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   What good news! Christmas is here and it’s the perfect time to open the Bible to the book of Luke and imagine the heralding angels share the good news of the birth of Jesus. The best news ever! Though we at Danner Farms can’t compete with heralding angels, we would love to share some of the good news that is happening here and around our town. It’s been another great year at the farm.

   Thanks to the wonderful response from last year’s plea for mentors, every one of our boys has been matched with his own mentor. Gary Key, Kevin Griffith, Dan Lonai, Kevin Riley, Mike Keeley, Greg Knowles, Kurt Reiber, Bruce Crittenden, Rick Rambo, and Jim Goodenough are all part of the special brotherhood of dedicated mentors. We are blessed beyond measure for them and the difference they are making. Additional thanks to their wives for their many special contributions.
   Progress continues on the Barn Project. We are very close to having it ready for full-time use. This will be a hub of activity for the entire Danner Farms’ family. We also look forward to offering this facility to other local groups. In particular . . .

   Young Life has come to Milton-Freewater! This is, indeed, great news. For information, visit online at blue mountain/WA293, or write to Jamie Brown at jamiebrown@gmail.com or Jonathan Gutierrez at jonathan.bmyl@gmail.com. 

   Bicycle Bonanza! We had another awesome turnout for the annual Bicycle Giveaway in May. More than 80 bikes were given away. That makes almost 700 reconditioned bicycles given to children and adults here in Milton-Freewater and the surrounding area. Special thanks to The Elks Club and Joel Smith of Gordy Plastics for their continued sponsorship of this program. Special mention and gratitude also go to our generous and faithful volunteer bicycle mechanics: Rich Young, Phil Hoffman, and Jon Bren. 

   We are honored to share that Danner Farms received the “Everyday Hero Award” that was presented by Kiwanis’ President, Amber Clark. Jim Goodenough and Danner Farms’ Board Member, Gordon Smith, gratefully accepted the plaque which read in part, “for rendering service beyond what is ordinary or expected and for doing so without regard for attention or receiving in return, but rather because it was the right thing to do."