Around Town (Dec. 29, 2021)

Meals on Wheels weekly menu

Meals on Wheels offers take-out lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Senior Center serves a separate lunch on Wednesdays.

Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk, coffee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request.

There is no menu for New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31.

The menu on Monday, Jan. 1, is lima beans and turkey ham or pasta primavera, spinach, a black-eyed pea salad, a white dinner roll and applesauce gingerbread.

The menu on Tuesday, Jan. 2, is cowboy campfire stew or turkey pot pie, green salad with red peppers, a tossed salad, a biscuit and peaches.

For more information, contact Norene at (541) 367-8843.

Red Cross taking blood donations

The American Red Cross is responding to historically low blood-supply levels nationwide by encouraging donations.

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross blood donor app, calling (800) RED-CROSS, or visiting If no immediate opportunities are available, donors are asked to make appointments in the days and weeks ahead.

All who donate through Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last. Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma during the month of January will be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, and also tin win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card,

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GoFundMe set up for KRKT’s Schuler

A GoFundMe has been established for KRKT 99.9-FM’s Scott Schuler and his family as he contends with atrial fibrillation and blood-clot issues that have resulted in a lengthy hospital stay.

As the station’s programming director, Schuler has been part of the “Cricket Family” since 1995. Born in the mid-Willamette Valley, the South Albany High School graduate and Linn-Benton Community College alumnus boasts an extensive knowledge of country-music history (even establishing connections with its figures) and a vocal repertoire of some 20 different character voices. Schuler and his wife, Angie, host “Cricket Country in the Morning,” a popular multiple-hour 6 a.m. mainstay.

Donations may be made at

Log brand renewal period concludes

The Oregon Department of Forestry is accepting state-registered log brand renewals through Friday, Dec. 31.

Log brands, the identifying symbols welded onto the face of a hammer and struck into log ends for identification, discourage log theft and aid in the return of lost logs. Forest products and booming equipment must have ODF-registered log brands on public highways, waterways or railroads east of Oregon’s Cascade Mountain range. Under Oregon law, brand registrations must be renewed every five years.

Operators who registered in 2021 must still renew their brands for the new five-year period (Jan. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2026).

For more information, call (503) 945-7259 or email [email protected].

Women’s group to host dinner Jan. 11

After 5 Connection will host a dinner for local women from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Ma’s Restaurant, 2416 S. Santiam Hwy., Lebanon.

The program, entitled “One Square at a Time,” includes a presentation on quilting by Marianne Dickson of Corvallis, who has been teaching fashion design classes at Oregon State University for the last 17 years. Dickson has expanded her talents in fashion design and sewing to include quilting.

Guest speaker Shirley Mozena, an author, world traveler and retired music teacher who also plays the violin, will discuss how she learned the secret to a successful marriage in a most unusual way and in the process discovered how to navigate one of the greatest challenges of her life.

All women are invited. Cost is $15. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

For reservations, contact Sherri at (541) 258-6515 or Nancy at (541) 259-1396 or by email at [email protected]. If unable to attend, reservation cancellation is requested.

Highway 20 work to stall traffic

The Oregon Department of Transportation has commenced work on safety improvements to Highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis.

Phase 1, which covers the area from west of Garland Nursery to the Bowers Slough Bridge, is expected to be completed by August 2023. The first week includes surveying and restriping the full project area. 

Drivers should expect nighttime work with a single lane of traffic using flaggers and pilot cars to control the work zone. There may be up to 20 minute delays. 

Work will continue over the first few months near Independence Highway on the south side of Highway 20. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures during evenings between Sunday and Friday.

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OSU lectures to focus on wildfire

Oregon State University will host a remote lecture series starting in January featuring speakers who will discuss what living with wildfire looks like in practice, both as individuals and as communities.

“Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” is a free 11-week series, starting Jan. 4, that includes lectures by artists, firefighters, biologists and more.

The Zoom series begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4 with “Art on Fire” by Bryan David Griffith and Julie Comnick, and continues with lectures at 6 p.m. every Tuesday through March 15. It is free and open to everyone but registration is required; links to register are listed on the “Lookout” website.

Prominent speakers include Margo Robbins, co-founder and executive director of the Cultural Fire Management Council, who will discuss “Climate Change and Native Knowledge” on Jan. 18; and Jaime Lowe, whose 2021 book “Breathing Fire” follows the lives of incarcerated women fighting fires in California, on Feb. 1.

Organizers hope the series draws people living on the front lines of wildfire country, as well as those farther away who have been affected by heavy smoke in the air, and those who care about the ecosystems affected by fires.