Humorist Frank Sullivan had a collection of his columns published under
the title “Well, There’s No Harm in Laughing” back in the 1970s.
It’s a great title and a great sentiment, certainly preferable to the
oft-repeated “Laughter is the best medicine,” which is an
ISLAND CITY — Virginia McLaughlin of Island City is as good at waltzing
through the noon hour as she is at staying a two step ahead of Father
At age 90 McLaughlin enjoys few things more than doing the waltz during midday dance sessions at the Union County Senior Center.
“I like the rhythm of the dance. I feel like a swan gliding over water,’’ McLaughlin said.
A swan who moves better than people many years her junior.
It was a bold stroke.
A step that likely was controversial — one taken in 1912 by Rev. T.A.
Schoenberg, then the new pastor of the Zion Lutheran Church in La
It was a move that revealed Schoenberg’s foresight and is one of many
steps taken by La Grande Zion Lutheran church leaders and congregation
members that will be commemorated this weekend as the church celebrates
its 120th anniversary beginning Friday.
|ILWACO, Wash. — Jake Merriman sat on the deck of the charter fishing
boat Pacific Dream and smiled. It was the first time in more than a year
that he had been fishing and he was enjoying every second of the
Jake Merriman, above, smiles on the deck of the Pacific Dream, right, July 31. Merriman and four other paralyzed men were part of a charter fishing boat group that participated in the Oregon Tuna Classic in Ilwaco. Tom Merriman, Jakes uncle, owns the Pacific Dream and made arrangements to take the group fishing.
The ocean spray misted everyone on board, and it was cold, but he gamely sat at the railing, trying to catch an Albacore tuna.
|ELGIN —Now that the dust has settled on another successful Elgin
Stampede and 4,500 guests and sponsors have returned to their normal
lives, the first Stampede queen reflects upon her life and how the rodeo
got its start.
TRISH YERGES photo Genevie Long Wells served as the first Stampede queen.
A Seattle-based production company hired local horsemen to re-enact historical scenes for a new documentary, “Jesse James‚ Hidden Treasures.” The two-hour program will air on Nov. 9 and 10 on The History Channel.
DOGGED BY THE PINKERTONS, the James-Younger Gang decide to split up and attempt to throw the deputized Pinkerton agents off their trail. From left, are Jim Whitherspoon, Jack Armstrong, Rick Hagen, Frank Edward and Glen Edmondson. - Photos by Jerry Gowins
Screaming Flea Productions, Inc. (formerly Belo Productions) is an award-winning producer of non-fiction and documentary programming for leading networks such as National Geographic, A&E and The History Channel. Its most current film about Jesse James was produced by Sandy Dang-Asher. The re-enactments were directed by 32-year-old Billy McMillin and filmed by his father, Bill McMillin.
What many are beginning to consider the highlight of Union’s annual Harvest Festival, the fourth Punkin’ Chunkin’ gathered a crowd to the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show grounds Saturday afternoon to watch some good ol’ pumpkin tossing mayhem.
HALLOWEEN HOWITZER: Although not exactly falling into the âmedievalâ category, Russel Olmstedâs (at the helm) crowd-pleasing homemade âHalloween Howitzerâ does fall into the âEfficiently Destructiveâ category as the compressed air can propel a 1000-caliber pumpkin out of its 10-inch barrel up to a distance of 400 yards. On this day, the target car at a distance of around 75 yards doesnât stand a chance.
ISLAND CITY — Union County’s 4-H leader of the year is no stranger to service.
4-H Leader Ken Patterson was honored as leader of the year at the recent 2009 4-H Recognition Dinner. - Photos/TRISH YERGES
Ken Patterson, who was named the leader of the year at the recent 2009 4-H Recognition Dinner at the Ag Service Center, has been involved in numerous aspects of 4-H since becoming a leader 15 years ago.
The 4-H leader of the year award is given to a member who inspires others to greater personal achievements and does so by example.
Two years ago Dixie Lund was searching for guidance after being
confronted with one of the most difficult decisions of her life.
Lund’s husband, Ed, and a timely message on a football card soon helped her find the direction she needed.
Lund, three years years into retirement after a 31-year career at
Eastern Oregon University, was preparing to celebrate her 38th wedding
anniversary in July 2007. Suddenly a phone call took the edge off her
COVE — Northeast Oregonians have a strong sense of place, whether they were born here or relocated to the area intentionally.
The Blue and Wallowa mountains offer boundless recreational
opportunities, and the country lifestyle is attractive to many
transplants. It’s no wonder Union County institutions like Ascension
School Camp in Cove, with the Eagle Cap Wilderness as a backdrop, has
attracted several modern day pioneers. The camp is a longstanding
Northeast Oregon tradition, having started in 1924.
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