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Bless the power linemen

This morning I woke up about 2:30 without power.

First thing on my mind was those cellphones ringing around the valley in the homes of guys settled in for the weekend with their wives and kids, being abruptly awakened and asked to report to the barn to join a repair crew, and go out and fix what’s busted.

The ever-patient wives scramble around trying to get a cup of coffee into their favorite lineman, the kids see Dad headed out the door to slay dragons and we of the Great Unwashed throw on another blanket, knowing our electrical fate is in good hands.

Do we appreciate these unsung heroes? They go out in horrible weather, constantly in some form of danger, and do a job not just anyone is willing or able to do. Some of us complain about the inconvenience of being out of power, but I think that most of us, deep down, appreciate what these guys do.

In this day of push-button everything, it still takes muscle, brains and dedication to pull a broken pole out of the ground, replace it with a new one, then wrestle heavy frozen wire up that pole and tie it down at 3 in the morning. They are the gladiators of the Information Age. God bless ‘em.

Ken Barton


Thanks for the donation

Chris and Ralph Scariano of Edward D. Jones & Co. donated a rifle for a free drawing by veterans and servicemen and women for the Foundation Veterans banquet at the Albany Boys & Girls Club.

I did not win the rifle, but wish I had a million dollars to invest with them.

Bob Steagall


Montessori thanks donors

It was another fabulous Love of Learning auction fundraiser for the Philomath Montessori School!

Scores of contributions came from our local businesses, organizations and community members. Many thanks to our event sponsors, Barker-Uerlings Insurance, Auto Tech Automotive, Integrity Floors, Philomath Family Medicine, Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home, E.D. Hughes Excavating, Korvis Automation, McGaughy’s Farrier Service, Philomath Dairy Queen, Pediatric Dental Associates, and Public Good PR.

The children were entertained by Oregon State University Kidspirit and Lil’ Kickers, while the Space Neighbors charmed us with their jazz. Block 15 Brewing provided the crowd with a tasty meal. Additional supporters include Thyme Garden, Green Gables Farm, Special Occasions and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.

Undying gratitude to our auction co-chairs, Joy Ueng and Leanne Miller; our children’s program chair, Skye Nielson; our raffle chair, Rachael Oehler; and to our incredible, hardworking and loving families, alumni and friends!

Jessica Neebe 

Philomath Montessori School

Sponsors helped youth event

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our wonderful sponsors for our Youth of the Year scholarship event!

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Thank you to Schupp, Plemmons, Cook wealth management group for donating laptop computers to our finalists and to the Benton Community Foundation for the delicious lunch provided at the event. We would also like to thank the Mario & Alma Pastega Family Foundation, the Benton Community Foundation and the Corvallis Elks Club for providing scholarships to our Youth of the Year finalists.

These generous organizations donated over $10,000 in scholarships and we appreciated the 175 community members who joined us in support of Kevin, Maoureen and Andy.

Helen Higgins

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

Kiwanis thanks floral business

The Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Sunrisers would like to thank Expressions in Bloom for providing a fundraising opportunity of delivering flowers. This fundraiser is used to help support the children of our community and the community itself.

The proceeds directly support Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) Mt View/Lincoln ES, Free book giveaway Lincoln ES, Adair Easter Egg Hunt, Community Leaders Education Workshop (CLEW)-leadership forum for high school sophomores, Kiwanis Invitational Bowling Tournament for people with intellectual/developmental Disabilities, Circle K at Oregon State University, Key Club at Crescent Valley HS, Reading Buddy program at Cheldelin Middle School, Adopt-A-Park–work days, and other programs in the community.

I would like to thank Expressions in Bloom again and their customers for supporting us. We will be delivering flowers at Mothers Day.

Ken Imamura

Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Sunrisers

Foundation event scored success

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation would like to thank the individuals and businesses that helped make the recent “Hands Across Corvallis” benefit breakfast a success. This event, held on Feb. 3 at Corvallis High School, garnered support for enrichment grants, academic interventions, and students navigating poverty.

Our grand sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible, included Oregon State Credit Union, Subaru of Corvallis, CH2M Hill, and Wells Fargo Advisors. Other sponsors were Benton County Schools Credit Union, Citizens Bank, Corvallis Radiology, Devco Engineering, Footwise, Horsepower Productions, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Precision Approach Engineering, Special Occasions, Town & Country Realty, Woodstock Enterprises, and The Barbers. Thanks also to Kate Lynch and her Forks & Corks Catering team for providing breakfast. We commend all of these businesses for their support of local schools.

Many 509J students helped make the event memorable, especially Jonathan Rodriguez and Brian Ixtlahuac of the Corvallis High School Class of 2016, who made powerful and heartfelt speeches. Thanks also to the Corvallis High School Leadership students for greeting and assisting guests, Linus Pauling Middle School art students and their teacher Claudia Hall for providing centerpieces for the tables, and CVTV broadcast media students for recording footage of speakers. Crescent Valley High School senior David So of f/4 films and fotography shared his photographic talents.

To the 260 guests who braved the freezing rain to join us for breakfast, we thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm.

Bill Humphreys Jr.

Liv Gifford

Corvallis Public Schools Foundation

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