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It’s about love By Mary Owen Maryann Hills has done something rare for a city administrator or a city manager. Most only stay a short time before moving on to a larger city. The city administrator of Aumsville, Hills recently marked two decades of service, earning her accolades from city officials. “She has worked hard to help make Aumsville a ‘Great Place to Live,’” said White, who presented her with a 20-year service award “clock” at the June 29 city council meeting. On June 1, 1995, Hills took on the role of city administrator, a job that came with many challenges and rewards over course of time – and many changes. “Aumsville has grown from 1,975 population to the current 3,895,” Hills said. “Modern housing types have developed as well as city infrastructure and a professional city staff.” Hills said the biggest funding challenge that took well over a decade was the First Street improvements. “Now driving into town and seeing the people enjoy the difference in the sidewalks, bike lanes and street widening make is a highlight, as well as how the Main Street improvements upgraded the overall look of the community,” she said. “The biggest customer satisfaction challenge was the taste and odor quality of Aumsville’s water, since we began chlorinating it,” she added. Another highlight for Hills was developing the city’s park system, she said. “As my son grew up, we shared the fun of creating and experiencing playground improvements, recreation activities, the skatepark, Highberger Park open space, and now Wildwood Splash Park improvements,” said Hills, mom to son, Joel, 18. “It has been a dream come true for me, and especially for those involved in the summer reading and recreation programs now in full swing.” Hills has seen Aumsville become

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a TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) oriented community where, she said, “the sum is greater than the parts.” “My part can retire and Aumsville will continue to be a ‘Great Place to Live’ because of the very professional city staff, city council, and policies and programs in place,” she said. “When I was hired, the city council shared with me their Visioning Plan Goal and I have helped them with that. The outcome has been the construction of our new city hall/police complex and recorded accomplishment of 243 visioning projects. The result has been an award-winning city.” Aumsville has garnered such recognitions as: Overall Best Drinking Water in Oregon 2015; Visioning Plan Award for Excellence; Developing Assets in Youth Cascade Area Skateboard Park, Creating a New D.A.Y. Award; Family & Child Development Center Award for Excellence; Aumsville Tornado Disaster Emergency Response Award; Aumsville Monthly Newsletter Good Governance Award; Free Summer Recreation Program Award for Excellence.

Maryanne Hills, top left, in her office with MidWillamette Valley Council of Governments Executive Director Nancy Boyer, at a youth ministries gathering, left, and with her son, Joel.

Looking forward, Hills hopes to see more economic development and job creation. “Aumsville families and youth need jobs and the Interchange Development Zone and business district need economic development,” she said. “I still have a passion for park improvements to include east side neighborhood and community parks.” Born in 1959 in California, Hills is from the Kane family. She started working in the sportfishing industry when she was 12. She worked her way up to an office manager after high school before moving to Oregon in 1985. “My parents had owned a resort in Idaho for a couple of my elementary years, and I fell in love with the seasons of the Northwest,” she said.

“They left the sport fishing industry when I graduated from high school and acquired Kanes Marina on Detroit Lake. After eight years of visiting my parents in Detroit, I wanted the quality of Oregon life and moved there to work with them at the resort marina.” Hills met and married her husband of over 26 years, Gerry Hills, a born and raised local Detroit logger. She worked for the city of Detroit as its city recorder from 1987 to 1995. Then she was hired by the city of Aumsville. “I acquired scholarships to attend municipal professional development training at the University of Washington in the 1990s, and when the

family logging company was struggling with the spotted owl issues, I welcomed the opportunity to advance my career and use my training,” she said. Away from work, Hills proclaims motherhood as her greatest joy. She wishes she had more time to expand her cooking talents, and loves being with her “family, garden, dogs, and building Christian and youth ministries relationships.” “The time I spend sharing the love of Jesus Christ is my favorite,” she said. “Whether in quiet meditation, prayer, reading and rest time, at youth events, on the mission field, or living and working day to day, it’s all about love!”

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Helping Hands

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Prom gown program looking for new stock

All Dressed Up – known for its Prom Dress Giveaway and scholarship program – is in search of more gently used gowns, or the funds to purchase them.

All Dressed Up organizers appreciate the city of Stayton for donating the use of the Community Center which allows them to host this free event.

This spring more than 200 teens from the Oregon Coast to Baker City gathered at the Stayton Community Center for a chance to choose a gown for their prom from the 1,026 that were available. Looking for both fit and fashion the girls needed only their student ID to participate.

In 2015, All Dressed Up awarded two scholarships of $1,000, one from All Dressed Up and one donated by the family of Barbara Rice, a former volunteer for the event. The two recipients were Katelyn Keillor of Cascade High School, who will be attending the University of Portland to study nursing, and Bailey Goodman of Stayton High School, who will be attending Western Oregon University to study in the medical field. They were chosen based on their volunteer hours and dedication to their schools and communities. Applications will be available for the 2016 scholarships soon.

“Girls lined up at 10 p.m. the night before and braved the cold night sleeping in line. I greeted them the next morning with donuts and hot chocolate,” event coordinator Anna Benefiel said. “They always tell me how much fun they had sleeping in line with air mattresses, popcorn and their moms not too far away, staying warm in their cars.” Benefiel said that she and the volunteers saw many smiles, hugs and tears of joy, adding “it was a moving and rewarding day for all involved.”

While plans are under way for the 2016 event, there is always a need for more volunteers to help with the setup, clean up, helping with the dressing rooms, pricing and tagging dresses, and someone who can help with minor sewing and alterations to dresses.

Volunteers from the 2015 All Dressed Up program at the Stayton Communtiy Center

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By Mary Owen Makenna Toepfer and Emma Wright are beyond excited to be starting kindergarten at Mari-Linn this year. “And mom’s excited that it’s all day long,” said Laurie Toepfer, mom to Makenna, 5, and third-grader Haley, 8. Toepfer plans to use some of her free time volunteering in her daughters’ classrooms, while Emma’s mom, Tammy, said she will most likely take on a part-time job. “Emma’s really attached to me, but I think this will be a great new adventure for her,” said Wright, whose three sons, Zach, 12, Luke, 10, and Ryan, 7, also attend MariLinn. Full-day kindergarten kicks off this month at all three North Santiam School District schools: Mari-Linn, Stayton Elementary and Sublimity. “This will be positive impact that will be felt down the road in third-grade literacy scores, as well as even further down the road in our society in general,” said Andy Gardner, NSSD superintendent. “It is truly an investment in our young people, those who are just starting out.” According to Gardner, each school is handling start-up

differently as teachers meet their students and get them set up in classrooms. “At Mari-Linn, we have been preparing for full day since the last school year,” Principal Jeri Loftus said. “Cathy Griswold, our kindergarten teacher, is very excited about getting an opportunity to expand the day. She has plans for more science technology and math to be incorporated within the already very active day.” Griswold started preparations last spring, hosting Bedtime Stories events for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2015 and 2016. “The local day cares and a class from Head Start visited the kindergarten,” she said. “When we had our Kindergarten Roundup, we were able to provide a ‘school toolbox’ for each family, with supplies to use over the summer and into the children’s school years.” The hand-up for the preschoolers came when Early Learning Hub, in collaboration with area school districts, gained state approval of a grant to help prepare children in 15 elementary school areas to succeed in kindergarten, Griswold said. “The Mari-Linn school community was one of the selected areas,” Griswold said. “Stayton Elementary also

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received one.” Griswold said one of the grant requirements was to establish a professional learning community of pre-K and kindergarten educators. “We partnered with the Community Action Head Start in Aumsville since some of our local pre-K children attend school there,” Griswold said. “We had professional meetings with their teachers and visited each other’s classrooms, learning from one another.” Griswold also visited local day cares, and thanks to grant funds, was able to bring activities for providers to use with the children in their care. “The rest of the grant activities were centered around families of preschoolers,” she said. Expected outcomes of the Early Learning Hub grant include: strengthen connections between early learning and K-12; engage families as key partners in children’s learning and development; and increase children’s readiness for kindergarten. Once kindergarten has started, Griswold hopes to build on the relationships she formed with families involved in the program.

“I think those families who attended the grant-sponsored events last year will be bringing in children who are already familiar with the classroom and teacher,” she said. “They will have used the materials they were given last spring, and will arrive with more confidence and a good foundation of skills, ready to learn kindergarten skills.” Wright said her daughter was introduced to the idea of kindergarten through her day care. “She’s been practicing her letters and numbers and doing ‘homework’ every day!” she said. Loftus said Mari-Linn parents are excited about the change from half-day to full-day kindergarten.

Cascade FFA members selected for FFA Band Two brothers who are members of the Cascade FFA Chapter have been selected to play in the National FFA band. Austin and Collin Brill will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 28-31 during the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The sons of Justin and Amy Brill, Austin and Colin will be the trombone and French horn in the National FFA Band.

“Of course, there is always concern about fatigue at this age,” she said. “I believe they will have enough to keep them busy that it won’t be much of a problem.”

Austin and Collin both submitted an audition tape and were selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants from across the country.

Loftus said the depth of skills expected as students move forward has increased.

The National FFA Band will perform several times during the national convention.

“Full day instruction will better provide those foundational skills to our kids,” she said. “I believe that a full day of academic and social instruction will help our students be prepared as they move through with their education.”

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Revitalization By Mary Owen Coordinator Sheri Stuart believes the Oregon Main Street structure is a good match for downtown Stayton. Oregon Main Street, administered by the State Historic Preservation Office with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, provides assistance, training and technical services to communities who want to strengthen, preserve and revitalize their historic downtown commercial districts, Stuart said.

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created, 212 net new businesses opened, 513 building improvement projects, and close to $44 million in private sector reinvestment.”

Campbell said a survey of 160 property and business owners in the downtown area showed most would like to see the city involved in a plan for downtown revitalization.

Traditionally, downtowns are the historic core, providing unique shopping and services, offering a sense of community and place, and representing a vast amount of public and private investment.

“Other communities who have become active and engaged in the Main Street USA program have seen noticeable and tangible results,” he said.

“The goal is to build high quality, livable and sustainable communities that will grow Oregon’s economy while maintaining a sense of place,” she said. “The Main Street Approach is a comprehensive way to look at all the factors that make for a successful downtown and to develop specific strategies based on a community’s unique assets and opportunities.”

Stuart said the typical types of project a community will work on will vary from town to town, but often includes connecting business and property owners with grants and other programs to encourage building improvements, activities to engage kids in downtown, business promotion strategies, and educating the community about local history, among others.

Stuart will present “The Main Street Approach to Downtown Revitalization,” Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Stayton Public Library.

The Main Street Approach has been implemented in more than 2,200 cities and towns in 40 states across the nation with the help of the National Main Street Center and statewide downtown revitalization programs.

“The success or failure of any program will be determined by the engagement of the people who want to see vitality return to our downtown,” said Keith Campbell, city administrator for Stayton, sponsor of the event. “An attempt to initiate a Main Street approach was tried a

The Oregon Main Street assistance includes: reconnaissance visits; help in developing mission/ vision statements; committee training; development of work plans; hosting quarterly workshops and an annual conference; and technical assistance. “The Oregon Main Street program has been crucial in revitalizing historic districts across the state,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber welcomes any efforts to improve the economy of the region.” Schreiber and Stuart encourage people to attend the conference to learn more about the Main Street Approach. “I hope people walk away from the meeting with a renewed enthusiasm for the possibilities for downtown Stayton,” Stuart said.

“We have had strong economic development results in Oregon in communities using the Main Street Approach,” Stuart said. “Since 2010, in our top twotier communities, there have been 1,129 net new jobs

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Pulling together By Mary Owen The 43rd annual Sublimity Harvest Festival roars into action this month.

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Harvest Festival The 43rd annual Sublimity Harvest Festival is Sept. 11-13 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds. This year’s theme is “Pulling Together for the Community.” Events include a fun run, harvest breakfast, parade, music, food monster trucks and more. For a schedule of events, call 503-769-3579, visit www., or follow along on Facebook. oriented scholarships for a total of $10,000 to area students. “Follow that up by the parade at 11 a.m. and then head down to the festival grounds for a day filled with actionpacked events on the track, in the KidZone, and in the entertainment tent,” Hamilton said. “Enjoy live entertainment both Friday with the Never 2 Late band and Saturday night with the Rock N Roll Cowboys in the Coors Light Entertainment tent. On Sunday at noon, we have magician Curt Carlyle. And you can have your picture taken at the Oregon Lottery photo booth!” For extra fun, Hamilton suggests trying out the Stunt Jump in the KidZone, eating a 3-foot-long corn dog in the food court, perusing vendor booths, or waving down the street team for giveaways. KidZone open at 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday. Ride tickets are $1 each. New this year are the small kids’ paddle-friendly water boats, joining the popular power trampoline, rock wall, human water balls, zip line and other activities. Sunday is the annual Cause Day, and people who bring in five cans of food for the local food bank will receive $2 off their admission. Advanced tickets are available at Wilco Farm stores in Stayton and Silverton or online at the festival’s website. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Shuttle service is available at the Sublimity Fire Hall and the Wilco/ Safeway and Roth’s parking lots in Stayton.

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All adults age 50 and older are invited to join Santiam Senior Center, open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Pinochle, bridge, computer classes, dances, potlucks and more. Annual membership $15. 503-767-2009,

Tuesday, Sept. 1 Regis vs Delphian Volleyball 5:30 p.m., Regis High.

Odd Fellows Bingo

5 - 8 p.m. Stayton A&W, 1215 W. Washington St. Awards, ‘50s music. Repeats Sept. 16. 503-769-5060,

Thursday, Sept. 3 Stayton Playgroup

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Snacks served at 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, more. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats Sept. 17. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Alzheimer’s Support Group

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Sept.15.

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

Regis Athletics

6:30 p.m. Regis High. vs Gervais volleyball. 7 p.m. vs Knappa football.

Friday, Sept. 4 Cascade Athletics

4 p.m., Cascade High. Darrel Deedon cross country invitational. 7 p.m. vs Scappoose football.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 SES/SMS Open House

3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Meet teachers, get schedules, sign up for fall sports.

Teen Lounge

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free play with Wii, board and card games. Do homework, socialize. Grades 6 - 12. Free. Every Wednesday. 503-769-3313

Low-cost Sports Physical

4 - 6 p.m., Santiam Medical Clinic, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Oregon law requires students who participate in school sports have a physical examination every two years. $10.

Stayton vs Tillamook Boys Soccer 4 p.m., Stayton High.

Stayton Elementary Open House

Mari-Linn Open House

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 Third Ave. Tour, meet teachers. First - third graders can bring supplies. SBack to School Book Fair. Fair repeats 2:30 - 4 p.m. Sept. 8 - 10. 503-769-2336

Tuesday, Sept. 8 Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet commissioners. 503-588-5212

SHS vs Molalla Girls Soccer 4 p.m., Stayton High.

Regis vs W. Mennonite Volleyball 6 p.m., Regis High.

Santiam Historical Society

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

Mill City Council

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

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans welcome. VFW also meets Sept. 22. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. 503769-3425

Wednesday, Sept. 9 Lyons Garden Club

Stayton vs Tillamook Football 7 p.m., Stayton High.

Noon, John Neal Park, Lyons. No-host potluck picnic. Bring favorite dish to share. John, 503-508-5913

Santiam Valley Grange

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

Saturday, Sept. 5

Low-cost Sports Physical

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

Craft Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 250 Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Homemade and homegrown gifts, baked goods. Photo booth, face painting for kids. Door prizes, drawings. Sponsored by Liberty Fellowship Church. Cindy, 503-798-0070,

Sunday, Sept. 6

2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public. 503-769-3499 4 - 6 p.m., Cascade Medical Clinic, 1375 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Oregon law requires students in school sports have a physical every two years. $10.

Santiam Canyon School Board

6:30 p.m., District Office, 150 SW Evergreen, Mill City. 503-897-2321

Thursday, Sept. 10

Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Low-cost Sports Physical

Monday, Sept. 7 Labor Day

Regis vs St. Paul Volleyball

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $6 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

4 - 6 p.m., Sublimity Medical Clinic, 114 SE Church St. Oregon law requires students who participate in school sports have a physical examination once every two academic years. $10. 6 p.m., Regis High.

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Stayton vs Sweet Home Volleyball 6 p.m., Stayton High.

Friday, Sept. 11 Santiam Class of ‘67 Reunion

Santiam High class of 1967 reunion at John Neal Park, Lyons. All teachers, former classmates invited. Friday night campfire gathering. Potluck at 1 p.m. Sept. 12. Breakfast 9 a.m. Sept. 13. Sandy Cooper, 503-897-4236

Cascade Athletics

4 p.m., Cascade High. vs Seaside boys soccer. 7 p.m. vs Seaside football.

Sublimity Harvest Festival

4 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Truck, tractor pull, monster trucks, lmusic. Adults 13+: $16 Friday, $24 Saturday, $11 Sunday. Children 6-12: $2 Friday, $8 Saturday, $7 Sunday. Seniors 62+: $13 Friday, $19 Saturday, $8 Sunday. Children under 6 free. Parking $5. Repeats noon - 1 a.m., Sept. 12; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 13. 503-769-3579,

Santiam vs Waldport Football 7 p.m., Santiam High.

Saturday, Sept. 12 Harvest Festival Fun Run

9 a.m., Sublimity School, 431 E. Main St. 10K, 5K, 3K. $10 entry. 12 and under free. Benefits Sublimity Parent Teacher Club. Register: or day of race 8 a.m.

Aumsville Saturday Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tower Park, 500 Church St., Aumsville. Entertainment, fresh produce, arts and crafts. Vendor applications at City Hall, 595 Main St. Benefits Aumsville PARC program.

Cascade Volleyball Tournament 9 a.m., Cascade High.

Detroit Lake Cruze-In

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., downtown Detroit. Classic cars, motorcycles, boats. 503859-8901,

Harvest Festival Parade

11 a.m., Sublimity. Starts at Sublimity School, thru town down Center Street.

Teen Cinema

2 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Unwind with movie, drinks, popcorn. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Sunday, Sept. 13 Stayton Firefighter Reunion

1 - 3 p.m., Forest Way across from SCTC on Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Open to all current, former firefighters. Bring chair, drinks. Jay, 503-551-4045

Harvest Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit. Adults $6, Seniors 60+ $5, children 5 10 $4. Children 4 and under free. Benefits Santiam Hospital Auxiliary. 503-749-2910

Monday, Sept. 14 Art Club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. New monthly art club for ages 5 and older. 503-769-3313

Loyal Order of Moose

6 p.m., Stayton Moose Lodge, 352 E Florence St. Dinner followed by meeting at 7 p.m. Repeats Sept. 28. 503769-2639,

Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. 503-769-5475

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center.

Regis vs ELC Volleyball

6:30 p.m., Santiam High.

6 p.m., Regis High.

Stayton Town Hall

Santiam vs Kennedy Volleyball

6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Sheri Stuart presents Main Street Approach, methodology for revitalizing historic commercial districts. Open to public. 503769-3464

6:30 p.m., Santiam High.

NSSD Board

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St.

7 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. 503-769-6924

Friday, Sept. 18 Stayton vs Madras Football 7 p.m., Stayton High.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Sunday, Sept. 20 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

7 a.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Free throw contest, three point contest, 3 on 3 tournament. All age divisions. $100/team. $5/ shooter for free throw, three point contest. Registration, due Sept. 6, at St. Mary and Regis school offices, Stayton Sports, Stayton Family Memorial Pool, 503-769-2718

ABBA Queen

Thursday, Sept. 17

9 a.m., Roth’s Parking Lot, Stayton. Sign up at Santiam Senior Center. Bus returns 6 p.m. Members free. 503-767-2009

Spirit Mountain Casino Trip

6:30 p.m., Santiam High.

Young Professionals Meet-Up

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

Lego Club

6:30 p.m., Regis High.

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Sept. 22

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

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Teen Makerspace

3 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Technology and creativity collide with invention and innovation. Grades 6 - 12. Free. Registration necessary for planning, supplies. 503-769-3313

Stayton Cross Country Invitational

Thursday, Sept. 24

Monday, Sept. 21

Stayton Soccer, Volleyball

Lyons City Council

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange Hall, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Turkey dinner. $6 adults, $3.50 ages 6 and under.

Santiam vs Regis Volleyball

4 p.m., Cascade High.

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First

4 p.m., Stayton High.

4 p.m., Stayton. vs Junction City girls soccer. 6 p.m. vs Newport volleyball.

Cascade vs Elmira Girls Soccer

Mill City Council

Grange Turkey Dinner

3 p.m., Stayton High. Santiam Hearts to Arts and The Portland Gay Men’s Choir present ABBA Queen. Santiam Canyon Community Choir opens show. Tickets, $12, at US Bank, 400 NW Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Tickets $15 general admission at door.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Regis vs Harrisburg Volleyball

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Santiam vs W. Mennonite Volleyball

Cascade Athletics

3:30 p.m., Cascade High. vs Philomath girls soccer. 6 p.m. vs Y-C volleyball.

Stayton Athletics

4 p.m., Stayton High. vs Newport boys soccer. 6 p.m. vs North Marion volleyball.

Cascade vs Newport Girls Soccer 3:30 p.m, Cascade High.

Stayton Athletics

4 p.m., Stayton High. vs Y-C soccer. 6 p.m. vs Cascade volleyball.

Friday, Sept. 25 Senior Dinner Dance

4 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Senior dinner dance for those 50 and older. Live music. $5 per person. 503-767-2009

Santiam vs Reedsport Football 7 p.m., Santiam High.

Stayton vs Newport Football 7 p.m., Stayton High.

Saturday, Sept. 26 Detroit Lake, Breitenbush Cleanup

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Detroit City Hall, 160 Detroit Ave. Gloves, trash bags provided. Map of locations available at check-in, 9:30 a.m. Register or more information, 503-930-8202

Sunday, Sept. 27 Jordan Chicken Dinner

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes, 39043 Jordan Road, Scio. Chicken dinner, car show, fly-in, vendors, raffle, music. Adults $13, children 5-12 $5, children under 5 free. 503-769-4416

Monday, Sept. 28 Random Readers Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Read longer chapter books than Random Readers Book Club. Sign-ups not required, recommended. 503-769-3313

September 2015 • 13

Something Fun

Bigfoot country

Oregon authors track Sasquatch, share stories

By Mary Owen

“The Coast Range sighting was some 20 years ago along the side of the road late one evening,” he said.

Two Oregon authors believe Bigfoot may be alive and well, and living in the local forests.

“The other sighting was when one came into our camp. It just stood past the bed of the pickup and watched me quite a long time.”

“Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, we delegate to the same category of happenings as UFOs and ghosts – people see them, but there is no hard scientific proof they exist,” said Joe Beelart, co-author with Cliff Olson of what they call “a quirky little book about our favorite forest pal.”

“There are episodes where these things have told people things, given instructions like leave here now,” Beelart said of the telepathic thoughts the creatures convey. “Most likely, they were protecting their young.”

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River. A banana-shaped in-and-out track line with good tracks was filmed with a video camera in a shallow beaver pond where the creature had killed two beavers, eating the “delicacies.” “One track was cast and clearly shows the suction action of a twopart foot, as theorized by academics dabbling Illustration by Copperglance in Bigfoot theory,” he Exclusive to Our Town. said. “In any event, even after seeing the tracks, the grandfather who owned the property didn’t believe in Bigfoot, but his son said he started carrying a shotgun every time he visited that neck of his timber.” Eager to go Bigfoot hunting? “There are three enclaves in the area – Breitenbush Hot Springs, a small one at Oak Grove Fork Powerhouse, and the Ripple Brook Ranger Station about 30 miles from Estacada,” Beelart said.

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September 2015 • 15

Something To Talk About

Chalk it up

New project would encourage residents, visitors to be creative

By Mary Owen

people could write, Bourdeau said.

Chalk up Stayton’s latest art project to one big idea and an even bigger “canvas.”

“When Katinka told me she was going to do that at the library, I got excited and thought more is better,” Bourdeau said. “I thought ‘let’s do an art wall where everyone can contribute from 2 years old to 102.’”

Stayton resident Rèse Bourdeau is realizing her dream of placing a community interactive chalkboard on the side of The Covered Bridge Café “Anything on a plain wall is more attractive than nothing on a plain wall,” Bourdeau said. “I want this to be a grassroots idea people can participate in.” Of the proposed location, she added, “It’s on the way to Pioneer Park. If people come to this tiny town, it would be on the route to the covered bridge.” Bourdeau got the idea for a giant chalkboard after reading the story of the Before I Die walls, a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public place. Since artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood after losing a loved one four years ago, some 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in more than 35 languages in more than 70 countries. Katinka Bryk, director of the Stayton Public Library, already had plans for two similar boards on which

With a green light from the building owner and the city council, Bourdeau and others helping with the project will put up three panels to create a 5-by 24-foot marinegrade “wall” on the side of the café.

Several locations came to mind during Bourdeau’s initial search for a chalkboard home. “Cari Sessums jumped right in and offered her wall,” she said. “We’re just waiting for the landlord’s permission. And we will make sure we are in compliance with all city codes.” Bourdeau said she does not want to “dilute, or delay, any other art that is happening” around town. She hopes her project will complement the pavement projects and fine art murals the North Santiam Arts Association wants to place around town. The association’s “paint the pavement” project for a downtown Stayton intersection is slated for late September. “This is something different, something people can participate in,” said Bourdeau, who is finalizing the logistics and fundraising for the $500-project that she hopes to be in place by October.

The wall will be painted with outdoor chalk paint and attached to the café so that it can be removed or refurbished in the future, she said. “It will take about six hours of volunteer time to paint, assemble and install,” she said. “Once up, people can grab some chalk and draw.” Bourdeau is lining up a few local artists to christen the chalkboard, including Macherie Doerfler who grew up in Stayton. “About four artists have said they would love to do some initial art on it, so it won’t be bare when it goes up,” she said. Additionally, Bourdeau has fielded concerns about unsavory graffiti by saying anything inappropriate can simply be washed away. “Once a month, we’ll ‘clean’ the board,” she said. “That means spritzing it with water. Before erasing it, if the rain doesn’t wash it away, we’ll take a picture of the art to immortalize it.”

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Beating the heat Bourdeau is willing to take on the cleaning of the board for the first year, much like people who adopt sections of highway. “I’m willing to make this my ‘section of the highway,’” she said. “Other people might want to get involved and take over the duty. If all else fails, the chalkboard can be taken down.” Like paper on a restaurant table, Bourdeau envisions the board to be popular with residents and visitors. “I envision a Norman Rockwell mode of a family, senior citizens watching, and child with a little wagon pulls up, chalk in a little bucket hanging on the edge,” she said. “A lot of people just go home from work to their blue screens. I’d like to see more activity in the community.” Bourdeau plans to sell chalk around town to raise funds for the project. “Several people have stepped up to offer the entire amount, but we want people to get involved,” she said. “It’s all about community. And people can use the chalk to draw on the wall once it’s up.” For information, call Bourdeau at 503-871-3817.

Hazelnuts thriving

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The weather is always a hot topic, but this year as an unseasonably dry summer follows an unusually warm winter with little snowpack, many Oregonians are wondering what it means for some of Oregon’s crops.

“Most of the mature orchards are dryland and do not get watered,” Aman said. “Some farmers, such as ourselves, have irrigation we apply with handline sprinklers or big gun hard hose sprinklers and will water typically once in the summer.”

One, hazelnuts, has seen an increased number of plantings in recent years. Aman Brothers, LLC supplies around 800 acres of new trees to farmers around Oregon each year, and brothers Tim, Kevin and Tom have extensive knowledge of what effects the climate is having on this crop. Fortunately, thus far, the effects have been positive. “The crop yield looks to be up this year and with some dry spells we had in winter (the time that hazelnuts actually pollinate) we had good pollination,” Tim Aman said. “The biggest affect is the harvest date.  Temperature drives maturity in hazelnuts so we will be harvesting the hazelnuts three plus weeks earlier than normal.” Hazelnut growers are also lucky when it comes to irrigation. Unlike the almond growers of California, where the drought is more severe, hazelnuts do not need

Many of the new orchards, however, use more frequent irrigation while the trees become established. Aman added most farmers make use of micro emitter or micro drip technology. “Some designs use one gallon per minute per acre based on the number of emitters. So the newest orchards with this technology will water two to four times per month from late June through August and then turn it off to let the trees harden off for winter,” Aman said. Even with a drought tolerant crop, Aman still keeps an eye on the weather and receives daily forecasts. “I have found that over the years, weather wise, whenever we have extremes of temperature and or moisture, over the cycle of time, they tend to balance out,” Aman said. “We live in a system that has counter balances that keep us from extremes.”


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“We will use one for varsity competition and the other for practice and JV games,” athletic director Darren Shryock told Our Town. “Our soccer numbers continue to grow. Having two fields will allow for all four teams to have a quality place to practice and play games. “(Coach) Chris Shields does a super job and will be reloading with young talent this year.” Stayton also will have a new girls coach this fall, with Ian Vander Zwan taking over. “Ian has been working with the Philomath soccer program,” Shryock said. “He is a counselor here at Stayton Middle School. He is a young coach who comes from a quality program. We are excited to watch him mold and shape our girls soccer team.” The Eagles also have new coaches for football and volleyball. Andy Campbell, who has coached in California, Minnesota and Iowa, takes over the football program and will teach health and PE at the high school. Darrell Mooers, the former coach at Regis and a Santiam Hospital employee, will take charge of the volleyball squad. Here is a look at what’s new at other Stayton/Santiam Canyon area schools for the fall: Cascade: Aaron Schilperoort, who has an interesting international resume, takes over the boys soccer program for the Cougars. Schilperoort, a 2011 Corban University graduate, spent the past three years teaching and coaching basketball in Indonesia. Schilperoort, who will teach social studies at Cascade Junior High, told Our Town “soccer has almost always been part of my life. I started playing from the moment I could run through high school. I look forward to being on the other side of the ball by helping soccer athletes develop both their soccer and character skills.” He also will be finishing up his masters in education at Corban. “We are very excited to have Aaron join us in the classroom and on the field at Cascade,” Cougars athletic director Heidi Hermansen told Our Town. Santiam: The Wolverines will have three new football coaches, all of whom will be teaching in the district. Dustin McGee, who coached most recently in Rison, Ark., is the new head coach. McGee will teach social studies, health and PE and also assist with the baseball

program. “Coach McGee is very passionate about football and uses a positive approach to motivate players and other coaches,” Santiam Principal David Plotts told Our Town. Assistant coaches Kyle Netcher and Jeremiah Grisa, join the Wolverines from Vale and Portland, respectively. Netcher will teach special education, and Grisa will teach science and assist with the wrestling program. Elementary teacher Lisa Best arrives from Arizona takes over the volleyball program. Best also will assist in basketball. The Wolverines also are in year two of their restoration of the cross country program, which had been dormant for many years. This year, Plotts said, the coaches hope to double the size of the boys program and recruit enough girls to field a team. Santiam also is winding up a project to replace its football pressbox. The 40-foot long facility has spotters’ booths for coaches plus room for the public address announcer, scorekeepers and the media. Plotts said the remodel was done almost entirely with donations and volunteers and praised the efforts of former coach Brad Emmert, Mill City business owner Gale Holfert and Santiam Superintendent Todd Miller. Scio: The Loggers have a new volleyball coach, Nike Kuykendall, for the fall as well as a new girls baskeball coach, Jim White, and a new cheer coach, Delana Carter. Football openers: Here is a look at this week’s games. Cascade hosts Scappoose, Tillamook visits Stayton, Regis hosts Knappa, Santiam travels to Jefferson and Scio hosts St. Paul. All games are Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. Fall scoreboard: Please be sure to “tune in” to my Twitter feed, @jameshday or to the Our Town Santiam Facebook page every Friday night for football scores and updates. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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Ark arrives By Mary Owen Veterinarian Keri Sanders loves caring for animals. “People who know me would say I am passionate about my work, which stems from a lifelong love of animals and an understanding of the important of the human/animal bond,” said Sanders, who grew up in Mill City, graduating from Santiam High School before earning her veterinary degree in 2000. Ten years later, Sanders opened Ark Animal Care in Mill City. She recently moved to Stayton after the losing her lease after the sale of the Mill City building Ark was occupying. Doors at the Stayton clinic opened July 1. There will be an open house Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. The public is invited to stop in and meet Sanders and her staff. “I felt strongly that this time I needed to purchase a space from which to practice so we would not go through the disruptive process of having to move again in the future,” said Sanders, who attended Oregon State University for undergraduate work and got her DVM training at OSU and Washington State University. After searching for a new location, Sanders said she “sort of stumbled” upon the vacant building just past the bridge south of Stayton, once the site of another veterinary clinic. “I have fond memories of that building as I volunteered there in high school with Dr. Mike Meiners,” she said. “Back around 2004, I also worked with Dr. Meiners around the time that he sold the practice. So in many ways this felt like I was coming full circle back to where I got my start in high school. I like the fact that I already know efficient ways to use the building space to make appointments flow well. I have a lot of great memories in that building, and am excited that it will be our home.” Since settling in, Sanders said the clinic has been warmly received by the community. “We are kept busy with all of our loyal clients who have made the move with us and have met all sorts of new clients that have decided to give us a try,” she said. “Overall the transition has been very smooth, and we are staying incredibly busy.”

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Treating pets in the Santiam Canyon does provide some unique challenges that she hopes to address for pet owners. “For one, we see a tremendous number of allergies in pets living here – dogs who lick their feet, get ear infections, have itchy tummies and armpits,” Sanders said. “We are happy there are more and more ways to treat this problem these days!” Parasites, ticks and fleas are common problems that can be prevented. “We also see a disease in the Pacific Northwest that exists nowhere else in the world – salmon poisoning,” she said. “We see a lot of it due to our close proximity to the river.” A highlight about working in the area is the diversity of clients and patients. “We enjoy seeing everything from the tiny princess purse pooch to the rugged hardworking farm and ranch dogs and everything in between,” she said. Sanders said she works to provide the “best medicine possible” in these tough economic times, providing pet owners with the information necessary to make informed decisions. In addition to regular visits, to help clients Ark Animal Care holds a walk-in vaccine clinic at 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays with “deeply-discounted” wellness exams legally required for pets to receive vaccinations. A married mother of two, Sanders said she is also “owned by one dog, two cats and three horses.” Her interests include nutrition, outdoor activities, reading, spending time with her family and playing with “my crazy dog, Kaiah.”

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Donations are being sought for the silent and oral auction at the 14th annual Santiam Canyon Scholarship Banquet which will be Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Salem Elks Lodge No. 336, 2336 Turner Road SE, Salem. Through donations, sponsorships, auction purchases and raffles, last year’s scholarship banquet netted $20,000. That’s more than $286,000 total raised in 13 years. The funds go directly to the students of Santiam Junior Senior High School, Over the history of the event, 175 students have received scholarships for continuing education. Santiam Canyon Superintendent Todd Miller will facilitate the event. “I look forward to the Scholarship Banquet each year” Miller said. “It really

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Auxiliary fashion show tickets go on sale Tickets are now on sale for the Santiam Hospital Auxiliary annual fashion show, this year themed Black & White. Fashions will be presented by Chico’s of Salem, music by The Oregon Spirit Chorus. The Oct. 22 show will be at the Stayton Community Center. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m., with wine and appetizers at 6 p.m. and drawings and door prizes throughout the evening.

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I wish I was smart enough... I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel as though I’m getting dumber every day.

But then again, the world belongs to the accountants. We’re just here to pay for it.

I just don’t understand what’s wrong with a lot of people. It’s as though they put their brains in a paper bag and left them on the kitchen table as they were heading out the door.

I also think about things that are a bit less, shall we say, whiny.

But then again, maybe it’s just me. I often sit back and contemplate the world and the universe beyond. Then I say to myself, “I wish I was smart enough... .” I wish I was smart enough to understand why the politicians with the biggest mouths and the smallest sense of decency attract the most attention. And no, I’m not only talking about just Donald Trump. I’m talking about a lot of politicians. They blather on, speaking half-truths and citing halfaccurate “facts” trying to sound good to whoever is around. They complain about “political correctness” but forget that stereotypes and slurs have always been out of fashion. I wish I was smart enough to understand my cell phone bill. Every month I feel as though I’m taking an

IQ test when I look at it. The only constant: It keeps going up. Speaking of bills, I wish I was smart enough to understand why my municipal water and sewer bill keeps going up. Seems like not too long ago it was $50-ish. Now it’s $90-ish. Am I drinking too much water (and sending it out the other end)? And I wish I were smart enough to know why our Internet bill went up $12 in a single month. You’d think I was downloading all of Hillary Clinton’s secret emails instead of a couple of TV shows. Wouldn’t it make sense to include a short explanation of why bills are going up — or down — along with the dollar amounts?

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