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Articles from the March 22, 2022 edition

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  • Sisters pickleball players win gold

    Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Tug Atwood and Cheryl Pellerin of Sisters teamed up to win the gold medal in last weekend’s pickleball tournament at Widgi Creek in Bend. They were undefeated in the Mixed Doubles 4.0 event, comprised of 14 teams. Beth Erickson of Sisters won the bronze medal in Women’s 4.0 with her partner, Leslie Mills from Redmond. The tournament hosted 178 players from Central Oregon. Pickleball is a fast-growing sport with over 4.8 million players in the U.S. The Sisters Country Pickleball Club is working with City of Sisters and SPR... Full story

  • Author shares book — and story behind it — with students

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Bethanne Blann of Camp Sherman, aka “Mrs. Snowplow,” visited Sisters Elementary School on Friday, March 11, to share her book “Mr. & Mrs. Snowplow Are Back!” She explained the story behind the story, and provided insights on the writing process. All Sisters Elementary School students K-4, in two separate groups, heard Blann read her book aloud, with illustrations from the book displayed on a large screen behind her. At the outset of her talk Bethanne said she had three r... Full story

  • The fishing sparrow

    Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Last year, my wife, Sue, and I completed a 10-year survey of the golden eagle populations in a huge area of Central and Eastern Oregon. Throughout the survey, when we came to a nest site with apparently nothing going on, Sue told me, “Let’s wait a little longer.” Sometimes it would take an hour, but in time the head of a baby eagle would often slowly rise out of the empty-looking nest, or the feathers of an incubating eagle’s wing would come into view. Waiting is a wonderf... Full story

  • Shirley Jean von Kalinowski 1926 – March 12, 2022

    Updated Mar 22, 2022

    One should not be surprised to read of one’s passing at the proud age of 95, but Shirley Jean von Kalinowski was only 95 years young, full of love and the joy of life. She passed on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in Sisters, peacefully and quietly exhaling from our world into another new world. She passed as she hoped. She was our amazing, beautiful mother, treasured grandmother and great-grandmother, favorite aunt, loyal sister, and cherished friend. She was loved by a... Full story

  • Zombie living through COVID

    Bren Gates|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    I never got flu shots because I preferred to have my immune system do the work. COVID was different. Too many people in my life were vulnerable. I wanted them to live. Though I’d been vaccinated, I hadn’t been boosted. On October 31, yes, Halloween, and barely able to drive to the clinic in Redmond, I was given a rapid test. Moments later I was ushered out the back door, a sheaf of papers tucked under my arm. COVID. I’m pretty sure it was Delta, with the temperature spike for days, dark dreams, and a lost sense of smell and t... Full story

  • Challenging the Old Man Test

    Maret Pajutee|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    They say getting older is not for sissies. If we are lucky, things go along pretty smoothly for a long time. But suddenly, we notice we are on a bit of a downhill slide. Then, one thing after another seems to go wrong. When I told my husband, Rod, about an Internet video proclaiming to test agility and strength as we age, he was ready to try it. Yes, it’s called “The Old Man Test,” but it’s open to old ladies too. You start by standing in bare feet, with a pair of untied... Full story

  • Sleep and the pandemic

    Mitchell L. Luftig, Ph.D.|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Even before the pandemic, more than 50 million Americans suffered from a sleep disorder, most commonly insomnia — trouble falling or staying asleep, waking early or throughout the night, or poor sleep quality. Since the pandemic began, two in three Americans report they are sleeping either more or less than desired. Pandemic-related sleep problems have become so prevalent that sleep specialists coined the term “coronasomnia.” Several factors have contributed to coronasomnia — upended routines, more screen tim... Full story

  • City snapshot

    Sue Stafford|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    - A preferred candidate has been identified for the new City position of Compliance Officer and an offer for employment extended. If the offer is accepted, the person should be on the job by April. - The second City Council meeting in March will be held on Wednesday, March 30 with a workshop at 5:30 p.m. and the Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Council meetings are normally the second and fourth Wednesday but because the fourth Wednesday in March is during spring vacation, the... Full story

  • The consequences of unbridled entitlement

    Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    It was September 1939. My maternal grandmother was 15 when the wails of air raid sirens broadcasted throughout her home city of Warsaw, Poland. The Nazi invasion had begun. Targeted as “intellectuals” by the Nazis, my great grandparents were killed in short order. My grandmother, spared for her youth, was shipped to a forced labor camp, where she later escaped, joined the underground resistance, was apprehended again and imprisoned in Germany, where she remained until the end of the war. Intergenerational trauma has been sci... Full story

  • Air ambulance service saves lives

    Bill Bartlett|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    What happens when you are, say, over on the Owhyee River fishing or halfway up Mount Thielsen and have a serious health emergency — and the nearest hospital is three or four hours away? Sounds like maybe you’d need or want to get an air ambulance. Not necessarily, even if you have a membership with one of the two providers offering such policies to residents in Sisters Country. It’s just not that simple no matter what the brochure says. First of all no helicopter or pla... Full story

  • Scottie consciousness

    Jean Nave|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    Why are dogs man’s best friend? When they are operating at their highest conscious level, they demonstrate angelic qualities. Dogs don’t judge us. Dogs forgive us for our errors. Dogs often show us unconditional love. And dogs have given their lives to save those they hold dear. Dogs represent many of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Don’t we wish all humans operated at that level of consciousness? That would make the world a better place. Our 11-year-old rescued Scottie, Bernie — whose antics were the inspiration for m... Full story

  • Outlaws swing into season with win

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    The Outlaws baseball team had a good performance in their first outing of the season with a 5-4 win at La Pine on Tuesday, March 15. They suffered a tough 1-2 loss at home against Cottage Grove on Friday. In Tuesday’s action the Outlaws came out with a lot of energy and scored three runs in the first inning. Brody Duey doubled on a line drive to left field to score Sisters’ first run. Patrick Silva followed with a ground ball to left field for a single and scored Duey to put... Full story

  • Bull by Bull

    Judy Bull|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    - The first phone call I received on January 1, 2022 was at 6 a.m. from ADT, announcing that my ADT receiving unit was getting too cold. The unit was in a bedroom, which I close off in the winter. It was only 40 degrees in there, certainly too cold for an ADT unit. - Make no mistake about it, Maggie Bull is the original Bull in Sisters; I am “the other Bull,” not Maggie. When Vernon and I moved here in 1986 we joined the Sisters Rodeo Association and Bill and Maggie Bull were two of our favorite people. Years later, when Bill... Full story

  • Track team begins competition

    Charlie Kanzig|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    An uncommonly mild day greeted the Sisters Outlaws track and field team at Bend High School for the first meet of the season, which normally features at least one snow shower. The athletes responded with strong early season performances against the Lava Bears along with the Hawks of La Pine. Outlaws placing first in their events included Ella Bartlett in the 1500 (5:25.21), Hollie Lewis in the long jump (15 feet, 6.25 inches) and high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), Ila Reid, Gracie... Full story

  • Sisters woman seeks to prevent mass shootings

    Jim Cornelius, News Editor|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    We’ve gotten all too used to the news: At a school in Somewhere, USA, a teenager brings a gun to class and opens fire. In the following days, the story comes out about a troubled youth who felt alienated and/or bullied, who was reading about mass shootings online and had found a way to acquire a weapon. If only people had picked up the signs… For Lezlie Neusteter of Sisters, a country in which mass shootings at schools are commonplace isn’t acceptable — and she ha... Full story

  • Girls tennis packs in three matches

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    The Lady Outlaws opened their season with a 1-8 loss at home against Ridgeview on Monday, March 14. Later in the week they had back-to-back matches; a 3-5 loss at home against Caldera on Wednesday, and a 6-2 road win at Crook County on Thursday. Sophomore Juhree Kizziar (No. 1 singles) notched the only win in the Outlaws’ match against Ridgeview on Monday. Kizziar played an impressive match and easily defeated Kylee Rost 6-0, 6-1. Coach Bruce Fenn said, “Juhree’s new impro... Full story

  • Outlaws lacrosse kicks off season with a win

    Rongi Yost, Correspondent|Updated Mar 22, 2022

    The Outlaws boys team opened their lacrosse season with a 8-5 victory at Ridgeview on Tuesday, March 15. On Thursday they suffered a 5-11 loss at Marist and on Saturday fell 6-7 at home to Glencoe. In Tuesday’s action, Gaven Henry stole the show with two goals in the first half to put the Outlaws on top 2-0. Henry scored again in the third period, along with Mason Sellers, but the Ravens responded with four goals to knot it up 4-4 to close out the quarter. Henry continued to hit the mark, and scored another goal for the Outla... Full story