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Fundraiser supports valve turners

On April 14, 350Corvallis sponsored a successful fundraiser to help defray the legal bills faced by the valve turners, five climate activists who in October 2016 shut down the oil flowing into the United States from Canada in order to call the public’s attention to the emergency of climate change.

For more information on this and other nonviolent civil disobedience aimed at protecting our planet, see

Much appreciation to our donors and supporters: Corvallis Odd Fellows, Gregg Kleiner, Gumbo, Plaehn-Hino Blues Band, Bryson Skaar, Mark Schurman, 350 Eugene, Russell Sullivan, Dave Patte, Jim Gouveia, Dave Wills and Oregon Trail Brewery, Tyee Wine Cellars, Corvallis Brewing Supply, Squirrel’s Tavern, Nearly Normal’s, Gathering Together Farm, Domino’s Pizza, Dianne Roth, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, U-HAUL Corvallis, Green Girl, Don Hall, Climate Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Mer Wiren, Jesse Ford and the Corvallis Interfaith Climate Justice Committee.

Ken Winograd


Yard work help gladdens hearts

My husband and I have gone through some serious health issues this year.

A group from the Pepsi Co. came and did more than three hours of work on our yard. They trimmed, mowed, edged, power-washed and spread bark chips at their expense.

Words cannot express how grateful we are for their unselfish acts of kindness.

We are both in our 80s and unable to do many things.

Peggy Franell


BLT says thanks for event success

Build Lebanon Trails would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our wonderful sponsors, participants and volunteers for their contributions to our Ninth Annual Cheadle Lake Fun Run/Walk and Kids’ Obstacle Dash, held May 5.

The event raised over $13,000 to be used for trail development. This year the community will see new key trails go in between Cheadle Lake and Riverview Park near Mountain River Drive. Additional trail work includes adding hard surfaces to two trails at Cheadle Lake Park and improving the pedestrian crossing at Tennessee Road with a new connection to the trail users parking area.

Special thanks to Dr. Belozer, People Solution and an unnamed donor who provided free registration for 150 Kids’ Dash participants and to the city of Lebanon, who builds the trails that BLT helps fund. BLT is well on the way to acquiring easements needed to construct a continuous trail between River Park on East Grant Street to trails at Cheadle Lake.

We are laying the groundwork to get this trail completed in the next two years. BLT is completing preliminary work on a trail that will connect River Park to the Northside Community Trail. Please visit our website ( to see a list of our valued sponsors. They, and we, appreciate your support!

Rodney Sell


Bookstore supports Old Mill Center

The Healthy Families Program at Old Mill Center for Children and Families would like to thank Grass Roots Books & Music for its generosity in partnering with us for many years to put quality books in the hands of low-income infants and toddlers in Linn and Benton counties.

Without the generous discount granted by owners Jack Wolcott and Sandy Smith and the time and expert guidance of store manager Tiffany Jordan, we could never have served so many families in this way.

One of the ways the Healthy Families Program serves highly stressed families in this community is by promoting early literacy activities, beginning at birth, which have been proven to support infant brain development as well as healthy attachment with caregivers. These qualities in turn help increase school readiness and improve social functioning.

So by making it possible for these families to access these high-quality materials, Grass Roots is directly contributing to a healthier community overall. Please show your appreciation by continuing to shop at this wonderful local treasure!

Mary Arthur-Young

Old Mill Center for Children and Families (Corvallis)

Diabetes walk scores a success

What a beautiful, fun-filled day we had at the Corvallis walk on May 12 celebrating the Type 1 Diabetes community.

More than 400 people turned out at Crystal Lake Sports Fields for the Second Annual Walk for T1D to raise awareness for T1D and money for JDRF, a foundation that funds scientific research to cure, prevent and treat Type 1 diabetes.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and the many local businesses that provided beverages, snacks and in-kind donations for prizes. This support significantly increased our fundraising and ensures that over 90 percent of the money raised goes directly to fund Type 1 research.

The Corvallis Walk for T1D was organized and run completely by volunteers. A huge shout-out to the Oregon State University Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the OSU Beavs Helping Kids and the many other volunteers who helped our walk run safely and smoothly.

Lastly, thanks to the 2018 walk organizing committee who worked more than a year to make it happen. What a great team!

We’re one step closer to turning Type One into Type None.

Christine Snow


Agencies provide crucial support

Grace Center for Adult Day Services has a lot of reasons to be thankful!

In February, the Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation donated $2,500 to sponsor the flagpole in our beautiful new memorial courtyard. The idea for the courtyard came from our Participant Advisory Council, a group of current Grace Center participants who meet monthly to discuss Grace Center’s program and provide feedback. The council conceived of the idea of the memorial courtyard to honor veterans and serve as a fundraiser for the Here to Stay Capital Campaign.

In May, Trust Management Services, LLC, awarded Grace Center a $10,000 grant and Oregon Community Foundation awarded Grace Center a $25,000 grant, both for Phase II of the Here to Stay campaign, which focuses on creating more accessibility to our building. Of the $25,000 that came through OCF, $20,000 was from the Theodore Rutherford Lilley Fund. Thank you all for your generous support!

Tera Stegner

Grace Center for Adult Day Services (Corvallis)

Thanks for joining annual water walk

The Corvallis Gondar (Ethiopia) Sister Cities Association would like to thank all the people who participated in the Eighth Annual Corvallis-Gondar Walk for Water.

In the past eight years we have been able to fund the construction of 20 wells in the Gondar area that provide a reliable source of clean water to more than 16,000 people. Through the generosity of the Walk for Water, participants we will be able to continue that work.

We would also like to thank the partners who helped make the event possible, including the Corvallis High School Key Club, the Corvallis High School UNICEF Club, the Oregon State University Policy Analysis Lab, Holderness Coffee Roasters and many individual volunteers.

The water you provide through your participation in Walk for Water has a positive impact on the lives of people who gain a source of clean drinking water.

Thank you.

Richard Raymond

Corvallis-Gondar Sister Cities

To send Good Words

Items for the Good Words column are published to recognize good deeds and charitable events. No promotions or advertising, please. Include the sender’s name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification or in case of questions.

Good Words items generally should be about 150 words long or may be edited to that length. We prefer that they be sent electronically to but they also can be mailed to the Gazette-Times, Attn: GOOD WORDS, P.O. Box 368 Corvallis, OR 97339-0368. Written copies can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at our office at 1837 NW Circle Blvd. Please label them “Good Words.”

The deadline for Good Words is Friday morning, and they are published Saturday on a space-available basis, generally in the order in which they are received.


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