Small-business Happenings for November 14, 2012

By Observer staff November 14, 2012 02:46 pm


Second meeting slated on downtown EID

LA GRANDE — La Grande Main Street will host the second of two informational meetings on the proposed economic improvement district, 6 p.m. Thursday in the upper room at the New Town Square, 1103 Washington Ave.

Main Street hopes for establishment of a district that would help fund continued improvements in the downtown business area. If approved, the district would assess properties within the district boundaries at .3 percent of Union County-assessed real market value.

For more information, contact Main Street staff by phone, 541-963-1223, or by email, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Main Street’s first meeting on the EID was held Nov. 8.


Lights, trees being installed downtown

LA GRANDE — Installation of new pedestrian lights and street trees will take place this week as the Big H streetscape project continues.

In its weekly update for Nov. 12-16, the City of La Grande said the project is winding down, with minimal impacts of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The most significant impact area will again be the sidewalk on the east side of Elm Street, to the alley south of Adams Avenue. This work will impact the entrances to Miracle Ear and La Grande Dry Cleaning.

The Big H project includes a rebuild of sidewalks, alleys and alley approaches on Elm and Depot streets between Washington Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. The project also takes in the section of Adams Avenue between Elm and Depot, the north side of Washington between Elm and Depot, and the two alleys that run between Elm and Depot on either side of Adams.


Community Connection puts on Thanksgiving feed

LA GRANDE — Community Connection of Northeast Oregon is serving up Thanksgiving dinner to raise money for the Union County Senior Meals Program.

For people who want a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal without all the fuss and muss, the senior center kitchen is preparing take-out turkey dinners for four, with all the trimmings, for $28. 

“When you purchase this dinner we will give you a special place marker to set at your Thanksgiving table as a reminder on this day of thanks the donation you have made for a family in need,” Gentry said.

The senior center is also offering a variety of home-made goods that can be bought separately. They include rolls, dressing by the quart, and pies, with proceeds of sales going to the senior center. 

Gentry said that in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is nice to have some good home cooking without all the hard work.

“You can even tell your family members you made it. We will be happy to let you take the credit for the delicious creation,” she said.

All orders  must be submitted by Friday. Visa and Master Card are accepted. To place an order or for more information, contact Sydney Gleeson, 541-7532, ext. 15.


Rotary, McDonald’s serve free Thanksgiving Day breakfast

La Grande Rotary and McDonald’s are partnering again this year to serve a free, hot Thanksgiving Day breakfast for Union County seniors and military veterans.

It’s a community tradition begun 22 years ago by then-McDonald’s owner Swend Willadsen. The tradition is  carried on by Beau Willadsen, Swend’s son and current McDonald’s owner, and Rotarians.

“The La Grande Rotary looks forward each year to serving breakfast to our seniors and military personnel. It’s a way we can say thank you to those who have given so much for all us,” said Craig Nightingale, chairman of La Grande Rotary.

The breakfast takes place at McDonald’s, 2308 Island Avenue, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.