Quilt of Valor honors the memory of a Vale woman

From left: Axel Stephen is joined by Jeff Stephens, Betty McMahan, and Stewart Stephen with the quilt honoring the late Axella Stephen. (Submitted photo)

VALE – A “Quilt of Valor” was presented to Jeff Stephen at the First Christian Church in Vale Or on March 2, 2019. It was presented by his brothers Axel Stephen, and Stewart Stephen. The quilt was made by Betty McMahan and quilted by Shirley Stills. The brothers were honoring their mother Axella Stephen, who died recently.  

Food plans underway

• The Vale Food Distribution Group will discuss summer lunch plan ideas at a meeting at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, at Vale Christian Church.

The group will also discuss grant opportunities and plans for volunteering in the community. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Cathy 541-216-1839.

Fun Shoot coming up

• The Malheur County Sheriff’s Department will be host its 11th annual Family Fun Shoot & BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, April 13, at the Snake River Shooting Complex in Vale. 

There will be three courses at the event where shooters can use either a 50-round pistol, a .22 rifle or a center-fire rifle. The first station is $15 per person and $10 for each additional station. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and shooting at 9 a.m. Top shooters in each age category will get prizes. 

The Sheriff’s office will also raffle off two firearms – a Bergara B-14 Hunter and Vortex Viper HS 4-16×44. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the event or through deputies. The proceeds of the family shoot will benefit the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, which hopes to buy new communications equipment.