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November 2020 • 3

Something to Think About

Rewarding commitment By Mary Owen

Dickson recently motivated three high school graduates to sign up to serve their country and their communities.

Stayton High School graduate Tyler Delgrande is currently taking Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Delgrande is pursuing a career path as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. He enjoys working with his hands and wants to learn diesel mechanics. After training, he plans to attend Eastern Oregon University to earn his degree in fish and wildlife biology.

Brandon White said he wanted to give back to his community, but noted that numerous benefits that come with being in the Guard influenced his decision, including four years of tuition-free college and access to Veterans Administration home loans and medical benefits.

“I can’t say enough how proud I am of these three young men, and all the students from this community that have enlisted into all branches this past year,” Dickson said. “Serving your country is an honor and major sacrifice, I am proud to be a small part of their journey.”

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National Guard recruiter assists three new high school graduates Dickson admits recruiting is not an easy job but is “very rewarding.” He said he genuinely cares for every one of his recruits and does everything in his power to ensure their success.

“I have nothing but esteem for the students, parents, teachers, coaches and administrators in this area,” he said. “And at the end of the day, whether a student enlists with me or not, I just want them to be informed of all the options they have to help them reach their goals.”

“Only 1 percent of the country is willing and qualified to serve, and unfortunately not every who wants to serve can,” he said. “Medical issues, mental issues, felonies, physical ability, not completing high school or getting a GED can all be disqualifying factors. Many people look to military as a last resort, but it is not in any way that.” Those who make the cut take basic combat and specific job training out of state, and post-training return to Oregon to serve part-time one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer, Dickson said. Dickson looks for candidates that put others first, saying, “Selfless service is one of our seven Army values, and one that is important to me.” As well as desiring to give back to their community, Dickson said most recruits understand that people before them have made sacrifices on their behalf. “And these young men and women have stepped up for their country and community to pay it forward,” he added. Dickson works hard to inform interested students via classroom presentations, reaching out through social

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media, and supporting local sports teams. “College and career fairs have been great opportunities to reach students,” he said. “Getting a one-on-one conversation to relay benefits and options have worked out really well for both myself and the students.” Dickson appreciates being welcomed by area communities that allow him to not only speak with students, but who truly have an appreciation for military service.

In training year 2020, the National Guard had the largest mobilization of Oregon troops for overseas missions since World War II, while also providing support for the largest searchand-rescue operations during Umatilla County flooding, COVID-19 response efforts, Employment Department Call Center Operations, and, most recently, wildland firefighting efforts with both helicopter operations and fire crews. For information, contact Dickson at the National Guard Recruiting Center, 2310 17th St. NE in Salem or call 503-383-5413.

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Helping Hands

Relief resources By Mary Owen Residents who lost their homes and belongings in the September Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires are getting a helping hand from their neighbors via the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund, which topped $2 million by mid-October. “The outpouring of support has been incredible,” said Terry Fletchall, CEO of Santiam Hospital, which oversees the Service Integration Teams. “The fact that we’ve been able to raise this much in such a short time is a testament to the spirit of generosity in our community and across the state. It also speaks to the affection that so many people have for our region. Volunteers are mobilized, and we are already putting the contributions to work to help our neighbors affected by the disaster.” SIT volunteer Deana Freres believes the team’s message of “pivoting the story of the Santiam Fire into the story of Santiam Canyon resilience” is resonating. Volunteers working at the Gates Community Church site “are serving 400 meals a day and seeing 100 households a day coming through the ‘store,’” Melissa Baurer, SIT coordinator said. “Our housing subcommittee, consisting of SIT, Arches, St. Francis, Marion County, DevNW and Family Promise, has over 100 families that we are helping find permanent housing.” A second resource site is the Anthony Hall Wildfire Resource Center at the Harvest Festival grounds in Sublimity. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Gates Community Church resource center is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers from Silverton Lions Club and Silverton Elks Lodge #2210 are serving lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center and dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A third “store” recently opened in Detroit at Detroit Storage on Front Street, and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. “More than 200 volunteers have been mobilized to sort donated items, prepare meals, staff the resource centers, and otherwise help those seeking assistance,” Baurer said. “We recently began matching donated cars to families who lost theirs in the fire. We continue to connect with new families who are seeking our help for the first time.”

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Community invests in supporting those affected by fires

Donation Sites SIT Mobile 101 Center St., Suite A, Sublimity. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Immaculate Conception Church Office (Main Doors) 1077 N. 6th Ave, Stayton. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Cascade School District 10226 Marion Road S.E. , Turner. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday –Friday 13th Street Nursery 1298 13th St. S.E., Salem. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. Distribution of funds will be overseen by a group of community members. Monies raised will be used in three phases: getting people into safe shelter, making sure their basic needs are met; assisting people with cleanup needs from the fire; and rebuilding the affected communities.

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All donations made directly to the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund are taxdeductible. The fund has 501c3 status and is held in a local account at Columbia Bank. All of monies contributed will be distributed to meet the needs of canyon residents. Donated resources are being coordinated through the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund Facebook page, and will be matched to individuals and families. With emergency short-term relief efforts underway, the group is also working with SEDCOR and local legislators to mobilize support for the next steps of cleanup and rebuilding.

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“Our job is just getting started,” Freres said. “We recognize that relief and recovery will be ongoing for months and stretching into years, so we are in this for the long term. We are looking forward to partnering with donors, volunteers, local businesses and government agencies that are ready to do the hard work of rebuilding our affected communities.” Donations can be made online at www. santiamcanyonwildfirerelieffund.org. Those in need of financial, material or service support can contact SIT by calling 503-409-3652, or emailing sitmobile@ santiamhospital.org. More can be found on the SCWRF website or Facebook page.

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A few wandering chickens cluck their approval for what Mitch and Charla Howard are doing for pets and livestock in the fire-ravaged city of Gates. “We have gone through a pallet of chicken feed,” said Charla Howard. “We have gone through 800 pounds of dog food, 600 pounds of cat food, 20 wheelbarrows, 50 rakes and shovels, 10 pallets of grass seed, two pallets of pasture grazing seed, four truck loads of tools, a pallet of chicken feed, a pallet of rabbit feed, 500 pounds of oats, two cases of salt bricks, lid lock feed containers, feeding buckets, chicken wire, other wire, cages, plus hutches made... The list goes on... There is a need in this area.” The Howards recognized residents needed help for their pets, livestock. Since other donation sites were serving basic personal, clothing and household needs, the couple opened their shop, Newton Trucking, to help hold larger items. “One evening while scrolling through social media, I commented on Scott Ingalls’ post regarding items that he and his wife Jill were trying to clear at the fairgrounds,” Howard said. “I offered the shop. Within days Joel Kinney in his military truck with a crew, delivered 800 pounds of dog food and supplies, wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels...” The following day, Howard was at the Gates Community Church resource center and again offered to store large items. “At that time pallets of seed that Jay and Cindy Miller coordinated to arrive for the community were being unloaded,” she said. “That’s where our journey began.” A post on social media the next day let people know where to turn, and the Ag, Livestock and Pet location prospered. “There was a need!” said Howard, who quit her job to take on the new venture. Help has come from throughout the area and beyond. As the project rolled forward, Mickey Willenbring at Dot Ranch showed up with two pallets of pasture seed for grazing animals and came back the same day with two rolls of wire for people to mend fences. Bob and Nancy Hansen donated four saddles, halters and tack. Fido Pet Food Bank delivered much-needed cat and dog food and supplies. “All the while this was taking place, Pieter Van Den Berg messaged me about helping,”

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Howard said. “This man I have yet to meet has impacted me more than he knows. Pieter, a total stranger, was messaging me about how he could help, and next thing I knew, there was a $1,000 gift card at Wilco to purchase items because he was located in Bend and wanted to help folks here. Without question, he had all this faith and trust in me by putting money in my hands to buy supplies for the cause.” Howard sat down on her bed and cried. “Pieter didn’t know I was struggling emotionally and physically like everyone else with this wildfire,” she said. “Since day one, Pieter along with a group of people, run the Animal Evacuation Relief-Central Oregon,” she added. “Their work is incredible. Their efforts are still going strong, helping us in the Canyon to the ones that were evacuated to the other side of the pass.”

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The Ag, Livestock and Pet Location is also in it for the long haul. “This is not a quick fix,” said Howard. “Members are all at different stages. Some have homes, others are back on properties living in RVs and trailers, some are dislocated elsewhere, some are still in motels. People are trying to find their animals, while others are still having animals fostered. People are trying to get fencing back on their properties or build barns and shelter with winter weather approaching.” To donate goods or to pick up items, go to Newton Trucking, across the Gates Bridge at 50538 Gates Bridge Road. Visit Rising From the Ashes of the Canyon Facebook page and search for Charla Howard.

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Weekly Events Monday

Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 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.


Virtual Storytime, 10 a.m., Zoom. Stayton Public Library will send link to those registered: staytonoregon.gov/ page/library_storytime


Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Networking event for local business. 503-769-3464.


Aumsville Food Pantry, 1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. 971-710-5665


Cascade Free Youth Meals

12 - 1:15 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 18. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St., Aumsville; Cloverdale Elementary, 9666 SE Parrish Gap Road, Turner; Turner Elementary, 7800 School Ave.

NSSD Free Youth Meals

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 19. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave.; Stayton Middle, 1021 SE Shaff Road; Stayton High, 757 W Locust St.; Sublimity School, 376 E Main St.; Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons.

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Monday, Nov. 2

Aumsville City Council

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425

7 p.m., Zoom. To attend contact Aumsville City Hall to request login information. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, Nov. 3 Election Day

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public. 503-859-2410

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Stayton Fire District

Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Stayton Public Library, 515 N. First, Outside dropbox. Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St.

Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m., Zoom. For caregivers 60+ or caregivers 55+ caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. To join, visit https://nwsds. zoom.us/j/92235615586.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Thursday, Nov. 5

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Zoom. To attend contact Aumsville City Hall to request login information. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Friday, Nov. 6

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Recology Organics, 8712 Aumsville Hwy., Aumsville. Free leaf, tree branches, bush clippings, wood wastes drop off. Must show valid driver’s license with an Aumsville city limits address or business card with an Aumsville city limits address. Get free compost with coupon in city newsletter. Also Nov. 7. 503-759-3117

One Act Plays

7 p.m., Spotlight Community Theatre, 193 N Third Ave., Stayton. Four one act plays written by local playwrights. Short author talks. Some adult content. General seating $15, seniors $12. Seating limited to allow for COVID spacing. No at-door tickets. Concessions available. Tickets at staytonevents.com. Repeats 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 2 p.m. Nov. 8.

Sunday, Nov. 8 Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Current COVID guidelines followed. $5 donations suggested. 503-769-8860 or brownhouse.org.

Monday, Nov. 9 7 p.m., Zoom. To attend meeting, call City Hall before 4 p.m. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-5475

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Marketplace at the Grove, 351 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking event for local business. 503-769-3464.

Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sublimity Fire District, 115 NW Parker St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to public. 503-769-2601

Thursday, Nov. 19

Tuesday, Nov. 10

6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Meeting may be held via Zoom. Open to all. 503-769-6924

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. 503-749-8010

Wednesday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking event for local business. 503-769-3464

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m. Offered through conference call. Contact Julie Mendez, 503-304-3432, julie.mendez@nwsds. org for instructions. For caregivers 60+ or caregivers 55+ caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. Topic: gifts and sacrifices.

Santiam Canyon School Board

Aumsville Fall Cleanup Days

Sublimity City Council

Lyons Fire District Board

Wednesday, Nov. 18

5:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. 503-897-2321

Thursday, Nov. 12 RDS Board

6 p.m. Join Revitalize Downtown Stayton in a virtual board meeting. Open to public. Email info@ downtownstayton.com for login instructions. 503-767-2317

Aumsville Fire District

6:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Open to all. 503-749-2894

Saturday, Nov. 14

North Santiam School District Board

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Zoom. Contact Aumsville City Hall to request login information. Open to public. 503-749-2030

Friday, Nov. 20

Christmas Craft & Bake Sale

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Aumsville. Homemade baked goods, cinnamon rolls, craft items. Drawings, silent auction. Benefits the church. Repeats Nov. 21. 503-362-6159

Saturday, Nov. 21 Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles. To-go unch available. Free parking, admission. Social distancing required. 503-859-2161

Monday, Nov. 23 Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Zoom. Contact Aumsville City Hall to request login information. Open to public. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, Nov. 24 Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m., Zoom. Register in at https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZAsdqvqTkuGdwhljfcJWWb2daVek2rZlzc. Open to public. 503-859-2167,

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Wednesday, Nov. 25

Beauty from the Ashes

Free turkey dinner. For more information, call 767-3945 or visit coveredbridgecafe06 on Facebook.

3 p.m. YouTube. Annual Veterans concert. Free. Also Nov. 15. View online: willamettemasterchorus.org. 5 - 9 p.m., 3rd Easel Art Gallery, 351 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet Paul Toews, local artist who lost his home in the wildfires. Some proceeds go to wildfire victims. 503-979-1856

Monday, Nov. 16 Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments: redcrossblood.org.

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. 503-769-3425


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Thursday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Monday, Nov. 30 Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to the public. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

Sublimity Planning Commission

7 p.m., Zoom. To attend meeting, call Sublimity City Hall before 4 p.m. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-7695475, cityofsubllmity.org

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Our Neighbor

Public service By Mary Owen Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano “just had a feel for local government,” but after serving 17 years, he is ready to retire. “I’m winding down,” said Brentano, who wants to leave his position in good hands. “I love to fish and hunt. I have eight grandkids now, and want to spend more time with them all. I’m 68 and don’t want to be responsible for anything anymore. It’s time to relax a bit.” Brentano was appointed to the Marion County Board of Commissioners in November 2003 and was elected in November 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. His seat will be open this November, and he will serve until January when the newly elected commissioner is sworn in. “I’ve always been interested in public service,” said Brentano, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Oregon State University. “My family ran garbage companies in about 30 counties and cities in Oregon, and I got to see a lot of city government at work. When we got the Stayton contract in 1980, it kind of struck me how many good people were there for the right purposes, how many good things they were doing.” On his waste pickup rounds, Brentano met and worked with a slew of government officials and agencies, peaking his interest even further. His grandfather, Bernard, was St. Paul’s fire chief for 25 years and a friend of Pat

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legislation to help all who still get a tax bill after their home has been destroyed.”

“I guess you could say I was exposed to public service early,” Brentano said.

Brentano said the county’s goal is to get people back on their properties.

Brentano put his network of sources to good use by stepping into the political ring to serve as mayor of Sublimity from 1982 to 1993. For 20 years, he built many contacts by volunteering as a firefighter/ EMT with Sublimity, Woodburn and Harrisburg rural fire districts. He also supported the Silverton Hospital and the Stayton Library foundations and is a longtime member of the Stayton Area Rotary. Most local residents remember his longtime affiliation with the Regis High School Foundation, the St. Boniface Parish Council and the St. Boniface Men’s Choir. “I sold the garbage company five years after my dad died in 1995,” said Brentano, who retired in 2001 from his position as president and general manager of United Disposal Service. Of his political service, he said, “I wanted to matter. It has always been important to me to not just take up space but accomplish something good.” Brentano used his expertise to focus on solid waste, emergency management and transportation issues for Marion County. He serves on the Association of Oregon & California Counties board of directors, and is working to secure the future of rural communities through revitalization of the timber industry through practical

“Many capable hands will see it through,” he said of the monumental task ahead. Of his own role, he added, “I believe I based every decision on what I thought was right. I’d like to think people appreciated that.”

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management of Oregon’s forests. Brentano also pushed for improvements to the I-5/ Woodburn Interchange and continues to support a third bridge in Salem and expanded access to Cordon Road. Most recently, when COVID-19 and the Labor Day wildfires caused government and other agencies to scramble, Brentano said Marion County responded. “You prepare for trouble and when the test came, we were good at it,” he said. “We aren’t over it yet, but I think this county is set up to handle it.” One step Marion County has taken is to use lottery funds to help tide small business owners and homeowners through tough times ahead, Brentano said. “Another we are taking is not to charge for building permits on rebuilds,” he added. “We’re also trying to get

While driving in to his office recently, Brentano started thinking of “all the wonderful people I have worked with – CEO John Latimer, administrative officer Jan Fritz, and policy advisor Barb Young to name three.” Brentano now looks forward to his newest project: training a black Labrador puppy. “She can be the Marion County mascot,” he said lightheartedly. “I’m actually going to name her Marion June. Frankly, my wife Tami wouldn’t let me name our kids that. Too old fashioned, I was told. Well, so am I.” Brentano leaves the Marion County Commissioners office with a humble wish – to have fresh peach pie with huckleberries from a small bakery in Taft at his going-away gathering with coworkers. “I was kind of hoping to get a dose of that pie at a party,” he said. “That’s all I want.”

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A little ‘Eden’ By Mary Owen Shelley Crist and her husband, Bob, live on a small farm nicknamed “crazy farm” and “island of misfits” by family members who know the Scio couple can’t say no to any animal in need of a home. And if that isn’t enough, the Crists in their “spare” time are busy with their kids as well as growing fruits and veggies and experimenting in their greenhouse. What they raise they sell at Gardener’s Eden Nursery, Coffee & Gift Shoppe in the little red schoolhouse behind Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant in Stayton. “It was time to do something we could look forward to everyday,” said Crist, who has worked with her husband 27 of 31 years of marriage. “I have been gardening since I was five, and Bob grew up working on a farm. We wanted to have a place where people can gather, and we could get to know the community. We wanted a place that would bring people in no matter the season. So, we took our love of plants and

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coffee and added in a gift shop to provide a little something for everyone.”

quite popular, and we love searching out interesting finds. We also have cards and gift bags for your one-stop shopping needs.”

The new venue opened in February with lots of indoor seating, which had to be reduced to accommodate ample space between tables when COVID-19 restrictions called for social distancing.

Carrie Jenkins posted on their Facebook page, “Great selection of veggies and flowers to plant. Being able to get a coffee and pastry is a bonus!” Jenkins also purchased a birdhouse for her garden from the gift shop.

“We did add outdoor seating to provide more seating options,” Crist said. “We were hoping to have some workshops and group events that we have had to put on hold for now. Opening a new business during a pandemic was definitely not ideal timing, but we are working through the challenges.” Inside, a full espresso bar with homemade pastries, grab-and-go lunches, and Italian soda offers visitors a break from their shopping. The nursery portion provides perennials, annuals and succulents, plus soils, seeds, fertilizers and pots. “In our gift shop, we carry something for everyone,” Crist said. “We are constantly adding to the gift shop as that has become

Marilyn Hare calls Gardener’s Eden “our family’s new weekend treat!” Some of the most popular plants at Gardener’s Eden include echinacea, salvias, lavenders, and the succulents, but the nursery also has lots of mums, cyclamen, asters, pansies and violas, Crist said. “We also try to carry as many unusual or hard-to-find plants that we can find,” she added. “We will soon be growing some varieties that are hard to find along with medicinal plants.” The Crists “absolutely love this town and the people in it.”

“We welcome any suggestions, requests or comments and will do our best to oblige,” Crist said. “We want to provide what our customers want to see so we would love to hear from them.” Crist encourages visitors to check out their Facebook page. “We have had to put our grand opening on hold for now until COVID restrictions lift,” she said. Despite recent challenges, Crist said they could not have picked a more “warm and welcoming” town for their undertaking. “Every single person that has come through our door has been so kind and encouraging,” Crist said. “We just love it here!” Gardener’s Eden is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday at 151 W. Locust St. in Stayton. For more information, call 503-769-2488, email gardenerseden@gmail.com, or visit Gardener’s Eden on Facebook.

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November 2020 • 11

Civics 101

Ballot choices By Mary Owen The city of Aumsville has the only contested race in the Santiam Canyon this election, with councilor Larry Purdy challenging incumbent Derek Clevenger for the position of mayor. “I chose to run because of the number of community members that asked me directly to run again,” Clevenger said.

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grant approval system,” he said. “Funding will always be an issue, and the city will always have work we can do to improve. “The second largest issue seems to be the unwillingness to embrace change by some members of the City Council and individuals that were involved in the previously mentioned mismanagement of the city,” he added.

Clevenger said the largest issue facing the city in the next 2-4 years is failing infrastructure.

“The fact of the matter is, we have a number of potential revenue streams that could be used to help fund these vitally important projects, but these individuals refuse to consider them because it does not meet with their vision of what Aumsville should be. Luckily, this is a mindset that is dying out and is not supported by the community as a whole.”

“This is an issue that is failing a number of rural communities, but is that much more severe in Aumsville due to decades of mismanagement,” he said. “Luckily, we have made great strides to fix these issues, and I plan to continue to do so.”

According to Clevenger, Aumsville has become a community that is “so highly involved and so highly invested in its own future, that it would be impossible for these small groups to stall the myriad of amazing changes we are making.”

Clevenger said Aumsville has a number of commercial development opportunities that city government has been looking into to help provide funding.

Clevenger said he brings willingness to listen to the table.

“It is humbling to have such a large number of people approach me in public purely to ask me to run again because they believe in the change we have created within our community,” he added.

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to address their concerns with. I have done that and continue to do that. I am not a ‘politician.’ I am a man that was asked by the community to do a job. Nothing more, nothing less. That job is to be their voice, before I can do that, I have to listen.”

Purdy is Chief of Investigations for the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services. He joined the Oregon State Police as a cadet in 1988 and continued his service up the ranks, including being a senior trooper 1998-2007.

Clevenger said he has forged relationships within and outside of the community to help him to address the needs of the community.

He holds a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University and an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Clackamas Community College.

“I have a willingness and a desire to serve my community, and have no qualms about being the ‘squeaky wheel’ when needed,” he said. Clevenger is with Vighter Medical as well as serving in the U.S. Army/Oregon National Guard since 2004. He worked for the Oregon Health Authority in 20192020. He holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Excelsior College. Purdy, the challenger for the mayoral slot, has been an Aumsville city councilor since 2018. He is a precinct committee person, 2019-present; and was on the board of directors of the MidValley Literacy Center, 2011-2014. Attempts contact Purdy for this article were unsuccessful by press time. In his voter’s pamphlet statement Purdy said, “We made our home in Aumsville 12 years ago and plan on remaining here for many years to come. With that in mind, I desire to continue serving our community as your next Mayor “Aumsville is a great place to live, but as a community, we are facing some major obstacles to our future growth and prosperity. If granted the privilege of serving as your Mayor, I promise to work closely with our Council Members, City Administrator, and community members, to set an agenda that addresses our most pressing needs. “Those needs include obtaining funding for the following priorities: overdue maintenance and expansion of our potable water system; development of a new wastewater treatment facility; road maintenance and sidewalk installations; development of our industrial zone and expansion of the commercial business sector.” He added, “We can enhance the familyfriendly environment of Aumsville and continue to make it “A Great Place to Live!”


Three four-year councilor positions are also open, with three candidates running: Doug Ecclestone, Scott Lee and Ryan Bambrick.

Other races Sublimity has the mayor and two council positions up for election. Mayor Jim Kingsbury is running unopposed, as are councilors Michael Taylor and Jim Crowther. Stayton has two open councilor positions with Ben McDonald and Chris Molin looking to fill them. McDonald is the IT manager for JeldWen and has been on the city council since January. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology. Molin is the director of IT for the Oregon State Treasury, and was chief information office for the Secretary of State. He was appointed to the city council for 2018-2020, and holds a bachelor’s and an associate’s degree from the University of Maryland University College. The city of Lyons has two council seats on the ballot. Incumbent Mike Wagner is seeking re-election. Diane Hyde is running for the second position.Mayor Lloyd Valentine is also seeking another term. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Nov. 3. They may be dropped off at these sites: Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St., Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St., Monday and Tuesday 8a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m. Stayton Public Library, 515 N First St., Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mill City City Hall, 444 S 1st Ave, Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The dropbox at the Marion County Clerk office, 555 Court St NE, Ste 2130, Salem will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

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A Grin at the End

Sphere of influence

Knowing what you can control example, I have zero control over COVID19, politics, or even my Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s about those masks. Occasionally, I get an earful from friends and others about how the requirement that we wear a mask when buying ice cream and soda pop at the grocery store in some way infringes on the constitutional rights of all Americans. At the same time, I have endured multiple lectures from my kids and others about how and why I need to wear a mask.  One wonders how they all became experts in constitutional law and public health over the past eight months. After much thought, I have decided that a mask is a Pot 1 item. That means I wear a mask when I’m at the store or in tight quarters because I can’t control other people, but I can control me.

Minnesota. It goes like this. Everything in the world can be put into one of three pots. Pot 1 includes everything that I have direct control over. This is a tiny pot. Basically, it includes only me, myself and I.

I’ll explain.

Pot 2 includes everything over which I have some influence. While this pot is larger than the first, it is still small and getting smaller. It used to be that I had some influence over the kids, but that ship has sailed.

Anyone who has been around me more than ten minutes knows my Three Pot Theory. I learned it from a boss I had in

Pot 3 includes everything over which I have no influence. This pot is huge and includes everything else on the planet. For

on my back for COVID-19 and a lot of other illnesses. That’s why I’m happy to wear mask at the grocery store, church and anywhere I’m in close quarters with others.

What happens to any and all items in Pot 3 is completely out of my hands, and thank goodness for that. COVID-19 has screwed up everything, politics have spiraled into Crazyland, and the Eagles couldn’t beat my junior high school’s football team.

Whether this in some way impacts my constitutional rights, I can’t say. I do know that cough I had last year infringed on all kinds of rights, including my right to a good night’s sleep.

I thought about this and made a decision. I can fuss about things over which I have no control, or I can spend my time on Pot 1 – me – which I directly control.

But wearing a mask has not stopped the lectures from my kids and others on the radio and television. “You don’t understand,” they say.

This gets me back to masks. Last November I came down with the worst cough I’ve ever had when we were on vacation in Italy. In medical terms, it was a butt-kicker, and I was out of work for two weeks. At one point, I coughed so hard I dropped to my knees.

In point of fact, I do understand, probably better than they ever will, but they will not stop the lecturing. I have only one suggestion: They should hand out earplugs with every mask. That way I wouldn’t have to listen to the prattle on both sides of the issue.

I doubt it was COVID-19 because of the timing, but believe me, I do not want to deal with anything like that again. Plus, I am in the age range that puts a bulls-eye

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