75 years ago

Mrs. America meets the war

The family sugar bowl will remain the same since the OPA will allow consumers five pounds of sugar for another two and a half months. The new sugar stamp, number 30 in War Ration Book Four, will become valid on January 16 to last until the end of March. Meantime, Stamp No. 29, which is good for five pounds of sugar, will end its two and a half month period on January 15.

Mrs. America is reaping the benefit of the fairly high level of supplies of canned green, or wax beans at the present time. That’s why point values were removed from all sized cans of green or wax beans for January. And with the exception of frozen corn, peas and lime beans, all frozen vegetables may be brought this month without green ration stamps.

Perhaps you’ve heard that some types of shoes are to be sold ration free during a certain period. Here are the details. Between January 17 and 29th, shoe dealers will be allowed to sell a certain percentage of their stocks of women’s shoes at $3.00 or less a pair without requiring a ration stamp. This will cover largely novelty types, which have not moved from dealers’ stocks because of a general reluctance by women to spend precious shoe stamps for them.

Here’s news regarding children’s clothing. The War Production Board will see that producers of infants’ and children’s’ apparel get cotton fabrics and worsted and cotton yarns for making hosier and suits, boys shirts and pants. The WPB said that emphasis would be placed on turning out low cost goods of durable quality. These supplies are not expected to reach retail stores until February and March.

None of the 50,000 bathtubs for which the WPB has approved production with critical materials will be available for purchase by Mrs. America. All of those produced will be released for war housing and other construction projects with authorized preference rating. No bathtubs have been turned out since June 1942. Meantime, the principal producing plants have been engaged in war work.

And while on the subject of household equipment, homemakers can’t give stoves too much care these days. They should be kept clean and free from rust, and minor repairs should be made before they get worse. It’s up to the householders with usable stoves to keep them in the best working order so that the few new stoves available can be rationed to people who are without. These of course, get first call on stove rationing certificates.

50 years ago

“Grant County 60 Years Ago” is the theme for the 60th annual Grant County Fair, announces Mr. and Mrs. L.J. (Pete) Baucum, co-managers of the fair.

The theme will apply to the community booths and the parades.

Fair dates are Sept. 4-5-6, with the Grant County open class horse show set for Sunday, Sept. 7. Don Boyer and Darrell Turner of Mt. Vernon will be co-chairman of the horse show.

The County 4-H Fair will be held during the County Fair. A pre-judging, however, will be held for 4-H home economics and horse projects prior to the State Fair. The 4-H home economics projects will be exhibited during the County Fair.

Bud Trowbridge will be the chairman of the rodeo for a second year. Entries are now available for the fair and rodeo court.

25 years ago

Diligence, dedication result in first of its kind billboard

Area students combine talents and work to “drive their message home”

Under gray, overcast skies over 30 people gathered last Saturday afternoon, Jan. 8, at the weigh scales on West Highway for the ribbon cutting ceremony held for the billboard projects that was planned, organized and brought about by the Grant Union High School Chapter of OSSOM.

OSSOM stands for Oregon Student Safety on the Move, and Carshena Tronnes, a GUHS senior and state student advisory representative for OSSOM presented awards of appreciation to the City of John Day, the City of Canyon City, radio KJDY, Malheur Lumber, and the Blue Mountain Eagle.

The billboard project contains original artwork by Grant Administrative District #3 students and is the first OSSOM billboard in the state. Drawings and slogans from 10 different posters were used in creating the billboard design. Graphic artists from the Oregon Department of Transportation took the posters and turned them into the billboard.

The project began over three years ago –– when the Grant Union OSSOM chapter was first formed in July 1990, one of the very first ideas was to put up a billboard that stated a positive and healthy message.

The billboard project was listed under the ‘action plan’ at the first OSSOM summer camp attended by Grant Union students.

Due to the chapter being newly formed and just getting organized the billboard project was put on hold. Then in the summer of 1991, the project was again listed by Grant Union chapter as part of the action plan at summer camp. Following a discouraging phone call to a billboard company who explained how expensive it would be, the project was once again ‘put on hold’.

For the third time, in the summer of 1992, the billboard project was put on the action plan as a project that the Grant Union chapter wanted to do as part of a public awareness campaign.

District students spent time and drove around getting ideas for locations for a billboard. A local landowner on West Highway was contacted, and she was willing to donate the land and allow a billboard to be put up on her property. A commitment was made by the chapter to build their own billboard because to rent the space on a commercial one was too expensive.

When it was discovered through ODOT that the chapter could not put up its own billboard, even on private property because all the highways around John Day are designated “scenic highways” and billboards are prohibited, except inside city limits, ODOT explained that only an existing billboard could be used.

ODOT officials were very impressed with the perseverance and dedications of the Grant Union OSSOM chapter, so much so that they took a special interest in the project and contacted the billboard company. Working in conjunction with the state OSSOM office and the billboard company, ODOT agreed to provide seed money and technical assistance for the Grant Union chapter’s project, and finally a billboard was secured on West Highway to be used for the chapter’s project.

The chapter contributed $100, which was raised by raffling off two cords of wood that were donated by WR2 Forest Products.

The “monster” drawn by Dan Zinn is the center theme on the billboard. From the puppet strings coming down from his hands are the drawings and slogans of the other posters. The T-shirt on the monster says “What You Are Depends On You”, this is an original Grant Union OSSOM slogan coined by Darrel McKrola OSSOM vice president.

10 years ago

New Rules for ATV riders in Oregon

Effective Jan. 1, ATV (quad) or off-road motorcyclists age 16 or younger – or an adult who supervises those riders – must complete the Oregon All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Education course before riding on public lands in Oregon.

After passing the course, riders receive an ATV Safety Education Card. Both the course and the card are free. The online course is available for riders to take at their own pace and is tailored to the places people ride – in dunes, forests or desert.

“This program is aimed at saving people’s lives,” said John Lane, Oregon Parks and Recreation ATV Safety Education Coordinator. “Accidents and deaths from ATV-related activities are tragic, but even more alarming is the number of children involved in these accidents.”

From 1998 to 2003 the Oregon Trauma Registry recorded more then 1,200 injuries resulting from ATV crashes. ATV-related accidents rose 78 percent from 2001-2003, with more than 20 percent of ATV injuries occurring to children younger than 15.

Legislation passed in 2007 required the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to phase in ATV Safety Education for riding on Oregon’s public lands. Each year after 2009, older age groups will be required to pass the online test. By 2014, all riders regardless of age will be required to carry and ATV Safety Education Card while riding.

“It is similar to driving a car – you want the other drivers to be as well trained as you are,” said Lane. “Now, from the comfort of your own home, and at a time that works for you, you can become a safer rider and be better prepared next time you hit the trails.” As of Jan. 1, children 17 years or younger are also required to wear helmets with chin straps securely fastened, and children 15 years or younger are required to meet new “rider fit” guidelines that include the appropriate brake, leg and grip reach.

This new law affects all riders using public lands in Oregon. Out-of-state visitors riding their own ATVs on public lands in Oregon are also required to carry on ATV Safety Education Card. Riders renting ATVs will go through a safety checklist with the rental company and be issued a temporary safety education card.

The safety course is not required if the vehicles are being used on land owned or leased by the owner of the vehicle, including farming, agricultural or forestry operations, or are used exclusively for nursery of Christmas tree growing operations.

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