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Stayton police set up safe exchange zone ....................4 Aumsville Fire Department welcomes new engines .....5 Aumsville develops 20-year park plan ........................6

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By Mary Owen The Stayton Police Department has launched a Safe Exchange zone. Safe Exchange is designed to provide a safe location for families to make custodial exchanges and assist residents with the exchange of products purchased or sold online. “Recently, I saw an article that the Lebanon Police Department was going to try it and offer it to their citizens,” Stayton Police Chief Rich Sebens said. “I thought it looked like a really good idea, and I thought it would be something that would be useful here as well.” Sebens said the service is part of the Stayton Police Department’s community-to-community safety. “It will create a safe place where citizens can exchange property or children in a well-lit, videoed location,” Sebens said. Once both parties have agreed on exchange terms, they may meet in the front lobby of the police department, which is open 24/7. There is video surveillance in the lobby.

While the Safe Exchange zone offers a safe area for online buyers and sellers to meet, the SPD wants to remind users that people met online are strangers who may not have their best interests in mind. There is also the possibility that items being purchased may be stolen. Additionally, the zone may not be used to make transactions of illegal products or dangerous materials.

be a safer place to meet, there are still risks involved,” Sebens said. “It truly is ‘buyer beware.’  We cannot guarantee someone’s safety during exchanges, but we hope this will help.” If an officer is needed for an emergency while making exchanges, the red phone in the lobby will directly connect people to the 911 operator.

Ask almost any friend who has tried to purchase an item or sell an item using Internet sites, and you will hear a story about how the buyer didn’t show or there were concerns about the buyer.

While no incidents have taken place in the Safe Exchange zone to date, Sebens said the department has had reports of thefts based on bad sales.

The SPD encourages residents to consider the following before meeting a stranger to purchase or sell an item:

“We more often will be called to child custody exchanges in the community where they have become violent or verbally abusive,” he said. “Our hope is that by doing the exchanges in the police department, both parties will feel more comfortable with making the exchange.”

Never provide personal information over the Internet. Accept only cash or money orders whenever possible. Use only photos of the items you are selling. Other items in the background can represent additional targets for a would-be criminal.

Community response for the program has been “very good,” Sebens said. “We have had several positive social media responses to it as well as individuals who have told us in person that they were very glad to have this as an option,” he said.

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“Over the last several years, there have been a growing number of calls during the same moment,” he said. “Having two of the same style and type of apparatus provides streamlined training to our volunteers and excellent service to the community for those types of situations.”

“This is a chance for dignitaries and members of the public to spray the new apparatus with water from the old apparatus,” Aumsville Fire Chief Terrill Isaak said. “This will be followed by a simulated ‘pushing the engines back into the station.’ During the years of horsedrawn equipment, they would push the equipment back into the station.” The dedication of the new engines takes place from March 5, 9 - 11 a.m. at the ARFD station, 490 Church St., Aumsville. Community members are invited to the event.

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Aumsville Parks Open House Review the Parks Advisory Committee’s designs and share your thoughts on proposed updates. Monday, March 7, 5:30-7 p.m. Chester Bridge Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Light refreshments will be served. A second open house, co-hosted by the city council and planning commission, will be held to review the proposed final plans for Aumsville Parks Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the community center. For information, call the city office at 503-749-2030. conceptual ideas for each park site. At the first meeting Jan. 13, committee members were asked what they hope comes from the project. Member Barbara Silmak said she wants to see more green in the city, while Councilor Nico Casarez, who is also Aumsville’s Parks Commissioner, indicated he wants to maximize uses in the current parks as well as explore future options. Aumsville Public Works Director Steve Oslie suggested citizens become guardians

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datebook Notices Santiam Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

Santiam Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its medically-oriented scholarships. Applicants must be pursuing an education in a qualified hospital/medical-related profession, and must reside in Santiam Hospital service area. Applications are available at the Santiam Hospital front desk, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton, local high schools, santiamhospital.org, or emailing staytonaux@yahoo.com

K9 Walk/Run

Register now for the fourth annual K9 walk/run benefiting the Stayton Police Department K9 program. 5K, 9K courses available. Friendly dogs welcome. Health fair for humans, dogs. Register at wheretostartfitness.com/k9run. 503-767-4094

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High school seniors from households with service through SCTC, PTC or SCS can apply thru April 1. Applications: sctcweb.com. Send to marilyn@ sctcweb.com or SCTC, Attn: Scholarship Award Program, P.O. Box 477, Stayton, OR 97383. Marilyn, 503-769-8453

Tuesday, March 1

Harvey’s Computer Help 11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Drop-in computer class to get proficient with windows-based computer. Bring laptop or use library computer. Repeats March 15; evenings available by request. 503769-3313

Dr. Seuss Celebration

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Grab your hat and read with the cat. Find out which Dr. Seuss book is Stayton’s favorite. Wear crazy hats, enjoy guest readers and Dr. Seuss treat. Free. 503-769-3313

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Third Tuesdays.

Wednesday, March 2 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Santiam Golf Club, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Hosted by Stayton Area Rotary. 503-769-3464

Santiam Heritage Foundation

Noon, Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-8860

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Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Macleay Country Inn, 8362 SE Macleay Road, Salem. Guests, new members welcome. RSVP: Alice, 503767-3032

Teen Lounge

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free play with Wii, board and card games. Do homework, socialize. Grades 6 - 12. Free. Every Wednesday. 503-769-3313

Thursday, March 3 Stayton Playgroup

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N Third Ave., Stayton. Snacks served at 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, more. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats March 17. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Alzheimer’s Support Group

10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499

Adult Coloring Night

5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Relaxing evening of coloring for adults. Supplies, music provided. Free. 503769-3313

‘Bat Boy the Musical’

7 p.m., Stayton High. Stayton High Performing Arts Department presents ‘Bat Boy the Musical.’ Features drama, choir, band departments. Tickets available at door. $5 adults, $3 students. Repeats 7 p.m. March 4, 5. 503-769-2171

Friday, March 4 Santiam Valley Grange

Victorian Fashion Show & Tea

2 p.m., Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Historic hat exhibit, contest. Benefits Brown House restoration. Advance tickets only, $20. 503-769-8860

Haitian Dinner Fundraiser

5:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Fundraiser dinner for Project Living Hope, an effort to build a soccer and community center in Haiti. Presentation of King Center by Dr. Guesly Dessieux of Stayton. Tickets $30, available at plhope.org/haitian-dinner.

Sunday, March 6 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $7 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

Monday, March 7 Free Pain Health Class

1 p.m., Stayton Vital Health, 238 N Third Ave. Learn to find relief from pain, inflammation, headaches, osteoporosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrmyalgia, more. Free. Repeats 7 p.m. March 10, 10 a.m. March 12. To register, email wtsnaturalhealth@yahoo.com. 503-759-4676

AARP Tax Aide

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free tax services for local seniors, lowincome residents. Walk-in only. Repeats every Saturday through April 15. 503769-3313

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Mom to Mom is for mothers of children ages birth to six years old. Meet other moms, share stories. foothillsstayton.org

Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Ellen Egan of Egan Gardens. New members, guests welcome. John, 503-508-5913

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public. 503-769-3499

Sublimity Fire District

7 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3282

Thursday, March 10 North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

Oklahoma on Stage at Regis

Saturday, March 12

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9 - 11 a.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Aumsville Fire District open house, dedication of two new engines. Cake, punch served. Open to public. 503-749-2894.

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Tuesday, March 8

‘Wet Down’ Dedication Ceremony

8 a.m., North Santiam School District, 1155 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3464

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for youth beginning to read chapter books. Sign-ups recommended. 503-769-3313

Book Bobs

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. 503769-3425

9 a.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. 5K, 3K runs. $20 adults, $10 children 15 and under. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s. Pre-register at runsignup.com/race/or/stayton/ stmarys5k

Chamber Greeters

7 p.m., Regis High. Regis students presents ‘Oklahoma.’ Repeats 7 p.m. March 11, 1 p.m. March 12. Adults $8. Students $6. Tickets at regishighschool.net, 503769-2159. Advanced purchase of tickets recommended.

7:30 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. 6:30 p.m. potluck

St. Mary Fun Run

Wednesday, March 9

Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public. 503-588-5212

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation of history of the Santiam Canyon, surrounding area. Open to public. Refreshments served.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

4:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Fifth annual Friends of the Stayton Pool spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Presale tickets available from Friends members, Stayton Pool, United Methodist Church.

Sunday, March 13 Daylight Savings Starts

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Mill City Council

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2302

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets Aug. 25. John Koger, 503-743-3117

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Monday, March 14 Art Club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly art club for ages 5 and older. Limited to 20 participants; check with library for openings. 503-769-3313

Regis vs Oakridge

4:30 p.m., Regis High. Baseball, softball.

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7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. 503-769-5475

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, March 15 Stayton vs Woodburn Softball 4:30 p.m., Stayton High.

Cascade vs Scappoose Softball 4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

Wednesday, March 16

Young Professionals Meet-Up

Wednesday, March 23

Lego Club

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary annual tulip sale. $5/bunch while supplies last. Also available at Santiam Medical Clinic, 280 S First Ave., Mill City; Mehama True Value Hardware, 11267 Grove St., Mehama. Benefits scholarship program, purchase hospital supplies. Repeats March 24-25. To preorder, call Char Bartosz, 503-749-2910

8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503769-3464 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult; adults must be accompanied by child. 503-769-3313

Regis Track & Field

Regis vs Vernonia Baseball 4:30 p.m., Regis High.

7 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Main St., Lyons. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

Saturday, March 19 Pancake Breakfast

Cascade vs Corbett Softball Stayton vs Blanchet Catholic

Monday, March 21

4:30 p.m., Regis High.

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Thursday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

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Stayton vs Corbett Baseball 3 p.m., Stayton High.

Cascade vs Molalla Softball 4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

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Wednesday, March 30

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bill Cameron, Spotted Owl Award winning author of Northwest mysteries, speaks on work, mysteries he loves. Wine, cheese reception. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, March 26 Stayton vs Molalla Baseball Noon, Stayton High.

Sunday, March 27 Easter Sunday

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Adult book discussion group. This month selection: “Me By You” by Jojo Moyes. Tea, cookies provided. 503-769-3313

Thursday, March 31 Cascade Golf

Noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville.

Cascade vs Corbett Boys Tennis 4 p.m., Cascade High.

Cascade vs Gladstone Softball

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-7693425

Tuesday, March 22

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, advance directives, more. Free. Appointment: 503-767-2009

Cascade vs North Bend Softball

Noon, Cascade High. Double-header.

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3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. For youth who want to read longer chapter books than Book Bobs. This month’s selection is “Mr. Tucket” by Gary Paulsen. Sign-ups not required, but recommended. 503-769-3313

Thursday, March 24

4:30 p.m., Regis High.

7 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy. $5.50; children 6 and under free.

Regis vs Vernonia Softball

Easter Tulip Sale

Tuesday, March 29

4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

Monday, March 28 Regis vs Gervais

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6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. 503-897-2302

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always strive to be better.”

A local teen will join students from around the world at the Boston Ballet School’s 2016 Summer Dance Program.

Although Miebach’s goal is to become a professional dancer, she has not yet decided where.

“I was very excited to be accepted into Boston’s older division,” said Emma Miebach, 15, a freshman at Cascade High School.

One challenge is finding the funds for training necessary to become a pro, she said. “One summer intensive can cost up to $6,000 for a fully boarded program, where the limited amount of scholarships mainly are handed out to boys,” Miebach said. “This does not include fees for auditions, traveling to the auditions, pointe shoes and many other things.”

“Last year, when I was at their program in Newton, we got to watch the older girls perform. It was so cool! I remember thinking to myself how neat it would be if I could do that next year.” Miebach, who started ballet lessons at age 4, attends classes six days a week at American Ballet Academy in Salem. “I really enjoy performing on stage,” she said. “It makes all those long hours of rehearsal worth it. Although it’s only a couple of minutes of performing, they are some of the best minutes of my life! “I have done other things before like playing soccer and the violin, but ballet is my passion,” she added. “This summer,

Emma Miebach backstage with a friend after a performance of The Nutcrarcker.

I want to work on my technique, artistry and pas de deux, when typically a boy and a girl dance together. Technique is always something a dancer needs to work on. No matter how good you may be, you can

To help pay for some of the costs, Miebach worked summers at her dad’s research farm, threshing and transplanting baby grasses. “I may not have made a whole bunch, but every little bit helped,” she said. “I’m currently looking for a weekend or summer job before I leave for Boston to help pay my costs.”

sings in her school’s a capella group, the Cascadians. The group is currently rehearsing for a competition this March. In her free time, she hangs out with her friend and fellow ballet dancer, Chloë Blake. “We dance on her Marley floor,” she said of the special performance surface that can be laid on top of a wood floor. “She also attended Boston’s Newton program with me.” Miebach credits her ballet talent in part to her studio, where she has studied for three years. “The owner, Annie Joslin, along with Dana Bliss, who is a part of her teaching staff, are the nicest, most caring people,” she said. “No matter how many times I forget to use épaulement or keep my barre shoulder down, they never give up on me. I am just so thankful to have such wonderful teachers and loving parents to support me!”

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Regis stages Oklahoma A handsome cowboy. A winsome farm girl. A spirited rivalry... Not to mention classic songs, like I Can’t Say No, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, and Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’. The Regis High Drama Department will perform Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma under the direction of Anna Boedigheimer. The highspirited musical portrays the rivalry between the farmers and cowboys after the turn of the century. Curly, played by Austin Voltin, is a cowboy, and Laurey, played by Courtney Miller, is a farm girl. Their love story causes a bit of trouble.

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Nicole Miller loves being self-employed.

Her team, she said, works to maintain a favorable public image for clients, putting a “human face to the company and establishing a relationship with the media.”

“Thankfully, I’m intrinsically motivated, so I don’t have a problem with productivity and doing my best work,” Miller, owner of Word’s Out PR in Stayton, said. “I thank my parents for encouraging my entrepreneurial spirit since I was a little girl. I pioneered ‘Cards by Coco’ when I was about 8 years old, selling greeting cards for a quarter to mom and dad’s colleagues.”

Oklahoma plays March 10 - 12 at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m . For tickets, visit www.regishighschool.net or 503.769-2159.

This year, Word’s Our PR celebrates 10 years of offering public relations expertise. Miller started the business in 2005 as a one-person office. Her business has grown, and she now works with nearly a dozen associates who have expertise in graphic design and media relations.

The cast also includes:Claire Peters, Nathan Searles, Derek Boyd, Alex Kelly, Jacob May, Michael Bentz, Gretchen Miller, Wyatt Heuberger, Erin Lulay, Makayla Morehead, Marie Heuberger, Payton Chamberland, Natalie Caudel, Ethan Anderson, Aidan Tabor, Wyatt Koenig and Noah Fowler. Ensemble includes: Lane Myers, Hannah Childers, Eric Reynolds, Emalyn Peterson, Clayton Morehead, Hailey Voltin, Catherine Wavra, Abby Warren, Emily Adams, Lynette Gonzales, Eilish Gormley, Fiona Duncan, Katherine Bentz, Sophia Piccirilli, Cheyenne Cox, Missy Miller, Hannah Cui, Claire Keudell, Holly Blish, and Francesca Piccirilli.

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“We’re strategic communications advisors and brand journalists all bundled up into one package,” Miller said. “The Word’s Out PR team helps guide internal communications, public information releases, community outreach and reputation management. “Public relations is a strategic communications process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and its publics,” she said. “PR is not a sales function; it’s a communications role. My job is to work behind the scenes, counseling people and organizations

Word’s Out clients include Freres Lumber Co., Salem Health, Regis High School, Visit Tillamook Coast and most recently, Neaman Plastic Surgery of Salem. Miller credits entrepreneur coach Allison McKenzie of GROW-EDC for guiding her through the decisionmaking process of having her own business. When not working, Miller serves on the Parent-Teacher Club board at her children’s school. She is the past president of Oregon Capital Chapter Public Relations Society of America, and has served on the GROW-EDC management team and chaired its fundraising committee. This year Miller plans to complete a goal she has had for several years – an Accreditation in Public Relations through the Public Relations Society of America. “I am so grateful to have been surrounded by the right people who supported me and gave me great guidance through the first 10 years in business,” she said.

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Roaring into March Cascade High’s girls basketball team ended its regular season on a 23-game winning s streak and enters the state playoffs ranked No. 1 by the OSAA in Class 4A. The Cougars opened the season with a loss to a team from Hawaii and have run the table since, including a 10-0 mark in the Oregon West Conference. “23 and 1 is probably never expected,” Cascade coach Mark Stevens said. “We were expecting to do well this year. (The) key to very good seasons are the intangibles such as leadership. “As the year has progressed we have developed a very deep bench. I bring starters off the bench. We have played complete games lately and have multiple girls stepping up every game.” The Cougars draw a bye in the first round of the playoffs and just have to win one home game to advance to state. Both Regis hoop squads, meanwhile, are one win away from a trip to Pendleton for the Class 2A tournament. The boys team, 22-3 and ranked No. 1 in the state,

Cascade Cougar hoopsters ranked #1 “Cheer is such a sport of trial and error, and a lot of failures have led our team to success.” Stoyles said she could see the state finish coming during the final week of practice.

hosted Oakland on Feb. 27 while the girls team (19-7 and ranked fifth) hosted Imbler on Feb.26 (after Our Town’s deadline). Cheer: Stayton took fourth place at the OSAA Class 4A large division state cheerleading championships. The Eagles collected 143.60 points from the judges and trailed champion Sweet Home (182.49), Gladstone (175.40) and North Bend (161.50). “They have amazing leadership by the seniors and really came together as a family,” said first-year coach Jenna Stoyles, who played a role in a pair of state championships while coaching at Regis.

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“We had a time during practice where the seniors got to bring something inspirational to the group to help prepare for state. That night was when (the) coaches truly realized that this team of diverse girls had come together as sisters.” Stoyles singled out the leadership of Mandi Elmer and Kasey Ball but also noted the commitment of the entire group to 10 to 15 hours of practice a week for nine months. “Our year has had some ups and downs, but mostly ups,” Stoyles said. “I honestly believe we have really started a new program for Stayton cheer. Competitive cheer is a sport that is so huge in other areas and Stayton hasn’t been one of those that is recognized for that in quite some time, it is time to bring it back.”

Other team members are: Gabrielle Meyers, Sami Croff, Samantha Moses, Savannah Will, Amberlyn Smith, Kaylee Kaaihue, Lilly Sessums, Alyssa Black, Taylor High, Haley Thomas, Jasmin Zepeda, Alexis Keim and Hayley Harr. Stoyles was aided by assistant coach Valerie Fitzgerald. Wrestling: Cascade took third in the Class 4A District 2 wrestling led by Louie Sanchez, who won the district championship at 220 pounds. Sanchez punched his ticket to the state meet with an 8-1 decision against Justin Crum of Sutherlin that improved his season’s record to 31-6. Two other Cougars, James Baxter at 152 and Hayes VanDeHey at 182, finished second to help Cascade ring up 249 team points. Sweet Home won the team title with 376 points. North Marion was second at 304. Cascade showed great depth up and down the lineup with Quinn Legner taking third at 132, Asa Alexander fourth at 152, Sam Garee fourth at 170, Darien Fagan fifth at 120,

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Kade VanDeHey fifth at 145 and six wrestlers finishing sixth: Brook Petterson (106), Devin Privratsky (113), Chris Hernandez (120), Connor Kelly (138), Austin Brill (145) and Macoy Christman (195). Stayton, meanwhile, finished 11th with 53 team points, led by fourthplace finishers Ryan Ninman (113) and Cleveland Smith (145) and Levi Summers (fifth at 160). Dance: The Stayton Highlights won both of their fall competitions and also are 2-0 during the state season as they point toward the OSAA championships in March. The Highlights took second last year after a run of 11 consecutive state titles. “The team is looking incredibly strong,” coach Robin Meier said. “They are such a focused and mentally tough team. Their work ethic is unmatched. They are incredible athletes, incredible dancers, and incredible young women. It’s definitely an honor coaching them.”

Seven seniors -- all of whom have two state titles and one runner-up -- are playing key leadership roles for the Highlights, led by captains Mackenzie Anundi, Maggie Bullard, Cheyene Heuberger and Kymberlin Bush. The other seniors are Rachael Branch, Mandy Christiansen and Olivia Whisman. The Highlights have dedicated their season to Ty Hart, the Stayton Marine, and his 11 Marine mates who died in a helicopter crash off of Hawaii in January. Stayton’s state meet routine is inspired by the story of WWII prisoner of war Louie Zamperini, which was told in the book and film Unbroken. Hoop Shoot: A veteran basketball sharpshooter is headed to Vancouver, Wash., for regional competition. Jacob Axmaker of Sublimity triumphed in the local competition at the Silverton Elks Lodge No. 2210 and has now won a state title as well. Axmaker, who made 21 of 25 shots at state, is a Hoop Shoot veteran, finishing fifth nationally in his age group two years and No. 2 last year.

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FREE Maple Armour, 4 drawers, 1 shelf, excellent shape. You move from apartment.  503-873-7445 Drive Spitfire mobility scooter, hardly used, in great condition. GE gas range, white in good condition. Silverton – 503-873-5456.2007 Bayliner w/trailer, 300 SE Sport inboard motor, $7000 obo BEAUTIFUL DINING Table with six padded chairs, and two table leaves extending it to 8ft. Includes matching lighted hutch.  $475   503-874-6777  

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Part time bartender, apply at Monitor Inn 15525 Woodburn Monitor Rd NE, Woodburn WANTED:  Children’s Church Director-Need motivated Christian. Sundays 10:30-11:30am. $20 per Sunday.  Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt Angel OR  208-597-5854, smnick060896@yahoo.com

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HISTORIC SIMMONS CEMETERY needs your help!  The roadside fence is in disrepair and needs to be replaced.  Please visit the GoFundMe Account at:  https://www/gofundme. com/p4a4zgak for more information and help us maintain the character of this small, but not forgotten, final resting place.  Thank you! The Glockenspiel Restaurant in Mount Angel will be hosting its second annual St. Patrick’s day bash March 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. On hand to help us celebrate will be the Silver Creek String Band playing a host of traditional Irish music. This year’s multi-course dinner will include: Shrimp and Corn Fritters, Brown Butter Soda Bread, Howth Head Seafood Chowder, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Boxty (Irish-style bacon and potato cake with sour cream sauce), Irish Whisky Cake with Irish Whisky Glaze and to make this meal truly all inclusive, it comes with a refreshing glass of cold Irish beer. The price is just $27 per person. Our regular menu will also be available

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as well. To make reservations please call 503-845-6222.    BE A BIG LOSER:  Join Tops-Take off pounds sensibly.  Call 503-5019824 or 503-569-0442.  Meet every Thursday 6pm at St Paul’s Church on Pine.

SERVICES

NEED A CAREGIVER?  Do you know someone who does?  8yrs experience, training classes.  Private pay/through state  $13-$15per hr weekdaysdaytime hours, Silverton/Mt Angel and surrounding areas.  503-874-9116 PIANO LESSONS- BeginningIntermediate - All Ages WelcomeContact Marjorie  503-873-5537 RDR Handyman & Home Repair Service  installation and repair of fencing, decks,doors, windows, siding and roofing.  CCB 206637 licenced, bonded and insured.  Call Ryan  503881-3802   BEFORE THE FALL Yardwork & Lawn Maintenance. Pressure washing, trimming/edging, mowing, pruning, rototilling, bark/soil placement, gutter cleaning, hauling chainsaw work. Free estimates. Call or text 503-508-0388 or 503-871-7295. HERNANDEZ LANDSCAPING mowing,edging,fertilizing, weed control, clean-ups, bark dust, on going maintenance, and more. Free yard debris hauling. Free estimates. Lic# 10370   503-989-5694 or 503719-9953   GASPER’S CLEANING SERVICE SOLUTIONS Complete general Janitorial Services, Home and Business and Construction Cleaning.  Deep cleaning to prepare the home for sale. Move in-Move out. Window cleaning Housekeeping. Frances 503-949-5040 or 503-873-6209 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Residential, light commercial, new buildings, additions, remodeling. Reasonable rates. Michael Finkelstein Design, 503-873-8215. TFN TINA’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Mowing – Edging Bark Dusting – Fertilizing – Pruning - Thatching and Aerating  - On Going Maintenance and clean up – yard debris/Hauling.  CBL# 9404    971-2161093   tinaslandscapemaint.com

CASCADE CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTIONS INC. is teaching Oregon concealed hand gun classes on the 1st and multi state on the 3rd Saturday. Call for location. Visit our website at cccinstruction.com or call 503-580-0753  

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TIMBER WANTED Timberland, timber deeds, timber tracks, standing or deck lumber. Land clearing, Cedar, Maple, Fir, Ash, Oak, Alder. Free appraisals and estimates. 503-874-6321    I’M A WOODWORKER buying old or new handplanes, old logging axes, undercutters, saws and filing tools, blacksmithing, machinist, mechanics tools, any related/unusual items.  503364-5856  4/1 WANTED: USED APPLIANCES – WE BUY Kenmore, Whirlpool, Roper, Estate, Kirkland. Also remove unwanted appliances FREE – hot water heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, old model washer dryers. 503-779-9061

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reaches the mailboxes of your Reach your neighbors and make a deal by advertising in neighbors in Stayton, Our Town Marketplace Sublimity, Aumsville, Private party ads $10 for 25 words and total market Lyons, Mehama coverage Mill City, For businessDetroit, and Gates, real estate Silverton, rates call Scotts Mills, 503-845-9499 Mount Angel . . . 503-769-9525 March 2016 • 17


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Music list

Sharing my play list in hopes you will create your own

Sometimes on a rainy afternoon — we have quite a few in Oregon — I like to listen to music. Not just any music.

I’m Amazed I heard this song on A Prairie Home Companion years ago, and it blew me away. It took me forever to find it. I finally found a home video on You Tube of the teenage Leilani Clark and her family singing it. Her father, Dan Clark, wrote it. It takes my breath away. It will yours too.

I like to listen to music with meaning. I’m not talking about religious music necessarily, although much of the great music in history was religious. I could write a whole column just on Antonio Vivaldi. Rather, I’m talking about music that speaks to me at a deeper level, that when I listen to it, I am inspired. You know what I mean.  The other day, I started to make a list. On it I wrote the titles of songs that inspire me to be a better person. Some you may consider to be trite, and that’s OK, but I like them for what they mean to me. So, without further ado, here’s my Ultimate Play List: What a Wonderful World Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967, it was the perfect antidote to the sixties — and for today, when meanness seems to reign supreme. I know we’re better than that. Or should be.

Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson recorded this in 1987. I think it’s really a challenge to all of us to be more — and to do more — to make a change for the better, in our lives and our world. Humble and Kind I just recently ran across this song recorded by Tim McGraw, a country singer. He describes it as a “letter to your kids.” I think maybe it’s a letter to all of us. I Dreamed a Dream You know this song from the musical Les Miserables. It is about hope and dreams and heartbreak. It’s about life. I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz wrote this about relationships, but it’s also about the human spirit. In the song he vows not to give up. We shouldn’t, either.

Father and Son. His name is Yusuf, but I remember him as Cat Stevens. His songbook is full of tunes that resonate with me — about life, love, kids and all that goes with them. But it’s this song that reminds me every time that being a father — or a son — is often difficult. The one line that stops me is Look at me, I am old but I am happy…. I am, too. I am so happy with my life. And these songs are anthems to that. I’m grateful to these singers and song writers for creating them.  So much of the noise on the radio and TV is meant to be evocative and incite high emotions, but not thought. That’s what’s missing in our popular culture: Thought about what has been, what is and what should be. Something to inspire and motivates us to be our best. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton

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MEDICAL CLINIC

Part of Santiam Hospital

Welcomes Maria Turney, FNP Maria Turney, FNP has joined Cascade Medical Clinic, part of Santiam Hospital. We are thrilled to welcome her to the clinic and to our community. Here is a little more information about Maria: · Maria is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) · With a degree from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN · Maria is bilingual (Spanish speaking) · She has her own large family and decided to move to the area to be closer to them.

Maria seeks to make all her patients and their families feel well-cared for and welcomed.

Maria is accepting new patients. 503.769.7546

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