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Stayton Library celebrates Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday Portner said. “We want kids to have fun and relate something they read in a novel to something in their lives, and also to understand that we have some great authors from Oregon.”

By Mary Owen Children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old on April 12, and libraries throughout Oregon are celebrating her birthday. The Stayton Public Library will celebrate by hosting a Pet Adoption Day from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the E.G. Siegmund Room at the library.

Born in McMinnville, Cleary is well-known for writing fiction for children and young adults, with some 91 million copies of her more than 35 books sold worldwide. Some of Beverly Cleary her best-known characters, in addition to Henry Huggins, include Ribsy, Ralph S. Mouse and Beezus Quimby and her fearless sister, Ramona.

“In her book, Henry Huggins, Henry finds a stray dog and tries to take him home on the bus,” said Casle Portner, who is helping to coordinate the event. “We liked the way he adopted a dog who needed help and decided to focus our celebration on that aspect of her books.” The Willamette Humane Society will bring one to two dogs available for adoption and provide information on how people can adopt a pet, Portner said. “Stayton Library approached us about the Beverly Cleary celebration, and we jumped at the opportunity to celebrate the author of the Ribsy series,” said Julianne Dunn, WHS volunteer coordinator. “We know it’s technically the Huggins series, but we love Ribsy!” Dunn said attendees at the celebration will be able to meet and interact with the dogs as part of the celebration. “We’ll also have games and a few activities for the kids,”

Cleary has received numerous awards during her lifetime, including the 1981 National Book Award for Ramona and Her Mother, and two John Newbery Medal awards in 1982 and 1984. For her lifetime contributions to children’s literature, she received the National Medal of Arts, was recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and earned the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association.

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Cleary, who now lives in Carmel, Calif., has written two autobiographies: A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet. She has always been mentioned as a major influence by other authors, including Judy Blume and Laurie Halse Anderson. Due to Cleary’s birthday celebration, there will be no story time at the Stayton Library April 12. “We will have plenty of information about WHS and how people can get involved here,” Dunn said. “Members of the public can’t adopt directly from the event, but we can provide information for them to adopt at the shelter.” For more information on adopting at WHS, call Dunn at 503-585-5900, ext. 312.

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career to date. “He will spend the next three months continuing his training in San Antonio, Texas to become an Army medic.”

Etzel was introduced to Dol in 2010 when he and his parents moved into the Sublimity area. Mark and Patricia Dol are Catholic missionaries and came to the U.S. on workers visas, he said.

Dol will attend Oregon State University in the fall to continue working toward a degree in mechanical engineering, Etzel said.

“I can still remember Josh telling me as a high school freshman how he wanted to become an Air Force pilot,” Etzel said. “For him to become a military officer and ultimately an AF pilot, he first had to get his citizenship – quickly.”

“And now that he’s a U.S. citizen, he will enter the AF ROTC program,” he added. “His goal is to receive his engineering degree and his AF commission in late 2018/early 2019. The impossible has now become possible. We just needed to find the right door to go through.”

About a year ago, Dol enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard to get his citizenship expedited.

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“For any students looking to continue their education after high school, each of the service branches offer scholarships through the ROTC programs, which commission officers for full-time active duty military service, or an all-expenses-paid education for any selected to attend a military academy,” Etzel said.

“This is an information sharing, not a recruiting event,” Bauer said. “After the formal part of the program, there will be an opportunity for questions, followed by an opportunity to talk oneon-one with the presenters. Several cadets from the ROTC programs at Oregon State will be there to share what student life is like as a cadet. A member from the local Army recruiting will also be available for anyone who may be looking to directly enlist after high school.”

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“The National Guard and Reserve programs also offer opportunities somewhat different from the programs offered through active duty, yet still designed to help students minimize their college expenses. I like to tell students that an individual’s program can be built to accommodate their unique circumstances, as in Josh Dol’s case.”

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Industrial endeavors Stayton students come up winners in skills contest By Mary Owen Several Stayton High School students took honors at the recent LBCC High School Industrial Skills contest. About 220 students from 21 Oregon high schools, including SHS, competed in the annual contest held March 3 at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. “Every year, our students look forward to going there,” said Dale Sunderman, who teaches machining, welding and automated machining at SHS. “The competition is for juniors and seniors. They practice every week for this competition.” Students competed in contests for computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), machine tool milling and turning, and several types of welding technology. Winners were announced at an awards

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The competition fosters confidence and reaffirms that hard work yields benefits, Sunderman added. “Most of the guys I took are already practicing for next year,” he said. “It’s all about students finding options for making a living in trades. I have students who are hands-on types of students. That’s their niche. That’s where they’ll be successful. “Students who win at the state level can go on to national competition,” he added. “It’s all about drive and how much effort they put into it.” Sunderman’s students are already gearing up for the Skills USA Oregon Spring Conference Competition, April 15-16 at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.

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continental United States since 1979 will touch down on the Oregon Coast between Lincoln City and Newport, with a trajectory that will run from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans. Before Oregon the shadow of the Moon does not touch any other landmass or island.

The North Santiam Canyon will be one of the best spots to view the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017. “People will already want to have their viewing spot secured for the morning of Aug. 21,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “Communities can capitalize on providing a great visitor experience while increasing community prosperity.” SSCOC will host a meeting to bring businesses, government entities and community partners together to discuss plans for how to best prepare for the crowds that are expected to arrive for the weekend before the Monday morning eclipse. “We want to start the conversation,” Schreiber said. The meeting is slated for Thursday April 28, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Santiam Hospital Freres Auditorium, 1401 N. 10th Ave., Stayton. “This is a great opportunity to bring your ideas to the table. Together we can make the Great Eclipse of 2017 a memorable event for everyone,” she said.

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The next eclipse Each city will experience about 2 minutes of darkness. Eclipse projections for Aug. 21, 2017 in alphabetical order: Aumsville 10:17:26 a.m. Detroit 10:18:18 a.m. Gates 10:17:58 a.m. Idanha 10:18:23 a.m. Lyons 10:17:43 a.m. Mehama 10:17:43 a.m. Mill City 10:17:53 a.m.

Oregon will be one of the most popular states to view the eclipse. While the rest of the United States offers a longer duration of total eclipse, sections of the path in Oregon offers the best weather prospects.

When the Moon’s shadow leaves Oregon, it has slowed down to about 2,900 miles per hour because it is now higher in the sky. The width of the eclipse path in the Willamette Valley is about 87 miles.

Schreiber cited as an example the 2012 solar eclipse in Cairns, Australia that attracted about 50,000 to 60,000 visitors and provided some $100 million to $300 million in economic benefit to the region.

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Nominations sought Do you know someone who deserves some recognition for the work they do in the North Santiam Canyon? Here’s your chance to thank them. Outsanding community and business leaders in the North Santiam Canyon area will be celebrated April 27, 6 p.m., at Santiam High School, 265 SW Evergreen St., Mill City.

North Santiam Chamber to honor community leaders

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, April 15. Forms can be found at the chamber’s website: Completed forms can be mailed to PO Box 222, Mill City OR 97360; emailed to the chamber at or phoned in at 503-897-5000. The North Santiam Chamber of Commerce will present awards for:

Non-Profit of the Year: Honoring outstanding community servers focused on helping the North Santiam Canyon.

Youth of the Year: A K-12 student who lives or attends school in the Santiam Canyon area.

Young Adult Citizen Award: Recognizing a person between 18-35, who has created new ideas and participated with local efforts.

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Mount Angel Abbey selects Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, as abbot the service, in keeping with monastic custom, each monk approached Abbot Jeremy to make his obedience and to receive the kiss of peace.

By Kristine Thomas It’s with great joy and much prayer that Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, begins his journey as the new abbot of Mount Angel Abbey.

The word “abbot” means father, Driscoll said.

“Right now, it’s overwhelming,” Driscoll said about a week after being elected. “It’s too new for me to know how to feel. There is a joy in people whoever the new abbot is, and in people I see their faith.”

“My role is to be the spiritual guide to the community,” he said. “St. Benedict said the abbot holds the place of Christ in the community. The abbot is not Christ, but serves as a means of encountering Christ.”

On March 12, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey elected Driscoll as abbot. He is the twelfth abbot to lead the Benedictine community, founded at Mount Angel in 1882. He succeeds Abbot Gregory Duerr, whose resignation was effective Feb. 10. Mount Angel Abbey is dedicated to a life of prayer, work, pastoral ministry, hospitality and education. The monks welcome visitors to come and join them in prayer and enjoy the peace and beauty of their monastic home. Abbot President Vincent Bataille of Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Ill., presided over the closed-door election and, in the tradition of Mount Angel, bestowed upon Abbot Jeremy the pectoral cross of Engelberg Abbey, the primary symbol of his new office. At

When he was in elementary school, he traveled with his family from Moscow, Idaho to the Mount Angel Abbey. He recalled how impressed he was by what he saw and left knowing he wanted to return to study to become a monk. Born on Oct. 24, 1951, Driscoll made his final profession as a monk on Sept. 8, 1974, and was ordained a priest in 1981. Abbot Jeremy Driscoll

the conclusion of the election process, the Abbey bells rang for five minutes, signifying an abbot was chosen and inviting everyone to the Abbey church to give thanks. Abbot Jeremy and the Abbot President entered the church together at the end of the procession of monks. During

“This place is blessed by God,” Driscoll said. “His hand is on the mountain. For 130 years, prayers have been said here every day. I think the mountain absorbs the prayers and has its own spirit.” Driscoll said it wasn’t until the vote was nearing that he began to realize he might be elected as abbot. He decided for his motto the third chapter of Colossians: “Seek the things that are

above.” “This means to seek heavenly things and not getting tied up in earthly things,” he said. He plans to continue to teach classes including Introduction to Theology, Introduction to Preaching and Sacraments of Christianity and Initiation. He serves on various Vatican commissions, has published broadly, and conducts conferences and retreats. He enjoys reading and walking, laughing he’s not much into sports. The center of his life is prayer, said six times a day. “The praise of God is our work,” he said. “We are here to do the work of God.” The spirit and energy of the prayers is what draws people to the mountain to seek God’s blessing, he said. “I am really here for Christ to use as his instrument,” he said, adding his own spiritual work and guide is to stay close to Christ and “let him work through me.” The journey he begins as abbot is “frightening and it’s beautiful,” he said. “My way of being a Catholic is being a monk,” he said. “It’s about praising God through daily prayer and the hospitality we extend to all who visit here.”

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A question of style By Mary Owen Changes in rules and regulations for city employees by the Stayton city administrator caused friction between the administrator and two senior department heads, leading to two departures. City Administrator Keith Campbell reportedly set new performance parameters that included curbing comp time and adhering to merit-based hiring practices, among other things. The new paradigm led to unresolvable issues between Campbell, former Stayton Public Library Director Katinka Bryk, and Finance Director Christine Shaffer. After months-long attempts to resolve issues between them, Campbell dismissed Bryk on Jan. 6. Bryk requested a public termination appeal hearing, but subsequently withdrew her appeal March 11, telling the council she was not interested in returning to her job. Bryk cited Campbell’s management style as incompatible with her concept of a “professional independent department

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manager,” according to a report released by City Attorney David Rhoten prior to the hearing. “The intent of professional public administration and the intent behind a council-manager form of government are to provide a separation from politics/ patronage and administration, and to follow a merit-based system for actions and decisions,” said Campbell regarding Bryk’s situation. “All documents in this matter have been released and I would encourage interested community members to judge based off the merits of this matter.” Bryk has asked the city to remove all public hearing exhibits, which contain performance-related information she considers confidential. Shaffer was placed on administrative leave on March 3 over contentions that arose between her and Campbell relating to their deteriorating relationship over management changes. Rhoten assured the council Shaffer’s leave

was no reflection on her job performance, but rather her continued presence might adversely affect the city’s day-to-day operations and employee welfare. He recommended Shaffer be paid, with no loss in benefits, until the inquiry ends.

including former Planning Commissioner Rese Bourdeau who spoke to the council regarding its decision to hold an “objective inquiry with no control or oversight” by city administration into the events.

In the report, Rhoten also said the city “desires transparency and has nothing to hide.”

“Why was a letter sent to all city employees with blunt and damaging anonymous personal statements casting aspersions on the two people who can’t sit at that table anymore?” Bourdeau asked, pointing to the table where Bryk and Shaffer previous sat during council meetings.

A full report will be provided to the council at the conclusion of the inquiry by Bullard Law, the firm hired to oversee the ongoing investigation, Rhoten added. To date, Bullard Law has interviewed 18 people concerning allegations relating to Shaffer’s perceptions of the manner in which Campbell treated employees. Testimonial evidence documented thus far describes Campbell as harsh or abrasive with employees at times, but, almost uniformly, witnesses described him as acting in the best interest of the city, Rhoten stated in his report. The brouhaha has led to questions from people on both sides of the issue,

“I also want to know why they can’t speak,” she continued. “I find it pathetic, appalling, disgusting and very, very incriminating.” Rhoten cautioned to speak carefully when decisions on “a very difficult matter” were to be made. “We look forward to receiving the results of the inquiry once it is complete and moving forward with the good work of the city,” Rhoten concluded in his report.

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Hills resigns as Aumsville administrator to take on new challenges After serving 28 1/2 years in public service in Aumsville and Detroit, she views her leaving as “the right timing with the succession planning in bloom and upcoming election of a new mayor.”

Maryann Hills will say good-bye on April 15 after serving almost 21 years as Aumsville’s city administrator.

Mayor Harold White has credited Hills with helping to make Aumsville a great place to live and other city officials have sung her praises.

“This Maryann Hills resignation is the celebration of letting go of the old and opening myself up to the new season I am entering,” said Hills, whose first day on the job was June 1, 1995. Hills tendered her resignation to Mayor Harold White and members of the city council on Feb. 8, thanking them for the opportunity to serve. She called her time at Aumsville “a blessing in countless ways!” Hills called a possibility of a new career “a labor of love and no longer a work ethic.”

During her tenure, Hills oversaw the city’s First Street improvements, upgrades to the water system, playground improvements, construction of the new city hall/police complex, and recorded accomplishment of more than 240 visioning projects. She has seen Aumsville become a TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) oriented community where, she said, “the sum is greater than the parts.” “My part can retire and Aumsville will continue to be a ‘Great Place to Live’ because of the very professional city

staff, city council, and policies and programs in place,” she told Our Town on her 20th anniversary. Her replacement will have a full plate with implementing and funding of the updated Water System Master plan, the Transportation System Plan challenges, and now an updated Parks Master Plan, Hills said. “There are labor contracts, franchise and lease negotiations on the horizon, as well as teaming up with staff, council and this fine community on city events and Visioning Plan goals,” she added. Hills plans to “manage my own household better, now that I’m not managing the city of Aumsville.” “Secondly, I will focus more on my husband and I’s business, Gerry Hills Corp.,” she said. “I hope to do some municipal consulting through our corporation to continue to use my administrative gifts.”

Hills said her decision to resign was motivated by two questions. “I asked myself, ‘What one thing would you do if you knew it wouldn’t fail?’” she said. “Answer: resign from my Aumsville city administrator position. And “What is keeping you from giving God your full attention?” Answer: ‘My Aumsville city administrator position.’ “I am so thankful for all the joys and accomplishments of my public service career, and now so excited to take this leap of faith and trust my Heavenly Dad with what he will do with my full attention!” she said. Hills and her husband, Gerry, live in Detroit. The couple has one son, Joel, 18. The city is looking to hire the new administrator by the end of June. Deadline for applications is April 26. For information, call the city at 503749-2030.

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Weekly Events Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

Bridge Lessons, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday. Senior Yoga, 1 - 2 p.m. Senior Line Dancing, 4 - 5 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Mondays/Thursday.

Santiam Senior Center. $.05/game, $.10/ blackout. 503-767-2009

AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,

Thursday. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 6 p.m. Wednesday. women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. 6 p.m. Sunday. Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. 502-399-0599

Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Stayton Public Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. 503769-3313

St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon

Tuesday. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. 503-769-5381

Senior Writing Club, 10 am. Tuesday. Signups required. Cribbage Lessons, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Genealogy Class, 1 p.m. Hand and Foot Canasta, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Stayton Lions Club, Noon Tuesday.

Covered Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-4062

Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

Tai Chi for Seniors, 10 a.m. Pinochle

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Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon Wednesday. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307

Cascade Country Quilters, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

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Thursday. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459

Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free.

Veterans Group, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Friday. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861

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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

Noon, Lum-Yuen Restaurant, 3910 NE Portland Road, Salem. New members, guests welcome. RSVP to Darlene, 503769-2859; Betty, 503-743-2029

Firewalker Fitness Challenge

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10 a.m., Upward Bound Campus, 40151 Gates School Road, Gates. First annual 10K, 5K walk/run; Fire Chief Relay for youth 13 and under. $35 for 10K, $25 for 5K, Fire Chief Relay free. FireWalkerFitnessChallenge

St. Mary Open House

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Tours, meet staff, tuition options. 503-769-2718

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

T(w)een Space

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Today: Wii game day. April 20: Tabletop, trading card gaming. April 27: Color & chill. Snacks provided. Open to middle, high school students. Free. 503-769-3313

Thursday, April 7 Used Book Sale

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

5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Get first choice on thousands of used books. Hardcovers $1.50, trades $1, mass market paperbacks $.75, selected romance 5/$1, children’s books $.50. Repeats 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., April 8 with hardcovers $1, paperbacks $.50, selected romance 10/$1, children’s books $.25; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 9 Bag Day. Bring a bag and fill it with books for $5. Benefits Stayton Friends of the Library. 503-769-3313

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

Tuesday, April 5

Adult Coloring Night

Saturday, April 2

11 a.m. - noon, Stayton Public Library. Get help with Windows-based computer. Use own or library computer. Repeats April 19; evenings by request. 503-769-3313

Bunco Bonanza

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

5:30 - 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner, silent auction to benefit PARC’s summer recreation and families program. $4 adults, $2 children, $10 families. 503-749-2030

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Prom Dress Giveaway

8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Community Center. All Dressed Up hosts prom dress giveaway. Open to girls in Oregon with a valid high school student ID card. Anna, 503-8810711,

AARP Tax Aide

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free tax services for seniors, low-income residents. Walk-in only. Every Saturday through April 15. 503-769-3313

K9 Walk/Run

11 a.m., Where to Start Fitness, 370 N Second Ave., Stayton. Fourth K9 walk/run benefiting Stayton Police Department K9 program. Friendly dogs welcome. Health fair for humans, dogs at 9 a.m. Register at 503-767-4094

Wine, Craft Beer Tasting

5 p.m., Regis High. Stayton Area Rotary’s 12th annual evening of wine and craft beer tasting. Appetizers, dinner, drawings, door prizes. $45 per person. Benefits Rotary-sponsored activities, scholarships. Tickets available at Roth’s Fresh Market, Stayton/ Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, Rotary members.

2 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Bunco, drawing. Snacks, beverages, prizes. $10 per person. Benefit Altar Society. 503-769-5664

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2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Coffee, tea, cookies, tour of facility. Open to public; no reservations necessary. Dianne, 503-7691313

Odd Fellows Bingo 7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats April 19.

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a.m., United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-769-3464

Stayton Playgroup

10:30 a.m. - noon, Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, snacks. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats April 20. RSVP: 503-769-1120

5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Relaxing evening of coloring for adults. Supplies, music. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, April 9 Cascade Car Show

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cascade High. Car show, drawing, bingo, silent auction, rummage silent auction. Benefits Senior Class graduation party. Registration $15 per vehicle. Vendor booths $20. Lonny Adams, 503-932-2553, cascadecarshow2016@gmail. com.

Father Daughter Ball

5 - 7:30 p.m., Stayton High. Fourth annual Santiam Canyon Father Daughter Ball for father and 4- to 18-year-old daughters. Photos, snacks, drank, dessert games, dancing. $20 per person. Available at

Monday, April 11 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

Sublimity City Council

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

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

Tuesday, April 12 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

Beverly Cleary’s Birthday

Noon - 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday with Pet Adoption Day. Willamette Humane Society brings dogs that need a home. No storytimes today. Activities all afternoon. 503-769-3313

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Military Opportunities Night

7 p.m., Regis High. Regis Aspire program hosts Military Opportunities Night. Information on ROTC, military academies, Guard and Reserve programs. Open to students, parents from all high schools. 503-769-2159

SCTC Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 14

7 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Annual meeting of Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company board of directors, members. 503-769-2121

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

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Saturday, April 16 Grange Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles, hamburger lunch. Free admission. 503859-2161

Monday, April 18

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. After meeting, presentation by Kylie Pine, curator and collections manager at Willamette Heritage Center, speaks. Refreshments served. Open to public.

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

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

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

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

7 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-6924

Author Steve Arndt

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Oregon author Steve Arndt, author of ‘Roads Less Traveled in Oregon’ and “Ghost Towns in Oregon,’ speaks. Wine, cheese reception. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313

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Wednesday, April 20

Passover begins at sundown, ends April 30.

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 April 26. John Koger, 503-743-3117

8 a.m., Sublimity Insurance, 100 SW Sublimity Blvd. 503-769-3464

Survivors Christian Fellowship Retreat

Wednesday, April 13

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

VFW Meeting

Mom to Mom

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

Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Therese from Brooks Peonies. Planning for May field trip, lunch. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 503-508-5913

Teen Movie

3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. ‘Paper Towns,’ based on John Green’s award-winning young adult novel. Rated PG-13. Popcorn, drinks provided. Free. 503-769-3313

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Thursday, April 21 Young Professionals Meet-Up

Upward Bound Camp at Old Gates School hosts Survivors Christian Fellowship Retreat. Two-day meet for fellowship of widows, widowers. Overnight dorms, meals available. $45. Laura Pierce, 503-897-2447

Saturday, April 23 Lions Club Barkdust Sale

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

8 a.m. - 2 p.m., NORPAC, 930 W Washington St., Stayton. Prices start at $75 for 2.5 cubic feet. U-haul or free delivery in Stayton, Sublimity zip codes. $20 delivery charge to other areas. Preorders recommended. Repeats April 30. 503-769-5466

Cuba Travel Information Meeting

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5:30 p.m., Santiam Golf Course, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Sublimity. Stayton/ Sublimity Chamber of Commerce hosts an international travel opportunity to Cuba in October. Learn more at this meeting. 503-769-3464

Santiam Canyon Town Hall

6 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 E Sorbin. North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, Marion County Commissioners, Public Safety Coordinating Council host public forum, discussion on Marion County issues. Refreshments provided.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Educational exhibits, games, family activities. Free; $5 donations suggested. $5 parking fee. 503-874-8100,

Monday, April 25 Random Reader’s Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Meet other readers of chapter books. Read, do arts and crafts, share books, opinions. Free. 503-769-3313

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Tuesday, April 26 Mill City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Thursday, April 28 Great Eclipse Information Meeting

9:30 a.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Stayton, Sublimity will be in the ‘path of totality’ for the 2017 Great Eclipse. Learn about the event and the impact on tourism. 503-769-3464

Rural Living Basics

6:30 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Class for rural residents to learn basics of groundwater, water wells, septic systems. Free water screening; bring ½ cup of untreated well water in clean container for onsite nitrate screen. Provided by Oregon State University Extension RVSP: chrissy.lucas@

Saturday, April 30

River Run

9 a.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Fifth annual Stayton River Run. 10K, 5K, 1-mile Kids Run. $10 for 5K, 10K for ages 13 and older. Children 12 and under run free. Register at or race day registration begins at 8 a.m. Benefits Stayton Elementary Parent Teacher Club. Sponsors SES PTC, Stayton Road Runners, Dennis & Linda Holm.

Little North Fork Cleanup

10 a.m. - noon, Oregon Department of Forestry, 22965 North Fork Road, Lyons. Volunteers pick up litter along North Fork Road. Gloves, bags, safety vests provided. Rain or shine. Register online at or day of event.

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Adult book discussion group. This month, ‘Cleopatra’ by Stacy Schiff. Tea, cookies provided. Free. 503-769-3313

Evening at the Auction

5 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Dinner, auction, drawing. Dinner tickets $40; drawing tickets $25. Available at the school or 503-769-2718

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public.

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Creating a Sensory Garden By Ellen Schlesinger

All gardens are visually pleasing to one degree or another. Bold and subtle colors, assorted shapes, straight lines, curves, light and shadow and varying heights can provide much interest for the eyes. A sensory garden should go beyond the visual to include elements that engage our other senses, too. It should be brimming with beautiful plants that smell wonderful, or feel soft to the touch or taste good or even others that attract birds, providing a delightful, natural sound track. You can make your entire garden a feast for the senses or simply add sensory plants here and there. It’s always a good idea Lily of the Valley to include fragrant plants in Zdenek Maly © entryways, on or near decks and patios, beside swimming pools and any other places where you sit in your garden. It almost goes without saying that these same areas should not contain plants that are thorny, spiky or jagged.


Assuming that your garden is already filled with pretty plants to please the eye, the next most important component of a sensory garden is scent. In the spring, bulbs, either in the ground or in pots, can provide a symphony of delicious perfumes. Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) is an old-timer beloved for its small, drooping, waxy white flowers that are highly fragrant. Lily-of-the-valley makes Lilac gayane a splendid sweetly aromatic carpet © under camellias, rhododendrons and other shadeloving shrubs.

Daffodils can have fragrance as well as being happy and handsome harbingers of spring. ‘Bella Estrella’ is white with a ruffled pale yellow eye; ‘Trevithian’ is yellow and ‘Suzy’ is orange and ivory.

Lilacs may be white, pink, lavender, mauve, purple or yellow and are practically synonymous with spring scent. Allow largeflowered clematis to thread its way through the lilac’s branches for a jazzy effect after it has finished blooming. Winter hazel (Corylopsis) is an under-used shrub that should be included in a sensory garden for its soft yellow, fragrant flowers that appear on its bare branches in March or even earlier. Winter daphne (Daphne odora) provides its heavenly scent as early as February.

Hyacinths are another old favorite prized for their spikes of strongly scented, bell-shaped flowers. Jasmine calvste © These bulbs look best when massed or grouped In late spring and summer in the garden or in containers. They, of course, make there are a host of plants that will perfume the air. Sweet wonderful cut flowers. ‘Carnegie’ is a pure white variety. alyssum, tuberose, pinks, stocks and heliotrope are annuals Stunning! that look great in pots and provide a medley of scents. Freesias are corms native to South Africa. These short and perky plants have fleshy stems and richly fragrant flowers that may be white, yellow, pink, red, orange or blue.

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Continued from Page 1 honeysuckles and wisteria are vines that add a touch of romance as well as scent. And, of course, any sensory garden must have a profusion of roses and Oriental lilies that will pervade the air with their intoxicating scents.

Brush against or tweak plants such as scented geraniums, thyme, mint and many sages and have the pleasure of their aromatic foliage.


With their silvery foliage, Wormwoods (Artemesia) are a staple of “moon gardens;” areas of white or silver plants that seem to glow in the dark. But these mostly low-growing plants are also delightful to touch. Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ and A. schmidtiana ‘Nana’ are as soft as corn silk. The trick to growing these plants is excellent drainage and a minimum of water once they are established. Lamb’s ears (Stachys) are perennials with thick, downy tongue-shaped leaves that are useful as groundcover. Several species of yellow-flowered verbascum or mullein have whitish green, wooly leaves that are as smooth as velvet. Rhododendron Yakushimanum hybrids, commonly called “yaks,” and several other species rhodies have indumentum: a fawn-colored, felt-like covering on the underside of their leaves. Fun for your fingertips!


Bamboos and other grasses in the ground or in containers will contribute wonderful whooshing sounds as the wind blows through their blades. The many species of feather grass (Stipa) are grown for their grace, showiness and their inflorescences, which can be dried and dyed for use in bouquets. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus,’ Japanese zebra grass, is a tall, arching and clump-forming grass with horizontal bands of creamy white on its leaves. To see and hear the wind rustling through this plant is to rejoice in being alive. Fruit trees, of course, attract birds, but remember that they will also have first dibs on the fruit. There are

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dozens of other plants that will lure birds and, if they should eat the berries off of them, you’ll hardly notice. Beautyberry is a shrub grown for its Day-Glo Rockrose / Cistus Brenna Wiegand purple berries that last well into winter. Rockroses (Cistus) are vigorous, evergreen shrubs that grow dense and bushy, providing birds with a cozy place to sleep or get out of the rain. They also have beautiful, snazzy flowers in spring. Well-placed fountains and harmonious wind chimes can also add restful sounds to a garden.


Besides being delicious and nutritious, blueberries are beautiful plants that attract birds – and their leaves turn gorgeous shades of plum, orange and red in the autumn. Raspberries are not very pretty plants and they take up a lot of space. So what? Make room for them because it’s a great treat to pick a handful of the berries in June and walk around the gardening popping them in your mouth. ... Ditto for growing sweet peas and cherry tomatoes, even if you only have room for them in pots. In creating a sensory garden, you should pay attention to detail. No plastic; no wire or chain link fence; no tarps in view. Use natural materials for hardscapes such as stone and wood that will complement the trees, shrubs and flowers. Think carefully about placing plants. For example, fairy wand (Dierama), a delicate arching perennial with pink, white or purple flowers looks especially beautiful when dangling over a pond. ...And if Japanese maples are sited where their brilliant autumn foliage can catch the late evening sun, they will fairly glow.

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The Stayton High dance team took second in Class 4A-1A in the state tournament, thrilling the crowd at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a routine based on the book and film Unbroken. The Highlights, who dedicated their season to Ty Hart, the Stayton Marine who died in a helicopter crash in January, received 90.83 points from the judges, good for second place behind Valley Catholic (91.44). The two squads were the class of the field, with no team in any other class surpassing 87 points. It was the second consecutive title for Valley Catholic, which broke the Highlights’ run of 12 consecutive titles last season. Stayton has finished first or second in each of the past 15 years, a mind-boggling achievement. “The team this year has been closer than ever,” Highlights Coach Robin Meier told Our Town “Our theme was ‘unbroken’ and they just embodied that in every sense of the word. Their sense of team, loyalty, respect for one another was so incredible to witness.

The Stayton Highlights finished the 2015-16 season with a second place trophy at State. Stayton has finished first or second in each of the last 15 years.

Regis junior Bryce Piete was a unanimous pick on the all-tournament first team, where he was joined by senior teammate Sam Nieslanik. Piete was third in the tournament in scoring with 37 points. Nieslanik was fifth in rebounds with 20.

“(It was) such a pleasure to coach a team like that.”

“I am very proud of our season,” Miller said of the 25-4 campaign. “Yes, we would have loved to have one more victory, but this last game will not cast a shadow on the success we achieved.”

Meier noted that Hart’s mother, Trina, was a Highlight and that Ty graduated the same year as Meier’s oldest daughter. “Stayton is a small town where everyone knows everyone,” she said. “We all feel that loss that put such a bigger impact on what we were doing.” The Highlights’ squad featured seven seniors, all of whom finished their careers with two state titles and two runner-up slots. Seniors Maggie Bullard and Cheyene Heuberger were both named to the all-state team. The other seniors on the squad were Kymberlin Bush, Mandy Christiansen, Olivia Whisman, Rachel Branch and Mackenzie Anundi. Boys hoops: At Regis, Coach Tony Miller told Our Town, the goal every season is to “play for a championship.” The Rams got their shot but fell eight

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points short. Regis shared the TriRiver Conference title with Western Mennonite, beat the Pioneers in the league playoffs and advanced to the Class 2A title game in Pendleton before falling 57-49 to Vernonia.

The Cascade boys finished 13-11 and fell one game short of returning to the Class 4A tournament. Astoria ousted the Cougars in the round of 16 a week after the Fishermen had eliminated Stayton (10-13) in the play-in round.

On the road to the title game the Rams first had to deal with two Tri-River foes, bouncing Kennedy 54-36 in the quarterfinals and Western Mennonite 47-25 in the semis. Regis faced the Pioneers four times this season and went 3-1 against them.

John Schirmer of Cascade made the all-Oregon West Conference first team, while teammate Cameron Molan and Stayton’s Matthew Lindemann and Charlie Weeks were selected to the second team. Garrett Coffey and Tyler Walker of the Cougars as well as Stayton’s Kyle Schwarm received honorable mention.

“Playing Western Mennonite four times was difficult,” Miller said, while adding that playing in a tough conference “helps prepare you every year.”

Girls hoops: Cascade advanced to the state championship game in Class 4A

but fell 45-40 to Sutherlin. It was the third consecutive title for the Bulldogs, who have an 82-1 record in that span. “I’m still smarting a little,” Cougars Coach Mark Stevens said. “Success at the state tournament is very important to our program. The goal is always to win your last game.” Cascade led 24-21 at halftime, but Sutherlin used a 14-6 spurt in the third period to take the lead. The Cougars were able to tie the game at 40-40 with 1:56 left on a three-point play by Halle Wright, but the Bulldogs answered with the game’s final five points. Wright finished with 23 points in the title game and was a unanimous alltournament first-teamer after leading the tournament in scoring (53 points) and finishing second in rebounds (32). Teammate Alyssa St. Peter also was a first-teamer. “This group of seniors was a huge factor in our success this year,” Stevens said of Wright, St. Peter, Danielle Haddix, Peighton Williams and Crystal Wilson. “Great players, students and people. They will be missed.” Stevens has led the Cougars to the

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finals five times, taking home the title in 2011. Wright and St. Peter shared Oregon West Conference player of the year honors. They were joined on the first team by Tess Hendricks of Stayton, which finished 15-9 after losing to Banks in the round of 16. Mariah Hollenbeck and Alyssa Lindemann of Stayton earned second team nods, along with Kirsten Cade of Cascade. Haddix and Kelsey Molan received honorable mention, as did Madison Anderson and Malya Ikea-Mario of Stayton. State wrestling: Four Cascade wrestlers placed at the OSAA Class 4A championships and the Cougars finished eighth as team with 70 points. Louie Sanchez placed third at 220 pounds, while James Baxter (fourth at 152), Hayes VanDeHey (fourth at 182) and Darien Fagin (sixth at 120) also were on the podium. Asa Alexander (152) and Sam Garee (170) scored points for Cascade. Also participating were Quinn Legner (132) and Kade VanDeHey (145). Stayton, meanwhile, finished 30th with eight points. Scoring for Stayton were Levi Summers (160), Ryan Ninman (113) and Cleveland Smith (145). College: Here is a look at how Stayton area athletes performed at colleges during the winter season: Oregon State redshirt sophomore Cody Crawford (Cascade) took third at the Pac-12 Conference wrestling championships at 197 pounds and finished with a 19-14 record, including an 8-9 record in dual meets. Crawford won first place at the Mike Clock Open. Scio heavyweight Josh Parazoo also is on the OSU roster, but the redshirt sophomore did not compete this season because of injuries. Stepan Zavydovskyy (Cascade), a 6-7 freshman for the Chemeketa men’s basketball team, played all 32 games for the 19-13 Storm, finished third on the team in blocks (16) and fourth in rebounds (101). Former Scio athletes Paige Graham

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(5-9 sophomore) and Riley Graham (5-8 junior) competed for the Linfield women’s basketball team. Paige started 12 games, averaging 7.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and finished second on the squad with 32 3-pointers. Riley also started 12 games and averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Alix Biddington of Cascade, a 5-6 freshman guard at Oregon Tech, played 112 minutes in 19 games and had 13 assists for the 26-9 Lady Owls. Andrew Reardon, a 6-8 freshman forward from Stayton, led Linn-Benton Community College in rebounding with 116 and was fourth on the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game. Shelby Jenkins of Stayton played 40 sets for the College of Southern Idaho volleyball team. Jenkins, a 5-10 freshman who participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field at Salem Academy, had 32 kills, 19 digs and 15 blocks for CSI. OSAA news: Tom Welter, a Stayton native and Regis graduate, is retiring as executive director of the OSAA in June. Welter, 67, joined the OSAA in 1995 and has served in the statewide body’s top administrative position since 2001. Welter, an Oregon State mathematics graduate (bachelor’s in 1971, master’s in 1975), started his teaching career in Australia. He spent 20 years at Central Catholic High School, serving as a teacher, coach, athletic director and dean/vice principal. Welter was president of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association in 1990-91, was selected OADA athletic director of the year in 1993 and received the OADA lifetime achievement award in 2010.  He was inducted into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame in 2005.


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knowledge of watercolors.

Growing up, Kara Pilcher believed her older brother was the artist and she was the athlete. It wasn’t until she was looking for art to put on the “blank” walls of her home that she discovered her artistic talents.

Pilcher has served as the group’s president, taught classes and workshops and taken on other tasks. “When I joined, all my friends had little kids,” she said laughing. “Now, we are grandmas.”

“I was newly married and I was at a furniture store looking for artwork and I kept thinking, ‘Oh, I could do that,” Pilcher said.

Pilcher, Jean Lea and Kathy Tiger have planned the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s 50th anniversary, which will showcase The Oregon Garden and the surrounding area to more than 300 watercolor painters.

Eager to learn, she took a watercolor class at Chemeketa Community College. “I liked the class but everything was so controlled,” she said.

“He invited me to the Oregon Coast to go paint,” she said.

The event is April 8-9 at the Oregon Garden Resort. There are events community members can participate in, including viewing the 80 juried paintings at The Oregon Garden Resort, observing or participating in Paint Outs at The Oregon Garden or in Silverton, or taking the Studio Tour of Silverton artists.

That was 1987, and it was her introduction to the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She’s met lifelong friends while expanding her

What Pilcher enjoys about painting with watercolors is there is an “excuse not to get it right.”

Thankfully, she said, a chance encounter at an art store led her to meeting George Hamilton, a teacher with the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Kara Pilcher with some of her work.

“With oils, you can go over it until you get what you want,” she said. “You can’t do that with watercolors.” She’s grateful for the encouragement she has received from friends and fellow artists. Pilcher says her art shows what’s important to her, including dance. For her, whether it’s painting or dancing, is a spiritual connection to the “creator within each of us.” “When we are creating, we are in touch with God,” she said. She encourages other people who are thinking about trying a new craft to join a group. “I think when you surround yourself with people who are interested in the same thing, that you learn new skills for your craft, you have friends who encourage you and it makes your artwork fun,” Pilcher said. Visit to learn more about Watercolor Society of Oregon and view its conference schedule.





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For the 69 percent of Oregonians who cast ballots in the last general election, this will be a busy year.

Another way to keep in touch is to go to a city council meeting. It won’t kill you. In fact, in the nine hundred billion public meetings I’ve attended as a journalist, nearly all of them were pretty interesting. The schedules are posted online and listed in the paper.

Not only are we going to choose a new president — God help us all with that bunch — we will choose a U.S. senator, member of the U.S. House, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of labor and industry, a legislator or two and a Marion County commissioner. In our communities, we will choose mayors and a batch of city councilors. In some cities we’ll also vote on levies to help pay for running librarys, pools and parks. Add to a number of half-baked initiatives and a handful of state judges no one has ever heard of that will show up on the ballot and we’ll have our hands full. So what’s a responsible voter to do? How can anyone keep up on national, state and local politics? I know, I know, I’m not a political junky, either. It’s just that I like to know where my tax dollars are being spent and who’s spending them. The first place to go are the various websites. Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons, Mill City and Detroit have OK websites that will help you figure out who the elected officials and the city staffs are. You can also take

a look at the city budgets, if they are not posted, ask for a copy. I found Marion County’s. It’s $380 million a year. Boy howdy, I could have some fun with that. I can’t exactly tell you what I’d do with it but it would involve one-way plane tickets and lots of Mai Tais. I could have even more fun with the $68.9 billion the state spends every two years. Heck, I’d buy a 747 and a string of tropical islands with that kind of money. But I digress. Another way to keep up with politics is old school: Read the newspaper. I know, a lot of newspapers — especially the daily and the weekly — aren’t what they used to be, but they do the best they can, I suppose.

Another option is to watch the videos of the city council meeting that are posted on, the SCTC phone company’s website. Click on “Watch Your Town in Action.” Stayton and Sublimity meetings are there —Stayton’s is especially interesting these days — and, as a bonus, you can also watch the Lyons City Council.

But I have one word of warning for anyone trying to learn about politics: Don’t believe anything you see on Facebook. I have found that any “information” posted on Facebook beyond pictures of grandchildren and cat videos is suspect. Democracy takes work. Not much, but it takes more that sitting around doing nothing. So my advice is to saddle up and get ready for the elections.  We have some ballots to fill out. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer.

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Our Town South: April 1, 2016  

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

Our Town South: April 1, 2016  

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