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Crew cleans up eyesore

Thank you to the inmate work crew for the great job they did at the intersection of LaComb Drive and Brewster Road.

I know they have no choice in the matter, but they did an outstanding job on a very ugly eyesore.

Thank you!

Christine Weintraub

Lebanon

Sister city group thanks community

The Corvallis Sister Cities Association’s Gondar Council wishes to thank more than 250 guests for attending our annual fundraising event, “A Taste of Ethiopia,” the evening of Jan. 28, hosting an authentic Ethiopian dinner and guest speakers, Jane and Caroline Kurtz, internationally known children’s book authors.

We additionally thank the following businesses for their generous support of this event: Safeway at Philomath Boulevard, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op, Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s, Market of Choice, Natural Grocers, Starbucks Coffee, and Grass Roots Books & Music.

Proceeds from this event will further CSCA-G’s work to advance educational literacy in our sister city’s schools in Gondar, Ethiopia.

Maxine Prickel

CSCA-G Education Workgroup (Corvallis)

Warming up, thanks to CSC

During our recent very cold spell, we lost our heat — namely our furnace and heat pump.

Not knowing what to do or whom to call, a friend of ours suggested I call Community Services Consortium. They were very helpful and said they would replace the heating system in my home. In the meantime, they supplied us with a couple of space heaters to get us by. Danielle from CSC came and assessed the problem, and was able to get us a heat pump with air conditioning.

Also a special thank-you to Mike’s Heating and Air Conditioning for coming and installing the heat pump.

Thank you to all of you.

Carolyn and Greg Bliege

Albany

Teal donation aids College Hill

The staff and students of College Hill High School would like to thank Teal Artist Cooperative for its generous donation given to our school to help fund our art programs.

This donation will help enrich our students’ lives with more opportunities to use their artistic and creative talents. We appreciate Teal’s generosity.

Debbie Zuidema

College Hill High School (Corvallis)

Choralpalooza — and boy, was it!

I recently got to enjoy and appreciate the great work that the music teachers from all the Corvallis schools, along with guest director Dr. Justin Smith, do to bring music into children’s lives.

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Fifth-grade choir students from each elementary school, who get to practice only two days a week, both middle school choir groups and both high school choir groups, who have choir as a class, practiced musical pieces separately at each of their schools.

The annual Choralpalooza brings them together for just a few hours to practice as a group at the Crescent Valley High School auditorium, followed by families and friends coming to experience an amazing concert!

The last piece was accompanied by five high school string students, a drummer and a “shaker” — 233 students in all!

I encourage anyone who wants to support the love of music and this annual event to go to the online School District Foundation site to make a donation in support of Choralpalooza.

Cheri Galvin, grandparent

Corvallis

Terrific support for national champs

We would like to thank all who have sponsored your Oregon State University racquetball team this past year: Timberhill Athletic Club (Randy), El Sol de Mexico (Bernardo/Raphael), Laughing Planet (Victor) and CPR Works (Todd).

OSU racquetball, a club sport, must fund-raise. Without the generous support of these community businesses, 11-time National Collegiate Racquetball champions OSU would not be able to travel/compete at the Collegiate Nationals this year at the University of Minnesota, March 14 through 17. I can't tell you how much these companies as well as individual support over the past 12 years have meant to this program.

Thank you!

Rob Durbin, head coach

OSU Racquetball (Corvallis)

Foundation thanks community backers

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation would like to thank the individuals and businesses who helped make the recent “Hands Across Corvallis” benefit breakfast a great success.

This event, held Feb. 2 at Corvallis High School, garnered support for the foundation’s mission to support local schools and inspire learning for a lifetime.

Many 509J students helped make the event memorable, especially Destiny Hulse, a senior at College Hill High School, who offered a heartfelt testimonial that opened our eyes to the issue of homelessness among students in our community.

Thanks also to Damon Cochran-Salinas, a senior at Corvallis High School, for his outstanding marimba performance; to the CHS Leadership students for greeting and assisting guests; and to Linus Pauling and Cheldelin middle school art students and their teachers, Claudia Hall and Dana Monroe, for providing centerpieces for the tables.

Our sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible, included title sponsor Barker-Uerlings Insurance; grand sponsors Benton County Schools Credit Union, North Point Dental, Ollerenshaw Wealth Management, Oregon State Credit Union, Special Occasions, and Town & Country Realty; and honor sponsors Central Willamette Community Credit Union, Citizens Bank, Devco Engineering, Gerding Companies, Les Schwab, Pacific Power, The Barbers, and Wilson Motors.

When personal tragedy struck our student speaker the day before the event, our video sponsor, Horsepower Productions, graciously and ingeniously found a way she could still participate. Thanks also to the Forks & Corks Catering team for providing breakfast. We commend all of these businesses for their support of K-12 education.

To the 300 guests who helped us exceed our fundraising goals, we thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm.

Anissa Arthenayake

Corvallis Public Schools Foundation

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