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From the Chamber… Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter  April 16, 2014   Are you a Chamber member with...

Mother’s Day Train Offers Brunch Served With Scenery

ELGIN, OREGON  Area residents and visitors looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day might want to consider...

GrassRoots Festival Vendors

North Powder Huckleberry Festival Invites Food and Craft Vendors

NORTH POWDER, OREGON  The North Powder Huckleberry Festival committee is seeking craft and food vendors for their eighth annual...

U.S. World Class taekwondo is 2014 Oregon Business of the Year

Lake Oswego, Ore. – March 26, 2014 – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is proud...

NEOEDD Seeks Projects

It’s time to submit projects for the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s (NEOEDD) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Economic...

BBB Warns Consumers about Vancouver-based Blue Moon Coin

Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 13, 2014 — More than two dozen people have contacted Better Business Bureau to...

Please Join Us

“Grandparent Scam” Targets Portland Woman

Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 12, 2014 — Frantic calls from grandchildren in trouble arrive late at night; they...

Growing Farms

     

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From the Chamber…

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
 April 16, 2014

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Are you a Chamber member with news to share for the Chamber Times?
Then it’s time for you to email me at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
We are looking for articles, every month, to share with our amazing Chamber peeps!  Email me today with 1/2 – 1 page write up and you could see it in a future publication!

Events for April 16 – April 23
Events and Community Calendar
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version..
Catch the latest Book It! on your PC or smartphone when you’re out and about and looking for fun Union County by clicking the image above!
New Book It! airs Wednesday, March 6th 
after 5:00PM!
The Potter’s Gift House & Gallery, llc.
Administrative Professional’s Day April 23

Wednesday, April 23th is Administrative Professional’s Day and May 5th is the beginning of National Nurse’s Week and National Teacher’s Appreciation week.  All of these wonderful people in our lives work so hard to bring blessings to many of us and certainly deserve our thanks.  Whether it is your employee, or the nurse who helped you in so many ways, or current or former teacher, this is a perfect time to say THANKS.

 

The Potter’s Gift House & Gallery, llc. has many unique and distinctive gifts.  Let us prepare a gift personalized for you to give.  Choose one of the gift packages by clicking here or call and let us customize a gift of your choice.

 

To place your order, please cal l541-963-5351.  You may also email us at thepottersgifthouse@live.com and we’ll take care of the rest.

Bob and Judy Jensen

The Potter’s House

La Grande Main Street Downtown

Keep up to date with the La Grande Main Street Downtown with their new digitized monthly newsletter. Download it by clicking here.

La Grande School District

La Grande School District April Key Communicator

Check out the La Grande School District Key Communicator. Download it by clicking here.

Chamber Updates

 Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar and Grill Celebrates

 Their 10 Year Anniversary!

 Bud is proud to announce that Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar and

 Grill is celebrating their 10th anniversary and customer

 appreciation party on Saturday,  April 19th, starting at 5:30pm.  They will have free give-a-ways all night.  9 Rocks Vodka will be at

 Bud’s doing some sampling, hors d’oeuvre will be served and Blue

 Tattoo will be kicking out the beats starting at 9:00pm.

 I’m going to go ahead and put this on your calendar.

Easter Egg Hunt at Riverside Park

This Saturday, April 19, at Riverside Park in La Grande let the Easter Egg Hunt begin!

The Easter bunny will arrive at 9:45 a.m. with hunt beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The hunt is sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary.

7th Annual Cruise and Vacation Night

Join Alegre Travel & Baker Valley Travel at their 7th Annual Cruise and Vacation Night this year in Baker City at the Best Western Sunridge Inn on April 24 at 6:00 p.m.

In attendance will be Holland America Cruise Lines & Seabourn to represent luxury cruising.  Experience river cruising with AMA Waterways.  Explore Ireland with CIE International, exotic destinations with SITA escorted World Tours, and have all where dreams come true with Disney Travel!

There will be hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar & door prizes, including two $300.00 Travel Gift Certificates!  Please RSVP by calling Alegre Travel at 541-963-9000 or stop on by at their new location next to JC Penny’s

Art Center – Gala Extraordinaire

The Art Center Gala Extraordinaire (Saturday May 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) features a fine four-course meal, live auction, exhibits, and musical guest Hillfolk Noir!
Menu
Starter:  Passed Hors d’oeuvre
Salad:  Mixed Greens with Apples, Glazed Walnuts and Vinaigrette
Cheddar Sage Biscuits
Side:  Roasted Herb Potatoes
Entrees:  Herb Meatballs with Fresh Parsley Sauce or
Wild Alaskan Salmon Cakes with Fruit Chutney

Dessert:  Chocolate Espresso Flourless Cake topped with Fresh Berries Sauce or Banana Bread Sundae drizzled with Irish Whiskey Cream

Beverages:  Self-serve Coffee and Hot Tea
Cucumber-Infused Water
At the bar:  Craft Brews
Assorted Wines
*Vegetarian entrees option upon request
Northwest Furniture and Mattress Ribbon Cutting

Join Northwest Furniture and Mattress as they celebrate their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, April 26, at 9:45 a.m.  The festivities will continue through May 3rd.

Enter to win daily drawings for free merchandise.  Daily drawings include:
  • Ashley solid wood bunk bed
  • Area Rug
  • Pair of lamps
  • Comforter sets
  • Wall art
  • Set of bed pillows
  • 54″ solid wood TV stand
  • Recliner
Grand prize drawing to be held May 3.
Nominate someone who you feel is in need of a better night sleep and if their name is drawn, you will both win a premium mattress set of your choice from Therapedic International.
Store hours for grand opening:
  • Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 28, – Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Furniture and Mattress is located at 215 Elm Street.  Just look for the big rocking chair!
Bring in your flyer for a chance to win a steak dinner for two at 10 Depot Street.
Couples Tournament
Buffalo Peak invites you to play in the annual Couples at The Peak 18-Hole Chapman, Saturday May 3 starting at 10:00 a.m.
ENTRY $60/COUPLE
SHOT-GUN START
Entries available at the clubhouse or by calling
541-562-5527/866-202-5950.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Open to any man and woman team
Cove Happenings
Annual Clean-up Day

Cove’s annual Clean-up Day is an annual tradition providing a good venue for residents to remove metal, wood, old tires, and other unused and worn-out goods in a way that maximizes re-use when possible, and minimizes impacts on landfills.

 

Clean-up Day is sponsored by the City of Cove, with generous resource contributions from many local businesses and individuals. Foremost, the hard working volunteers who turn out year after year make our Clean-Up Day such a winner!

 

Pre-school Yard Sale and Donations - Saturday, May 3, 2014
Cove Clean-up Day - Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8am-2pm
Elgin Happenings
Bridge to Bridge Clean Up

April 26th is Chamber’s annual Bridge to Bridge clean up. This day is dedicated to encouraging our local businesses/merchants to tidy up their storefronts, including spraying down sidewalks, washing windows, and picking up any surrounding debris. This year the Chamber will be joining the group from The Ford Family Leadership who will be cleaning up the main city park as part of their project.

 

Chamber Sponsors Opening Weekend

The Elgin Chamber is once again sponsoring opening weekend (May 2nd & 3rd)  of the upcoming production “13.”  When groups of 10 or more purchase tickets each individual receives a free small popcorn.
Eastern Oregon University
Poet, Essayist & Environmental Activist Reads at EOU April 17

Author Jennifer Boyden will be visiting EOU Thursday, April 17 to share selections from her award-winning new poetry collection, “The Declarable Future.”

 

Boyden’s free reading in celebration of National Poetry Month begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Pierce Library reference room and includes live music by members of the group 45th Parallel.

 

Read More…

Mother’s Day Train Offers Brunch Served With Scenery

ELGIN, OREGON__Area residents and visitors looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day might want to consider taking a ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. The popular Mother’s Day Brunch Train, kicks off the 2014 excursion season with a combination of delicious food from Ten Depot Street, exceptional spring canyon scenery and a special gift for the mothers on board. The Mother’s Day Brunch Train departs at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 11, from the Elgin Depot. Brunch is served during the 3.5 hour ride beside the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers. The meal includes a selection of breakfast and lunch entrees, pastries, fruit and beverages. Passengers can relax in their seats or move about the train. Car hosts answer questions and encourage conversation among passengers.

 

Tickets are available through Alegre Travel, the excursion train booking agency, 541.963.9000 or 800.323.7330. Agents can also, upon request, book motel rooms and offer advice on other activities and attractions in the area.

 

“This is one of our most popular trips of the season” said Peggy Weishaar of Alegre Travel. “We always sell out, so don’t wait to reserve your seats.” Weishaar noted the train robberies are also very well received, as are the Fall Foliage trips in October. “We are offering more variety this season, so that is getting lots of attention from a wide range of ages and interests.”

 

Volunteers from the Friends of the Joseph Branch are busy getting the train ready for the season. Their plans for 2014 include painting the exterior of the cars and doing some restoration on the UP caboose so it can be parked at Minam to promote the excursions. The River Bend facility of the Oregon Youth Authority has agreed to help with projects in preparation for the season.

 

“We are pleased with the increase in volunteers who want to help prepare for the season and host on the train,” said Ed Spaulding, Friends of the Joseph Branch President. “There is a long list of tasks to accomplish, so the more hands to help, the better.” Volunteer wannabes can contact Peggy at Alegre Travel.

 

The historic Joseph Branch, now known as the Wallowa Union Railroad, was rescued from salvage in 2003 when the Wallowa and Union county governments formed the Wallowa Union Rail Authority and purchased railroad from Elgin to Joseph in Oregon’s northeast corner. Volunteers with the Friends of the Joseph Branch, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, assists the rail authority with managing the excursion business and the depot, operating the train, hosting passengers, restoring the rail cars and preserving the history of the railroad. See the web site, www.eaglecaptrainrides.com for information about the 2014 schedule and how to volunteer.

 

 

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Are you a Chamber member excited to talk about your business?
  Do you have a great, new product, new employees, developments or specials you would like to share in Chamber Times?  Then it’s time for you to email me at chuck@unioncountychamber.org.  
 
We are looking for Chamber members, businesses, products and deals to highlight in the Chamber Times as  returning columns for our monthly newsletter!  Email me today with 1/2 – 1 page write up and you’ll see it in a future publication!
 

  April 17, 2014

Mother’s Day Train Offers Brunch Served With Scenery

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, April 4, 2014

ELGIN, OREGON  Area residents and visitors looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day might want to consider taking a ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. The popular Mother’s Day Brunch Train, kicks off the 2014 excursion season with a combination of delicious food from Ten Depot Street, exceptional spring canyon scenery and a special gift for the mothers on board. The Mother’s Day Brunch Train departs at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 11, from the Elgin Depot. Brunch is served during the 3.5 hour ride beside the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers. The meal includes a selection of breakfast and lunch entrees, pastries, fruit and beverages. Passengers can relax in their seats or move about the train. Car hosts answer questions and encourage conversation among passengers.

Tickets are available through Alegre Travel, the excursion train booking agency, 541.963.9000 or 800.323.7330. Agents can also, upon request, book motel rooms and offer advice on other activities and attractions in the area.

“This is one of our most popular trips of the season” said Peggy Weishaar of Alegre Travel. “We always sell out, so don’t wait to reserve your seats.” Weishaar noted the train robberies are also very well received, as are the Fall Foliage trips in October. “We are offering more variety this season, so that is getting lots of attention from a wide range of ages and interests.”

Volunteers from the Friends of the Joseph Branch are busy getting the train ready for the season. Their plans for 2014 include painting the exterior of the cars and doing some restoration on the UP caboose so it can be parked at Minam to promote the excursions. The River Bend facility of the Oregon Youth Authority has agreed to help with projects in preparation for the season.

“We are pleased with the increase in volunteers who want to help prepare for the season and host on the train,” said Ed Spaulding, Friends of the Joseph Branch President. “There is a long list of tasks to accomplish, so the more hands to help, the better.” Volunteer wannabes can contact Peggy at Alegre Travel.

The historic Joseph Branch, now known as the Wallowa Union Railroad, was rescued from salvage in 2003 when the Wallowa and Union county governments formed the Wallowa Union Rail Authority and purchased railroad from Elgin to Joseph in Oregon’s northeast corner. Volunteers with the Friends of the Joseph Branch, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, assists the rail authority with managing the excursion business and the depot, operating the train, hosting passengers, restoring the rail cars and preserving the history of the railroad. See the web site, www.eaglecaptrainrides.com for information about the 2014 schedule and how to volunteer.

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  April 4, 2014

GrassRoots Festival Vendors

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North Powder Huckleberry Festival Invites Food and Craft Vendors

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTH POWDER, OREGON  The North Powder Huckleberry Festival committee is seeking craft and food vendors for their eighth annual event, Saturday, July 26. The event is held in the heart of North Powder, located at exit 285 from Interstate 84, between Baker City and La Grande, in northeast Oregon. The theme for this year’s festival is Huckleberry Funn! The festival is celebrates the delicious wild berry that grows in the nearby mountains and salutes the community’s pioneer heritage.

Other components of the day include the Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine, the festival parade, entertainment, a free “World’s Longest Huckleberry Sundae, a huckleberry dessert contest,  a fun run/walk, activities for kids, a mud volleyball tournament, street dance, Fire Station Barbecue and the Powder Valley All-School & Community Reunion Breakfast. This year’s parade Grand Marshals are longtime community supporters Larry Craig and Kara Jo Willits.

To apply for a vendor booth at the event or seek additional information, please contact Bev Bigler, Vendor Coordinator, 541.898.2320 or blbig@eoni.com. The committee looks for new vendors each year, to add to the regulars and those who have come every year.

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  April 1, 2014

U.S. World Class taekwondo is 2014 Oregon Business of the Year

Filed under: News — admin @ Friday, March 28, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. – March 26, 2014 – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington is proud to announce that U.S. World Class Taekwondo of Gresham is the 2014 recipient of the Oregon Business of the Year Torch Award.

Sam and Claire Lider took over the school in 2009—which opened in 1988—and is now one of the largest Taekwondo facilities in the Northwest, serving more than 200 students.

In its entry for BBB’s Business of the Year Torch Award, U.S. World Class Taekwondo cited the importance of giving back to the community. Every year, the company provides a free program to area-school children that teaches bully prevention, leadership skills, anger-management techniques and self defense.

When asked what the Torch Award means to its business, Owner and Master Instructor, Sam Lider said, “We feel that BBB has recognized that we are a business that goes well beyond the minimum standard in order to gain our customers’ trust. The Business of the Year Torch Award validates that our extra efforts in the marketplace do not go unnoticed, in fact, they are acknowledged.”

BBB Torch Award recipients are selected by volunteer judges from third-party community organizations.

Learn more about BBB’s Business of the Year Torch Awards at bbb.org/bbb-business-of-the-year-torch-awards.

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  March 28, 2014

NEOEDD Seeks Projects

Filed under: Information — admin @ Monday, March 24, 2014

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It’s time to submit projects for the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s (NEOEDD) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Economic and community-development projects for Baker, Union and Wallowa counties should be submitted by city and county governments, and non-profit organizations by Friday, April 18.

NEOEDD, which is updating its five-year plan, seeks projects that will have a positive impact on economic and community development and that are likely to be implemented in the next three years. Projects must be submitted each year to remain on the current project list. Transportation projects should only be included if there is a strong link to economic development. Private projects are not eligible.

The 2013-2018 CEDS is available here: http://tinyurl.com/ockxkgx

Use the following link to submit project information: http://tinyurl.com/ohqgbvv

After April 18, NEOEDD will ask stakeholders and the public to rank the projects by importance.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about our programs and business support at www.neoedd.org.

  March 24, 2014

BBB Warns Consumers about Vancouver-based Blue Moon Coin

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 13, 2014 — More than two dozen people have contacted Better Business Bureau to complain about Blue Moon Coins out of Vancouver, Wash., after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company, which sells wholesale precious metals and coins, has earned an “F” rating with Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington after failing to respond to six complaints.

Customers allege that after placing orders, the products do not arrive; the company has racked up 25 complaints within the last three years including 19 serious ones. The Washington State Attorney General’s Office says it has 16 complaints against the business from 2013 to 2014.

One customer says he lost $168,000 after placing an order with Blue Moon Coins in September 2013. After months of attempted contact, the man tells BBB that he still has not been able to reach the company or receive a refund.

A Washington State customer tells BBB that he purchased $6,000 in merchandise from Blue Moon Coins in early January 2014, but when trying to cancel the order, he claims the company never responded. He now wants to warn other potential customers before they do business. “I want the public to know, so someone else doesn’t get caught in this trap,” he says.

The BBB accreditation of Blue Moon Coins was revoked in December 2013 after the business failed to comply with the BBB Code of Business Practices.

BBB is concerned about the serious nature of these complaints and reminds consumers to properly research companies at bbb.org before making purchases.

  March 18, 2014

Please Join Us

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  March 14, 2014

“Grandparent Scam” Targets Portland Woman

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. — March 12, 2014 — Frantic calls from grandchildren in trouble arrive late at night; they need help immediately and plea for money. Worried grandparents send wire transfers as instructed—often thousands of dollars. However, the grandchildren are safe, the callers are scammers and the money is gone.

The “Grandparent Scam”  has been around for years and is just one variation of the imposter scams that dupe tens of thousands of consumers every year. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and the Portland Police Bureau’s White Collar Crimes Unit are teaming up to offer tips on avoiding these threats:

  • Be skeptical. Ask questions that only family members would know—like pet names or favorite foods—without revealing too much personal information.
  • Verify information. Check with family members to confirm the locations of grandchildren.
  • Don’t send money. Never wire money out of the country to persons unknown.
  • Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites.
  • Know where to turn. Victims should expediently report incidents to local law enforcement agencies and the state Attorney General’s Office.

Wanda Russell of Portland, Ore., almost fell for this classic “Grandparent Scam”: She received a call from a person claiming to be her grandson; he told her that he had been in a fight and sounded “funny” due to a broken nose. The caller claimed that he was being illegally held in a Mexican jail and needed help posting bail, asking Russell to wire him money.

“He sounded pretty convincing, but I remembered reading about this scam, so I kept asking questions,” Russell said. Once the “grandson” realized that his target was doubtful, he immediately ended the call.

“I see at least one report a month where an elderly person loses money—that’s not recoverable—to this scam,” says Sergeant Vic Dody with the White Collar Crimes Unit, “Russell was one of the lucky ones.”

Loved ones who legitimately need help will never get angry when asked questions to verify identities. For information on the latest scams, visit BBB’s News & Events page.

 

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  March 12, 2014

Growing Farms

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, March 7, 2014

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  March 7, 2014

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