Support of friends, strangers eased grief
On Feb. 1, we lost a grandson to a traffic accident in Tangent. My wife and I want to thank all the friends we know, and the ones we don't know, for your support through this difficult time.
To my friends at the cafe: Thanks for the kind words and understanding.
To all the members of The Grove Church: We can never thank you enough for your support, caring and help for Morgan, Courtney and Chase.
To our son and daughter-in-law who, for the 2½ years Dylan was with us, showed him absolute, unlimited love from a mother and father: You are what parents should be.
"Thank you" seems too little to say; however, everything that has been said and done by all of you is from the heart, not from a wish for recognition.
From the entire Ayer family, thank you. We sure do miss that little guy.
John and Eileen Ayer
Ralph Hull Foundation helped families' homes
Benton Furniture Share extends its deepest appreciation to the Ralph Hull Foundation for selecting us as a grant recipient and for their support of our "Furniture for Families in Crisis" project.
The Ralph Hull Foundation is dedicated to improving the living conditions and safety of children and families within our communities. This generous grant will help more than 2,800 individuals receive furniture and household items.
Our mission is to redistribute quality, used furniture at no cost to children, families and individuals in need, thus diverting items from the landfill. If you would like more information about our services or are interested in volunteering, see www.bfs.peak.org or call Michelle at 541-754-9511 for details.
Benton Furniture Share
Local groups unite to help New Orleans
The children in New Orleans will thank you all when they receive their new beds this month. These children lost their homes and their beds to the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina almost five years ago. Today their families continue the struggle to rebuild their homes and community.
The popular Corvallis musical group Gumbo and its fans and friends brought lots of smiles to their audience at the benefit concert a few weeks. We also want to thank Kent Buys, the owner of the Troubadour Music Center, for the use of his performance area; Day Dreamers Beads and Jewelry of Corvallis for the colorful Mardi Gras Beads Sandy Houtman, Polk Avenue Pottery, for her pieces sold at the event; and Bernice Martinez for the yummy bread pudding.
And appreciation goes out to the Social Concerns Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis for sponsoring the event.
Robotics scrimmage host thanks sponsors
The Crescent Valley FIRST Robotics Team 955 "Raiderbot" would like to thank all those who helped make the ninth annual mid-valley robotics scrimmage a success. Our sponsors included FIRSTForce, Corvallis Floor Covering, Platt Electric, West Coast Innovations Inc. and Crescent Valley High School.
We also acknowledge the invaluable support of Corvallis School District. We thank high school teams from West Salem, Corvallis, Oregon City, Philomath, Cleveland (Portland), Santiam Christian, Lincoln (Portland) and South Eugene for participating in this tune-up match before the Autodesk Oregon Regional at the Portland Memorial Coliseum, March 4 through today. Thanks to all those who helped these outstanding students showcase their talents at science, engineering, and innovation.
It was a great day for helping butterflies
The Audubon Society of Corvallis thanks the more than 200 volunteers who turned up on Feb. 20 at Finley National Wildlife Refuge to plant flowers and plants for the Fender's blue butterfly. About 3,200 plants such as lupin, checkermallow and camus were quickly planted in the festive, community atmosphere.
A special thanks goes to SAE fraternity from Oregon State University, which is in its third year as planters. You couldn't find a nicer, more willing group of volunteers. Hats off to the New Morning Bakery and Allan Bros. Coffee, who donated refreshments. Allied Waste Services donated safety vests to the parking crew.
A special thanks to the fine serving crew, who prepared a wonderful chili lunch. We appreciate the excellent staff at Finley and honor their leadership in the worthwhile project.
Audubon - and the Fender's blue butterfly - wishes to thank you all.
Bicycle safety event's success driven by help
On Feb. 4, volunteers from Bike ‘N' Hike, Corvallis Cyclery and Peak Sports came together to give a boost to the Bicycle Safety Education Programs in the Corvallis and Albany public schools. In a fast-paced session, mechanics made necessary adjustments to 70 bikes, ensuring safe operation. Each year 800 to 1,000 fourth- and fifth-graders in Albany and Corvallis are able to take advantage of these programs.
We would like to thank the following: Jordon Massie from Bike N' Hike; Tait Grundyson, Mike Barton, Nelson Sherry, Julia Patton, Jake Fisher and Greg Rouse from Peak Sports; John Semadeni, Dan Holt, Eric Fosdick and Carl Gurney from Corvallis Cyclery; Albany volunteers Jim Lawrence and Chuck Daellenbach and Corvallis volunteers Dean Codo, Laura Duncan and Eric Smith.
Additionally, a thank you to Carol Lee Woodstock of Woodstock's Pizza for granting a generous discount on the pizza.
Thanks to all who made this evening a huge success!