Kam Wah Chung Museum marks 25th anniversary
JOHN DAY - In celebration of Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum's 25th anniversary, the friends of the museum on Saturday, Oct. 19, will present day-long displays and workshops, a silent art auction provided by the Grant County Art Association, and a Chinese dinner to be held at the John Day Senior Center.
Advance dinner ticket purchases are requested by Tuesday, Oct. 15. Cost is $9. Tickets are available at Prime Time Video, the Ivy Vine and John Day City Hall.
For more information, call Bobbi Baker at 932-4472.
Scouts launch annual popcorn fund-raiser
JOHN DAY- The Scouts of Pack 898 and Troop 898 in John Day are now involved in their annual popcorn sales, which will continue through Oct. 23.
The scouts will be going door-to-door with the fund-raising activity offering a variety of popcorn choices.
Up to 45 percent from sales is directed back to local scout units, to help purchase patches and awards. A portion of the popcorn sales also goes to individual scouts, who use the majority of the money for camp or camping equipment.
Anyone wanting to support scouting in our community can call 575-3613.
Ranchers invited to CAFO rules session Oct. 10
JOHN DAY - Hundreds of Oregon ranchers will need to obtain a confined animal feeding operation permit under new rules being considered for adoption by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Ranchers are invited to an informational meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, to find out if their operations will need a CAFO permit. The meeting, sponsored by ODA and Oregon State University Extension, will be held at the Grant School District No. 3 conference room, 401 N. Canyon City Blvd.
A public comment period on the new rules opened on Oct. 1 and will close on Nov. 15. Three public hearings will be held on the following dates and locations: Nov. 7 in Redmond, Nov. 14 in Salem, and Nov. 14 in Salem. The new rules are expected to be implemented on Feb. 14, 2003.
For more information, contact Gary Delaney at the Grant County Extension office at 575-1911.
4-H achievements saluted Oct. 13
CANYON CITY - The annual 4-H Achievement and Appreciation Day is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall. 4-H ambassadors Emily Keerins and Ariel Winegar are in charge of the program, which will include recognition of support for the organization as well as honoring 4-H leaders and 4-H members with pins, awards and medals.
For more information, call the Grant County Extension office at 575-1911.
Loggers offer reward for arrest, conviction of chain saw thieves
CANYON CITY - The Grant County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of several chain saws from the Little Canyon Mountain area which occurred sometime after dark on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The theft was from a private logging operation which was working in the area, and Sheriff Glenn Palmer reported several items were also taken from a private cabin as well as from the logging site.
A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the thefts.
Anyone with information is requested to call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 575-1131.
Malheur presents findings of fuels treatment trials
JOHN DAY - A summarization of findings from the June mechanized fuels treatment trial, which was held near John Day, will be presented to the public announced Roger Williams, Forest Supervisor for the Malheur National Forest. The public is invited to attend this presentation at the Malheur National Forest supervisor's office, in John Day at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.
For more information visit the Dry Forest Mechanized Fuels Treatment Web site at www.theyankeegroup.com/mechfuels.
Mining at Granite topic of meeting
JOHN DAY - The last no-host noon luncheon for the year will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Outpost Trading Company restaurant. The speaker will be Nadia Schultz from Prairie City, who will speak about gold mining at Granite.
The Grant County Genealogical Society's next regular business meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the conference room at the Grant County Courthouse.
For more information, call club president Linda Cook at 575-2757.
Grant County DA campaigns begin
PRAIRIE CITY - Write-in candidate for Grant County district attorney, Lee Carter, will be in Grant County this weekend to share his platform and participate in a question-and-answer session. Open house is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 - 1 p.m. at the Grant Union High School library and 6 p.m. at the Strawberry Grange, 204 N. McHaley, Prairie City. Another gathering is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Dayville High School. For more information about the Carter campaign, call 932-4438 or 575-1127.
Grant County attorney Mike Kilpatrick is running for district attorney as the only candidate whose name appears on the Nov. 5 ballot. For more information about his campaign, call 932-4455.
Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 29-30
JOHN DAY - The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be in John Day for a two-day blood drive on Oct. 29-30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on East Main St.
Anyone wishing to donate blood can call 1-800-826-5920 and those wanting to volunteer to assist during the blood drive can call Joan Bowling at 575-1234.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weight at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.
Cash flow subject of local workshop
CANYON CITY - A workshop entitled "Cash Flow Management for Small Business" will be presented 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Guernsey Building conference room, 120 S. Washington St.
Earlier in the day, Greg Smith of the Small Business Development Center will be available for confidential business counseling to existing and potential business owners.
To register for the workshop or set up an appointment with Smith, call 962-3391.
Acts of kindness temper hardships of firefighting
Seventeenth-century author Jean De La Bruyere once observed that true generosity "consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed."
During the state's record wildland fire season this summer, Oregonians excelled in both the timing and quantity of their contributions.
"At the Biscuit Fire, I saw no fewer than 50 'Thank You Firefighters' signs," Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Information Officer Brian Ballou said of the half-million-acre blaze in southwestern Oregon. "They were along all the main roads in the Illinois Valley."
People also expressed their thanks in tangible ways. Trekking to the fire information center in Cave Junction, they delivered cakes, coffee, doughnuts, letters of thanks and hand-made cards crafted by children. "There was free lemonade at the roadblocks. We received boxes of books and magazines for firefighters to read," he said. "People would wave, honk and smile. Everyone seemed very supportive."
At the Cache Mountain Fire in Central Oregon, locals heard that firefighters were running out of clean socks and underwear. Soon, box after box of socks and undershorts showed up at the fire camp.
For more information, contact Rod Nichols at (503) 945-7425.
Wanted: Lunch Buddies
JOHN DAY - Lunch Buddy Mentor Program coordinator Debi Hueckman is seeking approximately 50 community members - teens and adults - to be matched with a Grant County elementary student, many of whom have been identified as needing positive recognition and individual attention.
The volunteer program involves sharing lunch at a Grant County elementary school with a student, kindergarten through fourth grade, one day a week on a regular basis; 25-30 minutes will involve talking, reading, listening, playing games or other recess activities. Those participating must have the ability and desire to talk to children, respect confidentiality, and have sensitivity to the problems faced by many youth. Screening of prospective mentors is required, and training is provided.
For more information, call 575-2595.
Health department plans flu shot clinics
GRANT COUNTY - The Grant County Health Department will begin its fall flu shot clinic 8:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 14 at the John Day Senior Center.
Other dates around Grant County are as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 22 - 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Long Creek School and 1-3 p.m. at the Monument Senior Center
Wednesday, Oct. 23 - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Prairie City Senior Center and 2:30-4 p.m. at Seneca School
Thursday, Oct. 24 - 9:30 a.m.-noon at Dayville School and 1:30-4 p.m. at Mt. Vernon City Hall
Monday, Oct. 28 - 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chester's Thriftway
The Grant County Health Department will bill Medicare, Blue Cross, Clear Choice and OMAP, otherwise the cost will be $15 for flu shots or $20 for pneumonia shots. For more information, call 575-0429.
Health officials advise influenza vaccines
SALEM - The Department of Human Services noted that influenza season is approaching and ample vaccines are available this year.
Public health officials recommend that persons at a higher risk of complications from influenza be vaccinated in October and November and identified the following:
People 65 or older, residents of nursing homes or chronic case facilities; youth 6 months and older who have chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, renal disease and immune deficiencies; children under 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy; and women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
Healthy children ages 6-23 months and persons who live or work with or provide care to high-risk persons are also encouraged to receive immunizations.
For more information, call 1-800-723-3638 or the local health department at 575-0429.
Solar power opportunity available
JOHN DAY - Homeowners can apply for a reduced-cost solar power installation through the Eastern Oregon Renewable Energies Non-profit, the sponsor of SolWest Fair. One home will be chosen as the site of the next year's pre-SolWest installation workshop. The installation will be done the week of July 21-25, 2003, by a class of technical students under the direction of an instructor who is a professional solar installer.
For details, contact EORenew, P.O. Box 485, Canyon City, OR 97820; e-mail to email@example.com. Phone inquiries are encouraged at 575-3633.
Grape & Grain donations sought
JOHN DAY - The annual Blue Mountain Grape & Grain Festival has been scheduled for Nov. 15 with a slightly different format.
During the usual wine and microbrew tasting, a silent auction of Oregon-made art and craft items and a "wine cellar" drawing will be held, along with numerous drawings throughout the evening. As in the past, proceeds from the event will fund the Grant County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.
The Chamber plans to alternate years engaging the usual art auction with the new smaller-item silent auction.
Donated items for this annual fund-raiser are requested by Nov. 1. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 575-0547, Bob Quinton at Klamath First Federal at 575-1862 or Brian Whitman at 575-2000.
In uniform: ROBERT J. MacDONALD
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Air Force Lt. Col. Robert J. MacDonald has assumed command of the 353rd Operations Support Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa City, Okinawa, Japan.
MacDonald graduated in 1978 from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Del. and received a bachelor's degree in 1983 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
In 1994, he earned a master's degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University through the military extension program at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. He completed an additional master's degree in 1996 from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
He is the son of Robert and Vicenta MacDonald of Dover, Del. His wife, Joanne, is the daughter of Hugh and Twila Laurance of Canyon City.