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Business

End of an era

CEO Terry Fletchall to retire from Santiam Hospital

By Mary Owen

“Together we embrace a

After 38 years, Santiam Hospital President and CEO Terry Fletchall is retiring.

culture of responsibility, dependent on each

“Over my tenure, I have been blessed to work with exceptional people who share a common cause,” Fletchall said in the Santiam Community Connection. “Through them I was afforded trust. Not blind trust, but rather a trust that is earned and which can be built upon. I have honored that trust and held it as a sacred contract.” Fletchall was hired in August of 1982 as controller and was appointed chief executive officer, the youngest hospital CEO in Oregon. Today, he is the longest tenured CEO in the state. At the beginning of his career, the struggling community hospital was on the brink of closure. Under Fletchall’s leadership, Santiam Hospital has flourished, an accomplishment he shares with his coworkers. He calls the “entire Santiam Hospital family” highly skilled, ethical, compassionate and committed. “Together we embrace a culture of responsibility, dependent on each individual’s strengths,” he said. “The value of this cumulative strength is priceless.” Maggie Hudson, MBA to the office of President and CEO of SH, will take over Fletchall’s role. He credits her for being a worthy successor, saying, “Maggie and I have worked closely together over the past 28 years, and she is very familiar with the routine of the hospital and plans developed with Santiam Hospital’s board of directors, medical staff and staff. “Maggie has her own excellent ideas on how she will lead the hospital,” he added. “Under the appointment of Maggie, we know the hospital is not only in good hands, but the best of hands.” Hudson said working with Fletchall has been an honor. “Terry’s commitment to Santiam Hospital, coupled with his integrity, has

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individual’s strengths... The value of this cumulative strength is priceless.” – Terry Fletchall kept us all motivated to grow in serving the growing healthcare needs of our communities,” she said. “Terry will be missed, but his legacy of an independent hospital system will carry on for years to come.” Melissa Baurer credits Fletchall’s commitment to serving local communities for part of the success of Santiam Service Integration, an outreach to serve Santiam Canyon families in need. “We began Service Integration in the Canyon (in) July of 2017. Terry has been there for the program and the families we serve,” said Baurer, who heads the program. “Multiple times, Terry heard of a family who needed support and found ways to break down red tape and get them the help they needed. We thank Terry for his love to the communities and his leadership.” Former Stayton Mayor Gerry Aboud said having a hospital in a small community “a wonderful asset to its citizens. Terry’s hard work and expertise as an administrator has made the hospital a new and full-service facility allowing Stayton and surrounding communities the opportunity to have excellent care close to home.” “Terry certainly was helpful for anything we ever needed,” said Stayton Mayor Hank Porter. “Attracting more doctors

and clinic people, the addition on the hospital – a great guy. He was an asset to the community. We’re sorry to see him go.” Steve Poisson, president of Revitalize Downtown Stayton, has heard that the hospital exists because of Fletchall. “It has been his dedication that has grown SH to be what it is today,” he said. “I have also heard good things about Maggie Hudson. I was glad to hear that she would be his replacement.” Highlights of Fletchall’s career include the growth and successes as well as, he said, “the relationships that bind it together.” Over the years, the hospital has doubled its size twice, expanding from a single one-story building on four acres to a four-story replacement hospital, home to the new Medical/Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Birthing Center and Surgery Center. Renovation of the original hospital building accommodated the expansion of Ancillary and Emergency Services. Eleven on-campus primary and specialty care clinics were renovated, with three primary care satellite clinics built to serve surrounding communities: Aumsville Medical Clinic (2001), Sublimity Medical Clinic (2008), and Santiam Medical Clinic in Mill City (2009).

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The hospital is currently under construction to accommodate an expanded comprehensive orthopedic clinic, specializing in total joint replacement. Today, Santiam Hospital and clinics occupy 16 acres. Investments in technology for diagnosis and treatment are evident in the hospital’s full-service lab, which uses state-of-the-art equipment to run over 400,000 tests each year, and the Diagnostic Imaging Service, which features the latest digital imaging technology, including the recent addition of 3D mammography. The Intensive Care Unit utilizes virtual telemedicine in a direct partnership with Oregon Health Sciences University. “Understanding the unique intricacies of an acute care hospital and the constantly changing healthcare paradigm, developing and carrying out plans, responding to change and investing in people, infrastructure and technology, together with timing, relationships and a little luck are the keys to success,” Fletchall said of the challenges. In an era of mergers and acquisitions, Santiam Hospital has remained an independent, community-based hospital – one of only three independent acute care hospitals in Oregon that is not owned by another hospital, nor owns another hospital, officials said. Fletchall said he will now use about 60 percent of his time to do the same things he did before retiring and 40 percent on things he hasn’t tried yet, “like going on a ruby mining expedition in Burma [Myanmar].” “To all the wonderful people in the communities served by Santiam Hospital, who have been so supportive of the hospital over the years,” Fletchall said. “Thank you and bless you all. I am humbled by my experiences.”

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Retirement calls

Harold’s Jewelry to end 45-year run in Stayton

By Mary Owen

“I had the store less than two weeks when a man came in wanting to buy a mother’s ring for his mother,” Brenden recalled. “He picked out the style and color he wanted, and then the stones for all his siblings and himself, but he didn’t know her finger size.”

After 45 years in business, Harold Brenden is retiring. “A going-out-of-business sale is now in progress,” said Brenden, who owns Harold’s Jewelry at Third and High in Stayton. “The sale will run through Christmas.”

Brenden told the man he could bring the ring back to the store for sizing after giving it to his mother, a deal that never materialized, Brenden said.

Brenden bought the store in July 1975 from his boss, Vern Henry, who also owned a jewelry store in Silverton. Originally behind the Key Bank at First and Washington, Brenden moved to downtown Stayton. “In 1986, I was offered this space,” he said. “It was George Carter who owned a shoe repair store who sold me this property. I tore that building down and rebuilt on the site.” Now 69, Brenden is closing shop. “45 years of doing this is a long time,” he said. “Most of my friends have retired. Most of my siblings have retired. Much as I would like to make jewelry, it’s time.” Brenden likes to tell people he had no choice about his foray into jewelry making.

“He told me that would really be hard – she’s been dead for about 20 years,” he said, chuckling. “He went outside, hopped on his bicycle, and rode down the road singing.” Harold Brenden in his shop.

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“Since about the fifth or sixth grade, I wanted to make jewelry,” he said. “I never lost sight of that.” Brenden said he has lost track of what he has and has not made for people, but has given every effort to do his best when making jewelry for his “friends,” which is what he calls his customers.

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Not all stories are of that nature, he said. “My friends say they don’t trust anyone else with their jewelry,” said Brenden, who hopes another jeweler will come to Stayton. Of his decision to retire, he added, “I actually made the decision a year ago to do our sale in May and culminating on our anniversary on July 1. Then COVID came along when it started waning, I decided Christmas would end the year.”

He added closing is “bittersweet.” “We appreciate all of our friends that have shopped with us over the years, who bought stuff made to order. It’s hard to put into words how much I appreciate everybody.” Brenden thanks his employees, including: Diane Hall who came in 1990; Aggie Gescher, who left a couple of years ago; Jan Ruettgers, who has been at the store about four years; and his wife, Darlene, who takes care of the store’s Facebook page. “We are now going to be doing those retiree things,” Brenden said. “If someone asks me what time it is, I’ll answer, ‘Why, do we have to be someplace?’ We’ll be traveling when COVID ebbs. There are lots of places to go and things to do.” Harold’s Jewelry is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The store is closed Sundays. “The Sunday before Christmas we’ll open from noon to 4 p.m.,” Brenden said. “For those last minute gifts.”

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Civics 101

Drained

COVID-19, loss of funding levy take toll on Stayton pool

By Mary Owen COVID-19 restrictions and lack of finances forced the Stayton Family Memorial Pool to close on Nov. 20. “We made a decision over the past few weeks because of some maintenance and use issues, we just couldn’t keep it open,” said Stayton Mayor Hank Porter. “That, and because we lost the levy for the second time.” Porter said the city would have to “dig and scratch” to find funds to maintain the pool. “Our maintenance needs are beyond the daily routine,” he said. “The whole dehumidifying system finally just quit after piecing it together over the years, and that warm, wet air is a perfect incubator for COVID.” Porter said the city was hit with a huge bill all at once for a $300K to $500K HVAC system, despite getting a brand new boiler and having the pool painted in August.

“It’s going to be rough skating if we don’t pass the levy this next time, not only for the pool but for the library,” Porter said. Porter said the city will try for a maintenance levy in May, a proposed date for re-opening the pool should the levy pass. “We may not be able to open by then even,” he said. “If the community isn’t going to support the pool, it’s pretty hard to keep it open. Meanwhile swimmers will have to go to Albany or Salem to use their pools.” COVID-19 restrictions included new risk-reduction measures from Gov. Kate Brown to close recreational facilities, including indoor pools. These edicts also added to the city’s financial problem by keeping many swimmers away, Porter said.

community that he and others want to keep. “Feedback has not been good,” he said about the closure. “A lot is coming from patrons of the pool, especially ones who are primarily affected. People that use it are pretty passionate about it. “People need to know pools are always expensive,” he added. “A couple of people have recommended that pool users call the city council, but they aren’t listening to the reasons why we had to close it. It’s hard to know what to do.” Porter advocated for voters to pass the levy to restore services to both the pool and the Stayton Public Library. “We want to thank you all for the support you have given us and please know this was not an easy decision,” he said.

“In March, we had 200 memberships,” he said. “Now there are about 20. People just haven’t come back.”

Several posts on the Stayton Community Connections Facebook page echo Porter’s sentiments, including one from Kristin Taylor Rea.

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“After the smoke and ash Mike Klein’s 1972 Ford Bronco will be one of the auction cleared, the reality of how much items. SUBMITTED PHOTO devastation there was all up and down the Santiam Canyon was just Donors will receive special recognition heartbreaking,” said Steffani Klein, while the items are raffled and will be one of the coordinators of The Heart mentioned in the printed program. All of the Canyon Benefit. “My husband, monetary and physical donations are tax Mike, decided to donate his fully restored deductible. Visit the Heart of the Canyon 1972 Ford Bronco to raise money for the Facebook page and Private Message for Santiam Canyon Wildfire Foundation.” a form. Klein teamed with Sandi Elwood and the The benefit is limited to the first 250 two decided “let’s go auction!” Core team members helping with the event, are Cari guests. Tickets are $150 per person and Sessums, April Jean and Sue Nichols. include, food, beverages and live music. “We have many wonderful volunteers helping as well,” Klein said of the event slated for Jan. 9 at the Valentine Ridge Event Center, nestled between Fern Ridge and Stout Mountain in the Cascade Foothills. The 22-acre estate boasts wide-open views of the Willamette Valley to the Oregon Coastal Range. “Our event will be hosted in a combination of rustic barns and a heated tent that will allow for plenty of space for all of our planned activities,” Klein said, thanking Sue Nichols and her team for helping to make “our vision come true.”

In addition to the Bronco, among the offerings will be a trip to Corona, Mexico and a custom knife by Leon Adams.

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The Heart of the Canyon benefit is a fundraising initiative focused on raising awareness and muchneeded funds to rebuild Oregon’s playground – the Santiam Canyon.

Of the venue, Stein added, “This will allow us to spread tables out more and make lots of room to move about. We will be handing out masks to all guests to wear and all vendors and volunteers will be wearing a mask as well. Also we’ll have hand sanitizer placed around the event.”

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A local auction aims to raise $300,000 to help support victims of the recent Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires.

“We’re working on raffle baskets,” Klein said. “Be a catalyst of change by donating a prize package or item to be auctioned off. Items must be at a minimum value of $2,000.”

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“Guests will be treated to an evening of fine dining, cocktails, an all-star lineup of entertainers, dancing, and a live auction,” Klein said. Appetizers will be provided by Moxieberry; coffee and tea by French Press Coffee & Crepes; cocktails, beer and hard seltzer provided by Snow Peak Brewery and Bearded Bartender; wine by Willamette Valley Vineyards and Wooden Shoe Winery; dinner by Adam’s Ribs Smokehouse and Covered Bridge Café; and dessert by Lovin’ Oven. Ken Cartwright will emcee the event and Kent Kilgore will be the live auctioneer. Featured bands are Never 2 Late and Rock n Roll Cowboys. Tickets on sale now at www.eventbrite. com/e/the-heart-of-the-canyon-benefitauction-tickets-127241018311. “We would like to say a big thank you to the Stayton Area Rotary for stepping up to help us make this a nonprofit event,” Klein said. “All their help is greatly appreciated.” For additional information on sponsorships or donations, contact Klein at mnsklein@icloud.com.

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Saturday. Pickup appointment 3 - 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 503-769-4088 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Gates, Lyons, Marion, Mehama, Jefferson, Turner. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation suggested. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-769-7995.

Tuesday

Virtual Storytime, 10 a.m., Zoom. Stayton Public Library will send out email the morning of to those who have registered. Register: staytonoregon.gov/page/library_ storytime

Wednesday

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Refreshments. Location varies. 503-769-3464.

Thursday

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

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

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NSSD Free Youth Meals 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 19. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave.; Stayton Middle, 1021 SE Shaff Road; Stayton High, 757 W Locust St.; Sublimity School, 376 E Main St.; Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Aumsville Fire Giving Tree Aumsville Fire District is hosting a Giving Tree through Dec. 22. It will also be accepting nonperishable canned food donations benefiting the Aumsville Food Bank. Monetary donations are also accepted. 503-749-2894

Tuesday, Dec. 1 Toys for Joy Signups

1 - 4 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Toys for Joy and Gifts of Christmas Dinner signups are by appointment only at staytonfire.org or at Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Only one adult allowed. COVID-19 screening done prior to appointment and masks are required. Repeats Dec. 2, 3, 4. Those who live in the Lyons Fire District must register at Lyons Fire Station, 503-859-2410.

Caregiver Connection

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

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Thursday, Dec. 3

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

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4 - 8 p.m., Riverview Community Hall, 37510 Gilkey Road, Scio. Local vendors featuring items for holiday home, gift giving. Sponsored by The Penny Cottage. Repeats 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 5 with socially-distanced photos with Santa 1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5 Santa Cruise

9 a.m. - noon, Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Cruise through the station to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for area children in need. Hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies will be provided. Santa will be there! Dash plaques/tree ornaments for the first 200 cars. Public welcome. Russ Stroymeyer, 503-930-8976

Stayton Clean-up Days

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., City of Stayton Shops, 1820 N First Ave. Disposal of yard debris, leaves, brush. Cost to Stayton residents is a donation of canned food for Stayton Community Food Bank. Those who reside outside city limits pay $1 per bag. Seniors needing assistance raking, bagging or having yard debris picked up and delivered to the drop-off site can contact Stayton Public Works, 503-769-2919.

Christmas Bazaar

10 a.m - 3 p.m., The Spotlight, 193 N Third Ave., Stayton. Vendors, drawings, art. Kids, pets can get pictures taken with Santa. Social distancing, masks required. Hosted by Spotlight Community Theatre. Jan, 440-725-1423

Outdoor Holiday Bazaar

Noon - 4 p.m., 1108 Madison St., Silverton. Homemade arts and crafts, Christmas gifts. Masks, social distancing required.

Monday, Dec. 7

8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Gates Community Church of Christ, 40070 Gates School Road. To The Point Quilting is distributing free quilts to those who sustained 100 percent loss of their home in the Labor Day wildfires and lived in the Santiam Canyon communities. Repeats Dec. 5. 503-539-0870, tothepointquilting@gmail.com

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7 a.m. - noon, Linn County Expo Center, 3700 E Knox Butte Road, Albany. Drive-thru for Linn County residents. No insurance required. Every Monday in December. Register at doineedacovid19test.com.

Toy Basket Registration Deadline

4 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Pre-registration is required to receive a toy basket from Lyons Fire District. All applications must be received by 4 p.m. 503-859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

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

Tuesday, Dec. 8

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

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m. Offered through conference call by contacting Julie Mendez at 503304-3432, julie.mendez@nwsds.org for instructions on how to participate. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. Topic is coping with caregiver stress.

Thursday, Dec. 10 Hanukkah Begins Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

RDS Board

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

Aumsville Fire District

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

Saturday, Dec. 12 Christmas Craft Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Handcrafted quilts, art, wooden toys, leather crafts and more. Face masks required; social distancing will be enforced. Hamburger lunch served to go only. 503-859-2161

Aumsville Virtual Tree Lighting

6:30 p.m. Facebook. Pre-recorded program includes giant sock winner announcement, story time, tree lighting and special Santa visits. Watch @ Aumsville.OR on Facebook. 503-749-2030

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

Monday, Dec. 14 Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. Agenda available. 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. Agenda available. Open to public. 503859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

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Thursday, Dec. 17 NSSD Board

6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-7696924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

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Thursday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Red Cross Blood Drive

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

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503749-2030, aumsville.us

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

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OSAA board meets Dec. 7 to update sports calendar

The Oregon School Activities Association is headed toward another critical meeting. The organization’s executive board meets Dec. 7. Afterward we will know a lot more about what the activities schedule will look like moving into 2021. The current OSAA calendar calls for practice in the Season 2 sports of basketball, wrestling and swimming to start Dec. 28. The problem is that basketball and wrestling are considered full-contact sports, and thus prohibited. For now. The state is scheduled (there is that word again) to come out of its two-week freeze as Our Town hits your mailbox. Will the coronavirus caseload drop enough so that Gov. Kate Brown can ease the restrictions that took effect Nov. 18? Good question. And for the OSAA there is no wiggle room. State policies and orders become OSAA policies and orders. “The OSAA is a private, nonprofit

Cramming that many seasons into far shorter periods of time will mean fewer contests and little chance of a legitimate state champion in most of them.

association but is bound to follow the governor’s executive orders, OHA guidance, etc. just like our schools,” Peter Weber, the OSAA’s executive director, told Our Town. “Nearly 245 of our member schools are public schools in Oregon that are also bound to follow these directives.” Season 2 (think of it as the “normal” winter sports season) is scheduled to conclude in early March. Season 3 consists of the fall sports of football, cross country and soccer. It is scheduled to start with practices on Feb. 22 and conclude in early May. Season 4, the spring sports of tennis, softball, baseball, golf and track and field, is scheduled to begin practices April 19 and conclude June 26.

Scheduling (there is that word again) will likely be different in ways other than the drop in the number of games. The OSAA has decreed that schools are under no obligation to participate in their assigned districts and schools are being encouraged to schedule games closer to home, regardless of classification or district slot. How might such a system play out here?

aside a week for a “culminating event.” I am guessing we will hear more about what this might mean after Dec. 7. State playoffs for football are just not in the cards, although there are tantalizing possibilities for team sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and basketball, where a one-week, eight-team state tournament would be possible. As long as you have a way to select who those eight teams are. That will be harder this year as well, as the OSAA already has pulled the plug on its usual state rankings for team sports.

Regis might wind up playing some of its old Tri-River conference schools rather than taking trips to Oakland, and Oakridge. Will Stayton and Cascade keep traveling over the pass to Sisters? Seems doubtful. And, also, just think about the possibility of a boys soccer match between Stayton and Silverton. I’d be there in a heartbeat.

A one- or two-day state tournament for wrestling, swimming tennis, golf and cross country/track and field also SEEMS possible, but events such as those face challenges just based on the sheer number of people (athletes, coaches, officials and spectators) that would need to be in the same place at the same time amid a pandemic.

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A Grin at the End

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Last March, right after our fearless leaders decided to start shutting down the economy because of the coronavirus, I was sitting in a friend’s office.

was torn down in Portland. Then the wildfires roared across Oregon and other parts of the West. Overlay all of that with the bizarre presidential election.

“If this goes on more than a couple of months, there’ll be rioting in the streets,” I told him. Little did I know. A lot of businesses closed – many forever – throwing millions of Americans out of work. Other people were forced to work from home. Schools and colleges were closed or classes were moved online and we were all urged to stay home to protect ourselves and everyone else. Confusion reigned. At first we were told that only one type of mask blocked virus transmission, then were told that anything was better than nothing. We were also told to wear gloves, and then we weren’t. Make up your minds, was a commonly expressed sentiment. The coronavirus COVID-19 has been the bogeyman of 2020. Actually, it’s been one

of several. We were all confronted with the specter of a Minneapolis police officer killing a Black man while other officers – and members of the public – watched and did nothing. Well, some did record videos of it. So many Americans had no jobs because of the shutdowns and then saw police officers who were sworn to “serve and protect” doing neither. It all went downhill from there. Folks took to the streets and asserted that “Black Lives Matter” – of course they do. But then some demonstrations seemed to be hijacked by others who were out to – I’m not really sure what they wanted. Among other things, they wanted to decide which statues were worthy of public display. A statue of Abraham Lincoln, who gave his life trying to end slavery and save the nation,

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2020 is a year most people want to forget, but it has reminded us that our society does need some serious attention to heal old wounds and make the rights guaranteed in the Constitution a reality.

I would compare politics and government to the application on my computer that runs in the background. I want it to run well, and not dominate my time.

But we also shouldn’t forget that the vast majority of Americans are good, hardworking people. Solid, I believe, is the word. We forget that in September, when wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes in the Santiam Canyon and other parts of Oregon, friends, neighbors and total strangers did not hesitate to help.

We have about a month left in 2020. I’m sure we’ll all make it. I, and everyone else, hope that 2021 will be better. An effective vaccine will wrestle COVID-19 under control, and the activists will decide that the place to make the biggest difference is at the ballot box.

We forget that politics – good or bad – do not dominate our lives.

After a heart-breaking year like 2020, we all need and deserve a better year ahead.

Or, to say the very least, they shouldn’t dominate our lives.

Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor.

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Instead, I want to think about the beauty that life brings to this planet, about the many good things we accomplish individually and together that far outweigh all that other stuff.

Ugh.

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Our Town South: Dec. 1, 2020  

Community news serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons & Mehama.

Our Town South: Dec. 1, 2020  

Community news serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Lyons & Mehama.