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By Mary Owen Construction on Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge may begin next year, thanks to the successful fundraising efforts of the Save Our Bridge Committee. Committe Chair Lynda Harrington said the committe is well on its way to saving the historic bridge. “We have raised 90 percent of our goal toward the restoration project,” Harrington said. “Recent donations from the A.J. Frank Family Foundation, NW Farm Credit Services, Santiam Brewing and private donors totaled $56,000 in July alone!” As of Aug. 1, Harrington said $180,000 has been raised toward the committee’s $200,000 goal. Repairs slated include repair to the understory and new decking, railing and lighting, she said. Formed in 2014, the SOB Committee partnered with COMFORT FOR LIFE Eugene evaluated the bridge’s condition and estimate the city of Mill City to assess and restore the historic the project cost at $400,000, which will be split bridge in time for the 2019 Centennial Celebration of between the SOB committee and the city. the bridge’s placement over the North Santiam River in 1919. “The SOB’s have been busy selling T-shirts, buttons and note cards and raising funds through special Two years ago, the Ausland Engineering Group of

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Harrington said the city has raised half of its commitment with 50 percent already in a designated fund. North Santiam Historical Society president and SOB committee member Frances Thomas is enthusiastic with the support given for the bridge restoration. “We are delighted that the community has come together with enthusiasm and support for this important project,” she said. Harrington and Thomas agree that restoring Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge will enhance civic vitality in the North Santiam Canyon. “The committee is committed to preserving a historic structure which provides much community

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Aumsville is the “perfect community” for Ron Harding, the city’s new administrator. “It’s very similar to my hometown in size but also in the local philosophy of a community that supports each other,” Harding said, adding he has already found Aumsville to be “a lovely community filled with great people.” Harding believes the city’s role is to provide much-needed services and assistance when resources are available as well as working to improve the community. He looks forward to working with the city staff and council. Harding brings a host of experience to the table, including as a business manager, city mayor, administrator and county chief deputy auditor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and recently earned a PHR certification in human resources. He has experience in transportation, business development, economic development, emergency

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“For the most part, I’ve been in similar positions at three other Oregon school districts, recently leaving the PhoenixTalent School District for this position,” he said.

Sublimity welcomes David Marshall as the city’s first-ever city manager, a job that embraces many roles. Marshall said his new job will be challenging as he juggles many hats including city manager, finance director, contracts administrator, director of planning, city recorder, elections officer and human relations specialist. A Vietnam War veteran who left active duty with the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in 1978, Marshall is certainly qualified and ready for the tasks. Jokingly, he said there is maybe one or two more things he will do that he has “forgotten.” “That does make it easy to ‘collaborate’ with my counterparts – they are all me.” After leaving the U.S. Navy, Marshall worked for 13 years in the private sector as a business manager, facilities manager

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Marshall, who also spent from 2010 to 2013 as the finance director for the city of Newport, Ore., has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in communications management.

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Greener, cleaner By Mary Owen Get ready for a “Greener, Cleaner Canyon.” But before that can happen, volunteers are needed to roll up their sleeves, grab their gloves and help make it happen. And if you have ever said “wouldn’t our town look nicer, if...,” then this project is for you. And all you need to do is sign-up to help. A multi-location North Santiam Canyon cleanup and beautification project will take place at three locations from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. The cleanup event is the culmination of a cohortdesigned community project under the umbrella of the Ford Institute for Community Building, in partnership with Rural Development Initiatives. Thirty-five people – teens to seniors – from the North Santiam Canyon, participating in the Ford Institute Leadership Program, have met since early this year as part of the final cohort. “Several projects were put forth as possibilities to come within our guidelines, with a donation from the Ford Institute for a one-day event that hopefully will be successful and be carried forward each year,” said Linda Sunderland with the Cohorts 3 marketing team, whose

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members toured communities throughout the summer for project ideas. “Project ideas included a paint project in Stayton, pond cleanup in Aumsville and placing shadowboxes in empty storefronts in Detroit,” added Ronda Lehman, also a Cohorts 3 member. “Fundraising was to be minimal, with some donations.” Community projects making the final cut are painting the cement brick wall at Westown in Stayton, sprucing up with plants the Mehama Community Center, and a North Santiam River cleanup project in Mill City. “In addition to volunteers, donations of paint, paint brushes, plants, gloves and gardening tools are welcome,” Sunderland said. A participant “thank-you” and celebration will follow from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Camp Taloali, 15934 N. Santiam Highway SE, Stayton. Food, music, recreational activities, and environmental resource information booths will be a part of the celebration. Volunteers at the event will be entered to win prizes. Register at For information, message

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Ready to revitalize By Mary Owen “Be the change you with to see in Stayton!” That’s the challenge of a local group that advocates working together to revitalize Stayton’s downtown. “Friends of Old Town Stayton is a group of community members that got started as a result of Stayton residents attending an Oregon Main Street conference and seeing the tremendous benefits that this program has brought to other communities in Oregon and realizing what it could do for Stayton,” Alan Meyer, chair of FOTS, said. Meyer is the regional business manager for Pacific Power, working out of the company’s Stayton office. Although he resides in Stayton with his family, Meyer grew up in Washington, Mo., a small city with, he said, “one of the best success stories of the Main Street approach.” “Like many small cities, Washington’s downtown area slowly died until it pretty much became a ghost town,” Meyer said. “Through the Main Street Approach and with the help of volunteers, grants, city staff and the like, Washington, Mo., focused on their history and core values. Now the downtown area is alive again

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“We just need to do a better job of getting the word out and that’s one of our goals as well,” he said. An informational meeting is Monday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Stayton. Speaking at the meeting will be Oregon Main Street Coordinator Sheri Stuart. “The meeting is to look for new members and committee chairs to join our efforts as well as show what can be accomplished through the Main Street Approach,” Meyer said. “Hopefully folks can see that we’re serious about this. We are growing by leaps and bounds and we’ve just got started.” FOTS invites anyone interested working on projects, raising funds, taking care of downtown, or helping create a community everyone can enjoy to volunteer

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Weekly Events Monday Computer Help, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

Wednesday Tai Chi for Seniors, repeats Fridays, 10

Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam

Odd Fellows Bingo

Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307

Cascade Country Quilters, 1 p.m.

Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only,

Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.

Thursday Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30

p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459

Center. 503-767-2009

Tuesday St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. 503-769-5381 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public

Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. 503-7693313

Cribbage Lessons, 11 a.m. Sack Lunch, noon. Writing Class, 12:15 p.m. Hand and Foot Canasta, 1 p.m. Card Making, Craft Time (bring own supplies), 1 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Walk With Ease, Noon - 1 p.m., Santiam

Veterans Group, 1 p.m. Santiam Senior

Friday Five-handed Pinochle, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009 Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 603-990-0861

Stayton Playgroup

10:30 a.m. Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, snacks. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats Sept. 21. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Red Hat Strutters

Noon, La Hacienda Real, 1660 NE Lancaster Dr., Salem. New members, guests welcome. Contact hostess Marcia Johnson, 503-581-3472, for reservations. Contact Margie Forrest, 503-859-3119, to ride share.

Santiam Heritage Foundation

Noon, Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-8860


Friday, Sept. 9

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges

Memorial Community Center. 502-3990599

Thursday, Sept. 1 Alzheimer’s Support Group

5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Relaxing evening of coloring for adults. Supplies, music provided. Free. 503769-3313

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Wednesday, Sept. 7

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

Senior Meals, noon. First Presbyterian

Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-4062

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

4 - 6 p.m., Santiam Medical Clinic, 280 S First Ave., Mill City. $10 sports physicals for middle, high schoolers. 503-7692175

Aumsville Museum & History Center,

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

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Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Free exercise program to reduce pain, improve health. 503-587-5129

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

Tuesday, Sept. 6 7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Sept. 20.

Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Santiam Senior

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

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

a.m. Lunch, $3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pinochle, 12:30 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. Members free; $5 nonmembers. Repeats Fridays. 503-767-2009

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

AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran,

Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Monday, Sept. 5 Labor Day

One-on-one computer lessons, help. Call to schedule appointment. Bridge Lessons, 11 a.m. Senior Yoga, 1 p.m. Senior Line Dancing, 4 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009 Center. $.05/game, $.10/blackout. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009

Sunday, Sept. 4

Adult Coloring Night

Friday, Sept. 2 Santiam Valley Grange

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

Fandom Free-For-All

3:30 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make a fun creation to represent your fandom. Grades 6 - 12. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Sublimity Harvest Festival

4 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Truck, tractor pull, monster trucks, live music. Adults 13+: $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, $12 Sunday. Children 6-12: $5 Friday, $5 Saturday, $5 Sunday. Seniors 62+: $8 Friday, $10 Saturday, $5 Sunday. Children under 6 free. Parking $5. Repeats noon - 1 a.m., Sept. 10; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 11. 503-769-3579,

Movie Night

6:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Captain America: Civil War. (PG-13). Free.

Saturday, Sept. 10 Harvest Festival Fun Run

9 a.m., Sublimity School, 431 E. Main St. 10K, 5K, 3K. $10 preregister; $15 day-of race. Children 12 and under free. Benefits Sublimity Parent Teacher Club. Register at or day of race at 8 a.m.

Second Saturday Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Produce, yard art, home decor, more. Prizes. Last market of year. Booth spaces $15. Colleen, 503-749-2030

Harvest Festival Parade

11 a.m., Sublimity. Starts at Sublimity School, goes to Center Street.

Open Auditions

4 - 6 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Aumsville Community Theatre open auditions for December production, 15 holiday stories and songs. Audition includes reading from script, tell a personal humorous story, sing, learn dance. Repeats Sept. 11.

Sunday, Sept. 11 Harvest Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Sublimity Fire Station, 115 N Parker St. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Adults $6, seniors 60 and older $5, children 5 - 10 $4. Children 4 and under free. Benefits Santiam Hospital Auxiliary. Char, 503-749-2910

Monday, Sept. 12 Art Club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly art club for ages 5 and older. Limited to 20 participants; check with library for openings. 503-769-3313

Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public.

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 Commissioner’s Breakfast

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

Roald Dahl Birthday Celebration

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Free. Ages 6 - 12. 503-769-3313

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation on history of Santiam Canyon. Open to public. Refreshments.

Mill City Council

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

VFW Meeting 7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets Sept. 27. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Wednesday, Sept. 14 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Weddle Funeral Services, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3446

Mom to Mom

2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to public.

Sports Physicals

4 - 6 p.m., Cascade Medical Clinic, 1375 N 10th Ave., Stayton. $10 sports physicals for middle, high schoolers. 503-769-2175

Turf Field Ribbon Cutting

6 p.m., Stayton High. Ribbon cutting, celebration of Stayton High’s new turf field. Event includes ribbon cutting ceremony, athletic activities for all ages on the new turf, cake, prize drawing, presentations, and performances by SHS cheer team and Stayton Highlights. Free. 503-769-2171

Santiam Canyon School Board

1 - 5 p.m., 40637 SE Forrest Way, across from SCTC on Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. All current, former firefighters. Bring chair, drinks. Jay, 503-551-4045

Monday, Sept. 19 Red Cross Blood Drive

Book Club Meeting

Young Professionals Meet-Up

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

North Santiam School District Board

7 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-6924

Saturday, Sept. 17 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., downtown Detroit. Classic cars, motorcycles, boats. 503859-8901, 10 a.m. - noon, Stayton Public Library. Get Marion County dog license with no late fees, amnesty on license violations. Santiam Equine Veterinary Clinic provides low-cost vaccinations, $10. Cash or check only for license. Cash only for vaccines. Free rabies vaccination to first 150 who purchase license and one vaccine. 503-588-5233,

Grange Turkey Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange Hall, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Turkey dinner with all fixings. $8 adults, $4 ages 6 and under. 503-859-2161

Veterans Benefits Expo

10 a.m - 4 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Claims service, benefit information, community resource information. Burgers, hots dogs. Door prizes. Open to all veterans. Sponsored by Mill City-Gates Post 159, Stayton Post 58 of American Legion. 503-897-2050

Detroit Lake, Riverside Cleanup

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.,Upper Arm Day Use Area, 1 mile North of Detroit. Gloves, trash bags provided. Map of locations available at check-in, 9:30 a.m. Visit or call,, 503-930-8202

Sunday, Sept. 25 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, drawing, music. Adults $15, children 5-12 $5, children under 5 free. 503-769-4416

Monday, Sept. 26 Aumsville City Council

3:30, Stayton Public Library. Meeting of Book Bobs, early chapter readers, and Random Readers, more complex chapter book readers. Also, meeting to determine if there is interest in book club for young adults. Free. 503-769-3313

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, Sept. 27 Senior Legal Help

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

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, advance directives, more. Free. Appointment: 503767-2009

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Senior Center Birthday Potluck

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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. 4, at St. Mary and Regis school offices, Stayton Sports, Stayton Family Memorial Pool, 503-769-2718

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments encouraged at, 1-800-REDCROSS. Walk-ins at door.

Detroit Lake Cruze-In

Noon, 567 Elm St., Lyons. Potluck at Rosemary DeCola’s. Bring dish to share; wear crazy garden hat for contest. Dress for garden art painting. All welcome. John, 503-508-5913

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. For mothers of children ages birth to six. Meet, share stories. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Moxieberry, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking, publicity lunch. No-host lunch. Repeats Sept. 28.

Sunday, Sept. 18

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Fitness With Jackie, 564 N Third Ave., Stayton. Greeters, sponsored by Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3446

SHS Booster Club

7 p.m., Stayton High School. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

Thursday, Sept. 22 Friends of Old Town Stayton

6:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave., Stayton. Discuss, generate ideas to develop plan for improving downtown Stayton. Sheri Stuart, director of Oregon Main Street, speaker. Open to public. friendsofoldtownstayton. comSaturday,

Mommy Baby Palooza

Sept. 24

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Music, photos, face painting, bounce house. Bring cash for food carts, vendors. Free admission.503-769-2175

Noon, Santiam Senior Center. Bring a dish to share, celebrate September birthdays. 503-767-2009

Mill City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, Sept. 28 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Cammack-Kingsley Insurance, 621 N First Ave., Stayton. Greeters, sponsored by Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3446

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly book discussion group for adults. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Friday, Sept. 30 Senior Center Dance

4 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Dance with live music. Free. 503-767-2009

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Celebrating its 44th year, the Sublimity Harvest Festival promises chills and thrills with truck pulls, ATV pulls and a monster truck show capping each day. “Record crowds are expected again,” said Scott Ingalls, spokesman for the annual event held at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Fairgrounds. “The award-winning festival features a variety of classes in each category of pulls, including stock, modified and promodified pulling rigs each day.” This year, Ingalls said the Harvest Festival will feature three family driving teams in the six monster trucks that will perform at the end of the pulling schedule. The trucks and drivers include Wicked and Kamakazi, driven by Kreg and Casey Christensen; Obsession and Obsessed, driven by Rick and Eric Swanson; and Nitro Menace and Jail Bird, driven by Darren and Kaylyn Migues.

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Along with all the motor sports action, the festival also features an entertainment tent with music and performers all weekend as well as a Kids Zone that offers inflatables and water games for youngsters. “There are also a dozen food booths and commercial displays,” Ingalls said of the three-day event that runs Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by a Pit Party and Driver Meet-andGreet, and close at 1p.m. after music by Blue City Diesel in the Coors Light

The annual Fun Run takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday morning followed a parade at 11 a.m. starting at the Sublimity Middle School. Festival gates open at noon, and Gabriel Cox will provide Saturday’s music starting at 9 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Sunday with ATV pulls. The Coors Light entertainment tent will be open to all ages starting at 11 a.m. with live entertainment starting at noon. Tractor pulls start off the afternoon at 1 p.m. followed an hour later by monster trucks. The festival closes at 3 p.m. following the monster trucks event. Admission prices for adults are $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $12 for Sunday. Seniors 62 and older are $8 on Friday, $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Kids ages 6 to 12 are only $5 any day, and kids under 6 are free. Tickets are available online. Parking is

$5 per vehicle, but a shuttle is available for pickup and drop-off during the festival at Stayton Roth’s, Stayton Safeway and the Sublimity Fire Hall. Shuttles will arrive at the festival 30 minutes past the hour every hour and depart from the festival 50 minutes past the hour every hour (full schedule on website). The Sublimity Harvest Festival started in 1973 as a competition between local farmers to see whose tractor could pull the most weight the furthest. In the early years a “sled” was hooked to the back of the tractor and farmers and spectators would jump on and add weight until the tractor could not pull any further. The distance was measured using a hand held tape. “Forty-four years later, the same friendly competition takes place, but with people coming from all over the Western United States to compete,” Ingalls said.

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started a little garden club when she was there.”

Several years ago George Susbaur and Murphy, the dog Susbaur day-sits for a friend, began taking walks that ended with visits to residents at Brookdale Senior Living in Stayton.

Her leaving left the plants a bit high and dry and Susbaur stepped right in to care for them, saying “someone had to.”

The Sublimity retiree and his doggy pal, a “bighearted” Golden Retriever/Black Labrador mix, were a great hit. “He’s such a tender-hearted loving dog,” said Susbaur, a former processing plant worker. “Everyone gravitates to him. When you’re a big furry animal with a soft touch, you’re a gift to lots of people. He brings a little love their way.” Murphy’s favorite walk is along the river bank ending at Brookdale. Now he visits with Susbaur to provide people with company as well as to allow Susbaur to water plants scattered around the facility’s concrete patio. “Marge Baker started the ball rolling when she was at Brookdale,” Susbaur said of the tiny “garden” that is still growing. “She used to have a greenhouse. She

Since then, he secured a couple of truckloads of compost and many types of plants to create a colorful array of what he calls “eye candy.” “It’s a double-header,” he said of his garden. “What you see outside, you see inside.” More than 30 potted plants are arranged around the patio, which also boasts several garden beds. Zinnias, marigolds, geraniums, cosmos, petunias, baby’s breath, dahlias and geraniums, to name a few, are adorned by driftwood and other plant-friendly décor Susbaur collects on his hikes along the Santiam River. His latest planting is swamp grass, and a “bird” tree in a wooden box is there to attract some of the neighborhood’s flying friends. “Flowers are a lift for a lot of people,” Susbaur said. “They come out and talk now, socialize. They play cards out here in the evening. Flowers are a part of

George Susbaur has lent his talents in the garden to the residents at Brookdale Senior Living in Stayton.

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“Everything is a process of exposing one’s being. This is a little part of my life, a mirror that shows how I feel.” – George Susbaur about the things that are very important, things that have connections to every part of life.”

life. They make people smile.” The garden is a work in progress that mirrors what Susbaur is all about: sharing a part of himself with others, what he calls an exchange of life’s offerings.

Susbaur said small contributions often make the biggest difference.

“Everything is a process of exposing one’s being,” he said. “This is a little part of my life, a mirror that shows how I feel. “It’s a big hit here,” he added about the garden. “I don’t know how many people have come up to me and given a praise report. Lots of good feedback!”

“Do a little something, get a little something in return,” he said. “It takes your mind off your own ills.”

Standing amidst his contributions, which he waters daily, Susbaur said, “Looking at this softens my heart like the dog softens my heart.

Susbaur and Murphy trek daily to Brookdale as well as taking visits to a small garden Susbaur planted at the Grief Center at Marian Estates. His latest venture is planting an area at Panzanella’s in Sublimity.

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By Mary Owen Curriculum and computers are just two of the “new” in schools this year. North Santiam School District Superintendent Andy Gardner said a new math curriculum will begin for students in grades kindergarten through eighth. “It is called Go Math and it focuses on engaging students as well as educating parents,” Gardner said. “We are excited to have the entire district unified into a single curriculum and have a district-wide goal to increase our math scores. This will build on last year’s goals related to student engagement.” The addition of another 390 Google Chromebook computers will significantly increase the district’s tech footprint, bringing schools to a 1:2 ratio of students to computers in the district, Gardner said. “Of course, a significant project this summer was the conversion of the field at the high school to a turf surface,” he added. “This project came about through the dedication and help – and sweat equity – of vast number of volunteers. This was a great example of a partnership that met mutual needs and allowed the project to move forward.”

Civil, Inc. The roof is almost in place and it looks like it will be ready for school start,” he said. Both Stayton and Cascade High schools are initiating AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a national program whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Stayton Middle School students will also participate in the AVID program. “AVID tries to give students both the vision and skills to pursue avocations after high school,” Cascade High School Principal Matt Thatcher said. “We’re going to start with freshmen.” Teacher Lisa Iverson will be the community connections specialist for Cascade. Iverson will research businesses and industries that can help students learn about technical and career opportunities following graduation. Thatcher said a core group of freshmen teachers are ready to help after getting training this summer in college and career readiness.

Another project that is nearing completion is the construction of an outdoor play shed at Sublimity Middle School.

“AVID at the high school will be a great program that is worth talking about,” Stayton High School Principal Alan Kirby said. “We’ll also be starting our homebuilding project on Washington Street when school resumes.”

“Sublimity School is crowded, and during rainy weeks in the winter there are few places for the middle school to go,” Gardner said.

Santiam Canyon School District new programs include a new preschool program to support 3- to 5-year-olds within district boundaries.

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“It has been about 20 years since the Santiam Canyon School District has been able to offer industrial arts classes at the high school,” Miller said. “Our new courses will launch this fall and focus on industrial arts trade skills that support high wage and high demand jobs for our students.” SCSD hired a long-time general contractor from the area, Chris Lindemann, to teach classes and start the new program, Miller said. “We will be updating all our equipment and renovating our shop space,” Miller said. “We are thrilled to bring this program back. There is a big need in the trades for skilled workers and our students have been wanting classes like this for some time.”

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“Our goal with the new program is to form earlier relationships with our families, learn more about our incoming students, and support them to build skills for a successful transition to kindergarten,” he added. “Our district is spread over a large geographic area, and mailing the materials gives us an efficient and sustainable way to support all the young students within our district.”

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Regis High School and St. Mary will approach the future,” he said. “We already offer an excellent product that prepares our students well for the future with a good mix of veteran teachers and some dynamic new teachers.

Starting this month, St. Mary and Regis High schools have joined forces to provide what Principal Rick Schindler calls “a distinctively Catholic educational environment.” “Regis and St. Mary wanted to develop a comprehensive strategic plan addressing preschool through 12th grade education,” said Schindler, who oversees both campuses starting this month. “The plan, while addressing all areas of school life, will focus on enrollment management, educational quality, leadership and financial stability for both schools.” Schindler said goals include: increasing collaboration between the schools for a seamless pre-K-12 education; maintaining a well-rounded and rigorous educational experience; attracting, retaining and competitively compensating the best faculty and staff; developing a facilities master plan; and planning to ensure continued access for students from diverse economic backgrounds.

“Regis features a high quality drama program and offers such enhancements as Aspire,” Bauer added. “The vision for St. Mary and Regis includes welcoming new students from Stayton and all over the Willamette Valley.”

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“Current technology will continue to support and drive instruction at both schools,” Schindler said. “Regis has gone 1:1, with Google Chromebooks for every student, and has obtained grant funds for a new STEM curriculum. The vertical curricular alignment between the two schools will be seamless, ensuring high

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“This is a great opportunity for all of us,” she said. “It’s also quite a challenge with so many extra folks here, about double the population that lives in our neck of the woods!” As well as preparing for the eclipse, the group is exploring ways to promote tourism throughout the Santiam Canyon. Two workshops and a series of online trainings by Travel Oregon in March and April “helped ramp up skills, taught the ins and outs of rural tourism and helped those participating put a successful action plan together to take projects from idea to implementation,” McKenzie said.

“Each of our two tourism workshops drew 75 people with 89 people overall in attendance representing communities, businesses and organizations from one end of the corridor to the other,” McKenzie said. “With such robust participation, Travel Oregon suggested we choose three tourism projects to work on rather than the single project we – and they – were expecting.” In the final workshop, McKenzie said three projects were selected as priorities: Create a regional marketing strategy to help attract visitors to the area. Create a local tourism network to build relationships between those working in and interested in the hospitality/outdoor recreation industries throughout the region, making it easier to package products, refer business to each other, and make the visitor experience meaningful and memorable. Create an annual River Festival to celebrate the North Santiam River as the connecting link between communities and outdoor recreational assets in the foothills and towns. “More than one-third of workshop participants are part of one of these three groups, and all of them have met at least three times since the workshops to get the ball rolling on these projects,” McKenzie said. “A fourth longer-range project is focusing on signage in the area.” McKenzie said about 30 individuals are working together on the projects in three action teams, with GROW-EDC leading the charge. She facilitates the groups and is part of each of the action teams. The steering committee for the tourism effort includes: Kelly Schreiber, Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce; Grady McMahan, U.S. Forest Service; Dave Shelton, North Santiam Chamber of Commerce; Dean O’Donnell, Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association; Tabitha Henricksen and Elaina Turpin, North Santiam Young Professionals; Teresa Van de Veere, Rushing River Inn,

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Idanha; and Karen Widmer, The Canyon Weekly. Action team participants have been gathering information to get a clear picture of all the assets that the North Santiam Canyon has to offer and figure out what visitor information already exists and where it is accessed, McKenzie said. “Right now this group is doing a deep inventory of this kind of information so they can begin populating Travel Salem and Travel Oregon’s websites with information that is easy for visitors to access,” she said. “We expect this process to take about a year. This group has also begun discussing what to ‘call’ this region. That process is on hold for a bit as they tackle some of this heavy inventory work,” she said. Field trips to three area sites were held late May and early June, with about 20 participants at each of the networking lunches and some 15 to 18 who hopped on buses or carpooled to all or parts of each tour.  Tourism hotspots were highlighted at Detroit and Idanha; Gates, Mill City, Lyons and Little North Fork; and Scio, Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville. “On every field trip, every person learned about or saw something that they hadn’t know about or seen before,” she said. “They loved being on the bus together and getting to visit between stops. People

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were so surprised at how beautiful the parks are, and many had never been to those in Detroit, Aumsville, Stayton and Lyons, and in some cases, weren’t even aware they existed.” Following the tours, McKenzie got feedback that local folks were already exploring some of the sites visited. “When we heard that local people were already practicing what the tourism workshops preached – taking friends and family to special places right here – we were really pleased,” she said. “That’s what we were hoping for. The best way for a rural area to begin building out their tourism economy is to invite visiting friends and family to check out some of those special places close to home.” According to Travel Oregon, sustainable tourism stimulates local economies, protects and enhances local resources and fosters community pride.


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Turf – almost ready Games expected to be played on field after Labor Day The Stayton High athletic program will have a wait just a bit longer for its new artificial turf field. The Eagles were set to debut the new surface with a soccer doubleheader Sept. 2, but Athletic Director Darren Shryock said “a setback with the rock foundation” means the games will have to be played on grass. The turf installation is now underway, and Shryock said the field should be ready to use after Labor Day. Second-year Eagles football coach Andy Campbell thinks the turf will gives his squad a big boost. “Our football program will benefit greatly from the turf mainly because it gives us a consistent field for practice,” Campbell said. “Consistent lines, consistent numbers and a consistent surface for practicing will be the biggest advantage our program will feel right away. On top of being a consistent practice spot, it gives us a gorgeous facility to call ours when recruiting our youth kids as well as kids in our school to come out and play.” Campbell’s squad opened 6-0 last season but lost its final three games to eventual Class 4A state champion Cascade, Oregon West Conference champion Philomath and Gladstone, which was ousted in the playoffs by eventual runnerup Scappoose. “There’s no major tweaks or changes going on this year,” Campbell said. “We’re simply going to try and do things better than we did them last season. We’ve got different weapons and strengths this year than we did last year so we’re working on finding ways and schemes to get those strengths on display. “We lost a lot of, not only talent last year, but we lost a lot of leadership and experience. This year we’ve got a great group of young men – we’re just inexperienced as leaders.” Campbell called the Oregon West “wide open” and said “we’ve got just as much of a shot at it as the other top teams. We have to just worry about doing our jobs, our assignments, our conditioning, and our attitudes and not worry about what other teams are doing or not doing. The success of our season will mirror the development of the leadership in our locker room.” The Eagles open the season Sept. 2 at

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and defense from the squad that won the Class 4A state title last season.

Estacada. Cascade: Brandon Bennett has taken over from Steve Turner as the football coach for the Cougars. Bennett, 31, was the offensive coordinator on last year’s state championship team. Bennett, a former offensive lineman and offensive line coach at Willamette University, has served as an assistant and head coach at Stayton. “To be a head coach is a great honor,” Bennett said. “You must respect that honor by working harder than everyone else. You must also challenge everyone to work harder than you.” Bennett has four starters back on offense

“We have a strong core of seniors that have stepped up as leaders within the program.” Bennett said. “We have high expectations for ourselves but also know that it will take hard work and great preparation. I am excited to see what my boys can achieve this season.” Two-way starter Isaiah Roniger (fullback/defensive lineman) returns and Bennett expects key contributions from linebackers Mitchell Bell, Cote Wakem and Rylee Morris, wide receiver Michael Biddington and linemen Dominic Federico and Cody Teal. Also in the mix are offensive lineman Jake Cowan and Louie Sanchez, junior varsity players who were added to the playoff roster and were strong contributors during the title run. In addition, Adam Stratemeyer will add some depth at linebacker and defensive Shane Schnapp and linebacker Justin Marcott also are being looked at to provide leadership on defense.

Bennett will be a learning resources teacher at Cascade this fall. Athletic Director Heidi Hermansen said she thinks Bennett already is proving a good representative of the program, which went 37-9 in four years under Turner. “So far Brandon has been a true team player,” Hermansen said. “The senior boys gather around him after practice just to hang out and socialize. He is a great fit into the Cascade community, and he promotes the positive culture we’re building in our athletic programs. The Cascade open the season Sept. 2 at home vs. Marshfield. Also at Cascade, the Cougars have hired Bethany Robertson to coach the cheer squad. Robertson is a 2000 Cascade graduate. Regis: The Rams have a new volleyball staff, headed by Santiam Canyon area club coach Julie Summers. This is the first head high school job for Summers, who will be assisted by Chantele Burgess

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Friday, Sept. 2

Stayton Girls Soccer, 1 p.m. vs McLoughlin Stayton Boys Soccer, 3 p.m. vs McLoughlin Cascade Football, 7 p.m. vs Marshfield Santiam Football, 7 p.m. vs. Jefferson

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Regis Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. vs Central Linn Stayton Girls Soccer, 6 p.m. vs Seaside

Thursday, Sept. 8

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Friday, Sept. 23

Cascade Boys Soccer, 4 p.m. vs Central Cascade Girls Soccer, 4 p.m. @ Central Regis, Santiam Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. @ Regis Cascade, Stayton Volleyball, 6 p.m. @ Cascade

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Stayton Football, 7 p.m. vs Sweet Home Santiam Football, 7 p.m. Culver

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Cascade Boys Soccer, 3:30 p.m. vs YC Santiam Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. Western Mennonite

Stayton Volleyball, 6 p.m. vs Yamhill-Carlton Stayton Boys Soccer, 6 p.m. vs Philomath

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Thursday, Sept. 22

Cascade, Stayton Boys Soccer, 3:30 p.m. @ Cascade

Santiam Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. @ Kennedy

Regis Football, 6 p.m. @ Stanfield Secondary Stayton Football, 7 p.m. vs Philomath Regis Football, 7 p.m. Monroe Cascade Football, 7 p.m. vs Yamhill-Carlton

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Regis Cross Country, 3 p.m. @ Jefferson Cascade Boys Soccer, 3:30 p.m. @ Newport Cascade Girls Soccer. 3:30 p.m. vs Newport Santiam Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. Central Linn Regis Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. vs JFK Stayton Boys Soccer, 6 p.m. vs YC Cascade Volleyball, 6 p.m. @ North Marion

Thursday, Sept. 29

Cascade Boys Soccer, 3:30 p.m. vs Philomath Cascade Girls Soccer, 3:30 p.m. @ Philomath Stayton Girls Soccer, 4 p.m. @ North Marion Regis Volleyball, 5:30 p.m. @ Central Linn Stayton Volleyball, 6 p.m. @ Philomath Stayton Boys Soccer 6 p.m. vs North Marion

Friday, Sept. 30

Cascade, Stayton Football, 7 p.m. @ Cascade Santiam Football, 7 p.m. @ Central Linn Regis Football, 7 p.m. vs JFK

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36-foot wide, 96-foot, 14-foot high indoor baseball and softball facility the school hopes to have online by March. Santiam: Wolverines athletic director David Plotts said the school did a lot of sprucing up during the summer, including new paint and refinished floors at the gym and a new public address system for the football field Scio: Kate Hageman takes over the volleyball program for the Loggers. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at jamesday590@ Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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I am standing on a patch of grass watching a man named Brad Wursten defy gravity. He is in a tiny airplane called an MXS-R, which is hanging by its propellor a couple thousand feet in the air. What is keeping him from plummeting to his death in a fireball, I’m not sure.

largest wildfire in history west of Mount McKinley. Another time my wife and I flew in a DC-3 from White Horse, Yukon, to Juneau, Alaska. This plane was also a survivor of World War II, when it was called the “Gooney Bird.”

I am sure Mr. Wursten is violating at least one law of physics and maybe two or three others as his plane pirouettes in the sky. I stand there in total amazement until suddenly, he kicks the left rudder pedal and the plane tumbles earthward. About 200 feet from certain death, he pulls back on the stick and flies normally, as though nothing has happened. Just another day at the office. I admit it. I am an airplane nut and air shows are to me what Comi-Con is to a Trekkie. The only difference: Air shows are about reality, beauty and courage; science fiction is about imagination and makeup. Oh, I like science fiction just fine, but it’s largely computer generated “action” in which anyone can do anything. A bit later in the show was a demonstration flight featuring an F/A-18 jet.

The only time I regret not taking a flight was about 20 years ago at the Oshkosh, Wis., Air Show, which is as close to Airplane Mecca as a guy like me can get. The show features hundreds of airplanes, including dozens of every World War II plane you can imagine.

It’s the Ferrari of airplanes. It can hurl itself off the deck of an aircraft carrier and bolt through the sky at 1,190 mph. On this particular day I am at the Oregon Air Show in Hillsboro. This sky is filled with daring young men in their flying machines. For me, they are dream machines. Though I’m not a pilot — I barely trust myself in my Honda during the daily commute into Salem — I’ve flown in a lot of planes, some unique. I once was in a Grumman Goose — an amphibious plane made during World War II — when it landed on a lake — by moonlight — at Katmai National Park in Alaska.

This particular year, a supersonic Concord was at the show and offering Mach 1 flights over Canada for $200. My cheapness got the better of me and I stayed on the ground. About a year after that, nearly all of the Concords were grounded forever. It was one more item on my bucket list that won’t be checked off. Watching airplanes, though, will always be a pleasure. I occasionally go to airports to see the takeoffs and landings and to check out the planes. Sometimes I even go somewhere in them. Carl Sampson is an editor and freelance writer.

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