Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds | Sisters, Oregon Nugget Sponsorship

Latest Sisters, Oregon, weather
Current News
• Current News
Sports & Recreation
Home & Garden
Pets Lost/Found Pets Free
Area Events
Arts & Entertainment
Contact List
Camp Sherman
City of Sisters
Deschutes County
Public Library
Sisters Guide
Sisters Chamber
Sisters Map
Sisters Schools

Advanced Search

home : current news : current news March 17, 2018

2/27/2018 2:01:00 PM
Longtime locals find a new home
Marty and Bear Gray broke snowy ground on their future home. photo by Jerry Baldock
+ click to enlarge
Marty and Bear Gray broke snowy ground on their future home. photo by Jerry Baldock

When Mary Gray first moved to Sisters nearly 30 years ago with her two boys, she lived off of Brooks Camp Road in the logging cabins owned by Brooks-Scanlon Lumber. Last week, she and her husband, Bear, returned to the Brooks Camp Road area to break ground at their future Sisters Habitat home site. This time, however, the home they will move into will be their own, which they will purchase through the Sisters Habitat homeownership program.

The Grays are well-known in the community, and that was evident from the many folks who came out for the celebration. "Bear and Mary are very community-minded and active," Marsha Lewis told the crowd. Lewis and Gayla Nelson are family partners with Bear and Mary. Family partners are Habitat volunteers who are paired with future homebuyers to help navigate the homebuyer process.

"It was divine intervention that we were paired with them. They are huggers, and Gayla and I are huggers, too," Lewis said.

With fresh snow on the ground, Nelson thought it appropriate to give the couple a snow shovel. Mary started shoveling and even found dirt. With laughter, smiles and some teasing from Bear to toss some snow to the onlookers, they were handed the golden digging shovel while the crowd applauded.

"When the studs are up, I'd like everyone to come and write their name, the date and a prayer on the stud," Bear told the crowd.

The group finished the celebration with hugs for Bear and Mary, and coffee and treats being served in Clara Eberius' garage. Eberius, a recent Habitat homeowner, was the one who encouraged Bear and Mary to apply for the Habitat program. As it turns out, the Gray's future home is right next door to her new house.

Anyone interested in the homeownership or home repair program can find a guideline brochure at Those interested in volunteering with Sisters Habitat can sign up to attend a volunteer orientation workshop the first or third Wednesday of each month at noon at the Habitat office, 141 W. Main Ave. To sign up please call 541-549-1193.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

© Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. The Nugget Newspaper, LLC
PO Box 698 • 442 E. Main Ave., Sisters, Oregon 97759 • 541-549-9941 office • 541-549-9940 Fax


Software © 1998-2018 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved