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*New Year's Day park hike scheduled*Farm Bureau honors local member*Dallas artist receives recognition*Buell Grange will improve access

December 30, 2013

New Year's Day park hike scheduled

BUENA VISTA — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will host a free guided hike of the Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area south of Independence on New Year's Day.

The 2-mile loop hike will start at 10 a.m. in the North Luckiamute trailhead parking lot. The hike is an opportunity to see the progress that has been made on habitat restoration in the park and enjoy bird and wildlife viewing.

Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack, and a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

LSNA is located at the confluence of the Willamette, Luckiamute and Santiam rivers and spans about 900 acres. It is located approximately 5 miles from the intersection of Highway 99W and Suver Road. Follow Suver Road east to Corvallis Highway, turn right, and then left on Spring Hill Drive. Turn left onto Buena Vista Road and look for the park signs.

For more information: 541-924-8492.

Farm Bureau honors local member

DALLAS — Doug Johnson of the Oregon State University College of Agriculture was honored with an Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the bureau's annual meeting Dec. 10-12 in Bend.

The award is based on his research toward the advancement of Oregon agriculture, according to a press release from the Oregon Farm Bureau.

His research with OSU examines the spatial behavior and movement of livestock on landscape. He develops models that predict animal distribution and use. Johnson also is creating methodologies and software that can monitor and quantify rangeland.

Johnson, a resident of Corvallis, is a member of Polk County Farm Bureau, which nominated him for the award.

Dallas artist receives recognition

BOSTON — Artist Patrick Simon of Dallas has been awarded the first Lawrence Tenney Stevens Award for "Outstanding American Print" for his linocut print entitled "Splash."

Simon was presented the award in December at the Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, which ended Dec. 20. It is the longest running juried printmaking show in the country.

Patrick Simon

Patrick Simon

Simon's print was selected from a pool of entries first narrowed down by this year's juror, Dennis Michael Jon, associate curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. From this select group, Bea Stevens, widow of American sculptor Lawrence Tenney Stevens (1896-1972), whom the award is named after, made the final selection.

The award came with a $1,000 prize.

"Splash" was displayed at 808 Gallery at Boston University until the end of the show Dec. 20.

Buell Grange will improve access

SHERIDAN — The Buell Grange has plans to improve wheelchair access in the grange hall in 2014.

The grange has started raising money to cover the cost of remodeling its existing restrooms to allow wheelchair access, according to a press release from the grange. The Polk County Cultural Coalition awarded $1,600 to the grange to support the remodel.

The Buell Grange Hall is on Mill Creek Road, next to Buell Park, northwest of Dallas. The building was built before 1900 as a public school and was moved to its current location in 1924 to serve as a grange hall. The restrooms, last remodeled in the 1970s, are not currently wheelchair accessible.