Wildhorse helps fund grange well

<I>Brian Addison/Chieftain</I><BR>Hurricane Creek Grange master Grace Gray hands a check to Jason Acquistapace of Earth and Water Works. Most of the check amount came through a grant from Wildhorse Resort and Casino.

Up here in the mountains, you have to drill a ways to hit pay dirt - or water, as the case may be.

To be more specific, drill down 90 feet next to Hurricane Creek Grange Hall and you prime three gallons of water per minute. Go down to 200 feet and you'll be getting about 15 gallons per minute.

Well-drillers Earth and Water Works had to go down to 205 feet to provide a decent enough flow for the grange hall's new well and pump system. And, that flow will be at about 30 gallons a minute.

Grange hall master Grace Gray and Derrell Witty were instrumental in landing a $5,000 grant from Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton for the project.

Funds from the Wildhorse Foundation grant paid most of the $8,995 well-drilling bill, said Gray. "Now we're looking for another grant to help pay for the pump," she added.

Anticipated cost for the needed pump and pipe is estimated at about $3,000.

Once the pump and pipe are installed, the system will provide the grange hall with water on demand and no need for a large storage tank, Gray and Witty gleefully explained.

Grange hall officials thanked grant writer Denine Rautenstrauch, Wildhorse Foundation directors chairperson Donald Sampson, vice chair Bill Hansell, secretary/treasurer Louisa Allman, Phillip Houk, Rosenda Shippentower, Tiah DeGrofft, grant administrator Tiah DeGrofft and Earth and Water Works.

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