September 2016

Marvin and Pam Brisk's Beautiful Horse Power Farm

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Is there anything more picturesque than a pair of Belgian’s hooked up to a corn binder cutting corn?  That was the scene I witnessed at the Pam and Marvin Brisk farm where they do all their farming with horse power.  “I started farming with horses around 1979,” Marvin said.  “I grew up with them so they […]

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The Salt Lick Auction

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I was hooked when I read about the 10th Annual Great Salt Lick Contest on the North American Travel Journalist (NATJA) website.  The idea of auctioning off salt blocks that livestock through the process of obtaining salt, carve into an artistic creations, caught my attention and fueled my desire to visit Baker City for the […]

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Antique Machinery Used as Art in Halfway Oregon

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The town of Halfway Oregon has a population of 288. The town is notable to antique tractor and equipment collectors because they have antique machinery set out at corners and other strategic places throughout the town!  I learned that Halfway is located “halfway” between the communities of Pine and Cornucopia. It is also along the […]

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Mining in the Sumpter Valley and beyond offers history galore

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Growing up in the Midwest, I am familiar with mining, but coal mining.  It was interesting being exposed to the gold mining history of the Sumpter Valley and surrounding area during my visit to Eastern Oregon. After an exhilarating ride playing engineer for a day on the Sumpter Valley Railroad (http://www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org/index.htm) with, Timothy Bishop of […]

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Engineer for a day on the Sumpter Valley Rail Road!

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Who didn’t want to be an engineer as a kid?  It’s kind of like that desire to be an astronaut or a Hollywood actress, only for me, the engineer dream came true! During my recent trip to Eastern Oregon Sam McCloskey and his daughter Jennifer Jenks allowed me to be an engineer for a day […]

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Walk Through Beautiful Downtown Baker City

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Before meeting Timothy Bishop of the Baker Ciby Tourism Bureau for an early morning breakfast at the Lone Pine cafe I took a stroll through this picturesque downtown.  Plated in 1865 and incorporated in 1874 the town is along the Oregon Trail and surrounded by the Wallowa-Whitman Forest. Named after Edward D. Baker, the only […]

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Reporting on Life by Taylor Pensoneau a book review

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I’ve known Taylor Pensoneau for quite a few years and long admired both him and his writing.  He and his wife Liz had been friends of my late father and my mother for years.  I had previously read his books Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons: Southern Illinois ‘Legendary Gangsters  and his mystery, The Summer of ’50.  I […]

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A Meeting with the Salt Lick artists

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So, I traveled to Eastern Oregon to cover the fascinating Salt Lick Auction, an event where salt blocks that have been crafted into art by animal artists are judged, auctioned, and sold – with the funds going for Parkinson’s Research.  While on my quest to cover the Salt Lick Auction, I got the chance to […]

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Mary Neske's Power of the Past

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Power from the Past is an outdoor museum preserving agricultural history as well as the history that Pug Robinson and his daughter Mary Neske share.

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The Crystal Lake Labyrinth is located on the west corner of  Crystal Lake Park in Urbana, Illinois.  The park and gardens are  across the street from Carle Hospital.  I discovered the pathway while waiting on a loved one that was having surgery.  Without the ability to sit still once the patient was in recovery I set […]

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