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Bottles for Dogs
- Cans for Cats
Bottles change lives. De-
pression is easy to fall into
and some people escape into
a bottle. But imagine bottles
opening doors to a new life,
and the reason for getting up
in the morning heralding it in
with rewarding smiles.
Thirteen years ago, after
Nan retired as a crew dis-
patcher for a tugboat compa-
ny, she was wondering what
do to with the rest of her life,
when she heard about an ani-
mal shelter looking for vol-
unteers. Soon she was help-
ing in their cats’ quarters two
days a week.
“It is rewarding,” said Nan.
“Anyone can fi nd a niche
and make a difference in
the world. We feed the cats,
change litter pans and wash
fl oors, etc. The shelter is their
home, and what you have to
do to keep a home clean we
do for the cats. I enjoy the
social interaction of help-
ing, the physical activity and
knowing that I am making a
Eight years ago, while out
walking, I saw some bottles
Photo by Mary Ellen “Angel Scribe”
Nan and Fluffy, her 16 year-old rescued dog, have
collected an unbelievable (purr-pair to be shocked!)
amount of money “paying it forward” to animal shel-
ters and wildlife rescue centers.
and cans tossed under bushes.
Knowing that each was worth
fi ve cents, I picked them up
and donated the money to the
animal shelter. A bottle pro-
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gram evolved and it became
my responsibility. When peo-
ple donate recyclable bottles/
cans I drive to the shelter and
bring them home for sorting.
You should see my home
and garage! The bottles have
taken over! I work like a ‘dog’
keeping on top of them! Each
morning, I make a trip to the
bottle-depot station to recycle
them. My car’s back and
front seats and trunk are fi lled
with huge bags of bottles.
I have gained a new re-
spect for the homeless/street
people who used to ask me
for money at the recycle sta-
tion. Once they understood
my mission, they never asked
again. Instead, they chat with
me while helping unload my
car. I consider them friends.
They are polite and I appreci-
ate them. What surprises me
is that the ‘normal’ folks, with
homes, are the rude ones!
My neighbors support my
endeavors. They set their bot-
tles out early, so at 5:30 a.m.
I begin my work day. The
bottles are left at their curbs,
in huge bags on my driveway,
or they phone revealing the
bottles’ secret-hiding places
on the sides of their homes.
Who would have thought
this would evolve into a ‘fun’
social life? I have met won-
derful people, some have
stopped me on the street and
handed me checks for the
animals. One dark morning,
a young man zoomed by on
his bike, waved and yelled,
‘Hi Nan’... I still have no clue
who he was.
I used to sit outside my fa-
vorite coffee shop with just
my two small-elderly-rescue
dogs, Fluffy and Goldie. But
since the recycling program
began others have joined us.
I am 78 and recently had hip
replacement surgery, so we
couldn’t go for coffee for
three months. People where
concerned about my absence.
When Fluffy, Goldie and I re-
turned, it was like a big party
with all the customers. It
was nice to be missed!
The greatest reward is writ-
ing various animal organiza-
tions checks for their neuter/
spay programs, guide dogs,
orphaned ‘babies’ and wild-
life rescue. The donations
to the race track for neuter-
ing/spaying feral cats worked
wonders! This year - no new
Over eight years, by proving
that ‘every little bit helps’ it is
not the $82,000 raised but the
feeling of doing it that is the
reward. Neighbors, friends,
and family have helped make
this paws-ible. Collecting
cans and bottles is a com-
munity effort for my animal
Does Nan collect cats like
she does cans?
“No!” laughs Nan. “I only
have two cats! Twenty years
ago, a relative gave me Posie
because she was not getting
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along with their new kitten. I
have no idea what they were
talking about because Posie is
a gentle and loving cat. Their
kitten passed 15 years ago,
and I never offered to give
Posie back!
Nine years ago during the
Christmas holidays, while
volunteering at the closed
shelter, a woman arrived with
a cat. I took ‘Frankie’ home
for the holidays, fell in love
with him, and he is still here!
We were each other’s holiday
I miss volunteering at the
shelter, but as soon as my hip
heals, I will be back help-
“When I adopted Fluffy,”
said Nan, “she had separation
anxiety, so every time I left
the house she’d start a high-
pitched barking. A dog book
suggested to gently spray her
from a little water bottle to
stop her barking. When I’d
put on my coat to leave the
house, she would start bark-
ing, so I’d give her a little
spray and say, ‘Stop bark-
ing.’ She is so smart, it only
took a day and a half and she
quit barking. But now, at age
16, she prefers to stay home
and sleep. Sadly she is in a
state of decline (dementia),
but she’s been the best little
doggie I’ve ever had. Goldie,
her best friend, and I will will
miss her terribly when the
time comes to release her to
- Wild animal shelters cre-
ated from recycled bottles
Share your pet tips and
For the Sentinel
here are two big events this week
and more the following week:
There will be many items available
at a huge garage sale this weekend
from Friday, July 31 through Sunday,
Aug. 2 on 5225 Fox Hollow Road.
The sale is from 8 am - 5 pm each day.
There are a variety of items to interest
everyone. The proceeds go to the Mi-
chael Matchulat medical fund.
Lorane Grange will host a pan-
cake breakfast fundraiser this Satur-
day, Aug. 1 from 7-11 a.m. Michael
Matchulat has stage IV rectal cancer,
and the event will help with his bills.
Crow Grange will also have its chick-
en-picken BBQ that evening.
Those who have any metal they
want to recycle can go to Crow High
School and fi nd a metal recycle bin,
which helps support the students.
Lorane Grange will hold its next
meeting on Aug. 6 at the regular time
of 7:30. Then on Aug. 8, there is a
“Cruz into Granges” starting and end-
ing at Crow Grange from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Proceeds from the Cruz and half
of the basket raffl e benefi t Oregon Par-
alyzed Veterans; the other half of the
raffl e proceeds benefi ts the granges.
Each Grange has an activity. Lorane
is also hosting the Lane Pomona pic-
nic that same day at noon! There will
also be a basket from each Grange to
raffl e off, displayed at Crow Grange,
and winners will be announced around
3 p.m. at Crow. Lorane is a destina-
tion Grange. Tickets can be purchased
from any grangers.
It’s Lorane Community Potluck time
on Sunday, Aug. 9. Everyone may
come anytime after 10:30 a.m. to visit
and get reacquainted. Eating will be-
gin at 12:30 pm to allow those attend-
ing church to get there on time. After
enjoying a delicious meal, wander over
to the Lorane Fire Hall for the annual
Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream
Social from 1-5 p.m.
I hope everyone is planning on tak-
ing part in the Lorane Celebration
2015 all day on Sept. 12. Tables are
still available and there is a sign-up
sheet at the Lorane Family Store, or
those interested can call Lil at 541-
942-5701 to get on the list or to have
a home listed for garage sales in the
area that day.
Church Dedication
Victory Country Church will celebrate the Dedication of a New Worship Center,
located at 913 S. 6 th Street on Sunday, August 2, at 10:00am
The Victory congregation held their fi rst service there on February 1, 2015.
After extensive remodeling and restoration on what was originally the Free
Methodist Church. They had conducted services previously for eleven years at the
Community Center.
Pastor Barbara Dockery and the congregation cordially invite everyone to join
them for this joyous occasion. They would also like to extend a heartfelt “Thank
You” and their sincere appreciation to those who assisted with labor, materials, and
Rev. C. J. Reaves, currently of Puyallup, Washington, Former Pastor of Evangel
Temple, and New Visions Church of Cottage Grove, will offi ciate, along with special
Choral presentations.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with
praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name!!
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Beautifully situated right on the golf course
with views of pond and valley. Light and
bright with skylights, vaulted ceilings, den
w/ French doors, huge master with walk
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by Patty Keene, Windermere RE 541-517-
140 Village Drive
Well-cared for 3bdr/2bath home, 1688sq
ft , large kitchen with skylight. Great
layout. Large 3 car garage for storage, shop
or golf cart. Low maintenance yard with
sprinklers! Listed by Robert Minges of
Mountain View RE 541-554-2989
Delight Valley Church of Christ
33087 Saginaw Road E.
Exit 176 off of I-5
152 Village Drive
Meticulously upgraded and maintained
this lovely home on the 12th fairway of
Middlefi eld Estates. Vaulted ceilings, open
fl oor plan, master suite w/walk-in-closet &
bath, 2+ bed rooms and a offi ce/den with
built-ins. Covered deck overlooking the
golf course. Remodeled Kitchen, dining
nook, so much more. (not on Freeway)
Listed by Sharon Malcolm of Windermere
RE 541-517-8222
Date: Saturday August 1, 2015
Vendor set up: 8am – 9am
Sales from: 9am – 3pm
Bring your stuff, sell it, and make a buck!
No Charge to vendors, bring a table or two!
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Hot Dog raiser
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Please remember we are a Church, so bringing old
Playboy magazines would be un-cool…Thanks
Phone: 541-942-7711 or 541-517-8493