Good Words (May 14)

2011-05-14T08:00:00Z Good Words (May 14) Corvallis Gazette Times
May 14, 2011 8:00 am

Community Service Day a success at Cheldelin

The first Cheldelin Middle School Community Service Day was a huge success thanks to support from our community partners. More than 700 students participated in restoration projects as part of Global Youth Service Week. The Institute for Applied Ecology helped sixth-graders plant native species at the Jackson-Frazier Wetlands. The city of Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department and the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered to assist seventh-graders in removal of invasive species along Jackson-Frazier Creek. Eighth-graders began the process of establishing a native plant arboretum on school grounds with support from Dave Eckert of the Marys Peak group of the Sierra Club and also from Allied Waste and Parks & Rec. The students had a great time and learned a lot. We hope to make this an annual event!

On behalf of Stefni Stephens, Jenny Davis, Michael Krasilovsky, signed:

Janice Rosenberg, Cheldelin Middle School

Cornerstone offers thanks for fundraiser

Cornerstone Associates Inc. extends a special thank you to the sponsors and other appreciative contributors who helped with our 16th annual “Investment in Humanity Dinner” on April 9: Corvallis Insurance Services Inc., Curtis E. Trammel, DMD; Frank Rosumny DMD; Mario and Alma Pastega Foundation; Marriott Organization Inc.; Sprick Roofing Co. Inc.; Stover, Neyhart & Co. CPAs; Bakemark; Cascade Produce; Food Services of America; Full Color Press; Service Linen; Special Occasions; Tyee Wine Cellars; and Van Vleet Meat Co.

Nancy Maxwell, Cornerstone Associates Inc.

Gift certificates helped training program

Thank you to the businesses that donated the gift certificates given out at the recent liquor licensee training. Their generous donations were greatly appreciated! The training on April 16 focused on the responsible sale of alcohol and tobacco. The donating businesses were American Dream, Block 15, Bombs Away Café, Clodfelter’s Pub, Cloud 9, Downtown Corvallis Association, Dutch Bros., El Sol De México, Nearly Normal’s, Squirrel’s Tavern and Tommy’s 4th Street Bar & Grill.

Stewart Wershow, Corvallis Partnership to Reduce Underage Drinking

Eagle Scout builds shelter at Wildcat Park

The Wildcat Park community would like to sincerely thank Nathanial Vallancey-Martinson for making his Eagle Scout project the construction of the portable bathroom shelter at Wildcat Park. The original shelter was destroyed by a vandalism fire in 2008. His service and dedication to the community is very much appreciated.

Nason McCullough and Lori Hendrick, Wildcat Park Committee

Library honors volunteers at breakfast

“Willing Hands, Generous Hearts” was the theme of the Corvallis Benton-County Public Library’s annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on April 15. Nearly 90 volunteers turned out to congratulate each other on donating more than 15,400 hours of labor in 2010.

Several volunteers were honored for milestone anniversaries this year, including Corrine Greve, 20 years; Lloyd Osen, 15 years; Phil Grenney, Paul Dickey, and Ange Crawford, 10 years; John Jacoby, seven years and Anna Bennet, Melissa Carr, Lynda Hohenboken, Angela Jackson, Greg Szekely, Cindy Van Handel, and Sharon Wolf, five years.

Many of the attendees left the event with one of 40 door prizes contributed by local merchants, and Tom Verhoeven of Peoria Gardens generously provided flowering plants to decorate the tables. Colorful quilts, on loan from volunteers, staff and Quilts from Caring Hands lined the walls of the library’s meeting room during the event.

Cathi Roberts, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Heartland celebrates Easter egg hunt

Heartland Humane Society thanks all the participants that contributed to the success of Albertsons’ third annual Easter Egg Hunt. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and the children’s smiles radiated throughout the day! The Easter Bunny hopped on out to share some goodies and take pictures with the kids. Three lucky kids walked away with new bikes and other children won all sorts of different prizes! A special thank you to Albertsons, McDonald’s Ninth Street, the Corvallis Fire Department, Benton County Animal Control, John Griesmeyer of Edward Jones, Chris Nordyke State Farm, and our amazing volunteers!

Anna Lopez, Heartland Humane Society

Franklin appreciates new bookcases

Often the little things add up to big differences in our schools. Such is the case with contributions by parents and volunteers.

When we reconfigured our middle-level technology lab two years ago, a temporary divider was installed between the computers and the library space. Recently, thanks to a generous donation by the Franklin PTA and the superb carpentry skills of Brian George, the project is now complete.

We extend a robust thank you to Brian and Finn Construction for building and installing new bookcases as a permanent divider in the room. The beautiful alder bookcases dramatically improve the appearance of the lab, and they also provide much-needed space for our picture book collection in the library.

We offer our sincere thanks to both the PTA and Brian for their benevolence and allegiance to Franklin K-8 School of Choice.

Principal Gerry Kosanovic, Corvallis

Elks Lodge gives help to drug court’s Bingo night

The Benton County Adult Drug Treatment Court would like to thank the Elks Lodge of Corvallis for supporting our annual Bingo Night, a celebration of drug court participants with at least 60 days of sobriety. Sixty days is an accomplishment that is especially noteworthy for someone in recovery, and the Elks Lodge continues to demonstrate its  commitment and support for the drug court and its participants. Members of the Elks Lodge supplied a wonderful lasagna dinner as well as the use of their impressive Bingo equipment.

Rob Corl’s pies were the favorite Bingo prizes! All who attended enjoyed the food, games and celebration of their achievements. The Elks Lodge has once again demonstrated how well this community values and supports the efforts of drug court participants to turn their lives around. Thanks again for the wonderful, fun evening of celebration.

Circuit Court Judge Janet Holcomb, Benton County Drug Treatment Court

Home Depot offered help to youth shelter

Thank you to the Home Depot for generously donating all of the needed materials for the construction of a life-size board game that will be featured at many of the Jackson Street Youth Shelter Inc. booths in the future, including the annual CARDV run and da Vinci Days. We are so lucky to have such a caring community surrounding and supporting us in all that we do! Thank you!

Britnie Newman, Jackson Street Youth Shelter Inc

Woodworkers grateful for exhibition help

The Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild recently held its 28th annual Exhibition of Fine Woodworking. The show presented the woodworking skills of many mid-valley residents. However, there were various less-visible people and organizations who helped make the show a success.

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library again provided a wonderful venue. The Arts Center provided the display pedestals. Several local businesses provided prizes: The Hardwood Centre, Land Ark NW, Mike’s Bargain Center, Pacifica Coffee and Western Tool Supply.

In addition, many individuals also donated prizes: Stan Hall, Pat Megowan, Brent Baker, Jeff Tobin, Doug Pollock, Kevin Schier, Joanne Storch and Roger Tracy. Numerous other guild members helped in the preparation and presentation of the show. On behalf of the guild and Doug Pollock, prize coordinator, thank you!

Dan Youngberg, Albany

Pair of stores helped with May Day baskets

A robust thank you to Daniel from Trader Joe’s and Andrew from Albertsons in Corvallis for the generous donation of flowers to the Linn-Benton Community College Creative Development Class at the Benton Center for May Day baskets. Fifty people received handmade baskets filled with an array of flowers!

Thank you to Terry from the Corvallis Manor for leading a parade of smiling children and doting parents while deliveries of spring wishes and flower baskets were made to residents.

Paula Jenssen, LBCC parenting education instructor

So many helped to ease the pain of loss

A heartfelt thank you to Calvin Presbyterian Church, Pastor Marc Andresen, the ladies’ Bible study group and all others who helped put together Deborah Dornfeld’s memorial service.

Having people share their memories of Deb was comforting and their kind support is much appreciated during this difficult time.

Carl and Miles Dornfeld, Corvallis

Event expanded on the art of telling tales

“The world is made of stories.”

The ninth annual Tcha Tee Man Wi Storytelling Festival brought  the community together to hear classic as well as contemporary tales – this time some without words (because of the magic of mime). The presenters thank our contributors and supporters: the Acorn Brothers; the Corvallis Gazette-Times; the Darkside Cinema; Footwise, the Birkenstock Store; Friends of the Library; KLCC Public Radio; the Multicultural Literacy Center; Three-Fingered Jack; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; and all who offered “tree” tales.

Thanks to the generosity of audience members, we can look forward to the 10th annual festival to brighten next winter.

 On behalf of the The Arts Center, Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, and the Wonderkeepers,

Jana Zvibleman, Corvallis

Gleaners offer thanks to Grocery Outlet

The Philomath Community Gleaners wish to thank the Corvallis Canned Foods Grocery Outlet for its generosity for allowing us to use the store for our canned food drive and bake sale on April 22. We also wish to thank everyone who participated in making this a huge success.

Teri Greene, Philomath Gleaners secretary

Pedestrian to the rescue of phoneless damsel

A pedestrian on Highway 20 saw my cell phone fly off the roof, as I sped to Good Sam, pieces landing in the median. I spent a day retracing my steps frantically looking for it to no avail and resigned to buy a new one.

 As I signed on the dotted line for a new phone at the AT&T store, he walked in with my phone. He thought they might scan the bar code for the owner. I turned around, saw my phone in his hand and was thrilled to have it back, all that data included. Clerks and customers alike witnessed the incredible timing and my reaction. See, I knew the man!

 Thank you, Joe Sikich, for a truly generous act. Not only does Joe save damsels in distress, he volunteers to play guitar, mandolin, and banjo for community theater orchestras and small bands around town. He’s my hero!

Mary Jeanne Reynales, Corvallis damsel

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