Hargrove: Girls in Science event benefits from Soroptimist generosity

To the Editor:

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center and the Eastern Oregon University College of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Health Sciences hosted the 18th Girls in Science event at EOU on Oct. 27, welcoming more than 100 regional middle school girls on campus for a day of hands-on science exploration. The program’s ongoing success is a testament to the generous support of Soroptimist International of La Grande. SILG has been an invaluable sponsor of the event for many years, helping hundreds of attendees cultivate a love for science and the confidence to
accomplish their personal educational goals.

As if SILG’s commitment to our community through grants, scholarships and other initiatives was not enough, the organization also delights in hosting an annual Family Fun Day at the Blue Mountain Conference Center to coincide with the Festival of Trees. We highly encourage community members to attend the free event on Dec. 1 for an exciting array of children’s crafts and activities. Members of EOU’s Chemistry Club will also be on hand to represent Girls in Science with an activity booth. We hope to see you there.

Brittany Hargrove, Administrative and Outreach Coordinator

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center, EOU

Perkins: Happy customers are delighted with local car dealership

To the Editor:

My husband and I recently purchased a new-to-us Ford F150 pickup from Legacy Ford (owned by Greg Colozzi), in Island City. It was not a frivolous purchase.

We own two very used cars, and I travel every day to from Baker County to the Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center, where I work. Given the mileage of my car and the upcoming treacherous winter driving right around the corner, my husband insisted we buy a newer, larger, safer, four-wheel drive.

We stopped by the dealership determined we were only going to look. I held up my hand when the friendly salesperson, Michael Howard, approached us and stated, “We are not buying today and I do not want to waste your time.” He immediately explained he was there to answer any questions, but would certainly leave us alone if that’s what we wanted.

When we asked about a particular make and model of vehicle, he said, “If you are planning to do highway driving and especially in the winter, I highly discourage this particular vehicle. I would encourage you to consider the F150.”

Long story short, we decided to purchase the F150 that day. There were no painful negotiations involved. They came back and said the price would be several thousand dollars less than was originally quoted.

Not only that, the payment, in the end, was $34 less per month, which definitely adds up over the year and the term of the loan. In short, every piece of the process was not only painless but enjoyable. We were especially impressed with his upfront honesty.

I cannot recommend Legacy Ford highly enough. Living in Eastern Oregon, we all frequently travel long distances and for six months out of the year on dangerous roads. If you are wanting or needing to make a vehicle purchase, I recommend you start there.

By the way, I was so happy with Michael that I kissed him on the cheek — right in front of my husband.

Gina Perkins

Baker City