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BRIEFLY: LHS Class of 1947 meets Monday

La Grande High School Class of 1947 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Flying J Truck Plaza. Everyone is welcome.

Hunters for Hunger needs donations 

The Hunters For Hunger program, which provides free wild game meat to the less  fortunate, is in desperate need of more meat,  according to Steve West of La Grande, the director and founder of the new program.

The 450 pounds of meat the program had about two weeks ago has all been given away to people in need who called and requested it.  

Anyone with wild game meat they would like to donate should call Hunters For Hunger at 541-663-6473. 

All meat donated should be in good condition and in burger form.

Ground Hog Breakfast set Feb. 1

UNION — Veterans of Foreign Wars High Valley Post 4060 in Union will hold a Ground Hog Breakfast Feb. 1.

Breakfast will consist of scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and ground hog gravy. Serving runs from 
7 a.m. to 10 a.m., or until the cooks are out of ground hog. 
Cost is $6.

Master Gardener class meets Tuesday 

The next Master Gardener class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Union County 4-H & Extension Education Center, 10507 N. McAlister Road. 

The topic will be composting and season extension, with guest instructor Michael Bettis. The public is welcome to attend at a drop-in rate of $10 per person (cash/check only). Refreshments will be served.

Teen Movie Nights begin at library

Teen Movie Nights are beginning this month at Cook Memorial Library. 

“Red,” an action movie starring Bruce Willis, will be shown at 5 p.m. Saturday in the library’s Community Room. 

This free activity is open to middle and high school teens and pre-teens. 

“We are very excited to begin Teen Movie Nights at the library,” said Teen Services Coordinator Celine Vandervlugt. “Movie nights are a popular event at many libraries, and thanks to a generous grant from the Wildhorse Foundation, we were able to purchase a license for our facility.”  

Teen Movie Nights will show movies that have been released on DVD, and the library’s teen patrons will help select the movies. 

One goal of the teen program is to provide free activities for local teens that allow them to socialize and have fun in a safe environment. 

Teen Movie Night is the latest addition to the teen program, which includes the Teen Book Club, iCRAFT, the Summer Reading Program and special events like after-hours parties. Visit the library’s Facebook or Web pages for more information on upcoming teen events.

Post hosts crab feed Saturday evening 

American Legion Post 43 in La Grande will host a crab feed from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at post headquarters, 301 Fir St. The public is welcome.  

The price is $35 for all-you-can eat crab, bread and beans. For more information, call 541-963-5141.

Heritage mentors to serve Eastern Oregon

A new statewide network of 33 volunteer mentors trained in collections care and emergency management will work directly with Oregon museums, libraries and archives. 

Mentors, including six in Eastern Oregon — Terri Washburn, Cove; Patricia Dawson, Pendleton; Shannon Maslach, Joseph; Randall Melton, Pendleton; Carolyn Purcell, The Dalles; and Christie Sweet, John Day — will voluntarily work directly with Oregon archives, libraries and museums to improve the care of cultural artifacts, and prepare for emergencies. 

“People who care for these collections of historic objects and paper are seeking more skills and knowledge to address issues of preservation and disasters,” said Kyle Jansson, coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission and the project director of the new Oregon Heritage MentorCorps. “MentorCorps members will provide consulting, mentoring and training on these topics in ways that meet the needs of the 1,000 cultural heritage organizations in Oregon.” 

The MentorCorps takeoff is funded by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, and funds from the Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Project partners include the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Library Association, Northwest Archivists, Oregon Museums Association, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, Oregon Historical Society, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and other organizations. 

The MentorCorps website is located at www.mindyourcollections.org. 

Elgin School Board meets Monday 

ELGIN – The Elgin School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Elgin district office. Among the action items are early graduation and approval of a softball co-op with Imbler.

Walk With Ease fitness program set

WALLOWA — A Walk With Ease fitness program is set to begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 a.m. at the Wallowa Senior Center.  

The nine-week program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The last session is April 24. The cost for the program is $20, which includes a workbook, water bottle and all related materials.  

The Walk With Ease program is designed for individuals who want to improve their fitness level, endurance and balance, with the primary focus on walking.  

Walk With Ease is offered in cooperation with Oregon State University and the Arthritis Foundation, and is made possible with grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.  

For more information, contact the OSU Extension Service at 541-426-3143.

Driver education class set 

Malheur Education Service District will start a new driver education class at the regional Department of Motor Vehicles building (right behind DMV office), 3012 Island Ave., La Grande. The class starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 24. The ESD needs a copy of the original learner’s permit to keep on file.

For more information, call Helen Thomas at 541-473-4833 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or Topper Schlupe at 541-473-4834 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other class dates are March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; and May 5 and 12. The class runs from 
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost is $250 for high school students with a valid Oregon Driver’s Permit (one-half down the night of sign-up with the other half due before the end of the 10-week class). Cost is $460 for students with a driver’s license or 18 years or older.

Contractor working late in evenings

The City of La Grande has hired Planned and Engineered Construction, Inc. for a sewer main line rehabilitation project in various areas of the city. 

Due to the lower flows at night, the contractor will be working late into the evening to be able to install the liner into the sewer main lines.

Their projected schedule will be as follows:

• Sunday — beginning at 10 p.m., they will be working in the alley behind the Maridell Center.

• Monday — beginning at 9 p.m., they will be working in the alley between Depot and Elm streets and Adams and Washington avenues.

• Tuesday — beginning at 7 p.m., they will be working in the alley between Adams Avenue and Jefferson Avenue, from Hemlock Street to Island Avenue.

• Wednesday — beginning at 7 p.m., they will be working in the alley between Adams Avenue and Washington Avenue, from Willow Street to the Grande Ronde Fitness Club.

• Thursday — beginning at 8 p.m., they will be working in the alley between Adams Avenue and Washington Avenue, from Hemlock Street to Greenwood Street.

For more information, contact the City of La Grande Public Works Department at 541-962-1325.

Marian Academy holds open house 

The Marian Academy, 1002 L Ave., is joining in the National Catholic Schools Week, the nationwide celebration of Catholic education and its focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. 

An open house will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. People will get a chance to see how Catholic education is impacting students, families and the community. Enrollment is open for students in preschool through the eighth grade. 

No one injured in Union house fire

UNION — No one was injured in a house fire that started around 8:45 p.m. Thursday night in Union.

Larry Wooldridge, La Grande Rural Fire Chief, said the fire in the single-story home appeared to have started on a wall and traveled up to the ceiling and into the attic. 

Wooldridge, who served as incident commander, said the fire damage was confined to the area but that there was some smoke and water damage in other areas of the house.

Union Fire was assisted by La Grande Rural Fire District, Cove Fire and North Powder Fire departments. The fire remains under investigation.

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