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Businesses surprise Community Center workers with lunch

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

Workers building the new Detroit Lake Community Center line up for free sausages March 25 provided by Mt. Angel Sausage Company and DeStantis Landscapes. Photo courtesy of DeStantis Landscapes

Volunteers working to finish the Detroit Lake Community Center were recently treated to a free lunch by local businesses as the project nears completion.

On March 25, DeSantis Landscapes, of Salem, trucked in sausages donated by Mt. Angel Sausage Company and grilled them on-site for workers.

Rich Duncan Construction Inc., of Salem, who is leading the project, said on Facebook they were very grateful for the kindness of the businesses.

“Thank you for your kind hearts and supporting the community,” the post said. “We appreciate you all!”

Construction on the new community center started a year ago after the original building was destroyed during wildfires in 2020. The Santiam Rebuild Coalition has been collecting donations of labor and resources for the project through the Detroit Lake Foundation, and the foundation said a grand re-opening will be announced soon.

On March 25, DeSantis Landscapes was already planning to arrive with workers, and PVC donated by Horizon Distributors, to help rebuild the irrigation system. The free lunch was a total surprise for the volunteers, as well as the fact that Mt. Angel Sausage Company decided not to charge for the meat when DeSantis arrived to pick it up.

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