June 27, 2002 11:00 pm

It's a once-in-100-year opportunity.

And Northeast Oregon residents should plan to jump on it before it slips away.

We're referring to Saturday's centennial celebration in North Powder, named for the portion of the nearby river where the community is situated just off Interstate 84.

RESIDENTS have spent several weeks planning an extravaganza, of sorts, beginning with breakfast at Powder Valley High School, served from 7 to 11 a.m.

No centennial celebration would be complete without a parade. And North Powder's begins moving through the small community at 10 a.m., promising some good spirit and fun.

Entertainment will be offered at North Powder's new gazebo band stand across from the post office and near the library.

But that's not all. Craft and food booths, exhibits of antique cars, an afternoon of music and history, a children's theatrical performance at 1:45 p.m., a petting zoo, old-fashioned games and rides on fire engines and horse-drawn carriages around town are planned.

AND DON'T MISS the temporary museum downtown, featuring fascinating items from out of the past and a quilt show from out of the present.

For those who hang around into the late afternoon, FFA members will be serving barbecued beef at the school from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The celebration caps off with contra dancing lessons beginning at 7 p.m. and a dance starting an hour later.

Cheryl Martin and other organizers have done a great job putting together a fun, entertaining and informative day in North Powder

Don't be ashamed to put off for another day playing golf, working in the garden or shampooing the dog. Take advantage of this big bash offered in the small town in southern Union County. Remember, you might have to wait another 100 years before you'll see anything quite like this again in North Powder.


For the past couple months, The Observer has been noting weather records for La Grande in the weather section published daily on Page 3. Records going back to about 1948 report the high and low temperatures for the day and the most rainfall.

WEATHER BUFFS will be interested to know that a new record was set on Wednesday, when the thermometer in town jumped to 97. The previous high was 95, set in 1968, according to the National Weather Service.

Was there a high greater than 97 on June 26 prior to 1948? Of course there was. But that's as far back as our records go. Keep watching for more records to be broken as the long, hot days of summer unfold.