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Thanks to late game, Hunter and Puckett both win this week's football contest

The Energy Challenge announced that they recently installed free LED light bulbs in the 250th home in Prineville, made possible through collaboration with Energy Trust of Oregon and Central Electric Cooperative. The program expanded to Prineville earlier this year, but has been running in Central Oregon for the past three years. The Energy Challenge of Central Oregon has now installed more than 75,000 super-efficient LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs in more than 5,000 homes in Central Oregon. Each bulb may seem like a small drop in the bucket, but cumulatively these bulbs will save Central Oregon residents more than $13.8 million, or an annual savings of almost $500,000.

This free program connects Central Oregon residents, homeowners and renters alike, with resources to save energy instantly — as soon as you switch a light on, you are already using 80 percent less energy than a conventional light bulb.

On top of the LED light bulbs, water saving features can help save energy by reducing the amount of hot water that needs to be heated, and of course, the amount of water consumed. In addition to instant savings, participants are connected with resources to take their energy savings a step further through other opportunities such as heat pump water heaters, ductless heat pumps, and solar power systems.

Residents are encouraged to sign up at TheEnergyChallenge.org/freebulbs or by calling at 541-385-6908 X26.

Ray's Food Place customers Stuff the Truck for their neighbors.

It's easy to help neighbors during the holidays, thanks to Ray's Food Place, who encourages customers to "Stuff the Truck." The effort offers customers the opportunity to purchase $25 worth of food for $20. All food is donated to a local food bank with some 38 food banks participating in Oregon and California.

Since the effort launched in November, customers have donated approximately 3,983 bags with a total value of $79,440. Customers in the Central Oregon region accounted for 923 bags or 23 percent of the total. Each store tracks how many bags customers buy.

"Some customers asked for an online way to give," COE Karl Wissmann said. "So, this week, we launched one: stuffthetruck.gives/. It's exciting to add a new dimension to the program and continue our tradition of being responsive to customer requests."

Last year, 7,531 bags helped Stuff the Truck. You can help Stuff the Truck by purchasing a full bag, half bag or a quarter bag of groceries at the Prineville location before Dec. 24.

Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) recently granted the Family Access Network $2,000 for basic-need services in Deschutes and Crook counties. It only costs $100 to provide a child with FAN services for an entire year, which means these funds will help 20 children in need. These funds will be used to connect low-income and homeless children and their families to vital services such as nutritious food, clothing, healthcare and housing assistance.

The Prineville Kiwanis annual See's Candies fundraiser opened Nov. 23 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Dec. 24 at the corner of Third and Belknap streets near the Bowman Museum. They offer a variety of chocolates and candies in several sizes. Proceeds will support the Kiwanis club's community service projects, such as the splash park, summer school and C.A.S.T. for Kids.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by One Decision Management on Dec. 7 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. The event will be located at the Crook County Library in the Broughton Room. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Get your Football Contest entries dropped off at the Central Oregonian office by Friday, Dec. 7. Find the entry forms and game picks in today's Central Oregonian on page B4. You could win a $25 gift certificate to Meadow Lakes Golf Course and Restaurant for correctly picking the most winners and also be entered to "Beat Helmet Head," and you could win a gift certificate to Subway, Prineville location only. One lucky winner will win the grand prize of $300 if they have the most correct picks throughout the 10-week contest.

This week, there will be two winners by default. "Helmet Head" mistakenly put a Monday night game on the entry form, game #17 Washington at Philadelphia. Therefore, that game was thrown out since we need to declare a winner on Monday to publish. It was even more complicated than that, since the two entries were also tied with "Helmet Head" up to that point, so the winners for this week for the $25 gift certificate to Ericksons Thriftway were Jeff Hunter and Derek Puckett, with 16 out of 19 games picked correctly. Since they were the only two entries that had the possibility to "Beat Helmet Head," therefore "Helmet Head" receives the gift certificate to Subway. Congratulations to the winners of week #8, and make sure you get your week #9 entries in. For more information, contact the Central Oregonian at 541-447-6205.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian's general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian's business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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