Michael “Mike Banks” Gagnebin, 58, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 28.

At Mike’s request, no funeral services will be held. However, a Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.

 

 


Conly Marshall, 87, passed away Aug. 6.

A memorial service will be held in September. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Wednesday August 20

Posted on August 20th in Community Calendar

Be a quitter…a tobacco quitter, that is! Join this support group to develop strategies to quit successfully and access all the resources available to help you. The support group will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital board annex conference room. For more information, contact Harney District Hospital’s Jamie Blute at 541-573-8342.

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.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club invites the public to their summer “Twilight” trap practice to be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Wednesday, running through the month of September. The practices will be held at the trap range on Radar Hill. It is a great time to get started or improve your skills. There are instructors for beginners.

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 August 21

Posted on August 20th in Community Calendar

The Harvest Share will be in Harney County Thursday, Aug. 21. They will be at Crane Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. and at the Burns Paiute Reservation at 10:30 a.m.

Burns Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, at 11:45 a.m.

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 August 22

Posted on August 20th in Community Calendar

BUHS Class of 1974 reunion August 22-23. Friends and classmates are invited, as well as graduates of Crane Union High School. For more information, contact Linda (White) Bennett at 541-573-5001.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky at 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 August 23

Posted on August 20th in Community Calendar

The Harney County Demolition Derby will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

All youth wanting to participate in the ATV Rodeo need to pre-register by noon Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Harney County Fair office. The ATV Rodeo begins at 1 p.m. For more information call 541-573-6447.

BUHS Class of 1974 reunion August 22-23. Friends and classmates are invited, as well as graduates of Crane Union High School. For more information, contact Linda (White) Bennett at 541-573-5001.

Harney County Farmers Market from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hines City Park.


Sunday August 24

Posted on August 20th 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, Aug. 24, at Burns Elks Lodge. Call 541-573-6170.

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

Fair Court tryouts, with your horses, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the fairgrounds arena. All girls interested in becoming a Fair Queen or Princess are invited to attend.


Monday August 25

Posted on August 20th in Community Calendar

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.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Monday at 10 a.m. in the community room at Saginaw Village, 605 N. Saginaw. For more information call 541-589-4405.


Tuesday August 26

Posted on August 20th 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, Aug. 26, from 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.

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.


Framing a space for art

Posted on August 13th in News

Local artist has a passion for presentation

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

Local artist Liz Voegtly stands in her downtown Burns apartment. Her flair for presentation and attention to detail is evident in her interior decorating as well as her art work. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

Local artist Liz Voegtly stands in her downtown Burns apartment. Her flair for presentation and attention to detail is evident in her interior decorating as well as her art work. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

When you’re looking at a painting, do you consider the frame around it as part of the composition? Does the positioning of a decorative object in your home affect your opinion of it?

For Liz Voegtly, presentation is an art unto itself. Whether it’s decorating her downtown Burns home, or framing one of her watercolor or collage pieces, she takes great care in the details of display.

Voegtly’s background as a draftsman, graphic designer, and database administrator for Motorola helps to explain her propensity for attention to detail.

She was born and raised in Tempe, Ariz. She and her husband, Carl, lived in Scottsdale for many years, both working for Motorola. Voegtly started as a draftsman for the company. She later got a degree in information technology, and became a database administrator there.

When her husband retired, the couple moved to Burns (where his parents were from originally and where he spent many of his summers). They bought the two downtown buildings that now house the Country Lane Quilts store and Moon Rise Books. The Voegtly family originally built the bookstore building, completing it in 1899. Its original function was as a hardware store. In the 1930s, the Voegtly family turned the second level into an apartment and offices for rent. They lived there until the 1950s. It was then converted into four apartments, which is what it was when Voegtly and her husband bought it in 2000.

In the past year-and-a-half, they have taken on a second level renovation, transforming the space into one apartment, including space for Voegtly’s art studio and gallery-style display space.

This is where Voegtly’s passion for presentation comes in. Over the years, she has amassed a collection of decorative items. She took these and organized them thematically around her home. There is a vineyard area with wine paraphernalia, game and movie walls, and a cooking and baking display near the kitchen. All of the objects are either attached directly to the walls or placed on shelves.

“This is my major art project,” said Voegtly.

“All the design ambition I have has been put into trying to figure out how to make this work,” she explained.

And it looks as if she is indeed making it work. Choosing rich, jewel-tone colors for paint and curtains, Voegtly has given the place a uniquely vibrant feel. She even plans to paint a trompe l’oeil (a realistic painting that creates an optical illusion) on one of the doors.

 

Creating conversation

Voegtly helps to foster the local art community by hosting “Art Therapy” at her home art studio. A group of up to six people get together and work on individual projects, while getting a chance to talk. Voegtly has a large collection of art supplies that are available to participants, in part thanks to a grant from the Harney County Arts & Crafts association. She said she wants people to be able to “dabble” in different crafts before committing to investing in them.

She also hopes to transform the expansive wall space in her high-ceilinged entry hallway into a gallery area showcasing Harney County artists, and would welcome donations for the display.

 

Traditional arts

In addition to interior design and decoration, another one of Voegtly’s specialties is the Ukrainian decorated egg. She used to get together with her mother and her mother’s friend, in an earlier incarnation of the “art therapy” group she holds today, and on one occasion, her mother’s friend brought the Ukrainian egg project to their group.

“I hated the first day,” said Voegtly.

But she grew to love the systematic, analytical nature of the work, spending hours practicing.

“It all made sense because I was a draftsman,” she explained.

Ukrainian decorated eggs (called pysanky in Ukrainian), are made using a wax-resist method (batik). Melted wax is applied to the shell of the egg in the desired pattern where it is meant to stay white in color. It is then dipped in yellow, and again selectively covered in wax to maintain the yellow areas. This is repeated with successively darker dyes until it is complete.

Voegtly said it is an interesting process because it requires thinking backward. It also is a craft that is steeped in tradition, originating in ancient times and synthesizing with Christian traditions. Various shapes and symbols have a multitude of meaning. For example, drops of color were used to indicate stars in the night sky, or sometimes tears of the Virgin Mary. Voegtly said that although those aren’t her cultural traditions, she likes to inform people about them in order to give deeper meaning to the art.

Working with only a six dollar art set for four years, she perfected her skills using all different sizes of eggs. Some of the larger pieces take 40 to 60 hours to complete. She gets inspired from patterns she sees and applies them to her projects. Voegtly has even taken on a custom order.

Voegtly’s other art work includes watercolor paintings, collage, pottery and framing. She learned these skills while taking community art classes in Scottsdale, and by participating in Amos Burk’s “Play With Clay” group locally. She mastered the art of framing to a point that she was assisting her instructor. She now owns a miter saw, and styles her own frames for her paintings.

Her watercolor, collage and pottery pieces have won awards at the Harney County Fair, including “Best of Show” for her collage picture of a “Georgian tree,” which was inspired by a photo from a magazine. When it comes to painting, realism is her preferred style, but she hopes to learn the impressionistic style. Some of her favorite artists, Monet and Renoir, are Impressionists.

If you are interested in attending the “Art Therapy” group you can reach Voegtly by email at lvoegtly@yahoo.com or call 541-589-0043. The group meets Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m., but is currently on hold and won’t be starting up again until fall.


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