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Fast-food workers brighten morning

Recently I was in one of our Corvallis fast-food places for a breakfast sandwich.

The sole person at the register was busy taking care of walk-in and drive-up customers. She also was very pleasant and sorry I had to wait to place my order. The manager was doing the cooking and was also quite gracious to her busy employee, often saying “please” and “thank you.” I was really pleased, particularly with the manager, who displayed wonderful leadership skills.

I am not sure these folks get paid very well, but they were doing their best not only to serve the customer, but to help each other out in a cheerful way. The fast-food industry does not always foster a courteous work environment for the employees. Witnessing this experience brightened my morning.

Marian Ely


Improving the lives of women and girls

We Care provides financial assistance to Benton County residents when no other help is available.

The recent grant from Soroptimist International of Corvallis assured housing and utility assistance for a minimum of five homes headed by women, some with children.  

Significantly, while only 8.5% of the families in Benton County live below the poverty threshold, 71% of the families We Care assisted in the past year live below that threshold, including 79% of the We Care-assisted families consisting of single women with children.  

It is a demonstrable fact that as financial burdens deepen on this demographic, the donations to We Care are not commensurately rising. Therefore, we offer extra appreciation to the members of the Corvallis Soroptimists on behalf of those who have benefited from their generosity.

Lyn Martin


Fundraiser scores a great success

Thank you, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, for the fundraising event benefiting the Mario Pastega House: the All-Greek Tug-of-War Fundraiser held Feb. 16 at Chintimini Park in Corvallis.

The tug-of-war between fraternities and sororities was a great success.

The event raised $2,500 for the Mario Pastega House, a home-away-from-home for out-of-town patients undergoing cancer treatment and for out-of-town family members who have loved ones at the hospital.

The Mario and Alma Pastega Family Foundation matched the amount of $2,500; Bristol-Myers Squibb matched the amount of $2,500. Total raised and given to the Mario Pastega House Expansion Fund: $7,500.

Many thanks to the leadership of Alex Matot, SAE president; Will Strickland, SAE past president; Evan Kelchner, SAE philanthropy co-chair; Ethan Elliot, SAE philanthrophy co-chair; and Stro Strohmeyer, SAE house dad, for organizing the event.

This is an example of what good citizens of Corvallis the fraternities and sororities are.

Ken Pastega

Mario and Alma Pastega Family Foundation (Corvallis)

Agency benefits from fundraiser

Old Mill Center for Children and Families would like to thank Many Hands Trading for partnering with us as the beneficiary of their Day of Sharing fundraiser in July.

The donated funds will help us continue to provide crucial services such as therapy, early education, home visits and respite care for at-risk children and families in our community. We couldn’t offer such a wide range of programs and services without this kind of community support, and we applaud Many Hands Trading’s commitment to supporting local organizations like ours.

Thank you, Many Hands Trading, for helping us continue to provide resources and support to the children and families who need them most. We truly appreciate your dedication to your community.

Christy Turner

Old Mill Center for Children and Families (Corvallis)

Thanks offered for fun event

A special thank-you to all the hard-working staff and volunteers who helped make the July 26 event at the Mennonite Village delightful for all the many residents and community members who attended. 

The open invitation to the community to find out what the village has to offer and to enjoy a day of fun activities was a wonderful success!

The day offered an amazing art show, car displays, homemade ice cream, a delicious barbecue with all the trimmings, and an evening of entertainment with Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, who have been performing together for more than 40 years (and still sounding and looking fantastic!). Their renditions of favorite ‘50s and ‘60s music brought many to their feet to dance on the grass in front of the stage.

It was a generous and happy event for those who attended, and showed what a great asset the village is to the community. Albany is fortunate to have such a great place for the over-55 residents.

Thank you sharing such a fun and entertaining day — signed, a future Mennonite Village resident…

Sue Cammack


Community supports Lumberjack Breakfast

On behalf of the East Albany Lions Club, we would like to thank the community for all its support throughout the past year, especially for supporting the Lumberjack Breakfast over the July 4 holiday.

This was another big year for the breakfast. On July 4, we served 1,850, with a record hourly rate of 422 customers. Over the four-day event we had the pleasure of serving meals to 4,543 people, providing for a gross revenue of $34,890. 

The Lions club is a service club. All funds raised help the club provide sight and hearing services to children and adults in the Albany area, as well as helping provide funding to many local nonprofit organizations that provide much-needed services to the children of our communities. 

We would like to thank volunteers from ABC House, CASA, Christmas Storybook Land and Albany Habitat for Humanity for helping the Lions club with such a successful fundraising effort.

We would also like to thank the Rollin’ Oldies and the Street Masters car clubs and all the individuals who came to the breakfast and shared their cars with everyone. We hope they will join us again next year, as it is a great addition to the breakfast.

If you are interested in joining this great group of volunteers, please feel free to call Bill Scheler, membership chair, at 541-979-2788.

Thank you to our community!

Ed Lupkin

East Albany Lions Club

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. 

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


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