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Good Words for Saturday, Jan. 6

Good Words for Saturday, Jan. 6

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Storybook Land thanks community  

Christmas Storybook Land thanks the 40,208 visitors who generously donated 27,431 food items to Fish of Albany and many barrels of toys for Marine Toys for Tots. 

Special thanks to 480 volunteers who contributed to the 41st season success, and 130 the business/private sponsors who gave materials, services and funds. Also, thanks to 100 scene sponsors who donated $100 each.

Heartfelt thanks go to the Spring Hill Women’s Association, who chose Storybook Land as their fundraising charity. An unbelievable $7,111 was raised! This included matching funds from Larry and Jean Gelbrich, our stellar donors of the year!

Special recognition to the Linn County Fairgrounds for our event home, without which we would not exist. Thanks to Weyerhaeuser for sharing trees they normally discard in thinning operations, Buena Vista Arbor Care for chipping trees for recycling, and Al’s Sweeping Service for venue sweeping. All volunteers and sponsors are recognized on our website.

Help is needed for the 42nd-year presentation. Contact

Christmas Storybook Land Board


On the first day of the display...

Kevin Mitchell of ProLock saved us big time on the first day of the Pastega Christmas display!

We had volunteers coming in 30 minutes to help unload five trailers of display pieces, and we couldn’t get the truck going. This man has patience. He came through in flying colors and we were back in business, unloading — I lost count — all sorts of pieces in all sizes and shapes.

Christmas came early for us as Kevin thanked us for doing the display. Thank you, Kevin and ProLock!

Ken Pastega


Thanks for providing grant

Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services would like to thank the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop for providing a generous grant to support the growth of two community gardens at our affordable housing properties, Lancaster Bridge Apartments and Larson Commons, in Corvallis.

With these funds, we were able to provide new gardening tools and fresh, compost-enriched soil for our gardening residents. We saw an increase in resident involvement (particularly children) and in production. A total of 19 households directly benefited from this grant, and the communities as a whole were positively impacted as residents shared their fresh produce with one another.

With resources purchased with grant funds, we were able to add a wheelchair-accessible garden bed at Lancaster Bridge Apartments, which the community came together to help build.

We are very grateful to the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop for making this possible!

Rebecka Weinsteiger

Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (Corvallis)

Thanks for help with restoration

Now that our work is complete for the season, we would like to thank a number of individuals and groups for helping us continue restoration and preservation work at the historic Albany Masonic Cemetery on Broadway Street.

Our work is made possible by a 2016-17 Oregon Historic Cemeteries grant from the Oregon Heritage, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

These individuals were instrumental in helping us this season: Ilynn Winn, JustServe and Mike Montgomery, work party recruitment; Jeff Hilts Marker Setting, Salem; Justin Gammon & Crew, Big Wood Tree Experts; Mike Gruwell and Richard Reid, grounds maintenance; Heath Banks, the Melon Patch; Michele Baker and Paul Bert, Memorial Weekend self-guided tour; Ann and Van Decker and Merle Long Family, supplies; and Cathy Ingalls, Linda Webb-Bowen, Marcia Morse, Peggy Kowal, Mikki Edwards and Christi Clark, documentation.

There were many southwest Broadway neighbors who helped, as well as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wards.

Thank you all!

Friends of the Albany Masonic Cemetery and the St. Johns No. 17 Masons

Breakfast raises money for students

Crescent Valley High School Robotics Team 955 held its annual fundraiser breakfast Nov. 18.

The result was an incredible $2,500! Due to this success, all of our students will be able to attend a FIRST robotics competition free of charge. Great gratitude is extended to Starbucks for donating coffee; Van Vleet Meats for donating eggs, biscuits, sausages and gravy; The Inkwell, Confection Crafts, the Toy Factory, Market of Choice, Queen Bee Organizing, Big 5, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petsmart, Trump’s Hobbies, Modern Nails and Hair, Zoup!, Papa John’s, Browser’s Bookstore, American Dream Pizza, AMC Corvallis 12, Dutch Bros., Two Stones Wood-Fired Italian Trattoria, Pastini’s, Death by Donutz, Mediterranean/Damascus Cafe, Running Princess, Francesco’s Gelato, Burst’s Chocolates, Cirello’s Pizza, New Morning Bakery, Great Harvest, Mod Pod, and Many Hands Trading for raffle basket donations; and to Green Girl for supplying reusable dishware.

And a large shout-out to all the volunteers who helped make our event a success!

CVHS Robotics Team 955 (Corvallis)

Thanks for support of fundraiser

On behalf of the West Albany High School Bulldogs Wrestling Team, I would like to thank the greater Albany community for your continued support of our annual holiday wreath fundraiser.

Your kindness and generosity each year help to cover the costs associated with nonconference tournaments throughout the season, which allow both our coaches and wrestlers to focus on wrestling during the months leading up to the state tournament. Once again, thank you.

Tina French

Bulldog wrestling parent

Local Eats Week scores big success

The Food Action Team would like to thank everyone who participated in our eighth annual Local Eats Week — including those who took the time to share their Local Eats Week meals on Facebook!

During Local Eats Week, participating restaurants offered a sample plate for less than $10, featuring primarily Local 6 ingredients. Local 6 refers to products grown, produced or processed by farms or businesses owned and operated within Benton County and the counties touching it: Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk.

The winner of our Local Eats Week drawing is Lisa Corrigan, who received a $25 gift card to the Local Eats Week restaurant of her choice. Congratulations, Lisa!

We also would like to thank the restaurants that made this year’s event such a wonderful success, and we greatly appreciate their continued pursuit of sourcing local ingredients: Bellhop, Block 15, Bombs Away, Castor, Cirello’s Pizza, Cloud & Kelly’s Public House, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op, Laughing Planet Café, Nearly Normal’s, New Morning Bakery, Sidecar, Sky High, Taco Vino and White Wind Superfoods.

Rebecca Fallihee

Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

Food Action Team

To send Good Words

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