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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
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Forest Service rebuilds
Suttle Lake Trail
By Craig F. eisenbeis
Nearly 20 years ago,
inmates seeking a little elusive
outdoor freedom volunteered
to do trail stabilization work
at Suttle Lake. In the decades
since, their work has held up
However, since their prin-
cipal building materials were
logs, the structures they built
have begun to rot and crumble
As a result, the loop trail
around the edge of Suttle
Lake has suffered significant
damage from erosion and
heavy traffic. Since the lake
is popular for fishing and
boating and is surrounded by
campgrounds, a resort, youth
camps, and a host of other
recreational opportunities, the
trail is one of the most heav-
ily used in the Sisters Ranger
Because the trail hugs the
shoreline so closely, there isn’t
much vegetation to hold the
soils in place; and the constant
lapping of waves has caused
severe erosion in many spots
along the shore, especially
where the inmates’ log retain-
ing walls have deteriorated.
Heavy use of power boats
georgia edgington, 1944 Sisters Rodeo Queen (center), with fellow queens Frances grammer
(Redmond) and Mildred Meader (powell Butte).
See tRaIl on page 22
Queens of yesteryear ride in parade
Sisters Arts Association
launched with party
By Jim Cornelius
Artists know how to throw
a party: A beautiful location,
some good food, some quality
music and convivial company
and you’re good to go.
Sisters Arts Association
(SAA) celebrated its launch
last Friday with just such
a party, at Ken Scott’s
Imagination Gallery. The
event also served as the start of
a Fourth Friday art stroll and
a 20th anniversary celebration
for Cascade A&E newspaper.
Ken Scott welcomed the
large crowd. The sculptor
noted that, like all pursuits, the
most significant creative act is
always simply showing up for
the work. And, he said, “what
we’ve done tonight is a simple
thing: We showed up.”
The SAA is all about
the arts community com-
ing together — artists of
all stripes, gallery owners,
patrons — to show up for each
other, to support each other in
further developing a vibrant
The kind of partnership
the association cultivates was
on display at the launch party.
The music was supplied by
Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) and
See paRty on page 26
Twenty-eight former rodeo
queens and princesses will
be special guests in the 75th
anniversary Sisters Rodeo
Parade on June 13 at 9:30 a.m.
In our local stable of for-
mer Sisters queens, Shelby
Ross, Miss Rodeo Oregon
2012, Sara Marcus, Miss
Rodeo Oregon 2014, and
Kitty Sharp, Miss Rodeo
Oregon 1992, will be among
Georgia Gallagher, Sisters
Rodeo Queen 1944, and
Helen Filey O’Brien, 1945,
will be the grand dames of
the former royalty. They are
the only representatives of
the first 17 years of Sisters
G a l l a g h e r, f o r m e r l y
Edgington, was raised two
miles south of Sisters. Her
father, Ellis, was one of the
founders of Sisters Rodeo.
She recalls a Sisters Fair that
was the predecessor of the
rodeo, in which local farm
kids would bring their live-
stock to compete for ribbons.
“We rode horses when
we needed to go to town,”
“including to ride in the rodeo
parade every year. It was fun
to be the queen, and people
were so nice.”
Gallagher was honored
as the Grand Marshal of the
rodeo parade in 2006.
Helen Filey O’Brien has
very different memories.
“We moved to Seattle for
30 years, and I didn’t plan to
ever return to this dirty little
sawmill town [Bend],” said
O’Brien, who was literally
raised on mill property, now
the site of the Old Mill park-
That attitude changed
quickly after her 1985 return.
In 1993 her son, Steven,
talked her into riding in the
parade in his 1939 Cadillac
limousine. She has rarely
missed a parade or rodeo
“I even got to dance with
JJ the clown last year on
Saturday during the rodeo,”
“We didn’t have fancy out-
fits back then. We wore gab-
ardine pants and nice shirts,
but there were no banners or
“I feel quite honored to be
part of this special occasion,
and happy to still be alive for
it,” Helen said.
She will have many fam-
ily members in attendance,
including her grandson, Ryan
See paSt QueeNS on page 24
SISTERS AREA MEETING CALENDAR
Central Oregon Fly Tyers Guild
4th Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For
location information: 541-549-2072.
ALANON Monday, noon, Shepherd
of the Hills Lutheran Church •
Central Oregon Spinners and
Wednesday, 6 p.m., The Episcopal
Weavers Guild 4th Saturday, 1 to
Church of the Transﬁ guration.
3 p.m. Sisters Library. 541-639-3217.
541-549-8737 or 541-549-1527.
Central Oregon Woodworkers
Alcoholics Anonymous Thursday &
Guild 1st Monday. 541-610-9022.
Sunday, 7 p.m., The Episcopal Church
East of the Cascades Quilt Guild 4th
of the Transﬁ guration • Saturday,
Wednesday, September-June, Stitchin’
8 a.m., The Episcopal Church of the
Post. All are welcome. 541-549-6061.
Transﬁ guration • Monday, 5 p.m.,
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Friends of the Sisters Library
• Tuesday, noon, Big Book study,
Board of Directors 2nd Tuesday,
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church • 9 to 11 a.m., Sisters Library. Public is
Thursday, noon, Sober Sisters Women welcome. 541-977-8285.
Meeting, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Heartwarmers (ﬂ eece blanketmakers)
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Sisters City
Authors Support Group 2nd Friday,
Hall. Just bring scissors! 503-880-5832.
10 a.m., Sisters Area Chamber of
Hero Quilters of Sisters Thursday, 1 to
4 p.m. 541-549-1028 or 541-548-3304.
Black Butte Macintosh Users Group
3rd Thursday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sisters Military Parents of Sisters 2nd
Library community room. 541-549-1471. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Ray’s Food Place
community room. 541-647-7483.
Black Butte Ranch Bridge Club
Oregon Band of Brothers – Sisters
Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Black Butte
Chapter Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.,
Ranch community room. All welcome;
Takoda’s Restaurant. 541-408-5594.
partner required. 541-595-6236.
SAGE (Senior Activities, Gatherings
Central Oregon Council on Aging
Senior Lunch Tuesdays, noon, Sisters & Enrichment) Wednesdays, 1 to
4 p.m. at SPRD. 541-549-2091.
Community Church. 541-678-5483.
BOARDS, GROUPS, CLUBS
Sisters Area Photography Club
2nd Wednesday, 4 p.m., Sisters Library
community room. 541-549-6157.
Sisters Area SketchUp Users Group
2nd Wednesday, 7 p.m., Earthwood
Timber Frame Homes. 541-549-0924.
Sisters Astronomy Club 3rd
Tuesday, 7 p.m., SPRD. 541-549-8846.
Sisters Bridge Club Thursdays,
12:30 p.m., The Pines Clubhouse.
Novices welcomed. 541-549-9419.
Sisters Cribbage Club Tuesdays,
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Ray’s Food Place
community room. All are welcome.
Sisters Habitat for Humanity Board
of Directors 4th Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Location information: 541-549-1193.
Sisters Kiwanis Thursdays, 7 a.m.,
Brand 33 Restaurant at Aspen Lakes.
Sisters Red Hats 1st Friday.
Location information: 541-279-1977.
Sisters Rotary Tuesdays, noon,
Aspen Lakes Lodge. 541-977-6545.
Sisters Trails Alliance Board of
Directors 2nd Wed., 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The Pines Clubhouse. 541-719-8822.
Sisters Veterans Thursdays, noon,
Takoda’s Restaurant. 541-903-1123.
Three Sisters Irrigation District
Board of Directors 1st Tuesday,
4 p.m., TSID Ofﬁ ce. 541-549-8815.
Three Sisters Lions Club 2nd
Tuesday, noon, Ray’s Food Place
community room. 541-419-1279.
VFW 8138 & American Legion
1st Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Sisters
City Hall. Service ofﬁ cer available.
541-903-1123 or 541-549-1132.
CITY & PARKS
Sisters City Council 2nd &
4th Thursday, 7 p.m., Sisters City Hall.
Sisters Park & Recreation District
Board of Directors 1st Tuesday,
5:30 p.m., SPRD building. The public is
Sisters Planning Commission
3rd Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Sisters
City Hall. 541-549-6022.
FIRE & POLICE
Black Butte Ranch Police Dept.
Board of Directors Meets monthly.
541-595-2191 for time & date.
Black Butte Ranch RFPD Board of
Directors 4th Thursday, 9 a.m., Black
Butte Ranch Fire Station. 541-595-2288.
Cloverdale RFPD Board of Directors
3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m., Main Station,
George Cyrus Rd. 541-548-4815. See
the agenda at www.cloverdaleﬁ re.com.
Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD
Board of Directors 3rd Tuesday,
5 p.m., Sisters Fire Hall, 301 S. Elm St.
Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD Drills
Mondays, 7 p.m., Sisters Fire Hall,
301 S. Elm St. 541-549-0771.
Black Butte School Board of
Directors 2nd Tuesday, 5 p.m.,
Black Butte School. 541-595-6203.
Sisters Christian Academy Board
of Directors 2nd Thursday, 8 a.m.,
RE/MAX Revolution ofﬁ ce at Outlaw
Sisters School District Board of
Directors One Wednesday per month,
SSD Admin Bldg. See schedule at www.
sisters.k12.or.us. 541-549-8521 x4011.
This calendar is for reg
scheduled meetings; ularly
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