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Something Fun

Senior Center resumes fan-favorites......5 Business Old Turner church now a taphouse.........6

Civics 101 Phase II for new city hall approved........8 Wastewater maintenance OK’d.............9 Family Matters Raising children with autism............... 10 Our Neigbhors

Briefs......................................... 21

Why ‘shop local’ matters..................... 11

Datebook................................22

New business coming to town............. 14

Sports & Recreation

Helping Hands Brown House has big fix-it list............. 19 Something to Think About Study finds deep impacts of fires......... 20 ODF opens temp office in Stayton........ 20

Cascade, Stayton hoops contenders.......24

Something to Do Free workshops to help you thrive....... 25

Marketplace.......................21

A Grin At The End...........22 On the Cover A new study from Oregon State University and

COVID closes SHS for a day................... 21

Marion County details the concerns of those affected by the fires of 2020.

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Back on track By Stephen Floyd The Santiam Senior Center, in Stayton, is moving back toward a full schedule of events after services were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdown measures forced the center to close in 2020, and social distancing guidelines kept events limited when they reopened last summer. However the need for seniors to socialize and seek support has only deepened during the pandemic, said Senior Center President Polly Greaves. “COVID has been hard, and it’s been really hard on the elderly,” she said. When Greaves began her term Jan. 1, her goal was to reach out to the seniors who had yet to return, and recruit potential new members. This meant restoring the activities that helped members feel social and active, like line dancing, Pinochle, tai chi and computer classes.

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“We want people to come down here and have fun,” said Greaves. New programs are also in the works, such as a weekly gardening class scheduled to begin Feb. 8 and run through September. There’s also a new spin on the classic Bingo, with the center offering free games for players who match the first, second or third number in a round. Aside from weekly events, the senior center plans to restore other regular programs, such as monthly birthday potlucks and their annual rummage sale fundraiser. Even though this fundraiser was canceled the previous two years, Greaves said the senior center has continued to receive local donations and support. “The community is very, very good about sponsoring,” she said. Those returning to the senior center are expected to wear a mask and comply with public health guidelines, however

vaccination against COVID-19 is not enjoy themselves and feel like they have required. Those new to the senior center a place AlwAyS AcceptiNg Nwhere e wtheypbelong. AtieNtS can join as long as they are 50 or older here, A N d A l l t y p e S o“When F i you N Scome u rdown AN c you e Swalk and can provide the $20 annual fee. in the door not knowing anybody, by the Greaves said she encourages anyone to join if they are old enough and are looking for a chance to get out of the house and spend meaningful time with others. Her concern is that some seniors in the area think their only option is to Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, remain alone and simply pass the time PA-C MD and aren’t aware they have a supportive community down the street.

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“We were discussing how much potential the little town of Turner has, how quickly it was growing, and what types of businesses and community-driven places were needed,” said Chad Casady, who lives in the Turner area with his wife, Melissa, and family. “We talked about how cool ‘that old white church’ was around the corner and talked about what it would be like as a pub. Ultimately, we imagined a community-gathering place – somewhere that invites you in and provides a place for people to connect and have conversations. Simply put, we imagined a place that brings people together.” After breakfast, the couple explored the structure around the corner that was build in 1891 by Octorara Presbyterian for $2,598. The congregation was dissolved in 1925 and in 1936, the Assembly of God purchased the building and the manse next door for $1,000. Regular services were held until 1979 when the congregation moved to a new location they named “Church on the Hill,” which is still there today.

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of Western Oregon University, Chad, who worked in technology in the healthcare industry, and Melissa, a school teacher, purchased the old church in May 2016 with a dream of turning it into a taphouse. “We immediately began demolition of the interior while working with a design and architecture team to do the planning, architecture and engineering work,” Casady said. “There isn’t enough time to describe all the challenges of turning a historic church into a taphouse. We had no idea what we were doing. “The engineering required to ensure the building was stable highlighted some major issues that we had to fix,” he added. “First was the foundation and footings, which we knew would be an issue, but far more intensive than we expected. Second was the beams and posts, many of which needed to be removed and replaced.” Casady said the issues required significant planning and effort to handle, and a construction team that could troubleshoot and get creative with solutions. “Financing a project like this was more difficult than I anticipated,” he said, “but a local community bank listened to our story and vision and believed in us enough to give us a loan.” Money in hand, repairs were made – new foundation, new beams and posts, new electrical wiring and new plumbing. Every step of the way, Casady said materials were evaluated for reusability or repurposing to salvage the historic nature of the old church. Blessed with a top-notch dedicated team of professionals, artists and visionaries, the old church came to life as Angel’s

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Share Barrel House. The name embraced what’s known as the “angel’s share,” the amount of an alcoholic drink – such as cognac, brandy or whiskey – that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in porous oak barrels. “Customer feedback has been excellent,” Casady said. “One of our most popular and well-known items on our menu is our fry bread tacos, which we make by hand. We’ve had them on the menu since we opened in May 2019, except for a couple of COVID-related breaks.” Angel’s Share also serves craft beer and cocktails along with fun and fellowship. “We regularly have trivia on Thursdays, and the first Wednesday of each month we have stand-up comedy,” Casady said. “Both are free events. On Saturdays, we have musicians playing, ranging from blues to country to rock.” The taphouse has free Wi-Fi and is open 3-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Curbside pick-up is available during business hours. All tables are first-

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come, first-served. Feedback has been great, Casady said, from “love this place,” “amazing food,” “great service,” “awesome beer and drinks,” to “come check out the talent and fun.” The standing invite is to “have a pew and enjoy a pint with your friends. Choir practice daily!” The Casadys want to thank the City of Turner for “being a pivotal partner in helping small businesses such as ours start and grow in Turner. We could not have completed this without the city’s support.” “Finally, we would like to thank our friends, family, and the community of Turner for all of the love, support, and help we’ve received during this three-year adventure,” Casady said. “We are truly blessed and grateful to have you all in our lives. Sláinte! [an Irish toast]”

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Cathy Bowman said these options would simplify site location because the city already owns both properties, though her firm could look into non-city-owned land at the council’s request.

The Stayton City Council is moving forward with development of a new city hall building and could finalize a location and floor plan by the end of the year.

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The council voted unanimously Jan. 24 to enter the next phases of development through architectural design firm Mackenzie, of Portland.

The council is expected to choose a location after completing phase two of the project, which is now under way and will assess the suitability of potential sites. The third phase will finalize a floor plan based on the selected location and will include projected building costs.

These next steps will cost an estimated $64,300, which will be paid from facility reserves budgeted at $680,000. Councilor Paige Hook acknowledged the large expense, but said completion of development will leave Stayton in a stronger position to seek funds for construction.

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“The investment that we’re making right now will help us make some money because we’ll be able to present things for these grant opportunities,” she said.

Many locations into one Stayton began working with Mackenzie in 2020 to improve the city’s administrative offices, which are currently spread across three out-dated buildings along N. Third Avenue.

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This first phase of development, which included a community forum, was delayed by the pandemic. Findings were presented to the council Oct. 11, 2021.

Bowman said phases two and three could take nine to ten months to complete, and at that point plans will be “construction-ready.”

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“Maybe it’s the lighting that they like, or the linear form, or the historic nature of the building, or the brick,” she said.

Mackenzie’s phase one report included two proposed locations for a new city hall: a parcel between Stayton Public Library and Stayton Community Center; and land by Stayton Community Dog Park. Mackenzie Project Manager

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Bowman said there will be another round of public outreach during this third phase to ensure the new building meets the community’s expectations. She said residents will be asked about the curb appeal of buildings already in Stayton, and determine if there are any popular visual elements that could apply to a new city hall.

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$849K approved for wastewater plant Is it worth the cost? Before voting to move forward with development, councilors expressed concerns about the cost of these next phases, particularly an estimated $6,500 for community outreach, and $6,000 for presentations by Mackenzie to the council.

The Stayton City Council has approved spending $849,000 to service sand filters at the wastewater treatment plant. During a meeting Jan. 24, the council accepted a bid from Big River Construction, of Salem, to apply a new layer of sand in one of the plant’s three filter beds.

“It seems like an awful lot of money for what we’re going to have in the end,” said Councilor Brian Quigley, who joined the council Jan. 3 after former Councilor Christopher Molin resigned in November 2021.

The project will be paid out of American Rescue Plan Act funds. Public Works Director Lance Ludwick said his department will still do what they can to keep costs low.

Bowman said community outreach will include the curb appeal study, and a campaign on social media to reach younger residents. She also said the costs involved with the council presentation include materials related to debriefing.

The city went out for bids last month as part of a longterm plan to keep the filter beds up to operational standards. One bed was previously serviced in 2018, and the city plans to service the third around 2025.

Mackenzie Director of Architecture Jeff Humphreys added these next phases will flesh out finer details like the placement of doors, stairs, storage space, parking and other elements that could not be addressed without a specific location in mind.

Public Works Director Lance Ludwick said the high cost of the bid was tied to recent inflation within the construction industry, and a statewide monopoly on sand suppliers.

When development is complete, Finance Director Susannah Sbragia said the city can begin strategically planning for how to fund the new building. If a clear cost estimate can be provided before the end of the fiscal year June 30, she said the city can incorporate building costs into the 2022-2023 budget.

Ludwick said construction costs have risen between 10 and 12 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, and servicing the treatment plant was no exception. He added the sand required for the filter beds is regulated by the EPA and Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon

has only one vendor able to meet those standards and the lack of competition has kept prices high. As an example, he said Big River Construction serviced the previous filter bed in 2018 for around $300,000 less. But because the work is necessary for public health, and because Big River Construction was the only bidder and has been a responsible partner in the past, Ludwick recommended approving the bid. “We’re in a position that we don’t have a whole lot of leverage with this because we need it done,” he said. “...Without the appropriate amount of sand in there, we cannot promise the public we are processing wastewater as we should be.” Ludwick said Stayton should be proud of the water serviced by its utilities. The city received four consecutive awards from 2016 to 2020 for the besttasting surface water in the state from the Oregon Association of Water Utilities. Ludwick said they plan to start another streak if the association breaks its COVID hiatus next year. “We’re just fortunate that we have a good, clean water supply,” he said. – Stephen Floyd

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When Natashia Kletter and Kriston Norris became mothers to their sons, Kenny and Noah, they knew their lives were about to change. What they didn’t know was how much.

• Be genuinely curious. Discover what their interests are and ask for more information. • Upon asking questions, allow ample time for a response.

“Even as a baby, there were things I could see,” Norris said. Recalling the many unique attributes her son, Noah, exhibited not long after birth. “But it was just him.”

• Don’t assume you know what their strengths or challenges are. Ask.

Then, when Noah was three, a family member who is also a doctor, approached Norris about having Noah tested for autism. The results were something Norris says she had known on some level all along – Noah has autism.

• Don’t exclude anyone. • When planning a playdate, ask how you can be supportive. Find out ahead of time what the child likes to do and plan accordingly.

“I see parents who really resist any type of label,” Norris said. Acknowledging that, in many ways, she was one of those people.

• In conversation with other parents, be kind. Remember that every child learns and grows at a different rate.

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• During playdates, be interactive. Assist with children getting to know one another.

“There are so many resources and we were so lucky about the programs we got into,” Norris said. Without knowing what Noah needed, help would have been much harder to find. “If you don’t have someone telling you these things, then how do you know?” she asked. Kletter has similar views. Having struggled for three years to find the root cause of her son, Kenny’s, numerous medical issues and noticeable learning delays – caused by a rare genetic form of autism – she is now an advocate for insurance-provided genetic testing as a way for children with special needs to receive the earliest interventions possible. “In order for him to become as independent as he can be he needs resources now,” Kletter explained. “Because as long as his needs are met, he will thrive.” And Kenny is thriving. Despite having been told that he would never walk or talk, Kenny, now eight years old, is doing both. But it hasn’t been easy. “There’s no rest,” Kletter said. She began homeschooling both Kenny and his younger sister, Lilah, after discovering public school was not a good fit for her son. “There’s no break. But at the same time, what’s more rewarding than honoring your children with a rich education?” It’s a topic about which Kletter has become passionate. A former engineer, she has taken a distinctly scientific approach to parenting, observing her son’s interests, then using them to develop his skills. It’s a method she describes as the, “What do you love? And how can I use it to help what we’re working on?” approach. Beginning with teaching Kenny to stand and use sign language, then progressing to walking and talking using full sentences, Kletter has never taken her son’s milestones for granted. “With the typically developing child it goes so fast and

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you just assume they will do the next thing,” Kletter said. It’s a perspective she gained when her daughter, Lilah, a typically developing child, was born. “With the disabled child you work so hard but you get to see the power of the human brain.” That wonder has never gone away as Kenny has progressed. And it’s a feeling Norris shares as she watches her own son develop interests in complex subjects like music, politics and psychology. “Noah’s just really interested in learning,” Norris said. She has always tried to foster her son’s curiosity. That has meant answering a lot of questions, some of them about his own diagnosis. “I think it’s important to let kids understand themselves,” Norris said. She chose to be up front with Noah from the start. “They know, they can see… Anybody on the spectrum is way more capable than we give them credit for… So, he’s always been able to come and ask, what does this mean? What does that mean? And now he goes online.”

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he had access to Silverton High School’s Transition Program. “It’s for young adults with disabilities – for teaching you job skills,” Noah said of the two-year program, during which students work with both a job coach and a job developer. “They look at what’s meaningful to Noah,” Norris said. The program matches students first with internships and then – if all goes well – with jobs. “I like going out in the community and volunteering,” Noah said of his experience interning at the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. “I really like older people – the stories and the history. Usually, people think of beauty as a young thing but older people are beautiful, too.”

“I wouldn’t be where I am today with self-esteem” if he’d grown up sheltered from this knowledge, Noah said.

It’s a job Noah could picture himself settling into as a career – either that or working with disabled children.

“I probably would have noticed other kids could write and also I would see things that were different than other kids.”

“He’s actually done quite a bit with the school district,” Norris said. Noah volunteered in a middle school classroom.

Instead, Noah has known about his challenges from the start and been an active participant in overcoming them. It’s a position he has mostly enjoyed.

“I told the special education teacher I would go back and be an assistant,” Noah said. “Because since I have autism, I could help [autistic students] understand and adapt when things don’t go their way.”

“I struggle with motor skills – writing and stuff,” Noah pointed out. “So, I had scribes in school. I would tell a scribe what to write and they would write it down.” He also had two Special Education teachers and an Autism Specialist on his team. Then, post-graduation

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Noah knows how critical building a supportive team is. “Get them early intervention,” he stressed. “And treat them with respect and kindness, knowing that there’s a whole spectrum.”

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By Julia Bochsler Revitalize Downtown Stayton Vacant storefront windows wrapped in brown paper are leaving shoppers wondering what’s going on? Ten small businesses are relocating, reopening, expanding, or starting a new venture in historic downtown Stayton. What makes this neighborhood so special? “Revitalize Downtown Stayton (RDS) has worked hard over the last six years to beautify our historic district,” noted Aaron Frichtl, president of RDS. “The recent movement to downtown is a strong indicator of its desirability. Entrepreneurs really enjoy the unique vibe of the old buildings, both inside and out.” Entrepreneurs, Alan and Quonna Bender’s longtime dream is coming true. They purchased and are remodeling the Harold’s Jewelry building to relocate Wolfgang’s Thirst Parlor and Tap House,

403 N. Third Ave., opening soon! A comfortable, relaxed vibe with indoor seating overlooking the canal, covered outdoor seating and shuffleboard will make Wolfgang’s the place to meet for a craft beer, cider or a glass of wine. For the sweet tooth, The Lovin’ Oven, 220 E. Ida St., is expanding their operations into the 1910 Spaniol’s building. The Spaniol family had owned this corner since 1905, but sold to Mike and Val Schultz in 2021. The building is in the middle of a complete overhaul. Expanding their bakery, The Lovin’ Oven will be serving desserts as well, converting this corner of town into a place bustling

Superheroes – A Super Sweet Shoppe, 239 N. Third Ave. is moving in, offering unique gummies, taffy, chocolates and gifts. Owner Cheryl O’Deay will have her hands full as she reopens, What the Quirk, a vintage emporium right next door. These double storefronts are located in one of Stayton’s first clay tile, commercial buildings built in the 1920s. Online shopping starts Feb. 1 with doors opening in March. Pop culture arrives with Nick Coffey’s extensive vinyl record collection at Vinyl Vortex opening in February, inside Marketplace at the Grove, 351 N. Third Ave. This mall provides an opportunity for small and emerging retailers to launch a ‘brick and mortar’ storefront. Mellie Jane’s Rustics, recently opened and provides shoppers a look at the beautiful, detailed work of maker Melanie, in her home decor, accessories and gifts made of recycled leather and quality fabrics.

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Windows are covered at 429. N Third Ave., too, while Jon and Teri Mesa shrink Moxieberry’s footprint and pare down the lunch menu. They will expand their grab’n’go menu, baked goods selection, retail gourmet foods and gifts. In the spring, the Mesa’s will open a new surprise boutique, right next door. Two new photography studios opened recently in the rear of the Deidrich Building, at 252 E. Florence St. Think Good Things Photography specializes in children’s portraits and 1766 Aesthetics specializes in couples’ portraits and wedding photography. This is only the beginning as other vacant buildings are ready to spring to life: three on Third Avenue plus one each on Marion Street, Second Avenue and Water Street. Stay tuned for news. In the meantime, take the opportunity to “shop small, shop local” and connect with some of the business leaders in town.

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“That is the worst-case scenario,” said Wendy Stone, SHF president. “The city has given us one year to complete everything with the possibility of a one-year extension. That date runs from when the city found our application complete. Going forward, we don’t actually have two full years to do it all.

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“Additionally, it is my understanding that if we do not complete all of the city’s requirements within the two years, we’ll have to start over by submitting another application to the city and pay whatever the fee is at that time,” she added. “There is no guarantee that if we have to re-apply, the city might add more requirements, which would add to all of the associated costs.” Current requirements include building a sidewalk from the property’s southeast corner to the sidewalk that goes from W. High Street to the Brown House. “We also must reconstruct that corner to bring it into compliance with current code,” Stone said. “We are being treated by the city no different than a developer who wants to construct a large (or small) housing development. City code is what it is.” SHF will also have to reconstruct one or two corners at E. Marion and N. First Avenue as well as assign and paint a handicap parking space that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. “This is due to the fact that Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company has given us permission to use their parking lot at N. Marion and N. First Ave. and the one at W. High Street and N. First Ave. as overflow parking,” Stone said. “This has saved us having to put parking on our site, which would then trigger more requirements and higher costs, like an ADA parking space on our property. SCTC’s willingness to help us has kept us from being required to pave the northern half of W. High all the way to the far west end of our property, which ends where Alder Street would be between SHF and our most western neighbor. I can’t say enough good things about SCTC. If it weren’t for them, we would never have been able to save the house!” Another task is to construct a turn-around in the main driveway on W. High Street and close the other, she said. “And we have to build a rack for bicycles on our site,” Stone added. “We’re not positive of the costs of all this, yet, but when we were exploring what we might have to do. We were quoted $8,000 to reconstruct just one of the corners. We are in the process of getting quotes and bids, but we’re pretty certain this will be somewhere in the $20,000 to $50,000 price tag. That is our best guess at the moment, but it may actually be even more than that!” Since the project is not historic preservation, Stone said SHF has been unable to find any grants and will have to

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fundraise to meet the city’s requirements. “We’ll also be looking to local contractors for any possible discount they might be willing to offer, since we are an Oregon nonprofit organization, registered with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office,” she said. “I’ll reiterate that I can’t personally say enough good things about SCTC... Besides giving our organization one year to come up with the money to purchase the house and selling SHF the house without making any money on the deal, they donated our security system to us, installed it for free, and paid for its monitoring for one year. They have been wonderful to us, and they continue to help us in whatever way they can.” Stone thanks area communities for continuing to support the Brown House project for more than two decades, helping to save the 1903 Charles and Martha Brown House for events, education and rentals. “We recently hosted our first wedding, and I love knowing people want to make wonderful memories in this exquisite example of a Queen Anne house,” she said. “Once we finish the city’s requirements, we’ll be able to offer offices on the second floor which is nearing completion.” To donate, send a check noting “change of use” to Santiam Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 161, Stayton, OR 97383 or visit www.brownhouse.org to donate online. “If people shop using Amazon, they can select our organization to receive donations via Amazon Smile,” Stone said. “It costs nothing additional, however, it’s also not big money for us yet.” Tours of the Brown House are given from noon to 2 p.m. every second Sunday. “People can bring their donations with them, if they like,” Stone said. “We suggest a $5 donation for a tour, but we don’t require it.”

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Hidden aftermaths By James Day The Labor Day 2020 wildfires ripped the heart out of the Santiam Canyon and left individuals, families, communities, businesses and agencies reeling with how to pick up the pieces. How bad has it been? Oregon State University worked with Marion County on an assessment of community health that looked at a wide range of impacts using a $47,000 grant from Oregon’s community development block grant program. The study team, led by Professor Marc Braverman of OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, analyzed five major health-related topics: environmental health, housing, mental health, food security and nutrition and personal health. “Even though more than a year has passed since the wildfires, people and organizations that serve the wildfire survivors and the Canyon communities must not underestimate the very significant effects that still persist,” Braverman told Our Town. The group gathered information by a) interviewing community leaders and experts; b) conducting an online anonymous survey of 80 residents; c) organizing three focus groups; and d) reviewing a summary of health-care utilization. The answers the team received were stark, brutally honest and, at times, heartbreaking. Water: “And also I’m wondering how much contamination there’s going to be in water. Because where we live, in Niagara, our water source was the creek. And with what’s happened up there I wouldn’t drink the water coming from the creek.” Physical health: “I think everybody’s lungs took a huge hit, too. I know my lungs are

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awful. I haven’t felt well since the fire. Our house didn’t burn. But I have air filters in there that I change every other week that are black. And I am breathing that.” Climate: “Clearly, the microclimate in the canyon is going to be different for the rest of our lives, and adjusting to the expectations of heat, the lack of shade, what it means for the fish – there’s a lot of environmental change.” Mental health: “I just look around where I’m staying now and I just feel like my whole life has been erased. Because I can’t go back and tell any stories about where this came from, and this belonged to your greatgrandmother. So what happened to my life? It’s gone.” Bureaucracy: “The stress is just horrific. You have to fill out one more application and you have a complete emotional breakdown and you feel like you’re crazy. Because you wouldn’t normally be like that. I’m highly educated and to do this stuff I was losing my cookies. Because it’s just one more and one more and try and pull these together, the stress and then in your marriage and your relationships it takes a hit because you just can’t deal with it.” Fact: According to the Oregon Office of Rural Health in 2021 the Santiam Canyon area had no mental health providers. Community impact: “Has anybody really talked about the loss of community? That actually was the hardest. ... Well, they’re still our neighbors and they’re still our friends, but they’re not there. And it’s like you’re living in a different location right now and you’re not next door to them anymore.” Food: “It’s not very plausible to make three or four trips to the grocery store on a weekend... The storage was the problem

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we had. We struggled with fruit flies too, when we had fruit in the camper. You end up eating much more processed [foods], because there’s just no way to store things very well. And there’s not really a grocery store super close.” Hunting: “I think that due to the fires, the natural habitat’s gone. Some people relied on game, and that’s all they ate. Well, guess what’s not around anymore? The game… So now people who live way up in the Canyon, who maybe went to town once a year for supplies, are now forced to come in for food and get food that their budget wasn’t set up for.” Housing: The challenge has remained a huge one. The service integration team at Santiam Memorial Hospital found that just 13 percent of the displaced families it worked with had regained permanent housing. The online survey showed some improvement, with the percentage of those displaced dropping from 86 percent in temporary housing to 56 percent. Obtaining, preparing and storage of food have been consistent challenges. The good news with food is that the Canyon’s four food pantries still are operating and the rate of food insecurity is not markedly different in the Canyon than it is in Linn County and Marion County as a whole. The project team speculated that the reduced population in the Canyon helped keep the food situation relatively stable.

Road safety also was a major concern, with logging truck traffic, speed, visibility and a lack of guardrails on Highway 22 cited by those interviewed. Mental health issues were cited most frequently in the study, Braverman said, noting that such concerns were “consistent across all of our major data collection formats: participant surveys, focus group interviews, and key informant interviews. Key recommendations of the study team include addressing the shortage of providers, training first-responders and relief agencies and more efficient processes to reduce stress. Bureaucracy was also a key issue in the housing sector, with the project team calling for the identification of steps to waive permit fees or appraisals and streamlining insurance and reimbursements. Braverman also emphasized that there are pieces of the puzzle that still need to be better understood. “There are some potential health impacts due to air quality, water quality, soil contaminants and other factors that are not really known because they are very difficult to assess, but which are of concern to residents,” he said. “Finally, I think it is important to recognize the interconnectedness of the different topics that we investigated, including mental health, housing, environmental health, and food security.”

Burned out ODF office relocates to Stayton Oregon Department of Forestry staff whose Santiam Unit office in Lyons burned down in the wildfires of Labor Day 2020 are now in a new leased office in Stayton. Since the wildfire 16 months ago, staff had been working either from home, in available office space at ODF headquarters campus in Salem or at the compound in Lyons. The Santiam staff serve eastern Marion, northern Linn and southern Clackamas counties. This includes assisting people in the Santiam Canyon as they recover from the same devastating wildfires that claimed ODF’s Lyons office. “We’re happy to be back closer to the community we serve,” said Santiam Unit Forester Kyle Kaupp. “We thank all ODF staff, our cooperators, partners, forest landowners, adjacent districts, and the

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public for being patient with us as we set up at our new location.” The structures housing fire engines and other fire equipment survived the 2020 wildfires on ODF’s compound in Lyons. ODF fire personnel are continuing to provide fire protection from that location. In accordance with Oregon pandemic workplace guidelines the office in Stayton is not yet open to the public. People can contact staff by email, phone or postal mail to 930 W. Washington St. Suite 20, Stayton, OR 97383. Telephone is 503-859-2151. Kaupp said planning is still underway to determine a permanent replacement for the lost ODF office building in Lyons. No final decisions have been made yet.

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COVID disruption

Stayton High loses a day to illness By James Day Stayton High School did not hold classes Friday, Jan. 14 because not enough staff and teachers were available to cover the classes. “We had administrators from other buildings and the central office ready to cover, but new cases overnight meant that we could not cover all of the absences,” North Santiam School District Superintendent Andy Gardner told Our Town. “Staff who were not sick ended up reporting to work on Friday.” Gardner said that the absences were caused by illness, including COVID-19, but he did not have a numerical breakdown.

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“Given the five-day quarantines at present, the district plans on shortterm shutdowns only if we do not have enough staff to run (a school). We have no plans to move to distance learning for any extended period of time, although we have reviewed a shift to distance learning if worstcase were to happen. We do not see that happening.” Gardner also praised district teachers and staff for their flexibility during the pandemic. “SHS staff have given up their prep time on countless occasions this year covering other staff absences so staff were able to use the time to plan,” he said. “I just want to emphasize to our communities that we have seen our teachers in the district really pitch in and help to keep kids in school. We appreciate their work and commitment.”

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Santiam Hospital is offering drive up saliva-based COVID testing Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. in the back parking lot of Foothill Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road SE, Stayton. You do not need an order from a doctor for the test, but you must pre-register at www.labdash.net and sign up for an appointment. The appointments are for SalivaDirect PCR tests and results may take between 24 and 72 hours.

Results are emailed. Participants should not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes prior to their appointment. They are asked not park in the church’s main lot, or call or go into the church. For those who test positive the Oregon Health Authority urges you to: • Stay home and stay away from others, including the people in your own household. • If you feel sick, isolate for 5 days from when you started feeling sick and make sure your fever is gone for 24 hours – without the help of medication – before being around others. • If you don’t have symptoms, isolate for 5 days from the day you were tested. • If you are sick, take care of yourself and keep in touch with your clinic or medical provider if your symptoms get worse. • You can be around others again after 5 days if you feel better. • You should wear a mask for an additional 5 days when you are around others.

Chamber award nominations due Feb. 1 Feb. 1 is the final day to submit nominations for the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce 76th Annual Awards Celebration. The chamber has not yet announced a date for the event, but nominations are due now. Three awards will be given out: Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award. The business awards seek to honor excellence in products or services and customer service as well as being a positive contributor to local economic vitality and an asset to the community.

Businesses nominated should exhibit innovation, resilience, and a strong community spirit. The dividing line between a small and large business is 15 employees. Nominees for the distinguished service award should be an individual or organization with a long-standing posture of community service, integrity, and humility and a measurable community impact in the region. To nominate in one or more of the categories see the form at https://conta.cc/3r7uVNs. A Chamber committee will select the winners.

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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. Free COVID-19 Testing, noon – 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. No phusician’s order required. To avoid wait times, pre-register at labdash.net, 503-769-3230 Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Adult and children age 5 and older vaccines available. Free. Drop in or schedule an appointment at santiamhospital.org. 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. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009 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

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Senior Gardening with Diane Hyde, 10:30 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41848 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com Storytime, 11:05 s.m.. For children and family members of all ages. Takes place outside. No registration required. Rain or shine. 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.

Wednesday

Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. 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

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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. 503-5089431, staytonarearotary.org Cascade Country Quilters, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Beginner Line Dancing Class, 12:30 1:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Advanced Line Dancing Class, 2 - 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009

Thursday

Mama´s Community Market, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665 Point Man Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503-859-2627

Friday

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.

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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

Tuesday, Feb. 1 Stayton Parks & Rec Board

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2919

Wednesday, Feb. 2 Groundhog Day Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Postal Connections, 1740 Shaff Road, Stayton. Network-building event for business, non-profit professionals. 503-7693464.

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Marion SWCD First Friday

10 a.m. Zoom. Amy Bartow of NRCS Plant Material Center, shows how to identify a winter twig. Target audience is anyone looking to learn more about how to identify native deciduous trees in winter. Register at marionswcd.net under News and Events. 503-391-9927

Saturday, Feb. 5

Cascade Athletics HOF Induction

6 p.m., Cascade High, 10266 SE Marion Road, Turner. Eighth annual Cascade Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 2022 inductees include Dennis Bethel, Jay Goff, 1998 Boys Track and Field team. Dessert and meet and greet. Induction is at 7 p.m. Free admission. Face mask required.

Sunday, Feb. 6

Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

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

Open Jam Session

1 - 3 p.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. All ages and all skill levels are welcome. 503-767-2337

Monday, Feb. 7 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, Feb. 8

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.

RDS Board

6 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton board meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317

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

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., location TBA. Hosted by Santiam Service Integration. Network-building event for local business, non-profit professionals. 503-769-3464.

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.

RDS Open House

5 - 6:30 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton opening house featuring education on ideas for 2023 Mainstreet Grant. Open to all. 503-767-2317

Thursday, Feb. 10 Aumsville Fire District

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

Friday, Feb. 11 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville Fire Department, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Saturday, Feb. 12 Regis St. Mary Open House

10 a.m. - noon, St. Mary Campus, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. All prospective Pre-K and kindergarten students are welcome to attend to explore the facilities and talk with teachers and staff. Free. 503-769-2718

Valentine Wine Tasting

Noon - 4 p.m., The Shabby Shed, 493 S Center St., Sublimity. Colton Winery offers wine tasting while you shop for hand-painted, restyled furniture, home decorations, accessories and gift items. 971-354-8565

Sunday, Feb. 13 Brown House Tour

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

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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

Stayton Public Library Board

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

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6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. Also available remotely via Zoom. 503-7696924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

7 p.m., GoTo Meeting. Contact City Hall one week prior to the meeting to obtain call-in information. Agenda available. 503-7695475, cityofsublimity.org

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Tuesday, Feb. 15 NS Watershed Council

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

Wednesday, Feb. 16 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Brenda Bonebrake Real Estate, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Networkbuilding event for local business, nonprofit professionals. 503-769-3464.

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Boys Basketball 5:30 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath 7:30 p.m. Regis vs Lowell

Friday Feb. 18 Red Cross Blood Drive

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Saturday, Feb. 19 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles. Lunch available to go and limited seating. If mandated, masks will be required. Free admission, parking. 503-859-2161

Bethel Clothing Closet

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

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Lyons City Council

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

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

Wednesday, Feb. 23 8 a.m., Focus Heating & Cooling, 637 Wilco Road, Stayton. Network-building event for local business, non-profit professionals. 503-769-3464.

Thursday, Feb. 24 Red Cross Blood Drive

12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Mt. Angel Volksfest

11 a.m. - midnight, Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Features authentic German food, beer and wine as well as local craft brews and wines and live music. Admission is $10, and is good for all three days. Repeats 11 a.m. - midnight Feb. 26, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, Feb. 26 Enchilada Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Social distance seating and to go available. $10. If mandated, masks will be required. 503-859-2161

Monday, Feb. 28

Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Agenda available. Livestream available staytonoregon.gov. 503-769-2998

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The Stayton and Cascade boys and girls basketball teams are battling for supremacy in the Oregon West Conference – and the state – with league rival Philomath. As we approach the end of the month Philomath is undefeated in both boys and girls, but Stayton and Cascade have just one league loss each. Statewide, Cascade is ranked third in Class 4A boys, followed by Stayton and Philomath. In the girls ranking the situation is similar. Philomath (No. 1 in the state) is unbeaten, with Cascade (No. 2) and Stayton (No. 9) still in the hunt. Both Philomath teams have defeated Cascade, while the Cougars took wins against Stayton in an entertaining doubleheader in Turner on Jan. 14. The Cascade girls opened the twinbill with a 46-30 win, using a 24-3 closing run to pull away after trailing 27-22 early in the third period. “It was a good win against a good team and our rivals,” Cascade coach Mark

Stevens told Our Town. “This team has been playing up to its 10-senior maturity level. In the second half things just started going our way. We do have a way of wearing teams down.” Stevens started four seniors – Ariel Tobiasson, Kenna Coleman, Natalee Federico and Abby Jepsen – along with junior Meah Carley. Coleman led the winners with 16 points, while Carley added 10. Tobiasson scored 7 points and dished 5 assists. Federico chipped in with 6 points and 3 assists. Coleman knocked down three 3-pointers. Karlee Tyler and Missy Mitchell scored 8 points apiece for Stayton, with Mitchell hitting two 3-pointers. Cascade made hay at the line, hitting 11 of 19, with the

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Sande scored on a wide range of runners, floaters and drives to the basket, while Best, one of four starters from the two sides at 6-6 or taller, added three rimrattling, two-handed dunks. Garrett Callsen, the Eagles’ 6-7 junior post, more than held his own against the Cascade bigs, scoring 13 points and blocking 4 shots. Senior point guard Jacob Axmaker added 10 for Stayton, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Regis boys, meanwhile, are making some noise in the Class 2A Central Valley Conference. As the end of the month approached the Rams were battling with Jefferson for first place in the league. Regis was 12-4 overall and

The two top league finishers claim the automatic berths in the 16-team state playoffs. The Regis boys have not been to Pendleton since coach Tony Miller led the Rams to a runner-up finish in 2016. Current coach Jason Koehnke, however, also has a bit of experience at state, teaming up with father Jason for boys titles in 2004 and 2005. Jason also won as a solo coach in 2003 and a four-peat of girls titles from 2010-13. The Rams also won the 2014 girls title under Kyle Tower and Dustin Lulay. Officials needed: The Oregon School Activities Association and the Oregon Athletic Officials Association are seeking baseball and softball umpires for the upcoming spring season. The first date for games is March 14, with the registration period for officials ending on April 22. To register or for more information go to https://www.osaa.org/officials. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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Personal recovery No-cost workshops encourage thriving, boosting, wellness By Melissa Wagoner If you’ve ever been interested in planting your own vegetable garden, curating an art collection, improving your job interview skills, understanding your children, reducing stress, eating better or just becoming a happier person then now is your chance to take the leap – for free. “[The courses are] intended to focus on topics that will support all of our community through the pandemic,” Natalie Beach, Dean of Library and Learning Resources for Chemeketa Community College, said of the new Community Wellness and Recovery Workshop Series. The Zoom courses will run now through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. “They are a part of the CARES Act funding specifically for libraries and museums,” Beach said of the $166,000 grant that allowed the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Services (CCRLS) arm of the college to both provide 180 circulating hotspots to various locations as well as this series of ongoing

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workshops staffed by numerous Chemeketa Community College professors. “We thought, we have the expertise here, readily available, so we should package it and utilize it,” Beach explained. “I think a lot of instructors are really excited.”

“The first big success we had was the vegetable garden one. There were over 120 people so we had to split it because we were afraid the session would be too big for the contributor.”

Divided into three categories – thriving at home, boosting your career, and family wellness – the workshops will each be held in the late afternoon or early evening and last only an hour.

Also consistently popular is a course entitled, “The Science of Happiness” – taught by Marty Limbird, a Silverton resident who has worked in the Health and Human Performance Department of Chemeketa for 18 years.

“It’s been running smoothly,” Beach said of the initial round of courses, which began Jan. 19.

“The course I teach has been quite popular,” Limbird said. “It is relevant to people’s lives and meets anyone where they are in their

journey, so there is something for everyone.” Although normally taught over the course of 11 weeks, Limbird is confident that the one-hour workshop is still fun and engaging. “If attendees walk away pondering something new, looking at their lives through a new lens, or maybe really looking at where they invest their time and energy – then that curiosity might lead them to more self-discovery,” Limbird said. He described the course as a deep dive into human history as it relates to the topics of belonging, connection and love. Similarly, Beach, who has found herself happily sitting in on each and every course said, “I didn’t think I would sit in on all of them but I do because learning, that’s in my blood. I’m a librarian by trade. “Our instructors are great. This is what they do and I think most of them really appreciate the opportunity to engage with the public in this way.”

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A Grin at the End

Way of the future

Do you really need to see me for a phone call? At the AT&T pavilion, picture phones were the featured attraction. Someone at the pavilion could talk on the phone to a friend or relative in Chicago or Washington, D.C., and see a tiny black-and-white video of him or her.

I’m probably not alone in this thought, but I can’t wait for the whole pandemic thing to be over. I mean, we’re going on two years and people are still trying to figure out whether they’ll get a shot. Or rather, they are still trying to justify why they will or will not get a shot. I can’t tell people what to do. I’ve tried it before, and it doesn’t work. But I will say for the record that I am fully vaccinated – and boosterized – because in all my reading and research it seemed like the thing to do. I’m old, and a lot of people depend on me – my family, my co-workers and my cat. Imagine explaining my absence to the cat, who I feed every morning, because I wouldn’t get a shot. When it comes to personal health, people need to do what they think is right. My only admonishment is don’t risk everything over something a nut job – even a wellmeaning one – wrote on the internet. I’ve bloviated at length before on this page what I think about the internet. It boils down to one warning: Beware. Anyway, I’m equally concerned about a much more immediate problem: online video meetings. Ever since COVID-19 showed up on a jet from China and people decided to order each other to stay home, these video meetings have proliferated.

At the time I thought The Jetsons had arrived. How cool was it that I could talk to someone and see them at the same time? Co-workers, family and other folks have decided that a plain old phone call was not enough. Now they want to see my face. Think about that. I have to see myself in the mirror every morning. Believe me, there’s not much to see. I used to tell my wife that I saw James Bond in the mirror. Now I just see some old duffer who needs a shave. Video calls have been around for a longtime. When I was a kid my parents took my brother and me to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It was awesome. We got a glimpse of the future at many of the pavilions – nuclear fusion, self-driving cars – even Belgian waffles made their U.S. debut.

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