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I found this quote recently, with the giving season upon us; I thought that I would share it with you. “It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.” As a society, we tend to get wrapped up in the season with the Black Friday Sales, Shop Small Business Saturday After Thanksgiving, and all the sales that follow until Christmas Eve trying to find that perfect gift for those on our shopping list.
   But what about those, whom are not on our personal holiday shopping list, I am talking about the many families in our community that do not have the resources to give their families the Christmas memories that they would like?
   I was talking to a friend this past week and because of their occupation, they get to play “secret Santa” to local families during the holidays.
   They go shopping with several families who would otherwise go without during this time of year; therefore, every day is like Christmas to this person. While most of us do not have the resources that are at their disposal to help many families, if each of us does a little, we can accomplish a lot.
   Just a reminder that there are several ways to give her locally and you too can become a “secret Santa”, bring joy to those around you, and make your heart feel good. Tomorrow is the last day to get your donations to the Crook County Partnership, for more information or to find out how you can contribute contact 541-447-3260.
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   Cookies With Santa will be held tonight at the Crooked River Elementary Gym from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, located at 641 N.E. First St. Come have your pictures with Santa, there will also be a mini raffle, bake sale, and bazaar.
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   What’s Brewing? is taking a holiday break for the next three weeks. They will meet again Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
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   The Holiday Ho-Ho-Ho Down will be held on Saturday, December 22 at the Crook County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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   Lunch - N - Learn will be held on December 19 at Rimrock Health Alliance, located at 236 N Main St from 12 – 1 p.m., this month’s topic will be Depression. For more information call 541-233-0706.
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   Rachel Rhoden of Re/Max Out West Realty has been a licensed Broker in the State of Oregon since 2008 and recently passed her Principal Brokers exam. Rachel, along with her business partner Leslie Beard, opened Re/Max Out West Realty in April of 2011 which is located at 298 N.W. Harwood St. You can reach Rachel at 541-771-6251 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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   Cada Dia Cheese has Christmas Cheese available through Jan. 1, 2013. Christmas Cheese is a cheddar base with red pepper flakes and green chives that has been aged for six months and is fairly mild. They also invite you to come out and take a tour of their facility, tours are being given every Tuesday, for tour times call 541-788-7723.
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   Book and Bean is celebrating their second anniversary this month, they can be reached at 541-447-3778.
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   George Werner, CPA at Werner Accountancy, P.C. is celebrating his fourth business anniversary this month, they are located at 682 N.W. Third St. and can be reached at 541-447-7776.
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   Happy fifth anniversary to Pine Theater, located at 216 N. Main St., they can be reached at 541-416-1014.
   Sunrise Pools and Spas, Inc has been doing business for 22 years this month, they are located at 405-A N.W. Third St and can be reached at 541-447-2005.
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   For 29 years this month, Michael J. Mohan, CPA has been preparing individual and business taxes as well as accounting and payroll services. He is located at 106 N. Main St. and can be reached at 541-447-3299.
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   Home Federal Bank is celebrating their 32nd anniversary this month. Locally, they are located at 555 N.W. Third St. and can be reached at 541-447-4105.
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   The Central Oregonian has been bringing local, community, and sports news to Crook County for 131 years this month. To subscribe to the Central Oregonian, call Angie at 541-447-6205
   This column was written by the Central Oregonian’s general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian’s business briefs, e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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