Local media receive elite Elks awards

(From left) Elks Past Exalted Ruler and presiding Exalted Ruler Tim Cooley, Heather Sheedy of the Blue Mountain Eagle and Carl Lino, Elks Grand Lodge Americanism committee chairman, recognize local Americanism. Contributed photo

JOHN DAY - The Blue Mountain Eagle received recognition for "Americanism" from the Elks USA at a ceremony conducted Sept. 25 at John Day Elks Lodge No. 1824.

The certificate, which was presented to the Blue Mountain Eagle and received by news reporter Heather Sheedy, stated that the certificate is "an expression of gratitude and appreciation of the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks for its loyal and meritorious service in promoting the furtherance of the American Spirit through excellence in journalism throughout all of Grant County, Oregon, and the promotion of the goals and programs espoused by the Americanism Committee of the Grand Lodge." It was signed by Grand Lodge Americanism Committee Chairman Carl Lino of John Day and Grand Exalted Ruler Amos A. McCallum.

In making the presentation, Lino stated that the prestigious honor was bestowed to only 16 media entities nationwide, two in each of eight areas. This area covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

In particular Lino mentioned the Blue Mountain Eagle's coverage of the Support Our Troops parade, the double-page Military Roster compiled by the Eagle staff as the war with Iraq was engaged, and articles and items published year-round that relate to Americanism, patriotism, competitions and scholarships. Lino also acknowledged the Eagle's attention given to items of interest that promote "the same things the Elks organization holds dear, such as duty, honor, flag and country and support for our troops."

Local radio station KJDY was not represented at the ceremony, but also received recognition for its contribution, and will receive a similar certificate of appreciation.

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