March 20, 2013
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Leading the tow: Rivers Edge Towing has ranked on the Towman 500, “Most Experienced Towmen in America.” Compiled by American Towman Magazine, a towing industry trade publication, the Towman 500 is based on the oldest established towing businesses in America. Rivers Edge was established in 1983. Members of the Towman 500 gathered at AT Expo in Baltimore, Md., last November and AT ShowPlace in Las Vegas this May and received a commemorative belt buckle.
The big deal: Where are you going to find podium-pounding politicians, kids and animals, business people hawking their wares and the best products of local creativity the county has to offer? At the Wasco County Fair, of course.
A good wine needs time to mature and so does a good city.
Button up that overcoat: It may only be July, but this is a good time to consider what can be done for a business or a home to keep the winter cold (and the summer heat, for that matter) at bay and power bills at a minimum.
A prime example: When Oregon Department of Human Services wanted to recruit new adult foster home providers to meet the growing demand for these services, it’s no surpise they turned to Mary Alva of The Dalles. Alva has been in the business since 2000 and owns two local adult foster homes, Mary Alva Senior Class I and Mary Alva Senior Class II.
You know you’re from The Dalles if: What you’re talking about right now isn’t the state of affairs in the Middle East, the economy or the ebola outbreak in Africa, it’s team mascots. Quite a lively discussion is going on right now over at the “You know you’re from The Dalles if...” Facebook page in response to Victoria Osborne’s Chronicle article on the school board’s plan to decide on a logo for The Dalles High’s new mascot, the Riverhawks.
Getting dirty: Anyone who ever felt the irresistible magnetic attraction between a dirt pile and a small, yellow dumptruck will get a chuckle out of what’s to be found on the lot at Ray Schultens Motors this week.
‘Dalles’ makes the tabloids: You wouldn’t think The Dalles a likely topic for the Star tabloid magazine, but that’s where you’d be wrong.
Heading west: A permanent fixture at 509 E. Second St. for more than 35 years, David Kelsey is taking his services as an auto mechanic to the west side of town. Kelsey worked at the East Second location through a variety of name changes from S&R Auto to Castle, to Alleyway and now Cornstone Auto.
Help and have a slice: Big River Family Insurance will host a fundraiser for Relay for Life Saturday, June 7, in the Goodwill parking lot next to Starbucks from noon to 6 p.m.
New on the job: Nancy Steers-Crist has joined Flagstone Senior Living as its new director. Like so many people in the field, her journey began with her grandmother. Steers-Crist has served seniors for many years in memory care, assisted living, independent living and hospice.
Green in Mosier: It’s fitting that Gorge Green Drinks comes to Mosier for National Bike Month. Situated squarely between the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail and arguably the most scenic stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway, it’s a resting spot for cyclists who may have started their journey in Hood River and are about ready to roll through the hills and dales of Mosier orchard country and the Rowena Loops on their way to The Dalles. Or vice versa.
Two special days: The Sawyer family of Sawyer’s True Value celebrated the 90th birthday of the company’s second-generation owner, Stan Sawyer, on May 3.
Spic and span: Downtown The Dalles will be fresh and ready when the Northwest Cherry Festival’s many activities converge here this weekend.
A debit for sure: Ben Neumayer of Friend and Reagan PC wrapped up his 40th income tax season April 15 and decided that would also be a good time to wrap up his accounting career. Neumayer officially announced his retirement to the Friend and Reagan staff last night.
Seeking customers on two wheels: More than a dozen businesses may be on their way to becoming certified bike-friendly businesses through Cycle Oregon.
A helping hand: ELF Cleaning Service and Property Management has teamed up with Cleaning for a Reason, an international nonprofit foundation to help women battling cancer.
Help with coverage: The open enrollment deadline to sign up for Cover Oregon coverage is looming March 31, less than a week away, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ground for the sowing: Carola Stepper of Cascade Acupuncture wants everyone to have a chance to grow fresh produce in good soil. Toward that end, she is offering plots in the community garden behind her 1712 E. 12th St. offices for seasonal lease, $20 for the season, plus a $10 refundable deposit.
OK, not actual fleas: Breezeway Boutique Antique Market is organizing a monthly flea market one Sunday a month during May, June, July and August in the parking lot area outside the shop’s back door. The first event is planned May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public as sellers and buyers. “We’re limiting the spaces,” said co-owner Terry Lee. “It will be first-come, first-served in getting a space.”
Hacked off: I was pondering what book to read to lull me to sleep last night when I had the random thought, “Gee, it’s been a few weeks, I wonder if my tax refunds had arrived yet?”
All around you: In our heads, we know we live in a world-class tourist destination.
What wine goes best with platinum? The answer, apparently, is wine from Maryhill Winery, which tallied nearly 70 platinum, double gold or gold medals last year amid its record-breaking 300 2013 awards.
Bringing sunshine: Despite the gray that has been dominating our skies and the snow (quickly turning to slush) on our streets, The Dalles road crews brightened the days of local businesses this week by industriously making sure customers still have passable roads and places to park in the business districts.
Not gone, just changed: The Dalles Academy of Hair has been a fixture here for decades and quite a few people noticed a change at that location last year. But the academy isn’t gone, it just has a new name, Teasers Hair Design, under the ownership of stylist Laurie White.
Long anticipated: Golden shovels will send dirt flying this Friday, Jan. 31, in celebration of the groundbreaking at the future North Chenoweth Industrial Business Park.
Part of the circle: Jeannie and Dan Carver may still be home on Imperial Ranch when the winter Olympic games start in Sochi next month, but a part of them and their ranch will be making history in Russia as their wool dresses the athletes in their uniform sweaters and mittens.
A transit operation center is up for consideration at a City of The Dalles Planning Commission quasi judicial public hearing Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at the City Hall council chambers.
Was The Dalles economy on the upswing in 2013? A snapshot of all the moving and shaking of the year past might suggest yes.
Direct from the North Pole: The next time you meet a member of The Dalles Kiwanis Club, give them a hearty “Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas.”
An economy in dichotomy: Ask just about anyone and they’ll likely say that rural economies are in crisis.
Helping hands: The annual holiday collection drive at Haystack Broadcasting is under way now.
Style in The Dalles: Anyone who took in The Dalles Civic Auditorium’s piano gala got a treat not only for the ears, but for the eyes. Many of those in attendance dressed up for the event in their evening best, men in suits and women in sparkly dresses.
Help military stay in the trim: Great Clips is offering a chance for community members to express their gratitude to veterans with the “Thank a Veteran” promotion.
Of holidays to come: I gasped when I heard the dreaded words above echo through the office the other day. “I’M NOT READY!” I yelled inside my head. Halloween isn’t even until tomorrow. But leaves have turned, notices of holiday bazaars and concerts are rolling in and, whether we like it or not, Christmas is on it’s way.
Knit while you sit: As a service to furloughed federal workers, Sarah at Knot Another Hat in Hood River and Paulette at the Whole Ball of Yarn in downtown The Dalles are offering free “Learn to Knit” classes to furloughed federal employees.
I want to put a ding in the universe. —Steve Jobs Making their mark: Some local homeowners are hoping to put their own ding in the universe.
Make some noise: Sounding her age, she said, “The noise parade was different in my day” — OK, I admit it, that was me talking the other day in our staff meeting.
New face on the economic block: Mid-Columbia Economic Development District is hosting an AmeriCorps volunteer through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program run out of the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center.
Things are starting to churn: It’s exciting to see more activity on the commercial real estate front, particularly in the business corridor.
Thought plus leadership: Business operators can often generate value and prestige for their businesses by being considered a thought leader in their field. But how does that happen?
A little good news to the south: Summer is the time of year when Wasco County gains about a third in size as vacation and snowbird residents return to Pine Hollow and Rock Creek communities outside Wamic.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. — Muhammad Ali Training, part one: Even if you’ve been working in your field close to 30 years, like I have, taking a class now and then can be a valuable experience.
Thank goodness for A/C repair people: July is National Air Conditioning Repair Month and our family found cause to appreciate the repair people who get buried in calls during the first real hot spell each year.
A little coffee with those fries? Is it too much to ask for a little designer coffee and a tasty burger on the same corner? Apparently not according to Michael Heller, owner of Burger King, who recently gained city administrative approval to put a coffee drive-through on the same parcel as the existing fast food restaurant at Sixth and Webber streets.
It’s not just lemons: Self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie may have been a master of making the best out of a bad situation, coining the phrase, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
Jobs are waiting: Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette will host a job fair Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 700 Union St.
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street. — W. H. Auden Singing your way: Salmon may not be singing in the street, as W. H. Auden wrote, but the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes began their commercial sales from the summer fishery this week.
A tip of the hat to Bob and Joana Stanek, who have been serving breakfast to graduating TD and TDW seniors for the past 15 years, since taking ownership of Spooky’s Pizza.
Price comparisons: Wondering how your health care costs compare to those of people in other parts of Oregon and the nation? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released data on hospital charges for a number of U.S. hospitals and Mid-Columbia Medical Center was one of them. An article in the Rural Assistance Center, shared with us by Julie Reynolds, offers information and links to the detailed charging information.
Caught giving good service: It’s that time again. It’s time to recognize the people with the power to brighten — and potentially ruin — our days with one cheerful or blistering comment.
Tip of the hat to Catherine Ruggles, a physical therapist with Visiting Health Services in The Dalles for being named the therapist of the year by the Oregon Association for Home Care. Ruggles provides therapy in both Sherman County and the south end of Wasco County. Some of her patients report feeling much more hopeful after physical therapy intervention.
A new beginning: Fresenius Medical Care North America is celebrating the launch of its new dialysys clinic in The Dalles with an open house Wednesday, May 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Maslow in action: If you’ve never heard of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs, it’s the idea that human motivation is prioritized starting with basic human needs like food, water, breathing, etc., moving on to safety. Only when those fundamental needs are fulfilled can human beings move on to higher motivations like love and belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization (morality, creativity, problem-solving, etc.).
Still youthful after 73 years: At the age of 73, every anniversary is something to celebrate and that’s what Sawyer’s True Value and Just Ask Rental is doing this week through Sunday April 21.
Possibilties, not guarantees: Tour boats begin mooring at the Union Street marine terminal just a week from today. Every other Monday overnight stays begin the week after that on April 22. Those facts don’t guarantee the passengers will drop by any particular store in The Dalles, but Dolores Habberstad has a few suggestions that can help make the prospect more enticing — without costing an arm and a leg.
A good rule of business: This week is National Golden Rule Week, based on the simple biblical tenet “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Show your best cherry face: Friday is the last day to enter the Cherry Enchantment Window Decorating contest for Northwest Cherry Festival. The Cherry Festival theme is “Cherry Enchantment,” which should be good inspiration for local store window imagination.
Spirit month: March is Employee Spirit Month. Consultant Steve McClatchy says businesses can energize their employees by supporting or helping them set, pursue and accomplish their own personal and professional goals. “Movement toward goals and improvement in our lives is what alleviates stress, creates a feeling of balance, and keeps your workforce feeling refreshed and energized,” McClatchy said.