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Hospice recognized for veterans care

In acknowledgment of continued efforts to provide quality access to end-of-life care for veterans, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany has received recognition from a national hospice and palliative care organization.

We Honor Veterans supports care that meets the unique needs of dying veterans. Evergreen Hospice recently achieved Partner Level 3 status after completing additional staff and volunteer training, implementing a veteran-to-veteran volunteer program and participating in veteran-specific community outreach events.

One in four dying Americans is a veteran, according to the organization. About a quarter of people being cared for by Samaritan Evergreen Hospice are veterans.

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice was first recognized by We Honor Veterans in 2015, after a community engagement process to highlight hospice services available to local veterans. Since then, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice has built close relationships with many veterans’ groups, including Vets Helping Vets, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, and strengthened ties to Veterans Administration facilities, including the new Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon.

Deputies, officers are academy grads

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training has announced the graduation of Basic Corrections Local No. BCL030 on Feb. 23 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Members of the class include Deputy Sheriff Kaitlyn Briles of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Sheriff Tanner Sparks of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Foundation picks program officer

The Oregon Community Foundation has hired John Moriarty as its program officer. He will start work on Tuesday.

Moriarty will manage OCF’s Community Grant Program, scholarship activity, local community funds and program initiatives, and communicate with the public about the foundation’s priorities for grant programs.

He most recently was executive director of the School Garden Project of Lane County. He previously was executive director of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, among other positions in sustainable forestry and habitat conservation.

Moriarty will work in OCF’s Eugene office.

Real estate agent knows rural scene

Broker Tamara Rousso now works at Town & Country Realty in Albany.

Rousso has experience in buying, selling and owning both farms and urban homes. She has worked as a registered nurse, stay-at-home mother, manager of a small dairy goat herd and manager of a startup business.

She has lived on small to large acreages and understands what it means to live with septic systems, wells and the needs of livestock.

Rousso can be reached at 541-778-6999 or

Corvallis farm joins association

Frajil Farms LLC in Corvallis is a new member of the American Angus Association, according to Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

The association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 18 million registered Angus.

The association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation — help members advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.


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