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Visit Corvallis executive director Christina Rehklau stands outside of the Visit Corvallis tourist information center on Northwest Second Avenue on Wednesday. She came to Corvallis from a similar position in Elizabeth City, N.C.

• 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 Philomath Frolic, one of the mid-valley's signature summertime events. The Frolic opened on Thursday and continues its annual run through Saturday.

Philomath goes all-out for the Frolic, which includes a rodeo, a Saturday morning parade, a dance, lumberjack competitions and various other related events, including an antique car show on Saturday and a chalk-art competition outside the community's library on Friday.

For decades now, a cadre of devoted volunteers has worked behind the scenes to make sure the Frolic goes smoothly. (The same sort of volunteer effort is behind most of these community festivals throughout the mid-valley.) So here's an additional word of thanks, and another bouquet of ROSES, to all the folks who make these events work. Without them, all our communities would be poorer.

• RASPBERRIES to the first real heat wave of the summer. High temperatures throughout the mid-valley are expected to crack the 90-degree mark through Monday before dipping back into the 80s by Tuesday. We had become so accustomed to the very pleasant conditions of the early summer, with highs tending in the 70s and lower 80s, that we almost had forgotten that summer also brings very hot days.

By now, we all know the drill to endure these scorchers: Wear light clothes. Stay hydrated. If possible, seek out air-conditioned environments. Don't forget the sunscreen.

But here's another weather-related tip to keep in mind: Keep an eye on your neighbors, especially the elderly or those battling chronic disease, who tend to have a harder time dealing with the heat.

You're familiar with the quote, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." The quote, often attributed to Mark Twain, apparently actually was coined by newspaper editor Charles Dudley Warner. Regardless of who said it, though, there is something you can do about this hot spell: Keep an eye on the welfare of your neighbors. ROSES to you for doing that.

• RASPBERRIES to another case of someone shooting a deer with an arrow — and leaving the arrow in the deer.

Oregon State Police fish and wildlife officers are seeking information about the most recent incident, in which a female deer was shot in the head with an arrow on July 4 or July 5 west of Roseburg.

Officers managed to remove the arrow, and the deer was able to return to her small fawn nearby. 

If you know anything about this incident, call 541-817-4472 or 541-440-3333. As is the case with poaching incidents, people with information that leads to a citation or arrest may be eligible for cash rewards.

These cash rewards are funded through the Oregon Hunters Association's T.I.P. fund. (T.I.P. stands for Turn In Poachers.) The association has even less patience than we do for despicable acts like these committed by poachers — acts that sully the reputations of legitimate hunters. So, ROSES to the members of the association for maintaining the fund.

• ROSES, and welcome, to Christina Rehklau, the new executive director of Visit Corvallis, the tourism agency serving Corvallis and Benton County. Rehklau comes to Corvallis from the Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau in North Carolina.

In an interview this week with the Gazette-Times, Rehklau said one of her primary goals is to increase the number of overnight stays in Benton County's lodging establishments. That's a good goal: Money generated from those stays through the transient lodging tax helps fund Visit Corvallis and pays for various promotions to lure tourists to the area. 

Rehklau has some advantages as she starts her job: It helps to have a new hotel in downtown Corvallis, and Oregon State University, with its athletic events and academic conferences, is another big plus. The area has also has a growing reputation for its wineries, distilleries and brew pubs.

But there are disadvantages as well. For one, the city, located a few miles away from Interstate 5, remains a little bit off the beaten path — and, as Rehklau soon will discover, some of us prefer it that way.

Nevertheless, here's wishing the best for Rehklau as she starts her new job. (mm)


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