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.