The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, December 20, 2017, Page A8, Image 8

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Blue Mountain Eagle
A tree of thanks
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Ferrioli honored by
state associations
Blue Mountain Eagle
State Sen. Ted Ferrioli of
John Day was honored by
two state associations this
Ferrioli was awarded the
Lifetime Achievement Award
by the Oregon Rural Electric
Cooperative Association and
the Legislator of the Year
Award by the Association of
Oregon Centers for Indepen-
dent Living.
Wasco Electric Cooper-
ative Board President Ron
Holmes presented the life-
time achievement award, ac-
cording to a press release.
“I am honored to accept
this award from ORECA,”
said Ferrioli. “Being the
voice for rural Oregonians
has been my
Ferrioli will
begin serving
on the North-
Planning and
Ted Ferrioli Conservation
Council Jan.
16. He is leav-
ing the state Senate after 20
years of service.
The Association of Ore-
gon Centers for Independent
Living presented the 2017
Betha Kagayama Legislator
of the Year Award to Ferr-
ioli “for his extraordinary
advocacy and leadership in
government on behalf of the
Independent Living Move-
ment and the thousands of
men, women and young peo-
ple with physical, mental and
sensory disabilities in the
state of Oregon,” according
to a press release from the as-
Throughout his tenure as
a state legislator, Ferrioli was
a staunch supporter of pro-
grams that empower people
with disabilities in Oregon.
In the 2017 session, he sup-
ported legislation to fund
childhood screening for vi-
sion and hearing impairment,
to require additional training
for professionals in suicide
risk assessment and treatment,
to provide services for adoles-
cents experiencing a mental
health crisis and to prevent
discrimination against people
with disabilities who require
an organ transplant.
Hospital givers bring winter
warmth to area youths
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Contributed photo
Leslie Barnett of the Long Creek Lodge decorated this tree in honor of veterans,
military personnel, emergency medical responders, firefighters and police. ‘They
should know how much we appreciate them,’ she said.
Staffers at Blue Mountain
Hospital in John Day shared
the season’s spirit of giving,
donating enough warm winter
clothing for 130 Grant County
school children.
Blue Mountain Home
Health and Hospice and com-
munity members were also in
on the project, donating coats,
gloves, scarves and warm hats.
Dorothy Piazza, the hospi-
tal’s executive assistant to the
CEO, said human resources
director Kerri Fulton came up
with the idea.
The winter clothing drive
began Nov. 27, and Fulton de-
livered the bundles of warmth
Thursday, Dec. 14, to the area
Piazza said the response
from school officials was pos-
“They were very apprecia-
tive,” she said, adding one of
Blue Mountain Eagle
Contributed photo
Blue Mountain Hospital staff sort out winter clothing to
distribute to Grant County school children.
several emails they received
was from Long Creek Superin-
tendent/Principal Del Dykstra
who thanked them for organiz-
ing a worthwhile cause.
Additional clothing was
reserved for the children who
recently survived a Prairie City
house fire.
Piazza said the goal was to
distribute the clothing before
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