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LA GRANDE — Travis Smart, of La Grande, and Jeff Pillow, of Union, soon will fly to Central America to help give about 100 rural residents wings in their struggle to escape poverty.

Smart and Pillow are Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative employees who are participating in a project to bring electricity to the remote Guatemalan villages of Ventura and Cebollines. The villages, which are close to one another, are in the district of Jalapa, a mountainous region in the southeastern part of Guatemala, 20 miles from the nearest community with electricity.

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