AmeriTitles Civil War food drive was a huge success for both teams, but the Beavers pulled it out for a win in this years competition

by: HEIDI HOWARD - The Prineville Kiwanis Annual See's Candies trailer is open Monday through Saturday.

The LCS Resource Center is having a ribbon cutting and supported employment kick-off on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 430 N.W. 4th St. with special guest Marisha Johnson, mental health planner for SAMHSA. The event will start at 1 p.m. for anyone who can join them and the ribbon cutting will be at 4:30 p.m. You can call 541-323-5370 for more information. I also heard at last week’s Prineville Perk that Fred Steele may even sing, I attend Kiwanis with Fred and he has a wonderful voice.

What’s Brewing? This week’s community forum will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 8 a.m. at Meadow Lakes Restaurant. This week’s speaker will be Charlie Young, Central Oregon Mediators on Mediate, Don’t Litigate. It’s a win-win resolution for everyone. The community forum is free and open to the public, breakfast is available.

There will be a Candle Light Vigil at Pioneer Park on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. to remember those that have lost their lives to a motor vehicle accident cause by alcohol or drugs. The program will be approximately 45 minutes and will include music by the CCHS Jazz Choir, prayer, and a moment of silence.

Prineville Perk will be held at the Crook County Health Department, they are located at 375 N.W. Beaver St., Suite 100. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Kathlyne Stokes has recently moved to the community and opened 2 Pistols Ranch located at 5211 Mill Creek Road, she offers equine services that include boarding and training, full care boarding, training and lessons, and arena rentals. You can contact Kathlyne at 541-639-6081 for more information.

If you are a small business in Oregon, you now have an advocate; Oregon’s first Small Business Advocate has been hired to help entrepreneurs navigate state regulation, and also recommend legislative and policy changes to improve the state’s business climate.

Secretary of State, Kate Brown recently announced the hiring of Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips for this position, which began on Dec. 9, 2013. Mitchell-Phillips comes to the new job from the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber, where she served as the Deputy Director for Economic and Business Equity. In that role, she coordinated efforts with more than 75 state agencies to develop opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses to receive government contracts.

"Small business is the backbone of Oregon's economy, and creating an advocate for entrepreneurs was one of my top legislative priorities in 2013," said Secretary Brown. "Kimberly brings a well-developed network of small business and state agency contacts that will help her hit the ground running."

Sponsored by a bi-partisan group of a dozen legislators, HB 3459 created the Office of Small Business Assistance in the Secretary of State's Corporation Division. HB 3459 passed 49-9 in the House and 28-1 in the Senate. The Small Business Advocate was located in the Corporation Division because it is the first place that new businesses connect with state government. In addition, the Secretary of State's office is not a business regulatory agency, so it is well suited to act as a neutral broker between entrepreneurs and state regulators.

Crook County Fire and Rescue will be participating in the Holiday Partnership Food Drive. The food drive will take place Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., collecting non-perishable food items. They will be focusing on the Northridge subdivision area. For more information, call 541-447-5011. You may also drop non-perishables at the Crook County Fire Hall located at 500 N.E. Belknap St. or call 541-447-5011 for more information.

Bob and Sandy Serrano have recently sold Ochoco Plaza Cleaners to Ford Cleaners, who is based out of Redmond. Ochoco Plaza Cleaners is located at 1555 N.E. 3rd St and they can be reached at 541-416-0844.

Kiwanis is selling See's Candies in the trailer located in Hans’ Pharmacy parking lot. They are open Monday through Saturday.

Just a reminder to sign up for the Christmas Giveaway Game, entry game tags can be found on page B6 of today’s Central Oregonian. Participating businesses: Above and Beyond Sleep Headquarters; Bella Boutique, LLC; Central Oregon Eyecare; Central Oregonian; Chamber of Commerce; Cross Street Station; Ericksons Thriftway; Fair Feed and Supply; Goody’s of Prineville; Les Schwab Tire Center; Meadow Lakes; Pack, Ship and More; Papa Murphy’s; The Posie Shoppe; Prineville Body and Paint; Prineville Men’s Wear; The Quilt Shack; Solstice Brewing Co.; Subway; Taco Time; and Terry’s Jewelry and Gifts.

AmeriTitle’s lobby was nearly filled to capacity this year in its campaign to fund our local St. Vincent DePaul food bank. So much food in fact, that it required St. Vincent DePaul’s heavy-lift truck to haul the eight 95 gallon Prineville Disposal bins away. The tallies to the right show a split winner as to items versus pounds. Since St. Vincent measures “the pounds of food”, Beavers have been declared the winners of the 2013; AmeriTitle Food Drive. AmeriTitle gives congratulations and a big thank you to the contributors, including local realtors, bankers, police department, Prineville Kiwanis Club, Crook County Rotary Club and individual community members. Special thanks to Prineville Disposal for donating the bins to help make this drive a success.

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.

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