Our Town South: Jan. 1, 2022

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Helping Hands

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Vol. 19 No. 1

No Shave November results in win for Can Cancer – Page 11


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January 2022 • 3

Something Fun

On the wing

Birding gets hobbiests out in all weather

By Melissa Wagoner

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habitat changed somewhat, welcoming the possibility of new species including the olive-sided flycatcher.

“It forces you to go out,” Richard continued, detailing the many unusual treks he and Debbie have taken in the hopes of seeing unusual birds, like the long-eared owl – an elusive species that generally roosts in dense foliage.

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“It’s only about 50 percent right but it gives you a starting point.”

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“I didn’t realize how much was oral instead of visual,” Debbie said of her own introduction into the world of bird vocalizations. “Calls are mainly for contact and alarms and songs for attracting a mate, keeping a mate and territory [disputes],” she said, listing some of the facts she’s learned in the past ten years.


getting a peek. “It’s amazing whoever saw them,” Debbie pointed out. “Because these owls are pretty stealthy.” But even stealthy birds can often be heard, which is where another birding app, Merlin Bird ID, comes in handy. “There are 400 birds based on sound,” Richard said of the site’s ever-growing, citizen science-based database.

“Spring and summer there are more visitors,” Debbie said, describing why birding in popular tourist locations can be challenging. But it’s a tradeoff because, as she said, “In winter there are less birds.” There also tends to be more inclement weather, which can make viewing certain birds all but impossible. “If you get really high winds, it’s hard to hear them,” Debbie explained. “And in the rain, they hunker down.”

“A lot of times there are multiple songs and multiple calls and that’s been really challenging.”

But even on a day with few sightings, the couple still has fun getting out of the house.

Also challenging is the silence and stillness required to see some of the shyer species.

“You get to be outdoors,” Richard said of the reason he began joining his wife in the hobby. “You go places you wouldn’t otherwise go – places you wouldn’t think about.”

“They tell you to sit for five to ten minutes and the birds will come out,” Richard laughed. “But it’s not natural to be quiet like that.” It can also be tricky if there are others

And maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll see a bird you didn’t think you’d see.



“You saw lines of birders [looking for them] because it’s a life lister,” Richard said of the affect the sighting – and subsequent listing on the birding app, eBird – had on the number of birders who ventured to the area in hopes of

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January 2022 • 5

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The city manager’s responsibilities include:

The position was left vacant by the departure of Keith Campbell in September. Campbell is now in service as city manager for Sherwood, Oregon. Assistant City Manager Alissa Angelo was appointed as city manager pro-tem by the council at its Sept. 20 meeting. Angelo, who has a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University, has been employed with the City of Stayton since 2001. “Jensen Strategies will be gathering input from Council, staff and the public to develop a candidate profile to be adopted by the City Council,” said Angelo, who does not intend to apply. “We expect the position to be advertised in early March 2022.” Jensen Strategies will host a public input meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Stayton Community Center.

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“This meeting is to gather input from community members on what they’d like to see in our next city manager,” Angelo said. “The meeting will be hybrid with the option of participating virtually.” Angelo said anyone interested in attending the meeting virtually, should email the city at least three hours prior to the meeting at CityGovernment@staytonoregon.gov for

• Attending all meetings of the council and keeping the council advised of the affairs and needs of the city. • Seeing that council policy is implemented. • Seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. • Seeing that the provisions of all franchises, leases, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the city are observed. • Oversight and management of the annual city budget. • Appointing and supervising all department heads and other employees except as otherwise provided by the city charter. Angelo’s role as assistant city manager includes serving as the human resources manager, elections officer, deputy city recorder duties, and managing all city records. In 2013, Angelo received designation as a certified municipal clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and participated in the 2018 Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy. She now serves on the NWWLA Steering Committee. For information, contact the City of Stayton at 503-769-3425.


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Walter B. Cooper, Jr., known to his friends as “Slim” passed suddenly, Oct. 31, 2021. He was 79.

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He is survived by his wife; Sharon of 58 years; 3 sons, Robert, Russ (Nichole), Jay (Sarah); a daughter, Julie; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 3 sisters, Loueen, Myrtle and Denise. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Arrangements by Weddle Funeral Service. Facebook: OurTown / Santiam



Freres Lumber honored for contributions By Mary Owen Freres Lumber Co. received the 2021 Community Applause Award, a statewide award sponsored by Oregon Business Magazine and Oregon Banker’s Association. The Community Applause Award, which is given to an Oregon business in acknowledgment of significant service and contributions to its community, was presented to Freres during a banking industry event held Dec. 6. Once a business is nominated an independent panel of judges reviews each nomination and votes on the winner. Since the award’s inception, 44 Oregon businesses have been recognized. Mike Jaeger with Columbia Bank in Stayton nominated the Lyons-based company for this year’s award. “We would not have the quality schools, hospital, library or most other amenities we currently enjoy, nor would we have the employment opportunities and overall standard of living we are afforded, without the presence of Freres in this community,” Jaeger said. “We are so grateful for everything Freres has done and continues to do for this community.” As part of the award, OBA provided Freres with a $1,000 check payable to the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund in its honor. The OBA also produced a video about Freres and its community involvement. To view the video, visit https://youtu.be/ kYFTYm1J3rg. In 2020, when devastating wildfires roared through the Santiam Canyon – including Freres’ company land – the Freres family came alongside Santiam Hospital to establish the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund. Since then, SCWRF has generated more than $3.7 million to assist local families and businesses impacted by the wildfires. “We were motivated to help because so many friends, neighbors and employees’ families were traumatized by the Labor Day 2020 fires,” said Rob Freres, president of Freres Lumber. During the damaging ice storm at the beginning of this year, which once again

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wreaked havoc on homes and businesses in the Santiam Canyon, Freres said the company was “at the forefront, providing clean-up equipment and manpower to help restore the doubly-shaken communities.” In addition, the company provided hundreds of thousands of dollars this past year to help build the new Santiam High School in Mill City and was a major contributor to a significant remodel of Regis High School in Stayton. Freres was also instrumental in bringing Family Building Blocks to the Santiam Canyon. Founder T.G. Freres began a charitable foundation and a profit-sharing retirement plan in the 1950s to help improve the lives of friends and neighbors “with whom we work, recreate, and worship together as a community,” Freres said. “Succeeding generations have never lost sight of T.G.’s generosity and thoughtfulness toward our Santiam Canyon communities,” he added. In the company’s newsletter, Freres called this time of year a “season of gratitude.” “We want to take a moment to reflect and shine a light on everything we are grateful for this year,” he told readers. “We are also grateful for the creativity of our employees to create and build our own parts due to supply chain issues,” he added. “Their hard work and dedication have helped us reach so many of our company-wide goals for 2021.” Freres thanked customers for their continued support and for purchasing the company’s products “during hard times,” and thanked the community for standing by the Lyons-based lumber company. “We are blessed to be a part of this community and to live here,” Freres said. “We were surprised and humbled to receive the Community Applause Award. Community service is very important to our family and company. We could not be successful without the countless efforts of our Santiam Canyon community members,” he added. For almost 100 years, Freres Lumber Co., Inc., has been a major supporter of numerous regional projects. Through the Freres Foundation, nearly $175,000 is donated annually to community causes.

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January 2022 • 7

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Santiam Senior Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Gates, Lyons, Marion, Mehama, Jefferson, Turner. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation suggested. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-769-7995. Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Regular games $.05 a card. Blackout $.10 a card. 50 and older. 503767-2009 Community Yoga, 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Hall, 362 Seventh St., Lyons. Suggested donation $5 - 15. All levels welcome. Repeats Wednesday. Kathy, mail2reed@ gmail.com


Storytime, 11:05 s.m.. For children and family members of all ages. Takes place outside. Space is limited. Register: staytonoregon.gov/page/library_ calendar or at the library. 503-769-3313 ESL, GED, Citizenship Classes , 6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. No cost for class. Workbook is $20. Runs through June. Repeats Thursdays. Mary, 503-779-7029.


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464. St. Boniface Archives and Museum, 9 a.m. - noon, 370 Main St., Sublimity. Learn about Sublimity and possibly your family history. Free. 503-508-0312 Tai Chi for Intermediates, 10:15 - 11 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. 503-767-2009 Tai Chi for Beginners, 11:15 a.m. noon, Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. 503-767-2009 Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-508-9431, staytonarearotary.org

Monday, Jan. 3

Cascade Country Quilters, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Line Dancing Class, 2 - 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Agenda available. Open to public. Livestream link at staytonoregon. gov. 503-769-3425

Tuesday, Jan. 4


Mama´s Community Market, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665


Cars & Coffee, 9 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Bring your classic vehicles for coffee, breakfast and a cruise on country roads afterwards. Park on Marion Street.


Winter Reading Bingo

Stayton Public Library is hosting Winter Reading Bingo now through Feb. 18. Read books, explore a new genre, engage with different types of materials and experiences, and earn a prize. Bingo cards are available for all ages, and can be picked up at Stayton Public Library, 515 N Third Ave., during business hours. Visit staytonlibrary.org for information on how to get started. 503-769-3313

Saturday, Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Silverton Christmas Market

5 p.m., Oregon Garden Resort, 895 W Main St., Silverton. Stroll along paths draped in more than 1 million lights. Explore the authentic German Christmas Market for gifts from artisans vendors. Visit Frosty and Santa. Enjoy music and a local brew in the Biergarten. Cozy up to a wood-burning fire pit or take a ride down the snowless tubing hill. The market runs through Jan. 9. Entry Monday - Wednesday is $15 adults, $5 age 6 - 12, $12 Silverton residents with proof of residence. Entry Thursday - Sunday is $18 adults, $5 age 6 - 12, $15 Silverton residents with proof of residence. Children age 5 and under are always free. Proceeds from the market benefit local nonprofits. Silvertonchristmasmarket.com

Stayton Parks & Rec Board

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2919

Friday, Jan. 7

Marion SWCD First Friday

10 a.m. Zoom. Learn about Climate and How to Plant for the Future with Weston Miller, Oregon State Assistant Professor Department of Horticulture. Target audience is urban growers and folks with landscape interest in the yard setting. Register at marionswcd.net under News and Events. 503-391-9927

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Marion County Commissioners’ Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet and talk with Marion County Commissioners. No decisions take place. Open to public.

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Round-table discussion of genealogical research tools. Open to all. For Zoom invite, contact David Stewart, ancestrydetectives353@gmail.com.

Take & Make Kits

11 a.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Pick up Take & Make Kits for the whole family now until supplies are gone. One per person. Kits are available in the library or throughcurbside pickup. 503-769-3313

RDS Board Meeting

6 p.m., The Box, 298 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317, downtownstayton.org

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-8010, cascade.k12.or.us

Sunday, Jan. 9

Wednesday, Jan. 12

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, fruit cup, coffee, juice. Cost: $8 adults, $3 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Aumsville Rural Fire District, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Free. 503-769-8860

Monday, Jan. 10 Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475, cityofsublimity.org

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsvlle. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2601, staytonfire.org

Red Cross Blood Drive

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, suzy.deeds@ nwsds.org.

Thursday, Jan. 13 Public Input Meeting

6 p.m. Virtual. City of Stayton is hosting a virtual public input meeting regarding city manager recruitment. Contact citygovernment@staytonoregon.gov for more details.

Aumsville Fire District

6:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-749-2894, aumsvillefire.org

Saturday, Jan. 15 Bethel Clothing Closet

10 a.m. - noon, Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville. Clothing from newborn to 2x. Free. 503-749-2128

Joseph´s Storehouse of Hope

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Food boxes. 503-881-9846

Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. 503-859-2366

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Monday, Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Red Cross Blood Drive

Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. For Zoom link information, call 503-930-8202 or email council@northsantiam.org.

Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. 503-859-2167

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Livestream link at staytonoregon.gov. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, Jan. 19 Stayton Library Board

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Jan. 20 NSSD Board

6 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Also available via Zoom. nsantiam.k12.or.us

Red Cross Blood Drive

In November of 2021, there were 31 residential home sales under ½ acre in Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons, & Mehama, which is a 63% increase from November 2020. Those 31 homes had an average sold price of $257 per square foot, which is a 9% increase from November 2020.

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Monday, Jan. 24 1 - 6 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org. 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsvlle. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Monday, Jan. 31

Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Agenda available. Livestream available at youtu.be/ZuDsDpjj7RM. 503-769-2998

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By a very slim margin, the Stayton Police Department earns bragging rights over the Aumsville Police Department in the No Shave November contest to raise funds for the Santiam Hospital Can Cancer program. Aumsville PD raised $1,238.75 and Stayton PD raised $1,288 to capture the win. “Our hats off to them as they beat us by a hair – $46.25,” said Richard Schmitz, Aumsville’s chief of police. “The real winner here is Santiam Hospital’s Can Cancer program, who, between our two departments, is receiving $2,523.75.” Voting for best beard, worst beard, lumberjack beard, Santa beard or grayest beard is still going on the City of Aumsville’s Facebook page. “We thank our community as well as the Stayton community for all of your support for this fundraiser,” Schmitz said. “We look forward to a rematch next year with Stayton PD.” And the votes are in for Stayton winners!

“This will assist many in our local community who are fighting cancer with utilities, groceries, and fuel,” she said. “We appreciate you all so much!” Melissa Baurer echoed Dwyer, saying, “Thank you for supporting the Can Cancer program. It has benefited many households over the last several years.”

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“Officer Leonard was a standout vote for Best Paul Bunyan Beard,” Capt. Gwen Johns said. “And it was a vote-by-vote battle for Best Beard, but ultimately Officer Munoz ousted Officer Reynolds by one vote!” The department presented their $1,285 to the Santiam Service Integration after the contest. Donations from community partners included the Covered Bridge Café, Hidden Thai Restaurant, Stayton Kiwanis,


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“We hope to grow this in the coming years to include other police agencies, including Turner, and possibly fire departments,” Schmitz said. “Our goal is to bring awareness and support to those battling cancer.”

“Great work everyone and thank you to the community for your support,” said Johns, speaking for the department. Santiam Service Integration Coordinator Kim Dwyer thanked both departments for raising funds for the Can Cancer relief program. Funds are used to support patients who have been diagnosed with

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Dominant Eagles finish 13-2 in boys soccer

For the Stayton High boys soccer squad, it was a case of picking the wrong day for the ball not to go into the net. The defending state Class 4A champion Eagles entered the playoffs 13-1 and ranked No. 1, but fell to Ontario on the opening weekend on penalty kicks after battling to a scoreless draw in 100 minutes.

Cascade volleyball had the best combination of field success and classroom success. The Cougars won the Class 4A state title and were 10th academically, with a 3.71 GPA.

“We just missed everything we could miss,” coach Chris Shields told Our Town. “I am not sure I have ever been a part of a game that was so one-sided and lost, either coaching or playing, but that is how it goes sometimes.”

champion Philomath for the league title, outscored opponents 67-8 and placed three athletes on the all-Oregon West Conference first team, Jayden Esparza, Santos Navarro and Omar Garcia. Owen Samuells was a second-teamer, with Riley Burns and Pedro Garibaldi earning honorable mention.

The Eagles also claimed a state title in 2010 and were second in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Esparza also received a first-team nod on the all-state, while Navarro and Garcia earned second-team slots.

“Overall, it was a really good year considering we replaced 7 starters off a team that won a state championship,” Shields said. “We had lots of young talent that I hope continues to grow and develop. As for this group, I will miss their desire to be great, not good, but great.” Stayton, which tied with eventual state

Academic awards: The fall Oregon Schools Athletic Association academic all-state awards show that the Cascade girls cross country squad had the highest grade-point average (GPA), a 3.81, while placing fifth in class 4A. The Regis football team, meanwhile, placed highest, compiling a 3.42 GPA to take 4th in Class 2A football.

Redistricting: The OSAA has completed its reworking of regular districts for the next four-year cycle, which starts next fall. Class 4A Oregon West Conference will include Cascade, Stayton, Newport, North Marion, Philomath and Sweet Home. North Marion is an addition. Sisters dropped to 3A and Woodburn moved to 5A. In Class 2A, Regis moves from the Central Valley Conference back to the Tri-River, which also adds Blanchet Catholic and Sheridan, while losing Willamina. Other members are Chemawa, Colton, Culver, Delphian, Gervais, Kennedy, Salem Academy, Santiam and Western Christian. Football special districts will not be finalized until perhaps as late as February. Football honors: Regis placed 3 players on the all-Tri-River Conference teams after finishing 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the TriRiver in the Rams’ first year under coach

Byrnie Robinson. Andre Pelayo was a first-teamer at running back and linebacker. He was joined on the first team by offensive lineman/defensive lineman Casey Voltin and defensive back Kollin Schumacher. Second-teamers included WR/LB Noah Koenig, TE Grant Vogel, OL Mason Koenig and DL Cameron Diacetis. Earning honorable mention for the Rams were DLs Mason Koenig and Vogel, DB Tim Crowell, WR Tristan McMullin and Schumacher at running back. First-teamers Schumacher, Pelayo and Voltin and also drew honorable mention on the all-state squad. Winter update: The Stayton and Cascade boys basketball teams are off to hot starts. The Eagles are 4-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, while the Cougars are 7-2 and ranked fifth. The two teams play each other at Cascade on Jan. 14 and in Stayton on Feb. 8. Regis, meanwhile, has opened 5-0 and is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A. Cascade girls squad is 7-0, ranked No. 2.

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