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Coming Up: Local history, Groundhog feast are on Malheur County’s calendar

VALE – Rex Maag will be the speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Malheur Country Historical Society, set for Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Vale Senior Center.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and costs $12.

Maag will talk about his pioneer ancestors, Andrew and Mary Jensen, who settled up Bully Creek west of Vale. They were living there when the old dam broke in 1925, flooding them and all the land below. 

Their home, on a Century Farm, sold a few years ago and is no longer owned by the descendants of the Jensen family.

Bob Butler, president of the society, said everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, whether member or not. 

Also coming up in Malheur County:

GROUNDHOG: Park Community Church will hold a Groundhog Dinner on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 193 Holly Road, Ontario.

The meal includes sausage, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, rolls and cookies, and the cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 7-12, and free for younger children. Proceeds fund gifts for missionaries.

SNOW FUN: The Burnt River Snowmobile Club is holding a poker run Saturday, Feb. 4, with cash prizes from a $1,000 total pot. Cards and raffle tickets are available at the Burnt River Market and the Watering Hole in Unity, and the Austin House at Austin Junction.

Participants can park at Blue Mountain Snowpark or Phipps, west of Unity. The event will wrap up at 4:30 p.m. at the Watering Hole. For information or tickets, contact Rick at 541-881-6069, Casey at 541-473-2073, or Dan, 541-823-3069.

Proceeds will help support emergency services in Malheur and Baker counties.

DANCE: A Daddy Daughter Dance is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Nyssa High School cafeteria. The event is a fundraiser for the Nyssa chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professionals, and will help pay for members to go to state competition. 

There will be cupcakes and punch, and photos for cash donations. Parents will be able to download photos from the group’s Facebook page.

All ages are welcome, as long as students have an adult with them. If the father is not able to attend, another adult can stand in. Students and fathers from all area schools may attend. 

Tickets are available at online or at the high school office, at the door or from chapter members.

ATHLETES: Everyone can “Support the Court” as Nyssa, Ontario and Vale young athletes show their special skills on the court March 21. The event, with free admission, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nyssa High gym. The event celebrates differently abled young adults competing in hoops teams.

Organizers are looking for sponsors. Contact Nancy, 503-863-7939, or [email protected] for information.

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