Around Town for mid-April to mid-May 2021

Hospital foundation accepting applications for medical scholarships

The Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for its scholarship programs for east Linn County students pursuing careers in health care.
Scholarships are available for medical and nursing students as well as students enrolled in a Linn-Benton Community College health career program.
Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30. Scholarship recipients will be announced by June 1.

The following scholarships are available:
♦The Frank Girod, MD, Medical Scholarship for students enrolled in medical school. This scholarship is named for the late Frank Girod, MD, a primary care physician who was instrumental in the establishment of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Applicants must submit an application, a written statement about their goals and any community service involvement, as well as a Cost and Resource Estimate Work Sheet.
♦The Rachel Easton, RN, Nursing Scholarship named for Rachel Easton, who was a longtime nurse at Samaritan Park Street Clinic in Lebanon. Applicants must submit an official transcript including fall 2020 grades, a one- or two-page typed statement discussing why you are pursuing a nursing degree and a listing of your goals, a completed application form and a Cost and Resource Estimate Work Sheet, any special circumstances you might like the Easton Scholarship Committee to consider, plus a signed and dated letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well.
♦The John and Carol Dinges Medical Scholarship for east Linn County students enrolled in an entry-level health care program at Linn-Benton Community College. Examples of entry-level programs include certified medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, medical office specialist and dental assistant. First preference will be given to seniors and graduates of Lebanon High School, but seniors and graduates at all high schools in east Linn County are invited to apply.
♦The Nurse Education Scholarship for caregivers and certified nursing assistants who are pursuing continued education in the nursing field. Preference is given to applicants from the Lebanon area and single parents. Applicants must submit an application.
For more information, call (541) 451-6303 or visit samhealth.org/Scholarships.

Scholarships available for forestry students

Linn County Small Woodlands Association is offering four $2,000 scholarships to students graduating from Linn County high schools who plan to pursue forestry or forestry-related natural resources fields of study in an Oregon college or in a dual-enrollment program (such as LBCC-OSU and LCC-UO).
The scholarships are renewable at $1,000 to $2,000 rates depending on the success of the association’s Seedling Sales.   Academic achievements, honors and awards, school activities and community engagement will be considered.
Application forms, to be postmarked or e-mailed by May 14, 2020, are available at Linn County’s high schools and from Katie Kohl, LCSWA Scholarship Chair ([email protected]).

Guild to host ‘Li’l Art Show’

The Linn County Arts Guild & Gallery hosts a “Li’l Art Show” for its sixth anniversary from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through May, at 605 S. Main St.
Original local art will be on display and for sale from April 20 to May 29. The guild started in 2009 to promote arts in the community, and opened its store in 2015. The store is supported by members and vendors, and also offers classes by artists.
For more information, call (541) 497-0386 during business hours.

Free ‘Power of Nutrition’ webinar

Nutrition can impact your health now – but did you know it can impact the health of future generations, too?
Learn more on this topic at a free one-hour webinar, Power of Nutrition, to be presented Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m.
Anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome to attend, whether a member of the general public or from the health care community.
Presenter Kent Thornburg, Ph.D, professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, will cover such topics as:
♦ The long-term changes in chronic disease rates including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
♦ The biological changes that occur over generations connected to poor nutrition and social stress.
♦ The foundations of physical changes that lead to higher disease risk.
♦ The changes in medical practices that will help patients plan a healthier life course.
The webinar is presented by the Samaritan Center for Health Education and Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center. Although there is no charge, registration is requested by going online to bit.ly/CHEnutrition.
For questions, contact Amy Conner at [email protected].

Cancer survivors photo exhibit

To honor cancer survivors, the ArtsCare Program at Samaritan Health Services is collecting photos of cancer survivors to build an art installation that will be called the Wall of Hope.
The Wall of Hope will celebrate survivorship, offering hope and inspiration to individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment. It will be displayed in the Samaritan Radiation Oncology building in Corvallis but may move to other locations later.
If you’ve had your own journey with cancer, you’re encouraged to participate by sending an email to [email protected] with the following:
♦ Your name and contact information (email and phone number).
♦ A photo of your smiling face. Note: Please send a high-resolution digital photo (jpg or tif).
♦ Upon submission of the photo, you will be asked to complete a consent form. This signed consent form gives Samaritan permission to use your photo in our Wall of Hope display and in other areas which may be viewable to the public.
♦ Optional: Share a few words of hope and inspiration you want to pass along to others.
In the email, include Wall of Hope in the subject line. Submissions are required by Friday, April 30.
For more information, contact ArtsCare Program Coordinator Sara Krainik at [email protected] or (541) 768-6762.

Sloppy joe dinner for Honor Flight

Meadowlark Senior Living in Lebanon will host a National Superhero Day drive-through sloppy joe dinner fundraiser from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at 181 S. 5th St.
Pick up a dinner, drive-through style, and help fund a veteran’s trip on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials of the respective war in which they fought. Cost is $20 for a dinner for four, including chips and dessert.
Call (541) 258-7706 or email [email protected] to reserve a dinner.

Garden Club to hold plant sale

Lebanon Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8., at 880 Tangent St., on the corner of 10th Street.
Trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetables will be available for sale. Anyone with plants to sell is asked to contact Lynne at (541) 990-3894.
The club’s annual sale raises funds for the rose garden at Ralston Park, landscaping for Habitat For Humanity, Linn County 4-H, the club’s Clair Hanley scholarship fund for students majoring in Horticulture at OSU, the Oregon Gardens children’s garden and Planting Seeds of Change, and Lebanon school gardens.
Customers are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Depending on crowd size, the number of people allowed in at a time may be limited.
For more information, call the number above.

Search and Rescue recruiting teens

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in a 10-day summer training program.
This will be the 27th Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 18 through June 28.
Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life-saving organization.
There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test.  Applicants must attend one recruit meeting at the Sheriff’s office at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10, to attend the academy. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 10-day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June.
The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics.
For more information about the program contact Lt. Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, (541) 812-2272, or visit the Linn County Sheriff’s Office website at www.linnsheriff.org.  Online applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany.

Master Gardeners offer free classes

The Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program is offering a series of free virtual monthly classes, The Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series, which will be broadcast via Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month through November.
The May 11 topic will be “Water-wise Gardening.” Learn a style of gardening that uses little or no supplemental water in your garden, which saves money, time and natural resources. The instructor will go over basic principles of water-wise gardening and offer some examples.
TThe classes are free but registration is required. To make them accessible to those who cannot attend the live session, the classes will be recorded and available at extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/growing-oregon-gardeners-level-series for anyone to watch.

And just a little tidbit of local news….

College swim meet in Lebanon

In yet another odd COVID-linked twist of normal life, Lebanon Jan Nadig Pool played host to a college swimming meet March 27 as the team from Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay used it to participate in a virtual swim meet against schools in Kansas and Georgia. COVID provided challenges for the junior college, which normally competes against schools in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, but the upside was that they could compete against teams across the United States when doing it virtually.

Photos by Sarah Brown

SWOCC has only been able to train in an outdoor pool all year, but traveling to Lebanon gave them the opportunity to swim in a warm indoor environment, due to Linn County’s “Moderate” case rate at the time. The team will travel to Florida for the JJCAA National Championships at the end of April. The college paid $900 for use of the pool, said Lorlee Engler, executive director at the pool.