ROSE (roz) n. One of the most beautiful of all flowers, a symbol of fragrance and loveliness. Often given as a sign of appreciation.
RASPBERRY (raz’ber’e) n. A sharp, scornful comment, criticism or rebuke; a derisive, splatting noise, often called the Bronx cheer.
We hereby deliver:
• ROSES to the Marys River Quilt Guild, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year — and which unofficially launches "Quilt County," its biennial celebration of all things quilt, with a show opening today at the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath.
More than a dozen Benton County locations will be displaying quilts in some form during the next couple of months as part of "Quilt County." (We printed the list of sites in Thursday's E section.)
As for that exhibit at the Historical Society, it's called "Boundaries," and the focus is very much on quilts as contemporary art. Judging by the pieces from the exhibit that we've had a chance to see, it's packed with colorful and occasionally provocative images. These aren't quilts that you can wrap around yourself on cold days (in fact, you shouldn't even touch them, regardless of how inviting they look). But they could change the way you think about quilting.
As for the guild, we understand how much work is involved in organizing an event like "Quilt County," and we appreciate the effort — not to mention the skill and craftsmanship that goes into each of those quilts. Thanks for taking the time to share the work.
• ROSES to you, if you place purses, wallets and other valuables out of sight and out of reach when you park your car. A recent story about a string of daytime car break-ins in the Corvallis area offered another reminder about the importance of doing this.
In the recent incident, an organized gang of thieves smashed windows of four parked vehicles in Lewisburg, Adair Village and Peavy Arboretum, snatching purses and wallets left behind by the drivers, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office.
The thieves then used the victims' debit and credit cards to purchase roughly $16,000 worth of gift cards at area stores before dumping the stolen cards, wallets and purses.
The moral here: It's not enough to just lock your car. Don't leave valuables in it. Remember that these are crimes of opportunity; do what you can to remove the opportunity.
• ROSES to an unexpected but welcome weather change of pace. We know that some of you grumble when clouds roll into the mid-valley in the heart of the summer, but we have to say that the cooler temperatures of the last few days have been a nice change of pace. We didn't even mind (much) the patches of drizzle that we noticed Thursday. Besides, this is but a short patch in a long summer — sunny skies and highs in the 80s are expected to return by the weekend.
Now, with that said, another warning: Despite the respite from scorching temperatures and blazing sunshine, we've reached the heart of wildfire season, and firefighters have been responding this week to a rash of blazes. The most notable of these came Tuesday night in Albany, when firefighters responding to a fire near the Pacific Boulevard overpass encountered flames some 20 feet high. It won't take much to get a similar blaze going in this neck of the woods, so be careful.
• RASPBERRIES to the Gazette-Times, for an editorial earlier this week that contained two errors. We are grateful (actually, we are; we're not being ironic) to the alert readers who caught both errors.
The editorial in question was about the strained relations between Gov. Kate Brown and rural Oregon. The editorial incorrectly reported some details about House Bill 2437, which is on the governor's list of bills she has said she might veto. As it turns out, the bill has nothing to do with industrial users; rather, its focus is about maintenance of agricultural ditches. The bill would increase the amount of material that can removed from an agricultural ditch without a permit by 60 times what is now allowed, going from 50 cubic yards to 3,000. It also would increase the amount of dredged material that can be dumped in a wetland without a permit.
The same editorial incorrectly placed the geographic location of the 29 counties which Brown lost to her opponent, Knute Buehler, in the 2018 election. What we meant to type, but did not, was that all of those counties are east of the Cascades. (mm)