Political hopefuls join Q&A Sept. 19

MT. VERNON - Meet the Candidates Night is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall.

All candidates running for office in the local election have been invited to present their background and platforms, and will join in a question-and-answer session. This is not a debate, but an informational meeting. Sen. Ted Ferrioli will serve as moderator. A list of those able to attend will be published prior to the meeting.

For more information, call Gene Brady at 575-3588.

Parenting series focuses on teens

JOHN DAY - A new parenting class, "Reaching the Heart of Your Young Teen," will be presented beginning Monday, Sept. 16, by the John Day Church of the Nazarene. Classes will be held on Monday through Nov. 11.  The program provides parents with the proven how-to applications of building and maintaining healthy relationships with teenagers. Parents will learn from the curriculum which includes topics: Healthy families and what makes them strong; understanding teenage rebellion; transitional roles from parental authority to parental influence; establishing common ground; parent-teen communication; starting over with a wayward teenager; communicating love; understanding why teens don't talk; proper methods of correction; and dating and courtship issues.

This video series from Growing Families International, is an additional class to "Growing Kids God's Way." To register or for more information, call 575-1895.

Oregon State Fair talent celebrated

SALEM - Twenty-five Oregon county fairs selected winners of their own talent competitions to be part of the 2002 Oregon State Fair Talent Contest on Aug. 25. Each fair sent a youth winner and an adult winner to the preliminaries.

Grant County winners who attended the competition included Hanna Ellison of John Day in the youth under 15 division and Mya Ennis of Fox in the adult category.

Winners of the competition included Scott Brockett of Prineville, a vocalist/guitarist, who won in the adult division and received $1,500. The Tap Guys of Salem danced their way to first place in the youth division and a prize of $1,500.

For more information about the Oregon State Fair 2002, see the Web site at www.oregonstatefair.org.

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