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Zonta gives grant to Old Mill

The Old Mill Center Center for Children and Families has received a grant of $2,400 from Zonta Service Foundation of Corvallis to support efforts to empower female parents and caregivers.

For more than four years, Old Mill Center has focused on engaging with the community’s growing number of Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers. Shirley Blake, a bilingual parent engagement coordinator who works for Old Mill Center, connects parents with community groups and activities. Blake is developing “Raising Voices,” a bilingual parent advisory committee designed to encourage mothers, especially those who are Spanish-speaking, to self-advocate and develop skills and job-preparedness.

Zonta’s grant helps remove barriers to attendance of the program by helping ease transportation and child care costs, meaning more parents will be able to attend meetings and learn to develop their personal and professional skills. The feedback Old Mill Center receives from parents who attend the advisory committee will help shape policies in order to better serve local families.

Mica Habarad

Old Mill Center for Children and Families

Kinetic race scores another win

The Graand Kinetic Challenge planning committee would like to express a big thank you to everyone who helped make the 25th annual Challenge a huge success. Particular thanks go to all the sponsors who provided financial and material support: 2 Towns Cider, Alcyon Lord, Allen Brown STEAM Fund, BCARES (Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service), Benton County Fairgrounds, Benton County Public Works, Block 15 Brewing, Bob Byrne, Charlie Bodony, Christy Little, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Cyclotopia, da Vinci Days, Element Graphics, Fall Festival, Gathering Together Farm, Goddess Jen-O, Graand Visions Ink, Green & White Rock Products, Hewlett-Packard Inc., John Liczwinko, John Sechrest, Mark Schurman, Michele Kellison CPA, Oddfellows, Oregon State University, Pepsi of Corvallis, Practical Bookkeeping, Rebecca Swiff PC, Riverside Window & Door, Roni Sue, Squirrels Tavern, Stover Evey & Jackson, The Color Wheel Co., Valley Eye Care, Vibrans Machine Works, and WL Construction. In addition, we thank all the volunteers who gave of their time to keep everyone safe and on course; the racers who came from near and far to entertain us with their artful and amazing machines; the spectators who cheered the racers on; and the Gazette-Times, which who provided great coverage of the race.

As da Vinci Days continues to expand as the now free event at the fairgrounds, the growth in community participation was evident and particularly appreciated when hundreds enjoyed the prerace kinetic parade and Sand Dune Challenge on Saturday, and the Mud Bog and River Run on Sunday!

Reed Lacy

Graand Kinetic Challenge

Neighbors turn out to fight crime

Thank you to our neighbors who braved the heat to attend the Park Avenue National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 1. It was our 21st year scooping ice cream and making root beer floats.  We appreciated the visit by Corvallis police officers, who had many such gatherings to attend. 

The true hero (or heroine) of the evening was the person who donned the heavy and hot McGruff the Crime Dog costume.

Dave Baarstad and Nancy Rohn


Block 15 aids new local museum

Thank you to Block 15 Restaurants and Brewery for helping to build a new Corvallis museum by choosing to benefit Benton County Historical Society’s Community Museum Campaign with their People’s Pint program in July. Special thanks to Katy Maxwell of Block 15, who coordinated the effort. Katy and Block 15 were a “Dream Team”, exhibiting professionalism, excellent organization, responsiveness, generosity and good cheer at all times during the museum campaign’s interaction with them.

Our community is fortunate to be the home of Block 15 Restaurants and Brewery. Their financial support of local nonprofits through the People’s Pint program is valuable and appreciated. Cheers to Block 15 for supporting a new Corvallis museum!

Kathryn Collins

Benton County Historical Society

Thanks to person who found purse

I went to Safeway on Aug. 1. I returned home and collected my groceries from the car, but could not find my purse. Panic set in. I immediately called Safeway and they had my purse. What a relief! What a great feeling to know there are still people who are honest! To the person who returned my purse, thank you a million times.

Dottie Bella


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