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*Salvation Army thankful of support*Cancer group works hard for new laws*Drivers must slow at Hwy. 223 curve

February 04, 2014

Salvation Army

thankful of support

The Salvation Army's efforts in Polk County enjoyed a great deal of success due to the community’s support.

The annual Red Kettle campaign raises significant funds that support The Salvation Army's social service efforts throughout the year. We surpassed our goal by $5,000 with a five-day shorter season. Polk County kettles raised nearly $20,000.

In addition to our annual Red Kettle Campaign, we had the honor of working with Dallas Adopt A Family; that program served 188 families and we are grateful for the opportunity to help with those efforts.

There are so many ways that the communities of Polk County came out to support Salvation Army events; we appreciate the time, talent and monetary support. In particular we want to acknowledge and express our gratitude to:

• All the individuals and organizations that volunteered to ring bells. Polk County staffed 21 percent of the areas kettle shifts with volunteers.

• The Polk County Service Integration Teams that adopted kettles on Dec. 7 and competed with each other in sub-freezing temperatures raising a total of $1,559.

• "Battle of the Coffee Shops" participants: a competition between local coffee shops brought in a total of $200, with Tater's Café barely beating out Brooks & Terry for top honors.

• Volunteers who braved cold temperatures and staffed the Walmart "Fill the Truck" toy drive.

• Walmart, Roth's Fresh Markets, Safeway and Bi-Mart for our kettles at their locations.

We are grateful for the outpouring of community support that makes it possible for The Salvation Army to continue Doing the Most Good throughout the year.

Majs. John & Candy Stennett

The Salvation Army

Salem

Cancer group works

hard for new laws

More than 110 members of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Oregon's 5th Congressional District are working hard to inform and encourage our elected officials to make cancer a priority.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society.

Most recently, volunteers took to the State Capitol during the legislature's interim session days and met with their lawmakers. Forty-one legislative meetings took place and volunteers asked their lawmakers for their support of House Bill 4085, which, if enacted, ensures patients have access to colorectal cancer screenings with no cost-sharing barriers.

On the federal level, we are pleased that Congressman Kurt Schrader has signed on as a co-sponsor to ACS CAN's patient-centered quality of life bills, HR 1339 and HR 1666. Both of these bills aim to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life of patients undergoing care for serious illnesses such as cancer by improving access to palliative care. Thank you, Congressman Schrader, for continuing to support cancer patients and their families in Oregon.

For more information about American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, contact me at 503-623-5495 or go to acscan.org.

Kay Graven

Dallas

Drivers must slow

at Hwy. 223 curve

We own the property east of the accident that occurred Jan. 23 along Highway 223 at milepost 6.2. I was working outside, heard the collision about 1:15 p.m. and called 9-1-1.

This is a blind corner and isn't obvious for the southbound traffic. When viewed southbound, the highway dips down and away and to the right. The curve is somewhat hidden to the driver. I have logged 17 accidents on this corner since we bought our property in 1999; there may be more that I am not aware of.

I have used this road for nearly 50 years. The alignment of this road is the same as shown on our 1882 Polk County map. Since the road was repaved several years ago, the speed on this highway has greatly increased. Drivers do not observe the recommended speed for the curve.

It bothers me that the curve one-half mile to the north is clearly marked with "zebra" boards and this curve is not marked except by a "slow" and "curve" signs that, at times, are obscured by trees growing alongside the road. It is my understanding that this section is maintained by the Corvallis Oregon Department of Transportation crews.

We are greatly concerned about this sad event. Our condolences to the families.

Tarno Coleman

Dallas

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