Buffalo is statuesque


by: Photo by Susan Matheny - The buffalo statue was on display at the Jefferson County Fair.

   Enough money has been raised to purchase the first of two cast aluminum buffalo statues, for a project that proposes to place one at each entrance to town.
   The idea came from four Madras High School alumni Bob Chard, Ken Florey, Tom Brown and Judy Ottenbacher, who formed a committee to raise funds for the Madras entry art. It was only fitting, they thought, since MHS's mascot is the white buffalo.
   Chard discovered the buffalo statue while browsing through an antique shop in Grants Pass, and an identical one was found through the Internet in Texas.
   "We got $2,500, which was enough money to buy the first statue and for the shipping," said project treasurer Ottenbacher.
   The statue arrived in time to be displayed in the Jefferson County Fair Parade and at the fair.
   "Now, we need to raise another $2,500 for the ground work, cement, high-quality paint (to paint it white), signage and lights," Ottenbacher said.
   The first white buffalo statue will be placed at the south entrance to Madras, then fund-raising will begin for the second one.
   Anyone interested in donating to the project may contribute to the White Buffalo Statue account at Home Federal Bank in Madras.