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    The Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon. Thursday, November 15, 1979-FIVE
Local retired teachers report on Northfork Island trip
Retired teachers Clifford
and Frances Williams of
Lexington traveled to the
V island of Norfolk in the South
Pacific in October. More than
20 years ago Clifford had
written a research paper
about Norfolk when he had
returned to Eastern Washing
ton College of Education at
Cheney after his Navy duty.
The Williamses had wanted to
visit the small island ever
since 1957. Now Clifford tells
of their recent adventure.
Norfolk Island is about three
miles wide and five miles
long. It contains slightly over
13 square miles and the island
is rather isolated being 930
miles from Sydney, Australia,
I and 630 miles from New
It was discovered in 1774 by
i Captain James Cook. For
i many years it was part of the
Austrailian state of New South
; Wales, which used it as a
: penal colony until 1856. That
year settlers who were de
scendants of the mutineers of
H.M.S. Bounty were moved to
; Norfolk from Picairn Island,
3,000 miles away.
' Norfolk is now a federal
; territory of the Australian
Commonwealth and has close
; to 1,500 inhabitants. At any
; given time, also, there are
about 2,500 tourists on the
island. They fly to the island
from Australia, about four and
a half hours away, and by Air
New Zealand four times a
I week. The attractions include
not only the island's tropical
beauty but its tax-free shops.
; My wife and I were the only
two visitors from the U.S.
; during the week we were there
i last month. There are four
'. American households on the
; island. We visited Billie Ward,
who has lived there for 23
years, originally coming from
Massachusetts although she
had lived in Roseburg, Ore
gon, for several years prior to
going to Norfolk. She is
partially disabled now but still
is able to take patients in a
physical therapy program she
There are approximately
' 3,000 motor vehicles on the
island and slightly more than
100 miles of road about half
of it hard 'surfaced. The
unpaved roads are slick and
. muddy when wet. When it
rains, the soil on the roads
sticks to the feet just like
Kansas gumbo.
; We visited the school and
; talked to a 10th grade geogra
; phy class. The students all
f stood as we introduced our
selves and they listened very
attentively while we talked to
them. They know very little
about the U.S., but asked very
; good questions. One girl
wanted to know if we had
much trouble with the Indians.
Persons interested in mail
ing Christmas items this year
should be thinking about the
nearing deadlines, according
to Heppner Postmaster Hu
bert Wilson.
Wilson said it is recommen
ded that all parcels to be
mailed overseas should be in
the mail by today, Nov. 15.
" Christmas cards to be sent off
air mail should be in the mail
stream by Dec. 5.
Parcels mailed to United
States areas should be mailed
Dec. 5 and Christmas cards
- need to be mailed by Dec. 15.
. news
by Jaci Sumner, reporter
November 3 was our second
-. sewing meeting that we have
-ad. We started to knit. We
learned to cast the yarn on to
the needle. We spent most of
our time knitting. We also got
some patterns for Christmas
ornaments. November 17 we
will spend most of our time
sewing Christmas ornaments.
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After we finished with our
talk, one of the boys got up and
thanked us for coming and the
class gave us a good round of
I had believed that Mt. Pitt
was the highest point on the
island, but Mt. Bates is eight
feet higher. We could drive to
the top of Mt. Pitt and look out
over the whole place. It was so
green and so beautiful in all
directions. Even Mt. Bates
looked lower from there.
Cattle run loose. There seem
to be hundreds of them
grazing along the roads, even
in the main business district of
Burnt Pine. We saw one
animal lying under an awning
of a store one day during the
rain. They don't move off the
roads very fast for cars either.
Some of the cattle along the
public raods are very thin
just skin and bones but those
in private paddocks are in as
good shape as those in Morrow
County. The better farmers
keep themselves well in
formed on agricultural mat
ters. We went to the Ryves
Farm and saw their quarter
horses and their registered
shorthorn bull named Mal
vern. When Mr. Ryves rubbed
the bull's tail, the beast
actually made faces and
licked his lips like he was
really enjoying it.
The Australian government
is furnishing money and hiring
some of the local young people
to renovate the old prison
buildings. Some of the build
ings are being lived in today.
The buildings which are not
yet repaired are to be future
One of the buildings has
been taken over for the
display of historical photo
graphs. It is also the meeting
place of the local Lions Club.
They have pennants from
Lions Clubs in Australia, Asia
and even the U.S.
Many of the island people
are descendants of the Bounty
mutineers. There has been
intermarriage with others
who have come from Austra
lia, New Zealand and else
where. This has been good for
the people because it lessens
the inbreeding.
Norfolk Island
South of Norfolk lie two
smaller islands, Nepean and
Philip. Nepean is barren
except for grasses and moss;
birds nest there and are
protected. Philip Island, about
four miles south of Norfolk,
was used by the early prisoner
settlers for goats, pigs and
rabbits. As a result it was
overgrazed and is nearly
devoid of greenery of any kind
except for a few hardy Norfolk
pine trees in one of the gullies.
The goats and pigs have been
killed 'off. but the rabbits
survive. One of our guides
suggested that the rabbits
have now become cannibalis
tic because there is so little
vegetation left for them to live
We didn't get to go fishing or
to take a trip over the reef in
the glass-bottomed boat. The
surf ran heavily all the time
we were there and the small
boats could not go out.
We talked with a fellow from
New Zealand who had been
stationed on the island during
the second World War. Nos
talgia brought him back. He
showed me where the gun
emplacements had been
above the jetty, and said he
and his wife had talked with a
couple of the local residents he
had known while he was
stationed there. There were
many World War II veterans
on the island and we remi
nisced, not just about Norfolk,
but places like New Guinea,
New Caledonia, the Solomons
and other islands of the
Of the seven days we spent
on the island, two were very
wel, two were cloudy, three
were beautiful and all were
We picked and ate guavas
and saw bananas growing in
many places on the island.
Tomatoes grow wild along the
edges of the yards. Chickens
go wild. I saw one old hen with
seven little chickens. They
disappeared in the rocks and
brush as soon as they saw me.
There is a native gray and red
parrot of which we saw two,
and there are many terns. Of
course there were starlings
md weaver finches (we call
them English sparrows.)
There are nearly as many
pigeons as there are people. I
fed them a slice of bread each
morning. One or two were
there to start with, and there
would be usually a flock of
eight or nine near the door by
Ihe time the slice of bread was
gone, the people are now
starling to shoot the pigeons to
keep them under control.
There is no television there.
A local radio station keeps
people up-to-date on world
events, and local disc jockeys
play the latest records, mostly
from the U.S. There is a
weekly mimeographed news
sheet as well as a monthly
paper, also mimeographed.
Norfolk Island is all right for
a vacation, but without an
active oocupation life could be
very monotonous. People are
slower-paced there.
The teachers come mostly
from Australia for a three
year stay. Some islanders
have gone to Australia to
college and returned to teach,
but in general the younger
people do not return to the
island once they leave it.
The school buildings in
design are at least thirty years
behind ours, but I doubt that
the education is that far back.
The classrooms lack black
boards and bulletin boards,
but the teachers use the walls
as bulletin boards very ef
fectively. The sixth graders
make a long trip to Aus
tralia each year and the
10th grade geography class
members talk to people in the
U.S. and Australia by short
wave radio. They probably
know more about us than we
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Altar Society
elects officers
After mass Nov. 11, the
women of St. Patrick's Church
held an Altar Society meeting.
They elected officers for the
coming year: President, Nova
Sweeney: Vice-President,
Martha Munkers; Treasurer,
Pat Gentry and Secretary.
Marg Kenny.
The Altar Society then met
with the men of The Holy
Name Society to discuss what
the congregation could do to
cut down on the use of fuel for
both the church building and
(he recreational hall.
Bluebirds to
have bottle
The Heppner first grade
Bluebirds are having a door to
door bottle drive Nov. 17 from
10 a.m. to noon.
They will be collecting
returnable bottles and cans
and any donation will be
greatly appreciated.
Vicki Edmundson
awarded to
local girl
The Heppner brancn of the
American Association of Uni
versity Women has awarded
its first annual scholarship to
Vicki Edmundson. daughter of
Pat and John Edmundson of
Ms. Edmundson is a junior
studying pharmacology at
Oregon State University. This
scholarship is supported by
the AAUW Artifactory to be
held this year on Dec. 1.
Local artists and craftsmen
are reminded to make their
reservations for table spaces
soon by calling Joy Krein at
676-9956 or Laura Broderick at
989-8421. This year, the Arti
factory will be held at the
Morrow County Fairgrounds
so there will be more space
avananie man in previous
A special section is devoted
to a book sale and boxes have
been placed at the lone Post
Office and in Heppner at
Central Market, Court Street
Market, Jerry's Mobil and
Minimart and the Bank of
Eastern Oregon. Any and all
book donations are welcome,
especially children's books.
Music instructor
featured at
music recital
John Weddle, instrumental
music instructor at Blue
Mountain Community College
in Pendleton, will be the
featured performer at a fa
culty recital set for Sunday,
Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the
Pioneer Hall Theatre.
Weddle will play the clarinet
in the recital assisted by
Kathy Vandandoel, flute, mu
sic instructor at Pilot Rock
Elementary School; Ginella
Key, harpsichord. BMCC mu
sic instructor; and Bruce
Barnes, bassoon, director of
Included on the
program are: "Duo
tanl" by Kummer
Duos" by Nixon.
No. 3" hv Malter
County Mental
"Duo" bv
and "Sonata" bv
liv RirriinoTiillis
More Information about Sew
with Wool Contest
A call from Dorris Doherty.
district director, "Make It
Yourself with Wool" Contest,
gives added information for
those interested in the contest.
The contest will be at Blue
Mountain Community College
in Pendleton. Nov. . 17. She
requests that participants be
there at 9 a.m . for registration
and beginning of the judging
A no-host luncheon will be
available at the college cafe
teria for both the participants
and parents or others interes
ted, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Dorris invites and encourages
those involved in the contest to
plan to attend the luncheon.
She has made arrangements
for the food to be available at a
very reasonable cost to each.
Public style show will beat 2
p.m. at the college, and is open
to all. The style show is an
event worth attending. Girls
and adults will be showing the
latest in fashions which they
have constructed of woolen
fabrics. There is no cost to
attend the style show.
Many valuable prizes are
awarded to winners and
participants. Junior and sen
ior district winners will travel
to Ihe state contest to compete
for the honor of representing
Oregon at the national contest.
Heppner Horse Club has
New Leader
Young people wishing to be
involved in the 4-H horse
project will find a new leader
this year for the Two Trackers
Club. Joan Eckman of Hepp
ner has assumed the leader
ship of the popular horse club.
The large club has been
meeting and have their club
activities well under way, but
other members are always
welcome to join. More infor
mation may be obtained by
calling the Extension Office or
Fall Flowers,.
starting at $10
silk or fresh cut
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Heppner Library Book Sale
Hardbacks 25 Paperbacks 10
Adult & Childrens books
Mon., Nov. 19th 10:00 A.M. 7 P.M.
Wed., Nov. 21st 1:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M.
Sat. Nov. ?4th 2:004:00 P.M.
Mon. Nov. 26th 1:005:00 P.M.
Year of the Child
All proceeds will benefit the Children's Library
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Hospital Notes
The following patients have
been admitted and then dis
missed from Pioneer Memo
rial Hospital in Heppner for
the past week ending Nov. 12:
Angela Velasquez. Utah;
Cindy Velasquez, Utah; Tim
Thorp. Montana; and Laura
Williams, Fossil.
Training on foods
and customs of
Greece offered
(ireece to be Topic of Training
Women involved in Exten
sion Family Living Program
have chosen Greece as their
international study for the
year. A training on the foods
and customs of Greece will be
offered study group leader
teachers and other interested
groups from Morrow and
Umatilla counties Nov. 29 at
Peace Lutheran Church in
Presenting the program for
the two counties is Mrs. Jim
Swanson from lone, a former
International 4-H Youth Ex
changee to Greece. While
spending six months in
Greece, Swanson had the
opportunity to live with host
families in rural and urban
areas. Her program includes a
slide show and insights on the
culture and foods of the
Since the international les
son is one of the most popular
lessons yearly, the event
attracts many interested
groups in addition to the study
groups. Luncheon will be a
potluck of Greek foods. Each
leader teacher from the two
county area will be mailed a
recipe for the potluck. Leader
teachers attending will repeat
the program for their study
groups in December.
Patients that have been
admitted and are still in the
hospital are: Anna Brook
strum, lone; Herbert Dicus,
Culver; Ralph Crum, lone;
Richard Schmidt, Heppner;
James Bragaw, lone and
Lloyd Sager, Kentucky.
1 Births i
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wayne
Osterlund from Condon had a
baby girl at Pioneer Memorial
Hospital Nov. 11.
They named her Tracey
Kathleen and she weighed
seven pounds and three
New city map
of Arlington
A new city map of Arlington
has just been completed by the
Oregon Department of Trans
portation in cooperation with
the Federal Highway Admini
stration. The map is drawn to a scale
of 800 feet to the inch and
plotted on a 17-inch by 19-inch
sheet. It sells for 30 cents.
Reduction of the sheet to size
8' 2-inch by 11-inch at a scale
of 1,600 feet to the inch is
available at 10 cents.
There is an additional
charge of $1.00 for handling
and mailing per order.
The map may be purchased
by writing to the Photocopy
and Map Distribution Unit,
Room 17, Transportation
Building, Salem 97310. Chocks
should be made payable to the
Department of Transportation.
Holiday Hair
Care Tips
See us before the
season begins for
a cut and shaping!
Carlita will be working
Saturday's now !
TrishV phonfi
Beauty Shop 676-9282 (?(
Shoplifter is Wearing..
Handcuffs they may not look very costly, but
they're more expensive than you'd imagine!
And as any shoplifter knows, they're not re
turnable! Shoplifting is not a lark, not a prank and
not taken lightly. It's a crime that will blot your
record and may even put you behind bars. And
at holiday time, shoplifting is even more of a
temptation. Next time someone tries to sell you
a bill of goods about shoplifting, don't buy it. All
you may get is a new set of bracelets . . . and a
lot of time on your hands.
We'd like to remind you of the penalties of the law
concerning shoplifters !
Under Senate Bill 893, passed by the 1979 Oregon
Legislature, the law is tougher on shoplifters.
Even before an offender goes to court, store owners
may make a demand by letter for the return of stolen
merchandise as well as a monetary refund and costs up
to $500 for adults and $250 for children.
Furthermore, parents are made responsible for the
shoplifting acts of their children.
Not only that, the recovery of stolen goods and
payment of damages to merchants does not absolve
shoplifters from being prosecuted in court as criminals!
Remember, shoplifting is a crime! Don't end up in
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