The Bowery Lane covered bridge (also known as the Rock O’ the Range Bridge) located just north of Bend Oregon is scheduled to have a dedication ceremony on September 10, 2015 at 6pm.
The dedication is in celebration of the reconstruction of the bridge after it was badly damaged in April of this year, by a vehicle that was in excess of the maximum height for the bridge.
The dedication is being held by members of the Rock O’ the Range community, in appreciation to Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company (KNCC) for reconstructing the bridge and making it passable once again. The covered bridge is recognized by the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon and is said to be the only covered bridge east of the Cascade Mountain Range. KNCC founder Kirby Nagelhout lived in the area and traveled over the bridge on a daily basis before his passing in 2011.
Kirby Nagelhout’s son Tyler, and other members of KNCC donated their time and equipment to restore the bridge. Materials for the restoration were donated by Miller Lumber Company of Bend.
Rock O’ the Range home owners secretary Toby Bayard said “Kirby was a helpful, kind neighbor, generous, down-to-earth, friendly and community oriented.” This compassion and community involvement continues to this day with the members of KNCC.
Construction of a new John Day Fire Department is scheduled to begin in September 2015.
Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company is scheduled to start the approximately 1.5 million dollar fire station this month. The newly constructed fire station is being built as the result of a tax measure that passed in May of 2014. According to City manager Peggy Gray, citizens from the City of John Day as well as the citizens from the John Day Rural Fire Protection District “overwhelmingly approved” the bond.
The fire station will be occupied by the John Day Volunteer Fire Department personnel as well as the personnel from the John Day Rural Fire Protection District. The new fire station will also have a “community room” for a public meeting and gathering space.
A ground breaking ceremony will be scheduled for some time in September.
August 6, 2015
Long anticipated ground breaking ceremony in Sherman County Oregon:
Sherman County School District Superintendent Wes Owen welcomed members of the Sherman County School Board, members of the design committee, the planning committee, district staff and members of the Sherman County community to the long anticipated ground breaking ceremony held at the Sherman County School located in Moro, Oregon.
The project includes an addition to the existing school, a new agriculture building and a new building for grades K-5.
According to an article written in the Sherman County eNews, “the new facility offers our students and the community a unique opportunity to create a single K-12 campus that will promote a safer, more cohesive learning environment while providing greater opportunities for students to achieve academic success through closer collaboration and partnerships.”
Kirby Nagelhout Construction will immediately start construction on this project and it is anticipated it will take approximately one year to complete the entire scope of work.