Veterans Day Parade03 (copy)

A scenes from the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Albany.

Mark Ylen Democrat-Herald

• 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:

• RASPBERRIES to time-wasting emails with virtually irresistible come-ons. This week's top offender: an email about a study conducted by a website called purporting to determine the favorite emoji in each state.

An emoji is a symbol such as a cartoon face or a hand gesture that can be used instead of words in a text message or on social media. (An actual animated movie about emojis, cleverly titled "The Emoji Movie," is due this summer.)

So, yes, this is a stupid study about something that you never wanted to know in the first place. But, of course, we had to look to find out about Oregon's favorite emoji.

It turns out to be (suspenseful drum roll here, please) the emoji known as "Smiling Face with Heart Eyes," which is exactly what it sounds like. Options chosen by other states include the emojis known as "Unamused Face" and "Loudly Crying Face."

If you absolutely must know more, here's a link to the full study.

• Long-overdue ROSES to organizers of Albany's Veterans Day Parade, who this week announced plans to specifically honor female veterans in the 2017 edition of the parade.

The hope is that this year's veteran of the year will be a woman and that the parade will be able to honor all female veterans as parade grand marshals.

We second the thoughts of Al Severson, vice chair of the Veterans Commemorative Association, which sponsors the parade and related activities: It's about time.

Said Severson: "I've been involved with the parade since the 1970s and it struck us recently that although we have honored women veterans ... as distinguished veterans, we've never honored a woman as veteran of the year."

You can help to redress this oversight by nominating a woman as veteran of the year. Even though we have months until the parade, you can do that now, by contacting Severson at his business, The Frame House, 434 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany. Nominees must be honorably discharged and serve as volunteers in their communities.

• ROSES to a pair of Corvallis musical traditions that are gearing up for welcome return engagements: The 17th annual Chintimini Chamber Music Festival opens Friday night with the first of four concerts. Erik Peterson, the founder of the festival, has served as its musical director for every one of its seasons, and it appears that he again has put together a festival that showcases not just a range of chamber music, but the musicians (many of them raised in the mid-valley) who will perform. Our thanks to everyone involved in the festival.

This coming Tuesday night in Central Park, the Corvallis Community Band settles into its accustomed summertime gig for another season of crowd-pleasing music. (The concerts start at 8 p.m., but fans often arrive an hour early to watch the musicians rehearse; it's usually the only rehearsal time the band gets for its summer shows.) Steve Matthes, the conductor and musical director of the band since 1979, is returning for another season. He gives credit to the band's musicians and volunteers for helping to lighten his load over the years.

And Matthes was delighted to note the weather forecast for Tuesday's opening concert, which calls for sunny skies and high temperatures nearing 80. It'll be cooler than that by the time 8 p.m. rolls around, but Matthes said it still should be warmer than usual for one of the band's opening concerts. It's good to see the band (and Matthes) getting set for another season. 

Speaking of the weather:

• ROSES to summer, which officially arrives at 9:24 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, about the time the Community Band will be packing up. All we can say is, it's about time. (mm)


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