Rural home repair loans available

PENDLETON - U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has been allotted $940,000 for repair loans and grants to very low-income rural homeowners.

The housing repair program is designed to improve living standards by repairing roofs, installing storm windows, insulation, wiring, heating/cooling systems, plumbing, etc. There is no cost to apply.

Loans can be made up to $20,000 for a 20-year period at 1 percent interest. A $5,000 loan would have payments of $23 a month.

Bowling honored during blood drive

JOHN DAY - Joan Bowling (above) of John Day was honored at the June 8 blood drive held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mike Mawdsey, donor services manager, presented her with the Maureen S. Long Award. The award is presented by the Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services for nominated volunteers who show extraordinary and sustained commitment and leadership. Central Oregon Blood Center nominated Joan for the award. Joan has been the chairman of the John Day community blood drive since August 1998 and last year as co-chairman.

Danielle Warren, terrority representative from Bend, reported that 134 units of blood were collected from the two-day blood drive.

Troop 898 quarterly Court of Honor

JOHN DAY -Boy Scout Troop 898 held their Court of Honor June 9 at the Elk's Lodge. During the awards ceremony, 14 merit badges were awarded for citizenship in the community, emergency prep, environmental science, family life, music and railroading. Rank badges were given to 12 scouts. Dylan Brandsma, Daniel DesJardin, Tyler Ellis, Dakota Lippert, Mark Olson, Marcus Perkins and Michael Snyder received their scout badge; Alex Kygar was presented with the second-class badge; Colin Petersen was honored with the star badge; and Randy Dowdy, Darren King and JT Sohr received the life badges. Service stars, signifying how long they have been in the scouting program, were presented to Eric Wunz, 32 years; Ed Petersen, 35 years; Greg Whipple, 34 years; and Barb Miller-Sohr, 12 years. Jesse Kygar was awarded a certificate for spending several weeks teaching emergency preparedness and first aid to the scouts.

July 11-17, 16 youth and four adults will attend Camp Grizzly in Harvard, Idaho. July 25-31 older scouts and adults will take two trips. One, a 50-mile hike through Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa area and the second trip will be setting up a base camp in Eagle Cap.

Auxiliary elects

PRAIRIE CITY - The Women's Auxiliary Unit 106 of Prairie City met June 7 at the American Legion Hall to elect and swear in new officers. Past President Louise LaBaugh was re-elected for another year; Vivian Rookstool was voted in as vice president; treasurer/secretary is Marlene Woodley; and chaplin is Eula Thompson. The new members were initiated and given their pens.

They also discussed the Fourth of July parade float. "Flags and Fireworks," is the theme.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the USDA Rural Development office in Pendleton, (541) 278-8049, ext. 4, or toll-free at (866) 923-5626. Visit the Web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/or/504.htm.

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