ROSE (roz) n. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Often given as a sign of appreciation.

RASPBERRY (raz’ber’e) n. A sharp, scornful comment, criticism or rebuke; a derisive, splatting noise, often called the Bronx cheer.

We hereby deliver:

• ROSES to the 30th anniversary of the Summit Talent Show.

We’re not entirely sure the folks of Summit want us to tell you this (they’re a little shy) but the fact is that you likely will never have as good a time for $5 this year as you will Saturday night if you attend the show.

To quote the organizers, it is an “old-time community talent show featuring local entertainers of all-ages with original acts of music, dance, comedy, songs and tall tales!”

It starts at 7 p.m. in the wood-rich

historic Summit Grange Hall and is a “fun-raiser” for the maintenance of the hall.

It’s located 16 miles west of Corvallis on Highway 20 and then five miles down the Summit Highway. Wear a smile.

• • •

• ROSES to the talented folks at Oregon State University who are on the Mars Rover team.

One of them, Virginia Tat, sent us a link to an entertaining video of a recent display of the Rover’s tenacity and flexibility.

(See the video at under the Opinion section at the bottom of our home page).

For those who don’t have Internet access, Virginia described it this way: “We recently ran our newly built Mars rover over the majority of the football team and scored a touchdown.”

And when she says “ran over the team,” she means it.

The small, light Rover resembles a small, square version of a skateboard on oversized wheels. But it keeps on the move.

Starting with a prone-on-his-tummy Coach Mike Riley, who was the first in line in a sardine-like array of the team, the Rover bumped its way over over backs, biceps and butts of the entire Beavers football team as the team members repeatedly lined up to be its rugged terrain at the indoor practice facility.

The Beavers obviously were having a good time, and the five minute-video is sure to bring a smile.

We like the way Virginia described it: “I think this event perfectly describes the atmosphere at Oregon State University.

“The majority of our school are science students, but a lot of the fan base for OSU supports the athletic teams (especially football). This event shows that science and athletics can work together, and that our Beaver pride helps us come together as one.”

People who would like to learn more about the Rover project can check out

the group’s page on Facebook at

Oregon State-Mars Rover.

• • •

• RASPBERRIES to unexpected dangers. Who knew?

On Monday the Corvallis Fire Department was called around 1 p.m. to put out a small fire that had started on top of a dryer at the Beaver Lodge Men’s Housing on Van Buren Avenue.

As we learned from fire prevention officer Jim Patton, apparently the residents thought they’d done everything right when they washed some rags that had been used to apply solvents, then dry them.

But here’s the weird part: Apparently rags that have been soaked in flammable material, when warm and stacked together, can generate enough heat to go up in flames. And that is just what happened.

Fortunately the damage wasn’t too bad, and we offer this information as a cautionary tale not to stack such rags.

• • •

• ROSES to the arrival Monday of St. Patrick’s Day, when we’re all supposed to be “a little Irish” and wear green.

And we’re charmed that the Oregon State Police have not lost their sense of humor when they issued a press release this week, cautioning motorists who plan to hoist a few green beers to St. Patrick to “Designate an O’Driver.”

“If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or on any other day, just be smart about it.

“If you know you are going to drink alcohol — whether with friends at a pub or attending a local event or party — designate your sober driver ahead of time, use alternative transportation, or call a taxi to make sure you get home,” OSP Major Travis Hampton advised in the release.

Last year, nobody died in a drunken driving accident on St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re looking for a repeat.


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