Small Business Encounters

I was glad to meet three small business owners in Canby for the first time this week: Suzie Joy of Retro Revival and Perry and Rick Palo of Northwest Furniture Outlet.

It’s often on my “to do” list, to visit small businesses in town, to reach out and build a relationship with them; and I finally made it happen this week. I really appreciate how Suzie has partnered with the Friends of the Library to sell many of their antique books at her store on consignment. She is friendly and values teamwork and downtown cooperation. I was reminded that rent is high (and prohibitively so in some cases) in Canby for retailers.

I loved the feel and the welcoming atmosphere of the Northwest Furniture Outlet, as I went there hopeful to buy a new mattress for a reasonable price. Perry and Rick are personable men, who really seem to understand and value the Canby community, and that shows in how customer centric they are. And I found that new mattress too! 

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Toys Are Rolling In

Les Schwab kindly removed an errant piece of metal from our minivan tire yesterday. And while I was there, I noticed that their Kiwanis Food and Toy Drive collection is enormous. (Car batteries not included). Wow!

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“Read to the Dog” at the Library

This Read to the Dogs Program is a great idea. I really appreciate how innovative our Library programming has become in recent years! Our local Golden Retriever is Digby, who comes to the library every Friday now from 3:30 – 4:30 pm to listen to kids read to him for 15 minute sessions.

The idea is to give kids a fun, furry, noncritical reading experience to help encourage a love of reading. And maybe Digby learns a few new stories along the way, too.  

You can call the Library to make a reservation: 503-266-3394.

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Food & Toy Drive

The Canby Kiwanis Community Food and Toy drive is in full swing now. The deadline to drop off your donations is December 12th and the donation barrels are located in dozens of businesses/organizations throughout town.

It looks as if the Library has its eyes on beating Roth Heating & Cooling (whose barrel overfloweth). I like a friendly competition like that!

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City Council Meeting of November 15th

The city council meeting was rather enjoyable last night.

-Judge Graf swore in a new police officer, Michael Manns (Molalla HS class of 2012 and UO grad) and Manns’ grandmother pinned on his new badge for him. That was special.

-We passed an ordinance approving a contract to provide a new, higher tech system of record keeping for the police department to improve their efficiency and keep them aligned with other PDs in the county.
-Citizen Tony Crawford invited us to Bridging Cultures’ 9th annual Thanksgiving meal this Saturday at 5 pm.
-The new AmeriCorps staff person, Grant, introduced himself and told us that he would be assisting the Economic Development department through July. Welcome, Grant.
-Jamie Stickel, the Canby Main Street Manager, announced the Light Up the Night tradition coming on December 1st from 5-8 pm. Time to register your floats!
-We delivered our liaison reports, aka shared with the group the various meetings and community events we’ve attended of late.
-We finally approved the Transit Master Plan. Our Jarrett Walker and Associates consultant and our Transit Director Julie Wehling have been a fine team, answering questions and creating a plan that took a lot of community input into consideration, will increase efficiencies, save money, and anticipate future expansion.

-Walt Daniels (our Hometown Hero) gave a quick follow up after the master plan vote, painting a historical picture of how much our transit has expanded in reach and ridership since we withdrew from the Trimet Service Area in 2002.

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Bridging Cultures’ Dinner

Bridging Cultures’ Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is this Saturday at 5 pm at Baker Prairie Middle School. I’ll have to miss it this year, but I’m glad that the tradition is still going strong.

It’s a nice bi-cultural event with both Mexican food and traditional American Turkey Day fare.

And the most fun part for me is the ice breaker game that they conduct at the beginning of the evening, which forces everyone to branch out and ask strangers interesting questions, such as “Are you a twin?” or “Is your work commute longer than 90 minutes one way?” Fun.

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Walt Daniels and the Hometown Hero Award

It was endearing to see Mr. Walt Daniels on the cover of the Canby Herald this week.

This photo was taken by Senior Reporter Daniel Pearson while Walt was speaking to the audience, extemporaneously, after receiving the surprise award. I really liked how he said that it is important to stay involved in civic/community affairs even after you retire from public office. That is true leadership, I say.

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