Sunday, December 30, 2007
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 8:48 PM
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 12:03 PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
On Thursday, December 20, caroling teams of five people or more will sing between 6 pm and 7 pm adjacent to the art galleries and businesses open late for the monthly art walk. Teams will be judged by celebrity judges in two categories:
Best Wild and Wacky Performance
Best Choral Performance
The audience will be able to select their favorite team, too, in a Peoples Choice Award, by voting with cans of food, which will be donated to Union County food pantries.
Seven teams have committed to the event, thus far, including U.S. Bank, La Grande City Council, Northeast Oregon Physical Therapy, Eastern Oregon University, John Howard & Associates, ODOT and the Alleluia Bells.
Organizers Christy Barber and Kelly O’Neill expect more teams to sign up and say the competition will be tough, with both silly and serious groups.
One team is made up of motorcycle enthusiasts who are planning to wear their leathers while caroling. Another team is writing custom lyrics to traditional tunes.
“Expect to be entertained,” says Barber. “It’s another great reason to come downtown and do some last minute holiday shopping, too,” she says.
Teams have until December 17 to register and the first 10 teams to sign up avoid paying a $25 “Figgy Fine” that will be donated to Mt. Emily Safe Center, a local non-profit that provides coordinated and compassionate medical services for children who may have been victims of child abuse.
Just come up with a fun name for your team and call Christy Barber at 541-786-1613 or Kelly O’Neill at 541-663-6117 to enter. Everyone is invited to participate including employers, churches, clubs, friends and families and individuals of all ages and voices.
The Union County Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest is sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Unbelievable. Once again some sicko has open fire on a group of defenseless innocent people. And again, his name and photograph are all over the news stations.
When is the media going to figure out that by doing this, it only encourages more violence? The killer said in his apparent suicide note that at least now he would be famous. Of course. And he is. By making that statement it reinforces that this killer has seen other murderers get their moment of fame after their killing sprees and subsequent suicides. Now my question to you is would he have been so willing to commit the crimes he committed if the media hadn't so glorified his predecessors?
I even heard this recent killer described on the radio as "a lost puppy that no one wanted". I couldn't believe my ears. This "lost puppy" opened fire yesterday on a group of unsuspecting citizens changing the lives of their families forever and inciting fear into countless others who will now be looking over their shoulders as they shop this holiday season. He has again robbed this country of it's innocence and by his constant new found fame through the national media, instilling the glory of his actions on yet another "lost puppy" in society to entertain thoughts of doing the same. Sickening.
I am begging the media to take his photos off the air. Stop reciting his name. Focus on the lives that are now forever changed by his selfish, horrific, indescribably ill mind. He is not a hero. He is not to be pitied. He is not a celebrity. All the facts are there. He would not have done what he did if did not think it would lead to notoriety. These random (or not so random) acts of violence on our innocent will not end until we stop glamorizing these sick, disturbed criminals. Get them off the air.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 4:05 PM
Monday, December 3, 2007
After attending two and a half days of live class training and completing the certification test, Bowman was recognized as a certified member of the CRS network. In achieving this recognition, Bowman is now specialized in serving the real estate housing needs of the senior citizen community.
“What most seniors do not always realize is that planning needs to begin way before a Baby Boomer or senior needs it,” says Bowman. Bowman makes reference to those who hope to maintain their home, leave a family home to their children as they age, or enter assisted or retirement facilities.
According to Bowman, this planning often needs to take place three to five years prior to a senior actually needing the arrangement to be in place. “The time to plan isn’t when those hard family decisions need to be made,” says Bowman emphasizing that assisting a family now with their options could save money and heartache down the road.
Bowman also stresses that even though you may be looking at retirement doesn’t mean you have to sell your home. “Options are everywhere,” says Bowman. “Anything from Reverse Mortgages to proper estate planning can leave the control in the homeowner’s hands.”
When asked why this was a priority for Bowman to achieve CRS Certification, her answer is simple: “It’s always been important for me to help people,” she says.
Bowman has recently joined the John J. Howard & Associates Real Estate Team located in downtown La Grande. She can be reached at www.CandyBowman.com or call 541.663.9000.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Any individual who makes a purchase between December 1, 2007 and December 24, 2007 at Don’s Jewelry in
Baker City or La Grande is entitled to a refund in the amount of the full purchase price, excluding sales tax and delivery charges, if a minimum of seven inches of snow falls at the La Grande Union County Airport on January 1, 2008 between 12:00AM and 11:59 PM.
All Purchases made during the above period are final. No returns, exchanges or cancellations are permitted.
Individuals, who have made a purchase during the qualified sales period, must pay in full in order to be eligible to receive a refund as a qualified customer.
The Snow Fall will be measured by Weather Watch, at the La Grande Union County Airport. The official report provided by Weather Watch will be the only weather data relied upon in verifying the insured peril and whether refunds are to be made.
Please be advised that Don’s Jewelry will not be in a position to confirm that seven inches of snow occurred until a minimum of seven (7) business days after January 1, 2008.
In the event that the insured peril is met as defined in rule number one (1) above, refunds will only be made to qualified customers who agree to complete and sign the sales promotion rules.
In the event that the insured peril is met as defined in rule number one (1) above, please be advised that it may take up to sixty (60) days after the weather recording date to receive your refund.
All refunds must be claimed by April 1, 2008. It is the qualified customers responsibility to claim their refund by the above date. No refunds will be issued after this date.
Purchases made outside the qualified sale period, sales tax and delivery charges are not eligible for a refund.
Don’s Jewelry reserves the right to stop this promotion at any time, without notice, and honor those purchases made prior to the cancellation of this promotion.
Employees of Don’s Jewelry and their suppliers are not eligible to participate in this sales promotion.
No Purchase necessary. Individuals may enter by submitting a 3x5 card in a sealed envelope and mailing it to Don’s Jewelry 1216 Adams Ave La Grande OR 97850. All entries must be received no later than December 24, 2007. Entries must contain first and last name, complete mailing address including zip code and contact phone number. Incomplete or incorrect entries will be voided.
___ I agree to the official rules as set forth under the terms of this promotion.
Sale Amount________________ Sale Date: ___________________ Invoice #______________________________________
Customer Signature:________________________________________ Date:_________________________________________
___ I choose not to participate in this promotion as described above, and understand that I will not receive a refund if the insured peril occurs. Customer Name: _______________________________________________________________________
Customer Signature _________________________________________ Date:________________________________________
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Taylor's death a grim reminder for us all
Jason Whitlock FOXSports.com, Jason Whitlock says Sean Taylor's death is more than a crime."
There's a reason I call them the Black KKK. The pain, the fear and the destruction are all the same.
Someone who loved Sean Taylor is crying right now. The life they knew has been destroyed, an 18-month-old baby lost her father, and, if you're a black man living in America, you've been reminded once again that your life is in constant jeopardy of violent death.
The Black KKK claimed another victim, a high-profile professional football player with a checkered past this time.
No, we don't know for certain the circumstances surrounding Taylor's death. I could very well be proven wrong for engaging in this sort of aggressive speculation. But it's no different than if you saw a fat man fall to the ground clutching his chest. You'd assume a heart attack, and you'd know, no matter the cause, the man needed to lose weight.
Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long.
When the traditional, white KKK lynched, terrorized and intimidated black folks at a slower rate than its modern-day dark-skinned replacement, at least we had the good sense to be outraged and in no mood to contemplate rationalizations or be fooled by distractions.
About as well as the attempt to shift attention away from this uniquely African-American crisis by focusing on an alleged injustice the white media allegedly perpetrated against Sean Taylor.
Within hours of his death, there was a story circulating that members of the black press were complaining that news outlets were disrespecting Taylor's victimhood by reporting on his troubled past.
No disrespect to Taylor, but he controlled the way he would be remembered by the way he lived. His immature, undisciplined behavior with his employer, his run-ins with law enforcement, which included allegedly threatening a man with a loaded gun, and the fact a vehicle he owned was once sprayed with bullets are all pertinent details when you've been murdered.
Marcellus Wiley, a former NFL player, made the radio circuit Wednesday, singing the tune that athletes are targets. That was his explanation for the murders of Taylor and Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams and the armed robberies of NBA players Antoine Walker and Eddy Curry.
Let's cut through the bull(manure) and deal with reality. Black men are targets of black men. Period. Go check the coroner's office and talk with a police detective. These bullets aren't checking W-2s.
Rather than whine about white folks' insensitivity or reserve a special place of sorrow for rich athletes, we'd be better served mustering the kind of outrage and courage it took in the 1950s and 1960s to stop the white KKK from hanging black men from trees.
But we don't want to deal with ourselves. We take great joy in prescribing medicine to cure the hate in other people's hearts. Meanwhile, our self-hatred, on full display for the world to see, remains untreated, undiagnosed and unrepentant.
Our self-hatred has been set to music and reinforced by a pervasive culture that promotes a crab-in-barrel mentality.
You're damn straight I blame hip hop for playing a role in the genocide of American black men. When your leading causes of death and dysfunction are murder, ignorance and incarceration, there's no reason to give a free pass to a culture that celebrates murder, ignorance and incarceration.
Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it's not OK to "super man dat ho" and end any and every dispute by "cocking on your bitch," nothing will change.
Does a Soulja Boy want an education?
HBO did a fascinating documentary on Little Rock Central High School, the Arkansas school that required the National Guard so that nine black kids could attend in the 1950s. Fifty years later, the school is one of the nation's best in terms of funding and educational opportunities. It's 60 percent black and located in a poor black community.
Watch the documentary and ask yourself why nine poor kids in the '50s risked their lives to get a good education and a thousand poor black kids today ignore the opportunity that is served to them on a platter.
Blame drugs, blame Ronald Reagan, blame George Bush, blame it on the rain or whatever. There's only one group of people who can change the rotten, anti-education, pro-violence culture our kids have adopted. We have to do it.
According to reports, Sean Taylor had difficulty breaking free from the unsavory characters he associated with during his youth.
The "keepin' it real" mantra of hip hop is in direct defiance to evolution. There's always someone ready to tell you you're selling out if you move away from the immature and dangerous activities you used to do, you're selling out if you speak proper English, embrace education, dress like a grown man, do anything mainstream.
The Black KKK is enforcing the same crippling standards as its parent organization. It wants to keep black men in their place — uneducated, outside the mainstream and six feet deep.
In all likelihood, the Black Klan and its mentality buried Sean Taylor, and any black man or boy reading this could be next.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Supporting local business has been a priority for Harshman, since opening Ruby Peak Naturals in 2005. “I want to work through our local vendors and provide products that promote green lifestyles”, says Jane Harshman. And she has done just that!
Since the inception of Ruby Peak Naturals, Harshman has worked with such companies as Bee Crow Bee, Backyard Gardens, Thiel Potatoes, Hozho Shopping Bags, Sei Mee Tea, LLC, Mary Jane’s Backpacking Food, Prairie Creek Farms, Aziza Essential Oils, Wildflouer Bakery, and Hidden Springs Eggs. She also sells whole bean coffee from Strictly Organic in Bend, Oregon, Fireworks Pottery, local grass fed beef and lamb, two types of gift cards made locally and honey made in Wallowa County.
She has no intention of stopping there.
“I’ve begun negotiations with a Rock Creek Nut Company and have also been talking with June Colony”, says Harshman. “June is a past county commissioner candidate who started the Generations Project. One aspect of the project is to refurbish used items and, with proposed grant funding, will provide low income women with sewing machines an avenue for income by producing a recycled fabric line of dish towels and aprons.”
To support progression of this business, Harshman has recently applied for an Individual Development Account (IDA) through the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) and Connecting Oregon Rural Entrepreneurs (CORE). “I have my application in and I’m just waiting to hear back”, says Harshman. Harshman heard about the IDA through Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD. “I call Lisa often to learn what new programs are available through NEOEDD and CORE”, says Harshman. “This looked liked something that could help my business”.
The IDA Program is designed for business owners with a proven record of success in saving money. Once qualified, business owners such as Harshman can open a separate savings account where the amount a business owner saves will be matched three dollars to every dollar saved.
Jane Harshman is looking to replace some of the bulk bins that cost $165 for each new one. Currently the store has 30 bins. She is also hoping to expand the store’s inventory of green living products with items such as water purifiers as well as build the base of local organic products.
“I would like to carry more products as they become available”, says Harshman of working with local growers and entrepreneurs. “It just makes sense”. Harshman says she will also continue to call CORE to learn about new business opportunities for rural entrepreneurs.
To learn more about Ruby Peak Naturals, email Jane at email@example.com or call 541.426.4042. To learn more about whether or not you may qualify for an IDA through CORE, contact Lisa Dawson at 800.645.9454.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Gift cards are incredibly popular. They're also an oxymoron.
A gift, ideally, says, "I thought about you. I considered your likes and dislikes, your needs and wants, your dreams and desires, and found you this token of my esteem that I hope will delight you."
A gift card says, "There! Checked you off my list."
It's not just me that says so. Judith Martin, the doyenne of etiquette known to millions as
Think about it. Would a lover, in the flush of romance, lean close to the object of his affection and present … a gift card? Would proud grandparents present the latest addition to the family with … a gift card? Would your best and closest friend, the one you've known for years, who's stuck with you through the roller-coaster ride of life, walk into your hospital room and give you … a gift card?
(If the answer to any of those questions is yes, by the way, you need to start hanging with a better class of people.)
Yet gift cards continue their relentless spread:
Last year, 74.3% of respondents surveyed told a National Retail Federation survey they planned to buy at least one gift card, up from 69.9% the year before.
Half of respondents (50.1%) said they would like to receive a gift card, up from 41.3% two years earlier.
The younger you are, the more likely you are to be delighted by a gift card: 82% of Americans under 44 said they appreciated receiving gift cards, according to a national survey by Coinstar, purveyor of coin-counting machines and gift cards.
The death of shame
Many young people are so enamored with gift cards, with being "empowered to make their own choices," as one retailer laughably put it, that they don't even realize what they're missing.
Older people might, but hey, they're busy, cards are convenient, so what's the harm?
The harm is that the art of gift-giving is quickly devolving into an entirely commercial exchange. How much longer until we simply start thrusting wads of dollar bills at each other?
Some people, apparently, would be delighted with that prospect. While researching party themes for my daughter's upcoming celebration, I stumbled across a posting by a woman who proudly included the horrifying words "monetary gifts would be much appreciated" on her 3 year-old child's invitations. She went on to explain that "I wanted money as gifts for my daughter's savings and for us to buy bigger toys, like a big kitchen and a Barbie Jeep that she wanted, instead of guests giving her small toys."
It's official. Shame is dead.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"Do you know the present value of your husband's policy?" the life insurance salesman asked his client.
"What do you mean?" countered the woman.
"If you should lose your husband, what would you get?" asked the salesman.
The woman thought a minute, then brightened up and said,"Probably a poodle."
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I will be attending a conference for rural businesses these next few days. I hope to bring back wonderful insight to you all. In the meantime, I would like to share my favorite You Tube post! And maybe a little insight to my soul? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 5:32 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
This time of year it's easy to get there! October is slower for business. Kids need school things. It's easy to fall behind just a little in your mortgage payment. Then a little more. Before it gets out of hand, meet my friend Lisa Page. Lisa Page is a mitigator for US Loss Mitigation and Stop Foreclosures Assistance. Lisa is a kind and wonderful person who wants to help you save your home. Here's her story.
With foreclosures at an all time high, interest rates gone through the ceiling and government supposedly unable to do anything about it, many homeowners are in dire straits trying to make ends meet and stay financial ahead of the home mortgage game.
According to FT.com, housing foreclosures doubled in September with 223,538, a 99% increased compared to a year ago. Adding that mortgage banks have stated an increase of late mortgage payments, the online magazine is citing that this housing trend is nowhere near an end.
The impact this trend has had nationwide has reflected in a depressed economy as well as large corporate businesses such as Countrywide Home Loans to reduce the number of employees creating a depressed job market as well.
According to Lisa Page of US Loss Mitigation and Stop Forclosure Assistance, this does not have to be the case. “Sometimes it means just having someone help you get current again without having to acquire huge late fees and interest to get back on track”, says Page. “Often a homeowner can bring their payments current with the equivalent of one payment versus what’s now due, past due with late fees and interest”.
“There are ways we can help a homeowner get their mortgage problem solved often in as little as 30 days”, she says. Page’s company allows a homeowner to work within their current mortgage bank and prevents a homeowner from being faced with some unpleasant alternatives such as having to sell, rent or lease the property or having to borrow money. “Often that places a homeowner in a difficult financial situation when they may already be struggling”.
Accredited by the Better Business Bureau, US Loss Mitigation and Stop Forclosure Assistance offers free consultation and no application fees. “We also have a 98% success rate”, adds Page. “We are designed to assist you in getting current with your payment, retain your home and see what we can do to save your credit standing.”
Page is afraid that people don’t know that this type of assistance is out there. “I met a lady the other day who said she could have kept her home had she known this was an options”, says Page. Page also emphasizes that the time to contact her is before a home goes into foreclosure. “If you start to get behind 30-60 days, that’s when you need to call me”, she says. Waiting longer may not provide Page’s company the time it needs to reverse the situation.
For more information on Lisa Page and how she can be of assistance to you, please visit www.USLossMitigation.com/lpage, www.StopForclosureAssistance.com/LisaMariePage or call 541.962.0997.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
FNP Believes Preventative Care is Key
La Grande, Oregon: A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) takes on several roles as a health care provider. In many instances they need to discern what is beneath the surface even if the patient doesn’t volunteer the information.
Renee Edwards, FNP, owner and founder of Village Health Care located at 1215 Washington Avenue in La Grande has found a passion in early detection and preventive health care, with a specialty in pre-diabetic diagnosis. “Often I can tell before any testing, that that person is in a pre-diabetic state,” says Edwards. She correlates the current diabetes epidemic with the rise in obesity.
Not a condition to be taken lightly, Edwards stresses that the results once a patient goes into a full-blown diabetic state are not desirable. “Diabetes damages nerves and vessels, harming the eyes and organs. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, blindness, amputation, candida and other skin infections, and kidney disease.” Edwards believes that preventive health care before the onset of disease is essential in warding off suffering down the road.
Edwards begins a diagnosis by collecting patient history and risk factors, observation, and testing, to determine a patient’s current health status. She feels that it’s important to assess the situation and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of employing various types of treatment. Helping patients understand their care is also an important factor. “For example, I want to help them see that taking preventive medication does not necessarily mean that they are sick,” she adds. “Many of us already take vitamins and minerals for preventive health. Some of us need a bit more.”
Along with endocrinology issues, Edwards also likes to focus her practice on other chronic health conditions, mental health and skin problems. “My favorite thing is to figure it out,” says Edwards. “Many illnesses aren’t easily diagnosed and I like that challenge.”
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wow what a tearful plea. I am a huge animal lover. I support so much that these organizations do for the good of animals. But I have to say that I think this organization went way too far. They alerted the media and the police when the arrived to seize the dog. I use the hard word "seize" because that is what it seems they did. They took the little pooch as if it were an illegal alien being harbored by law breaking aiding and ebedding criminals. It's a dog. It's a dog that got a good home with loving people. Inspect the home if you must. Though ridiculous, charge Ellen a readoption fee if you must. But give the dog back to a family that loves and cares for it.
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Nationally renowned physician Dr. Christiane Northrup is to appear on Oprah on Tuesday, October 16th. Long respected for her information on women's health issues, what you may not know about her is that she is a strong proponent of USANA products. In a recent letter, she lays claims to the health benefits you can receive from using USANA Nutritionals. If you would like a copy of this letter, email me and I'll forward a copy of it to you.
not one but two incredible OPRAH shows this fall! The first show is
scheduled to air on Tuesday, October 16th and features Dr. Northrup
one-on-one with Oprah--who confesses (among other things!) that she keeps
her copy of THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE next to her bed! Tune in for the fun,
fears and the facts of being 35- plus, as Dr. Northrup debunks the myths of
menopause and offers hope and health to the millions of women who are
entering (or in!) what can be the most confusing, but also what she calls
the most dynamic and exciting part of their lives.
The second show, scheduled to air later in the fall (date to come, we'll
keep you posted), is another must -see show where Oprah and Dr. Northrup go
one-on-one (as only they can) to answer a full hour of audience
questions-including the ones you were sure they'd be afraid to ask! It's a
fun, frolicking and informative hour about your body that you won't want to
Sunday, October 14, 2007
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Friday, October 12, 2007
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 9:09 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Posted by Christy Marsing-Barber at 8:59 PM