Grant County People: Prairie City man wins snowmobile

Gary and Marnie Mediger look forward to hitting the snowy hills with this prize from a national contest. The Eagle/HEATHER SHEEDY

Think snow! That's the hope for many snow enthusiasts around the county, and especially for Gary and Marnie Mediger of Prairie City.

Gary recently picked up a 2003 Arctic Cat snowmobile valued at $8,700 which he won through the American Council of Snowmobile Associations. He purchased one $100 ticket for a chance to win a snowmobile from an advertisement that was in a calendar purchased from the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, which is headquartered at East Lansing, Mich. Only 1,000 tickets were sold nationally for the drawing.

One of the Mediger's friends, Gary's boss Bill Petrak of Tri-Cities, had called their home prior to the drawing to play a practical joke on him about winning the snowmobile. After the official drawing on May 31, the Medigers arrived home to a message on their answering machine. Marnie returned the call and suspected that it was another practical joke, but it turned out to be real. The representative of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations informed Gary that he was the first-place winner and could choose from four snowmobiles offered. Eventually, around Nov. 1 the Medigers were able to travel to Eagle Cap Sports in Baker City to pick up his choice, a 2003 Arctic Cat 800 EFI Mountain Cat 151 track.

As avid snowmobilers and members of the Grant County Snowballers, the Medigers are sure to put their new sled to good use, as they plan for plenty of snow in the high country. The Medigers chose the muscle sled for mountain climbing around Grant County and Sumpter and also travel to places like Yellowstone Park and Diamond Lake. Gary also serves as president of the Burnt River Snowmobile Club at Unity.

The holidays are a special time for get-togethers and sharing of our bounty. That can't be said without noticing the thoughtfulness of Grant County people.

The Thanksgiving dinner provided jointly by Prairie City churches - Grace Chapel, Assembly of God, Prairie Baptist Church and the United Methodist Church - served 115 people ham and turkey with all the trimmings. The generosity of our community members is certainly something for which to be thankful.

A free Christmas dinner will be served up on Christmas Day noon to 3 p.m. at the John Day Senior Center. The traditional turkey and ham meal is open to those traveling, those in need or those without family during the holidays, and anyone who would like to attend, organizers said. The John Day Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Grant County Police Officer's Association made monetary donations to make this event happen. For more information, call Glenn or RoseAnn Palmer at 575-2831.

Correction: Ed Carwithen graduated from Eastman School of Music not Eastern as stated in a recent People Column.

"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises"- Samuel Butler.

If you have interesting tid-bits about Grant County people, contact Heather at 575-0710 or e-mail

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