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Members of the Scribblers Writing Club joined Crook County High School students in compiling a book of stories and poems

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Aidan Dalton reads "Desert Breeze" during the Scribblers Writing Club reception introducing its fifth anthology, "Voices on the Wind." Crook County High School students were once again invited to submit works to the anthology and read them to the audience during the reception at Bowman Museum.

The Scribblers Writing Club recently announced the completion of its fifth anthology, "Voices on the Wind."

The book was dedicated to the late Louise Condron (1924-2019), a long-time local resident and charter member of the original writing club. The Scribblers Writing Club was founded in 1978, when a group of Central Oregon Community College students started a group called "Write On." The name was changed in 1998 to "Scribblers." Over the years, they have had more than 180 members, and they meet weekly to share writings with one another and provide constructive feedback to improve their writing skills — and to have a good time!

There was a reception open to the public at Bowman Museum Saturday evening, Sept. 21, to celebrate the new anthology, and several Scribblers Writing Club members read their pieces. Of those, five were high school students from Rebekah Picard's CCHS Creative Writing class. Picard joined the students, whom all had at least one of their writing pieces published in the new anthology. Students who read aloud at the reception included Abigail Chaney, Aidan Dalton, Aspen Hamlin, and Zoe Rebecca Poore.

Chaney is a sophomore and loves to swim and write. She plans to graduate a year early to attend college to pursue her career dreams. She read "Not Just Where I am From, But Who I am."

Dalton was born in California and moved to Prineville in middle school. He reads a lot of books, short stories and poems. He is interested in being a professional writer. He read "Desert Breeze."

Hamlin is a life-long Crook County resident. She is an artist and has entered her work in the Scholastic Art Awards competition. She read, "Here's to You, Kids."

Rebecca Poore has lived in Maryland and Maine before moving to Oregon. She has been writing short stories for some time, and her favorite pieces are horror and fantasy. She read a portion of her piece "Ocean's Devotion."

Other Scribblers members who read their work included Linda Sharp, Mary Reed, Joe Federico, Lillian Schuller, Carol Moore and Brian O'Conner. Golda Condron read one of her mother's pieces, in dedication to Louise Condron.

Sharp was raised in Paulina, and spent most of her nursing career as a missionary nurse in West Africa. She keeps a journal that provides most of her raw material for her stories. She read "God or Chance?"

Federico is from Redmond, and has authored several poetry books and has won numerous awards. His works have appeared in national and international publications. His background is in social work. He read "Communion."

Reed is the current president of Scribblers, and she was presented a beautiful bouquet by the members of the group. She is a retired teacher, a world traveler, and has been in the group for 20 years. She has written children's stories, and has encouraged children to illustrate them. She read "Oatie, Oatie, Oatie."

Lillian Schuller read from "Golden Arm, Heavenly Voices." Background information on Schuller was unavailable.

Brian O'Conner is a retired Navy diver. He is a published author and a history buff. He read "The Bear."

Carol Moore, the secretary and treasurer of the group, is from the South and grew up on a houseboat on a bayou in Louisiana. She later moved to Arizona. When she moved to Oregon, she taught school. She later moved to Alaska and also was a teacher. She loves writing about experiences and people around her. She read "No Account Dog."

Scribblers has four previous anthologies, including, "Life is a Road," "Tales From the Backyard," "Another Mountain to Climb," and "Wherever Rivers Run."

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The five anthologies can be purchased at Bowman Museum. If interested in joining the club, contact Mary Reed at 541-447-6926 or Carol Moore at 541-306-8421. The group meets every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Crook County Library.

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