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Enjoy the season for the right reasons

by:  - Teresa Tooley 
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My Christmas wish for our community this holiday season is that we can each put aside our personal differences and enjoy the season for the right reasons, which reminds me of a quote by George F. McDougall, “Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.”
   The staff of the Central Oregonian and Central Oregon Press would like to extend our gratitude to our readers and advertisers this past year and wish each of you and yours a very Merry Christmas — with special thanks to Joe from Barney Prines Steakhouse and Saloon for the wonderful food for our employees to enjoy last Friday. I personally taste-tested each item that he brought over, which included stuffed mushroom, bacon wrapped scallops, breaded scallops, Asian wraps, a vegetable tray, and a cheese ball. OK, we all not only tried each of them, most of us went back for seconds, thirds, and in some cases, we just grazed all day. Barney Prines Steakhouse and Saloon, is located at 380 N. Main St., and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to closing. They can be reached at 541-447-3333.
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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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   In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the national charity-monitoring arm of the Better Business Bureau, cautions donors about potential red flags in fund raising to help Newtown and to be aware of the different circumstances that often emerge in tragedy-related philanthropy.
   “Certainly this tragedy will inspire people to give. Americans are emotionally drawn and will respond to requests to help the Sandy Hook community, advocacy groups, and mental health charities among others,” said H. Art Taylor, President and CEO, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, “and while they should be on the lookout for questionable solicitors and scammers, people may be less clear about the complicated legal character of their gifts.” The BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers 10 tips to educate donors, avoid problem appeals, and give with confidence.
   BBB Wise Giving Alliance urges donors to give thoughtfully and avoid those seeking to take advantage of the generosity of others. Here are “Ten Tips for Giving with Confidence”. For more information you can visit www.bbb.org or BBB Wise Giving Alliance at www.give.org.
   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.