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Around Town May 26, 2021


May 26, 2021

Senator to hold digital town hall

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold a digital town hall for Linn County residents at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.

County residents are invited to join online, on mobile devices, or on the telephone to discuss what needs to be done to strengthen our state and our nation.

To connect via computer, smartphone or tablet, go to and scroll down to the Linn County Town Hall button.

To participate by phone, call  (669)-254-5252.

Enter meeting ID: 160 911 2661

Enter participant ID: #

Enter access code: 20955477

To learn more about this town hall or any future events, visit and stay engaged on Twitter, like Merkley’s  Facebook page or follow him on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes.

Chamber accepting award nominations

The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Awards, to be presented at a July 24 banquet.

Nominations can be submitted for First Citizen, Jr. First Citizen, Distinguished Service Award, Patti Woods Woman of the Year, Organization of the Year, Business of the Year and the Curb Appeal Award.

Nominations can be submitted at

The banquet will be a vintage picnic on the evening of July 24. Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table that seats up to eight.

Jobe Woosley will perform and Mona Waibel Awards will be presented by Bob Dalton.

For more information, contact the chamber at (541) 367-6186.

P.E.O. chapter berry sale begins

Sweet Home P.E.O., Chapter DD, is holding its annual berry sale through July 9.

The organization, which offers scholarships to support local women’s pursuit of higher education, is offering Columbia Star blackberries and blueberries, flash frozen and packed in nine-pound plastic pails – ideal for making great homemade jams, jellies, and tasty desserts, all available to you from your Sweet Home P.E.O., Chapter DD!

Columbia Star Blackberries, released in 2014, is a vigorous, thornless, trailing blackberry. It has superior flavor, large firm berries and is very consistently productive. The flavor is rated as good or better than marionberry, which is 20% of Columbia Star’s parentage.

To purchase berries, email or call or text Nancy at (541) 912-6579. Orders will be collected through July 9. Those purchasing berries will be able to pick them up in Sweet Home on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Long Street behind the Rio Theater.

All proceeds from the berry sale provide educational scholarships, loans, and grants to women in our community.

Memorial Day displays in Albany

As a tribute to the men and women who gave their lives serving our country, Albany residents will adorn their porches for Memorial Day as part of activities in May during National Preservation Month.

People can start touring them on Saturday, May 29, through Memorial Day. The event is sponsored by the Albany Landmarks Commission, Albany Downtown Association, and the Albany Visitors Association.

Albany has a long history of supporting veterans, and participants are encouraged to illustrate that dedication by decking out their porches with patriotic colors, flags, signs, flowers, balloons, lights or whatever they feel inspired to use to create a Memorial Day theme.

For more information, contact the AVA at (541) 928-0911, or

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.

The menu on Friday, May 28, is barbecued chicken sandwich or kielbasa sausage on a bun, baked beans, carrot raisin salad, and zucchini brownie.

No meal will be served Monday, May 31, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

The menu on Tuesday, June 1, is chicken tetrazzini or beef and black bean chili, steamed spinach, tossed salad, whole wheat roll and gelatin jewels with whipped topping.

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


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