Good Words (Oct. 20)

2012-10-20T08:00:00Z Good Words (Oct. 20) Corvallis Gazette Times
October 20, 2012 8:00 am

Just wanted to admit fault for bad parking

Re: The lady in the red SUV at Trader Joe’s on Oct. 4:

She called out her window to me about my truck being parked over the line, and I doubted what she was saying. By the time I checked my mirrors and saw that I was wrong — and she was absolutely right — she was gone.

I am sorry!

Les Adams, Corvallis

Kindness after traffic crash appreciated

I would like to thank the young man who helped me after my automobile accident at Northwest Walnut and Forest Green on Sept 18. He was so kind to direct me to a parking space, called my relative on his cell phone and stayed with me until said relative arrived. Truly a good Samaritan.

Bette Moyer, Corvallis

Some angels on Earth live here in Corvallis

My dad, home alone with mom in her final days, said he hadn’t had breakfast yet. I called a restaurant in Corvallis, placed an order to be picked up, paying with my credit card. The response was no. I called Beaver Cab. Their response was “We can work with you.”

I called another restaurant and received the same response. I gave up. An angel named Lauren from Beaver Cab called asking if I was able to get the breakfast. I replied no and was getting angry, so I gave up. Lauren said you call an order into Shari’s and I’ll get it and take it to your Dad. I said OK, I’ll give you my credit card number. Her reply, “I don’t want it, I’ll just do this for you.” I broke down and thanked her profusely. My Dad received his breakfast that day.

See, there are angels in Corvallis.

Eric Jager, Boise, Idaho

Waldorf thanks for spaghetti support

On Sept. 14, Corvallis Waldorf School families, faculty and staff welcomed the new school year with a school-wide spaghetti feed. Thank you to the following merchants for generously donating food and items to help make this event a success: Gathering Together Farm, New Morning Bakery, Big River Restaurant and Timberhill Dental.

We appreciate the community’s support of our school.

Cindy Drouhard, Corvallis Waldorf School, Parent Council

Many helped to grow Linus Pauling garden

Oh! How does the Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program’s Spartan Garden grow? With the help of so many people! Thanks to Ella Rhoades’ artful eye and beautiful mosaic, Jim of E.D. Hughes Excavating, Stahlbush Island Farms, Rich Holmes of Holmes Tree Preservation and Shamrock Landscape Supply. Their generosity is truly appreciated and has contributed greatly to our outdoor classroom!

Kim Holmes, LPI Healthy Youth Program

Music, support helps library with plans

On Oct. 11, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library was filled with joyful sounds as the Library Foundation hosted a “Complete the Block” party. We would like to thank the 4-H Folkloric Dance Group, Fiesta Mexicana, for sharing their dances from Mexico. We also would like to thank musicians Michelle Bermudez, Elizabeth Humphrey, Olivia Molitor, Anne Ridlington, David So, Stephanie So, Tristan Stickle, Elizabeth Yin, and Erynne van Zee, who played everything from tangos to Bach suites — with a little “Itsy Bitsy Spider” thrown in.

Half the pleasure of the party was watching the delighted faces of patrons, old and young, as they gathered round the dancers and musicians.

Our thanks, also, to the library staff, who graciously joined in the fun with baskets of Legos to encourage children to create their library of the future. Thank you, Corvallis, for helping us to celebrate our great community library.

Martha Foster, and Sandy Ridlington, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Foundation Board

OSU Honor Society helped homeowner

Eight students from Oregon State University’s Mortarboard Honor Society spent Oct. 7 staining the deck and home with a homeowner in Philomath. Sabrina Witmer had applied to Habitat for Humanity’s new “Brush With Kindness” program and been accepted as a partner family. The students stained the deck and house that had deteriorated from weather and age. Sabrina had cleaned and prepared all surfaces and provided the materials. She was very happy that the work could be done before the winter rains started.

Bettina Schempf, Benton Habitat for Humanity

Ashbrook honored by veterans’ visit

The Ashbrook community would like to thank the four members of Lebanon Post No. 51 of the American Legion who came to assist with a flag ceremony at the school. The Legion members — Dale Blanshan, Frank Farmer, Red Schafer, and Peter Butler (bugler) — retired an old Ashbrook American flag to the bugle notes of “Retreat “and replaced it with a new one to the bugler’s “To the Colors.”

The gentlemen visited classrooms and gave each Ashbrook student a bookmark gift. These gentlemen spoke of their pleasure to be at a school that would honor the flag of the country for which these men served and were delighted in the respect shown by our students. Indeed, the honor was ours to have these gentlemen on campus. Thank you again.

Cynthia Roelofs, principal, and Ashbrook students, staff and parents

First Pastega golf tourney a success

The staff of the Mario Pastega House and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center would like to thank Steve Uerlings of Barker Uerlings Insurance, Ken and Gary Pastega of the Pastega Family Foundation and all who participated in the first ever Mario Pastega Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tournament took place Sept. 20 at Trysting Tree Golf Course and was a huge success, raising more than $20,000 to support families of Good Sam patients staying at the Mario Pastega House.

The Mario Pastega House was the vision of Corvallis community member Mario Pastega, who saw a need for affordable, convenient lodging for families of patients at Good Sam facing long term hospitalization. Prior to his passing in early 2012, Mario was a tireless fundraiser for the house. We are grateful to Mr. Uerlings, the Pastega Family, our golfers, sponsors and volunteers for working hard to keep Mario’s vision alive and well.

Jeff Larson, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

Fall book sale success due to library’s friends

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Friends of the Library’s paperback book sale held Sept. 22. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will have more than $1,700 available to help fund programs and services thanks to local readers’ generous donations and purchases.

Many people contributed time and energy to make the sale successful, including the sorting crew who pulled and stored the books and local businesses who helped advertise the sale.

Our thanks, too, to the volunteers who staffed the sale: Ralph Alig, Bill Becker, Christy Brickell, Andy Chiappisi, Martha Fraundorf, Connie Georgiou, Bruce Martin, Stefani McRae-Dickey, Jim Michalek, Jill Rubart and Mark and Sue Speulda. We also appreciate the wonderful support of the library staff.

Marlys Amundson and David Low, Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Garage sale helps rescue senior dogs

Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon would like to thank everyone who made our annual Eddie’s Garage Sale a huge success! Special thanks to Chintimini Wildlife Center, Habitat for Humanity and Country Livin’ Dog Day Care & Kennels for their help with tables and canopies and the Philomath Lion’s Club for taking the leftover books.

Additional thanks to all of the wonderful people and organizations in the community that donated high-quality items to the sale. We especially want to thank Jackie, Tom and Glen for allowing us to take over their yards for four days and all of the volunteers who helped sort, price, store, move and sell the donations.

This our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we could not have done it without the huge community effort to help rescue our furry friends.

Susan Speulda, Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon

Eagle Scout’s project will deter bike thieves

Thank you to the Corvallis Elks for providing a location and supplies for my Eagle Scout Project: A car wash fundraiser. More than $1,000 was raised, allowing the purchase of a video surveillance system for the Franklin School bike racks to discourage bike theft. Several members of the Elks Lodge found the time in their busy Saturday to offer a great location, water, advice and more. Also thank you to everyone who generously donated at the car wash or at any other time. To any thinking of doing community-minded work, the Elks are a great help.

Andrew Woods, Corvallis

Car Free Day was a roaring success

The 3rd Annual World Car Free Day in Corvallis was a great success, thanks to those who participated in this global event and helped make it happen locally.

Special thanks to members of our Car Free Day Coordinating Team for their hard work and commitment; to Corvallis Fall Festival for collaborating with us; and to our sponsors: the City of Corvallis, Cascades West Rideshare, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Safe Routes to School, Blue Sky, The Corvallis Clinic, Corvallis Cyclery, Cycle Solutions, First Alternative Co-op, Footwise, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Play It Again Sports, and Soft Star Shoes.

We are also grateful to the following for their contributions and support: Cyclotopia, Peak Sports, Energize Corvallis, HOUR Exchange, SoupCycle, many businesses and organizations that provided special offers and activities, dozens of individual volunteers who gave of their time and energy, and the Corvallis Gazette-Times for excellent coverage.

Annette Mills, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

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