My Fair Lady — A Loverly Experience

My Fair Lady — A Loverly Experience By Trish Yerges   The Elgin Opera House is presenting “My Fair Lady” each weekend through March 12, and if opening night is any indication of its perfection, audiences will be delightfully entertained with the music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. This show is…

Summer Stock Theater and Fine Arts Academy Will Soon be a Reality in Elgin

Philanthropic gift to become summer stock theater and fine arts academy   by Trish Yerges   Friends of the Opera House have become the new owners of the former Timbers restaurant in Elgin, which they plan to develop into a Summer stock theater during the summer theater season and a fine arts academy and dinner…

All For You Salon and More Marks 5th Year in Business

by Trish Yerges When it comes to retail gift shops and service businesses, “All For You Salon and More” in Elgin has a little bit of everything for sale in vendor nooks creatively arranged throughout the store. At the same time, customers can leave looking and feeling beautiful after a hair cut, pedicure, manicure, massage,…

The Incredible “Iron-Man”—Forging Beauty to Strength

by Trish Yerges In an inconspicious welding shop at the dead end of Cove Avenue in La Grande is where you’ll find ironworks artist Matt Orthmann of Vine & Branch Ironworks, which he founded in 2014.   To look at him, one would say he has a strong presence with his muscular build and a…

Summerville Store, serving residents for over 50 years

by Trish Yerges After 20 years of ownership, Sheri Rogers and her team of employees have succeeded in revitalizing the Summerville Store into its present thriving family restaurant and convenience store while maintaining its tradition as a contracted post office station and gas station, serving area residents.   Historically, the Summerville store has been a…

Kauffman’s Market – Great Deli and Bulk Foods

March/April 2015 NEOBN   by Trish Yerges When Paul and Judy Kauffman of La Grande opened Kauffman’s Market LLC at 10214 Highway 82, La Grande, they wanted to offer a quick-stop shop where the busy customer can order a custom-made deli sandwich with great meats and cheeses, a hot cup of home-made soup and some…

Precision Rain Irrigation Serves Northeast Oregon Farmers

March/April 2015 NEOBN   by Trish Yerges Irrigation farmers in Northeast Oregon will shortly be entering their busy season, and no company is more poised to support them than Precision Rain LLC, 10209 N. McAlister Rd in Island City. When PGG moved out of this location, the irrigation system product line and its personnel remained…

38-Unit Apartment Complex to Open in Island City

Construction is underway on Walton Road in Island City by Trish Yerges Construction on Blue Springs Crossing Apartments at 10801 Walton Road in Island City is well underway as contractor LMC Construction of Beaverton along with Northeast Oregon Housing Authority and developer Guardian Management, LLC of Portland strive for a June open house date.  …

Regional Medical Plaza in La Grande Expanded to Create a One-Stop-Shop for Patients

by Trish Yerges Construction is underway on a remodeling and expansion project that will put a 12,000 square foot addition onto the existing two-story Regional Medical Plaza at 710 Sunset Drive in La Grande.   The expanded plaza will become a one-stop-shop particularly for women and children’s healthcare, consolidating many routine diagnostic services all under…

Small Business Owners Find Niche and Grow

Providing honest, high quality service and demonstrating superior product knowledge are two secrets to the success of a small business. by Trish Yerges That’s the business philosophy of Luke and Heidi Adams, who own and operate their growing family business, La Grande Light Truck, 2302 Cove Avenue in La Grande. “Any problem you have with…