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A new holiday tradition
   Thanks to the efforts of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life Committee we may have a new holiday tradition, the Christmas Lights Parade.
   And our compliments to you if you were part of the crowd that participated in or turned out to view the First Annual Christmas Lights Parade, "Everyone's Coming for Christmas!" on Saturday, Dec. 1.
   Braving the weather is always a consideration this time of year. Everyone we've talked to since Saturday says it was an outstanding event and reportedly one of the best parades ever. Not only children, families, churches and civic groups participated but there were entries from Police Dept, Sheriff's Office, Fire District and even ODOT. Local businesses entered plus entries from Redmond and Culver. We were even surprised to see some fairly elaborate floats.
   Parade coordinator Karole Stockton said that family and community spirit was predominant from the beginning of the applications through to the end of the event. "I've never seen so many happy people! I expected the holiday season to lend atmosphere but the total feeling and sense of 'pride of ownership' that everyone shared in this event was overwhelming. There were 52 entries going into the parade, some with multiple units, and some walk-ons showed up, too. Conservatively, there were 70 units in the parade. I'd say that 'Everyone did, indeed, come for Christmas'!"
   First Place was awarded to the Prineville Soroptimists, 2nd to Clear Pine Moulding, 3rd to Cub Scout Pack 28 and 4th to the CCC Coalition/OSSOM group. Good job, everyone!
   Quality of Life Committee members Evelyn Wood, Karole Stockton, Mary Reed, Cindy Hurt, Casie Ashley, Christie Reed and Gary Romine deserve a big thanks for their efforts. Also thank you to all the businesses and homes that have decorated with the white lights.
   We understand some groups are already planning for 2002!
   
   Points of interest along the parade route
   One of the points of interest along the parade route was the trailer parked in front of Han's Pharmacy, which housed the annual Kiwanis' See's Candies Sale.
   As in past years the Prineville Kiwanis is offering a good selection of Mary See's famous candies. I'm told there are about a dozen varieties to choose from with a one-pound box selling for $12. They also have the famous See's peanut brittle and special children's boxes. Stop and pick up your candy while the selection is complete. They are open daily for 11 to 6, plus they are open limited hours on Saturday and Sunday, until they sell out.
   
   Also along the parade route
   Every year Lance Romine of Line Shack Log Structures has donated the use of one of his "sample" log cabins to the courthouse lawn for Santa to use. The one he brought this year is fantastic. It looks like the front facade of a house complete with a covered porch. It's a lot of work for Lance to get this cabin delivered and set up each year, so be sure to thank him when you see him.
   
   The Calendar
   The town is abuzz about the Roundup calendar "Expose Yourself to the West" that features 11 attractive local wives and mothers in slightly provocative western-style poses. I think Rachel Carnahan, Sheryl Rhode and the women who posed the deserve a big "bravo" for coming up with the great fund raising idea and its tasteful execution.
   Rather than using the typical fund raising efforts of asking the local merchants to dig deeper into their pockets for another good cause, these women came up with an idea that could possibly raise a great deal of money for the Roundup, plus also draws attention to the event and the community.
   Some may argue that this is not the type of attention Prineville needs, but I think it showcases some of our local beauties and shows that Prineville is an innovative and creative community. I think we need to come up with more creative ideas like this.
   We)d like to get your opinion of the calendar. Please go to our web site at www.centraloregonian.com/ and take our weekly reader's poll.