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BRIEFLY: LHS prepares for Baccalaureate

LHS prepares for Baccalaureate  

The La Grande High School Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the LHS auditorium. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational farewell ceremony for graduating seniors. This year’s message will be given by David Tierce, pastor, Missionary Baptist. The A Cappella Choir will also perform. Families and friends are invited to attend. Graduating seniors should wear their cap and gown and line up at 6:30 p.m. in the hall by the AV Auditorium.

LHS will have an awards ceremony for graduating seniors at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LHS auditorium. Awards presented will include scholarships, outstanding senior awards and National Honor Society tassels and cords. All families and friends of graduating seniors are invited.

Voters urged to use drop boxes

Voters in Union and Wallowa counties are encouraged to deposit their ballots in drop boxes instead of mailing them for Tuesday’s election. 

This will guarantee voters that their ballots will be counted. 

Ballots mailed now may not get to the Union or Wallowa county clerks offices by Tuesday. Ballots received after Tuesday will not be counted regardless of when they were postmarked.

Drop boxes are located in Union County at the Union County clerk’s office and at city halls in La Grande, Cove, Imbler, North Powder and Union. 

Drop boxes are located in Wallowa County at the Wallowa County courthouse in Enterprise, which has indoor and outdoor drop boxes, and city halls in Joseph and Wallowa.

Ukulele Strum Circle meets Monday

Union County Ukulele Strum Circle will meet at Bear Mountain Pizza at
7 p.m. Monday. New members are welcome.

Registration discount offered at academy 

Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is open at Marian Academy, a non-denominational Christian school located at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Applications submitted and paid for by June 1 will receive a 20 percent discount off the registration fee. Enrollment applications can be downloaded online at www.themarianacademy.com or picked up in the school office at 1002 L Ave. For more information, call 541-963-0861.

DHS schedules community meeting

The Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 Albany St., to discuss the long-term service and supports need of seniors and people with disabilities in the La Grande area. 

The meeting is especially important because EmpRes Healthcare intends to close Vista Specialty Care Nursing Facility. The state will partner with the nursing facility to meet with families and residents in order to provide long-term care placement options for individuals needing to transition due to this closure. 

The DHS is required by state law to conduct regional meetings when local nursing facilities are intending to close to promote the dignity and safety of residents in the closing facility. The department is also required to consult with local communities regarding the need for more community-based settings for older adults and people with disabilities and to assess the opportunity for more residential and supported housing capacity in the region. 

South County Health District meets 

UNION — The South County Health District will conduct its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Union Family Health Center. The public is welcome to attend.

Page Turners club reading ‘Still Life’

Cook Memorial Library’s Page Turners Book Club is reading “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” by Anna Quindlen for its June 10 meeting. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. in the Archives Room of the library. New members are always welcome.

Final school tour of season set 

Grande Ronde Academy is having its final school tour of the season at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The academy is located in the Valley Fellowship building at 507 Palmer Ave. For more information and to RSVP, call 541-975-1147.

Older AmericansPie Social unfolds

ENTERPRISE — The Older Americans Pie Social will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Community Connection in Enterprise. The event is being hosted by the Community Connection Advisory Council. People are welcome to enjoy a variety of free pie slices.

Auxiliary sets annual luncheon Monday 

The annual Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon will be held Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St. A short meeting at 11:30 a.m. will precede the luncheon.

Tickets available for Soroptimist breakfast 

Tickets are available for the Soroptimist Annual June Breakfast at the Union County Chamber of Commerce, 207 Depot St. 

The chamber’s hours are
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.

The Soroptimists will hold their annual June Breakfast at the Riverside Park Pavilion from 7 a.m. to noon June 1. 

Barbecue bash unfolds May 24

A neighborhood barbecue bash will take place from noon to 3 p.m. May 24 at Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St.

The event will include free food, two bounce houses, games and face painting.

Town hall meeting set on ODFW budget 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a series of town hall meetings around the state this month to gather public input on the agency’s proposed 2015-2017 budget. The proposed budget, which is being crafted by ODFW and an external budget advisory committee, will be presented for review and comment at the town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Blue Mountain Conference Center, 404 12th St. 

Additional ODFW budget information can be found on the ODFW website, www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/budget/pro
cess.asp.

Yard sale benefits teen missions, camps

The La Grande Nazarene Church, 109 18th St., will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Treasures include couches, tables, a swing set, clothes and much more. All funds raised will go to teen missions and camps.

Class targets staying healthy with diabetes

Encompass Home Health invites the public to attend a class on staying healthy with diabetes at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grande Ronde Retirement. The presenter is Victoria Maupin, R.N.

Red Light Runners perform tonight 

ISLAND CITY — The Red Light Runners are playing music at 6:30 p.m. tonight. at Beeman Park in Island City leading up to the Ag-Timber Parade.  

The band will perform old rock ‘n’ roll, blues and country. Admission is free.

Activities at Beeman Park begin at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at 8 p.m.

Painters head for marsh Saturday

For the fourth year in a row, ArtsEast is collaborating with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to help promote and celebrate birds, birding and the natural beauty of the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area during the ninth annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival. 

ArtsEast’s role is to enlist local artists to do Plein Air painting at each of the designated sites from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Last year, visitors enjoyed the company of 12 artists.

Traffic over Hells Canyon Dam limited 

HALFWAY – Traffic over Hells Canyon Dam will be limited to one lane Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. MDT while work continues on the dam’s spill gates.

A traffic flagger will be stationed on the Idaho side of the dam. A message board will be placed across the Oxbow Bridge on the Idaho side to provide changes or updates to the road status.

Spillgate maintenance requires a crane to lower workers on a platform down the face of the dam to do the work. The presence of the crane means the lane will be too narrow to allow boats, trailers or oversized vehicles to pass. 

Vehicles pulling trailers will have to cross the bridge outside of work hours.

Work will be suspended around the Memorial Day holiday to accommodate increased traffic. However, the road over the dam will completely close from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 2-6 while workers remove stop-logs — barriers that keep water from the spill gates — while the maintenance is done.

Hells Canyon Dam is owned and maintained by Idaho Power. Completed in 1968, the Hells Canyon hydroelectric project generates up to 391 megawatts of electricity. 

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