November 2017 Around Town

Education Foundation Receives STEM and Arts & Wellness Grant

The Education Foundation for Bend–La Pine Schools has received three grants earmarked for STEM and Arts & Wellness programs. The Brooks Resources Corporation gifted $5,000 in STEM classroom grants, while Eric Meslow of Tualatin-based Timbercon, Inc. donated $2,000 to purchase a Spheros Robotics Kit for Bend-La Pine schools. Additionally, US Bank donated $2,000 towards Arts & Wellness programs.

“We are so thankful for the continued support of Brooks Resources and US Bank for our Classroom Grants program that benefit all BLSD students,” says Michelle Johnson, Executive Director of the Education Foundation. “The funding by Eric Meslow for another Spheros Robotics kit will help engage our students in STEM even further, by learning to write code and understand programming from elementary to high school.”

The Education Foundation, founded in 1988, provides financial resources and tools to teachers with an emphasis on STEM projects as well as art and music programs.

The Center 
Announces New Sports Medicine Orthopedic 

The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research is pleased to announce the addition of Matthew R. Lilley, MD to their orthopedic sports medicine team. He specializes in the study, evaluation, and treatment of shoulder, hip, and knee injuries and conditions. Dr. Lilley completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his medical degree at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and completed his residency at San Francisco Orthopedic Residency Program.

“It’s very fulfilling to be able to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Dr. Lilley. “Restoring patients to their pre-injury state so they can enjoy activities again inspires me.”

A native of Central Oregon, Dr. Lilley became interested in medicine at a young age and his early experiences and desire to help people shaped the way he practices medicine today. He takes the time to understand his patients, learn about what motivates them, and then develops a treatment plan to get them back to their previous activities and fitness.

Bend-La Pine Schools 
Announces Honors

Bend-LaPine Schools has announced their teacher, administrator, and staff of the year awards. Summit High School band director Dan Judd was named Bend-La Pine Schools’ Teacher of the Year; Pilot Butte Middle School’s Family Access Network Advocate Raquel Hernandez was named Outstanding Support Person of the Year; and Pine Ridge Elementary School Principal Kevin Gehrig was named Distinguished Administrator of the Year.

Also, Shelby Paulson, a teacher librarian at Pilot Butte Middle School, was recently selected as the Secondary School Librarian of the Year for Oregon by the Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL). This is the highest award given by the group, which is the professional group for the school librarians and media specialists in the state.

“From the custodians who serve as mentors to our students to the teachers who innovate new programs for students who need extra support, these staff members are truly an inspiration,” says Superintendent Shay Mikalson. “I am proud to work alongside these dedicated individuals and am thrilled to honor them and the work they do.”

In addition, students Susan Garcia, of Bend Senior High School, and Henry Rogers, of Summit High School, are among 165 students in Oregon to earn top academic recognition as National Merit Semi-Finalists from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Bend.K12.OR.US/District

Newport Avenue Market Acquires Sisters’ Melvin’s Fir Street Market

Bend’s award-winning specialty grocer has taken ownership of Melvin’s Fir Street Market, a natural, organic grocery store and deli in Sisters. As part of Rudy’s Markets, Inc., which includes Newport Avenue Market and now Melvin’s by Newport Avenue Market, the Sisters grocery will install new registers and expand its offerings. Sisters customers will have access to a broader selection of special order items not stocked in-store as well.

Since opening in 1976, Newport Avenue Market has been the No. 1 choice of Foodies in Central Oregon. A 100-percent employee-owned specialty grocer, Newport offers shoppers both mainstream and hard-to-find food items as well as kitchenware and unusual gifts.