I Speak La Pine Boiler Sheet

La Pine. Small Town Bright Future!

Looking at the sign at Triangle Park a visitor might be aware that the new little city must have a lumber history and that they believe they are ready to illuminate anyone who comes near about their growing opportunities to grow up with La Pine! A saw blade featuring Newberry Crater in front of a blue sky- all embedded in the natural stone from the surrounding area makes it clear you are in monument country, in forest lands, under big skies and that La Pine wants… well, more!

Oregon’s newest city, La Pine, has been here for over 100 years, becoming an official Post Office in September of 1910, when Rosland (now in north La Pine) gave up their mail delivery and the mail service was transferred to the little community two miles south.

La Pine was centered in an area full of timber, but it was also an established vacation spot for people from the valley who wanted to escape the rain in order to get in on the 320 days of sunshine instead. If you did not cut trees for a living, or were an official tourist, chances are, you tried to settle on a piece of land, that with extraordinarily hard work, would yield up a modest garden, support a few beef cows and some chickens for eggs and the eventual stew pot.

The two season town was famous for warm summer days, cold nights and harsh- what the weather savvy Lapinites call- extreme winter weather! When you made your decision to move to La Pine you took on the weather as a condition of living here. The other conditions were much less challenging! Abundant water was available. There were plenty of trees for building cabins and the few folks who settled here first, cut through the trees and made roads that were used to convey property owners to and from town.

The usual small town amenities were established with a general store, bank, hotels, livery stables, blacksmith and other service businesses. La Pine boasted a pretty good doctor who drove an automobile around the back country and eventually there was a newspaper called the La Pine Intermountain that covered everything between Eugene and Bend.

During the years when the railroad men were fighting to see who could establish rail service, La Pine was poised to have rail passenger service to the town, but, that ended up in Bend instead. Before that, anyone who lived out in the desert would come through La Pine on their way to Shaniko to pick up monthly supplies. The trips from Christmas Valley and Fort Rock were a week long and La Pine was a halfway stopover for many travelers who were coming and going.

Tourism was always big for La Pine. It was a destination for hunters and fishermen. It was not long until the Paulina Peaks resorts were destinations for visitors, too. East Lake is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Paulina Lodge is ninety. (Established in the 1920s) When the Crane Prairie, Wickiup Dam and other lake projects were started in the 30s, the people came to work, returned to visit and then moved to La Pine to build in the woods.

La Pine still boasts a reputation for being outdoor centered. It is home to one of Oregon’s national monuments: the Newberry Crater. It has easy access to all of the lakes and rivers of the area and two miles south, La Pine opens up on the high desert areas to the south and east. More than that, it offers plenty of space for residents who want to get away from close urban areas and spread their wings! The results? The sixteen hundred residents who live inside the City limits are joined by another twenty thousand who live in the trees and foothills that surround our town. No one who comes to La Pine goes away without feeling like they have made new friends. We have a motto here:

Come here to play, then move here to stay,

because when you talk to the folks who are your friends and neighbors about how they got here they will quickly tell you that they came to camp or hunt or fish and loved it so much, that they came again and soon they decided that they liked the small town feel and the family friendly atmosphere in the middle of everything they love about the outdoors. After that it was them trying to figure out how fast they could move here.

La Pine still has affordable land for residential and industrial use and when it comes to business, HWY 97 runs through the town giving perspective businesses a way to bring materials in and send products out to customers. We do have a rail line through La Pine and industrial spurs are an approved part of the industrial applications to start up business in La Pine.

La Pine is ready to brand itself and while they look for the image they want to live with in the forever of their future, the volunteers and leaders of the community are working hard to start and finish smaller projects one at a time to move La Pine into the process of becoming the City they want the world to remember!

La Pine is changing. Not too much or too fast, but they understand that change is inevitable and they want to direct it and shape it into what they want for their community. As long as the people do not lose the core values they believe in about family and small town feel, neighbors helping each other while they give each other space, maintaining affordability, and keeping a slower pace, you are invited to explore the opportunities waiting for you in La Pine.

We are a small town with a bright future- and it is beginning to show!

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2nd Annual Gun and Rec Show Due for September 12-13

La Pine Chamber Hosts Second Annual Gun and Recreation Show and first ATV Poker Run!


You are invited to attend the La Pine Chamber Gun and Recreation Show, held at the Frontier Heritage Park, Saturday and Sunday- September 12 and 13th. 10-6 Pm daily. The show features family friendly vendors, a Kiddies’ Fish Pond stocked by Oregon Fish and Wildlife trout, Indoor and outdoor displays of recreation equipment, food booths and much more. There will be music and other entertainment through the event. There will also be the 2nd annual High Desert Pig Squeal BBQ Pork contest on Sunday at 11:00. The salsa (eating type) contest will also be held on Sunday AT 1 pm. Last year’s winners are back for a second chance at winning both contests and have thrown down the gauntlet with time to enter your team for this year.

The Event features: Blue Dog RV, Moto Fantasy with their motorcycle s that they rent for trips, Ponderosa Mountain Men with several hands on black powder demos and tomahawk throwing, the La Pine RC Flyers Model Airplane club, local food vendors, beverage booths, Sporting goods and camping equipment, gun traders, Military supplies, Purple Pterodactyl survivalist gear, Clem’s Outdoor Cooking Seasonings. Starks leather goods, Coin dealers and more!!

This year, after trying to work out the agency details for an ATV Poker Run through the forest that surrounds La Pine, the Chamber is hosting its very first ATV run. On September 12, 9 AM participants will start in North La Pine, go east of HWY 97 through Newberry Country on a mapped route (maps available with purchase of Poker Hand) ending up back at the starting point.

Taking on the roads through national forest, provides participants with a scenic route that will challenge their driving skills and allow them to take a look at what La Pine has to offer! The route takes folks on a trip to complete their poker hands during the fun of driving their favorite ATVs. The entry fee of $10.00 per hand will pay off in the end, too! The “Highest Hand” gets $100.00 to be awarded on stage in the La Pine Community Center of the event grounds at 3 PM. While there, families can visit many displays at the second annual two day Gun and Recreation Show in Frontier Heritage Park.

Come join in the fun. You can still register for a vendor spot, be part of the ATV Event and families are welcome!


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Bike Friendly means Big Business!

The Chamber Connection: Bike Friendly means more than you know! It means Business! Big Business!

By T. Myers

During the past two years, Travel Oregon and Bicycle lovers across the state have been working together to develop a program that can be used anywhere a bike can travel to let the public and cyclists know that people who ride bikes are welcome! At first it seemed to be a resurgence of grassroots support for the two wheeled conveyances- one that fits the lower carbon footprint of energy conscious Americans and it also served as a statement against higher gas prices. Both arguments for the good of the people!

In La Pine we installed a workable bike lane that far surpasses those in the urban settings. (I have yet to see a second bike making its way through the bike lane of La Pine, but none the less, it is here). The bike lane was also designed to impede speeding traffic and slow it down as it moved south on HWY 97. Two purposes-crossing at the former widening of the roadway to reduce its use once again, removing turn lanes and the ability to pass a vehicle in the outside lane that is no longer. H-m-m-m!

So, Oregon has taken on the idea of creating bike tours on the ground in different parts of the state. Towns and villages that are located on these routes are reaping the benefits of having a bike friendly attitude and offering amenities to bicycling visitors that are in the form of information booths, bike racks for parking, hotels with bike access in closed garages to prevent theft of precious bikes. (Prevention of bike theft is crucial-Like my daughter who rode her bike to Bi Mart last week on Monday the 10th and locked it in front of the pharmacy to go inside for a few minutes. When she returned, her bike lock was cut and her very expensive bike was long gone!) So these hoteliers offer storage solutions for guests. Some even extend free bikes to visitors with maps of the area so they can go and explore on two wheels instead of four and if they drove a car to the accommodations, they now have a place where they can get exercise and enjoy a slower look at the town they are visiting!

In these bike friendly towns they are setting up repair stations and someone in town is available with parts if needed. We could do it in our local auto shops or tire centers.

Seem like a lot? Just wait! Cyclists spend an average of 20% more at the places they stay and restaurants where they eat a meal and enjoy the hospitality of the area. They get hungry and thirsty and tired when they ride bikes all day long and when they check in, a friendly welcome goes a long way in setting up the spending that will follow. The next time they return? Guess what? They bring friends!

As a City, we can get signage (Travel Oregon has signs for a song that are uniform and attractive) that says we are bike friendly to put on our local businesses. We can arrange to put up accessible and safe bike racks for very little money at all of the places that visitors like to stop. We can learn how to ‘talk bike’ to our visitors and if we do those few small things and perhaps set up a nice bike tour of the local area and hand the visitors a nice little map to get started, we can score big with potential visitors who want an active hands-on way to recreate and vacation!

Can La Pine fit the bill for being bike friendly? If Bikes mean Business they way Oregon has determined, La Pine is poised to reap the rewards of Oregon’s Bike related Travel Industry. It contributes $400 million annually to Oregon’s economy. Bikers also spend $175 million for accommodations and food service, $54 million on groceries, $72 million for motor fuel, $32 million for event fees, $28 million on bike repairs, clothing and gear. Serious bike travelers are part of the reason that there are 4600 bike related jobs in Oregon, an average of $18 million in room related taxes into the state coffers and let me remind you that each and every biker who is on a trip spends 20% more than the car traveler when they come to your area.

Talk to the Chamber about being bike friendly. Call 541-536-9771 to support the idea of being Bike Friendly La Pine!

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Newberry Event 3rd time’s the charm!

Third Time “was Charmed” at Newberry Event

By T. Myers

The three day music festival to fight against MS made its third time as an annual event at the DiamondStone guest lodge site over the weekend of the 24-26th of July. Artists from all over the country made appearances on one of the two stages and the people who bought their wristbanded tickets were thrilled to have an opportunity to see such high quality talent, memorable sets and stunning visions of the environment blending with the music to create a one of a kind venue for Central Oregon.

“It is growing each time we schedule the event,” Sean Jackson, promoter, explained to a group of folks at the bar. That sentiment was echoed throughout the three days when host and co-owner of DiamondStone, Doug Watt, introduced the main stage acts as they appeared. Barring the generator problems and the long set ups between acts, it still produced a feeling of unity around the idea of fundraising.

Doug Watt also hosts the acts to hotel accommodations at the lodges and the bed and breakfast is in full swing, too, because the performers always want to return again next time for more in terms of donating their items. Voodoo Highway lead singer came out with a new band the broken down guitars for the festival. Inn a Vision and the Steppas gave rousing renditions of real reggae for an afternoon filled with a smokey haze and cold July winds that chilled to the bone! The Steppas, from Hawaii, had a difficult time keeping their hands warm, but the music was hot hot hot!

Surprise of the weekend was longtime LA Band, Fishbone! No one was ready for what usually appears only in huge stadiums and auditoriums in concert to thousands. The show was huge! These gentlemen gave a theatrical, bigger than life performance with lots of color, quips and a variety of musical sounds from all genres. The crowd was ready for anything and they got it all!

Jelly Bread was a delightful band and the lead singer, the level of energy and the song list made everyone very happy. The Pink Floyd Tribute Band featured every sound and nuance of the originals and close your eyes and listen and you were there twenty years ago- or more- with the real guys. Pigs on the Wing has been at the event for two years and they are great. Craig Chaquico wowed us with his guitar riffs and songs from the Jefferson Starship era. His new lady singer was no Grace Slick, but passable with her lighter vocals on the old standards.

There is not enough to say about the way Doug and Gloria Watt (who delivered a well-done and touching message on Sunday afternoon before the closing acts) are able to put these groups together into one venue.

Adding the infamous and favorite group, the Terry Robb Trio to end the event was a coup and he did not disappoint with his vocals or guitar!

All of this being said, I am still wondering why- even though it continues to grow, that there are not more Lapinites or Bendites to attend this event. It is right in our back yard and literally a beautiful spot for an event. Add the music, vendors and food providers and this little gem is something no one should miss out on. Hoping for Number 4, T. Myers, signing out!


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We Gave a Party and NO One Came

The Chamber Connection: We gave the community a free party and nobody came!

By T. Myers

The weather outside was delightful and the spirit in the air was full of expectations about how we enjoy our outdoors and about the fact that we would be there to share. Vendors came from far and near, fish were stocked in the big fish pond, RVs set up house for the weekend, gun and sports vendors were ready to share wares and the food vendors lined up to sell a variety of everything from ELK to tacos to funnel cakes to snacks and beverages.

On Saturday morning the feeling of excitement filled the park and we opened the doors to the public. In North La Pine a group of ATV enthusiasts did a poker run out east of town.

Back at the Park, we waited for folks to come and visit the event.

And we waited.

And we waited even more.

The day got hotter and still people did not come out to enjoy a free festival or fish at the kiddie pond or go through the vendor booths.

The food vendors had some business. We have to eat!

The info booths gave out info. The sign folks inside did a land mine operation selling lots of their handmade and original metal signs. The Costco booth had a chance to share all of the services that they have for customers- including online orders and deliveries and a large selection of camping gear and they even featured a new gun safe.

The Band of Brothers, Clem Strechlin, the Spice Guy, Ponderosa Mountain Men, Radio Fliers, Personal Product vendors and others spent a quiet weekend anticipating business that did not come.

Those folks who did stop by stayed to visit and it turned out to be a great weekend to catch up with other La Pine supporters while new visitors walked through the exhibits with ease of a sparse crowd. When it is not real busy, you get a chance to catch up on the folks you work with on a day to day basis and really have time to listen.

The hardest part of living with this kind of reaction to a plan and the hard work it takes to make it happen, is that you are left feeling like it was a mistake.

La Pine has a history of mid-September events of this kind.

The traditional fall fests of years past always occurred in the middle of September. It was a way to get families to the park to enjoy being together, outside, and the fact that it was a friendly cost free event that always made it better for the participants.

Is this idea now past history? We have had community picnics, Gospel fests, fall business displays and many more events under the guise of filling up a family friendly fall. Do we call it good and move on, or do we decide to continue if there is better support? Please contact us at the Chamber and give us feedback. 541-536-9771 or stop by the corner of Huntington RD and HWY 97 at the office.

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Should Nonprofits work together as one to further helping La Pine?

The Chamber Connection: Collaboration Among Organizations will help us all!

By T. Myers

At a recent summit between organizations in Central Oregon, The Volunteer Connect people hosted the commissioner on volunteerism, Kathleen Joy at the Environmental Center (Betsey Warriner from Volunteer Connect is housed there, too on Kansas St.). Joy was in town to discuss how we can maximize volunteerism by presenting a discussion of what elements of volunteerism and engagement are working well in Central Oregon communities and it was followed up by a second part of the equation to determine which issues are plaguing the success of various projects in the region.

From this first two-point discussion it was revealed that the organizations across the region are facing the same issues: motivation of volunteers, training and retention, getting younger people to volunteer and raising the self-esteem in communities that will help motivate wanting to volunteer. Transportation to and from a volunteer activity was especially important, child care and personal invitations to be a part of something was a crucial component for successful capacity building. There was a note about the fact that working parents with children in school is now the biggest source of volunteer hours.

There was a second point discussed. The question ‘what if someone dropped 150-200 volunteers into your community to help you’ what would you be able to do? What are the two to three issues that would benefit most from a service infusion of that magnitude? Strangely enough, it stopped the conversation. Mostly because the group did not know what to do with an actual influx all at once.

It led to silence with the actual point being with so many people needing so much- some of it crossing over between organizations, and further, without clear purpose, defined boundaries, an exact goal for getting things done and knowing what needs to be done across the board in each community, everything stopped when an offer like that came to the table!

How do we move ahead? Only when we can get out of the tunnel vision we get for our own organizational needs in our specific organization and focus on what everyone in the community (among our community partners) needs to accomplish, will we be able to come to terms with building volunteer capacity and achieving goals for the entire community.

Do we continue our individual work before coming to a consensus of where we are all heading? Do we meet and decide how to arrange the goals and dreams of each organization collectively- across the board? Do we decide what the community priorities are in advance as a group of organizations and work together to achieve the goals?

In a community the size of La Pine, we have many local organizations and charity concerns. If you count the churches, civic organizations, charitable organizations and governmental agencies, we are close to fifty that are working in the community to provide for residents, members and visitors to the area. People like the La Pine Park and Rec, the La Pine Rural Fire District, the City of La Pine, the Community Health Center and others serve thousands of residents in the bigger area of South County. The Social Services at St. Vincent de Paul and the Community Kitchen serve close to 1000 persons each month at their locations. Fraternal organizations like the American legion and the La Pine Moose or the La Pine Lions are directly involved with community giving in a variety of ways. Churches regularly work to help their congregations and the Latter Days Saints holds the great Giveaway for the community one time each year where the entire community benefits from their outreach. Since all of the entities have individual goals and needs they want to fulfill, how do we convince all of the different agencies to work as one community entity that schedules fundraisers using a calendar that all of the organizations consider to avoid cross over dates, recruiting volunteers for the different projects that need doing and setting goals so that the community as a whole is well covered?

We talk about the beautification of La Pine and the economic development of La Pine, but do we know how much our nonprofits give to the community in terms of the gross economic product of the city? It is huge. Maybe now is the time to consider how we work together as nonprofits, too. Think about it.


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Women Build Date set for MAY 9

Newberry Habitat sets the date for Women Build: May 9th

By T. Myers

Excitement is building while Newberry Habitat for Humanity gets ready for the Habitat International Women Build Week. They have set the date- calling all volunteers for May 9th at 8:30 Am with a group photo op at 9 AM. This year the affiliate needs to have 50 volunteers come for the day- and the crews will be working on three different homes!

Currently the construction Manager and crew are working on exterior siding and on the interior they will tackle all of the projects (painting and trim) in order to finish what began a year ago. Building resumed on April 10th with crews coming on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 am to get organized for their day and start their projects! The foundations have been poured for the new builds and the lots are waiting to begin.

Steve Krebs explained. “We are running two crews so far. We will be working on the two homes soon and will need full crews of volunteers and we are hoping that as weather improves and we get into the projects, that more folks will sign up. Right now we need to find 50 women who will volunteer to work with the men to make out Women Build Saturday a wonderful experience”

If you have never been a part of the special Saturday event, lots of ladies come, wearing closed toed shoes, and layered clothes. Some bring a tool or two of their own and they start registration. They get a few International Habitat SWAG items and start with a safety class with Steve Krebs the General Contractor. After everyone is sure they know about safety, Steve breaks them into crews to work on different projects for the builds.

Because of good weather this year, the builds are already off and running with footings being poured on by the last week of April. This year, Steve Krebs hopes to involve the Lady Volunteers with actual nail pounding and building projects. Fencing will come later.

This year the affiliate decided to start two new homes this year and that is a big change from previous years. It also means that they need donations of cash and ReStore items to finance the new homes and they are going to run two crews at the new houses so more people that want to get involved as volunteers- either skilled or people that want to learn will be appreciated. Newberry Habitat for Humanity has built 24 homes in La Pine and they are planning to continue with projects in the future.

Come and join the team! Call Dan Varcoe at 541-771-9177 or stop by the Restore and ask for volunteer applications. If you are interested in learning about the Homeowner’s Program you can ask about the application process right at the ReStore Counter! For updates, please look at our two Websites: www.newberryhabitat.org and www.lapinerestore.org. Join the fun! Help us build La Pine one home at a time!


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New Chamber Member makes lunch for 5for5 meeting on April 23rd

4 27 15 001 Jose Luis and Ann Gawith

Chamber Connection: The Three Horses (Los Tres Caballos) Rolls into action at 5 for 5: Community Health was on the speaker menu-Mexican food was on the food menu

By T. Myers

New Chamber member, Jose Luis, owner of Los Tres Caballos, took on preparing lunches for the 4th 5 for 5 luncheon about Community Health Care on the 23rd at LPCC. Jumping in to make meals for 60 plus people at one time is always fun and Luis lived up to the challenge. He put together, rice, beans, chips and salsa, Colorado and Verde sauce and then? Four kinds of enchiladas smothered in cheese and a container of Pico de Gallo to top it all off. (Hamburger, pulled beef, Chicken in red and in Verde sauce).

Since participants get to eat first, there were lots of happy folks when they saw the buffet laid out just for them. (Asking questions on a full tummy is always a good experience.) We welcome Jose Luis and his Restaurant as the newest member in the Chamber and thank him for his wonderful lunch at the 5 for 5.

This 5 for 5 Discussion was composed of a panel of experts made up of Charla DeHate from the Community Health Center, Jane Smiley, Deschutes County Mental Health Services, Mike Supkis discussed the LP Fire District involvement with handling medical emergencies and John Weinsheim from St Charles Hospitals, each speaking about what is happening in the South County area.

The Clinic has opened student and family services clinic days at La Pine High School and at Gilchrist and soon they are adding a Friday for the Three Rivers students and families in Sunriver. The LCHC also has contracted services with the Deschutes County Behavioral Health department and they have clinicians and referral services open at the clinic and will soon staff the South County building offices with a clinician. There are three new providers coming in July, bringing their provider number up to 12. Biggest news: The clinic is open from 8-5 Monday through Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturday for regular appointments. It also has a daily walk-in program for patients from 8:30-7 PM Monday through Friday. There is also a transportation voucher system now available to patients so they can get services in the area.

Deschutes County has added staff and clinicians to handle Mental Health concerns in the area. Jane Smiley addressed services. There are nine counselors and they have individual, family and group programs available. They work in concert with the LP Community Health Center and the schools to assist clients. As a representative of the county, Jane Smiley works most of the time behind the scenes working to get support services.

The ST. Charles Administrator discussed what the board is considering for La Pine. “Nothing is set,” John Weinsheim explained. “The board decides these matters” He told about how the hospital group always works with existing medical providers in an area when they open up services. There have been careful considerations for a new clinic and what it would offer, but no final word has been determined.

Mike Supkis had the most revealing information of the day. With the numbers of medical related calls 4-5 per day- that are responded to and the cost of the transport of patients who are determined to be in need of transport figured at the cost of the transports, more that equals three times the cost of opening an Urgent Care facility here. (Note: when the community began discussing having an Urgent Care center, the costs were over $350K per year to add it to the existing clinic. LPRFD Costs are over a million to respond and transport. Also, Mike told the group that about 25% of the calls they respond to were from people with no transportation- or they were unable to transport themselves to get help) “Don’t get me wrong, these people that call for medical assistance need help,” Chief Supkis told us. “When we have an ambulance call to handle a non- threatening emergency, it often interferes with the next call that is received and there is a delay in reaching that emergency” The community needs to be aware of how much the Fire District is doing to answer these calls and decide what kind of solution would be more economical and efficient. The next talk is set for May and we are taking reservations! 541-536-9771. Call today and get ready to learn about the natural resources and the arts in South County!


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Newberry Habitat feeds Weekend Crews

Newberry Habitat cooks lunch for their Build Crews on Friday and Saturday

By T. Myers

There is nothing like a tasty lunch on a day when you are working hard to help at a Homeowner Build Site!

Every Friday and Saturday, the people who volunteer at the Terry Park build sites get a lunch served at noon. The meals are always different and are home cooked offerings designed to give the workers a balanced meal and some carb loading to keep them going through the rest of their day. This month they have had Clam chowder, Italian Mac and Cheese, Minestrone and Chicken Gemelli soups, fresh breads, biscuits, cookies and cupcakes and Chili. If you are vegan or vegetarian there are special dishes just for you. On Saturdays there is a fresh breakfast pastry or coffee cake/muffins, too!

There is nothing like sharing a good meal together to form strong bonds for continuing the great volunteer work and Newberry Habitat believes that the crews that eat together work better together. There will be a long list of new dishes on the horizon and developing healthy recipes is the focus of the contributing chef each week.

Want to help build La Pine one home at a time? You can sign up to help by contacting Dan Varcoe by phone 541-771-9177 or you can stop by the ReStore to get a volunteer application. Work starts every Fri and Sat at 9 AM and crew work until mid-afternoon (You do not have to stay all day if you have a conflict.

We are looking for a large group of volunteers to help on WOMEN BUILD SATURDAY on May 9th. That day registration is at Mitts Court at 8:30 AM (2 blocks north of Midstate) with a Photo Op at 9 AM for the group.

Here is the latest recipe for “Soft Chili”

3-4 pounds lean ground beef browned with salt and pepper

Soak 5 pounds of pinto beans overnight and let them simmer to a boils three times, pouring off water and replacing with cold water. On the third time, cook until the beans are tender. Drain the cooking liquid- reserving 4 cups.

Use three 28 ounce cans of chopped tomatoes and 1 28 ounce can of tomato sauce

2 large onions diced ¼ inch

1 can of chipotles and sauce (Blended- add all if you like a lot of heat or ½ if you like soft chili. Freeze the rest for next time)

3-5 T Chili powder

5 garlic cloves smashed and made into a paste with salt to taste. Add a little salt at a time until you get it right. Black pepper to taste.

Bring up to a simmer and season with oregano leaves. Add the cooked meat at the end of the process with juices and use some of the reserved cooking liquid to get the browned fond out of the meat pan. Add this to the pot. When you get it just about “Tasty-right” add more cooking liquid to add to the pot. Simmer and turn off, put the pot in a cooler and reheat again the next day after the flavors have married. Serve this chili with chopped fresh onion, green onions and grated cheese. It is good with tortillas, rolls, sliced bread and a bowl of greens. (Taco salad works well and the chili can poured over the greens, too.) This recipe will serve twenty easily and it freezes well.

Try these cookies with your soft (not Spicy) Chili!

COCONUT CRISPS: 2 cups butter, three large eggs and 3 cups of brown sugar- beat until smooth. Add 1 teas soda, 1 teas salt and 2 Teas vanilla. Sift three cups of flour into a bowl. Add one package of sweetened flake coconut and mix with the flour. Try a 12 oz. bag of mini chocolate chips or butterscotch chips, too. Mix dry with wet and scoop out a 2 ounce portion, pushing down slightly with a floured glass. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes until set and lightly browned. Cool on racks and pack for the dessert to serve with coffee or water for lunch or dinner. If you add a little cinnamon it works well to add it if you like.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity check our two websites: www.newberryhabitat.org and www.lapinerestore.org for the latest information.



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