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Chicken expert Mary Hawkins will host a workshop March 2.

Published on February 20, 2018 2:50PM

Workshop for chicken growers

A workshop for people who have chickens or would like to raise chickens will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Winding Water Boathouse, 204 E. Wallowa Ave., Joseph,

Chicken expert Mary Hawkins will talk about chick care and housing ideas that pertain to all poultry. She will cover the basics of growing chickens and turkeys for meat and talk about resources for chicks, feed and processing.

Also on tap is an overview of Oregon Department of Agriculture guidelines to sell meat or eggs and pointers for flock health. There will be time to ask questions about managing hens and a chance to talk with other producers.

Info and RSVP: maryhawkinswallowa@gmail.com or 541-398-0004.

Preparedness session March 1

A session, “What If? Disaster Preparedness in Wallowa County,” will be 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

The program, presented by Stacey Karvoski, is part of The Big Read, sponsored by Fishtrap.

In the novel “Station Eleven,” this year’s Big Read selection, a flu pandemic sweeps across the world. The story underlines how being prepared is essential in the face of calamity.

Karvoski is risk manager for Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She works to train hospital staff in the event of any number of disasters including the loss of electricity, water, weather events and attacks.

Salute to the Olympics coming

Building Healthy Families invites children from across the community to come out and help celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics. A program is planned 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, at 207 NE Park St., Enterprise.

Games and activities as well as an award ceremony and Olympic snacks will be offered. Learn about geography, sports, math, teamwork and try your hand at Olympic events and crafts.

RSVP requested before Feb. 28, Call 541-426-9411.

Volunteers for Maxville sought

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, newly affiliated with The Smithsonian Institution, is on the hunt for volunteers for its visitor center in Joseph, its office and the annual Maxville Gathering, conducted in conjunction with Wallowa Resources’ Watershed Festival.

An orientation for prospective volunteers will take place 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the organization’s visitor center, 103 N. Main St., Joseph. A baked-potato bar and refreshments will be available as leaders outline the benefits of volunteering.

Volunteer opportunities include greeting and guiding visitors, conserving historic artifacts, gift shop staffing, posting on social media and “Brawny Team” work and food service for the gathering.

“We are looking for volunteers interested in local history, logging, railroading, the arts, roots music, diversity, equity, inclusion or community service,” said Gwen Trice, Maxville Heritage founder and executive director.

Trice will speak at the event along with current volunteers and Chuck Anderson, a board member and coordinator of Maxville Heritage’s newly formalized volunteer program. Training will be provided for all volunteers, Anderson noted, and flexible scheduling will meet each volunteer’s needs.

Land trust plans for open house

Wallowa Land Trust will host an open house to share its recently completed conservation plan. The plan was over a year in the making and is the result of extensive community input.

The event is at the South Fork Grange, 317 Rosewell Street, Lostine, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7

“The Plan outlines our collective vision for Wallowa County and will serve as our roadmap for the future,” said Wallowa Land Trust Conservation Program Director Eric Greenwell. “It helps us identify areas of highest importance and conservation value, essentially pinpointing where we can focus our efforts for the most community benefit.”

The plan is designed to meet community conservation needs by increasing the pace and scale of conservation in the County; identifying the priority places that support a vibrant agricultural economy, functioning ecosystems and healthy communities; deciding when and where Wallowa Land Trust will commit their resources; identifying how the trust’s work fits into larger conservation and community priorities; and increasing the public’s confidence in Wallowa Land Trust.

Training class in Dementia slated

A dementia care training, sponsored by Wallowa Valley Senior Living, will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Enterprise VFW Hall, 800 N. River St., Enterprise.

The session will feature discussion of what’s normal versus not normal in the aging process. Continuing education units are available. Dress comfortably.

The program will be presented by Rod Hardwood, an Older Adult Behavioral Specialist with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc., serving much of eastern Oregon.

It is designed for those who find themselves in the role of caregiver to those with dementia.

Info and RSVP: 541-426-5311.

6 make EOU Dean’s List

The following students from from Wallowa County were named to the Eastern Oregon University Dean’s List at the close of the fall term 2018: Darby Gassett and Juan Reyes of Enterprise and Kazzie Dawson, Kacie Melville, Rachelle Rushton and Karianne Zollman of Joseph.


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