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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
O BITUARIES
Eagle photos/Cheryl Hoefler
Long Creek citizens and local firefighters stationed at the nearby camp filled Long Creek School cafeteria for a
potluck lunch and historical presentation on the Porter family during the 6th annual Founder’s Day Celebration.
Long Creek honors its past
By Cheryl +oeÀ er
Blue Mountain Eagle
LONG CREEK – Appreci-
ating freedom and looking to
the future sometimes means a
reverent nod to the past.
The community of Long
Creek marked the Fourth
of July with its 6th annual
Founder’s Day Celebration.
The event included a potluck
feast at noon, followed by a
historical presentation on the
pioneering Porter family.
The slideshow, led by
Long Creek mayor Don Porter
and his wife, Denise, outlined
the Porter lineage, beginning
with Florence (Burnside) and
Allen Porter, who married on
July 1, 1888, and included
several anecdotes of the fam-
ily’s early days in the Long
Creek area.
Ed Studtmann cooked up
a bounty of burgers and hot
dogs, and also offered a bless-
ing over the Independence
Day meal.
About 40 people filled
the Long Creek School
cafeteria for the event –
mostly citizens, plus sever-
al firefighters stationed at
the Long Creek fire camp
A crowd of about 40 from the Long Creek area, both
citizens and firefighters from the nearby camp, enjoyed
a bountiful potluck prior to the historical presentation.
over the holiday weekend.
The event was sponsored
E AGLE ON VACATION
by the Long Creek Historical
Society.
E NGAGEMENT
Norland – Palmer
Contributed photo
Serena Pace, left, and Danielle Goldblatt took
the Eagle on vacation during a recent trip to
Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho.
Take a photo with the Eagle (print or mobile editions)
while on vacation, and email it to cheryl@bmeagle.com or
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Brandon Norland and Saman-
tha Palmer, both of Pendleton, an-
nounce their engagement and plans
to marry.
The bride-to-be is the daughter
of Sam Palmer of John Day and the
late Roni Russell. Her grandparents
are Dorothy Palmer of John Day,
and Don and Sharon Miller of Mt.
Vernon. She is a 2013 graduate of
Grant Union Junior-Senior High
School in John Day, and a 2015 graduate of Blue Mountain
Community College. She is employed by Interpath Labs in
Pendleton, while pursuing a nursing degree.
The prospective groom is the son of Gene and Bonnie
Norland of Mt. Vernon. A 2013 graduate of Grant Union,
and a 2015 graduate of Blue Mountain Community College,
he works as a diesel mechanic for Woodpecker Trucking in
Pendleton.
The couple will be married Saturday, July 18, at Living
Word Christian Center in Mt. Vernon.
GRANT COUNTY LIBRARY
LIBRARY HOURS:
MEETING NOTICE
Mon, Wed., Sat. 1-5 pm • Tues. 10 a.m. to noon and 1-7 pm
Thurs.: 1-5 pm and 7-9 pm • Fri. and Sun.: Closed
NORTH & MIDDLE FORK JOHN DAY
RIVER AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY
MANAGEMENT AREA PLAN
Check out
these new
books
on our
shelves
The Fourth Meeting for the Biennial
Review of the North & Middle Fork John
Day River Agricultural Water Quality
Management Area Plan will be held on
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 5:00pm at the
Monument Senior Center at 269 Main
Street in Monument.
FAMILY
HEALTH
Treatment and Surgery of Foot
and Ankle • In-Grown Nails
Bunions • Warts • Gout
Corns & Callouses
Diabetic Foot Screening
Foot Odor • Athletes Foot
Treatment for pain in feet, shins,
heels, knees, lower back. Custom
molded orthotics.
Eric Leroy Bygness, 78, formerly of
John Day, died June 8, 2015, at his home in
Pahrump, Nev., surrounded by family and
hospice care. Private family celebration of
life and graveside services will be held later.
Mr. Bygness was born Jan. 31, 1937, in
Eagle Grove, Iowa, to Jeffrey Bygness and
Veva May Gardner.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S.
Air Force. He operated and repaired heavy
equipment for the Oregon Highway De-
partment for over 30 years.
He enjoyed gardening, working on riding lawn tractors and any-
thing with an engine.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Zerkle-Bygness; daughters Eri-
ca (Eric) Palmrose and Jennifer Bygness; grandson, Tyler Palmrose;
granddaughter Chloe Snow Smith; four stepchildren, 13 step-grand-
children; and brothers and sisters in Iowa.
Preceding him in death are two brothers, Vernon and Jerry Byg-
ness.
In lieu of À owers, contributions may be sent to L.D.S. Homestead
Ward Mission Fund, PO Box 5282, Pahrump, NV 89041.
Austin Drewett
“The Brides
Wore Spurs”
by Barry
Bonner
Austin Drewett, 90, died July 7 at his Mt. Vernon home. Ser-
vices are pending.
Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chap-
el, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
W EATHER F ORECAST
Nominate Your
Educational Hero
02366
Eric Leroy Bygness
Jan. 31, 1937 – June 8, 2015
“Unspoken”
by A.K. Moss
www.grantcounty.plinkit.org
Phone: 541-575-1992
Contact Steve Ussery at 541-934-2141
with any questions.
Robert C. Riddell
April 9, 1920 – July 12, 2015
Robert C. Riddell, 95, died July 12 at
Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City.
An open house memorial gathering will be
at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at 230 S.E. Cot-
tonwood in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Riddell was born April 9, 1920, in
Lincoln, Neb., and moved with his family
to Phoenix, Ariz., at age 4.
His father was a successful contractor,
but lost their home and business in the
Great Depression.
For $800, the family bought a 10-acre alfalfa farm, where he
helped irrigate and tended the cow and chickens.
He traded his bicycle for a horse, and loved riding bareback in
the Arizona desert. He read Westerns and taught himself to play the
guitar.
During high school, his family moved to the San Carlos Indian
Reservation, where his father took a Civilian Conservation Corps job.
He came to love the Apache people.
In 1939, he graduated from Globe High School, and in 1941, from
Phoenix College with an associate’s degree in aeronautical science.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942, and was accepted
into the Air Force Reserve Corps À ight instructor training program.
He graduated in 1943, with a commercial pilot À ight instructor and
instrument ratings. He was assigned as a senior À ight instructor for
the Army Air Force Aviation Cadets at Thunderbird Field in Phoenix,
training pilots for World War II.
After his discharge in 1946, he became assistant manager and
chief pilot at Brackett Field in La Verne, Calif. He logged in 6,000
hours of military and commercial À ights.
He spent his 20-year civil service career under the Department of
Defense as an inspector and later as quality control representative,
helping administer defense, missile and NASA contracts that includ-
ed production of the Saturn V rock, Apollo 8 and other NASA pro-
grams. In 1967, he was named “Man of the Year” for the Dept. of
Defense Contract Administration Service District, Pasadena, Calif.
He loved building things, and constructed two homes himself. He
enjoyed golf and deep sea ¿ shing, and exploring the Sacramento Riv-
er delta with his wife, Ruth, in their cabin cruiser.
He was a member of the American Society for Quality Control,
Chino Valley Masonic Lodge, American Legion of Ontario, Calif.,
and First Christian Church.
He and his wife, college sweetheart Kathereen Mauzey, had
two children, Ron (Barbara) Riddell of Columbus, Ohio, and Susan
(Norm) Fowle of Mt. Vernon; grandson, Matt (Michelle) Riddell of
La Verne, and great-granddaughter, Kate.
With his second wife, Ruth McWilliam, he had four step-children,
Dana (Frank) Matejka, David (Kimberly) McWillian, Susan Furlow
and Danny McWilliam; and numerous grandchildren and stepgrand-
children, all of Southern California.
In lieu of À owers, memorial contributions may be made to the
American Legion or Salvation Army through Driskill Memorial
Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
Educators play an extremely important role
in our community and are often underappreciated.
This year, Doug’s Motor Vehicle Repair is saying
“Thank you, educators” by honoring an
“Educator of the Month.”
Each month one local educator will be highlighted in
the Blue Mountain Eagle and will receive a $50 gift
certificate from Doug’s Repair. Educator of the Year will
receive $1,000 to be donated to school of their choice.
Nominate your Local Hero by picking up a nomination form at the
Blue Mountain Eagle or Doug’s Repair, or download a copy from the
Blue Mountain Eagle’s website –www.bluemountaineagle.com.
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Slight chance
of T-storms
Friday
80/50
Slight chance
of T-storms
Saturday
85/54
Sunny
Sunday
90/54
MICHAEL RUSHTON, DPM
Podiatric physician & Surgeon
Dr. Rushton is Preferred Providerfor Lifewise and Blue
Cross/Blue Shield and a Medicate participant.
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Grant County
HEALTH
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OFFICE HOURS: EVERY OTHER TUESDAY
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
The doctor speaks Spanish - El Doctor habla Espanol.
Services Provided:
Karen Triplett, FNP
• Primary Care
• Acute Care
• Women’s Health
Exams
• Men and
Children Exams
• Immunizations
• Family Planning
• Contraception
• Pregnancy Testing &
Referrals
• HIV Testing &
Referrals
• Cacoon
• WIC
• High Risk Infants
• Maternity Case
Management
Grant County Health Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin,
disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activitie s, or in employment.
Appointments
available
Call and schedule your
appointment today!
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Monday
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a T-storm
Tuesday
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