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Thomason Hospitality Group Q&A With Restaurateur Dave Thomason Dave Thomason has an eye for food and beverage franchises. Be it a hamburger spot, coffee stop, or roadside eatery, Thomason has developed a knack for growing and fine-tuning food franchises. After starting with Carl’s Jr. more than three decades ago, Thomason Hospitality Group LLC now operates Elmer’s, Human Bean and Pita Pit franchises, along with Taprock Northwest Grill. Originally from Southern California, Thomason and his wife Doneta moved to Grants Pass when their oldest child, Danae, was just three years old. Danae now acts as regional manager for the firm’s Pita…

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Third Annual 4TheKids Livestock Auction The Grants Pass Active Club will be conducting the Third Annual 4TheKids Livestock Auction at 9:30 AM on August 13 at the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Last year, the event raised more than $750,000 for the hard working kids in the program thanks to generosity of many local business as well as some from out of the area. As a non-profit organization, the primary fundraiser is the annual Boatnik Festival, but as a group of just over 50 members, the club has expanded its involvement in the community. The Club now has Boatnik, Christmas for Kids,…

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Josephine County Fair Set for August The Josephine County Fair comes to Grants Pass every summer with games, rides, popcorn, cotton candy, shows, music, and lots more fun for the whole family. The Josephine County Fair is scheduled for August 10 – 14, 2022. For 2022, gate admission to the fair will be free for all. Gates open on Wednesday & Thursday, 4pm – 10pm and Friday & Saturday, 10am – 11pm. Fun activities include a pie-baking contest, home brew competition, a scarecrow contest, as well as Truck & Tractor Pulls, Rope 4 the Gold Rodeo, music, rides and great…

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A quick golf exercise for a lifelong better game By Justin Klemballa Back when I was working as an assistant golf professional at Jim McLean’s flagship golf school in Dorak, Florida, I learned this tremendous drill from McLean himself. Not only is it a great drill for hitting good shots from fairway bunkers, it’s also effective for developing solid ball-striking in general, being that it helps to develop a power-producing lag in the swing. It also provides immediate feedback. Start by drawing a trench in the sand with the club (illustrated in Picture A). This creates a wall on each…

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Looking for a fun place to bike in Grants Pass? Cathedral Hills may be the place for you. By Mike Walters As a Southern Oregon native, I fell in love, at an early age, with all the wonderful things to do in the outdoors and I consider myself an outdoor enthusiast. Those of you inclined to get outside, must appreciate all the southern part of Oregon has to offer. The Cathedral Hills Trail System, in Grants Pass, is an easily accessible outdoor area that falls into the must-appreciate category. Up front, I acknowledge, I am a cyclist. I value nothing…

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Get Wilde about wine at Grants Pass favorite winery By Mitch Wilde What happens when you combine a NASA engineer, an optometrist, dozens of acres of the Applegate Valley, thousands of grapevines, and a ton of TLC? Well, if you guessed Walport Family Cellars, in the heart of the Applegate Valley, you know your Southern Oregon Wine Trail. I had a chance to visit the endearing Walport Family Cellars (WFC) and was able to spend time with both Amy and Eric Walport, the owners and vintners of WFC. When I recently asked Amy and Eric what they want people to…

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Here are a few of our favorite mint cocktails — refreshingly perfect for chilling this summer. Mint Julip Zest Ingredients: 1 handful of fresh mint 1/2 cup simple syrup 1 cup distilled water 2 oz. bourbon whiskey 5 oz. water 1 lemon wedge Directions: Ice is optional. Pull mint from stem, place into mixing unit with all ingredients aside from lemon; mix, shake, pour. Cut lemon into wedges, zest, and garnish. Watermelon Smint Ingredients: 3 sprigs fresh mint 1 teaspoon water 1 teaspoon superfine sugar 2 ounces vodka Club soda or filtered water, splash to liking Sprinkle of powdered…

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The Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce announced the date for the upcoming Lemonade Day as August 5, 2022. Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. The objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the lessons of Lemonade Day like…

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GPCC Workshop features more discussions on Caveman Pool The Grants Pass City Council continued to look at the future of Caveman Pool and allocating American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding during its weekly workshop sessions. The City Council began the April 18 session with a staff presentation on community pool options. The panel must decide whether to rehabilitate the aging Caveman Pool next to the Grants Pass High School campus, build a new public swimming pool there or invest in a brand new pool complex in a different location. The Council will also continue working on allocating ARPA funds to…

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The Grants Pass High School (GPHS) athletic department hired Brad Page as the new head varsity football coach for Grants Pass High School. Page is a graduate of GPHS where he was a member of the varsity football team. He continued his education at Brigham Young University and has spent the last 6 years coaching football at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire (2021-present) and Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona (2017-2021). Page will fill the role previously held by John Musser, who led the Cavemen football program since 2008.

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