JOHN DAY — Be sure to check out our ongoing silent auctions! The present auction will end in a few days, and a new one will begin. All proceeds will support our meal program at the John Day Senior Center. If you have something to donate for auction, please speak to one of the Site Council members or Veanne Weddle.
Olivia Cornell and Everett King met guests on Oct. 1, while Joyce Nodine and Linda Ladd represented the Blue Mountain Hospital Guild in serving us at three full tables. They first spent at least two hours of delivering meals to John Day and Canyon City. Their counterparts David Gill and Rodney, representing Step Forward, made deliveries to Mt. Vernon. Altogether, they delivered 29 regular and 62 frozen meals. Great job, all!
Joyce opened our time together by leading us in the flag salute, Gene Essex won the Len’s Drug $5 gift card and Jay Colson won the free meal. Ron Dowse then gave the blessing on our meal. We enjoyed tuna casserole, mixed peas and carrots, fruit Jello, baguettes and, to celebrate National Homemade Cookie Day, Lisa went all out with giant-sized oatmeal butterscotch cookies for dessert. Welcome to Georgia Osborne.
It was pretty busy here on Oct. 4. As our tai chi group worked on their forms, a well-represented group of “injectees” patiently waited on-site for flu shots. (Sorry about the time change!) Jeanette Julsrud and Merry Henry greeted, and the Nazarene Church group, represented by Joan and Joel Tayles, Dale and Corinne Stennett, Vickie Harrison, Everett King, Debbie Bloom and Trace Andrew, were kept very busy serving tables. Joan and Joel faithfully did their deliveries to John Day and Canyon City while David and Rodney took the Mt. Vernon route. Altogether, they took out 36 fresh meals to our friends who can’t come here; their silent volunteering does not go unappreciated. Linda Stoltz was here early to decorate for fall.
Being birthday cake day, celebrating our October birthdays, Amber Wright and Troy Hanson from Driskill Memorial Chapel not only brought in their monthly gift of a beautiful cake, but they also helped serve and clean up! We really love you both. We also love it when Walt Hall is here to open our time with his very spirited leading of the flag salute. Don Porter won the Chester’s Thriftway $5 gift card, and Agnes Hall won the free meal. Dale Stennett gave our blessing on the meal, which was sponsored by Bank of Eastern Oregon. We gobbled up Shay’s meatloaf, twice-baked potatoes, fresh cauliflower/broccoli salad, mixed veggies, rolls and birthday cake!
We continue to receive wonderful gleanings, this day. Big thanks for big bags of apples from Lou. Linda Henry was here with Merry, welcome. I failed to note guests last week, Peter Marsh and Gloria Strattford. Please come again. Next Thursday is spinach, artichoke and chicken soup. Monday, Oct. 8, is tortilla soup.
1 Chronicles 21:13 “David said to Gad, ‘I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.’”
MONUMENT — We had a very special meal prepared for us for the first Tuesday of October. Our meal was prepared for us compliments of Clarence and Sheron Harvey, Dennis and Linda Abraham, along with Ed and Judi Bustardo. These generous people provided a fantastic meal of prime rib. Oh yeah, we had a fabulous meal served up with baked potato, coleslaw, garlic bread and peach cobbler for dessert. I had a pretty thick slice, and it was melt-in-your-mouth delish. Just reminiscing about it is making my mouth water. Our cooks Terry Cade and Carrie Jewell helped to prepare the other parts of the meal. We thank our generous donors and cooks for providing our wonderful banquet.
Our greeters were Jimmy Cole, Linda Blakeslee and Kristi Guimont. Judy Harris led us in the flag salute and made the announcements, and yours truly prayed the blessing over the meal. Jimmy and Linda collected and counted the money while Kristi checked the guests in. We had 62 guests on the books and 29 takeouts. Let’s see now, we had Judy Fischer, Jean Hammel, Ellen Mann and Frank and Chun Asher from Spray. Then we also had Albert Hewgley of Portland, Cassy Reyes from Woodburn, Cody and Judy Erickson from Condon and Ronny Brisbois from Heppner. We also had the health department from John Day join us for lunch — boy, they sure came at a great meal time, right? And Vicki Bond, Dusty Williams and Mindy Winegar.
As a thank you and appreciation for all the support from our community, Judy Harris and Jeanne Strange had put together many door prizes for all the guests to have a chance to win. Every guest received a free ticket to the raffle drawings. There were more than a dozen prizes that were given away. Some of the prizes included things like a waffle maker, baseball caps and pictures.
The free meal tickets were won by Donna Campbell and Mindy Winegar. Linda Abraham was the lucky winner of the Len’s Drug gift card.
There will be a big event on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Silent Wave Horse Rescue Open House. It will be held from 1-7 p.m. It will be a Caribbean theme and dinner. Dinner price is to be determined, but the suggested donation is $8 for dinner and drink, and kids are free. There will be silent and live auctions, a Winchester 270 rifle raffle, and door prizes. There will be kids games and prizes too. You will have a chance to see the horses and a demonstration. There will also be a horse-training seminar. This event will be held at 48852 Highway 402, Kimberly, 1 mile west of Monument at mile marker 12.
Don’t forget about the sewing class set for Oct. 20. This will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a potluck lunch at noon. There will be a special project being worked on or you can bring your own project.
No room for my story, maybe next week.
1 John 4:2 “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God; Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”
PRAIRIE CITY — Tom’s thought for the day: You can’t fill an empty bucket from a dry well. I got really excited when the weather forecast said we were going to get 3 inches of rain. Holy cow! But the second time around I heard more clearly, 0.3 inches of rain. Oh. OK. Any is good, right? There was frost on the windshield so it’s time to pull the A/C and close up the foundation vents. Yes, fall has fallen. And PTL that we haven’t had any bad fires in our area this year.
Bruce Kaufman led the flag salute, and Tom Roark asked the blessing. Ken, Larry and Carlos took care of the home deliveries. Tom, Margie, Dick and Veanne whipped up a chicken enchilada casserole for our dining pleasure. It was accompanied by a spinach salad and mixed fruit with pudding for dessert. There were also corn chips and cheese to go with the entrée. We are still in need of a head cook and assistant, so if you are interested please feel free to apply. Geralyn and Christina brought Gordon Sindt, Thelma Kite and Marilyn Randall from the Blue Mountain Care Center. Since we got the orange cones from the city, we haven’t had any problem with people parking their car in the handicap area. Thanks to all concerned.
Our new tai chi instructor came and signed up four participants. The health department will be here on Oct. 10 for their gig. Be sure to bring your insurance cards so you can get your flu shots. Our meal is to be baked ham and scalloped potatoes, so plan to stay for that.
The new front door is in sight. Won’t be long before it is installed, and we won’t have that annoying problem with it closing and keeping people locked out when it’s supposed to be open and unlocked. Hallelujah! And those who rent just the dining area won’t have to traipse through the kitchen to access the room. The cooks will appreciate that. By the way, the rent for use of the building is only $75 for just the dining room; if you need to use the kitchen facilities that’s another $75. Call Jim Hamsher for more info at 541-620-2861. We’ve worked hard to make improvements to the spaces for the different uses that people and organizations need. The building is here to be utilized by our community members.
I was the happy recipient of a surprise package this week. The church secretary has been cleaning out the storage area and found a box stuck way back in a corner that was labeled “sheet music.” Oh, boy! You wouldn’t believe what I found. Music from the ’60s through the ’90s and some of it I have written. ’Twas very interesting to go through it and see how the mode, manner and method of congregational singing has changed; it has almost come full circle. The “new” songs are going back to verses and a chorus. Which proves that what goes around comes around.
Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new?’ It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.”