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Good Words (April 14)

Good Words (April 14)

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Foundation celebrates its anniversary

We sincerely appreciate the guests, volunteers and businesses who helped us celebrate the Benton Community Foundation’s 65th anniversary on March 20.

A special thank-you to Alice Mills Morrow, the Emilie Jo Pastega Simpson Fund, Starker Forests, Samaritan Health Services, Carla Allen at RE/MAX Integrity, Citizens Bank, Corvallis Radiology, PC, Eola Hills Winery, Greenbridge Investment Management LLC, and the Inkwell Home Store for their financial support.

We also are deeply appreciative of the leaders at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Old Mill Center for Children and Families, Philomath Community Services, Strengthening Rural Families and many more who took time out of their busy schedules to talk about our communities, their work within it and how we are partnering together. Thank you for sharing your hopes for the future, and helping us surpass our fundraising goals!

Chris Quaka


Gardening program a success

Insights into Gardening 2018 was a great success.

As always, the Benton County Master Gardeners appreciate the gardening community’s participation and we want to acknowledge the role they play in helping to fund our scholarship and educational programs.

For their contributions to the success of our event, the Benton County Master Gardener Association wants to thank LaSells Stewart Center and Grass Roots Books & Music. We also want to thank our Green Thumb Sponsors for their significant financial contributions: Alder Creek Honey, Durable Green Beds, Garland Nursery, Home Grown Gardens, Owen Dell & Associates, Oregon Olive Mill, Rogerson Clematis Garden, Tom’s Garden Center, Samurai Grower Supply, Shonnard’s Nursery, and U & D Trucking and Nursery.

It takes many people and countless volunteer hours to ensure the success of an event like Insights. We offer special thanks to our excellent speakers and exhibitors, and to our members for their ongoing assistance and support. We truly appreciate your hard work, creative ideas, organizational skills, positive energy and dedication to our mission. Thank you!

Mary Mellard and Lynn Trimpe

Benton County Master Gardener Association

Thanks to breweries

Heartland Humane Society would like to thank Block 15 Brewing Co. and Sky High Brewing.

Block 15 chose Heartland as the beneficiary of January’s People’s Pint. Everyone who ordered the Gloria! that month helped raise over $600 for the animals we serve. Sky High Brewing hosted a benefit night at the end of February. We appreciate everyone who attended: Heartland volunteers, staff members and public supporters. Together you raised over $700 for the animals.

Hannah Agnew-Svoboda

Heartland Humane Society (Corvallis)

Sustainability fair teaches healthy future

Thank you to more than 500 community members who attended the 10th Annual Sustainability Fair and Town Hall to learn about local initiatives to ensure a healthy future.

Special thanks to our sponsors (the Oregon State University Sustainability Office, Block 15, Abundant Solar, Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op, Solar Ki, Caves Bier & Kitchen, City Delivery Service, Gaia Landscapes, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Kate Hickok Media Productions, Owen Dell & Associates, Sky High Brewing & Pub, Town & Country Realty, Valley Catering, Audubon Society of Corvallis, Benton Habitat for Humanity, First United Methodist Church Environmental Care Team, Footwise, Green Girl, Greenbelt Land Trust, Lorraine Anderson Eco-Editor, Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club, McLellan Temporaries, and Western Pulp Products), 90 “Town Hall Hero” donors, and 65 fair exhibitors.

We are also very grateful to fair coordinator Lani Beavers, keynote speaker Asher Miller, and all who helped as organizers, presenters, discussion leaders, recorders, registrars, musicians and recycling/composting station monitors. Thank you all!

Annette Mills

Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

Training partner provides insight

The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis would like to thank one of our new staff training partners, Alexandria Becherer and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders from Eugene, for providing our staff with valuable insight and information on how to deal with challenging behaviors, strategies for working with youth and how to connect parents with useful information.

Our staff will take this information and translate those skills to our work with youth.

We would also like to thank Cathy Wright of the Corvallis School District and Virginia Mallory of Linn-Benton Community College for their partnership over the past year as we’ve co-developed a bridging program for high school teens planning to attend LBCC in the fall. We appreciate their commitment to helping our youth define a clear plan beyond high school as we work to ensure that all of our members graduate and are work- and college-ready.

Helen Z. Higgins

Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis

To send Good Words

Items for the Good Words column are published to recognize good deeds and charitable events. No promotions or advertising, please. Include the sender’s name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification or in case of questions.

Good Words items can be up to 150 words long or will be edited to that length. We prefer that they be sent electronically to but they also can be mailed to the Gazette-Times, Attn: GOOD WORDS, P.O. Box 368 Corvallis, OR 97339-0368. Written copies can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at our office at 1837 N.W. Circle Blvd. Please label them “Good Words.”

The deadline for Good Words is Friday morning, and they are published Saturday on a space-available basis, generally in the order in which they are received.


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