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Honoring very special people in our lives

by: TERESA TOOLEY/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A group of family and friends do a flash mob at Dillon's Grill as a birthday surprise for Kelsea Waetjen on Friday.

This past weekend brought many things to me; laughter, sorrow, and hope.
   The weekend started out honoring Kelsea Waetjen, who was celebrating her birthday. Kelsea has had one wish for several years and this year her cousins Celee and McKenna Ontko fulfilled it. They planned, organized, and performed a flash mob with dozens of family and friends on the patio at Dillon’s Grill last Friday night.
   Kelsea was happily surprised and posted on her facebook page, “I can now check being in a flash mob off my bucket list.”
   Saturday, Dan and I attended a beautiful memorial service for Jonni Reece at the Crook County High School Auditorium. This was a truly moving experience to know how many lives Jonni touched in her journey here on earth; she was loved by many and her beautiful smile and love of life will be missed by all. The Prineville Golf Club did a wonderful job hosting the reception after the service. I personally would like to thank Marge Pierce, Juliane Reed, Marla Stafford, Nancy Davis, and others from the Prineville Golf Club who did an amazing job with the decorations, food, and getting everything ready for the 30-year CCHS class reunion that was starting immediately after.
   While we were attending the memorial service, our daughter Karli, along with Candace Meyer and Makayla Pfau, were busy volunteering to wash cars at the Prineville Elks Lodge for a fundraiser for the Kody Dixon Benefit Yard Sale/Car Wash/Hot Dog Feed to raise funds for expenses that they will incur when traveling to California where Kody will be treated for Stage IV cancer.
   His mother Tracey was overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone, stating, “One of the best reasons for living in Prineville (and Central Oregon in general) is the total community support in times of need! Thank you all again and many blessings to you and yours!” If you would like to donate to the family, you can e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will contact the family and have them contact you.
   My wish for everyone mentioned above and to those who touch our lives in some way is that each of you gets the opportunity for more laughter, less sorrow, and a renewed faith of hope in your life.
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   OSU Crook County Open Campus will be holding a six-week course for Recipe to Market, starting on Thursday, Sept. 20. This class will help food entrepreneurs refine their food product and teach them how to develop a successful food business. Call 541-447-9233 for more information.
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   Prineville–Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center Business After Hours will be hosted by Robberson Ford of Prineville on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 2289 N.E. Third St. This will mark the fifth year that Robberson Ford of Prineville has held the tailgating-themed Business After Hours. All members of the Chamber and their employees are invited to attend this event.
   Teresa Tooley is the General Manager at the Central Oregonian.