Our Town South: Oct. 1, 2022

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Helping Hands

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City council, mayor and psilocybin measures – Page 4 - 8

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Off and running By Stephen Floyd

Five candidates are running for three open city council seats in Stayton, including all three incumbents. The victors will be decided with the Nov. 8 general election. As of the Aug. 30 filing deadline, incumbent councilors Jordan Ohrt, David Patty and Paige Hook were seeking new terms. They were joined by challengers Stephen Sims and David Giglio. The three candidates with the most votes from the Nov. 8 ballot will win four-year terms on the council.

Jordan Ohrt Ohrt is finishing her first term on the council after being elected as a political newcomer in 2018. She described herself as a Realtor, general contractor, landlord and mother, with a background including events coordinator, lifeguard and bartender.

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She said her time on the council has been defined by crisis, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the 2020 wildfires to the 2021 ice storm. She said these incidents forced the city to “hit the pause button” on long-term goals and she wants to play a role as the city gets back on track. Her specific goals as a councilor include investing in infrastructure, strengthening the economy, supporting public safety and cultivating public input. “I care about what happens in Stayton and I am willing to put in the work to make a difference,” said Ohrt. “Looking back at the last four years, even if you haven’t agreed with all my decisions, I hope the community can see my heart– that I will stand up for what’s right even when it isn’t popular.”

Commission. He also works in the Office of Training, Investigations and Safety for the Oregon Department of Human Resources. Patty said he wants to prioritize infrastructure investments such as improvements to roads and the water system, with a goal of pursuing grant funding to lessen the burdens on local taxpayers. He also wants to support local law enforcement, including creating a school resource officer position, and new policies to minimize the impact of homelessness in the community.

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“I would like the opportunity to continue serving Stayton to see many current projects through to completion and ensure they meet community needs and expectations,” said Patty. “I am a strong advocate for local control and would defer to the voters as much as possible.”

Patty was first elected in 2018 and has since served on the finance committee and the now-defunct Public Safety

Patty spent 10 years in the military and has an education background in criminal justice and legal studies.

Paige Hook Hook was first elected in 2018 after spending time on the Stayton Planning Commission. She is a mother, community activist, and in 2020 was the Democratic nominee for Oregon District 17 Representative, which went to Republican incumbent Rep. Jamie Cate that year. She has served as a legislative administrator to lawmakers in Salem, using her background in criminal justice and psychology. She also spent time as office manager in the House Majority Office in the state legislature. Her 2020 election website said she draws on her deep family roots in Linn County to serve the needs of her unique, rural community. By press time Our Town had not received a reply to a request for comment.

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Voter registration deadline nears Stayton and hopes to do the same with his young family. As CEO and general manager of Skyline Video Productions, and a pastor at Grace Bible Fellowship, Giglio said he is deeply invested in his community and wants to preserve its unique qualities for the benefit of others. “I’m running to ensure Stayton is a thriving town where our values are celebrated, our kids are safe in the front yard, and our entrepreneurs can easily grow a business,” he said. “I want to build on what’s best about our community and ensure Stayton is a place where our kids will want to raise their own families.” Giglio has not held public office before, but did serve as a legislative intern for former Rep. Jodie Hack and was campaign field director for Marion County Commissioner Colm WIllis’ congressional campaign.

Giglio said, just like the Republican candidates he supported, he wants to encourage the conservative values he developed in Stayton. “Our city government needs to be radically responsive to the priorities, values, and well-being of our local community – not the priorities of state government or partisan interests,” he said.

Stephen Sims Sims is a retired U.S. Navy commander who wants to give back to the community where he was born and raised. His mother descends from the family of Drury Smith Stayton, the city’s namesake, and he wants to make sure the community remains “a wonderful place to call home.” “I will support my community and strive for improvements to the best of my ability,” said Sims. “I will be honest and

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Porter’s successor By Stephen Floyd Two city officials with long histories of public service are running for mayor in Stayton. Incumbent Mayor Hank Porter was unable to seek a third term due to new term limits. City Councilor Brian Quigley and Planning Commission Chair Ralph Lewis are vying for Porter’s position, to be decided during the Nov. 8 General Election. Porter’s second consecutive term concludes this year, and a city charter passed in 2018 limits mayors to no more than two terms in a row. Porter said, even without a term limit, he felt like five decades off-and-on in city office was more than enough and it was time to clear a path for new leadership. “It’s just time to go do something else and let other people have a shot at it,” said Porter.

Councilor Quigley Quigley was first elected to the City Council in 2010 from a crowded field

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of eight candidates, joined by victors Larry Emery and then-Councilor Porter. Quigley said his goal was to protect Stayton’s identity as a quaint small town and avoid the politics he saw undermining council cohesion. Quigley told Our Town his goal as mayor remains just as straightforward, and rather than a “catchy slogan” he just has a desire to serve his community. “Over my tenure on the council, I’ve tried to be fair and objective,” he said. “I’ve made a concerted effort to understand the issues before casting my vote.” Quigley won re-election to the council in 2014, but resigned in 2019, informing fellow officials he needed time to focus on his health. Two years later, a vacancy opened up with the resignation of former Councilor Chris Molin, and by then Quigley believed he was in a stronger place to continue serving. “Thanks to advances in modern medicine and extremely gifted cardiologists, I have once again resumed my active lifestyle

without limitations or restrictions,” he said in an Oct. 20, 2021 letter to Porter as a candidate for the vacancy. “...During my tenure on council, I tried hard to honestly be the people’s representative. It was not always fun or easy, but I knew what I was getting into when I volunteered to serve.” Quigley was appointed back to the council that December and has since been part of efforts to hire a new city manager and set policy regarding the statelegalized psilocybin businesses. If elected mayor, Quigley said such council business would be “forward facing” with an emphasis on partnership and transparency. “I’ll strive to be as accessible as possible and represent the city’s interests when collaborating with other government agencies and the community at large,” said Quigley. Outside of public office, Quigley is a program manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry, with a background in fleet repair management

and law enforcement.

Commissioner Lewis Lewis has been serving on the Planning Commission since 1998, in addition to time on the Parks and Recreation Board and Budget Committee. He also served as a city councilor from 2015 to 2017, though he was unable to secure re-election in 2016 or 2018. Lewis moved to Stayton in the 1990s, where he and his wife raised a family. He said in his 2018 candidate statement that he was running for office to help preserve Stayton as a town for families like his to thrive. “I love this place, and want to help make it the right place for others to make a life for themselves as well,” said Lewis. “Stayton has a lot to offer, and I want to help it grow and prosper as a community, now and into the future, so we can all be proud to call home.” Lewis could not be reached for comment for this article.

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Fall Fun at the Barkyard! In addition to government service, Lewis has worked as a special education teacher and a social worker, including recently as an adult protective service worker for Northwest Senior and Disability Services. He also has a background in visual communications and taught industrial arts in Sierra Leone and U.S. Virgin Islands through the Peace Corps.

The outgoing mayor Porter said, whichever candidate wins, they will need to be ready for a variety of challenges. He said, during his five decades in and out of city leadership, including as mayor, councilor and planning commissioner, he has learned many challenges cannot be anticipated.

a stronger nudge. “I’m looking forward to somebody with a little more control on that council and pushing a little harder,” he said. Porter has worked with both Quigley and Lewis while in office and said both men have their strong points. Porter added this is a prime opportunity for Stayton to embrace a new mayor, as they recently hired a new city manager, the school district has a new superintendent and the fire department a new chief.

“Whatever situation comes up, you just deal with it,” he said.

Porter said his time in office has “been a good ride” but now it is time for he and wife Sandy to take things a little slower and enjoy the community they adopted back in 1968.

Porter also said he hopes the next mayor is more willing to be direct with city councilors, and said he may have held back when fellow officials needed a bit of

“Sandy and I sort of embraced this community and it embraced us in return and that kind of a relationship, and we’re basically thankful for it,” he said.

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Nov. 8 ballot

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was the lone candidate to take out mayoral papers.

Voters in Aumsville, Gates, Lyons, Mill City, Stayton, Sublimity, and in unincorporated areas of Marion and Linn counties all will be deciding psilocybin measures on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Ceja’s four-year council term expires at the end of the year as do the terms of Della Seney and Nico Casarez. Seney and Casarez are running for re-election, but no other candidates have come forward.

Oregon voters passed Measure 109, which created a program for administering psilocybin products, such as psilocybin-producing mushrooms and fungi, to individuals aged 21 years or older. Before the issue passed by a 55% to 45% margin, the manufacturing and consumption of psilocybin was illegal under both federal and state law. Measure 109 also allowed cities and counties to place referendums on local ballots to prohibit or allow psilocybin-product manufacturers or psilocybin service centers in unincorporated areas. Measure 109 prohibited psilocybin service centers within the limits of an incorporated city or town. Aumsville (Measure 24-470), Gates (Measure 24-497), Lyons (Measure 22-197), Mill City (Measure 22-198), Stayton (Measure 24-480) and Sublimity (24-464) all chose to put up ballot measures that, if approved by the voters, would prohibit psilocybin-related businesses within their city limits. In addition, Linn County (Measure 22-200) and Marion County (Measure 24-465)

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The leading write-in candidate would win the Ceja seat, said Colleen Rogers, city clerk, although she noted that more precisely the three candidates with the most votes would be elected, regardless of whether they had filed or were write-in candidates.

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would prohibit psilocybin manufacturing and locating service centers in unincorporated parts of each county. Several council and mayoral races are before the voters in November but uncontested: Aumsville: Councilor Angelica Ceja seems primed to take over as mayor. Incumbent Derek Clevenger chose not to seek re-election to another two-year term as he pursued a legislative seat in House District 17, and Ceja

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Lyons: Lloyd Valentine is running unopposed for another two-year term as mayor, with Jessica Ritchie running unopposed in seeking another four-year term as councilor. Councilors Diane Hyde and Mike Wagner do not face the voters again until 2024. Councilor Troy Donohue is not seeking re-election, and the final council member will be appointed by the remaining councilors. Sublimity: Jim Kingsbury is running unopposed for another two-year term as mayor, while Councilors Tass Morrison and Brian Schumacher are running unopposed for new four-year council terms. Councilors Mike Taylor and Jim Crowther do not face the voters until 2024.

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The Vault By Mary Owen Moving in a new direction and to a new state, Where to Start Fitness owners Tirzah and Daniel Hawkins handed over the keys Oct. 1 to new owners, Jerod and Jenn Clevenger. “Jerod and I have both always been very passionate about health and fitness,” said Jenn Clevenger, born and raised in Sublimity. “When Tirzah and Daniel approached us about purchasing the gym, we knew it was our opportunity to bring better health to our community. We are passionate about health and wellness and helping to give others the tools they need to improve their lives through fitness and nutrition.” Renamed Vault Fitness, an open house will take place Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a prize drawing for all current members that attend and for any new members that sign up that day. Free Zumba classes will be held at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., free yoga at 2 p.m., as well

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multiple clinics until her youngest child, Bodhi, was born. “He was born with major medical issues which led to our decision for me to remain at home so his medical needs could be properly cared for,” she said.

“We have ordered some new equipment and hope it makes it in time for the event,” Clevenger said. As some items are back ordered, she added, “We won’t be completely done updating the facility, but we will be ready to meet more members of this amazing community!”

Jerod is also a native Oregonian, born in Salem and then living some of his teen years in Hawaii before returning to Oregon. He has served 23 years in the U.S. Army and continues to serve and work as a flight crew member for the state of Oregon’s Blackhawk Medevac.

Vault Fitness will continue to run as a 24/7 gym, with personal training and group fitness offered, Clevenger said. “Some classes will not be available immediately, but we should be up and running with all the extras by November,” she said. “We have Zumba and yoga classes starting this month, and they will be open to the public and discounted to our gym members.” The couple resides in Sublimity where Jenn’s father, Alan McMahen, was fire chief from 1995 to 2005 and prior to that,

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worked in Salem at Districts 1 and 2. “I loved growing up as a part of the fire family and in this small community that I continue to call home with our family of seven,” said Clevenger, who ran the front desk at PT Northwest and trained in

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English/GED/Citizenship Classes, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Class is free. Workbook is $20. Runs through June. Repeats Thursday. 503-779-7029

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Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Business Network, 8:30 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464. 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 Baby & Toddler Time, 11:05 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore the world of early literacy through movement, songs, rhymes, play. For infants and toddlers up to 24 months and their caregivers. Free. 503-769-3313 Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-508-9431, staytonarearotary.org

Thursday

Sublimity Quilters, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Make quilts for local community donations and charities. Everything is provided. New members welcome. Mama´s Community Market, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665 Point Man Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503-859-2627

Friday

Cars & Coffee, 8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Classic vehicles, coffee, breakfast. Family Fit & Fun, 11:05 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Move, grow, explore. Activities indoors and outdoors. For children and family members of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday

Aumsville Historical Museum, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. To visit by appt., call Ted Shepard at 503-749-2744.

Saturday, Oct. 1 Pancake Breakfast

8 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits & gravy, coffee, juice. $6/ person; under 6 free. Indoor dining and to-go available. 503-859-2161

Halloween Sale 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Costumes $5. Lights, decorations, home decor. All new. Benefits the Grange Haunted House. Repeats Oct. 2. 503-859-2161

Classic Fire Apparatus Show 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Fire Station, 300 Monroe St., Mt. Angel. Classic fire apparatus from around the state and beyond. Free admission. 503-845-2438

Silverton Sidewalk Shindig Noon - 10 p.m., downtown Silverton. Free, family-friendly music festival. Kids’ area offered. For a list of locations and times, visit Silverton Sidewalk Shindig on Facebook.

Sunday, Oct. 2 Party in the Pasture

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Horses of Hope Oregon, 2895 SE Cloverdale Drive, Turner. Meet the therapy horses, carnival-style games, face painting, drawings. Carnival tickets $.50 each. All proceeds benefit the clients of Horses for Hope, an equine-assisted therapy program.

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Silver Crest Haunted House 7:30 - 10:30 p.m., Silver Crest Elementary, 365 SE Loar Road, Silverton. Haunted House fundraiser for Silver Crest Elementary. Tickets $10. Open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30, with No Scare kids’ hour 6 - 7 p.m. Saturdays. No Scare tickets $5.

Sunday, Oct. 9 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

Monday, Oct. 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Sublimity City Council 6 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475, cityofsublimity.org

Aumsville City Council 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Monday, Oct. 3

Lyons Fire District Board

10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Lisa Krigbaum of Stayton Public Library speaks to members of the Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Refreshments. Open to anyone. Linda, 503-689-6991

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

Thursday, Oct. 6 Harvest Storytime

10:30 a.m., Greens Bridge Gardens, 3730 SE Jefferson-Scio Dr., Jefferson. Fall-themed storytime. Pick a free book and explore the farm. No registration required. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton FOL Book Sale 5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. 14,000 books sorted into 42 categories, DVDs and CDs. Tonight is Early Bird Night with hardcovers $2, trades $2, mass market paperbacks $1, kids’ books $1. Repeats 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 7 with hardcovers $1, paperbacks $.50, kids’ books $.25; and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 8 with Bag Day. Bring your own bag and fill it for $5. Bring a box after 1 p.m. and fill it for $7.50. staytonfol.org

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7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public. 503-859-2410 7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to public. 503-769-2601

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

Tuesday, Oct. 11 Dementia Care Conversations

3 - 4 p.m. Zoom. Free group for unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one living with dementia. The focus is to provide dementia care information, training and resources to family caregivers. To request a referral to the group, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection, 503-304-3420. Repeats Oct. 25.

RDS Board Meeting 6 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503-767-2317, downtownstayton.org

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

Stayton Parks and Rec Board 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

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Wednesday, Oct. 12 Caregiver Connection

1 - 2 p.m. Zoom. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. For Zoom invite and register, call 503-304-3432.

Thursday, Oct. 13 Regis Cheer Camp

3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton. Age 4 - 14 get introduced to the fundamentals of cheerleading, dance techniques, team bonding. Advanced skills for older and repeat attendees. Participants will cheer at halftime of the Oct. 21 Regis football game. $30/camper, includes hair ribbon. Cheer.regisstmary. org, jmendez@regisstmary.org

Regis Alumni Day 3:30 - 10 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton. Campus tours, free tailgate dinner at 3:30 p.m. Cornhole tournament at 5 p.m. $20/team. Homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Free admission to game for alumni. Prizes for best dressed in Regis spirit gear. Beer available for purchase. Open to alumni, spouses and families. Register at regisstmary.org.

DIY Book Pumpkins 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Upcycle a book and create a book pumpkin. Age 12 - 18, adults. Free. RSVP: https://bit. ly/3B9Val5. 503-769-3313

Dyslexia Demystified 6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Join Dawn Tacker of Traverse Dyslexia for a discussion of signs, symptoms, solutions and superpowers of dyslexia. Free. traversedyslexia.com, 971-343-2525

Aumsville Fire District 6:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-749-2894, aumsvillefire.org

Friday, Oct. 14 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Grange Haunted House 6 - 9 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Appropriate for all ages. Fog machine in use. $4/person. Repeats 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 15, 21, 22, 28 - 31; 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 20, 23, 27, Nov. 1. 503-859-2161

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

1 p.m., Star Cinema, 350 N Third Ave., Stayton. Fifth annual Stayton Ghost Tour and Historic Walk - A Film. $5/person. Tickets at starcinema.net. The movie will be available online at brownhouse.org or downtownstayton.org Oct. 23 - Nov. 5 for $5 per 24-hour viewing. Fundraiser for Revitalize Downtown Stayton and the Brown House.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Spooktacular cheer clinic with show case at 1:15 a.m. Cost is $25 per participant and includes a bow. Costumes are encouraged. Registration open to kindergarten to eighth grade. cascadeschoolcheer@gmail.com

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Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Food boxes. 503-881-9846

Monday, Oct. 17 Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Oct. 18 Kids Maker Lab

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Drop in Oct. 18 - 21 to try out a craft activity. Can’t make it to the lab in person? A limited number of take-home supply kits available Oct. 25, while supplies last. Free. 503-769-3313

North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. For Zoom link information, call 503-930-8202 or email council@northsantiam.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 Eagles Cheer Camp

5 - 6:30 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Youth will learn foundational skills, chants and dance. No experience needed. Campers will perform during halftime of the Eagles Oct. 20 football game. Age 5 13. $50, includes a t-shirt and cheer bow. Repeats Oct. 20. Registration information at nsantiam.k12.or.us/athletics under Youth Cheer Camp.

Monday, Oct. 24 North Santiam Basin Summit

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Marion County Public Works, 5155 NE Silverton Road, Salem. Hear about what’s happening in the watershed from local, state and federal agencies, and watershed stakeholders. In-person or via Zoom. In-person event limited to 40 people, and includes lunch. Registration closes Oct. 17 or when full. Register for Zoom or in-person at surveymonkey.com/r/NorthSantiam2022. 503-914-2001

Free Playgroup 10 - 11:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Playgroup for families with children age 5 and younger. Activities, light snacks. RSVP to mweeks@ familybuildingblocks.org, 503-769-1120.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

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Food Preservation Workshop 9 a.m. - noon, Santiam Community Gardens, 846 Fifth St., Lyons. Making canning juices: grape, apple cider, tomatovegetable. Water bath canning review. Space limited. RSVP: 503-859-2517, seedsupper97358@gmail.com.

Tombstone Talks 1 - 5 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Groups of 10 will walk throughout the cemetery to listen to an actor talk about the person buried beneath the tombstone. Tombstones visited include Al Hassler, IJ Boedigheimer, Gene Ditter, Father Joseph Scherbring, Joe Spenner, Nettie Crump. $5/person. A chicken noodle dinner will be from 5 - 8 p.m., along with a Harvest Country Store. Mill Creek Carriages will give wagon rides. Donations welcome. Tickets by calling 503-769-5664.

Monday, Oct. 31 Halloween

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2 - 2:30 p.m. Zoom. Virtual playgroup for families with children age 5 and younger. Songs, stories. RSVP to mweeks@ familybuildingblocks.org or 503-769-1120.

3:30 - 6:30 p.m., downtown Stayton. Bring the children to trick or treat in downtown Stayton. Free. Sponsored by Revitalize Downtown Stayton. Greg, 503-551-1743.

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5:30 p.m., Union Hill Grange, 15775 SE Grange Road, Sublimity. Get more clarity and purpose to retirement. Free. Contact AnnetteJensen@RetireJoyfully.com.

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

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Thursday, Oct. 27 ZomBeanies

4 - 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Familyfriendly, spooky tour. Pick up treats along the way. No regular library services will be available. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Open to public. 503-769-3313

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4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Take a beanie and zombify it. Teens 12-18. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday, Oct. 28

NSSD Board

6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

Teen Movie Night 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Interactive viewing of Hocus Pocus. Everyone gets a script and bag of props to follow along with the movie. Costumes are encouraged. Teens 12-18. Free. Snacks. 503-769-3313

Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Movies @ The Station Dusk, Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Come watch a movie at Lyons Fire Station. Kids will be provided a box to decorate for them to sit in during the movie, while supplies last. Weatherpermitting. No public restroom available for the event. 503-859-2410

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Sublimity Planning Commission 4:30 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-7695475, cityofsubllmity.org

Stayton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-7693425, staytonoregon.gov

Aumsville City Council 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

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Knights of sight By Mary Owen What happens when little Johnny can’t see the blackboard or little Susie can’t read the print in her book? According to the Stayton Lions Club, undiagnosed vision problems is one of the most common and overlooked early learning obstacles for children. To combat the problem, members will perform vision screening this month on all students in the North Santiam School District’s elementary and middle schools as well as St. Mary Catholic School. “In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their international convention and challenged them to become ‘knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,’” said David Nielson, explaining how the yearly tradition started. “As a result, sight and hearing support have been at the forefront of Lions Clubs activities, including the vision screenings we perform annually for local students.” Nielson said Lions Clubs across Oregon

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participate in the school vision screenings though the established Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. Spot Vision Screeners will be provided to the local Lions Club by this foundation, which is an approved vendor by the Oregon Department of Education for school vision screening services, Nielson said. According to Nielson, the portable screening device is held about three feet from the child and when the focus point locks on to the eye's retina, it instantly records a complete reading of both eyes. “They also work through a child’s existing eyeglasses, which should be worn during the screening to see if the prescription lenses are still adequate,” Nielson said. Screenings are scheduled for Oct. 19 at Mari-Linn and Stayton Elementary; Oct. 26 for Stayton Intermediate, Stayton Middle and Sublimity Schools. St. Mary School kindergarten, third and eighth grades will be screened on Oct. 19. Parents should receive permission forms prior to those dates.

“The SPOT Scanners screen for up to 11 different vision health issues,” Nielson said. “Each student is given a printed copy of the screening results to take home to their parents. Those with detected problems should see their family’s local vision service provider. “According to Michelle Young, nurse at NSSD and screening coordinator with us, there are two different vision assistance programs that the district may be able to use to help families in need, Sight for Students and KEX Kids,” he added. “They have a staff member that can check to see what program the family may qualify for. “ODE reimburses districts up to $3.20 per student and that covers the cost of the screening system,” he said. “Local Lions Club members provide free volunteer service to administer the screenings. “The cost of the screening system for St. Mary is not reimbursed by ODE and could be around $300,” he said. “It must be covered privately, either out of our club’s projects funds or by other arrangement. I

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believe this year our club agreed to cover half the cost of screening at St. Mary.” As funds allow, the Stayton Lions also helps those in the community who need and financially qualify for vision aid assistance. The Lions’ biggest fundraiser, the annual bark dust sale, is no longer being held. Current projects include: garage sale, Sept. 10; bottle/can drive; butter braids sales; Fourth of July parade entry fees; and private contributions. “People can also look for Stayton Lions Club on BottleDrop to donate funds,” Nielson said. “Donations are always gladly accepted.” The Stayton Lions also collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids, which can be dropped off at the main collection box at 510 N. Third Ave., Stayton. There is also a small collection box inside Sublimity Eye Care, and at the Scio Post Office. For more information, visit www.staytonlionsclub.org.

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Meet the team By Mary Owen A newly established nonprofit foundation will help raise, administrate and allocate funds for Santiam Hospital & Clinics. “SH&C continues to grow, especially in the last few years,” said Melissa Baurer, director of Integrated Health and Outreach. “The leadership of the hospital decided in 2021 to establish a charitable foundation to be able to raise contributions to support the needs of the hospital as it continues to grow to meet the needs of the greater community.” In early 2022, Baurer said a committee was formed to officially establish the Santiam Hospital & Clinics Foundation, whose sole purpose, as stated in the bylaws, is to operate for the benefit and support of SH&C “without limitation to support its mission and purposes, and to promote, develop and raise funds ….” “They also developed a mission for the foundation that would clearly define its direction,” she said. “The foundation’s goal is to invest in SH&C, ‘supporting the infrastructure needed for the health and well-being of your growing communities.’” A board of directors was formed in February to direct operations and has been meeting since then to develop both shortterm and long-term goals, Baurer said. In addition, the board has put in place a program to keep track of and acknowledge donors and an accounting program to receive and account for all gifts, she added. “The foundation’s bylaws provide for 13 board members, and we currently have six,” Baurer said. “Recruitment will continue until we have filled all positions.”

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To date, six individuals from the greater Stayton area bring their diverse and extensive experience to the table.

Hailing from Sublimity, Gary Rychard has deep roots with SH&C where he was born. Rychard’s career includes working in law enforcement, as a volunteer Gary Rychard firefighter, and in emergency medical services.

Dr. Guesly Dessieux, a family Dr. Guesly Dessieux SUBMITTED PHOTOS physician working with SH&C since 2007, will serve as president. Born in Haiti and raised in Miami, Florida, Dessieux is the founder and executive director of Project Living Hope, a nonprofit organization devoted to empowering Haitians through athletics, job-skills training, disaster preparedness, and community development.

Rychard is currently the director of Safety-Security & Health Services at North Santiam School District and currently serves on the board of the Lyons Fire District. As treasurer, Rychard looks forward to helping SH&C continue its growth and ability to provide high-quality healthcare to the region. Also from Sublimity, Maryann Meredith was born and raised in Stayton. Meredith has been involved with SH&C since its inception. Her parents, T.G. and Frances Freres, were instrumental in the establishment of the hospital in 1953. A graduate of Oregon State University, Maryann Meredith Meredith taught English for 12 years in Costa Rica. Later she became a small business owner in both Stayton and Gates.

A past board member of Fellowship of Associates of Medical Evangelism and Haitian Christian Mission, Dessieux stays active in the Stayton community by coaching soccer, speaks in local schools and attends Foothills Community Church. Serving as secretary Deana Freres is Deana Freres, a Santiam Canyon resident for 18 years. Freres served as a board member for numerous regional organizations, including Family Building Blocks and the Stayton Public Library Foundation. Holding a degree in management science engineering, Freres helped create the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund, and is on the board of directors of the Santiam Canyon Long Term Recovery Group.

Meredith has been active in fundraising with her church in Mill City, the food bank and served on the Save Our Bridge committee. Meredith has served on the SH&C Board of Trustees for many years and looks forward to serving as a liaison on the foundation board.

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An 18-year resident of Mill City, Lynda Harrington brings extensive professional experience to her board member position. Harrington earned a bachelor’s degree Lynda Harrington in French and Spanish from the University of Michigan and taught both languages before retiring. She currently chairs the Legislative Action and Resource Development Committee for Catholic Community Services Foundation, serves as an advisor on public policy issues to the Archdiocese of Portland, and is a director on the Regis/St. Mary Foundation. She values local hospitals and considers SH&C a community builder for the Santiam Canyon, Stayton and Sublimity areas. Salem-resident Ken Forster is a lifelong resident of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Before retiring, he spent 30 years as a high school economics instructor in the Ken Forster Salem-Keizer School District. Ken is an accomplished amateur golfer who was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2009. He coached golf at Sprague High School for 26 years. Forster is enthusiastic about improving the patient experience at SH&C with a particular interest in Santiam Orthopedic Group. He is eager to help with the future growth and development of the hospital.

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By James Day Nick Harville, who works in business recruitment and retention in Marion County for the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, received special recognition from Marion County commissioners at SEDCOR’s annual awards luncheon Sept. 14 at the Salem Convention Center. Harville was honored for “his tireless work and dedication to the communities impacted by the Santiam Canyon wildfires” in 2020.

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“Nick was tireless in his work for this cause and the city of Detroit has a beautiful community center now as a result,” Willis said. “Nick also has been a resource for the long-term recovery group and has connected folks trying to rebuild to local area contractors and suppliers who have been able to get them back into their homes. He has been a tireless advocate for the people of our community.” Local companies came home with four awards from SEDCOR, which serves Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. Those honored included: • Siegmund Excavation and Construction received the Business Partner of the Year award for its Santiam Canyon recovery work that involved transporting materials and providing site work and other valuable resources. • Blazer Industries of Aumsville, which specializes in modular buildings, shared the Community Service award with K&E Excavating of Salem. Blazer was honored

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Annette Jensen receives ‘Surfboard’ award By Mary Owen For more than 35 years, Annette Jensen has dedicated her life to serving her community. “People are more powerful than their circumstances,” said Jensen, the 20212022 recipient of Santiam Service Integration’s Surfboard Award. “They have an inner greatness inside them that most have not tapped into yet. Many of us have similar backgrounds, but it is what we choose to do with those experiences that determines what our life will be.” The youngest of six children raised in Sublimity, Jensen considers helping people her life’s purpose. She set her eyes on helping others and never looked back. “There was an ad back in the day, ‘we don’t make surfboards, we make them strong,’” said Melissa Baurer, Integrated Health and Outreach Coordinator for Santiam Hospital & Clinics. “Like the surfboard, Service Integration doesn’t provide the direct service but we bring providers, community members, businesses together to make the community stronger.” The Surfboard Award was started in 2019 to honor a SIT member who makes the program stronger, elevates the meetings, and maintains the integrity of the program. The first winner was Colleen Bradford with the Department of Human Services, Self Sufficiency. Jensen gets to keep the trophy – a fullsize surfboard representing strength – for one year before handing it off to the 2022-2023 recipient.

Inspired by her grandmother, Jensen volunteered to help at the community nursing home. She became a paid employee four years later. In her previous role as housing resource developer for Marion County Health and Human Services, Jensen helped those in health department programs find safe and affordable housing. Through that professional role she learned about the Service Integration Team. Baurer credited Jensen with becoming an outstanding member over the last five years. “Annette is someone you can count on,” Baurer said. “She commits and follows through, she gets things done, she is persistent when she needs to be… you want Annette in your corner. She understands Service Integration and embraces the model.” “I am never surprised by the outpouring of compassion that members, whether they are social service organizations, churches, neighbors or businesses, display in solving needs by the time the meeting has ended,” Jensen said. “Usually with the collaboration of everyone’s efforts, little to no SIT funds have to be utilized. SIT is a true meaning of the word community.”

January 4, 1930 - August 29, 2022 Richard McIntyre’s life began on the farm in Stenen, Saskatchewan on January 4, 1930. He was one of eight siblings. He felt privileged to provide medical care in many communities for six decades across two countries, a gift he never took for granted. Richard practiced in: Kerrobert, Sk, Eston, SK, Grand Prairie, AB, Saskatoon, SK, Creston, BC, Stayton, OR, Kaslo, BC. He loved Locums in BC and SK as part of his professional career. He loved flying and medicine. Doc was delighted to call Kaslo home for his final chapter. Richard leaves a legacy of those he cared for both professionally and socially: his wife Zoe, all his treasured extended family including daughters: Heather and Moira (grandchildren Kyle and Lindsay), his golf buddies, and recreational flying community. Richard, in preparation of his final plans, signs off with dignity and respect. A celebration of life was held at the Kaslo Golf Club on September 9, 2022. “Time well spent, I am extremely grateful for my gift of life.” Dr. Richard WJ McIntyre

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Regis football is playing a new game, 9-man, has two co-coaches and a new football field. Oh, and the Rams are off to a 3-1 start and are ranked No. 13 in Class 2A by the OSAA. Class 2A shifted to 9-man football for this fall because the OSAA was concerned about small rosters and safety. The scheme seems to fit perfectly at Regis because an offense still has the same number of eligible receivers but removing two defenders gives the Rams’ offensive weapons, including QB Kollin Schumacher and wide receivers Tim Crowell and Charlie Miller, more room to maneuver. Alex King is handling the offense for Regis and Joe Manibusan is coaching the defense. Hard to argue with the results so far. The new field is a revelation. Regis went against the trend toward artificial turf and put in a new grass field. It took a village to do it, with parents, community members, local companies and even the football players pitching in. Go see for yourself. It looks fabulous. Regis is 1-1 in Tri-River Conference play, tied for third with Culver and Santiam behind No. 6 Willamina (2-0) and No. 5 Colton (1-0). As of Our Town’s presstime the Rams had defeated Gaston (29-28), Grant Union (39-0) and Gervais (66-0) before falling Sept. 23 to Colton 50-48 in 4 overtimes. Volleyball: Defending Class 4A state champion Cascade is off to a strong start with a 7-2 overall record, a 2-0

Oregon West Conference mark and the No. 2 ranking in the coaches poll. The Cougars have just three seniors but two of them, outside hitter Lucretia Benolken and setter Meah Carley were all-state performers a year ago when Cascade won its first state crown. Cascade’s lone losses so far this season were to Sisters and Valley Catholic. The Cougars defeated both squads in last year’s Class 4A final four at Corvallis High. Boys Soccer: Stayton is off to a 5-0 start and is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A by the OSAA. The Eagles opened Oregon West play with a 9-1 win at Sweet Home and are tied at 1-0 with defending 4A state champion Philomath (ranked No. 2) and No. 12 North Marion, which lost to Philomath in last year’s semifinals. North Marion moved to the Oregon West this season from the Tri-Valley Conference, giving the OWC even more state clout. Stayton tied with Philomath for the Oregon West title a year ago but was stunned 1-0 by Ontario in the first round of the playoffs. Stayton travels to Philomath on Oct. 6 and hosts the Warriors to end the regular season on Oct. 25. The Eagles hosted North Marion after Our Town’s presstime on Sept. 27 and will visit the Huskies on Oct. 13.

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OSAA Update: The Oregon School Activities Association has returned the state wrestling tournament to the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Last season the tournaments were staged at multiple sites because of COVID. The all-classes wrestling championships will be Feb. 23-25, 2023. The OSAA also has instituted a major change for boys and girls basketball. Starting with the 2023-24 season, all varsity games will be conducted with a 35-second shot clock. Stayton, meanwhile, was forced to pay a $1,000 fine and suspend an assistant football coach for three games because

of his offseason work on a 7-vs.-7 team that included Stayton players. The case was one of 24 adjudicated at the OSAA’s Sept. 12 executive board meeting. Only three cases involved amounts of $1,000 or more. Eagles athletic director Darren Shryock noted that the school self-reported the violation and that new procedures have been put in place to require all coaches to attend a fall rules meeting. The $1,000 came out of athletic department funds. Got a news tip? Email me at james.d@mtangelpub.com. Follow me on Twitter @jameshday and Our Town on Facebook.

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A Grin at the End

Power of choice

A ballot of ideas

We’re going to hire a new CEO for the state of Oregon next month, and the sparks are flying, as independent and former state Sen. Betsy Johnson has the Democratic candidate, former Speaker of the House Tina Kotek in attack mode. Apparently, Kotek’s getting nervous.

No one could have predicted that Portland would turn into Crazy Town – before it did. That’s why elections are so important. Voters – all of us – are tasked with the job of choosing the best candidates who not only align with our stances on various issues but will rise to the occasion when the unpredictable happens.

Meanwhile, the Republican candidate, former House minority leader Christine Drazan, seems to be running a mainline campaign aimed at rural Oregonians in addition to those in Portland. All of the chatter is about the three “major” candidates, but there are also three others on the ballot. For the record, they are R. Leon Noble, a Libertarian; Donice Smith, Constitutional Party; and Nathalie Paravicini of the Pacific Green and Progressive parties. I made a point of listing them because nearly all of the coverage you read and hear will focus on the Big Three. The others will be ignored because the media is in the business of picking winners, not covering elections, which should be the ultimate marketplace of ideas and ideals.

mind as they carry out the state’s business. I want them to reflect me, and my neighbors. In nautical parlance, I want them to keep the ship of state in the main channel and not turn it into the Exxon Valdez of politics. Which is kind of what we’ve had the past few years.

Yes, I know. That is a starry-eyed, idealistic way to look at a representative democracy. If that’s the case, I will plead guilty.

We saw what happened in Portland when peaceful demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter were hijacked by others with no higher goal than to raise hell. That they were allowed to continue for weeks was astounding to many, including me. The mayor and city council demonstrated total ineptitude when they needed to show a little backbone and inform the rioters that it was time to go home or go to jail.

I believe in the right to choose – a governor and members of the House and Senate who will keep my interests in

Now they are faced with the huge job of rebuilding the public’s trust in the city’s leadership.

No one could have predicted that China would drop a global pandemic in the laps of our governor and legislature, but it did. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I will tell you I am not happy with how they handled it. We are still trying to rebuild the economy – and our lives – after the state government knocked a hole in them. How they reacted should be noted as we mark our ballots. We should reward those who have done well – in our opinion – and reject those who have not. No doubt other surprises are in store for the next governor and legislature. We need to hire people who are up the task. Good judgment, empathy and a stiff backbone will be needed in the years ahead. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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