June Jones stopped by the office last week to let me know the folks at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Wallowa have raised the money needed to finish restoring the church’s stain glass windows.
The goal was $7,000 by June 1 and they reached it three months ahead of schedule. Another $21,000 will be added to the pot by a Catholic charity organization.
Regular readers of the Chieftain will remember the story we published on the window project some weeks back. June said the church received contributions from as far away as Portland and Medford from folks who read the story and who either visit the county or have relatives here.
Two fundraisers were held, and June said parishioners and members of the community alike turned out to in droves to provide support.
The project should begin by the end of summer.
We’ve already arranged with the company doing the work to come out and peak over their shoulder, take photos and provide updates.
Congrats to everyone involved.
HIGH SCHOOL basketball season wrapped up last week. Congratulations to all of the teams from all three of the county’s high schools.
When Steve and I divided up the sports responsibilities for the winter season, I was assigned to cover Wallowa games. I dragged my wife along to a number of games, and we had a great time.
It brought back myriad memories for me. My first newspaper job was shooting sports photos for my local hometown newspaper in North Dakota. I was transported back four decades the first night I walked into the Wallowa gym and smelled the popcorn.
My high school speech and debate team had the popcorn concession, so I spent my share of time scooping it up and pushing it out. For some reason, our product wasn’t nearly as good as what the folks in Wallowa serve.
It’s a bit dicey eating popcorn and then having to handle a camera with popcorny hands. I finally went and bought a small packet of hand wipes to keep in my camera bag. That worked.
I should also mention its the most reasonably priced popcorn I encountered anywhere I traveled during the season.
The other good thing that came out of my adventure was that I had the opportunity to meet a lot of Wallowa residents during the season. Support for the basketball teams was amazing.
I suspect I’ll be back behind the camera at Wallowa High School football field this fall. Be sure there’s plenty of popcorn.
WE ATTENDED the first-ever Creating Memories for Disabled Children fundraiser Thursday at the senior center in Enterprise. If you missed it, you missed out on some tremendously good soup and a killer gluten-free cornbread.
I’m a sucker for split pea soup and was not disappointed. There was also a Thai-influenced potato soup that the servers were having a bit of a time getting folks to try because it was a tad spicy.
I love spicy food, although I usually pay the price for it. That was amazingly good soup and just the right amount of spice for me. I could have wiped out the entire kettle.
This nonprofit has been around a while and leases the former Boy Scout Camp at Wallowa Lake. A slide show presentation graphically demonstrated the many positive improvements out there since they began working.
It was great to see so many people out enjoying the food and fellowship.