Doctor joins
Albany hospital

Justin Howerter recently joined Samaritan Albany General Hospital as a hospitalist.

Howerter earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctoral degree from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Lewis-Gale Montgomery Hospital and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

As a hospitalist, Howerter is providing care to patients in the hospital and coordinating treatment plans with primary care providers.

Clinic campaign ranked high

The Corvallis Clinic’s “Dam Cancer” campaign received a 2016 Cancer Awareness Advertising Gold Award, earning the recognition by scoring among the top five percent of nationwide submissions.

The Cancer Awareness Advertising Awards is a competition specifically dedicated to the promotion of all cancer products and services. Only advertising and marketing projects designed, printed and published for the sole purpose of cancer awareness can be entered into the program.

A panel of design and health care marketing professionals judge entries based on creativity, layout and design, typography, production, and quality and overall effectiveness. The Dam Cancer entry was entered in the Medical Practice (Non-Hospital) group and the Total Advertising Campaigns category.

Dam Cancer is a campaign created through a partnership between The Corvallis Clinic and Oregon State University Athletics. It seeks to provide cancer-awareness support by its “pink” athletic events at OSU. Teams sport pink uniforms, and fans are encouraged to wear pink.

Survivors are celebrated, and promotional activities highlight awareness and raise funds for cancer patient support. The campaign also includes digital signage at events, and print and digital ads.

wins award

Registered dental hygienist Kyle Isaacs of Monroe received the Sunstar/RDH Magazine Award of Distinction Aug. 11 at the RDH Under One Roof conference in Chicago.

Isaacs was one of four recipients of the award, which was prompted by her community service activities throughout the state. She graduated in 1982 from the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston. In 2015, she became an employee of Benton County, working with other health-care professionals in the community to improve access to dental care.

She also has a mobile dental hygiene business, Miles 2 Smiles, which visits nursing homes and homebound patients to provide dental cleaning and other services.

Brewery brings
home medal

Last month Corvallis’ Flat Tail Brewing Co. brought home another Great American Beer Festival Medal for its DAM Wild sour series.

DAM Wild: Hops and Lemon Verbena earned gold in the American Sour category, beating out 34 other entries. Flat Tail's gold-medal winner hits the shelf at roughly one-third the cost of this year’s silver and bronze medal winners, and uses a proprietary fermentation method developed in house, with a locally harvested yeast strain. DAM Wild: Hops and Lemon Verbena is available on draft locally, and throughout Oregon and California, with bottles available from February through April.

Festival hires
new director

Corvallis Fall Festival has hired a new executive director.

Deb Curtis has lived in Corvallis since 1986, when she moved here to help start an organic farm and weave baskets. She now is a recognized basketry artist and a gardener.

Curtis recently retired from the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department, where she had worked for the past 16 years as a Recreation Coordinator. While there, she started the Procession of the Species and the Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, organized the All-City Children’s Halloween Party, and was program director for the Youth Volunteer Corps, in addition to coordinating classes and day camps.

Curtis wrote a successful grant to the Oregon Arts Commission for an Artists in the Parks plein air event in 2011. Prior to working for Parks and Recreation, she was executive director of the Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association and worked as a middle school teacher.

She has participated in the Corvallis Fall Festival as an artist, as coordinator of a food booth and by helping with the children’s art area. She lives in South Corvallis with her partner.