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Storybook Land

The Christmas Storybook Land 2012 Board of Directors wants to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who made the 36th year presentation a record-breaking success. Some 31,740 visited during the two-week season.

We are so honored that so many people from towns throughout the Willamette Valley have made Albany’s Christmas Storybook Land an annual holiday destination. The generosity of our visitors was reflected in the 25,600 canned food items collected for Fish of Albany to distribute to low-income families.

As Christmas Storybook Land is a nonprofit organization not affiliated with any church, civic or social organization, it would not survive without its volunteers. It takes over 400 volunteers working on different activities throughout the year to make Christmas Storybook Land come to life. Special thanks to volunteers who assisted with the four school tour days for some 3,440 children from throughout the valley. Also, we appreciate everyone involved in making Senior Citizens Day so memorable for 650 senior citizens from assisted living facilities and the surrounding communities.

Over 125 business and private sponsors have assisted with materials, services or funds. A big thank you to those who sponsored a 2012 scene by donating $100 or more. Special recognition to the Linn County Fair & Expo Center for providing a venue for the season, to Buena Vista Arbor Care for chipping trees for recycling, to Al’s Sweeping Service for cleanup help, and to KGAL/KSHO stations for radio advertising. See a list of all the 2012 sponsors and volunteers at: christmas

To continue this free and unique Albany Christmas tradition, 2013 volunteers and sponsors are needed to make the 37th Christmas Storybook Land presentation even better. Join us through

The 2012 Christmas Storybook Land Board

Lebanon Soup Kitchen

The board members and manager of the Lebanon Soup Kitchen wish to give a hearty and sincere thank you to four cooks who just retired.

John and Marilyn Goodwin, and Ben and Anita Johnson were cooks once a month for a long time at the soup kitchen. Their cooking talents and their dedication were very much appreciated.

They went above and beyond for the soup kitchen in not only providing wonderful and nutritious meals, but also being responsible for most of the food used in those meals. They volunteered their time, and they’ve made many donations to support the soup kitchen. We will miss them and ask God to bless their lives.

The soup kitchen is now looking for volunteers to cook one day a month. You will be shown how to prepare for large crowds and a manager is always there to help.

Call Genna Foster at 541-259-3221 or Manager Frank Maloney at 541-212-4002 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, if you want more information into this worthwhile cause.


Genna Foster

Secretary of the Lebanon Soup Kitchen

Great care at SAGH

I want to thank Dr. Robertson ENT, Dr. Lars Lunsman and the nurses, Regina and Tracy, at Samaritan Albany General Hospital for the excellent care they provided during my recent surgery.

Even though I entered the hospital with some trepidation, they soon laid my anxious thoughts to rest. Their tone of voice, professional approach and medical expertise had a very calming effect. I felt I was in good hands (better than All-State) because of their first-class care. Since I had prayed that the lord and master physician would guide the surgeon’s hands, I knew without a doubt I was in the best of care.

We as a community are so fortunate and blessed to have such top-notch physicians, surgeons and nurses right here at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. They deserve our admiration, commendation and appreciation. I highly recommend them to anyone!

Louie Lehman

Mid-Valley Gleaners

Mid-Valley Gleaners would like to thank our anonymous donor for your very generous donation. Mid-Valley Gleaners is a self-help group of low-income families, struggling to feed themselves.

Donations are used to purchase more nutritious foods and protein foods. Your donation will greatly help in feeding our families. Donations to nonprofits can be made through

Heidi Shetka

Returned purse

I would like to thank the person who returned the purse filled with money and credit cards I left in the shopping cart in the Fred Meyer parking lot. I am sure heaven is filled with people just like you.

Vicki Snyder



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