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Helping Hands

Our Neighbors

Case workers tackle the devil in the details facing fire survivors – Page 4

Vol. 18 No. 2

Businesses that form the fabric of our community – Page 9


Serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons & Mehama

February 2021

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STayTOn a Better Downtown 5th Annual Walk of Hearts

Bright red hearts branded with personal messages will be hung on lamp posts along Second and Third Avenue in Historic Downtown Stayton. Look for them from the first week of February until the third week of February. Claim your Walk of Hearts Special February 8-14 1. Take a selfie in front of your favorite Heart. 2. Send it to Instagram @ downtownstayton or your Facebook account (if you have one). 3. Look for participating merchants displaying the Heart in their window. 4. Show the photo to a participating merchant. 5. You will receive the Walk of Hearts Special (a discount, free drink, free item, BOGO,etc).

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New In Downtown Stayton Lovin Oven has purchased the Spaniol’s Building at 240 E. Ida. Spaniol’s Plumbing will remain in its current space, and Lovin Oven will use the rest of the building for their cake production facilities. Lovin Oven will also keep its current location at 274 N. Third Ave.

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Contents Helping Hands

Case workers assist wildfire families......4 Mental health care Zooms virtual for wildfire survivors............................6

2340 Martin Drive #104, Stayton

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Applications open for $1,000 wildfire displacement grants................6 Business The Donut Hole: A family effort.............7

Our Neighbors Meet your neighors’ local businesses.....9

Datebook................................17 Update School districts expand in-classroom teaching......................... 18

Briefs.........................................17 Dining Out..............................20 Sports & Recreation


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The deadline for placing an ad in the March 1 issue is Friday, Feb. 20.

Calendar listings are free for community events. Submissions must include date, time, location and cost. Submissions for the March 1 issue are due Feb. 20. Email calendar items to:

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Marketplace.......................21 A Grin At The End...........22

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Helping Hands

On the case

Duo assist those still dealing with effects of Santiam fires

By Mary Owen Two women with a heart to serve others have leapt at the chance to help Santiam Hospital Service Integration Team manage cases of survivors negatively impacted by the Labor Day wildfires. Sonya Ryland and Alita Batham will use their expertise to serve and rehouse as many families as possible with help from local agencies, landlords and property management companies while keeping the Santiam Integration Team’s trauma-informed care approach. “One of the most important things is meeting individuals where they’re at, whether that is in a hotel, my office or a camp,” said Ryland, who previously worked with the city of Salem’s 100 hardest to house homeless as part of her 12-year tenure in government. “It’s meeting basic and immediate needs both short- and long-term. The main goal is to assist all of those in need in the canyon, whether they were or are renters or homeowners.” Batham lives outside of Scio with her husband, Frank, and three children. During the fires, the family was prepared to evacuate. “We had members of our church in Mill City and Sweet Home who had to evacuate,” said Batham, whose husband pastors Providence Vineyard Christian Fellowship in the

Scio/Lacomb area. “We had friends who lost their home in the Otis Fire north of Lincoln City. “Since the fires, my husband has been actively involved in coordination with local churches to collect donations for fire survivors,” she added. “I volunteered with the Santiam Hospital SIT during the week after the fire, helping set up Anthony Hall and organized the incoming donations. We love our community and want to love our neighbors in the canyon as they walk through this difficult time.” When SIT coordinator/community liaison Melissa Baurer contacted Batham, she decided to put her social work expertise, including case management, to use after a nine-year hiatus to raise her children. “Disaster Case Management entails walking alongside the survivors of a disaster and assisting them with all the detail work involved in getting them back on their feet after everything they’ve gone through,” Batham said. “Our goal is to get them as back to their normal as possible.” According to the new case managers, families are currently being housed in hotel/motel settings as well as county parks or on their own property in personal RVs, some donated through United Way as well as friends and family. “Some have found apartments to rent and even a few

have chosen to purchase homes elsewhere,” said Batham. “Some people have been able to return to their homes and/or properties already!” Batham said people are still recovering from different stages of grief, from “shock to denial to anger to sadness to acceptance.” Some are struggling with PTSD, triggered by past trauma, she added. “What I’m seeing most is that individuals are struggling emotionally and mentally,” said Ryland. “We do have Marion County Mental Health on board, and we have several pastors in the canyon that have counseling services available to anyone in need.” Marion County Mental Health is also hosting a Zoom support group from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. “We just want to make sure the survivors understand we have complete wrap-around services to meet them where they’re at and provide for each need that comes up,” Ryland said. “I have seen homeowners still fighting insurance companies for a settlement. Survivors not understanding the FEMA process and how to navigate it to receive assistance. It’s been a challenge getting people in the unemployment system after their place of business has been destroyed. Accessing immediate basic needs and of course last but certainly not least, housing.”

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Batham claims people are tired of being in the hotels and temporary housing and have a strong desire to be back in a stable living environment. “There is a lack of affordable housing in the region,” she said. “Currently, it’s less than a 1 percent availability rate, which we already had before the fire, but is an even bigger problem now. Recovery from natural disasters takes much longer than we would like to accept, so waiting for the clean-up and infrastructure to be rebuilt is extremely frustrating even though it’s necessary. “Another struggle for survivors is wading through all the logistics that are required to get people the help they need from different agencies,” she added. “Working with insurance agencies, FEMA, lack of insurance, unemployment, and, of course, COVID restrictions can prove for a very stressful environment for them on top of the daily struggles of everyday life.” Santiam Hospital SIT has partnered with outside agencies to get housing vouchers for individuals and accessing Rural Development Affordable Housing apartments through Letter of Priority Entitlement, Ryland said. “I’m just stepping into what they’ve already done and looking for placements for those who have their vouchers in hand now and searching for landlords in the rural communities that are willing to partner with us,” she said. “I continue to look for landlords that are willing to partner with us directly to help rehouse the survivors.” SIT currently has volunteer drivers who pick up immediate basic needs and deliver to individuals in need on the same day, she added. “Being able to come in and come alongside the survivors with empathy, but also the infrastructure to connect people to the help they need, is crucial to their recovery,” said Batham. “I love that we get to cheer people along and encourage them when they are hurting, while at the same time providing practical help that gives them more peace of mind. We are coordinating efforts with several agencies, both from the government and nonprofit sector along with the general community, to help meet those needs.”

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Right after the fire, Ryland created a decal to send to any fire survivor in the canyon who asked for one.

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“I was just trying to bring some light during a dark time,” she said. “It’s pretty cool to see those decals all over the different communities or see people in stores wearing the shirts or masks.” Ryland also cohosted a fundraiser at the Southside Speak Easy with former clients she had housed out of homelessness, raising nearly $1,300. “Right after the fire, I just went into compassion mode and tried to find ways to spread joy,” she said. “I partnered with a few of my girlfriends and made hundreds of decals, T-shirts, sweatshirts and masks with the Santiam Canyon Strong logo and I know it made people smile, which was the goal.”

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Today, she is honored to stand up and serve Santiam Canyon communities, she said. “I have been blessed to meet many families who have reminded me what truly matters in life,” she said. “I hope to make a difference in many lives while we move through these processes.” Batham added, “I look forward to moving our families from their temporary shelters to their more long-term appropriate homes. I look forward to seeing people regain their livelihood, autonomy, family and community life as they rebuild.” Batham asks people to remain patient through the recovery process. “Our region has never dealt with fires this devastating before,” she said. “There are several good people, agencies and organizations out there working hard for the benefit of the whole community. There is still plenty of hope and opportunity as we move forward. Stay engaged and look for the positive!” For information, message Ryland at sryland@ santiamhospital.org or Batham at abatham@ santiamhospital.org.




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Mental health goes virtual

By Mary Owen

According to Irwin, the meetings will feature literature developed by the federal government using FEMA disaster curriculum “which will be tailored toward the fire and recovery from the fire.”

A support group is in the works for anyone impacted by the 2020 wildfires. “The group is a four-session online support group that was started recently in light of the ongoing need as the community recovers from the fire,” said Keith Irwin, who has worked for many years in Oregon agencies to provide mental health care to young people.

“The group will give opportunities to have participants sharing their story, supporting each other, and then focusing on finding positive and healthy ways to recover,” Irwin said. “If needed, participants can be referred to any of the local resources or long-term counseling as well as any practical referrals such as to the Santiam SIT team or other resources.”

“The intended audience is those impacted in this region by the fires in Santiam Canyon,” Irwin said of the free support group which meets 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays starting through Feb. 16. Irwin is joined by co-facilitator Kristie Nelson who also works for Marion County Health and Human Services. Nelson is a peer support partner who has experience in navigating the mental health system and uses that as she serves consumers and families in Marion County. Helping also is Jason Tate, clinic director, and Jenna Wyatt, office administrator.

Wildfire relief grants now available Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund is now accepting applications for Round One Recovery Grants. Homeowners who lost their primary residence in the Labor Day wildfires in the Santiam Canyon are eligible to apply for the $1,000 grants.

(Scroll to the middle of the page and click on “How Do I Get Help?” and then select “Apply Here.”) For more information regarding Round One Recovery Grants, call the SCWRF Grant Helpline at 503-897-0379 or email scwrf@santiamhosptial.org.

Applicants must meet all three eligibility requirements for Round One grants: 1) Applicant must own residential property in the Santiam Canyon; 2) Residential property was a total loss due to the Beachie Creek Fire; and, 3) Lost residential property was the primary residence of the applicant.

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“We are happy to serve the community and hope this will help meet the needs,” both Irwin and Nelson agreed. “We are thankful for the SIT team and the many, many community partners and volunteers which help us as together we serve the community work to address recovery needs.”

Subsequent SCWRF Recovery Grant Rounds will have broader eligibility requirements, allowing residents with varying degrees of property ownership to apply for direct funding. Information on future grant opportunities will be released at a later date.

To join in, go online using Zoom and enter 967 5926 2095. Passcode is 898053.

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For information, call Irwin at 971-3451390 or Nelson at 503-983-3115.

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Family flavor By Mary Owen Specialty creations such as Strawberry Champagne Toast, Triple Berry Coconut, Swedish Fish, Chocolate Raspberry Confetti, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie with caramel and orange dream lure donut lovers from throughout the area to The Donut Hole in Stayton. “During the weekdays, people want the classics,” said Mindy Kaur, speaking for her family-owned donut shop. “On the weekend they want all the fancy donuts, something different. We have gourmet donuts that take a lot of thinking to come up with combinations, to make the whips, to assemble. Special credit goes to our master decorator Lyndsey Nicole RojasOrtiz, who started the trend of gourmet donuts in Scio and has helped expand it to Stayton. The specialty donuts take more product to make, that causes the costs to go up.” Kaur said the family never say no to trying new creations. “We’re always making something new,”

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she said. “Even we can’t tell you how many different donuts we make.”

my father with a bad back, and he was told he would qualify for disability. My father turned it down, not wanting to use government assistance unless it was the last resort, and took a few months to figure out what he was going to do since he could not drive semi-truck anymore. He got a job at a donut shop and eventually used his savings and the money from the accident payout to buy his first donut shop.”

Guava Burst and Pineapple Burst are the latest in the shop’s donut lineup, with new creations coming out daily. Maple bars are one of the most popular classic choices. Icing flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, marionberry, peach, orange and others with sprinkles round out a wide selection. The shop also carries crèmefilled including donut holes and an array of fritters, including apple. In late January, Daisy the Donut Fairy made a “visit” so that elementary school kids could listen to her story and then draw a picture of their own donut idea to be traded for what else – a free donut! “Kiddo loved the story and loved getting his free donut!” posted Kimra Tollefson on the shop’s Facebook page. “He was so excited, he drew three pictures!” Kaur’s father, Jaswant “Jesse” Singh, immigrated to the United States in 1992, followed by his wife, Manjit Kaur; son, Harry Singh; and Mindy, who immigrated

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four years later. Today the family has grown to include spouses, grandchildren and many cousins who are all actively involved in the family business. “My father was originally a farm worker, then got his truck license and was in an accident,” said Kaur. “The accident left


“The minute they stepped into The Donut Hole, it all came to them,” said Kaur. “It was funny because our original bakers had spent a few months training part time at another shop but weren’t feeling confident and watching them step in a shop 20 years later and telling them how everything is made was shocking. “It’s definitely in their blood,” she added. “It makes sense now why my father wanted to open one. It’s their calling.” Despite working with COVID

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The Donut Hole is open around the clock, seven days a week. Kaur said the location, at 265 N. First Ave., is not set up for outside seating, however, future plans include expanding coffee offerings and online ordering to cut down on wait times. “We want our community involvement and the fun we have with the donuts to put Stayton on the map,” she said. “We want to be known as the happy place, where if you’re having a bad day, you can get a donut and a smile.”

helping people and scholarships for the local children,” she said. “We are hoping to announce it in the coming months.” Meanwhile, The Donut Hole has launched contests for youth and is donating to different charities each month. “We donate $250 and put collection cans at our locations to try to match that or even beat that,” Kaur explained. “This month is Family Building Blocks.” The family also own the Stayton Stop-NSave, next to The Donut Hole, as well as Stop-N-Save stores in Salem, Brooks, Scio, Sublimity, Mill City and Aumsville. Close family members own the Dude Donut City in Salem as well as Stop-N-Saves in Salem, Monmouth, Albany and Rickreal.

Kaur said the shop has provided a platform to give back to the community not offered by their previous business ventures.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to run a fun business that we are enjoying whole-heartedly,” said Kaur. “And I think it shows in our donuts!”

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Virtual Storytime, 10 a.m., Zoom. Stayton Public Library will send out email the morning of to those who have registered. Register: staytonoregon.gov/page/library_home


Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Location varies. 503-769-3464.


Aumsville Food Pantry, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road, Aumsville. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665


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12 - 1:15 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 18. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St., Aumsville; Cloverdale Elementary, 9666 SE Parrish Gap Road, Turner;

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Monday, Feb. 1 Stayton City Council

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6:45 p.m. Zoom. Free eight-week Circle of Security Parenting with Family Building Blocks. Gives families knowledge, strategies, skills to help with parenting. Visit familybuildingblocks.org to join meeting.

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8:30 a.m. Zoom. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Hosted by Stayton Acupuncture. Login information on Facebook @ StaytonSublimityChamber.

Caregiver Connection

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503-749-2030. aumsville.us

1 - 2:30 p.m. Offered through conference call by contacting Julie Mendez at 503-304-3432, julie. mendez@nwsds.org for instructions on how to participate. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability.

Friday, Feb. 5 Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sublimity Fire Department, 115 NW Parker St. Appointments needed. Register: redcrossblood.org.

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NSSD Board

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Stayton Planning Commission

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Tuesday, Feb. 23 Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Login information at cityoflyons.org. 503-859-2167

Wednesday, Feb. 24 Red Cross Blood Drive

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Friday, Feb. 26 Red Cross Blood Drive

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Back to the classroom By Mary Owen Local school districts are cautiously – and excitedly – approaching transition to on-campus learning this month.

NORTH SANTIAM North Santiam School District is planning to tentatively shift from limited in-person instruction to a hybrid model on Feb. 22. “This model, in general, will allow about half the students on campus each day with limitations on the size and number of groups that each student is a part of,” said Andy Gardner, NSSD superintendent. “Our planning will be focused on safety, as well as providing continuing instruction to students not yet comfortable returning to in-person school.” Gardner said the district will be required to provide COVID-19 testing on site as a safety precaution. “As we work these various details out, we will communicate them to our families,” he said.

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Gardner said teachers have been excited to once again be around students in the limited in-person model. “When we move to full days of in-person instruction, we do not want to be haphazard so that we end up having to close,” he said. “We intend to do this in as safe a manner as possible. “When we return, our focus will be on our safety routines and protocols, but it will be great to see kids in the buildings again,” Gardner added. “We have received questions about the potential new COVID variants which have been detected in Oregon. We will continue to be in contact with the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education as they monitor current rates and the prevalence of the new COVID variants.” Due to adherence to protocol, the district’s experience with COVID has been no exposures to the virus through its schools, he said. “We have had cases that have been traced back through employee family members,

Districts expand on-campus instruction however,” Gardner said. “We stress to our families who will be sending students back to our schools to follow health care guidelines. This will keep their family and other families safe as we make this shift.”

CASCADE Cascade School District rolled its plan for reopening this year, starting Jan. 11 with limited in-person instruction. On average, the district brought about 500-600 students per week district-wide for a maximum of two hours per day as per state guidelines. From Jan. 19 to Feb. 12, more students were and are being added, upping student numbers to 900-1,000 per week. Students also have the option of staying home and accessing Comprehensive District Learning daily. “During the week of Feb. 15-19, Cascade School District will transition to a hybrid learning model for kindergarten through 12th grade,” Supt. Darin Drill told parents. “While not every detail has been settled on, the goal starting that week will be to have all students who wish to attend school be at

school at least two days per week. Cascade is looking at several ways to accomplish this goal. The most common way to make this work is to build an ‘A/B’ schedule.” According to Drill, the district will work with all staff associations, administrators and parents to build what the hybrid school day will look like. “At the moment, we are leaning toward a hybrid day by alphabet where half the students will be in school at least two days a week and the other half will be in school two days a week,” Drill told parents. “The fifth day will be online for students and will allow staff to prepare for this unique situation.” For example, Cascade students with the last names from A-M will come to school Monday and Wednesday, and Cascade students with last names from N-Z will come to school on Tuesday and Thursday. Friday would be an online learning day with additional cleaning at each school. “Cascade staff will need to look at bus capacity issues, new guidance from

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“Stages for our learning models allow us to pivot, when required to do so, between comprehensive distance, hybrid, and in-person learning,” Scio district officials related in a post addressing COVID-19 updates. “These stages will be determined by the impacts of a changing health situation, available resources, and direction from OHA, our Governor and our local health department(s). Individual school schedules and models may look different when we enter each stage, and these plans will be communicated.”

SANTIAM CANYON In a Dec. 17 letter to the Santiam Canyon School District community, Supt. Todd Miller wrote, “Wildfires and COVID closures have created a difficult environment for schooling, yet we will continue to do all we can to provide the best solutions for our students. There is no ‘right answer’ as to how to handle this situation moving


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the contagious phase of the virus to subside based on the latest CDC guidelines,” he posted. “It is sort of a post-holiday quarantine before starting school.” Santiam Junior/Senior High School is planning to return students to in-person learning starting the second semester, which begins Feb. 16. The district is working on the logistics of this transition and will contact families closer to the date. “We see a real value in allowing students back on campus,” Miller said. “We know this has been a difficult experience for many families. By allowing some students on campus and some to stay working from home, it offers options to families to allow them to select what is best for them, and it helps keep our in-person students numbers low to limit exposures even more. For stay-at-home and return-to-school guidelines, visit your district website: NSSD, www.nsantiam.k12.or.us; CSD, www. cascade.k12.or.us; Scio, www.scio.K12.or.us; SCSD, www.santiam.k12.or.us.

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Mid-Valley teens invited to take part in virtual summit The City of Salem is partnering with Marion County Health and Human Services to offer a free, one-day high school summit for all teens in Marion and Polk counties. An annual project, this year the event is going virtual and is open to teens from throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley.

“ILEAD is online via Zoom and open to youth in the Mid-Willamette Valley.” The summit is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Teens who register can receive a “welcome packet swag” and a free T-shirt. The first first 50 receive a

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Event organizers promise active challenges, games and breaks throughout the day, a Rock-Paper-Scissors tourney, prizes and more. After the virtual event there will be a live lounge with DJ, plus

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The sports puzzle By the time you read this the calendar will be flipping to February. And for high school athletes that’s the holy grail. OSAA-approved practice can begin for football Feb. 8, with soccer, cross country and volleyball to follow Feb. 22. Games could start by March 1. Maybe. “We are anxious to return to play,” Stayton Athletic Director Darren Shryock told Our Town. “The kids are the Darren Shryock ones I feel so bad for. We can always adjust schedules, so from that aspect, it has not been hard. Having to continually tell our athletes things are postponed once again has been frustrating.” Those February dates are written

Teams trying to get ready, but for when?

down in pencil. They can easily be erased. The COVID-19 case load in Oregon must drop. And Gov. Kate Brown must remove full-contact sports such as football from the forbidden list. It’s a tall order. But folks such as Shryock have to be prepared. “We have a plan for all fall sports,” he said. “Even though we don’t have to, our league has decided to primarily play each other. We are going to crown a league champ whenever possible. As athletic directors, we decided to make things as ‘normal’ as we can during this weird year.”

Nothing exemplifies the high school sports disruption that has taken place more than an AD noting that fall sports is getting ready to start in February. There is a distinct, comforting rhythm to sports. Things happen at certain times. Kids start fall practice in August. They go indoors in winter to play basketball and wrestle. They had back outside in the spring and are done by graduation. If the current OSAA schedule plays out as written, high school sports won’t end until June 26. In the meantime teams and coaches keep trying to find ways to get SOME of the work done. “Outdoor sports have been doing some things here and there,” Shryock said. “The weather has been pretty cooperative up to this point, so kids have been playing when they can.

Indoor sports are currently prohibited, so that has been pretty frustrating for our athletes that compete indoors.” With the lack of activity, comes some opportunities as well. “The gym has been painted, and it looks fantastic,” Shryock said. “Plans are in the works to redo the floor probably this summer. We have a new Pixellot camera system installed at the football/soccer stadium and in the gym. This will allow us to livestream all the sports that take place in those venues.” All positive, but somehow you get the sense that Shryock would give up the paint and cameras to be hosting Cascade this Friday in a hoops doubleheader with the Highlights dance team wowing the crowd at halftime. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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Every day at noon I take a walk through the north Salem neighborhood where I A lAside w Afrom y Sa handful A c ofcpeople eptiNg New pAtieNt work. makingAtheir way back and forth N d A l l t ytopthee S o F i N S u r A N c e S grocery store, most of the people I meet have taken up residence in the nooks and crannies of the area. Isn’t this an odd thing to say: the homeless people the inevitable rain, but they also offer have made their new homes here. Their something just as important: identity. colorful patchwork of tents and tarps seems to grow day by day. In this case, my neighbor and I found Recently, I was walking and one of my Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, new neighbors appeared to be having a PA-C on MD particularly bad day. He stood there the sidewalk howling and swinging has arms against an invisible enemy.


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Two hats become four, and four become 16. Before long I felt like a rabbit farmer keeping track of my hats. Some years ago, my wife evicted my burgeoning collection of hats from the house. I moved them to my office, and things only got worse. Friends, acquaintances – complete strangers – would see the hats and add to the collection. I had to do something, so I donated them to the local homeless shelter. Soon after, I’d see what were once my hats making the rounds downtown. It was so much better than having them stacked on a bookshelf collecting dust. I still have a supply of hats on ready alert. After all, you can never tell when a special occasion will require a different hat. This month I am due to have my annual physical. Along with the yearly reminder that I need to lose some (more) weight and avoid eating like a 12-year-old boy – chocolate cupcakes were banned a long time ago – I will also put on a full-court press to get the coronavirus vaccine. After


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