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Volunteers aided Girl Scout camp

Girl Scout Benton Day Camp explored the world of water at the annual day camp held at Rock Creek Park. The girls made water pumps, seined for fish, studied water birds and so much more. We want to thank the many community partners who made this camp possible.

PEAK Internet, Bobby Samai, Wise Photo Printing, Heartstrings Photography, Izzy’s, Les & Bobs Sports & Apparel, Corvallis Audubon Society, Teri Engbring, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, Teresa Matteson, Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife, Karen Hans, Oregon State University Fisheries Extension, Guillermo Giannico, Siuslaw National Forest, Laura Hoffman, Environmental Protection Agency, Jana Compton, OSU Dept of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Dr. Nancy Squires, Aaron Fillo, Oregon Sea Grant, Pat Kight, Dick Powell, Charley Renn, Alexandra Price, Natalie Summerlin, Dennis & Wendy Lenahan, Lisa Glueck at Winona State University, Northwest Hills Community Church, Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept Kayak tour division, Dani Padilla, Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department, Jude Geist.

Also, camp could not happen without the great work of over 60 volunteers who taught archery, fire building, knots, outdoor cooking and crafts or led hikes and climbed hills, led improv or checked girls in and out of camp. The camp continues to excel thanks to the leadership of Cynthia Leonard in her sixth year as director. Thanks to everyone who made this year’s camp a huge success.

Sally Robertson

Benton Service Unit, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Businesses aid STEM Club 

Oregon State University's College of Education and 4-H have been facilitating the After School STEM Club with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis twice weekly for five years at Garfield and Lincoln elementary schools. This club has helped prepare novice teachers and informal educators to work with culturally, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse children.

OSU faculty partnered with local businesses to host field trips for children highlighting STEM in the community. Businesses are a fabulous resource and welcome us into their spaces to explore math, science, and engineering in local contexts.

Many thanks to BGCC and local businesses such as Yogurt Extreme, JoAnn Fabric, Pilos Mexican Bakery, Fred’s Honda, Downing’s Gym, Corvallis Furniture, Wild Yeast Bakery, Les Schwab Tires in South Corvallis, University Honda, Play It Again Sports, Osborn Aquatic Center, Cycle Solutions, Burrito Heaven, and South Side Suds Laundromat.

These partnerships support novice teachers building connections with community and families outside classrooms to make STEM engaging and relevant.

SueAnn Bottoms 

Kathryn M. Ciechanowski

Oregon State University

Sisters Cities group offers thanks

The Corvallis Sister Cities Association-Gondar wishes to thank Grace Lutheran Church, Pastors Wendell Hendershott and Netsie Griffith, for providing the location and facilities for the association's third annual garage sale fundraiser, Aug. 19 and 20.

In particular, we appreciate the time and effort of Linda Samuels, who helped in the sale’s preparation, support and direction of our volunteers, and her gentleness in answering our many questions. A special thanks also goes to Shelley Dubkin-Lee and Eric Miller, who both provided valuable expertise in evaluating, displaying, and selling of items.

Last, we thank the many individuals and families who shopped and purchased from us, making this our most successful garage sale. Proceeds will support continued efforts to improve the quality of education throughout the schools in our sister city Gondar, Ethiopia.

Maxine Prickel

Corvallis Sister Cities-Association-Gondar

Businesses, others helped concerts

The Corvallis Environmental Center would like to thank all the businesses who helped to make our 2016 SAGE summer concert series a musical success: Oregon State Credit Union, Becerra, Perry & Moeller Law, Keller-Williams, Powell Construction, Momtheletes, 2 Town Cider House, Nectar Creek, Oregon Trail Brewing, Body of Health, Stone & Cobble, Tried & True Coffee, Robnettes, Gracewinds, Softstar Shoes, Core Vitality, Stash, At Home Properties, and Second Glance. Wow! What an amazing outpouring of support from our local businesses.

We also want to thank everyone who attended the concert, the musicians, volunteers, and the delicious food vendors. Lastly, a special shout out to Karen DeWolfe, who enthusiastically coordinates the event every year. Can’t wait for next year.

Jenna Baker

Corvallis Environmental Center

Donors assisted health event

The Benton County Health Department, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, and Casa Latinos Unidos of Benton County collaborated to host its Annual Campeones de Salud (Champions for Health) event on Aug. 14 at Osborn Aquatic Center.

Aqua Campeones de Salud was a free community event to promote a healthy and active lifestyle while providing resources and free health and dental screening services for the community.

Benton County gratefully acknowledges the following businesses for their generous support: Mid-Valley Lions Club, Element Graphics Inc., Great Harvest Bread Co., Pedal Corvallis, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Juan Amateur Photography, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op, and El Sol de Mexico. A special thank you goes to Osborn Aquatic Center for providing its facility and support for the event and to Casa Latinos Unidos for coordinating the resource fair, providing social services information to our community!

Rocio Muñoz

Benton County 

CARDV honors volunteers

The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) is pleased to announce its volunteers of the year, Gary Cloyes and Alexis McQuillan, who were honored in the company of family and fellow volunteers at CARDV’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Volunteers play a vital role in providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

A huge thank you to the businesses and individuals that contributed food and support for this event which honored all CARDV volunteers: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Baja Fresh, Browsers Bookstore, Cindys Hallmark Shop, Coffee Culture Café, Einstein Bros Bagels, Epic Day Spa, FireWorks Pub and Pizza, First Corvallis, Flat Tail Pub, Grass Roots Books & Music, Highland Bowl, House of Brews, Hub City Church, Imagine Coffee, KGAL/KSHO, Live Well Studio, New Morning Bakery, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Osborn Aquatic Center, Safeway, Shonnard's Nursery, Sizzlers, Starbucks, Surefire Design, and Valley Catering.

Sarah Devine

Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence

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