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Glenwood’s CJ Schuster, soon to get his PhD in microbiology, had his research published by the prestigious National Institutes of Health.

A former Glenwood kid has had his research published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington D.C. That’s the exciting lead-in to this great news regarding Corbin (CJ) Schuster, son of Regina Hernandez of Glenwood. Over the past few years, I have proudly shared news regarding CJ’s studies in pursuit of a career in biomedical research. CJ is just a few months away from finishing his doctoral studies at Oregon State University and will receive his PhD in microbiology in April. A recent news release from the NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) described CJ’s biomedical research with an emphasis on microorganisms and infectious diseases. In fact, the title of the news release said, “ORIP Supports the Scientific Career of a Promising Young Investigator Studying Parasitic Infections in Zebrafish.” That title alone is enough to make his mom and all the Eldred and Schuster families, and all the rest of us who know CJ, proud beyond words.

As a member of the Yakama Nation, CJ has focused his study on human diseases, most specifically, diseases that affect Native peoples. The news release states, “Mr. Schuster is interested in the study of human diseases that have a higher incidence among Native peoples, such as toxoplasmosis (a parasitic infection), as well as diseases of fish like salmon, which are central to the food, culture, and religion of the Yakama people.”

The news release contains the following statement from Dr. Michael Kent, Professor of Microbiology and Biomedical Sciences at Oregon State University, “’Mr. Schuster has qualities that are important in a biomedical researcher. He has the right demeanor for research. He works hard; he doesn’t get flustered when things don’t work. He’s been really good in the lab.’” It’s hard to find enough superlatives to describe how proud we here in Glenwood are, but those who knew CJ when he attended Glenwood High School are not surprised. We knew even then he was going to do great things. Congratulations, CJ.

Here’s a reminder that the Mt. Adams Community 4-H Club will soon be wrapping up its annual fruit sale. Please contact a 4-H kid or Bo Arnold if you’re interested in buying delicious fruit such as apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, and kiwis, and help support a great cause.

Laurene Eldred shared some of the recent windstorm figures. On Thursday, Feb. 4, her weather station recorded high gusts of 30 mph. On the 5th the high was 36 mph, the 6th had 39 mph, and the 7th had high gusts of 40 mph, with an average wind speed of 27 mph, which is extremely high for here. We knew it was rough, as shown by all the downed trees, building damage, and power outages, but it’s nice to have the numbers to go along with what we experienced. Thank you, Laurene.

And now we’re covered in snow here on this Valentine’s Day. In Glenwood, the snow seems to drift easily and quickly. We had drifts of two to three feet here at our place and about a foot on the level. The snowy conditions resulted in canceling school last Friday, giving the Glenwood kids a four-day weekend. I didn’t hear any of them complaining. The road conditions also necessitated the Republic Services trash pickup crews to cut their day short and return to their station. Along with an apology to those whose trash didn’t get picked up, Republic services wanted to let you know you can put it out with this Friday’s trash, and it will be picked up.

This is a reminder that the next Kids Jam at the church will be held on Friday, Feb 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All kids in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to enjoy a fun night of games, awesome music, a cool Bible story, amazing crafts, and more. If any children have not registered for Kids Jam, parents can pick up a form at the post office or church. Also mark your calendars for future Kids Jams on March 19, April 16, and May 21. If you have any questions, you may call the church at (509) 364-3571.

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