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Museum backers thank supporters

Thank you to more than 100 generous donors and supporters who attended the groundbreaking event on June 8 for the Benton County Historical Society’s Corvallis museum project.

The event was held on the site of the new museum to be built at the intersection of Second Street and Adams Avenue. We are grateful to Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber and Benton County Commissioner Anne Schuster for their kind remarks, and Commissioner Xan Augerot for attending.

Mike Schweizer, board president, presided as emcee, and Ron Marek and Alice Rampton, members of the Lead Gifts Committee, spoke about their dedication to raise $9.5 million for the new museum and thanked all the donors for their gifts of $7.5 million to date.

The society looks forward to creating the most exciting cultural project in the state of Oregon, which will be a treasured asset to the community, the region and the state.

Irene Zenev

Benton County Historical Society and Museum 

Club celebrates successful sale

Our Altrusa Club of Corvallis had a successful jewelry sale on May 6!

We would like to thank the following businesses for allowing us to have jewelry collection boxes available for the public to donate items: Blackledge Furniture, Coldwell Valley Brokers, Fitness Over 50, Northern Star and three Citizens Bank sites. We also appreciate Olufson Design staff members for their time appraising fine jewelry pieces and purchasing some pieces.

And last but not least, we would like to thank all people who donated jewelry and bought jewelry at the sale. All of our proceeds go to Altrusa service projects such as the Career Closet, literacy, Habitat for Humanity, College Hill High School, scholarships, the Educational Opportunities Program at Oregon State University, and international programs at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center and abroad.

Mary Lou McLocklin


Health workers are terrific 

One of our grandchildren recently had a serious health issue.

The child was rushed to the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center emergency room, admitted to the hospital, had surgery and was discharged.

Every person involved in this series of events, employees of our local hospital, was incredibly kind and dedicated to the welfare of our grandchild and our daughter. That includes everyone — from nurses to doctors to cleaning staff and cafeteria personnel — every single encounter with a Samaritan employee was, despite the obvious stress inherent in such a situation, a positive experience.

Their dedication to our grandchild was a pleasure to witness, and we thank everyone involved for their kindness. These are the people who make life in Corvallis exceptionally rewarding.

Kirk and Susan Nevin


Volunteers play a vital role

The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence is pleased to announce our Volunteers of the Year: Angela Waetje and Libby McCormick!

Angela and Libby have gone above and beyond in their service this last year by assisting shelter residents, helping with fundraising events and CARDV’s video, administrative tasks and more. They were honored at CARDV’s annual appreciation celebration.

Volunteers play a vital role in providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We would like to thank all our volunteers for the many, many hours they generously give to helping survivors. A huge thank you to the businesses and individuals who contributed to our Volunteer Appreciation Event: Arauco, Barker-Uerlings Insurance, the Corvallis Knights, True Value of Philomath, Corvallis Brewing Supply and anonymous businesses.

Crystal Kelley, CARDV


Thanks to veterans, armed forces 

A special thank you to Clyde Marshall and A.J. Hering, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam veterans, for being our keynote guest speakers and sharing their tough war experiences with our community at our Memorial Day ceremony.

We are proud of both of you. Welcome home.

Each year, it is with heartfelt honor that we recognize those who have fought and given their lives for our country.

Thank you to those who are currently serving so we can live in freedom each and every day.

Thank you to the more than 30 volunteers, the Oregon State University NROTC, the Oregon National Guard and the hundreds of community members for helping to keep Memorial Day a day of remembrance.

Memorial Day 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Benton County Veterans Memorial.

Becki Goslow

Benton County Veterans Memorial

Thanks to Oregon Food Bank

Philomath Community Services would like to thank the Oregon Food Bank for its Network Support Grant of $5,000 to help make HVAC upgrades to our facility at 360 S. Ninth St. in Philomath.

These improvements will allow us to better control the temperatures in our facility, providing improved food storage conditions and energy conservation. Philomath Community Services partners, through our Food Bank and Gleaner programs, with Linn Benton Food Share, the Oregon Food Bank and the Feeding America Network, to provide food in the Philomath area for those in need.

The work was completed by Northwest Mechanical in Albany. We appreciate their in-kind contribution as well. Thank you.

Van Hunsaker, president

Philomath Community Services

Geocaching event was a success

PreservationWORKS and Visit Corvallis enthusiastically thank these individuals and groups who added to the outstanding success of the first-ever Historic Benton County Geocaching Coin Challenge:

Merrilee Buchanan Benson, Tyee Winery; Chris Bentley; Billy Brown, Old Spaghetti Factory; Ryan N.K. Brown, Oregon State University Research Forests; Patti Choate, OSU Risk Management; City of Philomath; Bill Coslow, OSU Landscape Management; Karen Emery and Jude Geist, Corvallis Parks and Recreation; the Rev. Rick Finley, Philomath Community Church; Collin M. Gillin, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Cody Hull; Judy Juntunen; David Livingston, Depot Suites; Mary McKillop, OSU Campus Grounds; Carl Metz, City of Corvallis Planning Department; Dee Mooney; Richard Raleigh, Mount Union Cemetery; the Rev. Steve Soot, St. Anne Orthodox Church; Nancy Taniguchi; Willamette Community and Grange Hall; Kevin Young, Benton County Planning Department; and Irene Zenev, Benton County Historical Museum.

Special thanks to our geocache guru, Loré Pleger, and those who modified their own caches and provided technical geocache assistance: cmarquardt10, Kgones, PurpleJewlz, she79, Sprite4, subwaymark, Tootsie.22, and Trekks; and everyone else who helped.

The geocache challenge continues while the coin supply lasts. Passports are available at Visit Corvallis, 420 NW Second St., and can be redeemed for coins during regular business hours.

B.A. Beierle


Golf event raises funds for club

On June 23, the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis held its 19th annual Barker Uerlings Summer Golf Classic.

Under gorgeous sunny skies at the Corvallis Country Club, community and business members came out to help us raise funds for summer Club scholarships. With an increase in homeless and under-resourced youth in Corvallis, fundraising is more important than ever.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our sponsors for supporting the kids: Title sponsor Barker Uerlings, Xtreme Grafx, PacWest Wealth Partners, the Corvallis Country Club and Oregon State Credit Union. And thanks to our golfers who made the event fun and memorable.

Helen Higgins

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

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