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Safety plans updated By Mary Owen In light of recent school shooting events and the potential for an earthquake, local school districts are shoring up their emergency safety procedures. “Safety has always been our top priority, yet recent events have caused us to re-examine our emergency procedures with a fresh perspective,” said Todd Miller, superintendent for the Santiam Canyon School District. “The recent events and media coverage have increased awareness of the issues and sparked meaningful conversations.” Additional conversations internally have been the catalyst for greater agency collaboration and improving outcomes and safety with a heightened sense of urgency and support, Miller said. “You really get the sense that everyone rallies around our students and their safety,” he added. Two years ago, the district adopted the

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obtaining seismic grants and improving the district’s readiness to keep students safe in case of a large quake, he said.

“We have been collaborating with our local law enforcement and emergency responders to coordinate efforts and ideas,” he said. “Along with fine-tuning our response procedures, we are also working with staff, counselors and mental health professionals to improve proactive supports to students who are not connecting or being successful at school or at home. Prevention is our number one response.”

“The district also holds fire drills monthly throughout the school year, and we are lucky to live in the boundaries of three great fire districts,” Gardner said in his recent blog to parents. “Those drills remain important, particularly in the very dry years we have had these past two years. Vigilance has stopped some roadside fires from becoming threats to homes and lives.”

North Santiam School District Superintendent Andy Gardner said schools can never be too prepared.

NSSD is pursuing seismic grants through the state, as not all school buildings were seismically upgraded via funds from the recent school bond, Gardner said.

“The district has two lockdown drills each year, the first being in the fall prior to the end of October,” Gardner said. “The second is done with less preparation in the spring to see how quickly we respond. Law enforcement is present for the drills.” NSSD also conducts a yearly earthquake drill, and continues to work toward

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“The district will provide office space at Stayton High School,” he said. “We believe this will create positive relationships between police officers and our students, which can help substantially from a preventative perspective.” Miller said Santiam has been working with local businesses for response support. In collaboration with the Linn County Neighborhood Watch groups in the canyon area, the district held an Incident Response Community Forum on Oct. 29 in the Santiam Elementary School multipurpose room in Mill City. The event was designed to discuss on efforts to prevent and respond to incidents, inform parents of procedures, and field questions. “Many people have safety on their minds,” Miller said.

The event was coordinated with local emergency responders, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, local Neighborhood Watch groups and the Santiam Canyon Parent-Teacher Organization. “Our hearts go out to those affect by the recent tragedy in Roseburg and others around the country,” Miller said. “I hope the lessons learned help to prevent other tragic events from happening. “We encourage any interested stakeholders to contact the schools with any questions or ideas to help in an emergency,” he added.

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“When I heard about the original Before I Die board in New Orleans, I thought an interactive art mural would be a perfect fit to create some energy on Third Avenue, and now it’s a reality,” said Rèse Bourdeau, who coordinated the chalkboard project. Since artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood after losing a loved one four years ago, some 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in more than 70 countries. With funding from chalk sales and help from local businesses, Stayton’s first interactive chalkboard is now attached to the side of the Covered Bridge Café.

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“Our first guest artist was MaCherie Doerfler,” Bourdeau said. “She painted a center artscape of trees with her sidekick dog, Junie, in it, and a walkway for others to add their ideas.”


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Bourdeau credits the Covered Bridge Café for providing space, Pickin’Coop for saw and building help, NW Preferred Credit Union for donating chalk, and Joe Loveless from J&T Furniture for donating a limited edition art print. “Neighbors gave time to assemble and paint,” she said. “The build and attach happened Oct. 1-3 with Dennis Hill Engineering.”

New board inspires Bourdeau said people who walked by the newly-erected board often pick a piece of chalk and start to draw. “I was shocked and pleased to see how completely the rain cleaned the first full board within a week,” Bourdeau said. “The day after the rain, we removed the first tagging and within two days, art started to fill the space again. Several times I’d walk by and folks would be drawing. Many restaurant guests inquired and were excited to join in.” The response to the board has been positive, Bourdeau said. “There has been excitement from everyone who discovers it,” she added. “The city and the city council have been kindly supportive as well.” The chalkboard is available to artists of all ages and levels of expertise, Bourdeau said, adding she wants to follow her dream to help the Stayton Public Library put up its Before I Die board. “The core group that made this a reality has already found a magnetic, metal wall to do a fun interactive art mural on, too,” Bourdeau said. To raise funds for other chalkboard projects, coordinators plan a Fall Chalk Walk festival in 2016, Bourdeau said. “All suggestions and creative energy is welcome to continue this tiny vision.” For information, call Bourdeau at 503871-3817.

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33 years with food bank Postal Service carriers, school drives, and other events add to SCFB’s food resources. A $2,000 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund helps with the purchase of basic items, such as peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits and vegetables.

By Mary Owen After 33 years of managing the Stayton Community Food Bank, Edna Rickman is saying good-bye. “I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,” said Rickman, 83, whose last day was Oct. 15. “We started out very small, but had a purpose to serve the often unseen needy in the community.” Rickman said her involvement was gradual, starting with her involvement in the Stayton Resource and Referral Center. On the R&RC board as a representative of St. Boniface Parish in Sublimity, Rickman stepped up to in 1982, when the local Ministerial Association organized a food bank. “They needed somebody to keep track of the food distribution,” said Rickman, who was also a representative for the Marion-Polk Food Share. “I decided to help. It wasn’t that hard because I had experience. I began studying health and nutrition in third grade in our two-room country school in Montana. Cash was scarce at home, but with our animals and garden, we never went without a meal and extras were shared with others.” Rickman put her skills to work at the food bank, then housed in a cityowned building on Ida Street rented for $1 a month. Operating with a budget of less than $1,000 month, the Stayton Community Food Bank provided emergency food to residents who met federal guidelines, she said. “We had a city-donated building, two freezers and donated desk, chairs,

“We have over 40 volunteers who operate the office, pick up purchased or donated food from stores, sort, transfer and re-pack bulk foods,” Rickman said. For her part, Rickman modestly said, “It’s just something I did.” Her reward came from those she served, she said.

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trestle table, signs and repack tables,” she said. “We had no heat, phone or hot water and one door. We had several willing volunteers! On freight day, the clients had to wait outside or return after the food was brought in.” Clients received commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, NORPAC extras and donated items about once a month and an emergency box every 60 days, she said. “Our funds and other food came from individuals, local churches and organizations,” she added. The Stayton Community Food bank now operates from a much larger building on Second Avenue. With USDA commodities and food from Marion-Polk Food Share, it serves more than 1,200 people monthly, including families, seniors, single parents, and people with disabilities. Bag sales at Roth’s, Safeway and Grocery Outlet as well as collections from the Lions Club, United States

But Rèse Bourdeau called her a community hero. “Wherever I see her, she is giving – her time, wisdom or skills. Edna is to the community a blessing, mentor and great woman!” Posted on the food bank’s Facebook page was the tribute: “Her truly countless hours of work and dedication to improve the lives of individuals and families in our community have been a blessing to all of us. She has been the face and heart of the food bank and we will miss her. A millions of thank yous to her is just not enough for all that she has done.” In 2006, Rickman received the community’s Woman of the Year award for her work. But she is quick to say all her years of service have been simply her way of serving her community while living out her faith. “I always believed that we, as Christians, are supposed to take care of people who need help,” Rickman said.

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It’s that time of year to reflect on the many local businesses and people who enhance the quality of life in the community. “We are grateful for the people and businesses that do so much to make our community successful,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “We are seeking nominations for our annual Awards Celebration. Last year’s event was a tremendous success, and the chamber is looking forward to making this year even better!” SSCOC’s Awards Celebration will be a luncheon Feb. 18 at Foothills Church in Stayton. Nominations are due by Dec. 4. Categories are the Chamber Award of Excellence for a large business of 15 or more employees and a small business of less than 15 employees. Each seeks to honor businesses that go above and beyond to contribute to the region’s economic vitality. The First Impressions Award is designed to honor a business or organization that presents a beautiful and inviting frontage. The Distinguished Service Award goes to a person who has shown dedication to his/her community through service. “The chamber of commerce believes that celebration is an essential part of a thriving community,” said Janine Moothart, development and marketing director for Regis High School and a member of SSCOC’s selection committee. “The community members join together to recognize and thank those who make a difference through leadership and service.” Schreiber said this is a “community filled with doers, helpers and dreamers.These businesses, organizations and people bring vibrancy to our cities. Our communities would not be the wonderful place they are without them.” For nomination forms, visit: www. Copies are at Stayton and Sublimity City Halls and the chamber office. Applications may be mailed to SSCOC, 175 E. High St., Stayton, OR 97383. For information, call 503-769-3464.

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

Thursday, Nov. 5 Stayton Playgroup

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N Third Ave., Stayton. Snacks at 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats Nov. 19. 503-769-1120

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

Friday, Nov. 6 Benefit Rummage Sale

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Household items, books, crafts, Christmas decorations. Proceeds provides food, medical care in Guatemala, Nicaragua. Repeats Nov. 7.

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Monday, Nov. 9 Lyons Garden Club Potluck

Noon, Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Bring dish to share. Gift exchange, new officers. All welcome. Jean, 503-859-2563; John, 503-508-5913

Monthly Art Club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. 5 and older. 503-769-3313

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Commissioner’s Breakfast

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

Veteran’s Day Assembly

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Veteran’s Day Mass

10:15 a.m., Regis High. Veteran’s Day Mass and reception. Guest speakers Col. Ben and Mrs. Gerding. 503-769-2159

Santiam Historical Society

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

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7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets Nov. 24. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Wednesday, Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day Thursday, Nov. 12 North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

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7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Talk by Jean Moule, PhD., on families in a growing multicultural world, “Nurturing Grandchildren: Black, White & In-between.” Free. 503-769-3313

Friday, Nov. 13 Stuffed Animal Sleepover

6 - 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bring stuffed animal to spend night at library. Iris Nason leads music, activities, followed by cookies and storytime. Saturday pick up animals. 503-769-3313

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Play traditional or European board games, card games. All ages. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Wednesday, Nov. 18 Mom to Mom

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. For mothers of those ages birth to 6.

Saturday, Nov. 14 Viking Color Run

9 a.m., SIS/SMS, 1021 Shaff Road, Stayton. 5K trail run for purchase of reader board, jogging path. Preregistration $25 for 1 adult & 1 child; $25 adults; $10 each additional child. Optional Kit: t-shirt, sunglasses, bandana, $15. Day-of registration is $30 for 1 adult & 1 child; $30 adults; $10 each additional child.

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9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Blanchet Catholic School, 4373 NE Market St., Salem. 65 vendors offer maternity, infant, children items. Admission $2 for adults. Children 12 and under free. Cash sales only.

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

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

Thursday, Nov. 19 Young Professionals Meet-Up

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

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by 24-inches, would be sold in a gallery for $400, Humelbaugh said.

Stayton artist Robin Humelbaugh loves to use her skills to help others.

“Our church, Calvary Lutheran, is involved in the Canyon Crisis Center as part of its outreach in the community,” she said of her reason for the donation.

“It makes me feel wonderful that I can use a skill to both delight the viewers of my work enough to sell and to hang in their homes, and that a painting can raise a significant amount of money to help so many people,” said Humelbaugh, who has donated a painting to be raffled off to benefit the Canyon Crisis Center.

“I was profoundly moved by the stories of needy people that are helped by this center, and thought that perhaps people would like my paintings well enough to take a chance and buy some raffle tickets.”

The painting, “Opal Wilderness,” will be displayed at Yarnell’s Nursery, located in the Red Barn in Stayton, starting Nov. 15. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the nursery’s open house. Humelbaugh also plans to donate 10 percent of the profit from items she sells at the event, which runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Last year’s drawing raised more than $1,000 for the center, she said.

Robin Humelbaugh displays her painting “Opal Wilderness” she recently had a joint showing with poet Eleanor Berry.

“It is important to me that the effort is helping locally,” said Humelbaugh, who taught ballet for more than 15 years before transferring her “art sense” to visual arts. Humelbaugh has taught watercolor in Salem and Stayton since the early ‘90s, and will resume teaching classes at Calvary Lutheran Church in the spring. Her paintings are on view at the White Oak Gallery in Silverton, where

“Opal Wilderness” reflects Humelbaugh’s joy in the beauty of the Opal Creek Wilderness, an area she only visited once, but left her with such a strong impression of its “clear, clean water and the surrounding textures.” The watercolor, varnished and mounted on a panel with a floater frame that brings the dimensions to 20-inches

“This started last year while I was teaching some classes at Yarnell’s Red Barn,” Humelbaugh said. “Several other artists and crafters were invited, and this year, there will be some of the same and some new. Judy Yarnell has been very involved with repurposed furniture and decorative signs.” Tickets for the drawing are $5 each and are available at Yarnell’s Growers Outlet and at Calvary Lutheran Church and from Humelbaugh beginning Nov. 15. For information, call Humelbaugh at 503-769-3172 or Calvary Lutheran at 503-769-6144.

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The Stayton High boys soccer team has won its sixth consecutive Oregon West Conference title, and the Eagles will take an 11-0-2 record into the playoffs. Stayton, which lost 2-0 to Oregon West Conference rival North Marion in last year’s Class 4A title game, played two pressure-packed matches with the Huskies this season. The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw Sept. 29 at Aurora, with the Eagles taking command of the league race with a 3-2 win Oct. 22 at Stayton. The Eagles closed the season in dominant fashion, blanking Cascade 3-0 and Philomath 8-0. “North Marion is a very good team with 11 seniors, many of which were part of the state title team from last year,” Stayton coach Chris Shields told Our Town. “We seem to step up in games like that, but you can’t take anything away from them. Our keys to victory is nothing more than playing with effort, believing we can win, and having two of the better players in the league with Ivan Navarro and Freddy Navarro.”

Ivan scored twice against North Marion and Freddy once. Their senior leadership has been crucial on a side that includes two freshmen, three sophomores and one junior in the starting lineup. One of the freshmen, goalkeeper Juan Navarro (the three Navarros are second cousins) “has kept us in games,” Shields said, adding that Chris Peregrina and Christian Gomez have been key contributors defensively. The Eagles have a bye this weekend and will host a playoff game Nov. 3 against an opponent yet to be determined. Stayton is seeded first, with North Marion No. 3. Cascade, which finished third in the Oregon West and tied Stayton 2-2 on Oct. 1, hosts Elmira this weekend in the play-in round.

Football: Four area teams will be participating in the playoffs in three classes. Cascade and Stayton have advanced in Class 4A, Scio in Class 3A and Regis in Class 2A. And three of the teams – Cascade, Scio and Regis – are ranked in the top 5 by the OSAA. Cascade rallied from an Oregon West Conference-opening loss to Philomath to run the table, finishing the regular season 4-1 in league and 7-1 overall. Included was a 31-7 win against arch-rival Stayton on Oct. 16 before an overflow crowd in Stayton. The Eagles came into the contest undefeated, but the Cougars used a relentless ground game and stout defense to control the game. Senior running back Garrett Coffey carried the ball 41 times for 298 yards and a touchdown and senior quarterback Jon Schirmer passed for two scores and ran for one. In addition, the Cascade defense held Stayton to two first downs in the second half. Cascade and Stayton, which finished

3-2 in league and 6-2 overall, both will play at home in the first round of the playoffs this weekend. The Cougars host Klamath Union, and the Eagles entertain Gladstone. Scio, which is 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the PacWest, is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. The Loggers close the regular season this weekend against Chemawa and will face their first playoff test Nov. 6-7. Regis, which scored an impressive 35-18 win against previously undefeated Central Linn on Oct. 23, closes the Tri-River Conference season at Santiam and a win will give the Rams a share of the league title with Kennedy. Central Linn, meanwhile, can make it a three-way knot at the top with a win vs. St. Paul. Regis almost assuredly will have a home game when the Class 2A playoffs open the weekend of Nov. 6-7. Volleyball: Cascade captured its third consecutive Oregon West title and will take the seventh seed into the Class 4A playoffs. Cascade, which finished the

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league season with a 9-1 mark, one game ahead of Philomath, will host a match Oct. 31 against a team that was not yet determined by Our Town presstime. A win on Halloween puts Cascade in the Nov. 6-7 state tournament at Forest Grove. The Cougars took sixth last year at state and were runners-up in 2013. Cascade is 12-5 overall, with two of the losses to Class 4A’s top two teams, Banks and Sisters. Cross country: Cascade girls team took second in the Oct. 24 Oregon West Conference district meet at Willamette Mission State Park and the Cougars will participate in this weekend’s OSAA Class 4A state championships at Lane Community College in Eugene. The Cougars scored 44 points, 30 behind champion Philomath. Leading the way for Cascade was junior Lizzie Mack, who finished the 5,000 meters sixth in 20:55.8. Also scoring for Cascade were junior Celini Ciampi-Hicks (ninth in 21:37.2), sophomore Kalulu Ngaida (10th in

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Best holiday ever . . .

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I like holidays — all of them. I like Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July, Labor Day — even National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19).

down and start to get ready for the Big Day. I’m not talking about buying socks on sale. I’m talking about our annual post-Thanksgiving wine tasting expedition.

But my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

For the past 10 years, on the day after Thanksgiving, we have packed up friends, relatives – whoever wants to go – and hit the road on a quest for wine. Last year, we outgrew the SUV so we rented a van to carry all of the winos – I mean, aficionados.

I like everything about it. I like the fact that it’s not tied to a religious event. Mind you, I’m all for religious events, but I think there should be a time when everyone, religious or not, should be able to get together without anyone feeling left out. I also like the fact that Thanksgiving is about sharing. You invite people to your house – or conversely, you go to someone’s house – and all that is expected is that you share your goodwill, a few jokes, maybe a bottle of wine and enjoy yourself. There are no expectations other than you have to show up before the turkey burns. And I like the fact that Thanksgiving is a time to relax. Yes, the cooks get a workout. Most start working on the Thanksgiving meal the day before. Though I’m certainly not the primary cook, I’ve even made stuffing the weekend before, just to get it done before my wife starts with the heavy lifting.

The agenda is simple: We drive around the Willamette Valley looking for the best of the best, or at least the best of cheapest. Then we go to dinner or catch a movie, or both.

I can barely cook a hot dog, much less a full turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy and all of the trimmings.

Over the years, we’ve stopped at 40 to 50 wineries total. Some wine has been good. Some has been great. And some, well, has been a little less than spectacular.

My specialty is cleanup. The number of people who spend Thanksgiving at our house ranges from 10 to more than double that, so there are always plenty of dishes to wash.

Which is the best? I don’t know. You’ll have to talk to my wife and the others.

I used to chuckle when watching those TV shows that feature fancy houses for sale because most would have two or three dishwashers. On Thanksgiving, we could use all of the dishwashers on the block. We have more dirty dishes than a state dinner at the White House.

I’m just the designated driver. My drink of choice: an ice cold, caffeine infused, bubbling Diet Coke. I find it curiously refreshing, with a note of brown food coloring and a hint of aspartame.

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