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Rhonda Grant is retiring as Stayton Fire District’s office manager after nearly 24 years.

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Verdict battles

Spring has been a busy season for parties in James et al vs. PacifiCorp, with verdict challenges pending but no further trials yet on the docket.

Phase I of the case last year resulted in PacifiCorp being found liable for the Santiam, South Obenchain, Echo Mountain Complex and 242 fires in 2020. Phase II is under way to determine damages to a class of roughly 5,000 fire survivors.

Below are summaries of major decisions and filings in the case, current as of press time April 24.

$84.2 million verdict upheld

On March 25, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Steffan Alexander denied a request by PacifiCorp to throw out the $84.2 million awarded in the first Phase II damages trial.

PacifiCorp had argued the Jan. 23

decision was not supported by the evidence or the law, and that Multnomah County did not have jurisdiction as an appeal of Phase I was pending.

Alexander sided with plaintiffs, who argued that the Oregon Court of Appeals allowed the case to proceed when it denied a motion to stay proceedings pending the appeal. Plaintiffs also argued that evidence of PacifiCorp’s negligence was clear and the jury’s decision was valid.

$42.4 million verdict challenged

On March 29, PacifiCorp filed a motion challenging a $42.4 million verdict rendered March 5 in the second Phase II trial.

The company again claimed the jury’s decision was faulty and not supported by the evidence or the law and should be vacated, or that Alexander should issue a correct ruling in its place

On April 14, plaintiffs filed in opposition,

saying PacifiCorp was making “the same anti-accountability arguments” as before and Alexander “should again reject” the company’s reasoning.

As of press time no hearing dates were set to argue this matter.

Judge scrutinizes juror contacts

On April 5, Alexander ordered PacifiCorp to produce its summaries of post-proceedings interviews with six jurors so he may determine if correction sanctions are required.

PacifiCorp admitted in a March 18 court filing to contacting jurors after the three trials in the case to learn their impressions of the company’s defense strategies. Plaintiffs had filed a request for sanctions three days before, claiming these juror contacts violated state laws and may have provided PacifiCorp an unfair advantage.

On April 5, Alexander did not indicate his position on sanctions. He did call

attention to the fact that one of the consulting firms which interviewed jurors, Dubin Research & Consulting, is owned by PacifiCorp attorney Josh Dubin.

Timber companies settle

On April 15, lawsuits by Freres Engineered Wood and C.W. Specialty Lumber were dismissed after parties reached out-of-court settlements for undisclosed amounts.

The two companies sued PacifiCorp separately in 2022. Their suits were later consolidated with the James case.

Freres was seeking $15.7 million in damages for the destruction of 7,000 acres of timberland, work stoppages at its mills and the displacement of many of its 450 employees.

C.W. was seeking $22.6 million for the destruction of its mill in Mill City where it employed 24 people, as well as 30 acres of timberland. The company closed as a result of these losses.

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Something to Celebrate Chamber awards

The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce passed out its annual community awards on April 4 before an enthusiastic audience at Foothills Church in Stayton.

The roster of talent was so good that the chamber essentially handed out three awards in its Distinguished Service category to Kim Dwyer, Cari Sessums and Karen Andall.

Dwyer was honored as “Community Angel” for her work on the Santiam Hospital’s service integration team and for helping set up a winter warming center.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to volunteer and give back,” Dwyer said. “I spend a lot of time away from home and I need to thank Santiam Hospital for letting me go rogue and do things outside the box.”

Sessums, who runs the Covered Bridge Cafe, was given the “Individual of the Year” award for her work on a slew of committees, boards and councils, particularly those that aim to help individuals in need.

Sessums noted the strong example her father showed with his volunteering and added that “it takes a village. It’s always good to give someone a leg up, even if they have made a bad decision, because we’ve all made bad decisions.”

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Andall, who has volunteered with Rotary, the Santiam Hospital Auxiliary and a Court Appointed Special Advocates of Marion County, was given the “Lifetime

Legacy” award. “Thank you so much,” Andall said, adding that there are “so many things we can get involved in. We don’t ask people enough for help.”

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Above left: Chamber President Carmélle Bielenberg presenting Cari Sessums with the Distinguished Service – Individual of the Year Award. Above right: Kim Dwyer received the Distinguished Service – Community Angel Award. 1766 AESTHETICS

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The other award receipients not made public before the luncheon were the Future First Citizens for 2024. The awards, bestowed by the Stayton Area Rotary Club, went to Diego Salinas of Stayton High and Noah Koenig of RegisSt. Mary.

Salinas was introduced by Stayton Principal Vicky Storey, who noted that her committee “quickly came to a unanimous decision on Diego” when they were reviewing candidates.

“Diego is the kind of person you want your kids to be friends with,” Storey said.

Salinas, who hopes to work as a nurse practitioner, said he realized how much of an impact a person could have on the community during a trip to Costa Rica, his mother’s homeland.

“It was eye-opening and made me want to be my best,” Salinas said.

Koenig was introduced by Regis-St. Mary Head of Schools Candi Hedrick, who said Koening “is a fearless leader who leads by example. His passion to serve sets him apart.”

Koenig, who plans to join the U.S. Navy and serve in special operations, said he wants to be a “servant leader. It’s

year’s luncheon, New Business of the Year. Eligible businesses must have been open for less than three years. The winner was Vault Fitness, with Tuff Shark Records and West End Boutique also nominated.

The Small Business of the Year (fewer than 15 employees) award went to Postal Connections. Also nominated were Bend Your Nutrition and Key Bank. Bank officials, however, were singled out for special praise by the Chamber for declining the nomination. Bank officials felt it made more sense that a local firm should win rather than a larger company with a local presence.

necessary to give back to the community who have given so much to me.”

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Large Business of the year (more than 15 employees) was awarded to Focus Heating and Cooling. Also nominated were Chemeketa Community College and DSP Connections.

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Above left: Distinguished Service – Lifetime Legacy Award recipient, Karen Andall, presenting the Future First Citizen Award to Stayton High School’s Diego Salinas. Right: Regis High School’s Noah Koenig receiving the Future First Citizen Award from Regis Head of Schools Candi Hedrick.

After 23.5 years of service, Rhonda Grant has officially retired as office administrator for the Stayton Fire District.

“I have had the honor and privilege of working with Rhonda for over 24 years,’ said Chief Jay Alley. “She is an amazing human being and office manager. She has been an important role model for me and a valuable influence in my career. I personally will miss her as a co-worker and her friendly smile every day.”

Chief Alley congratulated Grant, posting on the district Facebook page, “Enjoy retirement and you and Ben are always welcome at Stayton Fire District.”

Grant’s last official day was March 29, but she remains in her role to train the next administrator and to finish a few SFD projects.

Echoing sentiments by Grant’s Fire District family, administrative assistant Anita Butte posted, “You helped so many of us during our careers in the fire service.

You are one of a kind, and you will be missed more than you know it! Cheers to your next chapter!”

Former volunteer firefighter Scott Orr thanked Grant for her dedication to SFD, saying, “We will miss having you with us.”

time he completed Santiam Fire Academy for FF1, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator and received his EMT Basic at Chemeketa Community College.

Beaumont and Daniel Koellman received seven-year awards. Scott Cooper and James McDougall received 10-year awards; Kristin Griffith, 15 years; Kurt Hueller, 20 years; and Sherry Bensema, 20 years. Board of Directors Jay Myers and Ray Porter were honored for serving 24 and 34 years respectively.

Gary Rychard noted Grant had “a career to be proud of.” Denise Collins echoed everyone’s wishes for a happy retirement after thanking her for her dedication to the community.

“Thank you everyone for your kind words,” Grant said. “It has been my pleasure and blessing to work with you and for you. YOU are what made it special for me!”

In other department news, Cody Murphy, a volunteer firefighter with SFD for over two and a half years, earned the title of 2023 Medic of the Year. In a short

His goal is to become a career firefighter. His off duty hobbies consist of fishing, shooting, snowboarding and riding at the dunes.

Also earning recognition were members who Alley said, “went above and beyond the expectations of this district.” They are Sean Mullins, Rookie of the Year; Kristin Griffith, Support Person of the Year; Kelly Oliver, Officer of the Year; and Jonathan Jensen, Firefighter of the Year and the Volunteer Service with Pride Award.

Length of Service Awards were given to firefighters Marcus Andrews, Brian Harris, Antonio Johnson and Craig Randall for five years of service. Mike

“We’re extremely proud of our members,” Alley said. “They put in countless hours to keep this district running. Serving our community is rewarding in itself but it comes with sacrifice. Nights away from families, missing birthday, sporting events and holidays to name a few.”

Chief Alley thanked them for their service, calling them “the foundation of our district.”

Thanks carries over to “all of the men and women who are members of the district and who continue to provide outstanding service with commitment to saving lives and property.”

For information on volunteering, call the Stayton Fire District at 503-769-2601.

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Shopliftings may yield prison time

An Aumsville woman is looking at potential prison time after multiple violations of her probation including the alleged shoplifting of thousands of dollars in products from area retailers.

On April 9, an order was signed in Marion County Circuit Court compelling Maressa Marie Ibarra-Barker, 29, to prove why her 2022 probation for third-degree robbery should not be revoked.

Ibarra-Barker pleaded guilty Aug. 16, 2022, to forcing her way past an employee at the Salem Fred Meyer after shoplifting more than $100 in merchandise. She received two years of probation, which included a 28-month presumptive prison sentence if probation was revoked.

There have since been multiple alleged probation violations including failures to report to her probation officer and new shoplifting arrests. On Aug. 20, 2022, Ibarra-Barker allegedly stole more than $2,300 in merchandise from the Salem Fred Meyer, and on March 26 she allegedly stole more than $1,000 in merchandise from Ulta Beauty and more than $100 from Marshalls, both in Keizer.

Incidents prior to the March 26 thefts resulted in jail sanctions and Ibarra-Barker’s probation was allowed to continue. In an April 8 court filing, prosecutors said IbarraBarker is not benefitting from probation, as evidenced by the most recent allegations, and requested a hearing to potentially revoke her probation. This request was granted in the April 9 order, signed by Judge Michael Wu.

Arrest for home invasion assault

A Stayton man is facing multiple charges after allegedly assaulting a Silverton-area woman in her home.

Gustabo Alverto Soto, 34, was arrested April 12 for an incident that day on the 7300 block of Mt. Angel Highway.

According to court records, Soto allegedly entered the victim’s residence armed with a knife with the intent to assault her in an act of domestic violence. He then allegedly strangled the victim and caused minor injuries, then caused minor injuries to a man during the same incident. Soto also allegedly damaged the female victim’s car, according to court records.

He was charged in Marion County Circuit Court with first-degree burglary, strangulation, fourth-degree assault

(two counts), unlawful use of a weapon, and second-degree criminal mischief. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison on the highest count. As of press time Soto remained in the Marion County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Probation for alleged vehicular assault

An Aumsville man has been sentenced to probation and anger management after accepting a plea deal for allegedly driving his vehicle into another car in an attempt to harm the occupants.

Casey Eugene Trussell, 38, pleaded no contest April 3 in Linn County Circuit Court to two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

He was sentenced to 24 months of probation, eight days in jail and ordered to complete an eight-hour online anger management course. He also must not have contact with the victims while on probation.

Trussell was accused of driving his vehicle into another car occupied by his girlfriend and another man on Nov. 13, 2022, then allegedly fleeing the scene.

As part of plea negotiations, prosecutors dropped additional charges including attempted second-degree assault, hit-andrun, reckless driving and unlawful use of a weapon. They also dropped a fourth-degree assault charge in a separate case related to Trussell allegedly assaulting the woman Sept. 24, 2023, causing minor injuries.

Arrest for alleged gun threat

An Aumsville man is facing charges after allegedly threatening a woman with a firearm in an act of domestic violence.

John Ivan Crum, 54, was arrested March 19 for an incident that day in which he allegedly placed a woman in fear for her safety by threatening to use a firearm, according to court records.

He was charged in Marion County Circuit Court March 20 with menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Crum was released from the Marion County Jail March 20 after posting 10 percent of $15,000 bail. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and to possess no firearms or other deadly weapons.

Probation for assault of teenager

A former Lyons woman has been sentenced to community service and probation for allegedly assaulting a teenage girl last year in an act of domestic violence.

Jennifer Lynn Sherman, 39, of Albany, pleaded no contest April 16 in Linn County Circuit Court to two counts each of strangulation and fourth-degree assault.

She was sentenced to 15 days on a county work crew and three years of probation. She must also undergo substance abuse treatment and may not consume intoxicants or frequent places where they are sold or used.

On Aug. 26, 2023, Sherman allegedly pushed a 14-yearold Lyons girl to the ground and choked her in a headlock, according to court records, causing the victim’s older sister to pull Sherman off the victim.

Sherman denied the incident occurred and told authorities the victim was experiencing pain and soreness after a recent chiropractor appointment. Her plea was not an admission of guilt but a decision to not challenge the state’s allegations.

State withdraws permit for J-S Ranch

State regulators have voluntarily withdrawn a permit for an industrial-scale chicken farm near Scio and have until Oct. 31 to modify, reinstate or permanently rescind the permit.

On April 19, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) submitted notice of the withdrawal in a lawsuit in Linn County Circuit Court.

At issue is a concentrated animal feeding operation permit issued May 26, 2022, to J-S Ranch, which plans to produce 3.4 million broiler chickens annually for Foster Farms. With the permit withdrawn, operations at the farm may not begin until a final decision is made.

Environmental and farming advocates filed a petition challenging the permit Oct. 4, 2022, claiming the state failed to consider the impacts of surface runoff and ammonia discharge.  On March 15 a hearing was held in which ODA and DEQ requested dismissal of the petition, claiming there was no clear legal basis to challenge the permit. Judge Rachel Kittson-MaQatish disagreed and on April 1 signed an order denying the request. The matter had been set for a trial May 13, which has now been canceled.

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The Forum

State Rep endorses Chavez-DeRemer

As the State Representative for House District 17, which includes much of rural Marion County including the City of Stayton, I understand how impactful it can be for our towns, cities, and counties to receive federal funding to complete local projects that might not otherwise move forward.

It’s important to have strong representation in Washington, D.C. fighting to invest our tax dollars in these projects to help our communities prosper. We pay plenty in taxes, and it is good to get some of these hard-earned dollars returned to our community.

I was pleased to learn that our Congresswoman, Chavez-DeRemer, recently secured nearly $2 million for Stayton to begin critical stormwater infrastructure improvements. Additionally, she obtained another $1.8

million for Marion County to install an emergency announcement system that can quickly reach all residents in emergencies, including wildfire evacuations.

Too often, our rural communities are overlooked by politicians in Washington, D.C. It’s refreshing to have a congresswoman who listens to our concerns and brings our priorities to the policymaking tables in Congress. By successfully fighting to fund these projects, Congresswoman ChavezDeRemer has once again demonstrated her effectiveness. The 5th District is better off thanks to her leadership, and that’s why I’m honored to support her bid for re-election and urge others to do the same.

Three vying for Marion County Clerk seat

Marion County voters are being asked to choose between three candidates for County Clerk in the May 21 Primary Election to decide which two progress to the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

Clerk Bill Burgess is being challenged by Deputy Clerk Jo Anne Lepley and retired election worker Anna Munson.

Burgess, of Salem, was elected clerk in 2005 after a career as a pharmacist, with prior government experience on the Salem City Council. He said voters should support an experienced candidate due to “changing complexities” of the role.

Lepley, of Woodburn, has been deputy

clerk since 2022 and has been in government administration for 17 years. She said responsibilities of her current job would help her do well as clerk.

Munson, of Salem, is retired after a career in ultrasound diagnostics. She was a local elections worker from 2016 to 2022. Munson said she would bring fresh eyes and a new vision to the position.

Ballots for the May 21 Primary Election will be arriving soon in mailboxes after being mailed out May 1. Once filled out and signed, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or returned to a ballot box by 8 p.m. May 21.

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Hands-on Student committee beautifying Stayton High School

Stayton High School has found a unique way to engage students and foster school pride with a new Beautification Committee to improve the look and feel of the campus.

Under the direction of assistant principals Brad Emmert and Joseph Traeger, students on the committee use their teacher assistant period to tackle various projects around campus.

This has included repainting the hallways with the school colors of blue and gold, restoring icons like the “Pencil Wall,” and tearing out an old deck to repurpose a staff courtyard.

Committee members Addison Samuell and Kale Hubert, both juniors, told Our Town they were glad to be part of an experience that makes a difference people can literally see.

“It’s a good opportunity to be able to help around the school,” said Samuell. “I’ve really liked our projects a lot. I think it’s made everything look a lot better.”

“I think it sort of pays off mentally just to see that we can help out around the school and see what we’re doing and appreciate the work we’re doing,” said Hubert.

Senior Diego Salinas, also part of the committee, was attending to other school priorities at the time of the interview with Our Town

Perhaps their most visible project has been restoration of the Pencil Wall, which had been a painting of a pencil that students touch for good luck before tests. The tradition caused the paint to wear away, and the age of the building contributed led to deterioration, so the committee had a plan to restore and improve the icon.

Rather than a painted-on pencil, Traeger constructed a 3D mantle of a pencil to install on the wall. Committee members helped install and paint the new display, which includes an eagle, the school’s mascot, above the pencil.

Traeger said it has been a gift to

encourage such enthusiastic students and impart life lessons beyond the classroom.

“The projects are not just about improving the way SHS looks and feels, it’s about fostering a culture of service and stewardship that will service these students well beyond their high school years,” said Traeger.

“It’s just fun to see them get excited about just a really different opportunity to serve a school community,”’ he added.

The program is expected to continue next year, though Samuell and Hubert said they will need to know their class schedule before being able to commit again. They said whoever joins the committee next year will benefit from valuable experiences in teambuilding and feelings of accomplishment.

“Whether I’m in it or not, I just think it’s a good thing to have around the school,” said Hubert.

“If they can get more students to do it they can get stuff done quicker,” said Samuell.

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Flowers signify love, well wishes, congratulations, holidays…

Church flower committee members take turns lovingly creating Sunday’s arrangement. Many of these are gardeners who perish the thought of purchasing cut flowers. But it can be a stretch at times.

Each flower bears its own message – the peony’s is ‘bashfulness’ while larkspur brings levity.

Bringing bouquets is one of my

favorite things, but I can skimp on the flowers I bring into my home as ambivalence about cutting them from the garden washes over me. On fine days when it’s murderous to be at the computer I’ll dash out with some scissors and stick some flowers in a jar positioned close – but not too close –to the keyboard.

What a miracle that something as grand as an outdoor flower garden has the added ability of lavishing itself right into our hearts and homes. By all means this sort of thing ought to be encouraged.

The pleasant answer to all of the above is making a garden specifically for the production of cut flowers –ideally, a steady stream from spring through fall.

You make a cutting garden out of an out-of-the-way or unsightly spot as long as it gets a fair amount of sun, but if you have a vegetable garden, that’s the best place in my book. Not only do flowers and vegetables benefit one another; every inch occupied by a flower is one less vegetable to weed, water, harvest and eat or can on days you step outside and are hit with

a hot blast as from an oven. Make your rows nice and wide and fix it so gathering an armload of flowers doesn’t involve wading through muck.

Cutting gardens are transient in nature; you needn’t concern yourself with attractiveness or layout except for efficiency’s sake. Cultivate and enrich the soil with compost, peat moss or chopped leaves and mulch young plants with 2-3 inches of chopped leaves, shredded newspaper or straw. Mulching keeps weeds down, retains moisture and contributes nutrients as it breaks down.

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The better you treat your cutting garden, the more generous you will find it. Mix a granular, slow-acting fertilizer into the soil for consistent, balanced nutrition over many weeks. Periodic doses of liquid fertilizer sprayed on foliage boosts the energy of heavy blooming plants at the height of production.

Enthusiastically colorful annuals with tall sturdy stems often hold sway here, several of which may be direct sown. When the soil’s nice and warm, plant seeds of zinnia, sunflower and marigold.

Sometimes an early annual, when spent, can be supplanted by a later type, such as pulling out pansies to make way for marigolds or zinnias.

A small sampling of plants useful in a cutting garden

Annuals: Amaranth ‘Love Lies Bleeding’, anemone, bells of Ireland, campanula, bachelors’ button, cosmos, geranium, baby’s breath*, strawflower*, tall marigolds, stocks, Nicotiana alata or sylvestris, annual phlox, salvias, scabiosa (pincushion flower), snapdragon, statice*, sunflower, sweet pea, zinnias

Conversely, long-blooming perennials – perhaps divisions of your own –return bigger and better every year. Coral bells, bleeding heart, purple coneflower and black-eyed Susan are welcome finds when trolling with shears. While daisies can prove overbearing in the garden proper they are quite useful as cut flowers.

The most luxuriant perennial flowers include breathtaking peonies, lush, fragrant lilies and bold dahlias of every stripe. Throw in a few plants with foliage that will bring texture, color and cohesiveness to your creations: artemisias, ferns, lamb’s ears, lavender and santolina are among those with velvety silver-gray foliage that is often aromatic.

Perennials: Yarrow, aster, campanula, carnation, delphinium, dianthus, foxglove, purple coneflower, garden phlox, poppies, black-eyed Susan, salvias, verbascum

Bulbs, rhizomes and tubers, oh yeah: Dahlias, peonies (alltime knockouts), irises. Plant lots of daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinth will multiply itself –and, in a perfect world, armloads of lilies.

Foliage: Ferns, coleus, dusty miller, eucalyptus, euphorbia, hosta, flowering cabbage or kale

* also good for drying

Cut, cut, cut to keep them coming and to delay plants going to seed. Keep soil evenly moist and watch for the likes of aphid colonies or spit bugs. Pinch off infested tips and/or nail the foliage with a strong stream of water from the hose. Should they persist, bring in the insecticidal soap spray.

I can’t think of too many flowers best enjoyed outside, but surely the dragon lily is one. It is darkly exotic, unique, and called by several names not nearly so flattering.

Mild interest only is roused when determined green-striped white shoots unfurl into antlers of foliage spiraling upward. But the unfurling of its striking deep purple-black spathe, which then sends upward a shimmering purple-black “jack” can be a bit chilling – but nothing to what comes next.

For you see, part of its uniqueness is the fact that it is pollinated not

by bees but flies, to which end it exudes a putrid, carrion-like odor when the time is right. This is temporary, but enough to spoil a picnic if situated nearby.

I originally planted the softballsized bulb given me by a coworker by the back door. Pollination was under way during the double graduation party we threw that year, and the kids got a kick out of tricking guests into bending down for a whiff of the phantasmagoric flowers.

I wouldn’t trade them, but I’ve learned to give them a wide berth.

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Which to buy? GMO, Hybrid or Heirloom?

Choosing plants and seeds for a backyard garden can feel daunting, especially when faced with unfamiliar words like GMO, hybrid and heirloom.

“These terms are important depending upon the gardener’s goals, offering different qualities especially for seed saving,” Michael Paruch –who has spent the past 34 years working and volunteering in various horticultural endeavors, including ag research and ag science – explained. “GMO [genetically modified organisms] are ‘engineered’ for certain traits and qualities. Hybrids are bred to combine two parent plants to [obtain] their best qualities... Heirlooms are open pollinated then selected for the home gardener’s preferred tastes…”

But one of the biggest differences between the three – and one home gardeners saving seeds from one year to the next should be aware of – is seed production. That is because those seeds produced by genetically modified plants are protected by intellectual property laws and hybrid plants don’t produce reliable seeds. In other words, if you’re a seed saver, heirloom plants are an obvious choice.

But if it’s merely a broader selection you’re after, then the decision isn’t quite as clear.

“It’s hard to make objective decisions in a fastpaced world with so many choices and food additives,” Paruch said. “In our children’s lifetime I believe we will see designer plant options for the homeowner garden and landscape. For example, choose from a new selection of colors and shapes for your old traditional favorite plants. Who wouldn’t want their yard full of a rainbow of dandelion colors with balloon sized flowers and seed heads instead of today’s yellow uninvited friend in our lawns? Earlier this year we had the first offering of a GMO plant to home gardeners, a purple tomato.”

Developed as “the first genetically modified food crop to be directly marketed to home gardeners” by Norfolk Plant Sciences – a plant

science research institute in England – the purple tomato is being marketed as “disease fighting” due to the elevated levels of anti-cancer, antiinflammatory anthocyanins it contains. But as exciting as this discovery may sound, not everyone agrees that the creation of GMOs is a good idea. In fact, a PEW Research study conducted in 2020 showed that “about half of US adults think GM foods are worse for health than non-GM foods.”

“Some might argue, this is the age-old question of quality versus quantity,” Paruch said, referring to the use of genetically modified seeds in “big business” farming, “but the answer… is much more nuanced.”

And often complicated by marketing, which is why Paruch suggests that, rather than spending time debating GMO, heirloom and hybrid, gardeners instead take into consideration from whom they are buying their plants and seeds.

“[F]ood and garden dollars support either big profit driven industry or small family businesses,” Paruch pointed out. “We live in an age with lots of privilege and a wide range of food and ag industry choices… search out products to support family farms.”

Gardening with Nature, not against it

Fighting off invasive pests – those insects, weeds and animals that aren’t a part of a gardener’s original plan –can turn a beautiful garden into a war zone filled with toxic chemicals. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

“As a head gardener it is my responsibility to focus on IPM, integrated pest management, which really means monitoring for bugs and other pests in the garden and or greenhouse,” Heather Desmarteau-Fast – owner of Stamen and Pistil in Silverton and head gardener at a private estate in Wilsonville – said. “I choose to do this naturally for my health and the health of those I work with. This is really a balance, and it takes a keen eye to see pests before they become a real issue.”

“Lacewings will eat aphids, thrips, white fly and spider mites in their juvenile stages,” Desmarteau-Fast said. “Lady bugs eat aphids and some of the more specific lady bugs such as Cryptolaemus will even eat mealybugs!”

And adding beneficial plants can also be helpful as well.

Observation and patience are key, according to Desmarteau-Fast who said, “Just because you see an infestation of something, doesn’t mean your garden is done for. Take time to monitor the infestation. Are there any beneficial insects eating the bad ones?”

If not, it might be time to introduce them, because many insects – including ladybugs, lacewings, nematodes and praying mantis – can be purchased at a garden store, then released into a home garden to boost populations.

“I like to plant Marigolds in between my tomato plants to keep aphids at bay,” Desmarteau-Fast said. Adding, that basil, planted next to cabbage, can also deter flea beetles.

But if strategic planting and beneficial insects still aren’t enough, then it may be time to spray the garden – with water.

“It is easy to remove, say aphids, from a crop by simply spraying them with… a hard stream,” Desmarteau-Fast pointed out.

Neem oil – a vegetable oil made from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree – is another good option, as is a spritz of soapy water.

“Soapy water kills any bug,” Stephanie Hazen – an OSU Master Gardener – verified. “Let them die and then rinse the plant off.”

A retired veterinarian, Hazen also uses the IPM approach, implementing raised beds made of repurposed stock

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Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer.

Place pheromone traps in apple trees to detect presence of codling moth. Plan a control program of sprays, baits, or predators if found.

If needed, fertilize rhododendrons and azaleas with acid-type fertilizer. If established and healthy, their nutrient needs should be minimal. Remove spent blossoms.


Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May.

Plant chrysanthemums for fall color. When selecting new roses, choose plants labeled for resistance to diseases. Fertilize roses and control rose diseases such as mildew with a registered fungicide.

Plant most vegetables now; check with local gardeners. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. Wait until the soil is consistently above 70 degrees F to plant tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers and eggplant.

Prevent root maggots when planting cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale), by covering with row covers or screens, or by applying appropriate insecticides.


Manage weeds while small and actively growing with light cultivation or herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective.

Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear.

Leaf-rolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves.

Monitor aphids on strawberries and ornamentals. If present, control options include washing off with water, hand removal, or using registered insecticides labeled for the problem plant. Follow all label directions. Promoting natural enemies (predators and parasitoids that eat or kill insects) is a longer-term solution for insect control in gardens.

Spittlebugs may appear on ornamental plants as foam on stems. In most cases, they don’t require management. If desired, wash off with water or use insecticidal soap as a contact spray. Read and follow label directions.

Control cabbageworms in cabbage and cauliflower, 12-spotted cucumber beetle in beans and lettuce, maggot in radishes. Control can involve hand removal, placing barrier screen over newly planted rows, or spraying or dusting with registered pesticides, labeled for use on the problem plant. Read and follow label directions when using insecticides.

Tiny holes in foliage and shiny, black beetles on tomato, beets, radishes, and potato indicate flea beetle attack. Treat with Neem, Bt-s, or use nematodes for larvae. Read and follow label directions when using insecticides.

Monitor rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses and other broadleaf ornamentals for adult root weevils. Look for fresh evidence of feeding (notching at leaf edges). Try sticky trap products on plant trunks to trap adult weevils. Protect against damaging the bark by applying the sticky material on a 4-inch wide band of poly sheeting or burlap wrapped around the trunk. Mark plants now and supply beneficial nematodes when soil temps are above 55 degrees F. If root weevils are a consistent problem, consider removing plants and choosing weevil-resistant varieties.

Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Always identify and monitor problems before acting. First, consider cultural controls; then physical, biological and chemical controls (which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Always consider the least-toxic approach first.

Recommendations in this calendar are applicable to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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tanks to deter rabbits and gophers and fencing to keep out deer.

“All these little experiments are fascinating,” she said, describing her use of plastic laundry baskets upended over milkweed plants for the protection of monarch butterflies as just one of the ways she gardens with nature rather than against it.

“I think about getting along, covering your plant or choosing a different plant,” she said. “And choose something native, because it’s meant to be here.”

But she’s not just talking about plants, Hazen likes to encourage native animals – birds, pollinating insects and even mammals like coyotes – to populate the areas in and around her garden as well.

“Mostly we just create habitats,” she said, listing the brush she has left undisturbed beside the creek so that ground birds have a place to nest, the fallen logs which are now adorned with ferns and the snags that are filled with woodpecker holes as just a few of the ways she has let nature have its way.

“I’m happy to see deer,” she said. “I’m happy to see owls.”

She’s even happy to see rabbits – which can no longer devastate her garden thanks to the protective raised beds.

“Rabbits are part of the food chain,” she said, “and they’re fun to watch.”

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Freres Engineered Wood continues to test its mass plywood panels for seismic safety and the panels continue to pass with flying colors.

In March, the Lyons-based company concluded its participation in testing on a six-story wood structure. Last spring and summer the company participated in tests on a 10-story structure.

Both tests were conducted at a specially designed facility at the University of California San Diego. Mass plywood panels is a technology in which Freres has been an industry leader. The panels are constructed with densitygraded Douglas-fir veneers, which are glued and pressed together, creating large-format wood platforms, beams and columns that can be manufactured in sizes up to 12 feet by 48 feet.

The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) project evaluated the functional recovery of a six-story mass timber structure by subjecting the specimen to a series of simulated earthquakes on the world’s largest outdoor shake table at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Researchers are consolidating the results to provide data that will inform future building codes.

The six-story experiment and the earlier 10-story test were executed by Oregon State University under the direction of Andre Barbosa, a professor of structural engineering at OSU.

“The 10-story version was intended to test a ‘rockingwall’ design for seismic mitigation,” Tyler Freres, the company’s vice president of sales said, “and the six-story building project was used to test different lateral forceresisting systems, which included several innovative gravity connections and non-structural systems and a pressurized fire sprinkler system.

“The rocking walls were replaced with other seismic reduction elements such as seismic resistance plates as well as buckling restrained braces. These are all known ways to mitigate seismic effects but have never been tested on a mass timber building before. This building essentially went through 2,500 years of seismic events on earth without any structural damage. The goal is to give as many tools for designers to allow effective building design in seismic zones.”

“We all hope that these tests validate the use and performance of wood in high-seismic areas, and hope that the results inform on how to use mass timber products in the design of high-rise structures,” said Kyle Freres, the firm’s vice president of operations. “Of particular interest is whether buildings can be designed to not only withstand earthquakes, but also to be repairable and habitable after a major seismic event.”

Barbosa noted that “we’re really developing a new design paradigm where architects and structural engineers, from the beginning of the design, can start thinking about both the resilient aspect and sustainability goals, which is why we use this idea of ‘converging.’ We are converging resilience and sustainability as one bigger metric and objective for these designs.”

When asked if there were any surprises during the testing, Tyler said no.

“By all reports, our panels performed as expected,” he said. “These tests are intended to show that wood is the most structurally sound building material to use in seismic regions. It is lighter than concrete and steel, more easily repaired, and with advanced seismic solutions like those tested by Colorado School of Mines and OSU, wood can help us design buildings that will survive the strongest earthquakes we have experienced.”

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So, How’s That Working For You?

Early on, at the age of 10, I was introduced to alcohol by a gang of older neighborhood kids who thought it would be fun to watch me get drunk on what they said was Hawaiian Punch. It wasn’t. I downed three jelly glasses full of Bali High, a cheap, sweet wine that tasted great. But then the room began to spin. I tried to ride my Stingray bike home, but I crashed into my yard and ran to my bedroom as nausea overwhelmed me.

Luckily, next to my bed stood a pair of black galoshes. I puked into both until they were almost full. Then I passed out.

When I woke up my mother was stroking my hair and whispering my name.

“Gregg? Gregg? Wake up, honey. What happened? Who did this to you?”

“Did what?” I asked as the room spun. “Who got you drunk?”

“I’m not drunk.” I said, “I’m just sick. I think I drank too much fruit punch.”

I didn’t understand at the time that I had been pranked by the older guys. Later I realized what happened. But from that time on I could not stand even the smell of alcohol. I tried to drink beer and wine when others offered it to me, but just one whiff and I start to feel sick. Even today I can’t enjoy anything other than a Hot Buttered Rum around Christmas.

Looking For Thrills

Over the years I got drawn in to the drug scene. But actually, in Dayton, Ohio, you had to chase the drug scene because nobody I knew had any of the real stuff. A common scene was a couple of guys smoking what we thought was marijuana, but it was actually oregano, or some other herb.

“Do you feel anything?” one would ask. And the other would say, “I think so. Maybe.”

Eventually we found someone who could sell us the real thing. We got high on pot. Then various pills. White Crosses were “uppers,” diet pills called amphetamine, taken by moms supposedly to to lose weight, and by longhaul truckers to stay awake at the wheel.

Quaaludes were “downers,” a sedative, sleep-inducing drug. It was a little like getting drunk, only more physical like a pain-killer. I had friends who got addicted to downers to the point that they were stealing whatever they could find, even from their own parents, to buy more drugs.

Eventually we got ahold of some real LSD, but not before taking just about every vitamin pill that looked enough like an illegal drug to fool midwestern teenagers. When we finally found a source for Screaming Yellow Zonkers

(big yellow pills of LSD) and “Blotter Acid” (LSD on a little square of ink-blotting paper) we were off to the land of hallucinations, watching the carpets and walls crawl with colorful paisley patterns that were not really there. It was fun to lay on the lawn at the park, looking up at the clouds and laughing about nothing at all. Just laughing, and laughing until something or someone “brought us down” by making us feel annoyed or even paranoid. That was a “bad trip.”

died from heroin over-doses. The scene at the corner of Haight and Asbury was already dark and gritty. Not every hippy commune was led by a Charles Manson, but many had a similar narcissist. It was the blind leading the blind into the ditch. “Free love” was a con to get chicks into bed. All I knew was that it wasn’t working for me.

So, I left San Francisco and headed down to Southern California to a town called Laguna Beach. I made good money playing my songs for tips in the restaurants and on the streets. That is also where I learned how to plant the beautiful terrariums I now sell at Silver Falls here in Silverton. But one day a couple of Jesus Freaks talked to me on the beach. I heard more than just the children’s Sunday-School version of the gospel that day. [See my article “I Was There!” Published here in Our Town on May, 1st, of 2023.]

God Uprooted Me

Within a few days the house where I was

…I bowed my head and asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins and be my Lord. I was changed. Jesus rescued me from all the foolish ways I had been wasting my life. It was what the Bible calls being “born again.” I became a child of God that day.

We were young and foolish. We had no idea what these recreational and supposedly consciousness-raising substances were doing to our brains. But it seemed like everyone else was doing it. So, why not? It seemed cool at the time.

What kept me from going too far into drugs was my music.

Looking back now I know I was a mediocre musician, but I loved to write poetry, I knew at least three chords on my guitar and I had a decent voice, so I could sing. I started turning my best poems into lyrics set to simple tunes and voila, I was a singer/song writer. That meant I was a chick magnet who got invited to parties just to play my folk-rock protest songs for the other teens. It was great until the girlfriends of a few jocks and hoods became jealous and started beating me up. That is when I ran away from home.

“If You’re Going to San Francisco…”

I ran away to California “with flowers in my hair,” looking for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Jefferson Airplane. By the time I got there many of my musical heroes had already

renting a room was raided by the police. They were looking for a housemate named “Horse” who was a major drug dealer. I had to leave town fast. So I drove away in my VW bug.

Within a few months, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the moment came when I stopped running. I bowed my head and asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins and be my Lord. In that moment I was changed. Jesus rescued me from all the foolish ways that I had been wasting my life. It’s what the Bible calls being “born again.” I became a child of God.

Over the years His love and care for me has only grown deeper. He has provided me with all that I need and more. Why? Because He is good. He will do the same for you if you believe, repent, and ask Him to save you. No matter how bad things are for you right now, Jesus will never turn you away. He will accept you and help you enter into a whole new life.

“How’s That Working For You?”

I don’t know how you’ve been trying to find your “good times” in this world. But whatever it may be, how’s that working for you? It could be “sex, drugs and rock and roll” like me. It could be pornography. It could be wealth, or

career, or fame, or political power. But anything, even what could otherwise be a good thing, that is used as an alternative to knowing, loving and serving God is not going to work. No matter how hard you try, those things cannot fill the emptiness in your soul. Nor can they save you from God’s eventual punishment for your rebellion against Him. It’s time to believe the gospel.

Jesus Christ really is God the Son. He came into this world to live the perfect life we were all supposed to live, but we haven’t. We have all sinned by rebelling against our Creator. Jesus then died the terrible death that we all deserve for our rebellion. Then, as proof that His sacrifice worked, He rose from the dead. He is alive. Now the way to be forgiven and saved is open to all of us. It’s not too late for you. Believe in Jesus. Repent of your sins. Ask God for His mercy. He’s there, and He is listening. So, why not talk to Him right now?

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75 years together

Donna Lou & Greg Gries celebrate milestone

May 28, 2024 will mark the 75th wedding anniversary of Gregory J. Frost and Donna Lou Gries.

Greg and Donna Lou were married on a Saturday morning, followed by a brunch reception, which was customary at that time. Greg was 21 and Donna Lou was 18. They met as school kids in Sublimity and started dating in high school.

They lived in Sublimity until building their Stayton home in 1957, where they still live independently. Donna Lou worked for Santiam Hospital until the birth of their first child in 1960. Greg worked for Pacific Power and Light and retired after 43 years in 1992.

In their retirement they have enjoyed traveling. Together, they’ve been to Washington D.C., Hawaii, Arizona, cruises to Alaska, Mexico and the Panama Canal. They went on numerous bus tours that took them to Canada, all around Oregon and various places across the U.S.

They have four children: Joan,

Russell, Mary Lou and Alan. They have 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren with one more on the way in July.

Donna still drives, getting them to church and places locally. She still cooks all their meals and makes sure all the household things are taken care of. Greg can still be seen working in the yard, or making sure the backyard birds are being fed, or just enjoying the sunshine.

Their son, Alan, asked his mother, “what’s the secret to your long marriage?” Her response was “respect.” In Alan’s 57 years, Donna Lou and Greg never raised their voices and only argued one time. He believes their strong religious faith, mutual respect, common goals and their friendship with each other has made this a truly amazing marriage. And the fact that Greg refuses to get hearing aids helps.

Donna Lou and Greg will be celebrating with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

– Andy Parsons –February 3, 1930 - March 28, 2024

Clarence Andrew Parsons, affectionately known as Andy, peacefully departed from this world on Thursday, March 28, 2024, in Sublimity, Oregon, at the age of 94. He was born on February 3, 1930, in Enid, Oklahoma to Andrew Chester and Helen Beatrice (Koeppen) Parsons.

Andy’s life was marked by distinguished service and remarkable adventures. He met Jean Beckette of Canby, Oregon, in Seaside, Oregon, on July 5th, 1956, while stationed at the U.S. Naval Station, Tongue Point, in Astoria, Oregon. Their whirlwind romance culminated in marriage on November 17, 1956, in a quaint chapel in Reno, Nevada.

A proud veteran, Andy dedicated two decades of his life to the United States Navy, completing five tours of duty, including service aboard the USS Colonial LSD-18 in 1968. Following his military career, Andy settled in Stayton, Oregon, where he served as a Boiler Operator for the Department of Corrections in Salem for 20 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of VFW Post in Stayton, Oregon. He also was a member of the Salem RC air club where he would fly RC planes and was a member of the Albany Gun Club where he enjoyed shooting traps.

In retirement, Andy and Jean embarked on adventures across the United States, spending winters in Surprise, Arizona, at Happy Trails. They embraced life, relishing in square dancing, golfing, and the simple joys of companionship.

Andy had a passion for collecting automobiles and cherished moments spent with his family and friends. His family fondly remembers his enthusiasm for scratching lottery tickets and indulging in various hobbies, such as flying small-scale gas-powered airplanes and model railroading.

A devout Christian, Andy took pride in his faith and his family. He will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, and unwavering love for all those he encountered.

Preceding Andy in death were his parents, Helen and Chester Parsons, his brother Claude Parsons, and his sisters Margie and Opal. He is survived by his beloved wife and partner of 67 years, Jean Parsons of Sublimity, Oregon. Andy’s memory will also be honored by his sons: Bob (Kathy) Parsons and Dave (Donna) Parsons, both of Stayton, Oregon. Additionally, he is survived by four grandchildren: Aaron (Cherie) Parsons of Aumsville, Shari (Patrick) Doherty of North Carolina, Thomas (Brooke) Parsons of Aumsville, and Jason (Ashlee) Parsons of Aumsville. Andy’s legacy extends to ten greatgrandchildren: Ian, Abby, Owen, Payton, Ally, Brinley, Bailey, Talon, Amelia, and Easton.

A viewing was held on Friday, April 5th, from 4:00 to 6:30 at Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton, Oregon. A Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, May 18th, at 11:00 at Weddle Chapel, followed by a reception to honor Andy’s memory. Sublimity Mobile Village Clubhouse.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association in Clarence Andrew Parsons’ name.

Andy’s departure leaves a void in the lives of those who knew him, but his spirit will continue to inspire and bring comfort to all who were fortunate enough to have shared in his life’s journey. May he rest in eternal peace. Andy leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion that will be cherished by his surviving family and friends.

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Frequent Address

Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St.

Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave.

Weekly Events


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., 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Seniors 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 Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation suggested. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-769-7995.


Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore the world of early literacy through songs, stories, rhymes. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Business Network, 8:15 a.m. Network building for local business, non-profit professionals. Location: 503-769-3464. 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 Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore the world of early learning and literacy with your infant or toddler. Older siblings welcome. Free. 503-769-3313

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, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. 503-767-2009


Sublimity Quilters, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Make quilts for local community donations, charities. New members welcome.

Point Man Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503-859-2627


Cars & Coffee, 8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Bring your classic vehicles for coffee, breakfast.


Aumsville Historical Society, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. Come in or make an appointment by calling Ted Shepard, president, 503-881-5087.

Revival Youth Hangout, 5 - 6:30 p.m., New Hope Community Church, 657 N Second Ave., Stayton. Youth of the area are welcome. Follow “Revival_ Heartbeat” on Instagram and Tiktok. revivalheartbeat@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 1

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 Main St., Silverton. Free admission using CCRLS library card. 503-769-3313

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Zoom. 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. Zoom invite: Julie Mendez, 503-304-3432 or julie.mendez@nwsds.org.

North Forks Town Hall

6 - 7:30 p.m., Elkhorn Fire Station, 32788 SE North Fork Road, Lyons. Join Marion County Commissioners, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Public Works Department for a town hall meeting to discuss the reopening of parks in the Little North Fork Corridor. Ask questions and share concerns about the reopening. Open to all.

Saturday, May 4

Camp Taloali Fundraiser

8 a.m. - noon, Camp Taloali, 15934 SE Highway 22, Stayton. May the Forest be With You 3K run & walk. Registration is $40 through May 3; $50 at the door. All dogs must be on leash. Dog costume contest, prizes. Tickets at taloali.org.

Wildfire Preparedness Day

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mehama Community Center, 22057 SE Emma St. Discover how to create a defensible space for your home and property. Kids activities, presentation, Smokey Bear, free hot dogs, vendors, fire trucks, Bigfoot. Free to attend. staytonfire.org, lyonsrfd.org

Santiam Kinderfest

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Connect with and learn about local resources and register your kindergartener for school. Kid-friendly activities, drawings, giveaways. Free. Open to all.

Sunday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

Monday, May 6

Abigail Scott DAR

10 a.m. Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Installation of officers and brunch. All are welcome. 503-508-8246

Military Sexual Trauma Support

6 - 7:30 p.m. Zoom. For those who have served in the military, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve members who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma. Group is facilitated by veterans and former service members with shared experience. Info: info@ namimultnomah.org, 503-228-5692.

Repeats May 20.

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, May 7

Stayton Lions Club

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Club and new members are welcome. Repeats May 21. staytonlionsclub.org

Lego Build-It!

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Release your inner builder. Repeats through Fri. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

6 p.m., Stayton Planning Building, 311 N Third Ave. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, May 8

Canyon Garden Club

1 - 3 p.m., Santiam Community Garden, 846 Fifth St., Lyons. First meeting is free; dues are $20/year. For a ride, call Cheryl at 503-767-2248.

RDS Board Meeting

5 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317, downtownstayton.org

Santiam Heritage Foundation

6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Board of trustees’ meeting. Open to public. 503-769-8860

Thursday, May 9

Aumsville Food Pantry

Noon - 4 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville. Open to people in need of food items. Repeats May 23. 503-749-2128

Kindergarten Round Up

5 - 6:30 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. See the classrooms, learn how to prepare for September, meet the teachers. 503-769-2459

Kindergarten Round Up

5 - 6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Meet the teachers and principal. Register your incoming kindergarten student. Sesión en Español: 6 - 7 p.m. 503-769-2336

Kindergarten Meet & Greet

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. See the classrooms, meet the teachers. 503-859-2154

Aumsville Fire District

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

Lyons Library Board

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

Spotlight Community Theatre

7 p.m., The Spotlight, 383 N Third Ave., Stayton. A western twist on a Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado Out West. Repeats 7 p.m. May 10-11, May 16-18; 2 p.m. May 11-12, May 18-19. Tickets $15/adults, $12/ seniors & students, $10/age 13-17, $8/age 4-12. Tickets: onthestage.tickets/spotlightcommunity-theatre or at the door.

LGBTQ+ Peer Support

7 - 8:30 p.m. Zoom. Peer-led mental health young adult support group for LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals ages 18-30. Free. Sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness. Visit tinyurl.com/yalgbtqgroup to register. Repeats May 23.

Friday, May 10

Community Play Group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Doris’s Place, 574 N 11th St., Aumsville. Free Community Play Group sponsored by Family Building Blocks. Snacks. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Mother’s Day Barn Bazaar

1 - 6 p.m., Chic and the Cow, 38580 Gilkey Road, Scio. Unique gifts, florals, plants, home decor, baked goods, jewelry. Espresso cart and food. Repeats 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 11. chicandthecow.tumblr.com

Saturday, May 11

Lyons Citywide Clean-up

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Freres City Park, 13th Street, Lyons. Yard debris, scrap metal, appliances, old furniture, usable paint in original containers disposal. Most items free. A list of prices available at cityoflyons.org. ID with Lyons address required. 503-859-2167

Cascade Car Show

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 NE Marion Road, Turner. Car show, silent auction, 50/50 drawing. $20 per vehicle entered. Proceeds go to the Senior All Night Party. Jeff Schnepp, 503-502-2520, jeff.schepp@emeryandsons.com.

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Grow Your Own Food

10 a.m. - noon, Santiam Community Gardens, 846 Fifth St., Lyons. Learn about planning, growing food in a raised bed. Garden space, seeds, tools provided. Free. To preregister, call or text 503-859-2517 or email seedsupper97358@ gmail.com.

Birding Festival

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silver Falls State Park, 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Guided birding and wildflower walks, educational discovery tables, live raptor presentations, a native plant sale and wildflower show. $5 parking fee. Repeats May 12. Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day

A Century of Wonder

Wheels of Change

Noon - 1 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Education series on lifestyle modifications for health. Snacks. Register at bit.ly/49dcow9.

Cascade School Board

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

Wednesday, May 15

Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Appointments at redcrossblood.org.

Dementia Care Conversations

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Traveling exhibit featuring 100 years of Oregon State Parks through photographs by Peter Marbach. Included guided tour of the Brown House. $5/ person. Children under 18 free. Repeats noon - 3 p.m. May 18 & 25, 6 - 8 p.m. May 30. 503-769-8860, cmbrownhouse.org

Monday, May 13

Coffee with a Cop

7:30 - 9 a.m., McDonald’s, 1988 Shaff Road, Stayton. Meet with Stayton police officers. Open to public. 503-769-3421

Stayton Budget Committee

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Public hearing of Budget Committee for the purpose of hearing public testimony regarding the proposed use of stateshared revenues and the budget for FY 24/25. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

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

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Stayton Fire District Board

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

Tuesday, May 14

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Joe Price, FamilySearch volunteer researcher, presents “Using FamilySearch for Your Family History Work.” Open to all. ancestrydetectives.org

1 - 2 p.m. Zoom. Free group for unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one living with dementia. To register, contact group facilitator Julie Mendez at 503-304-3432 or julie.mendez@nwsds.org.

Stayton Budget Committee

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Public hearing of the Budget Committee for the purpose of hearing public testimony regarding the budget for FY 24/25. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Thursday, May 16

Drug Take-Back

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. One-day event intended to bring national focus on the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. Prescription and over-thecounter solid dosage medication accepted. 844-482-5322, medtakebackoregon.org

NSSD Board

4 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. 503-769-6924

Stayton Budget Committee

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Public hearing of the Budget Committee for the purpose of hearing public testimony regarding the budget for FY 24/25. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Public Arts Commission

6 p.m., Stayton Planning Building, 311 N Third Ave. Conduct regular business of the board. Open to public. 503-769-2998

Friday, May 17

Detroit Fishing Derby

Detroit Lake. Three-day fishing event. Detroit Lake is stocked with thousands of rainbow trout and Kokanee; 10 are prize fish. Repeats May 18-19. For a complete list of information, visit detroitlakeoregon.org.

Endangered Species Puppet Show

11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Staffled puppet show in honor of National Endangered Species Day. Make a puppet. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

Willamette Valley Savour

4 - 9 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 Main St., Silverton. Visitors sample Oregon wines, craft beers, hard ciders, spirits, tasty bites, artisan crafts. Live music. Preorder tickets (savourthevalley.org) $15/ adults, $8 age 12-20. Tickets at door $20/ adults, $10/age 12-20. Children under 12 are free. Benefits Regis St. Mary Catholic School. Repeats noon - 9 a.m. May 18.

Family Fun Night

5 - 7:30 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. Live music, food, bingo, drawings, activities for all ages. Free admission. All welcome. 503-769-2459

Saturday, May 18

Flea Market

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

Garden and Food Questions Answered

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Community Gardens, 846 Fifth St., Lyons. Linn County OSU Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers answer questions about gardening and food. Research-based videos and publications are available for free. Drop in for baked goods, beverages and information. Free. Diane, 503-8592517, seedsupper97358@gmail.com

Bethel Clothing Closet

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

Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope

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

Sunday, May 19

Pancake Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Volunteer firefighters and support members serve all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, eggs. $10/adults, $8/children age 5 - 13. 503-769-2601, stayonfire.org

Monday, May 20

Stayton Friends of the Library

11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. New members welcome. 503-932-2733.

Red Cross Blood Drive

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

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, May 21

Alzheimer’s Seminar

1 - 2 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Effective communication strategies. Free. Register at alz.org/crf or 800-272-3900.

North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. For Zoom link information, call 503-930-8202.

Thursday, May 23

DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Stop by to make a decorative bird from yarn. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

Friday, May 24

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Mill Creek Park, 1110 Main St., Aumsville. Two shows. Advanced discounted tickets – $8/children & $13/ adults – available at City Hall or online at cmcircus.com. Tickets at door $9/children, $16/adults. All city-earned proceeds will be donated to local service groups.

Saturday, May 25

Budget Cooking for One or Two

10 a.m., Santiam Community Gardens, 846 Fifth St., Lyons. Basic cooking skills and meal planning with low-cost pantry foods are practiced. For details or to preregister, call or text 503-859-2517 or email seedsupper97358@gmail.com.

Mexican Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. $10/plate. 503-859-2161

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Service

9:30 a.m., Calvary Cemetery, 1015 N Main St., Mt. Angel. Patriotic music by Marion County Citizens Band followed by welcoming remarks by Mt. Angel Mayor Pete Wall and Mass by celebrant the Rev. Ralph Recker. Bring your own lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will take place at St. Mary Church, Mt. Angel.

Book Club Discussion

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Discuss The Patron Saint of Second Chances by Christine Simon. Tea, treats. Free. 503-769-3313

Tuesday, May 28

Lyons City Council

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

Thursday, May 30

Reader’s Cafe

3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Stop in to “taste” a selection of themed titles in children’s literature and build up your personal library with a free book. Designed for readers of all ages. 503-769-3313

Friday, May 31

TGI Friday Fest

5 - 8 p.m., downtown Third Avenue, Stayton. Live music, food, merchant sales, activities, car show. Farmer’s market. Free admission. downtownstayton.org

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Birthday gem

“I liked that game,” said Regis pitcher Blake Nygren

What else could he say?

Nygren had just finished pitching a fiveinning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts. At the plate he delivered a grand slam home run. And the Rams defeated Santiam 14-0 on April 23 to stay unbeaten in Class 2A-1A’s Special District 3 baseball standings. Regis is 10-4 overall and ranked tenth in Class 2A-1A.

And there was still more fun awaiting Nygren, a lanky junior. The game was played on his 17th birthday and his teammates, family and friends serenaded him with a sterling rendition of Happy Birthday, complete with enough cupcakes for the Wolverines players to join in on the celebration.

By the time Nygren took the hill the Rams led 6-0 as the opportunistic Rams put together four hits and stole eight bases in the top of the first, a frame lasting 24 minutes.

Regis baseball stays undefeated with big win at Santiam

“Having that six-run lead gave me some confidence,” Nygren said. “On offense we have a lot of guys with speed who can steal a base.”

Nygren struck out the first seven batters he faced before issuing a walk in the bottom of the third. No matter. Senior catcher Noah Koenig picked the runner off first. Santiam put two balls in play, both in the bottom of the 4th. Leadoff hitter Mason Lindemann hit a sharp liner right at Regis first baseman Luke Castillo and one out later Santiam catcher Lukus Lebahn hit a pop foul gathered in by Castillo.

Nygren then struck out the side in the bottom of the 5th, ending the game because of the 10-run rule. Nygren caught the Wolverines looking on six of his 12 strikeouts, usually with fastballs on the outside corner.

His fastball was working all day, Nygren said, and he guessed that he threw 85 percent fastballs. The no-hitter was the third of his Regis career and his first this season.

Regis coach Kyle Baker praised Koenig for his work in support of Nygren.

“A lot of the credit goes to Noah,” Baker said. “He called a great game. He works so hard for us  behind the plate.”

And as the Rams’ leadoff hitter as well. Koenig reached base four times against Santiam, stole two bases and scored twice. Through games of April 17 he had 20 stolen bases and was among the state leaders. He swiped 39 bases a year ago.

Santiam coach Clint Forste, who started an all-underclassman lineup, summed up the challenge of facing Regis by noting “whenever you play Regis you have to bring your A game and we didn’t do that today. We’re young and developing, they’re experienced. And that’s a really good young pitcher they have there.”

Regis and Santiam were scheduled to play a doubleheader on April 26 in Stayton, weather permitting. The Rams lead 7-2 Monroe/Alsea in the district standings and play a 3-game series against the Dragons the week of May 7.

Softball: Cascade and Stayton are battling tooth and nail for the Oregon West Conference championship. Both teams are 8-1 in league play, with Cascade ranked 7th in 4A and Stayton 10th. The Cougars took a 7-1 win against the Eagles on April 15, with Eagles turning the tables by a 5-4 count on April 25, paced by five RBIs from Kenzi Hollenbeck. The two teams play a third time in Turner on May 8 with the league title going to the winner.

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4:30 p.m. Stayton vs North Marion/Gervais


4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Newport

4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Sweet Home

Thursday, May 2


4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Sweet Home

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Friday, May 3

Track & Field

4 p.m. Regis

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Saturday, May 4


1 p.m. Cascade vs Scio

Monday, May 6


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Tuesday, May 7


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Friday, May 10


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Attack of the Tree Creatures They’re out to get us

I’m not afraid of much. I’m not afraid of politicians. (OK, maybe a little.) Or terrorists. And for crying out loud, I’m not afraid of TikTok. Anything that Congress says I should fear I automatically ignore.

But I am afraid of one thing: trees.

I should explain.

When I first moved to Stayton, I was working at the local newspaper. I got a phone call. It was about a tree.

“Do you known how many trees there are in Stayton? A million, maybe more,” I told the caller.

“This one tried to kill me,” he said.

“I’m on my way,” I said.

His house was on East Santiam Street. He invited me in.

“I was standing in the kitchen,” the man said. Then he pointed to a huge

piece of Douglas fir. It was the top of a tree that had broken off and plummeted through his roof, like a huge arrow.

It landed only a few feet from where the man had been standing. The trees had almost claimed one more victim.

Another time, a huge Norway maple fell in our front yard in Minnesota, right where the kids played.

That was close enough. Then, a few years later, another maple tree fell into the back yard of the neighbors.

Ironically, the tree guy was supposed to come on Monday to cut it down. This

was on Saturday. The tree knew the jig was up and attacked.

Still another time, a Douglas fir fell on my son’s truck, which he had been working on for months. The tree broke the windshield and gouged the new seats he had installed. No doubt, it was trying to do as much damage as possible.

Then there was the time we were driving through the redwoods near the southern Oregon coast. We were pulling one of those little tent camper trailers, and the trees snagged us. We were stuck.

My wife claims it was because I had ignored the sign warning that the road was lined with trees and was too narrow.

But I know better.

I worry about Oregon. All of the trees give me the willies. You never know when another one will attack.

Plus, they control the climate.

I had a friend once named Ben. He was a different breed of cat. He’d come into the office once in a while to announce that he was running for office, and always had something interesting to say. “I think we need to cut down all of the trees,” he said once. “They make it rain too much.”

“How do you mean?” I asked.

Look, wherever there are a lot of trees, there’s a lot of rain. Like here,” he said, pointing out the window.

“In Arizona, there aren’t many trees, and not much rain,” he said. “So, if you cut down the trees there won’t be any rain.”

I don’t know about his logic, but I like his thinking.

Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.


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moss treatment, yard clean-up, stump grinding, powerwashing, haul-away. 503-871-7869


20 years experience. References available. 503-313-5816


GONE? From yard debris to scrap metal-From garage sale left overs to rental clear outs. We repurpose, recycle, reuse, or donate what we can. Call and find out what we can do for you. $20 Minimum. Call Keith 503-502-3462


GARDEN – Do you want your own Organic vegetable garden? Don’t have the time or energy? 30 years experience. Call: 707-494-7666.(Stayton area)

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WANT TO MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER? WE CAN HELP. Call to request a FREE consultation. Shower conversions start at $1,195 Safely Shower without Breaking the Bank CCB#244523 DIFFICULT EASY! 30+ Years Experience
Facebook: OurTown / Santiam ourtownsantiam.com May 2024 • 19 Choose from Garlic or Cinnamon Available while supplies last at participating locations. © 2024 Papa Murphy’s International LLC 289850-TG-MA Love pizza? Become a franchise owner – papamurphysfranchise.com Get Exclusive Deals with MySLICE REWARDS® Stayton • 503-767-PAPA (7272) 1756 N 1st Ave • across from Regis HS we accept Order Pickup or Delivery PapaMurphys.com ® Beef or Chicken, Tomatoes, Mixed Onions, Black Olives, Refried Beans & Salsa and Taco Seasoning Back for a limited time! Available 4/22 – 5/19/24 or while supplies last at participating locations. LSM-05 809-050224 PROMO CODE C7003 $2 OFF Large Pizza Limited time offer. Limit 1. Excludes XLNY®, Tuesday and Friday pizza deals. Not valid with any other offers, specials, promotions or discounts. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be sold, transferred or duplicated. Discount off regular menu price. LSM-05 1881-050224 PROMO CODE C7005 $3 OFF Chicken Garlic Pizza Limited time offer or while supplies last. Limit 1.Not valid with any other offers, specials, promotions or discounts. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be sold, transferred or duplicated. Discount off regular menu price. Chicken, Tomatoes, Green Onions, Herb & Cheese Blend, Mozzarella, Creamy Garlic Sauce in Large or Family Size LSM-05 1880-050224 PROMO CODE C7006 $3 OFF Cowboy Pizza Limited time offer or while supplies last. Limit 1. Not valid with any other offers, specials, promotions or discounts. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be sold, transferred or duplicated. Discount off regular menu price. Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms, Black Olives, Herb & Cheese Blend, Mozzarella, Red Sauce in Large or Family Size LSM-05 1877-050224 PROMO CODE C7011 $3 OFF Original Crust Pizza Limited time offer. Limit 1. Excludes Tuesday and Friday pizza deals. Not valid with any other offers, specials, promotions or discounts. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be sold, transferred or duplicated. Discount off regular menu price. Family Size Pizza LSM-05 1563-050224 $3 OFF PROMO CODE C7014 Discount off regular menu price. Limited time offer. Limit 1. Excludes XLNY®, Tuesday and Friday pizza deals. Not valid with any other offers, specials, promotions or discounts. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be sold, transferred or duplicated. LSM-05 1885-050224 PROMO CODE C7018 $5 OFF Limited time offer. Limit 1. Excludes XLNY®, Tuesday and Friday pizza deals and Gift Card purchase/reload. Not valid with any other offers, specials, promotions or discounts. Valid at participating locations. Cannot be sold, transferred or duplicated. Discount off regular menu price. Delicious Deal! $25 Order In Large or Family Size

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

Registration: 7:00am - 8:00am

• Run Start: 8:30am

• Starting Line: Santiam Hospital & Clinics • 1401 N. 10th Ave. • Stayton, OR

• Course Closes: 10:00am

Shirts guaranteed thru May 7th

$10 Children 12 and Under ($15 with T-Shirt)

$15 Adult Pre-Registration Entry ($20 with T-Shirt)

$20 Day of Event Entry ($25 with T-Shirt while supplies last)

$40 Pre-Registration Group Rate (up to 4 people, includes T-Shirts)

$50 Day of Event Group Entry (up to 4 people, includes T-Shirts while supplies last)

• Two $150 Stayton Sports Gift Cards (MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN)

• Prizes awarded to first place male & female runners in all age divisions.

Awarded Prizes & Raffle: Food, Beverages & Fun!

• Enjoy Coffee, Smoothies, Fresh Fruit & Delicious Scones

• Kids Court

• Get warmed up with energizing music

• Keepsake Prizes to all finishers

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors: OMAC Advertising, PT Northwest & Saalfeld Griggs Additional sponsors & vendors: Our Town, Pacific Perks, Snow Peak Brewing, Stayton Road Runners Club, Stayton Sports, Ticos Coffee Roasting Chip Timing by Race Northwest 2024 SANCTIONED EVENT
5K Walk & 3K, 5K & 10K Runs Register Online: racenorthwest.com
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