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Santiam High School Santiam High School in Mill City graduates 29 seniors at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17 in the Santiam Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium. “This senior class has done a great job,” Principal Dave Plotts said. “They were one of the classes that had to suffer through some very tough times as the district underwent several changes over several years. These seniors, though, have been very resilient and found ways to succeed despite the challenges they faced.” Additionally, Plotts said some of the seniors have earned more college credits than any previous students. “The future for these graduates is very bright as they head off to college, trade

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school, and directly into the workforce,” Plotts said. “The school is very proud of these graduates!” Santiam Canyon School District Superintendent Todd Miller said for many students, summer marks a

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Stayton High School Stayton High School has 165 graduating seniors who will receive their diplomas at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Stayton High School Football Field. “This is a special senior class to me, not just because my son is one of them, and not just because they are the last group that knew me as a teacher and coach,” Principal Alan Kirby said. “This is a class with a lot of leaders, a class full of students with big dreams and big plans, and a class that will certainly be missed by the staff here.” Having seen a lot of changes at SHS in their high school career, Kirby said the students are a big part of the reason that the school is where it is today. “They have planned events and assemblies, set a good example for other students, challenged themselves with college-level coursework, given their all

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Regis High School Regis High School will graduate 33 seniors at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 in the RHS gymnasium. “The Class of 2016 has exhibited strong leadership and high academic achievement,” Principal Scott Coulter said. “Thirty-nine percent were recognized as Chemeketa Honors Scholar Awards recipients. This award allows them to attend Chemeketa Community College for

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house donated by a generous community member,” he gave as an example. “When the chorus has all of its members present, it’s a pretty tight space. As we grow, the chorus needs larger rehearsal space. The former Green Mountain Real Estate building will fill that need.”

With city council approval, Santiam Hearts to Arts plans to sublease the former Green Mountain Real Estate building on Highway 22 in Mill City. “SH2A is working with the city to finalize a sublease,” Tom Peters, the organization’s president, said. “As soon as the lease is signed, SH2A will take possession, hopefully by June 1.” SH2A is a local nonprofit whose goal is “to preserve, present and promote the fine and performing arts in the Santiam Canyon.” Peters said the organization is working with the city to procure grant funding and hold community fundraisers to eventually purchase the building. “The Santiam Canyon would greatly benefit having a Canyon Arts Center that will be a hub for many arts- and musicrelated programs and activities,” he said. “The organization desires a home to consolidate our programs and activities.” Since support from the timber industry

SH2A is also planning for a variety of art- and music-related classes for smaller groups, he said. “Now, a centrally located place to hold these classes will be available,” he added.

has diminished in the Santiam Canyon, local schools have had difficulty in funding art and music for students, looking instead to outside assistance, SH2A reported. “The Santiam Canyon is a community with a wide variety of talents and if tapped, Santiam Hearts to Arts can offer

the community some cultural choices that are difficult to find in the local schools,” Peters said. The benefits of moving to a larger building are many, he said. “The Santiam Canyon Community Chorus currently rehearses in a small

SH2A owns “Meet the Master,” a program created by professional art teachers that provides in-depth learning of the masters of art, a class the organization wants to offer to the community. And a new home also gives SH2A an opportunity to develop an art and music lending program, Peters said. “This program would provide the community with a place to borrow music, art books, possibly instruments,” he said. “A computer and printer will also be

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started Hearts to Arts in 2008, they had envisioned that the organization would grow and would need project champions to keep the arts alive,” he added. “This is our opportunity.” Although some funding has been budgeted for the move, Peters said SH2A is seeking donations to help with minor renovations, furnishings and other needs.

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Something for the Soul

Construction begins By Mary Owen

New Parish Center to be completed by December

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build labor in vain.”

Construction on Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s new parish center is moving forward.

– Book of Psalms

“It’s the third leg of the stool with St. Mary and Regis High,” Mike Jaeger said. He handles marketing for the committee responsible for the new center. Jaeger was referring to prior upgrades to the two Catholic schools, including Regis’ activities center.

By the year 2000, as the sisters aged and were replaced by lay teachers, the convent’s living quarters were vacated and the building became home to the parish offices. At the groundbreaking, several of the sisters reminisced with local families, some taking home a special memento from their convent.

He said the church has always wanted to have a building to use for parish activities and the new center will provide for both the church and the community.

“Some got to meet with former students, some of whom are in their 50s now,” Jaeger said. Committee members Juli Bochsler and Kim Koehnke spearheaded the fundraising for the project, raising $3.5 million.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 11,500-square-foot building was held on March 29. The new parish center replaces the former convent, built in 1937, that housed the Sisters of St. Mary’s of Beaverton who came to Stayton to teach school.

“We did a lot of presentations to the parish,” Jaeger said. “An architectural virtual building got parishioners excited

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Once the funds are raised, the library plans to retrofit the existing manual reader sign with a new doublesided amber letter electronic message board.

Stayton Public Library assistant-adult services employee Stephanie Rubel said the electronic reader board will benefit the entire Stayton community.

The current sign only allows for one message from an organization every two weeks, but the new sign will allow a message every five to 10 seconds.

“Local nonprofits and community organizations will be able to post about their fundraising and events as they can now, but there will be greater access to it as more messages can be displayed,” Rubel said.

SFOL members acknowledge that the YMCA can promote healthful activities for youth and Family Building Blocks programs that aid youth and families, and the library can better promote programs and

“All-ages community events such as Santiam SummerFest, free Movies in the Park, various fundraisers for local schools, and the downtown Halloween Walk can all be promoted easily via the new sign,” SFOL reported. Rubel said the new sign already has the support of the Stayton Friends of the Pool, Stayton Elementary and Intermediate Parent-Teacher Club, SFOL, the city of Stayton, and the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Just over $4,400 has been raised toward the project cost of $17,821. Approved unanimously by the Stayton Planning Commission in July of last year, the new sign will be built and installed by Integrity Signs of Hubbard, Oregon.

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When Kathy Hendricks started her Pampered Chef business, she never expected to hit the million-dollar sales mark over the course of her 20-year career.

Hendricks plans to continue to help others achieve the income they want to earn from a business.

For her efforts, the lifelong Stayton resident was recently recognized by the company with the “One Million Dollar Sales Award.”

“Plus, of course, I love helping my hosts and having fun with the guests at parties,” she said. “I’m so impressed that this company gives us the tools to succeed. We just need to put those tools into practice.”

“I reached the $1 million in September and got some beautiful flowers from the company,” Hendricks said. “It felt good to be the first person in our area to reach it.” In addition to receiving flowers last September, Hendricks will be presented with a Bulova watch for her achievement when she attends the company’s national conference mid-July in Illinois. Hendricks began selling Pampered Chef while holding another job and raising three children aged 3 and under, including 7-month-old twins.

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Cougar track 5th at state The Cascade High School track and field team turned in strong performances across the board May 20-21 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The Cougars’ girls squad, led by Amanda Wiebenga’s victory in the pole vault, scored 46 points to finished fifth. The boys racked up 13 points and were 19th. “Our girls were just three points shy of a trophy,” Cascade Coach Dan Petersen told Our Town. “We brought a bus load of kids in every event area to state because of the work ethic of this team and the dedication of every Cascade track and field coach. The season was a lot of fun and very satisfying.” Wiebenga vaulted 10-6 to win her event because “she did everything right in practice every day,” said Petersen, who praised assistant coach Paul Wilson for her being “ready physically and mentally on every attempt.” Also contributing for the girls were Elisa Kanoff (third in 200, fourth in 100), Christy Seaton (third in 100 hurdles, fifth in high jump), Kalulu Ngaida (eighth in long jump, third in triple jump), Halle Wright (fourth in shot put), Maliah Russell (seventh, 800) and Molly Rose (eighth, triple jump). The boys 4x100 relay team of Garrett Yunker, Lucas Bjorklund, Austin Martin and Brandon Martin finished third in 43.55 with “near perfect handoffs,” Petersen said. Brandon

Regis, Cascade baseball head to playoffs Also on the first team for Regis were infielder JaVon Logan and senior designated hitter Andrew Schmitt. Junior outfielder Charlie Gescher and junior utility player Brycen Schumacher were named to the second team. Please follow my Twitter account (@ jameshday) and the Our Town Facebook page for scores and updates on the baseball playoffs.

Martin took sixth in the 200, John Schirmer was eighth in the 100 hurdles and teamed up with Yunker, Bjorklund and Austin Martin to finish sixth in the 4x400 relay. Baseball: Baseball playoffs have begun in earnest. Regis, which tied St. Paul and Kennedy for the Tri-River Conference title with a 13-3 league record, is the No. 11 seed in the Class 2A/1A bracket. Cascade, which finished second behind Philomath with a 10-5 record in the Oregon West, is the No. 14 seed in Class 4A. Regis coach Don Heuberger, in his 38th year leading the Rams, shared coach of the year honors in the Tri-River with Kennedy’s Kevin Moffatt and Julio Vela of St. Paul. Rams sophomore Brandon Piete was named both player of the year and pitcher of the year.

Golf: The Regis boys team finished second behind Cascade Christian in the Class 3A-2A-1A tournament May 16-17 at Emerald Valley in Creswell. Kyle Humphreys tied for fourth at 154 to lead the Rams. Also scoring for Regis were Casey Humphreys (12th at 166), Dawson Dickey (15th, 170), Seth Kelley (tied for 26th, 190) and Gibson Brown (63rd, 224). The Stayton girls, meanwhile, took eighth in the 4A-3A-2A-1A tournament at Eagle Crest in Redmond. Ellie Baddeley was 22nd, Abbie Schafer was 31st, Grace Bromley was 41st, Makenzie Schwarm was 49th and Shelby Crook was 50th. Stayton freshman Evan Massena was 49th as an individual in the boys 4A meet at Emerald Valley. Equestrian: Scio captured the small team title and Cascade took seventh in the same class at the OHSET state equestrian championships May 11-15 at the

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Track champs By James Day The Regis High School boys track and field team won a state Class 2A team title in the most dramatic way possible May 20 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The Rams, trailing East Linn Christian by 7.5 points heading to the final event, scored an impressive victory in the 4x400 relay to claim their third boys track and field title. Brendan Woodcock went first and he had Regis in second place after the first leg. Then, Sam Nieslanik, who participated in four events in the final 2.5 hours of the meet, ran a blistering second leg to give Regis a 10-yard lead. Ethan Lulay, running third, maintained the ledge and anchorman Eric Gustin extended it. Gustin broke the tape in 3:31.14, nearly three seconds better than runner-up Lost River. The relay win boosted Regis to 59.5 points, 2.5 ahead of East Linn Christian, which did not have a team in the relay.

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“Besides good performances by all, a lot of good things fell our way and our kids kept plugging away doing the best that they could,” Regis Coach Mike Bauer told Our Town. “In general, they stayed in the moment and focused on their events and let everything unfold without the pressure of expectations.” Bauer now has 12 state titles in cross country and track and field in his 42 years at Regis. Nieslanik, a lanky senior who debuted corn rows for the state meet, perhaps stayed in the moment more than anyone. He had to. He was terrifically overbooked. At 6:40 p.m. he ran to a fourth-place finish in the 110 high hurdles in 16.61. At 7 p.m. he began work in the triple jump. After three attempts Nieslanik led the competition at 42-4, but he was due at the starting line for the 300 intermediate hurdles at 7:58. Nieslanik produced a third-place finish in the 300 then headed to the awards stand to get his second medal.





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Thus, Mitchell, Nieslanik and the other placers in the triple jump stood and stood and stood on the awards platform waiting for the announcement. Finally, it came, and Nieslanik scurried away to prepare for the relay, which ran at 9:21. At about 9:22 he put Regis in the lead and you already know the rest of the story.

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He scurried back to the triple jump area in his bare feet, medal still dangling around his neck. Mike Mitchell of Reedsport grabbed the lead with a 42-9.25 effort and when Nieslanik fouled on his final try, he had a second-place medal to go collect. Unfortunately, there was a snafu between the triple jump crew and the pressbox and the results were late in getting there.

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everywhere. Gustin took third in the 400 (50.86) and 200 (23.10. Josh Mumey finished second in the high jump at 6-3. Woodcock was fifth in the 100 in 11.61 and fifth in the 400 in 51.71. Connor West tied for sixth in the pole vault at 12-0. Mumey credited the weather conditions for giving him a boost as well as betweenleap coaching sessions from assistant Paul Bentz. After each attempt Mumey jogged to the edge of the track where he would receive instructions (both verbal and hand gestures) from Bentz in the front row of the south bleachers. Again, it was Mitchell of Reedsport who kept the team race close. The meet’s top 2A boys scorer, Mitchell pushed Mumey into second with a leap of 6-4. “Each of us did our job,” Nieslanik concluded. “We all competed the best we could.” Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at jamesday590@ Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Monday Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

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on-one computer lessons, help. Call to schedule appointment. Bridge Lessons, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Senior Yoga, 1 - 2 p.m. Senior Line Dancing, 4 - 5 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. $.05/game, $.10/blackout. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009 AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran,

198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Repeats Tuesdays, Thursdays.

Tuesday Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public

Senior Lunch, 11 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. Lunch, piano music by Berdie Chantler. $3. 503-767-2009

Wednesday, June 1 Stayton Playgroup

Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503769-7307

10:30 a.m. - noon, Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, snacks. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats May 15. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Cascade Country Quilters, 1 p.m. Santiam

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Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam Golf

Senior Center. 503-767-2009

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Thursday Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459

Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503769-3313

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

Friday Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

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Saturday Aumsville Museum & History Center, 11

am. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. Free admission. 503-749-2744

Sunday AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges

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Noon, Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503769-8860


5 - 8 p.m.,Stayton A&W, 1215 W. Washington St. Awards and ‘50s music. Repeats June 15. 503-769-5060,

Cascade High Graduation

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

Thursday, June 2 Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Adult Coloring Night

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

St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. 503-769-5381

Oregon kids and teens (ages 1 - 18) get free summer meals at the following locations. Adult lunches can be purchased for $1.50. 503-873-6331 ext. 3770, Santiam Junior/Senior High. June 27 - Aug. 18. Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 503-897-2321. Sites in Stayton, Sublimity, Lyons, Aumsville begin in July.

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9 a.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. 27th annual Fun Run & Health Walk. 5K walk; 3K, 5K, 10K runs sanctioned by USATF. Drawings, music, food, face painting, bouncy house. $10. Register by June 2 at

and Foot Canasta, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Senior Meals, noon. First Presbyterian

Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204

Stayton Lions Club, Noon. Covered Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-7694062

Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View

Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

Wednesday Tai Chi for Seniors, 10 a.m. Pinochle Lessons, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Santiam Senior

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Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce seeks individuals or groups to perform during Santiam SummerFest, July 30, in downtown Stayton. Musicians, dancers, jugglers, puppets, stilts, tricks, storytellers and more. Call the Chamber, 503-7693464, with ideas or to volunteer.

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11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Literacy event with summer reading information, free books, activities, food, bounce house, fire truck. Sponsored by Friends of the Family, Stayton Public Library, Friends of the Library and others. Free. 503-769-3313

Noon, North Fork Crossing, 22935 Jennie Road, Lyons. Contact hostess Jody Merck, 503-983-4148, for reservations. New members, guests welcome.


Cribbage Lessons, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hand

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Learn about public safety organizations, get a free lunch, tour Sublimity Fire Station. Safety-related presentations, activities for children. 503769-3282,

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Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. NO Story Time May 24 & 31. 503-769-3313

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Sublimity Fire District Public Safety Fair

5 p.m., Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St. Emergency management teams, emergency vehicles. 503-749-2030

Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, June 4 Santiam Hospital Fun Run

Silver Falls Challenge

9 a.m., Silver Falls State Park. 5K, 6-mile run, kids 1,500-meter run. Pre-registration $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

Sunday, June 5 Regis High Graduation 1:30 p.m., Regis High.

Monday, June 6 Senior Hearing Tests

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

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, June 7 Bunco

Noon, Santiam Senior Center. Play bunco.

Coffee With Marcey

2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Coffee, tea, cookies, tour of facility. Open to public.First Tuesday of each month. Dianne, 503-769-1313

Birth Center Tours

6 - 7 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Free tours of Santiam Hospital’s birth center. 503-769-2175

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats May 21.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Wednesday, June 8 Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Alan Thompson presentation on succulents. New members, guests welcome. Refreshments. John Hollensteiner, 503-508-5913

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Library Olympics

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Sign up for the summer reading program at the library or online at staytonlibrary. org. 503-769-3313

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Board, dice, card games. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-7693313

7 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3282

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7 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 Sublimity Road. NW Extreme Truck Challenge and Pro Arena Truck Racing. Pit party, Kid Zone, food, beer. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission at gate $12 adults, $8 children 6 - 12. Children 5 and under free. $2 discount for seniors and Military with ID. Discount tickets at Stayton Wilco. Repeats June 18.

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

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

Friday, June 10 Stayton High Graduation 7 p.m., Stayton High.

Movie in the Park

Dusk, Porter Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. 503-749-2030

Saturday, June 11 Second Saturday Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Seasonal produce, yard art, home decor, more. Door prizes. Every second Saturday through September. Booth spaces $15. Colleen, 503-749-2030

Flea Market

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

Free Health Class

10 a.m., Stayton Vital Health, 238 N Third Ave., Stayton. Free metabolic age testing, informational meeting on how to change it. Free. Repeats noon June 12, 7 p.m. June 14. Register: wtsnaturalhealth@yahoo. com, 503-769-4676

Sunday, June 12 Plant Sale

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to public. 503-769-2601 7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. 503-769-5475

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. 503-749-2030

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503588-5212

Santiam Historical Society

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

Mill City Council

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

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 28. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Thursday, June 16 Young Professionals Meet-Up

8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals is for business people under 40. 503-769-3464

Noon - 5 p.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Santiam Heritage Foundation plant sale benefiting restoration of Charles & Martha Brown House. Visitors can view home, make donations. 503-769-8860

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Monday, June 13

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10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Porter Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Open to all children in Aumsville and surrounding areas. Outdoor games, craft time, free books. Every Monday through Aug. 15. Register: Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St.,, 503-749-2030

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6:30 p.m., District Office, 1155 Third Ave., Stayton. Budget Committee followed by board meeting. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

Friday, June 17 3 - 11 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Featuring 120 handcrafted beers, ciders, mead from 60 breweries across the nation. This year’s event takes place in the forest, complete with fire pits, live music, covered areas. Repeats noon - 11 p.m. June 18, noon - 6 p.m. June 19. Minors welcome noon - 5 p.m. June 18, all day June 19. Tickets $15 $55;

Sunday, June 26 Frank Lloyd Wright Birthday

8 p.m., Santiam High.

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Monday, June 27

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Commissioner’s Breakfast

6 - 8 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kick off summer with library mini golf, scavenger hunt. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 149th birthday with self-guided tours, cupcakes, beverages. $5, includes ticket for special drawing. 503-874-6006

Santiam High Graduation

Tuesday, June 14 Flag Day

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Special performance; all other performances at 4 p.m. Thursdays. All ages welcome. Free.

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 19 Father’s Day Monday, June 20 Summer Solstice

Aumsville City Council 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, June 28 Senior Legal Help 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, advance directives, more. Free. 503-767-2009

Tween Time

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Art, games, activities for second through sixth graders. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council

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

Thursday, June 23 Rummage Sale

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 1400 Highland Dr., Stayton. Annual Santiam Senior Center rummage sale. 503-767-2009

Living With Chronic Pain

3 - 5 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Learn skills needed in day-today management of chronic pain. Meets twice a week. Contact your physician clinic for referral.

Friday, June 24 Firefighter Golf Tournament

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. $300/ team. Register at June 17 deadline. 503-769-2601

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, June 29 Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Discussion group for adults. This month, “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume. Tea, cookies provided. 503-769-3313

Women’s Wellness Wednesday

6 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Jennifer Brewer, MD, OB/ GYN discusses current birth control options. Free; no registration required. Refreshments, light snacks. 503-769-2175

Thursday, June 30 Summer Reading Performer

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Border Collie International. All ages. Free. 503769-3313

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By Ellen Schlesinger Whether your garden is large or small, it can be enhanced by making use of vines. Where space is at a premium, vines and vine-like plants such as climbing roses are particularly desirable because they take up little room in the ground while producing dazzling vertical displays – where the competition from other plants isn’t as fierce. Another reason to plant vines is they are fast growers, teeming with luxurious foliage and masses of flowers the first season or two: almost instant beauty!

Unlike shrubs and perennials, vines characteristically grow up instead of spreading outward although some – passionflower and star jasmine, for instance – can be used effectively as groundcover. Trained vertically or sprawling on the ground, vines can cover a lot of territory, making them invaluable assets. Vines can be put to good use masking unsightly outbuildings or dilapidated fences; they beautifully complement shrubs, trees and perennials; they can add architectural structure to a garden; they make excellent windscreens and they can shine as focal points.

While some vines have tendrils that cling or twine, others will need to be tied and guided up a post, trellis, wall, fence or shrub. Extremely vigorous ones such as climbing hydrangea, clematis armandii, Boston ivy, rambling roses and wisteria have to be hand-pruned to look their best and to ensure they don’t run rampant, smothering everything in their wake.

Deciduous, large-flowered clematis hybrids and rose bushes are a classic pairing. Entire d to matching up these two complementary, free-flowering plants. Try planting purple clematis such as ‘The President’ in front of a red rose such as ‘Mr. Lincoln’ and let it thread its way through the thorny shrub’s branches. In spring, the clematis may bloom while the rose is still just coming into leaf. The showy clematis flowers look terrific backed by the fresh green or bronze foliage the rose provides. And, if they both happen to bloom at the same time, it’s a match made in heaven. Another great pairing is climbing hydrangea (H. anomala and H. anomala petiolaris) and Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n’ Gold.’ The hydrangea is a woody, super-vigorous

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vine that can mature to 50 or 60 feet and clings by aerial rootlets. I keep mine at about 7 feet – to keep it from buckling my roof tiles – by pruning it after it blooms in June. The flower clusters resemble heads of cauliflower – large, fluffy and pure white – and look great floating in a bowl of water. ‘Emerald n’ Gold’ euonymus is said to be a bushy shrub, but mine decided to grow long and sinewy, and has made friends with the hydrangea, entwining itself among the larger vine’s sculptural branches. When the hydrangea is in bloom, the euonymus is hardly visible. But in winter, when the hydrangea loses its leaves, exposing its distinctive branches, the euonymus’ bright green and yellow leaves make a striking contrast with the hydrangea’s reddishbrown, peeling bark. Fiveleaf akebia or chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) is a semi-evergreen, twining vine native of East Asia that has a reputation as a rampant (egads!) grower. Perhaps the vine becomes overly energized in the sun? The two I have growing in the shade are luxuriant – and couldn’t be better Continued on Page 3

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behaved. Akebia’s dangling, diminutive, dark-violet flowers appear in early spring and are spicily scented. This is a lovely foliage plant that performs well even in deep shade.

If you want to attract hummingbirds, trumpet vines (Campsis) should be high on your list of must-haves. They are vigorous climbers that will even tolerate poor soil if it drains well. Plant them against a warm wall or fence they will reward you with a profusion of, not surprisingly, trumpetshaped flowers. Worth going for: C. x tagliabuana ‘Mme. Galen,’ sporting dark green leaves and orange-red flowers.

Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) isn’t a true jasmine but its scent is every bit as strong and, to my nose, less cloying. This woody, evergreen vine is a twining climber with glossy green leaves and clusters of small, extremely fragrant white flowers. Grow this floriferous vine on a pergola, post, fence or trellis. If pruned and kept shapely, it can be grown – with support – in a container. Be sure to plant it in full sun and where you can enjoy its heavenly perfume. Honeysuckles (Lonicera), like hydrangeas, make our hearts go pitter-patter because of their nostalgic value, but even if you don’t have fond memories of the sweet smell of honeysuckle from your childhood, you will want to grow one or more of these spectacular vines. Scarlet trumpet honeysuckle (L. x brownie ‘Dropmore Scarlet’) is an extremely hardy, longblooming, semi-evergreen, twining climber with long, trumpet-shaped bright scarlet


flowers. Ever-blooming honeysuckle (L. x heckrottii) is another semi-evergreen climber that bears very fragrant, two-toned flowers that are pink on the outside and yellow-orange within. The vine’s showiest

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flower display is in spring, but under the right conditions, it may bloom again in autumn. There are more than 180 species of honeysuckle; at least one or two deserve a spot in your garden.

Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata), a native of tropical Africa, isn’t hardy here, but its cheerful demeanor makes it definitely worth growing as an annual dazzler. The species produces velvety yellow flowers with brown centers. ‘Bakeri’ hybrids are snowy white; ‘Suzie’ hybrids are orange with dark centers. Grow this twining climber with support in a container where you can take advantage of its colorful charm. Ellen Schlesinger writes a monthly gardening column for The Register Guard and is author of A Gaga Gardener’s Guide to Nearby Nurseries, a directory in the Eugene/Springfield area.

16th annual McMinnville Garden Tour & Faire Five gardens have been selected for this year’s Garden Tour on Sunday, June 26 in McMinnville. Garden hosts and tour volunteers will be on-site to offer tips, answer questions, and point out special garden features. As a bonus, the McMinnville Community Garden will be open. Tour gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour tickets are $10 each and are tax deductible.

and Washington offering an abundance of unusual perrenials, ornamental grasses, hanging baskets, succulents, and specialty trees. Many other items will be for sale such as one-of-a-kind garden structures and artwork. Faire hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Garden Faire will be held on Third and Cowls Streets. Over 30 vendors are scheduled from Oregon

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OSU Gardener’s June Checklist First week: Spray cherry trees for cherry fruit fly and brown rot if fruit is ripening. Spray for codling moth and scab in apple and pear trees. Continue use of pheromone traps for insect pest detection

Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop: nothing to worry about

Apples and crabapples that are susceptible to scab disease will begin dropping leaves as weather warms. Rake and destroy fallen leaves; spray with summer-strength lime sulfur, wettable sulfur, Immunox or Captan

Control aphids on vegetables as needed by hosing off with water or by using insecticidal soap or a registered insecticide

Plant dahlias and gladioli Learn to identify beneficial insects and plant some insectory plants (alyssum, phacelia, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, dill) to attract them to your garden. Check with local nurseries for best selections. Lawn mowing: Set blade at .75 to 1 inch for bentgrass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues, ryegrasses Spray with Orthene to control adult root weevils in rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses and other ornamentals, or use beneficial nematodes if soil is above 55 degrees F Remove seed pods from rhododendrons, azaleas after blooms drop Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons and azaleas after blooming Fertilize vegetable garden one month after plants emerge by side-dressing alongside rows Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion and chard Construct trellises for tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans and ornamental vines Use organic mulches to conserve soil moisture; an inch or two of sawdust, bark dust or composted leaves minimizes evaporation Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruitrotting diseases

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Watch for cabbage worms, 12-spotted beetles on beans and lettuce, flea beetles in lettuce. Remove the pests or treat with labeled pesticides Spray peas as first pods form, if necessary, to control weevils After normal fruit drop in June, consider thinning the rest for larger overall fruit Late this month, begin to monitor for late blight on tomatoes Birch trees dripping means aphids are present; control as needed If indicated, spray cherries for fruit fly at weekly intervals Last week: second spray for codling moth and scab in apple and pear trees Move houseplants outside for cleaning, grooming, repotting and summer growth Make sure raised beds receive adequate water to prevent drought stress in plants Plant sweet corn, other tender vegetables Apply fertilizer to lawns 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 (including insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Always consider the least-toxic approach first. Recommendations in this calendar apply to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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Tomatoes for your health By Åke Truedsson Once upon a time the tomato was born in the Peruvian Andes in South America where wild relatives still thrive. A member of the Solanaceae family together with potatoes, bell peppers, all chili peppers and many other plants; tomatoes were used and possibly grown by the Incas and spread to a larger area from what is today Chile to Mexico.

In Mexico, tomatoes were grown and bred into larger forms by Aztecs, who called this vegetable tomatl or xitomatl. Europeans got tomato seeds from the Aztecs; seeds that came to Europe first with Christopher Columbus in 1504 and several years later with Hermán Cortes. While this fruit was well received by the Italians, who boiled it in olive oil with pepper and garlic, England did not feel the same and gave the tomato plant the Latin name Lycopersicum, meaning “wolf peach.” A UK cooking book from 1602 reads “Tomatoes can be eaten if well cooked; if eaten raw, death will come immediately.” In Italy this new fruit was called Pommi di Moro – “Apple from the Moor” (Moors: North Africans living in southeast Spain). The French got the Italian name slightly wrong, calling it Pomme d’amour – “love apple” – its northern European name for some time. This name caused the U.S. Catholic Church to classify tomato growing as sinful; at least one priest was dismissed from duties for growing tomatoes. Much later, the name tomato was adopted from the Aztec Indians. Despite its dramatic history, tomatoes eventually conquered the world and have become one of our important food crops with a yearly production of around 100 million tons. So what is a tomato? It contains at least 93 percent water and only 14 calories per 100 grams, so to live off tomatoes alone would require eating many pounds a day. However, the remaining 7 percent is packed with multiple carotenoids as well as chlorogenic acid, sophorin, p-courmaric acid and flavonoids together with minerals (potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper, cobalt, chromium), vitamins (C, E, B1, B6, pro A, folic acid) and

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is high in fiber, making the tomato one of the most healthy, disease-preventing plant fruits on earth. Unfortunately, many of the foods we eat and drugs we take are carcinogenic and may contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia diseases, early aging and more. The nutrition provided in tomatoes includes some key antioxidants that prevent reactive products from attacking DNA where damage can convert a normal cell into a cancer cell. They also prevent the creation of fat enclosures – plaque – in blood vessels that contribute to heart attacks or stroke. They also reduce both oxidation and levels of “bad cholesterol.” Tomatoes also contain high levels of potassium, a mineral that reduces blood pressure and helps prevent heart attack. Research has shown a notable reduction in pre-eclampsia in pregnant women who regularly consume tomatoes. Doing so also improves eye function and reduces the risk of osteoporosis in elderly people; it is also said to increase fertility, at least for men. In addition, eating tomatoes is linked with a lesser chance of contracting Type 2 diabetes and prevents wrinkles! So what are we waiting for?

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To get the maximum benefit from the tomatoes you eat, take a Carlo Villa © lesson from the cow. Unlike our bovine friends, humans possess only one stomach (despite that some of us may appear to be harboring more) and we do not have the opportunity to chew our food twice ­– but there is a remedy. Cooking them gently or frying them lightly and adding a little good oil from olives or rape seeds cause tomatoes to become suddenly three to five times healthier for us. This means that ketchup with 200 percent tomatoes is very good for you, even if its sugar content is high, and tomato puree with even higher tomato concentration is one of the best health drugs you can get! So it’s worthwhile to find ways of enjoying tomatoes, in some form, in our daily diet – perhaps even with every meal! What tomatoes to buy? Well the redder they are the better, and the more taste they have the better. Tomatoes grown with too much nitrogen fertilizer have higher-thannormal water content, less taste and less nutritional value. Why not grow a lot of tomatoes in your garden, on your balcony or in your greenhouse? You’ll be amazed at the many types available to those willing to start from seed. Then you can enjoy the best fresh tomatoes – and produce your own tomato ketchup, canned tomatoes or juice and tomato puree – with different flavors added like garlic, chili pepper, cumin, basil – This can become an enjoyable hobby that could change your life – not to mention prolong it! Åke Truedsson, a chemical engineer in Sweden, has grown many vegetables, fruits and berries, including about 500 types of tomatoes. He is a hobby plant breeder and a garden writer with several books – two about tomatoes – and hundreds of magazine articles to his credit. His interests also include what the food we eat does to us.

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Vendors wanted By Mary Owen After hosting several farmer’s markets since March, a Stayton business owner plans to carry it on through October. “We had two markets in March, but with the rain, we didn’t have much turnout,” said Lora Sramek, owner of The Picken Coop where the markets were held. “The first two Saturdays of April and May, we had two more markets which were great! We had more turnout due to the great weather!” Sramek will hold two more markets on June 4 and June 11. She hopes to fill the parking lot with local vendors on the first two Saturdays of the month throughout the summer until the fall. There is currently no charge for spaces “to help the market get going,” she said.

Sramek said she has room for more vendors, and has already been contacted by Santiam Hospital to coordinate a few informational events with the market. “I’m hoping more farm-oriented people will join us with fruits, veggies, plants and cut flowers,” she said. “I’m always looking for vendors.” What motivated Sramek to start a farmer’s market was her love for the Salem outdoor market. “I thought since I work in Stayton to try to get one going here,” she said. “It brings the community together, and is a fun event for people to enjoy!” To become a vendor or for more information, contact Sramek at 503881-3133 or e-mail her at Lorasramek@ The Picken Coop is located at 789 N. Third Ave., Stayton.

Aumsville holds Community Safety Day, carnival Aumsville’s Community Safety Day and the Aumsville Elementary School Carnival are Friday, June 3, 5-7:30 p.m. at the elementary school. Sharing information about emergency preparedness are members of the Aumsville Rural Fire District, Aumsville Police Department, Aumsville Elementary School, Oregon National Guard, and several state and county representatives. The fire district will give away smoke detectors to people who live within the district and the police will be giving away flashlights.

tents and sleeping bags, crank and solar radios, and emergency meal kits, said Julie Wisser, vice president and branch manager at Riverview Community Bank and Aumsville Parks and Recreation board member.

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The 83-year-old teacher has been line dancing for some 40 years, she said.

“Other places are planned for the future,” Tupper said.

“I thoroughly enjoy line dancing,” Music said. “All the dances are different, and I have no favorites. I enjoy every one.” Good exercise coupled with a friendly group is what keeps Music going. “They are all so appreciative,” she said of the ladies. The group used to have three men, but they have since dropped out.

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Adding staff Diana Fox said the class is “healthy and makes me happy.” Sharon Dodge, who signed up when the class became available, and Ruby Callkins love the “great exercise.” “It makes me feel good,” Callkins said. “It feels great,” Ward said about dancing. “Gives me lots of energy.” McNally added, “It brightens my day.” Tupper said class members plan to continue to dance and enjoy themselves performing for “others in and around our community.” The Santiam Senior Center was established in March 2006 as a nonprofit for seniors in the Santiam Valley. After meeting at various temporary facilities, the organization went from active to dormant off and on until 2009 when Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co. agreed to let the center rent a portion of the premises at 41818

Kingston-Jordan Road. On Jan. 10, 2014, SSC opened its doors once again. Dubbed “a club for kids over 50,” the center offers myriad activities, including a writing class, Bingo, a computer class, yoga, bridge and bridge lessons, cribbage and cribbage lessons, tai chi, pinochle and pinochle lessons and bunco. The Cascade Country Quilting Group and the Veterans Group meet at the center, legal counsel and hearing testing and hearing aid cleaning is available by appointment once a month. Upcoming is the center’s annual Rummage Sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to5 p.m. on July 23-25 at 1300 Highland Dr., Stayton. Items can be dropped off at the senior center. All donations are tax deductible.

By Mary Owen Sublimity is taking steps to add a city administrator to its employee roster. “The city of Sublimity City Council has determined that a city administrator would be a good fit for our community because it provides for continuity of leadership between election cycles,” Councilor Jim Kingsbury said. “It also provides more opportunity for the council to work on policy leadership for our city and less time dealing with day-to-day operations of the city.” Kingsbury said council members believe a city administrator will also provide strong leadership for the city to continue to provide “exceptional services to our citizens.” Sublimity City Council members used

City of Sublimity the League of Oregon Cities – City Handbook 2013 to help research what steps to take to hire a city administrator, Kingsbury added. “The handbook recommends that cities over a 2,500 population use the city administrator form of city management,” he said. The decision was made to contract with the Council of Governments to conduct a search and do the interview process for the city administrator, Kingsbury said. “The city of Sublimity is hoping to have the city administrator position filled by July 1,” Kingsbury said. “The city administrator position will take the place of the finance director.” For more information, call city hall at 503-769-5475.


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a Grin at the end

Keys to destruction

A choice between fears and facts

If I wanted to destroy a nation, I wouldn’t use an army, airstrikes or missiles. I would use lines. I would draw lines between people and constantly remind them how different they are from one another. I would remind poor people how rich other people are. I would remind Americans of African, Hispanic, Asian and European descent how different they are from each other. I would remind religious groups how different they are, from one another and from non-believers. I would remind city folks how different they are from rural folks, and vice versa. I would reminder Southerners how different they are from Northerners, Easterners how different they are from Westerners. By the time I was done, the nation would be sliced and diced in a hundred different ways. No one would identify with anyone beyond their small circle of friends. No one would trust anyone, for fear that they were getting a better deal, in life or from the government.

politician after another tries to convince us that we’re getting a bum deal, and the only way to get a better deal is to vote for them and turn to the government to solve all of our problems.

The government would be seen as the source of almost everything — jobs, money, education. Everything would be courtesy of the largeness of the government and the people in charge. Yes, that’s how you do it. That’s how you destroy a nation. It’s not my idea. It’s been done before, and I believe it’s being done right here and right now. Politicians are playing one group off against another. The rich, the poor, the black, the white, the Hispanics all are being played for pawns in a high-stakes game of campaign chess. Pick a candidate, pick a major party, and you see these cynics invoke the most base of human emotions. Fear, greed, hatred, jealousy — they’re all present as one

I reject that premise, and I hope you do, too. I look around the grocery store, or the movie theater or any place people gather, and I see my brothers and sisters. All colors, all shapes, all sizes. Each is a man or woman of good will, beautiful in a unique way. Yes, there are a few misguided souls, struggling with inner hurt, or drugs or alcohol. Yes, there are people who insist on “me first” instead of making sure there’s plenty for everyone. We as a nation will thrive when we again embrace one another and work together.  I’m not naive. I know we as a nation have problems. But we’ll solve them when we all can sit at the table and discuss those problems. We’ll solve them when we can talk about facts and not fears, about seeking a solution instead of winning a contest.

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And I really mean work. President John Kennedy did not implore the nation to seek handouts of every kind — a recurring theme of this political season. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” You don’t hear that much these days, except from veterans, members of the military and others stuck on the oldfashioned notion that we are the ones who owe our heart and allegiance to a great nation, not the other way around. Years ago, I remember protesters at the Pentagon urging on their fellow travelers. If everyone went to that building they could lift it up, they were told. I’ve taken a few physics classes in my day, and I believe whoever came up with that idea probably missed a few classes. But I do know this. I know that if we as Americans — all ethnicities, all backgrounds and all ages — join hands and work together, we can lift this nation up. Together.

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