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Community supports plant sale

The members of the Lebanon Garden Club would like to thank the community and contributors for their generous support of our annual plant sale, held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at Ralston Park.

Our successful sale helps fund our club and community projects such as Ralston Park Rose Garden. We wish to thank the following for their donations: Timeless Gardens, Bason Signs, Tom’s Garden Center, Victorian Chocolate, U&D Nursery, Garland Nursery, Summit Home and Garden Center, Peoria Gardens, KGAL/KSHO, Tom and Linda Boyd, Dona Townsend, and Sylvia Wood. We also thank U.S. Mini Mart on Oak Street for its donation of takeout boxes.

Hope to see you all again the first Friday of next May. Many thanks.

Ailene Eby and Lynne Neuman 

Lebanon Garden Club

Residents help city's Big Pickup

The Big Pickup Organizing Committee thanks everyone who made this year’s event a benefit to our community.

The 12th annual Big Pickup was a joint effort of the city of Albany and Republic Services and is intended as a partnership of the city, the solid waste company and neighborhood residents working together to make a difference in a neighborhood’s appearance.

Altogether, 135 volunteers worked on various projects, filling numerous garbage bins with junk and trash from residents who had received junk and trash warnings or citations from Albany Police Department; picking up roadside litter in North Albany; weeding at Gibson Hill Park; and assisting residents in need by removing debris and performing yard maintenance. Ciddici’s Pizza provided food and drinks for all volunteers.

We appreciate the hard work by employees from both organizations, businesses that sponsored food and staff, and the volunteers who showed up to work hard and make this event a success.

Special thanks to Ilyn Winn, Just Serve; Tanya Hufanga, Just Serve; Doug Henry, North Albany Neighborhood Association; Russell Hawke; members of various local wards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa; former Albany City Councilor Ray Kopczynski; OFD Foods; Greater Albany Public Schools; Albany Fire Department staff at Station 14; Albany Parks and Recreation staff members Meredith and John; and Ciddici’s Pizza.

Thanks again to everyone who helped this year.

Allison Grove


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Donation funds robotics

Crescent Valley High School Robotics would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis for its donation of $300 to help fund a new integrated computer/camera system that will be used in our upcoming robotics competition season.

Thank you!

Erik Kellar


Hospice thanks florists, volunteers

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff members, volunteers and local florists who helped make the second annual Memorial Day bouquet event in Albany a success.

Special thanks to Dona Coon with Stems & Stuff, Alice Burris with Flowers N More, Michelle Walker and Chrisy Cole with My Belle Blossoms, and Jeannie Walters with Stargazer Premier Florist for their kindness, generosity and the donation of flowers that helped make this event possible. An additional thank-you to Amanda Dant with Morning Glories Floral for donating her time in preparing flowers and helping the day of the event.

Each organization’s donation helped touch the lives of those honoring their loved ones this Memorial Day. Thank you for helping us continue to serve Samaritan’s mission of building healthier communities together.

Kelly Sautel

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice (Albany)

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