Our Town South: Nov. 1, 2023

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Civics 101

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Stayton Council OKs one site as exempt from camping ban – Page 8

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A friendly process Aumsville artist partners with prolific author By Mary Owen When Aumsville artist Don White was asked to illustrate best-selling author Bob Welch’s new book, Seven Summers (and a Few Bummers), his answer was a resounding, “Heck, yeah!” Seven Summers explores the journey of two brothers-in-law in their 60s who complete the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. “Poignant, poetic and downright funny” has been ascribed to the story, which Rees Hughs, co-editor of several PCT books, calls “refreshingly bumpy.” “Pure trail magic” is what former PCT hiker and author, Noah Strycker, called the book. Author A. Lynn Ash, called it a “can’t-put-it-down trek along America’s western backbone.” White became aware of Welch’s writing when reading a Christian family magazine while attending seminary in Texas. “I loved his style, his message and his humor,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine that I’d be illustrating his book 30 years later.”

Both award winners in their own fields, the two met while speaking at a Eugene writers conference but barely kept in touch until last December. “He saw my artwork online before Christmas and asked if I’d do an updated portrait of him,” White said. “Then, weeks later, he got the idea of using drawn illustrations for his newest writing project – a memoir of his hike from Mexico to Canada. I’d done some illustrations for my own book, A Plymouth Pilgrim, and was eager to do more for someone else’s project.” The men met at the Red Robin restaurant in Albany to hash out Welch’s visions for the illustrations, which to White sounded like fun. “Burgers with a big side of book-planning became a kind of tradition as we worked out the project,” he said. “He was great to work with, and we had a lot in common – our faith, optimism, a love for books and writing, and a deep appreciation for the people and scenery



Author Bob Welch on the Pacific Crest Trail. Welch is the author of the book Seven Summers (and a Few Bummers), illustrated by Don White of Aumsville. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

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White calls art and writing “isolated activities”. Collaborating, he said, was a “refreshing change of pace.”

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“Welch scrapped his previous cover idea and, just days before the deadline, we scrambled to create something worthy of this epic adventure,” he said. “We think it looks great.”

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As a teen, White began painting with a beginner’s Grumbacher paint set purchased from a Sears catalog. In high school and college, he supplemented his income by drawing portraits. He’d planned on art as a career, but when he found himself studying psychology and theology, art became “a personal therapy amidst the challenges of church ministry.” His paintings are often landscapes of the lush northwest – “windows to a world of nature and peaceful reminders of where we belong.” Whether untamed wilderness

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White’s “Christmas in Ukraine,” a tribute to the war-torn country, took first place in a recent Keizer Art Association art show. He was also named KAA’s Artist of the Month in August. As a theologian, White says spirituality always informs his art. “Whether music, literature, sculpture, or crayon stick figures, creative expression is stitched into our spiritual DNA by the Ultimate Artist,” White said. “May we all celebrate and nurture that creative inheritance planted within from the start.” Find White and his artwork at www. donaldwaynewhite.com or on his Creative Fire Facebook page. Welch’s books are available at bobwelchwriter.com.

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Something Fun

Oink and friends Author’s childhood stories collected in new anthology By Mary Owen Stayton author Patricia Betters has just released a trilogy of her writings, including Oink, A Love Story, Oink and the Willow House, and her newest book Oink’s Friend, Jack. The three books, collectively known as The Adventures of Oink, are based on her childhood growing up on the family’s ranch in the 1940s and 1950s with her animal friends, Oink the pig, Tippy the sheepdog, and Dizzy the rooster. Riding her horse, Babe, to school each day, milking Maude the cow, and bringing in the cows from the pasture while being watched by the local mountain lion are a few of her adventures, according to her bio on Amazon, where her books are available for purchase. Betters will host her second book signing and sale on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Cascade Assisted Living in Stayton, where she now resides. She will autograph each copy of the 100page hardcover book that reveals glimpses

Creator of the Oink books, Patricia Betters. SUBMITTED PHOTO

of her childhood in Colorado. The compilation of Oink stories was illustrated by her daughter, Michelle Kamrath.

the animals and how I feel about them,” Betters said. “They are so excited to meet me, the author, and wonder if my stories are true. I tell them I grew up on a farm and talked to all my animal friends. I tell them when I am quiet, I can tell how they feel. Some children have said they like reading one story each night until they finish the book.

her own family, initially working in the correctional system and later as a vocational rehab counselor. Once retired, she was inspired to write about Oink and friends for her grandchildren so they might know how she grew up in a time very unlike today, according to her short biography.

“A grandmother of a two-year-old boy told me after she read him the book, he walked around and said, ‘Oink, Oink, Oink,’” she added. “Another little boy received it for his birthday and read the whole thing to those at his party before he opened any other presents.”

Since her stories are based on growing up on the family farm, Betters said she has many more stories she has not gotten around to writing yet. Meanwhile, she said she is very excited to share her new book with a new generation of kids.

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Civics 101

Resting place Stayton exempts Wilco Road property from camping ban

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The Stayton City Council has revised a public camping ban and reduced exempted areas to one location off Wilco Road, while also exploring possible social services for the homeless. The changes were adopted unanimously during the council’s Oct. 16 regular meeting following a recommendation by the city’s Homeless Task Force. The ban will now apply to all city-owned property except an undeveloped right-ofway west of Wilco Road between 8 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Councilor David Giglio clarified the new ordinance does not designate the Wilco Road property for public camping, rather singled out the area as a place where the ban will not be enforced. “This is simply a spot where sleeping at night is not prohibited,” he said. The revisions will go into effect Nov. 15. The council passed an original camping ban July 17 in response to a state law requiring cities to provide an option for public camping if they are to enforce camping bans elsewhere. The original ordinance banned camping in all public parks and city-owned facilities, leaving a handful of undeveloped city-owned parcels where the ban did not apply. Some of these undeveloped parcels were near residential areas or businesses and there was an outpouring of public concern about campers near homes or in downtown. The Task Force gathered public comment on the matter including a community survey, and also worked with


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city staff and social service providers to explore alternatives. They shortlisted the Wilco Road property, the water plant and the sewer plant as possible locations for a ban exemption. A survey conducted from Sept. 15 to 28 received 653 responses and showed relatively even support between using the Wilco Road property and sewer plant. Members of the task force and council expressed a desire to choose a primary and a backup location, and on Oct. 16 the council discussed using the Wilco Road property and sewer plant respectively. Director of Public Works Lance Ludwick cautioned strongly against using the sewer plant, both in a letter to the council and during discussions Oct. 16. Ludwick said the plant is a vital piece of infrastructure with delicate chemical needs that could be offset by the presence of homeless campers, potentially compromising its ability to process sewage. He also said the activity of campers could generate false alarms on security equipment and drive up the costs of securing the plant while also reducing the effectiveness of such measures.

similar sanitary facilities at the site. Councilor Ben McDonald said it would be better if any potential campers could dispose of waste and trash without imposing on local businesses. Hajduk was also asked to look into the cost of a fence marking the boundary between the right-of-way and neighboring private property. Giglio said he opposed any form of identifying the property because he did not want the city to be seen as promoting camping there. Others such as Councilor David Patty said it would be preferable to identify the boundaries of the right-of-way to assist police in enforcing the ban. The council also requested more information about potentially partnering with social service groups. Patty said he would like to learn the nature of available services and whether or not their priority was to help people out of homelessness.

There was a consensus among the council that providing a public camping option would not ultimately address the problem of homelessness and may instead enable unhealthy behaviors. Councilor Jordan Ohrt said, if it was her choice, she would not make an exemption to the ban simply because it constitutes an unfunded legislative mandate, but also because she sees it as compassionless. “My hope is that it doesn’t get used,” she said of the Wilco Road property. “My hope is the homeless population we have, while small, either moves somewhere else or gets out of homelessness and we don’t have to worry about it at all.” Hajduk said no public camping has occurred in the previously-exempted areas since the original ordinance took effect.

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Legal Matters

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PacifiCorp challenges wildfire plaintiff list By Stephen Floyd PacifiCorp is objecting to the class members selected for two upcoming trials in Phase II of a wildfire lawsuit, claiming they are not representative of the class of roughly 5,000 fire survivors. In a motion filed Oct. 24 in James et al vs. PacifiCorp in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the defendants demanded that six of the 20 plaintiffs be replaced with other class members. The motion argued the 20 individuals represent claimants from only three of the four fires at issue, and their combined damages of $559 million are disproportionate to the rest of the class. As of press time plaintiffs had yet to respond to the motion, nor had a hearing been set. The lawsuit entered Phase II after a Portland jury found PacifiCorp liable June 12 for negligently causing the 2020 Santiam, South Obenchain, Echo Mountain Complex and 242 fires on Labor Day 2020. An initial group of 17 named plaintiffs was awarded $90 million.

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In a Sept. 20 case management order, Alexander gave plaintiff attorneys discretion to select class members for the Phase II trials. Both groups were required to include at least one renter who suffered partial or total losses and at least one claimant who suffered ash or smoke damage. Two groups of ten claims were submitted by plaintiff attorneys Sept. 25 and Oct. 5, with one renter and one smoke damage claim in both groups. The 20 claims stemmed from the Santiam, South Obenchain and Echo Mountain Complex fires and did not include claims from the 242 Fire.

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Phase II includes two damages trials set for Jan. 8 and Feb. 26, 2024, during which the 20 plaintiffs would have their cases heard in groups of 10. Judge Steffan Alexander’s stated goal for these bellwether trials is to give parties a larger cross section of claims and jury decisions to assist with mediation and settlements.

PacifiCorp argued this lack of representation of the 242 Fire is grounds


for plaintiff attorneys to replace three claimants in each group with class members who satisfy their concerns. While the Sept. 20 order did not require representation from each fire, PacifiCorp argued the intent was for plaintiff attorneys to select a broader cross-section of class members than was submitted. “Rather than reflect anything close to a representative sample of the remaining class members, the selected Phase II plaintiffs are even less exemplary than the (Phase I) plaintiffs,” read the Oct. 24 motion. PacifiCorp also argued that the $559 million sought by the 20 Phase II plaintiffs was an attempt by plaintiff attorneys to “stack the deck” with highvalue claims stemming from total losses. The company’s attorneys argued a larger number of class members was awarded a fraction of these damages in June, and said Phase II plaintiffs should include more lower-value partial loss claims. PacifiCorp argued, without resolving these issues, the outcomes of Phase II trials will provide little useful information for out-of-court resolution as the results would be skewed in plaintiffs’ favor. While this matter is pending, parties are awaiting a decision by Alexander on whether or not PacifiCorp should pay full damages after settling wildfire claims with insurance companies. Parties argued the matter Oct. 13 and as of press time Alexander had yet to issue a ruling. Also pending is whether or not the June 12 verdict should be set aside or a mistrial declared. PacifiCorp argues the jury’s decision had no basis in the law or evidence, and the jury may have been prejudiced by witness testimony about fire deaths. A Nov. 9 hearing is set for these matters. Additionally PacifiCorp submitted a new motion Oct. 17 asking for a reduction of punitive damages, set by the jury in June at 25% of total damages. PacifiCorp argues it has taken measures on its own to increase fire readiness and reduce risks, and that punitive damages are unnecessary to encourage changes in its behavior.

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Dates, deals, decisions Fatal hit-and-run trial set

A January trial has been set for an Aumsville man accused of killing a Salem woman in a DUII hit-and-run collision. Eric Raymond Webb, 49, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 8, 2024, in Marion Circuit Court for the death of Julia Aubrey Wade, 26. He is charged with seven counts including first-degree manslaughter and faces at least 10 years in prison. Wade was struck at an intersection by a pickup allegedly driven by Webb on Jan. 21. She died from her injuries in May. Court records indicate Webb plans to argue he did not see Wade in time and that he suffers from severe alcohol use disorder and needs treatment more than incarceration. Webb’s criminal history includes eight convictions for DUII and four convictions for reckless endangering. Prosecutors are seeking an enhanced sentence due to this history and Webb’s unwillingness to comply with prior court sanctions.

Property crimes sentence 30 months plus restitution A Turner man accused of vandalizing property owned by the Lyons Post Office has been sentenced to 30 months in prison in a plea deal for this case and a separate vehicle theft. David Louie Surratt Jr., 23, pled guilty Oct. 20 in Linn County Circuit Court to firstdegree criminal mischief, second-degree theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was charged in November of 2022 for siphoning less than $100 in gas that October at the Lyons Post Office. The theft resulted in several hundred dollars in damage. As

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The plea deal also included a conviction for failure to appear in a third case and a probation violation in a fourth, and the dismissal of a fifth case for alleged firearm theft. Surratt has numerous pending Marion and Polk property crimes cases.

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A Lyons man accused in civil court of burning down his neighbor’s home in 2020 will not have to produce records of funds raised for his legal defense in a nowdismissed criminal case. The ruling was issued Oct. 24 in Marion County Circuit Court in Frieden et al vs. Hopson after a hearing on the matter Oct. 11.


Plaintiffs sought bank records related to a GoFundMe campaign set up in 2021 by Hopson’s wife to support legal fees for related arson charges, which were dismissed in February. According to GoFundMe.com, $650 was donated to the campaign.


Hopson argued the record request violated his privacy and had no bearing on the case. After the hearing, Judge Bennett Channing upheld these arguments. No future hearing or trial dates are set in the case. Hopson was sued Aug. 30, 2022, by Connie and Herman Frieden and their landlord Ajay Property Management LLC for $438,000. They claim Hopson allegedly burned down the Friedens’ home Sept. 9, 2020, over a personal feud and used the recent Santiam Fire as cover. Hopson denies wrongdoing and has asked for the suit to be dismissed.



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


Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore the world of early literacy through songs, rhythms, stories, rhymes. All ages welcome. 503-769-3313 GriefShare, 6 - 8 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Find hope and healing after the death of a loved one. Register: griefshare.org/ findagroup. Runs through Dec. 12. 406-431-8256 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 Thursdays. 503-779-7029


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Business Network, 8:15 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. 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 Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore early literacy with infants and toddlers through different activities. Older siblings welcome. Free. 503-769-3313 Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-508-9431, staytonarearotary.org Cascade Country Quilters, 12:30 p.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. 50 and older. 503-767-2009

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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. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Families with young children can visit St. Anne’s Atrium to learn about the bible and learn life skills. RSVP to Sacha Eztel, 503-769-2656; dre@immacstayton.org. Point Man Ministries, 6 p.m., Canyon Bible Fellowship, 446 Cedar St., Lyons. Veterans support organization. 503-859-2627 English/GED/Citizenship Classes, 6:30 - 8 pm, Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Class is free. Workbook is $20. Runs through June. Begins Sept. 12. 503-779-7029


Cars & Coffee, 8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Bring your classic vehicles for coffee, breakfast.


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Wednesday, Nov. 1 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.

Grange Haunted House 6 - 8 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Appropriate for all ages. Fog machine will be in use. $5/person. 503-859-2161

Thursday, Nov. 2 Dungeons & Dragons

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Sign up online at staytonlibrary.org. If you’d like to bring your own character, make them level three. Teens and adults age 12 and older. 503-769-3313

Bingo for a Cause 6 - 8 p.m., Snow Peak Brewery, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Come play bingo for donations to Family Building Blocks. Prizes awarded. All ages. 503-767-2337

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10:30 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Bring questions and learn about changes. Free. Also Nov. 14. Dan Proulx, 503-409-5183

Saturday, Nov. 4

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Club and new members are welcome. Repeats Nov. 21. staytonlionsclub.org

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Sponsored by Cascade Travel Club.

6 p.m., Stayton Public Works Conference Room, 311 N Third Ave. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Lunch 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Repeats Nov. 4, 11. staytonumc.org

Cascade Craft Sale

The SIP 2.0 1 - 6 p.m., downtown Stayton. Sample your way through a variety of beer, wine, cider and spirit vendors in downtown Stayton. 21+ event. Advanced tickets $30 and include 10 sample tickets. Additional sample tickets are $10 per five samples. Tickets $35 day of event. 503-769-3464, staytonsublimitychamber.org

Sunday, Nov. 5

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Wednesday, Nov. 8 Patricia Betters Book Signing

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cascade Assisted Living, 2201 N Third Ave., Stayton. Author Patricia Betters signs copies of her new book, “Oink’s Friends, Jack.” Books will be available for purchase.

SHS Fitness Center Groundbreaking Noon, Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Groundbreaking for the Ty Hart Memorial Fitness Center at Stayton High. The gathering takes place behind the main gym. Open to public. 503-769-2171

KofC Breakfast

Board Game Challenge

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, fruit cup, coffee, juice. Cost: $9 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. How far can your team go in the Board Game Challenge? Build a team or join a team at the library. All ages. Repeats Nov. 9-10. Free. 503-769-3313

Monday, Nov. 6

RDS Board Meeting 5 p.m., Beauchamp Building, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 5 03-767-2317, downtownstayton.org

Daughters of American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Learn the essential role of Civil Air Patrol in our communities and the Cadet training program for youth ages 8-21 from guest speaker Col. Dennis Wyza, CAP. All welcome. Refreshment served. 503-589-6991.

Santiam Artists Connection 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Old School Community Center, 22057 Emma St., Lyons. Artists gather to paint and draw. Each artist brings own supplies and projects. All levels welcome. Free; donations to Community Art Center accepted. Santiamh2a.org

Homeless Task Force 6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425

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


Santiam Heritage Foundation Board 6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-768-8860

Thursday, Nov. 9 Election Recycling Collection

6 a.m. - 5 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Bring electronics to recycle with Republic Services. Free. 503-769-3425

DIY Craftshop 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make a rustic folded book page wreath. For age 11 and older. Registration: 503-769-3313

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

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

Friday, Nov. 10 Community Play Group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Doris’s Place, 574 N 11th St., Aumsville. Free Community Play Group sponsored by Family Building Blocks. Includes complimentary snacks. RSVP: 503-566-2132, familybuildingblocks.org.

Yarn Swap 11 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Learn some simple patterns and techniques, swap some yard or fabric scraps and get inspired for your next project. Crafters of all ages welcome. 503-769-3313

Saturday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 12 Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. $5/person. Children under 18 are free. For a special reserved guided tour, call 503-769-8860.

Monday, Nov. 13 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, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

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

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

Tuesday, Nov. 14 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

Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope

3 - 4 p.m. Zoom. Free group for unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one living with dementia. Care information, training and resources offered by Family Caregiver Support Program at NorthWest Senior and Disability Services. To request a referral to the group, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 503-3043420. Repeats Nov. 28.

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

Lyons Holiday Bazaar

Breakfast with Santa

Monday, Nov. 27

Turkey Bingo Shoot

4:30 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-5475, cityofsublimity.org

1 - 5 p.m., Sublimity Fire District, 115 NW Parker St. Play Bingo, win turkeys. Fundraiser for Sublimity Volunteer Firefighters Association. 503-769-3282

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

Community Play Group

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Wednesday, Nov. 15 Stayton Library Board

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Nov. 16

Sunday, Nov. 19

8:30 - 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9168 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Aumsville. Pancake breakfast with Santa. $10/adults. $5/kids 6-11, under 5 eat free.

Monday, Nov. 20

Craft Together

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Help make warm blankets for animal shelters. Crafters of all ages welcome. Free. 503-769-3313

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

10 - 11:30 a.m., Santiam Chapel Assembly of God, 440 Fifth St., Lyons. Free Community Play Group sponsored by Family Building Blocks. Includes complimentary snacks. RSVP: 503-5662132, familybuildingblocks.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Regis High Theater

1 - 6:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments at redcrossblood.org.

7 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton. Regis High’s theater department presents Clue. Tickets $8. Repeats Nov. 17-18.

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SHS Theater

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

Tuesday, Nov. 21

7:30 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Stayton High’s theater department presents Clue. Play contains some suggestive material and content. The production also utilizes fake weaponry as prop. No weapons are used with malice or ill-intent. Parental guidance is suggested. $5/adults. $3/ students. Tickets at door or staytontheater. ludus.com. Repeats 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19, 2 p.m. Nov. 19. regisstmary.org

Friday, Nov. 17

Lego Build-It!

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Release your inner builder, display your creations. All ages. Repeats Nov. 22.

North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. For Zoom link information, call 503-930-8202.

Wednesday, Nov. 22 Free Community Thanksgiving

3 - 8 p.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Traditional dinner while supplies last. Volunteers and donations needed. Cari, 503-689-5015.

St. Mary of Shaw Bazaar

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9168 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Aumsville. Homemade cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, pies, cakes, cookies, candy plus craft items. Lunch11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10/ person. Repeats Nov. 18. 503-362-6159

Thursday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Day Friday, Nov. 24

Saturday, Nov. 18

Aumsville PTC Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles. Lunch to go. Free admission, parking. 503-859-2161

4 - 8 p.m., Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St. Over 75 vendors. Repeats 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 25. Debbie Shaffer, 503-4676532, debbiedshaffer@aol.com

Sublimity School Holiday Bazaar

Stayton Holiday Festival

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. Proceeds benefit students traveling to Washington D.C. in 2024

5 - 7 p.m., downtown Stayton. Shop, visit Santa, vote for your favorite window. Tree lighting at 5:15 p.m. at the corner of Third and Ida Street. Saturday includes free carriage rides and a holiday movie at Star Cinema. Event details: Revitalize Downtown Stayton on Facebook.

Flea Market

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

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Patrick’s Hall, 362 7th St., Lyons.

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Aumsville City Council

Tuesday, Nov. 28 Toys for Joy Sign Ups

1 - 4 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Toys for Joy and Gift of Christmas Dinner registration is by appointment only and starts today through Dec. 1. Both programs serve applicants living in both the Stayton Fire District and Sublimity Fire District boundaries. Stayton Fire District’s Toys for Joy program provides Christmas gifts for children in need up to age 18 (if still in school), and the Gift of Christmas Dinner program provides a food box to households in need to make Christmas dinner. Repeats 3 - 6 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 1 - 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

Lyons City Council 6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503859-2167, cityoflyons.org

Wednesday, Nov. 29 Book Club Discussion

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. Tea, treats provided. All welcome. Free. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Nov. 30 Reader’s Cafe

3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Stop in to “taste” a selection of themed titles in children’s literature and build up your personal library with a free book. Designed for readers of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

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New toolkit Santiam Hospital adds surgical robot By James Day

first procedures using the robot for Nov. 6.

Santiam Hospital & Clinics in Stayton has added a robot surgical tool to its health care toolkit.

Meanwhile there is a contest to name the da Vinci. Winners will be announced the first week of November.

The hospital has purchased, received and is currently installing a da Vinci Xi surgical system. The machine is considered the next generation in robotic surgical equipment because it offers a minimally less invasive option for some gynecological and general surgery procedures.

Types of surgeries that can be performed by the da Vinci include general procedures such as hernia repair, colon resectioning, esophagus/reflux procedures, appendectomies and gall bladder removals. Gynecological procedures include hysterectomies, the removal of uterine cysts and fibroids and the removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes.

The da Vinci Xi allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through small incisions as an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. The da Vinci Xi is designed to offer patients a faster recovery time, minimal scarring and pain, less trauma on the body, and a shorter hospital stay. “This is a significant investment by Santiam Hospital & Clinics for the overall health of our community,” said Maggie Hudson, CEO & President. “The da Vinci Xi is the next step in minimally invasive surgical technology and this will allow us to perform more complex procedures across an array of disciplines such as general surgery and gynecology. “This investment and advanced system is yet another

The da Vinci Xi robot surgery machine. It is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical of Sunnyvale, California, and now utilized by Santiam Hospital & Clinics.

Hospital spokesman Lauren Benjamin said that this is the first robot surgical unit that the facility has deployed and called it “very exciting.” “Larger hospitals around the area do have the da Vinci Xi,” she said, “that is why it is wonderful that we are able to provide this service to our patients in our community.”


reason that our patients do not need to leave our community or health care system and will receive the best available health care close to home right at Santiam.” The da Vinci Xi was on display for the community on Oct. 31. Community members were welcomed to attend and meet Dr. Amanda Wagner. She hopes to book the

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Other hospitals in the mid-valley that use the da Vinci robot include Albany, Salem, Corvallis and Silverton. Approximately 7,000 are in use worldwide. The machine is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical in Sunnyvale, California, and costs approximately $2 million. Santiam Hospital officials did not reveal the cost of their unit.


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Perinatal Mental health care covers spectrum – preconception to parenting By Melissa Wagoner

“A lot of times people feel really overwhelmed by things,” she said. But those feelings can easily be swept under the rug. “A lot of people come in thinking, my problem’s not that bad. There’s a lot of that. But you’re sleep deprived, you’re sore, you can’t just leave your house – just having a place to admit that and miss yourself.”

Each step along the journey of parenthood holds its own challenges, according to Holly Pomme – a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a certification in Perinatal Mental Health. “People don’t always understand the significance of how everything changes,” she pointed out. In fact, “perinatal mood disorder is the number one complication of pregnancy.”

It can be a real help. “People just talk about, ‘How’s the baby?’ instead of, ‘How are you?’” Pomme said, describing the experience many parents have during the days and weeks following childbirth. “And often OBGYN appointments are about 15 minutes.”

And it’s one few people have heard of, which is why Pomme – who has been in private practice since 2014 – felt, not only compelled to start a perinatal mental health practice but a clinic as well. “There’s such a need in identifying and helping people early,” she said of the impetus for Gathered and Wise, the perinatal mental health clinic she opened with her husband, Nicholas, in Stayton in 2021. “I really wanted to lean into the niche that I love.” The clinic offers a spectrum of care for parents and children along the entire length of the perinatal experience – from the decision to have children, to pregnancy, childbirth, parenting and everything in between including adoption and surrogacy. “It really starts with trying to conceive,” Pomme said, describing the crafting of a “reproductive story,” as just one of the many methods the clinic uses. “Often people come in with a lot of

But an appointment at Gathered and Wise is different because the clinic’s primary mission is to provide “excellent and experienced perinatal and maternal mental health care”. Holly Pomme, with her husband, Nicholas, owners of Gathered and Wise Perinatal Mental Health Clinic in Stayton. MELISSA WAGONER

historic trauma – body stuff and family trauma. When people come in, when they’re first trying or newly pregnant, we do a lot of work.” Even for those who have not experienced previous trauma, the act of becoming pregnant can be fraught with issues like infertility and miscarriage. “I’m seeing a lot of infertility and loss clients,” Pomme said, listing toxic positivity and a lack of support for

women who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy as two of the most common problems. “A lot of people really want to talk about their baby. We’re helping people to normalize and honor that experience.” Normalizing all of the difficulties parents – and those looking to become parents – experience is what Gathered and Wise is all about.

“We believe that a well-supported mother has a tremendous positive impact on her children and her community,” the clinic’s website states. “We also believe women deserve wellness due to their own intrinsic worth; not based on what roles they hold, or what they can contribute to others. It is our hope and intention to create a warm environment where both clients and therapists feel respected, supported, and are given the tools they need to thrive.” Gathered and Wise is located at 613 N. First Ave., Stayton. They can be contacted at 541-704-7511 or www.gatheredandwise.com.


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Now That’s a Great Question!


ell, this is my 9th article in Our Town. They have been very well received. I get lots of encouragement to keep on writing. But some folks have also asked a few questions about some pretty important issues. So, I thought it might be helpful to respond to those questions here.

Do you think the Christian life is better than any other way of life? Yes. Biblical, evangelical, Bible-believing, born-again Christianity is the only truly good and wise way to live in this fallen world. I’m not says this. This is what God is saying.

Do You Hate People in the LGTBQ+ Community? No. Some people wrongly assume that as a Christian I have to hate homosexuals. But as a Christian I am commanded by God to love ALL my neighbors as myself (Rom. 13:9). And by His grace He has given me the desire to do so, no matter who they are. So, no, I don’t hate anyone. That is the truth. But this question does raise an important point that may surprise you. Everyone on the LGBTQ+ flag has been made in the same image of the very same Creator God as everyone else. Like it or not, we are all brothers and sisters by creation. Therefore we are all worthy of the same neighborly love and respect from one another. But we also bear the same moral obligation to do only what God has defined to be right and good in every area of our lives. That is how we live for His glory, by doing everything His way. The sad truth is that we have all failed to do so, whether it be by our sexual sins, or by any of the other ways we defy His righteous will. We may lie, steal, murder, or dishonor our parents, but the result is still the same. We have all “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (see Rom. 3:23). But in spite of our sins, God intends to save all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-21). That already includes some of the folks represented on the LGBTQ+ flag (see 1 Cor. 6:9-11). God has shown His love for the world by sending His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. The same Jesus that has saved me from my sins stands ready to save anyone who comes to Him. All we have to do is repent (i.e. turn away from our sins), and believe in Jesus to save us. But how can we know that this is true? When God raised Jesus from the dead after three days in a tomb, He proved that everything Jesus said is true. He is who He said He was. His death was accepted by God the Father as sufficient payment for all our debts to God. That is why we are ALL welcome to come back to God. All we have to do is accept His gift of forgiveness and acknowledge Him as our Lord (i.e. our Master). No one is excluded from this offer. No one who comes to Jesus will be rejected. All are just as welcome as anyone else to become a fellow brother or sister in Christ. So, that is not the problem. However, there is a problem.

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By Gregg Harris

Gregg Harris, “A sp

iring to Be a Bib

le Answer Man”

The Problem Is, We Hate God!

In Prov. 8:36 God says, “All those who hate me love death.” Look around you at the culture of death that has taken hold of so many lives. Many t-shirts, tattoos, and video games are adorned with human skulls, often wrapped about with snakes. They shout “I love death!” Ahh, but you say, “It’s just a shirt!” “It’s just a tattoo!” “It’s just a game!” Okay. But why do you love it? The death cult in modern society is shaking its fist at God. You may think I am a prude, but I’ve been where those folks are. I was rescued from Marxism in the Youth International Party. I was a Yippie with the morals of an ally cat. I did it all in the 60s. But Jesus saved me.

Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t hate God. I don’t even believe in the God of the Bible.” But according to the Bible, everyone believes in God. “So, the root problem in most of our We just don’t want Him to exist. In our hearts we all lives is that we are running away from know God is there. We all the God who created us. The only see the beauty of His solution is to stop running. Turn back to creation and we can God. Listen to what He is saying: hardly hold back our “Repent and believe the gospel.” worship. But we do hold it That’s the good news.” back (See Rom. 1:18-24). We refuse to be thankful. Why? Because if we were The Christian life does not destroy what is to acknowledge God exists, our rebellion truly good and wise and beautiful in human against Him would have to stop. We would culture. Jesus came only to destroy the works have to repent. of the devil — all the lies and corruption. So, yes, I believe the biblical Christian life is the So, most people suppress their knowledge of only truly good and wise way to live. God in a life of sin, which is a slow-motion way of dying. We dive deeper into rebellion. It Are You a “White Supremacist?” starts with our pride. We think we know better than God. We reject His law. We do stupid No, I am not. My first wife, Sono, who passed things. We do alcohol, then drugs. We don’t away in 2010, was a 2nd generation, want to wait until we are married to have sex. American-born, Japanese. She was far We start with porn, which may ruin our ability superior to any white guy I’ve ever met. to enjoy real sex. We love money. We lie. We But all kidding aside, God created only one lust. We cheat on our marriage. Our marriage race, and that is the Human Race. Adam and dies. We keep our act together, at least for a Eve were our first parents. Our genetics bear while, for the sake of our career or our kids, this out. But we are also all descended from but eventually we lose our grip. We may hit Noah and his family after the world-wide flood bottom. We may end up living alone. Or on (see Gen. 7-10). All ethnic groups proceed the streets, kicked out by family, shunned by from the same stock. Skin color does not friends, homeless, addicted, and suicidal. affect our abilities as human beings, but living This slow disaster is how God, in His under the burden of racial discrimination can. goodness, brings us to repentance before it is Neighborhoods matter. A long series of too late. Unless we do believe, repent and foolish decisions will bear bad results no trust in Jesus, we will all face God’s eternal matter what color your skin may be. So, judgment after we die. So, the root problem in equal opportunity to make a long series of most of our lives is that we are running away wise decisions is the only real solution. And from the God who created us. The only when Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, solution is to stop running. Turn back to God. you get the benefit of having the best “Life Listen to what He is saying: “Repent and Coach” you could ever imagine. Letting Jesus believe the gospel.” That’s the good news. run your life is the smartest thing you can do.


Are You a “Christian Nationalist?” If by Christian Nationalist you mean one who wants to discriminate by law against those who are not Christians, the answer is a resounding “No!” But if by that you mean one who would like to see others come to know God through Jesus Christ, and then exercise their God-given rights as citizens under our Constitution to influence law and public policy in ways that honor God’s will, then, “Yes,” I would like every nation on earth to enjoy being such a free, good, and wise nation.

What about “Women’s Rights?” I’m for ‘em. The two sexes are equal in value but quite different by God’s design. The two sexes are complementary to one another, like a nut and a bolt. Equality does not require men and women to be the same. Be different. Why not use your rights to do what is right? However, a woman’s choice to abort her baby should be against the law. I am pro-life because God requires all human life to be protected by law from conception to natural death. An unwanted baby should never be murdered any more than an unwanted neighbor. God says those who dishonor His image in their fellow human being by acts of murder should be put to death (Gen. 9:6). Protecting a baby’s life in its mother’s womb is no different than protecting any other life. Having said that, the Bible is also clear that we have a responsibility to care for the needy. Women who bear their children are heroes who deserve the support of their families, churches and their communities. If we truly love the baby, we must also love its mother.

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Helping Hands

Town Hall success for Friends of H2A By Stephen Floyd

A booster club for Santiam Hearts 2 Arts has held a successful first meeting and plans to continue gathering monthly to discuss potential programs and outreach opportunities. Friends of H2A held its first meeting Thursday, Oct. 19, at Stewart’s Hall, in Mill City, and plans to continue meeting the third Thursday of each month. The introductory town hall meeting was Sept. 27, during which prospective members learned about the goals of the group and opportunities to volunteer. Friends of H2A organizer Joyce Royland said the town hall was “a great success” with many residents in attendance and multiple individuals signing up to join.

“A lively discussion introduced prospective members, their backgrounds and interests, and demonstrated the interest in and potential for this new activity for people of the Santiam Canyon,” said Royland. The stated goal of Friends of H2A is to discuss upcoming and ongoing H2A events and how members can volunteer, either by lending their expertise or simply spreading the word. Members are also encouraged to consider possible new programs that could showcase their skillsets and interests.

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New shop Santiam Wrecker expands in Lyons By Stephen Floyd Lyons residents may have noticed an empty block downtown as Santiam Wrecker Sales makes room for a new 8,500-square-foot shop on Main Street. The former headquarters of sister company Santiam Towing & Recovery at 611 Main St. was torn down at the end of September, as well as adjacent lots on the block. Property owner Mike Wagner said the new building will include office space and a four-bay shop for the construction of tow trucks. He said Santiam Towing & Recovery, which he also owns, will relocate to a different commercial space downtown. Wagner said in his 37 years living in the city he cannot think of a larger business expansion outside of a lumber mill. “We like being able to do business in Lyons,” said Wagner. “I live in Lyons so it’s nice to be part of some growth here and I think it’s going to be a positive thing for everyone involved.” Santiam Wrecker Sales started out as Santiam Enterprises, a company Wagner founded in 1985 to build Jerr-Dan tow truck equipment. In July of 2022, the company was bought by Utahbased Rocky Mountain Wrecker Sales and rebranded as Santiam Wrecker Sales.

Wagner said the merger has brought access to new resources and the company has grown quickly. Sales are up 30%, he said, and they have hired two new employees, and expect to hire one more after the new building is completed. Wagner said the 1,100-square-foot building on Main St. started feeling a bit cramped, and both Santiam Wrecker Sales and Santiam Towing & Recovery had to operate out of multiple locations. On April 4, the Lyons Planning Commission approved a property line adjustment allowing the project to move forward that would combine all lots on the block into one lot. They also required Wagner to submit a partition plan to the Linn County Surveyor and a final plat to the city, and noted ODOT will require new sidewalks on Sixth Street and Highway 266. Wagner said the city has been great to work with in making the needed changes. Though he is a member of the Lyons City Council, Wagner said the proposed building had to comply with all existing code requirements. Wagner said construction may begin in January and he expects the new building will be a nice addition to downtown. “It’s exciting to be growing,” he said. “...This is a new chapter for Santiam Wrecker Sales.”

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Stayton facilities Eagles plan fitness center to honor Ty Hart Another piece of the impressive facilities upgrades at Stayton High in recent years will begin taking shape soon. A groundbreaking ceremony has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 8, at noon to note the beginning of construction of the Ty Hart Memorial Fitness Center. The ceremony takes place behind the main gymnasium. Hart, a former Eagles student and athlete, died in 2016 in a helicopter crash in Hawaii while serving in the Marine Corps.

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of the Stayton Boosters Club. ”I believe it goes beyond the very important goal of physical education. To me, making Stayton ‘healthy’ also includes creating pride in our schools, pride in our town. We’ve been on a mission for nearly 10 years to make Stayton the best high school in the state.”

“[The Hart family] have talked at length about how much Ty loved his Forrette then noted the time at Stayton High series of upgrades alluded School and specifically to above. Field turf at about his commitment the stadium, softball and to fitness,” Stayton baseball hitting facilities, athletic director Darren softball infield turf, Shryock told Our Town. resurfacing the tennis ”They felt like this was courts, and making major the perfect way to honor updates to the main gym. him, and we are thrilled to have the fitness “While we will always center named after Ty have a few projects to in perpetuity. Everyone work on, the Ty Hart who knew Ty remembers The late Ty Hart. SUBMITTED PHOTO Fitness Center is the him as a student-athlete perfect cherry on top of our that represented all of the values that we long list of accomplishments,” he said. cherish here at SHS. Someone like that No North Santiam School District funds is worth remembering well beyond our are being used, Forrette said. Mike and lifetime.” Trina Hart made key cash contributions, The key goals of the $1 million project, the Boosters Club contributed $40,000 which is scheduled for a fall 2024 debut, and plans to raise more at the 44th are, Shryock said, “to increase the appeal Annual Blue and Gold Auction on Feb. and accessibility of our current weight 10 at The Oregon Garden. Stayton-area room and to increase the overall health of building trades firms Emery and Sons our students and our athletes.” Construction (excavation and labor) and Freres Engineered Wood (materials) “We love the idea of making Stayton a healthier school,” said Randy Forrette also pitched in. The 6,000-square-foot

due to the number of sports that need supervision. It is possible this may be a one-year situation, but we will see.”

“We’ve been considering this project for a few years,” Forrette said. “It just seemed too far out of our reach. Each year, Darren would bring it up again, and each year we’d turn our focus to some other, more attainable project. Last year, we finally decided to go all in. We decided it might take three or four years to raise enough funds and complete the project, but we needed to get it started.”

Boys Soccer: Stayton won the Oregon West title with an 8-0-2 record and will be hosting a first-round Class 4A playoff game on Wednesday, Nov. 1, against a team that was still to be determined at Our Town presstime. The Eagles are 11-1-2 overall and have not allowed a goal since Oct. 3. The team has outscored opponents 54-4.

And then special things started to happen. Emery and Sons threw in all excavation equipment and labor. A “special project paddle raise” at the auction set a record of more than $40,000.

Volleyball: Cascade, which won a Class 4A title in 2021 and finished second a year ago, is seeded No. 4 for this year’s playoffs. The Cougars were a perfect 10-0 in Oregon West play and took an overall mark of 18-3 into the playoffs. Stayton, seeded 14th, also was still in the hunt at presstime.

“And shortly after the auction,” Forrette said, “the Hart Family contacted us to make their major donation. It’s hard to believe that one year ago we had no idea how to get this done, and one year from now we will be standing inside the new Ty Hart Memorial Fitness Center.” Boys Basketball: Shryock, the Stayton AD, is taking over the boys program on an interim basis. Shryock coached the Silverton boys for 12 years and took 3rd at the 2009 and 2013 Class 5A tournaments. He also coached the Stayton girls for 3 years, earning a 6th-place finish at the 4A tournament in 2018. “Since it is a challenge for an administrator to coach, we will re-evaluate at the end of the season to see if it will be just this year,” Shryock said. “The challenge is less the burden on me and more on the rest of the administrative team. There are lots of meetings, etc., that I can’t attend if I am coaching. For me, it is just time. I don’t think I could do it in any other season than winter

Winter Officials: Practice begins for the winter high school sports of basketball, swimming and wrestling on Nov. 13 and the Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for all sports. There is an immediate need for officials in basketball and wrestling, said OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard. Becoming a high school official has several benefits including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning money, Folliard said. “Officials provide valuable service to high schools and students, make a positive impact in the community and build relationships.” Those interested should visit www.newofficials.org.

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A Grin at the End

Money It’s not always the root of all evil By Carl Sampson

It’s been said that sports build character. If that’s true, you could also say that money reveals character.

The other day I was eavesdropping on a conversation about capitalism. The gist of it was that capitalism is bad and some people have too much money, while others don’t have enough. Furthermore, according to this discussion, rich people are not nice enough or generous enough. As Deion Sanders, my new favorite college football coach, would say, that’s a bunch of bull junk. It is an argument borne of ignorance and, I suppose, jealousy. The world population is about 7 billion. Of these, some are flat out evil. They twist everything in a way that feeds their ego and their agenda. Interestingly, some politicians fall into this category. Right, Mr. Putin? Others are wonderful people. They are kind and generous and the sort of people you depend on when the going

gets rough. My wife falls into that category. Still others are in the middle. They aren’t all bad, and they aren’t all good. They do the best they can but occasionally – often? – fall short. I’m in that category. For all of these people, money is not what makes them good or bad. Poor people can be evil, and so can rich people. Conversely, poor people can be saints, and so can rich people.

Some rich people feed their narcissism with their money. They buy fancy houses, cars, yachts, jets, and even islands. Which is good for their ego. But they can also fund charities whose goals include feeding the poor, helping the arts and other good deeds. Some poor people are generous. They may not have a lot of money but they share their spirit and their time with others. It is a truly marvelous thing to see. I occasionally buy a lottery ticket, especially when the prize gets really big. As I lay down my hard-earned dollars I start day dreaming about what I could do with a billion dollars. I’d pay off the mortgage, then I’d look into building a theater complex for plays and concerts – “Now playing at the CarlDome: Taylor Swift!”

And why not? A newspaper I read has a real estate section. I call it the funny pages. Every Friday, it features some of the most gawdawful ugly houses in the nation. The price tags can run past $100 million. Seriously, one movie star’s tile bathroom looked as though a Lego box threw up on the walls and floor. I’m sure she’s a good person – or at least I hope she is. I hope she donates to the needy and other charities. That would be nice. But I’d still need a blindfold to use that bathroom. Money doesn’t give anyone good or bad taste, just as it doesn’t make them good or bad.

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