Another Firebuster year comes to an end


by: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY CCFR - Janice Lockwood with the US Forest, Service pictured with Powell Butte first grader Kaden Clevenger, winner of the bicyle drawing.

Anyone who has had children go through the Crook County school system has looked in their backpacks during Central Oregon Fire Prevention week and found a form that encourages you as a family to discuss life safety skills to students kindergarten through fifth grade.

Students who turn their forms in are eligible for a drawing of Crook County and Mitchell students to win bicycles, Firebuster t-shirts, and more. This year, the Paulina students returned 100 percent of the forms and they will be receiving a plague flown to the school by AirLink. We will publish a story on this at a later date.

Firebusters is sponsored by Ochoco National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Crook County Fire and Rescue. A five-part news series airs on News Channel 21 each evening that provides the answers to each question that families can discuss then mark the correct answer on the form. Other sponsors who donate prizes locally are PTO's, Dairy Queen, the Paulina Maury Club, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza, and other local sponsors.

The organizers held assemblies at each of the local elementary schools, including Mitchell and Paulina, and have a drawing for a bicycle and other prizes at each assembly. This year's winner of the bicycle at the Powell Butte Community Charter School was Kaden Clevenger, and the bicycle was donated by Prineville Dairy Queen.

Congratulations to all the students who won a prize in this year's Firebuster's Prevention Week

Prineville Perk will be held at the Cascade Direct Care on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8 to 8:30 a.m. They are located at 750 N.W. Fourth St. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

"What's Brewing?" will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8 a.m., at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. This week's speaker will be Eric Klann, who will be discussing bird watching and other fun activities at the wetlands. The community forum is free and open to the public, and breakfast is available for purchase.

Amerititle, located at 150 N.E. Court St., is accepting canned, non-perishable food for their Annual Civil War Food Drive. They have pledged to match your donations can for can and have set a goal to meet or beat 1,000 pounds of food to support our local families through St. Vincent Food Bank. You can drop off your donations in either the Oregon State Beaver of Oregon Ducks "field goal" from now through Nov. 29.

Thanks to Prineville residents Bob and Sandy Serrano who recently donated their 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Humane Society of the Ochocos. Also, a big thank you to Robberson Ford, who donated the repair work for the vehicle so it would be ready for use by the Humane Society when they took possession of it.

The Music Fest food drive will be held at Bowman Museum on Saturday, Dec. 14, and organizers are looking for musicians to perform. They are seeking singers, choirs, and small ensemble instrumentalists from local residents, schools, and churches to perform in half-hour time slots. If you would like to do this for a charity event, contact Chuck in the evenings at 541-416-0533.