregon; and his brother Nathan Conner of Washington State. He also leaves behind his grandmother Jean Stenberg of Lebanon, Oregon, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was loved by many. A private memorial service will be held in the spring of 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to help Derek’s children would be appreciated, and can be sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 1530, La Pine, OR 97739. Baird Memorial Chapel of La Pine is honored to serve Mr. Tedrow’s family. Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences and sign the online guestbook.
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Creek Church, and High Lake Church as of now) and at-large community volunteers offer a hot evening meal and a safe, comfortable place to sleep for men, women, teens, families with children, and pets (kennels are provided as is dog food). There are different sleeping areas for the different groups. Anyone in the La Pine area and general south county is welcome. Special outreach to young people who are “couch surfing” with friends or getting a few hours sleep during the wee hours on the floor of the post office is helping that vulnerable group learn that alternatives are available when the temperature reaches 9 degrees. Volunteers Needed for Five-Hour Overnight Shifts Veteran volunteer Doby Fugate brought his large cargo trailer to the church grounds so the many donations could be organized. Supplies are valuable and there’s something else offered at the center. “Hope,” Fugate said. “We offer a little comfort and hope to people who really, really need it.” Fugate, 78, is one of the volunteers who have staffed the night shift several times. City council member Connie Briese took a shift on the second night. Other volunteers taking a shift included Deschutes County deputy Keith Slater, Crystal Lohner from the Klamath Fire Department, and Lori Henry with Toys for Tots. “We have a core group of committed night volunteers,” Fugate said. “But we need more people who can guarantee they will be there for a scheduled short shift. We can’t have ‘no shows’ because people’s lives depend on staying inside when the night temperatures are so dangerous.” When the center is open, three volunteers are needed for each of the fivehour shifts: 5-10 p.m., 10-3 p.m., and 3-8 a.m. Some volunteers have found that taking the entire 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. is more "do-able." It’s a quiet, simple volunteer assignment: you have to stay awake during your shift. In order to open during the coming weeks of more critical weather,
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LPWC needs a much larger roster of oncall volunteers who can staff one of the nightly shifts. An on-duty deputy does a walk through sometime during the night. “Night shift volunteers can really catch up on their reading,” Carpenter commented. “Our chapel has enough space so that the three volunteers have a room where they can play games or have conversations. If you have questions about volunteering or want to make a contribution, please call (541) 241-8872. “Some nights we’ve had as many as three overnight guests,” commented Donahue, with twice as many joining the volunteers for a hot homemade supper. “We are set up to provide an overnight stay for many more people. Getting the word out to those who desperately need to know about the new Warming Center is a big challenge,” she said. “Doby and I have been giving talks at agencies where people in need go for services. And when we know the center will be open for the night, we visit fast food places where people go to get a cup of something hot and stay warm for a while.” Some folks needing ‘safety shelter’ may have cell phone access, but many don’t. The LPWC group created a flyer with a dedicated phone number so that anyone can call and see if the center is open on a particular night. If you know or work with persons who may need to know about the option, please contact the center by email at info@LaPineWarmingCenter. org and ask for the flyer that can be copied and distributed. Marcotte summarized the community’s call to action. “It is truly amazing how fast the Warming Center came together. We are grateful to those who donated supplies and made contributions. Now we need more night shift volunteers to honor the commitment of sustaining an inside space during the most dangerous weather. As we think about people surviving this winter whether they’re living in a camp, a vehicle, or an unheated house - we know this is the right thing to do.”
Courtesy Photo The first night of the La Pine Warming Center, Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Within 48 hours of conception, the Warming Shelter was operational thanks to many volunteers. Pictured here (L to R): Diane Shirk, TJ Tamara Bruce, Chad Carpenter, Melissa Marcotte, Doby Fugate, Crystal Lohner, Jamie Smith Donahue and Shelley Winiger Buerer.
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Calendar of Events LA PINE Thu, 2/2, 10-10:30 a.m., Grocery Outlet Ribbon Cutting. 51420 US-97, La Pine. Sat., 2/4, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Grocery Outlet Grand Opening. Lunch is on them and there will be music, festivities, drawings and fun for all! Welcome the store to La Pine! Wed, 2/8, 6 p.m., City of La Pine City Council Meeting. www.ci.la-pine.or.us Wed, 2/8, 6 p.m., La Pine Lions Club Dinner Meeting, Gordy’s Restaurant. (541) 536-5413. Second Wednesday of the month. Wed, 2/8, 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. Thurs, 2/9, 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, 2/9, 5:30 p.m, High Lakes Car Club potluck and meeting. Meets every second Thursday of the month. For meeting location contact Jessie Hager at (541) 815-3297. Thurs, 2/9, 8 a.m., Free Veteran’s breakfast, Prairie House Assisted Living, 51485 Morson, La Pine. (541) 508-4111. Every second Thursday of the month. Tues, 2/14, 6 p.m., American Legion Post 45 Meeting, 52532 Drafter Rd, La Pine. Second Tuesday of the month. (541) 536-1402. Thurs., 2/16, 9:30 a.m., La Pine Community Kitchen B.O.D. Mtg, at La Pine City Hall in the City Council Chambers. Every third Thursday. Tues, 2/21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. LPRD Board Meeting 5:30 at the LPCC Work Session with General Session to follow. Agenda is posted outside the building for public notice Fri, 2/17, 7:30-9 a.m., La Pine Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at La Pine Senior Center. $10, Call (541) 536-9771 to RSVP. Wed, 2/22, 11 a.m., La Pine Lions Club BOD meeting and noon Business meeting at La Pine Community Bldg. Public welcome. (541) 536-5413 or email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org Grief Support, first, third and fifth Tuesday, 10-11:30 a.m. Heart ‘N Home Hospice and Palliative Care Office, 51681 Huntington Rd, La Pine. (Across from Bi-Mart) (541) 5367399. BINGO La Pine Senior Center Bingo, Monday Night 5:45 p.m., Tuesday 12:45 p.m., 16450 Victory Way, La Pine. lapineseniorcenter.org, (541) 536-6237. 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. ST VINNIE’S THRIFT STORE 51661 Huntington Road, La Pine. (541) 5361956 Fri, 2/3, $10.00 bag sale (clothing only) Mon, 2/6, Books and magazines 4 for $1.00 Wed, 2/8 Senior Day (55 and older 50% off entire store) Tues, 2/14 $10.00 bag sale (clothing only) Sat, 2/18 25% off any one item in furniture dept. Mon, 2/20 1/2 off all purses, bags and shoes Thur, 2/23 Books and magazines 4 for $1.00 Tues, 2/28 $10.00 bag sale (clothing only) SUNRIVER Sat., 2/4, 12- 3 p.m., Sunriver Brewing Company’s K-9 Keg Pull, The Village At Sunriver. Sat, 2/4 and 2/18, 6-8 p.m. Blacklight Blast, SHARC Tubing Hill, $15 general public includes tube and unlimited runs. RSVP required as space is limited. (541) 585-3147. Wed, 2/8, 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 www.sunriversharc.com/ calendar.html Sat., 2/11, 10:30 a.m., 5K Run for Chocolate, Sunriver Resort Sat. 2/11, Sunriver Resort’s Chocolate Showcase, enjoy chocolates from vendors, and other favorites that pare well with chocolate, such as spa products, beer, wine, spirits and more. The event is complimentary and open to the public. Enjoy live demonstrations by the Resort’s culinary team and mixologists every hour starting at 10:30 am. Sat, 2/11, 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) 5934382, www.artistsgallerysunriver.com. Tues., 2/14,5:30 p.m., The Sunriver Music Festival Presents Valentines Day Dinner & Concert at the Sunriver Resort Historic Great Hall. The Salem Big Band will knock your socks off! Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by the Resort chefs, hosted happy hour, live music and dancing to your heart’s content for only $75 per person. (541) 593-9310. Tues, 2/21, 11:30 a.m. Sunriver Women’s Club. For more Information please call Laura Dickinson, (248) 980-8234. www. sunriverwomensclub.com. Central Oregon Sundays at SHARC. $9 per person through May 21. Includes indoor aquatics & tubing Hill (seasonal). Must show
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proof of residence in Deschutes, Jefferson or Crook County. Sunriver-La Pine Rotary Club - Weekly meetings, Wednesday mornings, Buffet Breakfast (7:00 - 7:30am) meeting 7:35 a.m. at the Hearth Room - Sunriver Resort Lodge. For more info call Mark Dennett, (541) 488-4925 Alcoholics Anonymous, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pozzi Building, Sunriver Nature Center. HIGH DESERT MUSEUM Visit www.highdesertmuseum.org or call (541) 382-4754 for more information. Fri., 2/3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., School’s Out! Kids Camp, Indigenous Arts. Learn how to weave natural fibers, finger knit and bedazzle your artwork with beads. 1-day camps: Members $40, non-members $45 Extended care: 7:459:00 a.m., $10 and 3 p.m.-5:15 p.m., $10 Both mornings and afternoons, $15 Sat., 2/4, 2:45 p.m., Oregon Eagle Foundation, a discussion of vital work on bald eagle recovery and a long-term, statewide golden eagle survey. Meet a golden eagle up close! Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Pavilion. Free with Museum admission Sat., 2/4, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Winter Raptors, Join a Museum biologist for a trip to Fort Rock to see wild raptors including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, prairie falcons, merlins and more, and learn about their natural behavior. Transportation provided. Members $15, non-members $25. Registration and prepayment required: highdesertmuseum.org/ field-trip Sat., 2/11, 11a.m. to 2 p.m., Thorn Hollow String Band, Stomp your feet and do-si-do to the pioneer-inspired tunes of the frontier. Sun., 2/12, Exhibition Closing: Smokejumpers: Firefighters from the Sky Tues., 2/14, 7 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 pm), Natural History Pub: Restoring the Range Jay Kerby, Southeast Oregon project manager with The Nature Conservancy, will explain how a non-native grass is dramatically transforming the sagebrush ecosystem to the detriment of wildlife, ranching and human health. Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp Sat., 2/18, Exhibition Opening: Legendary Landscapes Sat., 2/18, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Weekend Workshop: Finding Fossils, This workshop for the whole family offers a chance to dig deep and discover Oregon’s ecosystems of the past. Explore how fossils are created and what they can tell us about the Earth millions of years ago. Find your own fossils to take home! Paired pricing for one adult and one child: Members $10, non-members $15. Each additional participant $5. Registration and pre-payment required: highdesertmuseum.org/ workshop Sat., 2/18, 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Scrapbooking with the Millers, Scrapbooking with friends was a popular winter pastime. Gather around the fire to help cut out images from holiday cards, picture books and advertisements to add to your own collection. Mon., 2/20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., School’s Out! Kids Camp, Wonders of Wind, Investigate how people generate electricity from wind and how it shapes some of our favorite landscapes. 1-day camps: Members $40, non-members $45 Extended care: 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m., $10 and 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., $10. Both mornings and afternoons, $15. Sat., 2/25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free Day. Made possible by Mid Oregon Credit Union Mon., 2/27, 6 p.m., A Daughter’s Reflections, Dr. Linda Tamura, an emerita professor of Education at Willamette University, will share her research on the experiences of Japanese Americans in Central Oregon during and after World War II. No-host bar Members $3, non-members $7. RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp Mon.-Fri, March 27-31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spring Break! Kids Camp. For more info visit www.highdesertmuseum.org/springbreak-kids-camp or call (541) 382-4754 Ext. 255. Registration required.
Free Family Saturdays at the High Desert Museum Free admission to the High Desert Museum, courtesy of Mid Oregon Credit Union, is scheduled for February 25. A free shuttle system, operated by Wanderlust Tours, will run from Morning Star Christian School, 19741 Baker Road, to the Museum and back on both days. For more information about exhibits, wildlife encounters, living history performances, music and tours, visit the Museum’s website at www. highdesertmuseum.org. The museum is located five minutes south of Bend on Highway 97. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including the Rimrock Café and Silver Sage Trading Store.
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! Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Friends of the La Pine Library Hours for the Friends’ Book Nook: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursdays & Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m. 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, February 14, 10 a.m. Music and Music and Movement Movement, music and stories to develop skills! Geared to 3 - 5 year-olds. Thursday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. The Library Book Club Join us for a casual, discussion of About Grace, by Anthony Doerr. Everyone welcome! Thursday, February 16, 12 p.m. LEGO Block Party Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion LEGOs. All ages welcome to come and have fun! Saturday, February 18, 1 p.m. Library Closure All Deschutes Public Libraries will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20. Book Sale by Friends of the Library The Friends of La Pine Library are having a big Book Sale, in the Meeting room. Everyone welcome! Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 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, February 28, 10 a.m. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Community Librarian, Roxanne Renteria, at (541) 312-1091, or roxanner@ deschuteslibrary.org. The La Pine Public Library is located at 16425 1st Street, in La Pine, Oregon.
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Funds Awarded to Construct Aﬀordable Housing in La Pine Housing Works is excited to announce the funding of La Pine Townhomes in La Pine, Oregon and Village Meadows Apartments in Sisters, Oregon through the Oregon Housing and Community Service (OHCS) Local Innovation and Fast Track (LIFT) Housing Program. A total of 90 affordable units are planned between the two projects. “Both La Pine and Sisters desperately need more affordable housing,” said Tom Kemper, Executive Director of Housing Works. “We are hopeful to have these new affordable developments completed by 2018 for low income households in those communities.” The current concept for the La Pine Townhomes development would provide muchneeded multi-family affordable housing for 42 households. The development site is located less than a mile from the La Pine elementary, middle and high schools, as well as grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations and other resources. Housing Works hopes to build a mix of one, two and three bedroom units on approximately 2.5 acres in southwest La Pine. With vacancy rates below 1% throughout Central Oregon and the majority of renter households in both communities burdened by housing costs, these new communities could provide up to 90 low income households (at or below 60% of area median income) with an affordable place to live. As affordable properties, the La Pine and Sisters developments would have rents well below market rates. Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has allocated over $3.6 million in state funding for the developments under their new LIFT program. The projects will also rely on 4% low income housing tax credits from OHCS for funding the projects. Housing Works hopes to begin construction on both communities by the summer of 2017. Build time is expected to be 12 months. Preleasing for La Pine Townhomes and Village Meadows Apartments will begin approximately three months prior to completion through EPIC Property Management. Housing Works developments in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras and Sisters have won awards for innovation, economic impact, design, and beautification. For more information, visit www.housing-works.org.
Ice Melt Alert!
Beware pet owners, many of the ice melting products sold are toxic to animals. When your dog or cat walks on an area where these dangerous products have been applied, they burn their paws. As they lick their paws in response, they ingest potentially fatal levels of these chemicals. Fortunately, there are limited "pet-friendly" ice melting products. Be sure to check with your vet for his or her advice on what to use and how to keep your companions out of harms way.
Property Tax Relief for Property Damaged by Winter Storms If Central Oregon’s recent storms have caused significant damage to your home or business, you may be eligible for a discount on your property taxes. Oregon law includes a provision that allows property owners who experience a casualty loss due to an “act of God” or fire to apply for a reduction of property taxes. The proration of tax applies only to taxable structures or property – but not to items such as vehicles or residential personal items. “We know that the accumulation of snow during our recent storms is starting to cause structural issues and other damage for some property owners in Deschutes County,” said Deschutes
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County Assessor Scot Langton. “It’s important that property owners who have been significantly impacted by this winter’s storms know about this option.” The online application for property tax proration and additional information can be found at: www.deschutes.org/ propertytaxrelief. Applications are also available at the Deschutes County Tax Office, which is located at 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend. Residents with questions about the application for property tax proration can call the Deschutes County Tax Office at (541) 388-6540. Applications need to be submitted by June 30.
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