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First steps By Mary Owen Sublimity residents are invited to an open forum to save the city’s heritage. “Heritage meaning ‘valued objects and qualities’ such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside and historic buildings, that have been passed down from previous generations,” said Mary Carskadon, who is working on the project with Ron Etzel. The duo invites community members to “come and help us save what matters most to our community.” The forum will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. According to the flyer on the upcoming forum, Sublimity is “a small sublime city with a wealth of history, knowledge and stories of its past: St. Boniface Church, Ditters Store, and one of the first state post office locations” in the area. Discussion at the meeting will focus on forming a Sublimity heritage and history

March 18 forum seeks to preserve Sublimity’s history organization, comprised of interested community members who want to “celebrate our past” and to “dedicate our future,” Carskadon said.

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“As Carl Sampson said, in last month’s Our Town, ‘Community is a term heard often, but many times we are robbed of the opportunity to actually be one,’” Carskadon said. “We care about Sublimity history. We hope this meeting moves us forward.” A picture of the Paul Toews’ blacksmith shop mural, permanently mounted in Sublimity on Feb. 26, will be displayed at the meeting. Attendees will learn how the organization may become eligible to become a nonprofit 501(c)3, part of the Oregon Cultural Trust; how to qualify for Oregon Heritage grant programs such as an Oregon Museum grant; Historic Cemeteries grant; grants to match cities that have certified as historic preservation partners for things such as historic resource surveys, preservation education, building restoration, and planning.





The new group will also research how to fund future murals around town, Carskadon said. “Stayton is doing it,” she said. “Silverton has done it for years, with independent funding.” Paul Toews’ mural, newly installed on the exterior of Sublimity Building Supply, celebrates Sublimity’s past.

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Food for thought By Mary Owen The North Santiam School District says goodbye to 30-year employee and welcomes a new food service director. Toni Silbernagel has worked in and directed food service for the North Santiam School District for more than 30 years, most recently as the Food Service Program director. Silbernagel is now a child nutrition specialist with the child and adult care food program and the summer food service program at the Oregon Department of Education. She also does preapprovals, renewals and gives general assistance to many sites around Oregon. “I am excited to be able to help out many programs to help ensure their success in feeding children,” Silbernagel said. “I am very proud of the program that I was able to build, working with a great food service team, while at North Santiam School District. I am the only food service director that has even been at the district, and it was exciting for me to see the program

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grow and evolve over the years.” Silbernagel said NSSD will always be near and dear to her, and that she was blessed to have been able to do a job she truly enjoyed every day.

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“Toni grew the program and put her heart into it,” said Jane Nofziger, business manager for NSSD. “She loves kids, food service, nutrition and fun. She enjoys making food service a special part of the students’ day... Many students were not finding their way to the cafeteria due to tight schedules or just wanting a change from the cafeteria environment. Toni created and purchased the food cart, creating a more convenient, but equally nutritious alternative for these busy students.” School board member Tass Morrison called Silbernagel “innovative.”

“Toni cared deeply about the nutritional health of our students,” Morrison said. “She set the standard high for serving NSSD’s schoolchildren and I greatly appreciate all that she accomplished here.”

Replacing Silbernagel is Mike Vetter, who brings to the job more than 20 years experience as a food service manager. Most recently he served as food service director for Bethel School District, administrator of nutrition at Beaverton School District, and food service director at Central School District. “Mike brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the district,” Nofziger said. “He is passionate about working in the kitchen with staff. Mike loves scratch cooking and one of his goals is serving food made from scratch. He will start his day in one of the five kitchens throughout

the district, preparing food and serving the students along with the staff.” Vetter stepped into his new position in February. “I am really excited about getting absorbed into the community and meeting the families – and giving a voice to children’s nutrition,” Vetter said. “I want to become a part of the NSSD family. I look forward to bringing my excitement about child nutrition to the district. I like making food service fun for our students!” District officials agree that food service programs in public schools is one of the most highly regulated, complicated, controlled and audited programs provided for children. “And with good reason,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent for NSSD. “It’s about the health and safety of our children, and our parents must trust that we are doing our best to provide healthy and safe services throughout the day for their children.”

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Stayton Rotary Club has named Jacob Bentz, Regis High School, and Carlin Croff, Stayton High School, as this year’s Future First Citizens.

Bentz plans to attend the University of Oregon this fall and study journalism while working for Duck Football as a volunteer.

“Stayton Area Rotary is “My four older siblings excited and proud for this have always been present to opportunity to honor Carlin show me how to navigate and Jacob as Future First life as I grow, giving me Citizens,” said Karen Andall, Jacob Bentz great examples of their Rotary spokesperson. “Rotary Regis High School own,” he said. “My mom SUBMITTED PHOTO values the objectives of and dad make me know I service, high ethical standards, personal can do great things in this world and have commitment to serve our community been my greatest examples for who I want and fellowship. It is clear in knowing to be when I am older.” the accomplishments and attributes of Bentz said Rotary’s motto, “Service above these young men that they have pursued Self,” represents the people that surround and demonstrated these values. We him in his life. congratulate them and wish the best in “I am forever grateful for the efforts of my what are certain for both to be successful parents, school, and friends to make me and rich futures as they move forward in the best version of myself,” he said. “I will their lives.” honor this award and the people in my Jacob Bentz said he is grateful for corner by continuing to serve in my life.” receiving the honor. At Regis, Bentz plays football and runs “Thanks to Stayton Rotary and track. He also runs the Regis Student the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Media and Publications department, Commerce, the work of those around serves as a student body co-president, me has been highlighted,” he said. “This serves as vice president of the award shines on each one of my teachers, International Thespian Society, and is a mentors, friends, and family, as they are member of the National Honor Society. the reason I am the person I am today.” “Outside of school, I have been a Bentz credits Regis for teaching him how member of Boy Scouts for 11 years and to be a “strong, balanced, and benevolent am currently working on a community leader.” service project to attain the rank of Eagle “Through student council, my time Scout,” he said. “I also volunteer at my in the classroom, and my time on the church throughout the year.” field, I have learned perseverance and When not studying, Bentz enjoys sports. innovation,” he said. “The close-knit environment has given me so many great “I go out and play pickup basketball or

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“Because I don’t feel like I’ve done anything that remarkable in high school,” he said. “I’ve just been doing my job as a student leader by advocating for my peers and doing my best to create a more positive, tight-knit community at my school. It is a blessing to be recognized by the community that I love so much and work hard to serve.” Croff has a long list of school activities, including senior class president. His list includes: Associated Student Body junior class president; Ace-It! Tutoring Club serving as vice-president and president; varsity soccer, Concert Choir, National Honor Society, Hunklights participant, member of ASL, prayer group, tabletop gaming and book clubs. He also had a lead role in the Drama Club’s production of Secretary. Croff has also completed almost 225 hours of community service, including: Outdoor School counselor, SHS Canned Food Drive, SHS Blood Drive, SHS Assemblies Emcee, SHS Soccer Camp,

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Toddler Storytime, 10:10 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore world of early literacy through play. 503-769-3313 Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Songs, stories, rhythms, rhymes. Free. 503-769-3313 English Class, 11 a.m. - noon, Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. English as a second language class. Free. 503-769-0654 Senior Meals, noon, First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204. English, Citizenship & GED Class, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. $20 for workbook. Repeats Thursdays. Mary, 503-769-0654 Stayton Community Singers, 7 p.m., Rising Star Studios, 220 E Ida St., Stayton. 971-304-4255 AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.


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Wednesday Artists, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Santiam Eagles Lodge, 640 SW Broadway, Mill City. Artists meet to paint. All welcome. Michelle, 503-897-2637 Beginning Tai Chi, 10:15 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road. Taught by certified instructor Wendy Stone. Repeats Fridays. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m., Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. , visit AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Gates Community Church of Christ, 40070 Gates School Road. AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Idanha City Hall, 111 Highway 22.


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BabyTime!, 11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore early literacy through movement, songs, rhymes, play. Infants 0 - 18 months with caregivers. 503-769-3313 Pinochle, 1 - 4 p.m., Santiam Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First St., Mill City. Free. 503-897-4176 AA Meeting, 6 p.m., Santiam Outreach Community Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861. Al-Anon Meeting, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton.


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The public is invited to view the artwork of local adult and youth artists during February at Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. 503-769-3313

Sunday, March 1

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 2

Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton Fire Department, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duiway chapter meeting followed by Weddle Funeral Home presenting writing workshop, “Leave Your Legacy.” Program begins at 11 a.m. Refreshments served. Open to public. Free. 503-769-5951

Read Across America

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425

Tuesday, March 3 Stayton Lions Club

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats March 17. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, March 4 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Refreshments. 503-769-3464

St. Boniface Museum

9 a.m. - noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Coffee, tea, cookies. Appointments for other times available by calling Charlene, 503-508-0312.

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10 - 11:30 a.m., Doris’s Place, 11656 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. A free opportunity to spend time with your children, socialize with other families, build support. RSVP to Hannah, 503769-1120. Repeats March 18.

Aumsville Senior Group

10:30 a.m., Riverview Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. All seniors are welcome. Repeats March 18. Barbara, 503-749-4306, barbara4215@

Stayton Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Ugo’s Pizza, 190 E Ida St., Stayton. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by either wearing green or decorating your red hat to reflect the holiday. Contact hostess Jean Evett, 503-859-2563, to RSVP.

Santiam Heritage Foundation

6:30 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-8860,

Thursday, March 5 Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

North Santiam Historical Society

7 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 140 E Sorbin St. Open to public. Frances, 503-897-2816

Friday, March 6 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aumsville Fire Department, 490 Church St. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

Friday Movie

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Frozen 2. Free. For children and their families. 503-769-3313

Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, March 7 Family Storytime

11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore early literacy through songs and rhythms, stories and rhymes. Children and family members. Free. 503-769-3313

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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

Monday, March 9 Sublimity City Council

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

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Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public. 503-859-2410

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m.,. Mehama Fire Station, 21475 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2601

Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Library, 279 Eighth St. Open to public. 503-859-2366

Tuesday, March 10 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. David Lewis, PhD, member of Grand Ronde Tribe, speaks about Native American history in the area. Members invited to no-host supper with Lewis. Meeting is open to public. Light refreshments provided. 503-743-2639

Detroit City Council

6:30 p.m., Detroit City Hall, 150 N Detroit Ave. Open to public. 503-845-3496

Mill City City Council

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

Cascade School Board

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

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638. All eligible veterans can join. Repeats March 24. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, March 11 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Santiam Golf Course, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Hosted by Stayton Area Rotary. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Refreshments. 503-769-3464

NW Senior & Disability Services

9 a.m. - noon, Santiam Outreach Community Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Aging and Disability Resource Connection. Get help with Medicaid, long-term care, SNAP, caregiver support, home-delivered meals, health and wellness classes. Free. Walk-ins welcome. To schedule an appointment, call Cassandra, 503-304-3459. Repeats March 25..

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10 a.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Discuss, review process in completing design, raising funds for Mill City’s Railroad Bridge. saveourbridgecommittee

Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Ellen Egan of Egan Gardens demonstrates how to make successful container planters. Plants available for purchase. Jackie Kirkpatrick will share a word of inspiration. 503-767-3348

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1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one. This month’s topic: End of Life Planning Legal, Hospice, Burial. Julie, 503-304-3432

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2 - 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public. Repeats March 25. 503-769-3499

Santiam Canyon School Board

5:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

Dungeons & Dragons

5:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Firsttimers, experienced players welcome. Age 12 - adult. Free. 503-769-3313

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9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319,

Mom to Mom

9:30 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Meet local moms of young children. Kids play while parents talk. Repeats March 26.

Goodwill Job Connection

1 - 4 p.m., Santiam Center, 11656 Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Free assistance with resumes, job leads, job search skills, more., 503-371-2947

Lego Build-It!

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make creation from Legos to display. For children and their families. 503-769-3313

Chamber After Hours

6 p.m., Not So Shabby, 618 N Second Ave., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317

North Santiam Watershed Council

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

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

Aumsville Historical Society 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. 503-749-2744

Saturday, March 14 Friends Spring Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Molly Mo’s, 440 NE Cherry St., Sublimity. Vintage items for home, person, garden. Also at Mama Roost, 6067 SE 78th Ave., Salem. Free admission. 503-510-0820

Second Saturday Winter Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts. Free admission. 503-464-6664

Canyon Senior Center Bingo

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First Ave., Mill City. Play bingo for donated prizes. To donate a prize, contact Mike Long, Repeats March 28. 502-897-4176

Art Mart

6 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. All veterans with honorable discharge welcome.

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Tuesday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Mill City Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-3499

Wednesday, March 18

Teen Un-Book Club

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Hang out, eat snacks, have informal chat about books. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Sublimity Heritage Society

4:30 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Interest meeting in forming Sublimity Heritage Society to save Sublimity’s historical values. Open to all. Mary Carskadon, 503-769-4521

Stayton Library Board

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, March 19 Spring Equinox Cascade Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Turner Christian Church, 7871 SE Marion Road, Turner. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Stewart’s Hall, 158 Broadway, Mill City. Marketplace for locally created, handmade art and crafts projects. Free admission, parking. Food, drinks available for purchase. No pets. Ken Cartwright, 503-507-2941

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6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

4:30 - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Homemade spaghetti sauce, salad bar, garlic bread, dessert. $10 adults, $5 children 6 - 12. Children 5 and under free. Tickets at Stayton Pool or door. Benefits Friends of the Stayton Pool. 541-661-4565

Monday, March 16 Friends of the Library

5:15 - 6:30 p.m., Advantage Dental of Stayton, 521 N First Ave. Open to public. 503-769-3464

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

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2:30 p.m., The Box, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton group discusses topics related to economic health of historic downtown Stayton. Open to public. New members welcome. 503-767-2317

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make bookmarks using ribbons, charms, buttons. Free. Age 12 - adult. Register at library or by calling 503-769-3313.

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Economic Vitality

6 p.m., Sublimity Elementary, 431 E Main St. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

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7 p.m., Gates City Hall, 101 E Sorbin St. Open to publice. 503-897-2669

Friday, March 20 Softer Side of Storytime

10 a.m., Stayton Public Library. For families looking for more adaptive library experience for children of all abilities. Space is limited. 503-769-3313

MC Dog Services Visit

1 - 3 p.m., Stayton City Hall, 362 N Third Ave. Marion County Dog Services meetn-greet. Learn about licensing, lost dogs, how to adopt a dog or become volunteer. Open to all. 503-769-3425

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Tuesday, March 24 Santiam Integration Team

10:30 a.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 E Sorbin Ave. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319

7 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits & gravy, coffee, juice. $6; children under 6 free. 503-859-2161

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

Sunday, March 22 KofC FUNdraiser

1 - 5 p.m., Anthony Hall, 11758 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. St. Anthony Council Knights of Columbus corned beef & cabbage meal. Beer by Wolfgang’s. Music, games. $15 adults, $8 children 11 and under. Benefits Oregon Right to Life.

Monday, March 23 Aumsville City Council

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

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Try to win at life-size versions of popular board games. For children and their families. 503-769-3313 6:30 p.m., Detroit City Hall, 150 N Detroit Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-3496

Mill City City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, March 25 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., First American Title, 1161 N First Ave., Stayton. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Refreshments. 503-769-3464

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9:30 a.m., The Box, LLC, 278 E High St., Stayton. Step-by-step approach to pursuing passion and goal setting for intentional success. Free to local entrepreneurs, business professionals. Co-hosted by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, Words Out PR. 503-769-3464

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. This month’s selection is Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giodano. Free. 503-769-3313

Teen Art Lab

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Paint color block piece. Grades 6 - 12. Register at library or by calling 503-769-3313.

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Veteran Information Seminar

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Hear from veteran community groups, organizations about benefits available and opportunities for veterans and their families. Lunch provided to those who RSVP by calling 503-769-2423.

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7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public. 503-769-3425

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Cascade took second and Stayton third in the Feb. 21-22 Class 4A Special District 2 wrestling championships hosted by the Eagles.

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Athletes from both schools and Santiam competed after Our Town’s presstime in the state tournament in Portland. Powerful Sweet Home easily won the district title with 477.5 points. Cascade scored 214 and Stayton 167. Cascade is taking three district champions to state. Mauro Michel improved to 41-0 this season with a pin against Kyle Watkins of Sweet Home at 113 pounds. Kane Nixon is now 34-4 after downing Brayden Stewart 14-4 for the title at 145. And the Cougars also got a title from 152-pound Noah Thompson, 39-4, who pinned Ethan Spencer of Sweet Home in 43 seconds. Also placing for the deep Cascade squad were Daniel Moore (3rd at 113), Ben Roth (3rd at 160), Kayden Lindquist (4th at 170), Caymus Roache (5th at 138), Joe Baxter (5th at 145), Waylon Wymore (5th at 170), Gale Ochoa (5th at 195), Rian Gage (5th at 220), Connor Stapleton (6th at 120), Blake Perlicheck (6th at 160), Nathan Law (6th at 285), Tayton Miller (8th at 126) and Mason Webb (8th at 138). Eli Howard (33-6) was the lone district champion for the host Eagles. Howard pinned Rian Howard of Sweet Home one second before the conclusion of their match at 126 pounds. Taking second for Stayton was Johnny Sylva, who was pinned 4:34 into his title match against Kenny Storms of Sweet Home.

4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Marist Catholic at 113), Ben Adams (5th at 113), Travis King (5th at 132), Jason Ritchie (5th at 152), Connor Hollenbeck (5th at 160), Owen O’Connor (5th at 182),Wyatt Hooper (6th at 106), Donald Morgan (8th at 126), Gabe Brown (8th at 132) and Eli Brown (8th at 160). Santiam, meanwhile, finished ninth in the Class 2A-1A Special District 1 meet at Vernonia. The Wolverines scored 71 points and produced two district champions as well as a runner-up. Tyson Patton (20-7) won the 106 title with a pin 1:57 into his title match with Jacob Whittles of Nestucca. Riley Rothrock (205) pinned Deryk Turner of Neah-Kah-Nie 19 seconds into their championship match at 132 pounds. Brody Davidson took second at 152, losing a wild 19-11 match in the final against Tanner Clark of Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter. Also scoring for Santiam was Isaac TurnerWilliams (5th at 132). Swimming: Stayton and Cascade athletes also competed in the state swimming championships at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton. Stayton’s boys, led by Tanner Fixsen, took eighth with 12 points, while the Eagles’ girls, led by Kylie Mannix, were 12th with six points. Fixsen was second in the 500 free and

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Secondly, Hawkins noticed that “too many people just chase symptoms and never address the actual cause of their health problems.” After she purchased Stayton Vital Health four years ago, Hawkins noticed that she was having the exact same conversation with anyone who was serious about eliminating their health issues. “I spent the first eight hours with any client going over the exact same information and eventually decided to just include that information in an easyto-read book,” she said. “As soon as I finished the first book, I realized there was much more I could tell people about how to improve their health.” Hawkins is planning to pen several books in the Overcoming Autoimmune series, each with its own companion workbook to help readers apply what they learn. An online componet will offer videos and access to other resources: BookBonuses. She said questions can be directed to her Facebook group Overcoming Autoimmune The Book.

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than I’ll ever see in my life. I just read a book about the military. The Department if Defense is paying $130 million for a single jet fighter – and that doesn’t include the research and development costs that went into it. The total cost: $1.5 trillion. It’s time to declare peace!

It’s like dealing with the mafia. No matter how much we have already given them, they want more. Not once have I ever heard anyone associated with government look me in the eye, thank me, and tell me, “That’s enough.” They always have their hand out. A friend who is “in the know” spent a little time in Our Nation’s Capital recently and reported that no one in Congress can agree on anything except for one thing: they can all agree on spending more money. That makes me sad. I know it’s expensive to run the federal government, or the state government. But we have become a culture that, in its heart, believes that money will make us happy. And the more money we spend, the happier we’ll be. If that were true, we’d all be ecstatic. I’d be doing cartwheels around the room right now. The U.S. spends more than any nation on the planet, yet it’s not even in the top 10 for the happiest countries.  Congress and the administration spent something like $4.4 trillion last year. Of that, they borrowed $1 trillion.




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We’ve got your back (side) Be Your Own Health Advocate: Risks, Symptoms and Treatment for Colon Cancer Join Us For a FREE Lecture by Allyson Sterling, DO, DABS, FACS

Wednesday, March 4th · 6:00pm Freres Auditorium · 1401 N. 10th Ave. Stayton Dr. Allyson Sterling is a surgeon at Santiam General Surgery Clinic in Stayton 503.769.3785

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Our Town Santiam

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Our Town South: March 1, 2020  

Our Town Community News serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, and the Santiam Canyon.

Our Town South: March 1, 2020  

Our Town Community News serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, and the Santiam Canyon.