April 24, 2007

April 25, 2007

Redmond's Fireman's Lake has been closed until further notice. City officials are thinking unusually high algae blooms have caused large fish die-off but water tests are not concluded yet. The closure has caused postponement of the annual Fish Fair, a rite-of-passage for kids that kicks off the opening of fishing season.

The second Art/Walk/Explore event was held last weekend and the next is in the planning stages. Organizers are hoping to keep building the event and encourage more retailers to remain open late on the 'third Friday' of every month.

Central Oregon has its first glossy Spanish language publication, Oregon En Espanol. The Prineville-based magazine is distributed throughout the tri-county area every month.

Eugene Van Arsdale, Clara Tassey

Eugene Albert Van Arsdale
Oct. 10, 1910-April 17, 2007
Former Redmond resident Eugene Albert Van Arsdale, 96, died April 17, 2007, in a residential care facility in John Day.A funeral was held April 20 in the Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day. Private burial was held April 23 in the Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City.

Mr. Van Arsdale was born Oct. 10, 1910, in Iowa. He married Arvilla Mizner in Broken Bow, Neb., in June 1932. He worked on cattle ranches in Nebraska through the late 1940s and lived a short time in Idaho and Washington before settling in John Day. He was a builder and built many homes in John Day and Canyon City. He moved to Redmond in 1960 and continued to work as a builder for more than 30 years. He returned to John Day in 1996.

He was a devoted family man and loved horses and competed in team roping into his 80s. He enjoyed visiting with people and always had a cup of coffee ready for visitors.

Survivors include daughters Iris Mosley of Canyon City, and Joyce Parker of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in January 2004, five sisters and three brothers.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one's choice, care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR, 97845.Driskill Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Clara Mae Tassey
April 1, 1920-April 21, 2007
Redmond resident Clara "Skippy" Mae Tassey, 87, died April 21, 2007.

A graveside service will be held April 28, 11 a.m., in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Tassey was born April 1, 1920, in Spartanburg, S.C., to Vera Lee and Lillian Cole. She married Fred Tassey in Southern California on Aug. 23, 1952. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family. She volunteered for the SMART reading program and worked with the Home League of the Salvation Army.

Survivors include her husband Fred Tassey of Redmond; daughter Donna Black of Redmond; sister Jean McCallister of Kansas; and four grandchildren.Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

McHistory, McArt, McFun

Sure, any Sunday Drive can take you to a regional art or history museum, where you can spend the day wandering past objects in glass cases or viewing carefully lit photos and art. But why not get your art and history packaged together, mix it with a little whimsy and fun and top it all off with a frosty glass of beer and a good meal?

A visit to any of the famed McMenamins lodging establishments in the northwest will give you that - and more.

Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin began their domination of the hospitality business with a single Portland pub in 1983. More pubs followed, along with breweries, theaters and eventually hotels. Each featured local history and drew artists and craftsmen given the task of bringing the unique nature of the building - and its neighborhood - to life.

Forest Grove's Grand Lodge is the second-largest McMenamins hotel. Seventy-seven "European-style" (a fancy name for no attached bathrooms) are sprinkled throughout the main building, opened by the company in 2000.

From 1920 until 1999 the Grand Lodge was home for elderly Freemasons, their widows or children. Next door to the main building is the Children's Cottage, built to house Mason orphans but not used as such for long. Evidently, the old folks in the main building and the rambunctious children close by didn't mix well.

As it does in all of its establishments, McMenamins - besides restoring the building to its original splendor - thoroughly researched local history before opening the doors of the Grand Lodge. Inside, Mason history and imagery is everywhere, mixed with nods to the original native population, the Atfalati Indians, the retired mountain men and trappers with their native wives, the Dutch and German settlers, the Hispanic and Japanese influences that came with the establishment of Pacific University and the dominance of agriculture in the community.

The Lodge underwent very little remodeling during its nearly 80 years as a home for seniors and its history is evident around every corner. Up a wide and gradual ramp as grand as any splendid staircase (for the residents in wheelchairs - the Lodge didn't have an elevator for many years) is the auditorium. Once used for entertaining residents and Masonic ceremonies, the room is now a movie theater and venue for parties and weddings.

All the rooms in the Lodge are named for a former resident, a person of significance in local or Masonic history, or sometimes even a thing - such as the Boxer Room, for the university mascot. Quirky details can be found around every corner. Artists were commissioned to create paintings, murals and mosaics, many - but not all - paying homage to the building's history. The Lodge's sun rooms are as eclectic as the rest of the building. The Rounder Room is dedicated to American folk music, something with neither Masonic nor regional history but obviously close to the heart of the McMenamin brothers. Likewise the Equinox Room, which honors jazz musician John Coltrane. However, the Billy Scott Room pays tribute to the former Lodge resident, a published poet with pioneer ancestors.

The game room downstairs, which doubles as a small pub, was actually the game room for the residents and the dining room on the main floor is likewise serving the same purpose. Hallways on every floor are hung with historic photographs and original art dedicated to some aspect of life in Forest Grove or the Masonic brotherhood.

One of the more surprising historic and architectural elements - which are nearly sculptural in their grandeur - are the remaining fire escapes for the top floor. Enormous steel slides fall gracefully from upstairs balconies to the grounds below, each nearly five feet wide with tall sides. Signs ask visitors and guests to stay off, but it is surprisingly tempting.

The grounds of the Grand Lodge don't have as much bounty in the realms of history and art but are enjoyable nonetheless. Enormous hedges shield the property from the busy road out front and decades-old trees share space with a modern disc golf course.

The Grand Lodge is a three-and-a-half hour drive from Redmond, a sizeable distance for a Sunday Drive but worth the time. For a shorter history/art/fun outing shave off an hour by checking out to Edgefield in Troutdale or even Old St. Francis School - a mere 25 minutes away in Bend.

-- Story and photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole

Panthers rise to second in CVC

Wins over North Salem, Sprague and McKay lifted Redmond to 7-4 in Central Valley Conference baseball, and with two wins over North Salem (also 7-4), in control of second place in the CVC.

Cody Johnson swatted a two-run homer in the first inning and the Panthers never looked back on their way to an 11-1 win over North Salem April 18. The win lifted Redmond ahead of the Vikings into second place in the CVC standings and was their second CVC win on their home field.

"We hadn't won a league game at home until yesterday (against Sprague) and we just kind of wanted to establish that this is our park," said Horner. "I don't care what the weather is like, we just kind of wanted to establish that, which hadn't happened with West Salem and South Salem."

Tyler Rucinsky kept the Vikings off balance from the pitchers mound, throwing five strikeouts and giving up three hits in a complete game. "He only threw 74 pitches in a seven-inning game," said Horner. "That's huge in a four game week. That was the biggest thing, I thought."

Redmond added two runs in the second inning, two in the fourth and fifth and three in the sixth innings. Bubba Nault and Jared Young each swatted a double for the Panthers and Nault scored three runs.

"I thought we just played really tough - tough minded - and that comes from guys just not allowing for mistakes, mental errors, and things like that," added Horner. "We're starting to play a little tougher which is good - getting better." Horner was expecting a tough game after the Panthers defeated Sprague 7-4 in a make-up game the day before. "Tomorrow is going to be a nail biter," he said. "Another good team just like they were the first game."

Mark Shatka put up a two-run double in the first inning and the Panthers scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings and held on for the win. Shatka struck out six in the game. Mike Peplin was three for three at the plate, including a double in the fifth inning. Tyler Hilgers had two hits including a double in the second inning and Sean Maloney had two hits.

Redmond wasn't so dominant in its second loss of the season to its CVC nemesis South Salem. The Panthers gave up seven runs on two walks. A hit batter and an error in the second inning to give the Saxons a 10-0 lead after two complete innings. South Salem beat Redmond 23-9 in their previous encounter.

Horner said pitcher Tyler Hilgers left the ball up in the first and second inning, but settled down and allowed only two more runs in the next five innings.

"They play really well against us. They must not play well against other teams, or their record (3-7) doesn't show it," said Horner. Redmond battled back to score six runs in the 12-6 loss. Stephen Bigelow and Tanner Hase were two for three at the plate with two RBIs. Jared Young hit a double and Tyler Hilgers hit a home run. Monday Shatka controlled the game, striking out 13 batters on the way to a 13-1 win over McKay Monday.

Horner said Shatka threw 99 pitches in the game. "That's good with that many strike outs," said Horner. "Generally you have more pitches than that. (He had) great command. Good movement on the ball."

Redmond lit up the scoreboard in the second inning when Mike Peplin singled and then scored on a single by Tanner Hase. They took control of the game in the fourth inning when Cody Johnson swatted a three-run homer.Redmond put up a barrage in the sixth inning when Peplin and Hilgers each swatted two RBI doubles to help Redmond score seven runs in the inning. Redmond plays at Summit today and at Sprague Friday.

-- Story and photo by Gary Newman

April 17, 2007

April 18, 2007

  • Redmond School District Superintendent Vickie Fleming has implemented some big management changes in the administration department. Rather than hire a deputy superintendent, as had been earlier suggested, Fleming decided after a management review to revamp the five-director system under her to two, each with their own direct supervisory role. Current Director of Support Services, Doug Snyder, will become Chief Operations Officer. An as-yet unnamed person will fill the new Chief Academic Officer role, overseeing everything to do with students, teachers, and curriculum.
  • The city is observing Earth Day April 28 with a canyon clean-up, information about recycling, water quality and conservation, plus food and fun. The event is scheduled from 10-2 p.m. at Sam Johnson Park.
  • Redmond High School boys and girls continue to head the top of the pack in Central Valley Conference golf competition. Both teams are undefeated with four wins each so far this season.

Latino/Anglo festival day draws a crowd

Spanish was the language of choice of the more than 100 or so people who packed the Redmond Grange Hall Saturday for El Festival, an event billed as a day of unity among Latinos and Anglos.

The idea for the festival grew out of a Spanish conversation group that has been meeting on Saturday mornings at Santiago's Mate ShopOriginally the group was mostly English speakers who wanted to practice their Spanish, but last fall the group added Latinos "to help us with Spanish and we help them with English, so it's a language exchange," said Barb Eager, facilitator for the conversation group.

When planning started for the event in November, the group realized it needed sponsors and approached the Redmond Area Community Action Team and the Latino Community Association, both of which accepted major roles in the event, she said.

In less than four hours Saturday, those attending were able to learn a bit about a number of Latin American cultures, eat lunch provided by several local Mexican restaurants and be entertained with music and dance.

Displays featured art, clothing, and other items from Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Colombia and Panama.Entertainment included songs, music and dancing. Maritza Cedeno sang a sample of fiesta songs from her native Ecuador, while Maria Guadalupe "Lupe" Rodriguez and Angeles Silva performed Mexican songs.A harp and guitar duo played and sang music from Paraguay and other South American countries.

Marta Flores performed a Michoacan Indian dance and three girls gave the crowd a sample of Mexican Folklorico dancing, filled with twirling skirts.Claudia Terrazas-Herrera's daughters - Neida, 10; Victoria, 7; and Iyari, 4 -- are part of a group of about 10 who are learning to dance at an after-school program at Vern Patrick Elementary that teaches reading and writing in Spanish to Spanish-speaking children.

The event kicked off with a welcome by Redmond Mayor Alan Unger, who made his remarks in English - not Spanish."I have enough trouble with English," he said with a laugh after the speech. However, he noted, his college-age sons both do well in Spanish. "It shows that change with the generations," he said.

Bruce Stewart, a retired resident of Eagle Crest, is part of a group that meets at the resort once a week to practice Spanish. Stewart came to the festival because he of his interest in the Spanish language and because he sees the need for more interest and communication between the cultures.He took two years of Spanish in high school and one year in college, he said, and once spent a month in Ecuador.

"I tried to become fluent, but it didn't work," Stewart said, but he keeps trying. "It's important for us to recognize the people here in Central Oregon that speak the language. We need to be able to communicate with them."

Before the event, organizers weren't sure how many people would attend - just the organizers and their families or a bigger crowd, but the turnout was heartening."It's going to be a learning experience for us putting it on for the first year," Eager said. "This is the first year. We hope it becomes an annual thing," she said.

-- Trish Pinkerton


Charles Elton Harriman
Jan. 28, 1928-April 8, 2007
Terrebonne resident Charles Elton Harriman, 79, died April 8, 2007. A celebration of life service was held April 13 at the Living Hope Christian Center in Madras. Mr. Harriman was born Jan. 28, 1928, in The Dalles to Charles Nelson and Mildred (Wilde) Harriman. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Jane Lemke, in the fall of 1948. They lived in The Dalles, Salem, Yakima, Wash., and Alaska. They lived in Madras for seven years and lived in Woodburn for 35 years. He worked in the tire industry as a salesman and manager and owned a tire store. After retiring, he drove a school bus in Woodburn for many years. He enjoyed water skiing racing, Western books and circle word puzzles. He was a member of the Living Hope Christian Church in Madras and was passionate about whatever he and his family did.
Survivors include his wife Liz Harriman of Terrebonne; daughter Connie Thornton of Terrebonne; sons Bruce Harriman of Terrebonne and Fred Harriman of Woodland, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Marjorie Marie Rollins
Nov. 16, 1945-April 11, 2007
Terrebonne resident Marjorie Marie Rollins, 61, died April 11, 2007. A memorial will be held at noon Saturday, April 21, at the Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama. Mrs. Rollins was born Nov. 16, 1945, in Modesto, Calif., to Al and Freda Siler. She married Richard Rollins in Weiser, Idaho, Feb. 5, 1964. She was a homemaker and artist who loved to paint. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Siler.
Survivors include her husband Richard Rollins, mother Freda Siler of Terrebonne, son Albert Rollins of Terrebonne, daughters Anna Brossard of Springdale, Wash.; Bonnie Bowlin, Connie Neel and Debbie Thayer, all of Redmond; brother Ron Siler of Culver, O

April 10, 2007

April 11 2007

  • Election season is gearing up and this week's Spokesman features a Q & A with the four candidates vying for Redmond School Board seats. Next week the feature will continue, with more questions designed to inform voters about their vote.
  • The large brass plaque installed to honor Culver resident Rex T. Barber near his namesake bridge across the Crooked River gorge has been stolen. Someone chiseled the plaque off its large rock home sometime around April 6. Anyone with information is encouraged to call OSP at 1-800-542-7888.
  • Redmond Area Park and Recreation District's budget committee is working towards a public hearing on its proposed budget -- expected to be about $2 million -- June 14. Property taxes yield about half RAPRD's annual budget, the rest comes from user fees and other sources.
  • The city of Redmond is also working on next year's budget. The proposed budget is available for review at city hall or those interested can attend the public committee meetings April 18 and May 2 at Redmond Fire & Rescue, 341 NW Dogwood.

All veterans deserve honor, but not all honors are created equal

According to news reports more than 100 people recently showed up at a Bend City Council meeting to advocate the renaming of the city's newest bridge (formerly Newport Avenue Bridge) after Randy Newman, a Bend-area Marine killed in Iraq last year.

During its previous meeting the city council had voted to name the span Veterans Memorial Bridge and Newman's supporters were there hoping to change the council's mind -- but left bitterly disappointed. His mother was quoted as saying "You don't understand what it would mean to me."

It's not hard to understand the grief Newman's friends and family have been enduring since last summer. It's not hard to understand their pride either. If being a hero means showing uncommon courage then Newman was a hero. For a soldier, just showing up for battle makes them a hero. It's certainly something the rest of us are unwilling to do and we should honor soldiers who are willing to bear that burden for us.

Veterans of all kinds -- including those who survive battle or see no combat at all -- deserve our respect and admiration for their willingness to serve. But does that kind of honor translate into naming a major landmark for the veteran?

The history of patriotism in the U.S. and support of soldiers in general has had an unfortunate roller coaster ride. The divisive nature of Vietnam unraveled nearly 200 years of unified support for combat veterans and the 30 years since have seen an upward journey towards respect and honor. The backlash from those shameful years of blaming Vietnam soldiers for the choices made by our leaders has lead to a zealousness of patriotism, a desire to label every soldier an exemplary warrior and every combat death heroic.

In reality, exceptional honors such as combat medals and dedications of landmarks are few and far between, as they should be. Bend and Redmond only have one landmark each named for a specific veteran and each was honored for standout bravery and performance in battle of the type seldom seen.

Once upon a time in America parades were held to honor all veterans - our everyday heroes -- and confetti was showered on them equally for their willingness to defend our country. Special honors and ceremony were reserved for those who stood out above the rest for their contribution, sacrifice, and bravery.

Handing out exceptional honors to every soldier who served, or died, dilutes the tribute paid to the ones who performed true acts of heroism and changed the course of many lives with their valor.

Lady Panthers take first CVC win

Ashleigh Kautz swings during the Panther's win over McKay last week.
Photo by Gary Newman

Redmond notched its first Central Valley Conference softball win of the season Friday, knocking out McKay 2-0 in a home stand.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Redmond coach Nicky DeLeone. “The one bad inning didn’t happen today and that was a big difference.”
Jessica Fedoris struck out eight and was backed by good defense to limit the Royal Scots to two hits and no runs.
Kelly Barany and Toren Shearer keyed the Redmond offense. Barany was a perfect four for four at the plate, including a home run and a double. Shearer scored the Lady Panthers first run in the second inning when she gained first base on an error at shortstop, and stole her way to third base. She then scored on an error at third.
Barany iced the win with her solo shot over the center field fence in the sixth inning.
“She’d been pitching me outside so I was looking to drive something the other way,” she said.
Redmond got its second win in a row Monday with an 11-1 four-and-a-half inning route of Summit. The game ended on the 10-run rule. The win lifted Redmond to 1-4 in the CVC and 5-7 over all.
“They’re starting to come together nicely,” said DeLeone. “The offense was executed the way it was asked. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Redmond went ahead on an eight-run third inning. Barany and KC Wilson each had a two-RBI double in the inning. AnDyke added a two RBI single.
Bethany Chriss added a two-run homer in the fourth inning to ice the route of the 5A Storm.
“It was a meatball down the middle,” said Chriss, who put the ball over the center field fence. “We’re really starting to bond and it really feels good right now.”
Ashleigh Kautz struck out eight, walked none, and gave up two hits for the win.
Redmond spotted South Salem three runs in the first inning and never recovered, April 4. The Saxons won the game 5-3 in Salem.
Meredith Barnes’ two-run homer in the first inning keyed the win for South Salem.
Both team scored in the second inning and Redmond closed with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Shearer had a double for the Lady Panthers and RC Romero went two for three at the plate.
Jessica Fedoris struck out three.
Redmond hosts McNary Friday at 4:30 p.m. to start the second third of league play. The Lady Celts are 3-1 and in a three-way tie atop the CVC with South Salem and West Salem. North Salem is 3-2 and preseason favorite Sprague is 2-2. McKay is 0-4.

-- Gary Newman

Obituaries -- April 11, 2007

Juanita Boyk
Oct. 4, 1923-April 1, 2007
Redmond resident Juanita Boyk, 83, died of natural causes April 1, 2007.
No services will be held at this time.
Mrs. Boyk was born Oct. 4, 1923, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to Homer and Fannie German. She attended school in Ringgold, Colo., for one year and moved to Oregon at the age of seven. She married Norval “Bus” Boyk in 1957.
Survivors include her husband Bus Boyk; sons Bob Boyk of Redmond and Bill Boyk of Banks; sister Donna of Springfield; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Albert C. Hoffman Jr.
April 1, 1930-April 4, 2007
Albert C. Hoffman Jr., of Prineville, died April 4, 2007.
At his request no public services will be held.
Mr. Hoffman was born April 1, 1930, in Portland to Albert C. Sr. Margaret Lucy (Drain) Hoffman. He attended West Linn High School and graduated in 1948. He was a four-year letterman in football at West Linn High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1954 and was disabled in Korea. He was discharged in 1956 and served in the reserves until January 1962. He married Joyce Junea Jaques in Camas, Wash., May 12, 1959. He lived in Milwaukie and was a fireman there for six years in the 1960s. He owned and operated Ivan & Hoffman movers and moved houses, apartments, bridges and also moved the Bomber in Oak Grove. He was licensed as a federal firearms dealer and enjoyed restoring guns. He moved to Prineville in 2001.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed traveling in his R.V.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Hoffman of Prineville; son Craig Whitney of Medford; daughter Junea Annette Hoffman of Redmond; brother John Charles Hoffman of Portland; sisters; Evelyn Margaret Netrick of Oregon City, and Mary Ann Schlegelmilch of Beaverton; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1220 S.W. Third, Federal Bldg., 1682, Portland, OR, 97204.
Arrangements are in the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.

Paul B. Johnston Jr.
May 7, 1919-April 3, 2007
Redmond resident Paul B. Johnson Jr., 87, died of natural causes April 3, 2007.
A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. in City View Cemetery in Salem. Recitation of the Rosary was held April 9 in the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond.
Mr. Johnston was born May 7, 1919, in Erie, Kan., to Paul B. Sr. and Mary E. (Long) Johnston. He was raised and educated in Joplin, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, France, Belgium and Germany. He received two Purple Hearts. He married Dee Loslever in Belgium on Oct. 20, 1945. He served in the Air Force at Ladd Air Force Base in Alaska during the Korean Conflict. His military career spanned 15 years. After the military, he drove truck for Heavy Transportation Company in Huntington Beach, Calif., delivering oil drilling rigs and equipment. He worked as a meat cutter in California for several years and moved to Bend in 1968. He started a trailer manufacturing company in Bend in 1974 and moved to Redmond in 1987.
He was a charter member of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Posse and was a reserve deputy for Deschutes County for three years. He was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond and the American Legion. He loved fishing and horses.
Survivors include his sons John Johnston of Salem and Lloyd Johnston of Redmond; daughters Charlene Sedlacek of Salem and Jeannine Childers of La Pine; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1986, four brothers and four sisters.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Yvonne Light
June 19, 1928-April 4, 2007
Redmond resident Yvonne Light, 78, died April 4, 2007.
A memorial Mass was held in the St. Thomas Catholic Church April 9. Inurnment followed in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Light was born June 19, 1928, in Moline, Kan., to George and Nettie (Hale) Apperson. She moved to Redmond in 1965 and married Leslie Light in Hood River on Dec. 10, 1969. They moved from Redmond in 1975 and lived in various places around the country before returning to Redmond in 1990. She was the first woman to work for the Redmond Police Department. She was a bookkeeper for several years and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She started St. Vincent DePaul in Redmond and was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.
She enjoyed oil painting, gardening and loved her dogs Annie and Gennie. She was often thought of others before herself.
Survivors include her husband Les Light of Redmond; sons Michael Mendenhall of Banks, Tim Light of San Diego, Calif., and Marty Light of Bothell, Wash.; daughter Kelly Plautz of Junction City; sisters Audrey Miller of St. John, Kan., and Nadine Griffith of Visalia, Calif.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Lois E. Mitchell
April 21, 1926-April 1, 2007
Redmond resident Lois E. Mitchell, 80, died April 1, 2007.
A funeral service was held April 6 in the Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande. Burial followed in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Mrs. Mitchell was born April 21, 1926, in Baker to Harold B. and Nancy B. (Luster) Doherty. She married Earl “Bob” Mitchell in Baker in September 1946. She worked for First Interstate Bank for more than 30 years and retired in 1991. She lived in La Grande for more than 50 years and moved to Redmond just over one year ago.
She was active in the Soroptimists, Emblem Club 840, American Legion Auxiliary, Lady of the Elks, and the La Grande Golf Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and gardening.
Survivors include her son Bob Mitchell of Eatonville, Wash.; daughter Janis Montreuil of Redmond; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother and one sister.
Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Donnie Moody
May 4, 1975-March 31, 2007
Redmond resident Donnie Moody, 31, died in an ATV accident March 31, 2007.
A memorial service will be held May 5, noon, at the home of Frank Hazen, 641134 N. Highway 97, Bend.
Mr. Moody was born May 4, 1975, in Grants Pass to Ray and Margaret Moody. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, building, trucks and four wheeling.
Survivors include his parents, brother Beau Moody of Redmond, and sisters Shannon Lippi of Portland, Kim Scott of Vale, and Jody Moody of South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his son, James Wayne Moody.
Memorial contributions can be made to any branch of U.S. Bank.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Sandra S. Peterson
June 13, 1946-April 1, 2007
Redmond resident Sandra S. Peterson, 60, died April 1, 2007.
A memorial service was held April 6 in the Community Church of Christ in Bend.
Ms. Peterson was born June 13, 1946, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Edward and Helen (Drager) Sheedy. She moved to Redmond from Eugene three years ago.
She enjoyed all outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, and loved sewing and gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her sons Ron Morris of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steve Morris of Missouri; daughter Trish Petrie of Redmond; stepdaughter Leslie Peterson of Portland; brother Mickey Sheedy of Creswell; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

April 3, 2007

April 4, 2007

  • Check out the latest issue of Panther Pause, a monthly Spokesman page about -- and produced by -- Redmond High School students. In the April 4 page students discuss the attitudes kids have about school and their education in general, how clothes define the teen, and how kids make and spend their money.
  • In other high school news, the new athletic classification that put RHS teams up against teams in the Valley this year is causing negative fallout with missed class time for students and coaches and in increased spending for transportation. In addition, the high school is taking in less revenue in sporting event gate receipts, impacting the bottom line for the athletic department.
  • Redmond's chances for semipro football fame didn't die with the short-lived Central Oregon Stampede franchise last year. The High Desert Lightning is up and running for a season of spring football, competing in the nine-team Oregon Football League. The team plays home games in Redmond.
  • The Redmond City Council has awarded a $80,000 contract to a team of consultants for a feasibility study concerning Redmond's efforts to build a community center "campus" that could include space for a senior center, aquatic or recreational facility, and a youth or arts center. The goal, which city officials say they are in no hurry to reach, is to provide a centralized, combined space for service agencies currently outgrowing its location.

It's spring and the fishing is fine

Mild spring weather last week brought out the fishermen at Redmond's Fireman's Pond, including these boys: Zach Crates, Andy Gorman, Austin Greer and Justin Randalls. The pond's fishing is reserved for kids and the disabled.

Editorial: Education merry-go-round

Have you heard about the newest trend in K-12 education? It’s schools for grades K-8, instead of middle schools. Moving away from separate schools for young teens is supposed to be a safer, more nurturing environment than the current model of middle schools.

Oh, wait. Why is this so familiar?

There are still some of us alive who remember when K-8 schools were the norm and middle schools were the new education rage. School districts all over the nation were persuaded to construct new buildings and revamp curriculum in order to yield to the newest studies and reports, all seeming to say that the educational needs of young teenagers were so unique as to need their own building and new programs. Kids would emerge smarter, more independent and socially secure, we were told.

Fast forward 30 years and the pendulum is swinging the other way. It turns out that scooping 11-year-olds out of community-based elementary schools and putting them in a mini-high school environment may not be the best thing for them after all. Perhaps it is too soon. Perhaps it’s a case of ‘fixing’ something that’s not broken.

There are also people who recall a time before junior high school, when kids went directly from primary school to high school. Then someone got the idea that kids needed a ‘transition period’ before being dumped into the radically different atmosphere of high school. At first it was 9th-graders who were set apart, then 7th and 8th grades.

Then we abolished junior highs to the realm of corporal punishment and slateboards and brought middle schools to the forefront.

Education in the U.S. seems permeated with faddism and trends. Once upon a time educating the young was all about repetition and rote learning. Then someone decided that wasn’t really reaching into their little minds – interpretive, hands-on learning was needed. Decades of learning math with ‘manipulatives’ and loosey-goosey writing lessons followed and quick on its heels were vocational classes in technology and history lessons that let you view the world through Hollywood movies.

Whoosh, goes the pendulum. Now the battle cry heard from many factions is “back to the basics,” bring back recitation and ban pottery and P.E.

Nothing in a society should remain stagnant and education is no exception. Trouble is, few of these innovative ideas come without a price – and we don’t just mean money. Restructuring student groupings means new buildings and modifying current buildings. Altering curriculum and/or program emphasis means retraining teachers and purchasing new classroom supplies.

Meanwhile, our schools are guinea pigs in an educational experiment so vast that it makes our heads spin. If you have a good-sized spread in the ages of your children you may have experienced three entirely different methods of math education – none of which was how you learned it yourself.

This switcheroo in educational methodology causes the community at large to disassociate themselves from their local schools, for it’s no longer a familiar thing they can support.
Investigate new ideas, to be sure, but move cautiously. By the time it’s been thoroughly looked at and implemented, the pendulum could be on its way again.