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Community rallies to save historic structure Hammond Lumber Co. became one of the largest lumber mills west of the Rocky Mountains.

By Mary Owen The Save Our Bridge Committee is moving forward with fundraising efforts to restore Mill City’s historic railroad bridge.

The last remaining Phoenix Column Bridge in Oregon, the railroad bridge was moved to Mill City by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1919 to replace the original bridge made of wooden timbers.

“The committee raised $80,000 during the silent phase of the campaign, and now is in the process of raising an additional $120,000 for our half of the project’s cost,” said Lynda Harrington, chair of the nine-member ad-hoc committee. The committee is selling T-shirts and buttons at the Mill City U.S. Bank, City Hall and a few other locations, Harrington said. “All donations are tax deductible, and can be sent to the SOB Committee care of city hall via check or PayPal on the city’s website,” she said. “In addition, a Save Our Bridge U.S. Bank and Go Fund Me accounts have been set up for donations.”

“Southern Pacific Railroad suspended service to Mill City in 1967, and in 1971, the last train crossed the bridge,” Harrington said. A portion of the original line still services Frank and Freres lumber companies today, she said. a prime location for river watching,” she said. “It’s a vital part of the Mill City water system between Marion and Linn counties, and has become a source of community pride.”

The goal of the $400,000 project, a partnership between the SOB Committee and the city of Mill City, is to restore the historic and architecturally rare Phoenix Column Bridge to ensure it will serve North Santiam communities for many years to come, Harrington said.

The bridge was built a year after Santiam Lumbering Co. was formed in 1887, and Mill City was established in anticipation of moving logs and lumber by rail to local mills and to the Willamette Valley. Once built, the railroad also transported people and freight prior to development of an all-weather road that connected Mill City with Salem and points beyond.

“Mill City’s historic railroad bridge serves as a well-used bike and pedestrian trail, a meeting place for friends and

The Santiam Lumbering Co. was purchased in 1899 by W.W. Curtiss and then in 1900 by A.B. Hammond.

Harrington said the bridge’s successful restoration will enhance civic vitally in the North Santiam Canyon and lay the foundation for another 100 years of public use and enjoyment. “We would like to have the funding in place by 2018, and the project completed in 2019 in time for bridge’s Centennial Celebration,” she said. The SOB Committee would love to have people step up and participate in the project, Harrington added. “All are invited to get involved in this exciting, historic project to ensure that a rare architectural structure and significant piece of our town’s history are preserved for generations to come,” she said.

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Ready to lend a hand By Mary Owen When the Niagara fire broke out near Big Cliff Dam last month, Trexler Farm employees took on the job of feeding the hot and hungry firefighters. “On the Fourth of July, I got a call telling me a fire broke out near Detroit, and that they were going to need about 65 lunches for the crews coming in to fight the fire,” said owner Sharlene Trexler. The early afternoon call came from Chad Montoya, the business manager for the North Cascade District of the Oregon Department of Forestry. “Later that day, Chad asked if we could provide breakfast in the morning for the crews working overnight, and lunches for Sunday,” she added. “I said that would be no problem. Then the fire grew quickly, and they called in more resources. The crew numbers kept growing, as did the fire, so the meals kept growing. “By Monday, there were over 150 fire crew members at each meal.”

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Trexler and her staff served more than 450 meals on peak days, and more than 2,200 over the course of the 10-day burn.

Sharlene cares about her community and the people she provides food for, and it showed in each meal she served.”

“Breakfast was at 5:30 a.m. and then they had a daily meeting at the fire station at 7 a.m. to plan their day,” she said. “We prepared their sack lunches by 8 a.m. and then they came back for dinner at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.”

Trexler and her staff worked to keep things interesting and different, since their “guests” were eating at the same place every day for 10 days.

The Niagara fire burned until July 13, leaving 79 acres scorched. Trexler Farm customer Steve Wilson, district forester with the North Cascade District, had approached Trexler a few years ago to help provide sack lunches to the fire crew during the summer fire season, but even he didn’t expect the work to last as long. “The Niagara fire was in some steep terrain with hot temps, and the district was lucky to have some very good people help keep this fire small,” Wilson said. “Good food kept the folks strong, working hard, and kept the morale up.

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Breakfasts included usual Trexler Farm fare such as green-chili casserole, breakfast burritos, eggs, sausage and more, she said.

“I had to hire five new people in one day to meet the immediate demand,” she said. “I got e-mails, phone calls and texts from people offering to help. Many of them would come at 4:30 in the morning to help with breakfast, then go to their day job, and come in again to help with dinner. We live in such an amazing community of people who are willing to help each other when needed or asked.” Some of the challenges include planning menus, shopping, preparing meals one day at a time, and even taking care of the trash, she said. “Try throwing a party for 150 people a couple of times a day for a week,” she said. “We were also catering events and open for lunch during this time.”

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“Self-appointed, and Jim Burns is my postmaster and Tammi Burns is my city council,” she said. Trexler credited the loyalty and dedication of her staff for accomplishing everything that was done.

Trexler is thankful for the many friends she made, many of whom she still keeps in touch with.

“One of the surprises I learned during this fire is that many of the fire crews were contracted through the Oregon Department of Corrections,” she said. “Most of the men fighting this emergency were inmate work crews from all over the state. They are non-violent offenders who have made mistakes and are paying their debt to society.” Trexler said many of the men feel privileged to be on the firefighting crews, earning $3 a day for use in the prison commissary and $3 in cash in a savings account for when they are released at the end of their sentence. “In talking to them every day, I found

“The best part is the letters I am now getting from them, and the e-mails I am getting from their families,” she said. With the fire behind her, Trexler is also happy to call it business as usual at her Stayton eatery, on Ferry Road off Highway 22. And should another fire break out, she and her staff will be happy to step in and serve firefighters once again.

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National Night Out By Mary Owen Come meet your neighbors! Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville are hosting National Night Out gatherings at local parks on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and neighbors in some communities may be hosting their own block parties. National Night Out is a yearlong community building campaign, designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and enhance police and community partnerships.

Stayton’s Night Out “It is the responsibility of each of us in the community to be alert and report suspicious activity,” said Sgt. Danielle Wetzel of the Stayton Police Dept. “By doing this we take ownership of the community we live in and provide a safer environment for everyone to work, play and live. This is a great opportunity to build unity with your neighbors and local law enforcement.” Block parties will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following parks: Pioneer, Quail Run, Santiam Station and Westown. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by the police department, and

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neighbors are asked to bring a storebought item to add to the barbecue, Wetzel said. “If you are planning a block party in your neighborhood, contact the Stayton Police Department to ensure a visit by a police officer,” Wetzel said. The officer to call is Officer Jason Meeker, 503-769-3421 or e-mail

Sublimity’s Night Out Sublimity’s National Night Out celebration will be a part of First Tuesday in the Park, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Church Park. A barbecue will be held for everyone to partake, and participants are asked to bring a dish to share. The Once A Month Band will provide live music to eat to by starting at 6 p.m. And a variety of vendor booths will offer crafts, face painting, information exhibits, home-based businesses and more. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, organizers suggest. “It’s our goal at the Sheriff’s Office to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” said Deputy Tom Barber with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, serving the city of Sublimity for five years with contracted police coverage.

“I personally encourage citizens in Sublimity to show their spirit by locking their doors, turning on their porch lights, and spending the evening outside with their neighbors,” he added. “Different teams from the Sheriff’s Office will be there, including the traffic safety team and community relations unit. We will have a K-9 dog there to give demonstrations.” The event is sponsored by the city, local businesses and MCSO. For more information, call Deputy Barber, 503932-6561.

Aumsville’s Night Out Aumsville’s National Night Out will take place 6-9 p.m. at several locations, including Windemere Park, Mill Creek Estates near the park, Wildwood Park on fifth street, and Panther Park on North 10th Place. Volunteers from the Aumsville Fire Department will be at each location as well as the chief and members of the Aumsville Police Dept. “We try and have a representative from our department at each of the locations,” said Brian Buchholz, community resource officer. “Chief Richard Schmitz and I respond to each location and interact with the public. The kids can look through the fire trucks and police cars as time allows.”

Reserve officers and volunteers will barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs. Condiments are provided, but neighbors are asked to bring their own table service, drinks and a salad, side dish, chips and/or dessert to share. “We want to get the word out about needing people to start up neighborhood watch programs,” Buchholz said. “The Aumsville Police Dept. responds to all calls for service, and we encourage people to call in suspicious persons. If you know most of your neighbors, you know who may look suspicious.” The department wants to educate residents to keep bushes and trees trimmed to eliminate areas for suspicious people to conceal themselves, he said. “Some citizens in our community leave their doors unlocked at night, and their car doors as well,” he added. “Even though we live in a quiet city, outside the big city, we still have crime and thieves among us.” To become better acquainted with their neighbors, Aumsville police recommends people attend a location that is nearest to their residences. The police department is sponsoring a children’s coloring contest. For information, call 503-749-2188.

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This year’s Aumsville Corn Festival theme is “Corn is Music to our EARS!” and that’s what organizers intend to provide at the 47th annual event on Aug. 29.

“A raffle for a week in Hawaii, sponsored by Riverview Community Bank, will be held,” Newson said. “New to our festival is the support of Marion Soils & Water, and they have donated two raffle baskets that will be offered through a silent auction the day of the festival.

“Popular as always is the free, hotbuttered corn – two ears per person,” said Sonny Newson, president of the Aumsville Corn Festival.

“Stop by their booth and see what is occurring within Marion County and Mill Creek,” he added. “We are planning to offer free classes this summer and evening classes in the fall.”

About 2,500 to 3,000 visitors are expected to turn out for this year’s Corn Festival and parade at Porter-Boone Park.

On entertainment stage one will be the Red Letter Band, noon- 1 p.m. and the festival’s featured band, Free Whiskey, 2-6 p.m. On entertainment stage two will be Celebration Brass Oregon, noon1 p.m., Aumsville Community Theater performing Old Time Radio Shows, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cascade Strings, 3-3:30 p.m., and Jim Phau, 4-6 p.m.

Starting the day is the annual Aumsville Volunteer Firefighters Community Breakfast of ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee, juice and milk. Minimum donations for the breakfast, held at the Aumsville Fire Station from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., are: free, 5 and under; $5, children 6-12; $6 for ages 13 and older; and $5 for seniors 60 and older. Money raised benefits the volunteer firefighters’ program. The grand marshal for this year’s Corn Festival parade is Ted Shepard, whose family settled in Aumsville in August 1968, when the population was 495 in the tiny town that boasted four gas stations but only two stores. Shepard began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1973, and admits to being “only bit by a dog once in my 27 years as a carrier.” Ted retired in 2005, and has actively engaged in a number of civic activities, including president of the Aumsville Historical Society, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Corn Fest for visitors to enjoy.

“Also new this year is our first Aumsville Skate competition,” Newson said. Sponsored by Daily Routines Clothing, three competitions will take place: 15 and under-rookie, 15 and up-intermediate, and 15 and up-pro. Deadline to register is 11 a.m. Aug. 15. Contact David Guajardo at 503-983-1555 or e-mail The competition will be held at the Brian Haney Memorial Skate Park in Aumsville. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place in each category.

Our Town archive photos by Timm O’Cobhthaigh show the fun, community effort and great results of the Aumsville Corn Festival. Everyone is welcome to head on down to Porter-Boone Park and have an ear – or two!

Lastly, volunteers are always needed, Newson said. “You can volunteer to shuck corn or bag corn for sale or serve hot buttered corn to festival goers,” he said.

The annual Corn Festival parade starts at 11 a.m. at Porter-Boone Park on Saturday. The festival grounds open at 11 a.m., followed by activities, vendors and other festivities at noon. Kids’ games are from 1 to 5:30 p.m., and include a treasure hunt, three-legged race, sack race, egg toss, corn-eating contest and keg-toss games.

Signup sheets are at Aumsville City Hall or call Newson at 503-313-2325 or e-mail “Come relax and enjoy some family fun,” Newson said. “We hope you like it, and come again.”

Two princesses will make appearances this year: Madisyn Fagin, a sophomore at Cascade High School, and Karissa Champagne, a senior at Willamette Valley Baptist School. Additionally, a call is going out for poets to write about memories of past corn festivals. Poems may be sent to Aumsville Corn Festival, P.O. Box 364,

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Hall of fame shooter

Westerns inspired interest in competitions

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“They interpret event rules and make rule changes. They also assigned me to take care of the (online) forum, answering questions and troubleshooting.”

Tom Rickman of Sublimity has been inducted into the Single Action Shooting Society Hall of Fame for his nearly 25 years of service to the organization.

Members of the society are required to use aliases, stage names if you will. Rickman’s is PaleWolf Brunelle. And he found out that for a one-time-only fee of $10 he could get his alias in the phone book.

The group stages elaborate shooting competitions using single-action guns, both antiques and modern reproductions, amid Old West themes. “I always enjoyed Westerns,” said Rickman, 61,in an interview in a living room full of guns, ammo, Western-themed artwork and a cartridge reloader. “I grew up watching Westerns on black and white TV. We do a lot of shooting stages based on scenes from Westerns and history. Stages are based on whatever we can make up, inspired by old movies and history of Old West.” Rickman joined the Albany club in 1991 and has risen to the rank of territorial governor, or club representative. Rickman also serves as territorial governor for clubs in Roseburg and Florence as well as on a

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national committee that works on rules for the society’s events. It was his interest in the group’s rules and procedures that led to his hall of fame honor. “I kept hanging out with the guys who were writing the rules and they got tired of me asking questions and put me on the range operator committee,” said Rickman, who proudly wears a badge that notes his RO status.

Rickman, who has participated in SASS national and world competitions, has had to pull back from his once-heavy competition schedule because of health issues. He has Wegener’s GPA, a rare disorder that causes a loss of blood flow to various organs. Rickman has battled both lung and kidney issues. He said his lung function has returned, but he will need a kidney transplant. “It’s kind of a pain having to travel with dialysis equipment,” said Rickman,

pointing to a machine in the corner. He is hooked up to the dialysis unit for more than 9 hours a day, which also has limited his ability to enjoy society events as much as he would like. “As long as I get my rest I can go anywhere I want.,” said Rickman, who is hoping to get a transplant by the end of the year. “It cuts into evening festivities. Socializing is a big part of it, but I have to sleep more. But I really want to get off the machine.” Speaking of machines, Rickman, who has a lively sense of humor, couldn’t resistant a jibe at his marital status. “How do you tell if a man is single?,” he asks. “If they have a reloader in the living room.” But Rickman’s is standing by in a handy place for a good reason. “Most of us reload because we shoot too much to be able to afford store-bought ammo.” Serving the Canyon since 1937

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Area athletes continue to make their mark Academic all-state: Stayton High had four spring teams finish with cumulative grade-point averages above 3.0, including its girls golf squad, which finished second in the state with a 3.81 mark. Scappoose led the way in the 4A-3A-2A-1A group with a 3.82. Other Stayton teams to finish above 3.0 were band (14th at 3.12), girls tennis (20th, 3.15) and softball (18th, 3.30)

Here is a look at how area athletes performed for local colleges during the spring season. Nathan Martin (Cascade), a freshman at Corban University, placed in a pair of events at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships, taking third in the 200 at 21.99 and fourth in the 100 (11.00). In addition Martin ran a leg on the Warriors’ first-place 4x100 relay squad, which won in 41.43. The squad broke that mark, running 41.11 at NAIA nationals but did not qualify for the finals. Kristen LaChapelle (Cascade), a freshman at Corban, took 13th in the 10,000 at the CCC championships in 44:18.02. Coby Proctor (Stayton), a junior at Pacific University, was the third-highest ranked individual golfer for the Boxers, averaging an 85.94 in nine events. Proctor, who also started 25 games at point guard for the Boxers’ basketball team, had a low round of 78 at the Culturame Classic during the fall campaign. A.J. Holmberg (Scio), a freshman, ran legs on Western Oregon’s second-place 4x100 relay team and the Wolves’ third-place 4x400 relay team at the Great

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Stayton Food Bank serving more clients produce is most welcome!” Operating since 1982, the food bank received 72,369 pounds of food last year, 7,000 pounds of that amount from local home gardens. According to the annual report, the cost for food increased to $32,000 this year. Food from Marion-Polk Food Share and the United States Department of Agriculture through the Oregon Food Bank is received twice a month. “The supply is based on what they buy or are given and then divided among the 100-plus agencies in our two-county area,” Rickman said. “Many times this gives us a short supply of some food items or we are over-loaded on items that are not necessarily essential for healthy meals for many of our clients. Basics such as rice, beans and pasta are ample.” Additionally, the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley selected the food bank as one of the Community Impact

Grant recipients for the 2015-17 funding cycle. The $25,000 in funds will be divided monthly over a two-year period, Rickman said. “These funds will help us improve the quality and quantity of foods we provide as well as undertake some other activities to directly benefit the individuals and families we serve,” Rickman said. “But when divided over a two-year period. It helps us to maintain our nutritionally balanced boxed. “We still need your help for immediate needs,” she said. “We appreciate the generosity of the community.” This year, more than 40 volunteers worked 300-plus hours per month to operate the office, pick up purchased or donated food from stores, and sort, transfer and repack bulk foods. Last year, an average of 269 boxes per month were handed out to households with 1 to 14 family members (an average of 674 adults and 384 children).


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Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s leading tuition-free virtual public school, has relocatrf its headquarters from Scio to Mill City.

Founded in 2005, ORCA is the state’s largest online public school, serving more than 4,000 students statewide in kindergarten through grade 12.

“I’m very pleased to have such a highly rated online school as a charter school with our district, and also as a member of our community,” said Todd Miller, Santiam School District superintendent. “Partnering with ORCA is a relationship that will benefit all our students.”

The academy’s new charter with the Santiam Canyon School District went into effect July 1.

Miller knows first-hand how online school can be a good option for many families since he was the executive director at ORCA for two years prior to accepting the Santiam superintendent’s position. “We are excited with the opportunity to work together and build this new relationship,” Miller said. “They will help us by increasing the online options for our students and adding professional collaboration and flow

“I support students having educational options to fit their needs,” Miller said. “We are excited to get to work with ORCA to support their efforts toward student achievement and success for those who choose to go to school there.” Wes Beckstead, chairman of the ORCA board of directors, credited the move to ORCA’s desire to grow and further enhance school the school program for its students. “Santiam Canyon offered more for our students, and was selected as the new district sponsor,” Beckstead said. “Santiam Canyon’s commitment to quality education, innovation and serving

“Oregon Connections Academy has done a remarkable job of providing an innovative education option for thousands of Oregon children, and has set the standard of what an online school should be,” Beckstead said. “I look forward to the new relationship with Santiam Canyon and adding even more to the learning experiences of our students.” ORCA high school principal Allison Galvin said ORCA constantly looks for new ways to engage students and boost

“For the 2015-16 school year, the school is excited to roll out new and/or expanded clubs and activities, and a new and comprehensive onboarding program to help families transition into the online school,” she said. “The school just celebrated its 10th school year of successfully serving students, and we are excited to see what the next decade will bring.” ORCA is hosting in-person information sessions across the state and online for families interested in learning more about the program, Galvin said. “The school is looking forward to its annual school-wide open house on Sept. 18 at the new headquarters in Mill City, where parents and students from across the state will kick off the new school year with teachers, fellow classmates and fun activities,” she said. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or go to

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I’m sitting at a table outside a bar in some little town whose name I cannot pronounce. The owner brings out a bucket filled with cooked snails. I pick one up, look it in its beady little eyes and chomp down on its head.

What we found was the most endearing place I’ve even been. The culture of Spain is to walk around in the evening, stopping occasionally for tapas — that’s Spanish for snacks — beer and gin-and-tonics. I don’t drink much but I managed to quality-check the beer and gin just for reference.

Welcome to Spain. No matter what I thought I knew about Spain, I was wrong. In fact, I should find my high school history teacher and get a refund, because she was wrong, too. There are actually two Spains — the one you think you know, a poor country with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza riding around in the desert looking for a windmill. The other is the real Spain. I would summarize it as pretty cool. And cheap. And great food. And better beer. And tons of history. Spain may be the most history-intense place on the planet. Cavemen ran around there, and so did the Romans, the Mores and all sorts of other folks. As in, one Sunday we were sitting in church in Seville. One of my sons, who is the ultimate history geek, nudges me and points 30 feet away. “That’s Christopher Columbus’ tomb.” In spite of my high school history teacher, I had heard of him. Come to think of it, the day before that we had

Evening wasn’t hijacked by loud kids or drunks. Families would be out at 10 or 11 at night, enjoying the cool of the evening and each other’s company. It was a great way to pass the time. I had always heard how expensive everything was in Europe. Not any more. Between the low prices and the exchange rate, we stayed in Seville and Madrid for less than the cost of a budget motel in the U.S. Even the bathrooms were clean. 

seen the tombs of his bosses, Ferdinand and Isabella, in Granada, another history-intense city. Spain had never been on my list of places to see. My wife and I have a list, but it’s all countries that start with “I.” As in Iceland, Ireland, Italy, India and Indonesia. Iraq and Iran used to be on the list, we’ve put them on hold for a few centuries.

Driving in Madrid was a problem. The traffic circles were OK, but the way the freeways were laid out made me long for I-5. If we didn’t have one of those navigator thingies in the van, I’d still be trying to get back to the Madrid airport.

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