Our Town South: July 1, 2022

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Aumsville joins opposition of chicken farming – Page 8

Fourth of July activities in Stayton, Turner – Page 6

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Fire damage leaves many Canyon parks out of commission

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Blackened trees and meadows full of stumps and slash greet visitors to Fishermen’s Bend near Mill City. The park, operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, is open but only offering day-use services. JAMES DAY

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with 11 currently open and nine closed,

Take the United States Forest Services, for example. The USFS operates 20 facilities that are tracked in the Canyon,

Ranger Station. Open are Southshore,

the massive Detroit Lake State Park and its combined 271 camping/RV sites available for use, as is its Mongold dayuse area.

Shuttered are Three Pools, Shady Cove, Piety Island, Upper Arm, Humbug, Fox Creek Group, Cleator Bend Group, Breitenbush and Elk Lake. It is the USFS Breitenbush Campground that is closed, not the Breitenbush Hot Springs itself. While Breitenbush Hot Springs is recovering from wildfire damage and is open, it cannot yet offer its full complement of programs and activities.

Marion County is working on an extensive restoration/recreation plan for its seven facilities along the corridor. Only two, North Santiam and Packsaddle, are open, with Minto and Niagara looking at this point like salvage log stacking stations.

More good news is that the facilities operated by the Canyon cities of Mehama, Lyons, Mill City, Gates and Idanha are open, with Mill City gearing up for $500,000-plus in revitalization and improvements at Mill City Falls Park.

The bulk of the Fishermen’s Bend acreage is closed off amid fire restoration, with temporary fencing routing traffic to the day-use area. JAMES DAY

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Also, Detroit Lake, the hub for Santiam Canyon recreation opportunities, is open for business, with

Perhaps the worst news is in the Little North Fork area, which took a brutal hit from the Beachie Creek Fire. Included on the list of closed-forsome-time facilities are Marion County facilities, BLM operations and those at nearby Opal Creek. On a positive note, word hit June 27 that the Santiam Horse Camp, a Santiam State Forest facility south of Gates, is reopening and taking reservations for after July 1. Go to reserveamerica.com and search for Santiam Horse Camp.

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Rocket’s red glare By Mary Owen Fourth of July in Stayton is back with a full slate of fun festivities! “The Stayton Lions Club is happy to reorganize and bring back the full celebration after nothing in 2020 and only the fireworks display in 2021,” said Dave Nielson, who oversees marketing communications for the club. “We’re really looking forward to seeing the parade route lined with people and happy faced kids once again.” Nielson said the event grounds will welcome back those coming for an up-close view of the fireworks with food trucks, live music and fun. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. “We are so thankful for the local business community that showed us a real commitment to keeping this tradition alive with their early and full sponsorships to fund the celebration,” Nielson said. “This will be the 49th anniversary of the first fireworks display organized by the Stayton Lions Club.” This will be the 28th year for Pyro Mike (aka former North Santiam School District employee Mike Miller) who is the pyro technician in charge of setting off the display, Nielson added. “We’re hoping to have some activities on the football field but are still in need of some volunteers to help with that,” he said.

Fireworks, full festivities return to Stayton July 4th

The Fourth kicks off with a pancake breakfast hosted by the SHS senior parents at 8-11 a.m. at the Stayton Community Center parking lot. Pancakes, eggs, sausage links, juice and coffee are on the menu and will be cooked by Stayton firefighters. Adults are $10 per plate and kids $8. Proceeds benefit the Class of 2023 Senior All Night Party. At 9 a.m. local Boy Scouts oversee the Stayton Fun Run/ Walk, offering a 3K walk/Run, 5K trail run and 10K trail run. Runs start at the Stayton Community Center parking lot. Entry fee is $10 advance registration online, or $15 day of race. Registration is between 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sign up online at Stayton4thOfJuly.com. The Oregon Air National Guard will fly over, time to be determined pending flight path confirmation. “United We Parade!” is the theme for this year’s Grand Parade. Major General (Ret) Julie Bentz will serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. Bentz was born and raised on her family’s Blue Den Ranch between Jordan and Scio, where she has returned after retiring from a distinguished 33-year military service career. She is a 1982 graduate of Regis High School and a 1986 Graduate of Oregon State University through the ROTC program. The parade starts at 4 p.m. with line up at 2:30 p.m. for

judging. A porta-potty will be available near the checkin booth. Entry fee is $15 if received by June 30 after which it is $20. Parade entries will be judged for a “Best in Class” for each category with additional Honorable Mention ribbons. Activities on the event grounds at Stayton High School begin at 5 p.m. Food vendors include Runaway Kitchen, Island Style Grindz and Suzy’s Taqueria. No alcohol, smoking, vaping, weapons, personal fireworks or pets are allowed on the event grounds and school property.​ First appearing two decades ago, Tony Graham will again headline on stage from 7:30 to 9 p.m. “It’s been 20 years,” Graham said. “Let’s party and have a good time!” Rounding out the day’s events will be the annual Lions Club fireworks display at dusk around 9:45-10 p.m. Firework finale sponsors are Covered Bridge Café, Pacific Power and Santiam Hospital. Other sponsors include Stayton Rotary Club; Frank Lumber Co.; DeeAnne and Gerry Aboud; Freres Building Supply; Northwest Preferred Credit Union; HP Civil, Inc.; Republic Services; RedBuilt; City of Stayton Public Services; Jimco Fence; Power Chevrolet; Stayton Sports Store; Stayton Auto Wreckers; Weis & Associates, Inc.; and North Santiam Funeral Service.

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Turner lights By Mary Owen

bands will play on the main stage.

For the second year, K&E Excavating celebrates the Fourth of July with activities and fireworks over Turner Lake.

Staging is at 1:45 for the 2 p.m. Parade of Rides that winds from the lake to downtown.

The event takes place on July 3-4 at Turner Lake Park and kicks off each day at 8 a.m. with breakfast from vendors. Organizers report, “Turner Events takes pride in bringing a variety of good food and beverage options to the 2022 K&E Independence Day Celebration. No outside alcohol will be allowed to be brought into the park. If bringing your own food, please limit it to small lunch bags or personal coolers as many guests will be using shuttle services to the parking lots.

From 5-11 p.m. a Kick-off Party will be held.

Cost for parking is $10 at Turner Lake Park and $5 to park at businesses on Third Street. A shuttle will be available. Proceeds go to volunteer organizations from Cascade High School.


On Sunday, activities include a Stars & Stripes Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park, where vendors sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cruise-In awards will be handed out at 1:30 p.m. Entry on the day of the event is $20 or $10 for parade only with proceeds to benefit Cascade FFA. A Cruise-In gift will be handed out to the first 50 entries.

Volunteers are still needed. To review a list of positions and descriptions, check the website link. “Our webpage at www.Stayton4thOfJuly.com has full event information, maps and schedules,” Nielson said. “It also hosts information for the day’s morning activities put on by others. It will be kept updated with anything new as needed through the Fourth.”


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Just say ‘no’ By Stephen Floyd The City of Aumsville has added its voice to those opposing large-scale chicken ranches in the region as state lawmakers take up the matter for possible legislation next year. During the June 13 meeting of the Aumsville City Council, officials reached a consensus to send a letter to Gov. Kate Brown expressing concern for the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of commercial chicken farms. Three known chicken ranches are under development near Stayton, Scio and Jordan, and Aumsville said these farms could pollute ground and surface water, deplete too much water from the aquifer, and drive down tourism for events such as the Aumsville Corn Festival. “Aumsville City Council hopes that you will direct your agencies to take whatever actions are available to them to prevent these facilities from going forward,” the letter told Brown, “and to review Oregon laws and policies that permit these kinds of operations in the Willamette Valley.” City Administrator Ron Harding conceded there may not be grounds to block the three farms if they comply with current regulations, but Aumsville officials wanted to question whether or not regulations should be tightened to mitigate the impacts of commercial chicken farms. “Really the idea is not intended to stop the projects, because I’m not sure this is possible,” said Harding. “I think the idea is to inform the governor and legislators that there may be loopholes in the regulations.”

Lawmakers examining options The city’s concerns mirror those brought before legislators June 2 during a meeting of the Senate Interim Committee On Natural Resources and Wildfire Recovery. The committee chose to form a workgroup to investigate the matter for a possible bill during the 2023 legislative session, with an emphasis on gathering input from both sides of the issue. Critics of commercial chicken ranches,

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Aumsville writes governor, joins opposition to chicken ranches as well as industry advocates, told lawmakers June 2 such operations have a significant impact on the Pacific Northwest, but for starkly different reasons.

individuals. By that time FAFF had organized a deluge of opposition and the vast majority of comments received by regulators were against Simon’s application.

Local resident Kendra Kimbirauskas, with Farmers Against Foster Farms (FAFF), argued industrial-scale chicken farms create dangerous levels of ammonia in the air and water, and that regulations are currently too lax to manage these potential threats effectively. She urged lawmakers to take action and create a process that considers not only the function of an industrial chicken farm, but its scale and the impact multiple large farms would have on an area.

FAFF has since appealed the May 26 decision, and on June 10 sent an email to supporters declaring their intent to oppose all permits for J-S Ranch including a construction permit from DEQ, a road access permit from Linn County, and water supply plan from Oregon’s Water Resources Department. Organizers have acknowledged lawmakers do not have grounds to deny these permits if J-S Ranch meets all their requirements, but said this is evidence that the laws need to be changed and they intend to campaign until regulations are revised.

“We just feel we’ve been doing so much to bring people to our communities, we feel that this kind of industry is not conducive for our rural communities’ resiliency,” said Kimbirauskas. However, Eric Simon, owner of J-S Ranch, near Scio, said commercial poultry farms are an important part of the local food supply and help grocers keep up with consumer demand for fresh, local poultry. He said, though farms like J-S Ranch can grow millions of birds annually, growers still want to create conditions ideal for each animal. “A happy, healthy bird makes a grower money,” said Simon, whose facility is expected to handle 3.5 million chickens each year. “Uncomfortable, sick or dead birds don’t.”

J-S Ranch receives permit approval This meeting came one week after the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality granted Simon a permit May 26 allowing operation of a large livestock facility. Simon applied for the permit in 2020 shortly after purchasing the ranch along Jordan-Scio Road and was required to document how he would safely manage chicken manure and other animal waste, wastewater, and noxious smells. Regulators sought public comment for the application between August and October, 2021, including a virtual town hall Oct. 21, 2021, attended by 114

“While we are not happy that these permits have been or are going to be issued, the important thing to know is that our fight is not over and we will continue to challenge the siting of J-S Ranch with every opportunity,” said FAFF. Simon said he does not believe regulators will change course after so much time and effort has already been spent evaluating his application and he does not believe they will be swayed by FAFF’s arguments. “It’s just a stall tactic,” he said. “Obviously, the Department of Ag has slow-walked this very carefully for two years now, so this isn’t something we jumped onto and said, ‘We need to issue this permit.’ This has been a very, very careful, long process to get this done, so we don’t expect any changes from this appeal.”

Owner says critics are misled Simon said he is frustrated FAFF has gained so much traction using arguments he sees as misleading and sensationalist. Having lived for 21 years on a commercial chicken farm in Brownsville, Simon said neither he nor his neighbors have encountered the health concerns described by FAFF, including breathing problems from ammonia and livestock dust. “People in town don’t even know there’s a [commercial chicken] farm in Brownsville,” he said, adding his


daughter was married at the farm and “nobody said anything about it.” Simon conceded there are days when the smell does become a nuisance, such as when the animals are being loaded for shipment or on particularly hot days, but that such eventualities are simply part of agriculture. He added there are already large chicken ranches throughout the region that operate unnoticed by most residents. “There are millions of birds raised at any given time all throughout the Willamette Valley,” he said. “Where’s the complaints? Where’s the issues we’re having there?” Simon said, if he could speak to FAFF supporters, he would ask them to consider the thorough review his waste management plan received and accept that the state and J-S Ranch performed their due diligence. “We’ve done two years of this process,” he said. “Accept the ruling and move on.” However Kimbirauskas said FAFF will not be standing down, reiterating their goal to revise the laws so operations like J-S Ranch cannot be established without greater oversight. “If we thought the agency had performed due diligence, we wouldn’t have the need to challenge the permit,” she said. “But the reality is this location is completely inappropriate for a mega poultry operation and in our opinion the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s CAFO permit is neither protective of our rivers or our groundwater. We will continue to utilize every tool we have to challenge the siting of mega poultry operations on our prime farmland and next to our rivers.” Simon said his concern is that FAFF doesn’t want to see large-scale chicken farms established at all, and he is being targeted because of bigger frustrations with commercial agriculture. “Right from the get go, they told me that their goal was to bankrupt me,” said Simon. “…It’s just terrible what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to make an example of me so future expansion won’t happen.”

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Third Avenue changes Moxieberry transitions, new owners

By Mary Owen Moxieberry, a popular Third Avenue eatery, is bowing out and will be replaced by two separate businesses, a restaurant and coffee shop. Stepping in will be Ken and Amy Carey, Spud Bus owners who will open in their brick-and-mortar space as Third Avenue Eatery. Joining them will be Kelly Stevens of Naked Cat Coffee, LLC & Sweets assisted by her husband, Dave, and 14-year-old daughter, Natalie. Moxieberry owner Teri Mesa said she and her husband, Jon, had been approached several times in the recent past about interest in their business. “Although it was our long game-plan for retirement, when this opportunity presented itself, we saw it as a win-win for all parties,” she said. “We would gain more time to run our other downtown businesses and bring a community favorite food truck to Third Avenue. We have no plans to open in another location. We have plenty to keep us busy downtown.” The Mesas plan to spend more time developing the retail spaces in the Marketplace At The Grove, 3rd Easel Gallery & Gifts, and “any other projects that come up.” Mesa called the change “definitely a match made in heaven” that came together in the last few weeks.

and asked Ken if he would be interested in renting the restaurant. It was totally out of left field! “Operating a brick-and-mortar was the furthest thing from our minds,” he added. “We had talked about it tongue-in-cheek for a few years. We feel very excited and nervous, at the same time.” The décor of the restaurant is a color and style the Careys love and, as well as the menu, will remain the same, with a few additions to make it their own space. Tables and chairs allow for eat-in or takeout, he said.

Carey said their goal and vision since the conception of the Spud Bus has been to encourage and work alongside other businesses. “We are excited about bringing some fresh and exciting enthusiasm to Third Avenue,” he said. “We are thankful to be supported by such an awesome community.” Sharing the space makes sense to Stevens, who – yes – owns four hairless, naked cats!

“When something feels right, you simply got to go with it,” she said.

“We realize we have some growing pains and challenges ahead of us,” Carey said. “We also see the amazing potential of having the opportunity of serving our community in an entirely new way.”

Ken Carey explained, “We were open at Monte’s Coin Shop, and Teri was out walking her dog. She stopped by the bus

A grand opening has not been set yet, but the new restaurateurs hope to hold it by mid-July.

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Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave.

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Santiam Senior Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons, Marion, Mehama. Repeats Wed., Fri.. $3 donation suggested. Ginger, 503-769-7995. Free Covid-19 Testing, 2 - 6 p.m., Ditter’s Square, 134 W Main St., Sublimity. No physician’s order required. Pre-register at labdash.net, 503-769-3230. Appointments required: santiamhospital.org/coronavirus. Repeats 2 - 4:30 p.m. Sat. Walk-In Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic, 2 – 5 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Adult and children age 5 and older vaccines and boosters. Moderna vaccine for pediatric patients 6 months to age 5. Free. Drop in or schedule an appointment at santiamhospital.org. Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Regular games $.05 a card. Blackout $.10 a card. 50 and older. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009 Community Yoga, 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Hall, 362 Seventh St., Lyons. Suggested donation $5 - 15. All levels. Repeats Wednesday. Kathy, mail2reed@gmail. com


Senior Gardening with Diane Hyde, 10:30 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com


St. Boniface Archives and Museum, 9 a.m. - noon, 370 Main St., Sublimity. Learn about Sublimity and possibly your family history. Free. 503-508-0312 Tai Chi for Intermediates, 10:15 - 11 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. 503-767-2009 Tai Chi for Beginners, 11:15 a.m. noon, Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. 503-767-2009

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Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road. Guests welcome. 503-508-9431 Cascade Country Quilters, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Beginner Line Dancing Class, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Advanced Line Dancing Class, 2 - 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Stayton Farmers Market, 4 - 7 p.m., downtown Stayton. Produce, flowers, crafts and more. On Facebook @ StaytonFarmersMarket.


Mama´s Community Market, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665 Point Man Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503-859-2627


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


Aumsville Saturday Market, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Fresh produce, specialty food, baked goods, flowers and more. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us Aumsville Historical Museum, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. To visit by appointment, call Ted, 503-749-2744


Free Summer Meals 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road (hot lunch). 11:15 a.m. - noon, Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. (sack lunch); 11:15 - 11:45 a.m., Mari-Linn Elementary, 641 Fifth St., Lyons (sack lunch); Stayton Pool, 333 W Burnett St (sack lunch). All meals must be consumed on site. Children must be present to get meal. For ages 1 - 18.

Saturday, July 2 Fireworks over the Lake

Dusk, Detroit City Park, 105 S Patton Road. Sponsored by Davidson’s Masonry & Siegmund Excavation & Construction.

Monday, July 4 Independence Day Pancake Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Pancakes, eggs, sausage links, juice, coffee. Adults $10. Kids $8. Benefits Stayton High Class of 2023. Stayton4thofJuly.com

Stayton Fun Run/Walk 9 a.m., Stayton Community Center. 3K walk/run, 5K & 10K trail run. $10 advance registration at staytonfunrun. com. $15 day of race registration.

Stayton Grand Parade 4 p.m., Stayton. Grand marshal is Julie Bentz. Parade runs down First Avenue to Washington Street to Gardener Avenue. Staging at Regis parking lot. $20 entry fee at Stayton4thofJuly.com.

Stayton Festivities, Fireworks 5 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Games, food trucks, live music, organization displays, skills challenge. No alcohol, smoking, vaping, weapons, personal fireworks or pets allowed. Fireworks start at dusk. Stayton4thofJuly.com

Tuesday, July 5 Storytime in the Park

10:30 a.m. Storytime is popping up in a different location each week. Today: Stayton Community Center Park. 7/12: Quail Run Park. 7/19: Santiam Park. 7/26: Church Park in Sublimity. All ages. 503-769-3313

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

Wednesday, July 6 Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., Bonebrake & Company, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Network building for local businesses, nonprofits. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Stro’s Cruise-In 5 - 8 p.m., A&W, 1215 W Washington St., Stayton. Classic cars, music, food, prizes. Repeats June 19. Fundraiser for the Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship. Repeats July 20. Russ, 503930-8976, stroscarevents.com

Thursday, July 7

Sunday, July 3

Sublimity City-wide Sale

July 3rd Fireworks Celebration Dusk, The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Free for Garden members and children 12 and under. $5 for 13 and older. oregongarden.org

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sublimity. Look for signs on each street corner. Garage sale permits are waived for Sublimity residents. Repeats July 8 - 9.


Full STEAM Ahead 3 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Explore different science, technology, engineering, art and math tools and materials. For children and families. Free. 503-769-3313

Lyons Summer Reading Fun 3 p.m., Lyons City Park, 449 Fifth St. All programs are free and open to the public. Today: Camping crafts (dress backwards). 7/14: Space Camp (dress in PJs). 7/21: Bear Hunt (dress in camo). 7/28: Paradise of Samoa performs. 503859-2366, lyons.ccrls.org

Friday, July 8 Marion County Fair

10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 NE 17th Ave., Salem. Three days of family fun, rides, concerts and more. For complete list of events and pricing, visit marioncountyfair.net. Repeats 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. July 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. July 10.

Saturday, July 9 Hart Strong Poker Run

7:30 a.m., Hart Family Property, 9467 SE Stayton Road, Aumsville. You don’t need to know how to play poker or ride a motorcycle to participate. All shapes and sizes of vehicles are welcome. Buy-in packages range from $25 to $75. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Register at hartstrong.org.

Property Cleanup 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Santiam Canyon Long Term Recovery Group property cleanup and garden prep to assist a wildfire survivor. Signup at santiamrecovery.org/volunteer. The address will be emailed after signup.

Saint Benedict Festival Noon - 4 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Midday prayer, picnic and lawn games with the Monks, Vespers. Tickets include craft beer from the Monks’ Benedictine Brewery, selection of Willamette Valley wines. Live music. Tickets $50, available at mountangelabbey.org, 21+ only. 503-845-3030.

Canyon Jam 3 - 11 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Country artists Cody Hibbard, Jason Cross, Royale Lynn and Nate Burnham perform. Tickets $30. Tickets at eventbrite.com/e/ canyon-jam-tickets-335850376517. Presented by PNW Maintenance and Derek Clevenger for House District 17.

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Aumsville Movies in the Park Dusk, Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Free. Today: Abominable. 7/16: 101 Dalmatians live action. 7/23: Mary Poppins. 7/30: Peter Rabbit.

Sunday, July 10 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, July 11 Sublimity City Council

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

Music Mondays 6:30 p.m., Old Mill Park, 412 S Water St., Silverton. Bring your blankets and chairs, and enjoy music on Monday nights all summer long. Today: Inner Limits. 7/18: Timothy James Duo. 7/25: Ancient Ways. For a complete summer lineup, visit @ silvertonfriendsof music on Facebook.

Lyons Fire District Board 7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public. lyonsrfd.org

Stayton Fire District 7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503769-2601, staytonfire.org

Tuesday, July 12 Can You Survive?

3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Quiz show style event to find out if you can survive different scenarios. Teens ages 12 - 18. Free. 503-769-3313

RDS Board Meeting 6 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317, downtownstayton.org

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

Wednesday, July 13 Chamber Business Network

8:30 a.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Hosted by Bend Your Nutrition. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Angel Ocasio 11 a.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Laugh and be amazed with bilingual comedian Angel Ocasio. All ages. Free. Hosted by Stayton Public Library. 503-769-3313

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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.

Thursday, July 14 Linn County Fair

Tuesday, July 19

Movie in the Park

3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Paint rocks to look like cactuses and display them in a small pot. Supplies are limited. Teens ages 12 - 18. Registration required by calling 503-769-3313.

Monday, July 25

Rock Cactus Garden

11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Linn County Fairgrounds, 3700 Knox Butte Road, Albany. Three days of family fun, rides, concerts and more. For complete list of events and pricing, visit linncountyfair.com. Repeats July 15, 16.

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Border Collie International

Chamber Business Network

11 a.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Team of rescued Border Collies entertain and educate through demonstrations of sports, skits and Frisbee tricks. All ages. Free. Hosted by Stayton Public Library. 503-769-3313

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

Saturday, July 16

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

Wednesday, July 20

8:30 a.m., TBD. Hosted by Santiam Youth Golf. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Red Cross Blood Drive 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Aumsville Fire District, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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

Ride to Defeat ALS

6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel. Riders compete in 77-mile, Metric Century, 51-mile, 25-mile, or Family Fun 3-mile rides. Finish line festivities include entertainment, lunch, craft beer. All participants ages 11 and up are responsible for meeting $150 fundraising goal by day of event. Register at als.org/ get-involved/events.

Flea Market 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles. Lunch available to go and limited seating. If mandated, masks will be required. Free admission, parking. 503-859-2161

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

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Thursday, July 21 Paradise of Samoa

4 p.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Experience authentic Pacific Island dance and live music. All ages. Free. Hosted by Stayton Public Library. 503-769-3313

NSSD Board 6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. 503-769-6924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

Friday, July 22

Santiam Canyon Stampede

7 - 10 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Fest Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. NPRA rodeo, mutton busting, Jr barrel racing, Kids Corral, live music. Tickets are adults $15.50, youth $10.50. Prices at the door are $19 adults, $13 youth. Kids 5 and under are free. Tickets and complete lineup of events at scsrodeo.com.

Saturday, July 23

Taizé Prayer

7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Monday, July 18 Red Cross Blood Drive

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

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

Canterbury Renaissance Faire

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 6569 Valley View Road, Silverton. Jousting, dancing, shopping and more. Adults $18/day. Age 6 - 12 and seniors 60 and older $14/day. Age 5 and under are free. Free parking. Repeats July 24, 30, 31. For more information and coupons, visit canterburyfaire.com.

Pulled Pork Dinner 5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert, coffee/punch. $10 per person. 503-859-2161


8 p.m., Church Park, 375 E Main St., Sublimity. Bring your chairs and blankets, and enjoy Sing 2. All ages. Free.

Red Cross Blood Drive

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sublimity Fire Department, 115 NW Parker St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Family Building Blocks Playgroup 10 - 11:30 a.m., Lyons Park, 449 Fifth St. Free playgroup for families with children ages 5 and under. Fun activities, light snacks. RSVP: 503-769-1120, mweeks@ familybuildingblocks.org

Stayton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public. staytonoregon.gov

Tuesday, July 26 Playing Around

3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Teens ages 12 - 18 can partake in some improv games. Free. 503-769-3313

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

Friday, July 29 Camp Skits

4 p.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Explore how to do impromptu skits and be part of the show. For children and families. Free. Hosted by Stayton Public Library. 503-769-3313

Saturday, July 30 Stro’s Car Show

8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunrise Park, 542 NE Berry St., Sublimity. All makes, models and years of special interest vehicles welcome. $15 registration before July 20; $20 dayof. Spectators free. Fundraiser for Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship. 503-930-8976, stroscarevents.com

Santiam SummerFest 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Third Avenue, Stayton. Street fair in downtown Stayton with arts & crafts, business, games & sports, Family Fun Zone, big boys toys, food, brews and live entertainment. 503-769-3464, staytonsublimitychamber.org. ••••••••••••••••••

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Something to Do


Music, vendors line Third Avenue July 30

By Mary Owen

afternoon to keep attendees cool and bringing in ageappropriate offerings to engage the teen festival-goers, as well,” she added.

The 27th annual Santiam SummerFest returns to Third Avenue in historic downtown Stayton this year.

The main stage, next to the beer garden and food vendors in and surrounding the city parking lot on the corner of Florence and Third, will have entertainment 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along with food and brews.

Title sponsor NW Preferred Federal Credit Union will partner with the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce to support this long-standing, community event set for Saturday, July 30. The Chamber produces the event as an extension of its commitment to enhance community livability and to promote a thriving business climate throughout the region. “After the hiatus of events due to COVID restrictions, businesses and residents are excited for the opportunity to connect and celebrate with one another,” said Carmélle Bielenberg, Chamber President/CEO. “Downtown Stayton continues to grow and has become the home to many new businesses. This event is a fun way to showcase downtown Stayton, alongside cool vendors, community partners and regional businesses.” SummerFest began as a street fair and continues to draw nearly 100 vendors annually, with a selection of arts and crafts, produce, community resources, products and services. Santiam Hospital & Clinics will host this year’s Family Fun Zone, with a bounce house, laser tag, and other kid-friendly activities. New this year will be a “Big Boys (and Girls)

Mathieu Raney from Silverton, the classic rock band EDGE and the popular Rock & Roll Cowboys will perform.

Toys” exhibit, showcasing machinery from area agriculture, construction, forestry, outdoor recreation and emergency services. The Fun Zone is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as are the vendors and exhibits. “We are hoping this exhibit peaks kids’ interest in local industry while helping to connect employers with potential job seekers in fun, laid-back atmosphere,” Bielenberg said. “We are always looking for unique ways to engage the public while showing off the amazing businesses that are located here in our region. “We are working on some fun water activities in the

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The 24th annual Stro’s SummerFest Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunrise Park in Sublimity. All makes, models and years of special-interest vehicles are welcome. The show raises funds for the Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship Foundation. For information, call 503-930-8976.


The Chamber offers a special thanks to sponsors and supporters: City of Stayton, City of Sublimity, Stayton Law, Brenda Bonebrake Real Estate Team, Pacific Power, Republic Services, SCTC and Young Mobile Entertainment. For vendor applications, event details or sponsorship opportunities, contact info@staytonsublimitychamber.org, call 503-769-3464, or visit the Chamber office at 175 E High St., Stayton. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

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Stampede By Mary Owen The Santiam Canyon Stampede provides thrills and spills with professional rodeo action on July 22-23, presented by Freres Lumber at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds. “We here at the Stampede can’t wait to see you all again!” said Corky Justis, SCS director of promotions for the 24th annual event. “We are very excited to be back to rodeo action.” Justis said organizers found it “tough being forced to take time off” after COVID, wildfires and other show-stopping events.

Professional rodeo returns to Sublimity Friday’s performance is dedicated to Diabetes Awareness. “It holds special meaning to our Queen Bailey Pedersen and a number of our board members,” Justis said. “We invite you all to wear your blue, in support. Diabetes blue is royal and sometime light blue.

“That can be done at our website the first part of July,” she said. “Each form will have the required ages of contestants! The ages do matter, so please check them. These events fill quickly so watch for your event and be ready to get signed up!”

“And we will be honoring our community on Saturday night,” she added. “Rodeogoers are encouraged to wear their favorite red, white and blue!” Saturday is also military night.

“It did give us time to look back and remember all the great memories and hard work it took to build the Stampede, and all the fun times and the ability to give back to the community,” she said. “We let it fuel us and give us hope to look to the future.”

The 13th annual Volunteer Firefighters Cowboy Breakfast will be held each morning, 7 to noon Saturday, 5:45 to 6:45 Sunday at the Sublimity Fire Station. Firefighters serve pancakes, ham, eggs, orange juice, milk and coffee at the main station. Proceeds benefit the fire department. Cost is $8 adults, $5 seniors and children 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free.

Justis credits the encouragement received from sponsors, fans and community members for the drive to “get back to the Stampede as soon as we could.”

Activities on both Friday and Saturday nights kick off with the Stampede Pre Funk in the Entertainment Tent at 5:45-6:45 p.m. with games, music and prizes. The official

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Thanks to Sublimity Insurance, the Kids Corral will be free on Friday night, with games, inflatables, a pedal tractor, pony rides, photo opportunities and giveaways. Community favorites such as Mutton, Pee Wee and Jr barrel racing, and the donkey races require pre-registering, Justis said.

Details can be found on the SCSR Facebook page, or at www.scsrodeo.com. The Grand Entry starts at 7 p.m., followed with NPRA Rodeo action, including bulls, broncos, calf-roping and more. Santiam Canyon Stampede Queen, Bailey Pedersen. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Stampede After Party features the Dusty Rhodes Band in the tent for ages 21 and over. Hailing from Nashville, Brit Stokes is on entertainment lineup.


Tickets per day are adults $15.50 in advance and $19 at the gate, children 6-12 $10.50 in advance and $13 at the gate, children 5 and under free. Tickets are available at Double H Western Wear, Salem; Riverview Bank, Aumsville; Wilco Farm Stores and on the Stampede website.

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School Spotlight

Golden Eagle By Stephen Floyd The North Santiam School District Board gave a fond and grateful farewell to former Superintendent Andy Gardner when he attended his final board meeting June 16. Gardner’s last day with the district was June 30 as he departs to become superintendent of Greater Albany Public Schools. The board has selected Ridgeview High School Principal Lee Loving to take over for Gardener beginning July 1. Gardner has spent his entire educational career to this point in the area, starting as a Regis High School teacher in 1990 and then holding teaching, coaching and administrative positions with NSSD throughout his 32 years. He has spent the last 12 years as superintendent, leading the district out of The Great Recession, and through the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 wildfires. Board Chair Alisha Oliver said she still remembered him as “Mr. Gardner” from her time as a student at Stayton High School, where Gardner served as teacher

NSSD board gives Gardner encouraging sendoff

and coach during the 1990s. Oliver said this impression was a testament to the lasting impact Gardner had as an educator. “You haven’t just been the superintendent of these schools, you’ve been woven into the fabric of the community,” she said, “and that’s what makes a community tick and makes us want to live here, makes us want to have our kids here, makes us want to stay and not just leave town and never come back.” Vice Chair Laura Wipper said one of Gardner’s strengths has been his thoughtfulness and willingness to reflect, which she said is foundational to his success as a leader and administrator. “It’s been a great ride,” she said. “Thank you for all you’ve done and the position you’ve put the district in as you go off to Albany.” Board Member Coral Ford pointed to Gardner’s role during the pandemic, noting the board probably witnessed only a

small fraction of the community frustration Gardner encountered on a regular basis. His leadership and steadfastness helped the district and community persevere through a crisis many other administrators would have been unable to endure, she said. “You carried forward and moved forward through all of it, and it takes an amazing person to be able to be that true leader,” said Ford. “So thank you for all you’ve done here.” Gardner was quick to share credit for the district’s success and lauded the exceptional qualities of those he worked with. “Whatever we’ve done, there’s always been a group of people making it happen,” he said. “I’ve just been getting people kind of together and, you know, starting to tip the bucket one way, and then, you know, things just happen and people move together – only together.” The board presented Gardner that evening with its 2022 Golden Eagle Award,

inscribing the qualities that set Gardener apart as superintendent. The plaque reads: “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. One does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent. In the end, leaders are like eagles: They don’t flock. You find them one at a time.” Gardner departs for an embattled district whose previous superintendent was fired by its board last year during disputes over policy including the implementation of COVID-19 protocols. NSSD Board Member Erin Cramer said he hopes this transition will mark a new beginning for Gardner and Albany, given Gardner’s strong aptitudes. “A fresh start is what a lot of people need,” said Cramer. “I hope it works out.”

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Softball champs

By James Day The Cascade High softball team faced some big challenges in the Class 4A championship game June 7 at Jane Sanders Stadium in Eugene. The opponent, top-ranked Marist Catholic, featured a dominating pitcher, Malia Williams, who came into the game with 14 no-hitters to her credit. But the veteran, opportunistic Cougars, many of whom began playing together when they were 8- to 10-years-old, proved their mettle by rallying 3 times for a scintillating 3-2 win. It was the third state softball title for Cascade, which came into the game ranked 2nd behind the Spartans. The two teams also met on March 17 in a nonleague matchup won 3-0 by the Spartans. “It did help some,” coach Marty Jeppsen said about the first encounter, “but it was so long ago and both teams have grown a lot and changed since that there wasn’t a lot to take away from it. What we did realize, however, was that we could play Licensed Bonded Insured

Cascade takes 3-2 win vs. Marist in 4A state final

with them. Two of our starters had only been there 2 days after their basketball season ended and we knew we would get a lot better. We left that game encouraged.” The Cougars showed up for the final ready to battle. Marist took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th against Cascade right-hander Hannah Walliman, but the Cougars answered with a run in the top of the 5th when Emma Hilfiker singled to left center to score Alyssa Collins, courtesy runner for Walliman. The Spartans made it 2-1 in the bottom of the 5th by tallying an unearned run. But back came Cascade in the top of the 6th. Sophomore Kailee Bode singled through the left side, stole second and third and came across on Crystal Campbell’s sacrifice fly to left. Bode, the Oregon West Conference player of the year, was in the thick of things all game for Cascade, with 2 hits, a run and an RBI. She batted 2nd against Marist, as she did in the semifinals against LaGrande after hitting leadoff all year.

“She had been struggling a bit, at least for the standard she had set for herself, in the past couple weeks,” Jeppsen said. “That was the beauty of this group. I had a talk with her and Emma Hilfiker and told them we were going to switch them in the lineup. Emma was hitting very well and we were hoping it would allow Kailee to be able to bunt more and see better pitches to hopefully get her going again. They took it in stride and the rest of the team picked her up during her struggling period, which goes back to the trust they have in each other.” Walliman set down Marist in order in the bottom of the 6th, and the game went to the 7th tied 2-2. Cascade answered again. Caylen Metcalf punched a one-out single to left and Lexie Gidcumb was sent in to run. Gidcumb advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and infield hits by Hilfiker and Bode brought her home for a 3-2 lead. Those 2 singles in the 7th gave Cascade 8 for the game; Williams had allowed none in her 3 previous playoff wins. Cascade’s Walliman was perfect in the

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Regis wins OSAA’s all-sports trophy

Regis captured the OSAA Cup for Class 2A for the 2021-22 school year. The all-sports competition, which also features academic and sportsmanship components, had not been awarded the past two years because of COVID-19.

Activities Association. The Rams were first in their class in boys golf (3.80), boys track and field (3.66) and baseball (3,63), while finishing second in girls track and field (3.83).

Regis finished with 2023 points to oust Kennedy (1942.5), which had won the honor in the four previous non-COVID seasons.

Moving to the high desert has long been a dream, Ganfield said, adding “I’m not officially considering myself retired yet.”

Top performing teams for Regis included girls track and field (2nd at state) and boys basketball (4th at state), boys golf (7th), baseball (quarterfinals) and the first-year wrestling program, which took 8th.

Ganfield grew up west of Eugene and went to Elmira High. He met his wife at Western Oregon and worked eight years as a special education teacher in Myrtle Point before coming to Cascade.

Cascade, which won Class 4A titles in volleyball, boys basketball and softball, finished 6th in the 4A competition. Stayton, whose dance and drill squad was 2nd, finished 12th.

“I have to say I’m excited about the next chapter,” he said. “I get to choose what is next, which is weird.”

New boss: Cascade has a new athletic director, James Rise, who is moving to Turner after a four-year run at Silverton. Rise’s teams had their best school year in his reign in 2021-22, with state titles in football and boys track and field and runner-up finishes in boys basketball and girls golf. Rise replaces long-time Cascade fixture Tim Ganfield, who coached the Cougars to a pair of state softball titles in his 24 years with the district as a teacher, coach, counselor and athletic director/assistant principal. Ganfield, 54, is moving to Central Oregon because his wife, Cyndi, got a principal’s job in the Redmond district.

Rise, in a release issued by the Cascade district, said “I’m excited for the opportunity to join a great team at Cascade High School. This is a great chance for a new adventure in a tight-knit community where athletics plays a major role.” “Rise will be a great addition to the administrative team at Cascade High School,” said Superintendent Darin Drill. “His background in coaching will help him hit the ground running. He understands the important role athletics play in students’ social and emotional well-being.” Academics: Regis teams finished first academically in three spring sports and second in another, according to grade-point average data released by the Oregon School


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Here is a look at other Cougars and Eagles teams with GPAs at 3.0 or above: • Cascade: Girls track and field (3.61, 12th), boys track and field (3.45, 12th), baseball (3.25, 12th), boys track and field (3.26, 17th), boys golf (3.21, 17th), softball (3.32, 19th). • Stayton: Girls tennis (3.75, 10th), boys tennis (3.62, 10th), softball (3.48, 10th), baseball (3.24, 13th), girls golf (3.42, 15th), boys tennis (3.33, 15th). Softball: Class 4A and Oregon West Conference champion Cascade swept the major awards on the all-OWC team. Marty Jeppsen was named coach of the year, Hannah Walliman earned pitcher of the year and Kailee Bode was named player of the year. Infielders Crystal Campbell, Malia Scanlan and Abby Jeppsen also made the first team for Cascade as well as outfielder Emma Hilfiker. Infielder Jaimy Bangert, outfielders Caylen Metcalf and Lexie Gidcumb were on the second team, while infielder Sadie Ambrosek and catcher McKenna Gramzow received honorable mention. Stayton, which finished second behind Cascade in the OWC and advanced to

Baseball: Stayton landed two players on the Class 4A all-state team, with Cascade earning one slot. Nick Frith of the Eagles was the first-team utility player and teammate Cody Leming earned 3rd-team pitching honors. Infielder Caleb Boyles of Cascade also was placed on the third team. In the earlier Oregon West Conference awards, Frith was named pitcher of the year and was joined by Leming on the first team. Cascade’s Boyles also was a first-teamer. Infielder Connor Hollenbeck, first baseman Jared Jungwirth, catcher Eli Brown and utility player Wyatt Hooper were named to the second team from Stayton. Earning honorable mention were infielders Conner Choate of Stayton and Jaimen Whelden of Cascade and Cougars first baseman Jackson Walsh. Equestrian: Tori Turner represented Stayton well in a prestigious equestrian competition in Moses Lake, Washington. The Pacific Northwest regional event brought together top finishers at statewide meets in Oregon and Washington. Turner participated in three events, taking fifth in dressage, ninth in saddle seat equitation and tenth in reining.

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Teen center appoints executive director The Santiam Teen Center welcomed Executive Director Katrina Casas June 1. The center, established in 2018 and operating an afterschool program for local teens since 2019, will now expand its programming to year-round. “This community has expressed the need for programs and activities for our local teens, and we have created a great, safe space for local youth over the last three years. Now that the foundation is set, we are excited to welcome Katrina to our team to help expand our community partnerships and integrate additional resources, outreach, and opportunities for our students,” said center board president Carmélle Bielenberg. “Katrina brings the passion, education, and experience to lead us into the next chapter.” Casas, recently served as a Housing Case Manager for Community Services Consortium. She is the Santiam Teen Center’s first full-time staff person.


Recovery Services. Casas is a long-time area resident. She and her husband have two teenagers of their own who currently attend Stayton High School. Casas has enthusiastically jumped into her new role. “One of the most exciting aspects of this position is the impact that we have on the lives of the youth in our community. Having teenagers that I have raised in the area, I have watched the community grow by leaps and bounds! “My vision is that the Santiam Teen Center will be able to partner alongside Stayton in building up a community center where teens feel welcome and free to be themselves,” she said. The Santiam Teen Center is located at 2800 Kindle Way, Stayton. It is open to teens ages 13-18, or 7th – 12th grades, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3 to 6 p.m.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Family Studies from Corban University and her Masters in Healthcare Administration and Public Relations from Liberty University.

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A Grin at the End


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I live in a neighborhood populated by heroes. I’m not talking about Spandexwearing, pumped-up guys and gals appearing soon at a multiplex near you. I am talking about everyday heroes. The kind of people who pulled their weight in life and as a part of society. They raised families, worked at jobs. They offered a hand to those who needed it. Their superpower was that they lived and loved with full hearts and open arms. Now, having slipped the mortal coil, they share a neighborhood with me. Nearly every day I walk through it, checking the markers and grave stones. Occasionally, new neighbors move in, escorted to their final resting place by family and friends. They are all ages. Centenarians. Babies. They are rich, and they are penniless. All are welcome in this neighborhood, no questions asked.

of splitting in two; 620,000 Americans would die during the Civil War in the span of a few years. Uncertain? Unprecedented? Yes. Then there’s Alma D. Markee (18941984). She just cracks me up every time I walk by. On her gravestone is this: “Death is a journey, and you know how I like to travel.” Oh, I bet she had a story or two to tell.

More than a few friends have looked askance at me when I tell them about my ritual.

I am often reminded of the all-time great headstones of the past. “I told you I was sick” is one. Another is “Gone fishin’.”

“Isn’t that a bit – weird?” they have asked more than once. “Not really,” I said. “I mean, once you get to know them…”

I think mine would say something like “Jeez, if I’d have known I was going to end up here, I would have had more fun.” Hopefully, I have a little while longer to think about that.

Take Eurastus Kidder (1824-1889). He was a veteran of both the Mexican War and the Civil War. How I’d love to sit down over a cup of coffee and listen to the stories he had to tell.

Many of my neighbors are military veterans – something that’s close to my heart. Both of my parents were veterans – my dad was a 23-year veteran of the Air Force during World War II and Korea. My mom was in the Army (someone should have warned Hitler he didn’t have

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