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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 9:00am
Year 24 RARE AmeriCorps Orientation


Smart Energy: A year well done for RARE

In September 2016, I began my year-long RARE (resource assistance for rural environments) service term working with Douglas County Smart Energy. This group has a two-part mission:

Solar ‘pioneer’: Renewable energy project coming to HR public works

A group of renewable energy leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate a solar array slated for construction atop the Hood River Public Works building. Partners in the project highlighted the trailblazing aspect of bringing the solar development to town. “This is really a pioneering effort and we hope to see it replicated (elsewhere),” Dan Orzech, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative general manager, said.

SHEDCO receives grant to rehab and expand El Tapatio

St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO) was awarded $100,000 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant for the rehabilitation and expansion of El Tapatio Restaurant on Columbia Boulevard.

Hermiston Addresses ‘Parallel Parking Phobia’

Do Hermiston drivers have a phobia when it comes to parallel parking? If they do, the Hermiston City Council stepped in Monday night to alleviate those fears. The council voted to convert parallel parking along a portion of Second Street between Main Street and Hurlburt Avenue to diagonal parking. The change will add two additional parking spots as well as a handicapped-accessible parking spot nearest to Main Street. It will also ease the “phobia” of parallel parking. The change will only affect the east side of Second Street. The west side will remain parallel parking.

Pendleton Downtown Association hires executive director

In the span of about eight months, Molly Turner of the Pendleton Downtown Association has gone from intern to director. According to a Saturday press release, the association has named Turner its first executive director. A University of Oregon graduate, the association brought Turner to Pendleton as an intern from AmeriCorps’ Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program in September, serving as the nonprofit’s program manager.



2016-17 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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