February 28, 2002 11:00 pm

The 2002 Verizon and Telfax telephone books are being distributed now and in coming weeks.

The publishers strive to get the thousands of names, addresses and phone numbers correct to provide highly reliable books.

The glaring omission in telephone books is the lack of cellular phone and fax phone numbers. Many people carry the handy little portable phones with them just about everywhere they go. Fax machines are also hugely popular.

Admittedly, the publication of numbers for cell phones and fax machines is not a simple matter. People may not want to have their fax number distributed for fear that they will get all kinds of unwanted junk on their machine.

Some people also are shy about having their cell phone numbers published. Under many cell phone programs, a user is charged a nickel or more per minute for the incoming calls they receive. A published number might prove costly as a phone user starts receiving unwelcome calls.

The problem could be solved if the cell phone provider did not charge the customer for the first minute or two of an incoming call. That way a short message could be conveyed at no cost, or the cell phone user could stay on longer with the caller and pay the toll.

Some cell phone or fax owners may prefer not to have their numbers listed in a phone book. Their desire should be honored. But others would. People should have that option. And phone book publishers might also ask customers if theyd like to see their e-mail addresses in print, too.


The Grande Ronde Symphony and the combined Eastern Oregon University Chamber Choir and Grande Ronde Community Chorus put the finishing touches on a couple of classical composers works this week, and the results were outstanding.

The orchestra and choruses performed Mozarts Requiem Mass in D Minor for a near-capacity audience at McKenzie Theatre Wednesday evening. With the help of soloists Andrea Corbett, Emily Muller, Todd Tschida and Peter Wordelman, the choral members and instrumentalists did an excellent job of bringing Mozarts work to life.

Earlier in the program, the orchestra was joined by renowned viola artist Hong-Mei Xio in performing Bela Bartoks Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. The orchestra kept up well with Xio during her virtuoso performance of the difficult piece. The concert will be repeated at 7:30 tonight.

Mozart (1756-1791) and Bartok (1881-1945) died before their two works were completed. Other composers stepped in and applied great skill in finishing both pieces.

Area music lovers should not miss out on the chance to hear these two compositions performed in fine fashion by local musicians and the symphonys guest artist. We all can hope that every seat in McKenzie Theatre is filled for tonights concert.