Thanks for support

Friends of the Animal Shelter thanks Umpqua Bank once again for sponsoring the Coins for Kitties fundraiser. During September coin jars are displayed at all Jackson County Umpqua Bank branches. People are asked to donate spare change to help the homeless cats and kittens at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Just drop off your change at an Umpqua Bank branch.

The FOTAS "2-Fur-1" program pays the second adoption fee when two kitties are adopted together. The benefits of having two companions are numerous — better health, socially well adjusted, more active and playful, longer lives and less behavior problems. 2-Fur-1 is a win-win for the kitties and their families.

We are grateful to Umpqua Bank for their ongoing support and enthusiasm. Local support like theirs is truly appreciated. Thank you, Umpqua Bank! — Jeane Lind and Peggy Carson, FOTAS volunteers

Cyclists: Warn walkers

As I ride along the bike paths and sound my "Passing!" as I approach and am about to overtake walkers who are going my way, I often get a gracious "Thank you!" There is often a note of surprise, as if we don't usually give a warning, as is required by law, as well as by courtesy and common sense.

I've been a Greenway walker often enough to know that my warnings aren't normal among overtaking riders. Much too often, it's the sudden whoosh that is the first warning that 200 pounds of machine and rider are passing me, often at a speed that would cause serious injury if there were a last-second misjudgment by either of us.

You can mount a bell on your handlebar, or call out, as I do, or get creative: Whistle a few bars of "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog," or the opening notes of "Eroica." It can't be pleasant to be walking around our beautiful paths and never know if we're about to be passed at close range without warning by a hurting aspirant to the Tour de Oildale. And it isn't safe. — Dave Harvey, Talent

Elevation for vaccination

Presently, along the Thai-Burma border, the remote internally displaced Mon people live out their lives. However, having no access to health care, many babies and children die needlessly of otherwise preventable diseases. Receiving no government monies, there is nonetheless a dedicated response funded entirely through donations.

Search "Elevation for Vaccination" to find out what you can do to help. In a world where so much seems to do so little, here is a place where so little can do so much! — Rob Robinson, Talent

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