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Reflecting on choices for the New Year

by:  - Teresa Tooley 
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Happy New Year to our readers. I personally cannot believe that a new year is already upon us. As we celebrate the new year and wish our family and friends a happy one, I also want to reflect on my shopping choices this past holiday.
   Over this past week, I saw a post on Facebook from someone who was heading out for the day to Bend and Redmond to make exchanges for presents that they received. My first thought was that if they had done their holiday shopping locally, then they would not have to go out of town to make exchanges.
   While I understand that Prineville does not offer all brands, sizes, and items that may have been on everyone’s shopping list, I can tell you that I personally try to do all of my shopping locally. Yes, there are times that I have to go out of town, but I avoid that like the plague most of the time. I find that our local merchants are not only friendlier, but they know how to help me with my purchases.
   For instance, I went into Prineville Men’s Wear and told Jim who I was there to shop for. Within 20 minutes, my shopping was done, my presents were wrapped, and I was out the door. He knew each of their sizes, which brands they wore or would wear, and all I had to do was go home and put the presents under the tree.
   Maureen, at Riches and Rags, was just as helpful when I stopped by there to get my mother a present. Not only did I get what I was looking for, I ended up buying presents for those that I was not supposed to be exchanging with because of the great sales that they had going on.
   My husband and I were thinking alike — which does not always happen — when it came to gift cards for those we did not know what to get, and so several people received gift cards from Bella Boutique. That way, we do not have to worry about exchanges that may be made, because they get to pick out what they want.
   I stopped by the Kiwanis trailer for a box of See’s Candy and had a nice chat with Bill Gowen, who was volunteering that day. As a Kiwanis member, I received an e-mail that they sold out of all the candy this year. That is wonderful news, as all the money raised through the Kiwanis See’s candy sales goes directly back into our community for different projects and non-profit organizations.
   For the stocking stuffers, Santa did really well in shopping at Rite Aid this year and the stockings at our house were hung by the “heater” and were stuffed full.
   As you are making your New Year’s Resolution this year, I believe an easy one to make would be to support the community that you live in. Many of us do this as often as possible, but we can all make a better effort at it. After all, the future of our community and the businesses within our community depend on us.
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   A few years ago, Bi-Mart announced they would no longer be placing their inserts in the Central Oregonian, Madras Pioneer, and Redmond Spokesman.
   This prompted a flurry of complaints to the Central Oregonian. Unfortunately, we had nothing to do with Bi-Mart’s decision. Companies such as Bi-Mart pay to have their sales flyers inserted into newspapers.
   Recently, C and K Market, owners of Ray’s Food Place, made a similar announcement. As you may have already noticed, there is only a single-sheet insert in today’s newspaper. Until further notice, C and K Market has decided to try a different media mix.
   So, as much as we would like to have the Ray’s Food Place inserts in the Central Oregonian, it’s out of our hands. In the meantime, however, if you have any questions, you’ll need to call them at 541-447-6423.
   We value our relationships with the businesses in our community and appreciate them as advertisers, whom we feel provide a great service to you, our readers, and we will be making every effort to encourage them to resume inserting their products in the Central Oregonian.
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   What’s Brewing? is taking a holiday break. They will meet again Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
   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.