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potential for a surge of new construction in residential development and, possibly, some commercial development.

It looks like Stayton could be growing by leaps and bounds in the near future. City Planning Director Dan Fleishman said Stayton may see nearly 100 homes built at two Shaff Road developments near the middle school within the year. About 48 homes, including two duplexes, are going up in Wildlife Meadows, a development built by Roger Roberts. And west of the school, Hayden Homes has approval for 51 family lots on 13 acres. “This spike in development all started happening last year,” said Mayor Hank Porter. “Roberts’ development is going full blast. They’re building that one now, with nice, big homes on nice, big lots. And they are selling like hotcakes.” Fleishman said Wildlife Meadows is the only new development currently underway. “The Hayden development was approved by the planning commission, but it is still dealing with engineering issues,” he said.

“We expect construction on the street, sewer and water at that development this summer, and we will probably see houses underway in the fall.” In addition, Fleishman said the planning commission just approved a project for four new homes at West Ida and Evergreen, across from the new bed-andbreakfast under construction. “That’s really all that’s in the pipeline right now,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of discussion with developers on different projects, but nobody has submitted a development application yet. It may be a while, or they could walk in this afternoon.”

About 6.48 acres of residentially zoned land is also a potential at the old mill site downtown. “I hear she wants $1.2 million for the land,” Porter said of the owner. “There’s room for about 14 to 20 home lots there.”

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Fleishman said that development was approved by the planning commission seven years ago. “But three weeks ago, we sent a letter saying you took so long, the approval has expired. It’s property that has potential, but nobody has been in to even talk about it,” he said.

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“I see a couple large properties with potential on the east side of town, one 65 acres and the other a 72-acre parcel,” he said. “Interest has been expressed by developers. There’s room for 300 to 400 homes on each parcel, so together, we’re talking about 600 to 800 new homes there.

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crisis. The median sales price of a single family home in 2017-2018 is $225,000. But according to the real estate website, the average home value in Stayton is around $261,700. This is higher than Aumsville, Mill City, Scio and Salem, but comes in below Sublimity and Silverton.

Traffic projections are also optimistic. “Yes, the new developments do impact streets, but those impacts on any system are mitigated by the improvements we make as developments are installed,” he said. “We’ve got a process in place. We look at the impact of development and have plans in place for sewer, water and street improvements. And the city is prepared for that development to occur. If needed, the developer is required to make those improvements.”

Development statistics for Stayton Fleishman recently completed a study on current housing and presented it to the city council on April 2. In the report, he said “the town is currently growing at a high pace.”

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Here are some highlights from the study: Stayton has seen only a 15 percent increase in population during the past 30 years. Today the population stands at about 7,800 people. Portland State University’s Population Forecast Program estimates that by 2030, the population will grow to 9,065, an increase of 15 percent. Stayton’s close proximity to Salem means that a large percentage of people

commute to work. As a result, Stayton’s new housing is developed in a way that eases access to Highway 22. Stayton’s housing stock is relatively new and in relatively good condition: only 11 percent was built prior to 1950. Most housing units – 82 percent – are single family dwellings. No multifamily housing has been built since 2002. The cost of housing in Stayton has been rising steadily since the 2008 financial

The most significant period of housing growth was in the 1990s, but since then, not many new homes or apartments have been built. Since 2010, the city has added only 86 new homes. Although Stayton’s newer homes tend to be built on open properties closer to the outskirts of town, many vacant buildable lots closer to the center of town could be filled with new homes. Fleishman said Stayton’s housing situation is typical of a rural community. There’s been a high demand for single-family detached homes, but only a limited number of new multi-family homes have been built in the past 20 years. Future demand, however, may require different types of housing.

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Staying focused By Mary Owen Bye-bye Friends of Old Town Stayton and hello Revitalize Downtown Stayton – different name, same focus. “There are those that liked the reference to Old Town,” said Steve Poisson, vicepresident or the organization, “but the merchants wanted a clearer, more modern title that expressed our goals. Since we are there to improve the economic vitality of the downtown area, we made the change.” Program coordinator Isaac Kort-Meade assures RDS’s primary goal remains making downtown a better place, one that brings shoppers, visitors and businesses to the Stayton area. “All of that starts by creating a message which is accessible to all,” Kort-Meade said. “We’re changing the name to better reflect our mission. The name ‘Revitalize Downtown Stayton’ helps us better communicate our message. We want to make sure that we are reaching the largest number of people we can, both in Stayton and across the state.”

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Kort-Meade said the group has learned a lot about Stayton in the last few years – periods of growth and decline, the sense of pride that locals have in their town. He credited Stayton with a mix of longtime residents and newcomers, allowing for a wide range of expertise in crafting promotions, events and improvements for downtown. “But it all starts from branding ourselves in an interesting and understandable way,” he said. “We’re not changing anything that we are doing. This name change is simply a chance for us to step back, look at all we’ve accomplished, and think about the future. We will

“We’ve started a new website as well,” he added. “We are also finishing up some flower baskets for downtown, so expect that soon. And we will be a part of a bunch of events over the summer, so stay tuned.” Revitalize Downtown Stayton will remain on track with the Main Street Model, a nationally recognized system that FOTS followed. The model has a 25-year track record of successfully revitalizing declining downtowns, RDS reported. “Our local chapter, Oregon Main Street, has helped many small towns across Oregon revitalize their downtowns,” Kort-Meade said. “If you think of the best small downtowns in the state – Astoria, Oregon City, Silverton – all of them are products of the Main

Kort-Meade said four committees were created to implement various parts of the program. “The Design Committee works on physical improvements in the downtown area,” he said. “Economic Vitality helps to implement changes to help businesses thrive, and Organization works on the back end of RDS. With this approach, we can organize to address pressing issues in downtown and plan for the future.” RDS’s next big project is putting up street-sign toppers, “We will also start working on some directional signs to help bring people downtown,” Kort-Meade said. RDS is always looking for people to become a business member or supporter of the organization, as well as corporate sponsors and volunteers.

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The city of Detroit is working to retain its Firewise status this month. “Last year, the cities of Detroit and Idanha became the first Firewise communities in Marion County,” said Andrea Martinez, a firefighter with the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire District. “To maintain Firewise Community status, the cities have to do another annual project.” Martinez said the city of Idanha has not yet planned the event to renew its status, but Detroit is on round two of its Firewise recognition. The city of Detroit will host a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on at the old Detroit Elementary School. “All residents of Detroit will be able to bring woody debris – tree limbs, brush, dead vegetation – to the site to be dropped off,” Martinez said. “The Oregon Department of Forestry and Marion County Medical Reserve Corps will have representatives there with educational materials about wildfire safety to educate homeowners.” Firewise is a national program managed through

“As of 2017, there are over 1,400 Firewise sites throughout the nation,” she added. “It’s intended to be a multi-agency effort that extends past the fire service by involving community leaders, homeowners, planners and others to help protect people, property and natural resources from the risk of wildland fires before a fire starts. It’s a five-step process, where communities develop an action plan and encourage each other to become active participants in building a safer community to live in.” “After Idanha and Detroit become Firewise communities, we hope other communities in the canyon will also be interested in becoming one,” she said. “It would be very nice to see this program continue down the canyon. If anything, it makes our communities a safer place to live in the case of a wildfire. “We’ve worked hard to become a Firewise community, and we’ll continue to work hard to maintain it,” Martinez added. For more information on the Firewise program, call Martinez at 503-854-3540.

New credential for city manager Stayton’s city manager has received the Credential Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. “The credentialing program is becoming recognized as an important standard for city/county managers,” said Keith Campbell, city manager. “ICMA has programs and trainings that are designated for city managers, which I am excited to explore.” ICMA’s program recognizes professional local government managers by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. “The program is a peer-reviewed program,” Campbell said. “There are 43 credentialed managers in Oregon of which 29 are active.” With this designation, Campbell is now one of more than 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed by ICMA’s Voluntary Credentialing Program. ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 10,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees. -- Mary Owen

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Collaboration By Mary Owen A third Santiam Service Integration team, Cascade SIT, is now a reality. The opening meeting will be May 15, 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Turner Christian Church, 7871 Marion Road SE. Future meetings will be on the third Tuesday of the month, same time and place. “The intention from the beginning was for Santiam Service Integration to operate three teams in the Santiam region,” said Melissa Baurer, Santiam Hospital’s SIT coordinator. “Cascade is naturally the next team as it falls within Santiam Hospital’s service area.” Baurer already has been receiving requests for assistance from within the Cascade School District boundary areas. She has been able to “work” the problems without having a team in the Cascade district’s community, but the solutions have been lengthier and more difficult. “There is a demonstrated need for service integration in the Cascade district’s communities of Turner, Aumsville, Marion and part of Salem,” Baurer said. “Recently, an SIT coordinator was contacted by the WIC department, who became aware of an elderly lady living in Aumsville without running water.” Neighbors helped the 83-year- old woman by bringing her water until her well could be repaired. Follow up help included signing her up for SNAP benefits and medical help, reducing her monthly living costs significantly. Once informed of the woman’s situation, the vendor reduced the repair bill from $2,584 to $1,500. “Profits don’t precede people, and water is a necessity of life,” said Carrie Tribble, owner of Aqua Pro Pump Services with her husband, Shayne. “We will do whatever we can to help people in need.”

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Third Service Integration Team forms for Cascade district Many organizations assisted with covering the remaining expense, including: Marion County Resource Center/ MWVCAA, St. Vincent De Paul, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Willamette Valley Community Health, Northwest Senior and Disabilities Services, Bethel Baptist Church and Mountain View Church. “Water was restored two days later after Service Integration found out about the need,” Baurer said. “And because she is now getting help with food and her medical, she will be able to maintain her home expenses. This is Service Integration in action!” The North Santiam SIT and Santiam Canyon SIT have also been helping people in their communities, Baurer said. “We have a consistent 35-40 individuals who represent faith-based organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, school districts and private citizens that are attending the North Santiam Team,” she said. “Our Santiam Canyon Team has another 20-25 people attending. We are identifying needs in the community and as a group collaboratively without duplicating services finding solutions to meet those needs.” Although SIT funds can be used, Baurer said often a solution is found without having to use them. To date, she said the two teams have spent $3,180 in SIT funds and have leveraged $10,607. “Fifty-five individuals have been served with SIT funds,” she added. “This does not reflect the number of individuals served without needing to access SIT funds.” Michael Livingston with KMUZ Willamette Wake Up faithfully attends all the SIT meetings facilitated by Santiam Hospital. “When someone needs help they don’t need to go

knocking on a bunch of doors,” he said. “SI provides the structure for the community to do what they already want to do, which is to help each other.” Baurer said Santiam Service Integration’s focus will remain on the three teams: North Santiam (Lyons, Mehama, Stayton, Sublimity), Santiam Canyon (Gates, Idanha, Detroit, Mill City), and now Cascade. Each team has a “pot” of funds to start of the school year, provided by Santiam Hospital, the local school district and sometimes private donors. Team funds are accessed by SI team members, not the family or individual in need. “Our role is to continue to integrate services, foster collaboration and reduce duplication of services,” Baurer said. “Santiam Hospital is committed to Service Integration and will continue to lead the community and teach/coach team members to work together. Not one person is alone. We have the team members to reach out. Mountain View Church in Aumsville says it nicely, ‘We’re stronger together!’” “Santiam Hospital seeks to improve health outcomes by providing for the community’s medical needs,” said Terry Fletchall, CEO of Santiam Hospital. “Service Integration addresses social determinates of health and is changing the way services are delivered. SI provides an avenue to step out of the silos and instead collaborate with each other to provide the most efficient service we can offer to individuals and families.” For more about Service Integration, visit or the Santiam Service Integration Facebook page, or reach Baurer at 503-769- 9319 or

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By Mary Owen Happy birthday, Myrtle Ruth Carter! The Stayton resident celebrated 104 years of life on April 14 with family and friends. “My granddaughter, Christie Beitel, put on a luncheon here at the Coca-Cola room,” said Carter, who lived in her own apartment in Sweet Home before moving to Brookdale in Stayton last August. “My daughter, Eileen, came and my friend, Judy. Christie’s family and the grandchildren came, too. We had a nice lunch – and cake! I got lots of flowers and cards.” Before moving to the Brookdale residence, Carter did all her own laundry, housekeeping and cooking. A fall that rendered her in need of oxygen therapy led to her move, but she says, “It’s hard not to be in my own apartment.” Carter admitted her life wasn’t always easy. “There were challenges to being a young

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By Mary Owen North Santiam Chamber of Commerce recognized the winners of the 2018 Santiam Awards on April 25 at a celebration at Santiam High School in Mill City.

CITIZEN of the YEAR Anita Leach was named Citizen of the Year. Dubbed one of the area’s superstars, she received multiple nominations. “Leach is appreciated by many local non-profit groups for her cheerful willingness to always lend a hand to a good cause,” said Michelle Gates, speaking for NSCC. “She is an active volunteer with the Save Our Bridge efforts, the Youth Benefit Golf Tournament, the Santiam Canyon School District, and has even been seen getting down and dirty while cleaning and doing gardening work around town with the Canyon Catalysts. “Her can-do attitude gets many projects done. She volunteers her time to share presentations of important causes and has served as a liaison between several groups.”

PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD Taking the President’s Choice Award for her community involvement was Sherri Gust-Cardwell. “Since moving to our community a few years ago, Sherri has run her own business in her home, plus engaged in many community activities as a volunteer,” a nominator wrote. “She joined the Eagles and immediately began cooking, soliciting donations for auctions, and organizing fundraisers, such as Hot August Nights for four years, getting school supplies for Mill City students and Heart2Arts/KYAC, and most recently for SKATE. She is the vice-president of the Eagles and SKATE.” Gust-Cardwell also joined the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, for which she is a council member,

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NONPROFIT of the YEAR The Save Our Bridge Committee took top honors as Nonprofit of the Year for its work with the city of Mill City to preserve the Historic Railroad Bridge by its Centennial Celebration next year. The committee was formed in 2014 by chairperson, Lynda Harrington.


Other members are: Denny Chamberlain, Dave Forward, John Gottfried, Dorothy Keasey, Anita Leach, Dave Leach, Roel Lundquist, and Frances Thomas. The goal was to have the bridge renovated in time for its Centennial Celebration in 2019. “The nine members of the Save Our Bridge Committee recognized that the bridge provides a connection to our community’s history and must be preserved for future generations,” said Gates. “The scope of the project was overwhelming at first and it was a challenge just getting started, but the SOB’s kept at it.” Most recently, Save Our Bridge received a prestigious TIGER grant, with solidifies the ability to complete projects that had been on their wish list for years, including updating and preserving the Railroad Bridge, improving and reinforcing the Green Bridge, and improving SW Broadway Street along with the pedestrian trail.

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YOUNG ADULT CITIZEN of the YEAR Elaina Turpin was honored as the Young Adult Citizen of the Year. She received accolades for her community involvement on projects such as the Neighborhood Watch and Parent-Teacher Organization. “If there is a project going on around town, Elaina is usually involved, either as a pioneer in getting it off the ground or as a member of the planning group behind it,” nominators agreed. “She is on the Reid House committee, was one of the early people who helped gather local leaders to meet on a monthly basis, and has volunteered to keep the high school’s robotics team up and running. “Elaina was also one of the three young professionals who helped GROW launch its Young Professionals group a few years ago, and has been an important part of the leadership teams for our Economic Vitality Summit in spring 2015 and our Rural Tourism Studio Accelerator training with Travel Oregon in spring 2016, and is a key member on our regional tourism marketing strategy team right now. She played an important role in River Fusion 22 last summer.”

for the Canyon Beautification and Improvement Award that the Chamber has ever received during the awards application process, Gates said. “It’s obvious to see why,” she said. “They have dedicated a huge amount of time and resources to increasing the visitor experience by improving foot paths, creating beautiful landscaping, adding picnic tables and more.” One nominator said, “It is a pleasure to both eat outside, as well as look up and over from Wall Street and see the improvement.”

EDUCATION AWARDS Education Awards recognized the many educators and students that contribute to the community. Recipients were chosen by school administration for dedication to teaching, learning and being outstanding representatives: • Santiam Elementary School Educator of the Year, Stephanie Grenbemer; Student of the Year, Obree Noggle.


• Santiam JR/SR High School Educator of the Year, Danley Phillips; Students/Youths of the Year awards, Joshua Fawcett and Colin Thurston.

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coordinated a group of local faith-based organizations to come together to use the house for the center. The city received numerous letters of support for creation of the center from churches, Santiam Hospital, businesses, community members and civic groups.

Stayton will soon have a safe place for teens to go after school. A place where they can do homework, get a meal and have fun in a well-supervised environment. The Santiam Teen Center, to be operated by New Growth Ministries, a Stayton non-profit, is located near the middle school. It will open once renovations are completed.

“It’s refreshing to me as a city councilor that citizens in the community come together with a common cause working to make our community a better place to live,” Glidewell said. “It says a lot about our community.”

At its April 2 meeting the Stayton City Council reviewed a three-year lease agreement on the building between the city and New Growth Ministries. It was unanimously approved in a 5-0 vote.

In collaboration with AKS Engineering, the city held its first community meeting in February for the planning of Mill Creek Park.

The mission of the teen center is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment where any teenager can engage in constructive, educational and social activities with the help of trained volunteers. The idea for the center took shape after the city became the owner of a triple-wide mobile home located at 2800 Kindle Way, in what will become the new Mill Creek Park. “Last year we purchased the property to be part of our Mill Creek Park, and currently AKS Engineering is working with city and community to help design that park,” City Manager Keith Campbell said. “We were

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Due to the conditions that will be placed on the park and the area flood plain, Campbell said there is a strong likelihood the house will not be part of the final park design. He said this has been made clear to New Growth. The priorities of the future park will come first. Even if the house is not part of the final design, however, it may be several years before it would need to be moved.

looking for what to do with that house as we work towards designing and building our park, so the idea came up for a teen center.”

“The teen center is a promise of good things for our community,” said Mayor Hank Porter. “But the teen center does not take precedent over the park development.”

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a neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposal and to hear the concerns of the neighbors to the proposed center. Campbell said the police department feels the center should have a positive impact in the neighborhood, a statement confirmed by Stayton Police Chief Rich Sebens. “It would be a good thing for teens and for the community to have a place for kids to go to after school, where they can build good relationships with adults and other kids in an adult environment,” Sebens said. “New Growth has been fabulous. They work with Safe Families for Children. So, if we have a kid who is not able to get along with their parents at home, New Growth has been able to connect those kids with host families, and they are great with doing that. New Growth is a great organization and has been in the community for several years helping teens in crisis.” Darcy Pokorney, a New Growth Board member who also will also help with the center, said the group wants it to be a place where kids can go ‘home’ to a safe environment. “We know some kids are going home to an empty house with no parental environment, no help with homework, no parental supervision,” Pokorney said. “So, we want to be that light. We want to help provide a safe place for

them to feel at home.” The center will provide an after-school snack, but the plan is to have a structured mealtime. “To offer a full meal, however, we will need help from the community to make that all happen,” she said. “And we’d even like to see kids help with that meal and cleanup. We want to Pastor Shawn Hazel have a real relationship with them, and a kitchen is a great place to develop that around preparing food and talking together. This could be giving them a sense of responsibility and also show them they can be good at something.”

“I was excited by their answers,” he said. “When you want to be a teen again, just to experience some of these visionary goals, it tells me we are on the right track. Having lived through a painful and difficult adolescent life, I know that this extra level of support, safety and direction will have a positive effect on the teens that are open to it.” The agreement calls for the city to lease the building to New Growth Ministries for three years at $1 per year. The agreement does not allow for the building to be used for the promulgation of religious doctrine. New Growth will be responsible for all routine interior maintenance and repair of the building, maintain fire insurance and bring the building up to ADA standards.


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Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Cascade Jr./Sr. High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton Santiam Jr./Sr. High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave.

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Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Free. 503-769-3313 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Age 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Donations accepted. RSVP: Ginger, 503-769-7995 Yoga, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. $20/ year. All ages; however, children must be accompanied by participating adult. 503-769-8860 AA Meetings, 7 p.m. New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton. Repeats Thursdays. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. New members welcome. JoAnn, 503-859-3426


Senior Meals, noon. First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Volunteers needed. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313 Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464. Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave, Stayton. $20/year. All ages; however, children must be accompanied by participating adult. Repeats Fridays. 503-769-8860

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Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.

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Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-580-0498 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Evening of coloring, relaxation. Supplies provided. Age 12 - adult. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313


Free Cooking Class

Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861 Al-Anon Meeting, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton.


Saturday Open House, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Open arts and crafts session. Free; donations welcome. 503-897-6397


AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Community Center. 503-399-0599

Tuesday, May 1 Small Steps, Big Results

8 - 10 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Event for entrepreneurs, nonprofits to celebrate successes, clarify priorities, map out action plan. All welcome. Free. Presented by Grow EDC. Allison, 503-871-5188,

St. Boniface Museum

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

Stayton Lions Club

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats May 15. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats May 15.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Wednesday, May 2

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Coloring Group

6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Free monthly cooking class provides skills needed to improve diet. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763.

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

NS Chamber After Hours

6:30 - 8 p.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. North Santiam Chamber of Commerce After Hours hosted by Weddle Funeral Service. Networking event. Refreshments. Free. Open to chamber members, potential members. 503-897-5000,

Friday, May 4 Star Wars Party

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make a lightsaber card. Costumes encouraged. Free. Grade 6 - 12. 503-769-3313

Cheaper by the Dozen

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Aumsville Community Theatre production. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children. Tickets available at door, Repeats 7 p.m. May 5, 11 - 12, 18 - 19; 2 p.m. May 6, 13, 20.

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Saturday, May 5 Cinco De Mayo Local Author Fair

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Meet local authors, win prizes. Reading happen throughout event. Books available for purchase, signing. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Sublimity School Auction

5 - 10 p.m., Regis High. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food, drink, silent, dessert and oral auctions. $25. Adults only. Presented by Sublimity Parent Teacher Club. Tickets at, search Sublimity Auction. Krystal, 503-409-5164

Sunday, May 6 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

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

Monday, May 7 Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton Fire Department, 1988 W Ida St. Program, 11:15 start, includes latest update on recycling in Marion, Linn counties. Reception follows to recognize incoming chapter officers. Refreshments served. Open to public. 503-769-5951.

Book Bobs

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

Tuesday, May 8 Commissioners’ Breakfast

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

Santiam Historical Society

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

7 p.m., Stayton High. Stayton High theater presents the musical, Love! At the Cafe! $8 adults, $5 students, seniors. Tickets available at the door. Repeats May 5. 503-769-2171

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Santiam Valley Grange

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

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

Chamber Greeters at Our Town

8 a.m., Our Town, 2340 Martin Dr., #104, Stayton. Networking event. 503-7693464

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

Cascade School Board

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5638. All eligible veterans eligible to join. Repeats May 22. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

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Wednesday, May 9 Chamber Greeters at Weddle’s

8 a.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking Event. 503-769-3464

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. This month’s topic is end of life planning. 503-304-3432

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

Thursday, May 10 N. Santiam Service Integration Team

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

DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make paper flowers. Age 12 - adult. Free. Register by calling 503-769-3313.

North Santiam Watershed Council

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

Aumsville Fire District

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

Friday, May 11 Family Fort Night

6 - 7:15 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Pack up some blankets, sheets, flashlights. Build forts to read, play in. Refreshments. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

Saturday, May 12 Cascade Car Show

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cascade High. Fifth annual car show benefiting senior class all-night grad party. Car entry $25, free to spectators. Concessions available.

Birding & Wildflower Festival

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silver Falls State Park, 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. 39th annual Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival. Enjoy bird watching, native plant display, guided hikes, photography, plant sale. $5 per vehicle day-use fee. Repeats May 13. 503-873-0201

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Sunday, May 13 Mother’s Day Monday, May 14 Art Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Art club for age 5 and older. Call library, 503-7693313, for spot availability. Free.

Sublimity City Council

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

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Detroit Fishing Derby

6 a.m. - 4 p.m., Detroit Lake. Also runs 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 14 & 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 15. Prizes awarded at 3 p.m. May 15; must be present to win. Adults $15. Children 13 and under $8. Register at 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Wii, ping pong, board games. Free. Grades 6 - 12. 503-769-3313

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2601

Lyons Library Board

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

Wednesday, May 16 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Postal Connection, 1740 Shaff Road, Stayton. Networking event. 503769-3464

Stayton Library Board

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

SHS Booster Club

7 p.m., Stayton High. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

Thursday, May 17

Saturday, May 19 Flea Market

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

Walk for Life

11 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 NE Chemeketa St., Salem. Pro-life walk. Rain or shine. Lunch served until 2 p.m. Benefits Michael the Archangel, St. Germaine pregnancy support centers. 503-581-2229

Sunday, May 20 Stayton Firefighter Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Stayton Volunteer Protection Co. No. 1, Volunteer Firefighters annual all-you-can-eat breakfast. $6 adults, $5 children age 6 - 12 & seniors 62 and older. Children 5 and under are free.

Monday, May 21

Young Professionals Meet-Up

8:30 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20164 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROWEDC. For information, location, call 503-871-5188

Rock the Blocks!

3 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kids of all ages build with Legos, Duplos. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult. Free. 503-769-3313

NSSD Board

6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton OR TBA. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

Aumsville Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Greg Vaughn, photographer and author, speaks. Reception follows. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Teen Games

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

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

Tuesday, May 22

Friends of the Library

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

Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments encouraged by calling 1-800-733-2767 or Carolyn Sunderman, 503-580-8318. Walk-ins welcome, scheduled at door.

Sketch Club

3:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Do you love to draw? Sign up for the new monthly Sketch Club. Age 8 and older. Free. Limited seating. Sign up by calling 503-769-3313.

Stayton City Council

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. Agenda available. 503-897-2302 6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-859-2167

Wednesday, May 23 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Summit Cleaning & Restoration, 1875 SE Pacific Court, Stayton. Networking event. 503-769-3464

Thursday, May 24 Bristlebots!

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make a robot created from toothbrush, vibrating motor. Best for third grade and older. Free. 503-769-3313

Sunday, May 27 Fourth Saturday Maker’s Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503873-3593

Community Dinner

5 - 8 p.m, Gates Elementary, 410151 Gates School Road. Community dinner, fellowship hosted by Upward Bound Camp. 503-897-2447

Monday, May 28 Memorial Day Tuesday, May 29 Stayton Planning Commission

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

Wednesday, May 30 Chamber Greeters at SCTC

8 a.m., Stayton Community Telephone Co., 502 N Second Ave. Networking event. 503-769-3464

Book Lovers Tea Time

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library Book discussion group for adults. This month’s selection, All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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she said. “It’s something I have always wanted to do!”

Expressions Salon and Gifts is growing by a barber, a second nail technician that also micro-blades eyebrows, and new space for more massage therapy options.

Juba enjoys meeting the “friendly and welcoming” clients at Expressions. Her services include fades, business cuts, flattops, military cuts and beards.

“There was an addition to the back for a larger massage room that allows for more spa-like massage offerings,” said Pam Melby, a masseuse at the salon, located at 811 Main St., Lyons. “I offer hot stone, wraps, scrubs, cupping, Bowen therapy, Myofascial Release therapy, as well as Swedish, deep tissue and pregnancy massage.”

“Also every haircut comes with a straight razor neck shave,” Juba added.

Melby moved to Lyons about three years ago and has been doing massage for more than 30 years. “I first learned massage as a teenager in martial arts classes,” she said. “I loved massage, and knew I’d always want to be a massage therapist.” Her hope, she said, is that “people take away health and healing from me.” “Most of my feedback has been very positive,” she said. “I have heard from many clients that I gave the best massage that they ever had.” Lexi Silbernagel wanted to become a nail technician since leaving high school, but decided on other work for a stint.

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“About a year later, here I am,” she said. “I absolutely love my clients and my coworkers’ clients!”

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Silbernagel gives pedicures and manicures, and specializes in micro-blading, a technique that produces “beautiful brows” to those who want a semi-permanent natural solution. “Everyone is so friendly and patient with me being newer to the business,” Silbernagel said.

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to help people,” she said. She trained to become a funeral director and after graduating worked for a Portland company for 13 years before taking over Weddle. Frustrated by a lack of flexibility at her former job, she is working to ensure the Stayton business is family oriented.

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“As a combat veteran and someone who has worked for the Veterans Administration, I had access to many different entities to receive healthcare and benefits,” said Ryan Steele, who now runs Weddle with his fiancée, Natasha Tjaarda. “However, what I have realized is many veterans do not know where to start or what resources they are entitled to. In addition, to get that information people have to travel Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, MariafarFife, or wait on the phone for long periods of time. It’s important PA-C MD FNP-BC for me to ensure that our Santiam veterans have these resources by bringing the sources to them.”

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“We just want to treat families the way they should be treated,” she said. They have upgraded the website, instituted new payment options, offered free video uploads and website obituaries, and are remodeling the building. They plan to carry forth the service Weddle has given in the past by “celebrating life and honoring legacy.”

GET RO READY! “We personalize services for each family,” said Tjaarda, who is certified to officiate. “We ask people what their loved one’s favorite color and memory was and try to institute them into the service. We try to do whatever we can.”


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Former Cascade High three-sport standout Cody Crawford won 89 wrestling matches at Oregon State University and scored points on three Pac-12 Conference championship squads.

Off the mat Crawford has been hired by the Corvallis Police Department and is now enmeshed in the months-long training process that is required before a sworn officer is ready to work the streets.

The four-time district champion and three-time state high school winner under coach Jason Lovell at Cascade won one Pac-12 title, also took a second and a third in the Pac-12 and wrestled three times in the NCAA tournament.

“I want to give back to the community that has given me so much,” Crawford said. “It’s a great profession and my skill set works well with it. Plus I’ll be close to home and Corvallis has a great department.” Here is a look at how other athletes with Santiam Canyon ties fared in college during the winter season:

Yet when interviewed at the end of his five years at OSU he told Our Town that his first goal always was “to get my degree.” “Without an athletic scholarship I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to college and get a degree,” said Crawford, who received his OSU degree in human development and family planning. “He did a great job in the classroom,” Beavers coach Jim Zalesky told Our Town. “I never had to worry about him. He was always good at time management and did great things on and off the mat.” The challenge for Crawford in the wrestling room was that as his body matured he grew out of the 197 weight class. And unlike high school wrestling, which has a 220-pound division, Crawford only could move to heavyweight as a college athlete. “In my third year at 197 it took a toll on by body,” Crawford said. “I’m naturally about 245 to 250 and my body wound up depleted from the weight cut.” In his fourth year Crawford got down to 201 and then, after consulting with Zalesky decided to move up to heavyweight. “It was the right decision,” Crawford said


and the results showed it. The 6-3 redshirt junior was 24-9 in the 2016-17 season, took second at the Pac-12s and was 2-2 in the NCAA tournament.

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“I made him better and he made me better,” Crawford said of his battles with Dhesi. “I gave it everything I had and hopefully I helped lead the team in the right direction.”

Julian Downey, Silverton/Santiam: Downey, who played for Silverton its 2015 Class 5A state championship team and also led Santiam to a Class 2A title in 2017, averaged 4.5 points per game as a freshman at Warner Pacific in Portland. The 5-10 Downey averaged 47.1 percent shooting on 3-pointers. The Knights were 24-10 and advanced to the NAIA Division II national tournament, where they turned in a 1-1 record. Sadie Mak, Stayton: The freshman freestyle specialist at Pacific University in Forest Grove participated on the 800 free relay squad that finished eighth in 8:32.92 at the Northwest Conference championships in Federal Way, Washington. Mak also took 20th in the 1,650 free (19:41.41), 28th in the 500 free (5:47.33) and 31st in the 200 free (2:08.49). Alix Biddington, Cascade: The junior guard at Oregon Tech played in all 32 games for the Owls, starting 21 times. Biddington averaged 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and totaled 38 assists for OIT, which finished 20-12 overall and 12-8 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The

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Owls lost to Eastern Oregon 77-65 in the semifinals of the conference tournament. Casey Bunn-Wilson, Stayton: The former Oregon State University and international player just finished her third year as the coach of the Linfield College women’s basketball team. The Wildcats were 11-14 overall and 5-11 in the Northwest Conference Tess Hendricks, Stayton, and Mariah Hollenbeck, Cascade: Hendricks started 26 games for the Chemeketa women’s basketball team, averaging 10.5 points per game, third on the squad, while adding 3.4 rebounds per game. She was second on the Storm with 29.4 minutes per game. Hollenbeck played in all 26 games for Chemeketa, 9-18, while starting once. She averaged 3.1 points per game. Stepan Zavydovskyy, Cascade: The 6-7 sophomore averaged 7.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks for the Chemeketa men’s basketball team, which finished 18-11 overall and 9-7 in the NWAC South. Zavydovskyy led the Storm in blocks and was second in rebounding. Hospital fun run: It’s not too soon to start planning for Santiam Hospital’s Fun Runs, which are Saturday, June 2. There three runs on the schedule, a 3-kilometer, a 5K and a 10k, with a 5K walk also on the agenda. All races cost $10, with registration available through May 31 at Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 2 Softball

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Thursday, May 3 Baseball

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Regis


4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Regis 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Friday, May 4 Track & Field

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Friday, May 11

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST TEEN SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL Silver City Squares Youth host this regional festival, the second time Oregon has hosted the competition – the last time was 30 years ago! There will be teams from British Columbia and Washington as well as Oregon. Competition for ages 8-12 & 12-19 in square dancing, round dancing, calling and cueing. The festival begins with open dance Friday, May 4 from 7-9 p.m. and continues all day on Saturday, May 5 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in both gyms at Silverton High School, 1456 Pine St. More info: 503-873-5241


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A Grin at the End

A scammer’s paradise

If it’s too good to be true... resist

My wife has been redecorating our living room. We figured we would sell the old furniture on Craigslist.

coming over to your location after you have the cash in hand.”

I took some photos and posted them on the website. Within a day, someone contacted my wife and said he would buy all of the furniture.

Uh-huh, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn that’s for sale, too. When I said “cash only” a second time, he vanished.

But there was a catch. He was out of town, so he would send a check and have “the movers” pick up the furniture. We would pay them and refund him the extra money from the check. We immediately recognized this as a scam. No one in his right mind would ever cook up a deal like that. Craigslist itself says any purchases should only be made in person and in cash. Just for kicks, we said OK to it, just to see how stupid this guy was. In a few days a check arrived in the mail. It was drawn on the payroll bank account of an Arizona school district. So, this guy was not only planning on ripping us off, but a school district, too. He would get a two-fer. My wife took it to the police department, and, one hopes, they passed it along to the FBI and the U.S. Postal Service, since this guy has broken federal laws pertaining to fraud, interstate theft, forgery and using

The scammers must sit at home all day and troll for victims. The sad part is I’m sure some people fall for it. After all, it seems legitimate, sort of. the mail to commit a felony. Hopefully, the feds will put this guy out of business and provide him with a new home in the Gray Bar Hotel. But get a load of this. Within a week two other people came along with exactly the same scam. Here’s the way one guy worked it: Scammer: “Hi, I saw the end table on CL. … I am OK with the price and will be sending you a check for the item and also for my movers whom will be coming for the pickup of the item. Get back to me with your full name and mailing address to get the check sent ASAP.” When I told him it was a cash deal only, he said, “You have nothing to worry about since my mover will be

But like all things that are too good to be true, scams are easy to resist. My suggestion: Call the cops. Hopefully, they’ll track down these bums and take care of them. What is ironic about this is Craigslist acknowledges it has a scam problem. It has an entire webpage devoted to how people rip off its customers and who to contact about it. Apparently, it’s not working. If our experience is any indication, plenty of scammers are still in business. Maybe the best idea is to steer clear of Craigslist altogether. You get what you pay for – with a few scams to boot. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer.

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