LA GRANDE — Community Connection Northeast Oregon, Inc., announced the availability of programs for furloughed federal employees in need of mortgage assistance. Go to www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org or call Debbie MacBaker at 541-963-3186.

Calling all teen readers

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library is seeking new members for the library’s Teen Book Clubs. This is a free activity, held monthly in the library’s Community Room. The middle school book club is open to anyone in 6th-8th grades, and the high school book club is open to anyone in 9th-12th grades. For more information, call 541-962-1339 or visit the library at 2006 Fourth St. in La Grande.

Class on soils and fertilizer offered to local gardeners

ISLAND CITY — The OSU Master Gardener program offers the community opportunities to expand gardening knowledge. The next class will be “Soils and Fertilizer” Jan. 29. Classes run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the conference room at the OSU Extension, Union County office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, Island City. Presented by Gary Kiemnac, EOU Professor of Soils, the class is $5 for the general public. For more information and to RSVP for classes, call the OSU Union County Extension office at 541-963-1010. For photos, upcoming classes and links to research-based gardening info, visit the Union County Master Gardeners Facebook page.

Watch for plow trucks before, during and after storms

LA GRANDE — A press release from ODOT reminds motorists to expect to see slow-moving plows and other winter maintenance equipment during and after storm events when snow and ice are present. Plow trucks are also often on the road prior to a storm, applying salt and/or deicer to help reduce the accumulation of ice and prevent snow from bonding to the pavement. Because salt needs to mix with moisture to activate, applying it on wet roads just before freezing temperatures is ideal.

When drivers see a plow ahead of them, they should slow down and stay several car lengths behind, especially when the truck’s warning lights and top roto beams are flashing. If there is snow on the road, the plows will likely be kicking up a lot of material that could limit visibility. If there’s no snow on the road, they may be applying salt, sand and/or deicer.

Salt is primarily used on the interstate between Boardman and the Idaho border when conditions warrant. To get it applied quickly and efficiently prior to a storm, ODOT trucks may be driving about 30 mph down the center of the freeway with plow blades partially lowered to keep motorists behind them from passing. For more information about ODOT’s winter maintenance program, including application of salt and deicer, contact Tom Strandberg at 541-963-1330 or thomas.m.strandberg@odot.state.or.us.

Homeless Resource Events planned

LA GRANDE, ENTERPRISE — Anyone who is homeless and in need of services is invited to attend Community Connection’s Homeless Resource Events planned for Jan. 30 as part of the Point in Time Count, a nationwide one-day event to record the number of homeless people across the nation, which influences local funding.

The events will provide all homeless individuals and families the opportunity to meet and obtain information from a variety of supportive service providers. Food, beverages and cold weather items will be available at no charge. Come to the Riveria Activity Center, 2609 Second St., La Grande, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or the dining room at the Enterprise Senior Center, 702 NW First St. between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Contact Rochelle Hamilton at 541-963-3186 or Danielle Salmon at 541-426-3840 for more information.

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