By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Bladine, Watts, Cabe due DSA honors

The event is slated to run 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 6, with former mayor Ed Gormley serving as key note speaker. It is being held in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, upstairs at 325 N.E. Third St., at a cost of $35 per person. For reservations, call 503-472-3605 or e-mail

The annual awards event, hosted by the McMinnville Jaycees since the mid-1950s, is being sponsored by a citizen group this year after the service club, undergoing a reorganization, announced it planned to concentrate on other projects. As usual, committees of past winners in each category selected this year’s winners.

They chose Bladine for his work as publisher of the News-Register, founder and ardent supporter of the McMinnville Downtown Association, and other efforts to promote business and support youth over the years.

Watts and Cabe also were chosen for their business and civic activities.

Watts, who works for First Federal, recently concluded a five-year stint organizating the Mayor’s Charity Ball, which raises money for Kids on the Block. She also co-chairs the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center’s Farm Fest and keeps her hand in other activities.

Cabe, an accountant, is a longtime member of the McMinnville School Board and an active supporter of charitable programs.

In addition to the two top awards, honors will go to an Outstanding Junior Citizen, Brooke Ehret; Outstanding Young Educator, Angela Newport of McMinnville High School; and Outstanding Young Farmer, Andre and Sheila Jaillet of Growing Wild Farm.

Organizers of this year’s DSA event are Ed Gormley, Sherl Hill, Jody Christensen, Linda Schwichtenberg, Stevie Whited, Cassie Sollars, Walt Gowell and Dave Haugeberg. The McMinnville Downtown Association is serving as the fiscal agent.

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