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Wallowa County Chieftain
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Sunrise Iron memorial show keeps Enterprise man ‘percolating along’
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Erl McLaughlin’s ded-
ication to two great loves
paid off in spades this week-
end. McLaughlin, known
far and wide for his collec-
tion of antique farm machin-
ery, held his annual show
on Saturday, Aug. 3. The
show was dedicated to Mary
Ann McLaughlin, his wife
and inspiration, who passed
away unexpectedly several
years ago.
The day saw a steady
stream of visitors making
their way to the show out on
Sunrise Road, just outside
of Enterprise. McLaughlin
was in his element, explain-
ing the various intrica-
cies to each interested vis-
itor, which included about
an equal number of men
and women. The fi rst guests
arrived at about 7:30 a.m.
“They were farmers from
Union County,” he said.
“They like to come early so
they can get home and still
get some work done.”
McLaughlin said about
150 came to visit the dis-
play over the 12 hours it was
open, a number he fi gures is
about right.
“Any more than that and
you miss people,” he said.
“You don’t get the personal
Speaking of contact,
McLaughlin found several
Steve Tool/Wallowa County Chieftain
Moscow, Idaho, resident Bill Venosdel (in overalls) talks tractors and other antiquated farm machinery with Sunrise Iron owner
Erl McLaughlin during the annual Sunrise Iron open house. About 150 attended the event, which includes a variety of antique
farm machinery lovingly restored by McLaughlin. Much of it still runs.
new contacts and leads that
promised to keep him in the
loop for new equipment or
parts to help him keep his
inventory updated or add to
lin’s parts. The two met at
a collector’s meeting. He
appreciates McLaughlin’s
knowledge of eclectic farm
“We met at a small trac-
tor and engine club,” he
said. “I ended up pick-
ing up the phone to call
him because I was doing a
1020 Titan tractor. I needed
to fi nd someone who had
Show & Shine gets set for sixth annual
Moscow resident Bill
McLaughlin for about 10
years and is also a fellow
collector and a supply per-
son for some of McLaugh-
one put together. He let me
come down and look at it.
He’s a great guy — no two
ways about it.” The two
meet together often to share
parts and information.
According to McLaugh-
lin, it’s his efforts to broaden
his own horizons that keep
people coming year after
year. He noted that at this
point, his collection has
grown so that pretty much
everyone can fi nd some-
thing that piques their inter-
est. People from as far away
as San Diego, Calif., and
Nebraska came to visit that
Families both young and
old came to view the dis-
play, something that gives
McLaughlin some hope for
future interest in what he’s
doing. He noted that little
boys seem to really enjoy
visiting the displays and
playing around the tractors.
A steam engine and some
horse drawn equipment
proved to be the most popu-
lar displays.
On the horizon for the
collection include some vin-
tage logging equipment as
well as fi refi ghting equip-
ment to add to the 40-foot by
220-foot display barn.
McLaughlin said the day
kept him hopping — just the
way he likes it.
“That’s good,” he said.
“It keeps me percolating
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
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car show on the weekend
of Aug. 16-17. The show is
sponsored by Main Street
Motors, the Enterprise Elk’s
Lodge and Stangel Indus-
tries and Machine Shop. The
Enterprise auto show is in
its sixth year and generally
requires the closure of several
blocks of West Main Street.
Main Street Motors
co-owner, Doug Crow, said
that this year’s event has sev-
eral changes. For one thing,
the Poker Run has fallen by
the wayside. The good news
is that it was replaced by
a tour down to the Imnaha
Store and Tavern at 2:00 p.m.
on Friday, Aug. 16. Cruis-
ers will meet in the public
parking lot in Joseph, behind
Joseph Marketplace.
“They’re going to do a
drawing at the Imnaha store
for all the participants,” Crow
said. “Whoever is drawn will
get a free night and a free
round of golf and all that
at the Wildhorse Casino in
Pendleton.” A cruise by both
the Wallowa Valley Senior
Living Center in Enterprise
and the Alpine House in
Joseph is also slated.
“It’s my understanding
that the residents of those
homes get a real charge out
of it every year,” Crow said.
Other changes include
new categories as the show
has picked up new sponsors.
For example, Crow noted
that former Enterprise High
School graduate Bill Harris
is bringing an 80-foot long
Kenworth semi truck. Har-
ris is involved in the rac-
ing world and two race cars
will be loaded on the truck.
As a sponsor, Harris wants
to donate for a drawing or
award a $499 day pass to
Pro Drive Driving School
at the Portland International
Raceway in Portland.
“You can go down and
see what your car is really
capable of doing in a some-
what controlled environ-
ment,” Crow said. “It isn’t
out on the highways.”
The show will host about
a dozen vendors. In keep-
ing with the local empha-
sis, Crow said that all the
trophies and glasswork is
done by local metalworkers
or glass blowers. The show
also hired local guitar wun-
derkind, Casey Kiser, and his
Jakewalk Saints, to play clas-
sic rock and blues at Warde
Park from 5-8 p.m Friday.
Food and drink vendors will
be close by.
Crow said that registra-
tions are coming in steadily
and that about 120 cars are
expected. Registration is
open until 9:00 a.m. on Sat-
urday, Aug. 17, when the
show offi cially starts.
While the event has a num-
ber of volunteers, Crow said
that more are welcome. For
more information, email main-
com, call (541) 426-2100, or
stop by Main Street Motors at
311 W. Main St. in Enterprise.
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A step closer to curing Parkinson’s disease?
By Ellen Morris Bishop
Wallowa County Chieftain
A small protein associ-
ated with cell dysfunction
and death actually serves
a critical function in main-
taining cell health by repair-
ing breaks in DNA, accord-
ing to new research led by
scientists at Oregon Health
& Science University.
The discovery, published
recently in the journal Sci-
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strates the role of the protein
alpha-synuclein in prevent-
ing the death of neurons in
the brain. Neuron death is a
component of brain diseases
such as Parkinson’s, which
affects 1.5 million people in
the United States.
By developing ways to
boost the protein’s func-
tion in people with Parkin-
son’s disease, it may be pos-
sible to control the disease’s
progress. These proteins
repair breaks in the vast
strands of DNA present in
the nucleus of every cell of
the body.
alpha-synuclein protein are
known as known as Lewy
bodies. They have long
been connected to Parkin-
son’s and other forms of
The new study suggests
that Lewy bodies form by
protein out of the nucleus
of brain cells. Without this
protein, cells can no lon-
ger repair worn and aging
strands of DNA.
Alpha-synuclein’s role in
DNA repair may be crucial
in preventing cell death. This
function may be lost in brain
diseases such as Parkin-
son’s, leading to the wide-
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spread death of neurons.
“It may be the loss of
that function that’s killing
that cell,” said senior author
Vivek Unni, M.D., Ph.D., an
associate professor of neu-
rology in the OHSU School
of Medicine.
The alpha-synuclein pro-
tein seems to play a cru-
cial role in binding broken
strands of DNA within the
cell’s nucleus.
Put another way, if
alpha-synuclein are work-
ers in a factory, it’s akin to
all of them gathering for
an extended coffee break
and leaving the machinery
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