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Sponsors, volunteers help festival race

The Kiwanis Club of Corvallis would like to send a special thank you to the many volunteers, individuals and organizations that helped us put on our 2015 Fall Festival run. The event was chaired by Nancy Beaudry of Waddell and Reed.

A huge thank you goes to Duerksen and Associates for the many years it has served as our platinum sponsor. Tax and Wealth Management provided a gold sponsorship and was also the billboard sponsor, this year.

We also want to thank No Dinx, Keller-Williams Mid-Valley, Corvallis Custom, Block 15, Heresco Chiropractic, Samaritan Health Services, Sports Authority, Citizen's Bank, Corvallis Sports Park, Korvis Automation, First Alternative Co-op, Tee's Travel Planners, Woodstock's Pizza, Waucomah, Town & Country Realty and Play it Again, Sports.

We would also like to thank Eclectic Edge for providing timing, The Crescent Valley Band for music, and our food sponsors; Pepsi Co., Market of Choice, Trader Joe's, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Jim's Fruit Stand.

Michael Lee

Kiwanis Club of Corvallis

Thanks to volunteers for parking lot

Recently work for Philomath Community Services was completed on a project to improve our graveled parking area with new asphalt pavement. We want to express our gratitude to many for the success of this project.

The grantors include Benton Community Foundation, Lagastee fund, city of Philomath, OSU Folk Club Foundation, Philomath Community Foundation, and Starker Forests Inc. Without these funds the project would never have been accomplished.

The following businesses constructed the project and donated in-kind work, making the project happen. E.D. Hughes Excavation, Inc, Holderman Paving LLC, Bob Grant Construction, Brothers Saw Cutting, Knife River, McGovern Maintenance, Oien Construction, and Streamline Engineering.

On behalf of our board of directors and volunteers, thank you for your help in making the parking lot happen.

To show off these improvements, please attend our open house on Nov. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Van Hunsaker

Philomath Community Services

Senior Dog Rescue thanks Kennel Club

Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon would like to send a special thank you to the Mount Bachelor Kennel Club, which donated the proceeds of their "Old Dog Fun Run" in early October.

The run was to honor senior, retired dogs, as well as those who have passed away. Sandy Lachowski with the club wrote that there were, "Tons of smiles and tons of tears. ... Having been involved in agility with these friends for 20 years, I know the history of the people and dogs. It was rather cathartic to hear the stories being told and closure being felt on the dogs passing or their careers ending."

These incredibly generous folks raised almost $600 for Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon — of of which all of which will go straight to our seniors. We feel so lucky to have such wonderful supporters all over the state. Thank you!

Gerry Perrone

Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon

United Way workers helped Old Mill

On Sept. 18, Old Mill Center for Children and Families was graced with 24 sets of extra hands!

An amazing group of United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Hewlett-Packard, led by Mark Rebhuhn and Sally Boynton, came to our center armed with skills, tools and ready to work! We can’t thank them enough for all that they accomplished that day; they were beyond amazing!

We could not do the work that we do for children and families in our community without wonderful volunteers like this bunch! Thank you all so much!

Kerrie Tarkinton

Old Mill Center for Children & Families

Thanks, Republic, for leaf work

Congratulations,  Republic Services: Your leaf pickup work started at my street yesterday, Oct. 27. Your truck driver went beyond his call of duty.  Not only did he pick up the accumulated piles along the curb,  he also backed up and took another sweep in the middle of the street to gather accumulated leaves that probably would have been too much for the regular street sweeper.

I appreciated that very much and want to thank you all for this  outstanding service.

Al Haunold

Corvallis

Greenbelt thanks Rotary Club 

Greenbelt Land Trust thanks the Rotary Club of Corvallis After Five chapter for supporting our work through a community grant. We also thank the After Five chapter for raising awareness and interest in our regional trail systems.

The civic leadership of organizations like Rotary help to ensure the livability of our community and its citizens. Thanks, Rotary friends, for supporting our open spaces, trails, and rivers!

Michael Pope

Greenbelt Land Trust

Erway families thankful for plaza

The Erway families and their friends would like to welcome the Corvallis community to a small plaza in the Avery Park Rhododendron Garden that was built in memory of our friend, son, father, and husband, Rand Erway. The plaza is on the south side of Avery Avenue, past the entrance to the horseshoe pits, and was built with donations to Rand’s Tree Fund that was established after his sudden death in 2006.

We thank everyone who donated to the fund, and those who donated their talents, time, and equipment to make construction of the plaza possible. Mike Riddle of Trillium Landscaping designed the plaza and worked with the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department, especially Becky Merja and Jackie Rochefort, to select the trees and finalize the design.  Karen Emery, department director, supported the project from the start, and John Hinkle, America McMillin, and Colleen Alex provided assistance. Alan Ayres, Larry LeBlanc, Tenzin Botsford, Sue Riddle, Dixon Landers, Carl Berg, and Malcolm Anderson helped Mike with the construction. Rand’s mother and sister, Gen Erway and Krista Botsford, made the tiles with trees in all shapes and forms that are placed among the paver stones. Brad of Brad Johnson Signs worked patiently with us all to design the plaque, using the "Advice from a Tree" poem and the drawing by Maddie Corbin of the cedar strip canoe built by Rand. Rand loved trees and was an arborist, as well as an ardent canoeist in waters ranging from whitewater to inland bays and lakes, from Maine to Oregon.

We hope anyone struggling with the loss of a loved one will stop by and visit the plaza, sit on the bench, and enjoy their memories.

Marilyn, Gen, Anna, and Jamie Erway

Corvallis 

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