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Citizens Bank has named Marlene Nelson a vice president and assistant manager of its Junction City office. Nelson has served as a commercial loan officer at the branch since 1988.

Officers and Directors

Nader Fakhoury has been appointed to fill the seat vacated by Dan Maceira on the board of the Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce. Fakhoury owns Philomath Texaco.

Alex Paul, editor and publisher of the Sweet Home New Era, has been elected president of the Linn-Benton Community College Foundation Board of Trustees. Other officers are Alice Ordeman, vice president; Dave Schmidt, secretary; Malcolm Baker, treasurer; and Diane Hyland-Edwards, past president. Each will serve a term of two years. Joining the board are new members Tish Tack, co-owner of Tack Logging in Sweet Home; Paul Goodmonson, Edward Jones representative in Corvallis; and Phil Doud, owner of John and Phil's Toyota in Corvallis.

Love in the Name of Christ has elected its officers for 2004. They are James R. Reynolds of Corvallis Evangelical Church, president; Jack Glubrecht of Northwest Hills Community Church, vice president; and Mercy Chipman of Calvin Presbyterian Church, secretary-treasurer.

Love INC organizes volunteers in Benton County churches to help people with a variety of needs.

Comings and Goings

Oakleaf Threads, a custom sewing shop, is now open at 102 Main St. in Albany. Owner Julie Sinnock offers custom specialty wear, including maternity clothes, wedding dresses and Renaissance fair clothing. She also sews curtains, slipcovers and other fabric creations.

The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The phone number is 981-1663.

Take a Bow

The Benton County Fair & Rodeo has received three awards from the Western Fairs Association. The fair took first place in the Give It Your Best Shot category for a photo taken during the rodeo by Paul Rentz of Rush Hour Photo.

In the New Special Event category, Benton County earned a third with its cow-milking opening ceremony, where local officials raised more than $2,000 for social services. The fair also received an honorable mention for its Web site,

News and Notes

U.S. Bank is contributing to the Great Food Drive this month by designating its branch offices as drop sites for contributions to the Oregon Food Bank. Organizers hope to collect more than 1 million pounds of food for this year's drive, which lasts through March 31. All food and money stays in the community in which it was donated.

Bruce T. and Anne R. Brown of Lebanon have joined the American Angus Association, the largest beef cattle registry in the world. Its computerized records include information on more than 14 million registered Angus cattle.

Profit and Loss

Rite Aid Corp. has reported total drugstore sales for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 28 increased 6.1 percent to $4.4 billion compared to $4.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Prescription revenue represented 62 percent of total drugstore sales and third party prescription revenue was 93.4 percent of pharmacy sales.

For the fiscal year, total drugstore sales gained 5 percent to $16.5 billion from $15.7 billion the year before. Prescription revenue accounted for 63.6 percent of sales while third-party prescription revenue was 93.3 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid operates drugstores in Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon.


The Philomath Community Foundation has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish Faith in Action, Volunteers for Rural Benton County. The $35,000 grant will cover a start-up period of 30 months.

The project will work through a coalition of faith-based organizations to recruit and train volunteers to assist elderly and disabled people with such tasks as light housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments, friendly visits and telephone reassurance.

Cheryl Black, previously director of the Philomath Youth Activities Club and director of development at the Children's Farm Home, has been named director of the new project. Philomath Community Service is providing office space at 360 S. Ninth St. in Philomath.

The phone number for Faith in Action is 929-8800, and the e-mail address is

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