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BRIEFLY: Common Core presentation set

Common Core presentation set

A presentation on Common Core state standards for schools, “What Parents Need to Know about Common Core,’’ will be given Wednesday. The presentation will be given by Bob Perry, director of the Redmond School Board and chair of the Redmond Patriots. 

The presentation will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Country Gathering Church, 60588 McAlister Road.


Farmers market kicks off Thursday 

ENTERPRISE — The first Enterprise Farmers Market of the season kicks off Thursday with live music by Carolyn Cruso. The market runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. For more information, visit www.wallowacountyfarmersmarket.org.

Yard, garden sale benefits library 

COVE — Cove’s first of what is planned to be an annual yard and garden sale will take place July 19. People are asked to put the dates on their calendars.

Schedule now for June 17 blood drive

The La Grande community blood drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. June 17 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gym, 1802 Gekeler Lane. 

To schedule your appointment or for more information, contact Linda Strand at 541-963-4261.

May was a warmer than normal month 

Temperatures in La Grande averaged slightly warmer than normal during May. 

According to preliminary data received by  the National Weather Service in Pendleton, the average temperature was 55.5 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 69.1 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above normal. The highest was 84 degrees on May 16. 

Low temperatures averaged 42.0 degrees, which was 0.1 degrees below normal. The lowest was 33 degrees, on May 8.

Precipitation totaled 1.28 inches during May, which was 0.71 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on nine days. The heaviest, 0.33 inches, was reported on the 12th.

The outlook for June from the Climate Prediction Center calls for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Normal highs for La Grande rise from 70 degrees at the start of June to 80 degrees at the end of June. Normal lows rise from 46 degrees to 52 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.54 inches.

Volunteers needed for SolWest fair 

SolWest “Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living” Fair is coming to Union County Fairgrounds June 27-29.

People who would like to be part of this happening, which will host 50 workshops on renewable energy and sustainable living, food, vendors, four bands, kids’ workshops and more, should consider volunteering.  Volunteers get free fair passes, pizza and gratitude for their work promoting renewable energy and sustainable living. To sign up or for more information, call Emelie at 541-963-3339 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cove City Council meets Tuesday 

COVE — The City of Cove will hold its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cove City Hall, 504 Alder St.  Discussion items include the nuisance and weed ordinance and the Rose Street bridge.

Lone Pine Tree Chapter meets soon

The Lone Pine Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet June 13 at the Flying J restaurant.

Luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m., the meeting at noon. The  program will be presented by Wilma Johnson, reporting on her patriot ancestor, Capt. Samuel Ransom from Connecticut. 

Suzie Thompson, Good Citizenship chairperson, will report on the 2014 winner, Hayden Bershenyi, a senior at Elgin High School.  Thompson presented his certificate and check at the school’s annual year-end honors assembly. Regent Meschelle Cookson and Dorothy Robertson were also present.  

The annual flag retirement will be held at 10 a.m. June 14 at the American Legion Post No. 43, 301 Fir St. This held in conjunction with the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

A similar ceremony will  be held at 10 a.m. June 14 at the Elks building, 1896 Second St., Baker City, 
with the Boy Scouts of America.  

Anyone with flags that are tattered, faded, dirty or in any other way not suitable to be flown are asked to drop them off at the above locations, or call the numbers below and someone will pick them up.

For more information, call Cookson at 541-523-4248 or Joan Smith a  541-963-4861.

Support group offers free seminar

Wallowa County Caregivers Support Group is sponsoring a free seminar from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Wallowa Valley Hospital Conference Room behind the cafeteria. Gretchen Jordan, CVA, of Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman program, will speak. Topics will include resident rights for those living in care facilities and the role of the state ombudsman (advocate).   


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