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Thanks to Rotary for donation

The Benton County Master Gardener Association would like to extend a sincere thank-you to the Rotary Club of Corvallis After Five for its generous donation in support of the Seed to Supper Program.

Seed to Supper is a free educational program that teaches beginning gardening classes to families on a budget. The generosity of donors such as the Rotary Club of Corvallis After Five supports our continuing efforts to provide free and low-cost gardening education to the citizens of Benton County.

Jana Tindall

Benton County Master Gardener Association


Groups render volunteer service

As part of the United Way Day of Caring, 18 HP Inc. employees volunteered at Philomath Community Services on Sept. 15.

They cleaned our facility and cooler, cut out blackberries, and hauled dirt and wood chips to our garden.

On Monday, Sept. 18, 17 Oregon State University Honors College students volunteered at Philomath Community Services. They cleaned more of our facility, prepared a space for a new lift, and hauled more dirt and wood chips to our community garden.

The Philomath Community Services Board of Directors and volunteers would like to express our sincere appreciation for this massive effort to assist our community programs. They accomplished a great deal of work for us that would have taken many hours for our regular volunteer crew to accomplish.

Thanks so much to both groups! You were awesome.

Van Hunsaker

Philomath Community Services

P.E.O. sends a huge thank-you

The mission of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is to promote educational opportunities for women.

Chapter O put together an Oktoberfest to raise funds for this endeavor. In spite of some showers, it was an overwhelming success, due in a large part to the following businesses who contributed their services for this event: the Albany German Band, Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant, Little Wuesten Café, Deluxe Brewing Co. and Snow Peak Coffee Co. 

They gave their support generously for our cause; because of them we exceeded our goal. We feel blessed to have businesses such as these in our community. 

Ways and Means Committee

Chapter O, P.E.O.


Excellent care is nearby

Excellent health has spared me any hospital stays in the past 55 years.

However, I recently needed emergency medical care, and I was extremely pleased to get excellent care nearby. The 911 crew showed up speedily and handled me gently, rushing me to the ER, where I got immediate attention. After I’d been admitted for observation, a very knowledgeable, committed hospitalist and a diligent nurse with several assistants attended to me in my comfortable single room with views of Cascade foothills.

In short, based on my experience, you can be assured of a positive hospital medical experience here in Albany.

Janet MacDonald


Scio supports anti-crime event

The Scio Community Improvement Organization (S.C.I.O.) would like to thank the individuals, organizations and businesses that helped make the Scio National Night Out a huge success.

Without your help and support we would not have been able to share with the community an opportunity to meet neighbors and share information. Thank you so much for your generous donations:

Best Heating and Cooling, the city of Scio, Columbia Bank, Covered Bridge Coffee House, Debbie Nuber, FFA Alumni, Friends of the Library, Ginger Allen, Hairteasin, Katrina Clause, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair, May Garland, Nadji Vogel, National Night Out Committee, Norpac, North Main Salon, Old Silver Dollar, Rob Allen DJ Services, Roger Gaither, Scio Hardware, Scio Mutual Telephone Association, Steve Orr at Scales NW, Stop N Save, Scio Cares, Rocky’s Coffee Corner, Scio Animal Clinic, Scio Auto Parts and Service, Scio City Council, Scio Fire District, Stultz Bros Farm and Feed, Suburban Repurpose, the Branding Stitch n Print and 5th Avenue Healing Arts. 

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.

Doug Branch


Grace Center receives donation

First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op recently donated $214 to Grace Center for Adult Day Services through the Beans for Bags program.

For the months of July through September this year, Grace Center was one of the four nonprofit organizations co-op customers could choose to support by placing the bean they were given at the checkout (for bringing their own reusable bag) into Grace Center’s slot. First Alternative donates $1,000 per quarter to the Beans for Bags recipients, according to how many beans they receive. Thank you, First Alternative and your costumers, for your generosity and support!

First Alternative has made significant contributions to the Corvallis community for many years. The money donated to Grace Center will help us carry out our mission to provide day services that optimize the cognitive and physical abilities of seniors and adults with disabilities so they can remain as independent as possible and in their homes.

Tera Stegner

Grace Center


Tribal funding comes to gleaners

Philomath Community Gleaners is extremely grateful for the $2,000 grant we received in August from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.

This money is invaluable to our group, enabling us to buy nutritious food from Linn Benton Food Share. Currently our group has 303 members, including 58 adoptee households (elderly or disabled) and 104 children under 18. In September gleaners worked 963 hours and drove 2,600 miles for the group.

It is truly inspiring to hear about all the wonderful work the Siletz Tribe supports at its awards ceremony for the grant. Their help has played a large role in our success at helping local needy families obtain healthful food.

Ann Morgan

Philomath Community Gleaners

Sponsors help with video

Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care released a new two-minute video to explain the organization's recent name change.

Many in the community told us they were confused about Benton Hospice Service. It seemed that as a direct result of our name, nearly half of all area residents thought that we served only Benton County. So we changed our name to Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care. This video explains that we are the same nonprofit organization with the same board, staff and volunteers.

Silverman Studios produced the video with production funds contributed by the following generous sponsors: Samantha Alley Home Team at RE/MAX Integrity, Barker-Uerlings Insurance, and Schupp, Plemmons, Cookwealth management group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Thank you, sponsors, for supporting our mission to provide compassion, comfort and support through your end-of-life experience in the Mid-Willamette Valley!

Visit to watch the video and see that nothing has changed except our name.

Laurie Russell

Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care


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