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Contents Civics 101

Discovering everyday heroes......13

Stayton PD adopts body cams.......4 Dining Out.....................12 Lyons gets more resignations.......5 Datebook.......................14

Something to do

Detroit adds wakeboard event.....6

Helping Hands

Sports & Recreation Regis shines at State..................16

Marketplace...............17 Regis students’ water project.......9 A Grin at the End...18 Collaborators welcome public.......9 Something Fun

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On the record By Mary Owen Stayton police officers are now wearing a new piece of equipment – video cameras. “After researching camera trends of other agencies around the county, the department felt the need to move forward with purchasing cameras,” said Stayton Poiice Chief Rich Sebens.

Stayton Police officers are using video cameras “Even with that there are a few drawbacks to them,” he said.

in favor of the cameras. And we have received several positive comments from the public regarding their use.”

“It protects the officers from false complaints as well as (ensuring) officer accountability.”

Costing $399 each, the cameras were purchased by the department with a grant provided by City County Insurance and a $1,000 required contribution from Stayton Police Officer Jason Meeker the city, Sebens wears the new body camera. said.

Sebens said the department put three different types of cameras to the test last year before settling on cameras from Axon Body Cameras, a product of Taser International.

“We purchased 18 cameras so that all 13 officers would have a camera and there would be five spares for reserves or cameras in need of repair,” he said.

“Then in February, we started with all officers wearing them,” he said. “The officers were and are very much

Sebens credits the use of the cameras for cutting down on time spent by officers on investigating complaints.

“Several of the officers had requested cameras already.” The objective of using the body-worn cameras is to increase police transparency in the community as well as helping officers to capture critical evidence during investigations, Sebens said. “It helps officers with investigations by allowing them to go back and review case details,” he said.

Some include: cameras only record what’s in front of them, sometimes missing peripheral elements that might be relevant to a case; since the video is twodimensional, depth and distance are hard to assess; and they only pick up the sense of vision and hearing. “They don’t record if the officer is escorting someone and they pull back or flex their muscles,” Sebens said. Also in the heat of the moment, he said an officer may not remember to push the start button to start recording an incident. “Cameras may have better vision than what the officers have, and something that may show up on the camera will not be visible to the officer at the time of the incident, especially in low-light situations,” he added. Sebens said nothing will change in how Stayton police officers conduct their day-to-day business, with the exception of the officer recording an incident. For more information, contact the Stayton Police Department at 503-769-3421.

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Resigned Lyons mayor, recorder quit By Mary Owen In the wake of recent resignations, city officials say the first item of business is to fill city council vacancies. “With qualified citizens, there is no reason for the city not to move forward,” said Troy Donohue, who was appointed mayor pro-tem at an emergency city council meeting on May 19 after Mayor Dan Burroughs resigned. Heated allegations at recent city council meetings led Burroughs to turn in his letter of resignation on May 14, citing, “I think it’s obvious to everyone that city council is no longer functioning as it should. … As long as this current council is sitting, nothing will be accomplished unless the community gets involved to change what is happening.” City Recorder Kristen Rea also resigned, stating a hostile work environment created by Councilors Mark Orr and Donahue as her reason for leaving and calling their behavior “inappropriate and unacceptable.” She commended Mayor

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A “Dam” Good Time Wakeboard Amateur Competition, June 13-14

Kicking off summer festivities is A “Dam” Good Time Wakeboard Amateur Competition on June 13-14, followed by the Detroit Lake Water Ski Show on July 25-26.

Registration fees are $60 for the two-day event, and participants can register online at www.intleague. com. For more information, visit the Santiam Motorsports Facebook page.

“The International Novice Tournament League is working with us,” said Joel Memmott, organizer of the wake board competitions. “We got the U.S. Forest Service to give us a permit on using the lake and a permit from the Oregon Marine Board to hold it in a controlled area. And we got the town all excited about it!”

And now everything is coming up swimmingly with the recent lifting of the green algae warnings and the help of Kane’s and Detroit Lake marinas to move the docks to the Hoover arm of the lake, he said. “Detroit is a rain-event reservoir, so we still have plenty of water,” said Memmott, general manager at Hillyer’s Santiam Motorsports. “So we’re going ahead with all our summer events.”

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Despite a few setbacks, it’s a go for the first of two new summer events at Detroit Lake.

The competition has been a dream of Memmott’s for a long time, and he has worked hard since last September to make it a reality.

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Fireworks Over the Lake, Saturday, July 11. Detroit Lake Water Ski Show, Aug. 8 For information on all Detroit Lake activities, visit ASponsored by Santiam Motorsports and the Oregon INT League, the competition is open to participants of all ages and skills levels. “The event is designed to introduce more people to wake boarding and wake surfing fun,” Memmott said. “There are divisions for every level of rider, from the person who just got up for the first time to the semi-pro riders.” Kane’s Marina will still serve as the anchor spot for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a barbecue,

Awards will be given out on Sunday at Kane’s at the competition’s end, with first-, second- and third-place prizes for all 28 divisions. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Friday at Kane’s, with goodie bags provided for all participants. Memmott will supply the prizes, boats, fuel and chase vehicles for the event, which he expects will attract about 70-100 participants. “This is a really big event,” he said. “We’ve never been able to do any kind of competition at Detroit Lake, and the amount of work we have already put into this to make it happen is amazing. We hope to make it an annual event.” The second premier event to watch for is the Detroit Lake Water Ski Show on Aug. 8. Portland Water Spectacular Show Ski Team has agreed to perform, time to be arranged. The team is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that regularly performs in Oregon and California. “And this year, the Fireworks Over the Lake will take place July 11, unless dry conditions make it unsafe to carry out,” Memmott said. “We’ll keep everyone posted.”

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By Mary Owen This year, several dedicated Regis High School students took the concept of “service” far beyond Stayton’s borders. “There are serious issues outside of those we see here at home, and more importantly, we can do something about those issues,” said Andrew Kelley, Associated Student Body president. “We’re happy with our decision to serve a desperate community in a Third World country, in this case, Swaziland. They needed our help, and we answered that call.” The student council spearheaded an effort to raise funds for the Thirst Project, a nonprofit organization that builds wells to provide clean, safe drinking water. The students raised more than $1,900 by hosting a clothing drive through Clothes for the Cause, and hope to raise another $1,000 before the school year ends by selling coffee at Regis and St. Mary’s for $10 a bag. “We have also a few donations and are hoping for more,” said Anna Boedigheimer, student council advisor. “Our goal is to raise as much money as we can, and we will be paired up with another school and all the money raised will go toward building a well.” Cost to build and sustain a well runs from $8,000 to $12,000, a small price to pay to help small children with weakened immune systems to fight off diseases like cholera, dysentery or schistosomiasis. According to the Thirst Project’s website, providing a community with safe drinking water can drop these diseases up to 88 percent. Additionally, the Thirst Project reports women and children spend an average of 6 to 8 hours a day walking an average of 3.75 miles to fetch clean water, keeping children from attending school. “Community service was one goal the student council had for the year, and the Thirst Project was something new and different,” Boedigheimer said. “Some 748 million people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water, and the student council wanted to help.” But with only 13 students on the student council,

working to raise money has definitely been a challenge, she said. “Regis students have a lot on their plates,” Boedigheimer said. “Our biggest highlight was completing the Clothes for the Cause fundraiser. They worked really hard on getting the word out and going to houses and picking up bags and bags and bags of clothes!” Some 560 large black plastic bags full of clothes were loaded onto the truck, but once done, senior class representative Maria Miller said, “It was nice to think about where all the clothes were going. They will make an amazing difference for the people receiving them. Also, the money we would receive that will go to the people in need of clean water.” Miller said she was surprised to learn about the desperate need for clean water in the world, and that, according to the Thirst Project, waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, malaria and world violence combined. “Knowing this made me more aware of the fact that we take for granted the water we drink, clean with, irrigate with, shower with, and enjoy,” she said. “People in those Third World countries don’t even have enough to drink. I realized I needed to be more thankful for what I have and help others in need.” For Kelley, the project exemplifies unconditional giving. “Service is the epitome of brotherly love, and brotherly love is something that every one of us is called to demonstrate for one another,” he said. “Our service project taught me this very important lesson, and I will hold onto this lesson.” “It’s hard work, but very satisfying,” Boedigheimer said. “We know that every little bit helps, and our hope is that we can make a difference.” People can contribute to the project by donating money and/or buying coffee, she added. For information, call Regis, 503-769-2159 or e-mail Boedigheimer at

Canyon Collaborative invites public to partner spotlight A meeting of like minds will help local nonprofits and faith-based entities in the Santiam Canyon to better communicate and coordinate services. The Canyon Collaborative will meet at 9:30 a.m. on June 10 at the Stayton Public Library. Future meetings are slated for Sept. 9 and Nov. 11. This event and all Canyon Collaborative gatherings are open to the public. Julie Hilty, community outreach coordinator with Family Building Blocks, said the meetings give groups a chance to “better understand one another’s work. The gatherings also empower us to discuss best practices in the Santiam Canyon and to collaborate with and support each other.” When Family Building Blocks began offering services in the Santiam Canyon in 2011, Hilty said staff members were unfamiliar with the who, what and where of area agencies helping local residents. “Priscilla Glidewell, of Safe Families for Children, and myself came together to introduce ourselves to all local nonprofits and faith-based organizations to better relationships with one another,” she said. As a result of those meetings, the Canyon Collaborative started in the fall of 2013 with meetings every other month, breaking for summer, she said. According to Hilty, the goals of the Canyon Collaborative are to explore, with all nonprofits and faith-based communities and local businesses, ways to enhance services to families and individuals. This month’s meeting will “take a peek behind the scenes of six local nonprofits during our partner spotlight,” Hilty said. Presenting will be: the Oregon Community Foundation, Marion County Resource Center, North Santiam School District, Stayton Food Bank, New Growth Ministries and the Stayton Public Library’s outreach storyteller. The meetings, Hilty added, also offer an opportunity to share partner success stories, struggles and announcements relating to services. In addition there is a list-serve groups and individuals can join to receive e-mails throughout the month with announcements, upcoming events, or if someone has something to offer to others. For more information, message Hilty at jhilty@


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Get grillin’ By Mary Owen James Fiske learns something new every time he lights up one of his nine different “cookers.” Nike Pothetes is so into sauce-coated meats, smoke aromas and eating with family and friends that he now designs his own line of barbecues. While they may have different grilling styles, Fiske and Pothetes agree there’s nothing better than food cooked on the barbecue. They are two of the organizers of the Smokin Down The Highway barbecue festival on Aug. 1. The idea for the event was cooked up almost a year ago after a conversation about barbecue competitions between two Sublimity City Council members and local griller Dave Edwards. “One of them suggested that I organize a local barbecue competition,” Edwards said. “Without giving it much thought as to how much work that would involve, I said sure I could.”

Smokin Down the Highway barbecue competition taking entries Edwards enlisted the help of Pothetes, Fiske, brother-in-law Greg Atkin and his daughter, Lauren, to make the event a reality. Smokin’ Down The Highway is 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 1 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Fairgrounds. General admission provides entry to the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association sanctioned event, amateur and youth barbecue competitions, free oldfashioned Kid’s Corner, disc golf, cooking demonstrations, Gilgamesh beer and wine garden, and live musical entertainment. Barbecue samples can be purchased from most of the pro-competitors as well as a handful local vendors. Youngsters who bring three cans of food will not have to pay the $3 fee to attend; kids under 4 are free. Tickets for adults are $10; half price for seniors 62 and older and active/retired military. Some of the proceeds raised at the barbecue will to the Marion-Polk Food Share and to the Salem Chapter 6 of the Disabled American Veterans to support

its van club, which drives veterans to and from doctor appointments. Russ Strohmeyer will host a car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Registration is $10 prior to July 15, and $15 at the car show, and does not include entry to the barbecue. The car show features more than 50 trophies, drawings, 50/50, and dash plaques to the first 200 cars. Proceeds go to the Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship Foundation. “Our goal has been to keep the cost of attending the festival as low as possible so that families could afford to attend,” Edwards said. “All of the labor to run this event is being supplied by local and adult volunteers.” The group is working with Sella Bemrose of the North Santiam School District to distribute 1,200 new books during the festival to each child who attends, as well as new book donations from Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco and thousands of gently-used books donate by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation and the United Way of the

Mid-Willamette Valley. Hillyer Ford came on board as the presenting sponsor and a host of other local businesses have joined in to support the effort. Atkin grew up with barbecuing and loves to try out new treats including vegetables and barbecue pizza. Fiske entered his first barbecue cook-off in 2009 and has “been hooked ever since!” Organizers believe Smokin Down The Highway has an opportunity to be a nationally-noticed barbecue challenge event. “The hope is to grow this event into a strong community-oriented showcase,” Edwards said. “We are already the largest barbecue event in Oregon this year, and we hope that the crowds will come and support their community groups and our nonprofit.” For information, including competition entry fees and a schedule of events, visit



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Every day heroes By Mary Owen Behind every story is a “hero,” and the Stayton Public Library has eight to talk about during its summer reading program. “Children are invited to the library to track their summer reading, win prizes, attend special library events and performances, and discover the world of reading,” said Lisa Krigbaum, SPL’s storyteller. “Our goal is to increase literary skills by engaging youth in reading and readingrelated activities over the summer.” A kick-off party, “Grow into Reading,” will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 6 at the library. “Come join the Stayton Public Library and Friends of the Family,” Krigbaum said. “There will be arts and crafts, face painting, hot dogs, free books, and more!” Krigbaum said detailed summer reading information will be provided at the kickoff, which will be followed by sign-ups

Discover them thru summer reading at Stayton Library Rachel Clark, music teacher at St. Mary School;

at the library on June 8. SPL will also host Hero Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Performer Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. each week. The theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and SPL’s heroes – five by school Pedro Medina nominations and three by community recommendations – are:

Brody, K-9 officer with the Stayton Police Department; Dr. Guesly Dessieux, who has headed mission trips and works at Santiam Hospital; and Barbara Nelson, firefighter with the Stayton Fire District. “Posters, buttons and other materials showcase our community heroes,” Krigbaum said. “Community heroes will be invited to attend the final party in August.”

Bryan Dyer, vice-principal at Aumsville Elementary; Chuck Larimer, physical education Barb ara Nelson teacher at Stayton Elementary; Steve Ellis, janitor at Stayton Elementary; Krigbaum said the library chose to use Pedro Medina, janitor at Sublimity heroes from the community that local children and families recognize. Schools;

“We wanted to emphasize that there are heroes all around us doing extraordinary things in our community,” she said. Every child in the greater North Santiam Canyon is invited to participate in the free program, and about 350 are expected, she said. Reading programs for teens, “Unmask!” and adults, “Escape the Ordinary,” are also slated for summer. “Summer reading ‘mascots’ are hiding in businesses in Stayton and Sublimity for participants to spot around town,” Krigbaum said. “Return to the library after spotting a mascot and enter for a chance to win the mascot!” The Stayton Public Library summer reading program is supported by the Stayton Public Library Foundation, Stayton Friends of the Library, city of Stayton, and Friends of the Family.

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Weekly Events

Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Monday. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville. 6 p.m. Wednesday. women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. 6 p.m. Sunday. Aumsville Community Center, 555 Main St. 502-399-0599 Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m. Monday. First Christian Church, 233 SW Third, Mill City. 503-859-3426 St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon Tuesday. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. 503-769-5381 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Stayton Public Library. Repeats at 3:30 Stayton Lions Club, Noon Tuesday. Covered Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-4062 Santiam Referral Group, Noon Tuesday. Marion Estates Sloper Building, 590 SE Conifer Circle, Sublimity. Cascade Country Quilters, 1 - 3 p.m. Tuesday. Aumsville Community Center. Tai Chi for Seniors, 10 a.m. Wednesday/Friday. Santiam Senior Center. Members free; $5 nonmembers. Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon Wednesday. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St. 503-769-6459 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Bingo, 1 p.m. Thursday. Santiam Senior Center. 2 p.m. Thursday. Lakeside Assisted Living, 2201 Third Ave, Stayton. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Friday. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 603-990-0861

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Thursday, June 4

Oktoberfest Seeks Memorabilia

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Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Planners are creating a display highlighting Oktoberfest’s history, and they are seeking old photographs and memorabilia from 1966 -2014. To share photos or items relating to Oktoberfest contact Monica Bochsler at monica@ or Nancy Bochsler at or leave a message at 503-845-6338.

Monday, June 1 Small Steps, Big Results 8 - 10 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. A GROW-EDC class. Allison, 503-871-5188

Senior Hearing Tests

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Free hearing aid cleaning, hearing tests. Appointments needed. 503-767-2009

Youth Book Clubs

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Random Readers and Book Bobs meet. Random Readers discuss The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Book Bobs discuss The Mouse and the Motorcycle. Sign-ups encouraged. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, June 2 Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Also June 16

Wednesday, June 3 Teen Lounge

3 – 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Gamers Unite with Wii, board, card games. Do homework, socialize. Grades 6 - 12. Free. Repeats June 10 with Anime+; June 17 with Teen Cinema; June 24 with Tabletop Competition. 503-769-3313


5 - 8 p.m.,Stayton A&W, 1215 W. Washington St. Awards and ‘50s music. Also June 17. 503-769-5060,

Cascade High Graduation

7 p.m., Cascade High.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Snacks served at 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, more. Age 0-5. Free. Also June 18. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Children’s Author Visit

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Adam Sidwell, author of Evertaster series, talks about his books. Copies available for purchase. 503-769-3313

NSSD Budget Committee

7 p.m., North Santiam School District Office, 1155 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-6924

Oregon Author Series

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Tina Connolly, Oregon author Ironskin, speaks. Reception before and after talk. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313,

Friday, June 5 Funny Money

7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. Aumsville Community Theatre presents Funny Money. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $ children. Repeats 7 p.m. June 6; 2 p.m. June 7. 503-385-6653,

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Silver Falls Challenge

9 a.m., Silver Falls State Park. 5K, 6-mile run, kids 1,500-meter run. Preregistration $35 at Day-of registration $40. Youth run 1,500 free, but must register. Free barbecue follows race. Admission to park is free. 503-874-0201

Sublimity Fire District Safety Fair

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Learn about public safety organizations, free lunch, tour Sublimity Fire Station. Safety-related presentations, activities for children. 503-769-3282,

Grow Into Reading Event

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Grow into Reading literacy event. Summer reading program information, free books, activities, food, bounce house, more. Summer reading program sign-ups begin June 8. Sponsored by Friends of the Family, Stayton Public Library, Friends of the Library. 503-7693313

Retreat Open House

4 - 7 p.m., Rushing River Retreat, 49750 N Santiam Hwy., Idanha. New bedand-breakfast, art center. Live music, refreshments, hot dogs. 503-854-3503,

Sunday, June 7 Regis High Graduation 1:30 p.m., Regis High.

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

Monday, June 8

Stayton High Graduation

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult; adults must be accompanied by child. 503-769-3313

7:30 p.m., Salem Armory, 2310 NE 17th St., Salem.

Saturday, June 6 Fun Run & Health Walk

9 a.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. 3K, 5K, 10K runs; 5K walk. Live DJ, bouncy house, facepainting, drawing, refreshments. No pets. Entry fee $20. Register at or by calling 503-769-2175.

Craft Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 250 Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Homemade and homegrown gifts, baked goods. Photo booth, face painting for kids. Door prizes, drawings. Sponsored by Liberty Fellowship Church. Free parking. Cindy, 503-7980070,

Lego Club

Senior Center Dance, Karaoke

5 - 8 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Seniors can enjoy dancing, karaoke. Free. 503-767-2009

Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503749-2030

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Tuesday, June 9 Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public. 503588-5212

Santiam Historical Society

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

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets June 30. Leroy and Agnes Grover, 503-7693226

Wednesday, June 10 Meet Local Non-Profits

9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Six local non-profits share who and why they serve, how their work impacts lives of people in Santiam Canyon. Attending: Stayton Library Outreach Storyteller, New Growth Ministries, Marion County Resource Center, Oregon Community Foundation, Stayton Community Food Bank, North Santiam School District. Free. Open to public. Julie, 503-566-2132

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

Mill City Council

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

Thursday, June 11 North Santiam Watershed Council

Friday, June 19

Saturday, June 13

Marian Estates Auxiliary Board

9 a.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-3499

Aumsville Saturday Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tower Park, 500 Church St., Aumsville. Entertainment, fresh produce, arts and crafts. Second Saturday of month through September. Vendor applications at Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Benefits Aumsville PARC program. 503-749-2030

ACT Aummy Awards

6 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. Evening of Luau, Aumsville Community Theatre’s Aummy Awards. Admission $5; free to ACT members and those who become members that evening. 503-385-6653,

Monday, June 15 Free Day Camp

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Porter Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumville. Open to all children in Aumsville and surrounding areas. Outdoor games, craft time, free books. Every Monday through Aug. 17. Register: Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St.,, 503-749-2030

AARP Driver Safety Class

10:30 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. Completion of two-day course allows for discount on auto insurance. Must register by June 11. Repeats June 16. 503-767-2009

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Aumsville Planning Commission

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

Brewer’s Tasting Dinner

NSSD Board

7 p.m., District Office, 1155 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503859-2167

Wednesday, June 24 Community Health Assessment Forum 6 - 8 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Learn results of Community Health Assessment, provide feedback. Refreshments, door prizes. RSVP to Peter Davis, 503-981-2459,

Thursday, June 25 Summer Reading Performer

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Vikki Green performs with puppets. All age. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, June 27 Firefighter Golf Tournament

7 p.m., West Salem High, 1776 NW Titan Dr., Salem. Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association grand concert. Tickets, $10, at door; from Salem Thorsmen Norwegian Male Chorus; Salem Thor Lodge; Sons of Norway; Music, Music!, 2790 NE Market St., Salem. Paul, 503-572-8330

8:30 a.m., Elkhorn Valley Golf Course, 32295 North Fork Road, Lyons. Four-man scramble open to all current and past firefighters, fire equipment vendors. Benefits Oregon Burn Center. $300/team. Register at June 15 deadline. 503-769-2601

Movie in the Park

Santiam Heritage Garden Tour

7:30 p.m., Porter Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. “Big Hero 6.” Donations accepted. 503-749-2030

Saturday, June 20 Flea Market

Father’s Day Car Show

7 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Celebrate Brewfest with six-course dinner, each featuring small plate paired with unique beer. $50; limited number of tickets sold. 503-8748100,

8 p.m., Santiam High.

Noon - 11 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Enjoy more than 130 beers and cider, live music, local food. Repeats noon - 1 p.m. June 20; noon - 5 p.m. June 21. For tickets prices, information, visit

Wednesday, June 17

Friday, June 12

Santiam High Graduation

Oregon Garden Brewfest

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available.

Thursday, June 18

6:30 - 9 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Internet, Wii, board, card games. All trading card games welcome. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

10 a.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Moms Offering Moms Support with weekly activities. Kids welcome. Refreshments served. Jill, 503395-7033, santiamcanyonmomsclub@

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Grange Hall, 1140 E Fifth St., Lyons. Lunch available. Free admission, parking. Tables available. 503859-2161

Stayton City Council

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

Game On!

Santiam Canyon MOMS Club

Lyons City Council

1 - 3 p.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Car show, bake sale. Free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones. Car show registration begins at 11 a.m. Open to public. 503-769-3499

Sunday, June 21 Father’s Day Art Show at the Falls

1 - 3 p.m., Silver Falls State Park South Falls Lodge. Neal “Peace” Yasami shows 19 works to document the 10 major waterfalls, points of interest at the park. Free; $5 parking permit. 503-581-4155

Tuesday, June 23 Mill City Council

Sunday, June 28 Noon - 5 p.m., Stayton and Sublimity area. Santiam Heritage Foundation 16th annual garden tour. Visit seven area gardens. Proceeds benefit continued restoration of Charles and Martha Brown House. Tickets, $10, available at Santiam Senior Center, The Bird & Hat Inn, Quilt & Stitch. Tickets include map, self-guided tour directions. Tickets day of tour $15 at Brown House, 425 N First Ave., beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wendy, 503-769-8517.

Monday, June 29 Stayton Planning Commission

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

Tuesday, June 30 Senior Legal Help

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, advance directives, more. Free. Appointment: 503-767-2009

Craft, Science Time

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Have fun with science, crafts. All ages. Free. No registration necessary. 503-7693313

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

June 2015 • 15

Sports & Recreation


Regis shines at state 


Regis High’s track and field teams both finished eighth in the Class 2A meet May 21-22 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Both teams fielded state champions. The boys team, led by its sprinting corps, scored 35 points and won the 4x400 relay. The girls squad, led by its hurdlers and jumpers, totaled 33 points and received a repeat state championship in the high jump from Monica Webb.





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The Regis long relay team of Daniel Koellmann, Brendan Woodcock, Sam Nieslanik and Eric Gustin ran 3:32.84 to finish less than a second ahead of Union. That sprint corps played a key role in virtually all of Regis’ scoring. Gustin, a rangy sophomore, took third in the 400, with teammate Koellmann taking seventh. Nieslanik finished fourth in the triple jump. Woodcock was eighth in the 100. And Koellmann, Woodcock, Gustin and Taylor Silbernagel teamed up to finish second in the 4x100 relay. Other points scored by the Rams came from Josh Mumey (seventh in the high jump) and Austin Voltin (eighth in shot put). Webb cleared 5-3 on her third and final try to clinch the high jump. Webb posted a mark of 5-2 in winning the 2014 title. Webb also took third in the long jump. Teammate Erica Stuckart, meanwhile, took third in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Also scoring for the Rams were Eric Malcom (fifth in the discus) and Christina Ayers (eighth in javelin). Cascade, meanwhile, finished 12th in the Class 4A girls competition May 22-23 at Hayward, with the Cougars’ boys squad finishing 17th. Kalulu Ngaida and Christy Seaton finished second and fifth, respectively, in the high jump for Cascade also took fifth in the 4x100 relay with a squad that included Danielle Haddix, Elisa Kanoff, Karli Phillips and Mary Teubner. The boys squad also scored the bulk of its points in the field events, with Stepan Zavydovskyy taking second in the high jump, Wyatt Ostlie finishing third in the pole vault and triple jumper John Schirmer taking eighth. In addition, the Cougars’ 4x100 relay team, which featured Michael Kroker, Lucas Bjorklund, Austin Martin and

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High school spring season wrap-up Brandon Martin, finished eighth. State golf: The Regis boys finished sixth in the Class 3A-2A-1A tournament May 18-19 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. Three freshmen led the way for the Rams, with Kyle Humphreys taking 24th at 169, followed by Casey Humphreys (tied for 26th, 171) and Dawson Dickey (tied for 26th, 171). Also scoring for Regis were sophomore Seth Kelley (36th, 177) and senior Kyle Bunde (51st, 202). Stayton’s boys, meanwhile, took seventh place in the Class 4A tournament at Quail Valley. Freshman Aidan Hill led the way for the Eagles, finishing 24th at 79-92-171. Hill was joined by four seniors, Daniel Fosmark (tied for 33rd, 183), John Enriquez (tied for 37th, 189), Ryan Reedy (45th, 203) and Abran Arreola (54th, 217). State tennis: The Cascade boys doubles team of Nic Farr and Jake Nelson won their opener in the Class 4A tournament before falling to a team from Philomath in the quarterfinals. Austin Schaeffer and Daniel Suelze also participated for the Cougars. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Suelze and Andrea Wood lost their first girls doubles match, but won in consolation before bowing out with a loss to a Philomath team in the consolation semis. Baseball: Regis, which finished a perfect 14-0 in the Tri-River, is the No. 3 seed

in the Class 2A-1A playoffs. The Rams, 21-4 overall, hosted No. 14 Grant Union on Wednesday and are in the state playoffs for the 26th consecutive season. Cascade, which finished third in the Oregon West, opened play Wednesday in the Class 4A playoffs, but the Cougars had a tough draw, No. 1 Henley on the road in Klamath Falls. Softball: Cascade, which finished third in the Oregon West, goes on the road as the No. 15 seed in the 4A tournament, with a challenge similar to the boys team. The Cougars visited No. 2 McLoughlin, the defending state champions, in Wednesday’s round of 16 in MiltonFreewater. Fun runs: Santiam Hospital’s 5K Health Wak and 3, 5 and 10K Fun Runs are Saturday, June 6. Preregister at or register beginning 7:30 a.m. day-of at the starting line at Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave. Stayton. Races begin at 9 a.m. Stayton’s annual 4th of July runs are also open for registration. There are four events, a 3K run, 3K walk, 5K trail run and 10K run. Events start at 9 a.m. with day-of-the-race signups at 8 a.m. at the Stayton Community Center, 500 W. Burnett. Registration is $10 per race for participants who sign up online by June 26. Fees go up to $15 on race day. To sign up go to Race/OR/Stayton/StaytonFunRun.

GENERAL OKTOBERFEST PHOTO SEARCH Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! We’re planning to put together a historical display highlighting the Oktoberfest’s history, and we’re looking for help in gathering old photographs or memorabilia from the beginning in 1966 through the current year. If you have any photos or items relating to the Oktoberfest that you would like to share with us, we would love to borrow them for our display.  Photos or other paper items will be copied and returned to the owner immediately.  If you have anything you’d like to share, please contact either Monica Bochsler at Monica@oktoberfest. org or Nancy Bochsler, email: or leave a message at 503.845.6338. Thank you for helping us to make a wonderful display to honor Oktoberfest’s 50 years of celebration of the harvest! JFK 40 YEAR CLASS OF 1975 REUNION Evergreen Golf Course, Saturday Aug. 1st  6-10, RSVP to John Gooley at johnegooley@  Please share with your wife, fathers, mothers, relatives and family.  For now, we need your contact information.  503-932-8171   TONER: GRR 11 for Canon copiers - New still in boxes - Magenta/ Cyan/Yellow. Reg. $111.95, sell for $60ea.  We have recently changed copiers, and have no need for the toners. 503-845-9499 SMALL ALUMINUM DRIFTBOAT Great for fishing the reservoir or small rivers. Comes with motor, gel battery, oars, and trailer. $1300. John, 503-873-3785.

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CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Residential, light commercial, new buildings, additions, remodeling. Reasonable rates. Michael Finkelstein Design, 503-873-8215. TINA’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Mowing – Edging - Bark Dusting – Fertilizing – Pruning - Thatching and Aerating On Going Maintenance and clean up – yard debris/Hauling.  CBL# 9404    971-216 1093 CASCADE CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTIONS INC. is teaching Oregon concealed hand gun classes on the 1st and multi state on the 3rd Saturday. Call for location. Visit our website at or Call 503-580-0753  

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June 2015 • 17

a Grin at the end

Advice worth remembering

I love this season. I don’t mean summer. I love graduation season. It’s when middle and high schools, colleges and universities unleash their work product on the world.

Jeffrey Tambor is known for playing parts that range from transgender to transcendent. He’s the funny guy you’ve seen on TV shows such as Arrested Development. You’ve liked his character but never knew his name.

“Let’s see what this bunch can do,” every teacher is thinking as the diplomas are handed out and the tassels are turned.

The student union at the college had invited Tambor to speak. We figured it would be worth a few laughs, if nothing else, so we went. The speech was astounding. I wish I was had heard it at my college commencement.

While that’s exciting enough, what I like best are the commencement speeches. Most of them are horrible. They mainly consist of some old duffer telling a bunch of kids about how great he or she is. Or was. Translation: “Blah, blah. Blah-blah-blah.” I hunt for good commencement speeches. On You Tube and at graduations I happen to attend, I always look for that rare message that goes beyond “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” 

A word about Tambor. He’s not cool. Nor is he handsome. I don’t know for sure but I doubt he can sing or dance. But he is as right-on as anyone I’ve ever heard talk. So what was it that a 70-year-old recovering alcoholic actor had to say that resonated not just with me but with the 1,000 or so college kids that night? 

It was the experience of a lifetime. Toward the end of the talk, he made a list. I don’t remember all of the items, but here are a few things he told the students: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be true to yourself. Have a childlike wonder. Avoid humorless people. Read. Fear is overrated. Ask for help.

A lot.

Everybody needs an “attaboy.”

One of the best I’ve heard was Charlie Day’s speech last year at Merrimack College in Rhode Island. I can’t repeat it here. Suffice it to say that Day, the creator of the TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, had a lot say. And none of the graduates fell asleep.

He spoke about his parents, who were Eastern European immigrants living in San Francisco. He spoke about his alcoholism and how he overcame it. He spoke about his fear of success. He spoke about his family. He spoke about getting fired. “You all will be fired at some point,” he said.

Be passionate.

But there was another speech that was better. It was so good it still haunts me. It wasn’t really a commencement speech, but it should be. I heard it a couple of months ago when my son and I were checking out a college.

And he spoke about life. He spoke about falling in love with his youngest child the minute the baby, who was only a few minutes old, reached up and grasped his finger.

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Don’t calm down. Don’t calm down. Don’t calm down. I don’t know about the wisdom of telling an auditorium full of 20-year-old students not to calm down, but I do know the entire audience jumped to its feet and applauded as he walked from the stage. Walking through the lobby, I overheard one of the students tell a friend, “I’m never going to forget what he said tonight.” Me either.

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