NEOEDD Needs Your Voice!

The updates for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) are in, and we need your help to prioritize them!...

Local Events

From the Chamber… Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter May 28, 2014 Events for May 28 - June 4 Events and...

Primary Election Results for Union County

SUMMARY REPORT Union County, Oregon Run Date:05/20/14 Primary Election RUN TIME:10:41 PM May 20, 2014 STATISTICS VOTES PERCENT PRECINCTS...

Local Investing Explored at Author Events

A lively and interactive discussion of what’s possible in local investing will be the focus of three upcoming events with...

Upcoming Events

From the Chamber… Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter May 7, 2014 Events for May 7 – May 14 Events...

Events from the Chamber

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter April 30, 2014 Events for April 30 – May 7 Events and Community Calendar...

BBB Revokes Accreditation of Businesses

Lake Oswego, Ore. — April 30, 2014 — Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington revoked the...

Upcoming Events

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

NEOEDD Needs Your Voice!

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The updates for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) are in, and we need your help to prioritize them! Please take NEOEDD’s survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/25KW2PR

The CEDS gives public and private entities an opportunity to consider an inventory of major projects that could benefit the region as a whole, and to prioritize them in a formal way. The CEDS is useful for local government and nonprofits when considering funding and logistics.

The CEDS is a communications tool and not a funding mechanism itself. However, it helps NEOEDD staff refer potential funding sources to pending projects. NEOEDD shares the CEDS with federal funding agencies (EDA, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development) and state and federal legislators. It is available online for private foundations or others to consult when researching potential projects. TheState of Oregon also uses it to inform its Regional Solutions Team projects.

Let us know what public and private projects are important to you! Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/25KW2PR
Deadline: Friday, June 13

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.

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  June 5, 2014

Local Events

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, May 29, 2014

From the Chamber…

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
May 28, 2014

Events for May 28 - June 4
Events and Community Calendar
Click here to be whisked away to our community calendar or click here to download a printable version..
Big Events for the Week of May 28th
The weekend of the 28th offers a wide variety of fun events!
We have:
  • Hog Wild Days in Island City
  • Eastern Oregon Livestock Show
  • Soroptimist Annual Breakfast
  • Kick It Into Gear at Pioeneer
  • Les Miserables Opens at EOU
  • EOU/ESE 5k Color Run
Visit the community calendar at www.unioncountychamber.org to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events!
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 every Wednesday
after 5:00PM!

Chamber Updates
 Hog Wild Days in Island City
 Head out to Island City, May 30 – June 1, to celebrate their annual  Hog Wild Days festival. Food,  craft, and game vendors mean plenty of fun for  everyone. BBQ  feed on the 30th, Firemen Breakfast and parade on  the 31stParade starts at 11:00a.m.  Parade line-up is at 10:00a.m. at New  York Richies in Island City.

 For vendor info, call Al 541.963.3540 For parade info, call Richard  541.910.8881.
 Local Investing to Build Stronger Communities

 Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., Market  Place (Upper Room), 1101
 Washington Ave. in La Grande for  a lively and interactive discussion  of what’s possible in local investing  will be the focus of an upcoming event with Carol Peppe Hewitt,  author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow  Money, and Lyle Estill, author and local investing entrepreneur.
 Please join us if you’re interested in:

  • Leveraging local wealth to support stable, vibrant communities
  • Ways to access untapped financial resources for local economic health
  • The potential of Local Impact Investing Opportunity Networks (LIIONs) to connect Northeast Oregon businesses and investors

Suggested donation:

 $5 – I support community capital for my Town
$10 – I support community capital for my County
$15 – I support community capital for my Region
Free for students!
To RSVP or for more information, kristyathens@neoedd.org,
 541-426-3598.
Heart’n Home Volunteer Training

Start Volunteering Today! Come join us on Friday, May 30, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Heart’n Home, 2104 Cove Avenue Suite A in La Grande.  People of all ages, backgrounds, and specialties welcome!  Free event and lunch is provided.

 

Our Volunteers make a significant difference as they provide support to our patients and their families as well as play a vital role to the Heart ‘n Home team! Please join us! Snacks and lunch will be provided.

 

Please RSVP at (541) 624-5800.  For additional info, email melissawi@gohospice.com.  Visit their website at www.gohospice.com.

 

Get your Soroptimist Annual June Breakfast Fundraiser Tickets at the Chamber!
Tickets are now available for the Soroptimist Annual June Breakfast at the Union County Chamber of Commerce, located at 207 Depot Street. The Chambers hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under the age of 12.

The Soroptimists will be holding their annual June Breakfast at the Riverside Park Pavilion on Saturday, June 1, from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

The “Suite-est” Pic Contest

Now-June 30, take a “selfie” with a limited edition Wildhorse

 Resort and Casino 19th Anniversary Pepsi Can and submit it online at www.wildhorseresort.com to be entered to win a Wildhorse Getaway.  The prize package is valued at $900 and includes a two night stay in a Vista Suite, $200 in Wildhorse Free Play, dining certificates and 3 days of unlimited golf for two with a cart!  Must be 21 years of age to enter.  See website for full details!

 

Dirty Poker Run on June 21st at MERA 
The Dirty Poker Run is coming to La Grande in less than a month and sponsorship opportunities are available!  You can email Kristen or Rona or call the Chamber at 541-963-8588 for more information!  Beware of the Buffalos kicking up mud this June!

 

City of Union

The town of Union gears up this week as the 107th Annual Eastern Oregon Livestock show takes over!  Come out and enjoy the bliss of small town life coupled with good food and rodeo fun!  June 2 – June 8 in Union!

 

Eastern Oregon University

Annual Spring Book Sale Supports EOU Women’s Center

 

EOU, Clatsop Community College Collaborate to Offer Business Degree 

More

Elgin Chamber of Commerce 
Thank you to Elgin High School students for this poignant Memorial Day presentation.
 Cove, Oregon
 Lifeguards Needed!
 Cove Swimming Pool is in  need of  qualified  lifeguards. Do you know a  lifeguard who could use a  summer job?!  Click the link above to be taken to their  Facebook page.

La Grande School District – May

La Grande School District May Key Communicator

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

La Grande Main Street Downtown – May

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

 

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  May 29, 2014

Primary Election Results for Union County

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, May 21, 2014
SUMMARY REPORT        Union County, Oregon
Run Date:05/20/14     Primary Election
RUN TIME:10:41 PM     May 20, 2014
                      STATISTICS

                                                       VOTES PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 19) .  .  .  .  .        19  100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .    14,631
           REGISTERED VOTERS - DEMOCRAT .  .  .  .     3,823   26.13
           REGISTERED VOTERS - REPUBLICAN  .  .  .     6,834   46.71
           REGISTERED VOTERS - NONPARTISAN .  .  .     3,974   27.16
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .     6,019
           BALLOTS CAST - DEMOCRAT.  .  .  .  .  .     1,572   26.12
           BALLOTS CAST - REPUBLICAN .  .  .  .  .     3,722   61.84
           BALLOTS CAST - NONPARTISAN.  .  .  .  .       725   12.05
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  .             41.14
           VOTER TURNOUT - DEMOCRAT  .  .  .  .  .             41.12
           VOTER TURNOUT - REPUBLICAN.  .  .  .  .             54.46
           VOTER TURNOUT - NONPARTISAN  .  .  .  .             18.24

                          ********** (Democrat) **********

          United States Senator
          Vote For  1
           Pavel Goberman.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        65    4.48
           Jeff Merkley  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,235   85.11
           William Bryk  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       118    8.13
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        33    2.27

          Rep. in Congress, 2nd District
          Vote For  1
           C F (Frank) Vulliet .  .  .  .  .  .  .       189   17.09
           Aelea Christofferson.  .  .  .  .  .  .       671   60.67
           Barney Spera  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       214   19.35
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        32    2.89

          Governor
          Vote For  1
           Ifeanyichukwu C Diru.  .  .  .  .  .  .       258   17.82
           John Kitzhaber.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,160   80.11
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        30    2.07

          State Representative, 58th District
          Vote For  1
           Heidi Van Schoonhoven  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,038   94.54
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        60    5.46

          County Commissioner, Position 1
          Vote For  1
           Jack Howard.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,033   98.38
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        17    1.62

          County Commissioner, Position 2
          Vote For  1
           NO CANDIDATE FILED  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         0
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        58  100.00

                          ********** (Republican) **********

          United States Senator
          Vote For  1
           Monica Wehby  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,827   53.61
           Jo Rae Perkins.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        76    2.23
           Mark Callahan .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       286    8.39
           Timothy I Crawley.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        75    2.20
           Jason Conger  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,133   33.25
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        11     .32

          Rep. in Congress, 2nd District
          Vote For  1
           Greg Walden.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,759   76.75
           Dennis B Linthicum  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       832   23.14
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         4     .11

          Governor
          Vote For  1
           Bruce A Cuff  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       392   12.64
           Gordon Challstrom.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       384   12.38
           Tim Carr.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       166    5.35
           Dennis Richardson.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,861   59.99
           Mae Rafferty  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       239    7.70
           Darren Karr.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        39    1.26
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        21     .68

          State Representative, 58th District
          Vote For  1
           John Turner.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       621   16.82
           Greg Barreto  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,068   83.10
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         3     .08

          County Commissioner, Position 1
          Vote For  1
           William D Rosholt.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,291   97.08
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        69    2.92

          County Commissioner, Position 2
          Vote For  1
           Steve McClure .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,415   97.22
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        69    2.78

                          ********** (NONPARTISAN) **********

          Comm of the Bureau of Labor & Industries
          Vote For  1
           Brad Avakian  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,295   98.59
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        47    1.41

          Judge of the Supreme Court, Position 1
          Vote For  1
           Thomas A Balmer  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,305   98.83
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        39    1.17

          Judge of the Supreme Court, Position 7
          Vote For  1
           Martha L Walters .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,274   98.73
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        42    1.27

          Judge of the Court of Appeals, Pos 1
          Vote For  1
           Chris Garrett .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,226   98.75
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        41    1.25

          Judge of the Court of Appeals, Pos 4
          Vote For  1
           Timothy Sercombe .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,159   98.94
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        34    1.06

          Judge of the Court of Appeals, Pos. 11
          Vote For  1
           Joel DeVore.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,240   98.84
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        38    1.16

          Judge of the Court of Appeals, Pos. 12
          Vote For  1
           Erin C Lagesen.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,211   98.86
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        37    1.14

          Judge of the Court of Appeals, Pos. 13
          Vote For  1
           Doug Tookey.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,204   98.77
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        40    1.23

          Judge of the Oregon Tax Court
          Vote For  1
           Henry C Breithaupt  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,149   98.99
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        32    1.01

          Circuit Court Judge, 10th Dist., Pos 2
          Vote For  1
           Russ West  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,888   96.67
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       134    3.33

          31-84
          Vote For  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,691   68.20
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,721   31.80

          31-85 CITY OF ELGIN
          Vote For  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       162   49.39
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .       166   50.61

 

  May 21, 2014

Local Investing Explored at Author Events

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, May 8, 2014

A lively and interactive discussion of what’s possible in local investing will be the focus of three upcoming events with Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, and Lyle Estill, author and local-investing entrepreneur. Hosted by the NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative, the events will take place:

  • Baker City: Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m., VAOI Center, 1901 Main St.
  • Enterprise: Tuesday, June 3 at noon, Community Connection, 702 NW 1st St.
  • La Grande: June 3 at 6:30 p.m., The Market Place, 1101 Washington Ave., Upper Room

Financing Our Foodshed describes person-to-person lending examples that have made it possible for food and farm businesses to start, succeed and grow. Whether funding a precision seeder, a walk -in cooler, a new well, or the purchase of chicks and ducklings, each loan from one person to another enriched the local economy. Hewitt’s book focuses on food-related efforts, but the lessons in local investing are relevant across all areas of business.

As a local investor, Lyle Estill spearheaded the start-up of a distillery that uses sorghum molasses to make spirits and turns local wine into port. He was also involved in the local re-financing of a co-op grocery and the purchase of a 75-acre farm for a community arts center.

“We invited Carol and Lyle to speak because they have worked together on a number of projects in their home state of North Carolina, in rural communities that are a lot like ours,” says Lisa Dawson, executive director of Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD).

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Carol Peppe Hewitt

The events are part of a series of programs that explore local investing and give citizens the knowledge and examples of how diverting money from the stock market and investing it in local businesses can create substantial economic and community benefits. Hewitt and Estill are the first presenters to be hosted by Local Impact Investing Opportunity Network, or LIION, groups in Baker, Union and Wallowa
counties. LIIONs are not investment funds or clubs, but a program of education and networking with the goal of enabling individuals and businesses to enter into investment arrangements of their choice.
Admission is by suggested donation at the door:

$5 – I support community capital for my Town
$10 – I support community capital for my County
$15 – I support community capital for my Region

Free for students!

Light snacks will be available. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kristy Athens, outreach specialist, at kristyathens@neoedd.org, 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEOEDD is part of the Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative, a group of ten organizations working in conjunction with Springboard Innovation and its online platform, ChangeXchange Northwest,
to launch a community capital program in Northeast Oregon. Funders include The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Rural Development Initiatives, and USDA Rural Development.
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.

  May 8, 2014

Upcoming Events

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Thursday, May 8, 2014

From the Chamber…

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
May 7, 2014

Events for May 7 – May 14
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 every Wednesday
after 5:00PM!
Big Events for the Weekend of May 16th
The weekend of the 16th kicks off a big weekend of fun activities and events for residents and out of towners alike!
We have:
  • Ninth Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival and Springfest
  • The 44th Annual Indian Arts Festival & Powwow
  • The La Grande Farmer’s Market season begins
  • The Ag-Timber Parade out in Island City
Visit www.unioncountychamber.org to find out more information about these exciting, upcoming events!

Chamber Updates
Ribbon Cutting is at 5:00 p.m.!
Mother’s Day Possibilities!

Eagle Cap Excursion Train:  Mother’s Day Brunch!

Treat the mothers in your life to a fun and relaxing train ride and a delicious brunch. A wonderful brunch of pastries, eggs, meats, breads, and fruit is served on the train as you ride along, enjoying the spring scenery. Prepared and served by Ten Depot Street Restaurant of La Grande, the meal always earns high marks from passengers and the view of the river and mountains is unforgettable. Our friendly volunteers make sure you are comfortable and answer questions about what you are seeing along the way. It’s an experience that will prompt fond memories for years to come. Reservations are required.  Sunday, May 11, train departs from the Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. and returns at about 2 p.m.  Adults = $80 / Seniors 60+ = $75 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (under 3 ride for free!)
Limited to 125 passengers.  The contact phone number is 541-963-9000.


Union County Museum Opening!  

The Union County Museum is preparing for opening day this weekend for Mother’s Day. Everyone is invited to come out to the Museum from 10AM – 4PM to view the “Homestead Act” & “Cowboys Then & Now” exhibits, photo collections, and more historical items on display. After the opening day on Sunday, the Union County Museum is open from 10AM – 4PM, Monday through Saturday until Mid-October. The Museum is located at 333 South Main Street in Union, and more information can be found online at

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

The La Grande Country Club and Island City Market & Deli will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch (Sunday, May 11) at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister Rd., from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the La Grande Country Club or Island City Market & Deli.  The contact phone number is 541-962-4241.

 

On the menu at the Country Club for Sunday:

 

  • Eggs Benedict
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Mini Quiche
  • Sausage Links
  • Bacon
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Assorted Pastries
  • Fruit
  • Crepes
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

 

Mothers Day Giveaway

Club Wild members may receive a free lapel pin commemorating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th.  Starting at 9am, check-in at Club Wild to receive your gift while supplies last.  No

need to qualify, pins are free to club members, one per person!  Not a club member?  It is free and easy to join.  Stop by Club Wild on your next visit to Wildhorse.

 

Mothers Day at Plateau

Don’t make Mom cook on her special day, join us at Plateau for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th from 10am-3pm.  The menu is built around the Plateau staff’s mothers favorite dishes.  Choose from appetizers such as sautéed morels and Chilean Sea Bass. Entrees like Halibut, Dungeness Crab and Ribeye steaks.  Dessert options include Monkey break, coconut snowballs, Pendleton Whisky ice cream and Strawberry Shortcake.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 541-966-1610.

Free Computer Classes
Training & Employment Consortium is offering computer classes in Word, Excel, and QuickBooks during May and June. All classes are free and open to the public. Classes are held from 8:30 – 11:30 am. Please call Glenna at 541-963-7942 Ext 11 for more information and/or to enroll.
Liberty Theater
Three More Down!
Yep, that’s right! We are three grant applications closer to beginning work on the Liberty facade.
Facade restoration includes:
  • Rehab of upper windows
  • Washing on the front facade
  • Installation of recreated canopy
  • Installation of “Liberty” sign
  • Replacement and framing of ground-level entrances
  • Recreation of the ticket booth
Keep your eye on the Liberty this summer. Big changes are ahead! 
Union Chamber of Commerce
The 2014 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show posters are here!!! If you’d like one to advertise in your business, please let us know!  Just click the link above!
Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway
Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway
Enjoy an amazing video that really highlights the beauty of
Union County!

La Grande School District – May

La Grande School District May Key Communicator

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

 

Please note there was an error in the date posted on the recently sent Key Communicator for the Crystal Apple Awards–The Award Ceremony will be on  MAY 14TH.

 

La Grande Main Street Downtown – May

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

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UNION COUNTY MUSEUM OPENS FOR SEASON

 

UNION, OREGON__Volunteers at the Union County Museum in Union are dusting, freshening up exhibits and getting ready for the museum’s season opening on Mother’s Day, May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thanks to the wonderful support the museum received from members, the public, and Union County, the roof and ceiling have been repaired in the historic bank building after extensive rain damage last August. The entire museum looks wonderful and is just waiting to be discovered by the many who don’t realize what a treasure we have in Union.

Continuing for the 2014 season is the Homestead Act Exhibit, a collection created by and on loan from the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Baker City. The exhibit traces the impact of the Homestead Act on the settlement of the West and Midwest from the time of its origin 150 years ago trough today. What inspired families and individuals leave their homes and journey across the country to stake a claim on 160 acres of land – site unseen – build an home and start a farm? Free land!

Also at the museum, the Cowboys Then & Now Collection was originally created by the Oregon Beef Council and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association for their offices in Portland in the early 1990s for public education and outreach. When the Association and Council had to change locations, the Union County Museum was successful in acquiring the acclaimed exhibit and has been its home since 1997.

The Period Rooms exhibit in the bank building, the Grande Ronde Valley Nature Room, photo collection and exhibits in the Agriculture, Timber & Transportation building always draw great reviews from visitors from around the world, as well as

region residents.

After the season opening, the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through mid-October.

Located at 333 South Main Street in Union, the Union County Museum is an all-volunteer effort by a small but very dedicated group of individuals. Newcomers to the museum are always delighted with the depth and quality of exhibits. Please make a stop at the museum part of your Mother’s Day celebration and consider becoming a member of the Museum Society.    www.ucmuseumoregon.com 

 

 

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Events from the Chamber

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Friday, May 2, 2014

Union County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
April 30, 2014

Events for April 30 – May 7
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 every Wednesday
after 5:00PM!
By Post Exhibit Opens at Art Center

The Art Center at the Old Library is featuring “By Post,” opening Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 pm in conjunction their 8th annual fundraiser, theGala Extraordinaire.  In addition to the art exhibit, this event also includes a fine, 4-course meal, a live auction, and musical guests Hillfolk Noir from Boise.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at artcenterlagrande.org, by phone at 541-624-2800, or in person at the Art Center, 1006 Penn Avenue, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

“By Post” features artwork created and donated by 20 local artists including Linda Peterson, Jan Clark, Darcy Dolge and many others working primarily collaboratively with other artists from the Grande Ronde Valley and afar.  Art will be for sale for $25 each during the gala and prices will go up after the event.   All proceeds help sustain Art Center programming including community-based arts education for kids and adults, fine art and cultural exhibits, and performance events and workshops.

Image: Collage Batik by Linda Peterson

Bring Your Kids to the Bike Rodeo

It’s the weekend of the Grande Tour Scenic Spring Bike Ride and the children can learn some valuable bike safety info at the Bike Rodeo on the corner of Adams and Elm between Umpqua Bank and Mountain Works on Friday, May 2, from 3:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m.!
Children will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian to sign a permission slip/waiver. There will be helmet fitting, a bike check (brake check and air for tires basically), a law enforcement officer will talk to kids about the “rules of the road”. There will be several stations to check their skills at riding a bike: an intersection, crosswalk, straight away as well as an obstacle course with jumps if they are able to pass the other stations.
Bike not supplied.

La Grande Main Street Downtown – May

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La Grande School District

La Grande School District April 22 Key Communicator

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Chamber Updates

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!  Join them at 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande.  Tickets are $35.00 and are available at artcenterlagrande.org by phone or during business hours.
 
Business hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
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 

Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway Spring Ride

Come and join us in La Grande this weekend, May 2 – May 4,  and ride along quiet country roads and gaze at the majestic snow capped mountains of eastern Oregon.  Travel through small town America and enjoy the fresh, clean air.
 
Fee:  $45/Adult $10/17 & younger.
There will be support vehicles, gear transport, discounted lodging & friendly locals.  No host overnight in Baker City.  Funds will be used to enhance the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway.
 
Registration & information can be found by clicking here.  Registration accepted until full.
 
To see the route, click here.
Special Olympics transform lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. They are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries — and millions more volunteers and supporters.
We have the honor of celebrating these huge achievements with Doug Trice, the local co-program coordinator for Special Olympics.  Please join us May 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at US Bank at 1402 Adams Avenue in La Grande.
Eastern Oregon University
Unique Archive of Literary History Gifted to Pierce Library
Four volumes of original hand and typewritten poems, signed cards, photographs, press clippings, posters and other items comprise a significant new addition to EOU’s Pierce Library. A reception with refreshments is planned from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 to unveil the Ars Poetica Archive gifted to the library by George Venn, emeritus professor of English and writer-in-residence.
Author & DIY Publishing Guru Justin Hocking Reads May 1
The Ars Poetica Lecture Series is hosting author Justin Hocking for the final reading of the academic year, May 1. Hocking will share his widely acclaimed new book “The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld” at 7:30 p.m. in Pierce Library’s reference room.
Visiting voice specialist shares expertise
EOU’s music department is hosting Sarah Maines, DMA, for lectures, workshops and lessons Sunday and Monday, May 4-5. A practicing singing voice specialist, Maines administers voice rehabilitation to injured singers. Sessions will cover vocal function, health and more. 
Join the Ribbon Cutting at 10:00 a.m.!
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

Wildhorse Casino 

LESSONS AVAILABLE: Singles, Couples and Groups.

Practice & Improve!  Private lessons area available with Wildhorse PGA Professional Mike Hegarty or PGA Assistant Pro Clint Ables.  Group lessons are also available and offer a relaxed atmosphere for friends and family to develop their game.  Need a fun date idea?  Improve your golf game together with Couples Lessons.  This package is a series of 3 lessons that include putting, full swing, Chipping and Pitching.  All are welcome as lessons are tailored to each players’ skill level. 

Birthday Bonus Spin

Celebrate your birthday with us!  ALL Club Members can come in on their birthday and spin the new prize wheel to find out what their birthday prize is!  See Club Wild on your birthday for you chance to celebrate!

Mothers Day Giveaway

Club Wild members may receive a free lapel pin commemorating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th.  Starting at 9am, check-in at Club Wild to receive your gift while supplies last.  No need to qualify, pins are free to club members, one per person!  Not a club member?  It is free and easy to join.  Stop by Club Wild on your next visit to Wildhorse.

Mothers Day at Plateau

Don’t make Mom cook on her special day, join us at Plateau for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th from 10am-3pm.  The menu is built around the Plateau staff’s mothers favorite dishes.  Choose from appetizers such as sautéed morels and Chilean Sea Bass. Entrees like Halibut, Dungeness Crab and Ribeye steaks.  Dessert options include Monkey break, coconut snowballs, Pendleton Whisky ice cream and Strawberry Shortcake.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 541-966-1610.

Martini Night

On May 21st, Plateau will feature tableside martinis focusing on fresh ingredients and new trends of the classic martini.  Plateau Manager Jeff Hammond is on hand with tableside service showcasing 3 of his martini Cinco de Mayo tequila inspired creations including; Strawberry Cilantro Martini, Plateau Tequila and Pomegranate Margtini  Shaken or stirred, sample a variety of martinis for $18 between 5:30-7:30pm.  Reservations recommended.  Call 541-966-1610.

PGA Play Golf America

Every Saturday in May, enjoy the PGA Play Golf America – FREE Lesson Month, a free individual 10 minute lesson will be offered from 3pm-5pm every Saturday in May. For more information, call the Golf Shop at 541-276-5588.

Golf Demo Day

Head to the Wildhorse Golf Course on May 17th from 10am-2pm for Demo Day!  Calloway, Nike, Taylor Made, Bridgestone (Ball Fitting System), Adams and more will be on site!

Mother’s Day Golf

Mothers golf for free on Sunday, May 11th when they golf with their families!

Golf League

Tuesday Golf League starts May 27th and runs through August 12th.  Enjoy over $5000 in prizes, cash side games and after play appetizers with the pros!  For more information, call the Golf Shop at 541-276-5588.

Tamastslikt Free Admission Friday, May 2, 2014.

Take advantage of free admission when you visit Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.  Then satisfy your appetite with a delicious lunch or light fare at the Kinship Café. Open 9-5, closed Sunday. Kinship Café open Monday-Friday.

Live Music Line-up in the Sports Bar:  Friday and Saturday 9p-1a

May 2-3                         Expertease                                 Variety

About Wildhorse Resort and Casino:

Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The Resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV park, 5 restaurants, 5-screen cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course and tribal museum. Expanded in 2011, there is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse boosts over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, keno, bingo and live entertainment Wednesday-Friday in our sports bar.  Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, OR. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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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. 

 

visit us online at www.unioncountychamber.org
 

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  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.  
 
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  May 2, 2014

BBB Revokes Accreditation of Businesses

Filed under: Information,News — admin @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lake Oswego, Ore. — April 30, 2014 — Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington revoked the accreditation of 12 businesses in the first three months of 2014 for failing to uphold BBB Standards of Accreditation. BBB’s board of directors took action on the following companies between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2014.

BBB Accreditation is a privilege and signifies that businesses are accountable, honest, responsive, transparent and ethical. Expulsion from accreditation status is unfortunate, but BBB takes the enforcement of its standards seriously. Accredited companies promise to embody integrity in all business dealings—based on the BBB Code of Business Practices—and many of the accreditation revocations were due to failures in quickly responding to disputes in good faith.

Similarly, BBB denied accreditation to 17 additional companies during the same time period for not meeting standards.

 

  April 30, 2014

Upcoming Events

Filed under: History,Information,News — admin @ Thursday, April 17, 2014

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.  
 
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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.

 

 

visit us online at www.unioncountychamber.org

 

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

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

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