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OTE November – December 2012 E-news

Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press, Newsletter | No Comments


A farmer’s mission

shipley_trees2Oregon’s Indian summer provided a halcyon backdrop for the last 2012, OTE heritage event. On a balmy Friday afternoon in early October, a small crowd gathered under a thick canopy of leaves at the Shipley-Cook Century Farmstead.

Rick Cook, caretaker of the farm, greeted guests enthusiastically—inviting them to sit and enjoy the rustle of the breeze in the historic trees overhead. The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee and Oregon Travel Experience held the event in honor of the surrounding grove—where many of its trees are close to one-hundred years old.

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Places to stop

Our featured column (and blog) highlights OTE highway business sign customers and their businesses, large or small. Check out this issue’s latest “finds.”

Image courtesy of Audrey Lawson






Antique Powerland Museum

Antique Powerland draws its collective persona from rural threshing bees once held in Silverton and Woodburn during the 1950s and 60s. During these mid-century gatherings, farmers would challenge one another with tractor pulls, and show off heritage farming equipment handed down through generations.

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Tillamook Bay RV Park







In 2001, Frances and Norman Hartwell made the decision to leave big city life behind and move to the Oregon Coast. The Hartwells were experienced recreational vehicle campers, so when their realtor showed the couple a listing for a Tillamook RV park, they sold their Portland auto body shop and pocketed the keys to their new business.

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OTE open positions

Since OTE assumed supervisory capacity of seven rest areas, 2012’s Senate Bill 1591 expanded our rest area operations to five additional locations along I-84 in 2013.

As part of our mission, we’ve posted new supervisor openings on our website, social media streams, and on Craig’s List.

So far, we’ve received hundreds of resumes from interested persons.

If you live near any of the areas we’ll be managing, and you love people and the outdoors, you still have time to apply. However, the deadline is coming right up: Monday November 19th, at 9:00 a.m.

Read more about the positions and how to apply…

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The big issue

This is a jam packed edition, so be sure to read at your leisure. We’re featuring places to stop (highway sign customers) and  a rest area wildlife rescue. Plus, a lifestyle story about the Salemtowne volunteers who help repair and maintain Oregon’s historical markers. So find that cup of spiced apple cider, cozy up to the woodstove, and take a break. Enjoy! And Happy Holidays from all of us.

Marking the spotsalemtowne_vol

Oregon’s historical markers would most likely disappear from public view if it were not for eight men devoting their golden years to the preservation of Oregon history.

Salemtowne retiree Wayne Sharp, is a member of both the Oregon Historical Marker Committee and the Salemtowne Volunteers.  I caught up with Wayne and the rest of his volunteer group as they were applying final details to the refurbished and updated Champoeg State Park marker.

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Rest area heroes: Close encounters of the bird kind

hawkWhap! Trucker Robert Washington fought his instinct to hit the brakes as his United Van Lines rig bore down I-84. The right side of his windshield had been hit—and hit hard. Washington was aghast at what he saw lodged between the windshield and the cab’s sun visor; in fact, he was convinced he would be in trouble with the law. For all appearances, it seemed he had just killed a member of an Oregon protected species.

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Meetings and events calendar

calendarOregon Travel Information Council Meetings

November 20, 2012, Special Executive session to interview final CEO candidates. Held at 1500 Liberty St SE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97302. The Executive session will start at 8:00 a.m., with a possible public comment period from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

January 9, 2013 –  Salem Office, more details to be announced.

April 10, 2013 – Salem Office; details to be announced.

July 10, 2013 – Ontario; details to be announced.

October 9, 2013 – The Dalles; details to be announced.

For more information about Council meetings, please contact us by email or telephone 1-800-574-9397.

OTE open stakeholder forum for CEO interviews

On Monday, November 16, 2012, OTE will hold an open meeting at its Salem offices where interested persons (you) may listen to prospective CEO candidates answer questions.

Read more about the process…

OTE Heritage Programs

2013 Heritage Tree nominations: Orenco Elm Grove

2013 Historical and Regional Marker nominations: Coos Bay Hollering Place; Jedediah Smith; Captain Robert Gray

Free coffee to be poured along I-84

Although our headline might conjure up baristas dancing along the highway, our Free Coffee Program is actually grounded in driver safety. OTE’s rest area expansion along I-84 will open up more opportunities for non-profit groups to participate in this important safety program.

The Free Coffee Program is a great way for qualifying non-profit organizations to earn money for their causes, while improving safety for motorists. Groups interested in participating can apply for a free permit by contacting the OTE office or linking to our website for more information.

If you are traveling through the state, be sure to stop in and talk to the groups serving up the coffee and the conversation. The coffee is free, but you can make a donation if you feel inclined.

Image credits for this issue: Hawk release: Thomas W. Earle; Antique Powerland: Audrey Lawson; Tillamook Bay: Cam McMinn.




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