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December 1, 2021

Scott Swanson

Partners Karen Craig, left, and Shirley Austin stand in their storage unit, which contains thousands of costumes and formal wear, which they hope to turn into a nonprofit store to serve the needs of the community.

Shirley Austin and Karen Craig are busy, the day before Thanksgiving, doing what they love: outfitting teenagers who will serve as ushers at the Christmas Gala concert Austin is producing on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the auditorium of Sweet Home High School. 

Next to a table piled with tuxedos and other formal wear, Craig takes measurements of Interact Club members Megan Baham, Killan Boggs and Jenna Wolthuis while Austin holds up outfits, analyzing them with a critical eye. 

"Did that shirt fit?" she asks Boggs. 

Craig and Austin, who share an attachment to theater, particularly musical the...

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