2018 is a new start for Teri Myers, Writer!

It has been a while since I posted and I have lots of things to say, so let’s get started!

The La Pine Chamber of Commerce is working collaboratively with the communities of Sunriver, Gilchrist, Crescent, Fort Rock, Christmas Valley, Silver Lake, Summer Lake and Crescent Lake Junction to create a once in a lifetime Rural Tourism Studio called The Newberry Country Trail. (NCT)

Travel Oregon sponsors these regional studios to expose visitors throughout Oregon to a brand new destination idea for vacationing in Central Oregon: specifically South Deschutes County, North Klamath County and North Lake County. Everything is relative to Oregon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument!

Watch for Magda Barenov and sister Marina online soon explaining how getting “boots on the ground” for a three hour tour that takes you through a series of travel destinations that you can explore at will while you enjoy your car ride through Newberry Country. Look for more information this spring as the site for NCT is built for you to enjoy

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Habitat seeks Donations and Volunteers

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Newberry Habitat and La Pine ReStore looking for donations!

By T. Myers

The Newberry Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Sunriver/La Pine, OR needs your cash and gently used item donations to support the La Pine ReStore retail operations. The proceeds from the sales of these items supports the Homeowner Program mission of Habitat for Humanity across the country, but local sales sponsor the building of local homes for local qualified families.

This year we finished one home and started two new homes for families in the La Pine area. The new owners are slated to have their homes dedicated to them in November so the cycle of planning for the next building year is in process and so is the fundraising effort to cover the costs of materials for next season!

The Newberry Habitat committees work with the qualified applicants and the General Contractor, Steve Krebs with Exact Construction to build each home. There is a process where new homeowners have a chance to learn everything they need to know about being a new homeowner and then they work together with financial advisors, family selection personnel and on their job sites- along with other sites, too, to accumulate hundreds of hours of sweat equity as their contribution to their home build. In the meantime, the La Pine ReStore is diligent in accepting and selling donated items and the affiliate can also accept cash donations through the generosity of donors in the area, in order to create the bank (So to speak) behind each homeowner build!

Do you have some old building materials left over from a job at your home? Do you have paint or fasteners, furniture, electronics, old lumber, windows, plumbing fixtures, appliances that you have to replace? The La Pine Restore is happy to accept anything that can be recycled, reused or renovated.

Tools are also in demand, old doors, interior and exterior both, mirrors, hanging pictures, lamps, end tables, rugs, chairs and dining tables. The ReStore does take E-waste and Paint ends and cans.

Stop by the La Pine ReStore today and get information about donations. If you are interested in becoming part of the team of friends who give time to support the Habitat mission, sign up with Rolando Alonzo at the ReStore or call Dan Varcoe, the volunteer coordinator, at 541-771-9177 to join the team!

Our two websites offer up to date information about the wonderful things we are doing every day to grow our South County community one home at a time: www.newberryhabitat.org or www.lapinerestore.org.

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La Pine LPRD is in the Black!

LPRD enters the fall in the black- thanks to hard work and careful planning!

By T. Myers

La Pine Park and Recreation District is making history once again! They are in the black for the first time since the district formed and it is due to the careful monitoring of the General Manager, Karen Miller and the LPRD board of Directors and their budget committee.

The story is not a new one to folks, over the past few years there were three changes made to the district administration in management and when it was time for new General Manager, Ms. Miller to review the budget for the FY 2015-2016, she was quick to point out that it looked like there would be a shortfall for the new year’s Budget. But she did not stop there. She got her staff and the board and budget committee together to consider the options. It seems that the fiscal year of July 1st to June 30th does not take into account the fact that the tax based district is awarded funds in November each year leaving an actual fiscal gap of four months to fill. She asked the district to begin to plan how to close the gap and explained that it might logically take as long as three years to close. However, at this juncture, Miller has reported that the district will be able to cover the expenses of day to day operations with a small carry over of a few thousand going into November.

This is good news indeed because it means there will be no additional need to go outside the budget. The fact that she and her staff have been able to cut the expenses to fit the amount of money that she has to work with is testimony to her skills at balancing the budget as a hard liner.

There are a few considerations for the community to look at going into fall. The old John C Johnson building needs a roof and the Community Hall at Finley Butte Park is sitting- waiting to be cleaned up and repaired so it can go back into class and meeting space usage. The district is pursuing gents to help with the emergency expenses so that repairs can be made in a timely manner. In the meantime, there are several community partners that are stepping up to the plate, ready and willing to help with clean-up, demo and other projects to bring the two centers back into shape.

If you would like to help the LPRD to do these projects, there is opportunity for sponsorships for fixing specific parts of the two sites and partnerships are being formed now to work together in the future so that the community will have full access to the buildings.

If you are interested, call Karen Miller at 541-536-2223 or contact board chairman, Gary Gordon at the same number and talk about how you would like to help the district make these special historic places usable again!

LPRD is always looking for volunteers to help with the Community School Program (HUB), the sports programs and for Adult Education. Please call or stop by today and let the LPRD know of your interest!


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The Seniority Report for OCT 2015

The Seniority Report

By T. Myers

It has been a while since we went over our history for all of you, so we thought it would be a good idea to line up our history as we enter a new year together

In 1968, the Senior Center was located on the corner of Burgess Road and Huntington. For the many years that we were located at that site, we planned, as a center, to make the perfect place for all of us to be and we started fundraising through large and small events that includes rock-a-thons, dinners, parties and dancing and every other thing we could think of to make it a benefit to supporters so we could put together the money we would need to get a new property.

After 38 years, we had done it! With the help of the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners and other state and national supporters, we were able to move into our present facility in 2006! It was a dream that all of the people of La Pine- especially the seniors who love our town, made come true.

We have one of the finest Senior Activity Centers in the state. The room we have for events, classes, and meetings is like no other and because of it, we can host other organizations and parties at our facility to make a few dollars with rentals and still have the space and time for our own wonderful parties, events and craft shows. Our commercial kitchen is one of the only kitchens in the area that is available for serving the best of on-site meals.

Our services to seniors and older adults is not to be compared to anything else in South County! There is a meal service, many activities to help seniors find the services they need help with and lots of activities that are designed to provide fun right here at home!

The purpose of the La Pine Senior Activity Center is to develop and maintain an active senior citizen program in the greater La Pine, including Southern Deschutes and Northern Klamath counties. It is our hope that we are able to encourage older adults to continue to develop their potential, skills, education and involvement in the community.

One of the things we would like you to know is that we are trying to help promote independent living in the senior population. We also are here to promote senior visibility in all things La Pine! (We have a large population of seniors in the area and we want to add to the quality of life for each and every senior resident in the area.

The Senior Center is located on Huntington Rd on Victory Way, next to the La Pine Bi-Mart. You can call about events and activities, join as a member for a nominal annual membership fee that entitles you to all of the activities with a ‘free to reduced price’ amount for participation.

Have a question? Give us a call 541-536-6237. Stop by for a visit soon!


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When Do I get Involved with Community events and Organizations

When do you get involved, anyway?

By T. Myers

At a recent community vitality meeting there was a discussion about how the community learns information. The conversation quickly turned into something else though, when the talk led from supporting organizations to events. It became more about why someone would sponsor or support a community event instead of the original topic of how we get the information we have about our local area.

First we have no daily news. We have no weekly newspapers, but we do have two ad papers, the Wisebuys and Frontier Advertiser. We have a radio station in La Pine- KNCP 107.3 FM radio. Sunriver has the monthly Sunriver Scene that is dedicated to the owners association in Sunriver. We have the Chamber newsletter, the Senior Center newsletter and a variety of homegrown blogs and Facebook postings. I have a section of my own website that is the La Pine News and another that is Newberry News- both featuring up to date real articles about what is happening locally.

People here share local news through the grapevine called the Pinecone Express. Others post to their Facebook accounts and followers. So getting info, unless you are one of the people who is working or volunteering with an organization is not always available.

The community calendar is different everywhere at every agency or organization. There is no common calendar. Events happen- many times without consideration of times that could be overbooked with many different events to choose from. Other times there are events scheduled to fill a mission, repeat an annual fundraiser event or repeat something that has happened historically.

We live in a time of immediate gratification. We live in a time where younger folks- not folks my age so much, but some- go to the cell phones in their hands and link up to a place, event or organization to find out about what they would like to do or know- and there is no pre- planning, save the date, or any old fashioned way to handle a commitment to an event they choose. (RSVP means I am Relatively Sure that it is Very Possible that I will come).

When locals plan events that are not being supported, they wring their hands and ask how I could have marketed this differently. The answer is that they could not have done better because it is different when you are marketing now. In La Pine we have a substantial population that reads the paper every day. Some of the older folks are even online! We are lucky to have choices here. The newsprint papers also have gone online, with websites and streaming and we can find out information by looking at google! There is even a new app designed by Wisebuys where you can place a free classified ad or get current information on your phone. You must understand how to reach folks now- and it won’t always be through the newspapers or print ads! It may be online through the newspapers and ad papers and their new online program! The newspapers who are modernizing will be able to serve a wide range of folks. It means we have options in our area.

Believe it or not it will come down to marketing being relative to benefits for the consumer. Time, energy and spending are tied specifically to the immediate notion of “what am I getting for my dollars and time?” And, if it is not easy to get info, if the price is not right and the benefits do not outweigh other options, YOU LOSE!

There is however the other part of this conversation.

Besides the “what do I get if I support this?” part, there is another aspect that needs to be addressed.

I heard someone ask “who is leading and who is following?” Meaning ‘what is the reason behind the event or project?’ and “who is leading the way?” and finally “Why should you follow that leader?”

Maybe it is time to address the idea of perception of leadership. We have plenty of leaders in our community and lots of events and activities to choose from. It is time to get clear about who the people are who are organizing, setting up, running and tearing down the events. The people who are the hands on ‘get my hands dirty’ sort of leaders are the ones who are getting things done in La Pine.

The folks who are seeing that traditional activities keep running their course every year- those who put up the Rodeo, the Frontier Days, the Trunk or Treat, The Christmas Craft Bazaar, the Holiday Light Parade, the Crab Feed, the Rhubarb Festival, the Let’s Pull Together clean-up, the Senior Center activities and classes, the Adult Ed Classes, the LPRD Sports programs and After School program, the Library events, the SCOOTR activities, the Christmas Basket Association and all of the other events showing their own leadership. Add to those, the Community Health Center programs for sports check-ups and student clinics, the Community Kitchen Meal Programs, the St. Vincent social service and retail operations to raise funds, the La Pine ReStore and the Habitat programs, well, you have leaders who are giving in many ways to the community at all levels.

The leaders cannot keep up the pace forever, but where are the followers to step up and take on the leadership role? For those who keep expecting that these great events and services will continue ad infinitum, there may be a big surprise in store for the recipients and participants.

Organizations depend on the kindness of others to go on. It is coming to the point where without people signing on with a real commitment to take over at some of the events and activities, there will no longer be an organization to go to for help or for fun!

Who do you follow? Why do you follow? Where do you go from here? What do you support? Are you ready to be a leader yourself?

Please figure out what you are willing to do for others, which organization best fits your belief system and get committed to supporting and learning how to make your organization work better. Make sure you are certain about what you will do to get the benefits of helping others. Altruism is a big part of being human. But, it takes time and energy and commitment to work.

As for the leaders who are active now, it is time to teach what you know to the volunteers that work for you so that they can step it up and step into a leadership role for your organization. Making a manual of how things work for your organization is essential in the process. An events checklist, a procedures manual and a schedule of events and a schedule for volunteer hours is a crucial tool for a healthy organization.

Whether a membership or true nonprofit organization, leaders direct the function of the organization. The volunteers and staff who follow are the ‘meat and potatoes’ of an organization. Without both destiny takes a vacation and nothing gets done.

When do you get involved? How about now!



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The New Senior for Sept 2015- Quarterly Rant

The New Senior: Quarterly Rant- ‘If it’s on the Internet it must be true’- NOT!

By T. Myers

There is internet bullying going on in the community of La Pine!

Perception is in the mind of the beholder and there is a great deal of misperception going on in the community of La Pine. Over the past few weeks with the formation of community action committees to work to do good for the community, there are in and out of the City limits people tagging onto local blog posts like train cars on an engine going nowhere!

The most recent blogs and Facebook entries are all about water and sewer. But, then there is another local blog site that is bearing down on one particular local business owner. With both blog posts the goal seems to be to start fires under the people involved to pass the torch to others who are not even part of the problems in order to get a point of view noticed.

The Water and Sewer blog is written by a passionate local resident whose heart is obviously in the right place. The information is not all factual.

The one that is trying to stab at a local businessman- is beyond redemption in the way they are attacking. You can hate someone, you can be upset about things, but you cannot attack from behind the cover of darkness and think it will solve anything. If you do not like someone’s language, deportment, or customer service at a business and you are unable to express your opinion openly to the person involved, then report to the Better business bureau in Bend. Or the Chamber of Commerce. Members are always told when there is a concern or complaint.

Nothing about using the internet, Facebook, Pinterest, twitter and other sites to intentionally hurt a person or a cause, without the face to face confrontation that validates a point of view, is uncalled for, untruthful and plain mean. Calling your site the name of our town to add to its credibility and then misspelling, using bad grammar and not identifying the source of the commentary is not only unlawful, BUT COWARDLY AND PRETENTIOUS!

I IDENTIFY MYSELF WHEN I WRITE. I AM A KNOWN, VETTED, COMMODITY AND I STAND BEHIND WHAT I WRITE. Anyone who does not do the same should be ignored- and even vilified!

You can contact me with your thoughts through my www.TeriMyerswriter.com website.

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Important Contacts for La Pine OR

Important Contacts for La Pine:

  1. City Hall (6th Street and HWY 97) 51340 S HWY 97 -541-536-1432. Mayor, Ken Mulenex, Manager Rick Allen. Water and Sewer services are located at the City. Ashley Williams, clerk.
  2. Sheriff’s Station: (non-emergency only) South County Services Building next to the Shop Smart Grocery Store on S HWY 97 (Across from City Hall) 541-536-1758 for Deputy on Duty.
  3. La Pine Community Kitchen (lunches M-F at noon) 16480 Finley Butte Road. 541-536-1312
  4. Midstate Electric Coop- 16755 Finley Butte Rd- 541-536-2126
  5. Wilderness Garbage- corner of Russell Road and Finley Butte 541-536-1194
  6. La Pine Cemetery- (through Baird’s Funeral home) 541-536-5104 (The City owns the cemetery)
  7. Baird’s Funeral Home- 536-5104 Corner of Bonnie Way and Finley Butte Rd
  8. La Pine Community Health Center- 51600 Huntington Rd- Corner of First Street and Huntington road at the stop light. 541-536-3435. This is not an urgent care facility.
  9. Post Office-541-536-7452 North of Ace Hardware at 51649 Huntington Rd
  10. St Vincent de Paul- next to the post office to the north.541-536-1956
  11. La Pine Senior Activity Center- 541-536-6237 north of Bi-Mart on Huntington and Victory Way
  12. Little Deschutes Lodge Affordable Senior Housing: 541-390-9679 North of the Senior Center on Huntington Road
  13. La Pine Rural Fire District- 541-536-2935 non-emergency-51550 Huntington Road across from the City Park (stop Light on First and Huntington)
  14. La Pine Library- Corner of First St and Huntington Rd at the Stop Light Tuesday-Saturday hours and Book Nook on premises 541-312-1090
  15. La Pine Park and Recreation District main offices are located in the big building on 1st and Morson. 541-536-2223 or www.lapineparks.org
  16. School District in La Pine:
    1. La Pine High School 541-355-8400 (Coach Rd)
    2. La Pine Middle School 541-355-8200 (Coach Rd)
    3. La Pine Elementary 541-355-8100 (Coach Rd)
    4. Rosland Elementary 541-355-8000 (located on Yeager Way off Burgess Rd)
  17. Head Start in La Pine- Giggle Learning Center 51605 Coach Rd. 541-536-2903
  18. St Vincent de Paul Social Services- 51484 Morson Rd 541-536-1956
  19. Prairie House Assisted Living and Memory Care- 51485 Morson St. 541-536-8559
  20. The Chamber of Commerce (New location!) 51429 Huntington Rd and HWY 97 541-536-9771. In the gray building north of the Quilt Store and The Red Rooster.
  21. Info@lapine.org The Community Calendar is posted on this website.

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The color of Home– New homeowners at Habitat

The Color of Home

By T. Myers

Newberry Habitat for Humanity works every year to provide new homes for qualified buyers through their International Home Owner’s Program. For the past two decades, the local affiliate has been building one or two homes each year in the southern part of Deschutes County. Focused for the past six years in La Pine, OR, the Newberry Habitat has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete their builds, adding over a dozen families to the population of the community!

This year one family completed their home in July and two more are set for November. The cocoa color choice of the first family, the sky gray on the second and the butter yellow on the third home signify so much more that an exterior color choice. To each of these new families, the exterior color that they have chosen is the color of HOME.

When it comes time to choose how you will present your new place to the neighborhood around you, it means that the tasks are close to completion and that the new home will soon be ready for occupancy. It means that thousands of hours of volunteer work, hundreds of hours of crew leadership, administrative work and sweat equity hours will be coming to an end, and along with the fundraising and leadership of the Board of directors and the family selection committee members, there will soon be a home- made by and for the people who are ready to move into their little slice of the American Dream.

There will be ceremonies for the next two homes to be dedicated to the new families in November. The time that is spent at these events reminds the folks who made it possible, why they do the work they do to help make homeownership possible. For the families, it is a celebration of a new beginning that will start a new life for them. It becomes the culmination of hard work and lots of choices that comes together to make a home.

So it is not just a cocoa exterior or a sky gray colored house, it is a banana split colored dream of owning a home coming true right there, right then, and forever!

The Habitat International has a mission: We build safe and affordable homes to qualified buyers.

Newberry Habitat of Sunriver and La Pine is working hard to live up to the mission right here! For more information please go online to www.newberryhabitat.org and www.lapinerestore.org . You can go into the La Pine ReStore on HWY 97 for information about the homeowner’s program or to give donations or volunteer! Stop by today and help us build La Pine one home at a time.


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Newberry Habitat takes the weekend off

Newberry Habitat takes the weekend off for Labor Day: Returns 9/11 with last push to finish both new homes this fall! Volunteer to bring it home!


By T. Myers

Driving by the latest Newberry Habitat neighborhood, you will see the changes on the latest two homes. Siding is up on both, the yards are cleared of piles of lumber ends and one of them is already painted and trimmed getting ready for the final push to the finish!

It could not be more exciting for the new families who have qualified to buy their new Habitat homes. These families will be packing their household goods and preparing to move within a few months. In the meantime, as these dreams begin to take final shape, colors are being chosen, flooring is ordered, electric and plumbing is being finished and the interiors are getting their last touches before completion.

Speaking with one of the new homeowners about raised bed gardens and landscaping and you get the idea that these homes will be just as wonderful in the new yards as the houses are beautiful in their new settings. The cul-de-sac that is filled with active families who are ready to live in a family friendly neighborhood is just one of the Newberry neighborhoods!

The mission of Habitat International is to provide safe and affordable housing for qualified families and during the next few years, they are poised to make some other Homeowners realize their dream of home ownership! The Newberry Habitat affiliate is planning some changes to how they build their next projects. As the details become real plans, we will share them with you here. Until then, if you want to qualify to be a homeowner, stop by the La Pine ReStore to pick up the initial application.

Have a helping hand you can spare? Newberry Habitat needs volunteers to help finish the homes for this building cycle and prepare to build homes next year. Call Dan Varcoe at 541-771-9177.

No time to volunteer? How about a cash donation or a donation of gently used items that can be sold at the Restore to raise money through sales for future projects? You can stop at the La Pine ReStore to donate during business hours Monday through Saturday from 9:30-5 PM. Talk to the Manager, Roland Alonzo, about donating large items to arrange for help bringing them into the store. They are happy to take all building materials, paints and chemicals used in building, they have a drop site for Paint cans and now they also take E-WASTE. All proceeds from the ReStore go towards building homes in the Homeowner program.

Help Newberry Habitat build La Pine one home at a time! Volunteer today!

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More New Home Owner Opportunities at Habitat for Humanity in Sunriver/La Pine

Newberry Habitat is working to create more opportunities for Home Owners

By T. Myers

As one season of building passes its halfway mark, it is already planning time for the next year’s home builds. The local Newberry Habitat for Humanity affiliate is moving through the qualifying part of the applicants who applied for consideration for the Homeowner Program. While the actual people who are in the process of qualifying are busy with documentation, classes that will help them prepare for homeownership and financial management of their homes, and looking to realize their dream of owning their own home, the folks at “Admin Central” (the main office) have to do just as much work to find properties that are suitable for Habitat neighborhoods, go through a set of processes themselves to permit and develop property and then raise the funds that will let them proceed with the plans they make. All funds must be secured prior to each build so that the materials and guidance meet the volunteers in the middle when it is time to go to work!

During the off season after the home dedications at the end of fall, there is also extensive planning about how to find and organize volunteers who are skilled and ready for another home build. There is planning to set up skill building classes that teach newbies and do it yourselfers how to do projects and the classes cover everything from basic plumbing, sheet rocking and framing a house from the foundation up!

The La Pine ReStore works throughout the year- with no breaks, taking donations for resale at the local La Pine ReStore. They organize the sale of these items and the proceeds are used for the support of the builds. For two years, the store has helped build two houses each year.

That is two new families investing in our community and adding to the economy of the community for years to come.

Habitat for Humanity has a mission to provide safe and affordable homes for qualified people. It is a hand up, not a hand out and the folks who qualify are also responsible for working along with the volunteers and contractors, and then they make their house payments like everyone else over the mortgage period. That is correct. Habitat does not give these homes away and the people who qualify actually pay for the houses they earn the right to buy!

Applications for homeownership start with a short, two page qualifier that is relatively simple to fill out. The applications are available at the main office or at the La Pine ReStore on HWY 97.

Once a person qualifies for a home, the entire homeowner program goes into effect with help and guidance coming from the family committee, the selection committee, the board of directors, the volunteers and construction crews and General Contractor. No one builds alone and no one gets into a house without needed help to learn what it will take to be a responsible homeowner.

If you would like to build La Pine one home at a time, call to donate cash, used items for resale or hours of your time to make a difference and be part of a great team. Call Dan Varcoe 541-771-9177 for info. Check out our websites: www.newberryhabitat.org or www.lapinerestore.org.

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