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Stayton establishes Public Arts Commission The Stayton City Council voted Feb. 22 to adopt a city ordinance establishing a Public Arts Commission to approve any public art within the city of Stayton. “Having a public body responsible for works of public art in the city will mean that it is not just one or two people deciding on what is erected or displayed on public property,” said Dan Fleishman, planning and development director. “Also, the commission is given the responsibility for keeping track of works of public art.” The council established a commission of five members with some interest, education or expertise in public art. The commission will serve in an advisory capacity to the council, planning commission, parks and recreation board. “The commission can also recommend removal and/or disposal based on a list of conditions, including safety or artwork is damaged irreparably,” Fleishman told councilors. Other duties will include developing and

recommending policies and programs to enhance and encourage the planning, placement, insurance and maintenance of public art displays within the community open to the public. The commission will make recommendations on using funds to acquire and maintain art as well. Funding will come from a special public art fund established by the city and capital funds may come from any source, including the sale of general obligation bonds. Mayor Hank Porter will nominate Public Arts Commission members and city council will confirm. Initially, the mayor will appoint two people to three-year terms, two people to two-year terms, and one person to a one-year term. As terms expire, appointees will be given three-year terms. Vacancies will be filled by appointment after the position has been advertised and applications are received and reviewed by council. All members must be residents of Stayton. To apply visit www.staytonoregon.gov. – Mary Owen

May ballot Pool, library levy split By Mary Owen The Stayton City Council recently opted to split a proposed five-year local option tax levy to be placed on the May 18 election ballot. “The idea of a recreation levy separate from the library levy made a lot of sense,” Mayor Hank Porter said. “It was something we hoped people could get behind to maintain these features that make Stayton special.” As COVID-19 restrictions ease, and with new funding available, Porter said area residents can be “out and about and enjoy these public places again.” If passed, the two levies will partially support the Stayton Public Library as well as the Stayton Family Memorial Pool, and Stayton parks to maintain service, operations, and to assist with capital improvements. According to a city memorandum, local option tax levies have been issued continuously since 1999 at a rate of $.60 per $1,000 of assessed value. The need for these levies results from the statewide tax limitation Measures 47 and 50, passed in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Last year’s levies, proposed in the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections, were narrowly defeated by 47.09 percent to 52.91 percent and 49.61 percent to 50.39 percent, respectively. In a memorandum to city council, a staff report July 20 cited that failure to pass the Nov. 3 levy “could lead to battle fatigue in the spring of 2021 from voters who will no longer continue to support a levy vote after consecutive failures. “The short- and long-term uncertainty of the financial impacts of COVID-19 causes an additional challenge as voters may be unwilling to support a levy during fiscal

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Something to Talk About

Trial by ice By Mary Owen Just when folks in the Santiam Canyon area were getting back on their feet from the Labor Day wildfires, the worst ice storm in 40 years hit hard, once again placing many at the mercy of their neighbors and local businesses for help. “Marion County is filled with ‘service above self’ believing neighbors,” said Commissioner Danielle Bethell, quoting the Rotarian Creed. “During my campaign throughout 2020, I met many of these service providers. During the start of COVID-19 I saw many step up to help small businesses with skills that were needed for pivoting. During the Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires, I saw many step up to help evacuate, feed, house, clean up, and now on to rebuilding. Now ... we saw the same desire to help, but of course through a new crisis.”

With hundreds of downed power lines and hundreds of blocked roads, government and utility crews were maxed working since the “wee hours” of Feb. 13 morning, Bethell said. “The Santiam Canyon is on the list but not the first to get attention for basic things such as roadway access,” she added. “So, what happens? A local small business steps up again!” Siegmund Landscape Supply in Mehama had two plow trucks and a grader working from 4 p.m. Feb. 13 until 1:15 a.m. Feb. 14 to clear roads. “We’ll touch up a few more streets again tomorrow,” Andrew Siegmund promised residents. Chuck Woodring offered to get some dry clothes on and return to pull people out

Neighbors, services unite in the face of shared adversity of emergency situations. “I have a tractor and can help if you need it,” he said. Karen Clark posted she had heard private citizens were plowing themselves out in Idanha and Detroit. Jon Purkey asked for a ride from Idanha to Mill City to buy groceries; Candy Ramos and her hubby came to the rescue with their king-cab truck. To Purkey’s thank you, she replied, “No problem, it’s Valentine’s Day.” More reports poured in of people stuck because of the ice. Local community sites filled with comments from those needing or offering help. “My husband is a millwright at Frank Lumber,” posted Irene Jackson on Facebook. “He had to drive into Salem to get some parts they needed. Their cell service and computers are all down! They are completely cut off up in Mill City!” Jackson proposed for people to check on Canyon residents, already recovering from fire damage, to see if anything is needed. “Take them a pizza,” Jackson said. “Stay and visit and talk to them face to face like the old days!” Jackson’s power went out Feb. 12, as did that of many of her neighbors in the corridor running from Aumsville and Stayton up through Mill City and Detroit. Days later she was still waiting for power to be restored. “Our transformer blew,” Jackson, who lives on Myrtle Street in Stayton, explained. “Our backyard got completely destroyed from neighbors’ trees on all three sides. They took out the fences, grape arbor, raised beds, swing set, fruit

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Ruby Turner was without power and water beginning Feb. 12. “We are on Golf Club Road and had to drive away just to get cell service,” she shared. Downed power poles put the area on the map as one of the hardest hit in the state. Pacific Power, with thousands of customers in the dark, predicted it would be a week or more before every household had electricity restored. With so many families without power, school districts canceled school for the week of Feb. 15. Santiam Canyon School District

Superintendent Todd Miller told families in his district, “I think we have reached our max on emergencies for the year. I would tell you to please reach out to us if you need support, but at this time, we have no communications to the schools. I will let you know when that changes.” The North Santiam School District notified families that district schools would be closed through the end of the week because approximately 1,700 families were still without power. Cascade School District also canceled classes. Despite added hardships, humor was still alive. Michelle Hess posted “rare raw natural ice infused with essential oils from cotton wood, $5 a pound.”


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We have a well so if you need fresh water or water for your animals/livestock, I’m happy to help.” Brianna Rogers and her friends offered help clearing debris for their neighbors. “We’re always looking for ways to serve the community,” she said.


“I can get other natural wood ice, too,” she said raising laughing emojis with a photo of her down branches. A photo of a groundhog came with the caption, “Y’all thought I was playin’!” And Lori Kadlitz posted, “Y’all better be nice today. Day 5, no power and only one shower. I’m not playing around!” After adding “LOL” to her post, she did encourage people to be nice to each other, saying “be the great community we’ve always been. Stay warm and stay positive.” Community sites for local businesses were ready to help neighbors with ice storm woes. Many posted thanks to workers for their help. Others offered assistance to their neighbors. Santiam Sports Center in Mill City offered linemen and first responders to stop in for a free cup of coffee, to warm up and to use the restroom. Casey Cioffi posted, “If you’re still out of power in the Aumsville/Stayton area, let me know what you need besides power!

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Stayton Vital Health offered showers on Feb. 17 for those still without power. Joy of Donuts, Mill City, and The Donut Hole, Stayton, brought donuts to linemen, police, firefighters and others. And good old’ fashioned cash could get people a hot meal at local eateries which opened despite power and Internet challenges. Despite the weather, Caesar the No-Drama Llama still showed up Saturday at Evelyn Joe’s Farmhouse Café in Mehama on Valentine’s Day to give out hugs and kisses to visitors, a few of whom grabbed lunch. “Most delicious raspberry white-chocolate mocha and chicken Caesar salad wrap,” said Micah Keto. “Great Valentine’s lunch!” For those on SNAP benefits who lost food to the ice storm, help was offered to replace some SNAP dollars, with funds added back on Oregon EBT cards. A replacement form had to be turned in to the Oregon Department of Human Services office in person within ten days of the loss, so Santiam Hospital’s SIT team spent the week offering onsite support at Anthony Hall to help families apply. Pandemic, windstorm, wildfires, ice storm... In a long year of extraordinary circumstances the community continued display the heart to help others.


March 2021 • 7

Helping Hands

I Want to Tell You...

Mom develops books to help her son communicate

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“I wanted to have a lot of white space,” she added. Noting that, unlike the busy pages of many children’s books, each page in Kletter’s series contains only a simple photograph – often demonstrating the ASL sign – and the corresponding word or phrase.

Natashia Kletter never imagined she would develop a line of books specifically engineered to help neurodiverse children communicate. But when her son Kenny was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, she knew there was nothing she wouldn’t do to help him succeed.

“It was really important that nothing was lost,” Kletter explained. The representation of each and every carefully chosen element was also important to Kletter. Which is why the photographs feature children of multiple genders, skin colors, sizes and abilities. And for the Let’s Eat! book she did a poll of the most popular children’s foods.

“Every mom strives to do what they can to give their child better opportunities, regardless of the child’s development,” Kletter explained. And for Kenny – who experts predicted would never learn to speak – those opportunities largely hinged around communication. “We were fully anticipating that he would be nonverbal for life,” Kletter said. “But it felt like the [communication] tools that were being used were archaic.”

“I’m in an autism parents’ group,” Kletter noted. “I asked, ‘What does your child eat?’” Once complete, Kletter began marketing the books at conferences, through presentations to school districts and via a host of conversations with other moms. Unfortunately, the 2020 pandemic put all of those efforts, for the most part, on hold.

Those tools included a host of assistive communication devices that were largely parent-centric and, on the whole, not overly successful. “I was, like, if I could put all these pieces together in one soundboard book, and reduce the extra images, we could speak his language and not expect him to speak ours,” Kletter said of the inspiration that would eventually become a whole line of books aimed at giving children the tools to communicate using photographs and signs. Inspired, Kletter – who has a bachelor’s degree in engineering – began experimenting, first by reengineering one of Kenny’s communication apps. Building on the observation that he was more drawn to photographs than to the line drawings most systems utilized, she filled the newly built application with people he knew, foods he liked to eat and places he would recognize. “I rebuilt it with his favorite things,” Kletter said. “It was a lot of observing and maximizing on his interests and skills.” But all the effort was worth it, Kenny was thriving. And Kletter began working on a way to help other kids as well. “The design component came together for the books and I approached my aunt and uncle,” Kletter recalled. “They partnered with me and funded my efforts.”

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The first book the team produced, I Want to Tell You… I Love You!, came out a short time later, just as the family was moving from Woodburn to their new home in Silverton in 2019. Based around core communication – with simple words and phrases like: play, all done, eat, drink and help – the book was immediately met with requests for more. “The feedback from moms was, ‘Where’s the rest?’” Kletter laughed. “And so, we had to scramble.” Six more color-coded books soon joined the series with titles like, I Can Do It, How I Feel and Let’s Eat. “There are a lot of design features that are subliminal,” Kletter said of the books’ layout, which is similar to the sound board books many parents are familiar with utilizing thick, paperboard pages and a set of buttons along one side.

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 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.


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


Virtual Chamber Chat, 8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org


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


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Regis Athletic Association is hosting the virtual Ram Stampede 50/75/100 Mile Challenge. Runners/walkers can participate anyhere, anytime and at their own pace. Miles must be turned in May 31. Funds benefit the physical and sports programs at Regis High School. For more details and to sign up, visit runsignup.com/race/or/stayton/ regisstampede.

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Stayton City Council

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Sublimity Planning Commission

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Noon - 1 p.m. Zoom. Learn effective, practical strategies that will help families reach fitness goals. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/events/workshops. Repeats March 20.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

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North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. For meeting login, call 503-930-8202.

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7 p.m. Zoom. Agenda available. Open to public. For login information, call 503-769-2601. Staytonfire.org

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Login info: 503-859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. Limited in-person seating. Meeting also on Zoom. Meeting ID: 862 1928 5441. Passcode: KC8U86. 503-859-2366, lyons.ccrls.org

RDS Board

6 p.m. Join Revitalize Downtown Stayton in a virtual board meeting. Open to public. Email info@ downtownstayton.com for login instructions prior to meeting. Downtownstayton.org, 503-767-2317

6:30 p.m. Conference Call. Agenda available. Open to public. For information for joining the meeting, call 503-7492894. aumsvillefire.org

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Create a healthy, productive vegetable garden for your family. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/events/workshops. Repeats March 26.

Saturday, March 13 Family Photo Shoot

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Patrick´s Hall, 362 Seventh St., Lyons. Community-wide family photo shoot. Details on Facebook @MariLinnPTA. MarilinnPTA@gmail.com

To-Go Mexican Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Main St., Lyons. Dinner of two chicken fajitas with rice and beans. $10. To-go only. 503-859-2161

Preserving Childhood

Cascade School Board

10 - 11 a.m. Zoom.Talk about stress, trauma, resiliency in childhood and how to support a child’s emotional health. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/events/workshops.

Wednesday, March 10

Monday, March 15

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by MAPS Credit Union. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

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Friday, March 5

Noon - 1 p.m. Zoom. Learn simple, effective circuits that you can do at home with minimal equipment. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/ events/workshops.

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Teleconference. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503-769-5475. cityofsublimity.org

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

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Sublimity City Council

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

Tuesday, March 2

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Caregiver Connection

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


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Santiam Canyon Youth Benefit Golf Tournament online auction to benefit scholarships and funding assistance grants. Cash donations also accepted. Runs through March 25. Auction link: https://charityauction.bid/YBGT. Mike Long, mikelong@ybgolf.com, 503-897-4902.

Friends of the Library

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Open to public. 503-769-3313, staytonfol.org

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Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Stayton City Council

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to public. Agenda available. Live stream https:// youtu.be/TAnHd3kskuc 503-769-3425. Staytonoregon.gov

Tuesday, March 16 American Legion Post 58

6 p.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Members, guests welcome. Face masks, social distancing required. Mike Sowles, 503-509-9948, post58.us

Wednesday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 18 Play All Day!

10 - 11 a.m. Zoom. Learn how babies and young children develop math, science, reading and language skills through play. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls. org/events/ workshops. Repeats March 20.

NSSD Board

6 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. May move to Zoom. 503-7696924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

Aumsville Planning Commission

Saturday, March 20 Spring Equinox Book Talk

9:30 a.m. Zoom. St. Francis by Niko Kazantzekis. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-845-2556, benedictinefoundation@ gmail.com

Community Clothing Closet

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Santiam Chapel Assembly of God, 440 Fifth St., Lyons. Clean, gently used or new clothes for children, men and women of all sizes. Also some hygiene and housewares items are available to all in need. 503-859-2643

Bethel Clothing Closet

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

Monday, March 22 Aumsville City Council

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Tuesday, March 23 Lyons City Council

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

Sunday, March 28 Food Truck Gathering

Noon - 6 p.m., Water Street, Stayton. Have lunch, dinner at area food trucks. Lineup: Island Grindz, Lucy´s, The Big Noodle, Rad MobileMunchies, Spud Bus. Stayton Food Trucks on Facebook.

Monday, March 29 Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to the public. Agenda available. Live Stream on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ipKVgDWpJMo 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

Sublimity Planning Commission

7 p.m., Video Conference. Open to public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-769-5475, cityofsublilmity.org

Wednesday, March 31 Red Cross Blood Drive

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

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

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Managed by the same concessionaire for the majority of the past 45 years, the Conference Center, along with two ranches – each offering overnight space and commercial kitchens – have played a stable role in the visitor experience the State Park offers its guests. Similarly, the Silver Falls Lodge Café – located within the historic South Falls Lodge – has served many of the 1.3 million day-use visitors passing through the park each year.

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For Horter, the key lay in joining a fitness team. And thankfully, with a plethora of classes, everything from yoga to kickboxing, offered online, continuing her usual workout – and sharing it with others – was a cinch. “I partner with Beachbody and use their online workout library and nutritional programs with the clients I work with online in my virtual bootcamps,” she explained. Adding that, for those who have never tried a virtual exercise program, now is a good time to start. “It’s like having a world-class gym/studio at your fingertips. Classes have come a long way from the old VHS tapes I used to do growing up.” But exercise doesn’t have to mean joining a class and it doesn’t have to be indoors, as the weather improves and hiking, running and biking trails open up, getting outside is also a great way to start building back muscle.

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“In the beginning, I found myself slipping into unhealthy coping mechanisms,” Rita Horter – who has worked as a fitness instructor and holistic health coach for the past 14 years – admitted, “turning to food, stress baking, drinking more than I normally do. I had to draw a hard line in the sand to take me back to a place that I felt better, more like myself again.”

“Start now,” Lainie Pyper – a Fitness Instructor at Anytime Fitness for over five years – advised. “Just move. Maybe it’s going for a walk with a friend, glute squeezes while you’re doing dishes or heel raises while you’re watching TV. You don’t necessarily need to come back to the gym, just start moving.” And starting somewhere is important – both for those whose fitness routines were derailed by the pandemic and for those who have never established a routine in the first place. “I used to have this mentality – I’ll just wait until Monday,” Pyper recalled of her own struggles with fitness, early in life. “Then I just decided, that doesn’t work anymore.”


Now Pyper, the mother of five, sees staying fit and healthy as more than one more chore. It’s who she is. “It’s become a way of life for me that I can’t live without,” she confessed. “It’s so hard for mothers to have their own identity as individuals and as themselves but here,” she motioned to the gym around her, “I am Lainie.” That sense of belonging and of being a part of a like-minded community has been one of the things missing for many during this time of physical distancing and self-isolation. It can be an inhibiting factor to establishing a new, healthy routine. “Having people to do this with you and connect with you throughout the process gives an extra layer of accountability,” Horter explained. “Just like raising a baby... it takes a village!” That is one of the aspects of building a fitness regimen that gyms are adept at, personal trainers, fitness coaches and mentors, as well as other participants often work together to cheer each other on. “When you’re ready to come back, we welcome you,” Pyper said. Another helpful tactic can be making fitness a family-wide mission. “Lead by example,” Pyper encouraged. “There are so many things you can do together around food, health and fitness. I just love hiking, walking and being outside with my kids. Throw a ball, a frisbee or shoot hoops. Anything kids would want to do.” Even when the weather makes getting outside difficult, exercising as a family can still be fun, according to Horter who said dance is one of the best ways she has found to get her kids to move. “I love turning on a song and creating a dance fitness routine on the fly while the kids do the same,” she said. Adding that there are also several kid-friendly, online exercise platforms as well. “From my son’s teacher’s suggestion, we’ve done PE with Joe on YouTube and loved it. Cosmic Kids Yoga is another fun one.” But while exercising is a start, true health combines both movement and a nutritious diet – another aspect of life that has been affected, for many, simply by a lack of routine.

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Ways to get back into a healthy routine Tips for getting back to healthy • Be kind to yourself – replace negative self-talk with affirmations. • Start now – today. • Establish an accountability buddy. • Don’t expect overnight results. • Change one thing at a time. • Instead of elimination, focus on adding in what’s healthy. • Keep a food journal. Keep track of goals using a calendar. • Mitigate stress by practicing mindfulness, meditation or yoga. • Involve the whole family – lead by example. • Limit sugar and processed carbohydrates. “So much of what you eat is a part of your routine,” Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Gabrielle Smith said. “Everything dictates what you eat.” Which is why, keeping a daily food journal, in order to determine exactly where unhealthy habits have crept in, can be helpful place to begin. “I feel like I would probably start by looking at how different their diet is now,” Smith proposed. “Then, identify or pinpoint exactly what those behaviors are and adjust those, as opposed to going cold

turkey or doing anything drastic.” Horter agrees with this step-by step approach, suggesting, “Take out one thing. Maybe that’s nightly drinking. Or your pre-bedtime ice cream.” Then begin adding healthy items in, such as fresh fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fats and proteins. “It’s amazing what eating the right foods does for your mood and outlook,” Horter noted. Adding that in order to stick with any healthy eating routine planning can be a huge help. “Meal prep,” she said simply. “And plan. I’ve struggled with trying not to grocery shop as frequently so that means I’ve really had to plan my meals in advance. It takes a little more work on the front-end but makes things so much easier and less stressful the rest of the week. I usually plan/prep up to three days in advance but I know people who love doing it for a week at a time.” When building all of these systems and routines – whether it be for exercise or nutrition – the main goal should always be longevity.

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Season of hope

’Fall’ sports debut March 1 for six-week season

Don’t look now, but this fall sports thing might actually come off for local high schools. Teams are practicing. Schedule slots are being filled in. And Marion County moved Feb. 23 from the extreme risk level to the high risk category on Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID chart. Teams in soccer, cross country and volleyball can play games beginning March 1, with March 5 the first football Friday night. Stayton hosts Marshfield, Cascade visits Woodburn and Regis visits Blanchet Catholic in football openers. Limited off-season workout opportunities and power outages have put a serious crimp in preparation time, but optimism remains high. “To be honest it is very stressful as a coach to go from almost nothing to jumping in full speed,” Brandon Bennett of Cascade told Our Town. “We typically have a summer leading into the season which allows you to scaffold your teaching of offense and defense. In this scenario

Shryock was especially pleased at the lower risk level, which will open things up for more volleyball, the lone indoor sport of the “fall” season.

we are going from 0 to 100. Throw everything at the kids and see what sticks for game one. I am excited and impressed with what my players have been able to handle from the mental standpoint. We will be ready on March 5. “Practices have been going great. Kids are excited about getting a chance to play. There is a buzz in our community that football is back. I personally love that feeling.” “The toughest challenge has been the uncertainty kids and coaches are faced with,” said Stayton athletic director Darren Shryock. “It is difficult to maintain focus and effort when the season may or may not happen.”

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Volleyball 6 p.m. Regis vs Jefferson

Wednesday, March 3

Volleyball 6 p.m. Stayton vs Sweet Home Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Cascade vs Sweet Home Cross Country 4 p.m. Regis vs Jefferson

Thursday, March 4

Volleyball 6 p.m. Cascade vs Sisters Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Newport

Friday, March 5

Football 7 p.m. Stayton vs Marshfield

Monday, March 8

Volleyball 6 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

Tuesday, March 9

Volleyball 6 p.m. Regis vs East Linn Christian Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

Wednesday, March 10 Volleyball 5 p.m. Cascade vs Sweet Home

Thursday, March 11

Boys Soccer 4 p.m. Cascade vs Crook County @ Sisters High

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6 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Cascade vs Sisters

Friday, March 12 Football 7 p.m. Stayton vs Sweet Home 7 p.m. Cascade vs Marist Catholic 7 p.m. Regis vs Kennedy

Saturday, March 13 Cross Country 4 p.m. Stayton vs Western Christian

Monday, March 15 Volleyball 6 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath 6 p.m. Cascade vs Woodburn

“For football and other sports, we are preparing for games following all mandates, including everyone wearing masks, social distancing, and no fans. No spectators is heartbreaking for our parents, but at least we have the Pixellot system installed so they can view games as we live stream them.” Empty stadiums and parents and students watching games on streaming services. Welcome to 2021. Youth Golf: The Santiam Canyon Youth Benefit Golf Tournament is set for Aug. 7, 2021. The event was not held during 2020 because of the coronavirus, but organizers still plan to award scholarships and grants this April. To support the program the group is conducting an online auction that runs March 15-25. Among the items up for auction are golf outings, metal art from Herman Frieden,

Tuesday, March 16 Volleyball 6 p.m. Regis vs Lowell Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Sweet Home 6 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath

Thursday, March 18 Volleyball 6 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Sisters 6 p.m. Cascade vs Newport

Friday, March 19 Football 7 p.m. Cascade vs Newport 7 p.m. Regis vs Santiam


a 6-person rafting trip, one ton of wood pellets, a 5-cubic-foot load of bark dust, golf lessons, gifts baskets and more. To bid on auction items go to https:// charityauction.bid/YBGT. Organizers also are accepting cash donations. Contact Mike Long at 503-897-4902, mikelong@ ybgolf.com or see the website (www. ybgolf.com). This is the 21st year of the program and Long expects the group to pass the $250,000 mark with the current campaign. Club Soccer: Spring registration is now open for the Stayton Boys Soccer Club. Practices start in April, games quickly follow and the season concludes in June. Registration costs $70, with an additional $35 for uniforms. Teams will practice in Stayton, with games at the Capital FC Timbers complex on State Street in Salem. See the club Facebook page at https://tinyurl.com/1fazdmp1 for more information. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

Monday, March 22

Volleyball 6 p.m. Stayton vs Woodburn

Tuesday, March 23

Volleyball 6 p.m. Regis vs Oakland Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Cascade vs Sweet Home Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Newport

Wednesday, March 24 Volleyball 6 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Thursday, March 25 Volleyball 6 p.m. Stayton vs Newport

Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Friday, March 26

Football 7 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

Monday, March 29

Volleyball 6 p.m. Stayton vs Sisters

Tuesday, March 30

Volleyball 6 p.m. Regis vs Central Linn Boys Soccer 6 p.m. Cascade vs Sisters Girls Soccer 6 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath

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A Grin at the End

Missing pleasantries

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favorite books. It wasn’t written by a great “author.” Rather, it was written by a veterinarian. James Herriot – the pen name of Dr. James Alfred Wight. He revealed more about human nature than many philosophers. His series of semi-autobiographical books such as All Creatures Great and Small tells us more about ourselves than about the dogs, cats, horses and cattle he treated during his 50 years of practice in Yorkshire, England.

I’m not trying to say that Herriot is the best writer ever. Rather, I’m saying that he was reflective of a time and a society in which differences were generally worked out without rudeness. It was a time when people had the ability to disagree without being disagreeable. There are a great many other books and movies that display the same level of civility and humanity. You’ll note that the vast majority weren’t written or made in the 21st Century.

They are stories that anyone can enjoy, even if they are like me and have only a lukewarm relationship with most animals, even my own. (For those who want a taste of Herriot’s books, PBS has recently aired a new series based on them.)

Among my favorite movies are Chariots of Fire, On Golden Pond and that Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Again, all have conflict and life-or-death situations. And all resist the temptation to sink to the depths that are so common these days.

Back to my point. Those books are filled with conflict and life-or-death situations. Yet you can scour them for four-letter words. You may find one or two but by and large the stories and the writing are empathetic and, most of all, enjoyable without being crass.


Jerry Springer would be disappointed. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.



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