Congratulations high school graduates

This past weekend marked another end to a chapter for many of the young adults in our community. There were more than 175 graduates who earned the honor to walk among their peers at the Crook County High School graduation ceremony on Friday, June 8.
   I know that this may be the end of many of these students education in the traditional sense, but I hope that every student who has the desire to further their education also has the opportunity to do so. If the amount of scholarships that were awarded to the graduating class of 2012 is any indication, then a great many of these graduates will be starting classes again this coming fall. There were $328,500 awarded in local scholarships through the generosity of local businesses and organizations and $2,196,100 total scholarships awarded.
   With their diploma in hand, they are now ready to face new opportunities, whether they go straight into the workforce or plan on attending college to further their education. This is a time to make new friends, take on new responsibilities, and face new academic challenges as well as social opportunities.
   I always think of the movie “Grease” at graduation time and the daily announcements given by Principal McGee (played by Eve Arden). “Attention seniors: Before the merriment of commencement commences, I hope that your years with us here at Rydell have prepared you for the challenges you face. Who knows? Among you there may be a future Eleanor Roosevelt or a Rosemary Clooney, and among you young men, there may be a Joe DiMaggio, a President Eisenhower, or even a Vice-President Nixon. But you will always have the glorious memories of Rydell High. Rydell forever. Bon voyage.” These days, the reference would more likely be about Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Eli Manning, and LeBron James. But the message is still the same; the Class of 2012 knows no boundaries and can achieve greatness of their own. They will forever carry a part of Crook County High School with them for “We are CC.” Congratulations to each of you and may you not only follow your dreams, but follow your hearts as well.
   Bob Eberhard, president of Eberhard’s Dairy Products of Redmond, will present the key address at Oregon State University - Cascades 11th Commencement that will be held at Drake Park on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 2 p.m.
   Eberhard was born in Prineville, graduated from Redmond High School, and attended Central Oregon Community College before transferring to Oregon State University.
   OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson, said, “Bob is a strong supporter of higher education in Central Oregon, and is respected by people throughout the region, including OSU-Cascades students, for his leadership in business and the community.”
   Guests at commencement include Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner, OSU Provost Sabah Randhawa, and former UO Provost and Senior Vice President John Moseley. The ceremony will also include the presentation of the second annual Distinguished Service Award to Allan Bruckner, whose gift towards the purchase of the Graduate and Research Center advanced the vision of Oregon State University – Cascades.
   The 3rd Annual Prineville Development Luncheon will be held at Meadow Lakes Restaurant on Wednesday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Dayna Dudkowski at EDCO at 541-388-3236.
   Upcoming Partner 4 Kids! Wednesday, June 13, is the day to have a meal at Arctic Circle, located at 318 N.W. Third St., and on Thursday, June 14, grab a pizza from Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake, located at 1300 N.E. Third St., for dinner. Then, on Tuesday, June 19, stop at Dad’s Place, located at 229 N. Main St., for breakfast or lunch. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Crook County Kids Club. For more information go to
   Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will be holding a free tri-county bike and pedestrian summit on Tuesday, June 19, at Black Butte Ranch, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is your opportunity to hear best practices and lessons from the tri-county communities about how walking and bicycling are being prioritized. The presentations will be by local officials from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, as well as city representatives and state agencies. It will feature topics for discussion on bike and pedestrian improvements as well as funding for improvements. Attendees are encouraged to join the group for a walk or a bike around Black Butte Ranch. To register for the event go to, for more information contact BPAC Chair Cheryl Howard, (541) 316-0867 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   Merchants Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 19 from 7 to 8 a.m. at Book and Bean. For more information, contact 541-447-3778.
   The 2nd Annual Cast a Line for Youth, "the Great Fish Race" tickets are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the following Prineville locations for $5 each: Crook County CASA, Crook County Kids’ Club, Cecil Sly Elementary, Ochoco Elementary, Lutheran Community Services NW, Prineville- Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Bank of the Cascades, US Bank, and Wells Fargo.
   The Great Fish race will start at Ochoco Creek at 1:30 p.m., on July 4, during Prineville’s “Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration.”
   Cast a Line for Youth is a collaborative partnership; event proceeds to benefit Crook County youth. Beneficiaries are: Crook County CASA, Crook County Kids Club, and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. For more information contact, Cynthia Jurgensen at 541-815-2401.
   This past April, the local Ray’s Food Place store served as the drop-off location for old cell phones to be turned into free minutes for soldiers to talk to their loved ones back home. Along with other C & K Market, Inc. locations, Ray’s Food Place helped them reach their 2012 goal of providing 750,000 free communication tools to troops stationed around the world. Together they collected 1,258 cell phones, which will provide 75,480 minutes of communications between service personnel and their families.
   Cell Phones for Soldiers collects gently-used cell phones and then recycles them through Michigan-based ReCellular. The devices are then either recycled or refurbished and sold. Funds raised are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards for military families dealing with deployment. To date, more than 150 million minutes have helped families stay connected. For more information about Cell Phones for Soldiers, go to
   JC’s Bargain Haven is celebrating their second anniversary this month. They are located in the North Main Business Complex, at 1210 N. Main St., Units 7 and 8, and they can be reached at 541-447-7742.
   Urban Hillbilly Salon, located at 339 N. Main St., is celebrating their third anniversary this month. They can be reached at 541-233-2036.
   Happy fourth anniversary to Rhonda Krider at The Quilt Shack. This past year, they moved their business to 1211 N.W. Madras Highway, and they can be reached at 541-447-1338.
   Bella Boutique, LLC will be having an eighth year anniversary this month and to celebrate, they will be having an anniversary sale starting Friday, May 15. Watch the Central Oregonian for their advertisements. They are located at 150 S.W. Deer St and can be reached at 541-447-4546.
   Basin Insurance Agency Associates, Inc. is celebrating its eighth anniversary this month. They can be reached at 541-447-0450.
   Robberson Ford of Prineville is celebrating their ninth anniversary this month. In addition to auto sales, they service all makes and models of vehicles, and no appointments are necessary for their Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center. Robberson Ford is located at 2289 N.E. Third St., and can be reached at 541-447-6820.
   Crestview Home Inspections Inc. is celebrating nine years in business this month. They can be reached at 541-447-6900
   Celebrating 38 years in business and serving our community with fine jewelry and gifts, including clocks, wedding gifts, and Salt City Candles is Terry’s Jewelry and Gifts. They also buy gold and silver. Stop by at 134 N.W. Third St., or call them at 541-447-7122.
   Pioneer Memorial Hospital, a proud member of St. Charles Health Systems is celebrating their 62nd anniversary this month. They are located at 1201 N.E. Elm St., and can be reached at 541-447-6254.
   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.