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Councilor grateful for votes, support

I want to thank the voters in Albany’s Ward III for their votes and support.

I also want to thank the groups who endorsed me: the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the Willamette Valley Association of Realtors and the Willamette Valley Home Building Association. And thank you to the individuals who encouraged me and put their trust in me to continue doing what’s good for Albany.

I do not take the privilege of serving on the City Council lightly. We have a beautiful and growing city. Planning for the future and the changes coming will not be an easy task. I feel that using common sense in how we help developers and business owners must be a big part of what the council does.

The city has partnered with businesses, Linn-Benton Community College and the schools in the Pipeline to Jobs Project, which provides training in many of the trades. This project has been a great success to date, and we must continue it to provide skilled workers for industry and businesses. This cooperative effort will keep our workers from having to move outside our area.

I also believe that we sometimes have to look outside the box to get projects moving forward, rather than putting up so many obstacles that they go elsewhere.

I also need to thank my husband, Larry, for being my biggest supporter. Without his encouragement, support and knowledge, I would not be where I am today.

I promise to represent this city to the best of my ability.

Bessie Johnson


Donors give a hand to people in need

We would like send a big thank-you to our most recent donors! Thank you for all your generous contributions, which have gone directly toward benefiting the lives of children, families and individuals in need.

Furniture Share is proud to announce that during our current fiscal year, 2017-18, we have served 4,981 individuals, of which 3,070 are children. This was made possible thanks to the dedication of our donors, volunteers and the community. Due to these generous donors, we are able to reach more clients, and have begun delivering directly to clients in Lebanon.

We would like to give a huge thank-you to the Pacific Power Foundation, the Juan Young Trust, Kiwanis of Corvallis, and the Kiwanis Foundation for their generous and continued support of our Beds for Kids program! Your donations have made it possible for Furniture Share to help our community’s vulnerable, economically challenged populations achieve sustainability and healthier homes.

It would not have been possible for Furniture Share to have accomplished our goal without the help of businesses and organizations like you. Furniture Share and the clients we serve thank you!

Laura E. Wood

Furniture Share (Corvallis)

Keller's inspiration helps drive program

VISIT, a friendly visitor program for assisted-living facilities, owes a debt of gratitude to the late George Keller for his vision and energy.

For nine years he was part of the Oregon Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteer program CHAT. When that program ended in 2010, George felt that the relationships between volunteers and assisted-living facility residents were valuable and should be continued. He reached out to RSVP director Beth Fox and, with her immediate support and assistance, VISIT was created.

The first group of volunteers met in 2012. Since then, VISIT has trained more than 50 volunteers. Through RSVP, VISIT maintains a core of dedicated and caring volunteers who continue to serve seniors. Residents and volunteers alike value the friendships made during weekly one-on-one visits that help alleviate loneliness and isolation.

Continuing contact with assisted-living residents in Corvallis and Albany is one of the best ways to honor George Keller’s dedication to brightening the lives of others.

Susan Schwartz

RSVP of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties

Veterans Day concert was extra-special

Veterans Day remembrance and celebrations here in the valley are many and varied, including dinners, parades, memorial services and all the featured articles in the Democrat-Herald.

One special event featured the Willamette Valley Concert Band at Lebanon High School on Nov. 10. The band directed by Dr. Richard Sorenson was excellent, and many old favorites were enjoyed, especially the John Philip Sousa renditions. But to me what made it extra-special this year were the vocals provided by the Lebanon High School choirs directed by Kevin Wong. The LHS JROTC Warrior Color Guard was an extra bonus.

When I see all these young adults performing this beautiful music, and the ROTC Warrior Color Guard presentation of the colors, it makes me feel somehow this is the hope for the future.

Thank you, Dr. Sorenson, band members, Kevin Wong, LHS choirs and JROTC Warrior Color Guard! Well done!

Shirley Drum


Friends of library thankful for grant

The Friends of the Lebanon Library was awarded $1,200 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.

It will pay for books for the 2019 Summer Reading Program. The books will be given as prizes for children who participate in the program.

The friends and staff of the Lebanon Public Library are so thankful for this generous grant.

JonLee Joseph

Friends of the Lebanon Library

Thanks to students who raked leaves

Volunteer Caregivers would like to thank the West Albany High School leadership group who came out to rake leaves for our senior citizens on Nov. 17.

This is part of their annual Rake and Run, and they have been doing this for many years. Our program and our seniors rely on these wonderful young people who take time out of their Saturday to help others. These students are so respectful and helpful, and we really appreciate their time and dedication to our program.

Suzanne Driver

Volunteer Caregivers (Albany)

Food drives benefit Corvallis residents  

Two recent food drives to benefit the South Corvallis Food Bank resulted in the collection of more than 2,200 pounds of nonperishable food in late October and early November.

Children and youth of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis collected more than 900 pounds at their “It’s Scary to be Hungry at Halloween” drive. In early November, Crescent Valley High School’s Connect 7 Club collected more than 1,300 pounds. On behalf of the food bank volunteers and clients, I would like to express gratitude to these two groups for the concern and support they have shown our neighbors in South Corvallis.

Mariol Wogaman


Volunteers make men’s shelter possible

The Corvallis Cold Weather Men’s Shelter has been sheltering up to 49 men each night since opening Nov. 1 at 211 SE Chapman Place.

This sheltering could not be provided to those in need without the help of so many volunteers, including members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, Life Community Church, CoHo Ecovillage and individuals from the community who signed up through SignUpGenius (

There is a special thank-you to the members of the Oregon State University fraternity Phi Delta Theta, who have been filling the overnight volunteer shifts in November. Go Beavs! Much appreciation also for the food supplied by Stone Soup, Clodfelter’s, Francesco’s, Big River Restaurant, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op and Linn Benton Food Share. And finally, another special thank-you to Stover, Evey and Jackson for their donation of a dishwasher and freezer.

Three cheers to the kind hearts and volunteer spirit of the Corvallis citizenry!

Lynn Jarvis


Bike club donates to Shop with a Cop

The Albany Police Department would like to thank the Santiam Spokes Bicycle Club for the generous donation of $250 to the Shop with a Cop Program.

Shop with A Cop gives children in need the opportunity to experience Christmas shopping for their family while creating positive relationships with law enforcement officers. It is donations like these that keep our program going and help make our community so strong. The Santiam Spokes Bicycle Club sponsors the Strawberry Century Ride every year; it will take place June 8, 2019.

Thank you!

Laura Hawkins

Albany Police Department

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