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SMALLTOWNPAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136 0000 Hll.s C.alt 75 -PeiPY Making Windsocks Is More Than a Hobby for New Bridge Woman by Sherrie Kvamme of the Hells Canyon Journal Gary and Martie Pennock moved to New Bridge early last spring, from Killene, Texas, where they lived for the last ten years. Their best reason for moving to New Bridge into a joint family home with their son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Deanna Pennock, is undoubt- edly Edison, their two-year- old grandson. "Edison is why we moved here," declares Martie with- out blinking an eye. "We moved from Sacramento to live in Killene while our grandchildren there were growing up and now we have moved here, to be near our grandson, Edison. It's as easy as that," she smiled. "We share this little boy with Ed and Nancy Bowman who are absolutely wonderful people!" The Pennocks, who are retired, aren't really retired in the sense that their days are filled with projects and things to do. They have a big, beautiful yard with a garden and flowers to tend. Inside, they are in the midst of some remodeling and painting projects. Brian and his family will be moving into the lower level when the remodeling is finished. When the last paint can is securely tapped shut and the brushes are cleaned and put away, Martie will have a very special window-filled sewing room to retreat to. She also has m. ore fabric than most fabric shops in every conceivable color, pat- tern and holiday design. You might have met Martie at Art In the Park during this year's Eagle Val- ley Days celebration, and if not, you will have that chance again next year. Martie's self-admitted ob- session with fabric and sew- ing has led her down a path of joy for herself and delight for others. She makes brightly colored wind-socks by the hundreds, and they are truly beautiful. While living in Texas, Martie worked at Walmart, and not because she needed the job. There was method to her plan of employment. Employee benefits included a discount on merchandise, and Martie, who loves fabric, worked in the fabric depart- ment! She loves to make quilts and quillos (all-in-one blan- ket and pillow that fold into a bag), muffs and in addition to all of that, Martie loves to cross-stitch. At her chair in the livingroom, she can sit by a big window and get lost in WINDSOCKS FOR SALE: cross-stitching. She is an art- ist with a needle, and her intricate work looks almost like an oil painting from a Photo by Sherrie Kvamme WINDSOCK MAKER MARTIE PENNOCK in the sewing room of her New Bridge home, where her selection of fabric could rival a retail outlet. Lightning-caused Fire Contained Northeast of Granite on Sunday Firefighters succeeded in the containment of the Drinkwater Wildfire on Sun- day, August 1. The cooler weather and additional fire fighting resources helped to stop the fire at 30 acres. "If the weather continues to hold in our favor, we should have this fire controlled by Tuesday morning," stated the incident commander Steve Hawkins.  HELLS CANYON JOURNAL PO Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 541-742-7900 L 8 IIII!1!!!1[111!1!0!NIIII1 The fire is located north- east of the town of Granite, and directly east of Crane Flat offofthe Elkhorn Scenic By- way. The wildfire, which started with three lightening strikes on July 29, was burn- ing along the ridge north of Mount Ireland above Baldy Lake, and along the border of the North Fork John Day Wilderness Area. No struc- tures were threatened at any time. The Drinkwater Fire was burning in heavy subalpine fuels at high elevation near the ridgeline. Heavy fuels have made fire line construc- tion slow and difficult. Over 100 people contributed to the effort of constructing line through dense patches of dead fallen trees. With lim- ited access to water, high up on the ridge, firefighting ef- forts were supported with a helicopter, which used a bucket to drop water on hot interior areas of the fire. This helicopter will continue dip- ping water out of lakes near the fire, so camping and rec- reation activity around the lakes will be discouraged for the duration of fire fighting efforts. Public safety efforts in- clude road closures in the fire vicinity, including portions of Forest Roads #7345, and #7335. In addition, the trails to Baldy Lake, including #1603 and #1603 A and B are closed. It is anticipated that these closures will be lifted on Wednesday, August 3, af- ter the fire has been con- trolled. The Northeast Oregon Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team took com- mand of the Drinkwater Fire on July 31 at 12:00 p.m. Photo by Steve Backstrom Martie Pennocks colorful display will contribute to the festive feeling of Art in the Park. distance. Martie does not sell her needlework, however. Family and friends are the recipients of these special works, although one bell pull with a lovely selection of flow- ers is one she plans to hang in her own home .... Martie actively partici- pated in many tradeshows and art-in-the-park type events with a friend in Killene and is ready to continue that practice in this area. She typi- cally makes six windsocks at a time, and each one is excit- ing to her. She also sells her crafts from her home. While they are remodeling, her windsocks aren't all that eas- ily accessible, but she does have some out, and you can special order windsocks as well. "I have made them for holi- days, special events such as weddings and anniversaries and favorite colors and pat- terns," she explained. In her sewing room, Martie has ten, six-shelf cases, where her fabric is stocked and ready for her personal access, arranged by color and by holi- day. She also has totes filled with laces and ribbons, shelves filled with books of cross-stitch patterns and threads. "I can be talked into sell- ing some of this fabric to quilters and for craft projects," laughed Martie. "It's not like I don't have a good supply!" She also makes children's tents and grand- son Edison especially enjoys his. If you would like to order windsocks, call Martie at 541- 893-3292. They come in a beautiful array of colors, and if you special order a choice of sizes might be an option, too. Local High School Student Organizes Locks of Love Event by Hayley Sanders about it coming off. of the Hells Canyon Journal Nothing sends the signal of a terrible day on the hori- zon or causes anxiety like "bad hair day" in the morn- ing. It can impart confidence or frustration in equal mea- sure, but like it or not, hair is often seen as an important part of who we are and how we express ourselves. Children and teens espe- cially see hair as an impor- tant part of their life. Charlie Chaplin summed it up when he said, "Hair is vitally per- sonal to children. They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly; they feel they are be- ing shorn of a part of their personality." So it is not sur- prising that even with all the bad home perms and ridicu- lous haircuts out there, no hair crisis is as distressing to a child as having no hair at all. That is why Pine Eagle High School senior Cassie Bloom decided to organize a donation event for Locks of Love, a charity that uses real- hair donations to make high- quality hairpieces for chil- dren suffering from long-term hair loss, as her senior project. Bloom was inspired sev- eral years ago by her cousin, Jenna, who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away when she was only 19. Ac- cording to Bloom, Jenna had "beautiful auburn hair," and while she put her focus on trying to beat her cancer, the loss of her hair really dis- HCJ file photo CASSIE BLOOM tressed her family. Shortly after her cousin's death, Bloom saw Today Show anchor, Ann Curry, cutting her hair, along with hundreds of other people, in Times Square to donate to Locks of Love. The idea re- ally took hold with her and she decided to donate her hair curly blond hair for the first time in memory of Jenna. Locks of Love uses real hair donations to make custom, vacuum-fitted wigs for chil- dren and young adults who have lost their hair perma- nently or long-term. Most re- cipients have lost their hair due to cancer or Alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes the hair follicles to shut down, but some suffer from a physical trauma, ge- netic hair and scalp abnor- malities, or compulsive hair- pulling. Unlike a regular wig, the hairpieces received from Locks of Love are actually sealed onto the head and al- low the children to partici- pate in everyday activities, such as swimming and sports, without having to worry The hair prostheses are provided free or on a sliding scale, but would retail for $3,500 to $6O00. As part of her senior project, Bloom is planning a community hair donation for the organization on Saturday, August 14 at Halfway Beauty and Barber. There is no cost unless a donor wants their hair styled afterward. She hopes to get as many people to donate during the working day as possible, and will have the forms available and have the hair shipped so the do- nors don't have to take care of it themselves. Bloom says Locks of Love has a few guidelines for do- nations. Donors need to be willing to give up at least 10 inches of hair that is in a clean and dry ponytail or braid (if it is curly you can pull it straight to measure). Layered hair is fine as long as the longest layer is 10 inches. Hair may be colored or permed, but, unfortu- nately, they can't accept hair if it has been bleached or high- lighted (unless it has com- pletely grown out again) be- cause of a reaction that oc- curs during the manufactur- ing process. Grey hair can't be used for kids, but can still be donated to help Locks of Love offset their costs. To get your questions an- swered or to sign up to do- nate, contact Cassie Bloom at 541-742-7277 or e-mail her at bloom.cassandra@gmail. com, or visit the Locks of Love website at www.locksof love.org, j