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Giving Back:
Salem Health Volunteers Improve Riverfront Park

Ange Bradely, Salem Health switchboard operator and
Sarah Anderson, RN, Neonatal Care Unit nurse,
paint a railing with Peter Courtney
Minto Island Bridge in the background
Salem Health employee volunteers
work to spread bark dust and plant
flowers at Riverfront Park

    Salem's Riverfront Park is a flagship venue for many annual events, including last weekend's World Beat Festival and the upcoming Bite & Brew of Salem.
    Thanks to a boost in Salem Health volunteerism, it's becoming an even more vibrant resource.
    The City of Salem purchased the land from Boise Cascade and began developing it in the 1980s. The beginning stage of the park was launched in 1996 and now the long-awaited Peter Courtney bridge has opened over the Willamette River, connecting the park to miles of bike and walking paths in Minto- Brown Island Park. The Riverfront Carousel and A.C. Gilbert House also call Riverfront Park home.
    On June 22, volunteers from 19 different Salem Health departments descended on the park to plant flowers, paint railings, and participate in several beautification projects to welcome the 20th anniversary of World Beat Festival.
    "Salem Health donated the flowers and our crew is working hard to clean up the beds and plant them," noted Bryce Petersen, community relations liaison.
    Salem Health knows the importance of giving back, and has a base of more than 400 volunteers who serve a variety of needs, from helping in the emergency room and waiting rooms, to way-finding and pet therapy.
    Salem Health's Volunteer Services Projects Committee also benefits the community by hosting sales to fund scholarships for students pursuing health care careers.
    The Riverfront Park beautification project was one way Salem Health staff gave back to the community in a new way.
    "We save lives every day. Now we're planting life and hoping to regenerate the community," said Melissa Shortt, clinical education and care management nurse. "Watching this happen is just spectacular."
    With more community volunteer projects in the works, Salem Health is working hard to fulfill its commitment to being as big a community partner outside of its walls as it is inside them.
    "Community really does matter!" said Petersen. Yes it does.
   


First Lube Plus Celebrates First Anniversary


Steve Hunter GM, Dave Campos
Lead Tech - Artist Timo Teo Valencia

    Manager Steve Hunter and his crew have certainly fine tuned the former Delon oil change center. Now featuring extended auto services and U-Haul rentals.
    What you will find at the new First Lube Plus is first class auto service and first class artwork through out the property.
    Dave Campos, lead tech is also a fine art illustrator. Car logos and an entire wall of cars.
    Visit the shop and you'll discover a real concern for your vehicle, any make any model.
    Fast Lube Plus is the only downtown oil change store, enjoy shopping while your car gets pampered. Drop offs as early as 7am with no appointments necessary.
    First Lube Plus is owned by First Babtist Church of Salem, and encourages local empolyment and business.
    615 Liberty St. NE.
    503-967-6216, Open, Monday - Friday: 8:00 Am - 6:00 Pm, Saturday: 8:00 Am- 5:00 Pm
   



Arta Potties
Art on a Port-A-Potty

Property owners, merchants
and restaurateurs work to
addressg urban cleanliness

    Arta Potties is a community organized project that provides clean and art-decorated safe porta potties in the downtown core of Salem, Oregon, which has, at times, been overwhelmed by dangerously high levels of human waste due to a lack of facilities for the city's homeless residents.
    The costs are minimal. The monthly professional cleaning fees are only $75.00 a month. The toilets are purchased at extremely low costs, other costs include the printing and application of graffiti and fire resistant art wraps.
    The art used for the ultimate goal of 7 potties, is selected and provided by the Roger Yost Gallery and Museum www.rogeryostgallery.
    com. with the exception of the historic capitol Arta Pottie whose image was provided by Arts and Antiques Plus.
    Gorgeous art on a port a potty has engaged property owners, merchants and restaurateurs to work collectively addressing issues involving homelessness and urban cleanliness.
    Through these efforts, alleys are cleaner and businesses are flourishing, with entrances into "Gallery Alley"... located behind the Reed Opera House.
    Five women from the Art, Business, Faith and Human Services began this humble, yet successful project launching three test Arta Potties throughout 2015-2016.
    Each Arta Pottie collected up to 30 gallons of human waste a week in each chemical toilet.
    They also reduced arrests for indecent exposure , prevented crime and provided a necessary bathroom option to the public attending events, as well as serving a critical need to our homeless community.
    For 2017-2018, Arta Potties is collaborating with Partnerships in Community Living, a fabulous non-profit partner, which is prepared to receive tax deductible donations.
    www.pclpartnership.org Partnerships in Community Living - Expand the Horizons and ... www.pclpartnership.org
    Arta Potties still receives donations at Ace Chemical Toilets ...where we like to say "At least you know for sure that your money is going to the toilet" www.acesepticandexcavating.com
    Arta Potties is currently building the fleet of potties and establishing NEW locations ... preparing to launch as many toilets as possible by fall 2017.
    Contact Rebecca Maitland Courtney for details or inquiries at 503-586-3993 ... artapotties@ gmail.com