Our Town Santiam: June 1, 2022

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New leaders for schools, city NSSD choses Loving as superintendent By Stephen Floyd The North Santiam School District Board has chosen Lee Loving as its next superintendent following a three-month search to replace outgoing Superintendent Andy Gardner. Loving will start July 1 after Gardner departs to be superintendent of Greater Albany Public Schools. Board Chair Alisha Oliver said Loving, who is currently principal of Ridgeview High School in Redmond, was chosen for many qualities, including his experience as an Oregon-based educator. “Mr. Loving brings a strong knowledge of educational practices in Oregon to NSSD,” said Oliver. “Even more so, he values connecting with people and building relationships centered on trust, collaboration, effective communication and high expectations.”

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Loving has been an educator in Oregon for nearly 24 years, including 19 years as an administrator. He has served as president of the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators, and on the board of the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, which in 2019 honored Loving as Oregon Secondary Principal of the Year. Loving said he and his family are thrilled to become part of NSSD and he feels blessed to have met staff and community members. “I am heavily devoted to listening and learning more about the great work that has been done as we look for ways to help every student in the NSSD continue to have an amazing educational experience as they progress through our schools,” he said. “We are so excited to join the NSSD family and look forward to meeting even more folks in Stayton, Sublimity, Mehama and Lyons in the weeks and months to come. Go Cheetahs! Go Hornets! Go Wildcats! Go Vikings! Go Eagles!”

Stayton selects Hajduk as manager The Stayton City Council has chosen Julia Hajduk as its new city manager following long deliberations during a special meeting in April. Hajduk is scheduled to begin June 15, taking the reins from City Manager ProTem Alissa Angelo, who will return to her role as assistant city manager. Hajduk is currently the community development director for the City of Sherwood, and has also served as associate planner for the City of Tigard, planner for the City of Springfield and economic development assistant for Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments. The council was unanimous in its decision to offer Hajduk the role during its April 29 meeting, following four hours of deliberation. Stayton City Council President David


Patty said deliberations took so long because each candidate was well-qualified and had received support from residents and community stakeholders. “All these candidates are just terrific,” he said. “I think all of them are great, so this decision was very difficult for all of us to reach.” Hajduk managed to stand out. “In the end, we made the best choice for the city,” Councilor Ben McDonald said. Stayton had been searching for a new city manager since September 2021, after then-City Manager Keith Campbell accepted the same role at the City of Sherwood. The council announced the finalists April 14, and held a community reception for residents to meet each candidate and provide feedback. Patty said this input played a pivotal role in the council’s deliberations and he was grateful for the many people who weighed in. – Stephen Floyd


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Ludwick attended an online seminar about the program in September 2020, reached out to the TRACE team “and we have been testing weekly ever since.”

An innovative Oregon State University program is assisting Stayton with analysis of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.

According to OSU associate professor Tyler Radniecki, “the sampling is done by each participating municipality and the samples are shipped to OSU for processing. The monitoring program pays for all supplies and shipping costs.”

OSU scientists, researchers and students have been operating a program called team-based rapid assessment of community-level coronavirus epidemics (TRACE) since early in the pandemic. The program has two components, a door-to-door testing effort and a community-wide sampling of wastewater.

Alissa Angelo, Stayton acting city manager, said “the information we receive has been used to monitor what the current COVID-19 transmission rates are in the community and it guides internal policies in communication with staff and the City Council. It’s been useful information to share, especially when it comes to in-person meetings and recommended precautions.”

Declining rates of COVID infections have led OSU to discontinue the neighborhood testing program, but the wastewater piece is still in place and will be until June 2023. Stayton is one of four Marion County communities working with OSU on wastewater testing. Salem, Silverton and Woodburn are the others. The program is paid for and operated in a partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

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The Stayton Lions Club has named retired Maj. Gen. Julie Bentz as grand marshal for the parade at the upcoming 4th of July Celebration. Bentz may have been born and raised in small-town Oregon, but her life has included influential roles during pivotal moments in history, including large-scale nuclear disasters in Ukraine and Japan. Bentz grew up at Blue Den Ranch, a family farm south of Jordan. She graduated from Regis High School, where her accomplishments included serving as student body president. After graduating from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in radiation health physics in 1986, Bentz was deployed with the U.S. Army to Landstuhl, Germany, as a nuclear science officer amid joint military responses to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which occurred just five months beforehand. Bentz went on to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri, and a master’s degree in national security

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Classes of 2022 ready to walk across the stage

By Mary Owen Local graduates are getting ready to walk into the future, after receiving diplomas at their graduation ceremonies.

Stayton High School & Options Academy One hundred and fifty graduates will receive diplomas at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Salem Armory. Joining SHS seniors are 32 graduates from North Santiam School District’s Options Academy overseen by Principal Alan Kirby. The Class of 2022 valedictorians are Nina Turney, Trevor Riordan and Madelynn Mitzel. Sarah Davis is this year’s salutatorian.

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“The class of 2022 has shown us what it means to be resilient and to forge new, creative paths through challenges and setbacks,” said Principal Vicky Storey. “This is Trevor Riordan evident in the journeys of our three valedictorians: one has travelled a fairly traditional path, one is graduating a year early, and one participated in early college opportunities through our Madelynn Mitzel

The North Santiam School District opened an alternative high school (Locust Street Academy) as a branch of NSSD Options Academy, helping them to design adaptive and responsive systems to meet the changing needs of students, Storey said. “The class of 2022 are problem-solvers, risk-takers and creative thinkers who have overcome the challenges of pandemic learning,” she said. “They have embraced the courage to say things like, ‘how can we approach this problem differently?’ and ‘what can we accomplish in spite of the barriers in front of us.’ “Stayton High School will never forget the class of 2022,” Storey added. “You have made us proud and made us better.”

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The Class of 2022 valedictorian is Ayden Murphy-Kirsch and the salutatorian is Laughlin Vetter. “The Regis High School Class of 2022 is full of remarkable, faithfilled athletes, thespians, artists, and scholars,” said Principal Candi Hedrick.

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“Their collective achievements are truly astounding, and our school is blessed to graduate this class of students. Since their freshman year, we have watched them excel academically, while also serving their community and school in countless ways. “This class is truly a great group of disciples of Christ who love, learn, lead and serve,” Hedrick added. “Congratulations to the Regis Class of 2022!”

Cascade High School & Cascade Opportunity Center A joint graduation ceremony with 196 graduates will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 on the CHS football field. The Class of 2022 valedictorians are Kyleah Susanne Rabe, Kayla Deanne Moore, Caleb Jaymes Boyles, Marie Tarrab Dabbah, Ariel Renee Tobiasson, Natalee Annette Federico, Caymus Marshall Roache, Colton David Cuarteros, Josue Emanuel Guevera, Kyra Makenzie Arneson and Audrey Ann Histed. Salutatorians are Emma May Gates, Nancy Alice Farrier, Brady Andrew Rasmussen. “There is no doubt that the Cascade High School graduating class of 2022 has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Principal Pete Rasmussen. “Despite this tremendous disruption to their education, the Class of 2022 has overcome this and other challenges to become one of the most positively impactful classes in the history of Cascade High School.”


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The grant requires an investment by the owners of the property, with building owners Jesus Cortes and Lori Maravilla planning to continue to work on the interior of the building once the grant work is completed. Cortes and Maravilla are hoping to create commercial space in the front half of the building and a threebedroom apartment in the rear.

Revitalize Downtown Stayton has received a $200,000 state grant which it will use to help restore the exterior of the Hobson-Gehlen building. The grant was one of 28 awards ranging from $23,000 to $200,000 issued by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. A total of $5 million in funds was distributed. The Hobson-Gehlen building, on North Second Avenue at Florence Street, has been vacant for more than 10 years. The circa 1885 Italianate structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the oldest wooden commercial buildings in Marion County. The money will be used to pay for “critical structural and exterior upgrades” to the building, said Julia Bochsler, vice-president of Revitalize Downtown Stayton in a news release issued May 25. Included will be frames for structural support, restoration of windows and

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The Detroit Lake Foundation took the lead and, in March 2021, acquired the site of the old Detroit High School building. The gym was still standing, and plans were made to add on meeting spaces, offices and other community resources. Around this time, the Santiam Rebuild Coalition was organized through the SEDCOR Construction Alliance. They eventually brought together 70 contractors, construction professionals and nonprofits to support the project with donations of labor and materials. Leading the effort was Rich Duncan Construction of Salem, which also acted as general contractor. Also instrumental were Owen Construction, Salem; David’s Masonry, Salem; Northside Electric, Salem; Allied Rock, Stayton; Siegmund Excavation & Construction, Stayton; and Withers Lumber, Silverton. The general public was also given an opportunity to support the project through the purchase of engraved bricks to pave the entryway. These bricks carry personalized messages such as the donor’s names or words of hope. Opportunities to purchase bricks remain with small bricks sold for $150 and large bricks sold for $300.

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Detroit opens new community/civic center office in Stayton ran out. Trett said residents can expect a return of full services out of the new building, from accepting utility payments to City Council meetings. He said city staff are excited to again work from Detroit, as they have been away from the city for too long. “We want to get home. We’ve wanted to get home for quite a while now, get back to holding meetings in our own home,” he said. After city administrators move into the new facility, the city will manage and operate the building with plans to eventually receive ownership of the property from Detroit Lake Foundation. The city will also play a role in helping determine what types of programs operate out of the building, such as a potential tool library, a food pantry, and a resource center for wildfire recovery. In addition to Detroit City Hall, the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District will have space in the center to house a fire engine and a brush rig so volunteers in Detroit can staff a vehicle locally rather than traveling first to the fire station in Idanha. The district is additionally in the first stages of planning for a new fire station in Idanha using a $2.4 million grant.

“It just opens it up to a lot more versatility, and we are actively seeking grants to cover those expenses,” she said. She said the Santiam Rebuild Coalition will continue to spearhead efforts to acquire funding for expansion, adding the labor and materials are ready and waiting and just need the right resources to be mobilized. After this last phase of planned construction is completed, Dobrowolski said the foundation will spend time making sure City Hall, the fire district and community members are getting what they need from the facility. If anything needs to be added or adjusted, the foundation will make plans to do so as time goes on.

The ‘unity’ in community Dobrowolski added, during the June 4 opening, community members will be able to hear from foundation members and other community organizers who helped make the center possible. Guest speakers will include Marion County commissioners and representatives of groups that have provided grants and other resources.

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Foundation President Davis Evenson said so many people and groups coming together to help the community rebuild is a sign that Detroit residents know how to support each other during a crisis.

Even though the civic center is ready to occupy, some work remains including the addition of a commercial kitchen and wifi routers to provide free internet to guests. Dobrowolski said this would help make the center “a true community space” able to host potlucks, weddings and similar events.

“This finished project is a representation of the amount of strength and resilience the Detroit community embodies,” said Evenson. “Mother Nature tried to knock us out, but we were merely knocked down. Together, we got back up and will continue to thrive.”

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Baking is Dominique Ovchinnikov’s passion.

“I figured since I was already doing all of that, I might as well make it official,” Ovchinnikov said. “So, after getting my feet wet working in various bake shops, I dove right in with my own baking business.” Today, Ovchinnikov owns and runs Cherry Blossom Baking Co., a home-based bakery

Ovchinnikov can accommodate large special event orders to “give that WOW factor,” she said.

Ovchinnikov is now taking limited cake and cupcake orders for June and July. “All of our goods are handcrafted, baked and served with a side of love. Get in touch with us now to set up a tasting!”

“We’re sort of really obsessed with pairing exotic flavors together,” she added. “Chocolate and chili pepper? Blackberry and lime? YAAAAASSSS!”

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August 18, 1930 – April 16, 2022 Betty Plotts happily went home to her Lord on April 16, 2022. Betty Ruth Brooks was born August 18, 1930 in Boyds, Washington to Carl Chester and Emma Fern Brooks. Betty and her twin brother Bob were the two youngest of 8 children. Betty attended Bruce Creek School in her elementary years and was a graduate of Colville High School in 1949. Shortly after high school Betty married Larry B. Plotts Jr. Betty and Larry had 4 sons in a 5 year period. They resided in the Colville, Washington area until 1962 when they relocated to Mill City, Oregon. Betty was a homemaker and Larry logged until his untimely death in a logging accident in 1981. In order to support herself, Betty started working at the Mehama Chicken Ranch and later at Kirsch True Value Hardware. A few years later she met Harold (Hal) Grimstad and they married in 1993. Betty and Hal were married until his death in 2010. Betty was a member of Mill City Christian Church for almost 60 years. Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers Wilbur, Chester, Daniel and Robert as well as sisters Mildred Pope and Louise Fry. Betty is survived by sister Jean Tinlin of Kalispel, MT. Also surviving are sons Garry (Maria) of Salem, Gordon (Sherry) of Bay City, OR, Darrell (Karen) and David (Dawn) all of Mill City. Betty is survived by 13 grandchildren,17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Transitions Health Hospice and McKillop Residence (Marian Estates) staff for their loving care. Services were at the Gates Community Church of Christ on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 pm. Arrangements were made by Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton. Donations to Mill City Christian Church New Building Fund is the suggested remembrance.

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“From there, they can email me about ordering,” she said. “I do all of my availability updates and weekend sales on Instagram where they can direct message me to order.”

“Our offerings are one-of-a-kind,” she said. “The only cookie cutters around here are for actual cookies. Creating one-of-a-kind treats for your special day is what we do.”

“I spent the majority of my childhood whipping up anything and everything I could from my mom’s tattered old Betty Crocker cookbook, dreaming of working in the culinary field,” Ovchinnikov said. “After years of working various retail and office jobs, I finally had the opportunity to go to culinary school.” While attending Oregon Culinary Institute, she was hired as a baking assistant at a local bakery, making Danishes, croissants, cookies, cinnamon rolls and other pastries. In her time off, she started creating cakes for special occasions and experimented with catering desserts for family weddings.

Ovchinnikov refers people to her website for menus and pricing information.

“There’s always something more up our sleeves,” she said. “Drop us a line for our specials and more specialty treats.”

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VOL. 12, ISSUE 3

By Melissa Wagoner

In this case, the spores form in the trees’ canopy, awaiting wind, rain or even fog that will carry them to the understory, which is where the infection spreads.

The term Sudden Oak Death (SOD) is really a bit of a misnomer, according to Sarah Navarro, the Regional Sudden Oak Death Pathologist for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“The spores go from the canopy and then girdle the tree,” Navarro described. “It forms these red, bleeding cankers.”

“Tanoak is the tree species most affected because it’s readily killed,” Navarro said. Noting that unlike the white oak – a true oak – tanoaks are a part of the broadleaf family.

And it’s not just tanoaks affected, over 100 other types of plants can be infected as well including evergreen huckleberries, camellias and especially rhododendrons – but not white oaks, at least not without some help.

“And in terms of the lifespan of a tree it’s not sudden,” she added. Because the time it takes from the first sign of infection to canopy death is one and a half to two years.

and rain events, the pathogen

the category of water mold.

Especially contagious in moist environments, often through wind

ramorum – a fungus-like organism in

“The Irish potato famine was caused by a phytophthora,” Navarro said.


Rhododendrons are susceptible to phytophtora.

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“Here in Oregon, we’ve never seen a faction in Oregon white oak except when the pathogen has been placed under the bark in a laboratory setting,” Navarro pointed

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What to plant for a fire-resistant landscape This is a good time to look at rearranging the landscape for future fire resistance in the urban/forest boundary. Fire-resistant plants often have supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, are higher in moisture content, low in oils and/or they wear thick barks that do not ignite easily, and are often drought-resistant as well. Such plants may be damaged or killed by fire, but their foliage does not readily ignite or contribute to a fire. Fire resistant plants make great substitutes for less resilient plants in a homeowner’s defensible space plan. Consider planting groundcovers like ajuga (bugleweed), cotoneaster, ice plants, lamium, sedums, thymes, wild strawberries or Veronica species. Perennials like chives, yarrow, geraniums (cranesbill and pelargoniums), bergenia, coral bells, day lilies, hosta, iris, lavender, honeysuckle, poppies and penstemons are all considered fire-resistant and enjoyable additions to landscapes. Shrubs that are fire-resistant include ceonothus (California lilac), daphne, Oregon grape holly, rhododendrons and azaleas, serviceberry, burning bush, ocean spray, Russian sage, mock orange, roses and lilacs. Resistant trees include western larch, Ponderosa pine, maples, alders, ashes, birches, redbud, oaks, dogwood and hawthorns. There are some informational resources available

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out. Adding, “But a lot of our Oregon native flora is susceptible. And where it’s not readily killed you can find leaf spots or twig dieback.” Fortunately, although the disease is becoming a serious problem in California – where it was first discovered in the late 90s and where it has spread to 16 counties – here in Oregon, it is still relatively rare, primarily seen in Curry County.

nursery plants,” Navarro said. Urging, “Buy nursery plants from reputable sources. The OSU Extension Service has great guides for best management practices for buying reputable plants.” And all landowners should be on the lookout for infected bushes and trees. “The symptoms are easier to see on rhododendrons,” she pointed out. Describing, “We look for leaf spots on rhodies, typically on the petiole or mid-rib. It’s good to be aware and knowledgeable.”

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“But the potential is there for it to spread to other counties,” Navarro admitted. Noting that, when found, the infected tanoaks, as well as a perimeter trees surrounding them, are immediately harvested and burned. And as for the rhododendrons, “We haven’t seen natural spread from rhody to rhody in natural landscapes in Oregon. Though they did have an instance in Washington in a botanical garden.” What the USDA has seen is spread from infected nursery plants. “The three introductions we’ve had thus far – and possibly a fourth – have all been from infected

If an infection is suspected, Navarro suggests landowners contact a local OSU Extension agent, the Oregon Department of Agriculture or – if the plants are growing in a forestry setting – the Oregon Department of Forestry. While Navarro takes the threat of SOD in Oregon very seriously, she is optimistic about the situation currently. “We know from research done by OSU that the eradication treatments we’ve done on the ground have slowed the spread in Oregon,” she said.

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Working in soggy soil It’s been raining a lot lately. It’s not unusual for late spring, and we need the water for an expected dry summer that will eventually happen. The soil is soggy and cold, though. Seeds are slow to grow and, in some gardens, are simply rotting. Soil care and amendment will help the drainage, row covers can soften the blow of rain and hail, and planting strategies could mitigate the muddy mess.

Our sunny growing season is barely long enough for tomatoes to ripen, but there are plenty of things we can grow and enjoy while waiting for tomato time.

To learn more about soil amendments check out the 16-page publication from OSU Extension, Improving Garden Soils with Organic Matter, http://extension. oregonstate.edu/ec1561 .

Mixing plant organics into soil will break up clumps of mud and add air to the structure, then drainage should improve. Some of the less expensive bags of compost have chunks of woody material in them that will loosen the soil and eventually break down. Homemade compost might be getting soggy if it is not covered… too much rain keeps it too cold to cook (heat from microbe action is necessary to kill weed seeds).

Beds that need a little more drying out can be protected with a makeshift framework and simple plastic tents. An inexpensive lightweight “tarp” that lets light through while draining off rain can be made from white or yellow dollar store tablecloths held onto creative garden bed frames with clothespins. Protective covering extends the growing season by blocking cold winds too.

It is important to avoid walking on soil where plants are desired, because compacting squeezes the air out between particles. Roots will be less able to reach out and extract the nutrients in compacted soil. Establish pathways around growing areas. Keeping plant beds less than four feet wide allows access from both sides, or three feet minimum for access from one side without crushing the soil.

Planting strategies can make gardening on rainy days less daunting. First, boots and raingear over warm socks and layered clothing will make the gardener more comfortable. Knee pads, some kind of mat to kneel on, or one of those little padded benches with handles to help us get up are useful.

Raised beds, four inches or more higher than paths, will allow better drainage and will warm up sooner that flat or flooded areas. We kept dark, light-blocking tarps on the beds over the winter and when they were removed the soil was (almost) weed free and a balmy 60F. The raised beds had settled a couple of inches from weight of rain on the tarps, but working in fresh friable compost with a hoe or broadfork fluffs it right up.



Some plants like to be in shade

An interesting technique is to plant from a standing position is to use a length of PVC pipe: place the pipe vertically over the planting spot, drop in a seed or two, shuffle the soil with the end of the pipe, then move on to the next spot and drop in another seed or two…all without bending over. How creative can you be to get the garden growing in soggy soil?

Flowers usually require warmth of the sun to open and bear fruit. There are many plants that will give us colorful foliage and flowers in the shade. Some of the best shade perennial plants for landscapes are heuchera (coral bells of many leaf colors), hellebores (blooming late winter until July), bleeding heart, grasses of many stripes and colors, meadow rue (thalictrum), ferns of various textures, solomon’s seal, dianthus, hostas (with assorted leaf patterns of blues and yellows), and astilbe with showy flowers. Most of these plants are deer resistant because of their sweet smells. Except hosta; hosta is deer candy. There is a short list of annual flowers that can be successfully enjoyed in shady gardens. Alyssum, baby blue eyes, begonias, calendula, cleome, red coleus, fuchsia, yellow monkey flower, nicotiana are a few that will add color to areas that rarely see the sun. Fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash need at least six hours of sun daily to produce a harvest. Non-fruiting vegetables can do well in as little as three hours of sun per day. The brassica/cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kale, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and rutabaga) may take longer to mature in partial shade but are less likely to bolt to the flowering stage. Root crops (radishes, carrots, beets, potatoes) can get enough light to their leafy tops to develop under the soil surface. Leafy

greens (lettuces, chard, spinach, bok choy, kale) are actually happier and sweeter when grown without midday sun. Cucumbers and pole beans will tolerate shade if they get a little sun in the afternoon while bush beans and celery prefer morning sun. Garlic, cilantro, and parsley are shade-tolerant herbs. Perennial vegetables that thrive in partial shade include rhubarb, asparagus and Jerusalem artichokes. Starting seeds in a sunny area (or indoors) and transplanting to shady areas will bring better success. Leave a little more space between plants to maximize light to them. Raised beds can be a little warmer, even in the shade. Shady areas are slower to warm up in spring and quicker to cool down in fall, so row covers or other protection can extend the growing season. One advantage to shady gardens is less evaporation, less-frequent watering. Slugs and snails lurk in shady areas, so traps are recommended. A search for “shade plants” at http://extension.oregonstate.com brought up “Drought Tolerant Plants for Shade,” a long list of shrubs, perennials and groundcovers that require less sun and less water. At that site we can also click on “Ask an Expert” to get personalized advice from specialists at Oregon State University. If you have a photo to show the problem, along with a description, it can be attached to the request for information to get a more accurate answer. – Diane Hyde, OSU Linn County Master Gardener


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OSU Gardener’s June Chores 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. 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. 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 3/4-inch to 1-inch for bentgrass lawns; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues and ryegrasses.

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Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit-rotting diseases.

If indicated, spray cherries at weekly intervals for fruit fly.

Spray with Orthene to control adult root weevils in rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses and other ornamentals. Or, use beneficial nematodes if soil temperature is above 55 degrees.

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

Last week: second spray for codling moth and scab in apple and pear trees.

Remove seed pods from rhododendrons and azaleas after blooms have dropped.

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

Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons and azaleas after blooming. Fertilize vegetable garden one month after plants emerge by side dressing alongside the rows. Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion and chard. Construct trellises for tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans and vining ornamentals. Use organic mulches to conserve soil moisture. An inch or two of sawdust, barkdust or composted leaves will minimize loss of water through evaporation.

Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing or mulching.

Watch for cabbage worms, 12-spotted beetles on beans and lettuce, flea beetles in lettuce. Remove the insect 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 remainder to produce a larger crop of fruit. Late this month, begin to monitor for late blight on tomatoes. Birch trees dripping means aphids are present. Control as needed.

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Parks planning

County working on upgrades for fire-damaged facilities

By James Day

the river.” Recreation plans include an expanded parking area, a new restroom, a host site, a camping area, small picnic areas and trails and user access points to the river. Restoration goals include noxious weed control, floodplain restoration, forest replantings and the addition of bird and bat boxes.

Marion County officials are closing in on a plan for the future look and function of the six county parks that were badly damaged in the 2020 Beachie Creek Fire. The Marion County Parks Commission, a volunteer group that advises the Board of Commissioners, parks staffers and the Portland-based firm of Walker Macy landscape architecture hope to nail down the broad outlines of the plan in time for the commission’s July 21 meeting. The board of commissioners, which will make the final decision on the parks plan, will receive and review the plan at a work session later this summer. Parks officials emphasize that the repairs, restoration and upgrades that the plan will call for likely will not be completed for at least a decade. Marion County parks officials have divided the parks into two groups, Highway 22 parks that will feature a more developed environment, and North Fork facilities that are intended to “immerse visitors in the natural beauty of the Santiam Canyon.” Parks officials briefed the commission on the current state of the plan at the commission’s May 19 public meeting at the county’s Public Works compound. Here is a look at key details of the plan, which likely will be paid for largely with recovery funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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use capacity and access, establishing birdwatching trails and river access points and perhaps hike-in camping. Restoration projects include engineering log jams for fish habitat, using snags and dense plantings to assist wildlife and developing a floodplain meadow. Packsaddle: This six-acre facility just upstream from Gates will continue to serve as a launch point for rafting and kayaking on the river. Recreation fixes include improving driveway access and day-use capacity, a covered picnic area and perhaps a kayak launch. Restoration challenges include tributary work and riparian buffers as well as a boat cleaning station to boost water quality and limit invasives. Packsaddle is the lone facility

of the six that is currently open to the public. Niagara: The county will be working with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde on a native wildflower and camas meadow. Recreation plans include building a restroom, expanding parking, reopening trails and new picnic areas. Restoration projects include improving upland and riparian vegetation, bird and bat boxes and perhaps a fire ecology center.

Salmon Falls: This park is designed to be the camping hub for the region, with the former overflow parking lot dedicated to camping sites. The recreation focus will be on adding 12-15 yurts, camping sites, an amphitheater for outdoor education and perhaps a suspension bridge over the Little North Santiam to provide access to less-used portions of the park. Restoration work will feature culverts to aid fish passage and replantings in riparian and upland areas.

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The parks commission also is working on a policy that would govern possible renaming of park facilities. No discussions have been held on listing names because the first step was to create a policy for the process. None currently exists.

North Fork: The goal with this facility just up Little North Fork Road from Lyons, is to “reconnect with nature and

“We’re building the engine, we’re not running it,” said commission vice-chair Katy Waid.

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Terrain & rhythm

Classical music pianist to perform at Silver Falls

By Melissa Wagoner

In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild at Silver Falls State Park

Hunter Noack is an award winning and incredibly accomplished classical pianist but he’s also an avid outdoorsman who spent his childhood in Sunriver hunting, fishing and kayaking with his family. The problem – the two don’t really mesh.

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If you play the guitar, you can take it outside, Noack’s mother, Lori, said. But a piano isn’t nearly as portable – unless it’s a keyboard. “But that’s not really the same.”

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At least it isn’t for Noack, who has studied music in some of the most prestigious schools in the United States and Europe. He strives to present a world class experience to his audience – no matter who or where they are. In 2016 he hatched a plan to finally combine his two passions, bringing the world of classical piano music “into the wild” for everyone to hear. “In 2016 we had pianos delivered from a piano company in Portland,” Lori recalled. “We did nine sites mostly in the Portland area.” It was a whirlwind tour, with the most memorable concert being one held inside the Oneanta Tunnel where astounded hikers stumbled upon a grand piano mid-trail. “It’s almost the most fun when people are surprised by it,” Lori said. “It’s been a joy to see the reception in terms of bringing the quality that you’d see at a larger performance hall.” Director of the Sunriver Music Festival for numerous years, Lori is no stranger to planning outdoor concert events. It’s one of the many reasons her son requested her help and why it didn’t take long for her to recognize Noack’s idea had long-term potential. She suggested that Noack turn his hobby into a full-fledged nonprofit. His reply: he would need his own piano. “He went to Jordan Schnitzer in Portland and he agreed to purchase a nine-foot Steinway,” Lori said of the contribution the well-known Portland-based developer and renowned supporter of the arts made to the project. “Jordan just said, ‘That’s awesome. I’m in.’” And so the piano – built in 1912 – was purchased and retrofitted to withstand both the weather and extreme travel. Which left just one question – how to move it.


kids are taking music lessons and we say, just register so you’ll see all the information. It’s a huge part of what we do.”

Pianist, Hunter Noack, performing his portable piano on a recent concert at Big Sky, Montana. PHOTO BY ARTHUR HITCHCOCK / COURTESY IN A LANDSCAPE

“We had to come up with a system where Hunter and the crew could move the piano themselves,” Lori said. It was necessary not only to transport the piano down rough dirt roads but also up mountains, through the snow and into rocky fields. Finding nothing on the market, which fit their criteria, Noack and his father built a trailer of their own. It allows the piano to travel on its belly, legs removed, and then, once in place, to form a ready-made stage with fittings for a tent in case of rain. “I think we’re the only people in the world that transport a piano like this,” Lori said. “It’s not going to last as long as a carefully cared for piano. And there’s always one person who grumps at us about not treating the instrument well. But we do treat it with respect and have technicians work on it. And which do you set as your higher priority – caring for the instrument ina controlled environment or sharing the music?” The answer, at least in Noack’s opinion, is obvious. Which is why In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild – as the concert series came to be named – has continued to grow by leaps and bounds. “We’re doing 60 this year,” Lori said. It’s a record number of appearances that Noack is making in California, Idaho, Utah and all across Oregon. “It’s wonderful because we’ve had such a

good response, especially in rural areas. It’s very hard to say no.” One reason is, for every person Noack introduces to the wonder of classical music, there are many more who have never had the opportunity to attend a concert of this kind. “Oregon is chock full of amazing small towns east of the mountains and it’s fun because people get introduced to [classical music],” Lori said, explaining that, for many of these residents, the nearest concert hall is hours away, which means not only finding the time to make the long trip but budgeting for gas, a hotel and the expensive ticket as well. Despite the effort and expense required, In a Landscape continues to visit such out of the way places as the Alvord Desert, Cottonwood Canyon State Park and the Warm Springs Reservation, and to price his performances as affordably as possible. “We subsidize the ticket costs,” Lori confirmed, describing the monumental fundraising efforts required to drop the ticket price from $70 to $35 per ticket, while simultaneously allowing for a number of “Good Neighbor” tickets to be offered at no cost. “We set aside half the tickets in rural Oregon so those people can come for free,” Lori said. “And we have a standing rule that if anybody needs a free ticket we do it. We’ll have moms or dads write in and say their


But furthering the community’s exposure to and appreciation of classical music is by no means the only reason these concerts are important. They also encourage those who may not have otherwise ventured into the wilderness to do so – an aspect the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently recognized through its sponsorship of an eight state park series as part of the organization’s centennial celebration. “They call it the Park Explorer Series,” Lori said of the collection, which includes two performances at Silver Falls State Park on June 8 and 9. “They’re trying to get people into the parks that wouldn’t normally go or don’t have a reason to go.” While Noack’s playing is the featured event, he wants his audience to explore the park around them as well. “He encourages people to walk around,” Lori said, describing the custom-made headphones, offered with each ticket purchase, that allow attendees to do this. “You don’t need to sit still,” she continued. “He encourages them to get up and walk around and take [the music] with them. He says, ‘Don’t watch me all the time. This landscape is fascinating.’” It’s what makes Noack’s concerts unique. “There is mystery and magic to classic music. There are layers,” Lori explained. “And then there is the mystery to being outdoors… it’s sort of a lucky combination that seems to work.”

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


Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 204 W Main St. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters & artists, live music, food & spirits. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sundays. oregoncraftersmarket.com Aumsville Historical Museum, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. To visit by appointment, call Ted at 503-749-2744.


Thursday, June 2

Aumsville Planning Commission 6:30 p.m., Aumsville Community Center, 555 Main St. Legislative amendments to the Aumsville Park Plan. Persons wishing to speak may appear in person or by representative. The documents and criteria are available for inspection at the City Hall. aumsville.us

Friday, June 3 Red Cross Blood Drive

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

Document Shredding Event Noon - 2 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Must have proof of Aumsville residency. 503-749-2030

Zetta House Open House 4 - 7 p.m., Zetta House, 502 N First St., Silverton. Open house for the Zetta House Community Wellness Collective offering interdisciplinary and holistic care. zettahousewelness.com

Saturday, June 4 Fun Run & Health Walk

9 a.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. 10K, 5K and 3K runs, 5K walk. Music, food, beverages, beer garden, keepsakes. $15 to register for any event. Signup by June 2 at santiamhospital.org.

Frank Lloyd Wright Birthday Noon - 3 p.m., Gordon House Conservancy, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Celebrate the 155 birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with cake, a tour of the house. $5 entry free at the door. 503-874-6006

Monday, June 6 Stayton City Council

Berry Sale

The Stayton Area Rotary is holding its annual Berry Sale. Cost is $30 for 10 pounds of strawberry or blueberries; $45 for 10 pounds raspberries or marionberries. Berries pickup is 4 - 7 p.m. July 21 at Roth’s in Stayton. Order at https://squareup.com/store/staytonarea-rotary-foundation.

Wednesday, June 1

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

Tuesday, June 7 Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Wednesday, June 8 Chamber Business Network

Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., Beloved Cheesecakes, 115 N Water St., Silverton. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

8:30 a.m., Camp Taloali, 15934 SE Highway 22, Stayton. Network building event for business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464


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

Cascade High Graduation 7 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner.

Thursday, June 9 Sports Physicals

3:30 - 7:30 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. $10 sports physical sponsored by Santiam Hospitals and Clinics. First-come, first served.

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

Friday, June 10 Regis High Graduation

4 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton.

Stayton High Graduation 7 p.m., Salem Armory, 1710 17th St., NE, Salem.

Saturday, June 11 Flea Market

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

Sunday, June 12 Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Free. Open to public. 503-769-8860

Monday, June 13

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

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

Lyons Fire District Board 7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

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


Tuesday, June 14

Stayton City Council

Super Hero Carnival

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet with Marion County commissioners. Open to all.

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

Noon - 3 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Bring your cape and play old-fashioned carnival games. Free, family-friendly event. Prizes. Free. 503749-2030, aumsville.us

MC Commissioner’s Breakfast

Summer Kick Off 4 - 7 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Local food trucks, activities. Fun for all ages. Free entrance. Hosted by Stayton High leadership students. 503-769-2120

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

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

Wednesday, June 15 Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., McCloud Group, TBA. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Stayton Public Library Board 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, June 16 NSSD Board

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. 503-7696924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

Saturday, June 18 Bethel Clothing Closet

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

Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Food boxes. 503-881-9846

Sunday, June 19 Father’s Day Juneteenth

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. Strawberry delight with biscuits and ice cream. $7 each. Free for children 2 and younger and adults 80 and older. Open to all.

Monday, June 20 Music Mondays

6:30 p.m., Old Mill Park, 412 S Water St., Silverton. Bring your blankets and chairsg. Today: The Noted (rock). 6/27: 3Rivers Crossing (country). For a complete summer lineup, visit @silvertonfriendsof music on Facebook.


Tuesday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Movie in the Park

Summer Reading Kickoff

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Games and activities to sign up for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program. Register at the event, the library or online at staytonlibrary.org.

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

Wednesday, June 22 Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., Person Touch Car Wash, 1283 N First Ave., Stayton. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Dusk, Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a movie in the park. Free. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Monday, June 27 Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-7693425, staytonoregon.gov

Tuesday, June 28 Lyons City Council

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

Stayton Farmers Market 4 - 7 p.m., downtown Stayton. Produce, flowers, crafts and more. Every Wednesday through Sept. 28. On Facebook @ StaytonFarmersMarket.

Wednesday, June 29 Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., Santiam Teen Center, 2800 Kindle Way, Stayton. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Thursday, June 30 Red Cross Blood Drive

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Friday, June 24 POW-MIA Memorial Ride

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10:45, Sublimity. The Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association will stop in Sublimity for fuel and lunch. Citizens can line South Center Street to wave their American flags as the group comes in from Highway 22. The group will proceed to Church Park to honor the Oregon POW/MIA families and local veterans. Flags are available at Sublimity City Hall while supplies last.

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The Regis girls squad took 2nd in the Class 2A meet led by Whitley Stepp, whose performance matched that of Gates. Stepp won the long jump (160.75) and the triple jump (34-4.75), finished second in the high jump (5-1) and ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay squad that took fourth in 52.75. Also running on the relay were Lauren Crowell, Mac Parrish and Amia Rodriguez. The Regis girls scored 51 points, trailing only champion Coquille (59). Other Rams scoring points were Parrish (fifth in the 200, 27.85 and fifth in the long jump, 15-0.25), Crowell (fourth in the 100 hurdles, 17.25), Daisy Hernandez (fifth in the 300 hurdles, 50.75) and the 4x400 relay squad of Rachel Koellman, Rodriguez, Parrish and Hernandez, which finished fifth in 4:26.52.

The Regis boys finished 9th with 29 points, all of them scored on field events. Cameron Diacetis won the shot put (50-0.75) and took 2nd in the discus (132-7), while Tim Crowell (11-0) and Aidan Klascius (10-6) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault. Tennis: Zach Moore of Cascade claimed the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A boys state singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Tai Leong of Catlin Gabel. The Cougars took 4th as a team, with the doubles team of Austin Thatcher and Isaac Schnepp advancing to the consolation semifinals. Moore and the Thatcher/Schnepp duo advanced to state by winning Special District 2 titles. Cascade also finished fourth in the girls state event, led by the doubles team of Ariel Tobiasson and Marilyn Suelzle. Tobiasson and Suelzle took third.


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Natalie Federico and Kenna Coleman also won a doubles match, as did singles player Laina Atiyeh of Stayton. Golf: The Regis boys squad claimed first place in the Class 3A-2A-1A Special District 2 event at Aspen Lakes in Sisters, with Drew Dickey finishing second overall. The Rams finished seventh at state at Quail Valley in Banks, with Dickey earning a tie for 11th. The Cascade boys finished 2nd in the Special District 2 event at Tokatee in McKenzie Bridge, led by runner-up Ramsey Gordon and fourth-place finisher Ky Hemelstrand. The Cougars finished fifth at state at Quail Valley, with Hemelstrand tying for ninth overall. Ai Kawamoto competed as an individual for Regis in the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A girls event at Eagle Crest in Redmond and finished 16th

overall. Kawamoto was fourth in the District 2 event at Santiam Golf Club. Equestrian: Stayton-area squads turned in strong performances at the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams state championships at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. Stayton finished second in the small team division with 136 points, 24 behind champion Valor Christian of Beaverton. Cascade was seventh with 72 points. Top individual finishers for Stayton included Tori Turner (second in dressage, third in saddle seat equitation, fifth in reining, sixth in steer daubing), Lauren Nagle (10th in hunt seat over fences) and Gwen Cronin (eighth in driving). The Stayton team of Nagle, Ainsley Sauvageau, Tori Turner, Morgan Brownell and Toni Turner was fourth in freestyle fours. For Cascade, Grace McNichols took

second in driving, Shayli Bruce was fifth in driving, Ellie McNichols was 10th in hand trail and Tayler Kamm was 10th in trail equitation. The top 5 individuals and teams advance to the June 16-19 Pacific Northwest regionals in Moses Lake, Washington. Academics: Regis led the way with 3 top rankings for winter sports teams in the OSAA’s academic ratings. Regis ranked No. 1 among Class 2A girls basketball teams with a 3.92 gradepoint average, while the Rams’ boys squad was tied for first with Kennedy at 3.89 and the first-year Regis wrestling squad came in first at 3.62. Here is how other schools fared: • Cascade was 4th in Class 4A girls basketball (3.78), sixth in boys swimming (3.62), ninth in girls swimming (3.78), ninth in boys

basketball (3.47), 11th in wrestling (3.08) and 30th in the all-class cheerleading rankings (3.36). • Stayton was seventh in Class 4A girls basketball (3.73), ninth in wrestling (3.15), 13th in boys basketball (3.42) and 20th in dance and drill (3.61). Running: Santiam Hospital is hosting its fun run and health walk on Saturday, June 4. The 10K run, the 5K run, the 5K walk and the 3K all start at 9 a.m., with the hospital at 1401 N. Tenth serving as the start and finish line. Fees are $15 per race, with a $40 special price for a family of four, which includes T-shirts. Music, food and beverages and a beer garden all will be part of the experience. Sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/ Stayton/SantiamHospitalFunRun. Got a news tip? Twitter @jameshday and Our Town / Santiam on Facebook.

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A Grin at the End

Everything I ever needed to know Like many 20-year-olds, I am prime-time in love with the movie Top Gun. I always have been and the fact that a sequel just came out has made my year. It is my nominee for Best Movie of the Year at the Oscars, and I haven’t even seen it. My problem – if you want to call it that – is that I’m not 20. Even when the original Top Gun came out in 1986, I was, um, not 20. I found myself sitting in a movie theater in Juneau, Alaska, surrounded by teenagers. If the Navy had put a recruiting booth in the theater lobby, they could have signed up half the audience, including me. This is a secret – my wife didn’t even know about it until about a year ago, when I let it slip – but I tried. I tried to enlist in the Alaska Army National Guard. One day at work, I dialed the phone. “Hi, do you need people?” I asked the recruiter. “Do you train pilots?” The local Guard unit had a couple of Twin Otters, which were used for moving people and equipment. Not F-14s, but that

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I told him. “Oh,” he said. “I’m sorry, but we can’t take old duffers.” And that was that.

was probably as close as I would ever get. “Sure, we’re always looking for good people,” he said. “Well, what are your criteria?” I asked. “Do you have a college degree?” he asked. “You bet, I went to the Harvard of the North – the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.” “That’s good. Are you in shape?” he asked. “I just ran a marathon, if that’s what you mean.”

I’ve always been an airplane nut. My dad was in the Air Force 23 years, so I spent more time on bases than most enlisted guys. I mean, a bomber even crashed into our house when we lived on Guam. I used to drag my wife and friends to any airplane museum or air show I heard about. I’ve been to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in D.C. about a dozen times. I once went to the Mecca of the airplane world, the air show at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which had more airplanes that I could count, including the supersonic Concorde.

He was starting to get excited, like he had a live one on the line.

Suffice it to say, I like planes, and Top Gun not only had them but, almost as importantly, provided life lessons that I – and anyone else – can live by.

He asked a few more questions, and then finally asked, “Say, how old are you?”

For example: “Never leave your wingman.” There are times when people

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