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Ready to be amused and amazed? The North Santiam Chamber of Commerce brings Moonlight and Magic to Mill City on Oct. 15.

He got his start in showbiz by working in the theatre. He was cast in his first role at 8, and over the next decade appeared in nearly two dozen plays.

It’s a professonal magic show the family can enjoy at family-friendly prices.

At 17 years old, the Society of American Magicians, one of the largest magic organizations in the world, named him “Star of Tomorrow.” His act has grown and developed over the years and can be seen regularly at theatres across the country.

Magician Brian Ledbetter and his assistant Keira come to Mill City to “wow” the crowd with illusions, levitation, comedy and fun. Tickets start at $5 for children and seniors, and $10 for adults. Family passes are $35, and includes 2 adult and 4 children’s tickets. “Magician Brian Ledbetter gets the entire audience involved during this interactive show,” said organizer Dave Shelton. “We’re really excited to have this level of talent come here to perform. Audience participation, situational comedy, and truly great magic are the ingredients that make this show a surefire hit! And we love that no audience

Ledbetter brings magic to Mill City stage

Magician Brian Ledbetter

member is ever embarrassed – they’re always treated respectfully as they join in the fun and become a part of the show!” Ledbetter performs large scale stage illusions similar to what television viewers or Las Vegas audiences may have seen. Imagine seeing a person levitate in

Keira’s role is more than that of a traditional magician’s assistant. She collaborates with Ledbetter, and is responsible for a portion of the staging, choreography, and creative elements. She has also designed and constructed the most dazzling costumes in the wardrobe trunk. Prior to joining Ledbetter & Co, she was an accomplished performer and make up artist working in professional theatres. In

addition to her career as an actress and vocalist, Keira is a national-champion artistic rollerskater – figure skating on wheels! The show begins at 7 p.m at Santiam High School Auditorium, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Advance ticket sales are online at or at US Bank, Mill City and Mill City Pharmacy. Dessert concessions will be available from Sam’s Krispy Krunchy Chicken. The affordable ticket prices are thanks to the event’s many sponsors: Focus Heating and Construction, White Water Signs and Graphics, Pacific Power, Pacific Sanitation, Kelly Lumber Sales, Poppa Al’s Hamburgers, Rosie’s Coffee House and Mill City Market. For information, contact Dave Shelton, 503-804-3613 or baxterboy57@hotmail. com; or the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce at 503-897-5000 or


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Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Cascade Jr./Sr. High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton Santiam Jr./Sr. High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton Stayton High, 757 W Locust St., Stayton Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave., Stayton Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton

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

One-on-one computer lessons. Call to schedule appt. Senior Yoga, 1 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

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

Center. $.05/game, $.10/blackout. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009

AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Repeats Tuesdays, Thursdays.

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.Also3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313

Walk With Ease

Noon - 1 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Free exercise program to reduce pain, improve health. 503-587-5129

Senior Meals, noon. First Presbyterian

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

Stayton Lions Club, Noon. Covered


Chili Cook-Off

Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam

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. 503-7696459 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m.

Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

Veterans Group, 1 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

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

Saturday Aumsville Museum & History Center, 11 am. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. Free admission. 503-749-2744

Sunday AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lyons Fire Dept, 1114 Main St. Lyons Firefighter Assoc. 12th annual Chili Cook-off, bazaar, bake sale, car show. Admission two cans of nonperishable food for Christmas Toy and Food Drive. Proceeds go toward needed equipment. 503-859-2410

Blithe Spirit

7 p.m., Little Red School House, 151 W Locust St., Stayton. Aumsville Community Theatre.’ $15 adults; $12 students age 12 and older, senior age 60 and older; $8 children under 12. Repeats 7 p.m. Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16. 503-385-6653,

Sunday, Oct 2 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast 7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $7 adults, $2 children 12 and under.

Monday, Oct. 3 Abigail Scott Duniway DAR

10 a.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meeting with speaker Kuri Gill, coordinator of State Historic Cemeteries Program. All welcome.

Stayton City Council

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

Community Center. 502-399-0599

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Saturday, Oct. 1

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Fall Baseball Camp

9 a.m., Stayton High. Learn fundamental skills. Hosted by Stayton Eagles. 9 - 11:30 a.m. grades 3 - 5; noon - 2:30 p.m. grades 6 - 8. $40. Repeats Oct. 8, 15, 22. 503-507-2171

6 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Learn about a customized option for delaing with knee pain with Dr. Nicolas Stratton. RSVP: Jaime, 503-982-8995

Wednesday, Oct. 5 Friends of Library Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Hosted by Friends of the Library Used Book Store. Greeters, sponsored by Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3446

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

Santiam Heritage Foundation

Al-Anon Meeting,

Thursday, Oct. 6

7:30 p.m. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

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

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Used Book Sale

5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Get first choice on thousands of used books. Hardcovers $1.50, trades $1, mass market paperbacks $.75, selected romance 5/$1, children’s books $.50. Repeats 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Oct. 7 with hardcovers $1, paperbacks $.50, selected romance 10/$1, children’s books $.25; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 8 Flag Day. Bring a bag and fill it with books for $5. Benefits Stayton Friends of the Library. 503-769-3313

Adult Coloring Night

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

Friday, Oct. 7 Flu Shot Clinic

11 a.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. $30 flu shot; $55 high dose. Repeats 5 - 7 p.m. Oct. 18. 503-769-2175

Santiam Valley Grange

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

Sunday, Oct 9 St. Boniface Chicken Dinner

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sublimity School gym, 376 E. Main St. Barbecue with trimmings, Country Store. Adults $13, children 6 - 12 $5, takeout $14. 5 and under free. 503-769-5664

Monday, Oct. 10 Columbus Day 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.

Aumsville City Council 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available.

Cascade School Board

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

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Tuesday, Oct. 11 County Commissioner’s Breakfast

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

Medication Awareness Presentation

6 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Presented by Santiam Internal and Pulmonary Medical Clinics. Doors open at 5 p.m. Register: 503-769-7151

Santiam Historical Society

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

Mill City Council

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

Veterans of Foreign Wars

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. VFW Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets Oct 25. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Wednesday, Oct. 12 Servpro hosts Chamber Greeters

8 a.m. Hosted by Servpro of Linn & Benton Counties. Call 503-769-3446

Mom to Mom

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Mom to Mom is for mothers of children ages birth to six years old. Meet other moms, share stories.

Flu Shot Clinic

4 - 7 p.m., Santiam Medical Clinic, 280 S First Ave., Mill City. $30 flu shot; $55 high dose. 503-897-4100

Santiam Canyon School Board

6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to all.

Thursday, Oct. 13 Flu Shot Clinic

4 - 7 p.m., Sublimity Medical Clinic, 114 SE Church St. $30 shot; $55 high dose. 503-769-2259

Meet the Candidates

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Candidates for Stayton Council and mayor answer questions. Submit questions by Oct. 3 to Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

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Friday, Oct. 14 Fandom Free-For-All

3:30 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Calling all Whovians, Sherlockians, Potterheads, Anime kids, more. New monthly event to craft, talk about favorite fandoms.. Grades 6 - 12. Free; 503-769-3313

Grange Haunted House

6 - 9 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Appropriate for all ages. Admission $3 or three nonperishable food items. Benefits Grange, Lyons Fire Dept. Toy and Food Drive. Repeats 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27; 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, 31. 503-859-2161

Saturday, Oct. 15 A Black & White Affair

5 p.m., Regis High. 37th annual Regis Green and Gold auction. Appetizers, dinner, beverages, oral auction. $60 per person; RSVP by Oct. 7., 503-749-1935

Moonlight and Magic

7 - 9 p.m., Santiam High. Moonlight and Magic with magician Brian Ledbetter. Dessert concession available. $5 12 and under or 65 and older; $10 adults; $35 family pass of six. Tickets at US Bank in Mill City and Mill City Pharmacy. North Santiam Chamber of Commerce, 503-897-5000

Monday, Oct. 17 Garden Clubs visit Gordon House

10 a.m., Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs hosts all-day event. 503-874-6006,

Stayton City Council

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

Wednesday, Oct. 19 Brookdale hosts Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Brookdale Stayton, 2201 Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3446

Flu Shot Clinic

Rock the Block!

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

Oregon Author Visit

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Oregon author Wayne Harrison speaks about his work. Wine and cheese reception. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313

NSSD Board

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

Monday, Oct. 24 Aumsville City Council

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

Tuesday, Oct. 25 Senior Center Birthday Potluck

Noon, Santiam Senior Center. Bring a dish to share, celebrate birthdays.

Mill City Council

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

Saturday, Oct. 29 Adult Halloween Party

5 - 10 p.m., Camp Taloali, 15934 SE North Santiam Hwy., Stayton. Barbecue dinner, cash bar, costume competition judging starts at 8 p.m. 21 and older only. $10 per person. Register online at

Monday, Oct. 31 Halloween Senior Center Halloween Party

1 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Costume contest, party. 503-767-2009

Meet Me on Third Trick-or-Treating

4 - 6 p.m., Third Avenue, Stayton. Bring your for safe trick-or-treating at participating businesses in historic downtown.

Fun or Treat

5 - 9 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church of God, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Games, hot cocoa, games. 541-228-0474

Aumsville Fire District Open House

Lyons City Council

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

5 - 8 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Safe trick-or-treating experience. Visit with volunteers and tour the fire station.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Public Safety Halloween

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book discussion group for adults. This month, 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by MarieHelene Bertino. Free; 503-769-3313

Friday, Oct. 28 Senior Center Dance

5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Fire Department, 1988 W Ida St. Tricks, treats, games. Free. 503-769-2601

Halloween Open House

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sublimity Fire Department, 115 NW Parker St. Warm up at fire station with treats, family movies, tour of station. 503-769-3282

4 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Dance with live music. Free.

Humans vs Zombies

6:30 - 9 p.m., Stayton Public Library. How long can you survive? Grades 6 - 12. Free; no registration necessary. 503769-3313

4 - 7 p.m., Aumsville Medical Clinic, 205 Main St. $30 flu shot; $55 high dose. 503-749-4734

Thursday, Oct. 20 Young Professionals Meet-Up

8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. YOpen to business people thru out the canyon under 40. GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464

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End of the line? Bus service to Canyon may end By Mary Owen

Proposed changes to regional routes may greatly impact local residents who use the Canyon Area Rapid Transit System.

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“The Cherriots board and staff, in concert with a consulting firm, have been working for many months to reconfigure the CARTS program to provide access to the greatest number of people in a way that is sustainable for the organization,” said Allison McKenzie of GROWEDC. She said as a result of the review, the services provided to the Canyon communities of Mehama, Lyons and Gates are being proposed for elimination. “That includes the regular bus service, which also allows for individual pick-ups if the person who needs the ride is within three-quarters of a mile of the bus stop, and the dial-a-ride service,” she said. Cherriots cites low ridership and high operating costs for its proposal to reduce CARTS in the canyon. Currently, the route services five to 10 riders per day in Mill City, one to five in Gates, and one in Mehama/Lyons. The proposed changes would increase the round trips per day from three to five between Salem and Stayton: two morning trips, one mid-day trip and two evening trips. “The plan also calls for increased services between Stayton, Aumsville, Turner and Salem,” McKenzie said. “Not a bad proposal – unless you happen to need bus service to and from the rural communities of the Canyon.” A meeting to discuss the proposed changes to Santiam Canyon services is set for Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. at the Canyon Arts Center in Mill City. The meeting will be broadcast live by KYAC Community Radio on 94.9 FM and live at Cherie Girod is concerned about how clients – including the homeless and low-income – will be able to access support from the Canyon Crisis Center if the route that currently ends at Mill City where the center is located is halted. CCC is the lifeline for many residents in need of help, she said. “Getting rid of CARTS in the upper canyon communities would be devastating for many people,” McKenzie said. “From local mayors to social services organizations, many people who live in, are served by, or who provide services to bus riders in these communities are speaking up about the detrimental effect eliminating CARTS transportation will have on this area.”

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McKenzie said many low- to moderate-income families rely on services that exist outside of their communities and are without personal transportation. CARTS provides one of the most cost-effective ways for them to access services, run errands, or even visit friends and family, she said.

“I’ve worked with people myself who rely on the bus service to get to their jobs,” she said. “Without public transportation, they may need to move or decide to quit their jobs. The latter is a devastating financial choice in an area that does not have many jobs on hand to offer.” McKenzie said some riders simply enjoy using sustainable public transportation. “Josh Weathers of the U.S. Forest Service uses the bus to go to Salem to meet his wife after work, not because he has to, but because he feels no need for their family to have two cars in Salem at the same time,” she said. Mill City resident Melinda Flatman, an advocate for the upper canyon, collected comments from a few people to use on a PowerPoint presentation. One Mill City resident used CARTS when she was on chemotherapy and couldn’t drive herself to Salem. Another who lives between Mill City and Lyons is unable to drive and depends on CARTS for doctor visits, shopping, checking mail and other tasks. Not having upper canyon bus service will impact not only those that use the bus to get to work and job interviews, but seniors, those with disabilities and non-drivers who ride the bus to help preserve their independence, McKenzie said. “We understand that this is a difficult decision-making process for Cherriots and applaud so many of the board members for attending the recent session in Stayton to hear from local government officials and others regarding how this might affect people in our communities,” she said. “Three cheers for the city of Aumsville, too, whose city council wrote a letter to Cherriots saying that they would be happy to give up additional bus service if that would help ensure that CARTS could stay in the canyon.” At a Cherriots presentation in Mill City, speaker Michelle Poyourow told participants outreach and marketing to the canyon has been minimal, but the need for rural transportation remains. Poyourow is the senior project manager at Jarrett Walker and Associates, the consulting firm for Cherriots’ Regional Rethink project. “The most important thing for community members to know is that a final decision has not yet been made,” she said. “This Oct. 13 meeting is an opportunity to speak up, especially for those who are riders. It’s very powerful when decision-makers hear from those who are impacted by their decisions, and this is a wonderful opportunity to tell our story about why CARTS is so important to us.” A full presentation on the CARTS proposal is on the Cherriot’s website, Comments may also be summited online through Oct. 14.

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Election 2016 By Mary Owen Stayton’s candidates for mayor on the Nov. 8 ballot are James Nokes and incumbent Hank Porter.

Hank Porter Porter is finishing his fifth term as mayor. He took office in January 2015 and also served as mayor in 1975-1985 and 2000-2001. He has been involved in city government in many roles since 1972, serving on council in 19741978, 1993-1997 and 2011-2014. The former Stayton High School teacher now owns and operates Hank Porter’s Gun Shop in downtown Stayton. “I want to continue and strengthen the business of the city after a difficult year,” Porter said of his decision to run again. “The city administration has the confidence of the mayor and city council. One of my goals is to build that confidence in the very capable people who work for us.” Key issues, he said, include street and sidewalk infrastructure and working with Marion County on the widening of Shaff, Wilco and Golf Club roads. “Also, working on drainage issues on Golf Club Road,” he said. “Also half the community lives in rentals, and the city needs to work to have their voices heard. My dog Gus wants a dog park, and if it’s important to him, it’s important to me.” Porter says he brings to the table “easy to get along with” as well as a desire to give lots of attention to the issues. “I am considerate to all,” he said. “I don’t have to do all the talking, and I encourage city staff. Service to the community has been my goal and personal reward,” he said.

James Nokes

Nokes, a retired communications technician who troubleshot complex systems for more than 50 years, wants to bring something new to the table. “Being elected mayor of Stayton would allow me to present the people with something beside the same old choices,” Nokes said. “The ones recently presented haven’t worked in the past and are not likely to work now.” Key issues for Nokes are self-rule and economic security.

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Editor’s note: This is part one of Our Town’s election profiles. More community candidates and issues will be featured on Oct. 19 and in the Nov. 1 edition of Our Town.

“The change must be toward the color green,” he said. Nokes currently serves on the Stayton Planning Commission.

Stayton City Council Running for three open city council positions are: Mark Kronquist, Ralph Lewis, Jennifer Niegel and Brian Quigley.

Mark Kronquist

Kronquist said he is proud to be a member of Friends of Old Town Stayton, on the Planning Commission, and vice-chairman of the Stayton Parks Advisory Board. “We are making some progress with things like the parkette outside of the Our Town office,” Kronquist said. “But there is much more that we need to do, including recognizing and rewarding people like Don Ayers who is responsible for all the flags downtown. A dozen Dons in our town will be superb.” Kronquist said the city also needs to position itself for growth. “There are about 50 new single family homes going up right now,” he said. “As a fourth-generation Oregonian and Linfield alumni, I have watched many brick and mortar downtowns transform themselves. We need to manage this transformation well.” Challenges include fear of change, fear of the unknown, and lack of trust and communication, he said. “I live in the ‘Castle’ – the Lau house,” Kronquist said. “Each day I wake up to an empty downtown and each night I go to sleep looking out at an empty downtown. Our current council members are talented, good folk, but it is time for a change. Time to light a fire of passion for this wonderful town. I look forward to inventing an exciting, new Stayton together for all the residents to enjoy and treasure.” Kronquist says he brings “an open mind, an open ear, and an open door. I would be honored to serve as a Stayton city councilor.”

Ralph Lewis

A long-time Stayton resident Lewis and his wife, Gail, fostered children for many years and have five children of their own. He was a Peace Corps volunteer and a teacher in the Virgin

Islands and in Jewell and Milton Freewater, Ore. He works for Senior and Disability Services, and served on the Planning Commission for 15 years. According to Lewis, a key issue facing the city is maintaining livability while continuing to grow. Challenges are finances and “the attitudes of others who are opposed to growth,” he said. A key issue, he adds, is infastructure and how to pay for streets that need paving and aging buildings that need repair.

HELP US IMPROVE CARTS BUS SERVICE Cherriots is evaluating how its regional transit service can be improved. Changes could include: • More direct, reliable service • Increased number of trips per day • Better integration with Cherriots

“I believe I work well with others, and am willing to listen to the opinions of others,” Lewis said.

Jennifer Niegel

Niegel, an attorney for Stayton Law, was appointed to council in February 2011 to fill an open position and elected to keep the position in 2012. President of the Stayton Rotary, Niegel also volunteers as a judge for the Santiam Youth Peer Court and a board member for Friends of the Family. The married mother of two sons received the Chamber First Citizen Award in 2012. “We have a really good group of people currently serving on the council,” Niegel said. “We don’t always agree or see eye to eye, but we are still able to debate the issues respectfully and reach decisions and thus work well together as a whole. I would like to see that continue.” Key issues facing the city include the poor condition of many Stayton streets, she said. “I think residents would also like to see economic development increased and unnecessary regulation reduced where possible,” she added. “Unfortunately, we can’t do everything we’d like to do because funds are limited. We have to manage the resources that are available in a fiscally responsible manner.”

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Brian Quigley

Brian Quigley is a 13-year Stayton resident who has served the community in various volunteer capacities, including five years on the pawrks and recreation board, the planning commission, and serving on the city council for the past six years. “It was my intention to take a break at the end of this year, but upon further reflection and consultation with community members, I realized I still had the passion and commitment wto further the progress the city has made during my tenure,” Quigley said. “It’s important for me to continue to oversee the progress of the last six years.” Economic development, especially being in Salem’s shadow, is a key issue Quigley wants to further address. “Quality of life is good in Stayton, but we have the potential to be so much better if we could just secure our economic independence without losing our identity

as a small town,” he said. “Maintaining our identity and strengthening our economic independence is challenged by outside influences that only see Stayton as a short-term personal gain. Too often we see them approach town with personal projects that only lead to financial gain for them. “We need committed local small businesses and residents who see the long term value in a flourishing community and are committed to that investment,” he added. “We want business owners to be residents who work, live and play in our community. There is no reason Stayton shouldn’t be the shopping alternative to Salem for the communities surrounding Stayton.” Quigley believes in his tenure on the council he has exhibited “transparency and leadership at all levels.” “I have listened to and will continue to listen to residents before making decisions that affect us all,” he said. “I imagine I want the same thing for Stayton that

most residents desire and that’s a safe, well-adjusted community where we can all live, work and play. That’s the quality of life I am working towards.”

The process

The mayor position is a two-year term. The two councilors receiving the highest number of votes are elected to four-year terms. The councilor receiving the third highest number of votes is elected to a two-year term.

Also on the Stayton ballot

Also on the ballot will be a measure on instating a 3-percent tax on sale or transfer of recreational marijuana by a licensed recreational marijuana retailer within the city of Stayton. If enacted, the tax would be collected at the point of sale and remitted by the retailer to the city of Stayton. Although no restrictions on how the city may use the revenue generated by the tax, the city intends to use it for public safety purposes. For additional information, call Alissa Angelo at 503-769-3425.

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Stayton victorious on new turf field 144-54 heading into the Sept. 30 TriRiver Conference opener against No. 12 Central Linn (all five Tri-River squads currently are ranked in the top 12).

Stayton High, led by the heroics of defensive back Aidan Hill, pitched a 6-0 shutout against Sweet Home on Sept. 16 while inaugurating the new artificial turf on its football field. “Getting the win at home on the new turf was awesome,” second-year Coach Andy Campbell told Our Town. “Our kids, school and community deserved that win. The atmosphere was great. Students, parents and alumni stormed the field after the last-second interception that sealed the game for us.” Hill had four interceptions for the Eagles, who struggled offensively. “He found himself in the right spot all night which was set forth by a great pass rush underneath him,” Campbell said of Hill. The Eagles are 1-2 and had an unanticipated bye Sept. 23 because Philomath canceled its season amid a hazing investigation. That means Stayton had an extra week to prepare for the Sept. 30 game at rival Cascade, the defending Class 4A state champions. The Cougars are 2-2 and coming off a 60-8 thumping of Yamhill-Carlton in their Oregon West opener. Cascade is ranked 12th in Class 4A under first-year Coach Brandon Bennett. “Our biggest focus right now is the little things,” Bennett told Our Town. “We are creating good habits from how we practice, the locker room, to our

McGee offers a rather simple formula: depend on your offensive line and be physical on defense. individual techniques. Being a disciplined mistake-free football team will help us as the season progresses.” Bennett praised the leadership of Justin White, J Mix, Brenden Murphy and Quinn Legner, who are up from last year’s junior varsity squad. “They have played huge roles as verbal leaders,” Bennett said. “It has been a nice surprise.” Santiam has ripped off a 4-0 start and the Wolverines are ranked No. 7 in the OSAA’s Class 2A ratings. It’s the fastest start since the 2009 Santiam squad opened 7-0. The Wolverines are in their second year under Coach Dustin McGee, who was 4-5 in year one. “I know a lot of people didn't expect a whole lot out of us this season,” McGee told Our Town, “but our coaching staff and players knew all throughout the winter and into the spring that we had a good team and that we could accomplish anything we put our minds to. We have an amazing group of young men representing Santiam. Very proud of what they've done so far.” Santiam has outscored its opponents

“Everything for our offense starts with those offensive linemen,” McGee said. “We don't get caught up in individual stats because we know none of it would happen if those big guys up front weren't executing their jobs on every play.” Defensively McGee said “those guys have really taken the physical style of play that we have tried to incorporate and ran with it. As a group, guys are focusing on doing their jobs and making the unit work as a whole, instead of individual parts.” Regis, which opened Tri-River play Sept. 30 at home vs. Kennedy, is 2-2 and ranked No. 9. The Rams’ two losses were to Class 3A Dayton and No. 3 Stanfield by a total of nine points. Soccer: Stayton, which has won or shared the past six Oregon West boys titles, is off to a 5-0-1 start, and the Eagles are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by the OSAA. The Eagles are 2-0 in the Oregon West, and the only blemish so far is a 2-2 draw against No. 11 Molalla. Oregon West foe Newport is 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league and ranked second in the state behind Stayton. The two teams play to Oct. 4 in Newport and

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close the season with a match in Stayton. The Eagles won the 2010 state title and were runners-up in 2011 and 2015. The Cascade girls, meanwhile, are off to a 5-0 start and are ranked No. 2 by the OSAA. The Cougars, who won the Oregon West a year ago and lost in the state playoffs to eventual runner-up Brookings Harbor, are 2-0 in league and have outscored their opponents 18-1. Volleyball: Cascade also is off to a hot start in volleyball, where the Cougars are 9-2 overall, 4-0 in league and ranked No. 7 by the OSAA. Cascade is seeking its fourth consecutive Oregon West title. Cross country: Cascade’s girls team won the Santiam Christian Invitational on Sept. 21 and the boys finished third. “I feel like they are developing as quickly as we hoped,” Cascade Coach Dan Petersen told Our Town. “With the work ethic on this team I have no doubt we won’t be disappointed with the results.” Top returnees for the Cougars include Lizzie Mack and Celina Ciampi-Hicks, who are both three-time state meet qualifiers as well as sophomore Savanna Waters. Waters, Mack and CiampiHicks finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, at the Santiam Christian meet. Senior Nate Lack also competed at state last year and finished second at Santiam Christian. Freshman boys runner Kane Nixon (18th at Santiam Christian) “is clearly mentally

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and physically going to be outstanding,” Petersen said. “He’s been running varsity all season.” Regis also competed at Santiam Christian. The girls finished fourth, led by Belen Martinez (19th) and Maureen Duncan (20th). The Rams’ boys squad finished eighth, led by freshman Sam Hernandez, who finished 19th in a personal best 19:18.09. Regis hosts its Regis/Stayton Invitational

on Oct. 6 at Stayton Middle School. Stayton, meanwhile, hosted an invitational Sept. 21, with Churchill of Eugene claiming both the boys and girls team titles. Eagles junior Casey Pugh finished fourth in a seasonal best 17:12 to lead Stayton a runner-up boys finish. Freshmen Jessica Mitchell (personal best 25:21) and Bridget Spencer (25:22), finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively, to lead the Eagles’ girls squad.

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By Mary Owen Sublimity School students now have a new play area, thanks to the hard work of parents and community members. “The desire to construct a covered area at the middle school has been a discussion at the Sublimity Parent Teacher Club meetings for several years,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District. “The need was obvious but the amount of funding required and plan of attack was unclear. PTC decided this last year that there was no better time than now to make this thought a reality. So the PTC, together with Sublimity City Council members and NSSD advisors, put together a plan for the type of building we wanted, we estimated the costs, and then set our fundraising goal.” Gardner said the district enlisted the help of Bonnie Milletto, a former Stayton/ Sublimity Chamber of Commerce member and current motivational speaker, to help the district with its fundraising efforts and call to action among the community. Milletto donated her time to become the fundraising advisor and fundraising auction emcee. “Having lived in the Stayton/Sublimity area for 14 years, it was a joy to come home and work with Stacey Hollenbeck, Sublimity School PTC, school officials, the students and community members to make this happen,” Milletto said. “The support from near and far to construct the

“Students are now able to enjoy it, but our intent is that not only will Sublimity students benefit from it, but so will a multitude of others such as area sports programs, after-school care programs and such,” Gardner said. “None of this would happen without dedicated parents and outstanding community support.” Sublimity’s new covered area gives middle schoolers a play for recreation during inclement weather.

covered area for our kids (in) Sublimity was tremendous.” After hearing about the scope of the project, Milletto thought it great to involve students and community members in telling the story of the need for the play area. With her guidance and support, and in keeping with the home-grown theme, Regis High School students captured the voices of the community in a video that was shown at recent fundraising auction, among other moneyraising options. “Sublimity’s PTC applied for community grants and held a very successful dinner and auction,” Gardner said. “With the generous support of the parents and

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Driving I-5 or I-205 can cause you to swear Once upon a time, driving was pleasant. We could hop in our cars and head in any direction and expect to get to our destination in a timely manner.

My wife and I were heading for the airport, on our way to pick up one of kids. Oh, did we get I-205ed. To the ultimate max.

Not any more. Our highway planners just haven’t kept up with the times. I don’t know why. I just assume the politicians haven’t given them enough money to do their jobs. Politicians are like that. They often take their eye off the important stuff and become fascinated by anything shiny that catches their attention. Kind of like a kitten, except not as cute.

It took us an hour and a half to get from Clackamas to the airport, a distance of 14 miles. This was on a Saturday night. When we took our son back to the airport, we got I-5ed. It took about two hours to cover the 61 miles from our house to the airport. According to my calculator, that’s a little over 30 mph.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that everyone reading this column has had a similar experience, probably a bunch of times. Ask anyone who recently attended home football games for the Ducks or the Beavers. I-5 South is a nightmare when both teams play at home. One friend suggested the left lane for Ducks and the right for Beavers, just to make traffic flow faster. Once we went to a Blazer’s basketball game. We left Salem at exactly 5 p.m. and arrived at the arena at 7:30 — a half-hour after the game started. Thanks, ODOT. That’s also the last time we tried to go to a Blazer’s game. My wife drives to Beaverton and back several times a week. It regularly takes nearly twice as long as you would expect for a 57-mile one-way trip.

I’m to the point that I wonder how much too long it’ll take me to get to the airport and appointments in Portland. I’m also to the point that I avoid Portland as much as possible. In fact, I call the city of traffic jams Parklandia. I know the odds are better than even that I’ll end up sitting on I-5 or I-205 doing nothing for at least part of any given trip. I’m not one of those guy that expects all traffic to go the speed limit all of the time. I just expect it to go. In our house I-5 and I-205 are four-letter words. If I skin my knuckles working on the car, I holler, “I-5 it.” Or I’ll say,”I-205 this” and head for the refrigerator for an ice tea. If I get really mad I’ll yell ”ODOT!” at the top of my lungs.

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I suppose we should tap our political masters on the shoulder ask them to please fix our roads so they don’t waste our time and money whenever we try to do business in and around Portland — I mean, Parklandia. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though. Politicians are famous for making promises they can’t keep. In two weeks I have to catch a flight at the airport. I’m not going to risk missing it because of I-5, I-205 or ODOT. I’m going to go to the airport area the day before, find a hotel room and stay the night. It may cost a little more, but at least I’ll be able to get to the plane on time. I can’t afford to be I-5ed or I-205ed every time I need to go somewhere. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton.

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Contents Looking Back DAR strives to continue legacy of service.......................4

Something Fun Fall fashions hit the Stayton runway............................6 Superheroes gather to support scholarships.................7

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Arts & Entertainment Open House set for Canyon Arts Center.........................8 Moonlight and Magic on stage in Mill City...................10

Datebook......................................................12 Civics 101 End of the line for Canyon CARTS service?.....................14 Election 2016 - Part 1.................................................15


Sports & Recreation New Stayton turf field opens with win........................18


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Legacy of service By Kristine Thomas Linda Banister confesses she was guilty of having a preconceived notion of what the Daughters of the American Revolution were all about. She envisioned crotchety, high society old ladies who wore pearls and white gloves and daintily sipped tea and ate crumpets. “I was anxious that these women would be discriminating and exclusive,” she said. What she has learned since becoming a member of Stayton’s Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is that that image couldn’t be farther from the truth. “The DAR women are totally inclusive, warm and welcoming,” Banister said. They are women who care about their community and are eager to do what they can to serve it.” Banister said the Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization which has promoted historic

preservation, education and patriotism since its formation in 1890. Daughters come from all walks of life and are active in their communities. They care about their country, city, town, the environment, schools, active duty military, veterans, and are engaged in numerous community projects. “These women are humble and they are not ones to toot their own horns,” she said. “They just want to serve their community.”

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and engaged in their communities in Oregon. Banister said she didn’t think she had a forebearer who served or supported the American Revolution.

October’s guest speaker is Kuri Gill, OPRD. Gill is the coordinator for the State Historic Cemeteries Program. She will be presenting “Reading Markers and Things to Learn at a Historic Cemetery.” Refreshments will be served.

“I didn’t know if I would qualify,” she said.

Regent Kyra Bacheller invites women interested in membership to visit a chapter meeting and program.

However, Banister said all women 18 and older are invited to attend the meetings, even if they aren’t able to participate in the group’s business matters.


American Revolution is Monday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. at the Historic Charles and Martha Brown House 425 N. First Ave., Stayton. 

Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter members come from Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Turner, Jefferson, and other communities of the Santiam Canyon and East Willamette Valley.

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“We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership,” Bacheller said. There are 1,100 members who are active


“It took me about 18 months to collect all the documents to prove I (am) a descendant,” she said, adding she had assistance from fellow DAR members. She learned Daniel Soesbe, who is her fifth great-grandfather on her maternal side, served as a solider during the war two different times.

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“When women’s true history shall have been written, her part in the upbuilding of this nation will astound the world.” – Abigail Scott Duniway If a woman is curious if she has a tie to the American Revolution, there are easy ways to find out, especially if their mother, grandmother, cousin or aunt are or were members. “Most women think it has to be a direct line when actually there are 64 chances,” she said. DAR has 183,000 members with about 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 13 foreign countries. As it embarks on its 126th anniversary, the organization has issued a challenge to its members to complete 19 million hours of community service over the next three years in celebration of the 100th anniversary of congressional approval of the 19th amendment.

Banister, who is the vice regent for the local group, said, “This is particularly exciting for our chapter whose namesake, Abigail Scott Duniway, led the fight for women’s right to vote in Oregon.” There are 25 members in the local chapter, Banister said, adding it’s celebrating its 13th anniversary. “There are two members who didn’t know each other and the others are related at least six different ways,” she added, laughing. What impresses her about these women is how much they care about their community and how they lend support to the Historic Charles and Martha Brown House, local schools, gather items for the Veteran’s Hospital and more. “Anything and everything we can do

2016 -2017 officers of Stayton’s Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are, from left: Kyra Bacheller, Regent; Linda Banister, Vice Regent; Diana Maul, Secretary and Historian: Linda Wiley, Treasurer; and Carol Roller, Registrar.  Karen Heuberger, in the back row, is Honorary Regent of Chemeketa Chapter and was the installing officer.  Not in picture are Julie Kammer, Chaplain, and Judy Gardner, Librarian.

to support the three key service areas of historic preservation, education and patriotism,” Banister said. What may surprise many women is it is forbidden to discuss politics, even in a presidential election year.

When asked to clarify, Banister laughed and confirmed, “we really don’t talk politics.” “We have members on the blue side and members on the red side,” she said. “We focus instead on what good we can do together for our community.”

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“Fashions will be featured by Chico’s with local ladies as models,” said Marjorie Forrest, spokeswoman for the auxiliary. “Musical entertainment will be by Sound Waves, and appetizers are served by the Santiam Hospital culinary staff.”

Wine and appetizers at 6 p.m. Tickets, $20, available from auxiliary members, Santiam Hospital, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and online at Contact Mary Lou Hazelwood at 503-769-5686 or Char Bartosz 503-749-2910.

The show will be held Nov. 3 at the Stayton Community Center, with doors opening at 5:45 p.m., serving wine and appetizers at 6 p.m. Ticket for the fashion show are on sale now from auxiliary members, Santiam Hospital, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and online at staytonevents. com. Tickets, $20, must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door as seating is limited. “Tickets include one free ticket for a glass of wine and a ticket for the door prize

Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. drawing,” Forrest said. “Additional tickets for the many baskets and gifts and wine tickets will be available to purchase.” Appetizers will be served by the Santiam Hospital culinary staff. All proceeds are used by the auxiliary to support its scholarship program and to purchase needed items requested

by departments of Santiam Hospital. Earlier this year, the auxiliary awarded 23 scholarships for a total of $11,000 to students pursuing the medical field.

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“We generally earmark $10,000 per year towards local students entering into a medical field of study. Students of all ages are eligible, but must reside within our service area. Most of our applicants are students at Regis, Stayton, Mill City, Jefferson, Cascade, and Scio.”

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Minten said generally there are 20-25 applicants annually; scholarships range from $250 to $1,000. “This year, the auxiliary members voted to discontinue the second year award and dedicate a total of $10,000 again next year,” she added. Forrest said the auxiliary is always looking for members and volunteers for any of its fundraisers: Easter Tulip Sale (March or April); Harvest Breakfast, (September); Fall Fashion Show (October or November); and the Poinsettia Sale in December. The auxiliary meets in January, April, July and October at 1 p.m. in the hospital conference room, with lunch served before the meeting. Dues are $10 per year or $100 for a lifetime membership. Additionally, the Auxiliary Gift Shop in the lobby of the hospital is open to the public. “New items are always added, and many holiday items are available,” Forrest said.

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Be a superhero By Mary Owen The goal is high but organizers believe it is attainable. And the pursuit is noble because it will make a difference for students. The 15th annual Santiam Canyon Scholarships Fund’s banquet and auction is Oct. 15 at the Salem Elks Lodge No. 336 at 2336 Turner Road SE, Salem. Doors open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. “We hope to raise between $20,000 and $30,000 as we have in the past,” said Yvonne Hanna, who is spearheading the event, which is under the umbrella of the parent-teacher organization. “Superheroes” is this year’s theme, which organizer say is fitting for this event as well as for many students in the Santiam Canyon School District. The scholarship funds raised help them pursue their post-high school academic goals. “We thought the theme of ‘superheroes’ would be fun,” Hanna said. “Those who donate time, resources and auction items to this event are ‘heroes’ in their own right as they help pave the paths for many young people in the Canyon.”

Oct. 15 dinner funds scholarships Hanna said last year’s event netted $26,000, bringing the total to $312,000 over 14 years. “This money goes directly to Santiam Junior Senior High School students,” Hanna said. “Every graduating senior who applies for the scholarship will receive an award to help further their secondary education.” Dinner banquet tickets are $35 and include a choice of prime rib, herb chicken or a vegetarian entrée. Sponsorships are available for $250; and with sponsorship comes 25 drawing tickets. Some big ticket items for auction include the Float & Feast river tour with three food detours along the way, two tickets to a concert of your choice at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, a two-night stay at Sunriver Resort, and a Handcrafted Red Cedar Quilt Cabinet. Tickets can be purchased from a committee member or at the Santiam Canyon School District office, 150 NW Evergreen St., Mill City. For information, call the SCSD office at 503-897-2321.

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Right at home By Mary Owen KYAC has officially settled into its new home!

KYAC and Hearts to Arts invite community to open house

Ken Cartwright is the general manager and program at KYAC and a man who wears many hats in the Mill City community.

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“Even though we began the physical move July 1 of this year, I just finished the final remodel and moving project,” Cartwright said.

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“Lots of little things to do to get the other spaces done, including our library room and a class room,” he added. Cartwright said the process of acquiring the site shared by KYAC and Hearts to Arts began earlier this year, with negotiations with the Mill City City Council and property owners. “Applications for remodel work, as well as a variance from the city to move our tower/antenna to the same site in order to minimize our maintenance and now have a remote antenna site,” he said of the process to re-home the Canyon Arts Center. “Beyond that, we spent a lot of time remodeling to combine two office spaces into one for the studio.” Cartwright said time also was spent remodeling the large entry area and to take out an office to make a large,

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“Our future plans are to develop art, music and craft classes for all ages in our communities. We are planning an open house and an arts teacher discussion session on Oct. 20.” The Canyon Arts Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City, in the former Green Mountain Real estate building, will be the gathering place for the event, slated to start at 5:30 with an open house, followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. for artists, musicians and craftsmen to discuss lessons at the center.

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Meanwhile, Cartwright said he will continue to finetune KYAC’s programs to keep them fresh, and will still recruit new deejays and programmers. “The new building is only 20-years-old so it was in excellent condition,” he said of the Santiam Canyon radio station’s new home. “Our touches have made the space more usable for us and still kept the style of the original building. “We are so proud to welcome the community into our beautiful functional space,” he added. “It not is beautiful, but very professional looking. It will allow us many opportunities that we have not had in the past.”

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Freres Lumber Co. donates to community causes regularly. It’s a tradition. “My grandfather, T.G. Freres, founded Freres Lumber Co. with the inherent values of giving back to our communities,” said Rob Freres, executive vice president of the Lyons-based company. “The Freres family contributes to education and tries to contribute to other Rob Freres worthy causes. St. Mary and Regis were important to my grandfather. We have continued that support.” The company’s latest donation was to the American Forest Resource Council, a nonprofit trade association. AFRC invited Freres Lumber and others to join in building a Habitat for Humanity home in Springfield. AFRC represents lumber manufacturers and forest landowners in five western states. Freres attended the groundbreaking ceremony in June. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.

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He said the company is “blessed to be able to give back to the Santiam Canyon communities who have helped make out family business successful. The Springfield Habitat project is a little farther away from home for us when we are considering charitable giving. We have given to Habitat homes in Stayton, Salem and elsewhere nearby in the past. It’s a good cause!” – Mary Owen

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