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Contents

Something Fun Ghost tour a spirited fundraiser.............4 Civics 101 Grant helps move Aumsville’s tiny village forward.....................................5 Fire district puts levy on Nov. 2 ballot....6

Helping Hands Lyons home lost to arson.................... 11

Passages....................................7

Marketplace.......................14 A Grin At The End...........14

Datebook................................. 8

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Ghosts on the town By Mary Owen The fourth annual Stayton Ghost Tour and Chocolate Walk has taken on an eerie twist this year. Because of COVID, the popular event has been turned into a movie, The Stayton Ghost Tour and Historic Walk, to be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Star Cinema. The special video will also be shown online Oct. 17-13. Produced by Revitalize Downtown Stayton and the Santiam Heritage Foundation – Brown House, and with many local actors, the ghostly presentation was recorded and directed by Gene and Sonja Percy of Pixie Forest Films. “It would never have been possible without them,” said Juli Bochsler, Ghost Tour chair. “Many local businesses are standing behind the film such as Pacific Power, Santiam Hospital and The Box. Some local businesses have unique commercials in the film, and it will be fun to see them on screen!” Licensed in the State of Oregon

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According to Bochsler, ghostly entrepreneurs take the viewer through the early buildings and history of the original town of Stayton.

“They have created a virtual scare using a historical timeline and local actors against the background of our beautiful downtown buildings,” he said.

Ed Stiner, Tristan Porterfield and Nolan Porterfield. Costuming by Mary Wallace gives good credibility to the entire production, Bochsler said.

Based on a concept by Trisha McClain and written by Bochsler, the historical drama follows ghosts around Historic Downtown Stayton to tell the story of the city’s founding in 1872, through the business and building entrepreneurs of the 1910s, and into the fires of the Works Project Administration project of the 1930s.

Narrator Wendy Stone, president of the Santiam Heritage Foundation – Brown House, agrees.

“We’re so happy to be teaming up with Revitalize Downtown Stayton and the Brown House and their long history of bringing quality through thoughtful events to the core of the city,” said Jeff Mexico, owner of Star Cinema.

Local actors, old photographs and maps lead viewers through the “good times and not so good times of the town,” Bochsler said, adding, “While this is mostly a historical fiction film, some poetic license has been taken for entertainment value.” Steve Poisson, RDS president, said director Sonja Percy and cinematographer Gene Percy have done the impossible.

The movie stars the late Mike Nielson, Mark Nielson, Bryon Morris, Glenn Hilton, Paul Nelson, Colleen Rogers, Mike Aus, Steve Poisson, Jacob May, Wendy Stone, Josh Baumgartner, Priscilla Glidewell, Rick Stone, Janet Thompson, Rachel Loop, Katie Patty,

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By Mary Owen T-Mobile announced last week Aumsville has been awarded a $22,316 Hometown Grant to help build Maude’s, a tiny business village now under construction in Porter-Boone Park. “City staff works hard to find ways to accomplish our community goals, implement the city’s vision, and expand or continue services for the community that extend the city resources and do not negatively impact residents,” said Ron Harding, Aumsville City Administrator. “Grants like the T-Mobile grant really make a difference because they help us accomplish these things.

“Aumsville is grateful for T-Mobile’s grant funds which will enable the community’s vision come true,” Mayor Derek Clevenger said. “Maude’s will provide a facility for the community to use for programs and business during the summer market season. We’re so excited to complete Maude’s.” Maude’s will serve many purposes, but is primarily designated to provide a group of micro-retail spaces that will allow vendors to rent a space and use without having to set up and take down each month of the summer markets, Harding said.

“We were especially excited to get this grant to help with Maude’s, because this is a project we want to complete before next season,” he added.

“The grant will help us continue to improve the location, add landscaping, signage and electricity to the building,” he said. “We are almost complete with the building outside. We need to complete landscaping, painting and flashing.”

Aumsville was one of 24 small towns nationwide to win a Hometown Grant to jumpstart community development projects. T-Mobile has committed $25 million to small town grants over the next five years.

Harding said with a grant like T-Mobile’s, the city can typically leverage money to go much further. “We can include in-kind match and use one grant to leverage others. Thank you, T-Mobile.”

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According to Carriger, less people are willing to put in hundreds of hours of training and leave their families at all hours of the day or night. “This situation puts a great deal of strain on the good volunteers we do have, which has created a great deal of burnout with our members,” he said. “We need more fulltime positions to guarantee coverage and quicker response on all calls and additional personnel on calls that require more personnel.” Carriger said the nine positions will assist the department in providing consistent and quicker response times as well as allowing the recruiting of additional volunteers. By taking the pressure off of current volunteers, the department hopes to keep its “well-trained volunteers longer,” he added. “Having a quicker, guaranteed response to all calls is significant to the safety and well-being of our community,” Carriger said. “We will have personnel at the station 24/7/365 to respond immediately

giving them a head start on calls. Our volunteers have to respond from home to the station which can take five to eight minutes before responding to the scene. With fulltime positions they can be on scene that five to eight minutes quicker to initiate service while the volunteers are responding from their homes.” Carriger said when minutes count, this time savings will have a significant impact on the outcome of all aspects of emergency service. “The levy will only pay for the fulltime positions, the Personal Protective Equipment to outfit the positions, and training,” he said. “We will not be purchasing apparatus with the funds. “We are all taxpayers,” he added. “We realize additional taxes are always a concern. However, as our community grows, call volume increases, and volunteerism declines, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide the consistent timely service our community needs and deserves.”

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Alice Grace Laurick Alice Grace Hayer Laurick passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2021, after a short, courageous battle with several serious illnesses. Alice was born in Chicago, Illinois. She lived her early years in Brookfield, Illinois, where she met her future husband, Edward Henry Laurick. After graduating from high school, Alice enrolled in nurses’ training, earning her license as a Registered Nurse. On Oct. 4, 1946, Ed and Alice were married. Until 1978, Ed and Alice lived in the Midwest, primarily in Ralston, Nebraska, and the Chicago area, where Alice was a mother and a nurse, working at the Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois. After retirement, Ed and Alice pursued a life of volunteerism. They served for two years on the Navajo Reservation in Utah with VISTA where Alice tutored student nurses who were studying for their state board exams. They then worked for two years in Guatemala with the Peace Corps where Alice was a nurse in a rural clinic.

Aug. 3, 1925 – Sept. 5, 2021 Thereafter, they moved to the Oregon Coast and owned and operated a 20-unit lodge in Yachats for almost 25 years. After selling the lodge in 2005, they relocated to Stayton, Oregon, where they continued to be active in the community and tutored students in Spanish and English. Alice is survived by her daughter, Catherine Laurick Heaton; son, Thomas Laurick; son, James Laurick and wife Amy; granddaughters Laura Heaton and husband Conor Phillips, Jane Heaton and husband Evan Egener, Rachel Laurick, Macey Laurick; and great-granddaughter Selma Alice Phillips Heaton. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, her parents James and Anna Hayer, her siblings Dorothy Nelson and Robert Hayer, and her son-in-law, Robert Heaton. Alice will be remembered for her many fine qualities, especially for her devotion to her family, her passion for service to others, and her infectious, beautiful smile.

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Santiam Senior Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Gates, Lyons, Marion, Mehama, Jefferson, Turner. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation suggested. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-769-7995.

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Storytime, 11 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. For children and family members of all ages. Takes place outside. Space is limited. Register: staytonoregon.gov/ page/library_calendar or at Stayton Public Library. 503-769-3313 ESL, GED, Citizenship Classes, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. No cost for class. Workbook is $20. Runs through June. Repeats Thursdays. Mary, 503-779-7029.

Wednesday

Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Site varies each week. For location, call 503769-3464. St. Boniface Archives and Museum, 9 a.m. - noon, 370 Main St., Sublimity. Learn about Sublimity and possibly your family history. Free. 503-508-0312 Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-5089431, staytonarearotary.org

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Mama´s Community Market, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road, Aumsville. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665

Friday

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Aumsville Historical Museum, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. Open for tours. 503-749-2744 Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters & artists, live music, food & spirits. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sundays. Oregoncraftersmarket.com

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Noon - midnight, downtown Silverton. Silverton Sidewalk Shindig fills the streets with more than 100 hours of free music. Family-friendly event with children’s area. For a complete list of performances, visit silvertonsidewalkshindig.com.

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Help decorate the Stayton Public Library with painted book character pumpkins. Decorate your own pumpkin that is inspired by a book character and bring it to the library from now until Oct. 22. Please do not carve or poke holes in the pumpkins. People will vote for their favorite pumpkins Oct. 26-29. 503-769-3313

Friday, Oct. 1 Used Book Sale

9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and more at low prices. Repeats 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 2. All funds raised go to the Stayton Friends of the Library to help support the Stayton Public Library. 503-769-3313

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10 a.m. Zoom. Programs and partnerships in Marion County for Small Farm Program Hayley White, OSU Extension Small Farms Program. Target audience is growers and farmers looking to learn more about resources, OSU Extension programming/projects, educational events focused on small farms. Register at marionswcd.net under News and Events. 503-391-9927

Regis St. Mary Alumni Day

3:30 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton. Free barbecue tailgater dinner, campus tours, chapel dedication, corn hole tournament. Football game at 7 p.m. 503-769-2159

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7 - 11 p.m., 8372 SE Okey Lane, Turner. $10 adults. $5 children 12 and under. This weekend only, children 12 and under can bring a can of food and get in free. All food collected goes to Stayton Community Food Bank. Repeats every Friday and Saturday night in October.

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8 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, ham, eggs, biscuits & gravy, coffee, orange juice. Social distancing observed. Limited seating. Orders to go. 503-859-2161

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., First Avenue, Stayton. Line Chain is a peaceful, prayerful pro-life witness held on sidewalks throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, Oct. 6 Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. 503-769-3464

Santiam Heritage Foundation Board 6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public and prospective volunteers. 503-769-8860, brownhouse.org

Sunday, Oct. 10 Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Free. Open to public. 503-769-8860

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m.,. Marion Fire Station, 5898 Stayton Road, Turner. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2601, staytonfire.org

Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. 503-859-2366

Tuesday, Oct. 12 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Discuss using hints from September´s meeting program on Family Search. Open to all. Free. Contact David Stewart at ancestrydetectives353@gmail. com or visit ancestrydetectives.org.

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11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Play Doh Creature Making for ages 3 - 6. Creature Making with Squishy Circuits for ages 7 - 11. Cemetery Terrariums for teens. Spider Web Embroidery for adults. Kits available at the library or through curbside pickup. Free while supplies last. 503-769-3313

RDS Board Meeting

6 p.m. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. Call 503-767-2317or visit downtownstayton. org for location/virtual information.

Cascade School Board

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

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8 a.m., Stayton Sports Store, 1177 N First Ave. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. 503-769-3464

6 p.m. YouTube. Open to public. Agenda available. View at https://youtu. be/qQPTWqC9Cqg. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

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Friday, Oct. 15 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville Rural Fire District, 490 Church St. Appointments needed. Visit redcrossblood.org.

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed. Visit redcrossblood.org.

Grange Haunted House

6 - 9 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Appriopriate for all ages. Fog machine in use. Social distancing and masks required. Repeats 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 16, 22, 23, 29-31; 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 17, 21, 24, 28, Nov. 1. 503-859-2161

Charley’s Aunt

7 p.m., Spotlight Theater, 383 N Third Ave., Stayton. Spotlight Community Theatre presents Charley’s Aunt: A Victorian Farce in Two Acts. $15 general admission. $12 seniors, students. $6 youth. Tickets online at spotlightct.com or at door. Repeats 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 24, 31.

Saturday, Oct. 16 Bethel Clothing Closet

10 a.m. - noon, Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville. Clothing from newborn to 2x. Free. 503-749-2128

Thursday, Oct. 21

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11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Food boxes. 503-881-9846

Ghost Tour & Historic Walk

1 p.m., Star Cinema, 350 N Third Ave., Stayton. In-person premier of the fourth annual Stayton Ghost Tour & Historic Walk, a virtual event. Tickets are $5 in advance. The film will also be available online at brownhouse.org or downtownstayton. org Oct. 17 - 31 for $5 per 24-hour viewing. Benefits Revitalize Downtown Stayton and the Brown House.

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Fundraiser for lost home in progress By Mary Owen A Lyons man lost his house to arson Sept. 16 after an altercation between a Eugene man and his ex-girlfriend. Frank Shaffer owned the house on Fox Valley Road, which was previously the Fox Valley School. The fire completely destroyed Shaffer’s residence. “Frank’s vehicles, belongings and house were all lost in a fire this week,” said Laura Crocker, who set up a GoFundMe account to help Shaffer rebuild. “Frank is a very good family friend who will do anything to help anyone. “This is a horrible loss for Frank,” she posted on the site. “Please keep Frank in your thoughts and prayers!” Crocker said Shaffer had no homeowner’s insurance and was left with nothing. As of Sept. 28, the plea has raised $4,590 toward a $250,000 goal. “This just breaks my heart,” Debi Aggas posted on Facebook. “Prayers for this family.” According to Linn County Undersheriff Michelle Duncan, a call was received by the Linn County Dispatch Center about a trespass in progress at the residence. The caller reported David Allen Crouch, 42, was on the property after harassing her the previous day. On the afternoon of Sept. 15, the woman reported threats from her ex-boyfriend and was instructed to acquire a restraining

order. Later that night, she began receiving threatening messages from Crouch while out of town and told police she was afraid the man might be at her house. Deputies were unable to locate Crouch. The following day while deputies were responding to the trespass, the caller reported she was following Crouch who had left the location. She lost sight of him and returned to the Fox Valley Road residence to find it on fire. Deputies arrived to find the residence fully engulfed in flames. The three-plus alarm fire required personnel from 14 agencies, including Lyons Rural Fire District, Linn County and Marion County Sheriff’s offices, various regional fire districts, and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Under new management The fall high school athletic season features new faces in key places at Regis High School. Brynie Robinson has taken over as the football coach, and he was hired by new athletic director, Dave Johnson. So far the plan is working well. Robinson’s Rams are 3-1 overall, with the lone loss a 10-8 defeat at the hands of Class 3A Blanchet Catholic. Since then Regis has pitched three shutouts, blanking Harrisburg 64-0, Salem Academy 26-0 and Gervais 60-0.

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Conference play and ranked No. 1 in the state. Stayton has outscored opponents 36-4. The Eagles are led by senior forward Jayden Esparza, a two-time Class 4A player of the year who has scored 11 goals and added four assists. Robby, who is serving as one of his assistants. Robby has won state titles in multiple states, including a 1991 Class 3A title with Silverton.

“We are just focused on improving 1% each day and taking it one game focus at a time trying to go 1-0 each week,” Robinson told Our Town. “We are trying to encourage players and coaches to ignore the polls, standings, and records of other teams. We are just trying to be our ‘brother’s keeper’ and focus on our opponent being ourselves.”

Brynie Robinson works as a financial adviser at the Edward Jones office in Silverton, where he says “you might find some football plays on the wall.”

Locally, Johnson has worked at Corban University, Jefferson High, West Albany High and New Regis football South Salem High. Nationally coach Brynie Robinson and internationally he is known is shown with his wife, for his track and field career Robyn. SUBMITTED PHOTO and his work as a motivational speaker. Johnson was a four-time national champion in the decathlon and won the Robinson most recently was the coach at bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics in Tri-River Conference foe Colton, and he Barcelona. earned some publicity in his early days of coaching when he had a punishing Johnson has worked with Regis track and commute from Silverton to a coaching gig field athletes in recent years and “always at Vashon Island, Washington. have wanted to find a way to teach or administrate here. Regis is an amazing During last season at Colton, Robinson place for students. I am honored to be experienced a death in his family, which here. I have a very Christ-centered he said “helped me put in perspective that background and feel at home where I can being near family was more important than openly talk about my faith.” ever moving forward in life. Coaching at Regis… has been a huge blessing. The Soccer: The Stayton boys, who won the Regis family is special and I’m blessed to Class 4A state title during the COVIDbe included in their family as well.” shortened spring season, are off to another strong start. The Eagles entered the Taking the Regis job also allowed Robinson to reunite with his father, week 8-0 overall, 4-0 in Oregon West

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Coach Chris Shields says Esparza is flying a bit below the radar as a soccer player and is worthy of more attention. “I have a feeling if he was playing football or basketball (there would be) a greater spotlight on the kid,” Shields said. “It is very frustrating considering the amount of time and energy this young man has put into this program.” Shields starts just three seniors, with Santos Navarro and Pedro Garibaldi joining Esparza. “We start five sophomores some nights,” Shields said.

talented, tough and play exciting football.” Stayton, meanwhile, is 1-3, but coach Randy Nyquist said “we are continuing to grow and are making progress. I am so happy to see our kids play and compete in a challenging time in our world and we appreciate all of the support from our school and community.” Volleyball: Cascade is 10-2 overall, 4-1 in league play and ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind MWC foe Sisters, which is also 10-2 and 4-1. The Cougars claimed a 3-1 home win against Sisters earlier this season but must visit the Outlaws on Oct. 19. Redistricting: The Oregon School Activities Association committee working on new leagues for the next four-year cycle is looking at a five-class system as well as one that continues the current six-class approach.

One of those sophomores, The five-class model would keep Ishmael Esparza, has scored Stayton boys Stayton and Cascade in Class 4A soccer coach Chris seven goals. Other key but move them into a new league Shields. JAMES DAY contributors include dominating that also would include Central, junior midfielder Owen Samuell, Dallas, Lebanon, Molalla, Sweet Home sophomore Angel Garcia and junior and Woodburn. Omar Garcia. The six-class plan would keep Stayton and Stayton will receive a stiff challenge in Cascade in their current Oregon West league play, with Philomath ranked second Conference lineup that includes Sisters, and Sisters fourth. Newport, Philomath and Sweet Home. “This year has been a learning experience Both the five-class and six-class proposals for many players and we hope to make a would keep Regis in Class 2A. large jump next season,” Shields said. The committee meets Oct. 11, Nov. 1 Football: Cascade is 4-0 and ranked No. and Nov. 22 before presenting its final 4 in Class 4A. “To be honest I could not recommendation to the executive board be more proud of this team,” said coach on Dec. 13. The new league structure will Brandon Bennett. “If you have not seen take effect in the fall of 2022. these boys play find sometime on a Friday night to come watch the show. They are Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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Hidden for a reason If they wanted to make some money off me, they’d have to try harder. I called my internet provider and the cops to let them know this was going on. What really irked me, though, was the fact that this crap has been going on for years.

guy claimed he had been tracking my computer – and even taking videos of me using my computer’s camera. This was really amazing, because my computer doesn’t have a camera. The threat was this: unless I gave him a Bitcoin, he would release to the world what he found out about me. Unfortunately, he didn’t leave his phone number. If he had, I could have called him and told him what an idiot he was.  Mainly, I am perfectly capable of embarrassing myself. After all, in nearly seven decades I’ve pretty much done it all. There was nothing some nogoodnik could do to me that was worth a bitcoin, whose current value is about $51,000.

The Federal Trade Commission has an entire web page devoted to this scam. And the only way it could ever work is if someone was buffaloed into giving money to one of these dipsticks. None of that made me feel any better. The internet provides cover for all flavors of jerks who lie, cheat, blackmail and attack people. If you’re looking for the truth, you will not find it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other blackholes of the internet. They are populated by domestic and foreign enemies who hate truth and want only the worst for the U.S. They aim to confuse you and take your money, among other things. And things like Bitcoin have proved to be the perfect way for them to anonymously

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