Letters to the Editor
Ranch Camp finishes 30th year
Canyon Ranch Camp just finished year 30. This year, the number of campers was down, but activities were up. The Freedom Team from Bend was on hand for both camps. Archery, rock wall climbing, boat rides and swimming were some of the activities.
At girls camp, there were six decisions for Christ, with five at boys camp. This is what makes it all worthwhile. Thank you community for all the donations that made it all possible. Goods, money, time and sweat are all donated. Staff positions are filled by people from as far away as Oregon City and Irrigon, Oregon. Many thanks to you all.
As a teacher and Parent Club member at Madras Elementary, I would like to thank the Madras community for supporting our run-a-thon. We were able to double our pledges brought in from the previous two years. This money is used to help support classroom teachers with supplies, field trips and other activities. The money will also be used to make improvements to our playground.
I would also like to thank Madras Runners for supporting our run-a-thon by awarding us a grant. We used this grant to buy awards for students who were top pledge collectors.
Seeing the support Madras gave Madras Elementary makes me proud to be a part of this generous community!
I've been wondering what's happening with some of the new businesses that had been reported by the Pioneer about a year or so ago. For instance, Love's Truck Stop (which would include an Arby's — another fast-food chain for our local consumption — and would make three truck stops in our small town, or are we forcing one of them out of business?) and a Dollar General — another discount store when we already have Bi-Mart, Grocery Outlet, and Dollar Tree, not to mention the proximity of a Dollar General in Culver.
While I'm thinking about it, there's also been talk of a Domino's in the old Apple Peddler location (isn't there already a pizza place in that same shopping center?). We don't have nearly enough pizza places (Figaro's, Domino's, Abby's, Papa Murphy's, Pizza Hut — not to mention the excellent pizza at the bowling alley). What will Love's/Arby's, Dollar General, etc., bring to our town that we aren't already getting? This inquiring mind would like to know.
In response to Fred Farner's letter of June 19, who is wondering and worrying about having no fire hydrants for his neighborhood protection. His house is "six miles west of Madras." Well, my home is in the city of Madras, and we too, have no fire hydrant in our neighborhood! Northeast Jefferson lies between Highway 97 and Highway 26, just past Mazatlan Restaurant, and we were evacuated three to four years ago on account of a fast-moving grass fire.
If Mr. Farner discovers how to get a hydrant for his area, please let me know — before it might be too late.
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