The people of the United States, deeply religious if not ostentatious, express their fundamental belief in the goodness of Almighty God by observing, amidst war, their annual Thanksgiving Day.
It is not an official holiday but a national day of the people who return reverent thanks to the Supreme Being for the blessings that have been showered upon them.
No one overlooks the stern struggle that confronts the nation or the grief that battle losses will present. No one fails to recognize the hardships that abound throughout life or the disappointments that constantly beset the soul of man.
Despite these trials, common to all people, the average American thanks an omnipresent God for the mercies and blessings that, he knows, has attended him, his people and his nation. Thanksgiving Day gives visible sign to everlasting optimism sustained by a knowledge of preponderant favors enjoyed.
Naturally, our great concern is the safety of millions of Americans engaged in unavoidable warfare. Nearly every American family is represented in the armed services by loved ones whose fate is a source of incessant concern. Even so, as a people we must acknowledge the many woes that we have escaped as compared with brave, helpless peoples, caught in the misery of enemy invasion and entrapped by a ruthless conqueror.
Our crops have been abundant, yielding food and feeds in unprecedented volume. As individuals we retain our freedoms and proclaim our unfettered personality. We speak and live as we please and, by consent, share some of the burdens associated with the home front in war.
There is every reason for intelligent men, who believe in God, to turn reverently toward him on this Thanksgiving Day and publicly express thanks for the Divine goodness, which has brought us blessings and benedictions.
It was early bed for Doc
Norris (Doc) Mosier slept peacefully Saturday morning –– after it all happened. And Helen had to tend the store.
Doc’s latest implausible escapade happened early Saturday when his trailer-slowed pickup spun off the road on Starr Ridge and got mired in the embankment.
For a half hour or more the Grant County Chamber of Commerce president attempted to hail passing motorists, without success. The road was icy and they wouldn’t stop. Then County Judge Rho Bleakman and County Commissioner Jim Maple happened by, and they offered Doc a lift into town. The officials were returning from a meeting in Burns.
Then second thoughts set in. Doc had left his pickup lights on to warn passing motorists. Suppose an unwary motorist decided the lights belonged to an operating motor vehicle and thus missed the road.
Worry… worry… worry.
So it was out again about 2:30 a.m. With the help of a local S-M Motor Co., Inc., wrecker Doc retrieved his load. Bedtime rolled around for Doc sometime after 6 a.m.
Timber truckers’ holiday light parade planned Saturday, December 11
The week of Dec. 5-11 has unofficially been declared Grant County Timber Week in which individuals and businesses county-wide will be asked to demonstrate and recognize their support for the local timber industry and its significance to the area economy.
Communities within the county are largely supported by the timber industry and timber industries, said Chrissie Tenderalla, spokesperson for D.R. Johnson, organizer of the weeklong campaign.
Decisions made at the federal level directly impact the county and local economy, said Tenderella in a letter sent to merchants throughout the county, and the goal of the activities Dec. 5-11 is to make local feelings known to those in higher places making the decisions.
The cornerstone of the week’s activities will be “timber dollars,” distributed to employees in area sawmills and available free to others through either Prairie Wood Products or the Grant County Chamber of Commerce office.
When timber families and supporters pay for goods and services, they also will give a timber dollar to signify their source of income –– the local timber industry. Participated businesses are being asked to set aside the timber dollars they receive so they can be counted later.
The week will conclude with the Timber Truckers’ Light Parade Saturday, Dec. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. The parade route will begin at Grant Western Lumber on the West Highway, run to Grant Union High School and return to the lumber company.
Parade staging and judging will begin at 4 p.m. The grand prizewinner will receive two front-end truck tires from Les Schwab Tire Company. The first prize winner will receive 100 gallons of diesel fuel from the McDaniel Oil Co.; the second prize winner will get one pair of truck tire chains from John Day Rigging; and the third place wining parade entrants will receive two sets of mud flaps from Woodpecker Truck and Equipment Co.
GUHS music students, ‘cream of the crop’
Ten Grant Union High School music students traveled to McLoughlin High School for the Honor Choir and Band Festival Concert held Nov. 11.
They joined high-level music students from more than a dozen other schools throughout the eastern part of the state, converging for what Elyse Lemaire called, “music heaven.”
Students nominated by their music teacher Mary Ann Vidourek for the honor were Lemaire, Amanda Buckhaults (soprano); Morgan Cleaver, Nicole Lane, Shaylee Joslin (alto); Preston Ake (tenor); Nathan Roy (trumpet); Audrey Lallatin (trombone); Tim Jones (tuba); and Seth Lallatin (percussion).
“It was a great experience,” Roy said, “and it brought out the best of music in Eastern Oregon including our part of the world.”
“More people should try it,” said Seth Lallatin.
Audrey Lallatin’s favorite piece was “Three Phrases from Yugoslav Folk Songs” by Daniel Buckvich. Peter Crawford, a music teacher at Whitman College in Walla Wall, directed the band program.
Most of the girls in choir liked the German song “Zigeunerleben” by Robert Schumann. The title is “A Gypsy’s Life” in English. Lori Weist, an associate professor of music at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., directed the choir with accompaniment by Kevin Durfee.
The students had two days of rehearsal, then the concert. Vidourek was pleased with the students’ performance.
“As always, they represented our school and band and choir well,” she said. “It’s a wonderful experience performing with a high level of musicianship. You have the cream of the crop from all those schools. It’s always amazing to me how much work gets accomplished in a short amount of time.”