Weekly Newsish Roundup, November 24, 2016 – 5 News Stories in 8 Minutes and 36 Seconds!

Check out this the weekly Newsish Roundup for November 17 to 23, 2016!

In the news this week:

  • Shop Small: Small Business Saturday 2016
  • Grande Film Reviews: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Local Sports

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LGA TV - Weekly Newsish RoundupI hate Black Friday. Maybe it’s the crowds of people shoved into small spaces. Maybe it’s the smell of sweaty nerds out for their once-a-year soiree. Maybe it’s the fact that the day that could have been a celebration of vibrant and deep ethnic culture groups is instead a day for peddling massive football-watching apparatus at the lowest prices. For whatever reason, I hate it, but when I can get on board with is Small Business Saturday. Small business Saturday is a nationwide celebration of small town businesses and spirit that happens every year after Black Friday. It’s complete with discounts, handouts, and open doors all along the downtown strip with sales for everyone at your local small-town businesses. And this week we had the opportunity to sit down with the planners and some local business persons and ask them why, exactly, people should head down and participate in small business Saturday.

But Small Business Saturday runs all day, so if you, like me, hate the noise and plasticy smell of the Black Friday frenzy, stay home that day and shop Saturday at small businesses instead. You may not get the best deal on your new 50 inch, but you also won’t get trampled by any angry ex quarterbacks eager to relive their Glory Days in 4K resolution.

And speaking of trying to relive the glory days, the newest JK Rowling film is out, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And here to review it for LagrandAlive is Jeannie, Josh, and Bridger in this week’s Grand film reviews.

In sports,

The Eastern Oregon University mountaineers football team climbed their way to victory in their first-ever postseason game this weekend against Doane, Nebraska. According to the Observer, Zach Bartlow passed for 273 yards and four touchdowns, flying the Mountaineers to the 34-28 final victory. Because of this win, the Mounties will hike on to play–uh-oh!–the number 1 seed and defending chaps Marian this saturday after Thanksgiving, strangely resembling the LHS Tigers run in the playoffs in prep-football. Go Mounties! Please don’t die in Indiana…

The EOU Wrestling Mounties, on the other hand, were bested by their respective mountain, losing to Southern Oregon 28-11 Friday night here at home. Sophomore Mhar Caballa started off the matches strong, winning his match. But the slope from there was only down, the remainder of the night going straight into the pockets of Southern Oregon, winning eight matches and putting them finally draped on top of Eastern with a stranglehold. EOU will grapple with Spokane, Washington this Sunday for their next match.

Also a big hoo-ah for the mounties cross-country team who crossed the finish line and finished 13th in the NAIA national championship race. The team had 348 points total a large gap between them and the first-place finisher British Columbia’s 90. Nic Maszk sprinted into the finish line 12th overall with a time of 24 minutes 52.20 seconds.

And that’s your weekly Newsish Roundup brought to you by Grande Ronde Hospital, Market Place Family Foods, Valley Realty, Northwest Furniture and Mattress and Direct Music Source. Please like and share this video and tune in for more local content. I’m Will Bowman.

This year there are over thirty businesses participating in small business Saturday, including Brent Clapp Media Services which will be taking fifty buck portraits from ten to four.

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