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Good Words for Saturday, Feb. 10

Good Words for Saturday, Feb. 10

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Thanks for helping survivors

The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence would like to thank the Kiwanis Sunrisers for supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Annually, the Kiwanis Sunrisers donate proceeds from Oregon State University Beaver football game parking lot sales, and most recently, the Sunrisers donated a variety of pies for survivors and their families to enjoy while staying in CARDV’s shelter program. Through Kiwanis Sunrisers’ commitment to supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence, CARDV is able to respond to more than 7,000 survivors accessing services each year. Thank you, Kiwanis Sunrisers!

Jennifer Morris

Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (Corvallis)

Helpers repair thrift shop

The OSU Thrift Shop recently did a number of needed repairs to our floor and interior.

Many of our volunteers put in many hours to make this happen, but Bob Fisher, a carpenter, put in numerous hours of free labor for us and we could not have finished our project without him. In addition, Proud American Movers gave us a discount for moving items in the store. Excel Painting and Briese Concrete did the painting and floor. Corvallis is lucky to have such generous individuals.

Mary Burke


Kudos to D-H and Linn County

As a member of the Linn County Women’s Rally: The Power of Hope planning team, I want to thank the Democrat-Herald for providing information about the event and for covering the rally.

Your articles were informative and reflective, the photos were dynamic and beautiful, and the video “A Movement of Hope,” created by Jessica Habjan (, truly captured the spirit of the rally.

In addition, I’d like to publicly thank Linn County for allowing us easy access to the courthouse steps and for providing both electricity and what I believe must be the longest power cord in the county. Every person I spoke with at the county as we made plans was courteous, helpful and encouraging.

Again, thanks to all who were involved!

Christine Webb


Supporting a love of books

Old Mill Center would like to thank the Corvallis Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club for its generous donation of 500 books to children across our early childhood programs.

The families and children we serve have been ecstatic to receive these books, which will help with our ongoing mission to promote family literacy and a love of reading. As Dr. Seuss said, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go.” Thank you, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, for this wonderful gift! Our families are really enjoying this nice surprise!

Cindy Bond

Old Mill Center for Children and Families (Corvallis)

Foundation sponsors flagpole

The Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation awarded local nonprofit Grace Center for Adult Day Services $2,500 this month through the foundation’s annual grant program.

The grant award will sponsor the flagpole in Grace Center’s brand-new memorial courtyard, located to the right of Grace Center’s main entrance on Spruce Avenue. The courtyard is a fundraiser for Grace Center’s current Here to Stay Capital Campaign. The courtyard features engravable pavers, sponsored benches, and the flagpole which flies the American flag.

The concept for the courtyard originated with Grace Center’s participants (clients) who wanted to think of ways to support the Here to Stay campaign while also showing support of our troops and our country. The Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation has supported Grace Center as well as other local nonprofits for many years. Thank you, Kiwanis Foundation!

Tera Stegner

Grace Center for Adult Day Services (Corvallis)

Thank you for loving Papa Novak

We want to thank the entire community for all of your kindness and support in the days and weeks since the passing of Joseph Novak, beloved husband of Mama Matilda; cherished father, grandfather, Opa; and, as Mayor Konopa so aptly put it, “everyone’s Papa.”

It’s been some time since Papa’s health caused him to have to step down from areas of service, and he’s been largely out of the public eye, unless one happened to catch him and Mama at the restaurant after church for brunch on a Sunday.

We honestly didn’t know if he’d be remembered, but God bless you all for demonstrating otherwise.

Alex Paul’s lovely “Remembering Papa” surprised us and touched our hearts.

Thank you, dear Mike McInally, for your spot-on capturing of the fact that “joy infused his life and service.” And heartfelt gratitude to Cory Frye for “Always room at Papa Novak’s table,” for his recognition of the fact that no one was a stranger to Joseph Novak.

Your kind and gracious words, both in articles from the Democrat-Herald, in cards and in person, do our hearts much good.

We are so appreciative of those who’ve already contributed to the Joseph Novak Memorial Scholarship at Linn-Benton Community College (6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, 97321), through which we hope to help change many lives for the better.

Thank you to Pastor Kelly Dufour of Neighborhood Church; to Brett Huff and the entire staff of Hope Church, who hosted the memorial service; and to James Dufour and staff at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home. We also greatly appreciate Dave Perry, who put us in touch with the gracious men of Lebanon’s American Legion Santiam Post 51. We don’t even know your names, but your color guard made Papa smile.

To Tim and Cheryl Roos, Reta Thomas and the Knebel family, thank you for the beautiful music. Also to Bo-Mack’s and the Bennetts of Sybaris, thank you for feeding our family.

We will ever be grateful to you all.

Thank you again for loving Joseph Novak with us.

It was our honor to share him with you.

For those who couldn’t be with us,; thank you so much, Hope Church, for live-streaming and archiving.

Matilda Sofia Novak

A proud American, on behalf of us all


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