Wednesday May 21

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

Harney Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday May 21, from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Diamond, located at 49130 Main Street in Diamond. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service, please contact HSWCD at 541-573-5010.

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

Take the best care of yourself with Health Screening Day on Wednesday, May 21, at Harney District Hospital. Don’t miss this great opportunity to receive free or discounted screening exams. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Fasting blood draw exams at the HDH Lab. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit the Lion’s Mobile Screening Unit parked at Harney District Hospital to receive free exams which check blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, hearing and vision. For more information, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Toni  Siegner, 541-573-8310.

Be a quitter…a tobacco quitter, that is! Join the Kick Butts Support Group to develop strategies to quit successfully and access all the resources available to help you. For more information, contact Harney District Hospital’s Jamie Blute at 541-573-8342. The support group will meet on Wednesday, May 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital board annex conference room.

The Hilander Booster Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Glory Days Pizza.

Harney Partners for Kids and Families meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Glory Days Pizza. Lunch is provided; please RSVP to Carol Sawyer, president, 541-573-6886.

Harney Grant Babe Ruth board meets the third Wednesday of each month in the courthouse basement meeting room, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Free cardio-kick classes are offered Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. The classes are good for beginning to moderate workouts, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 541-573-7777.

Bring babies to Lapsit Storytime at Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, stories, rhymes and fingerplays especially for babies and toddlers.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10:30  a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information, 541-573 6670.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the back door on the south side of the building. All interested are welcome.


Thursday May 22

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

Join Harney District Hospital EMS and celebrate our local emergency team with a barbecue and open house on Thursday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the EMS Department of Harney District Hospital. Barbecue lunch, ambulance tours and goodies for the kids! For more information, contact Harney District Hospital EMT Christi Banton, 541-573-3687.

Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the USDA Service Center in Hines at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon at noon each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway in Burns.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at noon each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes. Call 541-573-2896.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.


Friday May 23

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.


Saturday May 24

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in Burns. For more information, call 541-330-9142.

High Desert Saddle Club will have a pre-fair and open horse show Saturday, May 24, at the Harney County Fairgrounds. Sign up at 9 a.m., show starts at 9:30 a.m. Showmanship, English, reining at 1 p.m., and Western. For more information, call 541-589-1519.


Sunday May 25

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Burns Elks Lodge. Call 541-573-6170.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church for 12×12 study.


Monday May 26

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

Harney County Library will be closed Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.

A Grief Support Group is held the second and fourth Monday of each month by Harney County Hospice and Rev. Jean Hurst during the day as well as the evening. For more information, call Harney County Hospice, 541-573-8360.

The Harney County Health Department is available at the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, to check blood pressure the fourth Monday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for the clinic and results can be forwarded to a physician or nurse practitioner at your request.

Harney County Search and Rescue meets the fourth Monday of each month at the Search and Rescue Building at 7 p.m.

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community are welcome.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Burns Fire Dept. meets each Monday at the Burns Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

The Hines Volunteer Fire Department meets at the Hines Fire Hall each Monday at 7 p.m. (except the last Monday of the month). Prospective members may contact Fire Chief Bob Spence at 541-573-7477 or 541-573-2251.


Tuesday May 27

Posted on May 21st in Community Calendar

Hines Common Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at 6:30 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area). For more information, call Carol at 541-589-1272.

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet Tuesday, May 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital conference room. Learn and share about breast cancer, ways to manage symptoms or treatment side effects, and other valuable information. For details, contact HDH Outreach Coordinator Kristen Gregg, 541-573-8614.

Harney County Library Advisory Board meets the last Tuesday of each month in the library, 80 West D St., at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Use the back door to the left. For more information, call 541-573-7339.

An Infant/Toddler Play Group is held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center for children ages birth to three. For more information, call 541-573-6461.

Harney Basin Writers meets each Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m. in room 302 of the former Lincoln School, corner of A Street and Court Ave. in Burns. Elevator on the south side. Quiet writing time until 2 p.m., then readings begin. Adults of any writing style are welcome to attend.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior Center each Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the senior center at 541-573-6024.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.

Boy Scouts meet each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the LDS Church in Hines. All boys age 11 and above are welcome to participate.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open meeting each Tuesday at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord in Burns at 7 p.m.

 


In other business, board appoints Doug Gunderson to fill Gordon Mallon’s seat

By Lauren Brown
Burns Times-Herald

The Harney County School District No. 3 is already preparing for the H1N1 virus (swine flu) according to Superintendent Bob Sari.
At the Sept. 8 meeting, Sari explained to the school board that because those ages 6 months to 24 years are the most susceptible to the virus, the district needs to be prepared in the event there is a large outbreak here. Prevention is key, so he noted that cleaning procedures and simply keeping sick children home are a couple of key components. However, he said that as the flu season approaches, the district will be partnering with the Harney County Health Department to offer students vaccines.

“The burden falls on the community,” Sari said regarding how important it is for everyone to prevent the spread of the virus.

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The Harney County District No. 3 School Board swore in a new member on Sept. 8 in Doug Gunderson.

Originally, there were two letters of interest for the seat vacated by Gordon Mallon. Gunderson and Tim Colahan both initially expressed interest in serving on the board, but Colahan pulled his name from consideration saying he thought he would be seen as a polarizing figure.

That left the board with Gunderson, who stated that as a parent and coach (wrestling) he felt ready to tackle some issues, though he said he had no hidden agenda.

In other business:

• Superintendent Sari stated that the first week of school went off without a hitch and that the teachers and staff at all the buildings worked hard to make sure that students have a warm, friendly and non-confrontational atmosphere in which to learn.He also noted that he felt the district population was holding steady with a total of 403 students at Slater Elementary School, 195 at Hines Middle School, 333 at Burns High School, 17 at Eastern Oregon Academy and 150 in the Silvies Web Academy, for a grand total of  1,098 students;

• Superintendent Sari said that he was contacted by the City of Burns regarding the park located behind the Lincoln building. The park needs some work, and  Sari said that they will be looking for some grants to help with the renovations. He said there are several ideas on what could be done with the area. Installing some sand volleyball courts or basketball courts were both mentioned;

• Business Manager Petrina White said that the former Monaco Coach Corp. donated a bunch of office supplies, desks and a welding table to the school district, and said the district was very appreciative of the donation.

White also noted that the district completed its transportation report and that the district transports 410 kids each school day and that the buses average 82,000 miles of travel. She said the the 410 number is high compared to other districts in the state;

• Bond Project Manager Bill Renwick stated that the Hines Middle School (HMS) gym is now finished, and the pellet bin at the high school is still under construction.

• HMS Principal Gail Buermann stated that she was pleased with the HMS open house held on Sept. 2. She estimated that 60 percent of HMS parents participated in the event.

She also stated that even after moving some number around, she doesn’t think HMS will pass the average yearly progress (AYP) state testing;

• Burns High School Associated Student Body Co-Presidents Natalie Wassom and Philip Kness told the board that they will be concentrating on getting the community involved in supporting the schools. They also talked about the BHS student store, which is a place for students to hang out and buy supplies. The store is run by students in leadership and FFA;

• at the end of the regular meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss negotiations.

The next Harney County District No. 3 School Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Lincoln building.


Marjorie Estella Hayes Gunkel died on Aug. 29.obit-gunkel.jpg

She was born on Jan. 2, 1932, in Burns to Othniel Elton Hayes and Zelma Izora March Hayes.

Gunkel attended grade school at Lawen, riding horseback to school each day with her brothers. They would bring a feed bag with them for the horses to feed while school was in session.  In 1945, her brothers, Scott and Elton, drowned in a neighboring pond.

Following their death, her parents sold everything and moved to Grants Pass. The family then moved to Eagle Point, where Gunkel attended high school, graduating in 1950.

On Dec. 24, 1951, she married Alfred Gunkel in Lakeview.

Gunkel held many jobs, including mowing lawns, cleaning houses, selling Christmas cards and as a kitchen aide. Her retirement years were spent helping other people.

Gunkel is survived by her children, Claudia Hayes of Shady Cove, Scott Gunkel and wife Nina of Lawen, Martin Gunkel of Crane, Daniel Gunkel and wife Rosie of Eagle Point, Harvey Gunkel and wife Nida of Crane, Lorella Monroe and husband Jim and Luccettie McDermond and husband Don of Crane.

She is also survived by her sister, Izora Osborn of Trail; nephew, Jim Bosch of Hines; nieces, Patty Bosch of Milton-Freewater and Laveta Osborne of Medford, and 21 grandchildren.

Gunkel was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and her daughter, Carmen.


Wednesday, September 16

Posted on September 16th in Community Calendar

Harney Partners for Kids and Families meets on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, at Glory Days Pizza. Lunch is provided, please RSVP to Michelle Bradach, president.

Babe Ruth meets the third Wednesday of each month in the courthouse basement meeting room, 450 North Buena Vista, at 7 p.m.

Oregon Hunters Association is for all hunters, whether rifle, bow, shotgun, muzzle loader or other. The local chapter meets at Linda’s Thai Room, the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m and is followed by a board meeting.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 West D St., each  Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information 573-6670.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 North Broadway, meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at the Foursquare Church at 7 p.m.


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