|Jeri and Jay Mackley of La Grande are forging ahead with their plans for
a recreation center in La Grande, beginning remodeling of the former
Elks Lodge and planning a Halloween event to raise money to keep the
Submitted photo Kevin Donaldson of La Grande Paint and Glass installs a window pane at the former Elks Lodge, now known as the Maridell Center. Facade renovations include replacing wooden panels in the lower portion of the window frames with glass.
Jeri Mackley said the building, at Washington Avenue and Depot
Street, is renamed the Maridell Center and will eventually house an ice
skating rink, laser tag arena, mini-golf course, snack bar, pool tables,
a sports and video game lounge, and more.
|ELGIN — The industrial park has gained a new tenant, Livingston LLC,
operating under the assumed business name of Livingston Tree Service and
Wood Recycling. The company is owned by Todd Livingston and has been in
operation for the past 14 years.
TRISH YERGES photo COLOR-ENRICHED MULCH: Todd Livingston, owner of Livingston Tree Service and Wood Recycling, displays three samples of mulch produced at his new organic recycling plant at 850 Inkwood Street in Elgin. The mulch comes in three colors: black, mahogany and red and is used for landscaping purposes.
Livingston and his family live in
rural Elgin and moved here from the Redmond area about five years ago.
There Livingston conducted business as a residential contractor and
operated a cabinet shop, but his lumber and tree service experience has
even deeper roots.
|About 200 employers and community leaders from the Pacific Northwest
traveled to Gowen Field in Boise last week for a close-up look at
challenges soldiers of the National Guard’s 116th Brigade Combat Team
face as they get ready for their deployment to Iraq.
Jack Johnson, ESGR’s Area 6 coordinator, (left) and La Grande attorney David Baum (right) take in the sights at the Idaho Air National Guard’s landing strip. With them is Boss Lift guest Charles Brown of Sherman County.
|Construction of Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op’s new
BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH/The Observer During a RECENT Rotary Club luncheon, Jarod Rogers of WC Construction displays plans for Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op’s new, energy efficient office building and warehouse and truck barn. Rogers said the project will begin in October, and be complete toward the end of next summer.
La Grande facility will get under way soon, with a host of local
construction workers putting up an office building and warehouse that
will be models of efficiency.
LOSTINE-One of the state’s oldest general stores is on the market,
and if a buyer doesn’t step forward soon, it is at risk of closing down
Family owned and operated continuously for the past 103 years, M.
Crow and Co. has served not only as Lostine’s sole general store, but
also as a meeting place, bus stop, museum and hub for the community.
ELGIN — The face of Elgin’s downtown commercial district on Eighth
Avenue will change this summer as some store spaces are vacated and
remaining businesses stake their claims for better locations and better
Cindy Wilhelm’s businesses Pizza & A Movie and The Coffee Scoop
are currently located at 190 S. Eighth Ave., — two businesses under one
|Mix business and social experiment, and there’s bound to be some
interesting results. Ask Steve Fund, owner of the Higher Grounds coffee
shop in the Olde Towne Mercantile at Fir Street and Adams Avenue.
Submitted photos Kids and adults from the Higher Grounds coffee bar begin their alley clean-up efforts July 18.
Since opening the 24-hour shop in April, Fund has become a sort of
shepherd or father confessor for kids and young adults. He’s seen both
their good and bad sides, and he’s taken heat for some of the things
|The effort to beautify downtown La Grande is in for a big boost, if the
city’s Urban Renewal Agency approves a request for funding from a
R.M. DESIGNS The New Town Square building at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue is in for a substantial remodel if the City of La Grande approves a $25,000 funding request from developer Al Adelsberger. The architect’s rendering above depicts improvements including reconstructed sidewalk, new lights, and furniture and art work. Adelsberger has suggested a news stand in the vacant space between the Sub Shop and the Yellow Book office.
Al Adelsberger, owner of the New Town Square building at Fourth
Street and Washington Avenue, is planning a major exterior remodel along
the Fourth Street side of the building. The project, called the New
Town Square Streetscape Project, could be complete by the end of the
To celebrate 35 years in business and the completion of remodeling
and expansion projects at their La Grande office, the staff of
Anderson-Perry & Associates, Inc. will host an open house Aug. 19.
The office, at 1901 N. Fir St. in La Grande, will be open to the
public from 4 to 7 p.m. The informal open house will include tours of
the office and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cake.
Grande Ronde Model Watershed has added two staff members as it forges
ahead with stream and wildlife habitat restoration projects in Union and
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