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Your Garden

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A lush, green lawn looks beautiful, feels fabulous under foot and can serve a real purpose as the backdrop for picnics, sporting events or just lounging in the sun. But it can also have some real drawbacks. “An irrigated, one or two species, mowed green lawn, that mimics an ecological disaster,” a golf course is Horticulturist Hammond said. Eric “It blocks most animals beside us from using it – there isn’t any food there – and most of us dump tons of poison and chemical fertilizer on it to keep it alive. Here in the [Pacific Northwest] we have to use a ton of water

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lawn, we realized that having a lawn rather silly for us, since we weren’t was willing to take care of it the way it was designed to be cared for,” Gerlits finding an alternative explained. “But was not easy.” Namely because it meant getting rid of the grass. Lush lawns can

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to keep it green all summer, water we do not have. It’s crazy.” And he’s not alone in his thinking.

“When we moved into our small cottage several years ago, the backyard had two things: a big man-made pond and a massive lawn,” homeowner Michele Finicle recalled.

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“Time is the best method,” Hammond said of the most common method of removal. That involves smothering lawn grass and weeds. both

“The first thing we did was cover every square inch of the lawn with cardboard and newspaper we had reclaimed from recycling,” Finicle said. “We put down several layers and wetted it so it would start the decomposi tion process faster. Then we shoveled wheelbarrows of mulch from a PGE chip drop over all the newspaper. We made sure it was a thick layer, at least three inches deep.

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Election 2022

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Two challengers to face off with incumbents By Stephen Floyd Two political newcomers are running for Marion County Commissioner as Democratic challengers to the Republican incumbents.

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Andrew Dennis (D-Salem) and Mark Wigg (D-Salem) will square off against incumbent commissioners Kevin Cameron (R-Detroit) and Colm Willis (R-Stayton). Each candidate was the sole individual to file for their party’s nomination for each position, so they will automatically proceed from the May 17 primary to the Nov. 8 general election. Dennis does not have a background in public office, but currently works for the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department as a program analyst, helping to develop, implement and support public assistance programs. He also holds degrees in public policy, economics and sociology from Portland State University and Oregon State University, and before working for the state was a licensed Realtor. Cameron is seeking a third term after being appointed in 2014 following the resignation of then-Commissioner Patti Milne. Prior to his appointment, Cameron spent nine years as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives, eventually becoming Republican House Leader until he resigned unexpectedly in 2014. Cameron has since served as county board

chair and vice-chair, and his committee assignments include the Association of Oregon Counties, Association of Oregon and California Counties, National Association of Counties, Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council, Willamette Health Council, Oregon State Fair Council, and Hood-Willamette National Forest Resource Advisory Committee. In private life, Cameron is founder and CEO of Cafe Today Restaurants and catering, which has two locations in the Portland area. Wigg is a former employee of the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Transportation and the U.S. Forest Service. He has degrees in forestry and systems science from University of Montana, Oregon State University, Washington State University and Portland State University. Willis is finishing his first term as commissioner since being elected in 2018. He now serves on the Marion County Emergency Management Board, Marion County Housing Initiative, MidWillamette Valley Homeless Alliance, Willamette Health Alliance and Solid Waste Management Advisory Council, among other committee assignments. Prior to being elected, Willis was a staffer in the U.S. Senate Joint Economics Committee, and a private attorney representing small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

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Back on the ballot By Stephen Floyd Former Sublimity Mayor and Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano is coming out of political retirement to run for Marion County Treasurer with an eye to merge the office with the county Finance Department. Brentano filed unopposed for the Republican nomination for the May 17 primary, with the office itself to be decided during the Nov. 8 general election. Unaffiliated candidates have until Aug. 30 to file for Nov. 8. Incumbent Treasurer Laurie Steele said she is retiring after 19 years in office and is looking forward to time spent with her husband and traveling. She said Marion County has been “a wonderful place to work” and she will miss her colleagues. Brentano stepped down from political life in January 2021, after 17 years as a commissioner, and ten years beforehand as mayor of Sublimity. Brentano said, when he heard Steele was retiring, he had “a little tread left on the tires” and saw an opportunity to reform the Treasurer’s Office. Brentano said the Treasurer’s Office is largely redundant with the responsibilities of the Finance Department and they should not have to be separate agencies with separate staff. The county website defines the responsibilities of the Treasurer’s Office as managing and documenting the income, payments and investments of the county, while the responsibilities of the Finance Department include managing the county’s budget, payroll, accounts receivable, contracts and procurements. Brentano said the levels of skill and knowledge required to serve effectively as treasurer “concern more than just ability to get elected.” The Oregon Constitution does not place requirements on the abilities of a county treasurer outside of qualifying for an election, unlike offices such as county sheriff, coroner, assessor and surveyor which carry requirements specific to the duties of each office. “In a perfect world, [the treasurer] would be an appointed person with a certain skill set,” said Brentano, acknowledging he does not have these skills himself. Instead, Brentano said his goal is to facilitate the transfer

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of Treasurer’s Office responsibilities to the Finance Department, headed by the Chief Financial Officer, a position appointed by the commissioners. Brentano said he is optimistic he can help the county through that change before the end of his term. “Once I get it set up, it will be a part-time position, fulltime responsibility,” he said. “I’m very excited to have that opportunity,” Brentano continued. “I love working with the county and look forward to that opportunity.”

Marion County CFO Jeff White said the physical move of treasury employees to his department has already occurred, with the transfer of two part-time treasury employees to a pool of 22 finance workers.

He said, in his 15 years as CFO, the treasurer’s office has normally had limited, part-time staffing.

White said the department had already cross-trained staff to work in the treasurer’s office to cover vacant shifts, so it made sense for employees training to do the same job to work together under the same department head.

When asked what may happen if a treasurer is elected who would rather have their own full-time staff, White said that would need to be a conversation between the treasurer and commissioners. White said, whichever candidate is elected treasurer, the finance department plans to support them.

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When asked why the Treasurer’s Office was not granted more personnel and hours rather than the transfer, White said staffing decisions are made by commissioners through department head requests and budget committee recommendations.

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He added decentralizing the Treasurer’s Office is not a slight against Steele, whom he said was very effective during her 20 years in office.

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removed to enhance our delivery model adapted during the pandemic,” Mesa said. “Our food is prepared each morning and on display at the counter to order. Though we do not offer table side service, we continue to offer great food quicker without the price increases most restaurants have embraced to offset inflation.”

For Moxieberry, it’s out with the old and in with the new! To survive the financial dip caused by the pandemic, the popular Stayton eatery has shifted from a fullservice café to a bakery and market.

Customers who want to dine in can be seated at tables inside or outside on the courtyard overlooking the water way, she said.

“The last two years have really changed a lot of things – the way we shop, the way we eat, the way we live,” said Teri Mesa, who owns Moxieberry with her husband, Jon. “Add to that labor, inflation, and supply chain challenges, we knew we needed to change our business model to survive.” Mesa reasoned by adapting their food delivery system, Moxieberry could continue to serve customers without passing along higher food and labor costs. “We shrunk the footprint of the restaurant, accommodating a second business to open within the building, while creating a cozy bakery-inspired café in the smaller side,” Mesa said. “We still have seating, retail gifts, wine, and many customers’ favorite sandwiches, soups and salads from our previous menu with some new additions as well.” Moxieberry now focuses on baked goods: fresh bread, quiche, croissants, muffins, scones, tarts, cakes, cheesecakes, brownies and more in “single-portion sizes perfect to complement lunch or espresso,” Mesa said. “And they can be ordered in larger sizes for parties and private gatherings,” she added. “Essentially we pack more punch in a smaller footprint.” Moxieberry still serves Café Feminino organic fairtrade coffee as well as sweet and savory baked goods, soup, sandwiches and wine. A gift shop is on the premises. “Holy Hanna!” posted Harmoney Forbes on Moxieberry’s Facebook page. “I already loved Moxieberry, but the new menu is amazing! Love the new grab-and-go option. Great for the working community!”

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James Mensing recommended Moxieberry, saying, “Really nice people, great food.” “Fresh, tasty, unique,” Maria Beard agreed. “The owners are very gracious, and staff is kind.” During Moxieberry’s closure from mid-December to its reopening in the beginning of February, the interior of the building was transformed to include faux brick walls, corbels, furniture and fixtures to resemble the era in which the building was built. “Creating what we hope to be viewed as a hidden gem, a ‘hole in the wall’ bakery you discover as you stroll down Third Avenue in Historic Downtown Stayton,” Mesa said. According to Mesa, the menu is designed to meet the demands of “grab ’n’ go” lunchers while maintaining their trademark “flavorful, fresh choices our dine-in customers are accustomed to.” The Mesas are even considering adding more Keto-friendly items to the menu. “The menu additions far outweigh the few items

“The many accolades from our existing Moxieberry family and the addition of our new friends and customers far outweighs the occasional curmudgeon that walks through our doors looking only to what was lost and not to what is gained,” Mesa said. “Once people walk through our doors and allow themselves to embrace the changes, they usually walk away satisfied and glad to have made the journey with us. “On a personal note, we love our new business model!” she added. “We feel connected to the community and the transformations we’ve all made over the last few years due to the pandemic, fires, ice storms. Together we rose above the chaos and created a bright future.” Mesa said she is especially proud of Stayton’s downtown community of merchants who more than survived the challenges and continue to push forward in the face of adversity that has caused so many others to fade away. “So far this year downtown has opened a few new businesses already with more to open in the next couple of months,” Mesa said. “So, if you haven’t been downtown lately, come check us out. And stop by Moxieberry for lunch, coffee and a treat.” Moxieberry is located at 429 N. Third Ave., Stayton. For more information, e-mail teri@moxiberry.com or visit www.moxieberry.com.

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In fact, Jaeger’s community involvement has become such a part of his daily life that he has reduced his Columbia Bank hours to part-time, mainly working with business clients on commercial lending.

Mike Jaeger has made a lot of friends in the Stayton area. He opened the Columbia Bank branch 24 years ago in a trailer in the Roth’s parking lot and has worked tirelessly in banking and in community affairs ever since.

“Columbia Bank is very supportive of its managers being involved in the communities in which we serve,” said Jaeger, 62, who has been in banking for 42 of those years. “This has given me latitude to be involved on many boards and community causes over the years. It is always a challenge to manage both my work and activity in the community. However, we value them as one and the same regarding our responsibility in our jobs here at Columbia Bank.”

In fact, an astonishing 12 community members nominated Jaeger for this year’s Distinguished Service Award, which was presented to Jaeger at the 76th Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce awards celebration March 17. The award, which replaces the traditional First Citizen category, goes to the individual “who demonstrates a posture of servant leadership which extends beyond their professional life into their personal pursuits as evidenced by a legacy of outstanding community service.”

Jaeger said that in addition to the workplace support, his faith and his family have been indispensable components of his ability to serve.

Jaeger, a long-time Rotarian, has been leading and volunteering for various fundraisers his entire adult life, working with church programs and events as well as coaching and public speaking.

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Service Integration earns award for fire recovery work

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“When the fires happened,” Baurer said, “our program accepted the role of providing disaster services.”

The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce has honored the Service Integration program at Santiam Hospital with its first Community Impact award.

The Service Integration group has contracts with the Oregon Department of Human Service (ODHS) and St. Vincent de Paul and has grown in its nearly five years to include 248 team members that represent a network of 130 entities – government organizations, nonprofits, clubs, businesses, faith-based programs and community members.

The honor, designed to recognize an individual, business or organization that makes a positive, measurable impact on the community, was announced at the chamber’s 76th awards luncheon on March 17 in Stayton. The Santiam Service Integration group, led by Melissa Baurer, has played a key role in Santiam Canyon wildfire recovery efforts. In fact, one of its three teams is devoted exclusively to initiatives in the canyon, and its efforts have led to more than $2 million being paid to survivors through the Santiam Canyon Wildlife Relief fund. More than 400 households registered with the team through the end of December, with 327 of them moving into case management services.

The Community Impact Award was accepted on behalf of Santiam Service Integration to Melissa Baurer, SSI director of disaster services and community engagement; Tanni Swisher, program director of disaster operations for Santiam Disaster Services, and Kim Dwyer, SSI service integration coordinator. STEPHEN FLOYD

behalf of families, and the people we have the privilege of serving are who make up the program. For them we are grateful. It’s a testament of the integrity of our program. We are thankful for the generous recognition.”

“Santiam Service Integration and Santiam Hospital are honored to receive the Community Impact award,” Baurer said. “It’s a reminder of the strength and resiliency of our families and individuals we serve through our three teams as well as through our disaster program.

The service integration project started in July, 2017 with efforts to assist the three school districts in the hospital’s service area, Cascade, North Santiam and Santiam Canyon.

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“Team members identify needs in the community and leverage resources and knowledge to meet those needs,” Baurer said. “When there are no resources to meet a need the team member can request funding for the team that falls within the geographical area of the need.” The organization is dynamic, growing and integrated (there is that word again). Baurer hired Kim Dwyer to coordinate the teams. Tanni Swisher serves as director of operations. An ODHS case manager and three members of the Salem-based Arches low-income housing programs work with Service Integration at its office in Stayton. A total of 14 paid hospital staffers are involved with Santiam Canyon recovery. Also nominated for the Community Impact Award were Dr. Sarah Comstock and the Maps Credit Union.

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Business of the Year By Stephen Floyd Snow Peak Brewing has shown Stayton that not a lot of time is needed to have a large impact on your community. The tavern opened its doors in 2019, just shy of a global pandemic that forced many small businesses to close. But rather than shutter the doors and cut their losses, Snow Peak owners Matt and Crystal Spenner found creative solutions and made a place where their community felt welcomed. So no one in the room was surprised when Snow Peak was awarded “Business of the Year” during the annual Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce awards luncheon on March 17. Matt Spenner said this was quite an outcome considering it was the first time he and Crystal Spenner had attended the event. “This is our first time being here, so this is awesome,” he said.

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Matt Spenner was quick to thank the chamber and the many community members who have become regulars at his business. “We want to thank our customers, who just keep showing up and it’s great,” he said. “A lot of people that are in this room, we actually know them from the brewery and that’s so cool. We’ve made so many new friends since we’ve opened it.”

community was one of the main reasons Snow Peak was nominated by community members. “When Snow Peak opened their doors they immediately became immersed in our community,” said one nominator. “...They are the perfect candidate for Business of the Year.” “Snow Peak is creative, innovative, community oriented, resilient,” said another nominator. “They listen to and appreciate their customers. With the pandemic and fire, businesses were adversely impacted, but Snow Peak came up with new ideas to survive.”

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Since opening, Snow Peak has become known for hosting numerous events such as bingo fundraisers, live music, trivia nights and comedy shows. They also feature food from local vendors and food trucks, and provide meeting space for the Chamber and Stayton Area Rotary. This both-feet-in approach to their

Alan Kirby, with the North Santiam School District, who helped present the award, said Snow Peak’s proactivity

included seeking grants during the pandemic to improve their outdoor seating and keep the space open for customers. “Snow Peak has rolled with the punches, keeping a positive perspective,” said Kirby. Matt and Crystal Spenner have managed to stay down-to-earth amid their success, an attitude expressed by Matt Spenner when he accepted the award. “If you’ve been into Snow Peak, you’ve seen above our beer taps we have a sign that says, ‘For that which we are about to receive, we thank you Lord,’ and we do,” he said. Matt Spenner also highlighted the accomplishments of fellow nominees Roth’s Fresh Market Stayton and Baked & Loaded Potatoes, who have stepped up to meet their community’s needs time and again.

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James ‘Bill’ Summerow

June 25, 1932 – Feb. 27, 2022

James William “Bill” Summerow, 89, peacefully passed away on Feb. 27, 2022 at his home in Sublimity, Oregon. Bill was born in Prescott, Arizona on June 25, 1932, to Michael Rabbitt and Stella Mae Tucker. He honorably served as a signal man in the Navy from 19511955, during the height of the Korean War, aboard the USS Valley Forge. On June 13, 1956, Bill married the love of his life, Betty Jean Summerow (nee Cates). The couple were lifelong companions who were blessed with six children. They lived for a time in Magazine, Arkansas and Prescott, Arizona, before eventually settling in Scio, Oregon in 1988 to be near family. It was at this time that Bill became a devoted and active member of the North Santiam Church of Christ in Sublimity, a place where he found lifelong friendship and community. Bill was known for his love of working with and caring for horses, a passion he came by as a young boy that he

carried with him his entire life. Though a man of simple pleasures and a quiet demeanor, his love and devotion to family and friends always shown through and he will be dearly missed by all those he leaves behind. He is survived by his six children: Kathleen Collette Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Tuttle, James William “Bub” Summerow Jr., Patricia Lynn Grace, Ronald Hoke Summerow, and Donald Oliver Summerow; as well as his brother, Paul Tucker. In addition to his children, he is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, as well as his siblings, John Summerow, Hoke Summerow, Ruth SummerowPaine, and Norma Tucker-Lira. The funeral service was held at North Santiam Church of Christ, March 26. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Santiam Church of Christ.

Carolyn D. Delker

Dec. 26, 1942 – March 23, 2022

Carolyn D. (Benway) Delker was born on Dec. 26, 1942, in Orange, California to Charles and Ruth Benway. She passed away on March 23, 2022, in Stayton, Oregon at age 79. Carolyn graduated from high school and later in life meet Ron Delker at the Gates fireman’s picnic/softball game in 1981. They married on Jan. 16, 1982 at the Gates Church. Together they lived in their home in Gates

for 40 years. Carolyn loved oil painting, china painting, quilting, RVing and attending quilt shows. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Lavern Montiel. She is survived by her husband, Ron; son, Scott Sexton; grandchildren, Shanna, Justin, Kayla, Scott Jr., Austin and Alyssa. A private family burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon.

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lawn, we realized that having a lawn was rather silly for us, since we weren’t willing to take care of it the way it was designed to be cared for,” Gerlits explained. “But finding an alternative was not easy.” Namely because it meant getting rid of the grass. A lush, green lawn looks beautiful, feels fabulous under foot and can serve a real purpose as the backdrop for picnics, sporting events or just lounging in the sun. But it can also have some real drawbacks. “An irrigated, one or two species, mowed green lawn, that mimics a golf course is an ecological disaster,” Horticulturist Eric Hammond said. “It blocks most animals beside us from using it – there isn’t any food there – and most of us dump tons of poison and chemical fertilizer on it to keep it alive. Here in the [Pacific Northwest] we have to use a ton of water

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“When we moved into our small cottage several years ago, the backyard had two things: a big man-made pond and a massive lawn,” homeowner Michele Finicle recalled.

Similarly, when Lisa Gerlits and her husband, Michiel Nankman, purchased their home – at roughly the same time – they knew that lawn maintenance, including watering and mowing, just wasn’t for them.

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“Time is the best method,” Hammond said of the most common method of lawn removal. That involves smothering both grass and weeds. “The first thing we did was cover every square inch of the lawn with cardboard and newspaper we had reclaimed from recycling,” Finicle said. “We put down several layers and wetted it so it would start the decomposition process faster. Then we shoveled wheelbarrows of mulch from a PGE chip drop over all the newspaper. We made sure it was a thick layer, at least three inches deep.

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Gerlits also used a similar method, though with slightly less success.

• Double digging/sod removal • Smothering with cardboard or newspaper

“In the backyard we didn’t overlap the cardboard, so we’ve had grass poking through all over the place,” she lamented. “Also, we’ve been doing it in sections, so we’ve got a bark chip patch right next to our overgrown grass. When that grass goes to seed, it seeds itself in the fresh bark.”

• Solarization with plastic • Cessation of irrigation and mowing (allow grass to grow naturally, filling in with native plants and pulling weeds as necessary)

According to Hammond, there is no foolproof way to get rid of a lawn. Even double digging – removing the sod before placing it two spade lengths underground – requires the continual pulling of weeds. “With any method one of the things you are battling, however, is not just what is growing today but the seeds, presumably of weeds, that will germinate after you plant the new native (or regular) lawn,” Hammond explained. But planting something new is imperative, unless the homeowner plans to use a type of barrier – mulch, stone or bark chips – because where there is space something will grow. The question is – what?

Planting native “[I]t’s all about preference,” Hammond said, listing various plants – annuals, perennials, bulbs and even native grasses that could add visual and ecological appeal to both homeowners and wildlife. “I think a mixed meadow is the best approach because it has lots of visual interest most of the year.” It’s the choice Finicle made when she purchased the eco-

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lawn seed mixture – containing a blend of Dutch clover, strawberry clover, English daisies, yarrow, baby blue eyes, sweet alyssum rye, and fescue – developed by the OSU Extension Service but it’s by no means the only option. A space can be intentionally curated, beautifully designed and still be composed of drought resistant, pollinator friendly vegetation. “Oregon native plants are very diverse,” Camila Miller, owner of Miller Landscaping in Silverton – a company specializing in both lawn removal and native replanting – confirmed. “There are evergreen and deciduous varieties, low and mid-size shrubs, groundcovers, wildflowers, trees, and all of them play a role in the Willamette Valley ecosystem.”

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But what if you like your grass? Does all of it have to go? The answer, according to Hammond, is decisively, no. “The Willamette Valley was a bunch grass prairie (grasses that don’t spread by runners),” he pointed out. “There are many native species here... They serve a stabilizing role, holding the soil.” In other words, it isn’t a villain, in fact it can be a real ecological boon, as homeowner Pam Valley found out when – after the purchase of her home in the 1980s – she stopped watering, stopped mowing and let the established grass grow.

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“Not watering works fine for lawns…” she said. “They were used to that before we showed up.” And, because Valley doesn’t mow, other plants and even animals have begun to “show up” as well, making her yard their home. “Over time the grass becomes a meadow and many creatures are alive there like the salamanders in the leaves today or the big frog we saw last fall,” she said. The space has evolved as plants like chickweed, yarrow, daisies and oregano have moved in from neighboring gardens, creating a more diverse ecosystem. It took a while for her neighbors to get used to the change. “Some of the walkers were worried and asked questions,” she said of the original reaction, “but over time many of the neighbors started doing this too.”

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Driving around the Willamette Valley, it’s becoming much more common to see homeowners moving away from traditional lawns – planting front yard gardens, native shrubs and trees or even cultivating a small meadow – with the environment and their own values in mind. “In a time of changing climate, depleting resources, and inflated food costs, I feel like my garden is one place I can make a difference for my family and for the community of local pollinators we rely on to grow our food,” Finicle said of her choice. “As I sow my mix of native plants into my yard over Spring Break, I am planting with intention and purpose towards a sustainable future. After the last two years, that feels pretty good.”

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Use chemical controls only when necessary and only after thoroughly reading the pesticide label. First consider cultural, then physical and biological controls. Choose the least-toxic options, and use them judiciously. Some examples include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, and organic and synthetic pesticides.

Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season. Prepare garden soil for spring planting. Incorporate generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide. Prepare raised beds in areas where cold soils and poor drainage are a continuing problem. Incorporate generous amounts (at least 2 inches) of organic materials. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. When the soil is consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, some warm season vegetables (beans, sweet corn) can be planted.

Maintenance and cleanup Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing. Apply commercial fertilizers, manure or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries), and trailing berries. Place compost or decomposed manure around perennial vegetables, such as asparagus and rhubarb.

It’s a great time to start a vegetable garden. Among the vegetables you can plant, consider: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, endive, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach and turnips.

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This is an optimum time to fertilize lawns. Apply 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Reduce risks of runoff into local waterways by not fertilizing just prior to rain, and not overirrigating so that water runs off the lawn and onto the sidewalk or street.

Manage weeds while they are small and actively growing with light cultivation or herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective. Plants – especially vegetables – have a hard time thriving in the company of unwelcome neighbors that compete for water, light and nutrients.

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A good time to control slugs is when they are mating, before eggs are laid. Each slug can lay up to 300 eggs in a season, as clusters or a single egg. The life cycle is: clear eggs, milky eggs, white eggs, tiny slugs, tiny slugs, bigger slugs, more eggs and more slugs. When clusters of slug eggs are found dispose of them in the garbage and let them grow up to eat at the landfill, where they can be useful. The only benefit of slugs in the home landscape is enrichment of soil with their excrement. A handful of worms is preferred for that function. Keep grass mowed to reduce moisture and increase light at ground level. Slugs and snails are territorial, returning to their winter space and egg sites after feeding on your plants. Look for them where they have been seen before. Follow their trails, like Japanese ground beetles, snakes and frogs do when they seek to eat slugs and slug eggs. Slugs will range 100 feet or more from their home base.

Hand picking is effective for slug control when we have the time. Actually, using tongs and gloves is better than fingers. To remove slug slime from skin, wipe with vinegar on a paper towel; soap and water are ineffective. Some people pour salt on slugs or spray them with vinegar. The salt and vinegar will also burn nearby plants, though. Throwing slugs and snails over the fence does not help because they will find their way home. Egg shells and coffee grounds irritate the tender foot of a slug, so they just go around. Make a simple slug trap from a plastic (cottage cheese type) container. Cut holes in the top big enough for the slug to get into. Put sugar water, yeasty water, chopped cucumbers, aromatic fruits or cat food into the container. Canned salmon cat food is a preferred flavor, but will attract other critters. Save your beer for a party. Research at OSU shows that sugar water or cucumbers attract more slugs than yeasty beverages. Bury the container up to the lid so the slug can crawl in but cannot crawl out easily. Check the trap regularly and dispose of the captives. – Diane Hyde

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As we pick up wind-blown debris and pull up weeds, clusters of slug eggs are found. Some species of slugs bury the eggs underground so they are not found until the little slime-makers emerge. Slugs live under or in nutrientpoor soil, bark, logs, pots, rocks or any dark, moist areas. Some, like the spotted slug, hang out in dry areas eating dead organic matter. Cleaning up debris and setting traps near their habitats can reduce their populations.

will sprout in soils as cool as 40F. Many perennial flower seeds are designed by nature to sit in cold damp soil for weeks or months before sprouting so if they are sown now their hormones will let them sprout when the soil temperature is right. Warm season vegetables that originate from closer to the Equator, and more exotic flowers grown as annuals will not sprout until soil temperatures are warmer so they are often started indoors at 65-70F in our short-season microclimate. Even transplants of tomatoes and peppers purchased at the garden store will not grow well until soil temperatures (and night air temperatures) are above 50F. Corn, cucumbers and melons will not thrive below 60F. So we usually wait until late May to plant them. Covering raised beds with row cover cloth, an old sheet, of a makeshift clear plastic tent will help raise the temperature of a patch of soil by capturing sunlight and blocking wind. Good drainage helps prevent drowning and rotting of seeds in cold soggy soil. Soil should feel like a wrung-out sponge. OSU Extension has great publications available to help gardeners. Growing Your Own (EM 9027) and Vegetable Gardening in Oregon (EC 871) are two basic sources of information available at Extension offices or https://catalog.extension. oregonstate.edu.

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Officials are looking at three main components to its restoration work: hydro seeding, replanting of trees and removal of noxious weeds. Improving the vegetation is critical because of how many trees were lost in the fires.

Marion County is engaged in a planning process for its fire-damaged Santiam Canyon parks that likely will be wide-ranging and whose effects will be felt for decades.

Our Town visited the North Santiam Recreation Area on March 22, with the loss of trees in most of its 16 acres so pronounced that you want to add the word “prairie” to the park’s name. But the bones are still there. The restrooms and picnic shelters remain intact, there is a good-sized trail system and parking lot, and the river access is so good that officials are considering adding it to the put in, putout rafting/kayaking system.

Marion County supervises six parks along the North Santiam and Little North Santiam rivers and will be taking on operations of the state-owned North Santiam State Recreation Area. North Santiam is the lone facility currently open, with North Fork, Bear Creek Salmon Falls, Minto, Packsaddle and Niagara all closed because of damag due to the Labor Day 2020 fires. And with Marion County, like many jurisdictions, awash in federal and state funds from both wildfire and COVID relief sources, the parks work will be starting with money in the bank, or on its way. Parks officials have spent more than $300,000 on parks recovery, and have another $265,000 in grants. Also, perhaps as much as $1.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds will be available. Parks officials note $990,000 in FEMA will be used for restoration or replacement of amenities such as signs, kiosks and restrooms, with the possibility of another $500,000 for erosion control. Officials also will be seeking planting grants for work next year. In fact, there is so much loose change about that the process is proving confusing to the Marion County Parks Commission, the volunteer body that is working with parks officials on a plan that will ultimately come before the three-person Board of Commissioners, perhaps as early as July. “I’m lost. There are a lot of things we are working on here,” said parks commission chair Wayne Rawlins at its March 17 meeting. “I really want to know what pieces we’re involved with out there.” Rawlins also expressed concerns about the financing of the

work, noting “we’ve got $990,000 here, $500,000 there... and I don’t know what our budget is. What funds are we expecting to come down the road?” Brian May, division manager for Marion County Parks, sympathized with Rawlins and the board. “We’re as confused as you are,” May said. “So many dollars are being thrown in. Everything is very fluid. As a commission you guys are going to have a lot of stress and a lot of fun and a lot of stress. It’s a great opportunity to restore a beautiful area, and we are real excited about that.” The commission meets every other month, with its next session set for May 19. Meetings are open to the public and public comment is welcome. In addition, Marion County parks officials are planning a public meeting on proposed upgrades in the Canyon for late April or May. The ideas the parks commission is working with center on restoration, facility improvements, and transportation. Some of the information stems from studies performed for the county by consultants Walker Macy and Eco Northwest.

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Pivotal presence By Mary Owen Police Chief Richard Schmitz will retire on April 30 after serving the City of Aumsville for 26 years. “His last day happens to be the same date he started at the Aumsville Police Department in 1996,” said Ron Harding, city administrator. “Chief Schmitz has had a tremendously positive impact on the Police Department, City staff, and the entire community. He is highly respected and admired by his colleagues and the community alike.” A retirement social celebrating Schmitz’s tenure will be held at 5 p.m. on April 7 at the Aumsville Community Center. “Anyone who wants to come and wish the Chief well is welcome to stop by,” Harding said. “There will be snacks and refreshments available with a short presentation at 6 p.m.” In his youth, Schmitz enrolled at Chemeketa Community College, graduating with an Associate of Science

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degree in criminal justice administration. At 21, he joined the police reserves, serving in Willamina and nearby Sheridan.

“Most of my highlights have had happy outcomes. We started our Christmas Toy Drive with just two families, and the drive has grown to as many as 50 families over the years. We also started our National Night Out, where our officers barbeque hamburgers and hot dogs throughout the community and allow residents an opportunity to meet us and for us to meet them.

“When I was 25, I started my full-time career with the Salem Police Department,” he said.

After his wife, Cindi, earned her teaching degree, Schmitz, then 27, returned full-time Chief Richard Schmitz. to police work with the SUBMITTED PHOTO Willamina Police Department. In 1988, he took a job with the Keizer Police Department and worked his way “There have also been some very up from patrolman to detective, and then challenging times,” he added. “In 2009, I to sergeant. was part of an investigation into students planning a school shooting at Cascade In 1996, after a three-year hiatus from schools. We were fortunate enough police work due to a family tragedy, to discover this before they were able Schmitz joined the Aumsville Police to complete it, but it still shook the Department, starting again as a patrolman. community. He soon rose through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant, and, in July 2015, police chief. On a wintery Saturday in December “There have been many challenges and memories in my time here,” Schmitz said.

2010, he rescued a citizen trapped in Mill Creek at Porter Boone Park.

“I ended up going into the creek... and was able to bring the citizen to safety,” he said. According to Harding, the impact Chief Schmitz has had on Aumsville, both professionally and personally, is “so farreaching that it is hard to imagine the department without him.” Mayor Derek Clevenger agrees, saying, “Whoever steps into his position will have some big shoes to fill. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Chief Schmitz,” he added. “He is a dedicated public servant, and I am proud to call him my friend. I wish him all the best and hope that he enjoys retirement as much as we have enjoyed working with him.” After retiring, Schmitz plans to travel, fish and work in his shop. “The one thing I would like to add or say, thank you to the citizens of Aumsville for your support and placing your trust in me for these past 26 years,” he said. “I consider all of you as extended family and wish you all the very best.”

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Four in a row By James Day You can’t win five consecutive state wrestling titles. Thus, Mauro Michel’s mark of four in a row never will be broken. Michel, a Stayton High senior, reached that rarified air of four straight with a dominating performance at the Class 4A state meet Feb. 26 at Cascade High in Turner.

Stayton wrestler Mauro Michel finishes sterling career

– 106, 113 126 and 132. He compiled a record of 160-4 in his high school career and was 45-0 in his senior year. “I’ve had that goal in mind ever since I started at Cascade,” Michel said. “I was really happy when I won it. It was one of the biggest goals for me and my family.” Michel’s performance also helped Stayton turn in its best showing at state in at least 20 years. The Eagles finished sixth overall with 96 points, 15 more than host and rival Cascade. Stayton had finished fifth and Cascade second in the district meet in February.

Michel, wrestling at 132 pounds, won all four of his matches by Mauro Michel pin, using just four seconds past four minutes in the four victories. Michel, who competed at Cascade in his freshman and sophomore years, won his OSAA titles in four different weight classes

“Finishing in sixth place at the state tournament was our best finish this century,” Eagles coach Stuart Peterson said. “I couldn’t find records beyond 2000. “Mauro is a special talent and came into our program two years ago already a finished product. I am glad he was able to finish his career at Stayton where his older brothers competed and graduated. Mauro certainly had the most fun in the wrestling room this year and showed our younger wrestlers that putting in the time and hard work pays off.”

Michel also had challenging times in the weight room when he faced off with teammate Eli Howard, who wrestles a weight class up at 138. “It was crazy working with Eli,” said Michel. “When Eli and Mauro wrestled each other in practice the intensity of the room was elevated for sure,” Peterson said. Michel hopes to wrestle in college and is considering Southern Oregon, Corban and Clackamas Community College. He says he is undecided, noting that he ‘s “still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.” Michel’s five teammates at state also entered the scoring column to help boost the Eagles’ efforts in the team race. Howard led the way with his second-place finish at 138. Wyatt Hooper (120) advanced to the semifinals, ultimately losing the match for third place. Jason Ritchie (160) won three matches, including a win against the No. 2 seed in his opener, and wound up falling in the match for fifth, while Connor Hollenbeck was fifth at 170.

Also at the 4A meet, Cascade’s Lance VanHoose ran the table at 182 pounds to win his second state title, scoring 3 pins and downing his foe from Banks by a 12-2 count in the final. Teammate Blake Perlichek, also wrestling at 182, scored four wins and lost in the match for 3rd place as the Cougars dominated the weight class. Brody Copple (106) won four matches, losing in the match for third. Payton Burlingame (113), Tucker Melton (220) and Teagen Allen (285) all won one match. Jason Hoffman (113) also participated for Cascade. Regis, meanwhile, celebrated a highly successful first year of wrestling under coach Chris Bischoff with an eighth-place finish at the Class 2A-1A meet at Culver. The Rams sent an upper-weight dominant crew of five wrestlers to Culver and all five scored. Thomas Bischoff led the way with a third-place finish at 170. Chris Bischoff lost in the match for third at 160, while Cameron Diacetis (three wins at 220), Mark Nusom (two wins at 182) and Noah Emch (one win at 195) contributed valuable team points.

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Weekly Events Monday

Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Santiam Senior Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons, Marion, Mehama. Repeats Wed., Fri. $3 donation suggested. Ginger, 503-769-7995. Free COVID-19 Testing, noon – 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. No physician’s order required. Pre-register at labdash.net. Repeats Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 503-769-3230 Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, 2 - 5 p.m. Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Adult and children age 5 and older vaccines available. Free. Drop in or schedule an appointment at santiamhospital.org. Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Regular games $.05 a card. Blackout $.10 a card. 50 and older. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009 Community Yoga, 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Hall, 362 Seventh St., Lyons. Suggested donation $5 - 15. All levels. Repeats Wed. Kathy, mail2reed@gmail.com

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Senior Gardening with Diane Hyde, 10:30 a.m., 50 and older. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter. com Storytime, 11:05 a.m., Stayton Public Library. For children and family members of all ages. Takes place outside. No registration required. Rain or shine. 503-769-3313 ESL, GED, Citizenship Classes, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Workbook is $20. Runs through June. Repeats Thursdays. Mary, 503-779-7029.

Wednesday

Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Business Network, 8:30 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Location varies. For location, call 503-769-3464.

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St. Boniface Archives and Museum, 9 a.m. - noon, 370 Main St., Sublimity. Learn about Sublimity and possibly your family history. Free. 503-508-0312 Tai Chi for Intermediates, 10:15 - 11 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. 503-767-2009 Tai Chi for Beginners, 11:15 a.m. noon, Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. 503-767-2009 Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-5089431, staytonarearotary.org Cascade Country Quilters, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Beginner Line Dancing Class, 12:30 1:30 p.m., 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Advanced Line Dancing Class, 2 - 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-767-2009

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Diaper Drive The 13th annual Les Schwab Diaper Drive runs through April. All sizes needed but sizes 4 - 7 including pullups and wipes are urgently needed. Diapers can be dropped off at any Salem, Dallas, Independence, Sublimity and Woodburn Les Schwab locations. Benefits Family Building Blocks.

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-2919

Friday, April 1 April Fool’s Day

Thursday, April 7

Marion SWCD First Friday

10 a.m. Zoom. Invasive plant species ID with Jenny Meisel, MSWCD native and invasive plant specialist. Target audience is Marion County residents who would like to learn how to identify invasive plant species on their property to better manage their land. Register at marionswcd.net. 503-391-9927

Saturday, April 2 Ramadan Begins

Mama´s Community Market, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665 Point Man Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503859-2627 Griefshare, 6 - 8 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Grief support group open to anyone navigating through grief. Sign up for the free service through griefshare.org or contact Christy Anspach at 406-4318256. Runs through May 5.

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Friday

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

Cars & Coffee, 9 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Bring your classic vehicles for coffee, breakfast and a cruise on country roads. Park on Marion Street.

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Stayton Video Contest

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 440 NE Cherry St., Sublimity. Hand-selected collection of vintage goods for home, garden. Cash, cards accepted. Diane, 503-510-0820

Red Whites and Brews 5 - 9 p.m., Santiam Golf Club, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Join the Stayton Area Rotary for wine, craft beer and cider tasting. Appetizers, dinner, drawings, silent and oral auctions. Tickets $50, at https://stayton-arearotary-foundation.square.site.

Sunday, April 3

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Monday, April 4

The City of Stayton Parks and Recreation Board invites community members to enter the Stayton Parks Video Contest. Show people the features that Pioneer Park and Riverfront Park have to offer. Video should feature Pioneer Park or Riverfront Park. Prizes for first, second and third place. Winners will have their video shared on the Parks webpage. Submissions are due by June 15. To obtain contest information and register, contact the Public Works Department at wcudd@staytonoregon.gov.

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7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Livestream link at staytonoregon.gov. 503-769-3425

Tuesday, April 5 Cascade Volleyball Camp

3:30 - 5 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Cascade Cougar volleyball team hosts a clinic for grades 4 - 6. Cost is $25, due the first day of camp. To register, email Coach Williams, cwilliams@cascade.k12.or.us, with first and last name of camper, grade, parents’ names, contact number, email address and shirt size. Repeats April 6.

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Wednesday, April 6 Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., Stayton Chiropractic, 1250 N First Ave. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. 503-769-3464

Storytime in the Garden

10:30 a.m., Stayton Community Garden. Storytime with free books. Children can help plant something in the garden afterwards. No registration required. Stayton Community Garden is on North Evergreen Avenue, south of the Salem Ditch. 503-769-3313

Friday, April 8 Red Cross Blood Drive

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

Aumsville Spring Cleanup

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Non-compostable items allowed in the dumpster in the Public Works parking lot, 595 Main St. No household garbage, tires, appliances, rocks or concrete. Compositible yard debris can be taken to Recology Organics, 8712 Aumsville Hwy. A valid driver’s license with an Aumsville city limits address is required. Repeats April 9. 503-769-2030

Saturday, April 9 Put a Fork in It Run

9 a.m. - noon, North Fork Station, 22935 Jennie Road, Lyons. Meets-N-Eats car show event. Open to all makes and models. Free admission. Smoke Theory BBQ will have coffee, breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches. Event sponsored by RideRevival & OutdoorAdventure, Smoke Theory BBQ and John Parmenter.

My Best Friend’s Closet 10 a.m - 4 p.m., Heritage Mall, 1895 SE 14th Ave., Albany. One-day prom dress pop-up open to all high school students. All dresses are $10; accessories are $5. Must have a valid student ID to enter.

Sunday, April 10 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

Jam Session

1 p.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Play music or sing along. All instruments welcome. All ages. 503-767-2337

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Monday, April 11 Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Also available by teleconference. Contact City Hall one week prior to the meeting to obtain call-in information. Agenda available. 503-769-5475, cityofsublimity.org

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Lyons Library Board

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

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Tuesday, April 12 Youth Take-and-Make Activities

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kits are available in the library or through curbside pickup. One per youth. While supplies last. Free. 503-769-3313

Doris’s Place Luncheon noon, Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Enjoy an inspiring luncheon supporting local children and families. Free. RSVP to Julie Hilty, jhilty@ familybuildingblocks.org, 503-566-2132.

Cascade Volleyball Camp

3:30 - 5 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Cascade Cougar volleyball team hosts clinic for grades 1 - 3. Cost is $25, due the first day. To register, email Coach Williams, cwilliams@ cascade.k12.or.us, with first and last name of camper, grade, parents’ names, contact number, email address and shirt size. Repeats April 13 - 14.

RDS Board Meeting

6 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503767-2317, downtownstayton.org

Cascade School Board

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

Wednesday, April 13 Santiam Hospital Auxiliary Tulip Sale

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. $6 per bunch while supplies last. Benefits Santiam Hospital and Clinics’ Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. Repeats April 14 - 15.

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m. For family caregivers and/ or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, suzy.deeds@nwsds.org.

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Monday, April 25

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

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

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. 503-769-2998

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Wednesday, April 20

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Aumsville Easter Event

9:30 a.m., Mill Creek Park, 1110 Mill Creek Road, Aumsville. Easter egg hunt. Easter Bunny on hand for pictures. Children ages 1 - 9. Bring your own basket or bag. Free. 503-749-2030

Bethel Clothing Closet

5 - 6:30 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. Early registration, meet teachers/ staff, tours. Bring birth certificate, immunization record, proof of physical address. 503-769-2459

Stayton Public Library Board

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

Thursday, April 21 NSSD Board

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

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. 503-769-6924

KofC Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Groups age 0 - 3, 4 - 6 and 7 - 10. Canned food or cash donations for Stayton Community Food Bank encouraged. Randy, 503-932-5101

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Friday, April 22 Earth Day Saturday, April 23 Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles. Lunch available. Free admission, parking. 503-859-2161

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Food boxes. 503-881-9846

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Tuesday, April 26 Lyons City Council

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

Friday, April 29 Arbor Day A Bench in the Sun

7 p.m., Spotlight Theatre, 383 N Third Ave., Stayton. A Spotlight Community Theatre production.Repeats 7 p.m. April 30, May 6 & 7; 2 p.m. May 1 & 8. Tickets $15 at spotlightcommunitytheatre.com.

Saturday, April 30 North Santiam River Cleanup

8 a.m. Volunteers meet at 875 NW River Road in Mill City for a trash cleanup from Packsaddle Park to the Mehama Bridge. Wood-fired pizza at Fur Sure afterwards.

Women’s Spring Tea

2 - 4 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Join ladies and girls for a special tea and entertainment by Foothills girls’ talent showcase. Childcare is provided. To sign-up for childcare, visit foothillsstayton.org. 503-769-2731

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Service Academy Information Day

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., West Linn High, 5464 W A St. Students, parents and educators are invited to attend and learn about the application process to attend the nation’s Service academies. Hosted by Congressman Kurt Schrader. RSVP is encouraged but not necessary. OR05KSRSVP@mail.house.gov

Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. More than 10,000 eggs filled with candy and more than 750 prizes including bicycles and scooters. Age 0 - 12. Free. Sponsored by Santiam Chapel, Mehama Community and Canyon Bible Fellowship.

Sunday, April 17 Easter Easter Egg Hunt

1 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Easter Egg hunt for children ages 0 - 12. Children will be separated into age groups. Sponsored by Santiam Valley Grange. Free. 503-859-2161

Monday, April 18 Tax Day Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Agenda available. Open to public. Livestream link at staytonoregon. gov. 503-769-3425

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Title in Turner

Cascade boys take first hoops title since 1974

Cascade High is sitting on top of the Class 4A boys basketball world. The No. 2 Cougars raced through the playoffs without letting a foe get within 10 points and captured the title March 12 with a 42-30 win against top-ranked Junction City in Coos Bay.

shots and tied for the lead in blocks with four. Ball’s father, Steve, coached the Cougars to a runner-up finish in the 2013 4A tournament in Corvallis.

It was the first boys hoops title for the program since the 1974 team coached by Wayne Gilman downed Rainier 56-50 in the AA final at McArthur Court in Eugene.

down Oregon West Conference player of the year Jacob Axmaker (five points on 2 of 12 shooting). In the semifinals the Cougars took out No. 11 Banks, 57-46, reversing the outcome of last year’s semifinals. Sande had 22 points and five assists, while Ty Best finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds while hitting ten of 15 shots from the floor.

“We knew that if we played how we were capable of playing, we would be pretty tough to stop,” coach Calvin Molan told Our Town. “We had talked all year about peaking at the end of the season, and I think our guys were playing great basketball by the time the quarterfinal match-up versus Stayton came around.”

Cascade cranked up the defense even higher in the title game, holding No. 1 Junction City to just 30 points and a big fat zero in the 2nd quarter.

Ah, Stayton. Yes, a semifinal spot in the state tournament was going to go to the winner of a game between the two longtime rivals. Cascade claimed both regular season matchups but both were hardfought pulse-pounders, with the Cougars winning 39-35 and 73-65 in two games with obvious stylistic differences.

“Our defense really stepped up and made it tough on them to play how they wanted, and I think that’s what won us the game,” Molan said. “JC had 18 turnovers, which is pretty uncharacteristic of them this season, and I think a lot of that was just due to the defensive effort our guys gave for the entire game.”

The third time was not as close, with Cascade taking a 66-41 victory that Molan thought was critical for what followed.

The Cougars, who led the tournament in scoring defense, allowing just 39 points per game, collected 13 steals against Junction City, led by Spencer Horne (4) and Isaac Schnepp (3).

“It is very tough to beat a good team three times in a row,” Molan said. “Our guys were incredibly locked-in during the lead up to that Stayton game, and we felt like that win set the tone for the rest of the tournament.”

Cascade’s Sande (52 points) and Best (38) were named first-team all-tournament. Spencer Horne led the tournament with eight steals. Dominic Ball hit 11 of 16

Kellen Sande scored 20 points, Samuel Horne added 18 and was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers. Defensively the Cougars shut

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Stayton, meanwhile, rallied from the quarterfinal loss to Cascade by taking down No. 3 Marshfield, 67-55, in an elimination game before falling to Oregon West rival Philomath, 49-33, in the game for 4th place. Garrett Callsen (47 points and a tournament-high 29 rebounds) and Axmaker (37 points and 7 3-pointers) were named second-team all-tournament. In earlier all-OWC voting, Sande, Best and Ball joined Axmaker on the first team, with Stayton’s Callsen and Gabe Wigginton on the second team. Spencer Horne, Samuel Horne and Schnepp of the Cougars received honorable mention. In the 4A girls tournament No. 2 Cascade lost both of its games, falling 69-60 in the quarterfinals and then bowing out of the tournament with a 50-39 elimination game loss to Baker. Ariel Tobiasson of the Cougars scored 35 points in the two games and was named second team all-tournament. The Stayton girls, meanwhile, finished one game short of state, losing at Mazama 57-33 in the round of 16. In earlier all-OWC voting Cascade’s Tobiasson and Kenna Coleman were named to the first team, along with Miley Mitchell of Stayton. Stayton’s Tori Nyquist and Karlee Tyler were named to the second team, while Kaylee Tyler of the Eagles and Meah Carley and Abby Jeppsen of Cascade received honorable mention. The Regis boys, meanwhile, took 4th in the Class 2A tournament in Pendleton in an event in which the Rams also took home the sportsmanship award. Regis, under Central Valley Conference coach of the year Jason Koehnke, fell to eventual runner-up Salem Academy 59-49 in the quarterfinals but rallied to down Heppner 67-49 in the elimination game and Bonanza 56-49 in the game for 4th place. Regis freshman guard Isaiah Koehnke led the tournament in scoring with 55 points and hit 11 of his 23 3-pointers for the Rams, the No. 6 seed. Koehnke was named to the all-tournament first team. Nick Woods added 41 points and Grant Goesch had 30 rebounds and 9 assists.

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In earlier all-CVC voting Koehnke was a unanimous first-team pick, with Goesch and Woods on the second team and Tanner Manning landing a spot on the all-defensive squad. The Regis girls squad, which finished 13-12 overall and 8-6 in the CVC, placed Whitley Stepp and Ava Silbernagel on the second team, with Stepp also being placed on the all-defensive team. Dance/Drill: The Stayton Highlights continue to bring home the hardware. The Eagles’ dance and drill squad took 2nd in Class 4A at the OSAA championships in Oregon City. The Highlights scored 17.22 points, trailing only Valley Catholic, which totaled 18.03 to take the title. Valley Catholic was the lone squad among the 54 teams to break the 18-point mark. These were the first dance/drill championships since 2019. COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 competitions. Stayton now has placed 1st or 2nd for 20 consecutive years in which trophies have been awarded, with top honors going to the Highlights in 14 of those years. This also was the first season for Stayton under new coach Roni Heagy, who took over for legendary coach Robin Meier, who was at the helm for all 14 of those titles. Heagy competed for the Highlights from 2016-19, taking home a first and three seconds. In the past seven years either the Highlights or Valley Catholic has won the class, with V.C. leading 4-3 during that stretch. Correction: In my March 1 story on the record-setting haul of the annual Stayton Boosters Club auction one winner was left out. Randy Forrette, the auction chair and longtime booster, also received one of the Eagle Excellence awards at the Feb. 12 event at The Oregon Garden. Sources tell me that Forrette left his name off the list of honorees that he forwarded to Our Town. The sources also tell me that more than $635,000 has been raised at auctions since Forrette has come on board and that he has been a key figure in the huge upgrades of high school athletic facilities. Good show, Randy! Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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After a couple of days, she came home from the hospital. Sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, descended on our house. They had only one concern: to provide their mom with the best care possible. They had no way of knowing how long it might be, but they committed themselves to the long haul. In the meantime, she regained her speech, just as the doctor had thought she would. But ultimately she began to fade. Then something amazing happened. Waves of unrelenting love rained down on her. Sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins arrived to visit and help as her health continued to fail. For nine months they kept it up. There was rarely a time when someone wasn’t here helping to care for Nadine. During this time we all received one last gift from Nadine: This close-knit family became a single unit. We shared not only the work and worry of caring for her and staying up with her through the night, but we also shared ourselves as she made one last journey. On March 22, at 11:15 a.m. Nadine Stack – mother, friend, neighbor and the touchstone for generations of the Stack family – died quietly. She was 100 years old. With her were Patti and two brothers, Kevin and Damian, and Kevin’s wife Jackie and their grandson, Jayden. When it happened, they and their other brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, were finally ready, too. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton, Oregon.

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