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Canby American Legion receives a grant from the Siletz Tribe to help fix its pump system

There was plenty of uncertainty at the Canby American Legion that found relief from an unlikely source.

The Legion Hall is climate controlled by a dual pump system, but when one of the pumps failed last summer, there was concern that overuse of the remaining pump could kill that one, too.

Fortunately, a helping hand was extended by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.

(From left) Mike Holden, chairman of the STCCF Advisory Board,  Lou Westwick Post Adjutant, Mark O'Shea Post Finance Officer, Steve Renhard Post Commander and Lyle Hilley Post Past Commander and Executive Board member.

"We had a friend that had done a lot of work with the Siletz Tribe in terms of fundraising," said Mark O'Shea, the Legion's finance officer. "She suggested we put in for a grant because the Siletz and Grand Ronde tribes are very big on veterans organizations. So, we put in for a grant."

Lo and behold, the Canby American Legion was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Siletz Tribe, which essentially covered the cost of a new pump.

"We don't have a lot of money, we're kind of scrapping by, so we are delighted," said O'Shea. "We went out and picked it up last month and it's now installed, up and running.

"Things were very tight and we weren't sure how we were going to get the money," he added. "We were very concerned that our single heat pump was bearing the whole load and it would give up the ghost. This eases our minds. I can't tell you how grateful we are to the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz for the money. It's just wonderful."

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