May 25, 2017

Local memorial poppy distribution on Memorial Day weekend

From Veterans of Foreign Wars, 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Buddy Poppy Distribution

Buddy Poppies are replicas of the red poppies from the poem, “In Flanders Fields” written by Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian forces before the United States entered WWI. 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars have been conducting organized distributions of the Poppies since 1923. The poppies are assembled by hospitalized veterans in White City, OR who are paid a nominal amount, then purchased by VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries, and finally distributed as gifts on Memorial Day weekend. 

The red poppy symbolizes the blood shed by veterans of every war or conflict. The donations received for poppies go to the VFW’s and Auxiliaries’ Relief Funds and aid local veterans and their families in need and certain youth programs in our community. The ongoing deployment of troops continues to create a significant demand for relief funds. 

This year’s distribution in Redmond will be at Fred Meyers, Wal-Mart, and Safeway on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from approximately 9 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. all three days 5/26, 5/27, and 5/28. The Redmond High Marine Corps JROTC will be assisting the VFW. Questions please call Dennis and Dianne Guthrie 541-280- 5162.

May 24, 2017

Oregon Parks awards $2.3 million in grants

From Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.,
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Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 27 matching grants worth $2,355,700 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. Projects range from facade improvement to elevator access and seismic upgrades and awards range from $17,500-$100,000.

The department funded projects that best conveyed the ability to stimulate private investment and local economic development, and best fit within the community's long range plan for downtown vitality.

Funded projects include:
* Klamath Falls Downtown Association will receive $100,000 to install elevators in two downtown buildings. The project will address the goal of downtown housing and make available 20 units.
* Astoria Downtown Historic District Association will receive $100,000 for a downtown housing project that comprises 40 units and retail space. Housing is a proven need in this community and people living in downtowns support other downtown businesses.
* A $100,000 project in Burns will restore a historic hotel left vacant for decades.
* A $100,000project in Independence will rehabilitate an underused building to be a local brewery.
* Several communities were selected for work to repair or restore their historic theaters: The OK Theatre in Enterprise $100,000, the Rivoli Theater in Pendleton $100,000, the Bungalow Theater in Woodburn $100,000, and the Hill Theatre, now a retail store, in Hillsboro $100,000.

Other communities awarded grants include Baker City, Bandon, Beaverton, Carlton, Corvallis, Florence, John Day, La Grande, McMinnville, Newberg, Oregon City, Port Orford, Portland, Reedsport, St. Helens, Stayton, The Dalles, and Weston.

The grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. The legislation established a permanent fund for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and provided an initial infusion of funds from the sale of lottery bonds. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings to facilitate community revitalization. The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the bill.

To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant or the Oregon Main Street Network, visit or contact Kuri Gill at or 503-986-0685.

Lyft, Uber start Redmond service Thursday

From the city of Redmond:

Redmond, OR – The City of Redmond recently approved an Airport Operating Agreement with two Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) Lyft and Uber, also known as “Rideshare” Companies. They will be allowed to conduct business at the Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) beginning Thursday, May 25, 2017. Both companies will operate their digital network-based services alongside the taxicab, town car, and shuttle services currently available to RDM passengers. A complete list of passenger ground transportation options is located online at

Zachary Bass, Redmond Airport Director said in a statement, “We’re thrilled that these rideshare opportunities are now available for travelers to and from RDM and would like to thank the City and the airport team for its collaborative efforts to bring safe, reliable and affordable transportation options to the airport.” Mr. Bass also stated that having agreements in place with “Rideshare” Companies provides more ground transportation options for customers. “One of the airport’s core values is customer service, and one of the ways to fulfill that is to provide a wide array of options,” he said.    

Uber and Lyft will pick up passengers in a designated area on the west side of the terminal near the vendor parking lot. “Rideshare” drivers must wait off airport property and are prohibited from loitering at the airport until they have arranged a customer pick-up.  “Rideshare” vehicles, like taxis, are subject to inspections and required to display a form of exterior identification on the vehicle.

For more information visit and click on the “Ground Transportation” tab. You can also visit the Uber website at or the Lyft website at

Check out the May 24 Spokesman!

Experts discuss a robotic future, a Ridgeview golfer wins a historic title and a new vet is coming to town. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Logan's Market, Black Bear Diner and Safeway.

May 23, 2017

Local student selected to perform with state symphony

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 

Redmond Proficiency Academy student to perform with “MetroArts” Young Artists, Sophomore John Fawcett to play violin in showcase

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that one of its students has been selected to perform at the 23rd Young Artists Debut. The Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert will be held at Portland State University on Tuesday, May 9th in Lincoln Hall in Portland, Oregon.

RPA Sophomore John Fawcett is one of the nine artists ages 12-19 who were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held on January 7th at PSU. Winners will perform with Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director for MetroArts Inc. and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre's orchestras. The concert, which consists of piano, violin, and vocal solos, will be broadcast on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM and streamed worldwide.

“I feel very privileged to be picked as one of the performers for this concert,” said Fawcett.

The young artists, who will perform their concerto at the May 9th concert, participated in four months of individualized coaching sessions with DePonte. During these sessions, according to MetroArts, winners not only discussed the interpretation of their concertos, but also how to solo with an orchestra, ways to approach repertoire, and what it takes to be a professional musician.

"These are incredibly talented young people. My goal is to challenge them to move towards even higher levels of performance and interpretive depth over three months," said DePonte. "Working with these kids is the most rewarding work I do every year."

About MetroArts Inc.
MetroArts Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning through the arts. Our mission is to teach creative and critical thinking processes through innovative arts education programs and curricula.
MetroArts mission consists of three fundamental objectives to support the ideal:
–To inspire every participant in the programs to contribute to the culture of their times by doing their life's work in a creative, artistic, joyful and disciplined manner.
–To educate about the arts of all cultures, provide insight into the process of creative thought and experiences with creativity itself. To promote access to the arts through participation, creation, and reflection for all.
–To create partnerships that enable arts education to thrive in the public schools.
For the past 23 years, we have established ourselves as a premiere arts & cultural organization carrying out our mission via several avenues including Kids Camp, the Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert, Summer Ensembles, and Creating Minds curricula.

May 22, 2017

Redmond students win Teen Tank competition

 From Redmond School District, 
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Redmond School District students participate in local entrepreneur competition

Middle school and high school students from across Redmond School District recently participated in a competition sponsored by the Redmond Education Foundation called Teen Tank.

Billed as an event featuring student innovation and ideas, the competition consisted of teams from Obsidian Middle School, Tumalo Community School, Redmond High School and Ridgeview High School.

Inspired by the hit television show, Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their company or product ideas to a panel of successful industry judges, Teen Tank competitors similarly pitched their social, business and community-focused projects to a panel of local judges.

Teams were given five minutes to pitch and six to respond to any questions from the panel of judges. Winners were selected based on a scoring rubric.

Obsidian Middle School (OMS) produced this year's winning team, garnering them a check for $2,500 to be directed toward their proposed project, "Growing Hope," a community garden to be located off of 15th street near Obsidian Middle School.

Members of the community will have the opportunity rent out spaces in the available six rental beds to grow their own produce.

Teen Tank judges included Anna Higgins with High Desert Education Service District, Anne Graham with Redmond City Council, Mike Hesse with Redmond Rotary and Angela Boothroyd-Straughan of Windermere Real Estate.

The 2017 OMS winning team consists of: Skyler Abbas, Austin Alwinger, Kellyn Anderson, Kylie Angerhofer, Brittney Bartlett, Riley Briggs, Elise Brown, Logan Dietz, Diana Dominguez, Jamie Drake, Liam Dyck, America Felix, Christa Gilliam, Dylan Gosheff, Josi Mack, Colin McElroy, Shei McLaughlin, Marques Montanez, Kiani Nakamura, Joshua Papen, Cailyn Scott, Cameron Strube, Sarah Tebbs, Gisel Ureno, Chloe Waring and Hannah Worley-Rachal.

Funds for the competition were generously donated by community partners Bluefish Dental and Orthodontics, Hayden Homes, McConnell Labs and Rotary Club of Redmond.

For more information about the community garden, please contact Obsidian Middle School at 541-923-4900.
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