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Resident enjoys window displays

For the past year, on my drive to work in Corvallis, I have enjoyed the various window displays at No Dinx graphic designers at the intersection of First Avenue and Baker Street in downtown Albany.

The current display in honor of the Albany Carousel is really quite impressive, and I would like to offer kudos and thanks to those responsible for the creative and imaginative displays. You do some fabulous work!

Donna Barnes


Honey Sign effort assists club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam would like to thank all the Honey Sign area neighbors who contributed to have the sign renovated.

Thanks to your contributions and the generosity of the contractor who did the installation, a donation of over $2,000 was made to the Boys & Girls Club and a brand-new, beautiful sign has been installed! Way to go!

Bobbie Kent

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam


Eclipse viewing went smoothly

On behalf of all of us at Samaritan Health Services, thank you to the many individuals and organizations who were involved in the advance planning for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

From all accounts, the planning and logistics for this spectacular event went off about as smoothly as could have been hoped for, with after-event traffic jams being the primary challenge for some travelers.

This real-life event provided an excellent opportunity for us to work with multiple community partners to help keep our residents and visitors healthy and safe, and I believe we can all feel very good about the outcome. And, as an added bonus, we were all treated to an amazing sky show for the ages. Thanks to all!

Larry A. Mullins

Samaritan Health Services

Community aids summer learning

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation would like to thank the many educators who were hard at work this summer, offering supplemental programming to students across our school district.

At the high school level, nearly 100 students recovered missing credits critical to graduation; emerging bilingual students practiced English vocabulary; and freshman AVID cohorts gathered for a boot camp to hone their study skills. Incoming sixth-graders brushed up on their math facts (for three hours a day!). Small groups of primary school students received math and literacy instruction, and kindergarten teams prepared to nurture students’ social and emotional success through a Kindergarten Academy.

Even as weather-related make-up days shortened summer break by a week, teachers of summer programs dove in early to ensure that students returned to school confident and prepared this fall. We appreciate their efforts.

None of these programs would have been possible without the generosity of the community. We owe our thanks to Starker Forests, Hewlett-Packard, Duerksen and Associates, Town and Country Realty, Pacific Power, INTO Oregon State University, Barker Uerlings Insurance, CH2M Hill, Citizens Bank, Corvallis Radiology, Samaritan Health Services, Oregon State Credit Union, The Corvallis Clinic, L&M Welding, Edward Jones, Stover Neyhart Yee and Co., and various individual donors for making these opportunities available to 509J students.

This is the fifth year that local businesses and individuals have supported K-12 academic opportunities during the summer. The impact of their investment is evident in rising graduation rates.

As one educator put it, “It is our hope that these students return to school this fall with a positive ‘I can’ in their hearts!” We wholeheartedly agree.

Anissa Arthenayake

Corvallis Public Schools Foundation

Businesses back SafeHaven's work

SafeHaven Humane Society would like to thank Hertz Car Sales Superstore of Albany & Linn-Co Federal Credit Union for teaming up to show their support.

Hertz and the credit union put together a five-day car sale event that took place July 13 through 19. For every car sold, $100 was donated to SafeHaven. The end result was a grand total of nearly $2,000 donated. The animals and the organization thank you!

Ashley Barker

SafeHaven Humane Society



Cirello's offers help in hour of need

For being a terrific community member who could have said "no" but didn't…

A big thank-you to Eric at Cirello’s Pizza, who kindly helped us in our hour of need.

Carollee Woodstock

Woodstock’s Enterprises, Inc.


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