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By Mary Owen Here we come a caroling … Voices will resound as teachers and staff members from Stayton Elementary School take to neighborhood streets this holiday season. “We want to bring joy and show our appreciation to the community,” said Erika Alderson, a first-grade teacher at SES. “The staff was looking for new ways to reach out to the community and show out thanks for their support of our recent fundraising events, which will benefit all students at Stayton Elementary School. Caroling to the community seemed like a fun place to start!” Alderson said members of the Stayton Police Department and Stayton Fire District plan to join in the singing, which starts at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. Community members can participate by stepping outside to welcome the carolers and join in the singing, she said. “For people who don’t want to miss out on this event, they can meet at the SES parking lot at 7 p.m. to enjoy more singing, cookies and hot chocolate,” Alderson said.

Stayton’s Community Christmas The Stayton Community Christmas Celebration, starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 with Star Cinema’s

showing of A Christmas Story. Admission is $1 or a donation of canned foods, both benefitting the Stayton Food Bank.

at Early Settlers Park, next to the city hall. Santa will be giving out free candy canes inside the Fire Hall after the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

“Some people are even more generous and bring a lot of food or donate extra cash,” said Jeff Mexico, the theater’s owner. “We also decide to pre-sell the tickets to ensure we really do sell out.”

Regis High School will conduct Stayton’s Community Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, followed by refreshments and Christmas music at the high school.

Mexico said Star Cinema always looks forward to Stayton’s Downtown Christmas Movie each year.

“Regis volunteered to have a permanent, live Christmas tree on display for the community last year,” said Janine Moothart, director of marketing and development. “The Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce had some old lights which were not being used. Regis agreed to have those lights put up on a 70-foot tree which can be seen from First Street.”

“We’ve been doing this since 2003, and always sell out,” he said. “We’ve chosen different holiday movies over the years. We’ve avoided this particular movie since they play it non-stop on TV, but this year we decided to try it since most people have never seen it on the big screen in a movie theater. And hearing 300 people laughing makes it even more funny and enjoyable!” Santa will appear following the movie, with free cookies and hot chocolate provided by New Hope Community Church, and goodie bags from Curves with tangerines for the kids. Carolers will also sing during Santa’s visit.

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Stayton Fire District volunteers put up the lights, but it wasn’t long before four donors provided the $900 needed to fund the purchase of new, energy-efficient lights, Moothart said. “Now, the Regis students are in the driver’s seat to host the Christmas tree lighting again this year,” she added. “We will invite Mayor Hank Porter to do the countdown and light the tree. Students, along with Principal Scott Coulter, will welcome guests. Father Ed Coleman will lead us in a prayer. Following carols, we will, again, retreat to the student center.”

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Silver Falls State Park holiday festival Farther afield at Silver Falls State Park will be the 38th annual Christmas Festival, a holiday tradition for many area families, said Lou Nelson of Friends of Silver Falls State Park. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13 in the South Falls Historic District. “Rangers, hosts and volunteers transform the park’s Historic District into a Christmas wonderland, featuring decorated trees and thousands of lights,” Nelson said. “The sounds of the holidays are provided by local musicians and choral groups.”

Crafts are an important part of the holiday festival at Silver Falls State Park Dec. 12-13.

Visitors can enjoy cookies and cocoa as they gather in the South Falls Lodge area to hear seasonal stories and music each afternoon. Or, Nelson said, they can get in the spirit by creating make-and-take projects such as holiday cards, gingerbread houses, festive ornaments, wreaths and

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There is still time to participate in the Stayton Volunteer Protection Company’s Toys for Joy program that provides toys for less-fortunate children in the Stayton and Sublimity fire districts’ service areas. New unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Stayton Fire Station or at one of the many barrels located around town. For more information, call Laura Houston at 503-769-2601.

Santiam Hospital Auxiliary will again sell poinsettias from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3-4 in the foyer. Large plants in a variety of colors will be on sale for $15 each while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary’s scholarship fund and a large purchase of an SimNweB, a life-size newborn female baby simulator used for training, for the OBGYN department. For more information, call Char Bartosz at 503-749-2910 or Wilma Shelton at 503769-5290.

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The Gift of Christmas Dinner program, coordinated by the Marion County Resource Center, is also accepting donations of food and funds. The program helps lessfortunate families in Stayton and Sublimity with a food box for Christmas dinner. For more information, call 971-273-7345. Aumsville also has a toy drive, and toys can also be dropped off at the Aumsville Police Department, Neufeld’s, Pizza Peddler or Riverview Community Bank through Dec. 18. Volunteers are needed for giftwrapping on Dec. 19, and toys will be delivered on Dec. 23. For sign-up and delivery information, call 503- 7492188.

The Holiday Marketplace at the Grove at the former Jensen-Kreitzer building takes place at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for three consecutive Saturdays, starting Dec. 5. Local artists, crafters and vendors will share their wares. Proceeds go to upgrade the Third Street building for future community events. For booth space, call Teri at 503-507-7752 or at Moxieberry 503-767-4438. Christmas in the Garden at The Oregon Garden features ice skating this year.

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By Mary Owen After almost three decades, Bobbie Wolf’s iconic reign at the Wooden Nickel in Sublimity is coming to an end. “I’ve met so many good people all these years,” Wolf said. “Some of the customers are sad I’m leaving. They tell me I’m an icon to this place. It’s been a good time here.” With one foot out of and one foot still in the popular eatery’s door, Wolf said her boss, Glen Damewood, can’t get rid of her that easily. “I’m going to be kind of lost for a while, but I’m still going to be around,” she said. Damewood called Wolf “a dedicated, hard-working person who is as sassy as they come. “She was worked for the Wooden Nickel for 17 years, and is an icon and an ambassador for the Nickel and the community,” he said. In appreciation of Wolf’s tenure and hard work, the Wooden Nickel is throwing her a retirement party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Music by Syco Billy’s will start at 9 p.m. and cold drinks, laughter, stories and a few tears are on the menu. The event is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Wolf’s years at the Sublimity restaurant.

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“We are giving Bobby a percentage of the proceeds that day along with other raffles and a large tip jar named Phillup to let people show her how much they love and appreciate her service for all those years,” Damewood said. Wolf’s tenure in the building that’s home to the Wooden Nickel started when she moved to Sublimity 41 years ago. She married local farmer Donnie Wolf. Their daughter, Misty, married Ted Kintz and the couple has two children, Ashley, 14, and Andrew, 12. Family is a prime motivator for Wolf retiring along with “tired feet,” she said. “I’ve only missed work one or two days except for the two months off when I had foot surgery in April,” she said of her time at the Wooden Nickel. “I’m one of those people if you work, you’ve got to do it. I’ve been bartending since I was 19 years old and I’ll be 63 this month.” The job, she said, has been hard on her feet.

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“I first worked at Bernie’s Pizza Parlor in town and then for Girard’s in Stayton,” she said. “Park ‘n Shop hired me for 15 years. I worked at the Harvest Inn for Cory Gloor for 10 years off and on, and Ditter’s at the same time. “When Glen bought this building, I was already here, so he got stuck with me,” she added, chuckling. “I’ll have worked here 18 years in February.” Longevity is akin to Wolf, who served on the Sublimity Harvest Festival committee for almost 15 years, and has been and is still a junior board member and committee member for the Santiam Stampede for the past 12 years. Of her time at the Wooden Nickel she said, “It’s a great place to work. Glen’s a great person to work for. And I love meeting so many people from so many different places. It has been a lot of fun!” Wolf admitted she can’t retire completely or she’ll go crazy. “I plan to fill in a few shifts – and ride horses with my friend,” she said. “I’ll keep busy.” Damewood said Wolf will be a hard act to follow. “She will be missed,” he said.

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By Mary Owen After two years of fundraising, Stayton High School vocalists are going to London. “The students and parents worked hard and raised over $10,000 to help ourselves have a wonderful time,” said Diane Allen-Jackson, choir director. “There are extras that will happen that even the kids don’t know about at this point. They will have a few surprises happen for them as we go through that week.” Members of all three SHS choirs will participate in the London International Choral Festival, the reason for the Dec. 27-Jan. 3 trip. Stayton High has a men’s choir and a women’s choir, both performing pop, folk, jazz, and contemporary music, and a concert choir, performing more traditional sacred and secular classical music. The three choirs are directed by Allen-Jackson, who has taught at SHS and Stayton Middle School since 1994, and has built the choir program into seven choirs between the two schools.

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Also on the agenda for the singers is a visit to Hampton Court, home of King Henry VIII, and tours of Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, St. Paul Cathedral, Trafalger Square and Buckingham Palace.

1500s. It’s a two-hour event with a show, and the kids will get to participate in some of the action.” Stayton students and parents will also march in the New Year’s Parade and carry a Macy’s mermaid balloon.

“We will take a water boat cruise down the Thames to the Old Royal Naval College and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich,” Allen-Jackson said. “We will be walking in the steps of Jack the Ripper on a tour of the London area where he ‘worked.’ We will also walk the Harry Potter tour and see all that is Harry Potter in London.

More than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries worldwide will assemble for the 2016 Parade, which will be filled with marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats and much more. “The parade is televised all over the world and usually runs in attendance of over a million people watching from the sidelines,” Allen-Jackson said. “It’s going to be a fun adventure!”

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By Mary Owen Oregon Connections Academy students are getting ready to celebrate the holidays with a few tips from their teachers. “Our teachers often send out tips that families can use to keep learning alive over the winter break,” said Brittany Zahler, who has taught at Oregon Connections Academy for the past five years. Oregon Connections Academy is a tuition-free statewide online charter school that serves students in grades K–12. Headquartered in Mill City, the school is authorized by the Santiam Canyon School District. Zahler said she absolutely loves seeing her students’ faces light up when they learn something new, and keeping young minds active during winter break is a goal she actively undertakes. “For me, the greatest highlight of being an online teacher is having the one-on-one conversations that allow me to get to know my students and families on a deeper level than I was ever able in the traditional environment,” Zahler said. “This then enables the learning coach and me to individualize assignments and students’ daily schedules to help ensure their educational success.” Past holiday activities have included a live lesson – an

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interactive web-based session – to teach students how to bake Russian Tea Cake cookies, incorporating math, science, chemistry and history. “This month, we will be creating a fifth-grade recipe book with all of our students’ favorite holiday desserts,” Zahler said. “Teachers provide students with the opportunity to interact with one another through the live lesson sessions, using the holidays as a tool to engage learners and spark conversations.” Although Zahler plans to stay local and celebrate the holidays with her family, other ORCA students, including a few of her fifth-graders, have other plans. “We’re planning a trip for Christmas so our house is pretty excited,” said Jeri Fay, mom to ninth-grader Ella and eighth-grader Josh. The Turner family got a head-start by celebrating what they have dubbed as “Pie Day” on the day before Thanksgiving. “We make our desserts with family and friends that day,” Fay said. “Since we are a military family, Connections has enabled us to enjoy our own agenda,” she added. “We realize that school is important, but family comes first.”

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She loves the convenience of ORCA because “we can be pretty spontaneous with our activities,” Fay said. “We try and get our work done in the morning so we can spend our afternoons decorating or playing games.” Fifth-grader William Tuttle loves math and history. His mom, Autumn, is a learning coach at ORCA. “William is very active in 4-H and over the holiday break will probably have some activities with his alpaca,” she said. The Stayton lad also plans to celebrate the holidays by decorating the house, spending time with close friends and family, sharing many dinners, and opening gifts on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. “Our family goes and looks at the Keizer lights every year, and this year, we are going to Christmas Story Book Land in Albany,” William said. “We also plan to go up in the mountains and play in the snow.” That latter activity will teach him more about animal habitats and ecosystems, both relative to ORCA’s curriculum, he said. Heidi Groom called ORCA a “wonderful solution to keeping us all growing together.” “We own our own family business and really love having

the opportunity to share daily life with our son, Dylan,” said Groom, who lives with her family in Lyons. “We missed having him with us while he was off to school.” At ORCA, Dylan gets to learn at his own pace and spend more time with his family, she said. With fifth-grader Dylan at home, the Grooms will celebrate by decorating, baking, crafting and creating other holiday activities. “These are some of the things we hated Dylan missing out on and are so excited he gets to share them with us this holiday season,” Groom said. Groom said her family bakes a lot during the holidays and Dylan and his 3-year-old brother Asher love to help. The Grooms also have a 3-month-old baby, Ronan. “Baking teaches great math skills,” Groom said. “They can learn fractions and measurements.” Of ORCA, Zahler added, “I had no idea that I would end up in the online environment, but I can honestly say that there is no better place for me!” A list of Ten Fun Winter Break learning activities can be found on the Oregon Connections Academy at www. For more information on ORCA, visit the website or call 800-382-6010.

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Where to Start Fitness owners add natural health store homeopathic remedies, sport supplements, meal replacements, healthy snack options, healthy cooking ingredients, natural foods and sweeteners, sprouting supplies, and health and beauty products.

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Believing fitness partners with health, the owners of Where to Start Fitness have opened their own health store in Stayton. “Several years ago, I attended a class at Silverton Natural Health,” said Tirzah Hawkins, who owns the businesses with her husband, Daniel.

“We have a wide selection of supplements,” Hawkins said. “If we don’t have what you need, we will try to find it.

“The natural health practitioner there was so knowledgeable and passionate about health that I wanted to know more.” The practitioner recommended the Trinity School of Natural Health to Hawkins, who began her studies there in November 2012. After completing her Nutritional Consulting Certificate at the beginning of 2015, she started seeing clients at Where to Start Fitness. “I realized shortly thereafter that the gym was not going to be big enough to accommodate all of my aspirations,” Hawkins said. In May 2015, the couple talked to the

“In the new year, we are excited to be adding nutritional consulting, natural health classes, and healthy eating support groups,” Hawkins added. Tirzah Hawkins at her new health store.

To date, customer response to the couple’s acquisition of the health store has been positive, Hawkins said.

the natural health classes and will receive other special offers through the gym’s Facebook page and newsletter, she added. “All our customers will frequently find good sales,” she said. “While we are currently open for business, we look forward to a grand opening in January. The name will remain the same for a little while as we slowly transition it over to Where to Start Natural Health.” Hawkins invites people to stop in to view the “great gift ideas for the holidays, including custom-made baskets and stocking stuffer ideas for everyone.”

“I spent the summer learning how to operate the store,” Hawkins said. “On Nov. 3, we signed the closing papers.”

“People are excited that this store is going to stay in the community and are looking forward to attending the variety of classes and other services that we will offer,” she said.

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Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Cascade Jr./Sr. High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton Santiam Jr./Sr. High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton Stayton High, 757 W Locust St., Stayton Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave., Stayton Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton

Weekly Events Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Monday. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

Bridge Lessons, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday. Senior Yoga, 1 - 2 p.m. Senior Line Dancing, 4 - 5 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,

Thursday. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 6 p.m. Wednesday. women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. 6 p.m. Sunday. Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. 502-399-0599

Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Stayton Public Library. Repeats 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313

Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Mondays/Thursday.

Santiam Senior Center. $.05/game, $.10/blackout. 503-767-2009

St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon Tuesday. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. 503-769-5381

Senior Writing Club, 10 am., Tuesday. Cribbage Lessons, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Genealogy Class, 1 p.m. Hand and Foot Canasta, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Santiam

Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon Wednesday. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Rd, Aumsville. 503-769-7307

Cascade Country Quilters, 1 p.m.,

Wednesday, Senior Center. 503-7672009

Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30

p.m. Thursday. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459

Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

Veterans Group, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009

Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30

p.m. Friday. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861

Wednesday, Dec. 2 Red Hat Strutters Noon, Ivy Garden Tea Room, 333 W First Ave., Albany. Luncheon buffet, $12. Gift exchange; bring wrapped gift $10 or less. Valorie, 503-900-0051

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Adult discussion group. December’s selection, “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. 503-769-3313

Soup Supper, Vespers

6 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Soup supper followed by Advent Vespers at 7 p.m. Repeats Dec. 9, 16, 23. 503-7696144,

Santiam vs Pleasant Hill Basketball 6:30 p.m., Santiam High.Girls, boys.

St. Mary Christmas Concert

6:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave, Stayton. Students perform Christmas music concert. Free. 503-769-2718

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6:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls, then boys.

Stayton Lions Club, Noon Tuesday. Covered Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

Tai Chi for Seniors, 10 a.m. Pinochle Lessons, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday/ Friday. Santiam Senior Center. Members free; $5 nonmembers. 503-767-2009

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Santiam Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Large potted poinsettias in variety of colors, $15, while supplies last. Benefits Santiam Hospital Auxiliary. Repeats Dec. 4. To preorder, call Char, 503-743-2910

Gingerbread Houses

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make gingerbread house. Free. 503769-3313

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7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Author MJ Cody speaks. Wine, cheese reception. Free. 503-769-3313

Taize Service

7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Scripture passage, images, reflective readings. Repeats Dec. 17. 503-769-5700

Friday, Dec. 4 St. Mary Green Sale

5 - 8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Handmade Christmas swag, wreaths, centerpieces, decor, baked goods. Tonight includes Santa’s Secret workshop where children can purchase inexpensive gifts for family, friends. Repeats 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 5, 8 a.m. - noon Dec. 6. Sunday’s event includes a fundraising breakfast; $8 adults, $5 youth 4 - 11, $30 immediate family. 503-769-2718

Cascade vs Kamahama Girls BBall 5 p.m., Cascade High.

Santiam vs Sheridan Basketball

6:30 p.m., Santiam High. Girls, boys.

Regis vs Rainier Basketball

6:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls, then boys.

Saturday, Dec. 5 Breakfast with Santa and Cruise-in

8 - 11 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Cruise-in and breakfast. Adults $6, kids and seniors $4. Cruisein registration at 8 a.m. Entry fee for cars: new unwrapped toy. Trophies awarded. Sponsored by Stayton Firefighters. Cruise-in organized by Russ Strohmeyer. 503-930-8976

Christmas and Craft Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Annual Stayton Christmas and Craft Bazaar featuring more than 100 vendors. Free admission. Ed Tabor, 503-990-2119

Canyon Crafters Bazaar

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Benefits MariLinn Associated Student Body. Free admission. 503-859-2154

Craft Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 250 Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Homemade and homegrown gifts, baked goods. Sponsored by Liberty Fellowship Church. Cindy, 503-798-0070

Holiday Marketplace

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Grove, 351 N Third Ave., Stayton. Local artists, crafts. Repeats Dec. 12, 19. 503-767-4338

Christmas Movie

3:30 p.m., Star Cinema, 350 N Third Ave., Stayton. “A Christmas Carol.” Stick around for caroling, cookies, treats. Admission $1 or one can of food for Stayton Community Food Bank. Advance tickets available at Star Cinema or Quilt ‘n Stitch.

Sublimity Christmas Light Parade

6 p.m. Christmas light parade through downtown Sublimity. After parade, Santa lights Christmas tree. Activities, refreshments follow at Early Settlers Park, Sublimity Fire Station. 503-7695475

Sunday, Dec. 6 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast 7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $7 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503362-6159

Candy Cane Breakfast

8 a.m. - noon, Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Biscuits and gravy. Santa arrives by helicopter - weather permitting. Free; cash or non-perishable food donations encouraged. 503-769-3282

Holiday Music at Brown House 2 - 4 p.m., Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Features Tom Tate on keyboard. Light refreshments. Items for sale to benefit restoration. Free. 503-769-8860

Turner Christmas Tree Lighting

4 - 6 p.m., Burkland Park, Turner. Wagon rides, refreshments, tree lighting. 503-743-2155

Stayton Christmas Tree Lighting

6 p.m., Regis High. Community Christmas tree lighting. St. Mary, Regis students sing Christmas carols. After lighting, hot cocoa, cookies in student center. 503-769-2159

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Tuesday, Dec. 8 A Christmas Carol

1:15 p.m., Sublimity School Gym, 431 E Main St. A Christmas Carol featuring third- and fourth-grade students. Repeats at 7 p.m. 503-769-2459

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Winter Carnival

6 - 8 p.m., Stayton High. Pictures with Santa, carnival games, snacks. Free admission. Game tickets 25 cents or three tickets for one can of food. Benefits Stayton High canned food drive. 503-769-2171

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Christmas potluck party, White Elephant gift exchange.

Santiam vs Jefferson Basketball

Regis vs Portland Adventist Bball

7 p.m., Stayton High. Stayton drama students presents A Christmas Carol. Adults $5, students $3. Repeats 7 p.m. Dec. 12; 2 p.m. Dec. 13. 503-769-2171

7 p.m., Regis High. Girls game only.

Stayton vs Silverton Girls Basketball

7 p.m., Stayton High.

Cascade vs Central Basketball 5:30 p.m., Cascade High. Boys followed by girls.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 SES Music Program

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. First graders perform. Free. 503-769-2336

Thursday, Dec. 10 Regis vs Oakridge Basketball

6:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls, boys.

Holiday Music Program

6:30 p.m., Santiam High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Holiday music program for grades K - 12. Free; canned food donations accepted.

Friday, Dec. 11 Cascade vs Seaside Basketball

5:30 p.m., Cascade High. Boys, girls.

6:30 p.m., Santiam High. Girls, boys.

A Christmas Carol’

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. 503-769-5475

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7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, Dec. 15 SES Music Program

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Second graders perform. Free.

Santiam vs St. Paul Basketball

6:30 p.m., Santiam High. Girls, boys.

Stayton vs Molalla Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 12

7 p.m., Stayton High.

Holiday Festival at Silver Falls

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Silver Falls State Park, 2004 Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Make a wreath, gingerbread house, cards and ornaments. Storytelling, live music. $5 per vehicle day use fee. Repeats Dec. 13. 503-873-8735,

Regis vs Scio Basketball

3:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls, then boys.

Aumsville Christmas Tree Lighting

5 p.m., Tower Park, 500 Church St., Aumsville. Tree lighting followed by visits with Santa at fire station. Bouncy house, wagon rides; weather permitting. 503-749-2030

Sunday, Dec. 13 Christmas Pageant

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Wednesday, Dec. 16 PTC Holiday Bazaar

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sublimity School Gym, 431 E Main St. Students, families shop for friends and family. Benefits SPTC. 503-769-2459

Friday, Dec. 18 Hope, Joy, Love!

7 p.m., Santiam Chapel, 440 Fifth St., Lyons. Free concert. Benefits Joseph’s Storehouse of Hope and Teen Reach Adventure Camp for Foster Teens. 503859-2643

Stayton vs Estacada Basketball

10:30 a.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Sunday School performs Christmas pageant. 503-769-6144,

5:30 p.m., Stayton High. Girls followed by boys at 7 p.m. Between games, dedication of Don Carey Court.

Saturday, Dec. 19 Santiam vs Waldport

2:30 p.m., Santiam High. Girls, boys.

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Sunday, Dec. 20 Bethel Christmas Program 10:45 a.m., Bethel Baptist, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville. 503-749-2128;

UMC Choir Christmas Program

4 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Choir selections, carol sing-along. Free. 503769-5700.

TUesday, Dec. 22 Regis vs ELC Basketball

6:30 p.m., Regis High. Girls, then boys. Stayton vs Central Boys Basketball 7 p.m., Stayton High.

Wednesday, Dec. 23 Holiday Bake Sale

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., U. S. Bank lobby, Highway 22, Mill City. Baked goods, pies. Sponsored by Canyon Gleaners. Repeats Dec. 24. 503-859-4454

Thursday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Friday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Monday, Dec. 28 Card Making Extravaganza 1 - 4 p.m., Stayton High. Make thank you notes, cards. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

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“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6

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And the nominees are... By Mary Owen What do Jodi Hack, Karey Hendricks, Steve Zuber, Jennifer Niegel, Pam Lamb, Tracy Jones and Peter Whitney all have in common? Still, guessing? Here’s your second clue. What do these businesses have in common? Roth’s Fresh Market, Power Chevrolet, Santiam Vision Source, Stayton A&W, Covered Bridge Cafe, Figaro’s Pizza, Slayden Construction, and Summit Cleaning and Restoration? Last clue. They are all winners of .... You guessed it. They are all past winners of community awards given by the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. And once again, it’s time to start thinking about individuals and businesses that deserve to be recognized for what they do in the Stayton-Sublimity area.

Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kelly Schreiber said the chamber is seeking nominations for its annual Award Celebration to be held on Feb. 18 at Foothills Church in Stayton. Nominations forms are due by Dec. 4. “We are grateful for the people and businesses that do so much to make our community successful,” Schreiber said. The categories include: Chamber Award of Excellence for a large business of 15 or more employees Chamber Award of Excellence for a small business of less than 15 employees. Both business awards are for businesses that go above and beyond to contribute to the region’s economic vitality. The First Impressions Award goes to a business or organization that presents a beautiful and inviting frontage. The Distinguished Service Award goes to a person who has shown dedication to


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Time to submit names for community awards his/her community through service. “The Chamber of Commerce believes that celebration is an essential part of a thriving community,” said Janine Moothart, development and marketing director for Regis High School and a member of SSCOC’s selection committee. “The community members join together to recognize and thank those who make a difference through leadership and service. It’s a great time to show our support and appreciation for those individuals and businesses, and at the same time, celebrate the community in which we live and thrive. We all have the opportunity to make a difference.” Also on the selection committee, Mike Jaeger said he is honored to be able to recognize people in the community who “have the heart to give so much simply to make this community better.” “Those who are selected are uniformly very humble people who are not looking for recognition and are truly surprised at the thought of being highlighted for

all their hard work,” said Jaeger, vicepresident and district manager of the Stayton branch of Columbia Bank. “I’m pretty sure all of us can think of people who are constantly giving of themselves and really maximizing the talents they’ve been given. Isn’t it incumbent upon us, as a community, to show appreciation to these folks? All it takes on our part is a little bit of effort to submit a nomination. What a gracious way to say thank you to those who consistently step up and help.” Jaeger said the awards banquet is a way for family and friends to come together in celebration of the recipients. “This is the one time during the year that we are able to inspire those who are so inspirational to us,” he said. Nominations form are on the chamber’s website, www.staytonsublimitychamber. org. Copies are available at Stayton and Sublimity City halls and the chamber office. Mail applications to SSCOC, 175 E. High St., Stayton, OR 97383. For information, call 503-769-3464.

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And to receive a cheerful greeting from a visitor delivering a delicious, homemade holiday meal. Throughout the year, Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals to area senior citizens. “Our kitchen usually does special holiday meals the day before the holiday,” said Donna Silva, the nutrition site coordinator. “Turkey or ham with all the fixings!”



Frozen meals will be delivered on the day prior to the holiday, and Meals on Wheels customers who eat at the Stayton meal site will also enjoy a preholiday meal on tables decorated for the holidays, Silva said. “”We’ll have holiday treats and make it festive,” she said.


Since 1990, Meals on Wheels has been serving area seniors. Silva said it is one of the many services provided by Northwest Senior and Disability Services. Fifty percent of the program’s funding comes from the Older Americans Act, which was enacted by the federal government in 1965.




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“We deliver hot meals to residents in the Stayton and Sublimity city limits, and provide frozen dinner options to the outlying Marion County residents of Aumsville, Jefferson, Marion, Mehama and Turner,” Silva said. “Currently, we deliver to 25 StaytonSublimity residents and provide frozen dinners to 14 customers in the outlying areas.” This year, NWSDS reported serving more than 234,000 meals, averaging 910 meals a day. NWSDS operates 15 meal sites and Meals on Wheels drivers deliver to homebound seniors in 40 communities, including those in the greater Stayton area.

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With the holidays nearing, about 25 local seniors eagerly wait to hear the “knock-knock” on their doors.

“Our biggest challenge is getting seniors to come into the dining center for lunch,” Silva said. “It’s a $3 suggested contribution per meal. We won’t turn anyone away if they can’t afford to contribute. As well as a healthy,

Meals on Wheels Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to package and serve meals, as well as delivery. A background check is a requirement to volunteer. Receive a meal: If you would like a meal delivered to your home, Meals on Wheels is open to seniors 60 years old and older who are homebound and need help with meal preparation. What’s for lunch: To see the menu, visit Enjoy a lunch: Seniors age 60-plus and their spouses of any age are welcome at the dining center. Lunch is served at noon five days a week in the Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton. Did you know: After lunch on Wednesdays, guests are invited to stay to play Bingo. How to participate: If you would like to receive a meal or make a lunch reservation, call Meals on Wheels a couple days ahead of time. Contact: Donna Silva, Stayton’s nutrition site coordinator, can be reached at 503-769-7995.

nutritious meal, we offer a social connection and friendships.” Christine Wolpert goes to the Stayton meal site every Tuesday. “I don’t need it as I can cook for myself,” Wolpert said. “I keep going because I enjoy the people so much. And it’s important for me to support Meals on Wheels. I might need it someday.” Wolpert loves the Kielbasa sausage sandwich, one of the many meals developed by Bateman kitchen in Salem and checked by a registered dietitian to make sure it meets current federal standards for fat, calories and sodium. “And the cake is wonderful,” she added. “I eat the cake bottom first and then the frosting!” At each meal, customers get to choose

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Seniors age 60-plus and their spouses of any age are welcome at the dining center. Lunch is served at noon Monday through Friday in the Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton.

between two entrées, including a hearthealthy option, along with bread or roll, vegetable, potatoes and gravy, fruit or dessert and milk.

“Some of my customers I’ve had some 15 years,” she added. “Many, many years!”

“Diabetics can choose a diet dessert,” Silva said. “Meatless options are offered on our frozen dinner menu.”

Last year, Classen was able to help save a life when a customer failed to open his door.

Favorites include chicken with dumplings, meatloaf, Swedish meatballs, scalloped potatoes with ham, chili and cornbread, Silva said.

“When he didn’t answer, I asked the police to do a welfare check,” she said. “When I was done with my route, I went back. The police were there. I was glad I had followed through.”

“Our menus can be found on our website at,” she said. Meals on Wheels runs smoothly with the help of volunteers, without whom the program could not exist, Silva said. “One of our drivers has been delivering meals for 25 years,” she said. “Our oldest diner just turned 100 and has been coming in for the 13 years that I have worked here.” Nadine Classen began volunteering for Meals on Wheels after she retired from NORPAC Foods 18 years ago. The 80-year-old Stayton senior said she’ll continue to volunteer for Meals on Wheels “as long as I can drive.” “Meeting new people is my number one highlight,” said Classen, who has three sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a “granddog.”

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When not delivering meals, Classen said she mostly stays home and quilts or does word-search puzzles. During her stint with Meals on Wheels, she has also trained other volunteers.

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By Mary Owen Once again, the Regis chapel is taking its place as the heart of the high school. “For 35 years, the sacred space was the heart of the school, evoking strong memories and connections with those who attended Regis,” said counselor Mike Bauer. “It was iconic to those who attended.” Alumna Katie Goyins Jaeger, class of ’77, wrote, “I believe that little room, our chapel, has been a place that saints have been trained and touched to go out into the world and bring the gospel.” Jaeger’s oldest son was baptized in the chapel by Monsignor Timothy Murphy, and many years later received the Christ the King award as a senior at Regis. “I often thought it was probably because of his start right there on campus in the chapel,” she said. During her senior year, Jaeger attended school Masses in the chapel, saying, “It felt so holy, even back then.” But two years ago with the creation of the Regis Aspire Center, the chapel had fallen into disuse.

was rediscovered by some alumni working on the Aspire project and Aspire coordinators Patti Keudell and Dave Schumacher.” As word spread, Bauer said a grassroots effort developed to revitalize the chapel. “It’s a story of people working together to provide something special and meaningful for others,” Bauer said. “It is a labor of love that will mean a lot to our 51-year-old institution.” Project manager Mark Dol said in the early days at Regis, the chapel was used for celebrations of Mass before school as well as a weekly all-school Mass. “When the student center was built a few years ago, all school Masses were moved into this multi-purpose gather space and the chapel, although always there, was not used as much,” said Dol, director of youth ministry services for the Santiam Vicariate Parishes. “It was our desire, as a committee tasked to rejuvenate the chapel area, to bring the chapel back to the heart of the school, to make it a welcoming place of solace and prayer for the students and to make it more practical in layout.” The 10-member committee came up with a design that fit the project’s $13,000 budget, Dol said. With school board’s and Portland Archdiocese’s, the committee worked with Janine Moothart and her team from the Regis development office and contractors Dan Buldoc and Dennis Towers.

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“As we finalize the finishings, there are many people involved – Keith Kintz who is doing the stained glass windows, Art Christiansen who is building the altar and ambo, John Schafer who is making a large crucifix to hang above the altar, and we would do injustice not to mention the army of volunteers who cleared the chapel in preparation to start, cleaned walls and re-upholstered the chairs,” Dol said. Major construction and painting has been completed. “We removed all the old pews, altar and dais, reversed the seating layout so the altar and front are now on the north side,” Dol said. “We constructed soft indirect lighting on the side walls and replaced the concertina door on the south side with a solid wall complete with arched stain glass window above and a beautiful, solid wooden double 7-foot-wide door, making the main entrance now from the library.” To complete the project, Dol said the crew needs to build and install the stain glass; install the large wooden crucifix; and install the new altar and ambo. The project was funded by donations of Regis alumni. “This is a really good illustration of stewarding resources, and the kind of thing that can happen in the private sector with the help of volunteers,” he added. “This is a good example of the partnerships that exist between entities in a small community.”

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By Mary Owen Patricia Dol loves serving others, a task she has undertaken for more than two decades. A full-time missionary with The Institute for World Evangelization-ICPE, evangelizing for the Catholic Church, Dol’s most recent trip was to Peru in August with Samantha Marcott, who graduated from Regis High School in June. “Having been on several mission experiences in Asia and Africa, I really enjoy serving the poor,” said Dol, who is the campus minister at Regis. “It is a response to a calling that I have, to evangelize and serve those who are in need.” While in Peru, Dol reached out to the poor and the homeless of Arequipa, joining a group of 15 missionaries from the island of Malta, her birthplace.

this boy’s face just lit up and he clapped his hands for joy when he saw his dream came true. What great love is shared amongst these two siblings!” After making purchases for the families, the team had enough money left to buy 100 plastic chairs for a Catholic parish hall in Alto Cayma, a region with mostly shacks. “It was beautiful to experience the joy that we saw on the faces of the poor as items were delivered to their homes,” Dol said. Dol said family members lent a hand to assemble and set up furniture, making up the beds and sprucing up the home with newly purchased items, some as simple as a pot or a kettle. “For some, it was like winning the lottery, and for others, a glimpse of hope for a more comfortable environment,” Dol said. “For the children, it was like Christmas.”

After a weekend of bonding and preparing for the mission, the team was split into four groups that set out to parishes in the Samantha Marcott, a recent Regis grad, accompanied regions of Alto Cayma, Buenos Patricia Dol on a mission trip to Peru and got to know Dol said local churches were Aires and Chapi. In four weeks, the children and families being served. filled every day with people the mission team visited 64 young and old. “They participated fully in the Mass,” she families that are facing many difficulties, Dol said. said. “What one has to understand is that some of them “Some of the families have no sanitary means, no beds have to travel on foot for half an hour to go to church, to sleep on, shortage of food, not enough warm clothing and no one complains.” and lack of medical supplies,” she said. “We went to visit The team’s own hardships dimmed in light of the a couple who had four children. This family of six lived hardships the families every day, she said. “We couldn’t in one small room that had two beds, an old broken use tap water for brushing our teeth,” she said. “If we commode, a one-burner stove with a soot-covered pot, a table shoved in a corner, a sack of rice and beans, and a needed to use the bathroom, none of the families we handful of potatoes. visited had one. The challenges we faced were mostly hygiene, sanitary conditions, speaking Spanish, and “As we were leaving the shack, the youngest daughter, getting sick with dysentery.” who is only 6 years old, followed us outside and at one point asked me to stoop down so she could whisper something in my ears,” she said. “She told me that her brother wanted a red bicycle and asked if we could give it to him as a surprise.” Dol assured the girl that she would do her best to make her wish come true. That same day, she received a call from family in Malta and shared the girl’s request. “Instantly my family decided to make this happen by contributing funds for the bicycle,” Dol said. “On our next visit to this family, we had several items to give them, such as bunk beds, mattresses, a small stove, blankets, warm clothing, and pots and pans. As we were unloading the truck, the last to come out was the red bicycle. I wish I could have captured that moment as

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But getting to know the families, sharing with them some of their resources, and helping them improve their living facilities made the trip worthwhile, Dol said. “The experience enriches my faith, because in spite of the difficult humanitarian conditions that these people live in, and the fact that they have so little, there I also experienced true joy and happiness,” Dol said. “With the little they have, they form community and reach out to one another’s needs.” Dol and her husband, Mark, and their son, Joshua moved to Oregon six years ago from Germany to establish the work of ICPE in the area. In her spare time, she loves music, cycling and gardening.

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Stayton High’s boys soccer team participated in its third final in six years, but the 2-1 loss Nov. 14 to Sisters at Liberty left coach Chris Shields thinking about what might have been. “We played scared and timid for the first half, we were not the team that played Henley a few days before,” Shields told Our Town. “We didn’t get the performance we needed from our younger players and overall we fell short of our goal. (The) second half was much more inspiring, but it was too little and too late. (We) needed that fire the entire time.” Sisters led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Colton Mannhalter, but Stayton ace Freddy Navarro tied the match in the 66th minute. The Outlaws, however, struck again three minutes later when Mannhalter fed Malachy Sundstrom for what proved to be the game-winner. Stayton had advanced to the final Nov. 8 via a 2-1 thriller against Henley in which Navarro scored twice in the final eight minutes to secure the win.

“I along with the other coaches felt that Henley was the better of the two teams we played,” Shields said. “Sisters just had a little more speed on the field. We just didn’t play with the urgency you need to play with at that level.”

Standards are high at Stayton, which won the 2010 state title. The Eagles are 86-10-6 in the past six years, with five of the 10 losses coming in the playoffs.

“We have a great year-round soccer program which keeps our kids engaged and on track to graduate,” Shields said. “We have had good classes of kids come through the program, kids who work hard and don’t like to lose, that helps also, just having good kids who like to work and enjoy winning.” Cascade’s girls soccer squad, which won the Oregon West title with a 9-0-1 record, lost 3-1 to Brookings-Harbor in the round of 16, while the Cougars’ won a play-in game vs. Elmira before falling to North Bend in the round of 16.

Football: Just one area football team remains alive in the state playoffs as of Our Town deadline. Cascade, which ousted Banks 42-21 on Nov. 21 in the Class 4A semifinals, played Scappoose Nov. 28 (after deadline) for the state title. The Cougars, 11-1, have been an offensive juggernaut in the playoffs, scoring at least five touchdowns in each


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of their three wins, led by running back Garrett Coffey, quarterback John Schirmer and a punishing offensive line. Cascade advanced to the semifinals via a 42-27 win Nov. 6 at La Grande and a 35-34 thriller Nov. 13 against Oregon West Conference rival Philomath at Corvallis. The Cougars avenged their lone loss of the season against Philomath by stopping a two-point conversion with 2:11 to play.

Regis, meanwhile, fell 26-3 to Heppner in the Class 2A semifinals on Nov. 21 after advancing with a 49-6 win against Myrtle Point and a 44-14 victory against Imbler. The Rams had some tough injury luck against undefeated Heppner, losing all-Tri-River Conference quarterback Bryce Piete to an injury in the first quarter.

Stayton finished 6-3 after falling to defending Class 4A champion Gladstone in the play-in round. The Eagles, under first-year coach Andy Campbell, opened 6-0 before losing to Cascade, Philomath and Gladstone. “We have all the pieces in place to build and sustain a competitive program,” Campbell said, noting that the Eagles will return 17 letter-winners, including five players who received all-Oregon West mention. “We’re very proud of our seniors for laying the foundation for a revived program and their hard work and dedication will not be forgotten. We’re

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Cross country: The future also is looking bright for Cascade’s girls team. The Cougars finished 10th in the Class 4A state championships at Lane Community College in Eugene and all seven runners who competed were underclassmen. “We were very pleased with the overall effort from our kids,” Cascade coach Dan Petersen said. “We believed we could finish in the top 10 and that’s exactly where we finished.” Scoring runners for the Cougars were freshman Savanna Waters (37th in 21:36), junior Lizzie Mack (43rd in 21:50), junior Celina Ciampi-Hicks (60th in 22:34), freshman Adriane Bergerson (73rd in 23:05) and sophomore Kalulu Ngaida (81st in 23:20). Petersen praised Mack for her leadership and noted that Bergerson ran the second half of the 5,000-meter race nearly as fast as the first. “Pacing is a tough thing to teach and she seems to do it very naturally.”

Junior Nate Lack, who finished fourth for Cascade at the district meet, was 34th in the boys race in 17:47. “He’s going to be very tough down the road now that he’s finally seeing his hard work translate into fast times.” Meanwhile, Stayton sophomore Casey Pugh, who was third in the distrct meet, took 46th in 18:03.


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Baseball: Regis coach Don Heuberger was inducted into the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 7. Heuberger, a 1971 Regis alum, has won four state titles with the Rams and his 685 wins are second all-time among Oregon high school coaches. “It’s a privilege to be granted such a wonderful honor,” said Heuberger. “It is a testament to the many players that I have had the pleasure to coach. I am sure the honor is being given, partially on the win-loss record of the coach. Well, the coach wouldn’t be honored if not for the dedicated and skilled athletes I have had the pleasure to call my team.”

Volleyball: Cascade was the lone area squad to make it to the state playoffs. The Cougars, who won their third consecutive Oregon West Conference title with a 9-1 mark, entered the Class 4A playoffs as the No. 7 seed. Tillamook, downed the Cougars in four sets and Cascade ended a 12-6 season one match short of the state tournament.

Winter season: Wrestling, swimming and basketball teams began practicing Nov. 16. The first OSAA-sanctioned date for contests is Dec. 2. Stayton has a special event set for Dec. 18, when the basketball court will be dedicated as Don Carey Court in honor of the longtime Eagles boys basketball and golf coach. Carey won 486 games and two state titles in boys basketball and turned in nine state titles in golf. His coaching career at Stayton spanned nearly 50 years and he was named the Stayton First Citizen in 1997.

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The Silverton East Coast 2016 Group is raising funds for its trip next June. They are available to do yard work most weekends from now through next June (raking, shoveling, weeding, stall cleaning and more). Please give us a call at 503-932-3058 or email and we will see if we can tackle your project! Crew sizes vary. Tere will always be at least one adult present with the kids. We look forward to seeing what we can do! MATH TUTOR  All levels, $25 per hour. 503-995-5518 in Silverton VISIONS CLEANING Excellent references $65-$75 per clean. Pre and after party clean up. Invision coming home to a clean and organized home. 503-868-8107.   PIANO LESSONS For children and adults. Contact Kathleen Haslebacher at 503-873-6429. BEFORE THE FALL Yardwork & Lawn Maintenance. Pressure washing, trimming/edging, mowing, pruning, rototilling, bark/ soil placement, gutter cleaning, hauling chainsaw work. Free estimates. Call 503-508-0388 or 503-871-7295. HERNANDEZ LANDSCAPING mowing,edging, fertilizing, weed control, clean-ups, bark dust, on going maintenance, and more. Free yard debris hauling. Free estimates. Lic# 10370   503-989-5694 or 503-719-9953

GASPER’S CLEANING SERVICE SOLUTIONS Complete general Janitorial Services, Home and Business and Construction Cleaning. Deep cleaning to prepare the home for sale. Move in-Move out. Window cleaning – Housekeeping. Frances 503-949-5040 or 503-873-6209 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Residential, light commercial, new buildings, additions, remodeling. Reasonable rates. Michael Finkelstein Design, 503-873-8215. TINA’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Mowing, Edging, Bark Dusting, Fertilizing, Pruning, Thatching and Aerating, On Going Maintenance and Clean-up, Yard debris/Hauling.  CBL# 9404     971-216-1093 CASCADE CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTIONS INC. is teaching Oregon concealed hand gun classes on the 1st and multi state on the 3rd Saturday. Call for location. Visit our website at or call 503-580-0753  


1997 Thunderbird 4.6 liter V8, 2 door coup, pictures, details and maintenance history available. Asking $1,250. Phone 503-9995898 e-mail: ggbarker@hotmail. com.


OLD WOODWORKING TOOLS WANTED I’m a woodworker buying old Stanley or wooden hand planes, chisels, tool chests, or any unusual/ related items. 503-364-5856 OLD LOGGING TOOLS WANTED I’m a private collector buying logging undercutters, falling axes, hook bottles, crosscut saw filing tools, any unusual items. 503-364-5856.

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A Grin at the End

The third law... It used to be said that nothing will make you a bigger liar you than your dog or your kid.

“How about trying Anchorage?” I said. “They’re on the same time zone.”

“Oh, my dog would never do something like that,” you’d say, just as your dog did that very thing — right on the neighbor’s front yard.

“Yeah, but I don’t really care much for Anchorage. They don’t have Fairbanks?” “Apparently not,” I said.

Similarly, you’d say, “My child has never done anything like that,” just before the police officer called you up to inform you that your precious son had been seen spinning doughnuts in his car in the supermarket parking lot. It occurred to me that there’s a third corollary to those two laws. It goes something like this: Whenever you are trying to show someone something on a computer, it won’t work. The other day I was helping a friend get going on her brand new iPad. Boy howdy, that corollary was in full control. We managed to get it going by pushing the little deely-bobber on the top and then by tapping in her secret code on the whatcha-hoozer. That was the extent of the computerized cooperation for the day. The first challenge was to get on the Internet. “Oh, that’s easy,” I told her. “All you have to do is go to Settings and touch this and do that and voilà.”

Wifi hotspot using my cell phone.” I got out my phone, switched around some settings and — nothing. I started to feel as though we were in a Wifi black hole. I changed tactics and went back to the basics. “This is the clock,” I said. “See , you can tell what time it is anywhere in the world.” “Well, that’s kinda neat,” she said. “Can we add a city?” “Sure,” I said. “Name any city and it’ll tell you what time it is.” “OK, how about Fairbanks, Alaska?” 

Nothing. I tried it again. Still nothing. Then I really tried to pull a rabbit out of my hat.

“No problem, you just type in F-A-I-R-B-A-N-K-S and there you ….”

“Not to worry,” I said. “I can set up our own personal

No Fairbanks is listed.

We spent an hour and a half with the iPad. We did get the email working, but then we got a message back: “Don’t use that email address. You’ll get some lady in Orlando.” All I could think was, “Hey, we got someone. Who knows, the Orlando lady might be nicer than the one we’ve been trying to contact.” We continued to work on things such as downloading podcasts and books. “You know, a podcast is kind of like a radio show,” I said. “Oh, that’s nice,” she said. “Kinda like turning on the radio.” “And look, here’s how you can download a book,” I said. It didn’t work, because the blankety-blank Wifi wasn’t working. “Oh, that’s OK, I can just go to the library,” she said. “They have lots of books there.”

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