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    TWO - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Official Newspaper
of the City of Heppner and the County of Morrow
U.S.P.S. 240-420
Morrow County’s Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper
Published weekly by Sykes Publishing, LLC and entered as periodical matter at the
Post Office at Heppner, Oregon under the Act of March 3, 1879. Periodical postage
paid at Heppner, Oregon. Office at 188 W. Willow Street. Telephone (541) 676-
9228. Fax (541) 676-9211. E-mail: editor@rapidserve.net or david@rapidserve.
net. Web site: www.heppner.net. Postmaster send address changes to the Heppner
Gazette-Times, P.O. Box 337, Heppner, Oregon 97836. Subscriptions: $31 in Morrow
County; $25 senior rate (in Morrow County only; 65 years or older); $37 elsewhere;
$31 student subscriptions.
David Sykes ..............................................................................................Publisher
Bobbi Gordon................................................................................................ Editor
All News and Advertising Deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.
For Advertising: advertising deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. Cost for a display ad is $5 per
column inch. Cost for classified ad is 50¢ per word. Cost for Card of Thanks is $10 up to
100 words. Cost for a classified display ad is $5.75 per column inch.
For Public/Legal Notices: public/legal notices deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. Dates for pub-
lication must be specified. Affidavits must be required at the time of submission. Affidavits
require three weeks to process after last date of publication (a sooner return date must be
specified if required).
For Obituaries: Obituaries are published in the Heppner GT at no charge and are edited to
meet news guidelines. Families wishing to include information not included in the guidelines
or who wish to have the obituary written in a certain way must purchase advertising space
for the obituary.
For Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor MUST be signed by the author. The Heppner
GT will not publish unsigned letters. All letters MUST include the author’s address and phone
number for use by the GT office. The GT reserves the right to edit letters. The GT is not
responsible for accuracy of statements made in letters. Any letters expressing thanks will
be placed in the classifieds under “Card of Thanks” at a cost of $10.
Health District
offers heart
screenings, CPR
Morrow County Health
District is commemorating
American Heart month
by offering two important
events to the public during
The first will be free
walk-in Healthy Heart
Screenings at Pioneer Me-
morial Clinic and Irrigon
Medical Clinic on Tuesday,
Feb. 6 and Tuesday, Feb.
27 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
both days. MCHD CEO
Bob Houser states, “We
are extremely happy to be
able to offer these free ser-
vices throughout Morrow
County at our clinics during
the month of February and
sincerely hope that people
will take advantage of these
valuable diagnostic tests.”
The screening includes
a blood pressure check, a
height, weight and Body
Mass Index (BMI) calcula-
tion, a blood glucose check
(finger stick), a Healthy
Life Habits questionnaire
and a review of your chart
by Morrow County Health
District Care Coordinator,
Nichole Maahs to check for
any needed appointments
or testing. All participants
will also receive a special
treat bag, said an MCHD
Another MCHD spon-
sored event is a free non-
certified Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation class in Hep-
pner, which will be offered
on Friday, Feb. 9 from 10
a.m. to 12 noon and on
Friday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 3
p.m. Both classes will be
held in the Pioneer Memo-
rial Clinic basement confer-
ence room in Heppner. Par-
ticipants must preregister
by calling 541-676-2930 or
email Angela at angelaj@
Catholic men plan
The men of St. Pat-
rick’s and St. William’s
Catholic parishes will pre-
pare a St. Valentine’s Day
breakfast in Heppner and
Ione on Sunday, Feb. 11.
The Ione breakfast will start
at 9:45 a.m. and the Hep-
pner breakfast will start at
12 noon. There is no charge.
The Catholic men will
also hold a meeting on
Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 13 in
Ione. Holy Hour will start
at St. William’s Church at
5:30 p.m. with a no host
social period, dinner and
meeting to follow at the
Route 74 Restaurant at
6:30 p.m.
Ralph William
Ralph William DeBoer
passed away at his retire-
ment residence in Karakol,
Kyrgyzstan on Nov. 3, 2017
and was buried there. He
was born on June 10, 1948
at Ephrata, WA to Ralph
Clifford DeBoer and Isabel
Elizabeth DeBoer.
He graduated from
Stanfield High School in
1966. After high school,
Ralph enlisted in the US
Naval Reserves and was
sent to Da Nang, Viet-
nam for two tours of duty
in 1969 and 1970. After
returning from Vietnam,
he attended Blue Moun-
tain Community College,
Portland State University
and took correspondence
classes at Eastern Oregon
He served as a Stanfield
Police Department officer.
DeBoer began working for
Portland General Electric in
1980 and worked for PGE
for 33 years.
He enjoyed big game,
upland bird, and waterfowl
hunting as well as fishing
and camping. After retir-
ing, he spent several hours
playing golf and traveling
around the world with his
wife, Burul.
He is survived by his
mother Isabel, his sister
Janice Elizabeth DeBoer,
his wife Burul DeBoer,
who resided with him in
Kyrgyzstan, and his chil-
dren: William DeBoer of
Lexington, Andrea DeBoer
of Hamilton, AL, Dawn De-
Boer of Lexington, stepson
Artur Urazov of Russia and
his several grandchildren.
A remembrance of
life service and luncheon
will be held at the Ione
American Legion hall on
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.
Donations are requested to
the Ione American Legion
and Auxiliary or to Heppner
Willow Creek Golf Club.
Ione backpack
program provides
meals on weekends
The Ione Backpack
Food Program provides a
supply of nutritious food for
children when school lunch
and breakfast is unavailable
on a weekend or school
holiday. Each food bag
contains three breakfasts,
three lunches, three snacks,
one can of vegetables and
one can of fruit. All food is
nonperishable and provided
to children free of charge.
These resources are ex-
pected to support the health,
behavior, and achievement
of every student that partici-
pates, said a spokesperson.
Though the program is
intended to help children
whose families find it dif-
ficult to have enough food
for the entire month, all
children are eligible for
this program. Information
to sign up for the program
will be sent home with stu-
dents and is also available
at the school office and Ione
Community Clinic.
The program is run
completely by volunteers
who help pack the food
bags. The program is funded
through the gifts from Ione
Community Clinic, Ione
Community School, Ione
Community Church, St.
~ Letters to the Editor ~
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criteria met: letters submitted to the newspaper will need to have the name
of the sender along with a legible signature. We are also requesting that you
provide your address and a phone number where you can be reached. The
address and phone number will only be used for verification and will not be
printed in the newspaper. Letters may not be libelous. The GT reserves the
right to edit. The GT is not responsible for accuracy of statements made in
letters. Any letters expressing thanks will be placed in the classifieds under
“Card of Thanks” at a cost of $10.
Help with litter pickup
To the editor:
With the St. Pat’s Celebration approaching, it is time
to tidy up Heppner’s streets and sidewalks. All businesses
and residents are encouraged to dispose of any litter on
their properties.
Thanks in advance to everyone for this effort.
John Edmundson, Heppner
Day care faces challenges
To the editor:
The last six months
have been filled with un-
foreseen challenges at the
Heppner Day Care and
Infant Center. As of Jan.
1, the main center has been
operating without a direc-
tor. We have spoken to
our state certifier and have
been allowed to operate on
a short-term basis while we
are actively looking for a
qualified director.
As a certified center,
a director must be highly
qualified and meet the stan-
dards set by the state. Our
first search did not yield
any qualified candidates.
We will begin outreaching
for the position again this
week, with applications
closing on Feb. 15th. We
will also be looking to hire
a qualified director at the
Infant Center. The positions
will run in the local news-
paper and online.
At this time, we have
interim directors in place
for both centers. The board
is hopeful that qualified
candidates will apply, but
need to begin planning for
the chance we do not find
someone. The board has
been brainstorming options
and while we would love
to remain a day care, if a
director is not found, we
will continue as a preschool
and Infant Center only and
have to suspend the daycare
services at the main center.
In the event that we are
no longer able to provide
daycare services, the board
is looking into developing a
“Homework Club” for after
school care. The state rec-
ommended we consider this
option if we were unable to
keep our certification due to
lack of a director. The board
hopes this would help to
alleviate some of the stress
to our families and com-
munity. The “Homework
Club” would only be avail-
able to school age children
during the school week.
The Heppner Day Care,
its board members and staff
are heartbroken that we
have to consider closing our
doors. The center has been
an important and valuable
resource to this community
for the last 20 years.
We know that safe and
reliable child care is des-
perately needed in Hep-
pner and we hope that any
closure would only be tem-
porary. The good news
is, we are not closed yet.
The board and staff will
continue to work towards
finding a solution to keep
our doors open.
Heppner and the sur-
rounding communities
have donated so much time,
money and effort into keep-
ing our doors open over the
years and we feel it is our
duty to be open and honest
about the current challenges
we are facing. Please feel
free to contact the Heppner
Day Care Board via email
at heppnerdaycareboard@
gmail.com with any solu-
tions or ideas to assist us in
continuing to operate under
our current certification.
the Heppner Day Care
Board Members
Heppner, OR
William’s Catholic Church,
Betty Bergstrom memorial
and Neighborhood Center
of South Morrow County.
Monetary donations
may be made to the Ione
Community church by des-
ignating Back Pack. Food
donations may be dropped
off at Ione Market, Ione
Community Clinic, Ione
School office, Ione Com-
munity Church, St. Wil-
liams Church or call one
of the numbers below for
pick up.
When making food do-
nations, consider foods for
breakfast, lunch and dinner
that are easy for a school
age child to prepare and
eat. Suggestions include:
granola bars, instant oat-
meal, canned soup, instant
macaroni and cheese, cup
o’ soup, fruit cups, canned
vegetables, trail mix, pea-
nut butter, cereal, canned
sausages, microwave pop-
corn, Ritz snack pack crack-
ers or canned meat.
For more information
or questions contact Cyd-
ney McElligott or Yvonne
Morter at 541-422-7128 or
All Saints, Hope and Valby volunteers will serve
call the school office 541-
lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at St. Patrick’s Senior
Center. Lunch will be beef stew, orange kissed beets,
sliced cucumbers, French bread and red velvet cupcakes
for dessert.
Milk is served at each meal. Suggested donation is
$3.50 per meal. Menu is subject to change.
February 14th
Community lunch
$35 per person
Soup or salad with rustic rolls
(Entree) choose from
•Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Meatloaf
Served with potato choice and fresh vegetables
•New York Strip Steak (10oz)
Served with bang bang shrimp, potato choice & fresh vegetables
•Heavenly Halibut Filet
s erved with potato choice and fresh vegetables
Dessert Included
Regular Menu Also Available
Reservations Recommended
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