NOVEMBER 22nd – 29th, 2017
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Low Income Beauty
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What do you think of when I say low income housing? You probably think of something like this. Or this. When I say affordable housing, most people don’t think “beautiful”. But the Northeast Oregon Housing Association is well on its way to obliterating that disconnection by winning a national award for the beauty and aesthetic new Blue Springs Crossing housing in Island City. Anthis week I got the opportunity to sit down with NEOHA members and talk to them about the story.

Now like I said earlier, beauty and low-income housing aren’t oftentimes associated. But Dale said that it’s important that affordable housing be just that. People who live in affordable housing generally are blue collar workers without a lot of money. And in our society, sad as it is, money oftentimes buys dignity. That being said, it’s very important that people with low incomes have some semblance of dignity in the place they live both for themselves and for their children.

But beauty isn’t just in construction. Maintaining that beauty is equally as important. And Greg, the maintenance manager of the location, says that long days of work helping people feel good about their home makes him feel good about himself.

If you’d like to know more about Blue Springs Crossing or the housing Association, visit their website. You can also read more about this in the weekend edition of the Observer Newspaper.

Plaid Beats Black
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This Friday, don’t shop black, shop plaid! I know, bad joke, and slightly racist if you read it out of context. Here’s what it means. Plaid Friday is an annual celebration of local business and a low-key alternative to Black Friday. This year, November 24th, instead of getting swarmed like an ant at a corporate big-box store,  toss on your favorite flannel shirt and tacky plaid tie and head down to La Grande Main Street to steal some deals at this small-town celebration of shopping local. The metaphor is symbolic of the nature of small, local business: rather than some monolithic and drab style that corporate shopping will give you, shopping local is really a coat of many colors: hundreds and thousands of individual, differently colored threads all woven together into a beautiful, variegated cloth. And this week I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Hooper, the new main street director, about why it’s a great alternative to Black Friday.   

So if you do decide to do Plaid Friday, they’re also doing a raffle. And here’s how it works.

  1. Make a purchase at a participating business on Nov. 24 & 25
  2. Receive a raffle ticket for each purchase you make.
  3. Drop off completed raffle tickets at any participating business
  4. Gift Basket Winners will be announced on Monday, Nov. 27

So this friday, don’t shop black, shop plaid, and if there’s a few black threads in there, even better! Small business sells all colors of the rainbow, even the dark ones. For more information or to RSVP, head to the Facebook event hosted by La Grande Main Street.

And here’s your EOU sports with Iain and Chris in around the mountain in 90 seconds.